The New Abode

Now that we are officially homeowners (still so strange!!), the real excitement begins: decorating and making the house a home with our own flavor. We have about two months until move-in, so that we can adjust to life with two under two while still under my ever-helpful parents’ roof. In the meantime, I’m starting to get crazy with Pinterest, Craigslist and a bunch of design websites, like Apartment Therapy and Design Sponge. The house is, thankfully, in almost move-in ready condition, we just have a few minor safety concerns to fix up, and a few walls to paint, and the rest will be all the fun and games of arranging furniture and making it cozy.

Behold, our new dwelling!

Raised beds, ready to go!

Raised beds, ready to go!

kitchen back

Tiny kitchen, but it’s all very nicely updated so we’ll survive 🙂

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See what I mean about walls to paint? This gaudy blue is in the dining room, the hall bath, AND the master bedroom! And it sucks up all the gorgeous light from the many windows.

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Big great room/living room

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…with the most odd fireplace ever. We’re going to paint it white and install some kind of cover or bookshelf in front, because the pointy copper cover is riiiight at toddler-head level.

Big ol' backyard

Big ol’ backyard– hopefully future home to all the crunchy things– chickens, bees, more garden beds… 🙂

And then the upstairs is comprised of three bedrooms and a bathroom. Simple, small, and perfect for a starter home, we say. And providentially, I happened to meet a bunch of women last month at a discussion group who all live in this neighborhood, within blocks of us. They go to the church nearby, have bunches of children, and have tons of connections with us since the Northern VA Catholic world is small. It never ceases to amaze me! We’re excited to finally live in a real neighborhood, especially since this house is on a nice, safe, cul-de-sac.

St. Joseph really delivered on this one! Can’t wait to share after pictures once we’ve moved in, unpacked a little, and inserted a few more pieces of furniture (when you double your square footage, your seemingly large pile of possessions suddenly looks…sparse). Now I’m off to continue stalking Craigslist for the perfect end tables…

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Back from the Dead!

Well, after the previous cheery post about recovering from illness without OTC meds, I proceeded to come down with the worst sinus infection of my life. Let’s just say pregnancy has a way of magnifying even normal illnesses, and draaaagging them out, because the ole immune system is non-existent. All the garlic, cod liver oil, vitamin C/D/A, etc all go…to the baby! So I was miserable for another entire week, popping many a Tylenol and then eventually a prescription steroid nasal spray. I made it through, and still managed not to need antibiotics, though I was tempted. Very tempted. I just know it would’ve made the whole lowered immune system thing much worse in the end.

Also, as I began to emerge from the foggy cave filled with endless tissues (I cannot tell you HOW MANY BOXES I went through) and pounding headaches/toothaches, the weather became so amazing. We had a great day last Saturday visiting the family farm of one of Tom’s students. The grandparents own an amazing 90 acre plot with not one, but two homes on it, several ponds, a huge pool, and just endless fun for kids, or babies who think they’re one of the big kids. Lucy had a blast between the two dogs, the gravel driveway, and the sopping wet pool toys (though she strongly refused to go in), and her first ice cream popsicle. I took zero pictures, because if I wasn’t frantically running after Miss I-Don’t-Care-If-I-Never-See-You-Again, I was furiously blowing my nose. But it was gorgeous and sunny and fun. And on the way home, we got this double stroller!

 

It was $50, and the family used it once. In Disneyland. It’s normally $170 new, soooo we hit the jackpot. Thank you, Craigslist.

In other exciting news, we are officially done house hunting!! Praise the Lord. And thank you for all the prayers. We are closing on a house today and will move into it at the beginning of August. At which point we will have TWO children. It has just recently, as in the last two days, hit us that this baby could be born within 3 weeks. Now, I’m not quite sure, because I’m measuring two weeks behind, but that may just mean baby’s smaller. Also, baby is stubbornly stuck in the right posterior position, which means the body is facing outwards instead of towards my back. That explains why I feel the strangest, most surprising/weird movements in there, and not kicks. I’m doing whatever I can to get the child to turn like a corkscrew, because posterior labors are labors from hell, and are more likely to end in interventions. Turn, baby!

And now some photographic evidence of the big sister herself, whose new favorite word is no, pronounced, “naw-oh!” in perfect whiny pitch. Heaven help us.

The most patriotic of babies

The most patriotic of babies

Filling up the pool

Filling up the pool

Step 1: Scream "naw-oh!!" as parents try to put you in pool Step 2: Acquiesce to sit on step of pool, only after Papa has filled with .25 inches of warm tap water Step 3: Realize water is fun. Proceed to get in, splash, and play for next 1.5 hours.

Step 1: Scream “naw-oh!!” as parents try to put you in pool
Step 2: Acquiesce to sit on step of pool, only after Papa has filled with .25 inches of warm tap water
Step 3: Realize water is fun. Proceed to get in, splash, and play for next 1.5 hours.

Everyone needs a foam sticker on the cheek

Everyone needs a foam sticker on the cheek

 

Catch Up

We’ve been a leeetle busy around here. And mostly, Lucy’s been under the weather so it’s made blogging a bit of a non-priority.

She kind of had a constant runny nose since the day after Easter, and then last Thursday got a fever and what seemed to be an earache. We’d racked all our collective brains about the four week cold: just a head cold? teething? spring allergies? What is this?! Then, I happened to read in this book about the effects of vaccines on young babies and toddlers, especially the MMR vacc. It basically wrecks their immune system. I looked back on my calendar: yep, she’d had the vacc three days before symptoms started. Then I remembered that in February, she had a similar (though far less severe) two week non-stop runny nose. Also right after the vaccine. I confirmed the hypothesis with Lucy’s pediatrician, and my Sherlockian sleuthing proved correct. She basically has the measles without the rash. So she’ll never…get the measles?? Ugh. We will definitely think twice about this vaccine with the next baby and at least pray he/she will still be nursing when/if it’s given. Poor little girl:

Nose:runny. Mouth: drool-y.

Nose:runny. Mouth: drool-y.

We’re still struggling, and administering everything we can to help this insane bear of a head cold/major congestion/on and off fever/cough go away. She’s such a little trooper.

In other news…we’re still on the hunt for a house. It’s a long-ish, arduous process. We will be so very happy when it’s done, and when we’ve finally moved in and ended the most crazy “transitional” 6 months of our life. But one of our hunting days last weekend ended in a delicious lunch at a pizzeria very near to the neighborhood we hope to get a house in. It had donuts.

Well, hello!

Well, hello!

 

Homemade, lemon-drenched, Nutella-whipped cream topped donuts. It’s safe to say that we will frequent said establishment very regularly should we move there. Also the pizza=fantastic.

And ending on a positive/cute note, Lucy’s latest:

Words: anything beginning with B, which happens to be all her favorites: ball (“a BAH!”), book (“a BOO!”), bird (“a BER!”), bath (“baf!”), bubbles (“buhbuh”), bed (“bah”), the baby or her dolls (“bah-bu”)…and of course, buh bye. Also, ap-pu, for apples/any fruit ever, ap-per for diaper, HAT- pronounced quite clearly, and ges-es for glasses. She’s a chatterbox.

And the camera roll for what’s she been doing:

Grandpa Cox visited for dinner on a business trip in town. She was fighting  sleep to be social...not winning, clearly.

Grandpa Cox visited for dinner on a business trip in town. She was fighting sleep to be social…not winning, clearly.

First metro ride....lots of legs to look at...

First metro ride….lots of legs to look at…

Not enthused by Eastern Market

Not enthused by Eastern Market

Inspecting Uncle Tommy before sending him off to Prom

Inspecting Uncle Tommy before sending him off to Prom