Weekend in the Hospital

Friday night I was ready for what was looking to be a semi-enjoyable weekend. On Saturday we were going to take Loki and Thor to Labfest for some swimming fun. I was going to cook a new lasagna recipe on Saturday night. Sunday Leif was going to go dirt biking and I was planning on doing some photo or scrapbook stuff.

All that was shot. Saturday morning at about 4am I started feeling odd. It just kept getting worse until I was convinced I had food poisoning (although it turned out to be a stomach virus). I sipped on Gatorade and thought I was keeping it down, so after talking to the OB on call at about 10am (to make sure I wasn't doing anything bad to the baby), I stayed in bed all day Saturday and watched the Disney Channel. Hey, I really really needed something completely brain-dead, and I definitely discovered that for an adult, "That's So Raven", "Hannah Montana", "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody", and those little Jonas Brothers shorts they did every hour fit the bill (however the Jonas Brothers have started growing on me now, scarily enough).

I thought I was feeling better, and I'll spare you all the sordid details of the day, but around 7pm I finally decided to call the doctor again. My constant thirst was kind of the key at this point, and the fact that all I wanted to do was chug a giant glass of ice water, even though I'd been drinking Gatorade all day. She told me to come to the ER, but more specifically Labor and Delivery so they could check me and the baby out (and skip the long ER lines too). I turned off Camp Rock, got Leif, and off we went.

Once we registered in the ER (about 10 minutes), I went upstairs to the Labor and Delivery area where they took a urine sample, and hooked me up to some sort of baby monitor. The nurse took one look at some chart and said "yeah, you should be up here at the top if you're not dehydrated, and you're way down here (like 2 rows from the bottom), so it's good you came in. Oh by the way, you need about 4 of these bags of IV fluids, so we're keeping you overnight." Not only was my heartbeat elevated, but the baby's was too. Poor baby.

They hooked me up to an IV, started me on fluids, gave me a Tylenol since everything ached, something they call Liquid Gold which removed all of my stomach pains, and an Ambien so I could sleep. Leif left at that point since there was no reason for him to stick around, and I went to sleep pretty quick.

The next morning I had my blood drawn twice (I still hate needles), and saw the doctor who really wanted to let me leave that day, but first all the tests had to come back ok, and I had to try and keep food down. I ate a few small packages of Saltines, and then they let me order food off the menu - Applesauce and Cream of Tomato Soup. That all sat ok with me, and finally I got to go home sometime in the afternoon. Both my heartbeat and the baby's heartbeat were back to normal. I spent the rest of the day at home fortunately, even though I was in bed.

Now I'm feeling almost normal, and even managed to eat a semi-real dinner of spaghetti.

So went my weekend.

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Leif's Busy Weekend

While I hung out at Cathy's while she was making peach cobbler, peach chutney, and peach jam with a box of fresh peaches she got, Leif was able to actually go out and do things (that I couldn't :(. First, he and Randy headed off to Ramparts for their poker run. 25 miles later, and all he ended up with was a pair of jacks (which, apparently, was better than Randy). During the run however he apparently ran into a tree, or over a root, or something dumb like that, so spent the rest of the day complaining about how sore he was. Just like a guy. Trying being pregnant, dammit, then that'll give you something to whine about! :)

After that they headed off to try some indoor skydiving. Now for those who don't know, Leif used to actually be really into skydiving, having completed just short of 1000 jumps (although he hasn't done it in about 15 years). He used to compete with a team in formation jumping, as well as being the camera man for newbies taking their first jumps (and people who just wanted a video souvenir of themselves), so he's been very excited to try this. I was able to go watch them participate in this, and brought along our new video camera, the Flip Mino. After getting some info from Andy and deciding we needed some sort of video camera for when Beavis is born (no, we're not really naming him Beavis...), we bought this, but hadn't really used it yet.

In any case, I brought along the video camera and recorded all 3 of their runs (each). It does a pretty good job, with the exception that the zoom is digital so you really don't want to zoom in. I knew this already, so didn't bother trying, but got a decent video of Leif. The instructor told him he looked better than pretty much all the beginners who come in, but Leif never bothered to tell the guy he used to skydive. In any case, both him and Randy had loads of fun, even though the flying time is short, and it's expensive.

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So You Had a Good Day

Today was my birthday (yeah yeah, I've heard all the "wow, what a birthday" comments), and the only thing we had planned was for Leif to make me dinner tonight. Well, I did go see Avenue Q last night with neighbor Cathy which was a good time. Second time I've seen it, and first for her, so it was a lot of fun to go with someone who was a newbie at it!

Anyways, I'm working at my computer during the afternoon, and suddenly my Adium (IM) window goes bezerk. Half my buddies on my buddy list are flashing saying they have new messages for me, and I notice all these tabs start appearing in my main window. At first I thought something was down at work that was really important that I didn't know about, but it became evident after looking at the tabs, that it was all people wishing me a happy birthday. Leif meanwhile is in the kitchen laughing hysterically.

Apparently I have the best husband who gets uber style points and originality for this one. Early this morning he IM'ed people (lots of people) and told them to wish me a happy birthday at 2pm. Then he emailed some people and told them to email me at 2pm. Then he sent texts to some people and told them to text me at 2pm. Even after that initial deluge, I was still getting emails and IMs at 6pm from people who had been in all day meetings. I even got stuff from people I hadn't talked to in months, so that was really really cool. AND, some of those people had told other people I knew which he hadn't contacted (because he didn't know I knew them), so I got IMs from THEM too!

Having a dorky smile on your face for the rest of the day is just great. :)

Leify, you're the bestest!! And to show how bestest he is, here's his 1984 yearbook photo:

Leif's 1984 Yearbook Photo

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Random Thoughts for Today

Nothing specific is going on, so figured I'd write down some random thoughts.

Went to Vegas last week for our "last trip just the 2 of us before the baby is born" vacation. Just from Tuesday-Friday, so nothing that long, but that's about as long as I can handle Vegas anyways. Saw David Copperfield, ate dinner at the Eiffel Tower restaurant, played some blackjack, and just relaxed. Leif was picked to be in David Copperfield's grand finale. I managed to get a couple pictures of him onstage before they told me to put the camera away. I'm a scrapbooker dammit!

Leif onstage during David Copperfield

Only 3 months and 1 week!! Not that I'm counting the days or anything. Still not enjoying this. I'm guessing the person with 18 kids just had the last few slide out at the end.

Is it wrong that I dislike both presidential candidates? I mean, one seems to be concentrating on the fact that he's a war hero and doing a lot of personal attacks, and the other wants to tax the middle class to oblivion. Maybe what they say is true, that the people who actually are qualified for the job are too smart to run, so we're left with the runoff. Sigh. I just wish the election were over so whomever gets elected can go about destroying this country even more than Bush has.

I love my puppies. I haven't taken any pictures of them in awhile, but I have the best dogs ever.

I read Twilight, and don't get all the hype. It was "ok", but I guess I'm way outside the demographic (teenage girl) for it. This book is not the next Harry Potter - the writing isn't that good, the story isn't that good, and I'm wondering what all the fuss is about. I'll read the others in the series just to see what happens, but I'm really glad I got it out of the library instead of buying it.

Excited to see Avenue Q tonight. I've seen it already, but love the music. I mean, how can you not love a musical when one of the first songs is "It Sucks to be Me", and another song is "The Internet is for Porn"?

Cathy Zielske is doing a class at Big Picture Scrapbooking. I'm excited for this since I love her stuff so much!

That's it.

Hanging in There

Honestly there hasn't been too much to write. Pregnancy is not this "wow this is amazing!" thing that so many people seem to think it is. I mean, it's cool and all, but I can't imagine churning out kid after kid after kid. As it is, time seems to be crawling at the slowest rate ever, but at least I'm past the halfway point now.

Got this picture taken at the last doctor's appointment. I think it looks like Leif:

Baby boy at 20 weeks

In any case, no more ultrasounds unless I want to spring for one of those 3D/4D places. Still haven't decided. It's pretty cool I was able to get that one at the doctor's office, and may want to get another one at 30 weeks or so, but they don't do any more unless they have to.

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First (kind of) Parental Thoughts

Roswell the Alien BabyIt had to maybe happen at some point, but Leif and I decided to have kids, and lo and behold, I'm now 3 months pregnant. So far I'm not one of those "OMG OMG OMG OMG I'M PREGNANT AND HAVE TO TELL EVERYBODY I EVEN KNOW A TINY BIT" people, although I have informed most people I want to know through a combination of "seeding" (ie. telling people who will tell everyone else), Facebook, Flickr, and just random IMs and phone calls. I still don't get the people who post that stuff on message boards where anyone can see it. I mean, yeah it's cool and all, but honestly if I don't know you, I really don't care.

The message boards I read have their purpose though honestly because I'm getting several good ideas of what not to do when the kid is born and some good ideas of what to do. I've been mentally gathering a list of things that we will try our darndest not to do. A lot of this stuff is more when they're older, but you can plant the seeds early on. Well, we can try at least, right? I've actually gathered some of this stuff from my own family (not that they necessarily did any of this, but I watched things and just am doing the opposite of some of them).

1) Teach them that they're not the best at everything, and it's ok. They just need to accept it, or try harder if they want to get better.

2) On that same note, if they want something they need to work for it. I'm not talking about toys, but I'm talking more like getting better grades and such. Things aren't just going to be handed to them because they think they're entitled to it (and honestly, 99% of those situations I've seen, they're not even close to being entitled to getting it). Actually if my kid gets that annoying entitlement attitude I'd slap them upside the head (figuratively!!!)

3) If you do something wrong, take responsibility for it, even if you know you're going to get into trouble. It's amazing how many kids I'll watch do something, and then when you ask them if they did it, they say "no". HELLO?? I SAW YOU DO IT!! There's consequences for everything.

4) Much as this will pain us, they need to make their own mistakes in certain things, else they'll never learn. Conversely, bailing them out of situation after situation will cause them to never learn because that will just teach them mommy and daddy will always make it better.

5) The world does not revolve around you. Maybe when you're a baby or a toddler it does, but when you're in your 20's...it doesn't. Sorry, that's life, just deal with it.

6) If we have another kid, and you miss their wedding for some dumbass excuse, and you think they should just "get over it", and they start forgiving you, but then you never do anything in the subsequent years to even try to repair the relationship you screwed up (especially when you make up lame excuses as to why you can't visit them even though other relatives living in Europe have visited them several times already), seriously, another slap upside the head is coming your way.

Of course, having never done this before, I should look at this list in 10 years and see how we're doing, and I might laugh at how naive I was, but you have to start somewhere.

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Loki and Thor

Thor has definitely taken to Loki for everything related to playing. They're really funny to watch in the backyard. Loki retrieves the ball, brings it back and drops it at my feet. In that split second, Thor casually saunters over, takes the ball, and casually walks away. Loki starts barking at me because he wants me to throw it, so I point out to him that Thor now has it. Loki runs over to Thor and tries to get the ball from him, but since Thor is so small, he can turn in extremely tight circles. The first time he did this we couldn't stop laughing, but I finally brought out the camera and took some video

People Can't Read

We seem to live in an age where people expect instant gratification, meaning they don't want to have to work for anything (I know several people who have that "sense of entitlement", even though they did nothing to deserve what they think they're entitled to). As a result, people seem to have trouble reading something past the first sentence.

See? Even this is too long already.

1) If you're on an email list which I happen to be an admin for, and you want to unsubscribe, it might be useful to press that nice UNSUBSCRIBE ME link at the bottom of the email, instead of clicking on the first email address you see in the message and asking that person (quite rudely btw) to unsubscribe you.

2) If you're going to a website, and see "You don't have permission to view this page, please contact FooBar@foobar.com to get access", don't email the mailing list for the entire site asking for access. They're just going to tell you to talk to Foobar.

I don't understand why these concepts are honestly so difficult, especially for people who are supposed to be engineers (well, the first one wasn't an engineer, but the second example is ALWAYS engineers). Sometimes the answer isn't in the first sentence, and you may be required to read a little ways to get it.

Stupid Movie Plothole

I just finished watching 13 Going on 30 last night with Jennifer Garner. Honestly it wasn't a half-bad movie. It's about a 13 year old girl who hates her life and wishes at her 13th birthday party she was 30. The next instant, she is, but it's not the same concept as Big. Her 13 year old self is implanted 17 years later inside of her 30 year old self. She has none of the memories of the 30 year old, but is able to quickly find out what's been going on through friends, her job, and her apartment. The movie was kind of cute (and Mark Ruffalo is definitely kind of cute), but while watching it last night, one thing really grated on me.

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At 30, Jenna is a high-profile magazine...something. Not the editor-in-chief, but something important, I can't remember, at Poise magazine. The competition, Sparkle magazine has been getting Poise's ideas for the last 7 months and nobody knows who's doing it. In one key scene, the mean girl (who is now Jenna's best friend because it turns out Jenna turned into a big 'ol bitch in high school) is digging through Jenna's office and finds envelopes from Sparkle magazine, addressed to Jenna, at work. In the envelopes it says something like "thanks for all the ideas, you'll make a great editor-in-chief here at Sparkle." Horror of horrors, it's Jenna who's been selling out her magazine!

I have 2 problems with this. First, if you're going to sell out your company, would you really have the rival company you're working with send you letters AT YOUR JOB, and then have incriminating evidence in them? Second, why would you actually keep those letters in your unlocked desk drawer towards the top where anyone can find them? This is supposed to be 2004 too, and I saw nobody at her company using email for anything - it was all done by snail mail.

The writers obviously needed to tie up the loose ends before getting to the feel-good ending, but I'm thinking they took a major shortcut with this one.

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Loki and Thor Playing Like Maniacs

I decided to test out the video option on my camera, and took a decent video of Loki playing with Thor. Although it did take Loki a couple days to get over his "these are MY people" complex, he and Thor are now best buddies. Thor really enjoys the roughhousing with Loki, and then he goes over to Odin, plays nicely with him for a few minutes, and curls up next to him to sleep.

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