Tuesday, June 26, 2012

*Navalgazing* Fifteen (+3) Weeks Pregnant

Another late update, but I don't feel there's much to update on.

Last week was a very rough week emotionally as I finished up the school year.  The kids finished the week prior, which I thought would make things a lot easier, but I was still feeling pretty down most days. (It certainly didn't help that the woman taking over my position balked on a major end-of-year task that she was supposed to share responsibility on.) 

I also finished the online course I've been taking.  Thank goodness.  The quality of my work was WAY below what I would have liked it to be, but I passed and I think even got a Level 4 (the highest grade) on my research paper, which frankly I didn't deserve, but I'll take it just the same. 

My nausea continued to go up and down, so I continued taking my medication on an as-needed basis.  I did get to wear comfier clothes though.  That was a huge plus.

We missed our photo again.  It really bothers me that we've been so bad about taking weekly photos when we were SO good about it when Jen was pregnant with The Bean.  Hopefully we can get on track with it so I don't feel like we're already not being as conscientious parents as we were the first time around.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Changing Rooms

So, I can't recall how much of this I shared previously, but Jen and I have been thinking about moving.

Originally the plan was to make an appointment with the bank early in the new year and see what kind of a mortgage we could get approved for.  Then I got let go and that plan went out the window.  So we talked to our landlord about letting us know if one of the three bedroom units (there are two in our six unit apartment building) became available.  He told us that our neighbours across the hall were planning on moving and that he'd keep us updated.  Well, about a month ago he came back to us with details.  We were hoping that he'd be asking about $200-$250 more a month, but what he came back with was $425 more.  $250 probably would have been a bit of a stretch.  Needless to say, $425  was impossible.  If I'm making NO money we'll have to draw on our savings to cover our expenses.  The less we can do that the better.  Especially if we ever want to buy a house. 

So, we've decided to make some changes around here.  Currently Jen and I sleep in the big bedroom and The Bean has the smaller room.  Next week, when I finish work, we're going to change that around.  We'll move The Bean's furnitre into the big room.  There should also be enough room for a good number of his toys in there, as currently we have one small bookshelf, a play kitchen and a Little Tyke's Cozy Coupe in our living room.  Though we love the spaciousness of our bedroom, it really is wasted space and we should be able to fit pretty much everything into the smaller bedroom. 

We plan to have Sprout co-sleep with us for at least the first few months (just as we did with The Bean), but by having the kids set up in the bigger bedroom there should be enough space for two cribs/beds when that time comes.

We also have major reorganization plans for the closets.  They've become disaster zones.  I'd love to post "before" and "after" shots, but I think I might die of embarrassment if I do.  We're currently looking at different closet systems, but may just go with some of our bookcases with tension rods between the for the kids' room and then a system for our room.  We haven't really discussed the front hall closet yet, but I'm sure we'll get there. 

Anyway, just a bit of an update.  More to come, I'm sure...

Monday, June 18, 2012

*Navalgazing* Reflections at Fourteen (+2) Weeks Pregnant

I think it's gradually been sneaking up on me, but I'm starting to (physically) feel pregnant.  Jen says I'm obsessed with my lower stomach, but it's just so STRANGE to me that it's sticking out now.  I can't suck it in.  It makes my pants increasingly uncomfortable.  It feels like I'm laying on a ball when I'm in bed (breaking the lying on my stomach habit is a work in progress).  It's just so STRANGE.

The reality that there is a tiny little person growing inside of my still hasn't completely sunk in.  I notice myself touching my stomach more and talking/thinking to the baby from time to time.  I think the fact that there is a being inside will settle in when I start to feel movement.  Aside from a few early flutters I haven't felt anything yet.  Not that I'm concerned.  It's still very early for that.

The Bean (briefly) wore his "best big bro" t-shirt at our party on the weekend.  It took people a while to notice, and even then quite a few people didn't pick up on it.  I think we managed to fill everyone in by the time things were wrapping up.  Of course, paranoid me, then updated the event page on FaceBook to thank people for coming and ask them to please keep the "big news" off our walls as it still isn't news we want shared publicly.  Only the settings on the event page were wonky and it ended up posting to everyone on my friends list.  I took it down as soon as I realized my mistake --about 12 hours later.  I know for sure one woman from work saw it, but I asked her to please not inquire as I can't say anything.  I'm sure she's put it together, but she was understanding.  I really hope my three other co-workers didn't see it.  No inquisitive messages from them, so I'm hoping for the best.  I really could kick myself over that one. 

My appetite seems to be kicked up a notch.  My nails are growing at a super-human rate.  And, though my eczema has really cleared up since I became pregnant, just in this past week my blepharitis (dry skin around my eyes) seems to be much worse. 

I think that's about all the updates for now.  A back posted seventeen month update should be coming later this week.  The Bean has been so fun and adorable but increasingly challenging these past few months.  We've broken out some toddler parenting books.  But more on that in his update.

Friday, June 15, 2012

{this moment} First/Last Field Trip

A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.


Inspired by SouleMama.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Seventeen Months Old!

Today The Bean is seventeen months old!

-The Bean continues to keep us busy.  He is a super-active little guy who loves walking, running, dancing, riding his tricycle, swinging, climbing, swimming, etc.  Sometimes it's hard for his moms to keep up!  (It's hard to believe he only started walking about six months ago!)

-I may have mentioned it last month, but we're starting to see "toddler moments" with our little guy.  I feel for him because a lot of times I think it's that he wants something but isn't able to communicate it.  Other times it's totally just that he can't get what he want though. He'll throw himself down on the floor and whine, we usually try to lay him down gently and in the first case try to figure out what it is that he's trying to tell us, or in the second case explain why he can't have what he wants and walk away. 

-A friend wrote something about language development and that by 18 months toddlers should have about 20 words.  We made up a list and The Bean seems to have just over 20, though he doesn't say them all consistently.  Mama, Grandpa and cheese are probably the three words he uses most. 

-He is now it 12+ month tops, but still wears 6-12 month shorts.  I swear the sizing is messed up.  I don't understand how even with his big cloth diapered bum, he fits into pants labeled for a 6 month old.

-He's really into toys that play music and loves to dance (read: spin) to them.  He also has started to be really into trains.  We're trying not to mention the "T"(homas) word. 

-He continues to love daycare.  He sometimes even claps his hands when we pull into the driveway.  We're so happy he's there.  (Even if I do complain about her not changing his diaper enough.) 

-He seems to know our routines.  In the morning after we get up and change his diaper, he knows it's time to brush his teeth and will go into the bathroom to get his toothbrush. After that he goes to the kitchen for his milk, applesauce and toast.  Then it's play time and daycare.  He also seems to know after dinner he gets a bath and then has playtime and books in his bedroom before going to sleep.

-Also, so cute, when at bedtime we say lie down and go to sleep, he'll lie down and smile up at us.  He usually pops back up for a kiss and for us to tell him what a good boy he is.

-We've started going to the Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings, which isn't really a Bean update, but it's been an enjoyable way to start the weekends as a family.   Swimming on Sunday afternoons wraps up this month (he loves the water and has been doing very well in swim class) and we're taking the summer off because of travel.  Those are really our only major family routines, other than the day-to-day stuff.  

I know it's a short update this month, but we're overdue and I want to get something up before this month starts to bleed into the next.  It's amazing how quickly the time passes these days.  The Bean certainly keeps us busy, but we love it! 

Sunday, June 10, 2012

*Navalgazing* Reflections at Thirteen Weeks (+1) Pregnant

The big excitement this week was the ultrasound on Monday, which I've already written about.  Other than that, not too much is new.  I continue to go up and down with my energy levels and nausea but feel like things are improving.  As I  mentioned last week I'm very much looking forward to not having to dress for work for much longer.  One of my co-workers who knows assures me that I'm not showing at all yet, but I can tell that my shape is changing (so can Jen).  I can actually feel my uterus now when I push on my stomach, which is kind of weird, so I don't do it much.  I also feel like I have to pee all.the.time which drives me a bit crazy, especially as I know it'll only get worse.  I'd say I'm up an average of two to three times a night to use the washroom.  Of course, I've also been making an effort to drink more water, so I'm sure that's a contributing factor.  I often fall asleep on my stomach and am dreading when that becomes impossible.  I don't think I'll adjust to side-sleeping easily.

We got The Bean a "Best Big Bro" t-shirt earlier this week and may have him wear it at my birthday party next weekend.  Many of the guests already know, but there are still a good number who we haven't shared the news with yet.  My only concern is that a photo would make it onto Facebook, which I really don't want to happen as I don't want anyone else at work to find out (for fear of being excluded from potential job prospects for the fall).  So, we'll see what we end up doing with that... 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Sprout's First Baby Picture

Yesterday we had our second ultrasound for Sprout --this was the 12 week genetic screening ultrasound (there will be a follow-up around 18 weeks).  

Unlike The Bean who was very active (even then!) and made it hard to get good images, Sprout seemed rather cooperative.  I only got to see him/her for a few minutes, but it was awesome.  Seeing his/her image up on the screen helped make the fact that there is an actual person growing inside of me that much more real. 

I wasn't thrilled that this was the image they sent us home with since Sprout is covering his/her face with her hand and you can't see the adorable profile that was visible in other images they took, but I'm happy to have an image nonetheless.  Maybe he/she's just shy?

Introducing Sprout:

Saturday, June 2, 2012

*Navalgazing* Reflections at Twelve Weeks Pregnant

First of all, HURRAY!  Twelve weeks!  I am officially done with my first trimester!  I am so, so glad that everything seems to be going along as it should be and that I am still pregnant.

This week I had some ups and downs in terms of how I was feeling nausea-wise.  Overall I'd still say I'm starting to have more good days, so hopefully that trend continues.

I may not be up much from my pre-pregnancy weight, but I am definitely noticing a change in my shape.  My lower stomach is starting to stick out a bit, to the point that some of the dress pants that I have to wear for work are getting to be uncomfortable now.  I'm very glad that this is my last regular week of work and that I'll be able to wear some comfier pants after Friday.  (We have a week of special events and then a week and a half of meetings, etc. where I can mostly get away with wearing jeans and shorts.)

Monday afternoon we have our genetic screening ultrasound.  I'm excited to see Sprout and hope that s/he growing as s/he should be.

We made our first Sprout purchase this week.  We found an awesome deal on Bumgenius diapers and we bought a dozen.  The Bean will use them quite a bit before Sprout comes along, and they'll share afterwards, but we probably wouldn't have bought them if we weren't expecting... that and we also returned a bunch of cloth diapers to my sister since her little guy is growing like crazy and can now fit into some of the larger diapers she had loaned us.  (We saw the baby today --he is ADORABLE.  A little chunker and he looks so much like his papa.  I can't believe how big he's getting.  The Bean was such a pipsqueak.  I wonder how Sprout will compare.)

That's most of the pregnancy-related news here.  Last week's belly photo is still on my camera and I'll get Jen to take another one today and try to get them uploaded soon.  I've been pretty bad with taking/uploading photos lately.

P.S. I forgot to include the most exciting news of the week: I felt a flutter!  Earlier in the week when I was lying in bed I felt a very distinct flutter in my lower belly.  I have no doubt that it was Sprout.  Nothing since then, and I really don't expect to feel anything again for a while yet, but still, it was very exciting!