Monday, August 31, 2009

People Are Sweet

Kathryn asked me for my address the other day. She said she had something for Baby. Today, when I returned home from some errands there was a box waiting by my door. This is what I found inside: The cutest little monkey wearing a sweet, sweet LSU sweater. Kathryn made the sweater for Baby!! Isn't that the nicest thing? I'm just so overwhelmed that she'd do that for us. Monkey is sitting in the little rocker that was mine when I was a kid. Thank you so much, Kathryn!

And because I'm officially 30 weeks pregnant, he we are today.

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

The End(ish) of the Journey

Being pregnant has been amazing. Amazingly beautiful, amazingly gross, amazingly painful, amazingly scary, amazingly joyful. I guess it's a lot like being a parent- every emotion, high and low. I've read all the books and I read all the websites but nothing prepares you for it to actually happen to your body. And heart.

I'm already so in love with this tiny dancer. And luckily, so many others are too. I grew up in a wonderful, close, loving family and that is one of the main things I want for Baby. I want so much for Baby that I cannot give him/her- a perfect set of parents, a perfect life where s/he is never sad or hurt or anything awful. I know that Baby will be in pain, get her/his feelings hurt, be sad- that is life and that is what I'm giving- life.

I love, love, love feeling Baby kick/punch/dance around beneath my heart. Sure, now that s/he is bigger (and breech), feeling that head right in my ribs can be uncomfortable but, not too much. I can't imagine not feeling those sweet movements. I hope that they don't get less and less at 32 weeks like I've heard. I also think that when s/he's born, I will miss feeling the "secret moves".

I have never been healthier than I have been this past year. I can't say that I've never felt better because that would not be true. Really though, I have not had it bad. Nausea in the 1st and 3rd trimester, achy pelvis and pubic bone and lower back, some headaches BUT- healthy baby. I am so pleased and blessed to have had such a healthy pregnancy so far.

I'm embarrassed to admit that I was very negative and pessimistic (and still am sometimes) about all of it. I'm not a negative or pessimistic person usually but, I just couldn't help myself. Every appointment, I expected something to be wrong- with me or Baby or something. And, so far, every appointment, I'm proven wrong and am pleasantly surprised. My blood pressure is great, my weight gain is ok, my blood work is great, Baby looks perfect.

It's the last 10 weeks of this journey and part of me is sad to see it end. I'm not so sad that I want to be pregnant again right away (like Blue wants) but, a little sad. The end of a chapter always makes me a little sad. There is a new chapter coming though- the Baby here chapter. The feeding all the time, changing dirty diapers, not sleeping, crying, rocking, laughing, loving, raising chapter. I am looking very forward to that chapter, too.

I am excited to be able to walk again without waddling. And not always feeling like I have to pee. And not feeling a head in my ribs when I sit up. And, of course, excited to hold this sweet pea in my arms.
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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Breaking News

I slept from around midnight until 7:30 this morning without getting up to pee. I first went to sleep at 9:30, woke up every hour to pee, as usual and then BAM!

I have not slept like that in months and months. I don't know what I did to deserve that. But, whew, I needed it.
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The More You Know...

I thought that it was public knowledge. I guess it's not.

When elevator doors open and you need to get on, it's the polite thing to do to allow those getting off to do so first. It is not polite to rush in and block the exiters.

Why do people not know this? Grown up people?
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Friday, August 21, 2009

I'm Sad Today

Thank you so much for all the sweet things ya'll said about Baby. I appreciate it all.

Today is the anniversary of the death of my friend. I've discussed it here on the blog before but it's been awhile and I can't find the actual posts. I was 13 and so was he. We were days away from our 8th grade year. I'd known him, adored him, my whole life.

He and his cousin and another classmate of ours were driving to the video store. It had been raining and there was a bad curve in the road. His cousin, the 17-year-old driver, slid and overcorrected herself. She crossed the center line and crashed into some other, bigger vehicle. They say that all three of them died instantly.

That day was one of the worse days of my life. It certainly was a HUGE defining event. I was depressed for months-years maybe. I'm not over it, I don't think you ever get over that. He was young and funny and beautiful. He was young and had so much life left to live. He was just so young.

RIP BGL, my Freckle Face, I'll never forget you and always love you.
*I found it-
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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

This is what I saw this morning at my perinatologist's office. It's Baby's face in 4D. I have a few other ones and some hand and foot ones, too.
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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

As The Bump Progresses...

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Cupcake's Visit (Early June)

I mentioned a few days ago about Cupcake's visit. Her mommy and daddy brought her on a plane from France to help us celebrate little brother's wedding reception. They stayed with my parents for a week and we had so much fun.

We went to the mall one day. Cupcake wanted a sip of my drink so, I taught her how to sip through a straw. Well, it was all over with after that because she learned how to quickly and stole it.

got it!

She seriously makes the BEST faces I have ever seen. They are especially adorable and funny when she's eating.
At TJ Ribs-

This is at a great little seafood place down the street from our house.

Cupcake and her parents are some of our favorite people. We love them so much and can't wait until they come back. We wish they'd move here, but we understand.
Hugs and Kisses to you three!!

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Can't Help It

I know that many people don't like Tori Spelling. Or celebrity endorsed clothing/jewelry/whatever lines. And that's fine. I happen to like Tori's show and I can't help but love her jewelry line. Here are a few of the pieces that I love-

These items can be found and purchased at
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Thursday, August 6, 2009

French Friends

I'm in the middle of a post all about the shoes I'm wearing now (during pregnancy). I also have pictures I need to post here, too. Ones that "go" with what we've been up to but I just don't have them up yet.

On Monday, our family welcomed a family from France. We have quite a few French friends, actually. This set is a part of another bigger family that we are close to- let me break it down. My grandfather became friends with a man in France, years ago, who was a distributor of his products. That man (Mr Claude) and my grandfather became very close as they are like twins.

Mr Claude has a wife and two daughters. In about 1994, his youngest daughter, LeLe, came to stay with us. Since then, my parents and grandparents have gone to France to visit that family a few times. LeLe (who I've talked about before on the blog- I'll find the links later) is married to a man, Manu, and has a little boy, Melvil. I love her to pieces.

LeLe's older sister, Magalie, is the one who is here now. My parents and grandparents and aunt and uncle have met her before but we had not. She and her husband, Marc, and their children- Tabitha,9, and twin boys Corto (spell?) and Loup, 5, flew to Boston then here. They will leave on Sunday. We've been having all sorts of fun with them.

Monday night, my grandma cooked fish and crawfish etouffee' and bread pudding. It was so delicious. Yesterday, my uncle and aunt and family took them around town and to some museums. They seemed to enjoy it a lot. Last night, my mom cooked for them (and us). We had some great dips and other "munchies" and she served sausage and chicken gumbo for and an appetizer. We had jambalaya , white beans and cole slaw for an entree and blackberry cobbler for dessert. My SIL made some beautiful treats, too.

Today, my grandparents took them to New Orleans for a tour. I really wanted to go but, I just don't think that I can make it. The heat, the walking, etc... I hate missing things but, I have such lower back pain. Tonight we are going to have BBQ and swimming at my aunt and uncle's house. I'm not sure what the plans are after that.

I still have to tell ya'll all about the June French guests that we had- Isa, Olivier and Cupcake. I've talked about them here, too. Some links- here and here

**OMG! I used to write so much! I used to be pretty housebound and bored, too, though.
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Monday, August 3, 2009


We went to the camp this weekend and it was so nice. We did a lot of nothing, watched tv, read, ate, shopped. I wanted to get some more maternity pants but, no luck on that. It looks like I'll have to order some. It's hard to find cute ones that fit me.

Yesterday, we went to the twins' birthday party. I am too lazy to link to other posts about the twins, so I'll just tell you here. They are the son and daughter of my first cousin, Robby. The twins turned one in July and the party was yesterday. They are so cute!! I took pictures but I have not uploaded (downloaded?) them yet. I also have some pregnant pics.

I'm really tired. I sleep well, when I sleep, but I don't sleep for longer than one to two hours at a time. I have to get up and pee (I still have a bladder infection) and I ache! Thankfully, Baby moves a lot, but not while I'm asleep. S/he may move then, but not enough to disturb me. Otherwise, morning and night, s/he's moving. It feels great- mostly.

I'm 26 weeks pregnant today. I cannot believe that in three months, I'll have a baby in my arms. My mom always told me that when I'm looking forward to something- vacation or the weekend-look back. If there were two weeks until vacation, she'd say, "What were we doing two weeks ago?" That showed how close (or far) that time was. I have three months until I'm due. Three months ago was the beginning of May. That was just yesterday it seems.

I'm equally so stupid excited and scared to death.
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