Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Anything else we could add?

What an insane time the last two years have been! Really, we moved to Colorado, started new jobs, got engaged, married, honeymoon, baby, and NOW....we just bought a new house! Crazy, I know. It started a few weeks ago with 'Hmmm....we should talk to a mortgage broker and see about buying a house." So, we met with a broker and told him what we wanted to pay and how much we had to put down so we could back into how much house it would buy. Happy with that step, we met a realtor last Tuesday and looked at houses on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. By Monday we had an offer in on a house and the owners accepted it. So fast, but we're really excited. We close on July 21st, so will be moving a little under 4 weeks before my due date. I'm a little apprehensive, but we agreed that it would be easier to try and move while the baby is inside rather than when we're taking care of a newborn. I just hope we'll be able to get somewhat settled before Jack makes his appearance.
The house is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2300 sq ft house with a 1/4 acre yard. It has a finished basement with a family room and although it was built in 1988, it has a new roof, water heater, furnace, hardwood floors, carpet downstairs and has been remodeled and looks brand new. It has great full-sun garden beds in the backyard for me and the side of the garage is gravel, perfect for Chris to work on his Camaro. See, a win-win. :) There were a lot of houses that were bigger or newer but just didn't feel as nice as this one did. It has more custom features and a mature yard....unlike most of the newer developments in Fort Collins.
I'm calling it our '5 year house' because I'm imagining in the next 5 years we'll outgrow it. Yes, my inability to live in the present has caused me to already think about not only the baby who hasn't been born yet but also the next little one. I just think we'll want more space. Here are a few photos of it, but I think it looks a lot better in person.
The first one is the front of the house, but now that tree in the foreground shades the entire front yard (now that the leaves are fully grown out). The second photo is the kitchen, followed by the living area upstairs and the finished family room in the basement. We're really excited to have our own home in Colorado!



Sunday, June 7, 2009

30 Weeks tomorrow!

I can't believe we only have 10 weeks to go! (give or take a few weeks)
We went on a tour of the maternity ward at PVH (Poudre Valley Hospital) on Saturday morning. It was good to hear where we needed to go and get to see everything. The rooms are very nice and all have jacuzzi tubs and internet with wireless keyboards so you can play on the internet from your hospital bed....not sure how appealing that is during labor, but ok. When we were there, there were 31 babies with their mothers in the maternity ward. Crazy! I couldn't believe there were that many babies born around the same time in Fort Collins. The population is 130,000 or so and that just seems like a lot. One of the nurses said they usually have around 20 on any given day and that number increases before a full moon. We checked to see when the full moon was in August and it's on the 6th, so we'd have to be a few weeks early to be in there then. :)
At one point in the tour we were in the nursery area and there was a room off the main area that said "Circ Room"...I assumed they meant "Circulation" or something. Nope. The nurse pointed out that it was the Circumcision room and I could hear a baby in there crying. Ug, hormones. I got teary-eyed and didn't want to be in there anymore. I just told myself he was crying because he was laying on a table naked, not because he was in pain. I know they numb everything up really well, but still it was terrible to listen to.
Here are a couple of photos that Christopher took this morning. Some people tell me I still look pretty small for 30 weeks, but when we were on the tour there were 9 other couples and some of the women were due in June/beginning of July and looked the same size I do. It seems huge to me, but I guess that's just because this belly is part of my body. But, I am loving being pregnant and so far it has been pretty comfortable. Sleep hasn't been so great lately, but I guess that's God's way of getting me used to not having much of it after the baby is here. It's great to feel Jack moving around in there all the time. I can't wait to meet him.