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David Nicholas 12/5/09Expecting a GIRL 3/23/13
First of all...
Christine, happy birthday!!!!!!!!!!
Ash- Good luck handling Teddy without DH. I wopuld be terrified too!!! Usually weekends are my big break, because DH is home all day, isn't super tired (like on weekdays after work), and Fede enjoys all his daddy time. The forzen lake sounds wonderful! I hope you have tons of fun! BTW... how is the cold weather treating you? My brother moved to Berlin some months ago, and this is his first german winter, and it totally caught him off guard... He can't believe the -11ºC or something he had a few days ago! Oh! and don't worry about the lack of desire to cook. I uusally love cooking, but during the 1st trimester it just sucks!
Erica- I think the homeschooling idea sounds wonderful!! It is a carefully thought idea, and I think you will do great!!!
Ruby- I think you are doing the right thing waiting a little bit about TTC... that way, your job will be solid and you won't have to worry about it.
Kate- I'm not huge on birthdays either!! Personally I had a big(ish) party for Fede at his 2nd birthday than his first. At 1yo they don't get much of what's going on vs. at 2yo they already have more defined preferences in terms of entertainment, food, toys etc... You could do this as a very low key event with close family/friends, a cake and just relax about it!
Erica - Sounds like homeschooling will be a good fit for you guys! That's great that you've got a great community there too. How's it going with starting your LLL group? :-)
Ruby - I sent you a PM today and it asked me to choose from three different profiles of yours so hopefully it went through to you.
Kate - I felt the same way about Selin's upcoming party (next weekend). My parents watched her for a good chunk yesterday so I could hit the dollar store and party store and I got a lot of stuff. Once I was out in the stores and buying everything, I got more excited about it. We just had small parties with our respective families for her 1st birthday. We're not going with a theme or anything for this one (didn't really do that for her nursery either, I'm not much of a "theme" person). Once DH gets home from his trip, we have to decide where we're getting food from, most likely doing pizza and salad. I'm actually ordering her cake from Costco. For $17.99, I can get a half sheet that feeds 48 ppl. My ILs got one for our nephew's bday back in Nov. and it was delicious! The choices are a little limited but for the price, you can beat it. I'm doing favor bags for all the kids with V-Day candy, a pencil, and a little notepad. I bought most of it from the dollar store so it was very inexpensive. Trying to keep things as simple as possible. Oh and I sent invitations via Evite so saved time and money there too!
AFM - Just talked to DH, he is heading to the airport and will be home tomorrow afternoon. I am so ready for him to come home. Being with Selin for the last 10-11 days by myself (except for weekends at my parents' house) was totally exhausting! And with my accident and planning for her party, I barely had time to just relax because there was always somewhere I had to go after work or something I had to do after she went to bed.
We went out to lunch with my parents today for mine and my step-dad's birthdays (thanks everyone for the birthday wishes!) and had the most delicious Lithuanian food (Kate I was thinking about you!). Selin even ate some of my step-dad's duck and loved it. She kept calling it 'chicken' and I didn't want to try to explain to her what it was so we just went along with it, lol. Was proud to see her embrace her Lithuanian side, even if she's only 1/8th. She's been talking up a storm lately and just blows me away every week with new words. I think we're going to have a Chatty Cathy on our hands. :-)
Happy birthday, Christine!
Christine, things are moving along with the LLL group.