Thursday, May 29, 2008

Finally Getting Settled.

We're happily in our new home. The walls are a pretty blue, the furniture is set, and things are cozy. Still some organizing, picture hanging, curtains/rods hanging to do. Lots of other things to do, too. But it's coming along quite well. No apartment photos yet. It's not ready!

Ikea is 40 minutes away now, so we went for dinner/shopping when David got home from work yesterday. 100 dollars for a new coffee table, curtain rods and window drapery panels for three windows, and storage boxes. Love Ikea.

We got our change of address postcards in the mail. We'll slowly be sending those out over the next week or so. We also have some thank-yous to write, an etsy order to mail out, and wedding gifts to buy. (This is more a list so I can remember!!) Oh, and we need to go to the bank to be sure all of the addresses are changed, order new checks, and deposit some moolah! That's a fun part, right!?

New maternity photo from last night:
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(Compare it to the last one - there's a pretty big diff!! :) )
I think I just look like I'm getting a beer gut, but at least I know that's not true and a little darling is growing in there. I'm loving my new maternity shorts. All of my shorts' waistlines are too tight now!!

Clifton comes to stay with us Friday-Sunday. We're super excited.
Friday night: a going-away-party at the Mahaffey's for Matt and Rachel (out to LA) and Logan (to Europe).
Saturday night: attending Traci's wedding.
Sunday: lunch with David's mom and Hank.
Wednesday-Tuesday: DENVER!! SO excited!
Then Keith and Sav's wedding that weekend - photographing all of our friends, including Kallie's parents! Too fun!

Busy, busy!

Back to work!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The Story.

About seven weeks ago...

haha, I won't go into that much detail.

But after several months of talking and planning (as much as you can), we decided to try to have a baby.

Kallie took a preggo test too early, so we thought it didn't work. We were trying to get into the mind frame that this might take a while - who knows - and that we'd be fine either way. But we thought we didn't get lucky this month (April). So we went about our business and went to Tallahassee to visit Kallie's parents, and Kallie's period was being super duper late.

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On Saturday the 26th of April, in Tallahassee, right before we were about to head out to dinner with the parents, Kallie pulled David into the bathroom and said she just needed to take one more test this month. She was getting antsy. And less than a minute later, we stared in shock! I mean, even if you're trying, I don't think you're ever un-shockable by a positive pregnancy test. And we had already seen a negative one for the same month, so we were shocked. We freaked out a bit and didn't know how to react...but we were super happy. We walked out of the bathroom, where my parents were starting to get annoyed that we were taking so long. "Guys, we have some big news. I'm pregnant!" Dad: "ARE YOU SERIOUS?" "Yes." "I KNEW IT!" And happiness, some tears, and lots of hugs ensued. Apparently, my father wanted us to get preggers on our honeymoon, little did I know. HAHA!! What a teddy bear! Mom instantly got out her old pregnancy stuff from 1984. And so David called his parents and sisters and we went to dinner, where David was very quiet and Kallie couldn't stop fidgeting/shaking. It was ridiculous. (And Kallie's mom took her and bought her first maternity shirt the next day!)

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When we got back to town, Kallie contacted Diane Horn, who interned at the BCM at UF while we were there. She and her hubby, Bill, and their one year old have lived in Lakeland for at least two years, so we knew that would be a good starting point to find a doctor. We made an appointment with Diane's obgyn, Dr. Mammel, and tried to patiently let the three weeks pass until our first prenatal visit. In the meantime, I upped my Folic Acid intake, painted our coffee table white, took care of the lovely 6 month old Harper in Lakeland (this non-babysitting gal needs some practice!!), and was able to kind of celebrate Mother's Day for the first time. :) Oh, and not to mention, I had to skip mentioning anything about it on our blog, we decided, until the doc's appointment - that wasn't easy!! If you go back, you may notice some subtle hints, haha.

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May 1st - to compare, I guess.

Yesterday, Tuesday May 20th, we finally got to go to Watson Clinic in Lakeland, where Dr. Mammel has worked since 1989. We met with a financial counselor first, and were nearly blown away with how pleased we were at the cost and what Kallie's insurance would cover. Unfortunately, these numbers didn't include the hospital bill, but we'll be contacting them in the next few days and can hopefully get some good deals by paying up-front, etc. We got a lot of free goodies and stuff to read. And the lady we spoke with was lovely, and we won't hesitate to contact her if we ever have any questions.

Then we headed to the fifth floor and checked in for Dr. Mammel. The glass walls give an impressive view, so the waiting room is a nice place to be. Even still, we thankfully weren't there long at all. The nurse was nice and asked some fun questions. Then Dr. Mammel came in and we LOVE him. He has a great personality and he's older, so that makes Kallie feel more comfortable, hah. We talked about some basics and then David got to be there for "lovely lady exams", which was funny and kind of nice. And we laughed about how Kallie got the 3XL robe to put on, not realizing there are different sizes, haha! Than came the sonogram, which was the coolest thing ever!! Dr. Mammel looked at it for about the longest minute ever before he showed the screen to us. We saw the heart flickering like mad in this small sack of baby and amniotic fluid. The sonogram photo just looks like a blob, but on the screen you could distinctly see the heart and tell where the embryo was, compared to the rest. We had the biggest smiles. After sizing our little animal a couple of times, Dr. Mammel decided that our baby is about a week younger than we thought - at 7 weeks, instead of 8. That means baby's due date changed from January 1st, 2009 to January 6th, 2009 - the exact day of our 2 year wedding anniversary! We're just happy that it's getting away from Christmastime. And we'll keep our fingers crossed that the typical "first pregnancies usually deliver after the due date" holds true, for baby's birthday sake. We got some more free stuff and Kallie got a prescription for CHEWABLE prenatal vitamins, of course - they don't have samples of chewables unfortunately, haha! - and we left.

(PS: 30% of pregnancies end in miscarriage. This rate decreases as you progress week to week. If you can see/hear the baby's heartbeat at your first visit (normally at 8 weeks), then your chances of miscarriage drop dramatically. But they don't get to the lowest point until you hit 12 weeks. They tell you to keep it a secret until the 12th week rolls around, but that's just not how we operate, hah. We know there's still a risk, and we know everyone will be there to support us if that happens. But that heartbeat is too special to not tell everyone, whatever happens.)

Then we went to the lab. Kallie gave SEVEN VILES OF BLOOD. And she didn't feel faint or weak - sweet! That's probably because your blood volume increases when you get pregnant (I'll have 5 extra Liters by January), so my body isn't used to the extra blood anyway! Even still, she did not enjoy the needle being shoved into her arm. And then it was a pee test - which Kallie has in excess these days. Don't get weirded out when she leaves a dinner table five times to pee. Just be lucky it isn't you - waking up every single night is a total bummer.

Then we went and ate at Panera. And that's that! We'll be back to see Dr. Mammel every 4 weeks for a while, then every 2, then every week. So we'll have lots of updates and fun stuff to talk about!

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We're definitely still moving this weekend, so Kallie needs to stop writing this and get to packing!! We're so thankful for all of your and all of your prayers and support. We're super happy to share this time with everyone...and we're just super happy!! Be praying that "Baby Butter Bean" (as my mother calls it) will stay healthy and strong and that the new mommy won't get sickly!

Love, d&k.

Monday, May 19, 2008

It's gloomy outside...

and probably will be the rest of the week. We'll just keep our fingers crossed that it doesn't rain on Sunday!!

Yes, it's a ridiculously busy week. Lots of packing, address changing, and tying up loose ends. Kallie's parents are coming down this weekend to help with the move and painting. And with David's family all pitching in, we should have a good lot of people to help make the moving process relatively easy! (PS - this is the first time Kallie has ever used a UHaul!! Hah! We'rhttp://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gife happy to have her dad come down to tell us how to load up the truck correctly!!) Saturday, we're going to head to Lakeland and paint the walls and take a car load or two of stuff. Then Sunday is the big move. And we're happy that David gets Monday off so we can get settled into our new home together.

The Office finale was slightly disappointing, but we had a lovely time at Matt and Rachel's house to watch it.

We took it pretty easy this weekend. We saw Narnia Friday night. Loved it.

On Saturday we ran a couple of errands before heading to Sarasota for a few hours. Kallie's childhood friend, Katie Gemmer, just finished up at New College and did an awesome Art Thesis Portfolio and Exhibition for her final project. We really liked the pieces and wanted to buy one, so we headed to her home in Sarasota. It's absolutely beautiful down there. The "palaces" on New College campus are unreal and the water is beautiful. We bought this piece and are excited to have it in our home. After chatting a bit, Katie took us to her studio at the school and showed us the huge painted pieces. They're awesome and enormous. One day maybe we can pick up one of those, too!

We watched the Nanny Diaries that night. It was good, but not the best.

Sunday was our last time at Relevant Church. They're doing a series right now that's focused on the 80's, and it's pretty funny. The stage set-ups are always fantastic. And the sermon was good - about being spiritually obese, anorexic, or bulimic. Good stuff.

Kallie finally got David to watch Moulin Rouge that night. Yes, it has a higher Rotten Tomato score than Batman (1989). That's right. He liked it.

Today, Kallie's new Nikon D300 should arrive! Woohoo! She apologizes for the lack of photography lately. Things have been kind of crazy. But we're off to Denver on June 4th and then Keith and Sav's wedding is June 14th, so the photos will abound very soon.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

The Usual

Not much going on. Kallie has been packing up our apartment bit by bit. She has starting changing our address on a gagillion things, but has to wait until next week on a lot of them.

Last night, we went to David's dad's house and watered his plants and went for a swim. We had a really good time until David bonked his head really hard on the bottom of the pool - yes, there was a bit of blood. He has a big knot now, but is otherwise okay.

On the way to Larry's house, some killer geese sparred with our car on the street. They're nasty mean birds! It was pretty hilarious, though. Kallie took photos on her little Casio, but doesn't feel like uploading them. Oh well.

Tonight is The Office finale. Sweet.

In other, terrible, news, the pastor of Bell Shoals Baptist (where we went to church when we first moved to Brandon and where Larry goes) and one of his sons died this past week. Pastor Pollock and his son were on his private plane from North Carolina to Texas and the plane crashed. They are survived by his wife and their five other children. Since Larry, Louise, and Catherine are overseas right now, we don't know if they know about it yet, but we know Larry will be greatly grieved (and we know he'll be terribly upset that he's not here at this time, and will miss the funeral). Please pray for the Pollock family, for Bell Shoals, and for Larry and all of the other families greatly touched by Pastor Pollock and his vibrant personality and solid teachings.

much love,
d&k

Monday, May 12, 2008

Celebrate the mamas.

Wednesday night, after Kallie's lovely treasure hunt, Keith and Savannah came over for dinner. David made enchiladas, which are always delicious! We had a lovely time catching up. After dinner, we went just a block away to Keith and Sav's new home...too bad they'll be living there after we move. :(

Thursday, Kallie went to Lakeland to take care of Harper while Shelley went and took a test and Eron was at work. Kallie always enjoys watching Harper, and gets some reading done at the same time. That night, we went on a little date to Chili's for dinner. It was yummy.

Friday, we didn't do much. We went to David's dad's house to pick up our beautiful dry, white, coffee table. While doing so, David pushed the table forward while Kallie was helping at the other side. Her face was a bit too close, and bam! Kallie got a bloody lip. Haha! It's barely noticeable, thankfully. Kallie didn't even know it was bleeding at first. (Larry, Louise, and Catherine were getting ready for their Mediterranean cruise that they're currently enjoying until the day before we move.)

Saturday morning we ran some errands and then sat by the pool and read and swam a little bit. That night, David went out to eat with Matt and Logan. Then they headed over to Kelly's Pub for Matt's show. Kallie went to Matt and Rachel's house, where Rachel threw a super sweet dinner for a few ladies. We had a lovely time chatting, eating, and playing Catch Phrase (Kallie, Amber, and Mrs. Mahaffey won!). After the dinner, Rachel and Kallie headed over to Kelly's Pub to meet up with the guys and watch Matt play some lovely songs.

Yesterday we went to David's mom's house with David's sister, Beth, her bf, Josh, and his family. We played with PhotoBooth again and had a great time.
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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

the sweetest morning

Kallie woke up pretty groggy this morning. She opened the door to turn the air up (warmer), like she does every morning. But today, something bright on the door caught her eye. It was a note that was numbered and had a lovely sentence about something David loves about Kallie. Since it was number 20, groggy Kallie realized she was on a hunt. With squinty eyes and not much balance, she scoured the house and found all but one of 25 pieces. David kindly gave her a suggestion via email, so she found the last one. What a wonderful morning!

Still haven't really started packing boxes. Will start today.

Monday when David got home from work, we headed over to Cheesecake Factory in Tampa to celebrate Logan's Cinco de Mayo birthday. We had a lovely time. Kallie got a salad that will last for three meals. David ate all of his yummy pulled pork sandwich. Afterwards, we went to Rachel and Matt's house and hung out for a bit and played Catch Phrase. We had a great time, as always!

Yesterday, Kallie went to Lakeland around 11. Shelley took her to lunch and then Kallie watched Harper while Shelley went to study for her Thursday test for a few hours. Harper is the best baby. Seriously. She's very mild-tempered and sweet and loves to smile. She plays anywhere and can be content just looking around. We love Miss Harper. Kallie followed David back to Brandon after work. That evening, Kallie painted one last coat of white spray paint on our coffee table over at David's dad's house. Then to Publix. We'll have photos of the table soon.

love, d&k

Monday, May 5, 2008

Workin on the Home Goods

Kallie just reupholstered a chair that we took from her parents' house last weekend:
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The pattern resembles the pattern on the table, which is where it will be sitting...we're getting a new kitchen table that Kallie's mom doesn't want any more.
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With our other cushion covers Kallie made.

Also, some photos that David Molnar took at Matt and Rachel's wedding:
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Kallie taking photos and David looking at the camera.
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Kallie saying bye to Rachel so the photographer could take photos of the girls.

Happy Birthday, Katie!

Katie Webb's 23rd birthday was last Friday. We love her.

Things we did this week:
-spray painted multiple layers of primer and white paint onto our coffee table [at David's dad's house]
-paid our last month's rent for this apartment
-changed our apartment in Lakeland from a third floor to a first floor, therefore spending a lot of time there waiting and finally figuring it out
-saw Iron Man
-went to David's step sis, Catherine's, graduation from USF and then had food and cake at David's dad's house
-went to church
-went to Borders
-read by the pool and jumped in for a few minutes
-watched the first disc of Flight of the Concords, thanks to Matt

today: pack some boxes, David at work, celebrate Logan's birthday and Cinco de Mayo tonight at Cheesecake Factory

love d&k
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