La Famiglia Itri

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Two Months

Jane turned two months old yesterday. I can't believe how much she has grown already. We love having her around, and she has been a happy baby. Here are some things about her:

0 to 3 month onesies are getting tight. Wears size 1 diapers. Doesn't poop quite as often. Hasn't had a diaper rash yet. Her smiles are infectious. Has a good bedtime routine. Has slept up to nine hours in the night. Still a quick eater. Has made her first visit to another state. Still looks a lot like Lila. Eats every two hours during the day. Still light enough that Mommy carries her when walking Lila to school. Usually handles her car seat well. Takes a Binky. Nick loves to kiss her. Lila loves to hold her.

I am just loving having her around. And I'm also sick of people telling me how good I look. Although I am also very grateful for my body and its ability to bounce back. 

One month

I know this post is a month late, but Jane did turn a month old on August 31! So here were some things about her:

Still fitting in newborn clothes. Wears newborn diapers. Starting to have longer sleeps at night. Is learning how to take a bottle occasionally. Usually calms down a little bit when her diaper is changed. Doesn't mind the car seat. Loves it when mommy carries her when we walk Lila to school. Is the fastest eater out of all her siblings.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Nick Turns Free!

Nick was excited for his birthday for more than a month before it happened. He even understood the concept that he was two, and on his birthday he would turn three. (If you couldn't tell, he didn't earn free entry into anything, but pronounces his new age "free").

Here are some things about him:

kind and sweet. is sad when others are sad. loves his sisters. hoards. steals. puts everything he can find into a bag. seems fixated on taking things and grouping them to make them his. eats a lot more than most three year olds. this includes sardines on crackers with cream cheese. good at riding his scooter. won't use pedals on a bike. favorite show is The Lion Guard. he loves screen time. sings along to most anything. has pretty good rhythm. is sleep deprived constantly because he refuses to go to bed at a normal time, then wakes up at 7:00 or earlier. recently kicked his binky habit (against his will). shares a room with Lila. likes to sleep in just his underwear. his pronunciation of that word sounds like "wonder wear." pronounces again "oh-gen". adds "just so you know" to the end of many of his proclamations. his best friend is Linley Yarn. knows all his colors, but no letters and counts 2-1-3.

For his birthday, we invited Linley's family to a bounce house with us. We had a lot of fun!

Then we ate Chick-fil-A for lunch!

Then we came home and made Nick's birthday cake. He picked chocolate!

Then we ate one of his favorites, red pasta for dinner. After that, we had grandma and grandpa and Nikenzie over for presents and cake and ice cream! Also, remember how I mentioned that Nick loves to steal things and stash them in strange places? Well, his candle in the shape of a large #3 went missing. I looked everywhere for it. So he ended up with NO candles on his cake! It was horrible!!! (Except Grandma was glad that there was no spit on her cake since he didn't blow all over it.) I found it a few days later in the freezer.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Happy Birth Day Jane!

We are so excited to have our little Janey baby home with us. Obviously, I don't really blog anymore. But I still need to keep a record of my adorable children. So here is a readers digest version of how things went.

I was induced, although I really didn't want to be. I had to choose a new doctor for this baby since the one who delivered Lila and Nick retired last year. One of the main reasons I picked the doctor I picked was because I wanted the same doctor to see me at each of my visits and then deliver my baby. Here in the Valley of Utah the dominant OBGYN just has you see random people and a random person delivers you. I had to do some digging to get around that.

Anyway, I found out at 38 weeks pregnant that my doc was going out of town the day after my due date. So I could either be induced before he left, or have some stranger deliver my baby. Or I could wait until 8 days after my due date if I didn't go into labor on my own, which I didn't want to do for safety reasons for my baby.

So I was due on my 10 year anniversary. Which caused us to push up the induction date even one day sooner. Then I made a bad choice to get an epidural, which was definitely the wrong choice. It truly only affected one side, and baby girl came much quicker than we expected. Since I could feel half of what was going on, and the duration was so short, I regret that decision. I ended up spending money and enduring a big needle for basically no reason. (I made the choice because I didn't think I could last another 6-8 hours without it. But since it was only about another hour, it totally would have been doable. Plus the fact that I could feel half of it anyway. Might as well go all the way, right!?)

Jane struggled at first to breath. Since we have had 2 kids before and we are both nurses, Todd and I could both tell right away that something wasn't right. In the 25 minutes following her birth, we heard a lot of scary words like "intubation," "crash cart," and "transfer to Provo." Somehow, we lucked out and she only had to be moved to the small NICU on site for CPAP that lasted about an hour. After that she did much better and we are so grateful that we didn't have to do anything more drastic. It is a horrible feeling to have your baby taken away before you have even seen her face.

The next few days went well, and then we all came home. Lila was delighted to have baby around and was a big help and very good. Nick was delighted to have baby around, but was mad at mommy and started acting out. I am grateful that he didn't act out toward Jane, but it was still sad when he wouldn't even let me hold him when he was crying about something to comfort him. He is doing better now, but unfortunately did learn that he doesn't actually have to do everything we ask him to, so I don't think he will ever go back to being quite as sweet and obedient as before.

Jane Eliza Itri
11:29 am
6 lbs 11 oz
19.5 inches long

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Lila is 6

Our dear daughter has turned 6 years old. My oh my. She is sometimes the sweetest, most wonderful, loving, kind girl. Other times she screams and hits and won't listen to anything. Oh the joys of raising children! But we always love her and I have learned to try and feel sad instead of angry when she is acting out. And to treasure and soak in all the great moments. How lucky I am to be this girl's mom. Here are some things about her:

still loves pink. kayla is still her best friend. LOVES kindergarten. i think she loves it so much because of her amazing teacher, Ms. Monroe. reads like a boss. adds and subtracts better than anyone in her class. still needs training wheels. likes going to the park. loves holding babies. loves playing in the snow. can make her own snowman. loves chocolate donuts with sprinkles. loves to draw and color. makes lots of messes with paper and writing utensils. loves star wars, although she has never even seen an entire movie. is nervous about moving. but sometimes also gets excited. is very concerned with how she looks. she looks great no matter what. likes to boss around her little brother. he never listens. is over-the-moon excited that new baby will be a sister. writes cards and draws pictures for people all the time. likes to follow the rules. doesn't seem to notice that she breaks all the rules at home. but follows them everywhere else. frequently informs her parents when they are doing something inappropriate ("mom, you aren't wearing your seatbelt!"). learning about music and loves it. her ballet class got more serious and technical and she says it's not as fun :(. is becoming more responsible. as always, we love her to pieces and can't imagine life without her.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Nick is Two

Nick turned two and I wasn't around to see it. In fact, I completely forgot about it. Some parent I am, huh? I was too busy frolicking around the shores of Hawaii and didn't even say happy birthday when we FaceTimed with him. Yup. I guess all that sun brainwashed me. Nevertheless, I love him deeply and am so glad to call him mine! Here are some things about him:

loves riding his new scooter. likes most foods. loves sweets. teases his sister. loves her to death. worries when people get hurt and asks "ok? ok?". we think he would like nursery if it wasn't at nap time. likes to copy mom and Lila. this has resulted in painted toenails, wearing headbands, and sporting Lila's pink panties. speaking of panties, he hasn't used a diaper since the 4th of July. pees and poops on the potty like a champ. we are still trying to get him to say undies instead of panties. had a hard time with pooping on the potty at first but now he loves it. also sleeps in undies and doesn't wet the bed. we are so stinking proud of this accomplishment. loves being outside. has a nicely growing vocabulary. loves brushing his teeth. still takes a binky during naps and at night. tries to sneak it out of his crib during the day when I'm not looking. has recently developed an attachment to a certain blanket. has a little girlfriend named Lynlie who always tries to hug him when she sees him, but he pushes her and screams. then a minute later he hugs her back. they like to cause mischief together. sometimes people ask if they are twins. they started potty training together too. overall, he is the sweetest, cutest little boy but he is finally developing his terrible twos and pushing boundaries. wish us luck!

I lost my phone and am missing several pictures. :'( but here are some recent ones I have of my sweet boy.
 Nick watching uncle Brian get a haircut. I included it just because I have so few pictures.

Bed head.

He loves my shoes

Beach trip in June

Family sillies

with both the heels and the headband

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Lila Turns 5

Today was a fun day celebrating 5 years of motherhood for me. Of course, it was actually celebrating that precious little thing that made me a mom, but I think every once in a while I can take a bit of credit since I grew her and brought her into this world.

She had a special Valentine's Day party at her school, and instead of all the kids bringing valentines for everyone, they each brought one gift and did a gift swap. Since it was Lila's birthday, she got to go first and got just the thing she wanted. She ate cheesy pasta for lunch (her fav), went on a date with daddy to the movies, had dinner at the "rice restaurant" (The India Palace), opened tons of great presents, and had doughnuts for dessert. She was delighted all day and I couldn't be more pleased to have spent the last five years with this girl. Here are some things about her:

kind. loves to pray. shy. bossy. favorite colors pink and blue. learning to play with her little brother. favorite hairstyle is a bun. takes ballet. Kayla Ho is still her best friend. can read simple books. likes to draw and paint. gets nervous around kids she doesn't play with much. favorite day of the week is Sunday. loves to clean the bathroom. likes to wear mom's socks as gloves. lately tries to wear her sandals even though there is snow on the ground. still likes getting hand-me-down clothes. much more fashion conscious- but her clothes have to conform to her own idea of fashion, not anyone else's. loves to play dress up with her friends. can clean her room properly by herself. can be a sneak and a cheat. learning how to be grateful for what she has even if it isn't exactly what she wants. enjoys doing nice things for other people. often tries to give her toys away to her friends as presents when they come to play. chooses a different color for each nail when we paint her fingers and toes. brave enough to walk into preschool by herself. loves school. calls out her parents when they make mistakes. honestly tries to understand life lessons and apply them in the future. loves singing primary songs. would sing them at church too if Kayla wasn't so distracting. has a truly good heart, but sometimes has a hard time resisting temptations. loves her family more than anything.

Lila got a lot of books for her birthday. I am so excited for her budding skill and I love it when she wants me to read to her. Yay for reading!

I babysat a kindergartener for my friend today, so he came with us when we picked up Lila from preschool, then we took him to school. He decided to photobomb our selfie.

A sweet gift from my neighbor and friend, complete with some balloons!

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Temple Square

This is becoming a fun tradition

Ward Christmas Party

I (and my presidency) was in charge of the ward Christmas party this year. I wanted to get a lot of pictures of my work, but that just didn't happen with all the other stuff going on. So here are a few.

We made it themed around the kids since we are the primary. The primary kids made most of the hanging snowflakes, and the activity day girls did the centerpieces. We also did a short kids program for everyone that shockingly turned out ok. And we had a ballet dance performance by both of the kids classes that a ward member teaches for free at the church every week. Overall, I was pleased with the results, but naturally felt like there were some things I would do different next time. But I also hope and pray and beg to never, ever have to do it again.

here is a link to a video of the program. I hope it works for you! We had the music for it custom made. That is what you get when you have a ward member who works at the LDS Motion Picture studio and knows people!

and here is a little video of the kids singing.