Eat Your Veggies

In an effort to eat healthier, incorporate more veggies in our diets, support local farming, AND be environmentally sensitive, Jesse and I have opted to join a local produce delivery service: www.localharvestdelivery.com

We received our first box on Saturday, which I had actually forgotten was coming. What a nice surprise to come home to a fresh box of local lavendar, parsley, beets, multi-colored carrots, onion, apples, mandarins, leaf broccoli, spinach, and lettuce. Kind of a bummer that Jesse is gone this weekend, and that we have our class on Monday (ie. no cooking dinner), so I used the first of the “crop” tonight to make a really yummy (and healthy) stir-fry of onion, leaf broccoli, beet greens, spinach, mushrooms, and tofu. I know, sounds almost too healthy to taste good, but it was really tasty, I promise (Jesse would have loved it actually). Then, because I used the beet greens, I got ambitious and looked up a recipe for some carrot/beet soup, and ended up making it for my lunches this week (I snuck a taste and it’s awesome too!). So, not only did I eat local and healthy, but also organic and MUCH more colorful and fresh than I normally would have. Well worth the $30 box so far.

Also, as a sidenote, I was again able to use my new birthday blender – which is officially the best appliance that I own, thanks to Nana and Papa. I’ve only used it for smoothies so far, but since the intention was to get it to make baby food eventually, I decided the soup was a good test start. And it worked amazingly!

I suppose this post makes me officially “middle-aged”. There is no “young adult” who would: A) get as excited as I did over a box of produce on my porch, B) be as happy with the use of the new blender and “gourmet” soup recipe, or C) eat as many vegetables as I have consumed in one day, much less the amount I plan to consume this week.

However, this makes me very, very happy, regardless. Now, I just can’t wait for Jesse to get home from Phoenix! He at least, if not actually being excited, will be a wonderfully dutiful husband to his pregnant wife and feign great excitment over the produce, the cooking, and the blender. I can’t wait to see him! 🙂

Practicality

I usually like to think of myself as fairly practical. Especially with the baby stuff because we really have not “overbought” at this point at all – in fact, we really have been careful not to overbuy – partly because we don’t have the space, but mostly because we just don’t want a TON of baby gear that we won’t use. So…we figure we can always buy later if there is something we’re missing.

Except, apparently, for bathing suits, that is. I’m going to blame the start of it on Jesse (don’t the poor husbands always get the blame ;)?) When we visited Hawaii, he made his first baby purchase, which was the cute Roxy suit that will probably fit her when she is over a year, but we had to have it anyway. Since then, as far as clothes go, we’ve only purchased a onesie – and were awaiting after the baby shower to buy anything else to fill in the ‘holes’. That is, until this weekend when we were at Babys R Us to buy our carseat…and saw another super-cute bathing suit that we decided would be more “fitting” (literally – it’s a 3-6 month instead of 24 month size). So, now our little girl is officially equipped for the lake or the beach…so she’ll be able to swim in style. And she is the proud owner of no other “real” clothes besides two bathing suits. Not so practical, except for the fact that both Jesse and I spend more of our lives in bathing suits (or board shorts) than anything other than work clothes probably…so that’s our excuse, and we’re sticking to it. 😉
Oh, and just in case you wanted to see the proof:

The Evidence

Starting Week 30…

Thought I’d give a few pics to illustrate how much bigger we are:

30th Week
30th Week

Also, the beautiful handiwork of my mom in our nursery!

The crib & bedding
The crib & bedding

up close on the flowers
up close on the flowers

TGI Friday!

I suppose I need a Friday picture update. I don’t have any here today, but perhaps I’ll try to add one later. If I go home, I’ll take a picture of our beautiful new nursery additions – the bedding! Courtesy of my talented mother. I wish I could sew and make wonderfully beautiful and useful things like she does, but I think I’ve given up on the patience part of learning that skill. It looks great though. We only need a few minor adjustments on the bumpers, and it’s done. Well, that and a crib sheet, which we’ll either get at the shower or pick a few up later.

As for the belly, she is getting bigger every day. I feel like as she grows, she has been moving around less. She was really extremely active for a few weeks, and now, although she moves around a bit, she just doesn’t seem to have as much room perhaps to kick and squirm. I’ll try to give an update picture on that later too. Maybe when she is squeezed all to one side, deforming my midsection like I couldn’t imagine!

The countdown clock is at 78 days. How crazy is that? SO soon. I’m going to put in my notice for disability request today as well. I feel a little bad asking for the couple of weeks off before the baby, but I think it will be necessary with everything we need to get done. And now that I am having a few more responsibilities at work (I know it is a little boring to mention work, but I’m happy with the new promotion this week: First woman principal engineer at my company, and now head of my department! Ahh! It was my birthday present from them, I guess), I just feel like exiting a little early might be good for everyone’s health. We’ll see what the reaction is.

Other than that, just bracing for more rain today and this weekend. So much for the gorgeous weather of last weekend, when we hiked three days in a row! I hope that it just clears up next weekend. Both in Arizona and here…as Jesse will be going to Phoenix for work, and I’ll be left here to hike with girlfriends and doggies!

Happy weekend, family & friends!

Birth Day

Today’s our 2nd birth class, so that’s the way we’re spending my birthday. Luckily, we decided to do a nice dinner on Saturday evening and ‘actually’ celebrate that night. And the classes aren’t bad – in fact, I’m looking forward to it because I did enjoy it last week, so there definitely could be worse things.

We also had a really nice birthday dinner with my family last night. I am so thankful for both my parents, in addition to Nana & Papa and Grandma. Again, we came home with new baby items, including our wonderful nursery bedding! It was fun to bring it home and set it all up – making the room that much closer to done! Good thing since next week is 30 weeks…which leaves us only 10 to go!

Today (on the “real” day), besides birth class, I did choose to leave work really early today and go hiking with Jesse and his cousin, Tegan, who just moved here, and her boyfriend. And THAT was a great birthday! The weather has been beautiful – sunny, clear, and warm, just how we like it! What a great intro for her to California as well, although I’m sure she can handle the little bit of rain that’s supposed to come later in the week.

In other hiking news, I’ve actually been hiking for the past 3 days and it feels so great. I’m super slow, but at least I can do it, and it makes me feel so much healthier. I cannot wait to workout after the baby and get back in shape again!

Not a Real “Update”, but Important, Nonetheless

I just wanted to say that I have the best husband in the world.

I cannot imagine someone more supportive during this whole pregnancy, and everything else we’ve gone through in the last 2.5 years of being married. He is so stable, and has a special faith in us that I sometimes do not have. Despite any sort of hecticness or ups-and-downs, he is a constant rock. He is going to be the most amazing father; I can already tell. I am just so, so blessed to not only have him in my life, but be married to him too!

So, as we approach Valentine’s Day, I thought I should mention how thankful I am for him, and how much he is loved.

28 Week Belly Update

Beginning of 28th week
Beginning of 28th week

So, there it is! The big belly (please excuse the horrible skin – I should have thought of that with the picture). It doesn’t seem all that big, I suppose, in the whole scheme of things.

In other news, we started our birthing classes, and to both our surprise, the first class was really fun. We felt more prepared after 3 hours of the class than we have over all the multiple doctor appointments that we’ve gone to the entire time. We have 5 more classes to go, and meet with our doula this Friday. I think that Jesse and I both felt after the 1st class that paying the little extra for the class and the doula was well worth it, and are comfortable with our decision to use her. We’ll see how it all goes…I’m hoping for a late April delivery, which would be just a week early! 😉

And Apparently I Am Friends With Crazies Too…

because yesterday I gave my “half-ironman-5-months-post-child” idea to 3 of my friends, and they ALL are up for it and ready to do it. So, crazy attracts crazy apparently. Poor Jesse. He might have to get on a bike, which he promised me at marriage to do and hasn’t done since the broken collarbone incident. The things we do for love 😉

The baby is pretty crazy herself. She does some serious ninja-kicking now…during the day at work, right after dinner, and especially around 3 AM or so. Perhaps that will be her schedule of choice. Honestly, I’m fine with anything as long as I’m not working. Making it through the day each day is the toughest part right now, so I’m really looking forward to just focusing on the family for 3 months when I take my leave. I’m also looking forward to attempting to work a 32-hour week (reduced hours!) starting next week. We’ll see how that works out in reality, but I’ll be very, very happy if I manage to reduce for the next 2-3 months.

We’ve also signed up for classes now, and are meeting with a doula. It’s was becoming increasingly clear that we needed to do that, considering health care in Santa Barbara for expecting mothers. Not that it is bad – I definitely think we are blessed to have great health care – but it also was definitely clear that they do not hesitate to put you in induced labor, C-section mode, and any number of modified situations that I may not be completely on board with, as long as there is another option available. So, I’d just like someone consistent there with us to aid in our decision making process along the way. Jesse is completely on board with it too, so that is especially nice!

Goals

So, now that I’ve gained about 30 pounds, I’m making some plans to get it off. Don’t worry, not before she’s born…but hopefully shortly after. I have to be honest, among the reasons I don’t want a C-section (there are others), is that I really don’t want to have to be away from the gym for longer than I have to. Plus, it just sounds painful from the friends who have had to go that route!

Anyways, I’m wondering if this race: Austin Half Ironman, would be too lofty of a goal to shoot for. I’ll have to ask my race partner, Telli – who roped me into these things before, and it turned out to be so much fun. Plus, I don’t see any way to train for a half ironman without at least shedding some of the weight I’ve put on during pregnancy! 😉

It’s also some motivation to get in the pool this week. I keep coming up with excuse after excuse, when really – it’s just laziness that prevents me from getting in the water. Well, that and work schedule and cold weather. But those perhaps also fall under “excuses”!

Anyone up to train with me? Or do I have to rope Jesse into it too?!

The Most Recent

Rainbow on the Farm

Belly, Beach, & Golf Course
Belly, Beach, & Golf Course
Sorry it’s been so long for an update! We’ve been doing all sorts of stuff…going to Molokai to visit family, then back to work. The pics are from the trip – one to show that I’m still growing & growing, and one beautiful rainbow over the Wheeler Plumeria farm.

It was so great to see family for a week – wish we got out there more! And great timing because now I feel so huge that I really don’t think I would want to travel much longer. It’s the start of the 3rd trimester, so I guess I need to expect uncomfortable-ness for the rest of the time!

I don’t have much news other than that. We’ve been continuing to build the “nursery”, and my mom is almost done with the bedding. Jesse put the crib together, we picked up additional furniture (thanks, Mom & Dad! We love the couch and wall units!), and it’s all coming together nicely. It’s really the first time we’ve truly been “moved in” to this house together in our two plus years of marriage, so it’s very refreshing for both of us. If this is nesting, I hope we continue to do this!

Work has been a little rough lately, so we can use prayer there. I’m just blessed to still have a job, as they’ve laid off more and more people, and we’ve now taken a 20% paycut across the board for those of us left. I continue to just focus on being healthy and trying to minmize stress so that our little girl doesn’t feel the effects of it all! Jesse is enjoying his job, so we hope to see a sale soon to pay off his hard work. I’m so proud of him for being so diligent with this company – I know good things will come from it some time.