Wednesday, December 28, 2011

23 Weeks

Big news this week is, Mike was finally in the right place at the right time and felt the baby kick!  He has been trying in vain for about 2 weeks now, but the baby never felt like moving much when his daddy was around!   Then Mike decided to just rest his hand on my belly while we were watching TV and I was doing my usual “Did you feel that one?  How about that one?”  Finally there came a really strong one, and Mike’s face immediately lit up.  He had this huge smile on his face, it was so cute!  He was also able to feel a big kick when we went to a movie later in the week – apparently the baby is a fan of Sherlock Holmes, because he was the most active he’s been so far!

This week I have a story that I like to file under “Sometimes kids know how to act better than adults.”  I was waiting to see the chiropractor (this baby will NOT get off my sciatic nerve!)  and I was sitting near a little girl who looked to be about 8 years old and her mom.  I took a brief phone call in which of course I talked about baby-related things, and when I got off the phone the mother kindly asked me when I was due.  The little girl’s face immediately lit up, and she said, “Oh, I was wondering if you were….ya know…but I didn’t want to be rude and ask you!”  I ended up having a lovely conversation with her – it’s always nice to meet a well-mannered child!
Contrast that with this story: I was standing in the driveway talking to Mike and my dad, and a lady that we don’t really know who lives in our neighborhood walks by with her dog.  She abruptly asks me “Are you pregnant?!?”  She sounded more accusatory than curious.  I put on my best smile and said yes, and she said……….[get ready]…….”Oh, I thought it might be the way you were standing.”    Well then WHY would you even ask???  Some people just don’t USE the BRAIN in their SKULL!

Monday, December 19, 2011

22 Weeks

I had a strange dizzy spell on Tuesday that came on very suddenly and left me feeling weird for the rest of the day, but luckily it seems to just be a one-time thing.  One comment I have been getting a lot lately it “you look very healthy” which I love to hear – it’s certainly preferable to “OH MY GOSH YOU’RE HUGE!”
We have been very blessed to be given a lot of baby boy clothes, maternity clothes, and baby toys/gear this week, so I’ve been spending a lot of time going through all that.  I love that parents are so willing to pass along things they can’t use anymore.  Now I just need to get started on the nursery so I have some place to put all this great stuff!

The kicks are getting ever stronger – once I was sitting on the couch with my computer on my lap/belly, and one kick was strong enough to make the computer jump a little! 

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Recent pictures

Here are some pictures from last week, when my brother and his family visited.  We DID manage to get some pictures in  between all the sickness that went around!

My niece is a rock star.

And my brother is a great dad.

I won that dinosaur in a coloring contest at the local Pizza Hut when I was about 4 years old.  My brother was so mad that I won because he was the one that spent hours making his look as realistic as possible, while I spent about 5 minutes giving mine rainbow stripes.

My sister-in-law is pregnant too!  What a difference a month makes, though, because I felt huge next to her and her cuteness! 

There are NINE of us in this picture, two in "the ovens"!  Next time we are all together we will have a lot of introductions to make!
21 Weeks

The movement has really increased this week!  It’s gotten a little stronger, and much more frequent.  Also for the first time I would feel it in one place, then almost immediately in another place, like it was a hand and then a foot.  Towards the end of the week I started to be able to feel it from the outside, but so far Mike has not been in the right place at the right time to feel it.  Hopefully next week!

Cute story of the week: one night this week I woke up and Ravenclaw the cat was sleeping on my stomach.  This is a pretty common occurrence, but this time she REALLY had her motor going!  She was way down low, where the baby usually hangs out, and they were purring and kicking in sync with each other!  It was like purrrrrrrrKICK purrrrrrrrrrKICK purrrrrrrrrrrrrKICK!  It was so darn cute.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

28 Reasons Why I Love My Husband.

Today is my husband's 28th birthday.  Here is an itemized list containing 28 reasons why I love him:

  1. He made me a his own personalized ringtone for my phone.  Now whenever he calls me, my phone plays "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" because he knows that song makes me laugh.
  2. He learned to like country music for my sake.
  3. He laughs at my jokes, even when they're probably not funny.
  4. He tolerates my need for Christmas music after November 1st.
  5. He listens.  
  6. He understands.
  7. He gives great shoulder rubs.
  8. He's really good in a crisis.
  9. He's a hard worker and a good provider.
  10. He's made a concentrated effort to learn to like new foods since we've been married.  He's learned to like carrots, peas, and salad. 
  11. He's so darn cute.
  12. He didn't complain in the early parts of this pregnancy when he would come home hungry after working all day and I would say "today I managed to eat a bite of applesauce and comb half of my hair."  He would just make something for himself to eat and keep it far, far away from my nose.  
  13. He is slow to anger.
  14. He will stick up for me.
  15. He never once complained when I first started to cut his hair and he looked like something from a horror movie.
  16. He compliments my cooking.
  17. He does more around the house than most guys.
  18. He supported me staying at home this year - a major life change for both of us - because he knew how important it was to me.
  19. He introduced me to the wonder that is Chinese food.
  20. He's a good dad.  Already.
  21. What's important to me is important to him.
  22. He will forsake all others for me.
  23. He helps me see the humor in situations.  Like when I was in a super-hormonal stage around week 16 where I was crying at literally everything.  And we went to see Real Steel, a movie that I thought would contain absolutely nothing that would even remotely make me want to cry.  But I didn't think about the previews, and sat there all misty during a stupid Steven Spielberg movie about a horse or something.  And he didn't mind when I punched him in the arm for laughing at me.
  24. He is respectful.  He treats me and everyone else with dignity.
  25. He's generous.
  26. He doesn't look at other women.  If an attractive woman were to walk past him with a skimpy dress on, he would look away.  You have NO IDEA how much that means to me, especially now when I feel like a whale some days.
  27. He doesn't let little things bother him.  We are definitely "yin and yang" on this one  :)
  28. He will patiently pose for a picture because I decide I hate the one we already took, even though I know he's thinking in his head that there was absolutely nothing wrong with the last one.  Case in point:
 Is this the face of a guy who's exasperated at all the picture taking?  I don't think so!

Happy birthday, my love. 

Saturday, December 03, 2011

20 Weeks

Aaaaaaand we’re halfway there, folks!  This week has been full of highs and lows.  

Getting to celebrate Mike’s birthday a few days early with Mike’s parents.  We also got a few baby items that belonged to Mike – I can’t believe he was ever that tiny!

My brother, his wife, and their daughter Sarah came to town to visit!  It is always so good to see them, since we don’t get to do it as often as we would like to.  They are also expecting another baby, just a few weeks after our due date, so this was the first “get together” of all the cousins, even if some of them are in utero!  We got some cute pictures which I hope to share soon.

We had a bit of a pandemic run its course through the family.  On Wednesday my mom and Mike got sick with stomach flu symptoms.  Over the next few days, the following people got sick too:  my dad, my brother, my sister-in-law, both my grandmothers, 2 of my cousins, my uncle, and my mother-in-law.  I ended up getting only a very mild version of it, thank goodness.  It was kind of scary to see how quickly and completely it made its way through the family!

21 weeks.  A good picture of both of us!

I added a super-cool slideshow on my sidebar so you can see the progression of baby growth if you're so inclined....and the growth of my hair!

Thursday, December 01, 2011

It's Okay For Your Holidays to Just be Happy

**Warning** if you are here to follow my weekly pregnancy postings, this is NOT one of those.  This is going to be a non-PC posting about a personal pet peeve that is completely my opinion.  Take it or leave it.

First, a story:  We were at a restaurant a few years ago in December and the table next to us was getting ready to leave.  The waitress told them "Happy Holidays" and the guy was livid about it.  Apparently he thought that she should have said "Merry Christmas" and made no bones about informing her of this.  He was very rude and you could just see that poor waitress shrink into herself.  I felt so bad for her.  It made me think....if Jesus were at that restaurant, would he REALLY get onto someone like that for not saying Merry Christmas?  *I* don't think so. 

So here's the thing about the month of December: it doesn't belong to one particular religion.  Christmas is not the only holiday celebrated during this time of year.  I just don't understand why someone would get upset about being told "Happy Holidays."  There is nothing inherently rude about saying the words "Happy" and "Holidays" put together. If I don't know you, why would I assume that you celebrate Christmas, and not Hanukkah, Kwanzaa....or NO holiday at all?  What gets me is the implication that a complete stranger is being rude by being general in their well-wishes instead offering a specific greeting, when they don't even know you.  And besides that, I've always taken "Happy Holidays" to include New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, in which case that greeting is plural and grammatically correct.  Facebook only exacerbates this problem because those individuals that are upset about this (instead of being upset about IMPORTANT things, like world hunger, AIDS, or a number of real problems) now have an outlet to be very vocal about their misplaced outrage.  And I'm even seeing postings now about this belief that it's not okay to say the word "Christmas" anymore - this general belief that schoolchildren are getting in trouble for saying that word, or that adults are looked down upon by their peers for using the word.  I want to hear about a single instance that this ACTUALLY happened, not a cartoon approximating what someone thinks is happening.  It kinda reminds me of those chain posts and emails you see every once in awhile about how it's all the sudden not okay to say the Pledge of Allegiance anymore - WHO is saying it's not okay?  WHO??  But I digress.

In conclusion:  Don't act like your religion is the only one that exists.  If someone DARES to say "Happy Holidays" to you, just be glad that they are wishing you well and leave it at that. 

Just relax, people.