Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Visitors and Life's Little Kicks

Jason's parents came to stay with us this past week for an extended weekend. It was a relaxing time for the most part, although unfortunately I still had my school and work schedules to juggle around their visit. They arrived late Wednesday evening, and I was woken up by Charlie Brown and Flippy going nuts because they knew people were home. So, I tossed and turned for almost an hour before Jason came into bed. By this point it was after midnight and I was less than thrilled to be awake, especially when I had to be up in 5 hours for work. Not good when you're pregnant! But, while I was lying in bed trying to fall asleep, I felt LBN kick for the first time! Not only one kick, but five kicks. These were not those little "butterfly flutters" that you hear about, this was a full fledged "here I am!" kick. It felt like somebody was punching me from the inside. It truly took me by surprise. I held Jason's hand to my stomach and when the baby kicked for him he pulled his hand back in shock and gasped. It really was that strong! I am glad that I was awake to experience this for the first time with our baby, it was definitely worth the sleep loss.

Alan and Donna happened to be here for his dad's 60th birthday, so we celebrated with a birthday feast of smoked BBQ ribs, beer cheese soup in sourdough bread bowls, grilled asparagus, and an ice cream cake that lasted us the whole weekend! The food was fantastic and I know Alan really enjoyed being able to spend his birthday down here with us.

We took them down to Sam Houston park in Downtown to tour the Historical Society's outdoor museum. Jason and I have been here quite a few times and we really enjoy it. They have 9 different buildings you can tour that were apart of Houston's history and have been moved to this location. The park itself is beautiful, with lots of greenery, flowers, trees and a beautiful pond with a fountain in the middle. It's a peaceful respite in the heart of this giant city. The sky drizzled a bit while we were there, but definitely did not dampen the day. Afterwards we visited a restaurant that Jason and I have been wanting to go to for months. The Flying Saucer has an expansive beer list and serves some great German food. Alan and Jason really loved trying the different beers, and Alan was so impressed by their selection that he took home a list as a souvenir! Sshhh... It was safely smuggled out in Donna's purse.

Alan lent Jason a hand while he was here as well, and they were able to put up a ceiling fan in the nursery and fix the hot water valve on our washing machine! Also, while they were here the nursing bedding came that my brother and his wife purchased for the baby! I cannot wait until we get furniture in the nursery and everything is put together. This bedding is gorgeous (from Pottery Barn Kids), and I am so thankful that they were so generous as to purchase it for us! The colors match perfectly with the paint that we chose for the nursery.

My camera cord is missing, so I am unable to download any pictures that we have taken so far, but I will include some that Alan took while he was here.

22 weeks down and 18 to go.... how the time flies!



  1. What a lovely post. It sounds like you guys had a really nice time together. AND, the part about feeling the big kick...wow. You must have been so excited. Congrats to you both. I also really admire the fact that you don't want to know the sex of the baby. :-)

  2. I had no idea you were pregnant! Congratulations! :-D


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