Monday, November 29, 2010

Day 472 - November 29, 2010

Oie! Another frustrating and confusing appointment at the doctor's office. All I wanted was to hear the baby's heartbeat and be referred for an ultrasound. Is that really too much for a pregnant woman to ask? Telling me you don't deal with those kind of pregnancy issues is just plain ridiculous!

Today once again confirmed we made the right decision choosing midwives for our prenatal care and to help bring our baby into the world. Although, I'm starting to think we'll be having the remainder of our children back home in Canada. (sigh) I miss you Canadian Health Care System.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Day 471 - November 28, 2010

John 1:14

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Day 468 - November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Day 467 - November 24, 2010

Not So Wordless Wednesday...

Today is another big day in our house! My hubby's latest film, Disney's Tangled, hits theaters today! As with all Disney classics, it's a film both young and old will enjoy.

I am beyond proud of my husband and can't wait to see the joy on little faces this evening as they experience the magic of this beautiful story and fall in love with the characters. I also can't wait to hear what you all have to say about it. Please let me know if you go and see it this holiday season and let me know what you think. I have a funny feeling you're going to love it!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Day 466 - November 23, 2010

There's a chill in the air here in Southern California. A crispness each morning that reminds me of Thanksgiving celebrations back home in Canada. Although I'm missing the smell of dried leaves and the sound they make under foot. Palm trees just don't cut it this time of year.

This will be our first American Thanksgiving and we've been celebrating this season for weeks now. A can of pumpkin puree sits on our kitchen counter begging to be made into delicious pumpkin raisin muffins. A pair of sweet potatoes call out hoping to become a part of tonight's dinner. And a large pot of butternut squash soup is simmering on the stove. I just love this time of year and the opportunity it allows us to reflect on what we're thankful for. Give thanks today.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Day 465 - November 22, 2010

15 Weeks

Our little apple baby!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Day 464 - November 21, 2010

Isaiah 46:4

I have made you and I will carry you...

Friday, November 19, 2010

Day 462 - November 19, 2010

I've been taking my daily prenatal vitamin for months now and didn't think much about the brand until I went in for my latest appointment with our midwife. She quickly pointed out that the prenatal vitamins I had been taking contained artificial colour like Red 40, Yellow 6, and Blue 1. I was shocked that these ingredients would be found in a prenatal vitamin.

This week, I went in search of an all-natural, organic prenatal to replace my current brand. I was happy to find a store brand on sale and decided to switch over that night at dinner time. I took the vitamin, which actually went down a lot easy than I expected for the size of it, and proceeded to eat dinner with my hubby. Less than 10 minutes later, I began to feel very queasy. Within 30 seconds of this feeling, I was throwing up my dinner and that new vitamin. Once the vitamin was out of my system, I felt great again and continued with dinner. I should mention that this was the first time I had thrown up all pregnancy.

Has this happened to anyone before? Is it a bad idea to switch prenatal vitamins part way through a pregnancy when you've had no problems on the other prenatal?

My hubby's theory is that the trace of artificial colour in my current brand is no worse for me or the baby than the artificial flavours and colours found in the Twizzlers I ate the other day. He's probably right. I just can't bring myself to take another one of those all-natural vitamins when it means I could lose the entire days nutrients in a matter of minutes. Thoughts?

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Day 461 - November 18, 2010

When I first found out I was pregnant, back in September, I immediately began researching the best foods to eat during pregnancy and stocked our kitchen full of spinach, avocado, broccoli, carrots, mangoes, and nuts. I remember saying to my husband in those early weeks that I was determined to feed my baby better than I feed myself. It's not that I ate poorly before pregnancy. I would say that we eat a pretty healthy and well-balanced diet, but also treat ourselves to things like ice cream and freshly made chocolate chip cookies. My desire to feed this baby well has made me much more aware of the servings of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and protein I consume in a day. I no longer consider a handful of baby carrots at lunch a sufficient vegetable intake until dinner. Aside from a week or two of intense dill pickle chip cravings (I'm still very disappointed these delicious potato chips haven't caught on in America), I have managed to stay on track and find myself reaching for a clementine and cottage cheese or a couple small turkey meatballs for a mid-afternoon snack instead of going for the bowl of leftover Halloween candy. If baby wants protein, then I'm going to eat it!

In my effort to get more whole grains in our diet, I have just recently made the complete switch to whole grain brown rice. I have always liked it and I'm happy hubby has been willing to give it a try. One thing I've learned is that brown rice is one of those foods that tastes even better the next day. We made the switch to mainly whole grain pasta a few years ago and I really can't taste a difference any more. I have also switched from enriched-white flour to whole wheat flour in any baking I do. Just yesterday, I substituted whole wheat flour into my regular banana muffin recipe and have to say the muffins are quite delicious. Of course, there is a slight change in flavour, but nothing too significant. I don't miss the white flour.

These are just a few of the simple ways we're getting more vitamins, iron, protein, and fiber in our diets. I hope that we're able to keep up this new way of eating even after the baby is born. I sure don't want our children thinking pizza only comes from a box and vegetables are always frozen.

I would love to hear other ways we can make simple changes to our diet. Any recipes you would like to share with me? Pretty please.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Day 460 - November 17, 2010

Wordless Wednesday...

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Day 459 - November 16, 2010

Baby won't be able to say we never took him/her to Disneyland!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Day 458 - November 15, 2010

You just never know who you're going to see (or where you're going to see them) in this town. Like the time we ran into Kate Beckinsale at our favourite Italian restaurant. Or how about last weekend when we saw Patti Stanger at a mall in Santa Monica. Well, last night at Costco, of all places, we had our most recent celebrity encounter.

We were on our way home from the first ever public screening of the movie, The Smurfs, and decided to stop in at Costco to grab a few essentials like milk and cereal. Let me pause here and just acknowledge that I am fully aware of how blessed we are to have such amazing opportunities with my husband's job to attend private screenings and tour big-time Hollywood studios. I am still in awe of every opportunity that comes our way and don't take any of them for granted. We have been blessed.

Anyway, back to Costco. You know how they often bring in outside companies to come and demo their products for Costco customers? Like the guy who tries to sell you the 50 piece knife set you don't need or the guy demoing the ShamWow? Well, we were walking down one of the main aisles when a blender demo caught my eye. I don't need a blender, but it's hard to turn away when a man on a microphone is telling you how life changing his product is. Plus, a fresh fruit smoothie sample doesn't hurt. Anyway, I looked over and immediately started tugging at my husband's arm to get him to stop.

Me: "Do you know who that is? You know. He's in movies."

"He kind of looks familiar."

"I have no idea what his name is. He never plays a lead role. He always plays like the funny sidekick or best friend or something. You know. One of those actors."

Hubby: "I think I know who you mean, but that's not him."

Me: "You know. He was in some comedy and maybe he played some creepy guy in a prison movie at one point."

Hubby: "Okay, I got a good look. Show me who you think it is online when we get home."

Me: "I know it's him. Either that or he has an identical twin brother."

I stared at the blender guy for another minute. Then I began scanning the area for hidden cameras. Maybe he'll be on Ellen, I thought. She's always doing those "celebrities-doing-real-jobs" shows.

Later, my husband says to me. "I know who you mean. That guy from the movie about a wholesale warehouse with Jessica Simpson. You just think it's him because he was in a movie about Costco."

The movie he was referring to is Employee of the Month which he's probably embarrassed to admit he even knows exists. Anyway, we found out later that I'm not crazy. The Costco blender guy really was Sean Whalen. When asked why he was working a blender demo, when he's been in movies like Twister and MIB, he responded that he liked to keep busy and it was either this or his wife works. Awwww! How sweet! Between acting jobs he works as the blender guy so his wife doesn't have to. It's wonderful to see that that there are still true gentlemen in Hollywood.

(Once again, sorry, no picture. We weren't allowed cameras in The Smurfs screening so I walked into Costco empty handed. Maybe next time.)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Day 456 - November 13, 2010

Yep! This is how we're spending our Saturday.


Friday, November 12, 2010

Day 455 - November 12, 2010

The following is a post I wrote back in September after the doctor confirmed we were pregnant.

I never thought I’d be so excited to pee in a plastic specimen cup, but I was giddy. Greg and I anxiously waited for the doctor to come in. She entered the room and the first thing out of her mouth was, “So, the test came back positive.” I squealed with delight and looked over at Greg. He was grinning ear to ear and the look of sheer joy on his face made my heart leap. The doctor looked at us and the next thing she said was, “So, how do you want to proceed? (pause) Which hospital do you want to deliver at?” Excuse me? I thought. How do I want to proceed? Are you questioning whether or not we even want to keep this baby? And who are you to assume I want to deliver in a hospital? Behind all the joy on my face, I was seething and wanted to get up and yell, “This baby is very much wanted and loved. Conceiving this beautiful life was very much a part of our plan, not to mention God’s plan, not that it’s any of your business. We do not plan on delivering in a hospital and after the way we’ve been treated today, I certainly don’t want you, or any other doctor for that matter, delivering my child.” This is what I was thinking, but of course, I said, “We’re actually looking into having a home birth with a licensed midwife.” (Can you tell the hormones had kicked in already?)

This was not the way I had imagined this very special appointment. What happened to “Congratulations, you’re pregnant!” or “You’re having a baby!” or “Have you thought about what kind of birth you would like to have?” I want a do over.

When I tell our baby one day about the day we found out we were pregnant, this is not the day I will remember. I will remember a
week earlier when I took two home pregnancy tests. I will remember calling Greg over, when the timer went off, asking him to read the tests with me. I will remember seeing a second faint pink line on the first test and a much deeper line on the second. I will remember Greg saying, “I think that means we’re pregnant” and me squealing, “We’re pregnant!” as I leapt into his arms. I will remember giving thanks to God for this new little life inside of me. I will remember that my cheeks hurt from smiling so much. I will remember that in a split second my heart exploded with love for our new family. This is what I will remember.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Day 454 - November 11, 2010

Let me tell you. When you have a daily blog, it's pretty hard to keep a secret. But somehow I managed (with a few subtle hints here and there) to sit on this amazingly life-changing secret for 3 months now. You probably already know what I'm about to reveal, but for those of you who need to see it in writing, guess what?

We're pregnant!!

My husband and I are beyond thrilled to welcome a sweet bundle of joy into our little family in May 2011!

Thank you for all the sweet comments you've left in the last few days. I have reread them over and over again and they bring tears of joy to my eyes every time. I would really appreciate your prayers over the next 6 months as I go through moments of sheer joy and face some fears as well.

Are you ready for the baby bump?

I need to follow this picture up with the fact that I had just eaten a very big breakfast, was wearing the clingiest sun dress I could find, and was pushing my belly out as much as I could. I just looked down now and I'm wondering, "Excuse me belly, where did you go?" The belly is a whole lot smaller in person, but let's just pretend that this picture is totally accurate. Have a blessed day!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Day 453 - November 10, 2010

Wordless Wednesday...

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Day 452 - November 9, 2010

I fell in love with each of you the moment I looked into your eyes, held you in my arms, and kissed your sweet cheeks. I am so thankful that God filled my heart with an endless amount of love,

'Cause I've got a feeling that tonight I'll be falling head over heels in love once again!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Day 451 - November 8, 2010

I have developed a few new obsessions over the weekend and I can't help but share them.

First and foremost, I am obsessed with Trader Joe's Garlic & Herb Pizza Dough! For only $1.29, you can make delicious homemade artisan pizza. My hubby and I both agree that this pizza dough far exceeds any restaurant pizza we have ever had. No more preservative-laden store bought frozen pizzas for us. Only fresh ingredients (including my home grown basil) on our pizza.

My second obsession stems from my childhood obsession with the TV show Saved by the Bell. I still find myself watching reruns on TBS several mornings a week. So, one of my new favorite shows is Mario Lopez: Saved by the Baby. It combines Mario's adorable dimples and my love of all things baby. It's not the show for everyone, but it's definitely my new guilty pleasure! Love it!

The last thing is less of an obsession and more of a joy. Something that makes me smile just thinking about it. Christmas time! This weekend we baked cinnamon buns, played games, and listened to Christmas music. We also found an incredible deal on Christmas balls at the 99 cent Only Store. We paid just a fraction of what Christmas ornaments normally sell for when they are marked 50% off after Christmas! Our home is beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Day 450 - November 7, 2010

Psalm 90:14

Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Day 449 - November 6, 2010

Guess who we saw this afternoon?

I'll give you a hint. She has her own show on Bravo where she plays cupid for successful men and women.

Did you guess it?

That's right! Patti Stanger from "The Millionaire Matchmaker." I got to know Patti pretty well on our last flight across the country where her show played for nearly 5 hours straight. My first impression of Patti in person? She's shorter than I expected and looks more her age in person, which is something she probably wouldn't want to hear. On the plus side, she looked a lot less botoxed than on TV. Good for you for cutting down on those Restylane injections, Patti.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Day 448 - November 5, 2010


That's what I wake up to every morning. No birds squawking outside my window or 3-year-old boy screaming at the top of his lungs. No gardener watering plants at 6 AM or cigarette smoke blowing through the patio door. Just silence.

We have lived in our new apartment less than a week and within 2 days it felt like home. It probably has something to do with the fact that we moved back down to the beach. We're minutes away from the complex we called home when we made the big move to California almost 2 years ago. The streets are familiar and our nightly walks around the marina bring back wonderful memories. Life couldn't get much better and for that we feel incredibly blessed.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Day 446 - November 3, 2010

Wordless Wednesday...

Monday, November 1, 2010

Day 444 - November 1, 2010

November 1st means one thing and one thing only in our house...1/2 price Halloween candy! It's a tradition my mother started when we got too old to go trick or treating ourselves. For Halloween night, she would buy 1 large box of chocolate bars to hand out to sweet little costumed kids. Then the following morning, my mother would head out to the nearest Zellers (the equivalent of Wal-Mart for all you unfamiliar American folk) and basically buy them out of their Halloween candy. We're a family that loves a great deal and there is nothing better this time of year than candy for 50% off.

So following in our mother's footsteps this morning, we set the alarm a little earlier than usual and headed to the nearest Wal-Mart. With delicious treats for less than 3 cents a piece, I'd say that we scored big time! Looks like we'll be enjoying Halloween treats into the New Year!