Sunday, January 4, 2009

April showers ain't got nothin' on us!

We are so lucky to have good friends to throw baby showers for us.
Derek's co-workers at Oak Park Elementary School threw his shower back in October. Our friends also threw us a baby shower on Dec. 7.
I never knew how important they were until we had them. Not only is it a great way to ensure you have everything you need for baby and more, but it is an emotional boost as well! Having friends and family close at this time feels great!
At the Dec. 7 shower, the hosts, Karie and Becca, organized some terrific party games, including a onesie decorating contest and a bottle drinking game. Guests also played "guess the baby food" and took a survey on how much they knew about us and our future attraction.
Thanks to these showers, our daughter now has tons of reading material (rather, we have tons to read to her), clothes, supplies and toys. She also has a wonderful extended family - one that unsurprisingly includes many attorneys - who will be with her throughout her life.
This month the showers continue as Derek's family back home in Honolulu gathers for a virtual shower and my co-workers at Koeller, Nebeker, Carlson & Haluck come together for my work shower.
Like I said, we are so lucky.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Sci-Fi films are baaad

We're in our 31st week and Quinn has begun to kick quite regularly. While I love the movements and assurances that she is OK, it freaks me out that there is a living creature in my belly!
And yeah, I said it: creature.
Last night, for instance, Derek was touching my stomach and she moved to meet his hand. They communed for about a couple of minutes until I freaked out about the weirdness of it all.
I blame this on science fiction movies... Take the last Alien vs. Predator film in which the darn aliens invade a maternity ward. So did not need to see that one - thanks, Derek.
Still, I love her movements, big and small, and love knowing she will soon be out and about in this great big world of ours.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

It's not knocked up when you're married for eight years

So it finally happened. Derek and I have managed to multiply. :)
I discovered this great news while I was studying for the California bar exam, one of the hardest exams in the nation. "Wow, I don't have any morning sickness at all! This is going to be the perfect pregnancy!"
Wow, was I dumb!
I had the worst morning sickness ever during my first trimester. I actually lost weight! The only thing that kept me going was knowing that our little baby was healthy and that was the reason for the daily nausea.
Hormones: 1, Gen: 0.
Nevertheless, I did end up taking the bar toward the end of my first trimester, and at least finished the test. I won't know until November 21 whether I passed. But if I failed, I failed for the best reason ever...
In the meantime, I am working in San Diego as a law clerk for Koeller, Nebeker, Carlson & Haluck, a wonderful firm with offices in San Diego, Las Vegas, Irvine, Sacramento and Phoenix. Derek, my husband, is an orchestra teacher at Oak Park Music Conservatory, an elementary music magnet. We're both very excited about this new phase in our lives.
After eight years of marriage, it feels great to add to our little family.
Plus, the holidays will make sense again... It's just not the same when you dress up for Halloween and can't go trick-or-treating. Or when you go to see the Christmas lights. Or even trying to hunt for Easter eggs.
Apparently thirtysomethings need to lay off those activities without kids, else you get accused of being under the influence.
Anyway, we do know what we are having... The big ultrasound on September 26 showed a little girl!
Our daughter, Quinn Ayako Suzuki, will be the first in a generation on Derek's mom's side of the family. She will be very spoiled!
As time goes on, I look forward to her progress and keeping you abreast of our little girl...
Welcome to the world of Gen-X, Quinn. You are so going to rule it.