Well I can't believe that it is Christmastime again! Crazy how time flies...this time last year it was Brad and my first Christmas together as a newly married couple and this year we are blessed to have a growing family with Lucy here to celebrate with us! It has been one crazy year but an awesome one. We are sending out real Christmas cards but My cousin Katie's father in-law comes to san diego to be "Santa" every year so we went to say Hi to him this year and he gave Lucy a free picture of him...he is such a sweet man and it was so cute seeing him hold Lucy. well I am sure I could say more but I will save it for later, Merry Christmas everyone!!
Well she finally made it!! Little Lucy made her debut on 11/10/09 at 8:43pm weighing 7lbs 5oz and 20.5 in long. She is just beautiful and we love her very much and we feel so bleesed and honored to be her parents. Here are a couple pictures for now and there will definitely be more to come!
Okay everyone...So, here is a little update with what is going on with Lucy. about a month ago I was diagnosed with Gestational diabetes which mean that I am not producing enough insulin to keep up with my blood sugars, therefore, the extra blood sugars go straight to Lucy and she stores them as fat. Doctors test all pregnant women because if you do in fact have it they want to monitor you baby more closely to make sure the baby does not get too big and that everything is going well. So I had a sonogram done yesterday to check her size because I am just shy of 37 weeks. The docs like to check the babies proportions because it is common for babies with diabetic moms to have a bigger stomach and they don't want you to risk trying to push the baby out and have her stomach get caught on the pubic bone. So, I went to the doctor today and Lucy is already about 7lbs. 8oz. and the doctor said her proportions look good she is just a big baby all around (lucky me...) I also had a Stress test done today which measures Lucy's Heart rate to make sure she isn't under any kind of stress, she rocked the test and the nurse said everything looked really good. They measured my cervix and as of right now I am dilated to a 1 and 50% effaced, (which means I am going to have a baby in the next few weeks, I already knew that) but it was nice to hear that the painful contractions that I have been having are actually doing something, so it is not in vain. I asked my doctor why my contractions were already painful and she said it was because of Lucy's size. So, there is definitely no doubt in my mind that I will be having an epidural( as long as the docs say its okay). So, my due date is still the 10th of November and my doc said she won't let me go over, even by a day, but that she think I might not make it to my due date anyway. SO, I would be okay if she came early because I am so excited to meet her and I am so done being pregnant. Sorry this was kind of long and boring but hopefully our next Lucy update will be announcing her birth(keep your fingers crossed!) Oh and here is a picture of her cute little face...
So this past Saturday Brad, my parents and I all went to Nates Butt Farm (or Bates nut farm for those of you not from San Diego) It is a tradition that my family and I have been doing since I was little and Brad and I have carried on into our married life. We decided to go last minute becuase we don't know how much time before Lucy comes and we didn't want to miss it! It was a beautiful day and was super fun to walk around and see all of the fun booths set up. They even had some sugar free candy just for me...yay! (although the real stuff looked way better.) So, I would totally recommend going, especially if you have kids, it is a nice outing and fun to see all of the fall spirit and of course pick out your own pumpkin!
Well everyone here she is in all her glory! Here are two pictures from the sonogram, one is her sucking her thumb (which of course I think is precious) and the other is of her girly parts (a special thanks goes out to the radiologist for pointing them out...I was a little lost) She is moving all the time and we just love seeing her move and grow! I will update more as time goes on!
Okay so I know that most of you have already heard but we just found out on Wednesday that we are in fact having a little girl! We are so excited!(and by we I mean I am excited and Brad is not sure what he is going to do with 2 girls around...) We have picked a name already and it is Lucy Thair Milne(Thair is his grandma's name). It is so nice to call her something other than baby or "it". So, I do have sonogram pictures but I am still trying to figure out how to scan them in but in one of the pictures she is pretty much sucking her thumb and it is the cutest thing ever! Anyway, I just thought I would let you all know!
So Sonic is finally here in good ol' Santee and so loast night Brad and I and Ben and Jessa decided it would be a good idea to go for dinner and bask in the ambiance that is Sonic. Well we arrived around 7:30 and drove up and past sonic to wait in the line that took up almost the whole dirt road behind it. Well about an hour later we finally got to park our car in the "Stall" and we figured since we were here we may as well take our time so we ordered A LOT of food and of course dessert and finally around 10:oopm we arrived back at Ben and Jessa's. Moral of the story: If you plan to go to Sonic within the next few days/weeks go with a group of friends so that the wait goes by a little faster and you can all joke about how you waited in line for and hour to buy "fast" food. All-in-all it was a BLAST and we will definitely go back it was yummy!
So, for those of you who haven't heard yet the rumors are true and I am Pregnant finally! I am due on November 10th so I still have a long way to go but we are both very excited and we will keep you updated as things come along, until then...cya
Needless to say, my addiction is time wasting. I always complain about never having time to do anything but when I step back and write down all of the things that are taking up my time, only half of them are productive. I am addicted to pointless TV shows, I will find any excuse to avoid homework(and I wonder why I am struggling?) and I am so easily distracted by almost anything. SO, I just added another new years resolution(even though it's already February, hows that for procrastination?)and that is to be better at time management and focusing on things that are meaningful and productive instead of watching TV or browsing the Internet for the sake of browsing. Its going to be tough and since my husband always tells me I am a wimp I am up to the challenge of proving hm wrong...WHO'S WITH ME! (okay I don't blame you if you are thinking Heck no she's crazy) Well here is to becoming superwoman, or at least a better version of me...lets not aim too high ;)
Okay, so I got this email today and I don't normally like chain letters but his one just touched my heart and I wanted to share it with everyone... Two Choices
What would you do? You make the choice. Don't look for a punch line, there isn't one. Read it anyway. My question is: Would you have made the same choice?
At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves learning-disabled children, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he offered a question: 'When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does is done with perfection. Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do. Where is the natural order of things in my son?'
The audience was stilled by the query.
The father continued. 'I believe that when a child like Shay, physically and mentally handicapped comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes in the way other people treat that child.'
Then he told the following story:
Shay and his father had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball. Shay asked, 'Do you think they'll let me play?' Shay's father knew that most of the boys would not want someone like Shay on their team, but the father also understood that if his son were allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging and some confidence to be accepted by others in spite of his handicaps.
Shay's father approached one of the boys on the field and asked (not expecting much) if Shay could play. The boy looked around for guidance and said, 'We're losing by six runs and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team and we'll try to put him in to bat in the ninth inning.'
Shay struggled over to the team's bench and, with a broad smile, put on a team shirt. His Father watched with a small tear in his eye and warmth in his heart. The boys sa w the father's joy at his son being accepted. In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay's team scored a few runs but was still behind by three. In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the right field. Even though no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be in the game and on the field, grinning from ear to ear as his father waved to him from the stands. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay's team scored again. Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base and Shay was scheduled to be next at bat.
At this juncture, do they let Shay bat and give away their chance to win the game? Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible because Shay didn't even know how to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the ball.
However, as Shay stepped up to the plate, the pitcher, recognizing that the other team was putting winning aside for this moment in Shay's l ife, moved in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least make contact. The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed. The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly towards Shay. As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow ground ball right back to the pitcher.
The game would now be over. The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could have easily thrown the ball to the first baseman. Shay would have been out and that would have been the end of the game.
Instead, the pitcher threw the ball right over the first baseman's head, out of reach of all team mates. Everyone from the stands and both teams started yelling, 'Shay, run to first! Run to first!' Never in his life had Shay ever run that far, but he made it to first base. He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled.
Everyone yelled, 'Run to second, run to second!' Catching his breath, Shay awkwardly ran towards second, gleaming an d struggling to make it to the base. By the time Shay rounded towards second base, the right fielder had the ball ... the smallest guy on their team who now had his first chance to be the hero for his team. He could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the tag, but he understood the pitcher's intentions so he, too, intentionally threw the ball high and far over the third-baseman's head. Shay ran toward third base deliriously as the runners ahead of him circled the bases toward home.
All were screaming, 'Shay, Shay, Shay, all the Way Shay'
Shay reached third base because the opposing shortstop ran to help him by turning him in the direction of third base, and shouted, 'Run to third! Shay, run to third!'
As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams, and the spectators, were on their feet screaming, 'Shay, run home! Run home!' Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as the hero who hit the grand slam and won the game for his team. 'That day', said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face, 'the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of true love and humanity into this world'.
Shay didn't make it to another summer. He died that winter, having never forgotten being the hero and making his father so happy, and coming home and seeing his Mother tearfully embrace her little hero of the day!
AND NOW A LITTLE FOOTNOTE TO THIS STORY: We all send thousands of jokes through the e-mail without a second thought, but when it comes to sending messages about life choices, people hesitate. The crude, vulgar, and often obscene pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion about decency is too often suppressed in our schools and workplaces.
If you're thinking about forwarding this message, chances are that you're probably sorting out the people in your address book who aren't the 'appropriate' ones to receive this type of message. Well, the person who sent you this believes t hat we all can make a difference. We all have thousands of opportunities every single day to help realize the 'natural order of things.' So many seemingly trivial interactions between two people present us with a choice: Do we pass along a little spark of love and humanity or do we pass up those opportunities and leave the world a little bit colder in the process?
A wise man once said every society is judged by how it treats it's least fortunate amongst them.
Well it's official...we've met with a Realtor and were are on the hunt for a house of our very own and we can't wait to find one. We hope we can stay nearby everyone here in San Diego but we are keeping an open mind...So, if you guys see anything interesting let us know!
So, 2008 turned out to be a pretty fantastic year. Of course it had its ups and downs but I am trying to learn to focus more on the ups. We have had many wonderful times with friends and family so I thought since I haven't been very good about keeping up with this thing I would post a few pictures of what Brad and I have been up to this past year...
Thanks everyone for the good times lets keep rockin' in 2009!