Pages from the Sequel: My Midnight Dance with Darcy

As anyone who's ever read a love story knows, the wedding is usually the last chapter of the book. But in a real love story, there's so much more to be told. So much happens in the happily ever after. And that’s what the sequel is for: to tell the story of two people as husband and wife as they live and grow together. So here are pages from our sequel.

MY MIDNIGHT DANCE WITH DARCY

Soft music played as we swayed around the room together. One hand supporting his neck and the other under his back. White noise played the foundational notes to the lullaby and soft blue rays from the nightlight kept the room from total blackness. In the darkness, I could see his eyelids drooping as I snuggled him close and rocked him to sleep in my arms. 

It was one night in the weeks of night wakings.

Through my tiredness, I reminded myself that soon our baby would be falling asleep on his own. One day he wouldn’t need a lullaby. And one day he would even tuck himself in. These nights seemed long, but I knew their time was very short and I would soon miss our midnight dances.

As I swayed with him in the dark, I pictured us decades in the future, swaying again to a very different dance. One hand resting on his back, big and strong. The other stretching up to reach his neck. Maybe he would be wearing a dark fitted suit. Maybe I’d be in a long purple gown. On that day, will I think back on dozens of nights like this one? When it was just him and me? When he depended on me for everything? 

During that dance, his arms will be the ones supporting me. I will be the one closing my eyes, resting my head against his shoulder. And then I will look across the room and meet the eyes of the kind, beautiful woman that won his heart. The one that he would be starting a life with… just the two of them, depending on each other, supporting each other, loving each other.

In the dark of that quiet night, I looked down at his sleepy eyelids and pulled him just a bit closer as tears came to my eyes. Then I kissed his little forehead and laid him in the crib. And I whispered to my sweet little Darcy, “I’ll always be the one who loved you first.”

 

Pages from the Sequel:
Return from Jamaica
The Little Blue House
The Ugly Yellow House
The Flea Episode
The Bathroom Leak
The Dinner Disaster
Baby on Board
The Story of Lucy
The Vanishing Bread
Midnight Dance with Darcy
Nighttime Feedings
Our David & Goliath Moment
Beach Day

How Lucy Prepared Us for Baby

As you read in the story of Lucy and her blog introduction, we already knew we were pregnant when we found Lucy (or when Lucy found us). So as we adjusted to the exciting future of parenting ahead of us, we were also adjusting to life with a new furry friend. Clearly having a baby is more work than having a cat, but having Lucy did help us get in the mindset of becoming parents in several different ways.

1. If it is on the floor, she will eat it. When you work on house projects as much as we do, there's usually some dust on the floor, especially by the garage door where we're constantly tracking sawdust in. And whether it's a big piece of dust, a fluff-ball from a sewing project, grass we tracked in from outside, or a piece of food I dropped while cooking, she will attack it and try to eat it.

2. Saying no a hundred times, and then saying no again. As she's gotten more comfortable at our little yellow house, Lucy has gotten much more adventurous and inquisitive. And that includes jumping up on the stair railing, sitting on the kitchen counter, and trying to terrorize the fish. She's basically a more nimble toddler, but hey, she's cute!

3. Being responsible for someone else. Obviously Lucy is a lot more self-sufficient than a baby is, and I can leave her at home for several hours unsupervised when I need to. But knowing that there's someone at home that is relying on me for dinner (and cuddles) helps me to put others' needs before my own. It's a very small step compared to the responsibility of a newborn, but a step nonetheless.

4. Cats have no boundaries. Babies don't either. Being all up in your face when you're trying to sleep and following you into the bathroom are normal, everyday occurrences for pets. And now we are used to the constant invasion of personal space. Thanks, Lucy.

5. Life will never be the same again, and that will be the best thing ever. One of the things that Ryan and I kept saying to each other after adopting Lucy is "Why were we so concerned about getting a cat?" We love having Lucy and she has made us love being at home together even more. So as we looked forward to our little boy's arrival, we knew that it would be a very similar situation. A BIG adjustment, but so, so worth it!

A Christmas Greeting

There are so many things I love about this time of year. One is definitely getting Christmas cards from all our friends and family in the mail. It's always exciting to get something other than bills and advertisements in the mail, and seeing updated photos of everyone is so special! Everything is so digital these days, but seeing all of the cards strung up in our house makes me so happy! I hope it's a tradition that continues for years to come.

And because I can't send a Christmas card to everyone I know and love... here's a digital card from our family to yours! Merry Christmas!

This year as we snuggle up with our newborn (who is getting bigger by the minute!), we look back to that first Christmas 2000 years ago, when Mary & Joseph held the Christ-child and the angels sang of his coming redemption. If there was ever a year when our hearts yearned for the final fulfillment of the promise, "Peace on earth", it is surely this one.

Monday Musings

Dear Blood Pressure Cuff, You are my mortal enemy now. Why did you feel the need to squeeze the living daylights out of my arm while I was trying to have a baby? It's just cruelty.

Dear Gingerbread Houses, You are pretty much the most adorable thing ever. Other than babies. And kittens.

Dear Wednesday... Shouldn't it be Wendsday? Or is it like realtor or other words that everyone just mispronounces?

Dear Sweet Potato Casserole, Let's stop pretending you're a vegetable. You really belong on the dessert buffet.

Dear Hallmark Channel, You always suck me in this time of year. And now that you have two channels and I have a baby who needs to eat every 3 hours... I'm pretty much done for.

 

And because it's been a few weeks since we've had a Monday Musings post and I want us to still be friends (and because Ryan is always saying quotable things and now we're behind), here are a couple extra quotes!

Ryan Quote of the Week:
You're a walking pregnant scentsy candle.

Let's name our kid after a state with nothing in it.

Oh, we have a sophisticated cat. She plays golf and tennis.

What color is parson brown?

Or maybe he has a 3 week old reindeer and just needs sleep. 

 

Photo by: SC Stockshop

Our Favorite 2016 Engagement Photos

Our Favorite 2016 Engagement Photos

I always love wrapping up the year by looking back. And since most of this year's engagement sessions took place before wedding season kicked off, I felt like I hadn't seen most of these images in a while! 

The 2016 engagement session took us to some really beautiful locations like Colonial Williamsburg, the Francis Landing House, Norfolk Botanical Gardens, and the Back Bay Reserve. I always love how much I learn about each of my couples during their engagement session and it gets me so excited for their wedding days! Here are a few favorites from the 2016 season.