I feel like I’ve completed a marathon since arriving in Kentucky last Wednesday. My adventure began when a geographically challenged TSA agent asked me what part of Wyoming I was from … I was wearing a shirt with the shape of Kentucky on it. Once I realized he was serious, I hurried through airport security and thanked my lucky stars the guy wasn’t piloting my plane. I flew Southwest Airlines and they (like the entire airline industry) consider pregnancy to be a disability, so I got to pre-board and sit in Seat A (next to the window) in Row 1 (with lots of leg room). They also provide Wi-Fi during the flight and I sent this Tweet for shits-and-giggles. Imagine my surprise when a Southwest employee met me at the gate in Nashville with a hot breakfast. Folks, that’s customer service! The purpose of this trip, however, was not to be entertained by TSA agents or customer-friendly airlines, but to attend baby showers — one in Louisville (Saturday) and the other in Sebree (Sunday). Let’s just say the constant traveling and moving about made this pregnant mama-to-be TIRED. It’s been a great weekend though, and I can’t even begin to express my appreciation to the wonderful friends and family who’ve “showered” us (especially Baby K) with gifts. It’s a good thing Mom is driving to Texas next month because she might need a UHaul trailer behind her SUV to haul all these goodies!
For the sake of not hurting anyone’s feelings, I won’t share individual gifts but rather the tasty treats served at the showers. Can we all observe a moment of savored delicious-ness for my favorite, most beloved, sacred, and holy Vegan Chocolate Fudge with Buttercream Chocolate Icing and Mini Chocolate Chip Cake made by Whole Foods?! One bite and you’re on cloud nine … or suffering a major sugar rush (as was I) and enjoying every moment of it. Seriously, you can’t even tell it’s vegan and it’s really good stuff.
Of course, the rest of the (Louisville) shower participants had their own cake to enjoy. It must have tasted pretty good because there wasn’t a morsel left by the end of the party.
In Louisville, I also got to meet Chloe, my third cousin. She’s six weeks old and still has the new car smell. She was passed around like the doll-baby she is and once the majority of folks left, we got to spend quality time on the couch. If it weren’t for people constantly bothering us, Chloe and I could have napped but she seemed quite content between my pillows!!!!
FYI: this is a really great photo of me … well, minus the double-chin.
Sunday’s weather was the exact opposite of Saturday and I’m really glad I decided to pack dark-rinse maternity jeans and a long-sleeved sweater. It started to rain at sunrise and didn’t stop until 3:00 in the afternoon, with temperatures hovering around 60. I’m not complaining but I’m glad I brought warmer clothes!!! Despite the weather, lots of people showed up for my shower in Sebree.
About two weeks ago, I dreamed that nobody showed up to either of my showers and I was left alone in a room by myself with no gifts, no friends, no family, and no cake. It was quite possibly the saddest, most pathetic dream ever.
Speaking of family, I finally (FINALLY!) got to meet Joslin, also a third cousin. She’s five months old and looks just like her daddy (poor thing), but I love her to pieces. Her facial expression doesn’t change, she could stare a hole through you in no time. Once again, I was left at the front of the room to open gifts (much appreciated!!!!!!!) while the cutie-patootie was passed around for everybody else to hold. I finally snatched her up while the moms, grandmothers, aunts, cousins, and friends cleaned the room and packed gifts into the vehicles. It was a win-win for me!
FYI: another good picture of me, minus the four chins in this one …. I need a chin reduction. Geesh!
I’m in Kentucky for a few more days — no worries, Husband has plenty of food to eat and clothes to wear. I fully expect more visits with family and friends. I realized the other night that my next trip home will include more luggage, Husband, and a BABY. That’s a tiny bit scary!!!!!!