I'm a happy RN married to a hardworking resident. We have recently become Carolina fans and are adding the color "carolina" blue to our wardrobe and home. I love the east coast and couldn't be happier living in hot, sticky climate. I was raised on a farm/ranch with two wonderful parents and three fun loving older sisters. I went to a one room country school house down the dusty dirt road with grand total of three in my class. Life in the country was rich, meaningful, and simple, just the way I like it. So from country farmgirl to coastal bell, here I am, living life and loving it!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Pregnancy This Time Around

Pregnancy this time around is different.  Different in many ways but still the same in some.  And because of that everyone is convinced that I am having a little girl.  But deep down I feel it is a boy?  I don't know why, if it is because I am telling myself that, or if I just know?  Anyway this is what life has been like for baby #2 and me for the past 16 weeks:)

1.  I crave salt.  I want anything and everything salty.  Chips, salsa, hummus, crackers.  Sweets sound awful.  Nothing sweet sounds appealing.

2.  I was sick this time around:(  We got back from Montana and it hit me.  I laid on couch all summer long feeling nauseous sometimes just in the morning sometimes throughout the day.  I never threw up or felt extremely awful but just to be nauseated everyday is exhausting.

3.  I have not gained that much weight yet!!  With Jonah I put the pounds on fast.  This time I have tried to be a little more careful about what I eat and for some reason didn't gain too quickly.

4.  I have such awful acne.  I had clear complexion pretty much the entire time I was prego with Jonah.  Now my face looks like a pizza.  I hate it, I'm self conscious about it, but what do you do?

5.  I have been extremely emotional. I cry at commercials, stories, blogs, movies, radio broadcastings.  It may be a happy story or a sad one, but either way I am crying.  I don't think I shed one tear while pregnant with Jonah:)

6.  I nap a lot when Jonah does.  I guess I didn't really get the opportunity to nap while pregnant with Jonah because I still working full time.  But now I am taking full advantage of those wonderful afternoon naps.  Keeping up with a 13 month old active little boy is a joy, but tiring too!:)

So that sums it up.  That is what this pregnancy has looked like so far.  I feel like it is going quick.  I am already 16 weeks today and can't believe I am almost to the half way point.  Things are going well and I loving being a mommy at home!

Oh and I had to add these photos.  This was at a friends birthday party and one is Jonah happy before we put the birthday hat on.

 And he hated the hat on!!

 And cuteness after his bath!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Erpelding Baby #2

Well I decided it was time I posted our wonderful news that baby #2 is well on the way!!  We were a little shocked when we found out we were expecting #2, but soon realized it was perfect timing and were so excited to share the news.  I had been feeling a little "off" when we were in Montana this summer visiting family.  There were times when I would be sitting in my parents living and would say out loud "I feel kind of nauseous."  From across the living I could hear my sister Laura and Julie say, as they looked up from the book or magazine that they were reading "you could be pregnant."  And I would just shrug it off.  Well after we got home from Montana I was depressed, tired, now sick a lot, and SO homesick.  All I wanted to do was go back home and be with family.

 After a couple of weeks of this Tim finally told me I needed to take a pregnancy test.  So  I went to the store, bought the cheapest one and sure enough it was positive.  But it was a faint positive.  This was NOT convincing for me because when I took a pregnancy test with Jonah it was immediately positive and VERY positive!  So I waited a whole two days:) and took another one it was faint again.  This time Tim told me I should probably wait at least a week before I took another one.  So I did and once again it was still faint.  I was still not convinced I was pregnant and was a little frustrated.  I waited another week, took another one and this time it was pretty obvious I was pregnant, ok now you are going to think I'm crazy.  I still couldn't believe that it happened this fast so I took one more test and this time Tim sat me down and told me "Honey it is positive, you seen the line, you are pregnant."  And I smiled knowing yep I'm gonna have another baby this time it was real and I was excited!  So I called the Doctor and we couldn't really figure out the exact date I was pregnant because I never got my period, but we knew it was in June sometime.  So to be sure I was far enough along they scheduled my US for August 28th.  We went in for our first ultrasound and I was 11 weeks and 5 days.  It was so fun to be so far along because we immediately called family and spread the news that Jonah was going to be a big brother!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Apples for Everyone

On our way back from Asheville we stopped at Skytop orchard.  There is something about orchards that I can't get enough of.  Rows and rows of neatly kept trees filled with scrumptious apples of many different colors is hypnotizing.  We had fun admiring the beauty of the rolling hills and enjoying the last few moments of the hot summer days.  I do love summer and have always been disappointed with fall rolls into stay.  But this year I am ready.  I have my apple cider candle all ready to light, I have already baked one apple pie and and an apple crisp dessert.  My mum is happily sitting on my front porch. Now I just need a few pumpkins and we are ready for fall.  Plus I am 14 weeks pregnant and ecstatic about being pregnant in the winter not the summer.  It's gonna be a good year!

This is the beautiful view from the orchard!

Jonah wanted to watch Mimi feed the goats.  He was a little unsure!!

 Jonah found the Jonagolds!

 Papa, Jonah, and Mimi!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Magnificent Grove Park Inn

Our second half of Tim's vacation was having his parents come out and visit!  Thanks for coming Mimi and Papa! They arrived on Tuesday and we got things ready and packed up to head to Asheville Wednesday morning.  Tim's parents had never been to the Biltmore before so we were excited to take them there.  And we were extra spoiled and got to stay at the Grove Park Inn.  It was beautiful and so fun to stay there.  We ate amazing food all weekend, had fun laughs, lounged in our pajamas, and our little Jonah got all the attention in the world!  Here is the weekend recap!

The view from our room!  Not too shabby huh?!

This one is a little blurry, but I had to enlarge it so you could see these two crazies faces!  Jonah was in love with his Papa.  Lots of playtime together with these two!

Tim was the photographer for this picture!  But it turned out great of Mimi and Papa!


My Family of FOUR!!  Little one you are still a part of us even though you are not here yet!
 Love you bears!!

My sweet love and I!

And that was our wonderful trip.  I have a few more picture from the apple orchard that I will post soon.  Love you Papa and Mimi!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Charleston Walk

I finally sat down and went through some pictures, organized albums, and tired to get organized.  We had an awesome week as Tim was on vacation!  After a VERY long month of PICU he deserved three weeks off.  Once again he is hard working, supportive, and a loving father and husband.  I can't express how much I appreciate his hard work.  Residency is fun, exciting, and challenging and no one will know how hard one works unless you have gone through it!  So thanks babe you are the best. So here are a few pictures from our wonderful family vacation.  We went to Charleston for the first half of our trip and then Asheville for the second half.  Here are pictures from Charleston trip and the Asheville ones to come soon!

The pier at Folley Beach.  I think it is the longest in the United States.  Don't quote me on that, but I am pretty sure I was told that!

  Cutest baby on the beach!!!

We finally got to do what I have been wanting to do for my whole life... tour plantations!  It was the best trip we have taken to Charleston.  We stayed with our friends Will and Emily who were amazing hosts. They moved their this summer so they treated us as tourists and took us to all the great spots.

This is why I LOVE the south.  Beautiful!!!

We got to visit with Bryan and Kristin and meet Owen for the first time.  Second cousins, so sweet!

Jonah giving Owen a kiss, it was precious.

Will and Emily took us to all the great places to eat.  We went to the Coast for dinner one night and it was amazing!!  This is Tim's very large flounder.  It was really good.

 I don't know if you can see Tim's face here but he is scrunching up his nose.  He didn't want to kiss in front of the fountain and I pulled him into me and made him.   It was good for him!

 My driveway, staircase, and home someday!:)

I had a million pictures from the weekend but here are a few.  Asheville coming soon...