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I (Jen) and my husband (Stephen) have a very charmed life. Our son (David) is such a blessing to us! We love spending time with our friends and family and each other!


Sometimes I can’t remember what it felt like NOT to be pregnant…. I feel like this little guy has completely taken over my body and mind. I really do enjoy being pregnant, but I sort of miss a lot of things:
- taking deep breaths
- not having to pee in the middle of the night
- fitting in clothes
- painting my toes
- not having a constant bloody nose
- being comfortable when sleeping
- I think this list could go on and on….

But there are a lot of great things about being pregnant too….I really love it when strangers ask when I’m due or if it’s a boy or a girl.

Other pregnancy news/changes
- I’ve had to go up a bra size
- I’ve been getting a lot of braxton hicks, they are weeeeeird
- He especially likes to kick me on my right side, like way way over towards my back and it kind of hurts
- I’ve started his baby book/photo album… it’s so cute
- I get leg cramps, especially at night :(
- At my last appointment my midwife said my glucose was great but my iron is a little low, weight gain is perfect, size of uterus is right on track, his heart rate is steady, everything looks good.

I do wish I was feeling a little less lazy. My to-do list seems ever growing, but it’s nice if I can at least fold a load of laundry.
There are curtains to be made, scrap books to be finished, letters to be written, piles of stuff to organize, pictures to hang…. Oh yeah, and I’d like to maybe finish his nursery!
But we can’t even start until the cats are out because their litter box is in the front bed room. Once they’re outdoor cats we can move everything up fort and start painting. We’ve been having a hard time getting them outside because the weather has been so dreadful. Hopefully it will start to get nicer and we can kick them out! Yea! I really can’t wait until they’re out. I love them but they’re driving me crazy.

I can’t wait for the weather to start to get warmer! Life is so good!


growing a person is hard work!

My belly is *definitely* growing along with David! I’ve started feeling a different type of movement now, not just kicks (and he still HARD) but I can feel him start to stir and then just roll around – it’s such a weird, cool feeling! I THINK I felt him get the hiccups the other day… it was along stronger/harder than I expected. We have also started playing the “flash light game” where I shine a flashlight on my belly and he kicks at it… which is very funny to watch, I can only imagine how annoyed he is with me! I’m counting down the days until April 18th when I get to see his cute little face on 4D! This pregnancy is really flying by -- I know he’s going to be here before I know it!

We’re well on our way to starting our nursery too… I’ve bought almost all the fabric we need to make curtains, bumper, bed skirt, pillow/quilt and to recover our glider cushions. It’s kind of a different blue we’re using so it’s kind of hard to find stuff to match it but I really really love what I did get!

Our next doctor’s appointment is tomorrow morning, I can’t wait to here the sweet thump of his heart again! Last night Stephen and I laid in bed just talking about how cute he’ll be, how much we already love him and how much more will love…

I tried walking outside for exercise when the weather was nice in hopes that it would give me more energy but it only made me more exhausted and sore! I’m sort of feeling overwhelmed these days, I feel like I have a million things to do and in the evenings I still only want to go to bed!

I’m 25 now. Weird. I’m going to be a mother soon. Weirder.


Oh boy oh boy oh boy!

David Summitt Strosnider - 20 weeks 3 days
He bounced around so much it was hard to get a good "money shot." I personally don't really see it that well, but the doctor said she was 98% positive it was a boy! Guess we can go ahead and pain the nursery blue! The doctor said the placenta was in a good place and that the cord had lots of coils (which is a good thing apparently). His lips/nose/organs that she checked also loooked good. Very thankful to have a healthy report!

15 cm long, 5 cm wide, 14 oz - due date July 1st (we're still saying/hoping Fourth of July)

Finding out that we’re having a BOY has been the highlight of my week/month/etc! I just love being able to refer to him as a “him” and know that I’m talking about my David! It makes me feel even more connected to him and more in love with this little guy that I haven’t even met yet! I know I’m a real girly-girl, and I really do hope I have a daughter one day, but I also love little boys! They’re so much fun and come with their own set of cuteness! I’ve started reading James Dobson’s book “Bringing Up Boys,” which will hopefully give me some good insight. I also just finished reading “Slacker Mom,” which was a fun, short read with a really good parenting philosophy and it’s a lot closer to mine than some of the other books I’ve read. I know there will be a lot of challenges about parenting, but I’m more excited than scared. I figure it will be somewhat like marriage – in many ways harder than you would expect, but considering that I’ve got a really wonderful marriage!

On a little down side… I’ve got a nasty cold. I think I caught it from my cute little cousins (I think I get sick ever time we go see them) I guess I’ve got to get used to snotty little noses! Bring it on!


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You may or may not know this about me...

- I love my cats, but they also drive me a little crazy.
- I’m scared of ceiling fans.
- I’m in love with my best friend and if anything every happened to him I honestly don’t think I could ever find a husband as wonderful as he is!
- I don’t like sea food, but I love, almost crave crab legs (or maybe it’s just the butter)
- The thing I am most afraid about being a mother: doing my very best to raise a person who will love God and others and having them turn out to be rotten.
- The thing I am most looking forward to about being a mother: laughing A LOT with my kiddos, and reading to them, and seeing Stephen be a dad.
- I am a milk coinsure: I like it cold, whole, and in a carton. (Especially Shenandoah Pride)
- I don’t feel like I look pretty without make up.
- I feel guilty about all the books I want to read and haven’t yet.
- I hate change. (Mostly.)
- I really like the few freckles I have.
- I could watch “You’ve Got Mail” over and over and over and over, and still love it!
- Every year I make a valentines day book for Stephen, last year I was late in giving it to him. THIS year I will be on time!!!
- Today, I have a very special, life changing secret! :):):)


Out with the Old - In with the New

It was great to have a little group of kids up for the celebration, but I must admit, not the same without most/all the best pals. I hate breaking a good tradition, but I guess it was unavoidable.

The great thing about a new year is a sense of starting fresh…

OUT: Yucky old couch that Stephen took with him from a house he rented in law school that nobody claimed (for good reason). I don’t know why I had this couch SO much, maybe because I’m grossed out by everything that may have happened on/to it. Or maybe because now it’s become a cat bed/scratching post. And while it’s not the ugliest couch of all ugly couches, it is Pretty Darn.
IN: A brand spakin new oat-meal-colored microfiber couch and love seat!!!!!! AND well under our budget! I’m really excited….
Also in, a bedroom set… nothing out here since our mattress has just been on the floor since now. I guess our dressers will go back to our parents who loaned them to us. Real Adult Furniture, we’re growing up……. *sigh*

OUT: White Walls. We’ve been in our little house since July and we still have no pictures up… I was amazed how much our apartment looked more like a dingy little apartment and less like a home when we took all our pictures down to move.
IN: Color EVERYWHERE! I think we’ve decided on…. Living room: coffey/light brown with a red accent above the fireplace along with red and black accents throughout the living room. Kitchen: RED! (which will match the red above the fireplace) a really pretty dark red… we might do the darkest shade below the chair rail and a slightly lighter shade above. Bedroom: it’s down to two shades of green – “Brisk Olive” (Stephen) and “Prairie Grass” (Jen). We might paint the bathroom later (I’m thinking some sort of blue) and I guess we’ll chose nursery colors in February! I’m already in full nesting mode!

OUT: The good old days of laying around in bed all Saturday, making plans at the drop of a hat, spit-up free clothes, oh yeah and sleeping all through the night. And this is only a drop in the bucket of all the changes we’re going to face when baby Stro makes his/her appearance.
IN: The amazingly wonderful days of cuddling, reading, laughing, learning, growing, teaching and just staring at the little person we made. As much as the thought of motherhood scares me at times, I feel very ready for it at the same time. I’m so excited about starting our family… Laurie Burke (mother of seven) said it the best, “it’s like when people tell you things won’t be the same after you’re married, you can’t do the same things… it’s true, but you’re so happy with your new life that you don’t care about the stuff you’re ‘missing out on.’ It’s the same way with a baby, sure you can’t do all the things you used to do, and yes there are a lot of challenging aspects of parenthood but it’s all worth it and you’re so happy and in love with your baby that you don’t feeling like you’re missing anything.”

And one more thing…….
I just have to say, as I look back on 2008 and welcome in 2009……….
God is Good.