We celebrated Mike's birthday this past weekend. His actual birthday was two weeks ago but his family was out of town on the actual day of, so he managed to cram two celebrations out of us. Lucky guy ;) On his actual birthday we had a great day at starting with coffee and a treat at our favorite place in the Market, Moulin de Provence and then moved the celebration to Spa Nordik. I know I've raved about it before but I'll just go ahead and do it again, because let me tell you, if a non-pregnant me likes it, you know my uncomfortable new self is just going to rant about the pleasures that are salt-water baths. In a nutshell, it was glorious. There's a special pool filled with Epsom salts that made me feel both light and buoyant. Two things I'll pay good money for right now. Mike and his brother enjoyed the saunas and hot and cold treatments while I read my book and sat in front of a beautiful wood-burning fire. I felt a little bit like we were in Sweden, which I'm pretty sure is what they're going for ;)
I feel like I've been growing... I mean, I know I'm growing because the skin at the top of my diaphragm always faintly feels like it's being spread out across a loom. I slather on the shea butter every night in an attempt to loosen things up a bit but at this point I'm thinking it's just a placebo affect. In an attempt to recreate the feeling of the spa, we got memberships at the new recreation center they built not far from our house - it's not exactly like the spa, but I do understand why swimming is a highly recommended activity for pregnant women. I went swimming last night and loved it so much I might have to invest in a proper maternity bathing suit.... until then I'm making due with the old polka-dot bikini, which surely would horrify my mom if she knew ;)
Probably contributing to my growth: a healthy sized portion of Chicken and Waffles on Super Bowl Sunday. We realized after the fact that we had served the dinner with Boston Baked Beans... obviously in support of the Patriots. I love it when things come together and you don't even try! Also was reminded why it's worth having a waffle maker, even if we only use it a few times a year. Nothing like fresh waffles!
I've also been doing a lot of reading and stumbled on this book last weekend when I was browsing the shelves at Indigo (favorite pastime). I'm loving it! It's turned out to be a unique and refreshing take on parenting and has given me a bit of confidence that other parenting books haven't yet managed to do. I'll wait until I finish, but I think it will end up being one that I reference quite a bit, although I don't think that's entirely what the author intended when she wrote it.
It's been snowing nearly all day today. I don't mind much. It's a pretty cozy picture to look out the window at.