2014, You weren’t that bad!

Visits & Xmas!

Kevin and Lou came for the week, and made this Christmas just the most magical one ever. They made it to Iowa with only a couple hiccups, and Oliver stayed up passed midnight to get all the hugs. The week went by so quickly (as I expected it would), but I think we really squeezed in a lot of fun! We made sure to get Whitey’s and Happy Joe’s (it’s a Quad City thing), took them to the farm for some target practice (‘Mercuh!), had game night with friends, and I even got to make Grandma’s homemade chicken and noodles dish with Lou. Christmas morning was a world wind of wrapping paper and oohs and ahhs. We Skyped with Mum and Pops while Jan played Santa and passed out gifts. Oliver was just a maniac- ripping through packages while reaching for unopened ones… it was adorable! Before they left, I took them to Cafe Indigo for breakfast for the tastiness! It was sad to see them leave, and I know it took them longer than planned to get home, but I am still so grateful for their visit.

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Lou and I at the farm (we both got to shoot some guns!)

 

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Lou prepping noodles for Grandma’s SECRET recipe

 

 

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Kev, Lou & Ollie at the farm #presh

 

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Ollie, Christmas morning #SHEERJOY

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THE COTTON CANDY MAKER (from Santa!)

 

 

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Putting together some Legos Christmas Day at Uncle Bobby’s

We were all so happy just to be around one another…I think that is why the days weren’t long enough. I’m already looking forward to her next visit in March!

THEN, an hour after Kev and Lou left, JESS CAME TO VISIT! Her and Daisy Bear (basset hound/old crotchety dog) stayed over for one night in Davenport! Although short-lived, I tried packing in as much BFF stuff as possible. Things we accomplished: walked dogs in Tyler park, ate an entire box of fruit roll ups, watched The Family Stone, snuggled on couch, ate Jimmy Johns (thank you, Jan), curled our hair, ate dinner at Front Street Brewery with Kevin and Cassie, played Cards Against Humanity with Iowa buddies, Jess had some Peach Four Loco, and we all slept soundly. The bummer of it all was that Jess had to leave so early Saturday morning I didn’t even get to make her all of the bacons.

 

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Just two BFFs out for a romantic walk w/their dogs

Sunday was spent driving to/from Indiana. Oliver went to his dad’s for New Years, and I was able to catch up on Serial (a podcast I highly recommend). I got in around 5:30pm, and Jan took me to Pancheros for dins bc he’s the best. Later on, I was upstairs in the cloud bed (cloud bed/new comforter thanks to Whitney #fluffyblanket4e) watching some Party Down when all a suddennnnn…

I FELT THE BABY MOVE!

For reals!! It wasn’t just a flutter, either. I felt a strong kick/punch on my left tummy! It was wonderful. So magical! I can’t wait to feel more of them, and for Jan & Ollie to, too!

Not sure what our plans are for New Years Eve, but I’m hoping it involves delicious foods that I don’t have to cook/clean up after. ALSO* I am counting down the days til we find out the baby’s sex! Only TEN days to go! I can’t believe I’m already 18 weeks along… this is going by so fast!

 

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18 weeks #bumpie

 

-ANT is for … Awkward Necessary Talks

Since I’ve started to bare proof that I’m growing a baby (#bumpie), I figure it is time to talk about it with my boss- and anyone else staring blankly at me like, “is she pregnant or is that a fatty pooch?”. At first, I  planned on chatting with my corporate boss after a meeting we had a couple weeks ago. And I wasn’t sure why, but I was all worked up about telling her (hormones?). For whatever reason, I felt bad that I was pregnant and had just started this job. Like I was leaving them high and dry, and it was bad news to share (I know- I’m ridiculous). But after the meeting, she got swept away in other business and I couldn’t have the talk. Later that day I decided to email her. I’m better with writing things out/down anyway.
Her reply was unexpected. She wasn’t at all offended or upset or mad… she was congratulatory as all hell! After reading her response, I was light as a feather. The made-up guilt weight I had on my shoulders had lifted and all was right in the work world. My office-mate even knows now, and has also been very understanding and kind about it/towards me. It just seems silly now that I ever had a bad thought about sharing such wonderful news.

Women get pregnant all the time, and shouldn’t be treated differently/poorly because of it.

Now, I have yet to talk to my immediate boss about said news, but I think when I come back from winter break with a full-on baby bump, the cat will be out of the bag. I’m hoping she reacts similar to the other boss lady. After all, I do plan on fulfilling most of my scheduled work days (at least through the March), too, so they won’t need a replacement right away or anything.

Other “talks” that aren’t so awkward are sure to be had come Monday! My sister and her bf will be here!!!! I’ve got all their gifts wrapped, the house is semi-clean, the guest room is made up and freshy fresh, and I’ve got a list of to-do’s made out for the week they visit! Oliver is pretty ecstatic about them coming, too! He reminds me every morning how many days there are left til “Woolou”! Christmas will be super special this year. #understatement

*~HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL ~*

N is for dat Newnew

I will have more to update come the New Year! We find out the baby’s sex in January, my sister and her boyfriend are coming to stay with us on Monday (for a week!), and JESS is coming to stay a night next week!

For now, let’s just say I am happy! Whit helped me paint the nursery this weekend, and Jan put up the crib tonight! I am 4 months along now, and my belly has officially popped!

More to come!

4mnths crib