Monthly Archives: July 2010

Random Pregnancy Details

(This is kind of a boring post…mostly it’s just facts I wanted to write down for my own sake — but maybe some of you others who have been pregnant can relate/laugh at some of it. :))

  • Thanks to everyone for their kind comments and wishes!
  • My official due date is February 18 (so I am 11 weeks along tomorrow)
  • In February, W will be 3 1/2 and S will be 23 months. Which means I will have 3 kids 3 & under! Yikes (and yay!) 🙂
  • It is still settling in that another one is on the way!!!
  • My first clue that I was pregnant was that I suddenly had a super-human sense of smell.
  • My second clue was that, after an afternoon of feeling tired and queasy, I found myself ordering a Filet-o-Fish sandwich at the McDonald’s drive through. What the heck?! The next morning I packed the kids in the car for a trip to Target to buy a test.
  • My third clue was that on the way home from Target to buy said test, I tried to drink a bottle of water but couldn’t because it was too nauseating. WATER.
  • I announced my pregnancy to M when he got home from work one day after he had suffered a bout of insomnia the night before. So, basically, he came home from a stressful day at work after getting almost no sleep the night before and I told him I was pregnant. He then had to go play in a softball game that night, where he missed a ball being thrown to him and received the nasty black eye that some of you may have seen a couple months back. And now you know the rest of the story.
  • The first trimester has been a doozy. This is by far the sickest I’ve felt in pregnancy! Lots of moments of “I-just-need-to-lie-down-in-this-one-position-and-not-move-AT-ALL-for-awhile”. Thankfully it also happens to be summer, which means M is not working full time, so he’s been a ton of help with the kids and I’ve been able to rest quite a bit.
  • My husband is a super-hero. He’s cared for kids. He’s cleaned. He’s organized closets. He is awesome.
  • We had an ultrasound at 8 weeks. I had been convinced it was twins, because: a). My maternal grandma was a fraternal twin, b). I have felt so darn sick, c). I know like, 25 people (or, like, 4) who are having/have recently had twins, and it just seemed like something must be in the water or something. But no, just one sac with one baby in it…one tiny, cute, baby with a strong and fast heartbeat. 🙂
  • We will find out gender. I really don’t care either way, but I think it’s a girl.
  • W thinks it’s a boy and would like to name him “Ockogralph” (his favorite name).
  • Cravings have included yogurt parfaits from McDonalds, The BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad from California Pizza Kitchen (try it, it’s DIVINE), anything fruity, and Mott’s 100% Juice Freezy Pops (which I have been living on today). Also, chocolate (but I don’t think that’s a pregnancy thing).
  • We heard the heartbeat again this past Monday — so cool! 170+ beats/minute! I love the miracle of how God grows babies and I praise him for what he’s knitting together in my belly!

Some Big News about a Little Something…



Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same [tuning] fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow. So one hundred worshippers met together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be were they to become “unity” conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship. ~ A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God (1948), p. 97

I love this quote. So often it seems that churches focus on preaching unity, as if by saying “Come on people, be unified!!!!”, everyone will join hands and be one happy family.

The reality is that true unity is a beautiful by-product of whole-hearted devotion to Christ. If every believer would truly seek to draw nearer to Christ in obedience and faith, it would automatically happen. We would all be unified. Done.

So let’s be careful to not  preach UNITY…let’s preach Christ, and let’s each set our eyes firmly upon Him, seeking to obey him faithfully and carefully.

Unity will follow.

I love that. 🙂

Just something that’s been on my mind for the last few weeks!

Our New/Old Dining Room Furniture (+ I Need Your Help!)

It has been a crazy few weeks here at our house this summer!  There’s lots to blog about…but soon enough.

Today I’m just going to post pictures of our brand new/old dining room furniture…because I know how much you ALL want to see it (that was sarcastic :)). But really because I am quite jazzed about it — also, I can’t sleep, so what better thing to do than post pictures of our dining room?! 🙂

How can dining room furniture be new AND old, you ask? Let me explain.

M’s sweet grandmother passed away almost two years ago, and we were so privileged to receive her dining room table and chairs. We love sitting around the same table that served her family for so many years.

We always knew we’d probably make a few adjustments to it, though. The chairs were lovely, but starting to break a little, and the seat cushions were white. We have toddlers. Need I say more? 🙂

Long story short, we decided to stain the table a darker color and get new chairs to go along with it.

M’s parents were gracious enough to take on the project of sanding and staining the table. They put a LOT of work into it, and it turned out great!

Then, this past weekend we stumbled upon some chairs we LOVE (and just happened to hit the store’s 4th of July sale). We ordered them and they arrived today.

Hence…our new/old dining room!

Before Picture:

After Pictures:

So there you have it. It feels SOOOOO good to have that long-awaited project done (even though we have others to thank for all the work :)).

What kinds of summer projects are you working on around your house?

*I do have one question for you all, though. Our new chairs do have cloth seat cushions — not white, mind you, but cloth nonetheless. I am looking for some kind of product that we could use to put under W’s booster seat to protect the cushion (some kind of cushion cover? mat? oil-cloth somethin’-somethin’?). Does anyone have any ideas for a product that could serve such a purpose? Let me know!