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
36 weeks
28 weeks (3)
28 weeks
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!

Our new house!

Well, we moved in on May 26, 2013 and it took us about 1 week to completely unpack and more or less get settled in. We’ve now been in the house for almost 4 weeks and absolutely love it. It’s so nice to be in a quiet neighbourhood! The only noises we hear are the birds chirping, the occasional train when it sounds its horn, and the pool/hot tub pump from our neighbour (which isn’t that loud at all, but when it’s soooo incredibly quiet otherwise, you can hear the faintest of sounds).

We’ve started to paint, but only the baby’s room so far. We chose a light sea foam-like green. We figure that we might as well keep it gender neutral since we want a second child, but obviously don’t know what it’ll be being the first one isn’t quite here yet! We do plan to paint the rest of the house too, but we’re waiting until we get our couches and other furniture to make sure the walls to clash and end up having to repaint! Our dinning set arrives July 4th so it will be nice to have the dining room set up as it’s completely bare right now and actually echoes.

Otherwise there aren’t any big changes that we plan to do to the house, at least right now (and for a long while). We will do some changes to the yard, but not until next year – too much going on this summer! But we’re enjoying the house and are looking forward to raising our family here! I’ll post pictures eventually… the weather right now is horrible and we haven’t taken any so far… we’ve been a bit busy!

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 🙂