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I am a 29 year old teacher of fourth grade. My husband and I began TTC in March of 2008. We conceived our first month, but unfortunately it only ended in an early miscarriage. 8 months later we finally conceived again, and she was our take-home baby! Norah Jane was born on July 16, 2009. 7lbs 0oz 19" long and amazing. We recently had our sweet baby boy, Miles! He was born on June 12, 2013 at 3:37pm, weighing in at 8lbs 4oz, 20 inches long, and PERFECT! We are loving every minute of parenthood (even the frustrating minutes!). This blog is an attempt to chronicle the baby steps, foot steps, leaps, bounds, and milestones of this journey.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

More floor progress! Stain!!

I'm so excited!!!!! I realized that I didn't have any pictures of what our floors looked like in the midst of this process on here, so here are two:

This first one is of our sunroom. Once the floors were pulled up to the subfloor, it was discovered that there was black mold in the subfloor. Awesome. 

Kitchen down to the subfloor. 

Before and After of the living room floors! Original 1960 wood flooring, refinished! Beautiful!!!!!! :) 

Another view. :) 

We couldn't walk on the floors yet, so the front room is the only picture I could get! 

Monday, February 25, 2013

25 weeks! And floors!!

First off, I am 25 weeks today! I have a feeling that things are about to sloooooowwww down. Those 21-30 weeks always take a while. Anyway, things are going well. I'm too excited to stay on the pregnancy subject for too long, so I'll just share my 25 week photo: Terrible photo, if I do say so myself. :)

So anyway, we are making progress on our water damage home repairs!!!! We are still living in a hotel (it's been nearly 3 weeks), but we are finally making some headway. The floors have been in the house acclimating to the space (humidity and such) for several days. This frustrated me a bit because nothing was actually happening. Things were just stagnant. Today the floors started being installed.

I came over at lunch to meet up with the husband to pick out the stain color for the floors. When I came over, I literally had 15 minutes to talk before I had to leave. It's a good thing we already knew what we wanted. The plank in the picture is what we had picked out from somewhere else. They ended up being able to match it almost exactly. I cannot wait to see it all finished!

This first picture is of where they sanded so they could test out the stains for us. 

This is the beginnings of the floors being installed in the kitchen. No more pink marble!!! Behind that clear plastic is ALL of our furniture from the whole house. I cannot believe all of it fit in our sunroom. Crazy...

This is a close up of the plank we liked and the stain they matched it to. The floors are oak, so they will have more grain of course (which I love), and the plank is maple, so next to no grain. 

Our kitchen floors!!!!!!

Our bedroom

The nursery for the baby boy

I like this picture because you can see what it was and what it is currently. The brown paint is not our choosing, btw. We just haven't had time to change it since we moved in. The blue, which is our choosing, used to be a mint green... ew.

So, that's it for now. I am hoping to see lots of progress, hopefully completion, this week. I'm crossing my fingers because I am getting a little cabin fever in this hotel. <-- although="" am="" are="" blessed="" for="" here="" i="" is="" it="" nbsp="" p="" thankful="" that="" to="" us="" use.="" very="" we="">

Friday, February 22, 2013

Slowly but surely...

We have STEPS! Sloooooooowwwly our house is being put back together after all of this mess with the water damage. As with any renovation, there were things that came up that were beyond our control, but had to be fixed. Like the fact that the moron people who added the sunroom to our house 7 years ago, decided to cut corners. They installed the floor joists every 4 feet, instead of every 2 feet like they were supposed to be... seriously. One of the workers almost fell through the floor. Ridiculous. So, any money that we thought we were going to have leftover from this whole ordeal is gone.... which sucks big time. Oh well. All of this work being done is so worth it.

Anyway, it's been slowly coming together. Yesterday was the first time that something new had been laid down, so it's nice to see progress instead of destruction. We have steps on our stairs! :) :) :) We had carpet on the stairs--- nasty carpet, too. So we decided to avoid carpet altogether, so we got solid wood hardwood steps now. They are beautiful. Here is a picture:

They are supposed to start laying the hardwood in the kitchen on Monday. I. Can't. Wait.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

24 Weeks! Viability!

I can safely say that I've reached Viability Day!!!!! This is such an important milestone for me and the baby boy. From the first day I learned of my pregnancy (September 29th, 2012), this is the day I've been looking for the most-- the day where the doctors would do EVERYTHING they possibly could to save my baby should he come early.... It's a wonderful, comforting thought. :)

Things have been ok with the pregnancy. Baby boy has been kicking like crazy lately. I had one of those nights the other night that had me watching my belly. He was kicking me so hard and all over the place-- very alien-like. :) I am feeling pretty good. I seem to be in that sweet spot where I am not miserable yet because I'm too big, and I'm not miserable because I am so sick. Stairs are kicking my butt, though. I get so winded, so easily. It's pathetic, really. My students make fun of me a bit for huffing and puffing once I get to the top of the stairs. :)

Things with the house/floor replacement are going semi-smoothly. We made a decision on the flooring, and the unfinished floors were delivered to our house, but nothing has been laid down yet. That will be tomorrow...hopefully. I cannot wait to see flooring in my house again. We ended up choosing to use some of the $ that we got back from the insurance company to restain/refinish our floors in the whole house so it will match the floor in the kitchen. These are about the floor color we picked for the kitchen, so the rest of the house will be stained to match:

 I think it is going to look fabulous. Right now we have a golden oak, so I think this color, plus the new shine, will add such a wow to the house.

We ended up choosing a beautiful porcelain tile for our sunroom. This one to be exact:

I can't wait!

So that's about it for now. I probably should take a belly shot today, but I've been so busy and preoccupied with everything that I haven't had the opportunity.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

23 weeks... Ok 23w 5d picture!

This has been a really busy week with the living out of a hotel and all... So my belly picture... 5 days late!

Friday, February 15, 2013


I have been trying to write this post for a few days now, but the wi-fi at the hotel we are staying at during our renovation stuff went out, and I wasn't about to type it on the phone.

Anyway, on Wednesday of this week I had my regular OB appointment. I mentioned that a few weeks ago I had some spotting/light bleeding and cramping. The nurse practitioner (my OB was in surgery), immediately told me that I was going to go for an ultrasound because they wanted to make sure my placenta wasn't trying to detach or anything. So I went down to the 2nd floor, and they worked me in.

The ultrasound tech was wonderful. She was so informative, and told me about everything that she was looking at. It was a nice relief from the last tech I had, who was very cold and not very friendly. Anyway, so she asked me if I knew the sex of the baby. I told her that yes, it was a boy, and that I really hoped the tech was right the last time she looked. She said, "Well, why don't we just double check while we're at it?" I was SO happy she said that! I have had doubts about this being a boy because of the way the tech said it at the anatomy scan. She said, "Well, it looks like it is a boy." I said, "Are you sure?" She replied, "Pretty sure! It looks that way to me." Those weren't definitive statements, so I got worried.

So she checked it out, and he is most definitely a boy. :) The rest of the ultrasound was great. She couldn't get any pictures for me though because he would NOT move his hands away from his face. Even his legs were all up by his face. He didn't want to be seen. :)

So 23 weeks... closing in on the 3rd tri! :)

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Living in a hotel.

Yesterday was so overwhelming. I had one of those days at school that I just cannot believe I lived through and was still sane, then I went home. I called Daniel on the way home and he told me to prepare myself for what I was walking into. He said that the contractors had been over all day and that they were tearing things up and getting things out. I had no idea what I was walking into...

I get home and I walk into our front room piled high with everything that was in our living room/sunroom and kitchen. You couldn't even walk in there. Then I walk into the kitchen, and it is bare bones. There are still cabinets, but they are covered with black tarp material. The fridge was moved to the other side of the room, and that was all that was left in there. There was no floor-- just plywood to walk on. Then I walk into the sunroom, and it is shocking. Apparently there was this stuff called "backerboard" under the marble tile that was in there. They asked my husband if he wanted them to keep it or replace it. Thank goodness Daniel said replace it, because when they tore it up, they found mold-- black mold-- all in the plywood. The wood was rotted, and would've given way in the next few years. Holy crap... Turns out that whenever the people who lived there before installed this sunroom 7 years ago, they did a terrible job of doing it-- big surprise. That's a pattern that we have been noticing-- they installed things themselves, but did a crap job doing it. Because of their terrible job, the seals broke, and water has been leaking into the room and spreading into the floor. So now they have to replace the subfloor in the sunroom as well.

So when I walked in and saw all of this, I just about had an anxiety attack. I was just so overwhelmed by everything. Then I kept thinking-- there's no way we can stay in here during this process. The anti-mold stuff smelled to high heaven, we couldn't use ANY part of our kitchen, and we had no where to sit except for our beds. I remembered something about a "loss of use" policy we had on our insurance that I signed up for when I got it. I called the insurance company, and they were able to put us up in a really nice Marriot Residence Inn for the next 2 weeks. We didn't get in until 9pm last night, but at least we had somewhere to go.

I'm thankful for the hotel because of being away from the construction/stress, but also because they have FREE for-real breakfast every morning! Not continental junk... I'm talking omlets to order, waffels, muffins, cereal, etc. LOVE! I went there this morning before school, and I got me a blueberry muffin, a yogurt parfait, and a coffee to go. It was delicious!

So, that's where we're at. We'll be choosing the flooring in the next few days, and everything will **hopefully** go smoothly. ::crossing fingers and praying!::

Monday, February 11, 2013

23 Weeks! And lots of other happenings!

I am 23 weeks today, which means one more day until my HUGE milestone... Viability Day! I am looking forward to that day so much--- I just want it to get here, and then I want to move weeks and weeks and months past it!

All in all things are going well with the pregnancy so far. This week I did have a bit of morning sickness return, which I was not happy about at all. I actually had to take a Zofran yesterday because of the nausea. I am not planning on taking it again if I don't absolutely have to, but it was no good last night. I also had it a few nights ago, to the point where I had to go to bed early-- while my family was here!

Speaking of family, my dad, my sister, and her husband came up to see us this weekend. My sister is also pregnant. She is due 12 days after me, which is CRAZY! It's going to be one busy June for my family! She is adorable in all of her bumpness, but it is pretty obvious that this is my 2nd and her 1st. She has a bump, but it's not quite as big as mine... I'm a little envious. :)

Another thing that is going on right now is our home repairs/renovation. I stated in a previous post: This one that I was hopeful that our water damage would be covered by my insurance company. Well, it turns out, the water damage in our kitchen was WAY more than we thought. There was water trapped under so much of the tile because of the moisture barrier. Anyway, we just got word on Friday that our insurance company is covering it, and because our kitchen flows directly into our sunroom, they are going to cover our sunroom's floor too.

 That means that we are getting new floors for our kitchen and sunroom (a combined 600sqft space), and our finished basement/den (about 300sqft) plus our stairs that go down to our basement. I am SO excited. I get a "free pass" to customize our house. It is especially exciting because I have hated the floors in all of those spaces since we bought the place. The kitchen and sunroom are pink/red marble, and the basement and stairs are 15 year old berber carpet.

They are coming over today to do some of the demo work for our floors-- they said that it would be a few weeks until it's all done, but I'm willing to trade a few weeks in mayhem for the floors.

Monday, February 4, 2013

22 Weeks!

22 weeks here-- 2 weeks until Viability Day! I am so looking forward to that! My picture is a little ridiculous this week since I am wearing a shirt with a lot of ruffles. I had to hold down the bottom ruffles because I looked very pointy. :)

How far along? 22 Weeks

Symptoms: Feeling pretty good-- I am having a few headaches each day again, but hopefully that'll pass soon. 

Weight gain/loss: I don't know. I know for a fact I've gained, but I really hope it isn't more than 5lbs since my last appointment. 

Maternity clothes? Most def.

Sleep: Pretty good!

Food cravings/aversions: Craving a lot of sweet stuff. I finally got my ranch dressing that I've been craving so much! 

Movement?  Yes, however, movement decreased a lot lately. I got really worried and even broke out my AngelSounds Monitor to check the heartbeat. Everything was good. :) 

What I miss:  Not too much right now.

Best moment(s) this week: Having a snow day! That was awesome.

What I'm looking forward to: Viability day!

Next appointment: February 13th, 2013-- 24 week appointment.

Milestones: 24 weeks-- Viability Day!

Friday, February 1, 2013


I am spotting, and I don't like it.

I had some spotting two days ago, and it was brown, and it went away fairly quickly. Well, today I also had spotting, but this time it was red. :(

Since today is a snow day, I've decided to keep my feet up for most of the rest of the day, an hopefully it will go away. I'm still feeling my little guy kicking here and there, so at least there's that.

Ugh.. Worry.