I’m trying to document Camille’s firsts. They are just as exciting as Sonja’s firsts but harder to document with a Sonja to parent as well. So here is Camille’s first trip to church yesterday. She slept through every last second of it! I have a picture of Kev and baby Sonja on her first day … Continue reading

It’s a Girl!

Camille Irene arrived 5 days late on September 11, 2012 at 7:22 p.m. I really didn’t want her birthday to be 9/11 but it’s not up to me is it? And now we have a reason to celebrate. I’m thinking Red, White, and Blue birthday parties.

She was a big girl at 9 lbs, 13 oz, and 23 inches long. When she finally decided to come out it was painful and quick and a bit of a surprise as we had an induction scheduled for the next morning.

In the last week we’ve fought off some jaundice and we’re trying to get into a routine as a family of 4. Sonja loves her baby sister but does not love sharing her Mama. I assume this will improve when the days stop revolving around my boobs and milk and I can leave the couch and do fun stuff with Sonja more easily. The cat hates me and the baby but I think she secretly loves having someone home all day to let her sniff around the garage.

Thanks to everyone out there for your well wishes, gifts, food, and support! We really, really appreciate it!

So here’s Camille just hours after birth and at one-week-old.

Just Born

One Week Old

Sonja Says

I am now 4 days overdue with baby number 2. Sonja and I went for a walk last night. Walking is hard at this point but everyone says walking could induce labor so I’m trying to walk a little each day. As we walked Sonja wanted to go farther and farther. I told her that we couldn’t go that far because I didn’t really want to get too far from home and have a baby in someone’s yard. To which she said, “Yeah, you don’t want to have a baby out here with all the forest and the bugs.”

Ok, Sonja… we were in the middle of town!

Due Date

Today is my due date. I have no sense that we’ll have a baby today but whatev… it has to happen soon right. In the meantime, here’s the list of stuff I’ve done in the last 3 days to get ready:

1. Scheduled and paid all our bills for September

2. Shaved my legs

3. Painted my toenails (which was a crazy feat of strength and flexibility)

4. Made 3 loaves of bread (we have a bread machine)

5. I knitted a hat for the baby

6. Cut down all the dead flowers in the yard

7. I wrote a few posts for Real Moms

8. I keep updating this here blog

9. I found a long-missing poster and had Kevin frame it for the baby room

10. I’ve made nearly 2 gallons of laundry soap in preparation for washing diapers

11. I did all the laundry and changed all the sheets on the bed. I do that every Wednesday but I was hoping I’d get out of it yesterday.

I think that’s all. Now I’m just waiting… Well, I’m working from home for my job so that takes up 8 hours a day, but the other 16 are wide open. This kid just needs to join us on the outside!

P.S. I forgot! I also did a jump roping demo for Sonja last night. She wants to learn how to skip rope, so I showed her. I thought for sure that would shake the baby out. Guess I was wrong!


This is the last set of photos I wanted to get posted before I give birth. Tomorrow is my due date so hopefully the baby cooperates and realizes I’ve completed all the tasks on my to-do list. We hosted Team Kick Butts for RAGBRAI this summer during the annual event’s overnight stop in Cedar Rapids. I admit we were both sort of dreading it. Initial reports said that there would be 20-30 people staying in our yard and house and it was crazy hot. Our house is not that big so we were just not sure where we’d put everyone. In the end we had about 14 people. Some slept in a camper and an RV and some slept on our floors. And my friends Marcos and Ryan who were riding with another team came over to eat dinner and hang out for the evening. I hadn’t seen Marcos in about 2 years so that was really great. I still have no desire to ride my bike all the way across Iowa but it was fun to meet new people and their ability to ride that far in a week is pretty cool!

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Happy Birthday Gene!

My father-in-law Gene turned 80 in June and we had a big party for him. I’m obviously SUPER slow in posting pics from that weekend. And I didn’t even take a ton of pictures because I was too busy chasing Sonja and chatting with all the cousin-in-laws we don’t see often enough. It was a really fun weekend with almost all the Ostmos in attendance which rarely happens. And I hope I’m even a tiny bit as active and healthy as Kevin’s dad Gene when I’m 40, let alone when I’m 80!

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My Babiez have Rooms

Kevin and I have worked our behinds off to make a new room for Sonja on our 2nd floor and we turned Sonja’s old room into the baby room. I think if Martha Stewart popped in for coffee she would have a heart attack but to me, my house has never been so clean or organized. Of course it’s only a matter of days until baby number two is here and everything falls apart but I’ve enjoyed the clean and the organization for the last few weeks. These pics aren’t the greatest so you’ll just have to come over and check out our eclectic design. (That means we just used objects we found in our house and repurposed them.)

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Pregnancy Pact

Everyone I know is pregnant. Or it seems that way at least. My friend Lyz threw a “Pregnancy Pact Party” last weekend for all the ladies she knows who are pregnant. There were a total of 9 pregnant ladies in attendance. It was kind of weird to be around so many other bellies! It was great fun though and there was a ton of delicious food and crafts. Oh how I love the crafts!! Seriously, I do. Here are some photos of my friends and my belly appearing to swallow them whole. Click on an image to open a larger slide show. And you can check out a more detailed description of the whole party from Lyz.