Saturday, September 8, 2012

Good To Be Back

Well, hello there!

It's been quite some time since I've opened a fresh, new page here.
It's Saturday afternoon.  I'm still in my pajamas.  Steve just made a quick stop for a desperately needed bottle of juice (mixing a little with water helps with my nausea). And I am gonna march upstairs soon and take a desperately needed shower.
Before I do, I felt it was time to get back into the groove here. 
I have missed blogging.
I have missed a lot of things.
But I have to say, as much as this past month (and all its first trimester glory) has kicked my ass,
I am proud of myself for not being stubborn and pushing myself too hard.
I'm not a girl who finds it easy to say no or I can't.
But when no and I can't means taking care of the comes so easy...without question.
These past couple months have taught me a lot about myself. 
Somewhere, in the midst of puking my guts out, dry heaving my eyeballs out and sleeping some days away...
I have gained strength. 
I have gained an even deeper appreciation for things I might sometimes take for granted.
And most importantly,
I have gained complete and utter faith that
I am going to be a mother.
Tears are already starting to well.
(And the nasty scent of the popcorn that Steve's chowin' on across the room is starting to make me sick.)
So, I am gonna start closin' this post up.
Because I have a ton of posts that are coming - ones that have been stirring inside my head and heart for weeks now.  Some, deep and intensely emotional.  Others, full of funny and hormone induced stories.  And the next post coming - one I've prayed to be able to write for so, so long.
I went through my photos from the past month and had fun looking back.
It's been a while...
A homemade breakfast at Kelly's.

Chats about life and baby things.

Much thanks to Kelly for these mama books and the comfiest body pillow.
And for all her mama tips and tricks.

lil' snuggly Daxon. <3

Dinner at mom's.  She knows how to end my constipation problem. :)


Celebrating this lady's birthday. <3

Taking a trip together to Petsmart. Hoping to see some kitties.

My true crazy catladyness comes out in full force when I get to hold a tiny fluffy.

Ha!! Look at my face!
(Thanks for the photos Kelly!)

My baby bump also comes out in full force after a lunch of crab bites, taquitos and cheesecake!


And another "Kelly birthday!"...
A day together to celebrate this awesome girl one more time.

Lunch on a beautiful summer day in town.

We scarfed down our ice cream before I could take a picture.
It was that good.


A Sunday with family. <3


Though I didn't take lots of photos during my many days of being a rotting vegetable at home,
I made sure to capture a few.
Steve would text me each day - "How's it going over there, Boo Boo?" (Speaking of Boo Boo, I developed quite an unhealthy obsession with the "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" show on TLC this past month.  You know you love it.)

My response was usually a photo like this...

Ravishing, I know.  Don't you love the bangs?!

I would bring a bowl of cereal upstairs with me each morning and I always had a line of fluffies trying to drink the milk.

And then cleaning the offices.  It's a blessing some days.  And a pain in the butt on others.
It either gives me rushes of adrenaline or makes me more nauseous.
But let's be honest, I am so grateful to be by myself and able to run to the bathroom (even if I just scrubbed the toilet) and puke in privacy.

I just love this picture.  That's all.

And now, before I really go...
A few Beano pics.  (I've got more saved for the next post.)

This was two weeks ago, at nine and a half weeks.

The baby danced and wiggled away as soon as his/her image came on the screen.
I laughed and smiled as happy tears fell.
Steve, the nurse and I couldn't stop cracking up. 
Doesn't Beano look like a little monkey?

It was so awesome to see "him" shakin' it!
I think baby likes music as much as his/her mom and dad!
The last song on the radio before I got out of my car was "Moves Like Jagger."

I tried the following day,
at 9 weeks/5 days, to grab some bump shots.

But, I was so icky feeling and the kitties were A+ photobombers.

There wasn't much of a bump anyway.
But that has kinda changed in the past week, and especially in past few days.
I have only been half as pukey and been able to keep food down a bit easier.
I definitely have an appetite regardless of how I feel.

Something wonderful has come of it in the past few days...

My brother treated me to brunch on Thursday.

 And Kelly and I had a Taco Bell feast yesterday.

Along with a cookie sundae.

And, at just a few days short of 12 weeks...
The baby is making its presence.

(Thank you for the bump shots, Kelly!!)


A big thank you to everyone!!  Thanks for all your kind emails and thoughts while I've been "away" these past couple weeks.  You guys are wonderful!

I'll be back before mid-week - new post - new song.
Now, it's time for that shower.

Almost 12 week Lovin',


Irish Carter said...

hahaha....I love your sweet pregnancy self....its beautiful. I'm laughing at the photo you send back to steve when he asks how you are.....LOL I so remember that feeling but you are right on key my dear, its so very worth it.

While you were getting addicted to your new fave tv show...I have been plopping down and my son got me addicted to the colony on netflix. Silly! The food looks delish as always! Got to go eat now...I'm going to find salami...don't ask, it just sounds good, ok? LOL


~Rian said...

Yay!!! I love the u/s picture and your little monkey! And your bump is gorgeous!!!! I'm so happy to see you with a bump. :))))))))) I smiled through your whole post. I can't wait until the next update.


Kathy Radigan said...

You look great, and yes, pregnant!! I remember with my first I was commuting into the city and one day the whole bus looked at me, around 12 weeks or so and were like, wow, you are pregnant. It's funny how that happens "all of a sudden"! So, so happy for you and Steve!! Much love!

lovejoy_31 said...

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!! Look at your bump. Awesome and beautiful. Still so happy for you.

Love to you,


E and R said... glad to hear that things are progressing so well! Love the pictures! You look wonderful!

Rebecca said...

Sorry you are so pukey :( but it is such a good sign!!! You have the cutest baby bump!!! Love it! Almost out of the first trimester, I'm so happy for you!

Our Journey Through This Lovely Life said...

Yayayaya!! Torture pure torture lady! loading your page night after night to see no update AHhh!! Okay on to those pictures omg cheesecake factory?! Mmmmhmmm!! I want to say sorry for the puking but I know it's a wonderful symptom for you to be having! And I can't wait to join you! I am so so glad to read that you and babes and Steve and kitties are doing well!! I can't wait to read more and I must say you have the cutest bump I have ever seen!! Much love friend!!

Kari said...

Look at your precious bump!!! I love it!!!!

It's gonna happen for you, mama!! :)

Thinking of you and sending you lots of love, gf! xoxo

Karen Fieri said...

Check out that bump!! I love it!!! Hoping second trimester is more gentle on you. said...

Ohhhhhhh I'm so happy! You look adorable even when the little bambino is making you sick!
Sending hugs to you Maria!

JP said...

It is great to have you back and feeling well enough to even shower! Baby steps, right?! Good for you for slowing down and soing exactly what you need to do. Especially since that is hard for you to do. Your bump is adorable. Your baby is a star! Much love, JP

Jenny said...

You look so cute with your little bump! Isn't it a awesome to see how much the baby has grown in such a short amount of time? It's great to "see" you back, and as always, all the food you've been consuming looks awesome!

Nicole said...

I'm so happy you and baby are doing well! I'm not gonna lie I might have been stalking your blog a bit waiting for a new post, I needed my Maria fix :) By the way your bump is seriously adorable...Thinking of you always!

Angela said...

I'm glad you have been taking care of YOU! I laughed so hard at the photobombing kitties, lol. Love love love the belly shots in the black dress, you are so stunning, and the bump is the cutest. thing. ever!!!!

Judy Haughton-James said...

Welcome back Maria! You are definitely making the right decisions. I am so happy that your baby is doing well! The pictures are very beautiful. It is so funny how the cats kept getting in the way when you were taking some of the photos. They love the camera moments!:) Continue to take good care and I send lots of love, best wishes and friendship to you, Steve and Beano!

Heather Nelsen said...

Ah! I love this! Those bump pics at the end of the post make me so giddy! You're looking great!! Aside from maybe the pic you texted Steve. ;) J/K!! I'm so glad you've been resting and relaxing. You deserve it! Can't wait to read to upcoming posts!

Have a great night, Maria!


Ted and Maria said...

Holy cow does baby bump EVER look good on you! :D

MrsV said...

Welcome back! <3
you look super cute!! I can't wait to see you huge like a house lol ;) you are so brave for posting your sickness picture :( you poor thing... Good to hear you are feeling better now! I can't wait to read your upcoming posts

Ashley said...

Sooo glad to see you back! You have been in my thoughts! Love seeing your little baby bump! It is so stinkin cute!! I am sorry your first trimester has been tough with morning sickness. :( Oh my goodness those little photobombers of yours cracked me up! I wish you lots of love, relaxation and well wishes for a second trimester without nausea!!

Jen said...

12 weeks (almost)! Fabulous news : ) I've been thinking of you and hope you feel much better soon.

KERRY said...

Hey pretty lady!! You so have a baby bump!! Yay, look at you, you are gorgeous, and pregnant and glowing and I love seeing you happy!! Wow look at that little 'monkey' in there, he/she is growing!!! I am already thinking what I can buy for your baby hehehe
You will get through this yucky period of vomiting and nausea, I promise!! I have been there, it's terrible, but worth it as you know :)
Your pics are great, you eat so much damn it and still look so good!! I love how your cats have blocked all your bump pictures lol, already showing signs of jealousy hahahaha
Much love to you and Steve and baby Marino, have a happy day!! Good to have you back ;) xoxoxoxox

M said...

So glad to see back blogging! I've missed your weekly updates. I hope you are starting to feel better...I can't believe how fast time is flying for you! I'm sooo sooo happy for you guys and can't wait to see that belly grow more and more!! <3

Brittany said...

You look AMAZING, Maria! What a precious little bump you and Beano are rocking :). I'm glad you're starting to feel a little better and still have an appetite...a Taco Bell feast sounds SO good right now! I laughed pretty hard at your kitty photo-bomb pics...they are so funny! Absolutely DYING to hear more updates and see more pictures of Baby that he/she has moves like Jagger! With a momma like you, Beano's bound to be a badass.

Thinking of you this week and hoping all the exhaustion/nausea passes very soon!!!!!

Camille said...

Aww, I know how you feel. My first trimester was a blur of exhaustion and nausea. Good thing our sweet babies are more than worth it! :)

I love the pics of the cats, especially the black and white one. They are beautiful!

I hope you start feeling better soon!!

Jess @ said...

You're bump is beautiful! So glad that you're doing all right :-)

Olivia {i am still learning} said...

So so soooooooooooooo HAPPY for you!

And I totally got choked up when I read the words... "I have gained complete and utter faith that I am going to be a mother."

You are going to be an amazing mother! :)

ps. I hope the nausea goes away by the second trimester, the first tri was the worst for me and the third trimester was the best.

Olivia {i am still learning} said...

Oh and Honey Boo Boo (is that the name?) I saw for the first time in the hospital after Jude was born, LOL... I was like wth is this? Me and Joel couldn't look away... said...

3 words: Cutest Prego ever!!!!

Stephanie N. said...

Cutest, most happy bump, EVER! :)

I've missed hearing from you -- I was so glad to find a post from you today when I finallllly hopped on my computer!

I'm so glad that things are going well and splendid and that you're getting all the rest and yummy food you need! :)

I can't wait to read more -- those posts that have been in your head & heart -- I can't wait! :)

Hope you're having a wonderful week, Maria! <3 <3 <3

Vivian said...

Congratulations!! You are a gorgeous pregnant lady and without a doubt you will be one sweet mama! Motherhood will ROCK your world :)

carlia said...

can't wait to read your upcoming posts! i have to admit that the hubs and i both are honey boo boo fans, too. ha ha! the feline photobombers are hilarious! those cute little stinkers. i can't believe that you're starting to show already. so exciting! i can tell you're going to be one of those disgustingly beautiful pregnant ladies, too, who is all baby bump and not an ounce of pregnancy weight anywhere else. ;) SO unbelievably happy for you!!!!

waitingforarainbow said...

Maria hahahaha hahahahahaa I love you for posting a picture of yourself in true first trimester form. I give you major props for being able to go from that, to dressed up, and glowing! It had to take a lot of self pep talks. I'm pretty sure I wanted to hide in bed in Ryans clothes during those first 12 weeks.
Speaking of 12 weeks, you're probably there by now! So you'll be enjoying all of the fun stuff of trimester two soon. Which I can see you're already starting to with that beautiful bump finally making it's debut! Ya know, I still swear I felt teensy movements around wk 12. Like little butterflies or bubbles every once in a great while. I think us Moms who've tried for this for so long are pretty in tune with our bodies. I mean, I can feel myself ovulate!
I'm in tears over your monkey bean:) (btw I call Haven my monkey. She's so hairy!) Isn't is the most amazing thing in the world seeing a baby so big on the screen?! I carried my ultrasound pictures around with me every where for a few days, and finally put them on the fridge. It's the best feeling EVER!
I love the photobombing kitties. They're so CUTE! Lol with them, and the beano pics... You made me "pop" :p. I bet the kitties know beano is in there!
I'm glad you're able to keep more food down!
I'm dying for your next post, I think I know what it's going to be about:)
Love youuuu! -Heather

Cami said...

I think you are a doll. You know that. :) I am SO happy things are going so well. GOD IS GOOD!!!! I'm praying...praying praying praying!!!!!
btw, I love your kitties. Can I borrow one? ;)
Hope you're feeling all better and no more pukey!!!
LOVEYOU and happy thoughts for you in the atmosphere!

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