Christmas Withdrawal

She sang this song for an hour while walking around the neighborhood this morning…

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It’s a…

…HEALTHY BABY!

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Hopefully, you weren’t betting on us finding out the gender at our anatomy ultrasound this morning. We are keeping the gender a surprise, which is kind of  a big deal for this gal. I cannot sit through a movie without looking up the plot on my phone. I looked up the general story line of the rest of the Hunger Game books because I knew I wouldn’t have much time to finish the series in the near future. I don’t like surprises or anticipation, but things are different with this baby. We’re kind of ready for either girl or boy, purple wall and all. There is still much to do, but we mostly have everything we need, except boy clothes. We have enough white onesies hanging around to make do until we get loaner clothes from friends or family, if we end up having a boy!

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The baby is doing well, and measuring about one pound. Everything looks healthy, which is all we hoped for. Estelle came with us to the ultrasound. It was fun watching her reaction, although she was fairly stoic. That seems to be her normal demeanor in the doctor’s office, her pediatrician used to call her baby Buddha. I think the thing she remembers most is the blue jelly they used on my belly and seeing the baby’s heart “beep.”

How do things look on the outside? Round. I finally took a photo of myself, which is royally awkward. I decided not to look at the camera to avoid further weirdness. I weighed in at 144 lbs. today, 19 pounds shy of my maximum 163 lbs. on the day I delivered Estelle. I’m doing all I can not to go past my old record! No shame about weight here, it’s just a number. We don’t even have a scale at home, so it tends to be a non-issue with me.

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So yeah, that’s the latest. We’re finally taking down our Christmas decorations this weekend. We’re very much over them, the twinkly lights no longer get turned on…it’s sad. We just needed a free weekend to get everything safely stowed away! I hope you all have a great weekend!

Stephanie the Round

 

Theater or Theatre?

I don’t think it REALLY matters! Do you?

Want to hear a funny story? Well, it’s less funny and more of a Stephanie messed up story. David purchased the three of us tickets to two shows this winter and spring at the Arden Theatre in Philadelphia. The tickets were supposed to be a surprise gift for me for Christmas, but I mistakenly thought the envelope was junk mail. I opened it the day it arrived. To be fair, the envelope was in our junk mail pile that David often neglects. I quickly realized my mistake without ruining too much of the surprise. I didn’t see ALL of the tickets, just one. For all I knew, it could have been season tickets. In reality, they were tickets to see Cinderella and Pinnochio…both before Little Baby arrives this spring. That David is a smart guy, just not quick enough to hide his mail when he gets home!

Let me preface this post with a few facts. We are not regular theatre-goers. We rarely see concerts. Heck, we hardly leave the house to watch movies. Estelle has been to a puppet show, but this was her first live-acting theatre experience. She has only been exposed to the Disney version of Cinderella. We haven’t delved much into the Brothers Grimm versions of the classic fairy tales, but I’m looking to remedy that soon (with this book in particular). It goes without saying, we took a gamble. We had no idea if this would be a win or a flop with the little lady. Well, it was a win, a big fat win. All of us LOVED the show. It was funny. The costumes were an awesome mix of historic and contemporary styles. The story was creative but didn’t stray too very much from the original. The stage and props were very minimalistic, with lots of use of shadows. It was the perfect introduction to stage performance, and we very much look forward to seeing Pinocchio in April. I think after these two shows, Estelle will be ready for her first Nutcracker experience in December 2013. I’ve only been looking forward to that day for 4 years!

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If you can find a way to see Cinderella before it closes, please do. You won’t regret it, and boys will enjoy it just as much as girls. There are butt jokes, wedgies, and a king who refuses to bathe. The little boy next to me was cracking up.

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After the show, we headed on over to Franklin Fountain to get that milkshake I never had back in September. Then we continued the old-timey establishment trend, and checked out Shane Confectionery. Our bellies were too full of sweets to even think about buying anything! Maybe next time.

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Thank you for letting me gush about our fun day! We certainly hope you had a pretty OK weekend yourselves. I owe you all a kids’ bedroom update soon, we are very S-L-O-W-L-Y making changes. Although, the holidays are over, and time is no longer on our side.

Stephanie

Halfway Happy New Year

Does my post title make me seem less-than-thrilled about the New Year? On the contrary, we are quite excited about the adventures to come in 2013! Between weddings, baby, and a new family lake cabin to visit, there is much to look forward to this year. The “halfway there” just means I am officially more than halfway through this pregnancy. Only 4 months left of feeling like we kind of know what we’re doing.

This is where I would insert a cute belly bump photo of me, but no one has offered to take one. I guess I will have to take matters into my own hands get off my lazy butt and fetch the tripod one of these days when I’m looking half-decent.

This year, we rang in the New Year very quietly. We were on the sofa, trying our best to stay awake, and quietly making fun of the people standing in Times Square for hours on end. How can that possibly be fun?! There were fireworks in the neighborhood, right outside Estelle’s window. I’m still not sure how she didn’t wake up, but she managed to sleep through the ruckus.

While New Years Eve was very quiet, New Years day was our fun day. We went to our first ever Mummers parade. It was fantastically South Philly, and made even better by the fact that we were never far from a warm house, warm food, and a clean toilet. We usually travel for New Years, which is why this was our first Mummers parade, but that might need to change from here on out. It’s hard to describe the Mummers parade, but just imagine a drunken Philadelphia Mardi Gras.  It lasts for the better part of the day. There are string bands, comics, and fancy brigades. It’s a competition between Mummers clubs, and the most creative, choreographed, fancy club wins.  That’s enough of my outsider’s viewpoint, just look at our modest iPhone photos.

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I think those frog guys and gals won most drunk club this year, they  over stayed their grand stage “performance” by 20 minutes, oops. Who is that other cute little gal in our photos?! We met up with some friends at the parade, and they kindly had us over for hot drinks, hot food, and princess dress up games.

I hope your New Year celebrations were all you expected them to be! Are there any great big resolutions out there? We are keeping our 2013 goals very simple. Our first (family) goal is to keep track of our daily spending habits for the next 3 months. My second (personal) goal is to make more grits. Random! I have a stockpile of North Carolina stone ground grits, so why let them go to waste? We aim high here at Southfeasterdelphia. So far, so good. We’ve kept up with both of our goals. We enjoyed grits and poached egg sandwiches this past Saturday morning.

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The glitter New Years garland below was spotted at the old-timey Shane Confectionery. Today’s adventure requires a separate blog post, but this photo felt more at home in this New Years post.

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Here’s to a Kick-Ass 2013!

Stephanie