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The Giffin family had a lot to celebrate this weekend!

Our newest nephew Jack was born early Saturday morning – 8 weeks early. We talked to Lindsay and Geoff on Saturday night, and they are over the moon in love. Lindsay is doing well, and Jack is spending time in the NICU while he gets a bit stronger. We are so excited to welcome him to the family!

And Wrigley, our other nephew on Jim’s side of the family, turned ONE today! We couldn’t make the trip to Northern Virginia to celebrate with them, but Jon sent a video of Wrigley eating his cupcake, which was so fun to watch. I didn’t watch it until after Molly went to bed, but I can’t wait to show it to her tomorrow. I know she’ll think it’s hilarious!

Happy birthday, Jack and Wrigley! And happy *birth* days to Lindsay and Alisha. What a special day to commemorate.


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We celebrated Molly’s birthday in typical Heidi fashion, with a week of festivities. On her birthday, Jim and Molly made chocolate chip pancakes to start the day.

Molly had camp at her preschool, so Jim and I took cookies at the end of the day. Molly was so proud to pass out the cookies and have her buddies sign “Happy Birthday” to her.

After school, we went to Loco Lime where Molly had chips and queso, then we came home so she could open her gifts from us. I put the wrapped gifts on the ottoman before we went to pick her up, and when she walked in and saw them, she was thrilled that someone had left presents for her. I’m pretty sure she said that the Easter Bunny had been here, but I can’t remember now! She wasn’t thrilled that we wanted to take a picture of her before she could open her gifts.

Later that afternoon, we had some playdate friends over to play in the baby pools and have snack and cupcakes with us. It was just the right number of kids, I think, and Molly really seemed to enjoy herself.

Then we continued the celebrating with a pool party for Molly and Addison on Saturday – pictures to come soon on the SBN blog!

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My due date with Molly had arrived.

But she had not.
I went to my 40 week appointment and was devastated when the doctors told me there was little progress (between 1 and 2 cm!) and that they’d let me go 10-12 days before an induction. While I didn’t want to go 10-12 more days, I didn’t want to be induced more. I cried, called my mom and my sister, and we did what any normal woman would do – we went shopping! Jim and I walked miles and miles that week, ate lots of Dairy Queen and watched more movies than I probably ever have in my entire life. {I’m pretty sure I told you guys this story already, but I enjoy retelling it. Obviously.}

I had four more doctor appointments before they finally said I had to have this baby and scheduled me for an induction. I needed to choose between August 6 or 7; my favorite doctor was on-call August 6, so I chose that day. It was so weird to know that the next day I was going to wake up, take a shower, and waltz into the hospital to have my baby. The last six weeks of my pregnancy, I was anticipating a dramatic water breaking event, or intense contractions stopping me in my tracks.

There was a dramatic water breaking event – just with something that resembled a knitting needle. And there were intense contractions and lots of vomiting that I endured for 8 hours before asking for an epidural that didn’t really relieve the pain. I don’t even know what words to use to describe that day, as we waited for the labor to progress. It was scary and calm and funny and sweet all at the same time.

Hours and hours later, we sent Jim to get something to eat. I was stalled at nine cm and remained there for three hours. The nurse kept checking the contractions and Molly’s heart rate {they had turned down the heart rate monitor at this point}; Dr. B came in while Jim was gone and hesitated, seeing that Jim wasn’t there. He said he was just checking in, which was weird, because they don’t do that. When Jim came back, the nurse and Dr. B came back in right away and told us I needed to have a c-section.

I wanted to brush my teeth, which I remember being a funny request. It feels like it was only minutes before I was wheeled to the operating room. I remember Dr. B making a joke about watching “Grey’s Anatomy” and being prepared for the surgery. It was almost time for him to go home, and I had a new nurse at this point. I threw up while strapped to the operating table, which is kind of hard to do, by the way. I remember so much about the surgery and recovery afterwards; it felt like forever before I could actually *hold* Molly and I know it was forever before I could sit up on my own!

Jim was so excited to introduce Molly to our parents and Beverly, all of whom had waited ALL day for Molly’s arrival.

While Molly’s birth story is not exactly what I had planned, she was perfect and healthy and lovely and I know in the end it doesn’t matter how she arrived in this world. It’s so crazy to think that it’s been almost three years since she was born.

And obviously it’s true that moms DO “forget” the pain of childbirth; I mean, I’m getting ready to do it again, right?

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It’s been busy around here, getting back into a routine after several weeks of nothing-ness over the holidays. Molly started back to school, then got sick. We’re currently potty training {which deserves it’s own post…}. My school semester started back and Sweet Birdie’s Nest is rockin’. And I celebrated a birthday!

I enjoyed a two-week celebration, including a girls’ dinner at Cantina; a much needed mani/pedi with Jessica; lunch; dinner with Jim, Molly and my mom; drinks with Jim, Meredith & John;  a weekend in Asheville; and a family dinner to celebrate mine and Jackson’s birthday. {And the fun’s not over – I’m looking forward to another dinner out on Saturday to celebrate mine, Caroline’s and James’ bdays this weekend and a get-together with Lauren and Sarah on Friday!} I’m definitely feeling the love this month!!

Jim and I had a blast in Asheville. I was very hesitant to leave Molly for some reason, but very much enjoyed the weekend away with my husband! We left Charlotte at lunchtime on Friday, checked into the The Blake House Inn, grabbed a snack, then headed back to the inn for a massage. After the massage, we headed into downtown Asheville for a yummy dinner and then had hot chocolate at a very hip chocolate lounge. It was SO cold, but that’s exactly what a I wanted! We had a leisurely Saturday, wandering around downtown Asheville. We did a little shopping and a lot of eating. And we got to talk to each other without constant interruptions or picking up of random objects off the floor. I was ready to head home on Sunday, though, to see my Peach!

A HUGE thank you to my mom and dad for keeping Molly so we could get away for the weekend!

I’m hosting a Junior League meeting at my house tomorrow night {watch Sweet Birdie’s Nest for details and pictures from the event} and I’ve been working on some projects around the house that I hope to share soon. And hopefully I’ll have a good report to share about Molly’s potty training!


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Molly has become good buddies with a boy in our neighborhood, Graham. We see Graham and his mom Jessica regularly for playdates, at My Gym and Starbucks, and this summer, Graham was in Molly’s class at camp. It’s so cute to watch Molly recognize her friends and call our their names when she sees them.

Last week, Jessica and Graham came to our house to play one afternoon. Molly was waiting at the door for them and when Jessica’s car pulled up, she ran into the kitchen yelling Graham’s name. She was SO excited he was here! Jessica brought cupcakes so we could celebrate Molly’s birthday a few days early, and the kiddos had a lot of fun eating the cupcakes and making a mess.

Thanks again Jessica and Graham for that special treat!

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We had a wonderful weekend with family and friends celebrating Molly’s second birthday! We took Molly to Suarez for a birthday doughnut on Saturday morning and she picked out a fish cookie {which is a fish-shaped sugar cookie the size of her face, covered in colored sugar. A woman at the coffee shop made a remark about what a nice mommy I was to let my child have a cookie for breakfast and I about lost it. I smiled and said sweetly, “it’s her birthday so she got to pick out whatever she wanted.} Then we sat on a bench and people watched for a bit and headed back to the house to start (or more like, finish) the party preparations!

checking out her birthday message

Grandma and Grandpa (Jim’s parents) came to town from Roanoke on Friday to help set up, spend time with Molly and be at the party. My parents (Nana and Pro) were incredibly helpful running errands and getting the yard set up. So many of our friends came to celebrate with us and I feel so fortunate that we are surrounded by wonderful family and friends. Molly is one lucky girl to have so many people who love her!

It poured down rain on Friday (six inches in two hours) and there was a 60% chance of rain for Saturday, but Chris had a feeling the rain would hold off until 7 p.m. and she was pretty close! It thundered for a while at the party but didn’t start raining until about 6:45.  A lot of the guests had left by then, so it worked out well! We set up the kiddie pools in the backyard, borrowed tents from our neighbors and had a great time. When we put Molly to bed after her party, I asked her what she thought of her party. “Awesome,” she said with a grin.

We gave Molly her gift last week – a new tricycle! She is very excited about her new ‘bike’ and loves to ring the bell, and she uses the basket for her milk, sunglasses and baby dolls. All of life’s necessities, you know.

Be sure to check out the Sweet Birdie’s Nest blog this week to see pictures from the party!

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Two years ago, I was anxiously waiting on Molly’s arrival. She was late. Very late by my standards. I remember when I went to the OB on my due date and they told me that they’d let me go ten days past my due date before any intervention; I was horrified and relieved. I wanted a natural birth and an induction doesn’t qualify as a ‘natural’ birth – to me, anyway! My mom and sister were so sweet to take me shopping to help take my mind off the fact that I was 40 weeks pregnant in July!

Jim and I walked to the Red Box at the Harris Teeter on Central Ave and then to the Dairy Queen almost every night for two weeks. We probably watched more movies in those two weeks than ever before in our married life.

Two years ago, I was wondering every hour if my water was going to break, if the contractions would start. I went for non-stress tests and had my fluid levels checked.  We finally scheduled my induction for the day before the ten days was up, with my favorite doctor, and we actually almost missed him as the shifts changed; he was so kind to stay a bit later to deliver our sweet baby girl.

I wish I had kept better journals of what I was thinking and feeling during my pregnancy. I’d love to know what I was thinking two years ago tonight. Tonight, though, all I can think about is how much I love that baby girl who’s asleep in the next room and how cute she is when she says ‘twooooo,’ when I ask her old she’ll be on Saturday.

Pictures by Whitney Elizabeth. 8/3/09.


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