A Doting Entourage

I am DESPERATELY missing the second trimester. The optimum trimester. The trimester that makes you forget the first and expect the best in the third. I loved it. I had energy, I had appetite, aches and pains would come, but then they’d go. Now I’m seeing that all slip away. I haven’t quite reached the point where I’m “ready to be done” with pregnancy, but I am to where I can understand it and I can see it nearing. I feel like I’m standing on tracks waiting for the train to come and plow me over.

These crazy hot temperatures are no help. 110 degree heat index?! Can’t Mother Nature give us a little break? I’m nearing 8 months over here! I’m trying my best to stay out of the heat, especially after this past weekend. I have a tendency to push myself a little too hard and I might have overdone it with a busy weekend. Between celebrating Father’s Day and refinishing Baby Girl’s dresser, my doctor thinks the heat got the best of me. Now that I’m feeling much better, I can say that I have learned my lesson and won’t be attempting any more outdoor projects this summer. (Although the dresser looks fantastic!)

As I mentioned, the agenda for this past weekend was pretty full. This included our baby shower with Jacob’s side of the family! I am fortunate that his family has accepted me as one of their own since the beginning. Not everyone can say that and I am so glad that I can be myself around them. They are truly an incredible group of people and they got us stocked up on some major essentials for Baby Girl! Of course, Great Grandma made sure that she’d grow up a true blue Royals fan! My sister-in-law, once again, did a wonderful job throwing us this lemon themed shower 🙂

That being said, I made a complete fool of myself by showing up almost an hour LATE to my own party!

Flashback to that morning… I wake up early, walk to the gym and have an awesome workout. I check out some garage sales and return in time to meet the carpet cleaners. We have our carpets cleaned, then I do some tidying up and after I’m done, I look at the clock. “PLENTY of time to fit in a quick nap.” I set my alarm for 12:45pm to ensure that I’m able to shower, curl my hair, and be at the party promptly at 2:00pm. It was the perfect day and the perfect plan.

**I smile and sigh as I drift off to sleep**

Yes, perfect plan, except for the fact that I didn’t double check my invitation. If I would have, I would have seen that it started at 1:00pm and not 2:00pm! I’m blaming this one on the very serious condition called “pregnancy brain.” Needless to say, I felt very silly. The whole time, I was thinking back to something I had said in an earlier post regarding my reasoning for not having one large baby shower:

“At my bridal shower, I wasn’t able to spend intimate time with the guests. Other than sending out thank you notes, I felt like I seemed ungrateful and impersonal. I hated that feeling.”

All that’s left to do is laugh at myself 🙂 For the record, I am the opposite of ungrateful!

Luckily, my next baby shower was impossible for me to be late to. In fact, I was four hours early! Yesterday, my co-workers came together during our lunch break and showered us with lots of amazing gifts. It is one thing to know a generous person…someone who will bend over backwards to make sure you have a good day…someone who hears you say you’re in need and acts on it…someone who wants to celebrate the good times. These people are hard to come by and I have an army of them! I have always been blown away by the generosity of my co-workers. The department I work in is close-knit and truly cares for one another, the same goes for the rest of the building. I don’t know how I fell backwards into this work family, but I am so thankful that I did 🙂

They planned a “woodland” baby shower with lots of treats, lots of pink, and adorable little deer. It was absolutely beautiful and I couldn’t have asked for anything more!

As our loved ones fill up her nursery, Baby Girl continues to fill up my belly. I have come so far from just a few months ago. I have changed from the inside, out. As we continue our journey, I know that I have many more changes to go through. Motherhood is definitely not for the weak, but its a little bit easier with an awesome entourage ❤

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