I’m sixteen weeks now, and I read this morning that the baby’s ears have developed enough to hear my voice, and soon other voices and music. Apparently after birth they will recognize tunes of songs I played a lot while pregnant.
I’ve gotten several comments on actually looking pregnant recently, so I’ll post a new belly picture here soon.
Yesterday was our 1st wedding anniversary, and we had a really nice dinner together. It’s hard to believe it has been a whole year! It’s been such an amazing year too… and we’re looking forward to many more even better ones. :)
I have heard the baby’s heartbeat twice now at midwife appointments. Yes, we have a midwife rather than an obstetrician and we’re planning a home birth, which I’m really excited about. We watched this documentary called The Business of Being Born, and it was really eye-opening as to the state of maternity care in the United States.
I have been feeling a little better- less tired, though still nauseous sometimes. I’ve had a couple very bad headaches, one that lasted for ten days, which is hard because I cannot take any medicine for it. I did get acupuncture though, and I think it helped.
We’re finding out the baby’s gender sometime in October, and I’m totally looking forward to it. Manny is about to finally start his new job, and I started online grad school classes on Monday. So life is busy, but we’re happy and excited about the future.
We’re going to New Hampshire and Massachusetts in a few weeks- I’m really looking forward to it. I can’t wait to see my dad and Bruce and Carolann and Alexander, and meet baby Isabel. And I’m really looking forward to seeing Hannah and Charlie too. It will be nice to get away, too, and enjoy traveling somewhere different (and hopefully not so HOT!).
I found out a couple weeks ago that I am going to be a mom. I couldn’t believe it. (It’s still pretty surreal, especially since I’m just looking fatter at this point, not pregnant!) But I definitely am- complete with nausea and other “common” symptoms. More than anything I am really excited though- what a cool journey this is going to be for us! I am really looking forward to teaching this little person about the world, and watching him or her discover and grow. I think it is a really amazing privilege to be a parent, and Manny and I are going to approach as just that. We could never impact anyone’s life more than we can the life of this child. It’s a little scary, and very humbling, but also just about the coolest thing in the world. I’m reading all about fetuses and bellies and babies- there is a world of information here that up until now I had only limited interest in… now I feel like my life- and the life of this baby growing inside me- depends on me reading every word and absorbing every bit of information. It’s all very interesting (Ok some of it, frankly, is also kind of gross. But maybe that’s my heightened gag reflex speaking.)
I have never been so tired in my entire life… seriously. That was actually my first clue that something other than killer PMS was at work here. It’s as if someone were slipping Ambien into my water. But that’s only during the day. Because at night I wake up at least 3 times, with all kinds of tossing, turning, and insane dreams in between.
I’ve been to one yoga class since I found out about all this, and I barely made it. My body- especially my legs and feet- seemed extraordinarily heavy and difficult to lift (7am probably also had a lot to with it too!) I had been going 3 or 4 days a week though, and I plan on doing yoga throughout my pregnancy because it has such wonderful benefits for me and the baby. But I’m kind of taking it easy for now- as far as fatigue goes everyone says that the first trimester is the worst.
Signing off for now… maybe to catch a quick nap? No one wants to hear all this complaining anyway. But, tiredness and other ills aside, I really am totally stoked about this kid!
That is, our family is growing. Well, personally I expect to be growing soon too. We’re having a baby. It is a really wonderful surprise for us- Manny and I are really looking forward to being parents. I am about six weeks along, so our little guy or girl already has a heartbeat and is about the size of a large raspberry, and is already making mom feel pretty sick. But we are very excited, as are our parents and grandparents. This will be the first grandchild and great- grandchild on both sides of the family.
In other news, I took the GRE for grad school and did well, so I expect to start online classes this fall.
We survived being apart for five days while I was in Boston. It was an amazing trip- I got to see family and experienced snow for the first time. I fell in love with the city, and bought a Harvard t-shirt. Highlight: seeing work by Degas, Renoir, Monet and Van Gogh at the Museum of Fine Art. It was breathtaking to be in the presence of such famous pieces.
I started my new job a few days ago, and I love it so far. I am working in the library’s youth services department, and will be teaching the “Tiny Tots” (walking-24 months) class starting in March. So I am brushing up on my nursery rhymes, picture books and Raffi songs.
We’re still hoping to hear good news about a new job for Manny, and I am hoping for a good photo gig to pop any day now…
Our first Christmas was a lot of fun. We spent the 25th with the Mayos and celebrated with the MacKinnons/Litwaks yesterday. Taina and family are here from Bosnia, which is exciting. I’ll try to put at least a couple of pictures up soon from our celebrating. Manny and I are on a little break from work now until January 2nd, and thoroughly enjoying it. I completed by first ever ballot (absentee) for a presidential primary this morning, and am hoping for change in this country (and this world). It is nice after years of being interested in politics and concerned at the condition of the world to finally be allowed to vote. Merry Christmas everyone, and happy New Year. May it be a good one…
(Imported from my previous blog, Everything is Better Together.)
I thought about doing this a while ago- making a web so people could always see what we’re up to. So why not now? Hopefully we’ll have a lot of exciting things to report. At the very least you might get some of my random thoughts and musings- maybe even some movie or music reviews.
We have been married three months and both agree that they have been the happiest of our lives. We are young, but determined, and very much in love. What more do we need. These three months have brought already some interesting challenges- we like to think of them as adventures. Life is a crazy adventure in itself, and I for one consider myself so fortunate to have Manny by my side in it.
I have to add something else to this introduction. Most of you who will read this know that I did a school with YWAM in Colorado a couple years ago. A few days ago a guy walked into the base I lived on a shot some of the staff workers. One of them was a friend I went to Europe with. The YWAM base is like a big tight-knit family, and they have lost two members this week. Another is going into surgery today to have a bullet removed from his neck. If you pray, and even if you usually don’t, please do so for my friends in Denver. They are stricken with grief and shock.
I keep wondering, what is happening to this world we live in? What will the future bring?