Sunday, May 9, 2010

Baby: Week 22 - Graduation!

Week 22: Baby is the size of a papaya!

We're trying to watch what we say. Baby can definitely hear outside noise from down in the womb. Studies show that baby finds gentle music and my own voice most soothing. Her little face is now fully formed. And, baby's starting to settle into sleep cycles, snoozing about 12 to 14 hours a day. It hasn't been too hard to figure out when -- I just pay attention to those kicks as they start and stop.

Baby Girl had her first road trip! We drove over for my youngest brother Jordan's graduation from WSU. We stayed at our friends' Ted and Jeannie's in Spokane. Unfortunately, Ted and Jeannie weren't there for us to visit (they were on our side of the mountains!). Jeannie was so sweet - look what she left on the counter!

Our first stop was to the Whitworth bookstore. I was pretty excited to get to visit my own alma mater! OJ, Alyson and Carin put in their orders. We walked out with all of their stuff plus something for me, Bill and even for Baby!

Driving through campus, I saw many familiar spots, but lots of new buildings and construction. I didn't take many pics, but I did snap a few for my alumnus buddies. Look at what is now to the right of the swimming pool!

Then, sadness. Our dorm, "Beyond" - an old army barracks where 18 of us lived and formed long-lasting friendships. GONE. This is in it's place.

Bill and I ate dinner at my FAVORITE Rock City Grill.We had their Thai pizza with shrimp and chicken. Bill is now officially in love. We really should have brought some sauce for home - next time!

Graduation was EARLY the next morning. We had an hour and a half drive so we had to get up at 4:30! We met Brad and Deana at their motorhome and headed over to the ceremony.

Not sure if you know or remember, but I went to WSU for a semester and a half - so being back in Pullman brought back memories for me as well.

Here's a little plug for me to get a new lens. My camera did alright, but it sure would have been nice to zoom in clearly from so far away. A macro and decent telephoto are definitely on my list. But, here's what I did get.

Jordan - so serious. He was really stressing.

Waiting in line now...

Getting his "official" pic.

Getting his diploma!

Hooray for Uncle Jordan - you did it!

And then there is the peanut gallery in the stands - keeping me entertained. Casey and Bill sporting his typical cheesy camera smile.

We got up nice and early Sunday morning, had a smooth drive home, picked up Lib at the kennel and are now home!

Can't forget. Baby gave me her first Mother's Day card - with a little help (smile). Pretty much the best card ever. I sure do miss my Mom today, but reading this card and feeling her gentle kicks throughout the day have warmed my heart.


I know I'm not quite "here" yet, but I will be out real soon. I can't wait to see you. Dad says we are all going to have a great time! 

I promise:
  • to let you sleep whenever I sleep,
  • to only be cranky once a day,
  • to love Mexican food like my Mom,
  • to play with our pets,
  • to always love the color pink and
  • to be the best baby ever!
Love, Baby D


Ted and Jeannie Norton said...

C&B & Baby D...You are so funny! Loved the photos and especially the card from baby...even if she doesn't follow all those items...she will surely be the most loved little girl around with parents like you two!
So miffed that we weren't home when you were at our home, but so glad it worked out well for you. Always know you have a place at the Norton's!
Love & Hugs.... Jeannie & Ted

Jen said...

I'm one of those blog "lurkers"....someone who doesn't know you and just happened across this one day - but I'm hooked :-) ESPECIALLY now that you're pregnant! I have 2 little boys myself (3.5 years and a 4 month old), and I thought the card you got from Baby was just the sweetest thing. You'll LOVE being a mom! It's hard, hard work...but so worth it :-) And, as someone who lost her mom, too (nearly 8 years ago now), I know how hard it must be for you, to not be able to share this with her - at least not in the "traditional" sense. After I lost my mom, Mother's Day was always so hard.....until I had my babies. It sounds as though you're already well on your way to knowing that same joy :-))

Courtney said...

Jen, I love that you follow the blog without knowing me. I think that makes it even more special. And I appreciate the comments and sweet feedback. Thanks, again!

Anonymous said...

No one told me that Beyond is gone!! What the heck? I'm so upset. Thanks for the pics though.


Anonymous said...

What?? Beyond is gone:( Good memories with our parties in the hallway, our little furry pets, ghosts in the heater and those little marmits:) The big new fancy building can't compete with sitting on the porch smoking stogies and watching those Mac boys run by, not quite fast enough:)


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