Thursday, July 30, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Good morning!

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Please excuse the quiet around here - I have been sucked into the world of having a newborn and anytime I think I might have an extra second to write I instead opt to smell her head.

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I know you completely understand.

First of all, I am thankful for epidurals. I hope to write Cora’s birth story for either Friday or Monday’s post, but let me tell you, those things are a direct gift from God. I used to say that vaccines were the single best medical discovery, but now I may have to change my tune.

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I am thankful for all the sweet visitors, gifts, and favors we have received the past few days. From dinners to outfits to errands, this week we have been reminded how truly loved and blessed our little family is. Saying thank you never feels like enough.

I am thankful for Ina’s transition to being a big sister. 

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This topic deserves it’s own post, but so far she is loving “her baby” and seems to like the idea of keeping her around.

I am thankful for Dan’s two week paternity leave. Daddy-baby bonding is just as important and it frees up my time a little too.

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I am thankful for my pregnant self for taking the time to make and freeze lactation cookies. A healthy, tasty, and one-hand-friendly snack.

I am thankful I was able to take a 2 hour nap yesterday morning after Ina went to daycare. Miss Cora likes to eat every 2 hours and takes about 30 minutes to eat, which adds up to me not getting very much sleep. It is amazing what two extra hours can do to help a tired momma out.

I am thankful to not be pregnant anymore. Although totally worth it, I was pretty miserable towards the end.  Even with the not so fun recovery of labor and delivery I still feel way better than I did a week ago.

I am thankful for everything. Just everything. <3

Monday, July 27, 2015

On the Night You Were Born (Introducing Cora Lee)

On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman

On the night you were born, the moon smiled with such wonder that the stars peeked in to see you and the night wind whispered, “Life with never be the same."

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Because there had never been anyone like you…ever in the world.

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So enchanted with you were the wind and the rain that they whispered the sound of your wonderful name. 

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The sound of your name is a magical one. Let’s say it out loud before we go on. [Cora Lee Kendrick]

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It sailed through the farmland high on the breeze…over the ocean…and through the trees…until everyone heard it and everyone knew of the one and only ever you.

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Not once had there been such eyes,such a nose,such silly, wiggly, wonderful toes.

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In fact, I think I’ll count to three, so you can wiggle your toes for me.

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When the polar bears heard, they danced until dawn. From far away places, the geese flew home. The moon stayed up until morning next day. And none of the lady bugs flew away.

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So whenever you doubt just how special you are and you wonder who loves you, how much, and how far,  listen to geese honking high in the sky. (They’re singing a song to remember you by!)

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Or notice the bears asleep at the zoo (It’s because they’ve been dancing all night for you!)

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Or drift off to sleep to the sound of the wind. (Listen’s closely…it’s whispering your name again!)

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If the moon stays up util morning one day, or a ladybug lands and decides to stay, or a little bird sits at your window awhile, it’s because they’re all hopping to see you smile...

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For never before in story or rhyme (not even once upon a time) has the world every known a you, my friend, and it never will, not ever again...

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Heaven blew every trumpet and played every horn on the wonderful, marvelous, night you were born.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Thankful Thursday + Baby Update

Good morning!

Still pregnant. Still not dilated. Still no contractions. BUT, today I am thankful for:

- A healthy baby (despite a few minor scares)

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- All this extra one-on-one time with Ina

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[tracing ourselves with chalk]

- Air conditioning

- Fresh food: watermelon, corn of the cob, tomatoes, cucumbers, peaches, and cherries

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- Help with my crazy toddler

- Aldi pools

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- Grilling

- Attempts of putting myself into labor - long walks, spicy food, food rubs, etc. Although they are not starting any type of contractions, they are still nice.

General baby update: At my appointment on Tuesday, the baby passed the biophysical profile assessment (the ultrasound), but then the sonographer found my midwife and told her that although she passed, she felt the baby was acting “sluggish.” Of course, when I heard that I started freaking out, but my midwife calmly told us that we could do a non-stress test (pictured above) to check out the baby’s heart rhythm. Afterwards, my midwife shared the results with the rest of the docs and midwives in the practice and they all agreed that she looked perfectly healthy and was likely just sleepy during the ultrasound. 

I have an appointment on Friday (tomorrow) to have another non-stress test and make the decision on what to do next from there. My midwife told me that they don’t let VBACs go more than a week past their due dates (my was last Saturday), which would mean I would likely have a C-section after my appointment on Friday, on Saturday, or maybe Monday at the latest. 

I am trying not to get upset, but the more I think about it, the more I want to have a successful VBAC, but I know in the big picture of things how the baby is born doesn’t matter very much, as long as she is healthy. I am going to try to spend the rest of the day focusing on that - me holding a perfectly healthy beautiful baby.

Have a great day! <3

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Dr. Ina, OB/GYN

Last night I found a doctor who was willing to admit me for baby delivery.

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Too bad she planned on using an otoscope and kisses to get the baby out. 

No real updates over here. I am still pregnant with no signs of labor except for a sore back, which could also mean nothing. I have a midwife appointment today and am looking forward to at least seeing this baby via ultrasound.

Dan’s parents are here, which has been so restful. We had Chinese takeout for dinner and Ina slept with them last night, which corresponded to me getting a completely full night’s sleep. Now that I have one full night’s sleep behind me, I am ready to tackle the next 6 months of not getting any. 

Yesterday my short term disability insurance called me to confirm that Monday was my last day of work. I laughed and told them to expect me to work for the rest of the week. Ha! I now see why some women need to use part of their maternity leave before they have the baby, although I think I would just sit around and think about it more, so probably best I keep working (from home) for now. 

I hope you have a lovely day! 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Weekend Highs and Lows

Good morning and Happy Monday! 

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{Fruit and soda water is my newest obsession. This is blackberries with fresh mint, but my favorite so far is watermelon. So refreshing!)

To break down the weekend, I thought I would go over some highs and lows. Let’s get the lows over with first, shall we?

- No baby. Over the weekend, my due date came and went without any sign that the baby would be coming any sooner. However, this is likely a good thing, considering how the rest of the weekend went.

- Lice. On Friday morning, when I was combing Ina’s hair, I saw she had lice.

I know.

However, with a lot of help from my family and advice from my friends, along with coconut oil, peanut butter M&M’s, and about 40 loads of laundry, there hasn’t been a sign of it since Friday. Whew. I know how horribly hard it can be to get rid of, but I think Ina had a “mild case” if such a thing exists and thankfully it hadn’t spread to Dan or I yet. Also, even though Ina didn’t really understand what was going on, she was a trooper through the whole process. On a positive note, this baby will come home to a fully disinfected house with everything that could fit in the dishwasher or washing machine recently cleaned. Also, smothering your hair in coconut oil for 12 hours makes it very soft and shiny. 

- Sick. Ina and I have some type of cough, sinus, congestion thing that has made sleeping very difficult for both of us. Thankfully, I feel much better today and Ina stopped her constant coughing about midnight last night, so here’s hoping our house is on the path to health.

Now, for the highs:

- My dear friend Sarah is in town! I met her and some of my other high school friends for dinner on Friday night.

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Then, she and her mom stopped by with gifts for the baby, Ina, and me! As always, it was so, so nice to see her.

- I got a pedicure, which felt amazing.

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- Ina and I went on a walk, while unsuccessfully trying to induce labor. It did successfully wear her out for her nap, after she insisted on dragging that wagon for over half a mile. That girl is nothing if not determined and persistent.

- A sore throat calls for a lot of popsicles, which are easier to clean up if you just start in the bath.

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- We harvested our first red tomatoes from the garden

- Dan picked up Indian take-out last night for dinner. So good.

- Dan’s parents are here and I think they are staying until the baby comes, which will logistically help when/if I go into labor.

That’s all I have - I hope you have a good week! I think it is a good week to have a baby!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Energy Surge?

Good morning and Happy Friday!

My sleep was all over the place last night. I didn’t fall asleep until midnight, and then was awake from 3 to 5:30. Maybe I am experiencing the energy surge that everyone refers to right before labor? Or maybe the reality of having another baby is finally hitting me and my mind won’t stop racing?

Yep, that’s likely it. Last night I couldn’t get the image of Ina pushing the baby in her rocker down the stairs out of my head. But, that’s just silly. She would never do that.

Right? Right.

Best to strap her in just in case.

I can’t complain too much about still being prego. In general, I am feeling pretty good. I am also getting a lot of extra quality time with Ina. Yesterday we read at least 20 books and made popscicles. She pretty much thought I was the coolest mom ever.

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Fudgesicles are fun to make and even more fun to clean off with the garden hose after dinner.

Speaking of dinner, we had our neighbor friends over last night (which was lovely) and beforehand Kim trimmed my hair and gel manicured my nails. There is just something about having my nails done that makes me feel like a new woman.

I feel ready to tackle anything - like having a baby. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Today I am thankful for:

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- Trader Joe’s cold brew coffee concentrate

- our blackberry bush

- popscicles while watching the thunderstorm on the front porch (shelter during a storm)

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- friends who stop by with gifts

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- card games with my aunt and grandma, even though I epically lost

- Dan’s days off work that allow him time to mow the grass and make us dinner

- sleeping in

- late night (early morning) bible reading with Dan

I asked Ina what she wanted to thank God for this morning and she said:

- “For tail noes” and pointed to her toe nails, which we painted pink a few days ago, and then she counted them, one to ten.

- “You!” (Then I cried for a minute straight)

- “Corduroy!” (the book we just read)

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Daily Still Pregnant Rewards

Good morning!

The baby is still cooking over here. Last night I may have had a few contractions, but nothing to get too excited about. It could have been that I ate too much picadillo or that I didn’t drink enough water yesterday. 

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Ina has taken to giving my belly hugs and kisses when we start talking about the baby. We are hoping those same sentiments continue.

As I mentioned before, I have decided to give myself daily “rewards” for completing another day of pregnancy. I realize this is kind of ridiculous, and it isn’t like I am doing something spectacular to deserve or earn them. But, I need something to look forward to and to distract my mind from asking, Was that a contraction? every 5 minutes. 

So, here are my ideas: 

  • Wednesday (today): pedicure - much needed as I can no longer touch my toes for longer than 2 seconds without suffocating
  • Thursday: family snow cone date and getting my hair cut!
  • Friday: one of my very best friends is in town and we plan to have a girls night
  • Saturday (due date!): float around in the pool and try to keep Ina afloat at the same time
  • Sunday: OPEN - need to think of something ASAP, preferably something outside and involving water
  • Monday: Date night with Dan
  • Tuesday: Indian buffet for lunch - I keep on telling Dan that we need to make this happen
  • Wednesday: Possible play date with friends
  • Thursday: buy a Ninja blending system-at this point, only retail therapy will help
  • Friday: tentatively planned C-section

Hopefully the potential of an Indian buffet motivates the baby to exit sooner rather than later. 

Also, on a random note, Happy Amazon Prime Day! I have no idea what that really means, but find it difficult to pass-up a good online deal. 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Turning the Weekend Around

Good morning!

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I hope you had a lovely weekend. Our’s started out not so good. Quite bad, actually. 

The details aren’t important, but for the sake of not acting like everything is perfect when it isn’t, I will say we had a few bad days. 

But, when Saturday evening rolled around and Dan asked what I wanted to do for dinner, I suggested that we go on a family date. Those words made Ina’s ears perk right up.

Ina: A date!?!

Me: yes

Ina: with you?

Me: Yes

Ina: AND my daddy?

Me: Yes

Ina: Yay! Thank you! Thank you! Let’s get fancy!

Within 20 minutes we changed into dresses, put on cologne, and were out the door.

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We bought candy at Wal-Mart, went to a toy store, and saw Inside Out at a movie theater that serves dinner. Sometimes, even when things aren’t perfect, a good night like that can remind you what’s really important. 

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Side note: this was the first time we had taken Ina to the movies (she has gone with others before), and at 2.5 years old she was great. She sat the entire time and only talked a few times when she was asking questions. I think we can start going more until this baby is “too old” for a little bit. 

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Sunday morning we went to church, grabbed lunch, and then made our way to Dan’s sister’s farm for Ina’s cousin’s birthday party.

To say we had fun would be a huge understatement. They rented a bounce house-pool combination which at first intimidated Ina and she wanted to take her swim suit off.

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(Who are the crazy parents that let their daughter swim without a top on?)

But, once she warmed up to the idea, we couldn’t get her out and Dan and I are now contemplating how to add one of these to our budget. 

As I mentioned, they live on a farm, so there were dogs, goats, ducks, chickens, roosters, bigs, cows, and horses to entertain us when the water wasn’t enough. Ina LOVED the horses and begged to pet them each time she left the barn. 

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Then, right before we were leaving, Aunt Jenny offered up a horse ride.


Ina's first horse ride! 🏇

A video posted by Racheal (@runningwithrach) onJul 12, 2015 at 4:07pm PDT

She slept with that smile on her face.

I hope you have a fantastic week!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Looking Forward To...

In the next two weeks (or less!!!) I am looking forward to...

- Sleeping on my back without feeling like i am going to suffocate, even if it is only for one to two hour stretches.

- Standing for longer than 2 minutes without throbbing pain.

- My tank tops fully covering my belly. (Classy, I know.)

- No more heart burn. Yesterday I maxed out my daily dose of Tums. 

- A glass of wine. No, beer. No, sangria. Just one glass on the patio in the sun.

- Running. Let’s be real, comfortably going on a long walk sounds amazing.

- Walking up the stairs without my heart beating out of my chest.

- Feeling a contraction. Weird, I know, but I have never felt one and I want to know what it feels like.

- Holding a beautiful baby in my arms instead of inside my belly.

- Ina meeting her little sister. Last night she said, “I am going to be a great big sister! I am going to teach the baby to climb a ladder! And jump rope! And drive a car!” Dan and I laughed about that one for at least 2 minutes. 

- Twelve weeks of concentrated family time during my maternity leave.

I have gotten pretty bad about saying that I want the baby to come “today” or “now” or “as soon as possible.” Last night Dan told me that God has a plan for when this baby is going to come, and there is nothing I can do about it, so I might as well just sit back, relax, and wait.

Pretty easy for him to say.

Please pass the Tums. 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Good morning! 

Today I am thankful for ice cream dates.


Ice cream is the best way to celebrate being 38 weeks and 3 days pregnant. If only I could keep some for myself. 🍦

A video posted by Racheal (@runningwithrach) onJul 7, 2015 at 5:05pm PDT

(If you watch the video, make sure to hold out for the dance at the end. She is a nut.)

I am thankful for the cafeteria at my work (my lunch packing motivation has been low).

I am thankful for girls nights.

I am thankful for gyros.

I am thankful for sleeping in.

I am thankful for huge baby kicks, which are more like whole body rolls, which make me thankful for every restroom I see.

I am thankful for ultrasound machines.

I am thankful for Amazon Prime and their two day free shipping.

I am thankful for work from home days.

I am thankful for footrests.

I am thankful to be one week and two days away from my due date. Come on baby, don’t you want to meet us? <3

Have a good day!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

38 Weeks...

and 3 days!

I could have sworn that this baby would be born by now, but it is looking like she is perfectly content to stay in a cook for a while longer. Although last night her wiggling made us all think she was trying to force her way out of my belly button.  Who needs a baseball game when you have a dancing belly for entertainment?

A few thoughts:

- I have never been this pregnant before. I had Ina at 37w4d, so every morning feels like a new milestone, which is probably why I thought this baby would come early.

-Dan is rocking the to-do list. Yesterday he asked what he needed to do and the only thing I could think of was mowing the yard.

-The nursery is so close to being complete. We just need to add curtains. I also wanted to do an art project with the baby’s name, but that likely isn’t going to happen before she gets here. Maybe with all that free time I will get on maternity leave? (<— sarcasm font)

-I must have reached that desperately pregnant look, because when I was grocery shopping at Aldi on Friday, three different people offered to help me. Someone even helped me put my groceries in my car. I tried to explain that none of the bags were near as heavy as the toddler I lug up and down the stairs daily, but they insisted. 

-On that same note, I was in a teleconference yesterday and one of my coworkers said, “Geeze, how pregnant are you?!? You sound like you can’t even breathe."

-I think I have lost all modesty in favor of comfort and convenience. Yesterday at work I walked by a glass window in the hallway and noticed that my skirt was not laying correctly over my belly. So, I proceeded to lift up my shirt and adjust my skirt in the hallway. It wasn’t until after I had finished that I realized what I had done and was so thankful that someone didn’t see me. I mean, these people need to take me seriously, which is hard to do when you have seen my belly button.

-My weekly check-up went well yesterday, with the exception of my amniotic fluid. It was 6.4, which is lower than it has ever been. The past three measurements have been 7.5, 7.6 and 11.5.  As long as it stays above 5, baby girl will stay in there, but if it drops below 5 next week we will get to meet her a little early. My midwife wasn’t concerned because she is doing so well in there. I love getting to see her chubby cheeks every week on the ultrasound and yesterday I swear the profile looked exactly like Ina’s.

-I read an article about going past your due date, which is more than likely to happen with me. It suggested that you create a reward for yourself everyday you go past the date. I think I might take it one step further and make a reward for every day I go past 39 weeks, which is when I could have chosen to have a C-section. Ha! So, I am trying to think of ideas. Here are a few: getting my nails done, family movie night, and getting a snow cone. I only need to come up with 11 more. Any ideas?

Have a great day!

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! 
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