Thursday, September 21, 2017


Good morning!

Things are going pretty smoothly over here. I am slowly adjusting to being a stay at home mom to three for the next few months. Although I know I need my rest, I also need my sanity, so we are venturing out of the house at least once a day for an hour or so. I am taking advantage of the 2 hours a day that Cora is napping while Ina is at pre-school and soak in some couch/baby cuddle time.

Mira is doing great! She continues to eat like a champ, every 1 to 2 hours during the day, and has even stretched out her sleeping to a few 3 to 4 hour chunks at night. She continues to be the cuddliest thing in the world and I just want to never forget the way her body collapses on me after she gets done eating and the way she smells and the little noises she makes. Yes, I am in love...again...

Ina doesn't seem to be phased by the addition of a new sister, except to make sure I comfort/feed Mira immediately if she so much as squeaks. She also asks to hold her often.

Cora is doing okay, actually better than expected. Not surprisingly, Cora is a little jealous of Mira, wanting to be on or near me whenever Mira is. She also wants to lay on Mira's nursing pillow, sit in her bouncy seat, sit in her car seat, etc. However, I am really trying to sell the big sister gig, and giving extra attention when Mira is napping, so things are looking good.

Dan is excited to have another girl in the house to love on. We have had a few hiccups in our routine, and a few frustrating late night moments, but for the most part, the transition has been good for us.

I have felt so blessed this week, with the things I am thankful for being too many to list or count, but here is what I happened to jot down this week:


  1. Mira looked great at her doctor's appointment! She has lost almost a pound since being born, so my job over the next few days is to nurse, nurse, nurse, so she will get back up to her birth weight by next Friday. If not, we have to go in for daily weights until she meets that goal.
  2. Granny and G went with Ina to pre-school for grandparents' day. Ina was pretty proud to have them there. 
  3. My mom came over and made Dan and I dinner! (I also enjoyed the leftovers the next two nights!)


  1. A blacked out room that enables sleeping in past sunrise. Mira doesn't like to sleep at night, but is fine with sleeping all morning long.
  2. A day full of nothing but baby snuggles. I am really trying to soak all of this in.
  3. The move War Room. This goes along with Fervent, a book I read a year or so ago and it had both Dan and me laughing and crying. 


  1. Grace and learning (and re-learning) how to give and receive it.
  2. A little time to myself (plus a sleeping Mira) to watch a few chick flicks and drink a long awaited adult beverage while Dan was sanding the floors at his mom's house.
  3. Wal-mart grocery pick up (<--we both get $10 if you use that link). More on that later.

  1. Lots of hugs and kisses from the "big" girls. I sure did miss them.
  2. Multiple visitors. It was so good to see our toy room get some action after a week of inactivity.
  3. My sister brought over fajitas for dinner and Kim brought over chili. Have I mentioned we are beyond spoiled? 

  1. I thought ahead and made a few bowls of overnight oats before the girls came home (1/2 C each of oats, yogurt, and milk mixed and refrigerated overnight and topped the next day with bananas, pecans, and coconut). I must have known my feet would be required to hit the ground running and a prepared breakfast would ensure that I actually eat something. 
  2. We came out of the first day all together and in one piece. In less than 2 hours Cora fell down the stairs, put a goldfish cracker in Mira's mouth, and then stepped on Mira's head. Similarly, I am thankful Cora is a lightweight.
  3. Our friend Michele made us dinner (sausage with cabbage served over mashed potatoes WITH the most beautiful apple pie) and Dan was able to convince her and her kids to stay and eat it with us. Ina and Cora loved having the extra company. 

  1. Dan came home from work to eat lunch. This was such a treat. Although I love being on maternity leave with my girls, some adult interaction and a chance for someone else to answer the questions for 20 minutes was sure lovely. I told him he needs to make it a daily habit.
  2. Our friends Matt and Sarah made us a delicious and healthy dinner - breaded chicken tenders, garlic quinoa, roasted tomatoes, and a kale salad. The girls literally fought over the last of the tomatoes. I will have to remember that next time I am struggling to come up with a veggie side.
  3. We ventured out of the house as a family for some ice cream at a fund raise for Ina's pre-school. It was nice to get out of the house in the evening.

  1. I successfully bathed all three girls at the same time. I am working on honing in my multi-tasking skills..
  2. Library story time and the fact that they didn't revoke my library card when I made the walk of shame out of the library with screaming children.
  3. We went to Fun House Pizza to celebrate Big Dan's birthday and I was able to eat pizza with both hands while others held Mira, helped the big girls eat, or corralled them in the game area. It was lovely.

Have a great end to your week! <3

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Mira Belle's Birth Story

Hello from the land of nurse baby...change baby's diaper...30 minute nap...repeat.

I can't believe Mira is almost a week old. Time sure flies when you don't know what time it is. The older girls have been with my aunt, cousin, and grandparents for the week, who graciously took over big kid duty and gave me the precious gift of a few days of newborn bliss. I have invested the time wisely, holding Mira, soaking in her snuggles, breathing in her smell, nuzzling her soft head, and kissing her face, fingers, and toes. There is nothing better in the entire world.

Here is the story of how she got here.

Despite all my efforts to induce labor (spicy foods, foot rubs, even mowing our yard...), Dan and I woke up dark and early on Monday morning to head to the hospital for my induction.

My 41 weeks pregnant self was so, so happy to soon not be pregnant.

We checked in, met our nurses, signed our life away and answered questions. One of our nurses was training, so we were spoiled with two. During the whole process I couldn't help but compare this experience to Ina's (Part 1 and Part 2) and Cora's (Part 1 and Part 2) births. Each one was so different.

After an hour had passed my midwife Jeane arrived, checked me (I had advanced to a 2), broke my water, and gave me instructions to walk the halls for 40 minutes, after which I still felt absolutely nothing in the contraction department. When I was in labor with Cora, I walked the halls looking like a zombie and stopping every few minutes to moan. This time around Dan and I were smiling, chatting, and saying hi to everyone.

We were about to start another 40 minute round of walking and then start Pitocin if nothing happened when Dan interrupted Jeane's instructions to ask, "Why can't we just start Pitocin now?"

Good question - and so we did. Apparently he was the most ready to meet his daughter.

Mild contractions started almost immediately. I politely asked for an epidural, but was told I needed to wait until my pain was more intense to ensure labor was really happening.

My pain from the contractions went from a two out of ten to vomit inducing in about an hour with strong contractions happening every two minutes. Apparently my body just needed a little pitocin jump start. During that time they were having a hard time picking up my contractions on the monitor, but I assured them they were happening.

Soon later the anesthesiologist walked in and had I not been connected to monitors and an IV, I would have jumped up to give her a hug. Thirty minutes later my back was taking in that sweet nectar, my pain was a 0 (thank you Jesus!), I was dilated to a 5, and we were told to relax for a few hours while labor progressed. Unfortunately, I don't have mid-day napping skills and was so excited to meet our daughter that sleep was absolutely impossible, so I scrolled through social media on my phone. Don't worry, Dan napped enough for the both of us.

I was given the same peanut exercise ball I used while laboring with Cora, rotating from side to side with it between my legs because laying flat on my back caused my blood pressure to drop and made me extremely noxious and dizzy. I was told to let the nurses know if I felt the urge/pressure to push, and about an hour after the epidural started I thought I felt it but wasn't sure. I couldn't have progressed that quickly, right?

However, soon later Jeane called and said she had a "feeling" and instructed my nurses to checked me. The training nurse checked and a huge smile crossed her face when she asked the other nurse to confirm that I was dilated to a 10 and ready to push.

Jeane hurried over from clinic (which is conveniently attached to the hospital). Dan put on his gown and gloves, preparing to catch the baby while the nurses helped me get in the "birthing position." Dan has so, so wanted to catch all of our children, but couldn't with Ina because she was an emergency C-section and couldn't with Cora because she had stooled in utero and there are extra precautions involved when this occurs.

However, the third time was the charm, because nothing was stopping him this go-around. After he was completely dressed, I told him to pose for a picture. As I was taking the picture I couldn't help but giggle, and when I did a surprised look crossed his face and he said, "Racheal, stop laughing, the baby is coming out!"

Jeane looked over from where she was preparing the instruments and such and said, "Oh wow, he's right. Seriously, stop laughing."

The next thing I knew they were in position, they told me to push, I did, "Not that hard!....OK, Here comes the head...Dan turn the shoulder...One more push...Racheal, reach down here and grab your baby!"

And there she was, a screaming, purple, black haired, beautiful mess on my chest. I was laughing and crying at the same time. It is crazy how your heart can double in size in an instant.

Dan counted her fingers and toes to confirm that she was perfect...and then looked at her purple coloring and asked if she was a different race than us, which of course had all the nurses giggling and me slapping him.

I held her on my chest while she pooped...and pooped, and pooped some more. They weighed her - 9 pounds 11 ounces on 9/11. We cuddled, she screamed...and screamed...and screamed some more. We waited until she started rooting to nurse, which she immediately picked up and has continued to master with rock star skills.

Dan went to the waiting room to get the girls. Ina came running in with a present and Cora screamed "Baby Mira Belle!" when she saw her. (Cora soon later saw her nursing and said, "My turn!" Sigh.) The rest of the afternoon and evening was a blur of nurses, family, snuggles, and love. So much love. Who knew that one person could give and receive so much?

We spent the next two days at the hospital, not really sleeping, but enjoying the visits from friends and family, the relaxation, and the food delivered after a quick phone call.

We came home on Wednesday afternoon and had a minor scare of Mira not having a wet or dirty diaper for over 12 hours, even though my milk had come in and she was eating like a champ, nursing at least every two hours, if not more.

After a quick call to her pediatrician, we were instructed to come in the next morning and nothing horrible could happen over night. She eventually had a dirty diaper and has since then had no problems with needing a diaper change.

Ina and Cora come back home today and we are ready to start the new-to-us real life. Although I have loved having this concentrated time with Mira, I miss the other two so, so much and can't wait to catch up on hugs from them as well.

I hope to continue to blog at least once a week. Thank you so much for following our little (but growing!) family and for all the support you have provided along the way. <3

Thursday, September 7, 2017


Good Morning! Here is what I was thankful for this week:

  1. Our neighbor/high school friend delivered a beautiful baby quilt for baby girl! It matches her room perfectly and Ina and Cora both didn't want to put it down.
  2. As I sold all of Ina and Cora's clothes up to about 9 months, I asked my sister if she had any we could borrow and she gave me a trash can full of clothes. A full sized trash can of pink flowers, stripes, and polka dots. I think we are set.
  3. Danielle taught me how to find the lock code for the van's radio. Let the worship music jamming proceed.
  1. We finally, after 13 years of mortgage payments, are through with PMI on our rental house. I was just considering refinancing in order to get rid of it and they saved me the hassle. 
  2. A new round of library books and the hours of entertainment they provide.
  3. Leftovers of two meals that someone else made for dinner. It doesn't get much better.
  1. I found a side dish recipe that not only included ingredients I had on hand, but found a use for the squash excess our family is currently under.
  2. Our friends the Nybergs invited us over for dinner. I know I say it all the time, but I love watching our kids play together. 
  3. Due to bedtimes, we are rarely outside after dark, but the few times we are, Cora is obsessed with the moon. Last night she did't want to come inside when we got home and she kept on pointing in awe and saying, "The moon! It's boo-ti-ful Mom!"
  1. Our church has made some pastoral adjustments and everything has appeared to work out so well. I know a lot of thought and work went into planning to ensure our church stays healthy and growing, and I so, so appreciate it.
  2. Dan and Granny and lots of friends and family have made some great progress on our old rental house aka - her new house. There is still lots (lots!) of work to do, but they have made tons of progress in 3 days. I feel so useless because I can't comfortably stand for more than a few minutes, shouldn't lift more than 20 pounds, and have two children in tow that would undoubtedly undo any work I was able to get done. Therefore, we mostly stay at home with occasional visits to view the progress.
  3. Everything on my to-do list before baby is done! We are ready! Or, should I say, we are as ready as we can be.

  1. The trees at Granny's house - perfect for climbing, despite everyone's face in the picture. Ina was kind of scared at first, but warmed up. Cora had no fear and kept on yelling, "I get in the tree!"
  2. Kim brought us over a lasagna to put in the freezer for (whenever) baby girl decides to make her appearance. She and her husband Mike are the best.
  3. The girls continue to be occasional adventurous eaters. Our dinner was a yellow curry simmer sauce from Aldi with chicken, rice, and roasted green beans. They both completely cleaned their plates and fought over the rest of the green beans. I added raw jalapeƱos to mine, hoping the spice might motivate some contractions. 

  1. Baby Girl is happy and healthy in my belly...which means she doesn't really want to come out. However, I am still so thankful there are no reasons to induce before Monday, other than the fact that we think she will be a big baby. But, I can handle that, right?
  2. Down time at work - this week would be a lot more difficult if work was busy.
  3. Dan and Ina ventured off to Granny's house to help paint after dinner, which gave Cora and I some rare alone time. I actually can't remember the last time Cora and I were alone and I wasn't putting her to sleep. Let me tell you something, that girl is completely different without her sister. She talks so much more, which I didn't even think was possible. She is a lot more inventive in her play. She is sillier. She spent 20 minutes try to "eat" my toes like a little piranha. I had to run to get away from her.
  1. I have been able to maintain inbox zero in both my work and personal emails every night. It feels so good to have issues closed/resolved just in case.
  2. We had two sets of papa visitors! The girls were in rare form and all over the place, but it is always nice to have people over.
  3. My house was cleaned just in time for baby. Now the challenge will be to have the girls keep it clean while we are waiting the next few days out. I would love to come home from the hospital to a clean house. 
Have a good week! Hopefully the next time we talk I will be introducing you to the newest addition to our family! <3

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Unicorn Nursery

Good morning!

I am now officially two days over my due date, so I thought I would pop in to give you an update and a nursery tour.

I had a midwife appointment and ultrasound yesterday, where everything looked great. Baby Girl was moving and scored perfectly and all of my numbers are right on track. I am only dilated to a "loose 1" so I had my membranes stripped (this can help speed up labor, particularly if you are overdue) and am scheduled to be induced bright and early on Monday morning (one week overdue) if nothing has happened by then...which is looking like will be the case.

(Look at those chubby cheeks! <3)

I continue to feel random contractions, some a little stronger, but nothing even close to labor.

The anticipation of going into labor is one of the weirdest feelings. I know that my world can and will completely change in a matter of hours, but I don't know when. So, I just wait, and every day think, today could be the day!

I spent most of last week just waiting, which seemed to drag it out. This week I have decided to try to plan a few things to break up the waiting. I suppose people will understand if we need to break plans because I am having a baby. Ha!

So, let's focus on some fun stuff - the unicorn nursery! Until a month ago I didn't think I would decorate the nursery at all. Then I saw one of the girls stuffed unicorns and thought, a unicorn nursery would be fun, then I looked on Pinterest, and, well...

I didn't get too elaborate, most of it was done by other people.

My aunt ombre painted one wall using this tutorial. The pictures really don't do it justice. It is so pretty in person.

Our sweet neighbor/friend gave us that quilt she made that matches the room perfectly.

I ordered these blackout star curtains from Amazon.

I made the tassels above the crib using this tutorial.

I purchased this unicorn bust from Target

My dad's girlfriend made this unicorn into a wall decal.

Granny helped paint the room, painted the purple table, and helped sort the clothes.

The crib, changing table, Rock N Play, and rocker are all second hand, so I think I spent less than $300 on the entire room!

Oh, and her closet is fully stocked, sorted, and organized for her first 12 months of life.

Now all we need is a baby!

Have a great hump day! <3

Thursday, August 31, 2017


Good morning!

Here is what I was thankful for this week, without pictures, because both of my children are awake. Ha!

  1. Everyone in my family is stepping up to help with the extreme end of pregnancy fatigue, which comes and goes, but was here today for sure. Ugh. Not a great afternoon/evening. I keep on telling myself I am in the home stretch and it is only a few more days, two weeks at the worst. Every day I stay pregnant is a day for baby girl to get stronger and for me to get one more night of (mostly) uninterrupted sleep.
  2. Sling TV (<---affiliate link). The girls have been getting a little more screen time as I spend most of my time sitting on the couch, and this provides the shows they like for super cheap, as we cancelled our satellite months ago. 
  3. TUMS. Lots of tums. 
  1. Maternity pants still fit. For some reason this is exciting.
  2. It was lovely to see so much of Dan's family at Stacie's visitation. Although it was a sad night, the love in the family was in the air.
  3. Delicious late night Mexican food. Oh, and lots more Tums. 
  1. Dan shaved his face all the way down to a little goatee and minimal side burns. I later heard Ina talking to Gunner as follows: Gunner: Did your dad shave his beard?
    Ina: Yep. He did it for my mom. I don't like it. He looks like a baby.
    Me: Come on Ina, who's team are you on?!?
  2. We celebrated Dan's honorary step mom's life with a beautiful service and burial. The service was a full mass and I was incredibly hesitant to bring the girls for obvious reasons. However, armed with plenty of snacks and sticker books, in we went. Cora talked during most of the service and after every song yelled, "YAY!" but generally things went pretty well, considering. 
  3. Speaking of Cora talking, she continues to say the funniest/cutest things. Some of my favorites:
    • I like your shirt mom (almost every time I change, without saying her l's or r's correctly- so cute!)
    • What'cha doing mom? (notice the "mom" and not "momma" or "mommy")
    • Ina Mae push me! I fall! (about every 5 minutes)
    • Mom! I carry yoooouuuu! (standing at the top of the stairs...someone please reassure me I can carry a newborn and a two year old skillfully)
  1. My beloved family in Houston is staying safe. They live north of Houston, so have been in the clear so far.
  2. Cora didn't cry when I dropped her off in her new(ish) classroom for church.
  3. We had Danielle and her family over for dinner. Danielle started telling me all the leftovers she had, and as the texts kept coming in, the plans slowly evolved to them bringing dinner instead. I told her we could do this every week. 
  1. We had our first parents as teachers meeting of the school year. We have a new teacher, and because our last teacher was beyond fantastic, I wasn't expecting as much excitement the second time around. However, our new teacher is just as lovely in her own way and Ina absolutely adores her. Cora takes a little longer to warm up to people, but I have faith she too will come around.
  2. My friend Chessa sent us a Blue Apron trial, and we cooked the second meal tonight. General Tso's chicken was fantastic and there wasn't a bit of leftovers after the entire family gobbled it up. I like that Blue Apron sends us all the ingredients measured out, but I also love that it pushes me outside of my cooking comfort zone. I would usually see a recipe that required me to stand in the kitchen for 30 minutes without stopping and keep on clicking, but the extra time and effort is worth it every once in a while. 
  3. I think we have successfully switched our bedtime routine with Dan in Cora's room and me in Ina's room. It has always been logistically easier to do the opposite, however, there is little chance that Cora would happily deal with a newborn messing up her bedtime routine and getting in the way of momma snuggles. This way, Ina, Baby, and I can hang out in her room and Dan and Cora can have their own time. Whew.
  1. Being able to work from home and hear the girls' giggles downstairs with Granny. Then hearing a silent house and watching them leave for their daily walk, all holding hands. It is precious.
  2. The Good Samaritan who helped my mother in law jump my van that died while she was waiting with Ina in the pre-school drop off line. As this is not the time in our lives to have an unreliable vehicle, Dan and I made our way up to AutoZone after dinner to purchase a new battery, which they also installed. However, after said installation, my radio is now locked as some sort of theft protector. I see a lot of silence and some Googling in my future.
  3. Dan also took Ina to wash and clean out his vehicle in preparation for the ride to the hospital after a few suggestions from me that I would not enjoy riding in a dirty car while in labor. After typing that I realized I have reached the high maintenance level of pregnancy. Best to tone it down from here on out. Ha!
  1. The end of August weather has been absolutely beautiful and not too hot at all. When I found out I was due Labor Day I pictured a very hot and miserable last month of pregnancy. However, I am happy to report it has been lovely. 
  2. Baby Girl's heart beat was still going strong at my appointment today. I have a biophysical profile/ultrasound scheduled for Tuesday, the day after my due date, if I don't go into labor beforehand. Hopefully that won't be necessary. I am having tons of contractions, but none are consistent and none are painful, so we wait.
  3. Granny made this amazing pork chop potato crock pot dish for dinner that even kept Cora's squirmy bottom in her seat at the table for most of dinner. 
I hope you have a lovely holiday weekend! <3

Thursday, August 24, 2017


Good morning! Still pregnant over here. Ha!

Here are the things I was thankful for this week:


  1. Having time in the morning to blog. It isn't a lot, however I know these precious few moments of silence, screen, and coffee before the girls wake up will be even more rare in a few weeks.
  2. Lactation cookies are baked, frozen, and ready to go.
  3. After spending all my energy on lactation cookies, the girls were fine with chicken nuggets for dinner.

  1. Costco and their huge boxes of diapers and wipes. We will soon have three kids in diapers, if you count the pull-ups Ina wears at night. Also thankful for Costco's rotisserie chicken and chocolate covered cashews. 
  2. Granny was willing to watch Cora while Ina and I swam. The water is just too cold for Cora's little body.
  3. Bath plus early bedtime for all. I was able to successfully put both girls to sleep by myself without too much trouble.

  1. I had a lot of help at a family birthday party while the girls ran around playing games and riding rides at our favorite pizza place.
  2. Dan is home from a 3 day work trip! The single mom life is not for me.
  3. We had the chance to visit Dan's step-mom Stacie in hospice before she died (which wasn't until Monday). I am thankful she is no longer in the pain the horrible cancer caused, but she will be missed.

  1. Sunday relaxing. The bump is Cora's new favorite head rest.
  2. Our tomato plants are finally (finally!) giving us some red tomatoes. 
  3. The nursery unicorn decal is up! I am happy my dad and his girlfriend came to help with the process and install, because Dan and I would have failed miserably and surely not talked to each other for a few days at least.

  1. Ina rocked out her first day of preschool. I cried of course, which for some reason surprised me. Her teachers post tons of pictures on Facebook while she is in class, which I love. She was slightly disappointed they didn't "learn anything" and instead "just played." Apparently she really misses the worksheets she did at Danielle's. (She is so my child.) However, I know she is learning by playing, as she has told us lots of new info and sang a few new songs. 
  2. Granny and I enjoyed watching the eclipse together (I was working from home, Ina was at school, and Cora was napping) and passing the glasses my dad gave me back and forth. I didn't think I would enjoy watching it as much as I did. We weren't in the path of 100% totality, but about 99%, which was still very enjoyable.
  3. My mom stopped by to check on Ina's first day of school and stayed for dinner and did the dishes!
  1. Cora calmed down after being very, very upset that she could not get out of the car with Ina to go to pre-school. It was a full on melt down with kicking, screaming, and thrashing. Even after she calmed down, she couldn't relax enough to take a nap. Poor girl.
  2. Baby #3 continues to move like a crazy baby. I love the reassurance knowing she is doing A-okay.
  3. Some family swim time. I tried to do a hand stand in the water to induce labor and quickly learned my body doesn't really bend that way right now.

  1. I found out my midwife is on call the weekend of my due date. I have given up hoping for baby to come beforehand and just hope she will not be a week late. Also, everything else at my appointment was great, weight and blood pressure stable and measuring on track.
  2. Ina sat almost completely still during her hair cut at the "big girl" salon. Cora...well...Cora didn't bite the beautician...and sat somewhat still after a few goldfish and some PBS kids on my phone. 
  3. Sitting in the almost finished nursery as a family for an hour playing I spy with Ina while Cora climbed on the crib. (Oh, and my new pump came in the mail! Ina modeling below.)

Have a good rest of your week/weekend! <3

Thursday, August 17, 2017



(Making herself at home while we have the pool water checked)
  1. Our pool levels were perfect! For the first time this summer, I didn't have to change anything. And then it appears our pump stopped working...
  2. I worked from home with the girls there with Granny and Dan came home from work early and I was still able to get a decent amount of work done. This bodes well for my working from home future plans once baby girl is outside the womb.
  3. After an hour and a half of trying to get Cora to go to sleep and stop screaming unless held in my arms, Dan took over and somehow got her to sleep within minutes. 

  1. I used a Christmas gift card from my mom to get a prenatal massage. When I opened that gift card I pictured a facial/regular massage combo and found out I was pregnant the next day. Ha!
  2. Weather cool enough to enjoy a little evening fire in the fire pit.
  3. A last minute dinner that prevented the takeout monster.

  1. Our friends Silo and Edie turned 2 and 4 and we celebrated with a breakfast taco truck birthday party! It was lovely to catch up with some friends.
  2. The motorized scooters at Menards. We had a few things on our shopping list that were located in opposite corners of the store, plus due to Dan's tendency to peruse, we were in the store for an hour. I would have lasted for about 10 minutes standing, but with the scooter, I was good to go.
  3. Granny made salmon patties for dinner with fried zucchini. 


  1. The lovely ladies that work in the 2's and 3's room in our church. Cora recently upgraded classrooms and hasn't done well with the transition. It takes a special person to accept a screaming red head with open arms. 
  2. Team yard work. I helped by sitting in the chair and growing a baby and occasionally pushing Cora in the swing.
  3. My mom brought Ina over some new outfits to pick from for the first day of pre-school and then we shopped for backpacks on Amazon. Ina is pumped.

  1. Baby girl is visibly moving. She rolls from one side of my belly to the other, which anyone could see from across the room. Ina loves to sit next to me, sing a song to her, and watch her move.
  2. I saw Danielle's text about 'meet your teacher' night 20 minutes before it ended.  I quickly threw some clean clothes on and brushed Ina's hair and we rolled in with 3 minutes to spare. I am so thankful we didn't miss it, because Ina was literally jumping for joy as we walked through the school and talked about what preschool would be like with her new teachers. They even gave her a free book, which is clearly Ina's love language.
  3. Our unicorn wall decal arrived. Woohoo!

  1. My aunt came to paint the nursery wall! Teresa and my grandparents, along with my cousin, were there as well. With so many helping hands, even a DIY ombre wall comes together within a few hours. I will hopefully show the finished project next week!
  2. Although Ina loved the baby's room, she didn't want to make it her's. We were all a little worried about that.
  3. Dan was helping a friend all night long, so I was single momming it, which doesn't happen very often. This reminds me how thankful I am to have his help 99% of the time.

  1. The baby is still doing great. My midwife did check my dilation today and so far just a "finger tip." Although that was my dilation the day before I went into labor with Cora, I have a feeling that we are in this for 2 to 3 more weeks at least. 
  2. Dan fixed the pump on our pool! Yay, now we can vacuum it again. (I never knew I would use the words yay and vacuum" in the same sentence.)
  3. Cora went to sleep without much of a fuss last night. The child who has slept pretty much perfectly for the last 6 months has decided to pick the two weeks before a newborn comes home to take 2 hours to go to sleep. Sigh.
I hope you have a great weekend! <3

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