Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Week 15

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The Bump: I think it was Wednesday this week that all the sudden I just popped! I think I'm turned a bit more in this picture than I usually am and it's making me look a little bit bigger than I am. I just happened to like how I looked in this one a bit better than the others I took. Sometimes it's the small things!

How far along: 15 Weeks

How big is baby: From the Bump - The size of a navel orange! The average fetus at 15 weeks weighs 2.5 ounces and measures 4 inches -- and her proportions are becoming even more normal, since her legs now outmeasure her arms. You probably can't feel it yet, but she's squirming a ton! She might even be hiccuping in there. She's making lots of progress: her joints and limbs can all move now.

Weight gain/loss: I'll have to come back and edit tomorrow because I forgot to weigh myself. I think I'm about a half to a pound above my prepregnancy weight.

Stretch marks: All over my thighs and butt! Seriously! What the heck? If I didn't know better I think that my nephew was right about where your food goes when there's a baby in your belly.

Sleep: Oh 6 am wakes ups. You are not my friend. Although 10 am naps aren't bad either.

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: Milk shakes and McDonald's fries. Otherwise I'm trying to at least well. Like I totally had some carrot sticks with that pizza I ate last night!

Movement: I totally woke up yesterday morning swearing that I could feel these little flutters. I think it was really that I burned the crap out of my finger (giant blister on my fingertip) that night and when I woke up everything was still throbbing - and still kind of is.

What I'm loving: Finally having a little pregnant belly that doesn't look like I ate too many burritos.

Symptoms: I'm totally scared to type it, but things feel like they're lessening in the smell department. Or at least the smell aversion department. I can still smell all the things. Right now it's grapefruit I got at Bountiful Baskets this past weekend. My whole kitchen smells like grapefruit.

Best moment of the week: Twice I went out and had girl time and didn't feel like passing out at 8 pm. It was awesome having a bit of normalcy.

How I'm feeling: Again, hoping I'm not jinxing myself, but I'm feeling really good. I did want to punch my endocrinologist in the face when she told me she's dropping one of my meds and that I'd start feeling tired and fatigued from it. I've got a whole post I want to write up on pregnancy with hyperthyroidism post later this week.

Random things I didn't know/Problems/Questions: I'm so ready for that great pregnancy hair or skin. When does that kick in? Instead I've got fly aways, frizz, and more zits than I can count. Thanks hormones!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Books Read in 2013

It's been awhile since I've done any type of book review on here. Which is sad because I read a lot last year. I actually wished I had created a Books Read in 2012 shelf on Goodreads, but I didn't. I did do this for 2013 though.

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Here's my list so far for 2013:

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society



January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb.

As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all.

Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.


I really enjoyed this book. It was an easy read and I really liked the time period that the book was set it. It was also interesting to learn about the Island and what they went through during the war - though it is historical fiction. The book is written in the form of letters which I know some people either love or hate. It was actually really easy to keep track of the letters and who was writing to who.

Flowers for Algernon



With more than five million copies sold, Flowers for Algernon is the beloved, classic story of a mentally disabled man whose experimental quest for intelligence mirrors that of Algernon, an extraordinary lab mouse. In poignant diary entries, Charlie tells how a brain operation increases his IQ and changes his life. As the experimental procedure takes effect, Charlie's intelligence expands until it surpasses that of the doctors who engineered his metamorphosis. The experiment seems to be a scientific breakthrough of paramount importance--until Algernon begins his sudden, unexpected deterioration. Will the same happen to Charlie?

While this one isn't one that I would say run out and read this, it is a book I think everyone should read if you haven't already. I really enjoyed watching Charlie's progression after his procedure. I also think it was interesting to see how mental disabilities were perceived during the 50's. Again, just one of those classics everyone should have on their I've Read This List.

The Shoemaker's Wife




The majestic and haunting beauty of the Italian Alps is the setting of the first meeting of Enza, a practical beauty, and Ciro, a strapping mountain boy, who meet as teenagers, despite growing up in villages just a few miles apart. At the turn of the last century, when Ciro catches the local priest in a scandal, he is banished from his village and sent to hide in America as an apprentice to a shoemaker in Little Italy. Without explanation, he leaves a bereft Enza behind. Soon, Enza's family faces disaster and she, too, is forced to go to America with her father to secure their future.

Unbeknownst to one another, they both build fledgling lives in America, Ciro masters shoemaking and Enza takes a factory job in Hoboken until fate intervenes and reunites them. But it is too late: Ciro has volunteered to serve in World War I and Enza, determined to forge a life without him, begins her impressive career as a seamstress at the Metropolitan Opera House that will sweep her into the glamorous salons of Manhattan and into the life of the international singing sensation, Enrico Caruso.

From the stately mansions of Carnegie Hill, to the cobblestone streets of Little Italy, over the perilous cliffs of northern Italy, to the white-capped lakes of northern Minnesota, these star-crossed lovers meet and separate, until, finally, the power of their love changes both of their lives forever.

Lush and evocative, told in tantalizing detail and enriched with lovable, unforgettable characters, The Shoemaker's Wife is a portrait of the times, the places and the people who defined the immigrant experience, claiming their portion of the American dream with ambition and resolve, cutting it to fit their needs like the finest Italian silk.


I really enjoyed this story and it was another I couldn't put down sometimes. I couldn't wait to see how the characters would finally meet, and how their stories remained intertwined even when they both traveled separately across the world. It is a love story, but in the end I think it was tied up a little too nicely. The book took it's time for about 3/4 of it (not in a bad way at all) and then kept jumping just so it could get to the nice little bow at the end. Still a very good read.

Dark Places



Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who’ve long forgotten her.

The Kill Club is a macabre secret society obsessed with notorious crimes. When they locate Libby and pump her for details—proof they hope may free Ben—Libby hatches a plan to profit off her tragic history. For a fee, she’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club...and maybe she’ll admit her testimony wasn’t so solid after all.

As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the narrative flashes back to January 2, 1985. The events of that day are relayed through the eyes of Libby’s doomed family members—including Ben, a loner whose rage over his shiftless father and their failing farm have driven him into a disturbing friendship with the new girl in town. Piece by piece, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started—on the run from a killer.


I had read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and could barely set it down. I just couldn't wait to see what happened. I wasn't surprised when I had the same problem with Dark Places. I read all 343 pages in 2 days. I figured out the "Who dunnit" piece pretty quickly but it was still interesting to see how it all came together. The book is written in present day and then also goes back to recap the day of the murder. It's very easy to follow along and keeps you riveted throughout the entire book.

Here's what my Book Club is reading for 2013:

January - Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
February - The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani
March - Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
April - The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
May - Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
June - Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
July - Two Books: The fault in Our Stars by John Green AND Off Balance: A Memoir by Dominique Moceanu
August - The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
September - Tumbleweeds by Leila Meacham
October - The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
November - The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
December - A Christmas themed book

Here's what I hope to fit in here and there:

Room - Emma Donoghue
A Reliable Wife - Robert Goolrick
Sharp Objects - Gillian Flynn
The Leftover's - Tom Perrota
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs
The Casual Vacancy - J.K. Rowling

What's on your reading list for this year?

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Week 14

Week 14

The bump: I feel like I'm finally rounding out a little bit. I think it looks like the rest of my belly is finally meeting up with my traveling northwards fat roll.

How far along: 14 Weeks

How big is baby: From The Bump: Baby is now the size of a lemon! At week 14, your baby is 3.4 inches and 1.5 ounces, she's almost doubled in weight since last week and keeps on growing. Sbe's probably sucking her thumb and wiggling her toes in there! Her kidneys are making urine, and her liver and spleen are doing their jobs, too. She's growing lanugo, a thin, peach-fuzz-like hair, all over her body -- it will help her keep warm!

Weight gain/loss: Still at my prepregnancy weight.

Stretch marks: None yet at least on my stomach. I did find some new ones on my thighs this morning. Traitors!

Sleep: I've been sleeping really well. If I nap I tend to throw my schedule off and wake up at the crack of dawn. I've seen 5 and 6 am waaaay too much lately.

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: Sweets. I seriously can't get enough sweets. Like I've given myself tummy aches from too much sugar. It's bad.

Movement: None and not expecting it for awhile still.

What I'm loving: I'm finally telling more people. I "came out" to a few coworkers (right now it's just been my department, my CEO, and our social media savvy marketing department that have been told or found me out). I'll probably spend this week filling in the rest.

Symptoms: SI Joint pain. I've had it on and off ever since I got my first desk job. I can tell now when my joints are loosening up because my hip starts hurting and my old man toe acts up. To clarify because my problem is caused by arthritis it probably won't ever go away. Yay joint pain! Also I think my boobs are getting bigger again.

What I'm looking forward to: The weekend? Is that horrible? I'm also really tired at the moment so that could have something to do with it. I am doing one of those paint and drink wine things on Thursday with a bunch of other bloggers. A new location opened in town and invited us all out. I'll be sans wine obviously, but I'm really looking forward to it!

Best moment of the week: This from my coworker yesterday.

And then I died!

How I'm feeling: This past week was actually a really good week. I felt good every day, but I have also been ridiculously busy. My work schedule was jammed packed and then I was doing something every night. This weekend I could tell I overdid it when I ran a few errands and then took a 2 hour nap. I got a lot done, but really paid for it.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Bits and Pieces

Happy Valentines Day! John and I don't really do anything for Valentines Day. In fact, we don't even do cards. Gasp! I know. I probably would make dinner if you know, it didn't gross me out to do it. Plus he's working late all this week so I doubt I'll see him for dinner. I know. So romantic.

I had my check up yesterday with the midwife. She was not as fun as the first one I saw. It was all, only gain this much weight, you need to eat this, all the not so fun stuff. I know, someone had to do it, so we'll see how my next visit with her goes. I did get to hear the heart beat in all it's wonderful "whoosh whoosh."

At my next appointment I'll be 17 weeks. I knew this would be too early for the anatomy scan, but I was also afraid they'd make me wait another month. She instead scheduled me for 2 weeks after that appointment, but John's going to be out of town. Guess that means we are definitely going to do a gender reveal photo opp.

This is happening. I'm so excited. Virginia and I are going together and will have a blast. Yes, I know I saw New Kids more than once, but they're also going to be with 98 Degrees and Boys II Men! How is that NOT going to be awesomely hilarious?

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I drove to another town and spent a ton of money on two cans of chalk paint. I have a dresser and a hutch to paint so it better be worth it.

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Work is starting on the garden. We have the frames for the beds made, I've bought all the dirt, and some of the seeds. John has cleared out the space where we want to do it, but we need to cut some tree limbs down and level out the area where the previous owners had their garden. I'll do a full post on it later as well as the plans on how to keep the deer out of the garden.

In about 5 weeks I'll be attending Blissdom in Dallas. I haven't posted about it yet and probably won't have elevenity billion posts on it like I did with BlogHer. I enjoyed every minute of BlogHer, but Blissdom is just so much more low key than BlogHer was. I don't feel the need to prep and try to figure out what to wear to sessions, parties, and sight seeing. It being within my home state and within driving distance (about 5 hours, how's that feel? A five hour drive and I'm not even close to a state line? Ha!) probably has a lot to do with it. The most I'm going to plan is my birthday brunch. I'm going to spend an extra day up there to celebrate with friends and spend some much needed girl time with Virginia.

Ok, I kind of sort of lied on the whole what to wear to Blissdom. Only because I'm having trouble finding maternity pants, but it is my new mission. I don't really wear them now, (though I have because they're seriously the most comfortable pants on the planet) but I want to at least find a good pair of dark jeans that are long enough. We'll see how it goes.

John has been busy working on the guest bathroom. He's torn out all the wallpaper and the florescent light. We need to install the new light and paint, but hey, we'll have a renovated room in the new house update soon!

That's what's been occupying my time lately. What about you?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Week 13

Two pictures this week. I address what I call my fat roll moving north at the bottom. Otherwise it's bump and hidden bump.

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(and yes I changed boots after I picked a sweater. I'm too lazy to take it all off an redo the pictures)

How far along: 13 weeks

How big is baby: (From the Bump) The size of a peach! (whoa) She's about 2.9 inches long and weighs about .81 ounces, and -- proportion-wise -- her head's now about 1/3 the size of her body.Can you believe she's forming vocal cords and teeth? Even though she's still teeny, she already has fingerprints. Her intestines are moving from the umbilical cord to their more permanent place, in her tummy.

Weight gain/loss: I'm back to my prepregnancy weight.

Stretch marks: None yet.

Sleep: This has been a rough week. I tend to wake up at 4 or 5 to pee, but lately I cannot fall back asleep. It's meant a lot of very early mornings and a return to naps.

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: If you follow on Instagram (I'm f_a_h there) then you saw my burger craving, the making of the burger, and then not being able to eat the burger because of the smell of it cooking. Pretty much if I don't smell it cooking I'm fine. It's mainly with meat, but of course I haven't really tried cooking much lately.

Movement: None and not expecting it for awhile still.

What I'm loving: The end of the first trimester. So glad it's over!

What I'm looking forward to: My midwife appointment tomorrow. I'm seeing the lead midwife at the practice this time.

Best moment of the week: It's been little things that I'm enjoying. Like still being able to haul 400 pounds of dirt to the garden. Granted I had help loading it from the Lowes employee, but I still did it. Shaving my legs. Painting my toes. Being able to easily wipe the dogs' muddy paws. I'm wondering how long I'm going to be able to easily do these things.

How I'm feeling: I'm finally feeling better. Or at least I don't feel like crud. I did hit a wall the other day, but it's usually just temporary. I don't feel the need to spend all day in bed or to take naps. It's so nice to actually be able to get some things done.

Random things I didn't know/Problems/Questions: Thanks for the underwear advice from last week! This kind of falls under "what I'm looking forward to" but I'm throwing it down here. I think the toughest thing for me is comparing myself to others that are sometimes not as far along or farther along than me. I think the hardest part of the first trimester is that you feel like absolute crap (my experience here) and have absolutely nothing to "show" for it. I feel like my "bump" is really just my fat roll moving north. I know it will come, and I do still enjoy not having the whole world know I'm pregnant. I guess that's the downside to showing early is that you do have to share it with everyone earlier than you maybe want to. There's always pluses and minuses to everything I guess, but it's still hard to not get into a funk about it sometimes.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Proof that Sometimes Life Isn't Fair

This morning after I had showered, I was standing at the bathroom sink brushing my hair like normal. Out of nowhere pops this 4 inch long, coarse, curly, grey hair.

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What!? When did I get greys? I have a wild chin hair! I have one grey eyelash that I've had my whole life. A grey hair though? Whomp whomp.

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The totally not fair part though? This:

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Really? It should be one or the other.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

12 Weeks

12 Weeks

Deciding that I'm going to change up this list each week depending on what's going on/how I feel.

How far along: 12 Weeks

How big is baby: From the Bump - Baby is now the size of a Plum! The average fetus at 12 weeks is about 2.1 inches long and .49 ounces. Most of her critical systems are fully formed. She's about to enter the growth and maturation stage, in which her organs and tissues will grow and develop rapidly. She's now developing her reflexes -- if you poke her body, she'll likely move. She's opening and closing her fingers and curling her toes, too. Her brain is developing fast!

Weight gain/loss: Down half a pound from my prepregnancy weight. Still courtesy of the stomach bug from last week.

Stretch marks: None yet.

Sleep: Starting to sleep better. I did wake up at 5 am the other day and could not fall back asleep. I think it had something to do with the giant critter that dropped onto and scurried across my roof.

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: I thought I was doing ok and then on Super Bowl Sunday I had the bright idea to to make deviled eggs and chicken fajitas for nachos. Thankfully I have wonderful friends that stepped in and finished all my food for me.

Movement: None and not expecting it for awhile still.

Symptoms: Still tired. Still have smell aversions. I also cry at EVERYTHING. I cried when I saw a funeral procession drive by. I cry reading even slightly happy or sad news stories. Hold me if a Hallmark commercial comes on. The need to pee every five seconds has subsided though. I've also noticed I can get a bit more testy than usual. I think my patience is starting to run thin, but it may have to do with exhaustion or hunger. Also, vivid dreams. Like whoa. I fell asleep the other night after watching a Law and Order where these two kids staged these fights and were hitting eachother with florescent lights. I serious woke up because of this pain in my side from this fake fight going on in my dream. Of course there as nothing there when I was awake, but holy crap it hurt in my dream. Note to self. Watching something like Magic Mike before bed. Waking up to Channing Tatum giving me a lap dance is so much better than getting hit by a florescent light.

Best moment of the week: Finding out two more friends are also pregnant. I'm surrounded by pregnant women now!

How I'm feeling: I still have a good day for every not so good day. Just when I think things are getting better the next day I feel like I've gotten hit by a mack truck.

Random things I didn't know/Problems/Questions: Ok. I need help with this one. Underwear. Mine keeps rolling down in the front. Do I buy smaller or more low cut? (Not that I'm wearing granny panties) Or do I need to invest in some big 'ol granny panties? I have no idea on this one and just don't feel like googling maternity underwear. I'm just not there yet.
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