Thursday, August 29, 2013

God is Gracious

There is a newborn in my home. 

Gianna Francesca Marie was born at 10:25 p.m. on Sunday, August 25th, weighing 7 pounds, 14 ounces and measuring 20 inches long. 

She is a piece of perfection and my constant reminder that God is Gracious. 


Friday, August 23, 2013

The Shift

I am now 39 weeks pregnant. Up until this point, I think I've overlooked the fact that sometime in the next two weeks a newborn baby is going to come home with me and John. She will be solely our responsibility. 

Don't get me wrong. We are not completely unprepared. Our hospital bag is at least halfway packed. The carseat is in the car. Her room is filled with diapers and clothes. And yesterday we chose her pediatrician. 
But when it comes to the care and feeding of an infant, John and I know very little. 
For months, I have been preparing myself mentally for the hard and unpredictable work of labor. Somehow, I think I forgot to prepare myself for the hard and unpredictable work of parenthood. 
The good news is I'm kind of an expert at cramming. 


Sunday, August 18, 2013

In the Kitchen

I probably should not have learned how easy it is to make chocolate cream cheese frosting or that you can dramatically improve the quality of a boxed cake mix by upgrading some of the ingredients. Recipes below: 

Upgraded Boxed Cake (as seen on Facebook)

1. Buy a box of cake mix.
2. Read the directions on the box.
3. Add one or two more eggs. (I added two.) 
4. Use melted butter instead of oil and double the amount.
5. Instead of water, use milk.
6. Mix well and bake according to the instructions on the box.

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting (via

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups sifted powdered sugar (You can decrease this amount if you don't care about it being as stiff for piping)
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder


  1. 1. Mix cream cheese and butter until smooth and creamy.
  2. 2. Mix in powdered sugar, one cup at a time.
  3. 3. Mix in cocoa powder.


Friday, August 16, 2013

An Oversight

In the mad rush to get things done (not quite sure why I imagined relaxing on maternity leave), essential laundry has been ignored. Today, I resorted to wearing a pair of John's briefs. To my shock, they were tight, and I was wearing them below my belly.  


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Awaiting Our Little Love

I really have loved pregnancy. Which is not to say that parts of it haven't been challenging.
But those parts are small compared to the overwhelming awe and wonder I feel about the gift of this child.

Of all the things we need to do before she arrives, I'm so grateful John and I didn't miss our chance to photograph this time of waiting.
These pictures were taken Monday at 37+ weeks.
(Definitely one of the benefits of being married to a talented photographer.)

PS: A big thank you to everyone who has been commenting on my various pregnancy posts. I'm terribly remiss in not responding, but I can't express how much your support and words of encouragement mean to me. I especially enjoyed reading everyone's labor stories awhile back.


Friday, August 9, 2013

37 Weeks

At this point, I am only capable of writing about my pregnancy. My apologies. But it is what everything in my life is currently revolving around.
And today is a big day. I am 37 weeks pregnant, which means I'm officially full term.
I had no idea until recently that 37 weeks was considered full term, and let me tell you, I would have set up my self-inflicted deadlines a lot differently had I been aware of this tidbit.
Everyone warns that you will be anxious and bored in the last weeks of pregnancy, just begging your child to be born.
All I can say is these people don't know how to procrastinate because I have plenty to do.
Have I mentioned we just put new floors into our humble home, and as a result, everything we own has been moved from room to room and the entire place is covered in a layer of construction dust?

Also, I failed to schedule a hospital tour when my doctor suggested it months ago. It didn't occur to me there might be a waiting list. So we're scheduled for August 20. 
In addition, new parents have the very important task of picking a pediatrician for there yet to be born child. I have one in mind, but she is on vacation for the next few weeks. The soonest we can meet her for a consultation is August 22. 
I have a high tolerance for pushing deadlines, but even I think this is cutting it close. 
So when people assume that at this point I must just be putting the final touches on the nursery, I try hard not to laugh hysterically. 


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Let the Nesting Begin

My maternity leave officially began at 3:30 p.m. today. To celebrate, I came straight home and immediately slept for an hour and 40 minutes. (Because people, pregnancy insomnia and anemia is no joke.) 


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