Five on Friday :: no. 1

 

I decided it would be fun to link up to Five on Friday this week. Who knows, maybe I will even stick to it! Just a few brief glimpses at what’s been going on with the Nixes this week(ish).

ONE:
This week marks the halfway point of my pregnancy! Today was our 20 week ultrasound/the anatomy scan for baby boy. Though we already knew he was a he, it was exciting to see his little features on the screen, hear his heartbeat and learn that he is healthy. Praise! As soon as we saw the printed ultrasound pictures, I felt like I was in the Twilight Zone. His profile is nearly identical to his brother’s: same button nose, same chin, and he was even sucking on his fingers. I am so eager to find out if Shepherd and Brother will look alike! In the picture below, Shepherd is top and brother is bottom.

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TWO:
According to the odometer in the Bumblebee (my car), in the last month we have driven more than 5,000 miles! Wowza. Trips to my parents’ home in Texas, Aaron’s parents’ home, to see our friends in Colorado and our most recent 1600 mile journey to the Minnesota-Canada border have really added up the milage. I’m looking forward to a quiet (and local) August, so we can give the old Bumblebee a break for a while.

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THREE:
There’s no place like home! This is a tie-in to number two, above, but it is so good to be back at home. I love waking up before the boys and enjoying my coffee in the sunshine-drenched kitchen in the mornings and tending to my little backyard garden. I’m working on our family and dining room area and plan to paint our bathroom and maybe bedroom this weekend. Progress is slow, but so worthwhile. I’m thankful for the little nest we’ve got here.

FOUR:
We have a squash bounty! While in Minnesota, our squash and zucchini plants really took off. I picked two huge fruits from each plant when I got home yesterday. I’m looking forward to trying some pinterest recipes this weekend.

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FIVE:
I’ve been thinking a lot about Christmas. This sounds silly, but I’ve been trying to figure out where we’ll put our tree this year. There’s no great spot in our family room, so I’m just stumped. Good thing it’s July, right?

Happy weekend!

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Our Rocky Mountain “Babymoon”

I just love the mountains.

It fell in to our laps to take a long weekend and head to the mountains last weekend, and since we didn’t have an opportunity to take a getaway before Shepherd was born, we decided we would make this time our “babymoon.” We spent time reconnecting in Denver and seeing our dear friends the Littles and Amanda in Fort Collins, Estes Park and in Rocky Mountain National Park. It was such a refreshing time for Aaron and me, and we knew Shepherd was in good hands with his grandparents back in Central Time (it was his first time away, and he did great). It’s a treat to be close enough to drive to Colorado, and we plan on doing it more frequently.

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Baby #2… It’s a Boy!

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We found out (by accident) that our new baby would be a new baby boy on June 19. At my 15-week appointment, the midwife tried unsuccessfully to find baby’s heartbeat for about 15 minutes. As I waited to hear that amazing sound, my own heart was anxious and sad. This problem happened on our last visit, so I wasn’t quite as scared, but it is still a disconcerting feeling. Because of the baby’s age and size, the midwife was uncomfortable with not hearing a heartbeat and letting me go another few weeks without hearing that all was well, so she asked if I would be willing to have an ultrasound right then and there. I agreed, and she told me we would be able to find out the baby’s sex then, too, if I wanted.

Since Aaron wasn’t with me, I texted him and asked if he would be OK if I found out without him. I could tell, despite his affirmation that he was OK with me finding out, that he was sad to be missing this ultrasound and the excitement that comes with learning if a baby is a boy or girl. As soon as the tech showed that black and white picture of baby, and it was confirmed that he/she was doing absolutely perfect and growing well, she asked if I wanted to find out, and I did.

I was 100 percent sure baby number two was a girl,
and I was WRONG!

Though I was expecting to hear “it’s a girl!”, I was really excited to learn that we’d be welcoming a baby boy to our family; a sweet son for Aaron and me and a brother and lifelong friend for Shepherd. I had to think quickly about how I could tell Aaron about brother, and I decided that announcement cookies from Eileen’s Colossal Cookies would soften the blow for him of not being able to be at the ultrasound. Eileen’s cookies are a huge thing around our family; both Aaron and I think their sugar cookies are some of the most delicious out there, and so I drove to the shop and they made me a few blue and white announcement cookies.

I brought them home, asked Aaron for his prediction (he thought boy the entire time), and brought him the plate of cookies. He was so excited; he grew up close to his older brother, so I’m sure knowing our boys would grow up together thrilled him. We tried to take a few pictures of all four of us, and then we let Shepherd have part of a cookie. It was, indeed, a sweet memory for us. We are so excited to meet baby brother!

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