The Row House

This is totally my baby.

My baby is overdue. And the doctor says I could carry to 42 weeks.

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I had a stress test to make sure baby is okay and the doctor looked at the results and said, “That’s a textbook picture of a baby LOVING it in there!”

Ugh. I might be pregnant forever.

I know that my Grandma Alice was taking care of this baby up in heaven and I know she filled this child with piss and vinegar! She’s sending me a baby that’s as stubborn and strong willed as me!

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I did let myself sulk around for a few hours yesterday feeling bad that I’m still pregnant and waddling around.

Then I went and got ice cream…2 scoops…because if I’m going to be pregnant for another week and a half, I’m going to enjoy it DAMMIT!!!

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Life as we know it…

…is about to change!

Even though it feels like I will have Braxton Hicks contractions forever and never have this baby.

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Ugh.

Waiting for our baby gives Mark and me LOTS of time to think about the future and (try to) plan what’s next for us.

Mark is currently “winterizing” the big Victorian house we’re supposed to renovate next.

We also have a mason lined up to help us fix the front brick facade of the house, but haven’t pulled the trigger yet.

My brother-in-law, Kevin, who helped Mark with our rowhouse renovation has been building furniture in his free time.

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The patio table he’s working on now looks fantastic and we are trying to convince him to go into the home renovation business with us.

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Easier said than done when you can’t pay him anything. Hahahaha!

I’m continuing to work and after every live news report, I think…”Maybe that was my last one!”

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But alas, it never is and my baby continues to hang out in my belly while I walk around in the same 3 shirts because nothing else fits!

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I can’t wait…to see my feet!

I’m getting close to the end and thinking about the things I can’t wait to do once I’m NO LONGER pregnant!

Obviously snuggling with my little love bug all day once he or she arrives is numero uno but there are several close seconds.

I can’t wait TO SEE MY FEET! I can only see the tops of my toes right now…and I can barely reach them…so Mark is in charge of foot massages. He’s thrilled.

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I can’t wait TO EAT SUSHI! I’m going to eat so many tuna and dragon rolls that I will start to smell. Don’t. Care.

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I can’t wait TO BE ABLE TO BEND OVER! Right now, bending down to reach my purse or tie my shoes is accompanied by grunting and groaning and heavy breathing. Not pretty.

I can’t wait TO DRINK CHAMPAGNE.

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Nuff said.

I can’t wait TO JOG OR SPIN OR DO ANYTHING SUPER PHYSICAL!

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I’ve been relegated to walking for most of this pregnancy, which is fine, but I’m ready to BREAK A SWEAT! Like a massive sweat…an Ironman or something.

And then I’m going to put on a bikini and make my husband take me to the beach!

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Looking like a whale and crying at the drop of a hat.

I’m now officially “full-term” aka “looking like a whale.”

Baby could come any day now, but I have a feeling he or she will wait til THE VERY LAST SECOND just to prove who’s in charge.

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Mark can’t wait to be a proud papa and got our new Graham Glider all set up in the nursery…thanks Canadian grandparents for the gift!

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We also got a few special things that made me cry…and you know I never cry…like ever. Like not even at my wedding.

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My sister framed the prayer that we would say as a family before bed and now she says it with her daughter and I will say it with my little peanut. (I’m tearing up just writing this.)

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And then I cried (and laughed!) some more when I opened this gift from my dad.

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He got my baby this book…and wrote his own words in it about what he’s going to teach his grandchild.

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He wrote “I will read you the blog and show you the pictures where your mommy and daddy fixed up their Lawrenceville rowhouse.”

Cue the waterworks!!!

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#Blessed

I know, I know…you roll your eyes every time you hear someone say they’re “blessed” or hashtag it on their Instagram photo while they’re holding a mimosa and looking out over the Italian Riveria…I hate those people too. 😉

But, I gotta say I’m #blessed after the week I had.

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First of all…if any of you ever want to throw a party, you should consult my friend, Susie, who must have been a celebrity party planner in her former life because she put together THE MOST GORGEOUS baby shower EVER!

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We had balloons and champagne and a chef in her kitchen whipping up the most delicious lunch.

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There were beautiful jewelry prizes and flowers and 3 desserts…3 of them!!

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I couldn’t believe how incredible it was.

But my heart wasn’t full because of that.

My heart was full because I have wonderful, smart, sassy girlfriends who love and support each other and go out of their way to make people feel special.

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We also got GOOD NEWS from the doctor…baby is head down, in position and super low!

Little peanut is getting ready to join us!

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We were smiling so hard, the doctor said, “Wow, you guys are excited!”

YES WE ARE!

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From House to Home!

Getting ready for baby and “nesting” hardcore over here!

And it’s not just limited to the baby’s room…I am like a madwoman trying to put the finishing touches on the rest of the house!

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I’ve forced Mark to hang more art and pictures in the last 3 weeks than he’s done in his entire life.

I love it all.

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It really makes the house feel like a home.

Our finished kitchen really rounds everything out!

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The kitchen remodel was our last BIG project and it feels soooooo good to have it done!

I think the last missing piece will be our little peanut!

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We can’t wait! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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A Letter To Our Sweetie

Dear Baby A,

Everyone is SO EXCITED to meet you…and most of them think you will be a boy!

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If you are a girl, I’m sure you’re laughing inside my belly thinking “I’ll show them!”

You are already so loved and when our family came together this weekend for your baby shower, I’m sure you could feel it!

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All your cousins are super cute…so you have a lot to live up to! 🙂

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Your Canadian family already bought you everything you’ll need to fit right in with them…

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Your American family got you ready for every possible sports season in Pittsburgh!

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Cousin Lily will be hanging out with you everyday since Nana will watch both of you while we’re at work. Lily wrote you this message…

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Mom and dad have been dreaming about who you are, who you’ll become and which one of us you look like!

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Your daddy is strong and sweet, and I hope you get his kind heart.

Your mom is sassy and driven, and I will teach you how to kick some a$$. 🙂

We can’t wait to be a family of 3!

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