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January 21, 2009 – Hearing Liam’s heartbeat for the first time.

February 14, 2009 – The First Official Gut Picture

March 16, 2009 – Our first walk as a family.

March 17, 2009 (Our 2nd wedding anniversary) – It’s A Boy!

April 7, 2009 – Mommy’s 34th birthday

May 10, 2009 – Mother’s Day

June 4, 2009 – A BPP, and Daddy’s 41st birthday.

June 20, 2009 – On the back deck of our hotel room at Mike and Alison’s wedding.

July 20, 2009 at 5:21 a.m. – Jeff showing me Liam for the first time.

Pure Happiness.  Unbelievable Love.

Daddy and Liam

August 13, 2009 – Visit from Grandma and Grandpa Linnehan, and Uncles Matt and John.

September 5, 2009 – Raspberry picking with Sarah, Dave, Paige, Alice, Auntie Rachael, Uncle Steve, and Jared.

October 31, 2009 – Liam the Giraffe’s First Halloween

November 27, 2009 – Out little guy smiling.  Picture by Wright.

December 24, 2009 – Our little Santa at his first Christmas.

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For the last couple of weeks, I have been too busy/too crabby to blog much.  So, here is your long, long overdue update!

My last birthday without arranging child care...

My last birthday without arranging child care...

My birthday seemed to have been a couple of weeks ago, and for the first time, I just could not have cared less.  I spent the day at my Awesome Little Job ™ and then Jeff took me to The Modern for dinner.  The food was, as usual, spectacular, although we were there on 1/2 price bottle of wine night, and everyone around us was having good times with a beverage that I have not been able to partake in for almost six months.  Not that I’m counting.  Or counting down till the next one.  (Who’s bringing Bailey’s to the delivery room??)

I spent the week before Easter doing the spring cleaning Chez Sekhon, as we were having the Sekhons over for Easter brunch.  I figured that not only did it give me an excuse to finally do all the things around the house I have been neglecting for the last few months, but I’m going to be pawning off the rest of the holidays this year on my mother-and-sisters-in-law.  (Sorry, girls!)  The house was clean, the food was good, but the best part was that it was Sydney’s first Easter (pictures by my father-in-law, the proud Grandpa):

Grandma brought Sydney a "basket" for Easter of books and stacking rings with all sorts of sounds and textures.  We have another reader in the family!

Grandma brought Sydney a "basket" for Easter of books and stacking rings with all sorts of sounds and textures. We have another reader in the family!

Alison and I.  We missed Rachael in our "sisters" picture - Steve had pneuomia and they weren't able to come...

Alison and I. We missed Rachael in our "sisters" picture - Steve had pneumonia and they weren't able to come...

Alison and Sydney.  Syd was trying to catch a taste of her dress...is there anything cuter than baby tongue?

Alison and Sydney. Syd was trying to catch a taste of her dress...is there anything cuter than baby tongue?

Sydney and Auntie Di.  She goes between being happy to see me, and wondering how she got to be related to such a crazy woman....

Sydney and Auntie Di. She goes between being happy to see me, and wondering how she got to be related to such a crazy woman....

For most of the time since Easter, I have had a horrible time sleeping.  Thanks to awesome pregnancy hormones, I have had not only my usual battery of vivid dreams, but nightmares almost every night.  And that is when I can sleep – despite Unisom and trying to wear myself out, I’ve had almost no sleep for the last week.  Last night, I could only sleep for about forty five minutes at a time.  Oddly, I feel pretty good today.  I’m not sure if this is entirely pregnancy-related, or if it’s just my usual every few months insomnia, but it can end now.  I only have about three more months before I have a newborn in the house, and I have to stock up on my sleep now!

Coming Up:

*Wednesday is the Just Between Friends preview sale, where I will be looking for a highchair and whatever other cuteness I can find for our little one.  Christy will be coming with me, as Jeff has the condo association meeting.  (I am guessing that Jeff is glad I am not going to the association meeting with him, as I have had it up to here with the association, but that’s a story for another time).

*Thursday I have my 25 week appointment at the OB (we are a week off from the usual schedule due to the perinatal visits).  Shouldn’t be anything terribly exciting.

*First week in May I will  be back at the immunologist’s office to work out a birth plan with relation to the HAE.

*Week after that, we’ll be back at the perinatal doc’s for another ultrasound (!) and hopefully an agreement between all the doctors on how to handle labor.

Wow.  It’s almost like this is actually going to happen soon!

Also, WE HAVE A NAME!  And we are not telling, so don’t even ask.

Not last weekend, but the weekend before when it was so nice out, Jeff and I and our little one (who comes along for everything) took our first walk as a family.  Jeff took this picture:

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Last Saturday, Jeff and I babysat our niece, Sydney, while her parents were at the Gophers game.  (We aren’t going to talk about the game.  It didn’t make Mike a happy fan.)

1272009-001Alison left us a schedule with Sydney’s routine, and she followed it almost to the minute, which was actually kind of funny.  It was also a bummer, because her frequent, but short, napping schedule didn’t leave us enough time for things like….

Snuggling with Uncle Jeff…

1272009-002Playing in her bouncy thing.  We came while she was having a nap, and this was the time where she was evaluating just what had gone on.  The food was right, the house was familiar, but the people weren’t quite as she remembered….

And then it was time for another nap.  1272009-007Auntie Di rocked her to sleep.

It was fun.  Sydney is getting so big, and her personality is really starting to show through.  She’s getting really good at grabbing.  I think that she’s going to be right handed – she grabbed with her right hand a lot, and when she was in the bouncy, her left arm was down while she played with stuff with her right.  Time will tell….

I’ve been  feeling the baby move off and on for the last couple of weeks, but that day the kid went WILD.  I think there was some cousin to cousin communication going on!  I’d never felt so much activity.

But a couple of days later, it seemed as if it wasn’t just cousin love going on.  Christy, Gwen and I stopped over at Sarah’s and I got to have a quick snuggle with Alice.  After I handed her back to Sarah, this is what she did:

image054Not even born, and the kid’s already making friends.

We weren’t sure that we were going to be able to see the doc today. I got a call a couple of hours before my appointment that my doc was on call, in addition to taking appointments, and had two women in labor.  (We later found out that she had delivered one, had two more in labor, and had done two surgeries today.  This was before 3:00 p.m.)

I called before we were set to leave the house, and we were told to come on in.  I did the usual pee in a cup thing (that’s stressful, let me tell you), and then we went in to see the doc.

1272009-0081272009-009We waited for a couple minutes.

The first thing the doc did was look for the heartbeat.  Unlike last time, she goo’d up my stomach, stuck on the microphone, and right away we had A HEARTBEAT. Not even any background noise, nothing but a thubthubthub through the little speaker.  It was strong, and beautiful, and I don’t know how I am going to wait another 24 weeks to meet this little being.

1272009-010We re-visited the notion of visiting the perinatal (high-risk) doctor.  My OB wants me to have the ultra sound there at 20 weeks, and talk to the doctor about the safety of FFP (fresh frozen plasma) during pregnancy should I have a throat swell while I am still pregnant.  We also talked a bit about me having it at some point during labor – hopefully late enough that the baby won’t get any, but give my body the ability to fight off any swelling caused by the trauma of birth.

She also asked about other allergies – specifically latex, which I am actually NOT allergic to – so I had to tell her I’m allergic to vinyl.  I know, it’s weird.  She’s gonna have the OB nurses at the hospital check out for vinyl that I might come into contact with.  I told her I just get a bit of a rash – it’s no big deal.  She also learned that I have sleep apnea, and made a note of that.

Jeff said I was making her nervous.  I think I”m more than she bargained for.

So, I”m waiting for the perinatal clinic to call so we can schedule the ultrasound.  We’re getting a Level Two (read: super awesome) ultrasound, so we should have a really good look at our little one.  I’ve already been having little chats with him/her about the ultrasound.  Mommy and Daddy want to know who you are, so I want those legs spread. No being shy with the camera!

I want to go to the Geek Prom.

Basically, it’s a prom for adults.  I thought it would be fun for Jeff and I to go – he’s never been to one, and I went to my senior prom with a bunch of friends.  At least this time there would be no drama as to whether I/my date would dump my date/me before the actual prom.

Besides, about once a year I want to put on a fancy dress and get my hair done.  Sometimes, I get married for that.  🙂  But I’m not doing that again,  so Geek Prom is the way to go.

And this year it would be super fun.  Not ONLY would I get to dress up in the tackiest thing that I can find, and have my hair all big, but I’ll be 7 months pregnant.  Prom doesn’t get classier than that.

image033Christy introduced me to a fabulous thrift store today, and right outside the fitting rooms was the prom dress of my dreams.  It was a perfect pink color that clashes with my hair, and full of sparkles and other win.  And a two layer skirt.  I had to try it on:

I think it’s especially nice with the maternity bra hanging out.

Wouldn’t you know, it fit like a dream (ok, except for the bit of bulge on the side, but that’s easy enough to fix – and frankly, a problem I’ve had with fancy dresses before.  I’m not sure why – it’s sure that my boobs are smaller than average, even when I’m not pregnant).

Alas, although it was lovely in all it’s glory today, there is no way that I’d still be able to fit into it in three months.  And I don’t think there’s enough material to let it out seven months of pregnancy worth of stomach.  See Exhibit B:  image034

Anyone know where to get a good maternity prom dress?

1272009-0071February 14, 2009

Taken at Famous Dave’s in Coon Rapids, MN by Steve, our brother-in-law

Yeah, right now I just look fatter than normal.  But watch this space – I promise exponential growth!