This is my absolute favorite time of the year.  It’s starting to cool down, there is pumpkin flavored everything, and all is a little bit cozier.  We spent a lot of time this week with family because of General Conference weekend and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Mid week I had a lunch date with my grandpa and cousins at Johnniebeefs.  My grandpa is obsessed with this place.  He says the hot dogs are authentic, just like the ones he had in Chicago in 1945.  Unfortunately, I opted out and got a chicken burger.  But they looked delicious!

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I also spent some time each night this week washing baby girl’s clothes, blankets, and sheets.  It took hours.  Probably the most time consuming part of prepping for baby so far.  It didn’t help that I have been a little exsessive in the clothing department.  Zach and I put the rest of her room together between conference sessions.  Now all we need in that crib is a little person…

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We also went out twice this week on a date to dinner and a movie – once again, trying to get those date nights in before she comes is one of Zach’s priorities.

Saturday while all the men were at Preisthood Session we had my Pollock/Ross family shower.  It was a “mummy-to-be” theme and everyone dressed up!  My aunt and cousins made all this delicious food and had everything completely decked out in Halloween decor.  It was so much fun and baby girl was spoiled again.  Not only with amazing hand-made gifts but with pumpkin cupcakes (her and I had two).


My favorite costumes were my mom’s cousins (my second cousins) who dressed up as biker chicks!  They wore all that leather the majority of the night, which alone was impressive!


I love my family and am once again humbled by the support they have shown Zach and I.  I couldn’t ask for better people in my life.

Sunday was lazy and glorious.  No make-up and dressed in our “comfy cozies” – that’s what my nieces call pajamas.  I let Zach sleep in until the first session of conference while I worked on a person project.  It will eventually be for baby girl.  I haven’t done any watercolor for a while and Sunday morning was the perfect time to get going on it.  My skills are rusty, but I enjoyed it so much.

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Sunday afternoon my mom and dad came over to our house for the last session of conference.  We listened while folding all of the bambino’s clothes that I had spent all week washing.

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After the session the guys turned on the 49ers game as quickly as possible and my mom and I finished up dinner.  We had manicotti – Zach’s request – and pumpkin chocolate chip cookies for dessert.  We also did an estimated arrival date for baby girl.  Each family member [including Zach’s parents via text message] guessed a date.  If Zach or I win, we get to be taken out for dinner.  If anyone else wins, we take them out to dinner – the three of us!

Please notice my own father’s date – Nov. 25th.  That puts me at 41 weeks and when I will have an induction scheduled, most likely, if I go that long.  Thank you to everyoneelse who had a little mercy on me.  Zach seems to think that if my due date is the 18th, she will come on the 18th and that day only.


Week 33.  Seems like work stuff and baby stuff have consumed my life lately, as it should.  I spend my daytime hours working on freelance and other work projects and my afternoons and evenings [with Zach’s help] setting up all the baby swag.  I have this mega master baby-to-do checklist and there are not very many things left on it.  In less than a month I will full-term and it’s tripping me out!

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Here’s to being 8 and a half months knocked up tomorrow!  34 weeks, here I come!