Weekend Things

I’m not exactly sure how to talk about this weekend because it was sort of an emotional roller coaster on my end. Too much caffeine, interrupted sleep, hormones and alcohol (too much being like three-quarters of a beer, ha)?? Don’t answer that 🙂 Don’t wanna sound dramatic because most of the time I’ve been doing really well and just LOVING every baby-filled second but you know me, I like to be honest here and I’ve definitely cried a handful of times too. I think COVID exhaustion is finally finally hitting me. I know I’m lucky to have made it this far and maybe it’s because there’s finally a light at the end of the tunnel (anyone else watching the first Americans get the vaccine today??), but man, I just want to go to the movie theater, watch a baseball game, eat in a restaurant and mainly, share this little babe with our families and HUG MY MOM AND SISTER. All that being said, let’s hit some weekend highlights.

Thursday night lights. I keep telling Joey we didn’t even go look at Christmas lights last year and he won’t believe me, but it’s the truth, so I know we were well overdue. No, Dempsey can’t really understand and definitely won’t remember that time we took him to The Gingerbread House, but I will! It was so cool. We picked up hot chocolate on our way and I sort of forgot how good hot chocolate is!

Woke up to a blanket of snow on Friday. How festive! When I was done having a small meltdown about how stressful breastfeeding is (have I mentioned how hard breastfeeding is??), I made myself a bacon, egg and cheese. I felt a lot better after that and hey, I think Dempsey and I turned a corner on breastfeeding this weekend. It’s only taken almost two months, oy! We briefly contemplated making soup for dinner but… take out. Anyone else just ordering a lot of take out and telling themselves it’s to help restaurants when it’s really just to help yourself?? 😛 Cart-Driver remains the best! We watched The Santa Clause afterward and boy, do I love watching a movie you’ve seen a billion times and laughing like it’s the first time.

Joey got up early Saturday morning with Dempsey, so when I woke up a little bit later, I made us gingerbread waffles and coffee as a thank you. So good! Much naps afterward and then… I ran on our new treadmill! Merry Christmas to Joey and I! Trying not to worry we made a mistake in buying one when the entire house is shaking because it is SO NICE to work out in your own home. I ran/walked a couple of miles and it felt so good to break a sweat! Afterward, when I was upstairs showering, I managed to knock one of our succulents off the windowsill and made a huge mess. Cut to me having an identity crisis because even though I think of myself as a perfectionist, am I actually sloppy and clumsy instead?? Joey made us broccoli cheddar soup with cheesy croutons for dinner and even though the loaf of bread I bought for this meal was a moldy mess, we subbed regular white bread slices and it was all okay. More than! We also watched About Time, which is LOVELY and I can’t believe no one told me about it before! We made it through the entirety of SNL and I’ve been singing “Tiny Horse” to myself ever since. I really love Timothee Chalamet, okay?

Baby in the bed! I ordered us breakfast from bed and Joey went to pick it up while I fed Dempsey and why do I always forget how much I love Sassafras?? The beignets, fried green tomato Benedict, latte and bite of Joey’s shrimp and grits were amazing! I’m definitely loving this Sunday take out breakfast routine we’ve got going. A little bit later, my parents stopped by for a visit. They got to see Dempsey hanging out on his activity mat and were amazed by how much more alert he is these days. He majorly spit up on my mom, then fell asleep in her arms. What a guy! Doesn’t my mom look so natural holding a baby? She was born to be a grandma 🙂 Joey gave Dempsey a bath, then dressed him as a little elf. Joey loves all things Christmas! I made us a Katie Lee butternut squash, kale and farro salad for dinner and then we watched a couple episodes of Breaking Bad and I have been having such a different emotional reaction to this show the second time around. Mainly, I really really really hate Walt and all the stuff I thought was cool the first time around, just feels kinda sad. Still such an amazing and well done show though! Please tell me how your weekend was.

P.S. Please know I had to listen to two very lengthy recaps of both Christmas Chronicles and Christmas Chronicles 2 this weekend… did I mention Joey loves Christmas?? 😛

The Third Trimester

Guys, it is starting to feel like I’ve been pregnant forever. And as my doctor said “well it’s been 35 weeks, so you kind of have been!” But also, 35 weeks!!! We’re so close and I kind of can’t believe it! We still have a few things left to do (CPR class, breastfeeding class, sterilizing stuff) but man am I starting to look forward to holding that little baby on the outside of my body rather than on the inside.

I’m not terribly uncomfortable, to be honest, but laying on my back/stomach, eating medium rare beef, getting that giant pregnancy pillow out of my bed, drinking a beer (or like half a beer because my tolerance already wasn’t high and I am sort of scared 😋) and just generally moving around normally again are starting to sound so so appealing. Also, as we finish up baby preparations and have either finished (or put on hold in the case of bigger projects) house decorating, we’ve found ourselves sort of bored. I honestly can’t wait to be too distracted/busy/tired to look at my phone for what feels like 16 hours a day 😁

This baby is the wiggliest! I swear he is hardly ever not moving around, so I am starting to think he doesn’t sleep and that is genuinely concerning because Joey also keeps reminding me that he does not do well on little sleep. Eek! I’ve been doing some inversions, getting on all fours and bouncing on the yoga ball to help baby get in a good position and I think it’s working because he’s head down and centering up in there! My back definitely still hurts but my parents gave Joey some massage pointers and it’s really felt so good! And KNOCK ON WOOD but the indigestion I’ve had since the second trimester is suddenly way better/basically gone?? Perhaps it’s because I’ve stopped cooking five tomato-heavy recipes a week 😂

Other third trimester happenings have included our baby shower of course but also interviewing and picking a pediatrician (seriously sucks to have to do those things by yourself because of COVID), getting my TDAP shot, finishing the nursery (that post is still coming, I promise!), celebrating our last child-less anniversary, lots of walks to the coffee shop and with the pup (but otherwise very little actual exercise), the return of the need for naps, just so many loads of baby laundry (HOW??), a very brief bout of pregnancy insomnia and just so so SO many middle of the night trips to the bathroom (I will not miss this at all!).

In case I don’t get a chance to say it later, I just want say I’ve really really enjoyed this pregnancy. There are lots of discomforts and worries, sure, but I have mostly felt so happy and healthy and like I thrived during this time. I’m so so grateful for such a smooth experience so far. It’s made life so easy and fun and I do not take it for granted ❤