Monday, October 22, 2007

general updates, a belly picture, and a marriage-related meme

Sorry for the lack of updates lately. Work is insanely busy and at night I am so tired I barely have energy to eat and get in bed, let alone blog or return emails or anything. So, as a result, my posting is limited, much to my dismay.

Overall, though, life is good, albiet tiring. I am afraid to say this because I don't want to jinx anything, but I am feeling better and better these days. How strange that as most women feel worse I am feeling better! Don't get me wrong; I still have the normal later-in-pregnancy aches and pains, but that's really about it these days.

One question, though, to the other pregnant ladies or moms out there: any tips on how to deal with breathlessness? This kid is up in my ribcage to an insanely frustrating degree. I realize I am short torsoed and all so there really isn't anywhere else for He/She to go, but OMG, so uncomfortable!!! The breathlessness makes my heart race and makes me feel all lightheaded. It is very un-fun. I do try moving positions and also getting on my hands and knees, which helps some, but not enough. Plus it's not super practical for when I'm in the middle of work or church or something. :p So, any tips?

And now, some random facts, pregnancy-related and otherwise:

  • My belly button is almost entirely flat and is starting to pop out, which is really strange.
  • I am saddend to report that I have one stretch mark, despite religiously applying lotion every day. (NOOOO!)
  • As of my next appointment on 11/6, I will start going to OB appointments every two weeks. This pregnancy is flying!
  • We start our childbirth classes on Thursday. I am looking forward to it.
  • Brett came to water exercise class with me yesterday. It was pretty funny, us with all the old ladies. :p
  • We went to CafĂ© Presse yesterday for dinner. It was fantastic! I highly recommend it.
  • I am going to Portland this weekend for my baby shower! I am excited; it's mostly family and close friends on the guest list. It will be really good to see everyone, including a lot of people I haven't seen in years (or at least since we've been back from Maine), I hope. Again, it seems like this pregnancy is flying. I can't believe it's time for this already!
  • We are both getting very, very excited to meet this little person who is inside of me. It's beginning to dawn on both of us that it is a person and not just some vague concept of a baby. We love feeling my belly and being able to identify body parts. (Well, or at least try to identify them. Like, "That's a leg! Or maybe an arm!" and "That's its butt! Or maybe its head!")
And here is a belly shot. I took this last Friday, at 27 weeks. It's super blurry and is, once again, in the bathroom, so please excuse those two things.
27 weeks

Finally, C has tagged me for a meme! I'm sorry, C, that it's taken me a few days to get to it --I am woefully behind in my blog reading!

1) Where did you meet your husband? The general answer is that we met in high school. But, being the strange person I am, I actually think I remember the exact circumstances of the first time we met. It was in the auditorium at our high school during my sophomore and his freshman year. He was sitting next to my friend (well, our mutual friend, really) Adria. I was talking to her and he just happened to be there. He and I really got acquainted, though, after we were both on the newspaper staff the following two years.

2) What was the first thing you said to your husband? I don't remember exactly but I do remember one of our first conversations, in newspaper class my junior and his sophomore year. It was the last period of the day, and I had a car, and he tried to bum a ride off me since he HATED riding the school bus. He made some silly joke that it wasn't really out of my way becuase I was going to work which was near Walker Road and he just lived off Walker Road and his last name was Walker, and wasn't that funny, ha, ha, ha. (I didn't give him a ride. Heh. I was mean.)

3) Where was your first date? First real date was my senior prom. But before that, the first time we went out just the two of us, was about a month before prom. We went to the Haagen-Daaz in Beaverton Town Center and had ice cream. I had, like, one scoop of chocolate ice cream and he got a hand-packed pint of Jamocha Almond Fudge. He claimed he was getting such a big one because he wanted to take some home to his mom (HAHAHAHAHA) but now I really know that he probably went home and ate the rest of it while sitting in his room listening to AFI or something. First kiss? After prom. Big long story short, I had never been kissed and the whole newspaper staff knew it. They were all egging him on to kiss me that night, even though we technically went to prom as "just friends." (At least that was what I this day, Brett won't admit whether or not he really actually liked me and had an ulterior motive all along.) We went driving around after prom and we went to this overlook place that looks out on the whole Tualatin Valley. He kissed me while we were there. It was nice. :) The rest, clearly, is history.

4) Did you have a long or short courtship/engagement? The dating part was long, way too long. Four and a half years is a very long time to be together before getting married if you are not going to live together or sleep together. I do not recommend it! But we were actually only officially engaged for about 5 months, although I think we'd both known since very early on in our relationship that we were heading toward marriage.

5) Where did you get engaged? At Kerry Park in Seattle, sitting on the steps on the west side of the park, on Valentine's Day 2003. It was very sweet and a perfect day.

6) Where did you get married? In Oregon City, Oregon, in a ballroom called the Grand Oregon Lodge.

7) How did the reception go? I remember it being really fun, but being absolutely exhausted by the end. The DJ was great, and everyone was dancing, there was good wine, and there were tons of people there. I love looking at the photos of everyone dancing and seeing os many people we love from so many areas of our lives. The one part that wasn't fun was trying to leave the reception to head to our hotel. It was a nightmare -- it took over an hour to navigate through the crowds of people who suddenly HAD to talk to us before we left. The poor limo driver; he kept having to circle the block over and over and over again. (Seriously, we were exhausted and hadn't seen much of each other in a week, and had more important things on our minds [yes, exactly what you think might have been on the minds of a newly-married young couple about ready to go to the hotel on their wedding night] than making small talk with people. So a note to all you wedding-goers: just let the couple do two things -- 1. Eat their dinners in peace, and 2. Leave when they are ready to go.)

8) How was the honeymoon? So much fun. We went to the Oregon Coast for about 5 days, and stayed at the Sylvia Beach Hotel. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves books and the ocean. It was so nice just to relax and to be with each other after the craziness of the wedding planning. We have wanted to go back there ever since our wedding, but it hasn't worked out. And now, with the baby coming, it looks like it may be quite some time. Ah, well. Someday we will go back there!

And now, I tag Isabel and Marci.


Kris said...

I wish I knew an answer for your breathlessness. I carried Ryan really low, so I never had this problem, but I do recall feeling wonderful until the week before delivery when I was just wicked exhausted. So, enjoy that wonderfulness and good luck! I never did birthing classes, but enjoy!

Isabel said...

Sorry you can't breath. Maybe it's being so in love with Bret that's taking your breath away.

I loved reading about how you guys met and feel in love. So sweet and thanks for sharing.

(and since I've pretty must posted about all those topic...I'm going to skip this meme. Cool?)

(Also, good to know that I wasn't the only one that didn't sleep with my husband(s) before we got married! Rock on!)

Isabel said...

Also, you and your belly look beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Yea, no solution on the breathlessness. The baby is pressing down on your diaphram. Just take stairs slowly and try to rest as much as possible (I know that's hard when you're working!). I've read that sleeping slightly propped up might help...maybe try that? (from annie)