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Pregnancy Update: Month 5

Man, this whole weeks into months thing is confusing as hell. According to my prenatal journal thingie and some pages on the interwebs, I am now in my 6th month. So, yeah. Guess it’s time for an update?

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A peek at month 5: Month 5 wasn’t an easy one. I had a lot of anxiety surrounding the baby (why can’t I feel baby yet? Is baby ok?), and my nausea came back abruptly, joined by heartburn, an eczema flare up, pelvic and hip pain, and insomnia. Weeeee. Oh, and my oven caught fire randomly while I was prepping dinner, causing me a great deal of stress and more strain on our finances. Amazingly, one of my co-workers and good friends saved the day and generously helped us get a new stove! Nesting ramped up, making me desperate to get things started in prepping for baby. Thankfully, it marked hitting the half way point and we also got to find out baby’s sex at an ultrasound! Woo!

And the ultrasound says….

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How far along am I right now? 22 weeks, 6 days. In my 6th month.

I am thinking…About baby names! We had River picked out for a girl, but nothing that we both love for a boy! Ruh roh.

I am thankful for…My job and my friends. The amount of kindness, understanding and generosity that they have shown us has been incredible.

I am creating…Started on a little gnome hat, but didn’t enjoy working in such a small gauge. I think I will maybe move on to Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Surprise Baby Jacket and some baby mittens. I am worried In Threes may be a little too femme for a boy. Thoughts?

I am going…to keep working at keeping our house tidy and sorting through our crap. Decluttering is my life.

I am hoping…that we find a name that we both love

Around the house…Even though it technically falls under month 6, I have to talk about it. My dear friend and neighbour, Anna, came over and helped me clean, declutter and organize our entire main floor. We now have a play room where our dining room used to be, a kitchen we can actually use and a family room that doesn’t feel like a bomb exploded. I love it!

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Liam’s new playroom

One of my favorite things…Cheese and fanta. Don’t judge me.

Weight Gain: More than 20lbs :D

Baby in the Produce World:  Baby Centre says baby is as big as spahgetti squash
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 Movement/Signs of the Baby: A few flutters here and there before the ultrasound. Around week 21 that changed and suddenly I feel more movement and stretching. Baby doesn’t kick and punch like his brother did, but is definitely an active little dude when he wants to be.

Cravings and Aversions: These days I’m craving dairy, mostly cheese. I also find myself craving comfort foods, like soups, stews and chowders. The only new aversion I seem to have is to Jane’s Chicken Nuggets, which happen to be one of the only things Liam will eat. Ugh.
Body Changes/Weirdness: Heartburn, bad eczema, bad hair. Ugh.
Other Random Babeh/Pregnancy thoughts: I am so curious to see what this baby looks like and what his personality is. He seems to be different from his brother already :)
Other Pictures from the 5th month:
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Jellybean’s In Threes

Sorry for the silence lately. Life got a little nuts there for a bit. Between OB appointments, a very emotional preschooler, seeing friends and family and seriously bad sunburns, we’ve been trying to enjoy our downtime as much as possible. I have a pregnancy post and a review coming up in the next while, so keep an eye out for that. In the mean time, here is a finished knitting project I’ve been dying to share with you:

In Threes by Kelly Herdrich

Pattern info here.

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My Ravelry Project Page

I joined this project as part of a knit along with a great group of knitting moms here in Ottawa. Not knowing whether or not Jellybean was a boy or a girl, I wanted a neutral colour. I used left over Madeline Tosh Vintage from Liam’s Gramps, which ended up making the project that much more special to me.

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The pattern itself is great. Easy to follow, a quick knit (especially in the newborn size) with a ton of sizing options. The details are lovely and I think it’ll work on either a boy or a girl. I had Liam help me pick the buttons, and we ended up choosing a light wood button with a cute little detail.

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I have a few more projects in mind for my December baby. Hopefully they go just as quickly and as beautifully.

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Pregnancy Update: Month 4

Well, I had the very best of intentions. As it turns out, being pregnant, while working and parenting a preschooler takes a lot of time and weekly updates just aren’t fitting in to our schedule. So, here’s the plan. I will post every month about the pregnancy. Hopefully that’ll work.

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A peek at month 4: It was so nice to leave the 1st trimester behind. Thankfully, it meant my 24 hr nausea lessened and I was able to cut my diclectin intake way down. Also, I was able to start drinking a bit of coffee again. Mornings are so much better now. Unfortunately, I don’t have the massive self confidence and body love that I did the first time around. I feel like a bit old lump. Very emotional, tired and sore. Got to meet my OB, and I love him! He is wonderful with Liam and super patient and kind to me. Unfortunately, I had an infection requiring heavy duty antibiotics which are messing with my belly.

Baby attended his/her first concert in utero, as I went to go see Sarah Harmer with some friends for my birthday.

How far along am I right now? 18 weeks, or 5 months.

I am thinking…About whether Jellybean is a boy or a girl (I was convinced baby was a she until last night when I started referring to baby as Little Brother…so confused!). Also thinking about my hospital choice. Hoping I don’t regret it.

I am thankful for… Poutine, friends and naps

I am creating…Working on In Threes as well, in yarn left over from Liam’s Gramps. Got the yarn for the next sweater, Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Surprise Baby Jacket

I am going…to find out baby’s sex in 2 weeks!

I am hoping…that my recent boost of energy isn’t temporary. It feels like mini nesting, and it’s awesome. I love getting stuff done around the house

Around the house…Lots done! Most of the boxes have been gone through, lots of items have been given away or sold.

One of my favorite things…My nalgene water bottle, netflix, my mommy friends.

Weight Gain: 19 lbs. Thanks poutine!

Baby in the Produce World:  Baby Centre says baby is as big as a bell pepper
Week18Bellpepper_424x302 Movement/Signs of the Baby: A little bit here and there. Feels more like butterflies and stretching than kicks.

Cravings and Aversions: Still craving poutine like crazy. Not much else. No major aversions, mostly just textures or smells that turn my stomach. Over cooked noodles, ground beef, etc…
Body Changes/Weirdness: Belly is very different this time around. With Liam, I had a torpedo belly, with everything right in front. This time, it’s more like a tire, all the way around my hips and my belly. Otherwise, I’ve noticed some itchiness on my belly, and my breasts have been incredibly sore off and on.
Other Random Babeh/Pregnancy thoughts: I’m trying very hard to stay positive, but I’m finding my previous experiences still have a hold on me. I worry about my hospital choice, about my care choice, about everything really. I hope I can pull off a VBAC.
Other Pictures from the 4th month:
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First Trimester Round Up

Now that I have rounded the corner on the 1st trimester, I think I will start trying to do weekly updates, like I did with Liam. In the mean time, here is how things have been going the last few months:

Me at 13 weeks pregnant

A peek at the past 3 Months: This pregnancy has been so strange so far. So very different from my pregnancy with Liam. I have constant sickness, requiring medication. I am exhausted most of the time. Thankfully, I can nap when Liam naps, so I get about 2 hrs of sleep during the day. Pregnancy Insomnia has started this past week, so I doubly need my nap.

I have felt one “kick” or body slam, which helps me connect with the wee Jelly Bean. Because of the rollercoaster of confirming this pregnancy, I am having a hard time accepting that I am actually pregnant. I have no inclination as to whether Bean is a boy or a girl, though I’m leaning towards girl because of a dream I had when I was pregnant with Liam. We will find out at the end of July.

How far along am I right now? 13 weeks, 2 days.

I am thinking…How this is going to be our last pregnancy and that I should be enjoying it more, and remembering more of the details, but it’s all going by in a blur.

I am thankful for… Diclectin, popcicles, consignment stores and that my preschooler naps.

I am creating…I just finished my pride shawl (Daybreak/Gaybreak). It just needs a bath and some blocking. I will share the FO soon. Started on In Threes as well, in yarn left over from Liam’s Gramps.

I am going…to be very busy this week! Pat has surgery on Thursday, my birthday is Friday as well as my next prenatal appointment. Saturday I’m seeing Sarah Harmer live with some friends

I am hoping…That we can figure out a way for me to have a doula

Around the house…Lots of work to do. We have emptied out the storage unit and now have a million boxes and a ton of clutter to contend with.

One of my favorite things…Maternity Jeans. Seriously.

Weight Gain: Total, about 4lbs.

Baby in the Produce World:  Baby Centre says she’s as long as a peapod
Picture of a peapod Movement/Signs of the Baby: Very little at this point, aside from the ultrasound we had at 6 weeks. I think I felt her body slam me once, but that’s it and it could have been gas.babybean Cravings and Aversions: My biggest craving right now is chocolate and poutine. This baby has good taste. As for aversions, chicken. Especially chicken breasts. Bleh. And coffee. Yep. This kid has made me drop my beloved coffee cold turkey. I had no intention of quitting caffeine, but apparently Jelly Bean had other ideas. I’m only now starting to be able to enjoy tea in the morning. One cup, no more. Dairy has been problematic too. No cereal with milk, no cheese on its own, butter is being replaced with coconut oil.
Body Changes/Weirdness: I started showing very early. I’m probably about as big now as I was at 20 weeks with Liam. I have very sore and very dark nipples this time, and more severe round ligament pain. Yesterday, while knitting, pregnancy carpel tunnel hit hard in my left hand. Fuuuuun. Also, there is no glowing with this pregnancy. My hair is frizznormous, my skin is both dry and breaking out in terrible cystic acne.
Other Random Babeh/Pregnancy thoughts: It is a completely different experience working in a maternity store during pregnancy, as opposed to an office with someone who is very sensitive to anything baby related. People are so genuinely excited for me, and love talking babies. It’s so liberating and so much more positive. 
Other Pictures from the first trimester:
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An Early Mother’s Day Gift

It is my third Mother’s Day. The day itself isn’t really a big deal in our house. My family does a pretty good job of making me feel appreciated and loved without a hallmark holiday. That said, I am always fond of a day where flowers and cards are encouraged. This year is even more special.  I got one hell of a gift.

Superhero Announcement

Yes! We are expecting a Yule baby!

babybeanSo, why has the last few weeks been difficult? Well,  on top of everything you read here, we’ve been having a crazy time leading up to this good news.

Back in March, I found I was feeling incredibly run down and sick all the time. I went to see my dr to see if there was something going on. While waiting for results, I decided to take a pregnancy test to see if maybe that was the cause of my troubles. This started a very confusing and difficult few weeks for us. You see, some pregnancy tests were coming back positive (yay!), but others were negative (huh?). My dr informed me that it looked like I was having an early miscarriage and blood tests confirmed. Time passed and I still felt pregnant, and the miscarriage didn’t come. It was a rollercoaster. We were afraid to feel anything, because the future felt like a massive unknown.

Easter weekend came and nothing changed. So, I tested again and it came back positive. My dr sent me for more tests and this time, we were confused and excited to get a very strong positive! Because of everything that happened, we were still very cautious. We also had no idea when I was due, because my cycle had been hugely wonky. My dr. sent me for an ultrasound this past week to confirm everything was looking good and the result was good!

I am excited to share this journey with you. I am nervous about going from one to two, but I can’t wait to bring another little one into our family. Morning Sickness has been brutal this time around, and my energy is pretty much non-existent. I hope to get posting more regularly again, but I can’t promise. I am now medicated, which is helping immensely, but I am still having a hard time. Thankfully, I live in a world of netflix and diclectin.

So, happy Mother’s Day to me, and to you, fellow mamas.

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Liam’s Birth Story

On Sunday, my little man turned 5 weeks old. I can’t believe how fast the time has gone, and yet, I can hardly believe that there was a time that he wasn’t a part of our lives. They mean it when they say that this year is a blur. Days meld in to each other and I rarely know what day of the week it is, unless I have my phone or an appointment to remind me.

This is long overdue, but until now, I haven’t had the time to sit down and write this out. As it stands, I’ll probably have to walk away from this several times, so who knows when it’ll be posted.  I am going to be honest and raw here. If you are squeamish or want a sunny version of the labour, this is not the post for you. I might write a happy summery afterwards, but this specific entry is the raw “how it went down” version.

edited: Tracy has posted about her experience on her blog here

Our Birth Story

As my due date approached, Pat and I discussed using natural methods to induce labour. I had read about a bunch of them so I gave them a shot – hot sauce on my food, taking Evening Primrose Oil capsules orally and vaginally, enjoying some sexy time, and nipple stimulation. So far, I hadn’t even been having any Braxton Hicks.

On Wednesday April 11th, Liam’s due date, I had a midwife appointment. My sister, Tracy, came along with me. There, I asked about ways to get labour started, as Tracy was going to be leaving on the 26th and I wanted her to get as much time with Liam as possible. The midwife offered to check me and do a Stretch and Sweep aka an S&S if I wanted. I agreed. An S&S is basically the midwife using her fingers to stretch and sweep the cervix open. First, she started with a check – I was 2 cm dilated, and my cervix was “as soft as warm butter”. I was definitely going to be having him within the week! So, she did the S&S and off I went home.

At home, I started to feel “off”. I can’t really describe it. I just felt different. I called Pat to let him know. Then, rather than sit around and focus on it, Tracy and I decided to go out and distract ourselves. We went to a local family-friendly cafe. There I had a sinfully awesome latte and cinnamon bun, and sent all the texts and emails to my close friends about what was going on.

Nothing else happened that night. Or, really, the next. It was Friday evening, while watching Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta, with Tracy (while Pat played video games nearby), that I started to get contractions. They were really mild and I could barely classify them as anything, but we all decided it was time for bed, just in case things happened. We doubled checked the labour bags, texted out peeps and went to sleep. That night I got a bit of sleep, but was woken up occasionally by uncomfortable cramps and back pain. By the time Saturday morning came, I was definitely feeling contractions.

My birth plan included staying home and labouring there as long as possible, so Tracy, Pat and I did just that. They kept me fed and hydrated as the day went on. The contractions got stronger and stronger. I kept my discomfort (and I mean discomfort. It wasn’t really painful, per se) by pacing up and down the hallways. Eventually, I felt like I was going to be sick and barely made it to the bathroom. I remember thinking “This is it! I remember reading that you throw up once you get near 6cm!” Ha! Silly me. When the midwife came to check me, I was only at 4cm. I was so disappointed! The contractions were so intense, I started to worry about getting to 10cm without meds. I think, in total, we called the midwife to the house several times, though they only came, in total, twice. I remember moaning and groaning and Pat calling the midwife saying “Remember those noises you told me to listen for? Well, she’s making them!”. I remember grasping on to the banister in the hallway to ground myself during really strong contractions. I tried staying hydrated with water and coconut water, but I kept throwing up.  We tried using the TENS machine, but I didn’t find it did anything for me, so I kept taking it off.

After getting checked again, I walk talking to the midwives in the dining room when I felt a gush of fluid. We were all sure my water had broken, so the midwives gave me the option: Did I want to stay at home, or get to the hospital? We opted for the hospital,  because I still wasn’t sure if I wanted to stick to my “No Drugs”.

The drive to the Montfort was NOT fun. They had hooked me up to the TENS machine again, and while it helped a bit, I was still incredibly uncomfortable on the drive. Luckily, we had just missed some crazy traffic on the highway (there had been an accident), so we got to the hospital as quickly as we could. I remember thinking “This is the only time in my life that I won’t care at all about being in my PJs, with my hair unbrushed and no makeup on my face, out in public”.

Once we got me inside, they brought me to my room. For the next few hours I paced around the room in figure eights. The midwives recommended I try the tub. For the rest of the night I was in and out of there. We tried all sorts of comfort methods, but the only ones that really worked for me were walking, swaying and the tub.

I remember thinking I had to be so far along now, but when they checked me, I was only about 6cm. I think it was around then that I was asked if I wanted to try the gas. I said yes, but warned them that at the birth I attended, I had been nauseated when the woman in labour used it around me (I had breathed in the off gas). Well, let’s just say that wasn’t an issue (probably because i had already been puking for the whole day). The gas was my very best friend. To the point that it had to be taken away from me at times because I wasn’t giving it up. I had an impression around my face of the mask, because I was holding it so firmly against my mouth. It made a world of difference in my labour.

I can’t remember when things started to shift, but I know I was in the tub when Brianna, the midwifery student, told me I could try pushing. It didn’t feel good, so we backed off of that for a bit and I got checked again. It was then they realized that my water hadn’t broken and that it must have been my plug finally letting go. They broke my water and within half an hour I felt the urge the push and couldn’t help myself.

I’d like to say, here, that thus far my labour was great. Baby was healthy, I was healthy, our heart rates were good, my blood pressure was perfect. I was managing my pain well and everyone thought that we would have a great delivery. Despite feeling like it took forever, I was actually progressing really well. Before I knew it, I was at 10cm with only a slight lip. I was getting incredible support from Pat, Tracy and my midwifery student, Brianna. They got me through the worst of it.

It must have been the middle of the night at this point, so technically Sunday, when the pushing got intense. I tried every position you could think of. Kneeling, squatting, on my side, on my back, my legs supported, my legs unsupported, in the tub, standing, etc…etc…. but no matter how hard I pushed and no matter what position I was in, baby wasn’t coming. I pushed for 5 hours, which included one hour of “free pushing” and the single most painful experience of my life before I was sent for an emergency c-section. So, what happened?

The big issue was that Liam’s head was tilted back and to the side, essentially making his head stuck and in a position that the skull couldn’t do its natural plate-squish or whatever you want to call it to get through the birth canal. We didn’t know this until he was seen by the OB during the c-section.

So, When they noticed I wasn’t progressing, they put me on pitocin. This ramped up my contractions like crazy. Like, they were CONSTANT. And extremely intense. To the point that I couldn’t stop pushing and my heart rate was going a little nuts, so they turned it off. During the pushing, baby went tachycardic  (though we were never told this. Pat knew because he was watching the monitors) and it was obvious that things weren’t going as planned, so my midwife, S, went to go find a nurse to ask for an OB consult. She discovered that all of the nurses were in a meeting. Yes, a meeting. They couldn’t spare one to help us. Also, the OB? Busy with an emergency. She was told that another OB was being brought in to help. Hours passed. That second OB? Another emergency. Basically, the hospital couldn’t provide us with the people we needed to get me checked out, so, I was left to push for 5 hours straight while my baby’s heart rate raced and I developed a fever and my blood pressure started to drop.

Finally, an OB was found and brought in. I was given the following options: Try forceps and get a natural birth or go straight to C-Section. I was exhausted at this point. I hadn’t slept well in days, I hadn’t eaten, I was done. Like with everything else, all of those positions, all of that pushing, I said “Let’s give it a shot”.

***If you don’t want to read about what I found traumatic in my delivery, please stop here. I’ll let you know when to pick back up, ok?****

I know forceps have been a great tool and have delivered a great many babies over the years. I know that they are a good option for those who are set on “natural” childbirth. Having said that, I will never recommend them to anyone. Ever. Maybe my experience was not the norm, so take this with a grain of salt, but it was the most traumatizing and horrific experience I’ve ever had.

Firstly, I’d like to restate that I was done. Physically, I had almost no strength left. Emotionally and mentally, I was in survival mode. I just wanted Liam out and safe, so I would have agreed to anything. We were not really told what “trying forceps” entailed or what it would be like for me. All I knew is that it was a possible alternative to being cut open. I went for it. I was by no means a “Natural or Nothing” kind of girl. We had discussed our stance on birth without midwives and thought they understood that we were “Natural if possible, but open to all options”, especially in the case of emergencies. I made it clear I was not willing to suffer for the sake of bragging rights. Or, at least, I thought I had made it clear.

So, when they offered forceps, I figured they understood me. I agreed, thinking that this was an option that would help, rather than hinder or hurt. They put me back on pitocin, to help get me pushing stronger again. Unfortunately, my body just couldn’t get things sorted out. It took almost 10 minutes for the contractions to start again and even then, they were slow and I was too weak to do anything with them. The OB told me she was going to give me 2 shots, to numb me. I remember thinking “This is going to be bad, if they have to numb me”. What I didn’t know is that the numbing didn’t help for crap AND that the needles were about a foot long. Getting them sucked really badly, but luckily, I was so far gone that I barely cried out. I will say that seeing me get them was pretty awful for my sister and Pat. It would only get worse. Next, she inserted the forceps and I thought I was going to be stretched apart. It was incredibly painful. I sobbed and begged her to stop. When the next contraction came, I was told to push with all my might. I tried, I really did. The OB pulled so hard that I was dragged down the bed, despite being held by my entire labour team (which included two midwives, the OB, two nurses, Pat and Tracy). The pain was incredible. In fact, it crossed my mind that I was dying, but could only think that it would be worth it if Liam was born safe and sound. This continued with every contraction. At one point, the forceps caught on something (it felt like my pelvic bone) and I remember thinking “She is tearing me apart”. Eventually, the OB realized and unsnagged it. I can’t remember how many times we tried (Pat tells me it was only maybe 3 times, but it felt like a million to me) eventually I was told that I needed a C-Section. I was so relieved to have the forceps out, I think I cried. I know I was weeping on the inside.

***OK, you can start reading again***

It happened so quickly that we barely had time to adjust. Tracy and I snuggled and kissed. I told her I loved her a few times (remember, I thought it was possible that I was going to die. I wanted her to know how much she meant to me), did the same with Pat, and then we were whisked away. Tracy was abandoned to our room, where I was later told she had a break down in the bathroom.

I was taken to the surgical room and prepped. The trip there was terrible, as I was still getting intense contractions (I had just been taken off the Pitocin) and was told I wasn’t allowed to push anymore. They gave me the spinal and my world became right again. The relief was immediate. I think I even fell asleep. Pat came in and they got started. I tried to stay awake, to talk to him. I wasn’t scared anymore. I was too tired. Not too long later, we heard the scream of our baby boy. He was brought over to us and we both fell in love. I felt so numb, so shocked, that he was mine. My first thought was “God, he’s so big. He can’t be mine!”.

We were told later that he was screaming in me before they even got him out. When he was handed to the nurse, he peed on her twice. He had pooped and had breathed it in while he was inside me, so after we saw him and he was checked out by the pediatrician, we were told he had to go to the NICU. I sent Pat with him. I was whisked off to Recovery at the same time. Unfortunately, it was at this time that my sister, Tracy, was forgotten. I had told a nurse to let her know where I was and what had happened, but nothing came of it. She was left, for 2 hours, by herself worrying about what was going on and where we were, in the bloody mess of a room that we had left behind. It wasn’t until the cleaning crew had come in to flip the room for the next patient that they found her and brought her to me in my new room.

While I was in recovery, I tried to rest, but they had to check me every 30 minutes. I passed out a couple of times, due to exhaustion, but never really slept. Finally, around 8am, I was brought to my room (where I would spend the next couple of days) and Tracy was brought to me. We had barely had time to talk about what had happened before Pat walked in the room with a nurse and Liam. He brought Liam over to me. I held my son for the first time, and held him, skin to skin and breastfed him for the first time. There were a lot of things that happened, that we’ve talked about and wished that we had known better, wished that we had said something to the midwives, wished that the midwives had done better or that the hospital staff had been there. In that moment? It didn’t matter how he got to me, just that he did.

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The Great Pregnancy Round Up

Note: This post was written in the 40th week of pregnancy. I will try to update soon with the story of Liam`s birth.

It’s a bit surreal for me to be working on this entry right now.  I feel like I’ve had the fastest pregnancy of history, and yet when I look back, it feels almost like a lifetime has passed since we were TTC. Now that you’ve heard about how the little man arrived, here’s a quick look back at the last year or so. Bear in mind that this post is TMI in nature:

How TTC Went For Us (ie: Things My Teenaged Self Totally Got Wrong About Baby Making)

I started on the pill when I was 15 or so. I had awful cramps and raging hormones, so it seemed like a good fit. I’m sure its no surprise that within the next couple of years I became sexually active. I remember worrying constantly about OMGWHATIFI”MPREGNANTACK if I were even an hour or two late. My period was so predictable I could tell almost what hour it was supposed to start. I had a few friends in high school who were pregnant, and it instilled this fear in me that it could happen anytime and with the smallest of errors when it came to birth control.

This, of course, made me think that when I wanted to have babies that all I had to do was enjoy some unprotected sexy time and VOILA! Babies! Well, I have since learned that a 27 year old body that had been on the pill for 12 years isn’t nearly as on board with making babies as I though it would be. It took about 10 months for us to get pregnant.

Things that helped us (keeping in mind that this could be coincidental, and is mostly me just talking from our experience):

Taking Charge of Your Fertility. My SIL gave me this book to read and it completely changed the way I looked at my body and my understanding of reproduction. It is THE book for those thinking about charting (and not just for baby making, but to know your body better and for family planning)

Fertility Friend. Consider for a moment that I started the pill at 15. I had only been having my period for about 2-3 years, and hadn’t really figured out my cycle yet. It was a massive shock to me, at 27, to start charting. I had no idea that my cycles would vary so much. This page made the charting process so much easier for me and thanks to my charting, I had a much more accurate idea of my due date.

Knitters Trying to Conceive. This group on Ravelry was a huge source of support and information to me through the TTC process.

Baby Bells/Canadian Family Starting A Family Forum  I practically lived on these forums while we were TTC. Once a part of the WeddingBells/BabyBells family of forums, these folks are great about providing support, information and their own personal experiences. Super helpful.

Ovulation Kits. We went the cheapy Ebay route for these. While they weren’t a GREAT help, they did give me something to focus on and made me feel like I was doing something to catch the window of opportunity.

Clear Blue Pregnancy Tests. Ok, seriously, I used the cheapy tests, I used First Response and I’ve tried these. Clear Blue was the only one that made me feel confident about the results. I got a couple false positives from the others, and that’s so heart breaking when you’re TTC. In the future I’ll know to just stick with Clear Blue.

-Guaifenesin. Yep, like what you find in cough syrup or Mucinex. I’ll let you do the research, but I’ll just say it worked for us.

At the end of the day, charting didn’t get us pregnant. Neither did cough syrup. If anything, it didn’t happen until we had decided to take a bit of a break from actively trying and went away for a weekend of fun. I know the stress of working on my mother’s estate couldn’t have been helping anything, and in the early summer I had a chemical pregnancy (very early miscarriage). Letting go and relaxing seemed to be the biggest help for us.

The First Trimester (ie: The secret that wasn’t):

1st Trimester

Because I can’t get enough of telling this story, I’ll share it again. I’ll never forget the morning I found out we were pregnant. I had wanted to sleep in a bit,  but had to pee. It was a Saturday, and I didn’t want to test too early and have to wake Pat up to share the news (whether it was positive or not). We had tested a couple times already on the cheapy tests and a First response, but after some unreliable results in the past, I didn’t trust it. It was THE morning we were going to test with a Clear Blue. I was super nervous.

Eventually, I couldn’t hold it anymore so I tested anyway and was shocked and thrilled at the “Pregnant” that popped up on the tiny little screen. I went back to the bedroom and shook Pat awake. I told him that the test had been positive. He, unfortunately, was not quite awake and muttered sleepily to me “Congratulations” before rolling back over. I sort of sat there dazed for a second, before laughing and waking him up fully.

Aside from telling my sister, we decided to wait to tell anyone else until I was about 3 months in. I had known a few people who had recently had miscarriages and who were TTC, so I didn’t want to share the news until we were sure. Unfortunately, I made a post on here about a secret craft project and my in-laws put the pieces together and called me on it. I was 5 weeks in, and refused to lie about it. So, we made our announcement to family then and then several weeks later, in September, announced it on facebook to the rest of the world.

My first trimester was pretty standard to be honest. I had morning sickness (or rather all-day sickness that was really only helped by copious amounts of gold fish crackers and ginger and lemon tea). I pretty much survived on starchy carbs until October when my appetite changed a bit and I entered the 2nd Trimester). I caught a terrible cold that really scared me early on. I had a bad fever, and ended up nearly in the ER for dehydration, but ended up ok.

The Second Trimester (ie: Yay! I feel Awesome! Mostly. Kind of.)

2nd Trimester

Unfortunately, while I was feeling great most of the time, family and estate drama picked up which left me an emotional mess. There was a return of nausea and extreme exhaustion, body aches, as well as lovely mood swings to keep things interesting. Oh, and I caught another cold. Wee! Fun times! Oh, and my boobs got HUGE all of a sudden. Despite being uncomfortable, I felt gorgeously pregnant and curvy. We did find out during this time that we were having a boy, which was amazing. Also, I started being able to feel him squirm around.

It was the holidays, which was a tough time for me, especially being pregnant. I so deeply missed my parents. On the plus side, my friends really stepped up and became my second family. I felt hugely supported and loved.

The Third Trimester (ie: Ow, waddle and enough is enough)

3rd trimester

The third trimester started in the new year (fitting I’d say). it was a major time of beginnings and endings: I cut my hair, got bangs, we got the renovations started and mostly finished. We did our prenatal classes and loved them. We completed the estate, we sold my old dead car and bought a new one. I left my job much earlier than expected and managed to visit with my sister. I started up a family website. We did maternity photos and set up the nursery. We settled into our house.

The downs? Bad swelling, a bad incident of spotting, norovirus, many aches and pains, lack of sleep. Pressure to deliver “on time”, work stress, braxton hicks.

Of course, the third trimester wraps up with the birth of a baby. That epic tale is coming soon! I promise :)

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Tuesday Update – Week 39

We are still baking away, and with the help of my friends and family, I have some down time to relax and post! Yay! Every time I sit down to these updates, I can’t help but wonder if its my last one :D

A peek at the past week (how I’ve been): It was a busy week for us! We had our car seat inspected by the amazing Rae from Chantreuse Industries. I can’t recommend her and her company enough. Seriously guys, check them out. They do a little bit of everything. The next day, I lost a bit of my mucus plug and started getting crampy. That night, Pat and I went out and got him his new best friend:

The Nikon D5100

Pat and I have been making due with a lovely little point and shoot he received as a gift for his graduation from College about 6 years ago. It’s done us really well, but we knew it wasn’t going to give us the results we wanted for Baby L. We went to a local camera shop, Henry’s, which is well known for being THE PLACE to get all the deets and support you need when looking for a new camera. They didn’t disappoint at all. We are super happy with our purchase, the amazing Nikon D5100. :D Pat’s even thinking about taking a bunch of their courses.

The following day was super awesome because – TRACY ARRIVED!!! Since then its been a whirlwind.

She joined me for a midwife appointment, which went really well. Baby is low, locked and loaded. The midwife guestimated his arrival within a week due to the mucus plug situation (ps: that timeline? Would be tomorrow). Tracy and I did lots of running around, including groceries, picking up my rental TENS machine, went shopping for baby stuff and had a crazy easter weekend!

First, I’ll talk about the baby stuff we got. I know I said we were done, but we ended up having an issue with a crib we were gifted. While Pat was putting it together, we noticed a LOT of problems with it. Firstly, it was a used recalled drop-side crib. Secondly, you could tell that the previous owners had done some “DIY” improvements to it, perhaps to cover some issues up? Thirdly, it didn’t come with the after-market attachments to make it non-drop side. Lastly, the pieces that make it drop side were broken, turning it into a baby death trap. Basically, the drop side had nothing to keep it from randomly dropping and becoming a baby slap-chop. We talked about it and we both agreed that we would sleep much easier if we bought a new sturdy crib, so I did some searching online at some of our local stores and eventually, we ended up at Babies R Us with Tracy.

There, we bought this beauty of sturdy manly woodiness:

You can just hear it whisper: Your baby is safe with me.

Oh, and my amazing sister? She made a contribution to it as a gift to us. <3

So, as for Easter, we had two events. The first was the Friday feast at our place with my besties, S/K/& Kidlets. S brought almost all the food (a delicious ham, scalloped potatoes and cupcakes), I contributed carrots (which S ended up making), broccoli, the Lavender and Honey cake I keep trying to make and some brownies. It was a fantastic night which had much laughter, adorable children, great food and even better company. There was even only one electrocution and one incident of S’s meat juice to my eye! Yep. It was a great time :D

Saturday, we gathered our things and made our way to my SIL’s for the in-law Easter dinner. There we laughed, played with my nephew, ate delicious things and had a ridiculous time with X Box Kinect:

The rest of the weekend was pretty quiet, with not much going on but eating, watching TV and attempting to relax. I have been super crampy all week, so I haven’t been up for much (though Pat and I did make it out to IKEA on Monday. Dear god, it was terrifying)

How far along am I right now? 40 weeks. Whoa. I am four days from what the ultrasound tech set as my due date, one day after what I guessed, and one day before what the midwives have set as my EDD. I could go ANYTIME.

I am thinking…about what to make for dinner, honestly. And how I’m way less obsessed with having everything DONE.

I am thankful for… My brilliant and beautiful sister, who has been an incredible help to us, even in the short time she’s already been here. So happy to have her for 3 weeks!

Tracy and I chatting

From the kitchen… Aside from all of those tasty Easter dinners, nothing too fancy. We were gifted by one of Pat’s amazing co-workers last night with four home cooked meals, all frozen and ready for Baby L’s arrival <3. Tonight I’m thinking I may make this easy and delicious baked pasta.

I am wearing… whatever fits, at this point. I am so big!

I am creating…The Baby Yoda sweater for Liam.

I am going…to keep an open mind about when and how this little man arrives. It’s all up to him at this point.

I am reading… not really reading right now. Too tired and too busy

I am hoping…That I recognize the signs of labour and can get Pat home from work and off to the hospital before Baby L makes his appearance! My due date group has had two at home unassisted labours. While I am totally down for a home birth, I am not ok with not having the support of my birth team. eep!

I am hearing…Not much, honestly. I haven’t had time to listen to much music.

Around the house…Lots of work! We’re doing some final touches here and there. We have some new couches on their way for our upstairs sitting room. Pondering a glider – STILL! It is the one baby item that I’m freaking out about.

Currently Done:

So Far:

  • Basement painting (only a bit left, but we’re waiting until all the furniture is down to do the stairwell, as its getting dinged and scratched)
  • Move Office Downstairs
  • Decluttered and reorganized front closet
  • Decluttered and reorganized dining room
  • Set up organization system in basement
  • Do all baby laundry and sort clothes
  • Start packing hospital bag
  • Buy Nursing tanks
  • Set up TV Space downstairs
  • Bought sectional, coffee table and TV stand for basement
  • Set up Office downstairs
  • Cleaned out Soon-To-Be-Guest-Room (including carpet cleaning)
  • Moved furniture into guest room
  • Decluttered and reorganized bathrooms
  • Decluttered and reorganized kitchen (mostly done)
  • Bought the remaining baby essentials
  • Do maternity photos
  • Sold living room desk
  • Bought new phones for the house to replace the crappy dying ones
  • Bought Baby Journal
  • Scheduled an estimate with an HVAC guy
  • Had the HVAC guy in for the estimate
  • Set up guest room
  • Confirm hospital bag is packed
  • Sell Subaru
  • Buy new family vehicle
  • Move Kitty Litter to basement
  • Go on a date with hubby (saw The Hunger Games. SO GOOD)
  • Decide what to do with master bedroom (nothing other than a declutter. Everything else can wait a while)
  • Buy mattress for crib
  • Buy living room furniture (CAN’T WAIT! Its all awesome)
  • Buy bookcases for basement
  • Set up car seat (and inspected! Thanks to the amazing Rae from Chantreuse Industries)

This past week:

  • Buy and set up crib
  • Spend time with family and friends
  • Keep house tidy
  • Set up book shelves in basement for DVD storage (and to help clear Sitting Room/Living Room upstairs)
  • Start baby sweater
  • Finish Boo Bear Hat (just needs pom poms!)

To Do:

  • Book the HVAC installation
  • Declutter and reorganize bedroom (in progress)
  • Declutter and reorganize living room (in progress)
  • Set up nursery (in progress)
  • Get basement window installed (on hold)
  • Buy a freaking glider already
  • Move DVDs down on to new book shelves

One of my favorite things…Dr. Pepper, despite their awful ads that put me into a huge rage. Our Tuscon <3 <3 This season of Mad Men. LOVE IT SO MUCH JOAN HAS A BABY OMG.

Oh, Roger

Weight Gain: Total, about 40 lbs.

Baby in the Produce World: According to The Bump, I think we upgraded to a watermelon.  Baby Centre says he weighed as much as a small watermelon. Nice.
Movement/Signs of the Baby: Little Man is super low. Ow. He doesn’t move around as much, but when he does, it’s like a chest-burster from the Alien movies. It amuses the hell out of me (and my family) how his position completely changes the shape of my belly.
Cravings and Aversions: Last night I needed one of Pat’s BBQ’d burgers. Aside from that, junk food has been king lately.
Body Changes/Weirdness: I’m 40 weeks pregnant. That’s pretty weird.
Other Random Babeh/Pregnancy thoughts: It’s difficult being in the center of attention and having everyone want baby here so badly. I have this strange sense of guilt for “holding him back”. Also, I’m definitely uncomfortable now. I don’t have that “GET OUT BABY” feeling yet,  but rather “Please, be nice. I love you, stop hurting me”.
Other Pictures from this Week:
Me, in my natural habitat
Me and Tracy, on Easter Friday pre-meat juice wardrobe change
Not the most flattering picture, but I wanted to add it for memory's sake. This is me, at the end of Easter dinner on Friday. 39 weeks, 4 days (depending on who you ask. The u/s tech would argue it was my due date)
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Tuesday Update: Week 38

Another quick note to start this post. Seeing as how we’re getting mighty close to term (in fact, baby L could arrive any time now and be perfect), this will most likely be the last weekly update post that is running “behind”. I’ll continue to post, but they will most likely be more up to date, as things can change so drastically. Please don’t worry if I haven’t posted in a bit. It’s not that anything has happened or that Baby L is here, it’s just that I don’t have as much free time right now. I’ve actually written this entry in advance, just in case. I do plan on doing a bit of a round up post after L arrives, as well as his birth story.

A peek at the past week (how I’ve been): It was less of a crazy week, thank gods. Basically, after all the baby shopping and excitement of last week, I took this week to really focus my efforts on the guest room and the nursery, without over doing it. Pat, on the other hand, focused on getting the basement set up. We have both reached the point where we are no longer concerned about getting everything 100% perfect and done. We have never been those people, so why start now? The house is good enough, and while we do plan on continuing to get stuff ready, we aren’t pressuring ourselves anymore.

We bought our dream stroller, thanks to the generous gifts from our places of employment. We got:

The BOB Revolution SE in Navy

We really wanted something that would fit well in Pat’s Accent, that wasn’t too heavy for me to handle, but rugged enough to cruise through our off-leash dog park, Bruce Pit, that we frequent with Maddie. Through the recommendation of S & K who got one when their baby girl arrived 3 years ago, we knew this was our perfect fit. Our car seat fits, thanks to an adapter, and so we’re all set to go. It arrived on Thursday and is now sitting patiently in our living room.

I’ve managed to catch a cold, which is kicking my butt. I really hope it goes away before I got into labour. Being sick in labour is pretty much my nightmare. I’ve had friends who have had colds when they delivered and they all said it was terrible. So, I’m ODing on vitamin C and getting as much rest as I can.

We had a good midwife appointment this week. Turns out the midwifery student that I didn’t jive with has left her program, so I’ll definitely get the student that I adore, no matter which midwife I get. Woo!

Unfortunately, we got some bad news from our contractors. Apparently their company is closing down, which means we’re up shit creek if anything fails us in the next few months. Also, they got our window size wrong and so the end of our renos have been delayed between 2-4 weeks. UNIMPRESSED.

We did some last minute running around this past weekend, and worked as much as we could on the house. The big bit of news is that we bought a car! This is a big freaking deal for me. When I was younger, I had very little set in my head about what I needed to have done before having a baby. I have never been one of those “I need to be making ____k/year, have such and such job, be living in this kind of house” people. Having said that, I felt strongly that we needed to have a car that I could drive and that I had access to before baby arrived. I had seen too many miserable Mums on public transportation (not that I have anything against bringing babies on buses, it’s just not what I wanted as my main form of transportation, especially living in the burbs like we do). I mentioned on the BB forums one day that I was car hunting. Later that day, another girl mentioned she was selling her SUV and a connection was made. We’ve been dancing back and forth for a few weeks now, but it finally went through this week. We are now the proud owners of this beauty:

Not our actual car! We'll do some glamour shots when we get her home

She’s a 2008 Hyundai Tuscon. Not at all what I was originally thinking about getting, but she was an incredible deal and will work so well with our family. We wanted something that would fit both Pat and I, that would hold lots of cargo (including our large dog) and would give us enough leg room despite the car seat in the back. She’s perfect for us and now she’s mine! We still have to do a bit of paper work for her, and some minor fixes, but otherwise she’s good to go.

Well timed, we also sold my old beastie, the Subaru:

Bye bye Betty!

The poor Subaru hasn’t been driven in almost a year thanks to her dead transmission. We managed to find a guy who has connections with a transmission specialist, so it was a match made in heaven.

How far along am I right now? 39 weeks

I am thinking…about how our little man is due to arrive anytime now and how much our lives are about to change. I’m also extremely excited for my sister to arrive this Wednesday! I haven’t seen her in a year or so, when I went to Calgary for her graduation:

I am thankful for… Popsicles and puffs tissues. Also? The cute froggie humidifier we got for Liam. That froggie may be creepy, but he gets me to sleep every night.

From the kitchen… See my last review! I’ve been trying out some of the OAMC recipes that I’ve found through other bloggers and pinterest. I won’t have time to do any freezer cooking before Liam gets here (at least I don’t think so), but I am enjoying these easy recipes and think that they will do us fine anyway.

I am wearing… whatever fits, at this point. I am so big!

I am creating…The last bit of crafting for Liam! MUST GET IT DONE

I am going…to keep an open mind about when and how this little man arrives. It’s all up to him at this point.

I am reading… not really reading right now. Too tired and too busy

I am hoping…That Liam can wait until his auntie arrives, and then we’d love him to come any time. Also, I’m hoping to make it through Easter because I’d love to spend some time with family and friends before baby time.

I am hearing…Lots of calming music. Last night it was Loreena McKennitt while I had a bath. Lots of Mumford and Sons, Tori, Sarah Harmer, and Neko Case. I really need to clear out my iphone and make sure I have the right music on there for labour.

Around the house…Lots of work!

Currently Done:

So Far:

  • Basement painting (only a bit left, but we’re waiting until all the furniture is down to do the stairwell, as its getting dinged and scratched)
  • Move Office Downstairs
  • Decluttered and reorganized front closet
  • Decluttered and reorganized dining room
  • Set up organization system in basement
  • Do all baby laundry and sort clothes
  • Start packing hospital bag
  • Buy Nursing tanks
  • Set up TV Space downstairs
  • Bought sectional, coffee table and TV stand for basement
  • Set up Office downstairs
  • Cleaned out Soon-To-Be-Guest-Room (including carpet cleaning)
  • Moved furniture into guest room
  • Decluttered and reorganized bathrooms
  • Decluttered and reorganized kitchen (mostly done)
  • Bought the remaining baby essentials
  • Do maternity photos
  • Sold living room desk
  • Bought new phones for the house to replace the crappy dying ones
  • Bought Baby Journal
  • Scheduled an estimate with an HVAC guy

This past week:

  • Had the HVAC guy in for the estimate
  • Set up guest room
  • Confirm hospital bag is packed
  • Sell Subaru
  • Buy new family vehicle
  • Move Kitty Litter to basement
  • Go on a date with hubby (saw The Hunger Games. SO GOOD)
  • Decide what to do with master bedroom (nothing other than a declutter. Everything else can wait a while)
  • Buy mattress for crib
  • Buy living room furniture (CAN’T WAIT! Its all awesome)
  • Buy bookcases for basement
  • Set up car seat (and inspected! Thanks to the amazing Rae from Chantreuse Industries)

To Do:

  • Book the HVAC installation
  • Declutter and reorganize bedroom
  • Declutter and reorganize living room (in process)
  • Set up nursery (in process)
  • Make freezer meals (on hold, testing recipes instead)
  • Cleanse Quilt of Hate into Quilt of Love
  • Get basement window installed (on hold)

One of my favorite things…My husbands old work t-shirts. They are the comfiest thing I can wear right now. Also? The medela sleep bra. This thing is a life changer.

Weight Gain: Total, about 40 lbs.

Baby in the Produce World: According to The Bump, I think we upgraded to a watermelon.  Baby Centre says he’s as long as a leek. Yummy.
Movement/Signs of the Baby: He’s definitely changing in terms of how active he is. He’ll be quiet for a while and then have a flurry of activity. Night time, around 2am, is a really busy time for him. I actually enjoy laying there, feeling him move around. Also, I’m feeling like I’m bruised in certain areas from his repeated jabs. Even my midwife has exclaimed that I am “Full of Baby” at this point. My little torso is definitely being forced outward to accommodate this little man.
Cravings and Aversions: Still  hating eggs, but not much in terms of cravings. Except for my new and strange love of Lemons. Yep, my most hated fruit of all time is now my favourite. I grew up HATING lemonade, and now? I NEEDS IT
Body Changes/Weirdness: Lots more stretch marks, HUGE belly, very swollen feet, really sore hands (I never expected them to hurt this much. It sometimes feels like a finger is broken, it hurts so much). I’m finding I’m tiring out much faster these days and have really limited movements. Bending is out of the question.
Other Random Babeh/Pregnancy thoughts: I’m sort of in shock at how quickly this pregnancy has gone by. I mean it. Everyone told me that it would feel like forever. Then they told me that it was the last trimester that dragged (for me, it was the fastest trimester ever), and then I was told that once I went on Mat Leave it would be super boring and that I’d be anxious to have him out. Not at all! I can’t imagine how we would have been able to get so much done with me working! I wouldn’t have been able to do it. I’m way too sore and tired these days. I haven’t been bored at all, nor have I been without things to do. 
Other Pictures from this Week:
Hrm. Looks like I dropped!
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Tuesday Update – Week 37

A peek at the past week (how I’ve been): As we approach D-Day, I feel like time is both racing by and stopped. It’s a really strange feeling. I have a hard time remembering what I’ve done, and so these catch-up questions are tough for me (and would be impossible if I didn’t update on the Baby Bells forum as often as I did). Here’s what week 37 held:

Started the week off with some housekeeping (which has been hard to stay on top of, with everything else we’ve been doing), followed by selling my old dress form to an old knitting friend of mine. The weather was insanely hot (like, nearly 30 degrees celcius. That’s really crazy for us, this time of year). I had my weekly midwife appointment, which was ok. I met our other student midwife and am not so sure about her. She seemed really unconfident and we just didn’t mesh. Otherwise though, everything was fine. Me and Liam are doing well, and the midwife thinks I’ve got a couple of weeks left before labour.

Pat and I bought some furniture, and continued work on the house. We got the office/soon to be guest room cleared out and the carpets cleaned. We cleared out the nursery and vacuumed in there, before moving all the baby stuff back in. The basement is almost completely done. It’s been a ton of work, and there’s still lots to do, but I’m kind of over it. At this point, so long as the house is functional, I’m happy. I honour of our mat photo shoot and the hot weather, I went out and bought a few cute summery/spring mat tops which have been a huge help for those steamy days.

Friday was my mother’s birthday, and in her honour a few of my co-workers were participating in the Relay for Life, so Pat and I showed up to support them. Saturday we got the new furniture delivered and spent the rest of the day with S and K. S and I went to get some pedicures (which was an amazing experience. I needed it SO BAD) and then we had a dinner double date. Sunday, we had our maternity photo shoot and then we finished up the rest of our baby shopping, with a couple of exceptions. We’re definitely very close to being totally ready for this little guy. Also, my sister booked her flights! She’ll be here from the 4th of April until the 26th. Can’t wait for her to arrive! Just about a week away now!

How far along am I right now? 38 weeks, 1 day.

I am thinking…about how Liam could arrive any time now. Part of me is fighting this, screaming “We’re not ready yet! There’s so much left to do!”, but i know that no matter when he gets here, everything will be fine. I refuse to five in to the guilt and feel like we’re not doing enough for him, even before he gets here.

I am thankful for… Popsicles and ginger lemon tea. Guess who’s sick? Sigh

From the kitchen… Nothing really. Been too busy

I am wearing… Jeans, a long sleeved mat shirt and a sweater. The hot weather last week is gone and it got down to -15 this week.

I am creating…The finishing touches on Liam’s hat. It’s just missing the ears! Planning on starting the sweater asap too

I am going…to be happy when we don’t have any trades or contractors coming to the house. I’m exhausted with waiting around for someone to show up.

I am reading… not really reading right now. Too tired and too busy

I am hoping…that Liam stays put for a little while yet. There’s still so much to do! Also, I hope our mat photos turn out!

I am hearing…Lots of calming music. Last night it was Loreena McKennitt while I had a bath. Lots of Mumford and Sons, Tori, Sarah Harmer, and Neko Case.

Around the house…Lots of work!

Currently Done:

Last week:

  • Basement painting (only a bit left, but we’re waiting until all the furniture is down to do the stairwell, as its getting dinged and scratched)
  • Move Office Downstairs
  • Decluttered and reorganized front closet
  • Decluttered and reorganized dining room
  • Set up organization system in basement
  • Do all baby laundry and sort clothes
  • Start packing hospital bag
  • Buy Nursing tanks
This week:
  • Set up TV Space downstairs
  • Bought sectional, coffee table and TV stand for basement
  • Set up Office downstairs
  • Cleaned out Soon-To-Be-Guest-Room (including carpet cleaning)
  • Moved furniture into guest room
  • Decluttered and reorganized bathrooms
  • Decluttered and reorganized kitchen (mostly done)
  • Bought the remaining baby essentials
  • Do maternity photos
  • Sold living room desk
  • Bought new phones for the house to replace the crappy dying ones
  • Bought Baby Journal
  • Scheduled an estimate with an HVAC guy

To Do:

  • Buy living room furniture
  • Buy bookcases for basement
  • Set up guest room
  • Declutter and reorganize bedroom
  • Declutter and reorganize living room
  • Buy mattress for crib
  • Set up nursery
  • Confirm hospital bag is packed
  • Make freezer meals
  • Sell Subaru
  • Buy new family vehicle
  • Set up car seat
  • Cleanse Quilt of Hate into Quilt of Love
  • Get rid of current living room furniture.
  • Replace A/C and furnace
  • Get basement window installed
  • Move Kitty Litter to basement
  • Decide what to do with master bedroom
  • Go on a date with hubby

One of my favorite things…Crocs. I’ve actually ordered a bunch more. Don’t judge! They are way cuter now and are seriously comfortable.

Weight Gain: Total, about 36 lbs.

Baby in the Produce World: According to The Bump, I think I was still a honeydew melon.  Baby Centre says he’s as long as a stalk of swiss chard. Random.
Movement/Signs of the Baby: VERY ACTIVE. Ow. His favourite hobby seems to be punching my cervix and my butt from the inside. Yes. My butt. From the inside.
Cravings and Aversions: Random new aversion: Eggs. Seriously, the thought of eating an egg in any form makes me want to barf. ick.
Body Changes/Weirdness: Lots more stretch marks, HUGE belly, very swollen feet and the latest addition: Sore finger joints and knuckles. Yay for water retention! Also, my belly button is now what I would consider an outtie. So weird!
Other Random Babeh/Pregnancy thoughts: I’m exhausted, and its really hard to get everything done. Also, people seem to have shifted from the “You’re glowing!” kind of comments to “Don’t be a hero! Get drugs!”, “Natural labour HURTS SO MUCH! YOUR VAGINA WILL NEVER RECOVER”, and “You must be terrified!”. Fun times. 
Other Pictures from this Week: