Saturday, April 11, 2009


He has his father's curly hair.
Only, as Brennen says, more of it. ;)


On April 11th, 12.01pm.
We got our little Easter Bunny.

After three days of labour and extensive tearing and stitches, Parker arrived! Without an epidural, so I'm stoked.
Worth every ounce of pain.

21 1/2 inches long, 8lbs9oz.

Very happy but sleepy family.
More when we've caught up on some rest.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

From Jeremy

(love it)

Nonstress Test

We're off to the hospital for a nonstress test!
Wish us luck!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Dear Parker

Dear Parker.

I'm sorry I've been the most impatient woman in the world lately.
When I've acted angry or sad, or jokingly threatened you with spankings should you not pop out, it's all been because I am *very* excited to meet you.
In fact I will not spank you for every day late.
And I will not confiscate pudding for every day late.
Instead I promise to love you and adore you and positively melt the first time I see your face.
So, despite estimated dates and stupid doctors and stupid machines, I'd just like to say...

You take your time.
You come out when you're ready.
Because I can wait.

Because you are worth it.

And because I love you very, *very* much.

I look forward to meeting you, darling.
Whenever it may be.

Sparkles and kisses.




Anyone else bored yet?
After I write a small note to Parker, I'm going to bed. ;)


Today I'm going to spend the day in bed even though it is glorious outside.
I have a wicked toothache (because, I assume, yesterday I prayed for pain and blood...assuming makes an ass out of God).
There's nothing I can do to bring baby on and it doesn't feel like he's coming.
Tomorrow I go to the hospital to have a 'nonstress' test.
On a plus side my mum can come and listen to his heartbeat in person.
They'll tell us what to do from there.


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Hoorah For Alicia!

Okay, so my sister-in-law just brightened my day.
I was bummed that the sprog wouldn't be here on Billie's birthday but Alicia writes...

"Billy Holliday and Francis Ford Coppola were born April 7 ... Julian Lennon and Buddha (Siddhartha far as we know) were born April 8 ..."

Is it a little coincidental that my 'focus piece' for labour is a tiny buddha I have?

I was always intending on squishing this instead of my husband's fingers:

What a lovely circle of events.


He's not here.
He's not coming today.

And to top things off now I'm having to wear a pad, which is something I haven't worn since I was 13.

Needless to say I am very pissed off and uncomfortable.

Yich and blich!

g i v e .
u p .

6 am!

6 am, more bloody discharge.
*Incredible* back pain.


*bounces off walls*

Monday, April 6, 2009

Gross. Wow.


Don't tell me that exercise did it?

Bloody discharge at 1am, right when I was brushing my teeth.

Putting hospital bags optomistically (at my mothers orders) by the front door.

If nothing happens tonight I'll jump back on the treadmill tomorrow....because that certainly stirred SOMETHING up.

*boing eyes*

Maybe by this time tomorrow we will have a baby!

By Hook Or By Crook

Get out of meh bellah!


So what else do you do when you're past your due date and *nobody* will let you do any home renovations?

I guess you keep baking.

Yesterday I made two lemon loaves and a double batch of lemon honey.

I'm sure getting fat will help my pregnancy.

Can't Sleep

It's 3.30am.
I'm stressed out about stuff.
I think mostly about the date for being induced.
Maybe the prenatal nurse was wrong about me having him 'way before'.
Because she said that on the 2nd.
It's now the 6th.
And the date to be induced is the 9th.

And I still don't even FEEL ready to deliver, or very pregnant.

I know stressing about stuff is stupid and it doesn't help, but where's my kid at?

All I wanted was a natural labour.
I thought I could handle the pain but I didn't think about being pumped with drugs to induce, should things run long.

I am very, very upset right now.
So it's 3.30am and I can't sleep.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

6 Days LATE!

Photo taken for Heather.
My wonderful, baby-mad friend!

Hurry up, Parker!
You know there's a *beautiful* world out here...

Super Woman!

Nonna Kate knitting and Nonna Kate working on cushions for our lounge!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Last Chance!

I figured it was my last chance to bake anytime soon, so I made afghans this morning!
Ignore the's the last room to be renovated, although we will put down new flooring sooner rather than later.

Prenatal News!

From an email to family and friends...

Well the nurse gave me a date to be induced today, numbers to call, and the procedure they would go through.
Wanting a natural birth of course I was devastated.
Then she actually *checked* me and said....
Ta Da!
I was dilated between one and two centimeters and my cervix is "thinner than a piece of paper".
Very exciting!
She said I should have him anytime, and well before the date to induce (the 9th).

So I skipped home from the prenatal, as much as I could with Parker squirming around, and *then* found out we will have TREMENDOUS storms today and tornado warnings (again). know...I think would be AWESOME to have a baby in.

So hoorah!
Good news day all around.
We will keep you guys posted!

Love & Sparkles,
(& B)

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Ripped Off!

My outie button went back in.
*ripped off*

I think the plaster cast pulled it out for the day but then it went away.

What, what?!
Perhaps it was my New Zealand April Fool's from God.

Still waiting for baby to arrive...
He certainly likes to bang around and *act* like he's coming out!

Monday, March 30, 2009


I may not have had a baby today but something very exciting happened.


That's right, I delivered a belly button instead of a baby!

And now I'm cracking up because it's just so funny to look at.


I have an outie, yo!

You Can't Handle The Truth

I'm researching flushable nappy liners.
Here is the first line in one of the reviews:

"WARNING: This review contains explicit discussion of poo. If you can't handle reading about poo, please skip to the next review."

Heh heh heh.

We're Due TODAY!

But instead of going to the hospital, we did this. ;)

Week 40

Fetal development in pregnancy week 40:fetus in ninth month

This is it. If you haven’t already gone into delivery, we’ve officially arrived at that time where all you’re doing is trying to patiently play the oh-so-maddening waiting game. Your long-awaited miracle is undoubtedly just as impatient as you to get things moving along. You can generally expect a head-first delivery unless your healthcare provider is unable to coax them out of breech position, in which case their feet come first. After nine months of waiting and even after your wonder-baby is finally out, your doctor or midwife will probably make you wait another five minutes while they give your child an Apgar score (see below); suction any fluids or mucous that may be blocking their newly exposed airways; and clean the remaining vernix and blood from their little body. After all the waiting, you’ll finally get to hold your exhausted little love-bug. Just a heads up: it’s fairly common for newborns to have a bit of chapping or even red rashes on their skin. Gerber babies don’t just pop out sparkly clean and smooth from the womb.

It’ll come whether you’re ready or not, so grab your bag, call the doc, get a hold of the grandfolks-to-be and get ready to execute your much-rehearsed plan of action. PLEASE DO NOT put the pedal to the metal. Labor typically last 13 hours (8 hours for mothers who have delivered once already), and getting to the birth center 10 minutes earlier isn’t likely to make a big difference. Try to keep a level head and drive safely: there’s a lot at stake.

And how's mom doing? Phase I (Early Labor): If this is your first birth, you’ll finally understand just how fake Braxton-Hick contractions really are. Real labor contractions are going to be notably more intense, more painful, and come in waves of 3-4 every ten minutes--each one lasting up to 60 seconds. That said, at the beginning of early labor you’re best bet is to ride the contractions out in the comfort of your home. Realistically speaking, the contractions won’t be so frequent or painful that you won’t be able to putter around the house, watch a movie, or even take a warm bath to relax for the upcoming birth. Early labor can last up to eight hours for a first birth. As we’ve mentioned before, the amniotic sac may naturally break at this point. If this happens, go ahead and get your stuff together and head to the birth center even if your contractions haven’t started. If your water doesn’t break on its own, you can head to the birth center when your contractions are occurring every five minutes for over an hour (at this point they can last up to 90 seconds apiece Wooee!). For you anxious impatient types, try to avoid the stopwatch tedium of recording every contraction and do something more entertaining like watch SNL reruns on Comedy Central. Between Chris Farley and David Spade, you might want to check your rate periodically to see if it’s increased overall, and then get your stuff and head to the birth center to try and catch the next round of SNL reruns.

Phase II (Active Labor): When the cervix is dilated to 10 cm, your baby is usually descended somewhat into your pelvis and may be accompanied by feelings of rectal pressure similar to the feeling you have before a bowel movement. At this point it’s not unusual to feel nauseous (even to the point of vomiting), although many women don’t. On the other hand, there are plenty of cases where the mother is fully dilated but the baby won’t descend until much later in the labor-process. Although the typical course of action is bearing down (when the baby has descended) and pushing through the contractions to move your child through the birth canal, your uterus is also slowly pushing your baby downwards, so take it slowly and don’t strain too much. If it is your first birth, your baby will probably descend more slowly. It is still quite common to coach the mother to push and bear down as much as possible during this time, but there is no reason to believe that this is necessarily a better approach than waiting until you feel the spontaneous urge to bear down, which will happen eventually. Still, keep in mind: if you opt for an epidural, the loss of pelvic sensation will prohibit this option and instead require that you receive explicit coaching during the pushing process.

Phase III (Expelling the placenta): Within a half hour (but usually only a few minutes) after delivery, the placenta (also known as “afterbirth”) will also find its way out of your body. Expelling the entire afterbirth is important because any remaining pieces can cause bleeding and infection later on (early breastfeeding actually promotes complete afterbirth ejection).

At this point, the audience jumps to its feet in a resounding standing ovation. BRAVO!!! Encore? You know what? We’re going to let this baby and momma sleep a bit. It’s been a long journey and really, it’s only just the beginning of another even more incredible journey which we all call “life.” Maybe another year from now when all the pregnancy memories are faded and eclipsed by all the adorable happy baby moments, mom will shrug her shoulders and say it’s time for another, maybe….

Saturday, March 28, 2009

I Can't Help It...

More photos! (I'm sorry)
The nursery from the doorway and his bassinet in our room. ;)
Check out his little giraffe chair next to the crib.

Parents and Children

This morning I had a wonderful talk with my mother.
We've never really talked, in all these years.
It's my fault - not hers. I'm very good at shutting people out. I've always been that way.
It's not nice for others.
But I've changed lately and this morning it was beautiful.
We talked.
She cried.
I hugged her.

I respect her more than I suspect she'll ever know.
Worse yet, I respect her more than I suspect I'll ever know.

And I'm just...happy...that in such a time of growth and expansion with my child in my life, that my mum and I are growing and expanding, too.

Now she's peacefully taking a bubble-bath. Should I sneak in and splash cold water on her like I used to when I was a child?

My vote is for yes.

*wicked grin*

Friday, March 27, 2009


I am very excited to meet my baby.
The wait is worse than Christmas. ;)

What Do You Think They Feel?

As a pregnant mother, what do you think your unborn baby feels when you cry?
I am a very blessed woman and I have a very blessed life and I don't cry very much.
But I'm really sad over the belly cast, I think, and so tonight I'm crying a little.
It's the one thing I said I wanted, before I was pregnant.
The thing I mentioned while we were trying.
And the one thing I've really wanted/mentioned over the past nine months.
And now it's too late.

I'm also really sad about my sister's wedding and not being able to make it, or to be there for my family.

I wonder if Parker is sad, too.
I would hate for him to feel this way.
I'm really worried he's basked in sadness right now, and kids just don't need to feel that.

Did any other mothers wonder that?
Did any of you cry over anything while pregnant?

More Nursery Photos

We've finished the monkey and most of the tree frogs!

Brennen also put a shelf up above the changing table for me!

And here are our fabric picks! A yellow curtain for the wardrobe, a funky cover for the footstool, and then an extra orange cushion, a yellow cushion and the footstool fabric for the rocking chair cushions.

And lastly, here is the other wall which I shall attempt to paint before I go into labour!!!

Wish us luck. ;)

Some Photos!

Mural unfinished, but we are part way through.
(and I have to confess...I stole the design of the monkey from a mural I worked on with a good friend...I must email and let her know I used it again...heh heh heh!!!)


Well, with three days to go I am finally painting the nursery mural (with the help of Nonna Kate!)

What do they say....if you leave something to the last minute, it only takes a minute to do?

It's a lovely theory, right? ;)

Sorry I'm not writing much...just busy. Lost the internet bug. Would rather work on the house. My mamma still has zee bug, though, it's eating through her skin! So if you need updates you can always count on her via email.

Love & Sparkles!
(and mural painting photos later today, perhaps)

xxxSarah & Parker.

(I know, I he'll be on time...leave me to my pretty sparkling works well for me....especially when contractions become 'painful gas' and anemia becomes 'oh goody! nap time')

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Le Peeps

Nonna Kate in Parker's room.

Silly Mamma in Parker's room.

It's missing all the crazy/funky artwork I wanted it to have, but that will come soon enough! ;)

Nonna Kate!

Nonna Kate is here!

How do I know?
Why, because I haven't done dishes for TWO DAYS!
And this morning, when I got up to wash nappies, NAPPIES WERE IN THE PROCESS OF BEING WASHED!

Oh, it's amazing!
I have a wizard on my hands!

And today Nonna Kate helped me move the nursery all around and rearrange the art room.


Things are shaping up around here.
Even if Nonna talks rubbishy things, like 'resting' (pssssshwwwww) and 'taking it easy' (psssssshwwwww x 2), I love her anyway.
A bunch!


Monday, March 23, 2009


So if I force myself to stay in bed for the first sleepless hour or two, *eventually* I will doze off.

Some sleep is better than none, right?!

Week 39

Fetal development in pregnancy week 39:fetus in ninth month

Whether you give birth tomorrow or next week, it's pretty much all the same for your baby, who is now truly R-E-A-D-Y to face the big bright world outside of your womb. Speaking of wombs, your body is priming up for the big moment and hopefully, you're as prepared mentally as you can be. Your baby is well stocked up on fat, all their organs have put on the finishing touches. Here's hoping your child is already in the birthing position and basically just "hanging out" waiting for that elusive moment when all systems synchronize in your body to trigger the labor process.

And how's mom doing? We know you're antsy for the big moment, but let's step back a minute and talk about what it takes to get to the point where you’re finally holding your sweet little miracle in your arms. Are you mentally ready to embark on the oh-so-fun adventures of labor? Take a moment to review all your preparations for handling the pain (breathing techniques etc.). Don't forget you're going to have some physical signs prior to labor: 1) you'll lose the mucous plug sometime before labor sets in, 2) the good ol' water breaking (doesn't happen to all women), 3) and finally, before the contractions kick in, it's likely you'll see some brownish-red discharge in your underwear-- charmingly called "bloody show."

And how about all those little details? Have you got yourself a back-facing infant seat for the ride home? Is their adorable "first outfit" all packed up? Where's that list of family and friends you're going call with the happy news? Do NOT forget the camera!!! If you're giving birth at the hospital, don't forget socks, they always over air-condition the place. Also, if you're not having a home birth, bring your pillow, you know it's better and comfier than anything they're going to provide for you. Lastly, have you ironed out all the details of your birth plan with your caregiver? It's best to clarify all your preferences prior to serious labor, because once you're puffing like, well, a woman in labor, it's highly unlikely you're going to have the presence of mind to talk it out clearly.

Thursday, March 19, 2009



How lovely!
Today I feel *gross*.
I'm not sleeping well at night and I cannot seem to nap during the day.
I had an early prenatal and they told me my iron count was low.
Not to worry about it but I was at 10.3 and apparently if you drop below 8 you're in danger of needing a blood transfusion.
Oh, sure, not to worry about that!
I also GAINED a ridiculous amount of weight.
4lbs in ONE week, and only a 1/2lb of that would be Parker!
I feel like there is fever in my blood today and that there are little tiny men with dirty fingernails clawing at the inside of my head.

So far, 38 weeks in, my pregnancy symptoms have been mostly lovely.
I guess it had to come to a screaming halt at some point!

In writing this, though, I hope tomorrow I feel better.

For now I just want to lay in bed and watch something on the tube.
But my beautiful husband (also exhausted) is sound asleep and I don't want to wake him.

Maybe I can set up camp on the couch and find something online.


Mamma make it stop!
I feel truly ratshit.


*sad face*

1 week and four days to go...

Monday, March 16, 2009


A wooooo woooooo!!!
Now mamma just has to prewash these suckers, 5-8 times, to shrink them.
By Hokey!
The things I do for his little bottom!
And he's not even here yet....

Week 38

Fetal development in pregnancy week 38:fetus in ninth month

As you know, you've arrived at the final leg of your pregnancy journey, and if you're still carrying your little love around, they've just about reached their birth weight (somewhere between 6 to 8 pounds is average depending on whether they're a boy or girl). There really isn't a lot to report on baby this week, so lets do a quick recount of where we're at: all internal organ systems are pretty much ready for the outside world, they've got their meconium stockpile building up (their first black baby poo), lots of healthy baby fat, a rapidly developing brain (that'll keep growing with them for years to come), and they've more or less reached official baby status-- all they need to do is "head out" and say hello to the rest of the world and especially their ready-to-pop momma.

And how's mom doing? Hang in there momma, it's only a matter of time before the obnoxious and painful fake contractions you felt in your back, lower belly, and pelvic region will be replaced by real contractions... which are even more obnoxious and painful. You'll know when the real ones kick in because they're more intensely painful (woo!) and they spread over the entire uterus, through the lower back and into your pelvis.

If you're having trouble sleeping (which about 100% of women in this phase of pregnancy are), try to take little catnaps during the day, get one of those neato full-body pregnancy pillows, or at least lots of pillows that you can shove between your legs and under your belly to support your awkward shape more comfortably. Also, if you're feeling weird electrical tingles in your legs and inside your vagina, this would be none other than your not-so-little baby hitting various nerves as they settle into the pelvic area. If you're feeling sharp shooting pains instead of tingles, this would be your extra-evil-but-adorable baby pressing on your oh-so-very sensitive sciatic nerve. All we can recommend is some wincing, sitting down, and putting your feet up.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Bikini My Butt

Or NOT my butt, as the case may be.

The prenatal nurse lifted my top up and said 'oh! no stretch marks! you can still wear your bikini'

I gave her what I hoped was my most strong 'honey you must be joking' look.

Maybe a kickboxing suit and an angry glare.
I'm not very good at bikinis on the beach.

That's Just Nasty

So when I was in fifth form my sister Nikki said to me 'I don't care how many brand new highlighters you have, they will NOT get you through School C.'

So now, in my mind as I pack my hospital bag, I hear;

'I don't care HOW MANY brand new Kotex Pads you have, they will NOT get you through broken vagina.'

Two weeks, yo.
TWO WEEKS OF....*shudder*.

*plugs fingers in ears and starts singing*

Baby Laundry

Using the washing machine has never been cuter.


It's time to pick his 'coming home' outfit, seeing as - very shortly - he will be COMING HOME!!!

Here are three.

We may pack them all.
Because when I'm bored in the hospital maybe I'll try dressing Brennen up, too.

I can squish daddy into the teddy-ear hat, fo' sure.

Hospital Bag

I am supposed to be packing my hospital bag today but the suitcase I was going to use is a little too small, I think.
By the time I get my big fluffy robe in there.
(it's pink and it's covered in sheep)

This also means that today I get to:

Pick Thumper's 'coming home from the hospital' outfit.

That's right.
I get to play with little stuff.
That smells like spring and bunnies.
And makes old ladies cry.


We are having one of these!!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


It is RIDICULOUS how excited I am for nappies to arrive in the post!!!!
*boing eyes*


I finally got around to ordering nappies.
I hope they are fast on delivery because I need to prewash them all before the sprog pops.
In addition to this I have two dozen coming from New Zealand (thanks Nonna Kate!) so we should be set for the first little bit, with just over three dozen.

The Thirsties Covers KICK ARSE.

They look like this....(this is one colour I picked, out of many)

And for a colour whore, that's just swell to me!!!!

Here is the order I am waiting on:

14 x Chinese Prefold Cloth Diapers = $21.00
Size Unbleached Infant
1 x Thirsties Diaper Cover = $11.25
Color and Size Melon X-Small
1 x Thirsties Diaper Cover = $11.25
Color and Size Ocean X-Small
1 x Thirsties Diaper Cover = $11.25
Color and Size Celery X-Small
1 x Snappi Cloth Diaper Fastener = $2.99
Color Yellow
1 x Snappi Cloth Diaper Fastener = $2.99
Color Red
1 x Snappi Cloth Diaper Fastener = $2.99
Color Light Blue
1 x bumGenius USA Flannel Baby Wipes = $11.95

Sub-Total: $75.67
Shipping and Handling (ECONOMY + INSURANCE): $2.20
Total: $77.87

Expensive, but worth it!
For my baby *and* for the environment he will have to live in. ;)

Come on, people on your brother, everybody get together, we gotta love one another right nowwwwwwww!

(Go GREEN if you can)

Fetus Bingo

Yes, indeedy!
Which is what I played tonight at a childbirthing class.
Among the many *many* gifties we got, Thumper won Brennen a 'Daddy Rocks' bib.
I couldn't think of anything more appropriate.

But back to the original thought...

I've played Fetus Bingo!

All the cool kids are doing it.

Have you?!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


I *told* y'all these existed!

Of course my mate in New Zealand said to me quite practically 'why don't you just throw a flannel over it?'


Just Over Two Weeks

'Just over two weeks left' is much more fun to say than 'just less than three weeks left'

You know it?

I fear I am hopelessly naive and feel terribly ignorant.
I'm not scared or freaked out about the upcoming pain and process.
I really just want to dance and sing and play a lot.
This is bad, no?
I should be worried about baby things instead...

I think my 'freak-out' side packed up and left in fear about 8 months ago.
Denial much?

Daddy Get Your Guns

Most clever baby present...
Yep, I handed that one *straight* over.
Thanks Linda!
I did NOT hear you say that tool-belt was unisex. ;)

Monday, March 9, 2009


Very Humbled

Brennen and I are very humbled by the large turnout of friends and family at our baby shower.
Your gifts were all amazing and we are so very thankful to know wonderful people like you.

Here are a few pics from the day.

When the gifts are unpacked I will take more photos...there are gift-bags hidden within gift-bags here.
We love you guys!

xxxSarah & Brennen & Thumper.
(a very well loved & spoilt baby!!!)

Week 37

Week 37: And we're ready for take off!
Fetal development in pregnancy week 37:fetus in ninth month

It’s the calm before the storm. Changes in your baby's weight have leveled off with only a few ounces of fat added this week. At this point your baby should weigh in at around 7 lbs and 20 inches (with boys somewhat heavier and longer than girls). Happily, as far as internal organs go, they are now developed enough to function in the outside world although the oh-so-important immune system is still developing and will continue to do so after birth. With a large boost of antibodies provided by breast milk when nursing begins. Fighting infection and staying healthy should be well within their physical capacity when your little fighter is born.

And how's mom doing? Your health care provider will assess the likelihood of where you are relative to your upcoming birthing process—seeing as you’ve now arrived at that waiting phase that could turn into labor at any time. Various charming indicators such as loose stools, expelling your mucus plus (along with the bloody show – see week 35), a dilated cervix and increased Braxton-Hicks contractions are all signs that labor is only a few days away. The infamous water breaking may or may not be your first true indicator that labor has commenced. However, water breaks for only 15% of mothers and despite what Hollywood would have us believe, is more frequently just a slow leak rather than a large gush.

Be patient: if labor doesn’t start this week, or even next, keep in mind that only 4-5% of women actual deliver on their predicted due date. What’s more if this is your first pregnancy, you can expect to be anywhere from two days to two weeks late. You can distract yourself by keeping track of fetal movements, mostly to reassure yourself that all is well with your little miracle. In the off chance that movements do start to decrease substantially, try not to freak out and instead, call your doctor of midwife and discuss it with them.

If you still haven’t decided whether to breastfeed or not, here’s a good reason: some experts estimate that mothers excrete between 400-700 calories a day while breastfeeding, and to compensate, you should be eating roughly 500 extra calories a day (mmm that’s like one spoonful of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream).

Sunday, March 8, 2009

The Baby Shower...

Was today and it was wonderful.
Good people, good food, and lots of amazing gifts for Thumper.
We had unexpected guests travel from a couple of hours out of town, from 5 hours out of town, and of course my dear friend Lisa travelled 10 hours from her home state to be here.
I am very grateful to our wonderful friends and to this happy time.

Three more weeks to go!

Baby shower photos later,
xxxS & Co.


Monday, March 2, 2009


Four thousand, five hundred and thirteen pregnant woman rated week 36 as 'not so grand'.


And going by yesterday, I think I will believe them...

Week 36

Week 36: Wee fingers o' steel
Fetal development in pregnancy week 36:fetus in ninth month

The countdown continues… and in fetal developments: most of the bones (soft skull aside) in their little body are now completely hardened, providing a solid structure from which they can now make their grand debut into the world. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we are structurally ready for a secure launch. In physical fitness news: their muscle tone has also improved over these past few weeks, and you’ll definitely be impressed by their steel-like Ulnar grasp (a newborn reflex that occurs if you lay your finger in their palm). And in genital development: if you’re having a girl, her labia are now fully developed. Finally, in the fluids/excretion department: the amniotic fluid-to-baby ratio has fallen over these past weeks, although they’re still swallowing fluid (building up even more meconium for that historic first poop), and some vernix caseosa. They will be more than ready to swallow and digest milk after birth. Just in case you didn’t get it quite yet: you’ve got yourself an adorable and hungry 6.5 lbs 20 inch baby— are you ready?

And how's mom doing? If you haven’t done so already, you’re going to need to take the time to do some baby-proofing. We know you don’t have loads of energy right now, but waiting until your little crawler is getting into the Drain-o or sticking their finger in a light socket just isn’t the safest strategy. There are plenty of articles and check lists to assist you in making sure your home is a safe place for your new explorer (check out sites like:’s safety products, and BabyCenter's buying guides (follow link to safety section). Go ahead and fix those broken cupboard latches and window screens. Hide or toss out harmful chemicals, detergents and aerosols as newborns are typically very sensitive to air-born agents and toxic cleaning supplies and if exposed, babies can easily breakout with rashes, have belabored breathing and watery eyes, along with others signs of irritation. Simply thinking about removing all these products can be overwhelming, so start small if necessary. Use vinegar to dust instead of Lysol, and if you’re planning on painting the nursery, try to stay away from the industry-standard synthetic mixes. Also, think about purchasing organic or dermatologist approved cotton comforters and pillows for the crib. It’s a nuisance to think about right now—but trust us: once your child is on the outside, you’re going to have a lot less time to be dealing with baby-proofing.

Sunday, March 1, 2009


Thumper, meet Snow.
Snow, meet Thumper.

Saturday, February 28, 2009


The tornadoes that rudely woke us and left Brennen, 4 cats, bump & I sitting in the bathtub this morning have drained *whatever* energy I may have had for the day.

Most distressing as today is a very busy and social day!

I am joining a friend to go and support a local benefit in town, then when I get home I want to help MIL work on some things and I want to work on the house, then this afternoon/evening boy and I are having guests over for gaming.

But I am SO TIRED now.

Oh, Tornadoes!
You know I love you, but really?


Oh yeah and I have a toothache.
*grumble grumble moan*

Hospital Bag

By the end of next week I want to have a bag packed for Brennen and a bag packed for me.

Here is a pretty good list I found online of things to pack:

Your Labor Bag

* Tooth brushes for everyone and Tooth paste

* Any reference book or pamphlet you might need (I prefer The Birth Partner.)

* Pillows from home (Use colored cases to distinguish from your birth place's linens)

* Music you would like (You may need to provide your own iPod, CD Player or Tape Player)

* Camera with film and batteries

* Camcorder with charged batteries and accessories

* Signed copies of your birth plan

* Water bottles for ice

* Your own wash cloths, colored ones work better

* Waterproof pads for the car ride

* Any clothes of your own that you wish to wear

* List of people to call after the baby is born (include childbirth educator)

* Lip Balm

* Change of clothes for partner, including swim trunks for shower or pool

* Baby Book for getting the foot prints done by the nurse when she does the paperwork

* Focal Point (If you want one)

* Socks for mom

* Special foods or drinks

* Suckers or hard candy

* Snacks for labor support

* Calling Card for Long Distance Calls

Your Postpartum Bag

* Nursing bras and pads (preferably the washable, soft ones.)

* Breastfeeding book

* Going home outfit for baby

* Blanket for Baby

* Another change of clothes for partner and any toiletries needed

* Your own personal night gown, robe (They will get dirty!)

* Personal Hygiene items (shampoo, your own pads, etc.)

* Number of La Leche League or other breastfeeding support

* Number of diaper service (if you need to arrange for delivery)

* Car Seat with instructions

* Going home outfit for mom (You will still be look to be about 6 months pregnant. Most women wear the clothes that they wore to the hospital, some bring nursing shirts.)

You might also consider packing a bag for dad too.

Of course I'm going to add in flower hair-clips.
For some reason, I *really* want to have flowers in my hair while I give birth.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

My Daddy Is A Rockstar!

He spray paints canvases so mum doesn't do it, and so I don't have to inhale the fumes.
He loves us, he does.

Pimento Cheese

On a sandwich.

*boing eyes*

New Top!

A friend sent me a new top for Thumper and I!

I spent the morning dancing around in it.

Thank-you so much, darling.
I think we may wear it to the baby shower!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

You're Pregnant, You Idiot.

Last night I spotted a little.
It made my heart skip a beat to see blood after 8 months without it.
The baby is fine, he's been kicking non-stop, and - as a matter of fact - Brennen was tickling him last night and he was kicking Brennen back at every chance he got. So that's good. He still has the 'tude. But still...I got a fright.
Then this morning when I woke I had some mild contractions.
They scared me, too!
And I was pretty dehydrated.
I know I still have like...34 days to go (woot!) and I'm hoping he'll even be a little later than that, but I've decided I have to be more careful.
I nearly wrote a large note to go on the wall which reads "YOU'RE PREGNANT, YOU IDIOT...GO SLOW" to remind myself not to do so much.

This morning I stayed in bed until 11.30am.
It's now 1.30pm and I think I am going to watch some TV.
This is insane.

Maybe I'll take my first day off in....forever (although I did reorganise the lounge when I got up).

I have to quit moving furniture, for sure.
And I have to quit doing so much around the house.

Now the bedroom floor is laid in it will be easier.

I have to learn how to just sit and relax, dagnabbit (a hard chore for me in general).


I posted my last post at 11.11.
Take that, suckers!
I had no idea!

I shall not meet it, afterall!

*high fives the moon*

Monday, February 23, 2009

Dear God.

Dear God.
May I never meet my mucous plug.


A beautiful friend made Thumper a quilt for his crib!
And it MATCHES HIS ROOM perfectly!
Boy and I adore it.
Very much so.

Thank-you, friend!

Morning Prenatal

Went well.
Same ol' , same ol'.

Thumper kicked the nurse when she tried to hear his heartbeat.

I love me some Thumper, I do.
He's got the 'tude.

Week 35

Week 35: Hey! It IS getting cramped in here.
Fetal development in pregnancy week 35:fetus in eighth month

Congratulations! You’re now carrying nearly 6 lbs of baby not counting their amniotic fluid, the umbilical cord, or the placenta itself. We’re impressed because that’s a LOT of work non-stop. Are you feeling proud of yourself yet? Well, get to it—you’ve done an amazing job! At this point, your little grower is almost busting out of the womb size-wise, which make their restricted attempts to move much challenging. Of course, your stubborn little sucker is still trying to move around as if they weren’t in a cramped space. And the accumulationg baby fat deposits are starting to level off so your little butter ball will be padded and warm when they head out of their super snug little home.

And how's mom doing? We’re sure you’ve noted that the contractions are picking up and despite the obvious appeal of getting the pregnancy over with at this point, try not to jump the gun too soon by declaring actual labor. Of course, if it’s getting to the point where you’re having contractions continuously— you’re in labor and yes, it’s time for the "grab your bags we’re gonna have a baby" rush. For the rest of you not yet in labor, your watermelon-betwixt-my-legs waddle is as charming as ever, not to mention the glorious ongoing back pain and fatigue. Hang in there! Once you’ve got your miracle baby on the outside, this will all be a dim memory. So, catch the cat naps whenever possible and keep yourself hydrated with water and try to imagine how all of this will (hopefully) be much funnier in hindsight.

Your doctor or midwife should soon start monitoring cervical effacement (thinning of the cervix) and dilation in order to predict labor. If your cervix is already dilated labor is probably not far away—although there are some moms who walk around with a dilated cervix for a couple of days prior to labor. And if you haven’t heard about the joys of discharging the mucus plug (which protects the uterus from infection) along with some spotting, commonly called “bloody show”—both are signs that labor is around the corner. Should you discharge anything unusual in consistency and/or coloration, don’t hesitate to call you health care providor, it’s probably nothing, but you certainly don’t need the extra stress right now.

Let’s talk about pain. Reports on the intensity of pain experienced during labor and childbirth are widely varied from woman to woman. The pain experienced depends on several things including your own natural pain threshold, medication, birthing position, fetal position, previous births, your general health and the actual birthing environment. Of course, there are natural births, cesarean deliveries, spinals, IV’s and other pain medications, all of which also play into how you experience pain during child birth.

Ideally, you should attempt to be as relaxed as possible and willing to accept the pain as part of the birthing process. In reality, your experience of the birthing process is unique to your body and how you choose to respond to it. Pain is a two part process: the first part is the physical experience of the pain and the second is your emotional reaction to your experience—and that is the part you have the most control over. Choosing to accept and endure the pain of child-birth (with or without medication) can be an empowering experience for any woman, as well as making the birthing process notably easier for those assisting you.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Underneath The Neck

We are walking across the car park the other day.

Brennen: "Baby, what did you do to your leg? Did you hurt it?"
Me: "Nope! My legs are come?"
Brennen: "Well, you seem to be waddling a bit."
Me: *busts out into laughter* "Well honey I think I *am* waddling! It's what happens to pregnant women when their babies drop down into their coochies!!!"


Some days I leap buildings in a single bound.
Other days I fizzle and fry.

Today I am *exhausted*.

Brennen will be home in an hour and a half and all I want to do is pull him into bed and nuzzle his armpit, as JoJo would do.

But we have busy plans.

And I'm so tired.

Please shrink me so I can fit into his pocket and he can carry me around.

Because right now the best anything would be to be close to his body, half-dreaming, half-sleeping.

In his warmth.

I'm so very tired today.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Running Out Of Time!

It just occurred to me that I am fast running out of time!
I hope sprog is late rather than early but - God forbid - if he is two weeks early, say, he will be here in what....THREE WEEKS?!?!

Things I have to do:

2. PACK HOSPITAL BAG (and ipod with good music)

There is *a lot* of other things I'd love to do, like finish the nursery and the lounge, the kitchen and dining, etc, etc....

But you know.
The above list ought to be my priority right now, or I'll run out of time and he'll be here!

Luxury Got Shortened!

So one of the most luxurious things I used to do was wake-up, have a bubble-bath, burn candles or incense, put my hair up in a knot on my head, and then swan around the house...wearing nothing but one of my husband's shirts.
It was so luxurious.
My skin smooth and soft, everything clean and delicious, good music on, good painting and art being created...with his clothes crashing down on me mid thigh.


Today I put on one of his oversized shirts and found that it no longer comes down mid-thigh. No no! It comes down above-crotch. Which means essentially I'm swanning around the house half naked.

Which - somehow - is not quite as soft and beautiful.

It's just a little dirty when I try to sit down.


Where'd my underwear go?

Thursday, February 19, 2009

I Have Limits


My husband thinks I don't have limits.
He thinks I will tackle anything because I'm stubborn enough and impatient enough and when I want something done, I go ahead and do it.

However...I *do* love my unborn.

Which is why, at this moment in time, I have the base of a sofa wedged between the kitchen and the hallway, with absolutely *no hope* of getting it to the lounge.

Now...if I weren't pregnant I would be down on my knees, frantically clawing at the base of it to prop it up and swivel it around the door frame, ignoring the pain and gritting my teeth in satisfaction when my back popped and the sofa squeezed through. But, being pregnant, instead I look at it with a cranky-pant face and sigh in frustration.

I was *so close* to finishing the lounge, you see.
And had I known I needed help I would have seduced boy into helping before he left for work.

Now I just get to climb over a sofa whenever I want in the kitchen and ponder what to do with the rest of the day - now widely interrupted by my dissatisfaction!


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

5 Weeks & 5 Days To Go

5 weeks & 5 days to go, suckers!


I haz it.


Lost Some Weight

The scale says I'm down three pounds this morning.
Most odd, when I'm supposed to be gaining rapidly.

I don't think I'm eating as well as I should be.
I *want* to but I'm just so tired, all of the time.
The minute I quit busting my butt running around and working on the house, I just need to *sit*. Not get up and make a meal.

Yesterday I had a subway sandwich (soggy because I didn't have the energy to eat it the night before) and then for dinner I had rice and spinach.
Scattered throughout the day I had snacks.
But when I look at this in terms of 'housing a baby' it's really not enough.
Especially when he is meant to be gaining a pound a week.

All the instant throw-in-the-oven vegetarian food I like is expensive.
And everything else requires too much effort when I'm exhausted.
Except for fast food which I won't eat anyway because it's just so gross and nasty (especially for the baby!)

This morning I woke up wanting a big bowl of cream of wheat but here I am at the computer instead, because it's much easier to type than stand in the kitchen and stir a pot.

I wouldn't be concerned except I don't like numbers on the scale going *down* right now.
Especially when I'm not exercising.

Maybe today I should take it a little easier on the home renovations and try to get in at least three square meals.

(mind you, also, that stupid 'pregnancy heartburn' has been cropping up...that certainly makes me not want to eat)

Oh, grumble, grumble, grumble!
Today is all about grumbles.

Seeing as we moved the bed around yesterday, I hope I haven't given myself the wrong side to permanently get out of!


Somebody make me breakfast?

Monday, February 16, 2009


We were walking across the parking lot, talking;

Brennen: My legs hurt.
Sarah: My uterus hurts.
*moment of silence*
Brennen: You win.

Week 34

I suppose my mum will have to write a love poem on my behalf....

Week 34: Upside-down baby!
Fetal development in pregnancy week 34:fetus in eighth month

Your amazing baby is on the move! They’ve been riding fairly high in your stretched-out womb till now (while kindly compressing your poor internal organs), but now they’re planning on making the big move to your pelvis this week. If you haven’t noticed it already, you’ll be feeling the weight shift that signals that your baby is most likely out of breech position, with their head now resting on your pubic bone. In liver news: although not quite fully formed, your little miracle’s liver is now capable of processing a certain amount of waste. In general, most of your child’s prenatal physical development is pretty much up to snuff and ready for the outside world. Naturally, further weight gain is expected—so you’re still not at maximum capacity despite probably feeling like you definitely are maxed out.

And how's mom doing? Obviously the big change for you is the notable weight shift (known as “lightening” or “engagement”). Now that your baby is resting deeper in your pelvis, you may find yourself walking as if you're carrying a watermelon between your legs. Yes dear, you’re officially “waddling” these days. Try to comfort yourself with this thought: it’s nearly over. Soon, you’ll just have to carry your adorable little watermelon in your arms. And in a rare spate of good news: this weight shift means you can breathe easier now that your lungs aren’t compressed. The not-so-good news, it’s a trade off: (we’ll wait till you’re back from the restroom) this new position has your poor bladder even more squished than before. We’d recommend writing your bladder little love poems to convince it not to leave you altogether, but unfortunately bladders don’t speak English (only Italian love poems will do).

If you've recently noticed some less-than-appealing itchy red bumps on your belly (and possibly around your thighs and belly), you've got yourself a harmless but not fun round of pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP if your don't have the patience for the full name). If you feel itchy ALL over your body, that's different, and you should call your health care practitioner as this could be a liver problem.

At your next check up you can expect your physician to conduct a Group B Streptococci test (GBS), a common bacteria screening. As long as you have a strong immune system, you’re in the clear (one more reason to eat right and exercise!), but your little one is more susceptible to serious health complications (including meningitis, pneumonia and blood infection) if not diagnosed and treated properly—so the tests are good for some peace of mind. Hang in there momma, you’re already a super-star for making it this far!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

We Won't Squish Him!

We won't squish him!!!!

Look what we have for zee bed:

The only problem I foresee is that mummy and daddy love to spoon.
No, no...they LOVE to spoon.
So maybe he can't be in the middle of the bed.
Maybe he has to just be on mum's side.
We have yet to figure that out.

But I am sooooooooooooooo glad he can be in the bed with us without us being able to roll onto him. Friends and family have told me I'll end up just keeping him in the bed out of sheer fatigue and I always said 'oh NO we won't, can you IMAGINE me squishing him? and I wouldn't let boy and I have pillows or ANYTHING if he slept with us!' But this....perfect! Mum & Dad can snuggle and baby can be *right* there!

Also, during the day when he's in the nursery with my mum (who is coming to stay!) we can transfer this to his crib so he doesn't roll all over the show.
(not that he can...I'm going to be swaddling that sucker so tightly anyway....)

And then maybe....praise be the lord!....I can sneak in a nap.
(thank god for breast pumps, right?!?)

Real Little Person


He is a real little person.
With a real little wardrobe.
Mummy knows because mummy spent a chunk of yesterday hanging up real little clothes.

Now if I can just figure out the nappies already...