Friday, January 28, 2011

Sayonara St. Louis - On To Somersaults

Well, not quite yet, but today.  Yay!
In other news, though many very exciting things happened in the course of the trial, perhaps the most exciting thing that happened while I was sitting at counsel table was that I not only felt Sprout do a somersault in my tummy, but I SAW it!  It was like an alien had landed.  The first ripple turned into a dozen and now I've been spending 20 minutes at a time just staring down at my tummy watching it happen over and over again.  It makes me laugh and smile and I really cannot wait to get home so that Blake can see it in person.  I did manage to catch it on video...

Watch closely!  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do, though that's probably not possible :)


Saturday, January 22, 2011

Snow in St. Louis

This is the view from my hotel:

The Cardinals' stadium.  Yes I am in St. Louis, a place I did call home for a brief time.  Not feeling so homey this time around...  I have already been here for like, 4 days.  I will be here for another 5 days.  Maybe even 6 or 7.  I am working.  Real lawyering, actually, for what feels like 16 hours a day.  Trial starts on Monday and from now until it is over, I'm just going to focus on each task at hand, each hour, each day. 

Before I know it, it will be over and time to get home to my sweet puppy and husband.  I haven't been away from Blake for this long since before we were married and I really miss him.  I'm afraid Toby is going to forget who I am.  Sprout is keeping me good company, though, as active as always, and I keep telling myself that I'm not alone at all.  According to the apps on my phone, I've got 106 days to go.  Sprout weighs over 20 oz and is over a foot long head to toe. Hard to imagine that all that fits in this bump that still seems small. 

I'm realizing two things now as I write this post.  (1) I've not shared any info about our ultrasound appointment via blog.  I need to do that.  I will do it.  No promises on when! (2) I need to get back to work.

So, if for the next week, I ignore you, don't respond to email, text, or Facebook message - I apologize.  Sprout and I say "hello" from room 2030 and I'll get back to you when it's all over. 

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Pics that Remind Me that I do in Fact Love this Dog...

Toby, like any puppy, is a handful.  He bites stuff, like my inner thigh and the corner of the couch cushions.  He pees on the floor minutes after he's been outside.  He darts around like a mad man when you try to dry him off after a romp in the snow.  He snagged a thread on the new glider with his puppy fangs.  He has an ear infection that makes for stinky, greasy fur around his face.  Uggh.  Hypertension.

But, he is also really cute and funny and gets so very excited to see us when we get home, making all the annoying stuff worth it.  When he's chewing on the magazine basket or hiding behind the recliner doing who knows what to the stereo, I just need to recall these sweet moments and my blood pressure drops...

Me and my two favorite ladies!

Me and my Grand Dude... looks mysteriously like Daddy. Hmmm??

I totally dominate this guy.

Why sit on the bed when you can sit in it?

Man, I miss the RCA Dome.  Good thing I have this cup to remind me of all the good times there.  Go Colts!

Yummy, dirty clothes pile.

Why does Dad have such a big smile on his face?  I'll wake up in a minute.

Just an afternoon nap.  Don't mind the mess, I'll pick it up later.

Oh and, I'm still pregnant :) 23.5 weeks and growing!  Maybe I'll take a break from Tobes and get a photo of that for next time.


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

R.I.P. Cheapo Toshiba Laptop

This laptop has been with me through thick and thin.  When my super pricey Dell pooped out after only a couple of years (only to be fixed under some class-action-imposed-warranty-repair-thing), this $400 Toshiba purchased from Office Max three days before finals came to the rescue and got my through my 2L and 3L years of law school with virtually no problems.  Sure, it's had its issues since then (causing a year + hiatus in its use and a total reboot), but it has been rather faithful when I let it..  I lovingly threw it in my backpack day after day.  I lugged it to and from class with the power cord dragging along behind.  I wrote pages upon pages of bar exam outlines.  I planned my wedding on this thing, kept in touch with friends after the move to Indy, and started our first family blog.  But now, it is time to say goodbye.

This sweet puppy went against his better judgment, bit the cord, and pulled poor Toshiba from the shelf where it had been minding its own business to the floor, where it sustained a fatal injury.  I'm sure a small fortune could be donated to the Geek Squad to try to fix the piece that is clearly broken and rattling around on the inside, but I doubt it's worth it.  So, with that, and the 78% of the battery life remaining on this machine that has stood by my side all these years, I wish the Toshiba a happy and restful computer afterlife.

The blog and Internet shopping will go on from other computers and the memories Toshiba and I have made together will live on in a jump drive.

I should have appreciated you more.


Sunday, January 2, 2011

No. 1 - Looking forward to 2011

The last few months of 2010 have really been all about 2011.  Though I hate to wish time away and try to remind myself to enjoy each moment as it's happening, I really can't wait for 2011.  Specifically, early May-ish of 2011, when we welcome Sprout.  I know that parenthood will be a whole new challenge for us that is bound to have its frustrations and maybe even moments of "what were we thinking bringing this little person into our lives?" but I know that it will all be worth it. 

Some of the big moments that 2011 will hold (other than Sprout) include:  baby showers, welcoming our first neice, welcoming new additions to our group of friends, finishing the nursery, Blake's 30th birthday, Toby losing his sharp-as-knives baby teeth, my BFF's wedding, a summer with the baby, and Blake finishing residency and virtually no more call (finally!).  2011 will also hold little moments that are just as exciting and perhaps even more special.

Thank you all for being a part of a great 2010 and cheers to 2011,

No.2 - For the 28th Year in a Row, Family

I always knew I had a lot of family members.  There are still too many people at holiday get-togethers to sit at the same table, much less in the same room.  The first time I stocked up on birthday cards to send to my aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, grandparents of my cousins, etc. I just about maxed out the credit card and left Hallmark with like 80 million rewards points (which at Hallmark, are not good for much of anything). 

Jim and Dad with the bride, me :) 2008

Gehring Cousins
I didn't always know, however, that I had a lot of quality family members.  I first realized this when my mom died and our extended family gathered around my dad, brother and I like the Colts offense when Peyton calls a rare huddle.  We were held and fed and reminded that even though we were wounded, we still had people we could count on to fill every role that my mom had filled and every hole that had been torn open.  I cried myself to sleep missing my mom but made it through reminding myself that I still had family (and friends) and that really, I could consider myself very lucky.
Me and my sister-in-law, Rachel

At Hofbrauhaus pre-wedding 2008

With Blake's cousins and Aunt

Marrying Blake meant that not only did I get to look forward to the rest of my life with my best friend, but that I could also add a whole new group of people to my family. I gained a set of in-law parents who, while they are nothing like my parents, are perfect in-law parents for me.  I'm so grateful to them for raising Blake to be the perfect person for me.  I also gained a brother-in-law and sister-in-law who inspire me and make me proud.  I look forward to growing closer to all of my in-laws in coming years and know that their love and support will be invaluable as we add one more to the kids table.  I just know that our parents and siblings are going to be the best grandparents and aunt and uncles to our kids - we and Sprout are so lucky.

I don't tell my family enough (or ever) how much I love them or how blessed I feel to have quality and quantity.  This year, though, birthday cards for everyone.

Hallmark here I come,

No. 3 - Maternity Clothes are Fun

Love the full-band... wish I
looked like this ever.
Seriously, I'm not sure how I'll ever go back to pants that do not have an elastic waistband.  I also have no idea how women with any fashion sense survived pre-Pea in the Pod and Gap Maternity.  When I feel yucky and puky and fat and stretched out (feelings which I'm sure will only get worse over the next few months), I at least know that my jeans will fit.  Sure, they may not be my "normal" jeans, but they are designer jeans nonetheless. 

So, while I didn't get to have exactly the kind of fall shopping spree I normally treat myself to this year, I had a whole new kind of experience at Destination Maternity with Mimoo - one that invovled a strap-on-belly-pillow, full-panel v. demi-panel debates, and billowy tops.  Different, but still fun.

In addition to  the elastic waist-band being super comfy, I am also really digging the maternity clothes because they make me look preggo even though I'm still kind of small.  There is something about the cut ...  Call me different that I want to look pregnant, but hey, I am pregnant, and the bump makes me happy.

Different, but still fun,

No 4 - Erdel Expansion Phase 1 Complete

We have been wanting a dog for a long time.  For whatever reason, we decided to go ahead and just pull the trigger this past fall.  Enter puppydog cuteness and love forever - Toby.  He's only been a part of our family since Thanksgiving, but I really can't even remember what life was like before him.  We plan our days and nights around him.  We buy him toys, coo him to sleep, feed him on a regular schedule, medicate him for parasites and heartworm prevention, and otherwise worry about his health and safety.  We play with him, walk him, praise him, and try to teach him how to be a good (the best) dog. 

Blake's parents (MiMoo and Grand-Dude) love him and even my dad (Most-Esteemed Grandfather) and Blake's brother, who are not really ones for pets, seem to like him okay.  Check out these photos and you will love him, too...

I know that our love for Toby will never compare to the love we have and will have for Sprout, but there's just something about the capacity of a puppy that humans just don't always share ... they love unconditionally, never judge, and don't know how to hold a grudge.  So, hug and kiss your pups, let them chew on the furniture for just a second, and thank them for the lessons they've been trying to teach you.


P.S. Many thanks also to my family for the sweet new camera... no more Droid uploads and Facebook heists for this blogger!