38 weeks! and a house update…

I can’t believe I am already at 38 weeks… 2 weeks to go until my due date! I wonder when she’ll be coming out! My pregnancy had been going really well with absolutely no complaints until I hit week 37. Then it was like “boom” you need to be in some form of discomfort… anyway, the past week has been a bit painful. Walking, not a fan of it anymore. My lower back, left buttocks kills! I have been to the massage therapist and now the chiropractor. The massage wasn’t doing much, although it still felt nice, it was not relieving any pain. My midwife and massage therapist both recommended that I go see a chiropractor, so I did. I had immediate relief when she popped whatever was out of place… but unfortunately, I think it takes a few visits before it’s all better, because 24 hours later, I was in the same pain again. Luckily I have a second appointment scheduled for Monday!

Other than that, things have been going well. At 36 weeks, I started taking evening primrose oil and drinking 3-4 cups of raspberry leaf tea a day. Not sure if these herbal remedies work, but they are supposed to help reduce the chances of going past your due date and strengthen your uterus… so we’ll see!

Anyway, here are some updated baby bump photos:

daddy kissing baby bumpy Mommy holding the bump
36 weeks
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28 weeks (3)
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38 weeks (4)
10 weeks later…38 weeks

There are more in my Baby Earle #1 album as well!

The house…

We still love the house, but of course, as many of you know, houses come with a lot of work. Just watering the garden and lawn is quite the task. However, things are coming along. The only change we’ve made to the house so far has been painting the babies room, which ended up being a bit of a nightmare. First, the paint we bought was horrible! Jeremy hated it from the beginning… and he doesn’t really like the colour… Also, there were built in shelves in one area of the room and we wanted to take one of the three out so it wasn’t so low. Well, painting over the spot where the shelf had been ended up causing the wall to bubble. Poor Jeremy could not figure out what the problem was. Finally, after a bit of research, he read that he should cover that area with oil based primer first, and then paint over that. Eureka! It worked! So the room is finally painted. All that’s left is painting the shelves a nice glossy white and the trim. We have carpet cleaners coming to clean our carpets upstairs and then Jeremy will be able to do the trim and we can finally set up the baby’s room!

We also will have a gas fitter come out and install a gas box and rough in a gas line for a future gas stove. We will finally be able to use our brand new BBQ that we bought when we first moved in – no more camping BBQ!

Let’s see… what else is new… We have had to go on a bit of a shopping spree since we moved in and it hasn’t really stopped yet! The house is quite large and every time you go to do something, you realize you need to buy this or that tool. Some of our main purchases have been a dining room set, the BBQ, a lawn mower, patio furniture, composters, a chest freezer, obviously all the baby room furniture, and a new mattress set (we’ll soon be on our first new bed ever that is a queen!) – I think that’s it… probably not though! We still need to purchase a bedroom set, which we plan to get from IKEA and couches. Our current couch, as many of you know, we have been babysitting for the past two years for our friends James and Mateja who were out in Halifax, Nova Scotia. They are back home and will be taking their couch back at the end of the month. I will have to say that couch hunting is not fun… there’s so much to choose from! Other than that, we are settling in nicely.

pictures to come soon!

33 weeks 4 days

Well, it’s definitely been awhile since my last post. The new house explains much of that! But out baby girl is doing well, growing and moving all the time – but so far she still lets me sleep through the night. I can only hope that she’ll be that way once she’s born.

Since my last post I have had two midwife appointments. I had one two weeks ago at 31 weeks where they measured me and I was smaller than expected (28cm), but told me not to worry as long as I continued to grow by the next visit… and I measured 31cm today! So, baby is growing! It just means that she’ll be born between 6 and 7 pounds most likely! But we’ll see, 6 weeks, 3 days to go before my due date… and the guessing of when she’ll be born has already begun:

Jeremy: July 20
Me: July 22
Sharon: July 23
Bob: July 24
Darlene: July 26
Jena: July 27
Wendy Sigaty: July 28
Kevin Sigaty: Aug 3
Andrea Doerksen: Aug 8

Other than that, I’m still feeling great. I am a bit more tired lately and my lower back hurts by the end of most every day. I’ve been doing the cat-cow yoga position a lot to relieve the pain. Once I go to bed I am fine… I think part of it is simply fatigue.

Last weekend Jeremy and I met up with our good friends Molly and Chris in Seattle, WA. Molly is about two weeks further along than I. It has been pretty cool going through this experience with a good friend from high school. Our pregnancies have been completely different so far, but it’s still nice to be able to share stories and we’ll be able to set up play dates! They are having a little boy! So this post’s pictures are of Jeremy and I, Molly and I (best friends and future best friends!), and one of just me 🙂

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Molly and I 2013

Me June 16 2013

28 weeks

Well, I am officially into my third trimester! I’m on the home stretch. It’s kind of crazy thinking that I only have 12 weeks left to see our little bundle of sunshine! I’m excited and scared all at the same time. Excited to meet the little one and scared of what I get to go through to meet her and just of the unknown.

So for those of you that weren’t able to figure out the puzzle, didn’t have time, or simply gave up… we are expecting a little girl! We are currently in the process of looking through name books and it’s quite overwhelming. We will not be announcing the name we choose until she is born… but we’re open for suggestions!

So the midwife visit went well today. I am gaining weight appropriately and my belly is growing properly! 28 cm = 28 weeks! When I was at the midwife’s office, the little one (aka peanut – nick named by my sister!) was doing some gymnastics so her heart beat was quite fast at first, 170, but then slowed to a normal rate after a few minutes to 158. From here on out I will be visiting the midwives more often. My next appointment is in 3 weeks and after that it’ll be every 2-3 weeks. I can’t believe how fast the past 6 months have gone!

Today I told my Leadership class the gender and they were all very excited. About two thirds of the class was on team pink, so it was fun. Today, many of them then wanted to touch my belly for the first time to feel peanut moving around. They all thought it was pretty cool, but thankfully not cool enough to go get pregnant themselves. They are smart kids! I have many potential babysitters as they have almost all volunteered already – hehe J

Well, that’s it for this update. Not much going on other than constant movement. She moves all the time and likes to tickle my right side with her arms and legs.

28 weeks

Jeremy and I at Sarah and Brandon O’Connor’s wedding (May 11, 2013) – 28 weeks!

Gender Reveal…

what will it bee

A BOY OR A GIRL? YOU’LL HAVE TO SOLVE TO PUZZLE TO SEE!

 Unscramble these six Baby Jumbles,
one letter to each square, to form six ordinary words.

girl puzzle

Now arrange the shaded letters to form the surprise answer:

__ __    __ __ __    __ __ __ __ __ __    __    __________!

 

 

24 weeks

Not much to post this week… but we have pre-registered at the hospital and got a tour so we know what to expect when we are there. No one was in labour or delivering when we were there. The place was empty. I guess there had been a birth that morning, but they were out “lickety split.”

Then we went to the see the midwife. I have now met all three and they are all lovely! Jeremy got to hear the heartbeat (145 beats/minute this time) and we recorded it for all of you to hear as well!

Other than that, the midwife said that the baby is growing well and that all is well.

My bump is growing and baby monkguin is very active, moving all the time. Sometimes they are subtle movements, other times they are complete summer-salts or something! The movements are pretty amazing and Jeremy likes to get his daily dose of kicks!

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For those of you that have not heard, we did buy a house in Chilliwack, BC and will be moving in the end of May. I can’t wait to be in our own place and be able to do some nesting! I already have plans for our baby’s nursery! So life has been crazy busy lately and I’m sure is only the start 🙂

21 weeks and counting

The last few weeks have been very exciting for me and I’m constantly giggling because the little one loves to move around! The movements have recently in the past week gotten strong enough for Jeremy to easily feel and to even see! I find that we both end up giggling each time we feel or see a movement. Baby especially moves and kicks a lot soon after I’ve eaten a meal.

Everyone at work now knows for sure that I’m expecting as the bump is growing! Here are a few pictures of the bump growth since I was 6 weeks pregnant up to 20 weeks:

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So at 20 weeks, the bump isn’t that big yet, but I can no longer button or zip my pants. My clothes are definitely getting a bit tight and limited in options. But I still have a ways to go… more pics to come as the bump progresses!

At least I can say that so far, I feel great! No sickness and the only thing I don’t like any more is raw (bell) peppers. I don’t even like to cut them as I don’t like how they smell. Still not cravings though… not sure that I will as I have always had mini cravings my whole life and I pretty much like everything… so unless I feel the urge to eat a bar of soap or something odd like that, I don’t think I’ll be having any cravings.

Midwife visit

Well, all is good! The midwife said that we have a very healthy baby and that it is growing and developing as normal! I also got my blood test results for down syndrome and spina bifida and the chances are VERY slim… 1 in 20,000! So that was a relief 🙂

So, according to the midwife the baby’s heart beat is about 135 beats/minute and the baby is very active, moving and kicking lots – I should really start to feel its strength in the next couple of weeks… so bets are on! Are you on team BLUE or team PINK? We’ll know soon… but not yet. Rules are rules! Sorry for those that are anxious to find out!. And I haven’t had any cravings for those that think they can guess via that wives’ tale… maybe one of you will know how to read ultrasound pictures… I sure can’t!

 

19 weeks 3 days

Today I had my second ultrasound! Again, an amazing experience being able to actually see what’s growing inside of you! The appointment wasn’t very eventful as the technician didn’t talk much. The first 10 minutes she took measurements and said nothing at all. Then Jeremy was able to join and she spoke a bit more, showing us the bladder and stomach, etc. We still do not know the baby’s sex, that won’t be for another couple of weeks or so. But we do have more pictures (more to come when we get the digital copies – these are scanned photos):

Here’s the baby’s hand! Fingers are clearly visible!
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Leg and head. What looks to be like bubbles is the umbilical cord.baby pics - mar 13 2013 - 3

This picture is little scary looking to me, but it’s the baby’s face. but we only see the dark spots for the eye sockets and nose… looks more like a skull.
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Here’s a profile pic where you can see the nose and lips!
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This picture is my favourite!
The profile and legs, completely bent in half and snug as a bug!
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Some other updates:

I started to feel the baby about one and half weeks ago, but only faintly and not often. Now I feel it everyday throughout the day, but it’s not yet strong enough for Jeremy to feel it… Every time I feel the little one, I giggle. It’s the coolest feeling and I can’t wait until Jeremy can feel it!

I’m still feeling great! I haven’t really felt any different at all besides the kicks I’m now feeling! So all is well on this end. I see my midwife tomorrow, so there might be another update here after my visit with her.

Due date update

Today I met midwife #2 of three today. So far they are both very nice. I am finally gaining weight which is a good sign. And, I finally got to hear the heartbeat today which was amazing to hear! Now, my midwife told me the last ultrasound results and my due date is slightly different. The due date is now August 4, 2013. So I am 14.5 weeks today.