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Right now, I work with two groups of kids: 7th & 8th graders at my middle school practicum, and Kindergarteners through 5th graders at my after-school job. Both groups of kids have had some pretty fun reactions to learning I’m pregnant!

I told my coworkers at the after-school job that I was pregnant almost right away–when I was about 9 weeks. At the time, I was working there full-time (full-day summer care–super fun work normally, but not when you’re nauseous and exhausted during the first trimester!), so I felt that I needed to fill in my bosses incase I needed some extra support. I work in the behavioral room and sometimes my kids get violent. For those cases in particular, it was super important to me to have adequate back up!

Even though I told my coworkers right away, I waited to tell the kids until just a few weeks ago! Actually, my boss spilled the beans, when a kid wiped a bunch of hand sanitizer on my belly and she (being the amazing, overprotective friend that she is) kind of freaked out on him. After that, the secret was out! The little ones just think that I don’t look pregnant yet (because how could a real baby fit in there?!) and the big ones just can’t believe that I’m not finding out if the baby is a boy or girl. Every time I walk in to a classroom, the kids all go “You’re having a baby!” and then the ones who don’t know yet go “WHAAAAT?!” and I end up causing a disruption. But luckily, it’s all for a good cause, and I have wonderfully supportive coworkers who just pipe in along with the kids.

At the middle school, however, I’ve only been with them for about 7 weeks. Even though I’ve been pregnant the entire time I’ve known them, I felt strongly about waiting until they got to know me a little better before busting out the big news. Once I told them, though, their reactions were among some of my favorites!! When I announced that I was going to have a baby in February, one of the girls in the 7th grade class  got this big, open-mouthed grin on her face and immediately looked around to her friends to share in the excitement. The best, though, was an 8th grade boy whose face lit up when I told him the news. Then, his entire head dropped down to look at my belly, and then snapped back up to look at my face again–all while still grinning!

Oddly enough, the 8th grade boys have had some of the best questions and comments. One day, out of the blue, they asked me if I was having twins. Thinking they were about to make a crack on my weight, I quickly diverted the topic to focus on how I am a twin, but I am not having twins. However, I don’t think their line of questioning was in any way harmful–being that their next questions was, “Is the baby a soccer player??” (said in a totally serious voice). I said that it honestly felt like it, most days!!

Overall, it’s been so fun to share this pregnancy with so many children who aren’t my own. I spend several hours with these kids every day and I care about them SO much, and they’ve been huge influences on me and what I want to be when I’m a parent. Though I’m secretly dreading the day when they want to put their sticky little hands on my belly, I’m still happy to fulfill their quintessential childhood experience of having a pregnant teacher.

Today is our second wedding anniversary! Sometimes, it seems like such a long time that we’ve been married and living together. But most of the time, it feels like it should be longer! Our life here is so amazing, so complete–haven’t we been together forever?

October 16th, 2010

We got married in my hometown on October 16th, 2010. It was a gorgeous fall day, which was perfect because we planned an outdoor wedding! The ceremony was in an amphitheater on the banks of the Missouri River. We sang “Shall We Gather at the River?” and “Abide with Me” as about 125 of our family and friends watched us join our lives together.

Amazing photograph by Catharine Bliss of Bliss Photography! http://www.blissphotographymn.com

Our colors were gold and blue, and our flowers a combination of English roses, calla lillies, eucalyptus, and wax flowers. We also decorated with pumpkins and books–two of my favorite things.

The ceremony site

We had such an amazing day. Even now, two years later, I still can’t believe that it all happened! The wedding party was made up of my two best friends from childhood, my twin sister, and Peder’s oldest cousin. His side had his brother, his childhood friend, and one of our friends from college. The girls looked gorgeous, and the boys had way too much fun with their gifts from us–samurai swords! Yep, we rock.

  

Our first dance was to “Your Song” by Elton John, which has always been “our song.” The Christmas before we started dating (so, December 2008), I posted the lyrics to the song while we were away from each other on break: “How wonderful life is, now you’re in my world” (deviation intentional). Even back then, he knew it was for him! So naturally, “Your Song” is our song. We ended the night dancing to our “last dance” as I like to call it–just us on the floor, everyone gone, swaying to an instrumental version of The Beatles’ “In My Life.” It couldn’t have been more perfect.

“You can tell everybody–This is your song.”

Now here we are, two years later, expecting our first child! I told Peder that this was our last anniversary without kids–this time next year, we’ll have an 8-month old. What a crazy thought! Something tells me, though, that next year’s anniversary will be something special, once someone else shares our world.

Yesterday, we went for our (one and only) ultrasound at 21 weeks 4 days. It was just an amazing experience! I had a bit of an idea what to expect–perhaps a bit moreso than Peder–but I don’t think either of us were prepared for just how beautiful and detailed the ultrasound would be. It was just so cool to see all of the baby’s little parts, from perfect the little femurs, to all 4 ventricles of its heart beating away at 147 bmp, to the little hand with 5 fingers, to the cute little profile all squished up against the placenta…it was just amazing.

The tech even surprised us by taking some 3D images–so cool, although I bet baby will look even cuter once it gets some meat on those bones!

The tech was SO nice, and was great about explaining what she saw on the screen–she even pointed out the amygdala in the brain, and how the liver and stomach were perfectly below the diaphragm. Yes, we even got to see baby’s diaphragm! I don’t think I’ve ever loved a diaphragm more.

The baby’s heart–it’s the big black blob in the middle of the screen–with all four ventricles. So neat!

One of the best moments was when she was measuring baby’s nose and mouth, and the baby yawned! It was so clearly a yawn, the mouth opened for a couple seconds and then settled into this content, relaxed look. Peder was even able to get it on video, although you really have to know what you’re looking at to notice it. The baby was in a really tricky position and moved around a lot, so not all of the pictures are quite “picture perfect!”

Little baby arm–

We were really on the fence about getting an ultrasound at all; is it really necessary, if we’re having an otherwise-perfect pregnancy? But now, I can’t imagine not seeing that beautiful little body up on the screen, that tiny 14 oz, 11-in long little baby…even if it did look a little like an alien. It’s our alien!

Sweet baby–see you in February, love!

Hi! We’re Hannah & Peder, living in Nebraska as we do the grad school thing. Hannah’s into English education and Peder’s into math–which is pretty neat, considering we’ve got some pretty cool numbers (and stories) that go with our lives:

[January 2009] We met (in grammar class, no less)

[January 2010] We got engaged (she obviously said yes, or else we wouldn’t be here!)

[October 2010] We got married (<3)

and coming soon in [February 2013] …We’re having a baby!

 

Follow us as our world grows exponentially from life as two graduate students to parenthood! We’re pretty excited. Aren’t you?

 

At our wedding rehearsal, October 2010

Norah-roo

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Our family

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Norah’s words & signs

Words:
Mama (7 months)
Dada (12 months)
Kitty (11 months)
Bear
Bath
Book (12 months)
Bird (12 months)
Baby
More (13 months)
All done
Cheese (12 months)
Fish (12 months)
Norah (14 months)

Signs:
Kitty (10 months)
More (10 months)
All Done (10 months)
Bird (12 months)
Dada (11 months)
Mama (13 months)
Train (14 months)
Please (14 months)
Carrot (13 months)
Banana (13 months)
Fish (12 months)
Horse (14 months)
Goat (14 months)
Thank you (10 months)
Milk/Noms (12 months)
I love you (15 months)