Sunday, February 22, 2009

The secret

Okay, so maybe it's not really a secret anymore. But, for the small handful of you who may have not figured it out yet, I'm going to spell it out for you now. I'm expecting! I'm pregnant! Yes, there is a baby on the way!

No wonder my diet has changed drastically and I can't seem to get over this darn stomach thing. I'm starting to show now, so there's no reason to beat around the bush about it anymore.

Quite some time ago I was lucky enough to get my first glimpse of the little one causing such a ruckus inside me (I needed an early sonogram to determine how far along I was at the time). He or she was practically microscopic, looking nothing like a baby, but more like a Chinese dumpling or potsticker (I was only 6 weeks, 5 days). Therefore, I started referring to my tiny swimmer as none other than "Dumpling" (I'm big on the food related names).

Now don't worry about my unborn child getting teased on the playground later in life; it's just what I'll be referring to the little one while he or she is still nestled within me. For instance, Jacob was known as "Jelly Bean" or simply "Baby Bean," before his birth, while my sister called her boys "Bubby" and "Peanut" prior to their arrivals (my aunt got Colin the cutest little onesie with a peanut on the front as a shower gift).

From what I've read, my Dumpling is now about the size of an apple, so my mother-in-law thought it was funny to refer to him or her as "Apple Dumpling." So, there we go with the food again.

I got another quick look at my tumbling Dumpling at my last doctor's appointment (that child is already on the move). I have another one scheduled this week, so I can't wait to find out when I can get a better view. I'll let you know when the time comes. In the meantime, have fun guessing whether or not it is a girl or a boy.

Tonight is our usual Oscar celebration at my parents' house. You may remember me telling you about our mini red carpet, fun menu, award predictions, and of course, the attire. Unfortunately, I don't think I should risk stretching out the tummy on one of our lovely gowns, so instead, I think I'll wear this comfy top my boss brought back from me from her trip to Thailand (she goes back to visit her family every year).

The bright color and light-weight fabric reminded me of some of the clothes Good Morning America highlighted recently to get the "Slumdog Millionaire" look (they also gave tips on dressing in fashions similar to those in "Revolutionary Road" and "Changeling"). Too bad the top isn't yellow, like the memorable hue from the movie.

"Slumdog" is definitely my pick for best picture. I've been a big fan of it, even before it won the Golden Globe.

This year, Matthew and I decided to make more informed choices as to who we think should win. Usually, we are at a disadvantage, only seeing one, if any at all, of the nominees.

Going into this vote, I've managed to see "Slumdog Millionaire," "The Wrestler," "The Reader," "Vicky Christina Barcelona," "Rachel Getting Married," "Happy Go Lucky," "Tropic Thunder," "The Dark Knight" and "Iron Man." Oh yeah, and don't forget "Wall-E," "Bolt" and "Kung Fu Panda." My son makes sure I catch the animated films, too.

Speaking of animated films, my husband and I took Jacob to see "Coraline" last night. The 3-D looks amazing, much better than the old-school flicks we've watched at home on our T.V. (check out Jacob who is sporting a pair of the updated 3-D shades) I bet it will be a strong contender next award season. We'll have to wait and see.