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July 31, 2012

A Hint of Fall


There was a feeling in the air yesterday...it wasn't humid, or even really hot. It was one of those days that made me want to sit outside on a blanket and read a book and drink apple cider.

Yes, apple cider.

It felt like fall. And now....that's all I want.

I haven't had any crazy cravings this pregnancy. No midnight trips for ice cream and pickles. But now I am craving fall. The more temperate days. The knee-high boots and long cardigans. Scarves. The change in the air as it begins to smell of aging leaves. Pumpkin spice everything.

Is it a coincidence that Baby Girl is due to arrive on the first day of autumn? I don't think so. September 22 cannot come quick enough.

July 27, 2012

Change


There comes a time in life when you reach a certain point with things and realize it's time for a change. Sometimes I need my hair to be chopped off, or new throw pillows on the couch. Let's use arugula instead of spinach. It's good to shake things up from time to time, because nothing ever lasts forever, and some of the best growth is made when you step out or away from something that's been comfortable for so long.

It's with that in mind that I have decided to change the direction of The Gluten Free Wife. You've probably noticed that the focus of my posts have been less and less about living gluten free, and more about sharing the goings-on of our little family's life. I have felt for a long time that this blog has served it's purpose. When I began writing TGFW, I wanted to help educate our family and friends about what it is to live gluten free. I think we've done that. So where do we grow from here? I am not a baker or a chef. I am not an expert foodie with extravagant tastes.

Who am I?

I am a lady with passion for life. I love my family, my friends, and my home. I love adventures great and small, and photographing as much of it as I can. I love to laugh, I love to reflect, and I love little things that bring great joy to my life.

So this blog will be transitioning to a new name sometime in September. It's all worked out and ready, just waiting for a little lady to arrive to help us unveil it. You will be able to type in theglutenfreewife.com and you will be brought here to the new URL for a couple months. In a way, nothing is changing. But I am excited to branch out, write more, share more, and I hope you continue to follow our journey as we enter into the great adventure of parenthood!

Cheers!

July 25, 2012

Hump Day Bump Day :: 31 Weeks

Baby's Development

We had a growth ultrasound Monday,. and confirmed that Baby Girl is in fact a girl. Her head is measuring in the 85th percentile and her belly in the 95th, so I am now on a strict, diabetic-like diet for the next 8 weeks to hopefully normalize her little baby parts a bit. A baby with a big belly, if not careful, can end up as a c-section, and I want to do everything to make sure that she and I are as healthy as possible going into labor.

Showered with love and lots of PINK!

My shower was this past weekend and I am still feeling overwhelmed by the love that is felt for this baby. She is SO loved, it's really amazing. I am constantly reminded how blessed we are to have such amazing people in our lives who give that love freely and have supported us for so long. We have the best family and friends, hands down.

I'm feeling hot, hot, HOT!

No, not in a sexy way! This week I've been feeling consistently warm, achy, and like at any moment there will be some sort of pain in my back, legs, or chest. I had some sciatica pain and hope that's not going to be a regular thing, because I could barely stand up, let alone walk, to the bathroom. Sciatica is when the sciatic nerve gets pressed, it sends a shooting pain from your lower back down your leg. It's not like a cramp (which I'm also familiar with). It hurts and the only way I have found relief is to sit back down and move my leg back and forth slowly.

Work has been interesting this week, as our office's air conditioning broke. It should be repaired by Wednesday afternoon, but in the meantime, I have a fan and am drinking as much ice water as humanly possible. That in turn makes Baby Girl show off her sweet dance moves and distract me from work, which I am ok with.

Here are some of my favorite pictures from the shower, take by our family friend, Kathy.

Our proud and excited parents!

Cake made by a family friend, Kendra. So yummy! 
I cannot wait to see this man hold our baby girl in his arms. 

My shower was held at the Scituate Maritime Center. My Jules et Jim Maternity shower dress was won from a giveaway on Growing Up Geeky.








July 24, 2012

Ice Cream Makes Me Happy





On top of a wonderful weekend where Baby Girl was showered with lots of presents and love, we got to spend a quiet afternoon at my parents' house yesterday in the pool, and a trip to the best ice cream place in the history of ice cream places ever - Farfar's Danish Ice Cream Shop. 

My heart smiles whenever we pull into that little gravel parking lot. Even if there's a line out the door and wrapped around the corner, the wait is always worth the cup of pink peppermint stick that is eventually handed to me and promptly devoured (because we all know ice cream melts on the hottest of hot days and therefore must be eaten in a timely manner).

While I can't vouch for the gluten-freedom of peppermint stick, Sean always enjoys a cup of their classic chocolate ice cream - smooth, creamy and delicious. 

If you're ever passing through Duxbury, Massachusetts, or thinking of making a spontaneous day trip to eat some amazing ice cream, I say go to Farfar's!

As a side note, we learned while watching the local news that Farfar is Danish for "grandfather". As Sean's dad's side of the family is Danish, we wonder if Baby Girl might call her grampa "Farfar" someday. We'll see!

July 23, 2012

Don't Hold Back

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 Fear is a terrible necessity in life. It makes us cautious and heightens our awareness...but it can do this awful thing. It can hold us back from living the life we want to live.

Last week, a man walked into a movie theater and open fired on an audience of people. As someone who went to a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises, I was immediately stricken with fear when I heard this. What if that was our movie theater? That could have been anywhere. That could have been anyone.

I  recall the winter of 2003, freshman year of college. Sean had given me tickets to see Rent on Broadway as a Christmas present our first year together. The show was Valentine's Day weekend in New York City. I traveled to his college and as snow came down, we learned on the weekend news that the terror threat level had risen to orange in the city. With 9/11 fresh in our minds, fear got the best of us. We decided to hole up for the weekend in the dorms and play it safe.

I always think of that weekend with a touch of regret; we let fear get the best of us. Nothing happened in the city. Of course nothing happened. Every time I take the Metro North in, I wonder if I'll end up in the middle of some great disaster, or witness something horrific. It's part of life. There's danger and crazy people and unfortunately, the lives of innocent people are lost or damaged. But if there's one thing I have learned, it's that you can't live your life holding back because of "what ifs". If I choose fear, you might as well stuff me in a box and tape me up and ship me to the middle of a desert to die. Living life in fear...isn't living.

Don't let the bad stuff win. Go out. See a movie. Day trip to the city. Travel to Thailand. Move to California. Quit that horrible job. Make your life one of happiness and adventure.

Don't hold back.    


July 18, 2012

Hump Day Bump Day :: 30 Weeks

White tank: Sonoma for Kohls (non-maternity)   Jean capris: Kohl's maternity   Photo by Jennifer Bach Photography

This photo just feels like a breath of fresh air to me. It calms me. I am reminded of how I am blessed beyond words to have Sean in my life. He is going to be the best daddy. As the day we meet our little one draws closer, I just picture him holding our little girl and being the amazing man he already is, and it's almost too much. I see glimmers of our future family and I feel the sting of tears in my eyes. Why should I be so lucky? Why do I get all this goodness? I don't know the answers, but I am grateful beyond words.

Another huge thank you to Jen and John of Jennifer Bach Photography. We had so much fun doing maternity pictures and will treasure this time in our lives forever. All pictures were taken in Noank, Connecticut. 

This week I am reminding myself:
  • To breathe. 10 weeks (or less) to go.
  • The nursery will get done, and even if it doesn't, she just needs somewhere warm to sleep, some food to fill her belly, and loving arms to snuggle.
  • Cherish the nights I get some real, deep sleep. They're becoming more scarce. 
  • Keep drinking water. It is so miserably hot out. 
  • Ignore the online lists for packing a hospital bag. Keep things simple. 
  • Stop. Buying. Clothes. Ignore all those emails with discount promos. Step away from the ruffles!
  • Rub that belly and tell it how much I love it. It's pretty amazing. 
  • Tell Sean how much I love him, because I could tell him all day, every day, and it wouldn't be enough. 

Baby Girl's Development

According to Babycenter.com, she is now close to 16 inches long and 3lbs. We have a growth ultrasound on Monday, so we'll see if that's close to accurate! Her eyesight continues to develop, and she should be gaining close to 1/2 a pound per week going forward.

We're Going Home!

My shower is this weekend back home, so we're going to spend close to 3 days up there relaxing and spending quality time with the families. I am looking forward to the shower, of course, and very much looking forward to grabbing some ice cream at Far Far's Danish Ice Cream, the best ice cream place in the whole wide world. It'll be simply wonderful to have a couple days full of familiar faces and places.

How YOU Doin'?

I continue to feel great, in general. I long for a nap at about 2pm each day, but other than that my energy is up. Sleep is getting kind of bad. I am having a hard time getting comfortable and turning from side to side, and Loki spends the night either walking all over me, or thwapping the doorknob to our room when we close him out. Still no real swelling of the ankles, feet or hands, which I am thankful for. Bathroom trips are increasing in frequency. Belly is decorated in tiger stripes and mildly itchy. Relaxin is causing my hips and pelvis to widen, which unfortunately aches and feels a bit like a punch to the crotch each morning. There's nothing funnier than walking to the bathroom with more swagger in my step than John Wayne.

'Til next time, friends!


July 17, 2012

Literally




While summer is notorious for lazy days at the beach and a slower pace, it seems like everyone I know is incredibly busy. Packed weekends, constantly on the go to this softball game or that errand. I know I have to remind myself constantly to slow down, don't feel obligated to do it all. Take the time to stop and smell the roses - literally.

So I did.

July 15, 2012

A Picture Preview

I got a sweet little preview today of the maternity pics Jen did for us yesterday, and I'm in love! I'll share more when I get them, but here are a couple of my favorites!

Photography by Jennifer Bach Photography



Photography by Jennifer Bach Photography
Photography by Jennifer Bach Photography


July 13, 2012

Make 'Em Laugh



 
 

Date night on a Thursday? Sure, I'll take it. We hit 97Lake again for some grub and then made our way to Westchester for a special 60th anniversary screening of Singin' in the Rain. What a treat! I love to laugh, I love to smile, and to sit there for 2 hours watching Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds dancing and singing...it was bliss. It's so easy to be entertained. The moviegoers clapping after each song and dance number? Magic.

I would gladly continue to fork over money to watch classic films shown on the big screen. They're simpler, but make my heart pitter patter with one line or one look than any blockbuster special effects could ever hope to. 

July 11, 2012

Hump Day Bump Day :: 29 Weeks

Just under 75 days to go!

Baby's Development

Baby Girl is now between 2.5 to 3lbs, and about 15 inches long from head to heel. Her muscles and lungs continue to mature, and her head is growing bigger to make room for her developing brain. She is moving around a lot!

I passed my 3-hour glucose tolerance test last week, but there was a little wonkiness with one of my draw numbers, so they are keeping an eye on me. We go in for an early growth ultrasound at 32 weeks (in addition to the 36 week one we would do anyways). I am kind of hoping they do a little 3D ultrasound so we can maybe catch a glimpse of what our little peanut looks like!

I had a great doctor's appointment last week and talked to my OB about labor and delivery and what to expect. I love my doctor and am grateful that I feel like I can ask her anything and never be made to feel dumb. She operates under the motto that knowledge is power is gives it to me straight, which I appreciate. We talked birth plans, placentas, delayed cord clamping, jaundice, laboring, and most importantly, being open to things changing in labor and delivery and making decisions based on delivery a healthy baby to a healthy mama.

Lord knows that there are some many infinite things in life that are just not within our control.

When I laid down so she could listen to BG's heart, she rested her hands on my belly, felt for about 2 seconds and said "Ooooh! This feels like a big baby!" She must have seen a flash of worry on my face, because she laughed and explained that she simply feels like she might be long, not necessarily big, and might be on the bigger side come birth. Given that Sean was 24 inches long and about 9.5 lbs at birth, my heart might have fluttered a bit, but as long as she's healthy, that's all that matters when she's born.

I also made note to stop buying newborn sized clothes.

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I am very excited for this coming weekend, because I am having maternity photos done with the lovely Jen of Jennifer Bach Photography. Then we will eat pizza and talk about the gloriousness of babies, families, photography, and whatever else comes up. I so enjoy "The Bachs".

I am also looking forward to a potential date night on Thursday to see Singin' in the Rain in theaters for its 50th anniversary. Ahh! There will be toe-tapping, my friends!

And with that, I am getting those tiny but strong kicks from the half moon belly, reminding me it's time to eat!



Until next time!



July 6, 2012

Friday Photos

This week in pictures...










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You may have noticed that Loki is back in the cone. He had another surgery a week ago to clear up some scar tissue that had formed over his urethra from his prior surgery. He is doing well and peeing like a champ. He's dealing well with being back in the cone, and will hopefully be cone-free in another week or so. 

Have a great weekend!

July 5, 2012

Hump Day Bump Day: 28 Weeks


Baby's Development


Baby girl weighs about 2.25 pounds and is almost 15 inches long from head to heel (according to babycenter.com). She can now blink and has eyelashes, and is sensitive to light that filters through my belly. Her eyes might now have color, although they can change once she's born.


Big is the word of the week. I am feeling full of bebe and she reminds me constantly that she's there and can't wait to come out! I never tire of the kicks, and she is also practicing some tumbling or kickboxing because I can sit and watch my belly jump every few minutes. It's weird and amazing all at once.

Loki has been very snuggly and he will cuddle up with his feet pressed against my belly. Part of me hopes he knows she's in there and that's his way of saying "Hey there, baby girl". Or he just thinks mommy is extra squishy.

I think I am in the beginning stages of waddling. I think walking around the city Saturday caused her to settle a little bit lower, as I'm feeling some pressure in the pelvic area that wasn't there a week ago.

Cankles have stayed far away and I will do a dance of praise for every day that they stay that way.

Still no cravings, although the most satisfying thing I've eaten recently is big chunks of watermelon.

Speaking of eating, I had my third 1-hour glucose test last week which I sadly failed by 7 points, so this morning I went in for a 3-hour fasting blood test. 4 blood draws over 3 hours. I was not looking forward to it, but it had to be done and hopefully I'll get good results. At close to 29 weeks, I'm just taking each of these things as they come and deal with it and keep on going. In the third stage of a triathalon, you know the end is near and you do what you need to do to push through.

Fourth of July

Friends and a rooftop view of NYC? What more do you need?





Summer, although hot, has been awesome so far. We ventured into NYC last Saturday and saw Harvey on Broadway with Jim Parsons. It was charming and just plain delightful and I was reminded of how much I love going to the theater and being entertained. Nothing compares.



The show was followed by dinner at Bistango (29th and 3rd) where we enjoyed caprese salad, gluten free rolls and gluten free ravioli (eggplant ravioli with chunks of lobster for Sean, ricotta and spinach for me). Also? This place had cake. CAKE. Sean ordered red velvet and I ordered carrot and we split them until our bellies were just about ready to burst. The best part? We were on the train and home by 8:30. The tired lady in me was very happy. Jazz hands happy.



Gluten free ravioli!

Yeah, we totally dug in before I remembered to take a picture. Worth it. 


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With July in full swing, I will try to update more than this weekly post, but I also can't make any promises. You see, I've also discovered this glorious thing called post-workday naptime...






July 4, 2012

Oh, Say Can You See

Fourth of July


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Happy 4th of July! I hope it's full of fireworks, friends and family!

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And a special happy birthday wish for my sweet husband! You're simply the best!