Baby Babe

I’m sure you saw my post on instagram but if not….

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baby baby baby. I’m 10 weeks tomorrow. Prim is going to be a big sister!? My forever baby. I feel like I have so much to catch up on here about how it all came to be (don’t worry, no specifics).
Well first, can I get an Amen Hallelujah PTL for NFP?! 2 years of Marquette Method. Thanks to NFPing, I knew pretty much as soon as I could find out. We were in Lake Arrowhead over New Years and I was feeling OFF towards the end of the trip. We got back and I knew it was too early to test but I did anyway and got a negative. The next day I tested again and got this:

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There was the FAINTEST line, but I didn’t put much faith into it. Then Amina brought me fancy Clearblue Digital tests and it said, “NOT PREGNANT”. Rumor has it that if you open the test, you can just read the stick so I did and look here:

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2 lines! Pregnant! We weren’t shocked because #charting, but SO excited. Later that night I was reading about digital tests on my phone and came across a forum that said all digital tests have 2 lines and not to open them and read them because it doesn’t mean anything…. I felt crushed! I was so upset and it sounds silly, but I felt almost like I lost this hypothetical baby. I didn’t realize how bad I wanted that test to be positive until I found out it really was a negative. The next morning I went to Mass alone and prayed about it and asked God to please just give me a clear positive or negative test today even though it’s still so early (9 DPO for those of you who care) because I can’t handle not knowing and was really upset over the false hope of the digital so afterwards I went and picked up First Response tests and rushed home and took one and…

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Yes! My babe. Yes, I want you! I didn’t know how much I needed you already! And isn’t it funny that 4 pregnancies in and I still force myself to take a million tests. Not shown is the other Clearblue digital test I took the next day that came up “PREGNANT”.

We told the kids that night while we were driving home from the beach and they had the best responses. Ollie said, “WHAT!? How do you EVEN know for sure!?” Atlas just stared like this:

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then he finally said, “I want the baby nowwwwwww!”. Prim got all scrunchy and cutesy and said, “I a baby Mama….. I a rock the baby.” with hand motions and all. Since then, Ollie asks me a few times a week what the baby has grown so far and even he is amazed knowing that this tiny human baby the size of a kumquat has all the essential body parts accounted for— eyes, brain, heart, ear lobes, nostrils, arms, legs. A HUMAN. Atlas still keeps asking when the baby is going to come out. Prim, little Prim, can be found cuddling her baby on the daily and insists it’s her baby sister.

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We got our first ultrasound today and it was as magical as ever. Heartbeat was strong and 167bpm… girl?? The babe was wiggling like crazy but I got a quick glimpse of the tiny profile and I swear I saw an Atlas resemblance.

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Overall I’ve been feeling OKAY— compared to so many woman who suffer so much more than I do while pregnant. I’ve been really exhausted, on and off very nauseous where I’ve had to post up in bed, and if you ask around the house I’m pretty sure everyone would agree that I have been quite moody. Being 5’2.5″, I’m already showing and my uterus is like, I know what to do and popped out pretty quickly. We are all so excited to share this news with everyone and so far everyone has been extremely positive which has been a blessing because that’s not always the case when you announce a 4th+ pregnancy. Thank you all for the kind words and congratulations we’ve been given so far. Can’t wait to share this all and see how this babes story unfolds.

 

7QT: Flu, 10k, Gravendor, + Little Women

Here’s the bi-monthly blog post you all have been waiting for!

1. Stomach flu

We went out to breakfast for my grandmas’s birthday and Prim celebrated by barfing up all her chocolate pancake and hashbrown shreds all over herself, me, carseat, car while we were 1.5 hours from home! Atlas went down next (luckily at home) and Ollie, me, and Daniel all survived with only stomachaches. This photo was taken 5 minutes before she barfed…

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2. 10,000 steps to Mexico

… is the name I have given my very rigorous exercise plan I started a few weeks ago in hope of looking alright when we go to Mexico at the end of the month. I got a new Albion fit swimsuit that actually made me feel BETTER about myself after I put it on so it is definitely a keeper. My goal has been 10k steps every day M-F. I’m pretty sure my neverending laps around the house to hit 10k is kind of stressing Poppy out but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

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Pretty sure the only physical change has been my booty butt (as my kids call it) getting smaller… I should be happy but I would have preferred you know… like my thighs or waist or love handles. Why can’t you choose where you lose inches!?, but it feels good to doing something consistent everyday.

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7QT: Arrowhead, AncestryDNA, + Annoying Things

It’s not Friday but feels like it should be so why not jump into 7 quick takes a day early.

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1. Arrowhead

We had SO much fun in Lake Arrowhead. We went last year for New Years too, but this year was better because there was actually snow at the cabin so we didn’t have to drive even farther up the mountain to find some. Highlight was sledding. We brought a shovel and helped carve out a very intense sledding hill that probably wasn’t very suitable for little kids, but we dragged them on it anyway. Ollie said the sweetest thing to Daniel while sledding—

“I think Our Lady of Olives is having fun, too.”

“Is she watching you?”

“No, she’s right next to me.”

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Primrose was pretty much crying the entire time sledding because “snow in my eyes!” but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯, we didn’t let it ruin us taking a cutesy photo together.

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2. AncestryDNA

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GUYS I AM SCANDINAVIAN. Dreams do come true. I feel like calling the blog Wilber Huset is now justified. Daniel got me AncestryDNA for Christmas and I made him give it to me early so I could send it in ASAP. I’m a little surprised by my breakdown because I thought I would be less British—still a lot, but not 55%, and more Italian (my olive skin and features) + Europe West (I’m French and first generation German). I had suspicions of being Spanish and Scandinavian so that’s cool to be validated. I want to have everyone do this. Have you done it?? Tell me about your results!

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2017 Reading List

Happy New Year! Last year I made my first ever 2016 reading list that ended up being mildly successful. I mean that it was successful in the sense that it actually helped guide me to carve out time to read, but I was too ambitious and thought I would be able to get around to more than I actually did. But! Here is was I was able to get through this past year:

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The Way by Saint Josemaria Escriva

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Chiara Corbella Petrillo by Simone Troisi

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Throne, John Tiffany, and “JK Rowling”

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling

The Temperament God Gave Your Spouse by Art Bennett

Kristin Lavransdatter: The Wife by Sigrid Undset

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander (the tiny Hogwarts library one, not the screenplay)

 

It feels so impossible to say the best book I read this year because almost all of these were amazing. I found so much truth and beauty in Kristin Lavransdatter: The Wife— like crying my eyes out worthy and One Hundred Years of Solitude was like nothing I have ever read before. All the Light We Cannot See was astounding. Pride and Prejudice was my first ever (I KNOW!) Jane Austen novel and I was blown away. The definite flop was Curse Child. Ugh, don’t get me started.

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Anywho, I am going to steer away from monthly goals because I realized I just bounce over to whichever book seems more appealing at the time so I’ll just keep it an undefined list. Here is what I am thinking for 2017:

 

2017

Little Women by Louise May Alcott (started in 2016)

The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis

Kristin Lavransdatter: The Cross by Sigrid Undset

Gunnar’s Daughter by Sigrid Undset

Catherine of Siena by Sigrid Undset

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

The Sign of Jonas by Thomas Merton

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

Emma by Jane Austen

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

Confessions by Saint Augustine

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Screenplay by JK Rowling

 

 

Short and sweet, right? I didn’t want to be overly ambitious again because I wanted to leave room for my ever changing mind and not feel pressured to plow through a book in order to meet some goal. Just taking it easy breezy in 2017. I also stuck with many of the same authors because I guess when I know what I like, I stick with it but also I feel like before 2016, I had quite a lull in reading so I want to get many of these classics read. Excited to get going!

 

What’s on your list?

 

 

 

 

#2k16bigsur: part 2

Man, I am REALLY good at hammering out these trip recaps. Months back we took that trip to Big Sur? I even wrote out part 1 some odd ago? Anyway, let’s try to finish this out so you can watch the video (that’s all you came here for, right?)

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We left off with Prim barfing in the van. Luckily that didn’t last very long and her recovery was quick. We went to Mass at this little chapel a couple minute drive from the campground called St Francis of the Redwoods. They only have Mass there once a month and we happened to make it! We took up 50% of the room and 100% of the noise. It was so great.

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