February 22, 2010

Baby Martin: Month 6 & Registering

As you have come to expect, I am about a month behind on pictures - we'll blame that on all the traveling. Yesterday I hit 28 weeks and I absolutely cannot believe I have 12 weeks left...where has time gone?! I feel like I have lots of time when I say 28 weeks, but then when I reverse it to the countdown of 12 weeks, I get a little panicky and my right eye starts twitching, seeing whereas I haven't really done anything to his room. But that's what this week is for! I will take (and post!) 7 month pictures soon...here we are through 6 months.
We are definitely growing!! I'm feeling great overall. Some leg cramps at night, but they've gotten better...I really can't complain. Pregnancy has been a joy! I passed my glucose test, so that was a relief...I was a little nervous given the amount of sugar and sweets I seem to consume these days. I had an "encounter" with another pregnant girl while I was waiting for my blood to be drawn. I brought a book to read, so I was not exactly looking to chat. Needless to say, our conversation went something like this:

Girl: You're pregnant.
Me: Yes, I am.
Girl: How far along are you?
Me: 26 weeks.
Girl: WOW - I can't believe how much bigger you are than me! I'm 25 weeks so we're close - but wow - you're a lot bigger. I wonder why?
Me: I guess that's what happens when you can't stop eating.
Girl: Is this your first baby?
Me: Yes.
Girl: Really? This is my 2nd. How old are you?
Me: 29.
Girl: Wow! Aren't you scared to be so old & having a baby? Are you afraid something will be wrong with it? This is my 2nd baby. I'm 19. I don't want to be old having babies.
Me: No, I'm not scared. This is our miracle baby from God and that's all that matters.
Girl: Oh. Well are you married?
Me: Yes.
Girl: Well get ready, cause he'll probably run off after the baby's born.
Me: smile

At this point, I decide to go upstairs to my husband's clinic because I needed to take him something anyway, and I knew time was running out for how long I could bite my tongue. So I leave for a little bit, and come back...conversation immediately resumes.

Girl: Is your husband a doctor?
Me: What?
Girl: After you left that lady that was sitting here told me your husband was a doctor and I better quit being rude to you.
Me: Oh.
Girl: So is he?
Me: Umm....yes, but that doesn't really matter.
Girl: What's his name? Is he Dr. Martin? That's what that lady told me.
Me: Yes.
Girl: Oh I love him! He talks about you a lot. Mostly good stuff.

And by the grace of God, my name was called that instant to get my blood drawn. The whole thing was silly. Honestly, I feel sorry for the girl. Yes, she drove me crazy and at the time I wanted to mouth off like a billion different things, but I'm thankful I didn't. I just still couldn't believe some of the things she said...and more importantly, am thankful I actually was able to control my tongue. :)

Moving right along, we are finally going to register this weekend!! I get so overwhelmed looking at everything, so I'm hoping it goes okay. Please share any advice you have below - must haves, things you never used, etc. I know it will vary by baby, but any help would be appreciated. Oh and here are 2 pack & plays we're considering. The things we want are: changing table, portable, bassinet/newborn sleeper. We really like the first one, and it has really good reviews, so that's what we're leaning towards. The second one is okay also - it's nice because it has a larger diaper changing station, but I don't know how practical that really is. I have yet to see either of these in person so that might change my mind.

Graco Pack 'n Play with Newborn Napper
Carter's Comfort Center Play Yard and Changer

If you have either of these, or another one altogether that is similar to what we're looking for, I'd love to hear about it. Thanks for your help!

February 19, 2010

Ecuador Trip

We are back! Sorry it has taken me so long to update my blog. I've been so busy trying to catch up on everything that I just haven't taken the time to update. And 2 days after we got back, I decided to join my sister & her family for a last minute trip to Breckenridge, so I've been staying on the go! It's been a blast to travel but I'm thinking I might need to get home soon and start working on the nursery. So that's my first order of business when I get home the beginning of next week.

There is so much I could share about our trip to Ecuador...tons of stories & pictures, but I will try to keep this from getting too long.

Our trip started out adventurous, as it always does when we travel. We were supposed to fly out of Tulsa, and they were expecting lots of bad weather. Fortunately we were able to get our flight changed to leave out of Dallas instead, with no change fee. Score 1 for Continental Airlines!
So we board our plane in Dallas, and wouldn't you know it we had a delay. I know what you're thinking - a weather delay? No, no that would be too simple. Instead it was the lady in 3B who insisted on shoving her carry on into the overhead bin, despite repeated warnings that it wouldn't fit. When a loud crack! filled the air, I knew that was not a good sign. Needless to say, we were delayed 45 minutes waiting for maintenance to come fix the overhead bin. So we get to Houston with 5 minutes to spare to make our connection. After racing to the (furthest possible) terminal where our flight was scheduled to depart, we arrived just in time to see the door closing. I know what you're thinking - surely they'll take mercy on the pregnant girl who's huffing & puffing and will let her on? False. And the bad news is - there's one flight a day to Quito (where we were flying in to Ecuador) and that.was.it. So we were stuck for the day. Score -7 for Continental Airlines. Fortunately they did put us up in a hotel and give us some meal vouchers, so I'll add 3 points back on for that. But only because I love to eat, and the only thing that tastes better than Pappadeaux's is free Pappadeaux's.

Our flight didn't leave until 4 p.m. the next day, so we just hung out that day, and breathed a sigh of relief when we boarded the plane. We safely arrived in Quito around 11 p.m. that night, and went to wait for our bags. And we waited. And waited some more. I didn't want to go ask, because I didn't want to hear the inevitable. But we finally did, and sure enough - they didn't have room for our bags on that flight. So they would be on the next available flight. At that moment, all of the food vouchers in the world couldn't have made up for our frustration. Score -493 for Continental Airlines. So I know what you're thinking - it's one night Sarah - what's the big deal? Well, the big deal is the fact that Patrick's brother lives 5 hours from the airport, so it's not like we could just swing by the next night and pick up our bags. Now I'm no mathematician, but I'm pretty sure that puts Continental at approximately -2,376. Suffice it to say I'm not a fan. Long story short (not really, because this is already long) Continental ended up having the bags delivered by a driver, so I'll give them one point for that. Kudos, Continental Airlines. Kudos.

But enough about that! Ecuador was amazing...absolutely beautiful, and we were able to do and see so much during our time there. Here are a few pictures we took on our way from Quito to Shell, where they live. The mountains are so lush...it's absolutely gorgeous!
This is the hospital that Joe, Patrick's brother, works at. Patrick worked with him a little while we were there, and saw some stuff you just don't really see in the states, so he enjoyed it. The picture on the far right is the helicopter landing pad. There are a group of missionaries there who fly people in from the jungle when they need medical care
Here we are trying out some sugar cane...pretty sure Emanuel kicked the snot out of me for the next 2 hours after this. :)
So here's an exciting story for you. About a week before we were there, a taxi driver was driving down the road and thought a tree had fallen on the road, so he got out to try to move it. Turns out it wasn't a tree, but actually a 45 foot boa!! Um yeah, I would have fainted. He thought about trying to drive over it, but decided not to because he was afraid the snake might wrap up around his car. So he called the police and they came, but didn't have the right weapons to kill the thing, so they went to get different guns. When they came back, the animal rights people were there saying they couldn't kill it, blah blah blah. And while they were arguing over what to do, the snake slithered back into the river. Nice, huh? And the snake recently ate a 250 lb. pig, so we're not talking some small deal here. I think we were told there's like a $1,000 reward for the capture (or perhaps just sighting?) of it. I tried to convince Patrick that would be a great way to recoup our money for our airline tickets, but he wasn't interested. Wimp. This is a picture of the river, as well as one of the signs warning about the snake, and yes, a picture of a bunch of kids swimming in that same river. Makes no difference to them!
These are pictures from the market in Otavalo, which was such a neat place! It was literally wall to wall with merchants. They had such cute sweaters - of course I got a couple for Manuel, but I forgot to take pictures so I'll share those later. It was fun to haggle with them - though I did lose my touch towards the end. One of the sweaters I bought - they started out at $12, but I wanted to pay $5. I got her down to $6 and she was saying no, so I started to walk away, and finally she said she'd do $5. So I pay her and we walk off, and I suddenly start feeling bad. What's a dollar to me? Doesn't make a difference, but it might to her & her family, so I told Patrick I was going back to give her a dollar. Of course she laughed at me when I gave it to her, and Patrick insisted on calling me Princess Compassion after that...and yes, I know I probably ruined it for all the other hagglers, but I couldn't resist!
This is a picture of the way the local older ladies dress...they all have those hats on, which I think are so cute! And the other picture....um, yeah...that'd be guinea pigs. Hungry anyone? And no, we didn't try any.
One of the towns we went through was known for their jeans...they had tons of "name brand" jeans, and supposedly you could custom order them. Meaning you could have them measure you, then tell them what "brand" you wanted them to be and they'd make them....pretty fun, huh? No maternity jeans in sight, so I didn't get to partake in the fun.
Here we are with some local school kids...aren't they SO cute?! I have tons of pictures of them because once I started taking pictures, they all wanted in on the action...they were so sweet! :)
Ohhhh my, the flowers!!! Absolutely beautiful, and cheap, cheap, cheap! We're talking like a dollar or so for a dozen roses.
Here we are in Quito the day before we left. We took a gondola ride up to the top of the mountain - it was such an amazing view!!
This is a shot of the gondola. They have a bike rack on them too, because some (overly ambitious) people like to ride their bikes down the mountain. How cool would that be?! Other than the 47 times I would undoubtedly wipe out. Still, we'd love to try that next time we're there. They also had oxygen up there, which I certainly could have benefited from as I was pretty much constantly huffing & puffing. But we didn't partake.

On our last day in Quito we also went to the museum that is on the equator. It was so neat! They had guided tours and told us all sorts of cool stuff about the different tribes and practices of the people of Ecuador, and then we did all sorts of fun stuff on the actual equator line. I never realized it made that much of a difference, but it totally does! Here we are standing on the equator line - tradition is to put your thumbs up so the sun can fill you with energy or something. :) Yes, please! The next picture is of me with the shrunken head of a 12 year old boy...isn't that crazy?! I can't believe they used to do that. Our guide told us it's illegal now but some tribes have started doing it again anyway...yikes. Next is a picture of a stamp they put on my passport showing we'd been at the equator. And last is a picture of me trying to walk the equator line...holy cow that was hard! Not that my balance is fabulous anyway, but I was a mess on this thing. They also demonstrated how water swirls in one direction on the north side of the equator and the opposite direction on the south side of the equator, and right on the equator line it drops straight down. I couldn't believe it made that big of a difference only like 2 feet either direction, but it did! Ahh the forces.
We went to another place that used to be a volcano (like 3,000 years ago) and it was so pretty. It's a developed community down in there now, and you can see a picture of this lady who was walking down the trail (and the trail itself). They said it takes like an hour to walk it...crazy, huh?
Well I will stop with that. Suffice it to say we had a wonderful time and can't wait to go back!

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