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Finally caught her smile

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Such a beautiful little girl! She got me wrapped around her little finger.

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Laundry x 10

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I knew that using cloth diapers would increase the amount of laundry we wash daily, but I didn’t realize how much. Don’t get; me wrong, I’m glad we went with cloth and are sticking with it, I’m just so surprised that a small child could have this much pee and poop. :)

We also have quite a few super soakers that we go through on a consistent basis. I’m thinking I should’ve knitted more then just the six small/medium soakers. I’ll have to get some new ones started ASAP!

 

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Our life at this moment

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Revolves around this miracle baby. We eat, sleep, shower, cook, clean, and all other normal day to day activities on her schedule. It’s been an amazing whirlwind week and a half. I’m wondering when I’ll start feeling like a real mom instead of just pretending like I’m playing house. :)

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amazing

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We brought Lorelei home just 3 days ago and it’s still not fully set in that we’re parents. We’re for real parents… we are responsible for a little person… it’s amazing. I keep thinking that someone is going to figure out that I have no clue what I’m doing and take her away from me.

Ever since the moment we found out about our little miracle baby I have been planning for the “perfect” birth. I planned for a smooth, straight forward water birth at home. I planned that we would be able to move directly into our own bed, and that all three of us would snuggle together for the rest of the day. I planned that we would get skin to skin contact immediately after Lorelei was born. I planned on delaying umbilical cord clamping so Lorelei would benefit from the additional iron. I planned everything down to the last detail. I even halfheartedly gave thought to planning on a hospital birth on the off chance that I would have to be transferred for medical reasons. I say halfhearted because I didn’t put a lot of thought or effort into it. The one thing I didn’t plan for was a C-section, but that’s the way it happened.

I was utterly devastated by the situation, but I had to make peace with the circumstances quickly, because they were rushing me in to the operating room before Darryl and I could completely take it all in. We were both crying, but knew we had to be strong for each other. Everything went fine with the operation. I was moved to recovery, once I was fully awake they took me to our room, and only a few seconds later Lorelei was brought into us. With the help of  Darryl and the nurse I was able to get skin to skin time with Lorelei and immediately started nursing. Anyone could see all three of us were drained (Darryl and I emotionally, and Lorelei physically) and tired from the 31 hours of labor that we went through at home. I was so ready to get some sleep, but I was also wired about finally having her in my arms. I couldn’t let Lorelei go and I was obsessively smelling and kissing on her all the rest of the day and night.

The nurses were wonderful, and I didn’t realize how much I relied on them until we got home. WOW! This mom stuff is so completely overwhelming (this could also be attributed to the hormones). Darryl has been amazing partner and we’re both working to get this parent role down. We’re still working it all out, and I’m sure we’re still going to be working it all out 18 years from now.

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Back Yard Phase 1

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Right now we’re working on getting this back yard in order. We’ve got more of a mish mash going on with the garden and several bushes that we’ve planted along the fence. Darryl started working on the fire pit, and we’ve made a plan to take apart the old swing set that came with the house and use the wood to outline the garden. We still have plenty to do, and I can’t wait to be out here side by side with Darryl,  Lorelei strapped to my chest, and digging in the dirt.

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okay, lets give this a go

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We went to Lowes today to pick up a few things for the back yard and on a whim I grabbed some succulent plants. I’d never heard of them before and of course never grown them, but I was inspired by this post to try and start a little garden of my own. I did a little research and the plants seem fairly easy and simple to take care of and I think they would be perfect addition in the back yard. I decided the plan needed to be easy and simple as well. My goal is to start them outside in pots, which will make it easier to transfer them back inside when the temps start to fall. This should give them a few good months to take root and hopefully flourish. I’m already eying a few place in the house that I think would be ideal for them come this September. It will require some things to be moved around, but luckily I don’t have to think about that right now. I still have a few months to figure it out. Until then I’m going to enjoy them every time we venture outside to the back yard.

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Not only I and momma, but these hounds need to realize this is ALL about to change.

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I Just Found a Tick

Yup, momma is sleeping, Lily is between us, and Lucas is between my legs.  Everyone is asleep and what do I feel inside of Luke’s thigh? A nasty tick!

Make me puke!!!

Got some toilet paper and slowly pulled the tick out while not pulling too much hair off of his leg.

I really wish ticks didn’t exist.

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Sleeping Momma

I have to say, I enjoy watching Margaret sleep more now than ever.  Because when her hand rests on her tummy, I get to watch Lorelei move it every so often.

It’s so cute!!

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Margaret is Pregnant!!

Can you believe that sexy hunk of woman got knocked up?

You know that kid is going to be hell on wheels.

Just sayin’. *spits*

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Momma’s Night In

I swear, Margaret keeps pushing herself beyond what her body is capable of.  Now that she’s pregnant, she has new excuses as to why either her feet are swollen to why she has a headache.

Sweety, I hate to tole™ you, but you’re pregnant.  And I’m thankful you took my advice this evening.  You came home, outfitted for a dog walk, and then went to bed.  I really hope your headache is gone by the morning, because I think that you’ll feel refreshed and ready for a new day!

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Reversible pants

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All this wonderful material has just been begging me to make it into something, so today I sat down and made some Reversible pants for Lorelei. This pattern comes from the Handmade Beginnings: 24 Sewing Projects to Welcome Baby by Anna Maria Horner.

I’m sure this is just the beginning!

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Our Little Lorelei

We found out yesterday that we’re having a baby girl! How exciting is that? I can tell you already that I’ll be wrapped tighter than Dick’s hat band. Below are two profile pics from the ultrasound images we received.

Side Profile with a little hand

Side Profile with a little hand

Side Profile with a different angle of the head

Side Profile with a different angle of the head

Margaret drank more than the required 32 ounces of water and had to end up relieving her bladder for the tech to take a decent picture. Lorelei was constantly moving towards the end and flip flopped around making it difficult for the tech to get good pictures. That was so funny.

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Refreshing new drink

20140202_143629[1]  one of my favorite combination right now is adding a few smashed blueberries to an iced ginger beer. So good!

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The Voice of the Father

Margaret told me that ever since she’s started feeling our baby move, that when I start talking, the baby gets really active.

I have to say, women have it lucky for the experiences they get to feel.  I’m not talking about nausea, but the overall experience of carrying another human being in their tummy.

Margaret and I have a connection and now I feel a connection with our little one.  I might not feel or experience the flutters in the tummy or pinches of a kick, but I’ll always grin ear to ear when I see that pregnant belly looking at me, knowing when I speak our child let’s momma know I’m there.

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