Thursday, September 25, 2014

Wonderful Wednesday Vol 2.

I know I know...I'm officially the worst at days...put me back in pre-school asap!

Wonderful Wednesday Series

We NEED more positive in this world. It does not have to be elaborate, though that is always welcome, and can be a simple picture or a short few sentences of something, someone, anything, that you think is wonderful. If you feel inclined to do the same

I've never been one of those people who has a LOT of friends.  I'm mean I'm friendly don't get me wrong (friendly to a fault sometimes).  But true, good, deep friends - there have always just been a handful.

Someone told me once that you pick up one or two really great friends from each stage in your life - and I would say in my experience that's true.  And some of those people have to go after that stage is over for various reasons, but a few they're in it for the long haul.

So what I'm trying to say is I'm lucky enough to have a few of those. 2 of them (sisters) I've known for literally 20 years.  And there's something to that I have to say.  Because that in and of itself is a lifetime.  A lot happens in 20 years. These women have seen ups and down and every bit of the roller coaster in between - and against all odds they still love me.

The 3 of us haven't been in the same place at the same time in quite awhile (10yrs?!) but it doesn't matter, because we're sort of always there. It is hard though when these long held friendships, the witnesses to your life are far away.  Especially because I find it harder to make these deep and lasting friendships as time passes...but that's another musing for another day.

But to help bridge the gap one of these ladies proposed (forced?) a google hangout book club.  So now once a week (give or take) we "get together" and drink wine and talk about the book we are reading, or don't talk about it and instead talk about life.  But it doesn't matter what we talk about or don't talk about because we're in the same "place" at the same "time" and it makes the missing them just a little better.

Some of the not discussing the book portion...also I'm sure I'm in big trouble for posting this (Sorry not sorry!)

Isn't technology amazing? I'm so grateful that we have this wonderful gift to help us stay connected.  But mostly I'm grateful for my wonderful sisters - it would have been a sad 20yrs without you!  Here's to 20 more!

Happy Wonderful Wednesday my friends, near and far, old and new!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Wonderful Wednesday - the Thursday Edition! (Vol. 1)

My good bloggy friend over at Little Monsters and Mommies posted a challenge this week to put a little more good in the world.  And you all know I'm a big fan of that.  Granted I'm a day late...but I promise I'm not a dollar short!

Wonderful Wednesday Series

We NEED more positive in this world. It does not have to be elaborate, though that is always welcome, and can be a simple picture or a short few sentences of something, someone, anything, that you think is wonderful. If you feel inclined to do the same, be sure to leave a link to your Wonderful Wednesday in the comment section so others may enjoy it as well!

So here goes, Wonderful Wednesday (Thursday) Vol. 1

I was re-reading this post the other day and have been focusing on putting on my "perspectacles" lately.  And then today I came across this article on huff post and my perspectacles were attached directly to my heart this morning while I cried silently at my desk.  I cried because I feel so blessed, I cried because the world lost another brave and beautiful person much too soon, and I cried because sometimes I forget just how lucky I am - and that is its own kind of tragedy.

Nothing out of the ordinary has happened lately, but that's just it - the ordinary can be oh so wonderful too!

So in no particular order here's some wonderful as of late:

Learning to Jam with my mother in law.  And the living breathing reminder that grace has the capacity to heal all.

A growing babe.  And access to fantastic healthcare and doctors who work hard to keep us safe and give us the best information they can.

And fake baby bumps

A chance to spend time with my parents and enjoy some sunshine before they went abroad for a few months.

 The visit may also have included a quick trip to the ALL christmas store!

The international sand castle competition was pretty sweet to say the least

Celebrating love and a chance to shake our groove thing at the last wedding of the season.

Patient fur babies, who wiggle with joy and lick all the tears away.

Anniversaries - our 2nd anniversary of our first wedding ;)  Celebrated with smores and a harry and david box from my parents.

A perfect homemade pear crostata (even I was impressed with myself for coming up with this one!)

And a holiday season that is rapidly approaching (its less than 18 now!)

And Rainbows that greet you on your drive to work!

Gratitude turns everything into enough.  In fact putting on your perspectacles makes everything more than enough!  

Life is wonderful! Thanks for adding to my wonderful-ness my friends!


Monday, September 8, 2014

The baking continues (and I'm super behind!)

We're at about 19 weeks with this whole making a baby nonsense.  That means nearly halfway.  Which I have to tell you is pretty much nuts.  19 weeks is significantly better than 9 weeks though let me tell you what....This second trimester thing is pretty good stuff.  Much less of the constant ick-ness, sometimes you wife stays awake until 9pm (instead of 8pm) and as of late we believe there's been a little movement from our beloved peanut.  (SP is pretty sure she's feeling the baby but seeing as it's the first one...its hard to tell ya know?).  I have 2 old journal entries sitting in my drafts so I will stick them below and then starting asap I'll be back to blogging in real time.  I have some major summer catching up to do and I want to bring it back to the here and now.  

But for the moment...a little nostalgia for the books:



I have a bad feeling that my caps lock will be working overtime in the next months as we have all the first everythings.

Yesterday we went in for the first ultrasound. SP was such a good sport as she's been feeling pretty erpy lately.  Erpy is my mother's made up word for just general crappy nauseous feeling. And SP has been feeling the erp big time and I swear everybody at the clinic asked how she was feeling so she got to say over and over that she felt pretty much like crap. She's a trooper though.

So we sat in the dark with one of our favorite doctors and he showed us our little bean for the very first time and I definitely cried silently when they showed us the heartbeat.  It was truly amazing. Like how can that itty bitty tiny thing have a heart beat and its going to grow into a BABY?!  

SP and I were pretty much on cloud 9 after that. The doctor spent several minutes with us afterwards answering a few basic questions (can we travel, how long should we wait to tell people etc) and he told us that we had graduated from the clinic and could move onto the regular ol' OBGYN! Wooo hooo!

So we're going in for another ultrasound next week (WEEK 8!!!) with the OBGYN and then in July we have our first prenatal class! 2 hrs all about growing a bean. I'm slightly concerned that we'll be the only lady lady couple there but at this point I could give half a sh*t because I'm just so excited.

Our projected due date is Feb 4th! February sounds like a perfect time for a baby if you ask me! Now I'm dreaming up ways to tell my parents when we are down there in a few weeks visiting them - we decided they will be the first to know and then we can start the big leak of info when we hit the end of the first trimester!

Creepy fake babies from class
Just keeping this warm till you're ready for it mom...


Magic 8!

It's week 8. Which means we've hit the 2 month mark and are almost at the telling people stage. Thank goodness because ware both about bursting at the seams! This also means that my poor honey has essentially been sick for 2 months straight. And it's only gotten worse in the last few weeks. The only thing that helps a little bit is watermelon so she is pretty much eating it by the gallon. A watermelon a week anybody?!  Glad its summer!

Today we have our first ultrasound with the real live OB as we've moved out of the fertility clinic. It's exciting to be with the "regular" pregnancy people now. And we're excited to meet the OB since it's a new person. But she had really good reviews on ratemydoctor ;) so we both are hoping things go well. Really just praying that all is moving along as it should and that the erpy will stop soon and SP's energy levels will increase a little bit (she's having a hard time making it through the work day these days)

Honestly I'm so in awe of her and so grateful that she's doing this for us.  Especially as I was pretty jaded after my 6th unsuccessful IUI and feeling like we were never going to get this baby train going. And now here we are happily moving right along!  2 months down 7 to go!

Update: We had the ultrasound. THE BABY HAS ARMS AND LEGS! Also I cry every time they let us hear the heartbeat.  It literally takes all of my energy not to sob every time I hear the thub thub thub!  Also everything is right on schedule! Thank you universe! 

These are definitely from a later ultrasound but they're still pretty sweet: