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June 27, 2010

New pictures and a little excitement

So last weekend, we were invited out to a little party at the home of Schondy's company's new CEO. We had a very nice time and some very nice food. Suffice it to say that the house was beautiful and amazing and we would do incredibly well to be half as successful as these people.

When we returned home that evening, there were people gathered in the area around our mailbox. We didn't really think anything of it because there are lots of people in our neighborhood who spend lots of time gathering on the sidewalk and this didn't look any different.

A few minutes after we got inside the house, though, someone starting ringing our doorbell. I was greeted by a man who informed me that a friend had been leaving his house and had "lost control of her car and knocked over the mailboxes and some of the fence." So I went to look. And this is what I found (they mailbox smashers rearranged the bits to make it look a bit less crazy and we didn't get a picture of it before it was all straightened up):

We live in a little area with 4 houses all together and we kind of share a mailbox/fence thing and all 4 mailboxes were creamed. I took down the name and number of the woman who did the damage and the people assured me they'd have someone out to fix it all right up within a couple days. Well... it's now been a week and the mailboxes are still on the ground. Happily, our mail carrier has continued to deliver to us, since our box is quite where it's supposed to be, just 3 feet lower than normal. I'm not terribly far from going out there and fixing the stupid thing myself, but there are 2 other families whose mailboxes were also smashed and I kind of feel like I need to let this take its course or... something.

Meanwhile, the baby is continuing to grow like a weed. I look more pregnant every day and feel like I'm huge, though everyone assures me I look nowhere near 5+ months along. I get the occasional drum solo on my bladder, which isn't nearly as much fun as it sounds. Maybe it is for the baby, but it's not his/her bladder being pummeled. Aside from that, I'm convinced we're growing a Rockette in there. Schondy has been audience to some of the movement and we're even getting to the point where my belly visibly moves. So here's the current progress:




June 5, 2010

It's a pony! I mean...

Wait. Maybe not. It's definitely a baby. That's for sure. We just returned from our 19-week ultrasound, the one where they tell you if you got an innie or an outie (so to speak). Schondy wanted to know, but I didn't, so we compromised. He now knows, but he's forbidden from telling anyone, including me. :) So you'll find out in 4 1/2 months which it is - at the same time I do, assuming Schondy makes it that far.

It's been kind of busy around here lately, picking up furniture for the baby and generally nesting a bit. We've been trying very hard to make this as economically and ecologically gentle as possible. So far all our large baby purchases have been of the "gently-used" secondhand variety, including the crib, changing table and the co-sleeper. I've found that I really enjoy the thrill of the hunt on Craigslist and highly recommend that route if you have something expensive you want to buy and don't have to have it right away. I got both the crib and the changing table for half-price and you really can't even tell they've ever been touched at all. You'd swear I bought them new.

So now that the big purchases are mostly behind us (car seat and a couple other larger things still to come), Schondy and I have started getting a little crafty. I've been knitting up a storm on a baby blanket. Hope to have that finished before Mom and Dad come to visit in a couple months so I can impress them with my skillz (Hi, Mom! Hi, Dad!). After that, I have a pile of other knitted things in the queue. Part of me wants this baby to wait until I'm done knitting before it makes its appearance, but I'm not sure I really want to be pregnant until 2012. I guess I"m just really glad this is a winter baby so no one will think I'm crazy for making lots of knitted things for it.

I've also come up with a handful of sewing projects I'm planning to work on - some embroidered onesies and a homemade "hooter hider" - and I've been hard at work converting my mostly-free maternity pants from low-panel style to full-panel style.

After our visit to the Maker Faire a couple weeks ago, Schondy has gotten to feeling all inspired and is contemplating a new hobby as a screen printer. I think that sounds like a great idea because every baby needs custom onesies, right?

So, um... yeah. Pictures. We all know that's really why you're here.