25 years ago today my favorite person was born! And of course on his big day he wants to surf, so we are packing up some stuff and heading down to the south shore to catch the only waves there are right now. The north shore is flat as a pancake. We will grab some lunch and then head home for a little get together with friends. I have been looking forward to this day for weeks!
Up until the last three weeks I have been thinking this little Chick Nug was a girl. Then one day I woke up and had a realization that this wasn't no girl. This was a boy. And boy oh boy was I excited. Everyone always asks, "So, what do you want it to be?" I guess I sort of wanted it to be a girl. I don't know why. Maybe because I am one? I thought that would be easier to deal with for my first time around? But once I got to see this little guy move around and do his tricks I knew he was the right baby for me. I am in love. Our little guy is already finding ways of entertaining us while in the womb. While watching him on the monitor he rolled, kicked, smacked his lips and then wound up and punched himself in the face. It was hilarious. I couldn't stop smiling and laughing the whole time we were looking at him. HIM! I love that I can say "him" instead of "it". So now the new question everyone is always asking is, "So, do you have any names picked out yet?" And we do. We have a couple that we absolutely full heartedly love and agree on. But, we are going to let this little guy come into the world before we pin any name on him. Right now we lovingly refer to him as Baby or Chicken Nugget... or Tugwell. Don't ask where Tugwell came from. It's just a funny name for that funny valentine in my tummy.
OH AND!! Looks like our due date is sooner than we thought! Nov. 23. Yes! That shaved a whole week off! I wish it were tomorrow!
And our vacation continues... whether we want it to or not. We just can't seem to get home. Flying standby to Hawaii in the middle of the summer is NEVER a good idea. I don't recommend it to anyone. We were fortunate enough to get ourselves all the way back down to San Diego to spend more time hanging out with Conor's parents and seeing more of our dear friends and family. The unfortunate part is that we had to miss our doctors appointment that would let us know the gender of this child. Oh well, all in due time, right? To pass some of the time here I have been finding little projects to work on to prepare for baby. This book (above) has some really cute and REALLY simple ideas for sewing. I am a big fan of Lotta. She can do no wrong. I am also finding that there are quite a few really cute things out there that are gender neutral. I think if Conor didn't want to know so bad right now I could probably go my whole pregnancy without finding out.
Conor and I have been on vacation for almost a month now. We have been all over the place and seen lots of friends and family. We also spent a few days at Bear Lake in Utah sort of isolated from the world. It was nice to just relax and spend some quality time with my sister, her family and my parents. We had milk shakes and swung and the big "fwing" (that's what Miles calls it) everyday. It was just really nice.
I have been dying to blog about this for some time. I am excited to announce that the magazine project some friends and I have been working on for the past few months is going to launch soon! Kinfolk Magazine is just our creative way of encouraging people to spend more time together with friends and family sharing intimate meals and celebrating all of the little things that make life great. Kinfolk is scheduled to debut July 15th. Check out the blog to see some of my inspiration boards (like the father's day board above) in the mean time.
This weekend was both good and bad. It started out great. Natalie and I took some engagement photos for a cute couple out here in Hawaii. Then, she led me straight into a surprise baby shower! Yes, I am a whole three months and I am already having baby showers. I guess I was really really surprised because everyone said I stood in the doorway with a confused look on my face for an uncomfortably loooong time. Thank you Paige and London!
Our weekend was calm and productive. However, my grandmother passed away Sunday night. We have known for a while that she was going to die soon and so we have been expecting it. My dad has been able to travel several times in the last month to spend time with her which is really great. She died peacefully in her sleep with family around her. I don't enjoy death at all but there is something so beautiful about the way our whole family was so sure that our grandfather was there to greet her on the other side with open arms. I truly believe families can be together forever.
Our memorial day was exactly what I needed. We spent time with close friends barbecuing on the beach. We got an old grill for free at a garage sale and Conor cleaned it up. He spent the whole time making everyone's food and made me remember again why I a married him (not that I forgot) but, he is just so thoughtful and kind to everyone. He goes out of his way to do nice things for others all the time. This may sound morbid but, I am so glad that he is the one that will be greeting me on the other side. Not for a long long time of course.