so sorry for the long absence! i swear, every time i get on wordpress to blog, something more urgent seems to come up.
but those days are gone — at least for now! i am five weeks into “easy” rotations, and finally feel like i’m catching up on life! my inbox still needs some cleaning out, but hey. i don’t have to be caught up on everything, do i?
as you can guess, much has happened since my last post. most of all, this little baby has grown, and my belly has thus grown as well!
and as my belly has grown, we have continued to work, play, and enjoy time with each other (as well as family and friends). below is a summary of the past few months — i apologize in advance for the very long post!
on march 24th, we celebrated the coming arrival of baby b with an unbelievable shower, hosted by my dear friend rachel, along with her mom and her sister!
the shower was perfect, from the beautiful yellow floral arrangements (my favorite — reminiscent of our wedding five years ago!) to the decadent array of homemade foods. so many wonderful friends were there, and we were blessed with an abundance of generous gifts, including very needed basics and many sentimental/thoughtful/creative gifts!
we especially loved the replacement of greeting cards (paper that might otherwise by thrown away) with children’s books for baby b, signed by each gift-giver! we received so many classic favorites, as well as quite a few new books that have been so fun to read ourselves! it’s so great to already have a little library established for him/her, and we can’t wait to read both the books and the special messages to our little one in the years to come.
lots of yellows, branches, and birds.
photos of little aaron and little courtney, over the beautiful arrangement of gifts in the entryway.
one of the gorgeous floral arrangements (hand crafted by rachel, karen, and jen).
our dear friend denise (who drove in from houston) putting the finishing touches on the extravagant buffet.
my gorgeous mom and sister.
aaron’s sweet mom, elaine.
a few of my dear friends from residency who made the trek out to my shower!
in the midst of opening gifts — stopping to read one of the special messages written to baby b in his/her new book!
some of my very dearest friends from the past six years in dallas.
rachel (right) with her mom karen and sister jen — my adopted family and the beautiful, dedicated hostesses who spent long hours arranging flowers, baking, finding decorations, creating games, and the list goes on…
missing jenny, our other dearest friend, who sent her love from lesotho (southern africa).
it was an especially wonderful weekend (despite a lost voice and the dreaded pink eye — thank you children’s emergency room), as we were blessed to have a few of our favorite visitors here in town. my mom, my sister kelley and her husband matt, aaron’s mom, and aaron’s uncle fred and aunt tonya all came to dallas to celebrate with us. we shopped, ate delicious food, and stayed up late listening to aaron read baby b’s new books.
out to dinner after the shower, with our family at mi cocina.
two of our beloved visitors — matt’s first visit to dallas!
on march 31st, we celebrated the amazing accomplishments of aaron’s mom, elaine, in her 40+ years of work and dedication to the children and families of phoenix. we traveled to phoenix for the weekend, where we attended an amazing “retirement” party with a huge number of people who love and have been loved by elaine, particularly in her work with the foundation for blind children (www.seeitourway.org). it was so special, and we are filled with joy and inspired by all of the ways that she has loved others with the love of our God. you can read about her impact on many lives in this really cool article (click here).
while we were in phoenix, we were again spoiled with a small party to celebrate baby b. we were, of course, showered again with generous gifts, and the book theme continued. we are so very blessed!
we didn’t manage to get pictures of the retirement party or the shower, but elaine did get a few of us with the new baby goats at the baldridge “farm”!
me and aaron, with the kids.
my wonderful husband, soon to be a wonderful daddy.
posing with the woman of the hour in front of her lush, amazing garden.
at the beginning of april, our nursery furniture arrived. i looked forward to soon having time to assemble it all, and begin to make a space for our little one. however, while i was busy working my second-to-last shift of my emergency medicine rotation, my amazing husband surprised me by setting it all up! everything fit perfectly. he left me plenty of fun things to finish up (putting the linens on the bed, organizing the dresser and side table, etc), and it wasn’t long before i was nesting — organizing, rearranging, then organizing some more. here’s a glimpse at our wonderful nursery.
view from the door.
the crib — pretty cute, huh?!
a close up.
*disclaimer: as a budding pediatrician, i will be taking the oh-so-cute bumper out as soon as baby can roll over, lest you wonder about the safety of our child’s crib.
the changing table and dresser.
the guest bed (or more likely, mommy + daddy’s bed when guests come to visit) and side table with a few of baby’s new board books.
hopefully arriving before the big arrival.
at the end of april, i traveled to boston with rachel. we attended the p.a.s. conference (pediatric academic societies) for the first time, with the opportunity to present a poster about our advocacy project (see the blog from our trip last july). even with a great reputation, being the big annual pediatric conference, p.a.s. was even better than i expected.
we attended several educational sessions, almost all relating to global health, which was so exciting. our favorite session was on the problem of diarrheal illness in developing countries (i know, major nerds) — the keynote speaker was from the world health organization, and was the brains behind oral rehydration solution (which dramatically decreased the number of deaths from diarrheal illness in the past 20 years).
of course, we also took the opportunity to explore the historic, beautiful city of boston. we did lots of walking around and lots of eating. on our first night there, we met up with my close friends from westmont, jess and josiah — not only was dinner delicious, but it was so exciting to see my dear friends in their new city! every meal we ate in boston was delicious, and we rounded it out at the atlantic fish company, with a bowl of their acclaimed clam chowder. mmm…
our first meal in boston — amazing, unique sandwiches.
the lake at the public garden, right next to boston common.
tulips were everywhere!
my dear friends, jess and josiah.
chilly boston nights.
awesome fire station, across the street from the conference.
grabbing brunch before our poster presentation.
awesome brunch, that is — caramelized banana french toast and sausage/ricotta/potato frittata.
presenting our poster in the advocacy special interest group.
do we look professional, or what?!
nothing like a trip with my kindred soul.
clam chowder in new england. enough said.
on may 7th, ninety-three of aaron’s students took the a.p. environmental science exam. always a momentous occasion. now, he’s wrapping up at work, and will be out for summer in two weeks! of course, the work never ends, as he’s now preparing for an entirely new course next year. he’ll be teaching all the seniors at his school, in a course focusing on discovering self. we’re really excited about it, and he’s reading non-stop to prepare.
last but not least: my sweet husband became my photographer last weekend, capturing this momentous time in our lives with our new camera (my amazing birthday present). thanks, baby, for humoring me — you’re the best, and you make a great photographer.
if you made it this far: thanks for catching up with us! i’ll do my best to check in more often in the coming weeks, until baby jude/olivia arrives.
love you guys!