Hey there 2016, baby update, and our Christmas

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“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.”

This is kind of how I feel right now. We know not the day or the hour that this baby will be born, but it could be any time between now and my birthday.  I asked Bodie if it seemed like I was a ticking time bomb, and he said a resounding YES. I’m sort of calm about the whole thing, which is crazy, because Christmas stuff is everywhere and I still haven’t finished unpacking or “setting up the nursery”… but whatever. Babies don’t need much. We’ll make do, whenever he decides to make his appearance.

All is well with my health, and I am (very, very) slowly getting more energy back. There are good days and bad days and if I don’t drink crazy amounts of water I end up  parked right back on my couch.

But, things are pretty darn good. We have wonderful and generous friends who are giving us outgrown baby clothes, and offering to help with everything we might need. We had a beautiful (and low key) Christmas, and it was just right. We didn’t do a Christmas card this year, so here’s a picture of our family on Christmas instead:

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and we did a “practice run” of Miri sleeping over at Grandma’s and she did great. There was talk about a babymoon to NYC, but I wasn’t really strong enough for that so we had a lovely night at home.

New Year’s was also low key, but we ate lots of yummy food and Miriam and I went to a friend’s Countdown to Noon party. It was very sweet, the kids loved it though I don’t think any of them understood the meaning of the holiday.

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So now I’ll finish getting the house in order, put the Christmas stuff away, and get ready for this baby! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, New Years, and holiday season.

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Happy Chanukah, pregnancy challenges, & our suppers this week

Happy Chanukah!


Yes we are Catholic, yes we celebrate Chanukah. I grew up in a Jewish / Presbyterian household, and then converted later (which you can read about here), but still took a few family traditions with me.

So we had a lovely family dinner with my parents and grandparents, latkes, brisket, the works. Miriam loved it, she was fascinated by the lights and the new Chanukah books that magically appeared on our living room table.

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24 weeks pregnant, and no take out this week!

7 Quick Takes is hosted by This Ain’t The Lyceum. I have only recently joined 7 quick takes, my first post was two weeks ago and it was… Handling annoyances with grace, and dreaming of home birth, 7 quick takes . Here are mine for this week:

  1. Meeting Gail Carson Levine.

    We did that! She was very nice, and her book (amazon affiliate link) Ella Enchanted is one of my favorite young adult fiction novels.

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Mamaway Baby Ring Sling Carrier Review

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I have to start by telling you all that I do not know where Mamaway stands on BCIA membership, or CPSIA compliancy. My Babywearing International friends tell me these things are very important, and so I asked the company twice but haven’t heard back about those two things. That being said, if you make your own sling, or buy one another mama made, it won’t have these certifications, and it may still be just fine to use.

I looked over the sling before using it and to me it looked well made. Stitching was nice, ring seemed sturdy, I felt comfortable holding Miriam in it. I guess I never really trust my carrier, so having a carrier I’m not sure has its compliances / membership is not as big a deal to me as it may be to some. Mamaway does say: “Your ring sling is rigorously tested super strong nylon rings have been tested to carry up to 50kgs of weight for 24 hours”, so that is reassuring too.

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