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Stories about my time being pregnant with out first child, and (eventually) stories of the little one.

Half-Way There


As of today, I am officially half-way through this pregnancy.  This picture is a depiction of what a baby at 20 weeks gestation looks like.  Just precious!

Nicholas and I are excited to get to see our baby later this year.  I already feel the little guy kicking me everyday.  At our last ultrasound, about a week and a half ago, he looked good.  Nothing was wrong.  He was just as cute as can be (especially, considering ultrasound pictures).  God’s creation is so amazing, and I feel beyond blessed to be a part of the process, even for a second time.

We have also decided on a name for our little guy:  Zachary (Zac) Arlin.  Zachary is a Hebrew name that means, “God has remembered.”  Nic picked it out, and I think he did a wonderful job.  Arlin is my papa’s name, which is why I chose it.  It is Irish and means “pledge” or “oath.”  Altogether, it is a good, strong name for our boy.  I’m sure he will bear it well.

We hope and pray that things continue to go as smoothly as they have so far, and that at the right time, we will get to meet our little Zac.



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Tip Of the Day

tip of the day I know I’m still pretty new to this parenting thing, and I’m certainly not planning on starting to add parenting advice to this blog on a regular basis.  In fact, this may be the one and only time.  Who knows?  But I do feel the need (especially after dealing with Mr. Cranky-Pants today) to pass along this little bit of parenting a advice.  It is by far the most useful thing I’ve run across for this baby time of parenting, so if you’ve got a little one, will soon have a little one, or will eventually have a little one, just tuck this away somewhere and use it when necessary.  Okay, here it goes:

Sleep begets sleep!

Simple as that.  If your child gets regular sleep, they will sleep adequately for you both.  That means regular, predictable naps and a regular, predictable bed time.  The more sleep they miss, the less they will get.  In other words, they will take longer to get to sleep, wake up more often during the night, and wake up earlier.

Sleep begets sleep!

And that’s all I have.  I hope you have a nice day. 


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Happy 2014!

As I write this,  the day is December 31, 2013.  I’ve had a feeling for a few days now that something unexpected may have happened, so I decided to find out for sure.  I was right.

SURPRISE!  We’re having baby number two, due September of 2014!

Despite trying to not have another baby so soon, apparently God had other plans, and His plans are always right and good.  Though this very tiny bundle of joy is entirely unplanned by Nicholas and myself, he (or she) has been entirely planned by God from before the creation of the world.  And now this baby’s time has come, and we couldn’t be more excited.

Now, to figure out how to keep the green-eyed monster from getting too big with big brother…..  Only 22 months apart, this will be fun.

Just for fun:  The Chinese Gender Predictor says that Baby Poe #2 is a girl.  We shall see.

Happy New Year!

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Eleven Weeks And Growing…

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My darling little man is just growing and learning.  He will be three months old on the 15th!  It’s hard to believe.  Last night, he spent his first entire night in his baby bed in his room.  He did great – better than Mama, in fact.  😉  The past couple of days, he has been trying to sit up in the swing, the car seat, even while he’s lying on the floor.  He discovered his fists a couple of weeks ago and has been regularly soaking them in slobber from sucking on them.  He holds his head up really well and wants desperately to be able to move about the house on his own.  Since he can’t crawl or walk yet, he simply demands that we walk him around, facing out, if possible.

I just love this little guy to pieces, as does Nicholas.  We are so blessed to have this precious boy as our son!  Everyday is something new to him, and watching and helping him grow is the best job I’ve ever had.

Praise the Lord for all of his precious blessings!

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Cheese Ball

Hello!  It’s been awhile since I posted anything.  My little blessing is two weeks old today, and we have been busy around here learning all sorts of new things.  Connor is growing and growing.  Most recently, he has begun to stretch his legs out more and sleep with his arms up around his head.  The stump of his umbilical cord fell off early this morning, and he will soon be moving into size 1 diapers.  I love my little man and still find it hard to believe that God blessed Nicholas and I with him.

However, somewhere between recovering from surgery and learning how to take care of a baby 24 hours a day, other things have gone on the back burner, such as cooking.  It’s only been in the past few days that I have actually started to do any kind of cooking, and most of that has been incredibly simple quick meals:  spaghetti, for example.  But then, my husband’s co-workers pooled money together and bought us nearly 3 months worth of baby formula and sent us flowers at the hospital, and that must be thanked properly.  Therefore, today, I got back in the kitchen for some “real” cooking, and I made his office a cheese ball and homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies.  This post will be about the cheese ball, obviously.

Now, let me warn you, unless you have a good stand mixer, it is much easier to use your hands to make this particular appetizer, which means you will get messy.  You can wear gloves if you want, but that’s up to you.



  • 2 pkg. (regular size) cream cheese (at room temp.)
  • 6 oz. finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 envelope ranch dressing mix
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans


  1. In a medium bowl, whip cream cheese.
  2. Add ranch dressing mix and cheddar cheese.  Mix until evenly distributed.
  3. Shape into a ball or log.
  4. Spread pecans on a piece of parchment paper.  Roll cheese ball in pecans until entire surface is covered.
  5. Serve with summer sausage and crackers.


P.S.  Please excuse the plastic wrap around the cheese ball in the picture.  I forgot to take a picture before I wrapped it, and I was too lazy to take it off for the picture later.  Not to mention I didn’t want to mess with putting all the little summer sausage pieces and crackers around it either.  I’m sorry.  Being a mama has apparently made me lazy.  😀

P.P.S.  This recipe is not a Crystal original.  It is from my step-mom’s sister Faye K.

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Welcome Connor!

On Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 4:27 in the afternoon, Connor Earl Poe entered the world, weighing in at 8 pounds and 8 ounces and measuring 21 inches long.  He had a long day getting here, which finally ended in a C-section, but he made it here healthy, beautiful, and sweet.  He has a head full of dark, straight hair, curious dark eyes, and able to already lift his head some.  He is strong and loud, and I admit that he has a temper, which can make feedings fun for this novice mama.  Despite his little temper, Nic and I wouldn’t trade him for the world and want nothing more than to take care of him as we ought.  He is the blessing of a lifetime, and I thank God for him all the time.

Mama loves you, Connor!

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Connor’s Room

It has taken many months, a lot of work, and plenty of patience, but this past Saturday, we finally did it:  We completed Connor’s room!  My step-mom Deanie finished the bumper pad and curtains last week, and I got it all put together.  We are officially ready for our little guy to make his appearence at anytime, and with less than two weeks until my due date, he could come at any time.  It’s hard to believe that we are this close already.  There have been times that seemed to have slowed to a snail’s pace, but all-in-all, it has gone fairly quickly, especially the past couple of months.  So here’s to Connor deciding to come earlier rather than later!  (My hope is that he comes tomorrow to distract me from all the election drama.  😉 )

Baby bed with the bed skirt made by me and bumper pad made by Deanie

Name plate made by me; supplies bought by my mother-in-law Erin

Curtains made by Deanie

Rocking chair bought by my in-laws Ed and Erin

Dresser bought by my mama Scharlotte

Standing in the doorway

Standing in front of the closet


I would like to say a special thank you to everyone who has given us any kind of gift for Connor (clothes, diapers, wipes, blankets, and other supplies), but a very special thank you to Daddy and Deanie, Mama, Ed and Erin, Papa and Granny, Grandpa B. and Grandma C., and Grandma Margaret.  Every gift is special and appreciated greatly!  We love you!

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