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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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This weekend Liam got to meet more of his family – Great Grandma Kofoed, two of his great-aunties, and two cousins.

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Great Grandma Irene and Liam

Great-Grandma Irene, Liam, Jeff, and Grandma Kathleen

Great-Grandma Irene, Liam, Jeff, and Grandma Kathleen

Great Auntie Wendy

Great Auntie Wendy

Great Auntie Lisa

Great Auntie Lisa

How lucky are we to have such a great family?

The end is nigh (!!) and I have got some work to do.

In the last couple of weeks, the doc-go-round has slowed down a bit, which is wonderful.  We have two more specialist visits – one with the endocrinologist (The Beetus Doc) and one with the perinatal doc to have our final (!) growth ultrasound and have a look-see at the fluid in the little one’s bowel.  Right now, we are going to our BPP every week, and then to see the OB after.  Here is the video of the BPP that Jeff took on his birthday (June 4, 2009):

June was a busy month.  I got to feed a giraffe!

058062It was Jeff’s birthday (which we spent at our BPP, doc, and baby class)!

Aunt Alison and Uncle Mike got married!!!

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We also got our roof replaced, our back deck re-built, and the baby’s room is on the way to getting done.  And did I mention the two fabulous showers?  The Kofoed Aunties threw one the weekend of Alison’s wedding.  I LOVE getting together with Jeff’s family, and the fact that all the out of town folks were there made it even more special.  And then Sarah threw the Classy Broads shower, which was just as Classy as you’d imagine, and even more fun!

But there is ever so much more to get done!

  • Finish the baby’s room.  This not only includes finishing the painting, which has taken forever, but also moving all the stuff in, repainting one of the cabinets that is to go in there, doing a BIG cleaning of that room, and washing all the clothes and stuff that needs to be washed.  Also, making curtains, crib skirt, chair cover, dresser protector, bulletin board….
  • Kick the yard back into shape.  The garden needs weeding and mulching, and we haven’t mowed in about a month….some of my flowers died, so I replaced those, but there is still a ton of work to do out there.
  • Stain the new deck.
  • Do a big cleaning of the house.  I didn’t do much of a spring cleaning, and I’m probably not doing much of a fall one, so I want to do one, huge, thorough cleaning so we can just “maintain” through the next few months.
  • Prepare freezer meals so we don’t have to do much cooking in the first few weeks after the baby is home.
  • Figure out what we still need for the little one.  Thanks for the generosity of our family and friends, it’s not a whole lot… 🙂

And, I’m sure, much much more!

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.

My brother Matt is a cadet at West Point, and a member of the Glee Club.  Last Sunday he and his fellow singers sang with Trace Adkins during the Country Music Awards.  Matt is in the last row, appearing at 3:45 and exiting the screen at 3:52.

We are so proud.