Thursday, April 9, 2015

My thoughts on pregnancy: 3 months in

In case you missed something along the way…Paul and I are expecting our first baby in October and we couldn’t be more excited!

March in Photos

When we first started trying I had no idea what to expect but I would be lying if I didn’t say that I was hoping that we would be one of those couples who hit a home run the first time at bat.  Well, we weren’t.  After lots of doctor appointments, a surgery, one miscarriage, and a few more months of trying, I just knew we had gotten it right.

My mom, sister, and our two nephews were in town for a weekend in late January.  Friday night we went out for dinner (and little did I know, what would be my last beer for a while).  Saturday we had a day full of eating and shopping planned and then remembered that I had an Amazon shipment arriving that day with a bulk of pregnancy tests (seriously, I ordered 12 at a time.)  So as soon as they arrived, and to no one else’s knowledge, I took one and at first I only saw one line, but then the more I looked I could see a faint second line.  I didn’t say anything to anyone, and we went about our day.

My family left the following day but I didn’t take another test because I wanted to give my body plenty of time to allow the hormones to increase as they are supposed to.  And then Monday morning I completely forgot to test again.  So I sat in my office and just thought about it ALL day long.  The minute I got home I ran straight to the bathroom and tore open another test and immediately TWO solid pink lines showed up.  I took another one, just to be sure (what?) and I tried to calmly walk down the stairs to where Paul was starting a fire, but I don’t think I was so calm.  And then I tried to say something and I didn’t even have any words, I just showed him the positive test.  We hugged and cried and didn’t talk for at least 3 minutes because neither of us knew what to say.

At first we were extremely cautious, trying to not get our hopes up too soon, and just take it day-by-day.  We surpassed the point where I had miscarried last time.  We told our families and close friends, we saw our doctor and nurse, we saw our BABY on an ultrasound and each day and each week it gets more and more real.  And it’s just so stinking cool what your body is made to do!

We are now 14 weeks along and we gain a little more confidence with each day that goes by.  We have been overwhelmed by support from friends and family.  I started journaling about the pregnancy during week 8 on a particularly fatigued Sunday.  I was knee-deep in season 1 of Hart of Dixie so I grabbed a pen and a journal and jotted down some thoughts, fully intending to document them here at the right time.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015


March in Photos

March started out with snow but ended with the most beautiful spring days imaginable. And a new book, by one of my favorite authors: Of course, there was some food:

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Book Review: All The Bright Places

All The Bright Places Review

February was a good book month for me!  I read Eleanor & Park and this one: All The Bright Places.  All The Bright Places started out a little slow for me.  The book alternates characters and between chapters: the main characters Theodore Finch and Violet Markey.  Both are incredibly...

Thursday, March 5, 2015



It’s March!  You wouldn’t guess so by the temperature here in central Missouri, but I’m just waiting on pins and needles for this weekend.  It’s sunshine & 50’s and 60’s for days.  And I can’t even begin to describe how much I need some sunshine. But not before looking back...

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Book Review: Eleanor & Park

Eleanor & Park

Eleanor & Park.  Where do I even start with this book?  Let me first say that it’s been a very, very long time since I finished a book in less than 24 hours.  This one hooked me.  Like a fish! It was my first by Rainbow Rowell, and I only...

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Book Review: Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies

My love for reading has definitely been revived since the beginning of the year!!  Last year I didn’t read  nearly as much as I would like to so I set out at the beginning of 2015 with the goal of reading at least one book per month.  That probably...