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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Nursery

The last time I was in Ottawa my mom and I went to Fabricland and got some beautiful fabric for the bassinet! While there I decided to get more of the same fabric so we can make a valence for the window in the nursery. So today when Dan asked me if there was one thing I wanted to do today I told him I wanted to check the store here to see if they had any of the same fabric. Luckily they did!! So, I decided that I also want to use the same fabric for bumper pads on the crib (that was so graciously given to us for free!) Dan was worried that we would end up spending tons of time there but we were actually out of there in about 20 minutes. We also picked out a ribbon for the ties and found more of the rick-rack that my mom and I had picked out as trim for the curtains. And on top of all that, the rick-rack was buy 1m and get 2m free!! So I got 6m for the price of 2! I won't be able to do anything with it considering my mom is the one with the sewing machine and I don't think I'll get out to Ottawa again until I'm on my leave (June 12th!!!!) So I will enjoy just taking a look at it every once and awhile knowing that it is for my beautiful baby which is on it's way!

I have a couple pictures of the bassinet with the fabric in it (my mom has made a new liner since and has redone the hood), but you can get an idea of what it looks like. I also have a picture of the bumper pad ribbon against the fabric, which is nice because you can see the fabric closer up. Now we're just deciding exactly what color to paint the nursery. This is a lot of fun!!

94 Days...Wow

I can't believe I only have 94 days to go!! When I started I think I was still over 200's just amazing to me how time has flown. I am half way through my 27th week and I found out I was pregnant when I was 6 weeks. For the most part I am enjoying being pregnant. I've been having super weird dreams and they can be kind of annoying. My left hip hurts sometimes and my back is usually kinda achy at the end of a long work day. Luckily I haven't had any swelling (yet) and I can still work a full day and be okay. I have a better day and am in a better mood when I can get a nap in, but I'm okay without one too. My favorite part of being pregnant is feeling LBW move around. It's still so amazing to me. Now others are able to feel it too!

Well, we're going to go get our day started. Tonight we have prenatal class, which I have actually been enjoying! I think we watch another movie tonight...those are kinda cool! Right now, though, it is laundry time...pooey!

Friday, April 24, 2009

My Belly Is Alive!!

This morning I was sitting on my bed playing some Yahtzee on my iPod (I'm extremely addicted) and baby was having a great time moving around. I think it must have been as hungry as I was. I stopped for a bit just to watch my tummy move. It's so amazing to think that the little one in there right now will be moving around just the same OUTSIDE my tummy in just a few short months. I still can't completely grasp it. Now that Dan has been able to feel it a few times he will randomly place his hand on my belly and ask if it's moving. It is really sweet and it makes me feel like he's connecting with it all more. I know it's hard for men to really be a part of it beforehand and I feel for him with that. He's doing what he can, though, and he's extremely supportive when I need him to be. I am such a lucky woman!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Prenatal Class and Ben and Jerry's

So we went to our second prenatal class tonight and I think Dan was relieved that there was no video this time. Last week they showed one that was somewhat graphic. I'm kind of enjoying the class. There are six couples altogether, including us, so it's fairly intimate. This week we did some breathing exercises which I'm hoping will be helpful during labor. I think the key is practicing them before hand.

Sweets are getting to me. I'm starting to enjoy them more. Anything from a cookie to Ben and Jerry's ice cream. I've never been big on that kind of stuff. I'm also enjoying juice more which I've almost been against for so long. Specifically fruit's sooo refreshing! Maybe I'm letting my blood sugar levels drop too low and that's why I'm craving these things more. I should try and stop that from happening. I don't want to get gestational diabetes...or just plain diabetes. That would not be good.

Dan felt Baby again today! He walked in the door after work and Baby started moving around when he started talking. So I placed his hand on my belly and he felt it a couple times. He thought it was really cool. Now I know he'll be able to start feeling it more often. I'm enjoying that myself! We've learned that he can feel it more when I'm standing up because my "softness" squishes around my stomach when I'm sitting or lying down. When I'm standing you can feel the hardness of the belly more. (I just realised I forgot to mention that Dan finally felt Baby move a couple days ago for the first time!)

Well, I'm gonna go finish my glass of juice and probably head to bed soon. We both have the day off tomorrow and we're thinking of getting up in time to get a free coffee from McDonald's! Maybe I'll be able to get a McMuffin too! ;-)

Friday, April 17, 2009

Update After Doctor's Appointment

So, Baby REALLY doesn't like the doppler! At the appointment yesterday when my doctor went to check the heartbeat Baby started moving away from her. Not only that, it started to kick at her, too! It kicked so hard that it bumped her hand away! I guess because it's a sonar type thing it can irritate the baby. It was hilarious! She moved over to the other side of my belly but it wouldn't stay still long enough for her to get a good reading. She said "well. at least we know there is one!" I will always remember that!

I've lost 5 pounds. I don't know how, but I have! There's nothing wrong with it, though, since I weighed more when I got pregnant. At my last appointment I had gained a pound and this time I had lost five so now I'm four pounds lighter than I was when I got pregnant! That's exciting! I think it's because I went through another couple weeks of feeling kinda nauseous and wasn't very hungry. Even still, my appetite is fairly normal. I try not to eat too much junk food and I can't eat too much at once. Before I was pregnant I could finish a meal at a restaurant no problem but now I'm finding I'm always bringing at least half of it home with me. I guess it's just me!

So, now I won't see my doctor until after Baby is born...kinda weird/sad. I'm not really super close with my doctor but I like her. She's so relaxed and easy-going and it puts me at ease about things. I'm sure my obstetrician will be good too, but I'm a little nervous about it. My doctor said that when Baby is born to give them a call and they'll set up an appointment within the first week. I can't wait for her to meet Baby! WE can't wait to meet Baby!

We've thought of some names and have written them out with the middle names and everything, but I'm going to keep them a secret for now! You'll have to wait and see! ;-)

Thursday, April 16, 2009

24 Weeks and 5 Days

The Baby Blues

I don't know exactly what it is but there is a part of me that feels a little bit down. It started a couple weeks ago and it hasn't really gone away. It's not a constant feeling; it comes and goes throughout the day. The last time I went through feeling this way was when I got married. I have a feeling it has to do with a whole bunch of change happening at once. We have a baby on the way (in case you didn't, we just bought a house, my job has been really stressful (a lot of staff changes recently), Dan has been kinda stressed with his new's all a little overwhelming at times. Plus, I think my hormones are adding to the feelings and I don't like it one bit.

I am extremely excited for the upcoming events in my life, don't get me wrong, I just feel like it's a lot to take in. As baby's arrival gets closer and closer I start to feel more and more nervous about it all. What do you do with a baby? What if I am annoyed by it? What if I go through PPD? What if I am not prepared? These are all things that people say "oh, you're going to be just fine" to but these are real questions that plague me. I think I need a get together with some friends who are already mothers (new mothers...sorry mom) and ask them about their recent experience with all this. I ran into an old friend and his wife yesterday with their three month old daughter and she said that once the baby was born it was "pure love." I know that I will feel that way but it still all feels unreal to me...even when I feel baby moving around!

I'm sure all new mothers feel this way (and probably even when it's not their first, too) and it's all normal to go through these emotions, I just kind of want them to go away. It hits me when I'm at work, out grocery shopping, getting a muffin at Tim's, in the middle of watching a movie...I really don't like it.

On a happy note, I am starting to see baby move from the outside!! I've seen it a couple times and it was so neat! It looked like a little pulse. I'm hoping to see more of it soon and that Dan will be able to see it/feel it any day!

Saturday, April 4, 2009


Well, for the first time, I felt Baby move from the outside today! I was lying down for a nap and Baby starting moving around a bit. Then it kicked really hard a couple times so I decided to put my hand on my stomach just to see if I could feel it. Usually when I do that it stops moving (of course!) And I felt it!! It was a pretty strong kick so I'm guessing it has to be one of those for me to be able to feel it. The movements have been getting stronger and stronger all the time. It's making me fall more and more in love with Baby all the time! I'm still waiting for the moment Dan can feel baby move, but I've got some "extra padding" on my tummy (lol) so it still may be a couple weeks or so. He's definitely looking forward to it and always tries to feel it. It will be a great moment when he does!

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