Friday, April 11, 2014

Life Lately

It's funny, because it seems like some days are so long... yet the days rush by and weeks and it's practically summer and Baby #2 is practically here and... you get the idea.  Here are some things we've been up to.

  • HEALTHY BABY #2!!!

If you've been reading for a while, you might recall this post in which I shared about our experience in finding out Harper had clubfoot (at our 20 week ultrasound).  And of course I've written a ton about that since.  But needless to say, we were hoping for different results this go round. 

The result of having clubfoot for subsequent children is very low, practically the same odds as getting it in the first place, but this time, I was nervous it would be something worse.  I've written to so many parents about how clubfoot is really not that bad and there are so many worse things out there --- so I started to worry we would be dealing with one of those other things.  Not actively worrying, but it crossed my mind.

When I laid down on the table to do the ultrasound, I was hit with such a wave of panic that I really felt sick. Despite what I just said above, I wasn't really worried until the minute that baby popped up on the screen.  I found myself being a crazy person (go figure) and thinking outlandish things like - omg it looks like the baby doesn't have hands or feet!  (when the sane part of me knew it was just the angle).  Yet, my fears were for nothing as the tech assured us that all looked well (usually they don't tell you anything, but we shared with her how she had found clubfoot with our first, so she was more obliging).  She even took the time to really show us the baby's legs and feet in detail, explaining how the angles showed that everything was great with them.  She even pulled up Harper's old pictures to show us the difference.  It was so cool to see those old ones (we never got printouts of those - they just saved them) and know what we were looking at when we saw the foot.  We never really knew that then. 

What's funny too is that we probably had 10 ultrasounds done total with Harper, and this ultrasound on Baby 2 was significantly clearer than any of Harper's ever were.  It was amazing to see her in such detail.  I also found my placenta is in the front, which explains why I haven't felt a ton of movement.  Harper straight up punched me for 6 months, so it's weird to only feel muffled rolls.  I'm hoping as she gets bigger I will be able to feel more (and we will be able to feel it from the outside).  I miss that part.

Seeing a perfectly healthy baby - such a wonderful, heart-filling blessing.

((We also picked out her name and made it official!))
  • Projects!

We have a whole slew of things we want to do pre-baby, and it's taken some focus to be able to prioritize them, figure out how we're paying for them, and get down to business.  18 weeks or less to go!

First, we are tackling our backyard.  This got pushed to the front, as planting is time-sensitive before heat wave comes, and since we want to be able to enjoy the fruits of our labor this summer.

So far we're doing fun things like fixing a retaining wall and digging irrigation. Not pretty (and stinking expensive!), but all essential to prevent any new plants we will plant from being flooded out.  More on that later.

  • Nursery dreaming
I'm painting the nursery the same light gray as Harper's room, choosing to bring in colors in the form of accessories.  I'm going with navy, coral, and gray... like this...
Nursery if a girl
I haven't actually started on a single thing... but it's kinda there in my brain... Also, it's funny how I'm going totally the opposite direction with this room than with Harper's.  With hers I felt I had to have it perfect - everything new and pretty and coordinated.  This one is going to be a whole lot of borrowed and mismatched.  But full of love.  That's what really matters, right?

Can't wait to get started!

**Have a great weekend everyone!!  We are off to celebrate our sweet niece Lyla's birthday.  She's turning 4, but I'm pretty sure she was just.born.  Slow down babies!


  1. Yay for a healthy baby! Also, I love the inspiration colors for her nursery - so much fun!

  2. Ah, so happy for healthy baby #2. My girl isn't here yet, but I've already been dreading (so sad!) the idea of having another. I know the statistics of another baby with clubfoot (or something worse) is slim, but I can't help thinking that would confirm it's my fault or something I'm doing wrong. I just can't stand the thought. So as relieved as I know you are, know that I'm right here cheering too!

  3. I'm catching up. You know I love that color scheme, right? It's going to be so fabulous - can't wait to see it! And hooray hooray for a healthy baby #2. So happy for your sweet family, Claire!


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