Thursday, 23 June 2011

Patiently Waiting on a Peony

When I worked at Halifax Seed two summers ago I bought myself a peony for a great price because it was nearly dead and needed a loving home. 

So for couple bucks I took it home to nurse it into what I hoped would be a healthy blooming plant. It was called Gay Paree - VERY pretty blooms. But the problem with this plant is that I've had it for two years and have never seen it bloom.

In Dartmouth, next to my overgrown tomatoes
 it needs to be circled in orange to stand out.
 When I planted it in Dartmouth it needed a good year to establish before it would flower. Before it had a chance to flower in the spring we moved to Fredericton. 

It did horrible here, but that is mostly because it spent the majority of the spring in it's pot. (see orange circle) Once in the ground I think it grew three leaves all summer and died before it became too cold.  So it was with a huge surprise that this peony started sprouting this spring. 
Here it is in its glory covered in ants about a week ago!

And this is today's progress shot :) Beautiful!
Well it has been a long time coming and we have eagerly awaited the opening of the peony all spring. Scotty was even worried he was going to miss it being away in Toronto. Thankfully it waited until today to get a move on a finally deliver the bloom we've been awaiting. 
I can't help but notice that it looks NOTHING like the label. This could be for a bundle of reasons such as my mislabeling when I dug them up in the spring and moved them to Fredericton, or when I planted them in Fredericton mixing them up as I had three pathetic peonies. 

Either way we love it :). Well worth waiting for!

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Fathers Day and Journal

Since Scotty was away for Father's Day, we waited until he got home to celebrate! We had pizza and I put together a little pile of goodies for him on the table. Mostly they were all cute boy things for a little boy, although he got a fun balloon!

I also bought a Pregnancy Journal which will be a fun way to record all the fun feelings and happenings during these 9 months.  Scotty has taken it upon himself to keep a weekly record of belly photos too and this is the perfect opportunity to display them and keep them for when we want to show little Jack someday!
I snapped a few pictures of the book - it has a lot of great fun questionnaires. We can't wait to start filling them out together!

Hello Jack! Goodbye toes!
I'm certain Jack will love learning about what it was like while Mommy and Daddy were waiting for him to get here! 

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Baby Jack

After a very hectic few days I have finally been able to return to semi-normal life at home!  Thursday was consumed by our excitement over our ultrasound and Friday was a tornado called Preschool Graduation which I made 80 chocolate covered strawberries!  Then directly after work Scotty and I took a whirlwind trip to the Valley to be there for less then 36 hours to drop off our kitties and piggies so they can start their long stay while we are away in Ottawa next week. Then today I dropped Scotty at the YHZ to fly to YYZ for a few days. And then Lucy and I drove home to Fredericton! 
Now home and unpacked Lucy and I are both flopped out on the couch pooped from the last few days. Now I can finally write about June 16th the day we were counting down to!
Scotty and I have constant smiles plastered to our faces just from our experience on Thursday. Everyone pre-warned me how incredible it would be - and I just nodded along thinking “Yes yes its a miracle but I’m most excited about the results!” I was so wrong! We had no real idea if it was boy or girl, one or two and we really were excited to get in there and find out more than anything! It was just something I can’t put into words except for amazing. 

Our little mans foot doing some kicking!
It was really wonderful to share with Scotty as we saw a full few minutes of our little baby boy Jack rolling, kicking, punching and generally being a cute baby all inside me!  I was especially excited for Scotty to see all the movement because he hasn’t been able to feel anything yet and Jack did not disappoint!! 

It’s not as though I haven’t seen pictures of ultrasounds before, but when it is your own it somehow is more incredible. Watching him kick AND feeling him inside me just brought home how much he has grown from a little alien embryo into a real live baby. We are SO excited to meet him! October can’t come soon enough :)!  I adored how much he reacted to the ultrasound technicians movements - she was able to get a great shot of his face!

Our tech called this the alien shot haha, but it is cute to see his little eyes and ears and chin! 
We’ll be going back in 8 weeks ish so they can check on my uterus and Jack’s growth and we couldn’t be more stoked for another chance to see him again!