Generation 11.16

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We decided to start our honeymoon in China.   I had been there as a teenager and I couldn’t wait to show Jonathan the sites.
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I also couldn’t wait to introduce him to the Pei family.
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Though they are both now in their 90s Ai and Geo are still alive.
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As soon as Geo saw me she threw her arms around me and pulled me in for a big hug.
“My darling, Kaitlyn, how I have missed you,” she said.   “It does this old heart good to see you again.”
“Mama Geo, I missed you too.”
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It made me smile when I went inside and saw Wei with his dad and brother watching that old TV.  It brought back such memories.
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When he saw me Wei gave me a big hug.
“You must come over to my home and meet my family,” he said.
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Turns out Wei has done really well for himself.
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They invited us to stay for lunch.   Wei’s wife Sun Young made us some Dim Sum.  I spent time talking to his six-year-old daughter Ming.   In addition to Ming, Wei has two more kids.   Ming’s twin brother Ping.
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And his 13 year old son Ling.   Ling reminds me so much of Wei.
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I knew from our letters that he had kids so I had brought gifts for the two younger ones.  They seemed to really enjoy the dolls.
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Jonathan and Wei seemed to get a long really well.  They spent most of the time talking Martial Arts.  I guess Jonathan learned when he was in the military.
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“Thanks for a wonderful time,” I said as I hugged Wei goodbye.
“It was great seeing you again,” he said.
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I also gave Geo a big hug goodbye.  I promised to write more.
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After hearing Jonathan talking about Martial Arts with Wei I wanted to see him in action. And lets just say I was NOT disappointed.   Boy can he move.
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Watching him fly through the air was an amazing site to behold.
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Later when we went to shower off from our workout, I couldn’t help myself.  I snuck in the shower with him.  There is something thrilling about woohooing in public where anyone could spot you.
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I also couldn’t wait to show Jonathan the garden.  It is such a beautiful and peaceful place.
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We went fishing.
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And caught several Koi fish.
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We visited Museums and looked an ancient Chinese art.
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We sampled the local cuisine.
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Learned how to make fortune cookies.
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Visited the Dragon Caves.
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Saw the Terracotta Army.
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And the great wall.
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We found a really secluded spot with a waterfall and went swimming.
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We also spent a lot of time in our hotel room.
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After we left China we went to France.
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We visited museums and strangely saw more ancient Chinese art.
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We visited a nectary.
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Were we picked grapes.
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And then squished them to make nectar.
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Clumsy me fell and ended up covered in grape juice.
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We snuck upstairs and Jonathan helped me wash off.
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We rented some fun scooters for zipping around.
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We tried Crepes.
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And frog legs.
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We went fishing where I managed to catch a giant toad.
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We visited historic sites.
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And even spent some time excavating for treasure.
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We toured Chateaus.
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One of them had a really cool sculpture garden.
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Just like in China we also spent a lot of time in our hotel room.
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Before we left we went camping.
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We gazed at the stars.
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Before making good use of our tent.
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After France we went to Italy.
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We visited the Coliseum.
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Toured castles.
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Visited the beach.
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Went to more Museums.
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Went to a Pizzeria.
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Where we learned how to make pizza.
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It was really fun tossing the dough.
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The pizza was delicious.
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Jonathan tried making a lasagna.
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But it didn’t turn out so well.
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And just like our other destinations we spent a lot of time in our hotel room.
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Before heading home we stopped in Egypt to check-in at the camp and see how some of our former patients were doing.   It also gave the current doctors a much needed break. It felt great to be helping out.
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When we returned from our extended honeymoon we stopped in Riverview and attended Alana’s graduation from Brentwood Academy.
I am so proud of her.
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We stayed for a week so that we could be there to celebrate Miranda’s first birthday.
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 Shawn had gotten leave for his daughter’s birthday so he could be there to celebrate.
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I think she is adorable and a perfect mix of Alana and Shawn.
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During the party Shawn asked Alana to marry him.
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She said yes.  The two have decided to wait until next year to get married.  By that time Shawn will be done at the academy and have his first placement and they can make a real home together.
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During the party I noticed I wasn’t feeling very well but chalked it up to stress from traveling.
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I didn’t let it stop me from playing with Miranda.  She is such a sweet little girl.
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When we got home I had to go see Kristen’s twins Molly and Kaitlyn.
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Molly
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Kaitlyn
They are identical and look so much like Millie with their red hair, green eyes and freckles.
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Now that we were back it was time to return to work.  I held a free clinic at the festival grounds.
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I was surprised to see my niece Lynn was pregnant.
“I went home with that dancer from your party,” she said.  “He wants nothing to do with me or the baby but I am fine with that.  I am prepared to do this myself.”
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I of course had to feel the baby.  She should be due in early fall.
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I was examining my cousin Tyler (uncle Justin’s son).  He was complaining of chest pain.
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When suddenly he died.  I had never lost a patient before.
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His death really upset me but Jonathan was a great comfort.  He let me cry in arms.  I am not sure why I am so emotional.
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In addition to the crying I have also been getting sick a lot.  I am starting to suspect the two are related.
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I took a pregnancy test and was thrilled.
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It was positive.
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I immediately went and found Jonathan.
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“I’m pregnant!”
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The look on his face was priceless.
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Then he got a big grin.
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And pulled me for a scorching hot kiss.
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Which I of course returned.
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Jonathan then put his hand on my still flat belly and started talking to the baby.   It was really cute.
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Lily is home for the summer but had been out on a date with Greg.  When she got home we told her our news.
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She was thrilled.
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“I always wanted to be a big sister,” she said as she pulled me in for a hug.
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Ever since finding out I am pregnant Jonathan has been pouring over the baby books.
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Summer seemed to pass quickly.   We went to the festival several times.
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It was so cute seeing Lily and Jonathan skate together.
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They fell down a lot in the beginning.
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But by the end of summer they were much improved and would do fancy spins.
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Lily and Jonathan also participated in a hotdog eating contest.   They asked me to join but I am still early in my pregnancy and suffering from bouts of morning sickness.
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I took one whiff of those hotdogs and I was bolting for the bathroom.
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I settled for a grape snow cone instead.
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Lily and Jonathan also teamed up for a water balloon fight.   I love watching them spend time together.
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We also did some fishing.
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For the 4th of July we went to the beach.  Lily and Jonathan went wind sailing.
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While I relaxed on the beach.
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Later we all went out in the boat.
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Then I drove while Jonathan went water skiing.
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Greg joined us which thrilled Lily.
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I didn’t tell Jonathan but I caught the two making out.
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Several of my family members joined us, including my niece Lily.  She is about two months away from her due date.
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Later we had an evening picnic.
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Before ending the night watching fireworks.
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The rest of summer was spent relaxing.
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Greg was over at our house a lot just hanging out with Lily.  I got some fun outdoor activities for them.  They both enjoy the horse shoe pit.
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Jonathan has been working on his golf game.
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And playing basketball with my brother Kaden.
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I worked in the garden.
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Lily and Jonathan spent time together playing chess.
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I also redid the nursery.  Jonathan and I decided we want to be surprised so went with a neutral color palette.   Green also happens to be Jonathan’s favorite color.
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I remember sitting in this room before Lily was born dreaming about holding her in my arms.  Now I am doing the same for our new little one.
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Before Lily went back to school for her senior year I threw an end of summer pool party. Everyone had fun swimming.
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And I grilled burgers and hotdogs for everyone.
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Later that night we all sat around the bonfire roasting marshmallows.
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In early September Lynn gave birth to a baby girl named Megan.
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“Congrats! Grandpa,” I said as I pulled Kevin in for a big hug.
“Thanks,” he said.
I can tell she already has her grandpa’s Kevin and Stephen wrapped around her little finger.
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At 22 weeks the baby has started kicking now so Kevin had to feel.
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Now that I am well into my second trimester I have way more energy.  I didn’t let being pregnant stop me from holding my fall vaccination clinic.
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Some just don’t handle getting a shot very well.
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As a thank you for my dedication the city gave me an award.
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In addition to having more energy I have also been feeling frisky.   So one night I surprised Jonathan by slipping into something special.
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“You look so beautiful,” he said.
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Then he pulled me into his arms and kissed me passionately.   We didn’t need words the rest of the night.
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In late September Lily came home to celebrate her 18th birthday.  We went to the Fall Festival and had another family photo taken.
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We participated in a pie eating contest.
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Just like when she was a child, Lily won.
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We bobbed for apples.
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We were having a great time until one of the festival works doubled over with stomach pains.
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Jonathan quickly came to the man’s rescue and then decided to accompany the man to the hospital.
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The morning of Lily’s birthday I got up early and baked her a cake.
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I also made a batch of her favorite cupcakes.  They are tradition after-all.
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I invited our whole family and several friends.  Alana even made the trip to help Lily celebrate.  I was disappointed she didn’t bring Miranda.
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My sister-in-law Kelsey is so funny.  She kept making goofy faces and talking to my belly.   I just love my crazy family.
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Lily blew out her candles.
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While all of our family and friends cheered and blew noise makers.
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She aged into a beautiful young woman.  I can’t believe she is 18.  It seems like just yesterday I was pregnant with her.
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Later we all danced.  I am not sure what moves Jonathan was doing.
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I gave Lily a special birthday present.  It was a photo album with copies of all of the pictures I had taken of her over the years.
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“This is wonderful mom.  I love it!”
While we were hugging the baby gave a big kick.
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“Wow that feels so cool,” Lily said as she placed her hand on my belly.
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“Hey little one!  I am your big sister, Lily.  I can’t wait to meet you, and hold you, and give you a ton of snuggles.”
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I of course enjoyed my giant piece of birthday cake.
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Soon Lily went back to school and I knew I wouldn’t see her again until Christmas.
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I have been getting up each morning and doing yoga while I watch the sun rise.
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Then I do some strength training.
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Then after I shower I make myself breakfast.
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One of the best things about this pregnancy is that I now know how to cook and can make waffles when I crave them without burning them.
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Jonathan has been so sweet throughout this whole pregnancy.  He surprises me with flowers almost daily.
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He gives me back rubs whenever my back starts to hurt.
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He loves to feel the baby move.
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He also loves talking to the baby.
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And listening to the baby.
I think he is trying to make up for all the moments he missed when I was pregnant the first time.   It is really sweet.
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Since last year’s party was so much fun I decided to throw another costume party for Halloween.
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Jonathan went as a scuba diver.
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I went as a pregnant genie.
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Everyone danced and had a great time.
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In November we celebrated Lucas, Lauren, and Laura’s 18th birthdays.  I got a bunch of pizzas.
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And I baked three cakes.
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Laura decided to join the military.
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Lauran wants to be a teacher.
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Lucas plans to follow in his father’s footsteps and be a firefighter.  He looks so much like Kyle.  In this picture Lucas is on my left and Kyle is on my right.
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When we are not entertaining family and friends Jonathan and I just enjoy spending
time together.  We play chess.
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And watch movies.
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I am not sure if it is a type of nesting or what but I have been redecorating parts of the house.  There was there empty nook near the stairs so I added a mirror and plant on one side and a painting and fish tank on the other.
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By the front door I added this really cool bench I found and another painting.
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In the living room I put some paintings on each side of the TV and added a small table underneath to hold all of Jonathan’s gaming systems.  I also added some plants and an old grandfather clock.
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And in honor of the time I spent in China I ordered some Koi fish and turned the back yard pond into a Koi pond.
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I am not the only one nesting.  Jonathan has been going around upgrading all of our appliances.
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As we moved into Winter I decorated the house for the holidays.  I think the white lights make the house look so magical.
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Jonathan and I went to the winter festival.  We got a picture taken together.
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We built an igloo.
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Which turned out really cool.
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We built a snowman.
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Which also turned out really cool.
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We also spent time at the coffee shop.  It was a great place to go to get a nice treat and something warm to drink.  It was also a favorite hangout spot for many of my family members.
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I would often bring a book and just sit and relax.
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Speaking of relaxing many evenings were spent sitting on the couch while Jonathan rubbed my feet.
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Lily came home for Christmas and the first thing she did was feel the baby.
“Wow you have gotten so much bigger since the last time I was home,” she said.
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Once again I put mistletoe all around the house in order to catch Jonathan standing underneath it.
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He is always happy to give me a kiss.
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I invited everyone over for Christmas.  The stack of gifts was huge.
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Lily was thrilled to get the new phone she wanted.
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I got a brand new winter coat.
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I made a big turkey dinner for everyone.   It was a great day.
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That night Jonathan and I both fell asleep with sugar plums dancing in our heads.
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That is until the alarm went off.  Turns out someone tried to break into our house. Fortunately the alarm went off and the police were able to arrest her.
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The following week, on January 1, Jonathan and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary. Jonathan told me he had a special evening planned and that I should get dressed up.  I bought a new dress and had to spend some time looking in the mirror before going to downstairs.
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I am not going to lie at 39 weeks I am feeling pretty huge.
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I went downstairs and was waiting for Jonathan when he came and put his arms around me.
“You look beautiful,” he whispered into my ear as he placed his arms protectively around the baby and me.
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Then he gave me my favorite purple flowers.
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Before placing his hand lovely on my belly.
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Then he did the sweetest thing ever.  He kneeled down and kissed my belly.  It was so touching it brought tears to my eyes.
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Then he asked me to dance.
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He spun me around so that I could lean against him while our hands were resting on my belly.
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After that we headed into town.
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Where we had dinner.
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And then sang a karaoke duet.
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The baby was very active.  I can tell he or she was having fun too.
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The restaurant had one of those photo booths and Jonathan insisted we have take some goofy but romantic pictures to commemorate the evening.
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I think they turned out great.
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When we got home I gave Jonathan a kiss and thanked him for the wonderful evening.
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“Now you go get comfortable in the bed while I get your anniversary surprise,” I said.
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At 39 weeks pregnant I am not sure how I managed to get into this contraption.
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But I didn’t think I looked to bad.  Hopefully Jonathan will like it.
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Any worries I had about how I looked disappeared as soon as I saw Jonathan’s expression.
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We continued our anniversary celebration all night.
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A few days later we were hit with a major blizzard.  The snow was piling up, the roads were icy, and the wind was howling.
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Jonathan and I were happy and warm all cuddled together on the couch watching TV.
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That is until my water broke and the contractions started.
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“What are we going to do?” Jonathan cried.  “There is no way we can get to the hospital in this weather.”
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“Get my bag and get me out to the barn,” I managed to say through the pain.  “You are going to have to deliver this baby.”
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The look on his face was priceless.
I reminded him that he is a doctor and he would be fine.
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He helped me out to the barn and got me changed into my nightgown.  Then he helped me into the bed.  The contractions were already really close together and I was in a lot of pain.  But it was comforting having him hear with me.
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Once I was in the bed he gave me a quick exam.
“Ok, looks like you are already at 8 cm so shouldn’t be long,” he said.  His voice was think with emotion.  Technically he is already a father but since he didn’t meet Lily until she was 16 in many ways this must feel like the first time for him.
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After the exam he sat with me and kept me company.
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He held my hand.
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And rubbed my back whenever I had a contraction.
“I think it is time,” I said.  “I feel like I need to push.”
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Jonathan quickly got up and checked my progress.
“Wow,” he said.  “I see the head, the baby is crowning.”
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I leaned forward and put my hands on my knees and gave a big push.
“You are doing amazing, sweetheart,” Jonathan exclaimed.
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“Oh wow the head is out.  Ok darling one more big push.”
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On January 5 (five days before my official due date) I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. We named him William James.  William after Jonathan’s father and James after mine. But in keeping with Equidae family tradition we are calling him Liam.
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After handing me the baby Jonathan stood over us and used his thumb to wipe the tears from his son’s eyes.
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Then he spent the rest of the night sitting next to us gazing at his son.
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