Friday, October 24, 2014

Twenty-Two Weeks Later.

Life in the second trimester is pretty good. Cravings are still carbs and sweets although I am getting better at eating vegetables and making smoothies with lots of greens. I love my growing belly and love mornings with Kyle when he talks to her and nights when he kisses her goodnight.  I don't want to chop people's heads off as much which is a really good thing, although Kyle may say I am still a bit on the emotional/crazy side.

Now that we know we're having a girl (yay!) Kyle and I are going back and forth on names.  We were locked and loaded on a boy name, but can't really decide on what we both like for a girl's name. We have a few in the vault and we'll just have to see what fits her best when we met her. I can only say that her middle name will be Rose, this has a very special meaning to me and is in relation to both my grandmother and great-grandmother. (This may be the only "traditional" part of her name).

We officially started this "nesting" thing.  I've given Kyle a room a month to work on and we (he) just finished the living room. I'm trying to get little things done around the house, like a new photo gallery project in our stairway and organizing cards from my showers and weddings into cute little books.  It's stuff I know I will never get done when the baby comes and yes I know it's three years later on the wedding stuff but better late than never. Plus I plan on doing it with baby shower cards and all cards my little one will receive so I may as well learn how to make them now.

Things are pretty quiet otherwise.  I'm working on a post that I will hopefully get up very soon that talks about all the things people have already said or done in my five months of being pregnant. Like the complete stranger who asked me if I was planning on breastfeeding and having a natural birth (um hello that's a personal question, lady in line at Whole Foods) and the lady who rubbed my belly without asking. Awesome.

Lastly, I head home in just two weeks to celebrate Baby G with my friends on Saturday and family on Sunday!  I'm lucky and beyond thankful to have so many people in my life that want to be a part of this special day and cannot wait to see everyone. It's going to be a whirlwind with two showers back to back and I am looking forward to every minute of it.

Here are some shots of our last few weeks.

I have to share with you a photo of Baby G's first gift!  I registered for these swaddle blankets from mbaby and I must tell you how beautiful they are in person.  They have loops so you can attached to the stroller, you can also use as a nursing cover.  They have extra paneling in the front to keep baby warm too!  I love love love these.  

The Bump goes to Chilliwack Farms.  I love picking pumpkins right from their stalks in the ground.  This place has so many varieties of pumpkins to choose from. Next year we'll have our little girl with us!

The Hubbs.

Our picks!

Phase one of Halloween at The Gaulins, where we are expected to get over 250 kids!

My fur babies.
Craving Of The Week: pumpkin ice cream.
We have so many local ice cream and gelato shops here in Vancouver. Always shop local, it's so worth it.

What We're Rocking Out To: aka my super random playlist.
Miriam Makeba - Pata Pata
Fitz And The Tantrums - 6 am 
Toussaint Morrison - Baby I'm Bad Weather
Talking Heads - This Must Be The Place
The The - Uncertain Smile
The Police - So Lonely
Shuggie Otis - Strawberry Letter
The Roots - The Seed
Regina Spector - Us
New Edition - A Little Bit Of Love

Baby girl can hear us now and I love to play music for her.  Her and I have little dance parties and I am always blasting music in my car (well, in between listening to Howard Stern which I know I am going to have to stop when she is in the car and is old enough to understand what he's saying).  Kyle is also learning how to play guitar (swooooooooon) so he can play to her too.

~Mrs. G

Monday, October 6, 2014

Daddy, Get Yer Shotgun Ready.

We're having a girl!

First off I have to say that I am beyond thankful that we have a healthy baby.  That scan scared the shit out of me and I really don't know when I have been that nervous.  I really didn't care what the gender was as we were sitting there with the dead serious tech revealing nothing. All I wanted to know was that we had a healthy peanut growing with all 10 fingers and all 10 toes.

But let's not kid ourselves — when the Dr. told us we were having a girl, I screamed!  Kyle and I just cried and held each other, I'll never forget that moment.  

Truth be told, I knew long ago when we started trying that I was always meant to have a girl.  

Let me just say what a great father Kyle is going to be to our little girl.  He takes such good care of me - I know this little girl is going to be so loved, so protected and yes so spoiled. I cannot wait to teach our little one to snowboard and Kyle will of course have her surfing in no time.

I am so excited to head home next month and celebrate Baby Gaulin all weekend long with my friends and family.  The love and support they have given us has been amazing.  

Feeling elated, blessed, excited, and most of all in love...

~Mrs. G