Magic 8 Ball

Happy Halloween everyone!

We actually had our Halloween celebration at work on Monday. So I sported the ever-so-clever Magic 8 Ball custom. ๐Ÿ™‚ Quite different from last year, but equally as fun. Especially sharing my ‘answers’ with people on my back!
frontJeans and Top: Motherhood, Shoes: Anne Klein via Von Maur, Earrings: Charming Charlie

Happy trick-or-treating to all those kiddos, and adults, out there. I look forward to those that will come to my door tonight. I also get excited when I think about how next year I’ll have a little nugget to torture dress up in costume. YAY! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Happy Retirement Dad!

My Dad walked in to his last day of work earlier this Fall. Can you imagine that feeling!? He spent 38.5 years as a lineman for Alliant Energy. It was hard work and the last couple years really took a toll on his body. Climbing poles everyday with 50+ pounds of equipment will do that to a person. But now he’s done!! My sisters and Iย surprised him to walk out of the shop, one last time. I’m not sure who it was most emotional for!! ๐Ÿ˜‰.

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His first task of retirement!? It was to enjoy his annual fishing trip to Canada, knowing he didn’t have to come back to work! ๐Ÿ™‚ I think it’s safe to say he’s ready…now just to decide which ones to pack (hey, I can relate when it comes to packing shoes for a vacation! ;)).20130909-072909.jpg

His second task? Prepare for one heck of a party!

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Family Shot before the party!

dad and craigThe two Guests of Honor. My Dad, and his co-worker of 35+ years, Craig!

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A panoramic view of the food and beverage spread, and the crowd.

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Over 150 guests came to celebrate my Dad and Craig. I think that’s all we need to know about how awesome these two guys are!

Congratulations Dad. I can’t think of anyone who deserves the luxury of retirement more than you do. Thank you for showing me that hard work, dedication, and smart investing can lead to a great life full of everything you need…and some of the things you want too! May you always find enough fish in the waters and keep you busy. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Progression of the Bump

Did you know that women are actually pregnant for TEN months, not nine!? It’s a true story. The nine months kicks in from the time you find out…but when you find out, you are already 4 weeks along. Cruel, isn’t it!?

I haven’t had an update since Week 30. It seems like yesterday, yet it seems like ages ago! Regardless, I am still feeling really well. I’ve had a couple moments of heartburn and I find sitting and breathing somewhat challenging from time to time (as in both together…it’s a lot of pressure on the lungs!). But otherwise, I have no complaints. I still sleep really well, I still get my walking and yoga in, and I am getting more and more ready every day in case this little nugget decides to make an early debut. (Nothing is indicating that I will go earlier…but never say never!)

So here we are at the official 36 week (or 9 month) mark. I thought it was time to look at the bump growth. Wowza!! I avoid profile views at all costs at this point, but nonetheless, for the sake of documentation. Here we go…

5 weeks

5 weeks. Ahhh, I remember when that little beer pooch that never went away from college was just ‘awful’! ๐Ÿ˜‰

16 weeks

16 Weeks. This was the first time I sent a photo to my sisters and fellow prego friends. Pants still fit, yet I was starting to progress past that ‘beer gut’ phase!

18 weeks - Father's Day

18 weeks. Also, Father’s Day!! Obviously, I’m letting it all hang out here. But after posting this photo on social media I got a lot of ‘where did the bump come from!?’ comments!

20 weeks

20 weeks. The half-way point. Also, the 4th of July. So I made a fun little tank top to highlight my ‘firecracker’!ย 

22 weeks

22 Weeks. Dresses were awesome this summer!

24 weeks - 6 mths

24 Weeks. Or 6 months. Wow, this seems SO long ago!! This was also the RIP day of wearing button downs. I still miss them dearly.

27 weeks

27 weeks. Also, our 3rd anniversary. No fancy dinner or anything for us that evening. Just a nice little walk to Dairy Queen and some love-you-baby conversation!

30 weeks

30 weeks. Officially on the single-digit week countdown!

32 weeks

32 weeks. Heading out to yoga for my weekly relaxation!

32.5 weeks

32.5 weeks. I just wanted to include a shot of the dadio-to-be. Because he’s pretty important in this whole crazy journey too!

34 weeks

34 weeks. Scarves are good for camouflaging the bump a bit!

IMG_553436 Weeks. Spent working on finishing up my grad school class for the Fall session.

And just for fun, and a little self-torture, let’s see that from start to finish….

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Don’t forget, I still have a month to go people!!

Fat Guy In A Little Coat

You know what I’m talking about…this little infamous movie scene…

Welp, that’s pretty much how I felt busting out my winter jacket 9 months pregnant. I thought I’d make it without having to deal with this moment. But here in Iowa, our weather throws us for a loop from time to time. Like when it decides to turn 30 degrees in October!

So, this is what you get…Thank goodness for button coats. ๐Ÿ™‚

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So on that note…cheers to hitting the NINE month mark!! We’re hitting the final countdown!

Showered With Love

Today was a special day. Baby L was showered with gifts and love and I’m so thankful for those who took time out of their busy lives to help us celebrate! It was a gorgeous fall day, so I took advantage with some great outside photos. Let’s let them do the talking, shall we!?

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My lovely, lovely hostess! Thank you both so much. My “Ready to Pop” shower was so cute and fun! I especially loved the game of “Pair the Celebrity Mom with baby.”

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GROUP SHOT! So blessed to be surrounded by such loving and caring women. And yes, the grandma’s-to-be found the babies of the bunch!20131013-204620.jpg

The future baby sitters….Baby L’s [girl] cousins!

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My sisters and soon-to-be life-lines for panic new-Mom calls!! They have six kiddos between the two! Although, it’s been awhile since they’ve had newborns! ๐Ÿ™‚

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The grandma’s!

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My sister-in-law, who just had her second baby seven weeks ago. She makes post-baby look good!! She’ll also be on speed dial this winter!

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The handsome Daddy-to-be! If this baby cookin’ is a girl and she has my dimples and his baby-brown eyes…I have a feeling all of his worst nightmares will come true! ๐Ÿ˜‰ We’ll find out soon enough. Five weeks and three days to go!

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The loot*. It’s nice and condensed in these bags…but trust me when I say we hit the jackpot with goodies today and we are SO thankful. Plus…baby stuff is small! ๐Ÿ˜‰

*Not pictured: our killer travel system. I’m so excited for nice long walks with baby and dadio next Spring!