Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Buying a Home

Because we haven't taken on enough getting engaged, married, moving in together and getting pregnant in the first 8 months of our relationship, we also decided to sell Michael's home and buy a new, bigger one together.

I knew buying a home wouldn't be easy but I never expected it to be as hard as it was.  In all fairness, ours was particularly hellish.  Our lender pre-approved us to purchase our home without the sale of our current home being contingent.  We moved forward with purchasing our home and selling our current one.  Well, long story short, the sale of our home fell through right about the same time the lender realized he made a mistake and told us the sale and purchase needed to be contingent!

We had to re-list our home for sale and we thought we were going to lose our new home (and our deposit).  In the end we fought tooth and nail with our lender and negotiated with them until they agreed to give us our loan without selling our house concurrently.

We closed on our new home May 18 and our old home closed last week.  So I am pleased to report that it all worked out and we got our dream home!  I am so excited to start our new life together as a family here and to bring Henry home from the hospital to this house.

Here are some pictures.  Ill post more once we are more settled and have decorated.

Our favorite part about the house is the backyard.

Painting Olivia's room pink

Princess room!

Lots of lizards here...even in the fireplace!
Lizards on our skirts!

The new yard has fruits/vegetables including tomatoes, pumpkins, squash, herbs, figs, oranges, artichokes and bananas!

A giant walk in closet!!

Guest room with built in bookshelves for all my books!

The dogs love the new yard too.

Our pumpkins

Napping on our lawn

We also had RV parking built for our motorhome to live in!

We took advantage of the wet concrete to make our mark on the new house "Mike, Olivia, Chantal, Henry"

Now Michael is working on building us a built in BBQ and mini frige!  Thank goodness he is so handy!

Our banana grove

I cannot wait for these to ripen so I can try them!

We are so grateful for all of the help and support we had from our friends and family along the way.  This was a challenging process for us and we would never have been able to do it without them.  We feel so blessed.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

19-22 Weeks

18 weeks

18 weeks, 3 days (work attire)
Around 19 weeks is when the restless leg kicked it.  I also started noticing that sun spots on my face were getting darker.  Apparently this is called cholasma.  Here while all other pregnant ladies are glowing, Henry is giving me spots!!!

Brussy and the bump!
19 weeks, 4 days

At 20 weeks, I starting experiencing really painful stomach pains.  It of course freaked me out, but after some googling I learned that it was my lower abdominal muscles stretching out.

20 weeks (half way!!)

His little feet.  The best photo we got since he kept moving and wouldn't show us his face.

We then went to our 20 week anatomy ultrasound and learned that Henry was going through a growth spurt, which explained the stomach pain and the noticeable change in the size of my tummy! The doctor told us that he is growing well and very healthy.  She also said that he is very wiggly and active.  During the ultra sound he showed us a nice view of his tush and boy parts, his little hand grabbing his foot and everything else except his face!! When we finally got him to turn to see his face, he clasped his hands like he was praying and moved them up to block his face.  We never got a view of that little bugger's face, but we are so so relieved to know that he is happy and healthy.  I was a little worried I wasn't feeling more movement, but apparently I have an anterior placenta, which makes it harder to feel his movements.  PHEW!  Lately I have been craving mushrooms and been feeling pretty good.

The day after our 21 week mark, I felt Henry kick for the first time.  He kicked three times in my left lower stomach.  I was sitting in Michael's sister's back yard and it caught me by surprise and I interrupted a friend who was telling a story.  Then I got all emotional and started crying behind my sunglasses.  We also set up our hospital tour and picked a birthing class to take.

By 22 weeks, I am feeling him move regularly.  My stomach is noticeably larger and things are starting to feel smushed inside.  I am still sleeping well and feeling good overall.  A friend of a friend gave us A TON of baby boy clothes.  We are so grateful for her generosity and not having to buy so many clothes!!

Next on the list is doing out baby registry and prepping for our shower in August!

22 weeks, 2 days


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

These Parts

Here are some photos about life in these parts...

Typical weekday with this silly lady.  No she doesn't take ballet.  Yes she likes to dress up.

Just catching some Dog With A Blog

My first Mother's Day.  Michael took me to the beach, brunch and made me cake!!

The pro tee-baller (my nephew)

We actually bought a house and moved!! More on that later....

Brussy decided to make Olivia's stuffed animal her new favorite bed.

Memorial Day BBQ at our new house

Cara came to visit me and was the first guest in our guest room!

We went for a hike and to the beach.

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