Sunday, June 19, 2011

week 27 - cauliflower and PUPPIES!

We've about maxed out lengthy fruits and veggies, so from now on the baby will be compared to the WEIGHT of fruits/veggies. Hazelnut weighs nearly 2lbs, and is ~14.5 inches long. It's crazy that this is the last week of the second trimester! Hazelnut now has regular sleep/wake cycles, is blinking, possibly sucking his fingers (SO cute!), and he might start getting the hiccups. I'd like to get a piece of THAT action!

Before I continue, let me just say that this is really not fair... me having to follow up on Lowell's thoughtful Father's Day post. I think it's pretty clear who the classy one in the relationship is. He just did a beautiful, meaningful post about integrity and being a godly man for his future child, and I talk about reflux and bacne. And the fact that I have a ZIT on my ARM.

Well, I'll just continue on that vein for a bit. I have recently noticed a significant drop in intelligence. Words fly out of my mouth that I don't mean to say, I mix words up, I have word finding difficulties, I'm forgetting names and faces (which is normally a total strength for me), I've been doing stupid things, and my memory just plain stinks. EXAMPLE. Last night we went to friends' place for supper and I brought a salad. I intended to top my salad with freshly boiled eggs, but when I went to peel and slice them in the last second before we had to scoot out the door, I opened the lid to a pot full of nothing but hot water. I boiled eggs without the eggs. Yep, I definitely feel stupider.

Oh, and I've spotted my first (and hopefully last) STRETCH MARKS! They're very tiny and very light... but very real. They're on my thighs which is further proof that my thighs have indeed expanded (and apparently gives Lowell license to lovingly call me 'thunder thighs'). I THOUGHT my pants were a little snug!

Enough about me... let's talk about PUPPIES!! This weekend we went to Lowell's parents' farm where there are PUPPIES! Kumeu's birth mom (not to be confused with ME as I did not actually birth him as much as I would have enjoyed it), Bonnie, gave birth to a litter of 9 about a month ago. Kumeu's STEP-Mom (aka the other woman) was due while we were there, but didn't respond to my plea to have her puppies in my presence. She was pretty huge and we made a good pair...

While we were hanging out (literally) on the lawn together, one of the cats decided to get in on the fun IMMEDIATELY before Lowell took a picture. Apparently she wanted a little piggy back ride. We couldn't have gotten THIS picture if we TRIED...

In another month or so, these adorable pups will be ready to sell, so Lowell and I had the pleasure of photographing them between snuggles. Just TRY to look at these pictures without melting a little bit inside... I DARE you.

They got a little bit sleepy...

Lowell's just practising...

If it was an option to quit our jobs and take pictures of puppies for a living... we might just do it.

9 comments :

Shelley said...

1) you gotta be the cutest pregnant woman ever!

2) totally love the picture of the piggy-back cat. My cat would never do that unless it was to insert his claws into your neck.

3) PUPPIES!!!!! Oh man, how i WISH i could take them ALLLL home. But we don't have the time for a dog :(

marcandorkylie said...

Cauliflowers and puppies, oh my!!!!!

Anonymous said...

don't worry, i'm still working on my intelligence and tact too :=)mj

Angela said...

You look so good in that color! And I have to tell you that you look just like your Mom! We get to see her Thurs here in Sask! By the way I'm still waiting for my perfect memory to return! Kids are 20,18,16,13 and 9 - maybe next year!
Your pregnancy seems to be flying by, hope it is for you too! And I so want a puppy but everyone thinks I am crazy, its like another child. So?

Carlynne said...

Those puppies did make my day. I called your number at my lunch break because I was having the Monday blues and lowell recommended looking at puppies on your blog. What a good counsellor! The bacne and stretch marks were entreating too!

Bloggy Mama said...

Yes so cute.... you and the pups. I love the way you write about your pregnancy, Julie. Hugs to you!!

Anonymous said...

Aw, thanks for sharing the pics. (of the puppies and the cauliflower ;)

Lowell & Julie said...

Angela- I don't know if your comment made me feel better or worse about my lack of brain cells. :) I have a feeling that next year is YOUR year to get your intelligence back! And you've raised 5 kids, you can handle a puppy no problem!!
Carlynne- I think Lowell should blow up and frame puppy pictures for his counseling office. Who CAN'T feel at least a little happy when looking at such pictures??!!

Anonymous said...

That cat looks very pleased with himself!