Monday, July 01, 2019

a poem for baby B

i haven't written a poem in a while, and after 6 months of pregnancy, obviously our little one has been on my mind. so i thought it would be fun to write one for baby B. i use the term "poem" very losely, because i use a random mix of styles and i don't always rhyme! ;) there's a few half rhymes and not-so-half-rhymes thrown in for good measure, haha!

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Monday, June 03, 2019

baby b | gender reveal party

it was so much fun to have our family and friends over to our house to celebrate baby b & for us to share the news that we have a little boy joining the family this fall! we moved into our house right before last Christmas, but with me working every other weekend, we were rarely at home together to unpack and move things where we wanted them. the unpacking and settling in was slow going for sure, but we managed to finish unpacking before the party, haha! although we still have to hang some curtains and decorations on the wall, but we will get there! this was the first time we had such a large crowd over to our house, but i felt like there was enough room to spread out in and it worked well!

we didn't do a set theme for the party, but we did have little bees and hives for people to cast their vote on the gender. we wanted to do bees since we have been calling ourselves the "b" hive and our little baby b on the way! we tried to think of a creative but inexpensive way to reveal the gender, and finally decided on doing a pinata because it was pretty simple to put together. i didn't find any bee pinatas i liked, but saw a sorting hat pinata in Target and couldn't resist! i am a huge Harry Potter fan and thought the correlation of the sorting hat revealing our baby's gender was just too fun to pass up! (if you're not into Harry Potter, the sorting hat is placed on each student's head, and it reveals what "house" they belong to at Hogwarts, their school)

we bought the sorting hat pinata, and then once we found out the gender, we bought blue candy to fill it with! we had about 45 people over for the party, and it was a lot of fun! Thomas only took 2 hits to break open the pinata & i got a fun video with everyone's reactions also! it was interesting having so many people over at our house at once, but it was nice to have a house and yard that could host people! thankfully we have a pretty good size yard, so there was plenty of room for people to park! my aunt's, Thomas's uncle, and one of my closest friends were also able to come to the party from out of town so that was fun! i'm glad we did the party and have these photos and memories to look back on (and to show baby b one day)! we also saved a goodie bag of the candy to give to baby b one day & Thomas bought the black bat (that he used to hit the piƱata) to give to baby B to use one day! :)

Monday, May 27, 2019

IT'S A ....

when we first found out that baby B was on the way, i calculated when i would be 20 weeks along to get an idea of when we might find out the gender. i calculated that i would be 20 weeks at the end of May, and thought it would be cool to celebrate our anniversary on May 17 and then find out the gender 2 weeks later!

as it turns out... we ended up finding out the gender at 18.5 weeks because of the way my appointments were scheduled out, so we got to find out a little bit earlier than i was expecting! and the random date they pulled out for our anatomy ultrasound was May 17... which is not only our anniversary but also Thomas's birthday! so it was a very special day this year!

the weekend of May 17 was a weekend i was scheduled to work, so i did some swapping around with my coworker and took a day of PTO so i could have the whole weekend off with Thomas because i knew we would have a lot to celebrate! thankfully our ultrasound appointment was early friday morning, and right after the appointment we headed to the mountains for the weekend for our anniversary trip!

we went back and forth between finding out during the ultrasound or finding out privately at home afterwards. we decided to have the ultrasound tech turn the screen off when she checked the gender, and she placed 3 photos with the gender typed on them in an envelope so we could open later! Thomas wanted to wait until the gender reveal (a week later) to find out, but i shot that down, haha! i didn't want to wait an entire week, especially since we had the opportunity to find out on our anniversary. but also, i wanted to find out privately with Thomas, and not in front of 40 people!

it was fun to find out right before we headed out of town for the weekend, so that we could dream about baby B together and brainstorm names during the weekend! (although we already had a pretty solid boy name and girl name prior to finding out! because like i said, i don't like to wait! but we are still deciding on the name, and haven't agreed on a winner yet.)

we had our gender reveal party at our house yesterday, and shared the news with family and some close friends! it was really fun! i went back and forth between having a gender reveal party or not, because i don't like being the center of attention. but i'm glad we had the party and were able to spread the news in a creative way to our family and friends at one time! it was fun to see everyone's reactions, and i feel like we wouldn't have gotten to focus on everyone else's reactions if we were finding out at the same time. so i'm very glad we did it the way we did!

so now that we told our families the news, i guess it's out there! baby B is a BOY & we couldn't be more excited to welcome him into our family in October! we have 3 nephews, so he will fit right in with his cousins! now i'm going to go register for all the cute boy things! haha!

Friday, May 17, 2019

year six.


that's a wrap on our sixth year of marriage. it honestly feels like it should be a higher number of years that have passed already. we have lived a lot of life in the past six years, and have been through so many changes!

last year, when we celebrated our 5th anniversary, who would've thought we would be where we are today? on our 5th anniversary, i had just graduated from grad school the week prior and we really had no idea what the future months would hold. i had set up my first job interview, but had no idea when i would be able to start a full-time job. we hadn't started discussing building a house vs buying a house at that point, and didn't know how long it would take to move into our own home again. we also hadn't started discussing kids and how that timeline would work now that grad school was over. 

now one year later, here we are celebrating 6 years of marriage. i've been in my job since June 2018, and i've been full time since October 2018. we've been in our house since December 2018, and we've got a tiny human with our chromosomes developing inside of me since January 2019. all of those changes, one after another, that led to starting this journey into parenthood.

this is our last anniversary as a family of 2 (although technically Baby B hitches a ride with me everywhere i go!) i can't even begin to imagine what life will look like at our 7th anniversary, as a family of 3. but i know it will be completely different than all these years before.

today is also the random day my doctor picked for us to find out the gender of Baby B, and i'm super excited to learn more about our little one together! what a great birthday and anniversary present to us both! so happy birthday, welcome to your 34th year on this earth. happy anniversary, welcome to our 7th year of marriage. and welcome to the year that you become a dad. hope you're ready! ;)


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

days of disney | epcot

Epcot is the last park we visited on our family Disney trip, and i'm glad we saved it for last because it was so much fun! although i do feel like you could definitely spend 2 full days in this park just like Magic Kingdom. it was fun to try out different foods from each different "country" that is represented. we ended up saving a lot of our "snack" credits on our dining plan for the last day, which worked out well since there were so many different food options at Epcot!

there were tons of bush sculptures of different characters which were fun to spot! we rode the monorail from Epcot to Magic Kingdom and back, which was a nice "ride" that was slow enough i could ride it! haha! there were really cool views on the monorail also, and we got a good shot of the Epcot ball and some flowers from the monorail!

all of the flowers and bushes that were done in the park were really cool to see also! i feel like every few steps was another great photo opportunity (and we took so many photos it was hard to choose my favorites for this post)! i was able to ride a few of the rides in this park also, and Spaceship Earth was really cool to do! (although i lost my sunglasses on the ride because i forgot they were on my hat, RIP) we made it to the fireworks this night also, and they were really fun! we had a packed day in the park, and did so much walking through all of the countries! but it was a great end to a really fun family trip!