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14 Weeks

14 weeks?  I’ve had this baby in there for 14 weeks (technically 12)?  It’s still so weird and surreal… I’m guessing it will feel that way until I can actually feel him/her moving around in there, even then it might feel surreal.  What’s goin on this week

The baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck his/her thumb!  His kidneys are producing urine, which he releases into the amniotic fluid around him — a process he’ll keep up until birth. He can grasp, too!

In other news: Your baby’s stretching out. From head to bottom, he measures 3 1/2 inches – about the size of a lemon — and he weighs 1 1/2 ounces. His body’s growing faster than his head, which now sits upon a more distinct neck. By the end of this week, his arms will have grown to a length that’s in proportion to the rest of his body. (His legs still have some lengthening to do.) He’s starting to develop an ultra-fine, downy covering of hair, called lanugo, all over his body. Your baby’s liver starts making bile this week — a sign that it’s doing its job right — and his spleen starts helping in the production of red blood cells. Though you can’t feel his tiny punches and kicks yet, your little pugilist’s hands and feet (which now measure about 1/2 inch long) are more flexible and active.

Photo Preview

Here are the photos that our photographers posted on their website… I’m picking up all of them tomorrow!  Woohoo!

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Here are some pics that my bff and photography partner Chrissy uploaded on facebook from the wedd’n. 🙂

Wedding Recap

Our wedding was amazing!  I don’t have any pics back from the photographer yet, should be up tomorrow, but my mom wrote a great play-by-play of the day.  I’ll copy and paste it here. 🙂 And here’s at least one pic from the wedding…

“A week ago, about 50 guests made up of of family, out-of-town guests, and a few close friend couples, who were also awesome helpers, were at our home for an Italian buffet rehearsal dinner with karaoke entertainment lead by Randy after dinner.  This followed the rehearsal that was held at the Grand Harbor Beach Club.  Due to unknown weather conditions that might come the next day, we practiced the ceremony both outside by the pool and inside the beach club dining room.  The decision was also made that day to move the reception to the Grand Harbor Country Club off Indian River Blvd., rather than having it on the south side of the pool at the Grand Harbor Beach Club.

When we returned to our home after the rehearsal, three long tables had been set up in the living room.  The living room, dining room and patio had been transformed into an Italian Bistro, complete with Chianti bottle candle holders, square vases filled with red roses, red and white checkered table cloths, a CD of Italian music downloaded by Nicki, and an Italian Buffet of lasagna, baked ziti, tossed salad, and garlic rolls.  We had several desserts — homemade cookies made by Susan (my sister who came early to bake Danish kringler cookies, chocolate chip & frosted heart cutout cookies), cannolis ordered by Nicki from Vics, cheesecakes brought by Steve’s mom, Dolores, and two double Funfetti Cakes with funfetti icing, Nicki’s favorite cake, baked by her mama.  The last guest left at 2:30 AM.  There was a group of 6-8 men who sang karaoke together until almost 1 AM, as well.

Nicki spent the night.  In the morning her bridesmaids gathered at our house, minus
Vanessa.  She met all of us at Calvetti & Company by 11:30 for our hair appointments.  Nicki and Chrissy also had their make-up done there as well.  I had ordered lunch from TooJays, which had already been delivered. A 0After hairdos were finished, we all headed to the Vero Beach Hotel on the ocean to dress for the ceremony.  When we arrived the pink bouquets had already been delivered to the suite where the bride and groom were to return to spend their wedding night.  They included several kinds of pink flowers including peonies, Nicki’s favorite flower.  The were bound with navy & white stripped ribbon.

The first to arrive while we were all getting ready was the videographer, Corey Frost, Jill the florist’s son.  One of the two lady photographers arrived shortly after.  Randy arrived right on schedule at 3:30 to transport Nicki, myself and Kelly, her matron-of-honor to Grand Harbor.  Chrissy drove my MPV with the other bridesmaids, Sophia and Vanessa.

When we arrived my two nephews, Andrew (9) & Matt (13)  Kaiser (Ann & Jon’s sons), were dressed in their khaki pants and white shirts with the navy stripped ties that Nicki had bought them, and were stationed on the steps handing out the wedding programs.  They looked so handsome and were taking their duties very seriously and doing a great job.

The dining room had been transformed into a lovely chapel-like setting with the cello duet and brass quartet in the back corner playing beautiful classical prelude music.  My sister, Susan’s family arrived just minutes before the mothers were escorted down the aisle.  My very close friend, Jill, who was also the florist, did an outstanding job of decorating with orchids, ferns, curly willow and crystals.  The centerpieces at the reception were 18” tall cylindrical vases filled with navy blue water with submerged lights.  Coming out of the vases were tall curly willow, white orchids, monkey grass with crystals hung from the curly willow branches.  They were very unique and exquisite.  A dark trellis covered by long strings of white orchids was set behind the pastor to complete the wedding platform.

The bridesmaids entered the room and processed down the aisle in their navy tea length chiffon dresses to a chello duet of “Pavane,” which was a special arrangement written by one of the chelloists.  Nicki was escorted down the aisle by Randy to “Trumpet Tune” played by the brass quartet and chello duet.  I thought my face would crack from smiling so much.  I was SO VERY HAPPY for Nicki & Steve and ecstatic that=2 0we were surrounded by  almost all our family and close friends.  It was so wonderful to have  everyone there to share in their special day.

Tia, Nicki’s sister, contributed to the ceremony beautifully by reading the following which was selected by Nicki:

To Love is Not to Possess
James Kavanaugh

To love is not to possess,
To own or imprison,
Nor to lose one’s self in another.
Love is to join and separate,
To walk alone and together,
To find a laughing freedom
That lonely isolation does not permit.
It is finally to be able
To be who we really are
No longer clinging in childish dependency
Nor docilely living separate lives in silence,
It is to be perfectly one’s self
And perfectly joined in permanent commitment
To another–and to one’s inner self.
Love only endures when it moves like waves,
Receding and returning gently or passionately,
Or moving lovingly like the tide
In the moon’s own predictable harmony,
Because finally, despite a child’s scars
Or=2 0an adult’s deepest wounds,
They are openly free to be
Who they really are–and always secretly were,
In the very core of their being
Where true and lasting love can alone abide.

Jennifer Smith, an SRHS classmate and our favorite waitress at Sandy’s, sang beautifully the song Nicki selected, “Shadowfeet” — (“I’ll Be Found In You”)  It added such special meaning to the ceremony.

Pastor Tim, in his kind and silly way, added some humor to the ceremony when he called Nicki — “Vicki” a few times by mistake.  He also referred to Nicki and Steve as two “lonely hearts” instead of “two loyal hearts joined together for eternity.”  But he quickly corrected the error and everyone had a good laugh.   He also instructed the couple to take a good look at all the friends and family who had come to share in their special day.  “Take a good long look,” Pastor Tim said.
Following his suggestion, Nicki and Steve turned and looked out at everyone in the room and Nicki put her hand over her forehead and turned her head back and forth like she was searching off in the distance.  It was so cute and it also got a laugh or two.

Following the bridal party’s exit to the outstanding instrumental music coordinated by the lead trumpet and long-time best friend David Jackson, the guests congregated outside and enjoyed the ocean air, while the photographer took the bridal party down to the beach for some causal shots.  Everyone was invited to head over to the Grand Harbor Country Club for the reception.  While awaiting for the bridal party to arrive, the bar was open and appetizers were passed.  A variety of music that included music from several decades provided background music.

Jillian Collins, the band leader/drummer/Rick’s wife took over lining up everyone for introductions.  After all were introduced, Nicki and Steve danced their first dance.  When others were asked to join in, Randy and I joined them on the floor.  Nicki danced next with her dad, Randy, followed by Steve with his mom, Dolores.  The entire wedding party joined in and I danced with my son, Jason.

Everyone found their places at their tables.  Toasts, stories, thank you’s and recognitions were given by Kelly Wehner, the matron-of-honor, Dean, the best man and Steve’s brother, Randy, and myself.  Randy and Kelly were particularly entertaining.  A delicious buffet dinner of the menu below was enjoyed by all the guests, band members and ceremony musicians:
Classic Caesar with parmesan & garlic croutons
Field greens with country bacon, gorgonzola & walnuts
Spring lettuce, mandarin oranges, hearts of palm, fresh berries & toasted coconut
Carved roast strip loin of beef
Chicken breast with a pancetta leek stuffing topped with a roasted garlic cream sauce
Roasted asparagus, broccoli casserole and garlic smashed new potatoes

The three man (that sounded like 10 piece) band called TRI played for the reception dinner and dancing.  Nicki and Steve booked them to play for their reception as soon as they chose a date over a year ago.  They used to have such a good time going to the Riverside Cafe in Vero Beach where TRI played for a long run when they were first dating.  They were absolutely FANTASTIC- and played requests as well music from many genres over several of the last 3 or 4 decades.=2 0 A special request was “Just The Way You Are,” which was one of Randy and my special wedding songs.  We just celebrated our 30th anniversary on May 12th this year.  I’m glad we could dance this time, since on our wedding day, Randy had a broken leg and was on crutches. Another special request was the song “Crossroads” by Cream.  Larry Browning, the matron-of-honor’s dad, made the comment that he thought that there were very few bass guitar players that could play that song as well as TRI’s bass player performed the song.  The band really kept the party going strong ALl NIGHT LONG!

The highlight of my sister, Susan’s evening, according to her, was a beer chugging contest she won against Patrick Delany, one of Nicki and Steve’s SRHS friends.  Susan thought all Nicki & Steve’s “young adult friends,” were amazed that she won the contest and also at what she called “her special talent.”

Randy danced up a storm as did most of the guests,  I danced, too, but also tried to visit every table and talk to all our guests.  The evening flew by and a GREAT time was had by ALL!  Andrew Kaiser was quite the dancer, sliding across the floor and dancing with several ladies.  One touching sight was to see Megan and her dad Jon dancing together.  I had several dances with Randy, much t o my delight.  Nicki and Steve looked so happy and so in love.

The evening finally drew to a close with only one minor crisis.  They keys for the Lincoln limo that Nicki and Steve were to drive to the hotel, disappeared off the table not 10 minutes before we were to leave.  We had all seen them just a few minutes earlier, and then they were gone.  So, Randy and I gave the newly weds a ride to the hotel on the beach.  It was actually kind of nice to end the evening reminiscing about the evening as we delivered them to the hotel.

The next morning, the hunt for the keys began again.  Evidently, Bill, Tia’s husband, had one too many, and didn’t remember picking up the Lincoln keys off the table.  Tia had their truck keys and drove them back to Captain Hirams after the reception.  The Lincoln keys were discovered in the cup holder of their Ford truck the next morning.

It was so amazing that EVERYTHING turned out so PERFECTLY WONDERFUL, even though it basically was “Plan B” that we came up with the day before the ceremony.  Everything planned for outside, was moved inside.  Nicki did a marvelous job planning her wedding.  She was so organized and full of creative ideas.  Jill’s flowers were exotic and original.  The ceremony music was inspiring and beautiful.  Randy was so proud and handsome.  He also said, they had the best looking bridesmaids he had ever seen at a wedding.  The groomsmen were good looking, too — especially since they included Jason.  Steve’s mother was dressed in a lovely navy beaded dress on top, with a navy chiffon lower half.  She is such a sweet lady and has raised a kind and compassionate son.  I loved my purple dress and couldn’t quit smiling the entire night.  The groom, Steve, was very attentive and almost mesmerized as he looked at his bride Nicki throughout the ceremony and as he danced with her throughout the evening.  Nicki was absolutely a radiant and stunning bride.  And yet, to use her bosses words — she still looked like Nicki — just naturally beautiful inside and out.
Can you tell I’m a mother filled with pride and love for a daughter I cherish, who is also my very dearest friend.  Our family is SO BLESSED.

So – there you have it.  This took all evening to write and now it’s time for bed with my handsome hunk of a man and husband of 30 years.  Let’s hope they have as many happy years together as Randy and I have had.  They are due to arrive back in Ft. Lauderdale tomorrow evening from their honeymoon in Jamaica at the rock house resort.  From Nicki’s daily emails, it sounds like they have had a marvelous time together.  THANK YOU for being with Nicki & Steve whether in spirit or in person, whichever the case may be.”

Well… I haven’t shared this link with family and friends yet, so I know we won’t be in danger of letting the cat out of the bag… but we’ve discovered that we’re having an unexpected wedding guest.  He/she will still technically be considered a fetus at the time but yes, we are expecting a lil bambino!  We found out about  6 weeks ago – I will be 12 weeks at the wedding in 4 days!  So crazy, such a surprise!  We’ve only told a handful of people and plan to announce it when we return from our honeymoon.  I’m planning on telling my bridesmaids when we are getting ready for the wedding on Saturday, I can’t WAIT!  I’ve been thinking of clever ways to tell them… still haven’t decided yet.   What a stressful/exciting time haha.  Next post will probably be wedding pictures! 😀

The wedding countdown has begun!  Only 34 more days until May 23… it’s hard to believe!  We will then be Mr. & Mrs. Steven and Nicki Pasqualone.  After being engaged for 19 months, I think we are more than ready. 🙂  Here are some engagement photos… taken awhile back, last August by PS Photography out of Miami/Vero Beach.

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