tick tock.

Anytime now, right? We are officially one week away from the due date. I am now on maternity leave. So, we wait… and I finally feel anxious – ready to meet this baby and know if we’ll be bringing Henry or Olivia home.

The next week(s) just require us to hang out and enjoy the end of this season as we transition into the next. Baby prep is done!

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39 weeks.

I found a couple of links on Pinterest with great freezer recipes. I ended up picking a few from this blog, because they looked the easiest and like things we’d actually enjoy eating. I made 4 meals in less than an hour, so I definitely think this whole freezer meal thing will become a part of our routine. I pulled out all the ingredients, mixed them together and bagged them up. They all go in the crockpot (bless you little slow cooker), so I just labeled each bag with how long to cook each meal.

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the supplies.

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label and directions.

The nursery was the challenge – one I was eager to conquer, because so many people doubted that you could do “gender neutral”. We’re pretty pleased with how it turned out. It’s honestly one of my favorite places to be now. I’ve already fallen asleep in the glider reading.

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My friend’s mom made the bumpers and a quilt with fabric I ordered from babybedding.com. This was a huge blessing! Jesse had ripped up the nasty carpet and put down new flooring. He also built the side table and book shelves. And of course Roger’s portrait is hanging in the room, because baby M and Roger will be the best of friends. Jesse worked so hard to get the room ready, and it looks great.

And our nursery is so absolutely full because our friends and family have been so generous. I still can’t believe how many gift cards we have just waiting to be spent on things we need after the baby is here! We really can’t thank everyone enough!

36… 37… 38…

And next comes 39 – eek! As of yesterday, I am officially 38 weeks.

A couple of weeks ago our friends from church threw us a shower. We got the last few bits we needed plus loads of gift cards. We’re holding onto those for after the baby is here when we realize we didn’t think of something or prepare in some way.

That same day I helped host a shower for my dearest friend, Megan. The day was jam packed, and I was pooped, but it was all so worth it! She had a great shower, and was blessed with so many gifts. Her baby, Cruze, is due just 4 weeks after baby M. And they are destined to be best friends. They don’t really have a choice.

Later that week, my friends at work threw a surprise shower for me. I knew it was coming, but had no idea the extent of their planning. Betty had called my parents to get some of my old baby clothes, toys, and pictures to decorate with. They ordered Campisi’s for lunch. AND the icing on the cake… surprised me with Tiff’s Treats cookies and ice cream. Betty acted like she forgot the dessert (so of course I doubled up on pizza) and then in walks the Tiff’s Treats delivery guy with warm cookies. Oh. My. Goodness.

Other than lots of showers, we’ve been getting last minute stuff done here. Last weekend we hung everything up in the nursery. Today, Jesse installed some shelves. And I packed the baby’s bag and my bag. We’ll just need to pick up a few snacks (apples and peanut butter, yum!) before we go to the birthing center on D Day.

Thursday is my last day of work before maternity leave. After that my plans include: mani/pedi, car wash, make freezer meals, and grocery shop one last time. I know we’ll have meals provided for us, because we our community is incredible. But I think having some extra meals on hand will make transitioning a little bit easier. And my plan is to stock up on lots of household essentials (doubles of shampoo, soap, etc.) so that’s one last thing we have to worry about. What else should we be thinking of? I feel like my preference is to just chill and not worry about anything, but my little brain just won’t shut off. I think I’m trying to prepare as much as possible, because I know that when the baby gets here I’ll have no idea what’s going on and have no control or order for a little while.

More than anything I just want to hang out and spend quality time with Jesse while it’s just the two of us. Life’s about to get a little bit cray.

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 A little nursery preview. Pee Wee is not staying.

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 He is loving his new toy.

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The set up at work. Other people brought their old toys and baby pictures to decorate with, too.

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We’re getting used to driving around with this now.

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Megan and I at her shower.

just a pair of slippers.

One of my co-workers, Betty, was out on Monday with her sick daughter, Elizabeth. On Tuesday I received a text pretty early that they had been in the ER all night and Elizabeth was going into surgery – an emergency appendectomy. A little later another update came letting me know Elizabeth would be in the hospital at least 5 days.

Some other co-workers and I gathered some cash together to buy Elizabeth some hospital goodies and to buy dinner for Betty and her husband, so that they wouldn’t have that added stress. I went to Target yesterday after work and started loading up on treats – markers, silly putty, socks, a new notepad, and then the slippers! Hospitals seem so sterile and cold, so slippers would be perfect, right?

Well, I got to the cash register and started checking out. My plan was to spend half on the goodie bag for E and the other half on dinner. The slippers put me a little over budget, so I asked the cashier to put them back. The sweet lady behind me chimed in and asked, “What’d you put back?” I let her know they were just some slippers. She proceeded to offer to buy them for me. I assured her it was okay, that I just wanted to have plenty of money left to cover a meal for some friends. She was persistent, but kind of backed off. So as I was finishing up paying, the cashier mentioned how nice a gift it would be for Elizabeth and how she had surgery a few months ago and some of the same things I was purchasing were so nice to have. So, the lady behind me chimed in again and said “Let me buy the slippers! It’ll be my gift to your friend.” I said, “Okay! That would really be a blessing for Elizabeth. Thank you.” I was grateful to her. I could have taken care of the slippers, and my pride wanted her to know that, but I felt like the Lord was just saying “Accept this as a gift.”

Fast forward to today. I drove to the hospital with a couple of co-workers to hang a banner signed by everyone at work and to deliver the treats. Betty wasn’t there at the moment, so we met her father-in-law who was staying with Elizabeth for a while. We talked for a bit, but E needed her rest, so we left pretty soon after giving her everything.

A couple of hours later I received this text: “Oh Wow! Y’all are tremendous friends. Thank you for the poster, goodies and most of all your visit! Did you bring those slippers? Because that was the first thing she wanted on when we got back.”

I immediately thought of how loving and intentional the Lord is. It would have been fine to put the slippers back, and if that lady had not been behind me to purchase them, the goodie bag wouldn’t have been incomplete. But God used her to bless Elizabeth and remind me of his love for his children. 

So, if your name is Sarah, and you shop at the Target in Flower Mound, please know that God used your gift to bless my sweet friend, Elizabeth, and to encourage me to listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit even in something “small”. You just never know how he’ll use it to bring glory to his name and spread his love.