Saturday, November 21, 2009

Life as a MOM

For 5 weeks I have been a MOM!!! I cannot believe it!

5 weeks of loving this perfect little creature , and no matter how tired I am in the middle of the night.. or during the day.. he is still perfect and beautiful.

What have I learned as mother?
  1. Be quick with changing a diaper! I have been shot countless times and if you cannot be quick with the diaper change, at least have something you can cover that area with .. QUICK
  2. Don't change diapers on your bed!!! refer to #1 for reasoning :)
  3. Make sure to check your outfit before meeting new people, new mom's at this point do not have full rights to their body yet.. for example, I had a shirt issue after hearing a crying baby ....
  4. Don't feel guilty for the choices you make with your child! Francois and I made the choice to buy an emergency pacifier .. it is like an amazing drug for babies and makes life so much easier in the bewitching hours of 5-9pm!! Lucky for us, he only likes the pacifier at bedtime... and won't take it all the time. I am sure we will learn more about this as time goes on!
  5. Have plenty of diapers and WIPES!!! It takes a little time to get the hang of changing diapers!!
  6. Take a shower when you can!! You don't know when you will have another chance to take one!
  7. Embrace HELP! When you are offered the chance to go do something that allows your body to feel normal ( for me that is working out) TAKE IT!!
  8. DON'T STAY IN THE HOUSE !!!!! GET OUT!! There is a world that exist outside, and the baby will sleep better!!
  9. It's OK to get frustrated and cry! Hormones are spilling out of your ears and doing something for the first time every 5 minutes can be challenging ... but it gets easier every time
  10. Enjoy every minute of it! I have this vision one day I will wake up and this tiny person will be 18 and moving far away ... so i hold him and love him every second, because one day no matter how much I try .. this little boy will not let me kiss him, hug him, and hold him like I can today. Every time I hold Lucas, I say to myself, " I enjoy this moment and wish it would last forever" That way I live in that moment a little longer and take it with me!
For 5 weeks, this little, perfect man has been loved, fed ( he is now 12 lbs WOW), and entertained ( I never knew i had so many different character voices .. and that the only song i can think to sing on the spot is the Little Mermaid song " I want to be where the people are... I want to see... want to see them dancing ... flipping your fins you don't get to far.... " )
Lucas has been such a great baby, Francois and I have seen , what we think is his first smile!! It simply melts your heart!!

A quick summary of the last 5 weeks

We have been visited by lots of great people!!
  • My parents came for the birth and brought lots of love and SOUP! Later that week they visited again with Ian and it was Great to have the entire family together during this amazing time in our life. That is one thing I know I can count on... my family!!
  • My brother came all the way from Seattle, truly a fantastic gift that i will never forget. With twins on the way in the next week or so... Ian and I have been talking lots about parent stuff... our lives have truly changed and will continue to do so... and I am so glad to go through this together!!
  • Francois sister stayed until a couple of days after the baby arrived, however she stayed in touch through SKYPE and remained a big help even 3000+ miles away! She is the best!!!!
  • Francois MOM and DAD : Arrived the same day Ian left ( about 2 weeks after the birth) and they just left this past Tuesday.. I think they were here 2 weeks. They HELPED BIG TIME. I was able to sleep more, exercise and get out of the house. Francois' mom was a school teacher for many years and is AMAZING with children. they both sang lots of cute French songs and spoiled Lucas with lots of kisses and cuddle time.
  • Kendra: helped with food and cleaning the weekend home from the hospital !! It was also great to have our old roommate back!!
  • People from work have checked on me and made sure that I was doing well, and a couple of them have gone on walks with Lucas and me!! Got me out of the house!!
  • Stacy and Molly: helped teach me the breast feeding ways. They were my Mom's on call when i had questions.. and they came all the way to Charleston to help feed me and teach me how to feed Lucas.. ( I had lots of Breast feeding questions.. it's not easy!)
  • Tracy: continues to help with advice and calming techniques when i think maybe something isn't right, or i am not confident in what i am doing. She helps me feel normal.
  • Francois!!! He reestablishes my sanity. He is always willing and ready to help and take charge with Lucas in the middle of the night. It's hard because with breast feeding... I am really the only one that can feed him... He changes his diapers and watches over him so i can get rest. It really takes teamwork ... and it takes a little time trying to figure a schedule out for you and the baby.

IN ALL, life has been great. I love being a mom and i would not trade it for anything in the world. I can't wait to do it again!!! ( but we will wait a little until Lucas is settled. :)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

4...3.....2....1... BLAST OFF

Well, who would have thought the count down would be perfectly accurate. Our baby French Fry was born on October 22nd at 3:54 pm on his due date. Exactly 40 weeks old, weighing in at 8lbs 12 oz and measuring 21 3/4 inches long!! What a Big Boy!

How did it happen?

( signal the dream sequence .... picture gets blurry and the screen fades to the past...... )

As you know Francois' sister Caroline was here, and her days were numbered. She was due to fly out of the country back to her abode on Saturday October 24th ( 2 DAYS AFTER MY DUE DATE) the stress!!!

Most people know that first time moms do not deliver on or before the due date. Well, I think she planned it perfect... she shopped that baby right out of me.. I never knew the stamina it took to shop like Caroline Mazal, I thought my mom was bad. Caroline's shopping is to my running...

Well, as you also know, Caroline ( or as i like to call her, Mary Poppins) had been doing acupuncture on me to help baby Lucas arrive in the correct position, comfortably, and healthy. Her last session of acupuncture was on Tuesday, I believe. She prefaced the session with , " are you ready to have a baby tomorrow?" And all i could think was.... " ........"

( nothing, a space of fear and excitement crossed me, like never before).

Who actually can answer "yes" to a question like that. All I could think of was, " NOOO" but what came out of my mouth was " I think so" My body was torn between 2 worlds. A world I have known for 27 years and a world that is unknown to me. I know that I am ready for something... Motherhood... the unknown... not sure about that yet..

WELL, I digress. Long story short.. The session was a success for a healthy delivery, however it did not bring Lucas here sooner. Let me tell you of the day that Lucas arrived...

October 23rd:
All day I had felt a little excitement from baby French Fry. I felt him kicking!! and moving!! Usually he has his times during the day when he moves and sleeps. Not today. He had places to go and people to see. Caroline, Francois, and I went shopping a little, and then after... I went for a run. YES! a RUN. A holy run, one I will remember forever.

The run felt as if I had started at mile 18-26 in an ultramarathon. Hurting in places with unknown reason or origin... just hurting. But I like to categorize it as a HURTS SO GOOD FEELING. What i mean by that is... I know I am pushing my body and I like it... I had a tight belly and a determination unwilling for negotiation. I ran every step of this run.... feeling charged with emotions and mentally saying " I will have this baby today..." over and over. Not that I hated the pregnancy or wanted him out so bad that I would risk my life for it.. I just wanted his Godmother to be here for the event and I wanted to meet this little man.

As the run came to an end, I was slightly grieving the finish, yet fueling my engine for post baby season and all the runs that I will have in the future ( sick obsession... I know..) As I neared the house, not even breaking a sweat, yet feeling a little damp in " another place" ... oh let's just say it.. " I FELT LIKE I PEED ON MYSELF"

Was it Pee or was it my "bag of waters" ( I love that term... sounds gross and old). Well. I arrived home and told Caroline, " I peed on myself" she smiled and knew... his time was nearing.

I showered and the " fluid leak" had corked itself... and made me question... " did I pee on my stupid pregnant self... hmmmm" Well. Francois wanted to show Caroline the famous Crab Shack in Folly Beach for dinner.. 45 min away from home.. For all those not knowing... there is a crab shack probably 10 min away as well.. OH FRANCOIS!!

Caroline, Francois and I ordered.
I ordered Shrimp and Grits... for some odd reason.. I have never ordered this before!! and Caroline had Giant Crab Claws and Francois.. a ridiculous amount of fish and chips. Well.. Before I could get a hush puppy in my mouth... BAMMM. My eyes widen and ( I am thinking , I did it again). hurry to the bathroom, in what looks like a penguin gate.. and to my dismay.. a little fluid... not easy to discern ... at this point my bladder and baby are hanging out so much... that i could swallow spit and think that I downed a gallon of Ice Tea.

Back to the table I travel, Caroline keeping a watchful eye on her apprehensive sister-in-law. Probably prepping Francois, in between bathroom visits. When I arrive, The food has settled on the table, and I am wondering, why I ordered Shrimp and Grits again?? Oh, well. I go for my first bite, big eyes follow... OK, this time... It has to be Fluid... I cannot believe that I am incontinent. YEP.. go to the bathroom and it looks as if I have sat in a Puddle of water.

Caroline, at this point is cracking her crab claws and throwing them meat full into the trash bucket.... not focusing... only mentally prepping herself to FINALLY be an AUNT!!! The excitement.. She held her cool as did Francois... an unsettling cool for a pregnant lady... WHO JUST BROKE HER WATER ... HELLLO... why are we not running toward the fire exit.. waving flags... where is the wheelchair, ambulance... ( my mind settles... ) I finish my shrimp n' grits and CHECK PLEASE, I want to yell. Mentally noting this is my LAST MEAL.. not to be enjoyed or savored.. but cherished and remembered as the place where I did NOOOT PEE on myself :)

We traveled home, still no huge reaction from Francois or Caroline, which is a little unsettling to a hormone engorged pregnant lady.. Finally, I catch Francois by himself and say,
" you know that we are going to have a baby in less than 24 hours.. right... "
he reassures me, " I know" ..
" Just checking", I say... still wondering why no commotion.. We settle in at home. Caroline goes and checks to see if my water has broken, we decide that it is presumable so.. but lets wait to see if any more fluid is loss before we call. ( Usually in the United states we say that after your water breaks, the doctors usually likes to deliver within 24 hours.... mostly to decrease infection rates. ) HOWEVER, my idea of fun is not sitting in a hospital waiting for magic to happen, bed bound.

SOO, Caroline suggested a nap, great suggestion looking back, except I was too EXCITED TO NAP. That's OK, we put on the movie The Pelican Brief, and nap time set in.

After the movie, I called the doctor.. and yes they wanted me to come in and have me checked and we would see from there. We slowly prepared our things, left Cooper .. I made some phone calls... to the parents and Tracy... not to worry.. going into the hospital.. leave in the morning.. its going to be a LOOONG night.

----------------------------Break---------Allow yourself a water break-- snack--- :)

Ok, so we arrive at the ER at 12:01 am October 22, Lucas' Due date. He is exactly 40 weeks.
WE check in, go to our giant room, YEAH! and the fun begins. I am checked, and tested for amniotic fluid leak ( my " bag of waters") The test actually came back negative... so they did an ultrasound and there was very little fluid in there.. so... since I am term, and my water appears to have leaked out... I AM STAYING.

( side note: I went to the bathroom after this whole fun check thing and water exploded at my feet.... GLORIOUS.. baby Lucas wanted a crowd)

OK so we are DOING THIS...
1. IV was started ( blood everywhere, because at this point you could hit my veins with a dart across the room)
2. Antibiotics given
3. Evil Pitocin started ( goal: to have contractions 2 min apart to help ripen the cervix to change from the 1 cm it was at to 10 cm. OUCH) remembering, i have not had contractions YET...... AT ALL

It is now 3:00am and I have 8,000 knives slicing into my back at 2 ish minute intervals and no matter what position I put myself in, no matter what planet I mentally travel to, and no matter what breathing pattern I attempt, the evil axe murdering Pitocin is slicing my back in millions of pieces.

I want to go natural, bite on a leather strap and go with it.. but I see the future ahead of me.. and knowing that this is not a short process.. I do not see myself even having the energy to push when it came time, I would be tooooo exhausted. SO, I started with Nubian. a medication that feels like someone slapped you in the face with 8 glasses of wine, not a bad feeling, but silly when you go from normal to drunk in front of your family...

Anyway, at this point it was 6:00am and Epidural was offered to me multiple times, and I cracked, gave in, melted and said, "I guess I will have an epidural.. no rush.. when the chance is available". by 7:00am the epidural was in.. and my legs weighed a ton!!! and life was GREAT!!!
( this is the time where the camera speeds through time and people move in and out... changes made in my body and BAM... its 2:45 pm)

I am going through transition stage, where my body is shaking ... Francois is at the head of the bed talking me through the contractions, Tracy is rubbing my back and trying to calm my shaking... time goes on and it is time to push... The strangest thing is pushing against a numb surface.... it totaled 45 minutes of pushing and at 3:54... Lucas filled his lungs with air and let out his first roar. Our Son!

Friday, October 16, 2009

5 days left until D DAy.. or any day now

WE ARE HERE.... waiting for baby french fry to make his debut!!!

Caroline, Francois' sister, has arrived and she is working her midwifery French magic!! I have had acupuncture to help relax my pelvic bones, and tonight i will have acupuncture to excite the baby ... and tell him it is OK to go out the door, towards the light... and ARRIVE!!

I have had such an amazing pregnancy... gained 26 lbs total, no swelling, no pain, I was able to do regular yoga the entire time, walk 5 miles on my day off from work, work up until the end, and as for the baby... he has given us just pure entertainment with his evening dancing.

Francois, at this moment, is getting many tips from his big sister about babies and taking care of his son. It is so hard to believe that we will be parents. We are so excited and we cannot wait to share all the stories with all of you!!

Next time you hear from us... it will be from the 3 of us..
Wish us LUCK!!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

4 weeks to go

Ok, so I have had the WORST dreams ever and a few hormonal breakdowns... Mostly nervous about this little French Fry not being in my belly and having to take care of him. He is moving a lot in the lower part of my abdomen and sometimes it stops me in mid... whatever I am doing... like someone just poked me in gut...

I think I have a slight waddling gate and I am pretty sure that I might have 2 shirts that fit, appropriately. I have not had a bad pregnancy AT ALL, I have been comfortable, no nausea, plenty of energy... but the DREAMS are RIDICULOUS!!! Francois' sister says that I am dreaming a lot because I am getting ready to understand every aspect of my baby and I have no more barriers to protect myself from feelings. I can imagine that I suppress plenty ... and my dreams are working overtime to deal with all my fears, worries, and excitement. She also says the more I dream the easier it will be when the baby is born. And this is the reason why mothers are the best people to understand the non spoken characteristics of their baby. I LOVE FRENCH HEALTH EXPLANATIONS....

So, this week. My parents came into town on their 32 year anniversary... to spend a little time with their Fat daughter and eager son-n-law before they are officially "Gamie and Gampe" ( by the way.... they hate those names!!!) During this time we went shopping for my brother's twin girls on the way and a little shopping for baby French Fry.

On Friday, Francois and I headed to Kendra's house in Greenville for our second shower. We were able to see some old friends... Molly and Stacey from nursing school ( my two adopted moms that helped me through pediatrics and labor and delivery in school)

Tracy, Peyton, and stinky pants baby Aiden; Kendra, Beth, and Kim from work at the life center; Ehrin- my best friend from college; and The Hostesses .... Moe and his man Greg. I loved having all my friends together to celebrate the soon to be birth of baby French Fry...

We played some fun games, ate some FABULOUS food, and opened some fantastic gifts!! And I even had a diaper cake...

The infamous Diaper cake, made by Stacey and Molly.... great job LADIES!

Playing baby shower games... Tracy is reading the Birth Store of Baby French Fry... it was a Mad Libs version where people randomly pick nouns, verbs, etc to fit into a story... it was funny!

( opening presents and enjoying every moment)

Ehrin, me, Stacey, and Molly.... All the Nurses together!!

Cassie and Champagne with a floating raspberry... so classy MOE!!

Moe had a great menu planed for the shower! He picked special cheeses and prepared French styled food for Francois. He even ordered Blue Hydrangeas to decorate!

Everyone that came to Baby Shower!!

5 weeks to go!!

As I am writing this blog entry, currently my stomach is sitting on the keyboard... needless to say... we are getting close.

A lot has happened since last we spoke. Two weekends ago, my work had a lunch at Vickery's where they presented me with all sorts of fun baby items. I received some fun patterned wash clothes, hooded towels for bath time, a rubber ducky that tells me if the temp is too hot, a couple of fun toys to entertain with, DIAPERS, baby wipe warmer, baby wipes, bottle warmer, some bottles, fun bath products, and MUCH MORE!!
My nursing buddies at Roper Hospital... so nice of them to take off on a Sunday to celebrate the Belly Queen!
Gifts gifts gifts...

( I was a little nervous with all the attention on me... quickly I was informed that I should enjoy it... because once the baby arrives.. this will all change)

( Fun bath time clothes for baby)

( Here is the cake before it did not live to see the next day... poor cake!! But it was soo good when it hit your lips.... SOOO GOOD!)
( mmm white Chocolate cake!!)

I have to stop for a second, in France there are no baby showers and Francois' family is very curious about the tradition. From what i can research, baby showers for mothers have been around for centuries and taken place in many regions. Special and handmade presents were offered after a little one was born, typically during the baby's dedication or christening. It was grandmothers that normally gave silver items to the infants.

Victorian woman in in the late 18th century started to organize tea parties, but not until after she gave birth, because pregnant ladies used to HIDE from public in those day. ... ( OHHH, how things have changed... I am trying to leave work 7 days before i am due... do you think there is a clause for hiding in the new health care policies ?? hmmm)

In the 19th century, the afternoon teas were altered into showers... mostly because during the teas.. it was known to rain and umbrellas became an emblem of such events.

Today, baby showers are customary, mostly for first time moms. For second and third time moms they are called " baby sprinkles"

SOOO, there is the history of baby showers. :)

I have to also add that during the same weekend I had this baby shower with work... Francois and I went to a pregnancy celebration for pregnant ladies at a local hospital. There were vendors with different information about breast feeding, Costco applications, child care options, etc. Along with the educational booths, there were door prizes.

WELL... for those that do not know me... I NEVER win prizes. But that day, i walked around to every booth and said in my head " I will win something today... I was determined!!

Francois and I came to the end of the Pregnancy celebration, we reached a radio station table 102.5. I signed my name and address for one of the door prizes.... A lady had asked when i was due.. I said 5 weeks, she asked about our nursery... I informed her we don't have one yet.... we are waiting until we move to get it set up.... and then she had asked if we had a crib... I said no and just kept making small talk. One of the other ladies I was talking to disappeared .... only to reappear and tell me that we needed to not go anywhere.... So we stayed ...... then she informed us that we needed to go inside the celebration where the booths were... so we did... and behold a drawing for the grand prize was " drawn" it was Hilliary Rizzetto... called to win the crib, mattress , and a 5 drawer dresser!!! An almost 700$ value for US..... and it's FREE!!
( here is the crib and dresser that we won, we have a different changing table... and of we would be decorating for a boy... but still.... it is nice and I like it even more because I WON IT!)

What a great weekend :)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

6 weeks to go!!

Francois and I have 6 weeks left until D Day and the weeks are just flying by!! The past two weeks have been great. I was able to catch up with some friends from Greenville last weekend and this past weekend Francois and hosted our close friends from Montreal Ninon and Titou.

Titou was the best man in our wedding and amazingly enough, we have not seen him since!! Crazy!! We stay in touch with Facebook, emails, and phone calls... yet there is nothing like real quality time spent together that help refill the friendship need.

While Titou and Ninon were here, we visited both Isle of Palms and Sullivan's Island, shopped downtown, toured the area, ate some great food and ..... just relaxed!!
As for baby, he will be showered with gifts from people at work this Sunday and next weekend in Greenville. He will also be helping me get off jury duty tomorrow... and we might just practice some labor pains during the selecting process :) Little baby French Fry is moving A TON... which is good... I feeling i will miss my little belly friend... but as i was informed by a COMPLETE STRANGER... i will be too busy to think about it.. ( I wish strangers would tell me places to use for childcare and what pediatrician to use.... you know useful stuff... not weird stuff)

Today, baby French Fry and I are headed to a new Mom shop sale, it's like a sale before a sale... so i am excited.... and I am going with another fellow Preggo.. we travel in packs... a bunch of overweight hormonal women ... scary.

My new favorite pregnancy quote to scare people away is " Watch out.. I am pregnant and right now i have a penis and a vagina so don't mess with me".. followed with a crazy eye smile... enough said... they run fast!!
We will catch up soon

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

8 weeks to go!!

( cooper at his sanctuary Sullivan's Island... It's a hard life!)

Today marks the official 8 weeks until..... 40 weeks, expected day of delivery, D-Day, The Big Bang, The " Ggggrrrrreat Bambino" will arrive. 

1st pic: 30 weeks
2nd pic: 20 weeks

( amazing what 10 weeks can do.. now if you only had video footage of me getting of the sofa...that's a real winner :)

I had a doctor visit today, met with the last doctor in my group of doctors that i am seeing, all very nice and knowledgeable! Everything seems to be progressing as planned. I have gained 20lbs, The only time in your life that gaining weight is fun!! ( well in moderation) 

One thing about this 3rd trimester is you are not so much pregnant as you are a walking FREAK SHOW for people to look at, talk to, point, and strike up obscure conversation with... just because .... such as, "is the baby is kicking, have you picked out a name, is it a boy or girl... is he moving, are you excited, first one huh?, you don't look that bad, at least your face isn't fat yet, let me see your legs are they swollen yet, you just wait.., you can't pick that up.. your pregnant, sit down your pregnant, stand up your pregnant, .... 

For the most part, everyone has been pretty nice, i am just not happy when someone satellites around me trying to guess the gender... " Let's see.... it's a ...."  ( really they are waiting for me to chime in and say the gender so they can finish with ,. " ... boy, yep... that's what i thought.. you look like you are carrying a boy.... ( if you say so... crazy witch lady)     Sometimes when people ask what I am having, i say " a baby" or "scotch on the rocks, you buying" ... It's fun to change it up every now and then. 

Anyway,  So today i picked up the baby bed from the post office, and the clerk man says " How can i help Y'all.. being that i was the only one in line.. I thought , clever pregnant joke.. 8 weeks  more of this and i can put together a real bathroom pleaser book for women titled " Stupid Pregnancy Jokes You May Encounter , and How to be Prepared" equipped with chapter one and two, exercises on how to make pleasant facial gestures that cover the  "Eat Poo" facial expression you want to elicit... It could be a helpful tool... when that pregnancy glow isn't doing the trick  :) 

Next, off to gym for torture  and then my favorite , yoga.. twice i almost fell off my mat  and the yoga teacher must have felt sorry for me, because he was trying to take me out of the prehistoric animal birthing pose i was in and into a more calming relaxing.. "normal" pose.  I have  participated in yoga at least once a week since the beginning of the pregnancy and ... today... was ... A CHALLENGE. not to mention i was flooded with Preg ( pregnancy) talk after. I have to say, i am not entirely comfortable talking about my pregnancy with strangers... I don't have any interesting stories and i actually don't mind being pregnant. I sleep better now than i ever have, and i swell only when exercise walking and at the airport ( but who doesn't). I think people really want to tell me their stories... and boy have i heard some good ones!! 

8 weeks to go.. you never know.... the honeymoon stage could be coming to an end... but for now i am enjoying it.. I think i will miss the wave of activity in my belly at night. I like trying to balance a book on my belly while reading and see how much it bounces off my stomach. Entertaining for hours.. I will also miss the belly , preg dance.. which involves pelvic trust.. which look ridiculous with a big belly ( the point...) guaranteed to break the ice at parties!! 

In closing, this week, Francois and I will finish it up with house hunting in Charleston.. SO exciting.. we will keep you updated! .. the countdown continues :) 

Monday, August 17, 2009

Back again!!

Hello all, allow me to update you on the past..... hmm few months.. 

We have had many guests and traveled many places and I have gotten more and more pregnant since the last post. As of today, Francois and I have 9 weeks until the birth of our little baby boy!!
( This was taken at 30 weeks, we now know our baby is a little more than 3lbs, and doing just fine, he is actually in the 75% for weight, so he might be a big baby. Francois was 9lbs... if that happens to me... we will have PROBLEMS! Wake me up when it's over!)

I guess the biggest thing that Francois and I have done is visit his family in France, where
 Francois and ran I Mont Blanc. Francois ran the half marathon ( 13.1) miles and I ran the 10K ( 6.2) miles ( 6 months preggers) ... Francois did amazing, the terrain was very difficult. 
( Finishing the 10K with Victoire and Gregoire!!! What a great experience!! Baby's first race in the Alps!!)
( Francois finishing his 13.1 miles, it took him 3:49 to finish, Francois usually finishes a 26  mile race in 3:20... that lets you know how hard this race actually was, and he really did not train!! Such an Athlete!) 

( Francou and me at the top!! ) 

( having a crepe after the run, the BEST energy replacement!) 
( the entire Family at the top)

We also traveled to Switzerland, stayed in a chalet in Morzine,France,  and hiked for many miles in the Alps. I always enjoy spending time with Francois' family, they are so lively and  loving. I think the funniest part of the trip is that Francois and I had to travel back to the states with a stroller, and no baby.  As we landed back home on the 4th of July, Francois and I watched fireworks from the sky, it was beautiful!! 

( Francois training to be a dad with his book) 

After settling back home for a couple of weeks, we had visitors. Victoire, our niece from France stayed with us for 2 weeks. She traveled all by her self , at the age of 11! Her first week she went to a tennis camp at the family circle cup on Daniel Island. 

( We were so proud that Victoire traveled all the way from Paris by herself!!) 

( Victoire with her favorite uncle!!)

( Victoire, playing with Cooper at Sullivan's Island, Cooper's favorite place )

( Victoire toured around Charleston, and she couldn't miss the Citadel , where Francois spent his college years)

The second week our friend Tracy and her son Aiden came to visit. Victoire was missing her two little brothers and i think Aiden helped to fill that void. 

                  ( Francois and Victoire PLaying at the Waterfront Park, I am sure that Francois felt very sick after this!!) 

Sorry for the quick update, right now we are planing on counting the weeks down until the birth, meanwhile visiting some family and friends. One of my best friends, Lane Blackwelder, just had her first baby boy Jacob, and i may visit her to get a couple of pointers. 

We expect Caroline, Francois' sister and his mother to arrive October 14th.. in hope to be here for the arrival of the baby. If the baby has not come, Caroline will put some of her midwifery skills to use and convince the baby it is time!! The due date is October 22nd!! I hope to have another post until then, and i may even find another website to use, this one is hard to upload pics and use with a mac. 

I know that i will have lots to share when the baby boy arrives!!! We cannot wait for you all to meet him. As you may also know my brother and his wife are expecting twins, and NO they do not run in our family... it is not a genetic thing... because they are identical... it is more of a cell splitting miracle thing...  My parents will be grandparents 3 times this year!!! crazy 2009!!! 

We are all very excited and cannot wait!!! Talk to you soon!

Friday, June 5, 2009


We made it to 20 weeks!! On Monday June 8th we find out the GENDER. I have to say the pregnancy has been SUPER great... no nausea, no weird pregnancy issues, and only one craving to speak of so far... HOT DOGS!! My dad would be proud.. he would love to get the Goode Dog Wagon out !! Sorry Dad, these are Soy dogs in whole wheat buns!! not " Dirty Water Dogs"

Monday, May 18, 2009

Stassa and Jon Bergmann, The wedding

This past weekend, I watched one of my best friends  get married!! I didn't take any pictures.. WHY?.. because my dad covered the entire wedding and when Bill Goode is around... It is COVERED! Here is a sneak preview of the rehearsal and some extra pics of Stassa and Jon around Asheville. 

The happy couple had such an amazing weekend and today they are off to St. John for their Honeymoon. I will post some of my favorite pics when I can ... Have a good day !

Biggest News

Welcome back ! Francois and I have the biggest news to share with you all.  Francois and I are expecting our first baby on October 22nd!! On June 8th we find out if we are having a boy or girl!!
This is the first ultrasound taken at 7 weeks,  on March 6th.  I will be 18 weeks this Wednesday. Everything has been progressing along and we hope to share with you all the gender of the baby on June 8th. 

We are very excited and this will be my parent's first grandchild!! 

I hope this news makes up for my recent lack of posting :)

Monday, March 23, 2009

Here is Ian and me surprising my dad for his birthday this past weekend... Goode times.. Always great to hangout with the Family!!! 
Here is a pic of the past Jr miss winners and the current Jr Miss...