So, we have about 7 weeks left till my due date and I'm getting pretty anxious! I've already bought a wall decal that says "Persephone Aurora" on it and hung it on the wall- so that's the name we are going with. I hope she doesn't come out as a boy.
I guess when I announce her to the world I will have to write out how to pronounce Persephone next to her name. "Persephone Aurora" (Per-SEF-a-ny) just as a once and for all "this is how you say it!" There are a billion cute nicknames I'm excited about. She may be really confused about what her name is. Aside from the one we'll use most "Sephie," she can be Pepper, Pepsi, Onny, Effie, Phon, (not phone or phony) Not Percie (I don't like Percie) Seppie, Honey (that's sweet, but already a nickname for anybody) Peppy, Pep, Purr, Eppie, Epony, Seph, Eppie, and probably tons more. I'm so excited at the possabilities. Unfortunately, I got too excited when putting the decal on the wall and I put it up slightly crooked, so then I took it down and put it up again, but now the letters don't stick as well. I had to add superglue to a couple spots to keep the letters good and stuck. Me and my lack of patience. Always read the instructions first!
Well, little Sephie is also having problems turning to the proper birthing position which is making me a little concerned about having to have a C-Section. My main concern is that I just want to be able to hold her right away and bond with her and comfort her. I've heard it's good to leave the umbilical cord on for a couple minutes as well because she can continue to receive comfort from it has been her lifeline for so long untill she gets acquainted with the outside world. It will keep her from being as stressed. Maybe that's silly, I don't know. But I know I don't want her to have to be taken over to a table and have to lay there and cry for several minutes and then me not be able to hold her because my belly is gaping open. I also don't like the idea of a long recovery time.
Maybe I am having some crazy pregnancy hormones right now.
Anyway, I am hoping she turns down and that the labor is not too difficult despite my small stature without me needing a ceasarian.
Over the past two weekends we painted the babies room and then painted the bathroom. They look so much better. Before our walls were a pale, dirty white that drowned out all warmth and happiness. Well, now our living room, hallway and bedroom are still white, but the bathroom and baby's room are lovely. The baby's room is a pale green with a hint of gold and we hung pink sheer curtains. I have a pretty flower print to hang on the wall as well. The bathroom is peachy-pink and I have a similar print to hang in there. It makes a huge difference.
We are going to Illinois for Christmas. We are leaving on Friday morning and coming back on Monday.
Alex and I finally decided on a name for the baby that we agree on, but some people think it's too difficult. Our baby will be smart and will be able to spell it. We'll start her early and hang her name on the wall so that she can get used to it. We can also call her a nickname untill she's old enough to pronounce it. The name I'm referring to is "Persephone Aurora Anderson", "Sephie" for short. I've had a couple people think I've said "per-stephanie" and I have to re-iterate it a few times. I didn't know it was going to be such a hard name. To Alex and me it was a familiar Greek mythological character with an unusual but pretty name. After learning of it's difficulty I thought about some other names, but nothing sounds as good to me and/or Alex. So, unless we find something easier that is just as rare and beautiful to both me and Alex, that is the name we are going with. Plus, I wrote a lovely little lullabye for Persephone Aurora and it makes the name all the more sweet.
Persephone was a peace-loving, flower picking daughter of Demetri and Zeus who was one day spending time with Athena picking flowers and was abducted into the underworld. Demetri searched and searched for her daughter, and begged for her to be returned. Hwoever, because she ate of the fruit of the underworld (Some pomegranites) she was forbidden to return for good. She was only aloud to return for half of the year. Thus, when she was down below it was winter, and when she was back it was Spring and Summer. She also became the queen of the underworld, which, granted, I don't want my daughter to be queen of the underworld, but let's recognize that it is mythology, and the underworld was the place for the afterlife, not to be compared to the real hell that exists. Also, I do not recall there being any heaven in any Greek myths. As far as I know, the underworld was all there was. Actually, the underworld was said to have been divided into different parts and included the paradisical after land.
Anyway, That is all for now.
Tomorrow after work Alex and I are going to Illinois to visit my family and to see The Lion King in Chicago. I'm very excited about this, it should be a lot of fun. Plus, I get Friday off of work!
We have remodeled our garage to be the music room. We still have some more things to do to it, but next our focus is on the baby's room. I don't know what theme I want for the room. We looked at cribs the other day. It is very strange to be planning to be a mom. It seems unreal. I still feel like a child.
Alex and I went out to eat with his parents the other day. I wonder if people think I'm a teenager and we had a shot gun wedding or something. People are so surprised when I tell them my age. Oh well, I know it doesn't really matter.
I've posted my pregnancy pictures on Facebook.
I'm still waiting on the pamphlet to be finished for my new CD, so I'll keep you posted.
Being pregnant has been interesting. First we were concerned that we wouldn't have insurance to cover maternity. Alex's insurance doesn't cover it, and mine didn't set in until September. I thought for sure it would count my pregnancy as a pre-exisiting condition and not pay for it. But, as it turns out, since I was covered (though not maternity-wise) by some insurance for over a year before mine came into effect, they will indeed cover it. That was great news. We had even applied for Medicaid, which was rejected because we have too much income. (Not enough to pay all those tests and doctor bills and hospital bills!!)
Anyway, I started out feeling pretty sick most of the time, but now I'm on my 18th week, and I'd say around my 15th week the nausea basically started to go away. I still get it occasionally, but now I only throw up about once a week or so instead of my previous 4 or 5 times a week. And, I've started gaining weight, finally. I've gained about 4 lbs.
We won't get to see if it's a girl or boy until the end of November. That is way too long in my opinion, but, my doctor's office only has one ultrasound that they reserve mainly for use for first visits, twins, and high-risk pregnancies. So, if I'm lucky they'll let me have one at my appointment at the end of October, but most likely, it won't be til November. I guess I'll just have to wait. I'll pretend I'm one of those people who likes not knowing.
Some guy in the elevator asked me how far a long I am. I can't believe I was asked that already. That is one of those questions you just don't ask until it's very obvious that the women you are speaking to is indeed pregnant. I didn't think my stomach was showing that much! But, maybe it is...or maybe some people are just very brave. My tummy is growing though, and I often feel like it is so huge I can hardly push myself up out of my seat or out of my bed in the morning. I still have a lot more belly growing to do though. It could still easily pass off as a food belly.
Well, I guess that's all.
Well, I have now got the music for the CD all ready and matching with each other. I am waiting on our friend (the person who mastered the CD) to put together the pamphlet that will go in the CD's.
Once again, I am at the mercy of someone else to finish the job before it can be replicated. I know he will do it, I just also know that I can't really say when he'll finish it. However, I'm planning a CD release party in the beginning of October, so at least I have a specific deadline to help get the ball rolling.
In the meantime, I'm posting the songs here for your listening pleasure. That way you can review it and decide if you really want it in the first place. It consists of the first 12 songs in the player below.
Also, I have gained a manager to help promote me. She is just starting out and trying to build a resume, so she is working for me for free for now (until I start making money.) I'm excited. I'm not sure how it will work, but we will see. She seems eager and dedicated to helping to promote me. She is working on a press kit for me and is searching for and calling venues for me to perform. Now I'm back to having a good reason to practice again. ( I was losing motivation when it was taking so incredible long to finish my CD.)
Oh yeah, I guess I haven't told Pleonast that I'm pregnant yet. I figure anybody who reads this already knows if they've read my facebook. To be honest, I don't even know who all reads my blog on Pleonast. Don't worry, I'm not going to make you tell me who you are.