Dear Baby.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

I know I haven't met you yet, but I know you.

From the night I found out you were inside me, to the first time I felt you kick, to the moment your dad and I found out you were a little girl, to anxiously waiting to see your face for the first time - I have loved you through it all.

My wish for you is that you come into this world that first day and walk around in it every day after knowing how loved you are. Whoever you turn out to be is perfect and I am so honored that I get to be your mother.

Thank you for choosing me, little one.

I will love you always and forever,

Nearing the End:
Bed Rest & Bathroom Baby Bump Photos.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

As I near the end of my pregnancy, I can't help but look back on my earlier pregnancy pictures. You know the ones. The ones that capture the moment you pass a (sometimes random) bathroom mirror, pull out your iPhone and think to yourself, "Oh, there you are, baby." And those small moments, often in the public library's restroom, transform you, little by little, into a mother.

{The first time I wore maternity jeans and noticed my baby bump.}

On Monday, we had a little scare that sent me to the hospital for an ultrasound and a fetal stress test. The results indicated that, although baby girl is fine, my fluids - yes, I said it - are lower than what the doctor would like to see. So, I was sent home on strict orders of bed rest and drinking a GALLON of water a day. I go in and see if I've replenished my fluids tomorrow. If not, I'll likely be induced (not my favorite option, by far) by tomorrow evening. My sister already has her flight scheduled for tomorrow (which we'll change if the doc thinks I can wait a few more days), my bag is packed and, friends, this just got really, really real.

Stay tuned... Lots of love, Kathleen

Following in the footsteps of my mother.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Dear Mama,

It's hard to believe that sometime in the next three weeks, I will become a mom. I can only hope that I will be as good a mother to my daughter as you were - and are - to me. I love you with all my heart, but even more than that, perhaps, I like you as much as I could ever like anyone. Thank you for being my strongest supporter, my biggest fan and my best friend. I can't wait to see you in the next few weeks and introduce you to your granddaughter.

Happy Mother's Day, Mom.

Following in your footsteps always,

Scenes from a (Vegas) baby shower.
{Part Two.}

Friday, May 4, 2012

A few Sundays ago, I had my second baby shower here in Las Vegas. My dear friend Lindsey generously hosted the soiree in her lovely home and my friends at work took on the task of first convincing me to allow baby shower games (something I had vehemently sworn off to anyone who would listen) and then pulling them all together. (With gift bags for the winners, no less.) This time around, I got to have more of a hand in decorating and even though I'm having a little girl, Lindsey was sweet enough to just grin and bear it when I naysayed the color pink over and over again. I was also lucky to have my family in town the week of the shower and was able to introduce them to my friends, coworkers and even the members of my Vegas family they hadn't previously met. (Introducing my mom to both Jenner's mom, Diana, and my little boy pup, Sammy, were highlights of the week.)

A big thank you to everyone who joined us on that beautiful Sunday - including Autumn Vegas and our good friend Ana who brought food and the most adorable cupcakes! - and made me feel so, ahem, showered with love and sunshine. And to Lindsey, I can't thank you enough for always coming through for me and making me feel so much love in Las Vegas.