Friday Free-For-All – 04/20/18

Friday Free-For-All

Spring Break, baby! As of 4:30 pm today, Ben and I are officially on Spring Break. We’ll be hanging at home for the first half of the week, hopefully taking care of a few projects and just relaxing. Then Wednesday through Sunday, we’ll be in Jersey visiting my bestie and her husband, who are also expecting a baby. We figured we’d better get a visit in while we can, because we’re all about to get super busy, and who knows the next time we’ll have the opportunity to see each other?

Spring weather is finally here! The forecast for the next few days looks so wonderful and springy, I could just die of happiness. Sunshine and temps in the 50’s and 60’s. FINALLY. After the miserable, dreary, snowy, icy, rainy junk we’ve had for the last few weeks, we are overdue for spring.

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Here comes the sunnnn!

I paid off my second-to-last student loan this week. It was “only” about $1,500, but they recently jacked up the interest rate to over 6 percent, so I decided it was time to just eliminate it completely. I fully recognize that $1,500 isn’t an insignificant amount, but compared to my remaining student loan, it’s small. Regardless, it’s extremely satisfying to be one step closer to being debt-free. Obviously, it’s gonna take a while to actually get there with the mortgage we just took out, but you’ve gotta celebrate each step!

A wind storm this week knocked down a tree in our yard. Normally, this might be problematic. Fortunately, however, we had already identified this as a sick tree that we needed to cut down anyway. Problem solved! Now we can just chop it up for summertime bonfires. Thanks, Mother Nature!

Is it spring break for you and yours?

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29 Week Pregnancy Update

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According to my Ovia Pregnancy app, Baby Girl is the size of a Hawaiian pineapple.

Look at that bump! Woah! There’s a baby in there, all right, and she is making herself known! According to the various apps I’m working with, Baby Girl is mostly fully formed at this point, and basically just packing on the pounds to get ready for birth. She’s anywhere from 15-16.5 inches tall and weighs anywhere from 2.5 to almost 4 pounds. I experienced baby hiccups for the first time this week, which was hilarious and adorable! And of course, it happened during savasana at prenatal yoga, when I was supposed to be relaxing. Baby Girl has a sense of humor, it seems.

The ever-growing bump is starting to present more challenges in the realm of basic getting around. Things like getting out of bed, feeding the cats, or putting on my shoes are way more difficult these days. I pretty much can’t get up without sound effects! It can be pretty frustrating to feel so physically limited, but I just try to remind myself that it’s natural and normal, and most of all, temporary.

In the symptoms department, not too much has changed. My skin is still super itchy, but no stretch marks yet. Sleeping is still rough because my right hip is giving me a lot of grief. I’m planning to make a chiropractic appointment soon to get some help. My hands are a little swollen, but nothing crazy, thank goodness. Mostly I just feel tired ALL THE TIME.

I’m feeling a lot less anxious about everything than I was a few weeks ago. I’m just trying to surrender myself to the unknown and focus on a “healthy baby, healthy” mom outcome. There’s only so much I can control, and worrying about it won’t change anything. We’ve got childbirth education classes starting next month, plus breastfeeding class and newborn care class, and the rest we’ll just have to figure out on our own. People have been having babies successfully for MILLENNIA, so I just need to cool my jets.

Have you ever felt in-utero baby hiccups?

 

28 Week Pregnancy Update

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According to my Ovia Pregnancy app, Baby Girl is the size of a coconut.

Well, here we are in the third trimester. I truly can’t believe it. It feels like this pregnancy is just flying by, and I want it to slow the heck down!

This baby is getting more active than ever. I can almost constantly feel her squirming, kicking, and punching, especially if I press my hand to my belly. Ben has really enjoyed feeling these new, stronger movements. She also discovered a new trick this week–punching me in the bladder! It’s been super fun, let me tell you.

This was a particularly exhausting week due to work craziness and being on the makeup crew for Lyric Theatre’s production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. I had to be at the theatre every night and on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. While it was lots of fun to see all my friends and help out with the show, I’m very happy to be getting back to a normal schedule for week 29.

We had a prenatal appointment on Tuesday, where I got to discuss a lot of my anxiety surrounding the three hour glucose test and possibly being diagnosed with gestational diabetes. It was VERY reassuring. My midwife told me that the one hour test casts a very wide net, to capture anyone who might possibly be diabetic, and then the three hour test rules out the vast majority of those. She also said that even if I were to be diagnosed with gestational diabetes, as long as it’s not an extreme case, I would still be able to stay under the care of the midwifery practice rather than being booted over to Maternal Fetal Medicine. That was a huge load off my shoulders! She also let us know that we’re now at the point where I have an appointment every two weeks instead of once a month. Woah!

As it turns out, all of that worry was for nothing, as I passed the test with flying colors. No gestational diabetes for me, thank goodness! I celebrated with pancake breakfasts on both Saturday and Sunday mornings 🙂

It still feels like we have so much to do, and so little time in which to do it. I can’t believe Baby Girl will be here in twelve short weeks! Some projects for next week will include washing a lot of clothes, blankets, and burp cloths, and trying to bring some semblance of order to the chaos that is currently the nursery. I’d post a picture, but I’m kind of mortified. I’m also starting to make lists for hospital packing and whatnot. Crazy!

What are some hospital bag essentials I need to remember?

 

Weekend Update – Makeup and Friend Time

Happy Monday, friends! I am EXHAUSTED today after last week’s exertions on the makeup crew for Lyric Theatre. The madness extended into the weekend, so let’s check it out!

Friday
Immediately after work I headed downtown to snag parking, which can be pretty tricky on a Friday night. Thankfully, I got a decent spot close to the theatre and headed on in. The great thing about this show was that the makeup was SUPER simple, no changes or anything, so once all of my people were made up and ready, I could head home.

Instead of heading home, though, I headed to my in-laws’. Grammy was back in the hospital and doing very poorly, so Uncle Bill had come into town, and Aunt Maureen and their daughter Lindsay were en route. My in-laws fed us supper and we planned out Grammy visits for Saturday. Ben and I finally headed home around 9:30, where I promptly crashed into bed.

Saturday
We got up pretty early because a) I wanted pancakes for breakfast, and b) Ben was going to file our taxes before a busy day for both of us. I whipped up pancakes and did a few things around the house while Ben worked away, and then I headed into town around 11 to be there for the noon theatre call.

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After making up my assigned folks, I went to the box office and bought a ticket to see the matinee. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a musical based on a Steve Martin comedy from the 80’s, and it was HILARIOUS! Of course, the best part of seeing a Lyric show is seeing my friends perform, but I had a great time on both accounts.

After the show I headed straight home, because Ben and I had planned to go visit Grammy. Unfortunately, I planned really poorly and arrived home exhausted, starving, and SUPER cranky. I managed to calm down and shovel a bowl of cereal into myself before heading over to the hospital.

Ben said that Grammy was looking lots better than she had when he’d seen her earlier, and we visited with her for about an hour before leaving to grab dinner at El Toro, a local Mexican place that has been on our “to visit” list since we moved into the new house. The beers were a bit pricey, but the food was delicious, and tasted extra good because of how hungry I was. I got two shrimp tacos on homemade corn tortillas, and it was just enough food to fill me up without leaving me uncomfortable.

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By the time we got home from the restaurant, it was pretty much bedtime, since I had another day at the theatre ahead for Sunday.

Sunday
We used up the rest of the pancake batter from Saturday and had pancake breakfast round two, which was delightful. After breakfast, I started going through my usual Sunday to-do list, which included prepping some cheesy crock pot chili for dinner, since we were having our friends Nick and Nikki over.

Once again, I left around 11 and made it into Burlington right around 12. Since this matinee was the last show, I hung around to help clean up and put everything away until about 3:15 before heading home. On the way home I started to get all wound up about how we were having dinner guests and I hadn’t been home all day to clean and get ready, and arrived home already dreading the frantic clean up I’d have to do before Nick and Nikki arrived. And then I walked in the door and Ben had already cleaned the whole house. Sweet! That left me free to have a snack and change and finish prepping dinner.

Having Nick and Nikki for dinner was a nice, quiet way to wrap up the weekend. We had chili, salad, and Ben’s homemade break for dinner, with ice cream sundaes for dessert. We just sat at the table and chatted and relaxed until about 8, when they had to get home to get baby Kalamack to bed. I can’t lie, I was in my PJs and in bed shortly after they left. This week took it out of me! And now it’s Monday, and I’m already living for the weekend. *sigh*

When’s the last time you had pancakes for breakfast?

Friday Free-For-All – 04/06/18

Friday Free-For-All

TGIF. This has been a WEEK, my friends. First and foremost, it’s the first week of a new month and a new quarter, which is always my busy time at work. Secondly, my colleague was out, meaning that I had to do all of my work PLUS all of her work. And then to top it all off, I’m on the makeup crew for Lyric’s production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, meaning I was at the theatre for several hours each night this week other than Monday. I am POOPED! I’m also helping out for the Saturday and Sunday matinees this week, so I’ve got a long weekend ahead as well.

I completed my 3 hour glucose test this morning. It was, in a word, unpleasant. I had to fast from 10 pm until 11 am and have my blood drawn four separate times between 8 am and 11 am. Not to mention spending my morning in a hospital waiting room for the hematology/oncology ward, which was pretty freaking bleak. By the time I was released, I was starving and cranky, so I headed straight to Chipotle for a burrito bowl to soothe my frazzled soul. Now we await the results. Ugh.

Once again, we are behind the eight ball on filing our taxes.  I think last year we filed on the 14th? So at least we’re not quite that bad this time around, but still. I used to file by the end of February every single year. Obviously not so much anymore. I think Ben is planning to tackle them this weekend while I’m at the theatre. What a good husband!

We’re supposed to get snow tonight, and I am not here for it. I know I’ve said I don’t like to complain about the weather, but it’s been so lovely and warm lately I don’t want to go backwards. Of course, it snowed almost two inches on my birthday (May 9) last year, soooo, we’re probably not done with winter yet anyway.

How has your weather been lately?

 

27 Week Pregnancy Update

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According to my Ovia Pregnancy app, Baby Girl is the size of a bunch of bananas.

I have officially reached the stage where I am obviously, visibly pregnant, which is both nice and uncomfortable at the same time. Nice, in that most people are naturally inclined to be kind and friendly to a pregnant lady. Uncomfortable in the sense that I’m bracing for the inevitable barrage of unsolicited advice and belly touching strangers. Up to this point, I’ve been fairly shielded from this because it’s winter, and my giant puffy winter coat offers a lot of camouflage when I’m out and about. But as temperatures warm, I will be shedding my protective coat, and I know it’s only a matter of time before some well-meaning old lady grabs my belly. Ugh.

Baby Girl continues to get more and more active, which is the coolest and weirdest thing all at the same time. While the constant movement is reassuring, kicks to the back of my belly button feel SUPER strange. And there are times when I can feel that something is pressing extra hard on one side or another of my belly, and it’s like “Is that a baby butt? Or a head? What IS that?”

The big news this week is that I’ve finally been able to go on a few short, slow walks without any ligament pain! Strike up the band, people, this is a big deal! For months, yoga was pretty much the only activity that I could do without ligament pain, but this week, I went on several walks along the rail trail without pain OR feeling lightheaded. Woot!

The nursery is currently a gigantic mess, with clothes, burp cloths, and miscellaneous baby items haphazardly piled here and there. We’ve been so busy lately we just haven’t had a chance to really start putting things away. The good news is, we got a free dresser when Grammy moved to the nursing home, so we have what we need, we just need to effing do it already!

Mamas and Daddies out there, when did you finally get your nursery (mostly) together?

 

Weekend Update – Easter

Happy Monday, friends! I hope those of you who celebrate had a lovely Easter weekend. And if you don’t celebrate, I hope you had a lovely spring weekend. Welcome to April! After the craziness of last weekend, this weekend was much more my pace. Read all about it below!

Friday
We ended up having an early closure on Friday because both our corporate offices and the New York Stock Exchange were closed. This allowed me to run a bunch of errands, including grocery shopping, Easter shopping, taking care of a friend’s cat and chickens, and cleaning out my car. Woot!

Ben had broom ball playoffs, so I was on my own for the evening. I made myself a hodge podge dinner out of party leftovers and pantry scrounging, then spent the rest of the night ensconced in a comfy chair, watching Netlix and Hulu and knitting. Being pregnant has really emphasized my already grandma-ish tendencies.

Saturday
Saturday was a full day. We desperately needed to do a dump run and bottle return after the festivities last weekend, so we packed up the truck, and then drove both vehicles over to my in-laws’ place for long overdue oil changes. Having access to an auto lift is pretty damn great.

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Once we were done, I went home to clean while Ben helped his dad clean out Grammy’s apartment at the assisted living facility. Unfortunately, due to ongoing health challenges, she had to be transferred to a true nursing home situation. While she’s closer to us, which is great, she’s really upset about the change in circumstances, so we’re planning to bust her out of “Grammy jail” for meals fairly frequently.

In the evening, we attended a shindig at my in-laws’ house because Emily is headed back to Prague for the summer. She may or may not be back for good in the fall, but we wanted to send her off in style just in case.

Us kids ended up having a wee bonfire later in the evening, and we ended up staying up quite a bit later than I would have liked, but it was fun, and for a good cause 🙂

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Sunday
We were up and at ’em bright and early Sunday morning to head down to my parents’ house for Easter dinner. We haven’t been down to visit them since before Christmas, and we were excited to meet my sister Hilary’s new boyfriend. AND my parents’ new dog, Fergus.

Before we left, though, we exchange Easter “baskets” for the first time. I put baskets in quotation marks because we just used bowls. We decided that buying more crap when we’re actively trying to get rid of crap was counter-productive. I was very proud of the selection of goodies I got for Ben, and very pleased with what he got me.

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Easter Sunday at my parents’ was super relaxing and nice. My sister’s new boyfriend is great, we had a delicious meal, and then an out of control good dessert from a local bakery. Ben and I headed home around 5, went for a walk (no ligament pain again, woot!), and relaxed until bedtime.

What is your favorite holiday/seasonal candy?