Welcome to our life!

Hi, I'm Allison! I'm a thirtysomething, freshly baked, stay-at-home mom. I'm originally from Connecticut, now living in Germany, hence the name of the blog. I live in southern Germany with my German husband and our baby boy. Life has turned out to be nothing I ever expected, and am so incredibly happy with it! We certainly do have a lot of laughs! I hope you will enjoy following our new experiences raising a little half American/ half German in a little German town.

Freitag, 24. Juni 2011

So close, I can taste it

Summer break begins exactly one week from today.  This year especially, I am itching to get out!
Its gearing up to be a busy summer here at Casa del Roesner.  My cousin and her friend Carla are due in any day, the last stop on their whirlwind 7 weeks in Europe.  Of course, it would be more wonderful if I were not working all next week, and didn't have a "goodbye" dinner on Tuesday night and a end of year after school party on Wednesday, but no way out of that stuff.  The good news though is that we'll be able to spend evenings together, they'll have their freedom, and we can look forward to exciting German traveling the first week of July. 
My cousin leaves on the 10th of July, and I am trying to convince dear Joern that I cannot live without spending a few days in Italy, lounging on the beach, and taking a few dips in the Adriatic.  We'll see how this works out.
I also am in the process of booking my ticket home for the summer.  I really wish Joern could come with me, but we're not in the greatest position to travel right now, you know, witt the house being built and all.  But, I am probably going to be home for about 4 weeks.  I am so looking forward to hanging out with my dad, my sister, my aunt, and my cousin (the one who will be here very soon.)  I have lots of shopping to do too! 
I can imagine that following my trip home, my final summer weeks in Germany will be spent packing, and wracking my brains about final decisions on the house. 
Fill the in-betweens with some doctor's appointments, and hopefully, quite a few books, and I have just completed my eight week summer vacation.  It goes so quick!

Montag, 20. Juni 2011

Rounding out the first trimester

Today is an exciting day!  Tomorrow, I'm 12 weeks!  This means I am thisclose to the end of the first trimester- already! 

So far, I have been pretty okay.  I noticed that I am more tired over the past few weeks, and am looking forward to my second trimester energy boost!  I have recently also been having some cramps.  I talked with my aunt, and did some reading, and cramping is kind of normal at 12 weeks.  It turns out that everything is really growing, and pulling on everything inside my body. 

As far as food goes, I've been eating watermelon like its going out of style.  Oh and peaches, I am so happy that peaches are starting to come into season.  I figure you can't really go wrong with peaches and watermelon though!

I'm starting to realize that I'm growing a little baby bump!  My stomach has never been the flatest to begin with, but over the past few days, it is getting much rounder, and although I still don't look pregnant, I definately look different!

We are going to the doctor next week Wednesday for our NT scan.  This was an optional test, and we decided to do it, not out of concern over Down Syndrome, but because it provides a really early look at the spine and the organs, so that we know if there is a problem.  I had blood work already at our last appointment for the NT scan, so now, we're just waiting until next week for the results.

Oh, something exciting happened today:  I got to work and checked my email, and my maternity leave cover was advertised internally today.  Wow!  I never knew what an exciting feeling it would be to see your own job advertised, because it is such an exciting thought to be on maternity leave!  I spoke with my principal today, and he would like me to come to the staff meeting on Wednesday and make an announcement (kind of like closing the stall door after the horse escapes, as the whole staff read the email today, and it listed my position and the location- which would leave only my friend Iris, or myself, as the pregnant one.)  Oh well!  And then I asked him about letting the parents know.  He said that I should tell the parents myself.  So, I talked about it with my colleagues, and we decided that I would announce at the beginning of our end of year party on Wednesday.  So, Wednesday is a day of big announcements at work!