The Row House

Mark is Chip and Joanna Rolled Into One

We are big Fixer Upper fans just like the rest of America!

And people always ask us if Mark is like Chip and if I’m like Joanna.

The answer is no. Mark is Chip AND Jo, and I’m basically just his funny sidekick who follows him around and writes this blog!

Hate to be that annoying wife who gushes about her husband, but Mark really is the brains behind all our designs and the brawn behind our renovations.

He did a quick project at our current home last weekend.

Isn’t it amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do?!

Mark picked the colors and did all the scraping and then the painting.

I offer moral support and watch the baby…because someone’s gotta do that!

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Take A Wild Guess!

This is the easiest blog post I’ll ever write…

Take a wild guess at what I’m most thankful for this Thanksgiving?!

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Look at my boys. How did one girl get so lucky?

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I definitely don’t deserve them, but I’m thankful that God sent me Mark and Henry!

As a family, we are thankful for 4 wonderful grandparents, including Opa and Oma who came down from Toronto to see Henry.

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We are thankful for friends and family who stop by and love on him and bring him super cute gifts…like these Converse sneakers from Aunt Susie and Uncle Pete. Aren’t they adorable?!

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I’m SO THANKFUL that Henry is such a sweet baby and I’m feeling really good.

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It’s nice to be able to get out of the house…even if we only go to Target and our favorite coffee shops in Lawrenceville.

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I’m also thankful for the really easy labor I had…especially after watching my sister, Kelly, have a long and REALLY HARD labor with her daughter.

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As Kelly said to me that day in the hospital as she watched Hank be born easily and quickly…”I love you. But I really hate you right now.” 😉

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It’s GO time!!!

The time is FINALLY here…we are headed to the hospital tomorrow morning to be induced!

Little nugget head has been cooking for 42 weeks and now it’s time for his or her grand entrance!

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This weekend, I saw some girlfriends, had a great date night with Mark, went for long walks and tried to SLEEP!

Mark is SO READY to be a dad. Everyday for the past 3 weeks, he said to me “Let’s have a baby, today!” right as he left for work.

We know our baby is stubborn, and I think he or she is going to be a little stinker.

Hopefully when we induce, lil bubs will cooperate and just slide right out!!

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This is totally my baby.

My baby is overdue. And the doctor says I could carry to 42 weeks.

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I had a stress test to make sure baby is okay and the doctor looked at the results and said, “That’s a textbook picture of a baby LOVING it in there!”

Ugh. I might be pregnant forever.

I know that my Grandma Alice was taking care of this baby up in heaven and I know she filled this child with piss and vinegar! She’s sending me a baby that’s as stubborn and strong willed as me!

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I did let myself sulk around for a few hours yesterday feeling bad that I’m still pregnant and waddling around.

Then I went and got ice cream…2 scoops…because if I’m going to be pregnant for another week and a half, I’m going to enjoy it DAMMIT!!!

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Life as we know it…

…is about to change!

Even though it feels like I will have Braxton Hicks contractions forever and never have this baby.

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Ugh.

Waiting for our baby gives Mark and me LOTS of time to think about the future and (try to) plan what’s next for us.

Mark is currently “winterizing” the big Victorian house we’re supposed to renovate next.

We also have a mason lined up to help us fix the front brick facade of the house, but haven’t pulled the trigger yet.

My brother-in-law, Kevin, who helped Mark with our rowhouse renovation has been building furniture in his free time.

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The patio table he’s working on now looks fantastic and we are trying to convince him to go into the home renovation business with us.

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Easier said than done when you can’t pay him anything. Hahahaha!

I’m continuing to work and after every live news report, I think…”Maybe that was my last one!”

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But alas, it never is and my baby continues to hang out in my belly while I walk around in the same 3 shirts because nothing else fits!

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I can’t wait…to see my feet!

I’m getting close to the end and thinking about the things I can’t wait to do once I’m NO LONGER pregnant!

Obviously snuggling with my little love bug all day once he or she arrives is numero uno but there are several close seconds.

I can’t wait TO SEE MY FEET! I can only see the tops of my toes right now…and I can barely reach them…so Mark is in charge of foot massages. He’s thrilled.

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I can’t wait TO EAT SUSHI! I’m going to eat so many tuna and dragon rolls that I will start to smell. Don’t. Care.

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I can’t wait TO BE ABLE TO BEND OVER! Right now, bending down to reach my purse or tie my shoes is accompanied by grunting and groaning and heavy breathing. Not pretty.

I can’t wait TO DRINK CHAMPAGNE.

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Nuff said.

I can’t wait TO JOG OR SPIN OR DO ANYTHING SUPER PHYSICAL!

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I’ve been relegated to walking for most of this pregnancy, which is fine, but I’m ready to BREAK A SWEAT! Like a massive sweat…an Ironman or something.

And then I’m going to put on a bikini and make my husband take me to the beach!

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Looking like a whale and crying at the drop of a hat.

I’m now officially “full-term” aka “looking like a whale.”

Baby could come any day now, but I have a feeling he or she will wait til THE VERY LAST SECOND just to prove who’s in charge.

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Mark can’t wait to be a proud papa and got our new Graham Glider all set up in the nursery…thanks Canadian grandparents for the gift!

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We also got a few special things that made me cry…and you know I never cry…like ever. Like not even at my wedding.

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My sister framed the prayer that we would say as a family before bed and now she says it with her daughter and I will say it with my little peanut. (I’m tearing up just writing this.)

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And then I cried (and laughed!) some more when I opened this gift from my dad.

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He got my baby this book…and wrote his own words in it about what he’s going to teach his grandchild.

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He wrote “I will read you the blog and show you the pictures where your mommy and daddy fixed up their Lawrenceville rowhouse.”

Cue the waterworks!!!

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