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Ryan and I began our journey together over 9 years ago, when we began dating. We became life partners in August of 2004, and this past fall we welcomed a baby into our family. Topher Van Sol was born Oct. 3, 2009. We have two wonderful dogs that bring joy everyday and are getting used to this attention stealer! I am a counselor in training, and Ryan is an Educational Assistant at a residential treatment center. He is also working on his MSW. We live to serve and love. We are blessed my our friendships and family.

Friday, March 27, 2009

From Ryan

I CAN NOT WAIT! this was a surprise pregnancy, but it is very welcome. every day i think about this child that Angie has growing in her, and every day i fail to wrap my mind around how HUGE this is for us! life forming... it is absolutely amazing, nerve wrecking, and exciting all wrapped up into one.
i guess at times you have to make plans, like Angie and i did to have a baby after she was finished with grad school(so much for that one), and at times you just have to smile and thank God that life has it's own plan that you have very little say over. we always walk the line between that which is of our own doing and that which is due to the active processes of the world outside of our control.
fatherhood... any advice?

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Telling the family!

I thought I would share with everyone the way Ryan and I decided to share the news with our parents and Ryan's extended family. First, Ryan's parents. (Unfortunately, we don't have any pics from that!)

We decided that since it was Alan's (Ryan's Dad) birthday, that would be the perfect time to run to Cruces and surprise them. We let Stanna in on the birthday surprise, and she wasn't really suspicious because we have often surprised various family member on special occasions...so she was really none the wiser! We also let Chris in on the surprises... both of them. Ryan was excited that Chris would be the first to know! Anyway, Ryan and I got a birthday cake for Alan and on the cake we wrote "We Are Pregnant!" walked in the house singing Happy Birthday... and when it got to the part where you say the name of the person, Chris, Ryan, and I said "Happy Birthday, Dear Grandpa!" and with their mouths wide open, both Stanna and Alan stared while I began to cry. Ryan and I nodded our heads and it began to sink in. It was perfect!

The second place we had to stop was in El Paso to see my parents. Ryan and I left Cruces on Saturday morning and drove to EP, and as soon as I got to my parent's neighborhood, I called to make sure they were home. I said that we were out running errands, and they both got on the phone, which is what they usually do when I call to chat. So, Ryan and I pulled up to the house, still on the phone, and we snuck in the front door. It was perfect... they were both sitting in the kitchen on the phone... and Ryan and I made our way into view and they both started laughing. They thought we were there to share the news about Ryan getting into grad school... Ryan and I has prepared signs that read "Guess What?" on one side, and "You're Grandparents!" (with an arrow pointing to my tummy) on the other. It was so fun to watch them react. Here are those pics:

The best part about this story is after my mom and dad hugged me, and mom and I cried, she reached out her hand towards Ryan, shook his hand and said, "YOU DID IT!!!!" It was hilarious!


The last group we told was Ryan's extended family. Luckily, we had already planned a Valentine's Dinner at Ryan's grandparent's house in T or C, so we knew this would be perfect. Ryan's two uncles and their families would be there, as well as Ryan's grandparents. With Stanna in the know, we pretended that she wanted to take a family picture with her new camera before dinner. So everyone crowded around me (I strategically placed myself right in the middle) Ryan got the camera and told everyone to say, "Say 'CHEESE!'" He took the picture, and then said, "Angela, you look a little weird!" Everyone thought he was insulting me... and so he said we needed another one. This time he told everyone to say, "Say 'Angie's PREGNANT!'" and then he just continuously took pics. Most of them were pretty blurry from people moving around and hugging... but below are a few of the good ones. I just love looking at the faces. Some thought we were joking, other's a little confused... and a lot of love.


Here we are. I am anticipating what is about to happen!

A few of them got it... it took a minute for it to really sink in!

Aunt Suzie had the best reaction!

Everyone hugged and a few of us cried. I cried a lot when Papa (Ryan's grandpa) revealed the bassinet he had built for our children. It was a wonderful night!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

It's a.... human with a heartbeat!

Welcome to week 14. This was an exciting milestone for us, we got to hear the baby's heart beat. It was so interesting. There was a moment of panic when my midwife put the instrument on my tummy, moved it around and began searching for the baby and the heartbeat. She finally found it and sighed, then baby moved and she lost it. It's going to be one of those babies! She searched again and found the beautiful little sound. It was so neat. It's amazing how this little sound can take your breath away.

Everything else went well with our appointment. I really love our midwife. She is so calm and easygoing about things. She answers all my questions with simple straightforward responses, and is just a sweet person. She also loves to give me freebie vitamins and things! LOVE IT! Our next appointment is in another 4 weeks. Woohoo.

Another interesting milestone happened thanks to my beautiful friend, Stephanie. She gave me a bunch of maternity pants. I am not really showing, yet, but my 'normal' pants are beginning to be very uncomfortable, especially since I sit at work and in classes all day... so I have began sporting the maternity jeans. AND I LOVE THEM! So stretchy and wonderful.

I am blessed to have friends and family so willing to help out!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The beginning of the beginning!

Greetings family and friends to the Ryan and Angela Blog. I decided that with the news that we are having a baby, I would create a blog. The hope is to chronicle our lives, including work, school, and of course the pregnancy. We look forward to sharing this part of our lives with you.