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Pregnancy Questionnaire II

A friend from high school just gave birth to a beautiful baby girl through the night last night.I’m so excited for her and her husband!Baby came a week late so they were really getting anxious for her arrival.I just feel thrilled to bits!Makes me even more excited for our own baby’s arrival.Just 12 more weeks to go and our little one will be here!!I’m hoping we don’t go a week past our due date though…I’m soooo hoping for a little early.So maybe between 10 and 11 weeks to go?!I don’t want baby to be TOO premature but a week or two before Christmas would be nice, rather than risking delivery right on Xmas day!If it happens, it happens but…it would be so sweet for baby to have his or her ‘first Christmas’ at just a few days old =)Now to do the questionnaire again that I did at 20 weeks…I would say most answers have changed!How far along? 28 weeks exactly.
Total weight gain/loss: I can’t say 100% how much I’ve gained since I don’t know my pre-pregnancy weight, but I would say I’ve gained …

Meet Marley!

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Marley is the newest addition to our family. He is a macaw parrot who enjoys holding full length conversations. He coos when you pet his back, and gives you a kiss when you rub his beak. He likes to eat crackers and asks to be fed on a regular basis.

We hadn't intended on adopting an animal right before having a baby, but as soon as we met Marley we fell in love. He's a sweetheart, and even gets along famously with our cats - which is a real bonus!Marley is one of a kind in our eyes...though he could be yours as well! For just $49.99 at Toys R Us, he's a steal! ;)

Some pregnancy humour...

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As you can see from the image above, baby doesn't have as much space in there as he or she once did to move around! Still, baby does seem to move about...but it's no wonder I see my belly poking out when it happens. I'm getting punched and kicked a lot these days, and when I woke up this morning I think baby might have had the hiccups. He or she is about 35 centimetres long now and weighs over 2 pounds. Baby's getting BIG! And so is Mommy, but that's another story...

Here's a little pregnancy humour I found while searching the web:

I especially love these ones...Of course I'd kindly ask for a seat on the bus - which I've had to do numerous times now. But really, when you're fairly largely pregnant one would think you wouldn't HAVE to ask, that someone would be kind enough to give up their seat before you'd have to...So I can identify with the second image here (lol)

and so we run

I have this horrible nagging feeling but I can’t put my finger on what’s causing it. I don’t actually have anything to feel depressed about, yet I am feeling kind of down in the dumps. Not all the time – most of the day I’ll feel just fine. But in the evenings, the past 2 nights anyway, I’ve really been feeling rather blah.

I attributed it at first to maybe the transition of leaving Nanaimo after being there almost 2 weeks and returning to my Vancouver home. I always feel a bit torn when I leave my parents, even though there are obviously reasons I want to be back in Vancouver, most importantly to be with James…I guess I just sometimes wish we (me and my parents) didn’t have the ocean’s distance separating us because then it wouldn’t be an issue as to when I’d next get to visit my family.

That’s why I figured I had that nagging feeling last night – because I’d just got back and hadn’t adjusted to my new routine yet. But I had it again tonight, so what gives?

We went out to a place i…

27 weeks

Not having cable at home, I’m not accustomed to being bombarded with commercial after commercial every 2 minutes.When I’m by myself at my parents’ house, as I’ve been for the past week and a half, I sometimes put the TV on just to have the noise in the background – makes me feel a little less alone.But I’m more than ready to shut the damn thing off and be done with it.I’m so sick of all the commercials, but most especially the fact that the same commercials are played over and over and over, and yes, you guessed it OVER again.I am so sick of the same songs and stupid punch lines.How do people manage to watch TV on a regular basis without feeling compelled to smash the screen or throw the whole unit out the window?Not to mention the pathetic lack-of-quality shows that are on these days.I don’t understand how cable can be so damned expensive when there’s really nothing much of value on EVER.Oh well, my cross stitch has been keeping me very busy!I feel so domesticated =)Actually, I’ve re…

Life is good

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Its been a long day. Getting together with someone who has a toxic personality is never easy. I just don’t understand why a person who’s got a great life with minimal stress, is really quite healthy and has everything going for her would enjoy so much to dwell on misery. Why do some people thrive on negativity? Hearing stories about ancient history in our lives that is better left in the past can be trying at the best of times. Talking about mindless crap that serves no other purpose than to feel bad just feels like a waste. While pregnant I find it even harder to take. I need to focus on good things, on being positive and happy. I hate it when a person tries to bring me down with them, even if it’s sub-conscious. This particular person means well, it’s just who she is. But that doesn’t make it any easier to accept.

I did some cleaning this afternoon. Nothing too strenuous – vacuuming and mopping the floor pretty much did me in so I didn’t want to over do it. Baby makes me …

Lazy Saturday

I love having time to relax over the weekend.

I woke up to the dogs whining at 9am – reminding me that they have their breakfast and Emma gets her pill (for doggy epilepsy) around that time. So I got up, fed them and made sure they’d done their business, then went back to bed. I got a really bad headache last night and it wasn’t gone so I thought it would be smart to try continuing to sleep it off.

I fell asleep much quicker than I normally seem to be able to. Maybe it’s because James was there in bed beside me (he got here last night) – it’s so much warmer and cosier when he’s there! I slept till almost 11:30 – the latest I’ve got up in a VERY long time. It felt great to get the amount of sleep my body needed, rather than forcing myself to stay up from an early hour because of work. My headache is pretty much gone now too.

When I woke up, I touched my belly and felt a really hard spot on my right side (near my belly button). As soon as I touched it, baby started pounding at me! …

300th post

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I am officially in my third trimester, now that baby is in his or her 27th week of development.WOW!I can’t believe I’ve made it this far – its felt like forever, I’m so happy time is ticking on.Baby is now perfectly formed, but growing in leaps and bounds!This week, baby is developing his or her retinas so their eyes can receive light and translate images – not that there’s a whole lot to see in the uterus!At almost 15 inches long, baby weighs over 2 pounds now!Today I had to go for a glucose test.Well, I didn’t have to, but I chose to.Basically the purpose is to make sure I haven’t developed gestational diabetes, which can lead to a high birth weight baby, which can cause some complications during labour and possibly later on.I highly doubt I will find out I have it, since I don’t have any symptoms.But I figured just to be on the safe side, I may as well take the test.After drinking a very sweet tasting orange pop type drink, I had to sit at the lab for an hour and wait, after which …

Quilt crazy

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I’m on my own for 5 days now.It makes me feel a little lonely thinking about it, but I have a lot to do to keep me busy.I have work, of course, but I’ve also got some projects on the go.The main thing I need to get working on is the quilt that I am making for baby.It’s going to be a major challenge for me…It’s a cross stitch quilt with a fair bit of detail – especially for someone who’s never done cross stitch in her life!My mom is great at sewing and can do various types of needlework etc, so naturally before I was born she made me all sorts of things (blankets, pillows, even wall hangings) that I enjoyed as a child and have held onto for their sentimental value.I wanted to be able to do the same thing for my baby.The hitch?I can’t sew, don’t have a sewing machine, and haven’t done any sort of needlework to speak of!So what to do?!James and I went to the craft store last weekend to see what we could find that I might be able to do.We both loved the pattern of this particular quilt an…

I need my baby sleep!

After a really long (3 hour) walk around the StanleyPark seawall a few days ago with my aunt, I was left completely wiped.Such a long walk hadn’t been planned – I was thinking we’d be out for a half hour or thereabouts, so I of course didn’t take any water with me and wasn’t wearing appropriate shoes (just my usual summer flip flops).Not a good idea.When not pregnant I think I could have handled it better, but with a 6 month belly I was really feeling it by the end.Especially in my back…ok, and also in my legs, feet, belly, you name it!I’m in decent shape, I do walk a fair bit in general, but I have to start paying more attention to my limitations.I was zonked, but due to my large mid section I can no longer find comfortable sleeping positions. Ever.So I was like a zombie just sitting there, not able to do much of anything yet not able to sleep either.I do sleep, it just takes me a reeeally long time to fall asleep, and then I wake up about 30 times through the night trying to readjus…

25 weeks

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Today marks 25 full weeks.The weeks are finally starting to go by a little quicker than before.This week coming up, baby’s little eyelids will separate and they will be able to actually see for the first time.Not that they’ll have a whole lot to feast their eyes on in the womb, but still, it’s kind of cute to imagine little baby floating around in there, blinking their eyes and looking about!Baby’s toenails have all grown in by now, fat is being built up under their loose skin, and brain tissue and neurons continue to develop at a rapid pace.Hair will be (or is) growing on his or her head, and baby has the ability to move their head from side to side.No wonder I’m feeling so much bobbing around!Last night baby was so active, I lifted my nightgown and James and I watched baby poking out of my belly and back in. We can’t see actual hands and feet imprints yet, but lots of pushing around!The movements are feeling a lot stronger for me – I have a feeling baby’s going to hurt me on occasio…

End of summer pic post: Part II

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(Back tracking a bit from the last post...) On Saturday we went to the farmer's market and got a few goodies: yummy hummus, cheese stuffed olives, organic cherry tomatoes and organic apples.After James got his hair cut, we came home and had some of our market foods with some chips (and I had some carrot cake – Mmmm!) and then I had to have a rest.I got a terrible migraine-type headache on Friday that hadn’t quit, and since we had plans for the evening I wanted to try to sleep it off for the afternoon.After a few hours sleep, I got up in time to get ready.I still had the headache, though it wasn’t as bad and subsided part way through the night.M&N came over just after 5 to see our nursery (they were impressed with how different the space looks from when it was the office!) and off we went to Capstone Tea for cheese fondue.It was delicious!I looooove fondue.I also had a strawberry smoothie that was sooo good, really hit the spot.From there we made our way up to the 42nd floor of…

End of summer pic post: Part I

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On Sunday we went for a picnic by the rose garden in Stanley Park. It was the perfect day for an end of summer picnic, and such a beautiful location.


This is the only picture I took of the actual 'rose garden' itself, as they were sort of at the end of their blooming period and there were so many other pretty flowers and greenery to enjoy...

Lots of succulents!
Me and my big baby belly :)


It was so serene, I felt so relaxed sitting there in the shade...
These Canada Geese were very vocal about wanting to sample our picnic treats!

Yay, it's the weekend!

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I got my hair cut yesterday and I am LOVING it. It’s just past my shoulders, I guess you could say collar bone length. I got similar highlights as last time, though she added more of the vibrant red. I love it! It feels so light and airy, I honestly don’t know that I’d want to grow it very long again. It feels soooo much better without all that bulk.

I had an appointment this afternoon with my midwife. Since we switched clinics partway through the pregnancy, this was only the second time I met the midwife who will (most likely) be delivering our baby. I felt comfortable with her the first time we met but this time I felt even more so. I am so glad we went the route of midwifery. I can’t stress enough how much I recommend it over a regular doctor (unless of course you have a doctor that you already have a relationship with, which is hard to come by in Vancouver!) She just makes me feel so at home and comfortable and cared for. It’s amazing and really follows suite with the wh…

The gift of life

A few people my parents have known forever have died in the past few weeks. One was about 8 years their senior, but the other was only 2 years older than them. I think they (especially my mom) are having a hard time dealing with these deaths because it hits so close to home when it’s people in your relative age group. One was a heart attack, and the other I suspect was the same though I don’t know for sure. I find it hard to deal with also, just because it forces me to remember that my loved ones aren’t invincible. I don’t know what I would do if I lost one of my parents, anytime – but especially right now. I hope they are both around to meet not only their first grandchild, but their second (should we decide to have another down the road!) I didn’t get to meet my grandfather on my dad’s side because he died of a heart attack about 5 years before I was born. I hate the idea of my kids not knowing my parents because I know they’ll be the most loving, wonderful grandparents ever…

Categorized as Miscellaneous

I’ve been on a real Anne of Green Gables kick recently.

I’m craving carrot cake, reeeally bad. But I always seem to want what I can’t have…or at least find – we looked for some tonight at the store but it was not to be.

All my cravings so far have been dessert-like items…Interesting…!

I’m getting my hair cut on Thursday and I can hardly wait, because it is thick like a lion’s mane! Hair doesn’t fall out much during pregnancy, or at least as of the last few weeks it has stopped shedding – so it just gets bigger and bigger. Can’t wait to get it thinned out!

I’m trying to look at them in a positive light but our cats are sadly really getting on my nerves lately…One in particular…I am calling her “Rody the Rodent” and she actually comes to me when I call her by her new name! I think it’s just the hormones and the fact that they keep bugging at baby’s nursery…I’m trying to have patience with them but it wears thin at times. I love them dearly but…I need space or something.

Heath Ledger wa…

Smoking should be banned from apartment buildings, period.

Yesterday morning I was at my wits end with our apartment smelling of cigarette smoke. I decided to once and for all send an email to the building managers about it. We have an online system for doing such things (a ‘resident login’ where you can post things etc) so I went ahead and sent the message. Basically asking them what the policy is on smoking in the building, what can be done about the smell in our suite – the fact that we would NOT have moved here had we known it would be like this, and that we refuse to spend more on air purifiers and fresheners when we’ve already spent literally into the hundreds of dollars on such items. Blah blah blah…It was a fairly short, to the point message but I felt like I got out everything I needed to.

Within 15 minutes of hitting ‘send’ the phone rang and it was one of the managers! How’s that for speedy service?! He said that the policy is people can smoke inside their suites, just not in the common areas, so there isn’t a whole lot that ca…