april 1st.

we just april fooled my dad so bad.  poor guy.  he says he’s not talking to us anymore. LOL. we’ll try real hard for a boy on the next one pop ;) LOLOLOL

convo:

chris: hey bill, is sharon with you?

dad: yep, she’s right here.

chris: shannon had the baby last night, IT’S A BOY!

dad: WHAT? A BOY??!?!?!?! YOU’RE KIDDING?!  OMG!

me: APRIL FOOLS!

dad: FUCK OFF!!! I’m not talking to you guys anymore!

mom: YOU SHOULD SEE HIS FACE RIGHT NOW!!!!

mom, chris, me: UNCONTROLLABLE LAUGHTER with a few – ooooh poor dad comments.

LOL

36 weeks

How far along?    36 weeks, 5 days.

Total weight gain/loss?  161  +27 – 28 lbs.

Gender?  GIRL

Maternity clothes?   Yes, and still mixing in pre-pregnancy clothes.

Stretch marks?   Nope, still looking good.

Sleep?  Sleep is okay.  I started to have terrible sleeps on the couch this week.  I probably got about 5 hours a night with all the tossing and getting up because I was restless.  I decided to sleep in the bed last night it was pretty good.  Still tossed and turned but I’m going to try and return to the bed from here on out. I think it will be good for Chris and I to be back closer together for these final few weeks.

Best moment this week –  Starting maternity leave :)  Friday 27th was my last day.  It was a little sad to leave the kids but I am sooooo ready for this little bit of down time.  I have a few projects to keep me busy, two baby showers to attend and lots of OB and Naturopathic Dr. appointments to keep me running around.  We also got the replacement bassinet from RH this week so she’s got her cozy little place ready and waiting for her.

Miss anything? My normal body.

Movement? She’s still moving lots and still sticking her little foot out on my right side. She shifts her head from time to time and I really think I may pee my pants.  I thought I was going to have to call for a clean up in the dairy aisle at the grocery store the other day hahaha.  Even though the nurse and dr. both say I have no more room for this baby to grow in me she still seems to have the room to make very big movements in there.  She is starting to give some really good jabs in the right ribs.  OUCH!  (especially when she does it in the middle of the night!)

Food cravings? No appetite at all.

Anything making you queasy or sick?  Nope.

Symptoms?  Numbness in my right hand, numbness in my right big toe, leg and arm weakness, HEARTBURN, constant peeing, BH, acne, pain my jaw – I still can’t chew on the right side on my mouth and my jaw doesn’t line up probably. Sometimes I see spots or “shooting stars”.  Just for a moment then it’s gone.

Labor Signs?  Nope.

Belly Button in or out?   It’s stretched out flat now.

Wedding rings on or off?   On and off depending on the swelling.

Happy or Moody most of the time? Happy. I am ready for this baby to happen!

Looking forward to?   My baby shower hosted by my SIL and MIL this weekend and a shower hosted by Chris’ work this Thursday.  This baby is getting so spoiled, it’s kind of nuts!  I’m making an air balloon mobile for the nursery and I am looking forward to getting the last items we need for her so I can organize and decorate and get things ALL DONE!  OH and as of this afternoon I am back to waiting for Chris to finish working in the nursery.  He’s had to do a bunch of puttying in the door hinges to make the doors fit back in (took them off to square and re-paint).  One step forward, 10 step back.  Grrrr.

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the day of our shower <3

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made big strides in the final touches in the nursery and had our big baby shower this week :)  we are ready to welcome this baby girl!

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Maternity Leave

yesterday was my last day at work.

the longest (yet somehow still short) 8 months of my life and i survived it! (some days barely).

the families at my daycare centre are amazing and i was given so many nice, thoughtful little gifts.

the best one was this handmade card from a girl in grade two.  talk about a tear jerker!

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this is going in the baby keepsake box for sure.

so, at 36 weeks 2 days i’m officially starting the waiting game for this baby girl’s arrival xox

Sisterhood of the World bloggers Award

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Thank you While We Wait for the nomination :)

The rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site
  • Put the award logo on your blog
  • Answer the ten questions the nominator has set you
  • Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer
  • Nominate ten people

What’s your favourite thing about blogging?

Blogging has become a great past time for me.  In the beginning I liked it because I could vent my feelings and perhaps find someone that could relate to my struggles. I was able to see how other women were handling their infertility issues and could get information that helped me navigate my own journey a little better.  Now I feel like I’m catching up with friends when I log on.  I am genuinely interested in, and care about, the lives of the women behind the blogs I am following.  I would have to say that my favourite thing about blogging right now is seeing all these women fight hard for their dreams and finally getting it in all different forms. (pregnancy, adoption, new relationships, weight loss).

What was the last thing you saw at the theatre and what did you think of it?

Oh my goodness… what did I see? OH YA! Dumb and Dumber To.  Nothing can compare to the original but I still enjoyed it.  Some of the jokes were pretty predictable but whatever.  My favourite part was the “hot dog scene” LOL.

What’s left to do on your bucket list? Have you actually crossed anything off it yet?

I haven’t really started a bucket list but I would like to do some things.  On the more adventurous end I would love to see Machu Picchu, Thailand and  Australia.  Perhaps India although my husband has told me he will never travel there…   Closer to home I would like to run at least a 5k run. Check out New Orleans during Mardi Gras and skate at Rockefeller Square in NYC at Christmas time.  OH I would LOVE to see SNL and Jimmy Fallon LIVE.

Who is your embarrassing/weird celebrity crush?

It’s not embarrassing or weird I just flat out love Paul Rudd.

Summer or Winter?

Summer, hands down.

Beach/pool holiday doing nothing or running, jumping climbing trees somewhere completely random?

A little bit of both.  I like to relax but not for too long.  I get stir crazy just lazing all day.  I gotta get up and move!

Did you go to university? If so, what did you study and do you think that your degree has helped you in later life?

I went to college twice.  My diplomas have not helped me career wise, unfortunately, but they have directed the entire course of my adult life.  If I hadn’t gone to college the first time I would not be married the man I am married to right now :)

How would you spend your ideal day, with no budget or time restrictions? (i.e. being able to jump countries or continents in an instant)

I would wake up in Thailand and get a massage on the beach, get styled and ready for the day in L.A, head to Japan for sushi for lunch, hike in Machu Picchu for the afternoon and watch the sunset in during dinner in a vineyard in Italy.  Could you imagine?!!

What would you call your autobiography?

Fart Noises  (bahaha)

Do you cook/bake from scratch? If so, do you have a signature dish?

I do love to bake and cook.  My favourite baking recipes are banana bread fully loaded with lots of crazy thing (blueberries, dried cherries, chocolate chips), sugar cookies sandwiches with raspberry jam filling and peanut butter cookies.  I love to cook and love learning how to use indian spices.

I nominate:

Plan B

While We Wait

The Muslim Mama

Meet the Hopefuls

With Love…. Andrea

Planting Beans

Our Eggs and a Plumber

Where’s my Baby Bear?

The Almost Mom

Drunk Storks

I realize many of you have been nominated recently and/or have a lot going on/about to happen so I’m not sure if you will want to respond to another award but I’ve nominated you anyway :)

I don’t have the creative energy to think of new questions, so have some fun with the questions above.

TAKE CARE LADIES!

35 weeks

How far along?    35 weeks, 1 day.

Total weight gain/loss?  160  +26 – 27 lbs.

Gender?  GIRL

Maternity clothes?   Yes but actually wearing a lot of regular stuff these days.

Stretch marks?   Nope.  Maybe I won’t get any after all…?

Sleep?  Sleep is pretty good. I had a couple of restless nights but I think one night was due to a afternoon coffee and the other was anticipation of waking up early for work.

Best moment this week –  We have been getting a lot of little odd jobs done after dinner.  The evenings are sunnier and are inspiring us to keep busy after dinner (we also no longer have cable t.v. hahaha).  We got the nursery curtains to the neighbour for hemming, bought a frosted film for the bottom half of the window so I don’t have worry about 3 male neighbours peeking over at feeding time LOL.  Chris is making a change table tray.  We got some things from RH in the mail today.  The bassinet is made wrong so it has to go back but everything else is okay.  We rearranged our bedroom furniture to accommodate the bassinet stand.  Chris is painting the doors for the nursery and I got some maternity photos printed and framed. We’re on a roll!

Miss anything? My normal body.

Movement? She’s moving lots and sticking her little foot out like she’s pushing on a gas pedal on my right side.  The way her head is positioned I have times where she’s basically headbutting my bladder/cervix.  Yikes.  That kind of sucks.

Food cravings? Still not much of an appetite.  Snacking by day, good dinner at night.

Anything making you queasy or sick?  Coffee too early in the morning.

Symptoms?  Back pain, numbness in my right hand, numbness in my right big tow, leg and arm weakness, HEARTBURN, constant peeing, BH, acne, pain my jaw – I seriously can’t chew on the right side on my mouth. Sometimes I see spots or “shooting stars”.  Just for a moment then it’s gone.  Producing more colostrum.

Labor Signs?  Nope.

Belly Button in or out?   It’s stretched out flat now.

Wedding rings on or off?   On and off depending on the swelling.

Happy or Moody most of the time? Happy and super emotional.  I have seen a few birth videos lately and I am just a basket case of tears when the baby is born.  Like I’m talking a total mess.

Looking forward to?   6 more days of work.  I’m taking some fabric to a friend this weekend for her to make a couple of custom crib skirts.  Having dinner with a friend with on Sunday.  Having my OB appointments bumped up to once a week. Final stretch baby!!!

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It’s “Pajama Party & Movie” day at the daycare.  I couldn’t be happier :)

They told me it would get bigger….they were right!!!

tiny gifts

it’s still a couple of weeks away but i started getting the thank you gifts ready for the shower.

the maple sap has been running fast and chris has been busy boiling and getting the little bottles ready. we ordered stickers to put on the bottles with baby girl’s name on them.  chris thought it would be fun to reveal the name at the shower. i agreed :)

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the succulents weren’t cheap but they are tiny and i won’t have to water them from now until the shower, SOLD! haha

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half way finished

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34 weeks

How far along?    34 weeks, 4 days.

Total weight gain/loss?  162  +28 – 29 lbs.

Gender?  GIRL

Maternity clothes?   Yes, with regular stuff incorporated some days.

Stretch marks?   Nope.  Maybe I won’t get any after all…?

Sleep?  Sleep is pretty good.  Still on the couch.  I’ve had a 3 day weekend and I get to sleep in 4 days this week – woo hoo!  thank you March Break.

Best moment this week –  I enjoyed taking some time to shoot some maternity photos of myself.  Nothing crazy just a few special shots in our bedroom.  I want to have at least ONE artistic photo of my pregnancy.  I was happy to find that the tripod and timer worked really well.  I am going to do our own family photos at an apple orchard once she’s born (where we did our wedding photos).  Chris also surprised me with the “go ahead” to buy baby girl’s bassinet, stand and a couple of plush toys from RH.  I had agreed to just getting something from Babies R Us because it is very pricey from RH but he woke up one morning and thought, “you should have something special”.  Okay!

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Miss anything? My normal body.

Movement? Still a mover and a shaker!  Lots of little feet in the ribs.  OUCH!

Food cravings? I just don’t even feel like eating.  I’ve resorted to snacks.  I have my red raspberry leaf tea and I’ll have yogurt and granola throughout the day.  I do manage a good dinner but Chris has been doing the cooking.

Anything making you queasy or sick?  The attic wood smell whenever Chris is up there working (like this weekend).

Symptoms?  Back pain, numbness in my right hand, leg and arm weakness, HEARTBURN, constant peeing, BH, acne. Sometimes I see spots or “shooting stars”.  Just for a moment then it’s gone.

Labor Signs?  Nope.

Belly Button in or out?   It’s really stretched now.  You still can’t see the bottom but it’s getting pretty close.

Wedding rings on or off?   On and off depending on the swelling.

Happy or Moody most of the time? Happy.  Little things annoy me.  I’m not in a jokey mood about pregnancy as much as I used to be.

Looking forward to?   My last day of work, 8 more days.  I’m not as sad about leaving the kids at work as I was a few weeks ago.  I just want to be done now, i’m beat. I am more than ready to just focus on taking care of me and the rest of the things we need to get done for baby’s arrival.

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i got this shirt on st. patrick’s day 2010 in dublin, ireland.

it’s fitting a little differently this year ;)

anyone else have this?

for several weeks i have had a “bruised” look running just down the artery in my right leg.  it’s not raised, itchy, or painful so i am pretty certain it’s not a varicose vein.  i know we have a lot of extra blood in pregnancy but all of my other veins are just very blue, not bruised.  i keep forgetting to mention it to my OB.

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