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Springtime porch break, caught my little ninja peaking at me.

Yesterday, as I was mentally preparing myself to take Holden to the lab for a blood draw, I was reminiscing about my most embarrassing moment during pregnancy...

Every pregnant woman has to do the GCT (glucose) test, to make sure gestational diabetes is not happening. Part of the test is fasting and then drinking this horribly sugary, flat Orange Crush kind of drink before they take your blood to see how your body is handling sugar overload. Well, fasting was not really an option for me when baby Holden was tucked inside. Anytime my stomach would even think about grumbling in hunger, I would dry heave my face off. I did my best not to consume anything the day of the test, and sucked down 2 bottles of the orange gunk. Just as they got me to the lab room to do the blood draw, I projectile vomited all over the place, couldn't even make it to the garbage can. Needless to say, the test was cancelled after that, and I spent a very red-faced few minutes helping the overly-sympathetic lab tech mop up my orange disaster.

Contrary to my debacle, Holden did fantastic at the lab yesterday. I was absolutely amazed that he didn't cry as the tech stuck him and took his blood. I think he was more fascinated with watching his blood fill up the test tubes. We should know in a few days if he can go on whole milk, soy, etc., now that he's a year old.

Jebus, time is flying by and I am absolutely adoring every moment I have with him. He has given my life such a supreme purpose that I never thought was possible in this existence. #Love #myson #motherhoodhumor #toughguy  

I am so excited about the trip to FL next month, I can hardly contain it! I am a little worried about taking my ten month old on the flight, but I know it will be what it will be. Looking forward to seeing my nephew Jacob, whom I haven't seen since he was a year old, and really psyched about meeting my niece, Zoey, and nephew, Finn. I can't wait to see Holden play with them. I've been telling him that we are going to "fly high to the sky" and see Grandma & Grandpa, go swimming in the pool and the ocean. I know he doesn't get it, but I want him to know that this life will be full of adventures. I am extremely grateful to my parents for having us down. Best part is, we leave on my birthday. Florida, here we come!!!

I find it very ironic when someone insinuates that they are above needing material possessions, then  proceeds to try to acquire a crap-ton of (hardly) useful and totally overpriced things. So which is it? Do we live for life and not for stuff, or does said stuff give our life meaning?
  #materialism #fake #duhhh  

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Some pics of my pride and joy, my reason for existing, my one and only true love always... <3
  #babies #adore #mommy #loveofmylife  
Holden Wryan Warner
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I was thinking along the lines of "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" today (one of my favorite movies EVER.) As in, what if I could have a relationship (or two!) from the past erased from my memory completely? Would I want to? There are so many beautiful moments I can remember, wrapped up in nostalgia and just a bit of despair. Not sure I would ever want to wholly forget anyone I have known that closely, however, sometimes it is tough to keep my mind from straying and playing with the "What ifs." Everything is as it should be, I tell myself. Everything in this life has happened for a reason, and it has brought me to a place of absolute joy. I really could not ask for more.

Holden Wryan Warner was born on 12/20/12 at 12:41 p.m. Mommy's water broke at home on the morning of the 19th. Neither Mark nor I could believe it was happening so, after 2 hours of contemplation and calls to doctors, we headed to Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights. A simple test confirmed that it was the real deal and we spent the next 24 hours in Labor & Delivery. At birth he weighed 7 pounds 10 ounces, but they had pumped me so full of fluid that he was likely only a 7 pounder.

He is the most precious, beautiful boy in the world! Every nurse that encounters him remarks at his adorableness, so I am not just saying that as a biased parent. ;) We are hoping to bring him home in the next few days. It's been a long haul to get there, but he is more than worth the wait and the struggles. I feel like a completely different person and I am looking forward to experiencing every moment this new life has to offer.

Only 4-5 more weeks and we'll be meeting our little mister. So can't wait!!! As long as he can hold out until we get settled, I'll be happy to have him come any time after that. All things considered, I am incredibly grateful to receive this amazing gift. The thoughts I used to have of possibly missing out on this experience are nothing but a distant memory. I am eagerly anticipating looking into his sweet face and being able to say "I have a son" for the first time. I let those thoughts be a comfort to me when I start to freak out about L&D. In our latest ultrasound pictures from 11/16, I can already see Mark in him; that makes my soul smile. We've been waiting such a long time for you, Baby, and we're ready to give you all the love in the world!

Getting a head start with a quick lesson in baby sign language. :) I think this is a distraction, meant to keep my mind off the fact that I have a lot of learning to do, period. Lord knows I am pretty much clueless when it comes to taking care of a newborn. This is certainly a work in progress. One day at a time, one lesson at a time. Thankfully, I have lots of great moms around me to look up to who will help me get through it!

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