September 19, 2011
  • I decided I wouldn’t even try to potty train Eden until she was at least 2 years old, possibly 3. (With Hana Kate, even a little past 2 was too early for her.) About a month ago, Eden would take off her diaper when I put it on her and say, “pant-ies” or “big pant-ies.” A couple of times I put her diaper on and she immediately took it off, threw it down, and said, “No!” Now, I could take that as a sign of childhood rebellion…or I could consider that she wasย trying to communicate with me that she really wanted to use the potty. ๐Ÿ™‚ I took it as a sign of the latter, and she figured out the potty herself in a couple of days with just a little help. If there’s a “baby potty,” she’ll usually take care of things herself; if there’s only a big potty, she’ll usually ask me to help her (or sometimes have an accident). I am still in awe at how quickly and easily it went, even with sitting through church, a couple of long car rides, and a big shopping trip. And staying dry overnights and naptimes. So, no diapers in our house for…the next 7 or 8 months. (Well, technically, HK still uses some on occasion.) Eden is still nursing and cosleeping, so I don’t feel as if her babyhood has disappeared quite yet, though. However, I am glad this didn’t happen with my first child; I would probably have been a little frustrated when I realized this isn’t the norm. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Since February, I’ve lost about 40 lbs. I guess I’m going to gain a few back over the next few months.
  • You know that achy feeling you get when you’re about to get the flu? That’s how I feel for part of the day these days, only it’s not contagious.
  • My mom gave birth to 2 girls, my grandma gave birth to 2 girls, and my great-grandmother gave birth to 3 girls. It looks like am going to be breaking the family trend for at least 2 of those generations, maybe all 3.
  • Iron on letters don’t always stick to shirts, and I’m still trying to figure out why.


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  • Susanna September 19, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    congratulations! and yay for no more diapers ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Keren September 20, 2011 at 9:53 pm

      Thanks! Indeed, but that doesn’t mean no more smelling the stinky stuff quite yet. ๐Ÿ˜‰ (Though there are advantages to Daniel work from home…in that if I’m nauseously desperate, he’ll help if he’s home. :))

  • Deborah September 19, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Congratulations! (And great way to make the announcement, too!) ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Keren September 20, 2011 at 9:53 pm

      Thanks! I’m working on replying to your e-mail, too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Carrie Smetana September 19, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    ๐Ÿ™‚ happy news!

  • Kay Slack September 19, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Does this mean you’re having another girl or you’re going to be “breaking the trend” by having a boy this 3rd time around? Congrats!

    • Keren September 20, 2011 at 9:55 pm

      Thanks! No, sorry that part was a little confusing the way I wrote it; I’m not due till May, and we don’t plan to find out the gender until the baby is born. So, we have a little waiting to do until we find out whether or not we’ll break the trend of having 3 girls. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ellen September 19, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Congratulations! Just curious, how did you lose 40 pounds??? As much as I have enjoyed pics of your girls, I think it’s time to post a picture of yourself. ๐Ÿ™‚ And, about breaking the trend, you did marry a man who comes from a family of FOUR boys and one girl!!! Just sayin’.

    • Keren September 20, 2011 at 9:58 pm

      Thanks!! Well, first I gained those pounds and a few more. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I didn’t feel that much bigger, was/am nursing (I seem to gain when nursing, contrary to many others), and eating healthy food (but too much of it) but realizing my weight for my height put me in the overweight category concerned me. Then, I followed something called “The No ‘S’ Diet,” which is not so much of a diet as it is healthy eating and portion control. I didn’t lose much just doing that, though, and wasn’t losing even with exercise until I was doing exercise that significantly raised my heart rate.

      Daniel was my biggest help in that he encouraged me and paid for me to join a fitness club (Anytime Fitness) if I thought it would help and he watched to girls so I could exercise on a regular, consistent basis. It seemed like a super slow process as I was going, and I honestly didn’t expect to get back to wearing my smaller-size clothes and had already thrown them out. ๐Ÿ™‚ I would still like to lose a little more, but…I usually lose 5 or so with morning sickness before I gain a ton. I also realize there may come a point in my life where I won’t be able to lose it, so I am very thankful for the results I’ve seen in the past few months. I found the book “Spark,” on “the science of exercise” to be helpful, informative, and eventually motivational in understanding the role heart-rate plays in weight-loss and general health.

  • Rebecca Goernandt September 20, 2011 at 1:35 am

    YAY KEREN!!! Great and happy news! Neat way to tell everyone too. Soooo, does this mean it’s a boy? And I second the request for a picture of YOU! ๐Ÿ™‚ And yay that Eden is potty trained!!!

    • Keren September 20, 2011 at 10:01 pm

      Thanks! We have to wait a while to find out if it’s a boy or girl (see my comment above). Last time, I felt for sure it was a girl, but this way I don’t have a “feeling” either way. Hmmmm…I will have to think long and hard about pictures. ๐Ÿ™‚ To my regret, I don’t have many pictures of me when I was my heaviest.

  • Carrie September 28, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Congratulations! I’m so excited for you!