Match’s 34th Birthday, OMSI, Valentine’s Day, & The Black Belt Monkey

We celebrated Match’s 34th birthday on the 3rd in a very 34th year sort of way. We had a mellow dinner with close friends, followed by watching our respective kiddos play in our living room. We topped the evening off with a toast over a nice scotch on the rocks.

We went to OMSI for the first time as a family. We went with Match’s sister and her little family. Piglet had a great time exploring! I had a great time snuggling with our baby niece.

Valentine’s Day was all for Piglet. Match and I have never been into the holiday, but we love watching Piglet get so excited. Piglet and I decorated the house with hearts, and he got to pass out valentines for all of his friends.

The best part of Valentine’s actually happened at his Kempo Dojo. Master Ralph got all the pee wees goodie bags, complete with black belt monkeys! Piglet was beyond excited.


24 Weeks Bumpdate and Valentine’s Day

Tony: You see, the thing about the human body is, as we know, is that it is a temple.
Gary: Yep
Tony: It’s just that my temple seems to have grown into a slightly larger temple.
Gary: With a big wobbly dome. -Men Behaving Badly

Match and I decided to celebrate our Valentine’s Day yesterday, when there were less crowds. He wouldn’t tell me what he had planned, just that we were going to do something. Phase 1 was breakfast at our favorite local diner. I pigged out on waffles and the waiter sugared up my coffee with hot cocoa and a dollop of whipped cream. YUM! Don’t mind my awesome bed head. We rolled out of bed and just went to breakfast in our sweats.


After breakfast we headed out for Phase 2. We got on the freeway when I guessed where we were going. He took me to Old Town Sacramento for the day! It was really fun wandering around window shopping and taking in the scenery. We stopped in an olive oil shop where they do olive oil tastings. I’m pretty sure it trumps wine tasting for me. We ended up getting some delicious Tuscan olive oil and Serrano honey balsamic vinegar. My mouth is watering again just thinking about how good it tastes! I think I need to have some of our couple friends over for an excuse to serve sourdough bread with the olive and vinegar as a dipping sauce.



We checked out the waterfront, took obligatory cheesy pictures, followed by lunch at Fat City. Match kept saying the sign made it look like “Fat Guy”. I can sort of see it.  And you know a restaurant named fat guy has just got to be good! 😉


When we got home to relax, Match snapped a picture of me updating my blog. I had headphones on because Match was practicing his duck and turkey calls (heaven help me!) and it was making the baby kick like crazy. Either he loved Daddy’s noises or he hated it as much as I did. 😉 We had such a nice Valentine’s Day, and it was so much better than flowers!



Today, actual Valentine’s Day,  I went in for my weekly progesterone injection and ended up having a terrible experience with the nurse. I’ve seen her many times throughout this pregnancy, but for some reason she thought I was someone else. She said, “Oh no kids with you today? Where’s your daughter?” I was like, umm…I lost my daughter in April. She STILL didn’t get it and kept on,”Oh I thought you brought a little girl in with you every time?” and I said, no…that’s why I’m here. Because of preterm labor… this will hopefully be my first living child. THEN, instead of apologizing,  she just goes on to ask how many weeks I am, and said, “Oh wow, you’re really big for 24 weeks. Guess it’ll be a big baby!” Wtf lady? I cried the entire way home. She made me feel like a big fat cow. It was so awful.  I’m only 5ft, so I get that the belly looks really round and big on me, but geez. I’m on target with weight gain, but a comment like that makes me feel like I’m not taking care of myself or something.

When I got home, Match just held me while I cried. Piglet kicked a bunch for me on my way home which cheered me up some. Like he was saying, don’t listen to that mean ol’ nurse, I’m just getting nice and strong for you. Match pointed out that I do have a big belly, but that I’m all belly, and that’s a very good thing. I think it was just the way she had said it, especially after the comment about my daughter that got to me. In this picture I’m pretty red faced because I had been crying.



I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day and got to enjoy some quality time with your loved ones.  Once again I’m reminded of how lucky I am to have such a sweet and supportive hubby. And even if I am “really big” I can take comfort knowing that I have a healthy baby boy growing in my belly.

Match’s Birthday is Coming Up

I feel like January is flying by. I can’t believe we’re halfway to February, and Match’s birthday. His birthday is tough because it’s just 11 days before Valentine’s Day. Men are already so hard to shop for, and I have a double whammy. Lucky for us he’s not that into Valentine’s Day either, so I can probably get away with just making him one of his favorite meals for the sappiest of holidays.
I can’t help but think of last year’s Valentine’s Day, when we went on that hike and Match lost his wedding band! I remember how sad he was that day. His ring is nice and secure on his finger now, so I don’t think that’ll be a problem this year. This is also the last year of his 20s, and I had hoped to do something special for his birthday. Last year I threw him a birthday party, but this year I think we both want something low key. I may attempt to make him his favorite-cheesecake from scratch. Nothing says I love you like being barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen! 😉

TTUT-Valentine’s Day

Locke: I heard you have lost your wedding ring.
Sun: Yes. I have been looking for it everywhere.
Locke: You know, I have once lost something valuable to me. Luckily, I found it later.
Sun: How?
Locke: By finding it the way everything gets found.
Sun: (Staring at Locke)
Locke: I stopped looking. –LOST

  • Valentine’s Breakfast= awesome. Buttermilk pancakes with strawberries and whipped cream were heavenly! Thankfully I also kept them down. Roo’s been giving me a little bit of morning sickness lately.

  • Our long walk on Skagg’s Island was wonderful. We saw wild birds, and Match’s favorite: abandoned buildings

  • Realizing after the long walk that Match lost his wedding ring= very sad. We thought about going back, but we knew it would be impossible to find. It’d be like searching for American silver eagles in a big jar of coins. Plus the ring was really loose, and he needed a new one.
  • The irony of losing the wedding ring on Valentine’s Day was not lost on us. Sigh.
  • Quick stop by Kay’s and they still had the same ring he had before.
  • It had to be special ordered and won’t arrive for 30 days. 🙁 Match felt so bad, but I kept telling him it’s nobody’s fault. In a way its a good thing since the old one was so loose and it was only a matter of time before he lost it.
  • We had a day full of great quality time and this evening we have plans for takeout and a movie on the couch. All in all a great day with just a little hiccup.