Thursday, September 28, 2006

Jelly Bean Babe

I'm pregnant! Yay!

For our 7th Anniversary, Nathan and I went to the GP for our first pregnancy checkup. We're about 8 weeks pregnant, and he says everything seems good. So we decided we may as well tell everyone. It's traditional to wait until 12 weeks, I think, but I wanted to make sure the families knew first.

Technically my doctor was the first person we told, and the pathology ladies probably guessed what my blood test was about. But if I'm not seen going to the antenatal clinic by someone I knew, the blood bank nurses will soon be onto me anyway. I go to the blood bank every two weeks, and they must be getting suspicious that I have now missed 8 weeks, particularly as I'm up to 97 donations...

So Nathan and I sat at the kitchen table and rang the parents and siblings. We couldn't reach Seona, but we told all the others. I rang Seona the next day. We'd decided that if we told family we may as well tell everyone, so we said that it wasn't a secret. The next day at work a woman I hadn't seen for over a year congratulated me... she'd heard on the Mum-line! I kind of wished then that I'd said "wait a couple of days" because I haven't gotten around to telling some of my good friends yet, but oh well! It's nice to have good gossip about you being spread around!

I visitted my parents place yesterday, and soon after Esther and Abby arrived. Abby (6) was prompted to tell me that I should have a baby, so I could say "Guess what? I am having a baby!". She was stoked, but only if it's a girl... he he. I think there are enough boys in her life! I told the kids that the baby was as little as a jelly bean, which they thought was bizarre, and that it wouldn't be born until May. Abby asked me to ring her when the baby is born; I don't think she can comprehend "next May" and assumes it will be about two weeks or so! Unluckily for Abby, I've been thinking of the baby as "he". I certainly don't mind whether it's a boy or girl, though. Nathan would still like triplets... lol.

Well, I'm keeping pretty well. I've been really, really tired, especially after work, which is worrisome, because Brooke, my 3rd year student/slave, has been doing all my work for the last 5 shifts. What will I do when she goes? I've also been nauseous every day since about 6 weeks. Just a little tiny bit nauseous; not enough to have a sicky but enough to annoy me. I tend not to feel like eating anything, and then when I get hungry, I feel rotten, and have to make myself eat something. I like cold toast.

Nathan's started doing housework as well as all his outside jobs, which makes me feel like such a slacker! I've been falling asleep on the couch, which I rarely ever did before, so he knows I'm not making it up. He he. He's looking after me well.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

New Tready

My new little treadmill was pretty good value for money, I've decided, after the first day. The first day was a bit of a trial.

First the delivery van pulled up with a 120kg box in the back. The lone delivery guy says to me, “Well, we put it in the truck with a forklift; I'm not sure how we're going to get it out...” Well, gee, what was he expecting me to do about it? Get my forklift out of the garage? Talk about thinking ahead! In the end I had to help him wrangle it inside. Luckily it was only going a few meters from the front door.

Then he left, and I had to try and get all the bits out of the box. Or rather, get the box out from under the machine, as I certainly couldn't lift it out. Then I realized that I had about 10 bits and about 20 bolts and washers with absolutely no assembly instructions. And it looked nothing like the one I'd ordered. Sigh! After a few hours of studying the picture, I worked out how it should go. I was so proud of myself! Then I realized that there was supposed to be a cord going through one of the bars from top to bottom... I was going to have to pull everything apart again to do it!

I gave up and went shopping for a bit, and later on Nathan gave me a hand to finish it. What a good hubby! The instruction book was not written by someone who speaks English well, but it's a pretty easy machine to figure out.

I've got it set up near the TV. I "walked around the lake" while watching "The Matrix". I walked about 7km while reading a chunk of "Where the Heart is". I tried a set program which included a 5-minute run that almost did me in. I've done quite a few k in my socks, and now I'm having a few days off because I have blisters! lol.

Work has been really tiring, especially since I just can't seem to go to sleep. How I manage on 4 hours a night for a week I don't know; my theory is that the sleep I do get is concentrated REM. I do seem to have a lot of vivid dreams. Luckily we have students to do all our work for us!

No, I'm over students this week. I appreciate their help and all, but I just can't get my day organized when I have to let them do everything. Their teacher says, "let them do it all and try not to help them; just answer their questions and supervise." But they're a bit frustrating.

My virtual trip is up to 1791km, so I'm still in the middle of the dullest patch of road in Australia. The WA border is coming up in about 60km, I think. I don't even think there are any houses here! I've done a fair bit of exercise since my last blog, but it takes much longer to walk than ride.

Now I'm off to watch a movie and knit!

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

More exercise

Yesterday I spent a heap of money (for me) on Ebay and bought a treadmill! Well, it wasn't as expensive as even the cheapest one at the local sports store, so I think it will be a good deal. They're sending it to me from Melbourne, but I'm not sure when it will arrive.

When it comes I'll be able to add my walking k's onto the trip around Australia. Since I restarted I've only ridden 50km on my exercise bike, mainly due to being a bit weary. I don't think I've had one night in the last week where I've had more than 4 hours of sleep. Stupid restless legs! I make up for it by falling asleep on the couch in the middle of the day.

We've rearranged our lounge room a bit. With quite some effort, we moved one of our new recliners into the other lounge room, where the two old chairs were. Nathan's finished his four ornament shelves in there, complete with brackets made by the blacksmith at Sovereign Hill, five ornaments and a bit of dust. And his mum has recently finished all our curtains. So now it looks like a proper lounge room and not just a spare room for the clothes horse!

I sat in there the other night, when Nathan was asleep and I was up reading at 2am. I had the heater on, my feet up, my milo on the table next to me, and a book. It was great! I've finished reading "The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy" again, plus the 3 books that come after it. (They were bound into one book called "The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy: a trilogy in four parts") Funny book. Ridiculously hilarious. Oddly witty. Now I'm reading a wierd but interesting science fiction one borrowed from a nurse I work with.

Nathan's got a new xbox game, which he's playing now. I actually haven't played the Sims 2 for some time... too much working. I have managed to marry off my eldest daughter to Adam and Ruth's son, Joseph, though. Hehe.

Speaking of kids, congrats to my old friends Tim and Marnie, who are having another cute baby next February. You guys should consider moving back here; there are nice blocks for sale right across the road from us, you know...