Monday, May 30, 2011


A special day today.  I'm 35 weeks pregnant and have 35 days to go.  Wow!  This baby is coming soon.

Quick stats:
Weight gain: 28 pounds
Waist: 42 inches
Food Cravings: still none really, I'm not as hungry these days, I say it's a combo of it's hot outside and my stomach is squished
Swelling: it's started, lucky for me, I'm probably the only one who can really tell, but I do only have one pair of sandals I can tolerate (thanks to Zappos, more on the way tomorrow
Clothes: I've outgrown almost all my maternity clothes.  A trip to Target and Old Navy (and the generosity of a friend) have me in dresses a skirt and a few more tops to get me through the next 35 days or so.
Pictures: Kind of hating all of them these days, but I will keep posting for the sake of journaling.
He's still moving a ton, which we like

Rob and I were talking last night, and realized that really it could be even less.  Like sometime in the next 2-3 weeks.  I'm not so sure we're ready for this.
And yes, statistically speaking it could be longer than 35 days - like two weeks.  But I'm actually hoping for a little sooner, since I start teaching again (one afternoon a week) on August 29, and would like as much home time as possible before then.

We have our next doctor appointment at the end of next week where we check baby's size and position.  We are hoping for not huge and head down.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Hey it's a Party: Showering the Baby

My very awesome husband put together a baby shower for me at Cafe Marlene.  
He bought flowers and made centerpieces with his mom.
Lots of friends came. 
 We have awesome friends and family.

Look at all these gifts!  
 Everyone loves our baby.
 I need to re-read all the cards.  Some of them made me cry a little (in a good way).
I had a great time.

My cohort came out to celebrate.  Who has the biggest belly?
34 weeks and some balloons.
Thank you everyone.  I love you all and can't wait for you to meet Simon on the outside.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Sunday, May 15, 2011

33 weeks or 50 days

Today I have 50 days to go until D-Day.  Tomorrow I will be 33 weeks along.  It's still flying by.  I'm looking forward to the slow down of time I hear that should be happening in the next couple of weeks!  Of course by then, I may change my tune and just want this baby here.

This weeks stats:

According to the books baby is about 17 inches long and around 3.75 - 4 pounds.  So when I feel him in three places at once it's because he's starting to run out of room.

I've gained about 25 pounds.  It looks like mostly belly, but I've gained some in my arms and legs - I can tell...  No stretch marks yet though.

My belly is big enough now that some of the maternity t-shirts I bought early on no longer cover my entire belly.  This could also be in part to my new-found maternity jeans that BUTTON under the belly.  At this stage I much prefer these to the full belly panel - the panel is too hot.

Mr. Simon moves all the time now.  And I'm loving it.  I think I spend half my day watching my stomach ripple and move.  This may be why my productivity on school work has dropped off some.

I still haven't had any crazy food cravings.  There are still days when I must have ice cream.  But I do occasionally crave condiments.  Does this count as a crazy pregnancy craving?  This week it was BBQ sauce.  I wasn't picky about how I had it, just on something.  We had chicken fingers.

I still eat like crap, but I do try.  I eat more fruit and yogurt than I have at any other point in my life.  And I have breakfast every day - this hasn't happened since high school (or before) - usually oatmeal and toast.

Leg cramps and mild heartburn are the fun new symptoms of late pregnancy, but I still have energy and am loving the third trimester.

Last week we attended a childbirth class.  I didn't learn a ton of new things, but it was good to go.  I am feeling better and better about actually having this baby.

I have four more days of school (and four papers to turn in) and then two more days at the lab after that and I will be DONE for the semester.  I'm so looking forward to the 5 weeks or so I have to clean and be home and just get ready to have a baby.

And for comparison here is my 21 week picture next to the 33 week picture because I'm wearing the same clothes.  And because 21 weeks was the first time someone who didn't know asked if I was pregnant.  I thought my belly was so big then.  Crazy.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Tea for Mothers

Today Rob and I took his mom out for lunch. We drove up to Millerton, NY to the Harney & Sons Tasting Room and Restaurant.  Rob took me here on one of our first dates, we came here the day after our wedding, and now we come for Mother's Day.  It never disappoints.  We visit the tea room for our refills and to try new tea.  This time around I got Chamomile and Raspberry - going to need the decaf for awhile still and raspberry leaf is supposed to be good for late pregnancy and postpartum.  After tea we shop a bit and then have lunch.  The sandwiches are simple.  They have other food, but I always get the same thing.  I should expand, I'm sure it's all great.  The best part of lunch though is the pot of tea and the scones.  Oh, the scones.  Even if you don't like scones, you will like these.  They are light and fluffy and like no scone you've had before.  I took my camera along, you know for a nice Mother's Day picture, I even charged the battery.  But I left it in the charger...oops, can we just blame the baby?

In the shop Rob asked if I wanted to get anything besides tea, and I said I'd like to get something pretty.  I fell in love with this painted pitcher.  So I went to get it, and Rob said if we were getting the pitcher we needed two cups (one for each of us you know).  And if we were getting the cups we might as well get the matching platter.  So we did.  They didn't have two of any of the cups so one is coordinating.  Maybe someday we will get two more.  For now, I imagine our summer balcony evenings encompassing iced tea in the pitcher (it's metal, so will hold cold well) and the baby next to us in the swing.

Also, to note, we found out last week that Harney & Sons opened a tasting room in SoHo.  They don't have a full kitchen, but they do have the scones.  I think I found our new Saturday excursion in the city snack place.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

May Day

May 1 came and went - and that means summer gardening time!  It is still a work in progress.  I still have a few more herbs to buy and plant in the large flat container (the bottom of the rabbit's old cage) and the pots won't be sitting on top of one another or all in the corner. 
Cherry Tomatoes, Peppers, Rosemary, Thyme, Parsley (to be planted) Strawberries
But we are having some work done on the building facade, so this way the plants are out of the way.  I'm excited about all the herbs, and we also added some peppers to the mix along with tomatoes.  And of course, there are Rob's strawberry plants, which have done amazingly well.

Parsley, still missing two plants on the right
I also read somewhere that Marigolds keep the pests away - not that we get so many on the sixth floor balcony, but if I see some nice ones, it could add some color to all the green.  I love to look at flowers, but I am so much better at keeping the food-plants alive.
lots of Sweet Basil this year
PS - this is my 300 post on the blog.  I kind of wish it were more exciting.

I am 31 weeks pregnant.  Simon weighs just over 3 pounds (according to the books) and besides some crazy third trimester symptoms (leg cramps, loose/sore hips, OMG I'm actually having a baby hormones) I think this is my favorite trimester yet.  I mostly feel good physically, I have more energy than have had thus far, and I can feel him moving All. The. Time.