Archive for April, 2009

A Quick Pregnancy Update — 30 Weeks

How’s this for an update: my stomach is now so massive that I can only bend over with extreme difficulty (and whining). Adios to all of my shoes with straps or laces. Here’s another update: this baby is kicking the hell out of my stomach. As in, man, it hurts! He’s a strong little bugger!

I had my 30 week appointment today and like my previous checkups, everything’s progressing pretty much normally so not much to report. We did manage to see a couple shots of the baby that just floored me. It’s sometimes easy for me to forget that I’m carrying a real human being and not just a big, lumpy thing in my stomach that makes me extremely prone to heartburn and blond moments, so catching a glimpse of his face and seeing how much he’s developed over the last few weeks was amazing.

So here he is (again). Our, as yet unnamed (but we’re working on it), baby #2:

And just for kicks, here is Noah’s 4D ultrasound photo back from when he was about 26 weeks:

April 29, 2009 at 9:42 pm 7 comments

To Do List — Updated

No, I didn’t fall into a hole in the earth for the last three weeks.  I was just on vacation — and by vacation I mean going on countless airplanes, logging major hours driving around, and generally just vegging out and hanging with family.  But I did manage to cross off a few things on my to do list:

  • See Cristina in DC and introduce Noah to her youngest daughter, a.k.a. his future wife.
  • Check out Mark’s alma mater and visit colonial Williamsburg while we’re there.
  • Visit Amish country in Pennsylvania.  (We did drive through Amish country if that counts.  Ultimately though, I decided that going laptopless with infrequent internet access was really as Amish as I was willing to go.)
  • Check out the cherry blossoms in DC all the while making snobby comments about how it pales in comparison to seeing the real thing in Japan (snob and a half!!).
  • Stock up on enough yarn to last me the rest of the year at my favorite LYS in Berkeley.
  • Go to Target, a.k.a. my second home.  Because you always need something from Target…even if you didn’t know it until you get there.
  • Go to Costco.  Because I love Costco.
  • Stock up on enough books to keep me reading for the next two years.
  • Ditch the boy and go to Chez Panisse in Berkeley with Mark.
  • Eat Zachary’s pizza.
  • Have lots of awesome, cheap Mexican food.  Most likely here or here.
  • Take Noah to see the old alma mater and have a Fat Slice while we’re there (mmmmm…more pizza).
  • Take Noah to Muir Woods to see the redwoods and afterward hang out in Stinson Beach.
  • Maybe take Noah to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  But only if Mark comes with us.  (This trip was a little difficult to plan/time.  Bay Area traffic — I shake my fists at you!)
  • Take Noah to the Academy of Sciences again, but this time with Mark.
  • Reunite Noah and Nevan at Nevan’s birthday party.
  • Make fun of Jae for turning 30 and then make it up to her by taking her out to dinner.  (Although I did manage to crack on her for being old at Nevan’s party and really, isn’t that what’s important?)
  • Check out open houses, fall in love with one or two houses, fantasize about what it would be like to live back in the Bay Area again and then come home depressed.
  • Go to an A’s or Giants game with Mark and Noah.
  • Watch American Idol with my mom and maybe even get a chance to vote for once.

So all in all, I’d have to count this as one of my more successful trips back.  I have a bajillion photos from the trip so I’ll be writing a few more updates over the next few days to try to space them out a bit.  And as much fun as it was to get to hang out with both of our families and see some old friends, I have to admit that it’s nice to be back home.

April 28, 2009 at 10:17 pm 3 comments

Pregnancy Update — 26 weeks

I had my 26 week doctor’s appointment on Wednesday (that’ 6 1/2 months for those of you who are bad at math.  Jae.) and again, everything so far is coming along great.  No problems or complications (besides the usual pregnancy gripes), we discussed our upcoming trip to the U.S. and the precautions I need to take for the flight and of course Mark and I got to see the baby again:

I also went back yesterday for my glucose tolerance test to check for gestational diabetes. With Noah I was borderline and Dr. Doo said I’d probably be the same way again this time around. And three blood drawings later, it’s confirmed — I’m on the high end of the gestational diabetes scale and have to cut back my sugar intake. Boo. Dr. Doo summed up what my diet should be from now on in this way, “Basically, if it tastes good then you can’t eat it.”  But at least he’s honest.

By the way, this is how Noah thinks the baby is going to come:
Noah: Mommy, how long until my baby comes?
Me: Three more months.
Noah: And after three months, two months. And after two months, one month. And after one month your tummy will CRACK and then my baby comes!
Which is a little weird to think that Noah thinks my stomach is a giant egg, but there you go…the mind of a three-year-old.

On another note, forget about anything I ever said about preggo brain not being so bad this time around. Lies! All lies! Lately I’ve just had the hardest time understanding people. I can recognize the words that people say to me but my brain is having trouble piecing together what they’re saying. It’s like people speak to me in English but with holes in it. I feel so bad for anyone who has to deal with me lately — having to repeat everything they tell me two or three times and needing to speak slowly like to a child. If I was not pregnant right now and had to speak to the pregnant version of me, not-pregnant Cathy would be rolling her eyes till they popped our of her skull. It’s terrible. So, to the people that I’m going to be seeing in the next few weeks — consider yourselves warned.

April 3, 2009 at 2:44 pm 7 comments


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