I decided to start blogging about Jordan from the moment I found out I was pregnant. Jordan was born with a little arm that didn't grow like most babies. Her left arm stopped just above the elbow. Now I'm committed to making sure Jordan gets everything out of life. We feel blessed to be the parents of a very special little girl.


The Truth Starts Coming Out

So last week, we told Uncle Barry... Because it's fun to tell these things in person. We decided we'd tell my parents first... But then Randy's parents decided to come into town and visit.

We decided being able to tell both sets of parents in person would be fun.

So last night we broke the news to Randy's family... And Randy's mom did this dance... All I can say is it was obviously a grandma dance. Why was she so excited? One, she likes grandkids. And two, Barry had a conversation with her saying that he didn't think we were going to have any more kids. So she was really disappointed earlier that day. It was fun.

Yesterday we had a baby shower for our main anchor. I showed Cam how she had a baby in her belly... But I don't think Cam really understood what the heck I was talking about. I did ask him what his favorite type of baby is: Girl baby or boy baby. He response: A Cameron baby.




It's how the whole process goes. I'm sore and pretty tired. But I'm plugging away. The newsroom is full of germs and I've already picked up my first cold which I don't plan on medicating.


Oh well. We're still excited about it all.


Emotional drama

So I forgot to make the biggest announcement: The crazy overly emotional pregnant Jen is back.

Here's the story: Dudley ran away. He didn't just run up the street, he ran into the woods and I couldn't find him for 30 minutes. That's when I lost it and had to call Randy to help. I started thinking about what life would be without Dudley and I didn't like the picture.

So we drove all over the place. I started showing pictures of Dud to neighbors. Then I just about gave up and went back home.

I had left a bowl of food in the back yard... So I picked it up and shook it around. And who comes running through the woods? Dudley.

That's not a big deal, right? Well even if I had gotten upset about that without a pregnancy... With this baby, I couldn't let it go. I was burnt for the rest of the day. All kinds of other topics set me off for the rest of the day. My eyes were all red and swollen all day. I got weepy during my drive to work. It sucked.

The funny thing was how wonderful Randy was about it all. He told me I have to deal with the physical challenges of pregnancy... While he has to deal with my crazy emotions. He's been through it before... And he's wonderful to understand and remember enough to just pat my hand and smile. Good guy. I love him.


New clothing choices

Earlier this week I was late for work... Grabbed a dress and threw it on. I was running around grabbing everything I need for work when I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror: You can already see a little belly sticking out of that dress.

I was late for work because I couldn't find something else to wear.

Last night was one of the many parties that come with the station. I was the only person who wasn't drinking. It was painfully obvious. The nice thing was my boss asked me if it was okay if he grabbed a beer. That was nice. By the way -- He knows early because it was our joke when we all got back from Vegas that Randy and I were pregnant. I told him when it was true so he wouldn't keep joking about it.


Anyway. We were at a skating rink... So I couldn't skate. It's a big pregnancy no-no. It was a bummer. I'm always willing to jump on the skates and look like a fool. Oh well. Maybe in a couple of years.

I have to go figure out another outfit for today. Who knows how long that could take.


First visit

I went to the doctor's office for the first time yesterday. It was really just a "get to know you" visit. We talked about what the office provides, the hospital and all those healthy things you need to do. I found out the little belly I already have is actually a normal thing... Once you've stretched out for a baby, the body remembers much quicker. Oh well. So I'll be huge a lot sooner than with Cam.

So I went out with my students last night and drank 2 pretend vodka tonics... That is, a highball glass with sprite and a lime. I'm sure that will be cause for rumor later when they all find out I was pregnant at the time.

I'm excited. And it's hard to remind myself you need to be skeptical about a pregnancy until you reach 12 weeks. I'm only 5 weeks pregnant at this point... But with a little belly, I feel connected quicker. I can't seem to distance myself as well as last time. That's kind of scary. If things work out, the office thinks my due date is January 3. So whatever it is, it's certainly around the first week of January.

My next doctor's appointment is in two and a half weeks. I'll be around 2 months pregnant at that point.


Baby Z should get some blog space too

So... I'm starting a blog for a baby I'm calling 'Z.' We have reasons for that name... But my public reason is because this will be our last one. Cameron deserves a sibling... Z arrived a little sooner than we expected, but I don't mind.

Every kid should get space in the blogosphere... My second one should get in on it just like Cam.

We've spent this week giggling about another kid. This one would arrive in the first or second week of January 2006. It will be interesting to see how it all works out. I have all kinds of feelings going on at the same time... A little surprise to see Z here so soon, and excitement to get our family to the number four (unless there's a Baby Y that we don't know about).

I'm a little sore, dizzy... But I'm not throwing up. But it is graduation next week... And it will be tricky to walk around at all of the parties and make up stories why I'm not drinking. Oy.

I figured I'd keep a blog so family members can visit and see how things are going... They don't know yet. But when they do, they can come here and check out Z's progress.