have i ever mentioned that i am overly spoiled when it comes to having good friends?
last saturday we had a little brunch at starbucks, as is tradition for the graham/kugler/schmidt group (we have been joining them there weekly if possible, and it is a great thing to look forward to... sometimes i stay for hours and hours JUST to be able to feel the air conditioning.) when we got home, i was very tired, so gave the girls their lunch and plopped into bed a little after 1 pm. just before 2 pm i was awakened by a voice at my window and the sound of gushing rain. it was mrs. kugler, saying "doris, could you come over to the apartment really fast?" i shot up, thinking it was an emergency, put on a bra and t-shirt, and rushed out the door to meet her. we got soaking wet, even with her umbrella. they are staying in our attached apartment, so it was not 20 feet to travel, and still parts of us were definitely drenched. what met my eyes when i walked in the door, but a group of my friends, sitting there smiling at me, and an apartment all beautifully decorated for a BABY SHOWER!!! i was baffled! baby shower? not expecting this! rubbing sleep out of my eyes! wow. i didn't expect any type of baby shower this time around. i have mostly what i need! but here they all were, and omi had set it all up and prepared games and brought all the special foods i love the most and beautiful tea cups...she really does have such a servant's heart and loves to bless people, it is amazing. lauren was there! and shawna, and ann came later too, and annie with her adelyn and abrina, and julia with elizabeth and hannah, mrs. graham and mrs. kugler of course. we grabbed the monitor and set it up to listen in on my sleeping girls, but they weren't sleeping for long with all that activity next door! i let them come through the living room sliding door, and you should have seen their faces when they saw that there was a Party on the other side! it was quite like going through the wardrobe into narnia! so yes, we ate treats (breaking rules on my no-sugar diet of course), talked and laughed, played baby shower games, and i even got to open presents! mrs. graham gave me a thousand baby wipes, and an embroidery book, and my girls each got a dr. seuss bag with new markers and notebooks inside! i also got one of julia's signature nursing covers! and a few swaddle wrappers, money, diapers, soft blankie, etc. etc. i am so undeserving!
thomas is gone in san francisco now, to return on the 13th. the unofficial due date is around aug. 15th, so i hope this little one holds on. my friend who is studying to be a naturopathic doctor is in town, woohoo! and she said she can be my labor companion in case it happens before husband returns. then i have good friends in the kugler and graham clan next door(s) to cover me for anything else. i had an appointment today (aug. 5th) and the nurse said i was 2 cm dilated. which really means nothing, but that explains the sharp pains that have been happening in my cervix. afterward i took the girls to ross and target for a few household things and the whole time i was contracting, feeling like labor was imminent! i had to have a little wine to relax the uterus when i got home, and it worked. don't come out yet, baby! i have not been known to give birth early, so i don't know what i'm worried about. i bet my uterus was just irritated from the heat today and from the cervical check. i should have declined it, what was i thinking?
oh and i actually had LOST 2 pounds since my last appt. two weeks ago, is that a first or what!! for me, anyways. i am back at 156 lbs where before i was at 158.8, wow, i guess that's almost 3 lbs! my exercise routine and no-sugar thing is working, YAAAAAY! actually, omi says she lost weight too when she was preggy with danielle, after she gave up sugar. it is amazing how much a little sugar can affect your poor body.
but...i have darning and mending to do, so i'm gonna "make like a baby and head out!"