Tuesday, November 29, 2016

toys our kids actually play with (2 to 4 year old gift ideas)

I don't mean to toot my own horn, but I'd like to think I'm pretty awesome at figuring out which gifts to get our kids that will get a lot of use. Granted, some of these we stumbled upon by happenstance--Jon's parents kept his old toys and many of Elden's favorites stem from this collection--but these have been consistent hits in our house nonetheless.

{1} Plastic animals: Safari Ltd. has a huge selection of realistic looking plastic animals ranging from pocket-sized to large. We got Elden this large hippo and this large cheetah for his birthday and he still regularly plays with them, along with some of the animals from Jon's childhood. These have been a hit for about a year now. Edith has also taken an interest in them.

{2} Wooden cutting food: We bought this when Elden was about 1.5 or 2 because the toddler room at our church had a cutting food set and he loved it. Edith is now the most obsessed with it but Elden also still gets use out it. There are also other cute versions of this set now - a wooden cookie slice set, fruit set, and pizza set, to name a few. Another big time favorite is these wooden eggs that can be cut.

{3} Play kitchen: What good is a bunch of kitchen food if there's no kitchen to cook it in? This was another toy we purchased pre-Edith that both kids still regularly play with. We opted for a higher quality wooden play kitchen over a cheaper plastic one with the hope of holding onto it for all our kids and maybe eventually grandkids. So far our Kidkraft kitchen has not disappointed. The kids play with this generally at least once per day and haven't seemed to grow tired of it.

{4} Grocery cart: Edith is super into baby dolls and all the accessories, and she often places her babies in a grocery cart I had purchased at a yard sale for $5 way back in the day. Elden has also been known to take this for a spin around the house and we have definitely gotten our $5 worth.

seriously though, edith is a junkie
{5} Baby dolls: This isn't a surprise for a totally doll-crazy girl, but essentially any and all babies (seriously, we have at least 7 and they all have different names - Baby Mommy, Baby Big Eyes, Squishy Baby, Jessica, Baby Boy, Other Baby, Baby Tattoo Butt...I am not exaggerating as these are truly the names they have somehow obtained and Edith knows each one by said name) are a win for her. Maybe don't waste your money on any extra baby clothes because if your 2-year-old is anything like ours, your babies will be naked and if you try to get them dressed she will not appreciate that. On second thought - unless you are the parent and know the current doll status in your house, maybe don't go this route lest your gift recipient be at baby doll capacity.

{6} Transformers: This is a fairly recent interest of Elden's, but boy has it captivated him. There are Transformers blind bags ranging all the way up to very large and complicated Transformers and he loves them all. At his age, though, I recommend the 1-step Transformers because they are far less frustrating for preschool aged kiddos to transform on their own.

So what are your go-to gifts for toddlers and preschoolers? I'm always looking for new ideas!

Monday, November 28, 2016

etta (2 weeks old)

Etta turned 2 weeks old on Saturday. We attempted to move her into her room that night and it just did not go well. She ultimately ended up in bed with us - something we rarely did we the other kids mostly because it just didn't work and they didn't sleep there, either - and she was surprisingly content. Etta has not been napping or sleeping well at night, but she also doesn't cry all day like Elden did so I hesitate to call it colic just yet. We have started trying to implement a bit of a schedule for her, a nod to our Moms on Call experience, to see if that makes a difference. We don't have any set times but basically we try to stick to a nurse for up to 30 minutes, stay awake / "play" for about 30 minutes, nap for 2 hours cycle. Then at night we do a short nap and bath before bedtime. So far today it has been okay but the naps are a battle. We have tried doing naps in her room to help her get used to the crib so we will see how tonight goes. Etta did ultimately spend all of last night in her room but was waking up every 2 or so hours to nurse and was generally fussy between, so it wasn't a fantastic night. We have also begun tummy time and she seems mostly indifferent to it but is already working on picking up her head and moving it side to side. Elden and Edith are still totally obsessed with her and are constantly asking to kiss her, what she's doing, etc. I'm so glad they love her so much and now all we have to do is keep their germs away from her...

Friday, November 25, 2016

five on friday

{1} Magical elixir. I've been hitting the k-cups from Trader Joe's pretty darn hard since Etta came home. The perfect combo includes sweet cream flavored creamer topped with peppermint flavored whipped cream courtesy of everyone's favorite bullseye.

{2} New traditions. We decided to implement a cinnamon roll Thanksgiving breakfast tradition this year. There were a grand total of 0 complaints from our resident food critics.

{3} A little something extra. As we finished our shopping for the week at Aldi I picked up a 6-pack of these bad boys for Thanksgiving. I nursed Etta and proceeded to drink it quickly so it would be at least two hours before I nursed her again. This was my first alcoholic beverage since February and boy did it hit the spot.

{4} Babywearing. Seriously though - this has been our saving grace the past three days.


{5} This vegetarian. For cutting my favorite type of meat and being my saving grace when I'm racked with hormones and feelings and anxiety. 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

what's up wednesday

Linking up with MelSheaffer, and Shay!


What we're eating this week:

We've been very blessed by our church in terms of meals being provided for our family. We've had BBQ chicken and vegetable stir fry provided to us by friends and will receive additional meals next week. This has been a huge relief and we are so grateful to them for serving our family in this way.

I also made Jon his favorite quinoa cauliflower chowder this week and he made squash and kale.

For Thanksgiving at Jon's parent's house tomorrow we are bringing garlicky broccoli, homemade cranberry sauce and apple pie. For Thanksgiving at my parent's house on Friday we are bringing rolls.

What I'm reminiscing about:

Christmases past. Last Christmas was a lot of fun because Elden really started to grasp the concept of the holiday. This Christmas we are adding to our traditions by watching several Christmas movies. Elden's favorite so far is The Grinch but we've also seen The Polar Express, Yes Virginia, and Arthur Christmas. Highly recommend all of them, especially for preschool aged kids.

What I'm loving:
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Black Friday sales. Jon and I decided to bite the bullet and order Etta's convertible car seat for when she no longer sleeps in her infant seat. We love the Diono Radian RXT--Elden and Edith both have one--and it's on sale for an awesome price. I seriously can't sing the praises of this seat enough. 

What we've been up to:

We have been doing a lot of babywearing the past few days. Etta has some really awesome days/nights and some less stellar (but still awesome when compared to newborn days with Elden and Edith!) ones. The less stellar days are when I have busted out the Moby wrap:


For reasons unknown, Jon decided to forego the Moby and get creative with one of Elden's bed sheets:
(and no, that is not a Gryffindor shirt)

As a result, a friend has volunteered to send us a Maya ring sling to try out. I am hoping this means no more bed sheet slings.

What I'm dreading:
Winter. The first snow already happened and was just a coating, but they are forecasting heavier than average (with average in northeast Ohio being upwards of 60"...) snowfalls this season. It's pretty to look at but super miserable to drive in and makes commutes a trillion times worse. 

What I'm working on:

Finishing Christmas decorating and shopping. The kids' big gift from us has been purchased--this bounce house was on sale on Zulily a few weeks back and I used referral credits to snatch it up for an amazing price--but we still have a few family members to shop for. I am also making a gift for the ladies in my small group that I have the supplies for but need to actually start.

What I'm excited about:

Obviously Thanksgiving food and the Christmas season. We got a jump start on Christmas this year because of the unpredictability of having a newborn in the house. I want to take the kids to see Santa at the mall before I go back to work in mid-December and we have some Christmas crafting planned as well. Elden has been consuming his weight in hot chocolate and Edith has been matching his gumption in marshmallow consumption. I also have the homemade advent calendar I made to try to teach the kids the meaning behind it all. It should be a really fun month.

What I'm watching/reading:

Lately we haven't been doing much watching. We have been going to bed not long after we get Elden and Edith down for the night because newborn. However, we are still trying to keep up with our regular shows on Hulu during the day--The Goldbergs, The Mindy Project, New Girl, Superstore, Modern Family and Parks and Rec have been our most recently viewed shows.

And I'm still not reading anything.

What I'm listening to:



What I'm wearing:

I made the grave mistake of trying to squeeze into regular pants less than a week postpartum.

It ended in tears and gnashing of teeth.

Maternity clothes it is. I'm not thrilled about it but trying to remember that it took nine months for my body to get into its current condition so I should not expect it to take a week to go back to how I was pre-pregnancy. Trying to extend myself grace and not drown my sorrows in Dr. Pepper (not doing so well on that last one).

What I'm doing:

A whole lot of just enjoying being home with my family during this season of life. Much of our days are spent doing nothing spectacular and yet it feels so, so special. I couldn't have planned the timing of this maternity leave better. I only have to work 1 day the remainder of 2016 and that's to establish I am back so I can get 100% pay during our annual holiday shutdown instead of the 50% I'd get if I were still on maternity leave. It basically shakes out to me having just over 7 weeks of maternity leave instead of the 6 I had with Elden and Edith, and I am getting full pay for all but 1 of those weeks. I also get to enjoy the full scale of the magic of the season with Elden and Edith which is worth more than I could have ever asked for. I am not taking this time for granted at all.

What I'm looking forward to next month:

Christmas! 

What else is new: 


So this happened tonight. I was so terrified I would be the one to find the dreaded umbilical stump so I was grateful it was Jon who found it. But then he brought it downstairs to show Elden and Edith and I almost threw up my dinner. I urged him to throw it away. I don't need to be putting that in any sort of baby book. Gross.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

lately.

We are finally starting to find a rhythm in our home life as a family of 5. Last night Etta gave us a 4 and 3.5 hour stretch of sleep so I awoke feeling like a whole new woman. Here's a glimpse into what our days have looked like since bringing Etta home:
We had our first snowfall of the season the other day and the kids were beyond excited. Jon took one for the team and took them out while I stayed in with Etta. It took about 15 minutes to get them all bundled; Edith kept saying she was warm and sweaty and generally freaking out and Jon kept repeating, "this is an ordeal" (it was). They stayed out for a good 45-60 minutes, though, and said they can't wait for it to keep snowing.

I heard an "ah haaaa!" while we were decorating for Christmas and discovered Edith had put baby Jesus on a tree. 
Since our days are largely unpredictable Jon decided we should just go ahead and decorate for Christmas as Etta allowed it. We managed to set up the tree with lights while all 3 kids were napping. We normally listen to Christmas music, drink hot chocolate and make a big to do about it, but life with a newborn doesn't always lend to picture-perfect traditions. Besides, the kids didn't care since it meant Christmas had arrived in our house.
Elden colored this picture of a cat and some mice. I had no idea he knew how to draw either of those things. 
Eat, sleep, cry, poop, repeat.
It's all Etta all the time. The kids are constantly asking to hold her or kiss her or touch her. We have to tell them to give her space no less than 3 times per day.

I am so glad we are all at home and the kids are generally adjusting well to having to share our attention. I can't wait to see how their friendships grow as they get older.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

etta (1 week old)


At 1 week old, Etta has been our easiest baby so far. She has had a few bad days where she struggles falling asleep for naps, but then has other days where all she does is sleep. She nurses every 2-3 hours and has given us some stretches at night longer than 3.5 hours (and would go longer if it wasn't for engorgement and my needing to wake her up). She absolutely loathes being cold more than just about anything else. Elden and Edith are pretty obsessed with her and we find ourselves telling them to give her space multiple times per day because they can be a bit smothering. Etta sleeps in a pack-n-play next to our bed and is still wearing newborn diapers and clothes. However, we are almost out of newborn diapers and will likely just move onto size 1 since we have plenty of those. She is a very cuddly little girl and we spend most of our days holding her--soaking up what is likely to be the last newborn in our family.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

home

We were discharged yesterday at 3 pm. They had turned the lights off in the morning and 6 hours later Etta's bili number had only increased a little. They said we could go if we returned to the pediatrician today for another test. We basically sprinted to get ready and go. I nursed Etta and we changed a poopy diaper. I think this was one of the hospital stay highlights because right when Jon got her dressed we heard her poop again. While the new diaper was off Etta had one of the most explosive poops EVER - it shot out of her like a cannon and onto the clear bassinet wall. She then continued to poop for the next 5 minutes while Jon tried in vain (with wipe after wipe) to catch the poop as it made its triumphant exit. I was in stitches and at the time Jon did not see the humor in it - in his words, "you wouldn't be laughing if you were on this end" - but the way he kept saying "oh my goodness" over and over as a grown man's quantity worth of poop exited an exceptionally tiny person was so stinking (literal; #sorrynotsorry) comical.

I digress. We went to her appointment today and unfortunately her bili number is now higher than it's been - 10.9 - so we go back tomorrow for a retest. If it spiked further then we likely have a hospital stay in our near future. We are praying for a miracle but preparing for the worst.

Monday, November 14, 2016

when life is outside your control

And We had it all figured out: due to the timing of my labor and delivery we would get early release (just like we did with the other two) and be home after dinner Sunday. My OB cleared me and just said the pediatrician had to give his blessing, which we anticipated getting no problem because we lucked out and had Etta when our regular pediatrician was on call.

I think you see where this is going.

Our pediatrician came to see us around 11:30 Sunday morning to inform us that Etta looked great except I am O- and Etta is A+ and had developed ABO Incompatibility jaundice. At 24 hours old she had a bilirubin level of 10.1--normal was considered 5 or less. He wanted to start light therapy to ensure they did not rise as too high bilirubin levels can cause brain injuries. So we bought ourselves another night in the hospital for 24 hours of light therapy. After 7 hours with both a top light and a bili boat her level went down to 8.1. Her pediatrician let us take away the bili boat for the rest of the night around 9 pm with the order of retesting her levels before 6 am Monday. It's been really rough - we have to keep her under the therapeutic light with the exception of when she is nursing. This means when she cries we can't pick her up and she can't be swaddled so she was cold and dealing with the newborn startle reflex with no help from us. She cried basically the entire first two hours so Jon stood by her bedside with his index finger serving as a pacifier. Then we asked our nurse if we could drape blankets over the light to make it a bit warmer for her and that made things significantly better.

We hope to be released today, but there is a chance I will be discharged and Etta will remain as inpatient. We are really hoping not because the kids were so sad I wasn't able to come home as planned on Sunday night (so were we). We will hopefully know by mid-morning what the plan is....

Sunday, November 13, 2016

etta's birth story

So on Thursday night I had regular contractions 6 minutes apart from about 3-7 am. They were definitely uncomfortable and I was not having a good time but I still wasn't convinced it was the real deal so I didn't call my mom. I was so afraid of having her come over in the middle of the night for a false alarm and I was relieved that they stopped at 7 in the sense that I gauged correctly.

On Friday afternoon, I had a cervical check with my OB in anticipation of my scheduled induction for midnight Sunday night. I had progressed (finally!) from a fingertip dilated/20-30% effaced to 1 cm and 50% effaced. The NP was able to strip my membranes and told me she would choose to be optimistic that I would not make it to my scheduled induction.

On Friday night, I started having some monster contractions at 11 pm, but they were an hour apart until about 2 am. Then they switched to 14 minutes apart so I got out of bed and tried to walk to see if they would get closer together. I walked circles in our living room but there were no changes so I got back in bed.

They eventually switched to every 10 minutes around 3 am. This continued until around 4:30 am when I had four in a row that went 9-8-7-6 minutes.

I may have panicked. They were really starting to hurt and my mom would take around half an hour to get to our house. The hospital was another 40 minutes away. I hesitated but decided to call her around 5:20 after another big contraction. My OB initially told me to call when they had been 5 minutes apart for an hour, but given how quickly they were speeding up and how much they hurt I was afraid to chance it. I hopped in the shower and they seemed to slow down so I sat on our bed and cried while Jon shaved. Because these are the rational things people do when one of them is in labor. I just felt really stupid - like I dragged my mom out of bed at the butt crack of dawn for another false alarm.

She got there around 6 am and while Jon loaded the car I debated waking the kids to say goodbye. We ultimately decided to and gave them their new baby gifts (a doll car seat for Edith and a Transformer for Elden) before saying goodbye and leaving around 6:40.

I was still questioning my decision to go in - I was convinced they'd monitor me for half an hour before sending me home. But then I realized the contractions were coming every 3.5 minutes and that maybe this was the real deal because I proceeded to yell at Jon for reminding me to breathe during a particularly brutal one. Suffice to say, neither one of us enjoyed that car ride.

We parked the car right as I had a contraction and I was able to walk from the garage to triage before the next one came. Once I was hooked up to the monitors around 7:45, a med student checked me and said she thought I was around 2 cm. I was less than thrilled but still happy to have made any progress. Then the resident checked me.

I was actually 4-4.5 cm. He called my doctor who told him to admit me. I was transferred to a delivery room somewhere around 9 am. I promptly was like "one extra large epidural, please" to which the CRNA hooked a sister up. Unfortunately for me, similar to Edith, it only really worked on my right side. Bless his heart, the CRNA pumped me with a few other drugs to try to close the gap on the left but it was minimally effective. Around 9:30 they broke my water and I was still at a 4/4.5. I started to feel a lot of pressure by 10 and thought it was crazy but asked them to check me. I was at 8 cm so they called my doctor.
right after finding out i was 8 cm
By 10:30 he had arrived and I was pushing. After 3 contractions Etta was out and angry about it.
I only tore enough for 1 stitch which was a major blessing because I was sure she'd be at least 9 pounds! We did skin to skin and then I nursed her for a bit before bringing the kids back to meet her. Etta wasn't very cooperative which really upset Edith because she wanted to hold her. Elden was as happy as a clam.
If Etta had a Myspace page she would list breastfeeding and sleeping under her interests and being cold under her dislikes. We should get released today (if our pediatrician gives his blessing) and can't wait to get home!

Friday, November 11, 2016

to my better half

terrible quality, but the most recent photo I have of you.

Dear Jon,

Today you are 29 years old - I'm writing that since neither one of us seems to be able to remember our ages. You continue to be the best dad I've ever encountered and I count my lucky stars every day that it's our babies that get to experience that. Your love and patience for them is endless and I can only hope I'm even half the parent you are.

You are also an incredible husband and friend to me. You know how to level me out and bring me back to reality when I start to slip away into my anxious thoughts. You encourage me and continue to choose to love me every day, even when I make that particularly difficult. You also know how to make me laugh like no one else does.

You have an amazing heart. Your passion for life runs deep and you have a knack for finding the good things in life even when everything is falling apart. Your spirit is a testament to the faithfulness and goodness of God and blesses those around you.

I hope your 29th year is your best yet. I love you beyond words.

Danielle

Thursday, November 10, 2016

still nada

Still no sign of baby. I had ~10 contractions last night that went from half an hour apart to 4 minutes apart but they fizzled out after about an hour and I haven't had any since. The good news is my doctor is back so at this point he will be delivering this baby!
just kidding! they stopped.
I am just trying to soak up these last less chaotic moments with Elden and Edith. I dropped Elden off at preschool today and Edith and I went to Target for a cake pop date and to get Jon a birthday card. He turns 29 tomorrow and is hoping to share a birthday with this baby! I'm hoping to watch The Polar Express with Elden this weekend because my sister is taking him on the local scenic train's version of the Polar Express next week and he has no context for it. And by this time next week, this baby will officially be out of me no matter what...

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

well...

I'm still pregnant. I'm officially the most pregnant I've ever been.
due date selfie
I went to my doctor yesterday and still show no signs of impending labor. No contractions. Baby isn't really engaged. My cervix is high and closed. No membrane stripping was done because I'm not dilated enough. But I did get to see the baby...
can you see its little face? It's on its side with the forehead at the right, the eye sockets, nose and mouth.
My fluid level was at 4 cm which would have qualified as low fluids before they changed the standards. However, low is considered 2 cm or less now so no due date induction. The baby passed a biometric screening at 100% and was even practicing breathing, which the tech said means it's just very happy in there. The NP asked if we have tried all the labor-inducing things (we have) but reassured me that just because I'm not dilated yet doesn't mean it can't happen quickly. I'm not very hopeful, though. I'm trying to muster up some encouragement. My doctor is gone through tomorrow afternoon and Thursday is our small group Friendsgiving--and I'm not trying to miss turkey or mashed potatoes anyway. I go back for a cervical recheck this Friday and if nothing has changed I have a 41-week induction scheduled for early next week.

Still praying this little one decides to come on its own because I really want to experience that.

Monday, November 7, 2016

jp's homemade pizza dough

We try to have homemade pizza every Friday. In a perfect world we would be able to order in pizza every Friday and make our rounds at all the local pizza eateries in our area, but our budget just does not allow that.

When I'm in charge of Pizza Friday, I get store-bought dough like this. Luckily for all of us, Jon is usually in charge of Pizza Friday and he has totally perfected the art of homemade pizza dough.

Fair warning - his recipe does take planning and effort. He usually makes the dough while the kids are napping (around 2 pm) so that it is ready for dinner. Several of my friends have asked me for his dough recipe and I've been a huge slacker getting it from him because it is relatively inexact - he said he has learned by feel the right proportions of water, flour, etc. But if you want the most delicious and fluffy pizza dough ever I highly recommend giving his recipe a shot!


JP's HOMEMADE PIZZA DOUGH:
Ingredients
720g flour (~6 cups)
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. active dry yeast
1 tsp. honey
~1/4 c. warm water
1/4 c. oil (Jon uses corn oil; olive oil works also)
2 c. warm water

Directions
1. Put the honey in the 1/4 c. of warm water. Add yeast and whisk. Let it sit until frothy.
2. While yeast sits, mix the flour and salt together. Make a well in the middle and add yeast mixture and oil to the well when the yeast is ready.
3. Add approximately 1 3/4 c. of the 2 c. warm water to the dough and mix it until uniform.
4. The dough should be sticky. Take the dough from the bowl and turn it onto a lightly floured surface.
5. Knead the dough for approximately 15 minutes - it will be really sticky and will stick to your hands. You want it to be a really wet dough - you do not want it to be too dry. If too dry, add the rest of the 2 c. water one tablespoon at a time. If it is too sticky, continue to flour the surface but be sure not to add too much flour.
6. When the dough is smooth and elastic / becomes less sticky stop kneading it.
7. Lightly grease a large bowl. Add the dough and cover the top of the bowl with plastic wrap.
8. Place in a warm, draft-free place (Jon will place ours in the microwave without it turned on) for approximately an hour to an hour and a half--until the dough has nearly doubled in size.
9. Take the edges and fold them back into the center of the dough and squeeze air bubbles out.
10. Return to bowl for second rise, approximately one additional hour. Note: you can repeat this process as many times as you would like - the more times you do this, the fuller the flavor of the dough.
11. Split dough into 3 semi-flat balls. Let sit on the lightly floured surface, covered with a dish towel, for approximately 15-20 minutes, until dough is relaxed and slightly fluffy.
12. Shape the ball into your crust, add toppings and bake at 500 degrees for approximately 20 minutes. Note: Jon recommends preheating a baking sheet upside down and sliding the pizzas directly onto that surface while it is still in the oven.

This recipe makes enough for 3 medium to large pizzas. We usually make one pizza for the kids (toppings: marinara sauce, cheese, and half pepperoni) and one for us (spinach, artichoke and goat cheese with an aglio e olio sauce). 

For anyone interested, here is how I make the toppings for our pizza:
1. Add olive oil to large saucepan over medium heat.
2. Add freshly diced garlic to the olive oil and cook for a couple of minutes, but not long enough for the garlic to become crispy.
3. Add handfuls of fresh baby spinach. Mix into the olive oil and garlic.
4. Add salt, pepper and Italian seasoning to taste.
5. Mix until the spinach has wilted.

I then spread the sauce/spinach over the dough, add marinated artichoke hearts and crumbled goat cheese. It's really quick and the payoff is huge.

Friday, November 4, 2016

five on friday

{1} This DIY advent calendar I made this week has me really excited for the holidays. I took down the majority of the Halloween decor already spare the few projects we picked up at Michaels for 80% off that the kids just painted yesterday.

{2} Halloween candy. We have a ton. We live in the same neighborhood as one of the Malley's families and they give out candy bars this size every Halloween. Snickers fun size for scale purposes. If you ever have a chance to try Malley's hot fudge DO NOT PASS IT UP. I can and do eat it by itself.

{3} Cozy fall nights. Last night we had a fire going in our fireplace, hot chocolate, and homemade apple pie courtesy of Jon. We also watched The Grinch. Elden loved it and keeps talking about "The Grump"--too funny.

{4} Homemade crab apple jam. We have tons of crab apple trees in our neighborhood. There was one tree that Jon ate a crab apple from and said it was delicious. Since it was on someone's tree lawn he hunted them down and asked if it would be okay if he took some of their crab apples. The woman looked at him like he was crazy (because: crab apple) and said "sure! The deer and geese are the only things that eat them." He went out with his ladder the next day and came home with a bag of crab apples. He just turned it into crab apple jam this week. I love these little jars!

{5} Working from home. As it turns out, when you are 3 days away from your due date, live 40 minutes from work and the hospital you intend on delivering at is an hour from work, you make your coworkers very nervous. Someone at work had a medical emergency a week or two ago so there was an ambulance in front of my building. I was informed that no less than 4 of my coworkers who work in other buildings on campus reached out to the only other woman I work with in my department to find out if it was for me. As such, one of my bosses gave me her blessing to finish out my time before BT comes working from home. It has been absolutely wonderful and I actually feel more productive at home than I did there.

Linking up with LizAndreaNarci and Erika!