January 2013

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I have a possibly crazy goal to catch up on my month-themed blog posts for 2013 before baby boy arrives. I believe it is attainable, but I say that at the same time as my ever-lengthening “to do” list rivals my pregnancy belly in size… And that’s saying something because the belly is big! Let’s see if I can pull it off. To start, some January photo gems by Nate:

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After lunch with Nate’s family at Pei Wei and a little shopping for dessert, we flew back to Austin from our Christmas holidays in Las Vegas on Monday, January 1st. We returned to working at the office the next day, with several strategy meetings and conference calls for me in the following days.

Pregnancy nausea, which was later to make its unwelcome debut than my first two pregnancies, started by 7-8 weeks (by January 11-18). I could still manage it pretty well in the beginning with careful eating schedules and food selections plus enough sleep, so I ventured to Utah with my mom and Maisy from January 16th to the 22nd. We spent time with Kenzie, hung out with other family and friends, watched movies, went to a DaVinci exhibit at The Leonardo museum, and visited the City Creek Center for some shopping and dinner.

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Salt Lake City was freezing and smoggy from temperature inversion (the opposite of my favorite time of year there), but as always it was good to see family and friends as well as benefit from the variety that a trip and change of scenery provide.

While we were in Utah, Nate went to New Orleans for another annual accounting conference. I think the highlight of his trip was stumbling upon a jazz concert at Preservation Hall. Coincidentally he had listened to the Preservation Hall Jazz Band‘s music before, so he thoroughly enjoyed hearing it live while experiencing the authentic ambiance of New Orleans. Nate drove back to Austin a couple days before his job interview at Texas State University on Tuesday the 22nd, which was the same day I flew back into town. I had my parents drop me off at the restaurant in south Austin where I waited to meet up with Nate and the Texas State accounting department heads for dinner as the last part of Nate’s interview day. I appreciated being included in this day, and I bid the ladies farewell by saying I hoped that they’d been as impressed with Nate as I constantly am.

Nate flew to Portland, Oregon on Wednesday the 23rd for a 3-day interview at Portland State University. After getting back on Saturday the 26th, he thankfully had a few-week break before his next set of job interviews. So many days of back-to-back interviews can really leave a guy and his smile muscles feeling fatigued! To help make it up to his tired, smiling mouth, the Portland State people did treat Nate to a generous lineup of tasty Portland foodie food. Here’s a nice shot he took from the air:

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By my 9-week doctor appointment on Thursday the 24th, I was plenty fed up with the regular pregnancy puking and asked for a prescription for Zofran. Like I’ve mentioned before, it doesn’t stop all the nausea but for me it does stop the puking, making it much easier to function (especially since I’ve been working in the office as opposed to at home with a private bathroom like I did when pregnant with Maisy). I know my pregnancy sickness is minimal compared to a lot of women but that doesn’t make the puking any more pleasant, so I’m truly grateful for the way the anti-nausea medication helps me get through. Also at that doc appointment, they did an ultrasound to visualize the beginnings of baby #2. One of the ultrasound images appeared strikingly similar to the shape of a baby elephant, but I’m very relieved that I don’t have to endure a 2-year gestation like elephants, not to mention a 260-lb newborn.

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The last week or so of January, we conducted interviews at Practice Cafe for an administrative assistant position. Including my dad and me, we’re now at a team size of 17 (as of this spring) and we hope to stay there for a long while. We had a goal to be 2-deep in every position, so now we’re there and more fully staffed than we’ve ever been.

Laney and Sheppy came to town the end of January, with these pics taken the 29th and 30th:

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My sister-in-law, Rochelle, sent me these pics on February 4th, so they must’ve been taken sometime in January or early February:

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So much cousin love for Maisy – she’s a lucky girl! I think she knows she’s living the good life:

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