campus has been quiet in the sense that all of the noisy boys are gone for the summer. but last week, for two days, john deere was here filming a new commercial. they passed up the cliffs (fancy, gated golfing community) and the biltmore to film at christ school. why? who knows. but they were here last wednesday and thursday. the mowing would start and stop and start and stop... you get the idea. all day!
it is hard to fight the urge to nest. i am making myself wait until school is out (this sunday, may 20th!) and it is getting harder by the day. it's not like i even have time to do it but all of her stuff is just sitting in her room in the middle of the floor. i washed a lot of clothes when we came back from our tn baby shower but have since accumulated more and i didn't wash any of her sheets, towels, blankets, etc. i need to finish cleaning out her closet and organizing her diapers. we need her crib! (thankfully, all of our big items have been purchased for us by family. we are truly blessed!) i have received lots of great hand-me-downs from friends, too, that need to be organized. her glider and ottoman are still in the box in the back of my car. we did install her carseat and base- it's weird driving around with it but it also seems right, too. i would like to get her bookcase soon and assemble that- because i know i can do that by myself. i'll leave the crib and glider to jay and assist as i can!
it just seems like there is so much to do and the little ticker on my sidebar is telling me we only have 44 days until her due date! that seems so soon! and i keep lecturing her to come early... and if she listens then we have even less time. that's not to say we don't have the necessities that she'll need once she's here but i would love to have everything ready. or as ready as it can be and that her room will already be the sanctuary for all of us that i have pictured in my head.
so i am fighting it. living with the "mess." but soon. soon i can nest to my heart's content and get my sweet girl's room ready for her arrival. not to mention finishing some other rooms of our house that need pictures on the walls and boxes out of the floors. i think it's a good thing i am ready to nest- i have my work cut out for me!
after the shower at christ school, jay and i headed to the grove park inn to enjoy viewing the kentucky derby. we had an early dinner and jay had a traditional derby mint julep while i enjoyed a virgin margarita for cinco de mayo. it was so good i almost didn't miss the tequila! :)
then we had an errand to run closer to where we lived and jay decided we needed to make one more stop before heading home... little did i know we were headed to a surprise baby shower! some of our friends put together a little couples shower for us. it was such a sweet surprise. there are pictures but i don't have any of them yet. we got more good things that we needed for mary that we didn't have yet so that was great. it was also just nice to relax with our friends.
we were blessed to have another baby shower yesterday. some of my sweet coworkers and friends at christ school showered us with love and gifts for sweet mary. we got a lot of great items that we still needed for mary. lindsay decorated one of the rooms in the wellness center for the party! everyone contributed to the food and we all just had a great time visiting and celebrating this next little girl to come to campus. there is an explosion of baby girls- i guess to balance out all of the boys we already have! anyway, here are some pictures from the festivities saturday.
dear mary isabelle,
thank you for getting back into your "usual" position on the left side of my uterus. i am sure it was a nice change of pace for you to be on the right side earlier today and facing another direction as well. but you definitely made my muscles stretch and hurt today.
you get the hiccups a lot- which is great because that means you are practicing your swallowing, sucking, and breathing movements that you'll need once you are born. most of the time they don't last very long but sometimes they last up to 15-20 minutes. i hope you can tolerate them as well as you seem to now.
all of this will be worth it soon when you are here and i get to meet you face to face! i can't wait but we have about 8 more weeks until you are "due" and while it'll be great for you to come a couple of weeks early, i'd love for you to wait until at least mid-June before making your appearance. your dad and i still have a lot to do to get things ready for you. i'll have a lot more time once school is out in 2 weeks and i plan to get your room all set and ready after that. you won't know if your room is ready or not when you are born, but i will!
we have been so blessed to have such loving family and friends who have showered us with gifts and necessities for you. we won't have much left to buy for you ourselves which is a huge blessing! your mimi and pops bought you your carseat and stroller. your emme/gigi/mamaw and paul are buying your crib/changing table. we have so many clothes, diapers, and wipes for you that we will not need much except you to get here so we can use them. i have only bought you one outfit (that you will wear home from the hospital) but i have knitted you a blanket and am working on my third hat for you to wear.
i can't wait to see whose features you have and what your personality will be like once you are born. you are pretty fiesty from time to time now but you seem to be busier during the day and more restful at night. i hope you continue this trend once you are born!!
i love you and i'll see you soon,