Now with more bump!

Just a fly by post because I put this together:

Baby bump!

Apparently, I’m now officially showing! So exciting! :D This also means I’m totally into all things elastic. Regular pants? Done. Bring on the mat clothes!

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Thank you!

Thank you so much for all of your sweet and kind comments! You guys are the best :) Pat and I are feeling really really blessed right now. We are completely “out” now, having announced it here, on facebook and on twitter. We’ve both told our employers and our co-workers. All of our friends and family now know.  It’s such a huge weight off my shoulders to be able to talk about this (and boy, do I talk about it!), and share my experiences with people.

We’re now in the lovely wonderful world of Week 12, where a lot of the fears start to fade away and you can start to enjoy being pregnant (though, not today. Today I have some of the All-Freaking-Day sickness, which only tea seems to tackle even a little bit. All while also having seasonal allergies which I can’t take anything for. GOOD TIMES). We have our next midwife appointment in 2 weeks and I’m very excited to start talking about this baby and my pregnancy.

I’m still exhausted, all the time, so unfortunately, I haven’t been up to much. Lots of TV, some cleaning and a return to playing Dragon Age 2. I’ve been trying to go for walks with my husband, to get some activity, but it’s been hard to work up the energy, especially when the husband gets home so late. I’m looking into taking either prenatal yoga or prenatal aqua fit. It is so strange to be thinking about these things!

In other news, we had a bit of a hard weekend this past week. The anniversary of my Dad’s death was Saturday, which is always tough. Dad and I were very very close, and he died extremely suddenly (heart attack, at home). Also, this weekend, we donated our pet snakes to a local reptile dealer and educator.

Pat and I have had Pele and Sal for a while. Since mid-way through University. I know some of you may not understand, but we loved our boys (or so we thought were boys. The Reptile Guy, Norm, informed me that my snake was a lady snake!). We just couldn’t do it any more. With the snakes, we had 6 pets. It’s just too much with a little one on the way. The snakes are now with a lovely man who will use them to teach children about snakes and who will give them all the attention and love that they deserve.

Our snake babies:

Me and Pele, a few years ago (note the SUPER RED hair)
Pat and Sal

It was really really hard to watch them go. It’s been hard at night, when we’re so used to hearing them move around. Lucky for us, Norm has told us that we can come by any time to visit them if we need to.

Meanwhile, near the end of the weekend, our ancient kitty, Mystie, started having health issues. Sigh. Yeah, so, it’s been hard (especially when I’m super hormonal and emotional). Wish us (and poor Mystie) luck and health. Hopefully it’s nothing serious. We’re keeping an eye on her. If she gets any worse or if it continues, we’re going to take her in (She’s 15, so going into the vet at this point is probably going to be her last visit).

Mystie from many years ago.
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The Big Secret Craft Project

Something about the change in the season that inspires me to create, craft and clean. I’ve picked up the needles again, FINALLY, and completely started a project over again (specifically, a hat for my husband, who has been suffering through the winter without a proper toque for the last couple of years). Here is the Rav Pattern page for those interested. And a picture of a completed version:

A picture from the Rav pattern page

We’ve started going through boxes at home and have grand plans to seriously purge a ton of stuff. Both Pat and I inherited a ton of stuff from our parents and now that we have a bit of a separation from the emotional time that brought those items to us, we feel like we can start going through it all and sorting out what we love from what we held on to out of habit.

There’s something else that we’ve been working on for a little while now that I’ve hinted at a couple times. My big secret craft project.  Pat and I have started sharing the news, so I feel it’s time that I can write about it here. Here’s a hint from my rav queue:

Yeah, you can probably guess it now….

Pat and I are expecting our first child! 

It’s been an incredible journey so far, with lots of ups and downs. These days I’m exhausted ALL THE TIME, with a fluctuating appetite and all-freaking-day sickness that comes and goes (the first month was brutal, let me tell you.). Luckily, I’ve only gained a couple lbs, but I definitely have the beginning of a baby bump and am starting to wear maternity clothes more and more often.  We’ve had our first ultrasound and now that we know that everything looks good, we’re slowly telling our friends and loved ones. I’m due in April :)

My bump, as texted to my little sister, a little while ago.

As you can imagine, this has had a huge impact on us. I’ve been tired for the last three months and, for most of that, I’ve also felt like vomiting. We’ve started talking about what we need to do to the house before we can bring Baby home, so we’ve started focusing on that. (For instance, Baby is taking over my craft room, so I need to find a place to relocate that). I’ve even started to think about what baby things I want to knit and sew :D

So, that’s our big news! We’re really really excited and feel so blessed. Expect more pregnancy related posts now that I can talk about it :)

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The A-Z of Me

A lovely way for me to decompress after a very VERY busy week at work, here’s a little survey that’s been making it’s way around the ‘net, brought to my attention from the lovely PHIT.

A. Age: 28

B. Bed size: Queen

C. Chore that you hate: Dishes and laundry. Never ending, always stinky.

D. Dogs: Love. I’m an animal person, but I’m partial to either the weird cute ones (pugs, boston terriers, bulldogs, grey hounds), or big lovey ones (german shepards, great danes, burmese mountain dogs, etc…)

E. Essential start to your day: Breakfast. Mandatory.

F. Favorite color: Rich green.

G. Gold or Silver: Silver, though I’m warming up to gold.

H. Height: 5’4”

I. Instruments you play: Nothing now, but I’ve had piano and guitar lessons, and I used to play the clarinet in band.

J. Job title: Student Employment Assistant

K. Kids: Want, though none yet.

L. Live: The burbs of Ottawa, Ontario.

M. Mother’s name: Patricia <3

N. Nicknames: H, Witchiepoo, Bucket, Heath.

O. Overnight hospital stays: Once, when I was in my 2nd year of University. Was in for 2 nights.

P. Pet peeves: Abrasive, tactless and selfish people.

Q. Quote from a movie: 

Ms. Perky: People perceive you as somewhat…
Kat Stratford: Tempestuous?
Ms. Perky: “Heinous bitch” is the term used most often.

-10 Things I Hate About You

R. Right or left handed: Righty

S. Siblings: 1 little sister, Tracy. Several siblings-by-choice (aka BFFs)

U. Underwear: I’m showing my age – Definitely moving away from the thong/g-string into comfy boy shorts or panties.

V. Vegetable you hate: Not a huge fan of celery

W. What makes you run late: Usually? My husband.

X. X-Rays you’ve had: My left hand (broken in 2 places) and my spine (after my car accident).

Y. Yummy food that you make: Pumpkin cookies (my famous dessert) and Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Z. Zoo animal: Wild cats, red panda, owls, hippos, wolves, birds of prey.

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Tuesday Day Book

A peek at the past week (how I’ve been): Up and down. Some days have been amazing, some days have been low. We’ve been making some hard decisions about our pets and the house. Mystie, the Ancient Cat, isn’t doing well and we’re talking about when/if we’ll be putting her down. Also, we’ve decided to find the snakes a new home. It’s been tough. On top of that, thanks to the school year beginning, I have my first cold of the season. I’m sniffly and my throat is killing me.On the plus side, I’ve had some awesome conversations this week with S, my sister Tracy and my Momma Mila.

I am thinking… a lot. About family, the changes in our lives the last few years, the approaching anniversary of my Dad’s death, about pets, death and how hard it is to decide when it’s time to end a pet’s life.

I am thankful for… ginger tea, my husband, my best friends, and autumn. I am not made for warm weather so this sudden dip in the temperature has been a blessing for me.

From the kitchen… Not much, sadly. I’m cooking all the regular fair, but nothing terribly exciting. I’m thinking about making Posie’s soup again, or maybe my potato soup. Yay for fall soups!

I am wearing…new tweed pants, and my brown tree underpants.

I am creating… a big craft project, and not much else. Been too tired and busy.

I am going… try to relax this week. No major plans, thank god.

I am reading… Dance with Dragons. Just started last night. eee!! Also reading some mindless fluff, No Humans Involved by Kelly Armstrong.

I am hoping… for peace and quiet, a long autumn, some inspiration for crafting.

I am hearing… the same old, but I’m really excited about a lot of the upcoming albums! We have some Rachael Yamagata, The Weepies,

Laura Marling – A Creature I Dont Know, Florence and the Machine and, my favourite, Tori Amos’ Night Of Hunters (Deluxe CD+DVD)

Around the house…Lots of change. We’re hoping to do some major work to the house within the next 6 months. Starting this weekend, we’re going to be doing some purging, with plans to completely re-do the basement and either turn the space down there into a bedroom or an office. We’re not sure yet.

One of my favorite things…Saturday morning tea/coffee after Chiro. It’s become a small ritual of ours. After chiro, we walk to the nearby Bridgehead and get me some tea. Yum.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Not much, thank goodness. I seriously need the downtime. Cleaning, purging, hanging out at home. That’s about it.