Wednesday, April 24, 2013

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

In 8 1/2 days we will be in Belize - I cannot say enough how much I cannot wait to be there.

The view from our favorite restaurant for breakfast.

Caye Caulker

Snorkeling at Goff's Caye

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Wordless Wednesday      

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Boston Marathon

My heart is breaking for all those affected by yesterday's tragedy. I have so many fond memories of going to the Boston Marathon. It's such a special day in Boston. I remember after I started working at MGH's daycare center I did not get Patriot's Day as a holiday because it was not a "hospital holiday"...I would ride the T home to my apartment and was able to watch the last few runners from my seat on the train. One year I went with a friend to visit her boyfriend who was DJ'ing outside one of the restaurants cheering on the runners. Another year my Mom and I had tickets for the Sox game, so we went to that first and then walked down to Kenmore Square to catch some of the marathon. The last year I went it was to cheer on my boss who was running - we stood at about mile 20 or was where the runners were being stopped yesterday. It's so surreal to realize this is happening in a place I consider home.

I've read in many places that this event is not going to show how weak Boston is but it will show the strength of Bostonians. That is the truth...these cowards picked the wrong city to mess with!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Playing catch up

I didn't mean to let this much time go by between posts. Each day last week I had every intention of writing but believe it or not, work was busy for me!! That is a rare thing so I enjoyed each moment of it. :)

Now to catch you up on what's been going on in my corner of the world.

  • J is pretty funny. Last weekend he some how managed to trick me into cleaning out my closet. It was long overdue, but it was not on my to-do list for the weekend. It literally took us both days. It's a walk in closet that really was never organized. Now it is looking great! You can walk in without tripping on can even turn around when you are in there. As a result I had a huge pile of clothes to donate. I took some to a resale shop and made $18.50.
  • We donated the clothes this past weekend and it was a great experience. We donated to Haven for Hope, which we have donated to before, but this time we asked about what happens to the clothes. We were told that they have a room where they put everything on hangers and the residents of the shelter are able to come in and "shop" for clothes. While we were there a family was graduating from the shelter and they were being set up with many items for their new apartment. It made us feel really good to now that the clothes we were donating were going to go directly to the residents of the shelter.
  • We cleaned out the multiples places where our medications were being stored yesterday. So much medicine!! I found half full bottles of folic acid and pred.nisone that I had thought I had misplaced...after a moment, I realized they were leftover from when I was pregnant with Fred. I also found some cards from J and my mom after we lost Fred. Those stung. I am beyond happy that we are pregnant now, but it still really hurts remembering all that we have lost.
  • My truck is in the shop being repaired and I am really hoping that I will get it back this week. I've been driving a Chevy Malibu for the last week and have not enjoyed it at all. Well, except for those couple of mornings when it was chilly last week and I got to use the heated seats...loved that! I had them in my Beetle and I really miss them!!
  • I had to go bra shopping last weekend thanks to the new growth of the girls. OMG - I was "well endowed" before and now it's just ridiculous. I now refer to my bras as my over the shoulder boulder holders. I have a feeling I am going to end up buying bigger bras in a few weeks. :( I can't even imagine how tricky it's going to be going bathing suit shopping. :(
  • We had an appointment with Dr. W on Friday and it went great. She found Cinco's heartbeat right away and it was beating nice and the high 150s. It was such a relief to hear. Last week I was feeling pretty anxious about things a day or two before the appointment, so I was very relieved that all was going as planned.
  • Next appointment is in 5 weeks for our ultrasound. We were originally scheduled to go back in two weeks but Dr. W cancelled that because there was really no reason to go back. So weird to have things going so well...not something I am used to at all!
  • J and I still have not looked at the piece of paper in his wallet that will reveal the gender. Our plan is to wait until we are in Belize to look at it. It's still driving J's mom nuts because she wants to be shopping...we told her to just put the money in an envelope and she'll find out soon. :)
The clean closet and most of the clothes that were way was I going to show you a before picture!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Throwback Thursday

I thought I'd share a picture of me and the puppies from the summer when we first got them. I can't believe they were ever that small!! Sadie's favorite spot to ride in the car was right behind my neck...thankfully she outgrew that!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Murphy needs to find a new door to knock on!

Ah, Murphy's law....I am soooo over it right about now!! J received his bonus from work this week, which was great...we used a majority of it to pay for our hotel for vacation next month. There was going to be some leftover and we decided we'd talk about how to spend that money. Well, I came up with my own way to spend it yesterday...the car insurance deductible!

Yesterday while I was driving back to work after running an errand at lunch I got into an accident. It wasn't big enough to call it a wreck, but not minor enough to call it a fender bender. Before I go any further - I am doing just fine. :) I got pretty freaked out but I saw the doctor shortly after the accident...heard Cinco's heartbeat and was told I was fine. Thankfully, I did not have any symptoms that there would be an spotting, discharge, or pelvic pain.

So the rained yesterday and it caused the roads to be quite slick...I am pretty sure that is why this happened. I was getting onto the highway...I had tapped my brakes and turned to look to see what oncoming traffic looked like. Next thing I knew the back end of the Pathfinder was fishtailing. I ended up hitting the guardrail with the front of the truck - spun myself around and hit it again with the back of the truck. The truck is drive-able but I did a lot of little damage to it. Lost the front license plate, knocked out 2 fog lamps, munch the back bumper, pushed both fenders in. Thankfully, no other cars were involved. I think I would have been a lot more gun-shy to drive to work this morning had another driver been involved. I am just so happy that it was not worse than what it was. Now onto the joys of dealing with the insurance company and getting the truck fixed.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Hola from our corner of the world

I have been having a hard time with trying to figure out what type of posts I should be writing now that Cinco's weekly reports have ended. I think what I am going to try to do is just write about what is happening in our lives and how I am dealing with it. I've almost been afraid to write about the good times because I am afraid of how it will effect those still in the trenches. I don't want to offend anyone, yet it feels weird to not be telling you how things are going for us.

So now I am going to get you caught up on what's been going on in our corner of the world.

Last week I had my first appointment with Dr. W and I am so happy to report that all went well. We received the results from the Maternit.21 testing and I passed with flying colors. No trisomies to worry about. I can't even begin to describe the way I felt after receiving that news. It was like a HUGE weight was lifted off my shoulders. All day I had been extremely anxious about receiving the test results. When I told Dr. W about how anxious I had been feeling she commented that it probably explained why my BP was a bit high.

We also found out that the Maternit.21 testing revealed Cinco's gender...Dr. W asked if we wanted to know. J and I looked at each other like deer caught in someone's headlights. We asked Dr. W to write it down for us - she tucked the piece of paper into J's wallet where it has sat since Thursday. I think we are going to wait until we are on vacation in Belize next month to find out what is says. It's driving J's mom NUTS that we are not telling her. I have to admit we are having just a little too much fun with it. She told J yesterday that it's okay to kid with her but to not push it too far. :)

Dr. W was really excited to see us and told us at least 5 times in our short appointment how excited she is for us - she did say she's a bit nervous too. Which is okay, because that is just how we feel. Thankfully, she scheduled our next appointment for 2 weeks out instead of the typical month. Both J and I were a bit disappointed to find out that our next ultrasound will be happening at 20 weeks. It was pretty funny, because while we were in the room waiting we were searching for a machine and thinking maybe it would be rolled in. Oh well. We did get to hear Cinco's heartbeat and it was beating nice and strong!!

I baked cookies for work today and put them out in the kitchen this morning...