Thursday, July 17, 2014

Ready and waiting...

Well, it's been quite a long time since I've written anything, so I thought I should write a little something about my pregnancy and post some bump pictures to document the past 9 months, while I'm waiting for our baby boy to make his appearance.  Overall I've been really lucky and have had a pretty easy and healthy pregnancy, and for that I am very grateful.  I had some bad morning sickness, actually more like all day sickness, in the first trimester followed by several weeks of bad headaches in the second trimester.  The third trimester has been pretty good until the past few days - I'm starting to get pretty uncomfortable and the little guy is definitely running out of room.  Here is a picture documenting the first half of my pregnancy:

8 weeks, 12 weeks, 16 weeks, 20 weeks

I was able to get back to Texas in April for two wonderful baby showers!  The first thrown by some of my wonderful girlfriends in Houston and the second thrown by my aunts in Dallas.  It was so much fun to see everyone and have a long visit while I could still fly.  A couple photos from the Dallas baby shower:

My Aunts
With my mom
For Easter we went up to Richmond, VA to spend the holiday weekend with Charles' brother Paul and his family.  We had a wonderful time and got to enjoy some perfect spring weather during our nephew's first Easter egg hunts.

Easter in Richmond

One of the hardest things this pregnancy was that we had to move in May.  It was a bit stressful finding a place and making moving arrangements all while Charles was wrapping up the school year.  Luckily two of my aunts, Margie and Ellen, came from Texas to help with packing and moving the small items - we could not have done it without them!!!!  It was tough for me to not be able to lift boxes and help with loading cars, but I managed to get through it without "doing too much."  We hired movers to take care of the big furniture items and overall the unexpected move went pretty seamlessly.  The best part is that we are VERY happy in our new place and can't wait to become a family of three here.

Moving Day

After the move we decided to take one last getaway before Baby Watson arrives.  We spent Memorial Day in Florida with Charles' parents, Paul and Meredith, and Meredith's sister Claudia and her husband Brad.  We went to the beach, spent plenty of time in the pool, ate lots of good food, celebrated Paul's birthday, and overall had a great time just being with family!
Heading to dinner in Florida
We have spent June and July readying ourselves for parenthood and (of course) watching the World Cup.  Every day I wonder what he will look like and what kind of personality he will's hard to believe that 9 months have already passed and we will soon know!  A couple photos from the past few weeks:

4th of July
38 weeks

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Long overdue update, and some BIG NEWS!

It's been way too long since my last post.  That's not because we haven't been busy and I haven't had lots to share, it's just because I haven't really felt inspired to write much these past few months. 

We are feeling pretty settled in Atlanta now, although sometimes I feel like it will probably take another 6-8 months to really feel comfortable here.  It has been a busy fall and winter. 

In September we celebrated Charles' birthday and I attended my first SEC football game - Georgia v. LSU.  It was lots of fun and a pretty rowdy crowd.  Although LSU lost it was a good game and ended with a gorgeous sunset! 

Sunset after the Georgia/LSU game
We also went to the Saints v. Falcons game at the Georgia Dome, we were surprised there seemed to be more Saints fans there than Falcons fans.  At the end of the game when the Saints won the entire stadium erupted with cheers of "Who Dat?"  It was tons of fun!

For years we have been trying to get up to West Virginia with Charles' brother Paul and his wife Meredith, she grew up going to West Virginia every year to go skiing with her family.  We finally made it up for a visit in early October, just in time to catch the last of the fall leaves!  We went on hikes and played with our nephew Hayden.  All in all a great trip!  Thanks so much for having us Richmond Watsons.  Here are a few pics from the trip:

Charles and Paul fly fishing

Meredith and Hayden


Family photo

Gorgeous color on our hike

saying goodbye at the airport
We had several visitors for our beautiful fall weather in October and early November.  Our friends Jeff and Sarah from Colorado stopped through town and stayed with us one night on their way to visit Sarah's family in north Georgia.  Charles' parents came for a long weekend and we enjoyed a trip to the Atlanta History Center and showing them around town.  My mom and aunt Margie came for a visit and we went up to see Tallulah Gorge and visited the Atlanta Aquarium.  The best part of their visit was when we got a VIP tour of the whale shark exhibit completely by chance! Then to round out or month of visitors some of my girlfriends from Houston came for a visit!  We went to the spa, went shopping, and ate lots of really good food.  All in all it was wonderful having all of our family and friends visit us in our new home. 

At the Georgia Aquarium with my mom and aunt Margie

With my Houston girls (minus Kat)

We spent the Thanksgiving holiday in Dallas with my family.  It was nice to be back in Texas and good to see family and eat LOTS of delicious food.  And while we did enjoy the traditional Thanksgiving meal we had, we also managed to squeeze in 2 visits to our favorite restaurant (Gloria's) while we were there.  Unfortunately I didn't seem to take any photos, I meant to...

We spent Christmas in Florida with Charles' family which was so much fun.  Our nephew Hayden was almost one and it was lots of fun to watch him play and see him open new toys on Christmas morning.  My mom joined us in Florida for a long weekend and we showed her around Sarasota - went kayaking, walked on the beach, went to the Selby Gardens, and the Mote Aquarium. 

Christmas Morning!
For New Years we attended the wedding of our dear friend Ellie!  It was so much fun to go to a New Year's Eve wedding with so many of our close friends.  Ellie and Andy - thanks for picking such an awesome night to get married and for including all of us in the celebration!  It was an amazing and gorgeous wedding!

Congrats to Mr. & Mrs. Buchmann
All in all we had a great holiday season!

So far 2014 has been going smoothly and we are happily moving along through our day to day routine.  Unfortunately I got stuck in the horrible Atlanta ice storm back in January - more on that in a separate post.  Charles ran a trail run half marathon a couple weeks ago with our longtime friend Caroline and a new friend Ashley.  It was a tough course, but they all did well and were rewarded with a big brunch after finishing the race.  Next week is Charles' spring break and we are headed down to Florida for the week to get some sun and enjoy some time with his parents. 

Finally, the BIG NEWS:  Baby Boy Watson will be arriving in July of 2014!  We are so thrilled our family is growing and can't wait for our little one's arrival!