Thursday, December 29, 2011

post-christmas confessions

i'm linking up with e myself and i for some post-christmas confessions...

- on december 24th i shamelessly sent my dad out to go get my brother's christmas present for me...and ended up having my brother pick out his own present.  i still haven't paid him back for it yet.

- i cried when i left lucy in pensacola for christmas.  i'd like to blame it on the crazy hormones that come with pregnancy, but really, i would have cried anyway.

- sometimes i look at fly boy's flat stomach and get jealous.  then feel ridiculous for feeling jealous.  then envy him even more when he can so effortlessly bend over to tie his shoes.

- i have spent more time than i want to admit standing in our closet, looking longingly at my per-pregnancy clothes and wondering when we will be reunited again.

- part of me still believes that if i buy a new pair of shoes, it will make everything wrong in my life right again.  (even though i know the feeling will only last a few hours while i wear my new shoes, i am still tempted to go out and buy new shoes for the few hours of careless bliss.)

- i have been daydreaming about getting back to florida and taking down all the christmas decor.  i LOVE getting the house back to "normal" after the holidays.

- i've eaten christmas cookies for breakfast the last three days.

- i almost got away with avoiding doing dirty dishes before i left for our christmas vacation, and fully intended on leaving them in the sink for fly boy to deal with when he got back before me.  much to my dismay, my flight out of florida got delayed four hours, and i had no choice but to wash (and dry) the dishes.  i hate doing dishes.  with a passion.

thanks e for the link-up!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

awkward moments of being pregnant: flying

since we made the big move from delaware to florida, i've flown a few times to see my family, fly boy's family and a trip up to roanoke to see friends.  as fly boy and i get ready to split christmas between columbus and syracuse, i thought i would share some of the "special" moments i've had to date flying while pregnant...

- after carefully planning an outfit i was SURE would make it through security without a second walk-through, i got to experience my first frisking.  seriously, i was so sure this was the best outfit i could have worn to NOT get frisked.  as the security guy led me to the frisking area, he noted that it was probably my extra supportive bra that set off the metal detectors.  great.  thanks.  enter a slightly overweight middle aged woman who starts to pat me down.  when she got to my stomach, she informed me that this was her second frisking of a pregnant woman that day and asked if it is a boy or a girl (while her hand has found permanent residence on my stomach.)  i smile, a girl.  she then asked how far along i am, hand still on my stomach.  i tell her.   she replied, "well, i guess your baby isn't very active, i can't feel it moving."  i awkwardly laughed, hoping to get out of the security area as quickly as possible.  with her hand STILL planted on my stomach, she then noted, "oh i think i just felt the baby....wait, no, that was just you laughing."  i smiled, really hoping to stop the chit-chat and move on.  she looked at me for what felt like an eternity, and with her hand not budging from my stomach, goes on to tell me how wonderful boys are and how excited i should be to have a little boy.  i agreed, not wanting to correct her and continue this awkward interaction, and after what felt like of this stranger keeping her hand on my stomach, she finally let me go.  i haven't had too many awkward moments of strangers touching my stomach, but i think this single interaction made up for all the lack of awkward belly-touching moments thus far.

- as i found my seat on the plane, the passenger next to me saw my starbucks cup, and "jokingly" said, "you know, pregnant women really shouldn't have caffeine."  i smiled and told him it was a steamer, just hot milk and a shot of vanilla.  (of course i'm sitting in the window seat and he is in the middle, so he now has me as his captive audience for the duration of the flight.)  the gentleman then proceeded to go on a five minute rant about bad habits of pregnant women, including but not limited to, caffeine intake, smoking and drinking.  i had the ipod out and ready to go for when i could hear the captain say those sweet words, "the use of electronics is not permitted."  thank goodness for boise and noise-blocking headphones.

- not pregnancy related, but still funny...)  on another recent trip, i sat down next to a couple, who were clearly newly dating. 
girl: is this your first time flying?
guy: no, i've flown before.  have you ever been on one of those really big planes?  where there three seats, an isle, three seats, another isle and three more seats?
girl: oh honey, those planes don't really exist.  they make those up for the movies.  this [the plane we were sitting on] is the biggest plane that actually exists.
guy: (rolls his eyes, takes the girl's hand and smiles at her.)
we were on a little puddle jumper from atlanta to roanoke.  the plane only had five seats across.  and this girl actually thought that the prop plane was the biggest plane that is made.  hilarious.

with three more legs of flying to go over the next ten days, i am sure to have more "moments" to add to this list after christmas.

here's to awkward moments while being pregnant.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

it's beginning to look a lot like christmas
hands down, my favorite holiday.

part of it certainly is that my top love language is gift giving.  i love finding the perfect gifts.  my brother and i have an unspoken competition each year to see who can give the best gifts to our parents and grandparents.  (usually i win. though he is always in a more stable financial situation, i go for the homemade gifts.  no competition.)

we got a real tree this year.  fly boy grew up with fake trees.  i grew up with real trees.  last year we used his almost-real-looking-fake tree.  while it was very nice to not have to water the tree, or worry about it drying out while we traveled, i insisted politely asked that since we were moving to florida this year and there would be zero chance of getting snow at christmas, at least the house had to smell like christmas.  somehow, cough cough, the fake tree didn't make it in the move from delaware to florida. 

as my brother pointed out, it will be fun to see how high our electric bill is this month.

yes, lucy has her own stocking.  she is an essential part of the family.

probably my favorite christmas decoration...the twig reindeer.  fly boy's least favorite.  these may have been a last minute addition to our wedding registry last year that fly boy had no knowledge of.  in general, when creating a wedding registry, i highly recommend working together to choose items for your house.  in our case, we had some very generous guests, and while fly boy was out on a mission in the middle east or somewhere far away, i needed to add some more items to the registry.  the twig reindeer made the cut.  i honestly didn't think anyone would buy us christmas decorations, but knew we could get 10% off after the wedding.  i was thrilled when the massive boxes arrived at our doorstep a few weeks after the wedding.  my hope is that that one day fly boy will love the deer as much as i do.

i got this free printable from HERE, a cheap frame from walgreens and used some wrapping paper for the background. 

generally, my favorite room in the house, except during christmas (as you can't see the tree from the sunroom.) 

my last project for the season.  all thanks to paper source.

if it were socially acceptable, i would keep the christmas decor up all year.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

midweek confessions

my friend over at e, myself and i started a weekly confessions post. 

love it.  count me in.

-  i found a new blog to obsess follow, and it made my morning.  when i tried explaining to fly boy how excited i was, he dismissed me like i was crazy.  (check out jones design company)  it's totally normal for a new blog to change the trajectory of your day.  especially when it's a good blog that offers fun free printables.

-  the pictures of little ava in front of her christmas tree with her dad here makes me want to fast forward the next two years until our own little girl will be decorating our christmas tree with fly boy. 

-  i'm becoming boarder-line addicted to facebook on my iphone.  and i not so secretly, secretly love making fun of crazy people's posts to fly boy.  generally this includes people who divulge way too much information about their personal lives for the world to see.

-  after i found out i passed my glucose test earlier this week, i may have celebrated by eating an eggo waffle topped with strawberry & vanilla icecream, chocolate syrup, maple syrup (the real stuff, not the fake watered down imitation maple syrup like aunt jemima) and a cherry. 

-  i stand by my claim that i am NOT having any weird cravings so far in the pregnancy.  i totally would have eaten the perfect meal like last night (a baby bell cheese, cinnamon toast, meatball with spaghetti sauce, and piece of chocolate) BEFORE we got pregnant.
-  i've been wanting to put up pictures of our christmas decorations since december 1st, but have held off because i keep finding more things i want to add to the house.

-  i'm 30 weeks pregnant and just getting around to signing up for birthing classes at the hospital.

-  we haven't started the nursery at ALL.  case-in-point.

-  i had a nightmare over thanksgiving that i went into labor in while we were in syracuse.  i woke up in tears because we haven't bought a car seat and though we've ordered the crib, it hasn't come in yet. 
(ps: though we don't have a crib, car seat, pack-n-play or any other "essentials," baby girl does however, have a good start to her wardrobe...)

-  i'm banking on this girl making her debut at least a few days late so we'll have over 10 weeks to get everything together.

that's about it for now.
thanks e for a great idea!