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I've been back at work for over a week now, and it's going well.

The kids are going to a new in-home daycare that's only a block from our home, so Collin drops them off every morning. Since I'm able to go directly to and from work without having to detour and drop off kids at daycare, it's shaved 30 minutes (one-way) off of my commute and made it much less stressful.

I have to admit, being at work is somewhat relaxing. The nature of my job allows me to listen to my iPod most of the day, so it's a nice change of pace after riding herd for three kids under six. Still, I miss them.

Violet seems to be doing well with the transition, thank goodness. She's adapted well to bottle-feeding and so far I've been able to pump more than enough for her. Hopefully I can keep it up. I'm able to use an empty office near my desk to pump during my breaks -- very convenient.

The biggest obstacle so far is finding time to keep up with the housework. Violet wants to nurse constantly in the evenings, to make up from being away from me, so it's tough to even scare up something for supper let alone do any dishes or laundry. I guess I can try catch up on weekends, but we seem to be making a lot of plans for weekends lately so chores keep piling up. Collin's new work schedule is M-Th (10 hr days) with Fri-Sun off, so I'm hoping he can help pick up the slack on his Friday off. Last night I wore Violet in the sling most of the evening, and I was able to pop in a load of laundry and do some prep for tonight's crockpot meal, so I think the sling will be my modus operandi from here on out.

As stressful as my days are, though, it's wonderful to come home to my baby's smile. Her grin of delight just melts my heart.

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A conversation with my husband

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Me: [looking down at my belly after a shower] I have so many stretch marks that I look like a road map.

Him: A road map... to love.

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It's a girl!

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Violet Elizabeth was born on 3/5/10 at 9:46am after a 2.5 hr labor. She was 8lbs 3oz, and 20" long. The kids love her. :)

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It's a girl!

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Violet Elizabeth was born on 3/5/10 at 9:46am after a 2.5 hr labor. She was 8lbs 3oz, and 20" long. The kids love her. :)

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Happy news!

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Collin and I put in an offer on a wonderful house last week, and we found out today that it was accepted! We are going to be homeowners for the first time!

The house is right behind our church -- we have a magnificent view of it from the master bedroom. Great neighborhood, lots of small kids, close to good schools. 4br, 2ba, a gorgeous backyard with a firepit. There's even a cupboard under the stairs (if we make that William's room, maybe he'll go to a school of magic someday...)

The only drawback is that the interior paint job is pretty ugly (varying shades of peach with one accent wall that's red). Oh well, we can paint. Elanor's room is not peach but rather pink and purple with a Disney Princess motif -- perfect for her!

We are so grateful to God for this opportunity! If all goes well we will close on November 20. Our lease on our current house isn't up until December 31, so that gives us plenty of time to move in.

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pregnancy update

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I had an appointment this morning and got to hear the baby's heartbeat via doppler -- nice and strong at 160bpm. I've actually lost a few pounds, though you can't tell from my bump. I feel enormous for 11w6d and am afraid that I'll swell to epic proportions in the third tri.

I have a new blog!

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Only a few posts so far. We'll see how it goes. :)

http://a-star-of-hope.blogspot.com

Facebook PSA

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So I set up one of the URL username thingys at Facebook... you can now get to my FB by going to http://www.facebook.com/JoAnna.Wahlund

my conversion story

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My last post reminded me that I'd been meaning to post my conversion story to Catholicism here for a while... I have it typed out, but not posted anywhere.

The following is mostly what I sent to a message board acquaintance who wanted to know my story.

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another great quote

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I'm reading The Myth of Hitler's Pope by Rabbi David Dalin at the moment, and it's fascinating. I especially enjoyed the following quote:

“Being a lover of freedom, when the Nazi revolution came in Germany, I looked to the universities to defend it, knowing that they had always boasted of their devotion to the cause of truth; but, no, the universities immediately were silenced. Then I looked to the great editors of the newspapers, whose flaming editorials in days gone by had proclaimed their love of freedom; but they, like the universities, were silenced in a few short weeks. Only the Catholic Church stood squarely across the path of Hitler’s campaign for suppressing the truth. I never had any special interest in the Church before, but now I feel a great affection and admiration because the Church alone has had the courage and persistence to stand for intellectual truth and moral freedom. I am forced thus to confess that what I once despised, I now praise unreservedly.”

–- Albert Einstein

Dalin’s source is: Time, December 23, 1940, 38-40