Friday, March 8, 2013

Lazy And Lovin' It




Good afternoon.  I'm still in my pajamas.  Well, what I call my pajamas these days - an over-sized t-shirt, non-maternity pj pants that sit extremely low and cause me to have a serious case of "plumber's crack," and slippers...I can't seem to live without slippers these days.
Today, I've taken it easy.  Told myself to step away from anything that makes the nesting bug come alive and just take a breather and savor the quiet.

I had my 37 week appointment yesterday (at 37 weeks/4days). 
Made a little progress from last week.
*70% effaced (50% last week)
*Fingertip dilated (cervix closed last week)
*Lost almost a pound - said it's normal as water and fluid shift
*Baby measuring 37 weeks
*Doctor said "Anything can happen, of course, but as of now, I see you going near your due date."
*Head still down and in position

Woo Weeee, it brings back memories, lying there with my feet in those stirrups.  I mean, I'm no stranger to 'em.  They were my BFFs for three years.  Last week, the nurse laughed at how quickly I was ready and in position for the exam.  It used to be my routine.  But it's been months and months - since the fall.  So, when my doctor went to begin the internal (without a warning), Steve said he watched my toes curl right around those stirrups as my voice went super high with my response to her question.  It was definitely internal.  So maybe, after yesterday's exam, I'm about 80% effaced. ;)


I'm feeling good.  I have lots of energy still.  Night is getting a little restless.  My belly is heavy and it's hard to get comfortable in bed.  Steve wants to murder my huge body pillow (that finds a way of taking up "his side" of the bed).  And I want to jam it up his nose for his excessive snoring.  But I can't complain. 

Funny, Muffin never gets yelled at for the space she takes up on Steve's side of the bed.  
I don't blame him.  



Muffin turned three on Wednesday.  We had a huge party and invited all the cats in the neighborhood.  There were fishsticks and a cake made of Whisker Lickin's.
And a Hello Kitty pinata.
Okay, I wish.  I seriously do.
You can laugh all you want at my crazy cat lady ways.  I  We really don't know what we'd do without our cats.  Especially these past few years.  They've been our babies.  Our little shadows.  Our fluffy minions.  They will always be our babies.  Yes, I realize I sound insane.   But, we're insane for them.  And we more than love them.  I know that it will take some adjusting for them once we bring baby girl home.  But I trust in time, that they'll love her and be just as crazy about baby as we are.

*end crazy cat lady blubbering*

Happy, happy birthday, Muffin - Moofy - Misty Chicken - Moofinator 3000 -
Squishems - Lil' Chicken Head

*okay, seriously, now I'm done*

<3

More birthday fun...
Addison turned 5 at the end of February.  Yesterday, we celebrated with our tradition (since she turned 3) of going on a little shopping spree - my gift to her.  She's becoming quite the lil' lady.  It has been such a gift to watch her grow and share in my friend's children's lives all these years.

We started at Target.  And made a quick stop at the dollar bins.
Addison scoped the goods and found a bunch of sweet treats to stuff in her basket.






Kelly, Chloe and Daxon left us to do some shopping of their own and Addison and I ventured off to the clothing section.  She went straight for the dresses - my kinda girl.  It barely took her a minute to proclaim her love for a bright and soft, color-blocked maxi dress.  She knew it was "the one" instantly.  We went to find her mama and Addison instantly ran up to her to proudly show off
her new summer dress.

 Addison was nice enough to take a break and go on a hunt for some "nip cream" for Mimi.  From what I hear, it's a "must add" for my hospital bag.

 Addison browsed through her new coloring book while she waited. 



And after, we headed to the checkout line.  What an "order" - a maxi dress, a coloring book, a sparkly necklace, stickers, note cards and nipple cream.


Next stop - her birthday lunch at Olive Garden

Addison had no trouble deciding on where to have her lunch celebration.
She went with the mac n' cheese and a side of grapes and shared in our soup and salad feast.

Smiley mama and handsome boy

I had the pleasure of sitting with Chloe and the birthday girl.
They had their funny faces painted on before Mimi was ready.


There.  That's more like it.  <3  I love it.



And finally, a trip to Five Below
It's amazing what 20 bucks gets you at this super fun-filled spot.
We spent a long time there.  Addison had too many decisions.  Jewelry.  Makeup.  Games.  Posters.  Headbands.  Candy.  Art Supplies.  Even funky toilet scrubbers...she turned down my suggestion on that one.
 


I convinced her into getting the book of 1,885 Lisa Frank stickers.  For a buck, I shoulda got a few.  I used to love Lisa Frank.  I'm pretty sure I had a L.F. Trapper Keeper one year.  



After we shopped 'til we dropped, we headed to the register.  A few of her choices - a neon pillow pet, a diary, that was probably her most favorite find.  As soon as she put that baby in her basket she exclaimed "Ahh, a diary, I'm so excited, I've been wanting one for years!"  :) 
Also, a spiral maker art thingy, stickers galore and colored pencils. 
She placed the change (87 cents) in her pocket and thanked me.
  Really, I should be thanking her...it was a special day.

<3

Last night, Kelly, Jessica and I headed out to dinner - our last girls' night before baby girl's arrival.  
There's no doubt we left our tush prints in those seats.  We sat for three hours laughing, mixing olive oil and parmesan cheese for our "bread party," talking about food as we ate our food (a signature move of ours), gabbing the night away and smirking at the conversations we get ourselves into.
There was more than one time a server walked by us or popped up at our table when I, of course, had to be saying something so "Maria-like" and hilarious for dinnertime talk.

Like Kelly said, "You can dress me up, but you can't take me out."



I love these girls.  Last night was special too. 



It's incredible to think there's a good chance that our next photo together 
will include another (little) girl.

<3

Thank you to my friend, Ashlee, who sent this cheery, happy, floral dress for baby.  Along with precious hair bows.  And a beautiful letter that brought tears to my eyes.
Baby girl will definitely be sportin' these come summertime.
Thank you so much, Ashlee!!!

<3

Thank you to my friend, Katie, who I "met" when I very first began my blog.  She has been such a support, constantly rooting for Steve and I and always encouraging me.  We had a giant package on our doorstep the other day and had no idea who the gift was from until we opened it.  I can't wait to see baby rockin' on this.  It looks adorable in her nursery.  Katie, thank you for everything.


<3  

And here we are...16 days until our due date...


I'm gonna go make dinner.  Get ready for a relaxing weekend.  And keep on cherishing the days.

I'll be back next week with a post I'm looking forward to writing later this weekend.
And later next week...a post from Steve.

(of course, as long as baby doesn't decide to make her debut.:) )
You just never know.  I like those four words more than ever lately.


Have a beautiful weekend, everyone. <3



Weekend Lovin'


27 comments:

Kathy Radigan said...

Maria I'm so happy for you and Steve! I didn't get a chance to comment on your nursery post, but it's beautiful. Just so you know when I was pregnant with baby #1 I called my body pillow Phil and the minute we came home from the hospital with our son Joe evicted Phil!!! Lol! Be well and enjoy!! Much love!!

JP said...

Oh that rocking bug is so cute! Little girl is going to be riding it before you know it! Have a wonderful weekend!

Ashley said...

I think it is so fantastic that you take her shopping every year for her birthday and let her splurge! When you were explaining the maxi dress I knew instantly what one you were talking about! Which is terrible since I hadn't seen the pic yet. Even more proof that I spend too much time at Target. haha!

Oh, Lisa Frank trapper keepers and peachies! I had soo many of those. It really was the "in" thing, wasn't it?! I see them at the dollar store every once in awhile and kinda freak out a bit. The kids have no idea what they are missing out on.

Yeah for making some progress with baby girl! I am seriously so excited for you and can not wait for it to happen (well, not as much as you, haha). How blessed you are to be surrounded by so many friends and people who support you!

Keep your eyes out next week for a little something from Jaxson, Kendra and I!

Ashley said...

I think it is so fantastic that you take her shopping every year for her birthday and let her splurge! When you were explaining the maxi dress I knew instantly what one you were talking about! Which is terrible since I hadn't seen the pic yet. Even more proof that I spend too much time at Target. haha!

Oh, Lisa Frank trapper keepers and peachies! I had soo many of those. It really was the "in" thing, wasn't it?! I see them at the dollar store every once in awhile and kinda freak out a bit. The kids have no idea what they are missing out on.

Yeah for making some progress with baby girl! I am seriously so excited for you and can not wait for it to happen (well, not as much as you, haha). How blessed you are to be surrounded by so many friends and people who support you!

Keep your eyes out next week for a little something from Jaxson, Kendra and I!

Rian Eidson said...

Hahahaha!!! The plumbers crack comment....I seriously lol'd at that image! I am absolutely giddy for the arrival of your little girl! I can't wait.....3 or less weeks! Eeeek!!!!' Xoxoxoxoxoox

Karen said...

Getting so close!! So exciting! I love that you take Addison on shopping spree's. So sweet!!

Whitney Cypert said...

This is a beautiful post. It sounds like you are taking everything in before baby girl gets here and relaxing, which is good! Happy late birthday to sweet Muffin. It made me so happy to read about your love for yall's cats! Garrett and I are the same exact way! We treat our two boys like they are our babies, which they basically are. Looks like you had fun with Addison too!

Lora said...

Ahhhh, Trapper Keepers. The search for THE ultimate Trapper Keeper, the magestic secret that would make you the perfect student. I still get a little overly excited about buying school supplies each semester (but will always for eternity and longer hate Algebra).
Happy Birthday, Muffin!!! I hope your #3 year rocks!! GO TEAM FLUFF!!

I predict March 27. It's a full moon. Not just a regular full moon, but a full WORM moon! The time of year when earthworms return. Also called the Sap Moon because it is time to tap trees for Maple Sap. So, you see my logic right??? Things are gonna start showing up ;)
This is so exciting!!
Big big hugs!! Have na incredible weekend dearie..

Tami said...

Hello Pretty Lady! I haven't been blogging recently and I am finally catching up reading posts.
Does Muffin realize she in for a rude awakening when baby girl comes home??
Don't you LOVE Target! Oh my, AND Olive Garden! You went to my two favorite places!
The rocker is the dang cutest thing!! How sweet of Katie to send it to you!!
Have a wonderful weekend!!

E and R said...

So glad to hear that you are able to relax and enjoy these last few days before baby girl arrives! How wonderful is it to get to write "last few days"? Thinking of you, enjoy your weekend!!!

Alex[andra] said...

Happy belated birthday to Muffin! I love all the photos! I can't believe how close you are to your due date; I'm so excited for you! May you have a pleasant and restful weekend. All the best <3

beckyj @ A Lazy Crazy Life said...

I'm pretty sure I had a Lisa Frank Trapper Keeper back in the day, too, lol!

You're so close to the big day, can't wait to hear the good news!

M said...

Soooo close! Can't wait <3

Jodi Stuber said...

What a fun weekend.. Just wait till you have your own little lady to spoil rotten.. Enjoy the quiet relaxation while you can :)

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Heather Nelsen said...

Now it's only 14 days til baby girl arrives!!! Unless she comes early- which would be equally fun, if not better. :) You crack me up talking about your exam! haha... and your wanna-be cat party. You had me going there for a minute! You are creating some serious memories with sweet Addison! I bet she felt like a princess all day! So fun! Hope you and Steve had a great weekend, Maria! 3/24 needs to go ahead and get here. :) Nite!

~Heather

KC @ genxfinance said...

Look at her, she's practicably a little lady. So cute. And yeah, Happy Belated Birthday to Muffin!

mail4rosey said...

Oh my gosh, you're so close!! I'm so uber excited for you!!

Happy birthday to your kitty.

And you mentioned Trapper Keepers, lol. Goodness if those weren't the must-have item of my school days. I was outraged when they banned them at my daughter's school because they were too big for the lockers, ha! :)

Glad you're so happy still... and I'm laughing at your pillow up the nose comment. My husband snores too. It's endearing sometimes (just sometimes). :)

Angela said...

Happy birthday muffin!!!! And yay for making some progress! I cannot believe how close your due date is! Maybe you'll go a day early and have baby girl on Cole's birthday, the 23rd :)

Stephanie N. said...

Your posts just make me SMILE! I can't believe your little girl is almost here! Soak up these last days - I can't wait for little missy's debut!!! Lots of love and good thoughts your way!

I'll Love You Forever said...

Maria!
I love that you are always keeping up with friends and doing fun things. Addison is so cute! And she has great style, love the dress she chose. I LOVE the target dollars bins, can find some great stuff in them! I love how much you love cats. I am so glad that you received the package! Can't wait to see her in the outfit. The rocker is so darling! Hope you are having a great day!

Noel Marie said...

OH.MY.GOSH. that rocking lady bug is the cutest thing ever!!! What a great friend!! I love how your teaching your girl early...Target is our friend ;)

I lived in moccasin slippers (shamefully, I wore them out of the house once or twice in my final pregg days...don't tell a soul!!!)

Hope everything happens smoothly when it happens!

Irish Carter of Dedicated 2 LIFE said...

How fun and how exciting. You are so wonderful with the little ones....it comes so passionately. You have such a mothering heart. Love it.

It wont be long. = ) Can't wait to see her little fingers, little feet and little button nose.

Irish

Irish Carter of Dedicated 2 LIFE said...

How fun and how exciting. You are so wonderful with the little ones....it comes so passionately. You have such a mothering heart. Love it.

It wont be long. = ) Can't wait to see her little fingers, little feet and little button nose.

Irish

Judy Haughton-James said...

Beautiful pictures Maria! I am glad you have been having wonderful times with your friends and their children. Your cats are so cute. Happy Belated Birthday to Muffin!:) Take good care and as always I wish you all the very best.

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