excuses, excuses

...that's all I have these days.

I've obviously fallen off the blogging wagon again, but it wasn't for lack of trying. I have several saved drafts that were only awaiting pictures...that need to be uploaded from the camera...to the laptop...that was dropped on its head by a certain husband...and hasn't made it to be fixed yet. So, I am pictureless, which made it hard to blog. I'm sure you understand.

I have much to be thankful for, and I'll just leave it at that. Maybe one day I will post my drafts (sans pictures) just for laughs, but that day is not today. Picture what you will about our Mexican vacation and my ever-expanding belly.

In the meantime, I'll leave you with this excuse, an apology and an assurance that I am alive and well. And baby girl is kicking, kicking, kicking! I am 34 weeks and R-E-A-D-Y to meet her. 


in thankfulness of heart: days 8 - 9

day 8: I am thankful for Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes. They're not even that good, but when I see them in the store, I can't control myself!


day 9: Today, I am thankful for this girl:

She's a sweet, sweet girl and although we struggle over who's the female head of house, I love her! And...today she is 10 years old. 10! I still remember meeting her for the first time at Bob's apartment in college (pre Bob + Val). She ran circles around the room and chased me off the couch. She let me know pretty quickly that she was the only woman in Bob's life, and I think she'd prefer it still be that way today! Happy Birthday, Grace-dog!


30 weeks

Before date night where we met another another couple who had just found out they were expecting, and we talked baby all night. ;)

30 weeks with Baby Girl Somerville (31 weeks now)

: I've started seeing the doctor every two weeks at this point. Not much to report other than I passed the gestational diabetes test - yah! Claire is measuring right on target and her heartbeat is strong every time. <3

Symptoms: Same as usual. I'm running out of breath VERY easily at this point and it sends my heartrate up, which is scary to me, but I've been assured it's normal. I've got to learn not to overdo it...which is hard for me.
Weight Gain: 20 lbs - we're headed on vacation this week, so I'm sure that number will skyrocket next update :P

Cravings: Nothing in particular - just food! I think I've entered the hungry all the time stage. I can't eat much in one sitting but I could eat just about any time of the day!

Aversions: None really.
Sleep: Not too bad. I wake up a few times a night to use the restroom, but I always go back to sleep. The worst part is just trying to find a comfortable position. Especially when Tanner sleeps in the bed with us. A queen size bed is not big enough for Bob, me and my pregnant belly, and Tanner. We will have a king-size bed before Baby #2 comes along!

I am loving: Setting up all her sweet stuff. We were so blessed with generous friends who threw me a wonderful baby shower. It's so fun to put together the stroller, swing, etc. and see her sweet little clothes hanging in the closet.

I really miss: Being comfortable and being able to breathe :)

Movement: Claire loves to move around - and I love it. I'll admit, there are times when I wish she would take a break, but mostly I'm enjoying watching my tummy roll around and knowing she's getting stronger.

Here I am again - I don't feel THAT big, but when I see pictures, I know I am!


in thankfulness of heart: days 5-7

day 5: I'm thankful for lazy mornings snuggling with the pups in bed. And thankful for a husband who had to get up at 5 a.m. to get to work but never makes me feel bad about sleeping in that one weekend a month.

day 6: I'm thankful that when you're pregnant, it's perfectly acceptable to eat chocolate chip cookies and ice cream for breakfast.


day 7: I'm thankful that in 3 days, I am going on VACATION! Nothing like a Monday to make you grateful for that.


in thankfulness of heart

For the month of November ,I thought I'd join the masses and think harder about what I'm thankful for in life each day. I'm shamelessly stealing this idea from Nicole - with her permission!

As you already know, I'm terrible at posting regularly. So it may be more of a random "thankfulness dump" than daily posting, but I'll try!

Day One:
I'm thankful for a husband who doesn't hesitate to get my pillow from upstairs, serve me dinner, clean up said dinner and pack my lunch for the next day. It is not under-appreciated, honey!

Day Two: I'm thankful for sudden warm days that come in the midst of rainy and cooler weather. Come on, spring!

Day Three: I'm thankful for (more than) half off Halloween candy. Get in my basket, Reese's Peanut Butter Pumpkins for 25 cents at Kroger!
Day Four: I'm thankful for Fridays that include a date night with my husband. Dinner and Wicked! 

Courtesy of TPAC
What are you thankful for?