March 11, 2014
We've lived in our house for a year now but I never did a big living room reveal because I was always unhappy with the room. It was actually my least favorite room in the whole house, which is unfortunate because it's the room where we spend the most amount of time together as a family. With two windows, three doorways, and a relatively small room to begin with - I was so uninspired by what I had to work with that I just did...well, nothing. We were left with an incredibly dark, drab, dreary, totally boring, and even a bit depressing room.
Working on the nursery and pregnancy nesting inspired me to finally do something with the room - I just couldn't stand it any longer! I didn't want to do a major overhaul so we stuck with a little updating, and worked with a small budget - only made a few changes, but changes that had a big impact! We also had to keep in mind that we're currently preparing for another baby, so we wanted to make sure we'd have space for baby and all her gadgets and supplies.
Over time I'll make more updates and improvements, as I have more ideas in mind, but I'm extremely pleased with the changes we've made for now - the room is lighter and brighter, cheerful, more welcoming, and it's a relaxing retreat for all of us.
March 10, 2014
READING: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I've been wanting to read this for awhile and it will count towards the personal goals I set for myself this year, so it's a win-win read. I've seriously considered restarting the Game of Throne series (okay, I've been "seriously" considering this for about a year now) - because, ya know, having a baby and then three children while being a grad student isn't going to take any of my free time or anything.
EATING: I'm 34 weeks pregnant so the most appropriate answer to this question is: everything. I've been eating salads almost daily recently, as we're finally starting to get some decent produce in the grocery stores. It feels really good to be getting more fresh fruits and veggies in my diet, especially here towards the end of the pregnancy when it's easy to feel fat and unhealthy.
In a related story, we spent some time over the weekend making a few freezer meals to stock our freezer up for when the baby gets here - baked ziti (2), honey chicken (2), sloppy joe (2), BEC mcmuffins (12), and SEC mcmuffins (6). I've got a handful of other recipes that we will make over the coming weeks and then we'll be set for several weeks after Baby Kate arrives. These little touches in preparation will make life so much easier during those early days home with our little one.
THINKING ABOUT: What life will be like once Baby Kate gets here. We're all starting to get so excited about our impending arrival, and I can't help but think that bringing this baby into the world may be the most joyous occasion in my life - not because I love this baby more, but because I get to share this amazing experience with three very, very special people who are just as excited as I am. I can't believe just how close we are to the end now, how close we are to holding that little baby in our arms, to answering all of those daydreamy questions, and to finally completing our little family.
I'm also thinking about all the last-minute little things we need to finish up before the baby gets here. We're under six weeks away from our due date, which on the one hand seems like an eternity, but on the other hand will be here in the blink of an eye. We have yet to install the car seats, put together any of the baby gadgets or add batteries, work on a hospital bag, and so on. Now that school is over and our two major house projects are complete (the nursery and the living room), I'll start working on that to-do list, slow and steady.
WORKING ON: A gift bag I'm giving David. I was originally going to save it for the hospital but considering how quickly my last birth progressed (and the fact that I was, ya know, in labor - so a bit out of it, to say the least), I decided I'm going to give it to him at our baby shower instead. I know he's going to love the little thoughtfully surprises I've collected for him, and I'm super excited to see him open it all up!
I'm also working on working out! Now that I'm finally starting to get over this cold (a few symptoms still linger but it's mostly gone), I can dedicate some energy to working out again. I started up the week yesterday with a 5 mile walk and have no plans of slowing down anytime soon - it felt great to get up and moving again!
LISTENING TO: Daft Punk's Tron: Legacy Soundtrack. Now that I have a bit more free time on my hands, I've finally been able to get some use out of this Christmas present, and I'm loving it! There's a small possibility that I got in a little extra exercise by (badly) techno dancing around the living room for a good half hour this morning.
WATCHING: The Following. If you haven't jumped on this bandwagon , I'm not sure we can be friends. We watched the premiere Resurrection last night, but I'm holding out judgement on this one for awhile. Also looking forward to Hell's Kitchen starting up this week and Game of Thrones coming up in April. David and I also watched Thor 2: The Dark World and Catching Fire over the weekend for quiet little dates.
LOVING: The little warm up in weather this weekend! After yet another coating of snow and ice on Friday that closed schools again, the temps hit well into the 60s all weekend. It was t-shirt, windows down, and hanging out in the warm sun kind of weather. Spring is not quite here yet, so we're in that awkward transition stage where the high is 45 one day and 72 the next - but all these little glimpses of Spring are doing wonders to raise my spirits after being sick knocked me down so hard. I'm so excited for Spring this year - as the warm weather, flower blossoms, and energy in the air means the arrival of our daughter is just around the corner!
Posted in Everyday Life
March 7, 2014
I've been feeling so amazing the second half of this pregnancy that the cold I've been fighting for over two weeks now has really knocked me down. All of a sudden, I can't walk up the steps without getting short of breath, exhaustion (which never really went away from that first trimester) is even worse than ever, and even the simplest of tasks seems incredibly complicated. The cold seems to be on the way out the door, and I'm hoping that once it's gone, I can go back to (relatively) "normal" and not feel so run down.
How far along? 34 weeks
Symptoms / How I'm feeling: Getting up at night to pee. Exhaustion and shortness of breath. My fingers are starting to swell some overnight - I really need to be drinking more fluids! Starting to feel lots of pressure "down there." Hot flashes off and on.
Doctor's news this week: Blood pressure was 117/78 and Baby Kate's heart beat was 140. No belly measurements this week.
Total weight gain: No exercise for over two weeks equals 3lb weight gain since my last appointment! That puts me at 19lbs. total gain, which I'm extremely happy with.
How big is baby? The size of a butternut squash, or an average of 17.2 to 18.7 inches and 4.2 to 5.8lbs. WOAH!
Maternity clothes? Yep. Just for fun, I tried on my pre-pregnancy jeans this morning. I got them all the way up and about halfway zipped. Not bad!
Sleep: Sometimes I have a hard time getting back to sleep after I wake up to pee, but most nights, I'm still sleeping really well. I had insomnia while pregnant with Faith and Noah, so I'm very thankful I'm able to get some rest...for now.
Movements? Baby has moved waaaaay down low and as such, some of the movements are starting to get really painful. Also, hiccups several times a day. I wonder if they are as annoying to Baby as they are to us?
Cravings / Aversions? Been craving pizza but I dare not even tempt myself due to the heartburn I get when eating tomatoes.
Missing? Being able to comfortably put my own socks on. Thank goodness for slip-on shoes!
Best moment lately: Finishing up this semester of grad school. Looking forward to a little break from school now!
Looking forward to: Our little baby shower!
Randoms: I've surprised myself by keeping up with my pregnancy book each week. I wanted to use it to not only document my pregnancy, but also to give me some practice making a photo book. In addition to making a baby book for Kate and completing our personalized alphabet book (which I'm planning to start once Kate is born), I've also starting working on a "yearbook" that highlight the happenings of our lives (which I'd like to do every year from here on out). I figured this year was as good as any to start, since our family will finally be complete and I guess you could say, the rest of our lives is just beginning! If I've learned anything, it's that you have to keep up with this type of thing as you go along (rather than attempting to sort through months and months, or even years, of stuff at one time), so it's nice that I'm already in the habit of dedicating a little time to this.