Thursday, June 4, 2009

Doing my civic duty as a new American.


They found me!!! I have been a U.S citizen for less then a year and already have been called for jury duty. Of the 36 people who showed 6 were chosen to serve, and YEP, you guessed it, I got chosen. All other 6 in 36 gambles, I would never be selected. My luck normally STINKS! But this... I get picked. Go figure!?! Actually, all kidding aside, it was a very eye opening experience and I even got to serve as the Jury Foreperson and submit our verdict to the judge. It was a criminal case and thankfully only lasted one day. I truly felt really great going home with the knowledge that I had made a huge difference in someones life that day.

Gerry is away this week playing soldier in the Pan Handle of Florida. He is dealing with intense humidity, heat and bugs while fighting fires and pretending to be at war. It has made him appreciate why we left Florida in the first place. Sorry, my dear Floridian friends, but it was certainly more then just the hurricanes that convinced us to leave and never look back. We LOVE Arizona and are so happy to live here. Gerry returns Saturday afternoon, just in time for our Baby Shower/My going-away party. It may just be a doozy as Barb and Jo have invited the entire facility to join in the festivities.

Tomorrow marks my last day in my 8 year career run as a Director of Nursing. I am overjoyed about beginning this new job on Monday and can't wait to get started and just take a bit of a break from worrying about everyone and everything, everyday. So Unit Manager...here I come!

We are already at 26 weeks and thrilled. My emotions tend to go from zero to sixty in a moment, ranging from, "WOW!" to, "OMG, what have I done?" to, " I'm going to be responsible for another little life very, very soon!" to, "this is REALLY happening!" But when all is said and done, I know that deep down this is our dream come true and together we can do anything.

Your Baby at 26 weeks:

Deep breath! Air sacks are developing in your baby's lungs, which means it just might be possible for your baby to take a breath at the end of this week. The air sacks (technically called alveoli) will continue to grow for the next nine years. The membrane that keeps the alveoli separate from the blood vessels is now thin enough to allow for that oxygen–carbon dioxide exchange we call breathing.

Other highlights this week:

The retina completes the development of its normal layers this week—all the better to see you with. Well not you, per se, because her eyes are still sealed shut and it's really dark in there, but your baby's eyes are now fully developed.

Brainwaves for the auditory and visual systems are detectable in baby's noggin this week. That means baby's brain is registering things like sound and light. She can't understand what any of it means yet, but she's on track to comprehend an entire episode of
Blue's Clues in no time! As hearing continues to develop, your baby will start to recognize voices. Research has shown that newborns actually recognize familiar sounds after birth. Proof that your baby has been paying attention all along.

Break out the sparkling apple juice—baby has now completed two-thirds of her stay in Hotel Womb. Your baby is about 1 2/3 pounds and is 14 inches long head-to-heel, or about the length of a burp cloth (otherwise known as your primary wardrobe accessory for the next several months).

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8 comments:

Kerrie and Mark said...

You guys have so much going on!!! Jury duty...what a role to take on, I dread the day I get that notice. Hope Gerry handles the heat and bugs and comes home soon.
Its hard to beleive you are at 26 weeks! Sheesh..times goes.
Kerrie

jojo said...

so, so happy for you honey. on all fronts.

your new life is just around the corner!

xxx

Carrie Jo said...

I can imagine that you might like to skip jury duty...but yay on starting your new job...and 26 WEEKS! Nearly to the third trimester...yay! (I've been around teenagers all day and I sound like one right now).

Sarah said...

It's funny when you talk about the emotions you are experiencing - totally brought me back to the wait. The birth of your baby is seriously around the corner and you are going to be a wonderful Mom. Congrats on week 26!

Chantelle & Cyndi our life said...

Wow 26 weeks. Just to give you some comfort, remember I was a 26weeker. So your baby is safe at anytime. I know we all want the baby to stay in for 14 more weeks, but it has to feel nice to know that if it were to come early, everything would be just fine.
I miss you!!!! I wish I would of known Gerry was out of town, we could have got lunch or something, just the two of us to chat. I still wanted to talk to you more about our common bond. There are many but THE ONE. I wish you a happy baby shower. Hopefully you will get all the things on your dream list. PS I am sure it is somewhere on your blog but where are you registered at?
I hope we can get together soon.
PS if you hear of any RN openings that don't require 2 plus years exp. let me know. I am sending out resumes on Sunday.
Good luck at your new job. I am sure you will feel so much more relaxed.
I know this is suppose to be a comment, not a letter, I just got going, no need to post it.
Miss and love you both.

Chantelle & Cyndi our life said...

PS where did you get I love my firefighter dady outfit? I would love to get one for mama cyndi.
Maybe a little harder to find since she is a female. The clothes are all so cute. We have done more with the baby room, the crib is still boxed up, maybe a couple week.

Jackie said...

Wow!! What a milestone in your pregnancy! So thrilled that all is going well.

We are here in Mumbai at the moment and having a wonderful time!

Thanks for the update!

Jackie

Todd said...

So great to hear all of your news... 26 weeks!!! How awesome for both of you. I hope some of this good fortune rubs off on us as we've just arrived in Mumbai for our first cycle.

Jury duty -- yep, one of those rites and responsibilities of becoming a U.S. citizen! A and I have each been summoned once already since we became U.S. citizens 2 and 3 years ago. I guess we can expect that regularly since unfortunately there's too too much demand being created for juries... I had never been called for jury duty my entire life in Canada before coming to the U.S.