Baby Update and Giving Hanks

I realize pretty much everything I write about these days is pregnancy and baby related.  It’s just that that’s all I really have going on right now, which is fine.  But I do realize that not everyone cares about how awesome my midwife is.  So, to help get back into a non-pregnancy state of mind there is some non-pregnancy related blogging at the end of this post.  Enjoy!

Had my 24 week checkup with the midwife today and all is looking fabulous.  Last time she told me I had an anterior placenta (the placenta’s in the front acting as a pillow between the baby and the outside world instead of in the back behind the amniotic sac) and that I may not feel a whole lot of movement on the outside immediately because of that.  Well, I informed her that our little monster was causing quite a ruckus in my belly and we can see his crazy moves from the outside, which is really cool.  She said we should sign him up for the Talented And Gifted program because he’s already an over achiever.  My kid is awesome already.

I learned that I’m measuring at 24.5 weeks, which is great.  I also learned that at my next appointment I have to take the test for gestational diabetes.  This entails drinking a substance called glucola, a super sugary cola drink, in 5 minutes.  The an hour later they’ll draw my blood and determine wether or not I get to have further testing for GD.  Hooray!

Basically, everything is looking great, and the midwife loves us.  She thinks we’re super cool, especially after we told her about Hanksgiving (more on that in a minute).  I only wish I could guarantee that she’d be the one on duty to deliver the baby.

Only 16 more weeks to go!  The more I think about how little time is left, the more emotional I get about it.  So, I’ll move onto Hanksgiving before I work myself into a hormonal crying fit.

For a few years now the movie night crowd has been celebrating Hanksgiving every November.  This is the time of year where we watch Tom Hanks movies and reflect on the happiness he has brought to our lives.  This year we decided to have a Hanksgiving dinner.  This meant that our guests would bring a Tom Hanks themed dish and we would share our food and “give Hanks for Tom Hanks”.

Some Hanksgiving themed decor.

John Meyers brought Punch Lime punch.

Mike Baden made Bok Choy Story.

I was super proud of Katie for becoming a domestic goddess and making the incredibly delicious Castawaffer Pudding.

I made The Man With One Red Beans and Rice and Forest Gumbo.

Kate brought Sleepless in Seapple Pie, complete with a Space Needle and coffee cup baked right on top!

There were sooooo many more dishes, and unfortunately I failed to photograph every single one.  Here’s a list of a few more dish highlights: Devo’s Shimmy, Shimmy Cocoa Puffs, Mike’s Rocky Road to Perdition, Tony & Jenny’s Apollo 13 Layer Dip,  Kate’s Joe Vs. The Potato dish, Rob’s The Green Bean Mile, Saving Private Rye Bread, Matzo’s and Monsters, and Catch Me If You Cranberry.  I’m sure I’m forgetting many, and if I am please remind me what they were.  It was a great night filled with amazing food and friends.  I pretty sure this is going to become an annual tradition.

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