Friday, December 26, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone! Robert and I have left sunny southern California (although its been pretty rainy recently) for the blizzard conditions of Utah. We had a very white Christmas in at my parents house in Magna. It has hardly stopped snowing since we got here. Luckily we travelled before the storm so we had perfect weather driving up. I'm so glad now we get the next week and a half to sit around and veg! Hope everyone else is enjoying their holidays.

Here are some pictures from our Christmas Eve party on my mom's side of the family

The "inside" half for La Posada singing to us (the outside half) that there is no room (the family splits in half and reenacts through song the journey of Joseph and Mary in Bethlehem as they try to find a place to sleep)Robert and I as Joseph and Mary for La Posada (after they let us in)
Joseph is also quite handy at hanging up the pinata.

All the granddaughters. (above)

Robert and I with Santa Claus aka my Dad (shh, don't tell any of the little kids (below)

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Three and a Half Hours

Three and a half hours. That's how long it took me to get home from work today because this accident shut down all but one lane of the freeway my bus takes to get home. Three hours on the bus! There has got to be a bright side to this right? Oh yeah, after an hour and a half the bus decided to get off the freeway and take surface streets, so I got to see a whole lot of Christmas lights! Robert was smart enough to work from home today, so he completely missed it all. Lucky. He must be psychic.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

In the Air There's a Feeling of Christmas

We have a Christmas tree! I'm so happy to finally have this key holiday decoration after three years of not having one. Having a tree is very exciting because this will only be the second time in the five Christmases Robert and I have spent together that we have had a Christmas tree. The last time was the year we had our first wedding anniversary (not to be confused with our first Christmas together, that was three days after our wedding) when my cousin lent us his artificial tree. We've always spent Christmases away from home, so it wasn't too big of a deal, but I always missed not having a tree in the days leading up to Christmas.

P.S. I'm also very glad to have Robert back after he was in Georgia for a week for training. Having him gone really made me realize how happy I am to have him around everyday.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Our Ultrasound Visit

I wrote this more so I could remember our experience, but you're welcome to read the following about our ultrasound visit if it looks interesting to you.

We had our ultrasound on Thursday, a little later than we had thought. At the last doctor’s appointment the doctor told us that our next appointment they would do the ultra-sound and measure the baby etc. So we showed up on Monday thinking that we were having our ultrasound, but all the doctor did was test the heart beat and tell me that my back aches and dizzy spells were normal. Apparently you have to schedule ultra-sound visits separately from regular checkups. But when your doctor says, “at your next appointment we will do the ultrasound” you assume it will be that day, not go and schedule it that day for a different day!

So we went back three days later for our ultrasound visit. They told me to drink four cups of water one hour before. So I drank what I felt like was the right amount, 4 glasses of water, before I left work about and hour and a half before the appointment. By the time we got to the doctors office I had to go to the bathroom, but couldn't. Then we had to sit in the waiting room for an hour. All the while I just couldn’t wait to get it over with so I could finally use the restroom. After a while I couldn’t even concentrate on anything but not peeing my pants. I kept thinking that any second I was going to have to go up and ask to use the restroom so I could pee a little, but I never did, hoping that they would just call us finally.

Finally they called us. The room was all dark and there were three other people in there, which I thought was odd. Turns out one was the ultrasound technician, the other two were there for training. The technician said he would just take all his measurements of the baby first, then I could go to the bathroom and they would look at the baby some more. He saw my bladder was extremely full from the ultrasound pictures and was quick doing the measurements. I was so relieved! He told Robert when I went to the bathroom that I must have drank much too much water. I thought I drank what they asked me to! Before I went to the bathroom the technician said he was able to see what we were having, and said he could tell us after I got back from the bathroom.

I was much more comfortable when I came back from the bathroom. The technician looked at the baby some more, and said, “yup, definitely know what you’re having,” but didn’t tell us what it was. I thought, “He’s so confident, it must be a boy.” Then the other two technicians in training both did the same measurements while the technician watched. While one of them was measuring the head Robert said, “He has a head!” The student said, “Yeah, he has everything! Or she does.” So then I thought, “is it a girl, or is she just saying that to throw us off?”

Turns out it really was a girl! The technician asked the students if they could tell what it was and they said yes. It was a girl! I was so surprised! I thought for sure with the Wheat gene’s I was going to have a boy first. They asked if she had a name and I said right away, “Julia.” When the students were done with their measurements the technician looked at the baby again and showed us baby Julia. He showed us that she was developing girl parts. Then he took a picture of the “It’s a Girl” shot and told Robert he could have that one on the house.

Baby Julia was moving all around the entire time. The technician said she was trying to make his job harder, because every time she moved he had to reevaluate where all her parts were that he had been trying to measure. I thought she did a good job though so he could definitely see that she was a girl. Good job Julia. He also got a really good view of her foot, and decided to show the technicians how to do it in 3D. So we got a 3D picture of her crossing her little feet.

Afterwards, even though I was happy to have a girl, I was a little sad that I wasn’t going to have a Baby Micah. I had thought of the baby as Baby Micah for so long that I felt like I had had two babies now. I was gaining a Baby Julia, but also losing a Baby Micah. Robert was quick to tell me that I never had a Baby Micah, it was always Baby Julia. Now I’m used to the idea that I have a baby girl! The next couple days I just kept thinking, “we’re having a girl! A girl!”

So Baby Julia looks healthy and is measuring for an April 10th due date. Haha, it just keeps getting earlier and earlier from April 15.

Thursday, December 04, 2008


Baby Julia! It's a girl!

P.S. Robert did find out. His response, "Uncle George, I'm going to need the shotgun."

And here are some of the ultrasounds pictures. They're not very good quality because we couldn't get them to scan, so these are photos of the pictures.

Baby Julia profileBaby Julia's little 3D feet. (This is the only 3D shot they did, I think the technician was just showing off for the two other people who were there training that day) She is crossing her legs, but don't worry she moved around plenty and the technician was sure she was a girl.