I just finished visiting my cousin's blog and seeing pictures of his beautiful new baby girls - twins Baily and Brynn born this morning! (Congrats Scott and Maran!) They are adorable... Mom looks tired, Dad looks happy, and big sister Hannah is going to have her hands full teaching her baby sisters everything. Seeing the blog update, their pictures, and knowing the babies were delivered happy and healthy, made me want to update my own blog and explain about the delay.
Our family has been busy over the last few months, and although much of it has been blog worthy, I have been putting it off for the following reason. Early in May, I found out I was pregnant. A little unexpected and caught off guard, David and I were both very excited about adding a new baby to our family. I had a doctor's appointment scheduled for June (11 weeks along), and had intended to share the news and include ultrasound photos of our new baby as soon as my appointment was over. Needless to say, things didn't quite work out that way. The doctor could not find a heart beat and soon discovered that the baby had stopped developing at about 6 weeks. Although I had miscarried 5 weeks earlier, my body had not yet realized that I was no longer pregnant. My uterus was enlarged and growing, and my body had continued to produce pregnancy hormones. I had a D & C procedure the following day, and had a (thankfully) quick and easy physical recovery. Emotionally, it has been difficult, but both David and I agree that things like this happen for a reason. Still not sure about adding another little Standring to our family, but hopefully next time around, we will be able to update the blog and share our news as we planned!
That being said, it has been difficult for me to want to update the blog. But I really can't put it off any longer, and I promise to add recent pictures of the boys - they are too cute for words and they deserve to be shared!
Ian is a busy, busy, busy 4 year old. He had a great birthday party in the beginning of June with his friend at Build-A-Bear Workshop, and has since started swimming lessons and it loving the pool. (We're hoping to break the floaty habit this summer... we'll see!) He is not only busy, but a big boy, weighing in at 44lbs and measuring a whopping 44 inches tall! Many people keep asking if he is starting kindergarten this year! He is not starting kinder, but will be starting a 3 day a week preschool program in September. He is excited for school to start, as he loves playing with kids his age and I know he will make lots of friends. Ian is also an EXCELLENT big brother and takes very good care of Nathan.
Speaking of Nathan... He turned a year old at the end of June, and is definitely keeping all of us on our toes. Very different from his big brother, he started walking in April, at 11 months old, and now it is hard for us to keep up. He loves to climb, and will scale anything on which he can get his little feet. He is also very loud, and must be the center of attention at all times. He is quite adorable, though, and has dimples, big blue eyes, and curly blond hair. I plan to take the kids to get formal pictures this week, and will try to add some of those to the blog if possible.
David is working, working, working at Intel. He celebrated his 38th birthday in July, and is enjoying time with the boys and playing WOW. If anything changes, I'll let you know... :o)
I, on the other hand, have had an awesome summer so far. On July 1, I got on a plane and headed to Europe for 12 days! I spent a week in Austria touring with my choir, then a much too brief 3 day visit in London with Charles and Nova. I missed my family, but it was a wonderful time with good friend, beautiful music, and taking care of myself for a change was quite refreshing. There are quite a few pictures posted on Facebook if you're interested. I am also getting ready to start school in a couple of weeks... Still working one day a week teaching sixth grade. It's a great option to be able to get out and keep my foot in the door of the teaching world, yet still focus on the boys and get to be home with them. Not sure how long it will last, but for now, it's pretty fantastic. We also joined the Gold River Racquet Club, which has been great fun for me, David, and the kids. The play center is great, I have enjoyed getting back into the work out habit, David and I have been playing tennis on the weekends, and Ian and Nathan both are loving the swimming pool. I hope that this will become a permanent fixture in our life, even after the summer is over, as I think it is a fun and healthy diversion and a good reason to get out of the house.
Ok, enough said. I'll do my best to get updates more often... Monthly, at the very least!
Hope you enjoy the pictures of the boys -they are growing up so fast!
Nathan & Ian in the tub.... Nathan at the ranch......
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