Friday, November 12, 2010

It's the Great Blog Catch Up!

Wow have I been a bad blogger or what? I have never been away for so long and it's definitely not for a lack of things to write about. There is so much to catch up on! But since it's my fault I've been away so long and not yours, I will spare you the long version of the past 3 weeks and instead give you the fun, quick version along with pictures!

As you may remember, October was Infant and Pregnancy Loss Awareness month and having experienced pregnancy loss myself earlier this year as w
ell as having so many close friends who have also miscarried or lost their little ones, it was important to both Chad and I to honor those precious lives. On October 23rd, we participated in the OC Walk to Remember, a 5k walk to take the steps our babies never got to take.We walked for Sprout and for every other Angel baby. We really wanted to support other parents who had suffered a loss, especially our neighbors, who you may remember lost their little girl earlier this year. It made for a special morning to walk side by side with them and remember their beautiful daughter.
Later that same day, I put my pregnant body through even more physical demands and danced "Thriller" as part of the annual event, "Thrill the World", in which people all over the world dance at the same exact time in an effort to set new world records. (here is Thrill The World's website if you want more info on the dance and the event.) I danced last year and had a blast, so I decided to make it an annual tradition. The dance is surprisingly fun and easy to learn. This year I struggled a bit more as this was also the week I started showing and as such had some trouble with some of the moves, especially the ones that require bending at the waist. Nevertheless, I had fun with my zombie pals and can't wait to do it again next year, this time with Snow Pea there to watch!
Of course if that's all just one day's worth of fun news, you know there is plenty more! Just a few days later, Chad and I boarded a plane for the East coast to enjoy almost two full weeks catching up with our family and friends in Florida. It was an amazin
g trip. We were all over the place but it was worth it to spend time with the people we love, especially our families. My sister in law was a true hero and took Chad and me to Babies R Us to help us register. It would have been SO overwhelming without her help! I even got the opportunity to have lunch with two of my favorite twitter/blog girls, Katie at From IF to When and Erin at Our Heart's Desire. Both of these ladies have been such amazing and supportive friends and it was wonderful to sit and chat with them. Erin even made me and Snow Pea a sweet and beautiful gift, a handmade bib and matching burp cloth.

While we were home, we also got to celebrate Halloween with some of
our best friends and as always it was so much fun to dress up! Chad was a mad scientist while Snow Pea and I were his monster creation. It was so amazing to incorporate our sweet miracle into Halloween this year and have a little fun with it.
We had so much fun with our visit, but spending quality time with my mom was at the top of my list and I am so glad we got to share some special moments together this week. She even got to spoil her first grandchild with the first big purchase for the nursery, the bedding set. It was also my mom who inadvertently discovered it for me, in a book she gave as a gift when I arrived to her house. Of course after I fell in love with the design, I found out it was discontinued. But not to be dissuaded, I scoured the internet and found a full set for sale on craigslist there in town!
So now that I have shown you the bedding we selected some of you may be trying to guess Snow Pea's sex based on the design and colors, so I will tell you what we told our family while we were home visiting last week:

Precious Baby Snow Pea has ten tiny fingers and ten little toes,
A perfect little mouth and a sweet baby nose,
There's two arms and two legs, a head, a tummy and ears,
But according to the doctor the picture definitely shows...
That sweet baby Snow Pea does NOT have one of those!

That's right, Snow Pea is a GIRL! I wanted to tell you all right away believe me, but we wanted to be sure to be able to really surprise our families with the news in person so that meant waiting to post anything online until after the reveal. We didn't even tell anyone that we were having an ultrasound, just in case Snow Pea didn't cooperate. Dr Casual was really great when we told him we were going out of town and agreed to get us in the day before our trip. He did a quick check of Snow Pea's little heart and tried to get a peek between the legs. He said our little one was quite the wiggler and I thought he hadn't been able to see what he needed to, but he smiled and assured me that he saw just everything clearly and that this was news we could shop on!

I am already so in love with this little girl. I know I sound like a broken record but I still feel so incredibly blessed to be at this point, sharing this news. There were so many times when I truly believed I may never experience any of these things and I often still can't believe it's real.
We have definitely had a wonderful past few weeks and I am grateful for every second.


17 comments:

Katie said...

Aww yay for a girl! Have fun shopping ;)

Tillie said...

Oh Holly - I am in tears reading this! I am so thrilled you are having a little girl I can't even put it into words!!!!

I am glad you had an amazing time with your family! The walk was amazing and I'm glad you did it with your neighbors...how is her pregnancy going?

Also - your thriller dance - fabulous!!! :) I'm glad you are back! missed you!!!

Welcome To Project Baby. said...

Congrats on your little princess. yay...

Loved all the ppictures!
Your costume was so great and neat.

Brave IVF Girl said...

So exciting! Had to be fun to share the news with your family. Cute photos too!

Christa said...

So excited for the arrival of a new cousin! Holly did a great job helping you set up your registry. I wish I could have been there too.

Kaitlin (ahmymarriedlife) said...

Congratulations Holly! I am so excited for you and Chad! You're going to have such a precious little girl. <3

Tiffany said...

Amazing catch up post. A little healthy GIRL! Congrats Holly!

Chasing a Miracle said...

So i just want to start by saying - YOU LOOK GREAT! Wow!

And i want to continue by saying, good gosh it seems you make me cry every time i read your blog! I am so excited for you having a healthy baby girl i could cry, no no not could - am!

I think the tears come from the fact that this is so real, that this time last year so many of us were suffering... And each day as i go back over the past year, i realise just how much you and many others mean to me, and just how much your happiness means to me...

I dont think that i have had so much happiness in my heart for others in such a long time...

Congratulations! And you will both be in my prayers for an eternity...

sending you loads of love!

manymanymoons said...

Such exciting news!! You are going to have so much fun with her.

missohkay said...

That's such great news! So happy for you.

PCOSChick said...

So excited!! A baby girl :) Cannot wait to see her in your arms!

Amber said...

Awwww, so exciting! Congrats!

one-good-egg said...

congrats on the girl! I follow you on twitter and blog over at one-good-egg.blogspot.com feel free to read about my battle with IF. It is nice to know some break free! Congrats, Congrats!

Laurie said...

Congrats on the girl! And I have to say that I LOVE that bedding set. SO so cute!

Holly said...

Great catch up post! Miss you already!

Love you!
Holly

Not There Yet said...

How exciting! A little girl!

liberalgranolagirl said...

How exciting!!! A little baby princess :) So happy for y'all <3