Before #2


This week everyone is talking about goals and New Year’s resolutions.

Like I mentioned earlier this week, I’m really not a resolution type of girl.  However, if I do make goals, it’s not before the New Year – it’s before something is going to happen in my life – ie. before we got married, before we go on vacation, before we had Wyatt . . .

Before Baby #2 . . .

(Please tell me I’m not the only one who is already thinking about Baby #2 . . .)


(Taken when I was 8 months pregnant with Wyatt.)

I recently came across Baby Making Machine blog, and in her sidebar she has a list of things she would like to do before her second baby – some serious goals, and some fun things.  She says “I want to cherish these moments and live them to the fullest before we become a family of four.”  Hence, the list.

I like that idea, and I decided to make a little pre-second-baby list of my own.  Here is what I came up with.


Before Baby #2

1. Finish the quilt for the spare bedroom. 

I would really like to have that spare bedroom finished by the time Baby #2 is on the way.  Will it get done?  I have serious doubts about this one, because I’m a terrible procrastinator, and it’s hard to sew while watching Wyatt.  But that’s my goal.

2. Use the baby carrier as much as possible. 

Obviously I can’t carry Wyatt around that way with a big ‘ole pregnant belly, so I’d like to enjoy it while I can.  No, he’s not too big to still be using it.

3.  Write a blog series on homeschooling. 

I have it all planned out in my head, but I have yet to sit down and do it.

4. Possibly take a class with Wyatt or take Wyatt to storytime at the library{?}

I’m not exactly sure what this one will look like yet, but I’d like to do something like that while it’s just me and Wyatt.

5. Get Wyatt’s baby book up-to-date. 

I’m behind by a few months.

6.  Go on a weekend trip with Derek. 

Self-explanatory, and easier done with one child than with two.

7.  Whiten my teeth. 

I don’t like to use my bleach trays in the first trimester, just to be safe, so if I don’t do it before I get pregnant I’ll have to wait a few months.

8. Get some pictures of Wyatt on the walls. 

I know, almost 11 months later and I still haven’t put up any pictures.  It’s bad.  There is no good excuse.  I’m just not sure how I’m going to pick my favorites, plus it costs a lot to print up pictures.  But I would like to get some up before Wyatt has to share the wall space with his brother or sister.

9. Go to the park and swing with Wyatt. 

I’ve been wanting to do this for a while, and I should try to do it before our second bun is in the oven because I can’t swing with him on my lap if I have a baby bump.

10.  Either go swimming as a family, or go to the zoo as a family. 

We’ve already done both together, but Wyatt is just getting more and more fun as he gets older, and I think he would enjoy it more since he would know more of what’s going on!  I would like to go swimming or to the zoo again before we’re a family of four. 


I think a few of these things could be crossed off the list pretty easily, but realistically, some of the others are going to take a lot more time and effort. 

If any of you have any pre-baby, or pre-second-or-third-baby goals, I’d love to hear them!  Though I’m a little nervous to hear them too, because I’ll probably end up thinking of more to add to my list – and I don’t want to make it too long.

I’ll give you a report on how I did after I get pregnant again!

Giveaway Today!


Time for a giveaway!

A couple of months ago I won the My Memories digital scrapbooking software from a giveaway on another blog, and since then I’ve been using it for different things.

I’m not actually much of a scrapbooker, but I was so excited when I won!  This is how I have used or am planning on using the program:


1. I’ve used this program for my blog design.  See how pretty it looks?  The best part is that you don’t even have to worry about legality issues – My Memories says right in their Terms Of Use that you can use their scrapbooking elements to design your personal blog, as long as you give credit to the designer somewhere on your page (scroll to the bottom and you’ll see which designer I used).

2. I’ve used it to make my nails all fancy using this tutorial.


(Image from The Hybrid Chick blog – I didn’t take pictures of my nails, because I’m still perfecting the technique).

3. I’ve thought about using it for birthday invites for Wyatt’s first birthday party – it would be so easy.  There are all kinds of themed scrapbooking kits, and I’m sure I could find one that fit our chosen them and make a really cute invitation.



It’s easy to use, and I’ve been wanting a digital scrapbooking software for the aforementioned uses for a while, so it was handy that I won.  And now I get to give it away to one of you! Thanks to My Memories for asking me to host this giveaway.

So here is how to win!

-Find a scrapbooking kit from the My Memories website, and tell me what you would use it for.  They have a ton though, just to fore-warn you.  Please be sure to include your e-mail address!

For an extra two entries (please leave a separate comment for each entry):

-Be a public follower of my blog with Google Friend Connect, and comment telling me you are!

-Follow me on Twitter, and leave me your Twitter username (ex: @yourname).


This giveaway ends next Tuesday, January 10th, at 11:59 PM, and I’ll announce the winner on Friday the 13th (so someone will have good luck that day – just kidding)!

And if you really can’t wait until then, My Memories gave me a promo code for $10 off the software (making it only $30, which is pretty reasonable), and it also comes with $10 to spend on scrapbooking kits in the store.  Here’s the code: STMMMS8037.  To copy just highlight the text and press Control-C.  I do get compensation if you use the code, just to be up-front about it, but I don’t think any of you would begrudge me that anyway!

Good luck!

First Haircut


A couple weeks ago, Wyatt got his first haircut!  I was a little resistant, because I love his fuzzy hair.  But it was getting pretty long, and it was just time. 

I decided to bite the bullet and do it before Christmas.  I knew I was going to do it myself, and I wanted to give it plenty of time to grow back out before his 1-year pictures, just in case I messed it up.

Here we are before we started.

And that was the last smile for a while.  This is pretty much how the whole thing went: 

Wyatt was not a fan of the whole process.

He did hold still long enough here and there for me to actually cut his hair.  Though it’s a little choppy in the back as evidence of his squirming.

And the finished product!  I was really happy with the way it turned out.  And it still has that fuzzy look, just in a more subdued way.

I love that last picture. He is such a handsome little guy.

When did your kids get their first haircut?

The Plans That We Make. . .

The first post of 2012!  How exciting!

Normally I might try to make this a thoughtful or reflective post, since it’s the first of the New Year, but I’m not going to do that today.  The last couple of weeks I’ve barely had two days without something going on, and I just don’t have it in me right now.  Maybe next week.

I must say I’m pretty excited for 2012!  I see so many things to look forward to on the horizon – I won’t list them all, because a lot of them are still in the hopeful stages.  But most solidly and  notably we have:

-My baby boy’s birthday!  How in the world is it almost a year already?  So cliché to say, but it’s cliché because it’s just true.  It really goes by fast.

(One of his ten-month pictures.  He’s so cute.)

-My sister’s wedding!  More on that to come.

-It’s an election year!  I kind of get excited about politics.  I’m actually really looking forward to the caucus’s and county assembly, and I have secret hopes of getting elected to the state assembly, but I’m not holding my breath.  We may have a scheduling conflict that won’t allow that anyway.  Don’t ask me what candidate I like though, because I can’t for the life of me make up my mind.  A lot can happen between now and the primaries as well.

I really don’t make New Year’s resolutions.  If I want to change something, I’ll work on changing it any time of the year.  And honestly, the main reason is because I know I’m not going to complete all my resolutions (who really does finish everything they resolved to do anyway?), and I get really hard on myself when I fail at those kinds of things.  So to save myself some heartache, I just don’t do it.

However, I was kind-of, sort-of forced into it at work this year.  We have quarterly meetings, and everyone thought it would be fun if we wrote out some resolutions and checked in with each other at the meetings to see how we’re doing.  I like the idea, but as someone who doesn’t make resolutions I’m a little nervous about it too.  But I tried to make realistic goals, and here’s what I came up with:

1. Read five classic books. This should be revised to say read or listen to, because I like to listen to audiobooks since I drive a lot.  I don’t think this is cheating at all.  It can take just as much energy to listen to something well as it takes to read something, and I’m still getting the benefit of literary exposure.  I think I may write a post about the classic books on my “To Read” list, so stay tuned.

2. Clean out my car once a month.  It’s pathetic how bad my car gets, really, and I don’t clean it myself – I always wait for Derek to clean it, because he does a really nice job (way better than I do).  But I think it would be good if I tried to do it myself.  I’m not really holding my breath that it will happen every month, but we’ll see.

3.  Take Wyatt on a walk once a week.  I love going for walks with my baby, but we’ve been stuck indoors for a few months now because it’s just too cold to walk outside.  But there are still nice winter days where we can make it work, or I can take him to the mall on cold days.  This one isn’t a burden to me at all, and I really want to make it happen.  We’ll have to see how the logistics work out.

4.   Drink more water.  This one is pretty vague – how much is more?  “More” is whenever I decide I’m drinking enough water.  I just feel like I’m dehydrated many days, and I’ll be able to tell when I’m getting enough.

5.   Get our family pictures framed.  I still don’t have a picture of the three of us on the wall, and I think it’s a little ridiculous.


Those are the resolutions I came up with (if you want to call them that since I wouldn’t have come up with any at all if left to myself), and I’m not going to be hard on myself if I don’t succeed.  A couple more that I considered were “Get better at writing people back right away”, and “Go on a date night with Derek once a month”, because I’d really like to improve in those areas, but since it was a public list I thought I’d stick with the ones I feel more confident about.  Plus those two are things I’ve been attempting to work on for months anyway.

Do you make New Year’s resolutions?  I’d love to hear some of yours!

Books I Read In 2011

I didn't read nearly as many books in 2011 as I would have liked - only 18, but it's not too shabby compared to last year's 19, and considering I had a baby.

Here are the ones I read! I like to list them at the end of the year for my own records, but I didn't do a review of each book this year like I did in years past. It just seemed like too much effort. So I'll just put in a word or two to say what I thought - let me know if you want more details about what I thought of any of these books!

Bringing Up Boys by Dr. James Dobson - Good.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte - Enjoyed it.

Almost Empty: An Inside Look at The Passion Week by Stephen Davey - Very good.

The Yada Yada Prayer Group by Neta Jackson - Fun.

Stuck In The Middle by Virginia Smith - Alright.

Fools Rush In by Janice Thompson - Liked it.

The Shadow Of Your Smile by Mary Higgins Clark - Good mystery.

When Two Become Three: Nurturing Your Marriage After Baby Arrives by Mark E. Crawford - Liked it.

A Woman's Call To Prayer By Elizabeth George - Very good.

Fudge-Laced Felonies By Cynthia Hickey - Fun mystery.

Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie - Good mystery.

At Bertram's Hotel by Agatha Christie - Good mystery.

To Be Perfectly Honest by Phil Callaway - Interesting premise.

Not For Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade - and How We Can Fight It by David Batstone - Good, but overwhelming, but good. Note: Mature Subject Matter.

Unplanned by Abby Johnson - Good, thought-provoking. Note: Mature Subject Matter.

The Christmas Singing by Cindy Woodsmall - Light, good.

The Trouble With Tulip by Mindy Starns Clark - Loved it.

Building Her House by Nancy Wilson - Alot of good thoughts.

And I started a smattering of other books, but I'll include them in next year's post since I'll be finishing them in 2012. Like I said, let me know if you have any questions for me about any of these! And have a great New Year's Eve!

July-December 2011


Here is part two of our 2011 recap!


-Wyatt rolled from his back to his stomach on the 2nd!

Derek and I took an anniversary getaway the weekend before the 4th!

-Wyatt’s first Independence Day! We celebrated by taking him on his first trip to the zoo on the 3rd.

-The last space shuttle launch on July 8th, at least until the re-fund the space program.  I was not happy about it.

-Wyatt turned five months old.

-We celebrated our anniversary! Derek surprised me and took us to this farmhouse restaurant for dinner.

-Wyatt grabbed his feet for the first time that I noticed on the 22nd.

-We started Wyatt on solids on the 23rd!  We also took him swimming for the first time!

-I quit Facebook.  I never wrote a post about it, but I might at some point.

-I went to physical therapy, but only once.  Apparently that was enough to loosen my knee up, because shortly thereafter I could walk without much of a limp!



-Wyatt started to give me kisses on August 1st!

-Somewhere in the beginning of August I went to a hematologist, who told me I should be on blood thinners for six months, even after bloodwork confirming I have no unusual clotting factors..  I got a second opinion from a different hematologist, who said I could go off of them right away, because I had been on them for three months, and my clot was so small it was almost gone.  I went with the second hematologists opinion and was so glad to be done with those horrible shots.

-We started giving Wyatt more vegetables.  He also started sitting up sometime this month.

-Wyatt turned six months old!

-We had six month photos taken.

-We started Wyatt on formula full-time.

-We went to a baseball game.

-I spent a lot of time driving around the neighborhood looking at houses with Wyatt snoozing in the backseat.  Just for fun.

-I started packing for our vacation in the beginning of September!



-We gave Wyatt even more vegetables and fruits this month – he liked everything! 

-We went on vacation out East to visit Derek’s brother and sister-in-law!  We had a great time!

-Wyatt flew on an airplane for the first time, met his aunt and uncle for the first time, and saw the beach for the first time!

-Wyatt turned seven months old!

- Derek and I went out on a date for the first time in months.

-I started feeling crafty and started on a few projects, including tailoring a men’s shirt to fit me.

-Somewhere in here I moved my toiletries into our newly finished downstairs bathroom, which we finished over the summer!  The basement is officially complete.

-My sister got engaged!  I believe it was in September (I start to lose track of things if I don’t blog about them right away!).  More to come.



-I looked at our monthly budget and started considering cloth diapering.  I bought our first cloth diapers (Oh Katy and Fuzzibunz were the first ones we tried).

-I realized September was banned book month (and I participated by reading the Bible!).

-I gave Wyatt his first teething “cookie”.

-Wyatt and I went to Ikea for the first time.

-Wyatt turned eight months old.

-Wyatt started getting up on his hands and knees and rocking back and forth.  This happened sometime in October I think, I’m not completely sure when, but it was so cute!

-Wyatt got his first tooth on the 16th! Followed closely by the second on the 19th.

-I got up my courage and we started using cloth diapers.

-We visited a pumpkin patch and corn maze with Wyatt!

-I planted flower bulbs for the first time, painted a shelf for the new bathroom, and started on a quilt, all recapped in this post.



-Wyatt started army crawling somewhere in here – I didn’t write down the exact day, but it was somewhere toward the end of October or beginning of November!

-I started posting more about cloth diapers (first impressions, about the money, and various posts with tips from other moms).  More to come in 2012.

-Wyatt kind of waved on November 13th!

-I hosted the Salvation Stories link-up on my blog and posted my testimony – I loved reading everyone’s stories!

-We had our Christmas pictures taken.

-We celebrated Thanksgiving (Wyatt’s first), and set up our Christmas tree!  Wyatt picked out his stocking and saw Christmas lights for the first time.

-We gave Wyatt pureed meat for the first time.  First it was ham and gravy and he hated it.  Then we tried chicken and apples, and he liked that better!  We also tried pumpkin on Thanksgiving Day.



-We started bundling Wyatt up in his cute winter coats, we went on a Christmas shopping trip with Wyatt, and we got a beautiful advent calendar from Derek’s brother and sister-in-law!  All recapped in this post.

-Wyatt pulled himself up on his knees (7th).

-We hosted an ugly sweater party.

-We took Wyatt to his first Christmas parade.

-Wyatt turned ten months old!

-We bought Wyatt’s first Christmas ornament, and our first family-of-three ornament.

-Wyatt had his first haircut on the 23rd.

-We celebrated our first Christmas with Wyatt!

-Wyatt got his second upper tooth on the 26th.

-We celebrated Derek’s birthday by going ice skating, out to eat, and to a movie.

-We celebrated New Year’s Eve!


So much has happened for our family in 2011 – most significantly becoming a family of three!  The Lord has given us so much to be thankful this past year, and I feel so blessed.  I’m looking forward to seeing what He has in store for us in 2012, and I’m so glad that He is in control of our story – because His plans are the best plans!

Wishing each of you blessings in 2012!

January-June 2011


The year 2011 has brought so many wonderful changes to our little family!  Every year I do a recap of highlights from each month of the year, and this year’s recap will be fun to write because so much fun stuff has happened!  I’ll do the first six months today and the second six months tomorrow.



-I reached 32 weeks in my pregnancy.

-We took some maternity pictures on January 8th!

-I had my baby shower on January 9th.

-We continued to work on my crazy baby to-do list.

-I reached 34 weeks in my pregnancy.  I was measuring 3 centimeters behind, so we scheduled an ultrasound to check my little guy’s growth.

-I killed my iPod.

-The girls at work threw my coworker and me a joint baby shower!



-I got my little guy’s baby book in the mail!

-We found out the baby was growing just fine at the ultrasound, and I got to see his chubby cheeks.

-I got an iPod touch to replace my poor Nano.

-I bought an adorable little hat for my Babykins.

-At my 36 week appointment my blood pressure was high and I had some protein in the initial urine tests.  The sent me to the hospital and kept me overnight for monitoring.  The day I turned 36 weeks pregnant I spent in the hospital.

-They lost part of my 24-hour urine test (how do you lose 600 mL of urine between the hospital room and the lab?  I have no idea), but my blood pressure was better, so they sent me home to repeat the 24-hour test on my own.  I posted a full recap of that adventure here.

-I went in for another doctor’s appointment and got the highest blood pressure reading yet.

-I got the results back from my second 24-hour urine test, and it wasn’t so good.  Off to the hospital we went to be induced!  I was so excited and scared at the same time.

-On February 11, 2011 our sweet Wyatt was born!  A moment that changed my life forever.  You can read the full birth story here.

-We came home from the hospital on February 13th.

-We spent Wyatt’s first Valentine’s Day as our first full day home as a family!

-After Wyatt was born I finished some of the final touches and revealed his nursery!

-We just spent the next few weeks figuring out life with our sweet baby!  I did end up getting pretty sick with an infection in there too, but it cleared up nicely with some antibiotics.

-I finally posted our maternity pictures (here they are, part one and two).

-We had Wyatt’s newborn photos taken (session one and two).



-We reached our due date with a three week old baby!

-Wyatt turned one month old.

-We lost the bumper on our car.  I was sure it must have been stolen, but what I never got around to mentioning on here was that we did end up finding it later.  How it fell off the car without being loose, and without me hitting anything with it will always be a mystery to me.

-I started getting out more with Wyatt.

-We had several firsts – Wyatt’s first basketball game, first date without Wyatt, Wyatt’s first shoes, etc.

-Wyatt rolled over (stomach to back) for the first time on March 27th!



-I took Wyatt on his first walk outside on April 1st.

-On April 2nd Wyatt smiled for the first time!

-Derek and Wyatt had their first “guy’s night” (April 4th) while I went out for dinner with my mom and sister.

-We got to meet Anne and her husband for dinner on the 5th!

-Wyatt turned two months old.

-My laptop died and I had to get a new one.

-Right when I got home from picking up the new laptop, my knee “popped”, and I fell and realized I couldn’t move my leg with pain shooting through my knee.  Thankfully I wasn’t holding Wyatt at the time.  I dragged myself and the carseat inside our front door and shortly after went to the urgent care center (horrible experience there).

-Ended up going to the ER.  Found out I tore the meniscus in my knee and flipped it out of place.  Scheduled surgery.

-Had surgery the next morning on the 17th.

-Wyatt blessed us by starting to sleep through the night on April 20th/21st!  Right when we needed rest most.

-I spent the next week on the couch because I could hardly move without pain, and tried to figure out how to use crutches, which I would be on for the next six weeks.

-We spent our first Easter as a family!

-I ended up developing a blood clot in my leg and they put me on aspirin.  I felt like a sickly person for the first time in my life.

-Friends and family came to help me for the next several weeks, because I was not allowed to put any weight on my leg and therefore couldn’t carry Wyatt around.

-Trimmed Wyatt’s nails for the first time on April 28th.

-I spent a lot of time on the couch blogging and watching TV since I couldn’t get around to take care of my own baby.  This was pretty depressing.  But the idea for the Moms and Babies feature was born during that time, and I finally made a blog button.



-I posted the reveal of our new bedroom in our finished basement! It had been finished for a while, but I finally got around to posting it.

-It was getting really hard not to feel depressed about not being able to do anything with Wyatt and sitting around all the time.

-Osama Bin Laden was killed.  The post “Death Of An Evil Man” has my thoughts on the subject.

-Wyatt laughed for the first time on May 10th!

-Wyatt turned three months old.

-I had my first Mother’s Day as a mom!

-I went to a tea party at Ashley’s house. It was so fun!

-I had an ultrasound to check on blood clot and it was still there.  I was put on injectable blood thinners.

-It snowed and we built Wyatt’s first snowman.

-We lost our dog for three weeks while she went on a trip to Missouri.

-I started to get a little more independent, because I figured out that if I stationed myself and Wyatt on the couch with the baby bag and bouncer seat within reach, I could take care of us both by myself.  This worked out well for the last couple weeks of my crutches.

-I visited my orthopedic surgeon and got the okay to get rid of the crutches!  What I didn’t mention was that I burst into tears after that appointment when I realized that even though I technically could put weight on my leg now, I still couldn’t walk very well without my crutches.  I spent the next few weeks with very limited movement in my knee and a horrible limp.



-I went back to work

-Wyatt turned four months old.

-We celebrated my birthday!

-Wyatt started grabbing toys intentionally (15th) and held his own bottle (19th).

-We celebrated Derek’s first Father’s Day as a dad!

-We got rid of our satellite TV service.  I wrote about why in these posts (part one and two).

-Blood clot still there.  More injections of blood thinners.

-Found out my sister-in-law was pregnant again!

-We just enjoyed the beautiful summer weather.


To be continued tomorrow . . .

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