After dinner on Sunday night, Paisley and Kaitlyn heard some loud music (Teenage Dream, to be exact) and decided to bust out in a full blown dance party! This was only a small snip-it of what Lacey, Ben, Jason, and I had for entertainment! They were sooo cute and funny!
Maybe I should say "trim" :) it was barely that! She did an amazing job sitting still, and Michon did an amazing job cutting it! I had a sucker all ready to pull out, but we didn't even have to resort to that. She was a little wiggly, but nothing like I thought she would be. I sorta hated to get her hair trimmed, but it was looking kind of bad at the ends, and was starting to look pretty stringy. This little trim helped a ton with both issues. Here are some pictures from the big event! :)
It's been a while since my last post, and with good reason, we have been SUPER BUSY! I have lots of pictures to upload, and plan to do several separate posts soon, but for now, here's a quick update...
In the past month, I have started back to school, teaching 3 full days instead of the 3 half days I have done since Paisley was born. So far, so good! I actually really enjoy it. I miss Paisley, but love my time teaching, and still get home to her by around 3:30 everyday, and have Thursday-Sunday completely off with her. I feel like I am getting the best of both worlds! I am still doing Kindergarten in the afternoon, and now Pre-School in the morning. Didn't know how I would do with 3 yr olds, but they are *great!* Such a sweet group, so that makes my job much easier. :) Especially 7 months pregnant! Speaking of pregnant, I am now almost 29 weeks along, with 10 weeks left to go. This pregnancy is starting to kick my tail a bit, as I don't get much down time chasing a near 2 year old, but other than that, all is good. My feet and ribs think I am in my 9th month :) Paisley is starting to really pay more attention to my belly (How could you not?) and it's really sweet. She has even felt sister kick twice now, and both times seemed very surprised by what she felt! I had my Glucose tolerance test this week, and had another ultrasound 2 weeks ago. Little miss looked great, weighing in at 2 lbs 1 oz, measuring in the 35th percentile. Which is great compared to paisley at this point, who was always below the 10th %. So the best news, NO NON STRESS TESTS FOR US!! I had them twice a week for 11 weeks with Paisley! And ultrasounds every month, then every 2 weeks towards the end. I don't even have to get another ultrasound until 34 weeks. Big change from being hooked to a monitor 3 hours a week. GREAT NEWS!
We still don't have a name set in stone for this baby girl. We had a boy name ready to go, but nothing really for a girl. I pretty much got out our list from when we were naming Paisley, and those are still the names we love. Hopefully soon we will get something nailed down. This planner wants to know her baby's name, and I want Paisley to know, too! At this point, we are planning a scheduled c-section on December 12th. Looks like another Christmas in Ohio for the Spangler's!
Jason is doing well these days, too. Busy, busy, as usual, but this month seems to be a little better stress wise, which is funny because he is doing Orthopedic Trauma. :) I guess it's less HOMEwork, so he can actually relax a little in the evenings. The call is crazy busy, but that's to be expected I guess with Trauma in a big city. (Indianapolis) We are so looking forward to spending some time with him this weekend, as he has part of the day Saturday off, and all day Sunday! Wahoooo!
Paisley has had a crazy busy month as well as her Momma and Daddy. She has gone through a lot of big changes with Daddy being gone, and me going back to school, and she to a babysitter 3 full days. She has had some major separation anxiety set in, mostly happening at nighttime, that we are BOTH dealing with one day at a time! She was going to a new sitter a couple of days a week, then we were so blessed to have Carrie (her sitter since 10 weeks old!) offer to keep her all 3 days. She LOVES Carrie like family, and Jason and I love her too! She is truly an enormous blessing to us here in Ohio! Now that P is going there all 3 days, she seems to be doing better, but still having a hard time at nighttime. She wants me to stay in the room until she falls asleep, (we have always put her down awake), and the main issue is, if she wakes up in the night, she wants me to come back in her room until she goes BACK to sleep. Last night it was twice. NOT. FUN. This preggo Momma needs her sleep more than ever right now! I try letting her cry,and she will be awake for more than 2 hrs calling for me, and attempting to climb out of her crib. Oh boy, hopefully this phase will pass quickly! Otherwise, she is doing very well and growing and learning every day! She surprises me with the things she says and knows! Such a sweet and smart girl!
Keep checking back for more updates and some PICTURES! Thanks for checking in on us!
It was a beautiful morning here in Ohio, so Paisley and I made the most of it by getting out and about. We got all decked out in our TN orange to support Pat Summit, then headed out. First we went to the library to return a few things, and of course get a new Veggie Tales video. (P's new favorite thing!) Then it was off to the park.
She rode the airplane...
Then the dinosaur!! It took about 5 minutes to get up the courage, but she did it! She's not crying in this picture, only cringing :) She enjoyed every minute!
Once we left the park we went to Sam's for a few items, and we also picked up an Icee! Mmmm!! Paisley's first, (of course we shared!) and she is sold on them! Sam's has the best Icee's anyway!
Lacey and I recently decided to take the girls to a local pond and let them feed the ducks. They enjoyed every minute, and the ducks enjoyed my burned biscuits from the morning! At first we had no ducks near us... Then we had 2 little guys come over, and before long we looked out across the pond and there were ducks coming from every which way!
THEN, these guys came to crash our party. Mean ol' geese! They swam right over, walked up to us (about 6 feet away!) and hissed! Paisley screamed in fear, Lacey grabbed Kaitlyn and ran for it, but crazy me stayed and fought them off! Must be my Polk Co roots coming out, but that made me so mad! I swung my camera at them to keep them back, and finished feeding the ducks the bread. :) Lacey called out from the back ground "Have you ever seen video of geese attacking?" Hah, she was trying to protect me I guess but I am a little too stubborn!
We recently went to a Peach Festival, and unfortunately, we weren't very impressed with having many things to do. (The petting zoo was going to cost $8!) Luckily, they did have some blow up toys that we decided to let Paisley try out for the first time. Needless to say, she had a great time! She ran and bounced and played for quite a while! Later that day when we were home she would sign and say "more bounce!"
Paisley loves her baby dolls to no end. She plays with them a lot of the day, whether it's rocking them, feeding, them, giving them their "e-i", strolling them around, or whatever else. Here, she is at Kaitlyn's house, and she was having a ball with Kaitlyn's babies and accessories! She is going to be such a big helper when baby girl #2 comes along!
We had an awesome opportunity to go to a Dayton Dragons Baseball game and sit in a box through Jason's work. It was soooo nice! When we arrived, there were hamburgers, hotdogs, popcorn, snacks, drinks, pizza, fries, all kinds of food, and great company as well. We had a nice family night out, and I must say Paisley enjoyed every minute.
She LOVED the huge baseballs outside the park. Actually cried when we had to leave them!
At the Boonshoft Discovery Museum there is a section that Paisley would never step foot in, until recently! It is full of rubber shreds, and bones! Kids can dig and shovel, and brush to discover fossils, and Paisley was very excited to take part of the action this time. She had a great time discovering, indeed.
We tried painting with watercolors recently and Paisley did a great job! She was so careful about dipping the brush in water, then the paint, and painting on the paper only! She is going to be one creative kid!
Paisley recently learned to play "Ring Around the Rosie" and she wants to play ALL THE TIME! She and I play, we play with stuffed animals, Jason plays with us, until we can't play anymore... So Paisley improvises and holds her own hand, and plays by herself, when we are played out. Here she is in action!
It has been SOOOO HOT lately and I have thought many times how Paisley's hair must be bothering her on her neck, so last week, I finally tried the ponytail! It's not much of one, but adorable just the same! The only thing is, she looks like such a bog girl with her hair up. It's almost shocking! Daddy's not a big fan, and maybe that's why... :) Here's our girl and her PONYTAIL!
Oh, how time has FLOWN this year! Today is our sweet Paisley's 18th "mirthday". Half-way to 2 years old! With her birthday falling right at Christmastime, and the poor child getting all her gifts within days of each other, I have many times thought about doing her a big "half-birthday" party, and a *small cake and ice cream only* type real birthday party, but this year it looks like it won't be happening again! Maybe sometime down the road we will start doing that for her.
Paisley is doing great, and is a very happy child. She is progressing well developmentally, and we even got her a potty this weekend to start the training process. I know she is still quite young at this point, but she has shown interest, and had many signs of readiness. Although, I think she lacks the ability to sit still long enough to pee in a potty! We'll get there, sooner than later I predict. :) By Christmas would be ideal!
Paisley is still a climbing monkey girl, and I have grown eyes in the back of my head trying to keep her from visiting the ER at some point in her near future. She has no fear of heights, in fact, she has a thrill of heights! The higher she can get, the better! I was like that as a child, so she gets it honest. She loves to visit local parks and playgrounds, with her favorite still being the "Yide!", although she has recently opened up to swinging again. For a while she wasn't a fan. Her favorite thing to do is probably visit the Cincinnati Zoo. Animals are her thing, so she enjoys everything she sees at the zoo, especially the petting zoo area. She also loves a local children's museum, where she can run, play, and explore things just her size. Other than those things, she also loves having play dates with her BFF Kaityln, visiting family (or when family come to visit us) and just plain being outside. Inside, she loves to draw, paint, build with blocks, and heaven knows, play with her babies! She usually has Bitty Baby, and at least one other, usually two others nearby. She is so sweet to them, singing them songs, feeding them, giving them her milk, etc. She even tries to change their diapers. :) She doesn't understand the whole "gentle" concept yet, which is pretty funny to us. One second she is rocking and singing to the baby, the next second she may throw it on it's head on the hardwood to get one of the others! Adorable!
She is surprising us all the time with things she says, (nothing's off limits at this point) and things that she knows. She now can identify a circle, triangle, oval, and sometimes a square. She knows the colors purple, yellow, and most of the time blue and pink. Recently she and I were watching a rabbit in the backyard, and I turned away as she continued to watch. A few seconds later she started saying "two!, two!". I looked outside, not knowing what she meant at first, and saw that another rabbit had come into the yard to join the first rabbit. She saw TWO rabbits! What?!?! She has the ability to communicate just about anything she wants to, which is great for her and I, as it lessens the getting upset when I know what she wants/needs. Her ability to count aloud starts with 5, 6,8,9,10! We somehow skipped the whole 1-5 part. :)
Size-wise, Paisley is still a bit on the shrimpy side, but is bigger than she's ever been. She weighs 21 lbs, and is 31 in long. Putting her in the 10th-20th% for weight and almost 50th% for height. Grow, Paisley grow!
She is such an amazing child, and I know I speak for Jason and myself when I say, we are blessed beyond words to be her parents. She is truly our little angel!
We are a happy couple that has been married for over 5 years, and together for 12 years! We recently move from Virginia where Jason completed Medical School, to Ohio, where we will be spending 5 years for Jason to complete residency in Orthopedics. We bought our first home, and I am teaching part-time at a Montessori School. On top of that, we had our first child late December 2009. What better way to keep our friends and family posted than a blog!