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KICK ME - it's the First Day of School!

Baby Nicholas Alan - Congratulations, Jessica! Baby Nicholas Alan - Congratulations, Jessica!
How I see Victor when he's kicking me... How I see Victor when he's kicking me...

We're still miles off from Victor's first day of school, although I did recently meet Kelly, author of the "Countdown to Kindergarten" blog here at KHQ.com, and some of her registration stories scared me a little.   No, it's the first day of school for Billy and I; tonight, we start our "Prepared Childbirth" classes.  It's the first time I've been instructed to bring a pillow to class - I'd bet most of my old professors would have killed me had I brought pillows into their lectures (though I really could have used them in 19th Century British Lit...that class was a snoozer).

This week is a really big one for us.  First, if you read earlier in the Baby Blog, you may remember me writing about a number of my hometown friends who are (or were) expecting.  Well, I'd like to announce the arrival of baby Nicholas Alan.  Jessica gave birth to this handsome little guy May 20th at 8:22am - he was 8lbs, 8oz.  What a little doll!  Misty, Yvonne, Sarah, Brienne & I are all racing toward the finish line now.  I think Brienne is next in line due-date-wise.

Second, we've hit the "10 weeks to go" mark and tonight, start classes.  We also start the "every-two-weeks" doctor appointments this week.   Billy and I drafted up a birth plan, though we're waiting until after we finish the class to take it to our doctors.  I figure we ought to learn more about the process before we start making demands (although I would like to make one of those lists that rock stars have for their dressing rooms...ONLY the red m&ms, water bottles served at a constant 34 degrees...actually, there are some really fun ones to look at on The Smoking Gun (http://www.thesmokinggun.com/backstagetour/index.html) - everyone from Frank Sinatra to Xzibit - see what their demands are before a show (did you know that Sammy Hagar demands Wheat Germ backstage before a show?)). 

Third, this is moving week.  We finished packing up the kitchen last night and are down to the hall and bedroom closets.  We can start taking things over to the new place on Friday evening after the floors are done.  I can't wait.  I've been just dying to get my paws on nursery decorations!  This being our first house, we're both just vibrating with excitement over this move.  No more landlords, no more noisy neighbors (good riddance, boys - I won't have to listen to Sublime or Pantera at 3 in the morning at full volume until Vic's a teenager), no more stomping from upstairs while we're trying to sleep, no more rent checks, no more parking-spot fights...can you tell how badly we want out of our apartment?   Both of us have had to delay our nesting instincts because of the timing of this move - but as of this weekend...no longer! 

I do have to say that moving while 7 ½ months pregnant is difficult, though.  I feel so useless.  The last time Billy & I moved, we moved from 3rd and 4th floor apartments in Browne's Addition to the apartment we're in now.  I carried stuff by myself and helped him with the heavy furniture.  This time around, I can wrap things in newspaper and write instructions on the boxes...but that's about it.   I don't want to do anything to put stress on Victor or myself - but I definitely feel like I'm not pulling my weight.   I get so tired so easily both at home and at work, and I guess I'm still fighting with the guilt-factor.  I want to be as useful and prove myself as a hard-working helper, but I can't bring myself to force my body beyond its limits.

The final "BIG" thing this week is Victor's ability to kick (or punch, I can't tell).  He is a really strong little guy.  He has a few specific moves that I recognize now - he does what I call "Tai Chi", where he'll slowly push against one spot in my belly, then move to another spot and do the same.  He has his "Speed-bag", where he quickly flutter-punches (or kicks) me in one spot.   Then there are his "Karate Kicks" or "Karate Chops" where he gives me all he's got - SLAM.  (Oooh, he's doing Tai Chi right now as I'm typing...it's always sort of alien and funny to see a little lump pushing out near my belly-button.)  Last night while we were trying to go to sleep, Billy and I were on opposite sides of the bed and Victor gave me the ultimate kick - I pictured him in a little Karate Kid uniform - he kicked me so hard, Billy felt it on the other side of the bed.  I'll have to remember that for when he's older... "You crane-kicked your mother so hard, your father felt it on the other side of the room!" 

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