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9-30 yup, you've seen this before

9-30 yup, you've seen this before

while i’m sitting here enjoying a few moments off before i get back to work, i think the baby likes potato soup, too. apparently, unless i’m just really gassy and mistaking all of the little flutters in my belly as the baby wrongly, i have an active little one inside. i don’t know how i feel about that just yet—so many moms have told me that it’s so awesome to feel it move once it gets bigger, that it’s such a great reassurance to know that everything is going well. part of me is still a little freaked out by the idea of feeling a foot or a fist or a butt in my side or against my diaphragm or in my bladder or whatever. i still find that thought slightly disconcerting, especially when i project ahead to the third trimester when i know i’ll be able to actually see that offending foot through the stretched skin of my womb.

that … i am just not prepared for.

for now, however, i’m pretty confident the little faint flutters i can discern are definitely the baby and not just my intestines objecting to the progesterone that has since slowed down their digestive process. i know what gas feels like. i know what being constipated feels like. i’m rather sure that the movement i’ve felt since last week or so does not compare to those two things in the least. it’s definitely different, and that much really is exciting.

i think as time goes on, i’ll be more and more excited about the changes that are going on both with the baby and with my body. one week at a time!

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better late than never? i hope so …

i love etsy; there’s always way too many things on there that i’d love to buy. i can spend a long time window shopping (browser shopping? lol …), adding things to my favorites, and telling myself i should make some things and sell them on the site, too.

here’s a selection of crafty typography, all handmade and available for the type geeks out there:

I’ll admit, some of those crafted letters are so cute, I’d love to decorate for the baby with some of the letters … if only we had … a name or two picked out. (We’ll need two—one for a boy and one for a girl, considering we don’t want to know the gender until the birth.) We should probably get on that sometime …

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9-29 taco bake leftovers ftw!

9-29 taco bake leftovers ftw!

today’s lunch is leftover taco bake. that’s really just our name for it, taken as the idea was from pre-packaged bakes of the same name by people like el paso, etc. it’s simple, easy, and yummy. just make taco meat as you normally do (we used chicken, but any ground meat works, of course), then layer it between tortillas (these are wheat) with cheese, salsa, and whatever other toppings you like on your tacos. top it with an extra layer of cheese and salsa and bake it in the oven at 350°F for 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and everything is crispy and warm. then, you’re done! i like to serve mine with shredded lettuce, a bit of sour cream, and more salsa, but that’s just extra stuff.

i had the pear for dessert.

work is still crazy busy, but i think it’s less insane than the end of last week was. i feel like i’m finally getting things done instead of continually hammering the same nail into place. it’s nice to have more of a sense of accomplishment as opposed to an endless list of incompleteness. too bad it’s only tuesday, however.

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9-29 not exactly amazing ...

walking the dog this morning in the chilly air was really great. i love autumn not just for the colorful change of leaves, but for the crisp air, clear stars, and excuse to enjoy spices of all kinds. i’ve been craving tea, so i stopped and picked up some decaffeinated chai along with some office snacks. somehow, i managed to assemble a breakfast out of my collection of supplies—a cup of citrus fruit that was on sale, a fiber granola bar, and the ever-present cheese (in this case, the cottage variety).

if there’s two things i’ve been really craving all pregnancy, it’s been cheese of any kind and fruit. no ice cream and pickles, no hot sauce and donuts, and no laundry detergent (thank goodness). i haven’t sent the hubby out at odd hours for things i simply had to eat. in fact, if anything, hubby has had to put up with the opposite when dinner rolls around and i fuss and whine over how i don’t know what i could possibly want to eat. i am constantly thankful that things could be worse, and i’m glad i haven’t been sick. i like food; it’d be hard for me to be sick and not be able to eat it at all. not wanting it sometimes is hard enough, but i think i’m slowly moving through that phase in the pregnancy.

i still can’t eat too much at a time, though i no longer have any difficulty clearing my plate. i just end up eating more often, and it’s a goal of mine to be careful about sticking to healthy snacks with only the occasional, worthwhile indulgent slip. so far, so good.

yes, that’s my work hidden underneath my hodge-podge of a breakfast. it’s the last of the furniture … for now. i know there’s more coming (when is there not?), but it’ll be good to have it out of the way so i can move on.

lastly, if you notice above this post, i updated my pregnancy ticker with my actual due date, only to suddenly realize i have less than 200 days to go! WOW!

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9-28, a little bit of everything

9-28, a little bit of everything

today’s lunch is kind of an odd combination of whatever i felt like snatching from the fridge. there’s pb&j with hopefully the last of our non-organic (i.e. high fructose corn syrup-containing) flax seed bread, a bit of tomato, half of an avocado that’s going bad, some pretzels, and a dipping sauce for the veggies that’s simply soy sauce and wasabi. it was a random lunch, to be sure, but it was still tasty. really, i could just eat avocado all the time. i love it. especially with a dab of soy and wasabi. it’s spicy, buttery perfection right there.

speaking of spicy food, we went out for mexican and i had some really awesome chille rellenos. they were spicy and delicious, but apparently someone tiny living in my uterus wasn’t as keen on them as i was. i felt a bit more fluttering than i expected, but it’s still so tiny and faint i have to concentrate to make sure that’s really what i’m feeling. it was really like faint butterflies, but it’s still definitely different from my … ummmm … digestive processes. there’s a noticeable distinction. it makes me smile, knowing the baby’s in there wiggling (even if it’s in protest to my dinner).

i will admit to being a little nervous about the bigger movements i’ll be feeling along the way—the kicks and the squirming. that still makes me a little queasy when i think about it, but everyone tells me it’s just as awesome. usually, i smile and nod and pretend to believe them while i cringe inside, but i think somewhere in the back of my mind … i’m a little excited. i’m anxious to feel more, just … slowly.

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i apologize for the lack of photos, but the sites i did some baby browsing at didn’t have any images i could link to properly. there’s plenty of images if you visit, however. the unfortunate and surprising thing was just how expensive sheet sets are from cribs … not to mention how expensive cribs are! wow. i was a little shocked, but i suppose it’s just the way things are. that’s what gift registries are for, right?

i saw some really cute bedding here, here, and here. all three sets are gender-neutral and brightly colored. the last one with the birds is my favorite.

two really cute mobiles are here and here. i’d love to hang a mobile above a crib when we get one. i’d also like to decorate the walls with some vinyl, and there are some great examples of some i like on my etsy favorites.

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9-25 lunch in a hurry

9-25 lunch in a hurry

like i mentioned previously, work is insane today, much like it was yesterday. i had a coworker grab me lunch on her way into the office—roly poly’s thai chicken wrap. it’s one of my favorites, and by the time it arrived, i was very hungry. it didn’t last long. i also had a plum and a granola bar while waiting, so i’m officially very very full.

now, if i can just survive until the end of the day … it will finally be the weekend.

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