Friday, August 10, 2012


Ow.  Ouch.  Ah.  ::intake of breath:: 

Those words/sounds pass my lips more frequently now than they ever have before. This morning it felt like both babies had decided to nestle down into my pelvis, leaving me wincing a bit at every step.  Wouldn't you know that it was the one day all week that we actually did have to leave the house.  Noodle had her art lesson, and I needed to hit the grocery store.  A couple of Tylenol took the edge off, but walking was still not pleasant. 

I have been trying to do a fair job of documenting this pregnancy and belly growth via not so high quality iPhone self portraits.  I must've taken a half dozen this morning of me smiling, but my smile looked exhausted and unconvincing in all of them.  Rather than have that be the image preserved (and shared with my facebook friends) for 34 weeks of pregnancy, I abandoned the smile and ended up with this:

So, yeah, that probably sums it up pretty well. 

In less pain-related news, I had recently put Tina Fey's book Bossypants on hold at the library, and got notice this morning that it was available.  Yay!  I'm more than halfway through and it has been a fun read.  (Though not for people who are easily offended by swearing and such...if you don't find Saturday Night Live even kind of funny, it's probably not a book you'd enjoy much, either.) 

Also, we found and bought a VAN!  Now I was originally really bummed about having to relinquish driving around our Scion xB since Me Plus Five Kids wouldn't fit.  We went out and test drove new cars over the past month or so, but realized that we weren't really in a position to take on a car payment right now.  We'd already been burned buying a used car that required payments (stupid Mitsubishi Galant), so we opted to look for a used van in our meager price range of "We can pay cash for it now."  It's a 1990 VW Vanagon, and it definitely has its quirks, but it makes me happy to drive it and has some real personality.  Yeah, maybe most people don't care about personality in their cars, but I'm grateful for it.  We figure we will eventually upgrade to a modern van and hope to keep this guy as a "camping van" (the back seat does fold down flat for a bed!), but if we can get 6-12 good months out of this as a primary second vehicle for me & the kids, we'll be feeling pretty great about it  I'll take some pictures soon and post those. 

David's youngest sister got married August 28th.  It was a fun day, and I was grateful that I had as much energy as I did for the day.  Granted, I didn't have to do much besides drive around and sit around, but I'm surprised at how easily exhausted I am by even being out of the house some days.  Here is a picture of our family while waiting around for pictures to start, and one of Anita & her new husband coming out of the temple. 

Poor Anita ended up being in the middle of a kidney infection, so after pictures they stopped at an ER to run tests, so she was pretty miserable and uncomfortable for most of the day.  In spite of all that, her joy at marrying her sweetheart was still visible. 

David's second youngest sister is getting married next weekend.  It's crazy to think that after 11 years (we celebrated our 11th anniversary on July 20th), there are finally other married kids in his family.  Kind of fun to have them "join the party," so to speak. 

Meanwhile, I keep gestating.  My midwife and I have decided we will help things get started at 37 weeks 1 day if they haven't already happened by then.  Anytime after 36 weeks is okay, according to her.  I am weird and prefer birthdays early in the month rather than later, so I'd kind of like them to come September 1 rather than at the end of August (though I might be changing my tune by then).  But we'll see.  David set up the crib over the weekend, and it was kind of bittersweet to think it was our last time.  But I feel really good about ending with a Twin Finale.  Five kids is more than I'd planned on, but it feels like it will be a great thing for our family.  Most of me is excited, though there are still some "Aieeeeeee!" thoughts that like to run amok and stir things up a bit.

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