okay, so i obviously have decided not to quit blogging. just as i was getting to the peak of my frustration, suddenly comments magically appeared and then, wonder of wonders, i was able to post a picture yesterday!! hooray for the done button! thanks for all of your advice, i had been deleting my internet files, etc. but i think turning the computer off afterwards may have had something to do with it. so i'm smiling now :)
after this morning's phone date with my mom, i must rush off to a very specific address at a very specific time in order to have my "biometrics" captured. (what in the world are biometrics?) we're working on removing the conditions on my resident status ie. get my green card renewed, and the lovely immigration people just have so much fun getting all of us applicants to jump through very tiny hoops. for example, if i miss this appointment at all, even if i'm quite late, my "application will be considered abandoned" which means that the years and money that we've poured into me becoming a permanent resident will all be a waste because i will be deported and will have to start the immigration process all over again. what makes that bit especially fun is that i am KNOWN to get messed up with directions when driving. i have printed out a mapquest map and am leaving with EXTRA time to spare, but i still get butterflies in my tummy when i think "what if i can't find this place??!!
in pregnancy news, tristan is getting a little squished in there (he is apparently close to the size of a football now) and i can feel him kicking me in places other than my tummy. like my bladder for example. at this point, it kind of tickles and feels odd, but i can just imagine how it will feel once his kicks get stronger. i measure my waist every month and so far i'm at 40 inches...i seem to gain about an inch per month. my hair stopped falling out so rapidly right around the 4th month and i'm quite fine with that, as i was beginning to get fearful that tristan would take one long look at his mother with a receding hairline and be tempted to jump right back into my womb! i'm certainly getting that dark line down the center of my abdomen, which keeps getting darker. oh yes, and on the weight gain front, well...according to my bathroom scale, i've already gained 7 lbs since last month's appointment (we see the doctor in one more week) he told me to try and only gain 5 lbs instead of 10. well, i guess that didn't happen, but i am no longer as worried about it as i used to be. especially after hearing my friend sara's mom tell me how she used to get yelled at by her doctor for gaining too much weight, then immediately following the appointment, would purchase and devour 5 donuts in one sitting!
food still beckons and i still eat, i just try not to over do it. for the longest time i've been craving those little hostess cupcakes, you know, the chocolate ones with the creme inside? well, i am proud to say that i have avoided eating even one!!....until josh was in the grocery store with me the other day. we did buy a box. and i have eaten 2. and there are more in the box. but i WILL NOT buy another box! i'm writing this down so that you all can keep me accountable!
one more week till my mom and my aunties come sailing down the coast! VERY much looking forward to spending a whole day with those girls. i hope it's warm so we can splash around in their hotel pool. swimming is supposed to be one of the best exercises for pregnant women. OH MY GOSH, it's nearly time for our phone date and my mom will be calling at any moment.. gotta run!