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We’re having a girl!

We went to have our ultrasound on Thursday and found out that our little one is a baby girl! She was moving so much and stretching and rolling around. We could see everything – her little fingers and toes, her tiny beating heart, and even her spine and ribcage. It’s so amazing to see how much she’s growing in there! I’m 19 weeks now and she’s about the size of a mango – 6 inches long and 1/2 pound.

Baby Girl Ultrasound at 19 Weeks

Our Baby Girl's Ultrasound - 19 Weeks

I started feeling flutters the night before Thanksgiving. It felt like little sparks going off in my belly and I just knew it was our little one kicking away. I’ve felt her move more and more each day. I have to say this may be the most exciting part of pregnancy – starting to show, feeling those first movements, and finding out that it’s a girl all in the same week!

Speaking of Thanksgiving, we had Chad’s mom and stepdad down here for the first Thanksgiving at our house. And we deep fried the turkey! And it didn’t catch on fire! It was the first time I had fried turkey and it was soooo good. And it only took about an hour to cook so no slaving in the kitchen all day for Thanksgiving. I can’t wait to do it again next year!


Thanksgiving with Fried Turkey!

We’re looking forward to Christmas with our families and reaching more milestones with our little baby girl. Next up: choosing a name and setting up the nursery.

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Baby makes 3!

Big news! Chad and I are expecting our first kiddo in April! Today I’m 14 weeks and 3 days (about 3 months) and my due date is April 26, 2012. The baby is healthy and so is my pregnancy so far. We’re so excited and our families are all super excited, too! We feel so very blessed and loved and are looking forward to this new adventure!

Our first ultrasound - 8 weeks and 6 days. Our little gummy bear!

Stay tuned – I’ll be posting belly pics and more fun pregnancy stuff as the journey to 9 months continues!

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Endings, Beginnings and Continuations

I really hate to be another one of those bloggers who writes about the end of the year/beginning of the new year, but I hope this post has a little bit of a different spin on the subject. I think it’s important to reflect not only on amazing new moments and endings, but it’s also important to think about the good constants that remain in your life.

Niece Mia "JingJing" Christmas Day 2010Last week, I had one of the best Christmases ever. My brother and sister-in-law finally brought home little Mia (JingJing) from China. After almost 5 years of trying to adopt, they welcomed Mia to her new home and new family in the States on Christmas Eve. JingJing is 4 years old and was living in an orphanage for a little over a year. Christmas marked the end of her days as an orphan and her new start as part of a family who loves her. She is so adorable and sweet, but she has a quite suspicious little laugh. I’m so happy to have a new niece for Christmas!

With December also comes my birthday, which started with an earthquake. I took that as a wake-up call and enjoyed a great day with my love. I feel like this birthday was more of a mile marker than past birthdays. I think this is going to be a great year. I think this year is going to bring many changes and opportunities, and I’m less fearful than I was before. I’m feeling optimistic and open to new challenges.

Above all, I’m really grateful for the constant good energy in my life. I’m very fortunate for my family and friends and all that is present in my life right now. This morning, Chad and I went to breakfast at Best Bet, and it marked one year that we’ve been ritually going there every Saturday. It may sound ridiculous to some, but something as simple as a tradition of going to a diner every Saturday morning and being greeted by everyone when you walk in the door brings me joy. And I look forward to continuing that tradition, as well as starting new ones.

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