Yup, we’ve reached it. It really isn’t a surprise. I’ve never gone early, so I don’t know why I get my hopes up (every time!) that “this one will be different”.

Joy Observed - Due Date

20 Weeks & 20 Weeks later (probably should have cleaned the mirror before I took that selfie

I did have high hopes that St. Therese would pull off a due date baby for me, though. Considering that this little one is due on her feast day! But, if I’ve learned anything from St. Therese, it’s trust… so I’m trusting that October 1st must not be the best birth date for this baby, like I thought it must be.

So, what is today looking like for us? Well, I tried to get to confession this morning, only to discover that there was a funeral taking place and no confessions happening. Bummer. I then went to Costco to fill up the van and buy baby wipes. While I was there I remembered we were out of rice & mayonnaise (I can never get just one item at Costco and this time turned out to be no different), so I grabbed those as well. Then, on my way to get the box of wipes, I passed by the Advil and Tylenol and couldn’t remember if I actually had any at home. Since it is NOT something you want to be out of after having a baby, I grabbed both.

Even though I bought more items than I originally planned on, my bill was under $100 (which is something else I can’t seem to be able to do at Costco… at least not regularly) and I didn’t splurge on any of the treats that are so conveniently stationed near the tills. Plus, I was super, super hungry, so it took a lot more restraint than normal to walk past all those. But I did! So, mini victory for the pregnant lady! haha

Since today is the feast of St. Therese, and she is one of my faves, I’m planning on making this chocolate cake in honour of her feast day!


My laughable attempt at an artsy photo of the chocolate cake I made for Mama Mary’s Birthday on Sept 8th.

I made this cake for Mama Mary’s birthday and have been craving it ever since! It is everything I love in a chocolate cake. If you’re looking for a new chocolate cake recipe, you may want to give it a try. The original recipe is gluten free and shockingly I followed it almost completely. Anyone who knows me well knows that I am not good at sticking to a recipe. My only alterations were that I used Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 flour mix, because I didn’t have the Cup4Cup blend that the recipe calls for; and I used grape seed oil instead of vegetable oil. I would love to make the icing recipe that she has for the cake, but I never have icing sugar in my house. Last time I made a chocolate cream cheese icing and it was a PERFECT combo, so I plan on doing that again for today’s cake.

Anyway, my house is currently a disaster and you can’t even tell that I have been nesting. I just can’t keep up with my kids! Even though the mess is glaring at me, all I want to do now is hide in my room with some hot chocolate, my crocheting project and a book and not come out until I have this baby. I know, it’s a total reasonable want and only requires my husband to drop everything he needs to do this weekend to accommodate me, so I think it’s pretty safe to say that it will be happening. NOT.

It is such a blustery, overcast day here and those 3 things are my comforts for gloomy days. The kids are destroying playing downstairs while Adam works on his computer, and they all sound really content. Maybe I will be able to slip away and hide. But the real question is, do I want to hibernate like a mama bear or eat  cake? hmmmm

Happy Feast of St. Therese, folks. And if you can spare a moment to say a prayer that this baby comes SOON, I would be ever so grateful!