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Friday, July 25, 2014 I don’t love taking these photos, and am seriously missing my regular sized clothing, but I’m sure one day I’ll be happy that I documented this. Right? I’m feeling much better than a few days ago, just incredibly tired, but that’s kind of the way this process goes at this point. Thanks for the well wishes and prayers. #32weeks #pregnancy

I don’t love taking these photos, and am seriously missing my regular sized clothing, but I’m sure one day I’ll be happy that I documented this. Right? I’m feeling much better than a few days ago, just incredibly tired, but that’s kind of the way this process goes at this point. Thanks for the well wishes and prayers. #32weeks #pregnancy

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Thursday, July 24, 2014 Cousins in the bathtub! @buzzardmuzzle @cybermom1028

Cousins in the bathtub! @buzzardmuzzle @cybermom1028

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Monday, July 21, 2014 This lady saved my butt today! I was sick as a dog and she wore Remy out at CMOR for multiple hours while I continued to throw up and generally feel terrible. Then she cleaned my kitchen, mopped the floors on her hands and knees, and made sure Remy was down for her nap before she left….to get me baking potatoes and ginger ale; which ended up being the first things I kept down over the course of 24 hours. I’m so thankful that my mom loves me and has showed me that over the past 29 years. I love you, Mom! #motherhood #blessed

This lady saved my butt today! I was sick as a dog and she wore Remy out at CMOR for multiple hours while I continued to throw up and generally feel terrible. Then she cleaned my kitchen, mopped the floors on her hands and knees, and made sure Remy was down for her nap before she left….to get me baking potatoes and ginger ale; which ended up being the first things I kept down over the course of 24 hours. I’m so thankful that my mom loves me and has showed me that over the past 29 years. I love you, Mom! #motherhood #blessed

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Saturday, July 19, 2014 #DateNight at the reservoir. Love this man. #31weeks

#DateNight at the reservoir. Love this man. #31weeks

Thursday, July 10, 2014 #30weeks today! The time is flying and I’m realizing I’m on the FAST, downward slope of things now. I think we’re going to call him Graham, but please don’t get anything personalized for him. If he comes into the world and doesn’t look like a Graham, then we’ll go with @fatherofremy ‘s first choice: Juan Carlos, el Primero. Which is hilarious, because why we’d need to specify him being the first is beyond me.

#30weeks today! The time is flying and I’m realizing I’m on the FAST, downward slope of things now. I think we’re going to call him Graham, but please don’t get anything personalized for him. If he comes into the world and doesn’t look like a Graham, then we’ll go with @fatherofremy ‘s first choice: Juan Carlos, el Primero. Which is hilarious, because why we’d need to specify him being the first is beyond me.

Saturday, July 5, 2014 Glad for visiting cousins!

Glad for visiting cousins!

Video by Jos Stiglingh Oh, fireworks are my FAVORITE! Thank you for sharing with me, dear husband.

Our Fourth was so fun! Too fun for any real pictures. Seriously, we didn’t get even one of us together and the rest were all at night and kind of awkward and grainy. Ehh, oh well. It’s better to live in the moment, than to spend all your time taking pictures, right!?

Early in the morning, we enjoyed COOL weather and breeze (is this July in Virginia???) with my mom while we picked blueberries with Remy. It was hilarious, but also short lived as Remy was obsessively eating every berry she could pick. After a while she started pitching a fit because she’d begun grabbing berries from our buckets, which was easier than picking them (smart girl!). Well, we wouldn’t share the berries with her unless she said “please”, in an effort to slow her down. She became quite stubborn and wouldn’t say it, even though she knows how to—she just wanted to get her own way! The tears flowed, she refused to pick any more berries, we paid for our pickings and left. But not without enough berries to make a special treat for later. Read on.

We had our parents, Sam’s grandma F (great-grandma/granny to Remy), my brother Ian, and cousin Michael over to dinner. All the food was delicious, but Ian made the most memorable dish; TWO blueberry-strawberry pies. Honestly, the crust was gorgeous and heavenly, and the flavors were INSANE. I woke up bitter that I didn’t cram more of it into my pie hole…sorry, had to.

It was this recipe, if you want a looksie. image viaimage via

After dinner we went a quarter mile down the road to watch the fireworks over the reservoir that our on which neighborhood is located. They were being launched a couple of miles away, so the sound we actually heard was delayed by several seconds and actually pretty faint. On the one hand, it was lovely and peaceful and not at all frightening to Remy, but I think I do prefer enough noise to add to the energy of these kinds of festive occasions. 

Interestingly, it was Remy’s first experience with fireworks and we let her stay up almost 3 hours later than her bedtime. It was cute and kind of sad to watch her “lose it” at the end before we got her home. She wasn’t crying or screaming, thankfully, but she was panicked as she kept going through all of our names asking us to stand by her. If you took a step away from her, she would call your name to come back to her. It was like she didn’t want to be without all of us. Oh the “trip” that is exhaustion, hahaha! Now she knows what it felt like to spend my days after the sleep-less nights that ensued upon her arrival.

After our families left, we vegged out with X-Files and I fell asleep on the sofa per the usual. When we woke up this morning, we thought it was Sunday, happily realized it was Saturday, and thanked God once again that we live in America.

Loving my view and role as “supervisor” on this insanely gorgeous day! High of a 75? I’ll take it.

Loving my view and role as “supervisor” on this insanely gorgeous day! High of a 75? I’ll take it.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 Too sweet

I’m sitting here after drinking my glucose drink thing…you know, that disgustingly syrupy excuse for a test for gestational diabetes. Anyway, I am alone with an hour to wait before they can test my blood. I’ve gone through all my blogs and social media platforms and it’s a little quiet on the Internet. Of course, it is only 8:30 am EST, so I suppose it makes sense.
I’ll be 29 weeks tomorrow. The time is flying and yet I am more ready for this pregnancy to already be over. Between the exhaustion and migraines, I’m just sort of done. However I think to myself, quite often, “you are lucky to be in this situation and you need to keep that baby in as long as possible”. I know, I know. I will, I promise!
Our summer is here in full force. We’re taking advantage of dollar kids movies and pool party invitations and popsicles as they appear. We’re letting Remy stay up a little later on weekends (8pm!!!) so we can do stuff together with her. Last weekend, we found ourselves eating crepes for dinner al fresco (from Les Crepes) at Stoney Point and allowing Remy to dash about exploring while we listened to the surprisingly talented live band. It was incredible.
The weather is still LOVELY at night here in Virginia and we’d be crazy not to take advantage. All too soon, we’ll be plotting how to stay indoors 24/7. I hope the weather stays cool ENOUGH for the Fourth of July on Friday. I’ve got plans for family fireworks and food, obviously.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 This man is amazing! He knows why I’m feeling particularly proud of him this week, so I won’t go into detail, but he is incredible and we’re so blessed that he is ours.

This man is amazing! He knows why I’m feeling particularly proud of him this week, so I won’t go into detail, but he is incredible and we’re so blessed that he is ours.

Loves colors and messes!! And goatees drawn on with marker. #bless her #cmor

Sunday, June 15, 2014 To Remy’s wonderful, wonderful dad! Happy father’s day!! xxo

To Remy’s wonderful, wonderful dad! Happy father’s day!! xxo

Friday, June 13, 2014

I haven’t posted a real post in forever. Thank goodness that Instagram let’s you push posts to tumblr.

It all started when we went to Florida to see the Bennett’s and my dad’s family and to a friend’s wedding in South Carolina roughly a month ago. I was in the midst of getting a new phone and did not have any photos from the trip as they were all on Sam’s phone. I keep forgetting to get them from him (or perhaps, he keeps forgetting to put them on my computer? Ha!) and post them… so at this point I will just move ahead until I get them.
The last month has been filled with local trips to see friends in Winchester and family at the beach. We also got to meet our new niece on my side of the family, Felicity! What a chunky doll!!
Remy is into everything, all the time. I keep trying new activities to keep her entertained such as bowling and the inflatable gym. Thank goodness I have begun working on a play room for her. The girl just needs room to run! She is so much fun and yet it is so exhausting to be pregnant and keep up with her all the time. I’m totally grateful to be in this situation, but I am looking forward to being thinner/not pregnant so I can better keep up with her.
I’m also really looking forward to meeting this little boy of ours! I’ve got about 14 weeks left, which I think will fly by as the rest of the pregnancy has done. We are planning to call him Graham and hopefully he will look like one, as it’s the only name Sam I agree on.:-)
The pregnancy has been good aside from many migraines… But I’ve learned that when it comes to migraines, someone always has it worse than you do. I am definitely trying not to complain, TOO MUCH;-)
Before Graham gets here, I’m planning to complete several projects as I know that upon his arrival we will most likely be lost to the world known as having two children. I’ve heard that it’s definitely a huge adjustment (some say more so than going from two to three) and so I have no daydreams about it being a cakewalk. These projects include painting the playroom, stenciling Remy’s new room (shown in progress above), sewing a dress for the first time, and continuing to practice my hypnobirthing. I’d really like to prepare for a similar birth experience to Remy’s, God willing!!!
Finally, Sam found out that he was accepted into a masters of business analytics program for executives (so it’s every other weekend for two years) at VCU, to begin this fall. I’m so proud of him!! They specifically tell you not to have a baby while you are in the program, but it was too late for us at that point :-) Needless to say, but since we will have another child and Sam will still be working, I will not be taking any new clients beginning this fall.
Anyway, no exciting updates but we are all alive and well.

Thursday, June 5, 2014 Doin how she do

Doin how she do

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