Happy Fall, Loved Ones!
Well, its Mid-October and we are getting more settled here in da ‘Burgh. Fall is absolutely gorgeous here, and it seems almost everyone shares my obsessive affinity for the harvest season and especially Halloween. I really do love it, but I have been missing the dry breeze, intense sunshine and all my mommy friends (and Dagny’s playmates) of Colorado very much. I also miss the Rocky Mountains…seeing them every day. I’ve always fantasized that if you were to climb and climb as high as you could climb there would be a secret staircase that would lead you to heaven.* So in that sense, I feel a bit farther away from “God” as it were. I’ve been actively trying to cultivate my sense of “God” in the northeast and I may need more time. It took time for me to feel that way about the Rockies, too.
Anywho! What has been happening with us? Quite a bit actually.The last Dagny Update I sent out was Aug 25th.
The last few days of August blended right into September. We spent most of our time in August trying to unpack and settle in, so there isn’t much to report, really. I’ve got the link to the photo album in there (just click on the word August) in case I added any new pics to the August album since I last sent it out.
September was exciting for a few reasons. First…Halloween got closer and closer! But other than that a few things happened. I had 2 prenatal appointments and everything is going as expected. I also attended a big social media event here in Pittsburgh called Podcamp. It was really cool and as a result I finally took the plunge into blogging, as you can see! I wrote a post
JUST on Podcamp a few weeks ago, so if you are curious about it, just pop on over and read that post
Things have gone from obliviously pregnant to OMG this sucks pregnant. In reality I probably feel a LOT better than a LOT of people do at this stage in the game, but its become considerably harder to carry Dags around and since I am too chicken to let her go up and down the stairs on her own, I carry her up and down every. single. time. Actually, I have started to let her go up ahead of me lately because its getting seriously uncomfortable lugging my whale of a self up there with her on my hip. But yeah, the third trimester is here in full force. Putting on socks is becoming pretty unpleasant, as is heaving myself out of bed several times a night for a pee break. But the good news is I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! Only a couple more months and I expect them to go by pretty fast with it being the holiday season and all.
Last week I had my 1 hour glucose test and I have been begging and pleading with the universe to let me pass it. However…on Friday I got an innocuous sounding call from my OB’s office and they want to talk to me about “nothing urgent.” That doesn’t bode well for me passing the test. I have another appointment on Wednesday of this coming week and I’ll get my Rhogam shot and most likely get told I have to take the 3 hour glucose tolerance test from hell. I’ve already gotten James to agree to take the day off so I can sleep all day afterwards. Last time around that test really really ruined my day. I felt this >< close to puking ALL DAY. So I am totally dreading having to do it again.
Other pregnancy stuff coming up is our hospital tour on the 26th and on Nov 6 we are having our 3D ultrasound. It will be nice to confirm that 2.0 is a boy one more time because we both felt like the ultrasound tech sort of blew through that part during the anatomy ultrasound. I figure in 3D it should be pretty definitive. And I absolutely cannot wait to see his little face. I am convinced we’re going to have a mini-James…but I guess we’ll see. I’ve been having a tough time visualizing him in our lives whereas with Dags I always had the image of a little blonde chickadee running around and so she is.
Speaking of Dags, she had her 15 month checkup on Dan’s birthday the week before last. Shots (she got 3) are becoming harder because she is so much more aware. Her language skills are awesome and as some say, language is the container of thought. Her memory is incredible so I’m REALLY dreading that we have to make another appointment in only 3 months. Maybe we can do a 2 for 1 with 2.0′s first doctor visit! Things are going to be a lot more complicated by then. But we really love our new doctor in Squirrel Hill. She gave us lots of compliments so of course I loved her, haha! She was very impressed with Dagny’s development, her speech, her comprehension and just her general self. In other news potty-training continues to progress at a comfortable pace. For the most part she pretty much has it down to get poo’s in the potty but pee’s don’t seem to bother her enough for her to say, interrupt during dinner or while playing or while watching Signing Time. She does however hold her pee a lot while we’re out and about and so we try to take frequent potty breaks. Often the diaper is dry and she pees in whatever toilet, which is awesome.
A couple weeks ago James and I went to a charity event at The Scarehouse. You can read about it on the blog here
. Last weekend we went to the Apple Festival at Soergel’s Orchard and had an absolute blast. The pictures and blog post
tell most of the story, so check out the October Album
(just click on the word October)…lots of good photos in there.
This weekend we’re heading to New Ken for Jim & Kelly’s birthday party. Next weekend is HALLOWEEN, woooo hooooo! We are going to Jim & Jamie’s neighborhood on Saturday for a Halloween Parade and Trick-or-Treating. I can’t freaking wait! Dags has an adorable lion costume that we picked out at TJ Maxx. Future Halloweens hopefully will involve more homemade costumes and decorations, but this year with the moving and being pregnant I just didn’t have the time or inclination. And honestly…I don’t expect to for the next 2-3 Halloweens down the road either. But after that!!! I promise! Things will get a lot more hands-on for everybody.
Since so much is happening next weekend, make sure to check the blog and the Facebook albums the in the following week.
Last but not least, here is the YouTube channel link again: Virtualcarly on YouTube
. I will be updating that soon with a bunch of cute new videos!
Well, I guess that about wraps it up this time around. If I keep it up at this rate, the next update you’ll get will include our new addition! Hopefully I can do better these next few months. I am trying to post to the blog for your benefit at least once every week. Part of my hopes and dreams for the blog is that it kind of replaces the update emails over time and makes our goings-on seem more accessible to everyone. I’ve tried my best to strong-arm everyone into joining Facebook, but its just not working
I see the blog as a way to pull the stories and pictures together in one place that doesn’t require ANY kind of account, that is accessible to EVERYONE. You can lurk or you can participate through comments or you can do a little of both with anonymous comments (I still see the email you enter though, so not totally anon.) I hope it makes us seem closer and makes you feel more connected to our life as it is happening. And through your comments & interactions on the blog, I hope that we feel your presence in our lives more often as well. So much changes in just 2 months and I hope this project will bring us all closer together and create weekly exchanges rather than quarterly! And of course with the blog its a little less invasive than me bombarding everyone with an email every few months. I would love to hear everyone’s thoughts on this so please drop me a line and let me know!
*Turns out, there’s really just a bunch of bottomless crevasses leading to certain icy death up there, right Penny?