Thursday, October 22, 2009

new house pictures

we are homeowners squared!! instead of buying our second home in the hamptons (ha ha!) we purchased one in annapolis! it was built in 1958 and to steal the words of our appraiser, "it's in pristine condition...just like dick van dyke still lives there!" we have a lot of updating to do.

the house is in a wonderful location across from the navy football stadium in a neighborhood called admiral heights. when we went to closing, i received 2 gifts. flowers from the sellers (how sweet is that??), and a nice bottle of wine from the title company. we left the closing and ken and i drove over to the house. and yes, my sweet husband carried me into our new house...thankfully for his back, i'm only 4 months pregnant and have only gained 2 pounds! i was telling ken how sweet the housewarming gifts were. then, playfully, i asked him what he got me for a housewarming gift. he paused for a moment and with a big smile he said, "a house!"

uhhhhhhhh right....good point! :)


the front of the house (the green awnings will be gone soon!)
ken standing between our current dining room (which will be expanded) and the formal sitting/living area

check out these vintage appliances!! the current kitchen will be converted into a full bathroom.

more of the current kitchen

our one and only pepto bismol and gray bathroom. it will be reglazed to white next week.

the master bedroom. aren't the original hardwood floors gorgeous?

this side of the room will be a small sitting/TV area

this side of the room will be the new kitchen

the formal sitting/living room area. under the shag carpet are the original hardwood floors.

i'm going to redo the fireplace by painting and getting different stone for the landing

the detached 2 car garage...our boat's new home

the long back yard

the site of my new organic garden behind the garage

Monday, October 19, 2009

pregnancy pictures

i've been asked by a few people to post some pregnancy pictures so without further ado...(by the way, it is TRUE that you show much faster with the second!)


10 weeks
12 weeks

14 weeks

i'm feeling really good with a lot more energy now that i'm in my second trimester. i didn't get sick with this pregnancy like i did with matthew thanks to the wonder drug zophran. my doctor didn't want me to lose weight in my first trimester like i did with matthew (i lost close to 10 lbs) so he put me on it. since about 12 weeks i've only taken it twice so i think the morning sickness is just about over. i'll try to remember to post a preggo picture every few weeks or so...i know we're not all the way over in greece anymore, but we're still pretty far from family and close friends in north dakota, arkansas, and texas and we want to share this experience with you.

i'll let you in on a little secret. even though we're not finding out, i have a strong feeling this baby is a girl. i feel completely different that i did with matthew. maybe because i'm in a better shape. i don't know. what i do know is that i didn't really crave much with matthew, if anything it was salty and fried. with this one, i crave everything sweet. thank goodness it's gotten pretty cold outside because i was eating ice cream like it was going out of style! i have purchased 5 girl outfits and ken said i couldn't buy anymore until the baby arrives. i was also calling the baby "she" but ken doesn't want "she" to have a complex in case "she" is a "he." so i've renamed the baby " 'lil bug."

we've had a lot of questions as to why we're not finding out since we did with matthew. the answer is that we were surprised by this blessing from the Lord and we do not care what we're having. a healthy child that we can have on earth with us is all that we want. this is one of the true surprises in life and we're looking forward to experiencing it!

Friday, October 16, 2009

bun in the oven

that's right, we're pregnant again! we have a bun in the oven that has been cooking for 14 weeks and it will be done on april 12, 2010!!

this pregnancy comes as a bit of a surprise but we know it's God's miracle to us. back at the beginning of august, i went to the doctor because i was having some pain on my left side. it turned out to be scar tissue from my c-section which was irritated by all the running i was doing to train for the 1/2 marathon. i saw the doctor who was on call, who shall remain nameless, and when i started asking questions about getting pregnant again, he told me we had a 10% chance of getting pregnant without getting a hCg injection. i had one with matthew and basically this is an ovulation stimulation shot (not a fertility drug) that makes you ovulate within 48 hours so your chances of getting pregnant are greater.

if he had done a pregnancy test that day, it would have been positive! needless to say, i'm no longer seeing that doctor!

5 days after that appointment, i was running and had a very sad little run because i was so tired. i had to walk most of the 2 miles back. then the next day, i had no energy and the nasea feeling came upon me. hmmmm...i thought. this feeling is familiar. the next morning on sunday, aug 9 i went to the drug store and picked up a pregnancy test. i came home and was too scared to take it at first. after taking a shower, i got up the nerve and took it. i saw the + sign start developing and yelled out to ken, "i'm pregnant!" he came running in, embraced me and we both wept tears of joy for awhile. we thanked God and praised his name.

i feel very blessed to be seeing a civilian doctor who is one of the top high risks specialists in maryland. dr. haddock is wonderful and has really put ken and i at ease with this pregnancy. i had 2 major complications with matthew; a small placenta tear at 10 weeks and bleeding at 13 weeks so it feels good to be past these weeks with our new baby.

we ask for your fervent prayers for our baby's health and for me to be able to carry to full term. my doctor has a c-section planned at 39 weeks on april 12, 2010.

because we were not planning this pregnancy it took awhile to get excited about it and trust that everything would be ok. after all, i was still feeling very sad and angry about losing matthew. but with the help of my counselor and close friends and family, i feel like i can start experiencing this new baby as truly the miracle he or she is.

celebrate God's miracles and his love for us...and please pray for baby Schwalbe!

by the way, we will let you know what we're having as soon as we know...on april 12, 2010! we're not finding out!

p.s. i've attached a few pictures from our vacation to martha's vineyard and nyc. you can visit the following link if you want to see all of them.

http://picasaweb.google.com/ken.schwalbe/MarthaSVineyardNYCVacation








Thursday, October 15, 2009

Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day ~ Oct. 15th


today is the annual day when all mothers, fathers, sibilings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends remember all the babies who have gone on to heaven.

http://www.october15th.com/

tonight at 7pm in your time zone you can light a candle to remember all of these babies in heaven and all the parents who are left behind bearing the loss of their children.


dear matthew phillip,
today we remember you in a special way. we remember your life and how blessed we were to become your parents. you have touched so many lives in your 5 short days of life on earth and in the last 10 months that you have been in heaven. we know that your life will continue to impact people in such an incredible way. most of all, people will continue to come to Jesus through your sweet life. we miss you so much and wish we could hold you again. but in the mean time, it gives us great comfort to know you are with the Eternal Father. we love you so much precious son.
love, mommy and daddy

Sunday, October 4, 2009

navy v. air force game


yesterday, navy played an exciting game against air force, where they won in OT! here are a few pictures from the day. bill and joni drove up and went to the game with us.


great weather, great game, great friends! Go NAVY!! (and Tech won too, so it WAS a GREAT weekend!)


Thursday, October 1, 2009

makeshift panchos

last weekend i didn't check the weather before we went to the navy game. rain, rain, rain. so we put these trash bags on at the tailgater thinking we could buy panchos inside.

wrong. sold out.

people would smile, laugh, say we looked "cute", etc.

i think what they meant was wow, you guys look ridiculous. but at least we were dry from the neck to our waist. could have definitnely gone for 30 gallon bags!!!

navy won the game so it was all worth it! :)