Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Spring so far in pictures...

Planting officially began last night with sweet corn...yum! But in the meantime Spring is...

Budding leaves on Eli's tulip tree

Sweet little babies growing by the day!

Eli helping me hook up the vertical till

Fun trips to the zoo...and the only animal that mattered to him was the cow. You can take the boy from the farm, but you can't take the farm out of the boy!

Everybody lending a hand a yard work!

Helping daddy check the fields...very important stuff people, Eli takes his job seriously as you can see!

Relaxing on the porch swing in the sun...only for a moment

Starting the project of landscaping...yuck! Thank goodness for my parents who came and helped me!

A big ol' 20 week belly! Finding out just WHO this little munchkin is tomorrow...<3

Monday, April 22, 2013

Monday fun day!

Today was no different than any other, except that Seth got home at a decent time since most of the planting prep work is done! So, we spent the evening outside enjoying some sunshine and playing with Eli and Bristol....which of course turned into Seth checking grain bins which never stops scaring me even though the bins at our house are half the height of most of them!

This is what Seth calls his "workout." Must be how he got those big guns! :)

Even little Eli contributes to yard work!

The four little barn kittens that I've grown quite attached to (not unusual for me) but I'm especially invested since I spent my whole weekend reviving the little stinkers!

Seth having fun making me nervous!

Eli's trying to figure out how his dad got up there!

Happy Monday everyone!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Spring has Sprung...sort of

Spring is upon us, which means its planting time! It's no secret that planting is not one of my favorite seasons. Although its normally very quick, tensions run high and it gets a little stressful at times.  Last year, the planting was done very early and in record time at that. However, with all the buckets and buckets of rain we have been getting lately, the tractors are still parked in the shed.

But nobody is complaining. (Okay, except they are, but all farmers have to complain about something!)

We needed this rain so badly! We are finally in the "out of drought" category which hopefully means a much better summer and harvest than the last!  Before we know it, the drill and planter will be busy planting acres and acres of beans, corn, and best of all SWEET corn! Yum!

Speaking of spring, it has also been apparent in the animals on the farm! Our momma cat had kittens last Monday! She had six, but one didn't make it through the first day, and another didn't make it through the storm. I got home from work yesterday, and thought I found another one gone. It was cold as can be and stiff as a board. I took it inside to check with my stethoscope and then the little gal squeaked at me! With all the rain and 40 degree weather, she just got too cold! So with some kitten formula and couple hours spent in my pocket she was back in action and reunited with her brothers and sisters and I can happily report that all four kittens are doing great! The night the storm came, we had a tornado watch and I didn't want to move the kittens to the barn because just a few nights earlier, Seth shot a huge possum who had been taking up residence there.  So, I braved the wind and rain to build a little fort for the kitties by using my awesome Purdue engineering skills :) Since then, its been improvised a bit and moved a few feet so that its conveniently placed under the dryer vent so they get some nice blasts of warm air, since laundry is a 24 hour thing at our house!

As far as baby updates, all is going well so far! Baby is growing and moving around a lot more lately.  In just a little over a week, we will find out if baby is a "she" or "he." With Eli, I just KNEW it was a boy, but this baby has thrown me for a loop! In fact, I often forget I'm even pregnant at this point, but with a husband and 15 month old keeping me busy, its understandable! Lots of people have been guessing a girl this time, but I don't really care! Healthy is all that matters and I'm just hoping my dimples, and Seth's funny expressions get passed on to this baby just like they did with Eli! So stay tuned to find out what baby #2 will indeed be!

Happy Spring to you all!

Coming Soon:  Once the weather warms up, I will be working on my landscaping and....a vegetable garden! Usually I share a garden with my mother-in-law, but since I'll be quite large and have my hands full with my wild child, I wanted something small and close by!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Growing a heartbeat

As most of you know....

We are so beyond excited for yet another little blessing in our life! Of course, as with anything, there is a story.  The story starts back on January 24th, 2012, the day that Eli was born.  Our priest came to bless Eli and made a comment for us to "get back on the baby train" and then went on to tell us how his mom had 3 of her many children only 10 months apart!!! I of course was in no way shape or form to even imagine ever being pregnant again...ever.  Seth of course, being the good little cradle Catholic boy he is said, "yes sir, we'll get right on that." Later that night as we were laying in the (most comfortable, ha!) hopsital bed ever, I asked him if he was serious.  He then revealed to me that although he wouldn't want them THAT close together, he wouldn't mind trying again soon and that he BET me I would be pregnant again by that day the following year.  As some of you know, bets are a huge thing with Seth and I. We make bets on a daily basis, some big, some little. We bet on who would get drunk at our wedding, what our first fight would be about, how many B-dubs wings he can eat, the gender of the first baby, when the baby would be born, etc. 
Now fast forward a year to January 24th 2013. I am an emotional wreck, of course because it's Eli's birthday and I was home sick with the flu (it really was the flu, not just morning sickness!).  We had his little cake that the hospital gave us when he was born in the freezer, so we got it back out.  When I saw that the same people who made his hospital cake also made the cake for Eli's birthday party the next day, I lost it. I mean, crying uncontrollably and laughing at myself at the same time. Seth looked at me with the same look I've only seen once before in my life, but I ignored it.
Later that night, we were watching tv in bed and Seth reminded me of our bet we made a year ago to the day.  I was a little reluctant to take the test but...a bet is a bet and I HAD to win, which meant I had to do the test.
Well obviously you all know how that went! How cool is it that we found out on Eli's birthday though? Amazing! It was such an amazing moment I hope I don't forget.
So, baby number 2 will be joining the ranks of the White family sometime in September! I'm actually excited to have a "harvest baby" because it will give Eli lots of special time with his grandpas, dad, and uncle in the tractors while I'm at home adjusting all over again to a newborn. 
I'm about 16 weeks pregnant, so some people have known for a while and its been interesting what people say the second time around. I am surprised how many people automatically assume I would only want a girl, I mean, I'm pregnant...what more could I possibly ask for?! Also, I love how Seth will randomly look at me like I'm about to blow up with swollen scariness again. One morning he looked at me and said under is breath, "so far so good!"  However, I am loving this pregnancy so much for many reasons. I know what to expect this time, even though some things have been different (morning sickness has been worse, but that means baby is healthy!).  I know what to do differently, such as not eat entire gallons of ice cream and honestly think I wouldn't gain 50 pounds.  I like that people are more excited about Eli being a big brother than watching me grow bigger and bigger. I am a firm believe that all that magical power your first pregnancy had on people to do everything for you and dote on you vanishes for the second.  This has proven true, and its fine with me! Instead everyone is doting on sweet little Eli and worrying about him getting enough attention before this new little baby expires his only child status.  I believe Eli deserves every ounce of spoiling he gets, I mean, the kid eats anything I put in front of him, has slept at night in his crib since he was 5 months old, weaned himself off a pacifier before he was 12 months old, and flew to Hawaii and back without crying once! Seth has been very sweet and attentive of course, but I have loved feeling more independent this time around!
People have been amazing and supportive as we have slowly announced this news.  I also feel the need to address that we are very aware that this is something a lot of couples our age struggle with.  I have so many amazing people in my life who have struggled having children and it breaks my heart for them. As much as we are so happy for ourselves, I hope others out there know how much we hurt for them and pray for them continually.  It is definitely a delicate subject that I was quite unaware of until we became pregnant with Eli.  However, on a positive note, I have amazing friends, because so many of those same people struggling have been the first to be excited and congratulatory to us. 
So, on that note, thanks again for all the love and support! Looks like this summer the corn and beans won't be the only thing growing :)
Grow baby grow!