Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Un-tell

Well, we knew this was a possibility when we elected to tell so early. So now, the un-tell.

(This is hard to write, but not for the reason you are thinking. I have a hard time saying anything serious, so don't hold it against me if I am witty or heaven forbid I say a joke or two here and there. I'm not being insensitive to the issue, it's just my personality and the way we choose to deal with things.)

We are very disappointed, but we will not be expecting a baby this December any longer. Baby was fed up with the growing process and stopped at about 6 weeks & 1 day. I don't blame him; growing is hard work and not all of us are cut out to do it! Baby is still very much attached to me though, as I'm pretty attached to the thought of "baby" as well. Baby should be moving out sometime soon, either naturally or with the help of some 'scripts from the pharmacy.

Like I said before, we are both disappointed, but at the same time we had a feeling something wasn't right. When I mentioned that there was some confusion over the timing, we had been to our first ultrasound appointment which should have been an eight week appointment. But baby only measured six weeks. There was a possibility that my female workings took a two week vacation that month and I was just behind, but I am a strict boss and don't give 2 week vacations so that just didn't seem right to me.

But, we kept our hopes up just in case and waited 2 additional weeks for the next appointment, which was today - just 2 hours ago actually. This ultrasound showed the exact same thing as last time, so then we knew. Baby wasn't meant to be this time.

I know this is something that is typically private and dealt with between just family, but, if you know me at all you know that secrets are not my thing. And internalizing things isn't my thing either. So since I shared the good news, it's only fair to share the bad.

Don't be afraid to mention it to me or struggle with finding the right words to say - we're okay, really! We'll just try again when we're ready! And this time, I have a handy-dandy calendar to use to my advantage...and we'll try to cook up a girl-type next time! Which, according to calculations looks like July, August or October. Perhaps?? We'll see!

So now back to our regularly scheduled programming...

Which, I think I can safely mention now without anyone calling DSS on me for preventative action...

...Did you know that these sweet little precious babies grow up into children that need parenting and guidance?! While I was all for the babyness of it all, that other stuff was not appealing to me at all so I can almost breathe a sigh of relief. Those kid-creatures are no joke!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Snips, Snails & Puppy Dog Tails

Well, it's decided.
I'm having a boy.

You think it's too early to tell, do you? Well, I am ready to place my bets on this one. I may only be (fill in the blank)** weeks along, but I have found an all-knowing gender predictor. And don't tell my son this, but it broke my heart.

(**there is some confusion about how far along I am. Going back to the doctor on Wednesday to make sure that 1 - everything is healthy, and 2 - to get a better estimate of how far along I am)

I have been dreaming in pink, and ONLY pink for all of my life. There hasn't ever been a trace of blue. But, I guess once again, Someone had different plans for me.

So, would you like to test out my predictor? Well go right ahead. With my age of 27, and month of March:I know it states that it is only 90% accurate, but I have yet to find someone that this hasn't worked for. I tried my entire family; all 8 of the kids/grand kids, my mom (didn't do my dad because I wasn't sure of his mom's age)***, and John, and found 100% accuracy. And then, if that wasn't enough I started doing our friends' kids. And then my pregnant friends that already know the gender of their babies. And they all worked.

So, in conclusion, I think this Chinese gender chart must have 100% accuracy within my family. After all, we have been told a time or two that we look like we might have some Chinese in us:

(Sorry Joy, you make things a wee bit more difficult with my limited photo-editing software on this computer and a tilted head!)

***EDIT: BREAKING NEWS: Just figured out my Grandmother's age so I was able to do my Dad's supposed gender. All these years, I have known him as a boy. But according to the chart, he is a girl! Either that, or I might just have discovered my 9.09% chance for a girl!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Things I ♥ Today

This may just prove how weird and dorky I am, but in the midst of a bloggy drought, it's all I've got. Things that are making me happy today:

1. Waffles for dinner. Mmmmm waffles.

2. A good, strong, mechanical pencil. I had to click, click, click a new piece of lead down in my pencil at work today, and would you know it was the best piece of lead with which I've ever written? Moved across the page like magic! (Totally serious about this.)

3. The iPhone app: Words with Friends. It's essentially scrabble that you can play against your other iPhone-toting friends. It's increased my vocabulary like crazy! I've learned these words: Qi, Qat, Firkin, Zebu, Opah, Meze, and more. Just don't ask me what these words actually mean.

4. IKEA furniture. I'm sitting at my new desk, in my new chair, next to my new bookcase, and under my new shelf. It's not quite finished as far as decorating goes, but I LOVE it. What's that you say? You would like to see it? Well, okay:

Needs a few things on the shelf and in the bookcase, but not bad for $250 for it all!

5. Perhaps you noticed a scrawny white rat in the picture above? Silly you, that's not a rat, but a cat. His name is Tuna and he recently got another hair cut. That pink patch above his hind leg is actually skin, which proves to you how good we are getting at giving him nice, even hair cuts. But, I can't take credit this time, this was 100% John's handiwork:

6. Being able to balance something at work (think: accounting) without having to throw in any extra dollars for rounding. I always wonder what ever happens to all those dollars we throw to rounding each month...

7. MMmmmm wafflessss. AND (turkey) bacon. Mmmmmmm.

8. Garage sale season is upon us! Hoping to find some things to fill up that new shelf this weekend!

9. Not being able to clean out the litter box. 9 months of FREEDOM! (Confession: I really only did it maybe once a week anyways. John is the more responsible pet owner in this household!)

10. Being awake at 10:13 p.m. Latest I've been awake in over a week.

11. Have I mentioned waffles?


Monday, April 5, 2010

Happy Easter!

When it comes to ranking holidays, Easter is right up there with the best:

1. Christmas
2. July 4th
3. Easter
4. Halloween
5. Thanksgiving

& as usual, we had a most lovely Easter with my family again this year.

Every year, we do a big lunch and then spend the afternoon finding Easter eggs and enjoying the weather.

I don't know how Easter Egg hunting works with most families, but ours is a wee bit competitive. This year, we first let the kiddos have a turn finding eggs, with no adults allowed.

It's only fair, because after the kiddies are done, the adults take things a little bit more seriously.
Pushing, shoving, hair pulling - it's all allowed. But, just in case things get a little out of control, we had Christy step in as referee this year.

She WOULD'VE blown the whistle had she seen a certain mother ALLEGEDLY shove a feeble pregnant daughter trying to get an Easter egg first. Allegedly.

(and let the record show that certain daughter STILL got the fought-over Easter egg.)

But with that egg or not, my calculations show that I was victorious, as always. There's always next year guys.

(hey, it's my blog. if i want to say I won, I can do that. until you provide me proof otherwise, my calculations stand. any questions, please contact my attorney. thank you.)

Hope you had a wonderful Easter too!