Photos and a Shower

We had these photos taken a few weeks ago by our wedding photographer, Andy Orenstein.  This is just a small taste of what we did, and I am so happy with the photos.

Aside from these awesome pics we’ve been fairly busy.  Last weekend my mom threw us a shower.  My cousin Kristin flew in town for the weekend, and Rob’s brother Chris, his wife Kristin and their little boy Asher came down from Everett to celebrate with us.

The shower was amazing.  My mom used all my old baby toys, blankets and clothes as decorations, which I thought was a great idea.

My mom even made those blankets for me when I was a bebe.

That’s the sock monkey my mom made me, I chewed on his tail as a child.  And yes, that is the Snuggle bear.  My mom had the piano music open to Vince Guaraldi’s Linus and Lucy.  It was my favorite song that my dad played on the piano.  There were baby photos of Rob and I everywhere.

For favors, my mom made gummy candy kabobs-In case you didn’t know, gummy candies are an important part of mine and Rob’s diet.  We played a game where we had to guess the price of the baby product.  Rob and I lost that one.  We also played a game where one person had to be blindfolded and diaper a leaking water balloon.  Rob almost won that one.  He did pretty well, considering almost everyone else’s balloons popped.

Mom also had a deeeelicious, and very cute cake made for us.

We received a ton of gifts.  I’m not kidding, an actual ton.  We got a lot of stuff we needed including our stroller and car seat (baby now has a way to get home from the hospital), bassinet, high chair, sling, and of course lots of adorable clothes.  We also got some really cool handmade gifts including hats made by Darcy, my friend Katie’s mom, a crocheted bear from Katrina (who very sadly could not be there because apparently grad school is more important.  Kidding!), a crocheted blanket from my mom, a Muppet quilt made by my sister in law’s mom, Sherene, I’m pretty sure there’s more.

I also got some gifts for me!  Joy made me a heat pack for my back, which I haven’t used yet because I need to clean my microwave.  My Aunt Karen gave me nice some nursing pajamas.  Sister in law Kristin gave me a care package with slippers, and a heat pack.  My mom surprised me with one of my favorite gifts, and by far the most sentimental.  She scrapbooked me a new baby book.  It was awesome.  Of course it made me cry like a baby.  It had a lot of pictures I haven’t seen in a long time, and a lot of me and my dad.  It was perfect.

Thank you mom for a fabulous shower.

I wish my cousin could have stayed longer, but I’m so glad she was able to come at all.  She’s been a pillar in my life since I was born.  She was my maid of honor in our wedding and has always been there when I needed her, and vice versa.  In fact, while she was here she found a mark on Diego’s eye (she’s a veterinarian) and we had to take him in to the vet.  I can’t wait to have her here again to meet the kid.  I miss you already, Kristin!

Wednesday marked 35/35.  35 weeks, with 35 days left.  More and more I feel like I’m not going to make it to my due date.  I guess it’s just a hunch.  This last week I’ve been having more frequent Braxton Hicks contractions, not that that’s a sign of coming labor or anything, and they’re not painful but they sure do take my breath away.  I have been starting to have that “I’m done being pregnant” feeling.  I really do love being pregnant, but there is not one minute in the day where I can say I’m comfortable.  I haven’t been sleeping well for months now, but it seems to be getting harder and harder to get good rest.  Every time the baby wiggles now it’s like having tiny fists grinding against innards (cause that’s actually what’s happening), and the best feeling is when he moves in such a way that I get what it referred to as “lightning crotch”.  That’s when the baby jerks around and I feel a ton of pressure and a twinge of pain shooting through my cervix.  Sometimes when that happens I think oh shit, this is it.  That’s how much pressure I feel.  I like knowing he’s there, but he’s so big now it’s becoming pretty uncomfortable.  What’s worse is that he’s most active late at night and into the wee hours of the morning.  I’ve been punched/kicked out of my sleep on multiple occasions.  My back hurts all the time.  All.  The.  Time.  I know I’ve bitched about all this many, many times, blah blah blah, but it’s rough.  There’s so much I want to get done around the house before this baby comes, and I have the drive but just no energy.  I’ve also been feeling pretty anxious, and at times very emotional.  Out of the blue I’ll cry, and it’s not just any regular cry it’s pure uncontrollable sobbing.  It’s like nothing I’ve experienced before.  I guess the hormones have hit.  As for the anxiety, I don’t know.  I guess I can be an anxious person, and I suppose something pretty huge is about to happen in my life, but it’s one of the worst feelings.  I’m afraid one of these days I’m going to send myself into a panic attack.  But I will do my best to not do that.  Okay, I’m done complaining for now.

I found this article on Jezebel and found it to be pretty true to what I’ve felt all along.  Why does no one talk about this stuff?  You don’t hear your pregnant friends talking about their leaky nipples (Well, unless you’re my girlfriends, you hear it from me).  Why do women feel like they can’t say anything about this stuff?  When someone asks me how I’m feeling I’m honest and I tell them how everything hurts, and how I can’t sleep and if they want me to further describe what exactly is happening with my body I’d be more than happy to.  I’m an open book people!

I’m now taking bets on when baby boy will make his appearance.

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The Luckiest

It’s 2011, which means it’s been two whole years since I started this blog.  Woo hoooo!

For celebrating the New Year I decided to stay in.  I wasn’t alone though.  Since Rob had to work at the bar, and that was the last place I wanted to be on NYE, my friends Mike, Devo, Shauna and Kris V. spent the evening with me at home.  We decided that even though it was just the 5 of us we still wanted to dress like we were going to hit the town.  Mike even set up a photo booth for us to have fun with.

I got to snap a photo with Rob before he left for work.

This is our “WE JUST WON THE LOTTERY!” pose.

Needless to say, we rang in the New Year in style and spent New Year’s Day following my tradition of watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy.  2011 is going to be fantastic.  I can feel it.

Just 5 days into the new year, and it’s my brother’s 20th birthday.

My little brother isn’t so little anymore.

He wanted a red velvet cake, but I didn’t have enough red food coloring so it was blue.  It was a pretty damn good cake too.

This last week I hit the 29 week mark in my pregnancy.  11 weeks left.  I had a realization of sorts on NYE.  Before everyone came over I was relaxing on the couch cause my back was hurting pretty bad.  Then I noticed my belly was really tight and there was a lot of pressure.  I had felt that before, and it just dawned on me what was going on.  I was having the infamous Braxton Hicks contractions.  They didn’t hurt, and I hear they’re not supposed to, but were just a little uncomfortable.  To relieve them I drank lots of water and relaxed until they passed.  It was pretty amazing how hard my belly got when they were happening.  Then it would go back to squishy.  The human body is a wonder.  Haven’t had them since, but I know that wasn’t the last I’d see of them.  In other pregnancy news, we start our birthing classes today, January 9th.  I’m pretty excited for that.  We also had our first baby shower yesterday!

Our amazing friends Katrina, Joy, Shauna and Mike put together a fantastic party that was soooo Rob and Erin.  When Rob and I were walking up to the bar (yup, it was at the Boiler Room) I started crying.  Good, happy tears of course.  I was just feeling a little hormonal.  Walking in and seeing every little detail they put together for us was overwhelming.  From the food, to the decor, and the music.

The tables were full of gummy candies, Hostess baked goods, baby photos of us, and yes, those are condoms.

There were even fetus shaped sandwiches in PB&J and bologna.  Both Rob favorites.  There was also a hot dog bar!

One of the activities was to make a bib for the baby.  These are the bibs we walked out with.  We have such creative friends!

Favorite decoration: If They Mated.  Well, we did and hopefully our kid will be as cute, no cuter, than this guy.

There was a game where Rob and two other willing men (these two, Dustin and Tony, just happen to already be fathers) have to change the flour baby’s diaper.  The diapers were full of creamed corn and caramel which made for quite the mess.  Rob did not win, but he will have plenty of practice soon enough.

There was also a pinata, which I beat the crap out of.

Rob is showing of his pregnant belly too.

There was a fantastic game of Fetal Pictionary.  My team, the Baby Trucks, may not have won but we had a blast playing.

Rob and I with our amazing host and hostesses, and please note John Meyers peeking in between Rob and Katrina.  Thank you guys for an amazing shower!

Once everything was wrapped up we headed home with our loot.  Joy came with us and took notes on our gifts for us.  We were so lucky to get so many great gifts.  Some favorites include the following:

A Sesame Street quilt made by our friend Jenny Bevacqua!  Perfect!

We received two Mysterio shirts.  One from Kate and Tony, and another from John and Hazel.  The shirts come in a cloth bag that’s sewn shut, so opening it is like opening a fortune cookie.  Our child will be a criminal mastermind and/or a professional bowler.  Awesome gifts!

And best wrapping goes to Jordi Barnes.  This reminds me of how she wrapped another gift for me for my bridal shower like a school lunch complete with a vintage Charlie’s Angels Thermos and mixed CD’s wrapped like a sandwich.  Congratulations Jordi on your gift wrapping skills and your Future Girl arriving around the same time as Campbell Baby!

Creepiest, and very well loved and appreciated gift goes to:

Greg Bigoni.  This is a drawing of Rob and I with our triplets John, Trip and Faux.  All good friends, but still frightening.  We’re going to frame it and find it a hanging home somewhere in here.  Thanks Greg!

We received so many great gifts and couldn’t be more grateful for our amazing friends.  I can’t wait to introduce the kid to each and every one of you.  Rob and I are the luckiest people on the face of the planet.