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'This is the story of a girl..."

These past few days have been a whirlwind of business and emotion! I can hardly believe I gave been able to keep up with it all, and I somehow get the feeling that there's so much more ahead of me!

I finally started to pack my bag for the hospital! I have my pajamas and toiletries together, and, most importantly, a big bag of lollipops, since I hear that's the only thing you will be allowed to eat during labor! ;-) One more run tomorrow and I'll have picked up everything I need! I also started washing PJ's clothes, so they can be put away and wait for his arrival so he can fill them! And, by the way, Dreft detergent is the best smell in the world! I'd wash all of our clothes in it if it wasn't so frickin' expensive! Thankfully, his furniture is also just about put together, so the clothes will have a place to live when he's not wearing them!

With all of the fervent activity in our apartment- putting furniture together! Thinning out my closet to share wi…

"I can see your star shinin' down on me..."

Thank goodness I had such a lovely night last night- it was a good lead in for what turned out to be a hard day today.

The decision was made a while back to put my Mom-Mom's house in Philadelphia up for sale, and despite the housing market it sold pretty quickly, to a family with children, which is nice. My Mom-Mom, grandfather Benjamin, my father and my uncle moved into that house when it was brand new after living above their bar on South Street- I think my dad was about 8 or so, which means that for the entire life of the house, until now, it was inhabited by Wexlers! I'm ashamed to admit I'm a little fuzzy on exactly how old my dad is, but I know for SURE he's in his 60's.

That's alot of time and alot of Wexler in that house.

My grandmother was the last one- my grandfather passed in the very early 70's, my father married and moved out, and my Uncle Gary passed away not long after Pete and I got engaged in 2007. Mom-Mom was always a very independent woma…

"'Cause no one can deny, this love I have inside..."

Tonight was one of the lovelier Saturday nights that we've had in a while!

Usually, a Saturday night, unless it's the rare occasion that I have plans, involves me at home relaxing alone while Pete works a late night at his job. But tonight it was filled with friends, family, food and fun as we finally got around to celebrating Pete's graduation from nursing school and earning his state licence!

The kids (all ten of them!) ran around and had a great time together, and the grown ups had a wonderful time socializing! And it was great to see Pete, who is so often cast in the supporting role, be the center of attention and the reason we were all gathered there!

I know that his frustration at not having found a job yet is mounting, but despite all of that, he worked very, very hard to get through school and to pass his boards, and I know without a doubt there is something for him and that it will come his way soon.

In the meantime, I just know how lucky I am to have him!

"Here's a little song I wrote..."

Just a quickie tonight- had my 37 week (!) checkup today! PJ is head down, and my blood pressure is down too! It was very slightly elevated at last visit, so that made me very happy! I am negative for Group B strep, everything is measuring the way it should, and about two weeks from now, we'll have a baby boy on the outside of my body! Yee ha!

And hopefully, he will have a completed nursery, too! :-P

Also, I would like to thank VH1 for all of the awesome countdowns they have had this week- Top 100 1 Hit Wonders of the 80's, Top 100 Songs of the 90's, Top 40 Hotties of the 90's...I have enjoyed them all!!!

And that's the end.

"What you gon' do with all that breast, all that breast inside that shirt?"

So what are you going to do with those lumps? ;-)

I only ask because of the recent news stories concerning the new recommendations on breast cancer screenings- recommendations that reduce the number of preventative screenings suggested for women in the younger bracket of diagnosis, from age 40-60.

The US Preventative Services Task Force (who according to CNN.com does not have any oncologists on it's panel) is suggesting that mammography causes "risks" such as anxiety over the need for further testing, discomfort of performing the test itself (ie, breast compression), and the idea that the results if a mammogram are inexact, and further testing could conclude that there is no breast cancer. There is also the suggestion that there are not "enough" lives saved by mammography in women ages 40-60.

The Task Force is also coming down on breast self-exams, stating that these exams, recommended monthly by cancer experts, do no good.

You may ask "Why does Brie give a…

"Your love is better then ice cream..."

Sigh...I am having a teenage girl moment as I totally ogle Taylor Lautner- otherwise known as Jacob from Twilight- on Jay Leno! Which has a few problems- it makes me feel like I am supporting both pedephilia and bestiality, as he is both- what? 18 years old and plays a werewolf! But really? He's just lovely (wicked smile!).

Moving on...

I have been trying and trying to find my little, soon-to-be-born, half-Jewish baby a decent outfit for Christmas! As most of you know, I'm Jewish, but Pete is Not. That said, I am blessed enough to be able to spend Christmas day with both Pete's family and my family, who are always included! A two-religion household can be complicated, but it makes the division of the holidays a snap! :-)

Anyway, I have been searching for the right outfit for the Boy, but everything I find is too ugly or too cutesy! I did find an Amy Coe outfit- black, with a skull wearing a Santa hat- but it was vetoed by my husband! So, the search continues!

Speaking of th…

"Do I wear you out? You must wonder why I'm relentless and all strung out..."

Well, we're getting there!!

PJ's room is slowly coming along! We spent alot of time prepping the walls, which were, in a word, crappy! They were painted this gross, deep red color, and there were a million holes in the wall. So it involved alot of spackling, sanding, priming, and most importantly, patience!! But, we got it done and now the first coat of color is up and it looks amazing! Painting should be done by tomorrow, and his furniture should be in by Thursday, which means I will finally be able to put all of this things away!!

Yippee!!! The mess is driving me nuts!

Of course, I feel like I should elaborate when I say "we". For one thing, my sister-in-law came over on Friday to help us get started with priming the walls, which we were inanely thankful for! And for another, since my blood pressure was slightly up at my last doctors visit, I would get to paint for a whole ten minutes before Pete made me get a drink of water or take a break (for the record, he also …

"Even if I knew my place, should I leave it there?"

Our apartment is in complete chaos!

There are baby things stacked and stashed everywhere! There are piles of books hidden in every nook and cranny! Displaced items float about with no rhyme or reason!

It's driving me a little bit crazy.

But...we primed and spackled the baby's room today, so there is a light at the end of this insanely messy tunnel! Tomorrow, we will put the color up, then the decals, then we can bring in the furniture (and put it together...damn Ikea!) and finally, there will be a place to put everything!

And PJ is not allowed to arrive until after this is all done, of course! ;-)

Which of course is only about 3 1/2 weeks away! ARG! And of course, pretty much everything but his arrival is going crazy! All we can do is stay hopeful, put things back and find them a place as we can, and await meeting our baby boy!

"Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on...la la la la life goes on..."

Today was pretty great, as it turns out. Weird, but great!

Waking up this morning without having to set my alarm was, of course, wonderful! I sat in bed and watched the Today Show and never really felt like someone who wasn't working anymore- it could have been just any Saturday.

Pete was awake shortly after and we got started on clearing all of the junk out of what will be PJ's room. Believe me, this was no small task. Can we talk about how many books I own? It's insane! I cleared out the bookshelves to move them away from the walls to paint, so now there are books stashed EVERYWHERE! On our dresser, nightstands, bedroom TV stand, living room cabinets, under the bed, in the bathroom...get the idea? I. Own. Alot. Of. Books!

I even bit the bullet and got a huge box of books together to donate to the local library. I am not one to part with books, but I quickly realized that my book habit and a baby together might take up too much room! Someday, when we have some extra funds…

"This is my now, this is my today..."

WAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

I can't believe it! Today was my last day with the gals!

It turned out to be a mellow one, since Ellie was taking her turn as the sick kid this week (Anna was home all of last week!). We spent the day relaxing and watching Cake Boss On Demand- Ellie was impressed with way she could possibly parlay her love of art into cool cakes!

I was completely floored when Anna's teachers all wished me well with tons of hugs and topped with gifts for PJ! I was beyond flattered, felt so blessed, and almost burst into tears right there, but held myself if check since it was only the start of the day! If I had started crying then, I would not have been able to stop for the rest of the day!

So, instead, I started crying about ten minutes into the drive home.

Well, come on! How could I not? There were parts of that job that drove me absolutely insane, the drivers in Cherry Hill being just the tip of the iceberg. But for better or for worse, for almost four years, those gals were…

"Must be the clouds in my eyes..."

Um, NO, I am not blogging because I feel ashamed of myself for having watched iCarly for the past hour!

cough...

Anyway, what a pleasant Sunday this was! Pete and I had our usual breakfast date with my parents at Ponzio's (Marla and Steve couldn't make it- she has been bogged down at work due to all of the cases of H1N1, so scary!), where I ate myself into my usual breakfast coma! Then, after a quick trip to Target (where Pete and I may have bought yet another outfit for the baby...), we came home to just relax and enjoy the gorgeous sunlight and warm breeze coming though the windows!

And nap. Ahhhh...

After our siesta, I got the idea to get all of PJ's clothing organized by size. I don't know where my fear came from that we might not have enough clothes, because We. Have. Tons. Of. Clothes! It's unreal! For at least his first 6-9 months, it's not likely that we will need any more then an item or two here and there!

It was a relaxing day and it's now unwindin…

"She's convinced she could hold back a glacier..."

Looking at this gadget on my Google home page has been an every day occurrence ever since I became pregnant. Even before we were telling people, I watched the tiny spinning fetus count down its development from conception through gestation with excitement, a little fear, and loads of anticipation!

Today, when I looked at the gadget and saw the countdown at 30 days, there was just one thought that tenderly crossed my mind:

"Ho-lee fa-rEEEKIN' CRAP!"

Seriously. Holy freakin' crap! We are going to be parents in a month! A month! Which means we've had almost 36 weeks to make the changes we need to make-painting his room, ordering furniture, getting jobs... How did we get here without getting ANY of these things done??

Oh, yeah. My Jewish fear of jinxing my baby's well-being and the horrific economy.

So, maybe it's not all our fault. But, my Jewish sensibilities are quickly succumbing to my Type-A psychosis, and with a month left, the fear that we won't have …