Saturday, July 18, 2015

8 Good Things

1. A nice haircut. It was just a trim, but I feel so much lighter.

2. Surprise gift in the mail from my sister-in-law. It's The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, and her wrapping was adorable.

3. Ginger tea. Ginger heals what ails you, but at our house, it's all about the stomach issues. I didn't realize how easy it was to make ginger tea at home with boiling water and a few slices of ginger and lemon, but it tastes great. This morning I added a couple slices of peach.

4. A new, used iPhone from my mom. Yeah, I get the irony, but I really just don't care for gadgets. I've been using the same AT&T GoPhone for more than two years, but lately I've been wishing I could occasionally use apps, so it was lucky for me that my mom upgraded her phone. I'm trying a no-contract wireless service called Ting that I hope will suit my needs just fine.

5. Reading. In addition to the book I mentioned above, I checked out some books from the library and bought some books. I'm currently reading Stupidity and Tears (the title hasn't aged well, but the central ideas are still valid) and flipping through Yoga for Pregnancy based on a recommendation from a friend.

6. Travel plans. I'm heading to Kansas City next month for a quick visit. It'll be good to get out of California for a little while, and this will probably be my last big trip before the baby comes.

7. Catching up with friends and family. We've had a couple visitors at our new place! It's just surprising because we lived here for almost a year with no visitors at our last place (there wasn't room for more than a couple people to sit and talk comfortably). Another sister-in-law brought me some more maternity clothes too. I'm loving the hand-me-downs lately.

8. The baby bump + keeping the baby stuff simple. When I lie on my back, I can now feel a definite balloon-like bump under my belly button. Baby's coming along just fine. So far, I've been stifling a little anxiety about the never-ending baby gear sold in stores. In response, I'm reading about what the true essentials are for the first couple months (lists like this and this are reassuring) and trying not to think too far ahead. I'm also looking into an online registry that would let people donate money towards a fund like "bath accessories" or "crib and bedding," which would minimize the pressure I feel to select the right items months before we'll even use them. It's making me feel a little better.

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