Happy Halloween! And Birthday! And baby!

Happy Halloween, and Happy Birthday to my fantastic and constantly supportive Father-in-Law, Roger, and happy head down baby to us!  What a great day.



Things we love, grown up edition

Admittedly, there are many things we love lately, but most of them are bambino related.  Here are a few things we are enjoying as grown ups before this fellow makes his appearance.



We are finishing up season two with season three on hold at the library.  It is really the only thing we watch these days.  We can’t seem to stay up late enough to watch any real shows faithfully because we have pretty early mornings at the start of the week (read: Tim leaves at 6am on Monday and Tuesday.)

We are also starting a yoga practice.  Well, Tim is.  Mine will start later and probably will be more Pilates and less yoga to recover my sad, sad abs.  Rodney Yee is the shiz.  If you are looking for a yoga dvd, this one has a wonderful collection of different types of yoga so you can try them out and see what works for your body and mind.  They are 20 minute sequences, so they are great if you are just establishing a practice and don’t have much time.


Baby related, but really liking Having a Baby, Naturally.  It is very natural childbirthy, so not for everyone, but also very concise about its arguments for things, which helps if you need some ammo to convince your husband of something he might not be down with otherwise, from cloth diapering to labor tactics.  Despite a wealth of books so far in pregnancy, this is one that I have found most helpful for clear dialogue between two budding parents.


And finally, as usual, Tim is reading some Wayne.  We both have a “person” we feel totally embodies our emotional and spiritual goals and has the ability, through writing, to stop me in my thought patterns and completely change my mindset to help me let things go and find a bit of peace with the way things are.

My “person” is Gay Hendricks, Tim’s is Wayne Dyer. We read our respective people pretty constantly.  This is when we feel off kilter or when we have decisions to make or when we just want to focus on being a better version of ourselves, like now.  Not into self help or self awareness?  That’s totally ok.  But, we encourage you to dig around a little in the 158 section of non-fiction at your library and see if anyone jumps out at you.  It could totally change the way you see your life, relationships and purpose in a matter of an hour.  You’ll know you’ve found your person when you read a random sentence in the book and think “This guy/gal just totally blew my mind.  With one sentence.”

This week’s Wayne:


We still have a transverse (oblique at best) baby, so today I am going to see a craniosacral therapist to get some suggestions.  My ultrasound is a week from tomorrow, so if mister baby could get it together in there by then, that would be super.  Send this guy some vibes to head toward the light.  As in flashlight.  Literally.

Thanks to all who recommended http://www.spinningbabies.com!  I am all over those excercises.  Apparently this kid has his mama’s stubborn streak will power.

Cheers to wrapping up October!

(All pictures are from Google images, but all products are available on Amazon.com if you’re interested!)

A birthday and a nursery reveal…

Being the slacking blogger I am, I didn’t post on Tim’s birthday.  (Pregnant) Wife of the Year!

Nevertheless, Timmy turned 32 on Saturday.  Happy Birthday to the cutest almost-Dad in the world.  I am so proud of the man he is and I could not ask for a more loving husband or father for our babe(s) to come.   Here’s to the most endearing, entertaining, and sleep deprived year of our lives yet!

He wanted to spend the weekend watching Notre Dame football with my grandfather.  I am a lucky gal to have married a man who has such a wonderful relationship with my family, including my athletic enthusiast Papaw.  I think it’s safe to say they had a fantastic time given the outcome of the game.  Yes, I was in bed with my small herd of pillows, dreaming about new running shoes (got some) and cloth diapers (need some.)

In bambino development, we are in our 35th week.  How can we be five weeks from our due date??  This marks the end of our eighth month.  I can’t believe it…but then again I can.  Tim and I agree it’s hard to remember a time when I wasn’t pregnant.

I am really missing my agility (I couldn’t reach my own heel to get a splinter out) and brute strength as I get more motivated to get the house baby-ready.  I am sure Tim is missing them just as much since I ask him to move furniture/totes/random infant objects almost daily.

Upon returning to town last night, despite exhaustion and a swollen foot (long story involving a misstep into some creature’s habitat last week while spray painting in heavy winds,) I holed up in the nursery to put away piles of baby stuff that hadn’t found a home.  I even did a bit of decorating at long last.  It was spurned by the delivery of our final piece of nursery art from Misha in Seattle!  He is a darling Spaniard with a penchant for the alphabet.  I am in love.

We also settled on a collection of things for the collage above the changing table.  Never mind that cut off piece on the right–it is for a first initial that will remain a mystery for now.

I also finally hung the painted closet rod and jackets in the play closet.  It actually looks like a decent place to play and crash now!   Heck, even I want to sit in there and snuggle while I brush up on my Mo Willems.  (I don’t actually have any Mo Willems, but I will someday because he is hilarious.  I mean Elephant and Piggie?  Darling.)

We also settled on a pediatrician this week (finally) and feel good about our choice.  We picked a man described as older, sort of socially awkward with adults, fantastic with children, and not opposed to delayed vaccine schedules.  He was highly recommended in a few corners, so we hope we love him as much as we think we will.

In other news, our car repair ended up costing a fourth of the projected total.  Second opinions… Making expecting couples happy since the beginning of the automobile invention.   We ended up going back to our favorite Subaru guy from whom we bought the car.  Thank goodness, because the things we were told were wrong weren’t even the things causing the click.  She is running like a dream now, buddy.  We love our Subarus.

This weekend is one of our last weekends at home before we are in full swing baby mode!  We have a baby shower next weekend followed by Thanksgiving just around the corner, and then it’s go time.  We are going to be strategic and try to get about 327 house projects done this weekend.  Progress report to follow.

Crunch Time (and not for abs)

It’s officially crunch time in the GB abode.  We are in our 34th week of pregnancy, which means it’s time to have the car seat and hospital bags in the car just in case.  I worked feverishly all week on teeny tiny laundry and got the babe’s bag and seat together and got them in the car shortly after this picture.  My bag is still in progress, but I’m not fretting.


We have also been working on the nursery a little more and getting things finalized, like art choices and furniture placement.  We got our map!  One step closer to a little boy play space.  I also went tote crazy and organized all of baby GB’s hand me downs from cousin Oliver.  Yes, they are in fact labeled and stacked by size.  Bliss.



This weekend, we were planning on going to Illinois to see Tim’s family, but instead his parents came here and we are so, so glad they did.  The weather was gorgeous and the leaves are just beautiful.  This was the perfect Fall weekend to be in Bloomington.  While they were here, we had his Mom snag a few pregnancy shots of us.  Can I just say I had NO idea my belly was that big.  It doesn’t look that big from the top…






We are so glad they were up for a midday trip to the lake!  Not the best time of day for photo shoots, but we made it work.

Next up for us:  3 short weeks of work before maternity leave, some final projects on the house, an expensive car repair, and an absolute absence of any graceful movement on my part. Bring it on!

Back in the saddle

Hi, all.  We have had a long few weeks!  The last post seems so long ago, which is partially due to my procrastination which was  extended by an internet connectivity crisis that lasted about a week before we caved and called Comcast.  The respite from the modern world (since our phones don’t work without a wifi-enabled booster in our house) was cathartic, but we are happy to be back in the flow of things.

Last weekend we attended childbirth classes to get ready for Bambino.  We took them at Bloomington Area Birth Services, which was a great choice.  The information was useful, relevant, not at all lame, and reassuring slash frightening.  He’s actually coming, and I actually am going to go through childbirth.  Yowza!  Tim is ready to rock, so that should be helpful when the time comes.  33 weeks!

I had a little panic which resulted in a late ultrasound to tell us that everything looks “wonderful” and essentially that I need to not worry so much.  As a bonus, we got this awesome shot which is highly preferable to the 20 week pictures (a skeletal face shot and a tiny man part shot.)  She reiterated this time around that he is absolutely a boy, so we are feeling great about that.  Despite the fact that I think my belly is massive, the doc says Baby GB seems tiny and to keep eating so he can plump up these last 7 weeks or so.

On the homefront, we have been doing some projects here and there amid long work weeks which are coming to an end soon for me, thank goodness.  Four more weeks and then a few months off are headed my way.  We Tim got motivated to clean the seats in the car to get ready for baby as well as the nursery and loft, which are the two carpeted spaces in our A frame abode.    Thank you, husband!

Speaking of the hubs, he also made my whims a reality with these book ledges I have seen on Pinterest and beyond.  These puppies consist of two 1×4 boards and a 1×2 piece to make the front edge.  With our new nail gun, they went together in a snap and then I got to work sanding and painting them with our favorite white enamel that is all over the rest of the house.

We are very happy with the results!  We registered for gifts for the baby shower, but we also asked people to bring books for the babe instead of cards and we are so, so glad we did.  We have some awesome ones to start this kid’s library!

We also filled our new, beautiful, sturdy-enough-to-pull-up-to-standing-if-you’re-tiny baskets I snagged at Target for toys.  I am pretty much in love with them.  And get a load of that darling white ledge shelf that sits just above them…  How romantic.  Sigh.

Look!  Honey (this child’s maternal grandmother who was sweetly named by nephew, Oliver) got Baby GB some earthy new digs!  The back of the raccoon and friends shirt has a darling surprise, but it will have to wait for when he is actually wearing it. I am in love with them and they are oh so soft.  Thank you, Honey!

I made a Costco trip this morning while Timmy turned into mister Rug Doctor.  It’s hard to say who is more worn out as we sit here watching the Irish do their (not so hot) thing.  Get ready for a glimpse into the bellies of the GB clan!  A few of our favorite things:  extra sharp white cheddar cheese to eat with apples, Barilla Plus pasta which is superbly nutritive with as much protein as a chicken breast, La Brea Bread Company whole grain loaf…times six, organic roasted red pepper and tomato soup for hurried weekday meals, and Kashi trail mix bars.

I did a little mantle decorating for Fall last week, but you all missed it since we had no internet.  It isn’t much, but it makes me feel better about the leaves just beginning to change.  I love love love Fall.  If you’re wondering if we randomly installed a fireplace, we didn’t.  We decided to use the mantle through the holidays as an entertainment center.  That way we don’t have to have a television constantly exposed in our small living space and I can actually hang stockings on something that feels homey.  As a joke that turned out to be fun and not that funny, I streamed a fireplace on YouTube since the tv is where a fireplace should be.  Nerdy, yes, but awesome.  I’ll so do it again before winter is over.

I also splurged this week with some Macy’s gift certificates and bought some sweet, super light gray, quick dry towels.  Let’s hope we like them since it took me so long to commit to them!

And last but not least, I bought little boo boo this adorable fuzzy owl while I was waiting in line at Kohl’s.  Who can beat a $5 darling toy from which proceeds go to charity?  Usually I can, but apparently I am a sucker for a gray owl.  I love him.

Here’s to a pleasant and restful Fall weekend!