36 Weeks Pregnant {Crenshaw Melon}

Oh, sweet child o’ mine…as time still ticks, we’ve accomplished week 36!

(Average measurements: 18.75 inches, 5.75 pounds)

Whoa. Week 36 belly lump

  • Saturday morning, I was woken up by the puppy.  As I lay in bed in a sleepy haze, I suddenly bolted up in bed to a horrific realization…my engagement ring was NOT on my finger.  Why did this thought even cross my mind?  No clue.  I debated in my head for about 2 minutes whether or not I should tell Dominic, but figured he’d catch on that something was up when I began to rip the blankets and sheets off the bed in a frantic search. “You’re going to be really mad at me,” I said.  “Um, do you know what I did with my ring?”  He was PISSED!  The silent, building up as each second passes, making grunts and clenching face muscles kind of mad.  My ring no longer fits my chubby sausage fingers and I’ve been stashing it away at my mom’s house while we’ve been moving.  The night before, I happened to be at the house so I decided it was time to take it home with me.  Since it doesn’t fit my ring finger, I wore it on my pinky finger, thinking I’d put it in a safe place once we got home.  We went to the grocery store before stopping home.  On this panicked morning, I kept thinking that maybe it fell off in the grocery store or perhaps in the parking lot as we loaded the car.  I was freaking out on the inside but kept my cool on the outside.  After about 5 minutes of searching in our bedroom, I went straight for our “breezeway” where we keep the recycling and the plastic grocery bags.  I had made about 5 trips the night before to the recycling to dispose of our bags.  I headed straight for it and began to remove each bag one at a time, feeling around for metal.  I heard it “cling clang” onto the cement floor below.  I couldn’t believe it.  It fell off into one of the plastic bags.  How amazingly lucky am I to have found it so fast and before these bags were tossed for good?!  I immediately told Dominic and about 5 seconds later, I burst into tears.  I apologized countless times, hugged him and then cried some more.  That could have been a very horrible day.  I don’t know what I would have done had I not found it….and honestly, I don’t really want to think about that.  Rest assured, it is now in a safe place.


  • I attended my very own baby shower!  Dominic’s sister, Lisa, hosted it at her lovely home.  I had a few friends help to plan and decorate.  They did an amazing job with the beautiful pink and yellow decor, the  cute baby games and with setting up.  The food was delicious AND pretty to look at.  It felt pretty great having my family and friends all in the same room together, and all there to support me and my growing family.  I walked away with loads of really thoughtful, helpful and generous gifts.  I feel pretty darn fortunate and blessed to be bringing my daughter into a life with so much love and care in it for her already.  I cannot thank you enough: Mom, Michael, Lisa, Stan, Maria, Dominic, Stephanie, Alicen and all guests who came out that day.  We love you all.


  • Dominic’s mom left to return home to Kansas.  It was nice to finally meet her.  I’m glad we were able to before Mia’s born.  She was so much help around the house, cleaning non-stop and helping us get settled in.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!  In different circumstances, I would have been able to be a better hostess to our first house guest.  Unfortunately, I’m so tired all the time and my body is sore.  I wasn’t able to be of more assistance around the house or to even be my more upbeat self.  Hopefully, that wasn’t as noticeable as I thought it was.  And next time she visits, I’ll be out of sorts AGAIN…having just given birth to a baby, most likely a week before she gets into town.  Lucky for me, I have an amazing fiance who has been making up for all that I cannot be and do lately.  He’s superman :)


  • Speaking of “super” people, MY mom is a supermom!  She’s been unbelievably helpful throughout my whole pregnancy and with our move.  Thank you for all your help, life would be much more difficult with out you.  Since we don’t have a washing machine yet, she’s volunteered to do our laundry for us until we get one.  Thank you to my stepdad for making all of our last minute purchases for the house possible.  My parents, together, have been pretty amazing and I’m so thankful for you guys!  Love you.


  • Wednesday, I got a phone call that a certain request of mine was approved and that in 2 days….we’ll be gettin’ hitched!  Um….that’s TODAY!!!  I was trying to reserve an appointment for next week, but it was full and TODAY opened up.  A 2-day notice to seal the deal is CRAZY but we’re a bunch of crazy kids :)  We’re currently getting ready to head out to Santa Barbara to purchase our marriage license, followed by a civil ceremony at 2pm performed at the court house, which is really beautiful court house, by the way.  At least, it is in the pictures.  We have our rings packed and our over-night bags as well.  We’re staying at the most fancy motel in the neighborhood, Motel 6!  They’re cheap and dog friendly.  Yes, the dogs are coming with us.  This will be Rancho’s first road-trip with us.  No, they will not be there at the ceremony, although it would be cool if they counted as a “witness,” because that would save us an extra $51 for the court to provide us with one.  It’s only Dominic and I, no family or friends.  We want to save that special moment for a much more special day, our official wedding which we plan to have next year on 7-13-13.  It’s not set in stone or anything, but we’ve verbally agreed upon it.  Well anyways, I need to finish my “wedding morning breakfast” (cinnamon rolls) and then we’re off.  Wish us luck! :)


Photo via www.babycenter.com


My BabyBump phone app says, “Your baby is still gaining weight and becoming rounder in appearance.  By the end of this week your baby will be considered full term  The presentation of your baby is likely head-down.  For babies that are not, your practitioner may recommend an external cephalic version, a technique to manually manipulate your baby into the head-down position.  Just a month away from your due date you’re likely feeling very anxious for your baby to deliver.  Your baby will continue to grow and the amniotic fluid that surrounds her will actually decrease a bit as your body absorbs some of it.  This decreases the amount of room your baby has to move and this might also cause you to notice smaller fetal movement.”

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  1. Wow Misty! This is amazing, I'm so happy for the both of you! Xoxo

    • Thanks, Audrey! I wish this post could have included a "before" picture from way back when. How things change :)

  2. What a year 2012 has been for you so far! And the best is yet to come! Congrats to you both!

  3. WHOOOOHOOOO!! I love you guys! Such an exciting time in your life! ENJOY the weekend!! XOXO

  4. Yayyyy!!! You're gettin hitched, got a house and a bun in the oven!!! Congrats you two! I'm so excited for you!!! 2012 has been a great year for you 5.

  5. Congratulations you two!!!!! Officially Mr. and Mrs. Carone! Drive safe and much love! <3 <3 <3

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