Monday, July 29, 2013

Feeling sort of blah…

Hey guys…I haven’t been feeling the best lately…still nauseas at bedtime (which means not much sleep) and some pretty consistent headaches.  Because of those fun things the last thing I want to do when I get home from work is get on my computer…which somehow makes my headaches worse.  But I wanted to put a quick post on here to update you on the the bump and a few other random things. 

Speaking of, please forgive the randomness…I’m pregnant so my brain sort of skips all over the place and I can’t seem to gather my thoughts…I actually may have had that problem prior to pregnancy, but who’s really keeping track?!?!

So enough with the Debbie downer’s and on to the the random photos I took this past week…to fill you in on what we have been up to over here:

Got my hair did…darker…I wasn’t loving the super light streaks in my hair…excuse the creepy eyes.

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We ate lunch at Red Robin…not super healthy…but super good! They even have a veggie burger option for any of their burgers which is perfect for me!

Also, I am a sucker for ranch…like I base which restaurants we can go to on whether or not they have good ranch…and Red Robin has AMAZING ranch!!!

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And of course I made my poor, sweet husband pose for a picture at lunch, he can’t wait for this baby to be born so I have someone else to take pictures of :)

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Some might say I am obsessed with taking pictures of Joe when one of the cats is sitting on him…I say obsessed might be a little much.

I mean how can I not take this picture, just the most precious thing EVER! (again Joe really can’t wait for this baby so I have another subject to photograph)

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And last, but not least…my 14 week pregnancy picture:


Notice the dark hair…I pretty much love it.  I’m pretty much not loving my lack of a mid summer tan…need to work on that!

We plan on going sometime soon for an early ultrasound to find out the gender of the baby…stay tuned for that news! We are beyond excited to find out if it will be a little baby girl or a little baby boy!!!!!

As cliché as it sounds, we will be totally happy with either, but just really want to know!

Hopefully my headaches start to subside and my nausea gives a little so I can get on this darn computer more often and fill you in on other fun things in our life.  Have a great week!!!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Joe to the Rescue

As most of you know I work for a school…a preschool.  Half of our students are on the autism spectrum and the other half of our students are typical developing students.  I tell you this because I think it is important to help paint the picture of what I asked my husband to walk in to.  Not only is entertaining a bunch of 3-5 year olds sometimes difficult, but when you throw in kids with autism, it makes it that much more challenging.

Our school was in the full swing of summer camp and we had a cancellation from the Fire Department last minute due to the equipment they use for presentations not working.  So…I called Joe to see if he would be willing to come to the school and show the kids his equipment, gear, etc. He had done this one other time for us last year so he did know what he was getting in to. 

Of course, he said yes…because he is awesome…and the kids loved him!!! He did such an amazing job talking on their level, keeping their interest, being goofy to make them laugh. It seriously melted my heart and made me that much more happy to be having a baby with this guy:)

As promised I took pictures so you could see how much fun the kids and Joe had:

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There you have them…Firefighter Joe did not disappoint!!!

And another thing that happened last week was that I reached 13 weeks in my pregnancy…yay!  Here is a picture:

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This baby is GROWING!!! By the end of the day my belly seems so much bigger then when I wake up in the morning, so strange!  I have been feeling pretty good overall, for sure not as tired. I can feel my muscles and ligaments stretching in my stomach and hips which is kind of weird and leaves me feeling sort of sore.

The only thing I seem to crave on a consistent basis over this entire pregnancy so far has been pancakes.  For some reason they always sound good (honestly they always did before I got pregnant too) but I guess I talk about them more often now, and usually have them once a weekend :)

We go to the doctor tomorrow for a checkup, and then again at 18 weeks for our big ultrasound where we can find out the gender…but we have heard of a place close by where you can go at 14 weeks and they will do a quick gender reveal ultrasound.  The downside to doing that is that insurance won’t cover the extra ultrasound so you pay out of pocket, but it isn’t really too bad…around $70…and they have a cute room where family can all come and sit on couches and find out with you.

We are currently leaning towards that option rather than waiting for the 18 week ultrasound…but we aren’t for sure and haven’t made the appointment yet.

We have decided to find out the gender though.  Joe would be totally fine not knowing and being surprised, and I thought I could possibly do that at first.  I totally understand why people choose that route and can imagine it is pretty special to find out at the birth, but for me….my personality, I really need to know.

I am a planner. I sort of feel like there is already so many unknowns with a new baby that by eliminating one of those it helps calm my anxieties and nerves a little.  Maybe I am crazy…hell I don’t know, but I am super excited to find out if the baby growing inside me is a boy or girl!!! Neither of us feels certain either way…and will be happy no matter what we have (everyone always says that!) So stay tuned and I will let you know when/if we make that earlier appointment…we could know the gender as early as next week…EEEEEKKK!!!!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

I have a new bathroom!

Last week I came home from work, sat in my car while the garage door opened and in the garage sat…

our toilet and sink from the downstairs bathroom!

I was so confused until I went inside and found that my amazing husband had taken it upon himself to retile the bathroom floor.  I had no idea (and I think he didn’t either) that he had any idea how to even do that.  Apparently he looked it up on the internet and then went to the store and bought supplies. 

For some reason neither of us took before pictures but let me know tell you the place was a hot mess! The floor was a very old, poorly laid, stained laminate something or other…pretty bad!  The walls were a plain but dingy white. It really just needed a facelift…and Joe figured if he was going to do anything to it he was going to do it right.  I love him!

So below is the floor just after he did the first step in tiling, notice how the previous owners just painted around the toilet and sink, looks great (sarcasm):

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And the final product:

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I had already picked out a light grey paint so Joe just matched up the tile…I think it turned out so beautiful and I was so proud of him for just figuring it all out.

He was pretty proud of himself too, so I obviously made him get his picture taken with his work, ha! (good thing he loves me)

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Doesn’t he looked so thrilled!!!

Total change of topic…

We went to a movie the other day and were the ONLY PEOPLE IN THE THEATRE.  I loved it, and made my poor husband take my picture so you guys could see how funny it looked with me just sitting there by myself.

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I realize now after looking at this picture that I am a complete dork, but it seemed like a good idea at the time…and I was sad when just as Joe snapped this picture two other people walked in.  They were probably wondering what was so special that I was getting my picture taken, but oh well.

Next random thing I need to share…this bar:

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Being pregnant, I have discovered I need to eat like a million small meals a day to keep my blood sugar level steady (no one wants a passed out pregnant lady) and to keep from being nauseas. I love most of the Kind bars but discovered this one the other day and had to share it with you guys. It is amazing!!!!!

I think it might be the sea salt that makes it, but whatever it is you need to go straight out and try this thing…you won’t regret it!!!

And last thing I need to share…the message board at the school I work at currently reads:

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Stay tuned guys…Fireman Joe (aka, my husband) is making an appearance for the little kiddos tomorrow.  Pictures to follow :)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Bump Update

So I will try and update you on the development of the bump…but I also plan on blogging about other things that are going on in my life.  So if bump pictures aren’t for you, rest assured there will still be pictures of my cats, food, my husband not liking to have his picture taken, and many other things in my life :)

But this post is for the bump lovers…that could honestly mean so many things…but for this post it means my belly/baby.

Before you catch a glimpse of these photos I have to say I am not super comfortable posting them.  I have always looked at other blogs and love seeing the progress of their growing bumps.  For some reason, I have had a hard time with my changing body.  I feel guilty even saying that because I feel so incredibly blessed to have this baby growing inside of me…but I have to be honest, and if I am being honest…I am not loving the fact that my belly is growing, my boobs are growing (like can they really get bigger, the answer is YES) i am still tired ALOT, still have random nausea…amongst other weird and uncomfortable things. 

I have a feeling that once I get a little bigger I might embrace it more…it is just this in between stage where I feel super bloated/chubby…it is 95 degrees out all of the time which makes it really hard to dress in layers, hence really hard to hide the growing bump. 

BUT…with all of that being said, there is something sort of magical about looking at these pictures and actually seeing the baby/belly gradually growing.  Without sounding too cheesy, there really is something so miraculous about growing a human being inside of you…soooooo crazy!

Ok, enough rambling…I give you the bump pictures:

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So there you have them…some are a little blurry, not sure why.  I started off wearing the same outfit but that slowly went out the window when I couldn’t find that shirt one day but still needed to take the picture.  Either way, you get the drift.

Enjoy (if that is what I should be saying…or be happy for your waistline…or pray for my stretching skin…or smile at how cute I am pregnant, just lie to me)

And for those people that don’t love looking at bump pictures here is a picture of me with my sweet grandma and grandpa.  This past Sunday we helped them celebrate 62 years of marriage…amazing!!!! Love them and the incredible family they created that I am so thankful to be apart of.

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Other events in July

Besides being pregnant I have been up to many random things this month so far.  I thought I would fill you in on the fun things going on up in the French household.

Taco night:

the best (and easiest) dinner night EVER! We recently had a taco night and I loved every second of it…as you will see by my super dorky picture below…

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Yeah we actually do have this festive hat just sitting around our house…you never know when you might have a taco night?!?!

Needless to say since I could barely even get the husband to take this picture, he would NOT let me take one of him in the hat.

His loss!

At any rate, below are several pictures of the deliciousness of that night.  Since I don’t eat meat we had to cook up two different pans of goodies:

Top: Joe’s turkey burger and refried beans mixture.

Bottom: My Quorn brand meatless crumbles with taco seasoning…actually really good!

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The shells…heated to perfection in the oven, and flat bottomed…guys these are waaaaayyy better then the old ones with the bottom that came to a point and left no room for the stuffing's. Try them!!

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The rest of the good stuff:

Shredded lettuce

Mexican style cheese

Taco sauce


My salsa/ranch dip (sour cream, dry ranch dip packet, and salsa) SO GOOD

tortilla chips

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And finally the finished products:


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Joe’s… (notice the flat bottom, so smart!)

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I love taco night, and writing this post makes me want to have another one really soon!

Besides taco night we also celebrated the 4th of July.

Joe and several of his friends have sort of made it a tradition to watch the hot dog eating contest…so, naturally, I got the idea that we should have people over to watch this and have a hot dog bar set up too.  Joe liked the idea and so that is what we did.  Although we ate our hotdogs before watching the contest…thankfully because that contest is really disturbing to watch and pretty gross! 69 hotdogs and buns eaten in 10 minutes, blah!!!!!

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Pretty good spread:

Brett and Alison brought over a really delicious southwestern pasta salad

Doritos (duh, they are so good)

diced onions

diced pickles

shredded cheese

mustard, ketchup


coney sauce was over on the stove…regular and vegetarian

Nathan’s hotdogs, and the two lone veggie dogs for me.

I also made a very festive dessert:

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Unfortunately I didn’t remember to take a picture until after I started serving it…but you get the point.

Somehow this post has been all about food…guess I must be hungry!

I will leave you with some lovely photos that came from me being bored on the 4th after everyone left…and Joe was taking a nap so I had no one to talk to.  Obviously at times like that you take pictures of yourself…and your cats…obviously.

Is it wrong I really want to paint her nails?

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And then there is me and my obnoxious 4th of July nails and makeup…

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So there you have it…the things i have been doing this month other than being pregnant.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes…


We are so excited to announce we are expecting a new addition to the French family this January!  We don’t waste any time around here :)

I have to say on a personal level it feels so great to finally be putting this on the blog.  I have found it nearly impossible to blog about anything lately because all I really want to type is:


Everything else I try to write seems to be so generic and lacks any heart at all.  I am excited for you guys to finally be able to join me on this journey…so look forward to plenty of bump updates (there is already a bump, what!?!) and much more, cause you know I am going to tell the truth!

But let me begin this baby story with the day we found out we were going to have a baby.

As most of you know we got married April 26th (yes this past April…like not long ago) and we both knew we didn’t want to wait to have children.  We are both 32, so time isn’t exactly on our side especially if we want more than one.  Everything we read seemed to say it usually takes about 3-6 months of trying before most people get pregnant so we thought might as well start right away…i.e. honeymoon. 

Needless to say, it did not take us 3…or 6…or really even 1 month to get pregnant…it happened right away!!!

A couple of weeks after coming home from the honeymoon I was just feeling a little off…falling asleep randomly early evening (that NEVER happens) my boobs were hurting (again that NEVER happens) so one evening after work I went to the store and bought some pregnancy tests…just to make sure.  Joe and I went over to Sharon Woods for a 3 mile jog/walk and when we came home I ran upstairs to use the restroom/take the test.  A few short minutes later:

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I immediately ran downstairs to tell Joe, “Um, I think I’m pregnant…these things don’t usually show false positives right?!?!”  For what seemed like forever he just stared at me in shock, I stared right back at him in shock…we both stood there trying to let this settle, and when it finally did I started crying and he grabbed a hold of me and we just hugged it out.  (then he went back to the store to buy more tests so we could make sure, again!)

I don’t know what it is like for other folks when they find out they are going to have a baby…but for me, for us, it was like every emotion smacking me head on all at the same time.  Denial…I for sure took this test wrong.  Shock…is this actually real, am I actually pregnant right now??? Then in the end…sheer happiness.

Going to the doctor for the first time and seeing the ultrasound was like nothing either of us has ever experienced before. Getting to see your tiny little baby squirm around on the screen and realizing it is actually real was the most exciting and happy moment of both of our lives. 

For as long as I can remember I have wanted a family…and I know the same is true for Joe.  We both worked towards that dream, towards that goal…working hard to find each other, then working hard to set the foundations of a great relationship that lead to marriage…and now we find ourselves expecting a child and the dream we always wanted is finally coming true.  It is truly the most precious thing and we feel extremely blessed every single day.

Now that my news is finally out there I am so excited to start blogging about my pregnancy adventures…and stretching skin.  Stay tuned for some bump pictures and crazy pregnancy brain stories!

I am so excited for this journey:)