Touching Toes

posted on: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Gracie has been demonstrating new tricks almost every day and yesterday was no exception. Her latest trick—touching her toes—makes diaper changing a bit interesting, but it thrills me to see her grow and learn new things. 

It started out pretty quietly - just simply lounging on the bed.

Sitting Up. Sort of.

posted on: Monday, October 13, 2014

And the growing up keeps on going! Today, Gracie decided that she was going to sit up by herself and listen to her storybook rhymes. Well, she sat up for a bit and then leaned forward and supported herself with her hands. It is amazing to watch her learn how to do this on her own and cheer her as I snap a hundred pictures. To save you from the boredom of repetition, I will only post one. :) But sitting up, balancing oneself, drooling and posing can become quite complicated and yet, she pulls it off so effortlessly!

Grace & Her Dragon

posted on: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Gracie's Ab Workout

posted on: Monday, September 8, 2014

I am completely aware that I am utterly biased when I say, "What a beautiful baby!"but I am saying it anyway. :) Here is a series of photos showing you some of Gracie's ab workouts while donning a cute yellow duckie costume.

Couch Time

posted on: Monday, September 1, 2014

Play Time

posted on: Sunday, August 31, 2014

Downtown Raleigh_North Carolina

posted on: Thursday, August 28, 2014

Jordan Lake - North Carolina

North Carolina State Capitol


Four months and ready to feed herself. I am completely on board with this idea.

Tommy & Gracie

Robert Mills House_South Carolina

posted on: Saturday, August 23, 2014

The one cool tidbit about this historic home: it was built by Robert Mills—the same architect who designed and built the Washington Monument in DC.

Pregnancy Progression Pictures

posted on: Tuesday, August 19, 2014

38 weeks 4 days

posted on: Tuesday, April 29, 2014

I have enjoyed every minute of this pregnancy thus far and recently realized that I have not jotted down too many moments of it on this blog. Being 38 weeks pregnant makes me acutely aware of the beginning of the final countdown. So, before my brain enters its temporary (or permanent) foggy stage where days and nights flow into each other, and I find myself struggling to remember if I had taken a shower or if I make it to the shower, then try to remember if I shampooed my hair or not, I will do my best to write down some things about this awesome pregnancy :)


“I love you for what we've already shared, and I love you now in anticipation of all that's to come.”
― Nicholas Sparks, Nights in Rodanthe

in a few short days, i will be holding my sweet little baby girl in my arms, stroking her soft cheeks and awed by every little part of her. i am sure i will miss looking at my burgeoning belly and feeling her squirm and tumble around as she tries to stretch in the ever-shrinking space. i am sure i will miss that reassurance of her hiccups that are so consistent.

i have loved every part of this beautiful and long-prayed for pregnancy—as my body has willingly changed to accommodate new life growing within me. i have never fretted over stretch marks, heartburn, or swollen ankles. i have been in awe of the miracle that is conception and pregnancy as i have observed both my life and aaron's life change in anticipation of this little baby.

it is amazing to think that a seven-pound bundle of long sleepless nights, dirty diapers, and endless hours of laundry could be the thing that completes us and makes us a family. but the truth is, those things are insignificant in comparison to the overwhelming love and gratitude that i am sure we will feel when we hold her in our arms and take our first deep breath of heaven.

in a few short days...

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