Monday, July 24, 2017

Holiday Birthdays, Anyone?

This baby is due right before Thanksgiving (11/20). Naturally, this means that if he's born relatively close to his due date, he'll have his birthday on the holiday at least a few times in his life.

So, my question is, if given the choice, would you rather have your birthday on the holiday (and on the off years surrounding the holiday, so still potential time off work/school), or before the holiday so you didn't have to share?

Now I know this sounds silly, and it really is, but because of Caleb's work schedule and inability to take time off work this year, there is a possibility I may be able to make attempts with the doctors/midwives to get this baby here on one of his weekends off (once September is here, he gets Friday, Saturday and Sunday off every other week. 11 days on + day 11 is a double, and 3 days off). They're willing to work with him a little bit once the baby is here, but I've taken that "luxury" to mean that he'll only get the time off while I'm actually in labor and delivery, and perhaps the next day. It would be ideal if that were to fall on a Thursday or Wednesday before a weekend off.

Also, he leaves for a mandatory conference in Florida 1-2 days before the 42 week mark. So it would be nice to have a 3-week-old rather than a 1-day-old when that happens. Just for my ability to stand up and walk around.


Which scenario would you want to grow up with?

This is something I anticipate bringing up at an appointment once I know which weekends Caleb will have off in November, probably at the 30- or 32-week appointment.

Monday, July 17, 2017


So guess what.

I'm 22 weeks into this pregnancy. I don't feel nauseated anymore, which is GREAT.

But I'm freaking exhausted.

And it's even more exhausting thinking about how I won't be not-exhausted for at least 12 more months.

I'm exhausted thinking about it.

How does anyone ever do this with 10 kids?

I don't even hardly work. Anyone that says my work is still hard as a stay-at-home mom, let me assure you, I'm not working that hard. The other ones probably are. Not me. I'm exhausted.

Yes, I'm taking my vitamins and making attempts at eating a nutritious diet, trying to shove iron in there too. I've had enough blood work done the last 2 months that if something was wrong it should have come up anyway. (Normal pregnancy blood work + thyroid test for heart palpitations - also normal, nothing wrong)

I walked into sacrament yesterday and the sister handing out programs told me it looked like I was still sleeping.

I thanked her.

I have maybe 3 hours each day where I don't feel like I could fall asleep at any second.


In other news, I had an epiphany the other day.

We only have 4 months until this baby gets here, and about 12 months until an anticipated cross-country move (though we really have no idea where we'll be in a year), so we've (mostly I've) been putting up a Washington D.C. bucket list.

A week or so ago I realized that I want to go see a performance at the Kennedy Center. Even though that was never remotely on my list.

So I checked out the website, and (to me) the only upcoming performance of any worth starts this weekend! The King and I runs this month and next, so I just got tickets for Caleb and myself to go to a matinee performance next weekend! Woot! Super excited over here.

Now my excitement has run its course and I must go rest. ;)

Friday, July 7, 2017

Ramen Tip

Wanna know a not-so-secret secret?

If you want really tasty Ramen and want to eliminate that "seasoning packet", try this:

Make the Ramen noodles in however much water you wish (saves time and a measuring cup for measuring); then, after boiling is finished, drain off until you have your desired amount of slurpage.

Add however much of the seasoning packet you want (sometimes none, sometimes I sprinkle a little on).

Then take your spoon and scoop out 1-2 teaspoons of peanut butter and stir into your soup.


It's delicious.

I'm sure this is not a new phenomenon, but I got the idea when I was thinking of a friend in college who is from China and made us all hot pot. She started it with boiling peanut butter and water with the noodles. I'm sure peanut oil, actual peanuts, or something more sophisticated is more usual, but hey - this works too.

You're welcome.