Here I am in all my glory. Cameron and I went on a date on Tuesday night. It was glorious (beside the part where I had to unbutton my pants under my napkin because my belly is too big, but that's neither here nor there). We went to the Lobster Shop, a fancy seafood restaurant sitting right on the water. Our wonderful friend Sara entertained a sick Malone while we were gone. It was our last "hoorah" for a while at least, before baby boy comes. I have a hot husband.
And even though it is so good to have some alone time, I always miss Malone.Reunited and it feels so good. I love my little family.
I'm sitting here, watching the Today Show, eating the most wonderful banana & Nutella breakfast toast, desperately trying to figure out what Malone means by saying "Zuna".
I'm still pregnant, 37 weeks today, in fact. Cameron is convinced I'm not going to have a baby until February. I don't appreciate his pessimism.
On Friday, we had a baby appointment, pre-admitted me to the hospital and took a tour of the Labor/Delivery ward at the hospital. Everything went well.
Saturday, I had a pre-natal massage, part of my birthday gift this year. The best birthday gift a pregnant girl could wish for. What would life be like if I had a personal masseuse? Heaven.
Cameron has become a chef. Sunday night he created a masterpiece. He cut up a whole chicken (I've never even done that), made a chicken brine, made some soffritto, a pepper sauce, cooked it all together with some sausage and created magic. I could get used to this.
Want an update on my goals from last week? 1) Pack my hospital bag- Somehow I feel weird about packing it already. So, I failed.
2) Clean every room in my house, from top to bottom- Cleaned most rooms. My most amazing accomplishment...cleaning my oven, including the racks. It took a long time. It was beyond necessary. Now, its nice and shiny.
3) Spend some good, quality, play time with Malone- Lets just say that we have had plenty of tea parties and made a million fake cakes.
4) Grocery shop- Accomplished.
5) Research some organic/grass fed/real free range, meat options- Did the research but haven't quite decided what to get and how much.
6) Plan Malone's birthday party- Sent out invitations, found the cake I'm going to make (only the cutest monkey cake EVER!) and working on everything else this week.
7) Spend some good time doing this week's bible study- FAIL. I finished, but not well. Luckily, the other girls was in the same boat as me, and we just spent the whole time chatting it up. Love it!
8) Get last minute items for baby- Done!
9) If Cameron is here, have a baby. If Cameron is not here, do not have a baby. Ok, scratch that. Actively work on being patient in waiting for the most healthy time to have the baby - Cameron was here and I did not have a baby. For many reasons, I have to have the baby today or after Sunday. Trust me, it will be better for all if it happens within these parameters.
New goals for this week:
1) Read as much of Anna Karenina as I can- I enjoy reading, but this is a total practical goal. The version I'm reading is a beautiful hardback-should be in a beautiful library, version. It will be hard to hold such a large book when I have a new baby. Practicality, people. Plus, I have a billion of other books sitting on my nightstand....The Reader, The Read-Aloud Handbook, The Women Who Raised Me....etc.
2) Pack my bag- lets revisit this one.
3) Clean my bathroom. I mean scrub it. Scrub every little kernel of grossness out of it, hopefully never for it to return again- I clean my bathroom on a weekly basis, but sometimes, it just needs an extra good scrub.
4) Go on a date with my husband- Pretty excited about this one. No need to explain.
5) Malone's birthday party- make the cake, plan other food, activities, etc.
I think I can get all this accomplished this week.
With the impending arrival of baby boy, I have not updated you very much on Malone lately. Rest assured, we are spending lots of time with her, enjoying her new maturity every day. Isn't she beautiful?Here's a couple new things that Malone does lately:
- She started calling us "Mommy" and "Daddy" and uses them constantly. - She retells stories, using words, sounds and faces. For example, while we were in Wyoming we went to someone's house who had a big dog. The dog barked at Malone, made her a little nervous and she cried. The story according to Malone goes like this: "Doggy (showing how big he was), Woof-Woof, (sad, crying face) Waaahh, waah, Mamma, Mamma (stretching out her arms to me)." Umm...it is the funniest thing EVER! - She is especially attached to mommy lately. I think she knows her life is about to change drastically. - When I ask her questions she'll respond, "Yes, please". It makes me want to give her anything her little heart desires. - She can play for hours with her babies, monkey, and cat. She feeds them, takes them on walks, puts them to sleep, I've even heard her disciplining them. She's a real mama. - She is a random hugger. - She loves to jump and dance. - She can sing "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" with us.
Here's a couple of pictures I took of her a few weeks ago. The pictures are in order of how they happened. She wanted to play with the camera and take her own pictures
She was upset that I wouldn't give it to her.
This is "Monkey". He came to our rescue this day.
All of a sudden, she was a little model.
Ugghhh, sometimes she's so darn cute that I can't even stand it.
I just saw a commercial for a bath tub with a door to it. WHAT???!!!!
Who taps the water in while they're IN the bath? Then you get in the bath all naked and cold. You never get that amazing, "ahhhh, its nice and warm" feeling. You're like the frog who slowly gets boiled and never realizes it.
Happy New Year!! Cameron, Malone and I brought in the New Year like the part-ay animals we all know we are...asleep by 10pm. We just like to think that we are saving up all our party energy for years to come.
I know it is traditional to reflect on the past year, evaluate personal goals and set new ones for the year to come. Actually, this is a family tradition of mine that stretches back to what I'm sure was the beginning of my life. But since I'm not sure what the next month will hold, never mind the year, I will start with weekly goals. Some might call them "to-do" lists, but I want to jump on the New Year's bandwagon too and call them goals. So here we go, in no particular order:
1) Pack my hospital bag- Unpreparedness makes me nervous. Plus, who wants to try to remember socks and extra toothpaste when you're in labor? Not me, that's who.
2) Clean every room in my house, from top to bottom- All of a sudden last night, it was like a veil was lifted from my eyes. The scales of cleanliness fell off of them, and I realized there were greasy fingerprints all over the oven, little splatters of something in the microwave, some sort of weird dirt collection on the inside of the dishwasher door and little bits of food in the cracks between the counter and the stove. And that was only in the kitchen. Nesting much?
3) Spend some good, quality, play time with Malone- She's kinda fun like that, so it doesn't take much extra effort.
4) Grocery shop- Not really that exciting of a goal, but a necessary one nonetheless.
5) Research some organic/grass fed/real free range, meat options- More to come on this later, but one of our big family goals this year is to ensure that we are being responsible with what we put in our bodies, not only for the effects it has on us but also system wide. I'm not really a natural hippie kind of person, but some things are hard to ignore. But like I said, more to come on this subject at a later time.
6) Plan Malone's birthday party- Her birthday is in 2 weeks and since baby will be coming shortly after her birthday (can I hope for before her birthday?) I want to make sure to really make her birthday special for her. So this week, I need to think through all that....invites, presents, decorations, theme (?). I'll keep you updated.
7) Spend some good time doing this week's bible study- Have I told you about the fabulous bible study I'm a part of? Its a bunch of girls from Cameron's squadron (and a few not), and we're doing a Beth Moore study on the Tabernacle. Its been soooo good. And I always find that when I really spend the time doing the homework, meditating on it, that I get so much out of it.
8) Get last minute items for baby- I'm kind of excited to go to Target (which I love and have a gift card for) and buy some of the little last minute things we still need. On my list: some blankets, hats, Boppy cover, and pacifiers. Easy, eh?
9) If Cameron is here, have a baby. If Cameron is not here, do not have a baby. Ok, scratch that. Actively work on being patient in waiting for the most healthy time to have the baby - Blah, blah, blah. This might be the hardest of them all.
Well there you go. I know you all are just brimming with excitement over my weekly to-do...ahem....goals. I'll give you an update next week on what I actually accomplished.
Running from one end of Denver International Airport to the other (and back again) because Frontier isn't particularly organized at checking people in and DIA closes the security line closest to us and our plane home is about to board in...like....NOW!!!
Being 36 weeks pregnant
Gross/puffy/weird looking/kinda hurting/wish it would have never happened/I'm done being pregnant/I'll spare you the pictures, swollen feet