A few weeks ago I hit 28 weeks pregnant – this ushers in the – dun dun duunnnn- third trimester. This is a time that is both exciting because it means you are so much closer to meeting that little peanut, but it also means you still AREN’T done. Third trimester is a time that is often fraught with uncomfortableness, extra emotionalness, tiredness, sleepless nights, and nothing to wear. Now add to that two toddlers (3 and 17 months) and you have a real recipe for grouchiness. Which is what I have been lately – a real grump. I try keeping myself active and eating healthy to ward off the hangry variety of orneriness, but lack of daytime naps, either from my 3 year old or from the 17 month old, also leave me with no extra sleep during the day. And when your nighttime sleep is riddled with back aches and crazy vivid stress dreams – uhm like giving birth to six BOYS all at the same time – you really are running on next to nothing. And coffee. But not too much because you know…you’re pregnant.
Add to this, the fact that I have been battling with allergies that leave me sneezing all day, an activity which is no good for pregnant ladies. Not to give TMI but when you’re pregnant and you sneeze….a little pee comes out. And when that sneezing is successive violent ah-choos, it often means many changes of clothes. Or in reality loads of extra laundry because you actually only have four outfits that still fit you. As I was lamenting this to Dean, he, of course, offered the most sympathetic response of, “well good thing we bought the big thing of laundry detergent.”
Enter tears. Random “why am I even crying about this” tears. So yeah. Third trimester….yaaaay……
But other than laundry and sleepiness, here’s a bit of what my life looks like right now:
Reading: this fascinating book about birds and how birds are actually really intelligent, which somehow meshed really well with this book, which outlines some thoughts on where our society is headed and why. And then I have this fun juvenile fiction by Neil Gaiman that I’m working on.
Listening: to some of the podcasts from our church in Phoenix because I miss the preaching there. Otherwise, Alexa has a rotating classical music and Frozen soundtrack repertoire.
Wearing: ALLLLL the sweaters because it was chilly here for a few weeks, but it has warmed up again, so now my two pairs of maternity shorts are on constant rotation. I can’t wait to wear a few of the pieces I bought for those chillier post-partum days. I snagged these booties, which are SUPER comfortable. And Abercrombie did some re-branding and they have a number of cute pieces including this ruffle shirt, this cardigan (you have never felt something softer) and this adorable pull-over. Wait for a good sale and than snatch a few of these for yourself. On my face I stick with this blush duo and this lipstick.
Cooking: Staying home has allowed me to make healthier food for lunch and dinner. A few of my recent favorite foods have been these zucchini chips and the zucchini recipe below. I am always looking for easy crock-pot meals, so if you have favorites send them my way!
Making: New friends. Or trying to. I am having a ladies wine and spa night in attempt to make some friends here.
Wanting: This bag for Christmas. It looks so yummy and magical.
Watching: Gilmore Girls (which whether Dean would admit or not, he loves). And we are finishing up the Walking Dead before re-watching Stranger Things in preparation for the new season that starts in October.
Enjoying: Seeing my children become better and better friends. There is still lots of arguing, but there are also kisses and sharing and snuggles. It’s beautiful.
Wishing: Britton could talk and go potty on the toilet already. Actually I’d just take the first thing if I had to. I can’t take the endless pointing, grunting, and whining anymore!
Waiting: to finding out whether we are having a girl or a boy!
Needing: more naps. And time not with my children.
Hoping: I find some cute new glasses that aren’t a butt-load of money, and that don’t make me look like I belong shut up in a dusty library.
Loving: all the beautiful paint work and gardening my mom has helped me with.
Playing: outside mostly. Riding bikes and digging in the dirt. But also playing lots of dress-up, trains, and coloring or painting. Charlotte is really into making pictures for everyone in our family.
Thinking: How grateful I am to stay home, but how some days this life is rough.
Attempting: to transition Britton to one longer nap a day. Some days are successful and others are quite disastrous.
Feeling: happy that my sister has moved back to the states from Costa Rica. I am excited to be more in each other’s lives again.
Shopping: at Aldi. Like a boss. Carrying around my quarter and saving all the dolla’s.