Baby K Maternity

Baby K Maternity

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Baby Face

There are only two worthwhile things to leave behind when you depart this world of ours: children and art.
~Sunday in the Park with George

Dear Connor,
Over the past few months I have fallen more and more in love with you as I have felt you wiggle and stretch. I can't put into words the excitement and anticipation I feel just thinking about meeting you. My love for you deepened even more this week when I got to see your handsome, perfectly formed, little face. Watching your face appear on the screen took my breath away. I can now picture who I have been feeling and praying for. Connor, you have surpassed my expectations. If I could I would go back every week just to be able to look at you. I can't believe your daddy and I will be bringing you home in just a few months. We have been busy preparing for you, and your room is almost done. I can already see how you look in your crib, and I dream about rocking you to sleep. Daddy and I think about you constantly, and even last night we couldn't get over how quickly this has gone by. Daddy couldn't wait to show your pictures to everyone, he is so proud of you already. We love you little one, and we will see you soon.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

What's to Come

I must confess, I have found it hard to be consistently excited about baby Connor’s pending arrival. Don’t get me wrong, I am extremely excited and overjoyed at the thought of holding him and beginning a new phase in my life. It’s just that, life is happening. I am 4 weeks from completing my MBA which I have been pouring myself into for the past 18 months. Needless to say, over the past couple of months, I have encountered some of the highest stress I have ever dealt with. However, over the past couple of weeks I have been able to get a glimpse of things to come.
For those of you who know Kristin and me well, you know we love to travel. It is something that we both love to do, have always done and intend to keep doing long after Connor has joined us. We were both fortunate enough to grow up in families that traveled. In June, we took our first vacation of the summer. We stayed a week at Disney World in a cabin at Fort Wilderness. Shocking isn’t it…the Petersen’s went to Disney. We had a great time. We didn’t overexert ourselves and spent a lot of time resting and relaxing. However, I was able to see Disney in a different way on this trip. I no longer view it as a place to cram in as many rollercoaster and thrill rides as possible. Rather, I now see it as a place with so much to offer families. I am very excited about taking Connor to Disney (he will only be 2 or 3 months on his first trip). It was on this trip that I was able to allow myself to begin getting very excited. However, it wasn’t until this past week that things got really exciting.
Last week, we spent the week in Cashiers, NC. Most people don’t know anything about Cashiers (I didn’t until I started dating Kristin), but it is a great little mountain town in South West North Carolina. One trip to Cashiers is all it takes to fall in love, especially if you grew up in the hustle and bustle of South Florida. I have now been vacationing in Cashiers every summer since Kristin and I married. Every year I find more and more to fall in love with. This time, it was the playground. Not for me, although I wish I was small enough to take a ride down that slide, but for Connor. For the first time, I was able to envision what it was going to be like in 2, 3, 10 years when we take Connor to Cashiers and go hiking, river rafting, and playing in that playground. I would be lying if I didn’t get a little choked up. I realized that while it is good that I take my school and work seriously, they too will pass. The time spent with and memories formed with my family are the things that I should be focused on. In three months I will officially begin the greatest adventure I can think of. It may have taken 6 months and 2 vacations, but I can finally feel myself getting excited about where that adventure is going to take me.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


Have you ever been to a place quiet enough for the melodious chirping of the birds to wake you up in the morning? We are halfway through our glorious vacation up in the mountains of Western North Carolina and I am enjoying every minute of it. We have spent time down at the lake that is the perfect crisp temperature to feel exhilarating, and watched the cute hummingbirds flit and fight over their spot at the feeder on the porch. We've had game nights with dad that have resulted in tears brought on by the uncontrollable laughter that won't stop and today I'm going to make baskets with my grandmother and I couldn't think of anything more peaceful. Don't worry, we've already managed to take our yearly "bear picture" in Cherokee, and did so in the pouring rain. We celebrated Tim's 27th Birthday yesterday and it was special to have the whole family (that includes the Davidsons) at Aunt Carol and Uncle Jack's house to celebrate. She was so thoughtful and had a birthday cake decorated with Red Sox emblems. We still have a lot on our itinerary to do, and I can't wait! Side Note: Change of hormones means that I can no longer read books in the car....I get sick. That has never happened to me before, I couldn't believe it! Motion Sickness=Not fun!

Thursday, July 1, 2010


Necessity is the author of change

Let me tell you a story about a sweet little VW Beetle named Daisy. She came into my life when I was a Junior in High School and I have loved her for a long time. Daisy kept me safe on long trips to Virginia, and always satisfied my desire for adventure. But alas, sweet Daisy will not be able to support me in my new role as mommy. Sadly, Daisy only has 2 doors and a very small trunk which is not conducive to the mommy lifestyle. Therefore Tim and I have been on the search for my next new adventure, otherwise known as my first "grown-up" car. I was so excited to find this wonderful addition which is a 2009 Nissan Rogue, and I can already picture little Connor sitting in the back in his car seat. I feel very safe in it, I love to drive it, and now all I have to do is give it a suitable name.

Also, here is a little glimpse of my "growth" at 23 1/2 weeks. You can surely see a bump! Tim and I spent the evening at BabiesRUs to start my registry and it was only a little overwhelming. How in the world is one supposed to know exactly which pacifier your child is going to like, or which swing will move the way your baby will best respond to. Let's be honest there are a lot of cool new things out there for mommies and babies alike but I feel sometimes we over complicate things. Why are there so many different types of changing pads and crib liners? It really makes one go a little insane and feel completely inadequate. I'm going to head to Target next, and for some reason I just feel like it will be so much simpler there. I just love Target!