Beginning of 2015; Halfway through my pregnancy!

I do hope all of my readers/lovelies had a spectacular New Years! Jan and I spent ours thrift store shopping, eating Arby’s, and watching The Interview. THRILLING. But for serious, it was just perfect. I was happy spending the day with my beloved, and then just vegging out on the couch braless in my softie pants.

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After that, I literally have no idea what I did with the rest of my days up until we picked Ollie up from his dad. I spent a lot of time in my house, slugging around, watching movies and eating chocolate. Over the weekend, I painted our bedroom a lovely gray color and built a shelf for Jan’s t-shirts (all 400 of them). Oh, and I got out of the house and was SOCIABLE with REAL PEOPLE, too. #impregnantnotdead Jan actually drove when it was time to pick up Oliver- A HUGE thank you to him for doing so. My back and knee have been making sitting my most unfavorable thing to do, and Jan driving helped tons! Especially since there was some kind of winter tundra to drive through on our way home…

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proof I wore real pants and went out of the house

Speaking of tundras, I do remember that it snowed a lot Saturday night, and Sunday I cooked breakfast for Jan, Jeff & Whitney before Jan and I went to the movies to see Unbroken. Jan had read the book and wanted to see it, and aside from the length of the film (it was over 2 hrs long), it was pretty darn great. Makes you really believe in whatever you believe in. Also, I got a large, buttery bucket of movie popcorn so THAT didn’t suck. You know what did suck? Having to wake up before 10am. Waking up at 6am, exactly. Going back to the real world and working again is something we all had to do eventually, but dread nonetheless. For those of us who were off during the holidays, you know what I mean. Sleeping in was the greatest thing about Winter break/is the greatest thing ever. Right up there with wearing sweatpants all. day. long.  For those who worked through the holidays, you have my deepest sympathies. I was ever so grateful for the snow days Tuesday & Wednesday! They were spent cleaning, playing games with Ollie, running errands, and baking banana bread. And actually, being home those 2 days made me miss being home and taking care of the house… I really love it.

Let’s see, let’s see… OH YES!!

YAY! ULTRASOUND/GENDER REVEAL EXPLOSION!

Jan and I watched (with wide eyes and smiles) our tiny baby kicking and twisting around on the monitor. I think the difference in size and actually seeing baby moving around was the most thrilling thing ever. We were both in love. Like, “OMG JAN WE ARE HAVING A BABY AND IT IS MAGIC” or something. The whole time I was anxiously waiting to hear “it’s a girl!” because everyone (including myself) predicted it. But, when the nurse showed us the baby’s bottom and said, “Uh oh!” I knew it was just the opposite. The baby was cooperating for the most part, so she was able to get all of the clear shots she needed. She stopped the monitor on baby’s tiny bottom and typed the words “OH BOY!!!” right beside what was clear to be boy parts. WE ARE HAVING A BABY BOY! I’ll be honest,  I was a tad shocked/disappointed to hear that it wasn’t a girl- having gone this whole pregnancy with the thought/feel it would be a girl. But, after everything settled in OBVIOUSLY it didn’t/doesn’t matter. Jan and Oliver are happy…and I suppose there’s nothing terribly wrong with being surrounded by handsome fellas.

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big bro material, this one #rolemodel

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BOY PARTS

 

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Proud daddy… #genderreveal

 

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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