Babies on the brain

27 05 2009

I blame Discovery Health Channel.

Anytime there is a show about babies, I get sucked in. Case in point: my guilty pleasure to watch is “I didn’t know I was Pregnant”. I don’t know what it is about this show that captures my attention, because its basically the same story over and over again. Yet I find myself glued to the TV anytime it’s on.

Same goes for Birth Day and Deliver Me. As someone who has said repeatedly “I don’t want children” I’m addicted. Maybe its the growing part of me that says “I actually DO want to have a baby”.

I’m getting married in a year and I know for certain my future husband wants to have kids. I just can’t figure out how I will ever be ready for a baby. I can’t figure out how anyone ever is.

The other thing I notice in these shows is these new moms have a lot of help and support from family members. All of my family is in Pittsburgh, and Chris’ closest relatives are his elderly grandparents that live an hour away by train. If Chris & I remain in Chicago, we will be on our own raising a child.

I don’t normally get this personal about my relationship, but I was interested in hearing other peoples’ thoughts on the matter. Is anyone really ready for a child? I know a lot of couples don’t have the help/support of their family, so do you think that should be a deciding factor in having a child?





Today.

19 05 2009

I am 24.

Welcome to my mid-twenties (and official quarter life crisis).





Happy Mother’s Day!

10 05 2009

Last year I wrote a post about my mom for Mother’s Day. Even though I’m not sure if she knows this blog even exists, I liked being able to share with my readers why I appreciate my mom. Continuing with my new tradition, I give you more reasons why I think my mom is an amazing person:

  • She talks to me every day (even though I’m usually the one to call her). Even when I only lived 10 minutes away, I was always calling her or dropping in to say hi. Now that I’m far away, I make sure I talk to her whenever I can.
  • She’s always supported my dreams/goals/decisions. She’s never once told me “No, I really don’t think that’s a good idea” or “That’s a really stupid idea”.
  • She always sends Thank-You cards, even if it’s for the smallest thing.
  • She’s taken on the role of helping me plan my wedding. Even when I’ve threatened to fire her or told her she is not helping me like she should, she just lets me rant without saying a word. I’m sure she wants to pull her hair out, but she is still standing by my side.

Mom, you’re awesome & I love you!

So, what makes your mom special to you?





Today’s points of discovery

17 04 2009

I hate days like today when you come to realize you’re more grown up than you thought and you have no clue how you got there. For example:

  • Finding your own doctors. Never in my life had I had to find my own doctors. Back home, I went to the same PCP and GYN for years, and I found a GI specialist only because he worked in the same hospital and had a rep for being the best. I basically had to rely on the advice of friends and acquaintances to find new doctors here in Chicago. I have appointments set up, now just to meet with them and hopefully like them. If not, it’s back to square one.
  • I’ve come to the realization that once you love someone they’re basically stuck in your heart. Forever. No matter what. It sucks, but I guess that’s reality. Which brings me to:
  • I’m getting married…MARRIED! I don’t know about you, but I still feel like a kid inside. It seems like just yesterday I was in high school, and as a friend pointed out  its been FIVE years.
  • With age comes pain. No really, like bone aches and crap. I listen to my patients day in and day out complain: “I don’t know what I did, but one day my (insert joint/body part) just started hurting” and now I realize OH WOW that’s me. I think at least 3 out of 5 days this week I spent complaining about my shoulder and how much it hurts. I don’t remember doing anything to it either!! This is like the worst version of Karma ever.
  • Icy Hot has become my new perfume this week. It also makes your ears tingle if you happen to accidentally apply it where it’s not needed.
  • My birthday is in about a month. While I’ve been on the verge of a quarter life crisis since I entered my 20’s, the fact that my 24th is just around the corner is giving me a little nudge over the edge.

On the other hand, I’m seriously considering folding to my impulses and booking a trip to Vegas to hang with Jamie, Allie, Jess, and some other fabulous bloggers for the weekend. Some parts of me are thinking “Maggie, you should really be saving your money for your wedding” but the other part of me that’s winning is saying “When will you ever get a chance to do this again!?” Jury’s still out. Verdict to be announced hopefully by the end of the weekend.





How’d you spend your Easter?

13 04 2009

To sum mine up: 2 planes, 2 hours in the air, 3ish hours in the aiport, 5 hours with my family, and 1 big surprise.

I don’t know about you guys, but Easter is just another excuse for my family to throw a party. Naturally, I was disappointed when I was missing yet another family function because I live here in Chicago and they all live in Pittsburgh.

I miss the food, the gossip, and the all around chaos that comes with being around my family. I missed out on Christmas because I spent it with Chris’ family. So facing another holiday away from them (and even worse: by myself ) was really depressing.

Needless to say, after spending most of friday and saturday moping Chris bought me a plane ticket so I could spend the day with my family. He tried to convince me to leave Saturday night, but I was having dinner with Jamie and I didn’t want to miss out on that. I booked the first flight out and the last flight home.

The best part: no one except my brother knew I was coming in. My mom was utterly stunned. My family was ecstatic. I have video of their reactions, it’s awesome. I can’t wait to post the video.

So how was your Easter? Did you overindulge in the festive food and candy?





Happy Easter Weekend!

11 04 2009

Easter bunnies


Spring has finally sprung!!! (I think)



Enjoy the flowers, sunshine, and company.



Wishing everyone a colourful, happy weekend!





Adventures Elsewhere

9 04 2009

Don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere.

I am, however, guest blogging over at Free and Flawed today. Jenn sent out an offer for someone to blog for her the other day, and I jumped at the opportunity. For FREE!! (Aren’t I nice?)


So read my guest post here. Because really, you should be reading her blog anyway. She’s awesome.



Now go!




Now please excuse me while I go inflict an easter candy induced coma on myself.