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Merry Christmas

December 23, 2013 in Uncategorized by Tobi

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Curtis Family.

We hope your holidays are full of time with family and friends.  We hope you get everything you wished for.  We hope you catch a terrible case of cheer.

But most of all, we hope you get to experience the peace and joy that come with the gift of Christ.  A gift that came in a very small package and has already paid the very large price for your salvation.  God loves you immensely and so do we.


Jake, Tobi, Cub, Mila & Hugo

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22 Weeks

December 22, 2013 in Our Little Cub by Tobi

22weeksThis week…

Cub is the size of a… papaya!  She’s about ten and a half inches and weighs a pound.  From here on out, she’s really going to be packing on the baby weight!

My bump is… feeling pretty large.  I’ve gained exactly as much as I should have so far, but I feel bigger than I expected to.  We get a pretty good laugh out of how awkward and unbalanced I am at times!

Our favorite thing has been…  our family and friends starting to get excited about welcoming Cub.  We’ve gotten some really sweet gifts and notes about our little one and we feel so blessed and supported.  I also love feeling her kicks and punches getting stronger and more consistent all the time.

I have been feeling… pretty great!  Besides being big and awkward, I have very few bad days and feel up to most things.  I can still run out of gas pretty suddenly though, so we try not to pack the schedule too tightly.  Working out and getting lots of sleep helps me feel at my tip top.

I have been craving… long massages… does that count!?  Seriously though, no consistent food cravings, just whatever sounds tasty at the moment.  I have been loving navel oranges, stroganoff and toast and scrambled egg sandwiches.  It’s a long story, but I never did get that soul food I was hoping for!

We are looking forward to… Christmas and the New Year!  We’re completely done with our shopping and ready to spend the week relaxing with our families.  We both have some much needed time off and can’t wait to make the most of it.  We’re ecstatic about starting 2014, the year we’ll meet our daughter!  We’re also excited about having Cub’s next check up and starting our birth class in the first week of January.


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20 Weeks

December 8, 2013 in Our Little Cub by Tobi


This week…

We’re half way there and we’re having a girl!

Cub is the size of a… banana!  She’s about six and half inches from the top of her head to the tip of her toes and she weighs about ten and a half ounces.

My bump is… the real deal!  There is no sucking it in these days.  I’m still getting used to the feeling because it is hard to bend at the waist and I’m starting to feel unbalanced, but I’m also extremely proud of my bump since it’s keeping Cub healthy and safe as she grows.

Our favorite thing has been…  there have been so many favorite things in the last two weeks that I really can’t pick just one, so I’ll name a few.

No. 1 – At nineteen weeks, Cub had her big anatomy scan.  It was completely beautiful and humbling for us to see every inch of her miniaturized little body, from the ventricles in her brain, to the four chambers of her heart to her tiny hands and feet.  She measured perfectly and the sonographer assured us that every little part of her anatomy was “textbook”.  We could not have been prouder or felt more blessed as parents.  She wiggled around, waved and sucked her little thumb.  In fact, the only things we didn’t see were her gendered parts.  As hard as it was to close our eyes and not open the envelope when we left, we were so excited to be surprised with our families later that week at Cub’s gender reveal!

No. 2 – On Black Friday both of our families got together for a beautiful Black Tie Gender Reveal for Cub at my grandmother’s house in Southern California.  My mom lovingly planned a completely decadent and over the top soiree instead of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.  It was one of the best nights of our lives!  Everyone got dressed up and we had a delicious steak dinner and a big confetti reveal.  My aunt made a beautiful cake and arranged the poppers and balloons, so she was the only one there who knew the sex of the baby.  The best part was having both families there with us when we found out that our Cub is a baby girl!  There was lots of screaming and celebrating.  We could not be more excited for our little girl and we will never forget what a magical night it was!  I wrote a little post about it with a video here and hope to have more photos in a few weeks.

No. 3 – Cub’s movements have been getting stronger, and this week Jake felt her kick for the first time!  It has been so fun getting to feel her moving around several times a day, but sharing that feeling with him was a whole new level of awesome. He is now convinced that she will be a soccer player just like him!

After all that wonderful stuff happening back to back, we have had a hard time wiping the smiles off our faces!  Next comes Christmas with our friends and families and then, in the New Year, it will be all about preparing for our little girl’s arrival!

I have been feeling… happier than ever.  As Cub gets bigger, I’m starting to feel more intense fatigue from things like hard workouts or being on my feet at Ikea all day.  I’m hoping to find a good balance between doing it all and getting the rest we need.

Being completely candid, I am occasionally very fearful about all the things that could happen to Cub.  I remember some of the dark places we struggled through during infertility and our miscarriage and I can’t help but compare them to the joy we feel now.  Of course I don’t want to go back there.  I hear stories every day about mother’s losing their babies from this point all the way until their due dates and beyond.  I know many of them personally and my heart aches for them.  We love this baby so much and can’t imagine losing her.  There is such a temptation there for me to think that things must be too good to be true and that heartbreak is lurking around the corner.  I just try to remember every day to appreciate this beautiful season in our lives and not to take it for granted.  Our God isn’t a cruel one, hiding out or waiting to snatch things away from us.  He is a loving and merciful God who has a plan for each of us.  A plan that is totally unique and better than we could imagine even when it is hard to understand.

I want to be honest about my feelings and that sometimes I find it really difficult not to worry.  My friends with kids assure me that this is a constant struggle of motherhood from here on out!

I have been craving… soul food!  My first real craving just hit this week and I’m constantly thinking about fried chicken, ribs, red beans and rice and corn bread.  I have no idea where it came from since we don’t get soul food very often.  We don’t know many good places around here, but Jake has promised he will take me to a restaurant we found on Yelp this week.  I can’t wait!

We are looking forward to… Christmas!  We’re busy with shopping and planning and all of that fun stuff, but we can’t wait to settle in with our families and celebrate in a couple of weeks.


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Gender Reveal

December 2, 2013 in Our Little Cub by Tobi

This weekend our families put on the ritz with a Black Friday Black Tie Gender Reveal for little Cub.  We could not have been more excited to have our loved ones together or to find out the sex of our little one!  My mom did an incredible job and everyone in the family pitched in.  My aunt was the ONLY one in the family who knew because she sorted out the balloon, confetti poppers and a beautiful homemade cake.  Jake and I were just as surprised and thrilled as everyone else!




We are ecstatic to be welcoming a little girl into the world in April!  She is already so precious and so tough at the same time.  Thanks to everyone who celebrated with us!  More photos to come in a couple of weeks.


Photography: Tina Chiou Photography

Balloon & Poppers: The Gender Reveal