Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Welcome home Uncle Casey!

The big event that happened for us over Christmas break was that Casey came home from his mission in Alaska on December 30th.  All of my family was in town, and we had a lot of fun!
 We decorated his room
 Here he is, off the plane!

 Getting together and eating with family
And of course, we had a family picture in the backyard later!


We had a great Christmas!  We have never done Christmas at our own house, and it was very fun.  After we opened our gifts (toddler speed), we went and spent the rest of the day at my parents' house!
 The best Christmas gift

 Davis got a bike from Santa
 He loves this toy!  So fun!
 Family Christmas jammies--with a squirmy toddler!
 Coloring with his new crayons
 Loving the bike

Got a new hat--just like Grandpa Rusch's!

Introducing Reagan Marie Rusch

Here is the story of Reagan's birth:
On December 10, we had an appointment with the OB/GYN.  Chris said beforehand that he hoped that the doctor would say that it was time to deliver her, but I was not that hopeful.  However, Dr. Leavitt observed that Reagan had dropped again (for the second time) and said that she could come any time.  He said that there was not any danger in inducing her before she let us know that she was ready to come, and frankly, I was ready to be done being pregnant!  We decided to induce her the next day, and he called the hospital to see when we should show up.  We were told to be at the hospital at 8 the next morning.  It is very nice to be able to plan for when your baby will arrive!  So I got everything packed, and we dropped Davis off with my parents the next morning. We went to the hospital and I was started on the IV, and not long after, was given the epidural, which helped me sleep (I was not able to do that the night before!)  At about 6:00, Dr. Leavitt came in and asked Chris if he wanted to put on a gown.  At around 6:30, Reagan was born.  She was delivered by her daddy, which was a lot of fun. Of course, he had help from the doctor!  One of the first things I heard about her was that she had a lot of hair!  We kind of expected that, because we both had a lot of hair when we were born, and so did Davis.  She cried as soon as she was born, but then just looked around in amazement at everything after that.  She was amazed with the world and amazed with what there was to see!

We are so glad to have Reagan in our home!  It took a lot of faith and prayers to get her here, and we are grateful for her sweet spirit!

Update on how I am doing with this baby
Breastfeeding--I tried for 12 days.  The nurses all assured me that it was not any problem with me, but she could not latch.  She was losing weight.  After 12 days of trying so hard, I threw in the towel.  I decided that being a mother to Davis and to Reagan is so much more important, and does not weigh on my ability to breastfeed.
Swaddling--I am not sure that she is always a fan, but it does help her to calm down quite a bit.  So yes, we are doing it, and yes, it is good.
Calmness--Having two babies is a lot busier than having one.  Duh.  But I have been able to do pretty well at managing the whole thing.  Davis likes Reagan, but seems to pretty much keep his distance from her, which at this point, is okay.  But they both do seem to need me at exactly the same time, which is sometimes hard!

Here are some family pictures that we had taken a few days after her birth:

Monday, January 5, 2015


We have sooooo much to be grateful for, and we were able to celebrate that during Thanksgiving at my family's cabin in Island Park.  We love Island Park.  Anyway, we were able to go up there with my parents and our very dear friends, the Kennards.  Here are a few pictures from our adventure, in no particular order!

Our yummy meal.

Snowmobiling in Island Park!

 Davis doing his two favorite things at the cabin--watching TV and riding his "bike"

 Davis with one of his favorite people during this vacation--Araksya's mother
 Reading with our boy.
What a cute kid!
Things we are grateful for:
  • A great family who loves each other
  • Comfortable circumstances in which we live
  • A free country
  • Living close to so much family
  • A husband who has a great job to provide for his family
  • Being able to stay home and take care of the kids
  • An education
  • The comforts of life--Araksya taught us, once again, how well we have it!
  • The gospel
  • The Savior
  • Temples
  • And the list goes on and on and on . . .

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Little girl's nursery

Well, less than two weeks until due date!  I finally have the finishing touches done on Reagan's nursery!

 This was a little project that I have had in mind for quite a while. . . probably since we found out that she is a girl!
Things that are different about this pregnancy than my last:
  • Weight--I was much heavier starting the last pregnancy, so I gained more weight too.  On this one, I have not been as heavy, which is a very good thing.
  • Jumpier legs--leg jumping has tormented me a lot during this pregnancy!
  • Feeling the baby--because my placenta has been placed differently, I have felt her a lot more and a lot sooner than I felt Davis
Things I hope are different with this baby:
  • Breastfeeding--I hope I am successfully able to breastfeed Reagan.
  • Calmness--I feel like I am a lot better equipped with understanding of how babies work, and will be able to be a lot more calm with this one.
  • Swaddling--It seems like a good idea.  Davis did not like the idea.  But I think I will be much more of an "assertive swaddler" with her.
We are pretty excited to have a new baby at our house!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Two years old!!

Our little Davis is not so little any more; he is two years old! Just in the last few months, he is getting to be so much fun!
For his birthday, we had about 4 different present unwrappings, and lots of fun!  We went to story time on Thursday, then went to Grandma and Grandpa's house to play with them.  On Friday, we met friends at Chick-Fil-A and played in the play area and had lunch and opened presents again!  Birthday dinner was homemade Macaroni and Cheese with homemade Pumpkin Bread.
 When it is your birthday and you ask for a cookie for breakfast, Dad will give you an Oreo cookie!

 First day of present unwrapping

And he got a great book.  That ended the first session and kept him busy for a long time!

The second present unwrapping.  He got snow pants, a coat, and boots.  He practiced walking in his new outfit for a while and loved it!

At Chick-Fil-A with Mommy and Daddy, Grandma and Grandpa, Great Grandma and Grandpa, Chase, Joni, Alvin and Clark, and Marcela and Damian.  This place was chosen because of the play area, which is a lot of fun!  We also had the third present unwrapping here, but then had to play in the play area!

We then went home and opened the gift from Grandma and Grandpa and loved it!  It was a little Fisher Price farm, which is his favorite!
Things I want to remember about Davis at two years old:
  • He is so sweet and so excited to have a baby girl join our family!  He will be a "bee ba," or a big brother.
  • He is getting so good at talking, toddler style.  Like my parents say, he talks in complete sentences.  The trick is getting to the point where we understand the whole sentence, but it is getting easier:
    •   "Mi Mi" means "Excuse me." It is used any time he needs to get by or if he "tooted," which means toots or burps.
    • "Wa Wees" means "water." 
    • "Ba na," means "Banana."(Because, really, there are way too many letters in that word)
  • He loves to go "bye bye."
  • He loves to read books and gets to have "two books" to go to bed with every night.
  • He thinks it is pretty cool to have a big boy bed, and especially loves to be able to come into our room in the morning and ask to get "up, please" in our bed.
  • Pretty much every day, we have a conversation where he tells me that he is happy. 
  • He LOVES my iPad.  The iPad's name is "Animals," and he loves to play the animals game or the drawing game, which he calls, "Color."
  • He loves anything having to do with any kind of animals.  He knows pretty much what all animals say.
  • He can run really fast, and is the best jumper ever.  We have heard that he gets the best vertical of anyone in nursery!
  • All big trucks, buses, or bulldozers are trains, and make the sound, "Choo choo."
  • He gives the best kisses, which means that he puts his mouth on your cheek.
  • He loves to go outside, and will go anytime it is allowed.
  • He loves nursery, and is good friends with the nursery leaders.
  • Whenever he does something that results in one of his favorite things being taken away, or being moved, he begs to have it back by saying, "I sawy."
Oh, how we love this little boy!