It doesn't seem possible that Thanksgiving is already here or that I'm already 21 weeks along! Where has the time gone?
Last weekend we tailgated at the Northwest vs. Pitt State game held annually at Arrowhead Stadium. We arrived literally second car in line at the gates so as you can imagine, it was a long day for this pregnant lady! The weather was very chilly and windy but eventually the sun came out and it provided some much needed warmth. This year I went prepared. I brought hot water and tea bags, my heaviest snuggling blanket, and wore 4 or 5 layers of clothing. I was still cold but overall fairly comfortable in my oversized lawn chair. I have to admit tailgating while pregnant or at this stage of my life was not what it used to be. I didn't miss the beverages at all nor did I even want one. Watching Robin get crazy as usual was okay but this year I stayed in one spot the whole time and when 3:00 rolled around, I was done and it was time to go. In years past, we'd stay the entire game and then go to a bar afterwards to enjoy eachother's company. I have a feeling our days of tailgating to this degree is coming to an end, at least for me.
Did I mention some crazy decided to hit my car while we were all tailgating on the other side? Ah yes, such a fun event to happen at 10:15 a.m. Nice start to our day but thankfully they didn't contest the issue and we're well on our way to having it fixed. All I have to do now is take it to the shop, order the parts, and take it back when it's time to get everything fixed. Mostly this is just an inconvenience.
On Saturday we met Kevin and Leah for double date night, preggo style (as Leah and I called it). We saw "Due Date" which I have to admit was really pretty boring for me. It was one of those movies that shows everything funny in the previews and is mostly just annoying. I think Kevin and Robin enjoyed it though so I don't think it was a complete loss. We followed up with dinner at Jack Stack BBQ which was fabulous as usual. Our waiter was quite possibly the most annoying human I've ever come across. Let's just say I could see why he's a waiter and not a rocket scientist! Finally we went to Starbucks, got some hot drinks, and lounged on the deck. The Plaza is a really great place to people watch and the weather was fairly nice. That was probably my favorite part because we just sat and talked for an hour or so and enjoyed the sights and sounds of late fall.
Sunday was a big day for us! Robin and I are officially God parents of Miss Rowen Annette. She was super adorable in a white onesie, white tights, white bow, and light pink tu-tu. I got a few toothless grins out of her during the service as well. I have to admit I never thought I'd be a God parent. I'm not extremely religious though I do have faith and I'm not baptised myself. I actually find that I believe a lot of things from a variety of religions. But I feel very blessed and honored to be chosen and I take it very seriously. In a lot of ways, I feel like I'm going to responsible for helping her grow up to be a good little girl and eventually a woman. It's strange; I didn't think it would feel quite such a big deal!
|Robin, Me, Rowen, Kellen, Phil and Marsha after Rowen's Baptism!|
|21 Weeks (My face says it all..."I feel HUGE!")|
I also developed something of a side effect this week that I didn't foresee. In fact, I'm a bit of an enigma to my doctor too. I won't go into detail but what I will say is that the diagnosis is my immune system isn't loving something or other I either ate or came into contact with so I get to feel its wrath on my skin. The doctor said it was really pretty bad so I'm on 3 meds, one topical and two oral, to get it under control. I think the hardest part of this is that I can't eat bananas, peanut butter, or strawberries for a while because all of them have high alergen content. BUT, the baby is doing fine so thankfully this whole issue isn't bothering her a bit!
Yesterday we returned the dresser I posted about previously too. After reordering parts that broke or didn't fit right, we finally gave up. It is a horrible dresser! Do NOT buy it! We found one at Nebraska Furniture Mart which is slightly more expensive but is more sturdy. We'll save up and get it sometime in the future. Same goes for our rocker. We went bright and early on Black Friday because it was 50% off only to find the store had ONE to sell. ONE? Please tell me how you put something on your ad and then you only have ONE to sell for the entire day? Woosah! On the bright side, it's still on sale today and tomorrow so we may end up stopping by tomorrow to pick one up. It's just not quite the spectacular deal.
Finally, Thanksgiving is coming up in just two days and we're heading up to Iowa to spend part of the week with my family and then Sunday with Robin's back here in KC. I am very thankful that we get the opportunity to see both my family and his during the holidays. I do wish my sister was able to be with us and that Robin's mom, sister, and niece could come home too. Juggling two families is not always very easy though our situation seems to be a little more so. This year I am in charge of something (scary, I know!) which is making my Grandma's pies. She is flying to Washington to be with her sister so it's my job to ensure we have our traditional desserts. I'm actually excited because this is something I know I can handle. I may not be much of a cook, but I sure can bake some stuff! I'm also excited to see my Grandpa. It sounds like he is doing very well recovering with both of his new knees. He had a second railing installed on his stairway so he can now go up and down by himself. The last time I talked to him he said he was getting a stationary bike to ride at home so that the knees wouldn't get stiff. I am SO happy that the minor stroke didn't stop him a bit!
So to you and yours, Happy Thanksgiving! And just to annoy my husband, "Gobble, Gobble..."