It’s true! The belly button I used to know is no longer. It’s not sticking out to the point that you can see through clothes yet, but I can’t deny anymore that it’s not sticking out. I’ve heard some funny things about how to keep it contained – such as putting band aids over it. I think I’ll wait and see how this all goes before I buy a box of band-aids for my belly button.
It’s been another long week in the Holl household.
We had a promotion party Friday afternoon for a co-worker of Jed’s. We also FINALLY got out to the Des Moines Farmer’s Market Saturday morning and then had a retirement party for a drill troop from out at the base. It was an all-day event at our friends house in Nevada (who we gave the goats and chickens to last week). It was fun to check up on them and see how all the barnyard animals were doing. I think the funniest part of the day was the goats roaming around in the garage with all the dogs and kids. I guess they didn’t want to miss out on the party.
Sunday was a big day. Jed’s oldest sister graduated from Drake University with her Master’s in Education. She also had an interview on Monday at the school she’s been wanting to work at and she got the job – which is so awesome!! We’re very proud of her and all of her accomplishments. So we had a small graduation party for her Sunday afternoon/evening. I love baking so I volunteered to make the cakes. Her request was “Chocolatey Goodness.”
So here’s what I came up with:
The above is a two-layer fudge/chocolate cake (with chocolate frosting) and fresh strawberries. And below is a two-layer milk chocolate cake (also with chocolate frosting) and wait for it . . . puppy chow crumbles! I think that counts as “chocolatey goodness!”
I will admit that I did not make these from scratch, although I would have if I had the time. I had some help from Duncan Hines, but I did come up with the puppy chow crumble by myself – which I thought was genius.
The only down-side to all the fun activities this weekend was the intense back pain from standing so long. I have now learned that I need to sit down more often and keep off the feet. Good thing Jed has been doing well with his homework from our prenatal classes and is a good sport about giving me massages.
On that note, we had our second prenatal class last night. We mostly covered early labor and things to consider in the birth and communication plans. All I know is that I am going to try to be as flexible as possible with our birth plan, especially considering this is our first child and I have no idea what I would like/not like. So keeping an open mind seems like the best route to take. We also went through breathing techniques and using a birthing ball to help with positions. I’ll be curious to see how the breathing thing goes since I have asthma and I can already tell my lungs need to do a little more work than usual with my shrinking ribcage. I’m sure it will all be fine.
This week they did start having the guys that volunteered for it wear the empathy suit – a 35 lb. suit that simulates pregnancy. At least they don’t have to go through this:
Don’t worry, Jed – it’s not in your future, although it would be very funny to watch.
Currently: 29 weeks, 4 days
Countdown: 10 weeks, 3 days
Sesame’s Size: Size of a butternut squash and is 17 in. and 3.1 lbs.
Cravings: Everything! I have been soooo hungry lately. I feel like I can’t get full. So everything’s on the table – literally.
Weight Gain: About 20.5 lbs. so far.
Sleep: The weird dreams have come back. Funny enough, none of them have to do with children. They are just strange dreams. Some nights are good and other nights are uncomfortable. Nothing too bad yet, but may need to use some extra pillows soon.
Mood: Happy and anxious. I feel like time is flying by and I’m not where I wanted to be at this point in the pregnancy – mainly with the nursery. I’m sure that’s a common feeling among pregnant women.
Symptoms: Congestion (from allergies and pregnancy) as well as heartburn. I woke up the other night with the worst heartburn and I could not get comfortable. Luckily it’s only happened once while I’ve been sleeping, but I’m trying to be conscious of what I’m eating to see if there’s something specific – which I doubt. My back has also started to hurt this week – a LOT! It’s not an all-over pain, but I can tell there are knots in certain places and I need more pillows while sitting for support.
Looking Forward To: Getting our furniture. I called today and they said that the dressers are on their truck and headed this way, so we could have them as early as next week. Not so sure about the crib though, which is really the piece I wish I had now so I can figure out bedding. It’s not too important since we will have a cradle up in our room for the first few weeks, but it would be nice to have it all.
Clothes: I haven’t needed anything new yet, and hopefully it stays that way for a while. Still haven’t had the chance to test out the maternity suit, but I’m sure that day is fast-approaching. I have noticed that my shoes do seem to be a little tighter. I know that your feet can expand while pregnant and I’m sure being on my feet all weekend didn’t help.
Misc. News: We’re starting the pediatrician search and I am going to start calling and setting up interviews at a few places that have been recommended to us. It would be nice to get that done and confirmed.
That’s our update. Friday marks the big 3-0! I can’t believe we’re this far along and still have so much to do. But that’s how it always works out. And we’re enjoying the ride. Stay tuned to see what I’ve been working on for the nursery.