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Friday, August 31, 2012

Maybe Someday Became Forever After

4 years ago today Mike took me to a Duke football game, I paid more attention to Mike than the game.
After the game ended, we snuck into one of the box seats to watch the fireworks show. Leaning my head on his shoulder for a moment I wondered where this was going. Afterwards, he took me on a walk through Duke Gardens, led me to a gazebo (where he'd propose a little over a year later) and told me how he felt about me. We had met just a couple months prior at a Bible study. He thought I was the kind of woman he'd like to marry and he wanted to see if we could have that future together. 
As he drove me home All I Ever Wanted by Chuck Wicks played on the radio, "...maybe someday/if love comes our way/we'll be walking in the meadow in the early spring/you'll be twirling in a sundress wearing my ring..." Mike turned to me and commented, "maybe someday that'll be us". I just hoped. 

Images from that first year we dated and fell madly, stupidly, head over heels, completely blind-sided in love...
Stealing a kiss. 

White Iris Ball, when he came to pick me up for dinner and the ball he brought me a bouquet of white irises (which I've learned years later are actually very hard to find in October)

Sizzlin' September Concert in the amphitheater @ Meredith with my sweet friend, Hannah. 

As his wedding date. 

He took me golfing for the first time. We may or may not have used our golf carts to play golf cart polo as there was no one else on the course. 

Halloween, Mike wanted to be something with an easy costume. I suggested Brad Paisley & Kimberly Williams Paisley as couple costumes are always cute. The Austrian man had to borrow the whole costume, naturally my beloved European had no western hat, jacket, or boots. 


Meredith Angel & Duke Blue Devil. Irony? Or maybe he just really needed me (though I tend to think it's the reverse). 

First Thanksgiving, he knew the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade was big deal for me. He surprised me promptly at 9am in his pajamas with my favorite Starbucks drink in hand. 

First Christmas season, he took me to Chicago to meet his Grandma & Grandpa Schneider. We also began to learn that what he calls snow I call a full blown blizzard. And what I call snow he calls a flurry. 

Despise airports. Love Mike. 

Sweet young love. 

Mike joined my family on their annual beach vacation. 

Easter picnic in Duke Gardens. And by then we knew...our "maybe someday" would turn into Forever After. 

"I am my beloved's and he is mine."
(Song of Songs)

Monday, August 27, 2012

Sweet Caroline

That's right, she has a name. Caroline. 

What does Caroline mean? From my research Caroline means "beautiful". I would hope that Caroline would be beautiful in all she does and bless others with beauty throughout her life, and I'm not just meaning a pretty smile. There's pretty, and then there's beauty. Beauty is an essence, a gift, something you leave behind after you're around people and they feel enriched and blessed by who you are. Beauty is a way of leaving a mark that reflects our Maker on everything you do.  

I also like that Caroline is very similar to Carolina as in North Carolina my home and my husband's adopted home. And the place where we are raising our family. 

@ 23 weeks 

What about a middle name? Well, we'll get to that later...

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

22 Weeks (5 1/2 months)

Today @ 22 Weeks before heading to our early morning midwife appointment. I look a little deer in the headlights, but I had woken up at 5 so wasn't exactly perky camera-face ready to say the least, but the picture is about the bump anyways.

Size of baby: around 7 and a half inches long and 15 ounces (that's almost a whole pound!)

Baby is: Now sleeping in cycles (did you know a baby can have REM sleep and even dream before it's born?). She's probably sleeping around 12 to 14 hours a day. 

Maternity clothes: All maternity clothes here! The pink and green shirts in these pictures are Pea in the Pod from Destination Maternity. Though they're pricey I've been able to find a few Pea in the Pod shirts for a good sale price, and they're really so comfortable and wear well. Funny side note, part of my maternity wardrobe seems to have included kicking most make-up to the curb as well. Either it's the fact that I'm not working, or just preparing to simplify my routines pre-baby. 

Sleep: I've gotten used to sleeping on my side. The best part is when I first lay down to go to sleep or when I first wake up and I can feel her kicking around in there practicing her dance moves. 

Gender: It's a girl! And Grandma Osborne has already been kicking off her tiny wardrobe in precious pink style. 

@ 20 Weeks after dinner at home with Mike

Cravings: My appetite is picking up but the size of my stomach is shrinking (it's getting a little crowded in there!). Lots of snacking has done the trick. This week I've been eating lots of Triscuits (the Rosemary flavor..mmmmm) with cheese. Which up until now I haven't felt able to tolerate dairy much. Also, my cravings for the coldest ice water possible are stronger than ever. (Partly because when I drink cold things she seems to kick a little more.) And chicken is a reigning favorite. 

Symptoms: I wake up with leg cramps occasionally. I'm working on incorporating more potassium and calcium into my diet. 

Week's highlights: Feeling her move! Just starting a few days ago I've really been able to feel her (not just wondered if that was her moving or my dinner digesting). It's so fun. And Mike loves putting his hand on my bump so he can feel her little kicks. As I write this she's grooving away in there letting me know she's awake and that my icy water is a little too cold for her liking. 

 @ 21.5 weeks before heading to Virginia to visit friends

"For this child I have prayed..." (1 Sam. 1:27)

Baby Girl,

Can I even express how much I love feeling you kick around? It makes me so happy. As the weeks went by I was anxiously waiting for when I'd start feeling those kicks. And a few times I had thought I felt you, but wasn't sure. But now, oh now I can really feel you dancing and it's the best feeling ever. Your tiny life is priceless and we celebrate it everyday by praying for you, talking to you, playing music for you, delighting in your kicks, giving thanks to God for you, and making preparations for you. 

Much love,