Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Insta Joy

This is our life lately!!

Sneek Peek of Zoey Ryan!

Where's Hallee...

Spending time with PamPa!!

Someone found my mascara!!

Little sis heading to her senior prom...gorg!

My awesome car napper!

Sweet HS small group girls threw me 
a baby shower...too cute!

Look who slept ALL night in her 
big girl bed!!

Adorable bathing suits wonderful
family bought Zoey for this summer!

I love our daily life & the joy it brings, trying to live in the moments!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

34 Weeks!



This has been a busy week for us, I feel like we have been going all week.  Its a good thing you are such a great travel companion & don't need much attention other then for mom to eat.  You are 4 3/4 pounds this week, like a cantaloupe.  It was funny when I was at the grocery store with your dad & I had to stop & hold the cantaloupe up to my belly so we could visualize how big you really are.   You are getting so big in there that you have started kicking me in my ribs...that is not my favorite.  Luckily you only do it for a second & then I can push your little foot out of the way.

I have been craving lots of salty food this week.  I am trying to be good out how much salt I eat since it is so hot out I know that I will swell easy.  My wedding ring is finally starting to get tight on my finger but I refuse to take it off.  I hope that does not come back to haunt me!  I really also crave anything not water...I want Starbucks chai tea or cherry coke daily but I try to limit that as well.  We have been spending a lot of time outside since the weather has been beautiful so I try to drink water as much as possible.

I have been reading this great parenting book that gave me a wonderful verse & thought to thing of when parenting becomes just a task.  "Remember the value of what you are doing.  So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and steady, always enthusiastic about the Lord's work, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless. 1 Cor 15:58"  This has been great reminder for me as a mommy.  Help hold me accountable that you are not just a task & a blessing from the Lord.  We love love love you so much!!


Monday, May 28, 2012

Big Girl Bed!!

This week we  moved you into your BIG girl bed!!  Thanks to grandma & grandpa who found this bargain on craigslist & came down an assembled it for you.  I was not sure how you would do since your crib would still be in the same room with you.  Here is how the past few days have gone....

Night #1 - Went to bed around 9pm with out a peep.  At 10:30pm all I heard was "mama want you...mama want you..."  So I went into your room assuming you would be walking around.  Poor girl, you were laying on the floor half asleep crying for me.  You had rolled out of your bed.  There are rails on both sides but of course you found the opening in the middle & ended up on the wood floor.  I put you in your crib & you slept until 7am.

Day #2 - You napped perfectly fine in your bed

Night #2 - You again went down without a complaint around 8:45pm.  A little after midnight your dad jumped up & was mumbling something.  You scared him because this time you got out of bed & were knocking on your bedroom door for us to let you out.  It was rather funny!!  So we put you in your crib & you slept until 7:30am.  That is a true rarity for you!!

Day #3, #4, #5 - You have napped just like normal in your big girl bed.

Night #3 - You went to bed around 8:45pm & slept all night in your bed until 7am!!  I was SO proud of you!!

Night #4 & #5 - You slept in your bed all night but you have decided that you like to wake up between 5:30-6:30 & knock on your door wanting out.  This is not my favorite time to wake up but it gives me a little cuddle time on the couch with you so I guess its ok.

We are just glad that you love your bed & are transiting well.  Now you just need to sleep later so that you & mommy don't sleep for an hour on the couch each morning.  You are too cute Hallee Jane I can't believe how big you are getting!!  We love you so much!!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

33 Weeks!

Lovely Girl!

You are about the size of a pineapple, a little over 4 pounds & 17 inches long.  I truly can't believe how this pregnancy has flown by.  We will be kissing your chubby cheeks in less then 2 months!!  Summer has finally hit here in California & I am feeling warm ALL the time.  Your dad thinks I'm crazy cause I sleep under only a sheet & have the fan blowing on me :)  I hope the weather stays mild until you arrive so that I don't feel like I'm carrying around a heater during the summer.

I found out that I only have 2 weeks left at work so that was exciting news.  I am only working 3 days a week right now but those days make me extra tired.  Especially since the other days are normally filled with meetings & church stuff.  It will be nice to truly have no agenda the last few weeks before you arrive.  I have started working on getting your & your sissy room ready.  I took out the baby stuff we saved & started taking inventory so we would know what we truly need before you get here.  I just can't wait!!  I held up each little outfit & pictured you in it & almost cried...I cry very easily these days.

We love you very much Zoey Ryan, we pray you know that.  I feel blessed that you are our little girl & God has in trusted us again to be the parents of a beautiful baby girl.  Stay healthy in there & continue to grow strong.

Lots of love!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

32 Weeks!

Baby Girl!

We are only like 50 days from meeting you!!  I truly feel like this pregnancy has gone by SO fast.  Your dad & I are elated to kiss your sweet little face.  You are getting bigger by the day & will probably gain about 1/2 a pound a week from her on out.  This week you weigh 3 3/4 pounds, about the size of a large jicama.  So that would mean you should be about 7-8 pounds by birth...that is my ideal :)

This week was Mother's Day & we truly had a wonderful day.  We spent the first part of the day at church & then in the afternoon we took a little trip to Disneyland.  It is always nice to spend sometime as a family just walking around with no agenda.  I am one blessed mommy!  I am grateful for my little girls who have made me mom.  You & your sissy make my life exciting, joyful & memorable.  I pray that one day you can feel the abounding love I have for you with your own child.  I am striving to be a mother you are proud of & who you look up to, like I do your grandma.

Can't wait to hold you in my arms in a few short weeks!  Zoey you are one amazing little girl already.  We love you so very much!!

Your Mom

Friday, May 11, 2012

Insta Joy!

Here is a little catch up on life here in the Brook household in pics...


Daddy's little girl

Big swinger!

Little sweetness

Getting so long & her mommy's curls

Favorite toy at church


Family time

Someone got new Chucks!

My crazy small group girls :)

Disney date

She really likes him! 

Birthday Cake & Red Velvet deliciousness!!

Life ruiner...why would you do this to me!

LOVE that smile!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012


California has the best weather!  It has been nice & sunny so we have been enjoying some sun & water.    You both love being outside so its fun to soak in the beautiful sunshine. 

This bathing suit...I die!
 Kingson just running in circles...


Kissing the turtle

31 Weeks!

Little One!!

I truly can't believe we are in this final stretch.  We are in the single digit count down...9 weeks!!  You are getting bigger & stronger by the day.  You are already about 3.3 pounds the size of 4 naval oranges!  I feel like you have to be bigger for how much my tummy has grown. 

You really enjoy your alone time when all is quite in the house.  Maybe you will be more of an introvert & thrive on it being quite & peaceful.  Sorry that is not the norm in our house right now things are a little crazy.  Between Hallee & Kingston & our busy schedule there is little time for solitude unless it is nap time or bed time.  I promise we will sneak away to have some quite alone time when you arrive. 

We got to see your little face this week & you are beautiful!  You have your dad's lips which make my heart melt.  You look like a little dancer in there with your acrobatic skills...Auntie Emily is proud!  We love you so very much Zo!!


Saturday, May 5, 2012

Zoey Ryan!!

We invited our family to enjoy a 4d ultrasound looking forward to seeing your little face.  This is one of my favorite things because we get a sneak peek of what you will look like in just a few short weeks!  Well you decided that you did not want us to see you!  You were facing my back & had your arm along the side of your face we could see.  On top of that you were holding both of your legs in front of your face.  So even when you did move all we could see was a little sliver of your face between your legs.  Silly girl!  

So we rescheduled for another day hoping you would be more cooperative.  Today we got to see your sweet little face!!  You look SO much like your sister it is crazy.  We truly can't wait to hold & kiss those chubby little cheeks!  You got lucky & have your daddy's big lips, you are going to make many jealous. We love you so very much Zoey!!

Sweet Zoey Ryan!

Laughing at the fact you are putting your foot on 
your forehead again!


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

30 Weeks!


We are three quarters of the way done, I truly feel like it was just yesterday that we found out we were having another little girl!!  I feel like I am going to blink my eyes & you are going to be here.  I can't lie that I want you to live in my belly forever.  

You weigh 3 pounds like a head of cabbage.  That is almost half what your birth weigh should be...according to me! :)  Im hoping you decide to stay in the mid 7 pound range.  I visited the doctor again this week & of course you sound healthy.  I have been rolling around a lot the last few day.  You better enjoy the room cause I have a feeling you are not going to be able to move around much longer.  Your kicks & jabs are ever stronger so we enjoy watching the show that takes place.

I pray that you hear us talking about how much we love you.  You seem to enjoy when we read Hallee & Kingston bible stories at night cause that is when you wake up.  I know that you hear us all pray about how much we feel blessed to be your family.  We love you to the moon & back Zoey!