Sunday, December 20, 2009

Holiday Time!

Again, I'm being horrible about updating this thing.

Anyway, tomorrow we're leaving for Washington. It is very exciting because Ryan and I have never been home for Christmas since we were married (4 years) and this is Will's first real family Christmas. We were able to arrange a pet sitter so Maya will be staying in New Mexico.

Leading up to this season we've been doing the usual Christmas shopping -- which was so much nicer in Japan. People in malls and other stores around this time of year are just rude! I also helped out a little bit with the Christmas play at church; they needed me to age the 2 main characters.

Last week I took Will to a little photo studio and he had some holiday and regular pictures taken. Enjoy.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

It's a Girl!

Today we had the big ultrasound.

An annoying part was that because of "flu season" we had to wear little masks, like in Japan. It drove me nuts.

Anyway, we got to see the baby and got checked that everything is good. Looks like we're having a girl! Ryan is very happy about that. I'm just happy for another baby, but little girl clothes are so much more cuter than boy's clothes. She is developing well and everything is showing completely normal.

There is one slight problem... right now the placenta is too close to the cervix. There's nothing we can do about that. Since it's still fairly early in the pregnancy there is a chance it will move up. We only need it to move 3 mm! But in the chance it doesn't move or it goes in the wrong direction we will most likely have to have a c-section -- something I REALLY don't want to do. Not to sweat it though. We know about it, my doctor has been informed and I see her in about a week, and we'll just keep an eye on it for the next several months.

Here are pics --


Little hands with arms

a foot

nice strong heartbeat

Thursday, December 3, 2009

quick update

Wow, I really can't keep up with a blog anymore.

As just an update things are going well. For Thanksgiving Melissa, Michael and LaRetta drove down to New Mexico and we celebrated a FEAST of food. Some of the desserts went to the young adults at church that Sunday. It was nice to actually see family and celebrate a holiday with them. We look forward to Christmas.

As for Christmas we have plane tickets now. All 3 of us arrive in Seattle on the 21st then Ryan leaves on Jan. 2nd and Will and I follow on the 8th. Lately I've been Christmas shopping and find it is much easier to do so in the states than it was in Japan.

Tomorrow we are having an ultrasound and should be able to find out the sex of the baby. Very exciting!

Maya is doing better with her house-breaking but we still have occassional accidents. It doesn't help right now that it is very cold, sorta snowing, and windy. At least I have a tie-out chain so she can be left outside until she does her business without fear that she'll sneak under the fence.

Other than working on the holiday mail-outs and day-to-day stuff, I guess that's really all for now.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Blankets and Bellies

Ryan and I had a very productive Veteran's Day! The bedroom and office are looking more like rooms rather than storage containers and many loads of laundry have been completed and folded.

One of the best parts was that Ryan took care of Will and Maya from the morning until nap time which gave me the opportunity to concentrate and finish the quilt I was working on. A friend of mine is having a baby and since I couldn't be there for the shower (and she sent me a lovely hand-made blanket when Will was born) I decided it was only right to put in the effort to make something special. It was frustrating at parts but overall I think the blanket turned out alright. It's the first quilt I've made from scratch in YEARS and better than the little thing I made Will after he was born (which was a kit thingy). This one seems heavy and should keep any little baby warm.

And, since I kept getting requests here are a few pregnancy pics. The first one I think is better of the belly but you can't see my face much so I added the second one.

Frustrating Week

This is already turning into a stressful week!

Maya is still coming along in her house-breaking but lately she's been pooping in the house. It's easy enough to clean but it's very frustrating. Tonight we discovered it might have something to do with her food so tomorrow she changes. We're also getting annoyed with the crazy whinning/barking that happens whenever she goes into her crate. She better get used to it becuase I'm not leaving her out when I'm not around .... and it's also a good punishment place when I'm upset with her.

Will is being taken off sippy cups. He's getting too old and needs to learn how to drink properly anyway. He is getting better at drinking but still spills down his chin and the front of himself. Maybe by the end of the week he'll have it down better. We still give him a sippy cup when he gets up and then again before bed but other than that it's big-boy cups. He isn't liking the change, especially after nap time, but I refuse to give in.

Right now I'm working on a baby quilt for a friend. I haven't made a quilt from scratch in years. Much frustration so far. Overall it really does look good and I hope to have it finished in the next few days. Man I love sewing.

I've heard people say they want to see belly pics so once I get my camera downloaded I'll try to update. I've felt the baby move a little bit but its very minor, normal at this point in the pregnancy.

That's all for now... hope to keep posting more regularly in the future but we'll see.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Halloween and the Puppy

Everything is going well right now.

Sunday a lady from church drove up with me to Farmington (4 hours away from Albuquerque) to pick up our new puppy. We have named her Maya and she is so incredibly sweet. She loves to be held and cuddled and since she's barely 8 weeks old she likes to sleep and isn't so hyper.

Will enjoys playing with her. When Maya is chewing on her toy Will comes up, takes it away and has her chase him. I think a puppy friend was just what he needed. He doesn't like when she climbs on him or grabs his pant legs though.

Maya is doing well with house-training. She's only pottied twice and once was completly Ryan's fault because he wouldn't wait for her to do her business outside. Luckily she's very small so her messes are small too.
We're also crate training her. She cries off and on through-out the night but she does not potty in her bed. It's nice to be able to go somewhere and know that she isn't damaging the house too.

Halloween went great. I took Will to our church harvest festival the night before. He wasn't too sure about all the people but eventually he got comfortable enough to wander around. He still hates bouncy houses. I think the highlight to his night was wandering outside in this fenced in area where there was a soccer ball and some cones. By the way, he got many compliments on how cute his costume was... I think it was one of the best there. It was really cold that day, in fact, that afternoon it had been snowing! Now I thought New Mexico was supposed to be hot... apparently not in the winter.

On Halloween all three of us dressed up in our costumes -- that I made -- and took Will for a short trick-or-treating session. He loved carrying his Elmo bucket and when people offered him candy he would take one piece, put it in his bucket and then try to grab another. It was very cute. Then at home while the trick-or-treaters were coming to the door he would get all excited, race to the door and then try to offer the kids whatever he happened to have in his hand. He was all about giving away candy. And then he'd point and babble at the kids, which made them laugh. Will also REALLY likes candy! All in all it was a fun night.

We're still working on the whole moving-in thing. The past couple days I've been focusing on Will's room. He now has curtains and things are more organized. There is a lot more wall space in his room than before so I'm keeping an eye out for decor. Now with the curtains he sleeps in a bit longer since it keeps things darker -- the time change has been very frustrating for me.

And I should mention that we have found ourselves a great babysitter. She's a girl from church who is in her Freshman year of college. She's great with Will and we can tell when we get home that he's had a good day. Hannah also has 2 younger sisters so in the case that she's not available there is probably a back up. Her mom was the lady who went with me to pick up Maya, and they have generously offered to puppy sit while we go home for Christmas.

I'm going to add very quickly that I'm so completely excited for Thanksgiving. My siblings are driving down and I can't wait! The 4 of us haven't been together for about 2 years. I'm already planning our dinner.

Guess that's all for now. You can check out the little video of Will and Maya below.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Hawaii Vacation Pt. 4 - Punchbowl Cemetary & USS Arizona Memorial

I think it is important, when you go to Hawaii, to remember the significance of those who lost their lives on December 7, 1941 and the following days after the attack. My parents took us to the Punchbowl Cemetary, which is probably the most beautiful and well respected veterans cemetary I've ever gone to. Additionally, we went to the USS Arizona Memorial. I also saw the USS Utah and USS Oklahoma Memorials but didn't have my camera at the time so my parents have those photos.

Something of interest to mention: My Grandpa's cousin (so a distant cousin of mine) was a Seaman on the USS Oklahoma during the attacks and was killed. I believe his body was never found. It was special to find his name on the walls.
This block centers the numerous walls that line the walkway up to the memorial with the names of those who have not been found.

Seaman First Class Daniel Guisinger

The center grounds of the Punchbowl.

These words were written by Abraham Lincoln to a mother who lost her sons during the Civil War.

The alter of the chapel. It was a pretty, peaceful place. That wreath was placed by the Consul General of Japan.

At the top of the cemetary and memorial.

View of Diamond Head and Waikiki.

Coming up to the USS Arizona Memorial.

The names of those still entombed in the USS Arizona.

The Mighty Missouri. We didn't go there since I'd been to it before and Ryan wasn't that interested.

Leaving the USS Arizona.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Will's Costume

This year I decided to make Will's Halloween costume. When I searched for patterns the only one that I found that I liked was a pirate costume. Yeah, I know, lots of kids are going to be pirates... but I think it is extra special if his mommy made it and nobody else had the same one.

It took a little bit for my sewing skills to come back, but I am very happy with the outcome. Before Halloween I'd like to take him to Sears or somewhere to get a few photos taken.
Will's final fitting. Just some fine tuning to have it completed. I'm still deciding on shoes...

He doesn't like wearing the hat. I might put a longer piece of elastic in it so it could be more comfortable.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Hawaii Vacation Pt. 3 - Hanauma Bay

We took a couple hours and went to Hanauma Bay for some snorkeling. Ryan had never been snorkeling before so I was excited to show him... but he wasn't that into it. In fact being so close to the fish and coral kind of freaked him out. He mostly stayed on the shore with William. Mom and Dad and I enjoyed the water and wildlife though. I was happy I had my new camera because it could go underwater and I was able to photograph some of the things I saw.
Hanauma Bay

Closer to Hanauma Bay

Some of the fish

Even more fish. They were all over the place.

Dad floating around

I liked how the fist would just suddenly appear and then swim away.

That's me with that annoying mask which kept making me choke on water.

Diamond Head

Mom and Dad snorkeling. I love this pic.

Sea Urchin

another fish

This was kinda freaky when I swam over it. Dad pointed it out so I wouldn't miss it.

Sea Cucumber. I think before this I'd only ever seen dead ones on the shore.