Happy Birthday, Josh!

posted on: Thursday, October 30, 2014

Dear Josh,

So unless things start to get crazy around here today it looks like you won't have to share your birthday with a certain snail baby we're all waiting so very impatiently for. Guess this day can remain all about you - just how you like it ;)

I wanted to take a minute here to tell you how great you are. Especially these last few months when all I've done is cry and complain and ask you to do a million things around the house. Thank you for your patience and for the nightly back rubs which are the only thing that help me sleep at all and especially for that caramel apple you brought me home yesterday. (Which by the way I ate that whole thing last night while you were upstairs reading in bed with Oren. And it was primo too.)  You do a whole lot for this little family of ours, and I probably don't tell you nearly enough how much we all appreciate you. Thank you for always cleaning the litter box, and for changing out the 947 new light fixtures I've bought for the house, thank you for all the nights you cook dinner, clean the kitchen, vacuum the rug you hate so much. Thank you for those sweet little boys sleeping in their beds and the little one in my belly who we get to meet any day now. Thank you for working hard for us, and for humoring me when I get a crazy idea and for almost always letting me have my way in the end.

You're the best and I love you very much.

Here's wishing you a very happy birthday.


Maternity Photos

posted on: Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Josh has been working with local photographer Lauren Parker on a special project for her website, which I can't wait to share here when it's all finished, but in the meantime Lauren took some maternity photos of me and my little family that I'd love to share today if you'd care to take a peek!

When Lauren and I were discussing the session I had a pretty clear idea of the type of photos I was hoping for and I have to say, she completely nailed it. Thank you Lauren, for this beautiful shoot and for capturing this special time for us. I will treasure these photos forever. 

39 Weeks + 1 Day (the state of my uterus address)

posted on: Tuesday, October 28, 2014

please excuse this blurry/grainy taken while it's still dark out at 6am before heading out the door to work photo

At 39 weeks and one day pregnant my uterus is decidedly still occupied. This is the most pregnant I have ever been. If this baby were like his or her brothers it would have been born yesterday, as they both came at 39 weeks on the nose. Needless to say, I was fully expecting to have a new baby by now. Which just goes to show you, as with every labor and delivery of mine I have absolutely no clue how things will ever actually go and when I do hazard a guess, I am most always very WRONG. 

So, yeah, still pregnant.


Fall Day 2014

posted on: Monday, October 20, 2014

This is one of those days I look forward to so much every year. Pumpkin picking, corn mazing and lots of fall treats being consumed later on while carving our pumpkins. But don't let these photos deceive you, the boys were in rare form all day. Crying, whining, fighting, car time outs - all of it was happening this year and I barely managed one semi-decent photo of each of them at the pumpkin patch. (And you can just go ahead and forget about a family photo). It was just not our day. 

But, the weather was perfect, the company was grand and those pumpkin cookies and that apple/pear crisp allllmost made up for it.

Best Weekend Everrrrrrrrrr

posted on: Tuesday, October 14, 2014

So even though I'm pretty well over being pregnant at this point, I was secretly hoping baby would stay put through the weekend so I wouldn't miss out on all the lovely goodness we had planned. As it turns out, I had nothing to fear because baby is still comfy cozy on the inside and according to yesterday's appointment with my midwife there has been absolutely no progress made on that front, whatsoever. So.

(be careful what you wish for is what I'm saying)
Kicking off the weekend in the best possible way, I had a prenatal massage scheduled for Saturday morning (a gift certificate I had squirrelled away since mother's day with the intention of saving it up for this final month of gestational discomfort). And thanks to my masseuse and by some magical twist of fate and physics and a plethora of oddly shaped cushions I was even able to lie stomache down for the first time in months. It was glorious.

After a morning of stomache lying bliss I could have just called the day good at that point and been perfectly satisfied. But our day was just beginning! Shortly thereafter aforementioned heavenly massage our friends and their daughter rolled into town for a very much anticipated overnight visit. Wes was beside himself with excitement for his sleepover with Jordyn (new tent set up indoors and everything).  We let the kids go crazy with fake web and spiders and officially halloweened our house up right (big thanks to Julie for dangling from the sides of my porch to string the lights!) And later that evening another mutual friend who just so happened to be in town from DC that very same weekend (hi Rence!) dropped in and we had a big ol home cooked spaghetti dinner followed by a late night screening of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. It was good times, people.

This was one of those super rare weekends where we really had no obligations or places in need of rushing off to and the weather was perfectly perfect and we were just able to enjoy our time together and relax. After the York/Godfreys hit the road on sunday afternoon we called up Abby and Jeff to see if they wanted to meet us at the quarry for a little nature hike. (followed by mexican for dinner to replace any calories possibly burned).

And THEN! (because I am a good wife) I have been pre-planning for Josh's birthday somewhat this year. **casually pats self on back** Since his birthday is on a near collision course with my due date, I've tried to get his gifts in order and all plans made far enough in advance that he doesn't totally miss out on birthday celebrations (even if the actual day itself ends up getting overshadowed by labor pains and/or third children). So part one of the pre-birthday fun was a pair of tickets to see some stand up comedy on sunday night. Abby and Jeff kept the boys after dinner and then all Josh and I had to do was roll a couple of miles down the road to Musica for the Same Sex Symbol tour. (Josh is a huge fan of Cameron Esposito and I went to high school with Rhea, so it was a truly perfect combination.) Marisa met us at the show and we all got to hang out and laugh-til-we-cried the night away.

I really just want to do the whole weekend over again. We got to spend time with so many friends and people that we love that I felt totally spoiled and amazing and I never wanted it to end.

What is this Tuesday bs anyway? Weekends forever, you guys, weekends foreverrrrrrr.

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