7 Months-Bumpdate

Rachel: Monica, we need more candy.
Monica: What? There’s only been like 4 kids!
Rachel: Yeah I know, but one of them just said that she loved me so I just gave her everything.
Phoebe: No wonder you’re pregnant. -Friends

with Impulsive Addict and Seriously Shawn

7 months, 28 weeks

-Hello 3rd trimester!! It is so good to see you! I feel like time has actually gone by pretty fast. I’m loving my big round belly, and all the smiles I get when I waddle around town.

-I’m still feeling really good, and I have a surprising amount of energy. I expect that will change soon, so I’ve been trying to do as many crafts and projects as I can before the fatigue sets in.

-I haven’t had any wild cravings lately. I just love food, and I am doing my best to mix up healthy foods with the occasional junk. Whoever said when you carry a boy you don’t crave sweets is full of it. I love sweets, especially sour patch kids. I also still crave fried crab and cream cheese wontons from our local Chinese food restaurant, just like I did with Roo. I suppose that’s my one “pregnancy craving”.

-My belly button is getting closer and closer to popping out. It’s so weird looking to me. I’ve always had a deep innie, and this thing is so bizarre looking. Match says it looks like some sort of creepy sea creature. Thanks babe!

-The ladies at my church have asked to throw me a baby shower for Piglet. So next month I will have two showers for our lil guy. I feel so incredibly blessed!

-Just 8 more shots of progesterone, including this week. I read that it’s really common for babies to be born 7-10 days after the last progesterone shot. Wow. I wouldn’t mind if Piglet got here in May, so long as he was fully cooked. Even if he’s  overdue, he will be here in less than 3 months!

 

Mediterranean Sandwiches

Joey’s Voice On Recording: Joey’s your best pal. You want to make him fresh sandwiches everyday. You also want to buy him thousands of dollars in pants. –Friends

I found the recipe in my Sunset magazine, June issue. There are so many good recipes in there! Here’s the recipe, along with the changes I made. Try these out, you won’t be disappointed. They are perfect for a summer night when you don’t feel like anything too hot.

Mediterranean Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice (I didn’t use this cause I forgot, didn’t notice the difference) 
  • 2 small zucchini, thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 2 portabella mushrooms, sliced 1/4 in. thick
  • 1 eggplant (14 oz.), sliced 1/4 in. thick (Made it once without, and didn’t miss it)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 of a 1-lb. ciabatta loaf, split horizontally (you can use chibatta bread from safeway in the bakery section, or try out their sourdough sandwich rolls, SOO tasty)
  • 2 ounces feta cheese, crumbled (1/2 cup)
  • 2 medium tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 cups baby arugula (didn’t use, didn’t miss it at all) 

Preparation

  • 1. Heat a grill to high (450° to 550°). Meanwhile, mix mayonnaise, garlic, and lemon juice together; set aside. (I just toasted the bread, put the mayo and spicy mustard on and that was it)
  • 2. Brush zucchini, mushrooms, and eggplant with oil and sprinkle with salt. Grill, turning once, until softened and grill marks appear, about 3 minutes. (can make on the stovetop, over medium heat)
  • 3. Grill bread cut side down just until grill marks start to appear, 2 minutes. (or broil in oven)
  • 4. Cut each loaf-half into 4 pieces. Spread bottoms with mayo and smear tops with cheese. Make sandwiches with vegetables, tomatoes, and arugula.*I added chopped up garlic to the zucchini and mushrooms, and added some ground pepper and a pinch of salt
  • eat them and thank me after! These are so healthy but taste so fattening. My favorite type of meal! 🙂 
  • You can also experiment with adding different toppings to the sando. I added pepperoncinis and avocado one night and loved it. 

Butterflies About Seeing Friends Again

We are heading to a wedding this weekend, and I have nervous butterflies over it. It will be the first time I’ve seen any of our friends in “The Group” since we lost Roo. We’ve been growing apart from some of them for awhile. They’re just not in the same place as we are. A lot of them love to party it up and drink every weekend, while Match and I prefer mellow nights at home. They’re not looking to move forward and grow up, while Match and I can’t wait to start a family.

I’m worried about how I’ll be, and that I won’t be fun anymore.  Losing Roo changed me to my core, and I know I will never be exactly the same as I was. I don’t wish to be either. I just hope I still enjoy being around the group. I can’t wait to see Chandler and Monica though. Monica has been so supportive, even all the way in Scotland. We’ve talked about everything in detail, and she’s been an ear to listen. Tahoe Couple on the other hand…well we didn’t even hear from them when everything happened, and they live just an hour away from us. I talked to her yesterday and she didn’t mention our loss once. She just talked about mundane, superficial things, and all I wanted to do was hang up the phone. I know some people don’t know how to react to tragedy, and like to pretend it didn’t happen. I just don’t know if I care to spend much time with those people.

So wish us luck. The wedding is for Chandler’s older brother. It’s so nice that they invited us, even though we’re not that close. It’ll be good food, drinks, and probably some dancing. I’m hoping to get into the spirit of things. I love a good wedding, where it seems like you fall in love with your partner all over again. I think we’ll have fun, and we’ll dance and enjoy ourselves. But I don’t think we’ll be getting hammered, or playing drinking games until the wee hours of the night. I’m pretty sure we’ll head home early for some snuggle time and a comfy bed. Now that sounds like a good time to me!

A Star For Roo

Your loved one has gone ahead and is keeping watch…waiting, loving you, just on the other side of the stars.

And when we look at the stars, hoping the loved ones we have lost are happy, safe and free,

they’re looking at those same stars from the other side, making the same wish for us, sending us all their love.

How can I express in words what the generosity of seven women means to me? Those who know me know it takes a lot to render me speechless, but that is just what today’s gift in the mail did to me. I will do the best I can to convey just how much their thoughtfulness means to me.

There was a beautiful card, with a lovely poem that I quoted at the beginning of this post. The card was signed,

We send our love and special prayers. We share your sadness and will always hold Roo in our hearts. Love Janette, IA, Shawn, Stacie, JennyKate, Mimi and Rebecca.

There was also a letter attached that explained each of the gifts. I read it to Match out loud, and it wasn’t long before I got too choked up to continue. Match took the letter and continued reading for me:

Inside as you open, you will find a framed and highlighted star coordinate. This is a star that has been named through the International Star Registry. We named this star “Roo [our real last name]”. The birthdate given the star is 4/15/12. As you both know, Roo’s original due date was set for September and deep down, I think we were pulling for 9/14/12 for obvious reasons [my birthday, as well as Janette’s youngest baby Rayne’s], so the Star Galaxy that was chosen is Virgo. IN the LOVE box you will find 5 scrolls which are copies of the certificate and the star coordinates that you can give to your family members during your memorial if you decide.

There is a star necklace we fell in love with that is classy, dainty and could be worn with anything. The outer star is YOU, or collectively you both as PARENTS and the smaller star in the center represents Roo. Our hope is that whether you wear the necklace or not, you will always know there is a star among the sky as high as the angels for your sweet baby girl looking down on you and you can always look up and know she is there shining bright. Much love, prayers and support from us all and know that we are here for you always. God bless you both and your baby girl.

We plan to share the scrolls at Roo’s memorial, which we are going to do in Oregon next week. My in-laws and my parents will be there, and we are going to plant a tree in Roo’s honor. I think it will be the perfect time to share her star, and hopefully we will see it that night. The timing couldn’t have been better as we leave for our trip today. My parents house also happens to be a prime spot for star gazing, being out in the country and far away from bright city lights.

I took the beautiful necklace, and added the Roo charms from my other necklace. The star was the perfect addition, and the chain fits better than the other chain I had. I plan on wearing it every single day.

I’m so touched by the support and love I’ve received from the readers of this blog. Ladies, I know we have never met, but I feel like we are old friends. Thank you to Impulsive AddictJanette, Jenny Kate, MimiRebeccaShawn,  and Stacie  for your kindness, your friendship, and for loving Roo. Match and I are forever grateful. I hope I can one day meet each of you and give you a huge hug. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Friday Daydreamin’-Sweet Dreams

Phoebe: I’m not sure about buying a mattress from Janice’s ex-husband. It’s like cheating on Chandler.
Monica: Not at these prices! –Friends


When I was little, I used to daydream about what my house would look like. I’d dress up in my mother’s dresses and wear my mother’s ring and play house. I used to daydream about my bedroom especially. I always wanted a sleigh bed, ever since I saw the movie The Santa Claus. Remember that kickass bed Scott Calvin falls asleep on?

As I got older I figured one day I would get a sleigh bed, but I thought it would take years of saving up to afford it. Well as luck would have it, our new town is not only an amazing place to live, but apparently their prices are incredible too. We went mattress shopping today and walked out with brand new pillows and free same day delivery of a top of the line mattress…and SLEIGH BED all for the price of what one mattress would normally cost.

I can’t wait to curl up on this beautiful bed tonight.

Especially next to this guy. 🙂 (He’s going to be so mad I posted this but I don’t care, it’s adorable)