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    Hello everyone!
    I thought this would be a good way for all of us to get through the next 15 weeks together. Today, I am 24 weeks 6 days pregnant with Elias. At last measurement, I was 160 lbs and had a 39 in waist. That's quite a change from 140lbs and a 28 in waist. but hopefully that means that Elias will be born big and healthy. I know that his grandma and grandpa hope that he comes on-time. July 24 (I secretly wish he comes about a week or two early!) :P

    Today we visited our first day care. It is called Hand in Hand. Unfortunately they do not have any openings until January unless there is some unforseen circumstances. If you want to see their site it is at www.knowledgelearning.com They are a little too expensive for us at $170/week for infants, so we might just put Elias into another facility for the first year and if I am still at U of A when he is a year old, then we will enroll him in Hand in Hand. The really nice thing about Hand in Hand is that it is basically on campus and we could walk there. I would love to be able to see Elias for lunch. Another thing I liked was that all of the children seemed really happy and active at the day care. It was also very clean.

    This weekend Christopher and I are going to look over all of the daycare stuff and we have more appointments next week. Two more near campus and one or two near our house. We also have the option of finding an individual who is DES certified. We need DES so that the university will reimburse some of the day care costs.

    We are also going to an Easter party. It will be so exciting next year to see how Elias likes Easter. I am definately going to have some chocolate for him tomorrow. A study was recently published that said babies whose mothers eat chocolate everyday while they are pregnant are happier than babies whose mothers don't. Well, I think that I would like the baby to be happy.

    So, since this is the first post to my new thread, I want to welcome my family and friends to make comments and ask questions. Take care and have a good weekend everyone!

    <3, Rachel

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    R - very good idea to keep from writing the same info. over and over! Glad to hear you are feeling well. Yes! A big baby = a happy baby. I found that to be true, even though it was hard to gain all that weight. It is coming off, however slowly Miles seemed to like Easter - especially Easter grass! I'm sure Elias will feel the same. Happy Easter!

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    Hi Jenny!
    We're looking forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks!

    Saturday morning I went to the new Joann's Fabric and Crafts in town. Prior to this one opening, Tucson was disappointingly populated only with the tiny Joann's. I went with my friend Suzy who had never been to a Joann's before. We spent hours there. I bough some beads to make some bracelets, 3 pieces of scrapbook paper, a scrap pack full of scraps of paper. I looked at some dress patterns with the hopes of finding one that I could make for Easter and use for my friend Angela's wedding, but they did not have material that I liked. So, I put the pattern back. I guess I will have to buy a dress for the wedding.

    When I got home, I made a wrap for lunch. We have these tortillas that are jalapeno and cheese flavored and are one of my favorites right now. I also think that it is totally appropriate to put bbq sauce on all of my food. It really gives it a nice kick of flavor.

    Around 3:30pm Christopher and I left for an Easter Egg Hunt that his friend's family was putting on. I was wearing shorts because it had been warm but as we left the clouds started rolling in and it got cool. I sat at the hunt with a blanket wrapped around me. I had not been around kids for some an extended period of time and at the hunt I realized that kids still annoy me. I just hope that I can tollerate my own kid! I have to admit that the kids were pretty cute while they were running around trying to find the eggs. I was also pretty tired - either because of the belly or because of the allergies. I don't know which. One of the other women there was also pregnant, but you could not tell. Both she and Christopher's friend thought that I was tiny though and that I looked great. Christopher later decided that with clothes on, I do look tiny, but without clothes, I look big. I guess I will have to leave my clothes on then

    We stopped by Target on the way home. I have been obsessed with finding the perfect plastic glasses to have at home. My accident prone tendancies have become more pronounced as the pregnancy continues and I am tired of breaking glasses and other dishes. I did not find glasses that I liked, but I did find a drink carrier marked for $1.04. It is wire, holds 6 glasses, and has a nice handle. I thought it would be great to have to take drinks out to the pool if we ever have friend over. When we got to the cash register, the carrier rang up for $5.99. We went through this whole thing with price checking and other silliness. I complained that it was not our fault that it was marked $1.04 and if I had to pay more than that, then I did not want it. In the end I won and felt extremely satisfied.

    Easter Sunday we went to Mass at 7am. The church was very crowded. Even the chior did not show up on time so the first half of Mass was silent. There were not many children at the really early Mass. I decided that next year Elias will have a cute little outfit for Easter. He might look silly in a dress, so we will stick with little man pants and a button up shirt.

    After Mass, Christopher and I went back to bed. It felt so good to get more sleep. When I got up I did some cleaning. It is getting much harder to bend over and pick up the dog's toys. The vacuum was not working, so Christopher had to fix it yet again. In the end, I actually swept, mopped, and vacuumed. I should have dusted, but bleh! Christopher was not feeling well so we went out on a mission to find sweet and sour soup for him. We eventually found it at New China - 3 other Chinese restaurants were not open! Upon finding Chinese food for our Easter dinner, we made the decision that all holidays (unless we have guests) will be Chinese food holidays. Elias is going to love it!

    After dinner I went to my craft room and finally finished the scrapbook pages that I was supposed to finish for my grandparent's Christmas gift. Then I started on our Honeymoon pictures from over a year ago. When I went to bed, my hips and back were hurting so bad that I chose to drug myself. I still did not get a great night's sleep because Christopher was up off and on through the night with the cold that he has, but I did get some sleep. I still have a sore throat today - from allergies I guess, but my hips and back feel much better.

    Elias has been kicking up a storm. He likes to wake me up in the mornings and keep me up when I go to sleep. Yesterday when I was trying to fall asleep he had the hiccups and I swear it has to be similar to the Chinese torture test. Continuous bumps for minutes on end. Poor baby, Poor MOMMY!!

    This morning we visited another day care. They are priced the same as Hand in Hand, but will have a spot available in September. We will have to pay a deposit 60 days in advance there. They take 10 infants at a time and it is further from school. I think we will keep looking. And, I will keep reminding myself that day care is expensive!

    Take care everyone and thanks for stopping in!

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    I have come to the conclusion that it is not comfortable to be pregnant. The only good thing about it is the reward of having a baby at the end. Yesterday I experienced some more of that aweful rib pain that I was hoping to avoid. It doesn't seem like I can sit up straight enough to make it go away. I have been trying to cut back on what I eat. I am worried about gaining too much weight. For the first time in my life food is really good - so this is hard. I start eating lunch about 10 am and try to drag it out until 2 pm. I bring a bunch of stuff with me. Yesterday I had left-over shrimp and cashew Chinese food, an apple, chex mix, and Kudos bar. I was still hungry. I made yummy falafel for dinner last night and ate it on a jalapeno cheese wrap with spinach, tomato, onion, sour cream and mint. Oh, and I had a Jello pudding pop. I'm glad they still make those. While it is probably not a good idea, I watched that silly show on Fox called The Swan. One of the women they were making over had a baby and her belly was a mess. Of course, this got me all worried and I interrogated Christopher afterwards - was he still going to find me attractive if my belly got all stretched out? When he got tired of the questioning he distracted me by asking to look at the baby books and wanted to know how big Elias is right now. The weekly book says he is 1.5# and 9 inches from head to rump. The daily book says that his lungs are forming alveoli. If Elias was born now, he would have a good chance of surviving. That is quite a comfort.

    Last night I had some strange dreams. I had one that I have had many times where I imagine that I can grab the baby's foot and pull it up under my skin. That's creepy. In another one I dreamed that I was out dancing with my friend Ellen. Some guys came up to our table and started bugging us so we decided to leave. When I walked out the door of the club, I ran into an ex-boyfriend named Dan who I have not spoken to or heard from since February 1998. He was all scared that I was going to trap him into something and I was like, "Dude, don't worry. Look at me, I'm married AND pregnant. I don't want you." He was always afraid of commitment. The third dream I had was really crazy. A friend (I don't remember who) had her baby and two days later I saw her. Her tummy was so flat and perfect. I was really jealous to be still sticking out and huge. One thing about my dreams that has changed, I am now pregnant in every one of them. At the beginning, I would dream that I was not pregnant. Before I was pregnant, I dreamed that other people (usually Anita or my mom) were pregnant.

    Tomorrow is my next OB appointment. I still need to find out what time - all I know right now is morning! I plan on discussing circumcision with the doctor and some other freckles (?) that have been forming on my nipples. I know, TMI! But, hey, this journal is as much for me as it is for you and if you know me well enough, you know I am not afraid to say whatever it is that is on my mind.

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    So, last night I watched PBS and they had The Miracle of Life on. I have watched it before and if you haven't seen it, you can go to pbs.org and watch it for free. The crazy part was that when they showed the birth last night I started crying like crazy. It was like I suddenly really realized that I was going to have to do that and it does not look like fun. The thing that makes it worse is that I know there is no way out of it! C-Section sounds even less fun so the baby is going to come out of the fun hole in a not so fun way. Christopher was really sweet though and comforted me for like an hour. He also said that if I really was this unhappy about being pregnant and I really don't like birth, then we don't have to have any more kids. That was really sweet. I don't know if I will hold him to those promises or not.

    Today I had my OB appointment. I saw the nurse. She was unhappy about how much weight I have gained. I won't go into it, but I think she is full of it. I've gained 18 pounds according to their records. She tried to tell me that I should have only gained 10 up to this point. Yeah, right! What planet is she from? Next appointment is in 3 weeks on May 5. I have to take the stupid glucose tolerance test and I don't want to. I will do this one and have to make up my mind about the 3 hour if I fail this one.

    So, it looks like I have to stop eating icecream - as if - and start taking walks with Christopher in the evenings. Why do I go from not caring how fat I get to being upset about gaining weight?

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    Oh, yeah, almost forgot. I only asked about the nipple thing and it is perfectly normal and the spots will fade but never go away. See, all of these body changes suck!

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    So, I saw this video and it made me feel good about birth. Here's the link if you are interested http://danielfairbanks.com/jude/jude.htm

    Last night I did Pilates. It always makes me feel better. Of course I do it while watching tv. Angel is in it's last 6 (now 5) episodes. I watched a couple of season 5 Buffy's before that. It is so sad how many of my favorite shows are going off the air this year. Maybe it is a good thing.... less time with the tv and more time with the family. But until the baby comes, it is Friends and The Apprentice and Survivor for me

    So, I tried eating less for dinner last night and it made me wake up at 2 am with a growling tummy. I figured I would not be able to get back asleep so I got up and got a snack. We'll see how eating less goes today. I have already eaten half of my lunch and it is not even lunch time.

    ugh... I need a nap. Thank goodness tomorrow is Friday.

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    Not much to write for today but I don't want to get out of the habit of typing here. Christpher and I went to lunch at a Vietnamese place. It was good but my food was served cold (as it should have been) and it just did not end up appealing to me as much as I wanted it to. He got to keep the left-overs

    Have a great weekend everyone!

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    Last night we talked about diapers. I am going to get some really cute ones on Ebay when I get the money. They have some of the cutest All-in-ones. In case you don't know, we are going to cloth diaper. I already have 19 diapers from when I was a baby that my mother gave me. I need to get about a dozen more and some covers and about 16 or so All-in-ones. That would just about do us.

    I am getting ready to go out to the store now. Have a good day.

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    Well, here I am, sitting on my front porch as I take a break from planting my new rose bushes and pruning my current ones.

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