Thursday, April 26, 2012

Thankful Thursdays

Last week as I was driving home I was frustrated because of all the traffic. I was bemoaning my commute, pissed off that I was late to get home to do chores and make dinner, and generally in a bad mood.

Then, as I pulled up to a stoplight I saw a man standing at the end of the median holding a cardboard sign with "homeless" written on it. Wearing an old t-shirt, ripped sweatpants, and looking like he could use a haircut, he was very thankful and gracious to everyone who gave him cash.

I immediately began to feel guilty. As tears filled my eyes (pregnancy talking?) and my heart dropped I was ashamed of my negative attitude. Her I was driving home from my amazing job to my beautiful home and husband in my nice, reliable car, listening to my Ipod, drinking a Starbucks, talking on my smart phone. And this man, in one of the richest counties in America, was without a home, a loving family, or even a decent jacket. It put things in perspective.

I am truly blessed and need to remind myself to see my glass half full. I could have no job, no family, nothing. But instead I have everything I need and probably more than I deserve.

So I'm instituting Thankful Thursdays. 

This Thursday I am thankful for my husband. As we are approaching our 2 year wedding anniversary next month, I keep thinking seriously how thankful I am to have him. He makes me laugh, listens when I have problems, is a great cook, shares the same interests, a man of the same faith, is a very hard worker, a good friend and son. I KNOW he will make a great father to our baby and be a great supporter of our future family. One thing I love most about him also is his goofy, outgoing side. We are so totally opposite on that. While I'm more quiet and serious, he definitely is not. Here, let me show you:

This man always makes me laugh, will go to costume parties with me, literally smothers me in kisses, and never takes himself too seriously. I'm SO THANKFUL for my husband, Sean.

PS: Trust me, we actually do have some "nice" pictures :)

Attempting to keep it together 24/7,


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Expectant Elizabeth: Week 15

How far along?   15 weeks

Cravings? Nothing crazy. I think all those stories you hear about weird cravings are largely false, from what I’ve been reading.  No pickles and ice cream topped with sardines for this gal.

Symptoms?  I’ll spare you the details of my tummy troubles.

Looking forward to?  finding out the sex of the baby! I try so hard to say "the baby" rather than "it" but it would be nice to say "he" or "she".

Exercise? walking, light weights but hoping to get back to my running this week and perhaps some yoga or Pilates

Gender?  Don’t know yet, but can’t wait!!

Weight Gain? 7 pounds

Stretch marks?  None yet, but drowning myself in lotion just in case

Size of the little one?  The books say 3.5 inches, about the size of a lemon. However, at our sonogram last week Baby M was about 4.5 inches!

Maternity clothes?  Haven't had to buy any yet and most of my pants are still fitting; although I did buy a belly band for some of them. Thank goodness leggings are in style right now! And lucky for me since my sister had a baby last year I get lots of hand-me-down maternity wear.

Sleep?  Good so far minus the waking up in the middle of the night for bathroom trips. But I am SO tired all the time that if I don’t get 9 hours I’m dying.

Miss Anything? Obviously, cocktails and wine. I’m not going to lie, this is hard. Especially with happy hours and winery season coming up! Also, deli meat. I love sandwiches! And running. Because I’ve been so tired, it’s hard for me to get up in the morning for my daily run. And then by the time I get home from work I’m about to pass out! Hoping this will change in the next week or so.

Belly button? Still in.

Best Moment this week? still just taking it all in. I checked out more baby books from the library and it's just so amazing, a miracle, that this life can grow inside my tummy! 

Attempting to keep it together 24/7,

Thursday, April 12, 2012


Hi! I'm Elizabeth! Soon-to-be mom, wife, daughter, sister, and friend. I am starting this blog to keep our family and friends informed of all the goings-on in our household and as a sort of memory book to track all of life's adventures, happenings, and constant changes - yes changes!

And LOTS of them in this household! The first and foremost is that we are now EXPECTING! Yep, you read correctly!

Sean and I found out on February 14, 2012 that we are pregnant. Now a couple doctors’ visits later we have heard the heartbeat, taken lots of tests, seen him or her squirming for the camera and know that Baby M will be expected to arrive on (or around) October 17th!

We’ve been trying to relax and take it all in, but unfortunately, this is also the time that we picked to sell our house and move! That’s right - we are putting our townhouse on the market next month in hopes of selling and buying a single family home. Perfect timing to grow for this new bambino. Now let’s hope that we can do this before I become as big as a house!

Attempting to keep it together 24/7,