Thursday, February 23, 2017

Stuff and Things: A Short One

I'm pre-writing this post on Wednesday. In the middle of the day. From home. I'm halfway through the gentle ease into my maternity leave; this week I'm teaching part time and next week I am completely done. Monday afternoon I didn't know what to do with myself and I ended up napping most through most of it. Tuesday I got a little crazy and (after a nap...) folded/sorted/put away a bunch of laundry and baked two blueberry streusel cakes.

My last day at school happens to be a field trip. It has been on the calendar for weeks, emails and notes have been sent, and it's been in the school newsletter. Permission slips were due today and I still had to get in touch with parents and ask for them. When one mom replied to me "I wasn't aware of any field trip" I nearly cried.

There are ten days left before the boy is due to arrive. I've hit a stage where I'm afraid to go anywhere, especially too far from home, and I'm afraid to be alone because I have irrational fears that I'm going to spontaneously go into labor and have a baby in Wal-Mart, a la Where the Heart Is.

And as if that anxiety isn't enough, Justin recently received a job offer to teach at the high school where he grew up. We're still weighing all of the pros and cons and trying to stay calm in the midst of humongous life changes.

So until this kid has arrived safely and we have come to a decision about whether or not we're going to be moving in the fall, you can find me hiding in my nest on the couch trying to keep myself occupied with episodes of Golden Girls on Hulu and browsing baby hat patterns on ravelry.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Updates and Currentlys

Seeing the doctor once a week now. This week's quote was "Are you waddling? This kid's head is prettttttty low". So that's where we're at. 36 weeks.

Wondering how in the world did we get here already?! But also...

Feeling anxious and ready. Most days I can add "uncomfortable", "out of breath", and "over-emotional" to the list.

Watching Call the Midwife...because what else would an extremely pregnant woman who has less emotional control than an overtired toddler watch?! I've watched a few episodes of Billy on the Street too. If you're not familiar, it's Billy Eichner (who plays Craig toward the end of Parks and Rec) randomly going up to people on the streets of NYC asking pop culture questions and playing outrageous games. I'm still on the fence as to whether or not I think it's funny or just exhausting to watch. 

Listening to NeedtoBreathe



Eating all the cereal. Specifically Rice Crispies with a banana sliced up in it.

Anticipating getting the last few things set up in the baby room. Maybe then I will finally feel ready. As ready as one can feel, I guess.

Wishing that we had a recliner that I could sleep in. I just can't get comfortable in our bed these days. I thought last week when Justin was out of town that I would sleep better having the whole bed to myself. But it turns out that finding yourself in the middle of a bed that your awkward belly won't let you roll out of is not ideal.

Wearing anything that covers The Belly. Leggings as often as possible, and a rotation of dress pants that I don't have to keep hiking up. 

Reading a book on baby-led weaning. Also, I have The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah sitting on my nightstand but I haven't picked it up yet. 

Loving this card that we got at a baby shower this weekend. Justin's amazing faculty threw us a shower and one of his coworkers' daughters included this adorable card.  
The note on the back says:
"I hope you have a very good baby shower. This card is from *her name*. We can't wait to meet your new baby and see your new baby! And can you tell us your baby's name too? And your boy baby can be friends with our girl baby named *girl's name*. I bet we'll love your baby just like we love our baby. May Jesus be with you and your baby. From, *name* (five years old)"