The only semi-bad news is we have a little longer to find out the gender than we thought! Apparently, the doctors and ultrasound technicians disagree on which weeks are best for that. So, we continue to wait with bated breath. Hopefully, another 3-4 weeks or so.
Meanwhile, I'm starting to show, which is very exciting for me! Having never weighed more than 102 pounds, it's amazing to watch all of these changes. I know this is the most obvious statement in the world, but you just can't help but say it when you're pregnant - I can't believe there's a human inside me! Whoever is in there is definitely a kicker. I get a kick (harharhar) out of laying on the couch and feeling those little nudges for minutes at a time. Andrew has yet to feel it, but that's really due to timing not capability. The kicks are strong enough that I can definitely feel some of them on the outside against my hand.
Andrew is mustering up as we speak and concluding his two weeks of standing posts. We are both looking very forward to the next two weeks of relaxation and normal nights of sleep! He enjoyed standing posts for the most part, although it was hard to keep a regular schedule when he would stand post 6PM to midnight and then 6AM to noon the next day. On the bright side, he made friends with some seals and raccoons while on the job (ask him if you're curious enough to know the stories behind that).
One decision we are in the middle of making is whether it would be smart to move to an apartment off of the base. We've looked into a few and the biggest reason for moving would be to save a little money each month on rent. With a sweet little one on the way, we can always use a little extra cash. :) But there are other factors to consider and we want to make sure we make the best decision all around on that. So, we could definitely use prayers in that area that the Lord will make it clear where we should be right now. We only have a couple days to decide and let our current landlords know.
Quick side note: today is our five month anniversary!
I'm going to Philly for a few days next week to spend time with the fam and whichever friends I have time to see. I'm sure Andrew is looking forward to spending time here with ESPN and the kitties. :D Speaking of which, we've decided Winnie is half puppy dog. Even if she is on the other side of the house, all I have to do is say "Winnie come here!" and she comes galloping over to lick my cheek. Philly, on the other hand, has toned down a little bit. I'm not sure if Winnie tires her out from all of the playing or if she's just feeling she needs to set a mature example, but she's not near as hyper or attentive as she used to be. You can be sure we still force our love on her and anyone who knows the story of Andrew and his poor little hamster knows what I mean.
The picture below shows nap time at our house - a fairly frequent occurrence when Andrew gets home from work everyday. Winnie and Philly are always happy to keep him company.
Also, Happy Birthday (a couple days early) to Papa Matthews and Mama Oliphint!! Love you both.