So today marks 17 weeks. My Sweet Pea and Pumpkin are still growing in there. They will start filling out their skin this week with tons of chubby baby fat for Mamá to squeeze and love on in a few more months. Their cartilage is starting to turn into bone so their little kicks and punches should be getting stronger and more pronounced in the coming weeks, The developmental milestone I have been waiting for the most finally here!!! My babies are sensitive to sound and can start to recognize my voice. As a gift to our babies (And Callie, I suppose), I ordered a “Sound Beginnings” belly band with headphones so the babies can listen to music. While I was waiting for the package to arrive this past week, I thought I would make some recordings of my voice since I will be away this weekend and Cal’s can play them for the babies. Before you know it, I was downloading karaoke versions of songs, paying a few bucks for a voice recording app on my Mac, and spending hours recording (and rerecording) songs that I plan to sing to them once they are born. That way they get to hear music AND my voice. I’m a pretty decent singer, () so I figured, why not!? Callie loved it and got all teary eyed. 5 out of 21 songs are already down!
1) Our House – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
2) I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
3) Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars
4) Colors – Amos Lee
5) I can’t tell you because it will give away the gender!
Today was also my first nieces 7th birthday. I remember the day she was born so clearly. I was at work, wearing thermals and a respirator, covered from head to toe in baby powder, insulating a new structure in 103 degree weather. 2 hours in and half a gallon of water later, my mom calls me and said, “She’s coming!!!” I told my boss, ran outta there, and drove 80mph on the narrowest, windiest highway in our area. I made it about a 3 minutes after she was born. I was in love! The second that I held her she became “my Lady”. The Lady is the best thing to ever happen to our family. She somehow managed to bring together all the severed ends and put them in one huge knot. Our relationship is a special one. She still loves sitting in my lap when she’s tired so I can rub her back, pulling the curls of my “springy” hair, and just lounging at my parents house and reading books together. I hope that my relationship with my new little niece (her sister is due 11/14) will be just as special. She’ll always be the first granddaughter, the first niece, and my best Lady.
Tomorrow morning, my best friend Marco and I will be taking what might just be my last hiking trip in a while. Well, at least my last overnight hiking trip in a while. Realizing that, made me really understand that in a few months everything, my entire life, will be different. Despite how hard I fight it and how much I tried to convince myself that things were going to stay relatively the same, I now know, that is not going to be the case. Callie has been really understanding about me needing to take this small little overnight camping/hiking trip with Marco. She had a slight meltdown earlier while we were cooking dinner. She has 2 birthday parties to attend on Saturday for Mary, has to run a few errands, visit with her family , and I wont be there to help her. I feel guilty leaving her but I REALLY need this. With her being pregnant, I have been carrying most of the weight of this family. Believe me, I’m not complaining, but it does get overwhelming sometimes. I do the bulk of the cooking, cleaning, organizing, errands, taking care of Mary, laundry, and whole ton of other things. I need a break from life for a day and need to have a real deep heart to heart with my best friend. So we hugged/kissed it out, and I am 6 hours from a 5 hour drive to hike NY’s highest peak, Mount Marcy.
And finally, the Anniversary/Babymoon vacation is booked!! WOO HOO!!! We have been alternating between our 2 favorite places every year, Provincetown on the cape in Massachusetts (the gayest little town ever) and Rainbow Mountain (a little gay resort tucked away in the Pocono Mountains). This year is no different. We will be spending a week in PTown to celebrate our anniversary and our upcoming little ones. There’s some talk about possibly getting married out there! It’s still in the air, but we figured, why not! Just the 2 of us, with an officiant, on the beach during sunset. Who knows! I might come back a married women. I’ll get to try doing my first maternity shoot and try out some of my new photography equipment. I’m really just excited to spend some uninterrupted time with my sweetie while we enjoy good food, good music, and each others company and undivided attention. These 4 years have passed by in a blur but almost slow motion at the same time. I can’t wait to see where this journey takes us next. Wherever that is, I’m excited and ready for it, as long as Callie is the woman by my side…
Sorry about the quality, but I actually won this competition!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkYEZnqWwSg