Gemma’s Birth Story (Part 2)

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So, I was pretty sure my water had broken, but I also wanted lunch. I also hadn’t packed my hospital bag (procrastinator for lyfe). I knew if I told the nurses what had happened, they would make me stay, so I kept my mouth shut as they cheerfully waved to me and told me to enjoy the rest of my day, since my induction was planned for early in the morning. I called Joe as I left, and told him that he probably wasn’t going to finish his day at work, then headed home to get a bite to eat and throw some things in a bag.  Continue reading

Gemma’s Birth Story (Part 1)

I’d been having very light contractions for about three weeks or so, and each day wondered if this would be the day that they picked up. (nope, it wasn’t.) My due date was January 8th, and I mostly just hoped that we would be able to enjoy the holidays and time with family before the baby came and I was in the hospital. The holidays came and went, and still no baby. I knew from my weekly appointments that I was getting closer, but still, labor was not starting.
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Easy Strawberry Shortcakes

One of my very favorite parts of summer is berry season. I love trying new recipes for the abundance of blueberries and strawberries I buy, but it’s always fun to go back to my old favorites as well. Somehow, each year I forget just how much I love strawberry shortcake, and how simple it is to throw together. It never lasts long when I make this! You could use canned whipped cream to make it simpler, but it doesn’t take long to whip your own, and you can’t beat that taste.  Continue reading

Gemma: Six Months

It’s hard to remember life six months ago! It seems that Gemma has always been here, smiling and kicking and squealing and fake coughing and waking me up in the night.

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Inde-paint-ence Day

Our July 4th celebration involved lots of family, food, games, sunshine, fireworks, drinks, and playing outside. My mom and brother visited for the weekend, and my sister’s family spent a lot of time with us as well. The weather was warm without being crazy hot and humid, so it was perfect for pulling out the kiddie pool. We let them stay up for the fireworks, and it was worth the late bedtime to hear their commentary. (“I’m enjoying this, Mom.”)

But the overall theme for the weekend? Paint. Continue reading