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Week #21-22. Boys ‘n Bugs.

Weeks 21-22…..

This has been quite a spring. Between the tornadoes and the cicadas, it’s hard not to wonder if that “rapture” guy wasn’t too far off. But I’ll go ahead and continue believing he’s as crazy as he sounds, send thoughts and prayers to those down in Joplin who have been devastated by the storms, and do my best to embrace the masses of red-eyed, shell-shedding, goose-bump inducing creatures invading our backyard.

Afterall, I’m growing a boy.

And not just any boy. Lucas’ boy.

Unlike most people, my husband is enamored by the cicadas. He has undergrad degrees in Biology and in Fishery and Wildlife Management, so he does know his stuff. Like when he let me know the kind that came out this year are distinguished by their beady red eyes.

And that they’re harmless. And since our son will be THIRTEEN when he actually gets to see them for himself, it was only right to document the occasion.
If he takes after his dad, he’ll be very grateful.

Isn’t that disgusting?

Yep, kind of gives me chills. But it’s also a good preparation for the types of encounters I foresee in the years to come. Afterall, one of Lucas’ mom’s favorite stories is when she got in the shower and was greeted by a snake wrapped around the shower head. And the same thing happened on the dashboard of her car once, too. Apparently Lucas had a hard time keeping his snakes in a cage? Eek.

To top off my week of boyish preparation, I was thrilled to see this adorable photo snapped by my old friend Jennie from Arkansas. We used to work in advertising together, but she’s now doing an incredible job as a professional photographer in Colorado. See her great stuff here. When I told her I loved the shot, she sent me the link to the high-res image. Yay! It’s definitely going to get framed and hung in the baby’s new room.

 It’s so perfect for him!


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Weeks #19-20. Camping While Pregnant…with a BOY!

Weeks 19-20.
This has been quite an eventful week in the world of my growing belly. We had the BIG ultrasound last Wednesday where we not only got to see Baby P. squirming around like a champ, we also found out (as Lucas swore from the moment the tech put that cold, jelly wand on my ever-expanding gut) that we’re having a BOY! I’m sure those who weren’t in the room with us when we found out were quite amused by my husband’s, “Yes! Yes! Yes!” bellowing from behind the door. It was definitely a fun moment. My only regret is not recording his momentous reaction.

It was also great to find out that he appears to be a very healthy little boy (yes, I love that I can finally drop the word “it” and replace it with “he”). And it’s so amazing to see the changes in his growth in the past 10 weeks. We’ve been lucky/worried enough that this has been our 3rd ultrasound. Wow what a different a trimester makes!

6 1/2 weeks, aka “our tadpole”

10 1/2 weeks, aka “our spaz”

19 1/2 weeks, aka “our boy”

And being that this was the time of our big ultrasound, it also marks my halfway point (cue the Bon Jovi…”ooohhh, ohh, we’ll make it I swearrr“)! At 20 weeks, suspecting coworkers and the nurses where I volunteer finally have the confidence to ask if that’s a baby in my belly. Yep. I’ve officially popped!

We finished off the week in the most appropriate way possible, by taking the boy on his first fishing/camping trip. He did pretty well out there, and worked his magic to make sure he sent all the right tired vibes my way, helping me sleep rather peacefully under those stars. Unfortunately he couldn’t do much to help the fish bite, but there will be plenty of time for that.

I was very proud of myself for hanging around the campfire…almost as long as everyone else. Plus, it was a nice little escape for me. It gave me a chance to walk the dogs around the springs, catch up on some magazines and play around with my new, fancy camera, for which I still really, really need to take a class.

Oh, and to top it off, I turned 31 this week. Not a crazy birthday, but a continuation of a very eventful year!

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Holy Mudbuckets!!



I guess this house knew what it was talking about after all. Lucas was literally jumping up and down, fist-pumping and shouting, “Yes! Yes!”

I couldn’t help but see what adorable baby boy things were waiting for us at today. That’s when I found this. Isn’t it the cutest little shark boy ever?!

Now I’m excited.


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Weeks 18-19. It’s a….

…very BLUE room!

The toile is officially gone. My mom so graciously took down the wallpaper in what will soon be the baby’s room.

Like these historic characters, it’s kinda worth dancing a little jig…

The surprise it left behind? A complete coat of blue.

We are wondering if this is a sign, a coincidence or just a bit of irony. As tomorrow morning we will actually be finding out what Baby P. really is. If the toile fortune-teller, along with the chinese gender chart, can really predict the future, then a boy it will be. But before we start buying baseball caps and overalls, we’ll let modern medicine work its magic.

In other news this week, I have started to play around with registering, but I’ll wait till we know what it is to really start it up. And in world news (what every baby wants to know), a series of horrible tornadoes have hit the country, including some that came through incredibly hard about ten miles north of our home (don’t worry Baby P., your mom and dad were busy playing beer pong (yes, I played with water) while the sirens went off, so I don’t think you suffered too much stress). And, of course, Osama Bin Laden is dead. Not something the baby will be too worried about, but something I’m sure he/she will learn about in history class someday. And while we’re helping him/her study I can say, “Yep, I was watching Brothers & Sisters, relaxing on the couch with you in my belly, when the big news broke…ten years after I walked down the steps in my college apartment and my roommate, Julie, told me the World Trade Center was hit by an airplane…” My due date’s just 2 weeks after the 10 year anniversary of 9/11. Wouldn’t it be great if Baby P. gets to be born into a happier, more peaceful world? Maybe this new generation of babies will be the start of something good.

Wow, okay, deep shift from the blue room topic. Must be the ups and downs of those pregnancy hormones!

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