Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Turkey Day!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American friends! Hope your day is as restful or eventful as you need it to be!

As for me, I'm currently at work and taking a couple of minutes to say HOLY CRAP - MY C-SECTION IS 4 WEEKS TODAY! Little G will be here in my arms in 4 weeks. Crazy. And, I'm off work in 2 weeks (well 2 weeks tomorrow). This is really happening.

Monday, November 22, 2010

In 34th week.

I'm now halfway through my 34th week. Holy smokes! This baby will be here in no time... 4 weeks Thursday! I worry about the strangest things and one very big item that we had not purchased until this past weekend was the carseat. They don't let you leave the hospital with the baby unless you have a carseat. I was so afraid that I was going to have this baby before we actually had the carseat.

We went yesterday and bought the stroller and carseat combination that I wanted.

We bought the Chicco Cortina Discovery...

We had to go to two different stores t get it because at the first store it was a special order item. Which means it was going to take 8 or 9 weeks for delivery. Yikes!

We also bought a gate to keep the dogs out of the baby's room:

It has door that swings so you don't have to remove the whole thing all of the time. It's also pressure mounted so that we don't have to drill into the door frame. All wins. And the best part is that Little G's room should stay relatively pet hair free.

We also bought a video monitor for her room. It zooms and pans around the room with a remote which is very cool.

Additionally, we bought a basket to go with the change pad to hold diapers etc, change pad cover, a couple of change pads, a tigger toy that H. thought was too cute to pass up.

We have also decided to go with gdiapers for our diapering needs and I've ordered the starter kit. Hopefully, it will be here in time for baby, but if not we'll use disposable until we have them.

I haven't got any bottles etc yet because although I want to breastfeed, I'm not sure if I'll actually be able to. I'm not sure what supplies I should buy.

On another note, I had my 2nd shower over the weekend. I have a small group of girlfriends and they got together to shower the impending baby. We went to a fancy schmancy hotel for tea. It was a lot of fun - I'd never gone out for tea before. It was a great time, the little sandwiches were delectable as were the scones, clotted cream, lemon curd and pastries. The theme of the shower was Winnie the Pooh, now Little G has so many amazing Winnie items includind a beautiful big book of the complete works. I (and little g) was completely spoiled.

As an added bonus, the Boston Celtics were in town to play the Raptors, and they checked in to their hotel while we were at tea in the hotel lobby. It was pretty impressive to see Shaq. He seemed to be a really nice guy, stopping to give autographs and talking with people.

hmm, what else. Oh yes, I am able to control my blood sugar levels quite well through diet. I don't have to see the dr. every week about it - just every other week and instead of testing my blood 4 times a day, I'm down to 2 times a day. I have been a little more lenient with the sugar, but as long as my numbers are okay I feel like we'll be fine.

A new belly shot should be coming shortly.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Almost 33 Weeks

I had my u/s and check up on Monday and also a follow up with the endocrinologist about my glucose impairment on Tuesday. All is going well. The u/s went really quickly because Little G was in a cooperative mood. She did her practice breathing right on queue so we didn't have to wait around for her to do it. The only thing she wasn't cooperative about was having her picture taken. She is head down and manages to always have her face turned at an angle that is really difficult to get a good shot of. So, no photos to take home with me. I then waited an hour and a half to see my dr. My blood pressure was normal - woohoo and my weight was steady. I think I've gained a total of 2lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight. Which is fine because, they use a score out of 8 when giving the u/s and Little G scored an 8 out of 8. She's about 4lbs now and measuring right on track. They think she just went through a growth spurt. So, it was all good news and then the Dr. said the following... "I've booked your c-section for December 23rd..." I just looked at him for a minute and then had to have him explain what he meant. I have been getting more and more comfortable with just playing things by ear and going into labour on my own etc. And, now I find out that I have to have a c-section.

My current Dr. and my high-risk OB got together and went through my chart and decided between the two of them that based on my family history, and also what I've been through with this pregnancy that a c-section is the way to go. Apparently, because I lost the twins a little later in the pregnancy that there may be left over tissue that is not reabsorbed into the body. If I give birth vaginally, they won't be able to tell if all of the tissue has left my body which could result in uterine infection or hemorhagging. So, a c-section it is. On DECEMBER 23rd!!! I will be in the hospital for Christmas... with my baby (and my husband of course!)!!!!

I will be 38 weeks along, and full term is 37 weeks so Little G should not have any issues. I can't believe that she'll be here so soon. We still have quite a bit of stuff to buy - particularly a stroller and carseat. I know we'll get it all taken care of.

Thursday, November 11, 2010


For my Grandfather...

In Flanders Fields
by John McCrae, May 1915

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

In Canada, November 11th is Remembrance Day. It is the day we honour the veterans who have served our country in past and current battles. The Royal Canadian Legion, Canada's largest veterans', ex-service persons' and community service organization , sells poppies that we pin to our jackets over our hearts, to commemorate the date. The money from these sales goes to the widows, orphans of vets, as well as injured vets (I believe).

Here's what they look like:

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

32 weeks tomorrow

Tomorrow I will be 32 weeks along, only 8 more weeks to go assuming I will make it to my due date and don't go overdue. My last day of work is Friday December 17th 5 and a half more weeks... so crazy. At the same time it feels like this pregnancy has flown by and also that it is just putting along. Although, now that I'm approaching the end the weeks definitely seem to be going by more quickly. Tonight we have our final prenatal class. I think the classes were valuable, but I can't really pinpoint why. Well, one thing they have done for me is to make me feel more comfortable about the labour process. I was very worried, but now I'm just going to let things happen and have confidence in myself. If I end up with a c-section so be it, but there's a small part of me (that is growing) that would really like to see if I could do this thing naturally.

I think that Little G is doing well, she's moving quite a bit and I can feel that she's gotten a lot bigger in the last little while. Her kicks are getting stronger and while they don't hurt, they can be jolting at times. I do have one minor health issue right now - I have impaired glucose tolerance. I failed my 1hour test by .1 and had to do the 2 hour test. For the two hour test they test your blood 3 times - fasting, an hour after drinking the glucose drink and then 2 hours later. I failed the 2 hour test - the other two numbers were fine. So, that meant that I had to go to a gestational diabetes clinic on Tuesday to learn about nutrition etc. They treat GD and Impaired Glucose Tolerance the same. I have to eat a little better and have to test my blood 4 times a day. It's not as bad as I thought it was going to be, and so far my blood levels have all been right around where they are supposed to be.

Apparently, this will go away as soon as I give birth, so I can handle poking myself 4 times a day for 8 weeks. The weird thing is that all of my numbers are fine, so I'm not sure what exactly will go away.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Friday, November 05, 2010

Um... 9 weeks left

Holy crap! I'm 31 weeks pregnant which means my weeks left until my due date are now down to single digit. Not sure why, but I just got a little overwhelmed by how much we have left to get done. Crazy!

I don't have any blankets, baby sheets, receiving blankets, bath stuff etc yet. I have to get a move on buying that stuff.

I went to my cousin's baby shower last weekend. It was really nice. She had a baby girl and she's adorable! There was one very special gift that my Aunt gave to my cousin. It was one of my dresses from when I was a baby. I had worn it then my cousin wore it a few years after me. My aunt has held onto it all these years.

She kept saying how she's had the dress "almost 40 years" and that she was waiting and waiting for one of us to have a baby etc. I wanted to scream that I'd been trying. I know that she wasn't trying to be insensitive and perhaps I was being oversensitive, but I realized that even though we have been successful after so many years of failure, the wounded infertile is still lying there inside.

Monday, November 01, 2010