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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When you announce you're preggers, there's usually an onslaught of questions. I figured I'd take this moment to answer some of them.

Q. How far along are you?
A. We're a little over 9 weeks into this 40 week adventure.

Q. When is the baby due?
A. The "guess date", as my friend refers to it, is September 29, 2009! For those of you who know me, I know what you're thinking: Leanne must be soooo happy with this date! For those of you who might not want to know me after you hear this, may ask, "Why?" Well, it's 9/29/2009!! There's two 9s, two 2s, and two 0s in this date! My love for the number 2 is only surpassed by my love for my all-time favorite number 9!! Who cares about the 0s, but the fact that there are TWO of them, totally rocks! All uneven numbers too! You may remember my excitement over Zoe's odd-numbered due date, but if not, it's okay.

Q. How are you feeling?
A. Pregnant. And tired. Really tired! I remember reading somewhere that a pregnant lady in her first trimester puts out more energy sitting on the couch than a woman climbing a mountain. I mean, there's a lot of work going on in the ol' uterus! I also feel a little ickiness in my belly, but nothing I can't handle. I'm lucky that I haven't actually vomited, but I have felt nauseous.

Q. Are you guys excited?
A. Yup! This came as a bit of a surprise to us, so we're still adjusting to the shock of it all!

Q. Wait - you mean this wasn't planned?
A. Well it depends on your definition of "planned". Although Everett and I didn't plan on this happening at this particular point in time, we think the Universe had it all worked out ahead of time.

Q. Well how did this happen?
A. Let's just say I find my husband irresistible. You can ask your Mother for the details.

Q. Fair enough. So are you going to find out if it's a boy or a girl?
A. Nope! We didn't find out with Zoe and it worked out just fine! In fact, one of my fondest memories of giving birth was listening to Everett yell, "It's a girl!" after Zoe made her appearance.

Q. Are you hoping for a boy since you had a girl last time?
A. We're hoping for a healthy baby. Anything beyond that is gravy.

Q. Have you picked any names yet?
A. There are a few in the running, but we won't announce the name until Mango makes his/her debut.

Q. Mango? What?
A. Oh sorry - Mango is the baby's prenatal name.

Q. How did you come up with that name?
A. When I was pregnant with Zoe, I didn't really have strange cravings, but I did have intense cravings for 2 basic food groups: cereal and fruit. I could not get enough of really juicy fruit. At the International Market, we found this mango juice that was pure love, uh I mean mango. I would drink the stuff like crazy. I remember going in there once to buy 4 bottles of the goodness. Keep in mind I was about a thousand months pregnant when I did this and each container was a heavy half-gallon. I didn't care though - I was a motivated Momma! In addition to that, Mango seemed like a good name since Everett introduced me to the delicious fruit and taught me how to cut it up just right to maximize its juicy goodness. Finally, the Spanish word for "thumb grip" is mango. See a pregnancy test insert to understand this last part.

Q. Anything else we should know?
A. This week we got to see Mango again. The little bugger was squirmin' away in my belly, waving his/her arm buds, and generally putting us in awe of the life within me. I actually could see individual fingers and the outline of his/her face starting to take shape. The babe measured 3 cm long - almost twice what it was last week! What an amazing adventure we're on and we're glad you're here to share it with us!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Message from Everett


We have a bun in the oven, planning to be ready in about 32 weeks. Leanne and I went to the doctor yesterday and got to see the ultrasound and heartbeat. We thought we saw the baby flashing gang signs and hope it is just a phase which he/she will grow out of. There have been some name and nickname suggestions (a few of my own) which include:

Zoe II – The Sequel

I’m Only 1.8 cm Big

I Still Have a Tail

More details to follow...

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Winter time fun at the Zoo

Zoe loves the zoo! and we sure have been getting our membership's worth! She loves watching the gibbons swing from the trees, and the giraffes eating from the trees, and the elephants being in the trees. She loves playing on the playground, exploring the various nooks and crannies and swinging on anything that will swing. She loves riding the carousel and picking out which animal to ride on. Mostly, however, I think she just loves the quality family time!

Monday, February 09, 2009

What does she do?

People often ask me, "So what's Zoe up to these days?" I usually reply that she's walkin', talkin', and gettin' in some trouble. Which is a pretty good description, but to be a little more precise, she's doing a lot!

She's into pretend play now. She plays with her fruits and veggies and shares "bites" with Mom and Dad and her dolls. She puts her animals "night night" by placing them on their bellies and placing a blanket on them. She plays with groups of things - dwarves, ducks, cars, small stuffed animals - by moving them from here to there. I don't know exactly what she's doing, but she always seem determined to put things in their very specific place.

She is also starting to play more by herself. She was real quiet the other night and Everett and I wondered what she could be up to. Turns out she was reading books in the "rock rock" chair. Not really reading, but turning the pages and pointing as though she was living through the story.

She loves to play talk on the phone. They tell me that at day care she talks to me and Everett on the phone! That she laughs and says, "Momma!" and "Dadda!" a lot. At home, every time the phone rings, she exclaims "Papa!" and wants to talk to him. I've taken to telling her that Papa is sleeping and so he can't talk.

She also loves her puzzles and blocks. She can be easily distracted with a well-played sentence that mentions either of those items. The video below is of her playing with her whale puzzle-block. She says "nooooooo!" as she places the shaped block in each of the inappropriately shaped holes. Believe it or not, she says it on her own, although Everett really got into the No Game in the video!

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Family Photo

So we took our first family photo last weekend. We got all gussied up for the event, practiced our best picture taking smiles, and then headed to the mall where we shelled out $5 as we slipped behind the curtain. Hey, we gave it our best shot! (Hee hee, get it? "shot").

I do keep meaning to get real professional pictures done, but with the zillions of pictures we take every day (you only see a small fraction of them - you're welcome), I can't seem to justify the expense. The only professional picture we have of Zoe is the one taken at 32 hours old! It was taken in the hospital.

We'll do it eventually. For now, this will have to do!