Thursday, January 29, 2009

Snowed In

Well yesterday we woke up to about 8 inches of snow... and by noon we had over a foot. Even Eric had a snow day from work since most side streets were completely covered and people couldn't get out of there driveways. I've been stuck in the house WAY more than I'm used to this week - and I was starting to get a little stir crazy. I was wishing Ella was just a little bit older (just so that she could enjoy a day on a sledding hill or something)... but since that wasn't the case, I dressed her up anyway and we just went outside... to stand. I'm not really sure exactly what she thought about our little escapade that took all of about 3 minutes... but here's a few shots for your interpretation:

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Alright... so I've been feeling really guilty about the amount of time that has gone by since I posted something of real substance!! (with the exception of my mention of Faith's need for prayer for flying which by the way SHE FLEW and has lived to tell about it!!!!). Anyway, I'm sure there are some questions flying around out there - particularly related to Ella's "announcement" a week or so ago. I'm home this morning with a napping baby and a sick husband so I thought I'd get down to business while I had a moment!

First off... you've probably noticed the ticker for the March of Dimes Walk for Babies. I have joined Team Noura - and we are walking to raise money for premature births and babies. For those of you who don't know, Noura was a tiny little miracle patient of mine who was born at (correct me if I'm wrong Betsy), 23 weeks and 6 days!!! In case you can't do the math on that - that is 16 weeks (or 4 months) EARLY!! I had the privilege of being in the delivery room when she was born and now at 18 months she is perfect and thriving!!

SO... I am very proud to join in this walk in hopes of helping even more miracles like Noura. Thank you to a whole BUNCH of you who were so quick to respond in sponsoring our team! Your donation will go towards research and medicine for the treatment of premature babies... along with treatment of mom's in pre-term labor, and so much more - all in Noura's honor. If you'd still like to help, click on the March for Babies widget to the left and make your pledge. If you would like to walk on April 26th, click there and sign up!!

And speaking of babies... we'll move on to Ella's announcement. As you can see I'm just over 7 weeks pregnant, and I think I will go ahead and answer the top two questions that seem to keep coming our way:

#1 - No... we were not planning this. In fact, according to Eric's "Master Life Plan", we should just be getting ready to have Ella.

#2 - Yes, we know there are ways of preventing these things from happening.

After getting over the initial shock and coming to terms with the fact that I literally just "got done being pregnant" and have barely made it out of my maternity pants, I really am very excited. (Eric is too - right honey?) While it is still early and I'm having a hard time envisioning my "baby" as a "big sister", I've also begun to find many positives in having babies "back to back".

#1- No need to dig out the maternity clothes... I hadn't even quit wearing some of them!
#2- No packing away of the infant toys and equipment... we're just moving it right on into the next room!
#3- We will definitely get our $'s worth out of all that baby stuff we bought or were gifted!
#4- Ella took her time learning to crawl. With our luck this baby will catch up and they'll learn to walk together!! :)
#5- Since my firstborn is still taking 2 naps a day... I get to go back to bed in the morning when she does!!

More than anything -if this baby brings us half the joy and fun that Ella has brought... we are going to have a blast with them both. I'm more than aware that things will likely be a little crazy for awhile... but I have no doubt it is well worth it. Eric will be done with school in May, which means Mommy will be blessed with the opportunity to stay home with her babies - venturing out to work in the hospital for just a few days a month. I am so excited I can barely speak about it!!

We are praying for a safe and healthy pregnancy... and Lord willing, a healthy child. We would appreciate your prayers for that as well. Thanks so much for all of your enthusiasm and congratulations! It was fun to share the news.
I'll leave you with a few recent favorite shots of the baby girl...

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Hittin' the Street for Little Feet!

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Monday, January 19, 2009

Because She Asked...

OK... I know there are probably many things I should be updating you all on considering my last post... BUT... priority calls. My wonderful friend Faith just posted a prayer request on her blog, and in case many of you prayer warriors that frequent this site overlook the link to hers, I thought I would make special mention.

Apparently Faith, has one of those incredible fears of flying... literally in all her 26 years - she has never done it. She would prefer to keep it that way (particularly in light of the recent "mishap" in the Hudson River recently), but last year she had the sweetest baby girl named Hope- who is not only gorgeous, but a genious as well. (She started walking at 9 months... seriously Ella, time to get the crawling thing down.) ANYWAY... Faith has decided to brave a flight to Colorado - since she and her husband cannot see driving there with a small wiggly baby strapped down in the car. THIS Friday, they are taking a "test flight" to Chicago, before braving the big one to Colorado... it will be her first ever... and she needs prayer. If you would take the time to visit her blog and maybe leave a comment of encouragement I know it would be appreciated. With prayer and Xanax, I KNOW she will make it!!!

Friday, January 9, 2009


"But I can't even crawl yet!"