Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Shower thanks

Just want to give a big shout out to my sister, Tori (the sole reader of this blog), for going above and beyond with my baby shower. I am so thankful to you and grateful to have you as my sister! 

Now, email me some of those photos of your cake pops and the onesies and I'll post them so you can admire them from any location with wifi.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

32 week questionnaire

Thought you might like to know how things have changed (or not changed) in the past month.  Here are my newest responses to this questionnaire:
How far along: 32 weeks 3 days
How big is baby:  Should be about 4.5 lbs and 19 inches long
Total Weight Gain: 4 lbs (uterus is measuring just right at 32 1/2 weeks)
Stretchmarks: A few on the bottom of my bump
Sleep: Joshua has been up two or three times a night. Additionally, I get up to pee and I jump out of bed when I feel a charlie horse coming on in my calf (that's happened 4 or 5 times).
Maternity clothes:  Mostly, but today I'm wearing regular pants and regular shirt. (funny that this is the same answer as last time.  this time it's because I need to do laundry, not because these clothes actually fit!)
Best Moment This Week: Joshua and I went to a birthday party at an indoor gym and he had the best time and kept saying how it was "really fun"
Movement: A lot of pressure on the right side - i think that's his bottom. And I often feel like I'm being punched in the bladder
Gender: Boy
Labor Signs: None really. A couple Braxton Hicks contractions but those aren't really labor signs.
Belly Button: Out.
Food cravings:  had some delicious sri lankan food a couple weeks ago that sounds good right now
Food aversions: nothing really. still don't feel like eating much.
Symptoms:  Some heartburn, anemia, general exhaustion
What I Miss: champagne and fruity cocktails
What I am Looking Forward to: Baby shower is in just a few days! What I'm not looking forward to: driving to Bakersfield!
Next appt:  November 29

The end of gratitude

I tried. Really, I did. But blogging everday is just not for me and since I can't remember one day to the next without some real effort, trying to keep track of what I'm grateful for each day just isn't working.

I could fill up the days with generic things like my husband and my child and the roof over my head (all of which I am glad I have), but everyone who has those things should be grateful for them (and if you're not, perhaps you should make a change in your life).

I think the point of it, though, is to remember to be grateful for the things you have in your life - even the little things like mac 'n cheese.  So, even if I don't blog, I'm going to work on remembering not to take things for granted.

Monday, November 7, 2011

A quick note about growth

It really does come in spurts.

Back at the beginning of Summer, Joshua's 2T pants were too short but we couldn't find any pants since all the stores only carried shorts.  We got our first couple 3T pants from Nana just as soon as Target put out the fall line.  Since then, I've bought several more pairs of 3T pants and packed the 2Ts away.  For awhile I was rolling the cuffs.  And then, all of a sudden, those 3T pants are high-waters. Looks like I'll be buying a second set of pants in one season.

More gratitude

Saturday we went to the Seymour Discovery Center at Long Marine Lab.  It was kind of cold out so it was nice to do something inside.  They have a small touch center where we touched some sea stars but Joshua didn't like the hermit crab at all. And they have some sharks one can pet.  I did. Joshua did not. Saturday I was grateful to live somewhere that has a discovery center where 3 year olds can be entertained without too much chasing.

Sunday was a lazy day. Joshua didn't want to get out of his jammies, so we didn't. We played a lot of Memory, and then we played some games on the computer, and we did about 50 thousand puzzles.  Joshua also found that he is good at jumping from the coffee table to the couch.  I had to watch him do it about 100 times. Yesterday, it was just nice to not have anything to do. Yes, I was grateful for the chance to be lazy.

Today is day number 7. Tonight we're going to a friend's house for dinner.  Yay for days when I don't have to cook.  Today I am grateful for whatever food Melissa puts in front of us because I did not have to prepare it. :)

Friday, November 4, 2011

November 4, day 4

This is probably going to get old pretty fast so I might end up saving up my thankfulness all week and just post them once a week.

Today was a long and rather thankless day. By the time I got home from work and picking up Joshua, I was exhausted. Since Brian was at work, I didn't really feel it necessary to come up with a real meal (is that awful?) and instead, focused on something that was quick, easy, and I knew Joshua would eat. Today I am thankful for microwaveable macaroni and cheese! (yes, I know that's awful, but sometimes you do what you have to to get by.)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

30 week appointment

Only two slightly interesting things came from my 30 week appointment which took place on Tuesday.  First, I have now gained a total of 4 pounds. Yay! And second, the doctor says that it feels like the baby's head is down, meaning he should be hanging out upside down for the remainder of my pregnancy.

Yeah, I said they were only slightly interesting!

Next appointment is scheduled for the 15th, but I may have to reschedule that as I have also tentatively scheduled family photos for that day, depending on the weather, which, if it stays as it's been the past week, should be absolutely gorgeous. We're meeting Celeste Duran up at Wilder Ranch State Park.  Here's her website, if anyone wants a preview of what our photos might end up like: http://celesteduranphotography.com/#

This whole gratitude thing

My sister is doing a "30 days of gratitude" thing on facebook, and I thought I'd follow her example but do it here rather than there.  I also thought that I'd focus more on the day to day and what I'm grateful for in a particular point in time. 

I missed the first couple days of the month, so here's a recap of what I'm grateful for so far this month:

Tuesday, November 1st: I went to lunch with a friend at a Sri Lankan restaurant at her suggestion.  I had never tried Sri Lankan food, not because I have anything against it but because we only have one Sri Lankan restaurant in Santa Cruz and it's kind of a whole in the wall that I just never think of when trying to come up with where to go on those nights that we eat out. So, I had lunch there and it was delicious.  On that day I was thankful for the good company and the good food.

Wednesday, November 2nd: Both Brian and I had the day off and we got quite a bit done including pulling boxes of baby stuff out of the rafters of the garage (Brian's job) and going through them (my job). It was an exhausting day and by the end of it, my back just ached. Like enough to put me in a grumpy mood.  So I went and curled up on my bed to try to relieve the pain.  So, yesterday I was grateful that Brian had the day off and took care of Joshua and got him ready for bed and for my nice comfortable bed.

Today, Thursday, November 3rd: We've been sleeping in past 7:30 recently.  Which is nice, except on days when Brian has to be at work at 9.  On those days, he jumps straight into the shower and then heads off to work by 8, leaving me to get myself and Joshua ready for the day.  It used to be that on these days, I would get up and get ready at 7 so that I'd be ready before Brian had to leave.  But I just can't make myself get up anymore (I'm already getting up multiple times during the night to go to the bathroom or to tuck Joshua back into bed).  So this morning, I'm grateful for Scooby-Doo movies that hold Joshua's attention for at least 20 minutes so that I can enjoy a hot shower in peace.  For me, an interrupted shower just doesn't start the day in the right way!
Yay for Scooby-Doo and the gang!