Sunday, November 30, 2008

So Much to be Thankful for...

Hard to believe Thanksgiving has come and gone already... We celebrated this year again at my parents' house, but it was nice to have Justin and Megan join us. While eating a big plate of turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole (that I didn't screw up this year, thank you very much) and a sea of gravy, I couldn't help but be thankful for all the blessings Matt and I have in our lives. Of them, and the most shallow one of all-- the gift of our baby dropping, so that I could really enjoy that delicious meal! But we are blessed to have the love and support of all our family and friends during what has been the most amazing time of our lives, and for what is sure to be the greatest blessing... the upcoming birth of our son (still affectionately named, "Lil E").
The doggies (all 5 of them- Molly, Tinley, Minnie, Oscar and Izzy) were surely thankful that Grandpa Scraps was being his normal generous self when it came to handing out the Thanksgiving leftovers...

And I, selfishly, am blessed to have been able to spend another holiday with those who mean the most to me...

The camera adds 10 lbs; it took 3 cameras to take this picture.

Yes, the women in my family have a hard time taking photos...

Thanksgiving Day was also the end of our 37th week of pregnancy-- full term! Yep, that means that Lil E can come at any time now, which has us both excited and mortified all at the same time. Matt has his checklist, of course, and is diligently marking each and every item off- car seat installed- check, bassinet and swing constructed- check, curtain rod and shelves hung- check. My list looks more like Grandma Hottie's blanket she's been knitting for the last 22 years... bag packed- sort of, baby's clothes washed- mostly, thank you cards written- halfway done... there's so much still to do at home to prep for his arrival, but that's what I took the time off for, right? Let's just hope he doesn't come tomorrow...

Our 36 week shot (black is so slimming, isn't it?!)

Monday, November 24, 2008

Road Trippin' to STL

Just 5 weeks before our due date, Matt and I made our final road trip as a twosome, to St. Louis for my friend Courtney's wedding. Friday night we got to spend some quality time with the Baileys and Drew showed me what I can expect from a little boy of my own... We can only hope our little guy is as easy going as Drew is. What an absolute joy to be around (and so darn cute!)

Saturday we attended Courtney and Rip's wedding in downtown St. Louis; the reception was in the Champions Club at Busch Stadium. Finally a wedding that a guy actually wants to go to! Except his own, of course (so he says!) As a Cardinal fan, Matt was thrilled to be in the new stadium and enjoyed stepping out into some of the seats. The bride was beautiful and every little detail was picture perfect...

The Bride and Groom

Us and the Baileys

Kathy and I

Gives new meaning to the chicken dance (yes, I know it's a Cardinal)

Busch Stadium

Monday, November 10, 2008

Lil E gets showered... again!

Yesterday, my Mom hosted our second (and last!) baby shower at their home in Plainfield. It was another amazing day. Surrounded by my family, and DGS and SIU girlfriends and families, Lil E was showered with well wishes and a ton of wonderful gifts. He finally has transportation home from the hospital (a carseat from his Great Grandma and Great Aunts), a way to cruise the mall (a stroller courtesy of the "Jedlicka" ladies) and enough clothes to get him through at least his first week (I hear babies throw up quite a bit...) When we got home and unloaded all the goodies, we looked at the nursery and said... where will the baby go?!

Thanks again to everyone who celebrated with us yesterday, we appreciate you all being part of this amazing journey. And a special thank you to my Mom, Aunt Nancy, Sue and Megan for all you did to make our day one we'll never forget.

Matt and I with Aunt Nancy's cake

The DGS girls

Homemade centerpieces (craftiness runs in the family!)

The happy Mom and Auntie...

and Grandma-to-Be!

Holy cow... I'm pregnant!

Sometime between 32 and 33 weeks, around 2 or 3am, it hit me... I'm pregnant. REALLY pregnant. Clearly I've been aware of my pregnancy this whole time, but it just hadn't felt like this before. Or how it's felt ever since... Don't get me wrong, I still love being pregnant. It has been an amazing experience. But as we get closer and closer to the big day, I cannot help but be physically ready. Mentally, well, that's a whole other blog.
I breath heavy, snore like a sailor, and have been a bit more... on edge?! I can barely put on my own shoes and only have one coat that actually buttons (and that one button is on it's last string!) When I wake up in the middle of the night for one of my frequent trips to the bathroom, I have to actually sit and make sure that I can take in two full breaths before standing, fearing that I might pass out on my way there (yes, my bathroom is only 5 steps away from my bed...) Poor Tinley thinks I'm losing my mind. And, did I mention that I'm huge?!
I do enjoy having Matt tuck me in at night, literally. I have him sausage me in between two pillows so that I don't roll onto my back while sleeping, making my hands and feet go numb... it feels fantastic until I need to switch sides, which turns into a 3 ring circus. Luckily for Matt he's been able to sleep through the whole ordeal every night (a prelude to "I'm sorry, I just don't hear the baby cry", no doubt.)
But I do consider myself extremely lucky, as it took me almost 33 weeks to have this "holy cow" moment. Some women experience it much, much earlier (so I've heard). Hard to believe though that there are only five and a half weeks left...


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