September: the vanishing month

September 22, 2017

Just . . . wow.

I remember I had this idea to create a bucket list for the last 100 days of pregnancy.  I think the official day was sometime before the hurricane, but I definitely missed it.  Logging into the trusty BabyBump app this morning (for the first time in months . . . sorry 3rd child, I am just going to assume your organs will develop without my paying much attention), it seems that I am down to a mere 78 days*.

78 days!
11 weeks.
That is just starting to sound like not so many.

Also, September appears to have just sort of . . . happened, without anyone noticing.  We still aren’t entirely back into the swing of things post-Irma, and our area still has a lot of recovery left to do (there are enormous piles of trees and debris in front of every house, just sort of festering in the sun). Speaking of sun, I get a sharp pain of jealousy every time I hear about beautiful fall weather in other areas.  This is my least favorite month here, weather-wise – it’s essentially the same as July/August, which is to say HOT and HUMID and sometimes stormy and not in the least bit fall-like.  (October is almost as bad).  I know I will be happy come Nov-March (usually absolutely gorgeous!) but this part is a struggle every year.

My goals for the month appear laughable – I have accomplished 0/7 work tasks and 1/4 home tasks thus far.  I am also out of my usual workout routine.  I’ve been feeling kind of sick (started with some GI bug earlier this week but now it’s just continued nausea and ickiness) and just not feeling like doing much.    I’ve had more contractions, which I am sure are Braxton Hicks (i.e. not concerning) but are still annoying.  I am going to give myself a couple more days to wallow in everything and then force myself to at least resume walking  (hopefully run/walking still) + prenatal barre3.

And I start a week of call this week!  I’m actually not so sad about that because it’s been so long since my last call week (just how the schedule worked out!).  I have 3.5 total call weeks between now and maternity leave, so getting one of them checked off and behind me will feel great.  ALSO Josh is actually off for this call weekend and the next, so that’s a huge added bonus that doesn’t usually happen.  Yay!

On the up-side:

1) ARCADE FIRE this weekend!  I’ve been wanting to see them forever.  My love for them has faded somewhat since 2013 or so BUT I actually like their new album a lot (more than 2013’s Reflektor) and am so excited to see them live.

2) I passed my glucose tolerance test!!  (Yes I was worried!)

3) I finished The Course of Love and absolutely loved it.  On a random tracking note, I’ve read 17 books thus far in 2017 which is not amazing but not horrible either.

which one to start next?

4) Podcast is going strong!  We’re up to 24,000 downloads – thanks to all who have checked it out thus far!  We released a hurricane mini-sode for episode #7 (I sound a little manic in it . . .because I probably was), and have a few more in the pipeline!  Starting around episode #11, we plan to incorporate some guests.  Get excited 🙂

5) I am on a mission to replace my fleet of bags.  YES, bags.  My work bag is looking mighty worn and I still don’t feel like I have a purse that looks like a grownup should be carrying it.  I also want to get a new diaper bag (it’s been a while since I carried one of those!).  My 10 year old Orly Kiely wallet no longer zips.  I am looking for:

– diaper/baby/kid bag for weekends (considering this one)
– wallet
– purse that looks elegant but without Chanel price tag
– work bag (I like this one but it’s $$$ and I’m not sure I’m ready to commit.  Plus I wish it came in dark green or blue or something.)

Suggestions are welcome.

* Assuming I go to 40 weeks, which I am currently just going to assume since I had Annabel at 40 2/7 and Cameron at 40 0/7.  If I had my way, I’d go into labor at the end of my work day at 39 5/7 (the hospital where I plan to deliver this time is where I work, so I’d loooove to avoid that painful and potentially messy journey back up!) 🙂  Of course, anything could happen!


  • Reply leebecknell March 10, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    I just saw Arcade Fire last night! It was so good!

  • Reply Erica March 10, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Ah, I am also on a hunt for new bags. My work bag and wallet are 4 years old and from Kate Spade Saturday, a short-lived casual line that went kaput. The wallet really annoys me becuse the lining for the credit card sleeves is all screwed up and I "lose" cards in there all the time and have to pull them out with tweezers. We got a new diaper bag – it’s a backpack style one (HapTim) and I like it, although it doesn’t hang on the BOB very well.

    I got a new pump ( a spectra S2) and I plan on leaving it at work and use my old Medela at home as necessary, so I only need a bag that will hold my lunch, milk bottle cooler, planner/notebooks and wallet. I am going on a bag hunt next week!

    Also be gracious with yourself. this month has been crazy for you guys!

  • Reply Erica March 10, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Also … I love our punctual children. Both of mine were born on the days I wanted – G was born at 40 0/7 and B was born 39 5/7, so I suspect you’ll have your baby when it’s most convenient for you ;-).

  • Reply Rachel March 10, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    I saw Arcade Fire this weekend- they put on a really great show. You won’t be disappointed! And their opening act was a NOLA jazz band. It was awesome.

  • Reply Sophia March 10, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    I got a lo and sons Seville bag last year and adore all the compartments as well as travel options. I’ve had it for a year and it’s holding up well to daily use.

  • Reply Anne March 10, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    24000 downloads, wow it is huge. Never used a diaper bag, I just put everything I need in my purse (Madewell, good leather, good quality, good price), I find diaper bags king of ugly… 1000$ purse is a no no, because if something happens, not only I lose my wallet, cash etc. + 1000$…

  • Reply Brittnie March 10, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    17 books so far for this year sounds super impressive to me!

  • Reply Emma March 10, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    I am using the Sugar Snap files instead of a diaper bag this time around, and really liking that it is so easy to see what needs to be restocked and I don’t have to dig for items in a giant bag when I’m in a hurry, so I can recommend those.

  • Reply Sara B. March 10, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    I have a parental unit and I love it. I went to a backpack temporarily but have now gone back. It sometimes seems a little small – it’s hard to shove my (little) purse or a medium stuffed animal/doll in it unless you’ve left some space just for that purpose, but the organization is so good and flexible and it actually holds a ton. I have a big, plain, open tote that I got from target, and when I flew I could shove the whole diaper bag, my rolled up ergo, my little purse, and my iPad or (tiny) laptop in it and only have one bag to tote around.

  • Reply Katie March 10, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    I love Hobo bags. Moderately priced, usually cute prints on inside, and tons of pockets.

  • Reply Larissa March 10, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    I have a tom bihn i love but for work. For the weekend/kids not sure infind it big enough. I tried using it as a diaper bag but didnt like it.
    But loooove using my lug bag (i have the puddle jumper) but eying the new one that also turns backpack. They are great diaper bags and wipeable

  • Reply Heather F. March 10, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Have you seen Cuyana bags? I have their zipper tote and love it!

  • Reply Kristen March 10, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    I totally get it! I debated the Forest Bag vs a few others. You’ll settle on the best one for you. I did!

  • Reply Danielle March 10, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    I had the worst time ever deciding on a diaper bag. I ended up getting a random cheap one off of Amazon.

    Recently I purchased a Fawn Design diaper bag in plum and I love it. I ordered organizers from company called Jelly Fish off of etsy. Good luck in deciding!

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