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Friday, December 29, 2006

It's a Wonderful Life

We've arrived back in Nashville from our week-long holiday vacation in Florida with family. What a wonderful time we had!!

We spent the first part of the holiday with Everett's Dad and Stepmom. Grandma Gill joined us for dinner and then we headed to see the lights at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park. It was 2 miles of lights and music to drive through, finishing with some hot cocoa and crafts (and an Elvis impersonator). The lights were set up with scenes such as animals, the Nativity Scene, "Jurassic" Christmas, and my favorite - music! In the 2 music scenes we saw there were people playing huge instruments - piano, fiddle, bass, saxophone, etc - all in lights! They had huge free-hanging musical notes in the air while music played from speakers mounted on the trees. So cool! We forgot the camera, of course, so no pictures. You'll just have to catch it next year yourselves!

On Saturday, we had a big family Christmas Bash with the families of Everett's sister, step brother, and step sister at the Gill's. Sherrill cooked so much yummy food it was hard to decide what to eat - so we just had a little of everything! I'm still full thinking about it! After lunch we opened gifts. There were 6 kids there and boy were they excited to open everything all at once!! It was so nice to be around so much family.

We left after presents were opened, picked up Everett's Mom, and headed to Gainesville to drop off our rental car and to show me where Everett went to school. The Univeristy of Florida campus is beautiful! Everett drove us around the campus and I got to see where Everett took the majority of his Environmental Engineering major classes in Black Hall. We also saw the many houses that Everett lived in during his tenure at Florida. For the most part, the houses weren't that scary! Just your typical college houses/neighborhoods - a bit run down, but a lot of character. We met some of Everett's college friends for dinner. It was fun to catch up with them.

From there, it was to my parents' new house where my parents, sisters, and my Dad's new dog were waiting for us! We spent Christmas Eve Day in the Magic Kingdom and had a blast! We rode the rides (I rode the ones I could, which was quite a few), watched the parade and fireworks, and had a wonderful dinner together.

Christmas Day was spent at home in the pool and hottub, eating, talking, and being together. Oh, and hooking up surround sound speakers for my Dad! The next day we went to ICE! at the Gaylord Palms Resort. It was 9 degrees of wintery coldness and bliss as we saw a bunch of different sculptures carved out of ice. There was even a slide that you could slide down made entirely of ice! If you go, word of advice - make sure you have the parka they provide to you under your rump so you smoothly make it down the slide!

This Christmas was full of love, family, and fun. The only thing that could have made this Christmas better would be a tiny child to love and hold. Next year, we'll have everything!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Doctor, doctor

We had our third visit to the doctor yesterday. We don't have any pictures to post, but Everett does a mean impression of the fetal heartbeat! Perhaps we can figure out how to post an audio file at some point. The heartbeat was about 147 bpm. This is lower than the previous measurement, but the doctor said it's normal for the heartbeat to lower as the fetus gains weight.

And speaking of gaining weight, despite my bulge, I still weigh in at the same amount as I did at my first visit. I guess I gained all the weight in the first 10 weeks! My doctor said this was fine, that my weight is shifting. I have NO idea where it's shifting away from; I only know where it's shifting toward!! But, the doctor assured me I'd gain more weight in the months to come!

The good news is: baby Zuzu is still in there, cookin' away, and everything looks like it's going well!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

More furniture

I forgot to mention that we bought a toy chest this weekend from an old man who makes them and sells them in a church parking lot located at the end of our road. It's also a bench - the seat lifts up. I really wanted to get a toy chest for the room (I have just the space for it) and this one is perfect!

You can also see the rocket light that we got for the nursery and my original ALF doll!

Now, "all" we need is the crib, a rug, the closets finished, shelving, and a rocker! A little bit at a time! We've got 5 months left! Can you believe it? That's not that long!

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Furniture Folly

We awoke one day this week to find one side of the baby changing table split apart. We're not sure, but we think it was the kitty. Maybe not, but the fact remains that the table was split.

But not to despair! Everett the Handyman was able to fix the table by cutting the bottom and smoothing it out. I think it looks even better than it did before!

We got a dresser from a friend of mine and painted it bright yellow and green. This is the dresser that the baby changing table will rest on. We added the rocket and UFO knobs to the dresser and the UFO cutout to the baby changing table. And there we have the start of of space-themed nursery!

Possibly the best part about this theme - and I assure you Everett thought of it, not me - is that A.L.F. can be a part of it! Some of you may be familiar with my alien obsession. As a kid, I did not go anywhere without my buddy ALF. I slept with it every night. My original ALF doll is all matted with love. That doll is not allowed in the baby's room (so says Everett, but we'll see), but the "new" ALF doll (shown below) was found at an antique mall by my Dad a few years ago. I am giving it to Zuzu to love and to hold until it's all matted with love as well.

Friday, December 15, 2006

The Scientific Approach

Given my scientific background and Everett's engineering background, we've devised a method for figuring out which restroom baby Zuzu will need to frequent when s/he is older. We've done extensive research and have found several reliable methods (c.f. Old Wive's Tales, sometime pre-2006). We've compiled the evidence for the likelihood of having a boy and a girl and we submit to you our results.

Evidence in favor of a boy (listed first purely for alphabetical reasons)
1. I am craving salty foods.
2. I had morning sickness.
3. My age at conception was odd and the year of conception was even.
4. I look as though I am "carrying low".
5. Everett hasn't put on any weight.

Evidence in favor of a girl
1. Fetal heartbeat was above 140 bpm.
2. My face is round and rosy.
3. I got acne.
4. I'm carrying most of my weight gain out front.
5. When I swing a ring on a string it goes from side to side.

Although this isn't an exhaustive list, I do not think the drano test is something we want to do, and the other tales are a bit too personal to put up here.

So it's decided then: baby Zuzu is definitely a boy or girl! What a relief to discover!!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

My Obsession

My recent obsession has been with my belly. Not surprising to you, I'm sure. I'm fascinated at its changing shape. Fascinated and upset. I know it's all good to be getting a pouch because of the life it is supporting inside, but sometimes that doesn't make me feel any better about how I look. I still look as though I've gained weight and not as though I'm carrying The United State's first female president or first male ... hmmmm, well you get the point.

But those are my feelings when I am in public. In private, when I'm by myself, I delight in the burgeoning mass of flesh under my naval. I rub my belly as if I'm making a wish. I talk to it and tell it that "Mommy's here for you" or "Daddy's silly". I sing it Christmas songs with made up lyrics and funny noises.

I comfort my belly when I'm feeling sad. I dance with my belly when I'm feeling happy. I feel its boundaries absentmindedly when I walk to my car after work or when I'm trying to decide which cereal to buy at the grocery store.

In short, I love my belly even when I don't like the way I look with it.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Could it be?

Last night upon returning to my bed after the 22nd visit to the bathroom, I snuggled deep down into the covers. Our windows are not exactly saran wrap tight and it was in the 20s last night. I closed my eyes and then... felt something in my belly region. It was a high frequency "flutter". Could it be quickening - the first fetal movement? I remained alert and a few seconds later I felt some "gurgling" or "popping" to the left of my jewelry adorned (yes, still) belly button. Was it hunger pains? I was hungry. I'm always hungry. I don't know where this "you only need 300 extra calories when you're pregnant" advisory comes from, but I'm ALWAYS hungry. Thank goodness for cereal! But I digress... I felt these feelings for a while longer, then fell back asleep with Everett beside me and the two kitties on me - one on my arm, the other on my leg.

I couldn't wait to tell Everett. As soon as the alarm went off at 5:45AM, I told him. "Honey, I think I felt Zuzu last night." I related to him the story of my abdominal adventures and he was excited. Then he got up to shower and to start his morning ritual as I dozed back to sleep for another hour or so.

When I got up I consulted the "What to Expect When You're Expecting Book"- the supposed bible for pregnant women. To be honest, I don't think it's a great book, but it is filled with some useful information. This is what it told me.

Keep in mind we are at 16 weeks and 3 days (I count every day). The book says that the first fetal movements can occur anywhere between 14 and 26 weeks, BUT the average is between 18-22 weeks. Further, women who have given birth before or skinny women typically feel it sooner because they either know what to expect or ...well they're skinny. I am neither. But the descriptions of various women's experiences of quickening sound a lot like what I had experienced. And the book says first time Moms often confuse fetal movements for stomach gurgling in the beginning.

So I think Zuzu has officially announced her/himself! Welcome Zuzu! I hear (feel) you loud and (mostly) clear!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

We finally decorated our tree! It's sparkly and fun and full of ornanments that used to adorn my Grandmother's tree for so many years. And there are some ornaments that Everett and I have started to collect from our travels. Of course, I can't find some of them to put up! One of the "lost" ornaments is from the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga that we got this year on our first year wedding anniversary trip.

The cats seems to be enjoying the tree too! They like sitting underneath it - we really hope they don't discover the many "cat toys" that are hanging from the tree like tempting forbidden fruit!