Friday, October 31, 2008

GO PHILLIES - Parade Down Broad Street!

Well, I got really good at yelling "don't elbow the pregnant woman!" LOL. Broad Street was mayhem, I could see very little, and then my camera died. But, I did get a few images and I'll be able to tell the little one that she was there. I hope we don't have to wait another 28 years for the next parade! GO PHILS!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Pregnancy Dreams are Weird

Last night, I dreamt that the baby was born in baby-size, but she was born talking and Ed and I didn't know what to do. It was the demands of a toddler in a sweet, tiny baby. She was totally winning control of the household. She said she wanted a new doll and I said, "We'll see..." and she said "What does THAT mean?! When am I getting my doll?!"

Then, Sister Anne (an old friend from pottery who, yes, is a nun) tried to kidnap her. Chloe said "bye, Mommy" and I called the police who said "Ma'am, I don't know if you're aware, but there are thousands of Phillies fans crowded onto Broad Street right now, so we're kind of busy."

Philadelphia Phillies - World Champions 2008!!!!!!!!!

On behalf of our "future fan," Ed and I want to congratulate the Phillies on their World Series victory! We believed!!!!

Monday, October 27, 2008

26 Weeks: Glucose Test

You know, I get that the 13 vials of blood I have had to give to date (yes, I am counting) is fair since I get to feel the baby grow and kick and change and Ed doesn't. So, ok, I have to let the vampires loose on me from time to time while he doesn't have to endure any of that.

But, I'm drawing a line in the sand. He's going to get the baby at the end, too. So, he should have to drink this disgusting stuff, too. I call "no fair."

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

25 Weeks: Breast Cancer 3-Day 2008 is Over

Wow - another 3-Day is now over - it's hard to believe how fast the weekend went. For the first time, Mel and I were able to participate on the event together, which was a real treat. She inspired me to first get involved 3 years ago, so it was very special to share this time together. Another first: this was a new experience for both of us on the volunteer crew. We had a terrific time with an awesome group of volunteers on the Camp Services crew.

This team worked tirelessly all weekend long to ensure a great experience for the walkers when they were in camp. And how did I fare being 6 months pregnant? Well, I will say that working 14+ hour days followed by tent-camping in 30 degree weather was probably not my best career move. However, our team was a terrific source of support and really made sure I didn't over do it. Much thanks to Tim, our leader, and to all of the wonderful people on Camp Services. Everyone made a point to wish me a Happy Birthday on Saturday, surprising me in a sing a long after lunch. And for the first time, Ed was able to come and see the 3-Day Camp. He visited with me on my break on Saturday and really enjoyed the opportunity to experience the mini-city that is our camp... and the chance to wish me a Happy Birthday. You've all made this a weekend worth remembering!!!

Monday, October 13, 2008

24 Weeks: Stronger, Better, Faster

She's definitely getting bigger. I can feel how she's taking up more room in my stomach and her kicks have gotten much stronger (but still not painful). What IS painful is when she does this whole body stretch thing that forces her head (I'm assuming) right under my right rib cage and then stays there for a few minutes (often the walk to work) or in the case of last Friday, all day long.

It's quite embarrassing to be caught whispering to yourself in the hallway: "Please move your head for Mommy."

Maybe Ed is right that she doesn't have enough room in there! LOL

I also can't believe that it's the 24th week! Just three more months until she arrives? I can't believe it.

PS. Thanks to Barb for loaning me her breast pump! Now, I just have to take the next three months to convince myself not to be scared to use this contraption. :)

Friday, October 10, 2008

More Thank Yous!

Special thank yous to two amazing colleagues, Stacen and Janet, for giving us two fabulous, like-new items:

A jogger stroller from Stacen...

...And a swing from Janet!

Your babies enjoyed and now ours will, too! Many thanks!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

As promised!

Isn't this set adorable?!

Many thanks, Barbara!!!

Monday, October 6, 2008

23 Weeks: "You Look Like You'll Have That Baby Any Day Now"

Yes, someone actually said that to me. A stranger. In a professional setting. After a very long day. I took it in stride and then repeated it to everyone I saw later. All of them assured me that wasn't the case. I hope they weren't lying, but all in all, who cares? I'm busy creating the miracle of life over here. What are they doing that's so important? LOL

But, I also had an absolutely fabulous surprise in the same setting. One of the grantees from my program presented me with a gift on Friday: a handmade set of newborn hat and booties that she knitted for BT! I was truly touched by her thoughtfulness and will take a photo to post. The set is really adorable. When I got home from my conference, I set the gift bag on my night stand so I could look over at the little hat. Too cute and much appreciated!!