OK. Some key things. Today was my first ob. appointment. Thankfully, Perze and Em accompanied me through this seemingly nerve wracking experience. Although I remember the procedure from my first pregnancy, I do still get nervous and would rather have their support and extra ear. Thankfully, the exam went well and because of the positive experience and overall feeling we got from the doctor and their practices, we’re most likely going to stick with them. For future moms out there, ALWAYS gather enough informational material about your doctor, the hospital you’ll be delivering in, their usual practice and routine when it comes to emergencies, etc. I’m thankful that their office does their own blood work. My last ob. didn’t offer that convenience so I always had to set up a different appointment in another location. It wasn’t so bad last time, although a mere inconvenience; but dragging a distracted toddler here and there isn’t that grand. Well, onto the more exciting stuff…(unlike blood work)…We’re about 10 weeks into the pregnancy. I’m in optimal health. Oh, and the expected date is on… wait for it…. May 15 Yes! A May baby. Right smack the time when my favorite flowers […]
…My tricky little girl….oooooooo….so this happened just a few minutes ago. She came up to me, without me noticing that she was sporting the one hand out gig. With her other hand, she held out a blank piece of paper and said, "Mamam, cutting with scissors is not so bad." She was basically giving her defense that would allow me to let her use scissors, although I really don’t like her using them because we don’t really have safety toddler scissors. Gently, I pleaded with her and gave her my reasons why she couldn’t use the scissors. To my surprise, she took it very well, without any counter arguments, so I asked her to give me a kiss. She complied, but as she walked away, I noticed the little politician hiding and holding the scissors behind her back! Imagine! She was gonna pull a sneak request on me. So I asked her what she had behind her and she slowly revealed the scissors and, like a pregnant woman on ice cream fudge-cicles, she gave in. Cute, but not cunning enough.
So I’ve handed out and mailed 80% of the announcement cards this week. The rest of our friends should find out this week about our big news that we’ve tried to keep somewhat of a secret. The reason for this is because I’d prefer to be out of the first trimester zone before answering questions, due to one important factor that we’re awaiting my first formal checkup. But, because of my overexcited proud husband and my bulging midsection (see blog below), the news leaked. We’ve decided to mail out the announcements this time because we know some of our friends aren’t that accessible to the internet. It’s also a nice fridge decor for you to add with your state magnets. If you didn’t get a picture announcement, we’re really sorry; it’s probably due to us not updating our address archive, with everyone graduating, moving, protection programs, etc… But if you haven’t noticed, you can browse our: twelvesixteen newsletter: formal page announcement baby blog 2.0: updates on the progression Both can be found on the left side module navigation section. Nevertheless, thanks for keeping up with our family’s news. We really appreciate it.
So, most likely, the news is out and we’ve gone public. We’re having another baby and Zem’s gonna be an Ate! We don’t have all the answers yet (gender, how far into the pregnancy, baby names, etc.) but we have some approximations. If you have any questions, feel free to leave us a comment either on this announcement or on our guestbook. (Questions about our announcement picture are also welcome since I know I’ve gotten quite a few.) We’ll answer everything on our Baby Blog 2.0 and normal twelvesixteen.net blogs, so keep an eye out. We’re super happy to share the news with all our friends and family! We’ve actually been praying and planning for another baby next year, so we’re just crazy thankful!
So, 50% of our family and friends know our big announcement. We’re hoping to get the rest of it mailed this week. People have been noticing my shape changing. Recalling the time I first got pregnant with Emma, I only started showing 5-6 months. I read somewhere that a woman’s belly is like a balloon; the first time you inflate it, it’s more difficult to stretch. But the 2nd and 3rd time around, it’s already stretched out so it’ll take less time to inflate. So this time around, I’m already showing at 2-3 months. But I actually like showing. I always joke around with Perze, wondering if we’re really pregnant. So it’s the baby’s way of saying, "I’m here, get it ready kids…" It’s also because I’m one of those women who don’t feel all the negative effects of pregnancy, like extreme nausea, throwing up…etc. Like my last pregnancy, I’ll try to post monthly pictures of my progression. :) We’re so excited. The only thing different this time is that we’ll get to include how Ate is responding to all of the change. We’re extremely excited for her, and it makes the experience so much more joyful.
Every year, I’m delegated the task of compiling pictures to make the multimedia presentations for the SJBCI annual anniversaries. As much as I wish I could pass this task down to someone younger who will build their skill with working with these creative programs, I somehow always manage to take upon this task. Last night, around 2am, while working on the history presentation, I realized that maybe God handpicked me to do these presentations, this task of looking through albums upon albums and making a cohesive story or idea. This idea was confirmed when I was driving back from dropping off Perze at the train station. On Star 99.1, a quote came on, "When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece. – John Ruskin 1819-1900. Now, I wouldn’t always claim that these slideshows are "masterpieces" by conventional definition, but every year, looking at the finished product, I’m really really blessed, seeing the progression of our church through God’s power and blessing. You see, I was here when SJBCI started. I was in one of the founding families. Of course at the time, I never would expect great things, esp. in my own life, to contribute to glorifying God. But […]
Without expectation, I asked the girl in Ulta which was a really great eyeshadow to create a certain look I had in mind. She asked me if I had 3 minutes, so I complied and sat down. After 15 minutes of small chatter and various brushes touching my face, I realized that she was giving me a complete facial makeover…not just eyeshadow. I almost laughed out loud at the realization, imagining Perze coming home and wondering what the special occasion could be. Even as I look at myself in my mirror right now, I feel bad just thinking about taking it off cuz she did such a nice job, having put so much time into it. hahahahah. (sorry I can’t find a better a picture of it. I didn’t really take pictures of it…only this one.)