Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Week 26: Video Post

The footage for shot video was shot when I was about 17 weeks pregnant---about 9 weeks ago. More recent footage in next week.

Not much to tell this week. Two words can describe my status: I'm exhausted.


What's in a name?

Check the video out to discover what the hubbie and I decided to call our baby before he/she makes that grand appearance.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Week 25: Part I

This is the note I sent my graduate professor Wednesday afternoon....

"You remember those days before your newborn arrived when your lovely wife just didn’t feel good? She might not have been puking, but she didn’t feel like doing much of anything. Well, I’m having one of those days. I’m at work, but thinking about going home. Would you be terribly offended if I skipped class and stayed home this afternoon?"

The short version of the story is he told me to stay I did. I went home at 4 p.m. instead of going to class, took a nap for 2 hours and felt so much better. Dusty and I went for a little walk once I was conscious again. And I spent the rest of the evening vegetating in front of the TV while Mark went and played his first softball game of the year. (The UUniacs lost--evidently, they were playing a really good "C" league team. The UUniacs are C/D league)

Today, however, I'm feeling much better. I got up and took Binx for a walk. He could have been better, but he was great by the end of the walk. The floor guy should be at our house right now putting the final coat of stuff on so that we'll be all done. Mark and i are hoping to install the baseboards and wainscoting this weekend, so we can finally move the furniture back into the house.


Friday, March 16, 2007

Week 24

Ok, so this no sleep trend is beginning to wear on me. I can imagine that it'll only get worse, but I really hope not. Please don't tell me if it does get worse. I'm likely to cry. As exciting as it is to feel the squid kick, that's the reason why I'm so tired today. The squid kept me up until almost midnight last night just swailing away. I'd gotten used to the 3 a.m. yoga workout, but this was waay beyond a yoga workout. It was more like batting practice. I thought I was going to cry I was so tired, but then Mark asked if I'd had any chocolate. No, I said. So, off I trotted--or plodded, as I've taken to doing--to get a handful of M&M's. Lo and behold, it worked. The munchkin swailed around for a bit longer but finally settled down and let me go to sleep...until about 6 a.m. when my bladder was kicked! Oh, the joys of pre-motherhood! Such love.

Mark and I are off to Houston this afternoon to see family and pick up a truckload of baby furniture from David & Sandy. Since they've decided not to add to their brood, they were gracious enough to offer us most of their baby furniture. We're so very thankful. Maybe I'll sleep in the truck?!?

Friday, March 09, 2007

Week 23

Big news!!

I had my second sonogram this morning. Mark was tied up at an AOA (optometry) convention, so I invited my dad to come. It was almost as neat to watch his face as see the little squid on the screen!

Luckily, I have nothing but good news to report from this month's visit. The squid is very healthy, weighing in around 1 1/4 lbs with a heartbeat of 162 beats per minute. They can no longer tell the baby's length because the squid has already started curling into the fetal position. (That would explain the 2-4 a.m. yoga class in my abdomen.) Dr. Dinh said the placenta is sitting pretty low right now, but not to worry about that. They'll check again around 32 weeks to make sure it's not blocking anything.

In other baby news, I can eat tuna fish!! It has to be cooked and local stuff is out, but there's not much local tuna around here. I've also been advised to keep my feet above my heart as much as possible, particularly on days where I'm out and about a lot. That should help the swelling I've had in my feeet. My weight gain is also right on track. Dr. Dinh wants me to gain about 25 lbs in my pregnancy so that would put me around 170 lbs when the squid arrives.

The only other thing to report is that Mark and I found this awesome baby carrier at a baby/maternity consignment show last weekend. It'll be great for hiking--and the best part was that it was more than half-off the normal price! Woo hoo! We also picked up some used books and classic children's movies--you know, the ones you can't find anymore because they're not "cool" enough.

The home renovation projects also continue. We've finally finished the floor in the guest room. Now we just have to install the baseboards and move the furniture back in from the PODS. The baby's room is in flux until we find/borrow a table saw to do the wainscoting.

That's all for now. Gotta run.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Loose Livestock in Hurst, Texas

OK, so this is not baby-related. I just have a thing for loose livestock!

"Elusive steer caught after urban chase"

01:33 PM CST on Thursday, March 8, 2007


After a brief standoff, the steer turned its tail and trotted away, traveling through backyards and then ambling into the parking lot of an apartment complex.

From there, the animal crossed several busy streets as puzzled motorists slowed to ponder the unexpected sight.

The steer then went under Highway 183 and, in an irony that could not be scripted by the finest Hollywood screenwriter, walked directly past the drive-through window of a McDonald's hamburger restaurant.

The adventure came to an end behind Full Boar Cycles in the 700 block of West Bedford-Euless Road in Hurst. The now-woozy steer found some comfort in a shady spot adjacent to a drainage culvert, where Hurst and North Richland Hills police and animal control officials set up a perimiter.

Then, in a scene that looked more like the Mesquite Rodeo, an unidentified North Richland Hills police officer was able to finally rope the stubborn steer on his third try.