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Hangin’ With George Dubya July 28, 2007

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Well, maybe not actually WITH him, but we did see his house yesterday!

DC is great so far; we’re staying in a cute little B&B in a convenient neighbourhood that isn’t too touristy. We ARE at the top of a three-floor building, so I’m pretty winded by the second landing, but that’s a small inconvenience – and hey, I’m pretty well winded all the time anyway these days. So far, we have museumed and museumed and museumed. The ‘National Mall’ is huge (especially when it’s hot and humid out there, and even more so when you’ve got my current physique) so we’ve been attacking it in bits.
The first day, we saw the Air and Space Museum (most visited museum in the world) and visited the American Indian Museum for lunch. (Yes, we did go to a museum just for lunch, and yes, I know it’s politically incorrect to say ‘American Indian’, but that’s what they call it!) The cafeteria there is interesting because they have different foods and ingredients according to native people of different geographical areas (Plains, Meso America, etc.) We also checked out Capital Hill, which I am pleased to say – believe it or not – has a worse lawn then ours. Yes, hard to imagine, but true.
Yesterday we strolled (rather, Johnny dragged me) around the White House, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial (it is a federal offence to climb onto his lap), and several war memorials. We stood where Martin Luther King Jr. did his famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech – or, if more recent cultural references are your thing, where Forrest Gump talked about his experiences in Vietnam and was reunited with Jenny in the Reflecting Pool. Either way, these Americans like to do things up in a big way, and it’s pretty impressive to see. In the afternoon we went to the Holocaust Museum, which was really well done – and while depressing, totally worth going to.
Security is really high around here. There are police cars randomly parked all over the mall, and you have to go through security checkpoints to get into any building – even the cafeteria where we had lunch yesterday. Being naive Canadians we had to wonder what the terrorists could do to our paninis, but then, we’re not used to living in some multicoloured state of alert. I WAS permitted to bring my bottled water into the Holocaust Museum, but only after taking a drink of it first in front of the guard, to prove it wasn’t some sort of explosive.

That’s all for now… still proudly Canadian!

 

Ahhhh … Pregnancy July 20, 2007

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So I was thinking to myself this morning about the state of being pregnant. Some parts are really fun, and other parts really suck. Here are some recent musings:

What I HATE About Being Pregnant
– Progesterone poisoning (aka Morning Sickness).
– Some of my favourite cute little shoes seem unusually tight, but I’m pretending not to notice.
– Growing out of maternity clothes. (!)
– Getting fatter in every which direction.
– Not being able to ‘groom’ my own bikini area – because I can’t see it anymore.
– Not being able to wear my wedding and engagement rings anymore. Sigh….

What I LOVE About Being Pregnant
– Feeling her dance around in there after I eat something she likes (or hates).
– Linea negra. I think it’s hilarious that those silly pregnancy lines running up and down from my navel can’t get themselves lined up properly.
– How fast the weeks go by, and finding out what common household object I can compare her to.
– Scoring great deals on Craigslist.
– Hearing her heartbeat during appointments with my midwife.
– ‘Having’ to get pedicures with pregnant friends because we can’t reach our feet anymore.
– Waking up in the middle of the night and Johnny has his hand on my tummy to see if he can feel her move.

 

News from the Halfway Point July 5, 2007

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Well, here we are, at the halfway point! Can you believe how fast it’s gone by? 20 weeks today; only 20 more till our Nov 21st due date. I already feel like a beachball with legs sometimes, so I can’t imagine what I’ll look like in a few more months!

This week, baby is about 6.5 inches from head to bum (plus about 4 inches of legs that are all folded up) and weighs about 10 ounces. There’s definitely activity in there, especially after I eat, but unfortunately Johnny can’t feel all the kicking and punching quite yet. Soon, though. Up on deck this week: drinking amniotic fluid, and growing fingernails and eyebrows.

We had our big ultrasound today, and were assured that everything is looking great. Spine, brain, bladder are all ok. All the measurements are appropriate for someone 20 weeks along, the heartrate was a strong 160 (consistent with other checkups), and we could even see ten little fingers and ten little toes. We did get two pictures, but unfortunately baby was all curled up in a teeny tiny ball so it was hard to get any good ones. I would post them, but unfortunately at this point, without any fat or flesh (just skin over bones), our child looks like Skeletor. I don’t want you to have scary dreams, but if you’re interested I’ll send them. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

And then.. the big question. Did we find out? Did we get a nice ultrasound lady who was willing to tell? Is it a boy… or a girl?
Well, we DID find out – 90% sure. As I mentioned, baby was rolled up all teeny in a ball so it was hard to get a good look, so do keep in mind that there is some room for error…

It’s your last chance to speculate to yourself…. what do YOU think it is?
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It looks like we’re going to be having….
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do keep in mind this isn’t for SURE….
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wait for it…………
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a little girl.