Brody is about as full of personality as someone can be that’s under three feet tall. He is hysterical and always has us cracking up over his little one-liners and explanations. His new thing is calling us “Mom” and “Dad” instead of “Mommy” and “Daddy” if we wants to be serious or if he’s mad at us. Where do they even learn this stuff?? Here are some of the hilarious things our dear second-born has hit us with in the past couple weeks:

::points to feather:: “Look, Mommy! It’s a chicken leaf!”

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::playing on floor, while he is supposed to be in bed::
Me: “Brody, get in bed right now. It’s bedtime.”
Brody: “No, I playing.”
Me: “Brody, right now! Bed time!”
Brody: “No.”
Me: “Brody Howell, right this second, it is time for bed!! Bed time, bed time, bed time!”
Brody: “Mom. Stop it. Stop it, Mom.”

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::while at breakfast, Brody sees a bottle of Texas Pete hot sauce::
“Mom, that’s hot fire. It’ll burn you up, then you have to go to hospital. It goes ‘shoo,whew,woo’ ::crazy hand motions to indicate fire:: Let’s leave that right there, mom.”

Brody moving his hands around like fire

::see a man running on the sidewalk as we drive to preschool::
Me: “Brody, look, that’s Mr. Jerry from church.”
Brody: “MOM!! Let’s get him!!”

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::About to leave my mom’s house, all packed up in the car::
Brody: “Mommy, I have a itchy toe. I need to see it in the mirror (aka my phone)”

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::Brody, rubbing my pregnant belly, accidentally starts touching a different sort of bump entirely::
Me: “Brody. You can rub Mommy’s belly, but we don’t touch ladies’ chests. The baby is in my belly, you can touch here to touch the baby”
Brody: “No, I want to feel these babies.”
Me: …


That last one almost killed me, I couldn’t even not laugh- the horror his 16 year-old self would feel! With all of his humor, he also comes packing a great deal of passion and opinions. And jealous, my word! Poor Knox can’t do or play with anything without inciting the rage, tears and envy of his little brother. He is not an “easy” kid by any means, but he is hilarious and  keeps life interesting, that’s for sure!


A wedding & a flood

Saturday evening, Trevor and I were headed to a wedding, so we dropped Knox and Brody off at my mom’s house that afternoon to spend the night. Then, we went home, got ready and headed out for our date night wedding experience. I didn’t want to spend money on a new formal maternity dress that I’d wear, oh, once, so I tried out Rent the Runway for the first time. Y’all. Best invention ever. I spent $40 renting this gorgeous Badgley Mischka dress that was super bump-friendly. It was so easy, and I’ll definitely be using it  again! I got tons of compliments on it, and I felt like a million bucks. We had a wonderful time celebrating the marriage of Alex and Ali, did some dancing and some (okay, a lot) of eating. It was a great night.

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When we left, the rain had started. The weather people had been calling for extreme rain, but I don’t think any of us expected what happened next. I woke up on Sunday morning to a call from work, asking me to update our website and social media with some changes to our church services. Within 15 minutes, the plans changed again and we fully closed the church. I can’t remember the last time church was totally canceled- even when it snows, we still hold services, but the police urged all churches in our area to cancel worship because of how dangerous roads were. To say that “it rained” would be a huge understatement. It was raining and flooding everywhere. Dams were breaking, roads were totally covered, vehicles and homes submerged. We watched the news in complete and utter disbelief- houses were literally in water up to their rooftops in some parts of our city. 

This is a before-and-after of one corner in Columbia:


Here are some more pictures of places in and around Columbia:

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Our house fared very well- we live in an area with very sandy soil, so the water just kind of absorbed around us. We do have lots of ponds around, many of which threatened to overflow. Closer to church, ponds did overflow and dams burst, causing huge amounts of damage. Lake Murray had to be lowered several times, causing river levels to surge even more than they already were. Huge bridges (on main roads downtown) were overtaken by water. Cars were literally being swallowed up by the water- police and first responders urged everyone to stay home and off of the roads. My boys were still at Gigi’s house, and that’s where they stayed all day Sunday. The interstate was closed in many locations, making picking them up a logistical mess in addition to being very unsafe.

Today, the situation is still pretty unbelievable. The rain has slowed, but now it’s a matter of waiting for water levels to recede, then cleaning up a massive amount of damage. So many people lost absolutely everything. Thousands are still without power and water. Much of the Columbia area is under a boil-water advisory, if they’re lucky enough to have water at all.  We’ve never experienced anything like this- they’re calling it a 1,000 year flood, meaning we don’t have records of this much rain in that amount of time. We got around 20 inches of rain in three days- to put it into perspective, if this were snow, it would be about 17 feet high. It’s that huge. I did get to go pick the boys up today- Trevor is at work and we talked together to figure out the safest route since he knew a lot more than I did about road closures and safety measures. I had no problems, though our usual 30 minute drive there took an hour because I had to take such odd routes to avoid dangerous spots and closed roads. The boys were very excited to come home. This is them when we’re about to pull out of my mom’s driveway. Brody told me he had “a itchy toe” and needed to see a picture of it immediately. I missed these silly kids, and I’m so glad they’re home.


Schools are cancelled again tomorrow because so many roads are not safe to travel. I head back to work in the morning, and Trevor will be heading back home. I’m glad that all of my boys will be under one roof again. I can’t help but feel so horrible for those that have lost so much, including family members, in this unprecedented weather. Please be praying for the people of South Carolina as these conditions continue and we look ahead to the work of rebuilding so much. We’re so blessed to be safe and sound, and I am so, so thankful.


19 Weeks & Anatomy Scan

I’m 19 weeks pregnant with Ford, and we had our anatomy scan yesterday. Everything looks wonderful with our sweet boy, which is always such a relief! Most of my appointments, I make purposely for mornings so that the boys are in school and Trevor can come along. This one, I couldn’t arrange that way, so it was an afternoon visit. Brody ended up coming with us for the ultrasound so that Trevor could be there. I’m pretty sure he had zero clue what he was looking at, but Trevor held him up near the TV screen and gave him a play-by-play of what was going on. I love the anatomy scan appointment, just because you get to watch the ultrasound for so much longer than you usually do- Ford had himself curled up in a little ball, so I had to roll around a bit towards the end in order to get the necessary measurements of his neck and back- he was too comfortable to adjust just for our benefit, I guess. Ford’s measurements all look normal, and they didn’t see anything of concern (thank you, Jesus), so our next appointment is in a month for our 24 week visit. I think today is the first time I didn’t get stabbed by the lab tech for blood  at an office visit, so that was nice! I am officially up six pounds from pre-pregnancy weight, and my doctor was great with that. She said she’d rather me gain slowly now and more at the end, plus she knows I’m eating a balanced diet and supplementing with all of the appropriate vitamins, so she said she knows the baby is getting everything he needs.

We didn’t get the best pictures, but here are a few from yesterday:

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Look at that cute nose :) I’m just so thankful and grateful for this healthy little guy!

This weekend, Trevor was able to feel Ford move for the first time, which was really cool. I didn’t think he’d be able to, but I was resting on the couch with my hand on my lower abdomen and felt him from the outside for the first time, so I called Trevor over. It was just once (because they always clam up when someone tries to feel!), but Trevor felt it. I’ve been feeling baby movement  for a couple weeks, now, but just in this past week I was able to count on feeling him every day, and usually, all throughout the day. He moves the most when I am sitting down, which is different from how Knox and Brody were- I could always feel them best when I was reclining on my back. Baby movement is one of those milestones that takes you from knowing you’re pregnant into actually feeling pregnant. It’s the coolest thing.

Here’s me at 19 weeks with baby #3:

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Crazy week and Baby Prep

This week has been VERY full! Monday through Wednesday I was out of town for a staff retreat. We were at a conference center about an hour away from home, and we had a very productive time of meetings, did lots of Bible study and brainstorming together. It was a very intentional and needed time as a church staff, and we had a great time… but I was definitely so happy to be heading home afterwards! I left my Snoogle pregnancy pillow at home, and well, I apparently don’t sleep all that well without it at this point. Plus, I missed my people!  Trevor did a shift swap at work so that he could be off all three days I was gone, and that worked out great. He was able to do drop-off and pick-up at the boys’ schools and the rest of the parental duties very successfully (I had no doubt that he’d do a great job). When I came home, all three of my boys made me feel like returning royalty- they were so happy to see me! I love to feel loved!

We had two huge consignment events in town this week, so I took full advantage and attended both in search of baby gear. We have Brody’s crib in the attic, but that’s about it in terms of “stuff” for Ford. Sadly, neither sale proved fruitful in the gear category, but I did get some cute little sleepers and outfits for the baby. I did a good job on clothes for Knox, and I got a few shirts and a coat for Brody, even though he already has a dresser full of fall and winter clothes from his big brother.

I have to say, the one kind of fun laundry is baby clothes laundry when you’re pregnant!  I saved one box of my favorite baby clothes from my big boys and went through those this weekend, as well. Talk about some sweet memories! I am so glad I saved those little things.

These were Knox and Brody’s coming home outfits (Knox’s is blue, Brody’s is tan). I showed Brody his and he said “Nope. That’s not gonna fit.” LOL:

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My consignment finds, neatly folded… for the moment.

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Of course, after I spent HOURS washing, drying, folding and organizing all of Ford’s clothes by size, Knox comes in from outside (you know, sweaty and covered in dirt), throws EVERYTHING in a pile on the floor and buries himself in them. I may have cried. And by “may” I mean that I absolutely did. Trevor was like “Um, are you upset about something else??” I tried to explain to him that when you’re hormonal, that is plenty to cry over and asked him to please not say anything else to me while I refolded everything. Now this basket lives in our room, where Knox cannot reach and wreak havoc on it. We need to get Ford’s dresser refinished and set up!

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I’ve made a list of must-haves for Ford, and we’re slowly but surely checking items off of that list. We are going to use the Kiinde feeding system when I go back to work, since I’ll be pumping several times a day, and it seems awesome. The breastmilk bags hook to any pump, and once filled are inserted right into the bottle. The starter kit sells for $99, but I found it on Baby Steals for $69! It came in this week, along with our carseat canopy and arm cushion (had online coupons/gift certificates for both) for the baby carrier. I never had any of this stuff with the other babies, so I am excited.

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It amazes me how much has changed in the baby stuff area in such a short amount of time! When Brody was little we didn’t have a Rock ‘n Play or a Mamaroo, but we will this time- some friends are selling us their Mamaroo when they finish with it, which is really my favorite type of shopping! So,  what are your favorite “new” baby products that I should add to my must-have list??

17 Weeks

I’m 17 weeks pregnant this week, and I am getting more and more excited about this third baby boy. Here’s my every-so-often pregnancy survey for your viewing pleasure:

How far along? 17 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: Still just one pound. I don’t know how. I eat a lot, but again, not snacking and eating pretty clean and no gluten. We’ll see how things look when I go back to the doctor in two weeks!

Maternity clothes? Yes. Only maternity pants at this point, and my regular shirts are getting a bit short. Still wearing a few tunic-style shirts with no problem.

Sleep: Much better than a few weeks ago. I am able to sleep pretty solid, but I do wake up once to go to the bathroom. My main complaint with sleep is that a certain three year-old is still wandering into our room at night and sneaking into our bed. We started making him a pallet on the floor for when he does that, but lately, he’s gotten very stealthy and sneaks into our bed without waking us up… until 3 a.m. when the kicks and swats begin.

Best moment(s) this week: 1) Starting to feel baby movement- it’s still super light but so awesome. 2) I got a call yesterday from my OB’s office saying that our second genetic screen came back normal on Ford, which is always nice to hear (the first was also normal). 3) Also (not baby-related, but still good), my brother came in town this weekend from Florida and came to visit. We had dinner with he and my sister on Sunday at our house, which was so nice- Knox and Brody were THRILLED to have their aunt and uncle over to play!

Movement: Yes! Little flutters still, looking forward to those bigger movements and kicks.

Food cravings: Potatoes- I want Greek potatoes a lot, and I have been craving Chick-fil-a hash browns (and partaking a little too frequently… like I say, I am pretty sure the weight gain is coming soon!). Also tea- I only drink water, normally, but I’ve been having myself a half sweet/half unsweet tea in the morning from Chick-fil-a, and it’s pretty glorious. I don’t feel too badly since I have totally cut coffee… I figure a little vice is good for me. :)

Gender: Baby boy! So excited for this third guy to join the family- we love having boys.

Labor Signs: No thank you. I did have my first 17P injection this past week (for preterm labor prevention). I definitely didn’t miss them with that massive needle. The shot itself was fine, but afterwards I started to feel a little woozy. Normally, they tell you to get up and walk around so the medicine can disperse, but I had to sit down and do a ton of paperwork for the shots. I felt a little green and had to lay down (on the floor… of my office… where the nurse is coming to give me the injections) for five minutes. I was fine after that, but yay for me always having a weird vaso vagal reaction to things!

Belly Button in or out? Out. That didn’t take long.

What I miss: Sandwiches and sleeping on my stomach.

What I am looking forward to: Anatomy scan in two weeks and collecting baby things

Weekly Wisdom: Take your time- babies take a long time to come, which gives you a long time to prepare. Don’t try to do everything at once!

Milestones: Movement beginning!

And some belly pictures from this week featuring Knox hugging and kissing Ford. Love him so much.

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