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Still A Kid At Heart

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Today I'm 33 weeks pregnant! This is a huge milestone in light of all that has happened in the last few days and while I'm celebrating week 33 in the hospital and not at home...I am so very very grateful to have reached this milestone. 
An update ~ We had an ultrasound yesterday. Biophysical profile and cervix check. The good news...baby looks great. The tech switched over to 3D to give us a view of his sweet little face. The bad news...my cervix in now under 1.5. This was not the news I was hoping to hear but the encouraging part is that I haven't dilated anymore. Yeah for small victories. I'll gladly take what I can get. 
The plan today is to monitor the contractions, which I'm happy to report have spaced out. The OB team will come in later today and see how the day has gone. Depending on that we'll make a decision on going home or not. My OB doesn't think that will happen but I guess we will just have to wait and see. 
As you can imagine...I have a great de…

It's Too Soon

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I'm typing this from my iPhone so please excuse my typos and punctuation...I have a hard time with both on a good day :)
Today is 32 weeks 3 days and I've been admitted with pre term labor. We came in last night and sure enough, the cramping I thought was no big deal actually is a big deal! We are doing everything we can to to try and stop things and have been given the first steroid shot to help mature baby's lungs. Second dose is 9 pm tonight. Ultrasound this morning or afternoon to check things out. 
Please send all the "stop contractions" vibes you can muster my way...this baby boy needs to stay put for a few more weeks. 
I will update when I can. 

Dear WD

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Dear WD-40,

Wow. Oh man. I mean, this? This is huge. If my dad knew I was writing you a letter he would FREAK OUT. See, I grew up in a household that ran on WD-40 thanks to my dear old Dad. We practically ate that stuff for breakfast (It keeps you regular) (That’s a lie, it doesn’t) (It might, what do I know). I would be all “Hey Mom I can’t get this desk drawer to open” and she’d be all “Ask your Father” and he’d be all “Put some WD-40 on it” and then I’d be all “Hey Mom I’m hungry, what’s for dinner?” and she’d be all “Ask your Father” and he’d be all “WD-40.”

WD-40 is this strange magical elixir that seems to make everything better but in an even less comprehensible way than Windex. WD-40 is a Modern Marvel! WD-40 is BANANAS! Not literally a banana, but BANANAS, as in the plural and caps lock, as in the way I heard Gwen Stefani use it in that annoying song that one time.

You know what I like about you, WD-40? You’re kind of greasy and have this chemical smell that the kids really dig.…

Thirty Two Weeks & Bed Rest Continues

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Yesterday marked week thirty two...eight months pregnant!

I've had this page open for most of the afternoon...a blank white page staring back at me. I just can't seem to articulate how I'm feeling. I wish I could tell you that life is full of sunshine and lollipops but truth be told...I'm struggling both physically and emotionally. 

I had my growth ultrasound and OB appointment on Wednesday and all did not go the way I was hoping that it would. First up...ultrasound. Baby boy looked great and was doing his usual dance routine but his growth has dropped from the 50th percentile down to the 35th percentile. Two weeks ago, he was 3lbs 3 oz...this time he was 3lbs 10oz (we were hoping to see him at or around 4lbs). This could be a result of my marginal cord insertion and the start of the placenta not doing it's job as well as it should be. My OB assured me that although his growth has slowed...he's still doing very well.

The other piece of not too good news is that I …

Thirty One Weeks

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This week marks a momentous occasion in my pregnancy journey...

I am now in week 31 of being pregnant. Next week I will enter the eighth month of pregnancy. We are down to single figures! In only 9 weeks, *fingers crossed* we should be graced with the arrival of our beautiful blue bundle of joy. The anticipation and excitement is unbearable...I can't want to meet him! When I look at the numbers, I think I should be more anxious and freaked out. I am very surprised that I feel really calm about it all. Even more so now that I am on bed rest and have plenty of time to think...and think...and think...about things.

Why am I so calm? Why do I not feel anxious? I'm not too sure but I do know this...I am actually rather enjoying this moment in my life. 
I think I'm not anxious because I physically feel quite well. 
The reasons that I don’t feel uncomfortable all of the time; I have a very supportive and knowledgeable partner, I am not working full time, and I have not gained a l…

Declaring My Love

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Dear Snacks,

I would like to formally declare my love for thee! See, I’m on the snacks diet. It’s a pretty good diet.

Wait, who am I kidding? It’s a great diet! There’s a chance it’s even the healthiest of diets because like doctors and scientists and Us Weekly features tell us, people are supposed to eat something along the lines of five small meals a day, and what’s a small meal if not another expression for a snack?

The best part about a snack is that it’s usually portable. This is good if you are one of those people who turns into a scary hangry monster (hungry + angry = hangry) when you haven’t eaten in two or three hours or five minutes or six hours and then you can just keep snacks on you everywhere you go and whenever you go so then you will never be without snacks. One of my greatest fears is being somewhere without snacks. Horrifying! Now, there are two major subgroups within the snack group – savory and sweet, and I think it’s safe to say that savory people will never understa…

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

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I think it's time I remind you all that spoons are just tiny bowls with very long handles.


It's What I do

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I ask a lot of questions.

I am curious about everything and everyone. There is no subject about which I don’t want to know more. If someone tells me someone he knows had a baby, I am not satisfied with mere weight and sex information. I need to know when labor started, how long it lasted, if the mother plans on breastfeeding, where I can send cloth diaper info, what names she called her partner during delivery and which famous person the placenta most closely resembled.

I would make an excellent lawyer except that...

a) I can’t afford law school  b) I think everyone is guilty; and  c) I would spend more time in prison for contempt than someone serving a sentence for keeping body parts in his fridge.*

This isn't a new phenomenon. I've always been this way. When I was in grade three or four, our class studied hermit crabs as part of a science unit. I could not know enough about these creatures. Where did they sleep? How long did they live? What do they eat? Why were they called “hermi…

Thirty Week Update

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Big milestone...today I am 30 weeks and 1 day pregnant!
It's been a big week...
Monday night we spent a few hours at Labor & Delivery due to some cramping. I spent a few hours hooked up to the monitors...baby looked great and uterus didn't seem too unhappy. They did a fetal fibronectin test that thankfully came back negative so I was allowed to head home. 



Wednesday I had a growth ultrasound and OB appointment and while the news with baby was fantastic...


He's measuring in at 3lbs 3oz which is right on target and was moving and shaking the whole time. I swear...I could sit and stare at him all day!
The news regarding my cervix however, wasn't as positive.
It's shortened from my last scan three weeks ago and is about 25% effaced. It's also quite a bit shorter then the scan before that. What does this mean? It means I've earned me some modified bed rest. I am allowed up for short periods of time but have to limit my use of the stairs, I'm not allowed to car…

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

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I wish I could grow a burrito in my backyard. What if blades of grass were mini burritos. I could make a bed out of mini burritos. Also...I'm really craving a burrito!



On Demand

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I find my life is not as easy as it could be. This is a problem because lately I'm lazy.
Here are my demands...
My TV remote should sound an alarm when it's missing. Like, I should push a button on my fridge and then the remote will start beeping and then I just follow the beep and then I change channels at will. My front door should be able to lock and unlock with my car lock clicker. This is especially important now that every trip out seems to involve some kind of buying of baby items and snacks and therefore...my hands are always full.My car should have an auto starter that will ensure the car is cool as a cucumber when I enter it. What century is this?My cats should feed themselves. My PVR should have Siri. "Siri, record every episode of Big Brother UK no matter what channel it's on, no matter what time, no matter what. And then play it on my bathroom mirror while I'm in the shower."My bathtub drain should have an automatic "garborate the hair"…

It's A Zoo Up In Here

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I thought sea monkeys were just about the only animal I could grow on my own, but I learned something new today and as a result... I'm planning to grow my own zoo! 

And I like to start big, so I got some giraffe seeds. Actually, what I purchased claims to be a herd starter kit, but I don’t know how they can guarantee that I’ll get both a girl and a boy. Still! Think of having two or three giraffes! I hope I don’t over water, which is usually how I roll.

And because giraffes are rather placid, I also picked up some rattlesnake eggs to keep things balanced. For now I'm following the instructions and keeping them in a cool place to avoid hatching (easy to do—it feels like the world is nothing but cool places), but as soon as it gets a little warmer I've got big plans for these guys, and for my entire back yard!



Embrace & Celebrate

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I’m 29 weeks 3 days pregnant and I find that on some days body issues still pop up...especially when I see pictures of myself and see how “full” I look. But if I only concentrate on how I look, I miss all the incredible, wondrous things that are happening at this rare and sacred time. I definitely don’t want to miss one beautiful moment. So, as I continue to embrace my changing body, I  celebrate a few of the things I love about my pregnant body...I love, Love, LOVE all the baby kicks I feel. To me, this is really one of the most magical things about being pregnant. Feeling my little baby boy moving around inside me. It’s so wonderful and incredible and I can’t get enough of it!I love that being pregnant makes me take extra special care of myself with foods and movements that make me feel strong and nourished.I love that being pregnant sometimes means slowing down and choosing to do only the things that really matter.I love how smooth and radiant my complexion is right now.I love how …

Happy Canada Day

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I'm currently at Bon Echo floating my pregnant self on a tube in the lake!