Wednesday, July 16, 2008


No, I haven't fallen of the face of it yet, although some days I feel like a bit like a space cadet on another planet.

Here is a brief synopsis of what has been occupying our time these last two months:

On a whim, Sam and I looked at a house near my mom's house. It turned out to be just what we needed - three acres that backs up to state land, 5 bedrooms and lots of closets. Two weeks later we were proud owners of a half finished house that did not yet have a certificate of occupancy.

We are still completing the half finished house, but now have our certificate of occupancy. There is still lots more to be done, but we are getting there. I just can't seem to avoid construction/major projects during my pregnancies.

Two weeks later after putting in the offer on the new house, our three bedroom house was ready to go onto the market and I was wiped out.

Two days after going on the market, we had an offer.

After the final contingency was removed, we moved out of our old house - the movers had to come back a second time and Sam took a 27' Uhaul trip... What can I say, I am a good packer.

We are still moving into our new house and I think it will be a while until things are actually put away, but no stacking in this house because there is plenty of space.

We officially sold our Ann Arbor house - it closed Tuesday and boy are we relieved given the Michigan real estate market!

Finally, and most importantly, July 10th (yes, 4 days past my due date) we welcomed AJ (Arthur James - Arthur after my grandfather and James after Sam's great grandfather) to this Earth and we are over the moon with happiness!


Photos Taken by Spencer on Day 2(not bad hunh?):



He was a surprising 8lbs 10oz (Owen was the biggest at 6lb 14 oz, followed by Laney at 6lbs 9oz and then came Spencer who, at a week past my due date, was 6 lbs 5oz).


Not unlike the other boys, getting to the hospital was a bit of an event. We were driving through town at 5:00 in the morning and right where the speed dropped from 35 to 25 was a police officer lurking. By the time I saw him, the sky was lit up with red and blue and we found ourselves in what seemed like a scene from a movie. We pulled over and Sam looked at me and said, "if you could have contraction right now it might help a bit". Boy was I feeling the love at that moment, but I obliged. The officer was taking forever to come to the window though, so Sam finally stuck his license out of the window and carefully got out of the car to hurry things along. He actually got to say, "my wife is in labor and we are on our way to the hospital". The officer came to the window and asked if I was really pregnant (jerk). He was satisfied by what he saw and let us go. Thankfully that was the end of the drama until this guy was put on the scale.


AJ is 1 week old today and is doing well. He is a typical newborn who doesn't miss a meal and dozes the rest of the time. He's a guy that knows what he wants.


Kathy said...


He is such a cutie! I love the picture where he is yawning!

I cannot believe you actually go pulled over on the way to the hospital! LOL! And that the cop actually asked if you were really pregnant! Ummmmm YEAH! HELLO! Although, I do wonder how many times he has probably heard that one before! LOL!

Your new house sounds like a dream home! I cannot wait for you to post some pictures of it! I am sure you are happy to be close to your parents!

Again, congratulations on all the wonderful things happening in your life right now!

Kathryn said...

Wow! You've been busy! My goodness!
What an absolute angel you have there. Congratulations!
And congrats on your new house as well!
Such exciting stuff! :)

Leeann said...

Aw, CONGRATULATIONS! to all of you!

I have so missed you. I wasn't sure you were going to come back. I am so glad you have!

Congrats on your move too! I know you had been thinking about the fact that you all were about to outgrow your space. Not any more, huh?

I know you are supremely busy right now but when you get a chance, share more pics of the kids and some of the new house.

Again, so glad to "hear" from you again!


Dolly said...

Awwwww AJ is sooooo precious!
Such a lil angel!

You are very brave to take on a move at the end of your pregnancy!
Glad things went well...and you sold so quick!
Lucky you!
Can't wait to see pictures!
I know your mom is happy you all live closer!


Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Congratulations...on the new home and the new baby!!! He's adorable!

Michelle said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! Congratulations!

Michelle Westerdale

Mrs. Blandings said...

Thanks for filling us in - he's absolutely adorable. Good luck with the new addition and the new digs.

Anonymous said...

Sure, most women "nest" at the end of their pregnancy, but wow, when you decide to "nest" you go whole hog, don't you? :^)

Congrats on such a sweet little boy! (big by your standards)

P.S. Toby misses seeing Owen at the park, and he now has to correct his "That's Owen's house" when we drive by your former abode...

Jen@The Cottage Nest said...

Congrats on your gorgeous little man! I thoroughly enjoyed your story and I'm sure A.J. will enjoy hearing it every year on his birthday.

Chicago Sarah said...

Welcome little one! And congrats on the new house- talk about things falling in to place- best wishes for happy years there! (selfishly, I'm glad you're back posting)

Girls Next Door said...


We're all so happy for you...but we really miss you! We'd love to see you and meet AJ, so if you're ever in town for Washtenaw Dairy donut, we hope you'll stop by anytime!

Thimbleanna said...

Holy Cow! That certainly explains your blogging absence! Huge CONGRATULATIONS to your little family! How very exciting!!! And that pull-over story is hysterical -- I guess that stuff really DOES happen LOL!

restyled home said...

Congratulations Heather and family!! He is scrumptious...positively beautiful!
You have had a wild ride, all right, and I am so happy to hear that you are finally getting settled in your new home. Who knew??

I can't wait to see more pics of your sweet baby, and of your new home, but for now, just rest!!!!
Revel in the sweetness of your newborn, and take advantage of any help thrown your way.

Take care,

Julie said...

There just has to be a better word than "busy" to describe what you have been up to! Congrats!! What a beautiful baby boy!

Cottage At Dove Canyon said...

Welcome back to blog world. Congratulations on your new home and most of all on your beautiful baby.

amanda said...

Oh, Yay! Congratulations!!! He's beautiful! So glad things are going well!

My first was the exact same size as AJ. My 2nd was 7lbs 7oz and was almost 4 weeks early - she would have been 10lbs if she had waited! I love big babies! And yours is just perfect!

Glad to hear from you & have you back!

MKHKKH said...

AJ is so cute!

Sue said...

Hi Heather,
Just stopped by your Mom's and saw that the little one had arrived. Congratulations to your beautiful family for the new baby.

Aimee said...

Congratulations! I was wondering how you were doing! And, yeah, I guess you've been busy. Hope all is well with the newborn!

katiedid said...

Yeah! You're back! And with such beautiful news. you have been busy! Hope all is going well for you and your family. I will look forward to visitng to see how things come along with the new digs and new babe. Wishing you all good things!

Marianna said...

Wow! You've been busy! Congratulations on baby AJ and the new house. Can't wait to see and hear more about both!

Take care.