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.