I really didn’t want to get out of bed today. My lower back is hurting me more than it has before since getting pregnant right down by the base of my spine and usually it goes away after some stretching and a good night sleep; which is not the case today. My sinuses are going into over drive which marks the start of allergy season for me and I can’t take anything since and I preggers and once baby is here I still won’t be able to take anything as I will be breastfeeding. Gah! I only got out of bed to go into the steaming bathroom to get some kinda of relief, which wasn’t much. After the hot water replenishes its self I shall deplete it again to have a hot bath to sooth my back. Then I thinks me going back to bed.

Where have I been??

Scott and I spontaneously decided to make a spare of the moment road trip up to Calgary to see his parents. (Who I shall refer to as in-laws even though were not married.) I am no hurry to make that drive again anytime soon. We drove straight to Calgary in one day and back in one day from Victoria. Not fun, especially when I’m 5 weeks to due date, and the baby has dropped and/or gotten bigger because my lap now has a constant companion when I sit. The trip was fun albeit brief I got to see my best friend who moved up there recently and another friend that lives there so it made the drive all the more worth it; but my back will tell you differently. I would love to tell you more, but my usually sore back is quite sated after a wonderful massage; a state in which it would love to stay for as long as possible.  

Another Post

It’s probably time for another update. I can’t believe March will here tomorrow! And I can’t believe that I have only 6 short weeks to go until my due date! Where has the time gone?? I think I have most everything I need for this baby. There are a few things I still would like:

-a  used bassinet as the baby won’t be in it all that long (if worse comes to worse I’ll just use the Pak ‘N Play)

– More crib sheets [as cheap Circo ones I bought at Target do not fit the crib mattress, (which is a standard size crib mattress) I have come to love Target especially since we don’t have them in Canada, but I am not so sure on this Circo brand]

– accessories for the nursery

– more diapers

– breast pump

– bottles (not sure what kind to go with so far I am doing glass as all the stories I am hearing about chemicals leaking into the milk)

– more receiving blankets

I am sure there is more but that’s all I can think of at the moment.

There is an Alan Jackson concert I want to go to on May 2 in Vancouver but I don’t know how feasible it is seeing that I will have a baby that will be between a week and month old, how sleep deprived I will and how I feel about leaving it that young. It wouldn’t be a big deal to leave it with my dad for a few hours but I don’t know… probably will not happen. 

Well I must start some daily tasks and like any true Canadian I am thankful to have some Tim Horton’s in me to perk me up. Thank God Roll up the rim is back! I am already 1 for 2.

Yesterday Scott and I went to out 33 week ultrasound and this kid that is residing in my body is estimated to be 4 lbs 11 oz! That seems to be a little on the big side and is making wonder how big s/he will be when it is time for me to bring him or her into this world. I know this baby has a lot more growing to do and I hope I am up for the task. I do not want a c-section. I have only gained 21 lbs too! I know this is an estimate, and not too far off the this chart however it just seems big to me. I hope that this baby is just long and not round. Scott is tall and was 21 or 22 inches when he was born so I am hoping this baby is just taking after his or her daddy.

I am starting to get stretch marks, which I had been hoping to avoid. I do put a coco butter cream on my tummy 2X a day but I guess I just don’t have elastic skin. There is one product that I wanted to buy on-line that another blogger recommended but amazon.com doesn’t ship this type of product to Canada! WTF? Nor is it on amazon.ca and the manufacturer doesn’t ship to Canada either. Mama Mio is certainly losing a lot of business.

Your Opinion is Needed….

Now that the Peanut will be making his or her arrival shortly it’s time to decide on travel system. And I am not sure what to get! (Or more so my father who offered to buy the car seat and stroller for Scott and I.) I have decided on a Graco brand now I just don’t know what to get. I find the Qauttro strollers to big and bulky and they do not fold up very nicely but I would like a infant seat that fits up to 30 lbs which tend to go with the qauttros. I will be travelling a lot between here and Vancouver and mostly going on the ferry as foot passenger and a lightweight stroller would come in handy however they do not seem to have a lot of room in the baskets and the car seats that compliment them usually only go up to 22 lbs. So here is what I think I have narrowed my choices down to:

Option 1 Graco Mosaic Travel System

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Pros:

-Lightweight

-Small

-Compact

Cons:

-Small Basket

– Car seat is only up to 22 lbs

-Not a lot of storage vs. Qauttro

Option 2: Mosaic Stroller paired with Graco Safe Seat

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Pros:

– Car Seat up to 30 lbs

-More use out of car seat

(For Stroller see above Option 1)

Cons:

-Car seat is bulky

-Not quite sure if carseat matches stroller (What do you think??? This is a big selling point)

I have tried a Safe Seat with the Mosaic Stroller and it fits.

Option 3: Qauttro Stroller and Matching Safe Seat

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Pros:

-Car seat accommodates baby up to 30 lbs

-Big Basket and lots of storage on stroller

Cons:

-Stroller is very bulky  takes up a lot of space

-stroller is heavy

Please leave me a comment with your thoughts and please vote on Options 1, 2 or 3! Thanks.

Pie! It’s whats for Breakfast! … And random ramblings

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Now who wouldn’t want to eat this every day for breakfast? I know I certainly do! In fact I couldn’t just have apple pie on its own, it had to be A-la-mode too. (Give me some credit it was with Light Vanilla containing a 1/3 less calories than your other leading brand of ice cream!) But then that would mean that I would have to make this wonderful creation 3X a week or more and that takes more effort than I am willing to put in. I made Scott an apple pie for Valentines Day which happens to be one of his favorites deserts but requires a lot of effort so I don’t make it that often. I don’t mind it either but I hate the prep work of pealing, coring and cutting the apples. I just couldn’t help myself to a piece for breakfast the other day.

As of today, I am 32 weeks and 3 days pregnant. Time is sure going by fast. The baby is between 3.75 and 4 lbs according to some websites I have read. Which is hard to believe. So far I have gained roughly 20 lbs. I am almost at the home stretch now. I am trying to eat more healthily, easier said than done considering the title of this post. I don’t want to gain a butt load of weight in the last 2 months… (I am thinking I will most likely be going over my due date considering the average woman pregnant with her 1st child will go over by 7-10 days.)

Since yesterday I have been hungry all the time! I dont’ know what it is, maybe it’s because I woke up earlier than usual and started my day earlier and had a lighter breakfast. I only had half a bowl of cereal as I ran out of Bran Flakes and a cup of yogurt. I hope the baby hasn’t dropped yet it seems like it could be a little early for this yet, would explain my increased appetite. I went shopping for a few items at Safeway, I came home with Bran Flakes, prunes, prune juice (sick, I prefer prunes) strawberries and bananas.  Needless to say I have been constipated which I am trying to cure/prevent. The joys of pregnancy! At least I haven’t gotten hemorrhoids…. yet. Now that I have written this I have surely jinxed myself and sometime in the near future a post titled “Heartburn and Hemorrhoids” will ensue. My biggest complaints and discomforts of pregnancy so far are:

-Waking up every morning congested

– the almost never ending heartburn

– the back pain

– being emotionally unstable

This is all I can think about at the moment my congested head will not allow me to think. I think I am going to go ward it off by a steaming shower and try to do something outdoors as we seem to be having a sunny day in February here on the Wet Coast.

Pregnancy Myths and Old Wives Tales

It’s time to delurk on my blog so I have a question for you all. I am sure you have all heard a few myths and old wives tales when it comes to pregnancy and I am curious as to what you have heard? Leave me a comment to share yours. Here are a few that I have heard:

 – If your carrying low it’s a girl; high it’s a boy

– If you experience heartburn your baby will come out with full head of hair

– A few people have said if you gain weight in the butt/thigh area your having a boy (news to me)

– If the heartbeat is higher it’s a girl; lower it’s a boy (anything over 140 BPM according to one website I saw it’s a girl; lower than 140 BPM it’s a boy)

– This one I think is absurd. If you can eat broccoli no problem it’s a boy (my sister’s friend told me this as I was chowing down on veggies and dip. She said I was having a boy, because if I was having a girl there would be no way I could eat broccoli like that. (I am not sure if the fact that it was raw a had anything to do with it or not… but I think it’s a very strange myth to say the least)

So what have you heard? I am curious to know…

It happened again…

Yet another Saturday morning when I woke up with a charlie horse in my right calf. WTF? This time I wasn’t able to stop it from cramping up by scrunching my toes in a tight ball it morphed into a full on charlie horse complete with pain, tears and my waking up my fiance that it hurt so bad. The only thing that got rid of it was him massaging my calf. It lasted at least 5 minutes and this time it happened at the ungodly hour of 5:30am!

You think I would learn. After a little research on Google and Wikipedia I learned that dehydration and hormonal imbalances can contribute to charlie horses and pregnant women (a hormonal imbalance in its self) are more susceptible as well. Will I ever learn? If there are 2 things I have learned so far since getting pregnant is:

-Drink lots of water

-Fibre truly is your friend

Stressed…

My ass is numb. That was all I could think/not feel my last hour of work from sitting in a chair most of the day.  And here I sit again to surf the internet and write this post. I am beyond a horrible blogger with infrequent posts. This is my place to express myself and why I set up this blog, yet I don’t post as much. I think of great posts at the most inopportune times, while drifting off to sleep, while walking to work, at work etc. I thought of a great one this morning and I lost it… Well here I am expressing myself.

I am very stressed out at the moment. 2 1/2 weeks ago in a 24-hour period we had some life changes take place.

-We adopted a cat from the local SPCA

-I found out my contract wasn’t being renewed at work

-We found out we were moving as a military house became available

Most of these are good except the work thing as I was counting on making X amount of $ before I went on maternity leave in March and I don’t know who wants to hire a 6 month plus pregnant women who will be going on mat leave. Seems like a waste of their time and mine. This means I will be making 45% less than I anticipated for 2 months as I will be going on EI (Employment Insurance) earlier than I had intended. This also means my claim is only good for 52 weeks (which normally starts when the baby is born) and I will be going back to work (where I don’t know) when my baby is approximately 9 months old; which means I will miss a whole bunch of milestones in that 3 month period.

Our cat is a blessing and I am so happy to have her.

Moving right before Christmas??? Well moving period is stressful enough added to this time of year (I hear the suicide rates go up this time of year; I wonder why?) which is also stressful enough itsself. Not to mention the pressure to buy and wrap presents, and make an effort for everything else that goes along with this time of year. I couldn’t be more stressed. And let’s not forget the pregnancy, the cold I have, and the less than ideal working situation I have with a not pleasant co-worker. This is not making for a fun Christmas.

I don’t blog about a lot of stuff in my life regularly; which you know if you stop by here now and then. We chose to move before Christmas as opposed to after as we both want to be settled before Christmas instead of having to move on Dec 31st/Jan 1st. We are leaving our one bedroom condo for a 3 bedroom townhouse the extra room will be nice to have after living in our current place. So don’t be surprised if I am not around much in the next week or so.

I will be creating a Flickr account as a favorite blogger of mine had pictures of children stolen and the only way in which to view them is to have an account. I don’t like idea of Flickr as it seems like a lot of work (I don’t know this for a fact, it is just an extra account to maintain) however, it is a reason to upload a bunch of scenic shots of places I have vacationed and of the beautiful place where I live British Columbia. You won’t be seeing any headshots of me, as I want to remain anonymous. I am undecided if I will post pictures of my baby once s/he is born.

Happy Weekend to all of you! I am off to a weekend of packing and Christmas shopping.  

Wordless Wednesday

I can’t believe this is my belly at 22 weeks and 5 days:

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