Friday, August 27, 2010

Hot Cocoa

I ask my husband to bring me hot cocoa and he brings me this......
It even has toasted marshmallows on top. :)

Moment to remember

Judah and I have been counting to ten together and he really loves it. We'll be driving in the car or in the grocery store and he'll just randomly start saying different numbers. When we get up to ten, he gets excited and claps his hands.

When he starts on his own he usually starts at three but, he says "free". Four sounds like "foooo". Seven sounds like "seedee" and then he has eight down perfectly. He loves to say "eight"!

Tonight when I put him to bed, he didn't seem especially tired. I just sat down and I heard him counting over the monitor. He little voice could NOT be any sweeter.

Free, Fo, Five, Six, Seedee, Eight, Nine, Ten!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Coloring with Judah and curtains for the baby girl

Today we stayed home all day and got lots of fun things done. In the morning, Judah and I did chores and also had some fun coloring and playing with stickers.
I love this picture of his bare tummy with the stickers on it. This little boy has my heart!!!Later in the day, Sally and Noah came over. Sally brought her sewing machine and we made a curtain for the new baby's room. She did most of the sewing, since I really don't know how to sew and I love how the curtain turned out. When I went and bought the fabric, I took part of the crib set with me so, the color matches perfectly. We also sewed blackout on the back of the curtain to keep the light out and it works amazingly well.

Some other pictures of the baby's room:

This sign was in my Grandma's bedroom. She loved clothes!

Monday, August 23, 2010

When you're pregnant....

It's funny when.......

You flop over in the middle of the night from one side to the other and think (in your sleep) about how you're really getting good at this flopping thing.

You look at the things on the floor and really contemplate if it's worth it to pick them up.

You actually wonder if rich people hire someone to bend over for them, while they're pregnant.

You actually say "Thank you Jesus" out loud when you pull on your favorite comfy pants because they still go over your butt. Of course, they don't go over your tummy but, over your rear is nice.

You like to sit at home with your shirt up so, you have a better view of your tummy shifting from one side to the other.

You have to pee so often that you joke with your husband about pulling over at a strangers house and asking to use the bathroom. ***I'd never do this but, I can't say I haven't thought about it.



It's NOT funny when:
The medical assistant at your son's Doctor says "wow...it looks like you're having twins or something!"

It's nice when:
Your midwife says that everything is right on track and your baby is just the right size for who she is.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

The Farmer's Market

This morning, we headed out to a local Farmer's Market. We stocked up on fresh, local and organic produce and the prices were even pretty good! I'd never been to this Farmer's Market before and it was so much fun. The atmosphere was great. There were a few vendors that were cooking delicious food and one lady was making homemade tortillas.

Most of the stands were local farmers selling fresh produce like corn, blueberries and herbs. We bought carrots, beets, leeks, onions, cilantro, blueberries, cabbage, zucchini and a few other things. I told my husband to be prepared to eat lots of vegetables this week!



Friday, August 20, 2010

Favorite Type of List

Back when I was un-married and living on my own, I always had a white board by the door and it helped me remember important things. When Jeremiah and I were dating, he would leave me cute little notes on it and I loved that.

We're married now, with a baby and another one on the way. The little white board got lost in the shuffle of a move or maybe it got old and I threw it away. I really don't remember. Now, I've becoming the "paper list" kind of person. I always have a list going on paper and it's worked for me.

The other day, I saw this little white board at Target on the $2.50 rack. I thought I should buy it and then I could stop having a paper list on the counter everyday. So, for the last couple weeks, I've given up the paper list and used the white board.

I know I like having it there by the door. I like the little notes that my husband has been leaving on it. I just don't know if I like it as much as my old paper list. It's not as satisfying to cross things off of. You wipe them out and they're gone.....not sitting there with a line through.

Do you prefer a white board or a paper list? I know it doesn't really matter but, I think I might need to have both.


Thursday, August 19, 2010

Vacation to Lake Chelan

Last week we went on a family vacation to Lake Chelan. My uncle bought a condo over there with a few other friends last year and the condo is amazing. It's only a year or two old, every bedroom has it's own bathroom and every bedroom also has it's own deck.

Here's a picture of the condo from the beach:
The view from the condo:


While we were there, we went out on the boat a few times. Ben & Jeremiah went tubing and the little boys got to experience boating for the first time. Judah seemed to like it. He was waving to Jeremiah when he was out on the tube and it was so cute.

On our second day there, we headed out to the Lake Chelan State Park. It had a great sandy beach and I thought that Judah would love going there and playing in the sand and water. Well, I was wrong but, we still had fun. He didn't really care for the water and sand like I thought that he would but, I'm sure next year will be different. He and Jeremiah sat together on the shore and I had a great time swimming. I haven't felt that comfortable in awhile. From all the heat, my wedding ring had been feeling tight and I was feeling a little swollen but, just being in the cold water made everything so much better.



Our third day there, we went to a really neat park that was on the lake. We went early enough in the day that it wasn't too hot and it was really fun. Judah and Noah needed some room to run and get their energy out and going to the park worked well.




For me, one of the highlights of our vacation was that Judah slept awesome the whole time. He slept all night long and also took pretty good naps. He's a great sleeper at home but, when we've been on vacation and all had to sleep in the same room, it's been HARD. I was very thankful that he did well!

It was a great time with family and it was also nice to come home. It's funny how it's always so good to go and then so good to get back to normal life!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

2 months to go!


I sat down to blog about our family vacation to Lake Chelan that we came home from yesterday but, I just can't do that right now. It was an amazing vacation and so much fun but, as I sat down to blog, I read some other blogs first and I came across a few things that touched my heart so deeply.

I don't know the etiquette about posting someone else's pictures so, I'm not going to do that. You need to go here though and look at these amazing photos. The 3rd one down is what got me. Actually, it made me start crying....like alot. It's so precious to see the older child loving the new baby. That will be us, so soon!

I only have 2 more months until my due date and I hope it goes by quickly! I'm so excited to hold this sweet little baby that's always wiggling around in my tummy. I'm so excited to introduce Judah to her and see how he loves her. I'm excited to be a family of four. I know it may be overwhelming but, the blessing will be greater.

Looking at those "Love Photos" put things in perspective for me this afternoon. Special moments with my husband and my babies are the things that really count. So often, I get caught up in things that seem like they are the most important but, they really aren't. For example, since we came home from vacation yesterday, I've been thinking all day about how many crumbs are in our van. I've anticipated nap time so, I could go vacuum it. These little things can consume me. It's alright for them to be important but, it's good to keep in mind that they aren't what matters the most. Slowing down to enjoy special time with the special people in our lives is what matters.


Now, I'm going to go clean my dirty vacation car....... :)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The nice lady at Costco

About once a month, I do a huge grocery shopping trip. I usually hit Winco and Costco and try to get most of what we'll need for an entire month. Today, my goal was to get this big shopping trip done, be home before noon, give Judah lunch, get him down for his nap and then unload the car.
I love getting all the errands done in the morning because the stores are way less crowded and when I get home, I can give him lunch and then unload the car while he sleeps.

This morning went well and we were home at 11:5o so, I was happy. The highlight of my morning was meeting the nicest elderly lady in the Costco parking lot. She was parked in a handicapped parking space and as she finished unloading her cart, I walked up to her and said that we'd use her cart. She started talking with me about Judah and how kids grow up so fast. Then she said that she wanted to look in her car and see if she had any cookies to give to Judah. I told her that wasn't necessary but, that she could if she wanted to.

She went to the truck and then threw me a whole bag of un-opened Teddy Graham's. She insisted that he should have them so, he snacked on them as we walked around the store.



It's such a blessing to meet nice people when we're out and about. Even though what she did was a simple thing, it really made me smile.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Judah's 18 month appointment

Today we had Judah's 18 month Doctor appointment. We went to a new Doctor and I felt so good about it. He used to go to our church and he has 3 young children of his own. He didn't seem like he was in a hurry and his office staff was really nice. It made me wish that we'd been going to him since Judah was born.

His 18 month stats are:

Weight: 32lb, 96th percentile
Height: 34.75 inches, 95th percentile
Head Circumference: 49cm, 79th percentile

He's a big and healthy boy!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

The parade and the fair

This weekend was so fun and busy. Saturday morning we headed out to meet up with some other MOPS moms and kids and walk in the parade. Our town has a small little parade that is actually really fun to watch! Judah did great in his stroller the whole time. He probably ate way too many crackers but, he was super content for the long ride.

It was fun to walk past so many familiar faces and let other families know about MOPS. Next year he'll be at the age where he'd enjoy watching the parade so, we'll have to decide if we want to be in it again or just watch. It hasn't rained in so long but, it rained the entire time we were in the parade. Oh well, it was still really fun!

Today, we went to church and then headed to our little country fair. Actually, compared to where I grew up, this fair is NOT that little! For as long as I can remember, one of the best parts of the summer is going to the fair. When I was little, my family would enter things from the garden in the fair and it was always so exciting to win ribbons.

Last year we took Judah and he liked looking at the animals but, he wasn't really that interested. This year was so much more fun. He loved all the animals, he loved watching the people on the rides, he loved the music and he loved the fair food. Who wouldn't like fair food? Not healthy but, delicious. We spent the afternoon there and it was a blast.

Now, the weekend is almost over. I'm ready to watch "The Next Food Network Star" with my love and get some good sleep!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Judah's Birth Story

Finally, after 18 months, I'm blogging my sweet boy's birth story.
WARNING: This is not for people who don't want to hear all the nitty-gritty details. If you don't enjoy hearing about a cervix, stop here. :)

I was due Friday, January 16, 2009. My due date came and went and I had such anticipation of when I'd go into labor. We were all prepared. His room looked adorable, our hospital bag packed, car seat was in the car and we had finished our birth class. All my life, I've wanted to birth my babies naturally. My Mom gave birth to my sister completely naturally, she couldn't with me because I was stubborn and breech.

We took a 6 week birth course at the hospital and I really liked it. I had wanted to take the Bradley class but, that class is 12 weeks long and we couldn't commit that time. The class at the hospital covered everything from nursing, to c-sections, to breathing techniques. The instructor was great and although I know she was required to teach the class in a way be beneficial for anyone, I could tell that in her heart she had a belief in natural birth.

She taught great breathing techniques and I feel like both Jeremiah and I got alot out of the class. I felt mentally prepared and strong and that's how I needed to feel if I was planning on not having any pain medication. One of the other things that helped me prepare were some ladies at our church that had great birth experiences. Talking to them excited me and made me feel inspired.

So, the "big" due date came and went. I was huge, ready and waiting. Monday morning came and I had an appointment with my midwife. Just for fun, I asked Sally if she wanted to come with me. She waited in the waiting room while I had my appointment. During the appointment, my midwife asked me if I'd like her to strip my membranes since I was over due. I said sure and as she did that, my water BROKE. Yep, right there in her office. She said that had never happened to her before and that my body just really must have been ready! At that time, it was about 1pm (Jan. 19th). I asked her if I could go home and get my stuff for the hospital. We agreed that we'd meet at the hospital at 5pm.

I came out to the waiting room and told Sally what had just happened. I was going to have this baby, SOON! We got in the car and I called Jeremiah. He was really excited and said that he'd get off work and meet us at home. I'm so thankful that God gave me a little "nudge" to bring Sally to this appointment. She drove my car home because we didn't know when the contractions would start.

Our drive home was normal. I wasn't having contractions yet, that I could really feel anyway. We came home and Sally made lunch. Soup and sandwiches, I think and I put some amazing worship music on. Ever since we got home, I didn't really feel comfortable sitting down so, I just kept moving. I cleaned up the house and just stayed busy. I started feeling slight contractions around 2:30. I just breathed through them, spent time on the exercise ball and kept the good music on. Jeremiah started timing how far apart they were and they were never more than 3 minutes apart. They were one on top of the other. Honestly, I felt embarrassed telling him that I was having another one because it didn't seem real that they'd be that close.

We left the house around 4pm to get Sally's car and head to the hospital. I remember leaning my seat back in the car and just breathing through each contraction. Over and over and over. The ride wasn't miserable but, it wasn't fun either. Jeremiah drove faster than he normally does and he and Sally were nice enough to not talk to me during contractions. I think the car ride was actually very quiet.

We got to the hospital a few minutes before 5pm and I got checked in. They had me lay on my back on the bed to monitor how I was doing and how close my contractions were. Laying on my back was NOT fun. For me, having contractions and staying still in a bed just don't mix. The medical assistant tried to give me a hep-lock in my arm (in case I'd need an IV) but, my veins weren't cooperating and I really didn't want to keep laying there. I have awesome veins and this is the only time in my life that anyone has had a problem. I really think it was God because I didn't want to have anything hooked up to me, injected in me or anything. She gave up on it and they said that my contractions were really close together (no kidding) that I was dilated to about 4cm and 100%effaced.

I got into the tub that they have in each room at about 5:45pm. Dealing with contractions in the water is soooo much better than laying on a bed. The tub is huge and it also had jets. It was pretty dark in there and very relaxing. Jeremiah and Sally brought chairs in there and just hung out with me. They helped me breath through each contraction. About every 20 minutes or so, a nurse or my midwife would come in and listen to the baby's heartbeat and make sure that we were doing fine.

At about 7:45pm (2 hrs after getting in the tub), my midwife came in and said that it sounded like I was really working through contractions and that they sounded close. Yes, they were very close together! She said that she wanted to check and see how far I was dilated. She checked me and I was 10 cm!!!!! I was so thankful and so surprised because I never knew I went through "transition". Transition, were you go from like 7cm-10cm, is supposed to be the most difficult and painful part of labor and although my contractions definitely hurt, it was never as bad as I expected it to be. I actually cried tears of happiness when she said I was fully dilated and it was time to push.

I got out of the tub, and onto the bed. There was a big clock on the wall in front of the bed and I could see that it was 8pm. I wanted this baby out before 9pm. Pushing was the hardest part of labor for me. I never felt that overwhelming urge to push and it hurt, BAD. Jeremiah counted to 10 for each push and it helped me stay motivated. Sally put cold washclothes on my head and face and those really helped. At 8:58pm, Judah was ready and the midwife had me reach down and pull him out, onto my chest. I just got goose bumps remembering that. He was (and still is) absolutely perfect. He was 9lb, 7oz, 21 inches. Big, healthy, alert and wonderful.

It was the BEST day of our lives so far. Judah's birth was everything that I ever wanted it to be. I had prayed for a fast, safe and completely medicine-free birth and God gave me exactly what I'd asked for.

Now, I'm anticipating what it'll be like to deliver this little girl. Even though I still have about 10 weeks, I'm already excited. I plan on delivering at the hospital again with the midwife but, part of me wants to deliver at a birth center and have a water birth. Either way, I know it's going to be an amazing experience.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Hanging outside after dinner

Tonight after dinner, we went outside to hangout and enjoy the nice evening. The weather has been perfect. It's cloudy and cool in the morning and then sunny and in the 70's in the afternoon. For me, that's perfect weather.

While we were out, Jeremiah and I took a few pictures of Judah. This little boy keeps me on my toes and he makes my heart melt everyday.


This picture is so precious to me. Judah reached out to grab Daddy's hand while they were walking.

Lastly, today I'm 29 weeks pregnant. Jeremiah took a couple pictures of my tummy for me. I'm not a huge fan of having my picture taken but, I think it's good to have pregnancy pictures to look back on. The flowers in the picture are from our hydrangea bush. I'd just picked them to bring inside for the table.

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