Aviana 23 months

aviana

In just over a month Matt and I will be the parents of a 2 year old and a newborn! Life is bound to be craziness for awhile but I’m so excited and can’t wait for Baby L to arrive! Here is a little about our Aviana at 23 months.

Aviana: 23 months
Height: 34 inches
Weight: 28 pounds
#Teeth: All but her 2 year old molars!

Favorite Foods: all fruits (she could eat fruit all day!), honey (likes it on her yogurt), cereal, favorite veggie is carrots

Favorite Toys:
Playing with dolls is still her favorite thing to do. She LOVES babies, she’ll say “baby cry” and then pick up her baby and hug the doll or she will give the doll a bottle. She still loves to cover her babies with blankets and pat their backs while saying, “night night.” On Mondays and Wednesdays she is the first one to arrive at daycare so sometimes they will ask her if she wants to see the babies in the nursery. I guess this is where she picked up her ‘Mommy skills’. She gets very excited about all things baby related, I think she’ll be a wonderful big sister :)!

Favorite Books: The Elmo Seek and Find book. Aviana and Matt read this every night before bed. It amazes me how she can name everything in the book now and knows where all the objects are. This book has become bedtime routine followed by the farm animal book (one of those touch books) which she flips through and kisses each animal and says ‘night night’. I especially love when she says goodnight to the cow and the sheep. She says, night night moo, night night baaaa.

Speaking of nighttime routine, Matt has taken this over in the last month so that Aviana is used to him putting her to bed since very soon I will be busy nursing a newborn every two hours! They sing the same songs every night and it always has to be in the same order, old macdonald, twinkle twinkle little star, and baaa baaa black sheep. Sometimes I spy on them rocking and singing on the video monitor because it makes my heart happy!

New Vocab: Aviana can count to 3 and knows her colors! She says 2-3 word sentences and you can tell she understands almost everything anyone says to her.

That’s our 23 month old in a nutshell. Now to get back to her 2nd birthday party planning before she awakes from her nap!

Laura ūüôā

Advertisements

Christy’s Z Sister Bachlorette Day and Laura’s Maternity Pictures

Our little family rose early Saturday morning and headed north to my parent’s house. Matt dropped me off at the spa for Christy’s Sister Spa Bachlorette party! Christy had her typical bachelorette party in NYC last weekend with but since I’m super pregnant (36 weeks!) and Bekah is under 21 we decided to have a separate more laid back Spa bachelorette party for her, Z sister style! So Saturday morning, my Mom, Christy, Kate, Bekah and I were pampered with massages and pedicures, followed by yummy lunch and some shopping. With the aches and pains that the last few weeks of pregnancy bring, I was very thankful for my prenatal massage. It was a wonderful girl’s day, Z sister bonding day, celebrating our Christy! That night the celebrations continued, with a delicious PB cake (I’ll have our baker Kate post the recipe!) to celebrate my Dad’s birthday (he requests PB chocolate cake every year!)

Sunday was picture day for our family! Did you all know that Bekah is an amazing photographer? She did Christy’s engagement pictures and I just loved them so we asked her to do my maternity pictures as well as some family shots. Here are just a few of my favorites!

Laura ūüôā

pic 17

pic 14

pic 13

pic 12

pic 11

pic 10

pic 9

pic 7

pic 6

pic 5

pic 3

Showered With Love

My bridal shower on Saturday was a day of cupcakes, presents, games, laughter, and love. It had all the pieces of a wonderful memory! Held at a local restaurant, my girls created a creative and personalized space perfect for the occasion. My bridesmaid, Megan, made confetti and heart streamers from pages of my favorite novel, “The Great Gatsby.” My big sister and matron of honor, Laura, having organized the event, brought the most delicious cupcakes I’ve ever eaten! There were amazing hors’ dourves and flavored water and lemonade. We all raved about the food for days!

My maid of honor, Kelly, had contacted Rick and had him write the story of how we met. Guests tried to fill in blanks, which resulted in some hilarious responses! The biggest uproar resulted from the line, “When in Baltimore, Christy first introduced me to______.” The correct answer is “sushi,” but my mother in law screamed out “Sex!” Horrified, and sitting next to my mother, my face turned scarlet red. My friend, Colleen, immediately defended my honor with, “Christy’s not that kind of girl!” Haha, thanks Colleen! Later, Rick and I laughed that our parents meeting is a bit like the movie “Meet the Fockers,” as their conservative and liberal lifestyles combine. In our opinion, it is the perfect balance!

The generosity bestowed on me that day from my family and friends was overwhelming. Rick and I are truly blessed to have such caring, sincere people in our lives. We stocked our kitchen with all kinds of new things, including a coffee maker, crock pot, kitchenaid and more. My best friends put thought into their gifts with framed art of where Rick and I are getting married connected to where we’re honeymooning. They had a bridal bath robe embroidered with my new name “Mrs. Dietz,” and supplied us with our first set of Christmas ornaments. Laura also personalized her gifts with a Dietz family doormat and my something blue, a handkerchief with our names and wedding date embroidered on it. All in all, I could not have asked for more! Enjoy the pictures taken from the well known photographer in the family, the youngest Z, my Bekah.

Love, Christy

IMG_8685

IMG_8617

IMG_8662

IMG_8605

IMG_8563

IMG_8565

IMG_8561

IMG_8592

IMG_8598

IMG_8719

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!

photo

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

A California New Years

“I don’t think I can handle another winery.”¬† I slightly sway and giggle as I look over at Rick’s sister, Heidi, who is not in a much better condition than I am.¬† “How is it that I was only drinking tiny sips, and I feel this lightheaded?”¬† Heidi laughs, a resident of California, she¬†has done the Napa and Sonoma Valley wine tours with her friends and family numerous times before. ¬†She tells me laughingly that those little sips sneak up on you, and as I can now tell you from experience, she’s not kidding!

Our day at the wineries was one of my favorite days on our week trip to California over New Years.  The beauty of the northern California countryside is breathtaking, and I felt a bit like John Steinbeck as I admired the rolling hills of the valley.  I finally could see for myself the beauty of a state I had read so much about in my literary studies.  For those of you who have never explored the vineyards of Napa and Sonoma Valley, I would recommend both, but Sonoma is certainly more affordable, and you experience the same beautiful land, luscious wine and captivating, friendly people.

Prior to our¬†day at the vineyards, we spent three nights in Bodega Bay,¬†residing in¬†a charming “bungalow” on the coast.¬† Home of the setting for Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds,” I fell in love with this quiet, coastal town, that¬†you can pass in the blink of an eye.¬† I told Rick that I could truly see myself living somewhere like Bodega Bay, and buying a cute, little house near the ocean, where each morning I would take long walks by the water with our dog, or sit a top a rock and write short stories and novels.¬† He laughs lovingly at my dreams, embellishing my whims with tales of us eating fresh fish and chips and picnicing on the sand.

Our bungalow was spacious with a hot tub and a fireplace.  With hardly any neighbors, we were able to relax in the hot tub and watch the sunset as deer pranced by.  We brought in the new year next to a roaring fire, playing board games and sipping on delicious almond champagne.  My New Years Eve for many years before have been filled with loud voices and overcrowded venues, and it was remarkably peaceful to be somewhere calm and serene with the man I love and will soon marry.  I imagine this feeling is what I have heard so many older people talk about; the time has come where going out, clubbing or dancing all night no longer has the same appeal.

We spent a day each in San Francisco and Santa Cruz, relishing the fall like temperatures and watching the dolphins and sea lions.  It amused me how the sea lions prop against each other and sleep without a care in the world.  We walked the boardwalk of Santa Cruz, the beach empty except for a few homeless people on blankets.  We explored the small shops of the San Francisco wharf, stopping to buy chocolates and get pictures in front of the over-sized Christmas tree.

The decision to vacation¬†over winter break is quickly becoming a tradition for us.¬†¬†After spending a bustling, exciting Christmas with our families, it¬†is nice to get away to a new place we have never been, and soak in new people, new¬†experiences, and¬†unexplored pieces of God’s beauty.¬† As we¬†flew home on the plane, and wrote in our journal of travels together, I felt overwhelmingly lucky to have the opportunity to see¬†new places in the¬†world with this man as my companion.

-Christy

The first of many wineries...

The first of many wineries…

Bodega Bay Beach Sunset Ocean Bungalow Deer PrancingSea Lion