Saturday, March 31, 2012


I feel that this picture fully represents Noreen.
He laid like this for over 2 hours. With his face in my shoe.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Baby Cookin' Update - 16

Sixteen Weeks                                           

Size of Baby - An Avocado

Cravings - Eggs are once again palatable and even delicious. I'm quite happy about this, as an eggy tortilla with a side of fruit holds me over so much better than just a side of fruit. I've also been loving Totino's pizzas topped with whatever I have sitting around - spinach, asparagus, tomatoes, mandarin oranges. And oh my word. Watermelons.

What is different this time around - So much more discomfort. I'm definitely not having a rough pregnancy, by any stretch of the imagination, but I think the combination of this happening during such a traumatic year, being three years older and several pounds heavier, and this being my second pregnancy all combine to make the aches and pains more than they were last time.

Symptoms - I usually have a sore belly by the end of the day. I'm pretty sure this is simply because I have a lazy diaphragm that doesn't even attempt to hold my innards in place. I've also been half ignoring what seems to be a pulled groin muscle. This is rather annoying, since I have not been running or jumping or any other activity which might pull a groin muscle. I'm afraid this may have come from bowling or an early waddle-walk.

Appointments - We have our next appointment two weeks from today. At that appointment we'll setup the date for our big anatomy ultrasound. Yay! I can't wait to find out whether this is a little boy or girl. I must say, as we were heading into this Jared and I kept bouncing back and forth over whether we were hoping for a girl or a boy. On the one hand, having a boy might prove a bit easier emotionally, simply because it would be different. On the other hand, we miss having a little girl. Early on in the pregnancy we didn't talk much about this, but about a month ago we both confessed to hoping for a girl. We want to cuddle a little girlie again. Of course we'll be over the moon for either one. With Ryann we were hoping for a boy and we couldn't have been happier with our girl. So who knows. Of course, the other night my sister dreamed we had a minuscule baby boy. Any premonitions out there?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Mid-Morning Smile

One of my favorite things about having my own personal Starbucks barista is seeing what awesome scribble he brings me on my cup. I especially like how my Latino hips are well represented? Hmm . . .

Monday, March 19, 2012


Yesterday I drove up to Omaha with Jared, since he had a rehearsal with Opera Omaha. Usually these rehearsals run from 7pm-10pm or so, which means that there is no way I tag along. These days I usually head for bed shortly after 8pm. But yesterday they had an unusual mid-afternoon rehearsal, so I rode along and kept Jared company in the car.

I envisioned spending my solo three hours at a salon or shopping, but instead spent it curled up in a chair reading. Still pleasant, though completely unnecessary to travel to Omaha to take place.

After Jared got out of rehearsal (early!), I picked him up and we popped into P.F. Chang's for supper. Or as I like to call it, Pfchang! Our waiter gave us three fortune cookies when we finished, one for Jared, one for me, and one for baby. They are seen in this order, top to bottom, below.

Quite apt, don't you think?

Friday, March 16, 2012


Some days I just really miss chasing this little munchkin around. It blows my mind to say that this video was taken about a year ago. A year! We're closing in on it being an entire year since we've held our little girl. A year of empty arms and unused strollers. We still have some of Ryann's favorite yogurt sitting in the back of the fridge. I can't quite bring myself to toss it. I suppose one of these days they'll probably explode and coat the fridge in sour banana goo. But I don't care. I like to see them sitting back there.

Like normal.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Baby Cookin' Update - 13

Thirteen Weeks                                           

Size of Baby - A lemon

Cravings - Cheese, fruit, insane amounts of Taco Inn taco sauce.

What is different this time around - By this time with Ryann, I was feeling pretty much back to by old self. The nausea was gone, my energy was back, all was well. I am feel much better now than I was a few weeks ago, but I still get that horrible taste in my mouth every day at 5pm, like clockwork. And I'm still exhausted. I'm crossing my fingers that my energy starts coming back in the next week or two.

Symptoms - Exhaustion, awful taste that's exacerbated by onions and garlic, sore belly at times.

Appointments - This Friday! Get to hear the small one again.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Pregnant Food vs. Normal Food

Jared offered to make me food, but I turned down his creamy pasta topped with roasted crunchy kale and a side of parmesan crisp bread in favor of my ugly leftover beans with enchilada sauce, avocado, and bland shredded cheese. But it was SOOOOO GOOD! Words cannot express.