"Sun is in the sky oh why, oh why would I wanna be anywhere else?"

Today was another gorgeous day!

Sadly, we spent part of it couch shopping. Again. Pete and I have been looking for living room furniture since we got married. We have had the WORST time coming to a consensus on what couch we want, and since we are both Tauruses, we are both right about every couch we see!

Thankfully, I think we finally hit gold, and will be purchasing a couch within the next few days. It could not come any sooner, because I am fully tired of this stupid futon we have in our living room! Even my college apartment had a real couch in it!

Finding a couch was a high point of my long weekend, and another high point is that I seem to be starting to feel alot better! I had been having terrible nausea at night, and it seems to be getting better. It's just about 10pm now, and two weeks ago I would be gagging my head off if I attempted to stay up this late! It's so nice to know that I might be turning the corner of feeling crappy! Of course, I might be entering another yucky phase- who knows! Thank goodness that this is all worth it in the end!! And my second trimester- when you are supposed to feel your best- falls right in the summer, so I will be able to enjoy this time!

For now, tomorrow is the last day of my long weekend, and I can't wait to spend it with Pete and my family!! I hope everyone has been able to enjoy this wonderful weekend!

"I got the month of May..."

Oh, long weekend! You are such a tender lover!

I have to say it again- although I really miss my job at WCRH, I am truly enjoying having my weekends to myself! We could certainly use the money, but especially now, the rest and relaxation is proving to be invaluable!

Today was the first day of a long weekend, and it turned out to be a truly lovely day! Pete and I slept in and relaxed this morning, which in and of itself was sooooo nice! With everything that has been going on- Pete needing to study for finals, take his tests, complete his clinical (which were overnight shifts and made him completely nocturnal for three weeks) and get ready to graduate- we have been like two ships in the night! Which is not completely unusual for us (Really. It's not. How the two of us actually managed to make a baby is kind of astounding!) but a bummer all the same!

I digress.

We headed off to Ikea for a sofa scouting mission (Yes, we still do not have a friggin' couch!) that turned out to be a bust, so we came back home and strolled over to the Collingswood May Fair! It is an outdoor event, with all of the local vendors setting up stands for shopping, TONS of food, lots of bands and general fun! It was warm today, but there was a breeze and a sunny sky, and it was such a fun way to spend an afternoon! I couldn't help looking at people with babies and thinking "We'll have a baby at May Fair next year!"

We came back home, and after a quick nap, Pete headed off to work and I have been enjoying a lazy night! I am so excited to think that I have two more days of this!!!

Oh, long weekend! How I adore you!!

"Weep not for the memories..."

I did have big plans to blog last night, but a sudden date with my toilet bowl pre-empted my plans!

Ah, the magic of pregnancy!

As I am feeling much better today, I decided to spend a little time emptying my brain. I seem to be having the reverse of "morning sickness" and the nausea sets in at night!

Yesterday was a typical Wednesday full of business and running about. Usually, Anna has dance class in the morning, and then we enjoy a Wednesday, apres-dance Chik-fil-A date with our good friends. Yesterday, we skipped dance and dates to head up to Archway Programs, the school that I worked at when I first graduated college and where I met Pete, where Shelly and Greg met, and where I made countless friends (it's really too bad it paid so poorly or I would have never left!)!

The school held a memorial service for Greg, who had worked at Archway for at least 10 years. Greg loved his job, loved it, and sometimes, I can't imagine that he doesn't work there anymore, much less that he's gone! The service was so sweet, I know that Shelly was so touched by it. My favorite part was the poems written and read by the students, they were SOOOOOOOO Greg! One kid wrote a poem with a line about "And when the boys walked down the hall Mr. Greg said 'Hello, ladies!', and how Greg used to call him a "kinigget" (Monty Python reference). Another girl wrote about how half the time, she wasn't sure if Greg was being funny or not (his sense of humor could be a little off)! The kids really caught the essence of Greg, and that spoke to me more then anything.

The school planted a tree in Greg's memory and invited everyone to go outside and see the tree. The Archway campus is truly gorgeous- set on a big lake surrounded by tons of trees and flowers. The tree is alongside another tree, planted for a student who was killed in a car accident a few years ago.

It really was a beautiful afternoon, filled with warmth and love. There was so much of it in the room, so much goodwill just radiating towards Shelly and the gals. A little sad, because everyone misses Greg. And there's something that still aches about seeing Shel and the girls alone. Still, it was so sweet to see everyone remembering Greg in such a special way.

"...and after all the bullshit I've heard it's refreshing now to see that I don't have to pretend..."

Ah, my blog!

I have been looking my computer with longing night after night, but life's events have kept me from the keyboard (more on that in a second!). It's been difficult- I have had so much on my mind and such a full heart that missing my outlet has left me with a clogged up brain. In the past two months, my life has changed in more irrevocable ways then I ever thought possible!!

Of course, there was the loss of my Mom-Mom in March, which has left an infinite hole in my heart. After that, there was Pete's graduation from nursing school, which made that same heart swell with pride and happiness! And in between both of those events, the news that changed our lives forever...

We're pregnant!

It's true! There's a little, naked Latini gestating away in my uterus! Isn't that the cutest little fetus you have ever seen? It was unexpected news for sure, but a greater blessing then I have ever known! We have known since April 5th- in fact, I was in the earliest stages of pregnancy the last time I saw Mom-Mom alive. I wish with my whole heart that I could have told her, but deep down, I know she knows. And now I have this brand new life inside of me, and I just can't wait to show him or her the world!

Right now, I am a little bit over 11 weeks! Pregnancy has been...well, less then magical!! I'm finding myself to be very tired, and the nausea at night is horrible!! I puked all over my car the other night, and a few weeks earlier, gagged myself while I was brushing my teeth and lost my lunch of chicken noodle soup in the bathroom sink. Bathroom sinks are not equipped to handle vomit, so it wasn't pretty! I had been tallying up all of those magical moments, and was making the age that this kid could start dating later and later! But, then I saw our baby at my first ultrasound- arms and legs, measuring right where we should be, and waving at us!- and all was forgiven!

Like I said, this news was a surprise! We had planned on trying to start a family after Pete was done with nursing school! But, "trying" turned out to be a little easier then we expected (ahem...)! Thank goodness, Pete passed his final, made it through his last clinical with flying colors, and last night was pinned in his nursing school graduation! He complained about the ceremony being "corny", but it was actually quite lovely and it made his parents, sister, nieces and myself so proud to see him graduate!

It is crazy to think of how much our lives have changed in the past year. I have felt the highest of highs (marrying Pete, seeing him graduate from nursing school) and the lowest lows (losing Greg and Mom-Mom within 6 months of each other) and still often feel like my head is spinning and can't take it all in. I have often felt like there was nothing good left in a world that didn't have all of the people I love in it. But now Pete and I have been given this gift, this responsibility of bringing a brand new life into the world! Even though my heart is still raw with loss, I can suddenly see again the gift that loving another person is, when they are with you or not.

We have alot to teach this little one! So,pray for a healthy rehearsal and a fabulous debut in December!!