Hi everyone! Finally have a chance to check back in, and enjoyed reading through the chat threads of the past couple weeks. I just spent a week and a half visiting family in California (Bay Area), and it was SO nice to see them, a bunch of friends, have Thanksgiving, etc. Lots of fun and food and dog-walking and sleep. Hooray!
So there's one quote I have to go way back to, from scruffy too, who said, "Last night I felt the strongest kicks so far - it was crazy!!! Sooooo cool!! I felt very blessed. I guess the baby likes nachos..." I had to laugh at this, because every time I eat Mexican food, I feel like the baby moves more! Starting pretty much once I've finished eating. I posted as much on Facebook, about how "the baby likes Mexican food," and it spawned this whole debate about how long it takes nutrition to get to the baby, whether there is ambient noise or something at the taqueria we often eat at that the baby likes, what baby movement actually means (awake? asleep?), etc. All I know is that I go to the taqueria, I eat, and afterward the baby starts kicking. Personally, I think it likes the heavy protein dose.
writermama, congratulations on finishing your thesis! What an accomplishment! And I bet some relief, having been there myself. Oh, and congrats on your 5th anniversary! Glad you got to have a good time!
jodieanneanton, I'm glad you made it through moving successfully, and are enjoying settling into your new house. Moving is always a horrible process, even if you end up somewhere better. When my husband and I moved to our house in Seattle, I moved from occupying one bedroom, and he moved from living with two other guys, and he decided to sell the few bigger things he owned so that he could move everything in his car. So we got to Seattle, and suddenly went, "hmm, we don't have any furniture!" I'd brought a few things with me (bookshelves, a piano, one bed frame), but it took us a while to build up the rest. Getting a dining room table made a *huge* difference. Anyway, good luck settling in, and have fun with it!
Regarding cleaning, I'm generally quite happy with how my husband cleans things, and he's neater than a lot of people I know. But he mostly only cleans when I ask, and it has definitely been a source of conflict. I think we've finally decided that I have to be willing to just say, "let's spend some time cleaning NOW," and not feel like I'm nagging, because that's what works best for him. And at the same time, he has now been given one job that is his job to keep an eye on and take care of when needed - the bathroom floor, because I'm not fond of getting on my hands and knees right now! So, this seems to have been working fairly well so far, but we'll see how it continues.
About weight gain - I normally eat pretty healthily, and I've been trying to get my grains in mostly whole-grain form. And for the first four months or so of being pregnant, I didn't want sweets. And then suddenly my sweet tooth came back! So, the dark chocolate stash is active again, but at least it's dark, and I don't eat much at a time. And when I bake, which I love to do, I try and use a lot of whole wheat flour and almond meal, and cut back on sugar when I can. So far I think my weight gain is pretty normal, but I don't own a scale, so the weighing is pretty sporadic!
And lastly, I love how excited so many people are here about seeing the Hobbit!