Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Unto us a son is given

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I shared the following on Facebook, but since not all of you follow us on our Facebook page (you should--over on the right!), here is the news:

Facebook wants to know, "what have I been up to?" Well, Facebook, I had a baby I began having contractions on Friday while most of you were reading my Quick Takes about how I still had time and sending good wishes (I read them while I was in early labor!) He was born Sunday morning at 3:49 and weighed 6lbs 12oz and was 20 inches long. As you can see, he is also the most handsome baby ever born

We came home this morning and I fully intend to share his birth story in the next couple of days. Thanks to all of my long-distance blog friends for your prayers and encouragement!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Quick Takes-vol. 30

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I am due a week from today!  So many people have been sweet to tell me that they miss my posts--sorry to be so MIA lately.  In all honesty though, I haven't really noticed the lack of blogging in my life.  I am still keeping up with all my blogging friends, though I haven't been commenting much at all.  Thanks to all who have checked in and let me know that you are praying for me/us.
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Everything pregnancy-related has gone really well.  Thanks for the all the prayers related to the echocardiograms.  Looks like he is just fine and will just need an EKG after he is born.  The little guy is head down but not really showing any signs of being interested in leaving just yet.  But I'm fine with that for now.  I really haven't found myself at that point many women talk about where they are just "done" with it all.  Other good news is that I passed the glucose tolerance test on the second try (though I did kinda throw up...) and I'm GBS negative!
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I ended up having 3 lovely showers.  One in NC thrown by my mother's friends when we visited in August, one by my friends in September, and a sprinkle of baby/children's books from my co-workers just a few weeks ago.
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I'm going to be making an honest attempt at my Creighton practitioner certification exam on November 15 so your prayers that I am even lucid for the 6 hour exam are much appreciated.  I have absolutely no idea what to expect for what taking such an exam will be like so soon after having the baby, but it appears that postponing until February is not my best financial option so I'm going to give it a go!
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I'm slowly but surely checking all those last minute tasks off my list--I got a haircut yesterday, took Lilly to the vet on Monday, I'm getting the car fixed today...Hopefully I get my freezer meals made today and tomorrow.  I'm making a quiche, a lasagna, and chicken spaghetti to add to the frozen stew and pizza dough we already have.  It's not a lot I guess, but it's a good start.
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Does anyone have a good recommendation of a recording of the Rosary I could find on iTunes to listen to while in labor?  I'd really like one with the Joyful mysteries if possible.
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 Rather than make promises about how I'll be back soon with back-posts on all the things we've been up to and promises about how I'm going to be better about updating in the near future, I'll just say thanks for not going away and that I hope to do something similar to the above eventually!  For now, here are some recent photos:
One of our maternity shots from our elementary school in NC

The adorable red puffy jacket for baby that looks just like Daddy's

The cake from my NJ shower

Apple-picking a couple of weeks ago with the same sign we used to help announce our news
At a friend's wedding about a month ago

Me at 38 weeks

Lilly testing out the stroller

Armed and ready to fight the wasps outside :-)

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Monday, August 11, 2014

What I Wore Sunday-vol. 37

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For the first time in a while I only worked two days this week and I couldn't believe how good it felt to have the extra time.  I actually cooked dinner--something that has gone very much by the wayside lately.  (We still eat at home so I guess I am still cooking something, but it's not anything worth remembering?)  We've also had two of my husband's brothers with us the past few days; one is just visiting and the other is here until he finds his new apartment for this school year.

I went for a short hike with Brice and one brother on Saturday (above) but sat out yesterday's as I think there was more uphill action than my decreased lung capacity was able to handle.  Last night we all had a fire and ate burgers, made s'mores, and finished the last of the cookie butter ice cream we made Friday night.  (This is the recipe we used, but we also added broken mini Nilla Wafers, marshmallows, and mini chocolate chips.)

And here is what I wore yesterday:
 Tunic: Zero to Nine (yes, that would be maternity)
Leggings: Target
Shoes: Target
Belt: Target
And another side view:

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

What I Wore Sunday-vol. 36

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Happy Sunday!

We've had a nice weekend here as a reality has set in that I am in my third trimester, we passed the less than three months mark on Friday, and we are into less than 100 days.  All three together seem to make it seem quite real :-)

Yesterday we went for a tour of The Seeing Eye, the first institution for training guide dogs for the blind in the US.  One of the interesting things I learned is that the term "seeing-eye dog" is actually specific to dogs from our local school (not sure if it's actually trademarked), but other dogs are just "guide dogs".  Kind of like Kleenex vs. tissues :-)  We also took a walk to a local burrito shop we've been meaning to try (a classmate from our birth class works there) and hung out at a local brewery with friends.  Other friends came over later in the evening to watch Tommy Boy and they brought us caramel apples from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.  Yum!

Here's what I wore today:
Dress: Old Navy (not maternity!)
Cardigan: Target
Sandals: Target

And your side view:
 He was rather active today in church and we could actually see my belly moving from the outside with a kind of ripple effect.  Kept making me laugh during the readings.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

What I Wore Sunday-vol. 35

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Today is the feast of St. Lillian, for those of you who might not know.  Don't feel bad--it's not a huge day, but it does happen to be our dog's name day (so we boxed her ears and all like we were supposed to...just kidding).  Anyway, I thought it fitting that she should be in the pictures with me.

 Dress: American Eagle
Shrug: The LOFT
Sandals: Target
Earrings: Random jewelry stand in Ecuador
Rosary bracelet: Courtesy of Jessa
Flexi-clip (not shown): Lilla Rose
Corgle: Petfinder.com
I wore this dress a little over a year ago and gee, it looks different now :-)

And this week's side-view:

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

What I Wore Sunday-vol. 34

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OK, I really am going to try to get back into doing this...

We celebrated our fifth anniversary on Friday with dinner at an Italian restaurant just a couple of blocks from us.  We happened to sit next to another couple, also expecting a baby the end of October and celebrating their fifth anniversary.  I guess the chances of running into someone married the same day as you when you are out for your anniversary are actually pretty good.

Lilly met up with this guy--a chia corgi or something--while we were at a Bluegrass festival in a neighboring town to support an Appalachia mission trip.

And here is what I wore:
 Dress: Old Navy
Cardigan: Old Navy
Necklace: a department store
Sandals: Target

And a side view for those interested in the bump:
He's doing well!  Done with the weekly echocardiograms for now--just one more the end of August.  We also start our birthing class this week and we're signed up for a tour of the hospital and a baby basics class AND a baptism class!

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Having our cake...

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Do you like our cake????  It's really BLUE.


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