February 27, 2006
February 24, 2006
Associated Press Update
S.D. House Approves Abortion Ban Bill
By CHET BROKAW , 02.24.2006, 04:38 PM
South Dakota lawmakers approved a ban on nearly all abortions Friday, setting up a deliberate frontal assault on Roe v. Wade at a time when some activists see the U.S. Supreme Court as more willing than ever to overturn the 33-year-old decision.
Republican Gov. Mike Rounds said he was inclined to sign the bill, which would make it a crime for doctors to perform an abortion unless it was necessary to save the woman's life. The measure would make no exception in cases of rape or incest.
Many opponents and supporters of abortion rights believe the U.S. Supreme Court is more likely to overturn its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion now that conservatives John Roberts and Samuel Alito are on the bench. Lawmakers said growing support among South Dakotans for abortion restrictions added momentum to the bill.
"I think the stars are aligned," said House Speaker Matthew Michels, a Republican. "Simply put, now is the time."
Planned Parenthood, which operates the only abortion clinic in South Dakota, has pledged to sue over the measure. About 800 abortions a year are performed in South Dakota.
Some opponents of the bill said abortion should at least be allowed in cases of rape or incest, or where the woman's health is threatened.
If a rape victim becomes pregnant and bears a child, the rapist could have the same parental rights as the mother, said Krista Heeren-Graber, executive director of the South Dakota Network Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault.
"The idea the rapist could be in the child's life ... makes the woman very, very fearful. Sometimes they need to have choice," Heeren-Graber said.
Under the measure, doctors could get up to five years in prison for performing an illegal abortion. The House passed the bill 50-18 on Friday, and the Senate approved it 23-12 earlier this week. If signed, it would become law July 1.
Money for the anticipated legal fight is already pouring in. Lawmakers were told during the debate that an anonymous donor has pledged $1 million to defend the ban, and the Legislature is setting up a special account to accept donations.
"We've had people stopping in our office trying to drop off checks to promote the defense of this legislation already," Rounds said.
Leslee Unruh, president of the Alpha Center, a Sioux Falls pregnancy counseling agency that tries to steer women away from abortion, said most of the abortions performed in South Dakota do not stem from rape or even failed contraception, but are simply "conveniences."
Unruh said she believes most South Dakota women want the state to ban abortion, and many who have had abortions "wish someone would have stopped them."
The governor said he believes it would be better to eliminate abortion in steps rather than all at once. Rounds indicated he does not share the view that Alito and Roberts will usher in sudden, dramatic changes in how the court views abortion. He said it could be a drawn-out legal battle, and noted that it is not even assured that the high court will hear the case.
The bill "may satisfy a lot of individuals out there who would like to see if there is one slim chance the court may entertain three years from now a direct assault on Roe v. Wade," Rounds said.
He added, however: "I've indicated I'm pro-life and I do believe abortion is wrong and that we should do everything we can to save lives. If this bill accomplishes that, then I am inclined to sign the bill into law."
Rounds said his staff will review the bill for technical defects. He noted that he vetoed a similar measure two years ago because it would have wiped out all existing restrictions on abortion while the bill was challenged in court.
Some advocates said an abortion ban would hurt poor women the most by forcing them to travel long distances to other states where the procedure is legal.
"It's a sad state of affairs that we have only one choice right now" in South Dakoa, said Charon Asetoyer of the Native American Women's Health Care Education Resource Center. "But if you have to go out of state, the cost of making that trip will be prohibitive."
Kate Looby, Planned Parenthood director in Sioux Falls, said women who cannot afford to travel to a clinic might be forced to turn to unsafe methods of abortion.
"We've seen it in the past in this country, we've seen it all over the world and there's no reason to believe it would not happen in South Dakota," Looby said.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive rights organization in New York and Washington, similar abortion proposals are in the works in seven other states: Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Georgia and Tennessee.
February 22, 2006
I had my 30 week doctor appointment yesterday. Everything is good! My stomach is measuring 30-31 cm, which is right on target. I gained 1.5 pounds, which seemed fine to the doctor. They found the baby's heart rate easily this time, and it's still 150. I feel Sam move all the time now. Last week he decided that it would be fun to periodically kick me on the inside of my left hip. That feels reaaaaly good.... not. But it's okay because I love feeling him move all the time. I am completely amazed by how much space he's taking up in there!! According to the little weekly tidbits, he's probably about 15 inches long now, and 3 pounds. Crazy! I'm so excited.
Work is going okay. I have 5 more weeks until my last day. I hope that I can stay productive for that whole time. My concentration is better now, but my focus isn't great. I think that there's nothing I can do about it though. It's like a permanent change in what you are thinking about on a daily or hourly basis. Plus, things are just affecting me a little bit differently... things that I could have let go of and said ce la vie in 5 or 10 minutes before now upset me more and take me a longer time to get over. There is nothing I can do about it, so I usually try to just work on something else, but some days are hard. Last Friday I had a rough day and found myself crying in the car on the way home. Yay pregnancy hormones.
But all in all, things are great. We're happy, excited and nervous, and I think everything that we're supposed to be! Now I'm just coasting, enjoying it, and enjoying the new things that happen every week. More updates soon!
February 17, 2006
You scored as Capt. Mal Reynolds. The Captain. You are the captain of the ship, so the crew are your responsibility.
You just want to do the job, get paid and keep flying.
Why is that always so hard?
Which Serenity character are you?
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Nine Die in Cartoon Protests in Libya
By RIAZ KHAN
1 PESHAWAR, Pakistan Feb 17, 2006 (AP)— A Pakistani cleric announced a $1 million bounty for killing a cartoonist who drew the Prophet Muhammad. In Libya, a demonstration against the caricatures left the Italian consulate on fire and at least nine people dead, according to an Italian diplomat.
Denmark, where a newspaper first published the cartoons, temporarily closed its embassy in Pakistan and advised its citizens to leave the country.
An Italian consular official, Antonio Simoes-Concalves, said nine protesters had been killed in the demonstration in the Libyan city of Bengazi as armed police fired bullets and tear gas on a crowd of more than 1,000 demonstrators.
Libyan security officials said 11 people had been killed or wounded, but gave no breakdown.
"They are still continually firing," he said late Friday, speaking by telephone from inside the consulate where he was holed up. "They haven't managed to block them."
The Italian Foreign Ministry confirmed that the first floor of the consulate had been set on fire after the crowd charged into the grounds late Friday.
Libyan state television showed firefighters trying to put out the fire, ambulances taking casualties away from the scene and five cars that were severely damaged in the riot.
Security officials said the demonstrators hurled stones and bottles at the consulate, and later entered the grounds and set fire to the building and a consular car.
Police fired shots to try to disperse the crowd, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to speak to the press.
No Italians inside the compound were injured, the Italian Foreign Ministry said.
February 15, 2006
I will now prove that I am even more of a dork than all my friends who took the "which star trek character are you" quiz OR Yay, I'm 0% a reaver!
Honest and a defender of the innocent.
You sometimes make mistakes in judgment
but you are generally good and
would protect your crew from harm.
Malcolm Reynolds (Captain)
Wash (Ship Pilot)
Dr. Simon Tam (Ship Medic)
Zoe Washburne (Second-in-command)
Kaylee Frye (Ship Mechanic)
Inara Serra (Companion)
Derrial Book (Shepherd)
Jayne Cobb (Mercenary)
A Reaver (Cannibal)
Find out which Serenity character you are: http://www.seabreezecomputers.com/serenity/.
Well, we aren't going to have a nursery, since we just have a one bedroom apartment. Or I could say the nursery is a beautiful shade of blue with a darker blue accent wall. We do have a general animal theme going on and got the Malawi bedding set from Babies R Us, it's green with animals.
I've been dreaming about you:
Not literally, but thinking about you a lot! I can't wait to meet you.
I used to love food! Now I avoid:
Anything really spicy. Heartburn! But Cheetos taste really good to me now.
I never thought pregnancy would make me:
Lose weight... Also, I sort of did think it would happen, but didn't realize the extent of the mood swings that could happen! I feel like I'm manic depressive. Only I know why I feel that way and that it's not rational, but I stil can't stop it!!
I can't wait to:
Get the dresser, start washing Sam's clothes and putting them away, set up the crib, get our house all ready for baby!
My prenatal visit this month taught me:
That Sam is doing just fine! He's in the 44th percentile for size, and measuring a few days ahead of schedule.
That the house will be ready in time, that I'll feel happy with the level of tidyness we acheive, that I will not be in labor for too long.
It doesn't really change every month... mostly giving birth.
February 13, 2006
Things with Sam are still going well. I feel more and more like I need to "get stuff done" around the house to get ready, but there isn't that much that I need to do really. Just pack some stuff up in the kitchen so I can store bottles, and box up some stuff to go to the storage unit. Maybe when I go to Borders tonight I'll ask if they have any extra boxes, since that's what I need to be able to pack up. I also need to get some wood putty so I can FINALLY finish my 2nd stained glass project that is about 90% done, and get it off the dining room table, where it's been for about 9 months.
I feel Sam move all the time now. He is not as active at night anymore, but in the morning between 9-12, he is a lot more active. I love feeling him move, it's really cool.
Well, that's the update for now. I just came across some "Mother of the Day" questions on one of my message boards - we use them to get to know each other better. So I thought I'd post some answers here for anyone that's interested. Some of the questions might be the same as the one I posted a couple of months ago, but it could be interesting to see if my answers have changed.
How did you and SO meet? We met at T-Mobile, back when it was VoiceStream. We were both working in the call center in Bellingham, and he transferred a call to me of an irate customer who was being difficult. I e-mailed him after I got off the call to tell him how it came out, and we just started e-mailing and talking at work. Our first real date was to the VoiceStream Xmas party that year!
Whats your favorite thing about your SO? That's kind of hard question! I love the way he loves me. We fit so well together, and he really understands me. He lets me make crazy lists and be crazy in general, and always knows when I need a hug. He's so good with kids too, and he's going to be the best dad. I can't imagine being with someone that I'd fit better with.
Conception story? We went through quite a process... we were trying to get pregnant for almost 2 years, and I had been on some fertility drugs almost the whole time because of not ovulating regularly. In August of 2005, we talked about it, and I decided that the whole thing was getting too hard for me - having a negative result every month, even after we had tests done and started doing artificial insemination. We talked about it a lot and decided that we should start saving up money for adoption. It was a hard decision, even though I've always liked the idea of adopting (internationally). Because of the timing of when we decided, we went ahead with one final attempt at the fertility clinic, not thinking anything would really come of it. That's when we got our positive test. When I saw the test, I didn't even believe it. I didn't even get excited about it until I'd gotten my second blood test back from the doctor, because I couldn't believe it was really happening! Even though I'm not a superstitious or religious person, I really feel like it's such a blessing that this is all happening.
Dream Car? Even though it's totally impractical, I still love the Ford Mustangs. I LOVE the new one, with more of the style like the old models from the sixties!
Dream vacation? Hm... that's a hard one! I would like to go to the Carribean or Australia and go scuba diving. We went in Hawaii, and although it was a little scary, it was also cool, and I would like to go somewhere that they have more colorful and bigger fish. I would also like to go back to England with Justin and visit Ireland and Scotland as well.
Dream Job? My dream job would be being a stay-at-home-mom and housewife, and then working part time at my best friend's cafe/record shop (which would have to exist first, but it's a dream, right?).
Favorite TV show, Movie and Book? For those of you who know me, you know that this question is somewhat impossible considering how addicted I am to all three of those things. My favorite shows right now are Lost, Veronica Mars, Gilmore Girls, House, Numbers, CSI and My Name is Earl. My favorite movie... there are several for different reasons, but some of my favorites are Jurassic Park, Bride & Prejudice, Sliding Doors...
Favorite Guilty Pleasure? Definitely my subscription to US Weekly.
More kids or NO WAY? Yes! Only one though.
Whats the craziest thing you have ever done? Hm... I guess it depends on your definition of 'crazy'. The craziest thing I've ever done in terms of taking a risk or doing something outside my normal realm was probably when I spent the semester in England. It was a big step since I'd never been away from home for that long, or that far away.
Your Due date? May 2, 2006
Boy or girl? Boy!
Nursery theme? Well, there is no nursery since we live in a one bedroom. But the general theme for baby is ANIMALS! We have a bedding set and other accessories picked out that are animal themed.
What names were considered in your debate? We didn't really debate much on boy names! We picked the names out so long ago that I don't remember the discussion that well. It wasn't hard to decide on the name we picked because it means something to both of us. Our girl name, which I still hope to use someday is Abigail Edith. If we had 2, we would have named the second Samantha Rose.
What is the final decision? Samuel Denn Heiner. This is a family name from Justin's family. Samuel Denn was a marshall or something similar who was sort of famous in his area. Actually, we have more information on him at home, I just have memory problems (I blame the baby). I also like this name because I had a really good friend named Samuel (Sam), who is no longer with us. I like the idea of remembering him every time I think of the name.
What did you do when you found out you were pg? I walked in to the bedroom and shoved the test in Justin's face. He was still asleep and I think it was confusing to him. I didn't really get excited right away, I was just scared that it was not true!
When you found out your were pg, who was first to know? The first person I told was Justin. That day at work, I told my boss, Laurie. I was really freaked out by the whole thing so I was not acting quite normal. Laurie is a good friend, and I was happy to tell her. The same night I told Brooke. I didn't tell Mom or anyone else until I'd gotten the tests back from the doctor.
What was their reaction? They were all really happy! Everyone that we told in the beginning was so involved in the whole thing that they knew our whole story, and how happy this was for us.
Who’s going to be there for the delivery? Justin, hopefully Mom (as long as the baby doesn't come too fast, she will be), maybe Kira, Justin's Mom & brother are welcome, but maybe not during the actual pushing part. Laurie will be there to take pictures for us throughout the whole thing.
SO cut cord or doctor? Probably the doctor, it's not something that's really important to us.
Weird pgc cravings? I don't really feel like I have many cravings, although every once in a while I just want someting, it doesn't last. Like one day I wanted a chocolate frosted donut for two days and then I finally bought one and ate it. But I don't crave them all the time.
Nesting? Clean or fanatical? Yes, yes, yes :-) I am definitely restless about getting the house ready, clearing out clutter etc.
Do you read or talk to baby already? Yes... I don't read to him, but sometimes I talk to him, and sing, especially when I'm driving home from work.
If so what do you read / play / sing? I just talk to him about whatever, I know he hears my voice whenever I talk, but I like to talk to him. I sing sometimes with the radio turned down low, or a lot of times I sing the 'House at Pooh Corner' by Kenny Loggins, which was something that was sung to me when I was little.
Do you let ppl rub your belly? Only some people. Now that I'm starting to look actually pregnant, it's definitely a risk! But, most of the people I know ask first, and only a couple of them have.
Favorite thing about being pg? The fact that it's a baby! Also, being able to eat whatever I want.
Worst thing about being pg? Well... the being sick for four months kind of sucked. Now it's just aches and pains, difficulty getting in and out of the car, not being able to bend over...
Whats your Prego fashion like? Well, pretty much the same as before. I've bought some maternity tops, but they're things that I would have bought anyway in regular sizes. I stopped wearing jeans for a few months until I finally got some maternity jeans, which are super comfortable. I just try to get things that I like and I like how they look.
Weirdest pgc dream? That would probably be the one where I went to a party and wore giant high heels all night, which is insane, and then I met Nick Lachey and I had a truck, and we kissed, then we went back to his house which was his house with Jessica Simpson, but she wasn't there. Then he was gone, and I lived at his house with Queen Latifah for three days. On the third day the washing machine broke and I called Justin and wondered why he hadn't called me since I'd been gone for four days.
Whats the first thing you say to baby? I guess I won't know until it happens! Maybe hello.
What do you think your reaction will be when you see baby? I think I'll cry.
What do you think SO reaction will be? Grinning. A lot.
Breast or Bottle? I'm going to try breast feeding and stick with it as long as the baby does well with it.
Returning to work or SAHM? Stay at home mom! I am so excited!
What the one thing you can’t wait to do after being pg? Introduce Sam to everyone who wants to meet him, and spend time with him and Justin.
When you look at children today what do you say “not my child” about? Kids who are not polite, don't say please or thank you, don't share. Most of the things I see kids doing that I think are insane are because of not being disciplined ever in their whole life. I think it's great to tell kids 'yes', but there have to be some limits!
Stand in the corner or spanking? All for the time out here.
Pacifier or thumb? Pacifier. It's hard to take a kid's thumb away from them.
February 9, 2006
After dinner we went to Babies R Us. The store down there is roomier than the one in Alderwood (we were in Southcenter tonight). We looked at dressers and decided on the one we want, which actually ended up being the same one I registered for online. Also, the price in the store is the same as the price on BabiesRUs.com, even though it says the "list price" is $80 more. They were out of stock on it, but the guy in the furniture department said that they will get more from the factory in about 2 weeks, and they're going to call us when they come in so we can go and buy one and pick it up. I have to call Kira and ask if she'll go with us so we can bring it home in the truck. I can't wait until we get it, although after that it's lots of laundry for me, because I'll finally start washing all of Sam's clothes.
Speaking of clothes, we also bought a very cute onesie with bear pirates on it. I saw it last weekend when I was there with Mom, and decided to buy it today. We also bought the lamp that we registered for because we needed a new lamp in the bedroom and wanted that one eventually. We had a lamp before, but it's one of those lamps that turns on when you touch it, and our cat figured out how to turn it on in the middle of the night when he wanted attention. So that didn't really work for us. There are pictures of the lamp and the pirate outfit in the photo album!
Not much else going on, I'll update again soon!
February 7, 2006
Well, last week I found that my elastic waist pants that cut across the middle of my tummy were getting a little uncomfortable, and I really wanted to pull them up higher, but of course then they were too short. So I bought a pair of panel pants (for those of you who don't know, this is what I'm wearing right now: http://www.motherhood.com/Product.asp?Product_Id=83561054&MasterCategory_Id=7). I'm wearing them for the first time today and they are SO COMFORTABLE! It's awesome. I'm so happy to be wearing jeans again, and be totally comfortable in them! Plus, I was expecting everything at Motherhood Maternity to be overpriced, but these pants were only $22, which is less than I usually pay for jeans. Plus I got two shirts for $15 each on sale, which is not bad either.
I take back everything I ever said about maternity pants being dumb.
February 6, 2006
Well, my weight increased .5 pounds!! Ha. It's not super, but at least I'm not losing weight anymore. The ultrasound was good - showed that Sam is measuring a little ahead of schedule - almost 29 weeks! He's in the 44th percentile for size, so he is doing just fine. We got a couple of pictures, still hard to see. He's not very cooperative! This time he wasn't moving around as much, but he didn't want to put his head in a very good position for pictures. I'll scan the ones we did get in the next day or two and put them in the photo gallery. At the regular appointment we heard the heartbeat - today it was 142 - and the doctor measured my stomach, which is 28-29 cm, which is right on target. I'm now on to doctor appointments every 2 weeks, so my next one will be on Feb 21.
Mom came down to visit over the weekend, which was great. We just hung out, went to the maternity clothes store and I got some panel jeans... I never though I would, but even my elastic waist pants are getting a little less comfortable (the ones with the thick elastic) since they fall right on the middle of my belly. I also got a couple of shirts that were on sale, a good deal. Then we went and explored at Babies'R'Us for a couple of minutes and I showed Mom some of the stuff we'd registered for. I looked at some dressers, and they don't have delivery directly from the store. So, we're going to go order one, and when it comes in in 7-14 days, hopefully Kira will be able to come and help us bring it home! I'll be excited to get it home.
Sam is moving around a ton, and I love feeling him moving all the time. I think we are going to have an active little boy on our hands! I'll write more soon.
February 3, 2006
FOUR JOBS YOU'VE HAD:
1. Human Resources Administrator
2. Working in the cafeteria at a Bingo hall
4. Working on an assembly line in a fish factory laying out fish to freeze, then boxing them after they froze
FOUR MOVIES YOU COULD WATCH OVER AND OVER:
1. Jurassic Park
2. Bride & Prejudice
3. Sixteen Candles
4. The Day After Tomorrow
FOUR CITIES YOU'VE LIVED IN:
1. Bellingham, WA
2. State College, PA
3. Lansing, MI
4. St. Paul, MN
FOUR TV SHOWS YOU LOVE TO WATCH:
1. Veronica Mars
3. Gilmore Girls
FOUR PLACES YOU'VE BEEN ON VACATION:
1. Rome, Italy
3. Ocean City, NJ
4. Paris, France
FOUR WEBSITES YOU VISIT DAILY:
1. Webmd (yeah, yeah, pregnant lady message boards)
FOUR OF YOUR ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANTS:
1. Marrones - Philadelphia, PA
2. Duane's House of Pizza - Fargo, ND
3. The Melting Pot (mmmmmmmmm cheese..... chocolate......)
4. Pagliacci Pizza
FOUR OF YOUR ALL-TIME FAVORITE FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS:
2. Taco Time
3. McDonalds (breakfast only, and yes, I know that it's gross)
4. Pizza Hut Express
FOUR OF YOUR FAVORITE ALCOHOLIC DRINKS:
3. Midori Sour
4. Malibu & Coke (seriously, that is freaky. Why do they all start with M???)
FOUR PLACES I'D RATHER BE RIGHT NOW:
1. Home on the couch, watching TV
3. Hanging out with my Mom
4. At the movies
2. How big is your bed? King Sized!
3. Is your room clean? If I have anything to say about it...
4. Laptop or Desktop computer? Desktop
5. Favorite comedian? David Cross
6. Do you smoke? No
7. Sleep with or without clothes on? In summer, without but it's too cold now
8. Who sleeps with you every night? Justin! And usually, 2 cats
9. Do long distance relationships work? Depends on the people
10. How many times have you been pulled over by the police? Three. Two for speeding, one for driving with only parking lights at night.
11. Pancakes or French Toast? French toast
12. Do you like coffee? Not unless it has enough sugar in it to not taste like coffee... that's why I like Starbucks
13. How do you like your eggs? Scrambled, on a sandwich w/cheddar cheese. Mmmm..
14.Do you believe in astrology? No
15. Last person you talked to on the phone? Someone from the Canadian Record of Employment office (at work)
16. Last person on your missed call list? Brooke
17. What was the last text message you received? Something from T-Mobile telling me the free caller tune is changing
18. Mcdonalds or Burger King? Wendy's
19. Number of pillows? 2
20. What are you wearing right now? Black cotton pants that feel too tight suddenly today and a pretty maternity shirt my Mom gave me for my birthday. It has beads
21. Pick a lyric, any lyric or song. Sunshine Daydream... walkin' in the tall trees
22. What kind of jelly do you like on your PB & J sandwich? Blackberry
23. Can you play pool? Yes. Winning is a different story though....
24. Do you know how to swim? Yeah
25. Favorite ice cream? Cookies & Cream
26. Do you like maps? Yes
28. Ever play spin the bottle? No
29. Ever attend a theme party? Just Halloween
30. What is your favorite season? Spring & Fall - not too hot, not too cold
31. Favorite quote? 'I have found the paradox that if you love until it hurts, there is no more hurt, only love.' - Mother Theresa
33. Last time you laughed at something stupid? I laugh at stupid stuff all the time, especially now that I'm pregnant and things sometimes seem funnier than they should. But I have a bad memory, so I can't remember the last one.
34.What time did you wake up this morning? 6:25
35. Best thing about winter? Wool socks
36. Last time a cop gave you a ticket? 2000... speeding to the bank to deposit something for Justin
37. Name of your first pet? I don't remember when I was really little, but my first pet that was my very own (not family) was a hamster named Twitch
38. Do you think pirates are cool or over rated? Over rated?! Never!
39. What are you doing this weekend? Sleeping, going to the baby store with my mom, maybe a movie
40. Are you desperate for anything right now? YES! For the freaking week to be over. TGIF, I can't concentrate