Tuesday, July 24, 2012

might as well tell you her name

No, she's not here.
But while we wait I think it's perfect time to tell you all "Baby N"'s name.
Since her arriving will be wonderful news in and of itself.

Her name is
Nora Truth Kiehn
and we love her.


So now that you know the name I can show you the girls' room! 
Come on in.



Like I've said before, it's my favorite room in the house.
The only problem is, that it's so light and happy and wonderful, that the sun comes in so strong and doesn't make for long-sleeping babies. When we can, we'd love to get black-out curtains that pull down for nap time and night and can be pulled up during the day to let all that happy light in.

Everything turned out so sweet and just the way I envisioned it.
It's happy and fun and colorful and sweet. The perfect place for two sisters to grow up together.


The Ruby and Nora paintings are from my friend Gena from high school. Coolest story: I hadn't heard from her in years and she found me on the blog and offered to do a painting for the girls. She is an AMAZING artist...like, phenomenal, so I was so thankful and blessed she offered to do this as a gift for us. It meant so much. I sent her this idea and she hand-painted those letters, even though what I sent her was a print. She's awesome. Thank you Gena! You totally made the room!


I made these and Kevin hung them while I laid on my side on Ruby's bed and said "higher. a little lower. towards me. back. split the difference! perfect, babe"
I love Kevin.


This shelf and baskets are from IKEA and I am beyond thankful this all worked out. My in-laws were going to Chicago anyway, so they picked it up for us while they were up there so we didn't have to pay the ridiculous shipping + handling (which costs more than the shelf itself). You guys are the best-thank you!

I love this shelf for several reasons, but one is that it's perfect height for Ruby to clean up her own toys and put away her own books. She is really good at tidying up and I think this low, cubbied little shelf makes it more practical and fun for her.


Ruby's little corner.
She's been in her big girl bed since Christmas and it was a super easy transition.


We had some people over here hanging out one night and our friend Jake is a great artist as well and whipped this up while people were playing guitar and singing. It just makes my heart happy, all these handmade things by people who love us and love our girls. We are so blessed.


The specifics:
-the wall color is Benjamin Moore Robin's Nest
-the yellow paper lanterns are in the party section at Hobby Lobby for $7.99 for 3 (but print off your weekly 40% coupon for them!) and the colored poms cost $0.99 each to make. I had a gift card from my birthday from Grandma so it was all free! thank you PJ:)
-the yellow oval mirror is stolen from my salon...I got it at a flea market a few years back and spray painted it
-the metal "R" is from Kevin's grandpa's old church in Chicago. It was the Downer's Grove Baptist Church sign and his uncle scrapped all the other letters but my in-laws rescued the R last year before we knew about Nora. Bummer!
-the crib mattress was found for $20 brand new at my aunt's store. She bought it and I did her daughter's hair so we traded out so it didn't cost us anything!
-the lamp we already had and spray painted
-the frames we already had
-everything else we already had-hallelujah!

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The countdown continues...



here I am today, pregnant as ever.
I've been out running around trying to stay occupied and obviously not cleaning this bathroom mirror.


I came home from errands to find on my porch a casserole dish and yummy green salad and a note from my big sister with cooking instructions. She made us dinner. My heart swelled up with thankfulness and happiness.


How cool is that? I am constantly amazed by other's selflessness and thoughtfulness.

Like last night? My in-laws said "let us watch Ruby so you guys can go on a date before Nora gets here" and while we were SO excited to go we literally have no extra money. We were trying to think of free and fun things to do, but it's all outside. And I'm 40 weeks pregnant and it's 100 degrees out there. We thought "oh well, we'll figure something out, it'll be nice just to be together". And when we showed up to drop her off at their house? They said "this is from me and Dad, enjoy your date" and handed us $30. I mean...seriously. Yahweh is taking care of us and working all things out.

We sat in the parking lot after dinner and just talked and laughed for 45 minutes. It was so fun.

I have so much to be thankful for, and if you look around and listen...so do you.

NOW... COME ON, NORA GIRL!!!


Monday, July 23, 2012

four more days

38 weeks. I'm almost 40 weeks now so this is a little old but the most recent I had

four days until this little sugar is born.
At least, that's her due date....

Every single night for the past week or so I've been going to bed with lots of regular contractions and cervical act-shee-yon (Doug Heffernan...I love you) only to wake up...perpetually pregnant. I'm beginning to wonder if this child will ever come out.
I envision my uterus contracting and pushing her down and her gripping to the walls of it like a kid scared to slide down the slide saying "no!! It's not the 27th! I love it here!!"

She'll be happy she came out once she meets Ruby and gets to put faces with our three voices she's grown to love over the last 9 months.

Kevin sent me a funny huge-bellied, double-chinned picture he snapped on his phone of me focusing on something the other day and said "I'm gonna miss pregnant Jessica". Which made me think "enjoy this last week, because you're only pregnant Jessica for four more days" and it's true.

But I told him soon I'll be smaller, fitter, and can move without waddling Jessica!
He said it's a win-win.
And I agree.

See ya soon, hopefully with a chubby little newborn:)


Thursday, July 19, 2012

i'm just rambling

I have always kind of thought it's a little selfish when I hear pregnant women say "I can't wait to get my body back" because I can't think of a greater and sweeter honor than sharing your body with your baby so it can form and grow so that it can have life.

However...

this time around, I see what they're saying.

While I don't consider it MY body, really, I'm just a steward, I know what those moms are saying.

Lately my mind has drifted off to these lovely thoughts that I am soooo looking forward to:

-wearing heels again
-wearing workout clothes and sweating and running! It's been so, so long since I've done that and I've missed it so
-bending over without pain and being able to stand back up with quickness. I hope you all aren't taking this for granted!
-cooking real meals for my family. I've been at a mental loss of how to feed my family with all-time low energy levels and all-time low income. Help me, Heavenly Father.
-nursing my baby (i know this is against the "my body back" thing, but I love nursing newborns, hello)
-having some energy back (i believe it's possible!!!)

I seriously can't remember what it's like to not be pregnant.
I was telling Kevin last night on the way to church that this is just a ridiculous thing to ask of someone, to be pregnant. Of course, I was saying it in jest, but really...come on. This whole process is just nuts!
Good times and hard times, that's for sure. But all more than worth it.
Once I hold that newborn for the first time, her skin on mine...right then and there she'll have my heart and I'll sign up to do this thing again. They are so worth it.

I am 39 weeks tomorrow.
Looks like Dr. Shipman was wrong about her coming on the 17th, dadgumit.
I think my girls are punctual. When they say they'll be here on their due date, they come on their due date. Sigh...good girls.

Another thing I am looking greatly forward to:
fall.


I'll have "my body" back, both my girls by my side, pumpkin coffee drinks, scarves, cool weather and hopefully some dates with my honey. Ahhh, the wonderment.

Guess what? I got some stretch marks around my belly button this time. Bummer:/ They're little but they're there. Dear Seventeen Year Old Jessica...don't pierce your belly button this year. Please, just don't do it. You'll regret it when you're doing better things in life like having your children and  your skin is weak around your belly button because you just haaaaaaad to get it pierced.
So lame.

Ok, I'm going to get off of here and try to stay awake. I've been taking advantage of napping when Ruby naps but it actually hurts me in the long run. I wake up from a HEAVY, DEEP sleep to her crying to be let out of her room. Right away she wants to be fed and entertained and I am still so very out of it. It messes me up and makes me cranky and I'm groggy and it's just bad. So I'm trying to stay awake during her naps so that I am able to take care of her and not be out of it. Trying to figure this whole 2-kids-now-need-me thing and one's not even out yet.

I should probably wait to post things when I have things to say that make sense, but who knows when that will be next:)
Be blessed.
Hopefully I'll have this kiddo soon.
If not, the due date is next Friday.
See ya then, cutie pie.
And not a day later, do you understand??
:)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

recent phone pics








I am still pregnant.
That's a good friend's baby, not ours.
But soon!
Soon Ruby will be trying to feed our newborn baby carrots!

The other bits you saw were breakfast, car ride with the windows down, me and my girl, a snack that I have indulged in several times over the last week or so, new shoes (wonderful story to go along with them p.s.) and my almost 39 week belly.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

"i yike paydoh"


If you want to make Ruby intensely happy...I've found the ticket. It's store-bought Playdoh. I've done homemade (of course) and she's played with it and enjoyed it, but suddenly...it's the real stuff that has her ecstatic.

I have had such little energy and have felt so bad for her lately. Our summer days are spent inside all too often because getting me and her and this belly out in the heat and lifting her and chasing after her and packing bags and all of this stuff is a HUGE feat for me lately.

So the other day I had to go to Dollar General for something (can I just say right now that I like DG? Like, a lot?!) And thought "ya know what, I'm going to use a buck or two of our grocery money to pick up some cheap form of entertainment for her since she's been staring at the same toys pretty much since her birthday and I can tell she is bored out of her mind being inside all day with me"

Enter: $1.50 two-pack of Play-doh.
Enter: completely happy, quiet, entertained for soooo long Ruby.
Enter: I love Play-doh and Dollar General.

This morning she spotted the play-doh sitting on top of our dresser waaay above her head and squealed and pointed "PAYDOH! I YIKE PAYDOH!"

And I like you, Ruby girl.


Me and my sweet next daughter are getting bigger and bigger.
38 weeks!


My aunt has a pool and lets us go over there during the day while she's at work to just float and swim. I took Ruby over there yesterday and I genuinely had so much fun playing with her. She cracks me up.
She held on to the side of the pool, dipped the back of her hair in the water and kept saying "ahhh, yeyaxing"
Yes, the pool IS very relaxing, babe, I agree.


She has taken to calling us by our first names every now and then, just because she's picked it up that other people don't call us Mommy and Daddy like her. So here and there we're "Kanye and Jecca".

She's also been calling us "honey" and I couldn't love it more.
Because Kev and I call each other that I guess she just figures it's our family name.
When she's asking me for something she'll say "please, honey?"
It's almost too much. I love her more than I can describe.


Thursday, July 12, 2012

take me out to the ballgame

kevin, honey, you have a total golfer's feet tanline

Our family treated us to a beautiful night at our minor league baseball team The Naturals the other night. I've been saying I want to take Ruby to a game all summer so I was so thankful when Janet asked if we wanted to join them!

Ruby's fascinated "wow" upon first spotting of the big field




Ruby with Strike, their mascot. Yes...weirdest mascot ever.
What is he? Nobody knows.
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Last day of being 37 weeks...
Ruby is officially in "picking her own outfits" stage.
I just let her go with it so long as it's not terrible.
And obviously, my red wool Christmas socks with her pink rain boots was a good decision.



37 weeks.
Feeling good, just kind of ready to be done. Very sore/tender in my pelvic and sit bones area. I figure she's just super low and that's why. I was wondering if last night was the night because I was having contraction after contraction and could feel all sorts of action but...I woke up with a baby in my belly still.
Fine by me! I know it's only a short little bit away that I will get to birth and meet this next baby of ours.

I've also been having to deal with some irritability lately:)
My two greatest pet peeves:
Clarence
Fruit flies.

I'll stop there...

Luckily, I can wrangle my emotions, tell them to chill out, and me and Kev can have a laugh about it.

(note the countdown on our chalkboard...days 'til baby...I recommend this for antsy people like myself. It makes it even more exciting to cross off a day each morning!)


cell phones in back pockets...not exactly a rear-end slimming tip.
also, can I just tell you? I've dropped TWO iphones in the toilet by sticking phones in my back pocket.
We have a midwife appointment this Friday (hooray!) so I'll be able to tell a little more progress-wise. But it all basically boils down to this: babies come when they're ready.
See ya soon, baby girl!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

new look!

Since there are no longer just Three Kiehns...I figured it's time for a remodel around here.

I think I'm going to have to come up with a whole new address for this blog, too. I don't know much about computers (read:anything) so I don't know the smoothest way to handle the switch over.

Can I change it to "life on purpose" but the address be wethreekiehns still? Or is that way too confusing?

anyways...

the story behind {life on purpose} is this:

a while back Ruby was eating next to me and being silly and sloppy and food was spilling on her and the floor because she was just being floppy and goofy. I said very calmly to her "sweetie, I want you to do what you do on purpose, okay? Eat your food slowly and carefully and watch what you're doing"

and it hit me. Do what you do on purpose.
Know why you do what you do.

This is the anthem for our family's life. We chose to live intentionally and always want to go deeper and learn and ask Yahweh why we're here. What we're doing. What He needs us to be doing, saying, etc.

And have a lot of fun and laugh a lot as we are constantly being changed and growing in Him:)


Monday, July 9, 2012

Life Lately


-our little Bears fan


- coloring those roots


- i know i'm going to miss this. just me, her, and my belly.


- how to entertain yourself in public restrooms during your mommy's 47th trip in there


-hand me downs from cousins...literally doesn't get cuter than this. toddlers in house shoes and bathrobes?! i mean come on!


- the man of my dreams!


- my SIL's baby shower for sweet baby girl River. so excited for them!


- today...37 1/2 weeks pregnant. again...i know i'm going to miss this.

I'm no fool.
I know that once I have this baby I will miss the pregnancy part.
It's just so ironic! You are "miserable" yet you want it back yet you really don't want it back. It's just weird.

I've been thinking a lot lately about having 2 children. Foolishly, I'm a reader of blogs, which means one can easily find themselves comparing their everything to others. Let me just tell you: MISTAKE.
Just yesterday at church during worship the Lord spoke to me and said

"don't compare yourself to others. Jesus is the only standard I've given you"


That goes for fitness.
Finances.
Fashion.
Food.
Family.
Weird they all start with f's...


It's very, very freeing to know that there are no expectations on me. That my ONLY job is to hear Yahweh's voice and to obey it.
Only He can show me what I'm good at.
I've found myself picking things I'm "in to" and dragging Him into it as well.
HAHA!
Rookie mistake.
I want Him to show me first what I'm "in to" and then it will be the easiest, smoothest, most graceful thing on earth because He's equipped me for that very thing.

So with all that being said:
I'm going in to having 2 children with a very, very open and excited attitude.
It really doesn't have to be as hard and miserable as everyone tells me, I believe.
When I meet or get to talk to women my age that have 2 little ones and tell me positive things and say that there are obviously times, but it's really not as bad as everyone says and it's really quite wonderful... I cling on to those words like they are my lifeline.
Because it's truth!

If I go into birth expecting hell and pain, that's what I'm going to get.
If I go into the next phase with 2 little ones and expect misery, that's what I'm going to get.

But if I go in and realize "okay, millions of women have done this before me, with me, and will do so  after me. God's graced me to do this. I have been called to be these girls' momma. Of course I have what I need to do it!"...then I can do it.
Through Him.


I will not be able to be a sane mother if my priorities are off.
If blogging comes before them.
If my business comes before them.
If my fitness comes before them.
If I worry about finances.
If I'm caught up in what I look like for others.

Those things are all real parts of life, but they must be balanced by what your purpose is.
And my purpose is whatever Yahweh tells me it is.
He's my only identity.



Thursday, July 5, 2012

4th Of July

Aaaaaand one of my all-time favorite Ruby pictures was created last night as she posed like this during a belly shot.  
It's taken me twenty six years to realize it, but I now know that Valentine's Day and the 4th of July are my absolute favorite holidays. For sure.
I love the warm weather, the picnics, the red, white, and blue, the fireworks, squealing and clapping along with strangers at the fireworks show, the live music, etc. all celebrating the fact that we all live in this beautiful country.


Our church actually cancelled Wednesday night's service so everyone could spend the 4th with their families so we got to see the fireworks just like my heart desired!
I showed Ruby a YouTube video of fireworks yesterday to prepare her and she was talking about them all day.


She was so, so tired since they didn't start until 10:00. She almost fell asleep during them! But I think all the squeals and clapping kept her excited enough to stay awake.


We've been really busy with friends and family lately and it was so sweet to lay on that old blanket on the grass, just the 3 of us, one in my belly, and be a family. Me and Kevin have gone to this park for years to watch the fireworks and we smiled and sighed at how different each year has been. Dating and a little nervous at that park for the 4th, newlyweds at that park for the 4th, newborn baby at that park for the 4th, chubby 1 1/2 year old at that park for the 4th, toddler and pregnant all together at that park for the 4th of July. It's just so special to me. And the fireworks just send me over the edge with excitement!



I love you, my sweet little family.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Getting Closer and Resting

35 wks and a few days
Are you getting tired of me posting pictures of myself pregnant?
Sorry:)
Some of my all-time favorite pictures of my Mom are ones where she is pregnant with one of us kids. It's so beautiful and special.
Although the bathroom mirror and in front of the laundry and doggie door isn't the greatest setting.
Next child I'll step outside...

36 wks and 1 day
 As I mentioned in the last post, I am 50% effaced and at a 2.5 - and since that appt last Thursday I have felt myself efface more. Could you ever feel yourself efface? I didn't with Ruby but with this one it's so obvious. It's a sharp sudden pain that kind of goes up right at your cervix, and then it's gone.

My midwife, however, is out of town in Michigan for 10 days so at the last appointment we all agreed to have Kevin lay hands on  my belly and tell baby N to stay in there at least until Elizabeth gets back:)
 When I was pregnant with Ruby I stopped working at 30 weeks. I had had enough, and was exhausted physically. With this one, I made it all the way to 37 weeks! Doing hair is so physical, you'd never know it. I am doing one person today and one on Friday, then a few more in the next few weeks but I may need to cancel on them since they were all fully expecting that when they made the appointments. With a toddler, my rest is limited, and adding work on top of that has kind of pushed me over the edge, physically. And I do NOT want to go into early labor without my midwife here, hello!

If that does, however, happen, then her partner will deliver baby N. Along with the assistant that I know and love, so that's good. It'd just be so ironic because with Ruby I saw a doctor I loved the entire time prenatally and when I was in birth he wasn't on call and I wasn't high risk or anything so another doctor delivered her. Why does this keep happening to me?! No...Elizabeth will deliver her. Mark my words!

36 wks and a few days
Ok, I'm kind of rambling.
This is such a sweet time in life.
Getting ready for change, embracing change right around the corner.
Trusting the Lord in places we've never ever been before.
We're growing, The Kiehns, and we are thoroughly enjoying it.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

might as well tell you her name

No, she's not here.
But while we wait I think it's perfect time to tell you all "Baby N"'s name.
Since her arriving will be wonderful news in and of itself.

Her name is
Nora Truth Kiehn
and we love her.


So now that you know the name I can show you the girls' room! 
Come on in.



Like I've said before, it's my favorite room in the house.
The only problem is, that it's so light and happy and wonderful, that the sun comes in so strong and doesn't make for long-sleeping babies. When we can, we'd love to get black-out curtains that pull down for nap time and night and can be pulled up during the day to let all that happy light in.

Everything turned out so sweet and just the way I envisioned it.
It's happy and fun and colorful and sweet. The perfect place for two sisters to grow up together.


The Ruby and Nora paintings are from my friend Gena from high school. Coolest story: I hadn't heard from her in years and she found me on the blog and offered to do a painting for the girls. She is an AMAZING artist...like, phenomenal, so I was so thankful and blessed she offered to do this as a gift for us. It meant so much. I sent her this idea and she hand-painted those letters, even though what I sent her was a print. She's awesome. Thank you Gena! You totally made the room!


I made these and Kevin hung them while I laid on my side on Ruby's bed and said "higher. a little lower. towards me. back. split the difference! perfect, babe"
I love Kevin.


This shelf and baskets are from IKEA and I am beyond thankful this all worked out. My in-laws were going to Chicago anyway, so they picked it up for us while they were up there so we didn't have to pay the ridiculous shipping + handling (which costs more than the shelf itself). You guys are the best-thank you!

I love this shelf for several reasons, but one is that it's perfect height for Ruby to clean up her own toys and put away her own books. She is really good at tidying up and I think this low, cubbied little shelf makes it more practical and fun for her.


Ruby's little corner.
She's been in her big girl bed since Christmas and it was a super easy transition.


We had some people over here hanging out one night and our friend Jake is a great artist as well and whipped this up while people were playing guitar and singing. It just makes my heart happy, all these handmade things by people who love us and love our girls. We are so blessed.


The specifics:
-the wall color is Benjamin Moore Robin's Nest
-the yellow paper lanterns are in the party section at Hobby Lobby for $7.99 for 3 (but print off your weekly 40% coupon for them!) and the colored poms cost $0.99 each to make. I had a gift card from my birthday from Grandma so it was all free! thank you PJ:)
-the yellow oval mirror is stolen from my salon...I got it at a flea market a few years back and spray painted it
-the metal "R" is from Kevin's grandpa's old church in Chicago. It was the Downer's Grove Baptist Church sign and his uncle scrapped all the other letters but my in-laws rescued the R last year before we knew about Nora. Bummer!
-the crib mattress was found for $20 brand new at my aunt's store. She bought it and I did her daughter's hair so we traded out so it didn't cost us anything!
-the lamp we already had and spray painted
-the frames we already had
-everything else we already had-hallelujah!

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The countdown continues...



here I am today, pregnant as ever.
I've been out running around trying to stay occupied and obviously not cleaning this bathroom mirror.


I came home from errands to find on my porch a casserole dish and yummy green salad and a note from my big sister with cooking instructions. She made us dinner. My heart swelled up with thankfulness and happiness.


How cool is that? I am constantly amazed by other's selflessness and thoughtfulness.

Like last night? My in-laws said "let us watch Ruby so you guys can go on a date before Nora gets here" and while we were SO excited to go we literally have no extra money. We were trying to think of free and fun things to do, but it's all outside. And I'm 40 weeks pregnant and it's 100 degrees out there. We thought "oh well, we'll figure something out, it'll be nice just to be together". And when we showed up to drop her off at their house? They said "this is from me and Dad, enjoy your date" and handed us $30. I mean...seriously. Yahweh is taking care of us and working all things out.

We sat in the parking lot after dinner and just talked and laughed for 45 minutes. It was so fun.

I have so much to be thankful for, and if you look around and listen...so do you.

NOW... COME ON, NORA GIRL!!!


Monday, July 23, 2012

four more days

38 weeks. I'm almost 40 weeks now so this is a little old but the most recent I had

four days until this little sugar is born.
At least, that's her due date....

Every single night for the past week or so I've been going to bed with lots of regular contractions and cervical act-shee-yon (Doug Heffernan...I love you) only to wake up...perpetually pregnant. I'm beginning to wonder if this child will ever come out.
I envision my uterus contracting and pushing her down and her gripping to the walls of it like a kid scared to slide down the slide saying "no!! It's not the 27th! I love it here!!"

She'll be happy she came out once she meets Ruby and gets to put faces with our three voices she's grown to love over the last 9 months.

Kevin sent me a funny huge-bellied, double-chinned picture he snapped on his phone of me focusing on something the other day and said "I'm gonna miss pregnant Jessica". Which made me think "enjoy this last week, because you're only pregnant Jessica for four more days" and it's true.

But I told him soon I'll be smaller, fitter, and can move without waddling Jessica!
He said it's a win-win.
And I agree.

See ya soon, hopefully with a chubby little newborn:)


Thursday, July 19, 2012

i'm just rambling

I have always kind of thought it's a little selfish when I hear pregnant women say "I can't wait to get my body back" because I can't think of a greater and sweeter honor than sharing your body with your baby so it can form and grow so that it can have life.

However...

this time around, I see what they're saying.

While I don't consider it MY body, really, I'm just a steward, I know what those moms are saying.

Lately my mind has drifted off to these lovely thoughts that I am soooo looking forward to:

-wearing heels again
-wearing workout clothes and sweating and running! It's been so, so long since I've done that and I've missed it so
-bending over without pain and being able to stand back up with quickness. I hope you all aren't taking this for granted!
-cooking real meals for my family. I've been at a mental loss of how to feed my family with all-time low energy levels and all-time low income. Help me, Heavenly Father.
-nursing my baby (i know this is against the "my body back" thing, but I love nursing newborns, hello)
-having some energy back (i believe it's possible!!!)

I seriously can't remember what it's like to not be pregnant.
I was telling Kevin last night on the way to church that this is just a ridiculous thing to ask of someone, to be pregnant. Of course, I was saying it in jest, but really...come on. This whole process is just nuts!
Good times and hard times, that's for sure. But all more than worth it.
Once I hold that newborn for the first time, her skin on mine...right then and there she'll have my heart and I'll sign up to do this thing again. They are so worth it.

I am 39 weeks tomorrow.
Looks like Dr. Shipman was wrong about her coming on the 17th, dadgumit.
I think my girls are punctual. When they say they'll be here on their due date, they come on their due date. Sigh...good girls.

Another thing I am looking greatly forward to:
fall.


I'll have "my body" back, both my girls by my side, pumpkin coffee drinks, scarves, cool weather and hopefully some dates with my honey. Ahhh, the wonderment.

Guess what? I got some stretch marks around my belly button this time. Bummer:/ They're little but they're there. Dear Seventeen Year Old Jessica...don't pierce your belly button this year. Please, just don't do it. You'll regret it when you're doing better things in life like having your children and  your skin is weak around your belly button because you just haaaaaaad to get it pierced.
So lame.

Ok, I'm going to get off of here and try to stay awake. I've been taking advantage of napping when Ruby naps but it actually hurts me in the long run. I wake up from a HEAVY, DEEP sleep to her crying to be let out of her room. Right away she wants to be fed and entertained and I am still so very out of it. It messes me up and makes me cranky and I'm groggy and it's just bad. So I'm trying to stay awake during her naps so that I am able to take care of her and not be out of it. Trying to figure this whole 2-kids-now-need-me thing and one's not even out yet.

I should probably wait to post things when I have things to say that make sense, but who knows when that will be next:)
Be blessed.
Hopefully I'll have this kiddo soon.
If not, the due date is next Friday.
See ya then, cutie pie.
And not a day later, do you understand??
:)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

recent phone pics








I am still pregnant.
That's a good friend's baby, not ours.
But soon!
Soon Ruby will be trying to feed our newborn baby carrots!

The other bits you saw were breakfast, car ride with the windows down, me and my girl, a snack that I have indulged in several times over the last week or so, new shoes (wonderful story to go along with them p.s.) and my almost 39 week belly.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

"i yike paydoh"


If you want to make Ruby intensely happy...I've found the ticket. It's store-bought Playdoh. I've done homemade (of course) and she's played with it and enjoyed it, but suddenly...it's the real stuff that has her ecstatic.

I have had such little energy and have felt so bad for her lately. Our summer days are spent inside all too often because getting me and her and this belly out in the heat and lifting her and chasing after her and packing bags and all of this stuff is a HUGE feat for me lately.

So the other day I had to go to Dollar General for something (can I just say right now that I like DG? Like, a lot?!) And thought "ya know what, I'm going to use a buck or two of our grocery money to pick up some cheap form of entertainment for her since she's been staring at the same toys pretty much since her birthday and I can tell she is bored out of her mind being inside all day with me"

Enter: $1.50 two-pack of Play-doh.
Enter: completely happy, quiet, entertained for soooo long Ruby.
Enter: I love Play-doh and Dollar General.

This morning she spotted the play-doh sitting on top of our dresser waaay above her head and squealed and pointed "PAYDOH! I YIKE PAYDOH!"

And I like you, Ruby girl.


Me and my sweet next daughter are getting bigger and bigger.
38 weeks!


My aunt has a pool and lets us go over there during the day while she's at work to just float and swim. I took Ruby over there yesterday and I genuinely had so much fun playing with her. She cracks me up.
She held on to the side of the pool, dipped the back of her hair in the water and kept saying "ahhh, yeyaxing"
Yes, the pool IS very relaxing, babe, I agree.


She has taken to calling us by our first names every now and then, just because she's picked it up that other people don't call us Mommy and Daddy like her. So here and there we're "Kanye and Jecca".

She's also been calling us "honey" and I couldn't love it more.
Because Kev and I call each other that I guess she just figures it's our family name.
When she's asking me for something she'll say "please, honey?"
It's almost too much. I love her more than I can describe.


Thursday, July 12, 2012

take me out to the ballgame

kevin, honey, you have a total golfer's feet tanline

Our family treated us to a beautiful night at our minor league baseball team The Naturals the other night. I've been saying I want to take Ruby to a game all summer so I was so thankful when Janet asked if we wanted to join them!

Ruby's fascinated "wow" upon first spotting of the big field




Ruby with Strike, their mascot. Yes...weirdest mascot ever.
What is he? Nobody knows.
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Last day of being 37 weeks...
Ruby is officially in "picking her own outfits" stage.
I just let her go with it so long as it's not terrible.
And obviously, my red wool Christmas socks with her pink rain boots was a good decision.



37 weeks.
Feeling good, just kind of ready to be done. Very sore/tender in my pelvic and sit bones area. I figure she's just super low and that's why. I was wondering if last night was the night because I was having contraction after contraction and could feel all sorts of action but...I woke up with a baby in my belly still.
Fine by me! I know it's only a short little bit away that I will get to birth and meet this next baby of ours.

I've also been having to deal with some irritability lately:)
My two greatest pet peeves:
Clarence
Fruit flies.

I'll stop there...

Luckily, I can wrangle my emotions, tell them to chill out, and me and Kev can have a laugh about it.

(note the countdown on our chalkboard...days 'til baby...I recommend this for antsy people like myself. It makes it even more exciting to cross off a day each morning!)


cell phones in back pockets...not exactly a rear-end slimming tip.
also, can I just tell you? I've dropped TWO iphones in the toilet by sticking phones in my back pocket.
We have a midwife appointment this Friday (hooray!) so I'll be able to tell a little more progress-wise. But it all basically boils down to this: babies come when they're ready.
See ya soon, baby girl!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

new look!

Since there are no longer just Three Kiehns...I figured it's time for a remodel around here.

I think I'm going to have to come up with a whole new address for this blog, too. I don't know much about computers (read:anything) so I don't know the smoothest way to handle the switch over.

Can I change it to "life on purpose" but the address be wethreekiehns still? Or is that way too confusing?

anyways...

the story behind {life on purpose} is this:

a while back Ruby was eating next to me and being silly and sloppy and food was spilling on her and the floor because she was just being floppy and goofy. I said very calmly to her "sweetie, I want you to do what you do on purpose, okay? Eat your food slowly and carefully and watch what you're doing"

and it hit me. Do what you do on purpose.
Know why you do what you do.

This is the anthem for our family's life. We chose to live intentionally and always want to go deeper and learn and ask Yahweh why we're here. What we're doing. What He needs us to be doing, saying, etc.

And have a lot of fun and laugh a lot as we are constantly being changed and growing in Him:)


Monday, July 9, 2012

Life Lately


-our little Bears fan


- coloring those roots


- i know i'm going to miss this. just me, her, and my belly.


- how to entertain yourself in public restrooms during your mommy's 47th trip in there


-hand me downs from cousins...literally doesn't get cuter than this. toddlers in house shoes and bathrobes?! i mean come on!


- the man of my dreams!


- my SIL's baby shower for sweet baby girl River. so excited for them!


- today...37 1/2 weeks pregnant. again...i know i'm going to miss this.

I'm no fool.
I know that once I have this baby I will miss the pregnancy part.
It's just so ironic! You are "miserable" yet you want it back yet you really don't want it back. It's just weird.

I've been thinking a lot lately about having 2 children. Foolishly, I'm a reader of blogs, which means one can easily find themselves comparing their everything to others. Let me just tell you: MISTAKE.
Just yesterday at church during worship the Lord spoke to me and said

"don't compare yourself to others. Jesus is the only standard I've given you"


That goes for fitness.
Finances.
Fashion.
Food.
Family.
Weird they all start with f's...


It's very, very freeing to know that there are no expectations on me. That my ONLY job is to hear Yahweh's voice and to obey it.
Only He can show me what I'm good at.
I've found myself picking things I'm "in to" and dragging Him into it as well.
HAHA!
Rookie mistake.
I want Him to show me first what I'm "in to" and then it will be the easiest, smoothest, most graceful thing on earth because He's equipped me for that very thing.

So with all that being said:
I'm going in to having 2 children with a very, very open and excited attitude.
It really doesn't have to be as hard and miserable as everyone tells me, I believe.
When I meet or get to talk to women my age that have 2 little ones and tell me positive things and say that there are obviously times, but it's really not as bad as everyone says and it's really quite wonderful... I cling on to those words like they are my lifeline.
Because it's truth!

If I go into birth expecting hell and pain, that's what I'm going to get.
If I go into the next phase with 2 little ones and expect misery, that's what I'm going to get.

But if I go in and realize "okay, millions of women have done this before me, with me, and will do so  after me. God's graced me to do this. I have been called to be these girls' momma. Of course I have what I need to do it!"...then I can do it.
Through Him.


I will not be able to be a sane mother if my priorities are off.
If blogging comes before them.
If my business comes before them.
If my fitness comes before them.
If I worry about finances.
If I'm caught up in what I look like for others.

Those things are all real parts of life, but they must be balanced by what your purpose is.
And my purpose is whatever Yahweh tells me it is.
He's my only identity.



Thursday, July 5, 2012

4th Of July

Aaaaaand one of my all-time favorite Ruby pictures was created last night as she posed like this during a belly shot.  
It's taken me twenty six years to realize it, but I now know that Valentine's Day and the 4th of July are my absolute favorite holidays. For sure.
I love the warm weather, the picnics, the red, white, and blue, the fireworks, squealing and clapping along with strangers at the fireworks show, the live music, etc. all celebrating the fact that we all live in this beautiful country.


Our church actually cancelled Wednesday night's service so everyone could spend the 4th with their families so we got to see the fireworks just like my heart desired!
I showed Ruby a YouTube video of fireworks yesterday to prepare her and she was talking about them all day.


She was so, so tired since they didn't start until 10:00. She almost fell asleep during them! But I think all the squeals and clapping kept her excited enough to stay awake.


We've been really busy with friends and family lately and it was so sweet to lay on that old blanket on the grass, just the 3 of us, one in my belly, and be a family. Me and Kevin have gone to this park for years to watch the fireworks and we smiled and sighed at how different each year has been. Dating and a little nervous at that park for the 4th, newlyweds at that park for the 4th, newborn baby at that park for the 4th, chubby 1 1/2 year old at that park for the 4th, toddler and pregnant all together at that park for the 4th of July. It's just so special to me. And the fireworks just send me over the edge with excitement!



I love you, my sweet little family.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Getting Closer and Resting

35 wks and a few days
Are you getting tired of me posting pictures of myself pregnant?
Sorry:)
Some of my all-time favorite pictures of my Mom are ones where she is pregnant with one of us kids. It's so beautiful and special.
Although the bathroom mirror and in front of the laundry and doggie door isn't the greatest setting.
Next child I'll step outside...

36 wks and 1 day
 As I mentioned in the last post, I am 50% effaced and at a 2.5 - and since that appt last Thursday I have felt myself efface more. Could you ever feel yourself efface? I didn't with Ruby but with this one it's so obvious. It's a sharp sudden pain that kind of goes up right at your cervix, and then it's gone.

My midwife, however, is out of town in Michigan for 10 days so at the last appointment we all agreed to have Kevin lay hands on  my belly and tell baby N to stay in there at least until Elizabeth gets back:)
 When I was pregnant with Ruby I stopped working at 30 weeks. I had had enough, and was exhausted physically. With this one, I made it all the way to 37 weeks! Doing hair is so physical, you'd never know it. I am doing one person today and one on Friday, then a few more in the next few weeks but I may need to cancel on them since they were all fully expecting that when they made the appointments. With a toddler, my rest is limited, and adding work on top of that has kind of pushed me over the edge, physically. And I do NOT want to go into early labor without my midwife here, hello!

If that does, however, happen, then her partner will deliver baby N. Along with the assistant that I know and love, so that's good. It'd just be so ironic because with Ruby I saw a doctor I loved the entire time prenatally and when I was in birth he wasn't on call and I wasn't high risk or anything so another doctor delivered her. Why does this keep happening to me?! No...Elizabeth will deliver her. Mark my words!

36 wks and a few days
Ok, I'm kind of rambling.
This is such a sweet time in life.
Getting ready for change, embracing change right around the corner.
Trusting the Lord in places we've never ever been before.
We're growing, The Kiehns, and we are thoroughly enjoying it.