June 2004

Well, not much is going on here…I’m ignoring all the work I need to start doing to get ready for the move…instead we had a barbecue Monday! Fran, Teresa and Jay came over (Carmen was in Madrid). Tj made his pasta salad and cole slaw, I made Mom’s potato salad. Everyone had their choice of hamburgers or hot dogs, and many were eaten, but not by me! It completely amazes me how little I eat now…I’ve always been a big eater, and thought that would only increase when I got pregnant…needless to say I’m wrong. All I ate that day was: breakfast: two pieces of cinnamon toast; lunch: cucumber and bell pepper strips with bleu cheese dip, half a hamburger, three bites of potato salad, cherry cobbler with ice cream; supper: half a hamburger and five chips. That’s it! And this napping thing is out of control…I got up at 7 with Tj and started cleaning up for the guests. They came over at 2pm, so there was no time for a nap. Fran and Teresa left around 5, and Jay stayed to talk a bit. Finally at 6 I left the party. I slept until 9pm, got up for 2 hours to eat supper and talk to Tj a bit, and then went back to bed and slept soundly!

After Jay got here and we were waiting on Fran and Teresa Tj got a call from the PEP office saying the colonel’s trip down here had been cancelled. Tj was glad he didn’t have to take his PT test the colonel was gonna give him…by all rights it’s up to his new base to administer it, and it was crummy that Tj got two weeks notice that he was gonna get tested. Anyway, in the end it all worked out.

Little by little the move is getting closer. We were told by the Gov’t that they wouldn’t ship any alcohol back to the States. This seemed like a gyp since they shipped some over here, and a month before we leave isn’t the time to find that out. Tj’s gotten several bottles as gifts from his students, and he wanted to bring some back as gifts. He called Rota and found out that we can make a customs shipment…so that’s what we did this morning. The guy from Rota had been to Zaragoza yesterday, so he stopped here on his way back. He showed up at 8:30 and was done in 40 minutes or so. Our first shipment! We’re almost outta here!

Ok, I know I’ve been a bit harsh on Gonzo…but here’s some indisputable proof that he is lacking…something…. A few weeks ago Tj was showing Gonzo how the mail system works here…it’s practically the US postal system. We address our mail just as if we were in the US, we don’t have to put US on the envelope. It goes into a sealed bag and then Iberia (a Spanish airline) takes it to the embassy in Madrid. From there it’s in US hands…and in fact the individual pieces of mail are never sorted by the Spanish. So obviously we use US postage. Anyway…Tj had a stack of mail on his desk and was trying to show Gonzo how to cancel the stamp and then bag it up when Gonzo spied the stamp. “What’s this? A Spanish stamp?” he said. Tj replied that it was US postage, and started to explain again that our mail doesn’t go through Spanish hands…but before he could finish Gonzo went on “I’ve never seen a Spanish stamp before, where do you buy these, is that Mary on there………….?” Tj starts again with the explanation. On and on Gonzo goes “How much do Spanish stamps cost? How many come on a sheet?” It’s amazing…it was a Christmas stamp, it said USA and 32 cents on it…why would a Spanish stamp have USA on it? Why doesn’t he shut up?

The refrigerator is up to its old tricks of freezing the milk/tea/etc. Fortunately I haven’t lost any lettuce yet…I turned it off for several hours today to let stuff thaw…hopefully I won’t have to do that too many more times!

And my rash is still here…in fact it’s spreading a little. This is two weeks, I believe (at least tomorrow will be). Two weeks for two cereal bars is really too much. I’ve looked online for foods with maltodextrin…can’t find anything worthwhile. I’ll see if Tj can dig something up.

I never thought I’d go this long between posts once I got pregnant…but there just isn’t a lot to say. I just wrote in my Geddes diary Teresa and Fran bought me when we went to Melilla last year.

The food thing is the same…I’m kinda hungry all day long, but nothing in the house looks very appetizing. I’m making do, but I’m looking forward to moving back to America (in three weeks!!!!) and eating out a good bit more! I have no particular cravings…I just have to root around in the pantry every few hours and pick what seems the least offensive to me. It’s funny, but I don’t like butter on my muffins or biscuits anymore…I thought it might just be the butter we bought locally, but I tried some from Rota and it tastes just the same. It’s too dairy-y for me for some reason. Also, chocolate really holds no temptation for me! I used to be able to solve all problems by eating a piece (or several) of chocolate/almond bar, but I haven’t had a piece in a week or more. Hmmm….

I’m still sleeping just as much. And it still takes me just as long to fall asleep…but once I do I sleep soundly.

Tj’s out picking up groceries after his horseback ride. His last ride will be next week, so we’re still planning on having a picnic (Yay!). I told Cindy that I’m not making the orange curd like I’d hoped…I made it last week (or the one before) using the recipe for lemon curd…it tasted like custard. I need to add more oranges, but I don’t know how many. I’ll just make a chocolate cake with chocolate icing and leave out the curd I was hoping to put in the middle.

We’ve had a sudden thunderstorm this evening…lost of wind, grey clouds, and now rain.

Well, that’s it for the day.

Things are going well…there are several disjointed things going on, but all is well as far as I can tell.

I’ve had a bit of nausea, only a tiny bit. Friday night as I was putting my boiled shrimp on the table my arms started to feel cold and weak…I wasn’t sure at first but then I began to feel like throwing up. I started thinking that shrimp wasn’t exactly the thing that I’d like see coming up again…but then I’ve read that with pregnancy you usually just need a little something in your stomach, so I ate. A minute later I felt fine. I’ve felt like that several times, and eating always helps.

The thing is that I’m not having cravings, but anti-cravings. Nothing sounds good, not even the usual stuff. Or I really want something and I eat it once and then want no more. Those shrimp were great, but even knowing that I can’t imagine eating them again. I can’t keep doing this unless I can find one serving of whatever it is I’m hungry for at the time.

On a slightly related note…my allergy rash is back…and annoying as all get out. I couldn’t figure out what I’d done, I tried to be careful…I finally figured it out. When we were at Rota Tj bought some Kellogg’s breakfast bars and they had maltodextrin. I ate one on Monday, rash came up on Tuesday and it’s still here. Ugh.

 

I’m still sleeping as much as before…every day but one I’ve had a 2-hour nap and a full night’s sleep. Sometimes I get bored with so much sleep, but it’s not as if I could stay awake to do something else.

7 weeks 3 days pregnant: at least I think that’s what I am. Before I got pregnant and was reading all of those pregnancy journals I said I wouldn’t worry about exactly how far along I was…it seemed like every woman said “My doctor says I’m x weeks along, but I know I’m X weeks along”…it seemed too confusing and a little anal retentive. Now, though, I wonder. It’s not exactly the same, but if I count from my LMP, then the first full week after should be week one, and the second full week would be week two, in which case I’m on 8 weeks 3 days. But when I go to some pregnancy websites and put in my LMP I come out a week behind (like your birthday…your first year you only count the months, and say you’re one only after you’ve completed the year, KWIM?). I guess for now I’ll just stick to the websites…7 weeks 3 days.
The hand plates become present this week, and the baby is about 7-9 mm CRL by the end of the week. The genital tubercle is present, but you can’t distinguish girls from boys by sight at this point. Nasal pits are forming.
Your baby will actually go through 3 sets of kidneys, very rapidly as they develop during this period. This week the second of such sets will form.
With a transvaginal ultrasound, one study shows that 100% of the ultrasounds will be show a fetal pole with heart motion.
The baby has a tiny yet functional bloodstream and circulatory system. The heart is a large bulge in the front of the chest.
The baby’s face is beginning to form. The eyes are on either side of the head and will be sealed shut until about the 28th week.
There are 231 days until your due date! (82.5% to go)

Oh, yeah, weight…it’s funny to me that I’ve gone down two pounds since the doctor’s office; but this morning I was back up a pound. I’m gonna have to keep an eye on this.

We got our first baby gifts last Wednesday…from Tj’s mom, of course. She sent a 40-week calendar (which I love), a teddy bear and a book of baby poems. She’s always so thoughtful! She’s already asking when she can come to visit…we talked about it a little last night, but I know my mom won’t want to decide any time soon.

Well, I guess that’s it…we’re taking Tj’s car for it’s first check-up this morning, and then shopping when it’s finished. I hope we have a good day.