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 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 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 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 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'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 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.