Sunday, 9 June 2013

It's a girl!

On Monday we went for our 20 week scan, and as you have probably guessed from the title of this blog, we are having a girl! I'm not often right when it comes to things like this but my prediction was bang on...............even if it is 50/50!

I was quite anxious though sitting there during the ultrasound. My heart was racing whilst the midwife did all the necessary checks and took all the measurements................and then it was moment we had been waiting for. It took a short while for it to be confirmed but finally we were given the news.............det är en tjej! (it's a girl!). Whilst I had no doubts in my mind that we were having a girl, Aicha was convinced we were having a boy! Even now she still has to remind herself!

Once we left the ultrasound, we both got straight on the phone to inform the family. As expected, everyone was delighted with the news and offered big congratulations. I think my mum was especially chuffed to be getting a grand-daughter as I got an 'OMG' on the text message! I didn't know she was down with the text lingo! She's soooo 'street' now!

The best response I got by far was from my brother Adam.................

Brotherly love!!
Since Monday we have been doing some more things in preparation for the USA trip. It was national day here on Thursday, which meant we had the day off, so we took some time out to arrange some of the activities we will be undertaking on our travels. Thus far we have booked a rental car for when we are in LA, tickets for Universal Studios, entrance to Alcatraz Island in San Francisco and passes to Ground Zero in New York. We are also planning to take a trip to the Grand Canyon when in Las Vegas and visit the Statue of Liberty but we haven't got round to booking that yet!

I'm especially looking forward to going to Alcatraz. I've wanted to go there ever since I first saw Sean Connery kicking ass in the movie 'The Rock'. It's one of my favourite movies of all time so to be actually going to 'The Rock' itself is gonna be awesome!

Yesterday I played my 8th game of the season for the Tudor Arms FC. We have hit a bit of a rut lately and we went into this game having lost our previous 4 games. The defeat in the previous game was particularly bad as we lost to a team which we should have beaten easily. We were far too casual and it came back to haunt us. We lost 2-1 to a goal in the last few minutes and suffice to say the gaffer was not best pleased. He told exactly what he thought about us after the game and rightly so. 

Going into this game we knew we had to put in a good performance as we were playing the team currently 2nd in the division..................and we did ourselves justice this time, with the game finishing 1-1. We found ourselves a goal down early in the second half but we battled back into the game and eventually found an equaliser. 

Then, with 5 minutes remaining we conceded a dubious penalty. I agree that it was a foul but it occured outside of the penalty area...................which was the consensus shared by everyone except the referee but despite our protests, the penalty was given. During the week at training we had practiced penalties and my success rate was pretty good. As the guy lined up to take the penalty I could see he wasn't confident so I did my best to put him off by moving along my goal line. I made up my mind which way I would go and, at full stretch, I managed to palm the ball to safety.

After the match I was congratulated by my team-mates and it felt good to have influenced the result in the way I did. After our recent run of results this meant a lot to us. It would have been harsh on us if we had lost this game but luckily I was on hand to make sure that didn't happen. 

In Bob we trust..............