Friday, November 30, 2007

Rolly Polly

Tony and I went to the OB yesterday. Just a routine checkup. We were able to hear Baby G’s heartbeat again, but only after they had to really work to “tune into” my belly with the Doppler. At first the heartbeat was a faint sound in a noisy background. The baby was moving around so much that we kept getting this scratching sound. Eventually the Doc found a good spot and then we heard the “whoosh, whoosh” of the heartbeat loud and clear! I always get nervous before we go to the doctor. I guess a part of me will always be jaded and worried that something might be wrong. It’s amazing how fast a little whoosh sound will lift your spirits and reassure you that everything is alright.

I thought I should take a moment and clarify something… when I refer to the baby as Baby G – the G stands for Gonzalez (our last name) not Girl. Some people were getting confused. We don’t yet know what we’re having but are anxiously awaiting our next ultrasound so we can find out. It’ll happen in a few weeks & we’ll be sure to let everyone know if our wee babe is a girl or boy.

I have been referring to the baby lately as Baby Cashew (instead of peanut). It got the nickname from a fellow teacher (& friend) from school. She dubbed the baby that nickname, and I rather enjoy it. Doesn’t take much to make me happy & I think it’s great that the baby has a nickname even before its born!

I thought I felt a little bit of fluttering in my belly this week. I’m not sure though. It’s hard to tell, especially for us first time mommies. I can’t wait for the first time Tony will get to feel the baby kicking. I think it will be one of those surreal moments you remember always. Speaking of – I told one of the little girls at school “Ms. Bobbi has a baby in her belly”. She repeated “Baby in Belly” back to me. Which was super cute. What is even more adorable now is that every time I ask her what is in my belly she says “Baby” then comes over and pats my belly. She even likes to kiss the baby (my shirt where my belly sticks out). Some of the other kids have started it too & it just melts my heart. It’s amazing how much these little people comprehend & how much love they have to give.

They say you can have some pretty wacky dreams when your pregnant. Here’s a doosy. Last night I had what I refer to as the “Noah’s Ark” dream. I dreamt that somehow Tony and I found out the world would be engulfed in a terrible flood that would last for three months. We only had a month to prepare so we got our family’s money together and bought this big boat. We had everything organized and managed to get everyone on board in time for the rain to turn into the flood waters. It was a long strange dream. I woke up this morning thinking I just had to look that up in the dream dictionary. Apparently, my dream means that I will soon have an end to all my worries. I like the sound of that!

I forgot to post this picture of Maverick on Thanksgiving. It was such a busy crazy day that I just didn’t get a chance to do it. I hope everyone had a safe and happy day. So happy we’re in the holiday season!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Turkey Day Festivities

I just had to put up a couple of pictures from our Thanksgiving Feast at school. The kids were so adorable. We all gathered in our large “Exploration Room” to celebrate. We had all sorts of yummy treats: turkey lunchmeat, rolls, mashed potatoes, fruit, cranberry sauce, cheese, corn, pumpkin pie, and cookies. They even had chicken fingers (in the shape of cute little dinosaurs). I swear these kids eat better than I do!

So here are a couple pictures. The first one is my class – the Feisty Foxes. The other is of the rest of the school. We took up so much room I couldn’t get everyone in one photo.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Viva Las Vegas

We’re back safe and sound in New Jersey. We had a pretty nice time. A lot of walking and very very smoky, but there were so many sites to see, and each casino was so different that you actually didn’t mind all the walking. We spent most of our time visiting the popular sites like the Hoover Dam, the Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, the Fountains at Bellagio, and many casinos. We even took the time to see a Cabaret show! Saturday the 10th our good friends Paul and Barb got married. It was a unique and lovely experience. We were so happy to be a part of their big day!!

I’m not going to write too much. I put together a slide show from some of the pictures we took while in Vegas. So hopefully everyone can view it (If not - click the button on the bottom right that says View All Images, then when the new page opens click on the link to the right for Original View). Also – here’s a nice picture that was taken of us at the MGM & one taken in front of the Vegas sign (not the best picture quality but I still really like it).

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

What Happens In Vegas...

Well we’re off on our Vegas vacation tomorrow. (I can’t help but think of the Griswold’s!) It looks like this will be our last trip away before our little one comes so we’re going to have as much fun as possible.

To be honest, I’m not sure what to expect. I’ve been trying to figure out what to pack and I’m stumped. Thankfully Tony took me out and got me a few new maternity shirts to bring, but I’m still not sure what I’ll need. Weather’s suppose to be in the low 70s, but a bit chilly at night. I hate overpacking, but I think I might have to this time…just so I’m ready for anything! I’m excited for Paul & Barb’s wedding on Saturday. I’ve heard a Vegas wedding is an experience like nothing else. (I just can’t wait for “Elvis” to sing while Barb walks down the aisle at the Chapel of Love). I’ll be sure to post pictures.

Last weekend we had our annual Thanksgiving Dinner with his fraternity brothers and their families. Only eight of us were able to make it this year, but we had an absolute blast! A full day of cooking and eating – I was in absolute heaven! This year Tony attempted to make a “T-du-r-kin” its when you cook a chicken inside a duck inside a turkey & fill in the layers with stuffing. It took a lot of prep work, including de-boning all three birds, but I’m pleased to say it was AMAZING. When he cut into it you could see the layers of meat & stuffing. Everything was moist and delicious. If it hadn’t been so much work I think he would have made it again for our actual Thanksgiving Dinner with our family later on this month – but having had it at least once was enough to make me a “T-du-r-kin” fan for life! Yummy! (Pics Below)

We took the bed that was in our guest room to his Mom’s over the weekend. It is now ready to become the baby’s room. When I walk in there I get excited to decorate and get all the baby furniture in there. So many possibilities!

I’ve been feeling relatively good. Still have the fatigue, which may or may not be an advantage in Vegas. Lately when I wake up my hips are in serious pain – I’m not sure what to do about that other than trying to reposition my pillows. Poor Tony… he’s already at the end of the bed cause I’m taking up too much room. Soon he may have to sleep on the couch! Hahaha Such a good husband!

Well I’m into my Second Trimester now. I’m pretty excited about that. Still nervous about the rest of the preggo journey, but I feel like I’ve accomplished a small step!

As always… here are some pictures.

My Silly Husband in his apron.


The Group...Even Mav got in the picture. Next year we'll have kids too!!

Me and my Tony