November means I'm moving into my third trimester. THIRD! This pregnancy is going by so so much faster, and I feel so much farther behind than I was the first time around, though I now know that really all that I need after baby is born are clean cloth diapers, a thermometer, and a cozy place to lay around and nurse, along with a freezer full of easy-to heat high calorie foods. There is no hunger like the hunger of a postpartum nursing mom!
The Tuesday night yoga classes at the birth center recently have moved to the new further north location, which means it will take me 25 minutes to drive there, each way. The drive is twice as long as the Duval location where my other classes are, and still doable, but with bedtime for Joss I haven't been able to go the last two weeks. This means yoga is only on Thursdays and Saturdays now. Jason is very supportive though, and even though I know it puts Joss to bed later if I go, he's told me to do whatever I need to do. Thank you Jason! Maybe next week I'll go, I miss having yoga 3x a week. The other option is to do yoga at home with videos on my computer... just not the same as the yoga community and class though.
Halloween! It was a lot of fun. Joss dressed up as Twilight Sparkle, and all three of us went around the block a few times going trick or treating all together. We left a bowl of small toys out for the kids with a sign to take one. I eventually started to get tired so I headed back home to hand out the rest of our toys and vegan candy while Joss and papa J hit up the rest of the houses. I had thought I would paint my belly like a big pumpkin, but when it came down to it, I work my mama and baby skeleton shirt instead. Joss got lots of toys and non-candy treats, and a ton of candy. Half was vegan and I'll let her keep, and the other half we'll donate to one of the Austin Buy-Back programs and I'll buy a new little toy or game (via Switch Witch). The rest of the vegan candy I'm letting her pick out one piece when she comes home from school, and two pieces after dinner. So far working out well.
Tomorrow I have a haircut appointment! Wa hoo! My annual hair pampering haha. Excited to clean up the ends, I think I'm going to leave the length, and skipping on the hair dye. Jocelyn's hair was pretty tangly this morning before school, but I was able to help her brush it all out. She has SO MUCH hair, I asked her if she would like to cut it short so we wouldn't have to brush through all of the tangles, and she said, "But I have all of my curls in here. I love all of my curls. I don't want to cut them off." So we brushed though all those snags, I love her hair too, but there is quite a lot of it! I wonder what kind of hair Jackson will have, born straight and black like Joss? Turn curly and blond like Joss? I can't wait to meet and see him!
I've been having some few and far between Braxton Hicks. All totally normal at this point in pregnancy. Feeling really good, and looking forward to next week's centering meeting back at the birth center with all the February mamas.
This morning I went into Jocelyn's school to observe the Cardinals classroom (3-6 year olds), the next class up from her Warbler's group that she will start transitioning to starting on Monday. I'm so proud of her and I love our school. Walking into a Montessori classroom, with a bunch of 3-6 year olds is so impressively quiet, and calm. I loved watching all of them work at all of their different work stations. It has been a challenge at times to keep Joss is school while I've gone back to being a stay at home mom, but the best decision we have made for her and her education and socialization. Moving up also means that her tuition will also decrease a little bit, which will help us out too. She loves it, and it really shows in her progress, behaviors, and abilities to focus and practice her manners. I was able to talk with the head teacher as well to answer my questions. Its a wonderful community and I feel so confident to have her there during the day. The school fall festival was also last week, and Joss had a lot of fun running around with her friends, while I enjoyed socializing with the parents on the playground, and we all enjoyed eating a bunch of delicious food from the potluck (a lot of which was vegan, yum!)
Yesterday I ordered our family's holiday cards, our last ones as a family of three before Jackson joins us next year. November also means that I start brining out all of the holiday decorations, we bought a new bigger fake pre-lit tree this year, that I'm so excited to decorate with all of the ornaments my mom sent home with us this last trip to California.... a great deal of all of the special ones that were up on my tree as a kid. I love this time of year! We also started to watch Nightmare Before Christmas last night with Joss, but once Oogie Boogie was introduced she asked to turn it off... it was a little bit too scary. But she loved the first half and even though it was the first time seeing it, she was signing along with all of the music.
I have also now confirmed that our dog/house sitter (who also baby sits) can be available for us to call if/when baby arrives early before my mom comes to Austin beginning of February. So Joss can stay home and Mary can stay with her while Jason and I go to the birth center. Its pretty unlikely that I will deliver Jackson early, but as it goes with babies, you never know what their plans might be! Glad to have the backup, and also we asked our neighbor Rima who also said that she could help us if we need to. Feeling like our bases are covered. Worse case would be that we would take Joss with us to the birth center, but hoping to avoid that - for my sake to labor without distractions in privacy, and for Jason to be able to be there for me and give me his full attention.
Jackson is kicking up a storm, and I think that I'm ready to make myself a snack and cuddle up with some netflix before taking an afternoon nap. Having Halloween on a Monday night sure makes the rest of the week sleepy. And we finally got some rain last night! Off and on today, and should rain some more tomorrow. Such snuggly weather... still in the 80s today, but should drop down into the 70s by the weekend and hopefully stay that way and cooler for a while...