my two loves

those big cheekers...

These pictures were just taken last Wednesday at the wedding of Richard and Megan Knudsen...

Meet the Family of the Bride

Richard and Megan

Waiting for the newly married Bride and Groom to walk out of the temple and greet the wedding party...

Mother of the Bride

Here they come!

Congratulations, Megan and Richard

The beautiful bouquet

the Grandparents

We were blessed to be able to be apart of the Knudsen-Doughtery wedding...it was such a beautiful day and everything was perfect.  


Blue Shirt and a Red Tie

Today I'm wearing a blue shirt! Here is a belly shot of baby #2... (possible baby Jay?) at 17 weeks. I feel like I'm showing a lot more this time around...

And last Sunday, Baby Jed wore a red tie to church.  He loved it, it was his chew toy during Sunday School.


the four of us today

Here is a glimpse at the four of us as of today:

Daddy Jed:
At school today finishing up his projects and papers for the last week of the semester.
Is on track to graduate with his Bachelor's Degree in April 2011.
Loves wrestling with Baby Jed and tickling Mommy.
Is really starting to get confused because he doesn't know which Jed I'm talking to...

Stays home with the baby and can't wait for Daddy to get home.
Plays with Baby Jed all day long.
Is starting to feel Baby #2's little kicks and nudges.
Could really use a Popsicle right now.
Likes to go on walks in the morning.
Enjoys sewing new things.
Is starting to experiment with Holiday menus...

Baby Jed:
Is 9 1/2 months old.
Has six teeth and doesn't know what to do with them.
Loves his bottle and is learning how to hold it himself.
Is growing out of all of his 6-9 month clothes.
Weighs who knows how much.
Stands up by himself.
Can't get enough of other children.

Baby #2:
Is nearly 17 weeks along.
Weighs about 5 ounces.  (like a turnip)
Is starting to kick mommy hard enough to where she can feel it.
Might be named Jay... (as of today)  teehee


I have come to realize

I had a wonderful friend on Facebook that posted this and I wanted to give it a try.

1. I've come to realize that my chest-size...will never stay the same size while being a mother to young children. 

2. I've come to realize that my job...is harder than some people think. 

3. I've come to realize that when I'm driving...I realize I need to do it more often. 

4. I've come to realize that I need... to relax and actually laugh every once in a while.

5. I've come to realize that I have lost... contact with some really important people in my life.

6. I've come to realize that I hate it when...I'm sitting on the couch because I'm so tired, but then I feel lazy.

7. I've come to realize that when I'm bored... it's really because I'm procrastinating. There are so many things to do! 

8. I've come to realize that money...controls the world too much.

9. I've come to realize that certain people... deal with things I'll never understand. 

10. I've come to realize that I'll always... have a less than clean house with children around.

11. I've come to realize that my sibling(s)... deserve more phone calls from me.

12. I've come to realize that my mom... should have been given more credit.

13. I've come to realize that my cell phone... isn't free.

14. I've come to realize that when I woke up this morning... that I stayed up way too late last night. 

15. I've come to realize that last night before I went to sleep...I am such a grumpy person when I stay up too late.

16. I've come to realize that right now I am...surrounded by baby toys. 

17. I've come to realize that my friends are...more distant than ever (my fault.) 

18. I've come to realize that when I get on Facebook...I wonder why I'm even "friends" with some of the people. 

19. I've come to realize that today... I'm going to church!

20. I've come to realize that tonight... will be a roller coaster with baby Jed. 

21. I've come to realize that tomorrow... will start his last week of school for this semester. 

22. I've come to realize that I really want to... just figure stuff out! 

23. I've come to realize that life... is really like a box of chocolates.

25. I've come to realize that this weekend... I'll be happy but sad at the same time.  Where is that internship?

26. I've realized the best music to listen to when I am upset is... my own viola.

27. I've come to realize that TV... shouldn't be on for more than 30 minutes at a time. 

28. I've come to realize that this year... has been a hefty learning experience. 

29. I've come to realize that my ex...what's his name? 

30. I've come to realize that maybe I should... eat healthier.

31. I've come to realize that I love... babies!

32. I've come to realize that I don't understand... why Jed puts his socks on the kitchen counter.

33. I've come to realize my past... was very fun as a child.  I loved spending time with my family.

34. I've come to realize that parties...  are fun if they are spent with true friends!  I love food too. 

35. I've come to realize that I'm totally terrified... of my baby getting hurt. 

36. I've come to realize that my life... 's direction changes every week. 

37. I've come to realize that my future...is going to be so busy with children!


practice makes perfect

I am getting a lot better at this whole photography thing... I really want to start taking more pictures so I can practice...  I love it!

Pittman Photography

Our cousin Chris did such a great job with these pictures.  He really is so talented! These are from our 4th of July at the family reunion.

If you want to see his blog and view his other work... then click here.


a new found love

Baby Jed loves furry, electronic toys.  He is flabbergasted with Elmo, and the little Yellow Duck that sings "I don't want to be a chicken, I don't want to be a duck...."  

Baby Jed is about 9 months old now.  Woowee, he's growing up so fast.  What's new?
He's almost done teething his top four teeth I have been telling you about. Who knows how much he weighs, he hasn't been weighed since he was 6 months I think.  He enjoys going on walks with me every morning and seeing the other kids.
I'm pretty sure he's down to 2-3 naps now... that fourth nap has definitely been dropped.  
He's still sporting around his cloth diapers. We're still going strong... but of course I have my doubts when he has an extra mushy diaper.  But they only stay mushy for a little bit, and then they come squeaky clean. 

We are definitely going to use these cloth diapers for this new little man.  Maybe not the first few weeks (that meconium is pretty sticky), but definitely after the first month. 

I'm 15 weeks and a few days along with the new guy. I'll post the picture of the ultrasound later... once I find where baby Jed hid it... hmmm where did that thing go? 

It was funny... we told one of our cousins at the family reunion that we were pregnant... and she said: "Again?"



It's a Boy!

Now see, it didn't take you too long to find out!

We're having another baby boy! Now we're off to figure out names.... hmmmm


Baby Mele's Gender

We found out what we are having!  It was such a surprise, I wasn't expecting to find out for a few more weeks!  It's a...

Well, I can't tell you yet!  We're planning a Baby Gender Reveal Party where we will announce it.  So until then... keep guessing!



Such a great video!

I love this video by our church about moms and how special we all are!


life is crazy!

I can't wait for Jed to get home! I miss him so much during the day. It was so sweet to have him with me this past 3 day weekend.  Just one more hour and he'll be here again!

This morning I woke up to the baby crying thinking that it was still 8:00 at night and that I had 8 hours until the next day started.  I seriously was convinced of it! I got up to change the baby's diaper and give him a bottle so he would go back to bed, but then when I looked at the clock and it said 5:39  my whole brain rocketed forward nine hours in less that 2 milliseconds. Talk about a roller coaster ride... that was intense! I was mystified by how my whole night's rest had disappeared. No memory of dreams, no baby up at the middle of the night, no feeling of an empty stomach when I awoke.   That was a different start to my day today.

Our fourth of July was spent at Grandma's house. Grandma didn't have a crib nor a play pen-and neither did we. So the first night we were there, baby Jed slept on the floor wrapped up in a blanket. Well- I say slept, but he didn't. Not really.  So the next day we drove to the closest town with a KMart and bought a simple pack'n'play. I thought, "This should work as a crib." Boy was I wrong. The first couple of naps in it were great, however after that it was mayhem. Even if he was in my arms completely out- the second I started to go for the pack'n'play and laid him down, he was wide awake screaming. I really think he's afraid of that thing. So night time he slept with us. And yes, he did sleep. His face on my face, his feet on Jed's face.  Can you imagine the drool that rained down on me during those few nights. It was quite gross! So when we finally got home yesterday, the first thing I did was lay him down in his crib. He must have really felt sleep-deprived because he slept for nearly 4 or 5 hours.  And he woke up right before bedtime, so I gave him a bottle and then he was out... (obviously, according to my second story) until 5:39 the next morning.

Life is crazy!


our fourth of july

We are having so much fun with our family at the reunion. Our cousin Chris took pictures of our little family. I love this picture of the lil guy.   


a quick good-bye

We're leaving for a family reunion later day and want to wish everyone a quick goodbye and a Happy Fourth of July. Thank goodness we live in such a wonderful country where we're free to live, worship, and learn how we please.

have a happy weekend!



So far every morning this week I have gone walking around the neighborhood with some pretty sweet ladies.  They are so much fun to walk with.   We all bring our little ones with us.  a 4 year old, a 2 year old, and a 9 month old.  I plan on continuing to walk and learn with them.

Last week Jed's family came into town to visit.  They loved playing with the little guy, however he got a little overwhelmed at times. I'm glad they came because the oldest daughter is leaving soon for a mission. We are going to miss her so much. However, she'll be a great missionary in New Hampshire.

This week also my dad has come to visit.  He loves spending time with baby Jed. And of course the little guy loves the attention. I've learned some very good lessons this week from his stay.

Baby Jed is standing up and is so energetic sometimes, and other times he's just blah. A pretty sweet mellow baby. He is teething four teeth at once but still pretty positive about the whole thing!

Jed is still searching for an internship. Hopefully something will come up. We've already sold our contract so we have to move, but we might just be moving upstairs if Jed doesn't get accepted for anything...

I'm 14 weeks pregnant today. Boy do I feel it too. I'm so tired all the time and I'm getting killer headaches at night... but that's what medicine is for right? At least for the headache! The baby pudge from my first pregnancy is stepping aside for this new baby belly.

I saw Eclipse today, and I did like it... however some parts of the movie did make me uncomfortable. I just felt like I was invading on someone's life- like I didn't need to know how much they loved each other and in what ways.   But that's just me, I guess.

There was a Relief Society service activity last night that was so much fun.  The girls that I go to church with are so sweet. I love spending time with them.  In fact, tonight we plan on playing "Pit" the card game and eating left over snacks from yesterday's activity. I hope it works out.