Archive for March, 2007

My big old pregnant brain ate the entire damn week. Seriously, I can only account for a couple of hours each day and the rest is one big blur of story cds and food (glorious food.)

Today I got up and hauled myself to Target for a baby doll for the big sister to be. She hasn’t named it yet, but just announced that the doll is the Queen of the Hootenanny. Got some marigold seeds and potting mix as well, so Lucy and I can set about prettying up the balcony. And then…

W e finally told Lucy about the baby. Her face positively lit up and she got the goofy, far-away look she gets when she’s happy about something and doesn’t quite know how to explain it. And boy, there is no greater excitement than the excitement of a 4 year old. And that excitement is really contagious, let me tell ya. It’s going to be a long 7 months waiting for this kid 🙂

There’s been a lot of belly-rubbing and she brings up ‘when the baby comes’ every fifteen minutes or so and it’s seriously the cutest thing in the history of my kid being cute.

And! My baby brother is coming to visit! In two days! I’m so excited! Not least because I don’t feel like I have to whirlwind clean the house for him like I usually do for houseguests 😛

And that right there is all the news that’s fit to print, as it were.

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Have I ever told y’all how much I love my midwife?  Because she’s the best!  I’m usually the worst with, well, anything I have to do on my own but as soon as I got in this morning I forgot to be nervous and paranoid because I was actually looking forward to catching up with her.  That’s just how it should be, isn’t it?  I can’t imagine anyone else ever delivering my baby.

I’m 8 weeks and 6 days pregnant.  Due date is 10/27.  And now that I have the little snapshot from the ultrasound, it’s all feeling very very real.  And exciting.  Lord, it’s good to be able to write about this.   Still haven’t told the grandparents or Lucy, so shhhh, ok?  I’m going to tell my mom tonight and she’s the only one who knows about the blog so we should be in the clear.

So far this time around is rather different from the first–anything having to do with the digestive tract is mangled and my sense of smell has gone totally haywire (C ate celery Wednesday night and now I phantom-smell it everywhere and it makes me gag.)  I’ve already had to buy larger, lower-waisted pants because I have quite a nice belly coming along.  I’m living on English muffins and decaf Irish breakfast tea with loads of milk.

The only concern at this point is what we want to do about genetic testing.  I have to get in touch with the genetic counselor because of Lucy having a heart defect and figure out what tests, if any, we should do.  I’m so very bad with waiting and uncertainty that I’m leaning toward winging it, but I’ll try not to make up my mind until I can talk to the counselor.  I hate these sorts of decisions, so if any of y’all have any experience with genetic testing I’d much appreciate and advice or anecdotes you may have.

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The Real Mom Meme, tag courtesy of Venessa.

Real Moms are simply women with children.

Real Moms resent when people treat them as a third gender instead of as women with children.
Real Moms can admit that they’re winging it a lot of the time.

Because Real Moms can admit that they don’t always have the answers, Real Moms don’t need to judge other moms for their parenting choices.

Real Moms do the best they can, love their children fiercely, would do some things differently if they could, and most of all, Real Moms are constantly learning as they teach their children.

I think about everybody has done this, but if you haven’t, please feel free.

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Lucy and I piled into cozy clothes and headed outside first thing this morning.  The folks across the street hadn’t shoveled yet, leaving a mini-ice field with an even mini-er incline just the right size for a preschooler to slide down.   We stayed out twenty minutes past the arrival of super rosy cheeks, until I couldn’t stand the cold anymore.  Note to self:  low-rise jeans, even with tights on underneath and a long coat, are inappropriate for sitting on ice.   Lucy was in awe of our whopping 2 inches of snow, exclaiming, “Mommy, did you ever think there could be So Much Snow!”  Poor kid.  The ground was too hard for snow angel or snowball, and so we settled for stomping chunks out.  We need a proper snow one of these days, or to go visit someplace with one.

Then we came inside and I ate cookies and Doritos, and took a nap.  It was absolutely brilliant.  Now I’m off to do bedtime prep, put a kettle on, and settle in with some crosswords.

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Mi mi mi meme

Stolen from Venessa, Thordora, and Eden:

Here are the rules copied and pasted: Take the list below, paste it into your own blog, put READ next to those you’ve read, WANT TO next to those you are interested in, AGAIN & AGAIN next to those you’ve read and can’t stop, and leave blank those you don’t care to read. I’m copying Eden’s addition of STARTED for those I’ve not finished.
1. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown) READ

2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) WANT TO

3.. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee) WANT TO

4 . Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell) STARTED

5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien) READ

6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien) READ

7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien) READ

8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)AGAIN & AGAIN

9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)

10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry) READ

11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling) READ

12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)

13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling) READ

14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving) READ

15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden) READ

16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Rowling) READ

17. Fall on Your Knees(Ann-Marie MacDonald)

18. The Stand (Stephen King) WANT TO

19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Rowling) READ

20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte) READ

21. The Hobbit (Tolkien) READ

22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger) READ

23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott) AGAIN AND AGAIN

24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold) READ

25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)

26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams) READ

27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte) READ

28. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis) AGAIN AND AGAIN

29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)

30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)

31. Dune (Frank Herbert) AGAIN AND AGAIN

32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)

33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand) AGAIN & AGAIN

34. 1984 (Orwell) WANT TO

35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley) WANT TO

36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)

37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)

38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb) WANT TO

39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant) WANT TO

40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)

41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel) WANT TO

42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)

43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)

44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)

45. The Bible READ

46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy) WANTTO

47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)

48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt) READ

49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck) READ

50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb) AGAIN AND AGAIN

51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)READ

52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)

53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card) READ

54. Great Expectations (Dickens)

55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald) AGAIN & AGAIN

56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)

57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling) READ

58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)

59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood) AGAIN & AGAIN

60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrew Niffenegger)

61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky) AGAIN AND AGAIN

62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand) READ

63. War and Peace (Tolsoy) READ

64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice) READ

65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)

66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez) READ

67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares)

68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller) WANT TO

69. Les Miserables (Hugo) READ

70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery) READ

71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding) READ

72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez) WANT TO

73. Shogun (James Clavell)

74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)

75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett) AGAIN & AGAIN

76. Tigana (Guy Gavriel Kay)

77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith) WANT TO

78. The World According To Garp (John Irving) AGAIN AND AGAIN

79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)

80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White) AGAIN & AGAIN

81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)

82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)

83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)

84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)

85. Emma (Jane Austen) STARTED

86. Watership Down (Richard Adams) STARTED

87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley) READ

88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)

89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)

90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)

91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)

92. Lord of the Flies (Golding) READ

93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)

94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)

95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)

96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton) AGAIN AND AGAIN

97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)

98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)

99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)

100. Ulysses (James Joyce) STARTED

I’ve got a lot of reading to do, eh?

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Quote du jour

“I don’t like it when Pickle looks at me with those questioning, peasant eyes.”–Lucy

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Oy, is today over yet?

It started out well; a trip to Lucy’s soon-to-be preschool to answer such pressing questions as ‘When did your child talk?’ <early and often> and ‘What things make your child happy? <She’s four–everything makes her happy as long as she thinks she wants to do it.>  Then we described her reaction to being disciplined <sulks> and committed to making the quarterly payments, collected the little darling from the teacher with whom she was meeting, and headed home feeling a mixture of pride and sadness that I would be without those long days with my best girl at my side.

And then we got home and she clocked me in the head with a plastic jack traveling at high velocity.  And then complained that her time out was going to cause her to miss swimming class.  Followed by harumphing and arms crossing and general ‘tude unbecoming of a child who has just assaulted her mother with a bit of plastic.  And hummed while her father was trying to explain her behavior to her.  Four is turning into an ugly, ugly age.

She did not miss swimming, for the record, but she did return home with her grandmother and finally apologize for the jack incident.    However, this entire defiance stage is really testing my patience.  I just don’t know how to deal with it, and I feel like we’re following all of the ‘sage parenting advice’ to be found on the internets and still, several times a wee, my little angel turns into a…well…petulant little so-and-so.  Ultimatums.  Stomping.  Eye-rolling.  Ugh, I’m really over this. She’s a mostly lovely child, really.

Is it wrong of me to anxiously await the fall?  Because right now I do.

There’s other news, but I can’t tell you yet.  Next week, though, ok?  Proper channels first and all that, plus fear of the jinx.

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I have been proofreading for close to 8 hours and aside from an aching back and tunnel vision, this has been the best day of my life!  I found misplaced commas!  Fixed typos!  Adjudicated tenses!  Eliminated errant semicolons!  Fan-freaking-tastic stuff.   Does anybody else find unmitigated joy in errata?  Other people’s, of course.  I hope there will be more tomorrow!

Yeah, I want to stuff the exclamation points down my throat too.

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Oh my goodness, this is so much fun!  Lucy made a cookie sheet full of spiders and monster fish that is waiting to bake.  We did not pay $39.99 for it, however, nor do we have 6 pounds of cookie dough in the house.  Not that I couldn’t eat it right now.  Mmmmm, cookies.

I have to get working on sending some essays out and I don’t wanna do anything but nap and eat cookies!  Waaaaah!

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