Friday, March 30, 2012

Friday Night Leftovers-New Fiscal Year Edition



  • I don't know about you, but the new fiscal year is always more exciting to me than the new calendar year.  It usually means a nice income tax return.  This year it also means a raise at work and increased rates for work-related expenses such as mileage and meals.  Unfortunately, it  means that we will now have to pay fees for disposal of garbage at our local garbage dump.  Will you see any financial gains or losses with the new fiscal year next week?
  • My local grocery store lists a total savings from vendor/manufacturer coupons on their receipts.  I always brag to Ryan about how much money coupling saves us.  He recently suggested that I put the amount saved each time I grocery shop into a separate account and see how quickly it grows.  I love the idea.  He also suggested that the money saved go towards his savings for a new quad (which I want too of course!).
  • Perogy has been hanging out on my right side all week.  I feel very lopsided.  I think that he/she may be a right winger, which would be thrilled about!
  • My BFF S is moving to another province this week.  She, her husband and her little guy will be spending the night at our house tomorrow night.  I can't wait to spend some time with them, but will be sad when they are living even further away.
  • I recently purchased Adobe Photoshop CS5 as well as a book on Photoshop by Scott Kelby.  My goal is to improve my photography and photo editing skills during my maternity leave.  I will have a very good subject to practice on.
  • I love our oven, which came with our house, as it bakes things perfectly.  Unfortunately, three of the four elements no longer work.  I have been resisting getting a new oven, but think that the days are numbered for this one.
  • I think that cloth diapering moms are like a cult.  I think that the relationship between me and my BFF M has improved since she has started cloth diapering-we have so much to talk about!  Today, I ran into a friend of my older sister's from high school, and knowing from Facebook that I plan on cloth diapering, she pulled a diaper out of her bag and showed me all of the features of it and explained what she liked and what she didn't.  I love reading blogs by cloth diaper moms and know that some of my regular blog readers cloth diaper as well.  It is amazing that those pieces of fluff that cover a babies butt can bring people together!
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Friday, March 23, 2012

Friday Night Leftovers-Twitter edition

  • This week a friend of mine won a cloth diaper during a Twitter party.  This has inspired me to try Twitter again for the third time.  I think that this time I am actually getting it!
  • How much personal information do you share on your blog?  Although I write this blog primarily for myself, and then for my family and friends, I am a bit of an attention whore and choose to make it public for the rest of the world to see.  Because I of this, I am very careful about not sharing my location, my last name or any stories about work, etc. that may be read by the wrong person.  Time will tell how this blog changes once Perogy is born.
  • This week, a lady at work, who I would define as no more than an acquaintance asked me if I was tired.  When I told her "no" she then proceeded to tell me how tired she thought I looked.  Maybe I took it wrong, but I found it very insulting.
  • Today, while giving a urine sample at the doctor's office, somebody continually tried to enter the bathroom (although the door was locked).  It is really hard to pee in a cup when it sounds like the door is going to be crashed down.  When I exited the washroom, there was only one innocent looking lady sitting there, who quickly proceeded into the bathroom.
  • Our renovations are coming along, and I am gaining confidence that both the upstairs and the bathroom will be complete by the time that Perogy arrives. 
  • Just for fun, why don't you fill out my survey on the left, and tell me whether you think that Perogy will be a boy or a girl?
  • My job has been filled for the term of my maternity leave.  I am super happy with the applicant that has been chosen, as she was an intern of mine earlier this year and I know she will do a great job!
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

30 Week Update

How Far Along? 30 weeks 4 days

Weight gain/loss: 13 lbs gained.  Now at 143 lbs.

Maternity clothes: Definitely.

Stretch Marks: Nope :)

Sleep: Awesome, despite regular bathroom trips.

Best moment this week: Reaching 30 weeks.  Somehow it feels way further along than 29 weeks.  30 weeks is three quarters of the way there!

Food Cravings: Hard ice cream.  Not likely pregnancy related but more seasonally related.  The weather has been beautiful!  Since I haven't really had any real cravings this pregnancy to date, I am proposing a theory (for which I may be completely wrong).  I am hypothesizing that those that have the strongest or weirdest pregnancy cravings are likely those that are poorly nourished going into pregnancy.  Given that I ate well prior to pregnancy, I am guessing that perhaps I have not experienced any cravings because my body hasn't needed anything extra nutritionally.

Gender: I envision a boy in the hospital, but everything thereafter is girl to me.  It will be one or the other I am convinced.

Belly button in or out: Half and half I would say.  See the picture below.  I truly think it is the grossest looking belly button ever, not to mention the lush hair that has developed on my belly during pregnancy.  I think that I am more worried that my belly button won't go back to "normal" than I am of stretch marks.

Movement: Can now feel exactly where Perogy is resting.  I have experienced much higher kicks, this week being the first time that I have ever been kicked in the ribs.

What I miss: Being able to bend over; being able to see the underside of my belly (amongst other things that need not be mentioned here).

What I'm looking forward to: Cloth diapering (honestly, I can't believe that I am looking forward to changing diapers, but I am!  I'm sure it will pass!); summer play dates; baby wearing.

Fears: Inevitably having to get this baby out of me sooner than later; not feeling as content or satisfied with life once Perogy arrives.
30 weeks, 3 days

Friday, March 16, 2012

Friday Night Leftovers-Bachelor Edition

  • On Monday, interviews will be conducted for my work position for the term of my maternity leave. There are at least two highly competent candidates that I know of that are interviewing, so I am confident that may job will be in good hands.
  • Only 36 work days left. This is crazy.
  • I am definitely enjoying the longer days and warmer weather. I can't wait until summer!
  • I am dedicated to only put art on my walls that has meaning to Ryan and me.  I want all of our pieces to symbolize a cherished memory, or to solicit great conversation.
  • I have finally figured out the iPhone Blogger app. I love that I can create draft blog posts right when the thought comes to mind.
  • I am thoroughly disappointed at the outcome of this season's Bachelor. I also wasn't impressed with the latest Twilight movie.
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Home Sweet Home

In 2009, Ryan and I moved back to our home town, after living away (in three provinces/territories) for six years.
At that time in our lives, we were both just getting started in our careers, and were not in a financial position to purchase a home.  We knew that we didn't want to live in town-we find the lack of space stifling, so we settled on a rental home in the country, situated on 4 acres.
Our acreage circa 1984.  All of the buildings still exist.  Only difference is the barn is now white and the trees are much taller. 
When we first moved in, the house had been vacant for a year.  Prior to that, it was owned by a bachelor since being built in the 1950's.  It was nothing special, but rent was cheap, and our landlord was open to us making small changes such as new paint on the walls, etc.
Throughout the two years that we rented this property, we fell in love with it.  The house became our home, and we couldn't imagine packing up and leaving.  We decided to purchase this home, and that is what we did.  Now it is ours.
From this perspective, I am thinking that the trees in front of the house have to go.
Our humble abode.
Along with new home ownership, especially of a home that hasn't been updated in over half of a century, comes renovations.  Tons of renovations.  It's not that our house hasn't been livable-it has good bones-but frankly, certain characteristics of it are just plain ugly!  We fortunately bought the property at a price that has allowed us to finance some of the aesthetic renovations, along with the necessary ones, that we are embarking on.
Now with baby just around the corner, the renovation train is running at high speed!  Luckily Ryan is a jack of all trades, and is doing 90% of the work on the house on his own.  I am one lucky woman!
Anyways, here is the list of renovations that we hope to complete prior to Perogy arriving in May.  I will be posting pictures of our progress as we go along.  Wish us luck!

Pre-Baby Renovations

1. New windows throughout house.
2. New furnace.
3. Fix drywall in living room and re-paint after window installation.
4. Move washer/dryer downstairs.
5. Complete overhaul of bathroom including expansion.
6. New well and water system.
7. Remove closet and extra door from spare room. Fix drywall and repaint to create play room.
8. Fix drywall and repaint stairway after removing window.
9. Insulate attic and crawl spaces.
10. Completely remove and replace drywall upstairs to add vapour barrier.  Re-paint master bedroom and nursery.
11. Build walk-in closet off of master bedroom.
12. Install laminate flooring in nursery.
13. Drywall and paint office (formerly laundry room).
14. Re-finish hardwood floors in office.

As Time/Money Permits

1. Replace shingles.
2. Insulate exterior of house and add siding.
3. Add weeping tile to basement.
4. Build deck.
5. Re-build insulated mud room.
6. Complete overhaul of kitchen.

Long Term


1. Addition.  This will likely happen once we pay off our mortgage.  The size of our addition will be completely dependent on our family situation.

Early Belly Shots

I didn't start posting my belly shots until I was half way through my pregnancy, simply because I didn't think that the changes were obvious enough to the rest of the world to be exciting.  I did, however, capture a few shots of my belly starting right when I found out that I was pregnant.  Looking back, it is crazy to see where I started and where I am now.  Here are a few of my earliest belly shots.

4 weeks.
14 weeks, 1 day
17 weeks, 1 day

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Contentment

Lately I have been thinking about where I am in life, and where I want to be.
I have always had, and still do have goals-both long term and short term.  I have dreams and aspirations.
All of my life, up until this point, I have chased every dream that I have had.  I have enjoyed getting to where I was going and accomplishing the things that I had set out to accomplish.
But I now realize that up until this time in my life, I have always been longing for something more.  In elementary school, I couldn't wait until the summers.  During the summers, I couldn't wait until the first day back to school.  In high school, I couldn't wait until graduation, when I would pack up for university and leave the hick town that was home.  Somehow, I thought leaving would get me to where I wanted to be.  In university, I again longed for summers.  I later longed for days without course work and a hefty pay cheque. Once I got my first "real" job, I would anticipate every pay day.  I couldn't wait to get a car, get a house, get married...
Recently, however, I have come to the conclusion that I am content.  I have everything that I want and need.  I am at a point in my life where I make enough money to get by, with a bit left over to spare.  I have a house, a car, a husband, a baby on the way.  There are no material possessions that I feel would make life better at this time.  I feel that I am truly enjoying life, and not wishing my time away waiting for the next great thing to happen to me.  Although I have never been unhappy, I feel that this is the happier that I have ever been.  Sure I still have goals and dreams.  These will be accomplished with time, and I am in no hurry to rush them.

How do you feel about where you are in life?  Is there anything that you feel you are "wishing the time away" for?

Monday, March 12, 2012

12 of 12-March

I have once again decided to partake in the 12 of 12 Photo Challenge.  I apologize for the lack of meaningful posts lately, but I promise there are better things to come.  For your immediate entertainment, however, here you have it.

1. Breakfast. 
2. Tim Horton's Roll-Up-The-Rim online contest.   Since I don't drink coffee, I play every day online.  I have been playing for over 2 weeks, and haven't won a single thing.
3. Foggy morning.
4. My snack drawer at work.  I would die without this.
5. View from my office window.
6. Sugar Shocker display.
7. My water bottle.  I try to drink at least three of these during my work day. 
8. Double digits again :)
9. Pepper plants that were planted yesterday.  Nothing coming up yet, of course.
10.  Garlic Dijon chicken breasts.  Look disgusting, but they actually turned out pretty tasty. 
11. Recipe book in which the above recipe came from.  This is my #1 go-to recipe book.  Basic recipes with no fancy ingredients. 
12. The watch that Ryan bought me for Valentines Day.  As a side note, I have always had those red spots on my hands.  My dad and sister have them too.  They seem to have become more prevalent during pregnancy, though.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

29 Week Update

How Far Along? 29 weeks
Weight gain/loss: 11 lbs gained.  Down 3 lb since last week.
Maternity clothes: Yuppers. I had bought some nicer maternity clothes for work, but on weekends, I have just been wearing yoga/sweat pants and my larger "grubby" shirts.  Even those are too small now though, so I have to start wearing some of Ryan's old t-shirts for doing my chores on the weekends.
Stretch Marks: Nope. Ryan says that he can faintly see the start of the linea nigra though, but I can't see past my belly to confirm.
Sleep: Great except waking every night to go to the bathroom.
Food Cravings: Still none
Gender: Still leaning towards boy, however, this may be because Ryan is so sure it is going to be a boy that he has subconsciously convinced me as well.  In terms of preference, I really don't care.  I would love to have a boy first as I think that this will take the pressure off of future pregnancies (you know a man always wants a son), but I really don't know what to do with penises (funny I know).  I also would love a girl-a little doll to dress up and spend my days with, but I fear the teen years, and worry that I would not be the best role model for a girl as I am not very girly myself.
Belly Button in or out: In.
Movement: Tons of punches, kicks, flips and turns.  Ryan is feeling them now too, which is the most amazing sight in the world.
What I miss: Sleeping through the night without having to pee.
What I'm looking forward to: Summer.  Since I am generally in a better mood during the summer, I am glad that we will have the whole season to catch on to the parenting thing and to redefine our new family.

And just to top this off, here is the short synopsis of my latest doctor's appointment from Wednesday:
  • Turns out the clinic in which I did my Oral Glucose Tolerance Test "lost" the results, so I had to do it all over again.  I tried not to be too frustrated as I know it was not my clinic's fault, but I was steaming inside.  It is not that the test is a difficult or invasive procedure, it is just the predictable incompetence that irked me.
  • Fundal height was 27 inches.
  • I was prescribed Ranitidine for my heartburn, which I must say is a God-sent!
  • In brief conversation, my doctor asked if I had considered pain meds for labour and delivery.  She said that right now there is a Fentanyl shortage, and since Morphine is not a very desirable medication, so at the hospital where I will be giving birth, the only likely option for pain control will be an epidural.  I am not looking forward to this possibility.
  • Since I am now in my third trimester, I will now have bi-weekly doctor's appointments.
I promise a belly pic for next week, but things have been crazy around here!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Friday Night Leftoves-Telemarketer Edition

  • I have had it up to here with telemarketers/telephone surveyors that call right at supper time.  In the past two days, we have received 3 calls from the exact same company, despite asking to be removed from their list each time.  I really wonder about the accuracy of the any survey results that are obtained through voluntary means, and am curious who really buys products over the phone.
  • Last weekend, my parents, Ryan and I got together for Sausage Fest 2012 (hehe).  We pretty much emptied all of the old meat from our freezers, ground it up and made over 160 lbs of sausage.
  • Despite the fact that I am a 110% cloth diaper supporter, I collect Pampers Gifts to Grow Points.  With various bloggers posting free points on a regular basis, have accumulated quite a few points without buying a single disposable diaper.
  • This week, the weather has been crazy. It started off above freezing, then we got a dump of snow that allowed me a day off of work on Tuesday.  Now I am sitting in my house with all the windows open and the furnace turned off.
  • You may be surprised to know that I currently don't have a full length mirror accessible in my house.   Hence the lack of pregnancy pictures lately-I can't take them myself, so have to rely on Ryan to take them for me.
  • This week I won a $50 gift card from the Cloth Diaper Outlet through a Facebook Giveaway.  Super lucky, yes, however, I enter tons of online giveaways.
  • On Thursday afternoon, Ryan dropped off our Income Tax documents for our accountant.  At supper on Thursday, the accountant called to let us know that he was all done, and that things were ready to be signed.  I think that this is the quickest and earliest that we have every filed our Income tax return ever.
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Sunday, March 4, 2012

28 Week Update

How Far Along? 28 weeks
Weight gain/loss: 8 lbs gained.  Down 1 lb since last week.
Maternity clothes: Exclusively-I even had to switch to "granny panties" as the other ones were just not comfy.  I have never felt sexier haha.
Stretch Marks: Nope :)
Sleep: I seem to be more fatigued lately.  Unsure if this is related to the busy-ness of life over the past weeks or pregnancy itself.  My quality of sleep is great though.
Best moment this week: Finding the car seat that we have been looking for, and it actually being available for purchase (this is a new edition, and is back-ordered until May at most of the retailers that we have tried).
Food Cravings: No cravings per-se, however, I am loving all milk products lately.  Milk, yogurt and cheese are all disappearing rapidly from our fridge.
Gender: Leaning towards boy, however, don't want to commit to either gender because I don't want to be wrong haha.
Belly Button in or out: In, but it has looks different....like it is not as tight if that even makes sense.  I don't know if this means that it is turning into an outie...
Movement: Tons.  I am now feeling movements during the day.  I can feel hiccups, twists, turns and kicks.  I can even see movement from the outside.  Unfortunately, it is very short bouts of movement, and it is already over before I can get Ryan's attention.
What I miss: Booze.  
What I'm looking forward to: Our renovations being complete so that I can get all of our accumulating baby stuff in order.
Also looking forward to pre-natal classes, that will start at the beginning of April.
Milestones: Third trimester!  We're on the home stretch and there is now a 90% chance of survival if Perogy were to be born today.
Pregnancy Brain Moments:  Quite a few over the past couple weeks.  One that sticks out is going grocery shopping, driving home and parking my car.  I went inside and it wasn't until about 30 minutes later that I remembered that I had groceries to unpack from my car.
Other Symptoms: Leg cramps, nose bleeds and daily heartburn.

Friday Night Leftovers-Sunday Edition

  • I cannot describe how crazy these past few weeks have been.  With extra work responsibilities, travelling to meet our new nephew and Ryan spending the past four weeks doing contract work, we are glad to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
  • With Ryan being finished the renovation that he was working on, he can now start on our renovations, with less than 3 months before Perogy arrives.
  • I don't know about those people that can be completely refreshed after a "power nap".  A nap for me must last at least 2 hours to give me any sense of increased energy or motivation.  I intentionally avoid naps as much as possible.
  • A friend just sent me an email about papaya potentially causing miscarriages.  Have any of you heard of this before?  I haven't.  This is really something that I should know.
  • I seem to have broken the golden rule of cloth diapering, and committed to an entire stash before even trying them out.  In my defense, I did hours of research on what I wanted, and I feel that having everything ready to go as soon as Perogy arrives will save us money, time and stress as we don't have any physical stores to purchase cloth diapers from in our area.  My fingers are crossed for everything to work out as planned.
  • There is a gentleman that packs groceries at the store in which I regularly shop.  Usually at this chain, you have to pack your own groceries, however, I think that the store has had to accommodate this gentleman in some way.  He looks just like Ross off of Friends.  He packs the groceries as if he is in a race against time.  He has no regard for which items should go together, or which items should go in the bags first.  Eggs are often crushed at the bottom of the bag.  Jars have been smashed during the packing process.  Frozen foods may be packed next to bananas.   I try to avoid this man like the plague, and will go in a longer line just to not be in the same line as him.  He seems to have a radar for me, though, and always skips over to whichever line I am in.  I don't have the heart to tell him that I will pack my own groceries.
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