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Today and yesterday have definitely been excited days. Yesterday especially, I could feel more going on and I've been in hirer spirits. Even the 'morning sickness' didn't seem so bad or bother me. I think I need to go to the spa more. ;)

Oh yeah, with that in mind- people asking me about birthday presents can get me gift certificates to Studio Donna in Everett. Even tom boys need to feel pretty once in a while.

So, we're really getting there now. The end of our first trimester is only a month away. Hopefully that means a lot of the discomfort I have had so far will go on hiatus. Everyone says the second trimester is the best one: you look pregnant and cute, aren't throwing up all the time, have some energy again, and aren't too big to get around yet. I think that sounds fabulous. Then it's the home stretch where I find out what it feels like to be a hippopotamus, or some other such gigantic creature with teeth.

Another thing I'm very excited about is the book [livejournal.com profile] squidgyfishlove got for me last night (as placation for buying a video game for himself- which I think he really likes): it's called Baby Sign Language Basics by Monta Z. Briant. I've been really excited about the idea of teaching the baby to sign for a long time. I will have to talk more about it later, but in the meantime you can check out Sign2Me.com for a little overview. I think the only hard part will be teaching the Grandparents how to do it so that we can keep things consistent.

Speaking of Grandparents and more on being excited, we're headed to Other Mother's and Babys'R'Us (where we will likely be registering later on) to go and scope out baby things. I think it will be fun... especially since we're starting our outing with Chinese food. Yum yum!
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Today I pampered myself with a quick visit to the spa place to get my eyebrowns done. That feels so good! I have been feeling like the puffy Queen of the Frump People (with crown and septor included) and certainly less than attractive. I have painful acne spots- which Maria, my eyebrown lady, says means it will be a girl- and generally bad skin and flat hair. Any thing to help me feel more like a put together woman is certainly welcome. A full spa day would be superb!

In other news, we're trying to find an OB that I like and decide where we're going to have the baby. My doctor is being very helpful in assisting me with finding someone who will let me do a birth which is as natural as possible and listen to my concerns. He's actually recommended to me the OB his wife sees (they have a couple of sprogs themselves) at Evergreen Hospital, right up the hill from his practice. We are currently seeing a doctor at Overlake OB/GYN in Bellevue, about 40 miles away. Evergreen is in Kirkland, and though it's still almost that distance it is not quite as far. It also has a very good reputation. So, if a different doctor works out, hopefully we can switch before out next appointment (which is on 13 March).

My big beef with doctors, a lot of them anyway, is that they have this "I've seen it all and I know better than you do" attitude. It's my body. I know my body. And I think that ought to count for something. Not to mention the fact that I can't understand why any doctor would be happy not to load you and the baby up with things. Is it so much to ask that I not get an epidural and require an anesthesiologist (who I usually don't like, especially), to not be stuck with IV's, and to be allowed to just do it how it's been done since the dawn of our species. Is that so bloody wrong?! Grr.

In the meantime: you are here ...

Your Pregnancy: Week 8

What changes are occurring with your body?

Even though it may not look like your body has changed from the outside, many changes have occurred throughout your body. Before you were pregnant your uterus was about the size of your fist, but it is now about the size of a grapefruit.

You may have noticed changes in your breasts. You also may notice that your breasts are more tender and sensitive than normal. This is completely normal as your body is preparing for lactation.

Another change that has occurred that you may not be aware of is that your blood volume has increased by 40 to 50 percent.*

What is happening with your baby?

Everything that is present in an adult human is now present in the small embryo. The ears are continuing to form externally and internally. The bones are beginning to form, and the muscles can contract. Fingers and toes are webbed but are growing longer.

The facial features continue to mature. The tip of the nose is present and the eyelids are now more developed. The embryonic tail is also disappearing, and your baby's body is beginning to straighten out.

While your baby's gender has already been determined, the external genitals are still forming and cannot be clearly seen. The embryo is at the end of the embryonic period and begins the fetal period.*

How big is your baby?

The embryo is about 1 inch long and is approximately the size of a bean.*
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So guess who's been slacking? Oh! It's me!

So... What to say here? I'm grumpy and uncomfortable today. I bought some photo gear which should cheer me up, but it's been trumped by medical bills and finding out we can expect maybe two more ultrasounds over the next seven months. The exception to this would be if something was wrong and it became necessary. This is making me sad. This is really from where the grumpy stems. I know it's pretty normal for this to be the case, but we really like the sonograms and seeing the baby grow. Not just seeing me grow- which seems like it's very close on the horizon now.

Other than that, I haven't been quite as tired lately but my brain is certainly on respite. My food cravings have really reared their ugly head this week in the form of Chinese, Thai food, and yesterday pizza. I thought I was going to die if I didn't get some pizza STAT, and it was like tasting heaven when I finally did. Of course my order confused the pizza place enough that they called me back to make sure they understood what I wanted. I thought it was good moment in crazy for me. Generally, though, if it's spicy, I want some. My stomach is really growling now, but I don't want to eat. I'm grumpy.

So what else? Stephen thinks I'm getting a little bit bigger already. I think it feels like that is coming very soon. Things are stiffening up in my lower abdomen. It doesn't look much different. You wouldn't notice if you looked at me that anything was. We, however, can notice a difference in shape and firmness to the touch. Fortunately, no one else touches me there. But I do feel bigger. I hope it's not just more fat. I eat mostly veggies and things- other than the pizza- but I still worry about it given that I'm hungry all the time. And as long as I eat regularly (in small portions, mind you), and don't eat junk, I don't throw up either. Even though I've been going for walks and to yoga, I still feel like a heifer. I'm sure this will only get worse in the months to come.

Other than that, I'm annoyed that I'm not more excited. We've been reading book after book about pregnancy. They all describe a great deal of discomfort, but the woman is always so happy about it. I'm happy about it, but I thought it would be this euphoric experience where I am housing the miracle of life and somehow connecting with that. Instead I'm low on energy and brain power and having a hard time feeling productive. Although, I've been somewhat successful (in extremely small doses, mind you) of instigating the Nesting Instinct early and getting some things organized. The big problem is that I have school work that requires a lot of time. And I have at least a week's worth of housework to catch up on. I just feel behind, and lazy, and the house is a mess, and my face is breaking out, and I can't get comfortable, and a lot of other things. I think it would be nice, sometimes, to have the luxury of time for just taking naps and to somehow really just enjoy the fact that I'm going to be a mum soon.

Why can't I seem to do that?

Probably because anytime something good is going to happen, I say I'll be excited afterwards- stressing about the details and the tasks to be done to make it happen instead of going along for the ride. Let me tell you, I was a grumpy, grumpy bride for this reason. I don't want to be a grumpy pregnant lady as well. I wish I could figure out how to chill and go with the flow.

On the plus side, [livejournal.com profile] squidgyfishlove is really excited. I think he's taking this better than I am.

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