Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas from us!

[Jesus] will stand and shepherd His flock

in the strength of the LORD,

in the majesty of the name of the LORD His God.

And they will live securely, for then His greatness

will reach to the ends of the earth.

And He will be their Peace.

Micah 5:4-5

Friday, December 23, 2011

December 23, 2008

December 23.
That's the day I said "yes" in 2008.
I was completely surprised (sometimes "oblivious" really is my middle name).
Proof: I said "What are you doing?" when he got down on one knee (in the snow, no less!).

We spent the day together. Such a lovely day. One of my favorite days ever.

Breakfast at Bob Evans. Flowers. A walk downtown. Lunch at Coney Island. All of our traditions together in one day.

And then a proposal.

This is a picture of a very happy Jana (and a happy Bryce).
God is so good to me.

Monday, December 19, 2011

8 months / 8 weeks

I'm not sure which is more exciting: that I'm 8 months along already or that we only have 8 weeks left. My. How time flies when you're having fun.

On the "What to Expect" pregnancy website, they have a list of Week 31 Pregnancy Symptoms, which includes the following:
  • More frequent urination - check!
  • Occasional headaches - check! (Tylenol usually takes care of it)
  • Varicose veins - not yet, but I haven't looked too closely (praise the Lord for cold weather & pants)
  • Nasal congestion - check!
  • Lower abdominal achiness - check!
  • Backaches - very few, surprisingly
  • Increasing clumsiness - check! (where are all these extra bruises coming from?)
  • Forgetfulness - check! (sometimes I really feel like I'm losing it)
  • Difficulty sleeping - check! (especially after that 3am bathroom run...)
Some nausea has returned in the early morning. Hello old friend. At least it doesn't stick around too long and isn't too overwhelming.

I'm trying to continue light workouts in the morning - alternating a "walking" DVD for 2 miles one morning and then light weights + squats/lunges the next morning. It feels good to be moving (a little bit). The goal is to be able to carry my baby (these arms are pretty wimpy and I assume my boy is going to be a big one) and hopefully dance again come summer time.

Last Saturday Bryce and I attended the childbirth class taught by a nurse practitioner and nurse from my doctor's practice. It was a long day with lots of info - some good to know, some TMI. I definitely feel like I learned a lot but Bryce was a bit bored (since a lot of it was review for him). We also got a tour of the hospital birth center (which was on my list - check that off!). Attending the class definitely made the whole delivery process seem more real and pending. It will be here before we know it. Not sure if I'm ready...

At the class, we shared the most surprising thing about the pregnancy so far. Mine was how awkward it is to do everything, even walk. It sure is hard to maneuver this belly around. Proof: Bryce had to help me put on my boots last weekend. I can still cut my toenails though.

I would sure appreciate your prayers about my work situation. There is a lot of "arranging" that needs to happen with a maternity leave and the stress of it is starting to get to me - Short Term Disability requirements, finding (and training) replacements for the three attorneys I work for, making sure my insurance will continue, etc. It's getting harder and harder to sit at a desk all day long and I can't imagine doing this up until the baby comes, so hopefully they'll let me take off a week or two early. I do want to finish well here and leave on a good note - please pray with me that I can do so!

Already today, four people asked me about my due date. I must look big or something.

Last Monday morning, I called the nurse, just to let them know that my heart rate had been fast (116) off and on since Sunday morning and I was feeling short of breath. It didn't seem like a big deal to me, but they wanted me to go to the ER just in case. (My first time in an actual ER . . . crazy.) Thank goodness Bryce was home. We spent four hours in the ER - they did an EKG, blood work, etc. but it all was normal. And the baby was perfectly fine. They sent me home with a holter monitor, which I wore for 24 hours and we'll find out in a few days whether it recorded anything abnormal. So, scare over. I must be pregnant or something. :) Trying to take it easy when I can and not overdo it.

To finish up this post, I must share about the lovely baby shower that my wonderful sister-in-law Janna threw for me two weeks ago. She hosted the Langebartels family, plus my mother and grandma. Delicious food, a fun game, being surrounded by family, and sweet gifts made for a lovely Sunday afternoon. I felt so blessed and cherished. A big "thank you!" to those of you who came and brought gifts for our little man!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Mary and Me

Identifying with Mary the mother of Jesus during pregnancy . . . it's something I never thought about before. Even though I may be 10 years her senior, I imagine our first-time-pregnant experiences have a few similarities. I can imagine her . . .
  • feeling baby Jesus kick for the first time
  • feeling nauseous all day long
  • feeling her baby's hiccups for the first time
  • feeling calf cramps in the early morning
  • feeling the turns and rolls and boxing all day long
  • feeling such love for this baby inside her
On the other hand, our experiences are so completely different . . .
  • she was a virgin, while I've been married for over two years
  • she was most likely ridiculed and ostracized for her pregnancy, while mine has been nothing but excitement and congratulations
  • she had her baby in a stable with only a husband attending, while I will have mine in a hospital that feels more like a fancy hotel
  • she knew there was something special and infinite about her baby, while mine will be simply human and a sinner, just like me
Despite the obvious dissimilarities, I can't help but somehow feel closer to Mary this year and more understanding of her condition and experiences.

May I praise the Lord as she did:

My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. . . .
His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.
He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever,
even as he said to our fathers.
Luke 1:46-55

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

project: craft closet

Ever since moving into our house, I've been using the closet in the guest room as my "craft closet" - storing my collection of material, paper, ribbon, project leftovers, gift bags & tissue paper, extra photo frames, etc. Well, with the pending arrival of our little boy, the closet was needed to house baby stuff, so we created a space for my things in the upstairs hallway. Here's the "before" and Bryce hard at work putting in the shelves.

And the after! I love having a spot for everything, plus a large filing cabinet for all of our paperwork. Yes, I'm a collector of crafty things . . . you never know when it might come in handy for a future project!


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

project: painting the laundry room

As part of the getting-ready-for-baby craze, we did a small makeover to the laundry room - it's amazing what a little paint can do! Chris helped me paint the trim bright white and do all of the cutting in. Bryce rolled the walls and then I painted the doors bright white.

The walls were blue and (in an effort to use up paint that we already had and tie the downstairs together even more) we painted them with the same dark gray of the fireplace walls. You can see the difference in the picture below, since we didn't repaint the shelves above the washer/dryer (that are hidden by the bamboo blinds).

It makes the room much warmer. It's hard to get a good picture of this room but hopefully this will give you an idea.

Monday, December 12, 2011

project: living room updates

Bryce and I are slowly adding little things to the living room. We got rid of our TV and stand - the TV was broken and we hardly used it. A friend picked up a few items at Ikea for me this fall. I love the expedit bookcases and coordinating bins, which we are using to store DVDs, games, my workout stuff and, later, kids toys. It also provides a place for (our growing collection of) children's books, which I wanted to have low and accessible in the living room.

A friend gave us a large, canvas world map that we hung in the living room in place of the TV. Bryce has been wanting one for a long time. Oh - and the leather chair we found on craigslist. The matching chair is up in the nursery/guest room.

Just keeping it real. That's where Bryce's stuff usually sits when he comes home from work.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

project: chalkboard door

Finally got around to painting our pantry door with chalkboard paint. After I did three thick coats with a small roller (and a face mask!), Bryce hung it back up for me and added the "verse of the week." The splash of black and a place to write adds a lot to the room!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Highlight: November

Highlights / Thankful Points of November 2011 (in no particular order):
  • Amy Grant & Michael W. Smith concert (Amy was definitely my favorite and her band was amazing)
  • First snowfall of the season!
  • Feeling hiccups inside me for the first time
  • Thanksgiving Day "Drumstick Dash" with Bryce, Liz and Grant (I walked the 2.3 mile running for this lady)
  • Coffee with Holly in Kokomo (we're getting quite used to the Panera there)
  • Skyping with my sister Jess and her new baby, Malachi
  • Made photo albums for the first two years of marriage (I've had that on my list for about 4 months now)
  • Visit from my aunt Brenda and cousins Jenna, Erica and Jessica - we enjoyed lunch at my place and then walked around downtown Zionsville with our coffees
  • Registering for baby stuff (was a lot more fun and less overwhelming than I thought it would be)
  • Eagle Church girls retreat weekend - such a blessing
  • Two uneventful doctor's appointments - all is well with this baby, praise the Lord
  • One morning to sleep in and relax
  • Thanksgiving with the Langebartels and then with the Eberlys's been a good month.

Psalm 31:5-8
Into your hands I commit my spirit;
redeem me, O LORD, the God of truth.
I hate those who cling to worthless idols;
I trust in the LORD.
I will be glad and rejoice in your love,
for you saw my affliction
and knew the anguish of my soul.
You have not handed me over to the enemy
but have set my feet in a spacious place.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

7 months and counting

(No, Dad....I did not hide the name in that post title. However, if you are astute, the letters of the little guy's name are hidden throughout this post - scrambled up, in no particular order. Good luck. :)

I do realize this blog is becoming strictly about Baby. There are five projects that I need to post about; however, that involves actually being at home when there is enough daylight to take pictures. Hopefully this weekend!

Last Friday I hit the 7 month mark. Has it really been 28 weeks already? For awhile, I heard "You're huge!" a lot (which is not exactly what a woman likes to hear). I think I just popped out so fast it took people by surprise. I feel like there's a little basketball in front of me. A basketball that wiggles all of the time. I think he's either bowling or doing the jitterbug or majorly-leaning against me (which makes my belly look lopsided) most of the time (or all three at once).

It's getting harder to type at work, cut my toenails, bend down to pick something up, hug Bryce, etc. This belly is in the way.

At my last OB appointment, I had another ultrasound (since the little dude wasn't cooperating for the first one and so they didn't get a good heart picture). I was laying flat on my back for about 20 minutes when I started feeling really sick. I thought: great, I'm going to get the flu and will have to take off a day of work. I lay there planning how I would need to throw up in a few minutes and then call in sick. Pretty soon the technician asked me if I felt okay and I most certainly did not - super nauseous, sweating, breathing hard, and feeling all-around terrible. She immediately had me lay on my left side and the "flu" symptoms disappeared almost instantly! So....maybe those rumors about laying on your back are true. :) Note to self.

The nursery is coming along nicely. Painting the walls and trim - check!  Crib & changing table - check!  New curtains - check!  Art for the walls - check!  Just a few more items to find and then we'll be ready to fill it with baby things.

My cousin-in-law (Bryce's cousin's wife) had a baby shower a few weeks ago. She is due about a month before me. There were 5 pregnant women at the shower, due in December, January, February, April and May (me, sister-in-law, cousin-in-law, cousin-in-law's wife, and cousin-in-law's-wife's sister). Below is a picture of the 5 of us (in due-date order) and also a picture of the Langebartels ladies.

Ali, Mary, me, Whitney, and McKenzie 

Kristin, Laura, me, Lucy, Lori, Wendy, Janna and Ali
My much-anticipated Goodwill trip was the first Saturday of November - 50% off everything. The goal was to spend no more than $50 and I made it to my goal (okay....$3 over....but I ended up returning $6 worth). I came away with: 4 shirts for Bryce, 4 shirts for my Mom, a bag, a pair of shoes, 7 children's books, maternity work pants (score!), 3 skirts, 4 sweaters, and 5 long sleeves. I'd say it was successful.

The little man was hiccuping at 4 o'clock this morning when Bryce left to go hunting and he kept it up for about 10 minutes straight. It made me giggle. Such a funny feeling.

Enough ramblings from me.
You should be sufficiently filled in now. :)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

25 week pictures

Just realized that I never posted my 25 week picture, so here it is. Terrible lighting but you get the idea: I'm getting big!

And Parson wanted in on the picture action, of course. I was just standing there and smiling, so I think he thought I wanted to play.

Monday, October 31, 2011

"Where is God in Tragedy?"

Pain is the soil where the deepest kind of faith in God grows. Pain is the context for maturing our love for God, so we can love God foremost. As offensive as that seems from the vantage point of fear, it squares with the logic of faith.

But still, our complaints spew up. Still we feel so angry about the people who are suffering unjustly. Why doesn't God just make things better?

Strikingly, no one seems to complain that God has set before us many opportunities to idolize ourselves. I have never heard anyone saying how irksome it is to be given the freedom to indulge the self in pleasure and self-exaltation - to overeat, to boast, to gossip, to get drunk. Nobody shouts at God for allowing them to sin in their favorite ways.

Hypocricially, however, we do complain sorely at the top of our lungs about the sins and evil of others who are hurting us. Thus, we question God's character right when we are thinking of ourselves.

Relevant Magazine, Fall 2011 issue
Where is God in Tragedy?
Sarah Sumner

Friday, October 21, 2011

6 Month Mark

Thoughts and things to remember from this stage in my prego journey . . .

* I miss my eating habits of two months ago. Then I didn't even want to think about eating something sweet. Now I can't seem to get enough. In the morning I think to myself: "Today is going to be a no-sweet day." But then, by 10 o'clock a.m., either someone brings in a cake at work for a birthday or there are left-over donuts in the kitchen or I find a cookie in my snack-stash-drawer or I walk by the lady who always has chocolate at her desk . . . and I can't help myself. It just sounds and tastes so good!

* This little man is a mover. I love it when I can feel his body leaning against me. I thought for sure I felt a leg the other day (but I could be imaging it). About two weeks ago I was laying in bed and just watching my belly jump. It was this amazing moment of realizing that there's a little alive human being inside of me. Hardly can wrap my mind around it sometimes.

* My wardrobe options are quickly diminishing. Just about every week I could take a load up to the attic of things that no longer fit. So I'm waiting for the next 50% off day at Goodwill to fill in the gaps. Can you believe that this baby is only about a pound right now? How in the world is a 6, 7, or 8 pound baby going to fit in there?

* The #1 question I get asked is: "Do you know if it's a boy or a girl?" And I grin and say "BOY!" One of the cleaning guys at work asked me the other day. (We always say hi to each other when he empties the trashcan at my desk.) When I told him it was a boy, he smiled and said: "Good job!"

* The #2 question I get asked is: "Do you know the name yet?" To which I say: "Yes.....but it's a secret!" Some people cannot stand this ( siblings.....) but it's usually those who have children already who can relate. We need to keep something a surprise! So please don't try to drag it out of me. I'm determined not to slip.

* Probably the #3 question is about the nursery. The room will still be a guest bedroom and future children will share, so we're not doing anything fancy. Just freshening everything up and things are coming along nicely.  Chris (my dear friend who gave up an entire Saturday for me) helped paint last weekend - the bedroom and the laundry room. We put in about 9 hours . . . which made for two very sore people the next day. New bright white trim and gray walls makes me so happy! Can't wait to start layering in all of the fun bedcover, curtains, art for the walls, baby things, new fabric for the bench, etc.

* Speaking of working on the house, I'm in full-fledged nesting mode (watch out, Bryce). You should see my house/project list. Sometimes I feel like I'm juggling a lot of little things but the truth is I really enjoy it. Especially now that I have the "umph" to actually tackle the things that are on my list. What does the next few months hold? To name a few things: finishing the nursery, new storage for the living room, hopefully starting the revamp of the kitchen, spray-painting projects galore, finding & hanging new art plus all of the other things to do like registering for baby stuff, refinancing our home, setting up a will, doing a bit of job searching, reading parenting/mothering books, childbirth classes, etc. Let the craziness continue.

PS: 6 month pictures are coming!

Friday, October 14, 2011

A-Z About Me

I saw this idea on one of the blogs I regularly read: Dream Book Design.
A little bit about me . . .

A. age :: twenty.five

B. bed size :: queen

C. chore you hate :: emptying the dishwasher

D. dogs :: Parson, a pit bull/boxer mix

E. essential start to your day :: workout, breakfast, and shower (in that order)

F. favorite color :: teal

G. gold or silver :: gold & silver

H. height :: five feet, two inches (and three quarters)

I. instruments you play :: piano and electric bass

J. job title :: executive assistant and legal secretary

K. kids :: first is on the way!

L. live :: Indiana

M. maiden name :: Eberly

N. nicknames :: Jans, J-Lex, Jana-Banana (when I was growing up)

O. overnight hospital stays :: none

P. pet peeve :: faded lines on the road

Q. quote :: "The world around me was still full of riddles for which my little mind had not been given answers… Nor could I know what the future held. But the fundamental doubt was for me silenced. I knew now: God is. I had found my center, my point of reference. Everything else I needed to know would follow." Catherine Marshall

R. righty or lefty :: right

S. siblings :: 3 younger: Jason, Jessica and Jordan (and 11 siblings-in-law!)

T. time you wake up :: between 6-7am usually

U. university attended :: Bethel College (Mishawaka, IN)

V. vegetables you dislike: cucumber

W. what makes you run late :: getting ready (I always misjudge how long it will take me)

X. x-rays you’ve had :: too many to count for my back last year

Y. yummy food :: chips and salsa, cookies, cereal, breads, etc. etc. etc.

Z. zoo animal favorite :: giraffes

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Right Order

There is something in my life that I've felt lately I need to be praying for more. However, I haven't felt a great deal of "burden" about it (which I definitely should). I was wondering/worrying about it the other day, wishing I felt more of a "weight" or concern so that I would pray more.

But then it occurred to me: if I prayed more first, most likely then the burden of caring would come. It's a case of getting something in the proper order, I think. (And even if the burden doesn't come, I still need to be doing the praying.)

Psalm 69:13
But I pray to you, O LORD, in the time of your favor;
in your great love, O God, answer me [and my request] with your sure salvation.

Psalm 88:13
But I cry to you for help, O LORD; in the morning my prayer comes before you.

Romans 12:12
Be . . . faithful in prayer.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Pep Talk

Personal pep talk.

Deep breaths.
Do not look at your List (for the 64th time today).
Do not panic.
I know you're thinking of a million things you could be doing at home
Instead of sitting at your desk and twiddling your thumbs.
You're stuck for now. This is what is means to have a full-time job.
Everything that needs to be done will get done.
Everything that needs to be purchased will eventually be found.
Everything that truly matters (i.e. family, community, husband-time, resting, Bible study, a job, making dinner)
Must come before the crazy-long-get-done-in-the-next-2-months List (i.e. baby, house, craft, cleaning projects).

Just breathe.

The LORD is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made.
The LORD upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down [with super long Lists].
The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time.
You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.
Psalm 145

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Relaxing at Virginia Beach

When people ask what we did on vacation, I can pretty honestly say, "Just about nothing." And it was perfect.

We left on Saturday, September 10th, and drove about 6 hours to Charleston, West Virginia. We stayed the night in a hotel (cheap - thanks to Hotwire) and then drove the rest of the way on Sunday. We wiled away the drive time listening to "Reason for God" by Timothy Keller and snacking on trail mix - Bryce drove and I crocheted.
View from our hotel balcony
At Virginia Beach we stayed at SpringHill Suites right on the boardwalk. Our room had a balcony overlooking the ocean. They had a free breakfast buffet. Yes - I felt royally spoiled. (We got a really good deal on the hotel, thanks to Bryce's brother's Marriott affiliation - basically scored 4 nights for the price of 1. Yes!)

Virginia Beach can be pretty congested and busy but thanks to the fact that it wasn't peak season, it really wasn't that crazy. The beach wasn't packed. We were joined by mostly retired couples and some younger families.

Four days at the beach. Every day look pretty much like this: get up around 8, stroll down to breakfast, lounge in the room for a little bit, mozy out to the beach for a few hours, shower and walk somewhere for lunch, lay around in the hotel room for the rest of the afternoon and early evening (Bryce working on music and Jana crocheting/watching HGTV or reading), eat dinner in the hotel room (we packed sloppy joes and turkey wraps in order to save money on eating out) and then take a leisurely stroll on the boardwalk or beach before going back up to the room for more relaxing until an early bedtime.

Can it get any better than that?

Bryce bought a beach umbrella (since it was ridiculously expensive to rent them) and we joked that it saved our marriage. I laid in the sun (dug a hole in the sand underneath the beach towel for my little bump) and read. Bryce sat on a chair in the shade. He finds no joy in laying out; I just love basking in the warmth of the sun. So, thank you, Umbrella, for enabling us to enjoy the beach together. We also spent time in the water. Bryce did some body surfing and I tried not to get jostled around too much. The temperature was in the 80's the whole time we were there - some rain in the afternoons but perfect sun & breeze in the mornings.

I was able to "pop" over to Regent University for a quick visit with my dear friend Charity. So glad to be able to experience a little bit of her world!

We checked out of the hotel on Thursday morning and headed west. Bryce's friends, the Condrey's, live in Richmond, Virginia. We stopped there for lunch and fellowship - enjoyed chef salad (Bryce's favorite) and met their horses & goats. After visiting for most of the afternoon, we left for Lexington, Virginia to see my grandparents.
"Deck Mountain"
It was wonderful to spend time on the mountain - visiting, eating delicious food and resting. We ate dinner Thursday night and chatted until bedtime. Saturday morning we drove to an orchard to pick up apples (brought a bunch home with us - delicious!) and stopped for lunch on the way back. I needed a nap in the afternoon and Bryce read out on the deck (he is a mountain man at heart, I tell ya).
My grandparents at the orchard
After dinner, my great-aunt and great-uncle (who also live on the mountain) came up for cake and coffee. We had dessert with this same group three years ago when Bryce and I took a road trip while we were dating, so it was neat to come full circle - this time we have been married for two years and there's a baby on the way.

Saturday found us driving back home, an 8.5 hour trek. Bryce even let me drive for about 2 hours in the afternoon while he dozed (so I must not have been making him too nervous). We are so thankful for God's provision of a wonderful vacation together - our first one since the honeymoon and our last one children-less.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

20 weeks already

Halfway through already - this baby is 20 weeks old! It's amazing how much has changed in the last four weeks.

First, my appetite is back in full force. A month ago just two or three sandwich crackers would satisfy I want to eat two packages! I have no problem eating two lunches. Sweet things are yummy again. As a result (surprise, surprise) my weight gain is definitely catching up (I didn't gain much in the first 5 months since food never really sounded good), so I'm trying to pace myself and not live like I have a ticket-to-freedom when it comes to eating. :) Gotta remember that I'm not really eating for two: just me + a 10.5 oz little one.

Second, my belly has popped out, as evidenced by the 20-week picture below. Now there is no denying that I am happy to be beyond the "I'm just bloated / let's hide it because it just looks like a food-belly" stage. All of my work pants no longer fit (high wasted pants just will not close anymore) and my layering tanks kept riding up. Chris joined me in my shopping excursions this past weekend to revamp my wardrobe a little.

Third, this baby is an active little munchkin! (Boy votes, anyone?) I felt it move for-sure the night before we left on vacation, two weeks ago. I was laying in bed and talking to Bryce on the phone and all of the sudden I started laughing and exclaimed: "That was definitely a kick!" I could barely concentrate for the rest of the phone call. Since then, the movements have been gradually increasing in frequency. At first I only felt them when I laid in bed at night but now I feel movement all day long while I sit at my desk at work. Last Thursday Bryce felt the baby move for the first time - I think that moment is the highlight of my year. I didn't think he would be able to feel it for a few weeks, but we were laying in bed, with his hand on my belly, and there was a strong, definite kick - and Bryce's happy/excited/surprised exclamation confirmed that he felt it! Such a great moment.

Fourth, everyone at my office is in-the-know now. There was a noticeable increase in bump-size when I got back from vacation, and apparently the entire office was talking about it. Quite a few people stopped by my desk to congratulate me - one attorney in particular was so sweet about it and really very excited for me. It's nice for the news to be "out" now. Baggy tops are no longer necessary (which is a good thing, because what used to be baggy a month ago is now no longer baggy and I was definitely running out of options).

Fifth, I am feeling so much more like myself. House tasks and projects don't seem so daunting. I haven't minded cooking dinner (for which Bryce is thankful). The 24/7 constant nausea is all but gone. I'm ready to tackle my get-ready-for-baby list(s). Yes, this second trimester is shaping up to be a wonderful phase.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Tuesday Thoughts

* Did I ever write about my caffeine sensitivity? Well, brilliant Bryce figured it out. My TMJ headaches were coming back in full force last May, and Bryce suggested that I cut out caffeine (i.e. coffee) just to see if it helped. Within two days, my headaches were gone completely. Who would have guessed!? So now, no more caffeine for me - it's decaf coffee and teas only.

* My blog-writing-umph is returning. I'm craving sweets again. Food is actually sounding appetizing. I'm not feeling oh-so-carsick all day long. Yep....this morning sickness disease must be slowing fading away. Oh, I so hope! Week's about time.

* It's September now....and so begins my favorite season: fall (well, it's probably a tie with winter). So much good stuff coming this month. And so much to do! Gotta get all of the hands-on getting-ready-for-baby stuff done, since I probably won't feel like it come December & January. I'm loving this cooler weather . . . looking forward to sweaters, cozy blankets, hot drinks, slippers, crockpot soups, etc.

* Nights have been crazy lately: I've been having really weird dreams + I wake up every time I roll over. Saturday night, I had a really disturbing dream that something happened to Bryce. And last night, I had nightmareish dreams about things that I was subconsciously worrying about the day before. And it's not even important things. On top of that, I woke up at 5 am and tossed and turned until 7:30. And when I finally dragged myself out of bed, discovered that I had been chewing on my tongue (apparently those dreams were really bothering me) and now it's super painful to even swallow. Enough with the pregnancy dreaming and trouble sleeping! I think I'm going to try some yoga and hot tea before bed tonight...hopefully that helps...

I'll close this random-ness with a 16 week picture.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

so proud of him...

I was chatting with someone at work this morning and, in the course of our conversation, told them that my husband is a firefighter & paramedic. As I walked back to my desk, I realized that I really am very proud of that fact.

Bryce - thank you for working so hard. Thank you being so committed to your department and dedicated to being the very best firefighter and paramedic you can be. I love it that you love your odd schedule and that you get excited when storms come because that means there might be a fire to fight. I admit: the odd hours and late night storm runs took some getting used to . . . but, despite that, I sure am proud of you.

Friday, August 26, 2011

End Table Goodness

It's finally here. The library end table is finally finished.'s only been about 7 months since I hatched this plan....but life and then nausea got in the way. No matter. It's done now and I'm pretty happy with it.

I found a $25 end table on Craigslist back in March. It felt solid, had character and lots of room to store books. I wasn't digging the chipped green though - that had to go.

But then it sat in my garage for awhile.

I finally started sanding and priming. Sanded the top all the way down and primed the rest of it.

Staining was the next step. Two applications of Minwax Jacobean stain did the trick for the top. I wanted it nice and dark.

I started with two coats of paint for the rest of the end table. It's a Valspar teal - the darkest teal swatch they have (sorry....I can't remember the color name off the top of my head). Certainly didn't look as dark painted as it did on the swatch. At this point I started panicking - it looked way to bright. I went to Lowes, hoping they would darken the quart of paint for me - no such luck - they won't touch the color after it's sold. Boo.

And so the table sat for awhile longer. Then I got super nauseous because of a certain someone and had no umph for projects.

Oh - and I forgot. The dog chewed part of the corner of the little door that was supposed to cover the upper right cubby. Oh well. Just another set back.

About a month ago, I started up again, this time with a heavy duty mask so I wouldn't breathe in the paint fumes. Two more coats of paint and it was looking significantly darker (or maybe I just didn't care anymore and wanted this thing done!). I did 3 coats of sealer on the entire piece (one especially for wood on the top and another kind for paint on the rest of it) and let it dry for a full 72 hours in the garage. Bryce helped me put on the 2 new knobs that I bought at Lowes. And he also spray-painted 4 casters (black, instead of silver) to use instead of the weird-looking round feet, and brought the finished project into the house while I was working to surprise me.

If you haven't scrolled down to look already (I don't blame you), here is the finished product in our library (mind you, no lamp or accessories yet, those will be coming). Ta-da! I love the sophistication it adds to the room and the splash of color.

*blogger is making me really frustrated right now and won't upload my other "final" pictures correctly. I'll try to get them up on Facebook.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Exciting News!

The news is officially out. We're expecting. And so thankful and blessed. Fifteen weeks along today. Due February 10. So what have the first fifteen weeks looked like?

* We actually discovered I was pregnant on June 7. Took awhile to work through the "oh my goodness, this is real" phase.
* I've had relatively constant nausea since June 14 (worse in the mid-morning, mid-to-late afternoon, evening and sometimes 3am....okay....basically all the time) - sometimes it comes in waves, sometimes it's like a heavy blanket and I just want to moan. Praying this second trimester brings some relief.
* The lack of projects and blogging this summer can be attributed to my general lack of "umph" to do just about anything.
* Already read through "On Becoming Babywise" once. Now it's time to re-read and this time underline and make lots of notes.
* My secretary friends at work have been just wonderful - they're all like extra moms and grandmas. So encouraging. My week-after-week of looking sickly started to clue them in and I finally had to tell everyone because they were all guessing.
* We told my parents the news via Skype, since we left for Montreal the day after we found out. And told Bryce's parents via an evening visit after we returned to Indy. And then slowly told siblings and grandparents over the next few weeks.
* Have I mentioned the nausea yet? The only thing that eases it a bit is eating or something sour. Lots of little snacks all day long and lemon drops.
* No huge cravings yet. Sweet things are the only thing that sound terrible to me (ice cream makes me sick just thinking about it). I've been eating a lot of cottage cheese, crackers, pretzels, yogurt, anything with tomato sauce, rice, tortilla chips . . . salt and carbs and dairy basically. And I love the frozen strawberry lemonades at McDonald's - oh my.

More updates to come, I'm sure. And hopefully a few pictures along the way!

Friday, July 29, 2011

filing in my sleep

I just have to post about this crazy dream I had the other day.

Well, Wednesday I worked a 12.5 hour day and didn't get home until 9:30 p.m. Needless to say, I dreamed about editing and filing documents (which is basically what I was doing all day). Around 3am I woke up and my brain was literally exhausted from working out document "problems" in my sleep. I could tell this was one of those dreams that I was just going to jump back into when I fell back asleep. So, I sat up in bed, and mentally worked through every phantom document on my mental desk and "filed" it away. When my mental desk was clean, I laid back down and slept much more peacefully for the rest of the night.

I can't even believe the "filing" actually worked.
Thank goodness it did.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

June & July 2011

So, the blogging break over the past month or so has been entirely unintentional. Really. I don't know where the time went. Just no writing "umph," which I guess is all right. A quick recap is in order.

* Niece Lucy was born at the beginning of June to Janna & Justin . . . finally a little girl in the family. So excited to welcome her!

* Trip to Montreal to visit Dwight, Jessica, Nehemiah & little one on the way. It was a relaxing trip - just enjoyed entering their world for a week.

* Lots of parties and dinners and lunches and get-togethers with friends and family. It's summer time! I counted 17 different events on my calendar since June 14.

* Bryce's birthday on July 1st. There was a family dinner planned that evening with Bryce's family + some extended family, which is precisely the way Bryce would have wanted to spend his birthday anyway. And my gift to him? The Nissan Xterra that we bought that day (upgrading from our 97 Pathfinder).

* Quick trip to Fort Wayne to see my family (minus a few important people far, far away) for July 4th. It was wonderful to sit around the fire pit chatting and eating ribs and swimming at Grandma's pool.

* Still dancing. I'm taking a contemporary class this summer and loving it. So different and challenging but I leave every class excited. (And, by the way, really enjoying So You Think You Can Dance this season. Anyone else?)

* Bryce's mom's side of the family reunion in Cincinnati on July 8. Lots of good food and swimming. Enjoyed being with our immediate family. And came back to Indy for an Indians baseball game. It was a long day.

* First boating outing of the season with Greg & Liz last Saturday. We went out later in the day, which actually worked out well because it was still super hot. Welcome to Indiana heat + humidity.

That should bring you up-to-date. No exciting house projects to report. My current ongoing 3-month-long endtable redo has been permanently put on hold since the dog chewed a corner off one of the doors (after I spent hours sanding and staining and painting 4 coats of teal). Other than that, haven't felt too motivated in the house-department. Just trying to enjoy the summer and all of the wonderful busyness that it brings.