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Gah, so much that I need to catch up on...

Vacation was great. Very busy, for the most part (which is the main reason I haven't posted recently). I honestly don't think a much better vacation would have been possible (barring the invention of instantaneous travel...)

We took the bus/train/bus down to San Bernardino (east of LA) on Friday the 27th. That was probably the least enjoyable part of the trip. The train was pretty much ok, but the busses, especially the leg from Bakersfield to San Bernardino, were pretty miserable.

From the 27th to the 31st we stayed with my mom and stepdad up in the mountains. On the 28th we went to a family party at my grandparents' house, which was nice. I haven't been there in years, and haven't seen many of the people in at least a year.

The 29th and the 30th we headed out to the desert to check out houses. We're thinking about moving to the Mojave area, as housing prices are low, air quality is good, it's closer to my family (an hour and a half from my Mom's, and 3 or 4 from my Dad's), and jobs should be available.

The 29th was also the stepfamily Christmas party, which was essentially the same as last year - hectic, but fun.

The 31st we headed down to San Diego. As far as New Year's Eve went, it was kind of a flop - I couldn't stay awake past about 10:30.

We didn't do a whole lot on the 1st, but we did manage to get ice cream and walk down to the beach in time to watch the sunset, and then around Coronado a bit.

On the 2nd, we went to the zoo, which was a whole lot of fun, though we didn't have enough time to see everything we wanted to. That's ok - my dad gets free tickets, so going next time we're down shouldn't be a problem. We spent too much on souvenirs, mainly for [livejournal.com profile] lemurbaby. After the zoo, we went to a bookstore in San Diego to redeem a gift certificate my brother gave me, bought train tickets (why is it that the San Diego station is less technologically advanced than the station in hicksville Davis?), took the ferry back to Coronado, and had dinner with my dad at the Coronado Brewery. No, I did not drink.

We took the train back north on the 3rd. This was, for the most part, great. We were able to take the train all the way from San Diego to Davis, with one train change in LA. The ride was awfully long (since it went up the coast, it took several hours longer than the bus/train route - if it had been about three hours shorter, I would have been much happier) but generally a lot of fun.

We got back home about 1:00 AM. All the animals are ok, the apartment is relatively intact, and there were no eviction notices on the door, so I think everything went ok while we were gone.

The weather the whole time was absolutely wonderful (except for the 29th, when a rainstorm settled in over Mojave just as we got there). In San Diego, it was warm and sunny the whole time (except night, of course). I miss southern California winters. I was utterly spoiled growing up there.

I should have written this immediately after the ultrasound last Thursday (the 26th), but I didn't. Sorry.

It was an odd experience, seeing this thing that's supposedly growing inside me. Before, it was difficult to believe that it was an actual human, and not some random mass of tissue or crazy psychosomatic manifestation. It's still hard to believe - perhaps they were just showing a video, like with Scully (Yes, I'm a geek).

I reacted just about like any pregnant woman getting an ultrasound that you may have seen on TV. I didn't quite cry, but got all emotional and incoherent.

I was afraid that it wouldn't be anything all that interesting - other people's early ultrasound pictures tend to look like indistinct blobs. Based on the reaction of many people upon seeing mine, I suspect that mine are the same. But it's much easier to see everything when it's on the screen - once the picture became clear, I didn't have any trouble making out the head or limbs.

And it moves! A few minutes into the ultrasound, she started bouncing around, waving her arms and legs. To me, she looked quite a bit like the silly dancing baby from Ally McBeal. I mentioned something to that effect, but I don't think it actually made any sense to anyone except me.

I would happily put up with the rest of the exam (and pap smears are no fun at all) in order to have an ultrasound every day.

According to the ultrasound, we were 10 weeks 6 days along (which puts us at 12 weeks now). This fits with what I thought.

[livejournal.com profile] koyote and I refer to [livejournal.com profile] lemurbaby as she for now. This isn't because we actually know the sex - it's too early to tell that from the ultrasound. It's just better than saying "it" all the time, and less awkward than "s/he" or "the baby". I hope for her sake that she does end up being a girl. It'll make reading back over these entries much less odd.


I think I felt [livejournal.com profile] lemurbaby kick tonight, and have been feeling the same when I lie quietly over the past week or so. It's early (12 weeks), so maybe it's just wishful thinking or a misinterpretation of intestinal gas. It's not a physical sensation like anything I've felt before, though.

Date: 2003-01-05 12:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] theducks.livejournal.com
You are a funny one oce ;)

Date: 2003-01-05 11:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cymrullewes.livejournal.com
koyote and I refer to lemurbaby as she for now. This isn't because we actually know the sex - it's too early to tell that from the ultrasound. It's just better than saying "it" all the time, and less awkward than "s/he" or "the baby". I hope for her sake that she does end up being a girl. It'll make reading back over these entries much less odd.

That's why Alaric and I referred to Pirate and Wen as 'he' when I was pregnant. Mainly because if I said 'she' then I might have been referring to Goose. And 'he' just sort of emphasized that the babe was distinct from me.

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