Aug 26, 2009  •  In Personal, Pregnancy

Pregnancy Update, Week 5

When the doctor first told me the approximate age of Tater Tot, I was shocked. That’s it??! I thought to myself. But I’ve been having symptoms for over a week!

They say that most women start experiencing symptoms of pregnancy at 6-8 weeks. I started getting symptoms at 3 weeks, which is just one week after conception. I was super-tired, cranky, bloated, and my boobs were swollen and sore. In fact, that is what prompted me to take the pregnancy test.


“You’re pregnant? Are you sure???”

Needless to say, the symptoms have intensified since then. I need to take daily naps in order to function properly. I am an emotional train wreck, being gloriously elated one minute and sobbing into my pillow the next. My hands and feet have swollen to a point where my engagement and wedding rings are uncomfortably tight (I now only wear them when I go out) and my feet look like fat sausages. I am constantly plagued by nausea (luckily I have only thrown up a couple of times), and my boobs…oh geez my boobs. At 5 weeks, my boobs have already gone up an entire cup size. They are so sore that I wear sports bras everywhere.

I guess I am one of those <sarcasm>lucky</sarcasm> women who get their symptoms super-early and in extreme doses.

According to BabyZone, this is what Tater Tot looks like right now:

Doesn’t it look like a cross between a seahorse and the aliens from the Alien movies?

Aug 25, 2009  •  In Art/Design, Fonts, Web

MyFontbook: A Better Font Viewer

Remember how obsessive I am about my fonts? While I love my trusty “Fonts” document, it can be a PITA to constantly keep it updated.

Today I read about MyFontbook – a FREE font viewer that organizes all your fonts (all 700+ of them in my case) in an easy-to-use web interface.

What makes MyFontbook extra-useful are its additional features:

  • Tags & Favorites
  • Glyphs Viewer (!!!)
  • Font Metrics

Go sign up for a free account now!

Aug 21, 2009  •  In Baby, Books, Pregnancy

My First Happy Tears as a Mother

Yesterday, I had written that we received a surprise gift in the mail: the book Oh, Baby, the Places You’ll Go! A Book to Be Read in Utero.

As I sidled into bed last night I decided to take the book with me so that I can read to Tater Tot for the very first time.

The book itself is very similar to the one from which it was adapted – Dr. Seuss’ Oh the Places You’ll Go! – with a few changes here and there. I quite enjoyed myself, although occassionally stumbling over the funny words, colorful rhymes and frequent alliterations that is the trademark of the author.

Then I reached the last spread.

You’ll find that this world’s
a great place to begin,
but it could use some help—
which is where you come in.

So now, as my voice
burble-urps in your ear—
with a bump-thumpy sound
that is not very clear—
the words I am saying
you hear in your heart,
and know that I wish you
the very best start.

It’s a scrumptulous world
and it’s ready to greet you.
And as for myself…

well…
I can’t wait to meet you!

My voice started cracking midway through, and by the end I had tears freely streaming down my face.

It’s amazing how you can grow so attached to something that is the size of a sesame seed.