I guess I should tell you what baby us and I have been doing since my last update. First, we had a "Hey girl" weekend with my bestie Linds, while my husband dragged her husband up a mountain in Yosemite. (Typical ;) ). It was pretty great just eating good food, having some girl time, and watching Ryan Gosling movies. If you haven't seen this Ryan Gosling fad of "hey girl" you should check this out. It's my favorite :D
Ryan Gosling on Cloth Diapers
Some are a tad inappropriate, but I love the last one :)
I've also started swimming, which is INCREDIBLE!! I mean, I've always loved swimming, but having the feeling of being weightless when my belly feels so crazy heavy all the time is great! And it's hilarious watching the visual responses when I get out of the pool and people realize that I'm pregnant. I guess it's hard to tell in the water??
It's also been a great way to get me doing something. I've been pretty down since school (work) has been out. I really miss my kiddos and I miss the fulfillment of teaching. I feel this way every summer, but it's harder knowing that I won't be going back in August.
I've been keeping busy by working on my classes (I'm just taking one towards my doctorate right now...and it's pretty boring), and reading a new parenting book each week. Last week was Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman. It was a fabulous read! It wasn't like most parenting books, it was written more like a novel and really fun. I read the whole thing in a day. The book compares American moms to Parisian moms and investigates why (largely) American children whine, have less patience, are demanding, etc., whereas Parisian children seem to have much more self-control and patience. It turns out, after reading the book, Parisian moms are just like Southern moms. I should thank my mom for being so tough.
Last week I had a very interesting OB appointment. My doctor first wanted to talk to me about how we plan to space out our children. This seemed random to me since the first one is still in my belly, but we discussed the current research about the negative effects for mom and baby to get pregnant too soon in-between. (Risks of obesity, Autism, etc. if a year or less apart). We really don't have a plan, but I'd like some serious time to get a grip on this whole mom bit first.
Then she wanted to discuss breastfeeding. And not in the typical, it's-a-good-idea way, but in her total Santa Cruz hippie way in which she believes breastfeeding should be done very openly, very often. She advises against covering up, or excusing yourself in public at all. I totally respect her passion and I, of all people, want to support advocacy for a good cause. Women shouldn't have to cover up or be discreet at all, it's a natural thing. I think it's awesome how supportive she is of that!! However, I couldn't help but smile and remind her that I'm from the South. Today I saw one of my pastors from church at the pool and I couldn't even go talk to him because I felt it inappopriate that I was swimming in my bikini! How will I ever be at the comfort level she's talking about?!
Anyway, moms that can be the change for breastfeeding women, I admire you so very much! However, I have already ordered a "hooter hider" for use in public places.
Last, but certainly not least, the baby stats!!
- 29 weeks today (I think we covered that), but that means we should have a baby within the next 11 (or so) weeks!! Eeeek! I can't wait!!
- Baby-us is the size of a small cabbage!!
- Roughly 17 inches
- Around 2.9 lbs.
- And we've finally, I'm pretty sure it's final now, decided on names. Boy: John Lincoln; Girl: Collette Marie (or Colette..I dunno about the spelling yet)