Archive for December 2010

Shopping for Millie   3 comments

There are a lot of baby items on the market. A lot. Maybe we’re unlike other expectant parents, but we refuse to believe that we need all of the baby-related products that stores like Babies-R-Us try to say are “must haves”. Today, we went to Babies-R-Us to use a gift card that we were so generously given. We walked around for an hour trying to decide what to get. We toured the many, many aisles looking at crib bedding, bath toys, first aid kits, baby shoes, diapers, wipes…. on and on… We got frustrated (well, Julie did; Nate’s patience is abundant). We looked at an adorable “I Love Daddy” picture frame, but couldn’t decide whose picture would go in the frame (Julie thinks Millie’s picture would be featured since she’d be saying that she loves her daddy while Nate assumed his picture would go in the frame since he is the object of the love). We considered getting diapers. Everyone is constantly reminding us that we’ll go through plenty of these. However, we couldn’t decide if we should purchase newborn diapers (for babies up to 10 lbs) or size 1 (for babies 8-14 lbs). If Millie decides to take after her cousin Gracie and be 9+ lbs at birth, the newborn diapers would be useless, but if she is more petite at birth, we could be using newborn diapers for quite a while. Ah, decisions. We continued to walk around (do we really need a baby grooming kit?), considered just leaving all together (that store is OVERWHELMING), and finally went back to the bedding aisles. We weren’t big fans of the baby quilts we saw, but agreed to use the gift card to purchase a breathable crib bumper.

Despite our purchase, we left the store feeling somewhat defeated. We really struggled to use a gift card to purchase something for our much-awaited baby girl! Following our trip to Babies-R-Us, we stopped at Half Price Books and totally redeemed ourselves. It turns out that while we struggle when it comes to purchasing typical baby products for Millie Lou, we REALLY enjoy looking at books for her. We both love to read and hope that our daughter inherits this passion. Today, we bought our first book for Millie’s collection. We’re looking forward to the day (in just a few short months!) when we’ll get to rock our baby girl and read this sweet book to her. Who cares if we’re clueless when it comes to what diaper size we should buy? We’ve got the important stuff figured out.

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Posted December 29, 2010 by Nate and Julie in Uncategorized

Have you got 2 in there?   5 comments

For those of you who are lacking in the social grace department, let us help you out by providing a list of things you should not say to a pregnant woman.

  1. Wow, you look uncomfortable.
  2. Are you past your due date?
  3. My friend had acne when she was pregnant, just like you!
  4. Aren’t you worried about losing all that baby weight?
  5. Have you got 2 in there?

#5 just happens to be our blog topic for today. At lunch today, the nice lady who was serving food at Julie’s work cafeteria asked how she was feeling and then followed up the first question by asking how much longer she had until her due date. When Julie responded “4 months”, cafeteria lady asked “Have you got 2 in there?” No, ma’am— just one, normal size baby. Julie wasn’t really offended just very amused. There is no way she looks (much) more than 5 months pregnant and there is certainly no way she looks like she is carrying twins. Here is photographic evidence (and this is the sweater that Julie wore to work today).

Just one baby in there. Julie is also going to attribute the swollen-looking face to a combination of being extremely tired and wearing very little makeup. But now back to the moral of the blog— be nice to pregnant ladies. Tell them they look wonderful even if they’ve never look worse and never, ever ask if they are carrying more than 1 baby.

Posted December 15, 2010 by Nate and Julie in Uncategorized

It’s Looking Pretty Girly   8 comments

Since the moment that little line showed up on the home pregnancy test, we have been excited to learn whether we were going to be welcoming a little boy or baby girl into our family. Day #1 we both made guesses: Nate guessed girl and Julie guessed boy. Then, a week or two went by and Julie became convinced that Lil Person was a girl. More weeks went by and, at our 17 week check up, Julie began to waver on her gender prediction yet again. Nate, however, stuck with the girl-guess from the get go. Well, yesterday we were fortunate to see Lil Person via ultrasound and found out whether we would be seeing blue or pink in the near future. Just before heading back to the ultrasound room, we made our final guesses: Nate, girl; Julie, girl. Our ultrasound technician asked us right away whether or not we were interested in finding out the gender. Julie screamed (I just wanted to make sure she heard clearly) “YES!” and we were off. (A quick side note: to those of you with the desire to wait the full 40 weeks and who learn baby’s gender in the delivery room— WOW. Your patience is AMAZING. There is no way we could do that!) The first thing we noticed when the ultrasound got going was that our Lil Person really is a little person now. It’s amazing how much development has occurred in the 11 weeks since our early ultrasound. The second thing we noticed was that Lil Person was going to be quite cooperative for the “money shot”. We have heard stories of babies that maintain their privacy during the anatomy ultrasound and who won’t allow a look between their little legs. Lil Person, however, was well behaved and allowed us a peek at the goods. Our ultrasound technician gave us the news by saying “It’s looking pretty girly down here.” “How girly?” Julie asked. “I mean, are we confident we’ve got a girl?” The ultrasound technician answered by typing “girl parts” onto the image on the screen. Nate and I both thought she looked like a girl, but we wanted confirmation from the professional. So, there you have it! Lil Person is a Lil Lady. We are thrilled (well, more than thrilled, but there really aren’t words to express just how we are feeling!). And for those of you who are wondering, yes, we do have a name picked out. Our wonderful sister-in-law Melissa thinks we’re “brave” (I think she meant to say stupid) for sharing the name this early on, but we love it, it is very meaningful to us, and we don’t really care if other people hate it. So, without further ado, allow us to announce the name of our baby girl, Millie Louise. Millie was Nate’s grandmother’s name (Millie Cowan); unfortunately she passed away in 2009. Louise is the middle name of Julie’s Mammaw (Betty Jolly).  We’re hoping that our Millie honors these women well by exhibiting the same warmth and hospitality that her namesakes are known for. We wanted to leave you with some pictures of Millie Louise (who weighs a whopping 1 pound and appears to be healthy as can be) and show off her big feet and chicken legs, but our scanner is not working right now. So, stay tuned! We’ll be sure to post pictures just as soon as we can.

Posted December 10, 2010 by Nate and Julie in L'il Person, Millie

The 3rd Year is The Charm   5 comments

 December 1, 2010 is our third wedding anniversary. For anniversaries #1 and #2, we splurged and celebrated by going to dinner at The Precinct (#1) and Carlo & Johnny (#2). Ah, there’s nothing like a delectable steak and the fine service that accompanies the Jeff Ruby experience. However, for anniversary #3, we are being a bit more practical. With a baby on the way, it is difficult for us to bring ourselves to spend $80-100 on dinner (that’s more than our grocery budget for the entire week!). Still we want to take the opportunity to celebrate. Year #3 has been fantastic. Here’s a quick review of some of the highlights from our third year of marriage:

  • We paid off all of our “consumer” debt (as in a car loan and student loan). Now all that’s left is the mortgage and we’re looking forward to kissing that goodbye as soon as we can!
  • Nate discovered a new love of cooking— and he is AMAZING! It all started when he borrowed a Weber grilling book from our local library. We ended up purchasing our own copy and now Nate is cooking his way through the book while discovering lots of other fantastic recipes along the way. Seriously, he’s good— come over for dinner. You’ll see, er, I mean, taste.
  • Nate and Julie both got new jobs! Nate left US Bank for Cincinnati Christian University in July and LOVES it. Julie took on a new role as an Underwriter for Western Southern Life in August. It is a much more interesting and challenging position.
  • Julie (finally) graduated with her degree in Business Management. Finally. Hallelujah!
  • Nate and Julie both have found ways to be involved at Echo Church. Nate has been using his creativity and video editing know-how to produce videos on the 10 commandments. Julie has become involved in the children’s ministry, recruiting volunteers and writing lessons. We both feel lucky to be part of such a wonderful community of believers!
  • And last, but not least, we learned that we will be welcoming a new family member into our lives in Spring 2011!

Wow, what a year! As we celebrate our 3rd anniversary (by repeating our 1st date and eating at Dewey’s), we can’t help but look forward to year 4 and many more to come.

Posted December 1, 2010 by Nate and Julie in Marriage