I have managed to pull myself off the couch, get the laundry started, empty the dishwasher, and do another search online for the perfect, white change table for my nursery.
And I’m eating an organic grapefruit. This is one of two cravings I’ve had to enjoy this pregnancy. The other one?
I panic if I run out of frozen raspberries.
The other reason I’m eating grapefruit right now? The kids are playing outside.
Have you ever cut those 100 triangles out for three kids? It takes forever. I’m just barely that unselfish. So I hide when I eat my grapefruit.
They are so darling when they get up from their naps and sit there all cozily. I love having cuddly kids!
So, last week I got inspired. And grilled between 7 and 8 lbs of burgers, portobello mushrooms, and veggie kebabs. I froze one bag of grilled burgers for the future, and the rest we ate throughout the week. Craig helped me finish grilling…as it was a rather massive job for one such as I.
On Friday, Grandpas came!!
They were regularly mobbed by three kids.
And when Grandpas are here, I don’t get to cuddle Daisy. Cuz she always goes to Grandma.
Bomani has been begging me for another football cake like I made for his birthday. So I told him I’ll make him one when Grandpas come.
We had a party!
No one’s birthday, but why not?
We weren’t following the weather and totally blasted ourselves nearly out of the house the one day. This heater is no joke!
Sometimes dad gets mobbed too.
Roasting 100% meat, hot dogs. Yum.
From the comfort of your living room…
Generally, I very much dislike pictures like this. It’s the heffalump thing…
I love getting lunch at HEB. Delectable, hot chicken thighs, four for $5. We ate them all. The kids each ate an entire piece. And fresh strawberries for dessert! The chicken is now my go-to for grocery shopping day.
They were making farting noises and laughing hilariously… Dear me.
Raquel had her sweet, baby boy! (When I saw the pictures, I told Craig that we started a month late…) This is what I made for her baby gift.
The nursery. So, I’m sure I’ve mentioned how thrilled and delighted and excited I am to have a real nursery for the first time in my life! Here is the first piece of furniture for my nursery! Okay, so after I thought it through, I decided I don’t need a crib. Not now anyway. Because Craig is going to make a little, co-sleeping crib to attach to the side of our bed. But then, this crib showed up at Lil-D’s down the street, and as it is exactly what I wanted, I went down and got it. I’m rather happy. I need to clean the mattress yet. But it looks lovely in my nursery.
Next on the list is to sew some nursing gowns! Do I sound excited? Because I’m not. I am not needing sewing to do right now. But when you can’t find what you want online for less than $80 per gown, you send off for fabric you like, and sew them yourself. Suck it up. Just do it.
I’m also going to make covers for the body pillows for our couch. Because I could get microsuade fabric with my other fabric order for much less than buying covers. It’s a hazard of actually knowing how to sew. And even if you don’t enjoy it…there it is…
Bending and pulling piles of laundry off the floor is not a walk in the park these days. So I recruit.
I think she’s rather darling.
In other news…
We had about 80 degree weather this week. Amazing! I told Craig I think I like winter in Texas.
We have a new niece/cousin! Floyd and Dorcas have a lovely daughter, Kyra Jubilee. Born on Sunday. She is so beautiful…
Have you bought from Zulily before? They have some fantastic prices for high quality, high dollar items. The way they do this, with the little that I understand, after you order, and the “event” ends, they order in bulk from their suppliers. Also, no returns.
So…I found the drapes for our living room, on Zulily! In fact, I didn’t find what I wanted anywhere else. Even after searching Amazon for days. So I said, six 84″ panels for $112 including shipping…in high quality with good reviews? Yes. If they are not what we want, we’ll resell them. I ordered them on January 8th. For two weeks, I heard nothing. Then I got an email! They shipped! They are shipping directly from the supplier. And the supplier must not believe in very good tracking info. Because a week later, it still simply says “shipping label has been created”. And today my curtain rods arrived. Fantastic deal off Amazon. No fast shipping. But they came! I know Zulily is not a scam. But I’m ready for my drapes! On the other hand…I’ve waited more than a year to cover my bare, living room windows. So what is one more month?
Baby is growing well. He is in perfect position for birth. I am healthy as a horse. I have five weeks to go…more or less. This is when each week begins to feel like an eternity! I’m not dying to have him out…I still have nesting to do…gowns to sew…tiny sleepers to wash. A nursery to set up. A baby shower to delight in! (Btw, I did have a baby shower for Bomani in Thailand…I had forgotten!)
But I am getting ready in other ways. Just want him out. My back is really having issues. After the twin pregnancy, I could easily feel the diastasis recti–a separation between the left and right side of the rectus abdominis muscle, which covers the front surface of the belly area. When this is separated, the muscles in the front are not helping your back to support things. And the bigger you get, the more difficult it can be for your back. And for you. I am now seeing my chiropractor weekly. She is amazing, specially skilled in maternity. It has made a huge difference for me this pregnancy! And will make a big difference in labor and delivery as well. But in the meantime…I’m croaking. This baby is sticking straight out. None of my others carried like this little guy. I have virtually never had rib pain or trouble breathing this pregnancy. He has never been that high!
And so…a day like today, when I get up and look at my piles of laundry, I groan. Because it feels like he’s going to tumble out every time I bend to pick up some clothes. And by the end of laundry day, my back is screaming.
Now, having complained thoroughly! I’m excited! Because tonight is date night!!! I better get this laundry done so I can lay my baby down and rest and be refreshed and as beautiful as possible. Cuz i’m going with my favorite guy…