Cures for crankypants

With less than a week to go before my due date, I’m going to admit I’m getting crankypants. I have, however, avoided wearing actual pants for months now. I got through pregnancy with one pair of maternity jeans, a pair of black dress pants and a hand-me-down pair of brown ones. I’m not really a pants person. Maternity leggings and tunics, though? Rock.

Every time I call my mom, I have to start the conversation “I’m not in labor, I’m just calling because…” I shouldn’t whine about third trimester aches and pains though, because it could be a lot worse and it’s a relief to still feel the baby moving around in there. Also, crankypants is better than downright CRAZY (dolphin-assisted birth, what?!), right?

Here are a few things making me less cranky:

Finishing a book.


I finished “Gold,” by Chris Cleave last night. I loved his book “Little Bee,”and although I don’t think this was at that level, it was a pretty quick read with a good plot twist. It’s due back to the library on June 10, a whopping 6 days after my due date, which kind of freaked me out.

Booking flights to Portland!


My Portland-based cousin is getting married in August and our extended family is flying out and staying in a bunch of Hood River vacation rental houses near each other. Joe and I took a trip to Portland in the summer of 2009 and I secretly thought he’d propose to me on our hike, but that came a couple of months later. If you go, we did 13 miles up to a lake and back on Eagle Creek and swam in Punchbowl Falls.) It’s definitely going to be different traveling and trading the backpack for an Ergobaby this time. The trip will also be right at the end of my maternity leave, which I’m sure will be a bittersweet time.

B-Bops & Beer.

Even though I couldn’t drink anything other than my BYO San Pellegrino at the YNPN Des Moines “Super Swag Social” happy hour we had tonight at 515 Brewing Co., it was super fun to see people come out for the event, which was planned by our social committee. My favorite was when this new Drake grad who is interested in working for a nonprofit wandered into the event and seemed so genuinely excited to find an opportunity to dip her toe into the whole networking thing. I’m meeting a bunch of energetic, genuine people through YNPN. Getting it off the ground has definitely been a highlight of spring.



The guy in the drive-thru asked if I was hiding a basketball under my shirt, natch.

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