Tuesday, September 25, 2007

A little heartbeat

Don't mind the opening shot of my beautiful belly (which isn't very large yet)...I just wanted to share our little one's "perfect" heartbeat (that's what the mid-wife said). You can hear it starting about 10 seconds in. I still can't stop smiling!

Monday, September 17, 2007

The Golden Age

Many people refer to the second trimester as the "Golden Age of Pregnancy." I think that I'm beginning to understand what the ubiquitous they mean. For the first 10 or so weeks, I felt like hurling at the mere thought of food. Pretty much I had "morning sickness" 24-7. I'll keep the other symptoms that I experienced to myself (since I know that not everyone wants the details). At this point, just a few weeks later, I am feeling much better. The queasiness that once filled my days has almost gone away completely. I'm slightly less tired than I was before, which is a definite bonus. The best thing is that I'm finally starting to show--just a little--but if you know that it's not just chubs, than you can totally tell. It's pretty exciting. As soon as my belly looks more pregnant and less like chubs, I'll post a picture. I promise.

On another note, I'm going to be the amazing traveling woman for the next two weeks. On Wednesday, I'm heading to Dallas for a business trip. I'll be there through Sunday for a Fiction conference. It should be a really good time of getting to know what's up and coming in Christian fiction, as well as the authors themselves. Then I'll be home for two and a half days before heading home to Seattle for my grandfather's memorial service. I'll be there through Sunday and then I'll get to come home for good. Whew! I'm sure that I'll have some pictures and stories to share when I get home. In the meantime, please keep me (and Baby) in your prayers during all of my travels. Take care!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

In memory...

My Grandpa Joe died Monday night. He was an amazing man who lived an amazing life. I would like to take this time and space to share the obituary that the Seattle Times printed. There is also a link to the story with a picture of him with the 1936 Olympic Crew.

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Full story: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/huskies/2003880103_obit12.html

By Craig Smith
Seattle Times staff reporter



Joe Rantz, a member of the 1936 University of Washington eight-oared crew that won the Olympic gold medal, died Monday night.

Rantz, 93, died of age-related causes at the home of his daughter, Judy Willman of Redmond.

"He was about as good a teammate as you could get," said Roger Morris of Maple Valley, who is the sole remaining member of the revered crew.

The victory in the 1936 Olympics in Germany was one of the major sports stories in Seattle in the first half of the 20th century.

"At that time, rowing was a major-league sport in this town," said Bob Ernst, who heads the current UW rowing program. "It's still important, but the fact they were able to be national champions and then take on the world overseas in Germany amidst all the turmoil is something that made a lot of people identify with them."

Rantz, who never lost a race as a Husky, rowed the No. 7 seat in the Olympic boat. The Huskies were in Lane 6 and didn't hear the start command.

Accounts say that Rantz yelled, "The race has started. Let's get out of here!"

The Huskies were in last place at the 1,000-meter halfway mark and coxswain Bob Moch called for a higher stroke rate but stroke Don Hume was ill -- his eyes were closed and his mouth open. Moch was about ready ask Rantz, the closest man to him in the boat, to set the stroke, but Hume suddenly responded.

The Huskies started passing other shells, reaching an estimated stroke rate of 44 strokes a minute, and won.

Rantz was born in Spokane and his mother died when he was 3. He lived with relatives and at times with his father.

He was living with his brother, Fred, and attending Roosevelt High School when UW rowing coach Al Ulbrickson Sr. saw him practicing on the high bar for the gymnastics team and was impressed.

"When he comes to the university, you have him look me up and talk about crew," Ulbrickson told Fred.

Rantz studied chemical engineering at UW and worked 35 years for Boeing. After retirement, he went into business for himself making posts and shakes, and other products from cedar. His wife, Joyce, died in 2002. They had raised their family of five in Lake Forest Park.

A memorial service will be held at the Lake Forest Park Presbyterian Church, 17440 Brookside Blvd. N.E., at 1 p.m. Sept. 29. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the UW Crew, P.O. Box 354070, Seattle, WA 98195. The family plans to donate Rantz's rowing memorabilia to UW.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Finally! A New Post!

Okay, so I know I've been a slacker lately when it comes to posting on this little blog of mine. But truth be told, I've been a little bit busy AND I've had to keep quiet about what I REALLY wanted to blog about. However, now that people who needed to be informed firsthand (like my boss for example) have been thusly informed, I can spill my guts here on the inter-web.

So what's the big news that's been waiting to burst out of me, you ask? Well, many of you may already know this, but for those of you who don't -- Joshua and I are having a baby! Seriously, I'm so excited! Our little one is due around the end of March (just after Easter).

I'm just entering my 12th week of pregnancy (which is the last week of the first trimester, I think, depending on whose information you use). So far pregnant life hasn't been too terrible. For the first 8 weeks (that's two months for those of you like my husband who dislike counting in weeks) I was pretty much queasy all the time. However in the last week or two the "green feeling" has been beginning to subside and now only happens at certain times, like when I'm hungry or tired.

We've already hit our first major milestone. Last Thursday we heard Baby's heartbeat. It was one of the most amazing things I've ever heard. The midwife managed to catch Baby while s/he was resting from all of the acrobatics s/he was doing. Baby was right behind one of my major blood vessels, so we could hear my slower heartbeat along with Baby's faster heartbeat. We sounded like a percussion section!

Now that the cat's out of the bag, as they say, I'll be posting more frequently about how we're doing and how Baby is doing. To finish off this post, I would like to leave you with a parting picture. I get a weekly email from babycenter.com that tells me all about how the baby is growing along with other helpful hints and tips for doing pregnancy well. This week's email included a 3-D ultrasound of a baby at 11 weeks in utereo. I thought it was pretty awesome and am therefore sharing it with you.