Baby Francis, the Heirloom Tomato

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Sorry folks – Anthony and I promise to get better about the pictures we promised! But we forgot again this weekend. Time just got away from us! We were too busy having fun re-organizing our little apartment, and playing with our niece, Laila. We got to take her swimming and everything! OH – and she knows that Peep “lives” in my tummy. She will come looking for Peep, lift up my shirt, poke my belly button and say, “Hi Peep!” Sometimes she waves at my tummy, too. *sigh* It is just too cute.

Anywho – Ok, wiki time. Because, to me, “tomato” is a step back from “bell pepper.” Right? I mean, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a tomato bigger than a bell pepper – unless it was on steroids! But it specifically said “Heirloom” tomatoes – and truth be told, I have no idea what that is. So, here we go – lesson for the day:

Wikipedia says: An heirloom tomato (also called heritage tomato in the UK) is an open-pollinated (non-hybrid) heirloom cultivar of tomato. Heirloom tomatoes have become increasingly popular and more readily available in recent years.

Picture:

Ok, so I guess some of those really big ones can be bigger than a bell pepper. So, I’ll buy it. But I want a better comparison next week! 😉

So this week marks 19 weeks. That means that in just 3 days, we will be at the half way mark of our journey. Can you believe it???? HALF WAY!!! It’s gone by so fast.

Peep’s updates include hair!!! And not just peach fuzz. Peep is starting to sprout hair on the top of her head. And the brain under that hair is developing! He is developing smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. The most important of which, is hearing! Story time!

So, this week, everything has been telling us that it is possible that Peep can start to hear us. So we decided to try. Anthony and I went to Target to buy some headphones (we only had ipod earbuds around the house!) that stretch and flex. Then, Anthony set up his sound system in the livingroom (as opposed to the office) where I could easily hook up his computer and access our Itunes list. We sat on the couch together and got ready to play music for Peep for the first time. I told Anthony to pick the first set to play, and got all giddy and happy when I heard what was coming over the headphones. Anthony picked our song, “Everything” by Michael Buble (which we did our first dance to at our wedding) as the first piece of music for Peep to hear. Again, *sigh*. I love him.

We continued on with that particular album, and the best things started to happen! During the slow songs, I couldn’t feel much. Not all that exciting. But the uptempo songs helped me realize that Peep can, in fact, hear just fine! During “World on a String” Peep started kicking me. And not just these little flutters I’ve been having. No, no – full on kicking. Thud. Thud. Thud. I grabbed Anthony’s hand, placed it on my tummy where I could feel the little thuds, and Anthony could faintly feel them, too!!! He got this big goofy grin on his face and I was just so happy. It’s official! We’ve both felt the baby move. It was awesome.

We plan on alternating between reading to the baby and playing music before bed as often as we can. Anthony doesn’t want to play music daily, as he fears too much noise might hurt Peep’s ears. I smiled and agreed – not because I believe that, but because Daddy has only a few opinions, so I take them seriously when they appear. And I think alternating between music and our actual voices is a good way to go. Any suggestions for music to play? I’m going to ask my dad to put together something, as he is the music guru!

That is really it for now. It’s been an eventful week and it isn’t even half over yet! Can’t wait to see what the next couple of days bring!!!

-Jen

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Baby Francis, From an Avocado to a Bell Pepper

Ok, so my bog neglect is officially over. And in this “make-up” blog, I am covering weeks 16, 17, and 18 (my current week). So here is the pic from week 16 – Easter Sunday:

Shout out and thanks go to my Mom, who found and bought me my adorable Easter Dress. It was so comfy. I look forward to wearing it ALL summer.

Week 16 was a milestone for us. While Peep was growing to the size of an avocado and learning the ability to wiggle and squirm with the best of them, I developed a new ability, too! The ability to feel the baby move. Yup! On Friday, April 9th (16 Weeks, 6 days), while sitting at my desk at work, I felt it – what the experts call a “flutter.” I still have yet to be kicked, punched, or jabbed really good, but the flutters happen every couple of days!

The first flutter was so startling! There I was, working in Quickbooks, totally alone in the office when I felt something 100% different than anything I’ve felt so far. On the lower part of my tummy, just left of center (my left, so your right?), I felt this…stroke… like what it would feel like if I came up to you and ran one finger gently down your arm… but I felt that INSIDE my tummy. It was as if a hand or a foot was swinging around cart-wheel style and rubbed up against me. It startled me! So much so, that I spoke! Literally said, out loud, while looking at my tummy, “Was that you?” (as if it could have been anyone else?) I couldn’t believe it. I did a little happy dance in my chair, and grabbed my phone – operation text Anthony commenced!

We chatted for a few minutes – he was very happy at the news… now he is just waiting until HE can feel Peep move. He’ll be even happier. I quickly texted my mom after I was done texting with Ant, and she was actually near my office!!! So she dropped what she was doing and drove over to give me a hug. We did another little happy dance and were all smiles. It was awesome.

I felt it again a few days later (Sunday) while Anthony and I were at Disneyland, and I feel something similar every couple of days. Always in a different spot. This particular incidence felt as if Peep’s head bumped up against the very top of my belly. Peep is apparently quite a mover and a shaker! Woot! So cool.

Week 17 brought around a Turnip! What an odd size comparison, huh? But yea – Turnip it is. (Sorry – no photo. We forgot.) Peep’s bones started changing from soft cartilage to hard bone (hence why right around now, we start feeling those kicks and punches! The bones are much stronger in the coming weeks!) Other new developments? Peep can start to sweat. Umm… yay?

Week 17 was highly uneventful. I have no fun baby stories or tales of pregnancy woes… so week 17 is short, sweet, and to the point. We (as in Peep and I) both grew. That’s about it.

And here is Week 18’s photo:

While the week isn’t over, I can already tell you it’s story:

I’M TIRED!

When I started this journey, all those new moms out there (and even several of those seasoned moms, too!) told me that the first trimester would be the “sicks” and the “tireds.” And that my Second Tri would bring more energy and comfort. Well, we got sick part covered just fine in the first tri – but other than a few bouts of fatigue here and there, I still had a lot of energy.

Luckily, the “sicks” have gone down dramatically. But yea – my energy is gone! I’m drained. And to top it all off, I’m not sleeping well – so catch up isn’t happening. I actually had an argument with myself (out loud) this morning on if I was going to get out of bed or not. Once I decided that yes, I would, it took another verbal argument to actually make it happen. (Pregnancy seems to bring out my intrapersonal communication skills, apparently. Talking to myself seems to be increasing ten fold!) I had to pull it together and get through work, without falling asleep at my desk, or being a total zombie. I managed, but I was cranky all day. Poor Anthony took it all with a grain of salt and just steered clear. He’s pretty good at the whole “dealing with crazy Jen” thing. Hahaha. But I know he is looking forward to getting regular Jen back in September. Ish.

Ok – I feel better now that I’ve caught you all up. I’m now going to go upstairs with my sister and watch Glee!!! Yay!!!

-Jen

The Cupcake Project, Easter Eggs!

Ok, I know, I know – SUPER slacker over here. 2 weeks! Yikes. Sorry people!

Ok, so here is the blog I was working on 2 weeks ago and just now finished:

The Cupcake Project is back!!!

Yes, folks, we’ve started again. This month, in preparation for Easter, we made Easter Egg Cupcakes!!!

…Well… we attempted to make Easter Eggs. Hahaa.

Our good friends (and will-be-Newlyweds in October!) TC and Jane came to visit for the evening. The boys tried two new types of beer while Jane and I decorated the cupcakes I made before their arrival. I made the FunFetti style cupcakes this time, and they were perfect for the occasion!

So, the story goes that we are SUPPOSED to make the egg shape out of gram crackers and stick it to the top of the cupcake with frosting, then decorate the gram cracker egg, and finish the edges with green frosting to look like grass. But, then, there is me. And I didn’t have gram crackers, so I improvised. I melted decorating chocolate, thinking I could make that into our egg shapes instead… except I burned the chocolate. So I start again. Aaaaaand, I burned it. Again. Yup. Go me.

So, by the time Jane and TC arrived, we had to improvise. So we decided to “draw” the eggs on the cupcakes with the colored frosting, still “finishing” the look with the frosting grass. And this is what you get:

So while no, they look NOTHING like the cupcakes in the book, I gotta say they were the most fun cupcake disaster ever! We were laughing and having a ton of fun at what we were coming up with. And once eggs got boring, we got a little more creative!

A bumble Bee

The Easter Bunny

Even a Peep!!!!

Jane made the Peep just for Peep! Too cute!

The boys even got in on the action! Anthony decided to make “The Universe” on his cupcake:

And TC… well… TC made a cupcake deadicated to the “reason for the season.”

All in all, it was a fantastically fun night. And while the cupcakes didn’t really look like easter eggs, they still tasted really good! Both Jane’s family and my family got to enjoy them that weekend for Easter dessert. 😉

April’s project will be Penguins. Miranda and Alyse are coming over to help! Woot!

-Jen