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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Bump: 22 weeks

So much has changed in the past 10 weeks... I can not only cook a full meal,  I can sit down and eat it too!  As the winter days drag on even into Spring, I don't mind {too much} because I can't seem to get this place CLEAN ENOUGH!!  Nothing is safe.  Dust bunnies...gone! Clutter...out the door! Laundry excites me to no end.  The safe hum of the dryer, the clean smell of detergent lingering in the air... I actually find myself on the hunt for dirty items just to keep the momentum.  Because I know this too, like the morning sickness, will pass.  If you know me even a little, cleaning is usually at the bottom of my list each day.  Even when its the only thing on my list for the day, you can usually count on me to find 5 "more important" things to keep me busy just so I don't have to clean.  My husband is thrilled.  My kids are confused.  I love it. 

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Coca-Cola Fun!

This year my soon to be 11 year old asked for a unique party themed around his favorite drink.  I'm always up for a challenge, and this one was fun!  Here's what we ended up finding...

The invite....
The cake...

Did I mention I have crazy talented friends? Thank you to Alysia for another amazing cake... If you would like to hire her, please email me for details!

The spread...

The floats...

"the boys"

Thursday, March 3, 2011

It's a....

sweet little boy.  I had no idea how grateful I would be the moment I saw that squirming little miracle on the screen.  I was thrilled.  Knowing that my raised risk for "neuro-tube defects" {hydro-cephallus, spinabifida, cleft palette} caused by my anti-seizure medicine, there's always a niggling fear at the edge of my mind.  After much wait, I got to hear the wonderful words that allowed me to release a breathe yesterday {a breath I didn't even realize I was holding} "What a beautiful spine". 

At this time for giving thanks and recognizing God's blessings for Team Peterson, it never occurred to me that this news may seem tragic in any way to anyone. Not sure if people are more comfortable with symmetry in gender or thinking that a girl would somehow add more to our happiness.  I felt a strange pressure to deliver the news that almost everyone was asking of me.  Revealing the gender caused a strange reaction among many who were "convinced it was a girl".  Our blue cake caused such confusion that some people didn't even  recover enough to offer a "congratulations" as they left.  Now, please don't get me wrong, if it had been a pink cake, there are many happy things to look forward to as well!  I know the strong bond of sisterhood and would've loved to watch Marlee enjoy the perks that I have been lucky enough to have with my amazing sister... but is it fair of me to think that the only way for her to have a happy life is to live one just like mine? Who's to say their personalities would allow them to become best friends?  I so look forward to the days when her brothers tower over her, tease her, and most of all look out for her every happiness. 

Last night I awoke to these thoughts and couldn't find sleep again for over an hour.  As I tried to gather my thoughts, I heard tiny footsteps enter my room {a rare occasion, but not unheard of} and Carter approached my bed informing me that he was scared.  I wordlessly lifted the covers for him to climb in and he expertly molded his little body to fit right into my embrace and I listened as his breathing began to slow.  I fell into a deep sleep with the knowledge that God has created the perfect family for me and I cannot wait to see the things he is going to do with each one of my children.  3 boys and a girl.  I am blessed beyond measure.