By Moriah on October 31st, 2009


Currently swimming in candy. The kids could not be more pleased.

For Now

By Moriah on October 30th, 2009

Arianna Noelle
October 29
7#6oz & 20″



(There aren’t any of her with Drew since he has a little cough.)





By Moriah on October 29th, 2009

So… I arrived here at the hospital a little after 5 this morning for my two doses of antibiotics (for GBS). Andy went home to keep sleeping and then take the kids to school.

Since I have basically just been sitting here waiting for the antibiotics to finish, Andy had decided to work out at the Y for 20 minutes and grab a shower there before coming back to the hospital. And OF COURSE it makes perfect logical sense that he would lock his keys and phone in his car while at the Y.

(We like to do things dramatically. Clearly.)

I just got off the phone with him and he was just pulling into the parking lot. So check back later this afternoon for new baby pictures, oh yes siree!


By Moriah on October 28th, 2009


For electricity, for a borrowed car, for friends that bring

flowers and meals and bread.

And guess what? It’s raining.

By Moriah on October 27th, 2009

My mom comes in tonight. Just in the nick of time, if you ask me. Tomorrow will be spent doing baby laundry, hunting down the infant seat, and packing my hospital bag. (No, I have not done that yet. Thanks for asking.)

(And if my water were to break tonight, I’d be in a wee bit o’ trouble. Because today I plan to spend on the couch, reading and folding the regular laundry that miraculously got washed yesterday.)

In a not-so-comical turn of events (as if we didn’t have enough going on), a man in a white truck pulled into our driveway and proceeded to turn off our electricity this morning.


At the time I had tried several times to pay the bill online and the company’s website had been down. No, paying over the phone never crossed my mind. (My brain? Have you seen it?) Then our transmission died and I forgot all about teeny things like electric bills.

So yeah, we’re currently waiting for them to come TURN IT BACK ON ALREADY. I had to boil water in a pot on the stove (thank heaven for gas and matches) to have a cup of tea since our normal kettle is electric.

And the food in the fridge? Just crossing my fingers it stays cold. Also? DON’T OPEN THE FREEZER.

***Edited to add: we’re back with modern times now. Yay.

One more

By Moriah on October 26th, 2009

Okay, so she still doesn’t need twenty of them, but one or two more can’t hurt, right?



(Excuse the jammie bottoms peeking out.)

But this time, one for Madeline, too:


And surprise, surprise, she chose pink.

Of a Saturday

By Moriah on October 24th, 2009

Today was pretty low-key since we still couldn’t go anywhere.  The kids rode bikes.


Sort of.



We enjoyed the changing fall colors… This tree in our yard was still green last week:


Walked to the playground and baked cookies:


I had stayed up last night cleaning and doing laundry, so tonight I did something fun. (Which I will save to show you on Monday.)

Goal: Staying Positive

By Moriah on October 23rd, 2009


I mentioned my van working funny on Tuesday. Little did I know.

Yesterday Andy took the kids to school in his car, and then we went to my OB appointment – also in his car. That was uneventful. But then he had to go to work so I had to pick up Drew in my van. I BARELY made it there.

At one point I was stopped at a stop sign and had to slam on the brakes to keep from rolling back and hitting the car behind me. S/he went around me, I turned my car off and then on again, and practically inched to Drew’s school.

My sisters were done with classes for the day so I gave them Madeline’s carseat to bring her home for me.  (Their school is across the street from Drew’s.)  Carrissa stayed here with the kids and Cassandra helped me drive our car to the mechanic.

And it’s a good thing, too. At one point I stopped moving and she was still in the intersection behind me. I literally coasted into the mechanic’s parking lot. Clearly it was time.

UNFORTUNATELY, it’s a bad transmission. And if you’ll remember, we had to put a brand new transmission in it less than two years ago. It lasted 30,000 miles. Call me crazy, but I expected something better from Honda. I’m a little suspicious that they actually replaced it then.  (I’m thinking they fixed some parts and spit-shined it.)

And yes, I plan to call and complain. If they don’t stand behind their piece of junk transmission, we’re looking at putting in a used one to the tune of $1,800. Not exactly pocket change, you know.

This stranded-thing could get really interesting.  I’m not one to want to have a baby at home where there are no drugs.  (I’m just sayin’.)

It’d be really easy to give into discouragement at this point and last night looking around at my toddler-trashed house, that’s exactly what I felt like doing.  I had to force myself to focus on the positives and all our many blessings instead.  We ate nothing but comfort food for dinner and then I made a batch of cookies.  And slowly picked up some of the mess.  I felt better after that.

Also, my mom has decided to come next week.  She and my dad were already planning on coming mid-November and staying through Thanksgiving, but now she’s also going to come early to help me finalize last-minute preparations and hopefully be here for Arianna’s birth.  I’m SO relieved, you have no idea.  Moms can usually make anything better.

Another bright spot of yesterday was getting this in the mail:



(I know that last one is blurry, it’s hard to get a good photo of shiny silver.)

That’s Arianna’s baby bracelet. I always forget how tiny they are! I still have Adelaide’s (which needs to be repaired) but we did loose Madeline’s way back when.

It was a little smile in an otherwise discouraging day.

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