Archive | March, 2011

Bumpdate: 17 Weeks

27 Mar

Bumpdate: 17 Weeks

Due Date: Early September 2011. 23-ish weeks to go!

Weight Gain: Who knows: we don’t have a scale! My belly is getting rounder and rounder by the day, though.

Symptoms: None this week – I’m back to feeling normal.

Sleep: Mmm, sleep! I still sleep a ton, which is totally guilt free this week due to spring break. I may be in for a rude awakening on Monday at 7am when I have to get up, catch a bus, and begin spring quarter teaching.

I am loving: friends 🙂 We had some friends and their two kids over–they have a 7 year old girl and an 10 month old boy–it was fun to hang out with them and see what our family might look like someday…

I am looking forward to: Spring! The weather has been sunny (back to rain today), flowers are blooming, and spring is in the air!

I’m freaking out about: Baby names. Ugh. I really just can’t find a boy name I like. It’s on me–hubs doesn’t want a Russian name but that’s all he really knows. So I find ideas and suggest them to him.  Our list is very short and not very exciting.

Goals for the upcoming week: Well, my goals for this weekend are to prepare effectively for beginning a new quarter. I’m re-designing my course so there’s a lot of little things to do, but I’ve been very successful today and I have tomorrow to finish things up. I hope Monday goes smoothly . . . once I get back into the swing of things I’m confident that this quarter will go well 🙂


Spring Break

24 Mar

Finally Winter Quarter is over and it’s looking like spring! We had a gorgeous spring day today which brought everyone’s spirits up! After frantically finishing my papers for my classes, grading 18 writing portfolios from my students and getting everything submitted, I spent yesterday in bed. It was a supremely lazy day–both hubs and I watched movies, slept, snacked, watched more movies, and napped some more.  It was a great break from everything. The best part: when we re-connected to the world today via Facebook, email, voicemail, etc. . .we didn’t miss anything 🙂

Although I had big plans to get outta town for at least one night for spring break, we’re having fun at home. I do have to do a lot of cleaning (we have no dishes left–they’re just piled in the sink. Not to mention the boxes of papers that line our living room–the life of an academic!). Tomorrow, I say 🙂

I’m finally letting the last round of friends and family know about our happy news–I’m probably going to do a big reveal on Facebook soon. Although I’m tempted to keep it a secret until the happy September day when I can post little one’s picture, I hate secrets.  It’ll be so much easier when the big news is out in the world.

That’s it for now–I’m basking in my laziness, resting up, and preparing for Spring Quarter. Monday I’m back at it with an 8:30 am class. Ugh.


Bumpdate: 16 weeks

19 Mar

Bumpdate: 16 Weeks

Due Date: Early September 2011. 24-ish weeks to go!

Weight Gain: Up about 5-7 pounds.  I we don’t have a scale, so I’m not quite sure of my starting weight, but I’m up about 5 from my 5-weeks-pregnant weight.

Symptoms: I’ve been forgetting to eat and this little baby let’s me know when that happens–if I go more than a few hours without food I get a little weak and nauseated.  I’ve been trying to keep a consistent meal schedule even though I’m working from home (Finals week/Spring break)

Cravings/Aversions: still loving sweets! today I found 6 mini red velvet cupcakes on the “day old” rack at QFC, and although I don’t usually indulge on cupcakes on the average day I got ’em–yum yum yum!

Sleep: I sleep too much–but it feels so nice! If I’m not careful, I’ll accidentally fall asleep while working (I guess my papers are just that exciting).

I am loving: finding out this baby’s sex. my new iphone. working from home. the fact that this is becoming more and more real.

I miss: Hubs had some guiness for St. Patty’s day and I didn’t get any 😦

I am looking forward to: everything–looking pregnant, not just feeling it.  Starting to pick out baby stuff (car seat, sleeping place, etc). I don’t want to over-do it with unnecessary purchases nor rush it because we still have 5 months to wait, but, well, it’s exciting!

I’m freaking out about: I have a little boy in my belly!! I’m still shocked, though getting used to it. I think I expected it to be a girl, as did hubs and my family.  We’re all shocked that it’s a boy. . . I just can’t imagine.  I have no idea what to name him (I hate most boy names and the good ones are taken by family members). BUT, we have 5 months to figure it out!

Best moment this week: Getting to see our little one again on the ultrasound and getting to know him a bit better. He already has so much personality–we can’t wait to meet him!

Milestones: He’s getting bigger and he’s healthy. He’s the size of an avocado!

Movement: I haven’t felt anything, but the ultrasound showed how he’s moving his little ams and legs and twisting around in there!

It’s a…: boy! boy! boy! I just can’t believe it!!

Exercise: lazy-bones.  But I’ve gotta start moving around more–my pelvis is beginning to move and stretch and putting pressure on my tailbone. Stretching feels awesome, so I need to figure out some good daily exercises.

Diet: carbs! I really like carbs right now. I’m trying to focus on adding extra fruits and vegetables to my diet to get lots of nutrients, but I’m finding that carbs make me happiest!

Goals for the upcoming week: Finish my last paper, finish grading.  Spend some time really relaxing next week before spring quarter begins!

Belly Shot: I took one yesterday on my new iphone (I’m loving it’s camera already)! Enjoy:


It’s a . . .

18 Mar

bouncing baby boy!!

Funny story: the ultrasound tech took a bunch of different shots for the study, including some 3-D/4-D shots.  There was one great one of his face where he raised his little hand up to his cheek, opened his mouth, and stuck out his tongue.

Second funny story: the tech revealed the sex of the baby right at the end. She said that she had already noticed, but she wanted to get a good angle to show us for sure. And so she got her shot and said: “here’s his scrotum. . .and there’s his penis–oh, look–he’s covering it with his hand!” He’s ALREADY a typical boy!

He’s healthy . . .and we’re both pretty much in shock. Knowing “what kind” of baby makes it just so much more real. I’m a bit freaked out by having to raise a son, but I’m sure we’ll figure it out. Step 1: figure out a boy name!!

Finals Week / Ultrasound

17 Mar

It’s finally here: finals week and my 16 week ultrasound.

Finals week means that I finally have to finish these papers (one down, one draft in. One more big paper to do) and grade student portfolios (0/18 so far).  I’m glad to finally get this work off my plate and get over the guilt that’s been plaguing me all quarter. My energy is mostly back, but I’ve been feeling kind of crappy all week. I haven’t been eating well (i.e. skipping meals without realizing it) and therefore I’ve been getting headaches. I’ve also been sleeping a lot. I sat down to work yesterday and fell asleep for an hour. Not too efficient, but, hey, it’s almost spring break 🙂

The ultrasound means that I get to glimpse again at this little babee and maybe get a guess at the sex of the baby.  I’m excited yet nervous–I had a dream last night that the ultrasound tech wouldn’t show me my baby, which is usually a sign that something is wrong.  Then I had a dream (or maybe the same dream continued) that it was a girl but she was deformed in some way . . .  Although it’s fun to peek at this thing growing in my belly (that I can’t yet feel yet), it’s scary too. Both hubs and I get worried.  In just a half hour I guess we’ll find out.

Following the ultrasound I have my 16-week midwife appointment.  No real questions, except for suggestions to relieve the new pain I’m finding in my tailbone.  I’m not big and fat yet (just solid around the middle) yet I’ve already gotten several cramps in my gut (round ligament pain from my uterus stretching?) and occasional excruciating tailbone pain (like i can’t walk pain). What helps? Warm baths! I love me a good hot bath, but that’s a no-no when pregnant. Now I have to survive just-above-tepid baths.  I take them pretty much daily.

2:45 & off to the hospital! I hope I return with lot’s of good news 🙂

Bumpdate: 15 Weeks

15 Mar

Bumpdate: 15 Weeks

Due Date: Early September 2011. 25-ish weeks to go!

Weight Gain: Still no idea–but I do go in for my 16 week appointment on Thursday, so I’m sure I’ll find out then 🙂

Symptoms: Energy is generally back, although last week I had a really busy day (4 hours of sleep, up at 6:30, presentation, last day of teaching, client meeting. . .) and I was asleep by 8pm.  Skin is still yucky, appetite generally good, weight gain minimal, I think.

Cravings/Aversions: Fruit! I love blueberries and strawberries and kiwi. . .

Sleep: I get a lot. It is nice 🙂

I am looking forward to: our 16 week appointment! Another ultrasound (will we find out the sex of the baby?!)! Turning in my last paper of the quarter and grades for my class! I can’t wait for this quarter to end 🙂

Goals for the upcoming week: See above: finishing everything for winter quarter and alleviating some of the guilt that constantly accompanies, well, everything related to school. Next week I wanna get out of town and do something fun!

Last week of classes

7 Mar

This week is week 10 – the last week of Winter Quarter. I’m thankful to be almost done. . but I’m overwhelmed with the amount of work left.  Because of the EXHAUSTION of the first trimester, I’ve done little work all quarter.  I’ve managed to teach every day (M-Th) without missing, but my performance in my own classes has been poor. I’m behind on papers and assignments, I’m behind on grading . . .and in the next 2 weeks I MUST produce a lot of work.

I’m actually falling into the groove, though. Today I didn’t have to teach and so all day I’ve been working from my bed.  Books are sprawled around, I’m still in my PJs (I did get up enough to wash my face, brush my teeth and do something with my hair), and I’ve been alternately writing a theoretical framework for one paper (that I should have turned in about a month ago) and grading the last of the student papers they need to have back this week to revise for their final portfolios. It’s nice to be in the working groove (and even nice to sleep in, drink tea, and be in my warm bed and not running around our gigantic campus).  Tomorrow thru Thursday will be long days — lots of coursework, teaching, and wrapping things up in my classes.

But then comes spring break. As soon as I get this work done, I’m free! We’re going to take an overnight trip somewhere to just get outta town. The hubs has been so patient with me all quarter–indulging my cravings, putting up with my laziness.  If he can get thru this last crunch period of work, work, work, we will both be duly rewarded.  The best of all reward? I only have one class next quarter! I’m finishing the last of my grad coursework (like no classes again, ever!) and so next quarter I will teach 1 class, take 1 class, and start to get my reading list together.  Add to that the glory of spring and the next few months just might be merry!