Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Oh, hello.

Well, would you look at that.

It's September.

I think I've posted maybe two or three times this whole summer. In fact, last week Mike made a comment to a friend that I "used to have a blog". So.

It's not for lack of excitement. There have been lots of changes and lots of posts started in my mind and lots of things I've wanted to share. Mike's parents moved to Florida. We attempted to potty train Anna - and failed miserably. Trips to Indianapolis to visit my sister, setting up new nurseries, fun Pinterest crafts, play dates with friends. Mostly, though, my head and heart have been a jumble of emotions as I try to wrap my brain around the fact that in less than a month we will no longer be a family of three.

While words cannot describe the joy and excitement I feel about bringing another little person into the world, there is another small part of me that is scared and sad about losing the life I know right at this very moment. Yes, I am exhausted and uncomfortable and have an extremely hard time bending over to do things like tie my shoes, but I also know that our days alone with Anna are fleeting, and I want to spend as much time enjoying them as possible.

Don't get me wrong - I know a sibling is one of the greatest gifts we can give her. In fact, one of the moments I look forward to the most (probably after finding out if this new addition will be a boy or a girl) is introducing Anna to her new brother or sister. I get emotional thinking about her walking into the hospital room for the first time, meeting the sibling she will share so much with for the rest of her life.

But still. I'm sentimental. I'm a sap. And change is sometimes hard. Writing about that change? Even harder.


Speaking of siblings and being emotional, though, there is one extremely exciting development that I need to share...

I'm an aunt!

A little over two weeks ago, my sister and brother-in-law welcomed Asher Harrison Stanton into the world.

I couldn't be more proud or excited - or in love. We've already been down to visit inhale his baby scent twice, and the one major down side to being pregnant at the same time as my sister is now it's probably not advisable for me to travel too far away and I won't get any Asher snuggles for at least three more weeks. Lame.

Excited faces on the way to meet our new nephew!

Uncle Mike!

The proud daddy.

Mama and son.


I am high off baby scent.

Oh, hello.

Anna is so in love with her cousin .

It's crazy and awesome and frightening that we will have our own new little baby to snuggle and sniff in such a short time...

And with that in mind, I'm off to haul all those boxes labeled "Newborn" out of the basement and snuggle with my first born.

If I can bend over to pick her up out of her crib, that is.


  1. Those babies...man they smell good! I know it's so scary being *this* close to baby #2 and it's so hard to imagine what life is going to be like. But believe me when I say that it is the most amazing thing when your heart just suddenly doubles as you're handed that new little life. Anna will always be your first baby, and we may even appreciate them that much more when there's two. Can't wait to meet your new little!!

  2. We are thinking about baby #2 and I have had the same thoughts as you!! Andrew was having a hard time understanding my viewpoint so I pointed him to this posting and he now understands.

    Congrats on your pending arrival and can't wait to see the postings of pictures.

    P.S. We should plan our in-law visits at the same time so the girls can have a playmate at the pool :)