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Monday, November 27, 2006

Starting to show...kinda

We're finally in the second trimester - and have been for 2 weeks now according to the doctor. This is good. This is supposed to be the best time of pregnancy - the "honeymoon period" if you will. I'm feeling a billion times better, which makes me want to do everything I used to do. But of course, I can't. I have to remember to take it a bit slower or my body reminds me.

Baby Zuzu is growing like crazy now! All of her/his internal organs are in place and the baby is now just getting bigger and bigger! According to one website: "If this rate of growth continued after birth, he or she would be thirteen feet tall at one month of age!"

My pouch is expanding and I'm starting to look more and more pregnant - especially if you squint and I hold my clothes against my tummy! I'll be shopping for maternity clothes before Christmas!

Friday, November 24, 2006

So much to be thankful for

We have so much to be thankful for this year! We have our health, we're happy, and we're expecting! Plus, close family friends and family look like their winning their battles with cancer. We are so thankful!

We did not celebrate the day with family this year which is too bad. But we hosted our first Turkey Day with 10 other people in our new house! We all gathered in our kitchen around 2 tables and surrounded by a lot of food! I cooked a 14.4 pound turkey and Everett smoked an 8 pound ham! Our guests brought most of the fixin's. Everything was delicious! Between dinner and dessert we played a rousing game of Pictionary. A house really begins to feel like a home once you celebrate with friends.

After everyone left, we were exhausted and needed a long nap!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

A movie moment

Everett and I went to our second doctor appointment today and we had a movie moment - a bad comical movie moment. When we got in the waiting room we ran into another couple that we know. Why else would they be there? I felt bad because they hadn't told anybody yet, so I guess we are are the first to know! We swore we wouldn't reveal their secret! Imagine a large town such as Nashville you can still run into people you know at a doctor's office. Funny!

We got good news from the doctor. All the tests were good that they ran from last time. We heard the baby's heartbeat! A whopping 159 beats per minute! That's twice what mine (and yours) is. It took the doctor a while to find the heartbeat and she kept reassuring us that the heart was tiny and thus hard to find. But as the seconds ticked on, I have to say I was a bit nervous. Everett said he was too. But alas, all that worrying for nothing! Which is what I expect 99% of parenthood is all about anyway!

And our doctor had her hair tinged bright pink up front. She's hilarious!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Out of this world!

So we found a cool website that had a whole bunch of stuff with the theme "Out of this World". The stuff is perfect for the nursery! We placed an order for some sheets, 2 different dresser knobs (a rocket and a UFO), wall paper cutouts, and drapes. We are going to paint some art for the walls and I'm going to make some valances to go over the drapes. They had some valances on the website, but they were a dark blue and we wanted to make the nursery have lighter colors. So I'll make green valances and tie-backs to bring everything together.

Can you tell we're having fun?!

Monday, November 13, 2006

What a weekend!

Well we had quite the weekend! It was busy and full of errand running, but very productive! On Friday night we went out for dinner and a movie - both were not so great. But we should have known it so it was our own fault. But we still had fun together. I was actually feeling well enough to go out on a Friday night so that was good!

Saturday we ran around town and got stuck in pre-holiday traffic. We found some deals though and bought some stuff we needed. We found some star sponges to use in the nursery at Lowes. We're going to stencil and sponge in yellow on the green walls. Our theme is going to be "outer space".

On Sunday we did stuff around the house. Everett got the baby changing table all cut and ready to put together. Now it just needs to be routered (edges smoothed), glued together, and painted. Look how good it looks! It's getting there!

We also planted about 150 bulbs around the house! Daffodils, tulips, lillies, hyacinths, and pansies. We marked off a little garden around our (new) mailbox. We kept thinking about how the flowers will come up at the same time Zuzu will join the world. How fun! Hopefully the flowers will require less care! :)

Monday, November 06, 2006

The Nursery

We have the first item in our nursery - the switchplate! This used to be in my room when I was a kid. My Mom saved it (as she does everything) and sent it up with Tara last weekend. I actually remember it in my old room! Now it's in Zuzu's!

We visited Babies R Us this weekend and looked at all the baby things. There's so much! So many decisions to make - which crib/bassinette, stroller, monitors, etc. And there's so much choice - which features are important? Clearly Everett and I have some homework to do! We welcome other people's suggestions about what they found useful and what they didn't - leave us a comment.

Everett's going to build a baby changing table! We got the lumber at Lowe's this weekend and the baby changing mattress at Babies R Us. The pieces have been cut, but there's still some work to do - we'll post the final picture when it's all done! In the meantime, here's a pic of Everett building away!

Friday, November 03, 2006

Please Vote

The mid-term elections are next Tuesday. Are you planning on voting?

Everett and I participated in early voting this week. We figured we'd miss the lines by voting early, and I guess a lot of other people had the same thought. Our wait wasn't too bad though - only about 35 minutes. We voted on the new electronic voting machines.

There were lots of parents there with their kids and I take that as a good sign. I remember going to vote with my parents when I was younger in (I think) the high school auditorium. My Mom or Dad and I crowded into the booth and the curtain was pulled. I could barely see the voting machine. To be honest I don't really remember it too much either. But I do remember thinking how cool it was that my parents got to vote for President! How neat is that? Their opinion counted. I couldn't wait until I was old enough to vote.

Some people say that their one vote isn't going to matter one way or the other. And you're right. No one person's individual vote considered in isolation should sway an election either way - that's called a dictatorship. But the collective vote made up of your vote, my vote, the neighbor's vote, and everybody else's vote does count.

American men and women fought for our right to vote. Today, American men and women are fighting for other people's right to vote. No matter your views, I hope you take a moment to honor the past, present, and future struggles and vote.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Trick or treat!

So we had our first experience as Givers of the Treats on Halloween last night. One bit of advice that I wish I had known: all the good candies are GONE from the shelves on Halloween. I had to search Kroger for the good kind! I ended up getting 5 bags. I meant to get 4. But I was on a desperate search for snickers (my personal favorite) and when I found them I forgot to take out one of the other bags - honest! But they were the "mini" size which isn't too much fun for kids so we have a lot of mini snickers left in our big green candy bowl at home. Oh darn.

Everett dressed up as Bob Marley and I had on a glittery pumpkin shirt (given to me by my mother in law Nancy - thanks!) and a headband with some witches on it. The kids who came to our door were dressed in all manner of costumes. The most precious one was a little kid/baby (maybe 1 1/2 years old) dressed up as a green dragon with yellow spikes on his back and his hair dyed green! He could barely walk up our front steps!

On a completely unrelated to Halloween note, yesterday I listed Zuzu's milestones. Well I passed one myself yesterday. After I told a co-worker that I was expecting, he actually said to me, "I was wondering because I noticed..." and then patted his own belly! Gee, thanks man! I have noticed my clothes fitting a bit more snug than they usually do, but I'm at that stage where I just look like I gained some weight and not that I'm pregnant. Oh well, the things a mother does for her child!