Georgia is 2 years old!

>> Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I can hardly believe our firstborn is 2.
She is such a huge blessing to us.  We love her so much!

For her birthday today, I took her out to lunch (we even got
to meet Daddy!) and frozen yogurt downtown!  We had a fun
time :) I am cherishing these last days just the two of us!

Here's her annual photo with info (photo from her birthday party, this past Saturday):


And here are photos from our Mommy-Daughter date today!


Next Month! Ah!

>> Tuesday, September 2, 2014

It's so hard to believe that next month is the month (hopefully, anyways).
With less than 7 weeks until due date, I'd love to see some guesses from you all!

Georgia was born 5 days before her due date, weighed 8lb, 6oz and measured 19 3/4" long.
I was 8lb, 6oz and Ben was either 7lb, 9oz or 7lb, 12oz (I can't remember).

My midwife and I think that Phoenix will be smaller than Georgia was, but you can never
be too sure!

What day do you think Phoenix will be born?
(care to guess a time, as well?)
How much do you think she'll weigh?
How long do you think she'll be?

edit: I forgot to mention our due date is October 19th

My guess is October 12th, late at night, weighing 8lb, 4oz and measuring 19.5"
Early on, I kept feeling like I'd go past my due date this time.  But around halfway through
the pregnancy I started feeling like I'd go early.  I'm excited to see what happens!
We have a good number of family birthdays in October (including both of my parents) so
it would be fun if she shared a birthday with someone!

I loved reading through everyone's guesses last time and would really enjoy that again.
So please, go ahead and leave a comment with your guess! :)


We're doing our maternity photos this weekend, and I am super excited.
Jean is so wonderful and I know she'll capture some sweet moments for our family!


32 weeks - Phoenix

>> Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Another 2 weeks have gone by, and although the days are starting to crawl by, I can't believe how
quickly they're going by at the same time.
I guess it's because one minute, I'm longing and waiting for Phoenix to be here.  To hold her and kiss
her and snuggle her.  To not be pregnant anymore.  To see her with her Daddy and big sister.
Then the next minute, I'm thinking of the 1,596,082 things I still have to do before her arrival... and I
realize how little time I have to get everything done.
Perspective is everything.

Anyways, I'm feeling pretty good, finding ways to manage being 7 months pregnant with a toddler
running around.  Doing better about drinking water.
Phoenix is going good as well.  We got to see her at my appointment yesterday.  She was facing
backwards, so we didn't get to see her face, but we saw her long hair, her little butt, and her beautiful
heart beating.  My midwife thinks she'll be smaller than Georgia was at birth, and I'm thinking the
same thing.  She just feels smaller (although, I thought Georgia felt small).  But I guess we'll just
have to wait and see! :)

At my last appointment, I measured 2 weeks ahead... then at this appointment, I measured 1 week
behind!  It's amazing how the position of the baby can affect the measurement.  Either way, I'm
totally in a good zone.


Oh, and off subject here, but...
I cannot believe that we will have a 2 year old in less than 3 weeks. It does
not feel like 2 years have gone by.  Sometimes it feels like 2 months, other
times it feels like 20 years.  But it has been a very blessed 2 years with our
sweet girl.  I can't wait to see how she'll do as a big sister to Phoenix!!!


28 and 30 weeks - Phoenix

>> Monday, August 18, 2014

I'm very behind on my pregnancy updates (over 3 weeks!) so here are 28 and 30 weeks...

I'm feeling ok.  I'm very ready to be done though.  It has become very difficult for me to hold
Georgia, which is a problem because she loves to be held and I love to hold her!!
We are both trying to get used to me not being able to pick her up any time.  It's hard for us, but
we're trying.  My upper stomach muscles have been killing me, and I started getting some bad
Braxton Hicks contractions (which was strange for me, because the only times I got them
with Georgia, they were barely noticeable).  I'm trying to up my water intake (which I needed
to do anyways) and not lift Georgia too often.

Right now I'm having a lot of pain in my ribs.  Any time I take a deep breath, bend over,
twist my body just a little, or blow my nose.  It's pretty bad.  I'm trying to take it easy and let
my ribs heal.  It's difficult.  I would definitely appreciate prayers as we're dealing with this!

We cannot WAIT for Phoenix to get here.  We're so excited!!!


Georgia's Big Sister Bunny

>> Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Meet Pumpkin!

When I go into labor, my Mom will be coming over to care for Georgia.  I want to have a small "big
sister" pack of sorts, full of fun things for G to do with Nana.  Probably a new book and movie, a few
fun snacks, and a special gift.  I thought about it for a while, and I decided that I would knit her
something (since a yarn-creature would be most loved by her).  I searched for a long time to find a
pattern that I really liked.  I wanted so badly to make this gorgeous octopus, but figured I just didn't
have the time to focus on that pattern before Phoenix's arrival.  So, my next favorite animal that I
found was this bunny.

I've actually been wanting to knit this for a couple years, but I never had a good reason to do so,
until now! :)  I was a little nervous about making her, simply because of the size.  But it turned out
to be quite easy and very quick!  I finished her in just over a day.

When looking through all the projects on Ravelry, I was concerned about a few things, so I omitted 3
rows from the bottom and took my time putting her face on.  I couldn't be happier with the outcome!
[you can see all my project details on Ravelry here]
I'm so pleased with it and cannot wait to give it to Georgia.  She saw it a little bit as I was making
it and she'd randomly come over to hug the big body or kiss the yarn.  I'm pretty sure she'll love it :)

Before I put her face on, I was referring to her as a boy.  But once she had a face, I knew she was
really a girl... and I've decided to name her Pumpkin!  Seeing as how she's big and round like a
pumpkin, and we will be gifting her to Georgia in October :)

Here are some more pictures:

Last night, before she got a face.
And yeah, it's called big cuddly bunny for a reason.  This thing is huge.

Isn't she adorable!?
I want to make a little family of them, but they'd take over the house with their size ;)


26 weeks - Phoenix

>> Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Baby Phoenix is somewhere around 13.6 to 14.8 inches long
and is in the 1.5 to 2.5 pound range!

In the last week and a half she has become much more active.
When our families came over on the 5th, I told them all how
calm and quiet Phoenix has been compared to Georgia.  No
joke, the next morning before I even get out of bed, she start
totally wigging out.  I mean, super strong kicks, all over the
place, for quite some time.  Then she settled down and was
fine.  But ever since that morning, I have been feeling her
much more often!
My theory is that she finally turned from breech to head-up
(that's how she was at my next appointment) and now has
more room to move around comfortably.

I feel like I'm looking huge, but in comparison with myself
at this point with Georgia, I'm almost exactly the same (just
a slightly different shape to my belly).

Can't believe we're in the double digits for days!  95 days
from today until our due date!!!  Can't wait to see what her
birthday will be :)
I'll make a post in the next couple months taking guesses
for birth date and birth size :D that was fun last time!


Nixie's First Sweater

>> Sunday, July 13, 2014

I'm so excited to show you Nixie's sweater!  Just finished it today.
I'm very pleased with the way it turned out.  The pattern was super easy
to understand and follow, and the sweater knit up quickly and easily.

The hardest part for beginners would be knitting with double pointed
needles.  But if you're comfortable with that, then you'd have no problems
with this pattern!  Very basic, leaving lots of room for variation if you want
to personalize it or make it fancier.  I wanted the plain look, and I adore it.

Here are the details for Phoenix's sweater...

(it's free, but you can only download it if you have a Ravelry
account - which I highly recommend having anyways!!)
edit: My friend Lydia commented and said that you should
be able to download it without an account!  I am always
signed in to Ravelry, so I didn't even think to check.  Thanks,
Yarn: CotLin - color Wallaby - just a bit over 1 skein
Needles: US size 6 circular and double pointed
Notions: Seven 1/2" buttons
Finished length from neck to hem: almost 8"
Finished width laying flat: almost 7"

I chose to do short sleeves instead of long.  When I picked the
sleeve stitches back up, I just finished each with the 4 garter stitch
rows instead of adding any length.  I followed all other
instructions without modifications.


Isn't it darling and cute?  I adore it.  I'm just itching to have her in
it. As long as it fits well, this will be the first thing she wears!  Since
I'm having a homebirth, the first thing she wears is essentially her
"going home outfit" :)

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