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Monthly Archive for August, 2012

Falls Lake

Since I strained a muscle in my back last weekend I’ve been resting as much as possible. It was pretty much impossible to sit, stand, or walk for a few days. And I started praying that I wouldn’t go into labor anytime soon. (Someone listened). I also decided to take a few days off work to rest up even more. My leave starts next week but the extra bit of rest has definitely helped. We decided to check out a nearby lake since we were all getting a bit of cabin fever. It’s not far from our house, and is so peaceful! Perfect for future kayak and picnic dates!

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Eleanor right for the water even though we weren’t prepared for swimming. She is such a fish and would have kept going if Nathan wasn’t there to hold her back.

Berries

We put our first plant in the ground the other day. We unfortunately didn’t research much about blueberry bushes because we needed to get them in fast (the leaves on one were beginning to die). So since then we’ve learned we petty much did it all wrong. But so far they are still alive. We may have to move them soon. Turns out blueberries hate grass and we really didn’t give them enough breathing space from the grass. We also should have added hummus to the dirt and mulch. They love mulch! The good news is we put them in the best spot for sun and drainage. Like with most of our gardening attempts we learn as we go along. And it’s always fun to get our hands dirty. This yard is my dream.

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38 weeks

We should be meeting our littlest girl soon. Any day I hope, but knowing how long Eleanor stayed inside (11 days past due) we may have to wait a little longer. Technically I am 38 weeks and exhausted. But I am measuring 42 weeks so it’s safe to say she is definitely on the above average side! I’ve been swelling and having plenty of hot spots on my right leg since Monday. My blood pressure is still normal and I am as healthy as can be as is baby, but I’m ready to slow down – to take a break. It’s just such a integral time in our lives with moving into the house and needing little things to get us set up for my leave that I can’t really afford to leave work two weeks early. I guess ultimately I would go back to work two weeks early, too. And I would have to leave baby earlier than I would want, but I’d also get a few more weeks with Eleanor and Nathan – our family of three.

I guess I will make a decision sometime tomorrow as to what I will do.

38 weeks

38 weeks

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38 weeks

I have her bassinet and changing station all set up in our bedroom for now. All of her clothes are unpacked, and washed. Minus putting in the car seat we are ready for her arrival. My midwife told me about Blue Cohosh as a natural inducer. I’m a little nervous to take it because she said it would definitely cause mild contractions. With Eleanor I drank Raspberry Leaf tea and used Evening Prim Rose Oil. She said I could probably do without the Primrose, and to just try the Cohosh. So I picked some up at Whole Foods today. Wish me luck? Has anyone else out there tried it? At my 36 week appointment I had her check me because she offered (normally I think I may have waited a bit longer but curiosity always gets the cat)! And I was already 40% and 2 cm dilated. So I’m thinking this Cohosh might help some if indeed my cervix has ripened any more.

This pregnancy was vastly different than my first -I didn’t have enough time to truly savor the small moments. To slow down. To enjoy. But I think I tried my best. I love this little girl.I know my world is about to change forever and I really can’t wait. I just want to meet her.

A Rainy Sunday

on our front porch…

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Our Home

Sometime in May I had a melt down. It was one of those moments when everything spills over. In my heart I knew we had messed things up. We had made the wrong decision to move from Chicago to North Carolina. It had been rough ever since our arrival – pinching pennies, missing friends, home, the life we knew, conveniences, culture, routine. I’ve had three different positions as work since I arrived and a schedule that was never consistent. We made due trying to get out as much as possible, visiting family, taking advantage of all the natural beauty North Carolina has to offer but there was always this nagging feeling that it wasn’t right. We were forever in limbo.

The afternoon of my melt down I went to work. Nathan texted me. The house that he had his eye on since we had moved – basically our dream house – had fallen through with it’s previous possible buyers. It was on the market again. And, the ball started rolling. Here was something that could give us hope. A foundation. A home. With the help of Nathan’s parents who know an awful lot about buying old homes we were putting an offer in exactly one week later.

The house is called The Boyd House. It was built in 1890 by a carpenter named Thomas M. Young as well as the smaller house that sits directly behind it. At the time Mr. Boyd was living in the smaller house next door, and then purchased the T-shaped farmhouse in 1930 from Mr. Young. It has been in the Boyd family ever since. Sometime in the 70s we believe there were two additions put on the back of the house. It is on a corner of East Main street and sits on a double lot! The yard is spectacular! Grandpa Boyd had a victory garden here after the war, and appeared to have gardened for many years. The soil is black – this is rare in North Carolina and is probably a result of years and years of working it. On our second visit to the house I found a four leaf clover in the yard. Usually four leaf clovers grow in batches but I haven’t been able to find one since.

The previous owner (grand daughter of Mr. Boyd) who we purchased it from has boxes of old photographs and memories to share with us soon! I can’t wait to see. To relish in the history of this home and carry on new traditions.

Needless to say the home purchasing ordeal carried out for some time. Nathan’s dad said that this was the most absurd and irregular home purchase he’d ever been a part of. I believe him on that one. There was a lot of back and forth between the appraiser and the lenders. It was almost as if the lenders didn’t believe what the appraiser was saying, and kept forcing him to change his appraisal. Every Friday would come with the hopes of hearing good news, but nothing. Until a few weeks ago. On Tuesday July 31st we signed on our very first home. The signing was a bit unconventional, too. We actually did it in the home! The lawyer came, my in-laws, our nephews! It was a family affair! Even as I signed the last paper I had to ask the lawyer if this was really IT? What could go wrong now? He said pretty much nothing. We all breathed a sigh of relief.

The house is going to need years of work but we have high hopes. Nathan ripped up the carpet the next day to find beautiful hard wood floors underneath and some not so pretty. A good sanding and shine will help that in the next year. We have work to do on the foundation, the roof, the addition (which appears to have been eaten by termites) and the house while it has duct work for AC does not have a unit. Other than that it is totally habitable – heat, two bathrooms (though somewhat makeshift in my opinion), a living room, dining room, kitchen, parlour, library (or what will be a play room), and three bedrooms upstairs. It’s huge! Almost overwhelmingly huge. Eleanor runs through the rooms like a bandit and half the time I don’t know where she is. Baby gates will come in handy for a while.

For being in East Durham you’d be amazed by how quiet and natural the setting can be. We’ve seen multiple variations of butterflies, birds chirp for hours, hummingbirds fly to the windows, and there are two rosemary bushes and a camellia bush plus a couple dozen other plants and trees I’ve yet to identify. We are pretty excited for what is to come – both the work and the reward.

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The Boyd House, 1943

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The Boyd House, 2012

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The yard

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The front porch

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The original front door

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Dining Room (before carpet was pulled up)

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The house has all of its original hardware

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Living Room (before carpet was pulled up) – Only working fireplace

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Foyeur + Stairs (before carpet was pulled)

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Wall fabric in hall

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Ornate mantle in parlour

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The day it became ours!

Okay so that was a lot of pictures! And, I have more. Eeep! Nathan is going to make a site to document our home restoration progress, too. Here’s to an exciting adventure!

Eleanor Grows, 16 months

Eleanor you are 16 months old now. Did that just fly by or what? You are so smart, tenacious, and determined. Everyone comments on how strong headed you are. I figured it was normal for a toddler but seems like you know exactly what you want when you want it. You are an Aries after all.

You love to read. Your favorite books are one on Insects and Mammals. You love anything to do with farm animals, too. You can sit happily for quite some time flipping through books on your own, laughing and talking. But you also like to sit on mommy and daddy’s lap to read throughout the day. We always stop what we are doing when you bring a book over.

Your appetite took a bit of a nose dive recently. Constants include cottage cheese, cheerios, spaghetti, apples, bananas and blueberries. It was interesting! We stopped compensating with snacks and you started to eat a bit more at meal time. Some days you are ravenous and others not so much. I would love to figure out a way to get you to like vegetables more though you do like cucumbers and tomatoes on most days.

Your favorite things are Greta (our cat), daddy, playing outside, looking at bugs, coloring and going bye bye. Oh you’ve also started taking Tucker’s food at meal time. It’s quite funny since he is always trying to take your food, too. We try to be firm that you should not play with the dog at dinner. We started having you help by filling his bowl with us and then watching him from afar. It’s not working. :D

You can say a couple of words, and I hear you repeating the same sounds when pointing at a bird or outside but I can’t quite make them out. So we aren’t counting those, I guess. You just started moo-ing like a cow too. It’s adorable. You understand just about everything. It’s amazing to ask you to grab something or do something and watch you connect the two to action.

This will be the last month before you become a big sister. You are going to be such an amazing, loving, proud big sister. I can already tell. You and little will have so many adventures together.

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Pool Party

We went to Charlotte this past weekend for our nephew’s birthday! Griffin turned 4 and Jacob turns 6 in under a month. They love having a joint birthday and this year it was a pool party! They have definitely turned into two fish over the summer. It was a lot of fun. How I wish I had a pool up the street from me every day especially with this big belly of mine.

Eleanor loves the water, too. She much prefers to be held than to be in a floaty for too long. So we all took turns swimming around the pool with her.

Oh and check out that watermelon shark my brother-in-law made! Cool!

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Nesting?

So much is happening over here in our little world. In 9 days we will be moved out of our current rental house…and moving into our very first home. It’s surreal. We have a lot to accomplish between then and now like cleaning the new place of the last 100 years of grease and grime, packing up everything, moving it, throw in a hospital tour, a few midwife appointments, daddy day care, work, and a fast approaching due date. Whoa!

Somehow we will make it happen.
Nathan pulled up the carpet last week, and today we went over to clean a bit. It would take a non pregnant person two days to clean that kitchen! I barely made a dent but it felt good to have time to do something. Eleanor ran around peeking in all the cabinets and drawers. And we all left dirty and sweaty.

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