Day at the park

Xander loves being outside. And he loves the playground at our local park. He enjoys watching the other children, sliding down the big boy slides, playing with the little rocks, climbing on the steps of the playground and so on.  This past weekend we went down to the park and took some pictures and videos of Xander playing and exploring the playground.

Exploring & talking to himself:

Sliding down the big boy slide:




Last night at 4:37am Nick and I awoke to the sound of our beside table lamps rattling. “Is it the wind?” Nick asked me. Yes, we had had 50 mph gusts of wind the day before and our window was now open, but I quickly replied “Uh, the wind wouldn’t shake our bed.” As we sat there listening to the lamps rattle, our bed was trembling too. I told Nick, “I think it’s an earthquake.” The shaking and rattling soon stopped and we went back to bed. We later discovered it was a 5.2 earthquake.  The last STL earthquake was in 1968, and it was a record quake of 5.4. There’s been some small, minor damange reported in the area but otherwise it was like nothing had happened! This morning there was a 4.5 aftershock but I was running errands in the car and didn’t feel it. Crazy, though. A Midwest earthquake isn’t too common.

Morning Sickness or Withdrawal?!

I felt the effects of pregnancy almost immediately . . . the morning sickness effects, that is. The first two weeks of July were brutal. I’d wake up every morning feeling woozy. By the time I finished showering, I was ready to hurl. Food consumption usually fixed the nasuea, for a little while at least. I must admit that I did hurl one morning when a bowl of cereal failed to ‘fix’. Alas, was it truly morning sickness or withdrawal from my nightly glass of wine and my 4-5 cups of morning coffee?

In recent weeks, the nasuea has nearly disappeared. Hunger and particular smells have sent waves of nasuea over my body. Otherwise, I feel perfectly normal . . . oddly UNpregnant. But, everytime I turn down a cocktail at a restaurant or skip over the coffee grinds in the food closet, I feel completely knocked up.

During the past month, I have had particular food aversions. Raw meat, steak, grilled cheese, dirty dish smells, tuna (but I always hated it to begin with), and certain frozen meals. I’m rekindled my love for cereals, ice cream, and raspberry yogurt, though.

Next dr. appointment is 8/24/06.