I’ve been working pretty hard these past few months prepping for our California Arbor Week Tour with the TreeCircus. 14 events in 11 days – wham bam! I didn’t attend all of the celebrations, but Tilly and I hit two of them up last week. Let’s just say I was thrilled she didn’t squeal during the welcoming speeches. She’s really into that lately and I don’t know how to make it STOP!
Here we are at the Arbor Week kickoff at the State Capitol. It was a pretty important day in Tilly’s life, if you ask me.
We also went to the Palo Alto Arbor Day, hosted by Canopy. Tilly was pretty freaked out of Professor Arbor E. Tum… little did she know, it was her Uncle Ryan inside!
Our recent 9 month check up was great, and apparently I’ve gotten better at cleaning Tilly’s belly button because the doctor didn’t mention it this time. She’s 90th percentile for head, 75th percentile for height and 60th percentile for weight. Looks like she’s headed towards a double major in rocket science and modeling. I’m okay with that.
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That means I’m in the 3rd trimester! Let’s all do a little celebration dance. Done? Okay, that was fun.
28 weeks means I’m 7 months along! Yesterday was my 7 month check up and everything’s great. I don’t have gestational diabetes, my blood’s regular and my 18 pound gainage is right about average. Baby’s been moving a lot lately and the doctor said she may be starting to go head down at this point. A little early, don’t you think? I guess she knows better than I do. (I like to classify all of her movement as “the mahoney shimmy”. If you’ve ever seen my dad dance, then you know what the mahoney shimmy is and you are better for it!)
We switched back to our original obstetrician, who I like much better. She was gone on maternity leave, but now she’s back! Hip Hip Hooray!
So… what’s been going on in our lives lately…
- Josh & I went to Catalina Island last weekend to volunteer with my work at Camp Emerald Bay. It was gorgeous and a lot of fun. There were 160+ arborists and their families in attendance! Oh yeah, and I shot my first BB gun (it was a Red Ryder) and used my first bow and arrow! Something every pregnant lady should do, don’t you think?
- We’re 5 games into our inaugural soccer season. Josh put together a team and even though we’re the worst in the league, we’re actually having fun. I swear. I’m the team mom/manager, which means I write the emails and manage substitutions from the sideline. I need to get better at my bringing of orange slices though.
- Josh and I are allegedly registering for baby stuff this weekend… I’ll keep you posted.
This weekend was AMAZING. My aunt (and boss) came to visit, so she, Josh and I walked through the Panhandle to our favorite restaurant Nopa on Friday night and followed it up with a drink (sprite, naturally) at our favorite bar, Vesuvio, in North Beach. The food at Nopa is local/organic and seriously so delicious. And they always bring you a surprise little appetizer!!
Saturday morning Rose and I walked to Cole Valley for brunch at Cafe Reverie – we sat out on the sunny back patio and chit chatted about the future. Soaking up the sun is such a treat here! Then we took little cat naps before taking Tank on a 2 mile walk through Golden Gate Park. Rose got a good laugh out of the people watching – you never know what you’re going to get in my neighborhood. We wrapped up our day by walking through the local shops in the Ferry Building, and then got Rose to her flight in Oakland by 5. Perfection!
Sunday, Josh and I woke up early and drove 8 miles north of the city to Muir Woods – I was giddy, like a kid on Christmas morning, on our way there. I’ve been wanting to go for over a year! And, of course, it was everything I imagined and more. Muir Woods is a national historic monument and holds the world’s tallest living creatures, the coastal redwoods. John Muir himself called it “The best tree-lovers monument that could possibly be found in all the forests of the world.” Um, HELLO. We went on a 4 mile hike and saw plenty of banana slugs, vermillion mushrooms, and of course, super super tall, gorgeous trees. Once we got back to the trailhead, we had an early lunch at the cafe and WOW. I had heard about this cafe on Best Thing I Ever Ate, and it was 100% dead on. We both got grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup – they were to die for, literally. Acme bread, Cowgirl Creamery Mt. Tam cheese & Pt. Reyes Farmstead Creamery Toma cheese made it the single greatest grilled cheese of my entire life. Maybe it’s the preggo speaking, but Josh agreed. Even the man that made them behind the counter commented on how delicious they looked. After we ate, we went to the gift shop and bought a mug. :) The lady that rang us up put the icing on the cake when she asked when I was due! A non-crazy lady noticed I was pregnant! I can’t quite explain the feeling of elation I had as we walked back to the car, but I was just delighted with my whole Muir Woods experience. If you can, go there! (Oh I know, I’ll take you when you come to visit us!)
I have been feeling some major growth inside during the past week! I gained 2 pounds (bringing my total gain to 10lbs) and felt a lot of tightness in the evenings. I’ve still been feeling bubble-like movement inside, I hope it gets stronger soon! My circumference at belly-button height is still 36 inches. I’m kind of confused by that – maybe I’m doing it wrong? Oh well.
Last Tuesday we had dinner with Josh’s boss and his wife, who are also expecting their first child. It was so great to compare our experiences so far and give support to each other. They live about 45 minutes south of us, but I always look forward to spending time with them. She has a baby blog too!
We had a fun visit from Aunt Rose this weekend and went hiking in Muir Woods, so I’ll be posting about that soon. We’d love other visitors to come hang out with us while we’re still able to enjoy grown-up time! (hint hint, that means YOU!)
Next weekend I’ll be going down to So Cal to watch my work’s Tree Climbing Championship in San Diego and to attend my good friend Emily’s baby shower! Lots of fun – and the best part is that I have a decent amount of energy these days to enjoy it all!
This thanksgiving meditation really got to me today – what an important and empowering perspective!
Just be glad you’re not a tree.
BTW – how incredibly lucky am I to have her as a mentor/boss/aunt/confidant? Good one God, as they say.
Last weekend we saw The Tallest Man on Earth perform at the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur – the whole thing was breathtaking. I was struck dumb. There’s a great review on their blog, read it here. I like how they reference the tallest man on earth playing in the tallest trees on earth. Not quite, but close! He was actually pretty average height… I met him and he signed a record for me!
The show was put on by Folk Yeah – both times I’ve been to a show put on by them, I feel like I’ve won the lottery. Awesome venues and super small, captivated crowds.
We spent the day at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Beach, had a light dinner at Nepenthe which sits on a cliff over looking the coastline, and then walked to the venue. Here are a few hipstamatic shots I took:
Oh… and I sneezed my nose ring out during the show. Classic Mary…
Found a new great blog called Quiet Time. “let’s be quiet. a home for my favorite national geographic scans & other things.”
This has my name written all over it.
iheartwood just asked to follow me on twitter, so I thought I’d see what they’re all about. It’s a design blog dedicated to all things wood! How did they find me and how did they know I’d be their number one fan?? Anyway… this is one thing I saw on their website. If we had the room to keep bowls of fruit laying around, I’d definitely make one of these. But we keep our fruit in the fridge. One day!
What, you’ve never climbed a tree in Sperry Topsiders?
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We got out of the city this weekend and drove down to the Santa Cruz Mountians to explore Big Basin State Park. Talk about heaven on earth. There were banana slugs, waterfalls, every shade of green imaginable, sunshine, and REALLY BIG trees. The only thing slightly lacking was signage… we missed our turn and what we planned on being a 4 mile hike ended up being 12 miles! C’est la vie – we survived and celebrated with a beer at Zeitgeist afterwards. :)
blurry photos courtesy of my iphone