Time flies!

It dawned on us that on Tuesday I will be 24 weeks pregnant, which when phrased as “6 months” sounds that much farther along. Time certainly seems to move at warp speed when you are in denial, or simply ignoring certain life changing events in favor of trying to keep up with daily life events: work, travel, exercise, yard and other chores, friends & family… this weekend we’re continuing our denial a while longer since thinking about the “to-do” list causes significant stress. Instead our attention will be focused on the Ft Worth Major Zone tennis tournament, with some water aerobics and family pool time in between matches to hide from the 106 degree temps.

Speaking of time flying by, it’s been about 5 weeks since the first post with belly shots. I figured it’s time to provide the next round of activity and photo highlights. Enjoy!

June 22, 2012: Walking the beach on Nantucket after some brisk swimming in the Atlantic. At 19 weeks, 3 days our baby girl got to enjoy the taste of freshly picked strawberries to start out the morning, then feel a drastic temperature change as we floated about the ocean to cool off in the afternoon.

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June 24, 2012: Annual dock photo our last day on the Cape, sporting my new Cowgirl-like hat from Nantucket, 19 weeks, 5 days:

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July 5, 2012: Today’s anatomy sonogram was recorded for us to enjoy over the years and share with our daughter as she gets older. Our little wiggler is already weighing in at exactly 1 pound today and measuring right on track at 21 weeks, 2 days with a strong, steady heartbeat of 155. The top photo has a nice image of her hands above her head in a relaxed pose, while the bottom picture shows her little foot that is already waging a war with my ribs.

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July 15, 2012: Baby was quite active after a pint of Phish food frozen yogurt, enough so for her daddy to feel her wiggling around that night for the first time. Perhaps she was saying thank you for finally beginning to make progress on her new bedroom, agreeing on the color after trying out our chosen paint samples and loving them … too bad that’s just the first step of many to actually finish the nursery.

July 16, 2012: Taking advantage of a black stretchy dress for work to hide the growing belly, 22 weeks, 6 days. Each day this week the “baby belly shelf” has become more and more prevalent, especially from my bird’s eye view, and apparently from my co-workers’ view as well as they constantly point to my belly before and after meetings and smirk. Not to mention the comment Thursday night from a new friend in the water aerobics class I have recently discovered: “wow, your belly is really starting to show now!” Gee, thanks?

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July 21, 2012: Purchased the majority of the paint for the nursery … each little step counts!

 

 

Nantucket

Growing up on the east coast means spending the summer in, on, or near the water. Despite having moved inland to Texas, this does not mean that our baby girl will miss out on east coast summer traditions, starting from the very beginning. We spent a glorious few days on Nantucket at the end of June, adding to Ben’s list of island’s visited (we covered Martha’s Vineyard last May).

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Having two jeeps that could go on road or sand, the 6 of us were able to explore the island completely hitting all the labeled beaches and then some. Even the “labeled” beaches were only so crowded as the first picture shown here, a bit different from Martha’s Vineyard!

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Despite the unseasonably warm temperatures, we managed to stay cool with a couple dips in the Atlantic (or at least most of us did including baby’s first dip in the Atlantic ocean). The southern coast had cooler waters and crazy waves, while the northern coast featured calmer, warmer waters the following day.

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Aside from beach exploration, we found time to peruse the downtown shops, go strawberry picking, share home-cooked meals in our beautiful rental home, and many, many photo opps since it wouldn’t be a Cronin vacation without them. We also can’t forget to mention the lovely game of after-dinner Spades that everyone thoroughly enjoyed, maybe some more than others. Results: Dane & Kara reigned supreme, Dennis & Karen held their own, Ben & Claire crashed and burned…

Saturday brought a return to reality and population as we finished up our shopping, boarded the ferry and made our way back to Cape Cod for Cullen & Sarah’s wedding celebration.

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It’s time for new flags to fly almost three years after our big wedding tent dwarfed the lawn.

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Click here to view many more pictures from Nantucket and Cullen and Sarah’s party. We’ve tried to add some captions to help guide you along; unfortunately Boston exploration and others are missing since they reside on Dane and Dennis’ cameras.

It’s a Girl!

We decided it’s finally time to share our big news through the social media networks. Early November 2012, there will be a new resident in the Jacob household! We’re just about halfway through our journey as new parents-to-be and so far have managed to survive the weeks of sickness, anxious waiting and secrecy in between all the doctor appointments.

Here’s a little calendar of events and photo journey to catch you up on the ever expanding host and our growing alien, who will be 19 weeks tomorrow.

March 3-9, 2012: Blissfully unaware of the dietary and activity restrictions that should have been followed during our Montana vacation (oops!)

March 21, 2012: The excitement and stress begins with doctor confirmation of 6 weeks 1 day. The doctor was as shocked and pleasantly surprised as we were. Guess it’s not the flu after all.

 April 2, 2012: The photo journey begins just shy of 8 weeks (7 weeks, 6 days). Heartbeat = 139

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April 16, 2012: Birthday present to Ben a day late: confirmation that all is well though measured only 9 weeks 3 days vs 9 weeks 6 days and yes, even that slight slow down made me nervous. Heartbeat = 133.

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April 30, 2012: Waving to us and profile shot while kicking away at 11 weeks 6 days. Heartbeat = 169 (very active today!) We also got to listen to the heartbeat via Doppler 🙂

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May 21, 2012: Skipped a few weeks of profile pics, but here’s 14 weeks 6 days.

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May 30, 2012: Enjoying a week at home and some new clothes; 16 weeks 1 day with evidence of the daily shots on the belly and increasing appetite :-/

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May 31, 2012: The excruciating wait for the next doctor confirmation is over, relief! 16 weeks, 2 days. Heartbeat = 152. Ben enjoyed watching the feet in the air kicking again, and enjoyed it even more at the next visit with some elbow jabs thrown in there.

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June 8, 2012: No pictures since we can’t find them, but this was our last night of competitive mixed doubles tennis for the foreseeable future (not counting continued hitting with family as long as it’s not too hot). We won all three sets.

June 13, 2012: Oklahoma City belly shot thrown into the mix, 18 weeks 1 day

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June 18, 2012: It’s a girl! 18 weeks, 6 days. Heartbeat = 147 just shy of 9am, and = 158 at 9:30am after responding to some poking, prodding and wiggling around to get her to flip around for gender confirmation. She did a complete 180 in between photo sessions while we were talking to the doctor  … guess there is enough room in there after all 🙂

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Stay tuned for more pictures and stories as reality sinks in.

 

 

Quick May Visit

The weather could not have been better for our quick trip back to MA the other weekend. It was perfect for a couple walks, a short visit with Kate and Abby at the park, and the chance to share in the celebration of the beautiful union between Jan and Ahmed in Boston all the while catching up with Mom and Dad.

A few photo highlights are below.

Peek-a-boo with Abby:

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Return to childhood tree climbing:

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Abby eating stolen munchkins:

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Walk on Crane’s Beach with Dad (only our toes got in the water):

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Check back next month for a post with pictures from what is sure to be an awesome trip to the Cape and Nantucket in June.

Happy Easter!

Hours of baking and decorating this weekend paid off.

Easter dessert featured homemade red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting surrounded by vanilla cupcakes with a variety of frosting: chocolate ganache, butter cream, and lemon frosting … all made from scratch. Plus blueberry muffins as a take home treat. Too bad there’s only so much room in your stomach each day! Especially considering the Easter meal slaved over by the Jacobs was delicious – it sure was hard to save room for dessert.

Until next year Easter bunny. Jake will be ready for you.

Spring Skiing in Montana, March 2012

Though this post will not do justice to the fabulous trip we had to Big Sky, Montana a couple weeks ago, I will attempt to highlight a few key memories using a handful of the many wonderful photos taken that week [click here to be brought to the slimmed down “full” album]. First of all, thank you to Mom and Dad for scheduling the trip and pushing your children to agree to a spring skiing vacation, even if we hadn’t yet reached Christmas. The weather couldn’t have been better as we drove up to Big Sky Sunday morning after spending the night in Bozeman (with one Bison burger already under my belt).

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While some of us worked to get our ski legs back after a couple years, others worked their arms to dig out a stuck rental car with no snow tires that just happened to end up perpendicular to the road, wedged in each snowbank. Luckily the property manager of Cascade Ridge had a sturdy SUV that was able to pull him out without a problem. We missed Ben at lunch, but were happy to hear that his afternoon wasn’t a complete shambles after some exploration and much needed food in the belly.

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Later in the week, the legs had sufficiently adapted to allow for more active photo opps, though none from the crazy windy and steep tram run where it took all we had to focus on one turn after the next.

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Tuesday’s snowstorm afforded the opportunity to work a few more hours and avoid the whiteout on the mountain, but more importantly, provided the chance for family bonding on a different type of ski slope: Lone Mountain Ranch Nordic Ski Center.

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Despite initial trepidation by some, we all survived (and enjoyed!) the 5.39 mile trail up and down a 504 ft elevation gain.

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What kind of ski trip exists without some relaxation? Hot tubbing, rooting for IU basketball, sampling (and re-sampling) a variety of Montana brewed beers, shuffleboard and pool were some of the notable activities, each having their own preferred activity (bet you can’t guess the match ups).

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Last to note, but certainly not least, was Thursday’s expedition to Yellowstone National Park. Off to a bit of a chilly start with -17 degree temps on the drive down, the massive snowmobile suits combined with the warmth of the sun helped keep us toasty. Snowmobiles turned out to be a fantastic way to tour the park, especially as they afforded an up close and personal experience with the bison. Luckily they chose not to attack us by Old Faithful as Dane brought us closer and closer for that perfect shot.

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Despite all the good times, we were missing one element to make it a perfect family vacation: Claire, hopefully you can join us next time!

Christmas 2011

Christmas 2011 was another stretched out extravaganza filled with good food, friends, family and activities in various cities and states. So many great memories to file away in the brain.

The holiday season began by decorating the house Thanksgiving weekend, even if the decorations were only to be seen by the two of us. We spent a lovely weekend in Fort Wayne, Indiana mid-way through December to catch up with family in the mid-West and reminisce over Christmas past, missing those who could not be with us and savoring the company of those still around.

Christmas continued with the extended Texas Jacob clan, where Brendan brought us back to that pure childhood joy of being surprised with the perfect present.

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Excitement knows no age boundaries…

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Then on to a more quiet celebration in the “bowling alley” room at home.

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Christmas culminated in a wonderful 8-day Boston visit. Not sure what the highlight of the trip would be since there are so many to choose from… Christmas Eve extravaganza with yummy food, exciting presents, and great company:

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Christmas day excursion to Worcester (via Paul Revere’s capture site) for Yahtzee with 99-yr old Grandma, followed by family basketball on Christmas night, stockings, and Spades:

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Exploration of Boston for Mom’s birthday after brunch with the Salem witches: (A sampling of sub-highlights include visiting the USS Constitution & battle ships, Newbury Street, Museum of Fine Arts in matching sweaters, Italian delicacies in the North End, lots of walking in the cold & wind, and more!)

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Watching the process of raising a cupola to the roof of the barn, during which luckily no injuries were sustained:

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Or perhaps the countless “practice rounds” of Spades, tennis, and bowling… who’s to say which activity was the most entertaining when there are so many good options to choose from.

The only thing that is clear is that Christmas 2011 has created many fond memories which will remain even as all the holiday decorations come down and we move into 2012. Thank you to all who helped make this a great finish to 2011 and best wishes for a happy new year!

More pictures available from Texas (Thanksgiving & Christmas) and from Boston by clicking on the blue links.