Monday, November 12, 2012

Time Is Love

It's November 12, 2012 at 12:45 in the afternoon, and I'm just sitting here trying to wrap my brain around how fast this month is flying by.   
With the holidays approaching, there's no doubt that time will keep moving right along.
Some of the best advice I've received (from many mamas) during this pregnancy, is to cherish the second trimester and make the best out of this time.  And it's easy to see why.  I feel great for the most part.  My energy is there and I'm taking it for all it's worth.  I'm not back to a full-fledged vampire or anything, but it definitely takes me a while to run out of steam.  And I enjoy being able to stay up later and have a few more hours to my day. 

With the second trimester, comes growth - a ton of growth, where my belly and boobs are concerned.  My back is starting to feel the effects of it as the weeks go by.  If Steve had a dollar for every time I whine to him about my achin' back, he'd be a rich man.  And if I had a dollar for every time I asked him for a massage and received one, well, I'd be mega poor. 
(Luckily, my pal, Jessica, gives the best massages ever.  So much, that I offered her a full- time position as my personal masseuse.) 
Still, I'd take energy and a sore back versus no energy any day. (Ask me about this when I'm 30+ weeks or about to pop!)  ;)

I won't take anything for granted.  We're beyond thankful for this thriving, healthy baby girl I'm carrying.  I'm thankful for this healthy, "uneventful" (I mean that in the best way possible) pregnancy that allows us to relax more than we ever have in this journey.
I'm thankful for all the love that has poured over us - not just in these past few months - but always.
I'm thankful to be able to continue to clean - Steve and I joke that we don't think my boss has ever asked me for more help than in this past half year.  I'm thankful my boss is caring and sensitive and has remained faithful along with us.  And that he treats me the same as he did before this pregnancy.  I'm thankful that Steve helps me with the office with 8 trillion trash cans (that makes up for his lack of massages). 
There's so much to be thankful for.

We hit the halfway mark last Sunday - 20 weeks.  And today, I'm just a day over 21 weeks.
It's just insane to be here.  Awesomely insane.
We have so many ideas, thoughts and dreams floating in our heads and can't wait to bring them to life.

We never know what tomorrow brings, but I am living my life more than ever, in the now - appreciating all of our blessings.
  So with this time...I will use my energy while I have it - I will clean while I can.  I will enjoy some sleep while I can. 
And I will always love.

I'm so thankful for this time in our lives.

Time is certainly love.

Time is Love - Josh Turner

Great times over the past few days...

A day with Jessica.  2 chicken paninis.  Lots of yip yapping.  Lots of Googling paired with lots of
oohing and ahhing over Jessica's finds for baby girl and her nursery.
Lots of fun.

A night with Doug and Vanessa.

They came over and the four of us chowed down on way too much pizza, did tons of catching up (and talked about zombies and took zombie quizzes).

A day at mom's. My brother and Steve in their own little world.

Ed and Jessica came over for dinner on Saturday.  It'd been too long since the four of us got together.  Steve braved the chilly air and grilled chicken and steak.  Jessica brought awesome homemade mac n'cheese and a pumpkin cake made of magic.  And I whipped up my famous stuck the sweet mashed potatoes in the microwave for five minutes. 

The boys watched a movie while Jessica watched me turn into a "babyzilla" for a few minutes as we Googled some more.

Steve and Ed checking their drafts.

20 week bump shots

Ed photobombed us.

We I ended the night with my crazy and horrid faces and poses.  Jessica asked if they were going on the blog.  What the heck, I'll post one -
This will give you an idea...

And on that pretty note...
Have a HAPPY Monday, friends. <3
I'll see ya later this week.

Time Lovin',


Our Journey Through This Lovely Life said...

You are so cute!! Congratulations on your half way mark! I can't believe how fast time is flying by! I am still over the moon that you are having a Baby Girl!!!! Have a lovely week! Lots of love!

Beth F. said...

Love that bump!!

JP said...

Your gratitude is infectious!! I hope you have a wonderful week!

Whitney said...

You are so cute and happy with that baby bump! I am glad you are feeling so good and being so thankful, I can't imagine how thankful I'd be feeling with a baby in my tummy! : ) That pizza and that pie look so delicious! Makin' me hungry! Hope you had a great weekend and your week is off to a great start!

ErinMSW said...

Woohoo on the 1/2-way mark! The fact that that next 2 months are the holidays coinciding with the last 2 months of our pregnancy are making me extremely anxious! It is going to go SO quickly!

Fifi @ AboutBloggingTime! said...

Hey Maria,

You always crack me up with your crazy face pics!!

Super cute baby bump!!

Wow, you are half way there - Congrats.

Have a fabulous week - ☺

~Rian said...

Half way......yay!!! And I love that song by Josh Turner. :) Love the update. Have a great week!!!

Ashley said...

Yahoo! Over half way! You look so good and so cute, Maria. You are definitely glowing. :) Can't wait to see all the fun baby purchases you make for baby girl.

Lucky you for getting massages from your friend. I need a friend or someone to give me a massage! ha!

Have a great week!

Irish Italian Blessings said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE your attitude. I seriously smile the entire time I read your posts. The 2nd Trimester is definitely the best of it all so I'm glad you're feeling great! She'll be here before you know it, sooo exciting!

Judy Haughton-James said...

So great to see that everything is going wonderful Maria! I am so happy for you! The pictures are beautiful. Oh, how I would love to have some of that pizza for supper!:) It is the first time that I am hearing a song by Josh Turner. He can certainly sing! This Thanksgiving is going to be extra special for you Maria! Take very good care of yourself and I send lots of love, friendship and best wishes to you, Steve & Beano.

Kiara Buechler said...

Look at that belly! Awesome. Just Awesome!

Miki said...

Awe, the baby bump is so big and beautiful, Maria! ;D I love to see how loved you guys are. And I also enjoy looking at what you eat, haha, I'm hungry now :p.

Hope you have an awesome week, sweet Maria! ;D

Tight hugs!

Stephanie N. said...

Hhaha. The last picture is PERFECTION personified! :)

I'm so glad to hear that everything is going so well. You DESERVE something easy-peasy now, don't you think?! ;)

So... just curious... how long are you going to keep us in suspense about baby girl's name?!?! ;)

Hope you have a wonderful week! <3

menopausal mama said...

What a lovely blog site you have!!! New follower on your GFC from the Mom's Mingle Hop. Would love it if you could visit and follow back. And please tell me what you are using to get the music on your site--I used to have Streampod and then one day it just stopped working and I couldn't get it back. If you can let me know how you got the music on here I'd be very grateful! thanks! http://Menopausalmother.blogspotcom

MrsV said...

Congratulations on your half way milestone!! <3

Question what are you doing on google? You should be looking on Pinterest!! Also there's a website called Project Nursery (I believe) check it out :)

Kerry said...

You look beautiful Maria and so big (I mean that in the nicest possible way!) It is so great to see that belly on you knowing there is a healthy thriving baby girl in there waiting to come out and have the best parents ever!!
I didn't get massages either, so you're not alone :(
But just remember that us women have the role of child bearer because men wouldn't be able to handle it lol (sorry Steve!)
Have a fantastic week you guys!!
Sending lots of love your way xoxo

Jenny said...

Lookin' good lady!!

Angela said...

Omg I love you! Adorable perfect belly pics, then a horrified face pic....all in one post! You crack me up! so glad to hear that you are enjoying the moment...I wish I had that wisdom in my first pregnancy. you are awesome mama :)

Brittany said...

You have the most adorable, perfect little belly bump EVER! Baby Girl Beano is really growing!! Are you feeling a lot of kicks these days? I know you are cherishing every single moment. I'm sorry your back is hurting you :( Zach and Steve sound like they're on the same page in the massage giving department...haha! C'mon boys! Help us out a little!

Ohhhhhhhhh man, that pumpkin cake definitely looks like it's made of magic. YUM! So glad you have your appetite and are eating well for that sweet little girl. I bet she loved devouring all that pizza!

Hope y'all are having an amazing week, pretty momma! LOVE the bump pictures and updates...keep them comin' please!

lovejoy_31 said...

You are beautiful. I am still so very happy for you both.

Tami said...

I had so much I wanted to reply to.. then I saw the last photo. I can't stop laughing. You are so funny! I am having a blast getting to know you. I cannot wait to get to know your precious baby girl too!! Aunt Tami… hmmm, that has a great ring to it, right? ;-)

Mrs. E said...

You look so beautiful =) I think you've completely disproved that old wives tale about girls stealing their mother's beauty! Thinking of you always~~ xoxoxo~~

Rachel Marie said...

Loving the bump on you Maria <3 Nice to know things are uneventfully boring for you -- I think you deserve a little boring for now :D And super glad you have awesome friends who are willing to give you amazing back rubs -- I personally suck at giving them. I'm so glad you and Steve are enjoying the Scentsy!!! I have my Daphne warmer going in my office right now, and whenever I turn mine on I think of you too :D Glad you're almost through the pregnancy, I am dying to see pictures of her already :)

Our Little Fam said...

Maria, you have the cutest bump! Love the pictures of you and Steve! All of the pictures, actually :)
The food looks delicious
Second trimester really was the most enjoyable for me. An amazing experience.
You look hot momma!

EmmaK said...

You look so cute! I love all your funky pregnancy outfits. You are one hot mama.Stopping by from Bass Giraffes blog hop so come by and say hi

Jess @ said...

I love the bump pictures of you and are looking BEAUTIFUL!

Debra Ann Elliott said...

Your blog is delightful. Stopping by from the Thursday hop and following.

waitingforarainbow said...

I have been missing so many posts! This one made me smiley. You're oozinf with joy, and you are taking in every minute. I regret not enjoying mine more. Good job mama! Time is certainly flying, I can't believe you're where you are today. You look so beautiful with that big bump you were always meant to have :')
lotsoflove! ~Heather

Irish Carter said...

Some day Mrs. Marino I am going to share panini sandwiches with you..LOL It is amazing to think you are already half way through this amazing journey and I think of how inspiring a story you have and that I have been able to share that with you. Thank you for that Maria. I can't tell you how much I enjoy coming to your page and reading what you have done to live life the way you do.

Love to you and yours... - )


Cami said...

Girl, your last pics has got me laughing...hahah. I adore you!!! :)
Loving all the photos you are sharing through your amazing journey!! oxox

Cami said...

Girl, your last pics has got me laughing...hahah. I adore you!!! :)
Loving all the photos you are sharing through your amazing journey!! oxox

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