Friday, August 31

Abigail's homecoming outfit

So I have been on the hunt for a cute homecoming outfit for our new baby girl. I just hit the 37 week mark so she could be here any day! None of the outfits I had for her were cute enough so I went out shopping to find something that I loved and this is it! Unless I happen to find something even more adorable, then this will be what she wears home from the hospital!

Lately it has been in the 90's so I don't think she will be cold in this outfit. I just cannot wait to meet her and see her beautiful little face. I don't feel 100% prepared for everything that is coming, but who ever does? I think Mommyhood is just something that you gradually get in the groove with. She's still in my belly kicking away so I don't think she is quite ready to come earth-side yet, but when she is I will be nothing but smiles and open arms for my little bundle of love. 

We cannot wait to meet you Abigail Marie Shoults! 

Thursday, August 30

Maybe pregnancy really does give you a glow...

Here I was around 36 weeks pregnant. Today I am just shy of 37 weeks, the time they say your baby becomes "full term"! Though I'm not sure why they say that because doctor's won't induce your labor before 39 weeks because they fear baby is not ready yet. Either way, we only have a few weeks (max!) until baby Abigail arrives! Words cannot express how excited I am to see her little face...I am already in love and haven't even met her yet! Well, not formally anyway ;) 

Wednesday, August 29

Jack Kerouac :: my favorite excerpts

"And for just a moment I had reached the point of ecstasy that I always wanted to reach, which was the complete step across chronological time into timeless shadows, and wonderment in the bleakness of the mortal realm, and the sensation of death kicking at my heels to move on, with a phantom dogging its own heels, and myself hurrying to a plank where all the angels dove off and flew into the holy void of uncreated emptiness, the potent and inconceivable radiancies shining in bright Mind Essence, innumerable lotuslands falling open in the magic mothswarm of heaven. I could hear an indescribable seething roar which wasn't in my ear but everywhere and had nothing to do with sounds. I realized that I had died and been reborn numberless times but just didn't remember especially because the transitions from life to death and back to life are so ghostly easy, a magical action for naught, like falling asleep and waking up again a million times, the utter casualness and deep ignorance of it. I realized it was only because of the stability of the intrinsic Mind that these ripples of birth and death took place, like the action of the wind on a sheet of pure, serene, mirror-like water. I felt sweet, swinging bliss, like a big shot of heroin in the mainline vein; like a gulp of wine late in the afternoon and it makes you shudder; my feet tingled. I thought I was going to die the very next moment. But I didn't die..." — Jack Kerouac (On the Road) 

 "I have lots of things to teach you now, in case we ever meet, concerning the message that was transmitted to me under a pine tree in North Carolina on a cold winter moonlit night. It said that Nothing Ever Happened, so don't worry. It's all like a dream. Everything is ecstasy, inside. We just don't know it because of our thinking-minds. But in our true blissful essence of mind is known that everything is alright forever and forever and forever. Close your eyes, let your hands and nerve-ends drop, stop breathing for 3 seconds, listen to the silence inside the illusion of the world, and you will remember the lesson you forgot, which was taught in immense milky way soft cloud innumerable worlds long ago and not even at all. It is all one vast awakened thing. I call it the golden eternity. It is perfect. We were never really born, we will never really die. It has nothing to do with the imaginary idea of a personal self, other selves, many selves everywhere: Self is only an idea, a mortal idea. That which passes into everything is one thing. It's a dream already ended. There's nothing to be afraid of and nothing to be glad about. I know this from staring at mountains months on end. They never show any expression, they are like empty space. Do you think the emptiness of space will ever crumble away? Mountains will crumble, but the emptiness of space, which is the one universal essence of mind, the vast awakenerhood, empty and awake, will never crumble away because it was never born." Selected Letters 1957-1969 and is a letter he wrote to his first wife, Edie in 1957." — Jack Kerouac (The Portable Jack Kerouac) 

 "I felt like lying down by the side of the trail and remembering it all. The woods do that to you, they always look familiar, long lost, like the face of a long-dead relative, like an old dream, like a piece of forgotten song drifting across the water, most of all like golden eternities of past childhood or past manhood and all the living and the dying and the heartbreak that went on a million years ago and the clouds as they pass overhead seem to testify (by their own lonesome familiarity) to this feeling." — Jack Kerouac (The Dharma Bums)

Baby sling under $10

So I watched this online tutorial on how to make a baby sling without sewing. I went to the craft store and found 2 metal rings and bought 3 feet of fabric (my favorite color of course!). All I had to do was pull the fabric through the rings a couple times and viola! It held my little dog just fine and she seemed to like it....she even dozed off a couple times ;) I may post a video tutorial on how to do it...I think I am going to go get some more fabric that is smoother and try it again. I mean, for under $10 you just can't beat it! Baby k'tan carriers are basically the same thing and cost upwards of $40! And these, you can choose whatever material you like. Genius. Pure genius.

Sunday, August 26

36 weeks::::getting closer!!

I apply this 3-4 times a day and so far I have not one stretch mark! All I can say to expecting moms is to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! They say stretch marks are genetic, but my mother had a few and so far I have none! Still three weeks to go but so far so good. *crossing fingers*

35 weeks::::almost there!

34 weeks pregnant with Abigail Marie Shoults