Friday, July 11, 2014

Keeping busy, Keeping happy, waiting, waiting, waiting.

Painting my upstairs bathroom is just one of the many projects I've set out to get done before this baby comes out. Projects keep me busy and not so focused on waiting for a baby to come out, which is, after all, what I've been doing for the past 9 months! I try to live in the moment, and be happy in the moment, and focus on the moment, but let's face it-- the baby coming out is the best part of being pregnant. And I can't wait! Hence, the projects.

I feel pretty proud and accomplished with all the things I've been able to do these past couple months. So here I listed them so I will never forget what a busy time, an exciting time, and a productive time pregnancy can be, in addition to playing the waiting game...

1. I painted my bathroom teal. 
All by myself. Then I painted the lower bathroom cupboard and photo frame in Bold Sangria. I love my bathroom. It was  yellowish and old looking before, and now it's--beautiful. From the Eric Carle-style shower curtain my mom sent me, to the pretty peacock feathers my friend Jillian got me at the farm she volunteers at, I am really happy with the way it turned out.

2. I organized donated baby goods and made $$ for my non-profit.
A friend of mine came over with a truckload of baby stuff that a friend of hers was getting rid of. Everything had been in storage and was a little dusty and dirty, but still useful! I spent several days cleaning, organizing, deciding what I wanted to keep, then getting donations for the rest. All the proceeds from my sales went into my non-profit account for LLL, so I could pay annual dues, etc. 

3. I cooked a ton of food for my own baby shower.
My dear friend Ruby hosted  a marvelous baby shower for us a couple of weeks ago. It was held at the park, tropical-Hawaii themed, and so sweet of her to do! However, I couldn't sit back and not cook some of my favorite island-themed foods to share. I spent almost an entire day killing my feet standing up in the kitchen, while cooking chili and rice, baking Panipopo, and putting together spam musubis (Micah helped with those). At one point, when I slightly burnt the huge pot of chili to feed 15-20 people, I almost cried and said," forget it, we'll just eat rice!" But in the end, it all turned out so ono! (Did you know that if you add enough peanut butter to burnt chili it just tastes like peanut butter-chili?) Ruby made sweet pork wraps and fruit salad,  Malia friend made a Tongan drink called Otai, and another friend, Maranda, brought lots of watermelon to eat!
I feel so blessed to be surrounded by such wonderful friends, old and new, to help us celebrate the soon-arrival of our baby boy. I wish I would've taken a picture of all the food and all the friends, but I got a few good ones along the way:

Ruby also made rainbow-colored popcorn!
Me and Micah opening the cutest and most functional baby gifts. (diapers, and blankies, and rattles, and teethers, and toys, and clothes, yay!)
Yes, this is a wooden teether of the Hawaiian island chain made by Little Sappling Toys. They have the cutest little family and the cutest stuff-go check them out! I was honored to receive the first one they ever made!
Little baby boy claiming his favorite snack
37 weeks pregnant with the full-moon-watermelon belly.

An elephant riding a motorcycle of diapers:
My friend Lori made the ultimate creative PINTEREST baby gift. Seriously so awesome. 
more fun friends.
We set up the king-sized water blob for all the kids to roll around on. There were 17 kids on here at one point. 

4. I've managed to find everything I need for the baby on craigslist, online blog shops, and yard sales, and have saved lots of money!

I scored one of the best joggers on the market for cheap!
There were just a few things I really wanted this time around but didn't want to buy brand new. So, I put it out into the Universe and waited. (It's the law of frugality) First, I wanted a changing table because I never had one before and I think it would greatly reduce the pain in my back from bending over. Second, I wanted a baby monitor because we now live in a 2 story house and not a tiny apartment, and I think it it would be nice to hear the baby wake up from the other side of the house. Third, I really needed a new jogging stroller because...I don't have one and post-pardum exercise is super important to me. Last, I really wanted a bouncy chair or swing for baby because those are just dang handy. Anyways, the point is I waited patiently until all these things were presented into my life at the right opportunities,  and for the right prices. It's a little more hard work to do it this way, but I am pleased to say it paid off, because I got everything I needed, and more! 

5. I've organized a few fun events for our LLL group.
At the beginning of June we did a summer splash potluck in our backyard. Then today we met at a Yogurt shop for a Breastfeeding Caf'e meetup. These are in addition to the monthly breastfeeding meetings I run. I love planning things and bringing people together.
6. Micah and I have been  going on dates together. 
We were able to go to the temple last month, then we were able to go on some fun dinner dates, and just yesterday we went to our pre-natal appointment and then Costco for a little outing by ourselves. It's really nice to be able to spend some time with the man I love, especially before this next little one comes. Our children are currently at ages where they are more independent and really good at self-entertaining. They even love having the babysitter come over! I'm happy to say we've taken this opportunity to get some alone time together, and I love it. Of course, we don't have a picture of us together, but here's a fun flashback picture from the last time I was pregnant in 2010: 
And one more belly photo, just for fun, 2010.

7. I've been playing outside and having fun with my boys, as much as I can.
I'm an active mom, so It's important for me to be able to get outside and play with my kids. Granted I can't do as much as I'd like right now, but I do what I can do! In fact, one of the hardest things for me about being big and pregnant is feeling like I'm missing out on all the fun things with my kids. I really miss wrestling them, chasing them around, riding bikes with them, and roughing it outside; all the stuff I love to do! 
Instead, we've been able to them up to the lake for swimming and sand-castle building. I sit in my camping chair and soak in the sunshine, then go swim around with Z and O. Little J plays happily onshore, digging in the sand for hours. 
Sometimes we stop for Shave Ice around town! Today we found a place that boasts "Authentic Hawaiian Shave-ice." It was pretty good for Utah shave ice, although nothing compares to Matsumotos! 
Another fun thing I've been doing is taking Odin around the collect "Brag Badges." It's part of a community summer fun challenge, where you get to pick up badges from various locations after you participate in an outdoor, creative, recreational, or family activity. Whenever I have special-alone time with Odin we go knock out a few more of these activities and collect the badges. He is really excited about it and loves that he has 26 of them hanging on his lanyard. A few that he's done is camping, attending a Green Show, swimming at the lake, flying a kite, having a water fight, reading books, and playing at a park. I love to see his cute little eyes light up every time he earns another badge. (Z opted not to participate, and J could care less.)

8. I made a birth and labor CD for if I feel like listening to music while I'm in labor. You just never know. I picked a variety of songs ranging from Hawaiian reggae, to Kundalini yoga mantras, to folk rock, to new world, etc... Everything on my list had to inspire happy, fuzzy feelings and also have the power to relax me, too.  
Here's my playlist:

Sally's Birth and Labor Music
1.Happy (/ Pharrell Williams.. 3:53 
2.Long Time Sun / Sarah Hawker 3:18
3.Aad Guray Nameh / Jai-Jagdeesh 7:02 
4.Caribbean Blue / Enya 4:00 
5.Keep On Moving / Bob Marley 3:07 
6.Love and Honesty / Hawaiian Style Band 4:08 
7.Wahine 'Ilikea / Ka'au Crater Boys 4:19 
8.Mehndi / Madhorama Pencha / Unknown 3:27 
9.All For Love / Sean Hayes 3:55 
10. The Sea / Morcheeba 5:51 
11. Bryan Adams 3:48 
12. Morning Has Broken / Cat Stevens 3:21 
13. He Hears Me / Hilary Weeks 4:07 
14. There She Goes / Bob Marley 2:33 
15. Sun Is Shining / Bob Marley 2:14 
16. Put It On / Bob Marley 3:05 
17. Rhythm Of The Rain / Ka'au Crater Boys 3:04 
18. I Hear Music a.k.a. Mr. Reggae / Ka'au Cra... 3:20

9. I've been reading the Chronicles of Narnia books by C.S. Lewis alongside my 8 year old . They're a lot of fun to read and I've enjoyed having book discussions with my son.
It all started when he began taking a Narnia class on his homeschool Minecraft server Skrafty.  Taking the class inspired him to read the books, and thus inspired me to read the books. 

10. I've been writing memoirs.
My Dad sent me this book a couple weeks ago: Writing the Hawai'i Memoir.   It has inspired me to take the time to sit down and write my life memoirs of growing up in Hawai'i. It seems I have so many stories that I don't want to forget, and sooner or later the memories will fade. This book has really helped me to feel excited again about writing. My Dad must have been truly inspired to send this book to me! 
Thanks, Dad!

Well, that's it for now! Just keeping busy, and keeping happy til this sweet baby boy comes. Then I'll be busy and happy in entirely new ways!

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