Sunday, January 30, 2011


Timothy Robert

Jan. 26, 2011

1:55 p.m.

7 lbs 10 oz

19 3/4 inches

My favorite photo of my favorite four day old:

Birth story to come when I get a chance to write it :)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

No Baby Yet

I feel like every call/text/e-mail conversation should be prefaced with that fact.  We're still playing the waiting game.  My mom arrived on Wednesday and my dad will be here next weekend after Higbaby arrives.  I'm pretty confident, though, that I won't let them go back home ever, so I hope they enjoy their new life in California.

Here's to hoping baby decides Jan. 22nd is a great day to be born.  I know a couple getting married today, so it's clearly a day for celebration!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

I Want to Remember

Yesterday found me sitting down at the table with a stack of pictures, some new scrapbook paper and a blank book waiting to be filled.  Even though it's been nearly a year and a half since our wedding and our first baby is due tomorrow, I figure better late than never, right?

I've been woefully behind on scrapbooking my life--the last event I chronicled being college graduation in 2007--but I decided that instead of waiting until I got 2007-2009 scrapbooked, I'd just start with our wedding.  Why?

Because I want to remember.

No, I won't forget our wedding day, but it's the details I want to capture before they're gone from my mind.  I want to remember that it was Lisa who hand-addressed all our invitations, BJ who designed our programs, Lise' who arranged our flowers and my aunt who made our cake.  I don't want to forget about the flat tire we got after post-reception pictures--though I don't think there's any chance of that happening--and that our photographers changed it for us.  (Yes, we spent the morning after our wedding having brunch while Firestone fixed the hole.  I have a feeling the "Just Married" decorations contributed to the fact that they did it for free!)

So even though a lot of exciting events have transpired since September 12, 2009, I'm going back and reliving those moments as I crop, arrange and glue, because I want to remember.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Preparing Spiritually for Birth

As Baby Day draws closer and closer, we've been busy getting ready as all parents-to-be find themselves filling the last days and weeks before their little one arrives.

There is one area, though, that I have been (shamefully) neglecting in my preparations, and that is preparing spiritually.  Thankfully, I was able to take some time today to pray and meditate over some verses that I compiled.  Lindsay has some great encouragement here about preparing your hearts as well.

These are the verses that I gathered thanks to the above article, asking people on Facebook and some other online searching, highlighting the phrases that seemed particularly applicable to me.

    Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward.--Psalm 127:3
Psalm 34:4
I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.

Psalm 139:13-14
For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and
wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.

Philippians 4:13
I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.

Deut. 7:9
Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.

Psalm 56:3-4
When I am afraid,
I put my trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise,
in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.
What can flesh do to me?

2 Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.“ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weakness so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Isaiah 40:29
He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.

Isaiah 26:3-4a
You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock.

Philippians 4:6-7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

1 Peter 5:7
Casting all your anxieties on him because he cares for you.

Neheimiah 8:10b
And do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.

John 16:21
When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.

Psalm 40:1
I waited patiently for the LORD:
he inclined to me and heard my cry.

James 1:3-4
For you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Hebrews 4:16
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Matthew 11:28
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.

Psalm 121
I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the LORD,
who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved,
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD is your keeper;
the LORD is your shade on your right hand.
The sun shall not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The LORD will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
The LORD will keep your going out and coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.

Psalm 71:6
Upon you I have leaned from before my birth;
you are he who took me from my mother's womb.
My praise is continually of you.

Hebrews 10:35-36
Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Monday Meanderings

  • I've been unintentionally absent from blogging this week.  Possibly because we've been getting ready for baby?  Or because I'm lazy/forgetful.  Most likely the latter, sadly.
  • My brother informed me yesterday to not call my parent's house again until I was in labor.  Thankfully, he was joking.
  • Pregnant women need an outgoing ringtone that says "This _____, I'm not in labor but please answer your phone."
  • A super encouraging e-mail from a friend reminded me to RELAX as we wait for baby, which means that my house needs to be tidied up in order for me to actually feel relaxed.
  • I sewed a Bible cover/pen holder last night and was putting it on for the final time when I realized I messed it up and it wouldn't work.  Sigh.
  • "Sewing without a seam ripper is like working on a computer without UNDO." I am so living that right now.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

It's the Little Things...

  • Soup simmering on the stove and pulled pork in the crockpot, waiting to be frozen for post-baby meals.
  • New dish brush heads (from Amazon, as we can't find them in our town).
  • Sneaking a cup of said soup for lunch.
  • Tweets like this from my dad.
  • Dinner with--count 'em--FOUR dishes last night.  Garlic chicken, baked potatoes, corn and salad.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Monday Meanderings

Google image of my grandma's sewing machine
that's now mine
  • Hopefully my Kitchen Aid enjoyed its Christmas break, because Saturday I mixed up four loaves of bread, putting the poor thing to much use.
  • We're in full-fleged baby prep mode around here.  We figured out which hospital we're hoping to deliver at, the carseat is installed and we bought some diapers and wipes at Target on Friday.
  • I made this project yesterday (well, just the mittens).  They're not perfect as I am pretty bad at sewing circles, apparently, but hey, they turned out.  And it only cost the $3.50 I spent on the sweater!  Next up is a pen holder for my Bible pens.
  • Having a husband who worked in industrial sewing (at a parachute shop) who's also an engineer is quite handy when you don't have the manual for your sewing machine and the thread and bobbin have both run out.
  • Thank you, Yahoo! groups for providing said manual for free.  I love how vintage it is--the machine and the manual.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Ode to the Eye Doctor pt. 2

As I recently posted, I've been making some trips to the eye doctor.  The nice ladies there recognize me now (probably because I bugged them so many times about when my contact lenses would be in) and when we were in last night, the parting words were "next time we see you, you'll have a baby!"

After way too many weeks of poor vision with my old glasses, my new ones arrived!  My eyes seriously didn't know how to deal with the sudden change in a correct prescription, so they rebelled with a headache but we're doing better now.  And miraculously enough, I don't hate how I look in them.

The lovely eye doctor assured me that the reason my eyes and contacts weren't getting along was all the grime and junk on the lenses, so he recommended I get them polished.  Although it was an epic fail on the part of the lab (3-5 days does NOT mean 3.5 weeks), my lenses arrived yesterday and they now look brand new!  I can wear them AND my eyes don't water!  Speaking of my ojos, they are even more confused by yet another prescription being thrust into them, I have a feeling they'll pull through.

With TWO ways of being able to see now, I am feeling like one spoiled girl.  It's the little things in life, people. 

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Back to Reality

I was so busy enjoying our Christmas vacation that I hardly gave a thought to blogging about it. :)  We had amazingly stress-free travels, despite not flying out until Dec. 23rd.  Parking was a bit nail-biting; we found the lot no problem, but out of the 7000 spaces available, only about 10-15 were still empty.  Thankfully, we snagged one and our car lived the 10 days we were gone.  Airline security was also no problem (I was afraid of being selected for radiation/a pat down), and Chris' sister and her husband picked us up that evening.

Friday morning was brunch with Chris' dad's family and Christmas Eve was spent with my parents, including a father suffering from food poisoning.  Thankfully he was feeling better in time to open gifts, because it just didn't seem like Christmas with dad being in bed.
Chris' sister Jamie and I sporting the matching onesies our babies received

Saturday Chris' mom and siblings came up to my parent's house for more food and gifts.  Ticket to Ride was a big hit, especially as Chris and I were given the expansion pack for Christmas (woohoo!).

We spent the next few days relaxing, reading and dining on a Bacon Explosion made by Chris and my brother Philip (which deserves a post all its down).  Tuesday was a baby shower for Higbaby!  It was so much fun seeing friends and getting to chat with them.  Our baby (and we) are so incredibly loved. :)

Thursday we stopped by Chris' mom's house for a few hours and then spent that night and the next with his dad and grandparents.  We flew home yesterday and half an hour from our house had our first bout with real drama--a tire that started to fall apart.  Chris told me this morning that he's still amazed it didn't blow out; obviously, Someone was watching out for us. :)  He was able to put the spare tire on at a gas station (instead of the dark side of the road) and we made it home.  This morning, however, he discovered that the spare was flat.  Oh, irony....

So we have spent today playing several versions of Ticket to Ride, undecorating our house and getting things unpacked as all the tire places were closed today and the snow/ice didn't make walking a very exciting prospect.