Has it really been four years since Marty and I tied the knot?  Feels like just yesterday we were getting ready to walk down the aisle.  I can still feel the sweltering 87 degree heat on my back as we whisked around Forest Park taking pictures with our wedding party and best friends, or the anxious feeling that overcame me as I clutched my father’s arm and the doors opened in that Church, or the overwhelming urge to burst into tears or laughter when we were first announced as husband and wife.  Such a proud day for us.

We spent our happy little Anniversary at home with our dogs, putting together Baby E’s crib and and talking about what a huge life changing event this little girl is going to be.  We celebrated with ice cream and fresh strawberries from the farmer’s market, and were thrilled when we spotted the first lightening bugs of the season who decided to make an appearance for our private celebration!  It sounds silly, but every little telltale sign of summer is a huge deal for us because we know that means she will be here soon.

Love you Marty and here’s to many more years of love, adventure and  babies!  Cheers! 🙂

31 weeks – only 9 weeks left!

Linneman Shower Fun
I had my first baby shower this past Sunday with the Linneman’s and had SUCH a great time!  It was about a 90 degree day in May and I’m so lucky that my fantastic Aunts Mary and Clare hosted such an amazing shower.  Everything was great – from the drinks (Halley’s signature cocktail was the Peach Penguin – which was a huge hit) to the food (mini pita wraps with delicious chicken salad and pork tenderloin crostinis with berry horseradish cream among many other tasty treats) to the game (cutest baby shower game EVER that had everyone laughing out of their chairs) to the extremely good company that day!  It was so great to share the excitement and anticipation of this baby girl with you all and I’m just tickled to death at all the well wishes and thoughtful gifts I received.  Thank you to everyone who came and shared this day with me – and a very special thank you to my Aunts for hosting such a fun shower.    Aunt Ann – I miss you and can’t wait to see you soon!  Hopefully, I’ll be a Mama by then and will be introducing you to my little one!  I’m really so blessed to have the BEST family. 🙂

By the way, the picture above is Marty testing out the Baby Bjorn (one of his favorite gifts that I received at my shower) with one VERY good girl.  Lucy was right at home in it!

And the picture below is my 31 week bump pic. And yes, that is a bowl of strawberry shortcake that is balanced on my belly.  Could have killed Marty for taking the picture but then thought it was kind of funny and perfect for my blog.

29 weeks and counting – 74 days to DD

Baby is now: 29 weeks, 3 days (7 1/4 months)
Total weight gain: 26 lbs.
Baby Update: She is beginning  a rapid growth phase and will put on about a half pound per week and triple her weight by my due date.
Due date: Still July 28, although my doctor says that I’m measuring 3 weeks ahead.
Cravings: Yogurt, cereal & ice cream 🙂
Belly button: It’s out.  Yep, I’m officially an outie and there’s no hiding it.  I feel like its my pregnancy badge everytime I wear a tight t-shirt.
Movement/Kicking: She’s a maniac.  Especially at night and after spicy food like Indian & Thai.
What I’m looking forward to: Setting up her room & my upcoming baby shower!

I know.  I’ve been a bad blogger and neglected to post for weeks, but things have been very busy at the Buehler Baby Farm.  Besides growing this this little lady inside of me, I’ve been very busy with spring cleaning and dealing with a poorly scheduled (but extremely necessary) bathroom remodel.  Marty, myself, Roxy, and Leyla Jane had to move in with my parents (plus sister, three dogs, and a cat) for about a week while our shabby, crumbling ’50s bathroom was completely renovated/updated.  We’re back home now & just finishing the final touches on the bathroom (don’t worry, I’ll post pics soon!)  HUGE Thank You! to my parents & sis for letting us stay with them taking such good care of us for a whole week, Marty’s Mom Lin for all of her help and expertise with painting, and Brother-In-Law John for rewiring the lighting and doing the electricity.  We are forever indebted to you all!

Anyways, back home and back to normal this week and I’ve vowed to put more time and energy into blogging as we spend these last 10 weeks (I KNOW – 10 WEEKS!!) preparing for the arrival of our little girl.

Check out my 29-week bump pic above, this was taken on Mother’s Day at Marty’s mom’s home on Lake Serene.  This one doesn’t really do any justice for the major bump I’m sporting these days, so the picture below will give you a good idea of what I’m carting around these days.

Aside from the hustle and bustle of renovations and our busy lifestyles, Marty and I just can’t help but catch ourselves in full nesting mode and anxiously awaiting the arrival of our little Miss.  We can’t wait to look into her little eyes and try to comprehend how she is truly a product of the both of us – it’s just the most mind-boggling thing.  We know that our world is about to be turned upside down in a way that we can only dream about and won’t fully understand until we get to meet her.  We just can’t wait!