Thursday, September 17, 2009

Nursing Is Not Just For Mommies

Facebook is awesome!

I recently was able to reconnect with my good friend Melanie on facebook, she's my best ballet buddy. We did a lot of crap together. We carpooled to ballet two to three times a week...

(I'm always the tallest (imagine that?) and Mel's always the second tallest)



...we shared clothes, we went to school together and we had tons of sleepovers.

(Mel & I on the very right, cute De & I on the left and middle)


Obviously we were very cool. All three of us.



We choreographed our own dances together, we were in the Nutcracker together...








...and we were on the high school drill team together!








That's a whole lotta togetherness! Here is her lovely face today.




And here is her lovely belly today.




That's right, she has a baby, no, she has a Human. Being. In. Her. Belly. (Pregnancy is so alienish!)


She and her charming husband are having a baby boy, little baby Ivan. Mel went against her best judgment and invited me to her baby shower to help celebrate this lil guy waiting to spring forth into this world. She really had no idea the risk she was taking in extending an invite to a klutz such as me; of course I didn't tell her I was a baby smasher.


I'm not stupid.


So here is Mel & the guy who helped make the baby:




The baby shower was thrown by Mel's mother in law and it was just beautiful! Complete with brunch and Mimosas!






And showing up fashionably late (because it is fashionable to be late to a baby shower) were two other friends from our high school drill team. It was so awesome to see them and they are still as funny as they were in high school, and just as pretty!

This is Kristie and she has 2 kids of her own, a boy and a girl.




I was lucky enough to meet her littlest cutie Preslie, and even luckier to snap this shot:



(Don't worry, I didn't smash her)


This is Shirley Ann and yes, she too has a Human. Being. In. Her. Belly. She is pregnant with her first child, a baby girl.




Kristie had to teach the two future mothers how to change a blow-out poopy diaper, or as Tori Spelling would call a PUTP (Poop Up The Puss). Mel almost fainted from the pungent smell and Shirley Ann simply gasped realizing what the future has in store for her. Oh the horror!




I of course kept my distance, good birth control there.


Aren't my friend's bellies so dang cute & just enormous? Oh I am just kidding, really. Sort of.





And to think ten years ago we were all dancing together! Since I have fully embarrassed both myself and Mel with old pictures, I only feel obligated to do the same for Kristie and Shirley Ann.


Year book day at school, can you find them?




Shirley Ann and I at the Tremaine Dance Convention in Las Vegas. We stayed in a suite and felt pretty important. Rightly so.




This is at the national drill team competition in Florida, I have no idea what I'm doing to Shirley Ann's hair but she doesn't seem too upset by it.



One thing that I think is just hilarious about Shirley Ann is that she gave me the nickname Big Mamma. Her reasoning behind it was that I was the mother of the drill team with big boobs. And you know what they would do? They'd all make a sucky face and pretend to be nursing. That damn nickname stuck until I graduated.


Yes folks, like I said before, we were very cool and not immature at all.


Goofing around at Disney World while in Florida at nationals.






This is at the top secret candle light ceremony where the new members of the drill team are initiated in and the old members were ultimately kicked out. Very, very top secret stuff here; I could get killed for posting this picture.



(Mindy, if you value your life, you will not tell anyone!)


Now, back to the present.



Melanie I know you will be a great mother, just like you are a great substitute mother to Fox. I wish you all the best and can't wait to meet Ivan. (Hopefully this week!)

And don't worry, I hear that giving birth is absolutely the most excruciating pain you will ever experience.

No biggy.

42 comments:

confused homemaker said...

May Melanie have an easy & nice time meeting Ivan:D

Those were great pictures & looks like a beautiful shower.

The Wife O Riley said...

Facebook is awesome! Between my farm, my island, my fish tank, I too connected with some old friends.

I LOVE all the pictures.

Child birth is pretty painful, that's why God invented drugs. Luckily, even if she does it naturally, she won't remember afterwards. That's why people have more than one kid.

Kristina P. said...

You really were too cool for school.

Missy said...

Too much fun and like you said not goofy at all. Extremely cool. Maybe even sophisticated.

Heather said...

Awesome post! It's so fun to go back and look at the past, and the outfits, hair, etc...

I love my girlfriends and can completely appreciate the relationships you have.

Now, on to the alienish carrying of the human and then birthing it. I've done it and I'm still amazed by it all. Just tell your girlfriends not to even bother with the attempt at natural childbirth. Get the drugs and best of luck.

Sara said...

Great pictures! I can only relate to the baby stuff. ;) And thanks for telling me about PUTP. Guess it is PITSW for boys.

Rebecca Jo said...

I was totally loving all the old dance pictures!!! Have you done anything with your dancing since? Catching up with old friends is the coolest thing... that life's road can lead you back together!

Janelle said...

Nice way to break it down real easy for her!! I love those old pics! You're hilarious!

Kathy B! said...

I'm glad you didn't smash that little cutie!!

jennster said...

shirly ann is GORGEOUS!!!!! nad the northridge, is not northridge in so cal right???

prashant said...

Awesome post! It's so fun to go back and look at the past, and the outfits, hair, etc...


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foxy said...

"No biggy" - love it! Your dancing photos reminded me of all my dancing photos! Perhaps I should find some and commence the embarrassment of me and my friends... :)

blueviolet said...

That was fun! What exactly do you do on drill team? I've never been to a school that had that. I'm guessing it had something to do with dance though. :)

WhisperingWriter said...

Great pictures.

That baby shower looks like fun. Most of the time I hate baby showers on account of the stupid games. But that one looks like fun :)

Rachel said...

This is such a great post. I love looking back at all the older pictures and seeing the smiles of you all together now. It's great to see friendships that can stand the test of time and thank goodness for Facebook!

y u l z said...

You're doing ballet ? wow ! that's cool.

I do agree facebook is awesome. I've joined lots of social-networking / find your old-school friends thingy but nothing is best than FB where I found almost everyone there

** apart from addicted to the games **

Your friends looks beautiful and the cutie girl too ~

Mindy, Tyler, and Kids said...

LOL! So that's where Big Momma came from!! :) I thought it was because you were the pres. I didn't know that the candlelight dinner was top secret, well I won't let it slip because my picture is there too! I loved all the pictures! Some reason I couldn't picture you in all those frilly tutus until now.

Ashley said...

I have a HUMAN. BEING. IN. MY. BELLY, too!!! Haha! You're hilarious!

LadyStyx said...

Even SEEING the frilly tutus I don't believe it. Somehow, the sequins are easier to believe...

Mandy said...

I am still laughing at the whole "human being in the belly" thing. Too funny!

Melissa said...

I love all kinds of showers!! They are always fun!! I don't know anyone directly having a baby, but everytime I see my neice my uterus kind of crys for one.

My husband not so much.

I also love seeing great memories with great friends. It looks like you had some awesome ones!

Tammy Howard said...

Facebook IS awesome!

Your pictures are always so much fun.

Lee said...

I always love looking at your pics, especially your old ones. They're always fun!

Marissa said...

High school huh?!? Good times ;o) I always like seeing all the old pictures you post so I too can take a stroll down memory lane.

Julia said...

My word woman! You were quite the dance freak. No wonder you are glued to the SYTYCD. You really can appreciate it from your prior work as a ballerina.

Cool to actually meet up with your old buds from facebook. I have three friends from HS who wanted to come and see me after connecting again but they all chickened out. Imagine that!

Maki said...

Aww look at all these lovely photos!! Congrats to your friend - she'll be a cute mommy!!

BTW, you're right, although I didn't get to deliver my two girls via vigina (excuse me), having two C-sections also caused exruciating paaint too... But still, it's all worth it!!!

I'm glad Facebook reconnected you and your friend - priceless! :)

Queenie Jeannie said...

LOL! You nutcase!!!!

Very pretty shower and I loved seeing all your HS stuff - too fun!

Sue said...

Cool shots of everything. That's nice you are still in touch with your HS friends. Hope all their pregnancies go great and they have happy & healthy babies.

Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

Ms. Wanda said...

(((((Grand Pooba))))):) Wow what a great post, I love all the photo's and I love the way you displayed them, wow! Man I gotta step up my game:) How beautiful you guys were and still are! 10 years goes by really fast right? Somebody said 25th high school reunion last year and I ignored them!!! Nice to hear from you:)

Enjoy your weekend:)
xoxo
Ms. Wanda

Pricilla said...

Mimosas are good.

Those Drill Team uniforms were a little bit scary.

Maybe you needed the Mimosas to appreciate them....

Debbie said...

How great. And your friends are gorgeous! Great belly shots.

JennyMac said...

Preslie should be on the cover of a baby mag...so precious.

And your old photo collection is TOO fun. You rocked those ballet sequins.

Lolli said...

Why is it that I love looking back at old pictures so much? It's fun, that's all I can say. The shower looked gorgeous. The fact that you could hang out with old friends, perfection.

Mom Taxi Julie said...

I swear everyone around me is pregnant or just had a baby!

Facebook is great for finding all those old friends!

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

What an absolutely fun trip down memory lane! Your friends (and you) are gorgeous - and love the baby belly shots, too!

Here's hoping Ivan makes his arrival this week without causing his mother too much excruciating pain... ;)

Justine said...

What a cool post this was! I loved looking at all the silly pictures of you and your friends. All of you gorgeous and so damn young. Waaaaaaaaaaaaa! I'm like 11 years older than you! WTF? That's just not fair!
Oh, and that baby Preslie is gorgeous!

Justine :o )

Kelly said...

Looked like a great shower. It's so much fun re-connecting with old friends!

Yaya said...

I just love reconnecting with old friends where it feels like no time has gone by at all!

Hit 40 said...

Your friends are adorable!! I want to jump into a couple of your photos. Very fun.

ChicagoLady said...

Such wonderful memories! You were very fortunate to have made so many wonderful friends and to have such wonderful opportunities in high school.

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Your parting words kill me, no really kill me! It's amazing I did it a second time around, how easily we forget that pain! LOL

Love all the pictures what fab photos of the past. You all look wonderful as expected!

I so need to bust out some old photos ... hm 2nd thought I think I'll pass :).

Love the scrapbook pages, you rock!

Megan said...

Great pictures both old and new. So fun to see all the trouble you used to get into {and still do. :0P}.