Friday, December 12, 2014

5 weeks

Silas is 5 weeks old!  Time is flying by!

He sleeps in 4-5 hour stretches at night
He is getting used to having his diaper changed (no more red faced crying episodes)
Bath time is still the end of the world
Car rides and stroller rides are a sure way to get him to take a nap
Gas smiles are a regular occurrence

His favorite place to be is sleeping on someone's (anyone's!) chest
He already fits 3 month old clothes
He can sleep through Cooper's barking & howling, but forget nap time if someone steps on a creaky floor

Also, we've already decided he's going to Purdue.  Engineering or Communication?  We're not sure about that one yet....

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Silas' birth: November 8th, 2014

I remember...

Waking up at 1:45am on November 8th with cramps and thinking "This is it"

Laboring at home for a total of 14 hours until the pain was so intense that I was getting ticked off at everyone and everything around me, so I knew it was time to go to the hospital.

Spending only 20 minutes waiting to be admitted, but it feeling like 2 hours with way too many contractions during that time.

Feeling hopeless when they told me I was only 2 cm dialated.

Feeling relieved when the Doctor told the nurse to admit me.

Feeling like a failure and trying to hold back the tears when I knew I wanted to get the epidural, which was completely against my thinking during the entire pregnancy leading up to that minute.

Talking it over with Rob and feeling relieved when he told me it was okay to get an epidural.

Feeling amazing once the epidural kicked in.

Trying to sleep for a couple of hours, but failing to do so due to my excitement and the number of nurses and doctors that came and went.

The nurse checking me and telling me that it was time to push.

Thinking that it was way too calm in the room whenever I was pushing.  No one was freaking out or screaming.  We were able to have conversations in between pushing.

Having a very dry mouth.

After 45 minutes of pushing, suddenly the doctor saying "oh, he's peeing..." and then the doctor putting Silas on me.

Thinking that Silas looked way better than I had imagined - not covered in goo and slime.

Thinking "This is my baby" and "Those 45 minutes flew by"

Watching Rob hold Silas for the first time.

Being content.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Baby Pribs is here :)

Baby Pribs has arrived!  Silas Edwin was born on November 8th at 11:44pm.  7#1oz, 21.5"

A post about his birth is in the works.  For now, stare at these cute pictures that were taken a few days after he came home.

Friday, November 7, 2014

November 6th

November 6th came and went just like any other day.  I woke up around 6:30 to pouring rain and a dreary sky.  No contractions.  No signs of labor.  Just another morning.  

"Maybe the labor signs will start later today....maybe I just need to get up and get moving?" I thought to myself.   

Admittedly I had several print orders that I needed to get in the mail that day before the baby could come, so I was okay with the fact that I could work comfortably and tie up any loose ends before things started to really happen.  

I ended up getting out of bed around 8:15am......what I did from 6:30-8:15....I do not remember.  Researched signs of labor?  Who knows.  I've been reading all about being 40 weeks pregnant for the last week and a half and everyone says the same thing.  Or rather, everyone says different things and everyone agrees that you just have to play it by ear because everyone's story is different.  :::sigh:::  Not my ideal answer!

I waddled out of bed and got ready for the day.  Cereal for breakfast.  It was raining outside, so no walk for Cooper.  He didn't even want to go out in the backyard when I opened the door for took several times of me telling him to go out in the grass and do his business.

After breakfast I grabbed all of my print orders and hauled them up to the third floor.  The next 3 1/2 hours were spent packaging print orders, responding to emails and working on the first proofs of new orders.  It felt good to get things done in the morning.  

At 12:45 I loaded Cooper into the car and we headed out for the post office and to get a quick drink somewhere (non-alcoholic, thank you).  It was shortly after we left that I realized the back right car window had been left open from our car ride the day before.  I should mention that it rained the night before.  From what I could tell, there wasn't anything to worry about....I don't think, anyway.

We got back home about an hour later and I was exhausted.  Cooper and I went to the living room and hung out there for an hour until I decided that my bed would be a better option to relax on.

I thought I wanted to nap, but sure enough, once I got upstairs to our bedroom, I wasn't tired anymore.  So, I opted to binge watch a show on Amazon Instant Video.  

We were supposed to have Bible study that night, but everyone else cancelled (which, I was okay with).  So, shortly after Mr. Pribs got home, I made myself dinner (with our new range!!) and then headed back upstairs to relax while the Mr. did some army related work.

Overall, a pretty uneventful day (compared to what it could have been).  I had 5 people text me in relation to the baby being due.  I responded to everyone with a smile and said that the baby was content with his current living quarters.  At the latest, he'll be here next Friday.

It's okay, Baby Pribs.  You'll be here before we know it.

Monday, November 3, 2014

We have a home.

On Tuesday of last week Rob and I did something that I didn't think I would be doing until we were in our 30s.  We closed on a house.  We are, officially, homeowners.  Its a very odd concept and I don't think it has hit me.  This place that I live in.  Its ''ours''.  I put quotes around the word ours because technically the bank owns this house until we pay off the mortgage (which we plan to do very quickly compared to the average homeowner),  But still, since we aren't renting this place, we  can talk about doing whatever we want here and we can put those thoughts into action.  

We don't have to worry about being too loud with neighbors downstairs. 
I can have my own laundry line in the backyard if I want.  
My kitchen is larger than my bathroom, for once.  

Granted, our place isn't new....its not huge....and it's nothing to brag about.  But, because of this, the house was cheaper than those around it and we aren't putting ourselves in over our heads with our mortgage.  

I am so thankful right now.  We have a home.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

39 weeks pregnant

We're in the home stretch!  We have less than two weeks left until baby Pribs comes.

Things are getting uncomfortable when it comes to sleeping and sitting (more specifically sitting when driving).

This baby is all up in my ribs and sides and .....everywhere else.

It's officially November.  The baby's due date is November 6th.  However, people continually tell me that most first-timers don't give birth until past 40 weeks, so I've come to terms with the fact that baby Pribs will be making his entrance post due date.

However, Baby Pribs, if you decide you want to come before 41 weeks, you're more than welcome and we are ready for you.  Especially Cooper.

Friday, October 31, 2014

November 2014 Business Goals

Last year at this time I was very intentional about setting monthly goals for my small business.  I knew, without a doubt, that without any goals in place, I would find it tempting to grow stagnant and not create new products for my shop or look for ways to grow (whether it be through streams of income, types of product, refining my current practices, etc).

With no surprise, when we moved back to the midwest, things got busier and I neglected my little business and as a result haven't been setting goals and things have slowed down a bit.  I've come to terms with the fact that That's okay.  I was very busy and there is no way I would have stayed sane if I devoted as much attention to my business when I had 75% less time to dedicate to it.

As of last week, the dust has settled and I feel like I can finally breathe.  So, I took time today to make some business goals for November.

1.)  List 50 more digital products (already made - just need to set up the photos and put in my shop)
2.) Try a new listing method for physical prints (less confusion for customers, easier to order)
3.) Adjust my turn-around time and pricing
4.) Revisit print prices.

I'm setting these goals fully knowing that in November I'm also going to be running on less sleep and trying to learn my role as a mom of a newborn.  However, this business is my passion and I know that it's not something I want to simply cast aside and call it a short phase of my life.  With that in mind, if I don't cross off all of my goals, That's okay.