Tuesday, December 30, 2008


Ashtanga News (.com) blows.


Went to Lowes and Home Depot.
Repicked out paint colours for the nursery.
Today I will be printing out the critters I would like to paint all over the walls.
I also have a MAD busy kitchen project going on in my mind.
I'd like to tackle that sometime this week.
Crazy and awesome, yup yup.
Slowly - but surely - we will get there!

3 Months

3 months from today, suckers!

Providing he is as on schedule as his daddy.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Nursery Plans

I think I am going to draw up the mural for the nursery with Brennen tonight!

Speaking of, here's a pretty little crib idea (not for us, but pretty none-the-less)...

Bad Mamma

Thumper is building a city in there.
I'm sure of it.
He's banging, he's hammering, he's moving around at frantic speeds.

When you go to bed at night and he's non-stop on the go, and you wake up first thing to a kick under the ribs, you can feel really....drained.

And then, because I feel drained, I feel like a bad mamma.
Like....I should relish *every* kick, right?

What's up?

On Track

Thumper, once more, is right on track.
Spent the last two days suffering horrid morning sickness.
Then got tomorrows update today and it says 'voila....morning sickness will be back'.


Maybe at least I'll stop eating so much.

My treadmill, btw, has been moved over to the new house.
Workouts commence today!

Week 27

Fetal development in pregnancy week 27:fetus in seventh month

Your not-so-tiny-anymore brilliant baby(about 2 pounds and 14.5 inches long!) is slowly rotating in preparation to “head out.” Obviously, this doesn’t happen overnight, but when you start to feel an unfamiliar pressure on your cervix, you’ll know you’ve got a fully flipped baby locked and loaded for the countdown to their birthday! Even now, at the beginning of the third trimester, their little lungs are already capable of breathing air while the pulmonary vascular system can provide sufficient gas exchange and the central nervous system can generally regulate rhythmic breathing as well as their basal body temperature. For what it’s worth, at this point in a healthy pregnancy a premature child (with intensive care) could easily win on the show: “Survivor: The Early Years.”

And how's mom doing? You’ve worked hard, done your research, endured a plethora of joyless symptoms and would like nothing more than to have wonder-baby on the outside. Well, dig in for the final endurance round and say hello again to the familiar but not-so-lovable faces of fatigue and nausea. You guessed it, the dratted hormone factory is once again running at full-tilt (and causing rapid hair growth), sigh…. Your (“yaaaawn”) fatigue stems from several factors, including the proverbial weight gain, shortness of breath and of course, sleep deprivation. (See week 29 for tips on how to alleviate fatigue!).

Yes, ladies, you’ve finally reached the infamous “live-on-the-toilet” stage. Your feet are bigger, your breasts are bigger, your belly is bigger, even your baby is bigger—and something’s gotta give. Annoyingly, nature didn’t choose your butt and instead opted to compress your bladder, which is now being completely squashed by your-super-sized-baby... all day long. So your best shot is to just accept the fact you’re going to need to urinate every 10 minutes (and if you manage to go longer, thank the good lord).

Of course breast tenderness is also very common at this phase as milk production is kicking in. Other thrilling third-trimester symptoms include more swelling (known as edema) and feeling like you live in a sweat factory as a result of increased basal body temperature. Thank your baby: this temperature increase stems from their body heat coupling with your own, which of course all adds up to one hot mama!

Just in case you don’t have enough things to stress out about: we’d like to remind you the third trimester is really a time to kick your baby-on-the-outside preparations into high gear: baby-proof the home or apartment, buy a car-seat, get a stroller, dress up the nursery and plan a space for diapering, keep mulling over possible names, and try to enjoy this time… when you’re not nauseous, constipated, running to the toilet, or just plain wiped out. (And don’t forget to get your sleep, be active, and eat well! Phewee! we're tired just thinking about what you're going through!)

Friday, December 26, 2008

Poll's Over

Poll's over!
Votes are in!
Best baby present of the year arrived on our doorstep TODAY.

There's really no beating this one, I'm afraid.

Thanks Daddy!
I love you.

I Love Today

It's 12.30pm.
Dressed in an over-sized shirt which comes down mid-thigh (my husbands, I love to wear his shirts and sweaters) and nothing else I have been moving around in our new home, trying to renovate. I've spent a few hours cutting filling foam out of the cracks we put it into. I've been shifting light furniture. I've been taping paint colour chips to the nursery wall.
The rocking chair stands in the middle of the room, covered with a white drop-cloth. Soon I will scrub the walls down with warm soapy water and, once dry, tape the moulding and ceiling off with painters tape. Unscrew the lightswitch and outlet covers. And call the room ready for it's paint.
My hair is clean and shiny and piled up loosely out of the way. The shade is delicious...darker than I had intended but close to my natural.
Brennen is in our new kitchen cooking us lunch. Steak for him, stir-fry for me.
I spent last night exploring our new oven by making cookies for a group of friends who were gathered around playing games.
Later the kitchen will have to be painted too...colours hand-picked by us, the two artists, picky but in love enough to compromise on taste.
The bathroom is the only room near finished. I didn't pick my colour, he didn't pick his....we compromised and the outcome is beautiful. Everybody loves it.
I am excited for the rest of the house.
But that is then and this post was for now.
For today.
I love today.
I love we three.
First thing this morning, naked and snuggling in bed, Brennen puts his hand on my belly. Thumper promptly starts to kick. Either to say 'hey' or to say 'get off me!'. We don't know which but we giggle together.
Next a bubble bath, shared.
Then I slip into his over-sized shirt, put on great music and begin work on our baby's room.

The days are very beautiful now that we are on our own again.
Not our duo, which we love, but our trio, which is just as amazing.

It's like a great sigh of relief to be ourselves, in our own spaces.
Heck, we even found a new series we like to lay in bed at night and watch.

Today...today is just beautiful.
And so was yesterday, Christmas, spent with friends.

I cannot wait for the New Year, now.
I cannot wait for the days that will come.
I cannot wait to spend the rest of my life with these boys.
In our house, in our home.

It's really pretty terrific.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Lows, The Highs

Can't sleep at all.
Constantly dehydrated.

Pregnancy has really been a breeze.
Can't believe it's almost over.
Is this it?

3 months and counting...feeling blessed for the time I've had.

Week 26

Week 26: Eye see YOU!
Fetal development in pregnancy week 26:fetus in sixth month

At long last, your little swimmer can see the womb! Your miracle’s little eyelids have finally separated (they were fused closed previously) and they’re probably having their first moments of sight as you read this (or maybe it already happened while you were brushing your teeth or watching Oprah or something). In addition to seeing their little studio in your belly, they’ve recently acquired the ability to say “yes” and “no” in rudimentary sign language as they can now move their head back and forth. This is also the time where your little super star’s head hair is starting to grow! A cute little cowlick or two may be springing into position right now, getting ready for years of cute-but-stubborn bed-head. Also, their toenails have grown in and you little raisin continues to slowly pile up fat beneath their still-loose skin. Most importantly, brain tissue and neurons are all developing at a rapid pace, increasing their (genius-level?) brain activity and will continue to function at accelerated levels for the first seven to eight years of childhood!

And how's mom doing? This is the final week of your second trimester. We won't go on and on about the joys of constipation, but if you’re curious why you’ve got to put up with this much-less-than-fun blockage, it’s basically because you’re producing higher levels of progesterone, which relaxes muscle tissue throughout your entire body, including the G.I. tract and ultimately slows digestion down… waaaay down. Not to fear, there are plenty of natural remedies for the joys of constipation, including: increasing your standard fiber intake with fruits and veggies, oatmeal, or whole grains (such as millet, rye and wheat). Another way to get things moving "down there" is to get yourself moving! If you haven’t been very active, try putting some time in walking or swimming. Increasing your general activity levels often inspires a bowel movement without requiring a suppository. Many women also experience restless and jittery legs during the second half of pregnancy. It’s a common condition known as Restless Leg Syndrome (or RLS—not a very creative name). Cutting out caffeine, stretching your calf muscles slowly, and some nice and deep muscle massages are generally effective ways to help deal with RLS.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Lava Lamp

Probably nobody will understand this swirling mess but Brennen and I.
But here's the most exciting lava lamp I've ever seen.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Week 25

Week 25: Turn it around... and around
Fetal development in pregnancy week 25:fetus in sixth month

Your little grower’s physical proportions are evening out at this point and most of their remaining development will largely be weight gain and lots and lots of nervous system development. The good news is: if your child is born premature now they’ll be more likely to survive without too much trauma as their lungs began to produce “surfactant” last week, which means their tiny respiratory system is getting stronger with each passing day. Yes, now’s a good time for a minor sigh of relief and a quick pat on the back. All that hard work and conscientious living is really getting your child prepared for a healthy delivery. Keep up the fabulous work mama! This week they’ll be scootching slowly out of the old breech position and start rotating (already!) into a better position for exit during their birth. Their head and feet are slowly rotating so that the head is pointed down towards the birth canal. Time is short (or really long, depending on who you ask)—just (still!) 14 weeks left before you can go back to being a single-resident human.

And how's mom doing? Trimester two is finally almost over, which means you have that one final trimester of pregnancy to enjoy (and suffer through). You could celebrate this landmark passage by purchasing some piece of clothing designed to make your curvy body look as gorgeous and classy as possible... and don’t let the price tag stop you, this is an act of self-love not book-keeping. But before you max out your credit card, remember: you’re only going to get larger, so buy smart. Speaking of larger, you’re obviously carrying more weight now and your back is going to let you know. Don’t let this get you down or make you feel like a weakling—it all comes with the territory of being preggers. Try to practice good posture—it will alleviate some of the back fatigue as slouching is actually harder on your back. It’s also common for women to experience leg cramps during this period. Go ahead, strong arm someone who loves you into giving you a massage. Or if you're lucky enough to have the extra bucks, head to a spa that specializes in pregnancy massages and get the full-treatment.

You may have already noticed that your hair seems fuller, thicker, more plentiful and darker-- especially your body hair. There are two basic reasons for this: 1) you're shedding much less (head) hair than you usually do and 2) your body's hormones contribute to the way your body hair is growing right now. Not to worry, all the hairiness will return to normal after you've delivered your baby.

Friday, December 12, 2008


Sitting, singing, relaxing with the sprog inside.
It's beautiful.
I'm dreaming of snow (there are rumours it's coming)and of the home we are building and just...

enjoying this beautiful moment of life.

Only thing better than this is laying in bed with Brennen.
We fit so brilliantly together.
But, until he gets home, I shall continue to sit and sing.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Ha Ha!

I finally found an angle that makes my belly look big!

Appearance Ramble

I'm getting bigger but you still can't tell I'm pregnant unless I'm wearing something tight.
Being winter, with me wearing my jacket, you can't really tell at all.
I really want to take some baby/daddy shots with B and my belly but the darn thing looks so little on film! He'd just look like he was hugging a bear gut. A bear gut below some huge knockers.

I am pale with HUGE purple bags under my eyes.
I look like a zombie.
Somebody told me I had a beautiful glow but bollocks to their lies!
I fear I am anemic, I can't do too much activity without wearing myself out.

Who knew pregnancy would be like this for a fitness freak like me?
I'm still baffled by that.
*shouts into megapone* "The entire world is a trickster"

Belly moves when Thumper does.
Want to video-tape it when he gets a little bigger.

What do you call video-taping now that nobody uses video tapes?
/end of ponder

that's about it!
I'm tired.
I need to work but my clamps are covered in epoxy and I've been informed not to touch them.
Maybe I can do some drawing instead.

I have to do *something* despite this fatigue....

*wanders off*


Have I mentioned this?
I have an accent still (oh, apparently) and whenever people ask me his name...
well, it goes like this:

"What's his name, have you picked one yet?"
"Yes! It's *****"
*confused stare*
I repeat.... "It's *****"
*extra confused stare*
They try to repeat it back to me and sound ridiculous.
I turn to Brennen.
He says "It's *****"
They say "Oh! *****!!! I See!" and say it perfectly.

*stamps foot*
*kicks ground*
*squints at all things American*

And you *deep fry* it.

Week 24

Week 24: Breathe baby, breathe!
Fetal development in pregnancy week 24:fetus in sixth month

This is another big week for your magical growing baby! Just take a look at the checklist for this week: 1) ears: done; 2) fingernails: done; 3) (if you have a boy) testicles: taking their 3-4 day trip from the abdominal wall to the scrotum; and 4) lungs walls: secreting “surfactant”. What’s that? Well, surfactant is sort of what it sounds like: a surface-activated fat whose main purpose is to assist the your baby's little lungs during inflation (as in, filling with air, not getting more expensive). Just in case you’re curious, your submerged baby is still breathing in amniotic fluid, preparing and rehearsing the lungs an oxygen-filled life outside the womb. By the end of this week, your child will be weighing around 2 lbs and 14 inches long. Your cutie-patootie may even be a little more plump, but isn't anywhere near their full baby-fatted cute-self. Most of the “filling out” is coming up in that long awaited (and slightly dreaded?) third trimester. Woo-hoo! Get ready!

And how's mom doing? Your little one is moving (spinning, kicking, pirouetting, shimmying, and maybe even doing a bit of the Can-Can) so much these days that if you invite your friends and/or family to touch your belly there’s a good chance they’ll get a milder sample of what you’ve been experiencing . You’ve may have experienced the oddity that is strangers who feel a protruding pregnant belly is public property and a silent invitation for belly touching. We recommend taking the belly-touching calmly and if it really offends you, just say something like: “I just fell in a large vat of anthrax.” Or perhaps something a little less aggressive, like, “Please, at the very least, ask me before touching my body.” Still, there are many women who enjoy sharing this touching ritual with others. Find your comfort zone and good luck with the rest.

Scary stuff you should be aware of: The danger of getting preeclampsia (a.k.a. Toxemia) during pregnancy is significantly higher and is characterized by significant swelling of the hands and face, excessive weight gain, blurry vision with severe headaches or abdominal pain. Obviously, swelling is common during pregnancy, but should be monitored closely, and sudden ongoing swelling to the hands and face could be a concern. Talk with your physician for more information. Preeclampsia can also be diagnosed by high blood pressure and the presence of certain proteins in your urine. Again, high blood pressure alone does not mean you are affected, but it might be something you and your physician will want to/need to monitor throughout your pregnancy. Preeclampsia can prevent the placenta from receiving enough blood, thus depriving your baby of essential nutrients and lower oxygen levels, possibly resulting in low birth weights and other problems. There are several websites dedicated to preeclampsia education such as: http://www.preeclampsia.org/.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Lucky Little Monster

Gets a RAINFOREST nursery!!!

I was tossing up between Dinosaurs and a Jungle theme. Almost a horse/cowboy theme. Then my MIL bought Thumper a little nursery swing that was rainforest theme and I fell IN LOVE with the treefrogs and toucans. Even more in love with them than with the lion micofleece blanket we had bought him! So we went from dinosaurs to jungle and from jungle to rainforest.

And I'm set on the rainforest.

Because I'm pee-my-pants excited about painting colourful treefrogs all over the wall!

I'm still going to throw that lion blanket in there, because it's sooooooo cute.

And he's keeping the rocking horse we bought because that somehow symbolises my own childhood.

But SQUEE!!!!!!!
The rest of his room will be a wonderful, fantastic, beautiful, rainforesty, toucanny, treefroggy, monkey MESS!!

Kicking Daddy's Butt

The other night whilst spooning my lover (he is the best spooner in the *world*) Thumper started kicking.
Of course my belly was hugged next to Brennen's butt.
So Thumper - literally - kicked his dad's butt all night long.


I giggled a lot. So did B.

The next day at the Christmas parade Thumper kicked everytime the bands went by.
He loves music already.
We're in for trouble!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Weight Ramble

When most people find out I'm pregnant they look surprised.
When they find out I'm near six months along, they look shocked.
I've had several *several* people say "I'm bigger than you and I'm not even pregnant" and then they marvel at my size.

I think my vain side is secretly glad for (and even proud of!) this.
But then logic kicks in and I get mad at myself for even caring about how I look to others.

With weight gain I have had to buy some maternity pants. I probably could have gotten by just buying larger sizes of clothing but the price was the same so I just went with getting some maternity jeans, which I can easily grow into.
WOO-HOO are they ugly! At least around the waist, which I cover up with long tops.
But they are comfortable.
Prior to these my jeans buttons dug into my belly and I squealed everytime I sat down or bent to tie my shoes. This distressed Brennen somewhat! I think both he and Thumper are much happier with the new wardrobe.

I'm trying not to worry about my weight which - as a longtime dieter - is very hard.
I've gained about 15lbs and I've just entered the sixth month.
I thought I was doing well but now I'm not so sure - 30-45lbs is a supposedly good amount of weight for an entire pregnancy gain so...I'm almost halfway there and baby hasn't reached his growth spurt yet. So I wonder if I'm gaining too rapidly.
Then I think to two of my friends who each gained 60-70lbs during their pregnancy and I tell myself to calm down.
I think, REALLY, it doesn't matter.
I think I shouldn't look at weight, just at what I'm eating.
In fact I know this.
It's just hard not to worry at the number getting larger on the scale.

I have a cardio workout I need to do (good old netflix, it came in the mail) but I haven't conquered it yet.
I really just wish I were at my own house, with my treadmill.
I think it will be one of the first things I move over, into the new house.
I am going crazy without it.
I just want Thumper and I to go walking, maybe jogging, to some fabulous music each day.

On that note we can hopefully start moving to our new location sometime in December. We are currently picking out bathroom fixtures which - despite current poverty - is fun and exciting. I can't wait to see it all put together.

Anyway, now I am just blathering when I could be discovering my cardio workout.
Or drinking water.
Or finding something healthy to eat.

I hope to take some belly photos soon.
Some arty ones that involve my lover as well.

We'll see what time hands us.

Love & Sparkles,


Now that Thumper is almost a foot long I have the stinking Subway song in my head!

Five dollar....
Five dollar....
Five dollar foot lonnnnng.....

Week 23

Fetal development in pregnancy week 23:fetus in sixth month

At this point you’ve pretty much adjusted to the fact you’ve got a moving little gymnast inside of you, but now they’re going to kick up the party a notch because they can hear and react to sounds from the outside world. Sounds from your alarm clock, a thunder roll, or that darned car honking at you across the intersection can actually jar their little ears enough to elicit a kick or violent bout of squirming. Of course this also means that their little ears are picking up the sounds of your voice and those near you. So go ahead, sing a lullaby to your little angel—if they start kicking, it’s likely they just want you to stop… or maybe it was a kick of approval? You decide. Your baby's tiny taste buds are still growing and their bones are continuing to ossify (harden), their tiny veins are visible through their translucent yet wrinkly skin. (Think of it this way: they’ve been swimming in the equivalent of a long hot bath for the past 23 weeks, so you can’t blame them for being a little prune-like.)

And how's mom doing? If no one warned you about the joys of the pregnancy-sleep-challenge, you’ve probably already started to discover just how difficult it can be to find adequately comfortable sleeping positions. The good news is: some people actually invented pillows specifically designed to give a pregnant woman a better chance of sleeping through the night. There are a variety of different designs, but inevitably you’ll want some sort of belly support as well as a body pillow between your legs and under your belly to relieve a bit of the discomfort you're sure to be experiencing right now. If you choose to buy the (rather spendy) pregnancy pillows they've got on the market, make sure you keep the receipt as some women still have problems sleeping and fare better with their own unique pillow collection and set-up

As if there's not enough to keep track of already, are you remembering to drink lots of fluids? Plenty of good ol’ fashioned H20 (water) can help reduce swelling in your poor ankles and feet-- resulting from the pressure your now over-sized uterus is putting on your pelvic veins, thereby slowing fluid circulation to the lower half of your body. Also, if you want to further reduce the dreaded appearance of pregnancy “cankles” (calf-ankles) try to avoid sitting for long periods of time—and for the hundredth time: don’t forget to stay active! Keeping your fluid intake up is also good for your little resident swimmer as dehydration is frequently connected with premature birthing. Yep, it’s a lot of responsibility, but you can do it! You’re almost two-thirds of the way there already! Keep up the good work mom!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Iych! What Are You Tugging On?!?

Thumper is tugging on the umbilical cord! Iyeeeeee!
At least that's what it feels like.
Creepiest feeling so far, hands down.
Mind you if I saw a vine in the forest I'd try swinging on it too.
Kid takes after his mamma. ;)

*tarzan call*

Pretty trippy to have my tummy move on it's own accord.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Week 22

Actually they're giving me the glucose test on my next visit. Bah!
I have no stretch-marks yet but I know my belly has yet to double.
I lather in cocoa-butter with vitamin E every day.
At the end of 9 months I just know I'm going to loathe the smell of lotion.

Fetal development in pregnancy week 22:fetus in fifth month

The grow must go on! No wonder you’re getting so big, you’re now housing a wonder-baby who weighs nearly a pound and measures nearly a foot in length. Their perfect little pancreas is now further developed and they’ve also started producing their own hormones! Your baby's future in the circus as a world-famous tight-rope-walker is secure: their inner ear is now developed to the point that they have their own sense of balance. Lucky for your little explorer, balance also promotes physical dexterity, which has them actively feeling out their surroundings where skin, body parts, and the resident umbilical cord are the big sensory experiences. Your foot-long baby, is looking a bit like an oversized raisin right now as more and more wrinkles are showing up each week. Not to worry, all that excessive wrinkling is just their skin’s way of planning ahead for the time when they’ll start piling on that irresistible baby chub.

And how's mom doing? Take a moment to think about this: your uterus has now stretched to such unholy proportions that it extends beyond your navel! The not-so-exciting part of this remarkable fact is that growth like this tends to leave stretch marks and can itch like nobody’s business. If it makes you feel any better, stretch marks on the belly are extremely common. Don’t get suckered into buying really expensive creams that supposedly make stretch marks ‘magically disappear.' Stretch marks are scars on your skin and won’t disappear with a topical cream . But feel free to apply all the aloe-vera (and other anti-itch lotions) to alleviate the itching. In terms of preventing their appearance, cocoa butter-based creams and creams full of Vitamin E have a reputation for helping-- but there's still no guarantee that those pesky stretch marks won't show up despite your best creaming-up efforts.

Also, your doctor may offer you a glucose screening test sometime in the upcoming weeks. The test checks for a high blood sugar condition that some women are susceptible to during pregnancy. At most, 5 percent of women actually test positive for this problem, but if you do, you will probably have a few more follow up tests to be sure. If you end up with a positive test, make a plan with your physician or nutritionist for treatment. Untreated, the high sugar content in your blood enables the overproduction of baby fat for your little one, and often results in overly high birth weight which can induce premature birth and/or the necessity to deliver via cesarean.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Dear T-Shirt

I am very pleased that you saw fit to cover Thumper in love hearts today.
Kudos to you.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


I gained two pounds last month.
Chugger chug chug.
Need to write this on weight/progress chart, also!

Oh, Yeah

I had a pregnancy scare on Sunday.
I should write that here so I can remember to write it on paper later.

A couple of commissions to get through and then I get to go crazy on baby's scrapbook.

A woooo woooooo!

Also, to remember for the baby book, we picked his first name on Sunday also.

Also, mental note: call Heather and rave about the gas prices (making visit to her place much more feasible)!!! She can pat zee bump! Or throw things at it. Whichever pleases her.

Week 21

Fetal development in pregnancy week 21:fetus in fifth month

Your beautiful little miracle-gro baby will be putting on a full ounce and a half this week (and weighing up to 16.5 ounces), but that’s just the beginning! Within the next five weeks, they’ll really be packin’ it on! For now, we’re pleased to report the addition of rapid eye movement (REM) a key component to any healthy baby’s sleep schedule. While in the dermatology department: their thin soft skin is very red, rather translucent, and a bit wrinkled. Not to worry, it’s not a premature aging disease. It's just their clever little body setting them up with extra space that will smooth out once your little one starts packing on the baby-fat. That won’t be for a few more weeks, though. So for the time being, your munchkin is still a little lean mean growing machine! The beginnings of what is commonly called “brown fat” is just starting to fill in to help your baby retain some body heat, which is crucial as they’re not yet capable of regulating their own body temperature.

And how's mom doing? We’ve hit trimester two and you're in full-swing pregnancy mode. Most moms are feeling pretty good right about now. Funnily enough, you may already be noticing some mild uterine contractions—don’t panic, this is completely normal. Actually, your uterus contracts throughout your whole life—only that there’s enough pressure on the uterine muscles you can feel them more distinctly when they contract.

If you’re still deciding whether or not to buy gender-specific clothing, it’s time to bite the bullet and head in for an ultrasound... unless you’re not the planning type. Now that we have the technology, it’s fairly obvious to modern couples that determining the sex early on makes it easier to plan ahead, prepare the nursery, inform the family and purchase the right colored cigars. Of course to some parents, that’s not the point. You're going to love your little one whether they've got a cheeseburger or hot dog. Really though, many couples enjoy the suspense and choose to leave the sex as a final surprise. Talk with your partner and figure out what feels right for you. Just keep in mind that once you know, you can’t turn back!


At yesterday's prenatal baby went thump-a-thump-a-thump.
Good strong heartbeat.
And he's VERY active, on a daily basis.
Kicks a lot.
So beautiful.
I bite my knuckles.
Nom nom nom.

Thursday, November 13, 2008


Shower? Watch the baby video?
Shower? Watch the baby video?
Shower? Watch the baby video?

I'll watch the baby video again.

*sticks out tongue*

(oh, btb, we are 80-90% closer to settling on a name. a woooo wooo! currently I've changed 'bump's name to 'tba'. *grin*)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Beautiful Things

Amongst the mess of building a home, amongst sleeping on somebody elses floor, amongst slamming fingers in car doors, jarring backs, moving boxes, moving furniture, fighting dust, neverending rooms of...STUFF....amongst it all there are some beautiful things.

Like finding Brennen's baby toys and putting them into a box for sprog.
Like finding his old clothes and his newborn blankets.
Like old family albums.

And this morning, this MORNING....like picking out flooring and looking at paint chips.

I'm on my way to look at colours for the nursery (not blue! not yellow!) and I'm soooooo excited!


Nevermind the stuff I'll be schlumping this afternoon...this morning will be glorious.


Another piece of paper for the baby/scrapbook!

(this is from ultrasound day....to my delight I went to take paintings down at a show afterwards and the owner of the shop said "what's wrong? where you in hospital?" I said "no, no, I had an ultrasound...we just found out we're having a baby boy!!!" and she looked me up and down, frowned, and said..."um...WHERE? my stomach is bigger than yours")

My Other Baby

For Nikki

Well, I wrote I would take photos of bump and then I decided I couldn't be bothered.
But then my sister said "doitdoitdoit" and because I *always* do what my sisters say....

I snapped a couple of shots this morn.

Kind of amazing...in the first I look like I have a bump but it's not very impressive. So I hiked up my tank and so it was body-tight and VOILA! Baby bump tripled!!!

Mothers Know Best

When my mum was over she bought me two pair of sneakers. She said I would definitely need them. One for running shoes the other for the pregnancy.
Despite the fact I LOATHE sneakers on anyone outside of the park or the gym (seriously! sneakers only go with workout clothes, people!) I have broken down and now wear them daily. They are saving my body from crazy aches and pains. Luckily my jeans hit the pavement once the hem is down, so nobody has to know.

Tee hee hee.

Rock on, comfort!

Right On Schedule

Well, our pooper must have read the text before we did because he's right on schedule.
Last night I woke up due to him kicking.

As for personal progress, yesterday was the FIRST day in these many months that I actually got an appetite. You know, like the good old days? Before pregnancy? And when I woke this morn I was/am STARVING. How about that, I never thought I'd feel hunger again.

To date I have gained 15lbs (just under 7kgs). Due to a COMPLETE lack of exercise I'm surprised I haven't gained more. But holy cow....I believe it is about to happen.

If I weren't so busy moving house I'd definitely be at the park working out.

However....maybe I'll have to look into some maternity clothes, afterall. My fat jeans are getting tight!

Week 20

Week 20: Congratulations, you now have a mini-baby!
Fetal development in pregnancy week 20:fetus in fifth month

This week you're carrying about 10.5 inches and 10.5 ounces of solid baby-miracle-goodness! Their little delicate bones continue to ossify and toughen while their itsy bitsy finger and toe pads are finishing up. Your little monkey now has teeth buds, although they’re hidden beneath the gum line. And finally! Their limbs have reached their relative proportions—no more alien baby! Their cute pink lips are more defined, and might be helping out in a bit of prenatal thumb-sucking. If you have a little boy, then their tiny testes are descending, though they have not yet passed the abdominal wall. What’s more, eyelashes and eyebrows are also visible. At this point, your little one really looks like a miniature baby—and we do mean miniature as your little swimmer currently weighs a mere eighth of their final birth weight. With half the pregnancy behind you, the most significant gains are yet to come!

And how's mom doing? Not that we need to tell you, but your baby may sometimes seem like a kick-boxer in training with no appreciation for your exhausted-pregnant-momma sleep needs. Still, before you start yelling at them to calm it down in there, remind yourself that your busy baby really has no idea if you’re rolling out of bed or cozying up to your partner for a good nights rest. Unfortunately for your sleep schedule, your little independent thinker will continue to operate on their own time table throughout the rest of the pregnancy. And you thought rebellious behavior only started around puberty!

Have you enrolled in a Lamaze course yet? The now-renowned courses teach various alternative birthing and breathing techniques, not to mention the oh-so-valuable lessons involved with natural pain management. (Visit http://www.lamaze.org/Default.asp for more information.) If you have already enrolled in a Lamaze course, consider coupling it with either a swimming or yoga course (or both!). Both forms of exercise focus on controlling your breathing (a large part of the Lamaze philosophy), while at the same time increasing blood flow, strength and flexibility. What’s more, many yoga studios and swimming pools cater to pregnant women (and couples) offering low impact sessions perfect for you and your partner.

Lamaze? Swimming? Are you kidding? I'll just focus on finding a house to live in for now, mmmkay?

Sunday, November 9, 2008


I hope to take some new photos of my bump today!
Stay posted, I'll get them up when I can.

Watching Him Sleep

I spent a chunk of this morning watching Brennen sleep.
I know, I know, creepy as all get out.
But it's so beautiful because...argh! Because he reminds me of the baby. I guess anyone would, while they're sleeping. Because they're not focussing on being somthing, they're just existing. They're just....being.
Arms flung out. Hands twitching. A toss and a turn, legs kicking and moving around.
It's so insane to sit on this chair and watch Brennen sleep knowing that inside me his son does the same thing.
It's beautiful.
It's unity.
And it's also great because I look at him and *know* that there is no man on earth who would do more for me than this man. No man who would fight harder, work longer or break-in-two and encompass the world for me, like him. And that's pretty amazing to think about. And to think that that now includes another little being, also.
So this morning I sit in a skirt, a tank, cross-legged on a chair, scrubbed clean out of the shower with a blue towel-turban on my head and just watch him sleep.

And I think...this is the best breakfast I've ever had.
Fo' shizz.


Now that we're out of the creepy blue house we have hot water.
The bomb, right?
Hot showers...it's been years. And I've been grinning like a loon when I jump in.
But ironically, now that I have hot water, I can't really use it! This shower heats up nicely and makes me really dizzy. Trouble is I don't know I'm dizzy until the room is spinning. And there's NO WAY I want to faint in the bathroom with all of the ridiculously hard bathroom hardware in there.
Don't wanna bust my bump.
So luke-warm, cold showers it is....STILL.
Can you believe this?!?!?
*angry face*

Saturday, November 8, 2008

IT'S A BOY!!!!!!

Most AMAZING day yesterday.
The ultrasound was OUT OF THIS WORLD.
You got to see...*everything*
We saw the four chambers of his heart beating.
We saw his kidneys.
We saw inside his stomach.
We saw all of his little tiny bones in his arms and legs.
We saw his spine (that was freaky looking! like an electric eel!)
We saw his toes and his fingers!
We saw him kicking his feet and sucking his thumb!
We saw him turning over.
So clearly....his forehead, his eyes, his nose, his mouth....B thinks he has my chin!
He has long legs and is clearly, CLEARLY a boy (so make what you will of the size of his pee stick!)
And everything lookeed fine...no signs of downes sydrome, no cleft lip, no other deformities.
Good strong heartbeat (155).
They measured his brain and other various parts of his body.
Due date is reset to March 30th (so glad I can quit telling people April 1st!!!)


Brennen and I blown away.
In awe.
In love.

Here are some snaps we have from the ultrasound...we will upload the video for family and friends when we can.

Baby Boy Video Snaps (bigger and better version uploaded when I'm on the right computer)



Friday, November 7, 2008


When I come back I will have photos of Sprog!

That's NUTS!

Thursday, November 6, 2008


So my friend gave me an illegal switchblade.
It's illegal because the blade is over 3 inches.
It takes 3 inches to knick the human heart.

But so far I just use it to open my prenatals. ;)

Oh Dear

I ate a chunk of brie yesterday for lunch without thinking.
And now I'm all paranoid and scared.


Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Three Days

Until we find out what we're having.

*grins like a loon*


Likes popcorn...

Week 19

Firstly GROSS about the meconium.
As an ex-gym junkie I find it incredibly distressing that I get dizzy if I just stand up too fast, and out of breath walking out of the supermarket.
*gnashes teeth*
My body couldn't even contemplate the workouts I used to do right now.
(although I will try yoga today...always been a cop-out to me, I'm a die-hard cardio fan....le sigh)
I digress...

Fetal development in pregnancy week 19: fetus in fifth month

Your amazing little baby is now around 10 inches in length! If this seems a bit shocking, you’ll be relieved to know they’ve not actually grown over 3 inches, but that their little legs are now straight enough to be measured. This is when doctors begin measuring fetal growth from head to toe, (no longer “crown to rump” or CR). Lanugo (little hairs) covers their whole body now, trapping that charming cheese-like vernix caseosa (see week 18) to the surface to the skin. This week your lil’ fetus will start on an appetizing diet of amniotic fluid which they are now capable of swallowing, digesting, and passing the fluid as far as their tiny “large” intestines. Fortunately for you, this nice little lump of baby-poop won’t be coming out while they’re still in your womb. Some time shortly after they’re born, this fun lump will become the first in a long line of baby poops. (What finally comes out— commonly known as “meconium” to the science world, will be black and sticky, and you’ll be very glad it happens only once!)

And how's mom doing? Unlike generations of women before you who were taught pregnancy was practically an ailment (10% of women DID die in childbirth back then), we now have scientific evidence that exercise is a good thing when you’re pregnant. In fact, most physicians recommend continuing or starting a pregnancy-friendly exercise regimen. Walking, running, swimming, weight training and yoga (see week 20) are all good for your heart and overall physical stamina during this physically challenging time. Not to mention proper exercise can do a lot towards increasing your overall flexibility (at a time where your body wants to stiffen up) thereby somewhat reducing the pain and tension during labor. Last but not least, exercise can keep you from gaining unnecessary amounts of weight (which you’ll have to fight off later after birth if you don’t do it now). Obviously, you’re going to want to avoid sports where you are at risk of falling or being hit in the stomach. Basically, stay away from sports like basketball, volleyball, soccer, and skiing. Instead, opt for the pool, weight room, and/or yoga class. We’re not saying you should stress yourself out trying to be a world-class athlete, but if you’re eating right and getting enough sleep, exercise during this health-critical phase of your life, will keep your collective energy levels higher and increase your feeling of well-being, as well as ensuring that you and your baby are in top physical and mental condition.

Sunday, November 2, 2008


I'm having one.

Friday, October 31, 2008

New Zealand

It was a mistake not to apply for the NZ job we were looking at.
The progress on the house we're meant to be moving into isn't going very well.
I fear it was a mistake to stay in America.

I am currently job hunting on NZ websites.

It's never too late to raise my kiddy by the beach!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Day I Was Waiting For!

I was going to write a post on the crime of pregnancy.
Which was, the female can feel the baby kick before the male can.
It was making me so sad not to have B feel every little kick with me.
I'd say 'baby is kicking' and he'd throw his hand over but couldn't feel anything and get sad.


I was sitting on the couch, we'd just eaten, and I said 'baby's kicking!'.
He put his hand on my belly (and I corrected him as per norm and slid it a little further down my pants ;) and then on the next kick B jumped! I grinned and said 'did you feel that??!' his response was 'f@#K yeah!' with wide eyes.

And the day I was waiting for.

I am very happy now.
I want him to feel baby allllllllllllll the time!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Baby Kick Kick Kicks

Good morning to you too, my darling!

Week 18

Gee Whiz.
I don't think I like this update much.
Ew and ick and ow.

Fetal development in pregnancy week 18: fetus in fifth month

We have two more ounces! Your "getting bigger-n-better by the minute baby" is already up to 7 ounces and 6 inches! This is a big week for their baby skin. There are now two distinct layers—the epidermis (or the surface skin) and dermis. Currently, their skin is covered with a greasy, waxy, cheese-like substance, known as vernix caseosa. Sure, it sounds pretty nasty, but this mixture of fatty secretions covering your little swimmer from head to toe is the best way to protect their oh-so-thin skin from bruising and abrasions as well as chapping caused by amniotic fluid exposure (and your little one is swimming in that stuff!). Still don’t like the fact your little darling is currently slathered in fatty cream like a greased pig? Well, you know the birthing process? Where you have to push something the size of a watermelon out a hole the size of a grape? That adorable little greased piglet would have a lot harder time getting through the birth canal without the vernix caseosa. Fun fact for momma’s with baby girls: it’s a uterus within a uterus! Your little girl will have developed a uterus and vagina canal by the end of this week.

And how's mom doing? POP! If you haven’t yet, you will soon be seeing the last of your inn-y belly button—until after you’ve pushed your little monkey out. If it’s getting difficult to breathe, you can thank your not-so-small belly for squishing your lungs—which will be more and more cramped for space as the pregnancy progresses. Not that this is surprising as everything else in your mid-section is getting properly squooshed as well. (What else is new?!!). Keep in mind that as you grow (and grow and grow) in size you produce more blood (for both of you), which lowers your blood pressure. So standing up quickly and/or occasional fast movements may cause slight dizziness or lightheadedness. This is totally normal, but means you shouldn’t be too quick to jump to your feet when your team scores a goal. It's better to just punch the air in excitement or clap gleefully. One more fun pregnancy symptom to add to the list: you are producing more melanin, which can cause dark patches of skin to occur on random parts of your body. Don’t worry—these dark spots (unlike your parent’s age spots) will retreat soon after birth.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Boy Says...

I have to quit beating myself up about things.
He says "you do more pregnant than most people do NOT pregnant"
He says "just paint when you can, other than that, just work on you and the baby"

I love him.
I do.
He makes me feel a little less crap about being so tired all the time.

And I do.
I do feel crap for all the little things I'm not doing.
And I *am* stressed out about my upcoming show and commissions.

you know.
If he doesn't feel the same about it, it's really *super duper* nice.



Above! ^

Halfway through! What, WHAT?!
Will this all be OVER soon?!
Will I stop puking?
Get my body back?!
Oh, FIRST THING I'm taking sprog out jogging.
That little beast.
It'll be lucky if I don't drag it on a leash.
They can bounce, right?
On concrete?

Get OUT!
We were only just *planning* to have a kid!

*gets excited*
(completely ignores the fact labour must also be closer)

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Singing & Music

Seeing as spog's hearing is fine-tuned this month I am listening to a lot of music and singing a BUNCH.
Not only do I think music will be AMAZING for sproglet but it always puts me in a good mood.

Of course this is where my dad would say 'stop swinging that cat around by the tail!'
my darling husband likes my song voice.

So I say 'neena neena' to my pa and crank up the volume. ;)

Hee Hee

I love to yell out random facts.


"HEY! You have to be nice to me! My uterus is about to touch my belly-button."

Heh heh.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Bad Baby

Baby has been awfully neato and kicked a fair bit today.
But baby has also been awfully BAD and made me puke all over the show.


Double The Trouble

I discovered yesterday that I love saying things like:

"I have four ankles"
"I have four NIPPLES too!"
"Um...I may have a penis."

It amuses me greatly.
Last night as we lay spooning, the night air quiet, drifting off into a beautiful sleep I mummur....

"You know I have two arseholes, right?"

After ten minutes of snickering, we fall asleep grinning.

A Simple Equation

It's a simple equation that you learn before puberty.
Sperm + egg + fertilisation = baby.

As I lay wrapped in his arms, in our house, surrounded by our stuff, watching a movie we both dig, and I feel the baby kick...softly, three times...

it's not a simple equation at all.
It's a full blown miracle.

One I can't even begin to put into words or explain.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Bigger and Tighter

That's my belly today!
*boing eyes*

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


Brennen's best composition yet.

Good News/Bad News

Good news is I've finished my second round of antibiotics.
Bad news is if the infection comes back, I can't save this tooth.
If it is fine until the baby is born, I can save to pay for a root canal.
If it acts up in the next couple of months, I'll have to pull it out due to lack of dollars.

Please cross fingers it will be fine until after the baby is born!


The one thing I REALLY wanted!
And my friend Heather has one for me!
My goodness, she has almost everything for me.
This baby is SET.
Thank-goodness for amazing friends, I really don't think we'll have to buy *anything*.

From assorted friends we've been promised a crib, a changing table, a swing, three strollers, a play pen, a sit-and-roll-around thingy, clothes (depending on the sex), a high-chair, a rocking chair (for me) and probably other stuff I've forgotten.

Now to set a date to pick some of it up (from Heather!) and to let her see my belly!


Boy had been very worried about my food intake for baby.
And for me.

So I just made a *delicious* spinach, mushroom and cheese quesidilla, topped with sour cream.

Of course boy isn't at home to see it.

But he can read about it later. ;)

I *am* AMAZING *and* GRAND!

I could have had a sonogram this Friday.
THIS Friday.
I was scheduled for November 5th but B couldn't have gone and there's no way I'm not having him SEE OUR BABY with me!!! So I called to reschedule and they said 'what about this week, Friday?'
It took EVERYTHING in me to say 'do you have something closer to week 20?'
And...alas...they did!
So we rescheduled for November 7th (darn it) and we will....*trumpet blows*....FIND OUT WHAT WE ARE HAVING THEN!!!


I really wanted this week once they said it was open but I've known a couple of people who had their scans too early and were told the wrong sex. They celebrated, settled on names, got all the good gear for the boy/girl, only to find out a month later they had been misinformed!

There will be none of that with us.

So, for the next two and half weeks, I shall tap my feet and thumbs impatiently.
And scream inside with excitement.

I shall be painting a mural on zee wall....

Week 17

Fetal development in pregnancy week 17: fetus in fourth month

Don't be too shocked but... your baby is EVEN bigger than it was last week, not to mention getting cuter, and smarter every day! As you’ve come to expect, there’s no shortage of growth and development this week: your fantastic little bean stalk has added yet another half inch to their overall height-- making them nearly half a foot long! Their little limbs have reached (or are within one week of) their relative proportions, and will continue to grow evenly with the rest of the body after this week. Reactive listening has begun for your baby, even though their ears are not yet structurally complete or fully functional. Meanwhile, different parts of their astonishingly complex brain are developing to process your little one’s hearing and other senses, (you know, sight, smell, taste and touch). Mind boggling factoid of the week: if you’re having going to have a little girl, her ovaries have already produced millions of primordial egg cells, which, within a few weeks, will develop into actual eggs! Phew… just wait till she’s a teenager eh?

And how's mom doing? Even though the second trimester is often characterized as the most enjoyable of the three, you can count on a few ailments (see week 14 for additional tri-2 symptoms). This week, or in the coming weeks, you may be privy to the uncommon joys of “round ligament pain.” These not-so-lovely symptoms can include bellyaches, pain in the lower abdomen and sharp shooting and/or stabbing pains, most often expressed at the end of the day. Your suffering is due to stretched ligaments and muscles that support your ever-growing uterus. This is to be expected and is perfectly normal (especially since your uterus is only getting bigger!). Some doctors advise sleeping on your left side as lying on your back can compress your pelvic veins, decreasing blood return to the lower half of your body. Lying on your left side relieves this pressure thereby allowing normal blood flow. If this doesn’t do the trick, go ahead and consult your health care practitioner, but try not to punch them when they serenely tell you it’s normal to feel stabbing pain during this time. As we all know, violence never solves anything.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Onesies For The Cool Kids

Onesies for the cool kids.


Welcome To Week 16

Fetal development in pregnancy week 16: fetus in fourth month

Over the past three weeks your astounding growing baby has managed to stretch yet another 2 full inches (totaling about 4.5 inches) and weighs around 3.5 ounces. Yessireee, that’s some pretty serious growth... and with it comes several physical developments! For starters, their head to body ratio is finally starting to even out a bit as the rest of the body is actually growing faster than the head at this point. Yes, your little light bulb is not so top-heavy. Their adorable little limbs have lengthened, almost reaching their normal proportions which they will have at birth. Their eyes are still closed but moving and if you had an ultrasound, which many doctors recommend you have at about this time, you may even see your little one sucking on a thumb, not to mention the necessary signifiers to let you know whether you’ve got a wee lad or lassie.

And how's mom doing? Along with an ultrasound, many practitioners recommend administering the “Multiple Marker Test (MMT)”, which is also known as the “Triple Screen Test”. This very common procedure checks your blood (not your baby’s) for specific protein and hormone levels as well as informing you about any potential of genetic or birth defects. Before you start breathing in that strained fearful way or furrowing your brow in concern, you should know that even if you do get a positive test this hardly means your little trooper is in trouble. Only about 3 to 5 percent of women yield positive results and of those women, only 10 percent actually have any sort of complication to report. Obviously, a positive test from the MMT will mean further testing for you, including amniocentesis and more ultrasounds. Although this test sounds like a bit of a dud with the high percentage of false positives coming back, it's popular because it has and can effectively identify a majority of all neural tube defects as well as babies with Down Syndrome. So despite its obvious drawbacks, you’ll still want to arrange to take the test to better prepare you and your family for the fact that anything is possible. (see BabyCenter's page for additional information.)

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Hard Day

One of the hardest pregnancy days thus far.
Went to a museum this morning and had to keep sitting down to stop from shaking really badly and passing out.

Very, very drained still.


Going to have quiet night in and watch movies.

Supposed to be moving furniture tomorrow.
If I feel like this, though, I may be laying in a coffin.

Friday, October 10, 2008

I Love Him

We were picknicking at the park for lunch and I said "I can't believe I lost four hours drying time today" in a pretty upset manner.

Brennen looked at me and said "your main job right now is being pregnant".

And my heart went 'awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww'.
And I think baby's heart did, too.

Thursday, October 9, 2008


I like to tease boy that we're having twins.
I would LOVE twins but seeing as it doesn't run in the family and we didn't use invitro, it's really not a possibility at all.
Still, I daydream and say continually that two for the price of one would be *fantastic* and tease Brennen about having them.

So when my fortune cookie said "You will get good news of a personal nature" I jumped up from the restaurant table and hollared 'TWIIIIIIINS!!!!!'

When I sat down boy showed me his fortune ('don't dwell on differences, compromise with your loved one') and said "one and half then...we'll have a siamese."

*squints at womb suspiciously*

Four Dollar Hooker

The other day when we were going into town I couldn't fit my boobies into anything.
I settled on a blue top but when fastening my seatbelt I wailed "I look like a $2 hooker!"

Boy looked at me, incredulous, and said 'Naw, baby...with those knockers you're *at least* a $4 hooker....at least!'


We're ordering pizza when boy gets home.
That makes me WAY TOO HAPPY.
It must be the hormones.

*busts out laughing*

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Talked To My Dad

About taking penicillin.
Somehow hearing from him was 10,000 times better than all the 'reassurring' articles I read, and the words from the doctor.

Seriously, as soon as he said it was okay, every frazzled nerve in my body calmed down.

I love my dad, I do.


I felt the baby move.
There's nothing else it could have been.

Jogging cancelled, it's raining....baby and I are going back upstairs to snuggle with boy!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008


Not me, not yet.
I look like a drained ghost/vampire.

Fetal development in pregnancy week 15: fetus in fourth month

Your nearly four-inch long gymnast is happily mobile inside your womb and if you're really lucky, you’ll notice a point when your sneezing, coughing or laughing results in a little kick here or a poke there. Still, many women don't feel anything until the 17th week or later. Although the poking and kicking isn't very charming during sleeping hours, it’s a good sign as it means your baby is actually reacting to outside events. Yay! You’ve got yourself one active healthy baby! Their little elbows and knees are bending more freely this week and their little legs are finally growing longer than their arms and getting pumped up for prenatal Richard Simmons. Many of their major organ systems are increasing in capacity—particularly that amazing tiny heart and complex circulation system, which is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood per day, and will increase to a very impressive 200 quarts per day by the end of the pregnancy. As far as hair goes, we’ve got some new scalp patterns beginning to develop on the head, although actual head hair is not yet present.

And how's mom doing? Have your cheeks been rosier lately? (No, no, no-- we’re asking about your face.) Are you feeling especially radiant? This famed “glow” is brought to you courtesy of the pregnancy fairy who has waved her magical “rosy tinge wand” over you. Seriously though, your body is experiencing an increase in blood flow and you probably do have flushed skin and cheeks. Just be aware that increased blood flow might cause your blood vessels to expand, resulting in a series of not-so-magical nosebleeds for some women, which although perfectly normal, are a bit gory if you’ve got a day job. If you find the nosebleeds especially irritable, consider purchasing a humidifier to ward off future nose bleeds. Also, do your best to avoid irritants, such as aerosols, smoke, and dust.. Even though the placenta is regulating your babe’s hormones, you are still producing additional estrogen, which often causes swelling of the mucosa membranes, leaving you with a stuffy nose—potentially throughout the duration of the pregnancy. These are just a few of the charming physical experiences you can chalk up to the pregnancy fairy!
I weighed up my options.
I took my prescription and then I burst into tears.
The End.

Monday, October 6, 2008

A Super Good Friend

Sent baby some Pineapple Lumps!

Now I'm afraid we want to hurl!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

I'm Sorry

I'm sorry baby.
I'm sorry that today you only had a cup of skittles and a cup of rice.
I'm sorry you got run around like a chicken with it's head cut off.
I'm sorry you need a good sleep and some good food.
And probably some vitamins.

Tonight I get you the sleep, okay?
Tomorrow I get you the food.

I will take better care of you, I promise.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Week 14

Fetal development in pregnancy week 14: fetus in fourth month

Isn’t it glorious? You and your little buckaroo have roped your way right into trimester numero dos! Are you ready to rock!? Okay, okay… maybe just a little rolling and poking. Needless to say, your baby will definitely be making themselves known in the upcoming weeks. At about 3.5 inches long, their little body and limber limbs are coordinated enough for loads of complicated motions. In fact, their whole body is moving right now! You're not feeling it because their current size is still a bit too small to make an impact you'd recognize. Still, their movements are recognizable on an ultrasound. Speaking of which, you should be scheduling one with your health care provider! Week 16 is the classic date as you can usually determine whether your little one is going to pee standing up or sitting down. Your baby is also starting to develop the ability to move their eyes this week, although the eyelids still remain fused shut. What's more, they can make all sorts of fun facial expressions as they practice squinting, frowning, and grimacing. Cute development of the week: their little hands can grasp at things and they may already be sucking their thumb!

And how's mom doing? What’s in the forecast for your second trimester? We’ve got a heavy concentration of developing fetal movement, which will increase in magnitude in frequency through the duration of the second trimester before subsiding in the third trimester as womb-space becomes limited. If you think you’ve got gas or some kind of odd bowel obstruction right now, it might actually just be your little one poking you hello! You’ll become more familiar with the sensation as the frequency and intensity increase (and you’ll never quite forget this special feeling!).

On to the less exciting news. In your second trimester, you will most likely experience some if not all of the following symptoms to varying degrees: dizziness, headache and back pain. Just like morning sickness during the first trimester, your chances of experiencing a given set of symptoms increases if you’ve already had them in a previous pregnancy. Unfortunately, if you’re starting to experience back pain, it will most likely increase as you gain more weight towards the end of the trimester. Although unavoidable during your waking hours, you don’t have to suffer so much during the night—there are some wonderful products out there such as the full body pregnancy pillow, which will help you make it through the night without too much undue suffering. Water retention is another fairly classic albeit annoying pregnancy symptom which typically leads to swollen fingers, toes, ankles and/or legs. These are all perfectly normal (and fairly bearable) symptoms that should not be a source of unnecessary stress. Despite these annoyances, the second trimester is typically experienced as the most exciting and enjoyable of the three— the morning sickness is gone, you definitely feel and look pregnant, but you’re not yet an overstuffed-lumbering-mammoth. Go team go!


Went to the dentist.
Need oral surgery.
A wooo wooo.
All parties involved want to hold off until after the scrapper is born.
So after birth pain I get to look forward to tooth pain.
Good thing I thrive off of ouch. ;)


OH! And ROCKSTAR. Six paintings done this week. May make zee show pieces, afterall. Two more to go.

I caaaaaaaaaaan dooooooooo it!

Monday, September 29, 2008

*touches wood*

In from the park.
No jogging today, not with this head.
Just walked.
Throbbing only slight.

Touch wood, touch wood, touch WOOD today will remain this way....

Ate a banana for breakfast.


Couldn't eat much yesterday.
Down 3lbs today.
Feel faint and sick.


Tooth throbbing less upon waking.
But just waiting for it to kick in.


Sunday, September 28, 2008

No Updates

Probably no updates for a bit.
Extreme pain.
Won't be leaving the couch/bed much I imagine.

Fun's Over

Second trimester fun is over.
I've been laying in agony on the couch all day.
I have - I assume - a rotten tooth.
It was playing up when my mum was here but it went away again.
Then about a week ago it came back and kept me awake a few nights.
And then today - bam - it took over.
You think a natural childbirth will hurt?
NOTHING on tooth pain.
NOTHING on this agony.
I've been using numbing gel, mouthwashes, everything I can think of and the entire left side of my face is throbbing.
Throbbing isn't even the right word to describe it.
It's just....

My show stuff?
My pregnancy energy?
My food and fitness routine?
My sleeping at night?

All I can do is lay and hurt.
And sure, I can make an appointment to see a dentist.
But can I pay for any sort of treatment while I'm working on my prenatal payments?
I can't.

So really I'm pretty much screwed all around.

Oh and I *finally* have a good appetite for the growing baby.
But can I fucking eat?



Saturday, September 27, 2008


I went ahead and took my nipple piercing out.
I could have kept it up until breastfeeding but my body is changing so much I wanted to go ahead and do it now.

Providing boy doesn't read this blog, I get to strip down in front of him tonight and go "what?! what isssssssssss it?! what's missing?!?"



No longer worried about the 2lbs.
Are you kidding me?


I need to quit jumping on the scales.
I'm down another two pounds.
Good lordy, I'm *trying* to eat.
But thus far...3 months in...I've only gained two pounds in this entire deal.
And I can tell you, it went straight to my chest (feels like 50lbs gained there, mind you)

I'm off to eat some tangelos!

Friday, September 26, 2008


So the past week of running at the park was fine.
I'm a little bit shorter of breath than normal but I can't figure out if that's due to a lack of exercise in first trimester or due to body change (I'm supposed to be more short of breath in second trimester).
But I seem to have my ENERGY BACK!
Yesterday I bounded in from my run and made my lover the BEST pancakes in the WORLD for breakfast (photos coming, they looked and tasted soooooo good).
Then I did five hours worth of drawing.
Then I made boy ricotta and pesto stuffed chicken breasts with rice for dinner!

First trimester blew hot chunks of mouldy cheese.
But second trimester? Totally ROCKS.

I love running again.
I love running at the park.
I love the change of seasons.
And I love inhaling the earth as baby and I bound along.

Oh, Gush.

I'm not one of those girls who sits and gushes about the most amazing things in her life. If something is ridiculously cool I normally grin and say 'dude, that's sweet'.
I don't pinpoint 'highlights of a lifetime'.
For example I adore my husband and loved our wedding but I don't gush about it a whole bunch on a daily basis.


Maybe I just turned into a gusher.
Because I can say, without a doubt, I just experienced the most amazing moment of my life.
And I *can* pinpoint that.
And I *will* say, if asked!

On September 23rd at 11am, I heard our baby's heartbeat.

From an email to my father:

Guess what I've been doing today?
I've been LISTENING to your grandchild's HEARTBEAT!!!

I had a prenatal this morning and the nurse said we probably wouldn't be able to hear it but we'll give it a go. And she hunted around with cold goop on my belly and then....

I think - thus far - one of the most amazing moments of my life.

The heartbeat was so calm, so peaceful. From all the ones you hear about they're fast and rapid so I didn't expect this beautiful, calm beating.

However...I have a horrible habit of tensing my body when I'm happy. I've always had it. I curl my feet, I get a burst of energy and I -literally sometimes- jump for joy.
So every time the nurse found the heartbeat and I'd hear it I would get a flood of joy/rush of adrenaline and my stomach muscles would tense up.
So she kept losing it!
We called Brennen in and she found it again (she said they're easy to lose even if you've just found one because babies like to hide a lot!) and after about I swear...only 4 seconds....I grinned like a loon and she lost it and said "I GIVE UP! THAT'S IT! THAT'S ALL YOU GET! YOU'RE TOO HAPPY AND GIGGLY ABOUT THIS"

Tee hee hee.
And that's okay, because it was enough to have me still floating.
And Brennen got to hear.
And that's all I needed.
We heard it together.

I was going to call you but you probably can't take skype at work.
I may try and call you this weekend!
I love you, dad!

*shuffles feet*


Week 13.

Fetal development in pregnancy week 13: fetus in third month

This is your final week in the first trimester and your little weed continues to grow and grow and grow. Of the three trimesters, this one has been the most important for your little one’s development. Assuming you’ve carefully adopted a healthy diet, continue to exercise and get ample rest, your little one is set up perfectly for even more growth and development in tri-two! Way to go! He or she now weighs about 2.5 ounces and is roughly 3.5 inches in length. Little hairs, known as lanugo, will start to cover their body this week, as their sense of taste and smell are further refined. Their cozy little amniotic sac is also increasing in size and mass as it continues to fill with more fluid.

And how's mom doing? Congratulations on a successful first trimester! A lot has happened (and there’s a lot more to come). You should be proud of your hard work and sacrifice. Giving up lattes, soda, and wine is not easy. Even if you snuck in a few of these goodies over the past 13 weeks, don’t dwell on it—there’s a lot to look forward to! Besides, now is the perfect time to rededicate yourself if you have had a few lapses. Remember, every day and decision is an opportunity to improve your eating and exercise habits—your baby and your body will thank you in the long run.

If you’re the planning type, you can celebrate the beginning of your next trimester by purchasing some choice maternity clothing to fit your elegantly evolving new shape. The good news is some fashion designers are realizing that being pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t look sharp, sexy, sporty, or whatever your particular style might be. Cruise the online stores for a preview of the range of fashion out there for pregnant women—even if the local shops are still stuck in the nineties, you can always hit up some chi-chi online store based out of NYC! If you’d rather wait a few more weeks (until you really start to show) before making any purchases, then get ready to dig out your sweat pants, over-sized t-shirts, and any other comfy loose fitting clothes you’ve got at your disposal. At the very least, just unbutton that top button on those pants that still “almost fit”. Come on, you’re pregnant! This is definitely not the time to suffer for fashion.


Apologies, I've been busy! And not updating.
I think I owe a gaga update, plus prenatal news.
*leaves to write stuff*

Monday, September 22, 2008


Who is going to buy my little fetus some pineapple lumps?
Go on.
Gooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooon!

It's the ONLY thing baby wants to munch on and I can't get any.

*bursts into tears*

Oh and prenatal tomorrow.
Weigh-ins and vaginal exams and weird people touching me.
Boy and I may get to hear zee heartbeat.

*grins like a loon*

Saturday, September 20, 2008

What? NO!

Everybody assumes I'm getting an epidural.

Pain is part of the process of birth.
And I don't want the excessive drugs.
And I believe in the torment of it all.

I want a NATURAL childbirth.

You know what else is odd? When the nurses at the clinic find out I'm going to breast feed they all exclaim "Good for you! And good for baby!" in surprise.
Apparently it's not so common anymore.

My boobies were given to me FOR this purpose, yo.

I'm so confused by the world.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Week 12

Week 12: Your uterus? Yeah, it's a softball now
Fetal development in pregnancy week 12:fetus in third month

Even though your little Einstein’s body is still growing quite rapidly 2 inches long right now, the overall super-speedy growth of their amazing brain continues to leave the head proportionately larger than the body— and is actually slightly more than one third of their total body mass! The head and neck are still straightening at this point as can be seen by their little chin lifting off of the chest. Your baby is also actively rehearsing “breathing” by using amniotic fluid to prepare the lungs for future air respiration.

The big news: your little pooper is now officially going to need diapers! Although a majority of the waste produced is transferred to the mother’s system for discharge (to avoid having it linger in the amniotic sac), some urine is released to the amniotic fluid and your baby will actually breathe it in before it passing it on to your for discharge. Not to worry, urine--in this particular form, is completely harmless to your baby.

And how's mom doing? Logically, as your baby is growing bigger, so must your uterus. By now, your once-flat and relatively small uterus is stretched to the size of a softball (12-14 cm), but that’s nothing: by the time you deliver it will have grown to 15 – 17 inches (37 – 42 cm). Your uterus is slowly increasing at a rate of approximately one centimeter per week. If you've got a burning sensation that extends from your breastbone to your throat, you've got heart burn or acid indigestion. To lessen this unpleasant experience: eat smaller meals and avoid fried, spicy, and fatty foods. Otherwise, there's always TUMS, but check with your healthcare provider first

As your pregnancy becomes more physically visible, you’ll have to adjust to people asking you when you’re due and giving lots of unsolicited advice from women who’ve “been there.” Additionally, this is probably the right time to share your pregnancy news (if you haven’t already) with close family and friends and anyone you want to have involved in your pregnancy. Allowing your friends and family to have role in your pregnancy encourages participation and support for the future—when you’re really going to need it!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Nom Nom Nom

Baby is addicted to grapes!

4 Months!

Into the 4th month today!
Helllllllllllo second trimester!
*VERY* pleased to meet you!

Cocoa butter for my belllly
makes my tummy nice and smellly
better than watching telllly
this cocoa butter, on meh bellllly!

Sunday, September 14, 2008


I am going through some classics.

Baby learns The Beatles, today. :D

Saturday, September 13, 2008

No Real Weight

No real weight gained, still.
I stopped working out ages ago (about to start again today) and I've been eating as well as I can so...

So I'm beginning to think I may give birth to Thumbelina.

No, seriously.

Dear Diary 12/9/08

Irrational pregnancy fears begin...

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Noticeable Change

In my body today!
That was beautiful to wake to.
My belly more round and my nipples doing this weird, over-talked about 'large and dark' thing.


There's a baby in me!
Things are starting to change in less of a GEE FIRST TRIMESTER SUCKS kinda way and more of a 'ohhhhh, look at that' kinda way.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Pink vs Blue

When I was younger and wondered about having kids (about 7 years ago) I was dead-set on wanting a boy. To shoot cans with, climb trees with, to rough-and-tumble with.
Over the past few years, hanging out with my girlfriends, I've been surrounded with little girls. And my friends love to dress them up and play with them. So when I first thought about having a child this year, I wanted a little girl.

Now, though, when I think about having a little boy I see it as a complete miniature version of Brennen and my heart beats wildly and I get goofy happy.

I love Brennen more than I love myself so I want a tiny version of him, much more than a tiny version of me.

If I have a girl I hope it is packed full of Brennen.
And if I have a boy I hope it's a mini version of him.

Either, of course, will make me happy.

I just can't decide!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Week 11

Week 11: Just plum cute!
Fetal development in pregnancy week 11:fetus in third month

Maybe you’ve noticed… your baby is a super-duper grower! Your lil' fetus will be gaining a substantial amount of weight this week and has already achieved fruit-size-status comparable to a plum. What's more, your little scientist is already starting to explore their body, focusing most intently on touching their head, and especially their face and mouth. Their mouth in particular will provide them with hours of entertainment. This happens not only because your baby is gaining coordination, and is therefore able to move a hand on command, but also because their palms have gained sensation and can actually “feel” what it touches.They're also developing their swallow reflex this week. And lastly, your baby's smelling and other olfactory senses will begin developing this week, which when combined with the maturing taste buds, will provide your baby with their first experiences of taste and smell.

And how's mom doing? If you’re still enduring the joys of morning sickness, it should finally be subsiding to the point of non-existence by the end of this week. The growing placenta combined with your little one’s developing pituitary gland have given you a break on hormone production, so now your can focus on the fact you’re about to enter the second trimester of pregnancy, which can be most aptly characterized by lots of growth for both you and your little uterus-tenant.

At this point you should be making a conscious effort to gradually increase your consumption of healthy, vitamin-rich food, but remember: THIS DOES NOT MEAN LIFE IS NOW AN OPEN BUFFET. Think about it, if it’s not good for you, then it won’t do any good for your developing baby. If you’re finding that you’re still hungry after dinner, don’t simply default to having extra ice cream for dessert. Have a second helping of vegetables and fish, or whole grain bread with jam. Good nutrition is absolutely vital for your baby's brain and body development.

Additionally, make sure you’re taking “me-time” to center yourself and focus on your body’s interactions with your baby: listen to relaxing or inspiring music, read good books, think happy thoughts, you know, all the mentally stimulating stuff that puts you in a good mood and makes your pregnancy feel like a positive experience. In other words, watching international news isn't recommended. The better you treat your body and emotions now, the healthier and happier your child will be once “they’re on the outside.”

Monday, September 8, 2008

One Week


A wooooooooo woooooooooo!


I went shopping in Sears the other day.
It was the first time I've been to the baby section by myself.
Normally there are either friends or family with me, pointing out all sorts of things - which I nod and acknowledge but don't really think about.
The other day I wandered around looking at play pens and high chairs and day dreaming. It was just so....intimate....compared to being with others. It was just me and the baby, walking, looking, thinking. It was beautiful. In the midst of a huge grin Brennen called. I confessed to being stupid and goofy in the baby section, at which point he confessed to having just been stupid and goofy while visiting my baby blog. Then we both kinda sat there in a stupid and goofy silence on the phone.


That was Saturday, I believe.
Beautiful, shiny, our-little-trio Saturday.

Thursday, September 4, 2008


I want marmite.
Iiiiiiiiiii wAnT MARMITE!
Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Waaaaaannnnnnnnnt MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARMITE.


Tuesday, September 2, 2008


I just tried on my size 4 running pants.
Baby says NO.

Week 10 - EW, there's POOP

Why does this site think the peeing and pooping is charming?

*shakes fist*

Fetal development in pregnancy week 10: fetus in third month
Your astonishingly tiny baby has been hard at work growing as fast as possible—almost doubling in size in the past three weeks! Amazingly, you’re in for a repeat size doubling performance within the next three weeks! Your tiny champion still weighs less than a quarter of an ounce but has already completed the most critical stage of their development. Using Doppler technology, your doctor or gynecologist can let you hear their tiny rapid fetal heartbeats this week (145-165 beats per minute!). Chances for miscarriage are greatly reduced when the heartbeat can be detected, so take a sigh of relief if you’ve been needing one—it hasn’t been an easy ten weeks! What’s more, they’re getting ready to make their first baby poop! Your little one’s major organ systems are developing, including a functioning digestive tract capable of moving food all the way through their bowels. The final shiny gold star on their fetal behavior chart for the week: your little scrapper has already developed defense mechanisms to protect them on reflex!

And how's mom doing? More good news for mom: the placenta has grown substantially in size and function and is now beginning to manage some of your child’s hormones, finally taking some of the hormonal burden off of you! Since the placenta has gradually taken over the hormone production for your baby, you should finally start to notice that much-awaited decrease in morning sickness symptoms. Like everything else, though, this is just a general guideline... if you have lingering effects for another couple of weeks, don’t fret (or fret, but don't blame us)—pregnancy is not a standardized procedure so much as an individual journey

Beeble Booble

After stuffing my gills I am down two pounds.
The trickery!


My mum and my sister get to party in London next week.
I get to party at the prenatal clinic where a complete stranger puts their nasty hands up my beautiful vagina.

Where is the justice?

Friday, August 29, 2008


Belly Bars are Nom Nom Nom!


No crap.
Yesterday I ate more than I have done since I found out I was preggers.

We had:

a yoghurt
1/2 cup of rice
some cashew nuts
2 blueberry muffins
2 pieces of peanut butter toast
1/2 a belly bar
and a burrito from Taco Hell.

Normally I survive on a couple of pieces of fruit a day and some cereal.
And I had more ENERGY than I have done in ... f o r e v e r .

Oh, it felt soooooooooo good!
And today, so far, (touch wood) I have energy also.

I am so EXCITED!
To paint!
To exercise!
To clean!

Things I have sorely missed.
Cross fingers for me that...well...that I'm back!!!

(and if I am back, then I could totally survive first trimester again...despite groaning for the past two months that NEVER EVER could I do this again)

Tuesday, August 26, 2008


Make me vomit.

I am going to try these as an alternative.


More information:


(thanks Sylvia, who spotted them at Target!)

LIttle Monster

And oh did you see down there?

Baby has gotten all it's toes (to kick us with) all it's fingers (to scratch us with) and is a functioning pee machine (to stink us out with).



Puked in the kitchen sink last night.
Nom nom nom.
Not getting enough vitamins or food.
Relost my appetite and am down another pound today.
Boy concerned.
Me concerned.
Best friend Lisa assuring me it's normal in the first trimester.

For the first time in 14 years, I'm contemplating meat.

Week 9

Fetal development in pregnancy week 9: fetus in third month

Congratulations! Your amazing growing baby has been accepted into to the fetus-club, a very exclusive and exiting new stage in their prenatal development. Basically, this means the little sweet pea has graduated from swimming embryo creature to a recognizable human being! This week in particular, the irises of their little eyes can function, but (frustratingly for them?) their eyelids remain fused shut for a while yet. Their external ears are formed and their inner ears are now filled with fluid—so your little one is already developing their sense of balance. Your baby's little swimmer legs are still relatively, although other bodily developments are going forward at a nice pace: their kidney is actually functioning now, which means they’ve started urinating (this might seem charming now but wait till you have to start buying diapers!).

And how's mom doing? You’re nearing the end of the first trimester and while there are plenty of dynamic and noticeable changes going on inside of you, not many changes are noticeable to you, with the exception of a mildly bulging midline-- which doesn't look pregnant enough to stop people from wondering if you need to lay off the donuts. Although your body might seem a little boring right now, you can expect the creeping-up-effect of weight gain as you will gain roughly 1-2 lbs gain per week (some more and some less). It’s not a bad idea to chart this to make sure you’re not over or underfeeding both of you. As you’ve entered into the Fetal Period, it might be a good time to evaluate your personal health regimen—that is, if you haven’t already. Are you eating enough protein? Remember, protein can be found in beans, soy products and nuts—it doesn’t have to be a 12 ounce sirloin! Are you sleeping well, exercising right, drinking enough (non-sugary) fluids and getting your vitamin C? Having a baby is the ultimate test for your body—if you take care of your health now you’ll come out of the pregnancy on top of your health and ready to be an energetic mother, if not, well, let’s just say, you’re increasing the chances of suffering from depression, osteoporosis, diabetes, obesity, and a multitude of little nasty viruses (think colds and flues) that good health could've beat before you even noticed they’d invaded.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Let The Timelapse Project Begin!

You know.
Everybody does it.
Takes a photo of their bellah each week and at the end of nine months BAM!
They timelapse it all freaky like.

Well I took my first bellah photo today.

Le baby body.

re: Friday's Post

Boy asked me about the post on Friday.
I had to explain to him that our lives were just *so perfect* as they were.
Really, I loved my life so so much.
And while I know this will be great too (and it was the time for it once we decided we didn't want to miss out on the experience of children) it's just strange to think I went and altered something so perfect in such a drastic way.

I know once baby is born all will be amazing.
And I'm not giving up my art or anything crazy.

So it's only going to get better, right?

Just turbulence on the plane right now.
Touchdown should be spectacular.
*crosses fingers*

Saturday, August 23, 2008

New Favourite Saying

"Baby made me do it."

Friday, August 22, 2008


Today I am scared about what I have done to my life.


Back down another pound.
Blah blah blah.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Week 8

Week 8: Goodbye sea creature, hello baby!
Fetal development in pregnancy week 8: embryo in second month

Woohoo! You've got one whole inch of baby inside of you! Your little embryo has finally reached the one-inch mark (30mm). And if it were possible to take a peek, you could actually see your tiny baby without a telescope! What’s more, your baby is finally starting to take on some very distinct human features. For starters, their little tail (really just the spinal cord) has disappeared completely. It’s nice to know your baby can no longer be mistaken for a sea creature! Additionally, both their toes and fingers are prominent with very little, if any, webbing. Upper and lower limbs all show recognizable joints (elbows and knees) and the lower limb bones are starting to ossify. But don’t expect your baby to resemble either parent quite yet. Right now, your baby’s head is disproportionately larger than the rest of their body--making up almost half of your little one’s height and weight!

And how's mom doing? Your slightly-larger-than-a-cherry embryo is also starting to have a physical impact on you this week—and not just hormonally, as you may be noticing a slight bulge at your midline-- mostly from water retention. Most people won't even notice the subtle change to your belly's shape, but since you’re tuned in to every little change in your body, it hasn’t slipped past. Good news for the hormonally tortured: if you have been extra moody lately, that may start to subside this week, as the placenta is beginning to take responsibility for your baby’s hormone production. This means your body will soon be able to relax a bit from its over-production of hormones as the placenta starts to regulate your baby’s hormones-- allowing your body to focus on producing more normal levels of hormones for yourself (see Week 10).