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The Heart of a Bean

beanWe went to the doctor’s yesterday to get Christina and the bean checked up. They’ve determined that Christina is 10-12 weeks along now, our due date should be around October 22, and that everything seems to be in good working order. Best of all, we got to hear the slight pitter-patter that is the bean’s heart, which is nothing short of amazing. I didn’t realize how fast their hearts beat - probably twice that of a regular heart.

We definitely want to find out the sex before birth, if for no other reason than to help narrow down the choices for names, but that won’t happen for a few more weeks. Christina said that she “kinda” liked Evangeline, which is a beautiful name, and “kinda” is among the best responses she’s had to any name yet. That’s assuming, of course, that the baby is a girl; if it’s a boy, I’m leaning towards Megatron. We’re looking for uncommon, but not far-fetched, names. (And, hopefully, nothing too trendy.) Any ideas?

There is one unfortunate side effect in this whole baby situation: with the dawning of a new baby comes the dusk of our beloved Ruckus. We simply can’t have a dog like him around. He’s too hyper, too random, too stressful, bites too much, and needs too much attention to be a good dog for a baby, so we’ve got little choice other than to give him away. Fortunately, Christina’s cousin has a friend who wants a Jack Russell terrier and - hey, wuddya know - we happen to have one available. At least this happened at a good time where we know someone who can take him in.

We never wanted to be the type of people who take in pets and them give them up on a whim, so believe me when I say that this decision was not on a whim; it’s something we’ve been thinking hard about since we found out about the pregnancy. We really do believe this is the best desicion for all parties involved, even Ruckus, but we are sad to see him go. He’s a cute pup and he’ll be great for someone’s family but, unfortunately, we aren’t that family.

Our Newest Family Member - Ruckus!

We got a Jack Russell Terrier last week. His name, Ruckus, came somewhat accidentally. We were discussing names for the pup (he’s 13 weeks now) and Christina said something like, “Are you causing a ruckus?” And then I said, “Ruckus, that’s a good name. I like it.” Christina and Sierra agreed and so it stuck. He’s such a great dog (for now, anyway). He’s had a few potty accidents, but he’s still young so that’s to be expected. He loves people, playing, and cuddling while sleeping.

Ruckus

I didn’t want to make the announcement until I had some good pics to put up, but we can’t find our battery charger for our camera so I just used this camera-phone pic. More to come! (As soon as we find our charger, that is…)

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