Saturday, April 27, 2013

Verity Rose is here!!

Verity Rose arrived (10 days late) on 4/23/13. I went to my midwife and was informed that her fluid levels were low and she wasn't doing as well as we had hoped in-utereo so we were sent to the hospital to be induced. I was very unhappy about this, as I planned to do everything naturally as I had with Ivy. After being administered pitocin, I went into crazy hard labor and made it through without ANY pain medication whatsoever. I seriously thought I was dying and there was no way I would survive it. After only an insanely intense 4 hours later with 12 minutes of pushing, Verity came into the world screaming like a banshee! She was perfectly healthy in every way! After about 20 minutes, I hopped off the delivery table and walked to the recovery room on my own (a benefit of doing things without pain medication).

It's safe to say that Ivy is absolutely thrilled to have her little sister. She is the most helpful (almost) two-year-old that ever lived. Ivy fetches diapers, wipes, blankets, binkies, throws away dirty diapers, covers up her sister with her blankie, and is absolutely gentle and sweet with Verity. I couldn't be more impressed with her - she is a perfect Mama's little helper and not jealous in the least.

Verity at 3 days old

Ivy at 3 days old

Is it possible to have twins two years apart? I really have to label their baby pictures well because there is no way I am going to be able to tell which is which years down the road!!

In doll related news: I hope to be blogging more dolls again soon with the moving to a new state/new baby section of this year complete. Ivy's birthday is May 8th and we decided to get her a KidsKraft dollhouse since her Monster High girls and her own Barbies have been running amok with no place to live!! After all the hard work of becoming a big sister this year - I think she deserves a big present. I hope to take pictures and let you all know what I think about it once it arrives, is put together and presented! I've been curious about these dollhouses for some time....

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Oh Wow....

I am SO sorry for the lack of updates. My life has been incredibly crazy (in a good way).

I kept telling myself for months and months - "If you aren't going to blog about doll stuff - don't blog. Nobody cares what's going on."

But I feel like I owe everyone an explanation and an update:

- First off, I absolutely HAVE NOT quit the doll hobby. I have been on a long hiatus from doll stuff due to real life interference but it hasn't stopped me from accruing (ever more) dolls and doll items. I just haven't been extremely productive in my own projects due to lack and time and energy as explained below...

- I am currently 3 days from my due date with Baby #2 who was announced in my last(ish) post. I am really happy to say we are having another girl! Here is our little Verity Rose (about 20 weeks ago, but better late then never!)

She has remained happy and healthy this whole pregnancy and while we've been through a lot (to be explained in the next bullet) she's found time and energy to be even more ornery in-utero then her big sister was!

Ivy is very happy and excited. I am tired of being pregnant and you can tell - my mother-in-law arrives on Thursday so we are hoping Verity decides to stay inside until then!

- Do you guys notice anything different? Besides me being huge and my ever changing hair color?


The Hubby got a wonderful new job in Michigan, so now Liz and I are practically neighbors (well she lives down the street from me and her dad is my neighbor two doors down!) and Heather lives somewhere around here too! It was a long process and a big, big move for us (especially since it took place while I was 7 months pregnant). All the time I spent packing boxes meticulously really helped things along, because it took one U-Haul trip and now we are in a really sweet new townhouse here in Lansing. There is still tons of work to be done and lots of furniture to buy. But we are really happy and we are more then aware how absolutely fortunate we are to have such a big positive change when the tendency is for others to have big negative changes going on right now.

Unfortunately, the dioramas I had built for the kitchen and the bath didn't make it - which means I just have to make others with the furniture I have ;)

The doll unpacking has taken a huge backseat to unpacking for Verity's impending arrival (I have no freaking clue where my camera even is right now). And all doll projects have been put on hold until we acquire the new furniture we need to store everything (all our books, dolls, crafts, game systems are still boxed up!)

I hope this post suffices to let you all know I'm not gone forever. Just dealing with some big (super positive!) changes in real life. I really hope to have a doll related update for you guys sooner rather then later...