Time is moving (although a little slower lately) and last week was the mark of my 36th week of pregnancy.  Week 36 was eventful as both my maternity pictures and second baby shower were on the schedule. 
The maternity “photo shoot” was a success (even though we haven’t seen the pictures as of yet – they FELT like they were the feel/look we were going for.)  Because my husband knows me well, he dealt with the large amount of props he had to carry around Seashore State Park with little to no complaining.  And by props, I am referring to the giant chalkboard I had him create that day, a second chalkboard wwith “Coming Soon” inscribed across the center, pink balloons, a clothesline with a few of Little Miss B.’s outfits, and one of the YAY! signs from our wedding.  It was weird to be back to a couples shoot one year after the wedding – this time for a different purpose.  We are anxious & excited to see the final result – but (obviously) not quite as much as we are to meet our daughter.
Saturday’s baby shower, hosted by my sister-in-law and niece, was the FINAL event before meeting our little lady.  As always, Kim & Abbey did not disapoint and it was the perfect theme (pink & brown) with attention to every detail.  I feel so lucky to have such special people in my life – both those who hosted and attended the event – and even luckier that my daughter will, too.  She will be born with so much love already surrounding her. 
So with both important dates behind us, as well as a short trip to Williamsburg for out first anniversary, we are more ready than ever for the arrival of our baby girl. 
Now for the waiting …

And the swelling has, too.  I clearly remember (about 3 months ago) claiming that I could not wait for the start of summer.  Thoughts of maxi dresses, tank tops & shorts, and pretty much anything other than the jeans that were making me feel like a sausage were dancing around in my pregnancy brain.
Well … today’s high was recorded at 92 degrees, and I definitely felt it.   Anyone who knows me would agree that I am normally cold-natured, even in the heat of summer in Virginia Beach … but the summer of 2012 is certainly out of the ordinary.  I am now finding myself constantly hot and with a desire to be in the least clothing possible, and a hunch tells me that is has something to do with the little girl growing inside of me (my pregnancy app. tells me that she is almost 6 pounds now … ). 
So although my walk this morning ended with rather swollen fingers and toes, my newfound freedom of summer allowed me to beat the heat with a relaxing afternoon at my grandparent’s pool … followed by a date at the nail salon for a manicure & pedicure on those same swollen extremities. 
Just what I needed for my summer day. :)

It has been TOO long since I have updated … I fully admit, but with the official END OF SCHOOL finally arriving last Friday, life has been busy. Each and every end of the school year is obviously welcomed (to say the least) and fully celebrated, but this year is definitely extra special. With my substitute plans completely done (and labeled, color-coded, and divided by day) …

It meant that my walk out the doors of Ocean Lakes High School on Friday was my last for quite a while; specifically, until at least October.   And that is a good feeling, indeed. 
Other happy feelings during Week 35?  Definitely at the forefront:  the fact that my daughter could be here in 5 weeks.  And that feels unbelievable & wonderful all at the same time.  My favorite times of the day are when I feel her kicking, moving, and turning in my tummy.  And my bump, while certainly big and getting bigger by the day … has become an integral part of my style that I have certainly embraced.  
Of course, as any pregnant women would concur, with the highs come the not-so-pleasant side effects of pregnancy.  For me lately, these include heartburn, restless leg syndrome, and a pain in my feet that seems to arrive daily.  But if that’s the worst it gets, I can certainly handle it … and more importantly, whatever else comes my way because IT WILL ALL BE WORTH IT when we see Little Miss B. very soon. 🙂

I realize that it sounds completely crazy for someone to be happy at a hospital … especially when that someone is me, a girl who hates needles, blood, and pretty much anything to do with the medical field.
But these days, as previously posted, my thoughts/hobbies/priorities are certainly evolving … and  my desires to visit the doctor are no exception.  I have found myself actually looking forward to my doctor’s appointments, at the direct result of an opportunity to get a glimpse at our little bean and also an update on her progress.  And lately, Mr. BB & I are actually voluntarily visiting the hospital (in which we will deliver!) each Thursday night to attend a birth class.
Last night’s class was one we were both extra excited for – as it was the night we got our of the birthing center at the hospital.    THE hospital that we will welcome our little girl at in less than two months.  It definitely made it feel more real, especially when we saw two newborn babies who had come into the world just minutes before in the nursery.
Even though there are lots of “to-do’s” to check off my list before the REAL trip to the hospital will take place, it is safe to safe that I will definitely be happy to be at a hospital that day.

Truthfully, I would have gone to see this movie whether or not I was one week shy of being 8 months pregnant.  In fact, I would have even considered it to be “theatre-worthy,” rather than just as a renter.  But just as the movie “Bridesmaids” was released last year during my wild bachelorette weekend, “What to Expect While You Were Expecting” debuted with perfect timing in my own life and thus –  Mr. BB & I spent our rainy Sunday afternoon peering into a glimpse of our own current reality.
Prior to being with-child, it really is hard to imagine what it is like.  And not that I know from firsthand experience, but most moms recount that no two pregnancies are very much alike.  But nevertheless, for a girl who has recently encountered symptoms that she had previously not even thought about … it is comforting to see that other women are going through/have fairly similar stories.  (Such as – the feeling of ALWAYS being hot, so hot that you really would be ok walking around naked, belly & all … waves and waves of new hormones that cause your emotions to be up & down with no predictions in between … and the sad reality of peeing on yourself because it is just something that you can no longer control).
So yes, I enjoyed the movie.  And if only I could look like Cameron Diaz for the remaining 2 months of this pregnancy … I would be even more content.