a welcome addition

Perfect little fingers and toes, Ruby was born the morning of July 30th, and she is such a sweet little girl.  Ethan is adjusting to his new big brother role amazingly well and we’re all enjoying the new addition.  Already it feels like she’s been a part of our family forever and I can’t imagine life without her in it.

what the heck am i doing?

With four weeks left (give or take) until our baby girl arrives, I find myself in full nesting mode… trying to get every unfinished project finished. Bedroom re-do is not anywhere close to what I’d like it to be, but it’s at a decent stopping point at least. There are babyclothes washed and ready, but other than that I have plenty of things to do baby-wise. Maybe I should pack a bag for the hospital, perhaps? So, in the midst of crossing items off the to-do list, I decided to give another big push towards finishing my red, white, blue quilt. It’s large, there are lots of blocks, I’m not really loving it yet, and as I’m furiously sewing and ironing I keep thinking, “What the heck am I doing?” I’ll post a little more on the evolution of this quilt at a later date, but here was the state of my living room floor last night:

Yep, that’s 130 disappearing nine-patch blocks that need to be sewn together if you took the time to count (not that you would).   I need to get them sewn together ASAP so I can finish the quilt top… which is the bare minimum of what I’d like to get accomplished before this baby arrives, but I think I can get farther than that.

Noah’s reaction when he came home from work was priceless, “holy s, girl… you’re sure going for it.”  Yep.  I sure am.

In other “What the heck am I doing” news, I’ve been working on switching our blog from Blogger to WordPress… the reason for which deserves it’s own post all together.  So thanks for reading this on this new site!  Stay tuned!

>A Word to the Wise

>Package of tealites + car + 80 degree weather = disaster

I don’t think that “Word to the wise” is quite the right thing to say because a wise person would not have done what I did this week.

Last Sunday, I had some time to kill with a friend as we waited to hear baby news from another friend in labor. We decided to go to Ikea because I needed some curtains for our living room and I got a few other non-essentials as well.

To make a long story short, baby Caleb made his way into the world, and in the excitement of seeing him for the first time at the hospital, as well as a very busy week, I forgot all about my purchase and it remained in the back seat of the car.

Well, at least until my sister-in-law jumped into the back of the car yesterday and said, “Uh-oh!” and pointed out that the tea lites had melted and I had sticky green wax all over the back seat. I felt so stupid to have had this happen! Actually stupid is an understatement. Even so, I’m so glad that I have leather seats instead of cloth, and the curtains seemed to have been protected from the green, greasy slime.

On the upside, the tea lites were scented so my car smells great (green apple, I think) and if I can get all the gunk out of the seams, it might do a nice conditioning job on my leather seats.

26 weeks:
Roxanne and me:

>A fun week!

>

Weeks left of teaching:
One 4-day week
Two 5-day weeks
One 3-day week
Hooray! I couldn’t be more excited. In addition to counting down the days (17) I just can’t wait to transition out of teacher life and focus on enjoying the summer, going on a few short vacations, and getting ready for our baby!

Even though I’m excited for the end of school, it hasn’t kept me from enjoying work in the meantime. This week, we enjoyed a surprise event where five Seattle Mariner’s and the Mariner Moose came to our school for an assembly.

Then, on Thursday, the entire second grade (over 100 kids) went on a field trip to the Woodland Park Zoo. The kids were so cute and just loved seeing all the animals we’ve learned about over the year.
Unfortunately, I woke up today with no voice and my sore throat worse than it’s been all week. So I thought, “what the heck, I might as well use one more sick day since I’ll lose my accrual at the end of the year.” The nice thing about this was that I got to see Noah for a bit. He’s had so much overtime this month, which is great, but sometimes I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen him awake (he comes home about an hour before I have to get up for work, and has been leaving before I get home). Then, Roxanne and Dawn came over and we all got to go to my ultrasound. My doctor originally ordered this extra u/s to make sure our little guy was growing at the right rate after our last ultrasound gave some smaller measurements. They also said they might change my due date if neccessary. After looking, it looks like they are going to keep my due date at September 24th, but based on the baby’s size and gestational age, we could be looking at as late as an early October baby… whoa!
Overall, there are no concerns which was wonderful news. We also had the best radiologist today who was so kind and explained to all of us what we were seeing as she looked at the baby. When she couldn’t get a good measurement of his head, she had me get up walk around and jump around a little so he would try to get him to move from his previous position. Sure enough, it worked and we got all of the remaining data the doctor needed. Hooray! Cute little baby feet:

>Baby BOY Zech!

>Well, we were surprised when the radiologist said boy! It is a wonderful feeling to know and it just makes everything more real in this journey.

So, last night, we had a great time calling friends and family and telling them our good news. Every now and then, we’d catch each others eye and and would find ourselves squealing and practically jumping for joy… not only can we look forward to our son being born, but our life as a growing family as we raise him and love him. God is good!

>Spring is actually here!

> I think I made the most of our beautiful weather yesterday:

1) I spent a few hours at Cafe Ladro reading. Right now I am reading From Beirut to Jerusalem, Secrets of the Baby Whisperer, and studying 1 Peter.
2) I bought some spring plants and flowers. This year I only bought plants good for full sun to go on our balcony because almost every year we have flowers and leaves get scorched because it gets so hot up there!
3) I planted those plants, got rid of dead plants, took inventory of the remaining pots and yay, time to go buy more plants today! It was so nice to be working outside. Here is the finished
product:

Oregano and Lavender:

A bigger pot for our Japanese Maple and some colorful flowers :

4) I ate lunch outside on the balcony, soaking up some sun. Cut up the remaining strawberries in our fridge to share with Noah, delicious!
5) Took an hour nap… so nice!
6) Got up and met two friends at Greenlake. Of course it was packed! One friend brought her mom’s cute beagle and we walked all the way around. I’m not having many issues with pregnancy related fatigue or discomfort as of yet when I work out. The other girls are 24 and 28 weeks pregnant, and they did great!
7) Finished off the day with a late dinner at Tutta Bella. Pretty good although the pizza wasn’t as good as it has been in the past and I was freezing the whole time!
8) Late night organizing session, condensing stuff in our hall closet while watching lame shows on demand. I love organizing!

>Spring Break!

>I’m so excited to have a week off from my job and my 20 little darlings… okay so most of them are darling, and others are…hmm, I think I’ll stop my self there. I am actually very lucky to have a great group of kids and parents, not to mention a pretty good staff. I might do a little work here and there on planning out the next few weeks of school but otherwise I have no plans for this break. It is the best feeling! I got a good jump start to feeling more relaxed this evening though!

Noah and I went out and got a quick bite to eat before he had to go to work. Our little Mexican restaurant down the road is perfect for these types of occasions. I ate about half my meal and was stuffed! I joked with Noah about feeling a food coma coming on, and then we both joked about the term “food baby” (a term that is kind of funny and at the same time totally gross) When we got back, I laid down for a short nap around 5:45pm. I woke up at 10:00 completely confused as to what had happened. When I finally realized all of the who, what, when, where’s, etc. I had to laugh. I had been so excited when I got home about starting Spring Break, and then I start it all off with a 4+ hour nap! It’s also funny to me because while I have been stubborn lately ad not wanted to blame everything that I say, do, or feel on this little muffin growing inside of me, but there are just somethings that happen these days are so obviously pregnancy related. Lately, anytime I eat more than just a little for dinner, I crash completely!

So, the question was… do I just go back to sleep and hope I can sleep an additional 10 or more hours or get up for awhile? I tried to convince myself that it would work and I needed the sleep. After an hour or so of just laying there and thinking, and texting Noah at work in the dark, I realized it just wasn’t going to happen. Anyway I like to go to bed later and sleep in when I have any extended amount of time off because it aligns with Noah’s schedule, so I guess I’ll be well on my way after tonight!

And now to the coolest part: I’m laying there, thinking, relaxing, talking to Noah on and off… when I realized something was going on. It felt like there was a little something flipping over and over in my stomach. The more I laid there, completely still, the more I was convinced that I was feeling the baby move for the very first time. I was so excited! I wanted to stand up and shout for joy… run and tell everyone I know! I’ve had a couple times in the last few weeks where I would feel something and wonder, “is that…. ? hmmm, I dunno, maybe. Or maybe it’s just…?” but this time I was so much more sure. Some people say it feels like butterflies, and I can see why they say that but I don’t think I’d say it felt like “the fluttering wings of a precious butterfly.” C’mon, give me a break people! Sometimes those sappy comparisons just drive me crazy! If I had to liken it to anything, I’d have to say it felt like the cross between someone gently rolling a pair of dice inside my belly and a tiny mouse tumbling around in there. And I think that’s pretty close to it’s actual size right now. Right now our baby is about 4.5 inches long and 3 ounces in weight. His or her heart is pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day. We are at 16 weeks, hooray!

Anyway, so as more of my life changes and I prepare to have a son or daughter (TBA in about four weeks!) … there will be many more posts about “first this”, “first that”, and so much more. For now though, I am completely content and confident knowing that whatever is going on in there is miraculous to say the least.