welcome arthur thomas!

Our second son, Arthur Thomas, is 3 weeks old today.  It's been a whirlwind of celebrations and late night nursing.  He is a very sweet baby and it already feels like he's been in our family forever.  I am so thankful for the help we've received from our family and friends these last few weeks as we transition into a family of four.  We are all doing well and feel very blessed to have this new little boy in our lives.

I made sure to take a few pictures of Arthur when he was just two weeks old and still in his sleepy newborn stage.  We are definitely enjoying his sweet baby snuggles, but Nick and I are already so excited for the adventure that lies ahead with these two boys.  Welcome Arthur!  You have an amazing big brother and parents who are totally crazy about you.  Thank you for making our family complete!


my last pregnancy

Here we are - 38 weeks and counting!  I can't believe I am so near the end of this second pregnancy journey.  It has been a wonderful experience carrying this baby and I absolutely cannot wait to meet him or her!  I have been fortunate to have had two very good pregnancies and it's sometimes hard for me to grasp that this will likely be my last one.  I decided to ask a friend to take a few photos of my last baby bump now that we are so near the end.  I'm excited to have these pictures to remember this special time in my life and I can't wait to share them with my children someday.  I'm one of those women who genuinely enjoys being pregnant, even in those moments when my ribs feel bruised, I get heartburn, or I can barely put my socks on! ;)  I still feel very healthy and strong and really do enjoy this time.
One of the best parts of this pregnancy is how relaxing it has been.  Being home with my son during this time has truly been a joy and is such a stark contrast from the anxiety I felt before and after my first was born.  I feel ready (as ready as I can be I guess) to be a mother of two and am very much looking forward to the fun, challenging, and rewarding times that lie ahead.  Edwin has been very sweet and genuinely seems excited to meet this new baby.  He is 100% convinced that it's going to be a little sister, so I hope he's not too disappointed if a little brother comes along!  We are almost set on names...nothing like waiting until the last minute, right?!
These next couple of weeks will be spent enjoying this beautiful spring weather we are having, going for walks in the sunshine, and doing last minute preparation at home while we wait for baby to arrive.  I have truly cherished this time as a pregnant mama, but am also looking forward to those sweet baby snuggles and finding a new rhythm for my family of 4.  Can't wait to meet you baby!


quilt progress

After a long hiatus due to the holidays I am back to work on Edwin's quilt again!  My pal Ann over at Stitch Supply Co. helped me baste my quilt pieces and later that day I finished the actual quilting.  Next up is cutting a LOT of binding strips, squaring up my quilt, and doing a combination of machine and hand stitching the binding on.  I am hoping to finish it by the end of the month, but I've been saying that since November so we'll see if that actually happens or not.  It's been a really fun project and I am thrilled to have made so much progress on it.  I was initially so intimidated to begin a twin size quilt, but now that I am in the final stages it doesn't seem that daunting.  It's amazing what you can do if you just jump right in and figure it out as you go.  Although this will likely be my last big sewing project for a long time, I am already excited to make another big quilt for our next child when he/she moves into a big bed someday. 


the third trimester!

Here we are!  I am 28 weeks along and officially in my third trimester!  I was reading a bit about baby last night and realized that today is my 200th day of pregnancy.  Isn't that crazy?  The average length of gestation is 280 days, so that homestretch is right around the corner.  I continue to feel really good, but this baby is definitely much more active than Edwin was in the womb.  I think I might have a gymnast or an acrobat on my hands soon!  I am looking forward to my midwife appointment this week and having this big belly of mine measured.  I know I shouldn't compare, but I continue to think back to my first pregnancy with Edwin and my tiny 28 week bump.  How I stayed that small the first time, I have no idea.  But, it's fun to be nice and round right now, and I can't believe how fast my hair is growing.  I can't keep up with it so I've decided to just let it grow and see how long it gets during this pregnancy.  I am already looking forward to cutting it off next summer when I'll likely be too busy with two little kids to do much with it anyway.

I get sad sometimes knowing that this will be my last baby, and it is all going way too fast, but I am enjoying this journey so much.  I especially like this 28 week point because I look very pregnant, but am not too uncomfortable yet that I can't tie my shoes.  Although, my snow pants do not fit me right now!  If you see me sledding with Edwin and my snow pants fall off, have some pity on me.  There is no way I am going out and buying maternity snow pants, so I'm just making do.

Nick and I have also started attending our childbirth class.  We signed up for a 12 week Bradley Method series and I am really enjoying it.  It's funny how much you forget in just a few years and I spent so much time mentally and physically preparing for Edwin's birth that I just want to make sure I am in the right mindset this second time around.  It's actually been very good for Nick and I to get away each week together, even if it is just us talking about birth with a few other couples.  I would love to write more about the Bradley Method class, but I doubt that will happen, so I'll leave you with a few facts now in case I don't get back to it.  The Bradley Method focuses on the husbands (or partners) as being the active coach throughout the entire labor.  We've been learning relaxation methods each week, doing partner massage, watching birth videos, and discussing how important mom's health is during pregnancy to help her be prepared for labor.  We actually have homework each week to track our protein intake, do prenatal exercises, and we are supposed to do 200 kegels a day! It is definitely more detailed of a class than I realized and I am very glad we are involved in it.  It is a class I would recommend for new or veteran parents to do if they find they don't have a lot of time to educate themselves about childbirth, or just want a refresher.   

But, I'm getting ahead of myself here.  We still have 12 weeks to go before birth and lots to do around our house!  The holidays have been a bit of a distraction, but we are still making good progress on getting the bedrooms fixed up and have found ourselves knee deep in painting and assembling furniture lately.  I'm going to try not to take on too many more new projects and just finish up the ones I've started and focus on enjoying Edwin and taking care of myself these last few months.  Oh, and picking out names.  We still need to do that!   

Although winters in Wisconsin always tend to feel a little long, this one is different for us.  This baby has already brought new energy to our home and it feels really good.  Happy holidays, and welcome 2015.  It's going to be a fun year!
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