Thursday, May 26, 2011

Summer is finally here!

Summer has officially arrived in Alaska. It has been mid 60's to low 70's all week. The days are sunny and the sun here in the land of the midnight sun is an amazing thing. Only a few more weeks until the solstice when it will never truly get dark. Me and Ocoee have been enjoying this weather with trips to the beach, easy going hikes and getting ready to camp this weekend up north at Byers Lake near Denali.

With school being out we have also been busy. My to do list is almost all accomplished. I have cleaned the house from top to bottom, planted my garden, shopped a little and booked my maternity photo session. Check out my photographer at: She will also do Ocoee's newborn photos.

Had another doctor visit on Wednesday, though I did show up on Monday to be reminded it was actually Wed....oh baby brain. All is well. Ocoee is kicking a up a storm and her heartbeat is strong. We have made nursery progress as well. We picked out the wall color, a soft yellow called Blonde Beauty, have the overstuffed glider in place, and ordered the crib. I also found some cool prints on Etsy... Now just have to get hubby inspired to put brush to paint.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Life is good

We are happy and growing at hacienda Fey. I am feeling the most comfortable I have felt since this whole journey began. We have sold the items in the "lounge" which will now become the nursery and paint swatches will be picked out this week. I have some good friends who are planning a baby shower for me and Mike has some incredible women he works with who have already given us some nice items. I have begun purchasing things here and there as I see good deals. This week I stocked up on Seventh Generation baby wipes as they were 40% love that. I also got the lamp from Target I have been coveting, along with some cute Organic Alaska Starfish company onsies at the farmers market on Sunday.

Only 4 more days until school is out and I can relax and start tackling things on the baby to do list....though the baby class might have to be moved since my hubby is really itching to do some fishing that day.....if I didn't love fresh Salmon I might complain.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

My hubby informed me that for every piece of pink clothing I buy he is going to offset it with his own fashion choices. Let's just say that they range from cute and funny to mildly offensive. But after some negotiations, insisting on organic, he has ordered his first onesie for Ocoee. Got to love the internet that he was able to find this in organic! His nickname is Bart so it is very fitting.

Also we are the gambling kind of family so we are betting on the official due date. Feel free to add your own wager. I am guessing Sept. 29th at 9:15 pm, while hubby has Sept. 14 at 4 am. The prize is a guilt free day of quality time outside the house, (ie fishing for him and shopping manicure for me).

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

My name is.....

So the name game begun for me years ago. I have had my baby names picked out like any true, slightly OCD, planner, and former girl scout counselor (always be prepared!) for years. I have heard all the warning about not telling people your name because they will make comments that could sting a bit....but I am ok with that. You don't go through life with the name Janelle and not hear a few comments. I have always loved having a name that wasn't that normal and loved that my mom named me after my aunt Jane and my aunt Nelle. Marie as the middle name is just a catholic girl thing.

Our daughter will be named Ocoee Dael Fey. Ocoee means In Eastern Cherokee: The place name Uwaga'hi (commonly written Ocoee) means The Maypop or Passion Flower which is a beautiful flowering vine, native to the south eastern United States, is also known as "wild apricot" and is the Tennessee State Wildflower. Passion Flowers are also known as Gulf fritillary butterflies. Dael means from the valley.

So Ocoee Dael would be Passion Flower Valley or Maypop Valley.

The Ocoee River is also my favorite river. It was a deeply spiritual place for the Cherokee. Dael is the feminine version of my brother, Dale's name. He and I are close and it sounded pretty nice with Ocoee, so that worked out well.

My wonderful hubby has been really supportive about my name picks. He just wanted to debated the spelling of Dael. I wanted Delle but he wanted Dael and I figure....what the heck, compromise, right!

So that is the name game. She will be vexed by never being able to find a personalized key chain off the rack but there is very little chance she will have other students in her classes with the same name.