Monday, July 6, 2015

Pictures, Highlights, and Lowlights of Independence Day 2015

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  • Sleeping in with Ina and Dan and having absolutely nothing to do in the mornings, which is extremely rare in my life, but much appreciated
  • Finishing up some to-do’s, including putting the baby crib together. Now the nursery is just lacking curtains to be complete!
  • Swimming.
  • Spending time with family, which is always nice.
  • A beautiful fireworks show.
  • Dan having most of the weekend off work.
  • Homemade ice cream.


  • Ina being sick (vomiting and high fever) and not sleeping very well.
  • Ina crying during the fireworks show because she was sick and/or tired
  • We are still a family of 3.9 instead of 4, but I have decided to think of my due date being a week past my actual due date, so July 25th instead of July 18th, when my mid-wife and I have tentatively decided that the baby will come one way or another. 

I hope your weekly was just as amazing and followed by an even better week!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Good morning and Happy (kind of) Friday!

This week I am thankful for:

-Family. Of course I am always super thankful for family, but nothing like a funeral to remind us about what is really important.

- My blue lounge chair, which my willing husband drags everywhere for me to, well, lounge in. Yesterday after the funeral the family went back to Dan’s parents’ house and I enjoyed having my feet up and watching the kids and boys play.

-My new (temporary) nickname. Yesterday during the funeral the speaker said that Dan’s grandpa had 20 and “three quarters” great-grandchildren. Everyone thought that was hilarious and called me “three quarters” for the rest of the day. Of course the math person in me, along with the completely sick of being pregnant  person in me, wanted to say, “It is technically like nine-tenths."

-Our safety during last night’s severe weather. Dan stayed at his mom’s house to help her clean up today, while Ina and I drove back home yesterday evening. We must have missed the first part of the storm, because when we walked in the house the power was on, but all the clocks were flashing. Then, just as Ina and I got in bed and I opened the page of our first book, the tornado sirens started going off. Ina and I flew to the basement and I must have scared her, because for the next hour she kept on asking me where the tornado was, if it would get in our house, and “was that the tornado knocking on our door?” 

Next time, it would probably be better to stay calm.

-Baby hiccups. For the past week or so I was sure I was have Braxton Hicks contractions because I was feeling something different than normal. I told my sister that it couldn’t be the baby moving, but it felt like the baby was tapping a beat. She giggled and said, “Oh, the baby just has the hiccups.” Now every time I feel them.

I plan on spending the next few days relaxing as much as possible. I hope you do the same and enjoy your holiday weekend!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Internet Break

Good morning! 

We are at Dan's parents house for his grandpa's funeral today. 

We are taking a break from the Internet and enjoying time with family, nature, and cookies.

Talk to you tomorrow and have a great Weenesday! 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Company Weekend

Good Monday morning!

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[Kale pom-poms. Sorry for the blurry picture, but I thought the moment needed to be documented.]

I hope you had a nice weekend. Ours flew by due to the amount of company we enjoyed. 

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Friday night we ordered Indian takeout and had friends over. Saturday night Dan grilled buffalo chicken and we had some more friends over. Sunday we invited some friends to church and then Dan made them turkey burgers for lunch.

By Sunday afternoon, the only thing I was good for was propping my feet up and eating watermelon. 

Due to my lovely varicose veins, I am not able to stand as long as I normally would, so everything takes longer to do. I seriously have to sit down and rest in between unloading and loading the dishwasher. 

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The good thing about resting is that I have more time to sit and enjoy Ina. We spent a lot of time outside in our “cool” and eating popsicles. 

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This week is going to be another weird one. We have the holiday to think about and there is always the possibility that we are going to have a baby! Our next ultrasound is tomorrow. 

Also, Dan’s grandpa, who had been in hospice for a week, passed away last night. We will try to spend the week re-counting good grandpa memories. 

I hope you have a blessed week. <3

Friday, June 26, 2015

From Farm to Face

Good morning and Happy Friday!

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When did she get so big? 

This was a long week and I am looking forward to some down time this weekend. 

Well, just when I said I wasn’t going to cook until this baby is outside my belly, I proved myself wrong all day long yesterday. I woke up craving blueberries, so I made this blueberry crisp for breakfast.

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I know that technically that recipe is for dessert, but all of the ingredients are in breakfast foods too. Judge if you must.

Ina was at her grandparents’ house, so I had some time to kill before starting work. I spent an entire hour weeding our garden, and only got about half way done. BUT, besides weeds, I finally harvested something edible - kale and cucumbers.

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Isn’t nature beautiful? 

I had a kale salad (massaged with olive oil, lemon juice, and salt and topped with chopped apple, jalapeƱos, kalamata olives, and feta cheese) for lunch, along with a chip and ham sandwich (you know, to make sure I wasn’t eating completely healthy). 

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Then for dinner I made meatloaf, baked some sweet potatoes, and roasted some broccoli. Seriously, I spent more time in the kitchen yesterday than I have in a month and it felt so nice. Maybe I am turning over a new leaf!

I hear someone calling for me. 

Have a great weekend! <3

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Thankful Thursday: Healthy Baby

Good morning!

I know I say this every Thursday, but I am truly thankful to have a healthy baby kicking around in my belly.

What happened with Ina was scary, but extremely rare and had a very happy ending. The chances of the same thing happening to this baby are practically non-existent. So, i went into this pregnancy telling myself I wouldn’t freak out over every little thing.

And for a long time it worked, especially early on. When the ultrasound tech couldn’t find the baby at 6 to 7 weeks, I wasn’t scared and she eventually found her. When my midwife couldn’t get a heartbeat on the doppler right away, I breathed normally until I heard that beautiful thud, thud, thud.

However as we creep closer and closer to 37.5 weeks, my gestation when Ina was born, I have become way more paranoid. Last week I went to my midwife’s office THREE times. Once was for an actual scheduled appointment. The second time I was driving to work and hadn’t felt the baby move after breakfast. I parked my car in my work parking lot and poked and prodded my belly with no movement, so instead of going to work, I just backed out and drove to my midwife’s office. Turns out the baby was just napping. The third time I was sure I was leaking amniotic fluid, I suppose because my fluid was low(ish), but nope, wrong again (thankfully). 

At the third visit my midwife told me that this type of behavior is very common for women who have had a scary experience in the past. She compared it to PTSD. What I am also very thankful for is that although she reassured me that my baby is perfectly fine, she had no problem with me coming in every day for the rest of my pregnancy if that is what it took to convince me. I am also so thankful for the weekly ultrasounds to see that everything is going OK.

Since that conversation, I have had a few more freak-outs, but nothing a phone on vibrate or an electric razor couldn’t fix. (I hold them up to my belly to wake baby girl up so I can feel her move.)

When I went to my scheduled appointment this week, the girl at the front desk smiled and said, “Hi Racheal.” Dan just looked at me and laughed. I guess when you see a patient 4 times within 7 days you get to know her name. Ha!

So many things to be thankful for!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Baby Sprinkle

Good morning! I hope your Wednesday is off to a good start. 

Mine started with Ina cuddles, baby kicks (nice ones), and iced coffee, so things are looking pretty good over here.

Yesterday my work threw Baby Gary a “sprinkle,” which was so, so nice of them. 

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Dan and Ina drove up my office to help me eat cake and open presents. Ina asked a few times if the cards were her birthday cards and I gently had to explain to her that the presents were for Baby Gary. 

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This was the first time Ina had visited my office since she was an infant, and I had quite a bit of fun showing her off. She did well, considering her nap was about 12 minutes long and her lunch was cake and ice cream. We went into one of the boss’s (Mary) offices and she stood up behind her desk to say hi. After talking for a few minutes, Ina looked at me and asked, “Mom, where’s Mary’s feet?"

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I am pretty sure that Ina now thinks I spin in chairs, play with sticky notes, and draw on dry erase boards all day long, with occasional breaks to talk to some very nice people and eat cake. 

Have a good day! 

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