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November 2011

Pregnancy: It's Still Shorts Weather To Me

Kurt claims that it's cold these days. (Cold for LA.) I see him wearing fuzzy slippers, many layers and even occasionally a scarf around the house. There are times when the thermostat gets turned up and I'm looking around wondering why it's suddenly even hotter than it was a few minutes before. I guess I noticed it's gotten colder because I do tend to wear long sleeved shirts over my maternity shorts. But I'm still barefoot in the house and have to put my feet out of the covers when I sleep.

I guess it will be a true shock to return to normal body temperatures after the baby comes. I better get my sweaters out so I won't be taken by surprise in December. Or will breast feeding keep my inner furnace stoked?

Stay tuned!

Pregnancy: Just Waiting

Five more days until my due date. That means baby can come any time now. I SAY -- BABY CAN COME ANY TIME NOW...!


Mostly we're just excited to meet her so the sooner the better. But who knows, she might not decide to come until December. But as most of you who know me (and Kurt) if this baby is late, she is clearly no child of mine!

To pass the time I've been working on a VFX bid over at Sony. They called last week and said, "We know it might be nuts to ask so close to your due date, but could you come in and help us out?" It took me about .5 seconds to say YES!! So instead of waiting around the house I can wait in a nice office, 7 minutes from home, 15 minutes from the hospital (if need be), keeping busy, passing the time faster and making money. Win win win! I'll be there next week if the Sweet Potato remains in the oven.

For Turkey Day we are going to a potluck at a friend's house. We are only staying a short time (just in time to eat!) as I do get quite tired in big social situations. Afterward we will have dessert here with Kurt's mom. (She was also invited to the potluck but chose the quieter dessert-only option instead.) Yesterday Kurt bolted out of the house at 10am to get to the Apple Pan to buy a chocolate cream pie (his favorite) and a pumpkin pie (my favorite). If baby hasn't come this weekend, I anticipate a lot of pumpking pie meals. Heaven!

Really I am just so thankful for all we have and how healthy I've been through this pregnancy. I'm still amazed at how it's been so much easier than I ever imagined. I am lucky and grateful and happy and wouldn't trade with anyone.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day no matter where you are and who you are with.

Support The Diaper Act

As you may know from reading this blog, one of my favorite charities is Help A Mother Out. Their work is very straightforward: get diapers and wipes to families who desperately need them. It's that simple.

HAMO is now working to get signatures for The Diaper Act to pass through Congress. Here are more details about the act from HAMO's website:

Today is the day to make a difference with families who cannot access childcare due to lack of diapers.

  • The DIAPER Act asks for NO additional federal funding
  • Lack of diapers can result in (1) major health consequences and (2) a barrier to employment
  • If Congress enacts the DIAPER ACT, eligible child care centers would have the flexibility and choice to provide diapers (disposable or cloth) to their neediest clients.

Please sign this petition to Members of Congress (House of Representatives and Senators) and ask them to join Rep. Rosa DeLauro (CT) and co-sponsor the “Diaper Investment and Aid to Promote Economic Recovery (“DIAPER”) Act.”


If you can't see the "Sign the petition" widget in this blog post please CLICK HERE to go to HAMO's website to sign the petition. Thanks!

Purpose of the legislation: To increase access to child care and relieve economic strain on families who cannot otherwise afford sufficient diapers for their children by amending the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 to provide diapers and diapering supplies to families in need through child care providers. There is no increase in appropriation (i.e., no ask for additional federal funds) required for this legislation. Scroll down to bottom of page for detailed documentation.

Quick links:

The Diaper Difference Coalition

Talking Points:

The Diaper Act:

Diaper Act description:

Thank you for taking time to read about this important legislation!

Pregnancy: Getting Close To The Finish Line

We are now two weeks away from our calendar due date. And aside from a big giant belly, it's funny how I can tell we are close in little ways.

My sense of smell reset to "normal". This happened a little while ago and boy am I glad. Most smells were not a problem, they just were stronger in general: people wearing perfume, (I had to stop wearing any), certain foods, etc. I was only overwhelmed by one smell during these nine months, enough to make a major change. That smell was our previous cat litter brand. I could NOT stand the smell of it! I had no issue with any cat pee or poop smell at all, just the litter itself. I had to hold my breath going into the pantry where the cat box was. Kurt is hero dad-to-be and has been changing the litter this whole time, but I had to ask to change brands. That was a huge help. But now I wonder if that old brand would bug me so much.

Drinking black coffee again most mornings. The taste of coffee was off the table for about seven months. I could have lattes, no problem, as the milk diluted the coffee enough. But just in the last three or four weeks I've started drinking coffee again and it's been okay. I started with creamer and then weaned down to just sugar and have now weaned down to nothing. Amazing. (All of it being decaf, btw, as I switched from regular about two years ago. Funny thing with that switch, I never noticed a difference!)

Red wine tastes good again. Alcohol was another "BLECH!" feeling once I got pregnant. I was surprised at how easy it was not to drink, the idea of the flavor of alcohol was kind of vile for months. But starting at about five months along, I've had a glass of white wine or champagne here and there. Nice in the summer. But red wine or cocktails have still never seemed in any way delicious. I tried a sip of red wine about three months ago. It was a no go -- it just tasted rancid. But more recently I've looked at other people drinking red wine and think, mmmmm, that's going to taste so good! Then this weekend we were at a party and I tasted Kurt's glass of red. YUM! So looking forward to having a glass or two all to myself in the not too distant future.

Lastly, Bunny has a large comfy seat when I'm in bed reading. She'll soon be disappointed, poor kitty.


Pregnancy: Let's Check The Stats!

By the calendar I am at 37 weeks of gestation. My official due date is November 29, though I've had various people tell me I'll be giving birth on the 15th, on the 20th, and on the 24th. Honestly, I don't care when it is, as long as it's the right time for Sweet Potato. If it happens today, great! If not till the 29th, great!

As I've mentioned in previous posts, I am having a really good pregnancy (knock wood) with very few of the standard side effects that many pregnant women get. Oh I have a few, but they have all been very reasonable and easy to handle.

My side effects have been:

❀Heartburn: I have consumed over 175 Tums (and counting). I have chewed hundreds of pieces of gum (and counting). When I can feel the heartburn coming on, gum really does help. I can usually control the night time heartburn by not eating too late and eating smaller amounts. But some nights this just doesn't happen.

❀Pregnancy sinuses: This has been going on since about month four. They are worse at night, some nights worse than others. Generally lip balm and an occasional breathe right strip helps. However, these last few weeks have been quite bad. For Kurt. Apparently I have started snoring with a vengeance and he's had to go to the living room to sleep. I feel terrible! But at least it is temporary.

❀Swollen joints: About three weeks ago my fingers started getting sore and a bit swollen. My ankles have swelled slightly, but you can still see the anatomy of my feet. I suspect this will not be the case in a couple of weeks. My fingers hurt mostly at night and during the day they get better, but still achy. (I took my wedding rings off quite a while back.)

❀Shoe Size: This is different from swelling as the length of my shoes is an issue! I think my feet have become 1/2 to 1 size bigger. I have two pairs of slippers I can wear and two pairs of shoes that still fit. Some women tell me it was a permanent shift for them, others say the feet will return to their normal size. I am hoping for the latter, but if it is the former then hey! New shoes!

❀Weight gained: as of today I have gained 23 pounds. I've worked hard not to gain a ton or to "eat for two" because I want to be as mobile and agile as I can. I also want to be able to take weight off faster after baby is born. I have continued my 30-45 minute morning walks at least three, if not four times a week and that always feels good. Helps reduce back pain and helps keep my blood pressure nice and healthy.

❀Food cravings: the only really specific thing I crave and try to have in the house at all times, is Trader Joe's unfiltered apple juice. I don't drink it all day long but usually once a day I'll just jump up and have to suck down a big glassful. So refreshing!

❀Dreams: They ("they") say you dream more when you are pregnant. I don't know if that's true. I do know I wake up more at night to flop over from side to side, or to pee (luckily I only have to get up once a night to pee at this juncture). So I interrupt more dreams and remember them more. There haven't been too many strange ones. Mostly I dream about what's going on during the day. When the baseball post season was on, I dreamt about baseball a lot. During birthing class (and now still) I dream about bringing Sweet Potato home. Easy fun stuff.

❀Big Belly: okay, not really a side effect -- really that's the main effect! My belly has seemed to have gotten much bigger in the last 3-4 weeks. I bump into things more often with it, I forget that I need more space when getting in and out of cars, or sitting in a restaurant. I'm super grateful to live in LA because most of my maternity clothes are geared toward warm weather. Even as it cools off I can layer what I have and I don't have to buy all new maternity clothes for the last month. (Living in LA is also helpful for the above shoe issue as I can still wear slippers most of the time!)

I say it over and over. I am sooooooo grateful for the pregnancy I'm having. I'm healthy and happy and excited for the wee one to come!

Happy Happy Joy Joy! Ten Years Later...

K&J11:3:01JOYTen years ago today I woke up extra excited! Kurt and I were getting married. Jen and Grace and I went to get our hair done, then had In-N-Out for lunch. We all met up at the Los Angeles Police Revolver and Athletic Club and got changed into our wedding finery. It was a lovely day and all the flowers and leis were perfect. We took photos before hand, the last few gunshots were fired off at the range next door, we had a sip of champagne, then we got in our positions. Mom walked me up the stairs/aisle, Dorian sang beautifully, Jen and Glenn were waiting for us at the waterfall. Tom had a lovely ceremony and married us.


Then a wonderful party with friends from all over, dear loved ones, a few of whom are no longer here. Jen, Jack and my friend Jai and her lovely children. So glad there were there to help us celebrate and get us started on this wonderful path.

I can't believe it's been ten years already. Time truly flies when you are having fun and Kurt has been the most fun person in the world. How did I get so lucky to be married to a man like him? He's handsome and funny and brilliant and determined and dedicated and just so much fun to hang out with.

And soon there will be three of us! Amazing.

No one is more grateful than me for all the wonderful things I have in my life (and are about to have)!

Thank you Kurt for making my life even better than I could have imagined in my wildest dreams. Here's to the next ten!