Pregnancy: Dreams Edition

Over the past 22 weeks I have had some crazy dreams. Apparently this is all normal because pregnant women have to pee in the middle of the night often and thus they wake up during the part of sleep where there are dreams (and thus they remember them more often). Or something like that. I am no exception…I do pee a lot. And I do remember some of my absolutely INSANE dreams. Below are a few of the crazy dreams I’ve experienced…

It all started innocent enough…me and baby boy were snuggling. The next thing you know, I’m being told that he has to get ready to go vote in some kind of election. “Vote?! He’s a baby! He can’t vote,” I tell them. “But he must,” they say. “He’s a BABY! He’s just going to vote the way I want him to.” No one seems bothered by this…. The next thing I know the baby is dressed in some kind of furry outfit — in my dream I’m pretty sure we were living on some Star Wars planet where this kind of furry-ness is normal.

A couple of nights later…I was in a shopping mall in Sydney, Australia (I could see the Opera House). The mall was HUGE, like 6-9 levels all built underground. The next thing you know there’s a terrorist attack and the mall starts to rumble to life because it’s actually a SPACESHIP built for just these kind of issues. If there’s an attack, the mall flies into space to protect the shoppers. We could have lived in space forever, apparently. I don’t know if we ever made it into space, but I do know the Australians were ready for it.

Back in high school?! Or maybe college? Either way it’s school. I’m pretty sure this is one that I’ve had multiple times because there were things happening in the dream that made reference to things “in the past”. Like missing a lot of my math class. In the most recent school dream I was researching a term paper and got distracted. Thus causing myself to be half an hour late for math. And I didn’t even have my math book.

The most confusing dream? There’s a special book room/store that transports you into a different dimension. I had to be back by midnight or else it would mess with my actual timeline. I kept looking for a copy of The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, but could only find various volumes of the graphic version of the novel (which doesn’t exist, right?). It felt like a and my boss was there and my niece had to change into her swimsuit. It was so weird, but this book dimension room was huge.

The dreams that are the scariest are those about Jesse leaving me. I wake up terrified he’s really gone every time I have these dreams of abandonment. In one he left me for 3 months. I mean, they’re always so real. Again, apparently these types of dreams are common during pregnancy because…well…it’s a scary time with lots of changes.

Then there are those dreams that shouldn’t be discussed publicly…hormones. You can’t control ‘em.

Did any of your pregnancy dreams stick with you?

June Recap

The last month has been all about unpacking (still), exciting baby news, and a little reading.

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The books are on the shelves and no where close to being organized.

We moved at the end of May and we have finally figured out where the bookshelves should go. It was not easy. The house is bigger than our apartment, but more windows also means less wall space. Tricky, indeed. So now our bedroom doubles as our library. We got rid of a lot of books to make ‘em all fit, but sometimes you’ve got to let go of the things you love.

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Chairs!

We also finally have a dining room table WITH chairs and a guest bedroom that has a real bed. Plus what will be the baby’s room is empty and ready to be transformed into a nursery. (I’ll admit to several days of distraction from unpacking thanks to the release of Mario Kart 8.)

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Week 19.

Mid-month we discovered that our little beluga is a girl! We then had to figure out what to name her…. We’ve always been in agreement on a boy name, but have very different ideas about girl names. The fact that we are now agreed is amazing. I’ll share the beluga’s name in another post in the future ;-)

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Week 20.

Jesse felt the baby move for the first time just a couple of days ago. His face was priceless — a mix of astonishment, joy, and fear. It was pretty incredible. The dad’s are really left out of the baby-growing part of the process, so it’s nice that he can finally feel some of what I feel.

As far as reading goes…I’m pretty sure 2014 is the year of abandoned books. (Although I have discovered graphic novels and am enjoying them.) I plan on doing a mid-year reading recap this week, so I’ll save the rest of my book chatter for that post.

Have a happy and safe July!

It's a girl!

Pregnancy: Gender Reveal!

Boy or Girl?!

If you follow me on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook, then you already know the exciting news. The Old Wives’ were right! It’s a girl! (Jesse is completely smitten and is already looking forward to a trip to Disneyland so she can meet princesses.)

It's a girl!

The ultrasound was wonderful. She waved at us and had her legs crossed at her ankles just like a little lady. I can’t wait to meet her in November!

We did get to see a few shots with the 3D ultrasound and well…it was interesting. (She’s wearing glasses…so you can properly see what is a blob and what is her face.)

Look at her sweet face!

But do you see the concerning part?

Monster?No idea what the Orc, Norse god, Buffyverse bad guy is doing in there, but it looks like the baby has a knife to protect herself so we’re good. ;-)

 

May Recap

The past month has been busy. I presented at a Readers’ Advisory workshop the day before we left to go to Virginia for my brother’s retirement ceremony and we started moving the day after we got back from Virginia.

I think the presentation went pretty well…I ended up changing it from the Gone Girl focus to Books About Books. I’ll share that list another day. There were tons of great presentations that day, hopefully the handouts will be posted on the MCLC blog soon so you can all see them.

Siblings.My brother’s retirement ceremony was awesome. The Navy carried him away when I was really little — he’s twelve years older than me — he’s been in the Navy most of my life. He missed a lot, but he was always there when it counted (I’m still not over him coming to our wedding, that was huge) and I know that what he did in those 26 years away was important. I’m so proud of him.

Washington. D.C.Flying into/out of Norfolk is tricky. I learned this the hard way. Jesse works for an airline so we took advantage of his perks…well, let’s just say getting out was complicated. We ended up driving to D.C. on Saturday morning for an afternoon flight out only to discover that it was full by the time we got there. So we had an adventure in our Nation’s Capital.  We walked around the Mall and then met up with one of my friend’s from college. Miraculously, we got out on Sunday morning!

The upside to sitting on a plane for hours at a time is that I read a book! In fact, since returning home from our adventures I’ve finished FOUR books. Seventy-five percent of completed books were by John Green, not sure what that says….

Since I’ve now read all of John Green’s novels, TFIOS is definitely his best with Will Grayson, Will Grayson my second favorite. The others all seem to follow a formula about a teenage boy who falls under the spell of a quirky, independent girl.

On the pregnancy front…well, we have another appointment tomorrow! I *think* I’ve felt the baby move. Last night when we went to see Maleficent (which I thought was great, Angelina Jolie is flawless), there was this one loud battle scene that the beluga must’ve heard. Or it was all in my head. Then today I felt these flutterings that don’t really seem to belong, you know? Again, it could all be in my head.

So that was my May…work, vacation, reading, moving, pregnant. My June will mostly be about unpacking…there’s SO many boxes.

Pregnancy Reads

April Recap

I’ve been away for a bit…

At the beginning of March, things got crazy. I went to the doctor for a sore throat and thought as the NP started to talk about medication, You know, I’m not on birth control so I could be pregnant. I shared this with the NP and she said, “Let’s take a pregnancy test just in case.”

So I went to pee in a cup.

When the NP came back in she said with sadness in her voice, “You’re not pregnant.” And I was OK with it. I took the papers and headed to Target.

While waiting for Target to fill the ‘scripts, I got a call from my doctor’s office. Weird…I must have forgotten something. I answer.

“Hey, Melissa, don’t fill those prescriptions. We hadn’t discarded your pregnancy test yet and as I was walking by I noticed a really faint line. So we dipped it again and…congratulations! You’re pregnant!”

Ummmmm. I wasn’t pregnant 15 minutes ago. HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? (Yes, I know how this happened.)

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See…kind of pregnant.

After taking three more pregnancy tests (seriously faint lines) — I even upgraded to the fancy digital ones (you can’t pretend with those!) — and a trip to  my lady doctor, sure enough, I was just over 4 weeks pregnant. I didn’t feel pregnant and it didn’t feel real. At all. I called my mom and told her I was “kind of pregnant.” (I’m not sure it feels real now and I’ve already started buying maternity clothes.)Pregnancy Reads

Needless to say, my reading habits have changed drastically because I sleep all the time and focusing has been a bit of a challenge. (My app downloads have also changed…there are so many different apps for pregnancy.)

There were a couple of weeks of horrible morning sickness and then I got a cold on top of it. Really not fun. And the entire time I’ve just been exhausted. So…yeah. Life is merging in whole new ways over here.

Steak and a baby.We had our first ultrasound about four weeks ago (the day after my 31st birthday) and Jesse was ECSTATIC. We got to see the little beluga and hear it’s little, speedy heartbeat. Jesse was SO excited that he told Facebook.

So now here we are at 12 weeks. I’ve heard I’ll be less tired soon. I CAN’T WAIT for that.

We are moving soon and travelling to Virginia for my brother’s retirement soon and my presentation is soon and there’s a lot going on. But I really do hope to be back to normal SOON.

I hope everyone had a wonderful April and that your May will bring you lots of love.

"Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life." – Mark Twain