Chinese Gender Predictor

Aug 31, 2011
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During a quick visit to parenting.com , Kayla decided to take their Ancient Chinese Gender Predictor Test.  Because, you know, anything ancient, Chinese, and accessible via the interwebs is totally legit!  Haha, I’ll probably eat those words in about 8 weeks when we find out the gender though.  Doh!

 

 

It’s Not a Cookie

Aug 28, 2011
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Week 11 down!  Woo hoo!  This has been a pretty exciting week.  The baby is approximately the size of a fig, we had our first ultrasound, and the end of the first trimester is in site.  Kayla continues to rock this pregnancy like a champ.  Still no morning sickness and she’s even had a little more energy than last week.  The doctor’s visit on Wednesday went really well.  As a matter of fact, we weren’t even scheduled to have an ultrasound.  The doctor told us that we would only get one if we didn’t hear a heartbeat from the Doppler test.  Well, we were floored when we heard the rapid, rythmic beat of the little one’s ticker coming from the Doppler wand.  But, we just HAD to go home with a picture of our baby!  🙂  Poor Dr. Thompson was no match for our tag-team puppy eye action and in a… heartbeat… we were off to another room to get the ultrasound.

Three’s a Crew

Aug 25, 2011
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🙂 Meet the rest of the crew:

Glazed Broiled Salmon

Aug 21, 2011
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Another one to go in the ‘ol family cookbook.  We do our best to have fish one to two times a week just to switch things up a bit.  Usually Kayla makes this dish when we’re either low on time or she doesn’t feel like cooking.  It literally only takes 15 minutes to make.  First she mixes up the glaze (Soy sauce, chili sauce, orange marmalade, and chives) and drizzles it on the steaks.  Then she broils the Salmon for 5 min, drizzles more glaze onto the steaks, and pops them back into the oven for another 5 minutes.  Quick, easy, and delicious.

Shrimp-asound

Aug 20, 2011
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Our little bun-in-the-oven is now the size of a cocktail shrimp, according to our weekly email update from parenting.com.  Kayla is still doing well.  She hasn’t got the belly buldge (<– Uncle Cam’s term) and no crazy cravings yet.  But her chest is still very sore and she’s pretty tired most of the time.  Next week is a big week for us.  On Wednesday we have our first ultrasound!  We’re both SUPER EXCITED!  We can’t wait to see the first picture of our little shrimp.  I imagine it will look something like this:

Notes about the image: Kayla dropped shrimp into a small aquarium while I tried to time the capture.  Created the ultrasound display and effects in Photoshop.  You can see the unedited shrimp picture here.

Mmm…Breakfast Scone

Aug 13, 2011
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Bam!  🙂  We’re toying with the idea of making a cookbook out of our favorite recipes.  So, to kick this project off and test the waters, I took a few pictures of one of our favorite breakfast foods, the Ham and Cheese Scone!  I usually drizzle maple syrup on it to give it that sweet and salty flavor.  SO GOOD!  Anyway, here is a horizontal frame that I liked.

Cherry Blossom

Aug 12, 2011
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So our weekly email, from parents.com, says our baby is nearly an inch long — about the size of a cherry and weighs just a fraction of an ounce.  Hmmm…I guess I still can’t use the baby as an excuse for the weight I’ve gained.   Yet.  🙂 So far, Kayla is doing well.  This is her ninth week of being prego.  She hasn’t experienced any morning sickness and the only discomfort she’s endured so far is an immensely sore chest.   Kayla does seem more tired than usual but between being pregnant and the dramatic cut back of caffeine it’s certainly understandable. We’re super excited about getting our house in order before the baby arrives.  Our first room of attack is our bedroom!  Two interior designers from Lazyboy, Sally and Regina, stopped by yesterday to take measurements and talk about some options.  Their presentation is this Sunday and we can’t wait to see what they’ve come up with.

notes about the image: taken around 9pm on our kitchen table, 60mm macro, two off camera flashes used (key and background)

Uncle Cam Surprise

Aug 3, 2011
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Cameron, unfortunately, had to work on Saturday when we had the cookout and surprised the pants off the family. So, we had to come up with some way to surprise him. We told Cam that we had a short family video from the get together for him to see. Watch his reaction to everyone else’s….reaction… 🙂

Prego Surprise

Aug 2, 2011
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So we decided to surprise everyone with the big news by inviting them over for a cookout on Saturday (July 30th 2011). During the festivities, we wrangled everyone in front of the fireplace for a group photo. After everyone was in position, I then asked my lovely assistant to grab my “reflector” because we just weren’t getting enough light on our subjects. Unbeknownst to them, this was no ordinary reflector. This was actually a poster board Kayla and I had decorated the night before with the word BABY pasted in big bold letters. You can see the reflect…er poster board at the end of the movie, during the credits. Once Kayla had the reflector in place, I told the group that we were going to take a test shot. It was then that Kayla and I counted to three and she turned around the board to reveal the hidden surprise and we yelled “WE’RE PREGNANT!” Well, you can see everyone’s reaction below. It was priceless. I will cherish this memory forever.

Baby Fresh

Aug 2, 2011
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Ahhh… I love that new blog smell! There doesn’t seem to be a better time to start a blog as when you have the inspiration of a baby on the way. This blog will serve as the hub to all updates about our little one as we enjoy this roller coaster that is pregnancy. Hopefully, unlike my previous attempts at blogging, the road to parenthood will provide me with lots to talk about and document and will always be up to date and interesting (hmmm). Among the baby updates I’ll also post other happenings going on in the Williams’ household, maybe a few photos, and I’ll be sure to keep the tech talk to a minimum. So, let’s start this first post off with a bang. Here is a photo from the get-together we hosted on Saturday (July 30th 2011) where we sprung the big news to the family (another post to come). BABY!

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