But anyway, we took advantage of my dentist being in the city to go out on Tuesday. We got soup dumplings after my appointment, walked through Central Park, and then went to the American Museum of Natural History. We were particularly excited about the dinosaur exhibit after watching about four hours of dinosaur documentary with Brady last weekend. It's a little sad that so many dinosaurs that we learned about when we were little have been "revised" and renamed. For example, the brontosaurus doesn't exist, and now it's the apatosaurus. Thankfully, tyranasaurus rex and stegasaurus still exist. But the real stars of the dinosaur world are now the diplodocus, closely related barosaurus, and the somewhat T-rex-looking but not related, allosaurus. It was fun discussing how old Baby Clou would have to be before we could bring him back here. We're guessing it won't be for a few years.
23 weeks + 2 days belly shot in Central Park
The barosaurus at the entrance of the museum
Self-portrait with an old-school triceratops
Kevin and his Moby Dick, if Moby were a 94-foot blue whale
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You can hear me complaining that it makes no sense that we're sharing a wetsuit
The Rockefeller Tree, four years after our first picture here
Then we went on a visiting-family spree, starting with my grandmother Daisy, then Christmas Eve and the day before it with my mother, visiting the Kaulfers-Vonderhaar-Pra family who truly understand what we're going through. Finally we hauled out to the Cape for Christmas dinner with Kevin's family. They showered us with love and presents for us and for the baby. Despite our best efforts though, Christmas without my dad has been extremely sad.
Soon-to-be Great Grandma (bisaubuela) Daisy is 80 years old
Gwen, Matthew, Chrissy, and Owen
Milestones: Baby is kicking all the way up on the top of my belly now. Kevin has developed sympathetic pregnancy symptoms (also known as the common cold) complete with fatigue, sore throat, stuffy nose, difficulty sleeping, and increased appetite. Today he almost said "I shouldn't kiss you because I'm pregnant," when he meant to say "because I'm sick."
What I miss the most: Sleeping comfortably. Being allowed to lose weight.
Craving: MILK, DAIRY, ICE CREAM, CHOCOLATE, I want to bathe in it, also yogurt, egg nog, fruit bars, sugar sugar sugar. I am trying to restrain myself... and failing.
Anti-craving: Food without sugar or salt.
Symptoms: Acid reflux, stuffy nose, left knee still hurts. The floor is far away and uncomfortable to reach.
Weight gain: 19.5 plus? Weighing myself on Christmas wasn't going to happen