November 27, 2007

hello, heartbeat!

well, i finally got to hear baby's heartbeat. i had the option at my last appointment to see if we could hear it, but it was a little early, and i knew that if i didn't hear it i would be worried... so i decided to wait. since i've been feeling little flutters for little while now, i wasn't very worried, but it was still nice to hear that reassuring "thump-thump-thump-thump" regardless.

i also got the flu shot while i was there.... reluctantly. the last time i got a flu shot i ended up getting really sick from the immunization. however, that was 10 years ago and in the US, so here's hoping. so far, my arm just hurts a lot. and i'm freezing, but that could be because winter has finally arrived and the air conditioning is still running full blast in my office for some reason.

the only other issue that came up at my appointment was the whole gestational diabetes issue. with lili i was borderline... which basically meant that they freaked me out for pretty much nothing, as all of the BGL testing i did was always normal. this time they gave me an option - be tested for it again, or, just assume i'll get it and go to the clinic to start BGL testing and counselling again. i opted to be tested at the lab first. no need to be pricking my finger 3x per day if i don't need to.

otherwise, everything seems just fine, which is nice. i have to schedule my u/s now, and that's the next step. i'm feeling good - crazy day of nesting yesterday. the last few nights i've had wicked heartburn at night, which i remember not-so-fondly from being pregnant with lili. thank god for tums.

all is well. next appointment with the dr is dec 20, and my u/s will probably be a week prior to that.

November 22, 2007

and baby makes 3!

Congrats to Jill and Dave on their newest family member, Harrison! I'm so amazed at Jill for going through labour with no drugs! Strong woman. It sound like things went very well for her. I can't wait to hear her birth story.

In my world... not much is new, except the agonizing sciatica that has been crippling me for the last few weeks. It's really, really early for this, and I'm not pleased! I feel great otherwise - happier, more energy, the depression seems to have lifted. But MY ASS HURTS! Left cheek! All day, all night! I roll over in my sleep, and BANG, lightening bolt of pain! I shift in my office chair, ZING! I walk like I've had hip surgury, limping everywhere.

What I really want to do is sit in a hot tub for a week or so. Of course, hot tubs are banned while pregnant (along with deli meat. what kind of life is that?).

I'm wondering if Ian will give me a butt cheek rub. I'd ask, but he's busy playing guitar hero.

All 4 kids are asleep. Amazing. I should be folding laundry. But that would mean moving and moving would mean ZAP!

Kids are amazing. Love em. Welcome to mommy-hood, Jill. You'll never be the same.

November 21, 2007

Strong thoughts South!

my friend Jill is currently in labour. she blogged from her hospital bed (much appreciated). so far everything sounds like it's going smoothly... i hope it stays that way! i think only 1 out of every 10 moms i know had an uncomplicated labour/delivery. so far, sounds like she may be one of the lucky ones. ah, who am i kidding, complicated or not, we're all lucky for going through the experience!

after childbirth, it seems that everything in my life had to be measured against it. which is great. whenever i came against something that seemed difficult, my brain would remind me 'you gave birth to two children, this is nothing'. and it would work. i never, ever could have imagined how much hard work and inner (and outer!) strength that childbirth would require. i was not great at it with cohen. partially due to the induction (from 0-10 on the pain scale in an hour, and the 10 lasted for 12 more hours, no relief), but partially because i just didn't think i could do it. i kept saying 'i can't do this anymore, i can't, i can't'. nature, luckily, doesn't care much about whether i think i can or not; cohen was born regardless of my lack of faith. but with lili, i already knew i could do it. and that made it so much easier.

this time around, i just hope that i don't forget what i'm doing. yeah, like i could every forget that 10/10 pain, the waves of pain rolling in one right after another with no relief (epidural's and i don't get along well. 1st one didn't take, 2nd one caused me to almost scratch my face off and then wore off long before pushing started). i am hoping to keep focused on reaching the pushing stage, because that's when i remember feeling like i was finally making progress.

anyways. labour, jeez, 26 weeks away most likely, for me. for Jill, i suspect she will be having a long night... i'm sure she's in for an amazing experience, with twists and turns and tears and joy.

happy almost-birthday Baby C!

November 19, 2007

14 weeks

starting to recover! hurray! other than periodic urges to stop whatever i'm doing, lie down and sleep, i'm feeling quite a bit better. this week i am officially out of the first trimester, which is great news.

most of the time i don't feel pregnant at all. which is fine, because i know that in just a few months i will be unable to feel anything BUT pregnant, so i'm enjoying this time.

my friend jill is 4 days overdue currently. i remember how miserable i was when i was overdue with cohen. it's the most inexplicable torture. especially when you really want to avoid induction (you would have to knock me out in order to get me induced again. NEVER!). i feel somewhat grateful to be expecting my third child, as opposed to my first, because it is quite unlikely that i will go too much over my due date, or that my body will not know what is coming and what to do. i remember, with lili, weeks and weeks before my due date i could feel my body starting to prepare. i started having braxton hicks (never did with my first), some bleeding, cramping etc. for weeks! which was GREAT! at least i knew that labour was on the way. with cohen i felt nothing until i was induced.

anyways. i keep telling myself that in a blink, i'll be 40 weeks. i don't know though. yes, 3 months has passed sort of quickly. but i can't help feeling that this pregnancy is going to feel like forever. mostly because of work issues, and the fact that every day feels like an eternity currently.

we haven't dicussed names very seriously yet. i think we'll probably wait until after the ultrasound to have any serious talks about it. when we first got pregnant we talked about it now and then, and made some good headway. but nothing much since then.

i'm (so far) carrying really high with this pregnancy. however, i can't tell you if that is more like my first or my second pregnancy. i can't remember. so no clues there.

i've been going crazy for watermelon lately. i think this stems from the insane lack of moisture in the air currently. yum, watermelon. so watery! so melony! i do not, however, like oranges right now. and i crave salt, lots of salt. no sugar (other than the watermelon) cravings, but definitely wanting extra salt on everything.

there it is, that sudden fatigue. must rest forehead on desk and nap.

November 14, 2007

give me strength!

after a really fun-filled 2-3 days of dealing with the stomach flu, I woke up today with a horrendous head cold.

being sick while pregnant is so crappy! i miss my cold drugs!

i'm starting to seriously wonder if i will make it through this entire pregnancy without losing my job. i missed thurs/fri last week (and i've already used up my sick days for 2007 - though really, who only is sick 5 days/year!??!?). i'm plugging away at work today but honestly, i should be home in bed. my concentration level sucks, and i'm probably making everyone miserable. i'm trying to hang in there, but whenever i look at the calendar and see that i have 6 months to go, i get overwhelmed with anxiety and fatigue.

my initial plan was to work up until may 1st. technically, i'm allowed to go on mat leave as early as 3 months prior to my due date. i wanted to work as late as possible for financial reasons, and for work-related reasons. however, now i'm thinking that maybe i should give myself at least a month to prepare. and rest.

here's a really, really sad story.

ian had a call this past weekend, and it was for a spontaneous abortion. which is what they call a miscarriage after 12 weeks. poor, poor ian. he said (this is sort of graphic) that when he first walked in, he could see the little feet. isn't that AWFUL? he actually froze. his partner would have taken over but he had to administer the morphine, so ian actually had to take care of the delivery. 14 weeks.

it did not escape ian's notice that i am nearly 14 weeks pregnant. same as this poor woman. ian is pretty haunted by the experience. while i feel sad for the woman, i also know that in most instances, these things happen because there is something "wrong" with the baby. i try not to think about. i put my faith in something greater, and trust that everything happens for a reason.

otherwise, i'd go crazy. there are times when i think, i have two perfectly healthy (so far!) kids, why push it by trying for a third? who is to say that our luck will hold? but really, i can't live my life that way, with so much fear. so instead, i just have to have a little faith.

anyways, sorry for the sad and somewhat gruesome story, but i just can't imagine what ian's going through. poor guy.

much happier news - today is my good friend Jill's due date! she has been through so much before and during this pregnancy (including a stubborn baby who decided to stay breech until the very, very last possible moment before turning!), i am so excited that she has made it through it all. hopefully baby Camwell won't make them wait too much longer! I wouldn't wish an induction on my worst enemy - although no matter how things go, the end result is always worth it. but i know how much a natural birth means to her, so i'm keeping my fingers crossed that baby will come on his own.

sometimes i wish i could go back and be a first time mom all over again. it was such a sweet experience. of course, i wish i could go back, knowing what i know now! isn't that just the way it always is!

i also found out that one of my previous flute students is due the day before i am. congrats Trista!

and of course, our friends Mel and Murray are due to have their first (a girl) in December.

i also have some suspicions regarding a few other friends, but i will wait until they announce any news before i do!

i found out today that my OB accidentally filled out my u/s requisition form incorrectly. she had put the dates as Nov-15-Nov30 for me to have it done... so of course i called to make an appointment... and they pointed out to me that i would only be 14-16 weeks along at that point. so, i have to call back and schedule it for late december. it will be a christmas present for us i guess!

most recent development - i have started nesting. finally put some pictures up in the basement, and started creating different areas for play. made a schedule for each day (long story) for the kids, started to clean out my closet. have decided to re-paint our room (scarlet was a great idea and i loved it... for a month. back to a brighter, lighter colour now). went through all of the kids clothing, figuring out what we would need for the winter.

this is ian's second favourite part of me being pregnant. i get more done in the last 2 trimesters than i typically do in a year. i've been looking forward to it myself for a few months. christmas is a great time to nest.

ok, i should actually work. more later!

November 10, 2007

I wasn't expecting...

this so early!

I wasn't certain this morning, but since it has been consistant all day, I am certain now that I am feeling baby move already. I wasn't expecting it for another few weeks, although I have heard that with each subsequent pregnancy, you can feel it earlier and earlier.

It's pretty nice. There's always the fear towards the end of the first trimester - your symptoms start to disappear, and yet you can't feel baby move. With Cohen I actually rented a fetal doppler, so that I could check for the heartbeat whenever I wanted. With Lili I meant to, but never got around to it. This time, I am putting my trust in some higher power that things will be ok. Regardless, it is nice to be able to feel the little flutters this early. Puts my mind at ease a little bit.

I'm also showing. A lot. Although I haven't gained any weight in the last few weeks, (thank GOD), today I caught my reflection in the window and burst out laughing. I look 6 months pregnant already! Too funny. Guess I need to make room in the budget for some mat clothes.

November 9, 2007

13 weeks!

13 weeks pregnant as of tomorrow. Ian and I haven't mentioned the baby in weeks. This is what happens after your first! No time to worry about a baby that hasn't yet arrived.

Experiencing some interesting cravings and aversions - I'm anti-strawberry ice cream, but can't get enough watermelon. Actually, can't get enough of fruit salad - fresh blueberries, strawberries, watermelon and banana. YUM. Also have been craving red meat - specifically, Harvey's burgers. No others, just Harveys. Which is very strange, but may have something to do with the large pickles. Too funny.

Cohen told me today that if I have a girl, he's never going to come home again. Funny, I'm pretty sure that is nearly the exact same thing that my brother told my mom when she was pregnant with me!

You know what I do love - I love that this baby is due in the spring. I look forward to the spring anyways, and this just makes it that much sweeter.
Oooooo headache, gotta stop.

November 5, 2007

duck, duck, duck, duck, GOOSE!

not out of the woods yet. still feeling pretty tired and emotionally unstable. there are tiny rays of hope, however - after sleeping in this morning, and then lying around all afternoon - finally dragging my sorry-ass off the couch to go play an orchestra concert - i came home feeling recharged, and managed to get some housework done. i was even planning on taking the kids swimming - until Cohen spiked a fever, that is.

so i'm trying to set small goals. if i can get one small house-related chore completed every day, i'll be happy. we have this enormous, empty basement just begging for someone to come do something about it. and pictures that are crying out for walls. and vice versa!

not to mention - someone has to figure out the logistics of finding space for 3 permanent and 2 temporary children to sleep! i'd better start figuring it out soon.

christmas is fast approaching. i'm really working to not allow the feeling of panic/anxiety to take over. i LOVE the entire season... but pregnancy tends to bring out the anxiety in me (clearly), so i can't help freaking out a little. we usually spoil our kids fairly well on christmas - and pay the price all year long. this year, we have a very strict and very small budget, as we spend the next year playing catch up. next year will be much better. but i can't help feeling guilty. so, to make sure it's still the best time of the year, i'm hoping to have a very tradition-rich christmas. pregnancy nonwithstanding! we will bake. we will cut down our own tree. we will each decorate our own tree ornament, to add to our growing collection. we will shop at oliviers candy shop. we will watch all of the classic holiday cartoons. we will teach our kids christmas carols - yes, even the ones that *gasp* use the word "christmas". etc etc.

YAWN! how can i possibly be tired, i slept for 12 hours last night! this baby is sucking the life outta me LOL!

ok. not much else to report. 12 weeks and counting.

November 1, 2007

And the award for the most unstable pregnant woman goes to...


I'm pretty sure I'm driving everyone crazy. I don't know how I feel from one moment to the next. With everything that has been going on, I suppose I'm allowed to have some flexibility. I'm just so tired of myself and my moods. I feel like telling my brain to shut-up.

I've put on some weight. Not happy about it - knew it was coming, hoped it wouldn't come until the second trimester. However, this belly has popped, no two ways about it. It's looking less like chub (make no mistake, there is still chub) and more like the watermellon we all know and love. It's still hard. 6 months of ass-kicking workouts, got within 11 lbs of my goal, annnnnnddddd... poof. I haven't been able to work out since week 5 - too sick, too much risk of fainting with my low blood pressure - but now that I'm almost out of the first trimester, I should be feeling well enough to try it again. I'm putting a TON of faith in the fact that this is going to make me feel oh-so better. Next week is my goal.

I'm feeling very distanced from this pregnancy. I know once I start to feel baby moving, those feelings will gradually subside. But still. I am not planning anything, which is unlike me. I haven't made arrangements for a cradle or a crib. I have NO baby clothing. (Ok, one or two outfits, at most). With my other pregnancies, I started buying diapers right away (easier on the budget to plan ahead). Not this time.

I've got nothin. I figure, maybe after Christmas. Because I become so insane at Christmas (yes, I'm one of those obnoxious super-over-the-top-Christmas-spirit people - although I rarely get to do half as much as I plan), it's probably best that I put baby out of my mind until after that.

No feelings yet re: boy/girl. Ultrasound is scheduled for about 4 weeks from now. If baby chooses to hide and not let us see, I will schedule a private u/s to find out, as I can't afford to be buying the wrong stuff. And I really don't like mint-green or yellow.

SO yeah. If you know anyone who has baby stuff still hanging around, and they would like to pass it on, send them my way. I'll happily pass it back when we're done (and make no mistake, after this one, we're DONE).

Last night, I realized that whenever I DID focus on this baby, I was focusing on the negative, frightening things. Like: having to nurse with two (4!) other kids demanding my attention. getting an hour of sleep at night, only. being at the beck-and-call of an infant. bundling up 2 (4) kids plus an infant all winter long (next winter) every time we want to leave the house. being outnumbered. drool. teething. colic. gas. meconium diapers. diapers. diapers. more diapers. no clean clothing, ever.

then i realized... i'd forgotten why i wanted a third child. the good things. the incredibly good things. Like: new-baby smell. the feel of their forehead pressed against your lips. the little sounds they make while they nurse. the feeling of nursing. the peacefulness of a baby sleeping in your arms. the complete trust in their eyes when they look at you. the ninja reflex they have if you make a sound while they are trying to sleep. the milk-drunk head-bob. that first smile.

and that's just the first few months. i've loved every age (except, maybe, 4. that was a rough year) of my kids, and they bring me joy every day. infants are tough, definitely (though, i have to say, the first was SO MUCH EASIER... so, new moms and first-time-moms-to-be - enjoy it!!!!!) but they grow so quickly. it won't be hard for all that long. and with this being our last, i'm really determined to not allow myself to get so busy that i forget to enjoy it.

all right. time to get off this darn computer and go pick up the kids for some trick-or-treating!


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