The New Year

Thank goodness there’s a week of holiday from Christmas to New Year’s, because I am not ready to go back to real life yet. Since nobody else is doing anything either, I can coast along with an oversupply of chocolate and a week full of get-togethers.

We went to the park and played on Christmas morning, after opening stockings and gifts. Lane wore the tutu I made for her gift.

I had plans to take it easy for the new year. My only resolution I had in mind was to drink more water, and maybe drink less root beer.

Because that seemed simple.

But then… we found out we’re having a baby!

And suddenly my year looks so very different.

This picture is 36 hours after learning the news. I’m thinking I can just put this baby in a sling and keep on going. Doug is wondering if he’ll worry this time as much as he did last time.

Christmas photo

We’ll be moving soon from the small apartment we have now to a slightly bigger apartment. We don’t know where it will be yet.

I’ll consider my resolution to drink more water as checked off the list: done. That was easy. And now on to new goals of planning, packing, moving, and growing this family we started.

I love to get organized in January. Love it. So stick with me, because I’ve got plans to do some serious sorting and organizing. The plans, oh the plans! Be still, my heart.
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  1. CONGRATULATIONS!!! What a wonderful way to end this year and begin the next!! God bless you and your family!

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  2. Congratulations on your pregnancy! The second child can be a real handful so you’ll need all your organising skills!
    I’ve only found your blog recently so I’m looking forward to reading your January plans because I will be making many of my own.

  3. Hi Rachel,
    A big congratulations to you, Doug, and Lane – how exciting!!

    And…great photos, too! They both exude much happiness.

    The new year promises to be filled with new and exciting changes, and I’m looking forward to where they all take you!

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  4. What a great time to learn of a new little one! Congratulations to you both!

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  5. Congratulations Rachel! This is such great news! I am so excited for you and Doug! Looking forward to seeing pictures!

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  6. Congratulations!

  7. Such wonderful news to hear! So will you be due sometime in August?

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  8. well, isn’t that just about the best christmas gift?! Congratulations, and praying for a happy and healthy pregnancy!

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  9. congratulations! I liked what you said about putting the baby in a sling and keep going. I love the moby wrap for this.

    Also, I know that you are a fan of all things simple and sustainable so I thought I would mention homebirthing with a midwife. I’m not sure if y’all thought of this as an option, but I highly recommend it.

    Looking forward to your organizing in January. I am the same way!

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  10. FELICIDADES!! What an amazing New Year’s gift and blessing. I pray you’ll have a tranquil, pleasant pregnancy. Can’t wait to hear how you’ll fit him/her into your simple notebook life. My best to you and yours.

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  11. Congratulations! I have been reading your blog for a few months now and it’s been such a boost. This is the first time I’ve posted, but I just wanted to say thanks for being a small part of my life in 2008 and I’m excited to see how you make room in your life and home for the new little one.

  12. Congratulations! What an exciting time for you all. Your 2009 is starting off grand. Looking forward to your organizing tips too. Happy New Year!

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  13. Jessica Lucas says:

    What wonderful news!!!! I’ve found one of the greatest joys in having two children is watching their relationship develop. My daughters, 4 and almost two, are inseparable. The little one only goes to her sister for comfort when she is upset – not me!

    It is my sincerest wish that Lane and her new brother or sister will be such great friends.

    As for parents… it seems your new little bundle already struck gold!

  14. Oh my goodness, I am so very happy for you! Your nesting instincts must be kicking into overdrive right now and with a new space to design/manage; what fun!
    I visit your blog often and I am always so happy to find a new post. Funny how a stranger” can become such a big part of your day ; )
    Congratulations to you both. Lucky kids!

  15. Congratulations!!!

    I look forward to hearing about all of your organizing, good luck with the move, and your pregnancy!

    Oh, and Lane’s tutu is adorable, now I want to make one for my daughter.

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  16. Congratulations! You will have an exciting year indeed!

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  17. Congratulations to you! Boy, combining the new year with the impending arrival of another little one, and no wonder you’re in organizing mode!

    I have been too, but then I get that way every year around this time. Oh, the plans. I could tell you about the plans! I’ve been doing a lot of show and tell on my blog with my plans, and there’s more to come…

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  18. what a great way to end your year – such fantastic news : )
    I am way happy for you and your family.

  19. CONGRATS!! long time lurker here, but this, this is something to come out of the shadows for! That is a great way to end/start the year!! Look forward to seeing your organizational ideas!!
    Congrats again!

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  20. Congratulations on your wonderful blessing! :)

  21. Sandra Gonzales says:

    Beautiful! Wonderful!

    It’s weird – I don’t personally know you but my heart leapt for joy at your news. I wish you and your beautiful family the best.
    Have fun getting ready for Cutie #2.


  22. Happy news! Best Wishes in the New Year.

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  23. Your smiles say it all. Many blessings!

  24. Congratulations! What wonderful news to receive just before beginning a new year!

  25. Wow… congrats!!! An amazing way to start the New Year!

  26. Thanks for the congratulations, everyone! It’s an August baby.

  27. Congratulations!!!! What a happy holiday surprise!!!

  28. Wow — congratulations! And Lane looks great in that tutu, too.

  29. Congratulations Rachel! Blessings to you and your expanding family. Looking forward to your organizing!

  30. Congratulations! It’s exciting to plan and dream about a growing family, isn’t it? Can’t wait to see what you discover along the way.

  31. Congratulations!!!!

  32. Congratulations! That’s absolutely fabulous and I can’t think of a better way for you and the family to begin the new year.

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  33. Hate to sound like a parrot, but CONGRATS Rachel! You are guaranteed a fantastic 2009 now.

    Enjoy your New Years!

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  34. CONGRATS! That is such exciting news. I am so happy for your family. I adore that picture of your daughter in the tutu- so sweet!

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  35. You’ve lured me out of lurking to say Congratulations!!!

  36. Congratulations and a blessed new year to you and your family. I’m looking forward to reading Small Notebook in 2009. :-)

  37. Congratulations on your growing family. Very exciting news.

    Your archives have given me a great start to planning my new year and I’m looking forward to reading about your new organization as well.

    Great tutu!

    Lia´s last blog post..Tutus, tiaras and tea

  38. Wow! What a wonderful New Year’s gift!! Congratulations to you and your family. Can’t wait to see what 2009 holds for all of us. :D

  39. What a beautiful way to end 2008. All the best!

  40. Congratulations! We recently found out that we’re expecting an August baby too. Here’s to a wonderful 2009!

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  41. That’s great, Cindy!

  42. Congratulations! What an exciting way to begin the new year! Happy Organizing, I will stay posted. :)

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  43. Congratulations!! and happy new year!

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  44. the only thing better than one kid is two! congratulations!!

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  45. Congratulations!!

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  46. Congratulations, and best wishes for your new resolutions! Have fun!

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  47. Rachel, I am so happy for you! Thanks for sharing the news with us!

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  48. that is so exciting! congratulations. i wish you all the best in growing a baby, packing, and all that new year organizing.

  49. Congratulations and happy new year. I’m looking forward to reading about the upcoming changes in your family…

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  50. Congratulations! That’s exciting. I’m sometimes sad to hear about others having babies because I’m past that stage in life (just barely). My baby will be 5 in Feb. & I love the tiny baby stage. I keep telling myself that someday I’ll have grandbabies but that’s several years away (my oldest is only 14). I’m very happy for you though, definately keep “drinking water” on your list of to do’s this year!

    I am determined to clean out the clutter this year! I’m hoping for some inspiration in that area as I find now that I’m just too busy to tackle that heap of a job, so it’s a little discouraging to have that on my goal list. I’m sure when the kids go back to school next week I’ll have more time to concentrate on those things (I’m in school myself though too).

    Well, good luck with your pregnancy & Happy New Year to everyone!

  51. Awesome news! Congrats! Good luck with everything because I love reading your blog.

  52. Congratulations on your impending blessing! What a wonderful way to herald a new year….I love your blog, comment seldom, but really do appreciate the way you share your efforts and your enthusiasm for a simpler life! God Bless

  53. Congratulations~!!~ That is the most wonderful news to start the new year with! I look forward to your ideas on balancing simplicity with a growing brood~

  54. Yay! *hug* Congratulations! I’ll be praying for your health and energy over the next few months. By the way, that picture of Lane is adorable!

  55. Now THAT is a way to start of the new year! :) Congrats!

    I’m on a kick to get organized too…can’t wait to hear how yours goes.

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  56. Congratulations!! I’m so happy for you and your family!

    Lane is so adorable in her tutu! It’s just like the one I made for my daughter and a few of my friend’s kiddos this Christmas that was included in the Holidays by Hand festival. A great quick and easy craft, for sure!

    Wishing you many blessings in the new year,

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  57. What wonderful news! Congratulations!

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  58. Congratulations times a hundred! What exciting news and what a wonderful time of year to get it! We’ll hopefully be moving ourselves soon, so I’ll look forward to all your wonderful tips and advice.

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  59. Congrats – what wonderful news! we’re awaiting #2 any day now, so lots of changes in store for us in ’09 as well! Definitely need to continue to do some organizing & cleaning out – will be looking forward to the encouragement! :)

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  60. Congratulations! My husband and I are trying to conceive right now, and we moved to a larger (and closer to work) apartment over the Christmas holiday, so I feel very in tune with you right now. Can’t wait to hear about it all.

  61. Congratulations, what a great start to the year.

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  62. CONGRATULATIONS! That is a blessed gift from God! Can’t wait to see how the organization will go…I need all the tips I can get! I will be praying for you and your preganancy.

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  63. Amy E. Vorro says:


  64. Again, SO MANY CONGRATS. When you are ready to do your sling shopping, let me know. I always have suggestions/recommendations!

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  65. Congratulations, Rachel. You are glowing! May it be an easy and joyful pregnancy.

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  66. Congratulations! I hope that everything goes well with your pregnancy and your move. I look forward to reading all the new organizing tips as well. Thanks for writing a wonderful blog and thanks for giving us some insight into your life every once and a while. Good luck!

  67. Congratulations Rachel :) Best wishes for a blessed new year ahead.

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  68. Congratulations, Rachel!

    What a belated Christmas surprise for you & your family. I think the photo with your daughter in the tutu & mittens & jumping in the leaves (one of my favorites) is really sweet…

    Wishing you the best for the coming New Year!

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  69. Wow! Congrats!

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  70. Eeee! Congrats! I have had so much fun reading your blog this year. I look forward to many baby posts. Nothing more fun than reading about babies. Except, well, having one… The tutu looks awesome, too. Good luck with your move!

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  71. Congratulations!! What wonderful news to start your new year!

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  72. Oh my gosh, congratulations! I love reading your blog, and it’ll be so fun to follow all of the new changes in store for your family in 2009!

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  73. A true gift – congratulations and have a wonderful new year!

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  74. That is wonderful! Congratulations!

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  75. Congratulations! You’re glowing already!

  76. Congratuations–what a wonderful way to start the New Year!

  77. Congratulations!!! I am so excited for you and your family.

  78. wow oh wow oh wow!!! congratulations!
    couldn’t be more thrilled for you and can’t wait to follow you through the new year.

    Yay Rachel!!!

  79. Oh congratulations Mama! What an exciting way to start the new year. I am so glad I’ve found your blog this year. I really enjoy reading it and learning from you. Happy New Year!

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  80. Christina Lynn says:

    Wow, just when a gal needed to hear some good news, you had some! What a beautiful event to look forward to in the coming year for you and your family. Congratulations are indeed in order. :)

  81. Congrats! We are hoping our baby will be here soon in the new year!

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  82. Congratulations!! That is very exciting news. I love reading all your tips and advice and it will be great to hear what you have to say about pregnancy!

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  83. Felicitaciones! So exciting! This child will be blessed to be born into your family!
    P.S. the pic of Lane is DARLING!

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  84. Congratulations! What a wonderfully exciting blessing for 2009!

  85. CONGRATULATIONS to you and your family!

    The second child, oh my. The adjustment to becoming a mom and raising the 1st child will seem so incredibly easy compared to the day-to-day crazy life of 1+1. I’m sure you will handle it splendidly, though. :-)

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  86. Congratulations Rachel!

  87. Congratulations!

  88. WOW!
    As a mom of 4, I can say it definitely changes when you have your second.

    Just remember that no matter what hurdles you encounter, you are giving Lane the best gift of all-a sibling, one of the most relationship’s in the world. :)

    Good luck with the move!

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  89. That’s wonderful! Congratulations to you and your family. :)

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  90. Congratulations! May God’s blessings continue to be with you!

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  91. How awesome- congratulations! My husband and I are trying to decide whether we (eventually) want another baby, so I can’t wait to read how it goes for ya’ll the second time around.

  92. Wonderful, amazing news! I’m thrilled for you! And yes, you’ll worry less and find the second baby much easier to just add in to your life. 1 to 2 kids was far easier than 0 to 1!

    We’ve also got some big changes coming up in the New Year, so I’ll be following along with you this January. :)

  93. I am so excited to hear your news, it’s going to be a wonderful year for you four! I wish you all the very best of health and happiness for the coming year.

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  94. Congratulations! Fantastic news for you and your family. May you have a blessed pregnancy and 2009! Best wishes, Anna

  95. CONGRATS!!!!! Just get all the sleep you can now. Because with baby #2, no more “sleep when the baby sleeps”. Someone is always up!

    Enjoy and be healthy!

  96. Congratulations. What happy news.

  97. I’m a little behind in my Google Reader so I guess I get to be the 97th commenter to say SO HAPPY FOR YOU! I love to read your blog because I feel I can identify with you so much. We have a little girl close in age to Lane, who also loves to wear tutus, and we’re hoping to expand our little family soon too.

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  98. Congratulations, Rachel!! I am so glad I decided to dig through my reader full of posts instead of mark all as read after a few days away. Much love and healthy baby dust coming your way! I love the tutu you made for Lane.

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  99. Congratulations!

    We’re going to be greeting a new little one this year too… it’s exciting and scary all at the same time, because Hubby just got laid off… Good luck on finding a new slightly bigger apartment – my only new years resolution for this year is to continue decluttering and getting rid of stuff – that way we’ll have room for the new little one to come home!

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  100. Wonderful news! Congratulations to your family, and best wishes for a healthy, happy baby!

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  101. Congratulations! What a wonderful way to start the New Year! May 2009 be a happy and healthy one for all of you.

  102. Congrats on the “new baby” news!! I look forward to reading all about it. Your daughter is a little princess. Perhaps you will be adding a prince to your delightful family. I really enjoy your blog. Keep those stories coming!!

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  103. This is the BEST post I’ve read! Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful news. And I love how you told it. Just GREAT! Congrats over & over again!

  104. Congratulations, Rachel! SO excited for you. Our kids have changed me, changed our lives, changed our house, changed our hearts! :)
    The tutu you made is adorable – what a cute picture.

    Happy New Year!

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  105. Congrats to you! Very exciting. I just found out I’m going down that same road again too (and my son turns 1 next week)!

    What a blessing!

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  106. WONDERFUL!!!

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  107. Congratulations on the new addition! You sure do have a lot of planning to do now. How fun!

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  108. I look at the picture of Lane, and I have to show my husband and mother-in-law because once AGAIN, I think she is the cutest little girl ever. My husband says, “There goes Sally’s biological clock again. It kicks up now and again.” Then I keep reading and say, “Gasp! Rachel’s pregnant again!” And he said, “Oh no. Double biological clock! Another cute child on the way!”

    Congratulations to you, your husband, and your daughter on the growth of your happy little family. :)

  109. Rachel, CONGRATULATIONS! So exciting! Look forward to seeing how your year (and pregnancy) progresses!

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  110. all i can say is…yay!! and i dont even know you =)
    but i do read your blog, so congratulations!!!!

  111. The planning is my favorite part as well. I look forward to reading what you have in mind for the new year. I love Small Notebook!

    Oh! And, congrats on the new one!

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  112. Congratulations! You guys looks so happy. You are great parents. Lane will be a great big sister! I wish you so many blessings, health and fun getting organized for the New little one! I am so happy for you guys.

  113. congrats. Have fun and enjoy this year as well to fullest too. :)

  114. Congratulations on the baby news! What a great way to start the new year. :)

  115. Hi. New here. Just wanted to congratulate you on your baby and tell you how much I enjoy your site! I’ve been prowling around reading post after post. You’re really doing a service to the world.

  116. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  117. Congratulations. And what a terrific spacing. My oldest is not yet as independent as she’d like (2 y/o) and my youngest demands a lot of attention. Slings are wonderful things.

  118. Rachel! I was catching up since we have not seen you at BHL lately. I was hoping you were well and am THRILLED to read of your newest Blessing coming in August! Congratulations!! August babies are FUN. Happy pregnancy to you!

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