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She’s Here!

Mike and I are so pleased to announce the arrival of Ms. Charlotte Rose!

She made her appearance at 2:47 on October 23rd, 2013 and was 7lbs 6oz and 18 1/4 inches long!


We are totally loving the family time, and the blog will probably be taking a bit of a back seat while we enjoy getting to know our new little lady!

Zoo Day!

Hey y’all! How is it going?

We’re still waiting on Ms. Charlotte over here! We had a long day at the hospital yesterday since I was contracting like CRAZY and just generally uncomfortable and I was ALMOST dilated enough to be admitted, but after being sent walking for a little while I hadn’t made enough progress for them to pull the trigger. Darn it! They sent us home, and honestly I actually started feeling better once we got back. I’ve been feeling ‘normal’ ever since. Total bummer… I’m ready to be done being pregnant. My midwife is on leave this week, but she told me to keep walking. If I can show some improvement by my next appointment, she’s outta there!

One of the things that my midwife told me was to keep walking, and really do things to take my mind off “the wait”, without getting too far away from home, so when some of the barn crew asked if we wanted to join them at the zoo, Mike and I were pretty quick to say yes. It was beautiful out today, and I’m glad that we had a chance to get out and do (probably… hopefully) one last thing as a family of three. We stuck to the top loop of African animals, and Shannon had a blast. ๐Ÿ™‚


We started with Shannon’s first ride on the roundabout. Clearly she was not so impressed with the whole experience, but when you’re not quite two, you can feel however you want about them. Mike had the good sense to sit on the horse with her, and I think that that helped her feel a little bit more secure. She still wasn’t a fan, but the ride was overly pretty quickly. I guess we’ll have to wait another year before she steals Stewie from Ashley to tackle the lead-line class at Devon. ๐Ÿ˜‰

From there we wandered towards the petting zoo, where Shannon got to meet some pretty chill goats as well as a couple of donkeys.


The goats sat up on these little logs. I think they knew that they were badass. Shannon had a good time petting them all, but she wasn’t so sure about the horns. She’s a smart kid.

We went to see the giraffes next, and we even got to feed one of the younger ones. Even I have to admit I got a little overly excited about that, and made Mike let me do it while he took pictures. They give you a little cup of pellets and the giraffes pretty much do the rest. Shannon thought that they were pretty neat, and I think they were the only animal that she waved ‘bye bye’ too the whole day.


We wandered around and I was starting to get exhausted so we kind of fast tracked it through the rest of the section. The only other really cool exhibit was the polar bear. They have her in her enclosure, but you can see all through the water where she was hanging out. Shannon thought that that was pretty awesome, but the crush of people was a bit much, so I hung back while Mike fought to get her up close to the glass.

We finished out the day with a train ride that took you all through the park to see the ‘behind the scenes’ of the whole operation. Both Shannon and I were pretty beat by that point, but it was still nice to sit and watch everything. ๐Ÿ™‚


All in all it was a great day, with great friends and great weather! We had a blast. I even wandered out to the barn tonight to visit everybody and meet a boarder’s super sweet new rescue mare, Lacey. She needs some TLC but I don’t think that she could have landed herself with better owners. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m home and ready for bed now, hope y’all have a great Sunday! I get to go pick up my Momma tomorrow at the airport and I can’t WAIT!

Pics from the weekend!

We had a pretty low key weekend around here. Two visits out to see Willow (!) and my first ever trip to Cracker Barrel… and a TON of rain. It was nice to have an excuse to be holed into the house most of the day on Saturday and all of Sunday afternoon. The rain also brought with it a break in the heat… finally. Finally! We opened all the windows last night and had to put an extra blanket on the bed. It was LOVELY to wake up to the fresh air this morning. It kind of, sort of, FINALLY feels like fall. The dogs are a little crazy though. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’m still pregnant, although Mike is still holding steady with his prediction that Charlotte will show up Thursday or Friday. My midwife will be on TDY (vacation) the week after that, and goodness knows now that I’ve found the wonderful woman, I want her there! Especially if Charlotte shows up before my mom can get here on Sunday and Mike has to stay home with Shannon. This pregnancy has been a rough one (I have a post on that, that I’ve been trying to bust out, but everything sounds kinda whiny) and I’m D.O.N.E. The amount of contractions that I’ve been having are notย enough to admit me, but just enough to make life a PITA being home alone with Shannon all day (who, btw is still fighting naps and bed time… *sigh*). Ahh, the joys.

Anyways, how about some pictures from the weekend?


She loves bathtime…



Yes. This was 11PM on Saturday night…


We finally found and got to work washing *some* of Shannon’s newborn clothes… this is about 75% of the pile… Safe to say that Charlotte is all set.


That posted sign is normally about 6 feet tall… I think.


From the top of the driveway… yikes!


Bedtime stories


Watching for birds…


Interesting choice of clothes…

ย I hope that y’all have a great Monday and hop on over to the #TeamWillow page for an awesome update!




Hey y’all! Did you have a good hump daaaaay? One of the perks of having a husband named Mike is that I can chase him around the house yelling “Mikemikemikemike!” He hates me sometimes. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Things here are going well. I had a baby doctor appointment on Tuesday and my midwife has officially given me the “any day now!” thumbs up. I don’t think I’ve had somebody so excited over the state of my baby hammock (aka uterus) before. I’ll spare the details, because… well… It’s MY baby hammock, thanks very much.

The real reason for this post is that I wanted to let everybody know that Team Willow t-shirts are good to go! You can get yours at here.

How about some details? Shirts themselves are $20. I have a goal of selling 250 (lofty, I know…but I’m not afraid of a challenge) but need a minimum of 20 before they go to print. If you purchase one but I DON’T hit my minimum goal, your money will be refunded. If I exceed my goal of 250 sold, I’m going door to door and giving everybody highfives. Just kidding. If we can really knock this thing out of the ball park, any extra will be donated to a local rescue called TAS (Team American Saddlebreds).

After you place your order, please send me an e-mail at finallyforeverafter at gmail dot com (or a private message via the Facebook page) with your address. Shirts will be printed 2 weeks after the close date, and then bulk shipped to me. I’ll ship them from here. Tryin’ to keep costs as low as possible! After you check the page out, please share the bologna out of it!

Team Willow is taking off faster than I thought that it ever would, and I am planning on carrying that momentum into the future. Stay tuned for my plan. Yes. I have a plan.

I’ll have all this info on the #TeamWillow page if you need it for a reference. Please feel free to contact me with ANY questions! I love you all so much, and still can’t wrap my brain around all the support I’ve gotten in the past few weeks!

I’m off to go run up and down the stairs a few dozen times to try to convince this baby out.