Dreams: My (Future) Daughter

had my first dream ever about this baby girl inside of me! She was about three years old and really cute – I couldn’t see her face in details, but I could tell she had one of those really pretty faces that everytime I see them on another child, I fall in love. She had long-ish brown hair, in pigtails, and it was a little bit curly.

In the dream, she was kidnapped – sort of – we saw her being taken into two guys’ car and very angrily, Sam went racing across a Hobby Lobby parking lot to try to chase them down. Except, they stopped and told us that they weren’t taking her, but rather saw her alone and were trying to help her find her parents.

When she got out of the car, she ran up to Sam, grabbed his hand, and yelled, “Daddy!”

Ack, can this be more sweet – “seeing” my daughter – and having a “Daddy’s girl” moment?

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Pregnancy: January 19th, 2014

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Happy 40 Weeks! Today is my “official” due date, no baby girl yet. I’ve been having a lot of symptoms for over a week now, but nothing substantial enough.

Supposedly she has dropped and has been for a few weeks now, but she looks (and feels) so high in pictures. I think she’s facing my left side, and she keeps pressing really hard with her butt and feet (my poor ribs). I think I just have a short torso, haha.

Sam and I are really ready for her to get here! We have everything prepared as much as you possibly can and have just been kinda trying to relax. We walked the mall today, maybe that will jump start her. :)

We also found these really interesting books in Hallmark.

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They’re books that the mom and dad fill out about their own lives – details about their family, schools, growing up, first kiss, that sort of thing, and then you give them to your children so they can know about your history. I thought that was kind of cool.

Alright, moving on, come on Baby!

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Thoughts on Being an ENFJ

[15 Things ENFJs Wish You Knew About Us]

I don’t know how charismatic I am, but other than that, this sounds very much like me.

I think I figured something important out about myself, something others have probably realized very quickly, but I have been very slow about. I’ve often thought of myself as a lot more cold or unfeeling, shy or withdrawn than I really am naturally.

Note in this ENFJ article, a huge focus on close bonding and emotions – I think (know) that it is very possible I haven’t had enough of this in my life to meet my (strong) needs and so through the years I’ve learned to compensate by either withdrawaling from others or hiding my thoughts or feelings or trying to put on a “don’t care” attitude – I can even see this attitude when I was a child. (In the article, there is a reference to fight or flight when feeling exposed).

As a result I’ve started a never-ending cycle of not reaching out to people, not investing, not giving any of myself, despite it being very natural for me to jump in quickly and pour on very heavily. The truth is I know how deep and intense and sensitive I can be, but I have tried to hide it.

I can see the evidence of this coming out when I meet someone I really click with and I just kind of jump on them – I probably freak them out, because I get excited, especially if we bond quickly and heavily. I see the evidence in the past on how I’ve responded to all sorts of relationships – it’s very clear to me now how very much I need and seek out people.

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Throwback Thursday: 2003 & Links

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Photo from when Sam and I met in person for the first time in November 2003! (We originally met online.) This definitely doesn’t feel over ten years ago.

And some interesting links I’ve come across recently:

Don’t forget to check out the previous blog post if you want to guess when our baby girl will be born. My due date is Sunday (January 19th) so it’s going to be very soon!

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Pregnancy: Baby Girl Pool

I’m kinda late to the game (completely forgot these existed, haha) but, I’d love if you went and participated! Just for fun!

http://www.babybookie.com/pools/3134-baby-girl-jones/bets/new

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[just some quick instagram pics.. weeks 38 and 39]

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Pregnancy: 38 Weeks

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Sam took this really quickly on Sunday right as it was starting to freezing rain.. figured we better get it just in case I randomly go into labor at any moment now, hehe!

The nursery is painted, but it’s not finished. Everything is actually in the room and accessible, but no decorating has been done (and probably won’t get done before Baby – which is okay because she won’t be sleeping in there for months anyway).

We got our bassinet in our room and eeek, it’s really squeezed in there. [this babyletto bassinet] Luckily, we didn’t have to move the bed over (we thought we would) because there is no way that I could move our king sized bed, it’s very heavy. Sadly, Sam and I have to switch sides of the bed, so I can be beside the bassinet. We’ve tried it out and ugh, it feels so weird. Eww. It’s all wrong and life feels turned all upside-down haha. New baby? Pfft, that will be nothing in comparison to having to sleep on the WRONG side of the bed!

Speaking of horribleness in life.. Never in my life have ever had to do something as difficult as folding baby wash cloths and jersey knit bassinet sheets. This is the stuff of nightmares, folks. The wash clothes curl.. CURL. You need 10 more fingers to be able to fold them. And the fitted sheet? You know how bad adult fitted sheets are, right? Well, this is like 39804904293023 times worse.. something about the jersey knit material, you just cannot fold them without weird lumps and wrinkles in them.. like, you pull one way and it creates new folds, and you pull another and it creates more. It’s PURE EVIL.

I’m going to go ahead and assume that labor will be easy compared to trying to fold those items. ;) ;)

And I’m pretty sure my fingers are way too fat and stupid and lacking of any and all dexterity to fold the baby clothes too.. everything is way too tiny..

My hospital bag is packed and we have mostly all we need (at least everything we need for the first few days). We still have a few things on our registry, mostly two bigger items (swing/bouncer and Ergo carrier) and some cloth diapering stuff (which we’re not going to start immediately anyway). We mostly bought out the rest of the registry this week, with a bunch of little things and the bassinet, but I really want that swing soon!

I’m kind of excited to be giving birth at Holy Spirit Hospital (a Catholic hospital), too, because they seem really fantastic. We took a tour and they have a jacuzzi bath in the rooms (you can use all the way up until delivery), they have adjustable beds for trying out different labor positions, they provide everything you need for your baby (diapers, onesies, etc), they’re very open about your choices and what you want to do (including some of the more interesting things like taking home your placenta), they allow you to eat while laboring – they also provide a kitchen full of snacks, and the Sisters give all new moms a birthcake for their baby (aww!).

My own laboring choices are in the ball park of “I’d like to try that tub out until I give in and beg for an epidural”, but I love the different options – it feels like there is an appropriate mix of medical and non-medical.

It’s soooo soon! Eek! As in it could be pretty much any day now. I actually wrote this post on Sunday ahead of time and for all I know I will go into labor before this is posted, haha. I’m scared and excited and nervous and finally feeling like this is real. I really can’t wait to meet our baby girl, see what she looks like, learn her personality, and of course, find out what we’re going to name her. ;)

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Pregnancy: Family 35 Weeks

Our first family pictures!

Yet again, you’re going to have to yell at me because these are from weeks ago, when I was 35 weeks (I am 38 now!)

And I haven’t edited any of them (which means they’re kinda dark and/or need cropped at the least..) so.. oh well. haha. I just want to get them posted already!

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Epiphany of the Lord

For Catholics (and a few other Christian traditions), Christmas isn’t over on Christmas day. We continue to celebrate for 12 days after, until the 6th of January, which is the Epiphany of the Lord, the celebration of the visit of the Magi to baby Jesus, as told in Matthew 2:1-12. (In the West, we celebrate on the Sunday between the 2-8th of January, which would of course be today.)

“Epiphany originally celebrated four different events, in the following order of importance: the Baptism of the Lord; Christ’s first miracle, the changing of water into wine at the wedding in Cana; the Nativity of Christ; and the visitation of the Wise Men or Magi. Each of these is a revelation of God to man: At Christ’s Baptism, the Holy Spirit descends and the voice of God the Father is heard, declaring that Jesus is His Son; at the wedding in Cana, the miracle reveals Christ’s divinity; at the Nativity, the angels bear witness to Christ, and the shepherds, representing the people of Israel, bow down before Him; and at the visitation of the Magi, Christ’s divinity is revealed to the Gentiles—the other nations of the earth.”
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“The word epiphany means “manifestation” or “revelation” and is commonly linked in Western Christianity with the visit of the wise men (Magi) to the Christ child. Through the Magi, Christ revealed himself to the gentiles.”
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“On the Feast of the Epiphany [in the West], the priest, wearing white vestments, will bless the Epiphany water, frankincense, gold, and chalk. Chalk is used to write the initials of the three magi over the doors of churches and homes. The letters stand for the initials of the Magi (traditionally named Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar), and also the phrase Christus mansionem benedicat, which translates as “may Christ bless the house”.”
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If you check out Wikipedia, you can read some of the more interesting Epiphany customs all over the world, such as in Bulgaria, where a priest throws a wooden cross into a body of water and men race to retrieve it. Because it’s so cold, it’s considered an honorable act – the home of the first to retrieve the cross is said to be blessed with good health.

Happy Twelfth Night!

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Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA)

Christian Foundation for Children and Aging

I want to introduce you to an organization I support, called the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging. CFCA is a child, youth, and aging adult sponsorship organization. I personally like CFCA because I believe in their community work; I like their family approach; and because CFCA is Catholic and I am also Catholic, I know then I can support any Christian education they do provide.

When you sponsor through them, the money goes toward: basic needs (food, clothing, health care), educational needs, recreational activities, and literacy training and livelihood programs for parents.

You can also write and receive letters, pictures and updates, but the neatest thing is that CFCA has something called Awareness Trips, where you can visit the country your child is from, see the local community projects, and meet the child you’re sponsoring! (I fully intend to do this amazing experience one day!)

I’m currently sponsoring a little girl, but I’m going to write about her in another post, because today I want to share two specific (more pressing) projects: birthday week and the Christmas fund!

Every month, CFCA features children that are having birthdays. December is almost over and three children still need sponsors! Please considering sponsoring one for $30 a month!

The CFCA also has a variety of special funds, one of them being the Christmas Fund, where you donate to help families have Christmas celebrations. If you can’t do an ongoing sponsorship, this is a great one-time donation!

Either one of these would be fantastic last minute Christmas presents!

There is a lot going on at CFCA, so please check out their website, blog, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or YouTube accounts.

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Postcard: Warsaw, Poland

I received this postcard through Postcrossing from a student from Belarus studying tourism in Warsaw, Poland. The photo is the center of the city, with the Palace of the Kings on the right and the King Column in the middle.

Warsaw. Castle square by night.

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See the rest of my postcard collection.

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