Friday, December 25, 2015

Our Latest Home Improvement Project

After much work these last few months, Sarah and I felt we were in a good place with our house - it was cozy, warm, and bright.  Thinking of all the friends and family that helped with these projects either through working on it (sweat equity) or helping fund it with their wedding gift (equity equity), or both (excessive equity) also makes the space that much more cheerful, homey and ours (and yours!).  We're so grateful and fortunate to have such wonderful folks looking out for us as we work to realize the our vision of what our humble home can become.  We needed a project that would stay within our budget and would be completed in a short amount of time. So, with that in mind, we decided to put up a christmas Tree and some blue board!

I'm burying the lead, I think. 

We're pregnant!  The test said wait 7-10 minutes for results.  Sarah is so pregnant that the pee sticks made up their minds within 30 seconds.  Hell yeah!  Take that, home improvement project that would stay within budget and be completed quickly.  This ones got 150 years to go, give or take some. 

This was a little while ago, say around early November.  Since then we've been daydreaming, nightdreaming and freakin joyful.  This is neat, y'all.  Sarah just had her first official doctor visit on Tuesday where the nurse did another pregnancy test.  Given my vast medical experience as a Wilderness First Responder (aka certified band-aid provider), I can tell that, because the pregnancy tests were so quick (and there were two of them) and this test has two lines on it, it means that we're having twins.  I'm pretty sure this is true.  

The ultrasound begs to differ. "Just" one.

Working title - The Nugget. 

I know many of you have already experienced this, but seeing the heartbeat of the Palpatine-esque creature that will become a whole new person is one heckuva magical thing.  I mean just out of this world.  And holding the hand of the beautiful woman who had bravely faced a barrage of tests and uncomfortable doctors office situations to meet the nugget face to smooshed-up, noseless, face was breathtaking, inspiring and so many things that words do no justice.  

We will have a few hurdles that are hopefully no big deal.  First off is some genetic testing.  On my side of the family there's a condition called osteogenesis imperfecta - congenitally weak bones.  I may or may not be a carrier, but we'll find out soon if I am.  If I am, it's still only a 50% chance of passing it on to the nugget, with severity unknown until later on in the pregnancy.  So might be nothing, might be something, but we're optimistic about the outcome in any case. Second hurdle, I am already spending lots of time at work not working but thinking about the nugget.  And I bet Sarah is too.  I'm ok not overcoming that hurdle.  Third hurdle - the name.

We want to respect the many cultures that have influenced our own.  Plus, there are some names that are just awesome and have good roots in Latin.  So far, here's our first draft - Black Elk Anastasia Tyrannosaurus Rex Ying Akwame Sergei Eley Waring Lopez.  Pretty good, right?  Seriously though, we're open to suggestions.  Especially about what to do with last name(s). 

We love everyone reading this blog and many who aren't and know that the love and support you've given us is also being channeled to the nugget right now too.  Gosh this is neat.


  1. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Mom requests that you please not name it Isabella. For some reason she doesn't like that name, she told me like 8 years ago to please never name my child that. I'm sure you want something interesting, but ordinary names like Laura, Sarah, Paul, Tim, Katie, Brian, etc. are nice too.

  3. I've always been a fan of old testament names for boys - Gabriel, Simon, Noah, etc. I quite like them.

  4. Honestly, I like the names Marigold and Scarlet for a girl.

  5. Congratulations! My nomination is Vermonty Python Eley-Waring. Good for either a boy or girl, no? Since we never throw anything away, you can expect a semi pulling up to the Shire in a few weeks filled with barely vomited-on baby clothes in both pink and blue. You can thank us later!

    I just remembered that I wanted to name our daughter Vesper, but Cindy put the big hurt on that. The next generation can maybe get even with her -- just sayin'.

    Needless to say, we are thrilled for you (and ourselves)! Best Christmas present ever!!

  6. I'm over the "Horn of the" Moon! Congrats! I favor Nugget, especially since that's what you've lovingly named the embryo, and it has some Colorado roots. How about Vermonty Pythonugget Eley-Waring?

  7. Here I am, enjoying blog posts about elf hunting and blue board, when you guys drop the bomb! Congrats to you Sarah. Congrats to you, Paul. Congrats to assorted friends and family members who will enjoy Nugget’s company. But most of all, congrats to Nugget! Well done on the parent picking!

  8. Liam and Reid suggest you name it Dinosaur Jim!

  9. Dinosaur Jim is a favorite here as well as Vermonty Python. Maybe Gabrielnugget Vesper Vermonty Python Eley-Waring? Or Dinosaur Jim (or Sam!) Eley Waring ? Hmmmmmmmm