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Thoughts On Friends, Social Lives & Dinner Parties

Last night Dan went to play some board games, etc. with some of his new friends from work. I was kind of bummed out that I wouldn’t be able to go, but thought it was really good that he’s making friends already – one of us needs to have a social life. Besides, I got to spend the night tooling around online, watching anything on TV I wanted to (including the first episode of the BBC series Robin Hood and the first two episodes of True Bloodwhich ironically this morning I found a giveaway at Melissa’s Bookshelf to win the first 7 books in the series the show was based off of – what are the odds?) and eating junk food – so it’s not like I had a bad night or anything.

Dan had a small handful of good friends from college back home, but it was largely my group of friends that we hung out with the most – our monthly Game Night usually meant regularly seeing my close knit group of ladies and it’s one thing I know we both miss from our old routine. So I was thinking that we should just reinstate something similar, with his new friends – it will be his time to shine, which totally works for me. This will mean that I’ll get to meet his friends, too, and we won’t have to look for a baby sitter which is good because I am still a bit apprehensive about hiring strangers to watch my kids – I know, I’ve been spoiled.

He had a great time last night and I think he was pretty happy when I suggested that he invite his friends over here sometime. I left it open ended – I don’t want to organize this into the ground and it’s not like we have loads of other things going on (aside from the new baby coming) – so I didn’t pester him to set a date, rather I told him to make sure he gave me 24 hours notice that people were coming. I’ll probably make him cook the meal anyway because he’s on this whole “fancy gourmet chef” kick which is so cute and it means the food is better when he’s cooking – but I could use the occasion to make one of the many desserts I’ve been hoarding the recipes for lately.

I miss my girl friends but I’m glad one of us is already acquiring a social life and I want to make sure to encourage that and reap the benefits of human interaction anyway I can. Because I am much slower to form bonds and attachments – it might take me a year or more to really reach out and find those people that I’ll want to see regularly and invite into my home. So we’re both lucky that he’s having an easy time making friends at work. And okay – I totally just want an excuse to make one of those desserts and to not have to find childcare, but when everybody wins, does it matter the reasons it happened?

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Bump Report: 35 Weeks

I’m now 35 weeks pregnant and it’s time for my weekly Bump Report – although I feel like I’ve been talking about my pregnancy all week – if it weren’t for‘s handy little info to quote, this post might seem kind of redundant. Yup – I’m still huge – yup, it sucks. Yup – I’m seriously wishing it was July 21. Yup – I’m still looking for guest posts for the week of Baby Blueberry’s birth. Yesterday I went through all the baby clothes we’ve got to see what we had in the 0-3 month range – we are totally covered as far as onesies go and we have a good small collection of those baby gowns / baby in a bags, but we’ll definitely need more eventually – especially because MM’s old baby clothes became significantly less gender neutral after that 0-3 month marker. Unless we find out Baby Blueberry has boy bits, we’ll have to figure that out. But you know, I’m pretty sure that’s to be expected. MM needs new clothes, too, but we’re trying to play dumb just a little while longer.

I’m thinking I want to finish clearing the last of the moving clutter from the living room / dining room and turning the corner that is currently “miscellaneous stuff” into a sort of baby center. We can put up our pack and play to serve as a second sleeping area until the crib goes up (we’re using the co-sleeper for the first few months) and have the baby swing and whatever other things we find need a home along that wall. It will at least make the area look less like wasted space and more like well needed baby space. Win, win? I’m sure Dan will be thrilled I’ve come up with more manual labor for him to do.

I think that’s all the new and big from my end without crying woe is me a bit longer about all the cramps and back pains and leg pains and small bladder complaints that are obviously still bugging me. So let’s get on with the developments from, shall we?

BB doesn’t have much room to maneuver now that she’s over 18 inches long and tips the scales at 5 1/4 pounds (pick up a honeydew melon). Because it’s so snug in your womb, she isn’t likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times she kicks should remain about the same. Her kidneys are fully developed now, and her liver can process some waste products. Most of her basic physical development is now complete — she’ll spend the next few weeks putting on weight.

How MY life’s changing:

My uterus — which was entirely tucked away inside my pelvis when I conceived — now reaches up under my rib cage. If I could peek inside my womb (yuck), I’d see that there’s more baby than amniotic fluid in there now. My ballooning uterus is crowding my other internal organs, too, which is why I have to urinate more often and may be dealing with heartburn and other gastrointestinal distress.

This Week’s Activity:

Prepare food to eat after your baby’s born. If you cook, start doubling recipes and freezing half. You and your partner will be too exhausted to cook in the first weeks after you bring your baby home and you’ll be thrilled to have healthy meals you can heat up fast. If you don’t cook, go around your neighborhood and pick up all the takeout and delivery menus you can find. You’ll be grateful for all the options at your fingertips. (Anyone wanna do this for me?)

They also recommend getting birth announcements ahead of time and addressing the envelopes, finding stamps etc. together now. Totally smart advice but highly unlikely that I’ll do it – Can’t I just send a mass email?

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52 Weeks: Me And The Sunglasses Kid (10 of 52)

52 Weeks is a year long challenge for YOU, hosted by Forever in Blue Jeans, to be in a picture once a week for 52 weeks. We are always the ones behind the camera, this is YOUR chance to get out in front and be in the pictures with our family. We are glad you are joining this challenge. More importantly your family will really enjoy having you in the picture. Thanks for playing along! Oh, you can just jump in now with 1 of 52, you’re not getting off that easy! Now go take a picture!

This is just a random picture of the two of us. I’ve been terrible about keeping up with this challenge but I’m always thinking about it, which I suppose is largely the point – to think about squeezing yourself into some pictures. This was taken amidst a random photo shoot of MM and his sunglasses, I snuck in at the tail end of it. It came out okay.

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t13: Thirteen Sweet Recipes I’m Coveting

Between being hugely pregnant and prone to craving sweet treats and having access to Food Network again for the first time in like two years, my sweet tooth coveting tendencies have been kicked into overdrive lately. Here are thirteen desserts and assorted sweet treats that I have a hankering to make right now and the people responsible.

  1. Wanted: Chocolate Ricotta PiePerson To Blame: Giada De Laurentiis – The first thing that struck me about this recipe was, “holy cow I want a food processor.” Watching her make it had me drooling for her appliances just as much as the dessert, which I mean – what’s not to love about chocolate pie?
  2. Wanted: Key Lime PiePerson to Blame: The Pioneer Woman – I’m not sure if she knows this but right now lemons and limes are like my favorite thing in the world, which is weird because before pregnancy they were kind of a take it or leave it thing with me. I’m guessing this little baby of mine is a citrus fiend, and I’m anxious to make something along these lines soon.
  3. Wanted: Hazelnut & Chocolate Pie w/ Vanilla Whipped CreamPerson To Blame: Giada De Laurentiis – This just looks decadent – she compared it to flourless chocolate cake which is one of my other new favorite things and um yeah, me wants it.
  4. Wanted: Lemon BarsPerson To Blame: Bakerella – Again with the lemon and me obsessively craving it – these bars look absolutely delicious and her pictures weren’t helping matters (see left). She even cooked these with her kids which had me feeling all, “I should be a super mommy and cook with my son, too,” but the truth is I just really want to eat a lemon bar.
  5. Wanted: Earl Grey Shortbread CookiesPerson To Blame: Claire Robinson – Claire hosts a show on Food Network called 5 Ingredient Fix – I love the idea of the show and her food looks really good. Some of her recipes I think I’d add a couple more things to and spice them up but I like the idea of keeping it simple and letting a few stellar ingredients really stand out and shine in a recipe. And I like cookies.
  6. Wanted: Biscotti Gelato Sandwiches and EspressoPerson To Blame: Giada De Laurentiis – I’m not the biggest fan of biscotti but I love ice cream cookies and espresso and I’m supremely tempted to give this “recipe” a try – Giada certainly made it look delicious, but then she does that, doesn’t she?
  7. Wanted: Chocolate Peanut Butter PiePerson To Blame: The Pioneer Woman – I love chocolate peanut butter pie but I’ve only had it a couple times and I’ve been on the hunt for a good recipe for it – this looks like the recipe – it’s perfect and I plan to make this in the near future or at least by Thanksgiving.
  8. Wanted: French Toast with Strawberries and CreamPerson To Blame: Claire Robinson – Another thing I recently discovered that I like is French Toast. I know – these are things normal people learn at like infancy or something – but I swear I never liked it until a couple weekends ago when Dan made some and I suddenly wanted them, too. And they were delicious. Claire’s recipe is of course super easy and the strawberries on top are genius. I’ve actually made this one already and will definitely make it again.
  9. Wanted: Limoncello Cheesecake Squares – Person To Blame: Giada De Laurentiis – As soon as I pop this baby out and I’m either not nursing or can take a couple hours off from nursing, I want to try some Limoncello (a lemon liquor) or some equivalent thereof. And I want to make these cheesecake squares for sure – they look delicious and you might have noticed that I’m infatuated with all things lemon, so yeah. This one needs to be made for sure.
  10. Wanted: Cream Puffs With Lemon Mousse and Blueberry SaucePerson To Blame: Martha Stewart – I’m not sure how Martha Stewart ended up on my list – I don’t watch her show, at least not normally – but this looks fantastic and I definitely want to try it sometime.
  11. Wanted: Strawberry Peach DipPerson To Blame: My Wooden Spoon – Honestly it was the picture (see left) that made me start craving this recipe. It sounds (and looks) perfect for the summer – what could be better than a tray full of fresh fruits and a delicious dip to eat with them? I’m thinking nothing unless I can have that and the other twelve desserts on this list also. That might be better. Also – can I have her serving dishes because they are adorable (speaking of coveting).
  12. Wanted: Individual Orange and Chocolate CheesecakesPerson To Blame: Giada De Laurentiis – These look so cute and I love the idea of making individual servings – with such a small family somehow this feels like less of a waste of baking because they are so grab and go and I bet you could freeze half of them or something. Or just eat like five at a time.
  13. Wanted: White Chocolate MoussePerson To Blame: Claire Robinson – This sounds so easy to make and delicious. I’d love to make this when my mother-in-law comes to visit as she’s allergic to chocolate and the blackberries to go with it? Heavenly.

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