Of the year. Truly. We traditionally spend Thanksgiving with Pk’s family in a tiny town in southern Michigan. We’ve had a few years off, like when I was expecting Lucy and didn’t want to travel, or when Pk’s grandma became unable to host. This year Pk’s entire family made the trip and his Mom pulled together an amazing meal. His grandma came up for the night from the assisted care facility and was surrounded by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. It was wonderful and of course – rural Michigan is beautiful. Lucy had a wonderful time playing with her uncles and cousins.
It’s hard to explain what a powerful sense of belonging this place has for Pk’s family. Generations have lived and farmed there. His mom grew up here and visits as often as she can. I know that as the next generation grows up and has families of their own it will be harder to maintain a connection to this place, but I feel so fortunate that I’ve been able to see it and get to know Pk’s extended family. Truly something to be thankful for.
Also, farm fresh pie. Did I mention pie? I made it my mission to catch up on my weight gain after such a rough first trimester. We also crowd sourced baby boy names from the family (hilarious – the great grandkids thought Quatro was a winner) and ate as many leftovers as we could.
I hope you and yours had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.
Last weekend we met some friends/family at a new AMAZING pie and coffee shop that just opened. The place was pretty packed and there were a ton of kids. The line was kind of long, and Lucy was pretty crabby. Without a second thought I handed off my phone to her to keep her entertained while I ordered. Imagine my surprise when I spotted these awesome selfies she took while I was browsing my photo library.
Those big brown eyes! Her little expressive face! I could kiss it a million times a day. I love that she included Daddy in one too.
I hope you have a fabulous weekend.
- the name of the pie shop is Hoosier Mama Pie Co. and Dollop Coffee & Tea. Everything was delicious! They make savory pies, quiches, and salads too. yum.
A healthy baby boy. Pk was able to come with me to my ultrasound yesterday and we decided to tell Lucy last night at dinner. She took it pretty well – there was about 5 minutes of crying because she really wanted to have a girl baby, then a few more minutes of crying when she realized she wasn’t going to have the baby herself. Once it sunk in, with lots of descriptions of our friends’ families (i.e. – neighbor Jane has a little baby brother John and you are going to have one too!) she got REALLY excited. She still thinks we should name him Lily, even though he’s not a girl and he should be a dragon for Halloween next year. She kept describing all the things she would show him and do with him and gave my belly lots of kisses. It was so amazing how instantly she felt love for him. This morning she woke up and asked if he was coming today, so we might have to work on that delayed gratification business. We shared the photo above with friends on Facebook and Instagram – it feels so great to celebrate!
It’s finally sinking in, I think. We are really going to have another baby. A whole new personality for us to know and love. A new character in the story of our lives together. I feel so lucky.
ps. I think picking a name is going to be hard! Pk likes to be pretty contrary
SO. I was really sure that the World Market couch was the one for us. They were sold out at my location so I put in a raincheck and was assured by the sales associate that it would only be a couple of weeks. Hrrmph. I checked back in a week or so later and was told “we don’t know, most likely 4-6 weeks, there are a lot of orders ahead of yours…yada, yada, yada.
All this back and forth gave me time to rethink. On a whim, on Sunday, Pk and I ventured to Ikea, just to see our options (and shop for some holiday goodies early because they.always.sell.out. of the good stuff at least.) Pk was immediately drawn to the leather couches (dudes, always with the leather.) At first I was like “No WAY! cheap leather, too many seams, I want a light and bright room” but then we spotted an Ikea couch that isn’t shown online – The Jappling.
You guys. This couch is $399. And you can wipe it off with a sponge. We didn’t actually pick it up yet but Pk will grab it some night after work this week. As if to emphasize that this is the exact right sofa for us, I woke up on Monday morning to find that the cat had puked all over the old couch. What I wouldn’t have given for some wipeable faux leather in that moment.
This is one of those times where I have to just turn off the designer-y part of my brain. I know this couch isn’t the most stylish choice. I know it’s not particularly sophisticated and looks a little cheap, but the truth is it’s a great choice for our lifestyle. I’m not gonna freak out if something spills on it, if it gets totally destroyed by toddler/cat/dog/future baby misadventures, the replacement cost is low as couches go. There is no slipcover to (constantly) wash and the size leaves a bit more floor space in our living room for playtime – which is what family living spaces are all about.
I’m a little bit worried that it will make the room feel really dark, but I checked out this post on how to decorate around a dark leather sofa from Centsational Girl and was comforted. I also found a few images on Houzz that made me feel like it’s possible to have a bright and warm space with a dark leather couch.
I know. Didn’t we just get a slipcover for our couch last year? Yes we did, but after playing around with the layout of our living room and having to wash said slipcover a million times, Pk and I decided it’s time to move on. While Pk and Lucy were doing their weekend swim lesson (cutest ever) I wandered into World Market and spied a couch that fit the bill.
Right now World Market is having their 25% off furniture sale, meaning that this beauty is only $524 before tax. I love its clean tuxedo shape, tufting, and trim dimensions. Our current couch – an Ikea manstad, is just a bit too big for our space. I always imagined it would end up in the basement, but since it appears that project is proceeding at a glacial pace – I just can’t wait any longer. Luckily Pk’s mom might want the couch, and if she doesn’t our renters have offered to take it so I don’t feel like it’s a total waste.
I’m REALLY excited about the new couch and desperately hoping the velvet upholstery will stand up to some dog/toddler/future baby love. It is basically dirt colored which should help.We debated quite a bit about whether or not it made more sense to just hold on to our current couch and get something a little nicer down the road, but realistically I don’t think we will ever be $2k couch people. Maybe when we are empty nesters?Basically all the other couches I liked ran in the $1500-$2000 price range which equals 3 World Market couches. Considering how fickle I can be, and how frequently we seem to replace them (3-5yrs) the cheaper option is just much more appealing. The couch should be in next week (fingers crossed) and I can’t wait.
ps – It was a totally rainy Halloween around here. Imagine a damp, bedraggled princess with rubber boots on and you’ve got the picture. We did manage to hand out quite a bit of candy (sad face) but there’s enough leftover to keep this preggo lady happy.
I surely didn’t mean to take 3 months off blogging. In my defense, I’ve been kind of distracted.
Our FET worked! Pk and I are expecting another baby, due April 1st.
We got confirmation of our success while we were visiting my sis in DC/Ocean City. I initially stopped blogging because it felt too soon to share our news and because it was so foremost in my mind that I almost couldn’t think (or write) about anything else. We also wrapped up some projects on the house so there wasn’t a lot of house related business to blog. Very quickly though, the main reason I stopped blogging was because I developed kind of awful morning sickness along with a solid case of the first trimester blahs. The first trimester is such a strange time – you are terribly sick (or at least I was this time) but not quite ready to tell everyone why you look like death warmed over all the time. I’ve also had a hard time managing how anxious I feel about this pregnancy. Even though I’m passed the point at which I miscarried last year, I still feel worried about how things will turn out.
I was not sick at all during my pregnancy with Lucy so being so ill has really taken me by surprise. Strangely, the worst of it happened after I started my second trimester, around the time that all the books and pregnancy apps promised i would be feeling better(I’m 17 weeks now.) I developed severe migraines and uncontrollable nausea and even spent a long day in the ER getting IV hydration and meds. Thankfully, I think I’ve reached the peak of how sick I’ll be and am actually starting to feel a little more human! I really hope it’s all rosy from here on out – I’m not sure I could handle another 5 months of feeling like I have the flu.
Lucy still isn’t totally aware of what’s going on. We were trying to hold off until we knew the gender of the baby, but I think at this point the belly is making things pretty obvious, even to a two year old. I also didn’t want her to associate “mommy’s having another baby!” with “mommy won’t get off the couch/stop throwing up” I want her to be excited (heck, I’m ready to be excited!) It still feels a bit surreal, but I’m ready to enjoy this and so, so, glad that we have a new member of the family.
That’s the news from our end.
ps. I’m so glad to be back in the land of the living! Right in time for Halloween!
Hi! I didn’t really mean to take so much time off blogging, but we’re trying to enjoy these last few weeks of summer. I promise I’ll be back with lots of house updates soon. I hope you’re enjoying this time too – it seems like fall is just around the corner!
We’re taking a family trip! Tomorrow we are driving to D.C. to pick up my sister, then spending the weekend in Ocean City, MD. We rented a condo on the beach and are going to soak up some sun and surf for a couple of days. On Monday my sister and I are going to see Beyonce (I know. amazing.) while Pete hangs with miss Lucy. I’M SO EXCITED. Not really excited for 12+ hours in the car with a toddler, but we’re going to make it work. I hope you all have a fantastic week!