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4 Year Anniversary and 7 Months Pregnant

So on September 17th Katy and I celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary and we had a splendid anniversary weekend, taking our first vacation of the year!ย  Typically we’ve gone somewhere on the Oregon Coast for the last 3 anniversaries so this year we wanted to change it up just a little by staying at a beautiful cabin (pictures below) in Zig Zag (@ the base of Mt. Hood). Here is a link to the cabin which we highly recommend checking out if you want a great cabin to stay at any time during the year.

  • A quick sidenote, the great thing about the cabin was its owner runs a baby resale event called Super Kids Resale and we were able to make some big purchases but also saved a ton of money because we bought used (everything was in great shape). They do this a couple times a year I believe so if you need stuff or know someone who does you should check back to site occasionally. We picked up a $270 breast pump for $70, a $140 swing for $60, and bunch of other very other useful things.

Anyways back to our trip to the cabin. We got up Thursday night after spending way more time at the sale then we expected but thanks to some great weather it was still sunny and warm. We unloaded the dogs and the car and settled in for the night. We brought a whole bunch of food because we didn’t plan on going out so we treated ourselves to some stuff from New Seasons, like fancy cheeses, some expensive cured meats, and new beers for me. I tried my first Ninkasi, or as I liked to call it “Beer Made From Lots of Hops”, theirย Radiant Summer Ale which was really good and thankfully just hoppy enough where I still enjoyed it. I also bought my first Hopworks Urban Brewery beer. I’ve been dying to try them for over a year but Katy and I have just never stopped at the Brewery to try it out. Anyways I got their 7-Grain Survival Stout which was definitely a great pickup too. Lastly I picked up some Anderson Valley Brewing Company Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout. We also got our usual favorites from Winco; Cheetos, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Lucky Charms, Salt and Vinegar chips, and some Skor’s for Katy, and for me Hot & Spicy Pork Rinds, Cocoa Krispies, Chili Cheese Fritos, some black licorice, and I got sucked in by the seasonal beers grabbing the Widmer OKTO (don’t worry everyone, I only had 2 drinks a day ๐Ÿ™‚ )

Friday we woke to beautiful weather and the quiet of not being in the city, at work, or any other daily irritant (yes yappy neighbor dogs I’m talking to you). With no plans and nowhere to go we just kind of did our own thing. Katy brought magazines and some books and read those while she had her Lucky Charms and then tea, while I made some coffee to have with my coffee cake (man what a great combo, I could do that every morning) and read my Bible. I also brought Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road” to read and let me tell you, that is an amazing book. Now there is a movie adaptation coming out and hopefully they will do the book justice, though I’m somewhat skeptical because of certain things I’ve seen in previews, but nevertheless if you haven’t read the book I highly recommend it. However when you are in the unknown woods with your pregnant wife a book like “The Road” may not be the best choice to read ๐Ÿ˜‰ Since the weather was so beautiful, and warm, and we were right by the Sandy River we took the dogs out to do some walking. Nice trails, the sounds of the river, and peacefulness of not having anyone else around was great. Next we decided since it was so warm we should take advantage of the community pool that was available to us. Best choice we made of the weekend. We hung out by the pool soaking up the sun and taking dips in the pool whenever it got too warm. Again, the best thing about it was there was no one else around. Now Katy and I probably spend more time with each other, and not with other people, more than any other married couple you know so you’d think more time alone together wouldn’t be our first choice but we enjoy each others company so much we just don’t get tired of one and other.ย  2 hours later the dogs were getting restless and we were getting hungry so we packed up and walked back to the cabin. For the rest of the night it was more of the same, eat, read, watch movies, but we also threw a camp fire in there. The fire was great because it was just cold enough outside @ 9pm that the fire feels great to sit by but the ambient temperature isn’t too cold to bear. All and all an amazing day.

Saturday we woke up to the weather that you might expect from Oregon mountains, wet, somewhat cold, but very very cozy. While another day of sun would have been nice it was great to just be inside, have the sound of the rain coming down, and cozying up with the dogs and each other. Another morning of Lucky Charms for Katy, and coffee and coffee cake for me. Whoever invented coffee cake and decided those two things need to go together I just have to say, Thank You! I’m not a huge coffee drinker but when you throw some coffee cake in front of me and serve me up a nice hot cup of coffee, I’m a little closer to heaven. For the day Katy continued to work on her blanket for Sydney, she beat me in Scrabble (she’s smarter than I am), and we read a lot more. Katy made her wonderful Mac’n’Cheese that would eat throughout the rest of the weekend and the day just rolled along at a nice restful pace.

2 1/2 days down and Sunday finally came. Time to check out and return back to it all. It was a great little vacation/break that recharged our batteries and gave us some quality time together. We packed ourselves off and headed out @ noon and went to my mom’s as she was gracious enough to pick up our haul that we had made back on Thursday at the baby sale.ย  Mom, Krista and the kids all came out to the house for awhile and we surveyed out bounty of baby bargains. I don’t think we could have asked for a better weekend. So to recap and some things we learned

  1. I have a wonderful wife I’ve that I’ve had the joy of being married to for 4 amazing years
  2. Katy likes Lucky Charms and salty chips
  3. The more beers you can try, and drink in moderation, the better ๐Ÿ™‚
  4. “The Road” is a book that everyone should read
  5. Katy makes better use of the tough letters in Scrabble (did I mentioned she used all 7 of her letters, she had a blank, in one try – though she did end up spelling MURDERERS, so that’s kinda scary ๐Ÿ˜€ )
  6. The dogs like to sleep a lot.
  7. 85 degree weather and pools are unexpected surprises in mid-September
  8. You would be wise to buy used when buying for your baby otherwise you are gonna spend way too much money and most likely on stuff you may never use.
  9. Coffee and Coffee Cake are a classic combo that rival Peanut Butter and Jelly.
  10. Loving your significant other and having that love reciprocated is the greatest thing one can experience in life.

So that was our weekend but there are definitely some other updates we’d love to give everyone. Katy and I started birthing classes last Tuesday, I guess that’s what they call them. Anyways we just went over some of the basics of the pregnancy, delivery, breathing techniques, and they gave us a virtual tour, seen here. We have classes each Tuesday night for the next 3 weeks that will lead us up to Katy’s last month or so of being pregnant. We still have to get going on the nursery as I’ve been neglecting my honey do’s like painting the walls, finishing the glider, and getting everything together. Although I’m not alone so you can’t get on me yet. Katy still has her curtains to do, she is almost finished with the bumper which does look great, and she’s gotta get her blanket done. We’ll be ready when Sydney comes, hopefully, because we know when she is here we’re gonna have our hands full and not have time to do all the stuff we should have got down prior.

Lastly, here are pics we took of Katy last week @ 30 weeks, along with other pics from the weekend, including Maggie staringย  at a dying fly (Nina killed 4 of them, Maggie 0). Enjoy them and hope you enjoyed the post.


Might As Well Pick A Name Right?

Adam here….

Katy is about 29 weeks into the pregnancy and everything is going great. Doctor visits are very positive and we will start going twice a month next Wednesday. We’ve bought paint for the nursery (seen below). The Water Hyacinth and Lime Foam (it is a soft green but it doesn’t translate too well on the computer but looks good in person).
water hyacinth
lime foam
We also took a trip to IKEA this weekend and got a lot of fabric for Katy to make curtains, recover the cushions on the glider I’m painting and for the crib bumper (again the picture doesn’t do it justice but it looks good in person). We also got a couple little lamps that will go on an end table next to the glider and on the dresser to add just a little light when needed.

Katy has been working really hard on the nursing blanket she is crocheting and it looks really good. After I paint the nursery I’ll be buying some chair rail to separate the colors in the room. The Lime Foam will probably go on the the bottom and the Water Hyacinth will go on the top. We’ll have bright white trim to go with the white crib. We are scouring Craigslist, IKEA, and everywhere else to find and end table and dresser/changing table that we like. I’m hoping to find something new and white or something used that can be easily repainted but still goes well with everything else.

That may be the meat of the post but it isn’t what you came for right? You came to learn what we will be naming our little girl, most likely ๐Ÿ˜‰ So…we had our post taking name suggestions from everyone and while we like a lot of what you had to offer, we’ve decided to go with one of our original favorites, Sydney. It is a really cute and I think classy name. We’re are trying it out right now, referring to her as Sydney when we remember to. Next up, we had the middle name. We wanted something uncommon and that obviously fit well with Sydney and Evang. This was a little harder for us because while we had good name options they just didn’t work well together. We did have one first name that Katy really liked but I liked Sydney a lot more, so I had ruled it out. However this past weekend when I threw out Sydney with Bennett they sounds great together and Katy got to use a name she really liked. So we have decided on, for now ๐Ÿ˜‰ , Sydney Bennett Evang. We both think it is totally cute and since she’ll be the cutest baby ever she will need a cute name.

So friends, what are you thoughts? Do you guys like it? I hope so because I don’t think we’ll be changing it ๐Ÿ˜€

6 Months!

OK, we were actually at 6 months last Friday but with the heat, I pretty much parked myself on the couch next to the fan and let Adam bring me frozen washcloths every 10 minutes to put on my head and belly. So I haven’t been motivated to do anything until it cooled down a bit. People weren’t kidding when they warned me about not being able to take the heat! I’m looking forward to fall and cool weather more this year than I ever have.
We had another doctor’s appointment on July 27th w/ultrasound because the first ultrasound was done too early in the pregnancy to determine certain things like organ development and placement. So that means more pics! Yay!

All is healthy and well with baby. Baby and I are still loving any and all fruit. I have also become obsessed with BLTs made with my homegrown tomatoes and basil. On a more pathetic note, has anyone seen the MTV show called “16 and Pregnant”? Every single episode makes me cry. These hormones are bananas, I tell you.

I added more names to the Baby Names post so check them out

the joys of pregnancy?

As we are somewhere in the 18th week of pregnancy I thought I’d let you know how mine has been progressing since we found out about it.ย  Since that finding out part didn’t happen until Baby was well under way, its safe to say that the side-effects have been pretty mild thus far. The first few months I was just TIRED EXHAUSTED. I would usually start the workday and be fine until 10- 10:30 before I was pretty much pooped. Then I’d get home, eat a bowl of cereal and go to sleep until the next morning when I would this again. I have eaten more cereal lately than any other period in my life, more then high school and college combined. This is mostly because it is so quick and easy and partly because it was one of the few things I was willing to eat. Also because its a good source calcium and iron – two things you’re supposed to be extra diligent about getting when expecting.ย  Don’t worry, there was variety in my diet – Iย  alternated between Cinnamon Life and Cream of Wheat.

The biggest and most consistent cravings havs been for fresh fruit but I would be lying if I said I haven’t eaten plenty of Reese’s and Cheetos.ย  I had nausea but haven’t thrown up or anything like that and since I’m past the first trimester hopefully won’t at all. The books say the second trimester is the best because you are past all the tiredness and sickness of the first and the baby’s not so big that you feel like you’re carrying a bowling ball around.

I’ve finally started to ‘show’ in the past week or so and have got a little belly going on…will get Adam to take a picture so we can post it.

Next doctor’s appointment is at the end of the month. I will let everyone know if we learn anything exciting then!


It Is A Girl

Wow so we went to the doctor again this past week and this time we did the full ultrasound. We got to see tons of views, appendages, blood flow, heartbeats, and most importantly, the sex of our child. The doctor told us that she believed Katy was 16 weeks pregnant, which was a week or two more than we had expected. 4 MONTHS! CRAZINESS! We got to see all kinds of things; feet, hands, head, toes, thumbs, spine, you name it we saw it. She told us from what she could see everything looked good which is all I really wanted to hear! After she snapped about 50 pics and told us what we were looking at on all of them (because it is kinda hard to tell when you aren’t used to it) and then she asked us if we wanted to know the sex. Katy really wanted to and while I didn’t necessarily; we had agreed we would and that will definitely be better in the end. So she said “..and here you can see the labia so, you are having a girl.” At this point we were both overcome with joy. It is one thing to know you are having a baby but knowing the sex of the baby makes it that much more real and takes you from “You’re having a baby” to “You’re having a girl”.

The books that Katy has typically said you would find out the sex at 20 weeks so when she offered to tell us I was a little shocked. I mean this is early right? The doctor said she was fairly certain and seeing as she is the expert we took her at her word. When we go back in a month for another ultrasound to see if the baby is developing fine they would confirm it is indeed a girl but Katy and I were hooked already. She said girl and I think both of us fought back the tears of joy. Not because we wanted one sex over another but just because we knew. Just as you feel when you find out you’re pregnant those same emotions come over you again when you are told you’re a having a ____. Also, I was right ๐Ÿ˜‰ I didn’t brag but for some reason Katy thought it was a boy and I thought girl. Although it was really no more than a lucky guess ๐Ÿ™‚

So without further ado we bring to you our little “Shevang” (don’t worry she’ll get a real name later ๐Ÿ˜€ )

First Baby Ultrasound

First Baby Ultrasound

Cute little baby foot

Cute little baby foot

We’re Pregnant!

To celebrate the new life we’ve created we wanted to create a blog to allow friends and family to follow along in the everyday events of the Evang’s.

As some of you may, or may not, know Katy is about 16 weeks pregnant. Are you surprised? So were we! We took a home pregnancy test on Sunday, April 26th and it was positive! We felt so happy, excited,ย  and scared too. If it was right, our lives would be changing drastically. The next step was to go to a doctor who could confirm the pregnancy.ย  We waited the whole week until Friday after work to go to the doctor. There was a lot of anticipation and nervousness. We loved the thought that Katy was pregnant but we wanted a professional to give us the assurance our take home test was accurate. At the doctor’s, Katy went back to take a test and our results were confirmed, pregnant! It didn’t seem quite real yet. This was something completely new for us and we were quite ready to share it with the world but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t hard to keep it to ourselves. When the time was right we would know and then so would everyone else.

So we had this secret but we didn’t just sit on the news. Together we were constantly thinking about the pregnancy and getting ready for baby to come. Katy suggested we go to Powell’s one weekend and get some reading material. There were so many books, mostly for the moms, but Katy wasn’t overwhelmed. She was glad she could start preparing herself and doing all she could to take care of herself and the baby. I picked up The Expectant Father which has been helpful and a couple books Katy got that she has found helpful are: The Pregnancy Book and What To Expect When You’re Expecting. We spent the next couple weeks readying up on being pregnant, reading random things online, bouncing names off each other, and just enjoying the whole process.

After our appointment with the general doctor we needed to set up another appointment to see a specific baby doctor ๐Ÿ˜€ Katy did some research online and found Dr. Laura Morrison with Women’s Healthcare Associates and we were set for May 26th. We had already planned going to Lincoln City that weekend and the fact that we would, Katy specifically, get to learn more about the baby made the weekend that much more exciting.

The first appointment went well, everything was normal and healthy. We got to see Baby’s heartbeat, head, and arm which was waving around a little bit on the sonagram. It was suprising when Dr. Morrison told us she couldn’t get a good idea of how old Baby was from the sonagram because it was already too big and therefore older than what we had thought. All we knew was that Katy was around 14 weeks, or so we thought. We set up another doctor appointment to get a full ultrasound so we could be sure about Baby’s age and get to see some real shots of what was going on inside Katy.