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Been thinking about…Movement.

Have you ever noticed themes running throughout your life? I’ve heard that if something keeps popping up again and again in your life it’s God’s way of trying to tell you something.

For most of 2010,I would say my theme has been preparation and growth. Make that 9 months of preparation for the beautiful bundle I’m now holding in my arms. Now how is it possible to be holding something-or someone rather, and still be typing you may be asking yourself. Ah, that would be thanks to the Moby Wrap. A super long piece of fabric that you wrap around yourself and your baby and move around hands free (and might I add guilt-free) all the while being able to keep an eye on your baby. Not to mention my baby LOVES it. She loves the movement.  She falls asleep within 5 minutes almost everytime I put her in it.  It’s fabulous! It was extremely intimidating the first few times I tried to put it on but after that first successful attempt its been smooth sailing. My laundry gets folded, dishes get picked up and moved to the kitchen, mail gets opened and best of all my baby is right next to my heart. I know, that last one just tugs at you right? Sorry couldn’t help myself. But it brings me to my point. I think my new theme must be movement.

Another example:  While most people are getting up at 4 am on Black Friday on the hunt for good shopping deals, I will probably be up nursing my daughter and then trying to catch a few more zzz’s before DH and I head on over to the local U-Haul.  You see, DH and I are moving-again. Just down the road, literally about 20 miles, but we are moving again, nonetheless. It will be the 10th move in our 9 years of marriage. And for me it will be about the 20th time to move in my life. Just call me the travelin’ woman. My brother jokingly says our family is a bunch of gypsies because we all move around all the time or enjoy traveling more than most people. So, known as the travelin woman or gypsy, I’m on the move again. Just down the road, but I’m moving.

Then there’s the week long family ski trip planned for spring break. Movement here I come! This last year there’s was no skiing for me. I was too busy growing my DD. But this Spring, just stand back and watch me go. I wouldn’t recommend getting in my way. Mostly because I’m not that great of a skier and not always able to stop myself, lol! But you get the picture (=  And there’s going to be some serious movement leading up to that point to get myself in shape before then. Recovery from a c-section is not going to be had from sitting around eating Christmas fudge. Unfortunately. Insert sad face here if you know what I mean.

So after 9 months of preparation,  2 months of recovery and adjustment, movement has found its way back into my life. So I’m realizing out that it must be the new theme of my life. I’ve had a little time on my hands think while nursing DD can you tell?  I want to walk, run, dance, and feel the wind in my hair. I want to move.

Movement really is a wonderful thing. I am so thankful for it. And for so many things in my life this Thanksgiving. I hope that wherever you are this Thanksgiving that this post finds you with those you care about the most. May you all have a wonderful and blessed  holiday weekend.

xoxo, Rachel



One “Tiny” and Wonderful Reason to Give Thanks

Well it’s November! Yay for Thanksgiving! (Yay for the coming Christmas holiday season too!)

And what better way for me to jump back in to the blogging world than to start  the Thanksgiving season with what I am most thankful for this year, my daughter.I must apologize for taking so long to post this announcement of her. If you don’t know me offline then you were probably wondering what in the world happened to me. Well…a newborn baby complicated by an emergency c-section happened. It was all so very whirlwind and unexpected. I went for a doctors appointment on the Monday after my due date expecting to be induced in 3 days. But my midwife became a bit concerned after I said I noticed just a little bit of less movement.

So she hooked me up to the stress monitor-just in case.

Not liking what she saw she sent me to triage across the hospital for monitoring-just in case. Triage hooked me up the monitors.

And they gave me an IV start-just in case.

Then c-section procedures were explained-just in case.

And then…just like that, a decision was made and my daughter was coming into the world. In less than 2 hours from the start of my doctor’s appointment here she was and I was being whirled into recovery with my head still mentally back at triage.  I’ve been living in survival mode and of the moment ever since.

My days are a blur of feedings, sleeping, eating when I get a moment and just trying to pay bills. I have a new found respect for moms everywhere that manage to find time to do fun things. Blogging once a week seems like a huge goal to me, but that’s what I’m aiming for. Don’t get me wrong I have a lot of time to watch TV and read while nursing. But the actual DOING of things, well, I’m still trying to figure out how in the world I’m going to come up with a routine. Any tips you might have a much appreciated-seriously!

"She's a maniac, maniac out on the floor. And she's dancin' like she's never danced before..."

And in case you’re wondering what this little baby girl looks like that has changed my life so much-here she is, Teddi Anne Martinez. She weighed 7.9 and was 20 and 1/4″ long. She’s 5 weeks in this picture. And I just have this feeling that she’s going to be musically inclined. Ask me why sometime…but I warn you..I’m a pretty proud mama and could talk about her for hours and hours…lol.