We are less than a week away from Christmas! <Insert squeal of joy here.>
FEELING (AND THINKING ABOUT): I am at the 30 week mark, and I am having a lot of realizations that this baby is actually going to be outside of my body at some point in the not too distant future. When we left for the airport on Tuesday, I was thinking about how this is the last time we will be traveling without a baby. This is the last time I will see my siblings without a baby. This is our last Christmas without a baby. I am so excited to meet this little one who has been a crazy-active, burrowing presence in my abdomen for the last seven and a half months, but I am trying to savor the end of my life the way I've known it for the last thirty years. Basically, all these little moments of "lasts" are rocking my world. When we get back to CA, it's full on baby preparation mode, so this is the calm before baby fever really sets in. I want to make the most of it.
EATING: I am eating clementines like it's going out of style. I could put down about six in a day. For some reason, clementines always remind me of the holidays. My family is Italian (and Irish) on my mom's side, and my Italian grandfather was the chef in the family, so we had mostly Italian traditions growing up. One of those was a seven course fish dinner on Christmas Eve. As you can imagine, many of the cousins were less than enthused about this in their younger years, so we would sit in the living room where my grandparents had erected the kids' table and eat buttered pasta and clementines, which was what we got if we didn't want the fish. So, to me, clementines feel like a holiday staple.
WATCHING: Jeff and I have been watching Christmas movies of late (since I am currently up to date on Scandal!! And, by the way, I take back my former lukewarm endorsement of the show and give it two huge thumbs up. If you are looking for something to watch during your vacation, make this your top choice. Power through the first few episodes. They are comparatively weak. Then it really gets going...) We have recently watched Love, Actually and The Holiday, and last weekend we had a theme night where we watched Elf and ate waffles and hot chocolate! Such a good way to spend a Saturday night. This is the only time of year I can convince Jeff to watch romantic comedies (because I tell him they are Christmas movies as long as they take place around that time of year).
READING: My reading right now is of the magazine variety. I just read a highly disturbing article in Vanity Fair about Bikram Chodhury, the founder of Bikram yoga. You can read it here.
LOVING: Speaking of yoga, I am totally into prenatal yoga. After finding a studio that I love (The Mindful Body in Pacific Heights), I have been going twice a week, and it has made a huge difference in my aches and pains. The one problem with prenatal yoga is that I spend half the class obsessing over how I am way bigger than all the other pregnant women (and we are at the same place in our pregnancy), which is totally anti-yogi since I am supposed to be quieting my mind and not obsessing over the size of my belly, but I can only be so zen, people. I don't have it in me to "om" myself into an altered reality where I am not highly neurotic and moderately insecure. If I found a yoga class that could take care of that, I would sign up for life. In the meantime, I am very happy to have alleviated my back pain. I think I am going to keep this up after the baby!
BUMMED OUT ABOUT: Um, nothing! Hello, it's Christmas time. If you are bummed, you need to turn that from upside down and smile because "smiling is my favorite." Make it your favorite this week! (A little helpful tip from Buddy the Elf.)
LOOKING FORWARD TO: This wonderful respite back on the East Coast. We arrived in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, and the next week and a half is jam packed with family fun and festivities. We are pretty much solidly booked until we head back to CA for our friends' wedding on New Year's Eve! This is by far one of my favorite weeks of the year. I am all smiles.