Wednesday, April 30, 2014


Magnolia Grace James
Born April 25, 2014
8lbs, 7oz, 20 inches long

On Friday, we welcomed our sweet little Magnolia to the world. It was a long and difficult pregnancy, and a long and difficult labor, but I can honestly say that she is worth every second. So far she is an incredibly laid-back gal who eats and sleeps like a champ. And she has hair?! We were all expecting her to take after her brother, but no..we have a huge head of thick, brown hair. 

Her Papa named her long ago, during our first year of marriage when we lived in a little seaside town called "Magnolia". We both loved the sound of the name, the flowers of the Magnolia tree (that just so happened to be in bloom when she was born!) and the fact that it reminds us of our first year of marriage. When we found out we were pregnant, Brian immediately started calling her by this name (before we even knew she was a she!) and we never looked back. Her middle name is after my great grandmother whom I have very fond memories of. We think she suits her name just perfectly.

Levi LOVES his sister and is constantly doting on her. He helps with burping, diaper changes, baths and is always asking to hold and cuddle her. I'm so thankful that he has transitioned so well so far and it such a sweet big brother. 

While Miss Magnolia came through labor beautifully and perfectly, I did not. During delivery I injured my sciatic nerve (and a few other less major nerves) leaving my lower right leg and foot numb and lifeless. I'm still in the midst of finding out more about what life is going to look like in the near future, but for now I'm relegated to a walker or a foot brace and cane. Every day tasks including showering, getting dressed, going up and down stairs, and taking care of my children is a big undertaking. We are currently staying with my parents who have a house with less stairs and more people around to help.  Brian was just approved for at least 4 weeks family medical leave to be home to take care of me and the kids. Recovery could be weeks, months or even up to a year. From what I've learned, it's hard to know with damaged nerves. 

There have certainly been times in the past week when I've felt completely overwhelmed but for the most part, I'm feeling optimistic and thankful for the amount of support I have from my family and friends. Thank you in advance for your prayers for a speedy recovery. 

Now for the good stuff...a few more pictures of my beautiful girl, her adoring Papa and brother and proud Mama. :)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

these days

these days, I'm...

- enjoying April break and a week of rest, fun and quality time with Brian and Levi before baby comes
- listening to Levi play with words and make *mostly* hilarious jokes
- very proud of my student's final art history projects; hopefully I'll get around to posting them at some point!
- quickly going through my 10th and 11th bags of chewable ice from Sonic Drive-In to feed my crazy ice pregnancy craving
- having lots of braxton hicks and always wondering if it's time
- eating way too much left-over Easter candy
- trying to keep the house relatively clean and our bags relatively packed 
- spending time with my sister, Kimmie, before she graduates and heads back to Maryland for the summer
- feeling very full and ready to be holding my baby girl in my arms rather than in my tummy
- working on final art evaluations of my middle and high schoolers and planning an art museum field trip for us all in June
- relishing an abundance of hugs and kisses from my affectionate son
- enjoying and photographing the first blossoms of spring around town, (especially the Magnolias)...and SO happy it's finally spring. 
- mostly just trying to keep my mind off of waaaaaaiiiitttting. :)