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Trading Places


Sarah visits in St. Louis, MO, May 2013. Amy is pregnant with Eliza.

Amy visits in Schaumburg, IL, October 2013. Sarah is pregnant with Zeke.

Amy visits in Schaumburg, IL, October 2013. Sarah is pregnant with Zeke.


Miss Eliza

tea ~ Black Currant

Although 7 weeks early Miss Eliza Grace Arentson was born May 23. Besides minor suck swallow breathe immaturities she was a giant premie. Weighing in at 5#14oz this little white girl was not wimpy. White male babies in the NICU are generally referred to as the Wimpy White boys because they generally have a more difficult time. Eliza had a 2 week stay in NICU that really helped her from a health stand point. She needed some time to sunbathe to help remove her jaundice. She responded really well. She went from gavaging all of her feedings to starting and finishing all of them on her own. After gaining some weight and proving to eat well they told us it was time to go home.
My recovery from natural birth #2 went really well. The bonding to baby #2 didn’t come as easy. I really believe that it has a lot to do with not breastfeeding her. I exclusively pumped until 5 days ago when I offered to breastfeed and she latched like a champ. Maybe my persistence to get her to latch and patience through the pain of a bad latch here and there helped to but I now will advocate not only the importance of that first milk but just the bonding that comes through touch with your baby. I still offer a few bottles of breastmilk during the day but she is doing really well with her feeding.
Coming home to a toddler not a baby was a shock. Elaine my firstborn turned in to a toddler overnight I swear. She really started to explore her world inside our home. Maybe the drugs I was on to stay pregnant fogged my memory, I think not. I think she really grew up in the 2 weeks I was at the hospital. Coming home to Eliane’s new curiosity meant more baby proofing. If you don’t have a space where you can contain your child to only the area you have eyes on, I totally recommend taking all saftey measures possible. My favorite saftey features of our home include the gas stove knob covers, Auto-close gates at the top and bottom of our main stairs, cabinet latches, and doorknob anti-easy turn knob covers. Each product has prevented many accidents.
I was always thinking that the outlet covers would be the biggest help, Laney can take them out of the plugs so I consider them a wash, I don’t pick that as my battle because she doesn’t stick things in them or around them. If anything the covers attracted her to play with them more. But once she has gotten the covers off she runs off to do whatever else she’s going to do.
Elaine and Eliza are really starting to bond as Eliza started smiling in the last 2 weeks. I think sitting Liza up in the bumbo so she can watch Laney play helps too.
Even though it’s August and the kids around here have started school and left for college it still feels like summer to me. Something about it being ninety degrees out doesn’t make Fall come and swoop in quickly. I’m starting to wonder what our winter will look like being trapped in a house with two curious little girls. I’m sure the Pinterest will have more than enough activities for me to reference if we get bored.
Well, that’s all from me on a baby stand point and a kinda where I am with the girls in general. I hope to get up and running as far as blogging more frequently here soon. It was nice to take the summer off.
If you want to pray for our family pray that we would continue to have abundant amounts of patience and energy. That my State of Missouri Cosmetology license would get issued and approved. That Elaine and Eliza would know Jesus when they grow up. That God would use our family to provide a hospitable place a launching pad for those who need to know love. That he would show us what his plan is for our adoption future. And that this fall our BBT, CBS, GG and Marriage groups would all grow us and stretch us in ways only God knows we need in order to mature to gain confidence in sharing the Gospel Message.


Kindle Love…and Goals…


Tea ~ Citrus Soother

This is all I’m going to say. I just got a Kindle and it cost $69+ tax and I am not a reader. Every year now I am setting goals before the new year for things I want to accomplish… Here is my 2013 Goals list..

  1. Pray with Pete and Elaine regularly not just at meals and at bedtime
  2. Participate in F2F (Women’s Bible study at our church)
  3. Live my life with the purpose that Jesus has asked me to, continue to define that
  4. Help out Financially with paying off our van
  5. Visit Franklin at least 2 times
  6. Pray for Baby A#2
  7. Buy a House
  8. Read 6 books
  9. Volunteer as a family 1 day a month
  10. Keep cooking new things
  11. Challenge others and myself in the way of the Lord

So, I got a Kindle hoping I would exceed my 6 book goal and also that it would encourage me to do something for myself.  Also, when making goals I try to make a list that is realistic for me.  For instance I thought 2 months for 1 book was an adequate amount of time to get one read. I encourage you to set goals for yourself and review them at least once a month. Consider it a to do list instead of a wish list. After all, they say people who set goals for themselves are more likely to achieve them. 😉

Midwest TeaSMITH

tea leaves

As advocates of Tea both Sarah and myself want to make sure we are conveying to our readers whom the tea is being provided by.

Her website is  here:  Midwest Teasmith

Mrs. Smith has a wonderful business and tea website you should check out, order from (especially since Christmas is 6 weeks away!) and share with your friends. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment for Sarah or myself and we can contact Mrs. Smith on your behalf or answer your questions about tea! Happy steeping!

 Savvy Tea Steeper