Well, our second born is here! Walker Jared Johannes! Born Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 6:27pm, weighing in at 9lb 1oz and 21.25″ inches long. Before my memory escapes me, I wanted to document my birth experience so I can remember it, just as I did for Jace’s birth.
On Sunday my sister threw me a little impromtu sprinkle shower, something small with family and a few of my closest friends. It was seriously the most beautiful day, from start to finish. I originally didn’t want any kind of shower since I really have everything from the first go around, but realized how lovely it was just to have a girls outing to mentally decompress and take a break before the rush of having another at home becomes a reality.
Oh heyyyy. Cheryl here. Just waiting around for this baby to come out. I’m 39 weeks, come on baby! What have I been doing to kill the time you ask?? .. Aside from STILL working, just doing everything I can to induce labor at home, hahahaha. Including grueling games of ping pong, long walks on the canal (until I have to turn around and go home and pee!) and pulling weeds and cleaning up our yard. Also, I’m eating a lot food (like Matt’s Big Breakfast, OMG!) and going to bed early with Jace. He insists on wearing his glasses like Momma. My body is feeling pretty wacky at this point. I know something’s building, because I’m starting to swell in places. I just wish I knew WHEN it would happen. The suspense is killing me. And so is my back. I’m going to try doing some lunges next, some spicy food .. anything at this point.
For March I decided to do a little drop-in to see a friend’s Mom. It’d been way too long since I’d stopped over to say hi, plus they had a new puppy that I wanted to get my hands on! Since Spring is in full swing in these parts, I thought to bring brunch over, Trader Joe’s style. I stopped for some pretty sunflowers (of course), cold-brewed coffee, an almond danish, sparkling lemonade and .. last but not least, doggy treats for their new puppy, Jax! Then I delivered it in a fun grocery bag they could keep for all their future trips to Trader ;)
We had such a nice time catching up and hanging out in their backyard garden. They even put on Spiderman for Jace and served us some cookies and milk! What a beautiful Spring morning to visit and hear all their updates. When you can’t see your Californian best friend, it helps to see her through her momma’s face. Love her dearly and love my far friend.
One day, on Pinterest or Instagram (where ever) I saw this cactus mural wallpaper. And then I realized that it cost over $400 to purchase enough for one wall. Being who I am, I couldn’t stomach spending that much money on wall paper. Or just really, PAPER. So, I decided to recruit my creative friend Kristin to help me do it myself, by hand! We first tried a stencil on cardboard, but that was going to take all day. Then I decided to just go at it by hand completely. We mixed some of the paint and then started swirling and sponging and dabbing paints over my sketched cactus spears!