and didn’t leave me any time to take a real shower. #Blessed.
Sending lots of love to my own mother and mother-in-law too. XOXO.
Now that it’s finally official – I’m growing a human – I’m sure you can’t wait to be inundated with all things baby. Should we let the nonsense and self-indulgence begin?
Main scoop: I’m happy and relaxed and loving my baby belly. *sigh* Life is good, you know?
The Science: Baby Center recap – 31 weeks. She’s moving A LOT and she is strong. She pushes and stretches and ninja kicks me. I can feel her squeezing and reaching out to the sides of my belly! It’s the best feeling ever, even at 4.30am. I LOVE THIS TIME WITH HER.
Body morphing: Weight gain is 15 lbs. Last time I worked at my retail job, I had to lean over and pick something up off the floor. Instead of bending over, I have to slide one leg out behind me and squat down…and in doing so I tripped one of the other associates! Whoopsies! #bigbellydangers
Sexy stuff! My back has been hurting if I’m sitting in a chair too long but I’m feeling great otherwise.
Food drama: None, especially when I keep my dinners very small. It helps BIG TIME to keep any food or water from sloshing back up when I lay down to sleep.
Exercising? What is this nonsense called exercise?
To Dos: I haven’t been DIYing this week because it’s been too chilly to paint outside, but Hubs and I made tons of progress at our house last weekend. We sorted and filed paperwork, put away boxes and cleaned. Before the madness was weighing so heavily on me, but now the house feels like home.
We didn’t pick out a carseat yet…we need to get on that.
And randomly: We had a doctor’s appointment yesterday and got to see Baby on the ultrasound. They said she’s “petite” but still in the healthy range for weight. Hubs and I were both small babies so they told us not to be concerned.
And she has lots of hair! Cauuuuuuute!
I snatched up a nursing bra on clearance at Target this week. I sure hope it fits in a few months. I plan to pick up a few nursing tanks and loads of lady business pads too on my next trip out. Might as well stock up now when I have the time, right?
On that note, happy Valentine’s Day?
Here is my Top 7 (yes, 7) list of December loves. In other words, another chance to List thing-ys. *claps*
1. We found out the little baby inside of me is a GIRL. I’m still surprised!
2. We picked out our floors: Home Legend hand-scraped Walnut Plateau – I love that they have some texture and are not super glossy.
3. I got spoiled rotten with my Christmas haul this year…a new house AND all of these goodies?!? It’s criminal.
4. Obviously Christmas cookies needed to get mentioned in here somewhere.
Now that we have a freezer in the garage, I’m going to start baking in October, which is awesomely dangerous.
5. The sunrises on my runs this month were nothing short of amazing (though this pic does not do them justice!).
I miss my mornings with Callie baaaad.
6. We celebrated our baby girl’s first Christmas (kinda).
7. And, we closed on our new house (with Stan, our realtor)!
We’re going to bring our little girl home to this house. Make my heart all sappy inside.
December’s icy air blew over into a new year. I don’t know if I’m ready for you, 2013! Oh wait, we’ve been at it for weeks now. *sigh*
Our New Year’s Eve was wiiiiiild.
We worked all day and then changed into pajamas pants, watched a movie and even stayed up until 11pm! The only thing I would change is getting an earlier bedtime.
I’m looking forward to 2013 – we get to meet this little baby of ours, nest in our new house and I have lots of blog ideas swirling around my foggy brain that I want to share with you. Cheers to a new year and fresh start – it feels good to reset.
HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE! What better way to celebrate a fresh start than to talk about Christmas still?
I know the holidays are supposed to be all about spending time with those you love and feeling gratitude for all that you have. But, I can’t help myself. I’m interested in what people got (or gave) for Christmas so I thought I’d share with you my Christmas haul, in case you secretly feel the same.
Last year, Hubs and I did a few gifts and dates (one of which we still have yet to go on, how did 2013 sneak up so fast?). This year, we pared it down even more. We budgeted $50 to spend on each other (for reference, last year was $75). Of course I sucked the fun out of “the hunt” and told Hubs exactly what I wanted, even handing over 10% off online coupon code for him to use. I wanted this set of makeup brushes and was willing to pay the difference out of my own spending budget since they ran about $65.
I got the travel set because 1. They were cheaper but still had all of the brushes I was coveting, just shorter handles and 2. Now, duh, I can travel with them, like my trips back to MN. They are also vegan (synthetic instead of natural hair) and so awesomely soft. Plus, they don’t shed like my old ones!
I LOVE them, truly. Thank you, Hubs!
Of course, Hubs wanted to donate his $50 gift to charity. Someone has to be the greedy one around here and I guess that’s me. But just before Black Friday, Gap was having a pretty stellar sale. That’s when I picked up a few maternity shirts and the maternity jeans that didn’t fit. I also snagged (on a whim) a pair of sweat pants and two pairs of socks for Hubs. Buying clothes for him is next to impossible, so I assumed the sweats would be a bust. I had him try them on when they came, figuring I’d have to return them. Surprisingly, they fit (this never happens) and he’s been bumming around in them constantly. We decided that they would be his one physical present (all $18 of it) and the rest would go to charity. I’d add the pic and link but it looks like Gap doesn’t have them anymore, phooey.
Because Hubs loves furbabies, I thought donating the leftover $32 to the local Humane Society would be the perfect way to round out his Christmas gift. I know it’s not much, but every little bit helps. I’m proud that this guy of mine made some fuzzy life a bit easier and safer.
Still, I knew he’d love the socks and needed to replace a few pairs that bit the dust this year. I snuck them under the tree and took them out of my own budget because I wanted him to have something to open besides a card about the donation…
As well as another surprise that awaited him at our new house – reinbeer!
Besides the gifts we exchange with each other, we also draw a name on Hubs’s side of the family. We used to do the same with my side but scrapped that tradition last year because my extended family is so large (and just keeps growing!), as well as being spread out across states. For my gift, I got a $50 giftcard to Macy’s from my sister-in-law.
Me thinks new activewear is calling…or boots?
My MIL puts together a super sweet (literally) stocking for us each year and this year it housed goodies like hand towels, candy, kitchen utensils, a Willow Tree figurine celebrating my upcoming journey into parenthood, and a handmade wallet made out of duct tape!
My BIL Gabriel always surprises us with some amazing handmade gift. Last year, it was wine-infused jelly (which was to die for) and this year he sketched our portraits for a personalized notebook:
He’s a talented guy and has his own art blog here.
My friend Emily sent this snuggly yoga wrap along with a subscription to Yoga Journal- an unexpected (and very fancy!) surprise considering she has been busy moving across the country, buying a house and growing her own little human. As you all probably know, this girl has incredibly good taste and I’m stoked to have something she picked out. Plus, it’s soooo soft. I’m all about that these days.
And finally, my friend Tai sent us handmade goats milk soap.
God, I love her.
Aren’t I spoiled? What was your favorite thing under the tree or in your stocking this year?
I had grand visions of making lots of cutsie Christmas gifts, but buying a house and getting a second job put a damper on all of that enthusiasm. I did manage to muster up one crafty gift for Hubs and it was a hit!
Behold, a herd of reinbeer.
Aren’t they so cute?
Of course I snagged this idea from Pinterest. To take it further, you could buy bigger googly eyes and poms to dress up a wine bottle too!
Actually, JoAnn’s was totally out of brown pipe cleaners but luckily I was able to reuse a few black ones that my MIL bought for her adorable Jill-o-lantern when she came out to visit us in October.
Not too shabby, eh?
We got some errands done this morning after a big breakfast, I didn’t get called into work like I thought I would, we went for a short Christmas Eve hike to Red Rocks…
And Hubs just put the ham in! It’s been a lovely day so far and we look forward to opening presents and Skyping with our MN family this evening. Have a blessed and relaxing day, everyone.
A double post today, how did you get so lucky!?
Since crabbing about my To Do list earlier this week, I thought it only fair to share that I did put up the Christmas tree (sans the red ornaments to save time) and got some Christmas shopping and cookie baking done. It’s the same decor as last year, except pared down. There is more to do, but progress feels good! I love lighting this sweet thing every morning when I head out for my run.
We also started receiving Christmas cards in the mail! Awww, I love this time of year.
I’ll be sharing a super delicious cookie recipe with you on Monday!
Here is my Top 7 (yes, 7) list of October loves. In other words, another chance to List thing-ys. *claps*
2. When my MIL was in town, we hiked up to Emerald Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park and it was a gem of a view!
3. Having way too much fun playing with picmonkey.com to doctor up this creepy pic
as well as this terrifying Friday Tidbit.
4. Watching my cross country kids (both the boys and girls) compete at the State High School Meet. We had to board the bus early on a snow dusted Saturday morning and it was gorgeous.
5. Hubs and I carved our final pumpkin and things got hairy:
6. Sharing our spooky news with you all was one of the highlights of the month (and of my life, actually).
7. Oh and also? Someone got an iPhone…!
October was baked with spice and everything nice (mmmm, pumpkin bread…) and now November is here! Are you gearing up for the holiday season, or hunkering down with the sun in the evenings?