27 August 2012

Twenty week Ultrasound!

Here he is!  Another handsome little boy!

Why can't I get this picture to rotate?
Everything looks healthy and happy!  Although they couldn't get a great picture of his spine, so it looks like we'll get another ultrasound either at the end of September or in October.  His heart beat was 144 bpm, and he's measuring either 4 days ahead or 20 weeks, 4 days (I'm 20 weeks, 2 days today) I can't remember exactly because when she pointed it out I started my normal "no more big babies!!" freak out in my head.  He's approx. 14 oz., almost a lb. already.

Sariah & Bryson (and Doug) were allowed in for the end of the exam for the gender reveal and to see the baby.  We had the annoying tech (again!) who doesn't actually point out the gender, just mentions it to you really quick.  "It looks like a boy."  We waited for a bit for her to point it out, and when she did not do it, we confirmed to the kids it was a boy.  Sariah immediately started crying.  She was really hoping for a sister (and a bunk bed.)  Bryson said "me knew it boy!"  over and over.  Then he fell over and busted his lip open. Poor Buddy.

I'm excited and happy about having another boy, but I do have to admit that I have to shift my attitude a bit.  I've always known what we were having.  I totally called my first two pregnancies, and I was so sure this was a girl!  So I was def. surprised when she said boy, but good surprised!  It does make a few things easier, like the fact that I have a whole boy wardrobe in the correct season already.  (Who am I kidding, I'm going to buy new things for this baby, too, in fact I already have, mwahahaha!!)  Car seats will be easier, as well, because we can move Bryson up into a bigger car seat at the same time the baby can start using the one Bryson is now.  Plus Bryson's room is the (slightly) bigger of the two upstairs rooms, which is nicer for sharing.

Oh yes, we have a name picked out, but I'm going to wait a bit before sharing it, for no other reason than I can.  We're pretty set on it, and it honors two people that mean a lot to us.  The initials are JAC, so you can do your guessing if you'd like.  You obviously know the "C".  (I might be a little sad at never getting to use our girl name, because we did spend a bit of time on it, and I really liked it, but this is def. our last pregnancy!)

We're excited to be halfway done with the pregnancy, and so much closer to holding our new little buddy in our arms!  The fall will fly by (it usually does!) so it'll be here before we know it!

06 August 2012

Three-Oh or Doug had a Birthday and all I Took was a Picture of Pie

Yes, this is the only picture from Doug's 30th birthday.  A picture of delicious rhubarb/pineapple pie.  Doug specifically asked for pictures not to be taken, so this is what you get.

Doug's birthay was yesterday, Fast Sunday, yay.  So we expanded the party over the whole weekend.  We had our friends Richard & Chrissie over on Saturday night and I made Doug's favorite dish, Noodles Romanoff.   Then I let him open 4 of his 24 (yes, I'm not kidding) presents.  The first four were all new board games, Pitureka, Tsuro, Small World & Castle Panic.  So far we've played Tsuro & Castle Panic, with the later being Doug's favorite so far.  Actually we've played 4 rounds of Castle Panic since Doug opened it and we've won twice and the monsters got us twice.  (CP is a cooperative game, so you're all playing together against the monsters.)

Sunday after church (and a couple more rounds of Castle Panic) Doug opened his other presents.  Most of them were socks (we're replacing all his socks, it's time) and some new dress shirts, but Bryson specifically wanted to buy Daddy a new polo shirt and some socks with dinosaurs on it, and Sariah got him some of his favorite candies: black Twizzlers, Butterfingers & Whoppers.  My big, final, presents were a Playstation 2 (used, but in great condition) and two games, Final Fantasy X & X-2.  He might be in RPG heaven for awhile. :)

We had hamburgers & corn on the cob for dinner and pie instead of cake for dessert.  Outside of my nasty migraine that kept me in bed for most of the evening so we didn't get to play Small World, I think Doug had a great birthday!

As a sort of final present this morning, we closed on our house refinance this morning.  We moved from a 15 year at 4.5% to a 10 at 2.99%.  We're on track to pay off the loan before Doug's 40th birthday.  What a blessing that is in our lives to be able to save that money for later, college tuition, missions, retirement, once the house is paid off.

What a blessing Doug is in our lives as well.  He's the best husband he can be, loves his kids and his wife.  Yesterday Sariah asked me who my best friend is and without a doubt it is Doug.  He's always there for me, and works so hard for our family.  We're looking forward to future birthdays and life experiences!