A Valentines Day Surprise

THE FARMHOUSE

Happy Valentines Day!  We’re celebrating the holiday with lots of chocolate and cake and extra snuggles with my little ones.  Speaking of little ones, I wanted to share some exciting family news with you guys.  I mentioned last week that Garrett and I have come up with the perfect use for the nursery (once Brooks moves into Wilder’s bedroom)…a nursery for our baby girl to be!!!

The Grit and Polish - Me in Nursery

That’s right, I am thrilled to announce that we’re adding a third baby to our brood and she’s due in July.  We found out the gender super early this time with a DNA test (at 10 weeks, I think), and let me just say I AM THRILLED to be having a girl.  I absolutely love having boys, but I’ve always wanted a daughter too and since this is *probably* our last baby (I only said probably to appease Garrett…I’m like 99.5% certain we’re done), I was really hoping for a baby girl that could be my partner in crime forever.

Ever since we found out baby’s gender, I’ve been dreaming of how I’ll change up the nursery.  I’m thinking touches of pink (it’s never been my favorite color, but after 2 boys I’m obsessed with it) and feminine dresses hanging on cute hooks (even though I’ve always been more of a jeans kind of girl) and a dresser that’s low enough for diaper changes and wide enough to fit all my nieces very cute hand-me-downs (thanks Auntie Terr for hanging on to them!).  The full-size bed is slated to go to one of our rentals, so I’ll likely fill that space with a new antique daybed – I’m thinking a twin-size spindle bed – or some fun toys like a play house or tall stuffed animals.  There’s plenty of time to decide on the nursery since baby will be in our room for quite some time after she’s born.  But oh goodness, I am EXCITED!

The Grit and Polish - Baby Girl Dress and Pig

dress | pig (old; equally cute hippo here) | quilt

For those of you into pregnancy and such things, I’m 18 weeks along and finally out of the yuck stage.  I was definitely sicker with this pregnancy than the previous two.  And tireder.  And I’ve had way more food aversions.  For those reasons, I had a feeling we were having a girl.  Luckily, both Garrett and I are home right now, so I’ve been able to take it easy; naps and baths have been my salvation.  Of course, we’re about to start a brand new renovation (aka the flip house), so life will get hectic once again.  But that’s nothing new.  It seems that we just can’t renovate a house without a baby on the way 😉

xoxo

-Cathy

p.s. Brooks’ birth announcement and my pregnancy with him (Wilder was born before I started this blog).

p.p.s. We’ve been reading this new sibling book with the boys. We’ve had a few such books, but this one is definitely the cutest!

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Meet Baby Brooks

THE DEXTER HOUSE

Brooks Paul Poshusta Newborn Photo 4 10-12-15

I’m so excited to introduce Brooks Paul Poshusta.

He was born right here at the Dexter House in the wee hours of Friday, October 9th.  8lbs, 10oz and 21.5″ long. He came into the world peacefully, born in the water and partially in the caul (his head was born in the bag of waters, a sign of good luck in many cultures), after only 7 hours of labor – thank you baby!  We are so in love and relishing our newborn snuggles.

xoxo

-Cathy

p.s. One real benefit to Brooks being 9 days late (yes, 9 days! just like his brother) was it gave me the opportunity to read Ina May’s  Guide to Childbirth. If you’re ever thinking of having a baby, I can’t recommend it enough!  That book is a major reason why Brooks birth was such a good experience.   I’m here to tell you that calm labors and deliveries really do exist.

p.p.s. Thanks for all the tips to get labor moving last week!  I think the walk that my sis and I took to the farmers market, a 3-mile round trip, finally got labor moving!

p.p.p.s. I get a lot of questioning looks when I tell people we have our babies at home.  I know home birth isn’t for everyone, but it’s for us.  Here’s an interesting read on out of hospital birth safety and outcomes for mamas and babies if you’re interested.

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