The Dawleys

Sunday, March 21, 2010

20 days

On Friday, I had a "surprise" baby shower at work. I was surprised at how many people showed up considering the majority of employees in my office are men. Sure enough though, the conference room was full and while the conversation did end up being mostly about March Madness (which ended up not being a bad thing since my bracket is currently ranked 5th in the office), it was still nice to have everyone there. I had a delicious cake:

And some nice gifts including a $250 Target gift card, several outfits, a book, bear, coffee, wine, and three adorable Cardinals onesies:

This weekend, we went to Costco to stock up on things. Maybe I will sleep better now knowing that we have 50 rolls of toilet paper in the house. :) We found some great produce there too. I bought a 2-pound container of fresh strawberries, and they are HUGE. They look and taste amazing...better than Whole Foods and only $6! We also got a bag of avocados and made fresh guacamole this weekend.
We have spent a lot of time in the kitchen the past few days. We thought about going out on a date night again since those will be a distant memory soon, but we also know that we probably won't be cooking nice meals much (at least for a while). Since that's something we love to do, we decided to do that this weekend. Last night Dave made his best enchiladas ever. They were filled with Morningstar Farms chik'n strips for me and shrimp for Dave, sauce, mushrooms, black beans, onion, roasted red bell peppers, and artichoke hearts and then covered with shredded Daiya cheese and black olives. They went great with that guacamole. For breakfast this morning, we made biscuits and gravy. And for dinner, we are going to make Cajun Creole Spiced Tempeh served over creamy polenta.
To work off all of that food, we have been deep cleaning the house--everything from cleaning the carpets to cleaning the blinds. Yes, nesting has now kicked in for Dave too. :)
Overall, I have been feeling really good especially compared to how I thought I would feel this late in the game. I am definitely getting uncomfortable, but I really can't complain. And to make things even better, Spring is finally here. The sun is shining today, I can hear birds chirping outside, the weather is mild. It's almost as if the world is preparing for Ella along with us. I am so excited to meet her.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

9 Months

Nine months! Hard to believe she will be here in about 4 weeks. I have been feeling really good lately with the exception of not sleeping well. No matter what I do, I just can't get comfortable. The good news is that I think I'm getting used to being tired all the time. :)
The nesting instinct is also kicking in majorly. I am wanting everything to be spotless and put away because what if today were the day? No way am I coming home to a messy house! I also have this sudden need to stock up on things. Dave and I always buy enough groceries for each week, but for some reason I have this intense need to buy multiples of everything - just in case we need it.

We have had a very quiet weekend this week! I was off Friday because I didn't have any work and I have to use up all vacation/sick time before my company will pay me for maternity leave. I met a friend for breakfast and spent the rest of the day running errands, cleaning, cooking (vegan beef stew and blueberry cake), and catching up on quality TV: The Real Housewives of Orange County. We watched "Precious" this weekend. Dave fell asleep towards the end! It wasn't as good as I expected, but Monique definitely deserved the Oscar she won for her role. Dave has been playing his video games A LOT this weekend. I guess he needs to get it out of his system before Ella arrives. While he's been doing that, I've been doing a lot of cleaning (surprise), finishing the wreaths for Ella's room, and reading. I finished the book "Eating Animals" by Jonathan Safran Foer. Definitely a book that I wish everyone had to read.
Hope everyone has a great week! I have a doctor's appointment on Thursday and a surprise shower at work on Friday...yes someone felt the need to warn me about it so I guess I need to practice looking surprised this week!