He likes cooking. She likes eating. She's a Mac. He's a PC. She watches Bachelor. He watches The Walking Dead. He does the dishes. She does the laundry. She was homeschooled. He was not. She's a product of the 80's. So is he. Their style is mid-century modern mixed with IKEA and handcrafted Amish. They love God. They love each other. They love Simon and Betsy. They are blessed.

Baby Herschberger: Week 26

We spent the weekend in Indy, so this post is a day late, oh well! I had a veeery busy and quite stressful/overwhelming week. It was really nice to end it with a few days in Indy with Kyle. He was working the Indy Boat & RV Show, and I was working from the hotel on Friday and doing some returns and window shopping on Saturday, but we had evenings together, and the trip there and back.

I started out the week working from home and spent an hour on Monday afternoon photographing our friends/neighbors sweet baby girl! I’ve photographed newborns twice before, but this was the first time I used a lot of the tricks I’ve read about and been told, like cranking up the heat/using a space heater, using a sound machine, etc… It made a big difference and was worth it even though I was a sweaty Betty by the end! Temperance stayed super sleepy throughout the whole session and we got some wonderful shots! We’re doing another session later this week and I want to work on posing her some more - I’ve read if you gently put their hands/feet where you want and hold them there they settle into it and keep the pose. This time around we sort of attempted to move her into a pose but if she flailed about we just let her be and took the shots anyway. :) Here are a few from the session: Alt text

Tuesday, Wednesday and part of Thursday I worked from the office. As of today I could have as little as 3 weeks left (if I only do 2 weeks of training with my replacement) and I have SO much left to wrap up in order to make it a smooth transition, and I really have not started preparing training materials. Thankfully I don’t think my replacement will really need a ton of that, I’m planning to basically just walk him through what I do and how I do it, and I’m pretty sure he will take it and run with it and make it all his own very easily! It will be a big relief to pass the baton, I am just really overwhelmed and stressed lately, my priorities are shifting towards my family and my home and pregnancy brain is tripping me up, but I also have a strong desire to do well and please people, so when I fail I take it really hard. This week I was able to keep smiling at work, own up to my mistakes, work to find solutions, etc… but when I came home from work late on Wednesday night I was so discouraged I couldn’t even talk, I just asked Kyle if I could be alone and I sat there and cried while I tried to eat my dinner.

On top of work stress I have been feeling really sad about the fact that my parents are going back to Argentina so soon. A week from tomorrow we take them to the airport and this will be the hardest goodbye yet. They will not be able to be here when Simon is born and that is hard for me to think about. I am anxiously anticipating that next Tuesday is going to be a very difficulty day with waterworks galore.

Thursday evening Kyle and I packed up and left for Indy. A highlight of the weekend was the delicious food we ate! Kyle had done some Yelp research and when we got in Thursday night we ate at Puccini’s Smiling Teeth and my-oh-my it was delicious! I got the campfire pizza (smoked sausage, sweet onion marmalade, gorgonzola & fresh rosemary) and Kyle got the pasta diavolo and it was spicy and awesome! The next night we tried Yat’s, a cajun creole place that is as Mel B. would say “off the chain!!!” Kyle got the Chili Cheese Etouffee with Crawfish and I got the Drunken Chicken. Both were awesome but we especially liked the Drunken Chicken and want to try to make it ourselves! Our last delicious meal was Saturday with friends at Buca di Beppo, it might be a cheesy chain restaurant, but man is it good. :) For that meal we split an antipasto salad, lasagna, veal saltimbocca and cheescake. Between two pregnant ladies and the two guys we only left a few scraps behind! And we had a good time!

«Pregnancy Update»

Weight gain: Oh boy, have not weighed myself recently, maybe I’ll get on the scale tomorrow AM and then update this. :)

What I’ve been eating: Pretty much anything! No food aversions, no intense cravings.

Baby/pregnancy purchases: This week I returned a few things (duplicate items from the shower) and I think I only bought one thing! I had a $10 off coupon for Babies R Us that was expiring so I went in there to find something to use it on and was pretty disappointed in their prices. I kept looking things up on Target and Amazon and seeing the same item for $10 cheaper, kind of defeats the purpose of the $10 coupon I was trying to use! Eventually I bought a travel changing station, the kind that folds up and goes in your diaper bag that has the changing mat, a case for wipes, a spot for diapers, etc… and I think I saved $5 from what I would have spent at Target or on Amazon.com. Oh well! After that experience I decided to really focus my registries on Target on Amazon.com. I had also registered at Babies R Us and Buy Buy Baby, but mostly for the free gift and for the benefits (returning items, the registry completion discount, etc…). Since we don’t have a Buy Buy Baby store near us I just went in there for the first time this past weekend and noticed a few cute things that I then went and added to my Target and Amazon registries! Like this activity gym (love the alphabet motif!), and this on-the-go sound machine!

Babies growth and development status: I don’t know which phone app to go by, but according to “The Bump” Baby Si is between 1.5-2.5 lbs, 13-15 inches long and the size of a head of lettuce. His immune system is developing, his lungs started producing surfactant which helps with breathing, and his skin and hair are developing their color as his body has started to produce melanin!

«Pregnancy Ramblings»

posted September 30, 2013

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