What's New with A.J. - The Month of June

It's amazing how in the last 12 months so much has changed with Amari. For fun, I went back and read last June's What's New with A.J. One goal that I had for him was that he would know at least 20-25 words bye the time he turned 2. I am happy to announce that he has. How many words he knows, I have no idea. Stinker is one talkative cookie and he is one feisty little man. Sometimes I don't know what to do with myself when he says some of the things that he says to me. He is one of the most hilarious little boys that I have ever known and he has the sweetest little smile. He is so happy that he is going to be a big brother in 4 short months. :]

- Amari is so funny. When he doesn't want something or doesn't want to do something that you ask him to do he will literally stare you down and say rather defiantly, "Mmm, mmm. I don't want it!" The first time he ever said this to me I had to take a moment to register what he had just said. He literally caught me off guard!

- "Baseball time," is his favorite saying to yell out when Daddy takes him out to play ball in the yard or an MLB game is on ESPN. He loves baseball! Kind of scary at times...

- He is geeked that he is going to be a big brother. =]

- He is learning to fold clothes (even though I have to re-fold them after he is done).

- He is scared of fireworks! =/ But he loves watching them on T.V.

- Bugs still scare the hell out of him, LOL.

- He gets extremely excited when he sees an airplane in the sky.

- Whenever we cross the 205 bridge to go to Portland he will yell out excitedly, "Fishy's! See fishy's Mommy? See fishy's Daddy?" I think we are going to have to get him his first pet fish in the near future.

- He has become a picky eater (which makes me want to cry). He either wants yogurt, apple sauce, waffles, French toast, apples, bananas, cheese, salad, and French fries. Anything else, he won't eat or you'll hear, "Mmm, mmm. Don't want it!" He used to be the best of eaters when he was younger.

- Amari has learned to roll down the car window and likes to drop his socks and watch them fly away...and then he cries, LOL.

- Everything is apparently his. The word mine has entered his vocabulary.
"My play place!"
"My park!"
"My house!"

- He loves to snuggle Mommy and kiss my belly. He still thinks that he has a baby growing in his belly too. So sweet. :]

- He is now wearing size 8 toddler shoes.

- He loves dinosaurs and toy cars.

- He also has learned how to say his full name, which sounds like Mar-i Jaams Doorant, LOL. =P

And pretty much that is what's new with A.J. this month!

And It's A...???

This afternoon we had our 20 week ultrasound. All day I felt like a giddy fool because after twenty long weeks of patiently waiting we were finally going to find out Little Beans gender. For weeks and weeks I have had the feeling that the sweet little bundle that is currently baking in the oven was a girl. I would constantly dream of floral printed dresses, bows, and lots and lots of pink in my life. I also have had dreams about lots and lots of dirt which is usually associated with little boys! Random, I know. I was pleasantly surprised when we found out! Sadly, I won't be able to tell you Little Bean's sex until Sunday after we have a mini gender reveal party to announce the gender to the rest of my family. I'll leave you in anticipation for now. =P Just know that Little Bean is healthy baby for now!

Wordless Wednesday - Baseball Time!

Happy Father's Day: 2012

Today is Father's Day. For years this day went uncelebrated for me and my siblings. To us, it was just another day. It was like any other day until Amari came along. Many of you know that I grew up not knowing my father. I have no idea who he is, what his name is, or what he even looks like.         I would always mentally cringe when someone would ask me where my father was growing up because I never knew what to say. To me he just didn't exist. He was never present and when I did ask my mother about him it was always a touchy subject. I did have the luxury of having friends who had remarkable fathers in their lives and through their relationships I learned about fatherhood. Lucky for me I had great men like Neil, Mr. Pietryzk, Dennis, and Dan in my life. I was blessed with a wonderful partner when Trevor came along and he has been an amazing father to our sweet little prince.

When I watch Trevor interact with Amari I cannot help but smile. Fatherhood came naturally to Trevor and he adores his son with all his heart. The father/son bound is unbreakable with these two and Amari looks up to his Daddy as if he is the greatest thing in the world. Amari has nothing more than a big smile on his face whenever he sees his Daddy. The first word that he learned when he was eight months old and learning to talk was Daddy. Thinking back on it now, it was only a year and a half ago but the memory is one I'm sure that Trev will hold on to for forever. On the day Amari was born he was so proud as he held him in his arms for the first time and he even got a little emotional and cried in the delivery room. Amari is defiantly a Mama's Boy but his favorite person in the world is his Daddy. It's fun to watch the two of them play baseball in the front yard, wrestle in the living room, and snuggle on the couch watching ESPN or playing the Wii. I'm sure that these are memories that both Amari and Trevor will hold onto. Trevor is the greatest father to our son and he loves Amari unconditionally. I could not have asked for a better husband and father for my son.

Father's Day was pretty low-key for us. I spoiled my darling husband with his favorite dinner of parmesan chicken which was a hit and a new family favorite I think. We Skyped with the family back in Olympia and plan to snuggle up on the sofa, eat German chocolate cake, and watch a movie before calling it a night. Even Little Bean decided to grace Daddy with his or her presence on Father's Day for the very first time. :] We are not sure if it was a head or a butt but he got to see his son or daughter wiggling in my tummy. Trev couldn't have asked for a better gift from Bean today. So Happy Father's Day to my sweet, wonderful, husband Trevor Dear! You are an amazing father and you do it as if it is the easiest thing in the world. You are truly wonderful!

New Daddy :]
Last Father's Day
My boys

Wordless Wednesday - Vocals with Amari: "Let Me Serenade You!"

A New Chapter Begins... The Big Move

Well, we are safe and sound in our new home in Vancouver. I'll tell you. The move has been pretty stressful but we had a lot of help from Trevor's family over the weekend and Amari enjoyed having a two day sleepover at Poppi and Grandma's house. Trevor and I managed to pack up the rest of the house by Thursday and started cleaning up the bathroom and the kitchen. I felt homeless by Saturday when all of the furniture and boxes were loaded up in the Uhaul though. Poor Amari... He had no idea what was going on.

Once we left Olympia and made the two hour drive down south all was well. The drive went relativity smooth with the exception of stinker and GiGi whining in the backseat, LOL. We made it in impeccable time, got our new keys, and started unloading the Uhaul; of course, I was not able to do much (being 17 weeks pregnant) which made me feel like the laziest person in the world. I do not like not being able to lift heavy boxes, furniture, or even my son for long periods of time. We managed to get the truck unloaded rather quickly and got all the furniture placed where we wanted it to go. After a quick meal and returning the Uhaul we said our goodbye's to Trevor's family. It didn't dawn on Amari that we no longer live in Olympia close to Nana and Papa, Aunt Pam, Bridget, Baylor, Poppi, Grandma, GiGi, and of course, Nemo. For the past two days I have been running around the house like a chicken with its head cut off unpacking and trying to make the new spot as homey as possible. It's almost livable now give or take a few boxes! =P Today I managed to hang up most of the pictures around the house. Tomorrow I'll tackle the master bedroom and Amari's room.

On another note, Amari has started sleeping in his big boy bed. He is so proud of himself even though every single stuffed animal that he owns now lives on his twin bed. He looks so small in his bed and the transition has been rather easy. So far we are all taking the new change in our lives day by day. Today Amari was a demon child but he got to talk to his Auntie's and Grandma and Poppi via Skype which made him happy. We also started potty training him now that he has his own bathroom. We have been bribing him with cookies which probably isn't the best thing to do in the world but it seems to be working for now. Trev and I both feel that Amari is too young to set his own goals but I'm hoping we will have him going pee-pee and pooh-pooh on his own by November. We would like to thank Trevor's family for all their love, support, and for helping us over this past weekend with our move. We appreciate everything that you have done for us and we will miss seeing you all the time. A new chapter officially begins for our family of three and we are pretty excited about it.

Home sweet home...

Wordless Wednesday - Going for a Ride with Simba

Pregnancy Week 16: Baby #2

I totally forgot to post about week 15 last week... Oh well. I've got the pregnancy brain going on and seem to forget to do a lot of things lately. Normally I'm the super organized type but lately I have the forget-about-it mentality going on. For starters, I put the peanut butter in the fridge and the mayo in the cupboard the other day. Seriously Tasha? I have to write things down and check them off to make sure I have completed everything that needs to be done. I don't remember having the pregnancy brain until a lot later when I was pregnant with Amari. My energy levels have been very high, which has been nice seeing as I've been packing up my house the past two weeks. Have I mentioned how much I hate moving? This time around we are moving a hundred and two miles from where we currently live. Fun times, not! We have way too much crap in our house. Tomorrow I have my 16 week check-up with my midwife. I have to inform them that we'll be moving and my search for a new doctor will begin. I am not excited to find a new doctor or a new pediatrician though. I will miss Dr. Larsen. He was wonderful. Lately I have been feeling Little Bean moving wildly. Bean likes to wiggle early in the morning and right before I go to bed (which annoys me because I just want to sleep). I still have the feeling that this baby is a girl. We will find out for sure in four short weeks. :] I can't wait. Trevor and I finally sat down and discussed names last night. I have come to the realization that picking names this time around is going to be a challenge. I'm so picky! Choosing a name for Amari was easy. We had our names for him picked out around 12 weeks. Well its 16 weeks now and we have yet to create a list let alone decide on names. Hopefully, once we know the gender of this baby it will be easier to decide. Once we decide we won't be sharing the babies name until he or she is born. So far, Little Bean is 4.6 inches tall, weighs about 3.5 ounces, and is the size of an avocado. Tomorrow we will hear the heartbeat and it will be sweet music to my ears. =D