Cooler weather…briefly

This is a little bit stream-of-conscious blogging today. It’s how I’ve been feeling lately, contemplative and a bit scattered.

It is great to have a little respite from the 85-95 degree weather, even if I see that next week looks worse than last. I intend to live in my office and my bedroom: the two locations I have air conditioning and can work! I’m a little annoyed at the fact that I don’t seem to have the “I’m warm all the time” thing going for me. I’m wearing a light-weight coat in my office as I lunch and write. It seems I’ve only lost the ability to deal with the heat. 

We have been slowly putting our house back together after the great kitchen painting adventure. MamaLee actually did most of the work in the kitchen yesterday (it’s so pretty and clean right now!), and mopped floors. It’s good to have two nesting mama’s. Our roof was also completed on Tuesday morning, so no more hammering and no more mess. To be fair, these contractors were incredibly tidy with their mess in comparison to other projects I’ve seen, and now we don’t have to worry about the rain coming in (just in time, based on the two pieces of roof decking that had to be replaced). 

Bug seems pretty content to stay put of the time being. MamaLee got to feel the little foot that has been sliding back and forth along the bottom of my ribs for the past couple of weeks. I love seeing her eyes light-up when Bug pokes out and makes contact: best feeling ever. Kicks, punches, and rolls have become stronger, but a little more constrained as Bug gets bigger. Earlier I thought there may have been a jailbreak attempt the punches were so hard! Of course, all this movement has kicked up the Braxton-Hicks contractions, which is good preparation for labor. I started feeling mine when I was about 16 weeks in, and they’ve only intensified over time. Luckily, they always respond to a big glass of water and a little rest.

Today is our 37 week prenatal where we walk through a birth plan with our midwives and those who are going to be at the birth (or at least in the house while I labor…). I’m looking forward to this because I’ve been feeling slightly at loose ends, knowing that I’m now considered “early term”, and we haven’t discussed it in detail yet. 

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Construction ahead.

Here’s my attempt to post a little more often about the relevant things in our lives.

At some point during my pregnancy we decided that it would be a good idea to replace our 20-year-old 15-year roof. Being as we’re in one of the rainiest parts of the country, somehow the idea of ending up with a leaky roof with a new baby felt like a bad idea. Another bad idea? To have a roof replaced when you’re 37 weeks pregnant. Here’s hoping the contractors are as quick as they say (1-3 days max), and they don’t find any unpleasant surprises under the current shingles! 

House projects abound, it seems. Yesterday MamaLee scrubbed and painted the kitchen, something that hasn’t been done in the 8 years we have live here. It’s amazing how beautiful it looks without food stains on the walls…This was her big happy birthday to me. Anyone who knows me knows that my favorite presents involve doing things around our house that I don’t have time or energy to do. My wife is awesome.

In other news, MamaLee is at a job interview right now. It’s a minimum wage retail job, but it would help float us until she’s done with her thesis and actually holds a master’s degree, which would be lovely! I also like the possibility that this job would be primarily evening hours, which would mean less time Bug would be in the care of others after my 10 week FMLA leave. Finger’s crossed.