Thursday, September 20, 2012

20 weeks... Half way there!

I absolutely CAN NOT believe I am 5 months pregnant! It still hasn't totally set in that I am pregnant. I think it will feel more real when I feel little Jack kick me. We are feeling super blessed to be half way through our pregnancy. Having struggled with fertility for over three years, there isn't a moment where I am not overwhelmed with gratitude that their is a little life growing inside my tummy.

 It certainly has been hectic around here with moving to two services at church and also, moving into a new office space in Huntington Beach. We feel so blessed to be apart of such a wonderful church and group of people. Caleb and I are definitely working on finding a healthy balance of work and us time. We have had such a busy last year- two moves, new jobs, a pregnancy... But hey, its kinda what we do best. Since we have been married we have had lots of moves and emotional heartache. What I love most about our marriage is that we are committed to each other and committed to communicating with each other even when it is difficult.

I would be lying if I wasn't still heart-sick that I am not sharing this season of life with my Kimi. I do have some beautiful pictures of her from when she had Aaron and I that I would love to incorporate into the nursery somehow.
20 weeks, half way there.
Cravings- I mean I could eat a million Puyallup Fair scones if they were around... Luckily Monica's mom flew in with a little scone care package, they were amazing. I'm pretty sure the scones have dominated my every thought for the last couple of weeks.
Aversions- Caleb has been eating this BBQ rib thing- it totally turns me off.
Weight Gain- 7 pounds, But remember I gained 10 pounds throughout the IVF process so I'm NOT feeling my best!
Movements- None yet.
Pregnancy Bonuses- Aside from the obvious excitement about our baby that we are being blessed with, Great foot and shoulder rubs from Caleb.
Aches and Pains- Oh man, there has been lots of little aches and pains that have alarmed me. I suppose you could call me a worry wart. Went to the Dr. a couple times last week because I thought I was having cervical pain- turns out everything looks great.
Growth- OH man I have had a huge growth spurt this past week. I feel like my tummy has doubled in size. I am starting to BUMP!
Nursery- Gma Pat and Gpa Jake bought me our crib that arrived this week. It needs to be put together, which concerns me a lot bit considering how bad Caleb and I are at constructing furniture together. SO, we will accept any and all help. Grandma and Grandpa Anderson bought us a beautiful chair for the nursery, it reclines and glides. I have had so many friends say- spend money on a good chair because you will live in it. We are SO excited for our new nursery additions.
Size- Mango, 6.5 Inches crown to rump, 10 inches crown to heel.
Workouts- Doctors advised a quick break the past week until some of my aches and pains are gone. I've had a hard time finding the right balance with working out, I've accidentally overdone it a couple times.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

What's in a name????

Most often couples have a difficult time landing on a name for their child- The boy typically doesn't agree with the Girl's choice and visa versa. Luckily for us that was not the case. We have had a long time to brainstorm baby names, over three years to be exact. While we still don't know what we would name a girl, we have always known what we would name our boy. It's a popular name, I've had many friend's name their son's this name... But, my reason has nothing to do with popularity and everything to do with honor, pride and hopes that my child embodies all the qualities I love in some of my favorite family members!

Yes I said family members- plural! Starting with my Great Grandpa Jack, my Grandpa Jack, and my Uncle Jack.  If you are from Gig Harbor, you might know my grandpa as Jake Bujacich but his real name is Jack, His friends began calling him Jake a long time ago- and it stuck (a little gig harbor trivia for you!) My uncle Jack was my grandparent's only son, and he had two beautiful girls- so no Jack's in that generation... And unfortunately no more Bujacichs.

I don't know a ton about my Great Grandpa Jack, he died before I was born. I do know that he sailed from Croatia around the horn to America when he was only 13... He never saw his parents again! So we know he was brave!!! He originally landed in San Francisco, and migrated over to Colorado where he worked in the coal mines. In 1917, Jack moved to Gig Harbor where he met and married Winnie Ross, whom I've been told was a complete angel. They had 5 children together.  Jack was a carpenter and fisherman. He built his own boat; The Majestic and his home.  He passed away in 1970, at the age of 76.

Now my Grandpa Jack (Jake): Born and raised in Gig Harbor, Washington. The 8th grade was as far as my grandpa made it in school and yet still, he is one of the wisest men I know.  He was elected City Counsilman, Mayor of Gig Harbor and then went on to become the County Commissioner. What I love most about my all of my grandfather's impressive job titles was how he was elected. I think he was a shoe-in for mayor--everyone respected and loved Jake. He was told he was crazy to run for County Commissioner--that there was no way he could win, and not to waste his time.  His opponent tried to convince Jake not to even try--that he himself had 2/3 of the votes. Jake believed he could make a difference in the community and bring justice and integrity to the county, which he did but it wasn't easy getting elected. He figured people just needed to meet him, so he decided to go door to door with family and friends, introducing himself. Starting in Renton and ending in Dupont, he knocked on all the doors and double backed on the important houses. He spent his days knocking on doors from February to September and working as a longshoreman at night to make money to put food on the table. He beat his opponent 2:1.

Jake's Determination, Work Ethic, and Integrity are what go him his jobs but his loyalty, generosity and caring nature is what wins everyone's hearts. He has always been my biggest cheerleader, alongside his beautiful bride Pat. They never missed a volleyball game, soccer game or track meet of their four grand-kids. I tease my grandparents because their house has a revolving door--EVERYONE drops by to visit them! They probably have at least 5 visitors a day. It doesn't hurt that my Jake is a fabulous cook, and Pat a fabulous baker! Grandpa learned to cook on the fishing boats, and loved it. He gets so much joy from cooking and has always cooked for our family--he is the MASTER! And if you cant find him in the kitchen, he is probably in his garden.

Gpa Jake with his firstborn Kimi, my mom.

My Uncle Jack also married extremely well. My Auntie Cindy is the sweetest lady you could ever meet. My uncle is his father's son... He was lucky enough to follow in his father's footsteps in so many ways. My uncle Jack studied for YEARS to become a Pilot. He is a Puget Sound pilot, one of the 54 elite mariners who guide vessels around the Sound because of their knowledge of local waters and skill in maneuvering big ships. It is a stressful job that requires continuous education. Jack worked tremendously hard studying for this job not to mention the years as a captain of Crowley tug boats. But my Uncle Jack has something that studying and education doesn't get you... Confidence and great instincts. Having been raised in a fishing family and worked his whole life in the Puget Sound, he is who you want on your boat.

My Uncle Jack is also a kid at heart, he loves buying toys for his cabin on Carney Lake. He loves to laugh and have fun--always the life of the party. He has been successful and with that is so generous. He doesn't just like to share his lake place--he genuinely loves it when people enjoy and use his house with him. Much like his father, Jack is a fabulous cook.
Uncle Jack
Hopefully you can get a taste for how blessed I have been to have so many wonderful Jacks in my life. I can only hope and pray that my son takes after their legacy. And there you have it Jack Thomas Anderson. In a future post, we will tell you about Caleb's grandpa Tommy. :)

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