Wednesday, January 15, 2014

We're thinking pink!

As most of you know, we found out last week that we are having a......GIRL!!!  We are so very excited.  We are so thankful that our appointment with the ultrasound tech showed that everything was going well and baby girl is looking good as ever.  They said she has a very strong heart and all of her measurements and body parts looked great.  She was measuring a little bigger than we are time-wise, so I am expecting another huge baby.  Caleb was 9 lbs 13 oz and I was hoping he cleared the way for any others, but I'm afraid my babies will get bigger with each one.  haha.  I am prepared for a 10 pounder - yikes!

Since Nick grew up with only brothers and I grew up with only sisters, sometimes I wonder what the dynamics of a brother and sister will be like.  This is new territory for us!  It will be a learning experience for sure.  A fun(?) one!

Caleb is excited for a baby sister.  He is sometimes completely indifferent and sometimes super sweet, mentioning her and giving her kisses.  I have some sweet stories about him and baby girl's name options, but I will share those later when we are for sure on a name.  We will probably share the name before, but still haven't fully decided (sorry Mom and Claudia!).  :)

Other pregnancy news:
- We are 23 weeks along tomorrow.

- I am still feeling great!  Just have a hard time staying awake past 8:00 most nights.  Thursdays are the hardest because of 4 straight working days in a row.

- We are planning to make our guest room into a new nursery.  We will leave our guest bed in it until right after she is born because it is so handy to have an extra bed when our family visits - otherwise, we never use that room.  We already moved the computer and desk into our room because Nick's grad school started this week.  The most challenging thing will be emptying out the room and finding a place for all the junk we have accumulated (seriously? We've been married 5 years - where did all that stuff come from?!).

- Our due date is probably the craziest week we could have "chosen" (which we obviously didn't choose, but are of course so grateful to even have a due date!).  May 15 is the official due date.  That is the date of Claudia's birthday, Tyler's birthday and my niece Zoey's birthday.  It is also the date of Jake's high school graduation.  It is about a week and a half before Nick's cousin's wedding, and about a week after my cousin's college graduation.  We will have to play everything by ear, but will hopefully get to attend as many things as possible.

- My cravings (these would probably still be cravings even non-pregnancy, haha): hashbrowns or anything potato-related - this is the biggest craving, so much so that Nick put a $25 gift card to McDonald's in my stocking for hashbrowns, haha!, peanut butter M&Ms, sour gummy worms, smoothies, chocolate milk, mac & cheese (the good kind - gooey and cheesy), and bell peppers - any color -  dipped in veggie ranch dip.

-  Here is a belly shot at 22 weeks, 5 days.  She decided to poke out this week!

- I am still mostly sleeping well (thanks to a body pillow Nick got me for Christmas) and trips to the bathroom are becoming more frequent - even more so than they already were (as my husband lovingly refers to me as "thimble bladder".  I like to think of it as a term of endearment.)

- It is kind of wild that we are over the halfway point and this year we will be adding a baby girl to our family!  She will be here so very soon!

- We (in this case "we" means Nick, haha) just recently finished our budget for the next year and Nick said we should probably add a line for "pink!".  Probably a good idea.  :)

- Bring on the pink and bows - we can't wait to meet you baby girl!

Monday, January 13, 2014

2013 Recap

Before January quickly passes by, here is a quick look back on what 2013 looked like for the Braschler bunch.

We started off the year talking about our miscarriages, since our second one occurred in January.  Nick was the speaker for our church event, DNOW (which was made a little crazier due to an ER visit by yours truly).  We followed that up with a Goetz family trip to the Dominican Republic - oh, how I could go back there.  So peaceful and relaxing and beautiful.

We enjoyed celebrating Easter in Wichita.  April was another trip to Wichita for a baby shower for my sister, Julie.  We attended a lot of Naturals baseball games - one of our favorite spring and summer activities.
Julie and Aaron came down for a visit - just days before Zoey was born! On May 15 our niece was born - about 3 weeks early. Nick made a quick trip to Doniphan for the annual Memorial Day visit with the Braschlers.  In June, we made another trip to Wichita to meet Zoey and for my friend, Emily's, bridal shower.

We also had the annual Braschler Roaring River fishing weekend.  Caleb moved to a big boy bed.  In July, we made yet another trip to Wichita (I think this was the year of Wichita trips - we sure burned some rubber on 412 and 35) for Emily's wedding.  In August, we married off my sister and Aaron.  I finally completed couch to 5k!  And ran in my first 5k - something I have wanted to do for several years.  I haven't kept it up, because I got pregnant soon after the 5k race and have taken it easy because of our past pregnancies.  We also went camping at Big Hill Lake with my parents.

September brought a fun visit to the pumpkin patch and celebrating Jack's 2nd birthday!  A surprise birthday visit from my family was so much fun!  In October, we had a fall work day at Aunt Sherri's farm, watched the Cardinals make it to and play in the World Series, and finally got eggs from our chickens!  Caleb turned 3 years old and we announced we were pregnant!  And we ended 2013 feeling baby move.

It was a great year, filled with ups and downs as any year is.  We are grateful for the many blessings and fun memories.

Look forward to 2014!