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Tuesday, June 8, 2010


"Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity." ~Voltaire

Well, perhaps Voltaire didn't have ice cream in mind. It's not exactly a necessity, but it sometimes feels like it for pregnant me. I have so many food aversions right now, but never will a hot fudge sundae be difficult to down! I think Alden concurs.

So does Rhianwen.

Every last drop. Good thing we decided to eat outside. Those mini-blizzards are actually quite large, but my kids had not problem finishing given enough time.

Even better, are the first ripe wild blackberries of summer picked in a Sunday dress.

Divinely provided happiness.

My big boy still looks so little on daddy's lap. It makes me feel a little better about how fleeting life is.

At least something grows faster than my kids! Giant sunflowers!

Kids update: Rhianwen is READING! Small words, not always consistently, but she's read things like mom, cat, Sam. We are very excited :)

Alden knows some colors: orange (he gets that one right all of the time...good Clemson upbringing right there), red, blue, green. NOT pink or purple which were Rhianwen's first consistently recognized colors. No one can tell me there are not gender differences.

------------ Long Mommy Spilling Out Part Below...Read with Care------------

Yes, I did say I am pregnant (see http://renovationtracker.blogspot.com/2010/05/under-construction.html) if you haven't already. And the past 2 days I feel like I've hit a wall. I just haven't been able to rise above queasiness, tiredness, feelings of weakness to have a good attitude. I kind of feel like I've just gotten over an awful stomach bug that's left me sapped of all energy and able to only eat toast and Sprite. I do force myself to eat "real" food. Once I take the first bite, it's usually ok. It's just making myself do it that's hard. Anyway, I've been quite the grouch (or "Grinch" according to Rhi) the past 2 days, and I'm really tired of being that way too. I feel very sorry for my poor sweet rambunctious kids who don't know what they did wrong!

This baby is a complete surprise for us. We've gone through denial (Wally decided it was time for a pregnancy test) and shock to planning and freaking out stages. I can't imagine having 3. And making the transition in January of all months. It sends shivers up and down my spine and waves of nausea too. My definition of January: cold, dark, month of sickness and depression only leading to colder darker month of sickness and seclusion. I really hope God will give me some excitement about having a baby in the middle of winter, but it's not happening as of now! Anyone want to suggest some positives? One of my friends said at least we would be heading into spring instead of heading into winter. That's definitely a positive!

We ARE very excited to see who this little one is. Especially since we were actively preventing, and God decided to produce this little miracle, we firmly believe God wants this little one for our family and has specially designed them for a purpose. We believe this of all of our children, but it just feels doubly so for this one since we were in no way asking for a child at this time! So, it will be exciting to see how their little life unfolds, who they touch, and how God uses them and us through them.

My first Dr. appointment is June 28th. I'm only 7 weeks right now. And we need to get busy! I feel like I have so much organizing and planning I need to do to be able to manage 3 kids. It's hard enough being absent minded with 2, I think with 3 life would just not happen. So I feel like I need a plan especially for exiting the house to either play outside or to go somewhere. Plus, we've perhaps unwisely decided to put Alden and Rhi together in one room. I'm a little skeptical myself, but hope to give Rhi a loft with private space underneath if she so needs it she can close it off with a curtain which we'll have to enforce with Alden. Yeah, sure, you say. And a twin bed for Alden and at the foot of his bed, a space for him to have some privacy if he so desires (which is unlikely). I'm also hoping to incorporate a little bit of pink somewhere on Rhi's side in a way that isn't obvious unless you are over there. She is just DRAWN to pink rooms in the kid's room books we've been perusing. Pink walls, pink curtains, pink quilts, pink feathery boas. She'd have her entire room in pink if she could. I told her since Alden will be sharing the room, we can't have it be "too girly". She seems to be ok with that.

I also really really want to get the family room floor painted. Isn't it silly how expecting can light a fire under your butt?

Flowers DO bring me cheer. Especially ones grown out of my own flower beds! These were used for a baby shower for a friend. I just had to end on a happy note.


  1. I've had two in the middle of winter...January 5 and February 18 so I understand the winter blues thing. My comfort was that it gave me something to do and keep busy with after the business of the holiday season. January and February are always hard months for me but a baby to look forward to and things changing was a positive because it broke up the monotony for me.

  2. Gee, I am not pregnant and I sometimes feel that way ;-) .

    I love Rhi's little Sunday dress. I think you should have bright pink swirls all over Rhi's side of the room and orange swirls all over alden's side--HA!

    hmm, You must be like Dad getting the winter blues. Dad is affected by the lack of light....while I see it as cozy (fires, reading, candle light). Look at it this way, winter is a good time to be inside--so a good time to have the baby. I have had one in Spring, one in almost Summer and one in the Fall. The most enjoyable time was probably Spring. I didn't have to go through a summer fat and pregnant with swollen ankles. Summer wasn't too bad for having a baby--but it is a hot time and not as enjoyable as Spring. Having a baby in October, as both you and I have done, is not the best either because you have Thanksgiving and Christmas so soon to follow which can take a lot of work. So there are some happy reasons for a January baby! Thanksgiving, and Christmas with their busy-ness are all over. ...springtime is soon on its way. BLAH BLAH BLAH.....

    Perhaps you should teach the kids a sweet grumpy song they can sing to you when you are grumpy and blue...;-)

  3. I'm so sorry your sick! And, of course, the dreaded zero energy - enough to make anyone grouchy and blue even without hormones and 2 wonderful crazies to run after. I hope it all passes very quickly. When you're feeling better, January won't sound QUITE as horrible. My positive thought about a baby at that time was your mother's ... you kind of have to be stuck inside anyway. When I had Els in the spring, I thought I would get it together enough to get us to parks and stuff, and it didn't happen much at all the first couple months. Then I just felt so bad for Andrew stuck inside during beautiful days!

    I can't wait to see who this little one is as well! It does make it all the more intriguing when God goes to all that trouble to bypass you in order to give you another little person. :-)

  4. :) Get better. I can't wait to meet the new niecfew.

    Uncle Chip

  5. isn't it amazing to see God's plan unfold for our lives?! I'll be praying for you to have the support and energy to get through this first trimester with two active children. it's not easy at all and for me each 1st trimester was more difficult. I actually really liked having a baby in February because it was during a "boring" time of the year when we were already inside and sedentary. you'll be a great mom of 3. so much of it is just living one day at a time faithfully. God will continue to provide and i know there are lots of family and friends eager to help and support!

  6. Grace and Noah were born in March and Anna was born in January. I personally prefer having a baby that time of year actually. I don't like to take my newborn out around a bunch of people in the beginning so it being cold out gives me a good excuse to stay home. If it were sunny and warm out, I'd be itching to go out. Also, I liked that I didn't have to be huge and pregnant during those hot summer months. I really don't know how anyone does it, like my mom who had me at the end of August. And one more reason I like having a baby that time of year, it gives you plenty of time to lose most or all of the baby weight before you have to squeeze into a bathing suit for summer. Okay so maybe some of those reasons will help you feel better about having a January baby. To me the only downside is their birthday is so close to Christmas.

  7. January is the perfect time to be stuck indoors. By spring time you will be somewhat accustomed to having 3 and will be able to get out more while it is pretty. You can do it! Don't get discouraged. God will give you the grace to handle each day as it comes! I can't wait to meet this new little one! I love you!

    Hope you are feeling better! I do so hate the yucky tired and sick phase!


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