Twenty-eight weeks! We've made it to the third trimester. Good job, baby! Here's a bonus family portrait to celebrate (we tried to get Patches in there too, but she wasn't interested).
We had our last hypnobirthing class this week. We spent most of it talking about labor and birth logistics (like how to apply what we've learned when we're actually in labor), and we watched a few more birth videos. I'm glad we took the class; I've enjoyed it. Now we just have to keep practicing regularly!
I don't know if I've mentioned it before, but I'm loving my pregnant belly! It's just neat that my body is set up to protect and support a baby. Early in the pregnancy, I was worried about whether I'd need some sort of support for the belly (like a girdle), but it seems to be doing just fine on its own. The human body is pretty impressive! I'm enjoying tracking the progress of my belly button too--it's pretty much flat at this point. I had expected it to just pop out at some point, but that doesn't seem to be what's happening. I guess it still has three months to do something dramatic.
I went in for my glucose screening on Thursday. The Glucola wasn't as bad as I'd expected. It just tasted like flat 7-Up, maybe a little sweeter. My doctor's office called yesterday, and I passed the glucose test (yay!), but I have low iron levels. I wasn't too surprised about that, since I haven't been eating a ton of red meat or leafy greens (with the exception of my weekly green smoothie from Sip). So I'm supposed to start taking an iron supplement in addition to my prenatal vitamins. Fair enough. I'll take low iron over gestational diabetes any day!
Good glucose results aside, it has been a rough week for a couple of reasons, one of which is that we're in the middle of having some major electrical work done on our house. It's just tough having our daily routines (and typical peace and quiet) interrupted. The good news is that the electricians should be able to finish up on Monday. I thought it would take weeks to get all this work done, but it has only taken four days. Pretty awesome! And even better, our house's electrical system is in way better shape than it was before. The temporary disruption has definitely been worth it.
The impetus for this work was to get rid of the old knob and tube wiring in our house (to reduce our insurance costs and make it possible to insulate our walls in the future), but we figured while we're having holes cut in our walls, we might as well make other improvements to the electrical system. We had the electricians update all of our light fixtures with wall switches (instead of pull chains) and upgrade the lighting in our closets, stairwell, and entryway. We're getting a second light fixture in the kitchen (better lighting for food pictures!), and--the thing I'm most excited about--our old and noisy bathroom fan has been replaced by a new model that is super quiet, with a timer and a built-in heater. Very luxurious for those cold winter mornings :)
We're getting a couple new light fixtures from Schoolhouse Electric (yay for cool Portland companies!). I'm excited to see those go up, but that has to wait until we can get a plaster dude in to patch up the multitude of holes left by the plumbing and electrical work. It's like a giant mouse has gone through our house and nibbled holes all over our ceilings and walls. It's kind of cool to see the inner workings of our house, but I'll be glad to have things looking a little cleaner and not have plaster dust all over everything.
Once this round of work is wrapped up, that should be the end of our big house upgrades for a while. The goal was to get as many big items as possible taken care of before the baby comes. Patrick has orchestrated all of our house repairs so far, and I'm so grateful to him for doing that.
Since our kitchen was taken over by electricians for a good portion of the week, there's not much to tell about food. We had a major cooking flop early in the week--cabbage rolls that were fiddly to prepare and then turned out to be totally undercooked and full of raw meat after an hour in the oven. Ugh. Thank goodness for boxed mac and cheese. We did better the next night. Patrick made lemony broccoli and chickpea rigatoni, using whole wheat penne. It seemed pretty easy to make, and it was tasty. Thanks to Alison for mentioning this recipe!
For lunches this week, we had otsu again. Tasty, but I'm feeling a little pasta-ed out at this point.
Patrick's birthday was this week (yay!), and to celebrate, I baked the lemon buttermilk rhubarb Bundt cake from Rustic Fruit Desserts, using some of our frozen rhubarb from last spring. Definitely on the tangy side, but the glaze balances it out nicely (even though much of the glaze slid right off the top and pooled underneath the cake). I love how majestic Bundt cakes look right after glazing. Sadly for this particular cake, I have no picture of it in its uncut glory; this one will have to suffice.
Having a whole Bundt cake sitting around when you're trying to avoid delicious baked goods is dangerous, but luckily we were able to send some home with friends, and then I sliced and froze most of the rest of it, to make it a little less tempting.
Speaking of delicious baked goods, we went to Besaw's for brunch today, and Patrick had a jelly roll, which was pretty much a cinnamon roll, but with jam in the middle instead of cinnamon-sugar, frosted generously with cream cheese icing. I can confirm, it was tasty. My eggs benedict (with spinach and oven-roasted tomatoes) were yummy too. The service was fast and friendly, and we only had to wait about 10 minutes for a table. Definitely a good place for breakfast if you're in NW Portland.