My food obsession with this pregnancy has morphed into how-easy-and-quick-can-I-make-a-meal-while-my-belly-aches type of dinners. Others have been picking up the slack, and Lucy is getting to be quite good in the kitchen! We’ve been doing alot of delicious salads too. Lucy made these fudge brownies with peanut butter frosting (GF), and this homemade alfredo sauce to go with penne, chicken and broccoli. She has yet to master how to remove calories from such items. 😉 I’ve also started to dangerously enjoy daily ice cream (rocky road or cookies and cream for some weird reason, since these are new favs).
- We (I, thanks to current hospital restrictions) got another look at baby last week as during the first ultrasound baby was not cooperating and a few things weren’t seen. We checked out good this time, with baby measuring right on, weighing at +/- 4lbs 11oz. I’m now 34 weeks and change. Also, to my great surprise, there was a vast amount of HAIR visible on the baby’s head. We shall see….. This heat is starting to do me in and my gait velocity has greatly slowed (read: I now move at a snail’s pace). The kids have been getting more and more vested in housework and cooking which is a HUGE help. I rarely do dishes, sweep, carry laundry or clean bathrooms anymore, but do a TON of reminding/ encouraging said jobs to be completed. A work in progress, for sure, but we’re finally getting somewhere.
- Since I’m destined to spend more time with my feet up these days (not complaining….too much), I have been sneaking in quite a bit of reading time and trying to ignore the fighting/outside screaming/fact that Kateri can now climb into the treehouse/how our water bill will be higher due to water balloons, squirt guns, dumping buckets on heads, slip’n’slides/how the neighbors probably think my kids are complete hooligans. Anyhoo, I finished Home Front by Kristin Hannah and it may be one of the best books I’ve read in a long time! 10 stars, if that were a rating. It’s the story of a female helicopter pilot during Operation Iraqi Freedom and how she returns home to a much different life….and body. Don’t want to give any away but this touched my physical therapy heart as well. I literally cried throughout the whole second half and I’m not a crier. Read it. Ok, next. Walking with Miss Millie by Tamara Bundy. I read this on Lucy’s recommendation and it was fabulous. Some great lessons and take aways on the diversity of life and learning from others who cross our paths. Written as juvenile fiction but so many lessons to be learned for adults as well. 5 stars. No Ordinary Dog by Will Chesney was a fascinating nonfiction read about the dog who worked with the Navy SEALs team to find and kill Bin Laden. My dad also read this and liked it. Another 5 star book!!! American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins was fantastic, recommended by Aunt Mel. 5 stars for sure. This was the fictional story of a mother and son desperately trying to escape from Mexico to America from a specific drug cartel that murdered most of their family. This kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time! Very well written.
- We have *finally* started to be able to go more places and the kids are enjoying it. We’ve been to a few local parks, playgrounds, and today, a beach! We’ve been having more picnics which they love as well. It’s no doubt I get wore out so quickly and cannot handle much heat, but I’m trying!
- Just as I thought Ruth was turning a new leaf into a responsible 3 year old (HA!) she has amazed us with some new shenanigans. Her tricks as of late include leaving home, riding her scooter (barefoot) 4 blocks, crossing a highway, and letting herself into the school to proclaim to her father that she would really like it if he would fix her bike chain! Ummmm. Also she demonstrated a new level of climbing skills when she scaled a grain bin last weekend. She never ceases to amaze and terrify me, usually at the same time.