Friday, July 23, 2010

Baby Jared

We had a baby today! Jared (middle name soon to be determined) was born at 9:19am after six hours of labor. He was 8 lbs, 10 oz. and 20.5 inches long. He has lots of hair and eats ALL the time. It looks like we're in for a long night.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Being Pregnant

I've been making a mental list (I like lists!) of things that are hard to do when 38.5 weeks pregnant and I thought it would be fun to actually write them down. Here are a few things that I'm looking forward to doing without a giant basketball getting in my way.

1. Laundry, cooking and dishes: Both counter-tops and washing machines are at the worst height for me. It's impossible to get close enough to what I'm doing without hurting myself because of the 1 foot protrusion extending from my midsection.

2. Tying shoes: I have to wear tennis shoes or I am in pain by the end of the day. I really need to find some sandals that support my arches, but I hate shoe shopping. And sandals that support arches are always grandma shoes. Not that my tennis shoes and shorts look awesome. It's just what I have.

3. Putting on pants: If I could go without pants every day, I would. It would be much cooler and I wouldn't have to deal with the sciatic nerve pain that comes every time I try and stand on one foot.

4. Picking things up off the floor: I am a huge klutz when pregnant, and the amount of butter on my fingers has increased lately. It seems I drop everything I get my hands on. Keys, food while trying to eat, my hairbrush, my toothbrush, pens, clothes while trying to dress myself. Thankfully while in public places I have a very helpful 7 year old who will pick up stuff from the floor and help me avoid the embarrassing pregnancy squat.

5. Getting up: You really begin to perfect the art of rising from a surface without the benefit of abdominal muscles. I think I've perfected the art of getting out of bed in the morning. First the legs over the side followed by pushing oneself to a sitting position. Luckily our bed is tall so I don't have to use my nightstand to get to a standing position.

6. Chasing a two year old: Mr. S is going through a "lets run away from mommy in the middle of a parking lot/grocery store/library" stage. There's nothing quite like having to run in public after a laughing/screaming two year old.

I would put sleeping on here, but I've had enough children to know that I will not be doing much of it for the next few months. It may be easier to sleep, but the 2 hour eating schedule sure does lessen the enjoyment. I may not wake up with a dead leg/arm anymore, but that may just be because I don't sleep long enough to actually allow circulation to be cut off from any parts of my body.

So there are my thoughts on being pregnant. A reminder to myself of what it's like during that last month if I ever entertain the thoughts of having another one.

On a more positive note: This baby is posterior so I get to feel and see his feet jabbing my belly all day long. It's a lot of fun. I can't wait to touch those little toes for real!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Canoe Trip

Ah, the lazy, hazy days of summer. Potentially the dog days of summer, but it is so hard to tell which are the hottest.

We decided that we needed to do something fun for dinner, so Luann (of course, really) when with Cucumber Canoes. Fun to make, fun to eat, and chock full of vegetables.

Ingredients: Cucumber, hollowed out (seeds, yech!); Tuna Salad (ingredients vary, depending on what is in the fridge); Carrot, stick form, (2) sticks; Cherry or Pear Tomatoes, (2); Pinch of Imagination.

Garden, circa July 2010

Garden Update: Tomatoes all over the place! Random Pumpkin!

The tomato plants are going nuts with growth and tomatoes. It seems like there are millions of tomatoes on our small pear tomato plant, and the Roma tomato plant is producing well. We even are getting some bell peppers, and a couple of jalepenos.

This year, we have a volunteer pumpkin plant. As it turns out, it is helping the strawberry plants survive the summer heat, since it blocks all of the sunshine. The picture doesn't do it justice, but it is even larger than my head! What do you do with pumpkin besides pumpkin pie? Pancakes here we come...