Sunday, November 28, 2010

Lots to be thankful for!

Phew, what a month November has been. It's clearly the end of the semester, because school projects, finals and other crap is all happening at once. Perhaps it's a good thing because I could use a little distraction from the fact that I'm less than seven weeks away from holding little Walt for the first time!

Let's start with a Walt update while we're on the topic. We saw the OB at 32 weeks and had an ultrasound.  She suspected my placenta might be low lying at 20 weeks, so she wanted to checked it out. Not only is everything a-okay, but we are growing a giant baby boy in my belly.  He's already 4 lbs, 10 oz by the ultra sound tech's measurements.  I guess that explains the massive karate chops I'm getting in the ribs and bladder (simultaneously).  We also got a wild 3-D view of the little monster. Here's a shot:

We also had some family pics taken last weekend by Fairy Tale Photography. We had so much fun pretending like it was cold outside (it was 78 degrees) and pretending like it was Christmas.  Though I normally frown upon the incessant need to skip Thanksgiving and put Christmas stuff up in November, I was really thankful for the scenery and decor we found to make the pics authentic.

Chris and I drove to Gilmer for Thanksgiving. It's our last road trip before the big arrival 2011.  We had such a fun time hanging out with the Bruns clan!  Chris's parents, his aunt and uncle (Bernadette and Frank) and their daughter, Allison, and his sister, Sarah, and of course her girls, Kate and Sarah Madison.  We played some golf, played some gin (champions!!), and got more than our share of food.  We even made a detour on the way home to Tyler to see our friends, Jeff and Janna, and their gorgeous kiddos, Cash and Blake.

Next up: last week of lecture in school, big presentation for our client project, Girls Night, Book Club, and my last final exam of the semester in a week!  I can't wait to start focusing on Christmas!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

He has a name!

Walter "Walt" Hill Bruns

Chris and I are very proud to announce that we have a name for the little man!  I was forewarned by many of my mommy friends that picking a name would be one tough chore. Boy, were they right!  There are so many things to consider such as:
  • What nicknames will a given name spawn?
  • What will this name sound like when he's 18, 25, 40, etc?
  • Do the initials stand for anything crass or crude?
  • Do we LIKE the name??
Chris and I talked a lot about several different names.  Our criteria for all names was about the same... we wanted a classic, yet unique name (that's a tough combo). We also wanted the name to mean something. Whether that was just the meaning behind the name or some sort of family significance.  The family significance thing brings up a whole new set of variables. We are both VERY close to and very proud of our families, so it was tough to not feel like we needed to pull from both sides of the family. This was probably harder for me to wrap my head around. My general mentality in life is very fair and equal. Tit for tat, if you will.  But, the bottom line was it doesn't really matter what his name is once he gets here.  We can call him "peanut" for the rest of his life and love it. :)

So, what IS the meaning? Chris had been saying "Walter" from the beginning... just out of the blue. I immediately wrinkled my nose and said it sounded like an old man.  Somewhere down the line, we started using "Walt" versus "Walter".  Now, this I liked!  And, there's a huge list of famous Walts and Walters (Walt Whitman, Walt Disney, Walter Cronkite, etc). So, then comes the middle name. Hill is Chris's dad's middle name and his grandmother (Memaw's) maiden name.  Memaw was always like a grandmother to me and I completely adore Chris's dad. I also liked the "uniqueness" of the middle name.

That is what is in a name! With every passing day we are more and more anxious to meet Walt!

30 weeks!
Here's my latest belly pic for now :)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Halloween Fun!

Last weekend we took part in tons of Halloween activities.  It was such a gorgeous day last Saturday, so I rode around in the golf cart with Chris, while him and his buddy, Jed, played golf.  Hopefully soon, I'll be swinging the club again! (Swinging and making contact with the ball is a whole other animal).

The country club was hosting a carnival that afternoon, so we invited up my sister, brother-in-law, and their kiddos to enjoy the fun.  I LOVED seeing all the little ones dressed up and having a good time. I even attempted to eat a caramel apple.  How do people eat those things!? Its like biting into an overchewed piece of gum (but much more delicious).  I think I made it through six bites before I was sure a tooth was coming out, so I stopped.

Here are some pics of Kathy and Greg's munchkins:

Jameson in his race car driver outfit. Toothless and all!
You do NOT need teeth to enjoy a scrumptious hot dog! (Jaelyn was a fairy/Tinkerbell)



Hit of the carnival: the bounce house. Looks like it's eating my head!
 Jameson jumping off the scary bounce house, while Jaelyn is face planted.



Much better
Jaelyn lost a shoe with all the jumping :)
Our friends, Jason and Brandi McDonald were there too with their son, Walker. I think all the kids had fun. :)

Physical therapy starts tomorrow (yikes!), and my baby shower is this weekend (yay!), and I'll be 30 weeks tomorrow (how the heck did that happen??).