Friday, March 8, 2013

Five Things for Friday, Baby News Edition


So,  I have a good excuse why this blog has been sort of quiet lately.

Baby #4 is on his/her way in September!

Is this anyone else's favorite Pixar short?

We are all really excited, especially Rose because this baby is due around her birthday. She keeps telling me that she is getting a baby sister for her birthday... and really what could be better than that?

Some days I feel really overwhelmed at the idea of having another baby and can't help but wonder, "What in the world was I thinking!"

Definitely had my moments of feeling like this.
But overall I feel such peace about this pregnancy. I can feel the gratitude that this little spirit has for what I am doing, and that makes everything so much easier to handle... even the morning (and night) sickness.

Which, hasn't been too bad this time around. I haven't been as sick as I was with Abe, which is nice, but I have still spent my fair share of time "calling Ralph on the big white telephone" as my Dad would so tactfully say it. Bowls of Rice Crispies and wet rags with peppermint oil on them have become my best friends. I am about 13 weeks along now though, so hopefully the nausea will start to ease up soon.

Other than that I have just been really tried. Which is why blog has been suffering. My choices in the evening have been #1) to blog or #2) to take a hot bath and go to bed at 9:00 PM.

Needless to say #2 has won out most nights.


I found out I was pregnant on a Sunday morning and the moment I saw the positive test I felt a wave of the spirit telling me that a little girl was coming to me. Then later that day at Stake Conference (a regional church meeting) I was walking with Abe in the hall when, out of the corner of my eye, I saw a little girl in white dress come charging towards me. I jumped out of the way because the little girl was coming at me fast and I was sure she was going to run right into me. I was surprised when no little girl went flying past me and even more surprised when I looked behind me and saw that there was no one there. There hadn't been a little girl in a white dress at all. Which was strange because I had felt that there was one, so much that I had literally jumped out of the way. I realized that what I had felt was the spirit of my little girl and it filled me with such joy. After that experience I  know there is a little girl coming to me, if not this pregnancy than in another one, who is going to knock me off of my feet!


Even though I really feel like this baby is a little girl I think we are going to wait to find out the gender until the birth. With Asher and Rose we found out at 20 weeks but with Abe we didn't. I will admit that not knowing the gender with Abe really drove me crazy but it also taught me some beautiful spiritual lessons. This time around though, knowing or not knowing the gender of the baby doesn't seem to matter to me at all. It would make absolutely NO difference to me if this spirit was a boy or a girl, which I couldn't have said with my other children. I feel like this time I am ready to receive anyone the Lord wants to send to me and so knowing the gender doesn't seem important this time. But who knows, that could change in a few months!


I have been working on packing up our house and as I was loading books into their boxes I realized that this is the fourth time this year that Jon and I have moved our stuff. We loaded it all up into the moving van when we sold our house, then moved out of the moving van and into a storage unit for a month, then moved it all back into the moving van and unloaded it at our rental house. Now, 10 months later, I am packing it all back up and moving it back onto a moving van.

Good thing I enjoy packing, huh?

No, really I do. There is something really satisfying to me about emptying a house of everything and making it look empty again. It is really enjoyable to me.

It has also been really nice to have an opportunity to purge out alot of the junk Jon and I have accumulated over the years. This time around I have decided that if don't LOVE something than I am not taking it with me, which means I have gotten rid of a lot of stuff. Perhaps I will regret it later but it sure feels really nice to be moving to Iowa with a much lighter load.


A few days ago I bought a stale loaf of french bread at the grocery store for 50 cents. For some reason buying stale bread seemed like a good deal at the time, but when I got home I found myself wondering what to do with two feet of hard bread. After giving it some good hard thinking I finally decided to try to make a breakfast casserole. I found this recipe online and it turned out yummy. I didn't have any potatoes so I left them out, added green chilies instead of the hot sauce, and omitted the dry mustard and the mushrooms. Then we ate it on warm corn tortillas.  It was so good, definitely a keeper. I also tried this French Toast casserole and really liked it too. So now we have two new breakfast menu options, which is good because I was starting to get really bored with breakfast again!

I think I might be hooked on breakfast casseroles now. Do any of you have any other good breakfast casserole recipes I could try? 

- 6- 

Bonus, you get one more this week!

I will be signing books tonight at an Empowering Fearless Birth event in Lindon, Utah. This sounds like an incredible event and I would love to see you there. Here are the details:

Come view two brand new birth films, mingle with the best of the best in the birth and women’s services industry, AND enjoy a gourmet dessert buffet!

Friday, Mar. 8, 2013
$5/person if purchased by March 5th
$8 at the door (cash only, space is limited)

-Support and learn about EMPOWERED and FEARLESS birth!
-Meet some of the best birth service providers and products in the valley. Only the best!
-Amazing dessert bar! Seriously epic!
-Celebrate the births of Asher and Sparrow!
-Guaranteed delightful conversation!
-Awesome odds of winning a door prize! 

Great date-night activity! Husbands, Dads, Mothers, Friends, Sisters, etc are invited! Bring your family and friends! Please leave children home. Non-walking babies are OK.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  1. Oh, wow! Congratulations! What exciting times ahead for your sweet family. Be sure to check out Lani's blog about morning sickness and Ph levels -- it has been an eye-opener for me and really helped my sickness a LOT. x

  2. Congratulations, you guys!!! SO, so exciting!

  3. Congratulations! What a wonderful experience you had at Stake Conference. I hope that you are feeling better soon to be able to enjoy your little ones.

  4. If you are getting rid of any books I know all of your siblings would be happy to take them off your hands :)

  5. Congratulations!!! Babies are wonderful, aren't they? I'm not too far ahead of you, due in July with #8. We did choose to find out the gender this time (we've done it both ways before). So I know we're having boy #6. So fun!

    Have a wonderful, less sick to your stomach, week.

  6. Congratulations! Such exciting news! And what a precious experience you had. Thank you for sharing it!

  7. Congrats to you and your family! I did my gender-finding-out opposite of you: didn't find out for the first two, but found out for the second two. Was that correct English? Who can say. I highly recommend putting in the dry mustard and mushrooms next time, unless they are flavors you really don't care for. I love the extra flavor they give to a breakfast casserole. Yum!

  8. So happy for your little family! Honestly I was wondering recently if you'd be adding to your family soon. :) What a blessing! Good luck with the move!

  9. Congrats Heather! I just had my 4th recently and it was our first time not finding out the baby's gender. It was so much fun! Something neat to look forward to after the tough work of labor and delivery.

    Good luck with the move- that always stresses me out. But there is something calming about seeing everything packed neatly in a box and looking around empty rooms, remembering past events.

  10. Congratulations! Exciting changes!

  11. Congratulations! I always get so excited when I hear about new babies on the way. I love babies! :)

  12. Congratulations, Heather!! :) How exciting.

    We're "not finding out" this time around either...But I know it's a girl. I sometimes don't know what to tell people when they ask because I feel it was such a personal spiritual experience that led me to feel this is a girl. But we haven't had an ultrasound to "prove" it as far as anyone else is concerned.

  13. Congratulations Heather! What wonderful news! I hope you get to feeling better soon. Morning (noon and night) sickness is no fun! Thank you for sharing your lovely experience with us too!

  14. So fun!!! Congratulations!!! Yea for babies and daughters...sons too :-) Happy day!

  15. CONGRATULATIONS! That is so exciting. So happy for you :)

  16. Congrats on baby number 4! I am expecting #4 also. I had a similar experience with feeling like it was a little girl...I was so certain until a few days before the ultrasound and it's a boy. Guess we're not done having kids yet. :)

    1. HOw funny! You know I won't be a bit surprised if God sticks a few boys in between this little girl who he gave me a glimpse of. I think sometimes he does that when he knows mother's are willing, just so he can get more of those little spirits to their right places on earth.

  17. Congratulations, Heather! :D That is fab news - and the best excuse for letting blogging and chores slide. ;) Hope the morning sickness subsides soon. It's such a silly name - it should be called "24/7 feeling like you're going to throw up with optional puking up everything you ate over the last decade" sickness. :( lol

    1. Interesting... the whole WordPress/OpenID thing seems to have hidden my name. Will have to investigate further...