Thursday, December 31, 2009

A look back on the decade

The 2000's started off with a bang with my son being born.

Shortly after, I got divorced.

Found out a lot about myself over the next couple of years.

Met the new love of my life in 2003.

Married in 2006.

Dealt with a lot of heartache over the next few years. Lost my father-in-law and 4 babies.

Ended 2009 with a baby growing strong in my belly and new hope.

Looking forward to the new adventures 2010 will bring.

Surfing


Surfing
Originally uploaded by sew_crafty_girl75
My belly makes a nice shelf for my iPhone.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

An update...in point form

  • 25 wks today!
  • Made it through the holidays at home with all the kids with only one, truly exhausted day where I hurt all over (Xmas eve)
  • Fell in the shower Xmas Eve morning. My ankle hit the metal door frame and butt took the rest of the impact. A week later and it still looks awful.
  • Kids barely fought amongst themselves, which is a feat in itself, considering they're normally used to seeing each other for 3 day blocks of time.
  • JB is really picking up with the activity now at morning, noon and night. I'm starting to have a 'belly alien' in there.
  • Sleep is getting a bit more restless now after a good few weeks of great sleep.
  • Afraid to step on the scale after the holidays. Good thing I don't weigh myself at home and don't have a medical appt for 2 wks still!
  • u/s is next Wednesday!

Friday, December 18, 2009

"You're looking pleasantly pregnant"

...is what my midwife said to me as I walked into my appt. with her last night.

BP was 112/58, baby's HB was 150-155 and both her and Dr. F have found it smack dab in the middle between my pubic bone and belly button. JB kicked her as she measured the height of my uterus.

I brought home a couple books and a movie from their library:
- Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, which I've read before and loved.
- The Birth Book by Dr. Sears.
- The Miracle of Birth DVD.

I'll probably go and do my glucose tolerance test tomorrow. In the New Year it will be time to get down to business and go on the hospital tour, get my registration papers and look into ordering my homebirth kit. Time to start Planning the Birth details!!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Nearly 23 wks!

I had my monthly Perinatologist appointment today. Weight is still increasing at the same schedule. Fundal height measures 2 wks ahead, but he's not worried about that, given my small torso and previously stretched out abs. He gave me my requisition for the glucose screening that I can go for anytime. I must be his most boring, normal patient!

Afterwards I went to Babies R Us and put stuff on our baby registry. I was surprised by how little I actually put on it. There were a few big items I didn't add, like a swing, which I hope to borrow or buy used. Also, I'd like Blake to look into what carseats and stroller look best.

Jelly Bean's movements have a pattern to them now. I can count on feeling her in bed as I get up and for a few hours in the morning, afternoon and evening. The Peri said these patterns should stay fairly consistent now. I think I might even be feeling hiccups too.

I put in a call to a doula coordinator today and she's going to select one local to me to get in touch with me in January. I've also contacted my cousin to set up a maternity photo shoot in the new year.

Hard to believe I'll be in the 3rd trimester next month!

Looking forward to seeing my midwife on Thursday.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

22 wks


22 wks
Originally uploaded by sew_crafty_girl75
I'm really getting a big ole belly now.

Blake felt JB move for the first time yesterday. He had seen her move just a few days prior too.

Her favourite position does seem to be feet kicking my bladder/cervix, so I find it particularly delightful when she decides to kick my sides or upper belly and I can see/feel it from the outside.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Baby Gear

I'm really starting to get the itch to start baby shopping! We're far from ready to welcome baby girl. It HAS been 9 years since my youngest was born, afterall.

So far we have:

- an outgrown pine dresser from the older kids.
- crib
- Ergo baby carrier
- couple onesies and sleepers
- 2nd hand exersaucer
- few toys

We won't be getting a change table, so the main big things we have left to get are:
- stroller
- carseat
- crib mattress

A friend has a bassinette she'll lend me.

I'm going to sew up some receiving blankets out of flannel I already have. I'll also make baby her crib blanket and any embellishments for the nursery walls.

Otherwise I'll need lots of the little things. Newborn clothes, diaper bag, crib sheets, swing, pouch/sling, toiletries, bathtub. A cousin may have baby girl clothes to lend us.

Maybe Auntie will get a chance to pick up her crochet hook and we'll be lucky enough to get a blankie and maybe she'll even learn to make booties :D

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Owwww

I hope my body smartens up soon. I'm not sure how I'm going to do 21 more possible weeks feeling so stiff and sore.

My hands, feet and shoulders are in a lot of discomfort. It's affecting my sleep, my ability to spend the day baking, xmas shopping.

Blah. Maybe I need to take up swimming.