Archive | November, 2005

Turkey Weekend

28 Nov

Well, I’m back from a relaxing and truly enjoyable holiday weekend. I wish it could have lasted another week! JB and I headed to Palo Alto, CA to spent the holiday with his parents. We shopped, ate (A LOT), went swimming, and took the Black Dog Club for walks. We slept in until at least 9:00 every day, and didn’t rush to do a thing. I loved it!

On Saturday, JB and I went to the Stanford vs. Notre Dame football game. This was the last game in the old Stanford stadium, which was monumental. It was truly preppy heaven at this game, which didn’t surprise me, but what did surprise me is how old I felt, especially when some drunk students seated nearby started to annoy me. I had to tell myself that a mere 10 years ago, I would have loved to have been in the midst of all of that.

Anyway, I had JB’s parents take some pictures of us (and The Belly) for Christmas cards, and I learned that having pictures taken of yourself at 7 months pregnant is rather traumatizing. It doesn’t help that my super slender hubby is very photogenic. Anyway, one picture passed the mustard, so here is my official 7 month picture:


And for Christmas this year, I ask that the gift that everyone in my family give me is absence from the holiday photos!!! This isn’t going to get any prettier!

Being Pregnant is… (second trimester edition)

23 Nov

According to, as of Monday, I am now in the third trimester of my pregnancy. As I did upon completion of the first trimester, I think it is time for me to sum up my thoughts on what it is like to be pregnant.

Being Pregnant Is…

  • Being a helpless spectator as your body morphs into something completely beyond your control.
  • The thrill of feeling your child move inside of you for the first time, and the realization that the novelty of this feeling doesn’t really wear off.
  • Being a little bit freaked out by the movement in your belly. (I have a standing mental image of the scene in Aliens when Ripley dreams she is pregnant with an alien, and you can see it moving all around in her belly, and then it bursts out through her skin.)
  • Body image issues — ha, and you thought they were bad in the first trimester! And just think, the fun is just beginning!
  • A near paralyzing fear of stepping on the scale. A nurse told me yesterday that you get to the point where you just don’t care, and I don’t think that will happen to me.
  • Watching in horror as stretch marks take over your belly, despite the dedicated effort of putting Cocoa Butter on it every morning and every evening.
  • Bach aches and hip aches. Both seem to be temporarily relieved by either a heating pad, chiropractor, or masseuse, but they come back with a vengence. When I start aching, I do the infamous pregnancy waddle, which really cracks JB up.
  • Uncontrollable emotions. I honestly went through a few phases when I thought I was suffering from depression… Non-stop crying, feelings of doom, and just plain being sad. Luckily, I confided in my husband when I got these feelings, and his love and support was able to bring me back to the land of the living. (Side note: A coworker told me that you are a lot more emotional when you’re carrying a girl, because of the extra estrogen. Ha, as if I needed more estrogen!)
  • Speaking of my husband, I’ve discovered that I am much more needy for his attention now, and I can’t sleep when he’s not around. I talked to a friend yesterday who also experienced this when she was pregnant, and she says that does indeed go away once you give birth.
  • Fear of labor. The bigger I get, the more I fixate on the process of getting this baby out of my body, which is a very scary thought.
  • Fear of being a mother. Although this is something I’ve always wanted to do, the fact that I’ll be a mother in three months or less is intimidating. Newborns have always been intimidating to me, and the thought of being responsible for one is daunting. Hopefully those maternal instincts will kick in and take over!
  • Jane told me this week that the word Mother in Greek is the same word as ‘sacrifice’, which seems very appropriate. I believe this sacrifice begins in pregnancy, when you give up alcohol, cookie dough (any baking dough, actually), some of your favorite activities, your comfort, etc. In fact, this whole experience has made me view my own mother in a whole new light.
  • Most importantly, though, pregnancy is being thankful for the miracle happening inside of your own body, and never ceasing to be in awe of that miracle.

That’s all for today.

I am Thankful, Third Edition

23 Nov

Today, it is time to continue a Thanksgiving tradition here at

This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for:

  • My handsome, loving and hilarious husband. I am so very thankful that I was finally able to find the love that I’ve been dreaming of all my life, and the fact that we have pledged to love each other for as long as we both shall live.
  • Our daughter, growing happily in my belly. The one thing I always knew I wanted to do with my life is become a mother, and that dream is coming true. I’m also thankful that this pregnancy has been without complications so far, enabling me to stay very active.
  • The fact that my family (both sides) and close friends are all in good health.
  • The bun in my best friend’s belly, and the bun in my sister-in-law’s belly. Both women could give birth any day now!
  • Our new house (and the fact that the move is OVER!), with its high ceilings, spacious rooms, tons of windows and a beautiful backyard with many trees, a fountain and a pond.
  • The Black Dog Club, who never ceases to deliver unconditional love and entertainment.
  • A job that has been stable for the past three years.
  • This website, which reunites me with friends from my past all of the time (hello, Mike F., Anne, Reagan, Karen, Paul, Chris K., and Amy!).

If you would like to read previous years’ installments of my Thankfulness, read the 2004 Thanksgiving Entry or the 2003 Thanksgiving Entry.

7 Month Checkup

22 Nov

Today was my 7 month check up. Although we had to wait over 50 minutes to see the doctor, the actual appointment was super quick.

We got an ultrasound, and unfortunately, the baby’s head was positioned directly below my belly button, making it difficult to get a good view of her. The doctor did spend several minutes looking between her legs to double check the gender, and though she doesn’t guarantee anything, she said, “it’s definitely looking very girl.”

The nurse that saw me today asked if I had any “problems, complaints or concerns,” and I mentioned my back pain, and she smiled and said, “yeah, the only cure for that is labor.”


Well, I am headed for a prenatal massage tonight, so perhaps that will help matters out a bit!

Other stats:
– Baby’s heartrate is 140
– My belly is now measuring 3 centimeters ahead of where it should be (30 centimeters versus 27). Yikes!!! I grew 6 centimeters in one month!!!

My weight, although higher than I had planned, is still well within the lower end of the guidelines, so I guess that’s OK. It’s still very painful to step on the scale now-days.

I may scan the ultrasound pictures, but am not sure it’s worth the bother, since they didn’t turn out well!

The Name Game

21 Nov

I just found a poll feature on that I thought would be fun for my site.

Vote for your favorite name for Baby Girl Bellin!

And here is an update on her progress, also from

Week 27
How your baby’s growing: Your baby is really starting to fill up your uterus. This week she weighs almost 2 pounds and is about 14.4 inches long with her legs extended. She can now open and close her eyes, and she sleeps and wakes at regular intervals. She may suck her fingers, and although her lungs are still immature, they would be capable of functioning — with assistance — if she were to be born prematurely. Chalk up any rhythmic movement you may be feeling to a case of baby hiccups, which may be common from now on. Each episode usually lasts only a few moments, and isn’t bothersome to her, so enjoy the tickle. With more brain tissue developing, your baby’s brain is very active now. Wonder what she’s thinking?

How your life’s changing: Your body is gearing up for the final lap, so you may start noticing some new symptoms. Along with an aching back, for example, you may find that your leg muscles cramp up now and then. They’re carrying extra weight, after all, and your uterus is putting extra demands on your circulation. (As your uterus expands, it puts pressure on the blood vessels that return blood from your legs to your heart and on the nerves leading from your trunk to your legs.) Unfortunately, the cramps are likely to get worse as your pregnancy progresses.

Drive By

18 Nov

There was a drive by in my neighborhood last night.

I swear, it was one of the most random things that has ever happened to me.

I was cooking dinner, and the doorbell rang three times. By the time I made it to the door, I heard a car door slamming, and saw a white SUV driving off in a hurry.

Then I looked down, where there was a container of frozen cookie dough on our doormat.

No note, just cookie dough.

Perhaps it was the Cookie Monster’s version of a drive by?

To make the situation stranger, the cookie dough container wasn’t sealed, and in fact, looked as if it had been opened and someone didn’t replace the lid all the way.

As much as I love cookie dough and cookies, JB and I conferred that the best thing to do with this cookie dough was throw it in the trash, because, well, you never know.

I just hope some poor Girl Scout doesn’t come knocking on my door asking for her cookie dough back because she delivered it to the wrong house.

Snap Crackle Pop!

17 Nov

Know a really good way for a pregnant woman to get her husband’s attention? Call him and say, “I’m at the hospital.” I did that today, as I was at the hospital pre-registering for labor (dear God, that made it all seem REAL), and needed some information from him to finish filling out the forms. I didn’t leave him hanging long, as I realized the potential connotation of that statement the second it was out of my mouth, so I hurried up and said, “don’t worry, I’m just here filling out paperwork!”

But what I really wanted to talk about today was my first ever visit to a Chiropractor. My back has been killing me lately, and yesterday, I decided it was time to do something about it. One of my friends has a husband that is a Chiropractor, so I called him up out of desperation.

One thing you must know is that I have an extreme aversion to cracking/popping joints. This chiropractor had once told me that he didn’t do the cracking/popping thing, so that’s why I thought he’d be a good one to call.

When you go in to the office, you go up to the adjusting table, which is vertical. You stand on a platform in front of it, and the table gets lowered to horizontal so that you’re face down on the table. I was given an extra cushion to accommodate for The Belly.

He said that one of my legs was one inch longer than the other, and proceeded to use an instrument to tap my pelvis and certain parts of my spine back into place.

It didn’t hurt at all, and in fact, when he was done, I was wondering, “that’s it?”

I feel better so far, but the true test is what happens after I sit in my office chair for another few hours. I’ll keep you posted.