Friday, July 25, 2008

16 week ultrasound

I had my 16 week ultrasound last Wednesday morning and everything looks good. The baby measures about 12 cm (around 5 inches), which is pretty huge considering you can't see much of anything from the outside. The only problem was that the baby was so active, the doctor couldn't get a very good picture of it. It was literally doing something that looked like somersaults or bicycle kicks.

Here is the clearest picture she managed to take. The baby is lying face-down:
Here, the baby is looking at the camera. You can see what looks like a little skull:
So it was nice to know once again that everything is going smoothly. I did find out something surprising, though. I found out that I have an RH negative blood type. I guess this is common enough in the west, but in Asia, hardly anyone has negative blood types. I read that 0.1% of the population in Korea has type A- blood type. So if I ever need a transfusion, I'm going to have a tough time. My doctor told me on the way out to be careful not to get into any accidents. -- no problem!

Although I've been busy, I've been trying to get back into knitting. There's never been a better time, now that I actually have a purpose. I started with this really easy little wrap sweater. I just have to knit down to the waist, and then I'll have to go back and pick up the sleeve stitches and knit some long sleeves. Next I think I'll make some socks and booties. I'd like to make at least one afghan.
My book came in the mail! It's just book 1 of 3 of the I Can Speak English series. I will receive books 2 and 3 as they are printed. I'm surprised at how good they look. They're very colorful and cute, with a workbook and a CD. And the sticker activities are pretty cool too. It all looks quite different from the Word documents I was working on!

Finally, my new painting. I saw this painting of roses in a gallery in Insa-dong and had to have it. I decided to also have them frame it, since I knew that I would get it home and it would sit around for months before I got around to it. I love it.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

16 weeks and feeling good

I can't believe my baby's been cooking for 16 weeks. Time is really flying now. I have my 16 week ultrasound on Wednesday, which I'm very excited for. I love hearing how much it's grown since the last visit.

I've been feeling very good lately. Yesterday it rained all day, so Sejin and I did all our spring cleaning we'd been putting off for months. One of the best feelings is relaxing after you've cleaned the house from top to bottom. Now if only Toto would stop shedding...

Looks like I'll be continuing work with Darakwon. I met with an employee last week to discuss another series they need written. Turns out they tried another writer a few months back, thinking that I had enough on my plate already (which was true), and it didn't work out, so they called me. It's a relief to hear they like what I've written, because I'm such a perfectionist and was wondering what they really thought. So the first Happy House book is in bookstores, with the other soon to follow: Book 1. My name is spelled wrong on that site, but it's actually spelled correctly on the book, thank goodness.