Saturday, 28 June 2014

Week 33

We did it! We've finally moved into our new home! The move didn't go as bad as I was expecting. I'm not too sure what I was expecting but I was nervous for the day itself.

We've been anticipating this move for the last 3 months. When we first saw this home we both fell in love with it. It was everything that we were looking for with potential to update what wasn't in the home already. The plan is for this to be our forever home. It's absolutely amazing! So we had a lot of expectations riding on getting into this home, which made me nervous that something could come up and halt our transition. Are the movers going to show up? Is everything packed? Will we get the keys on time? Will we even get the keys? Is everything working alright in the new home? I know these are all silly things, but who knows what could have come up.

I thought that I was going to be a bit of an emotional mess leaving my first home behind. I think that the odds were in my favour because I actually didn't get a chance to stand around and get sentimental. The movers showed up 45 minutes late and without the 26 foot truck that we had agreed upon. Instead they bought a 17 foot truck and a cargo van, along with an 4th moving guy. Ummmm, that's lovely that you've brought an extra person for the move to help this go quicker but we had a price agreement, buddy. (For those who don't know, I'm somewhat thrifty. Paul likes to blame it on the fact that I'm Scottish. Whatever it is. I don't like to over pay for anything if I don't have to) Before I went all "pregnant lady" on this guy, I asked Paul to please confirm the cost that we had originally agreed to. Price was confirmed and they began moving. 

The boss of the 4 man crew told me that he'd like to drop off the first cargo van load down at the new house. There was only one problem. We haven't heard from our lawyer about picking up the house keys yet. Boss moving man suggested he just leave the first load in the driveway. Oh really? I don't like leaving my sunglasses in my locked car over night and you want to leave a LOAD of my personal belongings in a driveway to a home we can't even get into yet? Fine. I'll go down and guard that load. Let's go. So there I was in all my pregnant hormone glory, sitting in my car, waiting for a call from the lawyer, praying that the skies don't come pouring rain down on me (it was very overcast at this point with a 50% chance of rain) while trying to get any service on my phone to entertain myself. It was during this point that my bestie Cathie text messaged me to find out how the move is going. Oh poor thing didn't know the rage that was about to show up from my responding text. After sitting on the porch texting with her for 30 minutes, I see her pull into the driveway. She gets out, smiling, holding 2 cups of gelato and a bag of chocolate. What a gal!!! She really lifted my mood by just showing up. The goodies were a bonus! Side note: Cathie likes to celebrate with chocolate from "Monks Chocolate" in Grimsby. (Did I mention she's my best friend? Hahaha) When she stopped there for some goodies, she inquired about getting a chocolate shaped Key. Ironic enough, they didn't have any keys that day. LOL I had to laugh at that! 

Shortly after we polished off those gelatos, the guys came down with the first load on the truck, but we still didn't have the keys!!!! After waiting close to 30 minutes, I got the word that they keys were in the lawyers hand, money transfer was done and the keys are available for pick up. START THE CAR!!!! Luckily for us, the lawyer is honestly 8 blocks away from our new house so I was there stat! After I arrived back, I was in all my glory. I got to show our friends who showed up the tour of the new home, while the movers got everything into the house. And I didn't feel bad about not helping! Yay! 

Overall, the move went well and I have to give a lot, if not all of the credit to Paul. He did SO MUCH that entire day. I really wished that I could have helped out more. Moving while being 8 1/2 months pregnant definitely doesn't allow you to help much. He's such a rock. He even let me bitch when I needed to and he didn't complain. Gosh I love him.

Now that we're in the house, I can't wait to get back to making more stuff for the baby's room! I've been pinning like crazy so be prepared to be overloaded on hand made projects that I'll be doing next week:)

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

How far along are you: 33 weeks
Total weight loss/gain: I'd say I'm up 36 pounds by now. 
Maternity clothes: Since I've packed all my things up, I kept a few pieces of large comfy clothes out for the day of the move and the days following. Needless to say I've been sporting the bummy look over the past few days. (See weekly photo for proof) 
Sleep: I've been getting really stuffed up during my sleep at night. It's annoying when I can't breathe because of the giant baby growing in me pressing up against my diaphragm, let alone waking up to blow my nose a few (hundred) times throughout the night. (on top of the usual bathroom breaks I'm already up for)
Best Moment of the week: Since my little nugget has been staying in the vertex position (head down), his little feet have been positioned on my left side. If I rest my arm on that side of my stomach and I can feel his legs move and press up against my stomach. It's amazing!! Not so amazing when he's moving his legs to play my ribs like a xylophone. 
Food Cravings: I got my braces tightened for the SECOND LAST time this week so my food choices had to revolve around anything soft to chew. Ice cream is always good in times of need. 
Wedding rings on/off: I haven't taken them off recently. So they will stay on unless my fingers start turning purple. 
Symptoms: During the evening of the move, I started feeling sore. Down there. As if I had done a bunch of goblet squats the day before. I did do them a few days prior, but this soreness would have come and gone already. I started wondering if I did too much during the move? Well I felt this pain the next day and the day after that. The only way I can describe this feeling was as if I was punched in the crotch or I had sex non stop for the past week. Since neither one of those things have happened, I wondered what the heck is going on? Google to the rescue!! Here's where I'd like to ask where's all my former pregnant ladies at? How come NONE of you warned me about sore vagina? I knew it would happen AFTER I gave birth, but before? From what I've read so far- the baby is getting into position, applying pressure down there and since I'm far along in my pregnancy it's apparently perfectly normal. Awesome. Sore crotch syndrome. 
(here's a link of one of the 5 sites I read about it: link to sore crotch during pregnancy )
Moods: I'm all over the place. I'm large and in charge just stay out of my way. 

This was taken last Saturday when a bunch of us all went out for dinner, for the last time before Carrie's baby is born. She's due July 3rd (5 weeks before me) and she's ready to go! Now we just need that little one to be ready to1eave!

Here was a view of how my living room looked for the last week or so at the old place. I hated having to dodge around all these boxes. I had to start packing earlier on in the month because of how tired I would get in between packing up each box and having to take breaks. 

In between one of those packing breaks, I was invited by my long term friend Pat- who will be shortly known as Uncle Pat- for a little dip in his pool. Best packing break ever! Here's me and the nugget taking our first dip together :)

After moving into the new place, I got a chance to check out all the things that make this house incredibly cool. Every time I see these 4 items, I giggle. Starting top left going clockwise: our rose coloured jacuzzi in our master bathroom, 6 foot chandelier that hangs in the front hallway, bidet in the ensuite bathroom and the 1980's intercom that can be found in every room of the house and patio. LOL

I know this isn't the most glamourous photo of me, but isn't that what pregnancy does to a woman? Since all my clothes are still in boxes, I've just been pulling clothing items out and wearing them as long as they fit. This used to be a shirt I would wear over my bathing suit. Now this just barely reaches the end of my belly, which means it fits! (for now) Here's me, looking like an Easter Egg after the move.

Paul's going to be taking many trips to Home Depot in the next little while, trying to get the house up to our standard. He never minds when I tag along because we always get the VIP pregnant lady spots right at the front of the store due to my every growing belly.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Week 32

I started this post earlier on in the week and realized that I should just wait until the end of the week because I'll have nothing to record on what happened during my 32nd week of being pregnant. Duh. I'll blame the pregnancy brain.

This week started out by celebrating my dad on Father's Day! Since Paul and I will be moving next week, we didn't suggest everyone to come over to our house for the festivities because our house is starting to look like a warehouse with all the boxes stacked up everywhere. Instead we spent the day at my dad's house and had dinner there. For his father's day gift I had a family photo from my wedding and had it enlarged and framed to hang in his living room. How could I pass up that opportunity to get that done? I told him to be prepared for next year as most of his gifts will have baby hand prints on them. Awww.

After our dinner, my dad wanted to celebrate the fact that Paul will be a dad soon, so my dad passed out cigars to the boys (Kelsey opted out) to go along with their beers. Before they lit them I had to get them in on a Father's day progress shot. After all, I have to celebrate the (soon to be) dads in my life!

Paul and I attended our weekly prenatal class. This was the second part to the series of breast feeding classes. At the beginning of the class, the instructor asked the dad's to pick up the dolls she passed out and to have them replicate the types of breastfeeding holds that we went over last week. I loved this part! Of course I couldn't pass up an opportunity to get a photo of Paul pretending to breast feed the dolly, but I will spare him embarrassment of showing it. He did great with remembering the holds and the different positions when burping babies. Here's one of him burping our "baby".

I also had 4 appointments for my little babe. The first one was on Tuesday at St Joe's for an ultrasound to check on the size he's growing in my uterus and which position he's laying. Paul was back to work at this point so I got to bring my bestie Cathie with me! At this appointment the technician asked me if anyone had ever mentioned the size of the baby's head. Up until now they always said that he measured normally. So apparently his head is getting a bit bigger. Gah. He's obviously taking after his dad. Thanks Paul. Hahaha. Let's hope he doesn't come out looking like a bobble head. Heck! Let's hope that I can get him out with that bobble head! But the greatest news out of that appointment was that Baby Koz is finally head down!!! All my baby flipping techniques have worked! Now I just need to make sure he stays there. No flipping back, baby!

Now that he's getting so large and squished in there it's almost impossible to get a full photo of the baby's body. So here's a shot the technician was able to quickly get before be wiggled around again of his cute little profile. 

The next day I had an appointment with my family Doctor and then one with the maternity centre. I know what you're thinking.... why on the same day? It's just the way it worked out and I didn't care to change it. So my doctor was happy with the weight I was gaining (never would I ever think to hear someone say that!) and then I heard the same thing from the doctor at the maternity centre. She even said she thought that I was under weight- pre pregnancy. LOL. As long as they don't have a problem with it, I'm doing fine!

Finally my week of appointments concluded with my long awaited referral to the OB at St Joes because of my bicornate uterus. This appointment was fairly quick as they didn't find a need for me to be under the care of this OB. They reviewed my results from the ultrasound and said that because baby was turning they didn't see a problem with me delivering normally. It's known that babies in a bicornate uterus, they get stuck into a certain position and usually it's not head down where they will usually have to be taken out via C Section. This made me so happy! Baby is head down so all is good! We did go over the chances that I may go into early labour because of this condition, but to just look out for warning signs and come right to get checked. Fingers cross that all turns out well :)

And here are my stats for the week........... (no their cigars aren't lit yet)

How far along are you: 32 weeks! That means I officially have 2 months left! Wooooo!
Total weight loss/gain: At all 3 of my doctor appointments this week I was weighed. All of the results were the same and I've gained 35 pounds so far. Holy crap. Where's my moomoo?
Maternity Clothes: Eff pants. I don't want to even bother wearing them any more.
Sleep: I'm still elevated on my plethora of pillows. This helped A LOT when I was going through a wicked night of allergy attacks. My nose was the most abused victim in that circumstance. The only thing I could do at that point was use the Neti Pot. Brutal.
Best Moment of the Week: Seeing my little baby on the big screen, hearing his heart beat 3 times and knowing that he's head down!!!!! Yay!
Food Cravings: Anything. Put food in front of me and watch it magically disappear!
Wedding rings on/off: On
Symptoms: I'm a stove. I'm warm all the time and I would prefer to sleep with my house temperature set like what you would set your fridge at.
Moods: For some reason I was feeling very worried this week. Worried over anything. Maybe it's a combination of all these appointments and packing up my house to move. I'm not feeling very settled. I'd like to relax now. And have a beer. 2 months to go!

Here's some pics that we were able to get of Father's day!
Rob didn't exclude the pregnant lady in his cocktail making. Here he is making a mocktail for moi!

 My dad had marinated some jerk chicken over night. It was amazing!

 There was so many out takes of this progress shot since it was my dad's first one. He kept leaning on me (he's heavy!!) and doing the thumbs up (why?) and I couldn't hold it together any more!!

The 3 main men in my life

Friday, 13 June 2014

Week 31

This week I was spoiled by my close friends and family at my sweet baby shower. My bestie Cathie and my sister Kelsey did such a great job at putting this together! (and refusing to let me help in ANY way). It was a great afternoon spent with so many people who are as excited for Paul and I as we prepare for our little nugget to arrive in 2 short months. (let's hope it's not 2 long months!) My gal pal Chris has the greatest cake decorator and baker named Jodie from Sugar Tales where she gets all her cakes for her special occasions. Chris had told me that she was planning on getting a cake for my shower from Sugar Tales! I was so excited because Jodie had made our wedding cake and gender reveal cake. Both were gorgeous and equally as delicious, so I couldn`t wait to see how this one was going to turn out. Jodie definitely didn`t hold out! It was phenomenal! She took the idea from the cute shower invitations that read `Nicky`s about to POP!`and went with that theme.

The large popcorn tub cake on the top was a vanilla flavour with a buttercream icing under a homemade marshmallow fondant. The small popcorn tubs were chocolate. To create the popcorn, Jodie cut up little mini marshmallows and then sprayed a yellow food colouring to act as the butter topping. How adorable!

During the shower Cathie had organized the games, Guess the number of candy soothers in the bottle, Guess the size of Nicky`s belly and Guess the baby food (in this one guests had a popcicle stick and had to try 6 different flavours of jarred baby food. Ewww). She also had a cute photo of a baby crawling where guest were to write on a little blue balloon a sweet wish for the baby to be framed and obviously a pool in when guests thought the baby would be born. Some ladies were nice saying he`d be a week early.... some said over a week late! Ahhhh I hope not!

The sweet `shower`set up! 

My long time gal pals holding my babe

Auntie Kelly

Had to get a snap of the popcorn bar before it was almost gone!

Me and the rest of the gals from our Wives Club. Notice there`s another preggo to my left! She`s 5 weeks ahead of me and we can`t wait to meet that little babe!

My bestest gal pal Cathie. Thanks for such a great afternoon.
 I love your guts more than you know. 

My family! 

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

How far along are you: 31 weeks
Total weight loss or gain: I`m going to guesstimate and say another 2 pounds
Maternity Clothes: All dresses all the time. 
Sleep: Not bad actually! I`m used to waking up every couple hours, but as long as I get back to sleep I`d say it`s a successful night! 
Best Moment of the week: Hanging out with my gal pals and friends at my baby shower
Food Cravings: I went to Fortinos and bought a clam shell pack of soft chocolate chip cookies and ate 4-5 to myself that night. Annnnnd I still keep going....
Wedding rings on or off: ON. Thank goodness. I didn`t think that they`d be lasting this long.
Symptoms: I woke up last night with heart burn at 3am. I don`t want to point fingers but it may be from those cookies and cake I ate before bed. LOL 
Moods: Irritable. Gah this is a brutal mood. Poor Paul. If he`s around I`m irritated at him. If I`m alone I`m irritated at something I`m doing. This mood goes on and on.... Beware, I may be irritated at you. Sorry ahead of time :)

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Week 30

I have been looking forward to this week for sooooooo long. I'm officially on holidays from work for the entire month of June! I'm not very high on the senority list at work, so I took my holidays as close to my maternity leave as I possibly could. 29 days of blissful time off is exactly what this pregnant body needs!

I normally would have celebrated my first day off with a beer or some other wonderful alcoholic beverage to kick start my holidays. However this set of holidays began a little different. I grabbed dinner on the way home from work, watched TV while feeding my face and then fell asleep by 8:30pm. Ha!

I had another ultrasound on Monday that I brought Kelsey to. This ultrasound was recommended by my maternity centre, to monitor the growth of my baby in my weird shaped uterus. He's a busy babe and kept kicking the technician's hand and making her wand jump. I think after awhile she was getting annoyed because he wouldn't hold still for any measurements. LOL Once they got the measurements of me and him, they invited Kelsey into the room to see him on the screen. Since he's getting more squished in there and wouldn't hold still, the tech couldn't get a great shot of him. When Kelsey first walked in, she saw a great view of his side profile. After that it was a lot of views of body parts since he was starting to get camera shy. We confirmed that he's been laying transverse, which means he's laying across my abdomen with his back at the top of my stomach leaving his arms and legs kicking the bottom of my stomach. (Not comfy. At. All) Some days it feels like I'm storing a grown person in my stomach when he's stretching out across my stomach. It's the craziest feeling. This is not the ultimate desired position for a baby but he still has 2-4 weeks until they'd like to see him head down in the vertex position.

Here's a non evasive photo of how my baby (the doll) is postitioned in my stomach.
He's probably comfy as ever! But it's time to move, nugget.
Transverse lie
After that scan, I had a follow up appointment with the maternity centre. They said all our measurements were great. They aren't concerned about where he's laying just yet. They'll give him as long as 3-4 weeks to see if he moves on his own before seeing if they'll have to try and manually move him. They scheduled me another ultrasound in 2 weeks to see everything is alright with his growth in the space he has and to see where he'll be positioned then.
When they mentioned manually moving him, I started to get nervous. I youtubed videos how they can move the baby from out side of the womb and it looked uncomfortable for the mom. I then youtubed videos on how to move my baby from the transverse position myself. There are 3 ways that can assist with moving him. First, hip circles on a yoga ball- every day for 15 minutes for the next 10 days. Second is, stacking pillows, then propping your hips up on the incline with your back on the floor for 15 minutes a day. The pull of gravity in that position may move him. And lastly is the way that a pregnant lady sits. If your sitting, you should always be positioned with your back straight (so impossible to do the entire time when you sit 10-12 hours a day at work) keeping your legs apart and stomach in between your legs. I know it sounds weird but I'm willing to do anything to get him into position. Especially when I'd rather recline my chair, which they tell you to try and avoid. UGH. So yesterday began "Operation: Head Down Baby".

Here I go working that yoga ball. Circle, circle, circle- move baby move! 

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

How far along are you: 30 weeks! That means only 10 to go!!
Total weight loss/gain: I stood on the dreaded digital scale at the maternity centre. I'm up 33 pounds. I'm only 2 pounds away from my entire pregnancy weight gain goal. With 10 weeks to go, I'm sure I'm going to pass that. Gah. Food, why do you have to be so friggin delicious?
Maternity Clothes: My sister Kelsey is a god sent. She gave me some of her maxi dresses to get me through the summer knowing that I'm slowing out growing all the ones that I brought pre baby body.
Sleep: Those crazy vivid dreams are coming back that I had in the first trimester! Those are obviously subconsiously scheduled in between my bathrooms breaks.
Best Moment of the week: Seeing my little nugget on the big screen, waving and moving all around.
Anything that I miss: I tried wearing shorts the other day. Yup. Big mistake. I won't be wearing those anytime soon. I actually like wearing shorts. So I think that I can chalk that up to missing them, seeing that this body shouldn't be caught wearing them in this state.
Food Cravings: The witching hour for bad eating comes after 7pm. It's awful and I'm not sure what comes over me. But we've lost bags of popcorn, chocolate and boxes of ice cream during this time zone. So if you're ever visiting me around this time, please feed the animal.
Wedding rings on/off: on
Belly Button in/out: slightly out
Symptoms: Irritated. I'm glad I'm on holidays because some days I just want to relax and not be so irritated with EVERYTHING.
Moods: To go along with irritation, today I just wanted to tell people off that were irritating me. I saw a teenage girl walking in my neighbourhood with her buddies, throw her full pop from McDonald's right onto the street before I drove by. I stopped my car and rolled down the window asking her if it was ok if I went to her house and did that on her street. Normally I wouldn't have really cared and just drove by but I'm seriously irritated lately so I had to open my pregnant lady mouth. Let's hope next week my mood is tranquil. Hahaha