This blog post might come back to haunt me but I don't care. Friday night a friend of ours took us out for a lovely dinner to thank us for helping her find a new job. She brought her quasi ex-boyfriend (long story) along so that it would be a double date. Dinner was delicious and everything was going along nicely until he started talking about his sister who had just had a baby that week. He started with "childbirth is such an alien process." Hmm ... and you would know this how? He then proceeded to continue making inappropriate comments about things like breastfeeding (he referred to it as milking). My friend was giving him the dirtiest looks and I swear if my fondue fork had not been in the pot I would have stuck him with it. I'm used to the fact that people say inappropriate things but seriously? at dinner? to someone who's having a baby in a month? This guy is on my list.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
I realize it's been way too long since I've blogged but there are several reasons for my silence. One, I've been a bit disappointed with my writing lately - it seems to be lacking it's usual snarky flavor. I think it's just that I've failed to blog regularly about the crazy things that happen every day. The big reason though is that I have been busy (still) preparing for the month of July. I thought June would be relaxing but it has been quite packed with activities - photo shoots, baby classes, dinners with friends and big projects at work. Luckily, I should be wrapping up the big stuff at work this week and I really feel like everything else is under control. I only need a few more things for the walls to complete the nursery and then I'll post pictures. I was talking to a friend the other day about everything I've been doing and she was laughing at me for being so organized. It hadn't occurred to me that I was different from anyone else but she informed me that indeed I am. It's my personality to try and plan for every possible scenario.
Four weeks to go and I've got the usual stuff done - car seat installed, hospital bag packed, baby clothes washed, etc. I've also got my baby announcement labels printed, stamps purchased, text and email groups set up so the husband can easily update friends and family, stocked the house with essentials (I've already told you how I tend to overstock the toiletries in our house), and I have someone lined up to make monogrammed cookie favors (with Addison's initials) for all of our new baby visitors. I am also caught up on thank you notes to this point! I have birthday gifts/cards purchased for those whose birthdays fall within the two months after Addison arrives just in case I'm too busy to deal with it at that time. Have I missed anything? I feel very prepared (and kind of tired) but the wonderful thing about all of it is that I really do feel like I get to relax and enjoy this last month before she arrives. I am making it a point to make as few plans as possible for the next several weekends because I am committed to being relaxed and stress-free. We are going to see Cirque Du Soliel on Friday - I am very excited! Now that I'm ready for the baby I can get back to the business of blogging. I have more photos of goodies to share and a beautiful newborn that I photographed this weekend.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
I have to say that Dooce is hilarious. We would not likely be friends in real life because to be honest, she's is way too crass for me. I like everything to be ladylike and appropriate, whereas she just tells it like it is (with much profanity). I do think her blog is quite hilarious, while equally horrifying, and this morning's post on childbirth was particularly good. Read at your own risk ... lol
So lately I've been a little hormonal. When most people hear that, they think I might be acting a little crazy or having dramatic mood swings. Not me, my hormones are just making me really sentimental. The other day we drove past a local high school and I started to cry. Uncommon Husband looked over and said "Oh my gosh, what's wrong?" I didn't want to tell him because I felt so silly. I was crying because it occured to me that one day our little girl would grow up and graduate from high school. It will be so bittersweet to watch her grow up... Good lord, I'm starting to tear up again just typing that. Stupid hormones. I also cried over the lyrics of a country song the other day and I HATE country music. And if you really want to get me going, write something like this. Pregnancy has been pretty kind to me so far but I must say, I'll be glad when I'm myself again. Who knows what might set me off next - buying groceries, driving? It's getting a little ridiculous.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
I realized something this week that I need to write down so that maybe I'll remember it. The more things I take off my plate, the more clarity and focus I have for what remains. I sat down to write this post today and read Pine Lakes Redhead's post that is along a similar vein. I have been steadily wrapping up various volunteer commitments, monthly meetings, and other obligations in the past few months and all of the sudden I feel like the fog is clearing and I can focus! Little things that have been on my to-do list for weeks are getting done and it's surprising how easy some of the have been (like a 5 minute call to my bank), yet I have been putting them off and letting them stress me out. I am jamming at work this week, getting some major projects done when normally there are so many distractions and other priorities that come up that it takes forever to get something done from start to finish (this is partly due to the fact that I've entered the "slow" season at work, meaning no major events for several months and other things get quieter over the summer). Anyway, it's something I've said before and I'm sure I'll say it again and again but I am REALLY going to try to stop being such a "yes man". I have this inner need to be involved in everything and I always want to say yes when someone asks me to do something, whether it be a leadership position, a favor, even an invitation to do something fun or a photo shoot - sometimes you just have to say no. It's all about balance and I'm going to find the perfect blend for myself. I need to be hang on to this clarity, it's kind of nice!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
I'm definitely going to offend someone by saying this but I can't help it, I've noticed an alarming fashion trend. What is going on with everyone putting enormous flowers on their babies heads?!? I have been shopping on Etsy for some cute newborn hats for Addison and to use for other newborn photography and it seems like every other hat is an insanely large flower. It's not just on Etsy, other bloggers (who I do love) put them on their babies and many photographers are using them. Is it just me? I think it's a little much ...
(I did not take this photo, I got it from Etsy for the sake of an example)
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
I've been catching up on my rest this week. May was an insane month and ended with my in-laws visiting this past weekend. I honestly think I forgot how to relax but once everyone left on Sunday it didn't take me long to remember and it was blissful! I watched a movie, went to the pool, and took a nap. I had a newborn photo shoot last week and I've finally posted pictures on my photography blog. My biggest goals for the month of June are to get my new website up and to relax as much as possible. I know those days are numbered, lol. I think I fell in love with this little girl even more knowing that I'll have one of my own in just 7 weeks!