Monday, March 16, 2015

Baby Ryan: Gender Reveal

The Monday before Thanksgiving we had our anatomy scan and they ultrasound tech found out and wrote down if we were having a boy or girl. I REALLY wanted to know that day, but I'm so glad that we decided to wait and found out with our family at a party. The ultrasound tech gave us a little envelope with the important information and the next day I dropped it off with the cake baker so I wouldn't be tempted to look at it! :) 

Then that Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, my mom, step dad, Grannie, my step sister and her 2 boys came down to Houston and we had a gender reveal party with them and John's family and our good friends. It was so much fun but so hard to wait for cake until after dinner. I could hardly eat anything! I love seeing our facial expressions through the process of cutting the cake... and by the way, I have said it's a boy from the very beginning. John thought it was a girl so I was not as surprised as he was! haha 

And here's a little video to see all the excitement! :) 


Sunday, March 15, 2015

5 months...

Yup, it's been 5 months almost to the day since I've blogged. I didn't intentionally leave for that long or plan to leave at all. Life just happened and blogging took a back seat. There's been a lot going on in the past few months so I thought I would stop in today and share about our life lately. I really wanted to document the pregnancy and the baby and the new house, but it just didn't happen. So, plan on a few posts in the next week with some catch ups. *hopefully* I can follow through this time!

- I left off with the pregnancy at only 14 weeks pregnant. Wow, time flies. I'm currently 36 weeks (today!) and we're just waiting for our little bundle of joy to make HIS appearance. I've overall had a very smooth and easy pregnancy and am so thankful for that. Just recently is when I've started to be extra tired and really feel uncomfortable but I know I have to cherish these last few weeks of me being able to feel him moving around inside of me.

- Yup, we found out we're having a BOY! We had a small gender reveal party with our family and close friends back in November when I was 20 weeks pregnant. I plan to share all of the pictures soon!

- Baby Boy has a name... Reece William Ryan! There really is no story behind his first name other than it was one of the only few names we could agree on. I've always loved Reece as a boy name and John after alot of thought finally warmed up to it. We knew what his name would be even before we knew it was a boy or girl. His middle name is his daddy's middle name and also John's grandfather's first name who passed away last year.

- We closed on our new house December 30th and moved in New Years Eve. It's still a major work in process. Moving and being pregnant just isn't fun or very productive. I was actually sick with a sinus/ear infection the week we moved so that put me down even more than I already was. Luckily my mom and step dad came in town and helped us get moved and settled in. We pretty much only have 1 room left that is kind of a place where all the extra boxes and stuff is sitting for now. Decorating is happening little by little and hopefully once I am home for maternity leave I'll have a little more time to get stuff done... (I know that is a long shot, but we'll see!)

- I'm still working at my job I've had for almost 2 years now. And yes, I plan on going back to work after Reece is here. As much as I have always said I'd love to be a stay at home mom, this job really is perfect for me and a very hard one to find. If I left, I know I'd regret it. And financially, it's not feasible for me to not work right now. We already have a "school" lined up for little Reece and even know I know it will be hard to leave him, I know his social skills and the education he will get will be priceless. I plan on taking 8 weeks off and then 4 weeks after that I am working from home just a few hours a week so I'll be "off" for 12 weeks total. And even though I do love my job, I am really looking forward to that time off!

 - The kitties are still here and doing good! They have been extra cuddly lately and sleeping with us... it seems like they know something is about to change. They love hanging out in their brothers room and we know if we can't find one of them, we need to look in there. We are going to do our best to make this an easy transition for them and really make them still feel loved but I know that things will change. I'm excited to see them with their brother though!

And that's been pretty much our life the last 5 months. Moving, new house, pregnancy and baby... I really want to document all the fun stuff that's happened lately for our sake (and I know you are wondering too because I've gotten multiple emails wondering where I've been!) so hopefully we can get all caught up soon.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Baby Ryan: Telling our Family and Friends

We got our first positive pregnancy test at 3 weeks 4 days pregnant. Of course we knew we couldn't start telling people at that point. Even though it was SO hard!

We decided we would wait until after we had an ultrasound and knew that baby was ok and had a heartbeat. So, we had to wait over 3 weeks before we could actually tell anyone because I had my ultrasound at 6 weeks 4 days.

It was so hard to decide how we would tell both of our families around the same time without them being suspicious. My family lives in Ft. Worth, John's parents live here in Houston, but his sisters live in Austin and Lubbock.

John's mom didn't know for sure that I had taken Clomid because last I had talked to her we hadn't decided yet. My mom knew I had taken it, but I might have told her a small fib that I started my period so she wouldn't be suspicious ;)

So we decided that we would go to Ft. Worth Saturday morning after I had had my ultrasound that Thursday. We would spend Saturday night there and then drive back to Houston and tell John's parents on Sunday.

Once that was figured out, I had to figure out what we were going to give them and how we were going to do it. I wanted it to be special. I know my mom has been ready for us to have a baby for a very long time and this would be John's parents first grandchild.

Etsy and Pinterest to the rescue as usual!

We got both of our parents these little blocks with the first ultrasound picture on it. My mom and step dad are already GG and Cowboy so we did that on theirs. We had never talked about what John's parents would be called so we just put grandparents on theirs.

And since John's parents didn't have names picked out we got them this book.

For our siblings, we got these cards. (I had to have them take pictures for me because I forgot to take some of my own!)

Once we got to Ft. Worth that Saturday, I was so nervous and still didn't really know HOW I was going to give my sister her card or my parents the blocks. My mom had gotten a lot of my family together over at my Grannie's house for dinner which was perfect but wasn't sure how I was going to pull it off. My sisters birthday was in July and I hadn't given her her gift yet, so after we ate I said I was going out to the car to get her birthday present. I grabbed her card, her REAL birthday card and the gift bag with the blocks in it since that could be played as her birthday present. I walked in and handed her her card and told her it was her birthday card. Surprisingly, she read the whole thing and had no idea what it meant until she opened it up and saw the ultrasound picture. No one else was really paying attention until she burst in to tears and gave me a hug. Still no one had a clue what was going on. I remember hearing my aunt say "Did she give you a trip or something??" haha. So, then I handed my mom and Tim the gift bag and then everyone figured it out. All I remember is there was a bunch of yelling and crying! I had planned on getting the whole thing on video, but by the time John even realized what was going on, his phone had died!! And my phone was in my pocket. So we have no pictures or video of this. But it definitely was so memorable and I am so glad my Grannie, aunt and other family were there also!

Sunday afternoon we were back on the road headed back to Houston to tell John's parents. I carried a big purse with me so I was able to stuff their blocks and the book down in my bag. John's parents thought we were just coming for dinner like we always do on Sundays so they weren't suspicious at all. After we ate dinner and were about to eat dessert, I told John's mom that I had a book I wanted her to read and got up to go get it. We always talk about books and she gives me books to read so she didn't think anything of it. I handed her the grandparents book and she sat there for a second and read the title and said "Are you trying to tell me something?" Then it was all chaos from there! haha. And we actually have this on video! Since John's sisters live out of town, we put their cards in the mail Saturday before we left, hoping they would get them Monday or Tuesday. So we told John's parents they couldn't say anything until they got their cards in the mail. Well, Katie finally got hers on Tuesday and then by Thursday evening, Meaghan still hadn't gotten hers, so we had to send her a picture of the card. It wasn't ideal, but we couldn't keep it from her any more!

Then it was time to start telling our close friends! The weekend after we told our parents was the first Tech football game. If you've been reading my blog for any period of time, you know Tech football is a big deal in our house and we watch the football game every Saturday with our friends. So, I knew we had to tell that close group of friends that weekend, otherwise someone would ask. I knew the "Why aren't you drinking?" question would come up. So again, I was on the hunt for a cute way to announce it with a football theme. I couldn't find much, so I figured a cookie cake was a great idea - it's delicious and you can put whatever message you want on it. We told our friends we were brining dessert and showed up with this cookie cake...

It was pretty funny because our friend Summer walked in, opened the box, saw the Tech thing and said "Oh how cute!", closed the box and walked away. Everyone had walked in the house at this point so I said, "Summer, did you read it?" So everyone walked over, huddled around the box, and then a bunch of screams! haha. It was so much fun and the perfect way to tell all of our friends. 

And of course there were other friends that weren't there that got other text messages...

I made sure that everyone important to us knew about the baby before posting it on social media. I wanted to share that time with just our close family and friends with just us knowing before we made it public.

This was also time for me to find the perfect way to announce our baby to the world. We were going on a cruise, so a beach picture would be perfect. We are beach people. We were married on the beach! I knew we had to incorporate that somehow and of course came up with the perfect way for us to share our big news.

{taken on the beach of Half Moon Cay, Bahamas}

I am so glad everyone knows now and I can't post about it and talk about it openly. I am so happy with how all of my ideas in my head came to life with telling our family and friends. We both will always remember those special moments!

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