Swaddles, lullabies, and sleepless nights! Here we go again!

Aviana, excited to be a big sister!

Aviana, excited to be a big sister!

Baby Lehman #2 at 11 weeks

Baby Lehman #2 at 11 weeks

Swaddles, lullabies, and sleepless nights! Here we go again!

That’s right, Matt and I are expecting Baby #2 and we’re over the moon! Matt just about fell over when he opened the positive pregnancy test (I wrapped it up and gave to him as a present, in an eyeglass case, he thought he was getting new sunglasses,hehe). Baby #2 was a little less planned but we couldn’t be happier or more excited to make our family a family of four! Baby #2 is expected to join our family sometime around July 3rd, perhaps a little firecracker?!

Boy or girl?!?! How anyone waits until their baby’s birthday to find out is beyond me, we will find out on Valentine’s Day!

xoxo,
Laura

Aviana 18 months

Aviana 17 and 18 months

18 months old! Where does the time go? Weren’t we just sipping lemonade and celebrating her first birthday?!

Aviana: 18 months
Height: 33 inches (50th percentile)
Weight: 25.1 pounds (50th percentile)
#Teeth: still 12!
Favorite Foods: egg and cheese omelets, kiwi, strawberries, smoothies
Favorite Toys: Disney princesses and castle, sitting at her little table, doing puzzles (which she finally mastered), pushing her babies in their stroller and feeding them ‘babas” (bottles), Making Momma and Dadda coffee in her little kitchen and serving us

New Vocab: Will attempt to say almost all words, vocab probably at 50+ words, even says her name, calls herself ‘Yana’

Life with Aviana

There is nothing like coming home from work and seeing your daughter waiting at the glass door. Tuesdays is my late day to work, I work until 7. When Matt hears my car he tell Aviana, “Momma’s Home’. She runs to the door and is always there, her face lighting up, as does mine, as we see each other when I come down the walkway. I open the door to a big “Momma!” and give her lots of hugs and kisses. How I love this little girl!

Eighteen month olds aren’t all smiles and giggles though, I do start to see the start of the “Terrible Twos” which I’ve read usually start at one and a half. If she doesn’t get her way, she’ll sometimes throw herself to the floor and throw a little tantrum. Matt and I, after reading up on it, have decided to ignore these episodes and that tactic seems to work well. She cries for a minute or so and then she’s up and playing again, forgetting what she was mad/upset about. I’ve read that toddlers just have a hard time sometimes keeping their emotions in check, at a stage where they want to be independent yet hate that they can’t/aren’t allowed to be. I try to give Aviana choices whenever I can and that seems to help too, lets her feel she has some control over situations. For instance, “Aviana, which toy would you like to play with before we change your diaper.” Then I let her pick a toy from a basket on her bookcase. I try to keep her well fed and well rested and strongly hope these episodes do not become more frequent!

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She loves hats and shoes! Uh oh it’s starting early! No complaint yet here, looks like I’ll have a shopping buddy in my future! She puts on her hat and proudly exclaims “HAT!”. My favorite is when she puts on Matt’s knit hats and continues playing with the big knit hat on her head. She loves to put on my shoes, or Matt’s shoes and attempt to walk in them. If I’m sitting down with no shoes on she’ll sometimes run up to me with a shoes, exclaim “SHOE” and try to put a shoe on my foot.

Matt’s parents are coming this weekend so Matt and I can have a much-needed night out to celebrate my birthday (which is Feb 12). We are going to dinner and a play and I can’t wait!

xo,
Laura

Aunt Hilda’s Peanut Butter Pie

Ingredients:

6 oz of cream cheese

3/4 cup powdered sugar

1/2 cup peanut butter

9 oz Cool Whip

1 Graham Cracker Crust or Oreo Crust

**3-4 chocolates (This part is a Kate addition)

 

Mix together cream cheese, powdered sugar, and peanut butter. Fold in cool whip.

*While the first ingredients are mixing, melt a few chocolates. Use the back of a metal spoon to lightly coat the bottom and sides of the crust. This helps to keep the crust crisp so that in a day or so the pie filling won’t have made it soggy! It also adds an extra crunch!

Add in the pie filling and garnish with chocolate shreds, little peanuts, chocolate sprinkles, cocoa powder… or leave plain!

Chill and then eat!

 

Yes, I think I will enjoy Super Bowl Sunday :)

 

❤ Kate