Thinking of you all

Hello, family! No big news to share from Grove City, but you are all on my mind! For some reason, I have been missing all of you more than usual lately. Isaac and I would love to Skype with each of you sometime in the next few weeks.

Some small happenings in the Isaac Hake household recently: We have had a couple of very low-key weekends with no commitments Friday night or Saturday, so we have gone out to dinner, watched movies (Night at the Museum 2 and Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief), listened to The Two Towers, bought Isaac some nice and very functional winter shoes/boots that he can wear to work, eaten bacon and pancakes for one Saturday breakfast, talked about baby stuff and plans for our rental house/apartment search, slept in, and worked on various tasks around our apartment. We have had relatively busy weeks, and we have some bigger weekends coming up this month, so the times we have had at home the past couple of weekends have been especially nice. My appreciation of Isaac as my husband and just as a person keeps growing all the time, and it has been so fun to spend a little extra free time with him.

I have an ultrasound on Tuesday because they couldn’t get a clear enough picture of one of the exits of the baby’s heart at the anatomy ultrasound in November. The doctor’s office didn’t call to tell me about it until a week and half ago, and when they did, they freaked me out by leaving a voice mail that told me not to worry but that they needed to discuss a “finding” on my last ultrasound with me. I was grateful that the “finding” didn’t indicate anything serious and that it means we get to go in for another look at our little girl! I am 31 weeks today, and I am quite excited to see how much she has grown and developed since the 20 week ultrasound. 🙂 We will post pictures.

Speaking of the baby, I have been preparing more for her arrival by researching various cloth diapering options (there are so many that I just about cried several times this last week…just about anything makes me cry these days, though), car seats, strollers, baby carriers, nasal aspirators, and all the other apparently necessary baby items. For being such small people, babies sure need a lot of stuff! One thing that has been especially fun has been getting baby clothes and buying an extra-pretty diaper bag. A local family that we know through Grove City College (the husband is a professor) and through several mutual friends gave us a beautiful high chair and cradle that they no longer need and which happened to perfectly suit the kitchen and bedroom furniture we already have. Having clothes and furniture for our baby makes her impending arrival seem more real, and I am getting more excited. I am glad I don’t have to deliver her just yet, though… it sounds like it hurts! 😛

We are praying for all of you! This week we are especially thinking of Joel and Katie’s new baby and praying for his safe and smooth arrival. Also, like I said, I miss you all lots. Growing up, I thought a ton about getting married and becoming a mom, but I never realized how fun and joyful it would be to be a part of a new extended family. Being an aunt, sister-in-law, and daughter-in-law to all of you is a delightful privilege for which I thank our heavenly Father often. Love you all, Hannah

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