Going on week 34: 6 weeks to go!

I can't believe we only have six weeks left until my due date!

Time seems to be flying by. I thought I'd better include a neked belly shot this time around so you could see how much the tummy has grown! It's so funny; I was looking back at my 18 and 19 week pictures today and I remember that I thought I looked SO pregnant then and I was just tiny:) Aside from getting to the point of being a wee bit uncomfortable and short of breath, everything's been going really well. We've been working our butts off on the house lately but now that it's June we're planning on changing focus towards getting all the last minute preparations done that we need to for the baby...and hopefully doing a little relaxing before everything gets really crazy around here! I've been in nesting mode big time this last week. I've been washing baby clothes, buying diapers, baby wash, little socks and nursing bras (wee!!!) and other little things we need, doing a lot of reading about birth and breastfeeding...and we just finished our birth preparation class last week. I don't know if we really feel any more prepared or not, but at least we know what the hospitals policies are and we got to talk to some other couples going through the same big life event. Mom is coming to visit mid-June and I'm really looking forward to that. It's going to be nice to have some company and a little change of pace. If I go 2 or 3 weeks early, I might even have the baby while she's here;) I think I'll definitely be ready by then. If she would be healthy, I'd have her today. :)

On another note, our awesome friends Joe and Trace threw an amazing party for us on Memorial Day weekend. It was a blessing for our baby and it was so much fun! They had great food including dark-chocolate covered strawberries and vegan chocolate cake (yum!!!) and the icing on that cake was that my beautiful friend, Megan flew in from D.C. for the weekend. We couldn't have asked for a better party. It made us feel so loved and special. It was basically like a shower but much more casual. Oh, and we had a piñata. How many showers have you been to that were so cool that you had a piñata? That's what I thought. Joe and Tracey sent out invites that included a request for all our friends and family to send back a blessing card with a positive message, blessing, kind words or birth story for us to help support us with our upcoming event, i.e the birth of our child. We're putting all the blessing cards that we get back into a keepsake album that we can take to the hospital for positive encouragement. It has been so wonderful getting all those blessing back in the mail! We are going to treasure our album forever. They also had everyone locally that attended the blessing hand-paint onesies for us and they turned out so cute! Our little girl has a whole wardrobe of these funky-cool handmade onesies from our friends and family. Check our our Picassa album for some pictures from the blessing. Thanks Joe and Tracey and thanks to our all our wonderful friends and family for all your support and encouragement.

Love you all,