Feb 082016
 

I’m so overwhelmed with all the generosity! Our friends were amazing and came out to celebrate this little guy. I just feel really touched at all the love I felt at my shower.

My friend Dawn, my mother-in-law and mom spent a few months planning a baby shower for me. It was a brunch theme. There were fluffy buttermilk pancakes with all the toppings (various syrups, blueberries and raspberries and lemon curd), plus a ton of fruit and two egg casseroles that were a big hit. There were mimosas, tea and coffee and my sister-in-law made these AMAZING lemon cupcakes with cream cheese frosting:

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My mom and Michael spent Friday night finishing up the nursery (hanging the curtains, etc) and I’ll share the nursery pictures soon. Saturday morning came and I had contemplated going to the gym before but decided not to. And I’m glad. It was a really long day.

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There was a diaper raffle for the shower. Anyone that wanted to participate brought a bag of diapers and their name was entered into a raffle for a prize. It was a great idea by my friend Dawn and we got tons of diapers of various sizes! I’m told by other parents we’ll go through that stash pretty quickly LOL, but still, we’re set for diaper for a bit! Plus a friend gave us a TON of clothe diapers of various sizes so I need to figure out how those work for when the baby is a little bigger.

I think there were like 18 or 20 people at the shower. The turn out was wonderful and it was sooo good to see everyone! We ate and socialized and then moved into the living room for presents. Baby boy got so many wonderful, cute and helpful things. I think we are pretty much set.

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Lots of clothes and baby toys, teethers and blankets and towels. So many things! It was overwhelming and chaotic in good way. I feel spoiled. :)

My sister-in-law Julie made us this gift basket with tons of things. It was such a cool idea I had to share what she did. So she got a bunch of clothes, a few baby shoes, bibs, toys, etc, then attached them all with clothespins to a clothesline, folded them up inside this cute basket with the monkey blanket, then as you started to pull the items out they were all connected.

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It kept coming and coming:

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And it stretched all around the entire room. It was such a fun idea!

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My mom made little goodie bags:

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And then the party ended. It was a lovely, lovely day. After everyone left my mom and mother-in-law helped sort through all the gifts and organize the baby clothes by sizes. It was nice to just sit in the glider and relax and let them take over. 😉

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Michael’s favorite baby item:

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Diapers!

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Here are just a few of the cute outfits we got! And we got a LOT of clothes! This kid won’t need clothes for awhile.

 

So many cute things!

I had considered going to the gym after my shower but I was truly exhausted and in kind of a daze! I was so worn out and hit the wall at about 4pm that I decided to skip it. My mom and I went to Target to get some storage bins for the nursery, Michael kindly made us dinner (frozen lasagna and sauteed kale), which hit the spot and I was in bed early early early.

Sunday morning my mom gave Michael and I an infant and child CPR/First Aid lesson. She teaches CPR/First Aid for her job and it was great that she was able to teach us. It was quicker and easier than taking a class and saved us about $300! It was a good refresher for me.

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After my mom left I went to the gym and then met up with a friend for a walk. It was a sunny, very warm day and it was so nice getting outside! Bella was excited to go for a walk, too.

It was such a wonderful weekend. I wouldn’t change a thing. It was a truly special thing for Michael and I and I am just so happy that our friends could share it with us!

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Jan 202016
 

I’m really glad we took a weekend to celebrate us and the upcoming big change in our life. It was a time for being together just the two of us, talking about hopes and fears and thinking about what our little guy will be like. It was a good opportunity to talk about all the things we’re going to have to deal with and make choices about once we have a kid. I think it was a good weekend to reconnect and bond before things change drastically!

The hotel we were staying in had a gas fireplace. It was nice and romantic and cozy. Just laying in bed early in the morning with the ocean waves and the glow of the fireplace…I could have stayed there forever. But I was starting to get hungry and we had things to do and a puppy to get home to! Another photo of Bella’s weekend:

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She’s so cute. 😉

For breakfast we drove to a teeny town called Neskowin, a few miles south of Pacific City just before you get to Lincoln city. The Cafe on Hawk Creek had excellent reviews and I am so glad we went because it turned out to be a nice little gem in the middle of nowhere. Great service, cute place and the food was absolutely excellent. Michael got the huevos rancheros and said they were wonderful. I got the French Toast again. I know, I know. Not the best option but…they sounded so good and I’m really glad I got them because it was one of the best French Toasts I’ve had!

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The food was fabulous, the coffee was great. This is definitely a place we’ll go back to for breakfast when we are on the coast. You wouldn’t think a little restaurant in a teeny tiny town would be so wonderful but it was. What a nice find! And we had a visitor watching us while we ate:

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The waitress said there was a walkway to the beach right next to the restaurant so after eating we strolled down the walkway and discovered a wonderfully hidden little beach.

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The sun was out, it wasn’t too windy and it wasn’t raining. It was a bit on the chilly side but it was still a nice walk on the beach.

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Here is a bump photo–31 weeks at the beach!

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I was happy to be able to practice using my new camera that Michael got me for Christmas. The beach is the perfect place to experiment with a camera.

After walking around a bit it was time to turn back. I was sad to leave the beach, especially since it was finally a nice day! But I was also anxious to get home to our fur babies.

When we got home Bella was SO mopey!! This usually happens after spending the weekend with Amy. I know Bella really wishes she had a playmate. Someday I hope we can get another dog but right now is definitely not the best time, and our house isn’t big enough for two adults, a baby, a dog, and two cats. Our yard is huge and perfect for two dogs though. Oh well. So we deal with Miss Mopey Dog for a few days and then she snaps out of it. She seriously moped on the couch with sad puppy dog eyes all day long.

Monday when we got home I went the gym for a quick workout, had a chiropractor appointment for my SI/back/hip and then snuggled with my fur babies.

Birthday

I was honestly feeling kind of blah about my birthday this year. I don’t know why. I was definitely blah the last two weeks. Lots of crap and stress and the body issues had me feeling down. Going to the beach and relaxing was a nice way to reset everything. But Tuesday came, I hadn’t slept well the night before, it was raining, I was running late and had to go to work. I usually take my birthday off from work and do something nice for myself–either we go out of town or I take the day off to do something fun. This year I’m saving up all my time I can for maternity leave so…into work I went. Blah!

I did get a massage after work, though. That was nice! When I got home I saw this:

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Beautiful flowers and a card from my hubby! And he cooked this delicious dinner for us:

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Blackened salmon, sauteed kale and sweet potatoes. It was just what I was craving for dinner. And he surprised me with cheesecake for dessert. We shared this giant slice:

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I had been craving cheesecake for awhile and this was a nice treat.

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