Thursday, November 20, 2014

36 Weeks and counting

Wow. 36 weeks! You read that title correctly. I can't believe it. Seriously. Tuesday, November 18 marked that 36 week point. And boy oh boy, am I ready for the semester to be over! (Then I can say that I will be "ready" for baby to get here.) I've been writing papers, working on projects, and starting on study guides for finals already. CRAZY. I've gotten all of my finals rescheduled, with the last ones being on Wednesday, December 10. (One exception--I do have an online final that opens on Dec 12, but it's open book and open note and is open for an entire week, so I did not bother messing with trying to get that one rescheduled.)

Talk about a gorgeous Autumn day on campus!

So far, so good. I have rough days (which Graham can readily attest to, although he is such a good husband that he never even mentions it!), but I am amazed by how quickly time is passing. I feel like it is still the beginning of October! Although, this recent cold weather has me rethinking that. Nothing like an extra 25 pounds to keep you warm at night. And all day. I may or may not be freezing Graham out...he has added an extra blanket onto his side of the bed, and has been consistently wearing a jacket around the apartment.

Pregnancy Updates: 
*Weight gain: somewhere in that 25-30 pound range
*Aversions: hot dogs, hamburgers, and pizza (3 of Graham's favorite things!)
*Cravings: ehh, ice cream? :) and hot cocoa. But I've always been a sucker for hot cocoa when it's cold outside
*Swelling: my feet are swelling a little bit...I typically only notice because I'll have imprints on my ankles from my socks at the end of the day.
*Stretch marks: None on my belly! How lucky am I? (now I'll probably eat my words, but I've just been using lotion lots and lots)
*Contractions: NONE. And it needs to stay that way for another 3 weeks at least :)
*Childbirth class: We took a 6-week course at the hospital that covered everything from pregnancy to labor and delivery to simple newborn care and breastfeeding. We'll see how much of it stuck in a few weeks!

Nursery Update:
The Nursery is complete! I'm really happy with how it has turned out. All it is missing is a couple of paintings that Mom is doing for me--they will be going on the wall above the crib. I figured you guys might like to see the room, so I took some pictures!

Bookshelf--love all the books we received as gifts! 

And the top portion

Around the wall from the bookshelf

And the crib and changing table. *Will add another picture once the paintings are here!*

Other than school and adding the finishing touches to all things baby related (speaking of...I should probably pack a hospital bag, huh? And put the car seat in the car... That can be next week's project I suppose), life has been pretty uneventful. *But do note that school and baby things are VERY eventful, so it's nice to have a chance to sit and lounge on the couch at the end of the day watching Star Trek: Voyager on Netflix with Graham and a bowl of popcorn. It's the simple things, right? Those are the moments I live for currently. They are the best. As is Graham! Have I mentioned that recently?? 

And okay, I have to brag on myself a little bit, because I was pretty proud of myself with how this pie turned out! It was my first time to do an entirely homemade pie, all by myself! (The pie filling was actually filling that Mom made with apples from their backyard--it doesn't get any more homemade than that!) But check out that super flaky crust!!! So yummy. And perfect with a cup of hot cocoa!

With some of my birthday money I ordered Four (by Veronica Roth, sort of a companion to the Divergent trilogy), and I started it last night. Oh, and I finished it. Hah. I did stop for a bit for dinner, and I watched some of the Spurs game that Graham had on as well. So I wasn't a total hermit the entire evening just so I could read. But it felt nice to be able to pick up a book and read it cover to cover. It's been a long time since I've done that! Life has a habit of getting in the way. But I wouldn't trade my life for anything.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

From Marissa, with love