Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Check-up update
I had a doctor's appointment today. I look forward to these a lot. It's so reassuring to hear the baby's heartbeat. I'm at that point where I'm not really showing yet and I'm not really feeling the baby move with any certainty. I need that extra boost of confidence that comes with hearing the little thump-thump-thump on the doppler.

Noni and Emma came along to my appointment since Noni got off work at noon. The nurses let them come back and listen to the heartbeat too. I'm not sure Emma was all that impressed, but I know Noni loves it. Everything seems good so far. My doctor is going along with the recommendation of the genetic counseling doc that I go for the level II u/s for the anatomy check. Now I'll have to see if insurance will cover it. If so the appointment will be Jan. 8. That's how long I'll have to wait to find out the sex. Boo. The good news is as long as I don't know what I'm having I'm not motivated to spend any money on the baby. That's probably a good thing.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
30 shopping days till Christmas...
Yesterday we spent the full day Christmas shopping with Noni. I also had to pick up some necessities for Emma, like boots, snow bibs and a warm hat. We started around 10:30 a.m. and finished at 4:30 p.m. We were all tired pups. Noni treated us to a nice supper of her homemade vegetable soup. When we hit the road Noni was starting to set up her Dickens Village in the dining room. It will be her first time doing it there so I'm anxious to see how the finished product.

The Great Purge of 2008-2009
I'm getting started. We have got to get rid of about half of the stuff in our house if another person is moving in here. It's already ridiculous with three of us and our junk piled up. Now it's getting critical.

My goal is to have a trunk full of stuff to donate every time I cross the mountains. I'll drop it off at Goodwill. Some of the stuff is hard to part with because I know it's worth something. But I don't have the opportunity or the time to sell it myself. Someone else will get rich off of my purge.

To help me get in the correct mindset for this project I've been reading "It's All Too Much" by Peter Walsh. It is helping me understand why I'm better off parting with stuff than keeping it around. It's still going to be a long and difficult process.