Mason – 7 Months Old

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I don’t know why 30 days make such a difference, but the sudden realization that we have less than half a year left before this little one turns 1 is crazy to me.

It has been a very busy month for us. June is always kind of a crazy time with events (including big brother finishing up his first karate session and graduating from dufferdoo), birthdays (I turned 33, for instance!) and anniversaries (Ours! 6 years married now). Being out and about didn’t slow Mason down at all. He has been getting more and more vocal, more mobile and more himself. He is growing so freaking fast!

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Where we are now:

  • Diaper Size: Pampers Size 4, cloth diapers in size 2
  • Clothing Size: Depending on the brand, between 9-18months.
  • Favourite Clothes: Clothes are a struggle with this guy. He is smaller than Liam was, and shaped very differently. He HATES getting dressed and especially hates things going over his head and overalls.
  • Nicknames: Mace and Macey, bubba, small fry, turd, petit frite
  • Loves: Rolling, cobra pose, avocados, yelling, banging, splashing, chewing, bouncing, standing, his family, water, Tinga Tinga Tales on Netflix, Cole (the cat), his bunny.
  • Hates: His carseat and the car, medicine,  getting dressed, sleeping.
  • Updates: His two middle bottom teeth finally broke through and now we are working on the uppers. He is  CRANKY teething bear these days. We have been fighting yeast rashes and have had to use disposables while the battle wages. He has started moving around on his own. He rolls around a room, does circles and scoots backwards. He also takes a few steps if we support him standing. He loves to sit up on his own, but has a bad tendency to throw himself over when he’s ready to do something else, resulting in many head bumps. He has been hating naps and sleep lately, which makes for a very tired mama.
  • He is still refusing the bottle, but has started eating food. His favourites at the moment are avocado and apple slices and peanut butter. He HATES baby cereals and purees with a passion (a puking passion). Peaches seem to cause him to break out in little bumps. He’s finally starting to get a bit better in the carseat, but still doesn’t love it. I still wear him all the time, especially for naps because nothing else works for me. Bath time is his favourite thing EVER.

Weekly Preggo Update: 37 Weeks

As I mentioned in my last pregnancy update, I am going to switch to weekly updates until baby arrives. You know, assuming I can keep up. I’ll try ;)

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So tired, so sore.

A peek at the past week (how I’ve been): It was a more quiet week for us. I basically stayed home as much as possible as my body was definitely quite sore and needed rest. Thankfully, one of my best friends recently moved like 10 minutes from us and has been hosting play dates at her place, so I’ve been able to get hang out time with my girls and their kiddos without killing myself.

On Sunday, we hit the local Santa Claus parade and had a good but chilly time. It involved a lot of discomfort and walking for me, which seems to have kicked started my body prepping for labour.  The next day I lost more of my plug and have continued to do so all week. I’ve also had intense braxton hicks contractions. Eeeee.

In less good news, we found out at my weekly OB appointment that I have tested positive for Group B Strep. I freaked out a bit initially. I had these visions of a sick baby, of being stuck on my back in labour because of antibiotics, you name it. Thankfully, I have some great friends, and an amazing husband and doula, all of whom were able to calm me down.

How far along am I right now? 38 Weeks, 9 Months

I am thinking… About how quickly the last 9 months have flown by. What a strange time pregnancy is. There were moments where it felt like it dragged and I’d never get to the third trimester (especially when I was really sick those first few months), and yet, here I am now, about to have baby any time and I can’t believe it.

I am thankful for… My friends, living in suburbia (so many stores, open all the time, with so much chocolate) and my new neighbour! I have been plagued by a family that has lived right next door since we moved here almost 7 years ago. They were awful and this past week they moved out and the new neighbour moved in. She’s a single mom to a 1,5 y.o. I look forward to getting to know her :)

I am wearing… Comfy clothes. PJs, t shirts, leggings.

I am creating… Honestly, not much. I just don’t have the energy

I am going… to try and motivate myself to keep up my cleaning. Despite the preschooler and gigantic hairy dog that love to instantly destroy my efforts, I’ve enjoyed having a slightly less crazy home.

I am hoping… That we can navigate our recent money troubles a bit better. I am really really nervous about how things are going to be over the next few months. Any prayers, good mojo or happy thoughts would be appreciated.

One of my favorite things… Netflix. It is currently raising my child. My body is so incredibly sore these days that I just can’t do much with him.

Weight Gain: In total, we’re at 24lbs.

Baby is how big?: According to my Ovia App, baby is the size of a skunk.
Movement and Pregnancy Weirdness: I should go back and re-read my posts from when I was this far along last time, because I don’t remember having this much hip and pelvic pain last time. I swear, there are moments where I can’t walk, or feel like I’m going to fall apart. The pain is intense. Also, baby must have dropped because I can’t walk at all without a very pronounced waddle. This week marked the beginning of intense braxton hicks and losing my plug. This gives me hope that the end is in sight and that we should be able to have this baby before the holidays. Not that I don’t love kiddos born on the holidays, but it would really make life more difficult for us. I’d much rather have a wee babe in arms by then.
Cravings and Aversions: Chocolate, lots of chocolate. And spice. I have been enjoying hot sauce and chilis quite a bit lately.
Other Random Babeh/Pregnancy thoughts: I have reached the stage where I am sensitive to images in the media. Hurt or suffering children? Can’t watch it. Super intense violence? Nope. Give me comedy and romance please. My heart just can’t take anything else right now.
Other Pictures from this Week:
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Hanging out with my kiddo at the parade.

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Relaxing at my girlfriend’s house for a play date. 

Weekly Preggo Update: 36 Weeks

As I mentioned in my last pregnancy update, I am going to switch to weekly updates until baby arrives. You know, assuming I can keep up. I’ll try ;)

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A peek at the past week (how I’ve been): It was a busy week! It started off with my close friends throwing me an amazing baby shower at the Upkeep  Shoppe on Preston. It’s a fantastic nail bar, skin care and tea boutique. Yep. Pretty much heaven. I had a blast and was spoiled silly. Afterwards, a few of us make our way over to Stella Luna for gelato and coffee. They have a special gelato that they offer for pregnant ladies that promises to help get labour started, so obviously I had to try it. (Here we are, a week later and no baby, so obviously I wasn’t ready for it, but it was incredibly tasty anyway).

The rest of the week has been good. Found out my sister, Tracy, has booked a flight to visit us after baby arrives! I’m so so happy! Had a good OB appointment, a park date with some amazing ladies, an afternoon chilling with my doula and then a great mom and kiddo hang out.

The only downside is that I’m feeling extremely pregnant. My pelvis hurts like a mofo, I’ve been super crampy and nauseated. Some days I’m fine, others, I just want to sleep all day and be done with pregnancy. Thank god I’m no longer working. I can’t imagine trying to manage standing for hours while feeling this way.

How far along am I right now? 37 Weeks, 9 Months

I am thinking…about the last few things we have left to do before M makes his grand appearance. We still need to repair the glider, make a value village drop off, finalize the hospital bags, wrap christmas gifts, etc…

I am thankful for… Our incredible community of friends. I can’t tell you how supportive they’ve been. Between the gifts, the hand me downs, the meals, the helpful info and emotional support, I am so completely overwhelmed. This week alone, we’ve had like 5 different families offer to help out with Liam when baby comes.

I am wearing… Mat clothes. Most of my shirts no longer fit and the elastic on my pants have given up the illusion of even trying to stay up, but I do what I can.

I am creating…Attempting to work on Christmas gifts, but I have no energy to do much of anything these days.

I am going… to see if the full moon and crazy weather changes of this upcoming week will perhaps encourage M to arrive. I still have a feeling he’s going to make his appearance before his EDD of Dec 14

I am hoping…for a much more relaxed labour this time.

One of my favorite things…Zantac and milk. My heartburn has been AWFUL this time.

Weight Gain: In total, we’re at 24lbs.

Baby is how big?: According to my Ovia App, baby is the size of a chihuahua.
Movement and Pregnancy Weirdness: Movement has slowed down a bit now that kiddo is running out of room. He still has dance parties throughout the day, but the jabs are definitely more concentrated to certain areas. As for weirdness, Baby keeps going from feeling super low to back up. Not sure if he’s actually moving around like that, but I keep getting intense pelvic pressure and then kicks up near my ribs. Maybe this kid is going to be a giant? Also, I no longer fit in the maternity coat that I was given near the end with Liam. I can barely button it up. Oh dear.
Cravings and Aversions: Craving lots of dairy (milk, cheese, chocolate), and salty meat (hurr hurr hurr), like hot dogs or the like.
Other Random Babeh/Pregnancy thoughts: I am amused by the daily email and text checks to see how I’m doing. My friends are awesome <3 For the curious: www.haveyouhadthatbabyyet.com
Other Pictures from this Week:

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:

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:

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)

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!

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:

Wednesday Update – Week 36

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A peek at the past week (how I’ve been): Week 36 was definitely another rollercoaster. On one hand, it was my last week at work before starting Mat Leave. On the other, we hit some walls with the renos/decluttering that had me really stressed and frustrated.

The week started out a bit rough. One of my co-workers was having a really hard time with me leaving and did everything she could to make it clear she wasn’t impressed without actually talking to me about it. She talked down about my position as much as she could, she talked about my potential replacements, how I was abandoning her, etc… In fact, at one point, she told me a story about how a friend of hers from work actually thought i was just giantly over weight, and didn’t understand why I needed a replacement. Yep. That was fun.

Pat and I then had trouble filing our taxes with H&R Block. Basically, our schedules didn’t match up and the whole process took about 4-5 visits over 3 weeks. I was not impressed.

THEN, about midweek, Pat and I hit a wall with renos. We were both exhausted, both frustrated and basically, quit. Nothing was getting done, and I was not happy about it.  Thankfully, this is about when things started to turn around. My colleagues at work took me out for a Goodbye Lunch which was lovely, we FINALLY got the taxes done, and Pat finished 90% of the painting. I got some major decluttering accomplished, and found out I’m GBS negative (woo!). Also, as you saw from my last post, the estate wrapped up. To wrap this whole thing up, Pat’s BFF Jan brought her family by again and we got most of the office moved into the basement. The dining room is now back to being a dining room, our front closet has been reorganized, and the kitchen has been started. The office-soon-to-be-guest-room has been cleared and now just needs a solid cleaning before we can move the bed and furniture in there.

Feeling so relieved and accomplished!

How far along am I right now? 37 weeks, 2 day.

I am thinking…about what’s left to do. I may add a little check list at the end of these posts to show you and to keep track for myself.

I am thankful for… Maternity leave. Honestly, I am doing so much better this week. So much more me. Turns out Pat was right ;)

From the kitchen… Nothing fancy! I am plotting my freezer meals though! A post to come on that.

I am wearing… PJs! Because I can! It’s been CRAZY hot here in Ottawa lately. Like, our normal weather for this time of year is between -2 celcius and 10 celcius. This week? We’ve been averaging summer weather (25-30 degrees!!). As a result, we’re going to pick me up a few cheap summery items so that I can survive the next couple of weeks.

I am creating…The finishing touches on Liam’s hat. It’s just missing the ears!

I am going…to try to stay productive. Jan is coming over today to help me with some unpacking in the office and maybe to work on the kitchen some more. Also, we’re buying our new furniture for the basement and our seating area upstairs. This weekend, I’m getting a pedicure with S, visiting my work peeps as they do Relay For Life in honour of my mother and then we’re getting our mat photos done!

I am reading… Still working my way through rereading one of my favourite series: Outlander. I’m currently on Echo in the Bone now.

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:

  • 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

To Do:

  • Set up Office downstairs
  • Set up TV space downstairs
  • Buy new furniture
  • Clean out Soon-To-Be-Guest-Room
  • Move furniture into guest room
  • Set up guest room
  • Declutter and reorganize kitchen
  • Declutter and reorganize bedroom
  • Declutter and reorganize living room
  • Declutter and reorganize bathrooms
  • Buy the remaining baby essentials
  • 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
  • Do maternity photos
  • Get rid of current living room furniture.

One of my favorite things…Acetaminophen. Let’s just say I’ve been sore.

Weight Gain: Total, about 34 lbs.

Baby in the Produce World: According to The Bump, we’re now a honeydew melon.  Baby Centre says he’s actually closer to a crenshaw melon. Ok.
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!
Other Random Babeh/Pregnancy thoughts: This baby could arrive at ANY TIME now and be perfectly healthy. I am not ready, baby! Stay put for a bit, ok? Also? Buying a car from someone you sort of know isn’t as fun or as easy as you’d think.
Other Pictures from this Week:
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Big News and Wednesday Update – Week 35

Before I begin this post, I have to make an announcement. We just just got the news from the estate lawyer that all beneficiaries have signed off on the estate accounts. This means that, as of right now, the estate is pretty much done.

Done.

It’s been two years of hell and now, during this time of incredible change and growth, it’s done.

I don’t know how to process this. I’m in shock, I think. I haven’t cried. I haven’t laughed. I haven’t really felt anything yet. When I do feel again, I know that I will feel incredible relief and joy.

It’s done.

And now, on to our regularly scheduled update:

A peek at the past week (how I’ve been): Unfortunately, we did have to put our Mystie down. We’re still having a really hard time of it, but we both feel that it was for the best. She really seemed at peace with it and purred the entire time she was at the vet. We miss her constantly. :(

This past week was the week of OMG RENOS. We had Jan over and she put us on a schedule, and to that schedule we stuck (as best we could). Painting has started, I’ve been hard-core decluttering. Also, I met with one of our midwives and had The Talk. What talk is that? The big “When Do I finish Work” talk. Pat’s been super worried about me and my stress levels, so we finally brought it up with the m/w. In the end, it came down to us and we decided that this week would be my last, with the 16th being my last day of work. It was very sudden and was definitely a shock to my employer and my co-workers. It’s been a hard adjustment for all of us, but I’m feeling at peace with the decision. She also checked me, to see if I’ve dialated at all, and apparently Liam is staying put for a while (which is good news for me!)

The next day, my co-workers treated me to a baby shower! I had an amazing time (laughed and laughed!) and was spoiled rotten. I’m going to miss most of those girls :)

Then, on Sunday, Jan surprised us by bringing over the entire family to help us clean, move and declutter. I was so touched and honoured by the love this family has shown us. It was a tremendous help.

How far along am I right now? 35 weeks, 2 day.

I am thinking…about timing. It’s incredible to me that everything is happening all at once. Nearly 2 years from when my mother passed away, our lives have gone through so much change. All of a sudden, the estate is finally done, we’re going to be able to afford a car for me, I could have my first child any time now, we’re making our house a home, etc….I feel like some road block has finally been lifted and we can finally start living our own lives.

Also? I think this video is gorgeous:

I am thankful for… Maternity leave. This is my last week at work. I am anxious for this week to be over and to start spending more time at home, preparing for Liam.

From the kitchen… Not much. Sorry!

I am wearing… With it being my last week, I’ve been living in my comfy work pants from S, sneakers (the only things that keep my swelling down) and comfy tops (whatever doesn’t pull too much over the belly)

I am creating…Nothing new, but I did finally get the needles I needed to finish Liam’s hat (though with the weather we’ve been having, he won’t need it!)

I am going…to try to stay productive. It hasn’t been working so far, this week. We’ve been too tired, too emotional and too stressed.

I am reading… Still working my way through rereading one of my favourite series: Outlander. I’m currently on Echo in the Bone now.

I am hoping…that we gain momentum and get back on track with the house.

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…Painting of the basement has been started.

Before painting - The walls fixed and the floor is in

Basement, before the paint. This is just primed drywall.

It's a dark and rainy day, but this shows you kind of what it looks like with the first coat on!

Another angle, first coat down on a dark and rainy day.

Decluttering is happening, and we’re definitely setting up a storage system so that what does get kept, is kept tidy.

One of my favorite things…Slip on shoes and my sneakers. These arrived in the mail:

Of course, it’s wet and warm out there, so I haven’t been wearing them much. When I do wear them, it’s like slippers! Love it.

Weight Gain: Total, about 34 lbs.

 Baby in the Produce World: According to The Bump, we’re now a honeydew melon.  Baby Centre agrees!
Movement/Signs of the Baby: Week 35 was a really quiet week for Liam. He seemed to be hunkered down, ready for a growth spurt. He would move a little here and there, but no major kicking and punching. When checked, the midwife told me he was head down and really low in the pelvis. Little man is definitely anxious to get out!
Cravings and Aversions: Nothing new. Still loving milk and sweet things. Craving hamburgers every so often. Still hating the smell of other people’s coffee. Also? Not a huge cheese fan lately.
Body Changes/Weirdness: The same as last week continues: What seems like prelabour or Braxton hicks, so: Contractions/cramping, weird popping noises in my belly, bad gas, digestive issues, exhaustion, soreness in my hips and pelvis, badly swollen feet. It’s fun to be me right now. Also? The ladies at work report that my belly looks like Liam may have dropped. Good times.
Other Random Babeh/Pregnancy thoughts: I find it amusing how many people on forums and in my group of friends are anxious to have their little ones out. They are planning natural and medical induction methods. Meanwhile, I am perfectly happy with Liam staying put as long as he needs to (Ideally, until we’re closer to week 40). I’m starting to get nervous and a little scared of labour.
Other Pictures from this Week:

35 weeks, 4 days. The day of my work baby shower :)

A funny shot from my baby shower. One of our colleagues didn't come, so this was my attempt at guilt-tripping ;)