Happy Last Alone Birthday Honey!

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To my beautiful wife on your 28th birthday:

I know that I’m leaving tonight, and that’s no fun, but I hope you enjoyed our Daglas and Cupids dinner last night, and I hope you won’t be too sad while I’m gone. This birthday seems so much more special than all the ones before, simply because its the last one either of us will be just us, before we become parents. It’s crazy to think that this time last year we were just kicking around the idea of a baby, and that it seemed so much more far off in the future than it ended up becoming.

Seeing you pregnant and full of that little dumpling of ours just brings so much joy to my heart. So does this adorable picture of your honorarily adopted nanny kids and you on your birthday. Although this birthday may not be the funnest or the most adventurous or exciting, just remember, every other one will be a brand new experience and therefore greater than each one that comes before.

I love you so much and am so in awe of your strength every day as you carry that child, and I can’t wait to see what a wonderful mother you will become alongside me.

Happy last birthday alone baby! I love you!

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Week 25: Cauliflower Love Child

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When I was a kid and my parents would trip us out to Ojai or Ventura to visit our family friends Bill and Laura, whenever we would pass fields my dad would exclaim loudly: That’s Rutabaga! I never understood if he was saying an actual vegetable name, or if he was just screwing around. Now, at 28, I realize he was speaking of real things.

This week, baby is the size of a rutabaga, which is a type of Swedish turnip (more info here). For us normal humans that don’t spend time hanging out with rutabaga folk, baby is the size of a cauliflower this week. Only two more weeks till the 3rd trimester! How exciting! During this week, baby is about 14-ish inches long and between 1.5 and 2.5 pounds. Crazy! What’s even crazier is baby is moving around so much and kicking so hard we can often see it on the outside of Holly’s tummy. She’ll just be sitting there and then WHAM and a tremor floats across her belly, its actually pretty cool to watch. Baby Hutchings loves hearing about my day and often will kick in my direction when I wiggle on down there to tell her about the great fun I had practically right next to her all day long.

She is also doing somersaults all over mommy’s uterus and just wiggling like crazy. This week, at our 25 week check-up when the doctor checked the heart beat with the fetal doppler, we actually got to hear her having hiccups. Holly said now that she knows what to feel/listen for, she’ll be able to notice them more often, which is exciting for me because maybe I will too.

In non-baby news, I am leaving tomorrow, on Holly’s birthday for Oregon to celebrate my Aunt’s wedding. Though the trip should be fun (and short), I have this weird issue with being so far from my wife and unborn baby. I wonder if that will change or intensify as the due date gets closer, I guess we’ll see. Next update will be from week 26!! See you then 🙂

Cantaloupe? Ear of corn? Pizza baby? Week 24

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6 months! On Tuesday, Holly hit the 6 and a half month mark and is officially only 16 short weeks away from the due date of our little bundle. It seems unreal that we started this journey back in January, and every day we get one step closer to meeting this tiny baby that will be all ours. Its crazy how fast this goes.

At 6 months pregnant, our little nugget is almost a foot long and over a pound in weight! That’s crazy to me because that seems like so small, and yet so big all at once. According to The Bump, baby is looking more and more like an actual baby this week, which will continue through the end.

I am leaving for Oregon in two weeks, but I’ll be back in time for week 26, which is the technical beginning of the 3rd trimester. (THE FINAL COUNTDOWN!) It’s insane to think that we are just 3 and a half short months from meeting our little one. We are hopefully painting the room for the baby soon, which is exciting, and Holly and I will be home all week in about 3 weeks during her vacation, during which we are going to trip down to Ikea and buy the baby room furniture. Its all coming together, which leaves a few last loose ends, like child birthing classes and “baby basics” (that one’s for me haha).

So here’s to almost month 7 and the slow ride to the end of a brilliantly long road to meet our first little baby child. We can’t wait to meet you little one!