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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

28 is gonna be a good one


Happy (belated) birthday to me!  Monday was my 28th birthday and it was a quiet one, as many Monday birthdays probably are.  Mondays just don't feel very festive and birthday-ish.  I enjoyed the low-keyness of it all though and spent a lot of time reflecting about how much our lives are going to change in my 28th year.  A new job, new city, and new baby are all on the horizon and I couldn't be more excited!
 
But before I share what we did over my birthday weekend I have other news to share-  we are officially under contract on a house!!!  Trying to keep it together for the time being though because inspections are this Friday and I know it could all fall apart if there is something big wrong with the house.  But we are under contract!  After 3 months of searching it feels good to finally be moving forward. 
 
Here are the deets/advice from my limited experience:
    
     The house is only a few minutes from where Jeff will be working AND we stuck to a budget that's less than half what we were approved for by the bank.  Our biggest concern was falling into that trap so many new doctors fall for when they buy a huge dream home right out of training and then find themselves house poor when their income unexpectedly drops after a few years.  But not us!  There were lots of gorgeous homes towards the high end of our budget for sale, but that's exactly what made us buy a less expensive house.  There were LOTS of expensive homes on the market.  Just sitting there, some for 1-2 years.  What happens if we don't love the job and move on after 3 years when the contract is up?  We'd be stuck with that gorgeous home sitting on the market for a year (or more) while we tried to sell it, that's what!  There are not as many people who will be qualified to buy that dream home once it comes time for you to sell it.
 
*Stepping off soapbox*
 
Here's what we did last weekend-
 
We benefitted from a guest speaker and his wife being in town who came to talk to Jeff's fellowship program.  The program director hosted parties for him on Friday and Saturday nights and invited the whole practice, fellows and wives included.  You know what that means- free food (and booze for the non preggos)!  Friday night they had an beautiful sit down dinner in their backyard complete with tables that were decorated as if it were a wedding reception (seriously- we rented the exact chiavari chairs at our wedding).  I'm sad I didn't get pictures of the whole setup! 
 
Saturday night everyone drove out to the program director's lake house where he hosted a more casual southern barbeque type dinner.  More free food!  They really knew they way to our hearts and sent all the fellows home with doggy bags, which were enthusiastically accepted.  Free dinner two nights in a row = happy fellows/wives!
 
 
Dinner Saturday night at the lake house
 
View at the lake house

Monday rolled around and even though I had to work, I was in a great mood all day because we had our anatomy scan scheduled for that afternoon.  We hadn't seen the little nugget since I was only 6 weeks pregnant and basically all you could see was a tiny little bean shaped thing.  We knew we were in for a surprise!  Our ultrasound tech told us that all his measurements looked "great" and that he was measuring about 5 days ahead.


17 weeks + 5 days

He was moving around like crazy even though I can't feel him yet!  Can't wait to start feeling his little thumps.  We are already so in love and can't wait to meet him!  We topped off a wonderful afternoon with dinner at Ely's restaurant in Jackson.  Couldn't have asked for a better day! 
 
 

Redfish with lump crabmeat and mashed potatoes


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Gender Reveal- It's a...



 
BOY!!!
 
 
Yep, that's BLUE inside that cupcake!  We are so excited for our baby boy to makes his arrival this September!  My mom hosted a wonderful little gender reveal party for a few close friends and family members this past Sunday.  We had everyone vote whether they thought it would be a boy or a girl and it ended up being split down the middle- we had 4 votes for boy and 4 votes for girl after everyone had voted (not including Jeff and I since we had already peeked at the results!).
 
 

 
 
 
There are hardly any boys on my side of the family, so we were definitely due for a boy.  Jeff's family is full of boys though, which is great because they will know exactly what to do!  One thing is for sure, this little one will be spoiled rotten since he will be the first grandchild on both sides.  Even more exciting, he will be the first great-grandchild for Jeff's grandmother!
 
I'll leave you with some of the decorations from the party-
 
 



 

 

 
 
 
 



Thursday, March 20, 2014

We Caved

We completely and totally caved to impatience.  The gender of our soon to be little one was sitting in a little white envelope on Monday of this week.  We were planning on not finding out the sex until this Sunday at our gender reveal with family, but the temptation was real, my friends.  Six days of waiting while life-changing info was right there before us in our very hands seemed like an eternity!

So we did what anyone else from our I-need-to-know-right-now generation would do. 

We opened it.

It's been kind of fun having this HUGE little secret to ourselves for a week.  We haven't told a soul.  We're still doing the gender reveal on Sunday for family so we'll spill the beans after that.

We can't wait to share the news!

Monday, March 17, 2014

First comes love, then comes marriage...

...then comes the baby in the baby carriage!


 


I'm excited to finally share the big news on the blog!  Jeff and I are over the moon for this baby already!  These are the announcements we sent out to our extended families.  I'm 14 weeks on Wednesday, and baby's official due date is September 17th.  Jeff's start date for his new job is August 18th, so it will be one heck of a Fall for us.
 
We told our families back in January because we didn't want to wait!  One weekend we went up to see Jeff's family and brought them a King Cake because it was the start of Mardi Gras season.  As everyone began eating their piece, they quickly discovered that every single piece had a baby inside.  Usually, there is only one baby hidden inside a King Cake and the person who gets that piece has to buy the next cake.  Everyone was so confused until we handed Jeff's grandmother a card with an ultrasound picture inside!
 
The following weekend, we went down to Louisiana to surprise my parents.  I had these special wine labels made off Etsy for the announcement.  We told them we found this great wine we wanted to try and waited for them to read the labels.  It was a lot of fun!  They say,
 
"Drink this for me
I'll join you soon
Baby Witty coming
September 2014"
 

 


 
We will be doing a gender reveal in Louisiana next weekend.  Can't wait to find out whether the little one is a boy or a girl!
 

Monday, February 17, 2014

On being a real grownup

The contract has been signed, sealed, and delivered!  We're officially moving back to Louisiana this August and we couldn't be more excited.  Four years of med school, five years of residency, and one year of fellowship are almost complete and Jeff will be starting his first "real job."  It's all very grown up if I do say so myself.

Source


Speaking of grown up things, we're going house hunting this weekend in our new city.  We don't know the neighborhoods that well, so I'm a little overwhelmed at the thought of finding THE house.  And before anyone says to just rent for a year and get to know the town, let me just say I am DONE renting.  I'm ready to really unpack, you know, all the boxes of "things" that we have just been storing in closets because it's not worth the effort to hang pictures or utilize fancy wedding gifts.  The only way we will be renting yet again is if we don't find anything that meets our somewhat picky list in time to move in August.  That is probably my worst nightmare!  So with that being said, our poor realtor is going to be showing us about 20 houses this Saturday.  Fingers crossed that one's a winner!



Nola Weekend During an Away Rotation

Jeff is in the middle of his second New Orleans rotation for fellowship, so I drove down this past weekend to stuff my face visit him.  I was really craving our old neighborhood sushi place, Kyoto, so we went there Friday night for Valentine's Day.  After gorging ourselves on sushi, we decided maybe we would just get a pint of ice cream from Creole Creamery to-go to eat sometime that weekend.  But once we walked in we realized how silly that was.  I mean, you're never too full for ice cream!  As my Dad always says, it just fills in the cracks.  Their red velvet flavor is the stuff of dreams.


The best ice cream EVER!  No really. 

As if that wasn't enough saturated fat for the weekend, I had my sights set on some beignets.  I had been trying to convince Jeff for the past week that this would be a good idea, but I just couldn't get him on board.  You see, I have a sweet tooth and he has something called self-restraint.  So while he was gone on Saturday on a fishing trip, I took the opportunity to rope my mom into splitting an order with me.


How can something so delicious be so wrong?
 

 
We rounded out the weekend by taking Jeff's Dad and brother to a much hyped burger place Uptown called Company Burger, followed by some Pinkberry (duh).  I think the guys liked their burgers because they ended up ordering another one to split.  Oh, and I can't forget breakfast at Surrey's on Sunday morning.  Thanks to their Costa Rican breakfast (brown rice, black beans, scrambled eggs, pico, avocado, plaintain chips, and cheese! all piled in a bowl) that place is quickly climbing to my top breakfast spot in the city.  All in all, it was a delicious, gluttonous weekend (as all New Orleans weekends should be).  To top it off, the weather was downright glorious!  More weekends like this, please.  
 
 
Pelicans on the dock


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

MIA and a Snow Day


I haven't posted in several weeks, but here's an update on our lives according to my iPhone:

Mischa by the fire


At Jeff's parents' house last weekend
 
 
That's right, we've been doing a whole lot of nothing too exciting around here.  Thus, the lack of posts.  One thing that has been semi-exciting is the snowpocalypse today.  If by snowpocalypse I mean there's an inch of snow, several schools have been cancelled, and my instagram feed is full of pictures like this one I took below.  I know everyone up north is rolling their eyes right now.  Don't hate.

The view out my window at the medical center
 
 
Even though I still have to be at work, it's pretty cool.  Cause there's snow in Mississippi, y'all!  That doesn't happen very often.  The crazy part is that New Orleans and all of Mississippi south of Jackson are supposed to get even MORE snow.  Tulane has a snow day today after I move 3 hours north.  Of course that would be my luck!  Oh well, I guess it could be worse.  I mean, I'm pretty sure New Orleans will be without power for like 3 days since Entergy can't maintain power in the city when there's a light breeze outside...
 
In other news, Jeff is *thisclose* to signing the real job contract.  We got the final version in the mail over the weekend.  All that's left to do is sign it and mail it back!  It feels surreal.  Only 6 more months of fellowship!!