Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A False Alarm

Dear Pickles,

Today I had an interesting day at work.  It was 3 o'clock in the afternoon.  I was at work trying to resolve a client issue with my friend, Alfonso.  Before we went to speak to our friend, Ken, to help us with our client issue, I told Alfonso that I had to go to the bathroom.  (I spend a lot of time there every day going #1 since you have nestled so close to my bladder.)  After taking care of business, Alfonso and I went to Ken's office to discuss our client issue.

As your mother tried to explain what she believed was going on with the client, I was stopped mid-sentence with a strange feeling.  "Hmm... What's that?  Is that...?  No... It can't be..."  Sensing something wrong, Ken and Alfonso looked at me.

"Are you okay?" they asked.

"Um... I either just peed my pants... or my water just broke," I announced.

A flurry of activity happened from that moment to get me out of the office and to the hospital.  Alfonso agreed to drive me (even though I wasn't having any signs of contractions).  On the way to the hospital, I called the triage nurse, and she advised me to do the following before coming to the hospital: change into some dry clothes, put on a sanitary pad, and if it's still wet or soaking in 15 minutes, I should come to the hospital.  If it's dry in 15 minutes, I probably just wet my pants.

Instead of going to the hospital, I asked Alfonso to take a detour to CVS to buy some adult diapers for me (what a trooper!).  Then, we went to his house, since it was nearby, and I borrowed some sweat pants from his wife, Beth.  I did as the triage nurse ordered; I changed my clothes and waited.  All I could think was, "I'm not ready.  I haven't even finished the nursery.  I haven't finished my birthing classes!  I don't even have a bag packed!  Crap!"

After 15 minutes - there was nothing.  I called the triage nurse back, and we concluded that I just wet my pants.  She said that it was a common occurrence for women at my stage in pregnancy since the baby is pressing down on the bladder.  (I thought that it was weird since I literally went potty seconds before the accident... Oh well.)  At that news, I decided to go back to work.

On the way back to work, I couldn't help but think of this scene from the movie, Billy Madison:

Best quote from this scene? "You ain't cool unless you pee your pants."  So there you go.



Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A Happy Mother's Day

Dear Pickles,

On Mother's Day, mommy walked down stairs to find the most wonderful surprise waiting for her on the kitchen table... an array of gifts to enjoy from you!  (What a clever girl you are to outsource daddy from the womb for help!)

My Mother's Day Gift from Izzy...

I even called my mommy (your Mimi) to wish her a happy Mother's Day, too.  I told her how you gave me the sweetest card that read:
Mom, for love above and beyond.

I owe you big time.  Happy Mother's Day.

Thanks for making me.  Love, Izzy.

P.S. Every time I kick, it's just me letting you know how much I love you and want to get out there so you can hold me.

Mom to Mom

I would like to say that I spend the day relaxing, lazing about, and watching the awesome selection of DVDs you picked out for me, but, instead, I spent the day nesting.  Mommy spent the day washing your awesome wardrobe in scent free, allergy free detergent and softener.  I also unpacked a lot of items in your nursery, organized your closet, and put finishing touches here and there in the nursery.  (I can't wait to reveal the finished product to you.)

When I wasn't nesting, I took short breaks to read Bossypants by Tina Fey... And while I'm on this topic, I have a confession to make... Even though you gave me this awesome book for Mother's Day, mommy already bought herself a copy of the book the day before...  Sorry Pickles.  Daddy reprimanded me for buying myself something before a major holiday... But I couldn't help myself!  This chick rocks!  I hope you find her to be one of your heroes growing up.  Seriously, she's awesome.  Don't believe me?  Watch this clip:


See what I mean?

Thanks again for the Mother's Day presents.  We'll have to collaborate soon to get daddy something special for Father's Day next month.



Monday, May 2, 2011

Japanese Baby Shower from Your Mimi

Dear Pickles,

This past weekend, your father and I traveled down to Swansboro to see your Mimi and Pop Pop.  Who are Mimi and Pop Pop?  They're your mommy's mommy and daddy (your grandma and grandpa).  Lennox, your cousin, is the first grandchild on mommy's side of the family, so she got to choose what to call them.  I think you'll really love your Mimi and Pop Pop when you meet them.  I know they love you so much already.

Me and Mom
Mimi and Mommy

Dad and Lennox (and Jason)
Pop Pop and Lennox (and Daddy)

The main reason we went to Swansboro to visit your Mimi and Pop Pop was because your Mimi organized a baby shower for you and invited all of her Japanese friends from church to come.  Many of them could not make it to your first shower but still wanted to do something special for you.

Hapy Baby Shower

All of the women chipped in and made so much wonderful Japanese food for the party.  It was all so delicious!  This is the kind of food mommy grew up eating.  (I hope you like Japanese food -- it's a huge part of your heritage.)

Japanese Baby ShowerLennox Cheesin'

There were also lots of desserts to enjoy, including a lemon cake with lemon filling that said "Baby Girls are a Blessing."  Your Aunt Barbara got that cake for you.  She has a little girl, too, so she knows how precious you will be.

Shower Cake

Lennox and Barbara
Lennox and Aunt Barbara

For the baby shower, your Mimi organized a quiz game where she offered new boxes of tissues as prizes to the guests who could correctly answer questions about mommy and daddy.  She also had guests draw pictures of what they thought you were going to look like, and mommy and daddy got to pick the winner.  It was a hoot!

Baby Drawing ContestBaby Drawing ContestBaby Drawing Contest

Baby Drawing Contest
The Winner!

For entertainment, the Japanese pastor and his wife sang a beautiful song for you in English, and the all of the other women there sang two Japanese songs for you, too.  It was so pretty to hear their voices harmonizing in Japanese.

Live Music

After the entertainment, we got to open presents for you.  Lennox helped mommy open all the gifts.  She was such a good helper.  (One day, you can be my little helper, too.)

Opening PresentsThe Little Model

It truly was a sweet little shower.

Me and Jason

Mommy and daddy are blessed to have so many people care for you already.  We can hardly believe that you'll be here with us in approximately seven weeks!  See you soon, sweet baby girl.


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