Friday, April 18, 2008

It's a BOY!


We just found out this morning our little baby is a BOY! We are so thrilled! The kids were literally jumping up and down in the room saying "It's a baby brother, it's a baby brother!". The tech spent about 1 hr 15 minutes with me and even spent quite awhile using the 3-D, 4-D ultrasound (that was just for me! They don't use 3-D for diagnostic purposes). So, the baby looks great----heart, kidneys, stomach, legs, arms , nose, lips, brain...it is amazing how many things they are looking for. I do have to go back in another 4 weeks for a follow-up ultrasound because I have 'partial placenta previa' (the placenta is in the wrong place, partially). I actually ran into my doctor while we were out at lunch by the hospital and she was thrilled to hear all the good news and said not to worry about the placenta previa...in 90% of cases it will move to the right spot in a few weeks. And worst case scenario, if it doesn't move, is a C-section...which kind of freaks me out, but no use worrying now. Anyhow, I'll get to see the little guy again in a few weeks. After lunch we headed to the mall and got some boy baby gear!

Here is some real-time video (the hospital was great: giving me about 12 printed pictures plus all the pictures and video on a DVD, so nice).



We also want to give a shout-out to my sister who is expecting about 4 weeks after me! Here's hoping for boy cousins (but we'll love another niece too!).

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Florida!

We are back! What an awesome trip ... and SUCH good timing. We got several text messages about how it was snowing in Seattle while we were gone. In Florida we were enjoying perfect weather at 80+ degrees (almost too hot, but I love that). The sun and heat made the trip to Florida (rather than Cali) worth it. A little taste of summer goes a long way after a long winter!

I thought my kids were the perfect age when we took them to Disneyland 2 years ago (Addy at 18 months LOVED it)...but now two years later, I think the same thing! I feel like it is such a short window in childhood for make-believe, princesses, and fairy tales. So fun to be able to watch their little eyes light up! Here are the highlights:





1. For a 3 year old and 6 year old Disney World is less about rides than it is about the Disney Characters. Now, don't think you get out of waiting in lines by visiting the characters instead...no, you wait in line...sometimes very long lines to see these people. Luckily Disney has it figured out and often you get to see 3 or more characters in a semi-private room after waiting in just one line. And, we totally scored by reserving a 'Character Dinner' in the park. While a little spendy, it was totally worth it because each character at the event visits each table. Here is just a sampling of our favorite Disney character pictures.



2. Gotta have mouse ears.



3. Upon packing I decided against dragging a stroller across the country. My little Addy will never sit in a stroller these days anyway. But by day 2 we were renting Disney's lovely two-seated strollers (which are very awesome by the way and they give you a discount if you pay for multiple days up front). We quickly realized that the sheer acreage of these parks means a major workout for anyone... let alone someone under 40 inches tall. So rather than carry them all over the place, renting a stroller it was.

4. Taking a day to go to the beach in the middle of the trip was a good idea. Giving our feet a rest was worth it. At the recommendation of good friends, we drove about an hour and half towards a beach near Tampa called Clearwater. After arriving I was wondering why we didn't just come to Florida to stay on this beach for the week and skip Disney all together. It was truly paradise...white sand, palm trees, hot sunshine, ocean breeze, cool drinks, snacks...what more do you really need?





































5. In the Disney parks, by about 4 or 5 o'clock when we were wondering if we should just cash it in for the day---we didn't. We got ice cream, relaxed a little, and then all the sudden the lines got shorter. Plus the night shows at each of the 4 parks are totally worth the wait.



Here are Carson and Trev on a practically empty ride at Animal Kingdom in the early evening. Oh--and the $7 poncho--well worth the cost. It saved Addy and I on the first trip down the river. And even though I kept her mostly dry, she was scared of any 'boat' rides the rest of the week.



6. After forcing ourselves to stay out that late...this is the kids before we got out of the parking lot (this happened each night!):
7. Carson was exactly 48 inches tall meaning he could get into every single ride in all the parks. His favorites: Space Mountain and the Rock 'n Rollercoaster. Addy was 2 inches shy of the 40" mark which kept her from most of the bigger rides, but she wouldn't have wanted to go anyway. So being prego and not allowed on most of the rides either, we got a lot of kid rides in while the boys were using all the Fast Passes.


























8. Okay, this is getting long. Anyway, it was a much-needed trip after months of not feeling well for me and months of taking care of everyone and everything for Trev. Here are a few more of my favorite pictures. You come back loving the whole Disney operation. And Florida---totally going back.





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