Friday, August 28, 2015

8 Good Things





1. Drawing is Magic and coloring books for adults like this one and this one (I couldn't find those ones, so I picked up a different one). I'm not at all good at drawing, but I'd like to be. I've been following some illustrators on Twitter, and I'm jealous of how much they can say with a sketch. I'd like to incorporate more doodling, drawing, and coloring into my life.

2. Baby stuff! It's been really hard not buying baby clothes, but I know people love buying baby clothes as gifts, so I'm refraining. Thankfully, a very good friend read my mind and got us our first onesies and some towels (because who doesn't need a dinosaur hood on their towel?). Another friend sent us a crocheted blanket, which was so thoughtful and of course adorable. I also came across these cloth diapers with disposable--but biodegradable--inserts, which seem to be a great compromise in the Great Diaper Debate.

3. Knitting projects (for baby): frogging a wrap/nursing cover to make a small blanket, and I've started on a fuzzy blanket buddy.

4. Ting. It's a mobile phone service that charges you based on actual minutes/data used. My mom sent me her old iPhone (so I could join the decade finally), but I was unhappy with the plans offered by the big companies because they charge a bunch to activate an old phone, and I don't use my phone all that much anyway. This first month I used Ting my bill was $34, and that was with some extra calling and texting while traveling. If you're interested, here's a referral link.

5. Ginger chews. I tried the recipe a few weeks ago, and they came out a little runny but almost right (no fault of the recipe, just my impatience with direction-following).

6. GoSun Grill. A Facebook friend posted the promotional video for this, and although it's out of stock, I'm kind of obsessed with it. Maybe because my kitchen/dining/living room gets the late afternoon sun, and the thought of cooking indoors is kind of awful.

7. Vegetarian minestrone made with spinach and cheese tortellini in place of plain macaroni pasta (it might be hot, but I do still cook). By the way, although I still eat mostly vegetarian/vegan meals, I've been eating meat and dairy more frequently because I was having a hard time gaining weight while eating my usual foods. I make minestrone pretty often anyway, but the addition of a little cheesy pasta ups the calories, and it was delicious.

8. Going to Kansas City for a visit. Earlier this month I got to visit with the parents, my nephew, and a friend who lives in the area. The weather was surprisingly mild too. I was surprised by how different everything looks. The last time I lived there full-time was in 1999. Hard to believe how much time has passed.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

20 Weeks: It's a Boy!



Literally barefoot and pregnant

Almost everyone thought we were having a girl, so it was a bit of a surprise to find out we're having a boy. I didn't have a gut feeling, either (all this "a mother always knows" stuff does not apply to me), although almost everyone I knew who had a baby in the last couple years had girls, so statistically speaking, I thought we should have a boy. Obviously, we didn't have a preference. We're happy to report he's looking fine and healthy at this point.

Highlights--

The fun: working on baby names (we might have settled on one), feeling the baby move occasionally, seeing a slightly different body every day in the mirror, browsing the baby aisles in stores, interesting dreams, knitting baby stuff

The new: leaving my crappy ob-gyn office and switching over to a midwife (she's wonderful), going from barely having a baby bump to not being able to button my pants 10 days later, realizing I'm halfway through my pregnancy and freaking out a lot a little

The weird: longer and thicker hair on my stomach (thanks, hormones!)

The unpleasant: lots and lots of boogers, dry skin in uncomfortable places (cocoa butter lotion is awesome), not being able to get up easily from lying on my back, my friends' sharing lots of educational but gross information about postpartum pooping, trying not to overheat when it's a thousand degrees outside

Overall, it's been a pretty smooth ride, and I've been lucky. I'm enjoying it.