Adrian’s low-key Birth Story.

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Last night as a family of four…plus a dog and a(n outdoor) cat.

 

If you’re looking for excitement, go back and read about the birth of my first child, because this story isn’t all that wild and that’s how I like to keep my labor/delivery from here on out.

 

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My In-laws sent flowers during my last week of pregnancy with a note that read, “Hang In There!”

 

I was only about 37 weeks pregnant when the pain of carrying this baby became sharp and stabbing…in all the most uncomfortable places.

 

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It’s birth day! 5am go time.

 

My official due date was November 30th, but the stabbing pains – and convenience of my husband having all of Thanksgiving break off from school – made my decision to be induced an entire week early that much easier.

 

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Nurse Brandy (who reminded me so much of my cousin’s wife! They even kind of look a like). Labor nurse and DJ. ūüôā

 

Anxiously I made arrangements for my two little boys to have safe places to go while I lay in the hospital hooked up to the IV.

The small village of women I know are so fabulous (I was still anxious about not being with my boys all day and leaving them with friends) and I really had nothing to worry about – those boys had a good day and didn’t even notice I was gone.

 

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Birth Day: ¬†Dan stayed with the boys until about 8:45am and then dropped them at a friend’s house. I knew things wouldn’t be that exciting with me until later in the day.

 

My mom drove into town the night before induction – she and I got about 3 hours of sleep – before we arrived at the hospital at 5am.

Months leading up to the induction, I prayed and prayed for good nursing staff. The nurses can make or ruin a birthing experience. It all hinges on good nurses.

 

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And just like that, I’m at a 7!! By the time I reached 10, I was feeling sick!

 

Prayers were answered each day of my hospital stay. Each shift, I was blessed with exceptional nursing care.

[I even got the same anesthesiologist from last year! Who I absolutely loved!]

When I’m anxious I tend to be more silly and I requested that my labor nurse have a good sense of humor. Not only did I get the Charge Nurse on the unit, but she was everything I wanted/needed, including an afterbirth DJ.

 

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Praying, meditating, feeling uncomfortable…

 

What?? Afterbirth DJ?

We named our little girl Adrian.

 

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She is almost here!

 

She is not named after the character in the movie Rocky, but I do happen to like that movie.

So, throughout the day my mom is giving my siblings the play by play via text message (with photos) of how I’m doing, I said, “mom, as soon as she is born, you need to caption the photo ‘Yo Adrian, WE DID IT!'”

 

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Start pushing, holding Danny’s hand.

 

That’s when the nurse said, “someone needs to download the Rocky song and play it when she comes out.”

We all laughed, “yeah, that would be funny, good idea.”

 

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Daddy cutting the cord.

 

Meanwhile, it’s 1 o’clock and I’m still sitting somewhere around 4 to 5 cm dilated and the nurse says I’ll check you again at 3pm.

Ugh. Another long induction.

 

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Cue the music…

 

Close to 2pm I asked Danny if we could watch a movie on his laptop. He had left the laptop charger at home and asked if he had time to run home and get it. I told him, “yeah, probably.”

The nurse happened to walk in right as Dan was standing up to leave and I asked the nurse to check me again, just in case, because I wanted Danny to run home.

 

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Me and Doctor B. (who kinda looks like a Spooky Dr. B. here…I promise, he is the total opposite of Spooky, I’d recommend him to anyone.)

 

Well, I was 7 cm dilated and apparently moving fast now. So Danny sat down, nurse got the birth cart ready and paged the doctor.

1o mins later my OB was in my room chatting with us, camped out and not headed anywhere because I was progressing really fast.

 

 

Mom had the bed in the sitting position and I was mid conversation with my doctor when I had this overwhelming urge to vomit.

“I think I’m in transition, I feel like throwing up!”

[As Danny would later quote from Wayne’s World, “if you’re gunna spew, spew in this.” picture a Dixie Cup]

 

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The uncomfortable part is over, sort of…

 

Mom handed me a trash can – doctor gowned up – I did some deep breathing and Danny was rubbing my back.

I didn’t end up spewing – I did end up pushing for less than 10 minutes and out came our little Adrian.

 

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The boys came the next day. Wiley kept saying, “she was in your tummy and you pushed her out?!” After the excitement of the new baby wore off, they climbed on everything, wanted to watch TV and eat my food.

 

Moments after she was placed into my arms, my nurse played the Rocky theme song from her phone.

It was kind of a perfect moment, within a perfect moment.

 

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She is a golden blonde. You can’t see her eyebrows blonde.

 

This baby was a lovely surprise.

She is really heavenly, not a crier, loves to sleep all day and eat all night.

 

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For those of you complimenting my post birth look, this is my reality now…puffy, sleepless face. ūüôā

 

Her first four days of life I averaged three hours of sleep each day and it has been worth every sleepless moment.

 

 

 

Friends, babies, big pregnant lady, To the Pumpkin Patch!

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Last week I took the boys to a farm about 20 minutes outside of town, Peach Tree Farms.

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Our LDS Ward (Thank you Brenna for putting things together!) has a regular playgroup and this was one of the few activities that had a cost attached.

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Three glorious hours of playtime!

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Neither of my boys wanted to go home and if I had not felt so darn tired, I would have stayed a little longer.

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I was supposed to meet up with someone later that day, but in the last two weeks I’ve been feeling this third trimester stuff.

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Some days I’m on and most days I’m off…

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Some nights it’s fruit, cheese and bread or oatmeal for dinner.

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Every couple of nights I manage to make a decent meal, but I also manage to play lots of Solitaire on my phone after putting the boys to bed.

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Solitaire somehow makes me feel somewhat productive, when I’m being completely unproductive…aside from growing a tiny human.

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Most¬†mornings, Wiley comes into my room around 7:45 and tells me, “I want food mom.” I pull myself up and make a good breakfast.

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Lately it’s these oatmeal, banana, yogurt muffins.

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I’m fairly productive until the baby goes down for a nap and I sit down to rest my feet.

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That’s when it happens, again…

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Productivity crash.

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On days I have energy I use it, on days I don’t have energy – I have to talk myself onto every task.

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“Okay, just get up and switch out the laundry and put the dishes away.”

“You need to eat something besides cereal, go steam some broccoli.”

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My brain has to sing ‘Eye of the Tiger’ to my body, “rising up to the challenge of…my [trials]…”

I need Wiley's next bed to look like this...to keep him in it!!
I need Wiley’s next bed to look like this…to keep him in it!!

Those moments I mindlessly sit on my phone reading the news, I’m also praying to God, “I’m so, so grateful for this new baby, I’m taking a break after this next one…can you please not let me be one of the 1000 or so women who get pregnant on birth control?” Silly prayer? Maybe to you.

This is what he looked like when we pulled into the driveway.
This is what he looked like when we pulled into the driveway.

 

I got 7 more weeks. I can hold out 7 more weeks.

p.s. Hallelujah for Fall!!!!

I (Chris Traeger) Literally Can’t Get Stressed Anymore.

The perfect storm of stress was probably the main reason I went into the hospital two weeks ago (and missed my sisters bridal shower – sad face indeed) for pre-term labor.

I had a lot of friends, who have experienced pre-term labor, give me great comfort in knowing that things will be okay – EVEN if I have more days like that again.

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Living room turns into the climbing/jumping zone.

So much happening right now, I haven’t been making the time to write or take quality photos with my good camera, so you all will have to settle for the photos taken by my cell phone camera; which has been dropped far too many times.

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Party time – Excellent – woo hoo woo hoo!

My husband has been really busy – gone for long stretches – and with me having to rest more often…things get a bit messy (which leads to more stress…I’m still learning to let that thing called, “a mess” go… but I’ve been a struggle).

My husband did have a weekend free (or took the babies to do some work one day) while I drove to Tulsa to visit my Grandparents – sans children – Gramma was admitted to the hospital for another fall.

Enjoying a nice cafeteria meal.
Enjoying a nice cafeteria meal.

I spent the entire weekend with her in her hospital room.

I brought her 50th wedding anniversary album - she stared at every page for a long time - relearning things.
I brought her 50th wedding anniversary album – she stared at every page for a long time – relearning things.

Sometimes she forgot who I was, thinking I was a nurse, she would ask me questions about myself (that she already knew about me)…she was always embarrassed when she realized who I was.

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I called her 10 days after I returned home and she asked if I knew she had been in the hospital. I reminded her that I was there with her the whole weekend. She felt bad about forgetting.

I’m just glad she still knows who I am when I call. ¬†I have three remaining Grandparents and they cause me tears every now and then.

The weekend after my trip to Tulsa, my mother came up for a brief visit (for a Midwifery conference) and she and I went out shopping one afternoon.

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My 60 yr old mother – whistle – Dress needs to be hemmed, but it was the right color, lightweight and comfortable. Took longer to find the right earring than the dress!

She needed to find a dress for my sisters wedding (In August. In Houston, Texas. Because people still get married in Houston in the summer – I did).

For my trouble of helping her spend money on new clothes and jewelry, she bought me some make-up. The fancy kind of make-up I’m too poor to buy myself.

He came out to be with me
He came out to be with me

Since my husband had Scout Camp the week before our trip to Texas, and I was slowly loosing my sanity, there were many nights where I let my sons stay up late.

Wish I could still sleep anywhere...
Wish I could still sleep anywhere…

I was too worn out to fight the bed time routine.

Our trip to Texas was a teary one…Grandparents weren’t feeling up to a visit on our way down, and I got a call that our dog got into some trouble at my parents. I’m not overly fond of my dog in the, “I cuddle with him every day,” but I love that Boy and I was quite upset that he got in a scrap.

So, I cried.

When we arrived at my sister’s house, I was so happy to see her. She too is pregnant (currently 36 weeks and has more hustle than I do!) and two pregnant sisters together is a great comfort. We ‘get’ each other.

Doing laundry and watching T Rock trying to walk.
Doing laundry and watching T Rock trying to walk.

We normally divide our time between Danny’s family and my sister’s home, but I – not feeling well – have kept mostly to my sisters house (where she and her kids have been a great help when I need to rest).

Gregre and T
Gregre and T

The day after my hospital visit, we drove out to spend time with Danny’s family. ¬†My boys just love their grandparents and great-grands (on both sides). ¬†Normally Papa gets all the love, but this trip Little T Rock was loving on Gregre.

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Later in the week, my sister’s family and mine drove out to Papa and Gregre’s for lunch and the kids were happy playing and running about. ¬†It really is a little slice of heaven out on their property and Danny’s family are all Southern Hospitality.

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Last week my mother in law took some time off work to take me shopping! And my sister in law offered to watch my two boys.  My boys had so much fun playing at her home.

Wiley swimming with his cousin K.
Wiley swimming with his cousin K.

A few days after our shopping trip, we went back to have dinner at my sister in law’s and when we pulled up, Wiley recognized the front door and said, “yeah, this is the good house.”

We have to drag them out of that pool!
We have to drag them out of that pool!

It seriously makes my day that my children love their family like they do.

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of activity.

Baby sister will live in her very first home come Friday when she and Jeremiah get married!!
Baby sister will live in her very first home come Friday when she and Jeremiah get married!! I do hope they landscape the heck outta that yard. ūüôā

My baby sister gets married this Friday – last Friday, while she was at work – she and Jeremiah got the keys to their new home…which didn’t have electricity yet, but the family got them moved in (through 104 degree heat) anyway.

It was the day of the move, after spending so much time in the Texas heat, Danny said he wasn’t so sure about moving back to Texas…

So, uh, I have no idea what the future holds after graduation.

All his pants were dirty, so he is trying on some pink ones...don't tell anyone.
All his pants were dirty, so he is trying on some pink ones…don’t tell anyone.

I do know that we will have three children. 2 boys and 1 girl.

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More failing attempts to be like Jesus.

How could I ever get mad with a face like this looking at me every day? Good question.
How could I ever get mad with a face like this looking at me every day? Good question.

These days I feel my pregnant brain struggles to translate my thoughts into words.

Eight months and already a pro at downward facing dog.
Eight months and already a pro at downward facing dog.

But, I’d rather keep trying than just quit all together.

Just like my attempts to be more like Christ.

This kid cracks me up. He pushes all my buttons, but he also cracks me up.
This kid cracks me up. He pushes all my buttons, but he also cracks me up.

I think I’m a pretty good person, I have a few flaws…

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which may also include a few choice words usually only spoken in my head – MOST of the time I can keep them in my head – and really, I try to keep them out of my head too.

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The battle is raging folks – it is raging – and sometimes I lose.

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I had a Relief Society¬†(only the largest Women’s Organization in the world!!)¬†presidency meeting (of which I am a part of) last week and one of the women I serve along side happen to mention a quote by the Prophet Joseph Smith:

“I love that man better who swears a stream as long as my arm yet deals justice to his neighbors and mercifully deals his substance to the poor, than the long, smooth-faced hypocrite. I do not want you to think that I am very righteous, for I am not.”

He is always hungry - he already out eats his big brother.
This kid  is always hungry Рhe already eats more than his big brother.

Now I really am trying to be like Jesus, I consistently fall short like the next guy – but I keep trying – and it makes my heart feel a little better knowing that it’s okay to stumble – just. keep. trying.

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because as we all know and like Joseph also said,¬†‚ÄúThere was one good man and his name was Jesus.”

yeah, no problems here - keep walking.
yeah, no problems here – keep walking.

Why all the potty words? Oh, just me being annoyed at things (more so than usual; again, pregnancy). Example:  people who are looking at their phones while driving. So, so irate over those people.

When I line up my troubles next to the Savior, I feel a little silly with how I react to my trials.

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Recently, in addition to feeling a bit yucky due to pregnancy, our house has fallen prey to illness.

It started on my son’s third birthday a few weeks ago.

Wiley carried the Zoo map everywhere.
Wiley carried the Zoo map everywhere.

I woke up, the day we were heading to the zoo, with a really sore throat…that turned into a really bad cold, that my baby also caught. Cue lots of “weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth.”

My sweet child had turned sour.

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So the baby and I had this virus that lasted for two weeks that, for both of us, turns into an infection. His a double ear and I a sinus.

This is my son yelling,
This is my son yelling, “Hi Camel, I’m [insert first and middle name].”
We both started antibiotics about the time my husband and three year old start coughing…

Did it help that my baby started teething? probably not.

We all love the Lemurs.
We all love the Lemurs.

So, string of swear words on repeat in my mind – and brink of insanity due to lack of sleep – I realize one afternoon how petty (really petty) my problems are.

I compared my problems, not only to Christ, but to the rest of the world and was reminded that I was so blessed.

Love the Sea Lion exhibit too.
Love the Sea Lion exhibit too.

It seems to me that when I face trials, it ends with me realizing how blessed I am and grateful I am to God for easing my burdens in difficult times.

It could be so much worse.

So blessed.
So blessed.

Even after this revelation I said a potty word, but I resolved to do better and take the time to share what I have learned on my blog, in the hopes that someone needs the same reminder.

We all mess up, we can all be better.

I want to be better.

Tiny humans are my favorite…

Daddy wasn't at the beach this trip...so I had to make my own tent.
Daddy wasn’t at the beach this trip…so I had to make my own tent.

I keep looking at my baby and think, “he’s turning into a little boy too soon!”

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Right now I’m so happy to have him as my little koala baby. He is eight months old already…

Cousins!
Cousins!

My, now, three year old just walked into my bedroom holding some wildflowers that he and his daddy picked in our backyard.

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When Wiley isn’t telling me what to do, he is pretty stinking cute himself.

My sister pregnant with her sixth baby!
My sister pregnant with her sixth baby!

I was always tired when Wiley was a newborn, so it’s hard to remember anything from that time period in my life, but I do remember just loving that baby boy (even though he was probably the worlds most high maintenance¬†infant).

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I was so happy to be a mother.

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Baby T, who is now crawling and pulling himself up and getting teeth…I remember very well his newborn-ness.

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He was a good sleeper, so that mean’t I was getting more sleep, he was (and is) so chill when I had to put him down to take care of Wiley’s needs.

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Ready to go??

I constantly felt bad how often I had to put my new baby down to help Wiley (the ever high maintenance child – haha) and now that he’s turning into a toddler, I feel like I missed out on his infancy.

Ah, the difference between March in Texas and March in Missouri.
Ah, the difference between March in Texas and March in Missouri.

My baby also started whimpering for pureed food far earlier than I had expected and again, I felt like he wanted to grow up too fast.

Get your coat!
Get your coat!

It was God’s plan – when I got Little T – he sent me a baby that was going to be okay when I had another baby fifteen months later.

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On Good Friday I learned that I was going to have another baby (along with a 1/3 of all the women I know…).

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Today marks Nine Weeks into my new pregnancy.

Don't worry, Wiley is a great older brother!
Don’t worry, Wiley is a great older brother!

Return to me…the pre-pregnant me.

Me and My first born, who turns three in two months!!!
Me and My first born, who turns three in two months!!!

I joined a beach body challenge that starts tomorrow.

What I wore Monday and Tuesday probably.
What I wore Monday and Tuesday probably. Shirt from Tyler’s in Austin (Thanks Aunt Laura!), Leggings (which aren’t pants) from Walmart, Socks are Smartwool and shoes by Birkenstock. Hahaha, just in case you’re dying to re-create the look.

I gained 50 pounds this pregnancy, twelve more than the last time I got pregnant. My doctor told me to be careful, because it’s harder to lose than it is to keep it off.

I didn’t feel like I had much of a problem last time getting into shape…but every baby is different.

So worth it! Those ears, that nose!
So worth it! My Elf child.

My last baby was born in the Spring, so the weather was nice, I was outside every day taking a walk, pushing a stroller.

This time, everything is different.

My only resolution coming out of this year is: The next time I get pregnant, I will remember to over come the urge to lay sick on the couch until I’m starving, eat Marie Callender’s chicken pot pies and go lay on the couch again. Repeat for two months.

Wednesday's look.
Wednesday’s look.

Next time, I am determined to make better choices. Marie Callender’s chicken pot pie and then a walk, then a nap on the couch!

He is wiggling off the play mat!!
He is wiggling off the play mat!!

Anyway, here are my stats at the beginning of my 60 day fitness challenge:

Arms – 11 inches (measured between my shoulder and elbow)

Waist – 34 inches (around the belly button…I remember when my chest was that big and my waist was almost as tiny as my thigh!!!)

Hip – 43 inches (solid baby)

Thigh – 22.5 inches (measured between my hip and my knee)

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Work out (PiYo) six days a week and eat clean (which is how I usually eat, so no big change there)!

The thing I really like about the program is the structure – having a plan – for meals, working out and then for me, personal scripture study.

Thursday: same pants, different day.
Thursday: same pants, different day.

I’ve always struggled with structure and following a schedule, so this is going to be an adventure…

Eating clean includes our Thrive foods! This kid loves to eat freeze dried fruit and yogurt.
Eating clean includes our Thrive foods! This kid loves to eat freeze dried fruit and yogurt.

Speaking of adventures, parenting update: ¬†my two year old was put into bed 30 minutes ago. ¬†He was just calling out that something bit him. Because I am an overly cautious mom, I sent Danny in there to investigate. Apparently, my son bit his own arm thinking he would get out of bed – I’m sure. Clever boy.

This is my "I don't want to 'sqeeze' into my T-shirts anymore" Before photo.
This is my “I don’t want to ‘sqeeze’ into my T-shirts anymore” Before photo and an attempt to “hide” my identity.

“In due season [you] shall reap…” The Week Following My Due Date.

My due date was August 17th…how I looked forward to this day.

I went into labor three days early with my first child and I was sure that I would “go early” with the second.

Mom and Wiley - we went to the hospital to make sure we would know where to go - like - if I went into labor in the middle of the night...or something.
Mom and Wiley. We went to the hospital the day after mom and sister arrived to find Labor and Delivery¬†– like – what if I went into labor in the middle of the night…or something? We needed to know where to go!

My contractions fooled me for weeks leading up to the 17th – I sat around the week before my due date trying to not have a baby before my mother and sister arrived.

As soon as they got to my house, I was free to have this baby and was positive I would; because that is what I needed, it’s what I wanted.

Wiley was loving that piggy back ride.
Wiley was loving that piggy back ride.

My husband was going to start a new semester of school on August 25th and my sister (who drove up from Houston, Texas) started her last year of nursing school on August 25th as well and had to leave Columbia, MO by the 21st of August to get back in time for a pre-semester nursing lab.

We had a field trip to the Columbia Library.
We had a field trip to the Columbia Library.

So, you see, I had to have this baby early or on time!

As soon as the family arrived, my contractions seemed to wane.

My sister has a cute bum!
My sister has a cute bum! and yes, my son wore that same outfit the day before (clean socks)… he doesn’t wear clothes at home, just when we go out.

*Le sigh.

With each baby-less day that ticked by, the more stressed and frustrated I became.

My sister found a few seasons of "Call The Midwife."
My sister found a few seasons of “Call The Midwife.”

Why be stressed Kate? Babies eventually come…

Wiley popping out to say, "I can see you!"
Wiley popping out to say, “I can see you!”

Ah yes, they come and I had experienced one delivery already and was NOT looking forward to doing it again.

Sitting around watching "Call The Midwife," hoping I would go into labor, watching other people in labor. Fake labor, but realistic fake labor.
Sitting around watching “Call The Midwife,” hoping I would go into labor, watching other people in labor. Fake labor, but realistic fake labor.

For those of you who haven’t read about the birth of my first son, you can find it¬†here¬†and¬†here¬†– for those of you who just want a summary – the birth of my first son was a nightmare that lasted two days.

reading books to pass the time.
reading books to pass the time.

So, after 40¬†weeks fretting over the doom and gloom of delivering my second child…I was gifted another six days to dread it over in my mind.

Art projects (which, mom, you never finished) :)
Art projects (which, mom, you never finished darn it) ūüôā

On a visit (I wasn’t supposed to have – because that baby was supposed to come by now) with my OB he told me he wouldn’t induce me until I was closer to 41 weeks.

Wiley finished his art project.
Wiley finished his art project.

‚ÄúAnd let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not‚ÄĚ (Galatians 6:7‚Äď9).

My baby sister had to leave before I was induced, but to quote the Rolling Stones, “we can’t always get what we want, but if you try sometime, you just might find – you get what you need.”

and such is life.

We love you!
We love you!

Summer Baby Shower With A Beach Theme – is there any other theme?

Last Saturday some friends gathered to celebrate the coming of our new baby boy.

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I know there are lots of themes out there for showers, but I long for the beach, I would always rather be there than almost anywhere in the world.

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The sound of the waves can soothe my soul almost as well as getting a good night’s rest, eating a great meal or doing a session¬†in the Temple.

Ukulele is Dan's - the table is about half full here - Stefanie made sure there was no empty space here. Yum
Ukulele is Dan’s – the table is about half full here – Stefanie made sure there was no empty space here. Yum

My husband happens to own several beachy props, so the decor was a no-brainer (right Stef…who stayed up late making everything look fabulous?).

Details - I love the center piece on the crafting table, where we painted onesies.
Details – I love the center piece on the crafting table, where we painted onesies. That is brown sugar in place of sand, if you were wondering.

I moved to Columbia in late January and come July I had new friendships РStefanie and I met because we were assigned as Visiting Teaching companions through church.  Lucky me.

I requested smoothies...such a great thing smoothies.
I requested smoothies…such a great thing smoothies.

A few months ago Stefanie asked if she could throw a shower for me – I told her I wasn’t sure that was a good idea, since I didn’t know anyone – she insisted.

Those cupcakes were delicious - chocolate cupcakes with a butter cream/coconut frosting.
Those cupcakes were delicious – chocolate cupcakes with a butter cream/coconut frosting. I crave them – you hear me – I need more of those in my life.

I’m so glad that she did, I had a great time.

Painting a onesie
Painting a onesie

Those who came got to get to know each other better too – some of the activities were filling out some things about themselves and then me guessing who it was – it was fun and funny discovering who belonged to what.

I know Jennifer's weird quirk...it has to do with eating.
I know Jennifer’s weird quirk…it has to do with eating.

Like, who listens to country music? Who listens to too much Hipster stuff? Who belongs to what weird quirk? Well, You had to be there to get the answers…

Jewly
Jewly

My other friend Jewly (along with her family) was the first person to reach out and invite me to do things.

Super artist here - love her work.
Super artist Crystalyn here – love her work.

Being in my first trimester and having to move was stressful enough – it was nice to have people¬†go out of their way to befriend me when I wasn’t feeling up to it.

Rachel here won a nice beach blanket by getting most of the All About Katie questions correct.
Rachel here won a nice beach blanket by getting most of the All About Katie questions correct.

Since I began feeling better, it has been easier to make time for social activities.

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again, I’m glad I did.

Books - I love books, my two year old loves books and our new baby will love them too.
Books – I love books, my two year old loves books and our new baby will love them too.

Because, had I remained a hermit I’m pretty sure my baby shower would have been a party of one.

WIth no friends - I wouldn't have gotten this alligator muscle shirt.
WIth no friends – I wouldn’t have gotten this muscle shirt with stars on it (which comes with cute little crocodile¬†shorts and I love crocodiles).

I prefer to avoid Lonely – party of one.

I did the sheep one to the right. Crystalyn did the surfboard one on the left.
I did the sheep one to the right. Crystalyn did the surfboard one on the left.

I feel really blessed – to those who came and those who didn’t but sent gifts – you ladies are too generous.

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Everyone got to conjure the artist inside.

I’m all stocked up on diapers and wipes too and that makes me happier still.

Shower gifts for those who came - a reusable bag "beach bag" and herbal mint chapstick. Dude, that is awesome.
Shower gifts for those who came – a reusable bag “beach bag” and herbal mint chapstick. Dudettes, “Thanks for Hangin with us.”

Thank you so much for thinking of me and making me feel special.

Hostess Stefanie
Hostess Stefanie

and special thanks to Stefanie’s husband who took over care of the kids all Saturday – we know Dad doesn’t fit into Mom Jeans, but we are so glad you put them on!

L to R:  (Danny's board), Jewly, Me and Stef
L to R: (Danny’s board), Jewly, Me and Stef

I like parties, who’s up next???

Ah, Tina, Tina is up next.

Summer, Skateboards and New Shoes

Dan finished his first semester at Mizzou and has a bit more time for family.

Does any one else get tickled when they drop their husband off at the skate park?

Does any one else have husbands who still skate?

I’m just glad he likes to stay active and take the time to share his interests with our son.

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There is only one skate park in Columbia, Missouri.

During the semester – when the weather was a bit cooler – Dan was going to the school’s gym.

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Now that is is really hot outside… Dan and my brother Kaleb go to the skate park a couple of hours a week (In addition to riding his bike daily to work).

As my belly grows, Dan gets more active… Hey I take walks and I went to the gym last week to lift!

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As to be expected with the passage of time, Wiley keeps growing.  His favorite shoes are getting a little too tight.

Okay Dad, I'm ready to drop in!
Okay Dad, I’m ready to drop in!

So I took Wiley shoe shopping this week while Dan was at work.

his new favorite foot wear.
his new favorite foot wear.

I found a cute pair of red tennis shoes with little dinosaurs on them…meanwhile Wiley found a pair of Elmo house slippers (that he calls Ewoks) and he wore them out of the store.

Sometimes I can’t resist.

The shoes I picked out.
For the record, the shoes I picked out.

Well, I’m glad we both found something we liked.

I’m happy it is summer.

I’m happy I only have 10 1/2 weeks till I’m full term – yes, I’m counting down.

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So happy to have my little boy to keep my busy every day – helps make the time fly a bit faster.

I Think I Can, I Know I Can, I Know I Will…there’s no alternative.

So, I’m 26 and half weeks pregnant. ¬†The days and nights get longer and I get a bit more irrational.

Took this through the screen door...
Took this through the screen door…it was raining and I didn’t want to go outside.

It is really nice to have my two year old son to look at while I wallow in my discomfort.

The rain was pouring off the roof of the garage and he was sticking his head underneath...
The rain was pouring off the roof of the garage and he was sticking his head underneath…

The first time I was pregnant, I didn’t have any tangible evidence of joy that follows pregnancy and child birth.

and stomping in it!
and stomping in puddles!

I have more hope this time around, which helps assuage the hard times, just look at this child:

My name is Wiley, I love to say 'Dinosaur' and play outside.
My name is Wiley, I just turned two, ¬†I love to say ‘Dinosaur’ and play outside.

Any time I feel like complaining, I just turn on the T.V. and watch the Home and Garden Channel (HGTV).

My life is good, really good. It’s not perfect, of course there are hard things.

What?! Hard days?
What?! Hard days? The only thing hard about his life is nap time.

But, Life is infinitely more easy when I focus on all the good in my life.

Wiley loves being with his Daddy - Danny is working on a bed frame for our room.
Wiley loves being with his Daddy – Danny is working on a bed frame for our room.

I may sound odd to some people, but the lack of more troubles makes me grateful.

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We have a functional car, we are able to pay our bills, we are all in good health (not without some discomforts – but we are healthy!!), we have food to eat.

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I have had several, very painful, episodes of pain in my uterus Рwhich I did not have with my first pregnancy.  So far, everything is healthy and I still have a child growing in there.

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When I have really hard days, I remember that I still have a healthy baby boy and others have not been so lucky and that makes me grateful.

Choosing to focus on the good in my life makes all the difference. I am so blessed. Grateful for the family support and love too. Where would I be without them?

My guys.
My guys.

“I think I can” is a bit late at this point…there is no other option for me. So finish out this pregnancy I will… in three months I’ll have a new baby boy and I wont have to share the innards of my body anymore and those are both very good things to celebrate.