Saturday, January 30, 2010

8 weeks!

o I've hit the 8 week mark!  While the time seems to be going by so slowly, I also think it's pretty crazy that we've known we were expecting for almost a month!

Only a week until we get to see Eggo on an ultrasound!  We can't wait!  Then we're planning on heading to Portland for the weekend and telling all the Grandmas, and probably some friends.  While I know we're definitely not out of the woods yet, and won't be at the point we tell them, I think it will be fine.  I'll always worry a little bit (will keep worrying until we get to hold Eggo in our arms!), but we are just too excited not to share.  We figure I'll be 10 weeks or so that weekend (unless they change my due date), so we're closer to the "safer" time.  Plus, I've been feeling great - with none of the bad signs, etc.  We'll just hope for a happy, healthy doctor's appointment and ultrasound!

Oh, and as you can tell since I'm posting today, I survived having all three kids with me yesterday.  We went to the Children's Museum, and the kids realized we were close to our house, so we came here for lunch and board games / wii fit playing.  When Jimmy got home, I realized we'd been at the house for over two hours!  The girls had a ton of fun, and it made the day go by so quickly (and kept them happy because it was a change in scenery).

Here's the latest picture.  8 weeks.  Still just a "fluffy" tummy.  I feel like I'm noticing shifts / changes.... but it's probably all in my head.  Still haven't gained any weight (which is good, there's enough extra there to last for a while)... even though Jimmy's been craving ice cream, etc.  (yes, you read that right, JIMMY's having the "cravings".... not me).  Excuse the hair... it was a lazy day!

Oh, and I'll post some of the Engagement photos I took last weekend tomorrow.  I think a bunch of them turned out really well, and we had fun! 

Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Wednesday or Saturday?

It's true.  It's Wednesday.  I'm wishing it was Saturday.  The next two days are going to be... interesting!  The girls have a half day tomorrow for school, and then they have Friday off of school (end of the semester).  That means I'll have three monsters to watch all day!

I've been really tired the last couple days.  While it's very normal for me to not want to get out of bed in the morning, I've been even more reluctant.  It feels like I haven't slept - even though I know I have.  I keep joking that Eggo is stealing all my sleep!

I've had a bunch of "stretching" feelings in my pelvis, too.  I know... wonderful.  Feels like when you stretch your muscles before you work out.  Kinda strange feeling, and makes it so I can't suck it in, and just slightly uncomfortable.  Oh well, I know I'll just keep stretching over the next 7 or so months!

We're inching closer to the ultrasound.... can't wait.

Oh, and I promised pictures a couple days ago and I've slacked.  I'd say I'll get 'em up before the weekend, but that's probably a lie since the next couple days will be crazy around here.  Oh well, we've got a relaxing weekend ahead! 

Happy hump day (Wednesday)!

Monday, January 25, 2010


So, the first appointment is in the books, and it was lame.  I met with a Nurse Assistant, that wasn't the nurse assistant for my doctor, and she just kinda went over the paperwork I had already brought in, and gave me a bunch of pamphlets.  I didn't have high hopes for this appointment, but it still was a bit of a let-down.  Oh well.

I guess it just serves as another stepping stone to the ultrasound in two weeks.  Start the countdown!

I think the ultrasound will make it feel real.... because for now I still don't feel like it's real (I'd be taking pregnancy tests every day if they weren't so expensive!) :-)

That's the exciting update!!!

Nurse appointment today

Well, I don't have much to write now, but I will definitely update after my appointment with the nurse today.  It feels like it's been forever, but I know that this appointment just starts the ball rollilng.

How am I feeling?  Nervous, happy, anxious, scared, hopeful, and impatient (of course!).  I can't wait to ask a couple questions, and hopefully make this all feel more real!

Until later.....

Sunday, January 24, 2010

7 weeks!

I can't believe I'm already 7 weeks along (yesterday).  Wow.  33 more weeks to go (or so)! :-)

I had a busy day yesterday, attending a baby shower and doing an engagment photo shoot.  It was so much fun to see former co-workers and a bunch of the kids that we took care of at Hopelink.  I can't believe all the "babies" are now 2.5 or so!  The kids were adorable, and it was a fun shower.

The engagement photo shoot went really well.  It ended up being a beautiful day, and we went down to the Edmonds waterfront to take their photos.  It was a beautiful backdrop, and we got a bunch of good pictures.  I know we'll do even better at their wedding!

Jimmy and I took a "7 week" picture last night, but I need to see if it's decent.  We went to Olive Garden for dinner (first time out in two weeks), and I was SO FULL (even though I only got the soup, salad, and breadsticks).... so I feel like I'll need to re-take the photo!

I'll post a photo later today.  We're planning on spending a relaxing (and lazy) day on the couch watching football.  It's FINALLY starting at noon!  Go Colts!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

Oh, I came across this picture today.  It made me smile.

Winter Formal, Senior year of high school, 2002

Friday, January 22, 2010

B is for.........

Bloated.  I know, you all guessed Baby.  That too.  But right now it really stands for bloated.  I know, really wonderful to read about!  It's just crazy.  I'm eating less now, because I start to feel full / bloated.  Of course, that means I end up hungry a couple hours later.  Also, it's making me feel like I have a baby bump, even though I KNOW that's not likely (as I'm 7 weeks tomorrow).  Oh well!

Gonna take another belly pic tomorrow, at 7 weeks.  We'll see how it turns out and if I want to share it.  Currently just looking fat (what's new!?), so it's not that exciting.

Well, that's about it.  I'm glad today is Friday and the weekend is almost here.  It's going to be a slightly busy weekend.  Tomorrow (Saturday) I have a baby shower to go to for a girl I used to work with.  Right after that I'm doing an engagement photo shoot (for another girl I used to work with).  I'm doing their wedding in March, and we decided to do some engagement photos to get comfortable and have some fun.  Wish me luck!  I know I've done photo stuff before, but for some reason this has me all nervous!  I'll post pictures eventually, once I've taken them and played with them a bit!

Sunday we don't have much planned (other than watching football - go Colts!).  Monday is the first appointment - at 1:30pm.  I'll try to post something this weekend, but I will definitely post something after the appointment on Monday.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Sleepless in Seattle

Okay, so I know it's basically all I post about, but I'm so sleepy!  I can't wait for the weekend, when I can sleep in (or at least attempt to), and finish putting away the laundry that we did last weekend!

I can't believe Taylor is 17 today!  It makes me feel old because he's still 10 or 12 in my mind!  Jimmy and I came across the picture of Taylor, Sean, Cameron, and Jimmy in Mom and Dad's backyard after an afternoon of mud football, and I can't believe how small Tay is in the picture!  Fun memories.....

I wish we could come for the family birthday dinner tomorrow night - it stinks not being able to easily participate in those kind of things!

Wishing everyone a sunny Thursday (we've had tons of sun up here the last couple days).

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Still employed!

Well, today is over and I'm still gainfully employed!  Sarah is still looking for a new job, but I'm still their nanny.

I'm excited that the days keep ticking by, and I'm getting closer and closer to my appointment with the nurse, and the ultrasound on the 8th!

We had a wonderfully relaxing weekend this past Saturday and Sunday - filled with relaxing, football, and time just the two of us.  It had been a long time since we had a weekend like that!

Well that's all for now.... exhausted 'cause I keep waking up in the night - I was up from 3:30am - 4:30am this morning.... maybe I'll head to bed early tonight - we'll see!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Big day tomorrow....

So we'll see what tomorrow brings - I could find out I'll be unemployed.... or not.  Who knows!  No news over the weekend.... but that makes sense because today was a holiday, so it was not likely that the HR lady at Sarah's work would get back to her over the weekend / holiday.

I've been searching for jobs.... we'll see!  I'd love to do photography, or scrapbooking / invitation / card making.... but how to make money doing it?

More tomorrow.... gotta spend some time with the hubby before the second night of the 24 season premiere!  LOVE it!

Oh, and a random picture I took a while back.  Just because I think it's boring not to post pictures!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Sleep.... or not

Jimmy and I went to bed around 11pm last night (granted I had been sleeping on the couch for at least an hour by that point).  I woke up three times in the night!  The first was around 1:30am, and I don't think I got out of bed.  The next was around 3:30am and I had to get out of bed to use the restroom.  Woke up again around 6:40am, again needing to pee.  That time Jimmy woke up too (barely).  While I'm greatful this is one of my only symptoms, three times in one night is quite excessive!

Oh well....

A week from tomorrow I FINALLY get to have my first appointment - this one is just with the Nurse, but I think they'll take blood from me and check my levels, etc., which will be nice.  I've been slightly stressed about the fact that they waited what I felt like was a long time to test everything - given my history.  If my hormones were messed up before, I figured they'd want to make sure ASAP that they were looking right when I got pregnant.  Guess not!?

I don't think I have any great photos to post.... so this will be photoless.  Until tomorrow!

Saturday, January 16, 2010


A couple weeks back, Tom and Sarah mentioned that Sarah was not enjoying her job, and was actively looking for something different.  At the time it sounded like they really wanted her to stay working, but in the back of my mind I knew that it was possible she'd decide to go back to being a stay at home mom.  Last night when they got home from work, they talked with me about the fact that it's very possible that Sarah will quit her job today (Saturday) or Tuesday.  Now her employer is yanking her around, telling her she has medical insurance (so they cancelled Tom's and moved the whole family to hers), only to tell her later that she doesn't qualify until February.

Needless to say, it's possible I'll be unemployed in the next couple weeks.  Bummer.  Jimmy and I were still discussing what we'd do / I'd do when the baby came (would I take some time off, or stay home permanently, or???), but if something like this was going to happen, I'd much rather it happen 6-8months from now.  So now I have to try to find something to do for the next 6-8 months.  So we'll see.

I'd love to find something that will bring in money and be something I could still do once the munchkin is here... but I don't know what that would be!  I love to take pictures, scrapbook, and do other crafty things.... but I don't really think I'd be able to make a career out of all of that (even more unlikely in this economy).

So we'll see.  If anyone has ideas on something I could do - let me know!  I'm open to ideas!

Symptoms.... or lack thereof

So far, I haven't had many symptoms.  My boobies hurt pretty bad, and over the last two weeks I've only had one night that I haven't woken up between 3am and 5am - sometimes unable to go back to sleep.  I know it's crazy...  but I'm kinda hoping I get other symptoms, as a lot of the time I don't even feel like I'm pregnant.  I know that's common with early pregnancy... but it doesn't help calm the nerves!

Even though I complain, I AM greatful that I haven't been sick as a dog or anything awful like that.  I know I'm lucky, and I'll keep reminding myself of that.  I think I'll feel better after I have my appointment with the nurse, and the doctor's appointment on the 8th.

Jimmy and I ARE planning on finding out the sex of the baby.  While I'd love the surprise, I'm also a planner, and would love to be totally prepared.  Also, there is a severe lack of gender neutral clothes / goodies out there... so I just think it will be much better to find out.  I figure either way we'll be surprised - it will just come 20 weeks or so earlier than the baby!

Since I'm into photography, and since I saw a really cute idea online, I'm planning on doing a picture each week to show my changing body.  Right now, it's just pudgy normal me.... but eventually the pictures will be exciting!  Jimmy's helping me take the pictures, and then I'll play with them.  Eventually (maybe around 7 or 8 months or so), I'll have to see if Taylor or Dad will do some maternity photos with Jimmy and I.  I did a shoot for someone over a year ago, and it's a great way to showcase the love that surrounds that child you haven't met yet!

So here's the first pic of the series.  I'm 5 weeks, 2 days in this picture.  I'm looking forward to a baby bump, instead of just the lumpy, need to work out, look! :-)  Plus I figure these pictures will help me get motivated after the baby is born to lose the weight!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Shock... and awwwwwww.

So we were in shock about the fact that we were pregnant!  I called my doctor's office Tuesday morning (1/5/10), and they scheduled me for my first two appointments (Jan. 25th for blood tests / meeting with the nurse, Feb. 8th for my first appointment with Dr. B and my first ultrasound!), discussed where I'll deliver (DELIVER?!  We just found out we're pregnant!), etc.  I was still in disbelief.

Jimmy and I talked and thought about what would be the best plan for announcing the good news to our families.  They have been SO supportive of our journey thus far, and we wanted to share our excitement with them, but we were also hesitant.  The fact that this process hasn't gone as expected scared us.  What if we lose the baby?  What if those two tests were wrong (highly unlikely, but...)?  What if????

In the end, we realized there would be no way we could keep it from them until after that first ultrasound.  So we would tell them.  Jimmy and I were headed back to Beaverton that Friday (Saturday was my Grandpa's memorial service), and while the timing wasn't AMAZING, we couldn't help but think that a little bit of good news would be greatly appreciated.

Since Kelsey wasn't going to come to my parents' house until Saturday, I knew I had to call her.  Somehow I got through (happened to be one of the days she left the ranch and was in cell service!), and after some small talk, I dropped the bombshell.  She was ecstatic!  She was going to be Auntie Kelsey!  After supporting me through the last year, and calling B.S. on me more than once, she could finally share in my joy and surprise!

The whole drive to Beaverton we were excited.  Our plan was to just get there and announce it.  We couldn't wait!  About 20 miles from the Washington / Oregon border, I realized I had always wanted to do something special for my parents to announce that we were expecting.  I had envisioned a "Grandkids are one of the greatest joys" picture frame (or something along those lines), with a picture of Jimmy and I in it.  Of course, it was almost 10:00 at night, and we had nothing like that in our weekend bags.  So, of course, I requested that we stop.  Jimmy was (do you notice a pattern here?) wonderful, and stopped at the Wal-Mart in Vancouver.... and we started searching.  I was pretty disappointed with the selection.  After at least 20 minutes spent back and forth between the frame section and the baby section, we finally found something similar to my vision.  We bought it, doctored it up, put it in a bag, and were on our way.

As we arrived at my parents (both of whom were awake... I had made sure of that!), we couldn't wait.  I told my parents that I had found a left over Christmas present hiding in one of my drawers that was for them - well, for the family.  They all bought it.  My mom, dad, and Taylor stood around the island in the kitchen while my mom opened the gift.  The look on her face when she saw the frame was priceless (for the girl who loves to take pictures and almost always has my camera with me, I don't know how I forgot to have it out at this time).  Shock is the only word I can think of... but it doesn't even come close to describing it.  She quickly "wrapped" it back up (throwing the tissue paper over it), and handed it to my dad.... coming over to hug me.  My dad opened it, and a similar look came across his face.  "Really!?"  More hugs, some tears, and many smiles.  Taylor finally caught on as he saw the gift.  It was perfect.

Here's the gift - can't wait to put a real picture in that frame!

I will never forget the looks on my mom and dad's faces, and the happiness that was felt at that time.  My fears that it wasn't the right time to tell them were instantly erased.... and we felt joy and anticipation that had been missing for a while!

The next day, Auntie Kelsey gave us our first official baby gift. (my mom gave us something over a year ago, but this one's the REAL first gift - sorry mom!)

Oh... I gained a nickname that night.  AlPrego.  Thanks to my brother.  He figured it's like Alfredo sauce, but with a twist.  And he can call me "Al" for short around those who aren't in on the secret!  Awesome.

His nickname is Uncle Tot.  Please use it as much as possible!

Oh, and I didn't mention before, but Jimmy has nicknamed the baby Eggo the Embryo.  I'm not sure if the nickname will stay once it's out of the embryonic stage, but he figured it is gender neutral and sounds cool.  Kelsey's card said To: Eggo Embryo, From: Auntie Kelsey. :-)

We told Jimmy's family on Sunday via speakerphone.  They are just as excited, and we feel so much love from our families.  It's going to be SO DIFFICULT to keep from telling EVERYONE but we know it's the right thing to do, and the time will pass quickly! (though it doesn't feel like it!)

Intuition.... and surprises.

December was, for lack of better words, insane.  Jimmy and I spent barely any time at home without houseguests between mid-December and mid-January.  There were ups and downs.  We hosted "Christmas in Seattle" with my parents and brother, we visited Jimmy's parents and sister in Utah for Christmas, we participated in the Rawlings family Christmas via Skype, and somewhere in there I think Jimmy got to go skiing!  December 28th I got a phone call I never expected and won't ever forget.  Around 2:30am, my dad called to tell me that my Grandfather, Big Grandpa, Grandpa K, the last living grandfather for Jimmy and I, had died of a massive heart attack just an hour before.  Low.  Shock.  Numb.

That day Spencer and Andreea came to visit us in Seattle (it was great!), and I rode back with them to Beaverton to spend time with my family.  Jimmy came down on Thursday (New Year's Eve), and we spent a wonderful New Year's with the family - playing games and staying up late.

When we finally returned home on Sunday (it felt like I hadn't been home in a LONG TIME), I joked to Jimmy that if I had a pregnancy test (lovingly referred to as a pee stick) lying around, I might take it.  I didn't feel strange (though I had been very sensitive to smells that weekend, but that was pretty normal for me), but based off of the timeline of things, and that sense that I had mid-December, I was curious.  Of course, when I actually wanted to take one, we were out (which was strange, as we'd kept pretty stocked for the last 12 months!).  I don't work Mondays, so I planned on heading to the store the next day to pick one up - just for shits and giggles.

I forgot to go to the store that Monday (1/4/10), and Jimmy was wonderful and offered to stop on the way home.  He arrived with a box of two, and a smile.  By this point, the excited high I was feeling just the day before had worn off, and I was really not looking forward to peeing on yet another stick.  But off I went.  I felt like I had done this a million times before.  Pee on stick.  Turn stick over so you can't see the results.  Flush toilet.  Wash hands.  Turn stick over and feel the disappointment.  But this time was different.  Was that a + sign I saw?!  Wait a second.... + means pregnant.  No.

I walked into our kitchen holding the precious pee stick, a look of disbelief on my face.  Jimmy was a pro at this process, too, and looked up expecting disappointment on my face.  Instead, all I could say was "um.... really?".  He came over, smiled, hugged me, and then said "crap.  I screwed up."  Great, I thought, what was it!?  "I didn't get the ones that turn blue!"  Haha.  This refers back to one of Jimmy's favorite commercials, for Coors Light, advertising that the mountains turn blue when the beer is cold.  In the commercial, the wife comes out of the bathroom at the same time as the husband is pulling a beer out of the fridge - both exclaiming "It turned blue!"  We laugh every time, and Jimmy was sure that would be us some day!

Of course, I was then expected to drink A TON of water, and pee again, ASAP, to make sure the test I had just taken was not a fluke.  Around 20 minutes later, still in shock, a second + appeared, and we maybe believed it that time.

Because I love scrapbooking (as previously stated), OF COURSE I took a picture.  For your viewing pleasure.... the infamous pee sticks (and those wonderful + signs).

Our (unexpectedly bumpy) journey so far

So I'll probably write a bunch today, to get everything caught up to speed.  

There are a lot of reasons Jimmy and I are excited right now - some of them obvious, others not so much.  In all truth, Jimmy and I have been trying to start the family we know we want to have for just over a year.  In December of 2008, we decided it was as good of a time as any to start our family, so we threw out the pills and got excited thinking about how much our life was going to change.  Every person remembers countless health / sex ed classes where they were told how easy it is to get pregnant.  Look at someone wrong, and it may just happen! (ok, so that wasn't quite the message they were sending.... but close!)

Both of our sets of parents warned us of how easy it was for them to conceive (something that freaked us out until we decided it was our turn!).  After the year we have been through, I am grateful that for most couples, it IS a simple process.  For us, it wasn't.

After a couple months and no positive pregnancy tests, we started to wonder what was going on.  After further reflection, I realized the time between each visit of AF wasn't consistent, and was DEFINITELY not the out-of-the-box 28 days.  Hmmmm.  At my yearly visit to the "girly doctor" in May, my doctor recommended having blood drawn so they could check to see if anything was off.  I went in, had a bunch of blood drawn (side note - I have low blood pressure, and having a bunch of blood drawn is an interesting experience!), and awaited the results.  We left on a vacation to visit Spencer and Andreea in Washington DC, and expected to hear back from the doctor sometime while we were gone.

Not that I think I have some special powers, and while Jimmy often accuses me of being slightly pessimistic (I call it realist), I suspected it wouldn't all come back peachy keen.  My suspicions were confirmed when I got a call from the doctor's office.  Some of my hormones came back at levels that were higher than expected, and we scheduled an appointment with Dr. B (a more specialized OB-GYN) for June.

Ah.... the first appointment with Dr. Banfield.  
By this point, I knew what to expect (ah, the wonderful technology that is Google).  I had searched to see what possible conditions / issues I could have going on, and had come to the conclusion that I likely had PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome).  My symptoms matched, and the hormone levels confirmed it.  

Dr. B talked with me about my history (seriously, what girl remembers what her periods were like when she was in 8th grade!?  Annoying.  That's all I remember them being.  And somehow that doesn't help a doctor!), my current symptoms, and our goals.  I came away with a lot of questions, and a strong dislike for this man.  

Reasons I disliked him:
1.  He didn't seem to take me seriously, as I was "only 24", so I had "tons of time" to get this figured out (ok, bucko, but we wanted to start a family now, at 24)
2.  He basically told me to sit around and wait (haha.  ME, sit around and wait!?)
3.  He also told me I was fat and needed to work on that (ok, so he didn't directly say that, and yes, I already knew it, but he focused a ton on the fact that many women see positive results if they lose 10% of their body weight)
4.  I was scared that I may never be a mommy.... something I had dreamed about forever.... and he was the one telling me this news (again, in not so many words, and a very extreme conclusion as there are many options for women with PCOS).

I called Jimmy, bawling, and told him how awful this man was.  As most of you know, Jimmy is a wonderful man  and he instantly offered warm, loving words and thoughts.  From that day (and much before that day) on, he has been by my side, learning, getting excited, aching, being frustrated, and loving me.

So we were supposed to wait 3 months to see if my cycles regulated themselves, and we could then come back and discuss options.

Information on PCOS (a short version... there are MANY websites / articles out there that are much more eloquent and complete):
Doctors don't know what causes PCOS, or anything to predict it.  They do see higher rates of PCOS in women whose mom or sister has it (so it's likely at least somewhat biological).  PCOS messes with the hormones that are in a female's body, making it so that she doesn't ovulate, or ovulates very infrequently.  PCOS is associated with higher rates of miscarriage.  PCOS puts a woman at higher risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, some cancers, and heart disease in the future.  Depending on the woman's goals, PCOS is treated in a bunch of different ways.

The next three months was killer.  I'm a pretty impatient person, and I just felt like I was waiting around for NOTHING.  When the next appointment finally came, I was ready to take the next step.  Dr. B suggested waiting another 3 months or so (so that we'd hit December, as doctors don't like to say you have fertility issues until you've been trying for a year).  While I went into the appointment (which Jimmy attended, what a wonderful husband!) set in my decision to move forward... I started to weaken and agreed to waiting another 3 months (with the offer by the doctor to call anytime I wanted to talk about starting a more aggressive approach).  After this appointment, I liked him a bit more, and left knowing we had a lot of thinking to do.

After talking with my wonderful sister (who called B.S. on the waiting another 3 months), and discussing options with Jimmy, I decided to go with my gut and call the doctor, asking to take a more aggressive approach.  We wanted a family, and we wanted it now, and there was no use waiting another 3 months I felt like we were going to end up in the exact same place anyway.

So I made the call.  Less than a week later, I started on a prescription of Metformin.  Metformin is a drug used most commonly with people with Diabetes.  It helps your body process insulin (one of the many things doctors think causes confusion in the bodies of women with PCOS).  It also often helps women lose weight (something that is slightly more difficult for women with PCOS).  There weren't many negative side effects to weigh - possible nausea, etc., but nothing too serious.  In the beginning, I was having minor issues with the nausea (only when I forgot to eat enough food with the pill), but that all calmed down pretty quickly.  I was also taking a prenatal each day... and hoping.

My cycles seemed to start regulating themselves.  Going from 62-63 days (yah, that's a long time!), to more like 40.  I was hopeful, but trying not to get my hopes up too much.  By this point, I had taken way too many pregnancy tests to count over the last 10-11 months.  If I never saw one again, I would probably have been okay with it, except for the fact that they were a necessary evil in this process!

Mid-December I was having a bit of an optimistic spell.  I'm not sure why, but I was convinced this would be our month.  My cycles were getting more regular, my husband was still amazing and by my side, and our good friends were having a baby in July (so we better hurry up if we wanted to have kids around the same age!).

Again..... I'm not claiming I have some crazy tenth sense, but I guess sometimes you just know things.

Why I'm blogging

I've never been one to blog. Or to think I ever would. But I love to scrapbook, for many reasons, but one of the main ones is that you can preserve memories. I guess I see blogging as a similar hobby - I'd like to keep all of the experiences Jimmy and are having forever, and this seems one of the best ways to do it.  I also think that it will help me process the MANY things that go through my head.

I don't expect to have many followers. And I expect for anyone who does choose to read my blog to be slightly bored at times, hopefully entertained sometimes, and other times they'll wonder if the post they're reading will ever end.

But I'm not blogging for others. I'm blogging for me. For Jimmy. For the baby we love so much already. And if anyone else wants to share in this journey - then welcome!

I guess we'll start blogging....

Well, we haven't announced it to many people, but we're expecting our first child on September 11, 2010 (for now!). We have told our parents, siblings, and a couple really close friends, and will wait until I'm around 12 weeks along to tell everyone else. Since we're full of so many thoughts and emotions, and experiencing all of this for the first time, I thought it would be a good idea to start a blog (or start a diary / journal... or something!) to help us remember it all.

So, here goes!