: 1 :
You know how you start to ignore every day things because you see or hear them all the time? Like, if you live by the railroad tracks, you don't think about how many times the train goes by. Or if, like us, you live near a steep hill and don't pay much attention to the sound of a truck's jake brakes as it brrrrrrrrrrs down the hill? Well, I think I've become desensitized to the signs of labor. I've been feeling "laborious" for two weeks now--TWO WEEKS--and it's becoming ridiculous. Hours of minute-long contractions and then...nothing. Two weeks, people. I couldn't even tell you how many contractions I've had today. A lot. I just ignore them the best I can and figure that at some point a baby will appear. Hopefully I'll be in the hospital when that happens.
: 2 :
Without so much as a parting glance, summer seems to have left us. The days are cooler and we've had quite a lot of rain. I thought I'd be missing the warm weather a lot more than I am, but I think because I'm so uncomfortable right now anyway, the cool weather is a nice relief. Not that I like the rain, of course. Because I don't. But because it's just nice to get into my car and not have to use the AC.
: 3 :
Sydney has gone to school seven days now, and she still doesn't care much for it. At the end of the day, she seems to have enjoyed herself to some degree, but the drop offs in the morning are killers. Tears. Every day. "I don't want to go to school," every morning. I'm putting on the brave face when I drop her off, but it breaks my heart to see her hunched over little shoulders slowly walking through the school doors.
I hope it gets better soon.
: 4 :
Jason is doing an amazing job keeping the apples picked in the orchard. Every couple days he goes out there, picks a huge bucketful, and comes back and makes a big yummy crockpot full of applesauce. And what he doesn't cook, he cuts up into slices and dries them. He's amazing.
: 5 :
I wasn't sure how I would feel about not teaching this semester. Would I miss the break in my usual at-home schedule? Would I miss the classes and students and feeling intellectually challenged? Turns out I don't miss it at all. It's so nice to be home all the time. It helps that we've had some big schedule changes around here--Sydney going to school, Jason going to work, Baby arriving soon-ish. I'm totally loving my maternity leave. I wonder if I'll be ready to go back in January? Hmmm.
: 6 :
After my grandma passed away last fall, I inherited a few beauty products from her well-stocked collection. My grandma loved any yummy-smelling, lovely-feeling, relaxation-inducing skin care product on the market and had the softest skin the world. For the past few months, I've been using her leftover bottle of Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask. I love this stuff. It makes my skin feel super duper happy and fresh and, uh, energized. I happened to stumble across a magazine recommendation for it, and saw that the stuff retails for $54. Whoa. I don't think I've ever spent $54 on a skin-care product.
But whenever I run out, I might have to.
Curse you Bliss Spa products and your amazing-ness.
: 7 :
Since we didn't really need to buy anything for Miss Baby then I allowed myself to splurge a little bit on a JJ Cole diaper bag for her.
It arrived today.
I love it. It's so shiny and clean and fabulous. And did I mention it's clean? It's PVC-free, and looks like it'll be easy to clean (because I suspect someday some little goldfish cracker will find its way into the bag and want to remain there forever), and has lots of pockets that I want to fill full of diapers and wipes and onesies. Except we don't actually have any diapers yet.
Obviously, it's on our list of things to get.
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PS: Have you voted on your favorite grow chart for Miss Baby? It's a close race between the Lilly Pad and the Sunflower. I'll be closing the poll whenever she arrives. Which should be someday. Eventually.