Mid-January

We had our former landlords over for lunch yesterday, Gabe made some Asian-inspired grilled chicken and pork wraps that were fantastic as always. I made a quick cranberry-orange scone with a vanilla orange glaze- there are none left, but I do have half a bag of cranberries so I could make one more batch for the week.

I’ve also been making an effort to do more meal planning, 1.) so my grocery shopping isn’t so disjointed, and 2.) it makes dinnertime with Piper so much simpler if we don’t have to play the “What should we eat” game. Gabe bought a copy of America’s Test Kitchen’s Slow Cooker Revolution, and I’ve been using it a lot. There is a great variety of recipes, and most of them are pretty easy to put together in the morning before I leave for work.

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Piper… she turned 8 months old 2 weeks ago and it seems like she changes almost daily lately. She feeds herself really well, and when she’s playing its evident that her hand eye coordination is really good. She’s such a busy girl! Her current favorite pastimes are stalking the cats, playing with Gabe’s bongos, and dancing any time she hears music.

We are also in the throes of garden planning, we know where its going and what’s going in it (seeds not ordered yet though) but didn’t do any work on it last fall, so we have a lot of work ahead of us this spring. I’m excited though, because there is an already established strawberry patch!

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Made my list of seeds to order, and added some annual flowers for some color! I put giant sunflowers on the list, and I’m excited to see how they turn out.

Happy Sunday!

Catching Up

The Holidays were a blur this year, as always.

As an aside, can I just say that the term “The Holidays” annoys me? Christmas. Christmas was a blur.

Then, when it was over, I took January 1st and 2nd off so that Gabe and I could have some time at home to decompress. It was a lovely 4 days, just the 3 of us. And the kitties of course.

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2014 In Review

A photographic review.

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Spring?

It’s mid-February (as I’m sure you know!) but rather than heading out this morning to spend my Monday in a heated greenhouse with my hands in some soft, warm soil…I’m heading instead to an office job where I get to stare at a computer and answer the phone. A bit depressing to say the least. Spending the last 8 weeks of winter in a greenhouse is a great help to those end of winter blues that just drag out.

If I wasn’t 7 months pregnant I’d be a little more upset. .

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Garden Planning!

I’ve been so busy growing a human, I hadn’t given any thought to our garden until a few days ago when my husband mentioned garden tomatoes. I did one of those, “How could I forget” gasps and immediately ordered my Johnny’s and High Mowing Seed catalogues (sadly Baker Creek is OUT of theirs). Since then I’ve been researching the new varieties of disease resistant tomatoes (because, New England) and what other new things we might like to add to our garden this year; and what we won’t be growing again (hello broccoli covered in every insect imaginable).

Since my maternity leave is perfect for Spring planting and gardening I’m looking forward to it more than I have the last few years. I think it will offer me a welcome distraction from the baby routine, which (I hope) will be good for both of us.

We are planning to grow enough tomatoes, peppers, peas, green beans, cucumbers, greens, herbs, and squash to keep us out of the veggie section of the grocery store for a bit. Last year, being our first year at this location, was great for a baseline and we are planning some improvements for this year. We have rethought our planting design, and will forego the tomato bags this year. The plants we put in bags last year never fruited, and the bags fell apart- it was a general disappointment. We also have a full crop of garlic to look forward to, its sitting happily under a heavy blanket of snow right now, but hopefully we will be greeted with greens when things warm up!

Here’s hoping February and March go by quickly!!

Catharsis

I know that it seems like I’m repeating myself over and over, but the truth is that I’m using this as a place for my thoughts and fears that Gabe is sick of talking about. True!

MIL was great over Christmas, not too many judgy/invasive questions, and she didn’t try to touch my belly. My family is, of course, still my family. But at least I can tell them to eff off if I need to. Now that there are some minor shower plans starting mom has felt the need to remind me that I should and shouldn’t register for certain things.. for example she told me that I won’t need swaddling blankets, Noah didn’t like them so my LO probably won’t either. HOW DO YOU KNOW?!!? I’m just sick of feeling like she and my MIL don’t think we are capable of doing this on our own. I’m 10 years older than my mother was when she had her first child, and no I haven’t had a baby myself, but I’ve been around plenty of them. IDK. I don’t like when people tell me that I can’t do something, or treat me like I’m not capable. Gabe and I are smart people, I know that we will be fine. It’s bad enough that I have my own fears about being a parent- like what if she is a colicky baby and doesn’t sleep much the first 6 weeks. What if I am unable to nurse her, and I have to give her formula? These are the things I’m concerned with- not freaking blankets. I try to remind myself that these comments generally come from the person trying to be helpful, and its probably my pregnant emotions taking control but…. and I just have to get it out here-

THEY HAVE HAD AND RAISED THEIR BABIES – THIS IS MY TURN, LET ME DO IT! IF I NEED HELP I WILL ASK FOR IT, OTHERWISE STFU AND KEEP YOUR OPINIONS TO YOURSELF.

Remind me to say that several times over the course of her first 6 months.

Things That Currently Stress Me Out..

…That I have no control over right now since they are all baby related.

1.) Will my MIL ask to be in the delivery room? OR will they show up and then I’ll have my mom and his parents here in our small house?? 

    – The rational part of me thinks this is crazy, and knows that she is not some overbearing woman who ignores me. But the hormonal part of me hears/reads these types of stories and can’t help but wonder.

2.) Once we have decided on names I’m not telling anyone (actually mom already knows our girl pick, but she has been sworn to secrecy) because I don’t want opinions. I made the mistake of telling my MIL and BIL some of my top choices and was annoyed when they gave their opinions. 

   – Thus, to avoid stress and unwanted opinions I will not divulge information. Other than if the baby is a boy or girl. 

3.) What if I’m too much of a wimp to do this without drugs??

    – I’m sure I will agonize over this from now until April.

4.) What if I am unable to breastfeed? 

    – Also certain I will obsess over this until April.

And the one thing I’m sure ALL pregnant women obsess over:

5.) What if I’m a bad parent? As in, what if I can’t cope? What if I can’t figure out why the baby is crying? 

  – I’m sure all first time moms go through this, especially in the first 3 months. I know I can handle things post-3 months, but what about before that? And this place is so small, which means that there is NO way my husband will get any sleep either- and I’m pretty sure that’s not good if you’re using equipment like a chainsaw on a daily basis.