Friday, August 22, 2014

Hello third trimester!

OMG! I can't believe it!

It seems like after I passed that first milestone of being able to tell everyone our great news, the time has just flown by. I am in my last stretch of this pregnancy and that means soon, like real soon, there will be three of us in our home (4 if you count Robear!). And that thought is crazy... and a bit scary.

I'll admit, I am a bit apprehensive. Not because I have doubts, no way! But I do have jitters. I've never even held a newborn before! I think all new moms get this feeling when the time to give birth approaches. So far I'm not worrying about the actual birth itself, it hasn't hit me yet, but it's what comes after that i'm worried about. Will I be able to do it all? Will I know what my baby needs?! I think a lot of it is also due to the fact that we have NOTHING prepared for baby at home. Because we had to move and ended up going on a trip, we postponed buying the things that we would need. We figured there was no point buying a bunch of furniture that we would end up having to move shortly thereafter. So now starts my mad dash to get my home all baby ready. I assure you I have had the urge to nest for quite some time already but I've had to refrain. The one thing I did do is make a nice long list of everything I need and all the furniture I want. So now I just have to go buy it all. Shopping spree!!!

I do have to put it off for just a little bit longer because we just moved and I need to finish emptying boxes and setting up the furniture we already have. And believe me, this move was not pain free! From problems with getting access to my parking spot because of workers on a nearby building, to misplacing our bed frame rails, we worked hard! Aaron did so much work, I'm so thankful, and to his brother for the muscles and his sister for helping us set stuff up! I have some great ideas for accessories here and there. I'll post pictures when it's mostly done. Check out this before and after of our living room! And there's still boxes in that picture. It's coming along nicely though. Don't you think?


The pictures are not that great but you can still see a big difference. And yes that is a reading/breastfeeding nook in the back there overlooking the outside. So excited!

The great things with this apartment, beside the fact that it's wayyyy nicer than the one we had before, is that we don't have to paint. The previous tenants put up some really nice soothing colours that go well with just about everything. It's a nice neutral canvas that we can accessorize and put our touch in. I'm so excited! Aaron does have to go and paint our old place to that boring old apartment beige that it was before we moved in but at least we don't have to live in the paint mess. Once we have the furniture we can start setting it all up. I hope to put a lot of personal touches in the nursery. I already have great plans for art work! Yay crafting! So here are some ideas that I have.

I want one of these two dressers from Ikea. We want to make it the changing table as well.



We are looking at one of these two cribs:

And as I mentioned in a previous post, we will use a Poang chair cushion to put on the glider that Aaron's mom has.


And finally we need a bit of storage so we will use the Ikea Kallax unit for shelving with it's accessories to punch in some colour. And we are debating the following cart. I love it and think the colour is fun. Aaron is not so sure. I think it could be nice as a table next to the chair for a lamp and accessories for breastfeeding.





Okay so now that I've said all that, I feel like I should update on my pregnancy. So 28 weeks, 3rd trimester. I feel so much movement! Well during the move I didn't feel that much because I was constantly running around, rocking baby to sleep most likely, but now that I get to settle down, whoa does baby move! A few weeks ago I thought baby was active, there is no comparing it now. It's gymnastics all day everyday in there! I actually had to rock my body back in forth in bed last week because baby was kicking me too much and I could not fall asleep; I figured I would try rocking to put baby to sleep. It kind of worked! But of course, whenever I try to video it or whenever I try to let someone feel it, baby stops kicking! I am sad to say that my swollen feet have not gone away. I get them on the daily now. Oh well, I guess it's just one of those things us preggos have to deal with. But by far the most annoying symptom I get, beside all day acid re-flux and heartburn, is my inability to sleep. I wake up in the middle of the night with he worst hip pain. It's my butt muscles that get strained. I tried wedging a pillow between my knees but it still does not help. I do stretches, those help a bit but I just need a full night sleep on my back or something to catch up on the fatigue. Still I would not trade it for the world!

So enough complaining, here's my bellay at 28 weeks pregnant! Oh and last week I forgot to upload my 27 weeks shot so here it is.




Oh and a little video... not the best but you can kind of see it!

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In other news, I don't know what is going on with our little furry friend Robear but she has developed this escape artist personality. Since we got back from our trip and she got back from her visit at grandma's place, she has been trying to escape her very roomy bunny proofed area. In the old apartment she had the entire  living room to run free in. Now that we have moved she is currently in the baby's room until we are set-up enough to bring her out in the living room. But for some reason she just can't stay there. She needs to come into the bedroom and investigate what is going on. She knows she is not allowed because as soon as she hears me get up she runs back to her bunny palace. This morning we had to move her to the kitchen because workers where coming to measure the bedroom windows, so we put her in her play pen in the kitchen, not more than 5 minutes in, she had escaped. This means we have to crack down on her big time! We will have to do some bunny play pen remodeling to make sure she is locked in properly at night. It's sad that she won't be free at night and maybe even during the day when we are away but at least she will be okay to run around when we are home. And my mat leave is coming up, I'll be there to let her run free all day everyday! That little rascal!

Oh and I am currently going through the process of getting my car ready for sale. Again if you know of someone who would like a nice little but roomy car that does not guzzle gas, let me know.


Friday, August 15, 2014

Baby's back!

So you might have thought I was not going to update this blog anymore... wrong! I just got super busy with the final stages of planning our honeymoon and actually going on our honeymoon! Yes we just got back!

So in the last few weeks we have done a lot. First of all baby has grown a lot and many things are happening, but also we traveled and found an apartment and are moving soon!

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So first things first, I am now 27 weeks, almost 28 weeks pregnant. Baby is doing wonderful and all the test results so far are coming back very good. I had a midwife appointment yesterday and it looks like I will get one more ultrasound to make sure the placenta is not in the way. Hopefully Aaron will get to attend. I was lucky enough to get a weekend appointment for my next midwife visit, Aaron will finally be able to be there and we can discuss the birth plan and his level of involvement in the delivery, which he wants to do all on his own... we'll see about that!

Healthy baby is happy and kicking away in there. Kicking so much so that we are definitely seeing it on my belly. It is sometimes so strong that it takes me by surprise and stops me dead in my tracks. I am so happy to say I can feel baby throughout the day. The down side to that is when baby takes a nap, I sometimes get nervous that something is wrong. And then I sit down to rest and get a massive kick! Symptoms are starting to get annoying though. My sleep is awful, I wake up with crazy back pains and  I can't seem to find a good position to sleep in. Heartburn is definitely up there in the list of most annoying as well. It seems like it's a constant feeling that I just can't shake off. I'll get a half hour here or there of no heartburn and that is like paradise! Also, swollen feet! My oh my! The plane rides are what kick started it I think. My issue seems to be with sitting down for long periods of time, which is mainly what I do at work, so working around that will be a challenge. Of course I have other issues that I will keep to myself for I don't think you need to know all the details! I gotta say thought, I wondered if I was going to be one of those women who hate being pregnant or just love it. It seems like it's either one or the other and so far, I LOVE it! The little inconveniences of symptoms is so very worth it to me that I tend to forget about them. The baby kicks are enough to get me to completely forget about the pain of heartburn or the sight of my ugly puffy feet!

So since I didn't update with pictures in a while, here are all the weekly pictures I have missed so far.





Taking pictures of a belly is hard when you're wearing your secret money belt. Yes I am that traveller who needs a money belt because I'm so scared of pickpockets. 

The 26 weeks board should say "as big as a head of lettuce". We forgot to check on the iPhone App before leaving our wifi access. We realized once at the Eiffel that we had no idea what it was for the week so we guessed. We guessed wrong! 


As you can see, we kept up with the picture taking during our trip. We thought it would be fun for baby to one day see that he/she traveled in-utero!

I have been trying to get a good video of the crazy kicks i have been getting. It's hard to record it since most of the time I get a big kick out of nowhere and decide to record and nothing happens for a while until I finally look away!

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So our trip was actually Spain and France. We had a great time and saw a lot of pretty things. We enjoyed ourselves and I am proud to say I did a tremendous amount of walking and climbing towers. Something that I doubted I was going to be able to do. The Spain part was with a tour operator and so we did a lot of busing to different regions of Spain. The bus absolutely killed my feet though, all the sitting made my feet swell up like crazy! After Spain we went on our own to southern France and up to Paris. We decided to relax while in France since the Spain part of the trip had been so rushed. We got a few upgrades since it was our honeymoon and we took great advantage of that. All in all we had a great time but were happy to finally be back home. Obviously with our new arrival in November, future trips will be more local and within Canada to visit family, and we aren't complaining about that!

Here are a few pictures of our trip for your enjoyment.




I wanted to post more but this website is not cooperating. I'll have them on Facebook for you soon.

We got baby a few souvenirs, baby got a onesie from Marseille and Paris. We saw a onesie in Madrid that we loved and since it was our first Spanish city we thought for sure we would see more during our tour of Spain but we never did, so we don't have our Spanish onesie :(

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On the home front, just before we left, we signed our new lease and advised our current landlords of our imminent move. Our new place is actually a condo so the sound proofing is better, the place looks much nicer and we don't have to share a staircase with smelly neighbors. It's a two bedroom, no balcony (i'm still having a hard time dealing with that) and it's nicely painted already so no need to repaint. We will finally have a dishwasher and I am overjoyed! The crazy part is that we just got back from a trip and we are moving in just a few days. Thankfully we will have the old apartment for a few days after our move so we can take our time with the move.

On a different note, I will soon be putting my car up for sale so if anyone is interested let me know!!