A day at Sea World

Thursday, May 31, 2012

So, a couple of weeks ago, Gui's company invited its employees and their families out to San Antonio to spend a day at Sea World.  I meant to post pictures earlier, but just haven't gotten around to sorting through them all until this week.

It had been at least 15 years since I'd been to Sea World, and I really had no idea whether my 8-months pregnant self would enjoy the day or regret going.  Gui, having never been, was pretty enthusiastic about seeing animals he'd never seen before, and his excitement totally rubbed off on me.

It turned out to be a really fun day.  We pet a stingray, watched a show with a Beluga whale (Gui had never seen one in person before), witnessed a fish feeding and saw some penguins.  Seeing the penguins was Gui's least favorite part.  We've seen a couple of documentaries on penguins and their migration patterns, so it was a little sad to see them confined to such a small, enclosed space with fake snow and not much to do.
But, my favorite part of the trip was watching Gui pet a dolphin.  My big belly kept me from reaching over the wall to feel their rubbery skin, but I really enjoyed watching the silvery mammals come up to the side to get a rub and then scurry off with a big splash.  It definitely made me feel like a kid again.

There was tons more to do at the park, but the day was getting hotter by the minute and my feet were kind of over all the walking after the first half of the day, so we headed out after a late lunch.  It felt a little weird being there without kids, too.  We were definitely one of the few couples there without a stroller or crying toddler, so we were happy to be able to take advantage of our freedom to bail out early.  I'm not sure if that'll be the case the next time we visit. 


Friday, May 18, 2012

Yesterday marked my official transition from a 30 year-old to a thirty-something - an adjective that will describe my age for the next 9 years.  To celebrate, I spent the day in my pajamas until about lunchtime, finishing up a little knitting project and listening to talk radio.  Um.  Wow, I really do sound like I'm getting old!  

But, at the end of the day, I put on a dress and my handsome husband treated me to a cozy dinner at a cute new spot in town.  We nibbled on kimchi, venison, foie gras and quail (not all at the same time), and I sipped on some homemade ginger brew while perusing enviously over their fancy cocktail menu.  I have definitely missed having a proper drink with good company these past 8ish months, and last night was no exception.  It was so nice out, and although we live downtown, we hardly ever spend our evenings right in the middle of the city, so last night was a bit of a treat for both of us.

Keeping the festitvities going, tomorrow, our friends are hosting a crawfish boil to celebrate the great weather and a couple of May birthdays, including my own.  It'll be our second boil so far this year, and I am seriously stoked to get my grub on once again.  I'm pretty sure I ate my [pregnancy] weight in crawfish at the last one, and apparently, Gui's coworkers are still talking about it.  

Bon week-end, everyone!

35 weeks and full of complaints

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Those third-trimester ailments I've heard so much about have finally caught up to me.  I've just got a few more weeks to go (hopefully!), but this baby isn't making it easy on me.  Apparently, she's about the size of a honeydew these days, and besides the extra weight I'm carrying, she really enjoys drop-kicking my sides and pushing down on every sensitive nerve in my pelvis.  Are these signs of what's to come when she's finally made her entrance into the world?  Geesh, I hope not!

So, going through the list of possible third-trimester discomforts, I seem to be right on track.  Pelvic pain? Check!  Swollen toes and fingers?  Check!  Breathlessness?  Check!  Constant fatigue?  Check!  Lower back pain?  Check!  Nausea, pregnant-girl waddle, sleeplessness?  Check, check, check!  And it sure doesn't help that I'm a big ball of clumsy these days, too.  I drop everything on the floor and can't help bumping my ever-large bump into everything and everyone in my path.  It's so embarrassing.

But, we're nearing the end now and as uncomfortable as I've been lately, my mind hasn't stopped thinking about meeting our little girl.  I'm looking forward to the day when I'll read back through this blog post and laugh about how futile my pregnancy complaints were while staring at the beautiful creature that caused all the fuss.  I only have a few weeks left to endure all the uncomfortable woes of pregnancy and I know it's all for the most worthy cause of all.  No pain, no gain, right?

Le week-end

Friday, May 4, 2012

It's Friday!  We kicked off the weekend with a little trip to our favorite South Congress vintage shop and then dined en terrasse at our favorite Austin pizzeria.  The light is so lovely this time of year, and although it was rather hot today, it was a pretty mild and pleasant evening.  

Last weekend, I was spoiled with a prenatal massage, did a bit of bike-riding and celebrated Eeyore's birthday with Austin's finest hippies.  Most of this weekend is still up in the air, but it is Cinco de Mayo tomorrow, so I do know that, at the very least, I'll be grubbing on some gorditas and roasted corn (you'll have to check back for the photos).  There are lots of other things going on around town this weekend, too, so we'll just have to see where the wind takes us.  It's so nice to live in a city where the weather is expected to be nice and there's always something to be celebrated.  
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