I wish I could report that he is feeling top-notch, but unfortunately, he's hit another rough patch, so if you could keep those prayers coming, we would both be eternally grateful! Knowing that his Lyme/mold symptoms are pretty ramped up, I hesitated to even suggest that we get away for an evening, but I'm glad I did, because he was totally on board.
He even agreed to snap a couple of pics of me and baby before we left, since I haven't taken much time to document this pregnancy:
I'm so thankful for maxi skirts and dresses right now, because pants are just evil, and most of my tops have mysteriously shrunk at least a size (or two). So weird, because I'm sure it's not the pan of Paleo Almond Joy bars that I snarfed down last week.
I was going to suggest that management consult some pregnant women the next time they consider product layout and floor design, but that might have been a bit much given the fact that, thanks to my rotundness, St. Patrick just lost his shamrock. I just hope that the Franklin I spent on all of the First Communion and Confirmation gifts was enough to make up for my belly blunder.
Anyway, despite the public humiliations, uncontrollable swelling and crazy vein action this baby is cranking up, just knowing that he or she will soon be outside my womb and inside my arms is such a wonderful consolation.
The boys are also getting very excited. It's fun to hear them chat about how cute he/she will be with their tiny toes and sweet smelling skin. Listening to them express with so much joy their great enthusiasm over being blessed with another sibling, turns my fears and anxiety into deep gratitude for the great privilege of carrying another life with me!
Motherhood is indeed a most precious gift!
Speaking of motherhood and gifts, Mother's day is just one week away! If you still haven't found something special for the beautiful mama(s) you may be shopping for, I'd love to help you:
Instead of a bouquet that will only last a few days, give her something that will last all summer! Local, family-owned greenhouses have the best selection of flower baskets and potted plants. Or, put a little extra love into it, and design one for her yourself!
2. A Frame Worthy Quote
I love all of the beautiful work my friend, Katrina, offers on her Etsy Shoppe, Hatch Prints. Put one of her works of art in a pretty frame, and it makes a truly lovely gift.
3. A Pretty Bottle of Wine
This is your excuse to buy a bottle based on the label alone. When I spotted this one, I couldn't resist! Write a toast to your special mom, and attach it to the bottle, for an extra nice touch.
4. My Saint My Hero Accessories
I'm really loving so many of the pieces from this shoppe. You'll be sure to find a perfect gift for the spiritual mom here.
5. Write Her a Letter (On Pretty Paper)
Hand written notes are a lost treasure and, though simple, can make the most memorable gifts. My sister has sent me a variety of stationary from Rifle Paper Co., and it is all truly beautiful. They also offer many other gifts such as phone cases, calendars, and personal planners.
You absolutely cannot go wrong with a gift that pampers. My super-fun and sassy friend, Tara just introduced me to a new line of products called Perfectly Posh. When she told me they are "natural" and made in the U.S.A., I was hooked! You can check out all of their fabulous products here.