Saturday, July 31, 2010

The one where Lisa makes a list

The list is "Things I Never Want To Do While Pregnant". So far, the only item on the list is:

Run through an airport from gate 2 to gate 49 to catch your connecting flight in shoes that are a size too big (to accommodate in-flight swelling), carrying a shoulder bag with a laptop and a plastic cereal container of cat food (heavy and awkward!), a large pillow, and an eleven pound cat + cat carrier.

Never again, please!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The one where life is crazy

Hello faithful readers!

I apologize for the lateness in updating the blog. To say that life has been crazy lately is a complete understatement. This is the first time in days that I've had a chance to really sit down and "relax" (if you can call sitting on a pillow in the middle of an empty apartment "relaxing").

Over the weekend I flew back home to Nova Scotia and then drove with my mom and stepdad to New Brunswick for my cousin's wedding. Congratulations Jason and Kristal! It was a great time and I was happy to see my extended family. Sadly, though, it was super hot and this pregnant lady isn't used to the hot, dense Maritime heat. I ended up sleeping through the reception. I'm still happy I was able to go and I had a really good time out there. I did discover, though, the flying makes my feet swell like crazy! I had to buy new dress-code-appropriate shoes to wear on the plane because the ones I had were cutting into my feet big time.

I came back to Winnipeg Monday afternoon and from then until now I've been busy, busy, busy, and completely stressed out! I helped Boyd a bit with the finishing touches on packing and the movers came to get all of our stuff on Tuesday. At about 10ish in the morning on Tuesday, Boyd called me at work to tell me that Maggie was missing. We had locked her in the bathroom but one of the movers needed to go, so she got out and bolted. So, in tears, I left work and came home to search. We looked for almost two hours, knocking on doors, searching outside, handing out flyers ... the movers went to pick up our treadmill to take it out of the apartment and there she was. She somehow fit her fat body under the treadmill (maybe a two and a half/three inch space) and was under there the whole time. Thank goodness she was there and safe but both Boyd and I were so unbelievably exhausted by the end of that night because of all that stress. I really don't know why she does this to me. A week before I left for Nova Scotia for our wedding in 2008, she followed me out of the apartment while I was doing laundry and I couldn't find her for four hours. It's like she deliberately waits until we're about the leave the province and then decides she wants an adventure.

Then on Wednesday, Boyd left with Jon Voight (our car), Mr. Wellington (our goldfish), and a bunch of packed belongings and headed out. We hired cleaners to come in and get the apartment move-out ready and paid them quite a bit of money to do so. Well, I came home on Wednesday and they didn't do the things they were supposed to do (namely shampoo the carpets). I was infuriated and just so so upset because I didn't have time to get someone else to come in and do it, nor could I take time off work to make them come back and do it. I couldn't even believe it. Words can't express how furious I was. So, of course, that added more stress. But it's all worked out now - they're ripping this carpet out anyway so my landlord said that it's just between us that we didn't get the carpets cleaned and it's no big deal. Phew!

So now, for the first time in days, I actually feel somewhat stress-free. Somewhat. Today was my last day of work and it was so so hard to say goodbye to everyone. I don't even know if I have tears left. Crazy emotional times! However, it's very late and I still have a few things to do before I head to bed so we'll leave you all with a baby update since I have said a whole lot of nothing about the pregnancy yet!
















Yay a new veggie! Ladybird is now the size of a squash! I certainly believe it. She's been wiggling like mad and I can watch it happening even more now. It's pretty hilarious. Her head is getting bigger, her brain is developing like crazy, and her energy is surging. Makes sense to me, because she's been way more active lately than before. Sometimes I wonder if she's an octopus and not actually a baby. Luckily (?) I'm pretty sure she's still breech, so I'm not getting kicked in the ribs - I just get her head jammed up there every once in a while. All five of her sense are fully functional this week!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The one where Lisa must rant...

28 weeks!




















Can you believe this is the only maternity shirt that I own? Everything else is just "roomy". It makes me giggle a bit, though, that this shirt is the only one that I have that makes me look OMGpregnant - at least I think so, anyway.

So, I'm definitely in the third trimester now and I'm definitely feeling it! I hardly sleep at night anymore*, walking hurts, and my belly is getting in the way. I'm just waiting for the day that I go to spit out my toothpaste and it winds up on my shirt instead of the sink. ;)

* Let me rant for a moment: if I get one more comment along the lines of "sleep now while you can!" or "get used to it because when the baby comes you won't sleep either!", I honestly will drop-kick you in the face. Number one: that's not how sleep works. I can't sleep now and bank it for later. In a few months when I'm up in the middle of the night with Ladybird, I won't open a closet, pull out a jar labeled "July 20", and think "ah, there's that sleep I got months ago! I'll just use some of it now." I can sleep all I want now - I'm still going to be tired when she arrives. Number two: I understand that babies don't sleep well. I'm not an idiot. So, seriously, shut up. I fully expect to be up multiple times during the night for a very long time with this little lady. I kind of hope I get one of those magical babies who sleep really well just so I can spite all the annoying people who say such stupid things.

While I'm ranting, I'd also like to publically wonder: why does pregnancy become such a pissing contest with some people? Honestly. The "oh, just you wait" comments are almost worse than the sleeping ones. When you ask me how I'm feeling and I tell you, just take my answer and leave it at that. Don't smirk at me and say "just you wait" when I tell you that no, I'm not peeing constantly. Don't scoff at me and say "just you wait" when I tell you my back hurts. What, I'm not allowed to be sore now? Yes, I understand I will get bigger and likely more sore but what I'm feeling now shouldn't be invalidated simply because "just you wait..." it'll get worse. Again, expect a drop-kick to the face if you start pulling that stuff with me. I may be sore, but I'm sure I can get a good kick in if I'm determined. It's absolutely ridiculous as far as I'm concerned. Any kind of "just you wait" advice is totally unwelcome. It comes across as arrogant, condescending, and downright rude. But apparently being pregnant gives people a free ticket to say stupid and rude things.

ANYWHO!

How are things going, besides the need to rant? Not too bad. The apartment is almost all packed up and the whole "leaving Winnipeg" thing is getting more and more real. Yikes. I work two more days this week, then I head back home for my cousin's wedding, then I come back to Winnipeg for three more days. So I have five more days left. Double yikes!! I feel like there's still so much left to do but no time to do it. Oh well. It will all get done. Aside from the moving stuff, there's lots of excitement going on these days! My brother and sister-in-law are having a baby and are due at the beginning of February! YAY! And Boyd's brother and sister-in-law are also having their second baby, due in February/March. YAY! It's really exciting! Plus it's nice that I'll have some others who will be going through the new-baby thing so we can go through it together :) It makes me feel a lot less alone in the whole process.

Ladybird continues to do well. She's still moving around a lot and I think I'm getting some elbow jabs lately because some of her "kicks" seem awfully pointy. I think she's still breech because I don't feel a lot of bumps higher up but I'm not sure because the last few days it's been really uncomfortable to cross my legs and I feel a lot of pelvic pressure when I'm walking.
("Oh just you wait, Lisa. Once she drops, you'll never be able to walk again and life as you know it will cease to exist. You'll be a bitter old zombie who can't do anything ever, so you can't possibly complain about pelvic pressure now")
I hope she does turn around soon if she hasn't already. I know she still has lots of time and room to move into position, but it'd be nice if she did it sooner rather than later just to give me some peace of mind.

What else is new with her? Let's have a look at this week's baby update to find out!

















Ladybird is just getting bigger and bigger! She's almost two and a half pounds now and is almost 15 inches long. Her job at this point is really just to continue to gain weight and get ready for life on the outside. She opens and closes her eyes and will turn her head if she notices a continuous bright light outside the womb. Her brain continues to grow and develop all those folds and grooves of a fully developed brain and the hair on her head (if she has any!) is getting longer!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

The one with the new milestone

I can now use my belly as a shelf for my popcorn bowl.

Awesome.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The one where Ladybird busts a move

Sorry for the late update! All those pregnancy discomforts seem to have found me, so I've been dealing with unexpected pain for the last few days (since about Saturdayish). It's definitely nothing to worry about, but it's making life pretty hard. Everything hurts these days - my back, my front, my legs, my feet ... it's crazy. I'm having a difficult time sleeping and staying in any one position for too long starts to bother me. If I sit too long, it hurts. If I stand too long, it hurts. If I walk too much, it hurts. I know it's normal and due to the quick growth that I'm experiencing but it's still hard to deal with. So I just haven't really felt like sitting in this computer chair long enough to update ... but now I'm just going to have to sit here even longer since I have lots to say, haha. Oh well!

Let's see ... what first? On Saturday (the 10th) the girls from work threw me a baby shower. We had dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory - yum!! - and then some of us went to the ball game afterwards. It was lots of fun and we got some very beautiful and thoughtful gifts! I have no photos because I didn't bring my camera, but just imagine me stuffing spaghetti into my face and then clapping along to all the fun, goofy ballgame songs and you'll get the picture! :)

Some point during the last week, I ran out of my omega-3 prenatal capsules that I've been taking to ensure that my baby is a GENIUS (haha) and Boyd and I went to Shopper's to pick up some more. When we got home, I popped the last capsule from the old bottle into the new bottle when I noticed the expiry: July 2009! What?! So I checked the expiry of the now-empty bottle and it was the same thing - July 2009. I was not happy. Now, yes, I should have checked but I just don't check expiry dates on things unless they've been in my medicine cabinet for a while. I didn't think to check the expiry on brand new bottles of vitamins. Boyd brought both bottles back to Shopper's and they were very apologetic. All the bottles on the shelf were expired and they finally found a bottle in the back that expires in 2011. Luckily, taking the expired capsules will cause no harm to me or the baby. I was basically just taking capsules with little to no potency. Kind of annoying, but at least there's no harm done. And, thankfully, they've taken all the bottles off the shelves. So, just a little head's up - always check the expiry date even if it's a brand new bottle! Luckily for me, omega-3 isn't essential ... but what if it had been something essential? Kinda scary...

Monday, we officially switched over to 27 weeks pregnant and possibly into the third trimester? I'm not entirely sure when that starts because everything I search says something different, but I know I'm either there now or getting close! Very exciting and slightly terrifying! I ended up leaving work basically as soon as I arrived on Monday because of how much pain I was in and called in in the afternoon to secure Tuesday off as well. I absolutely hate doing that but I knew that I'd be pretty much useless since my job is basically all lifting, bending, or sitting. I literally spent all Monday and Tuesday either reclined on the couch on my back or laying in bed. All I wanted was to be comfortable. Yeah, that's not going to happen for a LONG time! I was happy to be back today, though. Things are still sore but I was WAY TOO BORED to be gone any longer.

This morning, I had my last OB appointment here in Winnipeg. My doctor is away on holidays so I had to see a different doctor. WOW! What a difference seeing a good doctor makes! She sat down, asked me how I was doing, actually talked to me about some issues, told me how my weight gain was going, measured my stomach to see how the growth is going (my OB has never once done this, although she wrote on my charts that she did), took my blood pressure and told me what it was, felt my stomach to tell me what position the baby is in (!!), and even told me what Ladybird's heart rate was. Wow. It was unreal! If only I had had appointments like this the entire time. Wow.
So, in case you're all wondering - my weight gain is on track (although I apparently gained a ton of weight since my last appointment, but the doctor said that it probably isn't nearly that much since I was weighed on a different scale this time), my uterus is measuring 27 weeks exactly, my blood pressure is 110/60, Ladybird is breech with her back toward my right side, and her heart was pounding away at 148. Excellent. I also got my file photocopied since I need to bring it home for my doctor in Nova Scotia, so I read over it at lunch today. I feel much more informed about what's going on in my own body now. It's a good feeling.

After my appointment, I headed back to work (yay!) and ended up getting some beautiful gifts from two of the families that I've had the pleasure of working with. I'm so grateful to have had the chance to work with such wonderful people. I can't even believe their thoughtfulness. So a huge thank you to the Bowerings and the Jacksons for thinking of me and my family! You guys are fantastic!

So I think we're all caught up now with what's going on pregnancy-wise. Life-wise, the big move is getting closer and closer. Two weeks from tomorrow is my last day of work (the 29th) and then I fly out the next day. I'm looking forward to seeing my family and friends, but leaving my life here in Winnipeg is going to be so so hard. I'm not going to lie - I'm getting really sad about it. I don't do well with major life changes and the next few months are nothing BUT major life changes. This is all really difficult for me. I'm really going to miss my friends and my life here.

But anyhow...
If you actually made it through ALL that text, I'll leave you with a baby update to see how Ladybird is changing this week, a video, AND a couple of cute photos.



















Ladybird is still approximately the size of an eggplant (but probably not as rubbery). She's about 14.5 inches long and is up to 2lbs already! Wow! Her eyes open and close, she sleeps at regular intervals, and might even be sucking a finger or thumb! She's moving around a lot lately and you can even see it happening now. Even Maggie likes to get in on the "let's feel the baby move" action:















(Yes, my kittenface smiles.)

Check out this little video we shot - when Boyd is home, we like putting his iPhone to flashlight mode and then putting music on to watch her dance and try to figure out where the light is coming from :)

(It's a little long and she gets annoyed with us and stops moving toward the end, so you don't need to watch the WHOLE thing if you don't want to!)

video

Watching the phone wiggle always makes me laugh!

And, lastly, quite possibly the cutest thing I've ever bought for her (thus far):




















Oh, cute. Pyjamas. With hearts. Wow.
Except you haven't seen the back!




















Oh yes, that's an "I Heart Dad" butt flap!
Oh yeah.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The one with some new belly pictures

I know ... super creative title, eh?
I promised new belly pictures so here they are!
























26 weeks and 2 days
























Teehee, Maggie's in the picture. What a good big sister.
These pictures are just so funny to see ... I can't believe I actually look like that.

Anyhow, nothing else new to say. Enjoy looking at my hilariously large belly! Geez, and it's probably going to double in size before this is all said and done...

Monday, July 5, 2010

The one where Ladybird could conceivably partake in a staring contest

Hi. My name is Lisa. I'm six months pregnant and I can officially no longer scrub the bathtub because my belly gets in the way.

Hi Lisa!

We've made it into double digits until Ladybird's due date - 98 days to go! Yikes! And I definitely feel pregnant now ... you know, not that I didn't before, but now there are more things I just can't do like I used to (like walk and bend and get up from sitting and sleep and...) and I'm starting to get the "waddle". I suppose that makes sense. I mean, there are only two(ish) more weeks to go until I'm in the third trimester. THIRD.

I was hoping to post a photo today because I feel like my belly has gotten HUGE and I wanted to document it, but I'm too tired and hobo-looking to take any pictures. We went on a field trip to the zoo today and, while it was a total blast, it was a lot of walking around in the heat and I'm absolutely exhausted (once again, example of something I just can't do like I used to anymore). Ladybird was laying low the entire time so my whole pelvic region plus my shins and feet are killing me. I haven't been in this much pain in a really long time. I tried to have a bath to ease the pain but our bathtub is just too small and uncomfy to really help. When we get a house, we're so installing a bathtub with a slanty back and jets. Anyhow I'm in my pyjamas with my hair half-up in messy pigtails ...so no picture. Maybe I'll take one tomorrow.

I'll wrap this up here because sitting in the computer chair isn't helping my pain. Time for a baby update to see what the little lady is up to this week!

















Ladybird is about 14 inches long now and weighs about 1.6lbs! I can't believe how long she's getting so quickly. The coolest thing about this week is that her eyes begin to open now! She's continuing to put on layers of fat and her circulation system is now completely functional.