– As I grow larger and more lethargic Anthony becomes increasingly obsessed with getting things done. I think I’ve transferred all my nesting hormones his way. I kept waiting for that burst of energy and obsessiveness to kick in. I’ve sort of been counting on it. I feel like there is still so much to do and I’m helpless to get anything done. It’s possible that by the very end of this I’ll be reorganizing my canned goods in my pantry at 4 am like last time.
– Despite my vow to stay inside like a hermit unless compelled to leave the house for reasons of celebration or OB exams, I couldn’t resist when my parents called to tell me about a huge estate sale on the old part of town where I grew up. Isobel has been going thrifting and yard saleing with me her whole life so I knew I could take her on my own, even in my limited capacity, without Anthony. He does enjoy a good treasure hunt, though, and I think he was feeling extra protective of me, so he went along. I’m so glad he did because the instant we arrive we found an art book by one of his favorite fantasy illustrators, Frank Frazetta.
– Another sweet find from the estate sale was a pair of necklaces. Isobel picked out a dark pink one for her and a mint green one for me. We wore them to the baby shower my MIL and FIL threw for me later that day and got lots of compliments. Isobel wore her special Guatemalan girl dress handmade by her Tia Gloria and she asked me to “please put her hair in two little puffs.” Olivia, my mother in law, put these adorable little favors together and decorated in a cute little animal theme. The star of the show were these red (blue) velvet cupcakes. My father in law, Doug, is a former chef and he made a delicious spiced peanut chicken salad which I unfortunately only had a bite of because I was having such a rough crohn’s day. I feel like we just celebrated Anthony’s sister’s baby shower. At the time I would have never guessed it would be my time again so soon.
– The last week was especially wonderful for our mail box as we received not one, not two, but three presents from internet friends. Christine was kind enough to send a ton of cloth diaper inserts to us all the way from Canada! Isobel was was all about them until I told her they would go in baby Elias’ diapers, and then she was very not about them. Amanda crafted this beautiful bird’s nest charm and filled it with two eggs, each the color of my children’s birthstones. My friend Anne, who has sent Isobel & me more gorgeous presents than I can count, recently made a mind-blowingly gorgeous quilt for Elias. Seriously, look at it. It took a lot of convincing for Isobel to relinquish her claim on such a beautiful gift, but Anne made up for it in spades last week by sending Isobel her very own Anne-quilt. It’s gorgeous and Isobel is thrilled. You guys are the best.
– Although I didn’t get a proper job until after high school I worked hard from sixth grade on as a baby sitter for several families. My absolute favorite family lived just down the street and their three girls continue to be special to me to this day even though we are all grown. I love them so much, and the oldest is pregnant and due around the same time I am. I had to miss her baby shower because it was on the same day that my shower was held, but my Mom attended for a bit since it was just down the street and they mentioned that when they were little they thought I was Wonder Woman. I can’t think of a better compliment.
– Somewhere between the craziness of our lives in the past four years we misplaced Isobel’s Social Security card. We’ve since discovered that we need it for many things, such as health insurance, and Kindergarten. Anthony made the trip to the next largest town over and waited in lines and after four hours he came with… nothing. Apparently, even though we had her birth certificate, our birth certificates, our marriage license, plus a slew of other documents, he didn’t bring the one document they accepted: an immunization record. Which seems ridiculous because that is the least official of all the papers we had. I told Anthony they probably weren’t going to issue her a card until we proved his paternity on Maury and sent in the VHS tape of our episode cued in to our segment.
– A few weeks ago when Angela was over she was rocking a new pair of super cute jeans. They were artistically torn (I love me a good ripped jean) and when Isobel noticed them she walked over and patted the rips gently. With a look of great sympathy she said, “Don’t worry, Angela. My Mommy can fix these for you. She’ll put a heart-patch on them.” Angela was hoping she could send her ironing over as well, but I draw the line at anything beyond pant-mending.
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Follow Friday: Stroller Time. Hilarious tweets, adorable photos.
Little Big Kitchen: Pregnancy Challenges, Cravings, and Things That Makes Me Go Mmmm. Equally about Crohn’s disease as it is about pregnancy.
Snapshot 02.26.14. Old lady warriors.
Thrifted Maternity Closet: Week 33. I swear I was trying to smile.
The Greatest Living Animation Directior Explains Why He Is Retiring. I would think that being 78 is reason enough. This is a Buzzfeed link, but stay with me: this isn’t a gif list, it’s an actual article, and it’s about one of the most important filmmakers of our lifetime. I still remember packing into a car with friends and driving three hours to the city to see Princess Mononoke in theaters in San Francisco in 1999. It remains to this day my most magical theater experience. I’m happy to pass my love of Miyazaki on to my daughter. Via JoseBilingue
One small patch Canadian permafrost had more kinds of mites than there are kinds of primates on Earth. Via edyong209
You Are Good Enough. Kaelah, one of my favorite bloggers, interviews a woman named Ebonnie about a project she created after coming out of a depression. The message You are good enough is something I hope to instill in my children as they get older.
Little Big Kitchen: DIY Greek Yogurt. YOGURT.
Snapshot 2.29.12. An early form of the Snapshot post, says modern archeologists.
Little Big Links: In the Kitchen. Finally, your love of canning and your love of puns converge.
Little Big Kitchen: Bloject 25, Steak. The first steak I ever cooked! It’s funny to look back – I have cooked a bunch since then. These were impossibly enormous. I think I ate off mine for a week.
Little Big Kitchen: Stuffed Shrooms. So good! I need to make these again.
Little Big Links: Isobel’s Favorite Toddler Apps. Up-to-date as of four years ago!