last week i told a coworker that i felt fantastic and it was true. the little one is moving regularly in the afternoons and evenings; feeling the baby is a huge sigh of relief. i read forums where women felt their babies at 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 weeks and i stopped because it made me nervous. he just needed more time. but he’s a trickster— he stays still whenever michael swaps hands with me!
i’ll share an outfit post soon and i’ll fit right into the “expecting a boy” stereotype: i look like i swallowed a basketball (maybe a basketball-sized cheeseburger with french fries). fixed-waist skirts are out of the question; i’ve been wearing elastic skirts and the bump is front and center. i didn’t announce to my students that i’m having a baby but they give me curious looks sometimes.
we bought the little guy a fox blanket but i haven’t decided on any other bedding for now. isn’t that print adorable? the whales are cute, too. i love it so much i might get another one.
michael and i are so excited to share that we are expecting a little boy! he will be the third grandchild (and grandson) for michael’s parents and the first grandbaby for my parents. we weren’t “hoping” for a boy or a girl; we feel very blessed about this journey of becoming a mom and dad. but i must say i am not looking forward to the day he brings lizards into the house to scare me!
dear baby, you already have a menagerie of toys along with a real, live pug. we can’t wait to see you in your wellies one day helping us in the yard or playing in puddles. we promise to kiss you and tickle you and make you laugh as much as possible. love, M+D
oh, oh, ow! just like the doctor ordered, i began to feel the baby over past several days. i ate an ice cream sandwich last night (okay, maybe two ice cream sandwiches) and felt four little jabs of delight from my friend. the baby’s movements occur at random intervals but it’s reassuring for me as a first time mom especially when others may feel their children sooner. one of the most important lessons i’ve learned is that every woman and every pregnancy is different!
many friends told me i’m in the “easy” stage right now and i fully agree. the roller coaster of energy is over and i feel good enough to exercise again. i do prenatal barre at home with suzanne bowen; i like the workout because you can pick the exercises you need like lower body, upper body, or cardio. there’s a woman in the video in her third trimester and she looks amazing i.e. it’s okay to secretly give her the stink eye.
on saturday i went thrifting and picked up an armful of adorable things. i like the old-fashioned sort of clothes kids wore in the 80’s (similar to prince george’s navy jumper or peter pan collar dresses). i scored cute striped bloomers and embroidered overalls from janie and jack for a few dollars each. now you can give me an evil look. :o)
mom, i did it! i finally mastered the art of making papaya salad at home. don’t get me wrong; shredding the papaya is very time consuming. i use a julienne peeler for the job. when you get a craving, you get a craving!
i grew up eating a variety of papaya salad; my mom had her version and her friends had theirs. i remember one woman made papaya salad with so many chilis that it was pink. i tried a bite as a foolish elementary schooler and just about died— it was so spicy.
today’s recipe is one that i make at home, but you can embellish it as needed. green papaya can be found at asian grocery stores; pick one that has unbruised skin and feels firm. green beans are popular additions; i’ve even seen salads with dried, salty shrimp on top. you can buy bird’s eye chili (the official name for thai chili) at asian stores, too, either fresh or frozen. we’re lucky because my mom brings a bag from her garden every time she visits texas!
- 2 cups of shredded green papaya
- 1/2 cup of shredded carrots
- 1 handful of cherry tomatoes, halved
- fish sauce
- brown sugar
- fresh lime juice
- 1 clove of garlic, skin removed
- 1 thai chili or other hot chili pepper
- mortar bowl and pestle
- substitute the carrots with a handful of green beans (ends cleaned and halved).
- sprinkle crushed unsalted peanuts on top.
- serve on a bed of green leaf lettuce or rice vermicelli noodles.
- smash the garlic and thai chili together in the bowl. add the papaya and carrots and gently beat on the pieces, turning everything occasionally with a spatula.
- add a tablespoon of brown sugar and fish sauce and a teaspoon of lime juice. mix into the salad. taste a small bite— if it’s not seasoned, add more fish sauce. if it’s too spicy, add more brown sugar.
- gently fold in the tomatoes. transfer to a large bowl to share or small bowls as an appetizer.
today we found out the gender of our little one! we’ve been making phone calls to family and everyone is very, very excited. i had a dream last night that i was washing clothes and it turned out to be the “right” kind of clothes— isn’t that funny? now i can call the little one by name especially when i lie awake at night. let me sleep! i’ll share the gender with y’all soon (after i go on my first baby thrifting trip).
the sonogram this afternoon was kind of nerve racking. the technician spent so much time looking, measuring, and labeling and i didn’t know whether to smile or hold my breath. michael was calm and joked, “i can’t tell what anything is!” he made me laugh.
supposedly the baby can hear voices so i expect it to learn the days of the week, months of the year, and all the letter sounds by birth because we sing those songs at school everyday. that’s not too much to ask for, right? okay— i’ll settle for some gurgles and grins.
wow! it doesn’t seem like i’m almost halfway through my pregnancy. time has flown by since a simple positive test in december. next week we find out if our little one is a boy or girl!
i’ve learned that my energy goes up and down day by day or week by week. some nights i’m content sitting in bed with the kindle and other nights i’m working on school stuff or slowly finishing blog posts. my belly seems to be twice as big as it looked last tuesday!
sometimes i feel homesick and miss our family back east. i feel like we’re going through a big journey and sadly our parents won’t witness very much until our child arrives. but i am thankful for my coworkers (most of them are moms) and all of you in the bloggy blog world. everything i needed to know about a modesty washcloth i learned from indi adams!
i haven’t felt the baby “move-move”— i think he or she has gently poked me a few times. my best friend said she didn’t feel her son until almost 21 weeks so i’m not too worried yet.
should we do something fun for the gender reveal? it will be a long distance reveal for our family. share your ideas in the comments.
hello blog friends! today is the last day of my 18th week. it’s funny because the last time i journaled about my pregnancy, i felt less tired. this time i feel tired again, especially in the afternoons after work. i’m guilty of taking a catnap as soon as sophie is walked and fed.
i’m starting to develop a noticeable bump. my maternity pixie pants fit better and i don’t have to hike them up as much during the day. i can still wear all of my dresses but some of my skirts are too small. coincidentally i bought a new skirt from madewell and my stomach popped out the day after it arrived. boo! but i’ll save it for later.
michael’s mom sent us a bunch of his old school pictures and his baby scrapbook. he was a small baby— five pounds and some change! i was a small baby, too. now i want to make a nice book when the baby is born. good thing i started journaling. :o)
p.s. congratulations to indiana who gave birth to a baby girl yesterday. sending much, much love to your family!
"i still believe that above all things physical, it is more important to be beautiful on the inside— to have a big heart and an open mind and a spectacular spleen."
— ellen degeneres