Just Breathtaking

Ah…I kid :)

BUT if you would like to see some wonderful maternity pictures taken by a good friend and photographer of ours, check out her blog.

(Or go to http://www.brittanydawsonphotoblog.com/)

Thank you so much Brittany for taking these pictures and putting up with Seth’s unwillingness to pose! Hey, at least next time your subject won’t be able to protest. Not to say he won’t try and poop on you, but…

35 Weeks

How my belly will stretch for 5 more weeks, I’m not sure. It is crazy to think that we pretty much have to be prepared for anything right now. I washed 4 loads of baby things this weekend. How is that even possible? It takes 4 loads to wash all of me and Seth’s things each week! So with everything washed and folded, I just need to finish getting our hospital bags ready and organize ONE more closet (kinda put this off) and THEN I will officially be ready to have this child. Not that I’m ready mentally or anything like that. I think I will probably still be in shock when Jake is 3 months old.

Speaking of that kid…

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

I’ve actually had a decent amount of energy this weekend, but that was probably due to the daily nap I got! Tomorrow it’s back to work and back to no naps. How unfair is my life?

We take our last class at the hospital this week also – tomorrow night is Newborn Care. I may or may not have already taken said class back in April with Garrett while Kim was on bedrest. That being said, I better win all the diaper challenges, swaddling races, and prizes! The rest of the class is GOING DOWN! Between this class, the infant CPR, and breastfeeding (did I really just type that on my blog?) we will probably be approximately 30% prepared to welcome our child.

I’ve said all year that it would be so cool to go into labor on Labor Day. Well, Labor Day has almost come and gone, and unfortunately no baby. :) Which is a good thing I guess, considering Jake still needs to fatten up a bit and finish up his brain development. Minor, but whatever.

I’m kidding, I promise.

So that’s my long-winded baby update that didn’t really provide you with that much information after all. I’ll leave you with a picture of me and Tucker chatting about the baby after our walk.

Happy short week of work!

What Time Is It??

Don’t worry. I’m not losing my mind or prematurely getting my hopes up for an undefeated Aggie football season. I’m just reliving the glory days.

Or day.

To tell you the truth, this is just one of the first pictures that came up when I googled A&M football.

I have a point.

College football season officially started last night! This time of year always makes me so happy. Maybe because I know Seth is over the moon. Maybe because I know there will be less golf on TV. Whatever the reason, it’s exciting. Until about mid-October when I start wondering if I’ll ever be able to watch anything else on TV in my whole life. But I did my part. Seth was at school last night. I was in bed with a headache. But I still had the TV on as if I was watching Boise St vs. Oregon. Even though the blue turf bugs.

I really do have a point.

I noticed that BooMama was hosting a “Diptacular” on her blog. And it got me thinking. College football is really 40% football, 60% food. You know you agree. It’s hard to get irritated at the TV that is mysteriously stuck on ESPN when you have a nice hot bowl of queso and lots of chips. Or a plate of brownies. And a soda (or your drink of choice) is a MUST. Heck, I might even risk pulling out the cherry salsa.

Do I dare??

So in the spirit of the Diptacular, I wanted to share my own gameday dip recipe. Except it’s not my own, it’s Cara’s, but it’s still so very good and I reminisced about it the other day when asked for the recipe. This is an easy one that we often take to our Aggie tailgates (and one Seth will be taking solo tomorrow…almost a little sad here, folks!) and it gets eaten right up.

Andale Dip

(not to be confused with Anderle dip)

2 16oz cans diced tomatoes
2 4oz cans chopped green chilis
2 4oz cans chopped black olives
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp oil
4-6 green onions, chopped
salt & pepper to taste

Mix all together and serve chilled with chips

Easy and delicious. In fact, maybe I will start sharing a good gameday recipe every Friday!

Then again, maybe not.

Here’s hoping the Ags can pull off a victory tomorrow against New Mexico. Because it’s a new season, right?


p.s. We also need to discuss ESPN’s poor choice of using Kenny Chesney to sing their new college football song. Really? I mean, yes, I was as tired of the Big & Rich promo as you were, but Kenny Chesney??

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like…Fall?

…maybe not, but it was a little confusing to feel the 71 degree temperature this morning! I wouldn’t necessarily say it was “cool”…and it definitely wasn’t “cold”…but it was a START!

Maybe Jake can wear a bunting when he’s born after all!

(And because I am writing this, it will probably be back up to 97 degrees and 120% humidity by next Monday)

I almost didn’t even sweat on our morning walk. Which, by the way, is turning into quite the episode of “Man vs. Wild”. Several weeks ago, Georgia & I encountered a wild hog. No joke. We got to add him to the list of rabbits, snakes, frogs, and armadillos. This morning we had a rare encounter with a rat. Good thing Kedra screamed her best “I’m being abducted and am about to die” scream, because she scared that rodent right away.

It’s a wonder we’re all still alive.

But back to what I was saying about fall. I noticed that Starbucks is offering their Pumpkin Spice Lattes again, which is another good sign. Not that I order them, or even like them, but it is a fabulous indication that these aren’t far behind:

And everyone knows the the red Starbucks cups just mean plain happiness! The coffee tastes SO MUCH BETTER. You don’t feel as guilty for ordering a Peppermint Mocha or Salted Hot Chocolate. It’s like Christmas in a cup! Even if it’s 90 degrees outside, you IMAGINE that it’s 45, because it just takes you to a different place. Like outside on your wrap-around porch, covered in a blanket, reading your favorite book, and gazing off into the mountains across the way.

Perhaps I am a bit delusional.

Summary of this post? Bring on the cold weather!