After the gym this morning, Kelly and I sat on the couch and I read to Zachary for the first time (through Kelly’s belly, of course). The first book I read to him was Dr. Seuss’s Scrambled Eggs Super! What was strange about the experience was that even though I hadn’t read the book in decades, it all came back to me as I read it. And what’s more, I read the book with expression, in the exact same manner I recall Dad reading it to me when I was a young child. I even found myself pointing things out (to Kelly, not to Zach) the way Dad would point them out to me. And I was surprised at how smoothly it all went–I never realized how much of the book I had memorized.
After that book, I read him "What Was I Scared Of?" from The Sneeches and Other Stories, which was probably my favorite story in that book. Finally, I finished by reading him Fox in Socks which makes me laugh no matter how many times I read it.
Now I can’t wait to read it to him after he’s born and I can watch his reaction to the stories.
Despite what I said yesterday, I did not end up getting up at 4 AM this morning. The fact that I could sleep in coupled with the fact that I am incredibly sore from all the workouts amounted to too high a hill for my motivation to climb. So I slept in until 7:30, but plan on getting to the gym for my Friday cardio workout this evening around 8 PM or so.
I found a shorter route to the doctor this morning. When we got there, she wanted to take our pictures, so the appointed started with smiles. It ended with smiles, too. We had another ultrasound, got a few more pictures, and at a little more than 21 weeks, everything is looking good.
I dropped Kelly off at home, packed my lunch and headed into the office for half a day of work (half of which is consumed by meetings).
Well, I made it through the day yesterday without feeling overly tired. I was up at 4 AM and we headed off to bed at 9 PM (after watching Tivo’d episodes of Big Love and Battlestar Galactica). I didn’t sleep great last night, but my body is still adjusting to the new schedule. Busy day in the office. I was in meeting from 11 AM until 4 PM, and as usual, I was the one doing much of the talking. It was nice to get home from the office and not have to feel bad about not going to the gym–I’d already gone!
We enrolled in a series of "new baby" classes last night. There’s a 4-day course on childbirth preparation, another course on baby care, and another is a tour of the hospital. These courses take place in the evenings and don’t start until April. So when the spring arrives, it’s back to school for us.
Apex Magazine is having a special issue and I have a story that fits the theme of the issue well. Last night I submitted the story to Apex for the special issue. I also got some additional feedback on "Homecoming" and plan to spend the rest of the week working the various suggestions I’ve received into the story. I’d like to get it into the mail as soon as possible, but I’d like to make sure it works well before I do.
I haven’t been sleeping all that great. Not sure why. It might be that I’ve been hemmed in by the cats and the border fence that’s been put up in the middle of the bed. Yes, that’s right, Kelly had put a border fence (read: pillow) down the middle of the bed, which she claims is for her back so that she can sleep comfortably and ache-free as the maternal abdomen continues to grow. It seems however, that if even a finger of mine crosses the border, Immigration agents take note and push said finger back across the border. Kelly finds this incredibly amusing for some reason. I think the cats are in on it, too. At any rate, I’ve been sleeping less, but maybe that’s a good thing in the long run. I’m slowing convincing myself to get back on the 4 AM schedule for workouts, and eventually the baby will be coming and from what everyone tells me, sleep goes out the window at that point. There are really two schools of thought: get as much sleep as you can now; or prepare for the future. Given the border disputes going on, I think I’m opting for the latter.
ETA: Kelly says that I can apply for a "passport" that will allow crossing of the border, but to stay more than five (5) minutes requires a visa. Sounds like a lot of paperwork, if you ask me.
Today is the official halfway point of Kelly’s pregnancy. Exactly 20 weeks. Assuming the baby will be around 6 pounds (96 ounces) when he’s born, he will increase in mass nearly ten-fold over the next 20 weeks, which is remarkable when you think about it.
Very icy this morning. There was a layer half an inch thick covering the car, that must have added 200 pounds in weight. It took a while to get it all scraped off. The streets weren’t great, but we only have 2 miles to travel on a relatively empty road to get to the office. Work was a busy today. I was occupied from the moment I got into the office. Tomorrow won’t be much better. I’ve got meetings beginning at 11 AM and running continuously through the end of the day. And I’ve got about another 200 pages of reading to do before that first meeting tomorrow morning.
I got the latest issue of NEW SCIENTIST in the mail today, which puts me 2 issues behind, to say nothing of the latest issue of SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN. I think this weekend will be spent catching up on those issues.
I’m absolutely loving Major Richard Winters’ book, Beyond Band of Brothers. I’m a little more than a third of the way through the book and finding Winters observations fascinating, especially in the context of Stephen Ambrose’s book, Band of Brothers.
Looking forward to the new episode of Life of Mars tonight…
The day started out with a doctor appointment to make sure that the developing baby is developing well. All is good. It was a long appointment and I didn’t get into the office until almost 1 PM.
After work, a bunch of us headed to Capital City Brewery in Shirlington for happy hour. Kelly and I got there around 5:30 and stayed until about 9 PM and we had a great time. There must have been 15 people there, and one of our friends works there so she would come and say hello to us from time-to-time. Good company, good food, good beer, good times.
Another long workday. My hours are going to increase for a while until we get over the hump, which will hopefully be sometime in mid-March. In the meantime, I expect longer days. More than likely I’ll start getting up earlier, working from home until Kelly is up and ready to go and then head into the office. I’ll do my best to keep the evenings clear, but we’ll see how things go.
I ate lunch today, but didn’t take a lunch break.
Finally got around to moving an automatic payment from an old account to a new one. That took way longer than it should have. Paid the auto insurance bill. I’m annoyed as all heck that in Virginia you can’t pay the entire year in advance (I was able to do that in Maryland). Apparently, in Virginia, the policies are written to be six months. I just hate having to remember to pay these bills. I went to set up automatic payments for it, but they automatic payments are deducted monthly and charge a $5 service fee. You can’t do automatic payments if you pay the whole thing up front.
Avalon finally got the new website up so that I can once again pay the rent automatically. Recall from a while back that I had this all nice and working, and then Avalon decided to cancel it all so that they could revamp their website. After a few months, they got the new website up and announced it today. Thrilled, I went to it and couldn’t for the life of me figure out where to set up the payments. Long story short: the site only works with Internet Explorer; no Safari, no Firefox. Fortunately, I figured this out by logging into the site on a whim using Internet Explorer on my work laptop. The message that indicates this is not displayed when you log in using another browser, only using Internet Explorer. I was able to set up my recurring payments, but I’ve got to say that this has been a customer service disaster from end to end.
I also paid the water and cable bills today, now the only two remaining bills that have no eBill mechanism and no way to do automatic payments. (Not entirely true. Cable does, but it involves calling customer service, and I’m through with that for a while. It’s easier to pay the bill via BillPay.)
We booked our travel to warm and sunny Albany, New York. Yes, there’s no place like Albany on Valentines Day, and that’s where we’ll be, visiting strausmouse and rmstraus in the dead of winter. The original plan was to drive but I’m in no mood to spend 14 hours of my weekend in a car. So we bit the bullet and bought fairly reasonable plane tickets. Nonstop from Reagan-National. Total travel time should be under 2 hours and that includes going to the airport.
Kelly’s belly seemed to have a growth spurt over the last few days. She is looking increasingly pregnant. We have a doctor appointment tomorrow morning.
I’m going to try and squeeze in a little pleasure reading before heading off to bed. I’ve got the fireplace going, now all I need is a glass of chocolate milk.
I went upstairs to read at 7 PM last night and couldn’t get through a page before falling asleep. I woke up at 6 AM and Kelly and I decided to stay in bed (and keep warm) until 7:30. So I basically slept for 12 hours last night. Then it was off to a busy day in the office.
The days are flying by and blurring into one another. I only got to the gym one day this week. On the other hand, I did a good deal of writing and I’m happy about that. I’ve been trying to catch up on NEW SCIENTIST. I was two issues behind, and now I’m only one issue behind. But that’s taken time away from The Best of the Best. I hope to make better progress on that front.
Kelly’s belly is getting bigger. People other than me can tell she’s pregnant. She’s generally been feeling much better than she was feeling in the first trimester.
The garage door didn’t work again this morning. This marks the fourth time I’ve had problems with it, always on cold days, and I ripped the maintenance manager a new one, I’m afraid. I asked the to replace the garage door opener, seeing as how I appear to be the only one having the problem. I played the "pregnant wife" card and made it clear that I didn’t want Kelly to have to manually open and close the garage door. The damn thing is just defective. They "fixed" the problem today by adjusting the tension, but even after that, I went to the office and made sure that I wanted it replaced. It involves paperwork and going through the management company, but I’m not backing off this one
Re-upped my SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN subscription through 2012. Received three of The Year’s Best Science Fiction in the mail yesterday. I’m slowly going to work my way backwards through the series. And today also marked two straight weeks of packing my lunch for work.
It was extremely cold here today. Below 0 at times. Right now, the temperature is 7 and 0 with the wind chill. At least the heat in the house is working.
We head to New York tomorrow to visit he11o_sunshine and stubiebrother and Sadie. Yup, we’re flying US Airways to LaGuardia and back. A couple of people have pointed this out to me so I’m just confirming it. We are looking forward to seeing Jen and Jason and meeting our niece for the first time.
Inauguration is Tuesday and I haven’t described what it’s like in the D.C. area with respect to that, but it will have to wait for another post because I’m getting ready to go to bed. Suffice it to say, it will be interesting here over the next four or five days.
Just finished watching the season premier of Battlestar Galactica and I thought it was good. Looking forward to the remaining nine. (And when there are only five episodes left, I can already predict the tag lines: "Don’t miss the ‘final five’".
And I’ve got a small headache.
Last week I polled you all on the sex of our baby. I told you that it would be a few weeks before we learned the sex. We were scheduled for another comprehensive ultrasound on January 23. However, at our regular OB appointment on Friday, our wonderful doctor did an ultrasound right there in the office and when Kelly asked if she could tell if it was a boy or girl, she could.
Apparently, there is no doubt either. The boy parts were clearly visible, and in fact, show up on of the 4 pictures we took home from the ultrasound. It was an exciting moment for us, and a big surprise–not that it was a boy, but that we found out two weeks early than we expected. We really wanted to know. It’s also nice that we can start using a direct pronoun. Kelly went shopping almost right away and bought a few baby boy clothing items for him.
So congrats to all of the winners. And to those who didn’t get it right this time, there’s always next time. 🙂
Since there is probably a pool already going, I figured I’d make it official. With that in mind:
* Odds of winning: 1 in 2. Winners will receive congratulations from the soon-to-be parents. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.