Boy, I have had so many calls about that twins posting. I didn't think that many of you actually looked at the blog! I better make sure my punctuation and grammar are top notch from now on, with such a big audience. So, here are the long-promised updates on construction and so forth. I want to do a HUGE baby-shower post where I take pics of all the darling things people have been giving us, but I am not sure I am going to get to it. I have a pretty long to-do list these days and about half the amount of energy I normally have. You'll see why when you scroll down to my latest belly comparison shot. And speaking of feeling diffferent, I have a few poems memorized and for some reason and one of them is "Metaphors" by Sylvia Plath. I think about it all the time right now and have a whole new understanding for what she must have been feeling. I certainly feel like "a ponderous house," "a means, a stage, a cow in a calf."
I'm a riddle in nine syllables,
An elephant, a ponderous house,
A melon strolling on two tendrils.
O red fruit, ivory, fine timbers!
This loaf's big with its yeasty rising.
Money's new-minted in this fat purse.
I'm a means, a stage, a cow in calf.
I've eaten a bag of green apples,
Boarded the train there's no getting off.
So, here goes a flurry of photo-updates and narration. Get comfortable. This is a long one.
Yes, I have had a growth spurt. People keep saying to me, you look really big for how far along you are, and I just don't think they see other pregnant women. Tyler and I started a birthing class and I am, by a pretty decent margin, the furthest along and these ladies are competing with me in size. So, I feel a little better knowing that I may not have to birth a total tanker. I don't feel fat or anything, just cumbersome and everyone telling me how big I am is kind of weird. Never say that to a pregnant lady. Just say, you look great, or ask her how she feels. Seriously.
My Mom and Dad are remodeling and have passed on several extremely useful items to us. A nice couch with a hide-a-bed (come visit!), a really nice, big, energy efficient fridge (i am in heaven), a dresser [(Tyler doesn't have to keep his clothes in a tiny baby dresser and crates) note the gray and black FLOR carpet tiles--they are so cool and make it seem like a living room now] and this lovely tree that I remember from childhood as a tiny little sapling that we hung little red balls on at Christmas(Norfolk Pine).
Oooh! And check out the wall that blocks in the baby room and runs around and up the stair. Josh has been saving these really nice slabs of finished, birch veneer plywood for us at his job site--totally free! Thanks Josh!--and we painted the edges black (and the wall behind-Aaron's idea and so good) for drama and used them as the wall cladding. It is really so classy and designer, it transforms our entry/foyer/living room. Oh yea, the living room is going to take place downstairs, I think. For a while it was going to be upstairs, but it will be so nice to have the lounging area away from our bed AND close to the kitchen so I can socialize while I cook for all of you and make cocktails and do that sort of stuff. And there will be far fewer full martini glasses walking upstairs in heals. Our place is going to be the ultimate entertaining area. I can't wait to have a big party!