turns out i took april off. surprise!

Even though I’ve been silent here for an entire month due to sheer lack of mental capacity, life has been rolling ever forward. I didn’t really intend to disappear into the ether of the interwebs, it just kind of happened. Thank you for the sweet emails, tweets, and facebook messages. They made me feel so loved as I took the undefined breathing room I needed. Here are some snippets from lately:

I heard the baby’s heartbeat yesterday afternoon. I also heard the blips on the doppler as she/he wiggled and kicked. So precious.

The trusses and building materials for adding the second story to our flip house are arriving today. It’s game on this weekend.

DanO and I slipped away to Birmingham, Alabama for the weekend last week. We doled the boys out to family for three days and stole away into the night. It was an amazing, warm trip full of rest, friends, and great conversations. We also broke the bed in our friends’ guest house. O, yes we did. ::wink::

Pregnancy emotionally drains me. Or maybe it was the 5th and 6th months of winter that did me in? I all but gave up on life in mid April when that umpteenth snowfall came and there was no hope of spring on the horizon. It was a perfect storm of hormones and lack of vitamin D and cabin-fevered toddlers. (The last-minute trip to the south is making more sense now, isn’t it?)

OBrother turns two in a week and a half. This would be shocking, but I’m starting to realize that these birthday things just keep happening.

I am 16 something weeks along and coffee is bearable to me again, Praise God. I also don’t fall asleep at the drop of a hat or throw up in the church parking lot anymore. All hail the second trimester!

I never really wrote about the half marathon I ran at the end of March. It was an incredible experience and I hope I take the time and brain power to tell the whole story soon. Mostly I want to say that it was my second half marathon but the first one I had ever run the whole time. I still blush a little when I think about how proud I feel.

I’ve been making this chocolate chip cookie recipe on the regular. Chewiest, best cookies ever.

DanO just keeps chugging along. He is passionate about his 9-5 (6:30-3:30) job and then for a break he works on the investment property, which our boys call “the green house”. In his leisure time, he finishes up odd jobs around our house like replacing the front door or installing more child locks on things (see: almost two-year-old).

This post is reflective of my mind lately. Sporadic and filled-to-the-brim and also simultaneously being eaten by the baby in my belly. No joke, this has been the worst ‘baby brain’ of all of them. I can hardly finish a.

See what I did there?

It’s good to be back. I missed you guys.


30 Responses to “turns out i took april off. surprise!”

  1. Annie

    Great to hear from you! You look great. I know how you feel. Can you believe we have GREEN grass under SNOW in MAY!! Highly unusual for MN and I am not a fan. On the bright side – I haven’t had to take the time to switch out my closet from winter to summer yet : )

  2. Heather

    Bahaha!! Glad you got to get away. We are visiting my sis in Chicago this weekend and missing this *hopefully* last snowfall. It really has been a horrible spring even for us non preggos! Glad you are back!

  3. Megan (FriedOkra)

    You ARE the cutest little pregnant person ever. I am so glad you’re feeling better, love. Things are lookin’ up in the weather department, too.

  4. jen_schoeph

    it is good to break and back away, even if for a little while. glad you enjoyed your break!

    with all your snow, spring (should it happen) and summer will be the most special and greenest of all!

  5. Victoria

    I’ve missed your posts!!! Glad to see that cute little baby bump!

  6. erin

    Welcome back, I missed you! I checked often, but wasn’t discouraged. Man, I can understand that filled-to-the-brim-ness and I am not even cooking a third baby. April was horrible, wonderful and super fast, all at the same time. Can’t wait to hear more about what you’re up to!

  7. mrs.d

    Aww. Welcome back… I was just thinking of you the other day.. :) Glad everything is going well.. You look amazing! I’m 4 weeks behind you (pregnancy-wise), and can’t wait to be completely out of the first trimester.. I’m going to be hearing the baby’s heartbeat tomorrow and have a scan booked for Monday.. So exciting. :)

  8. Marta

    Ah, I have such baby fever and your adorable bump isn’t helping! I’m going to go home and make those chocolate chip cookies and hope that’s enough for now. =)

  9. Helen Davies

    Missed you too!! So glad you are feeling a bit better. Guess what I did in the month of April? Had a baby!! Looking forwards to reading more about the house and bump. Xxx

  10. Dawn S

    I have missed your writing, but I have kept up by stalking you (and DanO) on Instagram…keeping up with your beautiful family & precious bump!

    Welcome back!

  11. Stephanie

    Oh sweetie I totally get the “winter is never, EVER going to end” thought! We are just a bit north of you (Manitoba) and it is May 3 and there are no leaves on the trees and the grass is still brown and May 1 we got some snow and I just wanted to cry :P Please God, bring the spring!

    BTW…cutest baby bump you have there :)

  12. Jenna

    congrats on 2 half-marathons!! I am training now for my first – most likely will be walk/run. Would love any training advice you can throw my way. And congrats on entering into 2nd trimester! Woo hoo! How are you finding pregnancy with taking care of 2 little ones?

  13. Aimee S.

    I’m so glad you updated, but I’m not so thrilled about you sharing that cookie recipe!! haha! I had to make some last night and ohmahword!!! Birmingham is so beautiful–so glad you got away from winter for awhile. Texas is having trouble moving into the next season, too–but not quite as harsh as you guys have had it. BIG HUGS!! Can’t wait to hear more about your second half!! So proud of you for running the entire thing.

  14. Cassie

    I’m glad you took a much needed break but it is so nice to have you back!

  15. Tanya

    Hoping we get a pregnancy update post! how your eating? running? differences between this pregnancy and your last? and hopefully a gender reveal ;-) you’re looking so great!

  16. Elaine A.

    Sounds like you’re having a girl. I had the same brain problems while pregnant with K! ha! You look adorable, glad you 2 got to get away…

  17. MommaBird

    Yay, glad you are back! We are less than a week apart baking wise and I’m excited to read about this pregnancy and baby

  18. Karina

    Just found your blog and loved it! Congrats by the way!! I have two little ones that make my life crazy and awesome!!!

  19. Laurel

    Allison, where are you? I see you on the istragram but I love hearing/reading your words. I hope everything is well!


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