Sunday, October 30, 2011

It's Sunday. Say "thank you".

Andrews Elementary had it's first Fall Festival in years on Friday. Papa T went dressed as a basketball referee and I was dressed as a Wilson basketball. We were a hit. Saturday morning we had breakfast with Uncle Cory and Uncle Matt and then watched some college football. Simba spent the weekend with us again and we slept in past 8 o'clock on Sunday morning! It was amazing.

Tomorrow is Halloween, our candy is ready, and it feels as though the holiday season is on a roll.

This week, we are thankful for:
Halloween - Papa's favorite!
Butternut squash recipes
Lucy after a bath
A cozy cuddle with Simba
Chicken and dumpling soup
Long-sleeve weather
Aunt Steez's never ending hilarity
Picnic table lunches
Bike rides on a cool night
Blue Bell Butter Crunch ice cream

Are we in a restaurant or what?
Clean Lou
Pretty little girl
My Wilson Baby
This Boi loves bacon

Thursday, October 27, 2011

31 weeks


So, did I mention that I'm tired? Sometimes I think that I will fall asleep standing up or mid-sentence or mid-bite. I feel like a runner breaking through the finish line tape each day when I come home. Home is quiet. Home is peace. Home is rest. I can't wait for you to fill this home with your sound and smell and happiness.

Your 'party in my belly' schedule has become very regular. We always have a morning hello when I first wake up, there's a little breakfast appreciation, a lunch time party, an afternoon soirée, and a big bedtime encore. You and Papa have worked out a game at bedtime where he talks to you and plays with my belly when you kick and you keep right on kicking back. The whole time the two of you play we both just keep saying, "That's so crazy!" Your kicks are so mighty and powerful.

At every Wednesday yoga class our instructor asks us to plant an intention in our heart and to work for that intention during our practice. We usually come up with our own intention but this week the instructor suggested that we focus on our bodies and the amazing life growing inside. I marvel every day at the miracle that you are. Every turn, every hiccup, every kick stops me in my tracks and makes me smile. Not a moment goes by that I'm not thankful for you. You are my brightest light.

More and more belly hanging out. I love it!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

It's Sunday. Say "thank you".

I started the weekend by having a relaxing afternoon with Lucy on Friday at Mandola's. Papa met us there with our old friends Talal and Yuzin just as we were leaving. They spent the weekend together in Austin celebrating Talal's bachelor party. I went to the Texas Book Festival with Aunt Katie on Saturday and spent the rest of the day napping and reading. Sunday was a great day with Aunt Katie and Aunt Sass and Papa came back home. I find new ways everyday to be thankful for this great city we live in.

This week, we are thankful for:
Mandola's happy hour
Cozy nights with Lucy
Sunday mornings on South Congress
Turning the alarm off all weekend
Time spent with old friends
Salt Lick Barbecue
Papa back home - again

Al fresco Lucy
Snuggled on a chilly night
TBF at the Capitol

Thursday, October 20, 2011

30 weeks



The big 3-0. Now we are both in our 30s. From here on out, our weekly countdown is in the single digits. Whoa.

While we were at Ryan and Micha's wedding on Friday night, you and I rocked the dance floor for as long as my feet could stand. Each time I sat down to take a break, you kept right on dancing. Your little elbows, knees, and toes were stretching to every corner of my belly. We even got a cooky, hippie, interpretive dance blessing from the wedding officiant. Everyone should get one of those at some point in their life.

We had another appointment with the midwives yesterday. From now until Thanksgiving our appointments are every 2 weeks. You are measuring perfectly and so is my belly, despite what people tell me everyday ("Twins?" "December?" "Baby's coming soon!").  We talked about when it's time for me to start staying home to get ready for you. That sounds like heaven - making our home ready, resting, and waiting for your debut.

Papa and I finally got around to putting up our Halloween decorations last night. The whole time we were pulling out fake bones, spider webs, and light-up skeletons, your papa kept saying, "Oh noooo! Why, God, whyyyy?" in his fake scared voice. He did the very same thing when we decorated last year. It cracks me up every time. I bet he's the first one to make you laugh although Lucy's crazy kisses might get one out of you sooner.

Looking good there, little baby!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

It's Sunday. Say "thank you".

We got to watch 2 very dear friends say "I do" on Friday night at Mercury Hall. This is an amazing little space in the heart of Austin that feels like it's in the middle of nowhere. It was a beautiful night and we got to spend good time with friends that we hadn't seen in a while. Alissa ("Auntie Liss" as she's known to Lucy) stayed with us and it was so nice to have her in Austin again, even if for just a short while. Cookie and Grandpa Gus ordered the crib and it got here Friday. What was "Alissa's room" this weekend will soon be a baby's room! We relaxed with friends on Saturday to watch football and had our first childbirth class at our house this afternoon. There is only one other couple in the class and they're pretty great. It's so exciting that we get to start talking about how this big day is going to happen.

Fall has arrived, the back door is open, and we are so happy in our home.

This week, we are thankful for:
Beautiful weddings
Time with Alissa
Breakfast burritos
Hot pizza
Belly kicks that make us laugh
Olivia's silly face
Rest after a long work week
Sleepovers with Uncle Matt

The new Mr. and Mrs. Anderson
A picture of Alissa from our wedding. Beautiful.

Silly face girl -

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

29 weeks


Once we entered our last trimester, everything I read said that I would suddenly be more tired, achy, and slower. Everything I have read has been right. I can tell that you are working very hard in my belly to get ready for the world and it takes a lot of energy for all of that to happen. Naps are once again part of my schedule like they were over the summer. Even with naps, I am still able to go to bed early and I savor every minute of sleep I get.

I had my first really vivid dream about you. It was about the day that you were born. Your delivery was very easy and after we met you, your papa and I went out. While we were out, we both said, "Wait - what are we doing? We have a new baby! Let's go home." When we got back home your Cookie was taking care of you. We asked where you were and when she told us you were sleeping in bed, we found you all the way under the covers at the foot of the bed where Lucy likes to sleep. And in my dream you were... a baby boy! The most I can take away from the dream is that there will definitely be some changes that need to happen in our family bed. We'll make it work! Lucy knows how to make herself comfortable anywhere, especially the couch.

On Friday while I ate lunch, I felt you moving around. I put my hand on your sweet spot and clear as day I felt your little foot. As soon as I recognized it you pulled back in but it was so incredible to be able to distinguish your little parts. You have been moving so much these past few days. Our secretary at work, Sylvia, has been dying to feel you since the first day of school. She puts her hands on my belly everyday and says, "Kick mommy!" As I heated up my lunch today in the lounge I sat down beside her. You started stirring so I grabbed her hand, put it on my belly, and told her to be patient. Within seconds you kicked her good. Her eyes welled up and she got the biggest, silliest grin on her face. You have the most amazing power to make people happy. Thank you for making long, tiresome days totally worth it.

Looking at this week's picture I can see why I constantly feel like the bottom of my belly is hanging out of my shirt. Yowza!

Love ya.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

It's Sunday. Say "thank you".

We had a relaxing weekend that involved two blowout football games - one in our favor (Notre Dame) and one not in our favor (UT), an awesome 6th birthday party, a big boy named Simba, and time with friends. Aunt Sass ran a marathon in Portland today and we tracked her steps online. What an awesome mama she is. Tonight, we went to a John Lennon sing-along at Alamo Drafthouse to celebrate his birthday.

This Sunday, we are thankful for:
Rain in Austin
The Beatles
Sleeping all in the same bed
Lucy and Simba
Awesome forts
Belly kicks
Marathon finishers

Our 2009 Christmas card

Cut from the same oilcloth

I bought a yard of beautiful oilcloth fabric to design the banner for this blog. After the photo had been snapped, I wanted to find a great use for this cloth.

Once upon a time, we had plans in place for a remodeled kitchen. Around the same time that we had decided that our kitchen was unique and the right kind of "old" for our house, we also found out that we were growing a baby. We started to embrace our kitchen as it was, love the built-in low cabinet drawers and ceiling height high cabinets, and found ways to make it perfectly us. Tim and I make a dynamite team in the kitchen so this space is very important.


Behind our range there is a white magnetic board rather than a fancy back splash. A few months back, we started hanging recipes there which made things easier as we cooked AND made the boring white space a little more interesting. My brother, Cory, was over on the day that I was looking for something to do with leftover oilcloth and he got roped into my project. Together, we found a way to cut and affix the oilcloth to the white magnetic board which made that space even better and still as useful.


A little help from Cory

We took out the screws that hold the magnetic board to the wall, used Super 77 to adhere the oilcloth to the board, and then put the screws back into place. I love it and it perfectly compliments our beautiful Le Creuset pots.

And would you believe it? There was still a bit of cloth left. I got an old stool out of my parents' storage unit, recovered the dingy seat and took the upcycled stool to my classroom. Mama can't stay on her feet all day long anymore.

This yard of oilcloth was less than $4 and it has made 3 spaces more exciting and beautiful. Get creative!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

28 weeks


Here we are! Last trimester. Home stretch. Count down. We are hanging in so good and I know that we will keep on doing the same. I am trying very hard to listen to you and my body and slow down when we need to. Our friend Nicole let me in on an amazing gem of advice - go to bed earlier. Not just earlier, like 8:30 earlier. On Monday night, I ate dinner at 5:00, took a lavender bath at 6:00, knit for a bit in front of the TV, and was lights out at 8:30. Don't worry. Mama is only 30, not 80, contrary to what that just sounded like.

Your papa was at a conference earlier this week which meant that we had the whole bed to ourselves. As amazing as that was, I sure did miss him. I woke up 10 times in the night, wondering where he was and each time that I did you were kicking like crazy. I guess you were wondering where he was, too. Lucy was an excellent protector, though. She is going to be the best big sister.

For the past 2 weeks or so, a few crazy people have thought that it would be a good idea to comment on how big they think I am. After asking about your due date they then ask if you are twins. It takes everything in me to not say something snappy back. For each of those crazy people, though, there are an equal number of amazingly sweet people. Pregnancy may be the only time in your life that strangers in the grocery store can tell you that you are beautiful without it sounding creepy. That's all because of you, my love. I am very proud to say that we look good together.

Growing and growing - look at how hard that t-shirt is working!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

It's Sunday. Say "thank you".

We took Lucy to the Blessing of the Animals at St. Austin Church on Saturday morning. There were lots of other pets there, including 2 cats on leashes that fascinated Lucy. During the readings and reflections when people from the church talked about why pets are such an important part of our families, I looked at our little Lou and my heart was so full. They then said a prayer for pets who have passed and I thought of sweet Sam and Bitzy and other pets we've said goodbye to over the years. I know that being hormonal didn't help but I was, of course, a crying mess. I think I was actually the only person there that was crying.

Lucy got to meet St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, was sprinkled with Holy water (which she took very seriously), and played with 2 other awesome boxers. Afterward, we took her to the park and she fetched sticks and swam. It was a beautiful morning in Austin and our family was so happy.

This week, we are thankful for:
Our family
Friends and food
Healthy babies
The weekend
Body pillows
Cool weather
Banana pancakes on Sunday morning