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Just a slight case of the pre-baby jitters...

Last night I didn’t fall asleep till 5:30 in the morning. I just tossed and turned and laid there staring at the wall. It was horrible. Finally just before 5 I got up and had a hot bubble bath and that seemed to relax my body enough that I was able to drift off when I went back to bed.

I just wasn’t tired! My body was but my mind wasn’t and I felt totally wired.

So I ended up sleeping in till 11am. Which is fine since it’s not like I had anywhere I had to be, but still, it’d be nice to be able to sleep through the night like a normal person. Especially since soon I DEFINITELY won’t be sleeping through the night!

Argh.

When I got up we had coffee and muffins and slowly got ready for the day. Went out for brunch, which was nice. When the hostess took us to our booth she actually pulled the table forward so there’d be more room on my side to accommodate my belly. LOL I take it all in stride. I’ve noticed lately people are much more accommodating of me than they were before (even t…

If I can't sleep I might as well be productive...

Back to my list from early November…Here’s what I’ve accomplished/still need to do:
Dust bedroom(Obv this needs to be done on a regular basis!But I’ve done it a few times since writing this list so I’m checking it off!)
Look for Xmas ornaments under the bed(We are doing this tomorrow (or today, however you want to look at it)
Put away Xmas gifts recently bought(Not only are they put away but almost all of them are wrapped!)
Clean nursery
Wash baby’s clothes/blankets
Put games in closet(I’m not doing this at the moment as there’s no room in the closet and it works keeping them where they currently are)
Clean under sink in kitchen
Clear space for stroller
Dust living room(Another one to be done on a regular basis of course!)
Clean tub/bathroom floor (Another one to be done on a regular basis of course!)
Wash kitchen/solarium/front hall floors (Another one to be done on a regular basis of course!)
Clean freezer
Put clothes away
Finish baby’s time capsule(It’s ALMOST done, I’ve got letters, pictures, a…

A very long way of describing my day but I felt like being thorough!

I’m using James’ new Mac (which is owned by his company but that he gets to keep as long as he works for them - one of those new-fangled Macbook Pro’s that has some fancy name and is silver and costs a fortune). I am a PC girl all the way...scoff as you may, I enjoy my PC! But he happens to be using my computer at the moment to play a game (might as well get it out of his system now since he won’t be playing once baby gets here!) that isn’t compatible with Mac. It feels weird using this computer because everything seems to be the opposite with Mac, but I’m doing the best I can with it! One feature I love about it is that the keyboard is backlit, so if you were in complete darkness you’d still be able to see the keys, not just the screen. I must admit, that is pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty cool!

There’s a hilarious MadTV skit that you can find on Youtube that mocks Curb Your Enthusiasm and you should check it out if you haven’t seen it before (and if you like CYE) because it’s FUN…

November Rain

My lower back is KILLING me.

We had our midwife appt today at 3:45…James was meeting me there as he’d have to go from work and had his bike. Since it was pouring rain and cold out and I was feeling tired, I decided I’d taxi there rather than walk like I usually do. Driving from our place to the clinic should take no longer than 5 minutes TOPS. Walking, at my current pace, would be half an hour or a little more (20 minutes for me pre-pregnancy!)

So I called for the taxi at 3:05, thinking I’d actually get there super early and if that was the case I’d go look in a nearby shop or two to pass the time.

Well, I waited. And I waited and I waited.

Then I waited some more.

By this time, standing outside in the cold I was starting to get grumpy and a tad stressed about being late since I HATE being late for anything.

I called the taxi company back to find out where the taxi was after waiting for 25 minutes and they said I was still on the list…So I continued waiting thinking it would just be an…

Thank gawd for vacation days and maternity leave...

I AM FINISHED WORK! DONE, DONE, DONE!!!!!

It’s kind of like taking your last final exam for the school year – it doesn’t sink in right away that you’re finished even though you know you are. It’s such a load off yet I feel as if I still have to go back on Monday. Thank gawd I don’t though! Time to relax before baby gets here and I forget the meaning of that word!!

I’m officially on vacation, not maternity leave, since I had 2 weeks vacay saved up and just got paid for the past 2 weeks and the next 2 weeks today. Can’t splurge with the money though – after that there’s no income for me! Though I did apply for EI so hopefully I will qualify for that.

James and I are going to my midwife appointment together today. It’s good for him to get to know the midwife a bit, and ask any questions he may have. She’s going to talk to us about when to call her when I go into labour and other important tidbits that could become crucial at any time.

Baby is shifting about so much today! I just ho…

Feeling gross…

After our class last night we went out for something to eat and I thought it went down ok but I ended up getting so sick in the night. And I know it was because of the food. I was lying in bed trying to get to sleep and baby was rolling all over the place and I was feeling pretty much the same way – it didn’t agree with either one of us! I started throwing up just after 3am so I didn’t get to sleep till past 4. And up just after 8 – not enough sleep to get me through the day! I ended up having to take a little mid morning nap. But I’m still exhausted and not feeling entirely great. At least baby stopped rolling once I got the food out of my/our system…

I neeeeeeeed energy!! I so wish I had some. I am feeling so sleep deprived and yet I know I will be even more so once baby is here. It’s going to be hard to adjust to being so tired ALL THE TIME. I know I’ll do it, somehow, but my gawd what I would do for a good night’s sleep!

I’m washing dishes and doing laundry and trying to …

Prenatal

Today we had our second to last prenatal class. We discussed caesareans, including watching a video of one, and breastfeeding. We also did a few breathing exercises and went over some of what we’ve learned so far as a sort of refresher.

I find I feel a bit overwhelmed by some of the info covered in the class. I think it’s great to learn everything and I’ve definitely taken a lot from what I’ve learned. But sometimes it can be a bit much to take in in the span of a 2 hour session.

I know I 100% do not want a c-section and I really, really, really, really hope it doesn’t happen that I end up needing one. If it happens, it happens and there’s nothing I can do necessarily, but I’ll do everything I can to avoid it! I just feel it’s too invasive, I don’t like the recovery time, or the fact that I don’t get to immediately bond with baby. All sorts of reasons really…I just feel so uneasy about it. I didn’t like watching the video of it. It wasn’t too graphic or anything – these educati…

Getting things done

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I’m so tired…what else is new? This blog is becoming like a broken record because I have so very little to talk about that isn’t more of the same each day!

Getting through the last few days of work, I can hardly wait to be finished. 2 more days! I can’t quite believe it but it’s true.

I’ve been working hard at getting the cross stitch finished. Here is where I’m at…well, I’ve done a bit more since I took these pics yesterday but it gives an idea. There are a few parts I have to fill in once I’ve done the frame part, then I have to outline everything – so you can see how time consuming it’s still going to be! But it will keep me busy till baby gets here =)

That’s all I’ve got right now…

The start of something new...

I washed all of baby’s clothes today (well, yesterday now), and receiving blankets, burp cloths, hooded bath towels – you name it. Everything washed up really nicely, and smells so fresh and clean from the Babysoft detergent. All ready for our little peanut’s arrival! Now I can get everything sorted and put away and ready. I wanted to get it done a bit early since you never know when baby will get here, and I didn’t want to have waited too late to get it all done. Yes, I technically have 4 weeks left for this stuff, but there’s no time like the present! Plus with getting so much more tired (and BIG) as the days go on, it makes sense to do this stuff that requires energy while I feel like I’ve got a bit to spare!

I also started wrapping Christmas presents – we are well on our way to being finished, which makes me happy. Just 5 more days till we can start playing Christmas tunes and drink Eggnog (well, James has already started drinking Eggnog but I’m sticking to my Dec 1st policy…

36 full weeks

I’m exhausted, but once again up super late – not sleeping when I really should be. It’s getting quite frustrating, this whole not-able-to-sleep-because-my-mind’s-racing-not-to-mention-my-belly’s-uncomfortable-and-the-heartburn-is-killing-me thing…

I attempted to go to bed early but ended up crying – not a lot, just a little, but still – and talking to James for about an hour. Just about concerns and worries – the fact that I really know very little about babies yet am about to have one of my own…the imminent labour and not knowing exactly when it’s going to be, just that it’s guaranteed to be soon…all the unknowns. I’m so happy and so excited but so overwhelmed by everything. And I’m getting so tired that just small tasks sometimes floor me. This morning I tidied a little bit and vacuumed and I was beyond exhausted afterwards with an excruciating back ache – I had to go lay down before I could really function again!

Anyway, all very normal things to be thinking and feeling, I know…

Tired but happy

Yesterday was a fairly low-key day. I had a horrible sleep Saturday night – about 3 hours total – so I was exhausted by morning and there may have been a few tears as a result! I am getting so tired and anxious and uncomfortable and have so many feelings about the baby coming, about not being pregnant anymore, about a whole slew of things really. Luckily James was there and we talked about some things and he convinced me to try to get some more rest. I slept for about an hour and a half and while I was still very tired when I woke up, at least I’d caught a few extra zzz’s.

We lazed around and eventually I mustered the energy so we could go to Safeway. We were down on so many things and really couldn’t go any longer without stocking up a bit. It was such a nice, sunny day – very mild for this time of year. James got a coffee and I had a hot chocolate along the way. We got lots of groceries and N&M’s Xmas present (so we’re completely done now – I just have to find something f…

Baby Shower

Today was our baby shower at N&M’s house. The theme was ‘Rubber Ducky You’re the One’ – how cute is that?! We came home with a little family of rubber duckies =) Among other things – some bubble bath/lotion/slippers/sleep mask for me, 3 Mercer Mayer books to read to baby, a Classic Pooh mobile that plays Brahm’s Lullaby (from A), the cutest and plushest Roots baby robe, Roots baby socks, and fun gag type gifts that were prizes won during the fun games we played. M&N made up baby/pregnancy related games based on some board games we like, including Things and Scattergories. We also played that headbands game where you have to guess who you are. We were all famous babies…I was Pebbles and James was Baby Jesus =) Others included Maggie Simpson, Suri – Tom and Katie’s baby, the Olsen twins (not babies anymore of course but babies from the 80s!) and the Linburgh baby.

We also did a really funny pregnancy Mad Libs. So many laughs! We had such a great time. And yummy snacks a…

Insomnia has officially taken me over

It’s after 3 in the morning and I am tired and I want to sleep but there seems to be nothing in this world I can do to get to that state.No matter how badly I want it!I just lay in bed and toss and turn (and groan because tossing and turning at this stage is NOT comfortable nor an easy feat).I keep thinking about baby and how fast time is going by now.I was reading through What to Expect When You’re Expecting in the ninth month, which is where I’m at – but I can’t really believe I’m actually HERE in the NINTH month…how did this happen?!Why did I think pregnancy was taking forever and now here it is down to the wire, with just over 4 weeks left to go, possibly less?!HOW CAN I BE DOING THIS, ME, ELIZABETH, BECOMING A MOTHER?!It feels like just yesterday I was still a little girl myself, it seems so unreal that I will soon have a little girl or boy of my own. I say that I’m ready but really, how can I person ever truly be ready for such a thing?!I’m not panicking here, just thinking all…

Nesting activities

James got home from work tonight (last night now) at about 11:30pm.I was not impressed!He started work at 8:30 in the morning…that makes for quite a long day.I hate how worked to the bone he is, especially now…I wish he had a bit more time to relax with me before baby’s arrival.Today after work I did laundry galore.Got our bedding done, clothes, and then all of baby’s reusable diapers.They’re taking forever to dry because I washed so many of them at once!Some I’m leaving to air dry, the cloth ones dried up nicely though.I’m thinking we’ll be using disposables as well but I want to try to use the washable kind as much as possible.With disposable liners though – I’m not such an environmental keener that I’m willing to scrape poo off reusable liners as well, I’ve got to draw the line somewhere! I got all of baby’s clothes out and have sorted them for washing but will get to that tomorrow.It’s recommended that all of baby’s clothes and blankets etc be washed before first use.I got some Ba…

We're getting down to the wire here...

I’m sick of all the economic crisis crap in the news these days.Unless you have money tied up in stocks, I don’t see the effect.I honestly believe that it’s the fear of spending money because of all this stuff in the news that is what is going to cause an ACTUAL economic crisis.If people stop spending their coin, there’s the problem right there.But I personally haven’t noticed a single difference in the economy.I don’t have any money invested anywhere, and anything I would normally spend money on isn’t more expensive – so what’s the problem?I know it stems deeper and if I did have money invested maybe I’d be shitting myself.But really…I am sick and tired of the media spewing out these stories about how hard everything is, causing so many people to lap it all up and worry and stress over saving pennies which in turn contributes to the overall problem, which probably wouldn’t even exist (or barely would) if people didn’t listen so much to the news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!There’s my rant fo…

35 weeks + 1 day...and counting!

I’ve actually made a LOT of progress with my cross stitch!I am feeling so much better about it now.I’m finding the border that frames the squares of animals a lot easier, or at least quicker going than the animals themselves were.At the rate I’m going with the hours I’m spending each day on it now, I should be finished the frame in less than a week, hopefully just a few days if I really go at it.My mom is coming over on Monday to spend the day with me so I’m going to get her to show me how to do the outline stitching.It’s a little more complicated and I want to be sure to do it right so I don’t end up getting this far and then ruining the whole thing!Who would have thought a cross stitch quilt would be so time consuming?!Though really, it’s a fun project, and something good for me to focus some nervous energy on!We had our 3rd prenatal class tonight.Before the class we went for a tour of the maternity ward.It wasn’t much of a tour – really we were just shown a room like the one we wil…

An update...And Pregnancy Questionnaire III

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OK so I am feeling better for the most part. James and I had a bit of time together tonight. It didn’t feel like enough but what can you do…I know it’s not HIS fault that he’s working like crazy lately, it’s just an unfortunate circumstance.

After a nice warm bath had by moi, we finished last week’s Corrie episodes (you can watch online but they only post the episodes once a week, on Sundays). So we have a while to wait for the next episodes but that’s ok…

James got the hiccups tonight. I can’t remember what I said but I made him laugh and it caused him to get the hiccups…well if baby didn’t start hiccupping as well! Daddy and baby were hiccupping in unison, how cute is that?! Like father, like son or daughter! LOL

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I’m currently drinking my tea concoction and I have to say I quite enjoy it. I’m wondering if it’s something I might enjoy continuing to drink after pregnancy. From time to time anyway. It’s a blend of two teas, one being Nettle Leaf and the other …

Wilted

It’s frustrating when you put a meal together, despite being exhausted and really not having the energy to do so, but you muster it anyway only to find out the person you made half of it for isn’t going to be home till waaaaay after dinner time.It’s not like I was making some huge fancy meal or anything but it’d just be nice to be told ACTUALLY I WON’T BE HOME IN TIME FOR SUPPER SO EAT WITHOUT ME…But what you get for not telling me is wilted salad and cold soup, so enjoy!Not that I’m bitter or anything.OK so I am…And it’s not good for baby!I started tensing up and felt super irate and then was crying…and baby really started to squirm, which of course then makes me feel guilty that my negative vibes are being sent straight to him or her…I’m trying to just be calm and not be affected.I am just SO SICK of the ‘I’m going to be late tonight’ card being played every single goddam night of the week.If it was once in a while that would be one thing but it’s every frigging day now.Why is it wh…

Sunday night post

This morning we went for brunch with James’ brother, dad, and dad’s significant other. We went to Milestone’s. It was good, I just wish I could have suffered less from heartburn this morning! It has been worse than ever lately, even with 2 Zantac a day and many Tums, I can’t seem to shake it. That’s what you get for having a giant baby squishing your stomach aside, as well as every other organ in there!!

Just about at 35 full weeks…counting down the last 5 weeks now. Baby could choose to make his or her debut any time! Tho at my appt the other day, while baby is in a perfect position for delivery, his or her head isn’t engaged yet – which is a good sign that baby’s not quite ready to make an appearance yet. I’d like to make it to at least 37 weeks, since that’s considered full term (even though 40 weeks is truly full term). Then again, given I still have another 2 weeks left of work it’d be nice if baby waited till I had maybe a week off to just rest, get my cross stitch finish…

Not a whole lot but it is what it is

Last night we watched a few episodes of Heroes that I downloaded.I don’t think we’re fully up to date on it, maybe a week behind.The script is so gawd awful.We’re only watching it because we want to know what happens…but every now and then James will hang his head in shame for watching it and we exchange ‘looks’ because we can’t believe how stupid the script can be…Today I was super grumpy in the morning.It was not a very good scenario for me.I felt like I’d never feel better but eventually I did.We had a nap before James’ dad and partner came over for a short visit.They wanted to check out baby’s nursery and also give us our Xmas present since we won’t see them again till afterwards.We gave them their Xmas gifts last time we visited them in Victoria.Anyway, they got us one of those digital picture frames.It’s pretty cool, we are quite happy with it.We’ve already put some pics on it to try it out but I want to work on a proper slideshow. It’s going to come in handy once we have baby h…

Right where we should be

I FINALLY finished a really long, drawn out boring work project.It feels good to be done that – and to know I won’t be doing another huge one like it for a long time, if ever!!!I still have 3 projects on the go that have to be completed before I am finished on the 28th but at least I’m seeing some progress and have one out of the way.Baby is pressing into my right ribcage constantly at the moment.I keep feeling these jabs that make me jump!I have an appt with my midwife in a little while.It’ll be good to discuss things, talk about the prenatal classes, and hear what she has to say about this and that.I’ve been feeling pretty good lately so I don’t think I have any real concerns to discuss, but it helps just to check in.
I’m sooooooooo happy it’s Friday.Yay for the weekend!We’ve got a few plans with some of James’ family, which is good, but I also hope to get a lot of relaxation time in.I want to sleep in tomorrow!!And work on my cross stitch.Update:I have since been to my midwife appt.…

Yesterday

I’m not doing the whole blog-every-day-in-November thing because I feel I blog fairly regularly as it is – sometimes more than once a day!I don’t know what will happen to my blog once baby arrives though…I can’t see myself really have much (if any) time for it.Especially since I want to start a more private ‘baby blog’ to post pictures and videos and things for my family.That will take priority and lets face it, how much more time will there be in the day for such things?!We’ll see how it goes…it’s not like I can’t still post something once in a while but I doubt it will be a regular thing, at least until I get into a new routine.I’m liking the regularity of posts of certain people in my blog roll though!!!I will say that much =DSo yesterday ended up being a really off day for me.I did manage to do a fair bit but I felt completely exhausted ALL day long.It was horrible.I got up, got some work done, then met up with my parents as they were checking out of the hotel.We went to Milestone…

Day's recap

Today (yesterday now) my parents came over and my dad did some stuff around our apartment for us. We now have a dimmer switch in the nursery so the light can be kept at just a low glow if need be for baby…We have the curtain up for the nursery (which we’re using instead of a door since it’s such a tiny room), a basket thingy attached to the wall in there for storing stuff…My dad fixed the hamper we got for baby’s room, and he shampooed the carpets which has made an AMAZING difference in the cleanliness of our place. I can’t believe how new the carpet looks. I know it won’t last just due to the nature of the type of carpet and the cats (luckily there was no stain from it but one of the cats even left a few poo pellets on the carpet in protest once they were all clean – gotta love them!) but at least for the time being it is looking a lot better than it was. Even our old rugs are looking like new again. I’m so happy – and grateful to my dad for everything he’s done for us! He is a…

Sometimes it's nice to switch things up a bit

Yesterday my parents arrived and are here for another couple of days.Not staying with us, but nearby.Today James and I both took a vacation day, and while I went to IKEA with my parents, James went to the spa for a body massage (an early Christmas present from moi, because I thought it would be nice for him to have some real relaxation time before baby arrives and life gets more hectic).James enjoyed his massage, and I had a fantastic time shopping at one of my favourite stores!I got the wardrobe/shelf thingy to match our other one.James put it together for me and it fits PERFECTLY beside the TV unit.Now I just need to organize what’s going in there.It’s going to help SO MUCH storage wise.I also got the tray I wanted for baby’s room, which we’ll put together tomorrow.Everything else was smaller stuff – a new kitchen rug, a new rug for the front door area, some funky new glasses and placemats, some toys for baby and a few other odds and ends.Pictures to come – once I’ve got everything …

Please let me sleep!

It’s almost 2am, I am EXHAUSTED but do you think I could fall asleep?Nope.I went to bed at a decent time and tossed and turned for an hour and a half, then had to pee, then had heartburn and needed Tums, then said screw it and here I am.Up when I should be sawing logs like normal people who are tired and go to bed with the intention of sleep.I’m my own worst enemy.Part of it is out of my control – the sore lower back, the baby kicks and punches, the inability to find a comfortable sleep position.But I also allow my mind to race…It seems uncontrollable but I probably could work harder to shut it off.I just can’t stop thinking about baby, about how soon I’ll be giving birth, about all sorts of things.I.just.can’t.stop.thinking.!Today (yesterday, technically) one of my cousins was in an Irish dance competition so we went and watched her perform.My uncle and his partner, my grandma, my aunt and one of my other cousins were all there.I hadn’t seen my aunt in such a long time…James hadn’t e…