Saturday, June 28, 2008

What's been going on

Starting today, I have begun the process of weaning myself off Diclectin, the anti-nausea medication I’ve been taking for morning sickness. Since the sickness hasn’t been too bad as of late, I want to try to minimize how many pills I have to take. Because you have to wean yourself in order to avoid getting really sick really fast, I’ve started by cutting out the afternoon pill. I will continue taking 2 at bedtime and one in the morning for a few days. Then I’ll try one at night and one in the morning. And eventually I hope to only take one at night till I really don’t need it at all. It might take a few weeks but at least I’m working on it! Apparently it’s safe to take this particular medication throughout the entire pregnancy, and I know people who have had to. If I end up needing it I won’t feel bad taking it, but I figure if I can go without I might as well.

I had a raging headache last night into this morning and would have done just about anything to be able to take an Advil! But of course I didn’t because I know I can’t. I’m pretty sure it’s ok to take Tylenol during pregnancy if absolutely necessary – and sometimes when a super terrible headache hits, it does feel necessary. But despite the numerous headaches I’ve had, I’ve not taken anything for them. Tylenol tends to give me an upset stomach at the best of times, and I really want to try my hardest to go through this pregnancy without taking any meds that I don’t have to. It’s so hard not to though – my god, I could never be a Scientologist!!!!!!!!!!!

Anyway…

Last night we went for a bit of a stroll. I was cranky at the beginning of it – I think I might be getting to the stage of just feeling weepy sometimes and agitated and not really being able to do anything about it. But after a while I was feeling more like myself and we ended up having a nice time. We stopped off at the liquor store so James could get some beer, so I decided we should stop in at Urban Fare so I could get a dessert type treat for myself, since obviously the liquor store had nothing for me! I don’t even feel fully comfortable going in there, now that I’m starting to show. I feel guilty, like people are going to look at me and think I’m planning on drinking while pregnant. Which of course I would never do! But it’s weird how I feel like I just don’t belong in the liquor store at all…

So at Urban Fare I got what I was craving so much the other day: Nanaimo Bar!! And it was soooo good, made the ‘traditional’ way that any Nanaimoite would be used to =) My craving was satisfied, although I could eat more of the stuff if put in front of me. (But that kind of goes without saying!)|

Today we went to the market and got James’ mom’s bday present – a pretty pair of earrings and some organic lavender soap. We also got some black bean hummus. Then we stopped at Baguette Time, where we shared a brie sandwich (even though I’m not sposed to eat soft cheese, I DON’T CARE, I can’t go without Baguette Time!!) and an orange screamer, which consists of orange slushie mixed with soft serve ice cream. OMG that place is the best, there seriously is nothing else like it.

Pic taken today, so baby is 14 weeks + 4 days :)

After that we went to the beach (English Bay), where we found one of the only shady spots on one of the more secluded beach areas and got ourselves set up on our picnic blanket. After a while, N and A met up with us and we had a bit of a visit before they went off to play golf.

After they left we went and sat in the shade on the grassy hill and looked out at the water while munching on pita chips and the hummus we got at the market. Then we took a stroll through Lost Lagoon and stopped off at a bike shop on Denman before heading home. It turns out the other day James forgot to lock his front wheel when he locked his bike at work, and someone stole it. So he’s in need of a new front tire. And we found out they cost $75 to replace new :S Not good. But he uses his bike a lot for going to work so it makes sense to replace it sooner rather than later. It’s too bad, but at least his dad gave him the bike so it’s not like he bought that and now we’re shelling out all this money again. Still, it sucks that someone stole the tire. I know it was a desperate person obviously, but still, it’s a violation and it pisses me off how untrustworthy people are.

Oh well…we came home and I got some chores done that I wanted to do before my parents come over tomorrow. In the next few days we’ll be looking at baby shops and doing all sorts of fun things. I love long weekends and I love long weekends filled with fun plans! AND sunshine!!! I’m so happy summer has finally arrived.

PS I just ate two pickles – how is that for a pregnancy cliché?!!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Things you probably could care less about...

Just a little tidbit: today is one month till James and my one year wedding anniversary!!

1. Are you taller than your best friend?
Nope, James is probably about 5 inches taller!


2. Do you have a favorite type of pen?
I tend to prefer the super cheap no frills Bic type of pen.


3. What did you do on May 15th?
I can hardly remember what I had for lunch yesterday, let alone what I did over a month ago! I may have written something about my day in my daytimer, but I’m too lazy to go look it up!

4. What color are your toenails usually?
Either a light blue or something sparkly. Right now they’re blue but in the sun they turn mauve!


5. What was the last thing you highlighted?
My hair, blond and red.


6. What color are the curtains in your bedroom?
We don’t have any curtains, just those super annoying verticals that come with apartments these days…At least they’re not as crappy as the ones in our old place!


7. What color are the seats in your car?
Yeah right…the seats on the bus are usually blue, orange on the older buses…LOL Actually, I rarely even take the bus anymore – I just walk.

8. Have you ever had a black and white cat?
I do right now – her name is Fiona and she’s a little scamp!

9.What was the last thing you put a stamp on?
Geez its been a while since I sent anything in the mail…but it was probably a card for someone’s birthday or something along those lines.


10. Do you know anyone who lives in Wyoming?
No, should I?!

11. Why did you withdraw cash from the ATM the last time?
To pay for my ferry ride over to Nanaimo.


12. Who is the last baby that you held?
I’m holding my baby inside my belly right now =) Beyond that, it would have to be Baby L.


14. Do you like Cinnamon toothpaste?
I wouldn’t even be willing to try it. Mint or nothing, thank you very much!

16. Pick one: Miami Hurricanes or Florida Gators?
Neither.


17. Last time you went to six flags?
Never, but I last went to Disneyland about 10 years ago. Can’t wait till baby is about 7 or 8 so we can take them!


18. Do you have any wallpaper in your house?
No…I plan to put up a little border print in the baby’s nursery but beyond that I’m against wallpaper because it’s such a nasty job trying to remove it.


19. Closest thing to you that is yellow?
Part of the rug by the couch.


20. Last person you gave a business card?
I don’t have business cards…I’m not classy like that!

21. Who was the last person you wrote a check or money order to?
Our building owners for rent last month :P

22. Closest framed picture to you?
A picture of a Greek villa with a little cut out of our old cat, Tinker, placed on a ledge. When she died we added her to that picture so she could live on forever in a Greek paradise!


23. Last time you had someone cook for you?
My mom cooked for me every day I was in Nanaimo this week =)


24. Have you ever felt you weren’t good enough?
Yes but I try not to let myself get caught up in feelings like that these days – it doesn’t do good for anyone. Better to stay positive…


25. How many emails do you get in your inbox daily (excluding spam)?
On average probably 5 or so, I’m not really sure since I don’t tend to count them!

26. Last time you received flowers?
On Wednesday when I got back from Nanaimo, James had a big beautiful bouquet waiting for me!


28. Do you play guitar?
No but I wish I could!


29. Has anyone ever proposed to you?
I’m married to him!
30. Do you take anything in your coffee?
Cream and sugar, all the way! Though I rarely drink coffee these days.


31. Do you have any willow tree figurines?
Yes, we got an angel one for a wedding present.


32. What was your high school's mascot?
Willy the Wildcat!


33. Last person you spoke to from school?
From university? James! From high school? Maegan.


34. Last time you used hand sanitizer?
A few weeks ago, after petting the farm animals at Shady Mile!


35. Would you like to learn to play the drums?
Not particularly…


36. What color are the blinds in your living room?
White.


38. Last thing you read in the newspaper?
An article about mental health.

39. What was the last pageant or play you attended?
I saw the musical Mama Mia with my mom and it was AMAZING!


40. What is the last place you bought pizza from?
Panago – their vegetarian pepperoni pizza is pretty good!


41. Have you ever worn a crown?
I've worn a tiara, doe that count? and paper crowns from Xmas Crackers!

42. What is the last thing you stapled?
Probably a form for my benefits, a few months back.


43. Have you ever drank clear Pepsi?
Yes, it pretty much tasted the same as regular Pepsi if I recall correctly…maybe a bit sweeter?!


44. Are you ticklish?
Yes, in some places!


45. Last time you saw fireworks?
Probably the Symphony of Lights last year at English Bay. Now that we don’t live 2 seconds from there, I won’t be attending any this year (I HATE the crowds!!)

46. Last time you had a Krispy Kreme doughnut?
I tried one probably 4 years ago or something like that.


47. Who is the last person that left you a message & you actually returned?
Probably my mom!

49. Do you have a black dog?
No, although one of my ‘sisters’ is a black and white spanny!


50. Can you give one reason why David Caruso is allowed to keep acting?
This is a mystery to me!

51. Are you an aunt or uncle?
Only to a cute puppy and 3 kitty cats!


52. Who has the prettiest eyes that you know of?
I’m not sure…Lots of people have pretty eyes but I don’t think it’s nice to just pick one!


53. Last time you saw a semi truck?
I dunno, probably yesterday.


54. Do you remember Ugly Kid Joe ?
Yes, though I can’t say I’m a huge fan…Cats in the Cradle was good though!


55. Do you have a little black dress?
Yes, but I haven’t worn it for ages!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

A baby is Mom and Pop art. ~Patricia Warner

I was in Nanaimo for a few days and while I was there, my mom and I went to Sears and they had the same crib set there that James and I picked out here in Vancouver. Only that day it had gone on sale at 20% off! Sweet! I took that as a sign that I should snap it up right away, so I did =) It’s called ‘Clover Fields’ but I am calling it ‘Counting Sheep.’ I think a counting sheep ‘theme’ is super cute and works for either boy or girl. The crib set came with the bumper pad thingy, a fitted sheet and a blanket. The picture shows a zillion things to match it for the whole room but I didn’t want to go that overboard! We will pick out a few things that will ‘match’ without having to be exactly the same. Our baby’s room is going to be VERY small since it’s not actually meant to be a second bedroom, so I think to do an entire theme like that would be overkill. I think I do want to have some sort of border print but I haven’t found anything yet that I really like.

Baby is 14 weeks and 2 days old, so into the 15th week – which means I am in week 17 of pregnancy. I know it makes absolutely no sense whatsoever, but every baby book I’ve looked at says you count from when you had your last period so that’s what I’m doing. So when I say I’m in my 17th week, it means baby is actually 2 weeks behind that. But since a pregnancy can be anywhere from 38-42 weeks, it all evens out in the end! I’ve had so many different due dates thrown at me…My counter (see the sidebar) is counting down based on my latest due date given – December 23rd. But another doctor said Dec 21st, another the 15th, and one said the 14th! So honestly I have no idea when I’m TRULY due…BUT I have a strong feeling (I don’t know why) that the baby will come early – I’m thinking between the 5th and the 15th – but we shall see when the time comes!

I’m not sure if I’m starting to feel movement. The past few days I’ve felt these occasional jabbing feelings so I’m wondering if it’s baby kicking and moving about! But I can’t be sure since I have nothing to compare the feeling to. I hope it’s baby though! I look forward to knowing for sure and feeling it on a more daily basis, so I know he or she is active and doing well =)

For dinner tonight I’ve made roasted baby new potatoes, garlic mushrooms and corn. It’s a veggie medley supper! It’s not much I guess but it’s all I could muster. I think it will be good. I had a nap this afternoon because for some reason I was just soooooo tiiiiiiiiiired and I dreamt I was eating Nanaimo bar and I woke up drooling – haha. I can’t believe I just wrote that but hey, it’s the truth. And then all I could think about was where I could get my hands on a piece of Nanaimo bar! LOL I had some chocolate though and I think that fixed my craving…for now!!!

That reminds me of my favourite ever Corner Gas episode – where Emma says, “Would you like some Nanaimo-inspired Saskatchewan bar?” Ahahahahahaha. Guess you have to be from Nanaimo to find it funny but I loved that!

Anyway…I’m feeling much happier than I was yesterday. I had a really terrible day yesterday but I think things have for the most part been patched up. It’s something where if I think about it I can feel my blood begin to boil so I’m doing whatever I can to not think about it…so I’d better stop writing about it…

Better go get din-din heated up – James will be home soon and I’m huuuungry!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Weekend Bliss


Finished Shopaholic & Baby. It was as delightful as expected!

Now on to Before Green Gables

Off subject, but I would just like to say GOD DAMN YOU HEARTBURN.

In other news…actually I don’t really have any. Yesterday we went to the farmer’s market and got some soaps, a Gouda cheese (no cheese jerky available – why not just tear my heart out and stomp on it why don’t you?), a rhubarb apple pie and some strawberries. Then we parted ways from M&N and puppy, who joined us on the excursion, took our stuff home to drop off and went back out. We looked through both The Bay and Sears at baby stuff. We have a whole bunch of gift certificates still for The Bay from our wedding that we want to use up but we ended up liking stuff at Sears way more. There’s still plenty we can get from The Bay but I’m excited about some of the stuff we saw at Sears! We’re getting our stroller second hand (barely used) but we saw the same model at Sears and were able to try it out. It’s amazing! It’s regular priced $500 and we’re paying waaaaay less than that (well, nothing since my grandma is kindly buying it for us but she’s getting a good deal!) We’re so happy about that because there’s NO WAY we’d spend $500 on a stroller!

I found the theme I want to go with for the baby’s room too, which is SO exciting to me! Well so far it’s just the linens for the crib. But it’s a start! I knew from the get go that I’d want to go with an animal theme. I haven’t actually bought it yet (probably will in the next few days). But it’s really cute – I will post a picture once I have it =) For the most part we’re still at the stage of just looking around since there’s still lots of time for getting everything we need – and we can’t set up the nursery till the fall since we have to dismantle our office in order to even HAVE a nursery! But it’s exciting thinking about how we want to decorate baby’s room =)

After perusing the shops, we came home then went back out AGAIN, this time to meet M&N at the seawall for some fries, nachos and drinks galore. Well, they all got to enjoy drinks galore while I sipped lemonade and then Earl Grey tea. Oooh, exciting =P This woman across from us kept ordering Cosmopolitans and I LOVE Cosmopolitans but I know I can’t HAVE Cosmopolitans so I poured more tea =P For the most part I don’t miss alcohol but every now and then it would be nice to be able to have a few, especially in social situations where everybody else gets to indulge! But oh well. Baby is more important than a little buzz any day =) Plus, when we got home and I had to take care of James because he was already feeling hung over from having too many, I realized it’s actually better to not even bother with it!!

Time to have a coffee (I think this is the 4th I’ve had this entire pregnancy so far!) and then get on with the day. We’ve got a lot of errands to run, but it should be fun…

Friday, June 20, 2008

Baby, bundle of joy


Ahh, this is the life. It’s Friday night and I’m sitting on the comfy couch with a really yummy raspberry smoothie (thanks Magic Bullet, for making it so dang easy to make!) and aside from a little (well, a lotta, really) heartburn I could do without, I’m feeling pretty darn good. After James and I had supper (a delicious (if I do say so myself!) minestrone soup I made the other day along with a asiago ciabbatta bread - yum) I had a nice bubble bath – and I didn’t skimp on the bubbles. I also lit some candles and turned out the light. It was glorious! After that I turned the fan on in the bedroom (I was hot after my bath) and got into bed and read lots of my Shopaholic & Baby book. It’s so good, soooo funny – and I can’t wait to get to the birth part of course! I’m almost finished, if I don’t finish it tonight I for sure will tomorrow. The only sad part is knowing it’s almost done since I’ve been enjoying it so much…I hate it when good books have to end!

I feel wonderful. It’s funny because I’ve felt slight nausea the past few days after feeling amazingly better for a while…that’s not funny, but what is is that despite that, and the occasional crampy feeling (that silly growing uterus!) or ache when I suddenly move a certain way…I still feel GREAT. I sunk to a horrible low there when the morning sickness was so unbearable I literally wished I would just die and be done with it (and honestly, I felt like I was terminally ill so I seriously would have been ok with death at that point, I’m not kidding). So I think now, after having felt so bad, feeling even just ‘decent’ feels amazing! And I am just feeling so incredibly blessed by the baby inside me. It’s this magical wonder that never ceases to amaze me. I know that sounds totally corn ball but I can’t help it!

I feel so spoiled by all the people in my life who care so much about me. Mostly James of course and my wonderful family. It’s not just ME going through this pregnancy, or the daddy-to-be, it’s all the people around us who care. Hearing the excitement in my parents’ voices for example…And my dad, who’s not a very affectionate person and often hides his emotions – he is so freaking excited and it shows, and that really says something! It’s just amazing how much this little guy or gal growing inside me is affecting all these people and given that James and I are its creators, well, that makes us feel so proud!! It’s such a memorable time. I can’t wait till our little one is old enough that I can share all of this with him or her, let them know how much they were loved even before they were born! I know they’ll probably roll their eyes but they won’t be able to help but feel all the love =)

I feel happier now than I ever have in all my life. I also feel better about myself than I ever have. My body is changing and you’d think with getting this bulging tummy I’d be self-conscious – especially during this stage where it’s at the point of ‘Is she fat or pregnant, who could know?!’ But it’s weird how it’s working for me…Before getting pregnant I was always somewhat self-conscious of my body. If I was a bit bloated I wouldn’t want to wear certain clothes and I always felt so restricted in the tightness of clothing and blah blah blah, it was just kind of, well, awkward. It’s not that there was anything whatsoever wrong with my body, not at all – but it’s only now that I’m really realizing that I think. Now I am embracing everything that happens to me. I might look ‘fat’ but I don’t even care because my FAT is my BABY and I know it to be true! And besides, there’s nothing wrong with a little roundness here and there anyway =) I am enjoying still being a ‘comfortable’ size since I know as I continue to grow there will be aches and pains to go along with it all. As it is, I think I am experiencing some growing pains right now! But at the same time I look forward to getting bigger because the bigger I get, the more I know my baby is growing and I am so proud of our little creation! I just can’t BELIEVE it’s a whole nother 186 days before I get to see him or her…Well, practically only 185 AND if they come early, which I just really have a strong feeling will be the case (within a week or two of our due date), it will be less time! I want to bask in the glory of pregnancy so it’s ok to wait a while…not to mention the fact that I do still have to get my head wrapped around the fact that I’m going to be a MOTHER to an actual CHILD and not just KITTY CATS!!!!! BUT for all my worries and concerns and what ifs, I still can’t wait to have that little bundle of joy in my arms! It’s going to be the Christmas EVER!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Buyer beware!

I found out recently that Matrix hair products, which are linked to Biolage products and owned by L’Oreal, continue to do animal testing. In this day and age, animal testing is NOT necessary when it comes to cosmetics and other beauty supplies. There is absolutely NO way this type of cruelty towards animals can be justified. Most brands no longer test on animals when making such things as shampoo and conditioner, so why do it if it’s not necessary?

I bought Matrix shampoo before but now that I know about their cruelty, I will never buy another product of theirs again (or anything associated with L'Oreal, for that matter). Even if it was the last shampoo on earth, I would rather go greasy than buy into that kind of madness!

Just passing the message along…Remember to read labels, look at the fine print to find out if a product is tested on animals or not. Shampoo bottles will tell you if the company performs animal tests by NOT telling you that they don’t!

Buyer beware…if you want a clear conscience, it’s a good idea to do a little research before you go shopping. I have to start listening to my own advice.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Into week 14...Hello second trimester!

Its been 3 ½ months since I last did anything with my hair. It was time for a cut and I was sick of the colour so I decided to get some new highlights put in. My base colour is a shade or two darker than my natural colour. I’m really liking the funkiness of the blond and red together.

I went back to my old hairdresser from a while back and I am so glad I did. Our trial separation didn’t work for me, I don’t think I can function hair-wise without her. She’s my one and only from now on! LOL

I know from experience, it’s best to stick with someone you like and trust rather than gamble your hair on random stylists…

It was nice to get pampered today. I am finally feeling a bit more like myself (whatever that means) and healthy and with it and it was nice to get a bit of a ‘new look’ to go along with all the other changes I’m experiencing.


My baby bump, taken today :)

I feel so happy! I feel so lucky to have this baby growing inside me. I know my whole life is already focused on him or her but that’s ok with me, because I honestly couldn’t be happier! Save for the sickness I’ve felt, being pregnant truly is an amazing experience and I just want to savour it since it’s not something that happens often (unless you want a huge family, which I DON’T!!)

I’m reading Shopaholic & Baby and it’s absolutely hilarious. I love a fun and light read like that every once in a while! It’s just what I need right now.

Next I am going to read Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson. Apparently it’s about Anne’s life before she was taken in by Matthew and Marilla. It received some flack since it of course was not written by L.M. Montgomery, but once people got their hands on a copy and actually read it, I think most of the flack was gone. It’s apparently a really good book and Anne fans have given it two thumbs up! Being such an Anne fan myself, it was a nice book to receive in the mail from James’ mom recently. I’m looking forward to getting into that one soon!

I took a hiatus, as terrible as it sounds, from reading for a while…out of laziness mostly. But now I see it that soon enough I really won’t have time to read for a while so I’d better take advantage now of the time I do have!

Baby bump picture taken this evening:


James said, "You mustn't be very bloated tonight, because you were bigger last week!" LOL Gotta love him :) It's true though, I get bloated easier these days so I sometimes do look a bit bigger, give or take an inch or two :D BUT there is definitely a baby bump happening, and I am so pleased about it - it means baby is growing! <3!

Monday, June 16, 2008

43 Random Things...

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?

I don’t think so…my Gram’s middle name was Elizabeth but I think my parents chose the name just because they liked it.

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?

A few weeks ago, while watching the season finale of LOST – LOL. Chalk it up to pregnancy hormones if you want to, but there was one scene in particular that really got the tears flowing!

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING ?

Not really. I know it could be worse but I wish it was perfect, like my mom’s and my brother’s…

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?

BLECH - No meat for me, I am vegetarian!

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?

I have one precious baby growing inside me right now! Tomorrow marks 13 weeks of my pregnancy, which means baby will be 11 weeks old! Awww =)

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?

Probably yes…At least I would know I was trustworthy…but given how anti-social I am, I probably wouldn’t see me much – haha!

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT?

Yes…not in too rude or hurtful a way but in a witty sort of fun way (or at least that’s the hope!)

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS ?

Yup!

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?

Not a chance in the world!

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?

Just Right – it lives up to its name! Honey Nut Cheerios are also always good…

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?

All my shoes are slip ons these days so I don’t have to worry about that! I would say no, though, when I do have shoes with laces I don’t like to untie them!

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?

I like to think I am, most of the time!

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?

I love French Vanilla ice cream most of all. But my favourite place to get ice cream? The Marble Slab Creamery, of course!

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?

Probably their eyes – I think you can tell a lot about a person from their eyes. More than just what meets the ‘eye’ – haha.

15. RED OR PINK?

Depends on the shade…But I am leaning towards pink for some reason.

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING YOU LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF?

Probably how shy I can be…

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?

I miss my parents. Even tho we’ve been visiting each other more lately, I wish I could spend more time with them. I’ve been fairly needy lately, and I love spending time with them!

18. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?

I’m not wearing any pants and I have bare feet! Yup I am barefoot and pregnant, wearing a nightgown in the afternoon! LOL

19. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?

Very healthy for baby – I had a plate of veggies with dip – carrots, tomatoes, cucumber, celery and a yummy dill dip!

20. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?

The hum of cars stopped at the light outside our windows. But earlier I had the Mama Mia soundtrack playing, I can’t get enough of it lately!

21. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?

I would be blue – not because I’m sad, but because I love the colour!

22. FAVORITE SMELLS?

Freshly cut grass, Lavender, Africa Spa (from The Body Shop), popcorn (sometimes!)

23. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?

Some a-hole just called and interrupted me – some stupid scam saying I was specially selected to win some fancy prize – needless to say I had to hang up on him :S

24. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU?

N/A since no one sent it to me!

25. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?

None, really. If I had to watch one, I guess it’d be baseball or hockey, preferably live rather than on TV.

26. HAIR COLOR?

Naturally brown. But I tend to have highlights mixed in there. I can’t WAIT to get a fresh ‘do – cut and colour – later this week! Its been almost 4 months I think!

27. EYE COLOR?

Darkish blue.

28. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?

Yes, almost always. Clear ones tho!

29. FAVORITE FOOD?

Lately food is difficult for me…I usually love Thai food although lately I am having a hard time trusting most foods to be 100% vegetarian guaranteed. I LOVE cheese jerky! And Welsh Currant Cakes, although I haven’t had those in ages.

30. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?

I used to say scary movies all the way, but lately I am more about the happy endings.

31. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?

28 Weeks Later. Not a happy ending type but that’s what I saw! It was definitely good as far as zombie movies go, I must say. Gruesome but not over the top or ridiculous, I thought it was pretty good.

32. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?

It’s a night shirt and it’s light blue with blue flowers on it.

33. SUMMER OR WINTER?

Summer. Spring preferably, but I’ll take summer over winter any day!

34. HUGS OR KISSES?

Both! I love James’ hugs soooooo much but I couldn’t give up his kisses either!

35. FAVORITE DESSERT?

It’s not necessarily my all-time favourite but lately I’ve started craving Lemon Meringue Pie!! Haven’t had my craving satisfied yet – I can’t seem to find it anywhere now that I feel the need for it!

36. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?

Shopaholic & Baby by Sophie Kinsella – as delightful a read as all her books!

37. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?

No mouse pad, I use a laptop with a built in mouse.

38. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON T. V. LAST NIGHT?

We don’t have cable so nothing…unless watching from a disk counts, in which case we watched some Coronation Street, thanks to my mom for recording it for us!!

39. FAVORITE SOUND?

James’ voice… =)

40. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES?

Definitely The Beatles. I am not a fan of the Rolling Stones whatsoever but put the Beatles on and I can’t help but sing along!

41. WHAT IS THE FURTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?

Probably Holland.

42. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?

We all want to believe we have a special talent or two…but I can’t think of any off hand to wow you with =( Oh well, I am me!

43. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?

Ladysmith, B.C.

Friday, June 13, 2008

First trimester coming to a close...

Been feeling a lot better lately, no throwing up for days now! Yay me!

Diclectin is my life saver, I have a feeling I wouldn’t be doing so well without it. But whatever works, right?! And now that I’m starting my second trimester (as of today, I’m at 12 weeks, 3 days), I can start using Zantac 75 when I need heartburn relief – since Tums are pretty much USELESS.

My last midwife appointment went well – I got a few of my blood test results and it turns out I’m super healthy. In fact, my haemoglobin level is higher than it tends to be for most vegetarians – which is a VERY good thing. Yay me times two!

It was one week ago today that we went for our first ultrasound. I love to sit and stare at our first picture of our beautiful baby. I still can’t get over how absolutely ADORABLE he or she is! Perfection right inside my belly!

Friday, June 06, 2008

An absolute miracle!

I have a beautiful baby inside me!

And as far as we can tell, everything is going well. I know an ultrasound can’t tell you if there are certain problems with the baby, but I am telling you right now without a doubt, our baby is going to be PERFECT! I am so ecstatic.

We had our first ultrasound this morning and it was the most incredible experience ever. Actually SEEING our tiny little bundle of joy floating around inside me! How amazing is that?! There is nothing else like it in this world.

I am over the moon, just completely overjoyed today! All the sickness has been totally worth it. I love this baby more than anything already!

We saw its tiny little arms and hands and little itsy bitsy toes! Sooooo cute! I can’t believe it. And it’s OURS!

I’m at 11 weeks, 3 days. A little behind where we thought we were…So our due date is now December 23rd. Merry Christmas to us!

Sunday, June 01, 2008

What a difference a day makes

Today I feel better than I’ve felt so far, although I’ve only been up for about half an hour (and yes, it is almost 11:30am!) BUT it seems like a good sign to me considering I got up and asked for some toast with PB&J AND some cheese on the side! I haven’t specifically wanted anything to eat in ages, especially in the morning. I usually force myself to eat at least part of a granola bar. Yesterday I only got through half. So eating a whole slice of bread with stuff on it is a huge thing for me. AND to not feel super nauseous afterwards?! AMAZING!!

Still very low energy but I attribute that to two things: growing baby and all the nightmares I’ve been having. I had gone into this phase of having dreams but not remembering anything of significance when I woke up. Then all of a sudden in the past few days I’ve had some of the worst dreams of my entire life, or at least the scariest.

In some dreams, someone who can’t have children wants to steal my unborn child. I wake up rubbing my belly thinking he/she is gone and have to work to convince myself they’re still in there! (One dream in particular left a mark on me – it was like an episode of Outer Limits only I was the central character…it was terrifying).

In others I am being put through bizarre obstacle courses where my life is more at risk at each turn. And scary people are there taunting me, expecting me to get electrocuted or worse...as if to them it’s just a game and my life means nothing.

I don’t know where all of this is coming from. Well, dreams of losing my baby are only natural but why is everything so stressful and scary in every single dream I have? I even had one last night where I swore I was already awake and then the door creaked open (which had to be a dream since our bedroom door doesn’t make a creaking sound!) and I became paralysed and couldn’t see who was there but James did and started heaving like he couldn’t breathe…Of course, I woke up with a start and he was laying there sound asleep, oblivious to it all. And the door, thank goodness, was still closed.

I wake up very tense and exhausted. But when it comes right down to it, these days I’ll take whatever sleep I can get – nightmares or not.

Today I want to take everything off the tv unit and dust and re-arrange where things are on there because I am sitting here so often these days I am getting tired of everything being the same. Seriously, just doing that will probably be enough for me for the entire day. But I’m also hoping to get out for a little while to run a few errands.

I also really want to start writing a few things in my day planner thingy each day about how I’m doing or what I ate or what I did, just so I have a better record than my memory (which is choppy at best these days, I’m not kidding!) of what’s been going on day to day. I had hopes I’d do that from day one of this pregnancy but it didn’t happen due to illness. If I’m feeling half decent though, there’s no reason I can’t start it now!

So much to do, so little time……………………………………………………………..

Morning sickness that lasts all day...

It has been quite a week.

I ended up in the hospital last Wednesday after nearly 24 hours of throwing up constantly. I would say from 2pm Tuesday afternoon till 9am Wednesday morning, I threw up at least 20 times, although I think it may have been quite a few more.

I was so dehydrated that my legs started to ache so badly I could no longer fall asleep in between throwing up. Needless to say, by 10am on Wednesday I was so exhausted I literally just wanted to die. If someone had told me they’d kill me I would have been seriously grateful, that’s how horrible I felt. So finally, after James called Dial-a-Nurse and got some advice, we decided it would probably be best if I went to the hospital.

We went to emergency at St. Paul’s and I got in really quickly, probably only about a 10 minute wait. Soon I had blood taken and was put on an IV. I ended up staying for 3 hours and got 3 bags full of fluid. They also gave me some gravol, which I didn’t think was safe to take during pregnancy but they assured me it would be ok. I felt a lot better once I got the gravol – which was put in through the IV so it did its thing fairly quickly and I was no longer nauseous. After almost 2 bags of the solution I had to give a urine sample and you could tell from it I was still super dehydrated so they asked me to stay for another pack. I probably could have taken in a fourth, I was that dry!! But after eating a few crackers (they tried to get me to eat the lunch but it wasn’t veggie friendly so I had to kindly decline) I was good to go. Unfortunately the taxi drive home was crazy and I felt sick all over again BUT it passed and I haven’t thrown up since.

I still feel quite nauseous at various times throughout the day each day. And I have barely eaten anything in the past few days. But I’m doing my very best to keep hydrated by drinking water, juice, decaf tea – whatever I think I can handle at a given time. And I’ve eaten little bits here and there. It’s really hard because I know I need the nourishment to feel better but most foods make me feel worse anyway and I feel really, really terrible if I ever eat more than just a few bites at a time. It’s crazy! I’ve never felt like this in all my life, no matter how sick I’ve ever been. I would say in a day I probably eat about 1/3 or LESS than what I did before I was pregnant. BUT I have been assured that this does happen and the baby is not likely to be suffering – just me!!

I’m hoping that will be my one and only stint at the hospital – before I go into labour, that is. Although I must say, they were so friendly and attentive and I really did feel worlds better after going. I think I was at a stage where I was too far gone to get better on my own. I should have probably gone to the hospital sooner than I did, but it’s tough when you don’t have a car because I didn’t feel well enough to get in a taxi through the night. And calling an ambulance is too expensive, so I felt stuck.

James was amazing through the whole thing. He took the day off work to look after me, got me to the hospital and stayed with me and helped me give info to the nurses. He was always by my side when I needed him.

When we got home I had a bubble bath and then went for a nap for a few hours, got up for about an hour and then went back to bed at 9:30pm and didn’t get up till 9:30 the next morning! Mind you, for a lot of that I was tossing and turning and not actually getting rest. For some reason my bones were aching, I felt sore right through to my core. I kept moaning loudly because of the pain, it was that bad. It was a very, very rough day.

I decided to take Thursday and Friday off as well to recuperate. Its been a long haul and I didn’t think I could manage work. I’m glad I made that decision. Since James had to go back to work, my mom came over and stayed with me for Thursday and Friday (which was sooo helpful). Even though I know I’m going to have to be on my own this week while James is at work, when I’m not doing very well it’s so hard for me to be by myself. I can’t find the energy to make anything to eat and it’s all I can do just to pour myself a glass of juice. Also, not having someone coaching me to not throw up is also hard for me. Sometimes I can’t find the will on my own to stop myself. The nausea comes on so strong, I don’t know how I can fight it.

But I’m still a trooper and I’m doing the best I can. And it’s an amazing feat that I haven’t thrown up in 3 whole days now!

I’m still taking Diclectin, the pregnancy anti-nauseant. Obviously it’s not working every time, but for the most part it is helping. It’s just that because I was sick that day, I couldn’t take my next dose which just exacerbated the sickness. But at the moment I am back on track.

Its been really hard having such low energy and not feeling up to much. Just doing one or two little things in a day feels huge for me lately. But I’ve been making the most of the time when I do feel ok. Today I felt like I made HUGE progress because we went all the way to Trout Lake near Commercial Drive area to a farmer’s market and then walked all the way along Commercial Drive before bussing home. I haven’t done that much walking around and browsing for a while. So hopefully I’ll gain more energy as each day goes by.

Baby is getting bigger! I think at this point it has got to be obvious I’m pregnant. Although all the new tops I got are flowy and designed I guess to make people wonder…I’m excited about showing though. With everything I’m going through for the sake of our little one, I deserve to have something to show for it!!



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