Friday, December 15, 2006

Babies R Us

Some friends of Curtis's mother are throwing me a baby shower over Christmas break. (I know, totally generous of them!) This forced me into registering for gifts. Now, I had been avoiding Babies R Us, imagining it to be a nightmare of cutsie, useless, over-commercialized junk. In my mind, it was probably going to be a lot like David's Bridal, which I found to be the example of everything wrong with the "wedding industry."

Surprisingly, Babies R Us is nowhere near that bad. They have lots of unfun, uncutsie, but practical items like books, safety locks for toilets, doors, and cabinets, cloth diapers, ointments & medicines, etc. I was three-quarters of the way through the store before I got cutsied-out. I was looking at bedding (which all seemed to feature fat, cartoony animals) and whining to myself, "Don't they have anything that ISN'T cute? I mean this has to go in our bedroom." Fortunately, the next aisle had nice solid colors and plaids. I mean, I like cute baby things, but not on every surface the baby MIGHT come in contact with. (The cute bottles of laundry detergent were just over-the-top.)

All in all it was kinda fun, though it seems like many items might be cheaper elsewhere or available used. Their registry process is very easy and you can tell they are used to dealing with pregnant women. Right after they explain how to use the scanner, they point out where the bathrooms are in the store. The one thing they didn't have was water and snacks.

After being so long in the store, I felt terrible from not eating. I only had $2 and 15 minutes before my prenatal exercise class. I got a sandwich at McDonald's, but I learned that not drinking enough water can do bad things to you. When I got home, I called my doctor, who very nicely told me that everything was fine, but nagged me to drink more water. That'll be the last time I forget to carry a water bottle.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Las Vegas Marathon

Yesterday was the Las Vegas Marathon. It's actually two events. The real marathon went all over town including down the next major street to the East from us (huge traffic tangle). It was of course won by a Kenyan (who got $65,000 prize money).
The main event, though, is the mini-marathon that went down the strip. It was a total Vegas affair. 7 couples were married as they raced and another 11 renewed their vows. There were also 65 running Elvi. Last week, there was The Great Santa Run, where they attempted to set the world's record for most number of people racing in Santa suits. I haven't heard yet if they succeeded. Speaking of Santa, Curtis and I saw him Saturday driving a red convertible and towing his sleigh on a trailer. Real beard, suit, and everything. People were going nuts, honking and waving, while we were all stopped at a red light.

Ultimate Winter Pregger Shoes

It's becoming more and more difficult to reach my own feet. Currently, I can do it, but it's a stretch and I can't breathe. My mom said I needed some slip on shoes. None of my slip ons are warm enough for winter though (not that it's super cold here, but still). Curtis found these shearling boots for me at Costco. Like wearing warm, fuzzy slippers and I only need to reach my calf to put them on. Don't even need to get socks on.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Catblogging and Yesterday's Doctor Appt.

Had my monthly doctor appointment yesterday. Everything still completely normal. I've gained 12 lbs, which is right on track. Gestational diabetes test came back negative and nothing unusual on the sonogram.

The great news is that my doctor will let me go to Sam and Matt's wedding in Colorado in March. I think they started dating before the boy and I did and Sam caught the bouquet at our wedding. I had called the doctor's office and they had told me that they could not recommend travel in the ninth month (and you have to have a doctor's note to fly when you are very pregnant), the doctor's assistant said the same thing. When I asked my doctor, though, she was totally cool about it; said it happened all the time, and that I would need a note from her and copies of all my labs in case I went into labor.

Since every post should have a picture, here's one of Beckham from this morning wearing its tail as a scarf.

Monday, December 04, 2006


We got a fake tree during the Black Friday sales. It's our first real Christmas tree. I also found some Christmas lights in the closet that we put out on the patio and around the fireplace. Looks quite festive in here.