Stop Swallowing Watermelon Seeds and Other Goals for 2011

I may look like this soon.

So twelve weeks (plus or minus a bit) ago, I swallowed a watermelon seed.  This Friday we should be able to hear the heartbeat.  Yep, you read that right.  We are knocked up with number three here.

I was going to post those pictures that women take showing their growing belly, and I thought it’d be fun to take one every few weeks or so, so you could all see the progress.  But then my higher reasoning kicked in and said – Uh, it’s just not as cute the third time, and really does everyone want to see that, and most importantly, do you really think you can handle that type of commitment and level of laughter?

So you get my artistic rendering here instead.

We are excited, and well into the figuring-out-where-exactly-we’re-going-to-put-another-one phase.  We are planning another home birth, and despite everyone’s urging, we will be perfectly happy with another boy.  Three was not exactly planned, so it’s not like we were going for a girl or anything.  We’re fine either way, though our families are clearly already dreaming in pink.

On another note, as of last week, we no longer have Josie.  This was an excruciatingly hard decision for us, quite painful, and I will probably blog all about it at some point, but I’m just not ready yet.  She’s been missed terribly already and even typing these few lame sentences gets me choked up, so that’s all I have to say about it right now.

Besides giving birth this year, I do have a few other goals.  I’m not really the resolution type, but there are a couple of things I want to do different or better.  You probably thought things were crazy enough as it was around here (I know I did!), but it’s one of my goals this year to blog more frequently.  I joined’s Post-A-Week challenge, and even found myself a blogging buddy.  So look for more updates more often – baby ones included here on the blog.

We’ve been discussing a community type of gardening arrangement with our neighbor and a few friends this summer, and we’ve done some prep work and ordered seed catalogs.  This is a big project and I plan to tell you all about it this year.  I’m very excited!

It’s also a goal of mine to get our back yard patio completed.  We started collecting sandstone flags for it last summer.  We have a way to go, but I’d like to see it done before baby comes.

There are some other things too, but this first trimester thing has me worn out and nap time is looking pretty prime right now.  In all, I’m looking forward to 2011.  A lot of changes this year already, and I’m sure many more.  But I hope they will all be good, even if they’re not all easy.

Until next week (if not sooner)!

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7 thoughts on “Stop Swallowing Watermelon Seeds and Other Goals for 2011

  1. I was wondering where you’d been– I’m happen you’ve been gardening internally. =) Madeline L’Engle says you can only create one thing at a time.

  2. Anisa

    Ooh Thanks Annie – and what a good saying. You often seem to have the magic words like that.

  3. Congratulations! We have boy number two due in march! Children are such a blessing!

  4. robyn

    So happy for you and Rick. I’m looking forward to your posts. I am going to need some “stay @ home” advice

  5. Awwww, congrats!!! I especially liked the artistic interpretation, though I’m a little unsettled that I actually look like that now. Except with worse hair. I have also felt the joy of attempting to squeeze a melon-sized object through a lemon-sized opening 3 times. I now keep a cattle prod next to the bed in case Hubby gets any funny ideas…

  6. Congrats! I like the idea of the drawing…it’s different and fun. I never looked pregnant…so this would have better described how I felt… huge! (seriously…a friend of mine was only 4 months and I was due the next week and someone thought she was due first.)

  7. Mom

    Okay, so I am thinking pink but praying for healthy, happy with 10 fingers and 10 toes!

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