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Oh yes it’s Ladies Night, and the feeling’s right!

Oh yes it’s Ladies Night, and the feeling’s right!

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Hola blog! Mumsie is cuddling with Baby M. while I type out my weekly blog entry…while simultaneously holding a hot compress on my left nipple. Motherhood has made me a master class multitasker.

I thought I was over shows about zombies, but along came "Santa Clarita Diet". It's adorable!
This week’s nighttime viewing (while cluster feeding) show: “The Santa Clarita Diet”. Cutest show about zombies you’ll ever see. I was resistant to watching it at first, but hooked by the end.

First signs of spring hit our backyard! 🌱
Spring is starting to hit our backyard.

Sunny family walkies. 💚
I love our family walkies.

Tummy Time to Deee-Lite radio on Pandora (note the dogs in the background).
This particular Tummy Time session was to Deee-Lite radio.

First family outing to a dog park: complete! 🌲
Last weekend (Saturday? Sunday? Who can say) we had our first outing to a big dog park. The BOB stroller handled the roots wonderfully! And although there was an initial screamfest in the car that required a breastfeeding session (in the garage, before take-off), the baby was quiet during the entire trip to the park, and both car rides. Phewwwwww. I know they have to cry occasionally. But I don’t have to like it!

Put in contacts today for the first time in ??? It's easy to let self-care slide while taking care of a newborn. Maybe in two weeks I'll be able to paint my toenails!
Feeling like myself again, including wearing contacts for the first time in ???. I even painted my toe-nails this week!

Wow. What an incredibly gorgeous mama.
We didn’t watch the Grammy Awards, but I caught a pregnant-with-twins Beyonce on Youtube the next morning and was blown away by her look, performance and whole vibe. Gorgeous. Almost makes me want to be pregnant again (JUST KIDDING).

What a beautiful day! 🌞
I enlisted the help of my friendly neighbor to watch Baby M. while I take the dogs for a quick daily walk, and it’s been wonderfully therapeutic. Especially when the sun is shining.

Afternoon disco dance party to Donna Summer radio..."Ladies Night" by Kool and the Gang really made him bop around.
Afternoon dance parties in the sunny nursery to “Ladies Night” are also fantastic! Look at this little man.

I had been waiting to put these booties on him, and now they're almost too small! He has big feet like his mom. So proud! 👣
I waited to put this adorable booties on him, and now at nearly 6 weeks old guess what? They’re too small! He sure has his mother’s big feet.

Josh and I don't normally celebrate Valentine's Day, but what the hay, motherhood has made me sentimental. Happy Valentine's Day! @djmagicelf 💚💙❤(homemade card circa 2008, the year we got married)
Mothering a newborn made it impossible to go out and get Joshy anything for Valentine’s Day (or even the day before Valentine’s Day, which is what we usually celebrate). He brought me home a card, some little presents, and a heart-shaped chocolate cake though. He’s so gooooood.

Adorable homemade card from my MIL to Baby M.. 💖
Love the monster card Fleeta made for Baby M.. She’s always so thoughtful.

Josh bought me this fun decorative ball last night, which immediately began shedding gold glitter all over our son. Eh, he's five weeks old, time to start experiencing what this household is all about! ✨🌟✨
Josh bought me this fun decorative ball, which immediately began shedding all over the house and our son’s head. Sparkle, baby!

Nature Cub! 🌲
These dogs follow me around the house allll day long. I suppose they always did, but I thought maybe Bear Cub would distance herself from the baby. Wrong! She’s a protective Cub.

The bright-eyed and calm moments are wonderful. And the smiles! I've requested more smiles! 💙
This week he’s been smiling more and just recently started cooing at me, which I love so much there is no way I’m going to break focus and take a picture! So he looks serious in all of his pictures.

Monday. 💙
So much love.

I have been so lucky this week to have someone watch the baby long enough for me to take the dogs for a walk...and 3 out of 4 of those days were sunny! Take THAT, crappy forecast! 🌞
My photos haven’t changed all that much, there’s just a lot more…baby.

Special thanks to @algae13 today, who allowed me to walk the dogs and eat a meal (without breast-feeding at the same time), and who cuddled Baby M. into a nap and lent us some groovy baby carriers! Mwah! 😘
Thursday Josh’s old boss came over in the morning and let me walk the dogs, eat lunch (without breastfeeding at the same time), snuggled the baby AND lent me some fancy schmnancy baby carriers to wear! This purple one is one of them. It’s similar to the Moby. He fussed at first but I hypnotized him by bouncing on the stability ball and then he chilled out.

Come on, spring!
More spring in the backyard.

Just ducky. 💙
Spotted on our dog walk yesterday.

My mother visiting meant TWO dog walks today! Woo hoo! And look who decided to go for a swim on the way home. Labs.
Maggie dog had to jump in the nearest body of water right as we were leaving the park, of course!

Grandma and Baby M.. 💕
Mumsie flew into town Thursday night, and it’s been wonderful having her here. Yesterday I was able to take two dog walks, and we brought home Hawaiian food to eat for dinner last night, mmmmm.

Somebody's been a little fussbucket the last two nights...but he's still awfully cute.
He’s had two super fussy nights in a row, but who’s counting? I’m pretty happy if I can piece together 5 hours of sleep per night.

Drizzly walk today. 💦
Today’s walk…oh, I hear my baby crying! I can’t believe I made it through this entire blog entry. Catch you later!

Werewolf Bar Mitzvah, spooky scary*

Werewolf Bar Mitzvah, spooky scary*

My Broad and my boy. 💙
Hey blog! Currently I am sleep deprived, but what better time to blog 2392014329 pictures of my newborn baby? Here is the Broad. She came over for a visit and snuggled with my boy.

Ohhhh this cutie.
Bright-eyed in this one, a state that he is not often in these days. Newborns sleep a lot! Which gives me little chunks of time throughout the day to accomplish tasks.

#tbt Kauai, 2014. Mmmmmmm...🌈
This must have been for Throwback Thursday last week–Kauai, 2014. Look at that water, droooool…

Christy came for a visit. 💕
Christy also came for a visit. She is due any day now. In the past week, two out of the four pregnant ladies I know have had their baby boys. Christy is next!

Sweet boy.
He is sooooo sweeeeeet. I want to make my Flickr private for his sake, but then this blog would have to be private too, and then I really would just be blogging for myself. Hmmmm. Well…not ready to make that leap yet. Making my Instagram private was a big step for me.

Baby M. looking thoughtful. 🤔
Deep thoughts.

How come fat on baby thighs is so attractive?
Delicious baby thighs. He weighed in at the hospital this morning at 9 pounds, 11 ounces! What a little chunkeroo! MY FAVORITE.

Nice afternoon for it. 💚
I really miss this aspect of paternity leave. It’s so much easier handling stroller + two dogs with two people. Yesterday I tried doing a walk with the stroller by myself, but Baby M. is currently in a carseat hating phase and screamed so hard after I loaded the dogs in the car that I ended up unloading them, going back into the house and popping him on the boob instead.

Successfully got the little guy into the Moby wrap this morning. At this size, I find it more comfortable than the Ergo.
Later on after Josh came home from work, I took the dogs for a quick walk, sans baby. I need the daily dog walk, especially when it’s sunny outside. It’s really important for my mental health. I thought I could take the baby in the Moby wrap (see above photo), but I must have tied it too loosely because his head wasn’t supported at all. Curses!

This little chunk is up to 9 pounds. Alriiiight, breast milk! 💪👊
Today, however, I tied the Moby REAL tight, got the little squirt in there and then, taking one dog at a time, took a slooooow walk around the block. Today is the last day of sunshine for a while and I was determined to get my 15 minutes, dammit! Plus the dogs had been staring at me expectantly all day. There’s that dog guilt.

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Obsessed.

Somebody was fussy alllll night long. It's hard to stay mad at this face though.
My mother tells me about her day at work over the phone and I realize breastfeeding this sweet baby every hour or two hours all day long ain’t so shabby.

Everyone wants my Ring Pop.
I still have a lot of red candy leftover from my birthday present.

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Cute factor aside, yuck, I think you have to be under the age of 10 to enjoy these things. Or under the influence of…something.

So far our first day alone together is off to a good start...we slept in until 8! 💚
Oh little man. Love him in this long-sleeved wrap shirt.

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The orange leggings are from my mother, they match the Boppy cover, and of course I notice things like that!

Hot.
This is a good look.

Reading this book summoned the dogs this morning.
I’ll admit, I haven’t been reading much to him yet. I’ve read two books in three weeks! And we are readers in this family! I gotta step up my game.

Ka-POW! 👊
Ka-POW! We haven’t yet had Tummy Time today. We’ve just had Booby Time and Fussy Time (ugh I’m so sorry I talk like this now, it really can’t be helped).

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood. 🌈
One of my birthday gifts from Josh that I hung in his nursery window.

Quick dogwalk sans baby after Josh came home. I haven't yet mastered stroller + two dogs by myself...maybe tomorrow. 🌲
Apparently there will be 6 more weeks of winter? Hey, at least it isn’t snowing.

FINALLY some painting inspiration! Joan Crawford with grapes! Thanks @dubtrance, you know my taste so well 😘🍇🍇🍇
Christopher inspired me to paint Joan Crawford in this grapes costume, and I started the painting yesterday. It’s going to be on a little tiny 5 x 7 inch canvas, because that’s what I have on hand, but it will be a nice transitional painting for me. Transitioning back into portraits!

Rough night last night. Good thing he's so adorable today. 😅
Supposedly babies don’t really focus on objects at only 3 weeks, but I swear he was checking out this mobile yesterday.

More lactation cookies, this time with a mixture of dark chocolate and butterscotch chips, mmmmmm.
During one of my breastfeeding breaks I managed to bake a bunch of lactation cookies again, this time with dark chocolate AND butterscotch chips. Mmmmmm.

Finally the ground isn't covered with snow or ice or rain, and we uncovered three tennis balls we had "lost" at the park! 😂
Finally able to explore hills (because I’m not waddling around with a pregnant body any more), we discovered three tennis balls at the park yesterday we thought we had “lost”! Woo hoo!

I finally caught his smile on camera. Made today's sleep deprivation totally worth it.
I was so tired last night, laying on the couch after a loooong breastfeeding session, waiting for Josh to come home so we could eat dinner. I had the little dude laying on me, and I used the reverse camera to look at his face and surprise! A smile! This was the first time I managed to capture one of those fleeting smiles on camera. It makes me really happy.

Six more weeks of winter, eh? Baby M doesn't mind.
And finally today, after (what else?) a breastfeeding session. He is so content when he’s milk drunk. Siiiiiigh. Oh man. Mommy needs a nap. See ya, blog.

* I’m working my way through “30 Rock”, a cute little show that requires no thought process from yours truly, which, these days, is niiiiice.

Let’s look back at 2016

Let’s look back at 2016

Hola blog! It’s that time of year when I force myself to do a yearly re-cap. I actually climbed onto the computer to print out a recipe for lactation cookies, but while I’m here, hells bells, why not re-cap what I did in 2016? Let’s take it month by month.

January 2016

Pre-surgery glamour, darling. 💋
Uterine polyp removal in preparation for IVF

– started hormone injections for IVF

– completed three heart-shaped Mandala paintings for sale HERE!

February 2016

Amazing glass at the Chihuly museum.
– Josh and I finally go to the Chihuly glass art museum downtown (worth it)

– ended the full-time job I’d had for the past couple of years, panicked for a week or two, and then signed on with a PRN position. Phewwwwww.

Pre-surgery for egg retrieval. They retrieved 14, above average! 🌟

– had my egg retrieval on my father’s 65th birthday (February 9th)

– found out that the two frozen embryos were both boys, and had a hearty laugh with my fertility doctor

– trimmed down coffee consumption from 3 cups a day to 1 cup (HELL)

March 2016

Is it done? Is it done yet? Finishing a painting is always the hardest part. 💖🌟✨
Finished the neon glitter Mandala, which is definitely one of my faves. Available here!

scenic pond
Josh and I go to the Seattle Arboretum, in spite of the fact that my back is all messed up. I never did figure out why I had back problems for a few days/weeks, but it suuuuucked.

Caftan Number 2 purchased. My Year of the Caftan is off to a good start! Now I need to stop buying and start sewing them myself, sheesh.
I decide that 2016 is going to be the Year of the Caftan and buy two caftans, to that end. (note: sitting here GIANT at 9 months pregnant, I can’t BELIEVE how tiny my waist looks in that caftan, sob!)

– painted our bedroom
– started going to an IVF support group

Getting ready to caucus this morning. 🌈
Caucused for Bernie! (SIGH)

April 2016

First time on Mt. Rainier. Are we having fun yet? 🌟
Josh and I had competed against each other earlier in the year for a “Dietbet” and he won (I’m pretty sure he cheated by fasting, but whatever). My “punishment” was that I had to go skiing, but by the time April rolled around and my back was finally not screwed up, not much skiing was to be found so I was “punished” by walking in snow on Mount Rainier instead. It wasn’t terrible!

Finished painting the guest room last night. The "true" colors are really hard to capture via photo, but it's "Soothing lavender" on the top and "Periwinkle dream" on the bottom. Hi Jerry!
Painted the guest room.

Olympic Sculpture Park.
Downtown Seattle fun with Fleeta and Bob–Pike Place Market, and checking out the Olympic Sculpture Park.

Embarking on an "easy" 5K this morning on Tiger Mountain. I panted like a dog the entire time. Josh is training for a marathon and didn't even break a sweat! 💪
First trail run! An “easy” 5K up Tiger Mountain.

– April 28th: the day of my IVF transfer! One perfect little male embryo, which the nurse exclaimed looked “better than textbook”. Aw yeah.

May 2016

– started progesterone suppositories for IVF

A couple of dorks touring a chocolate factory for funsies.
Josh and I tour the Theo chocolate factory for funsies (and distraction) and while there, get the Very Important Phone Call that I’m pregnant! YAYYYY! We immediately burst into happy tears. Such a special moment.

– first ultrasound, post-transfer

June 2016

dogs in nature
First camping trip! Not only did we set a camping record for us this year–five times–but I did every single one of those trips pregnant.

– I finish Corinne’s cat paintings and start a project for the guest room

First archery lesson tonight with Josh. 🎯🎯🎯
Josh and I take an archery class together. He’s better than I am, but I’m not too resentful about it.

– started going back to the gym

This maniac ran the Seattle Rock and Roll Marathon in the rain this morning! 💪
Josh runs the Rock and Roll Marathon; I do not join him.

Little Ronia is growing up fast.
Josh leaves his hormonal pregnant wife for EIGHT WHOLE DAYS to go float down a river or something so I spend one night at Brenna’s, because I am so lonely. It’s not the daytime loneliness that bothered me, it was the nighttime.

July 2016

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Posted our “official” (12 weeks) pregnancy announcement to all forms of social media

Bear Cub doesn't look like a bear cub any more! 😱
Bear Cub gets trimmed a little TOO much and is re-christened “Goat Cub”

– thanks to Groupon, I receive my first facial (overrated)

– went and got a shellac manicure for the first time since January…but very quickly realized that shellac manicures are a waste of money when you’re pregnant. Your nails grow too quickly!

Maggie takes it easy
Camping trip number two!

@djmagicelf and @corinne_spoja and I ready to see Die Antwoord tonight woot wooooot! 🌟
Baby’s first concert: Die Antwoord! With my Broad.

Maggie and Bear Cub splash around Hyas Lake. 💦
Camping trip number three!

Tonight I said goodbye to my VW Passat that I've had for the past 10 years. Good-bye old girl! You were so lovely in concept but such a problem child in reality!
Said good-bye to my VW Passat wagon, which I loved but caused me a great deal of trouble during our 10 years together…

Hey there, sexy. 😍
…and HELLO to this sexy blue Subaru outback, which I love but am a little sad that now I have to make 500$ car payments for every month. Heigh ho.

– Josh and I and the girls hike to Twin Falls (2.5 miles but much harder while pregnant)

Tonight! 💖🌟✨ Let's get celebritied up!
My Broad and I go see the new “Ab Fab” movie together. She tried to get out of it (twice!) but I wouldn’t let her. It was great!

FINALLY at the Mod Podge (i.e. last) stage of this painting. This little side project for the guest room ended up taking way longer than I thought! 🎨
Finally finish this Polly Apfelbaum rip-off painting for our guest room.

August 2016

In honor of #bumpday, here is my bump! He just popped out this week and I'm happy to finally look pregnant, not just like I've been eating too many donuts. 🍩
At 16 weeks pregnant, my belly POPS! Aw, look at how tiny and cute it was.

Josh bought me a little lemon tree for our anniversary. I hope I don't kill it immediately. 🍋🍋🍋
Joshy and I celebrate our 8-year anniversary…he bought me a little lemon tree. Would you believe it’s still alive? And on the back patio, yet? Amazing.

Camping love.
Camping trip number 4! The first actually warm trip, too. Thank goodness.

More progress on the Mandala.
Started a new Mandala painting, which ended up taking wayyyyyy longer than I thought it would to finish.

My crazy-ass husband doing a headstand on a paddle board. @djmagicelf 😘
A very special (final) camping trip to a private island, where I got to witness my husband doing a headstand on a paddleboard. Who knew he had hidden talents?

BUMP. Enjoying my "beauty room" for a few more months before it becomes the baby room.
At 18 weeks pregnant, I made the decision to quit weighing myself (a very smart decision and I highly recommend it). Of course, this was a little easier to do because Josh broke the scale right around that time. Tempting to just never buy a scale again!

Look at where Josh hiked to today without me--Blanca Lake! I've wanted to go for ages but it's too arduous for my pregnant body. 😭
Josh makes me mad by hiking one of my bucket list lakes without me, Lake Blanca. Heigh ho! He said it was HARD. Well then. GOOD.

My cute cousin Erika and her equally cute son Cash.
Erika and her two sons come for a visit! We go to Pike Place Market, she cooks for me AND sets up the crib and we have a fabulous time.

September 2016

Tonight we met Mr. Bennett. 😍
We meet Mr. Bennett–Ronia’s birthday present–for the first time.

Mumsie and me.
I spend a fun week in Boise with my parents and the Little Nipper, and feel Baby M. kick for the first time! So exciting!

Josh and his 90-year-old grandmother at breakfast this morning.
Josh and I drive to Spokane so he can climb a mountain with his father, while Fleeta and I do a little baby shopping. Then before we drive home, we have breakfast with his 90-year-old grandmother. Isn’t this a cute picture?

Got the baby room painted. I think it needs a cute border, though. Dinosaurs?
Finished painting the nursery, but found it kind of boring, so I start searching for the perfect wallpaper border.

First minkie/flannel blankie for my son: complete! ✂️
Made a couple of minkie-and-flannel baby blankets for my son (this one was my favorite).

Putting up the dinosaur border in the nursery today. 💚
Found the perfect border for the nursery–dinosaurs!

One last ultrasound today to make sure our little dude's heart is okay (it is). 💖
Had a special ultrasound to make sure the little guy’s heart is okay…and of course it is!

October 2016

Today's art project was painting a friend's little neighborhood library. 🌈
Went over to Shoshanna’s house to paint her little free library

Made some green curtains for the nursery to match the dinosaur border. 💚
Made some curtains for the nursery

The quilt I made my mother looks pretty good in our guest room.
Fleeta sweetly fixes up this quilt that I made for my parents and returns it to me, where it’s currently residing in our guest room. It looks pretty good in the guest room!

Who says you can't teach old dogs new tricks?
Started ramp training the pets to prepare them for having to be in the BACK back of the car, once Baby M. comes

A couple of happy pregnant ladies in florals. We are due 2 weeks apart, with boys.
Josh and I attend our first non-work-related baby shower…

liz pregnant with Josh
…and the same afternoon, we take the tripod to the park and snap some maternity pics before the sun completely disappears.

Phase 3 of ombré-fying the free dresser: complete! We only spent money on the drawer pulls. Total cost: less than 20$.
We obtain a hideous brown dresser from “Buy Nothing” and completely transform it into this cool ombre work of art for the nursery! I guess Pinterest is good for something.

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My friend Espe, who is due two weeks after me with a boy, takes some beautiful maternity photos of me at a park, for free! She’s one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met.

"That ain't no Etch-a-Sketch. This is one doodle that can't be un-did, Homeskillet." Happy Halloween from Juno and Paulie Bleeker!
Josh and I dress up as Juno and Paulie Bleeker from the film “Juno”. Not the most exciting Halloween costumes ever, but it’s really hard doing Halloween when you’re a big sweaty pregnant lady. We set up a grueling game of Scrabble in the parlor and handed out Halloween candy to the hoards of tricker treaters, and that was good enough for us!

November 2016

-voted, hoped for the best, found out the WORST, mourned for an entire day and then decided for the sake of my son that I couldn’t perseverate over the sadness. Also: pulled out my Happy Light that I hadn’t used since 2009 and started using it every morning!

The latest Mandala painting, fully glittered. Now I just have to decide if it's really "done", or just done because I'm sick of working on it! 😝
Finally finished this friggin’ Mandala painting, although I’m not totally satisfied with it and therefore haven’t listed it in my shop.

Four pregnant bellies all in a row, all due with boys early next year.
My cousin Erika comes to town and throws me the most fantastic baby shower at Brenna’s house, and still hasn’t sent me the pictures for it! Ha ha. I wonder if I’ll ever get them?

Delicious Indian dinner with family and friends.
My mother, aunt Claire, and cousin Katie also came into town for the shower. It was really wonderful. I felt very loved. And thank God, nobody brought up politics the entire time.

Lisa, who has been one of my good friends for almost 20 years, and her three goofy/adorable children.
Just in time for Thanksgiving, a drive to Spokane, and baby shower number two (I’m terribly spoiled), Josh and I got a HORRIBLE case of food poisoning from a local taco truck. We barely managed to scrape ourselves together to make the drive, but I’m glad we did. We had a lovely Thanksgiving dinner with both sets of our parents and his grandmother, and then the next day I had another sweet baby shower and saw my ooooooold friend Lisa and all of her children! Maw.

My parents trying to feel their grandson kick. I was told this week he's measuring in the 92nd percentile. Already an overachiever! 😅
Love this picture of my parents trying to coax a kick from the baby.

December 2016

– finished up a painting for Baby M.’s room (this is when the link between Instagram and Flickr shit the bed, so I don’t have a picture)

– Josh and I spend my birthday/”Babymoon” at the Westin Hotel in downtown Seattle, relaxing and eating lots of things

– Josh gets heavily into glitter beards, and I support him!

– Owen invites me to participate in his annual art show, but I am too big and pregnant so we just attend the show instead and stay for an hour and a half. Still Good Times!

– Josh does up an elaborate glitter/tiny Christmas light beard, I wear a muumuu and we wrap me in Christmas bulbs, and we take our Christmas card picture!

Glittered up for Brenna's solstice party tonight. ✨
Winter Solstice party at Brenna’s house.

Josh and my Broad at grandma's tonight. ❤️❤️
I am too pregnant to travel, so we do Christmas Eve at Grandma Shirley’s, with the Broad…

Unicorn Snot! (with photobomb by Ronia) ✨🌟✨
…and the next day, we do Christmas Day at our house. Josh’s parents, sister and sister’s family all came over and we feasted on lasagna that I had made the day before, exchanged presents, and had a nice time. Our first Christmas at our house, and our last Christmas before the baby comes!

And that brings us up to date, blog logs! Stay tuned later this week and I’ll let you know how we PARTIED DOWN for New Years Eve, bwa ha haaaaa. 2016: you were one interesting year. I refuse to do what so many people on the Internet are doing, which is write-off the ENTIRE YEAR as crap, because this was the year that I finally got pregnant after 6 years of nonsense and there is no replicating that bliss. I can’t wait for 2017!

Art, dogs, and more dogs and some more art

Art, dogs, and more dogs and some more art

Bought this triptych at a thrift store earlier this year, pre-pregnancy, and wouldn't you know it? It matches the nursery perfectly. 💚
Hey blerg, what’s happening? “Happy” Election night, bwa ha ha haaaaaa. I’ve been in denial about the friggin’ election all day, which has worked for me pretty well. Look at how well the triptych painting set I bought earlier this year matches the nursery! Oooooh!

What's better than a new season of "Trailer Park Boys"? The TPB meet Noel Fielding! 😍
Turns out even in my highly emotional third trimester, the offensive “Trailer Park Boys” are still hilaaaaaarious. We watched their latest series “Out of the Park” this week, where they travel to Europe. In the first episode they meet Noel Fielding and his weird brother Michael!

Today. 💚
So much rain and gloom lately, that when it’s sunny outside (like today), I am almost FRANTIC to be out enjoying it. Praise the Lord that I don’t have to work 8 hours a day.

Ooh boy did I need this today! 🌞
This is last week on Thursday. Even after working two jobs with aching feet, the sunshine felt so good.

Beautiful Fall dahlias.
My neighbor’s dahlias. In real life, they were a dark burgundy color, but they look red with my phone.

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Love this picture of Bear Schnubs. It’s very Fall-ish.

Up to see the sunrise this morning. 💙
I had about three days in a row of waking up at 5:30, so yesterday when I was able to sleep in until 7:30 (like the good old days of my first trimester!) it felt like heavennnnn. And why do people keep telling me “Get your sleep in now”? Pregnant women don’t sleep well! More like, “I hope you got all the sleep in you ever wanted/needed BEFORE you got pregnant” would be more appropriate.

My Russian nesting doll tee is swelling...
I am 30 weeks and 3 days pregnant, and my pregnancy app claims that my child is the size of a “butternut squash”–one that is 17 inches long and 3.1 pounds? Hmmmmmm.

Maggie and Mr. Bennett face off.
So the BIG news of the weekend (it’s been a slow week around here, kids) is that we had a little furry houseguest! Mr. Bennett, my sister-in-law’s 5-month old Coton de Tulear (I’ve had to look up that spelling at least 8 times, and I think I finally got it right).

We're dogsitting this little furball all weekend 😍
Jerry was at Australian PAX and Brenna and the kiddies had a preschool reunion (?!) for Ronia to attend up in the mountains, no dogs allowed, so would we mind dogsitting Mr. Bennett? Are you kidding?

Mr. Bennett loves Maggie. 💕
Mr. Bennett was adorable and charming and sweet and cuddly and really pretty mellow for such a young dog. His only problem is that he’s not housebroken, and they trained him on puppy pads, so he immediately began pooping and peeing all over Maggie’s dog beds and every rug in the house within an hour of his arrival. Roops.

It was a three dog morning.
My 30-week-belly makes bending over challenging, too, and I had to bend over to pick up poop and pee a LOT. Good thing Mr. Bennett was so charming.

Mr. Bennett looking cute today (with Maggie standing guard). Now I have three dogs following me around the house! 💕
I mean, could you stay mad at this face? Of course not.

Mr. Bennett spooning Maggie 💕
Maggie was so good, so incredibly tolerant of him. Bear Cub pretty much peaced out all weekend and stayed away.

An 11-year-old dog having fun with a 5-month-old dog this morning.
Look at this 11-year old dog playing with a 5-month old dog! Mawwwww.

Incontinence aside, Mr. Bennett was a very well-behaved houseguest this weekend. 💚
Oh little Mr. Bennett, you are welcome back any time. And hopefully next time, you’ll be potty trained.

Here comes the sparkle ✨✨✨
In other news, I am VERY CLOSE to finally finishing this Mandala. I’M SO OVER IT.

Bear Cub's full plumage is back. 😍
So glad Bear Cub’s plumage has re-grown and she is a fluffy Cub again.

Into this look. Especially the chunky eye glitter. ✨
We’ve been watching more of the latest season of SNL. I like this shimmery silver sparkle look of Solange’s.

30 weeks! I slept in until 7:30 so I'm feeling gooood. Tired of waking up every hour to pee though. I never knew pregnant women peed so much.
This was yesterday. So happy! So well-rested! All things considered.

Love this gorgeous art by Phoebe Anna Traquair.
Just discovered this cool Art Nouveau artist Phoebe Anna Traquair (thanks, Twitter artist friends). I thought this painting was beautiful. I immediately texted it to my Aunt Lisa, who is recovering from knee surgery and loves art with redheads.

Beautiful day today. 💚
Is this an especially long blog entry, or am I just really hungry? And why do I think it’s a good idea to try to blog right before dinner?

Everyone in the greater Seattle area: get your ass outside today! Even if it's during your lunch break! It's gorgeous out there! 🌞
Josh and I are hoping to make it to morning without finding out who the new President is. If I mute my phone, hopefully no one will text me at midnight with the news. I CAN WAIT.

Trying to take a selfie of @idahoagogo and me today in the sunshine and get our pregnant bellies in the shot was a unique challenge!
Christy came over today and we gabbed for several hours and I gave her the baby present I’d had sitting on my kitchen table, wrapped, for weeks and we took the dogs for a walk and the weather was AMAZING. So amazing that as soon as she left, I snarfed down a Luna bar and took the girls to the big park for another walk. Dog walk therapy! Too bad my tootsies are killing me.

This weekend is my baby shower, so stay tuned for 53459345934 photos of that excitement next week!

Park pictures, dressing up, and a Broad date

Park pictures, dressing up, and a Broad date

The very talented photographer @espedp met me at the park today to take a slew of maternity photos. Sun was forecasted, but we got a whole lot of clouds instead. Oh Seattle weather, you fickle beast! Still had a good time. She is due 2 weeks after me.
Blog! I almost forgot to blog this week, blog! Remember when I used to blog every day, blog? Boy did I have a lot of tiiiiime. Here’s me and my friend Espe at the park last Friday. She’s an excellent amateur photographer, and offered to take 4584529 pictures of me. We picked Friday because the weather was supposed to be sunny, and it wasn’t, but we made the best of it.

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As we were getting ready to leave, she suggested that we both take a belly-shot-over-leaves picture. She is due just two weeks after me, also with a boy.

Sometimes Bear Cub is a little antisocial.
I am really sick of the rain! I pulled out my “Happy Light” that I bought back in 2009 or so and finally plugged it in. I use it in the morning when I’m doing my make-up. I read all the positive reviews of the light on Amazon to get me into a positive frame of mind about it working. Look at antisocial Bear Cub under the park bench! It’s not true. I was sitting on the bench and she got right under me, because she’s my bodyguard now. It’s adorable. She’s about a foot away as I’m typing this, and Baby M. is bopping away in my belly.

Here's Josh trying out the baby Ergo with a sack of flour and half his Halloween costume on. "Look enthusiastic," I told him. 😂
Josh’s work dressed up for Halloween on Friday, and my work dressed up for Halloween on ACTUAL Halloween, Monday. Lame. Here he is on Friday wearing half of his Halloween costume, trying out the Ergo my aunt Caroline bought us, with a sack of flour. I told him to act “enthusiastic”.

Finally bought a #bromeliad plant today. It matched my outfit, couldn't resist! 💖
We went to Fred Meyer’s over the weekend (after taking poor Maggie dog to the vet for some antibiotic cream for a nasty hot spot) and I finally bought a bromeliad plant. I’ve wanted one forever! It matched my outfit.

Late afternoon walkies. 🍂
Maggie’s hot spot has bothered me so much the last few days, I actually burst out crying the other night after yoga while I was petting her. Um, pregnancy hormones much? Good grief!

Bear Cub was uncharacteristically cuddly yesterday. Do you think she senses her time as the baby is running out?
We put a cone on Maggie like the vet suggested for about 15 minutes on Saturday, but she looked so pathetic we took it off. Bear Cub cuddled up to me while Maggie had the cone on. Did she think she was next? Or was she just snuggling up to the baby? I’ll never know.

Finally moved all my beauty stuff out of the nursery so now it's just a nursery! Let the nesting begin! 💙
On Saturday I finally moved the last of my beauty supplies over to the office/new Beauty Room, and then Josh lugged the ombre dresser up to the nursery. Now my REAL nesting can begin! Look at the tiny socks mawwwwwwwww.

Bought the "Babysaurus" decals to go on the walls, but they look cuter on the dresser!
I had bought “Babysaurus” decals to go on the walls, but once I started sticking them onto the dresser I realized I liked that better. So cute!

Ready for the final phase: glitter ✨✨✨
This Mandala/pain in my ass is ready for the final phase: GLITTER. Finally.

I'm amazed at our level of self-control over the weekend. When I get off work today...all bets are off! 🎃
We bought the Halloween candy on Saturday and didn’t open it until Monday. Impressed? I was!

I'm Juno for Halloween this year. Not particularly inspired, but it's hard to be inspired when you're a big sweaty pregnant lady. Stay tuned later to see Paulie Bleeker in short shorts! 😍
Dressed up as Juno for work on Monday. Nobody at work knew who I was, even though I lugged around a jug of Sunny D. We watched “Juno” recently and I SOBBED.

Happy Halloween!
Some last minute outdoor Halloween decorations, thanks to Joshy. I put up only about 1/3rd of our decorations inside the house this year. Best part about that? Only took 10 minutes to take down today!

Josh handled the pumpkin carving duties this year (I am a pumpkin). 🎃🎃🎃
I let Josh do all the carving. I found the drilled-hole-pumpkin ideas on Pinterest, and was intrigued. That’s right, I’m on Pinterest, heavy sigh. I said I would never, and now I have. And pretty much all I look at is baby stuff! I’ve basically turned into a Mormon housewife!

"That ain't no Etch-a-Sketch. This is one doodle that can't be un-did, Homeskillet." Happy Halloween from Juno and Paulie Bleeker!
Juno and Paulie Bleeker, ready for Halloween night. I got back into my entire costume by 5 pm for the little kiddies, and we had trick or treaters for about three and a half hours straight.

First time using a drill to carve the pumpkins. ✨✨✨
Pretty pretty!

Last night we set up a game of Scrabble in the parlor so we wouldn't have to run up a flight of stairs every time trick or treaters came to the front door. We feasted on roast and pumpkin roll, and I won the game.
This year to avoid having to run up and down a flight of stairs every time the doorbell rings, we set up a card table in the parlor and played a very looooong game of Scrabble, getting up periodically to answer the door. The people who used to live in our house came by with all their kids and dog, who was named, adorably, Smitty. We feasted on the delicious roast that I made, and homemade pumpkin roll. I won the Scrabble game.

Corinne and I met a fat little prairie dog outside the cafe today.
Yesterday after work I met up with my Broad, and we went to brunch. Look at this adorable fat little prairie dog we saw outside the cafe!

Corinne put a bandanna on my boyfriend Edward today. He wasn't really feeling it. 😾
Corinne’s place had some kind of awful water damage caused by her neighbors so her landlord pulled out all the carpet, put in some nice laminate, and let her choose the wall paint and then painted her entire place. It’s very classy looking now! And check out my boyfriend Edward in a bandanna!

DONE. 😅
I turned in our frickin’ ballots this week too, hal-le-LU. What a nightmare. Now I feel a whole lot less emotionally invested in the election, which is good for me AND Baby M.

I’m 29 weeks and 4 days pregnant, and my feet are killing meeeee! Excuse me while I go wheedle a foot massage out of my furry husband.

Halloween decorations, big bellies and election fatigue

Halloween decorations, big bellies and election fatigue

Con: baby kicks had me up at 5 this morning. Pro: what a beautiful sunrise! 🌅
Hola blog. This was the beautiful sunrise I got to witness last week when Baby M. woke me up at 5 am.

Phase 3 of ombré-fying the free dresser: complete! We only spent money on the drawer pulls. Total cost: less than 20$.
Phase 3 of ombre-fying the free dresser: complete! We already had the paint, so we just had to pay for new drawer pulls. Total cost of this project: less than 20 dollars.

I have a furry bodyguard. 💕
I have a furry bodyguard.

Ooh, how soon do I get to dress my son up like this? 🍇(thanks @thehornynun)
Ooh! Ooooh! How soon do I get to dress my son up like a cluster of grapes??! SO EXCITED.

Out of all of our #Halloween decorations, the flying vampire dog is one of my faves. 🎃
One day last week I pulled it together and put up about half the Halloween decorations. I’m glad we aren’t trying to have a Halloween party this year–it’s just too much work and money and I’m too big and pregnant and tired and sweaty. I’ve always loved the vampire dog decoration.

Gotta get our walks in between rain showers 🌲
Today I am 28 weeks and 3 days pregnant, and officially into my third and FINAL trimester. Woo hoo! Baby M. is the size of a…head of cauliflower? Really, pregnancy app? A 16 inch cauliflower? Uh huh.

The bloody handprints...always a classy touch...🎃
Beginning at week 28 you are supposed to start counting baby kicks. They are supposed to kick, on average, 10 times per hour. This morning when I woke up at 7, he kicked me 10 times in 8 MINUTES. Just like his father!

"Watching" the debates last night...except while eating. Interestingly, I have more body confidence now than I've ever had in my life...oh pregnancy hormones!
Ta daaaah. Josh took this photo and I wasn’t really planning on posting it but pregnancy hormones have made me oddly body confident. I was watching the third presidential debate at the time…I made it through almost the entire thing, except while I was eating, because I cannot look at Donald Trump and eat.

Sun's out, furry buns out! 😎
We received our ballots in the mail and I cannot WAIT to fill mine out and be DONE. What a disgusting election year it’s been!

Magical 🌲
I’m also glad that Washington has a mail-in ballot. I wouldn’t want to stand in line to vote. I’m not that fond of standing in place, period, right now. My aching feet!

Tonight: the new "Ghostbusters" and THIS 😍
Look what this crazy husband of mine brought home on Friday night–an ice cream pie with a cookie dough crust. Would you believe it’s too sweet for me? I probably would have enjoyed it during my first trimester, when I was enjoying everythinnnnng.

My favorite scene. I have a big lesbian crush on Kate McKinnon 😍
We watched the new “Ghostbusters” movie Friday night. I have a big ol’ lesbian crush on Kate McKinnon. If you haven’t, do yourself a favor and watch this SNL sketch on youtube. It makes me cry with laughter!

On our way to a co-ed baby shower. It's a beautiful sunny day! 🌞
On Saturday we were invited to a baby shower…a four hour long baby shower. Ooooh boy. Co-ed, which is fun, but also Josh and I realized it was the first non-work baby shower we had ever attended. Apparently we don’t hang out with a lot of breeders!

A couple of happy pregnant ladies in florals. We are due 2 weeks apart, with boys.
Kay used to work with Josh. She is beautiful and glowing, and due two weeks before me, also with a boy. I loved her dress.

@djmagicelf winning one of the games at the baby shower today. By cheating! Blatantly!
Here’s Josh blatantly cheating to win one of the many games that were played during the baby shower. He won 3 scented candles, one of which I immediately gave away (at the shower) and the other I donated to work. I pretty much can’t stand 99% of scented candles. Scent-sensitive!

It was a fun shower, and the food was all Hawaiian and therefore delicious, but by the 3 hour mark I was exhausted and overstimulated and ready to lie down. Saturday was a beautiful sunny day, so we tried to speed home and take some maternity photos in the park. The weather was only semi-cooperating. I’ll post the pictures that did turn out later this week.

It's that time of year again! 👻
Yes it’s that time of year again! Time to break out the creepy masks!

Fall splendor.
We’re going to dress up for work and dress up at home and hand out candy but that’s about it, this year. I can’t even watch horror movies because my pregnancy hormones have made me too sensitive! Can you believe it?

Today we met a mini Australian Shepherd named Kona 😍
Dyiiiiiing over this mini Australian shepherd we met at the park, sigh!

Forest therapy. 💚
It’s sunny outside right now, so I’m about to take the rogs to the park to play.

I want these soooo baaaaad.
And finally, I don’t like dolls, but if I did, I would be all over these “Golden Girls”! Aren’t they the cutest? Have a happy Halloween, blog-logs!

Weather, schmeather

Weather, schmeather

27 weeks tomorrow, and TGIF! 💚
Hallo, blog! I am 27 weeks and 2 days pregnant today. According to my pregnancy app, that means my son is the size of a “cucumber”–but what kind of cucumber is 15 inches long and 2 pounds, I ask ya?

Fall doesn't need a filter 😍
Sleep has been better. My mother recommended tart cherry juice for insomnia so after doing extensive Google research I threw my heartburn caution to the wind last night and drank 2 ounces while watching “Friday”.

Best part of the day today: post-work dog park sunshine therapy. 🌞
Lo and behold, I still woke up 6 times during the night to pee (like usual) but was able to fall back asleep very easily.

Bear Cub enjoying the sunshine. I have to say, I think she is a lot cuter with her fur growing out!
Other sleep aides/help for pregnant ladies I have found: sleeping nude (ish), sleeping with a fan pointed right at me, taking Benedryl, taking a “Rescue Remedy” pastille right before bed, keeping a banana at bedside, hypnosis apps for sleep. Not all at once, mind you. Oy vey. Three more months.

Phase 1 of ombré painting the free dresser we scored on "Buy Nothing".
Phase 1 of ombre-fying the free dresser we scored from “Buy Nothing”…

Phase 2 of the ombré nursery dresser: complete!
…and here is Phase 2! Just one last phase to complete, adding the drawer pulls. We bought some at Home Depot over the weekend. So far, the only aspect of this project that has cost money has been the drawer pulls. Not bad!

Hey #gardeners, I have a question for you. My little lemon tree is blossoming, which makes me think it might actually bear fruit. The next 3 days are supposed to be really windy and stormy. Should I bring it inside?
A couple of days ago the weather forecasts would have everyone believe that a HUGE, TERRIBLE wind storm was gonna sweep through Seattle and pulverize everything in sight. I brought my little lemon tree (seen here) inside.

Fall in our backyard. 🍁
My in-laws came into town on Thursday and stayed with us that night. We went out for Hawaiian food, and it was delicious. Unfortunately I had a terrible time sleeping on Thursday because I was nervous about the job I had the following day in downtown Seattle, during what I assumed would be a terrible wind storm.

The calm before the storm (two days ago).
The following morning I made it safely to the building but right as I did, the power went out. For a full hour and half only. It was the first time I treated patients by the light of a lantern!

The blueberry bush is so beautiful this time of year. 🍁
I made it back home safely, and Friday night passed by uneventfully. The REAL windstorm, the weather people predicted, would happen Saturday afternoon.

Getting in a quick rainy walk with the dogs before the wind starts up. Thank goodness Josh's coats fit over my ever-expanding waistline.
Saturday morning Josh and I both worked, and then after work I “squeezed” in one last rainy walk with the dogs before the terrible windstorm. Then Josh came home from work and we “squeezed” in a trip to the gym.

Today's rainy walk. I can deal with rain, but strong winds make me nervous. 😬
The time that the wind was supposed to descend (according to my weather app) kept getting bumped up–first to 6 pm, then to 8…then 10…then eventually we went to bed…

All that worry for nothing...the storm never blew through last night! That's what I get for watching sensationalist news.
…and guess what? IT NEVER HAPPENED AT ALL. The local meteorologists are laughing stocks. I worried so much on Saturday for NOTHING! (sorry, Baby M.)

These are gooooood.
In other news…these are delicious.

The last of the cherry tomatoes. Boy did we have a lot of cherry tomatoes this year!
I am never growing cherry tomatoes again. GROAN. We successfully grew a single zucchini, and I made it into bread, so at least there’s that.

Last week 💚🌲
And the Bear goes on.

Color me excited! 💖🌈🌟
Another pregnancy present! Just IMAGINE the possibilities! Squeal! Squeak! Catch yer later. I gotta go put up some Halloween decorations.