Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Year Of Paper

Traditionally on your first anniversary you are supposed to give gifts of paper.. . books, stationary, love letters, etc. Matt and I figured what better paper to give each other than the gift of the title to a new house. Well, actually that was not our original gift idea, but as things fell into place, the timing made it possible for us to spend our first night at the new house on our anniversary weekend. The idea of buying a house together has been on our minds since we got married. With each of us having had our own homes it was important to us to buy something that was a special combination of our likes and dislikes and something that was going to be “ours.” We weren’t really in the market, but we found the perfect house that seemed like it was built just for us. We went into the buying process knowing that it was a foreclosure and a good value, but we had no idea that it would end with lots of drama due to the rules and regulations of the new mortgage laws and the crack down on Fannie Mae. But alas after lots of back and forth the house and a large extra piece of property fell in our laps – we knew it was meant to be at that point. Now, we are happily making lists and planning projects for the upcoming year. Although we love the house just the way it is, the “fixers” in us can’t wait to clean up the rough edges and make this diamond in the rough shine. First things on the list; decorating Lilly’s room and getting a big comfy couch for the family room. I promised Matt that I would hold off from any major renovations and painting until after May… so until then I get to focus on tasks that don’t involve extension ladders or removing tiles.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Week Twenty

Week twenty was a week full of excitement. Officially I am done with my semester, grades are in and I am on 4 weeks of vacation! Which means that I can start to focus on Christmas activities - baking cookies, wrapping presents and having friends over. We were lucky enough to have the Tomasoski Family visit us for a night, while they were in town for a wedding. It was so much fun to have them visit and even better that we got to exchange gifts and spend lots of time playing with the boys. They are both growing up so fast. Later in the weekend we had our friends the Oostings over to enjoy dinner and hang out. Matt did a great job entertaining their son Asher with the Little Tikes Playmat Piano that we have ... who knew Christmas songs could sound so good when played in the tune of Cat, Dog and Frog.

The big excitement of the week involved our 20 week Drs appointment. We spent the first hour in the ultrasound room checking out Le Petit Bébé. It was so much fun to watch the Tech find the legs, arms, heart, etc.. And it was such a change from the first ultrasound when all we could see were circles. Now, we could actually see our little one in there. Everything looked great in the ultrasound and the baby is perfect weight (11oz) and length for about 20 weeks. Matt and I don't do well waiting for surprises so we were happy when the Tech was able to tell us the sex of Le Petit Bébé. Which leads me to introduce Lillian Grace Knoll. Yes, that right, if everything the Tech saw was correct, we are going to have a little girl come May. From what expertise we gained during the ultrasound, Matt thinks Lilly has his nose and lips and my eyes and chin. The pictures didn't turn out great, since the cord was floating across her face in most of the pictures and my bladder was pushing on her head in the rest. It didn't seem to bother her as she was snuggled up, legs and arms crossed and butt in the air, sleeping for most of the ultrasound, but did show us how she can kick her legs and flail her arms ... maybe we have a swimmer on our hands.

20 weeks: Baby is as long as a banana
Your baby has grown as big as a banana. (Length: about 6 1/2 inches from head to bottom, and 10 inches from head to heel.)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Week Nineteen

Week nineteen was full of work related tasks, Le Petit Bébé grew its brain substantially while helping me grade exams and final projects. I am pretty sure it is going to come out of delivery lecturing the labor and delivery staff on how to streamline the birthing process and re-engineer the health information system. Aside from all the work related activities that we have been focusing on, we have also been getting excited to be off on break and enjoy the Christmas season... we have lots of shopping to get done, cookies to bake and presents to wrap. New this week is the development of some rhythm within the womb, it appears that the little one might take after Matt, Erin, My Dad & Uncle and Matt's whole family when it comes to music. While out to dinner at one of our favorite pizza locations they had a bluegrass band playing, it was very loud and energetic music and Le Petit Bébé was really moving and shaking to the beat. I mean, I am guessing that is what it was, as opposed to, moving out of the way of the loads of olive, green pepper, mushroom, bacon, and banana pepper pizza I was shoveling in.

19 weeks: Baby is the size of an heirloom tomato
Your baby equals a large heirloom tomato in size and weighs 8 1/2 ounces. (length: 6 inches, head to bottom)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Week Eighteen

Week eighteen is the first official week that Matt got to feel Le Petit Bébé move. I have been feeling the baby move quite a bit in the last few weeks and the movements seemed to keep getting stronger. So, I wanted to do a little test, because it seemed like I could feel the movement with my hand, but I didn't know if it was a mind body connection or something. One night while we were watching TV I could feel the movements pretty constantly, so I put Matt's hand on my belly and didn't say anything when I felt movement, then all of a sudden he said, "was that it?" It was indeed the little one busting some moves. He felt it a few more times in a row and his grin just kept getting bigger the more he could feel it. We are both very excited to have this new connected with our little bell pepper.

18 weeks: Baby is the length of a bell pepper
Your baby is as big as a bell pepper and weighs almost 7 ounces. (Length: 5 1/2 inches, head to bottom.)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Week Seventeen

Week seventeen, for the most part, was spent in Minnesota celebrating! With the multiple celebrations came lots of opportunity to see family and to eat - two of my favorite things. Our first celebration was Thanksgiving with the Allar side of the family and, in traditional fashion it was a deliciously huge event. This year was especially fun, as we got to meet Courtney's "baby" Cooper for the first time. Cooper is now about 7 months old and he is as cute as can be. Courtney made sure to give Matt lots of time with Cooper to prepare for our baby. It quite possibly was the first time that Matt had ever bottle fed a little one - and he sure had it easy, since Cooper did all the hard work in holding the bottle and didn't fuss or spit up at all! I believe Matt will get a rude awaking the first time he gets to feed our little one, I can only imagine he will be wearing more of the bottle than the baby will ingest. :) After the fun and festivities of the Allar Thanksgiving we made a family trip to see the new Harry Potter, which was good, but far to long for a pregnant gal with a full stomach, by the end I was hoping that Harry would just throw Dobby in to the sea and call it good. I might have a better appreciation for the movie when I watch it at home in comfortable pants and whilst laying down.

The second celebration of the week was for Matt's 30th birthday! We loaded up the family and headed to Benihana for a hibachi style birthday. The baby really loved the onion soup and salad with ginger dressing .. yum! But the highlight of the dinner was the Japanese rendition of "If your happy and you know it," sung as the birthday song followed by a lovely picture to commemorate Matt getting older.

We topped off the week of celebrations with a trip to visit Grandma and Grandpa Knoll at a super fun Supper Club/Lodge that had all the best fried foods including cauliflower and Walleye. It was so nice to see them and have some time to visit, we haven't had a chance to see them since before we were married and last year we couldn't make the drive twice because of bad snow storms. The end of our visit to see the Knoll side of the family was completed
with an early family Christmas. We were so spoiled and even Le Petit Bébé got lots of fun things to play with.

Week seventeen was certainly exhausting, but so much fun!

17 weeks: Baby weighs as much as a turnip
Your baby weighs 5 ounces this week -- about as much as a turnip. (Length: 5 inches, head to bottom.)