Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

I have seen so many adorable babies in costume pictures this week! I'm pretty sure there's not much cuter than baby Batman, baby lobster or baby caterpillar. Unless it's another baby costume. Love it! And seeing all of the pictures makes me so excited when I think about the 9 months old that I'll have to dress up this time next year. I am all about taking advantage of getting to decide the cuteness as long as I can until the kiddo gets to be in charge of what he/she will dress up as.

As for us, we're staying pretty low-key for Halloween this year. We have some candy on the off chance we get trick or treaters (we didn't get any last year so I'm not getting my hopes up, but I had to have candy just in case! And also because baby likes chocolate. Clearly).

I don't think I've dressed up for Halloween since law school - though funny enough it was at this time of year that B and I started dating during my last year of law school (though of course there's some friendly disagreement about actual dates and such...). But to me, after nearly 2 years of marriage, 5 years of being together, and 3 months away from becoming parents, I know that there's no other person I'd rather be going through life with. Looking forward to some relaxing and cozy time on the couch tonight!

Hope all of you who are out trick or treating (or going to Halloween parties) have a wonderful (and safe!) evening. And to all of those affected by Sandy on the East Coast, I'm hoping you're safe, dry and warm as well.

(And next year I promise to have cute Halloween baby pictures to post!)

Monday, October 29, 2012

Nursery progress

We hung up the curtains this weekend! 


Why yes, I do look lovely in this photo, don't I? This is how excited I am about the curtains (and how the nursery is coming together) that I'm willing to post this photo. Also yoga pants are my weekend outfit staple. No, I haven't done yoga once since I've gotten pregnant, why do you ask?

In case I haven't already mentioned it, the baby's room is tiny. As in, our place works great for a couple or a family with a baby, but I cannot imagine two unrelated people trying to live here as roommates. Someone would have definitely lost the coin toss to get stuck in this room. To give you a little perspective, the crib is up against one wall and you can just barely see the edge of the bookcase against the opposite wall (next to me, on the right side of the picture). The closet is in the wall opposite the windows. Next to the bookcase (between it and the closet) is the dresser we got which is where we'll put the changing pad.

But, truly, the room really does work perfectly for a baby. Sure, things are a bit tight, but it fits everything that we need it to, and Cody has plenty of room to sleep on the floor while I'm cozied up in the rocking chair. So everyone's happy!

My favorite part about the curtains is how perfectly they work with the room. You can't see the rug or the dresser in this picture, but the rug is a deep teal color and the dresser is red, so the curtains tie the colors together really nicely. I had originally planned on going with much more neutral curtains, but these just seem so much brighter and happier for a baby's room (and like so many other things in this kiddo's room, they're from Ikea). And I like these colors for either a boy or a girl, so I'm really happy with how this has come together.

And yes, we can pull the crib out away from the wall so baby can't grab the curtains. But I'm pretty sure baby is going to be in our room for the first few weeks anyway, so I haven't worried about that yet.

Anyway, whenever we're closer to done I'll post more pictures, but I wanted to share a little of what we've done so far. 

Friday, October 26, 2012

Current Events

I know that my posting schedule is all wonky (ha, schedule! That implies that I actually am able to write here more than once or twice a week). I hope to get better about that, but I'm pretty sure that for the moment I'll just continue to write when inspiration strikes. 

My point though, is that when I do post on Fridays, I like to keep things a bit lighter. I mean, it's Friday! It's almost the weekend! Gotta get down on Fridays and all that (and apologies for now getting that stuck in your heads, but blame my co-worker for doing it to me).

But today there's something else I want to talk about. Specifically, what in the name of all that is holy is going on in the world? I used to be somewhat of a news junkie, and political news in particular. I majored in politics in college and I'm fascinated by the behind-the-scenes aspects of campaigns. And beyond politics, I've always been a person who wanted to know what was going on at all times. I just liked knowing what was going on and couldn't understand those who purposefully kept themselves in the dark about current events.

But lately, I think I get it. I just can't handle watching the news anymore. MSNBC (though I guess now it's NBCnews.com) used to be my homepage. Not anymore. About the only news I can handle on a regular basis is the half hour of the Today Show that I watch while eating breakfast and the Daily Show that I watch in the evening. There just seems to be so much tragedy in the world - whether it's children being abducted and killed, countries at war with each other, people blowing each other up, stabbings happening in neighborhoods where either myself or my husband work during the day... I seriously cannot take it anymore. 

I'm pretty sure a big part of it has to do with being pregnant and thinking about this new life and the world that this baby will be born into. And I'm also pretty sure that my desire for news avoidance will only grow stronger once this baby is actually in the world (I'm also pretty sure that at least for the first several weeks after the baby is born I won't know which way is up, let alone what's actually going on in the world...). I know that we don't live in a world that is rainbows and sunshine all the time. Bad shit happens. I get that. But is it just me, or is more bad shit happening now? Or are we just more aware of it because of the 24 hour news world we live in thanks to cable news outlets? I don't want to bury my head in the sand, and so I do try to pay attention to some stories, but when all I hear is doom and gloom my reaction now is to pull the blanket over my head to shut it all out and hold my family even closer. Which may not be the most helpful reaction, but I think it's what I need to do for my sanity now.

Anyone else been going through this? Did you ever start paying more attention to the news again or have you continued to tune out whatever you can?

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Um...

I am less than a week away from the beginning of my third trimester. WTF? When did that happen? How is it possible that I'm 27 1/2 weeks (nearly 7 months pregnant!). No wonder I feel like baby is taking over.

In all seriousness, I'm still feeling pretty good. I'm definitely starting to drag towards the end of the work day, and my evenings consist of eating dinner and stretching out on the couch with B and Cody. Not a whole lot of energy to do much else. But we are still plugging away at the nursery! We got the crib mattress last weekend, and we found the perfect curtains! I'm actually super excited about them. I had a different idea in mind for the curtains, but when we were at Ikea, B spotted a pattern that pulls together the colors from the rug and the dresser and just makes everything come together really nicely (if I do say so myself - I also got the Mom stamp of approval on them which felt great!). We've still got a few more things to do (like organize the bookshelves and hang some art work, along with actually hanging the curtains), but we're getting there! Hard to believe that it's only going to be a few more months (plus or minus a couple days in there) until there's a little person occupying that room!

Right now I'm mostly looking forward to the holidays. I'm really excited to see my sister over Christmas, and get some time to spend with the family over both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Plus while all of the details of my leave haven't been worked out fully, I am planning on working from home starting January 7. So I just have to get to Christmas and then it's a couple of short weeks and then working from home til baby decides to make an appearance! Getting those details figured out (and looking at the calendar and realizing just how few weeks are left in there) is really making the reality of the situation hit home for me. We're getting there!

And because I know you're curious - here's the 27 week belly shot. 



By the way - I feel the need to point out that I do wash our towels every week. But sometimes (usually) it's easier to take the clean ones straight from the dryer and hang them back up then switch them out with another set (yes I have a laundry routine, and yes, towels are usually the last to be washed, and yes, I'm usually really done with folding by that point!).

Friday, October 19, 2012

Decorating - or not

I've been noticing more and more blog posts about people decorating for Halloween, or fall in general and I'm pretty sure the Thanksgiving and (gasp!) Christmas decoration posts are not far behind. Which leads me to wonder - am I the only one who doesn't really do any seasonal decorating? 

I mean, we put up a tree at Christmas and hang lights, but that's about as far as my Christmas holiday decorating goes. And I really don't do anything for other holidays. In fact, the one time I really got into holiday decor was my freshman year in college. My roommate or I got a care package from one of our families right before Halloween and it had some cut-out ghosts that we decided to hang up on one of our (huge) bulletin boards. Then, we ended up with some holiday lights, and more decorations for Christmas, and basically decided to just keep adding to the decorations but never take anything down even after the holiday was over. So by the time our freshman year was over we had such a hodgepodge of things in that room from the Halloween ghosts that started it all to random Easter bunnies and blinking Christmas lights. It cracked us both up which is why we did it, but it's certainly not a tradition I wanted to continue as I got older!

Sometimes I think that the somewhat transient lifestyle that B and I have had the past few years probably contributes to it, given that we were moving every year (or less) for far too long. But I think it's more that as happy as decorating makes other people, it just stresses me out. I mean, having to figure out what you want to do and then going and buying supplies and then having to store them somewhere when you take them all down? No thanks. It's just not me. And at the ripe old age of 31, I think I'm learning that that's ok.

Plus, I'm pretty sure once we have a kiddo that's in school we'll find ourselves with all kinds of random things to decorate the house with!

Where do you land on the seasonal decorating spectrum?

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Boy or Girl?

We decided pretty early on that we wouldn't find out the gender of this baby (though I stayed wishy-washy on that decision for a while until finally deciding that I was on board), but I have to say that ultimately I've loved that we decided not to find out! Sure, it would be easier to plan exactly what we might do in terms of names for the kiddo or clothes or any number of things, but it's been surprising to me how much I've enjoyed getting to know the kicks and quirks of this kiddo without relating it to being a boy or a girl. And there's plenty of time for clothes shopping after this one makes its appearance!

Of course, this hasn't stopped either B or me from doing a lot of guessing about what we think this baby is - plus with all of the old wives' tales out there, it's too much fun not to try to figure out if this little alien is a boy or a girl. (As an aside - I realize that all of these "tests" are pretty much a coin flip. But it's still fun!)

Out of the couple of gender "tests" that I looked at before writing this post, it seemed like most pointed to our little alien being a girl (and honestly, that's been the gut feeling that both B and I have had the longest). But then when I posted my 26 week picture on twitter basically everyone called boy as their guess due to how I'm carrying. So, I wanted to try to find a couple more old wives' tales to see if there was any more clarity on what we think this baby will be...

Chinese gender prediction chart (I used this one): Girl!

Mayan gender prediction (apparently you use your age and the year at time of conception - if both are even/odd then it's a girl, if one is even and the other odd, it's a boy): Girl!

Heart rate (faster than 140 bpm - girl, slower - boy): Girl!

Craving sweets or salty/sour things (sweets - girl, salty/sour - boy): Girl! (Yes! All of your peppermint patties belong to me!)

Carrying round/in front: Boy!

"Stealing your beauty" (yes - girl, no - boy): Boy! (at least, I haven't noticed any uptick in acne or anything else...)

Morning sickness (yes - girl, no - boy): Boy (I think? I had some nausea during my first trimester, but never threw up, so we'll say boy)

So, just going by these we're at 4 pointing toward girl and 3 for boy. Clearly we won't know until the kid comes, but I'm amused that we can't even get a consensus from these! Did any of you have better luck with some of these old wives' tales?

Monday, October 15, 2012

Pregnancy Fashion*

So yeah, there's totally an asterisk in the title because, ha! Have you met me? I am probably one of the least fashionable people you'll meet. I mean, sure I try to put outfits together that I think look good on me, but I don't keep up with trends (I have never owned a pair of skinny jeans), and I certainly don't spend a lot of money on clothes (um, the only reason that I've been buying clothes recently is because a certain bump is no longer covered by the majority of shirts that I owned. Which is a problem. Because no way do I want any part of this belly being bared sans clothing). 

Before I got pregnant, my usual outfit was a pair of jeans and some sort of nice top (or a tank top with a sweater). It's been my go-to outfit for years as it's comfy and looks nice. Plus, I live in Seattle, land of wear whatever's comfortable because it's going to be covered up by a rain coat 9 months of the year anyway (though did you know that we recently had 81 straight days of no rain? That's amazing for Seattle!).


15 weeks - fairly normal outfit for me (and what I would have worn prior to getting pregnant), consisting of a non-maternity Old Navy tank top and a skirt.

And so far, what I've found has worked the best during this pregnancy so far seems to be more of the same - jeans and a nice top. My non-maternity tanks worked great up until about 17 weeks or so, and since then I've been loving Old Navy's maternity tank tops and jeans. Plus, they aren't that expensive and I can usually find a coupon code (though I swear I always get a better coupon or email for a bigger discount right after I've ordered something. Oh well.), so I don't feel quite so guilty about having to buy new clothes. Even though as noted above, growing belly doesn't give me a whole lot of options in the needing new clothes department.


24 weeks - Old Navy maternity tank and jeans! I do wear other shirts besides tank tops, I promise, but all of my weekly belly shots are in tanks to try to keep things sort of standard, and those pictures are what I have access to right now.

Now, I recognize that right off the bat I'm a pretty lucky lady in that my job doesn't require super nice clothes. In fact, as I noted above, my usual wardrobe was jeans, nice shirt and probably a cardigan because I'm usually freezing. Occasionally I mix it up by throwing a skirt on, but that's pretty rare. I like my jeans. Luckily, this has made transitioning into maternity clothes fairly easy and painless so far - buy a few pairs of maternity jeans, add several maternity tops, use my pre-pregnancy cardigans (who needs to button those? I really just want the sleeves!), and now that we're moving into fall, throw on a scarf and I'm a happy camper. 


26 weeks! (aka this week!) Also - stripes!

The one pregnancy fashion element that I've totally fallen in love with though? Stripes! I have always shied away from horizontal stripes thinking that they just make me look fat and wider than I am. But I'm loving striped shirts now that I'm pregnant! I don't know if it's because it accentuated the bump prior to really feeling like I had one, or if I just don't care, but I think stripes are great. I also probably like the stripes more because I tend to shy away from prints in general, so the stripes are a fun addition to an otherwise fairly solid color selection of shirts. 

So, that's what I've been wearing so far. As it gets colder I'm probably going to have to add more layers, but hopefully I'll be able to get through the rest of this pregnancy without have to buy too many more things. Because let's face it - baby clothes are way cuter!

(And in searching for pictures for this post I'm realizing just how rarely B and I take photos of each other anymore... Pretty sure we need to get out more and rectify that situation before all we're doing is taking pictures of our baby!)

Friday, October 12, 2012

Ready for the weekend

This week has been a bit odd - mainly because it's gone by so quickly!

It doesn't feel like there was any real reason for that, though I imagine B starting his new job on Wednesday and the associated figuring out a new commuting routine (his office is fairly close to mine downtown so we can drive together right now! Loving it!) makes the days go by faster. 

What it has made me realize though, is just how quickly this pregnancy has been going recently. The first few weeks as we waited to get to the 12 week mark felt like they went by sooooo slowly. There was the worry in the back of my head about what if something goes wrong, plus I didn't feel fantastic (and I was SO tired!). We also didn't start buying anything or even doing much research into the various items that we thought we might want to get until I was into my second trimester (see the tiredness above). But since we started telling people (including finally getting to tell my work when I was around 17 weeks), I feel like the weeks have started flying by. We're nearly at the end of 25 weeks, which means 14 more to go! (um, and also? That means I'm nearly in my third trimester. That is mindblowing to me. How am I almost in my third trimester already??)

On the plus side, I'm feeling really good about our level of preparedness. At least in terms of what we're planning on doing/getting in the next couple of months. But then I occasionally have visions of bringing baby home to a crib that still doesn't have a mattress, let alone any sheets! So maybe we'll want to take care of getting the mattress sooner rather than later... uh, and also a car seat so we can actually bring baby home...

I still haven't solidified my maternity leave plans (yup, need to get on that), but as I was looking at the calendar yesterday I realized that I'll be 38 weeks in January after the holidays are over. I'm hoping to be able to take off the few days after Christmas (so just take that week off essentially, as our office is closed both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day), then work the short week after New Year's in the office and then starting the next week work from home until baby decides to make an appearance (all of this is assuming that baby hasn't decided to show up early!). This feels like a good balance to me of taking care of work needs as well as realizing that I'm probably not going to want to continue going into the office every day if I can help it. We'll see how my boss likes that plan...

And in the meantime, I'm just really glad that it's almost the weekend. The weather has appeared to turn from the beautiful sunny fall back to rainy and cold which means it's the perfect time to curl up on the couch with B and Cody. And some football.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

A New Outlook

Oh you guys, what a difference a week makes (even a couple of days!). So sorry to have left you with such a depressing post. Though for those of you who are curious, I'm pretty sure baby has made camp permanently under my right ribcage. Total tangent, but I'm already really entertained at how much this baby tends to favor hanging out on my right side. Why it does, I have no idea, but baby definitely already has a mind of its own and shall not be deterred!

Anyway, our biggest news from the past few days is that B is starting a new job on Wednesday and I'm so excited for him!! Clearly there will still be hurdles to jump over as we continue on our way, but this will help so much in terms of getting us on the path that we want to be on. 

One of the other things that I did for myself this weekend was to buy a few more baby clothes. I was at Goodwill (finally getting rid of a box of stuff that had been sitting by our front door for, oh, at least two months), and when things are less than a dollar a piece? I'm ok with buying baby a few clothes! I kept it to mainly 0-3 months (and really didn't buy that many things, I promise!) just so that we've got some good things for starting out. I'm fairly confident this baby of ours is going to be big (B and I were both on the bigger side, so that's what I'm basing my assumption off of), so I don't think we'll need a lot of tiny clothes, but I've also had parents say that they had hardly any newborn clothes and ended up making a Target run with a week old kiddo to get something that fit. I really am trying to restrain myself in the clothes department though, as we'll probably get some things from friends and family (though I've been told that when you don't find out the gender beforehand you end up with fewer clothes as gifts. We'll see if this holds up). We need to get some more warm sleepers (the kid is being born in January after all), but I'm trying to hold out on that for awhile yet. 

I've also started thinking a bit more about getting away somewhere with B before the baby comes. I think I've mentioned that due to a number of factors he and I haven't really taken a big vacation in several years. I was hoping that we'd be able to take a week long trip somewhere warm (you know, sort of a long delayed honeymoon or something), but I'm fairly confident that isn't in the cards. Which I am a bit bummed about, but someday we will take that tropical vacation I've been dreaming about! In the meantime, we're probably going to end up taking a long weekend to go down to the Oregon coast - we did that after I took the bar in February and it ended up being the perfect getaway that we needed. Plus, we both love the coast in the winter time - cold, rainy, the perfect weather to cozy up in front of a fireplace with a good book while watching the waves crash. Not sure when exactly that will happen, but just starting to plan it made me feel better.

Otherwise I'm just feeling more upbeat in general about things than I was last week. I don't know if I just needed to get it out, or what, but I was really tired of feeling so down and lost.  And then we had dim sum with friends this weekend and I started listing off the holidays and realized that Halloween will be here soon, then Thanksgiving, then Christmas and then holy crap it's January! Baby is coming! (and so is Winter...)

And here's a 25 week picture - hello belly! (Those of you who have been there, I'm going to laugh when I look back in 10 or so weeks and think this was a big belly, aren't I?)



Wednesday, October 3, 2012

A blah day

Today is one of those days in which I just want to run away. Actually the feeling started yesterday if I'm being honest. And I don't even know particularly what I want to run away from, but more that I feel like I'm in a rut where nothing changes and I can't ever get ahead.

I hate feeling this way. 

Not entirely certain how to bounce out of it though. I'm trying to focus on the upcoming changes that the next few months will bring (hello, baby!), but that doesn't help so much with getting through the present day. I think the hardest thing is that nothing is really wrong. It's more that things that I thought would be different by this point in the year (baby notwithstanding) are not. And that's tough to swallow when I actually stop to think about it as I did today.

And then when I do think about that being the issue for my current state of blah I actually feel a bit guilty. I mean, I'm healthy, baby is healthy, my family and friends are doing well, I'm employed... what's my problem?? I just feel kind of blah? Get over it! There are a lot of people with actual problems, not just feeling a bit down over nothing in particular. Which is of course a very helpful dialogue to be having with myself.

Anyway. That's where I'm at. Doing perfectly fine and yet wishing something was different. 

Though I must say, on a practical level if there was one thing that I could wish was different about this baby right now it would be that it would no longer decide that my right ribcage is the most comfortable place in my belly. Because seriously kid, you might like it, but it's getting pretty uncomfortable for me. B was actually laughing last night when we realized I was trying to push baby out of that location as I attempted to massage the belly into a more comfortable position. 

And ha! Apparently the joke's on me, because as soon as I wrote the above paragraph, baby moved and decided to start punching me right in the middle of my stomach. Ok kid, you win (methinks that will not be the last time I say that...).

Monday, October 1, 2012

24 weeks

Yesterday marked a significant point in our little guy's development - 24 weeks. While baby will still be baking for approximately 16 more weeks (holy moly, seriously? Only four months to go??), we're now at the point of viability, meaning that baby has a shot of making it should he or she come early (though there is NO reason to come early, got that kiddo?). I haven't had any signs or reasons to think that baby would come early, but it's comforting to know that we've made it to this milestone anyway. Especially as I've had some friends recently who I know are counting down to this milestone in a way that I can't even imagine. And to those of you in that position, you and your babies are in my thoughts.

As for me, I'm doing well. I think I've mentioned it before, but the last few weeks I've really felt the most "normal" that I have during this whole pregnancy. I use the quotes because for me, being pregnant isn't (and won't ever be) a true state of normal, but I generally feel like my old self, which is nice. Especially because I can only imagine that as I get bigger that will cease to be the case again! 

Baby's kicks are getting bigger and bigger - starting to see my stomach move when he/she really gets going is one of the most amazing things I've ever seen and also one of the weirdest. And my belly button is so weird - I have a small scar there from my gallbladder removal surgery and it's now visible as the belly gets larger. B's been able to feel the baby move which is a pretty awesome thing to get to share with him, I can't lie. And Cody often cuddles with me at night on the couch and I'm just waiting for the day when he feels a direct baby kick and looks at me asking WTF was that, Mom?

Otherwise, we're still getting ready for baby - we've got a crib (but not the mattress yet), dresser, bookshelves and rocking chair (which is impressive that it all fits in our teeny little second bedroom!). Once we get things a bit more put together I'll post some pictures. We've got some photographs that I want to move around and actually hang, and we'll be getting an amazing piece of art as a gift from my aunt (I can't wait!). I also bought baby's first clothes this weekend! I was at Goodwill and thought I'd take a look at what they had and of course came home with a bunch of yellow and green onesies, most with ducks on them (which was appropriate as my Ducks were playing WSU that night!). Seriously, too cute.  

We've still got some big things left that we want to get (stroller, car seat, crib mattress) and of course more little things (sheets, clothes, cloth diapers, etc), but we're in a good spot budget wise, which makes me happy. Plus, speaking of budgets, we should have one credit card paid off in a couple of weeks! Cannot wait to have one less money worry (you know, just in time for a lifetime of kid worries!).

And for those of you who are curious - here's me at 24 weeks. Baby says hi.



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