and here's what's going on in the belly...
"Growing like crazy, baby is starting to sprout eyes, ears, nose, cheeks and chin. Those little hands and feet- still webbed like paddles- might wiggle by week's end, the heart is beating (almost twice as fast as yours!), and blood is starting to circulate."
We took another test just to make sure... and the fact that it was a "free" digital test that came in the box and that's better than a faint little line! (yep, we're now at 4... count 'um 4 pregger tests)
Then we ran over to his mom's with card in hand as well. Shocked was the mood... to say the least... but excited!
March 17th we had the first doctor's appointment. Hubby couldn't be there because it was such short notice and had to be at work. Mama went with me, but as I told hubby, filling a cup and drawing blood wasn't very exciting... he didn't miss a thing.
We've never had a new car, we've never had to pay taxes... until this year. Last week, we got an envelope from the Guilford County Tax Department. It was a bill for our yearly taxes on the new car. There are just some things you have learn when you're out on your own. I called Mama and said... "is this normal?" "Am I supposed to get this bill that's due in just a little over a month of a not so small amount we weren't planning on paying?" And she of course said... "Yes!" "It's an every year thing... welcome to life, etc."
The very NEXT day, we got another envelope, we almost didn't open because it looked like junk. It was from the incentive company that housed hubby's stocks and all that good stuff from his previous job at BioLife. It was a check for all the money that he earned while at work there for 6 months through stocks, etc.
This check was all but $17 less than the taxes on the car!
We weren't expecting the bill... and we weren't expecting the check... But we CAN handle $17 bucks!!!!
God always finds a way to provide doesn't He!?!?!?
I've been reflecting on the past year of marriage... Not only do I think it is absolutely crazy that it has been a year since we walked down the aisle. It's even more crazy to think that this coming October, it will be 9 years since he "asked me out" at church when I was 14 and he was 15. I put "ask me out" in quotations since we didn't go out by ourselves until our one year anniversary and that was when his mom dropped us off at the Olive Garden so we could eat by ourselves... it was hardly a dating relationship in the beginning.
It's amazing to think how much we've grown since then, and how much we will grow in the future. I remember my greatest fear was him going off to college... how could we survive through that? How could we stay together? But that was in the distant future back then... And then, he went away to college, and we made it.... and I went to college, and we made it.
Could we ever be to the point where we could say, "we're getting married"? And we were... we got engaged in June of 2005. Both of us still being in school, our wedding plans were far away.
I had all these thoughts, now they seem so silly. I said at 9 months and 1 day, we would have our first child. I said that the very first thing I would do would be to get a puppy... a Yorkie puppy (a more than $1000 puppy)... We said our first Christmas would be one filled with things we always wanted... pool tables and pinball machines. In reality, we still have not yet started a family, we have a puppy, not a Yorkie, but one so precious we wouldn't trade her for the world. Our first Christmas was filled with, I guess you could say a "virtual" pool table... the Wii... something that would fit in our little one-bedroom apartment.
Back before we were married, we both dreamed of graduating from college, him getting a six figure job right off the bat, and me either getting a teaching job or not having to work at all, because remember, I was going to be home pregnant with our baby to be born 9 months and one day after "i do." In reality, God had different plans. It took Andrew 6 months to find a job, not one he wanted, but one that provided for our needs at that moment. Less than 6 months after that, right about the time that I graduated, he found an amazing job, one that he did go to school for, one that he loved. Not that six figure one that we dreamed of, but one that we needed, one that we are very thankful for. And me? I'm still looking for a job... but you know what? We're doing fine. God is providing for us with one income, with some to spare for fun and savings. In our opinion, another income will only be "icing on the cake" when it comes.
They say that the first year of marriage is the hardest. I disagree. I think it must be different from relationship to relationship. I LOVE my life. Yes, we have our issues. Yes, it has been hard from time to time. The first 6 months when he didn't have a job, and we didn't understand why nobody "wanted him"... it was difficult. But we made it. We both have amazing parents that would help us out whenever we needed anything. If we went under financially, we knew they would be there if they possibly could. But once again, we made it.
It has been such an interesting year. People don't think about the little things: Why should we get the "off brand" of sliced cheese? We never did that before... At the grocery store: "But we always got this kind when I was growing up", I would say... and he would say "But I'm used to getting this." Well, we cant get both! It's the little things. It's the fact that for "ump-teen" years I've gone to sleep with the TV on. And for "ump-teen" years, he couldn't go to sleep with the TV on. He also likes the ceiling fan on... I guess I've gotten used to the fan on. It's the little things.
There's so many little things that I love. It's the random things we laugh at. It's the nightly walks we take with Sophie around the apartment complex. It's the laying on the couch watching TV. It's the anticipation I still have when I sit on the balcony with Sophie and wait for him to turn the corner...
So here's to the next year.... starting a family, buying a house, and staying happy no matter what the situation... no matter what life brings.
our inn for the weekend
This past weekend... well Saturday-Monday... the hubby and I went to Charleston, SC for an Anniversary Get-A-Way... Pictures will be in a later post, but I wanted to share some things that did NOT happen on our weekend away...
First off, the plan was to leave early Saturday morning, so we would have most of the day to explore Charleston... we did not leave at 10:45 am...
It did not rain cats and freakin dogs the WHOLE way there... nope, couldn't have!
About half way there, while going through my thoughts with the "did i pack this?" "did i turn off that?" questions, did I figure out that i COULDN'T have left one of the most important anniversary weekend necessities... (i know what YOU'RE thinking).... my gift... my necklace.... oh no! i couldn't have forgotten that! not me, the perfect, thankful, and blessed with a beautiful diamond necklace, wife that i am!
Because Map Quest is such an AMAZING site, it sent us through the middle of who knows where, we went from 12 noon - 1:30 until we could find a place to eat...
At our fine eating establishment... McDonald's... there was a birthday party full of little 2-4 year olds... Dora the Explorer did not show up, and she certainly did not terrify the children so much that they were climbing up their parents like little monkeys while screaming bloody murder... and no, we didn't laugh our heads off...
Our plan was to go to the aquarium on Saturday, then check into the hotel... since we left soooo early, this would be a great idea... We did not get there as the aquarium was 30 minutes away from closing... and we certainly didn't scratch that idea!
It didn't storm all through the night and the next morning/anniversary, but by the grace of God, the sun decided to make an appearance right before lunch! The day turned out to be a beautiful, amazing day spent at the aquarium and walking/taking a million pictures around Charleston! (and that's not a "not me!" statement!)
I did NOT call my mom simply to check on the dog... i wouldn't have done that...
Hubby and I... ahem... did not and I repeat... did not stop through almost every candy store in Charleston grabbing up free HOT praline samples... cause that wouldn't be healthy...
After eating dinner on Sunday (our anniversary) my husband was not eager to get back to the hotel... once again, i know what you're thinking... but the NC State vs. Maryland game was on and we did not watch the whole game... it was soooo romantic. :)
Before going to bed, I went to put the "Privacy Please" sign on the door knob, so we could sleep in without interruption... the sign did not have another side that said "Service Please" and I, being the observant one I am, certainly did not put the "Service Please" sign out Sunday night... And sure enough, we didn't get a knock at our door at 8:30 Monday morning...
When driving back to NC, hearing from our friends and family about the 5 inches of snow that had fallen the night before (for those that live in the Frozen Tundra, I know you're laughing, but this is big for us!) I did not remember, that when leaving our apartment, I couldn't have completely turned off the heat trying to conserve power and energy... It wasn't 45 degrees in our home when we returned... couldn't have been...