Saturday, September 29, 2012

labor and delivery visit: an update.

So they monitored me for almost three hours at the hospital. Andrew came for the last hour, which made it go a lot faster.

I could definitely see on the monitor when I was having what I have been calling Braxton Hicks contractions, but never could get anyone to tell me whether or not they were real or just BH.

A resident and a supervising doctor came in toward the end with the ultrasound machine, and they measured my cervical thickness again. It was up to about 1.5 centimeters, which is good! Apparently at the visit the night before, it started at almost two and went down to one by the end. The cervix is a muscle, so it is apparently pretty normal for it to change.

They wanted to do a fetal fibronectin screening. According to Baby Center: "Fetal fibronectin (fFN) is a protein produced by the fetal membranes. If more than a small amount turns up in a sample of your cervical and vaginal secretions between 24 and 34 weeks, you're considered to be at higher risk for preterm delivery." Essentially, it can tell them if you're not going to go into labor in the next two weeks, or something. But, any disturbance down under within 24 hours before the test, like from an ultrasound, disrupts the test and gives false results, so I couldn't have it. 

Pretty much here's the outcome of the visit. They gave me a prescription for progesterone, and told me to take it easy until Tuesday when I'll have a follow-up ultrasound. Their instructions on taking it easy were pretty vague. He sort of left it up to me on whether or not to go to work. Kind of said don't, but didn't exactly forbid it, so I'm left not knowing what to do. Oh, and because the progesterone is a suppository (sorry for the TMI), that will further prevent an fFN screening.

We'll see what they say on Tuesday. If my cervix is shorter, I may have to have steroid shots and possibly a stricter bed rest, but I really don't know. Like I said, they were pretty vague about everything. The doctor said, lots of women in this same condition go full term with their babies, and lots go into preterm labor. It was kind of frustrating, but I'm just thankful that they caught this at all. I hadn't been enrolled in NuMom2b, I never would have had a vaginal ultrasound, and they never would have known my cervix was too short at 28 weeks. It truly is a blessing.

I ended the hospital visit with a quick shot in the bum (rhogam). It was delightful, I tell you.

Family Photo Outfits, Round Four

Family Photo Outfits, Round Four



If you like this photo styling, check out my other blog Family Photo Style for more, and to see how this actually translated into our family pictures!

Family Photo Outfits, Round Three

Family Photo Outfits, Round Three



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Family Photo Outfits, Round Two

Family Photo Outfits, Round Two





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Family Photo Outfits


Family Photo Outfits

I'll be posting sets of Family Photo Outfits (by mnelsonielsen). I made lists originally, for some of A's family, and they were so well recieved that I thought I'd share here too! This set is almost entirely Old Navy, so most things should be pretty accessible to the average family.

If you like this photo styling, check out my other blog Family Photo Style for more, and to see how this actually translated into our family pictures!

Friday, September 28, 2012



I've heard other women talk about it, and it is totally true. People are constantly asking me how I'm feeling, or how the baby is doing. And really, my answers have been the same this whole pregnancy: I'm doing really well (no sickness!) and baby is fine, as far as I know.

I really have been so blessed with a healthy and easy pregnancy. I sometimes think to myself, she is probably going to be a really hard baby as payback for this easy pregnancy!

Well, payback has come early. I'm in the one place no pregnant woman wants to be at only 28 weeks and three days, Labor and Delivery.

After having a vaginal ultrasound at my NuMom2b visit yesterday, they find that my cervix is only one centimeter, which apparently is way too short (at my last visit it was totally normal).  They sent me home, told me to take it easy (no exercising), and updated my midwife this morning.

I was scheduled to come in for a regular appointment at 4:15, but they called just before ten and asked me to come in to labor and delivery to be monitored for an hour, and to discuss hormone shots to prevent labor.

Andrew had class, and really I feel pretty calm, so here I am, by myself! I've really only had one contraction since I've been on the monitors, even though last night after my appointment I counted seven or eight in an hour. The nurse did day that my uterus was irritated our something, but when I asked her what that meant she said ”nothing really.” I just drank the glucose orange punch so we can get that testing over with too, and it wasn't even that bad, kind of like a melted orange otter pop.

Mostly I feel really calm. I really hope we can keep baby girl in the oven until December, and that I can continue to work as usual and prepare her room (no bedrest). I never thought I'd be in the high-risk category, but I guess the only thing you can plan on in pregnancy or even life is that things probably won't go as planned. And who knows, maybe everything will be normal and fine, I just need the doctor to come in and see me! My philosophy is, don't worry about things you cannot control. And this is definitely one of those things.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

week 28


How far along: 28 weeks (didn't we just do this for 27 weeks? has it been seven days already?)

Total weight gain/loss: As weighed at the doctor last Friday, up 23 lbs.

Maternity clothes: I thought I had come to terms with my current selection of maternity clothes, but after trying to pack for our trip to Las Vegas this past weekend, and almost wishing to stay home simply for a lack of well-fitting clothes, I'm reconsidering. I halfway feel like, with just shy of three months left, I should just stick it out with what I have. But on the other hand, I'd love another pair of pants to wear to work, and some more flattering skirts/dresses.

Stretch marks: I may just be ignoring them, but I haven't seen any still.

Sleep: I sleep so much better in my own bed. Definitely happy to be home!

Best moments this week: Finally got Andrew to feel a BIG kick. I think it surprised him a little bit. I felt like saying "I told you so!" I can pretty much expect an acrobatic performance every night when I go to bed. It is still mostly cute and fun.

Worst moment this week: Long car ride to and from Las Vegas, and walking around in the heat. Mediocre manicure pedicure (I'll spare you the details). Oh, and the doctor last week. I went in at 4:30 to start my glucose test. I went to the lab, as directed, and they couldn't find my name in the system. After a long while, they called the midwife. The midwife told them (and they relayed to me) that I wasn't far enough along to do all the testing, and if they did half that day I'd just have to come back and do the rest the following week. This made it sound like I would have to drink the glucose stuff twice, which I did not want to do, so I said "no thanks" and headed for my regular appointment. Well, it turns out they just don't want to do the rhogam shot until you are 28 weeks. I totally could have done the glucose test, it is independent of the rhogam shot! But by that point, it was like 5:00 pm, and I didn't want to wait around there for another hour or more to do the glucose test. It was just really frustrating because I was just following their directions, per my last appointment, and they really jerked me around. Now I have to go back on Friday to do both tests, plus I have a NuMom2b appointment on Thursday, plus I'm now on the every-two-weeks appointment schedule. So technically, I should have three Fridays in a row with appointments, plus the study appointment. But, since I have been going for appointments a little early (technically 4 days before my actual week-mark), I decided to just do another normal appointment this week when I'll actually be in my 28th week, and then do every two weeks from then. That sounds really confusing, but it all works. So anyway, I still have my rhogam shot and glucose test to look forward to. Yay.

Food cravings: I want junk all of the time, but who doesn't? People who say they don't are just lying.

Any new symptoms: I may have started waddling a bit, mostly when I'm tired.

Labor Signs: Just more Braxtons Hicks.

Innie or Outie: Still kind of a donut. The middle is still in, but there is definitely a protrusion visible through a lot of shirts.

Wedding rings on or off: On and off, depending. There was one point after walking in the heat that I worried about being able to get them off!

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy, though I did do some complaining about walking in the heat (notice a theme here?).

Looking forward to: For reals getting rhogam and glucose over with, and having an ultrasound on Thursday (they did one as a consolation last Friday, but the midwife is no ultrasound tech, and so we didn't see any of those money-shots). I'm really seriously looking forward to spending some time with my BFF Trisha doing some baby shower stuff tomorrow. And to making more moving-rooms progress this weekend (one room is almost all cleared out!).

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Germany, the flight home

Just a few noteworthy things from our journey home.

There were no Kinder eggs at the Duty Free shop at the airport. What the heck?

Air France food, on the way to Paris, was terrible.

Charles de Gaulle airport was terrible. There were no signs telling us which terminal or gate to go to to catch our connecting flight, and once we did find out where to go, the Sky Priority line was horribly long (though thankfully not as long as the regular line). We only had about an hour to find our gate in time for boarding, and then another hour til departure. we were a little late for boarding, but made it! I intended to take some cute pictures of our one hour trip to Paris, but we had no time. I also wanted to buy some macarons at a pretty shop there, but they were crazy expensive (30 euros for the smallest box). So we just boarded and got on our way. The other thing left undone was arranging a pickup from the SLC airport. Whoops!

happy to have found the line that eventually lead to our gate

relieved to finally have boarded the plane!
The audio on my TV didn't work, for a 12 hour flight. It was a real bummer. I finished Guernsey, and absolutely loved it. And I started "The Princess Academy."

our flight-home getup

Thankfully after we landed, we were able call A's mom, and she picked us up from the airport. We got settled at home, and then started a nap at 4:30 pm, intending to wake up at 6:00 pm. Yeah, that didn't happen. I woke up at 11:30 pm thinking it was morning. I couldn't sleep, so I read more Princess Academy on my iPod for a few hours, then went back to sleep until 6:00 am.

Jetlag is a bummer.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Germany Day 6

Our last day in Germany, I wore a long sleeved red shirt, purple paisley scarf, red cardigan, leather jacket, and gray chino capris. Half the day I wore the black maryjanes, the other half my Reeboks. They are seriously so comfortable.

First thing, we picked up A's sister from the airport. She was a trooper, and agreed to go out into Frankfurt with me (when probably all she wanted to do was shower and go to bed!). We contemplated going somewhere like Cologne, but decided it might be wise to stay close for if/when she crashed and we had to head home quickly.

my trooper touring companion in front of my most favorite restaurant!
I gave her a little orientation on the train system, starting at Hauptbahnhoff. We ate at my favorite German restaurant, Le Crobag. They have them at all the major train stations, and they sell croissants, pastries, and baguette sandwiches. It is amazing. We split a ham and cheese croissant and a tomato and cheese baguette, and then hopped on the U-bahn to Dom Romer (again!). We hit up my favorites of the area: the cathedral, the town hall square, the beautiful shoe store, Ziel street, and the toy store. We also discovered some new things, as we went in three other churches in the area, and an amazing candy store. Seriously, this candy store could have been out of a movie. I totally want to open a boutique candy store now (anyone want to be my partner?). By that time, my hips were protesting and my companion wilting. So we got on the U-bahn and went back to Messe. I had a delicious camembert, cucumber, and arugula sandwhich there, and some icecream, and then A drove the us tired sight-seers back to the house.

Dombach, where we stayed

For our last meal in Germany, A and I went to an Italian restaurant in Bad Camberg. No English menu there, but between the Italian and German on the menu, we managed. I had gnocchi with a creamy tomato sauce, tomatoes, and fresh mozarella. A had linguine with creamy tomato sauce and salmon. It was a really nice restaurant, and fun to have a "date" by ourselves. They did take a very long time to bring us our bill, so we missed making it to the grocery store for a Haribo and Kinder Egg run, which was disappointing. I'm hoping the remaining members of our party will bring home some extra for us.

We packed up our stuff, and I fit everything back into my little suitcase (proud moment). Then we went to bed, in preparation for a very early-morning departure.


one last view of Dombach

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Germany Day 5

Day five I was intent on finding a toy store.

It was cold, so I wore the red plaid flannel shirt, leather jacket, brown boots, and big gold necklace.

I took the train from Messe to the Konstablerwache train stop, only to find that it was right on Ziel street, where I'd been the day before!

apfelstrudel, cocoa, and Guernsey
It was still quite early in the morning, and though I found the toy store, it was not yet open. I took refuge from the cool air in a cafe, and had a apfelstrudel and hot cocoa, and read more of the Guernsey book. It was sort of lovely.

The toy store was wonderful. I fell in love with everything I saw there. First, the Sylvanian Families. Ohmygoodness. I want all of them, but especially the hedgehog family. They are for ages four and up, and I decided in the end that it would be silly to buy a toy for baby girl that she wouldn't be able to have for four years. Then there were the baby dolls and stuffed animals and wooden toys, all beautiful. And very expensive. I ended up choosing a simple little dolly (the bigger and more beautiful version was 49 euros!) and a colorful wooden toy, and have no regrets about my choices.

I met A at Messe for lunch. We had bratwurst and fries from one of the stands there. Then we took the afternoon (the booth was crowded with extra help, anyway) and went to Mainz. We walked down to the Gutenberg Museum, and actually paid for the audioguide, so it was a lot more interesting that the Goethe House. We saw an original Gutenberg Bible, and a demonstration of a printing press. And did you know, that no one actually knows what Gutenberg looked like? Most painting show him with a long beard, but he was patrician, and they were almost all clean-shaven. There's your fact for the day.

printing press sculptures outside the museum

outside the museum

printing demonstration

sunshine and a church across from the Gutenberg museum

amazing garden (those cones are huge nasturtium plants)

Mainz was really beautiful, and we did more of the strolling-and-walking I talked about before. Then we got back on the train to return to Messe. I'm pretty sure we got on the wrong train, a regional one instead of an S-bahn (our show tickets would get us on S-bahn and U-bahn for free, but no regionals). I got nervous enough halfway through the ride that we got off and waited for the next S-bahn. We were supposed to be back to Messe by 6:00 pm, and we barely made it there by 6:05. That was our only difficult experience on the trains in Germany, thankfully it happened when we were together, not when I was by myself!

beautiful Mainz

A and a statue of an old guy

fountain in Mainz

German buildings are so beautiful
We had dinner at a little hotel and restaurant on the country road that leads from Bad Camberg to Dombach. They had an English menu, to which I exclaimed "wunderbar!" to the waiter, and we became instant friends. He even gave me some candy on our way out. We also had a lovely view of a red sunset from our table. For dinner I had the roast pork with boiled potatoes and cabbage. It was delicious. everyone else had pork schnitzel with some fried potatoes (not french fries, more like puffs?).
view from our table at the restaurant

A and the amazing red sunset

two small requests.

Dear Fairy Godmothers,

Can I have another three inches of torso length and another two in rib cage width? I think it would make me much more comfortable. Please and thank you.

Love,

Marta.

in case you were wondering...

No, we still don't have a name picked out. Tell your friends. And you can stop asking. I know, it is horrible. And I really hope it is easy when she comes to name her, because I'd feel really about calling her baby girl in the hospital.

People have also started asking me how much longer until she comes. She is actually due exactly three months from last Tuesday. Hooray for third trimesters!

 Fortunately no comments yet on looking as though I am about to pop, or anything of that nature. Though I'm sure I'll get there, and probably soon. Sometimes I feel as though I am going to pop.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Germany Day 4

Day four, I wore the dark gray chino capris, the blue and white striped shirt, and navy TOMS.

We all drove to Messe together, and from there I took the train, by myself, into downtown Frankfurt. Thankfully, the train system there is very intuitive, and I had no problems.

city hall square
city hall building
belly, toms, umbrella, and German pavers
center statue and church
neat details on my walk
i love all the flowers around town
neat statues holding up the bridge
I got off at the cathedral (Dom Romer stop), and walked over to the historic City Hall. It is in a lovely square, with a statue in the center. There was a man playing the accordion, and several tourist souvenir shops. I bought a Christmas tree ornament at one of the shops(a wooden clown, with a pull-string that makes his arms and legs move up and down), and admired hand-knit wool sweaters at another. Then I crossed the street and just walked for awhile. I ended up on Ziel street, the main shopping shopping area in Frankfurt. I looked in a ship filled with beautiful shoes. It smelled like leather, and I wanted to buy every pair in the shop. Then I walked over to the Goethe House, and walked through the house and museum. I didn't pay for the English audio guide, so I didn't get much out of it, but it was interesting and they had a WC!
pretty Goethe house

outside the Goethe house
I stopped at a bakery for lunch, had a sandwich and mineral water. I didn't even had the mineral water, which made me feel very European. Then I had some gelato (hazelnut and truffle-something flavors), and got back on the train. I had made it until 3:00 by myself! Though I had tired feet and hips, I felt quite proud of that accomplishment.

my gelato

Back and Messe, I sat at a cafe, read more of the Guernsey book, drank a Fanta (which in Germany is more like a San Pellegrino than Shasta orange soda), and fell asleep a few times. I noticed around 5:00 pm that the cafe employee was starting to clean up, so I got up to leave. He told me I had not passed go, that they were open until 6:00 pm, and that I was welcome to come and sit whenever. So nice!

Anyway, after the show the guys were exhausted and starving. Neither had taken a break for lunch. So we stopped at a pizzeria in Bad Camberg and ordered some to take home. They did not have an English menu either, and spoke almost no English. So we did our best, and the pizza was pretty good.

I think we were all too tired to play the train game that night.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Germany Day 3


cars and parking are crazy in Germany
 Day three was the prep day for the show (which was the whole reason we were in Germany). I wore my black tunic top, red scarf, jeans, and Reeboks.

in front of Alte Oper

Frankfurt tower
We went to Messe (the convention center) first, but had to try to track down some little screws to fix the Apple monitor to its stand. So we went in search of an Apple store. We took the train, the S-Bahn, to Hauptbahnhoff, and then walked from there. The Apple store was on Bockenheimer street, which is actually a really nice pedestrian shopping street. We got to walk past the Alte Oper (old opera house), and through a city park on they way. Turns out, we could have saved time and energy by just taking another train there, but oh well. They didn't have the screws anyway, and from there A and I went off on our own to do some exploring. One of my favorite things to do on vacation is just to walk along interesting streets and see what there is to bee seen. Restaurants, shops, interesting buildings, people dining at sidewalk cafes, things like that. And we saw plenty. We walked over to the river, which has a beautiful walkway along it, and walked across to the row of museums. We intended to go to the Museum of Communication, and by that point I was pretty desperate to find a WC. We walked in, and approached the man at the front desk. He informed us that they were closed, and when we asked if they had a bathroom he said no. So we left, feeling disappointed.

A in front of the river
currywurst and fanta

We walked along the street, looking for somewhere for lunch, and for a WC. And for a bank. We found a free WC in the U-Bahn station (subway), and a bank after that, and then sat outside and had some delicious currywurst and fries. After the WC discovery, things improved greatly.

the cathedral

loving Frankfurt!
We took U-Bahn over to see the main cathedral in Frankfurt. It was beautiful, and they were even tuning the organ while we were there, so we got to hear some of the lowest notes it can play, which was cool. After that, we took the train back to Messe, finished the booth setup, and then went back to Dombach.

The owner of the house we stayed in told us about a few restaurants that served traditional German food. For dinner on Monday, we tried to find one. We ended up at a little place nearby, with tables on the grass and a German-only menu. Our waitress spoke enough English to help us order, but it was still difficult. I had pork schnitzel with gravy and potatoes that were kind of like hashbrowns, A had pork cordon blue with fries, and our brother-in-law had pork schnitzel with mushrooms and gravy, and fries.  It was pretty good, and the outdoor setting was lovely (it got very dark out there in the country, and the restaurant lighting around us was quite charming).

Again, more Ticket to Ride, and then bedtime. I think I actually won once on Monday...

week 27


How far along: 27 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: I gave in, and stepped onto the scale (I'm going to have to move it away from the wall, because of my belly I have to sort of lean back to stand on it!). It was mildly shocking and depressing. I'm now up 23 pounds. I was hoping to stay on the 25 pound end of normal weight gain, but with three months of growing left to do, I don't think that's going to happen. I am definitely now more motivated to skip the unhealthy things and go for more fruits and veggies, and that's got to be a good thing.

Maternity clothes: Oh yes. I would wear a maxi dress everyday if possible, even if they aren't the most flattering thing (they tend to get tent-like, reaching the largest part of your body and then just tenting straight down). I don't know how some women go without maternity clothes in pregnancy. They are just so much more comfortable.

Stretch marks: Still can't see any, but the underside of my stomach is increasingly difficult to see.

Sleep: The worst yet, since returning home from Germany. I think it is more due to jet-lag than pregnancy.

Best moments this week: Germany was definitely a highlight. And baby girl just moves and moves all the time, which is still fun, mostly.

Worst moment this week: Tired hips from walking around Frankfurt.

Food cravings: Chocolate and anything baked, or cheesy.

Any new symptoms: Getting that weighted stomach feeling, where getting up and getting out of bed is suddenly more difficult, because it is like having a bowling bawl strapped around your middle all the time. SO weird.

Labor Signs: Braxton Hicks have slowed since being home, but still a few every day.

Innie or Outie: I'm just wondering if it will ever truly be an outie... I kind of hope not.

Wedding rings on or off: Now that I'm back at my desk job, they are on.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy, though  maybe Andrew should answer this question...

Looking forward to: Checking a few things off my to-do list. And the 28 week appointment this Friday, where I get to have a glucose test and rogham shot (I'm looking forward to getting them over with!). Those feel like milestones to me. And, we're going on our last final vacation just the two of us this weekend, to Las Vegas. There is an expo there that Andrew is going to, and we have a dinner planned at Bouchon Bistro, which I am very excited about.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Germany Day 2

the temple
Day two started with a breakfast of meusli with fresh peaches, bananas, and blueberries. I love German food.

I wore the black and yellow maxi dress, and my black maryjanes.

Then we headed off to church, a 10:00 am meeting time. We got there, and a nice man came up to us and informed us that the English speaking ward had moved to Frankfurt, and that they meet at 2:00 pm. So, with a few hours to kill, we drove out to the Frankfurt temple and walked around the grounds. We still had quite a bit of time, so we drove the scenic way home to Dombach, and it really was beautiful. I loved seeing all the little towns, the flower-filled windows, the street markets, and the church towers. At home we had grilled ham and cheese sandwiches with potato salad. Then we left for church (again).
an unusual design, but pretty
handsome hubs

  

  

We did find the right meeting, and enjoyed visiting the ward in Frankfurt. It was very small, but it seemed like everyone knew everyone, and that each member had an important role to play. I think it would be nice to live in a small ward like that, where you rely on each other for support and friendship (versus here, where everyone has family close-by and wards are so big that some people get away without a calling).

We returned home for a dinner of penne, marinara, and sausage. We tried some of the mineral water left in the house for us, but mostly couldn't tolerate it. It was especially bad with the spicy pasta!

Sunday evening was filled with more Ticket to Ride. That game is seriously addicting.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Germany Day 1

hello, for a minute, New York!
We arrived in Frankfurt around 11 am on Saturday, after two 6-hour flights (SLC to NYC, and NYC to Frankfurt). We took advantage of our business-class tickets, and relaxed in the Delta lounge at both airports. They have free wifi there, and snacks. It is fantastic. A was taken into a closed-door room at the SLC airport by TSA. He had neglected to remove his wallet from his pocket before entering the body scanner, so they swabbed his hands and found traces of an explosive chemical. We suspect it was from bouncing a tennis ball around in the garage that morning. It made for quite the experience.

On the plane I watched "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," read "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society," and slept. The food was pretty good, and generally the flights went smoothly. A got a prescription for something to help him tolerate the plane ride with more ease, but didn't end up taking any of it. He watched "Avengers" and slept for 1 hour. As our plane made its way to the gate at the Frankfurt airport, we could see a sort of parkway trail bordering the airfield. There was a group of people standing there, waving to our plane as we rolled by. It was nice.

On the plane I wore leggings, TOMS, the off-white long tee, and black polkadot cardi.

We picked up the rental car, and Audi wagon, and hopped on the Autobahn to find our house. We stayed in a small "suburb" of Bad Camberg called Dombach, about 45 minutes outside of Frankfurt. It isn't really a suburb, in the sense of the American suburb. It has a little church and beautiful houses, population 382, about 7 minutes drive on a winding forest road from Bad Camberg. The house was very nice, with three bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs, kitchen/living/dining on the main floor with a half bath, and a utility room, laundry room, and two bedrooms in the basement. The coolest part of the house? The electric blinds. You control them with switches from inside, and when all the way closed they act as blackout shades. So nice! The worst part? No ventilation system, meaning no AC. It was cool outside at night, and got very hot inside, so we opened the windows. And the mosquitoes came in. I got 8 mosquito bites in Germany, after surviving a week in Jackson and an entire summer in Utah without any. The beds were also funny. Upstairs all the beds were double, and had two twin mattresses in each frame instead of one solid, plus two twin duvets! A loved the separate blankets. I told him I'd consider it at home if it meant choosing a new bedding set. Anyway, the setting of Dombach was really quite idyllic, if a bit far from Frankfurt. 


hauptbahnhoff (the main train station)
We grocery shopped so that we would have breakfast foods and lunch/dinner for Sunday, and took a nap at the house for a few hours. I changed into my Reeboks and the Abbey Road tee. Then we drove into town to see the exhibition site and our booth setup, and to get some dinner. We had Dooners at Hauptbahnhoff (the main train station), and paid $.50 to use the WC (bathroom). Then feeling exhausted, we went home, messed around on our computers/ipods/ipads, played a few rounds of Ticket to Ride on our ipods, ate some chocolate chip cake, and went to bed.

downtown Frankfurt

Saturday, September 15, 2012

observations from Germany


  • strangers don't smile in passing
  • restaurants and stores do not have public bathrooms
  • drinking fountains are non-existent
  • drivers do not pass on the right, ever
  • you don't leave a cash tip on the table, you have to tell them how much you want to tip before they run your credit card or bring you change
  • restaurants "let" you sit for a very long time after you've finished eating, before they bring you the bill
  • everyone smokes
  • everyone walks everywhere
  • people eat whatever they want (gelato for a snack? sure. croissants and pastries for breakfast? why not. fries with every meal? yes please.)
  • the walking and smoking cancel out the eating, and almost everyone is thin, minus the occasional beer belly
  • toilets have two flush options (#1 and #2)
  • men are almost all clean-shaven
  • people wear really nice shoes, mostly leather
  • streets smell mostly good, like scrumptious things baking
  • train stations smell mostly bad (see observation about no public bathrooms)
  • pork is the meat of choice (pork schnitzel, pork bratwurst, pork cordon blue, etc.)

packing list

We're home! We made it! And I survived!

Packing went pretty well, actually. Here's what I took, in just one carry-on sized suitcase.


  • off white long tee (wore on plane)
  • white Abbey Road screen tee
  • long sleeve red tee
  • red plaid button-up shirt
  • black doleman sleeve tunic
  • blue/white striped 3/4 sleeve shirt
  • black leggings (wore on plane)
  • skinny jeans
  • dark gray capri chinos
  • maxi dress (the yellow and black one)
  • purple scarf (wore on plane)
  • red floral scarf
  • paisley square scarf
  • yellow cardigan
  • black polkadot cardigan (wore on plane)
  • brown leather jacket
  • navy TOMS (wore on plane)
  • gray/neon Reeboks
  • Born maryjanes
  • brown riding boots
  • big gold statement necklace
  • small Eiffel tower charm necklace
  • socks and underwear (obviously)
That seems like a lot listed out like that, but really just 5 shirts, 3 pants, 3 scarves, 1 dress, 2 cardis, 1 jacket, and 4 pairs of shoes. I probably could have left the boots at home. They looked super cute the day I wore them, but I gave up halfway through the day in favor of the running shoes, which were the favorite of the trip. Probably could have left home the TOMS as well. I did wear them, but could have worn the running shoes and probably would have been more comfortable! And I could have left the yellow cardigan at home, as it wasn't actually very cold most of the time I was there. I only wore it once.


I did wish I had brought some more business-like clothes for the show. All the women were in suits, or at least dark dressy pants and button up shirts. I felt really casual, but given that I was only at the booth for a few minutes here and there, it was actually probably okay. Regardless of what I was wearing, I was pretty conspicuous in Germany because of my pregnant belly. I got some definite stare-downs and turned heads with questioning looks. It was slightly uncomfortable.


week 26

How far along: 26 weeks (last Tuesday).

Total weight gain/loss: Avoiding the scale completely.

Maternity clothes: Yes, but having a hard time finding the perfect maternity pants. The leggings I bought before my overseas trip will not stay up. Really, most pants will not stay up.

Stretch marks: None that I am aware of.

Sleep: Sleeping well when I'm at home, in my bed, with my fortress of pillows.

Best moments this week: Spending the weekend in Germany with the hubs, and a smooth flight there.

Worst moment this week: Finding bathrooms in Germany.

Food cravings: Ice cream and gelato!

Any new symptoms: More back pain. Funny thing, Baby Center said on week 26 you might experience back pain. So true!

Labor Signs: So many Braxton Hicks contractions. I walked all over in Germany, and considering most days I sit at my desk for 10 hours, that is a lot more activity than I'm used to. I think that caused the increase.

Innie or Outie: Officially in the donut phase, where there is a part that used to be in that is now out, and it protrudes like a donut ring, with the very middle still in (though more shallow than before). It is so weird.

Wedding rings on or off: Mostly on, minus hot days where I'm outside walking a lot.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy, though maybe a bit exhaustible.

Looking forward to: Still third trimester, the nursery, baby showers, and meeting this active little girl. She moves SO MUCH, and my whole stomach pulses and moves. It is visible.  I just wonder what she will look like, what color her hair will be, will she have any hair? Will she be a happy baby? Will she cry when anyone else even looks at her? I hope not. I hope she is genial and a very good sleeper. But I'll love her no matter what, even if she's a pill sometimes.

Friday, September 7, 2012

happy birthday to this girl:

We celebrated Trisha's birthday a week early with breakfast at Finn's and shopping. The actual day it's today, so happy birthday girl!





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