I'm propped up on the couch with my belly serving as a ledge for the laptop, and occasionally the whole thing shakes because Baby Girl Hendricks is kicking it. Sometimes she pushes so hard against the surface of my belly that I feel like I can touch her. I can press on the taut, hard places and she'll move. It feels like we're playing or communicating...or that I'm terrorizing her, but either way it's kind of fun. :)
So much is going on, and it's been so long since I posted, that I'll take it in catagories:
Baby Update: Twenty-nine weeks! That's the week before 30! Is anyone else getting a little freaked out here? I'm "walking the line between terror and ecstasy" as Brian Andreas would say. We registered at Target and Babies R Us yesterday, and it took about 5 hours. Mom went to help us, thankfully, because I may have just stood staring at the bottle options until the flourescent lights melted me. And that would take awhile because there's a lot more of me to melt these days. We're going to the doctor every 2 weeks now, and we get to have another ultrasound in about a week. The books say she's up over two pounds, and that if she were born today she'd have a good chance of survival. Wow!
Nursery Update: I know most people would include this as part of the baby update, but it's taken so much time and energy that it's sort of its own monster. Chair rail is up, touch-ups are done, new dresser and rocking chair are in place! It's starting to come together! I'll post pictures when it's all done, as sort of an unveiling. It's going to be perfect.
Grad School Update: I can't decide! Yes, it's time to register for classes. Yes, I should probably get on that. It's my goal to decide this weekend, so I've got about what? 16 hours? On one hand, I want this time to be about the baby and all the changes that go along with that. I want to be able to focus on enjoying this rare season of life and soak in all the child birth classes that are about to begin. I worry about getting in over my head and wigging out. I'm most worried about the time between now and when the baby is born, when I'm going to class, working full time, big pregnant, and taking child birth classes. After she's born, it'll be ok because I won't be working and the child birth classes will be over.
On the other hand, I'm being offered a scholarship. And I feel like getting a semester done now is smart because I can get it out of the way while baby girl is still easy to keep up with. It seems like it would be a lot easier to do now while I'm carrying her inside my belly basket/life pod instead of when I'm chasing around a wide-eyed, slobbery toddler who I have to make sure doesn't swallow loose change/my dog/her own fist.
Possible solutions: suck it up and just do it- be a machine for 2 months, put it off until summer, just take one class, forget it all! I'm finishing my book this summer, becoming a successful author, and never going back to school of any type again!
Work update: Let's see, this week we went on a field trip, a rude comment about me was graffitied on the girls' bathroom wall, I actually said things like "I don't think you're making a good decision," and "You're the adult here," to a woman that was more than twice my age, my colleagues have been reduced to tears on more than one occasion, and a grown man tried to break into our school and enroll himself in the 2nd grade. Is it spring break yet?
Other things I'm excited about: I'm reading "A Year of Living Biblically" by A.J. Jacobs, which is hilarious, simultaneously outlandish and inspiring, and sometimes a little insightful. The author tries to follow every rule in the Bible, literally. He doesn't cut his beard, he can't wear clothes of mixed fibers, he has to find ways to stone adulterers, he does nothing on the sabbath (leaving his wife to do everything), he tries not to lie (not even the little white lies), etc. The book's been a fun escape during all the craziness.
Also, we're going to Grapevine next weekend, which I'm really excited about. It's so refreshing to spend time with my family. We'll celebrate my uncle's birthday and valentine's day at our favorite little Italian restaurant and just enjoy being together. Yea!
I plan on posting soon pictures of Bryan and Micah that Cory took and edited. He's becoming quite the portrait photographer. And my family provides such a plethora of attractive models.