Sunday, April 29, 2007

It's a boy!

John and I found out on Thursday. When the doctor told us the news, John let out a very excited gasp. I tried to hold back happy tears.

Maylin was so excited when I told her after school that day. She gave me a big smile and hug. She is so looking forward to helping out. Really wants to hold the baby and even feed him. She made it clear she wouldn't be changing any diapers, though.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Almost five months!

Okay, many of you guessed correctly already -- we're pregnant! My belly is already looking huge at nearly five months. I've been feeling the baby move for the last three weeks and it's wonderful! My next ultrasound in a few weeks will be in awesome 3-D! We will find out the sex of the baby then.

Pregnancy's been going great, but my Paris springtime allergies have not been so wonderful. Having trouble sleeping these days because of coughing fits and an incessant runny nose. It's the worst at night. In the daytime, I'm actually all right.

More on the pregnancy later. Just wanted to let you know that I've been offline for awhile because we went to the beautiful island of Corsica for two weeks. It was our best vacation ever -- relaxing, amazing scenery, fun-filled beach days for Maylin, interesting food, friendly people and animals...photos soon, I hope. I'm kind of dreading going over seven hundred photos -- the deleting and editing could take a lifetime.

Maylin was a wonderful traveler and is really blossoming into a big girl. She is so caring, so considerate. As an example, after a late dinner in Corsica, we all walked back to the hotel. As we crossed the street to the sidewalk, I stumbled on the curb, totally lost my balance, and landed on all fours pretty hard. After John had picked me up and I had dusted myself off and saw to my minor wounds, Maylin asked the question that summed up what we were all thinking: "Is the baby okay?" I reassured her that it was probably fine since I didn't land on my belly, but she did take extra precaution by holding my hand and making me walk on the inside of the sidewalk, away from the curb. Was this really a four year-old having the thoughtfulness and consideration of someone much older? She impresses me more and more each day.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Some big news

If you don't know already, we're moving back to the States! Back to Berkeley to be precise. Looks like it will happen towards the end of June. So, it'll be sad to say farewell to all the great friends we've made here in Paris, but it'll be nice to be reunited with wonderful family and friends in the Bay Area.

I will continue my blog, despite the move, since it really is more about me than me in Paris, in particular. So the URL will stay the same (don't delete your bookmarks!), but I'll have to change "Caroline in Paris" to "Caroline in Berkeley" or something else. Any ideas?

We'll do our best to keep up our French -- need to meet some Bay Area francophones. Keeping up Maylin's will be a challenge, but my French is still way ahead of hers so maybe if she and I set aside regular time to converse in French, we might be okay. Yesterday, while we were playing together, she took the initiative to speak in French to me. She's got a very cute accent, has completely mastered the back-in-the-throat "r," and just needs to work on vocabulary, verb conjugations, and genders of nouns (!).

We've got some other big news to share, but maybe I'll keep you in suspense for a little while if you don't know already...