4 Pounds of Life and One Crazy Woman

My girl is a tropical fruit this week!  At 33 weeks she is now over 4 lbs and 17 inches long.  We are getting ready people!!  She is about the same weight as a pineapple :)  I love pineapple!  I did do a double take in the grocery store yesterday however, when I passed the pineapple display and stared intently at the size of each of them.  I have to remind myself to take a deep breath...somehow I will get that baby out like millions of other women...right??  I think it might be the prickly little things and the top of the pineapple that made me almost pass out.  Praise the Lord she won't be coming out prickly!!  
I had to pull out the skirts on Sunday this week...I no longer fit into any of my maternity pants, except for 2 pairs of jeans, which are also getting tight, especially to wear to church.  It's a sad day when your collection of clothes "for when I'm really huge" no longer fits.  How did I get there so quickly??  My outfit of choice these days is a stretchy cotton top and yoga pants.  I'd be in that all day everyday, that is if I actually get dressed!  Pj's are working just fine for me too :) We did have to make an emergency run to Target on Saturday night for some kind of nylons to wear (it's winter here people, bare skin is not going work).  They don't carry maternity nylons (0f course) so I had to do the next best thing...thigh highs.  Oh yeah, you can imagine how fun those were!  Let's just say they lost any kind of "appeal" after I put them on :) I could not bring myself to buy the xxl-queen plus size in regular control-top nylons.  It seemed to be a little too degrading to my very fragile self-esteem right now.  Speaking of self esteem, I'm not even going to mention the "stretching phenomena" that has NOT occurred on my stomach yet, for fear that if I do, I will certainly wake up with them tomorrow!  Let me just say that I am slathering my stomach with so much lotion lately, I am about as slippery as an eel :)  Please Lord, have mercy....
Here is a great look at my juicy little pineapple!  For the first time, I now see the "basketball" that I am carrying!  This particular outfit showed my profile quite well and both Travis and I got an ear full at Church about how big I am now getting.  Ava is definitely filling me out and taking  up every inch in my ever-expanding stomach.  My cousin Jenny's little guy Ryan, who is in 1st grade, told his Mom that it looked like I swallowed a beach ball!  I hear you Ryan, I hear you.  When, oh when, will this be over Lord Jesus??

The following photo may cause shock to one's system due to the glaring paleness of the skin being shown and the sheer size of the girl in the photo.  I do now know why I am sharing this with you.  Proceed with caution.
Both Travis and I have a massive case of winter-itis and we are dying over the fact that we cannot escape this year to someplace warm.  So, like a woman who has lost her mind, I sucked up all my pride and decided to participate in our volunteer appreciation night on Sunday, at a local indoor water park.  We, along with 800 of our closest volunteers at Church, went to the Waterpark of America for 2 hours of "fun" in a fake tropical atmosphere, simply because we all need a break from reality!!  I thought a few months ago that I was going to escape this pregnancy without ever having to put on a maternity swimming suit...and then my husband came home and informed me about this night.  I had no intentions of going, but at the last minute decided I needed to escape too and trick my mind into believing we were someplace warm!  A couple of runs through the lazy river and a game of HORSE in the pool was all I needed :) It felt great to float my big stomach in that water and to feel semi-weightless for awhile.  Plus, I beat Travis at HORSE, which made this preggo feel good :) 

I don't think I've told you but I keep having these recurring dreams that I am back at my high school, 8 months pregnant, and trying to play with the varsity basketball and volleyball team.  No one will believe me when I tell them I can still play, so of course I'm on a mission to prove to everyone that I haven' t lost my skills, even though I'm pregnant!!  Can you spell P-R-I-D-E?? I know, something is wrong with me :) Anyway, it was a fun night and I've already asked God to erase any mental image that any person I know has of me in a bathing suit.  I believe He's going to do it....
On a totally different and much less scary note, I somehow forgot to mention that the family I nanny for got a new little puppy a few weeks ago...isn't she the cutest thing? Her name is Lola and she is just a little fluff of fur. She's a cross between a Bishon and Shit-zu (no idea how to spell that, I basically just sounded it out!), she's a Shishon :)
The boys just love her and so do the rest of us :) She's kind of like a little stuffed animal and she loves to cuddle and kind of dog right now!  I pick her up and hold her like a baby...wonder why???  Until Ava gets here, Lola's my excuse for a little cuddle practice :) 


petrii said...

Okay, so if your not the cutest little pineapple carrying, bundle of joy lovin' momma I have ever seen!!! Oh my joy!!

You are so cute in that swimming suit. You should NOT worry about that at all. Preggos are the cutest, glowingest thing a goin'!!

I LOVED this post!!!!! (can you tell by all the CAPS and !!!! points??!!! =)

Have a Blessed afternoon and evening,

Anonymous said...

That was hilarious! And you look great!! Can't wait to meet the little beach ball! :) Natalie is going to want a copy of the picture of Barrett and Lola-so cute!

Gretchen and Jimmy said...

You look great!!

Rebecca said...

You are so cute! Your self esteem should be high!!!
And I have stretch marks from the top of my tummy down to my calf muscles---so go to town with that cream! I never used it because the smell gave me a headache!!! But the good thing is that they fade!
Can't wait to see your little pineapple!

Heather said...

Oh, that puppy is too cute! You look GREAT!!! I am pumped that you got into a are "every woman"!!! :) I can't believe Ava is 4 pounds!!! I can't wait to see that cute little "pineapple!" (BTW- Just to give you some hope, I didn't get any stretch marks with Connor..and I am hoping for that this time, too!)
You are a darling "preggers" as we say in our family! OH- and if it gives you some comfort, I wore a maternity top today that is probably getting too small, but I wasn't going I went with it and when my hubby came home he said (and I quote) "WHOA...your belly is REALLY sticking out today!!" Ah, the romance!!!! :)
Praying for you and Ava Page!

sheltonfamily said...

You look great Steph! I feel like I am your size and I am 8 weeks behind you. Oh the swimsuit.... yucko! I'm hoping to avoid it as well...I think I can which will be great... love the puppy is we ever get one this is what I want! Ava will be here before you know it and yes, you will survive getting her out!

Jesse and Stacie said...

It's so close!! I'm so excited to come and meet her :) You are a very "fit" preggo mom, you have no need to feel bad about yourself! Heck, I wouldn't put up picture of me in a swimsuit and I'm not even pregnant!

Julie Wilcox said...

pale is so the new everything! :)

Rebecca Jo said...

I had to laugh at the idea of Ava being "Prickly"...

You just look adorable. Even in your swimming suit. I dont think there is anything more beautiful than a pregnant woman... to imagine what's going on in that body - its amazing!

And how cute is that puppy!!! Love balls of fur!