Thursday, March 31, 2011

Hannah's Interpretation

When Hannah woke up from her nap she started singing... "Here comes the bride....." then "Here comes the broom..." Then she starts laughing to herself... "Silly, brooms can't walk!" Funny the things they come up with! :)

Another Rainy Day

Today looks like it is going to be another, yucky, rainy day. Rain makes me sleepy. It makes me want to curl up and spend the day in bed. Too bad my girls don't have the same idea. They are grumpy that the rain is ruining their plans to use their new chalk and bubbles outside. Hopefully the rest of the week will be lovely. Tomorrow is supposed to be sunny and 62. Still a little chilly in my book. The rest of the week it looks like the temperatures will rise until they hit 81 on Monday. Yes! Perfect.

We ended up at the hospital yesterday morning. All is well. Baby is fine. Mommy is fine. Please pray that we make it to 37+ weeks without another trip to the hospital. It's becoming quite ridiculous. This surely will be a pregnancy to remember. For those of you who don't know... we have spent lots of our precious time at the hospital this pregnancy. In December, they thought I had appendicitis. In January, I had fevers for 9 days until they finally realized that I had Listeria, a dangerous food bacteria that is often fatal to babies in pregnancy, that kept me in the hospital for eight days. God was with us, walked us through that and protected our sweet little man. This month we were in the hospital for four days for pre-term contractions (thank God not pre-term labor, as they weren't doing anything to progress labor). So now... I am set to pop in for a quick c-section at 37+ weeks, stay my two or three nights and be done with hospitals.

Exciting news: I received a gift card from my grandma to Sears. I spent forever looking on their website and Kmart's (because you can use the gift card at either). I finally settled on two packs of 5 onesies for Noah. An Easter dress for each of the girls, and Noah's coming home outfit (which may possibly change). I have never been able to shop for little boys clothes, so I had a ball. Below are pictures of the cute short overall set that I got for Noah for $7.50, and the Easter dresses that I ordered the girls.

Gary is at work. The girls are playing dentist with their gloves and masks from Nonnie's office. I would love to curl up with a good book; maybe at nap time. When the weather gets nice and Gary is able to set it up, I will post a picture of the new addition to our backyard. A swing set! The girls are going to love it, and it is going to be a lifesaver with a little baby this summer. Enjoy your rainy Thursday! Check back for more later! :) 

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Sleep Like A Baby

Last night was the best I have slept since I started growing a belly. Usually I am up at 2:00 and then I can't fall  back asleep for an hour or two. If not that, then I wake up with back pains and leg pains. Should I continue complaining? Last night, I went to bed around 11:00 and I didn't wake up until Gary's alarm went off this morning. I owe this wonderful night sleep to my new friend, Snoogle. Heavenly. If you are pregnant, this is a must.

Hannah and Caroline are begging for one of their own. I think that the Easter bunny may have found ONE Snoogle that is made for toddlers. Perhaps they will find this in their Easter baskets... Then daddy will be jealous that he is the only one without a Snoogle...

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Rainy Saturday

After weeks of beautiful, sometimes 80+ degree, weather I guess we should have seen this rainy weekend coming. April's showers are a little early.  All of this rain plus the clouds makes me want to cuddle up and take a nice long nap. Gary is working. The girls are having a birthday party in their room. I'm slightly bored.
In other news...
Mike is home! He got in yesterday afternoon. Hooray!
We have lots coming up in the next couple months... doctor appointments... just one (I think) more ultrasound in April to check Noah's growth... Birthdays (Mom's, Caroline's, Gary's), Easter, Baby Shower... I love keeping busy. I love having a plan. I love thinking ahead. I am not a fan of procrastinating; it drives me crazy- ask anyone that really knows me. My mom and I are complete opposites in that aspect.  
I feel like I have so much more to do to get ready for little man... We still need a bassinet, car seat/stroller, swing, clothes, diapers, and more... I'm excited because I plan on having Big Sister bags for the girls waiting at the hospital. I will fill them up with a few diapers, wipes, a baby of their own to take care of while I take care of Noah, nurse, etc., baby blanket, snacks, and stuff to keep them entertained. I want them to feel as much a part of all of this as possible. On a positive note though, we have already accomplished a lot- His room is done. His bed is here and set up. His changing table- ready. He is healthy. That's the main thing I'm going to focus on. When you have an easy pregnancy (or two), you take pregnancy for granted. Through the trials we have had in this pregnancy, we have learned what a true miracle and blessing a healthy pregnancy is and how faithful our God is. He has carried us through so much and instead of letting the trials break us down and leave us defeated, they built our faith. Continue to pray with us that the rest of our pregnancy is healthy. God has carried us through so much. Noah is a little miracle, our little miracle.
This year, Caroline's birthday party is going to be at our house, in May. Hopefully it will be beautiful out and the kids can enjoy the new swing set (that will hopefully be up by then). Hannah is excited that she is going to help me make Caroline's cupcake cake. It's adorable. A sweet shop theme. Perfect for Caroline and her little sweet tooth. 
I guess that I had better go help the girls clean up and prepare for nap time (hooray)! Enjoy the rest of your rainy Saturday.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Special Day

Today is a very special day! My brother has been in Afghanistan for the past seven months. He left in early September. While he was over there we were blessed to be able to talk to him occasionally on the phone and through facebook.  Occasional phone calls are not enough. It was a long seven months, for him and for us.
I am so proud of him. He was willing to put his life on hold (or live his life, if you want to look at it that way) for us, for all Americans. He and his friends are over there fighting, risking their lives, to ensure our freedom; our safety.
This morning Mike will be back home, in NC. My parents are up there right now to see him. I wish we could be up there to welcome him off the bus, but he will be in Greenville soon enough. I can't wait to see him and give him a big hug. It's been too long.
That is my exciting news for the day! I am so thankful to God for carrying him through this journey and bringing him back to us safe and healthy.
Praying for an easy adjustment back to "normal" life for him and all of his buddies.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

I am a 23 year old mother to two (and a half), wife to an amazing husband, daughter to wonderful parents, and sister to the world's best brother. I love life.
I renewed a commitment to follow Christ last fall and I love seeing the things that God has in store for me and my family. I love my church and I love growing with people who also know the Lord.
I recently graduated with my BA in Elementary Education and I am working on my MA in Christian Leadership at Liberty University.
I have an amazing, supportive family. My husband supports me and stands by me through thick and thin. I have realized what a strong rock he is for me, especially over the past few months. My amazing children are my passion in life. They have the ability to make me smile even when I'm in the gloomiest of moods. Gary and I are blessed with two little girls, Hannah (2006) and Caroline (2008) and a new addition due in June. Noah, a BOY! I don't know what we are going to do with a boy in the midst of all of this pink but I can't wait to figure it out! :) My parents have always been a strong support system for me. They encourage me, support my decisions, and gently pick me up when I fall. I am blessed to have shared my childhood and now adulthood with an amazing brother, Mike, who spent the last seven months of his life fighting for our freedom over in Afghanistan. How respectable, commendable, and amazing that there are men and women, like my brother, willing to fight and put their lives at risk for us!
As spring and summer are quickly approaching we are anxiously awaiting many new surprises with the addition of Noah to our sweet family, while enjoying this precious time as a family of four. I hope that you enjoy reading about our lives! Feel free to comment; makes things interesting, and possibly might encourage me to keep up with this blog better than my previous failures... :)