Mannings on the Move For Real

We've moved our blog and made it private. If you would like to follow our new blog (much better than this one, I promise you), then contact me or Kristin on Facebook or via email, or some other way and we'll give you the info. We hope to hear from you soon on our new and improved blog!

Oh, Kristin reminded me that you can leave a comment on this blog as well with your email address so that I can send you our new blog info. Either way.

Baby's Day the ZOO!

So, I'm not good at this blogging thing, as you all can see. I want to do better. I feel like there is so much I want to put on here. It's been a crazy busy, but fun, summer! I'm not going to try and recap our summer right now, but I might go back to the summer in future blog posts. On Labor Day, Chris, Taylor and I went to the Hogle Zoo! Andrea, Lexi, Kyleigh, Melissa, Halley and Josie went as well! We had a lot of fun and Taylor loved the giraffes. We had to get her a giraffe of her own! You can tell she is our first child. We also had a BBQ up the canyon at Timpanogos Park with Chris' family! They are so much fun! I love them so much. I will put up a picture of Taylor and her cousin Stacia playing at the park. Hopefully I will get better at blogging. Enjoy! The zoo! Taylor playing with her cousin Stacia!

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Grandma and Grandpa Aaron had a baby-size sombrero that we thought would work perfectly for commemorating Cinco de Mayo. This picture is attempt-number two, as she screamed the first time Kristin tried to take a picture of her with the sombrero.

Taylor also had her two week appointment today, and would you believe it?! She weighed in at 7 lbs. 10 oz! If you recall, she was born at 6 lbs. 8 oz. so she did way more than maintain her birth weight! We were both so happy with her progress, and assuming that the blood tests come back fine, we have a healthy baby and couldn't ask for anything more.

And in celebration of Cinco de Mayo, here are some more pictures of Taylor!

Taylor with Grandma Manning (it doesn't feel weird to me to call my mom "Grandma Manning" because I never had a Grandma Manning

Taylor makes so many funny faces. This one is the stink eye.

Taylor and her older cousin (by three weeks), Stacia.

Pictures of Taylor

She has such a strong grip! She was really holding the balloon by herself! And after we took the picture, it was hard to get the balloon out of her hand!

I can't believe that Taylor will be two weeks old tomorrow! It's almost the same feeling that Kristin and I had two weeks after we were married. We commented that it felt like we had always been married, but at the same time, like it had just happened. Taylor's birth is still so fresh in my mind, but at the same time, she feels so familiar to us that it's hard to think of life without her.

She is definitely showing us her big personality. For a 13 day old, she is very strong and independent. She has a strong neck and grip and has even held her own bottle already! She is a little impatient, but for all those impatient moments, she is calm and very alert. We absolutely love having her in our home.

Next week, I hope to get up a photo blog about her, so you can see just how amazingly precious she is.

Introducing: Taylor Marie

At 8:34, Taylor Marie entered the world as a feisty, spunky baby, all full of energy. She is alert, smart, adorable and all ours! I simply cannot believe it. She weighs in at 6 lbs. 8 oz. and 19 in. long. You can't see it in this picture (I'll upload more later) but she has a full head of dark, curly hair, chubby cheeks and adorable little fingers and toes that I can't stop kissing.

Kristin couldn't have an epidural, so I learned just how strong and brave she is, even though she kept saying "I'm done being brave." She really was so brave! I love her so much.

I'll post more pictures later, and maybe even a video. Thank you all for your prayers. Mom and baby are doing great!

We got to the hospital about two hours ago. This is the real deal! Check the geolocator below if you don't believe me! I'll update with photos right after the baby is born.

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Rotten Weather with a Silver Lining

Can you believe the weather we're having? This is April! It should be spring showers, not spring "12 inches of snow." Since I came into work so early, traffic wasn't bad, but I had to drive pretty slow on the freeway to keep from hydroplaning.

When I got to work this morning, the parking lot was still completely snow-covered. And I'm not kidding when I say there was about a foot of snow on the ground. The snow plow had made one pass around my side of the building, so I drove in the cleared track looking for a place to park. I ventured parking in the back of the parking lot on my side where it wasn't plowed, but my car wouldn't be in the way. The next thing I know, I'm completely stuck. It was early, so no one was around, and I tried putting the car into neutral and pushing it out myself. Next thing, I'm flat on my back behind the car. That definitely wasn't going to work, so I got back in the car and continued trying to gently ease out of my rut. But that still wasn't working, and the smell of burning rubber was starting to get overpowering.

Just when I thought I was going to spend the next hour stuck in the snow, Adam Bazelle from Testing drove up, jumped out and gave me the push I needed as I pumped the gas pedal. With the synergy of our combined effort, the car eventually creeped out of the rut and I proceeded to the other side of the building where there were rows of parking stalls freshly plowed.

I know Adam probably won't see this, but I just want to thank him. He saved my morning, and even though I'm wet from falling in the snow, this is a good day because I have been reminded of the goodness of people, and how our Heavenly Father uses those around us to bless us.

False Alarm

We're headed home. The nurses don't seem worried about the swelling or headache.

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We just arrived at the hospital. We'll see if they keep us here this time. Kristin started texting me saying that she was having strong contractions and that she had swollen up a lot in her feet and face, which was accompanied by a headache, so they told us to come in. Keep your fingers crossed, everybody!

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I'd like to apologize on behalf of myself and Kristin. Not updating the blog since January? Pathetic! Kristin isn't too into blogging, and I've been trying to get her to post some more updates. If you've been following us on Facebook, then you know that Kristin and the baby (still unborn) are doing great, but we're anxiously awaiting our little girl's arrival. Kristin was due on Saturday and now we're just waiting for things to happen. Hopefully soon.

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