Thursday, March 11, 2010

Lesson Learned.

Brown Eyed Girl
Lesson Learned: the right light in IMPORTANT. As is cropping the photo if the other half of your hair is frizzy. :)
  • Do NOT Google "15-week-old fetus." I think the images of miscarried babies is burned in my brain. Yikes.
  • Going without dairy is way, way more difficult than going without meat. I gave it up for Lent (which has caused some of my coworkers to be up in arms over the obvious lack of ALL! NUTRIENTS! for my poor little baby), which has been slightly inconvenient. I will never be vegan, though I will continue avoid most eggs and dairy, cheese and yogurt are important for me. I only eat them a few times a week, anyhow.
  • March in Cleveland CAN be beautiful. Although I'm putting off getting a car wash, because the last time I did that? It snowed two days later.
  • Keeping my pregnancy under the radar from my coworkers is starting to get more tricky as my waistline expands. I'm currently still in that "maybe she's always had a bit of a belly and I've never noticed" stage, but in a few more weeks? I think it will be a different story. (I'm hesitant to share with the whole school - all the attention. And all the questions about future plans when Mike and I still haven't figured things out. *shudder*)
  • I have about 50 bajillion photos on my computer - many of which I took to share on my blog with a recipe or story. 49 bajillion of those photos have never been edited or shared. I'm awesome at taking lots of photos, I'm terrible at sharing them. Anyone still want to hear about when I made some Baked Sweet Onion Dip? Because I have photos of how to make it.
  • We got our first baby clothes gifts (and my first nursing pads. Thanks, Mom. Hehe.) and I practically died when I saw them. Imagining a little baby in those sweet onesies and tiny cardigan (!!) was enough to make me all squishy inside.
  • Growing up with the most perfect family ever doesn't mean they'll be perfect when you're a grown up.
  • A cute vintage pillowcase makes an awesome spring skirt (directions). Though, the elastic may be a bit too snug for my belly.
  • Those things you hear about pregnant ladies getting all weepy? It's true. I sobbed through half of a Freaks and Geeks episode. (Poor lonely...)
  • I have tons of awesome friends in this area. Making an effort to see them is ALWAYS worth it.
  • Even when we're faced with something incredibly unexpected and life changing - Mike and I are able to work together to figure things out. I dread the huge decisions we'll be making about where to live, how much I should work, and how to get health insurance...but I know we will make it work.
  • Having a job where you feel successful, valued, and like you're contributing to something meaningful is rare and invaluable. I am so lucky.
  • When I see sweet, cuddly little babies now, I still get baby fever. But more in a "oh my gosh, I'll get to have one of those sweet cuddly things this year!" way. It's sort of awesome. And crazy.


  1. I am so excited for you and Mike, Ashley. I think it's so awesome that you've taken what could potentially be stressful and make it awesome. I also think you guys are going to be the most amazing parents!

  2. i dont think those are miscarried babies google brought up - i think they're aborted :(

  3. Weepy is normal, or at least that's what I've been telling my husband. I burst into uncontrollable tears when I saw a dead coyote on the side of the road. What if he had a family?!? My poor husband ...

  4. Hello from Minneapolis!I have been reading your blog for awhile now but have never commented, until now. I was soooo excited when I checked your blog and discovered you are pregnant. I also am pregnant with my first (29 weeks) and your posts are right on. It is such an exciting time and everyday brings changes, physically and emotionally. And I totally understand the weepy aspect and baby fever aspect. I cry over EVERYTHING and stare at all the little babies I see, wondering what ours will be like. So much fun:)

  5. I really want to see all your lovely pictures. :)

  6. yay for baby clothes and onesies. i can't wait to buy that stuff because it is all so darn cute.

  7. I love that picture! :) Also, I would be sad without my daily vanilla yogurt!! Eeep!

  8. Wow, your coworkers are seriously uninformed about nutrition. :) The vegan/vegetarian babies I've known have been significantly healthier than the average non-veg baby.

  9. Great Post.....I found your site on stumbleupon and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you down the road!

  10. Good for you for sticking with what you gave up for Lent! I gave up all sweets/chocolate/desserts... it's been totally hard, but I'm surprised I've had the willpower to hold out! :)

    SO excited for you guys :)

  11. You make me giggle, especially because you watch reality tv like me and that makes me happy. :D Loved this post and you look beautiful in your photo.

  12. Glad I'm not the only one that takes a bajillion pictures and never posts them. I have to say you have one up on me do actually blog with some of your pictures some of the time! I have a blog, and in theory I love it...but I NEVER publish... :-)

  13. ...and I just googled "15-week-old fetus". ;)

  14. Ive recently found out I am lactose intolerant. I miss my cheese and creamy stuff SO very much. I have found those handy pills that you can take before each and every meal- they're annoying... All the best!

  15. You are so adorable. I wish I could pull off a nose ring like you can.

    Loved the growing up with a perfect family line; it can be challenging growing up, eh?

    I have too many allergies to go without dairy (as in soy is like a death wish for me) but I wish I could sometimes. Just to try it. Sigh.

    And lastly, I love your blog, your posts! I hope that someday we can meet :)

  16. I wanna hear about that onion dip!

  17. When I was pregnant I used to cry at the Oreo commercials! Especially the grandpa one and the one were the little boy is video chatting with his dad who is away on business. <3


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