Thursday, October 28, 2010

We Have a Bump

Sooo... things are starting to feel a little more real, especially since I'm starting to show. It depends on what I'm wearing, but the little Bambino Larson is starting to make an appearance and it is so exciting! It still isn't a hard belly, but it's getting there. I haven't felt anything yet, but according to the books / web sites I've researched I should feel something between 16 and 20 weeks. This Saturday I'll be 15 weeks, so just a short while until I can feel our little bambino for the first time! I can't wait! :)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Our family is growing... EVEN MORE!

So this past weekend we packed up and headed to A-town to visit Jimmy's mom and to get things ready for... HER WEDDING! Cheryl is getting married on January 22, 2011 to Chuck Kurcher, someone she has worked with for almost five years.

We got to Aiken Thursday night, a little later than we would have liked, but we had a PULSE event that we had to tend to before we could hit the road.

I spent Friday with Cheryl and her friend Karen, and we picked out her wedding dress, which looked spectacular! We ate lunch downtown (and Jimmy joined us) and then went and checked out the venue for the wedding, Rose Hill State. It's a beautiful estate that Jimmy and I had never known existed in Aiken.

On Saturday we took a minor break from wedding details and visited The Osteen Family and sweet baby Benton, who was cute as ever and quite the little flirt!

Saturday night we had a first big family Larson/Kurcher dinner. Chuck and his daughter, Lindsey, came over and we had a great time, and finalized some wedding details. Can't wait to many more fun dinners together with this growing family! :)

Monday, October 18, 2010

How I told Jimbo

So I feel like I need to do a little back-tracking since I started the new blog a little later than I would have liked... So I figured I would take this opportunity to tell you all how I told Jimbo I was pregnant...

As a family unit of two... we decided early in our marriage that we would wait until we were married three years to start growing our family. Of course I tried to push it up a few times, but good ol' Jimbo -- he was strict on his word... well almost. We didn't start trying, but simply... "stopped trying to prevent" in early May (our anniversary is June 23) -- so technically I got him to budge one month :).

Well of course, me being the person I am, every month I was CONVINCED I was pregnant. I probably took close to 10 pregnancy tests between May and August... Which to me, doesn't sound like a lot... but to Jimmy (and other cost-conscience husbands) it does... because "those tests are expensive!"

So anyways, August was just like June and July -- I just knew I was pregnant. I took a test on the day I should have started my wonderful time of the month, but it was negative. Jimmy told me that I had to wait until Friday to take another. Well... it was Wednesday... I had a committee meeting at lunch, and decided I would sneak home because I had a test waiting for me that Jimmy didn't know anything about.

I ran home, took a test and da-da-da-daaaa there were two lines. I was so shocked, excited, nervous, scared, happy, etc. I didn't know what to do.

First up I called my boss and told her I wasn't feeling too great, and asked if I could just take the rest of the day off. (There wasn't ANY way I could go back to work with this kind of news in my head!)

Then, I called Jimmy and told him I was going to stop by... See once a year, the company that services our printers (at the Chamber) comes around for "Customer Appreciation Day," in which they bring an ice cream truck around to their clients and let everyone in the office pick whatever they want. In years past I took a treat to Jimmy. And today just happened to be the day the ice cream truck was coming around..

So that was my excuse for coming by (even though I never saw that ice cream truck).

So I run by Walgreen's to pick him up some ice cream. Then I walk around the store trying to find something "baby-ish" to purchase.

Well... not much to buy other than diapers, sippy cups and ugly toys. So I settled on a card. I pulled up to Jimmy's office and he came down. I haded him his ice cream and was counting the seconds until he noticed this card sitting on the dash of my car... Well - typical guy - he never noticed. So finally I said, "AREN'T YOU GOING TO LOOK!" and I pointed at the card.

He looked at my quizzically and said, "... what's.. that?"

And then I just started smiling, crying, etc... as he picked it up and read it... and then he stopped... and then looked at me and said, "... really??"

:) It was a great day!

... oh and when I told my mom this story, come to find out she told my dad the exact same way (when she found out she was pregnant for the first time -- with Hunter)... Great minds think alike!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Weird Things About Being Pregnant

So I haven't craved anything wild and crazy like pickles and ice cream or a milkshake at 2:00 a.m... but my tastes have certainly changed.

Before I was preggers I would typically fix a dinner consisting of some type of chicken or fish, some veggies and maybe a starch. Now, all I want are starches, green vegetables gross me out and chicken REALLY turns my stomach. So strange! I also have been eating a lot more cereal, fruit and peanut butter.. Strange, right? Oh and I had been craving pancakes for a couple days (also extremely strange since I NEVER eat pancakes)... but when I got home last night from a meeting... Who was in the kitchen fixing his preggo wife pancakes (from scratch)?? Jimbodeeny. He's so sweet. :) I'm lucky to have him!

One thing I've noticed since announcing my pregnancy is 1) as soon as someone finds out you are pregnant, where do people turn and look? Your belly. 2) as soon as a friend sees you that you haven't seen in a few days/weeks, where do they turn and look? Your belly.

It's funny... I probably did it before, but now I just see it and think it is rather comical.

Monday, October 11, 2010

We are Expecting!

In August we found out we are expecting a wee-one, and we couldn't be more thrilled! Our due date is 4-23-2011, which feels like a lifetime away.

At first I thought it was a boy, but I've done a ton of silly tests (Chinese birth chart, pencil test, etc) and most signs are pointing towards girl. The heartbeat at 8 weeks was 156 and just last Friday (at 11 weeks and 6 days, basically 12 weeks) the heartbeat was 158.

As soon as the doctor told us the hear beat, it was as if she was reading my mind... She said, "Now -- don't try to guess the gender just yet. All babies' heartbeats are high in the first trimester. You can't tell based on the hear beat until you are 20 weeks along."

Hahaha... I guess my face is pretty easy to read!

I have been feeling pretty good, not fabulous, but definitely not as sick as some of my friends/family so I consider myself to be lucky. I have been terribly tired, but that has started to go away, and I'm starting to feel like my old self again. I am still weird about food... Normal stuff just doesn't sound appetizing, which is strange for me because I have never been picky. I pretty much crave starches and fruit. Chicken is a little gross to me, and so is green veggies (which is what I used to always eat).

Jimmy has already stepped up as an all-star-dad-to-be (as expected :). He has read more of "the books" than I have. In fact in our 8 week appointment the nurse told me I was RH Negative, and that the doctor would explain what that meant. Well, when the nurse left and while we waited on the doctor, Jimmy proceeded to explain to me exactly what that meant (he read it in the books). Good ol' Jimbo -- he's going to be a great daddy!