Monday, February 23, 2009

23 weeks pregnant!

Monday February 23rd,

? lbs gained- too scared to look

Saturday February 28th,

Sorry no blogging this week but not too much going on everything really happened in the last day. Diane has started to talk about organizing the shower in May and I have decided to leave it up to her. We bought a new (used) really comfortable couch and rocker recliner this week cheap, cheap, cheap. and gave our too low (for pregnancy and baby) sectional away in hopes of good karma to a couple just starting out that loved it. Today we painted the nursery and with Adam cutting in and me rolling behind him we had it done in an hour. The room is bright and I am a little jealous because the rest of the house looks dark and dingy now. I've got a cough so I am going to go lie down now as it has been a busy day. Here is our day in photos:

who's the bitch?

Sunday March 1st,

Ugh, sick, pregnancy not glamorous. Coughed too hard- peed. Ugh

Monday, February 16, 2009

22 weeks pregnant

Monday February 16th,
22weeks 15lbs gained (the super weight gain was water and the tide has receeded)

Lily Enjoying the beach once again after her surgery in Parksville

Secret gnome hand signal

Please excuse the childish drawings but drawing on the computer is tough. Here is the Nursery Plans . Really not too much to do- Paint frames, shelves and walls, buy curtains and blinds, recover cork boards and chair cushion.

The 2 squares are fabric covered cork boards to put Junebugs art etc which will bring colour to the wall. The curtain covers the closet as bi-fold doors pinch little and big fingers.

The storage unit is being built by Jean and Sandy and will have pull-out bins for clothes, diapers and the big bins for toys.

Girl Version

Boy version

Tuesday February 17th,

Today Adam and I went to the midwife's. All is well, the results from the fetal anomaly scan (aka big ultrasound) shows no abnormalities. Junebugs heartbeat is 155 BPM and is very active (the midwife says he/she has additude) My (in my mind) enormous belly is measuring only 1 week ahead which is well in the normal range. My blood pressure is actually getting better as pregnancy continues which is great news and PCOS fears of Gestational Diabetis will soon be releived when I have the standard glucose challenge test.
Today we registered for our Birthing Class and and Baby Care class. Guess what who knew classes would be full 3 months in advance. I finally found classes but not after a panic attack.
Other than that not much to report.

Friday February 20th,
Yesterday we had a bit of a scare. I woke up at 5am with excrutiating pain in my back that wrapped around my sides -so much that I felt sick to my stomach. Tylenol, massage and heat did not help at all and at 7am I called the midwife in tears. We made arrangements to meet at the hospital but within the next hour the symptoms totally went away. The midwife came to my house to check on me and the baby is fine. Thank goodness she came to the house as I would have been admited to the hospital for observation for no reason had I gone. She suspects it may have been a gallbladder attack. Prior to her care I passed a gall-stone but had totally forgotten about it. (placenta-brain) It all makes sense now and will need to keep a rein on my diet and see my GP next attack.
Thank goodness these are only scares- I like to think that they keep us on our toes reminding us that we still have an important job to do when we get a little lax compared to the first trimester. (...maybe that third cupcake was a bad idea ) My midwife just called to let me know the blood work she had done yesterday shows moderate anemia which I hear is very common around now. So supplements it is! I feel like I have a lot of pills going on right now.
- 1 Prenatal
-1 Folic Acid
- 7 DHA chews
-Calcium and Magnesium liquid
-TUMS so, so many TUMS
- and now iron
I would like to state for the records this blog is not about complaining of the aches and pain I am very happy and enjoying pregnancy. I am mearly using the blog as a diary for when the memories fade about the day to day, stuff it is all on paper.
We have lots of plans for the weekend
-The big anual used book sale at which we will get Junebug's books. This sale is incredible. It is in a old 2 story furniture show room and books are 1 or 2 dollars. This year I got smart and am borrowing an old lady grocery cart to throw all my books in as it is hard to carry a box and still look through the book piles.
-get paint samples for the nursery wall.
-Go for swim
-Go to the beach with Lily
- Welcome wagon Baby show Possibly a bad idea -oh well
-clean out 2 closets and junk baskets
-sew some diapers

Saturday February 21st,

Today we grabbed some paint chips for the nursery ands thank god we did. The colours we originaly picked that looked bright and cheery at home depot looked dark and dingy once at home. We will pick a slightly lighter brighter colour that I would have expected. Adam and I installed the latern night light today and it looks awesome, the photos just don`t do it justice. I cannot wait to take a trip to ikea to get the remainder of our stuff. I am waiting on the fabric which I will get there so that the rest can get done.

Sunday February 22nd,

3am- Can't sleep. My tummy and back have been hurting (mildly I might add so don't worry) for the last 2 hours so I have gotten up and decided to be productive. I've just posted 2 ads on the Victoria freecycle group looking for picture frames to use in the nursery and a outdoor bench that swings so that we can enjoy the summer when the baby is born. Freecycle is pretty amazing. I post wanted ads pretty sparingly on Freecyle but people have always come through. One man's trash is another's treasure.

I have just seen the errors of my ways. I am changing the "cheap labour" section of the Junebug Registry as some of the stuff need to be done before the baby is born and seeings how Adam and I can't look at the comments there is no way for us to know if someone has offered. So if you have offered please email us- details are in the registry.

Later this morning we will try the book sale again. Yesterday the line up went all around the block so we opted to wait for Sunday. We went for a drive to Duncan instead to explore what exactly a Super Centre Walmart is seeings how they have been in the process of building one in Victoria since we moved here.

From what I gather from my brief visit it is
a) a much bigger lay out (more tiring to walk)
b) has the same old crap (WHAT! peanutbutter is 3.95$ How many can we fit in the car!)
c)Has meat and fresh produce of questionable origin (Does any body know what type of "meat" is in the 0.98$ per 100grm Montreal smoked meat at the deli? We bought $5 worth.... why does my tummy hurt?)
d) totally not worth driving 1hr+ to save a couple bucks in return for going against my beliefs (Going to the one down the road- sadly that is a different matter)

I am thinking I better try sleep again so that I have the strenth to fight off the grannies at the book sale. goodnight/morning

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

21 weeks pregnant

My new dress Adam picked out. Adam doesn' always have the same taste as me so this was a nice pick :o)
PS thanks for the dress mom!

My weekend was busy with sewing

I went to the dentist today and let me tell you swollen pregnancy gums are sore. In August after the baby is born I will have 7 teeth (4wisdom and 3 fangs-eyeteeth) removed while I am under. Yay - I have wanted to get rid of my fangs for years not just for looks (although that is part of it)but they often cut my upper lip and are a hassel to clean.

Belly shots to follow (I forgot)

Tuesday January 10th,

Belly pic is now ready to put up. I have either gained 7lbs in a week or I am seriously retaining water. Either way I`m not too excited.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

20 weeks pregnant!

Half way there!
Our new Baby Registry info is in its own post below or click the link on the left side

20 week belly, 11lbs gained:

Adam's post.

I've recently found out that a baby takes nutrients from it's mother for it's needs, and the host is left to recoup what is lost. Mischa's mental capacities (ie: memory, short term thought) is suffering, and from what I have learned from my many, many hours watching movies, that we have a hungry baby. Not just a hungry baby, but probably a Zombie baby, as all it obviously wants to eat brains. That would explain some of the bizarre behaviours I have noticed over these past weeks. Now I am not an "anti-Zombie baby" person, but the opposite, and would welcome the addition of a new life that would save us both money and resources for feeding. My only worry is that we will not have enough guests visit us in the first year...

PS Our home is welcome to everyone who would like to visit (Wade, you and your gigantic brain are always welcome).

Wednesday Feb 4th
Lily was spade today and got her first tattoo - she is such hippy and got a peace sign tattoo on her ear and is high on the couch as we speak.

I spent tonight making my first pair of all in one diapers. They aren't perfect but they turned out well for a first attempt I think. The finishing velcro was tough as the fabric was so thick by then.

Thursday Feb 6th

Baby Registry Update I found a cheaper swing than the one I listed and have added it to registry.

I thought for your viewing pleasure I would allow you to see my elephant foot. Go ahead laugh, I'm saving the stretch marks for later!

Junebugs Baby Registry

We have received several requests of what to get Junebug as a gift. Firstly thank you very, very much for your generosity!
Secondly please do not feel obligated to purchase a gift. During this time of economic uncertainty we would much rather have you in our child's life than in debt.

If you do wish to buy us a gift please don't think we are ungrateful but here are a couple suggestions:
We ask that you please don't purchase any clothes for Junebug until after he or she is born. We have hand me down newborn clothes and the baby will survive not being in the height of fashion for a couple weeks instead of being dressed entirely in yellow and green. When the baby is born Superstore and Old Navy have cute cool cheap clothes but don't feel you need to shop there.
Also (just a personal preference) please do not buy cartoon merchandise (example: Winnie the Poo, Mickey Mouse etc.) Mucho Gracias! :o)

We were looking at signing up at an official baby registry but it seemed like stores that offered it were also way over priced. Many of those same items are offered at other stores 25% cheaper. In that spirit we have opted out. We are going to publish a list of items on our wish list in this post in hope you will be able to purchase the gift where you want at the price you want.

If you plan on purchasing an item for us post a comment so that other readers know not to buy it too. Adam and I pinky swear promise WE WILL NOT READ COMMENTS ON THE BABY REGISTRY POST so that it will be a surprise. If you have questions or comments to send Adam or I please post the on the current weeks post. We will be updating the post from time to time as we think of stuff and we will make note in the current week's post.

To get to this post any time in the future there is a link on the blog to your left that says "Junebug's Baby Registry"

Well that was a big explanation. As you all know by now we have purchased most of our big ticket items used so if our ideas sound odd it is not because they are any less important we have just taken care of the big stuff. Please do not by the most expensive fanciest stuff- when there is a specific model we will mention it. If not go cheap or used! Online Craigslist, Kijiji, and used Victoria, eBay & amazon are great sources of used items but be careful of shipping and exchange rate on the two latter.

Thanks you and we love you all and please know we do not expect to receive all this they are mearly suggestions

Love Adam, Mischa & Junebug


Cheap Labour!:

- Help cook and freeze meals for us for when the baby comes
- Come help clean house, laundry etc when the baby arrives
- Offers for babysiting : We will take you up on this so be aware!

Under 25$:

-Set of 2 light dimmer switches
(vertical up down)
--wooden toys (ikea has lots of cheap ones under 10$)
-BIG Rubbermaid bins so that we can store upcoming clothes, toys and diaper sizes in storage
-2x Big industrial pails with lids so that I can soak cloth diapers before washing.
-Children's clothes hangers
-1X change table pads
-Baby Sun dome similar to this:
-Baby food freezer trays
-Seat saver - to put under your car seat so that you dot get food drink all over it.

-Cloth diaper shower This is the idea but you don`t need to buy this model
- A battery recharger that takes all sizes with AAA, AA and C and D batteries (Kids toys take lots of batteries these days)
$50 and up (big ticket items)

-Closet Organizer for baby room
-Fisher Price Dwell Swing (used ok)