Friday, January 24, 2014

7 Quick Takes Friday


1)
How can it possibly be Friday already?  With the Monday holiday and a snow day on Wednesday, this week absolutely flew by!  
#Icouldgetusedtoa3dayworkweek

2)
On Monday, we teamed up with Clan Donaldson and went to the Museum of Science in Boston.  I don't know why we don't do this more often, as we have free passes because of our membership to a cheap little zoo near our house.  The kids loved playing with the Donaldsons, as usual, and were very happy to see the Lightening Show.  If I was a homeschooler, we would do field trips every day.  Which is probably a great reason I'm not a homeschooler :)



3)
After the Museum, Ken and Cari forced us to walk for miles and miles in the cold winter air until we found the greatest pizza ever in the North End.  Oh my goodness, was that pizza divine.  Then Phil found me a Cannoli Florentine after I had a little hormonally charged pity party for myself when I realized the bakery we had first entered only took cash, and cash, I had not.  



4) 
When we got home, I warned the boys that I was going to cut their scraggly hair, and methinks thou doth protested too much, so I packed them up and brought them to a new hair place for a semi-professional to do the dirty work for me.  Since the shop was having a grand opening, the haircuts were only $4.99 each!  And, as they all reported to me after, the most exciting part was that nobody got their ears nicked and they put powder on their necks to help wipe off the hair.  My boys are forever spoiled now.  There's nothing like a good ear-nicking to ground a child.
3 heads = $14.97 and no complaints!
5)
I heard on the radio yesterday that keeping your house cold helps you lose weight!  Score!!  We keep our heat at 65 during the day (when we're at home) and 60 at night.  Repeat after me: Thrifty = thin.
Winning!

6)
How sad is the news that Justin Bieber got arrested for a DUI?  I mean, we all knew it was kind of coming, but fame sure does ruin people.

I had a dream this week that I got invited to a One Direction concert and I was sooooo excited, but then I remembered that I'm a 34 year old pregnant mom and got embarrassed.  Whatever, their songs are catchy.

7)
Speaking of pregnancy...
I saw the midwife yesterday (I'm at the every 2 week appointments now) and told her that I think the baby was transverse because all the movements I can feel are on the sides of my belly, and I can breathe a lot better.  Sure enough, Baby Martini is laying like so:


I'm almost 32 weeks, so I still have time for him/her (but we all know it's a him) to turn.  My midwife lovingly reminded me that once you have as many babies as I have, there's a lot of room in there for baby to move around.  Well excuuuuuuse me :)  I'll start trying some of these exercises soon.

Have a great weekend everybody!!

50 comments:

  1. Ugh. I have to do haircuts soon. Brian did them last time and doesn't have my skilz. And your kids are living the life of luxury what with the powder and the zero ear nickage :) Prayers for some baby flippage soon...you know what you're doing!

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    1. One of my babies was breach until close to the end, so I'm not too worried. I'm actually enjoying being able to breathe!!

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  2. We too would do a whole lot more field trips to super awesome places if we didn't live in a geographical oddity. I remind my hubby often that we can't ever be cool homeschoolers because all the great attractions are almost two hrs away. ha.

    Look at those boys! So handsome. And mama got a deal too, so even better. Score!

    Turn, baby turn. Tell that Miss Martini to get her act together here soon or her auntie Sarah's gonna be quite upset with her. Yup, I'm sticking with girl cuz that's how stubborn I am. And yes, I've promoted myself to auntie. lol.

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    1. You can definitely be an Auntie, but it's gonna be a boy. Sorry to crush you and Maggie's dreams :)

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  3. How are you 32 weeks already? You don't even look pregnant in that picture where you're walking down the street.
    As for One D. (that's what I call them because I'm cool like that) I love their songs, especially Story of my Life. I've watched the video (with the kids, of course) like a million times.

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    1. Ohhhh, that's because you're not seeing a side view. Very pregnant, indeed!

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  4. Love the haircuts...
    Rhett used to get his just like that.
    Now, at the ripe old age of 11, he has decided it is more cool to have long hair. ; )
    I don't have the heart to tell him that he as inherited Steve's hair...which on Madison means thick, curly, gorgeous locks.
    On an 11 year old boy...not so much. : )
    Have an awesome weekend, my friend!

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    1. I love that the kid's Catholic school AND the pastor at our church where they altar serve make them have short hair. So there's no negotiations!

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  5. Were you at Mike's Pastry? Were were there at Christmas and they only took cash which I thought was odd. However, the place was packed so I guess that is not a problem for them! I don't like cannolis so we got their cupcakes which were fabulous!!!

    And I love One Direction's song Story of My Life. My kids love to give me a hard time when we hear it and I start signing along. But you are right, it's very catchy.

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    1. Not Mike's Pastry, though that's usually where we go! I don't like cannolis either, EXCEPT cannoli florentines. You need to have one next time you go!!

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  6. That museum is awesome. We took our youngest there on a field trip (he was the only one of our five who was ever homeschooled, but just for 5 years) and he loved it. Especially the dinosaur exhibit.

    You can't beat Boston. I'm a small-town girl at heart, but if I had to be a city-dweller, I would want to live there.

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    1. I know, every time we go I wonder why we don't do it more often!

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  7. I'm impressed you knew the position of the baby.

    $5 hair cuts!!! Yes, please!

    So the cold in my 200 year old house (my fingers are numb as I type this) is going to help me loose baby weight? Yes!

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    1. I only knew because I could breathe!! Don't be too impressed, I never know when I'm in labor or need to push or anything like that :)

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  8. One Directions new radio song is awesome, I'm not hatin'
    AND...
    I honestly don't know how you keep your house so cold. When mine is at 68 I am freezing! Must be why I am a bit on the 'fluffy' side (yes, that is what a nurse referred to me as when I was in the hospital for John Paul!- WINNING!) :)

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    1. I love a cold house. Last night I did not sleep well, and when I got up I saw the temperature was at 62. It has to be at 60 for me to sleep well! I was born to live in New England :)

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  9. Turn baby, turn! I'm sure you've looked at the spinningbabies wesbsite, but I think those exercise can help.

    Yay for no ear-knicking. I once knicked a certain someone's ear while cutting hair. For some odd reason this person never wanted me to cut their hair again. I can't imagine why not.

    We keep out house at 62...so yay for losing weight. Although if you just eat more to make up for it, I'm not sure it works. At least that is what I do. LOL

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    1. Of course you need to eat more for insulation!

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  10. Start doing spinning babies now. It feels so good--no more pressure! (At least while in inversion.)

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    1. But then I won't be able to breathe again :( I think I'll leave him like this for a little longer :)

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  11. If Baby Martini doesn't get his (her?) butt in gear, so to speak, I swear by the chiropractor. They do this thing...? I can't remember the name of the procedure right now, but I'll Google it for you if you'd like, and it took two visits to get Veronica to turn. So much safer than a version.

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    1. Good to know, because when my midwife said we would just turn the baby around 37 weeks, I was like "Oh no we won't!"

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    2. Seconding the chiropractor move (seriously no idea what it's called over here), it helped our second get right way down in our last few weeks!

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  12. Oh my gosh, so embarrassed to admit it, but I live in fear of the same thing (meme, QT#6)!!! Catchy catches me, even if I'm like 80 years too old for that!!!

    Completely different note: Do you use a software program/service to put together such awesome, perfectly-sized photo collages like in QT#2 and QT#3? I tried to do one in "Paint" on Windows once, and it took me FOR-EV-AH to get the dimensions right and, for some reason that I still don't understand, Blogger would only post it sideways. I gave up, posted it sideways (because it had taken too much time to not post at all!), and swore I would never re-attempt. Help?

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    1. picasa - free and easy!!

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    2. Thank you so much!!! Yay for Blog-ed-ucation!

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  13. That is so funny about your One Direction dream! And good luck with the baby turning. I'm impressed you knew exactly how he was laying!

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    1. You know pregnant women and their crazy dreams!

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  14. Little A was transverse and then breech and then head down. The day of the c-section, he was transverse again! Praying your little one finds the right way . . .. you have time!

    I love cannoli!! I once hopped out of the car at a stoplight in Little Italy in Baltimore just so I could run into a bakery and get one. Good ones are hard to find!

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    1. Wait a hot second...Baltimore has a Little Italy? Why have I never been? Ok, next time we're down visiting, let's plan a cannoli date.

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  15. Spinning babies is helpful, but if it doesn't work try accupuncture. It has worked like a charm with my last two babies. My two month old turned at 36 weeks and was born at 37 weeks at a hefty 9.8 lbs. It also seemed to have helped my labors be very fast and pretty easy!

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    1. If acupuncture = early and easy labor, then I'll be all over that. (I've already got the fast part down :) Thank you!

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  16. Those three head shots are so alike and so different, I love comparisons!

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    1. To me, they all look so different :) It makes me daydream about what this next little one will look like!!

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  17. Oh, what I wouldn't give for a good cannoli! They're lacking here in IA, where we Italians are few and far between. Looks like I'll just have to make some instead.
    Your dream is hilarious. I really wish it were true!

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    1. I'm thinking homemade cannolis beat bakery cannolis anyday!!

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  18. I now desperately want pizza. And yes, it was only a matter of time but it's sad to see what fame does. If only his parents had had better sense.

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    1. I know, but I think they were kids when they had him :(

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  19. I have to go to confession for coveting your pizza, cannoli, and awesome day with the Donaldsons! And I wish I had your energy to go do awesome field trips with my kids. Maybe once I don't have to wipe butts all day long I'll be a leetle more excited??

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    1. My secret to having energy?? Fake it til you make it!

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  20. I can't wait to blog stalk each other's newborn pictures :).

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    1. I know, and yours will be here first!!!

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  21. My first was transverse...at 32 weeks!! I was in the hospital, my water broke, and they were getting ready to c-section me, and they got the ultrasound ready and he moved!!! He went head down!! Then, my contractions stopped and he waited inside me, while I waited in the hospital another 3 weeks...

    Baby Martini, we will pray you move down!!

    You look wonderful by the way.

    Boy haircuts=Adorable!

    I heard that same thing about losing weight when being cold...I'm cold all the time...not working. It was on FoxNewsChannel, and they said it was actually only like one or maybe 2 calories that are burned. Oh, well...Every little bit helps. I'm still moving to Hawaii.

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    1. Yes, I'm sure the calories burned being active outside in Hawaii FAR outweigh being cold in your house :)

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  22. Oh my goodness, your one direction dream made me laugh.
    I'm embarrassed to admit I broke down and bought one of their songs off iTunes a while ago. :)

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    1. Ahem, I may have bought three. Ugh.

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  23. First of all, you need to sing "Turn, baby turn!" veeeery loudly to the tune of "Disco Inferno" -- that is medically tested advice, of course. :)

    My last 3 were all either breech or transverse for a good long stretch in my third trimester. You have still have plenty of time for the baby to turn, and I know for a fact your ab muscles are better than mine. Mine are like the unsalvageable elastic on your rattiest pair of underwear. I don't think any amount of crunches is bringing it back. ;-)

    2 of the babies flipped on their own right at the very end. Maisie flipped on her own with just the exercises, and with Bess I tried everything until I finally went in to the hospital for a version and she flipped right after they checked me in.

    And transverse Joe Joe? Don't you worry about Joe Joe. He's here now and he's healthy and he's delightful and that's all you need to think about.
    ;-)

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  24. This has nothing to do with anything, but in that picture of the transverse breech baby, is that mother's upper thighs covered in veins? I know it's completely accurate and scarily similar to what my legs look like but WHOA. That's the most disturbing part of the picture to me.

    I hope baby turns soon!

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  25. I'm with Mary, this totally reminds me I need to give John Paul a haircut... But he still has really short patches from when he tried to cut it himself and there's no way to even it out without going reeeeeeeally short and he has such a weird hairline and so many cowlicks... I need a $5 barber to fix it for me!

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  26. 60 at night???? That's impressive (ly low)! Is that normal in the North? I have a space heater in the room with bebe and me at night so I can crank it up to tropical if I want - but I don't - most of the time!

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