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She's here!

We're proud to announce the birth of our daughter...

Emerson Ann
Weighing 7lbs 15.7oz
Measuring 20 inches
Born at 1:15pm on Friday, August 24, 2012.

More details to come soon...

Goodbye, hello...

This is our laundry room.
These beauties have been with us since we moved into our house.  We bought them used from a person who refurbished washer and dryers and they've been great for what we've needed them for over the last 8 years.
In the last month, we've noticed that all of our clothes are just musty smelling and just don't smell clean.  We then noticed that something might be wrong with the dryer's heating element...  something I wasn't really crazy to learn about the other day when I pulled clothes out of the dryer and thought they were on fire.  Yea, not good.
So, with that, we're getting a new set from a scratch and dent Sears and they should be ready to rock tonight!  I'm so excited to laundry that my husband thinks I'm crazy.  But seriously, there is nothing better than laundry in a new washer and dryer!  I'm so excited.  Not to mention the back up of laundry that we now have going on since I haven't been really pleased with our…

5 days

I'm 5 days away from meeting our little girl.

There's a lot of emotions that come along with adding to your family.

I think I've been experiencing a pretty emotional part over the last 48 hours.  I've found myself crying in weird spots during the day because I'm just worried about Coen.  I know that he'll be fine while I'm gone, I just know that I'm going to miss him like crazy.

I don't want him to be completely stressed out by the new addition to our family, I want him to still be the mama's boy that he is and I don't want him to withdrawal from me because I cannot do everything that I'm doing for him right now.

It's hard to think about how it will all play out, when we've never done something like this.  I realize that it will all work out and be great, but the unknown of it is a little emotional for me.

5 more days.
Lists of things to accomplish... but what gets done, gets done.

Thank goodness for our family and their ability …

It Keeps Growing

I've been working from home some days and working from the office others to keep with the "take it easy" request of my dr.  It's actually been working out really nicely. Because these last few weeks are always a little questionable about arrival and things, I've tried to be over diligent about keeping a to-do list so that if anything changes while carrying on this routine, everyone know where I stand on just about everything I'm doing.  It's been helpful for me to see what I really need to pay attention to and what can just wait until I get back.

In doing this, I've also made a list of things that need to be done at home and I don't know which is stressing me our more. 

Either way, the lists keep growing and I cannot make them stop.  I feel like I've scratched off 100 things, but still have about 300 things to do.

I guess this just goes back to my auto-response, lately, to the question, "Are you ready?"

Physically, I'm ready.  Men…

38 Weeks | Baby Bump

How far along: 38 weeks. (From the Bump) Yow! If you feel a sort of lightening bolt running up and down your legs (and in your crotch), don’t freak out. At 38 weeks, baby’s probably sitting pretty low in your pelvis, which means he’s bumping into all kinds of nerves down there -- including some pretty sensitive ones you might not know you had. Be on the lookout for signs of labor, including contractions that come on stronger, at more regular intervals, and the “bloody show.” It could happen any day now -- or it might not be for a few weeks. Until then, try to relax.
Baby is about 18.9 to 20.9 inches long and weighs about 6.2 to 9.2 pounds. Her head is now about the same circumference as her abdomen.   She may have about an inch or so of hair already.She's slowly shedding that white goo on her skin (called vernix caseosa) but you might see some of it at birth. How big is baby: The size of a pumpkin.
Weight gain/loss: I'm up 2 pounds from last week.  So, I'm at 25 pound…

36 & 37 Weeks | Baby Bump

How far along: 36 weeks (August 12) & 37 weeks (August 10).

(From the Bump)  36 weeks: She's still in the 17.2- to 18.7-inch and 4.2- to 5.8-pound range and continues to beef up.
She's getting closer and closer to being able to breathe on her own.Her skin is getting smooth and soft and her gums are rigid. Her liver and kidneys are in working order. Circulation and immune systems are basically good to go, too. Your due date is just four weeks away. Hasn’t time flown? Your once-poppy seed would probably be able to breathe on his own if he was born right now. (If not, he’d probably need some TLC, but he’d likely be okay.) Most of his systems are in working order at 36 weeks. Since baby really could decide to make his arrival any day now, try to put in a little prep work. For example, if you took a child birth class a few months ago, you might want to reread any materials you were given and practice some of the breathing techniques you learned with your partner. Go over your p…

The Nursery | Baby #2

I've been on vacation this week and with that, I've actually felt really productive with projects that "need" to get done around the house before the baby arrives.

One of them being the nursery.

Now, don't let me fool you in thinking that I've put this nursery together in just this week.  Honestly, for the most part, it's been sitting like this for several weeks and I'm just working on the small details to make it feel a little more complete.  Those small things are coming together, but are still taking some time.

Things still on my list:
Spray pain frames, fill them with new family pictures (for mantel)Finish pendant banner with binding and hangContinue to work with W on wall artSpray paint large frames and wait for newborn pictures to fill these with (by rocker)Bring up rocker from the basementOrganize and decorate the mantel piece that is hanging in the roomPlug in lamp and organize corner with books and maybe a basket of baby toysBuy record frames …

Hospital Bag | Baby #2

Let's talk about hospital bags for a minute...

Here's what I had intended to pack for Coen's hospital bag. Unfortunately, if you remember how we arrived at the hospital, you might also remember that we went there following a dr.'s appointment and we didn't have anything with us, at least as far as a hospital bag was concerned.

Knowing what I know now about labor and what I know about the recovery I had, I would've planned things a lot differently when packing.  I would've had a labor specific bag and I would've had a recovery specific bag.  Last time, what we had planned for when packing and what actually ended up happening were two really different events, we really didn't pack accordingly.  Luckily, we are like 5 miles from our hospital to our house and my husband was able to run home (or run to the store) if I really needed something.  This happened a handful of times!

Going into this delivery, it's going to be very different than last time …