Thursday, July 11, 2013

New Things: Pregnancy, Labor & Delivery! But basically, hey, look at what my belly did.

As I write this my 10 week old son is laying on my lap, asleep, with his arms over his head & his right leg bent with the knee up in the air with his foot resting on the left leg's ankle. He's wearing a grey romper with a red, white & blue pirate face on it, & is half heartedly sucking on a green & white pacifier with a bird on it. It's raining outside & Lucy the Cat is sitting like a loaf of bread near the door, though she was just on the ottoman at my feet. So, basically, he's the most adorable, life is pretty good & motherhood is surreal.

I'm not sure that I'll share the birth story that I wrote; I may want to keep that for us only & not share it with the masses. And while I have some new mom stories & whatnot, my main purpose in writing & sharing today is to show my belly progress photos.

I've always liked seeing the progression of a pregnant belly, so gosh darnit, I'm gonna do one!  These were taken at a pretty irregular interval; mainly whenever we realized that it had been awhile since taking a snapshot of ye olde belly, or if it was a holiday. Some of these were taken after work & before bed, so be there's definitely some frazzliness. Plus, hey, I was pregnant so cut a lady some slack. Here we go!

I may have been getting a little delirious at this point. This was my due date!

 And the next day, April 26th I went into labor, but I didn't realize it until about 6pm. By 11pm (after eating burgers & fries with friends & taking a shower) we were at the hospital ready to have a baby, & at 3:12am on April 27th, Finnegan Walter was born!

Fresh & new! It's so insane that this little guy grew inside of me. Love!

Life is a crazy whirlwind, guys. Enjoy it!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

This blog needs some prunes!

Welp, so much for finishing up those 31 Days of Awesome. And, you know, updating any other time since mid-August. Ah well. Someday, perhaps, I will get better with this blogging thing.

Anyway, here's some fun stuff I've been up to since my last update. I'll try to keep it in chronological order (for my own particularness, really)

-We went to Vermont for our yearly "camping" trip. I say "camping" because while it used to be legit roughin' it camping (in Maine), it is now wonderfully cushy camping in a mobile home with electricity and running water and a fridge and not only an ATV, but a golf cart. And our cars are within sight, not a mile hike down a craggy mountain inhabited by a crazy hoarder of a lumberjack. And we don't have to worry about eating meat that might be spoiled, due to it being stored in an ice-filled cooler for two days. Anyway, it's great fun, & this arthritic old lady likes not having to climb a mountain with a 50 pound pack on my back & junk in my hands. We had good times with friends, enjoyed the outdoors, a dip in a lake in New Hampshire, great food, fun games & ATV vs golf cart races. Which resulted in a tipped-over ATV. Sshhh, everyone was fine!

The whole lot o' us!

-A week after returning from Vermont, D & I found out that we would be welcoming a baby! Holy crap!! This explained the constant sleepiness & napping I enjoyed in Vermont, plus that random spell of nausea I experienced in the car. Oh, & that insatiable hunger, which is hard to balance with constantly feeling like barfing. Ah-ha! 

-As part of his birthday gift, I gave D a gift certificate for surfing lessons, a lifelong dream of his. We headed to the beach on a nice August morning & he did really well for a first timer! It was fun to watch, too. Here he is being awesome:

And here he is being adorable:

After surfing (& me baking in the sun), we were starving & headed to Crazy Burger for a lovely pre-birthday breakfast on the patio. Oh, summertime.

-We took an archery class! It was pretty awesome, despite the fact that I accidentally let go of the string at a bad point & in a bad position, resulting in some intense stinging & gnarly bruises on my forearm. I wasn't that great at it for a first-timer, but it was fun & I'd love to do it again.

-We had our big August birthday bash! D planned a fun scavenger hunt, made a delicious cake & also got us an Allie's donut cake:

It was loosely a turkey, he had written on it, "I wasn't the only one getting stuffed that November." Dirty!

-I literally wore a lot of hats on my actual birthday!
I was also secretly pregnant, mwa-ha-haaa!

-We went to King Richard's Faire & D got to be FiFi in Jacques ze Whippeur's show:
It was pretty hilarious. And it brought much joy to D.

We also enjoyed the King's Nuts!

-We had our first ultrasound! We had that on a Friday & by Sunday we had told our parents & some near & dears. It was overwhelming & fun & memorable!

-Had D's cousins over for their yearly fall sleepover. We went to a corn maze, wandered through a pumpkin patch, carved jack o'lanterns & watched cider get pressed:

D made me hold this pumpkin in front of Pumpkin.

-For our anniversary we headed back to Vermont (a different part) for a day & a half of relaxation. We went to the Ben & Jerry's Factory, a maple syrup factory/store/museum & stayed at a really nice inn on a lake. It was really nice to just get away & be lazy
Our view was beautiful! I have better photos, but the files are in quite the state of disarray at the moment. Sadface.

Alright, so the above was written in the middle of January. It is now April 18th. Aiaiai. I honestly don't have it in me to backtrack from October (OCTOBER!) events through to current events...So I won't. It's my blog & I'll do what I want!

But hey, guess what? My due date is a week from today. Let me type that again. OUR BABY IS DUE IN ONE WEEK. Like, seven days. Or anytime, really. This is craziness.  

Here's a photo of me from the beginning of April, looking tired & frazzly haired in Pumpkin's newly finished room.

Well, there you have it. A blog post. It's nothing stellar, but I wanted to at least get it out there. I'm sure with impending motherhood (yowsas!) I'll be pretty busy, but maybe I can try to pop on here for less epic posts...& I'll try to not make them all baby-related. I'll throw some cat stuff in there too ;) 

This year's definitely gonna be full of clam handles! And some will be covered in poop.

I'll leave you with that image. Thanks for reading!