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    Baby #2, to arrive January 2015!

    I am about 16 weeks along and finally feeling a bit back to normal. It was hard for me not to share much sooner, mainly for the fact that I wanted to complain my little heart out about how incredibly sick I was. Like, I spent 2 full weeks curled up in fetal position on my couch, just praying that I wouldn’t throw up. Poor Lyla. She actually handled it really well (and watched way too much TV). I finally figured out a medicine and food regime that worked well enough that I could function, and once I hit 14 weeks I felt much better. I still have waves of sickness and I am not totally in love with eating, but I am just thankful I am not back at 6-8 weeks. That was miserable.

    (I have been dying to cry and whine about that…so I finally got it off my chest! I am super thankful for a healthy baby growing inside me and I know that sickness is just part of the territory. So I promise not to mention it again. First trimester was just not my favorite…)

    When I was pregnant with Lyla, I took weekly photos and blogged about how I was feeling, etc. (on a different blog). The idea of that is laughable this time around, but I hope to post updates here and there, when I can, so as not to give this baby the shaft.

    Lyla is excited, and insists she wants only a SISTER. We will see… Andrew thinks it is a boy. My best guess would be a girl. Yes, we are definitely going to find out ahead of time!


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    July 4th 2014

    We hung out with with my parents—out to lunch and to the local parade. I made a pie in the morning (yay for Pinterest! Though I have to give Andrew and Lyla the credit for the final execution of the flag design…). We snacked and had dinner, then walked to the elementary school above my parents’ house to watch the fireworks. Lyla had her first experience with sparklers (“light up glow thingys” she called them) and of course, LOVED them. I just can’t believe we were bundled up in sweaters and blankets for Fourth of July!


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    I’m still here!

    Here’s a gratuitous picture of myself to fill in the radio silence for now. My goal is to get my camera back out and start taking pictures again in the busy coming weeks. There may just be a reason I’ve been so quiet…I promise to share soon!  ; )


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    Sayers Dam,
    Bald Eagle, PA

    Last summer’s photos from our trip to Sayers Dam were some of my favorite I took all year (here: http://jaymeeileen.tumblr.com/post/53939458701/sayers-dam-bald-eagle-pa-i-know-that-i-am-one …I can’t figure out how to get my hyperlinks to work! grrr…) and this year’s turned out just as pretty (but maybe with my subject being a little less cooperative!). It’s a beautiful backdrop and Lyla is always super cute in her bathing suits. She was so content to play in the sand independently and let Andrew and I sit on a blanket and relax. SO unusual! I think we will be making quite a few return trips there this summer.


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    Ooops. I officially went all of May without posting anything.

    These photos are from Mother’s Day. I’m crediting Lyla for styling and set up here— she picked the flowers and asked me to take a picture of her standing on that little tree stump in our yard. Her prop just happened to match her dress and hair clip that she was wearing that day. How hilarious is that coy little smile??