• Jacinta

    Congrats on the baby :)

  • http://lovelaughslice.blogspot.com Domestic Goddess (in training)

    Too bad you live in Utah and I live in Indiana because Prince Aurora could play with Olivia (whose real name is Jack) but my 9 year old refuses to give in that he is a boy and has been since birth and before so he is still (and may always be) Olivia to her. Poor kid.

  • http://www.lovelylettersonline.com Catherine

    First comment! You look beautiful! Thanks for the postcard…Chuck is now glaring at me from my bulletin board with a lovely blue wig on his head.

  • http://www.holycrapiampregnant.blogspot.com/ Sonya

    You look great. 18 weeks! Phew. I’m 39 weeks and it would be nice to go back to that time when I could sleep on my belly! We call the baby “it” since we are not finding out the sex (it’s our first) – and sometimes ClaraAngus – which are our 2 name choices. A nickname would have been most useful though! I hear that a mere 5 minutes a day of sunlight gets you your vitamin D for the day, and I tell myself that I am going to go outside and get it on a daily basis, but it’s just too damn cold here in NYC. Best wishes for some sunnier days!

  • Sarah

    How exciting! Are you going to tell us if it’s a Prince Aurora or a Princess Aurora?

    Good luck!

  • http://theagros.blogspot.com Jill

    Just making sure you know about nameberry.com. I’m loving it!

  • cj

    my husband knows that face well. Umm. not yours. Mine

  • http://www.womwon.com WW

    Congratulations on the baby and best of luck.

  • http://kristanhoffman.com/ Kristan

    LOL see? Leta’s got it all figured out.

    Prince Aurora is going to think he was a rather unwelcome baby when s/he sees these photos later in life… :P

  • http://www.twopeasandapod.blogspot.com Carolynn

    I know that winter blues feeling! the Willamette Valley in Oregon gets some serious cloudiness in the winter, and after a few weeks of NO BLUE SKY and endless rain, I’m popping the Vitamin D pills like they’re candy.

  • Briana

    My mom and her sister wanted to name their youngest sister Tinkerbell after seeing Peter Pan. Her parents compromised with Wendy!

    It could be worse. My cousin wanted to name her brother “Chili”.

  • Toni

    I second Prince Aurora! :-D Go Leta!

    Hey, it’s either that, or you let the dogs name the baby :)

    Or… maybe the Internet weirdos (in which case they’ll probably say something obnoxious like Satan’s spawn) :-D Asswipes.

    Hang in there Heather…in the words of Bela Karolyi (sp??)

    “You can DO it!!!”

  • Guinhyvar

    You look lovely, and Leta’s suggestions are brilliant.

    And, as a resident of So Cal… today it was 88* and not a cloud in the sky. I feel your pain; I grew up in Utah, and moved here six years ago. I’ll be honest… I don’t miss it. I think Utah is beautiful, and I do miss the mountains, but I far prefer the sun and surf anyday :)

  • Leah

    If it makes you feel better, I live in Texas, and, while it’s beautiful (MOSTLY) during the short winter, I feel the same way as you during the 9 months of summer we have. It’s just too f-ing hot…too hot to do anything except swim, but when you have 3 young kids that’s just not always an option. And it seems to never end. And I want to start drinking at breakfast. So come July…or even October, you’ll be happy and I’ll be miserable!

  • Anonymous

    I know someone who ACTUALLY called their baby Aurora…

  • Anonymous

    At least you have snow. Here, in Ireland, it’s just fucking miserable all day. Everything’s gray and moody. Especially people. There’s no fire in a Hell.

  • teegees

    Prince Aurora. I like it! It’s better than Phinneaus or Apple…

  • Peggy

    You look beautiful even when you’re pissed! I see that you are coming to Mountain View,CA. for a book signing on April 1. Too bad you can’t be here now. It was almost 80 degrees here yesterday. It’s lovely but we need rain.
    Leta has an answer for everything. Such a smart girl.
    See you in April!

  • http://www.barefootkitchenwitch.com jayne

    At least Prince Aurora is a name. My daughter would suggest something descriptive…like “Naked” or “Tiny Weiner.”

  • http://homegrown-insanity.blogspot.com Tracylea

    Leta has Wonderful taste. Of course, I’m SLIGHTLY biased as my daughter’s name is Aurora.

    And perhaps you can mail order some spring… they seem to have just about everything to buy nowadays.

  • http://jenontheedge.wordpress.com Jen on the Edge

    Prince Aurora Armstrong has a very nice ring to it. He won’t necessarily get his ass kicked in middle school.

  • http://www.zakaryw.blogspot.com ZDub

    Aurora Armstrong has a nice ring to it, I think.

    My daughter wanted to name her brother Anchorman Hot Cheesy Junk. For real.

  • Elinda

    If it makes you feel any better, you are looking very petite for being almost half way there! I must have been a real cow. I guess I did gain 60 lbs. with my most recent pregnancy!

    My older son wanted to name the baby Max for a boy… and Pinky for a girl.

  • http://www.allinclusivetraveldeals.org All Inclusive Travel Deals

    I so hear you about the long winter affecting your mood. If it wasn’t for family and friends I’d have forced my husband to move us somewhere tropical years ago. Each year I think I’ll get tougher but each year winter kicks my ass six ways from Sunday and sticks its tongue out at me to boot.

    We don’t need those sun lamps–what we need is one of those Star Trek Holodeck thingies where we program in a Caribbean beach and lock the doors for a couple of hours. That’ll cure what ails us! :)

  • Bex

    Ahhh, you’re clever. Finding out the sex sounds like a good move. Can’t wait to hear the news! Hope you feel better about the weather soon :)

  • Anonymous

    Am I the only one who finds if funny that Heather is wearing Under Armour underwear for the photo?

  • http://www.repliderium.com repliderium.com

    Prince Aurora. Classic. At least she’s ALLOWING for the possibility of boy.
    Yeah, winter is fun for about three weeks and then it just turns into the season of cold grey hate.
    Bring on spring. (PLEEEEEASE)

  • http://www.markeroni.com Linda

    I can relate! Growing up in England there was usually about four months of that kind of thing, and then the blue sky came out and wow, all the moods lifted. Here in NorCal I’ve been missing the blue, so the last few days have been kind of sweet–it’s just barely warm enough to sit outside and read for an hour in the afternoon.

    I hope spring comes soon.

  • Anonymous

    my oldest wanted to call my middle child Paprika – we were in the midst of a big Blues Clues addiction!!

  • franny

    I feel you completely on the lack of sunshine- I live in Portland, Oregon and every year around late November I start to feel a mounting pressure in my head that gets worse and worse with the continuing absence of sunlight. By January I am pretty much a moody, emotional wreck. I have started to use a light box and it has helped but it’s still a shoddy substitute for the real thing. I also started taking 1,000 mg. of Vitamin D, and that’s supposed to help too. I’m still not totally convinced, but it’s worth a shot.
    Good luck.

  • drsue

    I am not sure what Utah you are living in, I live here too and it has brilliantly sunny for the past week. Sure the haze of inversion is starting to build up, but you can still see blue sky and sunshine. You are far better off than those of us who work in cubicles without windows all day, often both arriving and leaving work in the dark. Yes it is not beach weather, but is is in the 40′s, which means you can go sit outside in the early afternoon for an hour or so in a light fleece and get your much needed sun time.

    Re: the light boxes, why slam them if you haven’t tried them? My husband also suffers from clinical depression and SAD, and he has one of the boxes which works really well for him, when he uses it. It amazes me that people with depression will fight tooth and nail against using the therapies that may or will help them. Why don’t you try a light box for a week or so BEFORE you decide it won’t work for you? What will it cost you?

    It is not my intention to be mean, in general I enjoy your blog and you frequently make me laugh, but this entry was a more than a little pity party that doesn’t seem to have much of a basis in reality.

  • http://lissaanderson.blogspot.com Melissa

    At least in SLC you have the gorgeous mountain view! Here in ND we have nothing, just the cold, wind, snow and gray sky. Yes, I am feeling that bout of mid-winter moodiness and the yearn for the sun as well.

    You look amazing!

  • Cornelia

    I am still so happy for you!!! I hope you’ll share the sex of the new little one. I ended up loosing mine 3 weeks ago. I had the first ultrasound and there was no heart beat. After a second one and no heartbeat I had the d and c. I suddenly understood your posts from last year so much better. Congratulations!! I also highly recommend a sun box. I’ve been using one for years and years and it always helps with the moods at this time of year. :-)

  • http://not-the-norm.blogspot.com/ Keyona

    Goodness, I’m afraid of that warning look. I hope you start to feel better.

    Love your blog! :o )

  • Mary

    My brother and his wife are expecting a boy. When they told my eight year old that they were naming him Patrick; she said, “Will he be living under a rock?” We were like, “What?” and she replied, “You know like Patrick from Sponge Bob.” Very funny indeed.

  • http://www.myonlinemeals.com Kathy


    You should apply for this job. Sun, sand, blogging, and $100,000 for a 6 month gig.


  • http://in-essence.org Elea

    Well, you know, at least Leta’s suggestions indicate that she’s still happy about getting a sibling thus far. It’s when she tells you that the kid needs to be named Poophead, Coco Jr., or That Thing that some concern might be warranted.

  • Jaime

    I think you are getting SMALLER.

    Completely not fair. I am due the same day as you, and I am huge. BLAH

  • http://dearmazzy.blogspot.com Amy

    I do wish I had been that skinny at 18 weeks!!

  • http://aflawedbeauty.blogspot.com Susan

    When I was Leta’s age, I wanted to name my twin brother and sister Tom and Jerry. Obviously that was shot down, but I still think they’re both fine names, just not in combination. You should *definitely* go with Prince/Princess Aurora. Think about how regal that child would be!

    If it’s ok for pregnancy, you could try some L-Tyrosine. I had to stop tanning bed tanning after discovering some skin cancer, but the lack of UV induced melanin production made me sad. The L-Tyrosine stimulates melanin production AND dopamine receptors and it makes me feel SO MUCH BETTER. It’s just an amino acid, and I had my doubts that it would work, but now, if I miss my dose for a couple of days, my husband notices and grabs the bottle in a hurry. :)

  • Catherine

    I too loathe Disney princesses but, except for that little affliction, Leta is quite awesome.

    We’ve had a miserable winter up here in the normally sunny Calgary too. I can most definitely relate.

    You really do look beautiful, albeit pissed off. It’s nice to see pregnancy agreeing with you.

  • http://moggit.com/ Joy

    Weird. My step daughter has an ultrasound this Friday as well to determine the sex of the baby. I bet girl for her -boy for you.


  • http://www.socktopus.blogspot.com WonderMike

    Prince Aurora will most definitely be his drag name.

  • http://www.jdubya.vox.com jdubya

    i feel like an ass… we had to turn the AC on in the car all week as well as at home last night.

    move to so cal already! houses are totally cheap nowadays. getting a loan, however.. a little harder. heh.

  • stella

    I feel your pain – we are off to Hawaii in February and I cannot wait. Winter darkness is NOT fun and I can’t stand going and leaving work in the dark. It’s not right, I tell you. Hang in there and Vitamin D does work. Trust me.

  • Tracy

    Our daughter turns 5 on Tuesday. She wanted a Princess Barbie, “but not one of the MEAN ones”. Grandma and Grandpa got her a barbie “princess”; meaning it is dressed in a ball gown,… and, since darling daughter was not adequately able to describe exactly WHICH of the princesses were mean, we’re all just holding our breath and hoping it’s not the one she’s getting!

    Sending you brilliant-sunshine-vibes and warm-summer-breeze thoughts…

  • http://ourgrowingnest.blogspot.com fallgirly

    You are so cute! I wish I was that tiny at 18 weeks.

  • http://www.gofastmommy.com sheila

    And I find exercising IN the sun whenever possible is best … here in MN, that means before 4:30. Although I just noted with GLEE two things: 1. it is ZERO!! Balmy! and 2. yesterday it was not pitch dark at 5:10 p.m.
    I posted a link to more about exercising and PPD here: gofastmommy.com


  • http://nopasanada.org Heather B.

    I am SoCal bound for the end of February, too. Every morning I wake up and announce how much I despise Upstate NY and by midday I’m in tears. Let’s hope that the vacation helps or else it is going to be a long trek to May.

  • http://beaucoupdebijoux.etsy.com Stephanie

    What is up with all the haters here? Sheesh.

    Good luck on Friday – I hope that the baby cooperates with the whole finding out thing! Such an exciting time.

    You look wonderful, and the sky is blue today and while there isn’t much warmth from the sunlight, the snow covered mountains do look pretty with the blue sky above them. That’s something at least lol. I am with you on missing the warmth. Very ready for Spring.

    Southern California is one of my favorite locations – we went last September and it was sublime. I would move there in a heartbeat if I could afford too … well that and if my father didn’t live there lol. Regardless, I hope that your time there is filled with warmth, blue skies and relaxation!