I'm still pregnant, in case anyone was wondering. 37 & 2 to be exact.
No labor symptoms to report, aside from some Braxton-Hicks here and there and the occasional cramping. So far, homegirl is happy just hanging out in womb-land. The good news is that she is in the position and the reality is, it could be any time now, which is only kind of scary. I asked Carl last night what he would prefer (based on a conversation he had with our friend Jared, who is becoming a dad to twins this week!) - knowing ahead of time and thus panicking about the countdown OR leaving it as an unknown? He immediately defaulted to how he wish he knew because then he could stop worrying. I then kindly reminded him that for 40 hours out of the week, I'm in the place where I'll be delivering, so how much worrying is he really doing?
|Ready to go|
Basically, I'm ready. I'm ready to meet her, I'm ready for her to be here. I had Carl take a (sweatpants, and gross) photo of me the other night to compare to Thanksgiving, because I was breathing easier and her kicks haven't been as high in my ribs, so I was wondering if I had started to drop. Instead, I just look higher! Also, it's amazing how different almost 2 weeks looks, even if you don't feel like you've gotten bigger.
Speaking of Thanksgiving, we had an awesome holiday. We had some ambiguity about what we were doing for Thursday because our family dog, Chloe, got really sick. Sadly, she's getting older (she's about 8-9) and right before Thanksgiving, she was throwing up constantly, getting sicker/dehydrated, and wouldn't eat. My poor parents were so worried about her and had never seen her like this. She ended up needing to go to the animal hospital and it turns out she has some pretty bad kidney stones and an enlarged liver. We didn't know if she was going to need emergency surgery due to one of the stones being too large for her to pass, hence the up in the air plans for Thanksgiving. Thankfully, she didn't and the hospital kept her until Friday, so we stuck to our original plan and headed up to my sister's house. By the way, Chloe is recovering fabulously and is doing much, much better.
I made the pumpkin pie, a squash souffle, and an apple crostata with a cheddar cheese crust. I had a whole plan to make all my dough on Tuesday night (particularly the pumpkin pie one which had to refrigerate for 4+ hours) so then on Wednesday I could just make all the fillings and bake everything. Since we weren't sure about plans, I ended up stopping on the way home Tuesday instead for a small frozen turkey and all the supplies to make our own Thanksgiving, just in case we were home on our own. When the plan was back on, I got stuck baking ALL afternoon on Wednesday. Literally from about 1pm - 10pm. I was so done and slept like a baby that night.
Thanksgiving rocked. Driving up to my sister's is a haul since we live closer to the Cape and she is up near the New Hampshire border. It's about an hour and change without traffic but thankfully we didn't hit any on the way up. It had snowed a little bit Wednesday night but of course, the weatherman hyped it up like it would be Snowmageddon 2014 so, people got out of dodge much earlier. We just hung out most of the day, watched football, and Carl entertained the kids. I spent a lot of the day cooking and helping out since my sister made a whopping 18 lb turkey and sneaking sips of beer, which tastes SO good to me right now. I was bad and had a glass of wine at dinner but didn't even end up finishing it. I know, who am I?
All the food was so delicious, I was still full the next morning and could barely eat breakfast.
Friday, we kept to tradition and got our Christmas tree. We were the second customers at the nursery to get one and it was nice to pick one out while there was still some snow on the ground setting the scene. I was able to help Carl get it into the house by taking the top and then holding it while he screwed the base on - usually my job since I'm smaller. We threw on Mickey's Christmas Carols, unearthed the ornament boxes from the attic, and got to town.
|Tree skirt is from SewManly|
In keeping with the Christmas spirit, my mom, my sister, and I try to do something together around this time of year. Last year, we did the cooking class at Johnson & Wales in RI and this year, we stuck closer to home and took a wreath making class at Pastiche, a boutique down the road from my mom. I wasn't sure how much fun it was going to be at first but it ended up being really cool. It's actually SO easy to make your own wreath, you just have to trudge around in the woods for the right greenery. I was honestly amazed at what everyone put together. I kept mine a little bit on the smaller size, while others (Dana) made hers huge. They all came out really beautiful.
So, that's what's been happening in my hood. Mostly just waiting for something to happen and wrapping Christmas gifts. Tell me something good - did your baby come on time? I can't imagine still being pregnant 3 weeks from now.