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Plans borne of second trimester super-human energy delusions:

Tailgating and Dierks Bentley/Luke Bryan at Soldier Field with my girls Sunday night - way past my bedtime.

Hosting a “Labor Day” themed baby shower for 25 people the very next day for one of my oldest + dearest.

We bought the concert tickets well before I knew I was expecting, but the whole hosting a party the next day thing was a decision made around 24 weeks when I could have participated in a truck pull contest.  (OK maybe not, but I miss that level of productivity and motivation).

I feel a bit like I’ve been hit by a truck today, but the night out with my friends and a day spent celebrating one of my favorite people (and Baby S’ future BFF) was well worth it.

Less than eight weeks to go!

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I’ve been looking for a good print to hang over the crib, something that suits the UP-inspired (note: NOT UP-themed) nursery.   This modern red balloon print fits the bill perfectly, and it was extremely reasonably priced, even before a nice little discount code.  

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An UP-inspired multicolored happy event for Baby S.  G throws a damn good party.  The little details were all so thoughtful and nothing was overlooked!  Those colored pom-poms were everywhere.  All my best girls.  Two delicious mocktails and a big bottle of vodka for spiking.  A tasty lunch and an adorable almond flour coconut cake handmade by a friend who couldn’t be there in person.  I’m not normally one for games, but a “name my baby” contest and a quiz video featuring my husband were hilarious. 

Only three of my friends couldn’t make it, and I can’t remember the last time I had all of my friends in one place (probably my wedding shower).  Despite the torrential downpour, it was such a bright + happy day.  I have a really special group of friends who are near and dear to me, and it made me so happy just to all be together and laugh!  It was so fun that these are the only (crappy) pictures I took.  Presence in the moment.

I remember thinking that the shower date seemed so far away and how pregnant I would be by that point and the baby would be almost here.  With a shower now behind me, the ticking clock is on my mind.  Little S will be here in the blink of an eye.  Here we go!  8.5 weeks!

Baby S is so very lucky to have so many “aunties” to love on him/her.  This kid is going to be spoiled within an inch of its life. 

the amazing decor/one of my oldest + dearest due 3 weeks before me/the crew/my mama + me/the mamas + the pretty lady hostess

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Yesterday’s little adventure.

Over the last few weeks, Baby has established a fairly consistent pattern of movement:

- Start kicking me in the crotch 15 minutes before my alarm goes off.

- Go back to sleep once I’m up making my morning smoothie and coffee.

- Get royally pissed off when I have my morning cup of coffee and browse the internet because my iPad is resting on its butt.  Kick wildly at iPad until I move it.

- Go back to sleep for shower and commute time.

- Wake up and happy dance when we eat our yogurt and berries at the office.

- Go back to sleep.

- Wake up and happy dance when we eat our mid-morning snack.  Lose shit if the mid-morning snack is cherries.

- Repeat cycle of sleeping and post-eating dancing for rest of day.

- Sleep during after-dinner couch time.

- Wake up and perform at least three tap dance routines once I crawl in bed for the night.

Monday night the baby was fairly quiet.  No ruckus at bedtime.  Yesterday morning nothing.  Nada.   I poked at the little foot that has resided under my belly button for a couple of weeks now.  Squished my belly.  Ate an entire desk drawer’s worth of snacks.  Chugged an icy Dr. Pepper.  Laid on my side.  Baby hadn’t moved or made a peep for the eight hours I had been awake.

When a pound and a half of cherries failed to garner any reaction, I really started to worry.  Part of me felt like I was just being crazy, but I couldn’t shake that nagging “what-if” feeling in the back of my mind.

I called my doctor, and she was similarly concerned about the sudden lack of movement.  She recommended that I come in for a “non-stress test,” which is quite possibly the most ironic name ever for a test designed to see if your baby is in distress.

Once in the exam room, I propped myself up on one elbow so they could hook me up to the fetal monitor.  As soon as I did, my stomach shook wildly, a little limb protruded, and this kid began to turn somersaults visible from the outside.

The nurse just started laughing.  She was so sweet and assured me that this happened all the time, and that she would rather see me come in once a week and have it be nothing than to blow it off and have it be something serious.

I spent the next 20 minutes with the monitor belt around my waist (let’s use the term “waist” incredibly loosely, ok?) while my child, who for the last nine hours had been completely unresponsive, showed off for the nurse.  As I watched its heart rate rapidly accelerate and then decrease (a good thing), I felt embarrassed, really neurotic, kind of silly and overwhelmingly relieved.  All is well.  I’m sure this won’t be the last time we embarrass each other in public.

This kid owes me twenty bucks for parking.

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This has replaced coconut Talenti and coconut Outshine bars as my favorite coconut product. So, so good!

This has replaced coconut Talenti and coconut Outshine bars as my favorite coconut product. So, so good!

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Monday + / -

- Drinking the glucose test drink first thing this morning on an empty stomach.

+ Delicious breakfast sammy from Chicago Bagel Authority post- test.

- Having to have a second blood draw after the tech forgot she needed another vial for the CBC.

+ Comparing CBC numbers with my dad - his hemoglobin is now better than mine!  Yay parental health.

- Getting pulled over by a dick cop and getting a lecture about how “speeding while pregnant will hurt or maybe even kill your baby.”  I was going 45 in a 35. 

+ Putting on an Oscar-worthy performance of tears.

- Getting a speeding ticket and ticket for no proof of insurance (card does a LOT of good in M’s wallet) despite said performance.

+ Passing the glucose test!  Cookies for lunch!  Pasta for dinner!  Carbs til the wheels fall off!

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Anonymous asked: Do you plan on scaling back from work once the baby is born? Do you feel like your boss is supportive? What are you doing for childcare? Just asking because I may be in the same boat soon enough.

The pregnant anons are out in full force today!

These are complicated questions with no easy answers.  Being a mom sounds hard, and doing that job on top of my current job sometimes seems impossible.

I don’t necessarily plan on scaling back, per se, but I do fully intend to restructure my time.  This is going to mean some serious discipline when it comes to time management - not always my strong suit.  I’ll need to prioritize my team stuff for during the workdays so I can start leaving earlier, and spend evenings finishing solo tasks after the baby goes down.  Work on the train instead of staring off into space.  Take some time on the weekends to knock several smaller tasks off my to-do list.  That kind of thing.

Is my boss supportive?  In general, yes.  I’ve known him for about 10 years, and I’ve worked directly for him for almost 8, so we have a great working relationship and I feel like I can be candid with him.  We’ve talked a lot about what will happen when I come back to work, and he is working with some of the other higher ups to get some things in place to make it easier for me to work more flexibly and productively.  That said, he certainly hasn’t been taking it easy on me during my pregnancy.  He relies on me for a ton, has really high expectations, and I think he is still in denial that I’ll be taking a hiatus.  I joke with him that he is going through the stages of grief and that if he’s going to be stuck in denial, he’ll never get to the anger stage where he can openly be an asshole to me.

As for childcare, we have a spot secured at a great place about two blocks from M’s office.  We are still looking at possibly going the nanny route, at least for the first year, but that is still to be determined.

I have no illusions that going back to work is going to be easy, but so far I’ve found that having honest, frank discussions with the boss about expectations (on both sides) has made things go a lot more smoothly.

Also, if I can get on the Marissa Mayer conference call manicure plan, that would be super. 

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Anonymous asked: Hey! Only asking as anon bc I just found out I am pregnant! Any books or websites you found useful but not overwhelming? There is so much out there and a lot of it is terrifying!

Congrats!  How exciting!

Unsolicited advice for the earliest weeks?  Stay the hell off the internet, you will only worry about every. single. thing.  Take care of yourself.  Sleep a lot - the first trimester fatigue does not fuck around.  Don’t worry about whether people can tell you are pregnant (your little bitty bloat that you think is enormous and obvious is not even noticeable to other people).  Wear all your fitted regular clothes.  Get really good at fake drinking. Eat a giant turkey sandwich or sushi before your first doctor’s appointment and they tell you that you shouldn’t (my doc is really liberal with that stuff, but many aren’t).  Invest in a maternity pillow (I love my snoogle) before you actually need it.

As for your question, I found most books and websites to not be very helpful (looking at you, What To Expect While You’re Expecting). Websites are good for getting information on a specific question, but not much else.  Although, I will say that if you want to feel better about yourself, particularly if you’re feeling a bit crazy from the hormones, perusing the Babycenter boards are a good self esteem booster and highly entertaining.

The books I’ve found to be useful are:

Expecting Better.  Along the turkey sandwich/sushi lines, this book breaks down the relative risk factors for all those pregnancy “rules” you hear so much about, and the author encourages moms-to-be to weigh those risk factors against the potential consequences and their personal needs.  For example, the risk of listeria from lunch meat is actually really low (the last significant outbreaks were from cantaloupe, peaches and hummus, but you don’t hear of doctors telling you not to eat fruit), but the consequences can be really bad.  She just provides the information, and leaves it to you to decide for yourself, without the sanctimommy judgment.

Baby 411.  Newborns For Dummies.  If you’re a first time mom (and I’m guessing you are since you want to read books), this provides a really good overview of how babies work. 

Baby Bargains.  The authors rate every piece of equipment ever invented for babies - an all-inclusive Consumer Reports type thing.  The amount of shit babies need is crazy, and the amount of options in each category is even crazier.  It was nice to have the research for everything in one book for registering.

Mayo Guide To Pregnancy.  Clinical, but moderately useful.  Nothing you can’t look up online, but a friend gave this book to me.

Happiest Baby On The Block.  M read this first, and described the technique as “So, you wrap the baby up super tight, grab it by its head, shake it and shush as loud as you can in its face.”  The actual technique is a tamer version that will NOT get Child Protective Services called on you, but the gist is what he described.  Friends have sworn by it.  Apparently, there is also a video on You Tube that you can watch if you don’t want to read/buy the book.

Hope that helps!  All my best for a healthy & happy 40 weeks!

Any veteran moms want to chime in?