Monday, July 21, 2008

Quick Catchup!

Wow! Soooo much to talk about! We've been so busy with various out of town excursions and trying to keep on top of our normal work and research schedules... that posting has not been a priority. Sorry to disappoint you. Here I am now, sort of catching up on all the news.

1. Most important news of all! We're having a GIRL!!!! She's healthy, 4 days larger than average, and quite a little wiggle worm! Eric and I are thrilled and can't wait to meet her! Things I'm anxious about raising a girl:
a) what about when she becomes a teen? I'm really anxious about having her be so stubborn and sarcastic...what if she hates us?
b) dating, dating, boys, dating, boys, etc. Here's where Eric comes in handy as a fiercely intimidating father... :)...he'll keep those dates respectful! Ever heard that country song about the dad cleaning his gun til the boy brings his daughter back from their date? I think he really envisions himself doing something like that...
c) supposedly girls are more calm...but I know I was a very ACTIVE kid! I won't be surprised if she is too, considering both my history and Eric's. I hope I have enough energy to keep up!
d) I don't want her to be prissy and totally "girlified" so that she wears frilly pink all the time, doesn't want to get dirty, and ends up spending hours in the bathroom doing her hair... but I also don't want her to be "butch" and not very feminine so that she doesn't want to dress up nicely, burps all the time, laughs like a hyena, or doesn't care for having good manners. There's a Tom-boy balance there I'm looking for...
e) I hear lil girls are more sensitive, that hey hold grudges. I think Eric is anxious about how to build a close bond with her since he grew up with 4 brothers...Elise didn't come along til he was older. He's already remarked that he doesn't understand how to get girls to do things that need being done... ya know, with boys you just say "you need to feed the dogs. go on, get yourself out there and do it unless you want a spanking" as a final ultimatum. But that doesn't work quite as well with girls...

2. We've had some wonderful trips! photos forthcoming in future posts of these individual trips
a) Had a Hart family reunion in Idaho and went camping, to Yellowstone, and to a gourmet pizza place
b) Had an Allan family gathering in Idaho and went to the unfinished cabin, horseback riding, fishing, and the Twin Falls Temple Open House
c) Had a beautiful time with Amber in Utah for her sealing to Justin in Manti and made tons of salsa for the reception, flowers for the wedding, got our nails done, and took lots of pictures at the temple


  1. Congrats on a girl! Do you have any names picked out?

    As for your concerns, plan for the bridges, but cross them when you come to them! And if worse comes to worse, there's always all-girl Swiss boarding schools, right?

  2. Welcome back! We have missed you. Glad to hear you had a good time and we hope to see you soon. PS. I already bought your baby shower gift. I was so excited to finally get to buy for a girl.

  3. oh congratulations. you'll be such great parents. and I'm so excited you are having a girl, hopefully we'll have a girl first.

  4. Congrats on the little sweet girl. Hope that everything is going well for you. Love to hear from you.

  5. Yay for baby girls!! They're so fun! I can't believe how far into the future you're thinking for your daughter... I just try to get through the day one feeding at a time! I still can't believe my little Sydney (who's 7 weeks old now) is going to grow up to be a sweet young lady! Parenting is quite a journey. Congratz again.

  6. How exciting that you're having a girl! I bet you'd have a list of concerns just as long if you were having a boy. You'll be fine. You turned out alright and your parents probably didn't know what they were doing either. Funny how that works. Anyway, sounds like you guys have been busy having fun and I say do as much as you can! Traveling and playing is so much easier pre-baby. :) Can't wait to see pics from all your excursions!

  7. Awww - A girl for the Allans!! Congratulations guys! So excited that she is a she and that she is doing so well! I can't wait to see you when you are back from all your vacationing - glad you get to take a break!!

  8. So glad to see your update and congrats on the girl! Your thoughts about it totally crack me up and I feel like I can relate to the worries. I'm pretty sure I'm more scared of having a boy than a girl though. You'll be an awesome mom to your not-too-girly, not-too-boy-ee girl and she will of course be perfect...hahaha!

  9. How exciting! I am happy you guys are having a girl! You will be a great mom!

  10. It was so good to see you again! Can't wait to see the pictures and the fruits of all your hard work! Love ya.

  11. Congratulations on your little girl! VEry exciting! I hope you're feeling good!