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Greeting Card Memories

March 4, 2013

Ever since we announced we were expecting, we have been showered with such amazing love and support.  Before she even arrived, Ruthie Jeanne was already loved more than we ever could have imagined.  I want Ruthie Jeanne to know this as she grows up, so I have kept all the cards and notes we have received throughout the pregnancy and since.  Up until this weekend, I had them all in a used gift bag sitting in the corner of her room.  I knew that I wanted to keep them a little better preserved, but I wasn’t sure how.

A few weeks ago, at Lindsay and Todd’s, I noticed she had all her Christmas cards on a metal ring in order to keep them together and well-organized.  What a great idea!  So, this weekend I finally got everything together to be able to do the same with all the cards we have received.

I got a box from Hobby Lobby to keep them in.  The metal rings are shower curtain rings from Walmart, and I got a fancy hole punch from Target that lets me punch through all kinds of paper without any trouble.

Card Setup

I separated the cards so that there are two rings with cards from church members and a ring with cards from the showers we had with our friends and our family.  I put the shower invitation on the top as a reminder of where the cards came from and the celebrations we had.

Shower cards

At our church shower, instead of a guestbook, the hostesses put out colorful cards for folks to write messages on.  I put all of them on a ring as well, so now I can thumb through them and read them easily.

Church guest book

Here is the finished product!  I also put some loose cards in the box, like the Valentine’s Day cards Ruthie Jeanne received.  When there are enough loose cards, I will put them on another ring with a tag to mark the year.

Final product

I’m really excited about this little project.  I think I may need to do the same with all our wedding cards.  They are currently sitting in gift bags in the closet, haha.

Blessings of Family

March 3, 2013

Over the weekend, we traveled up to Athens to visit with family.  We had not seen Meredith, Bryan, and baby James since Christmas, so a visit was long overdue!  They made the trip from Albany, and we drove up from Fayetteville to stay with my parents.  Lindsay and Todd weren’t supposed to be able to come, but a last minute change in their plans allowed Lindsay to come and visit as well!  While in Athens, we went over to see my grandfather.  He was so excited to have both babies at his house at once.  James is named after him (His name is James Ralph, but he goes by Ralph), and Ruthie Jeanne is named after my grandmother, Jeanne.  Here he is with the little one.

RJ and Dada

MawMaw also made the trip up from Roswell on Saturday morning.  She had only seen Ruthie Jeanne once and had never met James, so we were all glad she was able to come visit.

RJ and MawMaw

We also got some fun four generation pictures with the babies, Meredith and me, my Dad, and MawMaw.

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Ruthie Jeanne and her cousin, James, are already the best of friends!  They were even holding hands while playing on the floor together.  I am so excited for them to grow up together.

RJ and James

It is always nice to spend time with family.  We are so lucky to have family so close, both mine and Chris’s.  I am so glad Ruthie Jeanne will grow up close to her grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins!

New Job Title: Working Mom

February 8, 2013

After 8 wonderful weeks at home with Ruthie Jeanne, I headed back to the office last week for two weeks of part-time work before getting back to full-time hours next week.  I had mixed feelings about this.  On the one hand, I was definitely ready to get out of the house on a more regular basis as well as have some more intellectual stimulation and adult conversation that didn’t revolve around the consistency and color of Ruthie Jeanne’s latest poop.  But, going to work meant leaving my precious little one, and I wasn’t quite ready for that just yet.  The time had arrived, however, and there was no stopping it.  So, I packed Ruthie Jeanne’s bag and headed to the sitter.

I’m happy to say I didn’t shed any tears.  Luckily, that first day was just for a few hours, so that helped with the anxiety.  And, we are blessed to have an amazing lady keeping Ruthie Jeanne for us.  She is a mom of four and has been keeping kids for years.  She also speaks Spanish as a result of growing up in South America with missionary parents.  This was a big plus for us as we hope to raise Ruthie Jeanne bilingual (Chris is gonna have to step it up and learn Spanish, too!).

I made it through these first two weeks without incident.  I only teared up once, and that was Thursday of this week.  As I looked in the rear view mirror on our way to the sitter’s, Ruthie Jeanne was wide awake, looking out the mirror, and my heart just melted.  I didn’t want to leave her, knowing that she is changing every moment.  I pushed through, and made it through the day, but I was very excited to pick her up that afternoon.  And I have soaked up every minute with her today, enjoying every smile, coo, and squeal.

This whole working mom thing is a new thing for me.  My mom quit teaching once I was born, and only went back for a brief time once my sisters and I were all in school.  I’m not sure what it looks like to balance work and a growing family.  I know plenty of people do it, and do it well, but I also recognize that we all have to figure it out for ourselves, as each family and each job is different.  I am extremely lucky with the flexibility my job offers and the amazing built-in support system I have with amazing colleagues and a loving congregation surrounding our family.  But, to be completely honest, there is that twinge of guilt when I drop Ruthie Jeanne off.  There is a little bit of heartbreak when I see her smile at Carol (our sitter) with those big smiles previously reserved for me.

Next week will be the big test as I go back full-time.  Sunday will also be interesting, as it will be the first Sunday where I won’t be sitting next to her.  If she cries during the service, I can’t guarantee I won’t run down to the pew in my robe (Sorry, Mark!).

I’d love to hear from other working moms out there – any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated!!!

Oh, and because no post would be complete without a picture, here’s my little one during out playtime today!

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Home Grown Monday: New Bedtime Rituals

January 28, 2013

Chris and I are both latenight people.  Usually, we don’t even come upstairs until after 11 and then are in bed around midnight.  With our newest addition, however, our bedtime routine has changed significantly.  And it has been a change for the better.  Our schedule now revolves around Miss Ruthie Jeanne, but we are trying to create some sense of routine for her, especially at night as we try to get her to sleep through the night.  (She did 6 1/2 hours last night!  Woo hoo!)

It is my hope that these routines will develop into rituals that we will keep throughout her childhood, allowing us that time as a family to be together, to share with one another, and to be faithful together.  Although she is only 8 weeks old, we have started reading a story or two every night.  She’s not too terribly engaged just yet, but Chris and I are having a great time with it.

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After storytime, we have a prayer together.  Right now it’s pretty basic, saying thanks for all her family members, asking for a good night’s sleep, etc.  I’m thinking we will add the Lord’s Prayer to it soon as well.  After that, it’s kisses from Mommy and Daddy, a good swaddle, and some relaxing noises from either her Giraffe or Sleep Sheep.

The routine may get interrupted here and there due to a spit up or a nice dirty diaper, but we’re trying to stick to it.  Considering it’s a highlight of my day, I think we have a good chance of making it last.

I’d love to hear your stories of bedtime rituals with your children or when you were a child!

Best of 2012, Number 3

December 30, 2012

Although I may be a little biased, I have to admit that two of the cutest babies were born in 2012.  My own little one, of course, and my adorable nephew, James Fullilove!  (Yes, that is really his middle name.  It’s a family name on my brother-in-law’s side.  His middle name is Fullilove as well.  Pretty cool, huh!)

Best of 2012, Number 3: My nephew is born!

Being pregnant with my sister was pretty amazing.  We got to experience some of the same things together, which gave us both someone to talk to, ask questions, worry with, and celebrate with.  Our due dates were only 9 days apart, but as it would happen, the babies ended up being almost a month apart.  James finally made his appearance on December 21, weighing in at 9 lbs 1 oz and 22 inches long.

We headed down to Albany to spend Christmas with my family and to have the babies together.  Check out the cute cousins!

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Best of 2012, Number 2

December 29, 2012

2012 was a big year for the Scarboro girls – Meredith and I were both pregnant for the majority of the year and our baby sister, Lindsay got married.  So …

Best of 2012, Number 2: Lindsay and Todd get Hitched!

It was Wedding: Round 3 for the Scarboro family as Lindsay and Todd got married in June.  It was a beautiful wedding at Athens First UMC followed by an amazing party at Athens Country Club featuring Nu Soul, the band from Meredith’s wedding.  We all had a great time dancing, even us preggos, and spent a bunch of time in the photo booth.  Here are a few pics from the night.  Doesn’t Lindsay look wonderful!!

Maher wedding 2

 

Maher wedding 1

 

Photo Booth 2

Best of 2012

December 17, 2012

Surprise!  I’m back to the blog world!  Clearly I am an awful blogger, but I’m willing to give it another go.  We’ll see how long it lasts this time 🙂

Since it has been so long, I thought I would close out the year with a little review of the past year.  It would be logical to begin at the first of the year and continue through each month, but considering the most life-changing event occurred just over 2 weeks ago, I’ll begin with that.

Best of 2012, Number 1: Ruthie Jeanne Heiden is born on November 29

Just get ready for lots of baby pictures in this blog’s future.  Yes, I will be one of those annoying people that always posts pictures of their kids.  I’m warning you now, and I have no shame 🙂  After all, she is absolutely beautiful!

Chris and I are head over heels in love with this new addition to our lives.  She was born on Thursday, November 29 at 12:52 p.m. weighing 7 lbs, 12 oz and 20 inches long.  Every thing about her is just perfect, and we could not be happier!

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RJH infant pic