7 Books on My Reading List

Happy Sunday! As we prepare for little arrival, I’m soaking up every bit of quiet alone time I can and mostly filling it with reading. Under the advisement of a few friends, I’ve also begun putting together my maternity leave bucket list. My friends have warned that while a newborn will make my schedule more erratic, they can be a bit… boring and I’ll have time to indulge in tv shows, podcasts, and if I’m lucky, a few books. While I will be filling my time by knocking out my current goals, there are a few books I’m very excited to get reading.

Without further ado, here are seven books currently on my reading list. Click the titles for the descriptions.

  1. You Think It, I’ll Say It: Stories by Curtis Sittenfeld (currently reading for my book club)
  2. Being Boss: Take Control of Your Work and Live Life on Your Own Terms by Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon
  3. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders 
  4. Jackie’s Girl: My Life with the Kennedy Family by Kathy McKeon
  5. You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life by Eleanor Roosevelt
  6. The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn: An Untold Story of the American Revolution by Robert P. Watson
  7. My Life in France by Julia Child

Any other recommendations to add to my list?

I’m always looking for new, interesting books to enjoy.

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Pregnancy – Week 33

Week… 33

Baby is the size of… a Honeydew Melon

Highlight of the Week… Seeing baby! We had a growth check appointment this week with an ultrasound. Our ultrasound was extra exciting because the office had a brand-new machine installed that morning. What should have been a 15-20 minute appointment to peek in on baby’s development was closer to an hour as the specialist taught the technician all the bells and whistles of the machine. I wish we could have taken videos or pictures of what popped up on the screen. Everything was remarkably clear! I mean, not only could we see the heart, we could see each minute movement of the chambers and the blood flowing through. When we scanned over the brain, every wrinkle and vein was visible. We were blown away!

However, baby was not feeling quite as photogenic as we had hoped. Instead of posing nicely for Mom and Dad, baby was grasping onto its feet and rolling back and forth. For the yogis out there, you know this is called happy baby pose.  So… we weren’t really thaaat upset.

Frustration of the Week… Finding comfortable sleeping positions for my rapidly changing body. I was warned that the 30 weeks were the toughest and my friends were very right. I can feel weight-gain every couple of days from the increasing discomfort in my hips to randomly losing my balance. And also… when did my belly get so big? And where did my feet go?! All these changes are part of developing a healthy baby but also mean that sleep has become a challenge. For now, we’ve moved to the living room couch, and I’m taking it one day at a time.

Eating a lot of… Taquitos and fruit. As much as I would love to be the woman who is craving ridiculous foods, my eating habits aren’t far from what I normally eat. But… I am a bit more permissive with “bad” foods. Overall though, lots of fruits and veggies… and then a plate of taquitos.

Cute Thing Hubby Did This Week… Last weekend, I had my hardest pregnancy night thus far. Every discomfort I’ve experienced during my pregnancy came together for a one night show of misery. In my frustration of not being able to sleep, I moved from the bedroom to the living room couch at midnight and shortly after, heard the pitter patter of feet coming down the stairs. There appeared my husband with his arms full of pillows and our dog’s favorite blanket, ready to join me. My hubs and dog have been camped out on the couch with me ever since so I won’t have to sleep alone. Truly, the best.

A Tidbit… My belly is now big enough that the motion sensors on my work’s restroom sink pick it up before I even get my hands near the faucet. Haha!

Tinkerbell Lantern

All you need is faith, trust, and pixie dust…

And a small lantern, some vinyl, and a fake candle.

Adding a Tinkerbell lantern to our Disney-themed nursery was the perfect dash of magic to bring the room together. Just as simple as sprinkling pixie dust, this project takes less than a half hour to complete and is just oh-so-cute.

Here’s how to make your own.

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7 Current Goals

Happy Sunday! The past few weeks, I’ve been working hard to get my life in order (as much as I can) before baby makes their appearance. As I jokingly tell my friends, we’re in the danger zone now and who knows what twists and turns the rest of my pregnancy will take. Hopefully, very few unexpected events are ahead of me, but hey! You never know. Right now, at eight months pregnant with this Arizona heat, bed rest sounds AWESOME. Haha. Anyway, as a result, I’ve been a busy bee trying to knock things off my to-do list and getting my ducks in a row. Here’s what I have on my mind…Read More »

Pregnancy – Week 32

Week… 32

Baby is the size of… a head of Lettuce

Highlight of the Week… Completing our birth prep class. Sounds strange for that to be a highlight but hear me out. Not only was our class informative, it was also entertaining and laid back. The instructor did an awesome job of talking us through the material we really needed to know and left plenty of time for questions and discussions. While it was a long day (6 hours), we also got in our hospital tour. Overall, we feel prepared for when baby decides it’s their birthday, and we are now looking forward to it rather than worrying about it. We’re ready. We got this.

Frustration of the Week… Damn Arizona weather. Not only is it hot as hell, the pre-monsoon dust storms are blowing through. The combination of air pressure change, wind, and all around nastiness has made this week a bit of a struggle.

Eating a lot of… Fried egg sandwiches and fruit. Not together! I’m not that weird.

Cute Thing Hubby Did This Week… This week, hubs continued to be an all-star player. From putting together all the baby equipment to keeping me giggling through the birth prep class, he’s been absolutely amazing. Oh, and also dealing with my sleep struggles because of my allergies/sinuses/whatever.

A Tidbit… I’m still doing poorly at slowing down for my body, but I’m getting better! Just stubborn. Walking takes more effort and therefore, I’m slower. I’ve made improvements in standing up slowly, instead of popping up like Tigger though. So that’s good too!

Bonus… being silly on Fourth of July. 

“From this angle, you almost don’t look pregnant.”

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