Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Years to You!

Just wanted to pop in and say Happy New Years to you and yours!!  I did get my house cleaned before my in-laws came, hooray :) 

I just wanted to say a HUGE heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you for your constant support, encouragement, love, and humor, among many other fine qualities you all have and share with me.  Blogging would be boring without you!  I love all of the connections that I have made through the blog land and I can't wait to continue with all of them in 2011! 

I pray each and every one of you has a safe New Years, and that you all know how special you are to me, and my family!  Here's wishing you and yours lots of love, happiness, and Jesus in 2011!!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Shhh...don't tell...

Shhh...don't tell anyone that I decided to catch up on some blogs and blog myself instead of cleaning the house.  My in-laws will be here in a couple of hours and my house is a down right disaster.  Eric and Molly are out running errands and sweet Lucy is sleeping, perfect time to clean, right?  Ha! 

I loved reading about all of your Christmas' and loved seeing pictures of them, too!  We had a nice, relaxing Christmas here.  We stayed home for the first time in 6 years, and I actually have to say it was nice, but also a little lonely.  As much of a hassle as it is to travel for 6 hours on Christmas Eve or Christmas day, it is nice to be around family.  Don't get me wrong, it was so nice to stay here and do nothing, and not go anywhere, but we also missed seeing our family, and missed seeing the grandparents get excited when Molly gets excited about presents and what not.  We have had a month of Christmas it seems like starting off with Lucy's birth and now ending with my in-laws coming back to celebrate New Years with us. 

Here are some pictures from our holiday...literally just some...I forgot to charge the camera battery, so I got like 5 pictures before it died!

 After Christmas Eve service, not a good time for poor Lucy!
 I have a hard time believing she is only 3, she's getting so tall!
 Christmas morning!!  The best present ever!
Our little party animal!

Alright, I better get to cleaning!  Have a great Tuesday!!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Lucy means light...

*Disclaimer...This is one of those posts that has been on my heart for a couple of days now, and I have no clue where this will go, but I have to get it out*

Monday, December 21, 2009 I found out I was pregnant.  I stopped on my way to work to by a test, and took it right when I got there.  Up until that point I never really trusted my instincts, but for some reason I was convinced that I was pregnant.  I didn't want to believe it, since I had seen that negative sign so many times before, but I took the test believing it would be positive.  I didn't tell anyone at work, which was really hard for me to do.  Later on in the day I went home so Eric could go into the office and work a little bit before I had to go back for some counseling appointments.  On my way back to the office I stopped at the Hallmark store and bought Eric a "Willow Tree" figurine of a dad holding a baby, and I was so excited to give it to him.  Sitting through those counseling sessions was so hard to do, not that I didn't care, but that night I just wanted to get home to share the wonderful news.  We had been trying for a while, so I couldn't wait to tell Eric we were finally successful :) 

Of course when I gave him the gift he totally guessed it before even opening the present.  I am awful at surprises because I get too excited and the other person can totally tell that I "hiding" something.  We went back to Ohio for the holidays and shared our wonderful news with everyone.  We were so happy.

Less than a month later we lost the baby.  You all know what we went through.  It was hard.  I then entered into a winter season of my life.  Everything was dark, cold, distant, and it was tough.  Then we found out we were expecting again.  I was cautiously thrilled.  We didn't tell anyone until 12 weeks, and it wasn't until after our 20 week ultra sound that I truly allowed myself to love this little one.  I was always fearing the worst and preparing for something awful to happen.  Clearly I trusted the world more than I trusted God.

When trying to decide what to name our new baby one day sitting on the couch the name Lucy came to me.  Literally out of nowhere, it just came to me.  Not Lucille, not Lyla-which we once liked so much, just Lucy.  I texted Eric "what about Lucy?"  He texted back "sure."  It was set, she was to be named Lucy.  Then a couple weeks later out of curiosity I looked up the meaning of Lucy online.  It means "light."  At first I was a little disappointed because that meaning seemed boring to me, too simple maybe.  Then after thinking about it, and God hitting me over the head, it occurred to me that Lucy is my light, she is my olive branch, she is my rainbow, she is every sign that God needs to give me that he didn't forget about me, he didn't forget my pain, and he always provides for our needs.  He is the light. 

So one year later at Christmas time having a baby makes me think of Mary and baby Jesus that much more.  I feel overwhelmingly thankful, grateful, blessed, undeserving, and just in plain awe of God's plan.  Lucy has truly brought light into my life.  I am out of my winter season and I think I am moving into spring.  I know God has big plans for our family of 4 and for my little light, Lucy.  


Monday, December 20, 2010

2 Week Check-up and Church

Last Thursday we took Miss Lucy in for her 2 week check-up, and we found out why her diapers seemed to be getting tighter...she now weighs 9lbs 11oz!  In 2 weeks she gained one pound, five ounces...not too shabby!  The doctor wasn't too concerned with the spitting up since she is clearly getting what she needs.  Thats how it was with Molly, too.  Since she was gaining weight and was healthy otherwise, the spitting up was just a nuisance.  But our doctor said if we were really, really concerned we could come back in for a weight check and for her to be looked at again.  The spitting up has not gotten any worse, so we will probably just continue to watch it and what not. 

The nurse went to measure Lucy and said she measured at 21.5 inches, to which we laughed because at birth she was 22.5 inches.  So now no one knows what her exact measurement is/was!  Which isn't awful, but for the charts and percentiles she could be in one percentile with one height and another percentile with the other.  So our doctor is going to go with the 21.5 for now, and worst case on paper she looks short and chubby, like her mom :)

As of now she is in the 90% for both height and weight and I think they said 75% for her head.  Overall, a pretty good visit!

Miss Lucy, you are 2 weeks old and here is what you have been doing...
-You have graduated to size 1 diapers
-You can hold your head up all by yourself, and even turn it to look at someone without looking like a bobble head
-You (for the most part) eat every 2-3 hours during the day and 2-4 at night, usually 3 hour average
-You are smiling now...not really at anyone, but you do crack a smile when your sister talks to you
-You laugh in your sleep and I think it's stinking hilarious!
-You sleep in your bed for most naps and at bedtime, unless Mommy doesn't want to put you down, or you have gas, then you sleep with Daddy in the recliner
-You are a very content, laid back baby, you only cry when you are getting a bath or are hungry

We love you Miss Lucy!

Yesterday was my first day back at church after having Lucy.  I was so excited to go and see everyone.  Lucy just stayed put in her car seat the whole time.  As much as I would love to take her out and show her off, I don't want anyone to get her sick, so people gazed at her from atop her car seat, and under her blanket.  She slept the entire time.  She got a little fussy during service, so I just pushed the stroller up and down the hall outside the auditorium and she was fine. 

Also, I used my udder cover that I won from Veronnica while we ate lunch out.  This is a HUGE step for me.  I never nursed Molly in public, I always went to the bathroom and stood in a stall or went out to the car.  But I put my little cover on yesterday and it worked, and I didn't flash anyone!  I am really clumsy and uncoordinated, but the cover makes everything simple!  And I was able to still sit and enjoy the conversation without feeling awkward. 

Hope you all had a great weekend and happy Monday!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

She had other plans...

I know I said I was going to post Lucy's birth story yesterday, but yesterday didn't go as planned.  The last almost 2 weeks have gone pretty good, Lucy was eating and sleeping like a champ.  We thought she would not be plagued with reflux like Molly was, and we were getting in a pretty good semi-routine.  Then Wednesday hit. 

A huge blessing in disguise was that we had already set up an all day play date for Molly, and she was out of the house.  At first I felt bad because I was like "man, this whole mothering of two is going pretty well, and I don't want to take advantage of someone by sending Molly with them all day."  Thank you Lord for looking out for me!  From the moment Molly left to when she came home I was either feeding Lucy, cleaning up spit-up, easing gas pains-for Lucy not me, and holding her all day long.  Now, I am not complaining, I am just glad yesterday I was technically a mom to 1, not 2.

Today we go for Lucy's 2 week check-up...2 weeks?!  Wow!  So right now my 2 week old is sleeping, Molly is doing stamps at the kitchen table and I am working on our Christmas card list.  Life is bliss...for this moment!
Here are some out-takes from our quick, impromptu Christmas card shoot the other day...
Poor Lucy!  I was trying to get her to look at me,
Molly was trying to get her to look at her,
and the poor kid went crossed eyed!!
The *classic* photo!!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Life in Rewind: Picture Style

 I thought before I could talk a lot about Lucy, I should catch you all up on what was happening around here before Lucy came along...since out computer crashed you missed out on almost 2 weeks of our lives.  That sounded really vain, but you know what I mean :)

 Molly on Thanksgiving Day...she told us she did not like Thanksgiving and she hardly ate a thing!  Eric and I are wondering where she came from and how could you not eat on Thanksgiving?!
 The day after Thanksgiving we put our tree up.  This is where compromise in our marriage came into play.  See I like big, fat, fluffy trees, Eric likes tall, skinny trees.  The last 5 years we have had fat and fluffy, this year Eric got his tall, skinny one.  It's growing on me, and at least it looks cute in front of our bay window.
 Molly LOVED helping us put ornaments on the tree, and more
than that she loved putting the star on the top!
 Our tall, skinny tree...fat and fluffy may you rest in peace...
 Our too cute of a town had a welcome party for Santa the day after Thanksgiving.  It was freezing!  But so worth it to see Molly's face.  Santa rode in on a firetruck, and greeted all the kids there. 
 Freezing cold, but excited for Santa!
 Due Date!  And no Lucy! 
Wednesday, December 1, going to the hospital to be induced...
last picture of our family of 3!

So that was what we were doing before Lucy came along!  I will post tomorrow about Lucy's birth, and maybe Thursday, too, depending on how long my post is. 

Right now things are going well for us.  Hopefully I don't jinx us!  Today Eric is working, so it's my first official day home alone with the girls.  Right now Molly is "going to the grocery store" and Lucy is sleeping.  I feel like this is doable.  I know there will be moments and days when I won't feel that way, but not too bad my first time around.  I am trying to make my way around the blog world to get caught up on your may be a slow expedition, but I will make it! 

Are you all getting crazy weather?!  We had a blizzard warning on Sunday, mainly due to the high winds, we only got about 3 inches of snow, but it was blowing around like crazy.  My mom and step-dad were in for a visit and their flights kept getting cancelled, and it was a huge mess.  My mom got home yesterday morning at 5am, and Phil got home last night after having to fly to a different airport and renting a car to drive home.  It was for sure a long day for both of them. 

Okay, the big sister just informed me that her little sister is crying...gotta run!  Have a great day!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Happy One Week to Lucy!

Thank you all for your sweet comments about Lucy!  We are very happy to be a family of 4!  Molly is doing wonderfully with Lucy.  We have our moments for sure, but overall Molly is adjusting well with being a big sister.  She loves really loves her.  When she came to the hospital to see her last week her first words were "Lucy, you are so beautiful, I love Lucy!"  You can't make this stuff up!  I will for sure remind Molly of those kind words when she is 16 and Lucy is 13. 

I can't believe a week has gone by already!  Eric and I were talking about how before Lucy got here a week seemed to drag on, and now a week has flown by?!  Wow!  Lucy is already holding her head up by herself for the most part, and is more awake and alert everyday.  We have no set schedule or routine down yet, but that's okay.  Each night has literally been different than the night before, so everyday is a surprise with her.  She really hates bath time, and getting her diaper changed most times.  She has the sweetest most pitiful cry ever, and I love it. 

Happy One Week Birthday Lucy!!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Welcome to the world, Lucy May! And a long overdue update!

First off...sorry for leaving you all hanging on out there for nearly 2 weeks!!  Our computer crashed on Thanksgiving Day and we are just now up and running again.  We have been a little busy lately...we had a baby!! 

Lucy May Ferguson came into the world on December 2 at 4:06pm...she weighed 8 pounds 6 ounces, and is 22 inches long!  I will do a whole post on the birthing/hospital experience this time around, because it sure was different the second time! 

Lucy is doing wonderfully!  Both my girls have different blood types than I do, which I guess is not too common, so they run a higher risk of being jaundice.  Molly was fine, and Lucy was a little more jaundice, but we took her in today and she is perfect!  When we left the hospital on Friday, which the nurses had a fit we left only 24 hours after we had her, she resembled a glow worm, but now she looks fabulous!  And she has surpassed her birth weight.  When we left the hospital Friday night she weighed 8lbs 4oz, and today at the doctor's office she weighed 8lbs 9oz.  And that's only one day of having milk! 

Thank you all for the prayers, thoughts, gifts-good grief you all are too generous and nice!!  And just support in general!  I promise, promise, promise now that we are back up and running I will update a lot more!! 


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

39 1/2 Week Update

Hello!  I am so sorry to neglect you all, and my poor blog!  I have been trying to get everything under the sun finished for church!  I wouldn't say that I am a control freak, I more of an enabler.  I will do it for you, so you don't have to worry about it.  And when you are leaving for maternity leave, it's a pretty scary habit to break!  I have tried to think of everything that someone in the office may need to know, all the way down to the set-up/tear-down team on Sunday mornings.  I have lists that have bullet point lists under them, and so on.  I know it will all work out, and if it doesn't, well, not much I can do about it right!  So I am trying to not over-do-it before I leave with emails, lists, etc.  But like I said, enabling is a scary habit to break, but I need to break this! 


I am 39 1/2 weeks, and no sign of Lucy!  I went to the doctor yesterday and I am still the same old 1cm dilated.  Which is funny since I constantly have contractions and he said he could feel her head.  Sorry, not to gross anyone out :)  All I kept thinking was "break my water then!!"  But he didn't...clearly!  So I go back on Tuesday if she has not made her debut yet, and he said Wednesday, Dec. 1, they will induce me.  If on Tuesday I am farther along, they may keep me and induce me then.  We shall see!  With an impending "due date", like I know she will for sure be here by then, I am now freaking out at home!  I have stuff that I want to get done before she comes...nothing pertaining to her, just like "office stuff" that us ministers need to keep track of, some filing, some organizing, etc.  But today I laid on the couch while Molly napped and didn't do any of it!  So I am coming to realize and totally be okay with it not getting done!  Plus, I do have a husband that can help out!  See-his mom reads this, and she will totally drop the hint to him :) 

We took Molly to the doctor on Monday, and she has croup!  I have never seen her so sick before, poor thing!  She is getting better, but her voice is still really raspy and she is coughing a ton.  But she is fever free and sleeping for the most part at night.  I felt so bad for her on Sunday night, she would cry because it hurt too bad for her to cough, but then she would not breathe.  Then she would have to cough, then she would cry, see how the night went...on and on.  But she is on the mend now, and is as feisty as ever. 

On Saturday I took Molly to see "Veggie Tales-Live."  It was okay.  I am glad we went, made the memory, Molly tells people she had fun, but it was a little boring.  Half way through the first act she asked if we could leave.  And most of the kids around us were bored, too.  It wasn't really what I expected, I guess not as high tech, maybe?  But it was fine, and she did enjoy herself.  So I am really glad we went.

I would love to share pictures with you all...but I realized that I left my camera and camera cord in Eric's car, and he is at work right now.  So I will share pictures tomorrow or Friday. 

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving.  Our friends the Johnson's are coming over tomorrow.  They are due with their first child, a boy named Masen, one week after I am due with Lucy.  So both of our families are waiting for the babies to be born to visit...since they all live out of state.  So we are celebrating turkey day together.  Then we are putting up our Christmas tree tomorrow night!  Molly is super excited about it!  So I can't wait to share some pictures of that with you all.  How many of you have your tree up, or are putting it up this weekend?  Also, who all is going shopping on Friday?  We aren't!  There really isn't anything we need or want that bad to go brave the crazies!  But good luck to all of you that are going! 

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Looking on the bright side...

At least that is what I am trying to do...look at the bright side.  Miss Lucy is still as snug as a bug.  I am pretty sure the chances of her making her debut without any assistance is as close to impossible as me ever winning the lottery.  Which I would have to play first to win.  I am still 1 cm dilated and 50% effaced.  The doctor stripped my membranes, again today.  I thought Eric was going to lose it.  It's not like he saw anything, but he gets all weird at the doctor's office and what not.  I find it comical, he however, not so much. 

I really was hoping for a little bit more progression, since on Sunday I had contractions for close to 6 hours and lots of back labor, then it all stopped.  What an awful thing for labor to do to you, ha.  So when she didn't come Sunday, I was at least excited to see what all those contractions did to me.  Clearly nothing! 

I am really trying to stay hopeful...I know plenty of you all were the same way, either not dilated or 1 or 2cm and then had your beautiful babies that day or night.  I would love that!  Then I am also trying to stay realistic with my last (well only labor/delivery) and how my body reacted to all of that.  Even with my water breaking I made zero progress on my own and was still induced.  I swear, I just make it too nice in there for these girls! 

I should be thankful for more time, since I still have a to-do list that needs finished before Lucy gets here, and I am taking Molly to "Veggie Tales-Live" on Saturday at a local church here.  I also should do some other things that would benefit getting done now as opposed to later.  But the doctor told me today to take as many naps as possible so I don't get cranky.  Seriously, his words, not mine :)  So I am taking my doctor's orders and taking a nap!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Catching Up-Picture Style!

I meant to have posted before now...but alas, I haven't!  But here we are now, and with pictures!!
Molly before school on Friday!  I love winter clothes on little kids!

On Saturday, Eric and I went to a fashion show called "Purple Passion and Fashion" to benefit Pancreatic Cancer.  It was the first one they have ever had and it was a huge success, and there was lots of delicious food there, too!  Eric and I had a good time, and it was nice to spend time with him!
Susan Kim-our local morning NBC News Anchor here, she was the emcee.
This was at the end of the show, our friend Julie is the one with the microphone, 
and that is her beautiful daughter, Bailey beside her. 
Not great quality, my camera takes just awful pics inside places, 
but it's the only good one we got all day!
...and last but not least...taken at 38 weeks 1 day

I go to the doctor tomorrow for my 39 week check up.  I am hoping that I made some progress or we at least talk about a date to be induced.  Not that I really want to be induced, but I am thinking that is probably what will have to happen in order to get Miss Lucy out!  Just like her big sister...

I will keep you all posted when or if anything happens!! 

Friday, November 12, 2010

Nope, no baby yet!!

Despite all the contractions I have been having the past couple days, especially today when I began to time Lucy May yet!  I went yesterday for my 38 week check-up, and I have not changed at all since last week, well I did gain a pound :)  But I am still about 1cm dilated.  I sort of felt let down, I was for sure I was at least 2 or something.  I even went for a long walk on Wednesday with Molly, and still no progress.  Oh well! 

Tomorrow Eric and I are going on our last for-real, planned out date day before Lucy is born.  We are going to a fashion show, like a true legit one!  Neither one of us have ever been to a true fashion show before, so it will be an experience to say the least!  Our friend, Julie, her mom died of Pancreatic Cancer a couple years ago and ever since then she has been on a mission to raise awareness and money for Pancreatic Cancer.  So all the proceeds of this fashion show are going towards that.  It's downtown in the cool artsy part.  Trust me, who knew Milwaukee had anything trendy or artsy.  Most parts around here are still dressing like it's the 80's and rocking heavy metal.  But tomorrow we will be entering a whole new world, a fashion world.  Plus, I am very pumped about the swag bags that we will be getting, and eating some really great food.  All the clothes, food, music, everything is straight out of Milwaukee, all local.  So I am excited about that, too!  I will take pictures, well, if I am allowed, and then share our experience of our first fashion's called "Purple Passion and Fashion."

Thanks to all who emailed, texted, tweeted, Facebooked me yesterday on my brother's birthday.  It was a lot more emotional for me than years past.  I think I really had my hopes up that Lucy would be born and they would share a birthday.  Even though I know God has the best day picked out for her already, I was still really hoping it was yesterday.  And sometimes it's just hard knowing that I have experienced things like graduating college, getting married, first job, kids, and Andy never had any of that.  So thank you all for the thoughts and prayers, trust me, I felt them and needed them. 

Other than that we are just living life until it is flipped upside down when Lucy gets here!  Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

If you need a good this!

At church we are doing a series called "Suburban Legends."  It has been awesome so far and I will share more about it later, but for now I leave you with this video that Eric (my husband) and our lead Pastor Mark put together.  We have always said we will do anything short of sinning to help people to find and follow God...the mullets seen in this video however, might be a sin.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Because it's a tradition...

Saturday was Elwood the cat's birthday...he turned the big 7.  When we adopted him in July, Eric kept telling me that I was setting myself up for heartbreak because he was older, and a lot bigger, but I really think this cat will go on living and living.  He loves people, like really loves people and any attention thrown at him, however, he still will not sit on anyone's lap.  Elwood is fantastic with Molly, really we could not ask for a better cat, and he has slowed down on his food intake.  Which is good :)  I really thought he was going to make us go broke with the cat food bill!

Here at our house we and by we, I really mean me, but it sounds less odd if I say we, like at least there in one other person in on it with me, but truly, Eric claims no fame to this our house on your first birthday you get to wear a birthday crown.  We did this when Billy (our other cat) turned one, and at Molly's first birthday, and Lucy will for sure be wearing this crown next year, too.  Even though Elwood did not turn 1, it was his first birthday with his forever family.

 Molly and her wonderful table manners at her first birthday, ha!
 Elwood-he might too embarrassed to look at me

The picture of Billy with his crown on is on Eric's computer, but lets just say we, and by we I mean me again...ahem, we sent out birthday cards with Billy's picture on them for his first birthday.  The guy at Wal-Mart looked at us like we were crazy or something when we picked them up, ha! 

Thursday, November 4, 2010

A little progress and if I could be selfish for a bit...

I went today for my 37 week check-up and I am 1cm dilated!  And 50% effaced, and the doctor said thinning quickly, whatever that means.  I am trying not to get my hopes up with the 1cm, I was 2cm for over 3 weeks with Molly before my water ever broke.  But I look at it this way...1cm down-9 more to go!  Since coming home from the doctor I have been having contractions...probably nothing that will do anything, but hey, anything helps the progress!

Now if I could be selfish for a little bit...I am sure this wonderful baby named Lucy will not do any of this but I have been trying to convince her of this...if I could pick her birthday, heck, I will give her 2 options for her birthday...both of these are way before my due date, buy hey-a girl can dream!

1st option-This Sunday, November 7th...on this day many, many moons ago, in a land known as 1999, Lucy's daddy and I made our dating relationship "official."  We went on our first date in August of 1999, and then continued to go on dates until November, but never made anything official.  Once we did on the 7th, we have never looked back since.  We never broke up in all our years of dating, and I love Eric more every single day.  Even looking at his picture makes me get butterflies in my stomach and feel like I am 15 all over again.  Okay, I know, I could go on but I won' the Nov. 7 would be a good day

2nd option-November 11th...this is my brother's birthday.  Andy would be 35 next Thursday.  Which seems odd to me!  I know that we would be best friends if he was still here today, and I would probably call him every day, probably 10 times a day, and he would always be patient and kind towards me, the way big brothers are with little sisters.  I would love nothing more than for Lucy to share the same birthday as my brother, Andy.  It would seem so fitting and just plain wonderful!

I keep trying to give Lucy these little pep talks, but I am sure just like her big sister, Molly, she will do whatever she wants to when it comes to being born.  And more than that, she will come when God has planned for her to come, but the 7th or the 11th sound like really good days to me.  Hey, like I said, I am at least giving her options!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Wednesday Ramblings...

 36 1/2 weeks and a new haircut...

I got these wonderful gifts in the mail this week from Veronica!  They were wrapped up so pretty, but like a kid on Christmas, I totally tore that off! 
 Lucy's new hat!
 Hair Blossoms for Molly and Lucy, and maybe me!
 This is a gift from my cousin, Holly!  Thanks!
...a little sneak peak into Lucy's room!

I go tomorrow for my 37 week check-up, hopefully we will see if I have made any progress...I have made progress in eating a ton of candy from Halloween!  I know why it's called the Devils holiday, because I have zero self-control and keep eating all my kids candy!! 

Monday, November 1, 2010

Trick-or-Treat 2010

This year I was so excited to hand out candy to all the little kids in our neighborhood.  At first I was a little peeved that Trick-or-Treat lasted 3 hours!  Really, what kid needs to collect candy that long?!  I got over it and we bought over 1000 pieces of candy to hopefully keep the savages at bay while walking our neighborhood.  I was so nervous that we were going to run out, and I had my back up plans playing in my head. 

Yea, we had maybe 30 kids...what?!  I was so disappointed!  I really thought living in our neighborhood, and especially living on the same street as the elementary school all those grubby kids I watch riding the bus to and from school and who walk in my yard, not on the sidewalk each day would totally be ringing my doorbell.  Maybe we looked too eager, since we did sit outside in 30 degree weather with our huge candy bowl.  So needless to say we have a TON of candy leftover, I mean a ton! 

Eric took Molly out for a little bit and let her walk around.  She loved it!  I think she just loved the concept of running from house to house, but nonetheless, she loved it! 

We also carried on our 3 year tradition with our friends and their kids.  We went over to their neighborhood later on and Trick-or-Treated.  Their neighbors really know how to do it up right.  We had a blast and I am so thankful for living in a house this year and for the chance to get to know more people right around us, and for our friends and their constant friendship!

Sorry the ones inside are so blurry...our camera sometimes gets a little tempermental and takes blurry pictures, but oh well!! 

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Bumper Sticker

I hope you all had a great Halloween, and whatever you did, you made a family memory, or continued with a family tradition.  I will post our Trick-or-Treat pictures tomorrow...but for now I wanted to share what I saw on a bumper sticker this weekend at the grocery store. 

"What happens at Bible study stays at Bible study"

My first thought was "isn't that the truth."  How sad!  But really, think about, think about it!  I have been in the "Christian Circle" for many years now, basically my whole 26 years of life...I know how people (including myself) get all fired up at Bible study, church service, church camp, conferences, etc.  I know how good Christian speakers and teachers are at playing on your emotions, oh yes, they are good.  I know what it is like to sit and partake in a really good discussion, when you leave you feel like you could change the world, and you are so on fire for God, then what happens, reality hits, and your fire burns out.  It has happened to me numerous times.  Even right now it is happening to me.  We just got finished with a financial series at church and Eric and I talked about doing better at our budget, giving more, sharing more, doing more with what God has given us.  Have we?  Nope.  But during our discussions with our small group we are on fire to change our finances, then our small group leaves, and we go back to living our nice, comfortable life again.  

So back to the bumper sticker...I have no clue how, what, or why it is still bothering me 2 days later, but it is.  So here is my encouragement to you all (myself included)...don't let what you have learned stay where you learned it.  Like the bumper sticker...don't let it stay in Bible study, get it out, share it, spread it, live it!  You may be the only contact people will ever have with Jesus, wouldn't it be a shame if you wasted that opportunity, if you just let your knowledge stay in one place, and you never shared it with anyone?  I want a bumper sticker that says "What happens in Bible study is lived out in my life." 

Thursday, October 28, 2010

35/36 Week Update

**Taken at 35 weeks 2 days**

How Far Along:  I am 35 weeks and 4 days...I will be 36 weeks on Sunday!

What is Happening:  I figured I would combine these weeks together, just in case I don't get around to doing an official post next week.  I went to the doctor today for my 36 week check, and I saw the nurse practitioner since my doctor is on vacation.  Last week he told me my weekly checks would start happening today, and even the nurse told me today that the chick was going to check me.  So I prepared myself all week to hear them say "yes, you have progressed, or, no, there is no progress..."  All my hopes/dreams were check!  Okay, that might have been a little dramatic, but still...what a let down!  The nurse practitioner didn't feel comfortable enough checking me, and wanted to leave it to my doctor.  So now I have to wait until next Thursday to see if any of these contractions are helping me or are in vain! 

So that's about it from the Lucy department.  This week we have had some really weird weather!  Lots of wind, rain, and coldness!  Yesterday our neighbors leave bags that look like pumpkins, you know the ones people put in their front yard to decorate with...yea, their bags flew by our house and landed 6 houses down!  It has been crazy windy here!  And tomorrow I am getting my haircut!  It has really been stressing me out lately, I know, you can roll your eyes like my husband did when I told him that.  But truly, I need something shorter and easier to do!  So tomorrow I am getting it chopped, hallelujah!  I am so excited!  Until then...have a great day!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Boo at the Zoo!

On Friday our family of three (for just a little longer) went to Boo at the Zoo.  This was our third year going, and this year was the most packed!  I love our zoo, not that I am a zoo expert by any means, but it's big, and even though the parking lot might seem full, at times when you are walking around you hardly see anyone there!  It is wonderful...well, until you get a full crowd on a Friday night, with wonderful, unseasonably warm weather in Wisconsin, and then everyone comes out!  When we went to get off the highway to turn towards the zoo and the line was backed up-still on the highway I knew we could be in trouble!  But nonetheless we made it, and had a wonderful time!  Molly dressed up like a princess...I say like a princess because we decided not to buy a costume this year and let her use some of her dress up clothes instead.  She wanted to be a princess, yet chose the Barbie dress to wear.  But she has no clue who Barbie is, and we told her she was a princess.  So it all worked out!  The only disappointing thing about Boo at the Zoo this year was no cute pumpkin cut-out for the kids to put their heads through!  This year they had a green screen and you could get your picture taken with Spiderman, ummm, no thanks.  Overall we had a wonderful time, and it actually felt good to get out and walk around.

We had a great time and I can't wait to have two cute girls next year to take to Boo at the Zoo!  And of course, they will match or totally coordinate with their costumes!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

A Very Weak Update

I know I promised a Lucy update this week...and I will, I will...but it is without a picture, I know, throw stones now!  I am just not in the mood to smile for a picture.  Yes, everything is fine, it is just sheer laziness...hey I am totally using the pregnancy card here, I only have 5 more weeks to flash it!

How far along:  34 weeks 4 days...I went today for my 35 week check-up.  I am sure some of you are wondering why I go just worked out that way from the first appointment, plus Thanksgiving and my due date on a Sunday messes up the whole calendar/planning thing with the doctor's office. 

Weight Gain: Lets just say I have put on my fair share of weight, we will leave it at 30 pounds plus!  But I feel pretty good overall...I have some water retention, but not as bad as it was with Molly.  I am sure having a baby in the Fall versus the Summer (August to be exact) helps with that! 

Stretch Marks:  Yes, I don't see any new ones, but I also can't see past my belly button that is completely black, thank hernia!  But I do have some new ones around my belly button, mainly due to Lucy's position and how she is stretching out my stomach.  But I am not worried, I didn't wear a bikini before and I highly doubt I will wear one now! 

What is New:  Every time I try and put my leg up on the bed to put my socks on...since I can no longer bend over, I get a charlie horse in my calf or my toes cramp up!  Then my feet and calves are sore all day!  Lucy dropped, well, I thought she had already dropped a couple weeks ago, which she did, but now she is fully in position, I mean like I feel like she is going to fall out, and all that pressure, yes, wonderful pressure!  But it makes me feel hopeful that maybe she will come a little early, even like a week early would be fabulous, ha!

What I Miss:  Not having acid reflux all the time, and bending over.  Also, Molly misses sitting in my lap and being carried.  She "understands" but still talks about it all the time.  Usually she will say "you can't carry me because Lucy is in your belly."  Eric has done a great job with making sure she has lap time with him, and he carries her on his shoulders when she goes to bed every night.  That helps with the whole carrying thing. 

Best Moment of the Week:  So don't take this the wrong way, but Eric is not into the whole pregnancy thing, he does not get excited to feel Lucy move or kick.  He is honestly grossed out in a way.  Trust me, this does not hurt my feelings at all!  But we were sitting in bed one night and we were watching Lucy literally turn circles, move every which direction and seeing my stomach literally stretch from side to side.  Even though Eric was grossed out, we had a good laugh about it.  

Other than appointment went well today.  I am still measuring 3 weeks we are all curious to see if Lucy is going to be "big" or if it's water weight, or a combo of both.  It has been a little difficult trying to figure out what to bring her home in, what will fit?!  So I have a 3 month and a 6 month outfit picked out.  I go to the doctor every week now, and next week my doctor is gone, so I will be seeing the nurse practitioner.  Which is totally fine with me.  Also, next week we will see if any progress is being made with all of these contractions that I have been having.  That's really what I am looking forward to.  Not the actual process of it, but seeing if anything is going on! 

Tomorrow night we are going to "Boo at the Zoo!"  I am so excited.  We have done this almost every year we have lived here, except for the first year we moved here.  Molly was only 10 weeks old, so we skipped it.  It's fun to walk around the zoo, they make it kid friendly, not scary and all the pumpkins they carve are amazing.  So hopefully it's not too cold and the rain holds off!  I promise, I will take and share pictures of our time there!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Zoo!

Like I said yesterday, my dad and step-mom came for a quick visit this past weekend.  On Friday we took Molly to the zoo, Eric sadly had to work, but we managed to still have fun!

Then on Saturday we went to our local Farmers Market to buy some more squash and apples.  But not before we stopped at the cute local bakery and got fresh doughnuts!  Then we tried setting Lucy's nursery up, but found with our finished basement the ceiling is too low to get the guest bed down there.  We could get the mattress down the stairs, not the box spring.  So we are switching with a friend who is getting married, and we are getting his full size bed and we are trading him our queen.  Hopefully this swap happens soon because I am so ready to have a room set and ready for this little child.  Happy Tuesday!