The past couple days have been absolutely gorgeous in New England — nevermind that it’s raining today, at least we’ve had a taste of spring! My friend Grace and her little boy Asher enjoyed the nice weather over in Boston – I can’t get over how cute his hat is (although she said it didn’t last long on his head!).
Meanwhile my friend Priscilla’s little guy Edgar sprouted his first tooth over in New York. :) He’s growing up so fast. He will be walking around any day now!
I was out and about when those hunger pangs struck. If I had thought ahead I would have put a granola bar in my bag, but alas! Sometimes a burger in the car is exactly what you need when you are between errands and too hungry to wait till you get home. It hit the spot.
Our little kiddo has officially received his first gift from his registry! I’m sure he’s very excited to find out what is inside! We are putting all his gifts in the corner of the dining room in preparation for the baby shower. I’m excited to celebrate his arrival with friends and family — not too much longer now! :)
Now that we’ve reached the last stretch of pregnancy, I thought I’d share a few thoughts :)
- The belly is a conversation starter. Strangers will strike up a conversation with me when they catch sight of the belly. These have all been the sweetest of conversations. Babies make people happy and lovely, and I’ve enjoyed seeing this side of humanity.
- Cravings are real but not overpowering (for me). You guys know I’ve had my love of cantaloupe and grapes over the course of this pregnancy. :) I’ve noticed that for me, cravings are more of a “suggestion” instead of an immediate urgency. Sometimes we run out of grapes and it’s not the end of the world.
- Pregnancy is different for everyone. You never know what symptoms you’ll have until you’re pregnant. I always pictured lots of nausea, misery, and food aversions, but didn’t really experience any of that. I had fatigue, heartburn, and headaches during the first trimester, but it was totally manageable. The second and third trimesters so far have been super smooth sailing, with only a couple random nights of restless legs along the way. It’s been an easy pregnancy and I’m so thankful for that! I’m definitely not taking that for granted — all you amazing moms who have been in the trenches with symptoms are serious superwomen.
- Maternity clothing is the best. I was hesitant to buy maternity clothing because I didn’t want to spend money on things that would get used for such a short time. When I reached my 3rd trimester, a friend from church gave me all her maternity clothes and saved me from having to shell out. Turns out real maternity stuff is kinda the best! Super comfy and flattering on the belly :)
- People will comment. For whatever reason, the belly attracts all kinds of comments. In the same week I have heard “you’re barely showing” AND “that’s a big belly”. Thankfully most people I encounter are incredibly lovely, so I try to shrug off the less-than-encouraging comments that come my way.
- Pillows are your friend. Believe the hype – pillows are a pregnant gal’s best friend. I don’t have a real maternity pillow, I just use regular pillows to prop up the belly when I’m lying on my side, and also to go between the ol’ knees. All of this helps to keep my back and shoulder muscles from pulling in weird ways, and helps me get some decent sleep in-between trips to the bathroom. :)
- Parents help other parents. Joel and I have been amazed by how helpful and generous other parents are. My mommy friends are so supportive and non-judgmental, and I know I will have plenty of people to turn to when I need advice or just need someone to listen.
- Priorities change. I suppose every parent knows this, but this little baby in my tum is changing our lives. We could not be more thrilled. :)
I will probably have more thoughts along the way, but let’s catch up on other things in the meantime:
My breakfasts lately have included pears. This reminds me of the time I decided to make a pear pie in Houston when I saw that pears were on sale for 77 cents per lb. The pear pie was pretty yummy – Joel and I agreed that pears should make an appearance in pies more often. I haven’t made another one since then but maybe I should. :)
Another very good addition to the week has been these chocolate Greek yogurt bars. I am going to keep my eye out for other flavors the next time I’m in the store :) These things are way too delicious.
Dinner the other night consisted of pad thai with chicken and veggies. The dish could have used more chicken, but overall it was pretty darn good.
More signs of spring in the yard! This makes my heart happy. <3
My friend Colleen is an awesome baker and made this incredible cake for Amy’s little boy’s birthday! She made the tools from chocolate – I am so impressed. Jack was completely enamored with his cake. Check out more of Colleen’s amazing creations on instagram: @tuzos_portions
The book club gals came over last night and we had baked potatoes for dinner! Each person brought different toppings which made for the most awesome meal.
Everyone really enjoyed the book (Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng) and it was a lot of fun discussing the plot, characters, and themes. If you have not read it yet, you should give it a try, it’s a good one! I found the author’s writing style so palatable that I am definitely interested in checking out more of her books.
My late night snack was a new-to-me chocolate that I thoroughly enjoyed. Joel prefers dark chocolate, but I think I am the only person on earth who does not like dark chocolate (I vote milk chocolate all the way) — so any time there is milk chocolate in the house I know it is all mine :) The almonds and toffee chips added a super delicious crunch — yum — and I am quite the fan! Find it HERE.
Do you prefer milk or dark chocolate? Any good books to recommend? Ever tried pear pie?
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