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  • Elizabeth

    I know exactly what you are going thru. The sun and warmth always recharge my batteries. Sometimes I miss the weather in San Diego, and then I remember the traffic. You might try a little drive up to Park City or Heber(Spin Cafe) for lunch to get out of the haze and into occasional sunshine. Not much we can do about the sun setting early and it being pitch dark at 5:30. Take care.

  • http://www.megabolix.com steroids

    Wow, so nice and clean. …I hope you start to feel better.

    Love your blog! :o )

  • Shelley

    I personally have NO idea how people live anywhere north of the Mason-Dixie Line, although I’m not really sure if that’s a real thing, a real place? It is supposed to be between 10 and 15 degrees here Friday morning and I’m planning to stay in bed until noon. I was on the phone with a customer service rep this morning and she asked how the weather was in Alabama and I said well it’s cold for us and she said what is it? Like 60? And I said yes and said oh come on it’s 15 here in Pennsylvania. Exactly, and that’s why I don’t live in Pennsylvania!

  • Anonymous

    I moved from Boston to Orlando, Florida 3 years ago. I check the news in Boston just so I can see how cold it is and thank God I moved down here.

    Oh, and for the crack on the Boston accent (especially from a woman who cannot pronounce crayon), I hope you have 3 more days of grey bleakness!

  • RobynS

    Our guesthouse in South Florida is available.

  • http://www.dramaminequeen.com brandy

    I was around the same age as Leta when my sister was born.
    Oh the names I came up with! I remember driving with my dad as he dropped me off at my aunts house and going nuts just saying things like “we can name her Star! Ohh Lamp! McDonald! Red! Midnight! Night! Street! Twinkle! Bob!”
    Luckily they didn’t take any of my suggestions.

    That’s why we have to be adults to have children otherwise we’d all be named Cinderella or Lamp!

  • http://justuniquelyordinary.blogspot.com Just Jiff

    I was a little depressy (yes, that’s my word) during my first trimester because my hormones were out of control and I was so. effin. tired. Seriously. I would nap during my hour lunch at work, come home and sleep for 2-3 hours then get up, eat dinner, and go to bed. Hubby asked, “Why do you sleep so much??” I wanted to kick him in the head. “I’m pregnant, you idiot! You try growing a leech inside of you and see if it doesn’t sap your energy!!” And I hear ya on the season… enough of the cold, dreary stuff already. I WANT SOME SUN! :)

  • http://www.divorcingdaze.com laurie

    Your 18 weeks look like me after I’ve eaten a light breakfast.

  • Patricia

    I vote for blogging from the beach in January and February!

  • Tavin

    When I was due with my twin boys (16 yrs ago) I asked their older brother what we should name them. He thought that “Big Bird” and “Cookie Monster” would be appropriate names (he was not even two years old yet). They are Jason and Matthew. I couldn’t go with his suggestion.

  • http://juliloquy.typepad.com/ juliloquy

    I have been thinking you’ll have a boy. Can’t wait to find out (whenever you decide to share)!

  • http://www.heartmyshoes.com HeartMyShoes

    I think Prince Aurora has a chance. First name prince, middle name Aurora. But I’d still enroll him in a few martial arts programs just in case. Because with that name, the Prince will often be defending the throne.

  • RC

    I just found out I am pregnant…I am guessing about 7-8 weeks but it is hard for me to pin -point and exact time. Just wanted you to know that I look forward to reading your blog even more now, than I did before! Thanks Heather!

  • Wendy

    Congratulations! Will you be sharing the gender news with your readers? I just had my second girl…….and wished I would have found out the gender before delivery. My husband really wanted his boy & was sort of “let down” when little Ashley came out! Best wishes!

  • jlj

    Oh, hey, I have the same thing. I feel so much better about everything in the spring and summer and even fall. Winter sucks, which is why I’ve been living in Southern California.

    I hope the weather is 70 and sunny for you when you come to the LA area.

    Aurora, ha! I have a little girl, and she already steeps herself in Imagination Movers. I’m guessing the Curse of the Princesses is not far behind.

    On a stalkerish note, your hair color, I want it bad. I’m going to assume it’s your own, darn you, because mine used to be that color before gray came in my mid-twenties, but now, I’m afraid I’m going to have to ‘single white female’ you because I’ve been trying to get the stylist to do this exact color for some time, without success. Always too dark. I’m bringing your photo in.

    I promise not to otherwise stalk you.

  • http://winerak.blogspot.com Lisa

    you called it an “it”…i love that!

  • http://www.kindalikeahippie.typepad.com AA

    I swear to god this is true. I taught a girl whose name was Princess Arial _____. (This was in a small Texas town with predominantly white kids – including her. Just so you know we were not rich in cultural diversity or unusual names.) She was a great kid and eventually we were talking and I asked how she got her name? (She requested on the first day of class to be called Arial) She told me that when she was born her parents let her sister, who was 6 at the time, name her. Just sayin’, ya might not want to give Leta this option.

  • tlo

    You look great! Congratulations. We called our wee one Birl (yeah, for boy or girl, not original, I know) when pregnant.

    What lipstick/gloss are you wearing? It’s very natural and pretty.

  • http://liberalbanana.blogspot.com Liberal Banana

    You at 18 weeks (I almost wrote “months” – oh god, wouldn’t that be horrible?) pregnant look the way I do after I’ve only eaten a big meal.

  • http://www.decablog.com/jett/blog.php Jett

    BOY. Even though it looks like you might be carrying a wee bit high for one.

    You’re from the South….you ever hear of the Drano test? Don’t worry, you don’t drink it or nothin’.

  • Susan

    I’m traveling from Massachusetts to Denver in February. How’s that for curing the winter blues? You look AWESOME, Heather!

  • Jill

    From a Canadian buried in snow, California sounds sublime right now.

    I just wanted to add to the UV lamp discussion.
    While I’ve had my own struggles with depression and anxiety, my father is another story. 5 years on disability, many cocktails of drugs(litihium et. al.), several near lethal shock treatment therapies, and 8 weeks in a university mood disorder clinic to try and figure out his meds. After all this, he came home from the hospital, not much change, plugged in a lamp for 1/2 hr each morning with his tea and he’s a new man. We’re thrilled. Dad is back.

    When he isn’t doing the lamp thing, we can definitely tell.

    Something to think about.
    Much love and health to you.
    xox
    ps. That belly is real purdy.

  • http://d2dmad.blogspot.com/ Dani

    Well at least she’s flexible on the sex.

  • http://www.sheyfeymind.com SheyFey

    Always stop before you use their middle names… That way no one gets hurt!

    SheyFey
    http://www.sheyfeymind.com
    http://lulabellebc.blogspot.com

  • Anonymous

    Prince Aurora is better than Cletus the fetus, which is what my husband and 4 year have been calling mine since about week 9. We’ve even named the baby and still he is referred to as Cletus!

  • http://mycremacoffee.wordpress.com/ rusalina

    Leta is sooo cute and darling for saying that! It’s exactly what my son would have said about 12 years ago :)

  • Texie

    It’s the inversions. That is the killer in Utah. And they don’t come along in November when you may still have enough sanity to handle it, nooo, they come in the middle of January and do not clear out for weeks at a time! I’m feelin it too. It can’t help that breathing is nearly impossible with all the smog, smoke and clouds hovering down on us (or should I say…In Us). January is over soon and at least the sun will come back (on occasion) in February.

  • christine from boston – sans accent

    Sweethaaaht…..

    Aurora from Terms or Endearment!

  • Joy

    Jeesh, you don’t even look pregnant. Maybe just like you ate a pasta dinner. You are still thinner at 18 weeks pregnant than most non pregnant women in the world.

    It has been very warm and sunny here in LA, but I miss the snow and naked trees so much. Sunny can get boring too after 3 years of it nonstop.

    You look so beautiful and happy, even with that expression.

  • http://www.magnetstreet.com Patrick

    You could vacation here to MN and have A WEEK OF -10 DEGREES.
    Glad to hear your not getting sick anymore. Blessings on the pregnancy.

  • http://gigs.vox.com Shannon

    Oooh pins and needles! I can’t wait til’ Friday! I hope you’re sharing with us the results of the ultrasound!

  • http://theseatedview.blogspot.com/ Lene

    I hear you. Oh, dear god, I hear you. I am sick to death of winter already and it’s only the middle of January. I usually hit the “wishing to jump off a curb” stage around mid-February, but it’s here already and I’m not sure how I’ll make it until the sun comes back. And warmth. I’m sick of being cold all the time. I’m sick of being trapped inside half the time because there’s too much snow for my wheelchair to get through. I’m sick of watching the weather forecast like a hawk so I can be sure to stock up on groceries before it snows AGAIN or gets really super cold AGAIN and can’t we all just vote to stop with all the winter already and…

    Sorry. I appear to have hijacked your comments for an extended whinge. My apologies.

    p.s. I like Stretch. Good name. ;)

  • http://www.thedrisin.blogspot.com dre

    Hang in there Heather! I struggle to maintain (so to speak) in the winter months as well. You’re doing great by planning little trips to the sunshine, keeping a positive attitude and exercising. I know it sounds trite, but you just gotta take it one day at a time. SLC sure is gorgeous, and it could be far, far worse.

    Hope everything goes well at the ultrasound – can’t wait to hear!

  • California Mom

    Heather! I hope the warm weather holds up for your visit in February. It was 81 in Orange County yesterday and I had my A/C on the car for most of the day. Come on out, and enjoy the sun now! Best of luck on the pregnancy. It’s not easy, but it’s so worth it!

  • http://www.sleepynewmommy.wordpress.com Meg

    Similar to my daughter when I was pregnant. If it was a sister, she wanted to name it Baby Brother. There was no changing her mind.

    And Stretch is a nice gender-neutral name.

  • http://laboroflove.typepad.com/ Taz Tagore

    Congratulations and keep your chin up. I mean, pregnancy is just like parenthood. It’s hard and it changes every day and it’s supposed to be that way, don’t you think? It’s a mirror of parenthood and the joys and challenges to come. You’re not supposed to glow every day for 40 weeks. At least I didn’t!

    http://laboroflove.typepad.com/
    Taz

  • Cynthia

    When my daughter (then 3 yrs old) found out we were having another child she immediately asked if she could name “it”. I said “No way- get your own baby”. She reinforced the wisdom of this decision by suggesting “Cloud-face”. My mom saved the day and named her paint colt Cloudface, which is a perfect name for a paint horse. Grandma Rocks!

    Good Luck Heather

  • http://craziasian.blogspot.com/ Adina

    I think that is an acceptable face, considering you are growing a person in your belly.

  • GMom

    Take some smiley pics anyway, even if you don’t post them. Prince Aurora will like to see them in years to come and know the thought of him made you happy.

  • Denise

    Hey…at least Leta is warming to the idea of a baby brother…

  • http://www.yukonmom.blogspot.com Tammy

    First time to comment….woo hoo!
    I get that mood dip thing in October, and then in February. I finally broke down and bought the damn sun lamp. I really, REALLY didn’t think it would help. But guess what? Here I am, cheerier than a toddler at McDonalds. I sit in front of it for 25 minutes every morning. The first 10 minutes are brightly lit hell. By the end, I’m alert, alive, awake enthusiastic! Trust me, I’m not normally like this….

  • http://mirindadawe.wordpress.com Mirinda

    I love how you look so pissed off in each pregnancy pic…that’s what we want to do when pregnant, right? Put our pic out there for the masses to criticize! But you look wonderful and OMGosh so tiny…I had a huge tummy at this point with all three of mine.

  • mj

    It’s simply stunning in Cleveland right now! You would love it here–why don’t you bring your book tour here and give it a whirl? I swear I’ll even put the chains on my tires and come see you if the weather’s a bit “iffy”…

    Actually, we aren’t allowed to use chains, so how bad could it get? not to beg, but, would love to see your book tour brought to n. ohio.

  • http://www.sweetgirlboutique.com/wordpress/ Myrinda

    am I missing something? A friend sent me the link to your site, which I am finding very interesting and I’m enjoying…she must have sent it because MY KID IS NAMED AURORA. And what is wrong with that? NOT like the Disney Princess, though we do call her PA (as in Princess Aurora) for short sometimes and she DID happen to be born the day after the re-release on DVD (coincidence)
    Aurora is the goddess of the dawn and breezes, which I think is great if you are trying to capture the feeling of lightness and happiness that warm weather brings. The entire preganancy I actually thought we were having a boy and his name would be Orion (like the constellation) see…it’s like a celestial theme….no one was more surprised when they turned and told me it was a GIRL, lol! Luckily we had already decided on the back up name.
    I also know several other women named Aurora, NONE of whom were named after the Disney princess.
    And in case anyone is wondering, our second girl is named Ziva, which has a variety of meanings including splendor and golden light, so see? the girls “go together”

    Anyway, it’s your baby, name it whatever you want! LOL! And if you give it an unusual name, and people give you a funny look, you can always freeze them with above look…you’ll need to practice that to use on the kid in the future anyway, LOL!!!!

  • http://www.barefootkitchenwitch.com jayne

    Forgot to mention before – both my kids were referred to as “Shim” – my son for my whole pregnancy and my daughter up until we had the ultrasound and my husband had a heart attack (kidding) because “we don’t have girls in my family.” Anyway – “shim” (as you’ve probably guessed) stood for “she” and/or “him.” I hadn’t thought of that in a while….

  • Boston Reader

    Sweethaht, you look wicked good. Going to So Cal in Feb will be pissa.

  • tina

    You spoke not a day too soon! The sky is BLUE and gorgeous from here in Taylorsville! :”) SOAK IT UP WHILE YOU CAN!!

  • phylly3

    Heather, you look great at 18 weeks, scowl included. Since I have this orderly, disorderly mind, I realized your baby’s name should begin with F or N, since there is a letter separation between yours, Jon’s and Leta’s names. Can you tell I need to get outside more or just get busy in general? Glad to hear you are going where the sun shines soon.

  • Anonymous

    Would it have killed you to smile? Seriously. You look totally unhappy. I read your reasoning behind the look, but come on… I love your site and check in and read it everyday but you’re having a baby… try to look like you want it.

  • Kelly B.

    Now I have My Name Is Prince in my head.

    Thanks!

    I totally know what you mean about the warm weather. I hadn’t worked out in months (it’s been a long winter already) until I got my doc to up my Zoloft. Energy Out Of Nowhere.

    Just have to watch for hypomania. Which is different from Hippo mania.