Monday, July 18, 2016

girls' getaway

My book club has been meeting for 8 years now. It is really nice to see these friends so consistently, at least monthly, and now we have been there through many of life's ups and downs together and it has been a wonderful blessing. We have done movie nights and the occasional sleepover, but we had never done a trip. Until last weekend!
We went away to a west coast city called South Haven. Unfortunately, one of our core-group friends couldn't make it, but we were able to meet up with another past book club friend who had moved to Chicago, so it was so nice she could come up and meet us.
After a fun car ride, we arrived and we went down to the beach and laid in the sun. We also window shopped and shopped in the cute downtown and got a delicious dinner. Then we raced back down to the water to see the end of the sunset.
We went back to the hotel and were sad to see the hot tub water was brown :( the hotel lady was not super helpful "I don't know, people must have worn their street clothes in there." Hmmm... how about not allowing that?? Anyway the hotel owner the next morning took some money off the bill, so that was a bit better. So we just hung in the room talking and having snacks.
Next morning hotel breakfast and back downtown. It was a little overcast, so we shopped some more and got a super tasty lunch. I had a salad with roasted beets and goat cheese, and a grilled cheese and tomato sandwich. And ice cream of course!
Then the sun was out so we walked to the beach again. It was incredibly windy and there were humongous waves.
Pretty soon it was time to start heading back home. All of these ladies are moms and everyone was excited for the break, but ready to get back to their families. Me too even though September just breezed right by me to her food bowl, I did get a nice welcoming hug from Doug :) It was such a nice time, cool to see a new city, and just great to relax and have meaningful conversations with friends. Doug is super supportive of me spending time with friends, and I've wanted to do something like this for awhile, just hard to pry others away from their babies! Haha, I'm sure I'll be feeling the same way pretty soon too. But it was a great time and I think we all realized how important it is to break away and rest, so hopefully this will become an annual thing. Love girl time!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

26 weeks

Weight gained: 9 lbs. This seems behind schedule to me, but my midwife hasn't said anything and I think my belly is still measuring ok.
Symptoms: Baby kicks. That crazy rash is mostly gone. I'm glad because the midwife wanted me to take a steroid pack. No thanks! Dry scaly stomach skin is back at times... growth spurt! Mostly just feeling big and pressure in the stomach. Sometimes I've had a bit of pain right above the belly button. Not sure what that's about.
Cravings: Still fruit and cookies. I am a very boring pregnant person. Still having to force myself to cook.
Nesting: Yup. We are getting 7 (out of 12 total) new windows installed. I was worried about lead and leaky windows in general. My dad has also been hired to do some custom storage shelves in the laundry room. And we got this storage thing on craigslist and I got some fabric bins to go in. This room will be a little playroom and I don't want all this baby crap and toys all over the floor so hopefully this will help keep things tidy.
Also we have been working on the nursery. Come to a bit of a standstill, but slowly slowly.
I have received some shower gifts in the mail. Here is September helping me practice the new Ergo:
Snug as a bug!
So we're doing all this home updating and now Doug has been talking a lot about moving. My plan was to be here for 4 years, I love our quiet street, I like all the things we've done to make our house more cozy, love being 15 mins to work, I want to stay and see my landscaping become more beautiful! My dream is to build a home and we are so far from that so I almost feel like why bother with a "tweener" house when I could just stay here till then. But he is becoming very determined, so we shall see.
Speaking of Doug, today is his birthday! I brought him lunch at work, and found when you surprise your husband at work sometimes you only have 15 mins before he has to be in a meeting. Haha, whoops. Tonight we are going out for dinner and then we have our baby class this evening. So not super exciting for him unfortunately, but it will be good. Thankful for him and another year of life!

Monday, July 11, 2016

weekend: wedding, dogsitting, flying lesson

This last weekend our friends Steve and Emily got married.
Steve was one of Doug's old roommates and lived here till we got married and then he moved out and I moved in.
Doug was a groomsman so I was walking in to the wedding alone when my shoe started to feel weird. I kept walking but a few steps later my shoe completely fell in half. Um thanks. Luckily I had packed some back up flats for the reception, so I walked back out barefoot to my car to go get them. Thank God I had packed those!
handsome groomsman
smashed looking baby bump
I got to sit at this huge head table with Doug which was thoughtful of them I thought, no spouse likes sitting alone with strangers.
They had these cute cookies and so many other personal touches at the wedding, it was beautiful and lots of fun. They are off to Traverse City and then Jamaica for a honeymoon, I'm jealous, I've been begging Doug for a Jamaican babymoon!
Saturday we worked on the nursery, did errands together, and Doug built his fire pit.
We were also busy watching this fun little guy for the weekend.
You will be friends! Actually they did pretty good together. Doug said he saw one episode of cat stalking dog, but I didn't see anything. So that was nice.
Sunday we went to the church that is Doug's top pick in our church hunt. I know he's getting frustrated that its taking so long. It doesn't help that I work every third wknd so that takes away, and summer is so busy with traveling, etc. I don't think it's my top pick, but it's been hard. I really just liked my old church!
After that we finally got to use the flying lesson groupon I got Doug for Valentine's day! Like me, Doug had many a major change in college, and one of those majors had been wanting to be a pilot. I saw a groupon for a flying lesson and thought it'd be fun for him to revisit that old dream.
The bridge to Belle Isle
downtown Detroit
I was starting to get pretty nauseated back there, it was warm, loud and bumpy. A search for a throw up bag proved fruitless, so eventually I just took off my headset, closed my eyes and practiced my relaxation labor breathing.
Doug taking us in for a landing
Back on the ground!
I guess Doug is about 30 some hours away from getting his license if he wanted to pick it back up again. I think it was $85 an hour when he was pursuing it, now it's around $150, so pretty expensive. I told him I think I'd be actually pretty scared in there if it was just him and I, which I feel bad about. But if something happened to him or the wind got crazy or whatever, then there's just useless me sitting there to help. But you don't get the license to just pay to have the instructor with you there forever haha. So who knows. But it was kinda cool for the afternoon.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

4th of July

Stack of CDs, junk food, this could only mean one thing. Road trip!
Doug and I took a day trip to Sagatauck for the 4th of July. I had heard wonderful things but never been to this little Michigan beach town, so it was time.
After waking up early to get to the Salvation Army 50% off sale where items were found for every family member, exercising, and breakfasting, we were off.
3 hours of good tunes and good conversation and we arrived. Little did we know there was a parade going on, so parking was ridiculous. This led to a very full bladder and an extremely close call of going into a ditch to relieve oneself. But luckily we eventually found a parking spot, walked downtown, and made it to the first restaurant we saw. Then we had a late lunch. I got bean and spinach quesadillas and Doug got the cajun burger.
The day was slightly overcast so we didn't rush off to the beach like I had wanted, but it was really nice to go into some shops and sit by the docks.
We got this assortment of cookie cutters at some kitchen store. I don't even like sugar cookies but thought surely I'll be doing that with my son! And he could also use them for play dough, win-win.
Then we went down to Oval Beach which was rated one of the top beaches in the US (!!). We saw a $8 admission fee as we headed in and were bummed, but as we waiting in line another car coming out came up to us and gave us their pass, score!
We laid down and just relaxed and talked for awhile.
A couple hours of relaxing and it was time to head back as Doug was working the next day. And in bed to the sound of fireworks. Happy independence day America!

Friday, July 1, 2016

last weekend - surgery and strawberries

Doug had his deviated septum fixed last Friday. It was kinda scary watching him being wheeled away, waiting on the other side of the doors for a couple hours.
of course Doug was joking around beforehand
drugged Doug
He pretty much slept the entire rest of the day. Saturday we went to see the Shallows shark movie, suspenseful! And then he slept almost the rest of that day too! I was pretty bored, but finished my whole book club book, Honolulu, it was good.
Sunday he still felt bad, headache, congested, so we watched church online and had already made plans in the evening with Matt and Rachel to go strawberry picking. So I went with them while Doug napped.
There was a little feeding/petting zoo area
goat #2 waiting patiently in the wings
little Miralie
We came back and had dinner together and hung out for awhile. Poor Doug was still feeling bad on Monday so missed another day of work, altho the doctor had told him to expect to return to work Tuesday. It's been a week now, still not all the way healed we think. No more drainage and the splints and stitches are out, but still some headaches, congestion, and snoring. Hopefully the surgery was a success and he will be able to actually breathe out of his nose in the future!
I made a strawberry shortcake with the strawberries, altho honestly the recipe on the Bisquick box is better than the homemade one I made! Oh well. It was still tasty. This weekend I work and Sunday I'm getting off 1 hour early for our Modest Mouse concert. So excited!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

24 weeks

Yay! We've reached the point that if he were born today they would try to save him. That makes me happy. Although even happier if he stays in there and keeps growing :)
Speaking of growing....
It may not look like much, but it feels big and I feel pressure in my stomach and starting to feel uncomfortable at times.
Weight gained: 6 lbs, maybe 6.5
Symptoms: Still feeling those kicks and sometimes feels like he's twisting around. And the above mentioned pressure. Last week at work a couple shifts I peed 8 times during the 12 hours. Ain't nobody got time for that! But now seems back to normal. Still waking up once at night to pee, and occasionally having insomnia due to busy brain. Another praise report, my thyroid seems to be cooperating. Levels were normal and the thing my doctor was worried about (my thyroid making his go crazy) hasn't happened. So that's great news and will keep monitoring. Also, I still have an innie bellybutton.
I know this isn't baby related, but I have this itchy new rash on my face, neck, chest and stomach. I can't figure out what it's from!? It appeared after strawberry picking this weekend with Rachel and Matt but they didn't get anything and I wasn't rubbing plants all over my chest so I don't understand. Found some cortisone cream from 2006 in my cabinet and does help with the itchiness, but not really going away yet. Owie. Even woke me up in the middle of the night from itching. Annoying.
Maternity clothes: Yup, as of last week. Still in my normal shirts, but definitely the pants. I could still zip up my pants, but they dug in when I would sit down. These are sweet relief.
Purchases: Oh. My. Gosh. This outfit:
I don't know what it is, but I am like raccoon obsessed lately. So cute.
I also got this new dresser today from CraigsList. I had painstakingly sanded/primed/painted/hardwared that white one last summer, but 2 of the drawers were not on any tracks, Dad couldn't fix them, and I knew it would drive me crazy. Plus it was too wide for the room arrangement we are thinking of. I was looking for months for another white one but couldn't find anything. I saw this one and I just liked something about it. I kinda wish the color was either lighter or darker, but not sure if I want that enough to strip and stain it again. But it's a good size and hopefully will be enough storage.
We were also given a Jeep stroller my cousin used for her baby. And my friend Kim gave me not one, but 2 baby K'tans, and a bunch of swaddles. Wow!
My dad came over today with a load of wood too so hopefully soon we can start working on our nursery. Fun!
Nesting: Definitely in overdrive. I know I'm bugging Doug with all the house projects, I just want to make this home a nice little nest. For us too as we plan to live here another several years, and for our little family. I keep promising him there is an end in sight!