June 24, 2014

Counting Down the Days

{7} working days until the hubs & I have week of holidays. Our fingers are tightly crossed & we are praying for good weather. Regardless it will be nice to just have a week to ourselves

{17} days until we go for our 3D/4D Ultrasound. I am SO excited to see Poppyseeds face ! We are also going to a Roughriders game that Saturday with my family

{21} days until we go back for a regular ultrasound to get better images of the spine & kidneys

{52} days until I get another week off work. Unfortunately Neil won't be taking any holidays that week with me so he can be off when baby comes

{59} days until my 24th birthday

{107} days until my last day of work {which as of right now is October 10th, that could change closer to October}

{118} days until my due date !

and finally, just for fun... {181} days until Christmas !!

June 17, 2014

22 Weeks

How Far Along: 22w2d
Baby is the Size of a: Spaghetti Squash or Papaya
Gender: Unknown, and we won't be finding out
Weight Gain: 10lbs.
Maternity Clothes: Maternity t-shirts & tanks are a must. I'm pretty much wearing those everyday and Lululemon leggings every 2nd day for sure. I bought a maxi skirt, a BeBand to wear over my jeans and a black tank from Target recently. Anything lose and comfortable is key at this point.
Stretch Marks: I noticed a few on my legs under my bum...
Belly Button In or Out: In
Sleep: Sleeping okay, can be hit & miss but I get up during the night at least once to use the bathroom
Best Moment This Week: Seeing the sweet babe today ! He/she is measuring 1lbs & 5oz., in the 91st %, ALL legs. Everything went really well & we'll be going back in 2 weeks to get better images of their spine & kidneys. We got to spend over a half hour watching them {he/she = them}

 {already so in love}

Worst Moment This Week: Tailbone pain. Super uncomfortable and painful.. the Google medical term would be Coccyx Pain
Movement: Nothing yet. The ultrasound tech confirmed that I have an anterior placenta which means it may take longer to feel anything. They were moving around like crazy during the ultrasound ! Can't wait to feel them
Queasy or Sick: Nope !
Looking Forward To: Holidays !! Lake, 3D/4D Ultrasound, Rider game.. lots of good stuff happening in July
Nursery Progress: Finished an ombre mobile I made and organized everything we've been putting into the room. Still need to decorate but the crib is done, change station is done and the rocking chair needs to be re-finished and I need to find a new chair cushion for it
Cravings: Oatmeal Crisp Almond Cereal before bed and as of Saturday Fruit Loops, can't get enough
Recently Purchased: A playard ! I've been a little picky in regards to what playard I wanted. Baby will be sleeping in our room in the beginning and I wanted something that would have more use then what a bassinet offers, something long term purchase wise. I knew I wanted a playard with a bassinet/newborn sleep option, and a change station/ compartment for supplies was also a requirement. I finally found and decided to buy the Ingenuity Washable Playard w/ Dream Centre in Sahara Burst. I like all the features and usages it offers, the colour scheme & reading reviews the washable feature will be much appreciated in the future

And... we've caught both cats sleeping in the middle bassinet part. Bella last week jumped in and was peaking through the mesh sides. Izzie was in there Saturday morning taking a short cat nap... bad kitties but yet they're so cute.

We attended the Outgrow Outplay sale a few weeks ago and scored a bunch of deals for super cheap ! Aden & Anais burp cloths, books, toys, washable breast pads, baby hangers, an exersaucer and this booster seat...

It's regular $50.00 from Babies r Us and we got it for $22.00 ! It's in perfect, mint shape condition ! It's funny because I ordered the one off Babies r Us the week before & cancelled the order. I'm sure glad I did !

I ordered this maxi skirt from Pink Blush Maternity Monday morning,

I found the print on Pinterest a long time ago and have always liked it. I figure I can wear it before & after ! I have a new found love for comfy, maxi skirts.

We also purchased the car seat this Saturday ! We went with the Maxi Cosi Mico AP in Devoted Black. I'm really happy with it and can't wait to use it !

The JJ Cole Urban Bundle Me fits perfectly too.

June 13, 2014

Confessional Friday {Link Up}

{1} I confess that I'm a little disappointed we aren't going to the lake this weekend. Stupid rain forecast would make the weekend a little miserable out there. Instead we'll go for lunch tomorrow and watch the Riders pre-season game ! Plus sleeping in on the weekend in our bed vs. on an air mattress is the ultimate.

{2} I confess that this week has been the week where I just feel big. Clothes aren't fitting right and the boobs are out of control. I wore a maxi dress to work yesterday and I'm wearing a maxi skirt today to feel comfortable. Love the bump.. but I just really, realllly feel it this week.

 {new maxi skirt, bump & toes that match my scarf}

{3} I confess I'm excited for my online orders to show up {truthfully who doesn't get excited for online orders ?} Solly Wrap, 2 tanks from Pink Blush Maternity, free car seat canopy & nursing cover !

 {here's one}

{4} I confess that having the gestational diabetes glucose test done yesterday wasn't bad at all. I was expecting the drink to be awful & it really wasn't. Sitting waiting for an hour afterwards is what really sucked. Glad it's done with.

{5} And finally,  I confess that I am so excited for Tuesday !! We get to see poppyseed at our 22 week ultrasound !! We haven't see them {he/she} since 11 weeks. I can't wait to see how big they've gotten and find out how they're {only 1, no twins in there.. don't like saying "it"} doing!

Happy Friday !

{linked up with Leslie of A Blonde Ambition}

June 10, 2014

Pregnancy Thoughts

We decided after the wedding that when my prescription for birth control was done I wouldn't go back to get a refill, that's when we would start trying to have a family. I guess try would be the wrong word to use, our plan was to just see what happens.

I've always, always known that I wanted to be a mom. Everyone who knows me, knows that I love kids. And if you have a baby, I will steal it to hold on to it until they cry and I have to hand them over {not that I get uncomfortable as soon as they start to cry, I know it's best to give them back to mom & dad at that point}. I always knew that I wanted to have a baby sooner in life rather than later. I didn't have a bucket list of items that needed to be crossed off before having a baby. The plan for me in my life was to date a guy, get engaged, get married, own a house & then start a family.

I met THE GUY {love you babe} and we started dating in September 2007, we bought a house in February 2011, we got engaged in August 2011 and got married in May 2013. In August 2013, is when I would say we started to try for a family.

August, September, November, December and January came and went and we still weren't pregnant. I'm the type of person when I get something in my mind, I make it happen. I don't take my time, I don't think it through, I just get it done. Neil teases me all the time that this is a trait I take after my dad {and I totally agree} and it can be difficult to try to reason with me because if I'm not making it happen, I get frustrated, angry or sad.

My thoughts during those 5 months were "we're the ones with the plan, who can do it and it's not going to happen for us", "I'm meant to be a mom, I've always wanted to have kids and I'm not going to be able to do it naturally. We're going to need help, and we can't afford it", "Is something wrong with me that it's not happening ?", "Why is it taking SO long ?"

Totally surprisingly on Valentines Day, at night, at home, the whatever-th pregnancy test I had taken came out positive. I still remember the feeling in my chest of my heart wanting to explode and me trying to stay cool because I had a plan of how I was going to tell Neil. I remember giving him his gift, my eyes welling up with tears saying "I think I'm pregnant" and just crying and smiling. I can start crying right now just thinking about it. It was the moment I had been waiting for for the past 5 months, and honestly my entire life.

I have been reading blogs for quite a few years now and for some reason a majority of them in the beginning were pregnancy loss blogs. I don't know how I found them or why I kept reading them, but I feel like those blogs of loss and heartache gave me so much more appreciation of the fact that we were pregnant.

I was very cautious in the beginning. I didn't want to get too excited yet I was so excited. This is what we wanted so badly and it finally was here for us ! I wanted to be positive & optimistic but also real. Real in the sense that things happen. They happening in beginning, the middle and even at the end. People told me you can't focus on that, you can't think that way.. but I was. That's just how I felt in the beginning.

I'm 21 weeks and and 2 days right now. I'm feeling a little big these past couple of days. My clothes aren't fitting great, my boobs are so big that I just want to have a reduction tomorrow to feel somewhat better, my body aches quite a bit most days and I feel hungry a lot. I haven't felt any movement yet, but there's definitely something in there because my belly is big and I have to get up to pee during the night every night now.

There's a life growing inside of me that my husband and I created. I am growing a human being who will be making an appearance in 18 weeks. How can I complain about anything when there are people I know who have lost their babies early, in the middle and at the end ? I feel so grateful that I got a positive pregnancy test, that I got to see our poppy-seed dancing on the screen at 11 weeks, that I've had a really easy & good pregnancy so far. I feel so lucky that we get to have a baby.

Anyone who is going through the rough patch of trying to get pregnant, having a miscarriage, having complications with their pregnancy, and experiencing the grief of loss.. I'm thinking about you. My story of getting to this point isn't rough or sad and again I really have no complaints, but I still think about the ones who haven't had it as easy as they should have.

I may feel big, kind of fat, hungry and sore.. But overall I feel very, very lucky & thankful if those things mean poppy-seed is growing inside of me.

June 6, 2014

Smile, It's Friday

I can't believe it's June already ?? I'm also already 5 months...only 20 more weeks to go, that's just crazy. Things have seemed pretty busy for us lately. Not overwhelming but busy.

We've been home for 2 weekends in a row and we're finally heading to the lake tonight ! I think we're going to be out there every weekend this month with maybe one weekend at home. While the weather doesn't look that promising, that doesn't bother us. As soon as we pull up to the lake, all the stress leaves our bodies, our phones and the radio get shut off and we just breathe a sigh of relief. The lake is it's own little world away from our everyday big world. We love it.

This week kind of flew by. Monday night I surprised Neil and told him he had the day off for his birthday. He never, EVER just gets one day off just because. So I emailed his supervisors asking if they would approve it and they did. I wanted to make this birthday special because he really didn't seem into it this year & this would be his last one before baby comes. I gave him his birthday gift {new golf shoes} and off to the lake we went. We got 1 round of golf in, had a fire and watched Frozen before bed.

Tuesday morning was his actual birthday and we woke up to a gorgeous morning at the lake. No clouds in the sky, sun was shining and no wind. We went for 2 rounds of golf, went for a walk around the empty park, made lunch & headed home. Neil wanted to buy some video games with his birthday money from Baba & Papa and then we headed to the outdoor pool. They just installed a new boiler this past weekend, the water temp was 30 degrees ! It felt so nice {especially when the sun came from behind the clouds} to just relax and be warm in water. I don't feel too heavy right now from my bump {and boobs} but it felt pretty good to float on a noodle and be weightless. We made wings at home for supper and finished off his birthday with Dairy Queen treats.

Wednesday we celebrated my brothers 19th birthday by going to O'sheas, having drinks & food on the rooftop. I still can't believe my little brother is 19... I guess little is the wrong term to use now. It was nice to be downtown, enjoying Shirley Temples with everyone. Of course we're old and had to work the next day so we didn't stay long but it was still a fun evening !

I worked my butt off this week by printing 26,588 pages of documents & organizing them into binders. My body is so sore from being hunched over hold punching everything. It sounds so silly but it's an awkward, repetitive position to be in ! I'm proud of myself for getting it done as fast as I did, I didn't think it was possible to finish a project of that magnitude in 2 1/2 days. Which makes me even more excited to get to the lake tonight and R-E-L-A-X.

Happy Friday !

June 2, 2014

Happy 26th Birthday Hubs !

Happy 26th birthday to my handsome man !! I gave him his birthday present last night {a new pair of golf shoes} and told him he could use them today at the lake, golfing his heart out. I surprised him by contacting his supervisors last week & getting him the day off ! We are off today to enjoy his birthday.

Love you babe, hope you have a great birthday !