8.30.2015

{our second rainbow}

so this happened this past week....
  
We announced to the social media world that we are expecting our next little T!!! 
We are so very excited!!! 
 

Harper is going to be just THE BEST big sister!!! She has been swaddling her monkey and cabbage patch baby for a few weeks now. It's like some how she knows. Haha. We talk to her about it and about baby sister or brother in mommy's tummy... But come on, while she is super smart, she's only 19months old! 
It's been so much harder to keep this secret this time!!! God's timing just couldn't be better and it makes me want to shout it from the roof tops!!   
& man. When we set the word GROWTH as our vision for 2015. Gosh. It brings tears to my eyes. Like right now, I'm crying. Ha! I'm just so thankful. We've been through some tough stuff this year, the year isn't over yet. But through all of it and despite all of it God has blessed us so abundantly!! 
God's timing through all of these changes as of late is just amazing. AMAZING!! 
I plan on posting details on how, when, etc we found out. But for now, let's go with my first update!!!! 

our little one at almost 9weeks❤️
 How Far Along: almost 11 weeks! My weeks change on Thursdays (we think...). 
Baby is the Size of a: prune. ... My bump has started already. It's ridiculous. It's tiny, but it's there! My body definitely recognizes what's happening!!! Which is pretty cool! 
Symptoms: everything. Lol. You name it, Ive had it going on. Such a different pregnancy than with Harper!! And add chasing a crazy monkey around. Whew!! Thankful for an amazing husband!!!!!! He has SERIOUSLY stepped up!! I don't know how many times a week I look at him and say either, "I'm gonna throw up - take Harper." Or "my back is killing me, I can't move" to which he replies, Harper lets go down stairs and play, mommy needs to rest! I know he doesn't 100% get it - but he's sure trying!! Poor guy! I mean, now that I'm staying home with Harper - I'm suppose to have more time with her right?! Lately, there's been lots of cuddling in bed and shows and books!! I need to step it up!!  Again. Soo much different than Harper!!! So much so we were seriously wondering if I was pregnant with twins!! My dr checked extra well even haha. 
Fatigue. It's never ending. No motivation for anything. NONE. 
Aversions/Nausea. All day long. Can't stomach coffee. Or Asian food. Not even the smells. Eggs. The smell. Ugh. But I'm hungry for eggs constantly. As long as they aren't fixed in our kitchen ha! 
Gender:
We will actually find out in about a month. Since I will be 35 for just a couple months of this pregnancy, our insurance will cover advanced DNA testing - during which they will pull the baby's DNA from a sample of my blood!! How cool is that?! 
Rob is convinced this baby is a boy! & I really am leaning that way! If it's a girl we will have EVERYTHING we would need, which would be nice. And Harper and a sister only being 2 years apart would be so much fun!! But. In my heart, I want Rob to have his boy!! Unless God has other plans, this will be our last - so we will be overjoyed with either!!! I can't wait to pick a name!! If it is a girl, I'm pretty convinced on the name (I'll just have to convince Rob) and we've had a boys name picked out for awhile - like years! But you know how it goes, we might change our minds. 

Big Sister:

Harper, like I said above, doesn't really get it yet. I'm sure she will as my belly grows ❤️ she does know what my Doppler does though, and will bring it to me and say "baby?!" "Heart!!!"  ... It's adorable!!

Looking Forward to: 
 feeling the baby move!! That was my absolute favorite part of pregnancy with H!!! And getting my energy back - basically for the first trimester to be over. But I'm really cautioning myself. If this is my last pregnancy, I want to savor it all!!! ❤️

8.16.2015

{more of our journey as of late....}

Rob and I, quite a few months ago, started talking about me quitting my job and staying home with Harper.  We decided it would definitely be a leap of faith financially. We prayed. We discussed. We prayed some more. 
Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to be a mama – more specifically a stay at home mama.  After having 9weeks off for my maternity leave with Harper, I learned a lot about myself. I learned, if given the opportunity, with no set schedule, I was likely to do nothing – but cuddle my little – all day long. My perfect day consisted of my baby girl and I, in our pjs, all day… With HGTV. I quickly learned I needed some type of structure. The domestic stuff doesn’t come easy to me – or I should say naturally. Honestly. I’d just rather not lol. 
But. Still at the end of the day, God had placed this desire in my heart to stay home with Harper. 
So as Rob and I talked, I let him know my ultimate desire would be to stay home but to do something close to home that I loved, just a few hours a week – something super flexible. So we continued to pray. Our close friends prayed. And we waited. After all, I wasn’t unhappy at my job. They were so great – & it wasn’t like I was working 40hrs there. I just wanted something closer and even more part time. So we’d wait. 
Then my current opportunity presented itself. Less than a mile from home. Working just a few hours a week (they actually asked ME how much I’d want to work… Really?!), with a church!!! 
It really stopped me in my tracks. Could God really answer our prayers so exactly?! 
Honestly. And I’m so ashamed. I was skeptical. People kept asking me if I was excited. I honestly wasn’t letting myself get excited. I am so ashamed to say, I was leery. I don’t think I’d ever had God answer a prayer so quickly and so completely. I had a hard time believing it was for real. 
But, after my first week there- this morning as we stood worshipping in our new church with our new church family, after dropping H off in her class that she loves without a tear – it finally all hit me. How clearly God has given us exactly what was on our hearts – down to the desired distance from our home!! And I stood amazed. 
So far (last week) I’ve loved having so much time with Harper!!! My favorite things so far – when she says “cuddles?!” … Meaning mommy lets cuddle and take a nap! I mean. Come on. Adult/baby nap time?! Sigh. How the upcoming presence of Monday looming is gone. Any take home stress is gone. Oh and park days with H and Rob!!! Or actually shopping/lunch together during the day!! I’m loving it all!!! ❤️

8.12.2015

{saying goodbye}

I knew it wouldn’t be easy to say goodbye to my work and coworkers last week, but man they didn’t make it easy!!! 
Last Wednesday night (the 5th), we all went out for happy hour! It was a great time to visit and just spend time together! 

what good bye celebration is complete without a lovely baloon crown?! lovely.
  
  
Last Thursday(the 6th) was so hard!!! I’m pretty sure I had tears in my eyes for most of the day! They ordered in lunch for everyone and also ordered a cake. To say I felt loved would be an understatement!!! These folks have been my family since we moved to Colorado Springs 3 1/2 years ago! It was pretty hard going through my exit interview with my boss and especially walking out of the building. Wowzerz!!! 

akwardly posing with my cake , ha!
  
so yummy!!!
  
my boss, the president and owner of our company… never hesitates to hold and love on our kiddos! He’s a good man, folks!

8.04.2015

{currently}

there is honestly SO much going on right now!! i’m not ready to share or able to share all of it yet… mostly because it’s all unknown or “pending”… but i do want to document life in the now, right now! our heads are spinning, we are meeting one another coming and going… life is, well, its awesome but down right crazy right now!
we are (or have been) currently….
celebrating!!!… rob’s birthday was yesterday!  sunday afternoon we celebrated with friends and family!! it was such a great time!
Harper was certain everyone was singing for her and that the candles were also for her. She got the biggest smile on her face. It was priceless!!!
  
  
we’ve been fighting off a couple bugs, which leads me to….
disinfecting!! harper started out the week last week with a little head cold, and it has just lingered and lingered!! in fact, we didn’t even make it to church sunday because of it! there was no way we wanted to share her germs with any of her friends in her class! & to top it all off, she threw up on her grandma TWICE yesterday! i’m fairly certain the drainage from her cold is to blame – back to back occurrences – and no other symptoms.  she was ready to stuff away some food after her nap and all evening. but ew! bugs go away please! leave my baby alone!!!
holding on for the ride! i posted recently about putting in my two weeks notice (almost two weeks ago)… gasp!!! i officially have two days left! i will blog soon about what life will look like after this change – honestly right now, i’m not even sure what life is going to look like… so we are both in for a treat ;)
tomorrow starts the goodbye celebrations… tomorrow night after work, then thursday lunch at work.  sigh…
we also started a new church a few weeks ago! we are pretty excited!! more details to come on that soon! spoiler alert… it goes hand in hand with my two weeks notice!
planning…we are almost exactly two months away from the last vacation of ours for the summer! in october we will head to CA! we are pretty excited… the planning includes disneyland, staying with friends & family, beach cottages,… oh so exciting!!!