Thursday, June 21, 2012

June is my favorite month

me on a birthday morning
around age 10.
I loved American Girl
for way too long,
June is my favorite month! It brings back memories of the last days of school and the anticipation of summer. My birthday is at the end of the month and yes, I still get excited for it. Birthdays have always been a big deal in my family and I plan on carrying on the tradition. My parents were the kind that didn't give us presents or things during the year, but they always made birthdays and Christmas very special for us. We'd get breakfast in bed (for me it was usually a doughnut, my fave) and the whole family would sing to you in their pajamas, followed by presents and then fun plans for the day. I didn't have a big party every year, sometimes it was just a family dinner and dessert, but it was always a day where you were important and felt special and extra loved. I completely plan on carrying on very similar traditions. I  like the focus on fun meals (like the privilege of eating in bed which was normally not allowed), a homemade dinner made up of your favorite things and the anticipation of presents I had waited half a year for.
Turning 26 you'd think I'd be over caring about my birthday but I really don't think I'll ever stop loving it. This year's plans include a dinner alone with David on the actual day, seeing Brave (which I have been planning on for a while. I love Disney movies!) and hopefully some kind of yummy birthday cake or ice cream.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Impromptu Fenn Reunion

This past weekend we got the sad news that David's Aunt Sharon who has been battling cancer for over two years wasn't doing well. David's parents were able to fly in from their mission to be with her during her last days. The whole weekend was bittersweet because of the circumstances, but we were so happy to be able to spend time all together as a family. We will miss Sharon and her fun-loving spirit, and we're so glad she was part of our lives.

Monday, June 4, 2012

27 weeks + hopes for the boy

Here we are, nearly 27 weeks into this. The weeks keep flying by. Last week I realized I had 15 weeks left and had a slight panic attack. I don't feel like I'm not prepared- I don't think any amount of diapers or baby clothes could make me feel better. It's just this huge countdown that can't be stopped. We are excited and nervous and anxious for our baby to arrive.
My doctor said everything is measuring normal and that I'm "all baby, " whatever that means. :) She started to talk to me about my birth plan which stressed me out. I feel like I just found out that I'm pregnant, not that I'm creeping closer and closer to delivery. We plan on taking a tour of the hospital and taking a few classes provided by the hospital in the next few months.
Two of my amazing friends have taken on the crazy task of planning my baby shower, and I'm so grateful to them. After moving back to California, I realized I don't have many girlfriends out here anymore, but the ones I do have are wonderful and putting a lot of effort into planning a great celebration. I'm looking forward to the fun time we'll have, even if I hate having people watch me open presents (visions of my bridal shower all over again.)
photo of no longer baby boy + hatless woody by me
As we feel baby move (and kick various organs), we plan the fun things we'll get to show and teach him. I read a wonderful parenting book that I am in love with now, and we've been talking about what we "ideally" plan on implementing with our baby for a schedule, sleeping, eating habits, discipline and so on. Now, I know nothing will probably go exactly how we want it to, but I think there's benefits to talking out what we'd like to do in our home at this point. Plus, I love a good challenge :) Besides the serious stuff, we can't wait to figure out what his first Halloween costume will be, have him with us when we open presents as a family this Christmas, and introduce him to his cousins. You might notice that I've been VERY slack about taking any kind of real pictures of us or anyone else lately. I honestly think I'm preparing for the photo OVERLOAD that will for sure happen once he arrives. He's going to be used to having a camera lens in his face from minute #1.  As for how I'm feeling, my energy level is still low as ever, but I feel good most of the time. My back cramps up easily and I have crazy heartburn, especially in the middle of the night, but I know I've had it easy so I can't complain. I get kicked a lot and it always makes me happy. I miss sleeping on my stomach. A lot.
I get excited thinking about which Disney movies to introduce first and what age to buy his first Saltwater sandals at (my only intended splurge for him). But what I'm really most anticipating is seeing his sweet little face and watching him develop his little personality. I truly hope he gets most of his dad's traits- always happy, fun loving, goofy, never ever moody, creative, always positive and hardworking- because we all know I'm rarely any of those things :)