Yesterday was my thirtieth birthday.
And when you’re 40 weeks + 1 day pregnant, it isn’t smart to make a bunch of plans. Until the day finally came, I had no idea if I’d be at home recovering with a newborn, in the hospital, on my way to the hospital, or just sitting around waiting. Turns out, it was the latter. Despite my impatience, it definitely wasn’t a bad day.
We started the morning off with cinnamon rolls and coffee, followed by a sweet card from the husband and another little blue box from Tiffany’s. This time, the hubs surprised me with a gorgeous Tiffany Key necklace. It looks like this and I love it!:
Around that time, we got a text saying that the new outdoor furniture we ordered came in so we headed to Walmart to pick it up. Except, once we got there, we realized that we’d have to take the baby seat out in order to get it home. No bueno. Fortunately, my parents were on their way up to our house, so we asked them to meet us at Walmart first so we could haul it up in their van. We wanted a glider, or some sort of seat that we could sit outside and rock the baby in this summer and fall. I found this glider and matching ottoman online at Walmart.com and so far, I really like it.
The hubs also wanted some sort of canopy for shade, so we bought one of those too, which he’s still putting together. We have SO MUCH work to do in the back yard before I’ll post pics, but hopefully we’re able to get it spruced up and looking nice again over the next few weeks. I have a feeling we’ll be spending more time out there now that we’re essentially tethered to the house for the rest of the summer.
For dinner, my parents treated us to a nice Italian dinner at the newest Charlie Gitto’s restaurant. I love, love, love Italian food, and this was by far one of the best meals I’ve ever had. We started off with an appetizer of bread and garlic dip, followed by lobster bisque soup. I don’t know if other couples do this, but the hubs and I usually order things we can share. We have similar taste in food so a lot of the time, for example, I’ll say, “I’m debating between the seafood risotto or the filet with fontaine cheese and crab meat.” And typically, his reply will be, “That’s what I was debating between too.” So we’ll each order one of the items and share it My main course was the seafood risotto and he ordered the filet. I’ve never had seafood risotto in which there were chunks of delicious, fresh seafood in every single bite. So good. And his filet was the most tender, buttery cut of melt-in-your-mouth-meat I’ve ever had. Top it with cheese and crab meat and I’m pretty sure I’m asking for that as my last meal. You know, should I ever find myself on Death Row and requesting a last meal.
To top it all off, our waitress brought out this:
Sadly, it looks so much better than it tasted. Italian-style cake is not my favorite. I’d much rather have some gelato. But I was so full from dinner that I wouldn’t have been able to eat it anyway. Instead, the hubs had picked up a DQ ice cream cake so we had that a few hours later, once our stomachs settled.
The rest of the night we just hung out on the couch watching Storage Wars and a few other mindless shows. I had hoped all that food and the spices would kick-start my labor but I’m pretty sure it just made us (and by us, I mean me and the baby) sleepy. I had several contractions, but nothing painful.
For a moment, I was disappointed that it was just another day. I mean, thirty is a big freakin’ deal. A new decade, a new layer of adulthood. Last year, I celebrated my birthday on the beach in Maui. Now that’s setting the bar pretty high. But I didn’t send my 20s out with a bang and I didn’t have a baby on my birthday (which I thought would’ve been kind of cool). Instead, it was just another day. But honestly, I’m glad I eased my way into 30. It makes the transition easier, because OMFG I’M THIRTY! That’s a hard pill to swallow. So when I really think about it, low-key was perfect. I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.