Monday, August 25, 2014

Last Minute Summer Reads

I think it hit me last week that with summer coming to an end, and this pregnancy coming to an end, I might not have too much leisurely reading time available. So I got my but in gear and sped through three books this last week!

A Child Called It. Don't ask me why I decided to read this… I guess I thought it was one of those books everyone knows about and everyone has read, so I decided I needed to too. It was horrifying. Absolutely cringe worthy, and my jaw was dropped open in shock for most of it.

Amazon's Description:  This book chronicles the unforgettable account of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. It is the story of Dave Pelzer, who was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother: a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games--games that left him nearly dead. He had to learn how to play his mother's games in order to survive because she no longer considered him a son, but a slave; and no longer a boy, but an "it."

Dave's bed was an old army cot in the basement, and his clothes were torn and raunchy. When his mother allowed him the luxury of food, it was nothing more than spoiled scraps that even the dogs refused to eat. The outside world knew nothing of his living nightmare. He had nothing or no one to turn to, but his dreams kept him alive--dreams of someone taking care of him, loving him and calling him their son.

Where She Went. This is the sequel to If I Stay. And I loved it. More than the first. Sometimes I get mixed feelings about love stories because I want it to have a happy ending but I get annoyed when the story line is too predictable. But this was the perfect balance.

Amazon's Description: Picking up several years after the dramatic conclusion of If I StayWhere She Went continues the story of Adam and Mia, from Adam's point of view. Ever since Mia's decision to stay - but not with him - Adam's career has been on a wonderful trajectory. His album, borne from the anguish and pain of their breakup, has made him a bona fide star. And Mia herself has become a top-rate cellist, playing in some of the finest venues in the world. When their respective paths put them both in New York City at the same time, the result is a single night in which the two reunite - with wholly satisfying results.

The Maze Runner. I didn't realize that this was a series until I finished it, so now I'm going to need to read the rest of them. But once again, the movie is coming out, so I needed to read it. I thought the writing was a little immature (I guess that's what I get for reading YA novels, right?) but it was definitely a page turner that kept me up way past my bedtime.

Amazon's Description: 
If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Everything is going to change.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Remember. Survive. Run.

And the trailer: 

What about you guys? What have you been reading lately? What should I add to my list before Baby M gets here?!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

33 Weeks: Bumps Ahead

*Disclaimer: If you are struggling with infertility or if pregnant people in general annoy you, you may want to skip on by here today. No hard feelings.

Holy moly guys. Growing a human is pretty hard. I am starting to feel pretty humongous and uncomfortable. Every day tasks are getting harder... Getting in and out of the car, getting out of bed, finding clothes that cover my big belly, and let's be honest here… even taking a deep breath.  Last night after being in pain (back hurts, stomach hurts, achey all over) all day, I found some new stretch marks on my side and I broke down. Thank goodness for my sweet husband. He calmed me down, reminded me that this is all for Baby M, and how it will all seem like nothing when he gets here. Then he drew me a bubble bath. It was just what I needed.

I'm pretty much just ready for Baby M to get here already. I know that all of this makes me sound like a big complainer, and I'm sorry for that. I am very very thankful to be pregnant, and I know what a blessing this is. I'm just trying to document my real feelings here, and I'm not about pretending it's all rainbows and roses when it's not.

But now on to the stats!

How far along: 33 weeks
Gender: Boy!
Weight Gain: about 30 pounds
Maternity Clothes: Yes. Plus anything else that I can find to cover this big ole belly.
Stretch Marks: Yes, please see above. End of conversation.
Belly button in or out: Pre-pregnancy I had a super super deep belly button. Now... it is still an innie, but it is definitely growing outwards. Quickly.
Sleep: I am mostly uncomfortable when I try to sleep, but once I'm asleep I sleep pretty well.
Best Moment This Week: All of the movement, and Justin getting to feel it!
Miss Anything: Doing things comfortably. Please see above paragraph full of complaining for more details.
Movement: Yes!!
Cravings/Aversions: Today I simultaneously was craving potato chips and Skittles. And I dont even really like Skittles. So that was weird. And also delicious.
Queasy or sick: Kind of. Mr. man is moving around so much that sometimes it makes me feel like I'm constantly going up and down on an elevator.
Looking forward to: October 6th =)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Baby Shower

What a wonderful weekend I had you guys!

My shower was on Saturday and all of my sisters, my mom, two of my very best friends, and one of their moms,  came into town to celebrate Baby M.

Time spent with Erica and Karissa is always so wonderful. I don't get to see them nearly enough, but we always pick up right where we left off and it makes me so happy to spend time with them.

It was also so great to spend time with my mom and to get to share my pregnancy with her. She spent a lot of time with her hands on my belly feeling my little man move around, and I just cherish that time.

My sisters, mom, and MIL, all did an amazing job putting together this shower.

Thank you to my MIL for opening up your amazing home for yet another party for me, and letting me invite all of these people over, and make such a mess. =) Which you know I'm good at. You're the best.

Thank you to my mom for fixing my loofah crisis.

Thank you so my sisters who planned the games, got the prizes in order, decorated, and put up with my sometimes indecisive, sometimes emotional, a lot of times picky self.

And thank you so everyone who helped with the food! There was so much amazing food! I couldn't get enough!

And Karissa thank you for snapping some amazing photos! #prostatus

I am so very lucky to get to call these women family, and that our little Baby M will get to too! Thank you all so much. I love you guys.

Party Favors

Game Prizes

The guests wrote advice to me on these little onesies.

I created a predictions pool at this site, and we had guests enter predictions at the shower! Friends and family who couldn't make the shower, feel free to enter now!

Erica and Karissa <3

Some of my Mommy to Be friends! Can you believe I have two other preggo friends that aren't in this picture!?

Playing one of the games: Blindfolded diaper changing! 

I am just blown away by the amount of love and generosity we have been shown. We are very blessed to have such amazing people in our life. All of the gifts were so wonderful and thoughtful and seriously made my heart swell with love for the women that came out to celebrate us. I also feel much more prepared to have a child now! So that's good!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

If I Stay

In true me form… when I saw the trailer for If I Stay, and saw that it was based on a novel, I knew I had to read it. I'm so glad I did. It was a super quick read and really good. Yes a little sad, but this hormonal pregnant lady only cried a little so I think you all can handle it!

Amazon's description:
In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen ­year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces- to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Heartwrenchingly beautiful, this will change the way you look at life, love, and family. Now a major motion picture starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Mia's story will stay with you for a long, long time.

And here's the movie trailer:

It also has a sequel called Where She Went, that I haven't read yet, but I'm excited to! I'll let you guys know what I think!