Saturday, October 11, 2014

Fashion Tip Friday ~ and I'm still pregnant.


One afternoon this week my three youngest played at the orchard.
I sat on a bench with a cup of hot cider and watched.
I'm still pregnant. My due date is Monday...and since I am usually early, this baby now feels late!
Even though he or she is not.










Shopping at Pottery Barn..I found a rug for my living room. 70% off!
and I had a gift card. Double score.




* I meant to hit publish on this post yesterday..but never got around to finishing it.
Didn't even get to the fashion tip. I'll save it for next week.

We just got home from the ER....child #2 broke his collar bone this afternoon playing football.
He's not a happy camper. He's doing okay..in a lot of pain, he's very thankful for Hydrocodone!
They don't cast a broken collar bone, just put it in a sling and hold still for 6-8 weeks.

So as much as I wanted to have the baby tonight!
I don't mind if he or she holds off for another day or two.

Which is the exact opposite of what you would have heard me saying earlier.
Funny how your day (and mind!) can change on a dime. Ha!

Hope your weekend is fabulous.
XxOo






Monday, October 6, 2014

Just Monday.


He's always busy...like his father. :)


My view looking down.








My good friend Amber was here visiting this weekend.
I was so excited she came!...we only get to see each other every couple of years.

I asked the baby to please stay put until Monday....he or she listened,
....but it's Monday now......you are welcome to make your arrival anytime now little one!

I'm 39 weeks....which is kind of close to 1,000 weeks, right? or at least it feels that way.
Not because I feel horrible...I actually still feel really good.
...but because I am so anxious to meet this baby! I can't wait.

It's beautifully perfect fall weather this evening.
Sammy just started a fire in our wood stove. It smells so cozy.
I think it's my favorite part of our house.
You will most likely find me standing in front of it until next April.

My older boys work at the apple orchard..
...which is sort of dangerous...when it comes to doughnuts and apple pie and hot apple cider.
{their mother has no self control}

We're having left overs and bacon grilled cheese for dinner.
Very simple. How nice for clean up.

So..that's it for Monday.
Hope your week is off to a good start.
XxOo

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

...they caught me.a little about labor.and a cupcake.



I could hear them. That's what caused me to wake up. Their loud giggling.
I dozed off for a "quick" 45 minute snooze. ;)
In the mean time...they did a little photo shoot with my camera and
laughed at silly answers I gave to questions they asked while I was not very coherent.
Glad to be a source of entertainment.



I love hearing women's baby stories.
The way they go through labor. The way they give birth.
We all do things so differently, it's fun to talk about and learn what others do.

Here's a little bit about the way I do things.....

...I am 38 1/2 weeks now.
I usually have my babies early. We'll see when baby decides to arrive this time around.

...I have a midwife I absolutely adore.
She has attended over 1,000 births! She now runs a very small practice,
which is nice because she puts so much into each mom she cares for.
Each of my appointments have lasted for more than an hour...I have learned SO much from her.


.....Our plan is to do a home birth.

...I don't take pain medication during labor. I've never had an epidural.
One reason..I'm more afraid of a needle in my back than dealing with the pain of labor.
I lean more on the natural side when it comes to my body anyway....
so I don't like taking anything unless I have to.
I won't lie...I have had to ask Jeff to remind me why. Ha! It hurts! Labor hurts...bad!
But it's worth it in the end. It's worth it when you hold that sweet little bundle.

Okay, moving on....

....Our babies sleep with us in our bed.
I credit {almost} never being up with a crying baby at night to co-sleeping.
They sleep so much better when cuddled up next to us.



My family threw a shower for baby and me.
It was so very nice. So many people. So many lovely gifts given.
I was so thankful. I can't believe how many nice and wonderful and caring people I know.
I am so very blessed.

My mom made the adorable Oreo lollipops.
My sister Caitlin made the beautiful pumpkin cupcakes.




Boy and girl were both hung on the line this afternoon....
....but the sun and wind dried mostly just white.
Oh little baby I am so excited to see who you are!!!




And finally....
Now. Soon.


How adorable is this picture??? ^^^
Sophia drew it for me.
(P.S. She adds an "e" to many, many of her words. We're working on this. ;)

Hope you're having a lovely week.
Happy Wednesday....XxOo

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

4 Things.








1. Jeff has been measuring our kid's heights since they were able to stand.
He pulled out the tape measure a couple weeks ago...
Not sure when number 2 passed up number 1??? But it happened..sometime in August. Crazy!

2. Back to granola baking season. It's also what Alex wanted for breakfast on his birthday.
This is my favorite recipe...not healthy, but it tastes good.

3. 37 1/2 weeks and counting....
My babies usually come early, but Jeff asked if I could please wait with this one..busy work schedule.
"No problem honey...I'll stay 100 months pregnant as long as you need me to.
Just keep the Tums stocked, okay?" {that was sarcasm if you didn't catch it}

4. First cider candle of the season. It's my favorite kind!
Our house smells like fall now.

Happy Tuesday to you.
XxOo

Friday, September 19, 2014

Fashion Tip Friday ~

Happy Friday Everyone.
Told you I'd be back with Fashion Tip Fridays.






Let's talk fall/winter colors.

I cannot tell you how happy I am with the color trends this season!
I love, love orange with a hint of brown mixed in...otherwise known as the color
..*Sound Trumpets*...Sienna.

{Aka...Rust. But really, do you want to say..grab my rusty sweater?
It sounds like the color on the bottom of our wagon that's been left in the rain one too many times!
Sienna is much more sophisticated. So say sienna, not rust, okay?}

Sienna....the Hot color of the season...paired along with navy or grey....perfection in an outfit.

Not sure who the girls in the pictures above or below are...I stole them off the world wide web...
...but I love their sweaters and wanted to use them as an example..
..and since my favorite sienna sweater just doesn't fit quite right and I'm not really model material these days...the above and below stolen ladies will have to do.  

Sienna is warm and cozy and screams Hello Fall, let's have a cup of hot cider together.
So go get yourself a sienna colored sweater....
...and a cup of hot cider with whip cream, caramel drizzle and cinnamon sprinkled on top.






...and finally for you indie folk lovers, a cute little song I just adore! ;)

Have a fabulous last weekend of summer...
...next week, it's time to break out the pumpkins!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A little story concerning the baby I haven't told.


Jeff and I went into our marriage without a "plan".
We wanted to be married young (we met in high school)....
..and we wanted to have kids while we were young. and that's what we did.

I was 20 and Jeff 21 when we had our first baby.
Throughout our first years we never planned a pregnancy..if it happened fine, if not fine.
In 9 years we had 5 kids. Three boys, two girls.

And then things changed...
When I was 31 I miscarried a set of twins. I lost one at 9 weeks along, the other at 12.
I was told by the specialist I was seeing and the doctor associated with my midwife...
....I would most likely not be able to have anymore children.

At the time I had 5 little ones, ages 2 to 10 years old.
I was in the midst of sippy cups and board books...nearly everyone was still riding in a car seat...
...so the news didn't seem all that bad.
Don't get me wrong..I loved my life! I've always loved being a mom...and I love babies.
..but when your plate is full...you usually don't care about adding anything more to it.

Our's was full...and though we would have happily accepted another baby...we were content.

We moved on....
Our kids would often say how they wished for another baby.
Sometimes we wished for that too...and sometimes we didn't.
We were laid back and lived life with the attitude of...whatever God had in store for us we'd take.
We still do...I should say we try to. Sometimes we get a little attitude problem. Ha.

Okay, let's fast forward six years....
It was a cold and snowy Saturday night in February, we were in bed....
....TALKING! ;) about life.

Earlier that evening we had gone to dinner with the family to celebrate my mom's birthday.
Jeff and I sat at the table watching my pregnant sister and my sister in law with their babies...
..they would leave the table to change diapers, feed babies, cut up food, wipe little mouths...etc.

While in bed that night we discussed how different our life was compared to just a few years ago when we were wearing their shoes. It was nice to not be busy in that way anymore we decided!

We had lots of freedom. The self sufficiency of our kids made life easier in so many ways....
I could Christmas shop alone. I could get my hair done AND run through Starbucks...by myself.
Date night was great...Bye Kids! Call if you need us...or don't. {joking, joking!}
No diapers. No diaper bag. No bibs. No sippy cups. No car seats. No strollers.
Everyone could bathe themselves, feed themselves, wipe themselves!!!

That was Saturday night.
Tuesday afternoon ...{10,000 or so pregnancy tests later}
....we found out God had a different plan for our family.

When I first saw the two pink lines, the plus sign and the "pregnant" {remember, 10,000 tests}...
...I burst into tears.
Not because I was upset or sad...I was shocked. I was completely and utterly shocked.
More shocked than I was the first time around! A happy shocked of course.

All those above thoughts about freedom and Christmas shopping?
Yeah, they really didn't matter anymore. They paled and seemed selfish in the light of...
...We're having another baby! Yay!!!

Our girls had prayed every night for me to have a baby for 2 years! Seriously, every night.
Me of little faith brushed it off...I let them pray thinking their prayers were fruitless.
But God heard them...He knew the desire of their little hearts.
...and I suppose quietly, without even realizing it, the desire of mine.

We were all very excited...but I was also nervous.
I didn't want to tell anyone...and I was afraid to see my midwife...
I thought perhaps she would tell me the {10,000 or so} pregnancy tests I took were actually wrong.
Was I going to miscarry again?  Was everything fine with the baby? How would we do this?

Even now with only 3 1/2 weeks left to go in this pregnancy I still wake up and remember...
"Oh yeah! we're having a baby!"
I still say this to Jeff all the time and he says the same thing back to me..."Yep, I know."

It doesn't feel real.
I'm sure once I have that first labor pain, things will be put into perspective real quick.
...and to hold this new baby in our arms...Oh I can't wait!
...and to find out if the baby is a he or a she...I can't wait!

..and that's my little story concerning the baby. Now I've told it.
XxOo

Monday, September 15, 2014

Orchard Breakfast Weekend.



Saturday morning found only our three youngest home.
{The two older boys were working Farmer's Markets with my dad and brothers}

It was sunny, but temperatures only in the 40's. A perfect fall morning in the beautiful Midwest.
Early we left the house...early we went to the apple orchard for breakfast...it's 7 minutes away.
Apple Cider doughnuts, hot cider and one cup of coffee.









{Photo credit goes to...Sam ^^^}




Back to Monday now.
I have herbs to clip and dry. School to teach. Change clothes over for the next season.
Tomatoes to turn into sauce...{so I can make gravy} A messy house to get in order!
And laundry, lots of laundry....
should you stop by our at this moment house to take a shower, well, you won't have a towel!

Hope your week is off to a great start!
XxOo