Shower filled weekend!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

This weekend was a fabulous fun filled weekend chock full of showers! First up, attending AJ's shower! The thing I love about any event with AJ and her friends, is that I almost forget how long she has maintained her friendships with other attending friends . . . because they are all so nice and inclusive. I never feel like I'm the odd man out, even though by count of years of friendship I clearly am! Lol. Additionally, there is always, always sure to be good food and Saturday did not disappoint! :) If I do say so myself, AJ got quite a bang for her buck traveling across state lines.

Saturday evening I worked what I think may be my last waitressing shift and caused a bit of a stir by writing "thinks this might be it." as my facebook status! Oops, I need to evaluate the weight of my words a little better next time.

Sunday then was my first shower, hosted by my cousin Shannon, aunt Sally and my Step Mom's friend Amy. We had hands down the best fare . . . a salad bar! How apt is that?!

I didn't go back for seconds though, because my stomach has me a little puzzled right now. It seems to take about 3 hours for my stomach to signal my brain that it's full. No joke, three hours, not really convenient! So I'm relying on normal portions . . . otherwise I'll end up like I did on Friday, after a trip to Ruby Tuesday. I ate my whole turkey burger and salad bar. I left feeling like I could still eat. Thankfully I didn't because 3 hours later I was stuffed beyond belief and actually didn't eat anything the rest of the day! It was ridiculous how full I was . . . even at 12:00 that night!

Anywhoo, back to the shower. I had a fantastic time! The set up was very conducive to an extremely relaxed shower and it was great to see family! We played two games, one of which my mother in law one and the other AJ ended up in a 4 way tie for. It was the "How many sheets of toilet paper around Leah's stomach" game and AJ being 1 1/2 weeks ahead of me, just wrapped it around herself lol. As a tie breaker I offered to step on the scale and whoever guessed my weight was the winner! Again, AJ using her own weight as a guide pulled through as the winner! :) Apparently all of the other guesses were far too nice lol.

I can't even believe I have two more showers after this one! We were blessed with such great gifts! The major ones being our car seat, stroller and baby monitors . . . oh and of course, Gopher apparel.

34 weeks

Monday, March 30, 2009

Crap, I'm a whole week behind! Here is the 34 week shot . . . and hopefully before Tony leaves me for the week, I'll get him to take a 35 week shot!

I'm soooo guilty!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

I had alcohol today and at work, thanks to the fabulous Erin.

Which means . . . I was able to taste the food from her kitchen instead of just lusting over her pictures. And now, I will forever be changed, due to a scrumptious little cupcake named the Irish Carbomb {which I hear she will be blogging about soon!}.

Guiness, Bailey's and Whiskey it was nice to know you again, even if your alcohol was all extinguished while baking.

Oh and I almost died.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

For Christmas my Dad gifted me with a nearby mall gift card, even though he may have well have just bought me an American Eagle gift card, as I don't seem to frequent any other store {thank you, I'm well aware of my age lol}.

Before leaving for Florida, Tony and I took a quick run through the store so that I could grab a dress and I just fell in love with a darling little purse on clearance.I wanted to hug it and smush it and bring it to the beach with me, but I just couldn't commit. It was $20 and roughly the same cost as item of clothing, which would well, you know clothe me and in those situations accessories lose. Everytime. So even with my husband telling me I should just go for it, that I would want it later . . . I balked and walked out of the store with $20 left on my gift card.

My husband was right ladies. I did want the purse. I should have thrown down my remaining gift card on that purse. It would have been perfect on the beach, but I was especially compelled to action when I looked online and saw that it was listed for only $12 buckaroos! Since I was husbandless due to hockey on Friday, I knew my evening plans. Once more going to the mall, this time with full intention to use up my gift card.

I don't want to be all hyper dramatic, but I almost died for that purse.

It was on the return trip from the mall, my purse sought and bought for $14.50, in the rain that I was almost a casualty of two effing idiots who did not know when it was time to stop with their road rage. I'd try to describe the scene, but even to those who know the stretch of highway my story only comes out muddily clear.

There were 4 active participants in the scene: myself, big black suped up truck, stupid little gold SUV and my Jesus. It truly is a miracle that I was not side swiped off of the road by two small brained men who were bent on killing each other or me going 25-30 mph over the speed limit.

The shoulder was not an option to escape nor the right lane, as they utilized the left, right and shoulder to play out their agressions. My only option was to maintain my speed in front of them and hope that they had enough common sense to acknowledge my presence. Three times one of their vehicles began to cut the other off behind me . . . while still mid way through my vehicle. Three times, I braced for impact and prayed. Finally after the worst close call, the black truck decided he wanted to slow things down and slam on his breaks infront of the SUV and that is where I lost them.

My immediate thought was to call the police, but then I realized I wouldn't be able to report anything past "effing idiots," "black suped up truck," and "gold SUV." Past that, I did not have anything.

I was a mess following and called Nadia in a flurry of tears. She had to interrupt me to directly ask if I was in an accident or if the police were needed. The tears did eventually subside, but I definitely have mixed feelings for my bag now. Although, the same is not true for my faith. That my friends stands as resolute as ever.

Sweetness and Clarification

Monday, March 23, 2009

Tony has been absolutely dying for me to hear Brad Paisley's new single. Due to Brad's great success in writing songs that are extremely relevant to our relationship, I knew I would not be disappointed and yet I did nothing to search the song out.

Exasperated Tony finally sent the link to his website so that I could listen online.

If you haven't heard it yet or aren't a fan of country, I still suggest that you atleast listen or read the lyrics.

I remember trying not to stare
the night that I first met you,
you had me mesmerized,
And three weeks weeks later,
in the front porch light,
taking 45 minutes just to kiss goodnight.
I hadn't told you then,
that I loved you then,

And now you're my whole life,
And now you're my whole world,
And I just cant believe the way I feel about you girl,
Like a river needs the sea, Stronger than its ever been,
We've come so far since that day,
And I thought I loved you then

I remember taking you back to where I first met you,
You were so surprised
There were people around, but I didn't care,
I got down on one knee right there,
and once again
I thought I loved you then,

And now you're my whole life,
And now you're my whole world,
And I just cant believe the way I feel about you girl,
Like a river needs the sea, Stronger than its ever been,
We've come so far since that day,
And I thought I loved you then

I can just see you, with a baby on the way
I can just see you, when your hair is turning gray
What I cant see is how I'm ever gonna love you more
But Ive said that before

Now your my whole life
Now your my whole world
I just cant believe the way I feel about you girl,
We'll look back someday at this moment
And ill look at you and say
And I thought I loved you then
And I thought I loved you then

I know it wasn't written for us . . . but it may have well as been. To say that I was crying is a given. I immediately went back to read the first 3 emails that we sent to each other.

Additionally, thank you all for your sweet comments regarding my status of the nursery/husband update. I just wanted to clarify that I am fully aware and content that Baby Bless will spend the majority of his first few weeks and months in our bedroom {especially since we're a 1 1/2 story}, but the stress stems from the fact that I don't want Tony to have to spend time working on the bathroom or nursery when our first child is born. I don't want him to give up a precious moment of that newborn time because he feels that a stupid hammer needs to be in his hand.

*This is not to say that I don't want the nursery to be done, but I just want it to be known that I do have some grip of reality even though late in pregnancy lol.

Status of the nursery/husband update

Friday, March 20, 2009

Well, I tried to make it so that my tone and answers were not leading, but it didn't matter the majority of you know what's up. Although, I do appreciate the optimism and faith in Tony that 42% of you expressed.

Alas, there has been virtually no progress on the nursery. I say virtually, because the electrical has been run, ceiling insulation has been added and we now have overhead lighting in the living room . . .but I still do not have walls with actual sheetrock dividing my nursery from the bathroom.

In fact, I don't even have sheetrock. Remember that free 1/2" sheetrock we were able to score, that about 2 months ago I was begging Tony to pick up? As in before he ever got the idea to rip down the walls of the nursery to be re-sheetrocked since we were able to receive such fabulous free sheetrock. Yeah, he finally got it last weekend and our co-worker was mistaken, it's 5/8" (aka ceiling sheetrock, much too thick to do all of the walls). Do you know what this means to me? It means that if Tony had gone to get the sheetrock prior to ripping the nursery out, that the nursery would still be standing, with painted walls and Tony would be well past 1/2 way through the bathroom!

To add to the matter, hockey is still not over with. Tony has a Junior Gold tournament that he was invited to ref this weekend, which may mean he is assigned on Sunday as well (he won't know if he got the championship game until late tomorrow). Additionally, in just a week's time he will be flying to Pittsburgh, PA to ref a five day national tournament (which is a really high honor!!!), but also means that he will basically have 4 weeks to complete the nursery and our bathroom remodel.

Oh and did I mention that he just took on a director position of his 40+ team church softball league AND he accepted a new job, effective April 6th?

I'm telling you guys, I really need to learn how to tape, mud, insulate and who knows what else, because I can't even nag, but I'm about at my wits end! With the stress of needing to make it to 39 weeks to qualify for short-term disability, in addition to the fact that we are not even in a position to bring a baby home right now, I surely hope Baby Bless is comfy where he is.

Nightly reading.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

I've been trying every night, with some success to read the following verses to my son each night. I'm trying to come up with some wall art based on the verses as well, but have been quite stumped . . .

Proverbs 2

1 My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, 2 turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, 3 and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, 4 and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, 5 then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. 6 For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. 7 He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, 8 for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones. 9 Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path. 10 For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. 11 Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.

And (I skip the section on wicked men and the adultress, I just don't feel comfortable speaking to my unborn son about the adultress quite yet) the majority of Proverbs 3.

Proverbs 3

1 My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, 2 for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity. 3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. 8 This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. 9 Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; 10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine. 11 My son, do not despise the LORD's discipline and do not resent his rebuke, 12 because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in. 13 Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding, 14 for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. 15 She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. 16 Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. 17 Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. 18 She is a tree of life to those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed. 19 By wisdom the LORD laid the earth's foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place; 20 by his knowledge the deeps were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew. 21 My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight; 22 they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. 23 Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble; 24 when you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. 25 Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, 26 for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared. 27 Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.

Pregnancy comments

The good:
Two separate women on the beach in Florida complimented me for my suit and how well I seemed to look.

A stranger at work said that I "just have that glow." (and it wasn't while serving, so I know there was no sweat or grease involved)

The bad:
A friend telling me I looked great "so far, but just wait until the last 4 weeks, you'll gain 20 lbs just like I did."

Tony in what to him was a sweet comment (okay, fine so it is, but I still find some offense), "Babe, I just looked through the Florida pictures and in half of them you'd never know you're pregnant."

33 weeks

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Apparently, I gave the update for this week last week, so if you even read the comments regarding where baby bless is at developmentally, you may refer there. :)

I'm still dealing with a bit of swelling which is annoying as my leg is also affected.

And well that's about it.

Please see the new poll.

Florida recap!

Well, so much time has passed that I fear my short recap will be rather condensed. Or, I just want it to be condensed. Either way. It's going to be highlights only.

First off, the trip itself, including a 3 hour layover in Dallas-Ft. Worth was not that bad. We arrived in Florida around 6:00 and promptly got to decorating the condo for Lacey's surprise. It's not my best work, but I think it came out well given the options and time! :)

Lacey and Beth came into the condo, with all of the lights off and Beth directed Lacey to the light switch. As we all lay in silence and darkness, we could hear Lacey pawing at the wall searching for the unfamiliar switch. When she was within a foot of it, Tony flipped it on, blinding her in light and luckily she did not attack Tony. She covered her face and screamed, simultaneously thinking that Tony was a burglar and well, Tony. She eventually ran out the hall way and away from her husband lol.
After the intitial flight or fight receded, she was um, definitely happy!
Of course the guys first order of business was to bust out some brewskies and so I was able to visit the largest liquor store ever. I want to return. It was easily the length of a football field and definitely wider. Their selection was amazing. It wasn't even selection, I dare say they honestly had everything you could ever hope to consume!
We beached it up the first day at Ft Myers beach , on which my 32 week picture was taken. And um, Tony and I apparently fail at applying sunscreen. Apparently it does not matter the frequency, but more the quality of application. I'll show you what I mean later.
We ate at several good restaurants for dinner while in Ft. Myers and enjoyed eating our sandwiches in the sand, while at the beach. Thankfully everyone was in the mindset of being cheap, so we didn't have one person or couple splurging in front of us all!

We also went to Sanibel Island and San Marco Island. I honestly couldn't pick a favorite, Ft. Myers definitely had the best sand, but Sanibel and San Marco were tied for beauty.
On Sanibel, we stopped at Cheeburger, Cheeburger, one of Beth's favorites. It's basically a trade up from Fuddrucker's in that you can order different sized burgers with a pleathora of options for toppings. Also fabulous, the Butterfinger shake. What an indulgence!
We also managed to score some time to attend a Twins game. They lost, badly, but we had an amazing time! We had lawn seats and I don't know if I'll be able to go to a game at the Dome this year, it was so fantastic to be close to the game and out in the sun! We also ran into my friend from college's parents lol.
Tony max relaxin on the deck.
My new favorite chain, Mimi's Cafe. Tony and I did manage to spend quite a bit of quality time together in the evenings when we just couldn't keep up with the rest of the crew.
Pictured is the mousse ensemble + mini brownie, which was lemon mousse with raspberry syrup and blueberries, strawberry mousse with whipped cream and chocolate mousse with strawberries! Phenomenal!
And finally the ladies on our last night. Such a good time with them!

32 weeks

Saturday, March 14, 2009

I swear someday in the next month I might be able to write about Florida, catch up on google reader and maybe be a normal human being . . . maybe. Until then I've worked an 11, a 12, overtime today and will now be going to my serving shift tonight.

So this is the best 32 week update that I can post for my reflecting pleasure.

Baby bless now weighs about 4.4 lbs and measures about 12 inches from crown to rump and about 19.4 inches in total.

His movement is incredible. It has definitely changed from all out kicks to a lot more rolls, pushes and all out stretching. Additionally, I've noticed quite a few occurrences of the hiccups!

Though he is still inside the womb, he is learning all the time as billions of neurons are making connections.

Baby bless' lungs may be sufficiently developed by now, though if he were born now, he would probably still need an incubator to stay warm.

My weight gain by now may be as much as 28 lbs, thankfully it isn't (!) and I am now gaining weight faster than at any other time in your pregnancy. This is because your baby is growing rapidly right now.

My blood volume has increased 40% to meet baby bless' needs and my uterus has grown 500 times since before I was pregnant.

I've experienced some pretty wicked leg cramps lately, but only my right leg and only on the side of my shin, where one would normally get shin splints.

Additionally, I experienced some ah, noticeable swelling of my right foot on Thursday. Freaked me out quite a bit as extreme and sudden swelling can be a sign of pre-eclampsia.

Thankfully we found out at my appointment yesterday though that my blood pressure is still good, weight is at 23 plus and that HE'S HEAD DOWN! Thank you Jesus! Additionally his position change may have been what caused the swelling in my right foot.

So there you have it. :)

Very whelmed.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Over - doesn't even come close to covering how I feel right now. There is no appropriate word for how whelmed I feel.

Our trip was fantastic, although as most vacations do it began to feel both long and short. I'm definitely a little bit more of homebody now and grew homesick.

That homesick feeling was tempered by news that our furnace is out of commission and that Minnesota was in for a good old fashioned March snow storm, complete with sub zero temperatures.

Apparently God wants to make sure that our home is completely ready for baby bless, by paying attention to most every major function . . .

We slept with 3 comforters last night and two electric heaters, so far no pipes have frozen.

We've got an HVAC guy coming out today. Hopefully it will be a minimal fix.

Work is going to be a drain this week. I seem to be clashing a bit with my boss. At every opportunity she is reminding me that I have the smallest workload or that I am the furthest behind and yet, in all honesty, I have never applied myself to a position more. I honestly don't know how to be better. This is my best.

Sorry, for returning from vacation, I'm very discouraged right now.


Wednesday, March 4, 2009

For better or worse, this baby brewing body will be hitting the beach in a bikini tomorrow {okay, realistically Friday} :)

I haven't spoken about it much in real life or blog land due to our uncertain employment and financial situations. We bought the tickets in September for pretty much a steal at $160 roundtrip from Minneapolis to Ft. Myers. After which my pay was cut in half, a new job was embarked on and in all honesty, up until 3 weeks ago or so we weren't sure if we were actually going.

Additionally, the purpose of the trip is pretty fun and unique! A group of 8 will be staying at our friend's parent's condo in Ft. Myers. Beth and Lacey actually went down today . . . and Lacey has no idea that the remaining six of us, including her husband, are coming down tomorrow to surprise her for her birthday! How sweet is that?

So this trip has basically been put out of mind for two reasons. I feel like all of my excitement is now bottled up into a half day between leaving work today and boarding the plane tomorrow morning!

As I mentioned we'll be staying at my friend's parent's condo, so our stay is covered. Additionally, we're going to be purchasing groceries and Tony and I have already voiced that we will be that couple to stay back due to my pregnantness and to save money. :) I'm already excited about going grocery shopping. Isn't that sad? I really hope I can get some deals on seafood being that we're on the Gulf side and it's Lent!

We're going to hit up some beaches and also a Twins spring training game! Woot!

{this post pictureless courtesy of my picture linking scare. I'm honestly scared to post anything that isn't mine now.}

31 weeks

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

I can't really decide if there is much difference from last week?

Baby bless now weighs about 3.5 lbs and measures about 18 inches in total and about 11.2 inches from crown to rump. Ca-RA-Z!

His increasing size means that he has less room to move around (duh!) and he supposedly could already be moving into the head-down position . . . but I know he's not. I found out last week that the #1 reason for my basketball-esque carrying is due to Baby bless' liking to lay sideways. Yes, that's right sideways. His head faced toward the camera above.

His lungs are maturing and their lining, which prevents air sacs from collapsing, is growing. This lung development means that he would have a much greater chance of survival if he were born prematurely, over 90% now!

About 16 fluid ounces of blood are flowing through the wall of my uterus to the site of the placenta, though my blood never mixes with his blood. It is separated by the placental barrier which is a very thin wall. Water, nutrients and waste are exchanged across this barrier at a rate of 0.3 fluid ounces per second.

Most women have gained about 19 pounds by this point in pregnancy, which again would make me one of most women as I'm still hovering at 21! No weight gain for me last month! Whoo hooo! The weight gain is made up of the baby, the placenta and the amniotic fluid as well as enlarged breasts, an increase in blood volume, water storage, fat and protein.

Did I mention that the above will be in an bikini on Friday? No? I thought I'd been forgetting something . . .

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