The Siberian American: Let’s Have a Coffee Date: Vacation Plans, Pregnancy, and Residency (Vol. 7)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Let’s Have a Coffee Date: Vacation Plans, Pregnancy, and Residency (Vol. 7)

Hello, friends! I have several little things I want to share with y’all, so I thought we’re due for another coffee date. I’ve mentioned before that May and June have been super busy for us this year (in a good way), so I’m excited to have the chance to sit down and write about life.


I would start off and share the news that we found out we’re having a baby boy! Other than the reveal on this blog, I haven’t really shared on social media since I figured it would spread through word of mouth. Plus, it’s been more fun to tell people in person! I’d also probably joke around and ask if you had any name ideas. Funny enough, when I say “we” can’t decide on a boy name or “we” can’t come up with anything, what I really mean is Chris. I have a list of about ten boys names I love, but he hasn’t liked any of them. I also went through a list of 600 names with him a few days ago, and he wasn’t impressed. He hasn’t told me any names he actually does like, though, so I’m going to just give him some time before I start pressuring him for an actual opinion.

Speaking of Chris, he was finally able to feel the baby move on Monday, and he was so excited! Our little one has been super active lately, so I knew it was a matter of time before I could time it correctly. I finally did, and I was so glad Chris was able to join in on the fun!

Also, now that we know we are having a boy, we went to Babies R’ Us for the first time, and I must say it was both exciting and overwhelming at the same time. I had done quite a bit of research before we went, but the magnitude of the options available is just crazy to see. We’ve asked several friends for their opinions as well, but everyone has a different opinion on everything, and who knows what will actually work for baby once you’re in the thick of things! I’m glad we went, though, because the sales people are super knowledgeable and were able to answer questions we didn’t know we had until we looked!

We finally decided on a destination for our birthday/anniversary/babymoon trip! I know I’ve said a few times we were having trouble making a decision, and I think it’s because I was feeling a lot of pressure because it’s our last trip before baby! (We obviously canceled our Yellowstone trip because we were worried about me being far from a hospital at 35 weeks pregnant!). Chris also had a really short window of when he could take vacation time, so we were a bit limited on flights and destinations. We finally decided on flying into Boston and taking a road trip to Maine! We loved our short time in Maine on our fall color cruise a few years ago, so I am excited to see more of such a gorgeous state. We’re thinking of stopping in a few places in Massachusetts and New Hampshire before exploring a bunch of small towns in Maine. I haven’t nailed down an itinerary because there are so many places I want to see in the area. All I know is there will be plenty of lobster (a return to the Clam Shack is a must!) and fresh blueberries.


Speaking of road trips, Blogging for Books sent me a copy of Road Food (10th Edition) by Jane and Michael Stern, and I am pretty much obsessed with it. One of our favorite parts of a vacation is deciding where to eat, so you better believe I quickly flipped over to the Maine section to see if any of the spots were on the way for us. I was excited to see that Clam Shack was on their list because it’s just so good! I love that the reviews are short and to the point, and the book showcases a great variety of food. We will definitely be using it for our latest road trip and others in the future.

On Friday, Chris and I are headed to a residency graduation dinner. It’s obviously not for him, but it’s crazy to me that this year has flown by so quickly. In just a few days, it will be a year since we moved from Chicago. I’m a little bummed this year is almost over because Chris’s call is going to be insane next year, but it’s also exciting to be closer to the end! I know these next three years are just going to fly by, and soon we will be going to his graduation dinner!

I promise I wouldn’t just talk about myself if we met for coffee, so tell me about you! What has been going on in your life lately?

13 comments:

  1. Lots of exciting things happening for you! :) I agree that baby boy names are more difficult than girls' for whatever reason. And for your Maine trip, have you been to Kennebunkport? We did a New England road trip (Boston, southern Maine, and Newport) a few years ago, but only briefly stopped in Kennebunkport. It is so adorable! We have always said we want to spent a night or two there if we get the chance to go back to Maine.

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  2. We went to the Cape Cod area last summer and looooved our time there. Kyle and I have been to Nantucket twice now and I'm obsessed with the vibe in that area. So relaxed and smart and friendly! You guys are going to have a great trip! That book sounds like a great travel/food companion, too.
    I am loving all your baby updates. When we have kids I'm going to have to be so careful about not going nuts in a baby store... lol. Is it weird we already have names picked out...? Because we totally do. Ha!

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  3. I love that y'all are thinking about flying into Boston and then roadtripping up to Maine for a birthday/anniversary/babymoon! That just sounds like so much fun! And I was so overwhelmed when we walked into Buy Buy Baby for the first time! There really is just so many options, and it's hard to know where to even start!

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  4. What a fun idea for a baby moon!

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  5. Picking baby names is so hard! My husband picked my daughter's first name and I picked her middle name, and vice versa for our son. I didn't loooove her first name (Ingrid) at first but now I do because it's HER.
    Babies R Us can be so overwhelming. Just make your list of essentials and stick to it!
    Babymoon in Maine sounds wonderful! I would love to go there someday.

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  6. Aww I'm sure it was so exciting for Chis to feel the baby move-- and I can only imagine how fun (but overwhelming) a trip to Babies R Us, would be! Your babymoon sounds wonderful-- that is a trip I'd love to make one day too! The book you got from Blogging For Books, sounds so fun-- food is usually my favorite thing when we travel too.

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  7. Ah I am behind! Congrats on the baby boy! :) And Chris feeling him move! :) Those are big things! Maine is somewhere I would really like to go. And back to Boston. We cruised from Boston to the Maritimes and that whole region is so great. I'd love to visit our friends in Boston and then go up to Maine sometime! :) Can't wait to see/hear about it from you! :) That book sounds amazing... jealous! hehe Xo -Alexandra

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  8. So much exciting stuff for you guys friend! Glad that hubby was able to feel baby boy moving! I can only imagine walking into Babies R Us and being overwhelmed, so many choices and decisions!

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  9. CONGRATS on finding out baby is on team blue! And yay for booking your trip and feeling the baby move. SO much excitement <3

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  10. I know exactly what you mean about that first trip to Babies R Us...there's just SO MUCH STUFF! You'll figure it out, mama! Also, I'm going to my first residency graduation dinner tomorrow! I love how much our lives line up like that!

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  11. I hope you had a great time at the graduation dinner! I think a road trip from Boston to Maine sounds perfect! I have been pretty much everywhere in the continental US except for the Northeast & the West coast so it sounds extra exciting to me lol. When my friend was pregnant with her son a couple of years ago she joked & said she knew it had to be a boy because her & her husband had gone through an entire baby book of names & had loved a bunch of girl names but only agreed on ONE boy name. Hopefully their second baby that's due this fall is a girl! LOL. Good luck with the name search.

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  12. Love your Maine trip idea!! We did a northeast road trip last year for anniversary. I'm obsessed with Hanover (and the Hanover Inn) in NH!! There's also this fantastic bakery called King Arthur Flour that has some delicious cooking classes I've been wanting to try! I can't wait to hear more about your trip!

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  13. Christopher and I had the exact same thing happen with boy names!! I'd list off several that I LOVED and he just wasn't impressed with any of them. But then had no suggestions of his own, haha! Thankfully girl names were a lot easier for us. I'm not sure what we'll do if we end up with a son in the future!

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