Thursday, May 29, 2008

Week 14

Shamus will be writing about week 14. If you're like me and you want to hear his perspective, please encourage him by sending him a nice little reminder email that you want to know what happened during the 14th week!! I'm dying to know.... I'll have to email him myself! I bet it's good!!!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Week 13

Something terrible happened to me this week. It's just horrible and I'll never understand why it had to happen to ME of all people.
I stopped liking chocolate.
Seriously, I did. You think I'm kidding - I'm not - and I'm a little upset about it because a great friend of mine sent me a box of GODIVA chocolates for Mother's Day (How sweet, right?) and I only ate about three-fourths of them before I stopped liking chocolate. Plus, Hershey's chocolate was on sale at the grocery store right before this horrifying event took place and I bought 2 bags!
Here's how it happened:
It was a beautiful, sunny day with just the right amount of fluffy white clouds in the sky. I was at a student's house tutoring and we were working on understanding percentages higher than 100. He was working out a percentage from a Dolly Parton fraction* I gave him when his mother walked in from the living room and said these 5 wonderful words: "Would you like some chocolate?" with a slight Hispanic accent. I said, "I'd love some" and thanked her as she handed me a Nestle's Chocolate Treasure. I peeled off the shiny paper and bit of half of it. It didn't taste good. I didn't like it at all. I thought it was some kind of tastebud breakdown so I gave a little pep talk, "this is the best stuff in the world! you guys LOVE this!", and ate the other half. It still didn't taste good. My student didn't notice the look of befuddlement and emptiness in my eyes when he asked "Do I have to divide this by 100?". Helping him with his math distracted me from the disappointment I was feeling. When I got home and saw the box of chocolates, I was reminded of this sad development and I told Shamus about it. He was pretty surprised - and surprisingly sympathetic. He even volunteered to eat the chocolate for me!!! Shamus has been enjoying the Godiva chocolates and I've had to remind him to eat or give away all the chocolate in the house because I won't be having any and we really shouldn't throw it out.
There is some good news, though - I still enjoy brownies, chocolate cake and ice cream, and chocolate chip cookies. My buds are still delighted to be tasting those foods.
I'm sure some of you are wondering whether or not I am angry at Bartok because of this, but that's ridiculous. Even if Bartok were doing this on purpose to make it easier to get more chocolate for him/herself, I'd have to give B some credit for creative strategy and forfeit my chocolate. Honestly, I think it's fun to have something that I thought of as permanent suddenly change!
I do hope that I can someday savor chocolate the way I used to, but if I can't, Bartok will have a good story to tell about it!

Aside from that big change, the only other thing happening now is that we're making an offer on a house. But does that really compare to a change in someone's identity? More about that house stuff later.

Bartok is growing and I am hungry all the time. I eat 2 breakfasts, a lunch, a large "snack", dinner, and second dinner. AND I have only gained 1 pound. I've been doing this for almost 2 weeks now... where is all the food going?? Shamus the scientist has no explanations as to how the baby can be growing, I can be eating a lot more but me and the baby weigh less or the same weight as before I was pregnant. I just gained that one pound recently. God mentions the childbirth pains but he doesn't mention the awesome way I keep "chunkin it on" (AKA eating more than usual) and "it" doesn't stay "on". I hope all moms have the joy of eating a whole lot of really good food and losing weight in the process.

Yes, I know, it will catch up with me. But in the meantime I'm runnin' fast to the tune of "na-na-na-na-boo-boo" as I enjoy a delicious plate of pasta - for the 4th time today!!

*Can someone please answer this question for the poor soul who's never heard of a Dolly Pardon fraction: What is a Dolly Parton fraction?

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Week 12

Well, Bartok, Shamus and I have been verrrrry busy recently! Shamus was hired on at BMW and we were blessed with a new car!! Never thought we'd drive anything like it - until he was hired. We still tell people it's not ours - we're just driving it. While Shamus and I got used to cruising around, Bartok grew to be the size of a plum. We went to the doctor for the 12-week checkup and all is well. She used a small hand-held device to allow us to listen to the heartbeat. As Shamus pointed out after the appointment, it was awfully grainy for 2008 and the age of "4D" ultrasounds. Now I'm thinking, who cares? It was INCREDIBLY reassuring to hear the heartbeat of the baby inside me that I can neither see nor feel. I sometimes forget that Bartok is there!
This week we got serious about buying a house. Here are the houses we've considered: We took Bartok to see several houses several times but I don't think they were visible through my belly.
Speaking of my belly, it still isn't big to the untrained eye. The grandmothers-to-be both noticed before Shamus or I that I was pooking out a little. I just broke out the summer wardrobe and I tried on pants and shirts to see if I am still the same size as I was last summer. I thought I was just chunkier this year because things are a little snug. Apparently, Bartok is contributing to that snugness! Luckily, I own lots of exercise-style clothing that is loose and stretchy so we haven't spent any money on maternity clothes yet! I'm sure that will change soon.
This marks the END of the first trimester! I hope the exams aren't too difficult - I've been studying a little!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Week 11

Well, Bartok has done some growing and mommy can really tell. I'm not showing yet, but I've basically been playing real-life Hungry-Hungry-Hippos. And yes, I just compared myself to a hippo and I'm okay with it. Shamus pointed out, not long ago, that I am like a hippo - we both have small ears! Back to the fun game I'm playing - instead of eating lots of small meals throughout the day, I'm now eating lots of large meals throughout the day. I still haven't gained any weight, though! (It seems miraculous to me - but not as miraculous as what's happening with the baby.)
Bartok, on the other hand, is getting bigger. He is about the same size as a lime, and is looking more and more like these parents, apparently. (Pic from head is now the same size as the body (stand behind Shamus, his dad, or his grandfather sometime and note the size of the skull) and the skin is so transparent that you can see the blood vessels. (When's the last time Karen or Shamus had a tan?? Is it even possible??) Also, Bartok has un-webbed, human hands with teensy fingers! This week finger nails will come in.
As Bartok grows, so does my uterus - it's now about the size of a small grapefruit - which is the same size as the nut in a coconut! Put the lime in the coconut nut and drink em both up, put the lime in the coconut nut, then you feel better... hmmm... maybe not.
We have an appointment coming up next week. They are going to prod me on the belly to check out my uterus and I get all my blood tests back! That's about the most exciting thing that will happen, though. The rest is just plain old check up stuff - weight, blood pressure, etc. The most exciting prenatal appointment will probably happen sometime in July when we'll find out if Bartok is a boy or a girl!
It's time for me to get going - I have a tour of the hospital this morning!! Never thought I'd be excited about that... Things change when you're pregnant!