Happy Easter, everyone! (Yes, it’s still Easter!) I hope you’ve been enjoying the Women Speak on NFP series. I am learning so much from our guest bloggers. I interrupt all the basal thermometer chat for a little update (but don’t worry, the series continues next week!). It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve been able to post a Miscellany so prepare for some long-windedness!
First things first! Winners of the Les Miserables DVD/Blu-Ray giveaway are:
- Amy Paraskevas
- Jill T.
- Pam A.
- Whitney Mihalik
- Lisa (of the very last comment!)
On the Homestead: The most perfect thing to happen on Easter week!
Our first egg from the new layers. It’s a GORGEOUS pale green, the picture doesn’t do it justice, so it must have been the Aracuana!
BlissDom: My sweet husband held down the fort while I went to a social media/blogging conference in Dallas a couple of weeks ago. To be honest, none of the sessions were mind blowing, but I learned a lot from the time I got to spend with the other Mama and Baby Love writers and new friends. Then on Palm Sunday I got to meet up with two of the dearest folk in the world, my best friend Eleanor and Lucy’s Godfather, Luke for a day of fun (I went to college in Waco, TX so my sweet friends drove up to Dallas for the day). We went to a beautiful Latin Mass for Palm Sunday, ate Indian food, saw the Marc Chagall exhibit at the DMA, then moseyed around the Bishops Art District (mostly the chocolate shops and pie shops) before meeting up with two other dear college friends for my first chicken and waffle dinner. A truly perfect day of laughter and friendship. But boy was I ready to see my sweet family! And I came home to a clean house, flowers, and homemade plum pie because my husband is a rockstar:
I probably wouldn’t go to BlissDom again, but I’m thinking about going to Allume in Greenville because it might be more up my alley. Anybody else going or have any experience with it?
Pregnancy Update: 33.5 weeks! On the homestretch! Fun new developments: acid reflux so bad that I wake up vomiting. I know. Super cute. And absolutely no way to find a comfortable sleeping position, even with the help of the giant body pillow I’ve nicknamed Nagini. And lightheadedness in the morning if I don’t have protein first thing. Cool! OK, enough whining. This has been a doozy of a pregnancy, but I’m so grateful for a healthy little one and that we’re so close to meeting her. I remember the newborn exhaustion, believe you me, but it’s always an improvement to the way I feel during pregnancy. I’ll be full term in 3.5 weeks! Let’s hope she doesn’t stay content inside for two weeks after her due date like Miss Lucy.
Watching: Call the Midwife! I am in love with this BBC show that’s airing on PBS. The first season is available with Netflix streaming (the only way I ever watch anything). It’s about a convent of Anglican nuns who are nurse midwives and the young nurse midwives (not sisters) who train with them in East London in the late ’50s. I warn you that it is intense as to the birthing scenes and that some might be particularly difficult to watch if you’ve suffered miscarriage or stillbirth. But it really is a wonderful show with fantastic characters and I cry whenever a baby is born. Maybe just because it feels like I gave birth to Lucy yesterday and am preparing for another birth in the next few weeks I can just FEEL the labor pains and the relief of delivery. It’s amazing. Please watch it and tell me if you like it. My favorite character is Chummy and I wish she was my best friend/next door neighbor.
The Quotable Benjamin:
“Look! I grew antlers!”
“I so much need you to help me find a squirrel!” (weird bedtime requests. always weird.)
“Why wouldn’t it be safe for me to have a REAL lightsaber?” (says the kid with marker all over his face.)
Links Worth Reading:
If you read nothing else, please check out Other People’s Kids by Calah Alexander of Barefoot and Pregnant. It’s the best thing I’ve read in awhile.
I love reading a good birth story and this one by Kaitlin of More Like Mary reminds me so much of my labor with Benjamin. Grab a tissue and enjoy.
Instagrams Worth Sharing:
My sweetheart in her Easter dress, flirting with the folks at the table next to us at special family breakfast after Easter Mass. How did I ever live without this precious one in my life?
Unfortunately she’s just discovered that she can climb into our dining room chairs but can’t quite figure out how to get down. It makes her feel like SUCH a big girl, though 🙂
Here’s me super excited about one of our last date nights before Baby Gwen arrives. We got to eat at a fancy restaurant thanks to a gift card from my sweet friend Melanie.
And look how handsome my wonderful date is! The best!
Wishing you a wonderful weekend!