Wednesday, April 29, 2009

"Do these pants make my circulation look cut off?"

Tomorrow I'm leaving right after work to head to Connecticut for the big wedding weekend. So far, almost everything has gone very smoothly, which I credit entirely to Erin and our moms. In fact, there's only been one real problem: the pants from the suit I'm wearing in the wedding don't technically "fit."

I'd been talking for weeks about how I should try them on, but, as you might have heard somewhere, talk is cheap. I finally got around to it on Sunday night, and wouldn't you know, they fit like a tight, pleated glove.

Since then, I've been soaking the waist band with water, then stretching the pants around a hanger (it's a bit hard to describe). Well, I did that one time anyway. Otherwise, I've been putting them on and doing stretches and squats. When I feel my lower body start to tingle I change.

Still, if this is the only hitch in our giddyup at this point I think we're in good shape. I figure that once I've had a few drinks at the reception, my dancing will loosen these trousers up anyway.

Monday, April 27, 2009

"Help Me, Father--- I Fear For My Life!"

Greetings from Premarital Land! Depending on who you ask, there are either 5 or 4 days until our wedding. If it's someone with a calendar, it's 5. I am extremely thankful to be marrying a to-do-listing, very organized woman. This weekend was eerily calm, in that almost all of the planning was done. Almost all of the planning, that is. kept reminding Erin, who kept reminding me, that "the groom should have gotten his final haircut" already. Not wanting to disappoint either one, I went today. It looks great-- boyish yet sophisticated, rakish yet fitting as I stand in front of my loved ones this weekend to be wed.

Yet it was almost not to be-- a Scantron® test nearly sunk our wedding a little over a week ago. About a month ago, Erin and I had to take the compatibility test that the church requires of all engaged couples. I was taking my time, about halfway done when I noticed Erin come out of the other room (the priest made us go into different rooms to take the test, lest we fake our compatibilty). So I rushed to finish, and in doing so created an awkward situation that we walked headfirst into last week.

When we arrived for our meeting with the priest, he said that he had the scored results from the test. We were apparently in the "top 2" couples of the 25 he has counseled over the years, but there were a few answers that we had to go over.

"One question was a key indicator, meaning we have to talk about it," he said. "The question was, 'I am afraid my spouse is going to harm me.' Nate, you agreed. Erin, you disagreed."

I wasn't sure what to say, in that I had apparently misread the question. I wanted to tell him that it was a mistake, but would he even believe me? If, as he now thought, Erin really was prone to physical violence, wouldn't I lie when confronted about the question in front of her? I figured it would just be best to laugh, but not too quickly or nervously.

Luckily, he seemed to buy my cover story. "Wow, I've never seen anyone say yes to that question," he marveled. I couldn't help but think of those other 23 couples. Even when he thought I was afraid that Erin was going to harm me, we still placed second?

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Pottery and Pampering

A few weeks for for my bachalorette day, my friends surprised me at Color Me Mine on the cape and each person painted Nate and I a dessert place, or ice cream bowl incorporating the wedding colors into their masterpieces. They came out great, Julie picked them up for me today!! Here is a picture of everyone hard at work.

After the pottery fun, we all went back to Lauren's house in Falmouth where a mobile spa came to give massages, pedicures and manicures for everyone. It was so fun and relaxing and of course ended in a slumber party! What a perfectly fun day and night! Thanks girls- I can't wait to have you all over for dessert.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Baby Update

We had our 18 week ultrasound today, and we have decided not to find out the sex of the babies- for you crafters out there, you will just have to be creative with neutrals! The baby was very cooperative and the tech got all the measurements for all the body parts she needed. It was so cool to see the heart beating and the brain and all the little bones. The baby was still moving around a lot, and I am starting to feel it more when I am lying still, but seeing it on the screen is still crazy. It was constantly kicking it's feet and rubbing them together and was turning over and facing different directions. Here is a profile picture of the face and body. It's a lot less roomy in there than last time when you could see the whole baby in one picture!!!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

16 Weeks

When we first found out that Erin was pregnant, I insisted on taking a picture of her belly every week. That lasted for about two weeks before she started to refuse, telling me I could take a picture every month. I rhetorically asked if we were only going to take pictures of our child on his/her birthdays, but she wouldn't budge. Well, last week I was finally allowed to take a few pictures. Though the bump is very tiny at this point, we love to look at it, talk about it, and talk to it.

Not to worry, folks-- the belly button ring will be coming out soon.

During her bachelorette party last night, Erin was able to feel the baby move for the first time! I'm very excited to feel it myself soon. My bachelor party was being held at the same time, and though I felt something rumbling around in my stomach, I'm pretty confident it wasn't a baby. Still, for the sake of completeness, I've posted a picture of myself, and will continue to do so every four weeks. As the old saying goes, what's good for the goose is good for the gander. So have a gander at this:

In case you're wondering and haven't seen me in a while, I don't have a 50's style flattop haircut. It's just a normal short haircut, though the flash in this picture makes me look like the bass player in every movie about early rock & roll ever made.