Saturday, October 31, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
This is a chalkboard picture frame Tyler gave me within a couple months of our first date. For years, it held a picture of us kissing and hung on walls in multiple sorority house rooms and apartment bedrooms. It's been empty for a few years now, waiting for its next purpose. Now, it has one, holding an ultrasound snapshot and welcoming Baby Girl home on the door to what will some day be her bedroom.I love the sweet example of art imitating life. The frame that once held a photo of us kissing now holds a photo of our baby girl. It makes me look forward to what else this frame will hold.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
We've finally made it to 37 weeks! We're now considered full term, even though we're 3 weeks from my due date. Baby Girl is continuing to put on weight (which you can see from the increase in my bump size!). The major development for me this week is the nesting instinct that has started to set in. It's intense! I feel an incredible need to be continuously organizing things- not necessarily cleaning, but definitely organizing (for example: refolding and reorganizing every piece of clothing in my dresser). I'm still having frequent contractions that increase in intensity and frequency when I'm more active, but each contraction is no longer scary as it once was. I've been told that I'll know when I'm in labor, so for now, I'm just going about my day.
This weekend, we put together our stroller,
added the car seat adapter so we can put our car seat straight into the stroller,
assembled the rocking seat,
installed the car seat base in the car, and cleaned out the closet in the second bedroom/soon to be nursery (which inspired a cleaning out of the front hall closet as well). Mom and Dad brought us the family cradle, so that is now in our bedroom, ready for Baby Girl.
I also organized the temporary dresser-top changing area in the bedroom (which will move to the nursery when our guest bedroom makes that transition).
We got a lot done this weekend!
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
sitting down at the counter and then left on the stovetop or in the
oven to cook. A delicious meal.
I enjoyed the cooking almost as much as the eating. To be home and
not cook is incredibly hard for me. Clearly, I'm trying my hardest to
find ways around the rules.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
WLS-Ch. 7 anchor Judy Hsu gives birth on the Ike
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Travel + Leisure magazine poll: Readers peg Chicagoans as ugly, surly and not too bright
City ranks No. 1 for skylines and views, dead last in weather
Phil Vettel, October 9, 2009
In Travel + Leisure magazine's annual poll, in which readers rate American cities in myriad categories, Chicago is No. 1 (skylines and views) and dead last (weather) for the third straight year. This year's poll, which compared 30 cities (up from the usual 25), pitted Chicago against the likes of New York, Los Angeles, Boston and Denver, but also against Honolulu, Santa Fe, Kansas City and Minneapolis/St. Paul. Wait. We've got worse weather than Minneapolis? So say the voters, who also ranked us No. 14 in intelligence, No. 19 in friendliness and No. 20 (out of 30, remember) in attractiveness. T + L readers sum us up as ugly, surly and not too bright. Who voted on this, the IOC? More insights: Within the category "type of trip," Chicago was ranked 22nd as an active/adventure vacation destination, 23rd for its relaxing resorts and 18th as an affordable getaway. But in the "food/dining," "shopping," "people" and "culture" categories, we were No. 2 for big-name restaurants, luxury stores and theater; No. 3 for ethnic food; and in the top 10 for neighborhood joints, cafes/coffee bars and stylishness (homely but well-accessorized, that's us). For complete rankings, go to travelandleisure.com, or check Travel + Leisure's November issue, on newsstands Oct. 23.