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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.

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.


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.)

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 ;-)

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. ;-)


Pregnancy Sucks

Pregnancy: Old Wives’ Tales Edition

Soon we will discover whether the baby beluga is a boy beluga or a girl beluga. I have no idea what the beluga will reveal itself to be and I have strong ideas that it’s a stubborn baby and will hide its parts. Jesse thinks the beluga is a boy (of course) and my sister/friends all think the beluga is a girl. My dreams have featured both a boy and a girl, while my friend Tessa had a dream that the beluga is a girl. Lots of thoughts out there…but what do the old ladies of yore say? (I’m using this list, the image is from a very funny book called Pregnancy Sucks.)

Pregnancy Sucks


Old Wives’ Tale #1 – Linea Nigra
No line here: INCONCLUSIVE

Old Wives’ Tale #2 – Carrying High or Low?
What does this even mean? I’m carrying a baby in my uterus…I guess it’s high? They should include pictures with these things.

Old Wives’ Tale #3 – The Draino Thingo
Just no. Why would ANYONE do this? Who just has Draino around so they can mix it with their pee?!

Old Wives’ Tale #4 – Is Your Skin Dry or Soft?
Umm…definitely dry.

Old Wives’ Tale #5 – What’s Baby’s Heart rate?
The faster the heart rate, the more likely it’s a girl. Our baby’s heart rate has been between 155-160 at our last two appointments.

Old Wives’ Tale #6 – Your Flowing Locks
I’m not sure my hair will ever be thin, but it has become dull & dry. Oh! How I wish I could say it’s gorgeous and glossy.

Old Wives’ Tale #7 – Where Are You Carrying Extra Weight?
This is a horrible thing to ask a pregnant woman to judge. Honestly, I’m gaining weight everywhere. I feel like an already giant cow being fattened for slaughter. So where do I see most of the weight? Everywhere, but mainly the front.

Old Wives’ Tale #8 – Numbers…
Now I’m supposed to do MATH?! Let’s see…I was 30 when the beluga was conceived and the magic happened in February. 32 (and I so remember that numbers ending in 2 are even)…that means:

Old Wives’ Tale #9 – Sweet, Salty or Sour?
I’m not really having cravings. I like milk and OJ, but both make me a little queasy. I definitely like sweet fruits over anything sour (never drinking grapefruit juice again). Not all that interested in anything too sweet though. Yeah…this one is INCONCLUSIVE.

Old Wives’ Tale #10 – Wedding Ring Test
I tried this over the weekend with my family and since most of them think it’s a girl they could have made the results whatever they wanted. And I think we had the circle=girl thing wrong. When I tried it this morning on my own, it went back and forth which apparently means boy…so this is INCONCLUSIVE as far as I’m concerned.

Old Wives’ Tale #11 – Got Morning Sickness?
I’ve experienced some morning sickness, nothing crazy though. But according to this site any morning sickness means GIRL.

Old Wives’ Tale #12 – How About Those Cold Feet?
It’s too hot in Arizona to have cold feet, but it’s something I’ve always had. Are they warmer than usual…actually, yes. (But it’s only if they’re the same that it’s a girl and if they’re colder it’s a boy, so I have no idea what it means that they’re warmer than normal.)

Old Wives’ Tale #13 – How Do You Look?
Another question a pregnant woman shouldn’t have to answer. You know how I look?! FAT. And it doesn’t matter if it’s a boy or a girl, they’re both going to make me look fat for the next 21 weeks (and maybe longer). But do I think I look better than before? No.
GIRL because they like to steal Mom’s beauty.

Old Wives’ Tale #14 – The Breast Test!
They’re both ginormous compared to pre-preggers standards (also does anyone have boobs that are even?). I’d say the left is leading though. (I’ve seen other lists that say the opposite of this one though.)

Old Wives’ Tale #15 – North or South?
Umm…does this mean which direction I was sleeping around time of conception or when the baby was growing genitalia? Currently I sleep with my head to the West, before to the North…so umm…why are North and South the only options?

Old Wives’ Tale #16 – Pimples, Schimiples…
Oh, yes. I have them.

Old Wives’ Tale #17 – Are You A Lefty or a Righty?
Despite the fact that it’s recommended I sleep on my left side, my right side is so much more comfortable.

Old Wives’ Tale #18 – Check Out Your Wee!
Should I be looking at a certain time of day to determine color? I mean, urine tends to vary in color throughout the day. Sometimes it’s bright, sometimes almost clear. Does this mean twins?

Old Wives’ Tale #19 -What Does Your Belly Look Like?
What kind of watermelon are we talking about? I’m big all over, so there’s definitely no basketball here.

Old Wives’ Tale #20 – Hairy Legs?
Is my leg hair growing faster…why did anyone ever put leg hair growth and baby gender together? How do the two correlate?! Mine’s pretty normal. Maybe even slower.

Bonus Round:
According to the Chinese Lunar Pregnancy Calendar the beluga is a GIRL.

There’s one that says if your age and conception year are both even/odd, it’s a girl. Well, mine are: GIRL.

GIRL: 13
BOY: 1

Guess we’ll see what science says soon!

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.