And he will be called...

We are excited to announce that we will name our little boy Cooper Fries Botts. Josh and I really liked the name Cooper before and think it fits perfectly for this little one!  Fries, although it is spelled like "fries" is actually pronounced "freese".  This is Josh's middle name and the last name of his maternal grandfather.  Josh was very close to him and always looked up to him.  For that we really want to continue the tradition and honor him. 

I am now 26 weeks pregnant and doing really well!  The nausea and sickness is all gone and now I'm just watching my stomach grow quickly before my eyes!  Cooper is a little kicker and prefers to be awake during the night.

The Friday after Thanksgiving Josh and I decided to start working on his room.  We are going to transform Josh's old office into Cooper's room.  The walls were already painted blue and we've decided to use a lot of the decor that was already in there.  This was basically the "catch all" room for Josh's stuff so we are going to continue using his old antique toys and games.  That way those things still have a place.  Unfortunately, there's quite a bit more that had to go.  I guess this is the point in life where you decide what you really need and what has to go to make room for the kids!  Our house is growing smaller quite quickly!  We still have our guestroom though and put the desk out in our loft.  So don't feel too sorry for him!  :) 

The Room Before...
  There might be one piece of furniture that we can't get rid of.  Caroline discovered the office chair and Daddy showed her a fun new game.  The two of them have done this over and over for long periods of time.  It is SO cute to see her laughing.  She's quite the dare-devil! 

 We were lucky enough to receive a toddler bed from Josh's brother's family.  We put bedding on it and set it in her room next to her crib.  So far she has loved playing in it and reading books, but I am just not sure if she's quite ready to transition.  We might just have to buy another crib for a little while...  we will see!


Drumroll please...

And as you can see...

Josh, Caroline and I celebrated our new addition at the Cheesecake Factory on Friday night. We wanted to make finding out the gender a special time and we couldn't think of a better place than here! 2 years ago on the same Friday night (then it was Halloween night), we found out we were pregnant with Caroline and celebrated at the same spot. We opened the envelope and were actually both shocked to find out that we will be parents to a son!

It was a little past someone's bedtime so we got our cheesecakes to go and headed home! Caroline and I had gotten some surprises for Josh and a Big Sister Book for Caroline. We had pink and blue bags with some special presents depending on what the envelope read. After Caroline headed to bed, we celebrated by eating our cheesecake and toasting with sparkling apple cider! This little guy is already so special and we could not be more excited!!

It will be interesting learning all things BOY! I have heard many stories already about the differences and the one I'm most scared about it getting pee'd on nearly every day! The joys of parenthood! :)

Have we changed from 2 years ago?


IT'S A ...

Okay Okay... so I guess if I have to wait, then so does everyone else! :) Any guesses from the picture? We had our 20 week doctor's appointment this morning and had the anatomy sonogram. The ultrasound technician could tell if we are having a boy or girl!! However, we have decided to wait until tonight at dinner to open the envelope and find out as a family... so not much longer!! Above is the first picture of our little family of 4.
I am SO blessed!
We'll keep you posted!



It is FINALLY time to announce our biggest news! Baby Botts #2 will make his/her appearance somewhere around March 15th! I am 17 weeks pregnant today and time is just flying by! I have been more sick this time around and it has taken some time for the "surprise" to actually set in, but with out further ado... here are the first pictures of our little bundle of joy from the 8 week ultrasound!
Caroline isn't quite aware of all of the changes that are about to happen, but we just know she is going to be a GREAT big sister!!