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Thursday Thoughts

1.  One of my best friends had her baby last night.  She’s absolutely perfect, has the most beautiful name, and is just the sweetest tiny little doll.  I can’t wait to get my hands on my little friend-niece!

2.  She was due 2.5 weeks before me.  The fact that her baby now lives In the outside world?  Cue panic.

3. I am wearing a slightly stepped up, dressier version of a sweatshirt and leggings to work.  I have officially quit caring.

4.  I am now a person who drives a car with a car seat.

5.  2 weeks and 2 days left in the office, and I’m swamped.  Better get crack-a-lackin’!

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36 weeks

It was a busy, full weekend.  I can’t remember the last time we went out Friday AND Saturday night and then again on Sunday for good measure. 

Friday was dinner with some good friends.  We chatted about their  wedding next year in Punta Cana, shared s’mores and made those kind of vague plans to “get together soon” one makes when she is four weeks away from a huge life change.

Last night, a few of my girls organized a little last pre-baby girls’ night out.  Azzurra in Wicker Park is fabulous!  I wore a fitted dress and 4 inch heels and had a half glass of sparkling rose that was sent from above when the clouds parted and the angels sang. 

Today we were up early to pack the car and head down to Soldier Field for baby’s first (and likely mom’s last) Bears game.  We were in charge of the tailgate for our season ticket group - the sliders were good, but the Bloody Mary bar M put together was a huge hit. 

I am utterly exhausted (and I’m sure after all the walking and stairs today I will barely be able to roll myself out of bed tomorrow), but this was very likely our last weekend of plans on a whim, staying out late, and not planning around a third, tiny, very cute little person.

Speaking of, tomorrow is the big day.  Let’s hope this big weekend motivated the baby to get head down and ready to join the fun outside world!

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34 weeks.

After 34 weeks of a very easy pregnancy, things are starting to get a little rough around here. That said, I have really been trying to focus on not complaining.  This peanut is well worth the nosebleeds, crazy hip/pelvis pain, struggles to hoist myself out of bed and the super attractive duck walk!

We got to see BS yesterday for the first time in 14 weeks.  I have to admit, I was a little disappointed that it just looked like a bigger version of the baby we saw at 20 weeks.  Not the dramatic change we saw from 6 to 8 to 10 to 13 to 20 weeks.  It does have hair now, which is pretty cute, albeit slightly mullet-y looking.

Yesterday’s scan was necessary because the baby had been breech for awhile and I had some other things going on that needed to be checked out to rule out the necessity of a c-section. 

The good news?  The baby is no longer breech.

The bad news?  The baby is now sideways, and apparently quite comfortable that way.

Now, I’m not a doctor but I understand enough about geometry and anatomy to know that a sideways baby can’t come out in the traditional course.  Nor do I want to attempt that feat.

So BS has 2 weeks to get its shit together and get head down.  If it doesn’t get with the program, I’ll be admitted and they will attempt to physically move the baby in the correct position (although, if it has inherited my stubbornness, good luck with that, doc).  There’s a chance that procedure will induce labor, so BS could arrive as soon as 2.5-3 weeks.

Which is totally insane.  We are NOT ready yet.  It looks like a bomb went off in the nursery.  Very little is washed and put away.  The car seat isn’t installed (or even out of the box).  We haven’t bought the stroller.  Completed preregistration for the hospital.  Or any of the remaining things on our long pre-baby to-do list.

Looks like BS isn’t the only one who needs to get its shit together.

[Of course, we’ll scramble to get everything done in the next two weeks and BS will turn and refuse to come out until like 42 weeks.]

Filed under baby 34 weeks please roll over and stay in there a little longer

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So I’ve wanted a pair of Stuart Weitzman 5050s for like basically forever and thinking this may be my fall treat yoself thing as during this entire calendar year I haven’t bought a single pair of new shoes or an item of clothing that costs more than $20 and isn’t ruched on the side to accommodate an extra human.  I’m sure I’ll get a ton of wear out of them.  You know, paired with leggings and a third day t-shirt around my house while my newborn screams at me.

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Plans borne of second trimester super-human energy delusions:

Tailgating and Dierks Bentley/Luke Bryan at Soldier Field with my girls Sunday night - way past my bedtime.

Hosting a “Labor Day” themed baby shower for 25 people the very next day for one of my oldest + dearest.

We bought the concert tickets well before I knew I was expecting, but the whole hosting a party the next day thing was a decision made around 24 weeks when I could have participated in a truck pull contest.  (OK maybe not, but I miss that level of productivity and motivation).

I feel a bit like I’ve been hit by a truck today, but the night out with my friends and a day spent celebrating one of my favorite people (and Baby S’ future BFF) was well worth it.

Less than eight weeks to go!

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I’ve been looking for a good print to hang over the crib, something that suits the UP-inspired (note: NOT UP-themed) nursery.   This modern red balloon print fits the bill perfectly, and it was extremely reasonably priced, even before a nice little discount code.  

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An UP-inspired multicolored happy event for Baby S.  G throws a damn good party.  The little details were all so thoughtful and nothing was overlooked!  Those colored pom-poms were everywhere.  All my best girls.  Two delicious mocktails and a big bottle of vodka for spiking.  A tasty lunch and an adorable almond flour coconut cake handmade by a friend who couldn’t be there in person.  I’m not normally one for games, but a “name my baby” contest and a quiz video featuring my husband were hilarious. 

Only three of my friends couldn’t make it, and I can’t remember the last time I had all of my friends in one place (probably my wedding shower).  Despite the torrential downpour, it was such a bright + happy day.  I have a really special group of friends who are near and dear to me, and it made me so happy just to all be together and laugh!  It was so fun that these are the only (crappy) pictures I took.  Presence in the moment.

I remember thinking that the shower date seemed so far away and how pregnant I would be by that point and the baby would be almost here.  With a shower now behind me, the ticking clock is on my mind.  Little S will be here in the blink of an eye.  Here we go!  8.5 weeks!

Baby S is so very lucky to have so many “aunties” to love on him/her.  This kid is going to be spoiled within an inch of its life. 

the amazing decor/one of my oldest + dearest due 3 weeks before me/the crew/my mama + me/the mamas + the pretty lady hostess

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