Monday, September 30, 2013

This Past Weekend:

We headed over to spend some time with family this weekend while Dada was away on a guy's baseball trip to Texas. It was an exhausting weekend for all, but a great one. H and I spent the night with Christa and her family. We ate fajitas, played outside, watched The Gruffalo (thanks to Uncle Andrew), had doughnuts for breakfast, and enjoyed lots of good conversations.

We also got to see "am-ma" (grandma) and sister Jeanette and her family. We had wagon rides, watched the 'uppets' (muppets), shared snacks, worked on sharing toys, had hamburgers at Braum's, and got a tour of Brad and Jeanette's new house.

I snuck away for a dinner with some of my favorite ladies. Their significant others were also on the trip, so we took advantage of that opportunity and had a girls dinner. We shared desserts, ate bowls of taco salad, and enjoyed great company right in the middle of a weekend without our men.

Doug got back late on Sunday night so Henry was quite surprised and happy to wake up and find dada home. I am not sure which one of us was more excited to have him home. I am so glad that he got to go spend some quality time away with his friends. But, I sure do miss him even if he is just gone for a few nights. I kinda like him...a lot.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013


We woke up early on Saturday morning to get to a 5K that my sister was the race director for. It was a fundraiser for the ministry that her family is involved by providing housing for troubled teens. It is an awesome thing that they are apart of.

So, Doug has had a sore leg and did not know if he should even run on it but he decided to go ahead and give it a try. He ended up doing great! He placed 4th overall and 1st in his age group! He also set a PR of 22:00 minutes. Such a stud.

After the race we enjoyed a bbq lunch, meeting the girls that my sister works with, and seeing their sweet cottage that they all live in. It was such a great morning. The weather was beautiful and Henry loved running around. The other highlight was how close we were to the airport and getting to see so many "airpanes" (airplanes). Henry was pretty impressed.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

This Past Week We:

- We took a day trip to Tulsa so Doug could go to the eye doctor and so we could get some cousin playtime in. We went to the park and played for about 10 minutes before it started to rain. We enjoyed it while it lasted. We also enjoyed a pizza dinner with Grandma.
- Doug is working on finishing up his masters degree this semester. He will be done in May and I am proud of his ability to juggle so many things. And juggle them so well. He blows me away.
- Toddler bed transition continues. It is much much better from that first week, but we are still finding our little guy by the side of our bed when he should be sleeping in his bed. His naps are wacky and one day this week he ended up taking pretty much his entire nap in our bed. I really truly soaked it up. Glad I was not frustrated with him. He is only this little (and needy) once.
- I generally make a trip to Walmart once a week to get stuff for the kitchen down in camp. This particular week I had a basket full of frozen burritos, marshmallows, and a few boxes of donuts for the staff. I laughed to myself thinking about what people must be thinking about this very pregnant lady pushing all this food around.
- The mom's group I attend has started back up this fall. Henry walked right into his class and then told me about the things he learned, played with, and snacks he ate when I picked him up. He is getting so much smarter and bigger.
- We had a family date to the new McDonald's in town. Henry was a big fan.
- Doug and I had one of the those marriage moments that had us both crying, asking for forgiveness, and loving each other more by the end of the day. I love these moments in marriage. Such a beautiful gift we have been given.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

30 Weeks:

And here I am at 30 weeks with Henry, just to compare.

It is crazy to see the differences. I am definitely carrying this sweet one differently.

We went to the doctor today and had a great check-up. We have a different doctor this time around because our old doctor moved to California. They have also built a new clinic and a new hospital since Henry was born. So we will be delivering in the same town but with pretty much everything different. Hopefully this will be a sign that my labor will go differently as well. Like maybe less than 35 hours and maybe a whole lot less medicine this time around. This is what most of my prayers are directed too currently.

The babies heart rate was 138 today. And our doctor predicted we would have this baby on Nov 23, a few days before the actual due date. I would be just fine with that. It actually would be the perfect timing with the grandma's schedules for coming to help out.

I bought a box of newborn diapers at Sam's the other day which led to me washing and organizing the little ones clothes. Henry and baby will be sharing a room and a closet. I love opening the diaper drawer and seeing two sizes of diapers squeezed in there. Henry loves looking at the baby clothes that are hanging in his closet. We will see if he is still excited once the baby is living here with us forever in his room. I think he will do well.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

29 Weeks:

This past week, Doug informed me that I have been using his body in the middle of the night to push my way out of bed to go to the bathroom. And these days, I am doing that every few hours so Doug has been been feeling lots of pushes in the middle of the night. We laughed about it and then that night I dreamed that I was sitting next to Kevin Durant and I used his arm to push myself up. The next night I told Doug that it was either him or Kevin Durant. I don't think he minds too much.

I also had my first baby dream. It was weird and I don't even really know how to write it out. The general idea was that Jeanette and I were both pregnant with twins and she had her baby first and by the time I woke up I had not yet had my baby. It was strange.

I eat cereal every single day. Generally more than once. My workout videos are getting harder and harder to do. And I am at the point where kind women who have been pregnant look at me sweetly and ask how I am feeling. I love the pregnancy bond that women carry even if it has been decades since they were pregnant.

Friday, September 6, 2013


- I feel like my days are measured by how much longer do I have until I have to fight Henry to stay in his bed for his nap or for bedtime. We are slowly maybe getting a hang of it. The only thing is, Henry has come into our room every single night and lays on the floor by our bed and sleeps there. But at this point, we are all sleeping so we are just going with it for now.

- We had some people over for dinner last night that we work with here at camp. Having people in our home for dinner is one my greatest joys. I love how much easier it has become for me to have people over for dinner. I laugh now thinking back to the first meal I hosted after Doug and I got married. My nervousness was through the roof. But I do still ask Doug what he thought of every single dish I made at the end of the night. So maybe there are still some insecurities there I need to work through.

- Doug has a new goal and dream of doing a triathlon . His goal is to do his first one next year. He has been swimming and running and other various exercises. He is getting super strong! I am so proud of his hard work.

- I have been trying to do a better job of taking advantage of living at a camp and having weather and enough energy to get out of the house. We have played on the jump pillow (essentially it is an in-ground trampoline), played in the creek, bounced basketballs on the sports court, and had a successful family walk on the trails. We are blessed to live somewhere that has so much to offer outdoors. And come middle of winter, I am sure we will be begging for sunny weather to be able to go outside.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

28 Weeks:

We did not find out the gender of our baby when I was pregnant with Henry. We had so much fun doing it that way with him that we have decided to do the same this time around. Doug jokes about telling people that we are on are going to our 'gender reveal' party when we head to the hospital once I am in labor. I do have a feeling this time around that we are having a girl. I never really felt strongly one way or the other with Henry. We will have to wait for our epic party to find out.

This past week we went back and looked at the pictures I took of my belly growth when I was pregnant with Henry to compare. It is so funny to see the differences between the two. And to see how huge I got with Henry. I never really felt that big, which is really all that matters. My prayer, is that it will be the same this time. I still feel great most days, thank you Jesus!

It has been hotter the past week and I am getting a little tired of it. I realized though that the main reason is I have outgrown many of my summer faux-maternity clothes that I wore to get me through the second trimester but all of my real maternity clothes are sweaters, jeans, and long sleeves. I am ready for fall. It will be here soon.

Speaking of being here soon, I am in the third trimester and as Doug put it.."We have September, October, then BABY MONTH!".

Monday, September 2, 2013

21 Months:

Oh, sweet Henry. We love you so much. I don't think I knew my heart and love could grow this much over the past almost two years (!). You bring so much joy, laughter, happiness, contentment, and satisfaction to our lives. I would not trade our life with you for anything else in the whole entire world. You are the best.

Here are some things about your life right now [warning, this might get long. I have not done this for a while]:

- You ask to watch Elmo every single day. When you ask for that, what you are wanting to see is the youtube video of Adam Sandler and Elmo singing a song about Elmo. I pull it up on my phone daily and I have nearly the entire song memorized.

- Sometimes when we are outside playing you will come over and say "iss. iss" and you leaned your forehead in. I give you a kiss on your forehead and you turn around and run off to your next thing, waving at me. It makes me an emotional mess nearly every time because I imagine you doing this with me as you run into school one day. It is also pretty sweet, because you only do this with mama. You don't want or need a goodbye kiss from dad.

- You learn new words every single day. For real. We were in the store the other day and you pointed to the bathroom and looked at me and said "athroom", like you were wondering if I needed to go. You probably have picked up on this word since you spend your days with a seven month pregnant lady. We go to the 'athroom' a lot.

- You love 'ootball' (football) and ask to also watch videos of that on a daily basis. Dad is the one that has taught you this love, as you might imagine. You ask to go 'side' (outside) with your 'oos' (shoes) to play 'ootball' with Dad. You laugh so so loud and hard when Dad kicks the ball in the air. You think it is the funniest thing ever.

- You also have started to say 'amen' after our bedtime prayers and our meal time prayers. Sometimes we pray multiple times during a meal because you hold your hands out to us and say 'amen'. It is precious to see these little tiny seeds of faith growing in your life already.

- You and Dad have a fun tradition where you say 'brrrrr' and shake your arms back and forth and then Dad picks you up and you run to the big refrigerator in the kitchen down in camp and get an orange slice. Then you will hold up both of your little index fingers and ask for one more time.

- You are still a great eater. The other night at dinner you even took a bite of your dinner and with a big smile on your face you said 'ummy' (yummy). It was so very polite of you to compliment the cook at such a young age.

- We are working on learning how to sleep in our big boy bed, how to help put your dishes in the sink after a meal, and how to help clean up your toys at the end of day. There is much required of you the older you get, son. I hope and pray that you learn and handle responsibilities well as you get older.

- You are incredibly handsome and your eyes and smile get bigger and brighter all the time. I love watching you play, learn, and experience new things. You have an incredible mind that is constantly working and you are very meticulous about how you approach situations.You soak up your surrounding and want to check everything out first before you dive in.

- You love to make us laugh and are sweet with us but at the same time you love to test us and push your boundaries. You get this little look on your face that says, "I dare you to punish me". You get punished. We talk about it and then you are generally okay after that. But really, it would be okay if you would just start to listen and obey the first time we ask you do something.

- Dad just came into the room and said "I just decided. This is my favorite age yet." I agree with him. You still challenge us on a daily basis, but the challenges are much less drive us to the point of insanity like they were when you were a baby and would scream and scream and scream. We are starting to be able to reason with you, you understand so much of what we say, we understand your words (most of the time), you can walk and run, you have a sense of humor, you show us that you love us and love being with us on a daily basis. Keep growing little one, we have always loved you and will love you forever. No matter how big you get.