Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April Showers Bring May Flowers But What Do April Snows Bring?

   According to the calender, it's the first day of April. Whenever I think of April, I think spring....Since I've lived in Wisconsin for 14 years now, you'd think I'd know better than that! It would be lovely to be transplanting flowers while basking in warm sunshine on my deck, but instead I do it on my dining room floor, because it still like this outside:
   What you can't see in the picture is the snowflakes that were coming down.
   We're trying to be brave, but really...we are kinda ready for spring now.
   In other news, we are now officially parents...this beauty is parked in our garage!We'd been having some issues with our car, and knew we'd have to buy something different, but at first I was pretty opposed to the idea of a van. However, after a time or two of getting tangled up in myself climbing from the front seat to the back seat in the car, I was more than ready to go the van route! I think we're gonna love all the space, especially since we already plan to take several trips this summer!
    Speaking of parenting, I think my initiation should be complete now that I've been doused numerous times by the three P's (pee, poo, and puke). The child is an expert at knowing when her diaper is out of the way!In spite of all that, I can't help but love this little face!
     Zoey is 5 weeks old, and keeps growing and changing. She still sleeps lots, but is more alert and responsive now when she is awake. We've coaxed a few smiles out of her, but not when I have the camera handy of course! 

Sitting in Grandpa's big chair...

    A couple of weeks ago we took an quick trip to Indiana. Tom's uncle passed away suddenly from a heart attack, so Dan and Ruthie flew in for the funeral. While the reason for the trip was sad, we were so excited that Grandpa and Grandma Schrock got to meet Zoey earlier than expected! She traveled very well, and charmed everyone that she met (though she was asleep most of the time).
   Til next time....

Thursday, March 13, 2014

On Being A Mom

  I'm a mother. When did this happen, that I grew up and am now responsible for a tiny human being? 

   How can I be so in love with a person a met only two weeks ago? She fills my heart so full of love that sometimes it spills out in tears on my cheeks. And if my heart is so full of love for my baby girl, how is it that I can love her daddy so incredibly much? He is the best husband and dad that the two of us girls could ever have asked for! God has given me so much more than I deserve!

    It's not all a bed of roses, if I'm honest. Never before has anyone been so dependent on me for their happiness and well being. Sometimes it looks like endless feedings and diaper changes, but I know that even these things will be precious when I look back after she's grown, so I am trying to enjoy them now. And really, she's been making life fairly easy...most nights she's only up once! (we won't talk about last night, it seems she forgot the routine.

   I am learning to accept the fact that it will take a lot longer to get things done when there's a little one in the house. Nowadays, filling the dishwasher, straightening the house, or doing laundry feels like a pretty big accomplishment. But that's ok...these days are sailing past, and I feel an urgency to soak up every precious moment! And now she's napping, so I must fly and make the most of these precious moments, as well!

I know this seems a bit redundant, since all of these photos were shared on facebook, but for those who do not have facebook, here is a link to more of Zoey's newborn pictures:

(photo credits: Heather Kuhns)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

{Zoey Grace}

   One week ago a little girl came into our world and changed it forever! Zoey Grace was born at 9:09 a.m. on February 25th. She weighed 7 lbs. 11 oz. and was 21" long. Love at first sight? Absolutely. After laboring for 9 hours in the hospital, I was exhausted, but the moment I laid eyes on her all that exhaustion was gone. She was here, and we thought she was perfect.

   And then we came home. Zoey was still perfect, and a very good baby, but adjustments and baby blues hit this new momma hard for a couple of days. Now at one week, I can say that life is starting to feel sane again. We're finding a new normal, which involves a little less sleep, a lot more dirty diapers, but oh-so-many sweet snuggles!
     On a side note, Zoey has the best daddy. I can't get enough of watching him dote on his little girl! Be still my beating heart... ☺

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Waiting Game

   Sorry, I'm not here to announce the arrival of the little one yet. Nope, instead I am trying to pass the time and wait patiently.        
     Technically, I'm not overdue, since my due date is tomorrow. However a week and a half ago there was some false labor going on, which got my hopes for an early delivery a little too high, methinks. I have been trying to stay prepared for almost 2 weeks now. Freshen up the bathrooms, tidy the house, stock up on groceries, only to repeat the cycle 3 days later when I'm still waiting. 
    I now notice every facebook post about a new baby, and pore over the pictures of the little newborns. I am so exciting about holding, kissing and snuggling our very own baby...studying the features of a little person who belongs to us. I can already feel my heart bursting with love. 
    Presently, I can only hold and feel this child move on the inside, and while I know that is truly a blessing, I'm ready for my arms to do the holding now.

    I'm thankful that we don't live any farther away from town than we do, since the forecasts for tomorrow night predict 8-12 inches of snow. Snowmobiling to the hospital might make a great story, but I'm really not feeling that adventurous! 
    This weekend our town, with a population of fewer than 2500 people, will host the annual Birkebeiner.  This year,  a record number of 10,200 skiers from all over the world are expected to participate. That's just skiers, mind you, not even counting spectators. There are truckloads of snow hauled into town for the ski course, and some of the main roads are shut down for Saturday. Town will be a zoo and we have to go through it to reach the hospital, so my doctor warned me today not to be crazy and wait too long to start for town if I should happen to go into labor that day. I'm praying that we can avoid the drama of that, but whatever the case, I'm glad to know my God is in control. 
   I'd appreciate your prayers, because behind all the excitement and anticipation, there is a certain amount of fear of the unknown, and some nervousness about the adjustments ahead. I'm sure I'm not the only new mom to feel this way, but your prayer support would be great, just the same! 

Friday, January 24, 2014

A Post With No Real Point

   It's Friday night...My husband ran out of the house awhile ago, due to a fire call reporting fire coming out of their own fire station. I'm sitting here with the scanner next to me so that I can hear the chatter of the emergency personnel and dispatchers. From what I gather the flames were coming from an outdoor boiler behind the fire hall.
   Babes is straining and shoving inside my belly tonight...I think the poor child wants to get out.
   I may or may not find some comfort in searching Google for images of women who are 36 weeks pregnant. There's just something about seeing someone who actually looks bigger and more miserable than I feel to give me perspective.
   It is possible to make a one year supply of contact lenses last for 4 years. And, in my case, with no ill effects...I didn't even need a new prescription!
   I made frozen peach yogurt tonight. It lacked something, but I don't know what. At least it's a healthy alternative to ice cream, though I'd be happier if it tasted a little more like ice cream.
    I guess I'm done being a cleaning lady now...I did my last job today. I'll miss my clients and the extra income, but I don't think I'll shed any tears because I miss scrubbing toilets or floors. Unless I get a serious case of baby blues, in which case, who knows what I'll shed tears over!
    I'm getting tired, which means this post will probably go downhill, so I'll stop while I'm ahead.
     A happy weekend to one and all!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Catching Up

     So....here I am again. I knew it had been awhile since I posted, but was a little surprised to see that it was back in October! How horrible of me.
    A lot has happened in the past 3 months, so I'll just have to skim the surface in this post, or else I'll feel overwhelmed and scrap the idea of posting altogether!
   First, I am still very pregnant...Baby is due 5 weeks from today, so that's seeming to come upon us very quickly! I have little to complain about...both baby and I have been very healthy! However, I found that I had some pie in the sky ideals about pregnancy, such as the following:
-I will always feel beautiful as a pregnant woman.
-The weight I gain will be almost all, if not completely baby.
    Suffice it to say, I'm hoping that I do not find out that too many of my ideas about labor and newborn babies are also delusional! I'm excited, apprehensive, and doing my best to get everything ready for D-day!

     We had a wonderful holiday season! Tom's parents came home during the first part of December...just before they came home we were almost buried in snow. In fact, the snowstorm delayed their arrival by a day and tested all of our patience a bit! It really was gorgeous though! 

    The Schrock family was together often during that week. We had delicious brunches, a ladies' day of making sweets, a pizza party and general good times. On Saturday, the day we celebrated Christmas, 34 people filled our house to enjoy food and gifts and games.
    We managed to have our meals around one very long table!

    Also, while Tom's mom was home, some of my friends and SILs planned a baby shower for me. It was special for my mother-in-law to be able to take part in that since she won't be home when the baby is born.
Thanks to Heather for these pictures!

     Then, at the very end of December, we had the honor of hosting my family, plus my grandma, aunt and uncle for 3 days.
    As you can see, we did a great job of relaxing. Also, a certain little sister of mine appears to have the cheesy smile thing down to a science.
  Unfortunately, most of the pictures on my camera from that weekend were taken by my 4 year old brother, using a setting called "fish-eye". He loved it, and is probably the only family member who won't mind if I share a picture of him in that state. 

    And on that happy note, I will leave you for now! Perhaps next time you hear from me I will be announcing the birth of a special little person!


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Recommended For You:

    Hello ladies and gentlemen,
    I have recently been thinking about some websites and programs that I am aware of and  would like to recommend to you. If you already know about and take advantage of these, bravo! If not, your missing out. :)

    First, I will be sure to tell you that I am not being paid or reimbursed in any way for recommending these sites and cannot be held responsible if anything unfortunate happens when you use them. They are simply sites that I've had good success with, and I'd like to share my reviews with you, my friends!

    The first site I'll tell you about is:
    Restaurant.com sells gift certificates to local restaurants for very discounted prices! The participating restaurants are never chain businesses like DQ or Pizza Hut, but are usually personally owned establishments in your area. Some areas have lots more participating restaurants that others, so I hope you can find some near you. The prices you pay for certificates on restaurant.com are usually less than half of what the certificate is worth. But, when you have a code like the one I'm about to give you, you can do even better! Today and tomorrow, use the code CARVE when checking out and you can get a $15 certificate for $3 or a $25 certificate for $5! The great thing is, these certificates don't expire, unless of course the restaurant were to go out of business, which I've never had happen. So, I'm telling you, go check it out! These deals make date night feel even better! :)

     Secondly, there's:
   This is my favorite site for digital photo books so far. I love Mixbook because there are some many options for customizing your book. That means you can pile lots of pictures on one page if you like, add text anywhere, change text color, add stickers, etc. They also have great codes every now and then, so you can wait to print your project until a deal comes along. Check out the website, or sign up for their emails to get the codes!

    I love unique fonts, and to fill that need in my life, I use:
     Dafont provides hundreds of free fonts for personal use. There have been times in my life when I used this site more than I do now, back when I was designing our family newsletter, or making graduation or other event invitations for our family. In another life, I think I would maybe go to school for graphic design, because I love that kind of thing, but in this life, I'm a mom-to-be and very happy! :) I still find opportunities to mess around with it...home decor, invitations, Christmas cards and the like.
    And speaking of graphic design, there's one more program I'd like to share:
    This one is new to me...I just discovered paint.net this week. If you're into layering text, photos, ect., but don't want to pay for expensive software, this program might work for you! Now, I'm so not a pro on this kind of thing, so I may not be the best person to recommend this software. However, it works well for what I need it for, and it's free, so you won't lose much if you want to give it a try! :)

    And that's all for now! I hope that one or more of these sites can make your day a little better.
                   Happy Thursday to you!