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Ah… the weekend. Chris is off, so we actually get to relax and hang out as a family! The only bad thing about our weekends these days is that Jonas doesn’t “get the concept” of Saturdays – no more sleeping in for us!

Friday night, Jonas cracked us up when he finally named his baby doll. You might remember seeing this little guy in pictures before – he’s a Waldorf-style doll from Nova Natural. We love their products, and this doll is no exception. He’s handcrafted, stuffed with real wool (which retains the familar scent of home and makes a soft, cuddly, comfortable-weight doll), and has a “Waldorf” face (notice the lack of real expression – Waldorf philosophy says that a doll without a permanent grin etched on its face encourages kids to role-play a wide range of emotions for their dolls, which is an important part of socio-emotional development). This baby was a gift (via giftcard 😉 ) from Yaya and Pop (aka Grandmother Nancy & Grandfather Ron) on Jonas’ first Christmas. All this time, Jonas has just referred to it as “baby” but yesterday, when I asked him the baby’s name (as I do every few months, just to see what he will say), he told us Moogie! (Pronounced like the dance “boogie”, but with an initial /m/.) 😀 There’s been a lot of fun and funny new play with Moogie ever since he got a name. Apparently, Moogie likes water but not milk, likes to play “ride the horsie” on Jonas’ knee, and always cries when he falls down. This morning, Jonas requested a “Cheese Me” with Moogie.
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Saturday morning we headed over to the Newport Aquarium. We’ve really gotten our money’s worth from that annual pass! It will expire in a few weeks, and we definitely plan to renew it. They just opened a new exhibit — “The Frog Bog” — with dozens of species of frogs. Jonas has been imitating “goggies” for a few weeks now, so it was prime time for his interest. He loved it! After we looked at lots of frogs, heard the sounds they make, and posed on a giant frog, we climbed in a big, indoor-climbing structure. If you live near here (or plan to visit 😉 ) we can’t recommend the aquarium highly enough!
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And today also marks 16 weeks of this pregnancy! I’m fully four months along – so nearly halfway there. I saw my midwife on Monday, and we heard the baby’s heartbeat (a thumping 155 bpm). Everything looks good, including the fact that I have yet to gain a single pound (very different than my pregnancy with Jonas; I was already up 9 lbs at this point!) and I’m measuring BIG (the uterus’ height should be roughly 1 centimeter per week of gestation, yet at 15 weeks I was 21 cm!). My midwife assured me that it was fine – the difference in weight gain is actually pretty common with second/subsequent pregnancies, and since we know my uterus is anteverted (tilted forward toward my belly button) it will tend to look & feel higher than “normal.” I have another appointment on August 18th, and at that visit we will schedule our anatomy scan – the “big” ultrasound that will, hopefully, give us a good predictive shot of the baby’s sex! We can’t wait to find out. 🙂 I’m ready to SHOP!
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Last month, we were awfully busy! I found out I was pregnant on May 4th, which was a great way to start the month. 🙂 We had a yard sale (together with a friend from my Mommy & Me group) on the second Saturday and made just over $300!

Jonas and Mommy baking sugar cookies

We celebrated Mother’s Day with Dunkin’ Donuts for breakfast before church (Chris went out to get them as soon as he woke up so I didn’t even have to get out of bed early, wasn’t that sweet?) and lunch at our new favorite restaurant after church. Chris and Jonas gave me two new charms for my charm bracelet, too – a “#1 Mom” and a “Kentucky”! 😀

Jonas and Mommy

I went to a Creative Memories Crop Workshop and completed 10 pages in my 2007 album – and was so inspired to get back to work, that I came home and did 17 more pages in my 2001 album the next day!

One of the joys of boys in springtime - earthworms!

Chris had a week of vacation, which was a well-deserved break after the pace of the last few rotations. We had dinner with our friends Axel & Misty one night, and at the end of the week Chris’ dad & stepmom came up for a short visit.

Jonas gives Poppa a nose kiss

Toward the end of the month, I had my first appointment with my new midwives and then our first ultrasound (but you knew that already 😉 –that, I blogged!)

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See, I told you I was behind! It has literally been months since I last posted pictures here. In April, my parents drove up for a visit. We had such a great time, and most importantly, they got to spend lots of time with Jonas. They miss him so much (and he misses them too, but it’s different since he’s only 2 and not really conscious of how quickly time is passing!) with the distance between our houses and the time between trips. We played outside, flew his first kite, did some arts and crafts, and the guys (Jonas and Granddaddy) even put together & painted a bird feeder!

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Please keep Grandmother Nancy in your prayers.

 

After the weekend “off,” she’ll go back for her last 3 treatments. This past week has been a little hard – so please pray for strength and energy, and quick healing. I know she’s getting tired and her skin is tender, but she’s such a fighter – do you know she has driven herself to every treatment up until a day or two ago!? That woman is a wonder, I tell you!  Anyway, we’re down to the home stretch – and we are all so thankful for your prayer support the last six weeks. Please keep it up – because

pray for one another, that ye may be healed. The fervent supplication of the righteous man has much power.

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5.4

Holy moly.

Okay, first of all, I’m really sorry that I haven’t updated here in weeks. Geez. They’re going to take away my blogger card if I keep that up. I’ll try to get back here with pictures and cute anecdotes soon. But for the news of the morning:

I woke up to an EARTHQUAKE. Seriously. Seriously? Yeah. I move to the Midwest and I get an earthquake. How crazy is that? It was odd – I’d just gotten back in bed after settling Jonas in, when the bed started rumbling and I heard the windows rattle (like our windows used to shake when we lived on Fort Hood, when the guys did artillery practice out in the field). It lasted about ten seconds. The cat, who was snoozing beside me, sat bolt upright (so at least I knew it wasn’t all in my head.)

About half an hour later, Chris called from the hospital (on an unrelated note, he’d left his wallet at home and wanted to make sure it was here & not lost) and asked if I’d felt it. I said “Wow, it was really an earthquake?” and he said yeah, it was on the news. Well, forget going back to bed after that!

🙂 So now I’m up. Wonder what else could possibly happen today?

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For those of you who don’t speak “Jonas,” that means that Uncle Jason, Dylan, and Aunt Sharon came up for a visit this weekend! (Okay, technically, she’s Aunt-to-be Sharon, but since I’m fairly sure 2 year olds don’t understand what an engagement or a fiancee is, I figured we’d just go straight to “Aunt.” Seems easier.)

The boys both love the Backyardigans (we actually introduced Dylan to the wonders of the animated, singing creature show several months ago) and they were so cute playing with Jonas’ stuffed characters and reading his books.
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We had to share them – Sharon has grandparents and aunts & uncles who live a few hours north of here in Ohio, so they took a side trip to visit with them, too – but we had a great time. It was SO nice to see the boys playing together. Dylan is 7 months older, but they are just about the same height & weight. Is there anything cuter than the sound of cousins laughing & playing happily together? I cooked a couple of big dinners (and one big breakfast!) and I have to tell you – the more visits we have, the more I love this house. I love the layout, I love my dining room, I love the way it feels when it’s full of family.

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(Random picture of the boys watching a show on my bed while I cooked breakfast.)

On Monday we took the boys to the Cincinnati Museum Center – what a fun outing that was! They had a blast – and we took a ton of pictures.
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We’ll probably see them again in August, when Sharon graduates from college… but maybe we can plan something sooner. That just seems so long to wait!

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MICHELLE NEBEL

I write uplifting women’s fiction woven with threads of faith, grace, and Southern hospitality. My blog is where I share a glimpse of my life, and I hope you’ll find the thoughts here encouraging!

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