Saturday, February 25, 2012

Latest Doctor's Appointment

Yesterday I had another doctor's appointment.  Just a few things from the appointment.  This is likely a pretty boring post, but is for me to remember more so than to entertain the rest of you!

  • I saw a resident doctor instead of my family physician.  She was very nice.
  • Heart rate was 150 bpm.
  • Blood pressure, weight, urine and blood sugar were all good.
  • When I visited the gynaecologist a couple weeks ago, they had made me do some lab work including an Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (and I mean they pretty much poured it down my throat and were quite annoyed when I tried to object).  The reason for my objection was that the lab work had already been ordered by my family physician, and I had an appointment scheduled to get it done the following week in my home town.  I did not see the point of doing the lab work at that point, when I was there for a very specific reason that had nothing to do with my lab values.  Anyways, I specifically asked them to forward the results to my family physician as she is the one managing my care.  They assured me that they would, and guess what?  That's right, my doctor never received the results.  Now I need to follow-up in 2 weeks and hope that my clinic can track down the results, and if not, I need to do the Oral Glucose Tolerance Test over again.  I am so annoyed, even a day later!
  • My expected due date from my ultrasound is May 22nd.  My original due date is May 26th, so they say that they won't change it.
  • I have to go for another ultrasound at 30-34 weeks as they possibly observed a slight dilation of the right kidney pelvis.
  • My Maternal Serum Screen was negative, which means that we are at no greater risk of having a baby with Down Syndrome, Neural Tube Defects, etc.
  • My fundal height was measured at 24 cm.  The resident doctor said that this is slightly small, given that I am at 27 weeks.  Interestingly, she then said that her measurement may be a bit off and closer to 25 cm.  Not to worry, she said, as I am small person to begin with.  I read here that fundal height should match your gestational age within 1-3 cm.  That means that even a measurement of 24 cm means that Perogy is measuring 21-27 weeks, which is perfect.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

26 Week Update

How Far Along? 26 weeks

Weight gain/loss: 9 lbs.

Maternity clothes: Exclusively.

Stretch Marks: Nope :)

Sleep: Awesome until about 3:00am, then everything is downhill from there.  I wake up, and can't seem to get back to sleep for the life of me.  I am starting to ache during the night, and can't seem to find a super comfortable position.  I am thinking I need to add some pillows!  I have also been experiencing some crazy calf cramps during the early morning that I am thinking have to be pregnancy related.

Best moment this week: Hearing Perogy's heartbeat again.  Serously, it doesn't get old!  It is at 140 bpm, but increases to about 155 bpm when he/she moves.

Food Cravings: I honestly just love food.  This is me, pregnancy or not.

Gender: No freaking clue!

Belly button in or out: In, however, it is becoming more shallow.

Movement: Lots of kicks just before I fall asleep.

What I miss: Nothing, really.

What I'm looking forward to: Polishing off the rest of our baby shopping.

Weekly wisdom: A woman's body is made to carry/deliver babies, and there are many who have done this before me and lived to tell of it.

Milestones: Perogy's vision is improving, and he/she can now sense light.

Pregnancy Brain Moments:  Knowing that I am supposed to remember something, but not being to remember what.
25 weeks, 5 days 

Friday, February 17, 2012

Friday Night Leftovers

  • Not sure if any of you have noticed my 52 in 52 tab at the top of the blog, but I have failed miserably!  I started this summer, when Ryan was away working out of province, with a goal to read a book a week for a whole year.  I think I have about 20 more books to go to get me back on track at this point.  It has been nice, however, to have some time in my life to actually read for enjoyment, instead of necessity as it have been for the past decade.
  • I am looking forward to having time to invest into my cooking skills during my maternity leave.  I love cooking, but need lots of time to be inspired.
  • I had my appointment with the gynaecologist on Monday, and basically, he wasn't concerned at all.  He even said that he didn't know why I was referred on to him as the abnormality in my pap was such a minor one, that it could have been dealt with after pregnancy, if it even exists at that point.  I am happy to have an expert reassure me, and am very comfortable with my doctor's decision to send me to a specialist as I would rather be safe than sorry.
  • Does anybody use the Blogger app for iPhone?  I would like to use it to draft posts as they come to mind, however, I can't seem to figure out how to save them as a draft to then go back to on my computer later on.
  • I have been wanting to do a post on our home renovations for a while, but discovered that about 500 pictures that I had transferred to my Mac from my PC when it crashed did not actually transfer properly.  Ironically, they are just the pictures that I need!  I have since deleted the hard drive.  Thank goodness for a techy brother-in-law (kinda) who will hopefully be able to set me up with some hard drive recovery software.
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Monday, February 13, 2012

The Perfect Family

As long as I can remember, I have always wanted three children.  I am the middle child of 4 children, so I grew up having both sisters and a brother.
Ryan on the other hand, would be quite satisfied with only one child.  He is the oldest of a family of three children, and with a four year gap between him and his sister, he lived (and loved) four years of his life as an only child.
As marriage is often a compromise, our compromise was that we would have two children to start.  If the children are of different genders, we would stop there, and if they were the same, we would try for one more.  In terms of logistics for our family, I think that two children would be perfect.  Our house would not be able to accommodate more than two children without a major addition.  Financially, Ryan and I both make modest wages, and two children would mean a lot fewer sacrifices than three would.
This got me thinking though, even if we have a boy and a girl, how could I expect my girl to grow up without a sister?  My sisters are my best friends, and I couldn't imagine growing up without them.  Then looking at Ryan, whose brother has been his best friend up until recent circumstances, how could I expect my boy to grow up without a brother?
Fast forward to this pregnancy.  Our decision to start a family was very planned, and up until the time that I became pregnant, I was 110% ready for a baby and a family.  During my first trimester, I was often exhausted, struggled with a constant nausea (just nauseous enough to feel gross, but not enough to really interfere with daily life) and really just felt that I was struggling to get through each day.  I thought to myself "Why in the world would I want to do this two more times?  We are only going to have two children."
Now, being in what my doctor refers to as the Cadillac trimester, I am loving pregnancy.  I could definitely see myself doing this again a couple of times.
So with all of this back and forth, I find my mind wandering to what our perfect family will be.  Is there really such thing as a perfect family, or is the perfect family defined by each family itself?
I recently read this article, in which research actually shows that the fewer children that are in a household, the happier that they will be.  It also states that only children are amongst the happiest of all.  In all fairness, however, this was not an extensive literature search on my part, and I will definitely not be basing my family decisions solely on this information.
So with all of this being said, we will wait and see.  I know that these decisions don't have to be made now (although the planner in me  revolts this very notion). I hope that I have a chance to bring at least two lives into this world, and from there, we will do what feels right.  There is no way to predict how we will feel then and where we will be in life.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

12 of 12-February

I got the idea to post 12 pictures on the 12th day of the month from this blog.  As I didn't leave home at all today, it was actually quite difficult to find 12 blog-worthy things to photograph throughout the day! I am not sure if I will continue with this, but here is my 12 of 12 for today.

1. My favourite bread right now-Dempsters Canadian grains.  Try it! 

2. 25 weeks and 1 day. This is my view these days.
3. I got this idea off of Pinterest to package meals that can be thrown into the slow cooker.  I made up a few today, and can't wait to try them! 
4. Warming up again! :)
5. I started reading this book at 5:00 pm on Friday and finished at noon on Saturday.  I couldn't put it down!  It will definitely be good reference once Perogy arrives in troubleshooting any cloth diaper problems.
6. Hot Chocolate!
7.  Our upstairs is currently off limits while Ryan does a complete reno-including the baby room!
8. My vacuum cleaner-vintage Electrolux.  Yes, this baby still works!
9.  I was too lazy to make a vegetable for supper, so I had edamame instead.  Not sure if I should count this as a vegetable or a protein.
10. The current state of my closet, as a new walk-in closet is part of the upstairs renovations.  This is only the portion that I can't fit into right now.
11. The beginnings of a rag rug for our nursery.
12. Clock that needs its battery replaced.  I also just noticed that there is a blob of drywall mud on it from when Ryan installed the kitchen window in May.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Top 10 Pregnancy Questions

It seems as though everyone that I come across these days wants to talk pregnancy and babies.  It is likely because it is now undeniable that I am expecting.  Most people that I come across are well-meaning.  Some feel like they should offer advice, even if unsolicited.  Some are downright negative (usually the ones that have had poor experiences during pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, etc. and for some reason would like to wish those experiences on other mothers).  We won't even talk about the ones that touch my belly.
With this being said, there seems to be a pattern in the questions that I get regarding my pregnancy.  Here are those that top the list.

  1. Are you expecting? Actually no...I accidentally swallowed a watermelon seed about 6 months ago. 
  2. When are you due? This is the icebreaker question.  The one that I am sure people fall back on when they are dying to hear all about my pregnancy, but don't know how to bring it up.  It is usually followed by some or all of the below questions.  I also think that people ask this question to gauge how well I am doing size-wise as they usually give me the one over right after I answer the question.
  3. Are you finding out the gender? No.  Don't act shocked.  For generations babies have been born and families got by without knowing the gender prior to birth. Gender makes absolutely no difference to us.
  4. Have you picked out any names? Yes. Am I going to tell you? No!
  5. How are you feeling? I hate this question.  First of all, the people that ask this question are often people that I don't know very well.  Truth is I am feeling great, but even if I wasn't, I would not disclose my symptoms to these acquaintances.  Secondly, I feel that people are always looking for something bad.  A simple great does not satisfy them, and I somehow feel the need to further describe that I have been very lucky and I understand that pregnancy is not always this easy for some women.  Then there are the people that have rude comments like "oh just you wait" or "enjoy it while it lasts." 
  6. Are you planning on breastfeeding?  This is a loaded question.  It is usually asked by other mothers.  It is usually just a transition question into them telling me of how horrible their breastfeeding experiences were.  I know that some women are unable to breastfeed, and that I may be one of those women.  I would prefer support in my decision rather than negativity.
  7. Have you had any cravings? I do not understand this question, as I have not had any food cravings.  It just seems weird to me.   
  8. Do you want some *chips, candy, chocolate, etc.*?  If I answer no, it is usually followed by a "Cummon-baby wants it" or a "You can blame it on pregnancy".  Honestly, I have eaten what I have wanted throughout this pregnancy, just as I did prior to pregnancy.  I choose to eat relatively healthy most of the time, and if I do enjoy an occasional treat, I do not feel guilty about it or over indulge.  I, therefore, am not going to start shoving my face with junk that I neither want nor need, just because I am pregnant.
  9. When are you due again?  Seriously, some people ask this question over and over and over again!
  10. Do you have a swing?  This question always comes from another parent.  The reactions are priceless when we tell them that we don't plan on getting one before baby arrives.  Like the gender thing, babies have been raised for generations without swings, and I am sure none of them are damaged because of it.  Truth is, our house is very small, and we are not keen on buying something that takes up so much space, and which we may not even need.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Friday Night Leftovers-Chronic Weekend Blogger Edition

  • Today is the end of a three week rotation in which I was mentoring an intern in dietetics.  I have to say, she is has been one of the best interns that I have ever had, but I am exhausted!
  • This week I signed up for prenatal classes.  They won't start until April, but I am looking forward to actually learning about obstetrics, labour and delivery, as this is one field of health care that I know nothing about (and will have to navigate shortly)!
  • I am looking for a double zipper binder to keep all of my coupons.  All of the binders that I have found only have a single zipper (therefore, not allowing me to open them from the middle).  If any of you know where I can find one with two zippers, please share!
  • I am finally realizing how far along I really am in this pregnancy as there are quite a few people that I know that are expecting months after our babe is due.
  • I recently started a baby registry at  This website pretty much allows you to make one central baby registry with items that are sold anywhere. I am really excited about this because I can register for clothes, cloth diapers and those few remaining things that we need, all in one spot. We weren't going to do a baby registry, however, a few people have asked recently. 
  • I have quite a few blog post topics in the works, but find that I have become a chronic weekend blogger.  Maybe I will start to take advantage of delayed blog posting.
  • Tomorrow I will be 25 weeks.  I have gathered conflicting information on when the third trimester actually starts.  Is it 26 or 27 weeks?
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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

3D/4D Ultrasound

On Saturday, we went for our 3D/4D ultrasound.  I have to admit-I really didn't want to do this.  First off, I basically thought that it was a waste of money.  We already had a free 2D ultrasound for diagnostic purposes (which you can read about here), so another ultrasound would be needless hemorrhaging of cash!  Secondly, I really don't want to know the gender of Perogy, and wanted to avoid any situation in which it may accidentally be revealed.
Ryan had previously viewed a 3D Ultrasound with his sister when she was pregnant the first time.  Because of this, he really wanted to have it done for Perogy.  He arranged the entire thing for us-from researching a suitable clinic to booking the appointment, so all I had to do was just arrive on time.
Retrospectively- I am thrilled that he talked me into the whole experience.
The clinic that we visited was less than a year old.  We brought along with us both sets of parents, along with my younger sister (who was being a squeaky wheel about being B-listed :)) The room that they had us in was super spacious, with tons of room for everyone to sit.  They had a large screen TV set up on one wall, and all of the chairs arranged theatre-style in front of it.  I was behind everyone, so it was nice that they weren't all watching me!
Like our previous 2D ultrasound, Perogy wasn't super cooperative.  He/she preferred to give us the cold shoulder and turn away from the camera.  Our sonographers were patient though, and after about an hour, he/she finally turned so that we were able to get a good look at the face.  I can't even describe this experience.  It was so cool to see Ryan's nose and lips, and my chin.  It blows my mind to think that we could have created something so beautiful!  (As an aside-after we returned home both Ryan and I agreed that although we may be biased, it was the cutest baby we have ever seen!).
We had a sonographer that was training perform the ultrasound, so we ended up getting two free 5X7 pictures, on top of the two that already came with our package.  To top it off, they also had a promotion for the month of February in which you can pick a heart from a basket, which reveals a certain prize or discount.  Ryan picked the heart with the biggest discount-25% off our entire purchase! And since this clinic is training a few sonographers, they invited us to come back at any time, free of charge, to have another viewing in order to give their sonographers some more practice.
Anyways, I have to say that this is something that we will likely do again for future babies (and I promised Ryan next time we will find out the gender!)
So here are some of the pictures.  It has taken me this long to do this post as I have been trying to figure out how to capture a still image from a video on my Mac for 4 (yes four) days now!  I finally caved and used Ryan's PC!

My chin.

Ryan's mouth.

Definitely Ryan's foot.  Finding shoes to fit this babe is going to be interesting!

Big yawn!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

24 Week Update

How Far Along? 24 weeks.

Weight gain/loss: Still 7 lbs.

Maternity clothes: I basically have three pairs of pants and about 5 tops that I rotate between.

Stretch Marks: Still none :)

Sleep: Awesome!  I have been super busy at work though, which has tired me out quite a bit.  I am not sure if my great sleep is attributed to pure exhaustion or pregnancy itself (if a great sleep can even be attributed to pregnancy).  I even slept in past my alarm one day this week.  Oops.

Best moment this week: 3D/4D ultrasound by far!  More on that later though.  Runner up was some of our good friends visiting overnight with their 10 week old daughter.  It was neat to have such a small baby in our house, and I couldn't help but envision what it will be like when it is our baby!  I also love to watch Ryan interact with babies!

Food Cravings: M&M's.  This may not be pregnancy related.  It is pretty fitting with my everyday personality.

Gender: Really leaning towards boy after our ultrasound.  This also seems to be the consensus amongst our families.  Interestingly, there has not yet been a girl born of any of Ryan's male first cousins (there are 6 boys).

Belly button in or out: In.

Movement: I haven't felt as many kicks this week as last week.  I don't know if I am just getting used to them or if they have slowed down.  I also haven't had too much time this week to just relax and wait for them.  At times, I actually wonder if there is still life inside of there!  During our ultrasound, we found that the placenta is sitting in front of the baby, so this may make it more difficult to feel the kicks.

What I miss: Being able to fit all of my clothes.

What I'm looking forward to: Trip to Alberta in a couple of weeks to visit Ryan's sister's family and meet our new nephew.  This trip will also allow us the opportunity to pick out a car seat/stroller, which is pretty much the last big thing to check off of our baby list.

Weekly wisdom: I'm not feeling overly wise right now!

Milestones: Viability!  At this point, if Perogy were born, he/she would likely survive with the right medical intervention.

Pregnancy Brain Moments:  Nothing remarkably stupid this week!

As Ryan has been working pretty much non-stop between his (over) full-time job, and contract work on the side, I am not even going to bother him to take a picture this week!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Friday Night Leftovers-Toothpaste Edition

  • I swear, if toothpaste stained, I would have no shirts left to wear.
  • Today I was at the dentist for a cleaning, and I absolutely loved my half an hour of just lying in the chair and feeling Perogy kick.  It seems I only feel the kicks while I am lying flat, and usually when I am lying flat, I don't stay awake to feel it very long.
  • I am thinking that it is about time to get all of my 2011 tax information together.  I am hoping for a big refund this year to help offset some of our renovation and baby costs.
  • Recently I have been seeing more exotic fruits at my grocery store.  I have started buying something new every week to try.  So far, Ryan and I have tried pomellos, persimmons and passion fruit.  This week dragon fruit and guavas are on sale so I will likely pick some of those up.
  • After a horribly busy week, I am drawing a blank on my brain dump, so I will end this here.
  • Oh yeah-tomorrow is our 3D ultrasound, so stay tuned for pics!
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