5.15.2017

baby shower time!

 after functioning ever-so-impatiently in recent weeks, begroaning how much i dislike my obgyn, i went to my visit friday and she gave me JUST the news i wanted to hear- she is willing to induce me before 40 weeks, AND i'm 80% and 2cm+, so basically, this pregnancy WILL END SOMETIME SOON! in less than 2.5 weeks, i'll have a baby. not a baby belly (well, i'm SURE i'll have a baby belly, just a baby-less belly). she also warned me that i could go fast- very fast- if i go on my own. fast as in, get in a taxi with my kids if i need to, and just get to the hospital without a second thought. i'm not anticipating that by any means, but it was a bit shocking to hear. for those not named amanda petersen, i'll refresh your memory: i was induced EAGERLY with both elle and jude at 38 and 37 weeks. my babies were 7 pounds- scrawny, but healthy. i've never "gone into labor" and delivery was a whole lot faster than pregnancy, so i'm all good with medical intervention to bring a baby safely, happily, into our arms. if given the choice, i'd take an induction any day over the idea of going into labor. especially in this city when we'll be relying on the kindness of friends to take our kids as we hurl them in a direction, depending on the time of day. mike actually dry heaves (perhaps it's actual vomit) at the idea that i have "water" that can "break." i tried telling him yesterday that it wasn't, in fact, water at all, and he nearly lost his mind. he is all but following me around with a towel at this point. 

it's getting real.

now, ever so ungracefully, i'll switch gears entirely...

BABY SHOWER! my sweet friends mari & meg planned a shower at tessa on saturday. it was perfect! i am so grateful for the girlfriends who left their families on that rainy day and were able to come eat and talk and laugh...
 love these girls so much!
now, some final pregnancy notes for your reading pleasure.

this child (still nameless) is lower than i thought humanly possible. i cannot wear pants or anything with a waist-band, and it's been that way for weeeeeks, but it's at a new low (no pun intended). i'll spare you details. i mean, i don't want to because it's crazy, but i'll spare the internets. i have never wanted to live in a bikini so bad though. clothes are my nemesis. i hate the feel, smell, EVERYTHING. i am in excruciating pain from having to pee so badly, so often. dozens of times a night. not exaggerating. i never sleep. the only plus to a baby who is falling out of my person is that i can breathe most of the time. unless i'm straining myself- climbing stairs, getting in and out of bed- you know, the intense stuff. also, i only get heartburn when i eat chocolate and peanut butter? weird. sad, but weird. i still crave fresh things and juices constantly. we have NO budget for my juicing addiction, so i make acai bowls daily to try and distract myself. my back pain is intense, insanely painful, but has shockingly subsided the last few days which is a welcome relief. i'm not as swollen as i remember with the other kids, but my face still feels faarrrrrrr too large. i can't eat much after about 3:00pm (and if i do, it has to be salad or something carb-free) or i'll feel SICK the rest of the night- there is NO more space left in my abdomen, even though i'm usually starrrrving. i've been trying to stay crazy active to get this boy shaken down (i think it's helping), and miraculously, can make it walking 5-ish miles each day without almost dying. i have a terrible cold which is actually good news only because i had terrible colds when i had both elle & jude, and i said to mike 2 days ago that was the only thing that was missing and i could go into labor! bam- cold. good and bad news all at once! lastly, strangers are horrified when they see me. even more-so if they see me with 2 other kids. i'm quite the scene, but... THE END IS NEAR!!!

(my lasts posts before jude were born are here & here- at 36/37 weeks, i'm at the same point now i was then. ahhhh! baby!)

4.24.2017

the rest of spring break, 2017!

if seen on instagram, mid-spring-break-week we also spent days in the west village eating pizza at joe's, grabbing our favorite donuts (the doughnut project!!!), and eating acai bowls from my favorite shop i never seem to get to in midtown. we made bunny bait with friends, and moved soccer practice to a perfect spot in central park. the days continued to roll forward with late/missed naps, mild weather, and tons of energy starting at 6:00am on the dot. most every day we spent out for 5-8 hours straight, walking the streets and playing in parks. 

spring break spilled onto the following monday and tuesday, and these days were spent in washington square park, going to our favorite consignment shop, crashing the nyu chick-fil-a (MY GOSH WE STAND OUT), getting ice cream cones that were much too large at big gay, and finally, heading to see the coastline in larchmont, ny via train...
chick-fil-a's diet lemonade is just the beesssst drink!
33 weeks!!!!
each night concluded with a massive bathtub scrub (THE DIRT!!!), and usually involved me passed out in the middle of the rug by 5pm groaning in pain, "MY BAAAACKKK!!!" 
our last morning of break, we took a train from grand central to larchmont, then walked a couple miles to the shoreline to play and picnic...

good news, no children fell off the steep cliffs.
it was SUCH a treat to play with friends every.single.day. we literally saw becca & her boys for 9 straight days. we missed our manhattan-to-brooklyn buddies, so having the "big kids" together again was a total treat! i can't believe how different life is with a kid in school- and to think i may lose jude soon, too, if we decide to put him in pre-k (it's all-day here). nyc is the best place to raise kids, but sometimes i feel like jude and i hold back exploring because i hate experiencing so much without elle! my heart is nearly exploding in anticipation for summer, but i'm trying to put my expectations in-check since we'll also have a new baby in-tow the next time elle has time off of school. this break was elle's time to choose her adventures, and we had a blast together playing in/around the city.

4.21.2017

spring break, part 2: central park, a SPLASH PAD & the prospect park zoo!

tuesday i woke up feeling like i was hit by a truck- we were SO busy monday, it was like running a half-marathon with no training! the forecast predicted 82 degrees, so although we were beat, there was no chance we were staying at home on day 2. the kids were READY, so we headed out early again for some playtime in central park...
the walk from the west side to the east side of central park is breathtaking. add in the early morning hours- it's somewhat quiet, most of the traffic being runners and bikers. the kids ran on the paths through the blooming trees. it was seriously gorgeous.
we met some friends at the sailboat pond and played around the water until the kids were getting too close to the water for comfort. then we decided to head to the carousel (it was super dark as we rode, and i only managed to capture a few video clips instead of photos).
i called the museum to see if their fountains were open, they said no, so we took a taxi home (it was 80 by this point, and i had a moment when i realized i could actually go into labor if i didn't take a break;) i put jude down for a nap, just as friends texted, "the fountains are open! and empty!" 

clearly they were empty because the people on the phone were telling everyone the water was off!!!

i woke jude up after an hour and we headed back out...
the best was watching the people inside the museum look at the kids as they made faces through the glass. awesome.

this whole spraying water thing got me SO EXCITED FOR SUMMMMMMEERRRRRR!!!
wednesday we headed to brooklyn to explore the prospect park zoo. our herd of kids and young moms always gets serious stares (and usually questions) from strangers on the subway. we look crazy. and we're super loud, let's be honest. it rained on and off, and the kids were mostly interested in playing in dirt than looking at the animals. 

we went to wendy's for a late lunch before heading back into manhattan. wendy's! nostalgia!! (i've only ever seen 1 in the city.) when we walked in we got another batch of stares, and even a comment of the arrival of "rich manhattan housewives" or something like that. which made me laugh hysterically because that is clearly something for which i have never been associated. good times. the strollers do it, i'm telling you.


anyway, eating at wendy's was moderately regrettable. fast food usually is, yes? ;)
(thanks to becca for a few of these snaps!)
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