It seems that a monthly update is the way things go these days. So, here is the update for November:
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. Grandma and Papa U have arrived to their new home in the Green (though currently white) state of Vermont. Today is their 4th full day of living in Vermont and tomorrow we will be spending Thanksgiving together. We cannot express how exciting it for them to finally be here! Their house next door to us is almost done and they should be able to move in by the end of the year (they are in a rental now).
On a semi-related note, tomorrow after our Thanksgiving dinner, us two moms will be taking a weekend trip to NH to go shopping and get away. Andy is staying here with Grandma and Papa U. It will be the first time he has stayed overnight without us. I am both relieved and ecstatic to have someone here that we can feel comfortable with him staying with. That is not to say that he won’t be missed and that I am not apprehensive a little to leave him for the first time overnight.
In other news, Andy is two years and three plus months now. He is growing and learning so fast it is crazy. His current favorites: snow, cooking, playing cars and trucks, grapefruit, chocolate milk and vacuum trucks. Love this boy.
Just a short note about our other little one. We started a baby pool. Go here and guess: Nitro’s Baby Pool This was from about 9 weeks ago now but probably the only ultrasound we will have. Say hi to little Nitro!
Another busy month has passed in the Titus household. I looked at the last post and date it was publish and thought, “Wow, it has been a long time.” Then I realized how much has occurred in that timeframe and felt much better about it. We left for Florida for our Disney vacation of fun after a short trip to Burlington for a work-related conference. We spent a week away and had a great time. I have lots of photos coming as soon as we order the digitals from our Disney photo-pass. I will also discuss our thoughts on the photo-pass experience when I post those. Then we flew back with Grandma and Papa-U in tow to Vermont. They were here to mostly monitor the progress on their house. Yes, their house! As in… they have one. Well they have the frame of a house at least and it has a roof! The building has officially begun and they will hopefully be living next door to us by the end of this year. Just in time for a harsh (as predicted by some sources) winter and the arrival of grand-baby number two. I should also mention for the sake of excuses for not updating sooner that we all got sick on the last day of the Florida trip and flew home miserably on the plane. We remained sick for a full week before anyone felt like doing anything and are just now starting to get back into our normal routine.
On the second baby front, we had our one and hopefully only ultrasound last week and found out that we are indeed expecting a baby and everything about him or her looked normal! Yay. He or she is measuring a couple days smaller than our estimated date but looked great. Now that I am feeling much better and getting over the sickness, I have started working on our house transformation which will take quite some time. We had a contractor and plumbing do some preliminary work and are transforming our former open basement to a master bedroom/bathroom/closet/storage room. The next step is cleaning out the basement to get ready for paint and tile in the bathroom. Once that is done we will get some finishing work done and move downstairs to free up our current bedroom for Nitro (the Amazing!).
Andy! Andy is a two-year old. OMG how did it happen. He loves to answer every question initially with “No” and is a very active boy. He loves trucks, cars, planes, helicopters, construction vehicles, pretty much anything with an engine. He has also developed an interest in Buzz Lightyear (I think because he flies and has a spaceship) and Woody from Toy Story. He also loves his doll, Pete and Pete’s stroller and other accessories. He likes to color, eat ‘bars’ (snack bars), and is starting to engage in pretending which is great. His first love, dance, is still strong and he will dance to show his excitement for different things. He loves to read and will bring you an endless supply of books to read one right after another if you let him. He is talking a lot and learning so fast it is amazing. I love this boy!!
We are smack in the middle of fall here in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Some areas have reached their peak and trees are loosing the leaves rapidly but there is still a lot of great color. It is getting cool and I had to break out the winter box of clothing (which will soon no longer be an issue when we get out giant 5′ by 14′ closet painted downstairs). Andy asks almost daily for snow and I am sure we are soon to see some. I am very excited for winter this year despite the fact that I can not do some of the more fun winter activities like ski or sled. I will still be trying out my new-to-me snowshoes and playing in the snow with Andy as soon as it arrives. We are also excited for the holidays with family involved this year! Great times to come….
This is the obligatory post to post-announce that we are expecting the arrival of a second baby in late February 2014. Most people reading this should be aware of that fact already so I will use this post to answer some frequently asked questions about this conception and pregnancy.
1. I (Mandi) am pregnant again. Ashley has no desire to go through this process and maintains that she was under no hormonal influence the last go round and therefore clearly remembers the reality of pregnancy and birth. She simply could not convince me that this was a bad idea.
2. I got pregnant this time using the same process as the previous time. If you do not remember, here are the links to my posts addressing this process: Family Friday XXIV: Educational Series I, Family Friday XXV: The One with the Heartbeat and More Education, and Family Friday XXVI: Educational Series III. Note: We used the same donor that we used for Andy so they will be full siblings.
3. It took three months or cycles this go round to get a positive pregnancy test (last time it was the second month/cycle). Cost was about the same as last because even though the price had gone up per sample, we used less sample per cycle this time. Again, proving I do not have any fertility issues.
4. Before Andy was born we had a great nickname for him: Turk. As in turkey. As in baster. This time around we sought the great advice of Ashley’s father (PapaU) who coined the term “Turk” for Andy. This time we again have a clever-tied-to-the-process name for our little fetus. Nitro the Amazing! Nitro for short. Nitro works for a boy or girl right? It is going to have to because we are planning to have a surprise this time. So no need to ask about the sex.
Anything I am forgetting?
This is a post that I had drafted and intended to posted shortly after the last update. Here comes the but. But, something happened shortly after I drafted this post and time stood still for a couple of months. A first trimester sickness took over our lives. Fortunately, we seem to have mostly made it through. Trimester two has started and little Nitro is growing growing growing. Anyway here is the original post…
This is our boy. But by boy I mean B-O-Y boy! He loves ‘boy’ stuff, He also loves being like his Ma-mom and socializing with anyone and everyone.
Even though this is finally posted I am still way behind on updates. More to come.
Last weekend I posted Four Years Ago. It was simple post with some photos from our wedding. Every year for our anniversary we spend the day together. It is one of those traditions that we decided is a must do. If I am working, I take the day off and we do something cool together. This year our anniversary happened to fall on Saturday so I didn’t have to take the day off work but we did have visitors from the south so we made a plan to spend the day together. It was fantastic. We decided to take the tram up to the top of Jay Peak and have a family picnic lunch.
We also went over to Burlington for a little shopping and then headed home through Stowe to hit up Crop (a great place to eat, local, hippie, you know us…). We had a great day together!
Alas, an update on our lives. The big stuff that you may not have gotten from the silly little posts that I have managed to get out over the past year or so. I think everyone knows that we made the move to Vermont. We got here and got settled and wondered “Why oh why did we not move sooner?” Of course there are good answers to that question but I won’t go into that at the moment. This post is about something else. So we made it to Vermont and we love it here. We also made it through the first full winter in Vermont and even managed to have a little fun, some of which involved taking well timed vacations to less wintery places. We went to DC and Florida in February and March respectively. We returned to Vermont with no major travel plans in sight and ready for the winter to fade into Spring. We returned home knowing that within mere weeks we would no longer be the only Titus family in Newport, VT.
Then something happened. One of those life events that makes you realize that you have a lot less control over your life than you think you do… A large white cat walked quietly into a Florida kitchen where a grandma stood oblivious to his presence. Bam! Our lives changed. Two days (and useless appendages later, don’t worry she will be fine eventually) we were in Florida again to care for poor Grandma. Because of what I will call the Unfortunate Incident, the grandparents move to Vermont is delayed several months. We did however get two additional trips to Florida this Spring. Thanks, Grandma!
Somewhere along the way we obtained a toddler. I mean really, how does it happen so fast? Last year around this time our baby, BABY, wasn’t even a year old, could barely walk, couldn’t talk or pee in a potty. Wow what a difference a year makes…
Things happen on a daily basis that I think about posting to share with everyone and then somehow life gets in the way and those things become less at the forefront of my memory. Things like Andy calling a cookie a cook-cook, or Andy being so excited to get his night time boobie (yes, we are still breastfeeding but only before bed and when he wakes up) that he called it his “boo-bee bee-boo.” Those things are old news now but I want to remember them forever because things change too fast.