Sunday, January 25, 2015

No News

This little guy or gal is getting big!  So are my cheeks, but oh well.

It's getting to the point where people (including strangers) are surprised that I am working, exercising, cooking, breathing, etc.  The check out person at the grocery store asked when I was due and when I told her she looked terrified, as if I might need her to deliver my baby for me.  While I was on the elliptical today, a woman at the gym stopped and asked me the same question.  Don't worry, if I go into labor, I will head to the hospital ASAP.

In other exciting news, next week will be my last official week of work!  Although I am sad to leave my current job, I am looking forward to a new chapter in my life.  After a few months, and after we decide where we'll be settling, I'll be looking for a new job.  (Would you like to hire me?  Or babysit for us?)

Tonight I am making us Curried Chicken Soup and Sweet Potato Biscuits.  This is a wonderful winter meal and I would imagine that you could replace the cream in the soup with coconut milk for a lovely dairy free curry flavor.  I'll be following that with a bubble bath and new episode of Downton Abbey for a lovely little Sunday.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Update to Last Post

I guess I had a little more to update from my last post and doctor's appointment. Baby measured 6 lbs in the ultrasound, a bit smaller than average, which shows a new due date of February 8th. Unless, of course, my body decides otherwise. Looks like we may have a few extra days to wait!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

37 Weeks

Jimanda is still brewing in there.  I just went for my weekly appointment today and had an ultrasound, nonstress test and check up.  I get the extra care due to my blood pressure.  At least it gives me an extra glimpse of the little guy or girl!

I am feeling well.  I am still working all week and would like to try to work as long as I can.  (Most of you may know that if I had to stay home for too long I'd either go insane or become an alcoholic or both.  Probably not great when you are pregnant.  And it should make for an interesting maternity leave that does not have an end date.)  Sleeping is not easy, but I guess that's probably how it's going to be for the next 18 years (or more), so I better just get used to it.  And I am still working out almost every day, which I think is good for me.  I am glad to have baby percolate for a few more weeks but will be glad to be able to sleep on my back again and looking forward to people no longer touching my belly.

I was lucky to get quite a few fun new cookbooks for Christmas and my birthday.  One that I've been diving into a lot is "How to Cook Everything Fast."  This fun book has a ton of recipes and quite a big veggie section.  Last night I made Pho, which tasted great (even if Jim told me it made the apartment smell like a "fish's butthole.")

Stay warm, my friends!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

36 Weeks

We have made it 36 weeks!  It is hard to believe that in a month or so a little person will be moving in with us.  We are both excited but I would say I'm more freaked out and nervous and scared.  I am guessing those are normal things.

I haven't been blogging much because my wrists and hands have been achey from pregnancy induced carpal tunnel.  It's most annoying at night when the weight of the little guy or gal on my nerves causes my hands (and sometimes now feet) to "fall asleep" and I wake up to that fun pins and needles feeling.  I guess the restless nights are preparing me for when the little one wakes me up.  Some nights I haven't been able to go more than a half hour without waking up.  I feel so thankful to sleep 4-6 hours straight, so I'm assuming that is what new motherhood is like.  Right now that's the only "weird" thing going on, so not bad!

Otherwise I am very lucky to have a super helpful husband who has built all of the furniture in our adorable nursery and a sweet pup who will be a good doggie big brother.  We are staying warm in our cozy condo on these frigid days (tomorrow a low of -15!) and just waiting for Jimanda to arrrive!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Happy Holidays!

If you don't Instagram, you may have missed this pic last week.  I was about 32 weeks when we took this one.  The old stomach continues to grow.  Things are going well.  Just tired most of the time, but I try to remind myself that some women have jobs where they are on their feet all day or are taking care of other kiddos, so I should shut my mouth before I complain.    After next week, my appointments become weekly.  I get one more bonus ultrasound around 35 weeks and weekly stress tests to make my stress isn't stressing the baby out.  I continue to do light cardio/ weight exercises most days and walk my favorite pup every morning, trying to stay healthy for Jimanda.

Otherwise, we are enjoying a quiet holiday season at home with our sweet beast, Trooper Zika.  The baby room is taking shape and we'll be as ready as we can be in January.  Tonight I am making this Meatless Meatloaf recipe that we hope will be yummy!  If I don't blog before Thursday, Happy Christmas!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

28 Weeks

28 weeks!

And the password is.....


(If I knew how to post videos to my blog, I would post a really funny SNL skit featuring Stefan and that line.  It doesn't make sense at all without it.)

I failed the one hour glucose test on Tuesday, so on Thursday I had to go in for a three hour glucose test, which was really annoying.  It involved fasting for 8-10 hours, followed by four blood draws and drinking a glucose drink twice as sweet as the first.  And then not eating or drinking after that.  And just waiting for three hours.  I sat in a recliner and watched the Food Network in the waiting room, which may have been cruel and unusual punishment for a fasting pregnant woman.  But then it was over and they called and told me I passed the second test.  Thankfully.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Technology and Such

Sometimes I like being an 80 year old trapped in a 33 year old's body.  Right now I am updating my paper calendar for the month of November.  I kind of use the one on my phone, but not too much.  I also still use my paper address book.  The only thing I do not do is write paper checks, mainly because I don't feel I should have to pay the bank for a book of checks.  I feel like I'll be thankful if the grid goes down.  You know, if I have to write you a thank you note at that time.  I'll be set.

My phone is also full of photos and I can't take any more pictures or download any new apps.  I am pretty sure that 97% of the 400+ pictures are of Trooper, so I can't bring myself to delete any of them.  Jim tells me there's a way to transfer them to his computer, but I don't feel like figuring that out.  Really, deep in my heart I'd like to go back to using a good old camera.

I love technology, but sometimes it's nice to use paper and pencil.  Or film.

And if you're wondering how baby and I are, we are doing just fine.  Nothing new to speak of except a growing mid-section!  Next week I go in for the exciting gestational diabetes test and in a few weeks we have our first baby class at the hospital (labor and delivery.)  Sorry for what you may witness, Jim.