Seven Quick Takes

— 1 —

I’d like to talk about something other than pregnancy and babies. Unfortunately, that’s what my life revolves around right now, so it’s a little difficult. Every day (barring an appointment with my obstetrician), I am at my office for about 8 hours, then I go home and either sleep or read books about pregnancy, baby care, breastfeeding, or twins.

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I watched some interesting television Wednesday night, but of course I don’t remember the name of the show. It was reenacting the Gunfight at the OK Corral to try to determine whether the “Cowboys” shot first, or they were trying to defend themselves from the Earps, who shot first. It was interesting to see in what close proximity all the participants were. Before, everything I knew about Tombstone came from the movie (Tombstone… duh), but this program showed how small the lot was where the gunfight happened, and it wasn’t even at the OK Corral, but on Fremont street. In “Tombstone” the gunfight did take place next door to a photographer’s studio, which was accurate, but the lot was about 30 feet wide. In reality, it was only about 18 feet wide, so they said it was like a gunfight taking place in a modern living room. Here’s an article that talks about it.

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We ate some good Mexican food last night. There’s a hole-in-the-wall around the corner from our house that started in a taco truck and is now opening its second brick-and-mortar location. It’s called Los Guachos Taquería, and they claim to have the best tacos al pastor in town. I haven’t eaten tacos al pastor anywhere else in Columbus, so I assume they’re right, but I have no basis for comparison. They put a bowl of slightly pickled habañeros and onions on the table, about the size of a small mixing bowl, and I swear you can see the smoke coming off it, it’s so hot! Well, Brett just about finished that off with his plate of pastor alambres (marinated pork with bell peppers, onions, pineapple, and cheese). His head was sweating, but he didn’t complain or even turn red. I can’t even sniff that stuff, it’s just too spicy for me!

— 4 —

I’ve cooked two new recipes this week. Monday, we had chile-garlic chicken legs . Oh my yumminess, I could eat this every week. The sauce was sweet and sour, spicy and umami. My only complaints are that it took much longer to cook the chicken through than the recipe claimed, and the sauce didn’t reduce in that time, either. I think in the future I might thicken it with a little cornstarch slurry. Tonight we’re going to have chimichurri corn and shrimp salad. I’ve never made chimichurri before, I’ve never roasted a pepper before, and I’ve never used leeks in anything, so this should be interesting. I did most of the prep work last night, and all I have to do before dinner is mix it together.

— 5 —

My co-workers have been having fun this week trying to get me to divulge the genders of my babies. It’s not going to happen until they’re born, but it’s entertaining to see them try to weasel the information out of me. I have the photos I posted here at my desk and there are some who think they can tell by looking at the pictures. Last I checked you couldn’t tell the sex of a baby by seeing its face. Some people apparently think you can, though.

— 6 —

I’m so excited for a few other pregnancies in my circles. First and foremost, after years and years of trying, and two weeks before their scheduled visit to a fertility specialist, my brother Matthew and his wife Abby found out they’re expecting! I’m so happy for them, I still cry a little every time I think about it. As far as my online friends, there are quite a few who are pregnant and I can’t share who they are yet, but one that I’m really excited about is that Thomas of Fuller Life and his wife Allison are expecting twins. How exciting, another set of twins! My CathSorority sister Sarah of Fumbling toward Grace is also expecting twins. Twins are popping up all over. I wonder who’s next…

— 7 —

We’ve barely started getting the house ready for our twins. In addition, we have lots of other stuff to take care of: I think I’ve made my decision about where to have the babies, but I still need to sign up for childbirth classes – they even have classes for people expecting twins and other multiples, and I’m planning to take that class, as well as one on breastfeeding, and a baby-care class, which I think will be especially helpful for Brett. We also need to find a pediatrician. We need to inventory the “stuff” people have given or are giving us for the babies, and we need to make a registry for the things we will still need. I’ve been told we have 13 boy’s winter sleepers in size 12 months… we’ve also been offered cribs by two different families, a double stroller, two infant car seats (unfortunately one will expire in December). Anyway… the point of this “quick” take is how blessed we are, even though we are slapdash and behind on everything, God is bringing wonderful blessings to us in the form of our babies and through our friends and family.

I pray that you are so blessed (in your own way) as well!

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10 thoughts on “Seven Quick Takes

  1. What childbirth classes are you taking? We took Bradley and it was great.
    How cool that so many other people are having twins too!

    • We’re just planning on taking what they offer at the hospital. Unfortunately, the next session of Hypnobabies isn’t until I’m 37 weeks… at which point I will probably already have my babies. I think I’ll also get the Bradley book out of the library and make some dates to go through it with Brett.

      As far as the twins, 🙂 🙂

      • “Natural Birth the Bradley Way” was good. Also, I read Ina May Gaskin’s “Guide to Childbirth” for the reassuring birth stories. There were 11 pounders born with no tearing! Amazing what our bodies can do.

    • I know there are some crazy things that “they” say you need for babies (wipe warmers, self-loading spoons…). I like the thought of keeping things basic, but on the other hand… there are TWO!

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