The Nesting (and Carbohydrate) Instinct

Well, dear readers, I am now  in the 3rd trimester of my 1st pregnancy, staring at the home stretch (and corresponding to-do list). Up until this point, both my husband and I have been approaching impending parenthood with both awe and a strange detachment. Even while attacking a bowl of mashed potatoes like a wolverine, I still have a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that I’m about to take on the mantle of ‘Parent.’ I’m told that is completely normal- both the mashed potatoes and the detached feeling. This is probably a good thing. Processing the transition to parenthood takes some time. Hopefully, it will take slightly less than 9 months. We’ll see. If it happened all at once, heads might explode. It’s a lot to take in, this whole making of humans.

28 week baby bump...12 weeks to go?

A brief update: I’m now at 28 weeks, and have never been this hungry or tired in my life. There are days when I swear I demolish more meat and carbs than a pack of construction workers at a steak house buffet. Picking out clothes is easier now that I only have about ten things that are comfy to wear- but sometimes I miss getting dressed up. I also can’t really remember what it’s like to have a waist. Or control of my appetite.  My belly has finally started to ‘get in the way,’ a development I’d been warned about by friends and the InterWebs. It’s totally true. Turning over in bed is now a five-point maneuver involving clearance space assessment and strategic assistance (i.e. pillows and momentum). TMI?

Staying focused on work is getting harder and harder. I find I only want to focus on nesting and gathering. And fixing. And cooking. So many things to do before processing orders and doing financials! But seriously, with 3 months to go, I’ve got to stay on track with bringing home the bacon, so that there is plenty of bacon around. Cause babies love that.

Baby Gear Starts to Trickle In

Thanks to a very thoughtful friend, I finally got my first piece of baby gear this past weekend- a car seat/stroller combo. It’s heavy, but it’s in great condition, and sitting in my downstairs right now, looking conspicuous. I smile every time I see it. My thoughtful friend also passed along 8 boxes of girls’ clothes that she’d saved from her daughter. This network of mothers is a wonderful resource. It’s like I’ve joined a not-so-secret society of people who understand that their organization keeps the world running, even if it doesn’t officially run the world.

Non-Baby-Related Happenings

This weekend is Hop Shop 4 in Atlanta, and there are some AMAZING teachers coming into town to throw down some dance wisdom to the masses. Disclaimer: I know all the teachers and like them as people very much…they also happen to be good teachers and good dancers. A fabulous combination of traits.

I’m very much looking forward to a social weekend of being out and about. Working from home and getting tired at 8 pm is a combination that leads quickly to boredom with one’s house. And that leads to quirky, restless ideas that sound great (“Hey! We should knock out that wall, reconstruct our pantry and install recessed lighting! We can do that in a weekend, right?”) but in the end just aren’t. So if I’m extra talkative this weekend, that’s why. I need people time.

I’ve begun collecting pics that I like to post on this blog. Most of them have nothing to do with babies or dance…

Some are hilarious:

And some are political:

My file is a work on progress…look for more random inserts in future posts.

BTW, in case I’ve not said it enough recently- I MISS NEW ORLEANS!!!!!

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Easter Sunday Mayhem (family is always fun)

No, my title is not sarcastic.

I sincerely enjoy my family time each year on the holidays. I am enjoying it even more so this year due to the fact that our Easter celebration is the first time we’ve all gotten together since the Thanksgiving celebration- which I missed. So for me it’s been a long, long time since I’ve seen all of my Mom’s family in one place. It was riotous, hilarious, overwhelming, and went by too fast. I was exhausted by the time I left, and barely got to talk at length with anyone, including my own brothers. Such is the flavor of large family gatherings. Ah well…

Family Time

This weekend was full of family time. I got to see my Dad (who is a moving target most of the time, with his travel schedule), and we got to see Sosh’s parents when they stopped by on their way back from Spring Break in Florida. Everyone gets more and more excited about Baby H as July gets closer. We are excited and have now truly gotten into the phase of getting ready for her.

Chillin' after lunch...

Easter Sunday

In accordance with Easter tradition, my Mom’s family gathered at my grandmother’s house (after everyone had gone to their various houses of worship) for lunch- to eat, drink and be merry. For some, that meant watching the Masters on the couch and then falling asleep- the perfect Sunday, I’ve been told. For some, that meant sitting on the porch, stuffing our faces with good food. I’ll leave it to you to guess which group I was in.

Seeing everyone again was wonderful. Baby Howell got some hands-on loving energy from family members who can’t wait to meet her. I hope she felt it- she seemed to be asleep the whole time.

We lingered for most of the afternoon, catching up, eating and wandering around. I finally had to go lay down; I’m getting tired easier these days again. Like the first trimester, but bigger. My attempt to photo-document the afternoon was a failure, given that I was distracted by actually talking to people. So I’ve only got a few non-fuzzy pics of anything. I’ve got to work on that.

Pregnancy Update:

I am now almost 26 weeks along, which means my second trimester is drawing to a close. I am very much looking forward to meeting my daughter. And I’m looking forward to being able to sleep on my stomach again. It’s funny, what I’ve missed during the last six months. According to the experts on the Internets, she is the size (this week, anyway) of a hothouse cucumber, and weighs about 1.75 pounds. She should have normal brainwave activity now- which is fascinating to me- and be developing patterns of being asleep and awake. I’ve seen no evidence of this yet, so I remain unconvinced.

According to my doctor, she’s exactly where she should be, developmentally. And so am I. Personally, I feel like everything is still going well, and that’s the most I can say about this process of building a new life- each day is a little bit more than the day before, and each day brings us a little closer to a new beginning (syrupy, yes- but true).

According to HER, she likes Greek yogurt, live jazz, and dancing whenever I lay down. She goes nuts and starts kicking around whenever the situation suits her. So far, such simple pleasures! I was pretty proud to discover her affinity for live jazz while we were down in New Orleans last week during a dance event called Girl Jam 2012. Every time the jazz band would play, she’d start moving. I was one proud mama!

Summary

Easter Sunday was awesome for family time! I got to see most of my Mom’s family and hang out (and eat!), which I love to do. The whole weekend was wonderful, and so I welcome in the spring season/Easter celebration/spring equinox….the whole wonderful celebration of renewal and life that is this time of year!

P.S. Brian- this is what you get when you insist on ‘posing’ for me.