Thursday, January 31, 2008

Happy Birthday Hubby!

Today is Sean's birthday!! I feel a bit like a bad wife this year because I haven't gotten him anything yet. Well, I guess I got him flowers and had them delivered to his office (mostly just to embarrass him), but no real present yet. His gift this year will be a watch but we have been a little slow in the picking it out process (I've tried to pick them out without him but it results is returns so I'm letting him pick it out himself this time). We just have too much going on I guess. Our big celebration this evening will be dinner out with some friends, although the dinner will probably not last as long as the 'lets pick a restaurant' process lasted (I think we spent a combined 3 hours searching menu-pages for the 'perfect' place). Hopefully the food is good. =)

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The baby bump. 16 weeks.

First things first, I don't have enough time this week to upload and post vacation pictures, but it has been two weeks since the last baby bump shot so I figured I might as well get that up before its not 16wks any more.

Nothing really new to report at this point. I feel great, although teaching seems to be a little harder than it used to. That could also be because the room I'm teaching in this semester is about 85 degrees.
Speaking of school, people are just now noticing and commenting on the bump so I apparently 'look' pregnant now to people other than myself.
Hopefully I'll get to post some vacation stuff soon. It has been a little busy getting back into the swing of things at home.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Home sweet home!

As you have probably figured out by now, we didn't end up accessing the Internet while we were on vacation. Our trip went well, no major disasters to speak of. =) The last couple of days weren't the smoothest seas so we were (well I was certainly) very happy to get off that boat. The weather wasn't as sunny as we had hoped, the one day we had really good weather was our day in Puerto Vallerta. We had booked a snorkeling, kayaking and nature walk excursion, the first part of which made me pretty sea sick so we went right back to the ship to re-coup after we finished and didn't get to spend much time in the sun. The baby was pretty active on the first plane ride from JFK to LAX, but has been mostly quiet ever since. I think the rocking boat put him to sleep. I'll try to post some pictures and more details later in the week but for now I have to attempt to get back into the swing of things at school. I start teaching tomorrow.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

The baby bump. 14 weeks

In the two weeks since we took a picture of the bump, I've had to buy all new pants. While the belly doesn't look all the big in the picture I don't fit into any of my 'pre-pregnancy' pants anymore. I even cleaned out my closet and put everything away in a box in preparation for probably never fitting in them again.
We are rapidly preparing for our trip to Mexico. With the pregnancy brain being very unreliable I have been making tons of lists so I don't forget to do and pack anything. In fact I don't think I've ever been this organized before a trip. We will be bringing the computer with us but we aren't sure how much internet time we'll have. If possible I'll be able to pop on to post a few pictures and let everyone know how the trip is going, if not we'll have to wait until we get home. Wish us luck!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Let there be Life!

The baby has finally made his presence known of his own fruition. Sean and I took his sister and her friend (visiting us for the weekend for a Bio study session), out to dinner on Saturday night to our favorite J.H. restaurant Pio Pio. For those who don't know it is a Argentinian restaurant with a lot of character and great food, not to mention lively Spanish music. While we were waiting for our table I had pulled up a chair and sat down. All of a sudden I started feeling something strange in my abdomen, which I at first thought was gas but it was in a strange place and kept repeating itself. I mentioned it to Sean who was standing a few feet away and he also figured it was just gas. After four or five 'pokes' I decided that it definitely was not gas, and made Sean feel it. The little munchkin feels like a vibrating pager going off in my stomach. Very cool, and surprisingly persistent. It went on for about 20-30 mins, long enough for everyone to feel it and for us to be entertained until we got a table. I haven't felt anything since. I was hoping to have another round in a more quiet atmosphere where I could concentrate on it but I'm pretty convinced it was the atmosphere that probably made him want to move.

That same night I had a dream that the baby told me she was a girl. While noteworthy, I'm not putting a lot of stock in this since I also had a dream about my cousin not feeling well so we turned her into a pig and put her in the oven! Furthermore, I quite often dream about dropping babies on their heads. Pregnancy hormones are so much fun!

By the way: We did try the carrot apple broccoli juice and I was quite surprised by how little broccoli you need to change the flavor of the juice. Not bad, but you could pick up on it a little, it gave the juice a 'green' flavor. Still completely drinkable.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Drinking is the new eating.

When it comes to vegetables, I will fully admit I turn into a 6 yr old. I just don't like them. There are a few I can tolerate raw but I find nearly any veggie cooked competely distasteful and therefore just don't eat them. There are a few even (broccoli and beets mainly) that as soon as they enter my mouth I start gaging (I learned recently after an incident with the horse pills they call prenatal vitamins that gagging and being pregnant is a bad combination for me. Yep, I had to take a second pill that night). I now understand that my picky eating is actually caused by the fact that I have more taste buds on my tongue than most people. This means I have a hard time with most bitter foods (black coffee, wine, dark chocolate etc.), but that just helps me justify not eating them. When it was just me I was worrying about I shruged off the guilt of not eating right, but now I have to worry about somebody elses health being effected my eating habits. Generally, I've been attempting to take in veggies by eating salads (with unhealthy amounts of dressing to mask the flavor) but how many salads can one person eat?? So I've found a new solution. I read about a study that had mothers in their second tri-mester drink carrot juice every day for a week. They found that the infants of these mothers when they started eating solid foods had more positive reactions to carrots than those babies in the control group (whose mothers drank water). That's when I decided to borrow my parents juicer and try out this juice drinking thing for myself. Last night with our dinner Sean and I each had a glass of carrot apple juice. I have to say it was really GOOD, Sean even found it too sweet for him. The 'Juiceman' even says that drinking vegetables is actually preferable to eating them because our bodies have a hard time processing the whole food and the juice contains all the best parts without the 'heavy lifting'. So I'm a total convert, I can get the important vitamins and minerals from the veggies and never have to taste them. I have a feeling though that if I'm not tasting the veggies in the juice, baby isn't tasting them either so I'm probably not going to get a vegetable lover out of this deal, but oh well at least I'm trying.

I must admit juicing is not a simple process and could get expensive since it is best to use organic fruits and veggies whenever possible. Cleaning the machine is a good 15 min task and cleaning and prepping the veggies is another 15 mins. It doesn't look like I'll be enjoying fresh orange juice in the mornings, but a nice vegetable juice at dinner seems completely doable. Tonight I'm going to add some broccoli to the carrot apple and see if I can still drink it. I'm excited. PLUS I can save the carrot pulp and make some nice breads and cakes (yeah, in my head I've got tons of free time). Wish me luck!

Monday, January 7, 2008

A visit to the Doctor.

I got the all clear for travel at my doctors visit this morning. So in two weeks Sean and I(along with my little travel companion) are off to the Mexican Rivera for a week long cruise. Ahhh vacation, we are certainly overdue in that department. I am officially up 8 lbs and the doctor assures me that that is a normal amount for this stage. Regardless of being told that "I'm big" for 13 wks by our neighbor! My due date has changed as I expected it would so July 14th is the correct date, not the 8th/9th ( I'm fine with that I like 14's better than 8's anyway). We listened to the baby's heartbeat and everything is progressing very nicely. I have another visit in 4 wks for blood work to check for spina bifida and then the next ultrasound should be between 18-20 weeks for anatomy, that's when we find out if baby is really a boy as so many people suspect. Baby and I are doing very well, no worries at this stage.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

The baby bump. 12 Weeks.

People keep asking if I'm showing so I figured it was time to just 'show' everyone. All the books say I shouldn't show until 20wks so that bump probably has little to do with the size of the baby and a lot to do with my new appetite. The expanding middle is a very odd feeling, I must admit. I'm about 5 inches bigger around the middle and I'm up approximately 5 lbs although that won't be an 'official' weight until my Dr's. appointment on Monday. Most families bet on when the baby will be born, my family is betting on how much weight I'll gain. Leave it to the Jones'. If you want in you'll have to get in touch with my mom.

As of now much of the first-trimester fatigue has lifted. I'm still tired, but it is NOTHING compared to how I felt early on. The nausea is gone too, has been since about week 10. All things considered I feel good, so all is well.