"Put me in, coach - I’m ready to play today! Look at me, I can be centerfield..."

PJ enjoyed his first Phillie's game last night...and no doubt learned some new words from his Daddy! Thankfully, the Phillie's won, it was a gorgeous (if a bit chilly!) night, and all parties involved had a great time!

"Purpose, it's a little flame that lights a fire under your ass..."

The past week has been a slow one for me...brain wise! Which is why I wasn't blogging very much last week! I have loads on my mind, per usual, but have also been feeling the low energy of the third trimester. The lack of energy has been winning out, so my thoughts have stayed put in my brain.

Personally, I think that sometimes, the fewer of my thoughts that are out in the world, the better. But hey, you could totally be on E-bay or perezhilton.com or even this page, instead of reading this blog (although I fully recommend the last one for a good laugh!)

That said, I am always glad you are here!

So, to set about the daunting task of unloading my brain, I'll start with the fact that I am 30 weeks pregnant today! That's 3/4 of this pregnancy down, and 10 weeks to go! I can't wait to meet this boy!!

The arrival of the boy, however, does not come without its anxieties, despite the fact that this is the happiest I have ever felt (despite the heartburn!). My working part time has been a big strain on our budget (even though it has also been a huge ease on my sanity!). Poor Pete has been working himself into the ground helping to make up for the gap, and we are doing okay, amazingly. We have been watching our spending very carefully, and it has been a lesson for the both of us, who sometimes can be careless with money.

Thankfully, Pete finally got his letter from the State of NJ saying that he is board certified to practice as a Registered Nurse, which finally makes him eligible for open positions in the area. So, we made his resume and cover letter all pretty, and he has been working the internet like a fiend applying for jobs. So, I would be most thankful to you for keeping your collective fingers crossed!

There is so much to talk about, and I am going to do my best to unload a little bit as the week goes on. In the meantime, I am going to relax, enjoy Ultimate Cake Off, and enjoy feeling PJ squirm away!

"When I wonder what could make the needle jump the groove..."

In a weird change of events, I am so happy that it's Sunday! It's the start of a new week, all fresh and shiny!

Not that last week was truly horrible, it had it's up and down moments for sure. And I know that some people I love had an even worse week, with things ranging from asthma attacks to the death of a parent. Since I hate seeing the people I love go through tough times, all I could do was pray for them.

Comparatively, my week of relative blah-ness was not as bad. It was more the nebbishy effects of pregnancy making me feel tired/crabby/huge/uncomfortable, and thus, taking some of the bounce out of my step. Thankfully, I had a quiet, restful weekend, spent some quality time with both sets of parents today, and feel like tomorrow, I will feel a little more in touch with the world!

Tomorrow, I will be 30 weeks along- almost there! This little man has been squirming and kicking and pretty much making his presence known! PJ's kicks keep me going, and always make me smile, I guess it was designed that way because otherwise, there would be no incentive to feeling like this! ;-) Well, other then having a healthy son in the end, of course! That's what I keep telling myself when the heartburn sets in!

For now, it's time to take my cranky butt to bed, and wake up bright eyed and bushy tailed for the new week ahead!!

"Whisper in my ear a wish..."

Woo! I am tired!

Today ended up being a fantastic day! While Pete is off at the Firefighters Convention in Wildwood, I figured I would spend my weekend home, missing him, feeling fat! However, the day ended up being a great time- although I still missed Pete!

Pete's cousin Christine got married today to her longtime boyfriend Wayne. It was a beautiful day for a wedding! Since Pete is gone, Shelly was my date, and even though we got a little lost on the way to the ceremony, we got there in plenty of time to see Christine and Wayne be married! Wayne even wrote the song that Christine walked down the aisle to! It was a gorgeous song, but even if it hadn't been, how romantic is that?

After that, we enjoyed the reception, at what was by far the most fun table at the wedding- Shelly and I, Pete's cousin Greg and his sweet fiance Julie, and more cousins, Stacy, Heather, and Heather's husband John. Stacy and Heather, if their current careers ever run out, could be those people who work on cruise ships, getting people to dance and have fun! We all just had a great time laughing and dancing! PJ was even serenaded by Heather a few times! :-) I wish I had pictures, but my camera doesn't take very good pictures in banquet-type rooms- too dark! But, it was a beautiful day all around!

Now, it's time for bed- Pete comes home tomorrow!!! YAY!

"Baby boy not a day goes by...I see you in my dreams..."

Oy. Today was one of those days.

Thankfully, I managed to stay calm and get through the things that kept insisting on tripping me up. That's a good feeling, even if the day was crappy!

I did not get a chance to get to the computer yesterday, but it was a much better day! I had my 28 week checkup- 28 weeks!! I am to the point where I go in for a checkup every other week! It's hard to believe I only have 11 1/2 weeks to go before I meet this little man.

Of course, I say "little man" euphamistically- I am measuring at 30 weeks, and although it's not cause for alarm yet, it could mean I won't have a 5lb,4oz baby like I was! That said, I felt the first slip of the ladder for my dreams of a natural childbirth! At our 20 week ultrasound, he was in the 91st percentile for weight!


But, big or small, he will get out of me somehow, and I just pray that he's healthy and wonderful when he makes his debut! And, you know. That my girl bits live to squeeze out another one! :-)

"I'm still a rock star, I got my rock moves..."

A quickie tonight- sobbing over "The Biggest Loser" season premiere has left me spent! Well, the sobbing, and the continued cultivation of my girl-crush on Jillian!

Today was a pretty good day- the gals got off to school without a hitch, the weather was warm and breezy and lovely, and I enjoyed the afternoon with my husband along with an absolutely delicious 40 minute nap! It was a beautiful day, and thank goodness, since it's supposed to rain all week!

Rain works for me though, because it's been pouring for almost all of my pre-natal appointments, and they have all, thus far, been good! So I am hoping the rain will bring continued good luck for my appointment tomorrow, since I am going to do my glucose test, and get a RhoGam shot to combat my stupid negative blood type! So, loads of fun on tap for tomorrow,but it will all be worth it if PJ continues to be healthy!!

Keep my sister-in-law Shelly in your thoughts- she goes back to work tomorrow after the summer off, and in the days ahead will be facing some hard, hard things. So send her some good vibes.

And now? I'm off to bed!

"Frozen by the hands of time into a permanent Monday..."

This blog that I have been following posts a little web-get-together or sorts every Monday, and since I get to have a leisurely Monday morning today, and since the sun is shining and a cool breeze is blowing through my living room, I thought I would indulge in a little audience participation today! Why not?!?!?

So,here we go...

Since I am only the most dedicated of nannies, and a devoted work-a-holic, who has had a full-time job and, until very recently, a full- and part-time job, I am not finding my new status as someone who works part-time to be...well, amazing. All of this sudden attention I am able to give to my own life- i.e., keeping our apartment neat, completing my baby registry, not spending money on take-out because I am too tired to cook- should bring deep shame to the work-a-holic I spent so many years cultivating!!

Should, but kind of doesn't!

I also did not incur the wrath of my husband by scooping out the kitty litter box in my pregnant state. Despite the fact that Gordie is an indoor cat, I wore rubber gloves, and washed my hands vigorously after, I would never fly in the face of the experts who wrote "What To Expect When You're Expecting" by daring to shovel cat crap in my knocked-up state! :-)

Speaking of ways to terrify my husband, I did not strike fear in his heart by asking if he could help me...um, perform some landscaping in some delicate areas of my estate, as they are no longer visible to me. That would just be too much to ask of even the most devoted husband- although really, would you get out a chainsaw and cut down a tree in front of your house with a blindfold on?

And only a weirdo would be excited about going to the doctor every other week, even if it does mean that as of today, I am 28 weeks pregnant and as such, am that much closer to my due date and in need of more frequent medical monitoring! I mean, really. How many times can a person listen to their babies heartbeat before it starts to get old?

I am only the most sensitive of sisters, one who can offer a healing word when my sister is in need. And as such, when Marla was looking for slogans for her Lupus Walk team, I did NOT offer up such insensitive ideas like "Lupus: It's Why My Face Looks Like This" or "Lupus: Making Marla Miserable Since 2008", or my personal favorite "Lupus: It's Not A Secretion From Lou's Cut" (ahem. Get it? Lou Pus? Lupus? Oy...)

And, to round things out, when I was finally able to get a Girls Night Out at Applebee's with my best gals, Marla and Carmen, I did NOT, save for a few bites, polish off an entire order of spinach and artichoke dip,complete with sour cream and salsa, by myself. Because, even for a pregnant lady, that's just wrong! Even if it was served up by Brian, our Favorite Applebees Server!

I did not, would not, could not have done any of these things! :-)

"I love you like a fat kid loves cake..."

Today was truly a perfect Sunday! I got to spend time with Pete, the weather was absolutely gorgeous, I got a few things around the house done, ran some errands, finally managed to get my sister-in-law Ann Marie's birthday present to her, and rounded out my day with a visit to Randi and Greg's to celebrate their daughter Natalie's 4th birthday!

Randi sweetened the invite by letting me know they were having a Sweet Eats's cake, but I would have gone over anyway!

Really! :-)

With all of the talk about change that I have been doing, tonight made me happy in the realization that I have had, have now, and will continue to have such amazing friends in my life, to share fun milestones like our children's birthdays, and even to share the times when life is hard. If you're lucky, your friends are the constant in a lifetime of changes, and the best you can do is to hold them to you as tightly as possible!

And now? Back to the VMA's! :-)

"I probably should mention the 7 things that I like..."

A few points to make:

1. Working part-time for the first time in years is making my days blur together a bit! It was amazing only having a two-hour workday yesterday, but now I feel like today is Sunday instead of Saturday!

2. I am entering a sort-of nesting phase, I think. I suddenly feel motivated to clean the kitchen! Start to organize PJ's room! Keep a well-stocked fridge! The problem is, the OCD freak in me wants it all done nownowNOW! But the pregnant lady can only handle one thing at a time. Today, it was the kitchen and a bonus trip to Target!

3. If I really am going to be home more, the quality of what's on television is going to have to increase exponentially!

4. If I can't see my bikini line anymore, can I just pretend it's not there? Or do I need to send a crew in?

5. Why is there loud music blasting through Collingswood at 10:37pm?

6. Pete and I need alot of things to come together for us this month, and it's already the 12th! So keep your fingers crossed for us!

7. On Monday, I'll be 28 weeks along! Only 12 more weeks to feel him kicking inside of me, and then a lifetime to watch him kick his way through the world!!

"Feel it on my fingertips, hear it on my windowpane..."

Ah, a cool, rainy Friday afternoon!

Of course, the rain would not be quite as attractive had I not had a surprise afternoon off, as I did today! With that surprise came the luxury of not having to go back out into the wet when it was time to pick up my girls, so I am enjoying it!

My first week of part-time work turned out to be busier then I thought it would be! Having less time to be at work allowed me to run errands and do things around the house! The last time I had a part-time job was when I was 18, but I seem to be falling into the routine with relative ease!

One thing I managed to do was go back and complete our baby registry! With the exception of a few minor items, I think we are pretty much set with a complete list of things we are wishing for! I had no idea how overwhelming it would be- I have worked with babies for years,and yet somehow, walked into the store and became a complete retard! But, for my second go-round, I made sure I was well-fed and took my time looking around! I'll run the list by a few experienced-mama friends of mine, but I think we did okay!!

I also got to spend some time with Pete. Right now he's still working nights, so for the longest time, we would only see each other in the mornings! Having the opportunity to come home and spend time with Pete has been wonderful! He has spent the week looking at job postings and re-writing his resume so it mentions that he is a licenced nurse! I am just praying that he will be able to find something in a reasonable amount of time- our finances are fine for now, but if our plan for me to stay home is going to work, Pete will need a nursing job! So be sure to keep your fingers crossed!

And now, I am going to complete my Friday by relaxing a bit more, then going out to meet my best girls at our favorite meeting spot! :-)

"That was quite a show, very entertaining, but it's over now- go on and take a bow..."

Does it make me a bad person to launch into a huge bitch session, despite all of my blessings? I feel like sometimes, I have no room to complain.I have people I love, friends and family I adore, a healthy boy growing away in my belly, and the income to afford a roof over my head and a phone that allows me to check Facebook. So, if I were about to heave a big sigh and start ranting, would that make a horrible, ungrateful person?

Well, if it does, tough taco's. It's my blog! ;-)

Aren't I sweet?

Ahem. Anyway...today was just one of those days I felt like I was off of my game, even though most of the circumstances surrounding the day were completely out of my control. Feeling like I am not 100% frustrates me, so this day may not have had a chance from the get-go! It started off with Ellie's bus never showing up! Another mom at the bus stop was nice enough to drive her to school,but that left poor Anna, resplendent in her new pink and silver dress, to be late for her first day of kindergarten!

After all of that confusion, the day seemed to just slowly chip at my nerves, with one little thing (and some bad news for Pete that was a bigger thing) after another. It was only one bad day smushed within a bunch of awesome ones, but sometimes, that's all it takes to send me into a funk.

I tend to be someone that is resistant to change- I like to have familiar things surrounding me. Even in my dating days, I was one of those girls who had long relationships. I always had a hard time moving on from one job to the next. I never believe things are over, even if it's long after the fat lady has sung.

Lately though, I find myself longing for change. I am looking forward to the newness that the next few months will bring to my life, and I find myself easing out of my old one with relative ease. Even at the end of a trying day I can be excited, because the day- icky as it was- is over and brings me a day closer to something new.

I am 99.9% sure that this post makes no sense at all, and I attribute it to my cranky-ass mood! For now, I am going to download some music from "Glee", get myhusband, who is asleep on the couch, into bed, and get ready for a new day tomorrow!!

"'Cause we are living in a material world..."


Pete and I made our way to Babies 'r Us today to set up our registry for PJ!

Turns out, Babies 'r Us is a pretty big store.

Despite all of my research, list-making, question-asking, and general lusting aftr all things baby, I quickly found myself overwhelmed.

Then I got hungry, and that was the end of that.

We'll try again tomorow.

"...I"m getting close, closer to the prize at the end of the rope"

In a rare turn of events, I am sad to see that it's Friday.

This week, I had a much-needed vacation from work, and what a sweet week it has been! I still have three more days off, but the end of this week feels like the white flag being waved at the end of a NASCAR race! It's time to pull the car over.

We began the week in Margate, since Pete was taking his NCLEX-RN Exam on Tuesday in Atlantic City. It made more sense for Pete to be in Margate, which is only 15 minutes from AC and allowed him to relax the day of the test, instead of having an hour drive there and back. Not that I can say he relaxed- he spent most of his time walking around the house, picking things up and putting them down again! But, he left to take his test and was gone for the afternoon,and I went to the beach, as you can see from my last post! :-)

Once he got back, all we could do was wait for the results, so Marla and Steve came down to meet us and we went to Maynard's for somefood, and stayed to play Trivia, which was a blast! And the boys had...a few beers. Ahem. Anyway, we spent the next day at the beach, then headed home!

We, managed to relax the next day, even though we knew the results would be posted that day! The only glitch was that the house we live in is being completely rewired,and the very sweet electricians that were here had to shut off power to different parts of the house, which included where we have our internet router connected! Thankfully, Pete was able to access the website from his phone, which displayed this on its screen:


Pete not only passed, but he passed in the least amount of questions required- you can take as few as 75 questions or as many as 265 to earn enough points to pass, and his computer shut him down at 75! He owned that test, and I could not be more proud of him!! Even if he's spent the time since trying to make his brains drip out of his ears by playing video games!!

Pete's passing aside, this week has been like a gift. Pete and I have had time together just to relax and be ourselves and enjoy each other- time that is usually far and few between. It makes me see the light at the end of the tunnel, that all of our hard work will soon come to hand over some rewards!

That, or we will bicker so much when we finally go create a baby registry tomorrow that we get divorced!

Either way? Best. Week. Ever!

"We spotted the ocean..."