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Hugs and props!

Thanks for all the well-wishes for the baby, everyone. =D S/he's going to have a pretty fucking awesome horde of aunts and uncles, no? XD

I think Motherhood will hit a more awesome level of awesomeness as soon as the Morning Sickness From Hell passes by. In the meantime, I'm still feeling like I've had a hangover that has lasted weeks. So glamorous.

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In other news...

My girl Sarah (the genius that doodled the artwork for the Stardust series) is being featured at Gallery 1988's art show Under the Influence: A Tribute to Stan Lee. The show is running through February 1, so if you get a chance, please swing by.

Sarah's painting of the Scarlet Witch is #32 in the LA Weekly slideshow of the event:


Sarah is FULL of badassity. =D


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Jan. 10th, 2008 03:48 am (UTC)
That entire art show looks amazing! If I thought I had the capability to make it down there to see it, I would.

Vitamin B6?
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Jan. 10th, 2008 03:57 am (UTC)
I second the ginger... and my midwife suggested Red Raspberry tea. Which is also supposed to help with an easy delivery as a bonus.

Hadn't thought about the horde of Aunts... I have a PG Wodehousian view of lots of Aunts. The very thought is enough to make a cat laugh.
Jan. 10th, 2008 02:12 pm (UTC)
I think the tea is supposed to be towards the end of pregnancy. (: It tones the uterus and helps with contractions. (of course, when to use it is all debatable.. lol)
Jan. 10th, 2008 03:57 am (UTC)
Grapefruit juice is awesome for killing off morning sickness nausea.
Jan. 10th, 2008 03:58 am (UTC)
Poor Beth!!!

I find that wearing the Apothecary helps with my nausea a lot. I'm not pregant though....

*begone nausea*

Well, I tried at least! :P

Jan. 10th, 2008 04:19 am (UTC)
Yeah, hordes of Aunts and Uncles, not to mention an awesome Mom and Dad to start with, too. :D

BTW, I have some ginger hard candies (Gin-Gins) that are supposed to work really well for nausea. If you'd like a few to see if they work without actually tracking down a whole container, post your address in a comment on my last post (the one with the screened comments) and I'll drop a few into an envelope for you. :)
Jan. 10th, 2008 05:06 am (UTC)
Ginger, caffeine-free coke (NOT diet though) and, if you're comfortable with it, anti-histamines will all relieve nausea.

Best luck lovely. :)
Jan. 10th, 2008 06:07 am (UTC)
I third the ginger suggestion. Or fourth it, or whatever we're up to here...

When kettunainen was pregnant with Aidan, she had killer morning sickness in the first trimester. And not only in the morning, for that matter. What helped her out the most was homemade ginger beer from a local Jamaican restaurant. This stuff was super-gingery, much stronger than most ginger beer you can buy in regular stores. You could see the sediment of powdered ginger in the bottom of the bottles, and had to shake them up to mix it in. optimystik and I were always running down there buying six bottles at a time. Sometimes it was more like "How many bottles of ginger beer do you have made up? We'll take all of them, kthxbye!"

If you don't have access to any place like that, you could probably make something similar. I think it was mainly just ginger, water, sugar, and maybe some lemon juice or something. You could probably do it as a hot tea also, if you prefer that.

Also, most women I know have said that the nausea usually clears up by the end of the first trimester. I have known a few who were nauseous all the way through, but that's not really that common...
Jan. 10th, 2008 08:18 am (UTC)
I'll be one of the many that suggests ginger. Tea, candy, raw..it's all good. The best is taking a ginger root and peeling it, cut it into chunks, steep it in boiling water for about 5 minutes, strain and add honey and then drink it all down. It was a long time ago, but that is what really worked for me when I was pregnant. Yeah. Aunts and Uncles are the best. We get to be crazy and eccentric with no guilt!

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Jan. 10th, 2008 09:35 am (UTC)
I'll leave my felicitations here, seeing as, by the time I saw the original announcement post yesterday, it was completely, impressively swamped. Congrats; you'll make good parents, I know.
Jan. 10th, 2008 01:40 pm (UTC)
Comics rock!
Jan. 10th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
I had hyperemesis gravidarum (in my case, it consisted of constant nausea and ejecting my stomach contents nearly hourly through all three trimesters - lost a ton of weight whilst pregnant, which upset my midwife something fierce) with my first...it's a rare bit of 'nothing helps' (tried it all, old-wives-tales to prescription drugs) excepetionally nasty "morning" sickness.

If you've got anything like that and just want to whine at someone, I'll empathize to the utmost. Stay hydrated!

(and, FWIW, The second was no where near as foul - sipping on a bottle of classic coke all day during the 1st and 2nd trimesters kept it at bay during that one (coke syrup used to be sold, when my dad was a kid, as an anti-nausea aid...and the sugar was just helpful 'cause I'm hypoglycemic and that can exacerbate the symptoms)
Jan. 10th, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)
I dunno...I have a feeling you manage to make hungover look good ;-)

I miss you. ::pout::
Jan. 10th, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
Ah! I wanted to see that exhibit anyway, but you've just made it a Must.
... off to check the link
Jan. 10th, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
I'm so happy for you both!!

Parenting is an amazing adventure :D

In the meanwhile, I recommend keeping Saltine crackers at hand at all times, and drinking some ginger tea -- I had hyperemesis gravida (the Godzilla of morning sickness) and this stuff helped.

*huge hugs*

-- A <3
Jan. 10th, 2008 07:48 pm (UTC)
Don't sit up in the morning until you have some starch in you. A plate of saltines near your bed (or keep them in a bag so they don't get stale) is a good idea. Start the day with ginger (ale, whatever) and saltines. Vroman's used to sell little apothecary ginger candies that weren't real sugary hard candies but like tasty hard disks of ginger powder. Those rocked. You can buy fresh candied ginger in many grocery stores. If it's the coke syrup that's working for people, you can buy that separately and increase it's efficacy. It will go away. I feel very sorry for the previous poster whose morning sickness lasted 3 trimesters, but on a cheerful note, remember that's rare. (Pat's poor mommies who suffer much.)

Squees for your friend Sarah! Very nice work, very nice showing!!! So cool she's continuing to attract notice in all sorts of ways! :D
Jan. 12th, 2008 04:28 am (UTC)
Ginger is awesome for nausea. I get travel sick & it always works for me :) I just eat a pack of Ginger bears (think spicy gummi bears).

When are you due doll? Am sending some goodies up there & will also put my hand up for babysitting next year when I'm in the states if you need a night off!!! :) Should be there August-September :)

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