I’m Still Here

Hi internet — remember me?

I am still alive and kicking — I’ve just been soaking up my time with that little guy on my back (proper blog intro coming!), and adjusting to being a mom of two.

Yes. this yet another one of my I’m back posts. 😂 So hi there I missed writing and I’m back (again).




(Not so) Wordless Wednesday: Hump Day Bump Shot!

32w3d along with Le Bump the #labordaybaby

Hello there internet! Yeah… it’s been a month since I last posted… oops. As you can see, the pregnancy with baby E 2.0 is still going.  We’re hoping to meet Le Bump air side in about 8 weeks, give or take a bit.  I’m going to try for a VBAC with this little one, so my OB has me on weight gain restrictions which has been a “bundle” of fun with my pregnancy cravings kicking up a bit — I *really* just want a big greasy cheeseburger from Five Guys with a side of cajun fries, but can’t have it right now.  I failed the 1-hour glucose tolerance test and had to go in for the three-hour which was NOT fun.  WHY do they put pregnant women through that?!  It was awful.  But I did end up passing and NO GD here.  But still on a GD-like diet.  Meh.

We’re gearing up to move to the new rental in about a month, which I’m still SUPER excited about — we’re going to be in a HOUSE for the first time in our marriage.  Almost like complete grown ups.

So chances are life will continue to be busy.  I’m planning on *trying* to do another Snapshot September series this year, but I may need to restrict it to every other day as Le Bump is due on Sept 3/4.  We shall just have to see.

Anywho, I just wanted to drop in a quick note to say that I’m not dead.  Life is just keeping things busy.  I’ll “see” you when I post next — or you can always catch me over on twitter or instagram being a goofball 😉

Friday Fives: Podcasting

Some are old,
Some are new,
Some are fiction,
Some are true.

I used to listen almost exclusively to audio books while commuting — post the start of motherhood I’ve found that I don’t have the listening stamina for staying awake to listen to a book — I needed SOMETHING else, so I turned to the world of podcasts.

Here are five of my current favorites, in no particular order – some are Catholic-y, some are geeky, I enjoy them all 🙂

one// The Catholic Hipster 
If you remember a while back, I posted that Tommy nominated me for the 2017 Catholic Hipster Mom award.  A couple months prior to this I had found Tommy and Sarah’s twitter handles and started binging on older episodes of the hipstercast – and really really enjoyed it.

two// Lore
I’m a lover of weird stories and happenings.  I grew up in mining towns all over Nevada, some of which had sites that were supposedly haunted and/or had really weird things tied to them, well, and I grew up outside of the Nevada Test Site and we drove passed the turn to the ET Highway each time we hopped over to visit my grandparents.  I only discovered Lore a couple weeks ago, but have been slowly working my way through the archives and enjoying every single episode!  I’m hoping the series picked up by Amazon proves to be just as awesome.

three// Up and Vanished
A friend of mine turned me onto UAV back in January and I binged hard to get caught up.  I did listen to Serial when NPR put it out, but was kind of “eh” about it.  UAV I’ve been really enjoying, especially (and frustratingly) as it’s now dealing with going into an active investigation!

four// The Catholic Feminist 
I have to thank Catholic Twitter for turning me onto this one.  I saw it in passing and decided to look it up, and am very happy I did.  I don’t consider myself a feminist in the sense that most women these days do — probably more in lines with what great women like Eleanor of Aquitaine and Susan B. Anthony would have considered themselves feminists in a way — I’m a woman, I believe I’m strong, but I don’t hate men.  I firmly believe that I am my husband’s compliment and I don’t feel oppressed by the Church nor the patriarchy.  Though, there are times were I’ll stop and be like “should I feel that way”? *grin*

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five// Stuff You Should Know
My mom wouldn’t be surprised to find out I listen to this — I’ve loved finding out seemingly useless information most of my life.  SYSK is awesome because the episodes are about random and interesting stuff like beer, Route 66 and tickling.  Plus, you never know when all of this random information will be useful 😉

So dear readers — there you go.  Now you know some of what I put into my brain on a regular basis while commuting, working and doing dishes.  Have a podcast you think I should check out?  Leave the name and link in the comments 😀

Motherhood Right Now…

… is parenting a NOW two-year old.

… is being woken up several times during the night because SOMEONE has issues with your bladder having the gaul to infringe on their space.

… is tiny hands clutching your face so you can be given a kiss.

… is feeling the baby snuggle up to big brother when we’re reading stories at bedtime.

… is having discussions about trucks and trains and planes ad nauseum day in and day out.

… is still dealing with mild morning sickness 25-weeks in. 

… is never knowing if I’ll be greeted by an excited “hi mommy” or angry “no mommy” when I get home from work, because toddler emotions are complicated.

… is craving oddball things one minute, only to feel repulsed by them once I taste them.

… is staring at long eyelashes as someone drifts off to sleep.

… is enjoying the little pokes and nudges from Le Bump throughout my workday.

… is listening to toddler songs in the backseat of the car.

… is fretting over a name for the new little one because it feels like the next 15 weeks will zip by.

… is trying to soak in all of the precious moments of having only one child air-side.

… is having a toddler randomly run up to hug my belly and give it a hug and kiss.

… is tantrums. They happen. Handling them with patience and grace is hard at times though.

… is feeling the baby jump every week the Host is elevated at Mass weekly.

… is Bernhard randomly asking with deep concern where JP or I are when he doesn’t see us walk out of the room. “Where mommy?” “Where daddy?”

… is aches and pains from pregnancy.

… is tickling and giggles.

… is the most wonderful vocation in the world to have, even if it’s a hard one.

… is knowing that this new baby is coming into a loving family with a great big brother and an awesome father, and being excited for all of us to meet.