Sunday, 27 April 2014

Week 24

After getting back to reality from our Babymoon, I jumped back onto the working train. I actually worked a full block! I haven't done that in a few weeks. Call me lucky, or just a good planner. When I first found out that we were expecting, I was needing to book my vacation weeks for work. I tried to book some vacation weeks close to the end of my pregnancy knowing that I'd probably appreciate more time off when I'm large and in charge.(well I'm not really expecting to be in charge. I'm fully aware that my body has been taken over by this nugget)

This week marked the magical time where my OB said it's time to head to the blood lab and take the gestational diabetes test. I've heard lots of ladies tell me what they thought of this test and the orange drink. I won't be any different.... here's how it went for me!

I figured that I'd head to the lab early because I had to fast for 12 hours before the testing. Obviously it's always busy in the mornings since most of the people that are going for blood work are required to fast. When I checked in, they kindly reminded me that I was going to have to be there for the next 2 hours. Oh yes, I'm aware! Thankfully they kept that in mind and quickly got me into one of their rooms to start the process. I'm sure I got a few dirty looks considering that I had just arrived but they wouldn't be camping out for the morning in the waiting room, so the least they could do was take me before the rest of the crowd. I'm a big suck so I'd rather lay while I'm getting my blood taken. After the first draw I was given a cup of the orange sugary drink. It wasn't as gross as some have made it out to be. It tasted like orange pop without the carbonation. I had to drink that within 5 minutes and then they started my hour wait for my next blood draw. I brought my crocheting (because I'm an old lady, hahaha) and began my wait. Once the hour came around, they told me my cubicle was ready. Ahhhh no! I need a bed! So sucky Nicky reminded them that I would prefer a bed for my blood draw. I had to wait until one of the rooms was ready. After my second draw, I wasn't feeling so hot. Maybe laying down wasn't such a bad idea after all! I initially got up and went into the waiting room, but after starting to feel the beginning stages of faint, I made my way back into that room and laid down. Sat up and laid down for the next 10 minutes. I wanted so badly just to get the hell out of there but I still had an hour to go! Once I got back to normal, I went back out into the waiting room and waited the last hour for the draw. When they called me for the last draw, I almost jumped for joy and once that was over I got the heck out of there! Now let's hope the test comes back ok.

Here goes nothing... Cheers!

I also started working on my baby registry! Paul's best friends wives are on the baby train with me as well. Tanujaa has just had her beautiful second daughter in December and Carrie who is 5 weeks head of me is pregnant with her first baby. So the girls and I headed out for a trip to good old Babies R Us. Seeing that Tanujaa is a mommy extraordinaire, she was the leader of our shopping trip. She gave us the ins and outs of what's important to have for a baby, and what items she swears by. It was extremely helpful as I've been nervous to start the registry, not knowing what's needed for a baby because with all the marketing nowadays, it appears that a first time mom requires everything!! 

Once we got to the diaper aisle I found myself questioning what our diapering destiny would be. Cloth or disposables? What brand of disposables should we put on our babe? If we go with cloth, what system/brand do we use? We're lucky to have all these options, but along with options comes research. I have started looking into it but I would love to hear from those other mommies out there who have any experience with their babies on what they loved and why they loved it.

Here's my stats for the week....

This shirt is from the non pregnant Nicky collection. 
I think that it's time I stop wearing these small tees as it was definitely tight!

How far along are you: 24 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: I'd love to say that I gained the standard 4 pounds this month, but this mumma was a little piggy in Mexico. My doctor had advised me that I gained 11 pounds this month! Ahhhh are you kidding? So that means I'm up 25 pounds so far in this pregnancy. (wipe sweat off brow) Crazy!
Maternity Clothes: Why is it that maternity clothes don't grow with you when you start getting larger? Hahaha.... there's one pair of maternity pants that I bought that I do not feel comfortable in any more in the legs because of my recent weight gain. Oh boy. Summer.... where are you? I need maxi dresses!
Sleep: On a good day, I need a pole to high jump into my bed as the mattress is as high as my waist. Now that I have a belly (and this wonderful newly gained 25 pounds) I feel like I need to be catapulted into my bed. I won't be surprised if I just end up dragging a step stool to my side of the bed just to help me into it. 
Best Moment of the Week: Paul has been getting in on the belly rubbing action. Every night before bed I like to have another session of greasing up the butterball. I know this won't stop the stretch marks that I'm destined to have (thanks mom) but you better believe that I'm going to lotion the heck out of that belly! I've asked Paul if he wanted to give my belly a little oil massage. It's a pretty sweet moment that I'm going to remember for a long time as our first family moments. 
Food Cravings: Put any food or mention anything in front of me and I'll most likely want it. 
Wedding rings on/off: On
Belly Button in/out: It's on the brink of popping. I'm not sure if it ever will but it's definitely being stretched to it's limits. Feeling the inside of my belly button is so weird. I'm not a fan. 
Symptoms: The back pain that I was experiencing at work has slowed itself down which makes working a whole lot easier. 
Moods: I've always been very affectionate with Paul but lately it's been a whole new level of affection. He likes to call me his little bundle of hormones. I can't help it. When we're together, I just find myself hugging him, kissing him ALL THE TIME. I'm sure he's getting annoyed that it's steady all the time, but I keep saying it's better than being on the opposite end of this mood!

To give you an example of my food cravings, I thought that I'd show you what I mean. Paul sent this picture in a group text that Kelsey, Paul and I always chat in. He sent this early one morning saying "Nicky this reminds me of you in the mornings"

Well that was unfair! He PUT that idea right infront of me! Once I woke up, you bet I had a craving for pancakes! Luckily for me we had some batter and syrup left. So I had to use it all up!

A moment from our greasing up the butterball night time routine

Friday, 18 April 2014

Weeks 22 and 23

I have to apologize for the double week entry. Paul and I got to get away last week for our baby moon, so while we were enjoying the sun, pools and food, I let week 22 slip by. Not without a picture though!

We flew down to Cancun Mexico and stayed in the Riveria Maya at the Gran Bahia Principe Sian Ka'an resort. The week was just what we needed. Being on different shifts for the last year, we haven't had too many days off together. Especially during the last 2 months. Every time we had days off together, there was always something that was scheduled to do. Planning this vacation meant that we only had each other and a week of relaxing ahead of us! I would definitely recommend any couple who are about to be parents for the first time, take a night (or a week if can!) to spend some time away from your regular routine and make some memories before your little one arrives.

This was a different sort of down south trip than I'm used to. I'm usually counting down the moments where I can have booze free flowing, while flowing around being buzzed in the water and getting ready to attack the all you can eat buffets. I'm not going to lie. I was a little sore about not being able to have the traditional beer on the shuttle bus that was heading to my resort. I was also a little tender about not having the "welcome margarita", that the welcome staff gave out as we stepped off the shuttle bus. Grrrrr. Once we got to the pool and Paul ordered his Pina Colada WITH rum, I settled for a Pina Colada WITHOUT any booze. But to tell you the truth, it was only hard the first day. I usually over indulge by the second day, so the next day and the days following were so much easier.

We spent the week laying around relaxing (from what I hear this will be our last time doing this before our little nugget arrives....SIDE NOTE: I must have heard this line 100 times from people who heard we were going away while I was pregnant. Every time I heard this I would smile and nod, but please understand that I was biting my tongue because I really wanted to say "No shit Sherlock, that's why we're going") Paul got to catch up on his soon to be daddy books by drinking his rum filled bubba thermos by the pool. I loved that he was getting on board with all the books that I was reading. There's something super cute about a new dad excited to learn about the stages of the baby's growth in the uterus, what to expect during the first 6 weeks after birth for baby and mom, and what to plan for baby's arrival. Then he got on my case about my Mexican indulgences. He was getting concerned that I was eating basically everything in sight and he wanted me to reel it in a little bit to make better choices on what I'm feeding the baby. "But I'm on vacation!" was always my response. That WAS my response until the Mexican flu hit me (to much information warning!!!!) aka the runs happened. Ugh. So I scaled back my choices and stuck to the protein, whole wheat, fruit and veggies for the rest of my trip. I know it's better for me to eat, but I wanted to pig out while I was there! My body said no more pigging out, little piggy. Crap.

While we were there we also firmed up our offer on our new house and the conditional offer that was put in on our house. Which means we had our house officially sold within 7 days!! Hip Hip Hooray! The Koscinski family will be moving to our new home at the end of June!! We're so excited to get into our family home to raise our crazy little family.

Here's my Week 22 picture that I remembered to do while we were away.

Here's my Week 23 stats.....

How far along are you: 23 weeks and loving every minute of this pregnancy!
Total weight gain/loss: I'd like to tell you how much I've GAINED during my feeding frenzy on my vacation but that would be unfair to you since I'm not 100% certain on the poundage. Sooooo I'll wait until my doctor's appointment next week just to be sure. Hahahaha
Maternity clothes: MAXI DRESSES ALL DAY LONG. Why can't the warm weather hurry up here in Ontario? While on vacation, my pregnant belly has never felt so free! I got to wear bikinis all day and maxi/sun dresses in the evenings. They are absolutely glorious for the every growing belly. It's a tad depressing coming back home and wearing pants and jeans. You better believe that this girl is dying for the chance to wear some dresses in the near future!
Sleep: Since my belly is a REAL ROUND belly, sleeping requires me to position myself for dream land. I'm a left side sleeper now (I thought I'd never see the night, seeing that I'm a former stomach sleeper) and I now have to sleep with an extra pillow (king size) to rest my belly on and to keep between my knees to help with my back.
Best moment of the week: My belly has really POPPED! It's large and in charge. No mistaking this belly for extra cake anymore! I love it soooooo much! The babe probably loves it as well because he's flipping around and moving like a Mexican jumping bean! Belly life at this stage is amazing. I love him in there:)
Food Cravings: Ice Cream. Paul cut me off of eating ice cream while we were in Mexico because he started to see that I was pulling a repeat of Italy 2012. (When we were in Italy I ate gelato 2 times a day. After lunch and after dinner. Mexico was no different!) Unfortunately after reading his daddy books, he was sceptical on where this ice cream was made as there are warnings in the pregnancy books to avoid eating soft serve ice cream and frozen yogurt from machines as bacteria harbours in them. Bah! No fun. So being the fab guy he is, he stopped at Fortinos before we arrived home and picked us up a box of vanilla bean with caramel ribbon ice cream to enjoy as soon as we got home. Mmmmmmm
Wedding rings on/off: Even in the heat they stayed on all week!
Symptoms: The sore back business is at a minimum while on vacation, seeing that I'm able to lay any time I need to. Not to mention a husband who's willing to give back rubs when it's sore. On that note... "Paul, my back is sore!" Hahahaha
Moods: I was definitely Mrs Max Relax this week. Calm and loving life!

Here's some of the few photos I managed to capture of our baby moon!

At the Mexican a la carte restaurant, caught with my mouth open while saying TEQUILA! Hey, if I can't drink it, I was definitely going to shout it!

Crazy hair and I don't care! I'm on vacation with my belly out!

 Max Relax in all his glory 

Sitting in the shade like a good freckle face

Baby bumpin

Flexing more than my abs lol!

No photo shoots this year, but I managed to get Paul in on this memory at the fiesta!

Monday, 7 April 2014

21 Weeks- We are having a.....

What a great week we've had! Paul and I are in for some big changes really soon!

Last week I left off with mentioning that I had my anatomy ultrasound scheduled for last Monday. I was kind of nervous for this one. It's not like you have appointments like this everyday, so I'm thinking that's where my nerves came into play. Who knows what I was in for? I drank my one litre of water before my appointment and it wasn't like the last time when I had to drink water for my 12 week ultrasound. Being further along in my pregnancy, didn't help my bladder to hold the water longer. I honestly thought that my eyeballs were going to start floating around in my head from water over load. I have some pretty sweet gal pals who contacted me about this second ultrasound and gave me the heads up about it. (I'll let you know that you girls were right!) The technician saw that I had more than a full bladder and she let me empty it. THANK GOODNESS! 

Me looking extremely happy after reliving myself for the second time in the washroom, and about to find out the sex of that little babe in my belly!!

Once she started on the measurements, I had told her that we wanted to find out the sex of our baby today, just not by a verbal confirmation. We wanted her to write it down to take with us to our cake baker/decorator to make us a gender reveal cake for the party that we were throwing for our close friends and family to share the results with. Then she told me that she wasn't able to do that. Whaaaaat?! But our party! But our cake! But I want to be surprised too!!!! She went on to say that because of legalities, they have a policy that says they are able to tell us verbally and show us on the screen, where we can agree with what she's showing us. Once it's written down, then it becomes more of a discrepancy as there isn't any proof behind the results that are written. (I know what some of you may be thinking. Don't worry I thought that too) When she let me relieve my bladder for a SECOND time, she went to check with the radiologist to see if the sex results are then placed in the results of the ultrasound that's sent to my doctor. Maybe my doctor will be able to write it down for me during my appointment with her? Well that was a huge NO as well. They don't even include the sex of the baby in the results as it's not a medical issue. Soooooo we had the option of either being told verbally and shown what she's seeing between our baby's legs, or we wait until the sweet bitter end. 

When the technician went out to get Paul from the waiting room, we let him know of our realization about how we are going to get our results. Instantly he says "You can tell me!" Hahaha, nice try Paul. We're both going to find out. That's when we brought our attention back to the screen and she showed us our little sweetheart bouncing around my belly like a rubber room. She got a good angle between the legs and it was WITHOUT a doubt that I was carrying our SON. IT'S A BOY!!!! We looked at each other and I squealed like I normally do when I'm excited and then Paul staying calm squeezed my legs and smiling like crazy, showing his excitement. Following that appointment we went straight to Target and beelined it to the baby boy section to look at all the cute BOY clothes. Ahhhhhh! Now we had to keep this a secret until our reveal!

To see the results of when we cut the cake.... watch it here Baby Koz Gender Reveal !!

Here's some of the shots the ultrasound technician was able to capture before our baby squirmed into another position! 
Here's a great shot of our little sweetheart from the side. Note the nice round head! (He might not take after Paul's head after all!)
The cute little foot that's been kicking me 

Another photo proof that my baby is dancing up a storm in my belly. 
Here's his whole arm while he's been fist pumping.

And to finish off our ultrasound a little wave goodbye to us! Bye mom and dad!!

Then later on in the week, we bought a house! We've been looking for our perfect home for the last 2 1/2 years. I've always loved our wee town home as it was my first home that I bought all by myself. Built new and picked all the upgrades myself. I'm damn proud of this place! Once Paul moved in, my little pad started getting a little cramped. Once we started talking about having children, we realized that it will start getting a little more cramped with babies and their baby gear in here! After a couple let downs from houses we were about to purchase (new build) and a conditional offer that wasn't looked at because we didn't have our house listed yet, we had lit a fire under our asses!! Over the last year we've painted our home, built a deck in the back yard and my handy husband put in our living room hardwood floors, along with the back splash in the kitchen. Our house was really starting to come together! It's a good thing too, because our future family home was JUST about to be listed!

The home we bought was only on the market for one day before we put an offer in. I hadn't even seen the house in person, only in photos. But I told Paul that if it's as good as it is in the photos on line, just put in an offer! Needless to say, he did. They accepted our first offer and we have a new house!! Our house has a conditional offer on it, that hopefully will be firmed by the end of the week. Things are happening over here and we couldn't be happier :)

I can't forget the birth of my son's first friend!! My long time gal pal Tarah had her baby this week! (She was the cute pregnant lady I went to the sweet baby shower for a few weeks ago). They didn't know the sex of their baby so it was a beautiful surprise, IT'S A GIRL!! She named her Illiana Beatrice. She's every ounce of gorgeous and had already taken away the breath of so many people who love her so much. Welcome into the world sweet Illiana!! 

Meeting Illiana for the first time. She was less than 24 hours old!

Now for my stats of the week.....

(Excuse the picture. It was taken 2 hours before my baby belly turned 22 weeks. I told you it's been a busy week! Had to squeeze in this shot just in the nick of time! Also at 10pm at night)

How far along are you: 21 weeks!
Total weight gain/loss: I'm in the "gain one pound a week" zone. Needless to say, I'm right on track. 15 pounds of pure bliss.
Maternity Clothes: I can't wait until it's summer. I bought some maxi skirts to wear on our baby moon, which will be such a break from wearing pants! C'mon good weather!
Sleep: I'm starting to get back on track. I love to go to bed at 10-11pm and I'm a (somewhat) early riser now getting up at 8! I do sleep well so those are solid hours of great sandman time.
Best Moment of the week: To find out that my mumma intuition was right and I'm carrying a little boy. My heart couldn't be more full than it is right now :)
Food Cravings: During the gender reveal I made some good ol' comfort food. Loaded Baked potato salad, Mac n'Cheese, perogies with onion and bacon, breaded chicken breast on a stick, salad, nachos and buffalo chicken dip! Oh not to mention our reveal cake!! We had so many left overs that I continued to eat it throughout the rest of the week. Poor me. Hahaha!
Wedding rings off/on: On
Symptoms: I'm still suffering from a sore lower back during my work shifts. It feels like someone is driving in 2 needles in my lower back constantly. Fun.
Moods: This week I was on cloud 9!!

I'll leave you with some snaps that I took to document the planning of our little gender reveal party for Baby Koz.
Bulk Barn candy is always a must for every party. I wanted to get some blue and pink Jelly Bellies, sour gummies and a bag of chocolate covered almonds (to represent the BOY side) and a bag of chocolate covered raisins (to represent the GIRL side).

Kelsey and I hard at work tracing the flags to make the BOY or GIRL banner

The infamous BOY or GIRL banner (I had no printer ink so hand written it was!)

The chocolate covered raisins and almonds in their designated spots!

My gorgeous reveal cake made by Jodie from Sugar Tales

I was really looking forward to setting this up. I love how it turned out!

My dad is definitely starting a trend. First he made a shirt for my wedding as the Father of the Bride. Now he's made a shirt for the reveal! The front reads "It's a Boy....It's a Girl"

The back has a cute picture of the baby's ultrasound, reading BABY KOZ- Arriving August 2014

My gal Cathie who was super shocked I kept the secret of the sex for the whole week before the party! I had to! I'm horrible at lying so I couldn't even tell you I knew!

The happy parents who were dressed in pink and blue

The BLUE slice!

His GrandSON!!

Results are in, Blue + Nuts = BOY!!