7/30/2013

Late Night Thoughts with Catie

To some of  you, quarter to eleven might not be "late night", but for this early-to-bed, early-to-rise girl, it's really late. I'm tired, but just can't sleep. Ahh. The joys of being pregnant. I have terrible restless legs. I had it with both girls and it's recently started with Baby #3.

I have a few thoughts rolling around in my head that I might as well get out on "paper" since I can't sleep:

~ I'm not sure what made me think of this, but why do most maternity clothes have HORIZONTAL stripes on them? Most of mine do, anyway. Doesn't everyone know that that makes you look WIDER?

~ I wonder if the fact that this little guy inside me never. stops. moving. is a peek into the future? I remember moments during my first pregnancy when I'd panic because I hadn't felt a kick in a long time. Baby #2 was mostly really active at night. And both of those things are still true to this day. Oldest is generally a calmer, less active girl and Middlest is wild active especially at bedtime. Will Littlest be active ALL THE TIME, I wonder?

~ I wonder if I'll go early with this one? (due date is Sept 15) I've been having a TON of contractions--none painful--and I *hope* they're doing something. I'm not holding my breath though.

~ I'm hoping that tomorrow will be a better day. That's been my mantra for the past few weeks. Tomorrow will be better. I've really been struggling with my attitude these past few weeks. I've been quite cranky, actually. It doesn't help that the Littles have been especially difficult, but I'm positive they're feeding off of my crankiness. Also, their attitudes shouldn't affect mine. It's a vicious cycle and every morning I pray that the Lord will help me to break it!

~ I still have 7 weeks to go until Baby arrives and I'm already having a difficult time walking for any length of time! What's up with that?! I'm really wishing I would've continued exercising through this pregnancy. I started off pretty well. *sigh*

~ This will win the random thought award: I really can't stand books that are SO predictable and SO not how things are in real life. I'm in the middle of Five Days in Skye. (which I can't believe 89 people have given it 5 stars on Amazon!) I was looking for a lighter read because I've been reading a lot of heavier stuff lately. Well, I got more than I bargained for in the "lighter" department. The book is predictable beyond belief and it's just another boring book where the characters say and do things that real people DON'T DO!! i.e.: (and I'm paraphrasing here, from about every "romance" novel)

I looked into her eyes with wonder at how anyone could ever harm this strong yet gentle, angel of a woman. I wanted to take her into my arms forever, but I knew I needed to take my time. She still had a wall surrounding her heart that needed to be broken down. 

Two words. BORING! and SERIOUSLY? Do men really think like that?? No. They don't. And I, for one, like them that way. I don't want a man who turns into a ball of mush every time he sees a beautiful sunset. Thankyouverymuch.

If you're looking for a lighter novel that doesn't disappoint, a few examples are At the Scent of Water by Linda Nichols and Chasing Sunsets by Eva Marie Everson. Both of those are easy reads, but the characters actually say and do things that real people would say and do!!

Glad I got that off my chest.

Thank you for reading Late Night Thoughts with Catie. Stay tuned for more tales of interest.... I'm going to bed now.

7/29/2013

Book Review: Below Stairs

Below Stairs is a memoir about a woman who was in domestic service in the early 1900's. Apparently, both Downton Abbey (love!) and Upstairs, Downstairs were partly based on this book. Part of the reason I like Downton Abbey so much is I get a peek in to the way high society families lived in those days.

That's why I loved this book. It's a first hand look at how the servants lived. Honestly, I thought the book could've been a little longer. I felt like she just sort of skimmed the surface in explaining her experiences.

Powell started in domestic service when she was about 13 because her parents could no longer support her. She started in the lowest position--a kitchen maid. Eventually, she went on to become head cook. But her goal was to always get married and leave domestic service.

The writing isn't stellar although it was laugh-out-loud funny in some parts. It's an easy read and didn't take me long to finish it--I couldn't put it down.

I'd recommend this book. It's a light read that holds your attention. I'm looking for more like this to add to my library hold list--it's definitely whetted my appetite for domestic service stories!

Do you have any book recommendations? I'm always on the look out for more!

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7/27/2013

Weekend Links

This week's links list is kind of long.. I've been saving them up for a while! Enjoy and happy weekend!

I'm always on the lookout for twaddle-free books. This is a great list from Simple Mom. Oldest is thoroughly enjoying Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile and George and Martha . And she loves all of the Frog and Toad books. (So do I!)

Summertime is wonderful, but along with it comes bumps, bruises, scrapes and slivers! My girls refuse to let us take slivers out most of the time. This post on how to remove them without needles or pain is a Godsend.

I just love Rachel Jankovic (her books Loving the Little Years & Fit to Burst are WONDERFUL) and this article is no different - Motherhood is a Calling.

I love this Bag of Tricks idea from Sally Clarkson. Why haven't I tried it yet?

This post about birth control is so informative and well-balanced--which can be difficult to find in the Christian community sometimes.

Kari Patterson is my new favorite blogger (and author ). This post on the Proverbs 31 woman doesn't disappoint.

I actually saw this post - My Child is Gifted.. - on the Afterthoughts blog and had to share it as well. Read it for a good laugh and/or a good sobering up about how to raise children.

I've really been enjoying Modern Mrs. Darcy lately. This post on discovering your coffee personality is quite interesting. I can't say it was enough to get me to break up with coffee, though. I just love coffee.

Again, Happy weekend, everyone!

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7/25/2013

Hello World! (And pregnancy thoughts)

Hello! And welcome to my (new) blog! Some of you might have followed along with my other blog and might be wondering why I've started another one. One word: Privacy. I was starting to feel a little uncomfortable using my children's names in public so that anyone could see. Coincidentally, I just read this article which pretty much sums up how I feel! So here we are! Thanks for reading!

As I write this I'm about 32 weeks pregnant with Baby #3, who we know is a boy. Yay! I'm getting very excited to meet this little guy. I keep wondering What color hair will he have? What's his personality like? It's amazing to me, just having 2 children, noting the differences in them. Two children come from the same two parents and they are almost NOTHING alike. Life is amazing, isn't it?

How I'm feeling physically: Tired, tired and more tired. I'm back to taking naps almost every day (like in the first trimester). I also think I might need to increase my water intake. I've been sort of slacking off in that department. That really helps with my energy and attitude.

I'd like to say I should do more walking-that it might help my energy levels-but honestly, it's the LAST thing I feel like doing. I've been having a little bit of pelvic pain, so standing and walking for long periods of time is not the easiest. Am I wrong in thinking this gets worse with every pregnancy?

I've been having a tiny bit of leg cramping, but nothing compared to the other two pregnancies. At least, not so far.. 

How I'm feeling emotionally: Crabby, crabby and more crabby. :( I've had the worst attitude lately. I'm trying so hard (read: PRAYING) to just keep things simple and not let the little things bother me, but it's no easy task some days! If you think of it, pray for me! I'm not sure if it's hormones or just that I'm getting to the uncomfortable stage of pregnancy (read: Bending over to pick something off of the floor seems like a gargantuan task).

On the other hand, I'm soooooooo excited to meet this little guy!! I just. can't. wait. Having a boy will be such a new thing for us and I'm really looking forward to it.

Hooray for my first post on my new blog! :) Don't forget to add me to your Feedly! Or sign up via email! (See the sidebar)

Thank you!