Monday, May 13, 2013

Arrested Development: Season 4

Let's take a break from all the baby talk, shall we? Let's watch this trailer instead.


Monday, May 6, 2013

Ten Days

Instagram taken by Sharon after our weekend trip to the Goshen Farmer's Market

Ten more days until baby girl is due to arrive. Ten. more. days.

It just doesn't seem possible that in less than two weeks, Christopher and I will be parents. I just can't even. I've washed teeny tiny onesies and the smallest socks in the world. Christopher has assembled the bassinet (and disassembled it to discourage kitty naps for the time being.) The carseat base has been installed in the back of our car, ready to go. Diapers, baby shampoo, blankets galore: check, check, check. We've essentially been preparing for this for the past nine months, but I still don't feel ready. The only thing I haven't done yet is pack the hospital bag... I'm half afraid that if I cross that last thing off my list, baby girl will know and I'll go into labor immediately.

Even though I've had it pretty easy with my pregnancy overall, I'm definitely feeling huge pregnant these days. Swollen feet, achey hips, a distinct waddle. Pregnancy is not a glamorous thing, don't let anyone fool you. Also, the dream hair and glowy skin they always tell you about? It's a lie, too, at least for this mama. Baby girl has stolen my beauty like the old wives' tale said she would... but it's totally worth it.

All that said, I'm besides myself with excitement. I can't wait to meet our little girl! (duh.)

Friday, May 3, 2013

Kitties + Pregnancy

Oh, just some of my favorite Catstagrams

Before I was pregnant, our kitty Ulia was my snuggle buddy. Most nights, she would curl up next to me in bed and purr herself to sleep. Cutest thing ever. Once I found out I was pregnant, though, I distanced myself from her quite a bit out of fear of contracting toxoplasmosis, a parasitic infection occasionally found in kitty litter that can cause severe birth defects. Scary stuff, right?

My doctor said the chances of contracting the disease from Ulia are low, especially since she's a house cat, but that hasn't stopped me from being extremely paranoid cautious about it. That has meant no more kitty snuggles, kisses, or squishes. So sad!

I've been trying to give her a little extra attention in these few final weeks before baby arrives. After all, she is our first baby, and I'm not sure how she'll react to having an actual baby around (cat moms, any tips?) So among all the baby posts that have been popping up on GH lately, I thought I would dedicate this one to her.

I love that squishable belly, those little white paws, and her raccoon tail.