Thursday, April 24, 2008

What a difference a week makes...

No, the new baby isn't here yet. And despite the ticker, I don't think he is ready to make his grand debut any time soon. Remember, while the ticker says baby is to arrive tomorrow around noon MST, that was based on what was to be a scheduled c-section that we are no longer taking. My due date isn't actually until May 4th and they will let me go one week past that before they make me have a repeat c-section.

Last week was my last week babysitting. Usually the little boy would arrive between 7:30-8:00 am and Ryan would be awake by 8:00-8:30. I was so looking forward to sleeping in and not getting up at 7:00 or earlier (if I wanted to shower before Mason arrived). This week, Ryan has been getting up between 7:00 and 7:30. (Except this morning, although he has been in our bed since 4:45 when he woke up soaked right through his pyjamas from his diaper. And I just couldn't fall asleep at all last night so I finally got up at 5:30 and had a nice long warm soak in the tub.)

Recently, Mason would not nap for his parents. I was fortunate that I was able to get him to nap. I didn't push him to nap but I did need him to play quietly while Ryan napped. He would often fall asleep at that time though and nap 1-2 hours while Ryan would nap 2-3. Towards the end this was great for me as it was a good time for me to catch a cat nap of my own or at least rest a little. This week, Ryan has been fighting naps and has not had a nap of longer than an hour. (Making it difficult for me to nap/rest and/or get things done.)

Also, early last week and we were in the middle of spring. All of that snow from what seemed like a record winter had finally melted. The roads were even mostly dry. The temps were warming and I didn't have to worry so much about not having jackets that can't do up around my expanded belly. Friday the wind started to pick up, Saturday was very cool and blustery and then Saturday night it started to snow and it didn't stop until Monday night. To look at our deck, it looked like we had gotten as much snow in 2 days as we had all winter (although it lookecd that way thanks to drifting). Thankfully the snow has stopped. The temperature is trying to climb it's way above 0 again. The sun is trying to shine and melt the leftovers of this last minute wintery blast. I don't know why it surprised me to get snow like this, but it did. I guess in my mind I was convinced I was having a spring baby and mother nature pulled a cruel trick on me and made it look like I was about to give birth to a winter baby. Perhaps that is why he is so hesitant to make his grand debut.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Adventures in Pregnancy

About 3 weeks ago Brad and I were all ready to go and sign the consent forms for the planned c-section for this baby. Even though it wasn't necessarily the choice I wanted to make, we felt it would be beneficial since we would be able to plan for the help I would need following a c-section not to mention with anew baby and toddler. At my next appointment however (about 2 weeks ago), my doctor seemed to have decided not to push the c-section, even though he had said that we needed to decide and get things squared away by that appointment. I was alone at that appointment and took it as a sign that I shouldn't sign. When I told Brad, he even agreed that if the doctor wasn't going to continue to push it anymore, we were not going to suggest it.

Last week Brad made it to the appointment with me and even he was shocked at the apparent change in attitude towards a vbac for me that our doctor seemed to have. He didn't push for the c-section, he didn't mention signing the papers, and he mostly talked about my labour in terms that suggested he is willing to allow me a trial of labour for a vbac now. He did make me promise however, that I will come in at the earlierst signs of labour rather than trying to tough it out at home for as long as possible. I did promise I would. But since my water broke in his office with Ryan and I don't remember any contractions just constant backache with Ryan, I am a little worried about being in early labour and not knowing it. When I mentioned this he told me to come in if anything felt different and they would hook me up and monitor me. The worst that would happen he said, is that I would not in fact be in labour and I would be sent home. This comforted me a little.

Not that I feel like the baby is going to come anytime soon, but Brad finally convinced me to at least put my bag together and I've started it. I need to load some new music onto my mp3 player and find some batteries for it. I also want to get a book or two. And I need a couple of toiletries and then I should be done. I am hoping this baby will hang on at least until after the 26th. I just have so much to do and get done. And I know in terms of Brad's work schedule, this would work much better. I do worry a little about going late again and ending up having the c-section with no choice. But I try not to think about it. Once the 26th is over I am going to start trying all those old wives tales you hear about getting labour started.

I guess we will see what happens next. My next apointment is tomorrow morning. I see him each Thursday for the next 3 weeks.

Cute Ryan

Ryan loves his cartoons. At first he called them "Ba-boo" which we have no idea where that came from. In the last month he has picked up the word cartoon although it sounds like "Tartoon" even though he can say "car". His favorite cartoons are Bugs Bunny (Merrie Melodies, Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show, Road Runner Show, ect), Winnie the Pooh (My friends Tigger and Pooh)and Mickey Mouse (Mickey Mouse Clubhouse). Sometimes he will sit and watch another kind like Bob the Builder or Franklin but they don't hold his attention the same way. He has a realy cute litte dance he does when the Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show theme comes on. I tried to grab a video of it one day and he was a little shy. I will have to keep trying because it is really cute!

On Tuesday Brad went for a haircut. I wanted him to take Ryan with him because while the curls are cute, they are getting a little longer in the back. But since Brad had to stop in at work after his haircut, Ryan didn't go with him. I guess it will have to wait until the weekend. I don't want his hair cut too short, I want his curls to still be around, especially for all those important first pictures with his little brother.

Speaking of pictures, I really wanted to get some pregnancy shots done this time. I think it would be really cute, especially ones taken with Ryan. I wish I knew someone here who takes good photos and doesn't charge an arm and a leg. I decided to just bite the bullet and go in and see what the local studiowill charge since this is the last time I plan on being pregnant and am running out of time to get these done. Unfortunately it isn't cheap and there is not only a session fee but then you also pay based on how many and what size pictures you want. But they would make a great early mother's day present for me (wishful thinking!).

When Ryan first wakes up from his nap and he first sees you (as long as he doesn't wake up crying- rare but does happen from time to time) he says "hi" really cute. It makes me smile. Even now that he gets out of bed on his own and comes across the hall into our room, sometimes as early as 6:30. I tried to get it on video as well but the video is really dark but you can hear it!

Ryan likes to have cereal in the morning. Back when he first started on solids and into this past fall even, he would have oatmeal with fruit puree. As he got more teeth (especially those molars) and started taking to cows milk more, he graduated to normal cereal. Usually he has cheerios but he has also had shreddies, corn flakes, raisin bran, frosted flakes, corn pops and fruit loops. It doesn't matter what cereal he has for breakfast, how much or how little, once he sees Brad eating cereal, he has to share what Daddy is eating.

Ryan was sick over Easter so we didn't get any real Easter pics. But on the Thursday before, I had a little easter egg hunt for Ryan and Mason after they woke up from their naps and had lunch. It was fun and very cute.

Ryan climbing into and out of my bottom pot drawer. He knows he isn't supposed to be in there.

Ryan with my old sunglasses clip. He knows what they are for and holds them up to his eyes although usually upside down.

Ryan likes to climb up onto the table now, especially if I put something up there to keep it away from him. It's no longer a safe place.

Ryan at playgroup (again on a table) dancing to the music with not one but two hammers! We were the first to arrive on this Friday and Ryan likes having first dibs on all the toys. Mason and Ryan playing together at playgroup before everyone else arrived.

Tag- Get to know me

My sister in law, Amanda, currently in the Ukraine, tagged me again. (And I don't mind, these are fun and I somehow feel more compelled to blog about these than to actually update my blog- heh!)

What I was doing 10 years ago: Wow, I really had to think about this one. Surprisingly I was still in University although that seems like a lifetime ago. It was my third and final year living in Mac Hall residence. I lived on 4th that year. I would have been studying for finals. I can't remember the classes I had except for my Ed. Phsych class -Leadership in Residence. The professor would later become my next door neighbor and one of my advisors. I think Brad and I had just gotten engaged about a month ago.

5 Things on my to do list: clean out office, tidy bedrooms, finish cleaning the bathrooms, laundry, pack away seasonal clothes and too big/small clothes for boys.

3 Bad Habits: overreacting, overreacting and being overly emotional

Places I’ve lived: Happy Valley, NFLD, Cold Lake (both North and South), AB, Laval, PQ, Edmonton, AB.

What would I do if I became a millionaire: If it was just one million- pay off the house and any debits including my student loan. Put away money for boys education. Hopefully there would be enough left over for a little frivoulous spending of new cars for Brad and I (although I would probably get the same car Brad drives now just with a couple of extra bells and whistles) and some new clothes for both of us. If it was multimillions I would help different family members in different ways and perhaps we would buy Brad his own business.

Jobs I’ve had: cashier at a convenience store, cleaner, summer fun senior monitor, before and after school care, skating instructor, babysitter, teacher, language instructor

Things you may not know about me:

I took 10 years of figure skating lessons.

My wedding dress was actually a graduation dress from one of those teen boutique type stores named Maripossa.

If I had been born 10 minutes later I would have been born an hour earlier. I was born on the night that the time goes back in the fall.

I failed a couple of classes in University which made me need to take an extra semester.

I am a huge Clay Aiken fan although I don't have the time or money to keep up with things quite as much as I did in the past. But it is still a somewhat guilty pleasure.

I love to sit down with a fictional book (a Danielle Steel or James Patterson novel) and read until the book is finished.

I am terrified of fire. I like candles and campfires but they do scare me.
I tag anyone reading who wishes to participate.

Friday, April 11, 2008


Ok, so I disappeared again.

I've been here but I've been an interesting mix of busy and lazy. I changed my blog layout from a St Patrick's Day motif to an Easter motif to the blue watery motif that it is currently. It was the closest I could get to April showers, not that it is raining here much yet this April. But the weather is warming, the snow is melting and the snow mold, muck and dead grass are more and more visable everyday.
I added a couple of coutdowns, a baby countdown and a countdown to the new Clay Aiken cd, both of which I can't wait to have! A word of warning, the baby countdown is set to noon on the day of what was to be my scheduled repeat c-section. It is no longer scheduled. My due date is May 3rd or 4th. My doctor will do an automatic c-section at 41 weeks (or as close as possible) if the baby has not arrived on his own- but that is another post on it's own. I am also past the critical 36 weeeks so at this point, if baby starts to come, they won't try to stop him. So right now I would say baby boy #2 is arriving anytime between now and May 12th.

I would like to say that I plan on updating my blog with some of the goings on from the past few weeks over this weekend. But I do have a list of chores that I should complete as well and of course, being 37 weeks pregnant, I am a little lazy these days. :)

Book Tag

My lovely sister-in-law Amanda, tagged me for a book tag.

1. Pick up the nearest book (at least 123 pages).
2. Turn to page 123.
3. Find the 5th sentence
4. Post the 5th sentence on your blog
5. Tag 5 people

So the nearest book at the moment (I am sitting on the couch in the living room with my laptop) is the telus phonebook, albeit the 2005/2006 edition. But they don't have sentences so I had to pick something else. The next nearest book (at least 123 pages) would be one on my dresser in my bedroom. (Not long enough but closer books include, the book to the pink kit and a half a dozen children's books)

The book is HRH by Danielle Steel (a Chirstmas gift from my mother this past Christmas and a fabulous fictional read).

"Their goal was to prevent the spread of the disease, as much as to treat those who already had it now."

I tag anyone reading, because I don't know that I have that many readers who have their own blogs. Please leave me a comment on this post if you participated!