Posted by: Becka | October 1, 2014

Update

This limited internet access is for the birds. So much has happened in my life since last posting. My daughter is now 4 months old and the joy of my life. I’ve had 2 job interviews and I’m waiting to hear back on the 2nd one. I’m hoping I’ll get the job. It’s ideal hours, and a library job, so I’m sure I’ll enjoy it.
I’ve been spending any spare time (after taking care of baby, house cleaning, errands, visits with friends) crocheting. The craft show at Apple Scrapple Festival in Bridgeville is just over a week away! It really snuck up on me, but I think I’ll have a good amount of items to sell (having some inventory really saved me). I feel that I have so much to do to prepare for Apple Scrapple! I have a feeling that next week will feel really rushed. However, in the past 2 months, I’ve accumulated quite a nice pile of new items! I still need to photograph a couple.

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Speaking of photographing items, my friend and I did a quick photo shoot with my daughter. It was actually the middle of her naptime, but since she wasn’t sleeping anyways, we took our chances that she wouldn’t cry through the entire thing. We got a couple of gorgeous shots (in my “professional” opinion – you know, not just because I’m her mom. ha!). Hopefully she’ll draw some attention at the craft show. Her picture, not her. She won’t be there for most of it, if any.

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My daughter is growing quickly, and I’m enjoying every minute of it! She is still petite, but then looking at her parents, not much different was expected. Two local friends of mine each had boys: one three weeks before Brooklyn, and one three weeks after. They are both significantly larger than her. I’d love to get together with them and snap a picture with her in the middle!
Thankfully, we seem to be on the upswing with Brookyln’s tummy issues, and as a result, she’s sleeping more peacefully during the day and I’m getting more done around the house! It’s rather wonderful. We have finally graduated from her needing to fall asleep in my arms (her pain with tummy issues caused a bit of spoiling). She falls asleep on her own in the living room. Next step: get her to fall asleep in her crib in the daytime! We’re making good progress towards that.
Fall has arrived here and it’s a gorgeous one! I love the sunny days. I do kinda hate how early it is getting dark, though, and we haven’t even hit daylight savings! It’s rather hard to believe that it’s October already.
In early September, we had a yard sale with Matt’s parents and a friend. We did really well for the hours of the sale. I think, collectively, we made around $400. It started raining around 1 or 1:30. Kinda ended the sale and Matt and I spent the rest of the afternoon carting things in the rain. I was wet, cold, and miserable. We had to finish up the cleanup on Sunday afternoon. It was worth it though. I got rid of a bunch of junk I didn’t need and made a bit of money at the same time.
Well, I guess that’s the highlights. I will be so happy when I finally get internet at home! Who knows when that will be, though. Until then, you’ll just have to be content with very sporadic posts.

Posted by: Becka | July 22, 2014

Flying By

As I knew would be the case, my blog is taking a back seat to everything else. My daughter is thriving and approaching two months of age. She does have some tummy troubles that keep me super busy throughout the day. Naptime is a struggle. Just when I get her to sleep, either her tummy hurts and wakes her up, or it’s time for her next meal! I did try letting her skip a meal, but that resulted in a rough night, so I don’t do that anymore. Lol She sleeps like an angel at night (probably because she hardly gets a good nap in during the day). For 5 nights in a row she averaged 8 hours a night…until last night, which blew that average out of the water. I think I may have managed to get 4 hours of sleep.? I really can’t complain though, since last night was the worst night she’s had since the 2nd and 3rd nights after she was born. Since then, she’s been a dream at night (no pun intended – lol).

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My husband has been really busy getting our yard looking amazing. It’s so nice to walk around every evening and see what he’s worked on, what he’s done differently, or what he’s planning to do next. We have seen several deer this year right at our back fence. Of course, I never have the camera in hand when we see them, but it’s cool to watch them anyways.

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I can’t believe the summer is passing so quickly! I feel like I haven’t done anything (well, besides have a baby). On the other hand, I’ve been really busy and did a lot of activities. Each member of my family came and visited me after my daughter was born, so I basically had company for 3.5 weeks straight after her birth. It was fun, though! Since we had company, we did a lot of things and Brooklyn got a lot of “firsts” in very early. She visited her first museum, went to the beach for the first time, went to the park, went out of the state for the first time (several times with day trips and trips to the airport), had her first visit to the library (and several since), went to her first aquarium, experienced her first fireworks (okay, she actually fell asleep in the middle of them), and has already even been to her first babysitter several times (of course, the babysitter was her Grandma, but still…).

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Life is starting to settle into a new normal, but still manages to keep us on our toes. For instance, the other night I was awakened by my husband banging around…well, at least I thought that was what I was hearing until I became more aware and realized that we actually caught a mouse in the trap under our bed! Never a dull moment at our house, especially at night. When I was very pregnant, I kept hearing a mouse in our bedroom and it kept me awake several hours a few nights in a row. My husband “thought” he heard it too, but I think he may have placed that trap there to placate me. Lol Turns out, I wasn’t going crazy! I was happy that we caught this mouse as that evening when hanging out in the living room, a little critter ran across the floor right in front of me! I flipped out slightly, but didn’t scream. Lol I keep telling myself the mouse in our bedroom was the same mouse. I’m probably lying to myself.

Well, you’ll probably hear from me in another month.  lol  If I get internet access at my home soon, the posts will start to be more regular.  Until then, updates will be sparse.

Posted by: Becka | June 16, 2014

It’s a Girl!

It’s a girl!  I have a daughter!  (As I don’t have regular access to the internet, it’s taken me a while to get around to this.  My poor blog.)

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My beautiful daughter made her way into the world on the morning of May 28.  She was exactly one week late and definitely worth the wait.  It’s only been 2 and a half weeks since her arrival, and the reality and feeling of pregnancy are long past.  I can’t believe it’s been 2 weeks already, and yet, it seems like she’s always been a part of my life.

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She is an angel baby.  She sleeps for 2 and 3 hour stretches at night (and I’m thankful for every stretch of sleep), and isn’t overly fussy.  She’s so tiny and perfect, I’m pretty sure that I’ll be almost sad as she gets bigger. I love how little and cuddly she is.

She was born at 6 lbs, 6 oz and measured 20 inches long.  She has been eating like a little piggy and weighed 7 lbs at today’s appointment.

She has her father’s nose and resembles his infant pictures.  I think she has my mouth shape and definitely has my coloring.  She sleeps like her father… she doesn’t stay still and makes all kinds of noises in her sleep.  :)  We are unsure what color hair she will have!  Her hair in back is light brown, with blonde on the top.  Her eyebrows and eyelashes are very light – a blonde or red.  Time will tell!

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We are so in love!

Posted by: Becka | April 29, 2014

Beautiful Spring!

Though today is not the prettiest of days (gloomy, rainy, and cold), there have been some beautiful sights around our house the last few days!  Our flowers are so gorgeous!

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Posted by: Becka | April 25, 2014

Photo Session – Maternity: 36 Weeks

This past Monday, my husband, myself, and a good friend went to the park for a photo shoot!  I was almost 36 weeks pregnant, and looking at the remaining weeks of my pregnancy, too busy to get them done any later.

I was so happy with how they turned out!  Rachel Gutshall did such a good job!  Here are just a few of my favorites:

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Posted by: Becka | April 24, 2014

Easter 2014 – The Death of Another Easter Bunny

I had a wonderful Easter this year.  While everything was rather low-key, it was a nice day, filled with happiness and a nice long nap.  ;)  This is very important when you’re very pregnant.

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Easter afternoon, my dog apparently killed yet another Easter bunny.  This is the second year in a row that my dog has destroyed Easter – at least for the bunny.  Matt noticed he was really interested in something in the ground, went over and found him with a baby bunny in his mouth.  Our dog gulped it down before Matt could do anything.  Matt gently relocated the remaining bunnies to the woods.

This past Wednesday, the bunnies weren’t so fortunate.  Our dog found yet another bunny nest, and by the time I realized this, there were three dead baby bunnies.  Sad.  I’m hoping he didn’t try to eat any of these.

Beware:  Photo of dead baby bunny below.  It does look like it’s sleeping.  ;)

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Posted by: Becka | April 16, 2014

Or Did I Speak to Soon?

My previous post was rejoicing in the arrival of Spring.  This is how things looked as I was leaving for work this morning (as I’m not an early riser, I can only imagine what it was like before the sun came up).  I was a bit suspicious I would be greeted by a not-so-wonderful sight as I was hearing the sleet hit my bedroom window for half the night.  I’m hoping this was winter’s last “hurrah.”

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I should have taken a picture of my snow-covered car.  ;)

Posted by: Becka | April 14, 2014

Spring Has Finally Arrived!

I feel like I waited so long for Spring this year.  It’s finally here!  The warmer weather, some rain showers, green!, and daffodils!  I’m loving all the budding trees and flowers.  It makes me so happy.

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Posted by: Becka | April 9, 2014

Maternity Photos

A few weeks ago, my friend and I went to the beach to take a few of our own maternity pictures.  I’m rather pleased with how they turned out – especially for being done by a couple of amateurs (if you’d even call us that).  We plan on taking some with my husband in a few weeks.  :)

I was a little over 31 weeks in these pictures.

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Posted by: Becka | March 22, 2014

Another Snow Day?

I must say, that I’m definitely ready for Spring.  I also must say that if it’s going to be cold and if it’s going to snow, I might as well get another snow day out of it.

We got so much  snow on Monday.   Over 6 inches, and definitely the most significant snowfall yet this year.  School was cancelled, my work was cancelled, and even my doctor’s appointment was cancelled.  I had big plans.  Unfortunately, I’m reaching the point of pregnancy where I get worn out really easily.

I worked hard and I did manage to get the kitchen cleaned, some laundry ironed, and the guest room ready for my mother’s upcoming visit.  Then it was time for a nap.  Only, the baby didn’t think so.  So, instead, I had a nice rest.  :)

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We went over to a friend’s house for corned beef and cabbage, and then played some games and watched a movie.  It was such a nice day and subsequent evening.

I’d be happy if that was the last snowfall of the year, but the beginning of this coming week isn’t looking very promising.  I’m ready for Spring!

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