Monday, July 20, 2015

Library Freebie

It's common knowledge that you can borrow books for free at the library, but look what I got to take home with me (forever!) from my library: 

a new bookcase/bookshelf display-type item! It used to hold children's books but a bigger, two-sided shelf replaced it. So it was outside with a free sign on it! I couldn't believe my good fortune - I think it will be perfect in the baby's room. My plan is to give it a good scrub to try to remove those adhesive marks and then fill it with books! Thankfully my parents saved some of my books from when I was younger and I've received a few as gifts so I'm excited and ready to get set up!

Acquired anything for free lately?

Monday, July 13, 2015

Gender Predictions from Old Wives' Tales

Mr. G and I aren't finding out early if our baby is a boy or a girl - we're happy to wait until the baby is born. Of course I've heard a lot of predictions (adamant predictions!) so I thought I'd go through some old wives' tales for fun.

Morning sickness - nausea = girl, little/no nausea = boy

For me:  on/off nausea depending on the day = girl

Chinese Gender Chart - a chart matching your age and month of conception

For me:  girl

Mayan Gender Prediction - add the year of conception and the mother's age. Even number = girl, odd number = boy

For me:  girl

Baby's heart rate  - over 140 bpm = girl, under 140 bpm = boy

For me:  the baby's had a range of heartbeats, so inconclusive! Besides, our midwife said the heartbeat gradually slows down over the course of the pregnancy anyway.

Season of conception - winter = girl, summer = boy, spring and fall = equal chance

For me:  conceived in the winter = girl

Cravings - craving sweet = girl, craving sour/salty = boy

For me:  I couldn't stand anything sweet at first, but sour/salty have been tasty all along = boy

Skin - acne = girl, clear skin = boy

For me:  a good amount of pimples/blemishes = girl 

Final Tally:  Girl:  5    Boy:  1    Inconclusive: 1

Leaning heavily toward girl! Anyone want to add their guess? Would you/did you find out the gender of your baby before it was born? 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Vacation in St. Michaels

We've returned from our trip to St. Michaels! 
The weather was a warm, comfortable temperature for the whole visit, but there were some wild thunderstorms and a little flooding. To be expected this close to the water, I suppose? Many of the roads had ditches cut beside them to hold excess water and runoff so the sidewalks and roads were in good shape again pretty quick. 

Most of our time in St. Michaels was spent walking around town. There are a ton of cute shops (we saw one with handmade three-dimensional wooden maps of various coastlines around the world) and lots of places to eat. I was impressed that one of the restaurants, Ava's Pizzeria, even offered a vegan cheese and veggie pizza!

We spent a lot of time in the water too, since our B & B had a great pool. They also upgraded our room to a suite with a soaker tub next to the bed. It was awesome! I've never used one, but my pregnant self loved all the space and how light I felt. Super relaxing!
On our last day, we took a short ferry ride to the nearby town of Oxford to explore and eat lunch at the Robert Morris Inn. This is the oldest tavern still being used as a tavern in North America (so we were told - couldn't find that in writing anywhere) and interesting to look around. The tavern portion looked as you'd imagine - slate floors, lots of brick, and a big fireplace to huddle around in the winter. Cozy :)
While in Oxford, we visited the Scottish Highlands Creamery which came highly recommended. They only take cash and we had $6 between the two of us, so that made our decision easy since a Double is exactly $6! Plus a Double is actually four scoops of ice cream in one bowl - confused us too! - so we each selected two flavors and shared. Mr. G chose Red Raspberry Coconut and Birthday Cake and I picked Chocolate and Cookie Dough. It was the best ice cream I've ever had and came close for Mr. G - he gave it his #2 spot! We had a great view while we indulged

And to cap it off, we're returning to work for a short week - since the 4th of July (Independence Day) is on Saturday, we have Friday off! Yippee :)

Had any good ice cream lately? Have you tried a supersize soaker tub?

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Pregnancy is Odd

Some of our baby's first gifts!

Sarah commented that she wondered about weird stuff during pregnancy, so here are some of my experiences, as of 20 weeks . . 

Food - I am so HUNGRY. My ramped up appetite was actually one of my first symptoms that made me think, maybe this isn't just killer PMS. From about week 6 to 13, I felt off (dizzy or weak) much of the time unless I'd JUST eaten. My food aversions were simple: anything sweet (including fruit, candy, and chocolate - very difficult to explain at Easter parties when it was too early to reveal our good news) and Chinese food. 

In fact, I mostly lived on carbs and cheese (plus eggs, as long as someone else was preparing them). Vegetables had to be cooked just right but then I could stomach a small portion. By about 14-15 weeks, I could handle most foods (Chinese is still out) and I've learned to eat immediately if I feel hunger coming on.

Nosebleeds - I usually get a minor nosebleed or two every winter, easily stopped by pinched nostrils and a few minutes of rest. But pregnant women are prone to nosebleeds, and mine became more severe as well. Thankfully I always get them to stop but blood gushing from your nose is still a little scary.

Boobs - My boobs were on fire for about two weeks at the very beginning (even before I took a pregnancy test). Sensitive and full - so strange. I used to be not quite a B cup but too big for A cup (this website has charts so you can see what a B cup in the US converts to where you live) so larger breasts have definitely been an adjustment! I'm grateful the pain subsided when the growth spurt ended.  

Sleep - Growing a baby is tiring! The baby makes sure I wake up at no later than 15 minutes after my normal time - 5:30 (whether the alarm is set or not ). So I go to bed at 8pm. This is no big deal Monday - Friday because my husband's at work anyway but the weekends are a bit tougher. Luckily close friends/family were acclimated to my crazy old lady bedtime (9pm previously) and they don't bat an eye when we leave a bit early or beg them not to make dinner reservations for 7 o'clock!

The actually sleeping part has been easy though. I'm a stomach sleeper and not a huge fan of pillows. Always have been. I only use a corner of my pillow, pressed to the perfect level of cushy flatness, enough to rest my head on but so that my mouth/nose hang off the side of the pillow and bed. (Yep, I'm weird! I'm convinced the air is fresher when my face is suspended off the side like that.) That was just fine til about 16ish weeks when stomach sleeping became uncomfortable. I've reluctantly switched to this massive pillow, which supports my knees, arms, and back simultaneously. I'm a convert now though! It feels amazing to sink into at night. But I use it upside down, because my face cannot be in the middle of the pillow like the model's!

By far though, the strangest (and best!) thing is feeling the baby move!! So exciting and reassuring. I am really enjoying this pregnancy :)

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Summer Vacation

Back in February, I mentioned that Mr. G and I had started considering locations for our anniversary trip in June. In years past, we've vacationed in Daytona Beach and California

After finding out I was pregnant though, we decided to pick somewhere within driving distance. Not only will it be cheaper, but it's good for peace of mind because the thought of flying makes me a little uneasy. (I had to take a ferry ride for work a few weeks ago and it couldn't end fast enough.) 

Coincidently, one of my friends at work was raving about her vacation last year and how she can't wait to go back this year. Of course my ears pricked up and I asked her a million questions, then brought home her suggestion to Mr. G, who loved it. We've booked our stay in June to St. Michaels, Maryland - a small town on the bay. 
We're excited! They have walking trails along the water, lots of seafood for Mr. G, museums, kayaking tours, and the place we're staying has a pool :) I'm undecided about buying a maternity swimsuit - I don't want to spend the money if I don't need to, and my bikini bottoms are low enough to sit under my bump for now . . I'll have to wait and see how much I grow.

Soo looking forward to getting away and relaxing! 
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