Wednesday, October 29, 2008
I think I started to feel the baby last Friday. I know it is super early (12 weeks) but it feels like a little fish swimming around in my belly or like someone let a butterfly loose and it's trying to find its way out. I felt it Friday, then nothing Saturday or Sunday. I started feeling it again Monday and it hasn't stopped for more than a couple of hours. I guess it could be gas or whatever but I've never really felt gas this subtle or this often.
I'd love coments on how early other people have felt their babies. Everything I read says I shouldn't feel it for about 4 more weeks. My doctor said I might feel it earlier because I'm pretty fit. Any thoughts?
On a side note, I was just released from the nursery after 10 months. It was an okay calling but I didn't get to know anyone in our ward. We've only been in it for 10 months. I just got called as the young women's girls camp coordinator for our ward to the stake. I'm not sure the exact name of my calling but I'm super stoked! I am also supposed to help with personal progress. I'm going to the combined activity tonight to carve pumpkins... well, I'll probably watch them. Tom and I have a pumpkin carving date tomorrow night.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
We started our flight that went Boise-Salt Lake City-1 hr layover-Atlanta-3 hr layover-Lima-7 hr layover-Cusco. It sounds like a long trip but the way home was worse. We stayed in Cusco for that night then caught a train to Aguas Calientes, which is the town closest to Machu Picchu.
Aguas Calientes is a little tourist town full of restaurants and shops in the middle of the Andes . At this time I was 6 weeks pregnant and the major symptom was an aversion to the smell of food, which did not go well with the smell of the town.
For our first meal in Aguas we decided to eat at a place that had typical food of Peru in the name. Great! Who wouldn't want typical food while in peru? We sat down and as I was admiring the decor, I saw this picture above me of President Hinkley, Monsen, and Faust. Of course we had to take a picture.
Our little hotel was at the top of the city so we got to climb a b'jillion stairs to get there -- super great to stay in shape. This picture is from our window.
Obviously while we were there we went to Machu Picchu. Shell and I wanted to hike there. We looked at a tourist information thing that said that the hike was easy. Ok, easy to me means you could push a wheelchair. No. We get to the base of this hike and watch the switchback of stairs zig-zag to the clouds. Gulp.
We started the hike anyway as we watch bus after bus of Asian tourists pass us on their way to the top. Long story short, Tom and I got in a minor arguement and the result was that we ended up with only one picture of the hike, and only because I made him take it of me so I could have the proof.Finally we reached the top, and subsequently, Machu Picchu.
A quick history of Machu Picchu: It is the site of an ancient Inkan city. The name means "old mountain." If I remember correctly, it was built in the 15th century out of the granite that is in the mountain. Each stone was cut precisely so they could all fit together without mortar (so, like the Salt Lake temple but way earlier). It was inhabited for 100 years before the Spanish came and took over the country.
There is a trail (called the Inkan Trail) that takes about 4 days to hike and it goes through a bunch of ruined Inkan cities. We met some guys who did it. They said it was brutal, especially because of the altitude (7500 ft).
Fast forward to the next morning around 8:30. Robb was feeling a little uncomfortable going with a tour guide we found on the street. He got us all thinking about being kidnapped for American ransom or something. We decided that if he wasn't there by 9 then we would go buy a seperate tour.
We happened to be touring on the world day of tourism. I love when they try to make signs in English and don't quite have it how we would, Mister Tourist.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
(This isn't our ultrasound pic but it is the same age as our baby now.)
We found out I am pregnant about two weeks before we went to Peru and had our first ultrasound the day after we got back.
We're happy to report that everything is normal and the baby has a healthy heart rate of 170! The doctor said that the old wives tale says that a fast heart rate is indicative of a girl. We'll see. I guess there's a 50% chance.
It was really neat to see the heart beat. I think that was the first time Tom was excited and not just nervous.
I'm doing well -- no vomiting yet (knock on wood). I get a little nauseated, especially when I'm hungry, so I am constantly eating. The smell of food is revolting to me right now. I hear that doesn't change. I guess I'll just stick to Honey Nut Cheerios.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Yesterday Tom and I got back from a 12 day vacation in Peru. We hiked to Machu Picchu, rode horses, and a bunch of other stuff I'll maybe talk about when I upload some pictures.
It was a great experience and with the American economy stuff going on right now I am a firm believer that anybody whining about how freaked out they are should go spend a week in a 3rd world country. We saw a lot of people who don't have more than an adobe shack, a vegetable garden and a donkey... don't even mention a car.
Actually, we rarely saw anyone with a car (besides a taxi driver) and when we did, it was usually a 1980's American reject car that most people here would be embarrassed to drive. Oh, and by the way, gas was 15 soles a gallon, which equals 5 American dollars.
Anyway, I am so glad to be back in this amazing, wonderful country where I can open my mouth in the shower and not worry about getting a parasite, go to work in an air conditioned cushy job, and return home to my 3 bed 3 bath house where I can flush toilet paper in the toilet and drink a glass of water out of the tap.
I Love America!!!
Pictures coming soon.