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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.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter 2013!


We had such a fun Easter this year with Norah being 3 1/2 years old. It was awesome! Our bunny makes a really big mess when he comes though. :) I made bunny prints out of flour, and Daniel spread a trail of easter grass from the door to the carrots.

Norah walked out of her room and immediately came into our room and said, "Daddy-- I have to show you something! Peter Cottontail made a HUGE mess!" She kept throwing her hands out and saying, "I can't believe it!"

We hid her basket in what I thought was a good spot-- on top of a bookshelf thing, covered with a pillowcase. She walked right to it like she knew where it was-- which she didn't. I will have to get more clever next year.

Church was fantastic. Daniel preached and it was wonderful. He preached on restoration and passed out sand paper to everyone. He talked about how the restoration process is painful, tough, and messy, but at the end of it all, we're beautiful. There were so many wet eyes in the place. I was so proud of him. :)

We did three Bunny Egg Hunts this year, all of which were so fun. We went to the one at church today, of course, also a church member's house yesterday, and we did one at our house when Scarlett still lived here. Norah had an absolute blast at all of them. The one we went to yesterday was great, but I ran with Norah during it. That was NOT a smart idea pregnancy-wise. I had a horrible time walking afterwards and for the rest of the day. It was painful to walk. Thankfully, I woke up today and I was fine. I won't be doing anymore running anytime soon.

Baby boy is doing very well. He is SO active. I'll talk more about him tomorrow when I do my 30 week post. :)

For now, here are some pictures:








My beautiful little girl. I couldn't love her anymore if I tried. 



Daniel won a stuffed animal out of a claw machine. She named it Izzy, and then had a meltdown because of who knows why... that's why her eyes are puffy. 


Friday, March 29, 2013

I'm not a slacker.

Spring break is nearly over, but I feel like I have gotten so much done. I still haven't done my grading that I really need to get done, but here are some of the things I did get done:

*made a changing pad cover
*made a pillow for the nursery
*made a baby quilt (3' x 5') for my sister's baby
*made 2 bibs for my sister's baby
*painted oil based primer on more wood and wood paneling than anyone can imagine
*painted regular paint on top of more wood and wood paneling than anyone can imagine
*found Norah's kitchen toys that we'd packed away
*got Norah's kitchen out of storage and set up for her in out basement
*took a 9 hour road trip to S.C. to visit my family
*took a 2 hour detour trip on the way back from SC to visit my grandmother and aunts

I'm sure there's other things... I haven't been completely slacking. :)

I didn't take a 29 week picture because I was in SC and I just didn't have the opportunity. I am going to post a picture soon though. My belly is freaking huge. I swear this belly has grown twice as big in the last two weeks. I am sure my students will make fun of it when I return on Monday. :)

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Winding down...

Things have been moving along with us. We are STILL waiting on our house to be finished, though, which is frustrating. The sunroom floors were finally laid three days ago, but because of the smell, Norah and I had to move out and stay with my sister for the past two nights. Daniel was up at camp, so he wasn't really affected. :)

The basement is about 85% painted, and it looks really good. I have a lot of touch up work to do, and the stairwell leading down to the basement isn't painted, but other than that, it looks great. We ended up finally deciding on a color. It took about 6 paint samples on the walls, and the one we ended up choosing wasn't one of the samples. We chose Behr Mountain Pine. It has blue, green, and gray tones in it, and it looks fantastic with the floors. We also opted for an off-white/cream trim color, which looks really, really good. We are still unsure about what we're going to do in the stairwell, but we'll figure it out.

I'm going to post pictures of everything done, but I have to wait until these things are done by our contractors:
*Reattaching all of the shoe and crown molding in the basement and kitchen.
*painting the new ceiling in the basement
*replacing one of the stained steps. One step just didn't turn out well-- almost as if the wood rejected the stain on one part of it.

After that is all done, we need to put the furniture back in the sunroom and basement, and we'll have a bunch of before and after pictures. I can't wait. I am very anxious to have our house put back together. As I am typing this, I am sitting in my dining room on my sunroom couch...

Baby boy is doing well. He hasn't been kicking as much as I'd like him to, but he is kicking, so I suppose I shouldn't be too concerned. I had my 28 week appointment last Tuesday, and his heart was beating away at 141 bpm. :) I am now up to appointments every two weeks instead of every month. I guess this pregnancy is winding down. I'll be 29 weeks tomorrow. Wow.

We are going to South Carolina tomorrow to visit my parents. I figure it will be the last time I can go for a really long time, so I may as well do it while I can. I'm very much not looking forward to the drive down, but hopefully I won't be too uncomfortable.

That's it for now. I'm not sure I'll be able to post my 29 week update tomorrow, but I'll try.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Nursery Craft #3!

Within the last 24 hours I have made three things for the nursery! And it is only the first day of Spring Break... I feel accomplished! :)

I knew that I wanted to make a pillow or two in the coordinating colors/patterns that we are going to have going on in the room. I, believe it or not, have never made a pillow. It seems silly because pillows are so simple, but I wanted a tutorial anyway so that I didn't screw it up. Plus, I wanted to put piping on it, and I've never worked with piping, so I wanted to make sure I got that right, too.

So after searching Pinterest for what seemed like FOREVER, I finally found this tutorial. Big surprise that it's from one of my favorite blogs ever... Make it. Love it. So HERE is the tutorial if you want it!

And here is my finished product!

I LOVE the way it came out. I wasn't going to put the yellow square in the middle, but then I decided that it could use a little "more", and I had these perfect 8 x 8 squares that I had cut out of fabric while I was making the changing pad cover. My favorite part about the pillow is the piping. It just gives it such a finished look. I think it is going to look fantastic on his glider!






Nursery crafts 1 and 2!

Since I am on Spring Break this week (and next week, too!!), I decided to get movin' on these nursery crafts/projects that I wanted to get done. I have not had any time to do these things because of the house/floor stuff, so I figured that spring break would be the perfect time to at least start on them!

So, I finally decided on my color scheme: a very light light blue (wall paint called "Light French Gray" from Behr), which is the middle one on this swatch:

So, the blueish (with gray undertones), gray, and white with accents of bright yellow and possibly turquoise. I am going to be doing a lot of graphic prints, and I am even going to try my hand at making the bedding set. 


                      I went to  Joann's yesterday to see if there were any fabrics that inspired me, and sure enough, I found gray and the polka-dotted bright yellow that I wanted. I found this fantastic tutorial on how to sew a changing pad cover HERE, seriously...it's awesome. I bought the fabric, along with a few other things, and I think it turned out great! I want to make 3 or 4 more...




I also want to do a floating white shelf over his crib with his name letters on it. I knew I didn't want anything heavy, like wood, so I found and bought those paper mache letters and painted them metallic silver. I LOVE how these turned out. They are going to look so good with the wall color.




My next project is going to be a pillow for his chair. I am going to use some of the same fabric, but also this other gray polka dot fabric I found. It has light blue dots in it as well as yellow and white, so it will go perfectly. 

Other projects I want to do:
  • recover the glider cushions that are currently green chenille. 
  • make the crib bedding-- bumper and crib skirt. 
  • Paint/make a few signs/wall art

28 Weeks!

28 weeks now. :) By all varying definitions of when 3rd trimester begins, I AM 3rd tri. :) I feel pretty good, really. Most days I feel really good all day long, but by night time I feel like I've swelled up to 100x my size and I have a difficult time walking. Other than that, though, I am good. Here's some highlights thus far:


  • There hasn't been too much heartburn yet this go-round, which makes me think I'm going to birth a cue ball. Unlike Norah who had a head full of hair...and I had the heartburn to go with the old wive's tale. 
  • I still can't eat chicken. Definitely a recurring pregnancy symptom for me. 
  • I eat nearly everything else. Lol. Seriously, I eat all of the time. I am quite nervous for tomorrow's scale-session. I have a feeling it's going to be quite the jump.
  • I can still wear my rings! I can't remember when I took them off with Norah exactly. It may have been in the hospital, but I hate the idea of them not being on my finger. Thankfully my hands only swell when it is seriously hot. 
  • My maternity clothes are fitting, but I can tell that they won't all fit for long. Some of the shirts I got were kind of cheap, so I knew going in that they probably wouldn't last. My jeans from Motherhood Maternity are amazing though. I could,and probably will, wear those every day.

Tomorrow I have an appointment with my OB. It is my glucose tolerance test appointment. I'm really really really not looking forward to it. I am praying for two things: 1) That I get through the drink and the blood draw without vomiting. 2) That I pass the 1 hour test so I don't have to do a 3 hour test. I have got to remind myself to bring my grading stuff so I can use that one hour in the office wisely. Maybe the grading will keep my mind off of the grossness of the stuff.

I am pretty sure that my OB will have me come back at 32 weeks (in 4 weeks), and then I have to do every two weeks. I'm not sure, but I hope so. I am still trying not to take off too much time from work. 

Speaking of work, I'M ON SPRING BREAK!! I have a TWO week spring break this year, and I am loving it. Today is the day that it's felt like a real break. Monday morning and I'm sitting here in my robe blogging. LOVE it! What's crazy though is this:

Once I get back from Spring Break there are: 
-17 school days until TCAP (state mandated standardized testing)

After TCAP window ends there are:
-17 school days until the END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR

After the end of my school year there are:
-9 days until my due date

CRAZY!!  


Me at 28 Weeks


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

This little girl...

May she never grow too old or too "cool" to be this silly.

Monday, March 11, 2013

27 Weeks

Alright then... 27 weeks-- not too much different from yesterday when I posted about being in the 3rd trimester. :) Currently the little baby boy is rolling around in my ute. He is practicing being in the circus or something, because he's been rolling and moving all day long. It's nuts.

So because things haven't changed too much, I decided to do another survey:


About My Pregnancy
About You
Name? Jiff
Age?  29
Height? 
5’3”
Hair Color? Dark Brown

Eye Color? 
 Greenish

About The Father
Name?  Daniel
Age?
 29
Height? 
 5’11”
Hair Colour? Dark 
Brown
Eye Colour?
  Hazel
Are you still together? 
Yes . We've been together since April 2006, so almost 7 years now. 

About Your Pregnancy
Is this your first pregnancy? Nope.
When did you find out you were pregnant? September 29th, 2012
Was it planned? Oh yes. We planned it for about a year and a half before we started trying. Then we started trying actively, and conceived on cycle 2!
What was your first reaction?  Beyond thrilled and excited-- over the moon. I was also in shock because I couldn't believe it happened so fast this time. 
Who was with you when you found out? It was just me. Daniel was in Minnesota. 
Who was the first person you told? Daniel, of course! 
How did your parents react? They jumped up and down and screamed. Everyone was SO excited! 
How far along are you?  27 Weeks today.
What was your first symptom? Exhaustion and nausea.
What is your due date? June 10, 2013
Do you know the sex of the baby? Yes.
If so, what is it? - A BOY! I still can't believe that. 
Have you picked out names? We've settled on a first name. We still haven't settled on a middle name.
If so, what are they?  - Not sure I'm sharing it on here yet.
How much weight have you gained? At my last appt, I was up 1 lb since pre-pregnancy. I am assuming I've gained 5-7 lbs though. I've been eating ridiculously lately-- LOTS of cosmic brownies. 
Do you have stretch marks?  No, I didn't get them with Norah either. Thanks to my mama for the genes!
Have you felt the baby move? Oh yeah. 
Have you heard the heartbeat? Yes, many times. 

About the birth
Will you keep the baby? Obviously.
Home or hospital birth? Hospital 
Natural or medicated birth? Medicated. I'll go as long as I can w/o. 
Who will be in the delivery room with you?  The husband and that is IT. 
Will you breastfeed? Yes. I had a pretty rough breatfeeding experience with Norah, but my baby needs it, so I'll do anything I can to make it work. 
Do you think you’ll need a c-section? I really hope not.
Will you cry when you hold the baby for the first time? Probably so...I cried with Norah.  
What’s the first thing you might say to him/her? Not sure... we'll see. 
Would you let someone videotape the birth? Nope. Ain't no body gonna wanna see that. 
Are you excited about the birth, or scared? Nervous. I had such an incredibly easy, wonderful birth with Norah, that I am so afraid this is going to be the exact opposite. 


Sunday, March 10, 2013

What better for my 300th post than my 3rd Trimester post!

I know that there are many differing opinions about when the 3rd trimester starts-- 25 weeks, 26w 6d, 27 weeks, 28 weeks. Well, I go with the mathematical 3rd trimester-- 26w 6d. 40 divided by 3 x 2 is 26w 6d. Anyway, now that my justification is out of the way, here I am! 3rd trimester!

WOW.

I really feel like it was 2 weeks ago that I discovered I was pregnant with this little one. I cannot believe I am almost at the end. Don't think that I forgot about all of the crazy that's happened with this pregnancy though. I still don't ever want to go through it again. :)

So things are coming together both house-wise and baby-wise.

House-Wise:
The house finally has beautiful, brand new kitchen floors, and the rest of the house was sanded and stained to match them, so they are beautiful too. I love them-- like seriously, LOVE them. They are beautiful, and they feel so wonderful under my feet.

We also have our new basement floors in! We had to go with an engineered wood because there's no subfloor and it is below grade, and we did NOT want laminate. My husband chose this beautiful, darkish wood that really complements the rest of our house. They are so pretty. We are waiting to put our furniture back in there until we have the walls painted, which should happen this week. I cannot wait for that room to come together. It is going to be beautiful, cozy, and functional.

The things we are still waiting on are:
*Sunroom floors. They delivered the wood 2 days ago, and they are installing it on Wednesday. This is difficult to not have this room because it is definitely our chill/tv watching room.
*Sunroom to be water-proofed. They are doing some sort of sealing thing on Monday.
*Below Sunroom framing. The morons who added this sunroom to the house decided to cut corners tremendously by not putting decent framing under it, not insulating it, and by putting the floor joists every 4 FEET instead of every 2 like they should be....ridiculous. We already had the contractors add the extra joists and insulation, now we are just waiting on the framing.
*Put the crown molding back up in the basement.

So, that's the house. It should all be put back together within the next two weeks. I really hope it is done by the end of this week because I have spring break next week! Woot!


Baby-Wise:
We made a step forward in the baby preparation department! Because of all of this house stuff, we haven't had the opportunity to do anything about a nursery. Well, my sister moved back to our hometown, and decided to pass us her crib now instead of later. So, we have our crib and changing table in the nursery! The crib is gorgeous. We had such a plain crib for Norah, but this crib was one of those crazy expensive ones that my sister's baby's grandparents bought for them. It's so classic and pretty, and I didn't have to pay a penny! Our changing table was white for Norah, and is still white, so I'll have to do something about that. It needed an update anyway. :)

Pregnancy-Wise:
I'm getting kind of uncomfortable. I feel really really big. Like crazy big. I don't think I've gained a ton of weight, I just feel full all of the time.


That's about it for now. 13 weeks left of the pregnancy, and that's if I go full-term. Wow.... unbelievable.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

For no other reason...


This picture is for no other reason than I had NO pictures of me and my face when I was pg with DD. :)

Monday, March 4, 2013

26 Weeks!




Well, 26 Weeks here. Nothing too exciting happening pregnancy-wise (other than the fact that my son is growing and growing!). I feel huge. I feel like I have gained 10 pounds in the last two weeks. I honestly have no idea how much weight I have gained, but it has to be a lot. I feel so much heavier. Bending over while sitting has started to be a challenge, and everything is making me winded. Daniel laughed at me last night because I did something so simple and was out of breath. I think it was something like sitting up in the bed. Lol... He just said, "You pregnant?" Funny guy. :) 

That's about it for now. Not too much to update this week. My next appointment isn't until Spring Break (which is 2 weeks away). 

Sunday, March 3, 2013

House/floor updates. Almost done!

It has been a whirlwind of a weekend-- I honestly feel like I didn't even have a weekend because of how busy I've been. On Friday we found out that we could move back into the house on Saturday. I was so excited to leave the hotel after 3 WEEKS, but I was also dreading the moving back because of the amount of stuff we had over there. My husband runs a basketball league all day on Saturdays, so he wasn't there to help me. He was able to move out a few of the heavier things into his truck the night before, so I didn't have to worry about those. So it was up to me to clear out absolutely everything while taking care of our 3 year old and our dog. Whew! It was hard, but once it was over, it was awesome knowing that I wouldn't have to go back.

So now we are at the house. :) I had to meet the furniture moving guys at 8am on Saturday morning (with Norah and the dog), and tell them where to put all of the furniture they had moved when they did the sanding and restaining of all of the floors. After I moved everything over from the hotel, I had my sister come over and help me tilt things so that I could get furniture pads on most items. I did a TON of cleaning since nearly everything was covered in a thick layer of sawdust from the sanding (the kitchen took me over three hours to do... it was insane), and I tried to put the house back in some kind of order. The floors look just phenomenal. I cannot stop looking at them. They are exactly what I envisioned, and I can't wait for the rest of the house to be done.

What is left, you ask? Well, the basement floors are not done yet, so those are set to be done sometime this week. Those floors will be an engineered hardwood. We had to do engineered down in the basement because there is no subfloor for hardwood to work. At least it isn't laminate. In this process I have grown to loathe laminate flooring. It just feels fake under your feet-- the hollow sound is the part that probably bothers me the most. The husband is going to Kilz the paneling in the basement tomorrow, and then we will paint it, and it will be a whole new living space. We plan on it being utilized like this:

I can't get the rug to stay under the sectional for some reason. Oh well. You get the idea. I am planning on using part of the space for my sewing area since it is currently in the guest room. When the guest room becomes a nursery, it might not be the best idea to keep my sewing stuff in there-- you know, sharp objects and such... :)  We also plan on putting Norah's Play Kitchen that we made out of an entertainment center on the opposite side of my sewing stuff. She is SO excited about that part. We've had the kitchen wrapped in plastic ever since we moved since we really haven't had a spot for it, and she is so anxious to get to play with it again.

There is this obvious separation in the room with this three foot long floor to ceiling thing that juts out in the space. I toyed with the idea of removing the shelf, but then I realized that I like the separation, and it will be great for keeping my sewing stuff out of reach from Norah and the baby boy. The space on the other side of the shelf will be the "living area". We already have an awesome sectional for down there, too. We need a rug, and we have a gas fireplace that we are going to convert back to wood-burning. I can't wait to actually be able to use the fireplace. We are planning on getting a super nice air mattress for my parents to sleep on when they visit since we won't have a guest room anymore. I hope they can get over the fact that it is an air mattress. It is going to be a $200+ one, so it won't feel like an air mattress.

I'm so excited about the basement space in general. When we bought the house, it had nasty, 15-year old berber carpet that was stained like crazy. The stairs were carpeted, too, which of course got really gross over time. Now it is going to be a whole new area. There's a mounted TV down there, too, so I feel like it is going to be a space we really use.

The other space that still needs to be finished is the sunroom. The sunroom is our living room pretty much. We live in there most of the time. It is a large room, and our TV and sofa is in there. It's wonderful. The furniture from the entire house had to be put in there during the process of them doing the floors in the whole house, so they couldn't do those floors at the same time. Hopefully those will be done this week. I am anxious to have that space back in our house. It's my favorite room in the house.

So that's it for now. I'm loving these new floors, and I can't wait to see the rest of it come together. I am also making plans for our next project-- the kitchen cabinets.