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Yes, I am still alive! Things are going good here on the homestead with the two boys…well, three if you count my hubby. We are all getting used to our new addition and the juggling act that it takes to take care of a toddler and a baby at the same time! It is a challenge! We have friends that have kids spaced about the same as ours, and they assure us that the first 18mths are really hard, but that after that it does get easier…18mths, wow, that seems like a really long time.

Being a mom to 2 kids now really makes me admire and respect all the other parents, especially moms, out there in the world who have paved the way and survived. I must say that I am thrilled that I really feel like 2 kids is going to be it for us, and I can’t wait to sit back now and watch the rest of my friends and family have their children instead of us. Maybe now some of them will understand.

Oliver is doing great, still sleeping quite a bit and nursing alot, like every hour to two hours. He is still having lots of waking up/awake time at night, and mom is still a coffee drinking zombie. He is gaining weight really well, last week he was 8.7, and I’d guess him pushing at least 9lbs now. His little bloated belly is hilarious. Ok, laundry is done spinning, gonna hang the sheets out on the line today to get that extra fresh fall smell.

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Much to our surprise, after being admitted to the hospital again after another bleeding episode, my body decided to kick into labor all on it’s own and about 3 hrs later we were blessed with our beautiful new son, who we named Oliver. He was born Sat, Sept 27, at 5:47pm, weighing in at exactly 7lbs. Even though he was only 36 weeks, he is very healthy, lungs are working great, nursing like a champ, sleeping and pooping and peeing like a champ as well. We feel very blessed and lucky to have had everything work out so beautifully. I could go on and on, but now since I’m the mother of two…my computer time has to be quick. So for now I’ll post a few pictures and will recap later when I have more time..(if that ever happens..)

Ethan getting to know his new brother

Ethan getting to know his new brother

Loving the blanket his mommy dyed for him!

Loving the blanket his mommy dyed for him!

Adorable little tongue

Adorable little tongue

Agh, do you have to use the flash dad?

Agh, do you have to use the flash dad?

So I could dedicate an entire post to my trip to the ER last Tuesday and the 2 nights of hospital stay that followed, but I am not going to. To think back to it all the time brings me stress, and stress is what I am trying to stay away from from now until my baby decides to be born.

Right now I am 35 weeks along, and 37 is considered “full term”, and safe time for having a home birth. We still really want to have a home birth, but there are a few things we need to find out from the specialist over at Methodist first, just to make sure that that is still a safe option for both myself and for the baby. I know that bleeding is something that no one wants to see in pregnancy, and up until now, I’ve never had to deal with this rollercoaster. Since Friday morning I have pretty much been “blood free”, and now this morning there is some brown spotting. Not alot at all, but it is there. At least it is brown, and not red. I just don’t know what is considered safe, or normal, for me right now, so it is easy to get worried about anything. As long as my baby is telling me he is fine, that is reassuring. He is still actively moving and is head down. Taking care of a toddler and trying to take care of yourself is not an easy task. He still likes to be picked up from mom and dad, only now, mom is saying NO. Like right now, I feel bad that he is sitting in front of the T.V., but I just feel really limited to the activities I can/should be doing with him right now…a little T.V. over the next couple of weeks is not going to kill him, right?

I have been journaling about all of this, and it is helping me process it all and working through it. I just felt the need to get on this morning and write a little bit to “get it out” and move on with my day.

Today we drove out to our favorite Organic Apple Orchard. This is a tradition that we’ve done every fall since Gabe and I started dating. It is run by a really cool, homeschooling, homebirthing, family that we’ve gotten to know more each year. Their property is beautiful. I should have taken many more pictures of other things besides us petting the goats, but well….Ethan was slightly difficult and this was as good as it got today. We are going back in about 3 weeks for their first annual “applefest”. We will also get our pumpkins and squash from them when we return. Here are a few pictures of Ethan, who was looking adorable today I must add, with his ma and his ba visiting the goats.

This is the phrase I’ve heard from my hubby about at least a couple of items that I’ve cooked in the past week. See, 2 weeks ago I started making and freezing about 2 main dish meals each week to reheat and enjoy after this baby is born. So each week when I sit down and do my weekly menu planning for our family, I always include at least 2 things for dinner that I think would be excellent nourishment post partum. Plus, with fall like temps hitting us early this year, it seems that most of these things are very “homey” as well.

It’s just interesting that I am in the full swing of nesting right now, and loving it I must add, and I feel like there is just extra “love” in everything that my hands touch right now. Including my cooking. And, I have to say that in my opinion, I have one of the opinionated, critiques of a husband who would tell me the truth about how something tastes whether I want to hear it or not. Last week, it was my spinach lasagna that he was in awe of, and that, we now have 2 pans of in the freezer, and tonight it was my scalloped potatoes and ham that he said was the best he’s ever had..(not even that I’ve just made), and that we have one large pan of for the freezer. I just think that there is some kind of magic in the air right now, and I can’t quite describe what I mean..Gabe thinks I’m just hormonally supercharged and as high as high can be. Whatever it is, I hope it sticks with me for the rest of this pregnancy, and I hope the “crash” won’t kill me.

Fun at Greenwood Park

Fun at Greenwood Park

Sporting his "Choo Choo" Hat

Sporting his "Choo Choo" Hat

Yes, we broke down and bought tickets to go to Boone and ride the train. This is not just any ‘ol train ride though…this is a train ride pulled by Thomas The Train himself! Ethan LOVES trains, we are going through a major train phase for a while now, and we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take him to see Thomas and the rest of the train crew. It’s not for a couple of weeks now, but we got the tickets today, and let me say..it wasn’t cheap, but he’ll love it. So…Choo Choo here we come!  Pictures and recap to follow!

I love my beets!

Ok, I’ll just say that this is probably going to be boring for anyone other than myself reading this entry, but I’ve wanted to do this for awhile now. I thought it would be fun to look back on his life and see what some of his favorite foods and least favorite foods are. So, here we are at almost 20mths old and this is what he like and dislikes:

LOVES

  • Corn of any kind
  • Pickles, dill, the brinier the better
  • banana peppers
  • black olives, especially when eaten off his fingers
  • cooked carrots
  • peas
  • bread or toast with honey and butter
  • plain ol spoon fulls of honey
  • straight up tangy plain yogurt
  • raisins
  • grapes, green or red, but especially red
  • cheddar bunnies
  • chicken
  • any kind of dipping sauce…ketchup, BBQ, ranch, chip dip
  • cooked broccoli, I’m not kidding the child will eat almost an entire bunch in one setting
  • raw veggies with dip..(carrots, broccoli, celery, cucumbers)
  • tomatoes…suprised he didn’t turn into a tomato this summer he will pick them and pop handfuls straight into his mouth
  • tomatoes and cucumbers cut up with vinegar and salt and pepper on them..(this is how I eat them:)
  • Green Peppers, caught him eating them straight from my garden like an apple..how strange
  • peaches
  • smoothies of any kind
  • ice cream of any kind
  • cottage cheese
  • any kind of cheese..chunked up, shredded, parmesan, whatever…
  • Pasta of any kind, can’t get enough noodles
  • rice of any kind, brown rice, basmati, whatever…
  • Quinoa
  • Cous Cous
  • Peanut butter on anything
  • Bacon
  • yogurt covered raisins
  • Beets
  • Pizza of any kind

Not To Keen On

  • Eggs of any kind
  • Potatoes, could take em or leave em..
  • Beef of any kind

Play with rubber duckies in the birdbath

Eat lots and lots of Iowa sweet corn

Eat lots and lots of Iowa sweet corn

Play with tractors in the nude, or do anything in the nude for that matter!

Play with tractors in the nude, or do anything in the nude for that matter!

As I am writing this is is a sticky 93 degrees outside, and probably close to the same inside. Tomorrow is sopost to only be upper 80’s, yippee. I am so tired of being hot, it is not even funny anymore. Three cold showers a day and minimal clothing is all that is keeping me alive, oh and lots of ice tea. Our ice maker is having a hard time keeping up with our demands.

We had company on and off over the last three weeks, and as of Saturday they have headed back west. We had a great time, don’t get me wrong..but it sure feels good to try and get back to “normal”. We had lots of time to just hang out and enjoy each other’s company, and we also had one really productive week of house demo and curtain making. Gabe decided to utilize his brother-in-law’s skills, and have him help him with our sun room remodel project. It is going to be wonderful when it is finished, but until then we are living in a hot, torn apart home.

Ethan and his cousin Dustin got to spend alot of time playing and getting to know each other the last few weeks, and we were sad to see them go, as it could be another year until we see them again!!

I am in much need of some “mommy alone time”, and so this afternoon I am taking Ethan to the pool to meet his daddy after he is done working and they are going to have some male bonding while I go and read a book in air conditioning somewhere. Here are some recent pics that show our last few weeks…