Playing Catch-Up: Thanksgiving, Work Craziness, Childbirth Class, and Holiday Party Fun!
Hi Blog Land! We have been so busy since Thanksgiving — getting ready for the holidays, holding our annual holiday party, and Christmas shopping for family and the kids we “adopted.” Fun time!
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family — our last one without Baby W! We drove to Pittsburgh — about 5 hours away — on Thanksgiving Day morning. It was a pretty easy drive with very little traffic. We did have to make a few more stops than normal, but we still made it in a good time. We checked into our hotel, got settled in, and took our pup for a walk. We then met our mom and dad for a quick lunch. After lunch, we relaxed and got ready for dinner. My hubby’s grandma always hosts Thanksgiving at her country club, which is great — lots of time with family, really good food (and, yes, we eat Turkey and all the fixings), and no one has to cook or clean! It was great to see everyone — everyone told me how great I look which made me feel really good about myself :). On Friday, we went to lunch with the family, and then we visited with some friends. We normally spend every holiday with family, but this year, since I’ll be 36+ week prego, we are spending Christmas at home. It will be strange, but is definitely a worthwhile sacrifice.
We returned home late on Friday night, and I have to say, I was thoroughly exhausted. I honestly wish I could have slept all day on Saturday, but that wasn’t in the cards. Instead, we had a few errands to run — shopping fun, lunch, Christmas tree, and decorations. By the time we got home, I was so tired that I started to decorate, then finally decided it was futile and lay down for a nap. It was one of those naps that rejuvenated every part of my mind and body. I felt great after waking up, and was able to accomplish a good deal of holiday decorating. Sunday was a bit more of the same — decorating and grocery shopping, but I was able to get a lot done to prepare for the week, which is always good.
Work has been crazy the last few weeks. We are making more changes — pretty typical at my place of employment — and these changes will have a pretty big impact of my day-to-day work. I am not in danger of losing my job, but I will definitely have a different job soon, which makes going out on maternity leave in January a little more daunting. Oh well… I am trying to not stress about it since I don’t have a lot of control over the situation. The most important thing is that I will have a job, and that I will still be able to work a from home. My commute to our NYC office is about 1.5 to 2 hours each way, and isn’t doable everyday, especially with a baby at home.
We also started our Childbirth Education classes — it’s a 4-week series that meets at our hospital. The instructor has a wealth of knowledge, and really loves working with soon-to-be parents. We learned all about the stages of labor and practiced some breathing exercises. The time went very quickly, and I was pleasantly surprised about how much I already knew — my reading and research is paying off! We also watched a video of a birth, which helped to give a good sense of the emotion of the experience. So much to look forward to :). This week, we have our second childbirth class and a breastfeeding class. I continue to fear that I am going to struggle with breastfeeding, and am hoping this class will set my mind at ease…
We also had our annual Holiday Party last night. I took Friday off to finish last-minute decorating, clean the house, and grocery shop. The last few years, we’ve done a cookie exchange, but this year, I decided that a potluck would be better. Baking 300+ cookies and making all the food for the party is a little more daunting when you’re 32 weeks pregnant :). Yesterday, I woke up early, and cooked all day. Luckily, one of my dear friends came over and helped with everything — she is awesome! We made two kinds of cookies, a pumpkin chocolate gingerbread, meatballs, buffalo chicken dip, artichoke spinach dip, and a veggie lasagna — yes, we went overboard, especially since everyone was bringing a dish (or two) to the party.
The party was a lot of fun — a little smaller than normal (about 20ish people) — and a little tamer, but we still had a great time! I love spending time with our friends — we really are fortunate to have many, many wonderful people in our lives! They are loving, caring, and very supporting! By the end of the night, my feet and back were killing me, and I was so happy to go to bed! My hubby did most of the cleaning — thank goodness — which meant I woke up to a pretty clean house. YAY! We also have a good deal of leftovers, so I shouldn’t have to cook that much this week :). Double YAY!
Here’s to a great week!