November 21, 2011

36 Weeks

Here I am, another year older, and another week along in baking little Miles. This week Parker and I went on our "babymoon" to Disneyland and enjoyed it very much! There were lots of good eats (Rainforest Cafe, Cheesecake Factory, and Disneyland pretzels) and holiday magic to be had, and we soaked it all up on what probably is our last little getaway before the baby makes his debut.

It was also my birthday week, and I felt very spoiled. I even got to have my birthday dinner made by my favorite Chef Rick, who also spoiled me with my favorite coconut shrimp and a birthday dessert with candles and everything! Even though we took a departure from my normal birthday festivities (the last few years my birthday dinners have been with a group of my friends), this year I really just wanted to spend it with Parker and I'm glad it was only the two of us. I'm really savoring our date nights the closer we get to being on Baby Time.

So, how do I feel this week? The best way to describe it is just large- it is starting to take more effort to get in and out of bed, in and out of the car, etc. but I feel pretty great overall. I can still squeeze into my pre-pregnancy sweatshirts and tops (barely), and can huff and puff my way into pre-pregnancy jeans if I use the ol' hair tie trick. I'm enamored with the crisp fall weather we're starting to have, and have used it plenty of times already as an excuse to pull out my favorite scarves and UGG boots from the closet- these, thankfully, will fit no matter how big my stomach gets!

On a side note, I am so excited the holiday season is here- for so many reasons. I love getting seasonal catalogs in the mail, listening to holiday music, driving through neighborhoods lit with Christmas lights, watching Love Actually, and seeing preparations for the celebration of Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas. Additionally, this time of year is memorable for me because Parker and I were engaged in December 2009 and it's nice to look back and remember what a sweet time it was to be newly engaged and excited about planning our wedding and our life together. It's crazy to think that by the time our second anniversary rolls around in January, we'll have our little son!

Did I mention just how much I love this time of year?
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