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We went over to Ian's for dinner today. They just finished a new deck off of their spanking new kitchen, so we got to enjoy a beautiful evening outdoor dinner. Lots of playing in the yard beforehand. We hadn't seen them for a while, and I was quite surprised at how grown Julia looks. Maybe it was her new haircut, but she's no longer a toddler for sure! The video is of Tyler showing a new Aikido move with Ian as his opponent.

Ian and Izumi have a rocking chair they used for baby rocking/feeding that they handed over to us. They freshly painted it a spunky pink. The chair has quite a history: Ian and Izumi bought it in Tokyo from a chief executive of Disney Japan. They most likely shipped it from the USA to Tokyo. Ian and Izumi then shipped it to New Jersey when they first moved there...and now it comes to us. Thanks!

The other reason we visited today was it's Ian's birthday soon...and I may as well point out the "40" baseball cap he got from a celebration yesterday. A nice big 4-0. Dav and I got him Hungry Planet, a book I heard about on NPR. It's quite fascinating. Happy Birthday bro!


The last picture is really hard to see, but it's of a humming bird sitting on a nest just outside of Ian and Izumi's dining room. I've never seen a humming bird sit still for so long. How cute...diligently sitting there on the eggs.

Scenes from the drive up

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It was so nice to be out of the city in the hills with trees and open sky. Saw lots of cows.

Even though it was just one night, I feel much refreshed from camping. With our blow-up mattress and tons of pillows, I slept OK (not deeply, but can't complain). 6 of our other friends, who are also Goa Gil fans, came too. So it was a little reunion for good 'ol times. I absolutely love camping with friends, sharing food and laughter, and just hanging out among the trees.

Dav's pics are here. Includes some belly pics :)

Goa Gil camping

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For 1 night only, but I'm excited since it's been a while and I love camping. We had to pack so much with extra pillows so I can be relatively comfortable. I noted that next time we'll have even more stuff since 'Gargle' will be with us.

What it's been like

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Many people ask me how I'm feeling and how the pregnancy is going. This doesn't bother me at all, as I enjoy talking about this experience. But I realized I haven't shared a lot of details on Kokochi...and since this is where I essentially keep a diary, I decided I should take notes for my future reading & reminiscing.

Now that I'm nearing the end, I'm aware that this incredible experience will soon be in the past, and memories may even fade. I've almost gotten used to being pregnant, taking some of it for granted, even though there are constant changes in my body. Inside, however, I am thrilled every minute; just don't want to gush all the time. I observe my body and am amazed at how it works. I know it's my body, but as Dav has noted before, I sometimes talk about my body as if I'm detached from it. I don't think I am; it's just that my body does all sorts of things on its own, not from my conscious effort or decisions. And that's neat in a connected-to-biology way. I mean, excuse me for being blunt, but Dav and I have sex one time, and voila! A baby is on her way. I'm personally not cell-dividing and deciding what is an eyeball or finger. I am in awe. Especially since it's inside me.

About the pregnancy, I must say that I've had it easy. I've heard and read enough to know that I've had zero complications, and even an ideal pregnancy. No morning sickness, and I'm pretty much moving around as normal (up until lately, at least).

I had that pinched nerve in the butt for a while, but besides the split second pain when it was triggered, it was OK to feel an effect from Gargle. If she was sitting on my nerve, well, I knew she was there!

I remember the faint fluttering of movement at first. Now, I'm much more used to constantly feeling her, and I can feel very real body parts poking through. I have fun gently poking back, or rubbing her foot/knee/butt??, saying something out loud, imagining she can feel me and connect it to a voice. The first few times feeling the body parts (distinct hard bumps sticking through my skin), I actually felt woozy. Wow, there really IS an alien being inside me! But I got used to it, and feel comforted when there is an avalanche of movement rumbling inside.

When I notice that she hasn't moved for a while, I can't help but get worried. I jiggle my belly to see if she'll respond. Although everything has been fine, there is always that worry that something at any time could go wrong. So I do pay attention.

That reminds me...I haven't mentioned this, but in mid-February, I had scary cramps. I know it's mid-Feb. because I started getting them when Dav and I went to Pete and Katia's to help them move (and I checked her blog for the date; yay for blogs!). We weren't of much help, but whatever I did, I got cramps, and they felt different. I sat for a while and they didn't go away and were quite strong. I got worried, so Dav and I went home, and I called our hospital. They had me wait 30 minutes, and when I still had them, they advised me to come in. During the drive there, I started crying. It was my first time to really be worried, and realize that as chill and easy going as I had been, it would be very hard if this cramping led to a miscarriage. I kept thinking how sorry I'd be for Gargle-to-be. I realized I really cared about her with her own chance at life. After 3 hours, the cramps finally subsided. Could have been dehydration or something inside me doing extra stretching. I am very grateful that it was just a part of pregnancy that startled me.

I'm still not entirely connected to her, and she is still an independent foreign being inside me. I go about my business of trying to sleep, cook, walk, work, etc., and she's doing her own swimming/napping/kicking, growing, etc. But I do enjoy feeling her move...ah, she's still in there, hopefully happy with what I just ate.

I'm glad that both Dav and I have been rather chill...not worrying too much or drastically changing anything yet, although as I've mentioned before, there's the mental adjustment that's surreal. I love sharing this with Dav. I'm so proud of him, and am so excited to see him as a dad. I think he'll be super cool!

I've had to accept that I'm this awkward-looking pregnant lady with him now...who makes noises when moving, snores, eats all his food, absent-mindedly lifts her shirt to scratch her belly-button right in front of him, and unabashedly asks for massages and help with chores. I used to enjoy dressing up for him, going out on town, adding a little sexy something at night. Now, I don't fit into anything enticingly sexy, and there's no hiding this big belly. I feel like a toddler who bumps into things and doesn't move elegantly. For a while, having bigger boobs was fun, but they are, well, definitely looking like mommy-boobs already...

Other than that, what I'm physically noticing now:

  • Heartburn - not constant, but enough that I've bought Tums, for the very first time in my life.

  • Tightening around the belly - not contractions, but if I walk a lot or at night time, my belly gets hard as a rock and I can feel an overall tightening. This can last for a while and is rather uncomfortable

  • Calf cramps - must be related to blood circulation. Happens most when I wake up and move my legs. My calf muscles just freeze and it hurts like hell. I've also noticed if I get up after sitting for a while that my calves feel tingly or numb

  • Bigger belly - as expected, but it's really getting in the way. Dav will soon have to tie my shoes. Getting in/out of the car is hard, and I have to roll out of bed

  • Internal summersaults - her head is down now so I don't think she's really doing summersaults, but there are certain movements that feel very internal, like her stepping right on my bladder, or a kick to some organ that hits my ribs. Very strange

  • Sleeping - I'm definitely sleeping lightly now, tossing and turning a lot. I can't lie on my back for more than 15 minutes or so...sometimes longer if I put a support under my back. I guess the weight of my belly crushes my back. Lying on my sides are my only options, with a pillow between my legs and a small support right under my ribs. My ribs get pushed when on my side so even then, I can't stay long in one position. And flipping over isn't easy either since I really have no stomach muscles to use. I feel like a seal sometimes, rolling as best I can to and fro.

At times I've felt that this pregnancy stage is awkward indeed. Why didn't we follow the kangaroos to have belly pouches instead? Or why not a gigantic egg on which men could sit and incubate? For all this debate about Intelligent Design, I'm finding some flaws - and I've got it easy! If evolution is still perfecting the process, I'll help along. I just don't think some Being sat down and really thought this through. Especially when I still have BIRTH to go through.

I can't imagine what it used to be like, getting pregnant frequently, knowing that you might just die during child birth, with no hope of a nice epidural to calm your nerves. That women continue to populate this planet, I'm in awe of women's power and strength. I hope I can tap into that a bit please ;)

Wow. This is the longest blog entry I've ever written. But it's to my future self. Thanks for reading.

A tasty blogger evening

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Last night we went to a dinner that included donated wine from Stormhoek and organic chocolate from Charles Chocolates. The event was part of Stormhoek's 100 Geek Dinners in 100 Days. I had no idea what to expect, but why not go? Plus, Gen's friend Peter was organizing it, and I hadn't seen him for a while.

I was pleasantly surprised to see Min Jung, so we got to catch up. She knew all about Gargle, and when she won the raffle for a box of Charles Chocolates, she graciously gave them to me in celebration. Thanks, and great to see you!!

There was a neat capella music performance by the Stanford Harmonics. I had never seen such. Unfortunately, my video attempt is horribly meager. I was a bit distracted at how perky they all were. It was part of the show, I'm sure, but I kept noting their college-youth energy. It was almost inspirational!

The dinner was delicious, but I think the guests really enjoyed the flowing wine. I know Dav did ; )

By far, what I enjoyed the most was an underwater photography show by Eric Cheng. He's got some really cool shots that blew us all away. Some shots made me think of a Dr. Seuss sort of weird and wacky world. He has pictures from swimming with whales and sharks too. At the end, he opened a silent auction for some of his pictures. I was immediately drawn to an extraordinary picture of a turtle and made a bid. After getting outbid, and making sure I bid again, Dav and I were happy winners (actually, the out-bidder understood how much I wanted the picture and graciously didn't re-out-bid us).

Anyway, Dav and I absolutely LOVE the picture. Eric explained that it's of a baby turtle that had been found distressed. It had been taken in by some organization for care, and the photo was taken when it was first released back into the wild. Can't you feel the turtle's excitement and thrill in that expression? We named the turtle "Charles" and have him taped on our closet in front of our bed to enjoy - and we do. He makes us very happy. We'll get a very nice frame for Charles soon.

Then, just as we were leaving for the night, we bumped into a couple who had a 7 month old cutie baby. We discussed the ins and outs of pregnancy and parenthood, and discovered they are planning on going to Burning Man for the first time this year. Very good to hear that they have a baby and are planning this; gives us hope that not all ends when you have a baby!

We told them that we're veteran Burners, but we'll be new at the parenting thing. So we're definitely going to follow-up and share information, and hopefully get to know each other more. Totally cool couple (the woman is an avid Live Journal user), and we are quite pleased to have met them!

So it was one of those evenings that started so-so...not sure what we were getting into, not expecting much. But then we got to laugh with Min Jung, Dav enjoyed lots of wine, we found Charles the turtle, and we met new friends. Not bad, eh?

Rick and Mikie

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Been reflecting more and more about my parents as Dav and I inch towards parenthood. I know this is a process every parent goes through, but it's quite fascinating how Dav and I attempt to process this imminent life-changing event. We can't really. It's beyond our realm of comprehension. At times I'm excited, at others I'm sad about letting go of this perfect "Dav & Mie Bubble" we've created. Who is this person who will soon be demanding all our attention?

I have 2 pictures of my parents that I love [sorry for the bad picture of a picture quality; I will scan later]. One is of my mom on the beach with my brother and I. She is playing with us. I love how beautiful she is, and I know she's wearing a bikini. This makes me think about her, as a young woman with 2 children...being our mom, but also an individual (a transplant from Japan to New England) who is well into the parenthood phase that Dav and I are about to enter. What was it like for her? Did she miss being the glamorous woman I see in her other pictures? Was she overwhelmed by us? It doesn't look like it...and her smile comforts me because I feel she's genuinely having fun.

The other picture is of my dad, surrounded by kids at my brother's birthday party. I wish he were more central, not tucked away behind the scenes. But I love this picture because he's so into being at the party, with that funny red birthday hat on. Ian is at the center, enjoying his special day. I'm a little lost, not knowing what all the commotion is about, looking up to my dad for comfort. It seems such a natural yet intimate moment.

Like I said, I'm thinking lots about my parents, appreciating what they went through, and thankful for what they did to enable me be the person I am.

Bay to Breakers - salmon run

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Today was amazing weather: it poured in the early morning, cleared up for the race to an almost tropical temperature, then rained once the event was all over. Perfect!

We got to Alamo Square at 7:30am, and were ready to watch the professional runners, first the women, then the men. I almost burst into tears at how inspiring it was to see these amazingly fit people run by so elegantly.

This year, Dav did the salmon run. By far, this is the coolest and most original play on the event. All the salmon gathered at Alamo Square, and when the passing crowd became less about the serious runners and slowly more about a celebratory bacchanalia, and the crowd thickened to a river of joggers, the salmon entered single-file in the opposite direction. Their fins and heads bobbed up and down just above the crowd, and was the best sight ever! I'm so proud of my salmon husband!!

The video thumbnails aren't working now - sorry about that. But these videos are worth it.

  • 1st one is of the salmon gathering, Dav flapping his gills.
  • 2nd is the first two woman zooming by.
  • 3rd shows the winning man.
  • 4th is the salmon running upstream.

Baby crib

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I wasn't joking when I said we weren't going to buy anything as so many generous people around us have baby stuff to hand-down to us. I'm very grateful, and it relieves me to no end that we're getting used items.

In addition to the car seat, baby bouncer, 6 big bags of clothes, a box of blankets and toys, and a baby carrier, now we have a crib, thanks to lovely Kimi. This crib came from her brother-in-law's family. After Kimi's 3 children using this, our baby will be the 5th!

To take advantage of going over to Kimi's, she cooked an amazing dinner with the most fantastic matcha sponge roll dessert with chestnuts and adzuki inside. To die for. Seriously, she should sell her matcha desserts!

I took a picture of their dog Micah, who is battling cancer. He has such a human-like face. My heart goes out to him, and I hope his soul knows he's loved and taken care of.

After dinner, we put the crib on top of our jeep, and drove to Christie's going-away party. I loved this image of Dav and I driving to a party with a freaking crib on our car roof! It's happening...we're acting like - *gasp* - parents-to-be!

THE baby seat

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After visiting Michael, Heather, and their new addition Evelyn, they kindly offered to send us their baby seat as Evelyn had already outgrown it. It's the most high-tech, beautifully designed thing!

When I opened the box, I just stared for a while, noticing how small the space was for the little baby. I *so* can't believe we'll be filling that space soon.

The baby seat also represents a sort of readiness, as we aren't allowed to leave the hospital without a baby seat. So now, no matter when Gargle arrives, we'll be able to at least drive her home. [We REALLY need a name soon; even I'm getting tired of calling her Gargle. She needs something a tad more elegant, no?]

By the way, I'm 34 weeks, and according to the weekly baby email I get from BabyCenter, our baby would more or less be fine even if born tomorrow. Whew. It's a whole other phase now as we're heading into that "any day" zone. I must say, not knowing when she'll arrive is making this so exciting! She's about 4 3/4 pounds and is almost 18 inches long.

Playing on our balcony

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Six Apart has an intern, Mika-san, for 6 weeks, and we work together. And Boris was in town last week. So I invited them over for dinner along with Sean, Manisha, and Mika-san's friend, Okui-san (who has contracted with Six Apart in Japan). As the sunset was absolutely gorgeous that evening, we ran to the upstairs balcony to take pictures of the sunset and each other. It all made up for some quirky photo compositions, I thought.

KaBoom!

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My first KaBoom! I had heard about it, but was suspicious it might be cheesy. It's so ingrained in me that the best fireworks are during the hot steamy Japanese summers with festivals, shaved ice, and wearing yukata. But this was fun...and actually pretty well choreographed with KFog's music.

I missed the almost romantic celebration that happens at Japanese firework shows as we were parked on the 280 on-ramp with a bunch of other people, just standing there watching the show with the car radios blasting. And as soon as it was over, we all left immediately. But it was so easy (compared to dealing with huge crowds), and it was a great show!

sad deflated birthing ball

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This was from last Saturday's birthing class. We were told to purchase and bring a yoga/birthing ball for practice. I didn't get around to inflating it 'til the morning of, and filled it until it was filled out to a round shape, but had no idea you were supposed to actually fill it until it stretches like a balloon. As you know, I don't like balloons, so it makes sense that it didn't occur to me to fully inflate my ball.

But when Dav and I arrived at class and saw that everyone's ball was gigantic, I was so embarrassed to have this teeny tiny thing. You can see from the picture that my purple ball upfront appears the same size as the much larger one way on the other side of the room. I didn't even bother to use it for practice...

Now, it's the perfect size and I sit on it at home :) It's supposed to help my pelvic bone move around --> Gargle, get into position!

Computer History Museum

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[I am totally catching up on a week's worth of events and pictures...this is from last Friday's company trip.]

We went to the Computer History Museum. Other than a backache from the relatively long guided tour, it was actually pretty neat. Started from old wooden calculators to more recent gigantic machines that were crazy-looking. The 5th picture shows the back of a revolutionary computer because it was "simple" compared to how others had been put together! I got a kick out of finding 2 items that I had: the Apple (back in college, my first experience really with a computer), and the chess game that my dad had.

My mom

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My mom just bought her ticket to arrive here on June 23rd to stay until July 20. We've been talking about this for quite some time - to share the birth of 'Gargle' would be so special. But who knows when she'll be ready to be born? So we're guessing. And even if we have to wait 2 weeks or so, I know my mom will pamper me and we'll have some special time together before Gargle arrives. I'm so grateful too that my mom will be around post-birth. I'm sure coming home from the hospital will be surreal, and having my mom to help and guide me will be very reassuring.

I'm hoping to hear all sorts of stories I've never heard before about her own experience - she was in New York, didn't speak English that well, didn't expect to even be in the US after marrying my dad (they planned to stay put in Tokyo), and having her mom around was out of the question. Even calling back to Japan was super expensive back then. My mom was courageous!

I should add that I'm certainly not forgetting about my dad. I wish he could join, but it's not possible. We do plan on visiting Japan in September so he and 'Gargle' can meet. I am looking forward very much to introducing our daughter to her granddaddy. He'll always be MY dad, but now I'll get to share him.


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Getting on the bus. Yippee!

[This video is amazing to me as it shows just how big we are now. We rented 2 big buses! Last time we did this, we had a medium-sized bus, and it felt like a classroom outing. Having started as the 7th employee, watching Six Apart grow has been exciting, but also a little sad, since I miss the smallness (like when we used to all go to lunch together everyday). I suppose that's what it's like to watch a kid grow-up.]

[check out our group photo]

I'm in Japan visiting my parents. How wonderful to feel the sensations and see familiar sights. But suddenly, I realize in horror that my water broke, and I remembered that I was pregnant. I feel a desperation about my mistake in coming to Japan because I'm utterly unprepared - don't have a doctor or hospital, don't know the procedures, haven't packed, and my gosh, Dav is in SF! I call Dav frantically to tell him the baby is coming in less than 24 hours. Can you get over here??? Dav tries to sound calm on the phone, and says he's getting a ticket right away. But we both know he probably won't make it here in time.

Meanwhile, my mom is packing a bag for me so we can head to some hospital. But she's packing all these beautiful clothes she was going to hand down to me. They are colorful with flowers, and I remember her wearing them as a kid. No! I don't want to destroy those! This is labor, mom! My dad comes up and shows me several bags of dried fruit he has assembled for us to snack on during labor. I'm grateful, but eating is the last thing I'm focused on. I need Dav!! Oh, the sinking feeling that I'll be doing this almost on my own...why did I come to Japan when it was so close to my due date???

It's been years since I've noticed that I don't remember my dreams. When I do, once in a blue moon, I'm astonished and delighted at how cool and weird dreams can be. Lately, however, I'm definitely remembering my dreams. I've heard that pregnancy can make dreams more vivid, so this is an interesting experience indeed. And a theme is emerging; surprise, surprise, it's about my due date.

I've think I've been pretty laid back about this pregnancy. Didn't go out and buy 101 books (did receive a few used ones that I referred to), didn't make any list of do's and don'ts, and am not too uptight about much (although I'm noticing a bigger urge to organize stuff in the house). I've let my body do its thing, and Gargle her thing, with a sort of amused detachment - "wow, it works!"

But the clock is ticking, and Gargle will soon be ready to come out. I haven't really processed that reality yet. It's hard enough as it is to grasp that Dav and I will soon be parents, will soon welcome a whole other human being into our family, and we'll be in charge of shaping her values and experiences. Things have happened so smoothly and lovingly that there's no logic to comprehend what this means. It just is. Don't get me wrong; I'm quite thrilled about this and can't believe my luck in getting to do this with Dav. It's truly a special bond to share. It's just that with so much lovey dovey changes going on, I haven't paid much attention to the process so aptly called LABOR.

My dreams are hinting for sure...indicating some sort of mental prep happening behind the scenes. And now that I'm remembering the dreams, I'm paying attention (going to our first birthing class last Saturday was another reality jolt).

I've had other vivid dreams, like one where I felt contractions. I don't know what they really feel like, but in my dream, I was already leaving my body, looking down at my tummy, wanting to get as far away as I could from it. I woke up shocked at the intensity of that.

I'm sharing this because I've been more internal lately. In some ways I feel I should be constantly documenting about this experience. However, I've been content carrying on life as usual, posting about the mundane (although a lot of baby stuff does come up as that is creeping into even the mundane now). I don't really know what to say about the pregnancy. Yes, it's amazing, I love feeling her kick and become real, I love sharing this with Dav and am so proud of him, am feeling deeply grateful to my parents for what they've done for me, and just feel lucky. But it just is. I can't give it words adequately.

Now though, as I'm getting closer to what seems like some animalistic twilight zone I'm to step through, I guess I need to process this.


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This is from Friday...when Dav and I went to the de Young Museum for an event that honored various student-made art. Part of it was a show put on by Elida's Capoeira group. It was fantastic and instantly upped the energy in the lobby area with their music, beats, and strong movements. Dav and I had front row seats : )

at the Shooting Gallery

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Dav and I stopped by briefly to check out Yumiko Kayukawa's work at the Shooting Gallery. I liked her stuff, but was actually drawn more to another artist's work of everyday SF buildings/cityscapes. I failed to pick up the name...but I'll find out, as we bumped into friends there and they should know [the artist is Kim Cogan]. The paintings were oil, but when I took the pictures, it really looked real as if peering through a window.

Painting with light

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Last night we had tons of fun at Julian Cash's where he did "painting with light" photography. In a dark room, he left the shutter open for however long he wanted, using various light toys to "paint" the darkness. I had no idea about this, and loved it!

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A morning exchange

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While waiting to catch the bus to work...out of the blue, a man approaches.

[man] you're going to have a baby girl, aren't you?

[me] ah, yeah

[man] wondering how I knew, huh?

[me] yeah...

[man] I just know these things. I have 2 boys and I knew when my wife was pregnant even before she did!

[me] wow...actually, it seems like every baby I meet these days is a girl. where are all the boys? ... we don't have a name yet

[man] oh, it'll come in your sleep. don't worry

[man] she's going to be a beautiful baby girl

[me] <smiles and is very happy>

By the way, it's 2 months 'til July 2nd...the supposed target date of Gargle's arrival. I like the suspense that she could arrive early or late. Nevertheless, the clock is beginning to tick louder...and I still can't believe she'll be here soon!

My sack artist

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To balance out my previous posts, allow me to add a furry one.

Here is Kats, the world's best professional sack artist. When Dav and I wake up, Waka is usually first to the door, ready to start her day after several loud meows. Kats, by contrast, doesn't budge. Oftentimes, I'll climb over him to get out of bed, take a shower, and he's still curled up under the covers when I come back. If he had to go to work, this habit would be problematic. But if I were him, I'd be snuggling forever too! I just love petting him at these times, when he's clearly still very groggy and sleepy, and barely opens an eye to check me out.

17 days old

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I can't help it. Everywhere we go, everyone we talk to, it's BABY! Honestly, I'm not trying to focus on babies, but they're everywhere. I don't think I'm just noticing because I'm pregnant either...

However, I'm thrilled to show you Pete and Katia's baby girl who is just 17 days old! Check out how tiny she is compared to my hand. She was chill and sleeping perfectly the whole time we visited. She made some cute cooing sounds too.

Katia is amazing. She gave birth at home, 32 hours of labor using a birthing tub. She looks great and has recovered quickly. I'm so lucky to have her as a role model (um, not the home birth part...I'll be at the hospital for sure) to see her transition from Burning Man camp member, to pregnant woman, to mother. To us, our babies being 3 months apart seems huge, but assuming our girls grow up together, they'll feel like twins.

It really is amazing to finally meet the baby (name not announced just yet), imagining someone along her lines is in my belly. I'm *still* not comprehending there's a being in there, but apparently that's how it goes. There's just no easy logic to understand this process so disbelief, denial, blissful ignorance is my reaction ; )

After meeting all these babies, talking to both new and experienced parents over these past few months, I guess it's sorta dawning on Dav and I what our art project really is. I'm beginning to look forward to staring into a face that is made from both Dav and I...

Shernaz

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Shernaz worked at Six Apart for a short while until she gave birth to her beautiful baby girl Carina (with the most gorgeous eyes and eyelashes!). I was so warmed when one day I received a box in the mail from her that contained maternity clothes and books. There was one tiny tiny pink baby jumper suit that I couldn't believe a human would fit into.

Then last week, Shernaz emailed me. Now that Carina has grown out of her initial wardrobe, Shernaz offered to give clothes to us. I'm so overwhelmed by the amount of "stuff" people say we'll need, and especially concerned that babies outgrow it all so quickly. So I'm very pleased to have second-hand items. Thus, yesterday, Dav and I drove down to visit with Shernaz, and received three gigantic bags of the cutest outfits ever!! I have to admit looking at the adorable clothes made me a bit excited to dress Gargle.

It was also super cool just hanging with Shernaz, hearing stories and sharing this baby journey. I can't explain how important it is to hear other women's experiences, and just feel supported. And I feel very blessed that we're receiving a lot already. I'm quite confident we won't have to buy much at all.

Anyhow, it was sure nice seeing radiant Shernaz, and meeting Carina. Thank you!!

Fwd: RV Pictures

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How funny...Dav forwarded me pictures of an old RV we're considering buying...and he mistakenly sent it to Kokochi. So for the day, there were a bunch of pictures showing off this 70's decor RV with no explanation; that was a pretty hilarious posting for a day...

Yes, we are entering RV land. Or seriously thinking about it...for Burning Man. I love camping in our gigantic tent, and the connection to the desert you get from living "in the dust." However, with Gargle on the way, we're having to be more practical. Now, this might come as a shocker to you all that we are even thinking of going to Burning Man since Gargle will be just 2 months old. But here is the deal: if we don't try to plan, we definitely won't be able to go. If we prepare to go, then we may be able to go *if* she is doing well, if I've recovered well and have energy, and we feel confident as parents.

We are carefully researching issues - and have lots of feedback about the difficulties I'll face physically, how dehydration is a main concern triple normal rates, how I may never even be able to leave the RV anyway, or even how driving to the playa might take forever since we'll have to stop for breastfeeding every 2 hours and have to take her out of the car seat. Lots to think about. We're not stupid or brash, and certainly won't push this in any way. But just in case there is no reason not to go, we want to be ready. Thus the RV.

I can't imagine experiencing Burning Man from the comforts of an RV. No more 24 hours of setting up camp, we'll actually have a kitchenette, and even a full bed!

We'll keep you posted how the reality shapes. I'm fully aware that once Gargle is here, lots of changes that we can't fathom now will happen. *If* we go, I plan to fully document it for others as it shall be quite the experiment.