Monday, November 13, 2006

Random list

Part of me wants to write an interesting post about.... well, anything. But all I can come up with is a list of stuff.

  • Sleeping exclusively on one's side hurts. During sleep, my hands go numb and my shoulders scream. Moving from side to side rocks our entire bed and every time I rock the bed I worry that it's only going to get worse as I get bigger. I now realize how much I LOVE sleeping on my back. But now I can't do it too much because it's not good for the baby.

  • My nose is no longer 100% clear. Seems like I'm sniffing and blowing a lot. I've read that pregnancy can cause congested nasal passages. But does anyone else feel like their nose is growing WIDER?

  • We can consistently hear Biscuit's heart beating on our doppler (the heart rate is around 160 - 179). Thank heavens we bought that little machine.

  • Karen vacuumed the house this weekend. I was caught between being very grateful and wanting to scream, "Stop it! This is my turf. My turf!

  • The author of "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff" was obviously never pregnant.

  • We bought a rocking moses basket holder (to go with our beautiful moses basket). This will be our crib for our bedroom and it is the perfect height for the bed. I'm so pleased with it.

  • There's been a power shift between our two cats. Our older cat, Phoebe, has let the younger cat, Chloe, be the alpha cat. Chloe just turned a year old. She has new side whiskers on her face. My fictitous (but fun!) theory is that Phoebe let Chloe work on her attack sequences and let her think she was winning. But once Chloe grew her side whiskers, Phoebe said, "Your kitten days are over my little friend. Time for you to learn who is boss. I'm going to kick your but". All I know is that Phoebe is Alpha cat again.

  • I'm knitting my mom what may be the ugliest shawl ever knitted in history. When I started it, I thought it was going to be beautiful. I had such delusions of grandeur for this shawl. Now I worry that it's just gaudy and ugly. I just want to finish it and get it out of my house. I'm sorry Mom for your ugly Christmas present. I asked Karen what she thought of it. She replied, "It's highly unique". I forget sometimes just how SMART Karen is.

  • We have two vials of paid-for semen. Our reproductive clinic will not buy it back. We don't want to pay for storing it since storage is so expensive. We could sell it but are afraid of the legal ramifications (even with contracts involved) and we don't want to know about any potential half-siblings. We paid a fortune for it and we have no idea what our clinic will actually do with the stuff. If you told me a year ago that I would be thinking about issues like this, I would have said you were crazy.

    Thanks for your guesses on the baby's sex. We love reading your comments.

    - Wendy
    [18 Babies R Us visits]

    UPDATE from Karen (added after Wendy's original post)

    I thought I'd add a few items to Wendy's list from the sherpa's side of life.

  • Sleeping with a pregnant woman trying to get used to sleeping on her side with a large 6 foot pillow is an interesting challenge. Wendy hasn't quite worked out the particulars of the extra large pillow (lent to us on trial by Heather ... thanks!) and my experience of it is well...odd. The first test run felt like I was sleeping with a large catepillar smooshed up against me all night. Fun. :)

  • Pregnant women make unusual noises they didn't make pre-pregnancy (well at least one pregnant woman in particular does). Wendy makes these little breathy grunts and moans quite frequently and doesn't even realize she's doing it. Well...she realizes it after I start laughing.

  • When your dear one asks if her nose looks big, the appropriate response is NOT to laugh hysterically.

  • It is a daunting challenge to do household chores while under the gaze of the usual "owner" of those chores. When she mentioned that the stairs were the dirtiest part of the house, I took that to mean that I should be particularly diligent in my efforts. So, I spent an inordinate amount of time going stair by stair making sure every little cat hair and dust bunny were eliminated. Dang...that's hard work! I won't miss handing that little fun chore back over to Ms. Clean. :)

  • The shawl Wendy is knitting is certainly highly unique, but in it's current form with several loose ends hanging off, it looks more like Zsa Zsa Gabor tried to glam up a bear hide.'s cool...really.

  • Blogger says the new version is ready. Does that mean they've gotten rid of all the Blogger Beta troubles some of you mentioned running into? Should we change over now or what?

  • I have a Babies R Us store floorplan permanently locked into my brain. While in Dallas on business last week, a co-worker and I went to B-R-U to buy a gift for a guy in our office whose wife is expecting at the end of the month. We got the registry print out and my friend looked at me in complete confusion as to where to go. I simply asked her what she wanted off the list and then proceeded to take her straight there. I found my items and we were outta there in 5 minutes. She just shook her head and told me I needed to get out more (and not to Babies R Us)!

    Life is good. The baby is doing well. Wendy is doing well (except for a few minor things like sleeping on her side and having that weird rib/side pain). I'm home for a month before I travel again. The holidays are coming. We find out the biscuit's gender in 3 weeks. is good.

    - Karen

    Stacey said...

    I'm sure the shawl isn't as awful as you make it sound. I know how you feel though--I've done some paintings where I get so frustrated that it just becomes uglier and uglier.

    Sleeping on your side is a pain. Literally. I have nights where my hip hates me from staying on one side too long. And around 2 am my shifting of sides always wakes me up and forces me to take a bathroom trip. Yay!

    I can't help but sweat the small stuff. It's what I do.

    Glad the baby's doing so well. :) Damn, with a heartbeat like that I might have to change my guess. The wives tale says it's a girl. ;)

    Traci said...

    Yanno, if you prop yourself up on several pillows, you can probably still sleep on your back. I also have to say that pretty soon, you won't want to sleep on your back because YOU won't be able to breathe! The other thing that sometimes helps...put a few pillows between your legs as you're laying on your side...changes your position and it does help.

    revrose said...

    As the soon to be recipient of the Zsa Zsa Gabor bear rug shawl, I cna't wait to see it. In advance, I want to say I love it because it was knitted by my own baby's hands! MOM

    The Moms to Be said...

    I've been reading your blog for a while and I'm writing now because I was wondering if you might be willing to let me ask you a few questions about the process you went through to conceive Kylie. My partner and I are on our third IUI attempt and would like to "talk" to people who've been through a similar process. (Which I'm not sure if you have, but I'm willing to take the chance to ask.) If you're agreeable, would you mind sending me an email. My email address is allison-leeATrocketmailDOTcom. Thanks so much.