As we mentioned yesterday, life has been quite hectic lately — all wonderful things, of course, but even the most thrilling events can leave a girl plain tuckered (especially when she is eight months pregnant and carting around 40% more body weight than normal). So what the heck *have* we been up to? Here’s a peek into life as we know it these days…
We’ve been canning again! Truly, once you get the hang of it, you’re kind of hooked and it’s virtually impossible to stop yourself from dreaming up reasons to use your canning set. As a token of appreciation to our baby shower guests (and at the suggestion of our clever friend, Erika), we made individual jars of strawberry jam adorned with handmade labels (strawberry stamp, ink, labels and hang tags from the ever-amazing Paper Source) and preppy pink-and-white ribbon. Charming, no? We’re already researching where to purchase other fruit and vegetable stamps for use on our future canning projects. (Like we said: We. Are. Obsessed.)
As our remodel nears completion(!), there are a million and one last-minute decisions to be made (and twice as many Home Depot trips to be endured). All of a sudden we are expected to have opinions about dimmer switches, door stops and housing for recessed lighting. Sure? There have also been the inevitable hiccups to be addressed, like the gorgeous carrara marble remnant that took *forever* to source suddenly going missing from the fabricator’s yard. The devil’s in the details, especially when you are as precise (anal?) as the hus-b and I have been about this project, but we know it will all be worth it, and soon!
Our house isn’t the only thing nearing completion: the little lady weighs over four pounds and is well on her way to being a fully cooked baby! And as the hus-b and I have learned, there’s a lot more to having a baby than reading “What To Expect” and stockpiling Pampers. We’ve taken classes on newborn care, childbirth and breastfeeding (if I hear “liquid gold” one more time…), hired a doula, toured the hospital, debated Amazon Mom vs. Diapers.com and interviewed prospective pediatricians. Tack on doctor’s visits every two weeks (soon to be weekly) and this whole gestating business has become a full-time job. The good news? Every day brings us closer to meeting the little monkey that has been occupying our lives (and my body) for the past eight months. We sure hope she likes her pink ceiling!
We have also been busy celebrating the brilliant people in our life! The hus-b and I attended two graduations in a 24-hour period, first watching our dear friend, Lauren, receive her MBA from UC Berkeley and then witnessing our wonderful sister, Christina, become Dr. Quist at her graduation from UCSF. We are so, so proud of them!