Saturday, August 30, 2008

Baby's room!

Look how much clothing baby has already acquired! He or she is going to look sooo cute in everything! :)

Today we set up baby's nursery. Now I am more excited than EVER to have our baby...I can’t stand waiting!! Although I know baby still has a lot more growing to do, so I’ll try to be patient =)

First we had to take everything out of the room so it looked like absolute chaos in our living room and hallway. It looked like we were just moving in or out! First we did the border print, which was our very first border print ever. We’d got some pointers from my parents, who have done their share of them in the past. But I was really nervous about it because I got the border from eBay (it’s a PERFECT match with the crib bedding we got at Sears, which I was thrilled about!) and I only ordered enough with a teensy bit left over – so not much room for errors. I thought it would be super tricky lining the pieces up when we had to cut in various places, but it actually all worked out just PERFECTLY. I figured it was a real test of our relationship to do this project together – and if that’s the case, we definitely passed with flying colours! I was in a bad mood this morning but then we went to White Spot and I felt so much better after a big meal =D So I didn’t rage a single bit, even when part of the border was a bit difficult to put on. We persevered and it all turned out beautifully. I think we make a great team!

The plan was, James was going to set up the crib while I put together the hamper we got for baby’s room from IKEA. Well it ended up being the WORST designed hamper in the world and it became apparent to both of us that it was going to be impossible to fully put the stupid thing together. We got it to a state of functionality, I just hope it doesn’t fall apart – which it could do since it’s not really put together right at all. Sooo frustrating. (It looks how it's supposed to, it's just that the corners don't quite match up the way they should...)

James got the crib put together but then we realized it was such a tight fit in the room that there was no way we could turn it around to be in the position it was meant to go in! So he had to take it completely apart again and put it together right in the place it was going – but there wasn’t enough room to screw it together in place so there were times when I had to hold it up all awkwardly or he had to go UNDERNEATH it and practically kill himself trying to put the thing back together! It was a total production!! Luckily we had a sense of humour about it. There was no way around it because with the other furniture going in there, this was the ONLY way the crib could be. So we got it figured out and James showed me he’s got some mad handyman skillz! Usually I am the handywoman around the house and it was hard for me to give that up and not be taking charge of everything, but my belly has become a hindrance when it comes to handyperson skills as of late. Plus I get tired faster than usual (I often had to take little breaks to sit for a few minutes because my uterus decided to go through a major growth spurt this very afternoon – I could seriously FEEL it stretching!) So James had to do a lot of stuff I would normally like to do, and he did a fantastic job!

After we put the crib together we took off for a while…I couldn’t take looking at the mess anymore and we needed a break after literally HOURS of nearly breaking our backs trying to fit the crib into its tiny little space.

We went to Denman Street in search of posters for baby’s room – although since then we’ve decided against getting any (which we couldn’t find anyway). For where the electrical panel is (which isn’t in any of the pics I took of the room but it’s in there, big and grey and ugly, by the door) I’m thinking of getting some sort of shelf thing to put up so it won’t be visible but I’ll have shelf space for baby things. And where the cable panel is, I put up 2 prints: giraffes and a chicken and baby chick print that I’d got from IKEA years ago and used to have up when we lived in Burnaby. I think they actually look quite cute, they add some brightness to the room, so most likely we’ll stick with those rather than spending money on something new.

We also got a veggie pepperoni pizza from Panago to bring home so we could eat quick and get back to work finishing up baby’s room and cleaning up the huge mess we managed to make in the process of it all.

It was a tiring day in terms of all the work we did but it was oh so worth it! We got everything set up that we have so far, and now we can just focus on the odds and ends that need taken care of but aren’t urgent. I was just grinning from ear to ear when we finished because everything fits just right and looks so CUTE and it all makes me love baby all the more! I can’t wait to enjoy it with him or her and have them using all their cute little things. I know we appreciate it in a different way than baby will – he or she will be oblivious to most of it I’m sure! But still…it all makes me so happy and in love with our little one. It was also so sweet seeing James getting excited about the whole thing. He worked really hard today and I love how well we worked together.

We are definitely proud parents-to-be! And you better believe that each and every day I will be going into that nursery to admire it and dream about the day we bring baby home to see it!

It's lame-o survey time again!

  1. Three days from now will you have sex?

Perhaps…I don’t tend to book these things in – there’s something more fun about spontaneity!

2. What color are your eyes?

3. What does your second text say and who is it from?
It’s a picture of my bro and s-i-l’s puppy wearing her new coat! (Sooo cute!!)

4. How do you think your latest ex feels about you?
I would imagine neutral – it was 10 years ago, I think he’s moved on!

5. Do you like what you see in the mirror?
Most of the time…although I don’t know how excited I am about the fact that my thighs and butt seem to be growing along with my belly…(hrmph)

6. What are you listening to right now?
James remove the water from the A/C…before that, Jack Johnson!

7. What’s one word to describe you?

8. Best memory right now?
Seeing our tiny little baby through ultrasound!

10. What makes you laugh?
Knock knock jokes! Some people hate them, I love them!

11. Get asked anything ridiculous lately?
Yes, “What are your plans for Christmas?” I thought it was pretty ridiculous given our baby’s due date is December 23rd

12. What are you doing tomorrow?
Hoping to get together with some friends, otherwise we’ll probably lounge, maybe go for brunch or something low-key like that.

13. What's your MSN name?
I only use MSN for work, so I’d rather not put my name out there…

14. What are you wearing right now?
Stretchy Capri pants and a greenishy blue t-shirt.

15. What are you most looking forward to today?
Getting the border print up in baby’s nursery, hopefully without a hitch…Once that part is done, it should be smooth sailing…

16. How's your hair?
It’s ok…though I am getting a new ‘do next week. Thinking of cutting a fair bit off but we’ll see how it goes.

18. Have you kissed anyone on the lips within the past 24 hours?
Yes, my hubby! I was going to say the kitty cats too but then I realized it was on the lips and I only kissed the tops of their heads! LOL

19. Have you ever been awake for 48 hours?
Not straight, no. Maybe with just a few hours of sleep tossed into the mix though.

20. Do you stay friends with your exes?
No, I don’t have a habit of it. Been in touch a bit with a few through Facebook but I wouldn’t say we’re in any way close.

22. Do you like to cuddle?

23. What are your initials?

24. Baseball or football?
If I had to choose, baseball. It’s actually one of few sports I tend to not mind watching if I have to (preferably live).

25. Married?

26. Do people misjudge you?
I think some people do, yes.

27. What's your biggest fear?

28. How do you feel about chocolate-covered strawberries?

30. Europe or the Caribbean?
Both but honestly if I had to choose to go to one or the other right now, I’d go to the Caribbean!

31. How do you feel about racism?
It aggravates me.

33. Who was the last person you talked to?
James, about 2 seconds ago.

34. Name a song that reminds you of old memories?
Moist’s Silver album reminds me of times from high school…

35. Who do you miss right now?
My parents

36. Is there someone you really can't stop thinking about?
Yes, my baby!!!!!

37. Look outside, how's the weather?
It looks bright and sunny out there, we’re about to go for a walk to enjoy it.

38. Are you jealous of anyone right now?
Not that I can think of. Why should I be?

39. Did you ever think someone didn't like you, but came to find out they really did?
Can’t think of an example but I’m sure its happened.

40. Last time you ate grilled cheese?
Maybe 2 weeks or so?

41. Name something great that happened today.
Nothing great has happened yet. I’ve been in a bit of a ‘mood’ so far today, hoping to snap out of it soon!

42. Do you regret doing something today?
No, although I wish I’d woken up a bit happier!

43. When you think of the rainbow, what pops in your head?
My grandpa. Right when he died a big huge rainbow covered the sky so I think of him whenever I see one. It’s interesting because some of my family was at the hospital and saw the rainbow from his room…I was at school on a run for gym class and I saw it from out there and I just got this feeling like something had happened…

44. I'm disappearing from?

45. What goes best with a soft drink?
Pizza! Or potato chips =)

46. What did you do two nights ago?
I think I was laying in bed reading

49. When is your next party?

Not really sure…maybe we’ll have some sort of little welcome home party when baby is born?!

53. Where were you at 3:02 AM this morning?
In bed sleeping

59. What was the first thing you thought this morning?
Yay, I don’t have to work today!

61. What are your plans for this weekend?
Set up nursery, visit friends, go to a movie, hang around

64. Coke or Pepsi?
I used to like Pepsi better but I think I prefer Coke now, although I rarely drink either

66. What do you dislike at the moment?
People who smoke cigarettes and make the smell waft into other people’s apartments =S

67. What did you dream last night?
I can’t remember at the moment, although I know I had dreams…

68. What's the last thing on TV you watched?
Coronation Street, of course!

69. What is your favorite piece of jewelry?
My engagement ring

70. Name 1 person on your Top Friends who is the most like you?
Top Friends?

71. Do you always lock your bedroom door?
There isn’t a lock on our bedroom door, so no!

72. Are you on any medication?
Yes – thank gawd for pregnancy anti-nausea drugs!! And Zantac!

73. Have you ever cut your own hair?
No, I know how it would turn out so there’s no way I’d even try it!!!

74. What is your favorite frozen treat?
Ice cream sandwiches!

76. Where's your favorite place to be?
At home, although I wouldn’t mind being in Bermuda right now!!

77. Is there someone you haven't seen in a while and miss?
I dunno…I’m fairly anti-social, so…

78. When was the last text you sent?
Last night

79. Do you care what people think about you?
Some people yes, others no

81. Last new person you met?
Our new midwife, since we switched clinics

82. Did you work today?
No, it’s Saturday!

83. Have you ever moshed?
No…I was stuck in a mosh pit at a Matt Good concert a number of years ago but I was getting trampled before the show even started so I had to crowd surf to the front and get booted out to the back by the bouncer! LOL I do NOT like being crammed in with tons of people like that, I’d rather see the show from afar.

89. Do you like ketchup?
I love ketchup! But it has to be Heinz.

90. What do you tell yourself when times get hard?
Life goes on…this too shall pass!

92. What color is your pillowcase?
Right now, kind of a tan colour – matches the sheets

95. What should you be doing now?
Whatever I feel like!

96. Have you ever been to California/Chicago?
Cali many times, Chicago never

97. What is the thing that you would most like to change about you?
Just go with the flow more and not worry so much

98. Have you ever suffered from bulimia, anorexia, etc.?

99. What celebrities do people say you look like?
When I was younger I looked like Claire Danes when she was in My So-Called Life (I got told that a LOT back then!) – but now I don’t think I look like any celebrities.

100. Does it annoy you when someone says they'll call but don't?
Yes, one person in particular is famous for this and it’s VERY frustrating.

101. Who are you talking to right now?
I’m not talking, I’m typing!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Finally, a little recognition

I got a big project in today at work – which to me seemed like no big deal since it was just more of the same type of work I do for the company every day. Its been a long time since I was given any sort of recognition for my work at this job, mainly because of the nature of the work but also because of how disorganized and out of touch the staff has been (at least until recently). So when I received a cc on an email that was sent by my supervisor to the CEO of the company praising me for my efforts and saying that the only way the project was completed in a timely fashion was because of ME, I was shocked – in a good way of course!

It feels good to get praised once in a while. In fact, if the company did that sort of thing more often, I’d be more apt to put in a lot more effort than what I actually do!

So that’s a nice way to finish up the work week and sink into a long weekend! TGIF!!

I have this sudden burst of energy now, so I think I will do something productive around the apartment while I’ve got the get-go to get something done around here!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

50 questions for the people who are a little older....

What bill do you hate paying the most?
No bill is a good bill!

Where was the last place you had a romantic dinner?
I guess it’s sort of been a while since James and I went out for a nice romantic dinner...But we’re planning to go for Thai food in the near future and the ambience of our fave place for it is very romance-inducing!

Do you regret losing your virginity to who you lost it to?


If you could go back and change one thing what would it be?
I try not to think that way because it could make me crazy, but…I guess if I could have (and if I’d been a bit older at the time I would have) I’d have asked my grandpa more questions before he died…(about death and dying).

Name of your first grade teacher?
Mrs Robertson. I liked her. She had also taught my dad at a different school way back in the day!

What do you really want to be doing right now?
I wish James could be home and we could just be lounging together, playing board games or something!

What did you want to be when you grew up?
Pretty much always wanted to be a writer of some sort…

How many colleges did you attend?
One, Simon Fraser University.

Why did you choose the shirt that you have on right now?
Because this t-shirt feels comfy around my pregnancy belly!

What are your thoughts on gas prices?
It sucks for people who have to drive, but I guess I feel lucky that at this point I don’t want or need to own a car!

First thought when the alarm went off this morning?
It didn’t, I woke up 20 minutes before it was set to go off.

Last thought before going to sleep last night?
I was thinking about baby, because he or she was kicking me and trying to keep me from falling asleep!

Do you miss being a child?
Not really…sometimes I miss the innocence of it all and the no real responsibilities aspect of it, but I’m happy where I am. And soon enough I’ll be able to see through the eyes of my child, so it will be like being a kid again in some ways!

What errand/chore do you despise?
I don’t know why but I reeeally hate cleaning out the microwave! I pretty much always get James to do that chore =)

If you didn't have to work, would you volunteer?
Yes, probably not at a million different places but I’d want to do something.

Get up early or sleep in?
Sleep in!! I always feel more productive if I get up early but I’d still rather sleep late since I like to stay up late. (My days of sleeping in are now numbered though, I know!)

What is your favorite cartoon character?
Pink Panther.

Favorite thing to do at night with a girl/guy?
Cuddle =)

Have you found real love yet?
I’m married to him!

When did you first start feeling old?
I don’t really feel that old…but things that make me feel older: hearing songs from high school and early university on ‘classic rock’ stations, and listening to music I used to really like and thinking it just sounds like loud noise to me now…

Favorite lunch meat?
None! Meat is not food.

What do you always get when you go to Wal-Mart?
I boycotted Wal-Mart some years ago. I avoid it at all costs!

beach or lake?

Do you think marriage is an outdated ritual?
No, I think marriage is what you make of it – it’s different for each couple and does NOT have to be based on old views of what a marriage should be.

Do you own property?
No, I wish we could afford our own place but it’s not in the cards at the moment.

Favorite movie you wouldn't want anyone to find out about?
I can’t think of anything I like that’s too outlandish for people to know about =P

What's your drink?
When I can drink alcohol, I enjoy a Cosmopolitan…but these days, I’m all over such things as organic milk, iced tea, and lemonade! LOL

Cowboys or Indians?
I can’t say I really have a thing for either…but cowboys really turn me off so I guess I’d have to go with Indians!

Cops or Robbers?
Definitely cops. I have a bit of a thing for cops!

Who from high school would you like to run in to?
Um…not to sound rude because obviously I don’t have anything against people from high school but…I don’t really feel the need to run into any of them!

What radio station is your car radio tuned to right now?
None, since I don’t have a car =P

Sopranos or Desparate Housewives?
Neither. How about LOST, or Coronation Street?!

Grey's or 'The Office?
Again, neither. I don’t watch much TV…

Do you like the person that sits directly across from you at work?
I work from home so…N/A!

What famous person would you like to have dinner with?
I don’t think I’d be able to eat because I’d be all weird about being with someone famous so I’m not sure!! Maybe Michael Jackson, as bizarre as that might sound!

Indoors or Outdoors?
Depends on the weather and the location and what I’d be doing!

Have you ever crashed your vehicle?
I have luckily never been in any sort of accident.

Have you ever had to use a fire extinguisher for its intended purposes?
No, thankfully.

Last book you read?
Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson.

Do you have a teddy bear?
We have a Pooh Bear but it’s new and for baby! I do have a lot of stuffed animal ostriches though!

Strangest place you have ever brushed your teeth?
I guess outside while camping (on the very rare occasions that I have camped – I am not much of a camper!!)

Somewhere in California you've never been and would like to go?
Can’t think of anywhere in Cali I’d want to go that I haven’t already been, but I’d like to go to Disneyland with James and our little one once baby is old enough to go on all the rides!

Do you go to church?
No, and I am certain I never will.

At this point in your life would you rather start a new career or a new relationship?
I am looking forward to starting a new relationship with baby once he or she enters the world!

You want to know what really irks me?

I started this last night but didn’t have time to finish it till now…

One of my biggest pet peeves is OTHER PEOPLE’S SMELLS. Probably the worst one for me, since I smell it often, is the cigarette smoke that comes from (presumably) one of our neighbours. It’s disgusting having that take over our suite – it seems to come on suddenly and gets stronger and stronger till sometimes I have to physically leave the apartment till I think it might have aired out. This smell hasn’t been nearly as bad since we got our air purifier a month or so ago though, luckily. It still takes over from time to time but I do find I’ll smell a hint of smoke but the purifier seems to suck the worst of it away.

Tonight after dinner we went for a little stroll by the water and when we got home we opened up the door and it absolutely REEKED of some sort of curry type food. I scrunched up my nose because we had a cold supper tonight that would not have ANY smell whatsoever so I knew it was coming from outside. I HATE it when our entire place reeks of someone else’s food! Even if it’s not a terrible smell, such as barbecue, which seriously makes me feel sick to my stomach. It can be any food smell, because I just find it gross that my home is being taken over by something that’s not mine! When you’re living in a small space, EVERYTHING takes on the odour around it and I don’t entirely enjoy the idea of my TOWELS smelling like curry when I didn’t even cook it. BLECH.

Another thing that drives me mental is OTHER PEOPLE’S NOISE. I don’t mind the occasional noise, and I’m fairly used to the sound of cars roaring by since we live near a very busy street. (Although late night motorcycles with crappy mufflers I could do without, thanks!) Luckily our building is quite sound proof – knock on wood but I haven’t really heard a peep from our neighbours, that’s how good the insulation is. Thank goodness, since one of the reasons I was desperate to move from our last place was listening to late night sexcapades with a different woman’s voice each time coming from next door, and on the other side hearing a raging alcoholic yelling obscenities into the air. We got our fill of other people’s noise at that place, from all sides, including outside! So I feel as though we’ve paid our dues, and I’m less inclined to put up with other people’s noise in our current place.

So luckily noises I feel I shouldn’t have to hear aren’t typical in this place. However, there was an incident about a week and a half ago that I could have done without. I FINALLY fell asleep after what felt like hours of tossing and turning trying to get comfortable. Pregnancy sleep is sacred and sometimes feels few and far between so being disrupted in the middle of the night – at 4 in the morning to be precise – isn’t something I welcome. I had been asleep about 2 hours, when at 4 I wake up to the THUMP THUMP THUMP of super loud bass music. So loud it was pounding into my brain and each thump caused my blood to boil just a little more because, come on, it’s the middle of the freaking night!

It actually woke me up from a dream and I knew there was NO WAY I’d be able to fall back asleep till it stopped. I was sure at first that it was our next door neighbour because it was pumping so loud into our bedroom. But I couldn’t be sure, and was surprised given, as I said, I’ve never heard a peep from her before.

At about 20 to 5 I’d had enough (it was constant loud bass) so I got up and realized it was just as loud in the living room. And in the solarium, same thing. So I decided to poke my head out the window and see if I could see a light on around us – at least I’d know where the sound was coming from.

Lo and behold, what I see outside is a car parked in front of our building, and 2 people out on the grass smoking. The windows were rolled down on the car and it was quite obvious that that was the source of the music.

I was livid! I was so mad I could barely think straight. I couldn’t yell down at them from our window because they’d never see me – we’re up high enough and the windows don’t open to any great degree, so I knew I had to go down there and give them what for if anything was going to be done about it.

I woke James up to let him know what I was doing, basically letting him know that anything could happen and I realized I could be putting myself (oops, and baby – sorry baby!) in danger by going out there, but I was an angry pregnant woman and I had to do what I had to do! So I threw some clothes on and went downstairs. We have 24 hour security on site so what I figured would happen would be that I’d explain to the concierge and they’d deal with the problem for me. After all, we pay for this security in our rent – why should I have to put myself in danger to deal with noise pollution?! If anything I was wondering why the concierge, which is right near the front door, wouldn’t have heard the noise and dealt with it sooner.

Anyway, I get downstairs (it’s about 10 to 5 in the morning by this point) and the security guard is just sitting there staring off into space. I told him, “There’s a car parked outside the front door and they’ve been blaring music for the past hour and it’s impossible to sleep.” He just stared at me completely blank! He didn’t say a word! I am under the impression that he doesn’t speak a word of English, truthfully. Or a word of anything for that matter – I have never heard him utter a single word to anyone come to think of it. He’s from a European country, that’s about all I know – and it seems reeeally odd to me that a security guard wouldn’t be able to talk people through situations since as far as I know that’s part of their job – but that’s my conclusion: no voice, perhaps?! Anyway, he DID seem to understand me when I said, “Well, I’m going out there so just so you know, there’s about to be a confrontation, because I can’t take this anymore!” He got up and followed me to the door…I went outside and saw it was 2 girls, probably between 18 and 20, just sitting on the grass smoking cigarettes. They also looked like they could be drunk or high (great, knowing they’re driving…) I let them have it! I was flailing my arms around asking them if they knew what time it was, and do you realize you’re sitting right outside an APARTMENT building where people are OBVIOUSLY trying to sleep. What the hell is wrong with you?! Etc and so forth. The one girl apologized and got up right away to turn the music off but I didn’t say anything to the effect of ‘that’s OK’ because honestly, it wasn’t! I was sooo mad. I really let them have it, said my piece and went back inside. The security guard followed me back in, still saying nothing. So I turned to him once we were inside and I said, “Sorry I had to do that, but I have enough trouble sleeping as it is, I couldn’t take that anymore!” He again stared at me completely blank and said NOTHING. Not a single word! I was flabbergasted. I was totally annoyed with those girls for being so RUDE but I was frustrated with HIM for being so…how should I put it, silent?! I mean, SOME reaction would have been nice! If I hadn’t felt I’d done the right thing dealing with that noise (and I do think I did the right thing there) I might have felt really hurt by his lack of response, just because of how uncomfortable it was. But I did my best to shrug it off…Mostly I just wonder how he got the job if he can’t even string a few words together. It’s a bit frightening, actually.

I went upstairs, relayed the story to James, and calmed down by watching a bit of Coronation Street (lol) so I could go back to sleep. Of course by this time baby is awake and kicking and not letting me rest, but whatever, the situation had to be dealt with and obviously no one else was willing to do it so I had to take the bull by the horns (for total lack of a better way of putting it!!)

Ahhhh, people. They drive me nutty. I just shake my head in disbelief of how totally inconsiderate some people are. It’s downright unbelievable.

But luckily these types of incidents are few and far between where we live now. It’s not like our old place where it was commonplace to hear all sorts from all angles. I wouldn’t have dared yelled during most of the incidents there because I probably WOULD have been shot, stabbed or beat up – that’s how rough it was around there! But at this point I’m not willing to put up with people’s crap. Part of it is that I’m just at my wits end from having dealt with crap for 2 years in our last place and I won’t do it here given how much we’re paying to live here. But I think part of it is honestly the pregnancy hormones. I’m a lot more likely to speak my mind and give people what for when I see it they deserve to be told!

So beware the wrath of Liz. You have been warned!!!


Tuesday, August 26, 2008

I think it's time for a midnight snack!

I am currently working on signing us up for prenatal classes. We don’t have to take them till around November, but it’s apparently best to sign up early since there are only so many spaces available. I think it’s a good idea for first pregnancy to take the class…I can’t believe how expensive it is though! Almost $200…But I’m sure it’ll be worth it to learn the breathing exercises, ways of keeping calm during labour, and getting some tips on care, feeding, etc. Also just meeting other couples having babies will be good.

Tonight we went grocery shopping right when the sky decided to burst in a serious torrential downpour. We had our umbrellas but I couldn’t use mine for the walk home because I needed both hands for carrying my heavy bag. James carried the heaviest stuff and had most of what we got, but my bag still felt fairly heavy. Needless to say I was completely drenched by the time we got home. It was quite the little adventure! It was worth it to get the groceries though. We needed a lot of the essentials.

I am on a bit of a cereal kick as of late. I don’t eat a ton of it – generally a bowl for breakfast. Although tonight I had some as an evening snack =P My favourite kind at the moment is Raisin Bran Crunch. It’s the 2 scoops of raisins in a package of Kellogg’s Raisin Bran with a sweet and delicious Crunch! So much better than minus the crunch, it really does add a lot of flavour. Tonight I also got some Honey Nut Cheerios, which I haven’t had in ages but always enjoy. It is very rare for me to ever finish an entire box of cereal. Usually I get bored of it and leave it in the cupboard so long that it goes stale. But not lately. I think I could get used to eating cereal on a regular basis. Now that I actually do feel the need to eat breakfast every morning, it makes sense to me!

I wish so many of the foods I enjoy didn’t have such excess packaging. For example the cereal – why does it need to be in a bag and then in a box? I can understand the bag for freshness, but why can’t it end there? Why the need for the box too? And yogurt. I used to buy a larger tub of it and just have the one flavour till the next time I got some. But I much prefer having a sampling of a variety of flavours over just one, to avoid getting sick of it after a few times. I don’t know what the solution could be for this one though. Obviously if you’re looking for small amounts of different flavours, there aren’t too many options other than the way they’re already packaged. On the other hand, they could do 3 smallish containers with different flavours, as opposed to 12 tiny containers with a mix of 3 kinds. It would still be a lot of packaging but less than it currently is. Also, the cardboard wrapped around the entire thing isn’t necessary, is it?

I hate contributing to this mess of paper and plastics that get tossed into the trash (well, a lot are recyclable, but still, it’s a waste no matter how you look at it) but it’s hard to avoid. There were a few products I was tempted to try tonight but avoided because of the packaging though. I just didn’t feel I could justify it when it came down to products I definitely don’t need. But I don’t know exactly where to draw the line because honestly, I would say the majority (or at least close to) of products I buy have excess packaging, so I’m just as guilty of buying into it as the next person…Shame on us all I guess, but what’s a person to do?!

One way to save money is to refuse to buy anything with excess packaging and limit yourself by that sort of thing. You pretty much end up on a vegan diet since fruits and veggies are about the only thing not bundled up in some crazy wrapping! We’ve done it in the past when we were on a super tight budget and wanted to avoid buying things we didn’t need. But with being pregnant it’s a lot harder to do that. Not just because of cravings but because I want to be eating a lot of different things to make sure I’m getting all the nutrients etc and while of course you can get that from fruits and veggies – which are staples in our house for sure – I still feel the need to fill up on some packaged goods as well!

Which reminds me of the apple cinnamon strudels I got that I certainly don’t need, although I think I can hear baby crying out for one right now! LOL =)

In Honour of 23 weeks

This is what 23 weeks of pregnancy looks like, at least on me!

I feel like in pictures it actually looks like a smaller bump than what it looks like when I am looking down on it...and it certainly feels much larger when I try to lay down to go to sleep!!

But, at this point in time baby could get away with doing pretty much anything to me, so long as I know he or she is growing healthily and happily =) I love knowing baby is all snuggled up in there, just doing its thing, getting bigger and bigger in preparation for his or her birthday!

Nesting and preparing for what's to come...

One day I want to live in a place that’s big enough to move furniture around in. As in, not always having to stay with the exact same layout. Our first apartment, in Burnaby, had a bit of a bigger living space so every so often I’d move the furniture around and give it a ‘new look.’ There was probably one way I liked it the best, but it was fun to be able to play around with it a bit and experiment with different set ups. Downtown living = fairly small living spaces (for higher rent – though it’s all about location, right?!) Our next move is undoubtedly going to take us back out of the city since we can’t afford a big enough place for a family here – not to mention the fact that bigger spaces are few and far between in this area (unless you’ve got millions to spend…which we don’t).

I like the layout of our current apartment and there are certain luxuries about it that I’m not wanting to give up. We’ve only been here 5 months so it still has that ‘new’ appeal to it. Plus it’s practically a brand new building and we’re in pretty much the best location we could be. So I’m not complaining. But with all the time I spend at home these days – and considering I work full time from home and am a homebody to begin with – it’d be nice to be able to switch things up a bit and have some fun with our décor.

Oh well, I guess I’m not really supposed to be doing a whole lot of heavy lifting anyway, so it’s probably for the best that I have nowhere to push the couch or TV unit to!

I’m stuck with the task of needing to dust, which does mean that I can strip off all our ornamental stuff and at least do something a bit different with that. Still doesn’t leave me with much though.

Yup, nesting and preparing for baby’s arrival is setting in more than ever. I’m bursting with excitement to set up the nursery this weekend! We’re going to get the mattress for the crib in a few days so when we get it set up we can really get the whole ‘look’ put together. It’s going to be wonderful – baby’s first bedroom all set up and waiting for his or her arrival! I wish I could give baby a big huge hug and a kiss and tell them how much they’re already loved. I guess rubbing my belly and telling baby they’re loved and sending positive vibes that way is the next best thing!

I am starting to feel this intense pressure to reeeeeally get my entire life prepared for baby’s arrival. Which is way too much for one person to handle. I know it’s ridiculous but I just wish I could feel as if my whole entire life is ORGANIZED. Part of that entails cleaning cupboards and making sure everything is as spic and span as possible – seriously, think about – once baby is here how am I supposed to manage keeping everything in tip top shape?! At least if everything’s orderly beforehand, it won’t be AS hard keeping up with things later – and when I have to ask someone else to help out with some chores (if it comes to that) I at least won’t be COMPLETELY embarrassed by the state of things…Yes I do think about these sorts of things quite a bit, most likely because I’m a private person and typically don’t like to ask for help with things when it comes to people having to possibly rifle through my stuff to find things, open closet doors and the like.

I also feel the need to organize my thoughts, and I know there are a trillion things I would have liked to have learned before baby was born so they’d think I was smart and knowledgeable and someone they could count on for answers. Not that I’m an idiot and won’t be able to help my baby in times of need! And not that I don’t still have time to prepare my mind given that even once baby is here, it’ll be a while before they start asking difficult questions! But still…I guess it’s only natural to want to feel as prepared as possible – and preferably well in advance!

Sometimes I freak out at the idea of becoming a mommy soon. I just sit there in total disbelief that it’s actually happening – how can I be doing this?!?! One of those no-turning-back-now situations where you can’t believe you’re going ahead with something but you know you have to do it. And the biggest life altering one of all time, no less! But the majority of me is thrilled to bits and ready to take on the challenge. I just want to adore my baby so badly that I am confident that everything will fall into place…SOMEHOW! 23 weeks down, approximately 17 to go…

Monday, August 25, 2008

Saturday on Saltspring Island

Some random pics from our trip to Saltspring...There were lots of interesting sculptures to look at...Belly shot!I particularly loved this sculpture...It was a fun day, something different from the usual. I love summer markets!

Bad bacteria

This recent outbreak of Listeria is REALLY frightening. In this particular situation I am extremely lucky - since I don’t eat meat I know I can’t be affected by it (assuming, of course, that no one cross-contaminated meat products with products I consumed…I shudder at the thought).

But Listeria can also be spread through contaminated soft cheeses as well as other products. Since pregnant women are at higher risk of being affected by Listeriosis – which can cause birth defects or even death of the fetus – it is recommended to avoid soft cheeses during pregnancy for this reason. However, I have not adhered to that recommendation. I love soft cheeses and while I don’t eat them often, I have consumed them in the last few months. I have figured that the likelihood of something like that happening is soooooooo slim that it’s not worth cutting out my favourite Baguette Time sandwich for! (Brie, anyone?!) (Although it’s heated as well which might make a difference…)

It’s really scary when something like this happens. Especially when at least one of the people who died as a result was a hospital patient. You’re not safe anywhere! It worries me because we consume things fully trusting that they’re safe and edible and not going to put us in harms way. If my baby was hurt because I chose to eat a sandwich that I thought was going to be safe and healthy, it would seriously kill me just knowing that had happened.

I saw a little clip on TV of the CEO of Maple Leaf extending his deepest apologies to the friends and families of those who’ve died from this unfortunate incident. It’s good that he did that and is acknowledging the problem, however I took issue with one of the things he said. He was saying something along the lines of how their company abides by the highest of safety standards when it comes to keeping bacteria and things at bay…yet it’s possible this outbreak began some months ago. Makes me wonder: if they have such a high standard, why wasn’t the plant undergoing constant testing to ensure this level of safety? You’d think if the standard was set so high, the outbreak would have been caught a lot sooner.

Although I know Canada has one of the highest levels of safety when it comes to food preparation, perhaps we need to take extra precautionary steps to ensure this sort of incident does not recur. In the meantime, hopefully anyone else who consumed these products is healthy enough to fight off the bug.

Summer market

James and I were in Nanaimo this weekend. On Saturday morning my parents took us over to Saltspring Island so we could go to their famous summer Saturday market. I hadn’t been for something ridiculous like 6 years! It was CRAZY busy but totally worth fighting the crowds for. Pictures to come – I don’t have any of the market itself but a few from our trip, I just have yet to upload them.

At the market I ended up finding the #1 thing I was wanting. A onesie for baby…in tye dye! It’s sooo cute. I had got James a pair of tye dye underwear last time I was there so I was hopeful that a similar display would be set up and they’d have baby clothes. Well, I think it was the same vendor even from all those years ago! It’s just so freaking adorable, I can’t wait to dress baby up!

James bought me a bees wax candle and I got him a patchouli musk soap that smells sooo good…and we got a dragonfly do-dad for my parents for their garden, a baby gift for P&H’s newest addition, and an Xmas gift for James’ dad’s significant other. So it was definitely a worthwhile trip!

We spent lots of time just relaxing in Nanaimo. My mom and I watched some Gilmore Girls together, which is always fun! It would have been nice to have more time outside but it was a bit rainy today – though last night we did spend some time in the yard with the heat lamp on in the evening.

Baby is nearing a full 23 weeks now. Just kicked me as I wrote that! I got a boomerang pillow from Babies R Us in Nanaimo that seems to be helping me comfort-wise for sleeping. I still toss and turn a lot but I do find it better than just a regular run-of-the-mill pillow for my legs/belly. It was expensive but I think it’ll come in handy once baby is here, so at least it’s dual purpose.

I’m looking forward to this coming weekend, because it’s a long one and also because we’re going to get started on setting up the nursery!!

I’m happy, but tired. Time for sleeping…

Thursday, August 21, 2008


On Tuesday night we went to see Radiohead at UBC’s Thunderbird Stadium. It was James’ birthday present from me. He’s been looking forward to his present for a while, given his birthday was 4 months ago to the day of the concert!

It was an experience to say the least…James loves Radiohead and he absolutely loved the concert – in fact, he said the band exceeded his expectations. Being that I’m not the biggest Radiohead fan, I wasn’t as taken by the performance. I shouldn’t say that – their performance was really quite incredible. It’s the music that I’m iffy about. There are some songs that I absolutely love, but I’m not a huge fan of their latest album, In Rainbows – which of course is what they played for the majority of the show. It’s just very loud and noisy to me…Yeah, I’m getting old – what can I say…but it’s just not really my taste.

We got to the venue to discover ‘no umbrellas allowed’ so we had to toss our umbrellas in behind a bush so we could go back for them later. We got caught in this crazy line of people for over an hour and a half waiting to get into the venue (doors were supposed to open at 5 but it was closer to 6 and we’d been there since before 4)…People kept trying to butt ahead and toward the end I even spoke harshly to a few people who tried to trample their way past me! I was getting sick of people being so rude. When we finally got inside (which, really, is outside) we originally sat on the grassy hill area but quickly moved to the bleachers. With my sore back and belly that’s not entirely easy to move around when sitting on the ground for long periods of time, I thought it would probably be better to be sitting upright properly. Thank goodness we moved there, as when the concert started it started pouring with rain – the hardest, coldest and worst rain we’ve had all summer. We didn’t get wet at all though, with being in the bleachers section. And we had a perfect view. We brought binoculars so we could get a great close up of the band if we wanted, but we also had a great view without having to do that – plus they had screens set up and cameras on all the band members throughout the concert. Their screen action was really impressive – it looked like a music video. And they had cool trippy lights and laser type things set up on stage that were cool to look at.

The opening band was a joke – I don’t even know who they were but they were baaaaad. It was actually laughable. I thought the lead singer thought of himself as Mick Jagger but he wasn’t quite it…it was loud, obnoxious, and not a band I would have thought Radiohead would choose as an opener…

Baby didn’t like the concert. To say the least! I was getting kicked constantly throughout the show, especially during the really loud reverberations. I felt bad for putting baby through that…While it was the best choice by far to be on the bleachers, they became VERY uncomfortable over time and I couldn’t shift around enough to get baby into a better position so as to stop feeling so many hard kicks.

After the concert, we got drenched just in the short distance to go find our umbrellas in the bush, which luckily were still there. After which we walked aimlessly looking for taxis that weren’t to be found. We called one but were 16 in line with more than an hour wait time given (and almost an hour later were told when we called back that it was still over an hour wait time...) We got in line for the bus but so many people shoved in front of us that we didn’t get on. We stood out in the pouring rain for almost an hour until we caught a bus to downtown, then taxi’d the rest of the way home. It was hellish getting home, I was so cold my teeth were chattering. Not good! It was surprising the lack of organization after a concert, given Thunderbird has been there for years and holds concerts on a regular basis. You’d think they’d have a better system by now…

All in all I’m glad we went to the concert because it was James’ gift and he’s always wanted to see Radiohead and now he has. Would I have gone if it hadn’t been for him? No, I have to be honest – I wouldn’t have…but it had its fun moments nonetheless, and it was kind of cool to see Radiohead, all things considered.

It was baby’s first concert…But I think the next one should maybe be something a little more…I dunno…Raffi-esque?


Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Baby shopping extravaganza!

On Sunday morning my mom, brother, s-i-l, James and I all piled into my mom’s car and headed out to IKEA Coquitlam. Everyone had the $1 breakfast (well, James had it sans the meat) except for me: cinnamon bun and banana. After breaky we went our separate ways looking through the top floor of the store. Since my mom and I had been not that long ago, we didn’t feel the need to meander through the entire showroom area. So we (and James) stuck to the kid section. We checked out the cribs first. I wasn’t too keen on how short the crib was that we picked out, but it still was the best option for our space. It seems a bit awkward how low to the ground it is, but I still think it makes sense for us. We got it in white (its being delivered this morning). We also got a few other odds and ends for baby, such as wash cloths and a cute little towel thingy for after bathing. And some sheets in green that will go with baby’s counting sheep theme (and are neutral for boy or girl!)

Downstairs is where we all went a little crazy – although we were all getting items we really needed!

James and I got a new hamper for our room that fits in a corner so I think it will work well in our space. (It’s also being delivered today!) We got a really functional hamper for baby’s room, with little trays on the side for putting wash cloths and diapers and things so I think it will work well, plus it’s fairly narrow so will fit well in the only space it can go. We got baby a cute little frog stuffed animal with angel wings (I couldn’t resist it at only $2.99!) and a few other things but nothing major.

After IKEA we went down the road to a Baby World Outlet store. I wasn’t entirely impressed with it. For an outlet I found everything to be super expensive, even though most of it didn’t seem any more high end than Babies R Us. I found the layout of the store really annoying – the kind of non-isle isles where no matter where you turn, people are always in your way. My mom got us a few receiving blankets there and we left and went to Babies R Us. That’s where James and I did the majority of our shopping. And am I ever glad we did! We got great deals on so much of what we got – and some of the stuff was EXACTLY the same as what we saw at the outlet store but way cheaper!

We got baby’s monitor, which has a sensor pad and monitors noise as well as movement (so we can monitor their heart rate as well!). We got everything from the diaper pail (we had to go with a less attractive model than we’d have liked, but most of them are designed solely for disposable diapers, individually bagging each one as you drop it in, which in our opinions is extra terrible for the enviro! So we went with something simpler, that we can use for cloth diapers in between washing as well as disposables when we use them). We got cute little baby socks and mitts for their hands so they don’t scratch at themselves (apparently babies like to do this). We got a change table pad, pad cover, etc etc. LOTS of stuff! We spent a fair bit in that store, but got a lot for what it cost. I’m about to order the bassinet online since it wasn’t available in store, and a few other goodies. We still need the mattress but we’re getting it elsewhere and doing a bit of research before we buy it. We don’t want to spend a fortune on it but at the same time want to take care in getting something decent since it’s an important purchase. We’re getting there though…Still a LOT to get, scarily enough, but at least we got a lot of the major items. So here is our list now (although I haven’t added things to it that we still need – such as breast pump and bottles and that sort of thing, which it turns out most likely I SHOULD get early on, apparently…):

Crib sheets (although we could probably use a few more)
Reusable diapers (couldn’t find sizes for newborns so we didn’t get any yet but will soon)
Diaper liners (will get these when we get the diapers)
Disposable diapers
Baby monitor
Diaper garbage can
Change pad
Change pad covers
(we just got one, will need a few more)
Bassinet (about to order)
Bassinet sheets (will get these once we have the bassinet and know the measurements)
Hamper for baby stuff only
Receiving blankets

Clothes (have some already, will get more soon)
Diaper bag (most likely ordering one from Babies R Us)

So we’re getting there!

This weekend we won’t be around so the next weekend our plan is to get started on the nursery. We’re going to put up the border print, do touch up painting if need be, and hopefully we’ll put the crib together and start getting things set up. I am so excited I can barely stand it! We were both so pleased with our purchases, it was fun picking things out with baby in mind =)

Today marks 22 full weeks. Pics to come, as my belly continues to expand with each new day!! I’ve been feeling lots of kicks, this morning baby seems to be fairly active!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Kicking up a storm!

Shortly after writing my last post, baby started doing something new. I began feeling kicks all the way up in between my ribs, just under my chest! It didn’t hurt, but was a very odd feeling given that I am only used to baby kicking way lower down. I lifted my shirt and while I couldn’t make out whether it was a hand or foot pushing through, I could see my skin being pushed forward, then back. What an odd sensation!

Then I was bombarded with kicks and somersaults in baby’s usual area of roaming. Then back to kicking farther up. This went on periodically for the entire day, till I went for a 2 hour nap around 4:00. Then he or she seemed to calm down – or at any rate I didn’t notice the movements while resting.

I wish so much that I could see baby on another ultrasound, because the growth in the past few weeks must have been a lot – I’ve even got the belly to prove it! A lot of the clothes I got early in the pregnancy are looking much better on me now with the protruding stomach they’re made for. I was looking through pictures and printing some for baby’s time capsule…I looked at ones from week 14 and I couldn’t BELIEVE how THIN I was! Wow! I actually look at pictures from then – back when I thought I was huge already – and wonder why I EVER thought to have issues with my body pre-pregnancy. It’s amazing what a couple of months can do to a person! Not that there’s any reason for me to have issues with my body now – there’s nothing I can do but stick my tummy out with pride!

Here’s my current list of things we need to get for baby:

Crib sheets (we just have 1 so far, that came with the bedding set we got)
Reusable diapers (we’re going to use disposables too but I want to try to use reusable as much as possible)
Diaper liners
Disposable diapers
Baby monitor
Diaper garbage can
Change pad
Change pad covers
Bassinette sheets
Hamper for baby stuff only (don’t want stinky poo clothes in with our stuff!)
Receiving blankets
Diaper bag

That’s ‘all’ I have written down so far, although I know there’s a lot more we’ll be needing to get before baby’s arrival. Such as toiletry items – baby wipes, powder, oil, rash creams, all that stuff I know nothing much about but will have to figure out…I don’t know if bottles are necessary in the beginning given I’m planning on breastfeeding full time for the first while…I guess if I get bottles it means I also need a breast pump – which is likely going to come in handy at times but omg at the same time, just the idea is a little weird…Milking a cow seems weird to me – milking myself, a tad bizarre! LOL Guess we will cross that bridge when we get to it!

We’re not going to get too many of the ‘little’ things just yet (well, most baby stuff is little but you know what I mean!) We’re just going to focus on the bigger items so we can get the space looking like a baby’s room and have the major stuff bought and dealt with. It’s mind boggling though – thinking how much all this stuff is going to cost. Luckily we’re going with a cheap crib but still, it all adds up to a hefty sum in the end, no matter how you look at it. And just think – this is only the beginning of baby’s expenses!! BUT I know he or she is totally going to be worth every penny, so it’s not like I’m complaining =)

Baby’s time capsule is coming along, I made a nifty box for it (well, decorated a box niftily!) and have added lots of pics and a few other items, but we still have a ways to go with it. A post on that to come…

We've got a live wire!

Baby is 21 weeks + 3 days along. I’m still confused as to how far along I am according to the pregnancy books and info online, though. According to the literature, your pregnancy ‘starts’ 2 weeks before you actually conceive – on the start date of your last menstrual period. But my last period date and the date our first ultrasound says baby was conceived do not match up in perfect order! Ovulation happens at varying times, so it’s hard to go by this particular method of counting down the days.

Instead of bothering with the idea that my pregnancy started with my last period, when I say how far along I am with baby, I literally mean how long baby has been with me. So when I am reading my What to Expect When You’re Expecting book, I’m not sure if I should be reading for the week I’m at – 22 – or 2 weeks ahead – 24, since we’re not going with the 2 weeks in the beginning where I wasn’t actually preggers. Confused yet? Yeah, so am I.

At any rate, in around this time baby is developing his or her eyebrows and eyelids. Also around this time, baby is developing senses, including touch, sight, hearing and taste.

So loud noises can startle baby now. In fact, I was playing music on my laptop this morning and when I put it onto my lap (which is obviously very close to baby) he or she started moving around and kicking a LOT! Must have heard the music and decided to do a little morning dance routine =)

Despite having his or her eyelids fused shut, baby can sense light – so if I was to flash a flashlight on my tummy, he or she would apparently move about as a result. I haven’t tried this yet as I don’t like to disturb baby too much if I don’t have to – resting and growing is what is needed! Baby weighs a pound or just over by now, and is around 8 inches in length. There is also hair on baby’s head, but no pigmentation yet to show what colour!

Today baby has been VERY active. Some days there’s movement here and there but it’s more sporadic. Maybe it’s all the music I’ve been playing, and singing along I’ve been doing, or maybe baby is just stir crazy. Either way, I am enjoying feeling all the punches. It’s a weird feeling but in a wonderful way. I can’t wait till I can see the hands and feet in full form poking through! Baby makes me look forward to each and every day, because I never know what he or she might do next!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

One of these things is not like the others, one of these things doesn't belong

Pictures from our outing to Lost Lagoon last night. It was so peaceful, sitting on a bench watching all the various birds interact with each other.

And the picture that doesn't belong? It's called a pregnancy snack. LOL I had a hankering for an apple strudel...but then James mentioned we bought pickles and I realized I wanted some of those too. No point denying myself :) Though I probably should have - I ate the snack at midnight and had some pretty vivid nightmares as a result...Ah well, it was good at the time!

Unobtrusive tones on the news tonight

I didn’t drink any coffee in the first few months of pregnancy. Not because I thought it was wrong or bad to do so – there are conflicting opinions out there on just about everything from what you should or should not eat, drink, use, or simply do. There is caffeine in a lot of what people consume, in things a lot of us probably don’t even realize or tend to bother thinking about. So naturally daily amounts can add up fast if you’re not being careful about it. The whole ‘everything in moderation’ idea comes into play here…Don’t over do it – caffeine included.

But my reason for cutting out coffee wasn’t because of a concern for caffeine intake. I rarely drink pop, I love chocolate but don’t eat it in mass quantities (except perhaps during my Nanaimo Bar cravings!) I really don’t think I consume all that much caffeine in a given day. My reason for cutting coffee out of my diet was simply that I was too sick most of the time to even think about consuming it. I don’t know if you’ve ever thrown up coffee, but personally I find it less than pleasant on its way out – so it just became one of the many, many items on my list of ‘I-never-want-to-throw-this-up-again-if-I-can-help-it-so-best-to-avoid-it-altogether.’ I think I was down to being able to consume about 2 or 3 different things without barfing – virtually everything else was a no go.

BUT I slowly got better and the anti-nausea meds finally started to do their trick. If I miss a dose, I start feeling queasy STILL after all these months…BUT I just do my best to not miss a dose and for the most part, its been working. And I’ve started having coffee again! The past month or so, I have one cup per day, in the morning. (Which is pretty much all I had pre-pregnancy – I’ve never been a huge coffee drinker). Sometimes I have just a half cup as I tend not to finish the whole thing a lot of the time. Just a regular size mug full…but near the end of it the heartburn often starts looming so I give up on the rest…Ah, the many joys of being with child!

I find the little boost the coffee gives me in the morning, when I need it most, is a pro that outweighs the con of caffeine. Sure, it’s a crutch, but I figure I could be doing far, far worse for my baby.

I really think we’re at a strange point in our society with all we throw out there in the news for people to munch on. One day a study will show that drinking an entire pot of coffee per day will stave off cancer, the next 2 cups is lethal and people are made to feel guilty for grabbing for the java. Media does this over everything – certain fats are good, then they’re not, chocolate is good for high blood pressure one day but it causes diabetes the next. We’re fed so much contradictory information, it’s hard to predict how our eating habits are really actually affecting us…

I still stick with the ‘everything in moderation.’ I know I’m healthy, and I eat as healthily as possible. In fact, I never used to eat breakfast at all – I wasn’t a breakfast person in any way, shape or form. But now I eat a bowl of healthy cereal in the morning, or have some toast with a bit of fruit or do SOMETHING to make sure baby is getting the nourishment he or she needs, and not just that morning jolt of coffee!

To change things up a bit (coffee’s almost gone and so is my inspiration for this post), I am thinking of creating a little time capsule for baby! To give to him or her once old enough to ‘get it.’ I was thinking of writing a letter to baby about what I’m going through now and how I feel about him or her…and get James to write something too…and put other meaningful things in it. Such as some pictures that document the pregnancy, pictures of me and James together, our pets…Document the times a little with maybe a recent magazine or some newspaper clippings of ‘current events.’ Things that spell out ‘2008’ so that over a decade from now our little one (who won’t be so little anymore) can see what the year of their birth was all about! At least according to our little corner of the universe...Nothing too huge or fancy, just a little shoebox type thing – but fun nonetheless!

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