Sunday, November 27, 2011

It's Thanksgiving weekend. Say "thank you".

It's the time of year that everyone is finding time to say "thank you". We have more to be thankful for this year than ever before. Our weekend was filled with food, nesting, napping, and quiet. Our list of 'things to do' is shrinking but there are still some big things left to get done. Unlike before, it is starting to feel like all of these things can and will get done.

And now that Thanksgiving has passed, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

This week, we are thankful for:
A big and still-growing belly
Family near and far
Amazing friends
Cozy midday naps
Health
Long holiday weekends
A quiet, restful Thanksgiving
Cranberry sauce
Lucy to warm our toes on a cold night
Simba and Lucy say, "bone marrow!"
Lots of blankets (but only on one side of the bed)
Dreft baby detergent
Time with Uncle Jesse
An awesomely victorious "Goodbye to A&M"
Biscuit beignets
Grandparents that already spoil this babe

Ready to Trot
Papa busy in the kitchen
A Thanksgiving feast for two
Belgian Farmhouse Ale
This boi loves a marrow-filled bone.
Marrow = Happy Lucy
A snuggly nap on a chilly day.
A little help from Lou.
Big sister.



Friday, November 25, 2011

Party in my belly

A few funny things that have happened recently:

I was standing in the office at school a few weeks ago when the parent of a student that I've known for a while walked in. I was wearing sandals and our conversation went like this:
Parent: "Oooo, Mrs. Case! Look at those feet! You got pregnant lady feet!"
Me: "I know, aren't the ugly?"
Parent: "Oh no, they are diva. Be proud of those diva feet!"
Yesss!

Our neighbors across the street have 2 incredible boys and a few weeks ago their youngest put a stuffed animal under his shirt and asked his mom, "How does Kacie keep the baby from falling out when she takes her shirt off?" Oh, how I love the kid brain.

And after many attempts, I was finally able to get some good footage of this busy babe partying in my belly. This went on for about 30 minutes with much bigger rolls. This was the best I was able to capture on film.

video 


35 weeks

11.22.11

35 weeks down. 35 days to go. At times, it seems like you have been growing inside of me for so long and at other times it seems like time is flying by. For each day that we tick off the anticipation to meet you grows and grows. I don't spend much time thinking about whether you're a boy or girl. I've said all along that you already are who you are. I do spend time wondering what you look like. I bet that you look just like your papa.

We celebrated Thanksgiving just the two of us this week (plus you and Lucy and Simba). It was so relaxing to prepare a meal at or own pace but as soon as we sat down to our feast and said what we were each thankful for it felt weird to not have a table full of passing dishes and family voices. We did take a moment to appreciate the quiet that we had and we realized that this would be our last holiday like this. I imagine that next year Lucy will have her own scattering of a Thanksgiving feast all over the floor as you toss your food over the edge of your high chair.

I wonder if you will notice a sudden absence in noise now that I'm finished teaching. We used to be surrounded by 25 voices at any given moment and many of those voices were aimed right at belly level. All those little voices belong to kids that are so excited to know all about you.

This week's picture shows what a teacher looks like after 6 and a half years of work - tired. Miraculously, the next day I looked as though a weight had been lifted. We are so lucky to have this time off and I will make the most of every moment, either by getting ready for you or by resting.

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

It's Sunday. Say "thank you".

This weekend, we offficially got cracking on the baby's room. We had several little pieces already but paint was applied to the walls, shelves were painted, the crib was prepped to be painted and we can now say that the ball is rolling. Uncle Cory pitched in by painting and sanding. After Thanksgiving weekend has passed, we will have the ultimate baby's room.

We also got in a few good walks - to get breakfast tacos, but walks nonetheless. And Lucy figured out a way to wedge herself onto the couch with me so that she can be right next to my belly even though there seems to be no more space. We had an awesome time with Ali taking pictures and then enjoyed a meal with her whole crew.

I have a 2 day work week ahead of me et voilá, I'm done. And for that, I am so thankful.

This week, our family is thankful for:
Each other
Walks to breakfast
Naps with Lucy
Air conditioning - in November!
Time with our old friend Jesse
Pops' health and recovery
Hamburgers and Frito Pie with friends
Our birthing class friends
Seen while walking to get tacos
Blurry image of a little girl and a big belly


Saturday, November 19, 2011

34 weeks

11.15.2011

2 more days of work. 2 more. I can barely wrap my brain around that yet. I have taught over 250 students in the same room for the past 6 and a half years and for now, I'm signing off. I am so wrapped up in my burgeoning bump that I don't know if the emotions of this will hit me for a while. As exhausting as this job can be at times, I still say that it's pretty cool to be able to hang out with kids who are excited to learn everyday. I have a new job now, though - to take care of you, my baby. To love you, to teach you, to watch you grow. That will take my whole heart - and all of my energy, I'm sure. I am so ready.

We had another check-up this week and our midwives, Michele and Genevieve, think you already weigh 6 pounds. I've had a feeling that you're going to make a big debut, just like your papa. For so long, I have thought of you as this little, squirmy babe and now it is so obvious that you are running out of space. Your mighty thumps and bumps have now become steady rolls. Your one sweet little kick spot has multiplied into a whole area and Papa and I now watch in amazement as your feet make my belly rise and fall. I said today how it's interesting that as my belly grows we think of you as a big baby stretching into every possible corner but as soon as we meet you, you will be a tiny, little bundle. The perspective of size shifts as you move from womb to world.

We are days away from Thanksgiving. Our family that we usually celebrate with is either far away or busy so Papa and I are having a quiet holiday at home. I love having a house full or people, food, and love but as our own little family expands, a long holiday weekend with just our pack sounds sublime. We're going to do what we do best - cook together - watch football, work on your room, and relax.

Thanksgiving also means that we will put our Christmas tree up soon. I have been thinking about this Christmas season for so long and am beside myself that it is finally upon us. We have made a tradition of buying our tree from a church down the street and Papa and I give each other daily updates on the progress of the tree tent being set up.

We can't wait to meet you. Now it's time to rest so that you and I both stay healthy and fit until that day is upon us.

Love ya.

www.alisoneden.com


Sunday, November 13, 2011

It's Sunday. Say "thank you".

This weekend was a Baby Shower Bonanza. We attended 2 showers for friends on Saturday and then had our shower on Sunday. It was hosted by Sara and Katie, both grandmas were here - Cookie and BonBon - and a bunch of our friends showed up to help us celebrate. We got so many awesome baby goods and it all makes everything seem very real and close. Big Sister Lucy checked every gift as we opened it to make sure that it was up to snuff. I will post a full shower recap complete with pictures in the weeks to come.

Tonight, we are saying an extra prayer for Pops - Grandpa Wilson. He has a big day ahead of him and we know that he will be great.

This week, we are thankful for:
Grandmas feeling kicks
Family breakfast with Cookie, Uncle Matt, and Uncle Cory
Baby showers
An heirloom bassinet
Handmade baby bedding
BOBs and Tripp Trapps and Onesies - oh my!
Aunt Sass and Aunt Katie
Baby Wilson Lovers
90s hip Hop on satellite radio




Thursday, November 10, 2011

33 weeks

11.8.11

Hey, Baby.

I think that now that there is an official end to work in sight, days are easier. I am signing off at Thanksgiving break and taking a little breather before your arrival. I will savor every nap while I can and prepare our family's space. Your room is in scattered pieces right now but when it all comes together, it's going to be so fantastic.

Two very important ladies that have been dying to feel you kick finally got their chance this week. Ixtlani, who works at school, tries everyday and she seems to always just miss your parties. On Wednesday, you finally gave her a little tap and it made her very happy. And even though we see her a lot, Aunt Sass also always seemed to miss your parties. She came over with Olivia this afternoon to hang out and make us dinner and you started dancing. She put her hands on my belly and started saying such sweet things to you. Little Oli loved the way her mom was talking to you so much that she had to edge her way in between us and get in on the love, too. It was pretty great. Now we just need to make sure that we give Cookie a good party when she is in town this weekend.

Lucy loves having Olivia over. Everything about her fascinates Lucy. She showers her with kisses as much as she can until we ask her to stop and Olivia just cracks up. As Olivia cruises around on her hands and knees, Lucy follows her and when Olivia fusses because she needs something, Lucy makes sure that we are listening. She took a long, hard nap with her ear pressed against my belly on Tuesday night. I think she was trying to listen to you and get to know you. She really is going to be the best big sister.

It's amazing that this belly of mine manages to keep on popping. There was some definite growth in the last week. I love it.

www.alisoneden.com


Sunday, November 6, 2011

It's Sunday. Say "thank you".

This was a momentous weekend for Papa.

We cleaned the garage. Now, to me garages are great places to keep things that you don't have space for but I will admit that we had a lot of stuff in there that we didn't need. We moved a few items into storage and a lot of things were donated. As boring and domestic as this sounds, it was so necessary. All of this allowed us to clear space for a baby room! That's the fun part.

This week, we are thankful for:
A clean garage
Uncle Rich and Uncle Matt's help
Lentil and swiss chard soup on a cloudy day
Mexican panaderias
Longhorn victories
An extra hour of sleep
Lucy's love
Rest

Clean garage = Happy Papa
Churro beard


Saturday, November 5, 2011

32 weeks

11.1.2011

I know you're probably tired of hearing this by now but now my exhaustion is slowing down my blog post rate. I apologize for the delay. It's been a sleepy week with daily naps after work. I even set up a spot in my classroom on Tuesday and had an old fashioned lie down while the kids were at PE. I was tempted to stay there when they got back.

During a rare moment in my 3rd grade class this week, I actually had every student's captive attention. In the middle of an interesting and informative lesson, a little girl blurts out, "Mrs. Case! You're having your baby next month!!" Captivity was lost and students turned to each other and to me asking, "Wait - what? When?" They all panicked for a moment. I guess the new November calendar caught her eye and something clicked. Well, she's right. The calendar doesn't lie. Your debut is getting so near and I love it.

During our nightly routine of talking to you and feeling you kick, your papa said, "Isn't it crazy that the baby is half you and half me?" I know that this is something that most parents marvel at but it doesn't change the fact that it is incredible. I feel so blessed everyday to have you growing and kicking inside of me - half me, half your papa. I've always thought that he and I make a pretty great team and now you're the living proof.

Just over 7 weeks until you're fully baked. It's going to be an awesome Christmas season.

Love ya.

www.alisoneden.com