Monday, August 31, 2015

25 Weeks Pregnant

I feel like I can see a difference every single day, which is pretty alarming when you consider that I still have THREE MONTHS to go.  I was kinda hoping that this was about as big as I'd get, but that thought has flown out the window.  Nothing much to do except roll with it - I'm right on target for weight gain, so I'm trying not to worry about it.

The baby is moving around a lot, and responds to things like cat purrs and cold beverages.  Chris has also managed to prod him/her into activity by poking and shaking my stomach - which sounds like it should have been annoying, but really I thought was adorable.  He has always maintained that babies are pointless because you can't really do anything with them, and here he is interacting with one before it even exists in the physical realm!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Get Me Through This Week

This week is almost over and I, for one, couldn't be happier.  It started off on a sad note (the three year anniversary of Morgaine's death) and will end on another (the four year anniversary of the day I found out Kylie was in the ICU).

This is a very difficult time of year for me even though, as has been pointed out to me, nothing bad has happened during this particular time frame since then.  That is true, but it does not help to dissipate the terrible heavy feeling that something bad could happen at any moment.  If I had any say in it, we'd just skip right into autumn.  I'm so ready for it, for the chill and the colors and the spooky feels.  And I have to admit I'm a little biased this year, as every passing day brings me closer to actually having a baby rather than just a baby living inside of me. 

"Luckily" I've been sick most of this week, so that has distracted me from dwelling too much on all the negative memories.  I never thought I'd be so thankful for a cold!

Monday, August 24, 2015

24 Weeks Pregnant

I actually lost a tiny bit of weight this week. Just, like, 0.2 lbs, so I'm not super worried about it.  I went on a weekend vacation, which I had been a little bit concerned about, but it was fine.  I didn't suddenly go into premature labor or anything, which I guess was the thing I most worried about.  I should probably stop reading pregnancy stories on the internet.

It's amazing how much more movement I feel each and every day.  The baby really seems to like (or hate, it's hard to tell) cat purrs, which is a good thing since we have four cats.  I imagine the deep sound and vibration carry pretty well in there.

It's weird, but I don't ever notice or think about how large I am becoming unless I a) happen to see my reflection or b) bump into something because of my new girth.  I guess because the rest of me has remained pretty much the same size?

Monday, August 17, 2015

23 Weeks Pregnant

This morning the receptionist at work looked at me in obvious alarm and said "Daaaaaayum guuuuurl, your stomach gets bigger every day!"  Yes, I have also noticed this.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Geek Pregnancy Announcements

I just realized that I never shared the pregnancy announcement photos that my husband and I posted to Facebook.  While traditional announcements photos are all very well and good, we didn't want to straight up steal Kim and Dustin's idea.  So we each came up with our own ideas...

Mine was pretty simple.  Since we are big fans of Dungeons and Dragons and other role playing games, I thought it would be fun to use some of our favorite d20s from our respective dice collections.  The tiny baby dice is malachite, by the way - a Christmas gift from Kyle many years ago.  They're all showing 20s because that's the best possible roll.

Chris went in a slightly different, slightly darker direction.  He got most of our friends together (Kyle and Heather were kind of busy since it was their wedding) and had everyone pose without telling them about his nefarious plans for the photo.  Then, after a little bit of editing, he was ready to make the big reveal.

I'm really happy with the way they both turned out - I think they really represent who we are as people.  And, I imagine, as parents...

Monday, August 10, 2015

22 Weeks Pregnant

Oh my goodness, there is such a huge difference between this week and last week.  I guess that's what happens when the baby goes from 12.70 oz to a whole pound in one week!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Woman In Black

So far my renewed resolution to read again has been a huge success.  I started The Woman In Black on Saturday and finished on Sunday.  It felt good to just sit back and plow through a book again, even though it wasn't extremely long.

I really super enjoyed the book itself as well, not just the act of reading. I think it plays a very convincing gothic horror story - I had to go back and check wikipedia to verify that yes, it was written in 1983.  I've seen some reviews on Goodreads (which I love, by the way - if you read a lot, you should check it out) that say this book is predictable, and I wouldn't disagree.  It takes a lot to surprise me in a book (see The Thirteenth Tale and Gone Girl).  But I don't think the predictability is a bad thing in this case.  As I said, it is very much written in the style of an old timey ghost story, and I think most of the time those are pretty predictable.  So in that way I think it was very authentic.

The only think that bothered me was that there wasn't really ever a specific time frame mentioned for the setting.  I started off picturing it as Victorian or perhaps earlier (because it was doing such a good job of capturing that olden times feel), but then the narrator was suddenly talking about cars and it totally threw off my immersion.  I got over it pretty quickly though, so it didn't really ruin my enjoyment of the book.  Perhaps the author intended it that way, to contrast the old fashioned theme of the story with a slightly more modern-day setting?  I decided to settle on somewhere around the  1930s, just for my own piece of mind.

Another thing I liked was that the story opened on a Christmas celebration.  I don't think we see nearly enough Christmas ghost story telling in books or in real life.  Also, it made me very much look forward to Christmas, as if I wasn't excited enough already!

All in all, I would definitely recommend this book to you if you like creepy stories or gothic novels.  And if you like both, you're in for a treat.

September's book is Far From The Madding Crowd - a classic which I, somehow, have neglected to read.

Monday, August 3, 2015

21 Weeks Pregnant

I'm up 11 lbs now, which seems like an huge amount.  But the doctor says it's perfectly on target, that they like to see 10 lbs in the first 20 weeks and one pound per week after that.  So I guess I'll just take their word for it...

An exciting thing happened this week - Chris was able to feel the baby move.  He said that it was weird and felt like someone was flicking him from the inside.  I said well yes, someone IS flicking you from the inside.  And as for weird - how do you think it feels to me?!  I always thought that it would be super gross and creepy and weird.  It is creepy, but I'm surprised to find that it's not nearly as creepy and gross as I expected.  It's more... reassuring?  And exciting.  I can feel this little thing rolling around in there and know that soon I'll be holding him/her out here.  That's pretty cool.

I couldn't find my camera charger, so that's why the quality has dropped on this week's photo.  But I found it again now, so next week should be back to normal!