READ ON TO THE LONGEST UPDATE EVER!
First off- On October 5th, I worked my LAST day at the Polynesian Cultural Center's Marketing Department. That was surreal in itself. Going from an everyday work schedule, nonstop phone calls, emails, work events, etc., etc., for a WHOLE year....to being able to sleep in, was weird. Hahaha, I'm not going to lie, I didn't know what to do with myself that first week off. And by the second day, I managed to irritate everyone in my home & was told I needed to develop a hobby or go back to work! I was told I was "Too bossy", however my reply was, "Well if I wasn't THIS MUCH pregnant I'd DO IT MYSELF!".
My CAREER WOMAN IDOL: Larie Manutai & I
Red Velvet from Diamond Head Grill
Second- NO MORE PACIFIERS aka "Dummies" "Bubba's" and what ever else it's nickname was. It was probably a week and a half ago that my parents lost Mahie's pacifier, so we decided PERFECT WE'LL START OPERATION NO PACIFIER! And that was a trip to hell! I'm serious, haha. Our daughter LOVES her pacifier, which is only a particular kind too. Over the last few months, we knew she started to always want it 24/7 and not just for sleeping. We planned on 'easing her in' at first, but since it was lost....we did it 'cold turkey' style. OMG so many tears and tantrums the first 3 days. We also probably sang EVERY LDS Primary song there is. During the day was ok, but nighttime was a headache. By the fourth day, she was good, and I guess forgot about it. We were VERY surprised. No one was allowed to say the "P" word. She did however, struggle to get used to putting herself to sleep when she was overtired, which we helped by singing, being in a quiet cool area and patting her back. We are happy for this milestone, but it seems that Mahie has gotten crazy active since. She is all over the place and independent. At this point in my pregnancy I just let her do whatever & I tell everyone that too. Lol. Sadly this has made James go nuts & he has probably shed some pounds chasing her everywhere.
Miss Kolohe getting caught pinching the family dog, Cooper
Third- Mahie's pacifier addiction has been replaced with a "Tangled Ever After" addiction. She can watch that friggin' movie OVER and OVER again. And since we only have the itunes version, she will cry and whine when she sees our laptop. We give in when we need to get things done around the house. But when we need to LEAVE the house and take her....boy is it a pain. She will cling onto the laptop for dear life, wiggle from our grip and run back to the laptop.....ANYTHING for Tangled, lol. We have since downloaded to all other Apple devices for easy travel.
Pretty much she hogs the laptop & no one can break her concentration
Alone at Laie Theaters watching Hotel Transylvania
Lastly- I am almost 38 weeks and I really feel like this baby will be here soon. I didn't feel this way with Mahie. I've actually started to dilate two weeks ago, now that my appointments are every week. I haven't been able to sleep, which is annoying. I stayed up until 4am one night watching documentaries on Netflix. I feel those lower cramping and pains even more now....but then I freak out and drink tons of water to get rid of them. My baby shower is this Tuesday, so my Mom says I have to keep him up there until then! Since I've recently ended work, I feel like I'm cramming to prepare for our son's arrival. I was ready months in advance with Mahie....so I hope I don't go into labor this week ( I had Mahie at 38 1/2 weeks) because I don't feel ready. And also, my head hasn't wrapped around the idea of LABOR!!!!!!!
Until the next blog post!
-Ashlyn, James, Mahie & Baby Brother!