It's Not Easy Being One

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

All that walking and playing and eating can really wear a girl out.

She Said, He Said

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
She: It's great you're reading your Expectant Father book, but did you notice you were reading about what's going on in Month 5? How many months pregnant am I?

He: Umm...more than five?

She: Haha. That's going on the blog.


A Little Bit Irish

Thursday, March 17, 2011

When I studied abroad in London we took a four day jaunt over to the Emerald Isle. Never before had I seen such a rugged and beautiful landscape and the people themselves were so incredibly hospitable. The kindness of the Irish was a nice reprieve from the stoicism of the British.

One night my friends and I journeyed into a pub in Galway where we were fortunate to spend some time chatting with the locals. I remember telling one of the guys with great pride that I was in fact a little bit Irish. I was so sure our shared heritage would impress him. But without missing a beat he replied, "honey, everyone's a little bit Irish." Haha, so true. That tiny island has done well for itself, reproduction wise.

And with that, I close. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Chiropractic Care & The Bachelor

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

After reading about how chiropractic care during pregnancy can help ensure a healthy and speedier delivery, I decided to take the plunge and made an appointment with a nearby chiropractor. I'm pulling out all the stops this time around in the hopes of achieving a natural birth.

This afternoon I had my first appointment and while I was a little unsure what to expect, I walked away glad I went. For some reason, I pictured the treatment would be like what you see in the movies, big dramatic, spine cracking adjustment. But it wasn't at all. It felt mostly like getting a massage, but then random little pulls here and there. She also used this pulsating device that looked like a little hammer to work on certain areas. After the adjustment I definitely feel like my lower back and hips are looser (I'm not sure quite how else to describe it). Of course, she wants to see me every week until the end of my pregnancy. Chiropractic care ain't cheap, so that starts to add up. We'll see, I may skip a few weeks here and there. But again, I'm willing to do whatever it takes to birth this baby naturally.

Natural holistic medicine really intrigues me. In my limited experience with holistic medicine (acupuncture, chiropractic), I've really appreciated how the practitioners ask all sorts of questions pertaining to not only your physical state, but your mental and emotional one as well. I like that they can tell me more about my body than most doctors. For example, my chiropractor noticed that my hip bones were a little askew. One was twisted a tiny bit in and one was twisted a tiny bit out. So she adjusted those areas and now I can get up and walk without any pain or discomfort. And when I went to my acupuncturist she could tell I had a hormonal imbalance due to the various blocks in my energy flow. It seems natural practitioners just have a more intuitive sense of how the human body functions.

Speaking of adjustments, did anyone watch the finale of The Bachelor? (How's that for a segway?)We're total suckers for the show and watch it every Monday night. Heck, I even read Reality Steve's blog for all the insider information and spoilers. Don't judge. So even though I already knew who Bachelor Brad was going to propose to, it was still nice to watch it all unfold. I was rooting for Emily the whole time and was really glad he picked her in the end. However, if you also watched the After the Final Rose show, you may wonder how long this reality romance is going to last. Things don't look good. It appears Emily is struggling to adjust (har har)to life in the spotlight. I guess the happy couple has already broken up once and has no immediate plans to wed. Plus, Emily isn't moving to Brad's hometown anytime soon, not that I blame her. But these aren't exactly good signs. I hope they make it. Do you think they will?

Simple Woman's Daybook- March 14, 2011

Monday, March 14, 2011

Outside my window…gray and cloudy and cold, but we’re nice and cozy inside.

I am thinking
…that I need to figure out which day this week we’re attending one of the 40 Days for Life vigils. I’m hoping we can manage to go once a week during Lent.

I am thankful…for all the good food in our refrigerator.

From the kitchen…macaroni and cheese for Hannah’s lunch and possibly oatmeal plum cookies for our neighbor who just had surgery.

I am wearing…black leggings and a purple shirt dress.

I am creating…a photo booklet of California relatives for Hannah.

I am going…to my first chiropractor appointment this Wednesday and cannot wait. My midwives are gung ho for chiropractic adjustments and the chiropractor I'm seeing came highly recommended.

I am reading…The Barefoot Contessa At Home cookbook. Oh man, some of the recipes look delish.

I am hoping…it warms up this week so I can finally take Hannah to the park. And that our favorite little Clam Shack on the boardwalk opens soon.

I am hearing…Hannah slurping up her mac and cheese.

Around the house…Spring Cleaning! I’m working on organizing our bathroom closet today. I’m being ruthless and throwing out anything expired or that we don’t really use. I just threw out the positive pregnancy tests I saved when I found out we were expecting Dos. It’s kinda gross I even saved them in the first place.

One of my favorite things…getting a hug from Hannah. She just learned how to give hugs and it's so cute when she wraps her little arms around my neck and squeezes. Sigh, I love being her Mom.

A few plans for the rest of the week...playgroup, feast days (St. Patrick’s Day & St. Joseph’s Day)- man oh man I am so thankful for feast days during Lent, my chiropractor appointment, daily Mass and 40 Days for Life vigil.

A picture thought I am sharing
She looks like such a little boy in this pic, but cute nonetheless.

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, March 9, 2011
We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you, because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

For a great refresher on the guidelines for Lent, visit Leila at Little Catholic Bubble.

Interesting to note, today, Ash Wednesday, is not actually a Holy Day of Obligation (I didn't realize that), but it is required that all Catholics fast and abstain from eating meat. The Church defines fasting as one meal a day and two smaller meals, which if added together would not exceed the main meal in quantity.

Also, the 40 Days for Life campaign begins today. To partake in a "virtual vigil," you can find the prayers here.

May you all have a blessed and holy Lent!

Shade Clothing

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

I'm doing a little happy dance over here because Shade Clothing, my favorite online clothing store, is back!!!!

They suddenly closed their stores and online inventory last summer, but have recently returned with a new Spring line. There's not much available online, but I'm sure they have plans to expand. Plus, they have a few maternity options. They're currently offering a promo of free shipping and 20% off an entire order (use the code THANKYOU), so if you're interested, check their new online store out here.

Mardi Gras

Happy Fat Tuesday!

I'm trying to live it up as much as possible today. Tomorrow, D-Day, I plan to start my Lenten sacrifice of no more sweets. So, milkshakes for lunch anyone? This 40 day sugar detox is going to be painful, no doubt about it, but I'm hoping it will be spiritually and physically fruitful. And it's probably coming at just the right time in my pregnancy too. Hopefully eating healthier will help ensure a healthy baby and healthy delivery. Please God.

In other news, Hannah and I had a fantastic trip down to DC to visit Kerry and Isabel (and Ryan too:))! We had SO much fun. Thank you, Kerry for being such a fabulous host! We played and walked and baked and ate and talked and talked and talked. We talked so much I started to lose my voice. It was such a fabulous and memorable trip. I can't wait until they come to visit us, hopefully in the Fall. Remember Kerry, the John Adams house is about 5 minutes away;)

I hope everyone enjoys today and their last chance to indulge before Lent begins tomorrow. I'm off to enjoy another milkshake...

Because It's Been a While

Tuesday, March 1, 2011
since I've posted pictures of this cute little mug.

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