ANOTHER Blog Award for Yours Truly!

I’m just flabbergasted. Kate at Busted Plumbing likes me, she really likes me! She gave me my 2nd blog award, which is AMAZING. Thank you KATE!!!


List 10 things that make you happy, try to do at least one of them today, and tag 10 bloggers that brighten your day. For those 10 bloggers who get the award, you then link back to my blog and create your makes you happy list.


1. Feeling my little girl kick.
2. Singing with my chorus/quartet.
3. Hugging and snuggling with my husband.
4. Christmas music.
5. Napping.
7. Reading other peoples’ blogs.
8. Getting things in the mail.
9. Warm days (this one won’t happen for a while!)
10. Black/green/greek olives.


2. Future Mama @ Baby Makin(g) Machine
3. Christina @ Being Mrs Jones
4. Blair @ Heir to Blair
5. Mandi @ Life in Beta
10. Michelle @ Plus One

Thanks again to Kate at Busted Plumbing for my award! You rock, Kate!

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The Weekend: Baby Showers and LOTS of Shopping!

The weekend was awesome. The ladies from my chorus threw a baby shower on Saturday, and little girl made out like a bandit. The highlight of the gifts was our travel system, the Graco Quattro Travel System. We also got quite a bit in Babies R Us giftcards, and some in Target gift cards also. That night we had a Christmas party at my brother-in-law’s house with all of our friends, which we do annually.

On Sunday, it was a shopping day. We decided to go use our gift cards. We bought a baby monitor, a breathable bumper, a rug for her room, a sleep positioner, and a Boppy! WOO HOO! I didn’t get a cutesy slipcover for it because we would have run out of gift card, so I just got the plain white one and figured I’d get a pretty one later if I wanted to. After that, we packed up a TON of books we had and headed to McKay’s Used Book Store here in town and got about $60.00 in store credit. We spent about $30 of it and got some things to read. I bought a breastfeeding book by Dr. Sears and got the 1st two books in the Sookie Stackhouse series. I have to say, I’m hooked. I’ve already seen the first season of True Blood (the HBO show that is based on the Stackhouse novels) and I’m really digging the book so far.
Last night, I had the most amazing dream. It was about Nellie. I had a dream that I was in the house in which I grew up in Chicago, and Nellie came early. Right there in my living room. I was holding her and was so scared first, because she was small. And I’m not talking typical newborn baby small, I mean she was about the size of a baby bird, or something. Josh got on the phone with the doctor to see if we needed to bring her to the hospital. They got her cleaned up, and cut her cord and brought her back to me and she was still so tiny. I was terrified. Josh got off the phone with the doctor and said that since everything was fine with her, the doctor said there was no need to bring her in. I protested, stating how tiny she was and Josh said, “Honey, look at her. She’s perfect.”
I looked down at the baby in my arms and she had magically grown; and looked like a normal full-grown infant. Better than normal, actually, she was FAT. I mean I had a chunky, CHUNKY baby on my hands. Her legs had little rolls all over them and her belly was so round and plump. She was beautiful. She looked exactly like her daddy in the face, and had my dark hair. She was naked, and I immediately cradled her and began breastfeeding. I remember she tried to latch on improperly the first few attempts but then she finally got it right and nursed like a pro. It was the most serene, peaceful feeling I’ve ever had from a dream. I didn’t want to wake up, but my bladder had other plans for me and I lost the dream of my fat little baby girl.
So that, in a nutshell, was my weekend. Every day that passes is another day closer to meeting my little lady!!!

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35 Weeks – Baby Honeydew

Your baby, now as hefty as a honeydew melon at 5 1/4 pounds, doesn’t have much room to maneuver in your belly. (Length: more than 18 inches, head
to heel.)

Your baby doesn’t have much room to maneuver now that he’s over 18 inches long and tips the scales at 5 1/4 pounds (pick up a honeydew melon). Because it’s so snug in your womb, he isn’t likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times he kicks should remain about the same. His kidneys are fully developed now, and his liver can process some waste products. Most of his basic physical development is now complete — he’ll spend the next few weeks putting on weight.

How far along? 35 weeks 2 Days
Total weight gain/loss 29 pounds total as of last appointment
Maternity clothes? Ayup.
Stretch marks? Still some along the hip-meets-belly line.
Sleep Sucks!
Best moment this week Getting her stroller/car seat and realizing we have all the major things we need for her!
Movement Good!
Food cravings Vegetables, specifically veggie trays. Go figure.
Gender Girl!
Labor Signs Zero.
Belly Button in or out? Still an innie – but it’s getting flatter.
What I miss Sleeping through the night.
What I am looking forward to meeting my lady!
Weekly Wisdom Can’t think of anything right now.
Milestones Ummm… I don’t know :)
I know the belly pic is tiny. I accidentally resized it too small, and now I’m too lazy to go back and upload it and resize it all over again. Ah, well. Oh, also, I am headless because I looked awful and decided to spare my dear readers the horror that was my hair that morning.

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Weekend = My Bermuda Triangle of Blogging

My home computer sucks. I do most of my blogging/blog drafting on my lunch breaks at work. So, you’ll notice the weekends I am pretty quiet. I usually catch up on Mondays when I do my weekly baby updates but today I stayed home from work.

No, I wasn’t sick. No H1N1, no cough… This mama was simply exhausted. I got crappy sleep the night before, and I was just plain worn out. I decided to take a day to rest at home seeing as how I have only called out sick one time in the past 9 months. So this little mama did nothing today. Absolutely. Freaking. Nothing.

I napped on the couch, read some of the newest book I picked up (Dead Until Dark, AKA the first of the Stookie Stackhouse novels that inspired the HBO show True Blood), watched Ellen.. It was heavenly.

Anywho, I will catch up tomorrow. After an eventful weekend, I’m happy to report that we have basically everything we need for little miss Nellie Rose. I’ll also post my weekly baby update and belly pic tomorrow. But for now, I will leave you with this:

I only have a few days left in the Mom2Be contest. It ends Wednesday. I’m in the top three, and if I win I will get not only the honor of winning my first blogging contest ever but I will also receive a $50 Baby GAP giftcard. I’m asking you, my reader, to please click this link:
And vote for me, Natalie, as your favorite Mom2Be blogger.

Thank you for voting, and as always, thank you for reading. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post!

P.S. If you happened to catch the TV show “The Sing Off”, and happened to pay attention to the group Maxx Factor…. Yeah, that’s what I do. That’s the way I roll, baby. BARBERSHOP FOR THE WIN!

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