Thursday, January 29, 2009

Emily Elizabeth is here!

I'll write more later, but I just wanted to announce that Emily Elizabeth was born on Saturday January 24, weighing 6 pounds, 12 ounces. She is doing well, and seems to be a very good natured baby. We're already crazy about her, and it just feels very natural having her here with us.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Darn Labor

I know you'll find it hard to believe, but TV has lied to me. Shocking, I know. Television filled my head with images of people who were rushing off to the hospital, apparently skipping the whole early labor stage, or even giving birth in the car on the way to the hospital. Alright, that last one actually did happen to a girl I know, but you also see it on TV. Where are the sitcoms filled with women who get sent home from the hospital because they aren't dilated enough, or sitting around & surfing the internet to get their minds off of things while the hours of early labor pass?

OK, so I knew things wouldn't go quite like TV. I saw myself taking a shower, packing my suitcase, doing some laundry, but I only saw myself doing those things for a few hours. It is now 1:40 in the morning, I've been having periodic contractions for 12 hours now, and I still haven't hit that magical 5-minute interval that will allow me to call my doctor and go to the darn hospital already. My body seems quite content with this 10-20 minute groove it is in. Makes sleeping pretty problematic. :) So you get to hear my random middle of the night musings.

Contractions are weird because I simultaneously want them to come and not come. I don't like the whole hurting thing, but the sooner they come, the sooner I get to go to the hospital, have the baby, and then get to attempt a nap. I know women have things they do to try to start labor, but do they have tricks for making the contractions speed up already?

OK, I'm going to stop before I get too whiny, but hopefully the next time you see me post, I will have a baby!

Friday, January 16, 2009


As of 5:30pm today, I am on frickin' maternity leave. Or I may not be coming back at all, if we can pull it off financially (still trying - here's hoping!). How did that happen? Everyone warned me the third trimester drags, and you can't wait to not be pregnant, but it seems surreal that my daughter will be here in roughly 18 days. This pregnancy has just sped by. And while I am incredibly excited to meet her and get to know her, I'm also really going to miss some aspects of being pregnant. I love that my body automatically knows how to nourish her and give her what she needs, and I love getting to feel her exploring her little uterine world. But I'm going to love seeing how she responds to the world she'll soon be coming into.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

2008 Year in Review

By the numbers:
# of states lived in: 2
# of graduate degrees conferred: 1
# of jobs held: 2
# of books read: 58
# of museums visited: 12
# of weddings attended: 1
# of ultrasounds: 4

General Highlights:
  • Finishing my masters! I'm very glad I did this, but I am also very glad that I have finished. I'm so grateful for the support of everyone that helped make this a possibility for me.
  • Having a job in my profession! The firm I work for is great.
  • :) I'm not sure I would have called it a highlight during the morning sickness phase, but I do now. I'm very grateful for our little girl, and really excited she'll be here soon.
  • All the good times with the YW in Indiana. Yes, I miss them.
  • Living near family (as my picture indicates). I love being an aunt, and my nephews in Baltimore are tons of fun to be with.
  • Living in a city people actually visit. I've been able to catch up with people I haven't seen in years, and my dad has come out here three times since we moved to DC.
  • Getting to see Brendan! I think just about every member of my family saw my brother before I did after he got back from his mission, but I did get to see him this Christmas, and he's as much fun as he's always been.
  • Learning and writing about many fabulous mormon women.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Christmas, part 2!

Wow, it is fun to be able to post pictures again! We really got to see and do a lot while my family was out here. On Christmas day, after opening presents, we went up to Mount Vernon for all of their Christmas festivities. It was decorated very festively, and they opened up the third floor of the mansion (which is closed most of the year), and we were able to see the room Martha Washington moved to after George passed away. We also got to see a "Christmas camel" - apparantly George was fascinated with exotic animals, to the point that one Christmas, he paid to have a camel brought to his grounds at Christmas time. Kind of fun to see that curious side of such a national figure.

Part of the fun of having company come to DC is that it gets you to go and do those touristy things that you just never get around to when they are so close. Rob and I actually hadn't made it over to the Lincoln, Jefferson, WWII, Vietnam & FDR memorials since moving here, and it was fun to be able to see them. Ah, and a note if anyone wants to see the George Mason memorial garden (that's the first picture, with Brendan in it): I highly recommend doing it in the summertime, when the fountain is running and clean, and there are actually plants. In the words of my brother, the place looked like "they built the guy a memorial, and then found out he was a terrorist and abandoned it." Poor George Mason.

We also hit several museums: the Udvar-Hazy Air & Space Museum, the Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Smithsonian Natural History. My favorite was actually the Udvar-Hazy because it was so much fun to be there with my dad. My dad loves airplanes, and several jobs back, he worked with them, so he was very, very knowledgable. I didn't have to read a single sign while I was there - we had a personal tour guide. I could ask him all kinds of quirky questions about the planes and shuttles, and he always knew the answers. He'd also get so animated talking about it that I got sucked in. I love hearing people talk about things they are passionate about, even if I'm not especially interested in the subject matter, because I love seeing the way they react to the subject matter. :) Which is probably why I frequently end up with tax attorneys telling me all about crazy tax shelters people try to pull, but that's another story entirely.
Anyways, it was absolutely wonderful to have my family out here. I hadn't seen Brendan since before his mission, and I've really missed him. And I'm so excited that my parents will be coming out here in a month or so when the baby arrives, so I didn't really have to say goodbye - just "see you soon!"