Star Wars

Dear Ian,

Not so long ago, in a galaxy not so far away, a brilliant man made a movie.

The year was 1977, your mom was not born yet, and your father just barely.  George Lucas released the first of what was to become a six movie series titled Star Wars, later to be renamed A New Hope.  Originally the movies were released episode IV, V, VI; 20 years later they made the first three episodes.  In 1999 they released episode I to be followed by II and III.

1977 Episode IV; A New Hope

1980 Episode V; The Empire Strikes Back

1983 Episode VI; Return of the Jedi

1999 Episode I; The Phantom Menace

2002 Episode II; Attack of the Clones

2005 Episode III; Revenge of the Sith

Now it is hard to describe the impact these movies had on my life growing up, let alone the nations.  But I will say they changed everything.  Little boys no longer played “cowboys and Indians” or “cops and robbers” but now they were “rebels vs the Empire” or “Jedi vs Sith”  or “Darth Vader vs Luke Skywalker”

They battled with Light Sabers and Blasters, they made robots and spaceships.  We all had roles: Uncle Ryan was Luke Skywalker, Tante was Princess Leia, I was R2D2 (my favorite character), our neighbor Andy was either Han Solo, unless Uncle Jake was there then he had to be Chewbacca.  We would endlessly act out scenes from the movies, by this time the first three had been released.  When your Uncle Ryan got pneumonia he watched Star Wars all day long.

Not only did it become a staple in our lives, but the lives of millions.  There are conferences and millions of dollars are spent on Star Wars products.    Boys, girls, young and old love these movies.  I will not go into the reasons why, you will find them for yourself.  I recently came across this article in the NY times and he more eloquently describes the love for this movie, by boys who have never yet seen it.

When you started to walk and talk and role play, this past year, one of the things you played was “Star Wars.”  With LT you would battle with light sabers, then  you watched the girls play ‘Lego Star Wars’ on the Wii.  At this time your cousins had never seen the movies but were fans, just like you, because of the games.  Finally PooPaChoo decided to make them watch the movies and would explain what was happening.

We were over there one night and they mentioned watching one of the movies and you came  up to me and said “I wanna watch Star Wars” it was the proudest moment of my life (so far)!  “Yes!” I said, forget dinner and bedtime and all of that! Watch this wonderful movie that I love so dear.  OK so lets not forget the fact that  you were just barely 2 years old.  So you didn’t sit down and really watch it, but you would watch parts of it.  Mostly the parts that involved battles and fighting with light sabers.  But you LOVED those parts.

Now you know all the characters names, well the main ones, and you can pick them out of a line-up.  You have Star Wars toys, and light sabers and you are constantly wanting to watch the movies.  And I couldn’t be happier about.  It is amazing to be able to share something I loved as a kid, with my children and see the same amazement and joy in your eyes.

I will admit that for your first birthday I found it only natural to have a Star Wars themed birthday party for you.  I made you dress up as a Jedi, a costume your Bamma made for you.  I loved it, and don’t worry we will do a Star Wars theme again, probably more then once!

Love

Mom

(images are from http://www.starwars.com/)

Little Kicks

Dear Sid,

Please STOP KICKING ME!

(picture source)

I know you are there, you do not have to constantly remind me.  I love your little movements and spins, but do you always have to kick so hard?

And please stop dancing on my bladder, I do not appreciate the sudden urgency at which I have to pee, only to find that when I try to go, nothing comes!

Seriously child, you are going to kick your way through my stomach.  But I love you anyway

Love,

Mom

In sickness and….

Dear Sid,

So it is now July and the family is finally healthy, well healthy-ish.

For about 8 weeks either your brother or I were sick, or both of us.  It was horrible!   It actually all started with your brother having an ear infection.  Then your brother had a fever for about a week, and he also had this horrible hacking cough that kept us up at night.  I was terrified that he had pneumonia and kept taking him back to the doctor for lung checks.  I had a cold, then got a throat infection so I had to be on antibiotics.   Then I got his cold/cough and the cough lasted about 3-4 weeks.  I would cough so hard, I would end up throwing up and peeing my pants.  I know, not something you wanted to hear about, but it happened.  (You have weakened my pelvic wall, and that much pressure causes things to leak).

The sad part about me being sick and pregnant is that I can’t take anything.  There was one cough medicine my OB said was ok to take, but it didn’t really do anything.  Except I did have to take antibiotics for the throat infection.

So now that we are all healthy, I had my 28 week appointment at which time I had to take the test to see if I had gestational diabetes.   Before going to the doctors I had to drink a solution that has 50g of glucose, exactly one hour after finishing it they drew my blood.  Now this is the most horrid drink ever, because it is just sugar in water.  When I was pregnant with your brother, my levels were normal so I wasn’t concerned about the test.  My doctor’s office called me within 15 minutes of my leaving the appointment to tell me my levels were high.  I don’t know what they were, but the nurse said I had to go in right away and have another test done.

This test involves fasting for 8-12 hours and then a blood draw.  I had an appointment the next day at 9 am, so I wasn’t supposed to eat after 9 pm.  Well, I had dinner about 6:30 and then had a bunch of errands to do because we were leaving for the beach the next day after my appointment.  So about 10:30 I had a snack, but then couldn’t eat again till after my appointment.  Let me tell you fasting and pregnancy do not mix.  I was so sick the morning of the appointment that I threw up after getting out of the shower, and it was so violent that, yes, I ended up peeing.  But I had just gotten out of the shower so I just got right back in it.  I felt awful.

I go to the doctors and they draw my blood to check my levels, and have a baseline.  I then have to drink a solution that has 100g of glucose, even worse than the first time because it has more sugar.  I almost threw it up, but I didn’t want to come back, so I forced myself to keep it down.  Now having not eaten for over 11 hours and then consuming that much sugar is not good for your brain.  I felt so sick, light-headed and had a hard time concentrating.   So exactly one hour after I finished the drink they drew my blood, then again an hour later, and once more an hour later.  Four total blood draws all about an hour apart.  Which also meant I had to sit in the waiting room for over 3 hours!

After all that suffering it turns out my levels are fine and I am not diabetic.  My doctor’s office said that 15% of pregnant women (probably just in the US) have high blood glucose levels, but only about 3% of them actually have gestational diabetes.  Thankfully I do not, because I live off carbs right now.  It is about all you will let me eat.  I am not getting as sick as before, but I am nowhere near normal.  Although I am gaining weight, about 10 lbs so far.

June 25, 2012Here we are at 27 weeks

You are still moving all the time and you have some serious force behind some of those movements.  I can actually see my belly moving!

Love,

Mom