Sunday, April 30, 2006

Caught with a hand in the Easter basket.

Friday I had a prenatal visit. First time anything out of the ordinary has shown up. Don't worry though, it all turned out OK. I tested positive for a little protien and sugar in my urine. This could mean a couple different things if I had also had high blood pressure (it might have meant pre-eclampsia or gestational diabetes) but my blood pressure was low and there's no problem. I just have to stay out of the Easter candy :-) No more chocolate bunnies for a few weeks. Anyway, Margarite said that she was very happy with the way everything looked/felt. Isaac is in the head down position and almost fully engaged. I was very happy to hear this, although it hasn't stopped him from lodging his feet in my rib cage and attempting to use it as a set of monkey bars when he gets restless. Kate

Back in action!

I have finally gotten back online :-) When my friend Grace came back from the States last week she brought a new laptop with her that we purchased with a little of out tax refund. This means that I HAVE MY OWN COMPUTER NOW!!! YAY!!!! I am a little excited, can you tell? Anyway, Paul spent lots of this weekend transfering data and reformatting so that I can have a "clean slate" and now I have it all up and running again. I will be posting soon about lots of things that have been going on in the last week. I have some fun stuff to share ;-)

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Birthday presents!

Here is a pic of some of the wonderful things I got for my birthday! There were other gifts too not pictured here (one, because I ate all the chocolate and two, I received money and other intangibles :-) Thank you to everyone for such a great birthday!

Visual Aids

Here is the pack-n-play all assembled and in place. I threw in one of the bed too. The blanket over the crib was a Christmas present from Aunt Melissa. Isn't she talented?!
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Monday, April 24, 2006

Dad 101- The Next Generation of D.I.Y.

Saturday started out kind of slow. We slept in late since Paul had been busting his tail over his presentation all week. When we both surfaced to full consciousness, we lay there talking about things we wanted to shift around in the apartment before the baby comes. So we roll out of bed and get to work. Our first thing was to shift the beds a little and rearrange the mosquito net and fan configuration to accommodate the pack-n-play that we anticipate putting at the end of the bed. I should explain that our “bed” is actually two single beds pushed together resulting in a “kingsize” bed. As Paul was restringing the supporting ropes for these things he went to get off the bed (he had to stand on the beds to set everything up) and put his foot straight through a weak spot in the supporting slats in one of the beds. Now we knew this spot in the bad was getting weak but in closer inspection we found that the main reason was an infestation (seems to be clear now) of termites. So that meant we were going to have to take a trip to the store to get stuff to repair the bed. While we were at the hardware store I remembered that I had seen a pack-n-play at a second hand store not too far from the mall. So we stopped there so I could show it to Paul and we ended up purchasing it (and saved about 200 ECD which is about 75 USD). We just made it to the bus that we needed to get back home (the buses only run about every hour on the weekends) and got home to a very excited Lady.

By this time it was about 3:30 and Paul got straight to work finding, measuring and sawing the wood. He finally found or made all the pieces from a scrap pile that we have left over from “Hurricane Ivan damage” and he got everything sorted out and assembled. Then we decided to try our hands at the pack-n-play. Oh, boy. We have both set these things up before but it’s been a while since the babysitting days and we were a little hazy. Additionally, the directions were in something like Swahili so if you couldn’t get the idea from the picture you were on your own. This might all have been ok except that I began to have some misgivings about the place where we got it when it didn’t go up so easily and I was thinking “Oh great, I’ve been duped and there’s probably no getting my money back and I am going to be stuck with this thing and not be able to use it…”. You get the idea. So we both fiddled around with the sides and tried to get them to lock in the straight position so that it would stand up. Nothing seemed to be working. No matter how we jerked, what order we tried, or how we positioned it would get it to stand. This is when I decided to start dinner in hopes that I wouldn’t break down in tears and cap off Paul’s already “wonderful” day. The next thing I know I hear a “POP” on the tiled floor and I turn around to see it up! I looked at Paul and couldn’t get the smile off my face. “What did you do?!” He looked at me and said, “I googled it”. Welcome to Dad 101.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Tummy bumps

I have gotten to the stage in my pregnancy where I am no longer able to make adjustments for my size. I don't think I have opened a single door in the last week when I haven't bumped myself in the tummy. Even when I am aware of it and try to compensate I still manage to hit it sometimes. Nothing traumatic or painful, mind you, just a brush of the fridge or counter as I walk past or trying to squeeze through a space in the grocery store that would have been double the needed space a few weeks ago! Anyway, at least people are aware that I am actually pregnant these days (although convincing them that I am due in less than 8 weeks is a completely different story). Apparently my 5'10" frame holds 20 or so extra pounds with out looking like the rhinosaurous they expect at this stage of the game :-) I try to tell myself that that has no reflection on how big I must look when not pregnant! Must be the, where'd my chocolate get to...?

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Happy Easter!

Hope everyone had a blessed holiday! My birthday was Good Friday and Paul surprised me with tons of chocolate! It's great since I never buy it for myself, now I can squirrel it away for a little while :-) He also spoiled me all day Friday since he was out of school for the holiday. We had pancakes and italian sausage for "lunch" and an AWESOME spaggetti for dinner. He really outdid himself on the sauce that time. Saturday he took some pictures for the family to see the pregnancy progressing and I chose some that I liked for the collage here. While I was putting it together I had an interesting thought, so let me know what you think :-) If I believe that life begins the moment a baby is conceieved (which I do), does that mean that this was Isaac's first Easter? :-) Food for thought! What do you think? Posted by Picasa

Monday, April 10, 2006

Weird dreams and mustard

While I can't say that I have had any wild cravings during pregnancy (like wanting to lick paint or anything) I have had some very particular desires for certain things. I think mustard has been the most consistent. I want it on everything... grilled cheese sandwiches, pretzels, chicken. Not spaggetti, though. I have to have sour cream with my spagetti sauce...don't even get me started on taco salads...

So after starting off with a topic like that, the next topic might seem clearly linked but somehow I can't really confirm it. I have had some of the craziest, weird dreams since I got pregnant. They tell me this is normal during pregnancy (for various reasons, depending on who's theory you hear). Sometimes they are funny, sometimes scary and sometimes just bizaare. And I seem to remember them more clearly than before too! They can be so realistic that I wake up crying/laughing/looking for someone specific to talk just goes on and on. I guess I should be glad they give me something to think about when I wake up at 3am and can't go back to sleep...

Well, anyway, I am going to go make some grilled cheese for lunch...where's that mustard gotten to? :-)

Friday, April 07, 2006


Isaac is now big enough to include me in his daily exercise routine. Mornings start out with a warm up that goes into a vigorous program of wiggling and stretching. During the day, I am apparently active enough that he just likes hanging out for the ride. Unless I sit down and happen to slouch. That is definitely not allowed. Must cramp his style :-) Night time is definitely playtime. Ususally this means, Daddy is home working hard on his thesis and Mommy is cross stitching or knitting. We get a full complement of motion then, the most recent being full fledged somersaults. I can even discern body parts at times! Good times being had by all :-)

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

One more vote for the boy?

Margarite was here yesterday. Did all the usual stuff, blood pressure, urine test, dopplered the heartbeat, measured the fundus, told me where his head was :-) That was fun. He actually had just flipped over that morning. Also, when she was taking the heartbeat, she said that her guess is that it's a boy. Apparently, in her experience, she has found that boys have a slightly lower heart rate than the girls. "Lower", meaning around 130-140 beats per minute as opposed to more than 140bpm. Our little guy has been a pretty consistent 130-135bpm when she's taken it and also when I measure it myself from time to time. My in-laws have lent us a doppler that has been so nice to have around. I think my Dad Gardenghi picked it up at a garage sale or something years ago. It's a hand held little thing with ear pieces (they look just like the ones on a stethascope) that army medics used who knows how long ago. It still works great!

Monday, April 03, 2006

The wonders of technology...

Since we live here in Grenada there are obviously some differences in lifestyle and culure that are mandated by our location. Bet you couldn't figure that one out. However, I have to say that the internet is an amazing and wonderful connection to the world at large. We watch the church services from our home church live on Sundays, all communication home is via email or Skype (a way to make phone calls through the internet), and most recently my husband has introduced me to live radio! Yay! We have a pretty extensive music collection anyway, but the variety of radio is a nice change and you also get the news/weather for back home :-) It's the little blessings, you know? :-) Weird to think that my Daddy and I are probably listening to the same station hundreds of miles apart!