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It’s a Girl!

Meet Little Bell Pepper, due July 17, 2010. Here are Baby Girl’s* first photos.

The ultrasound was done on February 26th. Owen was only slightly impressed. Towards the end he let us know that he thought the baby looked “evil.” (He’d just watch Star Wars for the first time so I think that is what added the word “evil” to his vocabulary.) We had the doctor write down the sex of the baby so we could find with just the three of us. I opened the envolope (in the car. That’s as long as we could wait) and said, “It’s a girl.” Owen said, “NOOOOOOOO…..IT’S A BOY!” It took him a good week to get over the shock. Don and I are thrilled and I’m happy to let you know Owen has warmed to the idea of a sister :).

This pregnancy is just flying by. I won’t say that I’m reveling in my elastic waisted maternity jeans (because I’m not) but there have been several factors that have made this pregnancy enjoyable.

I’ll put my midwife Nicole at the top of this list. Having experienced both an OBGYN and a midwife I’m amazed at the difference in care, attention, and dare I say, respect. Respect in the since that Nicole is much more forthcoming with information, instead of Don and I having to remember to ask the right questions. I’m Morgan, a person, a mother, a wife, and I’m pregnant. I’m not Uterus with Fetus, belonging to a Patient named Morgan. And this is coming from someone who LOVED her doctor during her first pregnancy. All I can say is that my midwife Nicole knew more about me in my first two visits then my OBGYN knew about my in months and months of visits. I don’t want to get too preachy, but I will recommend watching, “The Business of Being Born” and reading “Ina May’s Guide to Natural Childbirth.” (The former because positive birth stories are seriously lacking in our culture.)

Next on the list: Yoga. I’m pretty sure it has stopped some of the aches and pains I was starting to experience. For example, my hips don’t hurt nearly as much at night when I’m sleeping. Sleeping is used loosly here. Maybe “trying as best I can to sleep when I can’t lay on my back and there is a human being residing in my midsection” is a better description. Not to mention, sharing (complaining) about pregnancy with other pregnant women is totally theraputic. My mom and dad have gifting me more classes and I’m sooooo grateful. I’m not sure what I would do if I couldn’t go.

I am fortunate to know some pretty amazing women, a few whom are also pregnant and due around the same time! We were still fairly new to the area when Owen was a baby and having a larger network of folks to talk to this time around has made a big difference.

I’m going to add my doula McKenzie to this list as well. We just hired her, so I’ve only met her once but just the knowledge that she’ll be there when I’m in labor is an amzing comfort. She is very intuitive and reminded Don and I a lot of Nicole. They both have backgrounds in social work (McKenzie currently has her own practice) so I wonder if this has anything do do with their similar demenors.

Have a wonderful Sunday y’all. I’m going to go back to enjoying this rainy day drinking my Mother To Be tea, eating my homemade wholewheat, wheat bran and wheat germ bread, listening to my iPod on shuffle and patting myself on the back for my impecable taste in music before I get ready for church. Maybe pregnancy isn’t so bad.

*We have picked out a name, but we are still deciding on the spelling. Not to mention the mixed reactions we’ve gotten have made us question or decision to tell folks (which hasn’t changed the name thank-you-very-much), so I’ll keep you posted.

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Long time no see….

Owen turned 3. Christmas was wonderful. New Years was fantastic. My friend Becky came from Cali and stayed with us for a couple of weeks. Alaska and Jensen came down from Ohio to spend New Years with us as well. Dane was accept to John Carroll University and will be living and working in Colonial Heights until summer. Don and I went to California with his folks and sister to visit Great Grandpa Mark. Owen had his first trip to Disneyland….

Did I mention that we are having another baby! Due date is July 17. A few more weeks and I’ll be able to post our 20 week ultrasound photo. This time around I’m seeing a midwife and it’s been a fantastic experience.

Now that the holidays, traveling and morning sickness are over I’m going to try to get back into the swing of this blogging thing. Besides, it’s snowing – again. Posting on here is probably a better idea than hibernate until spring.

Here are some pictures of Owen’s first snowman (or snow woman in this case). December 19th. The snow was fun the first time. Now I’m over it.

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One Year Ago Today….

a little lady named Frankie Love (real name) married us in a gazebo in her backyard in Nelson County. How are we going to celebrate? We are planting an apple tree in our front yard. I hear the first year is paper. Paper. Trees. Close enough.

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sethrobertsphotography.com thanks again seth and emily!

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Carytown. Richmond, VA

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Checkout that Obama t-shirt!

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best wedding photo ever

to be continued....

to be continued....

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Labor Day Weekend.

Better late than never.

Owen and I spent Labor Day weekend with Don’s side of the family while we was working. It was a wonderful visit. Evergreen gave me a cooking lesson and took me to the best Asian grocery store on the planet. We watched “The Godfather” together (I had never seen it! Shame on me!) which was one of my favorite times so far hanging out with my mother-in-law. King took Owen, Me and Emily to a National’s game. And I got to meet some of Emily’s friends at their house warming party. Here are the pictures. We mostly relaxed and just hung out. At the end of the long weekend Emily gave us a ride back home and hung out for a couple of days in Colonial Heights. It was lovely. Below are some highlights. And there are more pictures here.

ghard at work

hard at work

pillow fight

pillow fight

cruising in grandpa's car

cruising in grandpa's car

safe!

safe!

Proud Grandpa.

Proud Grandpa.

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Happy Birthday Don!

We Love You!

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Sing along with Jui Jui

Uncle Dane (Jui Jui) is in town!! I wish I had video when they were sitting in the living room singing. Dane made up songs about baseball and Owen was adding his own lyrics (“Baaasebaall. I love it.”) I tried to have them recreate it in front of the computer, but Owen gets distracted when he’s watching himself on the screen. It’s still cute. Enjoy.

** Jui Jui is Mandarin for Uncle (maternal side). It’s pronounced “Joe Joe.” Owen uses “Jui Jui” and “Uncle Dane” interchangeably. I’m curious to see which one sticks.

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The Graduates!

Hiram University. May 16, 2009

Hiram University. May 16, 2009

This post is almost a month late but I want to take a minute to tell you how proud I am of Dane and Jen. Being the stellar, brainy, hardworking people they are, both graduated magna cum laude. Dane received the Carl R. Brown Memorial Scholarship, “awarded on the basis of good character, scholastic ability, and literary achievement, with preference given to a student majoring in English who gives evidence of a distinguished career in this field.”

My dearest Jena and her son Kai made the trip with us. After Dane finished his march across the stage with diploma in hand Kai asked, “Does this mean Morgan’s brother has to get a job?” HA! I was unable to get  photos of our favorite Hiram graduates together in their cap and gown because the sky opened up and flooded us out immediately after the ceremony. Fortunately the weather was perfect up until the very end.

Uncle Lawrence made the trip all the way from Texas. It was so wonderful seeing him and Owen getting the chance to meet another member of his family.

Dane Leimbach

Dane Leimbach

Jennifer Scott

Jennifer Scott

Pre monsoon drizzle.

Pre monsoon drizzle.

magna cum laude + magna cum laude = future nieces and nephews will be big nerds

magna cum laude + magna cum laude = future nieces and nephews will be big nerds

We love you guys!

We love you guys!

The Dane Leimbach and Jennifer Scott Fan Club

The Dane Leimbach and Jennifer Scott Fan Club

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