Monday, October 28, 2013

13 weeks.

13 weeks down. Baby is the size of a lemon!

1. Listening - to my instincts.
2. Eating - whatever I can keep down :( in small increments. Recently, ALMONDS!
3. Wearing - mostly regular clothes with some alterations (i.e unbuttoned pants).
4. Feeling - sick for the past 7 weeks. Nausea. Dizzines. Headaches. Fatigue.
5. Drinking - lots of water. watermelon juice.
6. Seeing - a tiny tummy forming.
7. Craving - not much. I got a hankering for Neil's surprise pasta the other night and he happily make me some :)
8. Needing - energy. to be reminded that it will pass.
9. Thinking - that is all worth it. It could be worse. My body was made for this!
10. Enjoying - the emotional support of a very busy husband. nice weather that encourages exercise.
Thoughts from a Daddy-to-be
"Being pregnant is hard."
"Baby-ing ain't easy"

How He/We Found Out.

I had all these grand ideas for how to tell Neil that we were pregnant. You know the cute ones with baby gifts, pregnancy tests, or song? Well, it didn't really go down like that.

I was in my first week of a new job. On this day, all new faculty was invited to a dinner. We went, ate, had good conversation, etc. I knew I was pregnant as we sat around that table. I don't know why or how but I had this urge to get home. Now. As soon as we got through the door, I locked myself in the bathroom and took a test. I put it away to let it work and went about my nightly routine. I figured, as soon as Neil goes to bed, I'll look at the results, and plan my creative announcement for the next morning.


As I was getting ready for bed I heard Neil ask, "What's First Response?"
"Um. What? No. Nothing"

Apparently, I left the box at the top of the trash can...womp womp.

So I had to tell him.

 "Its a pregnancy test."
"Are you pregnant?"
"I don't know I haven't looked"
"Well look already"
" Ok. You read the directions and I'll look. Is one line or two lines pregnant?"
"Two lines"
"We have two lines"
"Are you serious"

His face was priceless. Excitement and awe rolled into one. Standing there in our tiny bathroom, jumping up and down.

I didn't get my cute announcement and I do wish I had a camera to capture his face but it's something I will never forget.

He made me take another one first thing in the morning...just to be sure :)

Thursday, October 24, 2013

My Sister found a Mister.

My little sister got married this month. Between keeping the biggest secret of my life and trying to fight nausea, I have neglected this little blog. I do plan to catch up so this seems like a great place to start.

Of course the professional pictures are not ready but these were a few taken by family and friends.

Neil performed the ceremony and did a great job!

 Brother and sister of the bride and groom.

The beautiful bride.

A few things I want to remember about that day:
- Tio Rick dangling his keys in the middle of the aisle.
- Marks face as she walked down the aisle.
-  feeling nauseated and trying to fit into my dress
- The toast from his brother.
- 94 degrees in October
- The cutest flower girls.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Our BIG news!

We were so excited to finally be telling our families!
Luckily, my sister's wedding brought everyone together. My in-laws and sister-in-law came down to celebrate and that make for perfect timing.

The day after the wedding, we made reservations at one of our favorite Chinese Restaurants. Dinner was great, conversation was flowing, and my emotions ran crazy as I watched our parents. They get along, they genuinely care about one another, and they were laughing together. Little did they know that they were in for our greatest set up yet!

As Neil and I sat nervously through dinner, I made my way to the "restroom". I asked the hostess to switch out our fortune cookies with some customized ones I bought from ETSY. She asked if they were funny fortunes and I told her, in my very calmest voice, "No, they are telling our family that we are pregnant." She looked at me with an "are-you-serious" face. She almost blew my cover when she squealed with excitement!

The end of dinner came. Fortune cookies were delivered. And chaos ensued!

Some struggled with the packaging.
Some tried to locate their reading glasses.
Some pushed the chair out behind them.
Everyone was so happy!

Ultimately, everyone read their fortune.

My intention was to catch it on video but I got caught up in the moment...

This will be the first grandbaby for both our parents. The first niece/nephew for our sisters. So, it goes without saying that we are all excited!

(the cookies were really good tasting and the customization was free! I got them from this ETSY store.)

Friday, October 4, 2013

What I learned in September.

I CANNOT believe its October already!

It was kind of a whirlwind of activity and emotions and it doesnt seem to be slowing down. But I want to be purposeful about slowing down so here are some things I learned in September.

I learned that
- there are enough hours in the day but my time management skills need work :(
- napping in the middle of the day is wonderful (not for time management)
- I need a couch in my office.
- I have a very supportive husband
- 3 hours is too far for planning special occassions
- arsenic in water gets WORSE when boiled!
- how to create (and not create) a test.
- we should buy extra season tickets...we have guests every weekend!

lots of pictures coming soon!!


1. Listening - to Bill Cosby standup
2. Eating - Watermelon with lime
3. Wearing - my favorite earrings
4. Feeling - inspired. anxious.
5. Drinking - fruit juice
6. Reading - blogs, assignments, how-to books
7. Wanting - fall weather. next weekend to be here.
8. Needing -  to clean house, shop for wedding jewelry
9. Thinking -  of college friends coming to visit this weekend!
10. Enjoying - fall decor, apple cider candles