Saturday, March 30, 2013

Baby Shower!!

I've been wanting to write a post about this for about a week now, but it's taken me that long to recuperate. I was also hoping to have some pictures to add to it, but I haven't seen them yet.

The weeks (yes weeks) leading up to my baby shower were full of stress and anxiety. I was so looking forward to it, but was worried that things wouldn't turn out the way I had pictured in my head. I was afraid no one would show up, that people didn't get their invitations, that there wouldn't be enough food or the right kind of food. Really, I was a complete mess. A week or two before the shower I stepped back from planning, and having any involvement other than just showing up. I'm glad that I did that, because it made it a bigger surprise when I did show up.

Mister had insisted that he wanted to be there for the whole shower, I tried to warn him that it was going to be all ladies and that he would have absolutely no fun, he wouldn't listen. We got to my aunt and uncles house about 30 minutes early, so I would have time to visit with the family that came to help set up, before other people got there. There were already about a half dozen women there, all family but a good amount of them. Mister and I both started to mingle a little, and then a few more ladies came. Mister was doing alright at this point, he knew most everyone there.

I was chatting with my Grandmother who was putting sweet pea seeds in a custom printed envelope. *I'll post a picture of those soon* Mister came up and said there were too many ladies for him, and he was going to go home.....well, yeah I tried to tell ya! That was fine, it's not a manly party by any means.

My step mom was in charge of decorations. Let me tell you what, she was definitely the right person for the job! There were cans of sweet peas throughout the house anchoring down pink and purple pacifier balloons. Vines with paper leafs and flowers climbed the columns, and a giant inflatable sweet pea hung in the entry way. Not to mention the flower pots with custom printed labels that said sweet pea on them! Just too cute! It was beautiful. There were also two huge diaper cakes that two of my cousins made, they were so neat!

One of my aunts was in charge of food, I should have known that there would be more than enough. We had beautiful fruit skewers, a few different dips for chips and crackers, a veggie tray and meatballs. My mom made a beautiful pink cake, with adorable little rattles on it. The special touches to everything were amazing.

The guests that came....so many people, and it was so special to have every single one of them there. I may have gotten super emotional with a few childhood people. One of my oldest, as in dearest, friends came and I started crying. We hugged and bumped pregnant bellies, shes' two weeks ahead of me. I even got to see her mom who I haven't seen in like....15 years or so. Then my childhood babysitter came in, and I lost it. I hugged her a sobbed a little. It was so nice to have so many special people there to welcome Sweet Pea into the world.

Everyone was more than generous. The pile of gifts was a little overwhelming. When I sat down to start opening them, I got a little overwhelmed. I mean....there were 20+ people staring at me! I don't do well with being the center of that much attention. Sweet Pea is going to be the best dressed baby on the block! The outfits were are so adorable! I can't wait to dress her up!

We also had a drawing for gift cards. For each package of diapers you brought, you were entered in to win one of three $15 gift cards. People were extremely generous, and Sweet Pea will have a cute diapered bum for many months. That's the only real game that we did. We had a few planned out, but with so many people there, it wasn't really feasible.

After a majority of the crowd left, I got to sit down and chat with most of the ladies of the family. It was great. The whole day was amazing, more than I could have ever hoped for. It was definitely a day that I will never forget. Thank you to everyone who participated!


Magic piece of paper

Mister and I aren't married, and we have absolutely no plans on getting married in the future. Shocking, I know. Feel free to pick your jaws up off the floor now.

We are not trying to make some sort of statement. We are not trying to come across as cool or hip by not getting married, especially before having a baby. Believe it or not, some people seem to think this is the case.

I've had a few people comment that, because we're not married and have a baby on the way, they sure hope Mister sticks around...wow. I'm sorry, but does a small piece of paper, magically force someone to "stick around" when they otherwise wouldn't? If we were married, and Mister decided he didn't want to be with me or the baby anymore, would that special piece of paper somehow change his mind? A piece of paper is not a ball and chain. If a person wants to leave, they will leave. There is such a thing as divorce.

The fact of the matter is, Mister and I are married in every sense of the word, except the piece of paper. He is my husband, I am his wife. He supports me through everything, and I him. He has been with me through sickness and health, and we will be together until death do us part. We have been together for nearly 8 years, and have been through more in our relationship than most marriages face. But we're still going strong. If he was going to leave, trust me, it would have happened by now. A baby isn't going to cause us to separate, and to those who think this, get over it. We're happy, and we plan on staying that way.

I'm pretty sure having a baby is not a very good reason to get married. We have every reason under the sun to get married. We love each other unconditionally, we support each other through thick and thin, we enjoy spending all of our time together, and we're growing a beautiful family. Isn't that enough? Shouldn't that make us happy enough? A lot of people don't get to experience this amount of love and support, and a piece of paper isn't going to change that.

For those naysayers, if it bothers you so much that we aren't and don't plan on being married, be thankful you're not us. Because we're in love and happy, and that's all that matters....to us anyway.

Friday, March 29, 2013

32 Week update

How far along: 32 Weeks 

How big is baby: Squash 15.2-16.7 inches 2.5-3.8 pounds

Maternity Clothes: Yoga pants, regular shirts and a belly band

Best moment of the week: The baby shower was by far the best 
moment this week!

Food Cravings: Steak and onions

Food Adversions: None...Go figure

Symptoms: 
Irritability: I've been nicer, but pretty emotional. I'm quite needy
Acne: None!
Cramping: Slight
Dizziness: Not too bad this week
Lower hip pain: Gone
Migraine: None 
Pulled groin muscle: It hurts the most when I get up from sitting still for a while,
or when I'm in bed
Frequent urination: Constant!
Upper stomach pain: None
Lactation: Oh yea
Braxton Hicks: I've had quite a few this week, but thankfully nothing regular

Movement: She's been super active this week! I can sometimes see my belly 
bouncing around

Gender: Girl!!

What I'm looking forward to:  Everything. I'm looking forward to meeting her 

Next appointment: April 1st, NST *Non Stress Test*

Friday, March 22, 2013

31 Week update

How far along: 31 Weeks 

How big is baby: Pineapple 15.2-16.7 inches 2.5-3.8 pounds

Maternity Clothes: Yoga pants, regular shirts and a belly band

Best moment of the week: My favorite time of every day is feeling
Sweet Pea move from the outside

Food Cravings: Cereal! *Which is bad, it has sugar AND carbs*

Food Adversions: None...Go figure

Symptoms: 
Irritability: I've been nicer, but pretty emotional. I'm quite needy
Acne: None!
Cramping: None
Dizziness: Not too bad this week
Lower hip pain: Gone
Migraine: None 
Pulled groin muscle: It hurts the most when I get up from sitting still for
a while, or when I'm in bed
Frequent urination: Constant!
Upper stomach pain: None
Lactation: Oh yea

Movement: She's graduated into stretching instead of just kicking.

Gender: Girl!!

What I'm looking forward to:  The baby shower! 

Next appointment: March 28th *they're going to be a few times a week soon*

Friday, March 15, 2013

30 Week update

How far along: 30 Weeks 

How big is baby: Cucumber 15.2-16.7 inches 2.5-3.8 pounds

Maternity Clothes: Yoga pants, regular shirts and a belly band

Best moment of the week: Watching my belly move around as Sweet Pea dances

Food Cravings: Cereal! *Which is bad, it has sugar AND carbs*

Food Adversions: None...Go figure

Symptoms: 
Irritability: I haven't been my best this week, everything is irritating me
Acne: None!
Cramping: None
Dizziness: Oh yea! While play putt putt, I almost went down. Not cool
Lower hip pain: Gone
Migraine: None 
Pulled groin muscle: Came back this week, ow!
Frequent urination: Mister clocked me at every 45 minutes
Upper stomach pain: None
Lactation: Oh yea

Movement: Big time! She's been making my belly move

Gender: Girl!!

What I'm looking forward to:  The baby shower! 

Next appointment: March 28th *they're going to be a few times a week soon*

Friday, March 8, 2013

29 Week update

How far along: 29 Weeks 

How big is baby: Cucumber 15.2-16.7 inches 2.5-3.8 pounds

Maternity Clothes: This has been a sore sore subject this week. 
My belly has gotten big enough that all my shirts are too short. After a minor 
break down, some friends suggested making a belly band. So Mister and I went 
through some old clothes and made three! Problem solved, and it makes it so I can 
wear real pants again!!

Best moment of the week: Seeing our little Sweet Pea one the ultrasound, 3D this time! You 
can see her perfect little face, just right!

Food Cravings: Sweets

Food Adversions: None...Go figure

Symptoms: 
Irritability: This week has been a little....hormonal. Fun for everyone!
Acne: None!
Cramping: Quite a bit on the right side
Dizziness: None
Lower hip pain: Gone
Migraine: None 
Pulled groin muscle: None
Frequent urination: Mister clocked me at every 45 minutes
Upper stomach pain: Pretty bad last night, felt like gas. Not fun
Lactation: Oh yea

Movement: Big time! She's been making my belly move

Gender: Girl!!

What I'm looking forward to:  The baby shower! 

Next appointment: March 14th *they're going to be a few times a week soon*

Saturday, March 2, 2013

28 Week update

How far along: 28 Weeks 

How big is baby: Acorn Squash 15.2-16.7 inches 2.5-3.8 pounds

Maternity Clothes: Yoga pants and regular shirts

Best moment of the week: Hearing her heartbeat with the doppler 
for the first time

Food Cravings: Nothing I can think of 

Food Adversions: None...Go figure

Symptoms: 
Irritability: Much better than it has been in the past.
Acne: None!
Cramping: Quite a bit on the right side
Dizziness: None
Lower hip pain: Gone
Migraine: None 
Pulled groin muscle: None
Frequent urination: Mister clocked me at every 45 minutes
Upper stomach pain: Yes, my first Braxton Hicks
Lactation: Oh yea

Movement: It feels like she's stretching as apposed to punching

Gender: Girl!!

What I'm looking forward to:  The baby shower! 

Next appointment: March 5th