We had a busy, busy weekend, which is very fun to say because so many of our days have been humdrum and boring. On Friday we had a BBQ with the pastoral staff to formally meet the people who work at the church and their spouses. It was at the Sr. Pastor's home and while I would definitely not use the word "stuffy" to describe the pastoral staff I had no idea what to expect. There are quite a few close talkers in the group and the first hour or so was spent with them talking to me, I began to get a little uncomfortable, but luckily I have a toddler who provides the perfect escape at just the right moments. By the end of the evening we were all sitting around sharing our most embarassing moments, and let's just say I now know some of those people a little too well!!
Then on Saturday we were heading out to dinner at a friend's place. There are a few couples who get together once a weekend and kinda swap turns cooking. We have been invited to join them since arriving and so didn't think anything of it when we got the call with the details for this weekend. Upon our arrival though we realized we had been dupped and it was a surprise baby shower!! I totally didn't even expect it as we don't know the baby's gender and most women I know love to wait until they can go ga-ga over the little pink or blue outfits. It was just two extended families at the shower and man did they spoil us. We got a bunch of beautiful yellow outfits and a few hundred diapers. Such a good time. I'm not very good at being the center of attention, so everyone decided it was gift time and continued talking while I stealthily opened all the presents, making sure to make eye contact and thank the giver, but without having to have everyone look at me. It was great. After the crowd dispersed and it was just us and the two couples we usually get together with we started chatting and chiling and suddenly realized it was 10:30pm!!! I thought that maybe it was 9:00 at the latest as that's when Belle starts to walk into things in sleepiness and she had just started to. Where does the time go?
Nick and I came home and were watching television. There was a marathon of "Dog the Bounty Hunter" episodes and Nick is definitely addicted to that show. We stayed up until 1:00am watching that, what were we thinking? At around midnight I started getting some pretty intense tightening in my abdomen and my lower back started to ache. It was happening about every 10-15 minutes and I started to think 'this is it! Our baby is on it's way!'. I didn't say anything to Nick because I didn't want him to be disappointed if it wasn't and as I've never been in early labor before I had no idea if it really was. I tried to go to bed but they just kept on happening and I laid there awake until 4:00 when it just suddenly stopped. Oh well, better luck next time. Since then though I've been totally distracted by every twinge or feeling of uncomfortableness, I'm just not good at this waiting thing!! Of course in total irony I have yet to pack a bag for the hospital. I'll probably have been sitting here for three weeks doing nothing but restlessly waiting and still end up unprepared! Wouldn't that be funny.