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39 weeks

39 weeks

Here I am in the kitchen – you can see the backsplash in the background – that’s what Eric’s been working on this weekend. It looks great!

No signs of impending labor yet…probably for the best since I have a cold right now. I’m getting plenty of rest, though, and hope to be feeling better very soon.

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  1. Why couldn’t the rain have started over the weekend, so we had time to discover the leak in our roof and do something about it instead of Eric having to MacGyver a temporary solution 20 minutes before leaving for work?
  2. Which of my non-maternity rain coats comes closest to covering my belly?
  3. Why is it that all of my regular shoes still fit, but my wellies are suddenly snug?
  4. Where the heck is my umbrella?
  5. Why do Southern California drivers insist on tailgaiting when it’s pouring rain?

And it’s only 8:45…

Sunday was my first baby shower. I have to tell you I’m still feeling overwhelmed by all the love and generosity expressed by my family and friends. We are blessed to have such wonderful people in our lives, and I’m so glad that they will be a part of our baby’s life, too. It was a really special time for me, and I’m very grateful to everyone who came.

Here’s a sampling of photos – didn’t quite get everyone who came, but you get the idea:

The delicious & adorable cake

The delicious & adorable cake

My mom made the centerpiece

My mom made the centerpiece

Opening presents

Opening presents

My mom and sister

My mom and sister

Eric's family

Erics family

Old friends

Old friends

My book club

My book club

Family and friend

Family and friend

My mom and the gracious hostess

My mom and the gracious hostess

My obscene pile of loot

My obscene pile of loot

Much catching up to do…

My good friend Victoria was in town a couple of weeks ago – she is pregnant, too, about a month farther along than I am. It has been great to have a pregnancy buddy going through the same stuff – we’ve been keeping in touch via email since she moved to Portland, and when we got together we had fun commiserating over all the crazy things that happen to your body and mind when you are pregnant. Here are a couple of pics:

Wonder twin powers...activate!

Wonder twin powers...activate!

Most of the work we’ve done on the kitchen so far, with the exception of removing the wall, hasn’t been too impressive to look at. There’s been a lot of prep with plumbing and electrical work that doesn’t show, and so on. But the cabinets started to go in this week and you can finally start to see the shape of the new kitchen.

Here’s the cooktop wall and the back of the island:

The cooktop will be flanked by the pantry on the left and the fridge on the right. Here’s the walkway between the island and cooktop, looking towards the wall where the sink will be:

This is the island, looking out towards the living area:

This is the wall where the dishwasher, sink and oven will be – dishwasher on the far left, oven and microwave on the right, sink under window:

All of the doors and drawers will be installed next week, and then the cabinets will be stained. The countertop contractor is coming on Monday to make a template. Everything is moving along nicely!

And speaking of progress, here’s my latest belly shot (about 27 weeks along):

As demanded, here is a picture of my pregnant belly at about 19 weeks. I hope you’re satisfied, Victoria!


Just come home from the grocery store with several boxes of Cocoa Puffs. What could be simpler? Once again, my husband is my hero.

Yeah, I know I’ve been slacking. Too bad. I’m pregnant and tired and I’ll write when I have energy. In the meantime, here are my latest ultrasound pics. The bottom two are face shots – you can see the baby’s little skull. Kind-of macabre, but very cool, eh? That’s my little baby Skeletor.Behold, baby Skeletor.