Spritzer Leyba Out and About Journal

Halloween love October 31, 2007

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Now that I am an adult I couldn't care less about dressing up or gorging on candy. But I still love all the witch stuff and Halloween movies. In October I always want to watch episodes of Charmed and my favorite witch movies like Practical Magic, and of course the Harry Potter films (the last couple anyhow!). Now I also enjoy seeing the kids dressed up. This year we spent the holiday with friends and their children. It was a blast:

When I was a child I loved decorating the house for Halloween even though we'd only have a handful of trick or treaters (I lived on a very small street where we were the only children for most of my childhood). Instead of the usual filling up a pillowcase with candy like my friends did in the big development neighborhoods nearby, I would spend the evening visiting my fifteen or so neighbors and chatting with each for 15 to 20 minutes at their home. I used to love the fires in the fireplaces and spending quality time with these diverse and interesting people who I had known my whole life. Even today, years later, I feel a bit sentimental about the whole thing. During this time of year, I always feel a little bit sad that I can't visit with my beloved neighbors from Manning Lane: Natalie, Madeline, and Margaret, who have all passed away (in their upper 90s). (It even makes me sad that my children won't get to know them. Ah, I am so pregnant and extra-sentimental!) I feel lucky to have such warm childhood Halloween memories.

For me this holiday is still about good friends and that extra element of magic that's missing from every other day...

Okay, I also have a thing for candy corn.


Welcome to the pregnancy club October 23, 2007

So this past weekend my engagement and wedding ring came off. It's official: my ring finger is no longer a size 4. I found the whole experience rather crushing -- not so much over my fingers being larger, but the idea that I had to take the rings for the first time since we got married with the understanding that I couldn't wear them for at least three more months. I like having David not just in my heart, but on my finger, thank you very much. I'm just too sentimental.

Today I felt a little bit better when I noticed that about half of the pregnant women at my yoga class were without their rings as well. Now I feel like the whole thing is more of a pregnant woman right of passage, than just another addition to the crappy pregnancy symptoms checklist. Big sigh of relief.

My belly is getting big! Trust me, these pictures don't really show just how gigantic my tummy is right now.

+ From the New York Times: Five Easy Ways to Go Organic


Carrie - Hello! I just stumbled onto your site a few days ago - how thrilling for you and David to be expecting a little bean! My friend Michelle just had a baby a few weeks ago and she also felt really sad removing her rings. She and her husband actually went out and bought something for her to wear during the end of her pregnancy - nothing fancy, I think probably a low-end or fake stone, but something to make her feel like she had part of her husband with her, on her finger AND in her belly!

Anyway, it sounds like things are going wonderfully. Congratulations!

Emily (from Kenyon)

Posted by Emily on October 23, 2007

hey carrie! wow look at you! how abundant! lovely! maybe you could put the rings on a nice chain and wear them as a necklace, near your heart? i'm so happy for you that you're having such a beautiful experience!!! yay!


ps - i am loving massage school! they are so holistic and "in tune" - we do meditation and yoga regularly! also they have side classes you can take, im thinking of taking the doula (sp?) training - at the very least it could help me with my own pregnancy that I will (hopefully) have someday when the time comes.

you must be SO excited! i am excited for you! mazel tov again :)

Posted by aviva on October 24, 2007

Maybe you could wear them on a chain around your neck until your fingers are smaller again?

Posted by Nikki on October 25, 2007

Feel the rhythm, move to the beat October 22, 2007

Lemon tree in our backyard

Crisp evenings, gorgeous downright hot days: these California seasons are so strange! We're talking about a 40 degree temperature difference! Amazing. Reminds me of the desert.

The unpacking activities continue...

And I'm now 25 weeks along. Suddenly my appetite has increased, my belly grows noticeably every week, and getting up out of bed is surprising difficult. I can't even begin to imagine how hard moving around is going to be in three months...

We've discovered the baby likes Euro dance music: picture lots of dancing around and kicking Mommy to the beat! I guess we shouldn't be too surprised as David's brother and my uncle are musicians. Let the rhythm move you, baby!

I can't wait to meet our little one.

Loving these sites:
+ My cousin Michael's awesome new music blog
+ Geninne's beautiful illustrations at her art blog -- check out her mini biosphere
+ Creative Thursday with playful daily paintings
+ Updated our links page

And some gorgeous flickr finds:

I'm gearing up to overwhelm you with baby photos.


Warm treats on cool nights October 12, 2007

Where have I been? Moving!

What have I been up to? Packing, cleaning, and unpacking!

I'm also getting to know the new neighborhood (just a few blocks away from the old), regularly attending prenatal yoga classes, starting up at the local chiropractor (life changing for a pregnant woman!), hanging out at my friend Chelsea's house, baking all sorts of yummy fruit treats -- baked apples, strawberry pie -- and drinking lots of decaf English Breakfast tea. It's this fall weather; I can't help myself.

Now that the computer is set up, we have internet access, and I've located my camera card reader, hopefully I will get this blog up and rolling again.

Some links for you:
+ I love the idea of a doctor making house calls
+ Video on homebirths via Wannabe Hippie (note: this is definitely not g rated!)
+ Decorating ideas with awesome room inspiration galleries
+ Great book for every woman planning on giving birth in America (thanks, Ranni!)
+ Fun, inspirational, very orange blog


I love the links you post! How do you always find the coolest stuff on the net? Anyhow I'm just writing you cuz I have to gush about how you are such a sweetheart! your warmth, creativity and depth come through vibrantly in your blog - that is one lucky kid you are carrying, and really, you are doing us all a blessing by bringing more love and human wealth into the world! bravo, sweetie! you're gonna (are doing) do great! yay! :)

I start massage school next week and I'm so excited and nervous! auggh! :-p lol

best wishes


Posted by aviva on October 13, 2007

Wow CC - read about the book on amazon. It makes so much sense - hospitals taking over the "business" of having babies to the point where midwifery is outlawed in some states. That is unbelievable. Reminds me of when at the turn of the century the AMA discredited the homeopathic practioners & drove them out of business -- at that time practioners in this country were about half homeopathic, half allopathic (sp?) physicians. Now, just a remnant of the homeopathic healers remains. And what would I do about my keratoconus, flu, stress, etc without complimentary homeopathic medicine? These cures would be gone & not available to those they help.
Gosh, I never realized the same is now true for targeting (their competition)midwives in this country. If only people realized what was at stake.
So glad you and David decided to go this route. You will have an easy, family delivery! XOX

Posted by Mom on October 13, 2007

Wow! A doctor for this generation rethinking the provision of medical help in the most affordable, accessible way possible. What a concept! ;o)
Glad there is creative thinking happening in the most unexpected places!

Posted by Mom on October 13, 2007

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