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A transitional Father's Day

17. June 2014

Father's Day isn't a day I have ever really looked forward to.

When I was little, my family barely celebrated it, considering it more of a 'Hallmark Holiday'. I'm sure we bought my dad gifts or something like that, but I honestly don't remember celebrating it in a really significant way. 

Now with the internet and social media, it seems like we see everyone's 'notes' to their father. Instagram/Facebook/etc are covered in 'I love my dad and here's why' sentiments, accompanied with old photos or wedding photos or just happy and cute photos in general.

And I'm not knocking that at all, I think it's great that so many people love their dads and want to shout it to the world for at least one day per year. I think it's a little strange when people write 'Happy Fathers Day, dad!' and write a super sentimental message, but their dad isn't on that particular social media so they'll never see the message... But that's neither here nor there.

Over the past few years, I've celebrated Father's Day with my own dad some years, and some years I haven't acknowledged it. My father and I aren't close and have become less so over time, and more often than not, Father's Day is a special kind of reminder of the relationship I don't have with my dad. And it's not because of a lack of trying (on my part, at least). Suffice it to say that some years this 'holiday' is more painful than happy for both of us.

But this year was happy for me. This year we celebrated Father's Day with my in-laws (including Tim's father and grandfather), both of whom are family men I greatly admire. Even more special, this year we celebrated Tim's impending fatherhood.

It was the first Father's Day of a lifetime of Father's Day in which I will be able to celebrate my husband and our child(ren) and his role as a dad.

And I'm really, really excited about that.

I know I've said it before, but making Tim a dad is the thing I'm most excited about with Bumpy. The man was made for fatherhood, of this I am most certain.

Not that the future can erase the past and that Father's Day will not be painful going forward, because it may continue to be a rough day for me, but joy has a way of overcoming hurt and sadness.  I'm incredibly excited to be starting/growing my own little family and creating our own traditions that we'll hold onto going forward.

This year was a special year because we're so close to welcoming our first child into our lives. This year I carried Bumpy all Father's Day, but next year, Tim will have that privilege.


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I would hashtag this entire weekend as #blessed.

16. June 2014

I feel like I've been drugged, my heart is so happy lately.

(Or maybe it's the cookie dough iced coffee that's talking. I guess that's kind of like a drug.)

Anyway, I had another one of those weekends that makes me so happy I feel like I'm walking on air for days afterwards.

I'll keep this short and sweet, but I simply can't write another post today without sharing some...

Weekend Highlights:

//  On Friday evening I was exhausted and Tim and I stayed in to eat Thai food and watch Orange is the New Black. I was so tired that I didn't even mind that we didn't finish the entire season and chose to go to bed instead. It was the perfect restful night.

//  On Saturday morning my brother graduated from grad school (hip, hip, hooray!) so my family watched him walk across the stage and we also went out for brunch, because brunch is pretty much a required event when celebrating anything.

//  After brunch on Saturday, Tim told me that we had to pickup a surprise. I had no idea what he was talking about, but his surprises usually don't turn out very well so I was a bit afraid of what he had in mind. It turns out my surprise was one of my bestest of best friends! Brittany, who moved to Portland earlier this year, flew into Chicago for the weekend to hang out with me. Could my heart have been happier or more shocked to see her?! Nope. 

//  And then the friends kept on coming in! We had our last shower for Bumpy on Saturday evening and about 20 of my closest girlfriends showed up, which I was totally not expecting. My lady friends came in from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana, Oregon, Missouri, and of course the Chicago area to celebrate Bumpy, Tim, and I! How lucky am I to have such amazing friendships with such generous ladies?! I cannot even express how much it means to me that my friends took the time to and effort to celebrate my growing family, and I was truly humbled by the turn out. 

//  On Sunday we brunched again, because one can never brunch too often. Then we took a mini-nap and celebrated Father's Day with Tim's extended family in the suburbs. I always love chatting to Tim's relatives and it was simply a very pleasant way to spend the day.

//  We finished our weekend by watching the rest of Season 2 of OITNB. I should have known better than to suggest we 'just watch one episode' at 10pm. One episode easily turned into 4 episodes, as it always done. I was satisfied with the season and the ending and now I'm anxiously waiting for Season 3 to be released!

//  Also, our nursery is finally done and that means I have one less thing on my to-do list, which feels pretty awesome. Now I'm just sitting here, waiting for Bumpy to decide to make an appearance! We really don't have anything major left to do, which is super comforting. Although, it's seriously the strangest feeling to know that his/her arrival is happening at some point in the not-so-distant future. 

Happiness overload, I tell ya! I cannot emphasize enough that despite me feeling a bit uncomfortable every once in a while, I've been feeling so overwhelmed with love and support throughout this pregnancy, and it's truly been the happiest 9 months of my life (and counting)! There's not a day that goes by that Tim and I don't comment on, and thank God for, all of the love we've experienced so far.

I hope you had a restful/eventful/blessed weekend!


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In honor of Friday I'm not putting on pants nor taking a shower.

13. June 2014

If you didn't happen to see my little 'announcement' on Twitter, this week I ate my first 'cuffin' which is a cookie combined with a muffin and it was s'more flavored and the best thing I've ever put in my mouth. I'm not even exaggerating there (or at least I don't think I am, pregnant Lisa is more into sweets than 'normal' Lisa but her opinions are all I have to go on right now).

Other highlights of this week included: a surprise baby shower for Bumpy that our church group threw for us (we are seriously surrounded by the most supportive people!); a date night to the theater; continuing to watch a few episodes of OITNB; eating dinner with Tim's family; and nursery decorating!

Wasn't I supposed to be slowing down life by now?! Yes, yes that was the plan and I'm failing.

Friday Four time!

Bumpy is now big enough to fit into this little onesie! (Ignore the chaos around me and horrible lighting of this picture.)


Four thoughts from this week 

  • I got acupuncture for the first time ever the other day and I'll write more thoughts on it later, but I liked it enough that I'll definitely be going back. Have any of you ever tried it?
  • One day this week I went with Tim to his office ('take your pregnant wife to work day', is what we deemed this event) and it was really nice because Microsoft has free beverages and that's really all it takes to make me happy.
  • My email was out (server error) for over a day before I noticed. I just thought no one was trying to email me! Whoops. I'm seriously not getting an award for employee of the year anytime soon... I'm so mentally checked out.
  • I returned an item of clothing to a store and they are going to snail-mail me a check for the refund. Ummm what?! I have never heard of such nonsense! I didn't even know how to respond.


Four pregnancy notes 

  • Freakin' Braxton Hicks, all day every day... I hope this means that my body is doing something to prepare for this whole labor thing.
  • Red Raspberry Leaf Tea and Evening Primrose Oil - let's get this uterus toned and cervix softened!
  • We're officially full-term as of yesterday! The ideal is still 39 weeks, so that's the goal, but Bumpy could be born anytime now and not be considered a preemie. I'm so thankful we made it this far together!
  • I dislike rolling over in bed (too much effort) or standing up from a lying down position (also too much effort) and sitting for longer than a few minutes (the discomfort in my ribs start to become unbearable), so I guess you could say I'm beginning to get a bit uncomfortable at this stage! But, then Bumpy kicks me and I forget everything because it's still the best feeling in the world.


Four links (that are too good not to share)

  • On soon-to-be fathers. (via Zen Habits
  • On forgiveness. (via Simple Marriage
  • On making changes. (via Zen Habits)
  • On the welfare queen. (via Slate) *This is seriously the most bizarre story I have ever read and I highly recommend it*


Four posts (of mine) you may have missed

  • I'm crossing 'win a bridal shower game' off my bucket list. (Mon)
  • Bumpy is quite photogenic these days. (Tues)
  • Rainstorms and Love Notes... two of my favorite things and also a blog! (Wed)
  • Third trimester pregnancy 'confessions' (Thurs


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Amanda writes her blog like only her best friends are reading it, which I completely love. I really feel like I'm able to get an insight into her life and it's the type of blogging that is written without the 'fluff', if that makes sense. I'm sure you all know by now that vulnerable posts and bloggers are my absolute favorite, and Amanda excels at writing those. I especially love this post on self-doubt and this one on living in (and being content with) the present moment

I don't even need to tell you why I love this post. Online dating: I love it, I recommend it, it will be terrible and wonderful and hilarious, and you should definitely read Amanda's rules!

But wait, I can't let you go without recommending this post. I especially agree with the last point Amanda makes. Just read it.

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I hope you're all having a wonderful Friday! I'm very excited for this weekend because my younger brother is graduating from grad school and I have my last baby shower with some awesome girlfriends!


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