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Lucille Grace born 10/15/14 and weighing 9lb 9oz measuring 20 in long. She’s got the sweetest most kissable cheeks. Our little pumpkin is here!

Lucille Grace born 10/15/14 and weighing 9lb 9oz measuring 20 in long. She’s got the sweetest most kissable cheeks. Our little pumpkin is here!

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On the last of our summer bucket list was actually a fall type activity, picking apples at the local orchard. It was officially the last day of summer but felt more like a fall day.  The weather was perfect for apple picking and all of the walking through the orchard. The apple trees are perfectly sized for toddlers ready for picking. Benji picked more than half of the apples we came home with and we picked about a 10 pound bag.  A few favorites were picked like honey crisp and golden supreme and we tried a few new ones like jonathan and autumn crisp.  After the walk back to the car we stopped at the pumpkin patch and Benji got to pick his very own pumpkin.  The weeks and days are numbered as a little family of three and we are soaking up the last of these moments until we are blessed with another sweet babe.  Au Revoir summer, thanks for the wonderful weather you graced us with, without you this list wouldn’t have been complete.  Looking forward to fall with a sense of newness that only babies can bring.

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Himalayan Salt Lamp Benefits

I love Wellness Mama’s blog for many reasons and her recent post on Himalayan salt lamps is wonderful. I purchased my first Himalayan salt lamp for our bedroom.  I have noticed that it helps reduce my migraine headaches that were so prominent in my first and second trimester. Also it helps with my wicked snoring.  The days that the lamp is turned off is when I notice Steve taking residence in the spare room due to my snoring. I haven’t noticed a big improvement in allergies but I suspect if I were to leave the lamp on every day I will be sneezing less often. Now I just need one lamp for each of the kids rooms. They are great for night lights too since they can be dimmed and create a soothing soft amber glow. 

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After bath tonight Benji said “potty” then went straight to his potty and peed. We have been letting him take his time with the whole potty training thing. We just follow his lead.

After bath tonight Benji said “potty” then went straight to his potty and peed. We have been letting him take his time with the whole potty training thing. We just follow his lead.

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He almost got his pjs on himself tonight. Almost. But I’m glad to still be of assistance though I glimpse my toddler growing into a young boy before my eyes.

He almost got his pjs on himself tonight. Almost. But I’m glad to still be of assistance though I glimpse my toddler growing into a young boy before my eyes.

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It feels like autumn but because it’s still technically summer we are enjoying pumpkin pie popsicles.

It feels like autumn but because it’s still technically summer we are enjoying pumpkin pie popsicles.

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Third Trimester

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I embraced my ever growing belly and allowed Steve to capture a moment in this pregnancy. I have some really good days and some not so good days. The baby is sitting low in my pelvis so I am feeling pressure and pelvic pain occasionally. I have Braxton Hicks contractions at least once daily if not more. That began around 20 weeks and have progressed slowly as the weeks go on. Pregnancy insomnia has struck and I am awake between 3-5am regularly. On days I don’t work I will fall back asleep until Benjamin wakes up sometime around 7.  I have decided to have a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) and feel confident in my OB that this is the right decision for me and this baby. I still call the baby she though the shape of my belly I feel is the same as when I was pregnant with Benji. I am not even sure how gender plays a role in shapes of the belly which is why I still refer to her as a she. 

I crave tomatoes, milk, cheese, hard boiled eggs, greek salads with lots of feta and kalamata olives, and milkshakes.  The real deal milkshakes not from fast food restaurants, I want real ice cream and milk.  Usually Benji and I will share a french vanilla.  But if I am indulging solo it’s chocolate all the way. 

I am measuring right on track though no one would think I have another month to go.  I am not quite sure why people think it’s polite to comment on my size.  But it happened with Benji and every other pregnant woman out there. So here I am embracing my large and in charge pregnant body that is the home for our second child, Benji’s little sibling, our fourth member of our family.  I couldn’t be more proud of this and grateful beyond words.  

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Benjamin’s first movie theater experience. We saw Planes 2 in an old state theater. I may have cried. All his firsts are mine as well.

Benjamin’s first movie theater experience. We saw Planes 2 in an old state theater. I may have cried. All his firsts are mine as well.