Monday, April 14, 2008

I hate Mondays

I'm at work right now and I guess I just need to blow off a little steam. It has definitely been a Monday. For the most part, I like my job a lot, but managing a team of about 25 people can be really tough at times. I feel like all I have done today is send emails and try to resolve problems right and left. In fact, I just counted how many emails were in my "sent" box for today. So far I have sent out 73 emails. In one day. 73! And the day still is not over. Add to that all the people stopping by my desk to ask a question or tell me something is wrong. Ugh! What a day...

Saturday, April 12, 2008

The results are in!!!

That's right folks, it looks like we will be the parents of a baby girl this August! Even though Brady was hoping for a boy, he swears he's excited. We are really looking forward to meeting her in a few months! Last night we had a BBQ with both of our families to announce the big news, which was a lot of fun. Pretty much everyone has been getting the girl vibe apparently, because very few people have guessed a boy. Since I have all girls in my family, I'm a bit relieved. I'm so used to girls that I don't really know what I'd do with a boy! I can't wait to finally start planning for her to arrive.

However, there is a small chance it could be a boy and we don't know it. Our little girl appears to be a little shy (or stubborn...maybe both). During the entire ultrasound she seemed determined to keep her back to us, with her little legs tightly crossed, and her hands covering her face most the time. We tried everything to get her to change positions...the technician "bounced" my belly, I turned on my right side, then on my left, I got up and walked around...nothing! She didn't want to be disturbed. Oh well! The doctor said though that he was pretty certain it was a girl, so we shouldn't have any surprises. We were both just so happy to see that she is healthy that the rest didn't really matter. I was a little nervous going in that they would find something wrong, such as she didn't have a full brain, or she had a heart defect, or was missing limbs, or something like that. Fortunately, everything looks perfectly normal. She's the right size, everything is there, and everything is functioning as it should. I am still amazed at times at how incredibly blessed we have been so far. So many struggle for so long to have a baby, and so many women and babies have complications during pregnancy. We have just been so fortunate for this to be a remarkably simple and normal process. I mean, sure, I've been sick and exhausted and uncomfortable, but overall, I've been incredibly lucky. Hopefully all of our kids will be this easy in the beginning.

The last couple of weeks my belly has started to poke out a bit. I am currently at 20 weeks and slightly bigger now, but this is a picture of me at about 18 weeks. Super hot, huh? Right...I'm not going to lie, I've had a hard time mentally accepting the fact that I don't look the way I used to. I know this is how it's supposed to be, but still...People always say, "Oh, you look cute for a pregnant woman!" and I think, "well, thanks, but I don't want to look good for a pregnant woman. I want to look hot, period!" But, I know it's for a good cause, so I just need to suck it up and get over myself and count my blessings, instead of the number of pounds I have put on!

Here's a really bad scan of one of the ultrasound pictures. I'm sorry it's so hard to see, but if you have really good eyes, you might be able to make out the baby's arm bending up towards her face. She appears to be sucking her thumb. Most of the pictures are pretty difficult to figure out. The even gave us a DVD copy of the whole ultrasound, but to me it just looks like a bunch of blobs.

I'm so curious to know what she'll look like. I can't find a picture right now of Brady as a baby, I'll have to try to scrounge one up. But, here's a picture of me when I was just a few weeks old. Yes, my friends, that hair is all natural. My parents couldn't do anything to tame it. I'd love it if our little girl had the same hair!

So there you have it! It's still so crazy to me that there is a human inside me and that we're going to be parents! It's fun now that I can occasionally feel the little kicks and flutters. I'll try to post more pictures soon.

Funny dogs

I realize it seems like I am obsessed with my dog. I'm really not. She doesn't sleep with us or eat at the table or wear designer collars or anything. I just think she's freaking hilarious. So, here are some of the recent funny pictures.

Brady threw a March Madness party a while ago, and in honor of the event we dressed Gertie up in her Georgia Bulldogs t-shirt. (Which we bought not because we are Georgia Bulldogs fans, but because the shirt looks exactly like Grantsville High's logo.) Anyway, apparently it's gotten a little small. She was still in heat, so she also got to wear her denim hot-pants.
A couple of weeks ago one of Brady's coworkers got a brand new English bulldog puppy that is all white, just like Gertie. We had them over for dinner and let the two interact. I can't believe Gertie used to be this small. I must admit that bulldog puppies have to be the cutest puppies out there.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Can't get enough

I don't know what it is about this song, but I can't get enough of it. It plays in my head all day, and I probably could listen to it over and over every day and not get sick of it. Maybe just because it makes me happy every time I hear it. Anyway, I hope it makes you happy too. Enjoy!