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Happy Halloween!
October 30, 2008, 8:40 pm
Filed under: lucy goosey

From our house to yours!!

Hope you all have a great Halloween weekend… Sam and I are leaving Lucy home alone to party in her elephant suite while we run off to the country to go camping with my parents. Eat lots of candy and carve lots of pumpkins!

– Lucecapade


The name game
October 30, 2008, 8:42 am
Filed under: babygonzo!

The other day I noticed that my students were sneakily passing a note around the classroom.. Being the sweet, patient (lazy) teacher that I am, rather than cause a scene and stop my lecture, my plan was to wait until the note made it to the student nearest me before I snatched it up. My sneaky kids, however, beat me to the punch as one of them sheepishly handed me a note that went something like this:

Mrs. Gonzales baby name list (two names per person max!!!!!!!!):










Pretty cool, huh? Instead of working on the assignment, they were using their valuable classtime to help me come up with baby names! How selfless and sweet! :) They really are a sweet class.. Predominantely girls, they are fascinated by the whole baby subject. The funniest thing are the lone three boys in the class whose faces I watch cringe as the girls ask baby/pregnancy related questions daily. You may be able to guess which names were the male contributions to the list. Hint: One of them is named John and is apparently very happy with that choice.

(Keep in mind, this is also the class that stared at me with blank expressions when, after much prodding, I finally revealed to them my favorite baby name to date. It was a complete strike out with the seventh grade girl demographic.  But what do they know right?  Right??)

The other night while we were laying in bed, Sam started playing The Name Game with the baby. The game goes like this: Sam asks the baby what he thinks about a certain name. One kick means, “No way you’re naming me that, are you kidding crazy?” and two kicks mean, “I’ll think about it.” Here were the results of round one:

Billy: One kick, No way

Bluebell: One kick, No way

Emmitt: Two kicks, Maybe

So at least we now know from this little study that the baby is not interested in being named after ice cream (much to his father’s chagrin), but is instead leaning toward ex-NFL stars. Interesting. This may prove to be helpful information as we near the big day.

In all seriousness Sam and I are feeling A LOT of pressure to pick the perfect name for our kid. It’s getting really difficult, especially with both of us being super picky. If I hear a name that even remotely reminds me of anyone that I know in real life, that name is pretty much automatically out. It also seems totally unfair that there are so many fewer choices when it comes to boy names vs. girl names! You can only go so crazy with a boy name before it becomes borderline weird; whereas pretty much any cute little girl name can fly. Not to mention all the unisex names that okay for girls, but sound just slightly too effeminant for a little boy. I’m looking at you, Peyton.

So those of you who have already had and named your children.. How did you finally decide on a name? We are thinking that we’ll come up with two or three strong contenders and then make the ultimate decision after we see him. Is this a good idea, or just asking for trouble in the post-labor epidural haze?

Does anyone else out there have any boy name suggestions? Be careful of giving away names that you are particularly attached to though because I don’t want us to have to fight over it. :) Seriously though, I need some help! You can only read The Baby Name Book so much before all the names start to look alike. I need a fresh take. Any suggestions?

October 23, 2008, 1:36 am
Filed under: babygonzo!

I’m feeling especially mushy right now because we got to hear the baby’s heartbeat today at my checkup appointment, so I thought I’d post a few of the most recent pics…

Baby Profile!

Baby Profile!

Who do you think he looks like??

Baby Feet!

Baby Feet!

Man, the baby feet get me everytime!  When this ultrasound was taken his legs and arms were flailing around wildly and so I got several good glances at his hands and feet – So freaking cute.  He is a really flexible little sucker too!  His knees were up near his face and his feet were way over his head for a large part of the ultrasound.  Right now he probably weighs about a pound, and is around 10 inches long! At this point, his favorite hobbies include punching his dad in the chin and sitting on my bladder while I’m trying to teach.  What a little joy!  I really can’t believe how much we can’t wait to see him.  Cannot.  Wait.  What an understatement. :)

The Gene Machine!
October 23, 2008, 12:57 am
Filed under: babygonzo!

In the early days of their courtship, two young lovebirds daydreamed about their future together… Who could’ve guess that a night at Dave and Buster’s would provide an all too accurate glimpse into their future…

Behold our spawn!

Circa 2006

Belllllly Shot – 22 Weeks
October 22, 2008, 1:05 am
Filed under: babygonzo!

Gratuitous belly shot with Monday Night Football in the background. I’m disappointed that it doesn’t look as big and glorious in this picture as it seems in real life! I guess it’s my view from the top that is misleading! I still can’t believe there’s a baby in there – Sam keeps suggesting it might be a cat. Guess we’ll have to wait and see. :)

Note – The mysterious horizontal red line around my stomach is not hormonal, but an indicator of where I usually wear those shorts. Oh yes – Significantly above my bellybutton. Is it any mystery as to why Sam calls me granny? I think not.

October 21, 2008, 1:58 am
Filed under: babygonzo!

The first fifteen pictures of our child, proudly displayed alongside Austin’s own lovely Leslie.

Bonus points if you can spot the penis! :)

Mr. Powell
October 21, 2008, 1:34 am
Filed under: politicrazy

*WARNING WARNING… Psuedo-political post ahead – I’m sorry I can’t help it!*

Although I can’t say I’m a little biased, for obvious reasons I was really excited about Colin Powell’s recent endorsement of Obama on Meet the Press Sunday morning…. However, more so than being happy about his support, I was much more impressed by the way upon which he spoke about the atmosphere in America right now and about the world’s perception of us and the ways in which he hopes that this country will change with the new administration. I have to say that I agreed with every word that came out of his mouth and it was really inspirational to hear someone who is kind of from the “old-guard” in politics to have the nerve to share such a progressive viewpoint, especially when it goes against his own party lines.

One thing Powell said that really resonated with me was completely apolitical though, and that’s really what I wanted to share through this post. Powell was sharing his concern that so many people seemed to be hung up on this (completely fabricated) idea that Obama is Muslim. What he said in reaction to people questioning Obama’s faith was this,

“Well, the correct answer is, he is not a Muslim, he’s a Christian. He’s always been a Christian. But the really right answer is, what if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer’s no, that’s not America. Is there something wrong with some seven-year-old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she could be president? Yet, I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion, “He’s a Muslim and he might be associated terrorists.” This is not the way we should be doing it in America.

Maybe it’s because I’m about to bring a kid into this world, or maybe it’s because my outrageous hormones leave me crying at every pet shelter commercial; all I know is that his point really touched me. Why should someone’s religious affiliation, race, sexual orientation, class status, take-your-pick classification matter in this country that was BUILT upon equality? This is something that I personally think every day, but to have such a well respected man in the political arena state this truth was for some reason really inspiration to me and I just couldn’t help but to share. I mean, shouldn’t this be the goal of ALL Americans? To build a nation in which our children can grow up knowing that they can be who they want to be without being afraid of being discriminated against based on their choices, or where they were born, or what class or social system they were born into? In my opinion this should be the shared vision of all Americans; Republicans and Democrats alike. I look forward to the day when the suggestion (true or not) that a political candidate is somehow different from the masses is no longer a scandalous issue that even warrants discussion.