Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Sara's Baby Blessing

Sara was given a name and blessing by her Dad on May 7, 2017. We're going to Utah in a couple weeks and couldn't decide if we should wait and do it then when our parents would be there, or to bless her in our home ward here in SA. In the end we decided that she is our little Texas girl and we wanted to bless her here in our home ward. My Gneiting cousins from Austin and Brad's sister, Lisa and their families made the drive to spend the day with us. Our best friends, The Highams, Trejos, and the Cooks were all here and stood in the circle as well. We felt a lot of love and happiness for our little family and daughter. My mom sent my blessing dress in the mail a month ago, and it was extra special having her wear the same dress I was blessed in, in Murcia, Spain a little over 26 years ago.
Burns Cousins
Brad gave a wonderful blessing. He talked about the joy Sara has brought into our home and blessed her to continue to bring joy and happiness to those around her. He blessed her to gain a strong testimony in the gospel and to pray and build a relationship with her Savior through her life. I bore my testimony and talked about an experience I had earlier in the week reading an Ensign article that quoted president Hinckley. He said "Stop seeking out the storms, and enjoy more fully the sunlight." At the time I thought I had read it "Sometimes we need to endure the storm to enjoy more fully the sunlight." Anyway, I love this quote! It made my heart burn with happiness. Our family hasn't endured the hardest storms, but for the storms we have endured, right now is a time in our life of pure sunlight. Our little Sara has brought the brightest joy and light into our home. Brad and I have been soaking up this little girl and enjoying everything there is baby. I seriously just look at her and start to cry at least once a week. We may not have waited as long as some do, but we did hope, pray, and wait for this special girl to join our family and blessing her on Sunday was such a wonderful day.

Cute shoes and socks from Grandma Teresa

After the blessing we had meal at our house and hung out with family and friends...and obviously I made a cake ;).

Carson Gneiting, Nicole and Devin Gneiting


I don't think I've ever written a post on Tot-school here on the blog. Almost two years ago, we moved from our apartment into our townhouse. I had been doing little daily lesson plans for Jaxon and I to do together. My friend commented how she would pay me to do them with her daughter too. When I said something to Brad he said, "Well why not? Isn't that what your major was in college...", We could turn the garage into a classroom." I hadn't really thought about being able to do it and then when we started talking about the idea it seemed perfect! I wanted to buy cool toys and craft supplies anyway, and this way it would all be funded and the lesson plans could be for a group of toddlers instead of just Jaxon. I sent out an email to a few friends with toddlers around Jaxon's age and to my surprise they all replied that they would love to do it!

So Tot- school began. The initial start up was a lot of work. I had so much fun putting together the classroom, buying supplies and creating lesson plans for the year. It was only once a week on Tuesday mornings and I think that's why a lot of parents liked it. It wasn't a huge commitment, but a good outing for the toddler and free time for moms each week. My goal and philosophy was for the kids to have a positive initial learning experience, to learn to follow routine and schedule, and to work on different developmental activities each week.

I would be lying if I said I loved it every week, but for the most part it has been a really positive experience. Jaxon LOVED it and always looked forward to his friends coming each week. I felt like I was using my college education well, and some of Jaxon's toys were being payed for.

When I started doing this Jaxon was the youngest in the group and barely talking. He wasn't the oldest this year, but he has grown up so much in two years. I'll love these memories forever and remember each one of these cute toddlers. I'm glad there is social media so I can see them grow up ;) I have a million pictures from tot-school so here are just a few from the last two years to remember.

Jaxon on his first day of Tot-school! September 2015

2015-16 class (Jaxon, Sammy, Brinley, Derek, Chloe, and Ada)

First Day of School 2016

2016-17 class (Gemma, Austin, Jaxon, Enok, Sammy, Cal)

Sara 2 Months

I feel like we started to really get into the swing of this whole family of 4 thing this month. The first month I was nervous to go out of the house, but this month I successfully navigated a few shopping trips, library, zoo, and park trips on my own. Something that honestly bugs me that people keep saying or asking is .."Don't you just love having a girl?..Aren't girls the best?..Isn't it so much more fun to dress a girl?" I love little Sara and it is fun having a girl, but honestly I love having and raising a boy just as much. I  like dressing Jaxon. I love his personality, and I love hers. I know I used to say stuff like that when I found out my friends were having boys, so I guess I'll just watch what I say more now.

Her face in this picture cracks me up!
Sara Month 2:
- We went in for her 2 month checkup and Sara got her first round of immunizations. She sucked down the oral one like it was candy and the nurse commented how she should have saved that one for after the shots. I didn't think I would cry this time, but I totally did.. I know it's best, but it still just breaks my heart to see my baby poked.
- Sara is 13 lbs. (75%), 24" long (95%), and has a head circumference of 15" (50%). I'm always a little proud to have big healthy babies, but it does make me a little sad they don't stay little longer!
-Started to follow Jaxon around with her eyes. She likes to watch him play and sometimes gets a little nervous when he starts getting to close to her, lol.
- Went to church for the first time (5 weeks old)
- Is smiling a lot! She is so smiley and happy. At her check up Dr Dominguez looked right at her and said hi. She gave him, a big smile and he said "Wow she's really aware and responsive." She smiles for lots of people but her biggest smiles are saved for Mom, and Dad.
- She is super talkative. She loves to "oo" and "ahh." One night I layed on the ground next to her and for almost 30 minutes she just talked back and forth with me. It cracks us up/ makes my heart melt. She has a lot to say and loves attention.
- She is so easy going! She's so easy to take places and will sit in her swing, chair, or bed until she is ready to eat. I'm glad she's happy to hang out, but I still love having her nap on me and usually lay with her on the couch for one nap a day while Jax watches a show... Baby cuddles are just the best and I'm going to enjoy them while I can!
-She slept through the night for the 1st time this month!! Seriously MIRACLES happen! Jaxon and sleep just didn't happen for the first year of his life so I don't know what happened, but we scored with this girl. I usually dream feed her around 10:30-11 PM and she wakes up around 3:30 and then again at 7:30am, but there have been a few nights she sleeps through and doesnt wake up until 6:30!
- Went swimming for the first time this month!

Went in this month for my OB check up..
We LOVE Dr. Haun!

First Church Day

2 months comparison picture ;)