Saturday, January 19, 2008

Some new developments!

Well I don't have any pictures to add to this post, but since I always enjoy a new post from others even if it doesn't have pictures, I thought I'd take a chance and do it anyway. Well there certainly have been a lot of things going on with us lately. First, my birthday was last Monday, and I'm now 26...wow...I still feel 16. I had my gestational diabetes screening, and I failed it, so on my birthday I had the glucose tolerance test, and I'm still waiting to find out the results on that one. I'm guessing I don't have it, since I know the doctor has seen the results, and I haven't gotten a phone call, but I do have an appointment on Tuesday, so maybe she's waiting to tell me there. Who knows...but until then, I will continue to eat my dairy queen ice cream cake leftovers without guilt! I am now 31 weeks along, and I can't imagine her getting any bigger in there, but from what I'm told, she will. I'm a little nervous actually. Last night it felt like she was trying to break her way out of my stomach. Not so fun, but I still love her.

I finally went on Mat leave!!! YAY! I know it seems a little early, but I met the requirements to get it, and with all of the other stuff (I'll get to in a second), I felt like I had so much to do and so little time! So last Tuesday was my official last day of work, and so far it's been so great! I've spent time with my mom and sisters and the kids the last few days, and that's always so fun! I've slept in, and that's been wonderful. Especially when Michael gets into bed at 7:30am, and I used to get out at 8:00...it stunk. Now I get to stay a little longer, and I haven't let myself sleep as late as he does, even though I've been tempted. He works so hard for us, and I'm so grateful for the sacrifices he's making working nights to provide for our growing little family.

And now for the big news! We're moving in with my parents on February 15th!!! Can you believe it? We're moving in with them because we're leaving the country entirely a few months after that, and we found GREAT renters who wanted our place, and we couldn't let them get away. So now about leaving the country. Michael's new job is taking us over to Europe for 6 months in order for Michael and his co-workers to finish up some training. The destination is not entirely set in stone. It's been a few places so far, but we're pretty confident in saying that we at least be spending some time in an Italian town in Switzerland called Campione d'Italia. It's a very small little town right on Lake Lugano, and from what I can figure out, it's about half way between Lake Como and Milan. We've seen some pictures, and it's honestly breathtaking. We can't believe that we'll get to go there! We may stay there the whole time, or we may end up going to another destination somewhere over there, but the idea is, we'll be gone for 6 months. We'll leave sometime after the baby is born (Michael might have to go a little early without me). But for now, we're moving into my parents basement for a few months before we go. I really didn't want to have to move out entirely, just to move back in, so we're leaving our place furnished, and taking our personal stuff, and bunking in the basement. I was planning on moving in anyway when the baby was born, so it's all good with me!

A lot of people have asked if we're really ok about this, and our answer is that if we weren't having a baby right at the same time, we'd be thrilled! The only downside is that this all needs to happen in the spring, and there are so many unknowns with the baby coming. At first they were thinking they wanted to go BEFORE the baby was born and I would have her over there, so now, with this new plan, I'm much more relieved! Anyway, just so you know, as with any plan, things don't always go the way you hope. We are about 99% sure that we're going, but we just don't know the dates. So don't be surprised if something in my explanation has to change! I'll keep you updated that's for sure!

Here's a picture off of the internet of where we'll be living. The town on the right is Campione, and the place across the lake is Lugano! Beautiful hey!??

17 comments:

JA Crew said...

Oh my goodness!!! How exciting!!!! What an experience that would be!! Definately need to keep updating on that! WOW!!
Isnt' mat leave wonderful? Enjoy it!

Laura said...

I was so excited when I went on Mat leave. Yay for you. That is huge news. What a neat experience it will be for you. I wish you guys luck over the next while.....it sounds busy.

Proud Momma said...

crazy...that'll be so much fun for you guys! It's great to get away and be on your own!

Emily said...

It still sounds crazy no matter how many times I hear it. And I will miss you! :( But it is such a fun adventure that you are going to have!!! We will just suffer on our end without you! And yes, mat leave is the greatest invention in the world!! I'm so happy for you! Even though you are very busy. :)

Brooke said...

I have no words...just pangs of jealously! :) That is incredible! What an amazing experience you're going to have. On the other subject, I went on maternity leave at 35 weeks and don't regret a second of it. I enjoyed those last few weeks without any stress and time to just relax and get prepared. It was unforgettable! Have a blast! I am SO excited for you and all the happenings in your life!!!

BrittanyB said...

Your kidding me! That's so so exciting, and I'm so so jealous! I hope everything gets lined up as you want it to ;)

Jeni, Brian & Natalie Rawlins said...

Melin, that is soo crazy fun! I am pumped for you guys! I think it will be amazing and exciting. there is always a right to be scared, but as long as you are together... that is all that matters and i think it is great!

Mark & Emily said...

Oh so nice, I would kill to even visit italy!
How great that you get to go spend some quality time with your new baby in a bew beautiful place, not having to work all day, so you can go out and enjoy the sun :)

That will be great for your family, congrats

Mark & Emily said...

new* not bew haha

Judy said...

I notice all the positive comments are coming from young people. I must be too old to be excited about the move.

Ciara aka Queen Social Butterfly said...

Melin!

That is so so so amazing! I know you will have such adventures in Europe and then wherever the wind blows you right? LOL...all my canadian friends are leaving canada?!

bless your baby girl and I hope you two are doing well!

Amber said...

What a fun adventure for you and Michael!

The Hartle's said...

Melinda that is so awesome! That was our favorite place when we went on our trip over there... Caleb and I are jealous of you! Keep us posted!

Meagan Cooper said...

What a beautiful place you get to live for a few months. Enjoy it and all the amazing food you'll get to eat. Hope you are feeling well, I can't wait for Mini Melinda to appear!

Julie G said...

I have very mixed feelings about your post. First off, it will be an awesome, fun, amazing experience to go over there. What a great opportunity! It looks so beautiful! On the other hand, I NEED YOU HERE AND YOU WILL BE VERY MISSED! That is just my selfish take on the whole situation. ;)

Ryan & Jess said...

We might have to come over and visit you - it is GORGEOUS! We will sure miss you guys. It has been so fun to hang out. Can't wait until the little one is here!!

The Taylors said...

That sounds so exciting and adventurous! Yay for you! It'll be so fun to go and travel especially with a new baby to share the experience with. That photo is so beautiful! Jealous!!!!