I cannot believe that I am almost 34 weeks pregnant!? Less than 6 weeks to go – since I’ll be induced a bit early for the surgeon, cardiologist, NICU teams at both hospitals, and my doctor to be ready. I am SO incredibly grateful to our friends Sara & Rocky for taking these amazing photos of us (at 32 weeks)! Despite Beckham’s HLHS diagnosis and the changes it has brought to this pregnancy and his life, we are full of joy! Beto and I love feeling him move, guessing who he’ll look like, and we cannot wait to hold him in our arms and kiss his sweet face! These photos perfectly capture the love Beto and I have for each other and our little one. SIX MORE WEEKS!!!!!
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To our clients: We will be taking maternity/paternity leave for the first couple of months as we settle in as a family of 3 (approximately the middle of January-April). We will be almost completely disconnected for the first month while Beckham is in the CVICU at Children’s. After we are finally home, we will be available via email to our current and potential clients. We are accepting local wedding commissions starting with May 2013.
Last week I, Beto, traveled to Mexico to visit my grandparents in Guadalajara. For those of you that don’t already know, that’s where I was born and lived until I was 12. My grandparents are native Texans who have been missionaries in Mexico for 40+ years. I wish I could say I had planned this trip far in advance, but sadly it was a very last minute decision. You see, my Gramps suffered a stroke 3 weeks ago. This news was a major shock to my family, being that we’re so far away (all of my extended family now lives in the states as well). There are so many amazing people in Guadalajara that are busy taking care of my Gramps and Grams, but there is no way I could stay away. I wanted to see first hand how severe his condition was, and I wanted to help in any way I could. I was pleasantly surprised at his recovery. As with many stroke victims, his speech and his ability to move his right side were greatly impacted. Surprisingly, by the time I arrived (2 weeks after the stroke) he was already lifting his right arm as well as beginning to say a few words. Through it all he has remained very lucid which is great! Although he finds it frustrating not to be able to communicate easily, he is in good spirits and laughed a lot while I was there. It will be a long road to recovery, but we expect the best!
It was so good to spend time with both of my grandparents! I immediately felt right at home. We enjoyed early morning coffee each day, lots of laughs, and I even surprised myself in the kitchen with a few meals! Since I don’t get to be with them very often, I will definitely cherish these memories for the rest of my life. I’m so glad that my trip overlapped with my sister’s for a couple of days. It was great to spend that time together taking care of my grandparents. I tried to take a few candid shots of my Gramps since he’s not a big fan of smiling for the camera (all photos taken with VSCOcam). I’m sure once he has fully recovered and realizes I took these pictures he will have a talk with me about it. Better to ask for forgiveness than permission in this case! :)
On behalf of my grandparents and all of our family we’d like to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all of your prayers, thoughts and support that you have show toward my grandparents. They are definitely surrounded by people who love them and are taking great care of them.
This kid has Beto and I shocked and completely in love! We were so in awe watching the sonogram today. I mean, I really can’t get over it. This little thing just growing like crazy in my belly. We were so anxiously giddy and couldn’t help but laugh the whole appointment. I’m having a difficult time putting it all in to words. All the waiting and wondering of when we’d become parents, how it would feel, and what the pregnancy process would be like. It’s surreal to say the least. We were unbelieveably SHOCKED to find out that we are having a BOY!!!! For real!?! Say what?? Me, a mom to a boy? I never in a million years imagined… still wrapping my brain around that one. This little guy was moving around like crazy, hence the blurry photos. He was moving so much we’re having another sono next month to get a clear picture of his heart. Everything looks great and he is growing beautifully. The sono tech said he has great coordination and was even sucking his thumb at one point. This little one has had my heart since day one… now to pick out a name!!
PS: thanks for all the encouragement, love, and kind words. We love that so many of you are excited with us!! xoxo
Ahhh! It’s true! We’re having a baby! We’re so excited and have been dying to tell everyone! I’m 12 weeks today and so glad to be moving past the nausea. Actually, I’m feeling pretty great! We can’t wait to welcome this little bundle on or around January 18th!
If you’ve been around here for any length of time you know we love spending time with friends. We’ll use any excuse to grab dinner or drinks. This month has been incredible weather-wise and has given us the perfect opportunity to spend even more time with those we love. I can’t remember an April that we’ve spent this much time outside. Patio dining, BBQ’s with friends, afternoons in the hammock, and nights by the lake… it just doesn’t get better! The other day our good friends Sara & Rocky threw an impromptu BBQ. Everyone brought something to grill and share. It was a perfect night. Thanks to Sara & Rocky for being such great hosts! We need more nights like these. :) The first row of little square photos are from our iPhones (via instagram). The rest of the photos were shot on Rocky’s Fuji X100. I love how I’m on instagram on all the table shots, haha!