Saturday, April 30, 2011

Day 623 - April 30, 2011

Spending the day preparing the house for Itty...

Friday, April 29, 2011

Day 622 - April 29, 2011

Remembering our special day...

I love you, babe!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Day 621 - April 28, 2011

This bouquet of flowers arrived at my door just in time. They were exactly what I needed to make me smile after dropping an entire pan of raw pumpkin chocolate chip muffin batter all over the oven door and kitchen floor and then spilling a bottle of hydrogen peroxide all over the bathroom vanity. I am beyond clumsy these days. My husband says that all the time I spend cleaning up my messes is just God's way of preparing me for motherhood.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Day 620 - April 27, 2011

Almost Wordless Wednesday...

Happy Birthday, Matt!

I love you!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Day 619 - April 26, 2011

I'm 37 weeks pregnant which means I'm officially full term! Although my due date is still 3 weeks away, Itty can come any time now and we can safely have the home birth we've been planning.

As much as the time has flown by, I've forgotten what it's like not to be pregnant. I was looking back at pictures from last April when my nephews visited and was surprised not to see a belly in the photos. It sounds silly, but I really don't remember what it's like not to be carrying my sweet baby girl in my belly. The days before Itty used my bladder as a trampoline are distant memories. I can't remember a time when I didn't go to the washroom at least 3 times an hour or when I didn't have to roll myself out of bed to get up in the morning. And to think I didn't use to get up to use the bathroom at night. Now I'm lucky if I can keep the night time trips to the washroom under 5. One thing I have not forgotten is how much I loved sleeping on my stomach. I am so looking forward to those nights again, even if they won't be as restful as they used to be.

With all of the laundry done, the birth supplies collected, the car seat installed, and over 3 weeks worth of meals in the freezer, we're feeling pretty prepared. There are still plenty of things on our to-do list that would be nice to complete before the birth, but with the most important things done, we're feeling good!

We have been quite busy lately and just sort of skipped over taking my 8 month photos. Luckily, we found some time this weekend to document my belly at full term. Will these be the last photos before Itty is born? Not likely, but you just never know!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Day 617 - April 24, 2011

Matthew 28:6

"He is not here; he has risen, just as he said."

Christ has risen! He has risen indeed!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Day 615 - April 22, 2011

Mark 15:33-39

The Death of Jesus

At the sixth hour darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?" --which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"

When some of those standing near heard this, they said, "Listen, he's calling Elijah."

One man ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink. "Now leave him alone. Let's see if Elijah comes to take him down," he said.

With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.

The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, heard his cry and saw how he died, he said, "Surely this man was the Son of God!"

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Day 614 - April 21, 2011

Well hello gorgeous! I'm in love with this bag! Not only is it cute, but the best thing about it is that it's a camera bag. Yep, you heard me. I've had my eyes on these stylish Kelly Moore camera bags for over a year now, so you can imagine how ecstatic I was to have won this beauty a few weeks ago. It's so wonderful to be able to take my camera and lenses everywhere with me and know they are protected instead of just thrown loosely in my purse.

In other news, President Obama is coming to town today. He'll be at Sony Picture Studios this afternoon which, in case you may have forgotten, is where my hubby works. Under normal circumstances, it would be exciting to think my husband may get a glimpse of the American President, but when I need to make my way to Sony to pick Greg up for our last childbirth preparation class at the same time that Obama is speaking, I can't help but think that traffic is going to be a nightmare! "Expect gridlock," is what the news reporter on TV just said. Oh joy...

Monday, April 18, 2011

Day 611 - April 18, 2011

I'm 36 weeks pregnant and have less than a month to go. Unbelievable, I know!

We spent a busy weekend out and about, visiting with some good friends and collecting items in preparation for Itty's birth-day. I had my first taste of Yogurtland on Saturday and I'm addicted. A friend of mine told me almost 2 years ago that I needed to try it and we finally did. Even my husband passed up Cold Stone Creamery to give it a shot. Picture this. A cup of mango and guava pineapple tart frozen yogurt topped with slices of peaches, mangoes, and blackberries! Can't you just taste it? So deliciously refreshing! I have a funny feeling Yogurtland is going to be my weakness this summer. Speaking of weaknesses, the frozen mango and yogurt popsicles I made last week are calling my name. Off to the freezer!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Day 608 - April 15, 2011

Have I mentioned that I've been experiencing contractions for the last few weeks? They are sporadic and, for the most part, painless, although they are happening more frequently each day. I'd like to believe that active labour contractions will be just as enjoyable as these ones, but I know I'd just be kidding myself.

Labour has never scared me. I've never been fearful of the process of birthing my baby and from the moment I found out I was pregnant, I've been joyfully anticipating the day when I will give birth to my sweet daughter. Maybe it's because I witnessed countless unmedicated births while volunteering as a midwife in Benin, Africa. My memories of the birth experiences I witnessed give me strength and confidence that I can do it too.

Last night at our childbirth preparation class, we discussed our fears and concerns. Being that it's a class for couples who have chosen to birth at home or in a birthing center, most of the women in our class feared hospitals. Some feared labour pain and c-sections and others feared that there may be something wrong with their babies. One father-to-be shared that he has a fear that his child will be born a "hermaphro-squatch." This particular couple has opted to forgo all ultrasounds and testing, so they feel like there are a lot of unknowns when it comes to their baby. He often imagines the baby coming out with both male and female genitalia and with his/her skin covered in a thick coat of hair like a sasquatch, hence the name "hermaphro-squatch." Fears, no matter how ridiculous they may sound, are normal.

Anyway, back to my contractions. Each time my belly tightens up, I am reminded of how amazing a woman's body is in preparing for labour. So while my body prepares itself to release my baby girl into the world, I'm preparing meals to freeze, washing little onesies, and tackling to-do lists that seem to grow hourly.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Day 607 - April 14, 2011

Quick update:

I can't believe I'm far enough along in my pregnancy that I am now seeing our midwives weekly until Itty is born! Have I mentioned that the time has just flown by?

Today's appointment was wonderful and once again, I was assured that Itty's position in my belly is just perfect for delivery. Our midwife is certain Itty had a growth spurt in the last 2 weeks and estimates that she is now a good 5 lbs! My girlie's growing up!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Day 606 - April 13, 2011

Almost Wordless Wednesday...

Itty has been kicking and squirming and swimming around almost constantly for the last few days. It's moments like this that I will miss once she's out of my belly. But it's also moments like this that I will remember forever.

Here's a little look at my view these days!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Day 605 - April 12, 2011

Kids Strangers say the darndest things...

Here are a few things I've heard in the last 2 weeks:

Furniture moving guy outside of our apartment building:

Wow! Looks like someone's about to pop!

Gas station clerk:

Oh thank goodness it's a girl! They are soooooo much easier!

Older gentleman in the 99 Cent Only Store:

So, are you buying dresses or pants?

Man standing outside the marina gate:

Do you know what she's going to be saying in 16 years? She'll be asking for $100 bills and the keys to the car.

And you know what you'll be saying in 22 years? "I paid for your education, it's time you start paying back."

Sample lady at Costco:

Are you having a boy? My mother always says that if you're carrying high and pointy, it's a boy!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Day 604 - April 11, 2011

I'm 35 weeks pregnant and with only about 35 days to go, I'm feeling amazing! Our midwife stopped by yesterday to take a look at our space and help us decide the best place for the birthing tub. When she saw how big our bathroom and bathtub are, she told us it would be perfect for the birth. If we'd feel more comfortable in our own bathtub, she said we should just go for it rather than moving furniture around our bedroom and making space to inflate a birthing tub. They will still have the tub on hand in case we change our minds, but I think I'll probably be spending a lot of time in the bathtub and shower during labour anyway, so why move when Itty makes her final descent into the world?

I had been feeling a whole lot of movement in all different places in my belly this weekend and wondered if Itty had somehow flipped. Our midwife offered to check Itty's position and it seems that I'm probably just crazy. Our midwife says she thinks Itty has moved even further down and that I'm beginning to drop. "I think her head is way down there," she said. (Probably the reason why I'm running to the bathroom every 10 minutes!) She believes that since Itty is so far down, once I move into active labour, it shouldn't be too long until she's born! I sure like the sounds of that, but will continue to mentally prepare myself for a long labour because you just never know.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Day 601 - April 8, 2011

I have always known that I wanted to breastfeed my babies and have looked forward to the indescribable bond that develops between mother and child. I know the physical and emotional benefits of breastfeeding, but I read something the other night that I hadn't ever really considered.

" of the nicest things about breastfeeding is that it lets you take little breaks throughout your busy day.... Your life may seem to speed up faster and faster, but when you're breastfeeding, you'll have to take time to gather [her] up in your arms and be still for a few minutes. A few deep breaths later, and life seems simple again."
(The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, 8th Edition)

I'm sure it's very easy for new mothers to think of feedings as somewhat of a chore. Like laundry and diaper changes, it's something that needs to be done frequently and can take you away from other things that you're doing. Instead of thinking about feeding as just another item on the daily to-do list, I want to remember that it's a break. A time to be still. A time when a sink full of dishes can wait. A time where my computer is no where in sight. A time where there is nothing to do but to gaze into my baby's beautiful eyes and tell her how much I love her.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Day 600 - April 7, 2011

This past weekend, we spent an entire day living in luxury.

Since it was our last big getaway before Itty's arrival, we decided to splurge and booked a 5-star resort hotel in Las Vegas for one night. (We actually got the room for over 50% off, but it was still a splurge for us!)

And let me tell you, it was glorious!

The room itself was larger than our first apartment in L.A.

The soaker tub felt like heaven on my tired muscles. (Don't worry, I didn't stay in too long and overheat little Itty.)

And don't get me started on the bed. It was like sleeping on a cloud.

For one weekend, we left our computers at home and didn't think or talk about work or our growing to-do list. It was the most relaxing weekend we've had in a long time and I know it's one we'll reminisce about during late night feedings next month.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Day 599 - April 6, 2011

Almost too cute for words Wednesday...

Can you even handle how adorable Itty's crib bedding is?

I just love it!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Day 597 - April 4, 2011

I'm 34 weeks today and super pregnant as you can see in this picture I snapped in our hotel mirror this weekend. The belly just keeps growing out, but I really can't complain because the weight is all in front and hasn't hit my arms, thighs, face or hips which I expected it would by now. It's nice to be able to look in the mirror and still see me, but with an ever expanding belly.

Itty is about 4 3/4 pounds now and almost 18 inches long. She's definitely running out of room. Greg and I could spend hours watching Itty move around in my belly. It's so fascinating to watch a big bump appear and move slowly across my middle. I really need to capture it on video sometime soon.

We had a fabulous weekend away, but I'll wait and share more on that once I get through the 400+ photos.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Day 594 - April 1, 2011

It's no April fool's joke that we just booked a last minute hotel deal and are heading out of town this weekend for one last getaway before Itty arrives. Looking forward to a weekend of sunshine and relaxation with my hubby! I better get packing...