In other news…
...I am 38 weeks and feeling every second of it! Braxton-Hicks all day long, and though this is more of an emotional intuition than a physical one, I've gotten a strong feeling lately that this little girl isn't going to stay put for a full 40 weeks. We are getting more excited than ever to meet her, and now that she has clothes and dipes and a cosleeper ready to go, I am more than ready for her arrival! For now I'm just enjoying one-on-one time with Aaron, filling our freezer with meals for later, and trying to enjoy the surprising amount of sleep I've been able to manage!
…I just read this article revealing letters exchanged between St. Gianna and her husband, Pietro, from before they started dating. She actually said 'I love you' first, and his response is beautiful. Call me untraditional, but I think in the right circumstances, there is a holy boldness to that sort of spirit of truth and directness. If you missed it a while back, here's my take on when and how a woman can pursue a man while still honoring each person's femininity and masculinity.
…I'm pretty sure Christmas shopping isn't going to happen unless I get it all done in the next few weeks, which is fine by my giving-happy self. I love picking out presents for people! For me, we've been saving up for this all year, and despite the permanent trauma inflicted on me by my Southern-born 8th grade Social Studies teacher, who thought bringing in her collection of furs--with animal faces and feet still attached--was a good way to teach us about the French and Indian War and the fur trade, I've recently gotten over my aversion and have really been wanting one of these. What's at the top of your wish list?
…Did you catch the cover reveal for Invited two weeks ago? Check it out here, and be on the lookout for more news about the release soon.
…I've been trying to venture beyond the baked goods realm as pumpkin goes--having to go back to the blood lab for the 3-hour gestational diabetes test was enough to scare me, at least temporarily, into cutting down on all the muffins we'd been making. I made this mac and cheese for Aarons's birthday and it's definitely getting added to our rotation. Tell me your favorite not-sweet pumpkiny recipe!
I'm out for now. Oh sweet anticipation.