Tuesday, October 28, 2008

18 weeks!

almost halfway there.
138 lbs, gaining weight rapidly

i'm kinda sad that nothing super exciting is happening with the pregnancy. i haven't felt the baby kick yet, and i think most women have at this point :(. hopefully that will happen soon. i had a dr.'s appointment last friday and heard the baby's heartbeat, so at least i know he's still in there. sometimes i wonder when i can't feel or see anything.

i just read the story of sarah palin's birth with baby trig--v. interesting. apparently her water broke when she was in dallas (why she was traveling that far when she was 8 months pregnant is beyond me), and she still gave a speech a few hours later. instead of then going to the hospital in dallas where they could safely deliver the premie special needs baby, she decided to fly back to alaska. she did not tell the flight crews that her water broke and she was in labor (what?) and then drove from anchorage (again with a well-equiped hospital) to the small town of wasilla to deliver the baby. that is crazy! unless she wasn't the one really in labor. i realize this doesn't really matter in the election, but the story struck me as odd.

ahhh, i am so ready for obama to win. i agree with obama more than mccain on almost every issue, and i am so excited he is leading in the polls. several mccain supporters sent me forwards this week that make me want to scream. i don't understand how someone can solely rule out obama because he is pro-choice. i get so frustrated when that is the only issue christians talk about. haven't we learned from bush that christian beliefs do not necessarily equal a great president?

in high school, 28 out of 28 students in my a.p. politics class were democrats. we had many great discussions about the true issues in politics, and i miss those days. i've read studies that the more educated a population is, the more liberal they become (which explains why lawrence, the most educated city in kansas, is in the only democratic county in the state).

if the emails i received were about mccain's education plan, tax plan, etc. i might read/consider them. if they argued school vouchers' success instead vs. widening the education gap by depleting public school resources, i might support them. however, ignorant emails about mccain being God's choice and obama being a socialist, terrorist, anti-christ are rediculous! ahh.

it's so hard for me not to lose respect for mccain supporters. i am working on it, but it makes me cringe when i read facebook statuses that say "name is voting for mccain because he does not kill babies!!!" i'm trying to understand how so many republicans can be so ignorant of all of the issues besides abortion and gay marriage, and i know there are some educated mccain supporters out there, so props to them. i think part of the problem is that we've shunned political discussions from work, church, social scenes, etc., and the presidential debates are merely sugarcoated scripts that don't yield much education.

end of rant. this is long. i think i am the only one who is actually a little sad that the presidential race is over. oh well, football season is still going strong :)

6 comments:

Erin said...

Haha! I like your post.
I know that story about Palin as well, and it is crazy. It also may be the case that she just didn't care very much about the child, because how could you put your child in that much danger, just to give birth in Alaska??

I really enjoyed your post, and although I am ready for the election to be over, I know I'm going to miss it. Cameron literally reads the polls for an hour everyday and it has been such a big part of our lives for the past 2 years! On the other hand, I'm just ready for Obama to win!

It's true that the more educated you are the more likely you are to be liberal, although there is perhaps one exception -- economists. Economists are generally fiscally conservative (and sometimes libertarian), it's just in our nature. However, in this election, John MaCain's economic policy makes absolutely NO sense! Here's an interesting article about a survey by the inventor of Dilbert (I was one of the "leading economists" surveyed -- haha).

http://freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/09/17/economists-speak-about-the-election/#more-3089

Anyway, Sorry my reply is so long. It's much more fun than planning my lecture for Thursday. I hope you're doing well. Miss ya!

Kim said...

great post silv! and i totally agree on the obama vs mccain issues you mentioned! i used to really like mccain but i think he has changed a lot in he campaign just to appeal more to conservatives. I was still saying that I was undecided until he chose Palin. That sent me over the edge.

Rebecca said...

You crack me up. I commend you for your beliefs. I wish I cared more about the election, and I definitely agree that the president doesn't have to be Christian. I'm pretty sure God has things under control. :)

Spring said...

Oh, Silvy. I am delurking because although you and I don't agree on a lot of things, we do agree on Obama, and this fact makes me want to hug you.

I am wearing my Obama button today.

Anyway. You may choose to delete this comment, or whatever. I know we're supposed to hate each other, though I don't really see the point in that. But congrats on the pregnancy. :)

Amy said...

I loved this post too. :)
And I wouldn't worry too much about the no-movement thing. I didn't really feel Owen much until like 20ish weeks.

julie said...

silvs. i just had the exact conversation with my mom about that (and on anti-obama email forwards. i got one that compared him to hitler. i was literally yelling at the computer, i was so irritated).

congrats on the house! thats awesome. i am praying for you, james and the little one. i hope you are well!! do you guys have skype? i would love to chat sometime.

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