December 7, 2021

Weekend things.

 The theme of the weekend was warmth: 


I took a walk by myself after work on Friday and it was still 72 degrees. 


Saturday, we went for a hike. There was a lot of ...coercion. 


We went to a random Mexican place quite far away.


And finally built his igloo. 






Again, decent weather, so I re-prioritized all the tasks and we went out again. 


He carried a backpack full of "tools" the whole time (fingerpaint. he had stuffed a bunch of jars of fingerpaint in it.)





And we found some dinosaur fossils to take home (deer jaws). 

Other than all that, I had to go to Walmart to find up all kinds of random things for the week, and I also got my flu shot while we were there. No side effects, which is nice, and they used much smaller needles at Walmart than they do on base. Plus, I could go on a Sunday and there was no waiting. I waited for over an hour with Wells on base for his flu shot two weeks ago. 

I have a very long list of tasks that need to be accomplished in the next two weeks. Honestly, I'm ready for January so I can cut my expectations for myself in half. 

Did you get a flu shot? I was really on the fence about it this year. 

December 6, 2021

Amazon lately...

So I got this chair. You see, I went into this school year not wanting to invest hundreds of dollars into my classroom because I did that in Alaska, and I did that again in Colorado, and I ended up giving so much of it away because we kept moving and I also quit in 2018 and didn't know when I'd be going back. 

So, if you don't know, teachers protect their chairs like they protect their firstborn. They will literally put tape with their name on it all over their chair prior to summer vacation so it doesn't get shuffled around with all the cleaning going on. I was given a choice of like 18 different chairs at the beginning of the school year that were leftover in the library...and each was worse than the last. 

Unfortunately, I sit to teach a lot because I use the document camera to do most of my explaining/modeling. It's just the way that works for me. If I *had* a standing desk, I'd use it. But I don't. In Colorado, I sat on a stool but now my doc cam is next to my desk so it just makes sense to use my own chair. 

My chair sucked. 

Finally, I just spent the $70 on my own. I felt dumb because I know I'll only be teaching for a few more months but Scott was like "just bring it home when you're done and it'll be ours then for the house". Which makes sense but I never felt the need for an office chair at home. ANYWAY....New chair. (it is 1 million percent coming home with me on my maternity leave because I've learned you can trust no one when it comes to teacher chairs)



Frames. You never know what you're getting if you order cheaper frames online. I got these to give for Christmas presents and I was super satisfied with the quality. 



Planner. I got this planner for the new year. I've discovered I need a tracker, not just a planner, but I want the framework set up for me. It's undated, but that's not really a big deal because you can then start any time! Haven't used it yet but I'm definitely satisfied with the quality. 

Phone case. Sorry. When I'm feeling anxious or unsettled or frazzled, I buy a new phone case. I can't explain it. 



...it was kind of a slow Amazon month for me. Most of our orders, looking through, are hunting gear related. 

I did set up a baby registry to kind of keep track of what I wanted for baby #2 and my mom and dad sent us the bassinet (we'd sold our old one and I never liked it much anyway) and the Snuggle Me (didn't have a dock-a-tot style lounger last time and I always swore I'd get one if we had another baby). The amount of research I did on bassinets is time I'll never get back so please don't tell me you found a better one :) Most, I found, had an issue with tilting. 

Linking up for Prime Purchases!

December 3, 2021

Friday Things.

1. It's funny ("funny") the way I mentioned I was pushing myself a bit harder this pregnancy with working out: then I got sick for all of Thanksgiving break, didn't even go outside if I didn't have to, and now I feel like I'm back at the beginning. I've been pulling out the prenatal pilates this week. We'll call it Omicron, I guess. Every time I get sick, there's a new variant out and about. I was achey and tired last Wednesday, couldn't function after 4pm for like 3 days in a row, and then had a cold for a few days. All better now. What a wasted Thanksgiving break though, right?


We did get out to run some errands...


2. 24 week appointment yesterday. I feel, like, 30 weeks pregnant at this point so...probably not a good sign for productivity moving forward? {I kept forgetting to take a picture this week....a true second child}


3. This week has been the weirdest and one of the hardest in awhile when it comes to what the heck am i doing here? This podcast episode helps. It puts a lot into perspective. Knowing that I'm doing what I am supposed to be doing right now makes me feel like I'm serving a purpose that is meaningful. There's a lot of ways to be intentional and contribute to whatever you believe in. 

If you're on Twitter, Justin is a great follow. He and I probably could not be more different in many ways. Common sense in schools can bring everyone together though. 

4. Speaking of, my favorite genre online is moms who are die-hard liberals and have seen that blue state policies do not work:  


Sarah is a fantastic follow too. I love it when peoples' eyes are opened to hypocrisy. The gift of discernment is not given to everyone, you know? 



5. 












I still haven't found a good recipe. 
I make homemade mac and cheese a lot but it's never been anything mind-blowing. 


Every time we go to the dog park, this is my mentality. 




Every move and every remodeling project. I don't even feel these things anymore. ^^^
















November 24, 2021

WUW-Last in the Fall

What we're eating: This chicken soup. I had all the ingredients already on hand and, man, it was fantastic. I'm also making this cake to take to Thanksgiving tomorrow. I had stopped reading How Sweet Eats for years but, for some reason, this fall season I am really loving her recipes. 

Reminiscing: This is so awful and I'm so sorry but I almost kind of miss our time in Pittsburgh right now. Not for any reason in particular because it was really HARD. I'm just tired of people acting like they can't be normal and Pittsburgh was the last place we lived (holiday season 2019) where things were normal. I can't do anything fun with anyone because of the guidelines that are still in place, even in Missouri: I can't go to the gym to classes, I can't take Wells certain places, I can't do fun things with my class at school. The hoops I have to jump through just to do a parent conference is insane. All my meeting are on Zoom. It actually hurts to think about how the playgroup I used to take Wells to in Pittsburgh is still not up and running again since March 2020. Still! Here though, there's nowhere to go and not many ways to make friends because there's nothing available. My go-to used to be the gym or a mom's group...even like PWOC on base; without preschool for Wells, he'd really have no one. (not to mention that I haven't made a single friend here...I think it's also hard that I teach for *the* school district..people, I've learned, are wary. it's odd.)

Loving: Peppermint coffee creamer? 

What we've been up to: Shiplapping a wall. It's coming along....I'm going to paint it a shade of white, to match the trim. Very creative, I know, right? I just want our living room to be done enough to get the tools out of it. We are eventually going to put up a dividing wall to make a separate bedroom/office, but I need this half done for now. 

Dreading: A day full of errands? I mean, not quite really, but I do have to try and get Wells his flu shot today. And it's off to Lowe's for paint. At least I have today off work.

Working on: fitness? I am pushing myself a lot harder this pregnancy when it comes to workouts. Last time, I stuck to mostly prenatal Pilates and yoga, plus walking. This time, I'm riding the bike a few days a week, walking when I can, and I'm doing the barre collection on the Peloton app. 

Excited about: A new baby. Of course, Wells still doesn't sleep through the night, so I have Concerns. I kind of glanced around the barn at the storage baby boxes last weekend and, aside from the bottling and diapering things and the swing, I feel like we're starting from scratch and it's only been 3 years. The only thing we "need" to buy is a dresser for her. 

Watching/reading: Absolutely nothing. I can't find anything to watch and I've DNF'd four books in the last month (all very popular ones too!). The only book I've finished since August was Rock, Paper, Scissors

The only thing I watch right now is football...college on Saturday and professional on Sunday. This year we are following the Bills pretty closely. The Steelers have turned into a great disappointment. 

But yeah, if you want to drop in a show recommendation, I'll take it. 

Listening to: I listen to the same two podcasts every day. Ben Shapiro on the way home from work, and Allie Stuckey while I'm making dinner and cleaning up and then, sometimes, Matt Walsh while driving to work in the morning. 

Wearing: Ugh. Well. I need to buy maternity clothes and I haven't actually bought any clothing since the very beginning of September. I think that was a StitchFix box. I did get a hoodie from Costco online and I love it. I was going to call it a Christmas present but I better wear it now while it fits.. I hate investing in maternity clothes but Gap is my favorite for those items...I grabbed two things over the weekend online: a sweater-ish thing and a long sleeve tee. 

Doing this weekend: Painting. Putting up a Christmas tree. I need to dedicate about 3 solid hours to grading papers as well. 

What I'm looking forward to: In the immediate? Mostly having my shiplap wall done. 



November 19, 2021

Friday things.

1. I am 8 meetings into a week of 10 different meetings. Parent conferences sprinkled in, all my IEPs apparently were due at once (hilarious how that happened), and diversity (side-eye) training. My available bandwidth is l.o.w. right now. Two more today...

2. I got our Christmas cards checked off the to-do list last week. I ordered from Walmart this year because there's always a chance things arrive early with Snapfish/Shutterfly/etc, but I've had multiple years where I've waited over 3 weeks to get cards shipped to me. These arrived in 3 days and they're cute and on cardstock. Cost less than $30 too. I also ordered personalized address labels (Etsy had the best deal). I used to have a personalized address stamp...I will get one if we're going to be somewhere for multiple years in a row...but I could not find one this year for less than $30. Rather, the stamp was like $14-15 and then the shipping was also $15. No. 

3.  Realized the hoodie I linked yesterday is completely sold out and it only says it was available in plus-size. I got mine in April and it's a regular size small, so it runs big. Maybe wait for spring to see if a similar one pops up? It's long, it's heavy-weight...it's perfect if you are just out and about in the fall and spring and do not want to wear real pants. It's the All in Motion brand though, so keep an eye out if you want something similar. I've never owned anything quite like it. 

(I'm wearing it again today.)

4. I'm tired of Facebook ads getting me. Now I want this. I've heard rave reviews from multiple sources in the last few months. 



5. I couldn't even find any decent memes this week! Some weeks, it's a gold mine. This week was nothing. So, I'll share that I re-upped my Peloton subscription. I *am* that person who works out while pregnant and I need a decent routine that's easy to follow and, basically, takes no brainpower. So, I can do the bike a few days a week (definitely not a real Peloton, btw) and then I'm focused in on the barre and strength training. The app really is like a one-stop shop for $13 a month. I'm such a 30-something, I know. 

I'm at the point where my upper back really starts to ache by about 7pm, so I also need to do a good 20+ minutes of prenatal yoga at night to wind down. This, I'm accepting, is just going to be how it goes for the next few months. Last time, I did yoga in the morning. Now, I'm not getting up that early, thankyouverymuch. (obviously i have more important things to do like type this)

ICYMI: 1st Trimester Recap and some weekend photos

November 18, 2021

Weekend photos (i won't show you the dead deer ...plural)

Last Thursday night, I heard commotion outside and it was Scott and his friend skinning a deer on a tarp in the driveway. They'd been out archery hunting and I figured they'd gotten something when they didn't come inside right away. 

Don't worry, it's roadkill, they said. 

Again...?

This is not the first time that Scott and this friend have picked up a dead deer. 

That's how the weekend started, anyway. 

I had to go to work on Friday, which was a particular form of torture (i.e. professional development). 

On Saturday, we went to Bass Pro, really just to go to the aquarium, but Santa happened to be there so we tried that too. In 2019, Santa was a disaster. Last year, there were not Santas to be found that weren't behind plexiglass. This year, it went well. Aside from the fact that Wells told him he wanted a bunch of stuff that I didn't buy him and don't plan on buying him. 

 

The only way to keep him motivated to listen was do you want to pet the sting rays? if not, we'll just go home. 

It's $43 a person to go through the aquarium and accompanying museum. An annual membership is $75. Scott bought a membership back in September when he took Wells by himself and I bought a membership this time. Scott's has already paid for itself. Wells is free because he's under 4. I figure if we can do this one weekend a month (it's 90 minutes away), these memberships will be well worth the price. It takes a good 3 hours to go through the whole place. 
(I've realized, at this point, that there's not quite a lot to do around here so we need to find things like this.)

This is the hoodie I got last spring and everyone compliments it bc it's long enough to wear over leggings. 













Scott also came home with a deer on Friday so the weekend was spent with a dead deer hanging in the garage. 

This means that the shiplap project we began in the living room did not get finished because there was a deer that needed to be processed. Now we have a freezer full of venison and a living room full of tools and drywall. The venison may very well be Scott's Thanksgiving meal (I don't do venison) because my turkey was "unavailable" when I tried to do Walmart pick-up yesterday. We'll see if I can track one down (Let's Go, Brandon). 

What are you making for Thanksgiving? I found a few new recipes I want to try this year. 

November 15, 2021

1st Trimester Recap

+I found out I was pregnant at the verrrrry end of July. I think it was the 31st. Scott wasn't even here when I took a test. He was en route from Kansas to Pennsylvania to his dad's funeral that weekend. The timing was...something. I went to the doctor the next day, after calling to find out what the procedures are for this hospital here*. In Colorado, I just did a regular test in the lab. Here, they sent me for a blood draw (Wells in tow) because the nurse I saw said he preferred blood tests because he's gotten a lot of wonky results from urine tests. Anyway, they called that day with the results and I was making an appointment at OB and filling out all the registration paperwork two days later (Wells in tow...the manager of the OB office gave Wells a lollipop while I worked my way through the packets. He warned me that I would never be refused an appointment if I brought Wells to an actual doctor's visit but candy would be given to every child who came in so...it was at least nice to know they wouldn't refuse service).

*90% of having a baby in the military is trying to figure out what the heck you're supposed to do or where you're supposed to go...it's not like I can just "go to the doctor". I don't have "a doctor". My doctor changes every 2 years.

+The short version is that this pregnancy has taken away two things I love: coffee and reading. Even the smell of brewed coffee is still too much. It smelled like hot boiled garbage to me, and it STILL doesn't smell great, but I can drink it now. I did lattes (kind of) and and I could do iced lattes easily. Regular coffee was a no, though, until very recently. In fact, I had to take the trash can outside and clean it out with the hose and dish soap to get whatever perceived smell of coffee grounds I felt were lingering in it. 

Also, books: for all of August, the thought of reading a book made me want to throw up. The physical act of turning the pages on a library book was a huge aversion. I started s-l-o-w-l-y attempting reading again around mid-September and that has also been a fail, and library books still sound like a turn-off, even now. Maybe this winter...

+ All I can really say is that this first trimester was a complete 180 from the last time around. Not in a good way. The food aversions, the nausea, the dizziness, the general i-hate-everything feeling. I would have been shocked if this were a boy, just because it's such a turnaround from my pregnancy with Wells.  

+So, yes, it's a girl. My doctor called after a bunch of bloodwork at 12 weeks and asked if we wanted to know the gender. That's unheard of in military healthcare...with Wells we found out at 22 weeks...so I jumped on that. It made the whole thing feel much more real. It turns out that it depends on who the commander of the hospital is; some will not let doctors tell the gender to patients after bloodwork. 

+ Holy cow, the food aversions. I don't even know what to say. If I felt like I was hungry for something, and if I didn't eat that thing within 15 minutes, the feeling would pass and that thing suddenly sounded like the most disgusting food ever. With Wells, my only real food aversions were meat I cut up and cooked myself and anything sweet, including fruit. There were very strict boundaries and it was very easy to stay within them. This time: there were no rules. It was horribly unpredictable. I couldn't even open the kitchen cupboards for weeks. It wasn't just food; it was textures. The most random things (my phone case, a purse, a sweatshirt) would bother me to the point where I couldn't think about them and I still haven't gone back to using those items. 

+Working out was a challenge. Mostly because getting down on the floor to do any kind of anything would make my head spin. So, I didn't do a thing for most of August. I went on a few long walks but it was also 100+ degrees and humid every day, which was not great. September was better. I got back into Pilates every day and started prenatal yoga. I put this off, purposely, because once you start the prenatal workouts, it's hard to transition back. And regular yoga doesn't appeal to me. Prenatal yoga saved my sanity last time around because I had a lot of round ligament pain. This time, I'm more focused on retaining strength so I'm Pilates-focused. I had bought a prenatal Pilates series a few years ago and I pulled that out again, as well as using my Balanced Life subscription and modifying what I can. I've been doing 20-30 minutes of cycling too a few times a week. I prefer to walk but there's not time to do that during the week. I gave up on the cycling after a few weeks because I had some pretty bad ligament pain but I really need to start that again now. 

+Ummm what else...I don't know. You get bigger faster the second time? I haven't worn pants in quite some time because it's not worth it. Since I will be pregnant-pregnant through the winter and not just the first trimester, I may have to buy some maternity PANTS this time. I got away without last time, and stuck to dresses and tunics/leggings and then shorts in the summer. 

+I think my point is that the first trimester was rougher this time and I have no idea why. I never lost my drive to participate in life last time. This was very odd. Last time, it was a lot of worry. This time, it was more survival mode. I just wanted to sleep. But even sleeping didn't help. I wasn't even tired. I just wanted to not be awake and dizzy. 

+What have I done to prepare? ....I bought a vat of cocoa butter lotion because the memory of itchy skin from last time is still burned into my brain. I dug out the box of maternity clothes. It's lived in two basements (Pittsburgh and Kansas) and a barn (Missouri) now. Mostly I wanted it so I could wash the clothes and free up the tub for clothes I won't be wearing for the rest of the school year, just to get them out of the closet. I went back to my lightly lavender-scented body wash and vanicream deodorant...I get, apparently, uber-sensitive skin while pregnant. (Something weird that has happened with the 2nd trimester now is that things smell sour to me; my face serum, my body washes, coffee, hand sanitizer..it's very odd). 

+And that great prenatal hair and glowing skin? No. I never had a lot of post-partum hair issues; my hair falls out when I'm pregnant, I've learned. And the cystic pimples that will pop up on my forehead? That I can't treat because it's not safe while pregnant? Totally continuing in the 2nd trimester. In addition, this time I've also gotten some crazy hormone headaches. 

And that's about it. 

We're pretty excited. If you ask Wells his thoughts though he usually says "no, I want a baby boy" or "I don't want ANY-TING". We'll see how it goes. 

I show you this picture because I took it to send a friend and it showcases what an absolute disaster the future nursery is. Right now it's a clean laundry and PT clothes hold-all. Plus the closet is full of Christmas presents and my dresser is still in there, as well as the guest bed...(I think it'll be doubling as a guest room and a place for whoever is taking care of the baby to sleep, as well...)

Anyway: 

17 weeks. With Wells I felt very distinct fluttering around 14 weeks. There was no mistaking it for anything else. With this one, there's been no fluttering. I started feeling taps, kicks, and punches around 15-16 weeks instead. Turns out, the placenta is in the front, which means movement is more muffled this time. Last time, it was in the back. Who knew, right? 

And 21 weeks:


(I don't really take pictures the first trimester...you just look a little bloated, you know?)

November 12, 2021

5 Friday things.

1. I had yesterday off for Veterans Day. Today, I have a teacher day in which...well, let's just say that if school districts wanted to assist in the mental health of teachers, they'd knock these PD days off the calendar and replace them with student contact days. I've noticed a lot of schools have been making the offering of a whole week off for Thanksgiving, instead of 3 days, this year under the guise of "mental health". No. Just get rid of PD days. (also, welcome to the read world, folks...I always had a whole week off in Colorado) Also, don't mess with families' schedules; canceling days of school at the last minute because the "teachers are burnt out" is lazy and detrimental to kids. (honestly I've been so embarrassed by my profession this year...)

2. 21 weeks. The dress is super flowy because I'm trying not to look overtly "pregnant and leaving this place in a few months". 1st trimester recap coming next week. 



3. Wells' school pictures arrived in my inbox. 



4. I'm just going to keep posting this so you all know I'm still not reading: 


13 (thir-teen) books behind schedule. i did download a book to my kindle from the library though because it came it as a hold (from June!). 


5. MEMES