Tuesday, September 22, 2009

4 weeks to go

Ok, so I have had the WORST dreams ever and a few hormonal breakdowns... Mostly nervous about this little French Fry not being in my belly and having to take care of him. He is moving a lot in the lower part of my abdomen and sometimes it stops me in mid... whatever I am doing... like someone just poked me in gut...

I think I have a slight waddling gate and I am pretty sure that I might have 2 shirts that fit, appropriately. I have not had a bad pregnancy AT ALL, I have been comfortable, no nausea, plenty of energy... but the DREAMS are RIDICULOUS!!! Francois' sister says that I am dreaming a lot because I am getting ready to understand every aspect of my baby and I have no more barriers to protect myself from feelings. I can imagine that I suppress plenty ... and my dreams are working overtime to deal with all my fears, worries, and excitement. She also says the more I dream the easier it will be when the baby is born. And this is the reason why mothers are the best people to understand the non spoken characteristics of their baby. I LOVE FRENCH HEALTH EXPLANATIONS....

So, this week. My parents came into town on their 32 year anniversary... to spend a little time with their Fat daughter and eager son-n-law before they are officially "Gamie and Gampe" ( by the way.... they hate those names!!!) During this time we went shopping for my brother's twin girls on the way and a little shopping for baby French Fry.

On Friday, Francois and I headed to Kendra's house in Greenville for our second shower. We were able to see some old friends... Molly and Stacey from nursing school ( my two adopted moms that helped me through pediatrics and labor and delivery in school)

Tracy, Peyton, and stinky pants baby Aiden; Kendra, Beth, and Kim from work at the life center; Ehrin- my best friend from college; and The Hostesses .... Moe and his man Greg. I loved having all my friends together to celebrate the soon to be birth of baby French Fry...

We played some fun games, ate some FABULOUS food, and opened some fantastic gifts!! And I even had a diaper cake...

The infamous Diaper cake, made by Stacey and Molly.... great job LADIES!

Playing baby shower games... Tracy is reading the Birth Store of Baby French Fry... it was a Mad Libs version where people randomly pick nouns, verbs, etc to fit into a story... it was funny!

( opening presents and enjoying every moment)

Ehrin, me, Stacey, and Molly.... All the Nurses together!!

Cassie and Champagne with a floating raspberry... so classy MOE!!

Moe had a great menu planed for the shower! He picked special cheeses and prepared French styled food for Francois. He even ordered Blue Hydrangeas to decorate!

Everyone that came to Baby Shower!!

5 weeks to go!!

As I am writing this blog entry, currently my stomach is sitting on the keyboard... needless to say... we are getting close.

A lot has happened since last we spoke. Two weekends ago, my work had a lunch at Vickery's where they presented me with all sorts of fun baby items. I received some fun patterned wash clothes, hooded towels for bath time, a rubber ducky that tells me if the temp is too hot, a couple of fun toys to entertain with, DIAPERS, baby wipe warmer, baby wipes, bottle warmer, some bottles, fun bath products, and MUCH MORE!!
My nursing buddies at Roper Hospital... so nice of them to take off on a Sunday to celebrate the Belly Queen!
Gifts gifts gifts...

( I was a little nervous with all the attention on me... quickly I was informed that I should enjoy it... because once the baby arrives.. this will all change)

( Fun bath time clothes for baby)

( Here is the cake before it did not live to see the next day... poor cake!! But it was soo good when it hit your lips.... SOOO GOOD!)
( mmm white Chocolate cake!!)

I have to stop for a second, in France there are no baby showers and Francois' family is very curious about the tradition. From what i can research, baby showers for mothers have been around for centuries and taken place in many regions. Special and handmade presents were offered after a little one was born, typically during the baby's dedication or christening. It was grandmothers that normally gave silver items to the infants.

Victorian woman in in the late 18th century started to organize tea parties, but not until after she gave birth, because pregnant ladies used to HIDE from public in those day. ... ( OHHH, how things have changed... I am trying to leave work 7 days before i am due... do you think there is a clause for hiding in the new health care policies ?? hmmm)

In the 19th century, the afternoon teas were altered into showers... mostly because during the teas.. it was known to rain and umbrellas became an emblem of such events.

Today, baby showers are customary, mostly for first time moms. For second and third time moms they are called " baby sprinkles"

SOOO, there is the history of baby showers. :)

I have to also add that during the same weekend I had this baby shower with work... Francois and I went to a pregnancy celebration for pregnant ladies at a local hospital. There were vendors with different information about breast feeding, Costco applications, child care options, etc. Along with the educational booths, there were door prizes.

WELL... for those that do not know me... I NEVER win prizes. But that day, i walked around to every booth and said in my head " I will win something today... I was determined!!

Francois and I came to the end of the Pregnancy celebration, we reached a radio station table 102.5. I signed my name and address for one of the door prizes.... A lady had asked when i was due.. I said 5 weeks, she asked about our nursery... I informed her we don't have one yet.... we are waiting until we move to get it set up.... and then she had asked if we had a crib... I said no and just kept making small talk. One of the other ladies I was talking to disappeared .... only to reappear and tell me that we needed to not go anywhere.... So we stayed ...... then she informed us that we needed to go inside the celebration where the booths were... so we did... and behold a drawing for the grand prize was " drawn" it was Hilliary Rizzetto... called to win the crib, mattress , and a 5 drawer dresser!!! An almost 700$ value for US..... and it's FREE!!
( here is the crib and dresser that we won, we have a different changing table... and of we would be decorating for a boy... but still.... it is nice and I like it even more because I WON IT!)

What a great weekend :)