Thursday, December 30, 2010

So Close Yet So Far

Here I am at the edge of 38 weeks pregnant.  Theoretically I'm due two weeks from tomorrow, but anyone who's known any pregnant woman in their life knows that this is truly just an estimate. Walt could decide to make a New Year's appearance, or he could take his own sweet little time and skate right past the Jan. 14 due date (please help me now).

At the end of the day, we're ready.  We're waiting for a curtain rod to hang some valence's in Walt's room, but that certainly isn't a necessity for his arrival. I even have my hospital bags packed:

I guess the last thing we have is putting the car seats in the cars. This has been delayed in my car since I witnessed my squeaky clean new car get crunched in a parking lot on Monday.  UGH.  Someone driving a Grand Marquis got too close on a parking space on the passenger side and scraped the back of my car.  The short story is he just moved back from Maui and was driving his mom's car and didn't have insurance handy. Sounds like the beginning of a disaster, but after some persistent phone calls, I was able to get his mom's insurance information and I think we're headed toward repair. Still -- what a pain in the rear. 

In closing, I have a picture of me at 37 weeks (last week).  I'll post a pic per week, but I'm not sure it's changing dramatically.  Hope everyone has a very Happy New Year!

Monday, December 27, 2010

T'was A Quiet Christmas

Chris and I spent our first and last Christmas together just the two of us.  We usually flip flop between my family and his on Christmas day.  My family was spending Christmas in Houston with my oldest sister, Michelle. My doc gave us the no-go on traveling that far this close to my due date.  Though I probably would have been just fine, I am not about to test this pregnancy after the Great Foot Incident of 2010.

Before Christmas, I went with my other sister, Kathy, and her two kiddos, Jameson and Jaelyn, to the Trains at Northpark. I thought we were going to have to drag Jameson out by his toenails. He loved it!

Waiting for the trains to whiz by

I had the hardest time getting them to peel away from watching the trains. Jaelyn's face (and the hat) is hysterical.
Leading up to Christmas, my nesting instinct kicked in. I'm not sure if it's because I wasn't with my family, but I went into major baker mode. I attempted to make patissa, which is an Italian sweet bread and NOT an easy process. Join me in following along:
Step 1: Make dough and let rise overnight (it's already a two-day process)
Step 2: roll out dough

Step 3: add filling (nuts, cinnamon, sugar). I skimped way too much on the cinnamon and sugar

Step 4: roll up tight

Step 732: bake and enjoy!
All in all, it turned out fair. It lacked a few things I remember from my Grandma's version and Michelle had many of the secrets figured out too. But, not too bad for my first attempt. They are definitely edible.

On to Christmas morning.  Chris and I enjoyed a really nice morning just the two of us. We took our time exchanging our gifts (don't worry, Sally got some too). And then Chris had a HUGE gift to Walt and I from Santa. I felt like I was 10 years old again opening it. Here's what I got :)
It's a glider!!
I was so giddy to get this! I can't wait to hold Walt in it.  This was truly a special gift!

After gifts, Chris made a fantastic breakfast for us...

 Blueberry Oatmeal Pancakes and turkey bacon. We had also enjoyed several pieces of the patissa.
We took a nice nap on the couch (love naps!) and went to Chris's aunts in the evening for a delicious Christmas dinner.  Chris's parents came in too, so it was nice to be with some family on this special day.  We are celebrating with my parents, Kathy, Greg and the kiddos tomorrow, so the celebrations keep on going!

We hope everyone had a nice holiday -- whether Christmas or just a couple days off. It's nice when things slow down a bit.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Bruns' Family Christmas

Last night, Chris and I hosted Christmas dinner at our house for his parents, aunt/uncle and we invited my parents.  Since we aren't traveling or driving anywhere for Christmas this year, we brought the festivities to us.

And, since it was Christmas at my house, I did it the only way I know how -- the Italian way.  We cooked up a ton of meatballs and sausage (wish I would have taken a picture!), a huge pan of lasagna, homemade Caesar salad, and my mom brought eggplant parmesan.  What a feast! Here's a picture of the table before we all sat down:

We were lucky enough to borrow a table from our neighbor and add our little breakfast table to make a nice, big eating arrangement for the whole crowd.

Here is everyone enjoying themselves after full bellies:

Same pic, but Chris is in this one :)

Aside from the four bottles of wine, we made our way through Aunt Paula's walnut pie and custard pie like nobody's business. I think I substituted extra pie in place of wine. :) It was truly special having everyone together laughing and just enjoying each other's company. Maybe we're starting a tradition?? Here are a few other pics:

Everyone chatting. Clearly my mom is telling a story b/c she is using her hands :)

More chit chatting
In other news, Chris and I a so close to being done with the nursery. We have one last thing to hang and then I'll share pics.  Can't wait!  Less than four weeks to go!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Wait, I'm going to get bigger??

Here I am at just past 35 weeks.  How in the world did that happen?  One one hand, I feel like I was just telling everyone I was pregnant. On the other hand, I feel like I've been pregnant for about two and half years. 

Clearly, at this point it is no secret that I'm expecting. I did some Christmas shopping on Friday and in every single solitary store they asked me something about the enormous growth in my abdomen. I even thought one woman was going to volunteer to finish my shopping for me. I don't feel miserable, so I sure hope I don't look miserable!  I also got this at work last week: "Wow, you are so pregnant".   Really? I hadn't noticed. 

I continue to have what I consider an easy pregnancy (minus the whole broken foot/surgery fiasco). So, I assume the aches and pains I'm feeling now are just normal. And nothing has me wanting to perform an at-home c-section. It's all manageable, albeit annoying at times.  Sleeping is definitely the least favorite time of the day.  Imagine creating a mini fortress of pillows around you. You get it JUST right and fall asleep. Now it's 2-3 hours later and you need to switch sides.  First, it takes me some serious leverage to flip from one side to the other. You don't just casually roll over.  Then you rearrange the pillow fortress.  Repeat this.  Oh, and throw in a couple bathroom breaks in there.

So, I'm posting a pic of me at 35 weeks (and two days).  The last pick I posted was 30 weeks and I thought I was really poking out then. Psshhh!  I can take out small children and animals with this belly now.  Curious to see how much further this bad boy will stretch in the next five weeks.

It's a little dark, but check out the surface area!

this one has flash, but I'm facing the wrong way. You can totally see the poked out belly button!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

I Never

It's definitely safe to say that you do not know what to expect once you become pregnant.  No matter how much you've read, or how many friends or family members have been pregnant.  In the spirit of the college drinking game, I Never, I decided to compile a list of things I never thought I'd do (Feel free to grab an egg nog, hot toddy, or rum-spiced cider and play along. I know I could use a glass of wine right now!)

  • I never went to school (college, graduate, or otherwise) 8 months pregnant
  • I never broke a bone... while pregnant
  • I never had surgery ... while pregnant
  • I never peed while sneezing
  • I never ate so many graham crackers in a single sitting (cravings, much??)
  • I never sleep with more than one pillow (current count is three... only one for my head)
  • I never had a problem touching my toes (or painting them, or putting lotion on them, or tying my shoes)
  • I never have gotten mad at completely irrational things (sorry, Chris!)
  • I never have felt so blessed, excited, and anxious all at once!
Coming up... a pic of me at 35 weeks. I'm scared!