Wednesday, July 30, 2014

40 and Handsome - Happy Birthday Joshua!

I can't believe that Joshua turns 40 today. Somehow, someway, he just gets more and more handsome every year. Recently, I started keeping a gratitude log for all of the little and big things that Joshua does for me and for our family. I knew that he did a lot, but as the list got longer and longer, I realized that he does more than I actually acknowledge. He is amazing. I am one very lucky lady.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Tomorrow: 39 Weeks + Missed Wedding

Wow! I cannot believe how fast time has been flying by. Tomorrow, Evelyn will be 39 weeks along and all signs are pointing to her going the full 40. It blows my mind that within the next 3 weeks, our daughter will be born. 

I continue to feel thankful that I feel well. I don't feel well every moment of every day, but I do feel well most of the time. 

One huge improvement in my comfort level is from our new duct work and insulation. We worked with a wonderful company called Magic Touch. They did such a nice job and we continue to be surprised by just how much energy we are saving now as our house cools more evenly in all areas. This has been a big deal for our bedroom, which was uncomfortably hot. To make matters even better, we bought a fan for Miss Evelyn to ensure that there is air circulation and I have been using that for the past few nights. I am sleeping so much better. Why didn't we do that sooner? 

Although I am excited to meet her, I am in no big rush. I am enjoying this time and finishing up preparations for her arrival. She'll be here soon enough. 

One downside to being pregnant is that at the end, one can't travel. This weekend, we missed my brother-in-law marrying his new wife in California. It is hard to not attend such an important occasion. Thankfully, there were lots of pictures to look through and social media does allow one to feel as if they can participate in a small way from afar. But, it is not really the same.

All in all, life is good and we continue to walk forward toward the unknown. Will she be feisty? Will she love to sleep? Will she cry continuously? I don't know. But, I think that I will be ready to find out when she finally decides to come out and meet the world.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Projects, projects and more projects - 4th of July weekend

Life is bustling around the Oehler homestead. With the due date now approaching in less than a month (August 4th), there is a lot on my list that I hope to get done. As soon as summer classes ended, I pivoted to doing all of the things that I have been putting off.

First, we signed up for several baby related classes. We are attending birthing classes, an infant cpr class, a newborn basics class and I am attending a breast feeding class in the coming weeks.

I have this overwhelming desire to clean and organize everything. I have this feeling that if I don't get to it now, I won't get to it until next summer after I graduate (if even then). I know that once the baby arrives, I am going to be one very busy mama.

So, my mom and I spent the early hours of 4th of July cleaning up the garage. She is such a good sport. She also helped detag, sort, wash, sort and fold all of Evelyn's clothes. Both were a huge help. Yay for grandmas!

Meanwhile, Joshua has been fixing up an old dresser that his dad built for his brother James. As it was no longer being used and had a little water damage, we took it off of his parents' hands, for Evelyn. Joshua has been sanding, staining, refacing two drawers, sealing the inside so that there aren't splinters, etc. It is looking really great and appears to be nearly done, which should kick start some major work in her bedroom.

Today, both Joshua and I got up early to enjoy the cooler morning temperatures. He worked on the dresser along with various other outdoor projects. I worked on cleaning up our storage room. was bad! I still have some work to do in there, but I do feel a lot better about how it is now. If I did nothing else, I know that I can at least live with it for another year. 

The weather this weekend was wonderful...for Phoenix, Arizona. We have been topping off at 100 degrees at the most. Typically, it has been cloudy and breezy too. It would be terrific if we could squeeze some rain out of those clouds, but if we can just get cooler temperatures - I'll take that too! 

It does seem that as soon as I check one thing off of my list, I add two, new items. Maybe this is just how I am dealing with the anxiety of impending childbirth? Maybe I thoroughly understand just how much my life is going to change in a few short weeks. Who knows? Either way, it does make me feel a lot better to clean, organize and prepare. 

Most of all, I am thankful that I feel good enough to be able to keep busy. I definitely have to rest and have been taking a lot of naps in the afternoon and drinking tons of water. But, all in all, I feel pretty darn good!


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