Saturday, October 30, 2010

8 Months Down...

...1 more to go!

This is seriously the most exciting thing. On one hand, I'm really looking forward to our little guy getting here. On the other hand, I really want to keep working (probably since I know I won't be able to do it for a while), so I'm not in too much of a rush for him to get here (although I really don't want him to come late). He's all nice & cozy in there. Very easy to transport around. And feed.

Oh, and I'm still waiting for that nesting thing to kick in. If there is such a thing. I'm beginning to think that it's a myth.

Here's hoping that November comes with a handsome baby boy!

Friday, October 22, 2010

I Love Old People

So, the other day, I had a family come in to have their portrait taken at work. It was 5 older siblings & 2 of their spouses. They wanted a nice picture of everyone, as well as something to "bring out our personalities, because we have a lot of it" (according to one of the sisters). Here is my absolute favorite image. It seriously makes me giggle every single time I look at it, so I thought you might enjoy it, too. Here you go!


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Baby Shower

Last Tuesday night, I had my baby shower.

I believe that I can safely proclaim that I had the very best & beautiful baby shower on the entire planet. That's right. The best. My dearest friend, Lisa, went all out in creating the most fabulous decor & making the most delicious food ever.

As I've mentioned before, Lisa makes gorgeous greeting cards, invitations & other wonderful craftiness for a living. First of all, she put a ton of hard work into creating my lovely monkey baby shower invitations!


I think I received a compliment from every single person who received one, if I spoke to them before the shower. As you can see, they are pretty darn cute & definitely baby boy-ish!

Lisa's parents were very generous & allowed us to have the shower at their home in Pleasant Grove. There were lots of wonderful monkey decorations to tie in the theme! Here are some more pictures.




We had fun nibbling on the delicious goodies & decorating onesies for our soon-to-appear little guy. Thank you so much to Lisa, Josh (Lisa's wonderful husband who helped with lots of preparations!) & to everyone who came out to celebrate with us. It was a really fantastic evening!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Maternity Photos

I know that some of you have probably already seen these, as I posted them to Facebook last night, but I thought I'd share some of my favorite shots from our photo shoot last Friday. Selena, one of the photographers from work, took these for us & she did a most fabulous job, in my opinion! There are plenty, plenty more, but these were my favorites. I may post more once I get them all touched up & pretty. :)

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Why I Love My Husband

There are several reasons why I love my dear husband.

Lately, I feel like my obsession with preparing for our soon-to-come life change has made me realize more just how much he does for me; for us. It's not like I was ungrateful or oblivious to his kindness before, but the more stressful life has become, the more I've noticed just how constantly supportive & loving he is.

The wonderful thing: He's always been like this.

I joined a online community message board on babycenter.com for mothers who are due with little ones in November. It has taught me a lot about different aspects of pregnancy that I would have never thought of if someone hadn't brought up the subject & it has allowed me to connect with other women who are experiencing their pregnancies on a similar timeline as me. I love how informative & fun it is! On the flip side, people will also post their complaints about their pregnancies, their jobs &, of course, their husbands.

While I would never post any personal details of marital discontent on an online message board, reading about the trials that other women are experiencing with their husbands has made me incredibly grateful for David in every way. I've read posts about things as serious as infidelity & pornography as well as posts as simple as "Why does he think he can come home from work & sit on his butt all evening? I'm pregnant & running after 3 kids all day! When is my break?" Some posts are amusing, while others belittle their husbands or mention how hurtful or insensitive their spouses are being towards their pregnancy woes.

While I won't pretend that my husband is perfect (maybe close...), I will tell you that he has never given me cause to say any such thing about him or his behavior.

Now, I'm sure that some of you are thinking, "You've only been married a couple of years & you don't have kids yet. Just wait." Well, there is only one thing I'm waiting for, & that's to see what kind of a fabulous father he will be to our little boy. Because I know that there is no way that he can be such a kind & caring husband & not carry that over into fatherhood.

I feel the need to brag about a few of the wonderful things he's done for me; some recent, others recurring. Here goes:

- David cooks dinner for us nearly every single night. Most of you already know this, but to the woman (that's me) who views cooking as a daily chore & not a source of creation or excitement (like David does), this is one of the biggest everyday blessings that I never even thought to ask for.

- I don't think a day has gone by since the day we were married where David hasn't told me more than once how pretty he thinks I am.

- He is constantly trying to make me comfortable, especially since becoming pregnant. When I had morning sickness, he'd eat salad & fruit with me & then proceed to rub my back while I vomited it up the next morning. (No joke.) Now, he rubs my back constantly when he can tell that it's bothering me. Sometimes I don't even have to say anything. He just does it.

- Not since I was 10 weeks pregnant have I had to carry a basket of laundry to or from our washroom (which is located on the other side of our apartment complex) because he knows how uncomfortable it makes me to do so. And even when I tell him that I'll fold all of the laundry (since he actually took it down to wash), he almost always helps me.

- Anytime he sees me bending down for more than a second (like to get something off of the bottom shelf of the fridge or something), he'll tell me to stop so that he can get it. Or he'll bring me a drink so that I don't have to get up.

I really think I could got on & on & on... but you get my point.

Nobody has to be nice. Nobody said that back rubs were a required part of the marriage contract. Nevertheless, I have never seen more selfless behavior in anyone in my life than I have seen in David over these past 2 years that we have been married. My goal in all of this is to not only try to return the same kindnesses to him, but to never ever take his actions for granted.

I really really love my husband.

Monday, October 4, 2010

About 8 Weeks to Go

I have a ton of things on my mind right now since we only have about 8 weeks left of this pregnancy (give or take 2 weeks). I know that this is pretty much all I talk about now, but that's probably because it's taking over my brain! I go to work & focus on that while I'm there (most of the time), but when I'm not, all I can think about is everything that I need to do before this little guy gets here.

Most of the time, I'm way too tired to do anything once I get home from work. And if I have a day off, all I want to do is rest. Motivating myself is probably going to always be at the top of my "things to accomplish today" list.

Now is the point in this post where I start to create a list of all of the things I need to do in the next few weeks.

Work :: I realized the other day that I only have about 7 weeks (or fewer if he comes sooner) left at my job, which is absolutely insane for me to think about, seeing as how I've been working there for over 5 years. I'm so excited to finally be done with that job, but it's weird to think about the fact that I'll be home taking care of a baby. At any rate, I have some loose ends that I'll need to make sure are taken care of before I take my leave, which is a big thing to accomplish on my list.

Baby Shower :: My most fabulous friend, Lisa, is throwing me a baby shower in a couple of weeks. She has been working super duper hard on everything, especially the invitations, as she makes them herself. (See her fabulousness at http://lisashandmadecards.com/.) I'm looking forward to the fun!

Stuff to Buy :: We still have a couple of things to buy for the baby, but nothing too urgent. Most of the essentials are taken care of already. We have a couple of coupons for later this month to use at Baby's R Us, so we're just waiting for them to kick in to get the best deal.

Apartment Cleaning :: I feel like my apartment is in need of a serious scrub down. Since I've been so tired, I've kind of let it go. I finally tackled the living room earlier this week, but the rest of the apartment still needs my help. This is probably my biggest task yet! Yikes.

Insurance :: I have to call my insurance about a couple of different things. I have a lot of questions I should sort out before he gets here.

There are probably a billion more things I could add to this list, but my brain hurts. Good night.