February 2010 was busy, not just because of the usual activities, Valentine's Day, and Gabi's birthday.
Bella at her preschool Valentine's party
Gabi enjoyed helping bake banana pudding (but then refused to even taste it).
We spent much of the month anticipating the arrival of our newest family member (and hoping that she would wait until after Gabi's birthday celebration before making an appearance). We bought a nice rocking recliner, a new bassinet, and even a minivan for the baby.
Daddy practicing lullabies
Our neighbor, Liz, hosted a diaper shower for me!
Diaper shower guests
Continuing the pictorial account of my baby bump progress:
7-month baby bump (Jan. 1)
7.5-month baby bump (Jan. 17)
8.5-month baby bump (Valentine's Day)
A week before delivery (Feb. 21)
About 30 hours or so before delivery (Feb. 28)
That last picture was taken the evening of our trip to Labor and Delivery, when I felt significant back pain and thought the baby might be coming. We were sent home, though, and didn't return until I had the baby in my arms! And now for the "after" picture:
I really like our blog name, HeroicGrace. When Annabelle was born, we changed it from BabyGabriella to be inclusive of both daughters, and we selected a name using the meanings of the two girls' names. Now we have another baby, and we need to decide whether to keep our blog name or switch again. If we change the blog name, it would be nice to keep it as short as possible so that typing it in the URL field isn't so cumbersome.
We have considered: HeroicGrace (the current name), PureHeroicGrace (adding the meaning of Katarina's name), MikeyLissa or Mikey-Lissa (switching to parent names, although we don't plan on having more kids) LightOnInTheHall (lyrics from the Trout Fishing lullaby)
The blog title across the top will be the girls' names, no matter what address we use.
For those of you not following the action on Facebook, we had our new baby yesterday! We have lots and lots and lots of great pictures, but since Mommy and Katya are still at the hospital with the camera, we are limited in what we can share on the blog. Here is a selection of the best of the best from her birthday!
Also, please vote in our new poll on the sidebar. We have to figure out if we're going to switch blogs like we did when Bella was born.