First, today's my birthday. I don't usually make a big deal about my birthday, but it's funny that I've thought a lot about what a "birthday" really means, especially knowing that my little girl will have her birthday in June. It makes me smile... I think it means a little more to me this year (maybe because my hormones are all wacky and I think about things too much, but whatever). My hubby spoiled me rotten, especially when I opened this gem up.
So this past weekend I went to Ohio to visit the family. Tom hasn't been back since he left in March and I haven't been back since my short trip in September. I knew that the three days were going to fly by, as we had a lot planned, but I was excited.
We landed late Thursday night to a ground filled with white stuff. Ugh... Ohio winters. I'm not a huge fan. It was pretty though, especially knowing that we could enjoy it for a few days and then be back to 60 degree temps. ;) but holy crap my blood has thinned. The frigid temps did me in - Friday I think the high was like 14 with a wind chill warning most of the day. I think the warmest that it got the whole time we were there was in the mid 30's.
Saturday I knew that my mom was hosting a little open house for Tom and I. There are so many friends that I always want to see when I hit up Ohio and there just isn't enough time so she said that she would invite some people over from 2-5 and we could just say hi, they could check out the growing bump, etc. People could come and go as they please. It was a great plan. She had sent out an invite a few weeks ago and sent me a copy. It was cute and I was excited that most everyone could make it. :) Saturday morning we were super lazy and I was downstairs talking to Tom as he was on the treadmill. My dad yelled down that my sister was here. I thought "okay, that's good". I knew she was coming by for the day so I didn't think anything of it. About a minute later, my dad came rushing down and said "I told you your sister was here". Um... yeah, I get it. I guess I didn't think it was a big deal. I looked at Tom like I was confused and said that I better head upstairs and start getting ready for the get together. I walked to the kitchen and my sister was standing there, with my mom, and a full out shower arrangement! They had planned a surprise baby shower for me and all of my friends. I totally lost it... like sobbing uncontrollably. I'm not one for surprises usually (it might have something to do with me not being able to keep a secret), but I had no clue. I guess my mom had actually sent out a different invite than what she showed me. It was still going to be an open house, but they were all coming for our sweet little girl. I literally cried for the next hour, getting ready. I was shocked.
My friends started coming at 2 and I wish I had been better about getting pictures. I know my sister did so hopefully I will get them from her soon. We ended up having around 30 people there (hubbies and kids were invited too). It was funny to see people's reaction to my bump as I haven't been posting pictures of it and all of these people knew that I was kind of anti-having-kids for much of my marriage thus far (getting pregnant was planned though... we had a change of heart this past summer about wanting a family). I had people there that I grew up with, friends that I've made through volunteering, blogging friends, triathlon friends, old neighbors, family. It was awesome. And everyone was so stinking generous... my little girl will never need to worry about not having clothes, that's for sure. Everyone says it's too fun to buy baby girl clothes and I'll have to agree. We got a few things from our registry which was awesome too... we're on our way to getting more prepared for this little one. I literally had a permanent smile on my face the rest of the weekend.
One funny side story... I haven't told a ton of people our daughter's name. We've had it chosen for a while and I was going to keep it a secret, but yeah, that didn't happen. It wasn't that I wasn't telling people, I just hadn't really told a lot of people. I knew that no one coming to the party had been told. My mom put the cake on the table for the party and it was this:
I can't thank my mom and sister enough for doing this for me. They have both been so amazingly excited to meet Abigail and they pulled off a surprise that I never thought was possible. I'm sure it's a little surreal to see their daughter/sister sporting a baby bump and I hope that they both know how incredibly blown away I was by what they did for us. And my friends... it was great to see all of them and their little kiddos and I can't thank them enough for the thoughtful gifts that they bought for Abby. She might have 4 more months to go before she blesses this world with her presence, but she's incredibly loved already! That's a pretty cool feeling.
Finally, just because I haven't posted any bump pictures, I'll post one. I've heard everything from "how many are in there" to "you are way bigger than I thought you would be" to "your doctors must be so happy with your weight gain because you look amazing". I'm big. I feel it. But I'm happy. This little girl is moving a shaking like crazy and I know that she's growing big and strong so that's all that matters. This picture was taken today... 23 weeks. I'm up 14 pounds total.