Sep 25

ruthie turns one

I can’t believe my baby is one year old! How did that happen? It’s strange because I remember the week she was born like it was yesterday. Because it was my birthday week, some friends watched Job so Ian and I could go out for one last date/birthday celebration before Roo-Roo was born. We went to Outback Steakhouse, and I think it was seriously one of our best dates to this day. The manager gave us half off because it was my birthday and I looked like I was going to pop at any moment. I still had over two weeks until my due date! Little did I know she would be coming that weekend. ruthie-turns-oneThe midwives had told me to expect to go late, because I was eight days late with Job. So we booked my moms ticket to come out for the birth on her due date, expecting her to go late. I had an appointment Friday and the midwife said if we were wanting anyone to be in town for the birth, they better get here fast, because this baby was coming soon.

That weekend was our annual ladies retreat so instead of going to the retreat, a few of us ladies went out to Olive Garden. We had a great time talking and catching up. That night my dad was working hard to change my mom’s ticket so she could come out for the birth. The Lord worked all of those details out and my mom arrived the next afternoon. We settled in for what was our last night of great sleep.
ruthie-turns-one-4I woke up early the next morning, around 2:30am, feeling uncomfortable. I tossed and turned in bed until nearly 3:30. I decided to try and take a shower to see if that would help. I got back into bed and tried sleeping for a little while longer. Ian got up for work and I was trying to play off the contractions. By the time he was out of the shower, I told him he should call work and tell them he wasn’t coming in

I made a call to the midwife and she ended up telling me to come in soon since it was my second baby. Around 7am we headed into the hospital. By the time I got settled in my room, I was starving, and my contractions had subsided. I was very nervous they were going to send me home for lack of progress and pain.ruthie-turns-one-3I was uncomfortable at times, but I was far from the crazy contraction that had brought Job. Despite not being in lots of pain, progress was still being made. I was about 6cm, so they decided to break my water to speed up the process.Within about 15 minutes of my water breaking, I was in transition and my pain was at an all time high.

After about three hours of crazy pain, I started to have the urge to push (unlike with Job). She checked me and I was only 6-7cm. I was discouraged to say the least. 3 hours of intense pain, and not even a cm to show for it. My delivery nurse told me I would have the baby at any minute so to tell her when I had another urge to push.ruthie-turns-one-7Before she could even leave the room, my next contraction brought an even stronger urge to push. She said she would check me again.I thought that there was no way anything could have happened in one contraction. She JUST checked me. Lo and behold, I was ready to deliver my baby girl. She quickly called the midwife and within 10-15 pushes, I was holding my baby girl. (I will spare you many of the details from those 10-15 contractions). She weighed 9lbs 9oz. I was so thankful she was my second baby!

ruthie-turns-one-5She has been such a laid-back, “go with the flow” (and the punches – literally) baby since she was born. She’s also a GREAT sleeper! PRAISE THE LORD FOR THAT! And she’s such a little delight. She is so smily, happy, cuddly, and sweet. She loves to be with her peeps and eat her food. She absolutely loves her big brother and could laugh at him all day long. She is great at entertaining herself, but prefers to be with people.ruthie-turns-one-6Here we are, over a year later, taking Girlie in for her one year check up. She is doing great! The doctor said she is growing and developing just as expected.

Weight: 20.5lbs (59%)

Length: 29in (43%)

Head circumference: 46.2cm (83%)
She stood on her own for the first time last week. I have a feeling she will be walking before we know it. She has eight teeth (just like Jobie at this age). And she loves her food, but is starting to get a bit picky. She also did some coloring for the first time this week and did a great job. She totally gets how the crayons work. It’s so fun to see her put things together and watch her lear

ruthie-turns-one-9She is such a little, sweet blessing. I am so thankful the Lord gave me such an underserving gift. I can’t imagine life without our little chunky monkey. She brings us so much joy. I am so excited to see how the Lord is going to use her for His kingdom.ruthie-turns-one-8May she be a polished cornerstone (Psalm 144:12), a lover of what is true, lovely, and right. May she stand firm and be salt and light in the dark world. Love our Ruthie girl.

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Sep 24

fun mail

After a nice brisk walk in the cool, crisp air, I opened our mailbox to find a whole bunch of fun! What a nice start to our day! We had birthday cards, stickers, and a box full of nail polish. That’s what I call fun mail! fun-mail fun-mail-1 Look at all those bright colors! Thanks Kate for all the unexpected fun! LOVE IT!

fun-mail-3 fun-mail-2I couldn’t decide which color to try first, so I just tried them all out! happy mail = happy nails.


Sep 23

a few of my favorite things

a-few-of-my-favorite-things I am turning into a souther girl. I love monograming. What can I say? It just makes me happy. My friend, April, has her own monograming business, Stitches By April. When I saw these shirts with little pockets on them, I knew I had to get them and put some monograms on them. And fast. I am in love with this shirt (and the hubby likes it too – BONUS!)

SPOILER ALERT: The last shirt is a gift, and I don’t think they have received it yet. If they read this post and know their initials, and that their favorite color is green, I guess they know the shirt is coming.

a-few-of-my-favorite-things-1 My mom got me this candle for my birthday and I am loving it. Every time I light it the whole house smells like Fall. Perfection.a-few-of-my-favorite-things-2 This chapstick has been with me through two labors and deliveries. I am not a big chapstick fan, but Mr.YesToCarrots, we have a special bond.a-few-of-my-favorite-things-4 Sippy cups and I have a love HATE relationship. I have been on the search for the perfect sippy cup and I think I have finally found one that I don’t want to throw out the window every time we use them. I have spent my fair share of money on cups to find this one. If you are in search for the cup, look no further. Give this Nuby 2 Handle Flip Straw Cup a try!

a-few-of-my-favorite-things-5 Foldover elastic. It’s so pretty. Stretchy. Colorful. Easy. And makes any girl feel a little more, well, girly. I wear one of these headbands on days that I want to look cute, but keep my hair out of my face. This is also the only way I can keep a bow or flower in Ruthie’s hair. Love it.

a-few-of-my-favorite-things-3I am here to say, I am a believer. I haven’t been able to wear earring for quite sometime now. I developed an allergy to any kind of earring in High School. I use to be able to wear earring for a few hours and be okay. I got to the point I could hardly wear them during dinner on a date night with out going crazy from the itching and then paying for it for DAYS after while my ears were trying to heal from the dramatic event.

I had given up on the idea that I could ever wear earrings. I had even tried platinum and still no luck. But then, a friend (thank you Mo!) told me about “Wear Earrings Again“. Long story short, I ordered some titanium earrings  and I’ve been wearing them for a few days now. The worst part is over and I am seeing light at the end of the tunnel. It really does seem like I will be able to wear earrings without some serious consequences.  I can’t believe I am wearing earrings RIGHT now as I type this without thinking the whole time “My ears feel like they are on FIRE!” So excited.

I hope you are able to try a few of my favorite things. I love that the little things in life can bring much joy. Sometimes, it’s just a sippy cup that doesn’t leak, or pretty elastic, or being able to wear earring without your ears falling off. Whatever it might be, live hard and happy.

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Sep 17

vacation recap

This past week we got back from our vacation in Key West and Mexico. We had a great time of fun and relaxation. We hit the road for our 10 hour dive to Orlando, FL early Saturday morning. We had to get to the Orlando Airport by 6 pm to pick my parents up. So we hit the road and only stopped twice.
vacationIsn’t that a sweet little view?
vacation-1I couldn’t help but sing that Florida Georgia Line song as we drove by.
vacation-2One of our stops was going to be In-N-Out Burger. I never really liked In-N-Out Burger until I had it when I was pregnant with Job. I have been craving it ever since. I was so delighted to find out there was one only 20 minutes out of the way! Let’s just say we were disappointed, to say the least, when this is what we found at the location of the purported “In-N-Out Burger” on the map. (Now we know they only have locations on the West Coast.)

So we set out to find something else for lunch. We ended up eating at Tijuana Flats. It’s one of my new favorite spots. If you have one in your area, you should try their Chicken Flautas. MMM!vacation-3 We hit some CRAZY rain on our drive. We almost had to pull over. We were going like 35 MPH in a 75 MPH! We were all driving with our hazard lights on.vacation-4 After the storm cleared we had some of the most beautiful clouds. The sky was BEAUTIFUL. This pictures does not do it justice. vacation-5 Once we picked up my parents we settled in. The next morning we hit the pool. Ruthie and Grandpa had a very special bond. She LOVED snuggling with him!vacation-6 Job loved the great little kiddie pool. He quickly got used to the water and by the end of the trip he was putting his face in the water and blowing lots of bubbles! So brave. vacation-7 While my parents hung out with the kids in Florida, Ian and I headed out for our cruise to Key West and Cozumel, Mexico. We had a great time. We had lots of rain right before we got into Key West so the street was flooded. It was such a cute little place. I would love to spend a whole vacation there, not just a quick stop. vacation-8 While we were in Key West, we had a little bracelet made for Ruthie. It turned out so CUTE! I am so glad Ian convinced me to get it. I got to pick out the colors to go with her name beads. SO fun. And Roo-Roo loves it.vacation-9 vacation-10The first two days of the cruise were cloudy and a little rainy. So we spent most of our time under cover, napping, or watching TV in our room. It was a nice, relaxing few days.
vacation-11 vacation-12After Key West, we stopped in Cozumel, Mexico. It was still overcast, but the water was beautiful. We ended up renting a Wave Runner. It was a great way to experience Mexican waters.
vacation-13 The view from the little beach we were on was perfect. vacation-14 Our last day on the cruise ended up being perfectly sunny weather. We spent the whole day out in the sun, getting fried. It was marvelous. The cruise we were on had three water slides too. So when we would get hot, we would go down the water slides. What a fun way to cool off! vacation-15 By the time the cruise was done, I was ready to get back to my kiddos. It was a great time with just the hubby and I, but we were both ready to squeeze our littles. vacation-16 The kids were so glad to see us. Which I was thankful for. I was a little nervous Ruthie wouldn’t remember me, but that wasn’t a problem at all.vacation-17 We got a picture of Ruthie standing on her own for the first time! So fun! My baby is getting so BIG!vacation-18 vacation-19 Once we were back in Florida, we found out a friend from High School was visiting Florida as well. We were able to meet up with her for a few hours and catch up. SO fun! I am so glad we got to catch up with Kate. Check out her blog over here.

vacation-20The timeshare had a great little kid park that Job conquered. He was a climbing BEAST! He loved the slide too.
vacation-21 After a long morning in the pool, Ruthie snugged up next to Grandpa, her little buddy. She just laid next to him for 20 minutes.

vacation-23On our last day in Florida, we played a quick round of Put-Put. Job loved hitting all the balls. He basically just went around hitting all the balls or handing our back to us. I think we may have a little golfer on our hands! Ian and I wouldn’t mind that! :)

So glad we could get away for a few days alone as well as hang with my parents and the kiddos in Florida. So much fun! We loved it but are definitely ready to get “back in the swing of things.” Fall is just around the corner! (I LOVE this time of year.)