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.


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