This week I review the first light reading book of my blog: Little Fingers and Little Toes. The book is made up of quotes on every other other page, some pages with writing have one quote and some two. The pages with two quotes feature one religious and non/religious one. Opposite the quotes are adorable photos of babies in their first years of life.
The big development for Baby Perri this week is that of reflexes. S/he is able to open and close fingers and making sucking motions that will allow thumb sucking in the near future. The food size comparison is that of a lime, which in the spirit of Easter just gone by, I put near a plastic egg for size comparison.
This is one of the points at which some people share they are pregnant as I did with Matt’s extended family yesterday.
In years past I’ve often spent more time and energy on the secular parts of holy days than the religious aspects, despite that being their true purpose. It’s been too long since I’d attended an Easter service at all, so I was thrilled that Pastor Jane had a half hour sunrise service this morning.
It was a beautiful mass that attended so many people more chairs needed to be added. It was great to be part of such a dedicated group. It was my first day out wearing a maternity top from my Target shopping and jeans from Macy’s, and while several parishioners who know I’m expecting asked how I and/or baby were doing, no one made comments about the clothing changes.
After church it was time to celebrate with family. Aunt Carol who is excited for me and will be the baby’s great aunt, told my cousin Alysse and he husband and daughters the news today. I looked forward to sharing with my extended family through Matt in person.
Great Uncle Harv and Great Uncle Bev were unable to attend today, so we went to their house first. They were thrilled for us and were happy to pose for a photo with the framed sonogram pics I used to tell them our good news.
Matt and I even had our pictures taken with Alan who dressed up as his interpretation of the Easter Bunny and Mad Hatter hybrid, he would be leading the Easter Egg hunt.
Before dinner it was time to break the news. Uncle Pat helped me by setting up after his prayers an intro that I would talk about one more thing to be grateful for. Here is the video Matt shot complet with some happy tears from me and family reactions.
This week, just as I was heading into my twelfth week of pregnancy, I realized a lot of my clothes particularly my pants as well as several of my tops were too tight for me. It seemed like a great time to start shopping especially as I had gift cards to Amazon, Macy’s and Target I could use.
I spent a lot of time putting things in and taking them out of my Amazon cart. Part of this was due to sizing, I wasn’t sure what to size to get made a little more complicated as many of the items were in UK sizes. I finally decided I really wanted to try on my pants prior to buying, so I bought tunic tops and under bump underwear. These tops came in sets of three (hence getting two black tops) and will be here tomorrow:
One of the biggest concerns I have as a mother to be is making sure baby has only the best and most natural things getting to him or her for me. An area of concern was beauty products and so I decided to set aside my normal shampoo and conditioner, which work great but have artificial colors and scents and are not organic and try a new brand. Today’s review is of Maui Moisture Coconut Milk and Shampoo Conditioner, which I picked up at my local grocery store.
As a very visual person the beautiful blue bottle and name that reminded me of our honeymoon caught my attention right away. I was intrigued by the all natural and vegan ingredients.
The instructions for use are similar but do not include the helpful addition of how much to use, so I had to play it by ear. The first two times I used the shampoo and conditioner like I would use regular shampoo and conditioner. The third time when rereading to try to find out exactly how much conditioner to use, I realized it was supposed to be left in for 5 minutes then rinsed – oops.
The shampoo and conditioner work great and the conditioner worked even better when I followed the directions fully. My hair has been very manageable – both easier to brush and even easy to style with just my fingers as I did for this quick photo after having my hair windblown.
I do wish the bottles would outline just how much of each to use, so the product would last me longer, and explain a bit more about what some of the ingredients with more scientific names do as they have a warning about washing either out of eyes immediately, but these are only a small part of the total product experience.
They are found in most supermarkets, many retail stores and on Amazon.
Rating – four and a half baby booties out of five
Last year was the first time I was able to take off work to join Matt to view the San Francisco Giants’ Home Opener. Rather than a home based party as is his tradition, we combined the day with road trip to complete some very special errands as part of the process to get our marriage license.
For the last nine years Matt has made a tradition of watching the San Francisco Giants Home Opener at home with food and beer and guests when possible. This year I was able to join as did his mom, Candy.