Oberly Fertile

I'll give you the cliff notes version first, and if you care for details, I welcome you to read on:

We are expecting our 2nd baby and we are moving to Indiana!

At the beginning of May, we found out about our little surprise blessing. As happy as I was, panic/reality struck me quick-- our babies will only be 14-15 months apart! How on earth will we be able to handle all this? So we took a breather (a short one, there was no time) and decided that we would rent a home in Indiana for a year to be close to Eric's family and get some much needed help. The following weekend, we were in Indiana to run the mini-marathon. We still hadn't told anyone about baby #2, so Eric secretly went out to look at rental homes. There really wasn't anything on the rental market to suit our needs, and upon talking to a realtor, we decided that buying was the way to go. This was going to be tricky, we were working with a very aggressive timeline because I wanted to be moved out before the belly started take over my body. So we decided to tell Eric's mom and enlist her help with property search.

Here is a video of us sharing the news with Eric's mom. Riley is wearing the shirt in the picture above, and Eric tells his mom to check out Riley's nightgown before bed:

The weeks following were insane to say the least. We found a property, liked it, Eric's mom checked it out, we put in an offer, Eric flew out for the inspection, and ta-dah-- we became Greenfield, Indiana homeowners. Meanwhile, we were/are furiously working on packing and making our Virginia home ready for rental. All this going on while chasing an 8 month old around the house and keeping our pregnancy a secret, since we were still in the first trimester. Chaos, but of the best variety.

Which brings us to present day. Riley and I are flying to Indiana tomorrow and from there on we will be making our move. There is still lots to be done but we truly feel so blessed and welcome this change with open hearts. Please send some prayers for a smooth transition and a healthy and happy baby! We need all the love and support we can get!

Baby #2 is due end of December. Here is the first photo of our babies together. My heart already melts  imagining my kids playing and growing up together:
proud big sister!


Standing Tall

Watching Riley grow up has been fun to say the least, but boy has it also been exhausting! She has been pulling up on furniture, trying to walk around and obviously doesn't know how. So for the past however many weeks, I have been glued to her to make sure she doesn't fall and hurt herself. I realize how simple that might sound, but believe me when I tell you that it is tiresome. I'm not proud to admit it, but there have been times when I've found myself feeling impatient with this sweet and curious little 8 month old. But today (and time and time again), she gave me a huge reminder as to why this is so worth it and how she is just the best thing that we have ever been lucky enough to be blessed with.

Okay, a little much for a video of my baby standing for a few seconds? Probably, but I don't care! I am just seriously that proud of her!



Riley has now upgraded from an army crawl to a real baby crawl. At this rate, she will be running her first half marathon next week. She's always been a really wiggly baby, she would hardly ever sit still, so we knew from the get-go that she'd be motivated to move fast, but never did we imagine it would happen this quickly. I love watching her grow up, but I wonder where my little baby went!

I love that in this video she is crawling towards me and eventually starts climbing my leg. Love my girl!



I'm not talking about the 24 hour buffets on a giant ship, although I do enjoy that type of cruising very much. My now 8-month-old baby is hanging on to furniture to help her walk from place to place. Is it just me or is this all happening entirely too fast?


Slow down, child!

People weren't kidding when they told me these kids grow up way too fast. Riley is no exception. At almost 8 months old, she is crawling all over the place and already pulling up on furniture. We had to lower her crib because she surprised us one morning by waking up, standing on her crib, hanging on to the railing. Her top two teeth also decided to come in and join the party. She is constantly singing and her favorite noise to make is "ba, ba, ba." Both Eric and I are trying to brainwash her with "da da" and "ma ma" to no success quite yet, but I'm not one to give up easily. 

Here's a video of Riley in her new favorite toy. This girl will be so happy once she figures out how to walk on her own.