Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Can we get this show on the road already?

I dunno about you guys, but every year around the middle to end of January I start to get the itch for Spring to go ahead and usher itself in. I have had my fill of coooold (hello 20 degrees!) days, enjoyed the Holidays (and taken them down around the house), worn each of my sweaters as much as I care to, and tire of the sun rising later and later each day and still setting far too early in the evening.

I do enjoy February a bit, but...once March gets here...wham! Bring on the Spring with its wee bit warmer weather, optional jackets and 3/4 sleeve shirts, fun Easter candy (oh, how I've missed you Sweet Tart Jelly Beans) and the trees and grass beginning to show a signs of life again.

With the weather this week being in the mid to high 60's, it's an early tease for March. But, I am no fool. I know we have plenty of cold snaps still headed our way.

However, I for one, am ready to get the show on the road and bid adieu to old man Winter and say beinvenidos a la Spring!

**Update. See, I even had to trash the winter snowflake theme and give things a lighter, err, lovelier color-scheme.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

An assortment of fruits

Does/did anyone else look forward to reading the weekly email updates you recieve from Baby Center just to see what fruit your baby's going to be that week?

Am I the only one who still doesn't know what a kumquat is????

Below is a pic of our lime-now-lemon from last week's 13 wk sono...

And below pic of the 1st article of clothing we've snagged for our little one. I think it sums things up prettly nicely....

A short long background story

...my attempt at a short story detailing "how we found out".

Rewind back to the first week of November, the week we were to leave on our cruise.

Both Monday and Tuesday mornings I'd woken up and gone running before work. After each run I thought it was odd I didn't have the slightest hint of cramps, since I always get them when I am running, right before I get my monthly visitor. I was thinking to myself "oh great, I am gonna get this crud the day we step on the boat. How lovely, I get to be in swimsuits all week long."

Wednesday morning rolls around, I go running. Same outcome. I am seriously perplexed. We are leaving the.next.day. Ughhhh.

So, I just so happen to have one last test under the counter. I mean, yes, we'd been "trying" for a few months. But honestly the month prior we'd been so busy with the new house construction, the contract on our old house, etc...that I couldn't have told you when my last cyle was or when the "opportune times" were.

*Perhaps I should have prefaced this post as being a bit TMI.

Anywho, so I take the test and no sooner can I put the cap on the top and turn it over to wait for the results, when viola!...there they were, 2 pink lines, plain as day, neither of which were the slightest bit faint. Two bold pink lines.

All I remember was, gasping in shock, I cupped my hands over my mouth and kept saying "oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh". Then I prayed. Then I cried (happy tears, of course).

And of course, Jordan had already left for work. And there was NO way I was going to call or email him any news of this magnitude. So, there I was, with the biggest piece of news ever and a whole friggin' day to go to work, normal as always, and hold it inside 'til that evening. Lemme tell ya, that was THE longest day ever!

All that day I was trying to figure out how to tell Jordan without just blurting it out before he could even put his cark in Park in the garage. (I may or may not have a tendency to be about as patient as a 2 year old.)

So, the final idea settled on was to buy a book of baby names and tape the pregnancy test to the front of it and leave it in Jordo's chair in the living room. I put it there and was just pacing, waiting for the dude to get home. Soon enough, he did. He walked straight up to his chair and sat down. All the while I'm in the kitchen trying to hide my face, which is grinning from ear to ear. He sits in silence then says "hey babe, what is this? Are you about to take a pregnancy test?" then another pause, as he looks closer at the stick and sees the 2 lines...then says "whoah, babe...are you pregnant?!?!?!?". The rest is definitely too cheesy and just plain dorky to share.

So, there you have it. The attempted (read: failed) short version of how we both discovered our little one was on its way!

The rest of that night we were trying to pack for our trip the next morning, all the while giggling and just soaking in our big news.

So, without knowing it, our trip to the French West Indies of the Caribbean ended up being our "Babymoon" of sorts. No adult beverages for me. We cancelled the zip line through the rainforest and the bike and hike tour. Instead, we opted for massages and lounging on the beaches at each stop.

Luckily, since I was only 4 weeks at that point, I was not feeling nauseous or having too many food aversions yet. Thank goodness because that would have made for one long week on a rocking cruise ship.

Crazy to think our little lemon (thank you, Baby Center, week 14 update) has already been to so many different countries...such the little traveler they are :).

Monday, January 4, 2010

Read Between the Lines

Have you ever felt like you needed to read between the lines? That you have to read between the lines to see a small blessing hidden, that maybe you just can't see right now. That you have to read between the lines to see your future is bright and full of little and big changes, not yet clear to you, but imminent and upon the horizon. That you have to read between the lines, no matter how faint or bold the lines are, no matter if the lines are black, white, green or say...pink...

to see...

That God has blessed you...

...with a BABY!!!!

As of today we are 13 weeks pregnant and couldn't be more excited and thankful. Our little one should make its grand debut somewhere around July 13th, and just might come out wearing sunscreen and flip flops :).

An updated 13 week sono pic and some details of the first trimester to be posted soon.

Behold, children are a heritage of the LORD and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
Psalms 127:3


Sunday, January 3, 2010

Is there anything better than family?!?

As we close out the 2009 Holidays and move into 2010 and a new year, I find myself reflecting (no surprise there). I truly cannot imagine how 2009 would have played out, been filled with memories or come and gone with struggle and triumph, if it weren't for family. Jordan and I have said it again and again to each other, but we really do feel blessed beyond measure to have such strong family ties on both his and my sides.

Below are some pics from the Holidays.

I don't have any of Jordan's crew, but believe me, there'd be a million if I captured all of the photo-worthy occassions we celebrated with them throughout the Holidays. I mean....afterall...we DO live with his parents right now (not to mention down the street from his aunt's family, brother's family and his nana), so we have been able to really get some quality Frazer-Young time in since pre-Thanksgiving. Again, I tell you...we are blessed.

And onto 2010. Here's to a new year and all that may come!!!