Thursday, April 15, 2010


Today has been a really good day.

Today is due date day.

So far today at least the baby has made no sign of coming.

Only 5% of people are born on their actual due date.

Who wants to be born on tax day really?

Today is my second official day of maternity leave!

I was planning to just work until I went into labor but over the weekend Adrian and I decided that it was time for me to be done working and spend some time resting before the baby comes.

It has been wonderful.

It has allowed me the opportunity to do things like meet these sweet friends for lunch today.

All three of us are expecting, today, end of May and end of August . . .


After a nice lunch with these friends who graciously took their lunch breaks from work to hang out with me I went to Ross and World Market.

I had some really fun experiences.

At Ross I picked out a couple of baby girl dresses to give as a gift to a friend who just had a girl. (Fun fact: She was my ONE other friend who was expecting during the same time we were who didn't find out the gender ahead of time. It was soo exciting to get the phone call from her saying the baby had been born and getting to ask if it is a boy or a girl!)

Okay, that was a rambling sidenote.

I was in line at Ross to check out and the lady in front of me asked me when I was due.

I said, "Today."

She got a huge smile on her face and said, "Today?!" She was all excited. She asked how I was feeling and I said, "great". Then another lady came up behind me and was sort of joining in on the conversation and the lady in front of me said, "She's due TODAY!" and the other lady was exclaiming about how great I look, how I only look like I'm eight months, etc." It was really nice.

The lady in front of me obviously had an accent and when she told the cashier who was asking for her zip that she didn't live here I asked her where she was from. She said, "New Zealand". I told her how I'd been to New Zealand in '96 and really enjoyed it. We started talking more and it turns out I'd been to the city where she lives which is not one of the major tourist destinations and probably sang at her church! How cool is that?! So then when the lady behind us heard us talking about the church, she asked where I go now and said that maybe I went to her church. It was a fun conversation.

Then I went to World Market and I was sort of crouched down looking at a dish towel display. One of the saleswomen came by and asked me if I was okay and said she thought maybe I was going to have that baby right there in the store! Hilarious! I had no idea how I must have looked. :) Later she came and found me again in the store just to check on me. :)

To add to this incredibly long post, here are a few other tidbits from the day:

Today . . .

I learned how to use Adrian's sander

sanded and painted an old wooden hanger bought at the thrift store in Pittsburgh last summer and Adrian hung a poster from it in the nursery for me. Remember that look from here?

caught up on some e-mail

enjoyed not being a teacher

had Chunky Monkey bread from my sweet friend, Jenni, for breakfast

painted a fun estate sale find magazine rack for the nursery to hold books for mama while I nurse

bought some throw pillows for the guest bed in the nursery and two sweet baskets to hold diapers and lotion, diaper rash cream, etc. on the changing table

worked on my labor playlist

talked to my grandma and my friend Erin on the phone

enjoyed getting lots of e-mails from friends who are checking in and praying for us


looked for a baby book at Hallmark but came up with nothing

and last but certainly not least, wore pearls to Cici's pizza with my husband! :)

how funny and crazy is that?

It wasn't the original plan but it's what we ended up eating for dinner, quite happily I might add, especially since they had some of their mac and cheese pizza on the buffet :)

What did you do today?



Marla Robbins Finley said...

So much for resting! It sounds like your last day of freedom. :)

What was the name of that cute town in NZ? I don't remember. But I do remember that sweet family. I wonder what they are up to these days. Empty nesting I'm guessing.

Caden's birthday is next Friday. Five already. Maybe our first born's can share a birthdate, but I'm not wishing another week on you.

Sending you love.

Beth said...

I carried my first baby 10 days over and the look on people's faces IS funny when you tell them you're due TODAY or yesterday, etc etc!

You had a fun and productive day! What a blessing!

Today, I spent time with the Lord, helped my 5 yr old do the same, took a nap (!), cleaned the house, did a Costco run...whew...time to quit!

Glad you had a happy day!

Jenni said...

wow....what a busy due date day!! yesterday was just work, work, and more work. but that is ok - it was a good productive day!

Anonymous said...

I loved your April 15 post. You make everything sound so much fun. Since I work in a CPA office April 15 was very busy for me. Today is so much better.~donna

Jessica H said...

What did I do yesterday (besides work)?? CHECK THIS BLOG no less than 5 times. :)

And I like how the count down on the side bar says your baby is 1 day old. Fancy that! :)

So excited!

Kori said...

We've been wondering and praying. :-) I LOVE that you get time off work before Baby comes. Since Hannah was born in the summer, I had the month of June to be home and prepare. I LOVED it. It was so much fun to get the final things ready without the crazy "distraction" of a job. :-) I love the pregnant friends picture also. I have a few of those from my pregnancies. Those babies will be your baby's play dates and classmate!
Have fun!

Leslie said...

so fun friend... love how your nesting like crazy.... and getting in some sweet downtime prior to this beans arrival...

at this rate.. your going to bring this baby here today....

oh I remember those sweet pre Rylan days... soon so soon, your day will look entirely different. exciting huh.

Sabrina said...

Best wishes on your upcoming delivery. How exciting! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Candace said...

What a fabulous day! Good thing the little one waited until after tax day. I love "small world encounters" where you realize you are not as seperated as you think, especially when it involves Christians. Praying for a timely and safe arrival!

Julie said...

Ok, so the picture didn't quite turn out the way I hoped, so I am selfishly hoping you will hold on until Sunday, so we can try silly.