Not great - but our first family photo:
Daddy admiring his new daughter.
Snuggling with Daddy just before going to bed for the first time at home.
We also hit the neighboring Maggie Moo's for dessert to finish off the celebration. All in all it was a lovely evening, even if we had no little one to join us. I even rather enjoyed answering people when they asked, "So, when are you due?"
A few pictures of my current state for the curious (sorry Mom...more belly exposure. It just gives the full effect!):
On to random musing number 2: I made some of my favorite soup last night. It was a very rainy day here (and is again today) and I just felt like making soup, so I grabbed my stack of recipes and landed on this - a Mexican soup that is basically a combo of about 3 different recipes I've made in the past. I think I shall call it Fiesta Tortilla Chicken Lime Soup (at least that's what I get when I combine all the names from the original recipes):
It's late. I have already been in bed for a couple of hours and just can't seem to find sleep, so I thought I'd get out some of the thoughts rolling around in this seemingly tireless brain of mine. I already made another list of "to-do's" before baby J arrives, but I thought I'd spare you from the frivolous details I seem to get hung-up on. You're welcome.
Instead, I seek the only true Peace I know tonight. The Peace that passes all understanding and is always waiting for me - if only I would remember to ask for it. I try so hard to be "anxious for nothing," but I often forget the rest of that familiar verse that goes on to say, "but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the God of PEACE, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Phil. 4:6-7) .
I was reminded of this same peace as well as the strength offered only through God during our worship time at church this morning. I can't quite put into words all that God reminded me of, but it was a powerful and rather emotional service for me (go figure...the emotions are in overdrive at this point). The first song we sang reminded me that God's strength never fails, even when I feel weak & weary. Here are a few of the lyrics (taken from Isaiah 40):
Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord,
We will wait upon the Lord,
My handy-man getting it put together the other night:
I threw a quick picture of the crib on here the other night, but I can't help but put up a few more. I am just in love with this bedding my Grandma made - it's so pretty! If nothing else gets finished, baby J will certainly have a beautiful place to sleep when she comes home :-)
Yesterday I did a bunch of baby laundry, and I have to admit - I kind of enjoyed it! I'm sure this will be one of very few times I'll say that about laundry, but folding all of those tiny little clothes for the first time really was kind of fun. I can't wait to have my baby girl here to snuggle in these sweet little blankets and onesies! But to be honest, the sight of baby clothes all over my bed was a little foreign...I suppose I better get used to this!
We also installed the carseat last night, so I am reminded anywhere I go that soon there will be a squirming baby girl riding along very soon! I didn't get a picture...but you can use your imagination I'm sure :)
So I suppose I have finally reached that "nesting" stage...although, I wish this hit bout 2 months earlier when I had a lot more energy! Hopefully I still have a bit more time to finish things up. At my now weekly check-up on Wednesday, my doctor said the baby had dropped, but I haven't started to dilate. I'm good with that for now...a couple more weeks (at least) should give me the time I need to really finish getting things in order. What am I forgetting?? Feel free to pass on any tips for this "any day" stage - I welcome your advice (as opposed to the strangers who stop me in the grocery store)!