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conversations with Rooney / 07

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Me: "Is that your bottom that smells?"
Rooney: "No, that's your bottom that smells."

Me: "Do you like the name Roxy?"
Rooney: "No."
Me: "Do you like the name Olive?"
Rooney, her eyes lighting up: "Yeah, I like Olive the Snowman!"
Me, laughing hysterically: "It's Olaf the Snowman!"

Rooney, looking at the snow while we drive: "Are there marshmallows on our house, too?"

As we drive a round-a-bout: "We're going in a circle, ellabody!"

Watching a commercial on TV: "Is this a ad?"

Going from tender to somewhat terrible in a matter of seconds: "Thank you for seeking and hide with us ... I'm gonna hit you in the face with my foot."

Looking at the family photo in the right sidebar of this blog: "There's mommy! And there's daddy! My best friends!"

Rooney: "Mommy, are you happy?"
Me: "Yes, I'm so happy! You know why? Because God and Jesus love us, and because you're such a big girl, and because daddy is my best friend, and because there's a baby in my tummy!"
Rooney: "And Jesus is going to kick the baby!"

Rooney: "Can you please let me have another string cheese?"
Eric: "If you give me a kiss, I'll go get you one."
Me: "Oh, what do you say to daddy?"
Rooney: "Hurry hurry hurry!"

All About That Babe

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I had a blast being a part of this music video and couldn't resist sharing it here! My friend (and co-worker) Tiffany wrote the words and I think she absolutely nailed it! I seriously LOVE my job and consider it a true blessing to get to work with these incredibly talented and hilariously fun people.

I hope this video gives you some Christmas cheer! And, I invite you to church for Christmas Eve! If you don't live in or near Des Moines, you can watch online on Wednesday, Dec. 24, at 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 or 11:00 pm Central time.

Can you spot me?! :-)

Rooney, 33 months

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weight: nearly too heavy for me to carry
clothing size: 3T-4T
diaper size: 5
shoe size: 9-10


  • Went to her first movie in a theater (Big Hero 6) and loved it!
  • Found out she is going to be a big sister in June (have you seen the video?)
  • Stayed with her cousins for the weekend
  • Can count to 15
  • Recognizes the numbers 1, 3, 4, 7
  • Favorite colors are orange and pink
  • The key to getting her to like a pair of shoes is if she can get them on herself
  • Knows what month it is (she pronounces them "Novemer" and "Decemer")
  • Loves the Christmas tree and likes to sing "Away in a Manger"


  • Not much new...macaroni and cheese still trumps everything
  • Finally decided to try a hamburger with the bun, and loved it
  • I added a cup holder to her car seat and it was one of the best things I've ever done


The most common words out of her mouth are "What?" and "Why?" It can be exhausting to keep up! Also, any day or time previous to right now is "yesterday." My favorite is when she randomly says "Mommy, I love you!" and "Mommy, can I have a kiss?"

  • "Sunday Monday Tuesday Friday"
  • "Um I don't really yike this movie I guess."
  • "Oh. Hold on. Hold the phone."
  • "Thank you for watching the movie with me. Thank you. It was fun! We had popcorn..."
  • "Mom! You come back?"
  • Wearing orange gloves: "I'm a fire fighter!"


  • Sleeps in her crib with a sleep sack, paci and Cabbage Patch Kid
  • Takes one nap a day
  • Usually sleeps for 12 hours at night


  • Had a cold
  • Gets adjusted at the chiropractor weekly
  • Takes a bath twice a week
  • Not interested in potty training


Her independence is growing so much!

  • Can put on pants and shoes by herself
  • Can unzip and take off her coat by herself (and hang it up if the hooks are low enough)
  • Can open the garage door
  • Can peel off and do stickers by herself
  • Picks out the best outfits all on her own
  • Shovels the snow with daddy
  • Gets frustrated when she physically can't do something she wants to do, like put on her socks or her doll's clothes


I feel like you've aged an entire year in the past month. You are saying many new phrases and asking many questions about how and why things work. I'm so thankful God gave us such a thoughtful little girl. We are having so much fun together as a family of three and are trying to soak up these precious moments. I'm so looking forward to seeing you experience the joy of Christmas!


12 weeks

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sweater poncho (c/o)
jeans (c/o)
boots (HERE in size 8.5 or similar in size 6)

I'm going to try my best to keep up with documenting this pregnancy, but it's already been much harder than last time, when we never missed a weekly bump photo from 10-38 weeks! I've seen some other bloggers use this bulleted list format to document the weeks - so I'm gonna give it a shot as an easy way to jot down what I'm feeling!

  • How far along: 12 weeks in these photos, but 13 weeks as I write this
  • Total weight gain: 3-5 pounds? I'm not certain of my starting weight...
  • Maternity clothes: Just one dress and a pair of leggings so far. I also just ordered this dress and these leggings. My regular pants are buttoning again now that the first trimester bloating is going away and baby is moving up in my abdomen.
  • Gender: I'm pretty sure it's a boy (gut instinct!), but we hope to find out for sure in January! We're in desperate need of boy names!
  • Movement: Nothing yet. This time I finally understand what people mean though when they say they don't know if they feel gas bubbles or baby kicks. I had never felt gas bubbles before! Now I feel them all the time.
  • Sleep: Pretty good now that I'm in the second trimester. My insomnia is fading and I don't ever get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom (even though I think I only did that once in the first trimester). Rooney has been a little gem and sometimes sleeps until 8:00 am!
  • What I miss: My energy and being able to digest my food quicker (it feels so sluggish!)
  • Cravings: Bread and cheese
  • Nursery update: We've chosen the room for baby (which was easy because we only have one empty bedroom in our house, which we've used as a guest room thus far), but that's about it :-) It's a very small room so we will keep it simple. We're planning an Ikea trip in January to get a dresser. I'd also like to paint an accent wall and get a nice rocker this time.
  • Mommy thoughts: I'm a second child and have always loved it (I never felt neglected), so I'm trying to not feel guilty about not taking as many bump photos. I'm also really getting excited about the thought of having a boy! But, if it's a girl, I think we already have a name picked out! I recently bought a pair of cute little gold moccasins for the baby since Rooney doesn't need any more clothes and it was one of the last things on my short list of "things I want to buy for the next baby that Rooney never had." Rooney likes to sit on the baby and tickle the baby and poke the baby and talk to the baby, and it seriously makes my heart burst!


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