Archive | January, 2010

The Belly Pic

28 Jan

So I am going to post a belly pic. Yes, I was overweight before I got pregnant. No, there isn’t more than one unless you know something we don’t. No, I don’t care how big you were at this stage in your pregnancy unless you were EXACTLY THE SAME SIZE.

Also, before I post the picture, I want you to read this “Letter to all the non pregnant people out there…” that I originally found here. Keep these things in mind when commenting.

Dear Non-Pregnant Person,

I hope you find these guidelines helpful in your interactions with pregnant women as failing to follow them may result in serious physical harm. If you are thinking, surely she doesn’t mean me – then you should probably read this twice.

1. The appropriate response to a couple telling you they are having a baby is “Congratulations!” with enthusiasm. Any other response makes you an ass!!!

2. Through the wonders of science, we now know that babies are made ONLY by the mother and father – not grandparents. Unless the baby is in your uterus or you are the man that helped put it there, you may not ever use the phrase “my baby”.

3. On the same note, unless you made the baby as defined in 2, the pregnancy, birth and raising of the child are not about you. You do not have input. No one wants to hear your opinion unless they ask for it.

4. The body of a pregnant women should be treated the same as any other body. You would not randomly touch someone’s stomach if they were not pregnant, nor would you inquire into the condition of their uterus, cervix or how they plan to use their breasts. Pregnancy does not remove all traces of privacy from a woman.

5. Likewise, no women wants to hear comments on her weight – ever. A pregnant woman does not find it flattering that you think she is about is pop, must be having twins, looks swollen or has gained weight in her face. Telling her she looks too small only makes her worry that she is somehow starving her baby. Making such comments invite her to critique your physical appearance and you may not act offended. The only acceptable comment on appearance is “You look fabulous!”.

6. By the time we are 20-30 years old, most of us have picked up on the fact that the summer is hot. We are hot every summer when we are not pregnant. We don’t need you to point out that we will be miserably hot before the baby comes.

7. There is a reason that tickets to Labor & Delivery are not yet sold on Ticketmaster. Childbirth is actually not a public event. It may sound crazy, but some women really do not relish the idea of their mother, MIL or a host of other family members seeing their bare butt and genitals. Also, some people simply feel like the birth of their child is a private and emotional moment to be shared only by the parents.

8. Like everything else in life, unless you receive an invitation, you are NOT invited. This includes doctor appointments, ultrasounds, labor, delivery, the hospital and the parents home. You do not decide if you will be there for the birth or if you will move in with the new parents to “help out”. If your assistance is desired, rest assured that you will be asked for it.

9. If you are asked to help after the birth, this means you should clean up the house, help with cooking meals, and generally stay out of the way. Holding the baby more than the parents, interfering with breastfeeding and sleeping schedules and making a woman who is still leaking fluid from multiple locations lift a finger in housework is not helping.

10. The only people entitled to time with the baby are the parents. Whether they choose to have you at the hospital for the birth or ask for you to wait three weeks to visit, appreciate that you are are being given the privilege of seeing their child. Complaining or showing disappointment only encourages the parents to include you less.

Thanks!

Much Love,
The Pregnant Lady

So without further ado…this is the belly at 15 weeks, 2 days.

Oh and for the record, this is my size medium NON-MATERNITY Aerosmith t-shirt. SO THERE.

14 weeks, 1 day

18 Jan

Hello second trimester, where have you been all my life?!

Finally the nausea has eased up for the most part, I’m not sleeping 18 hours a day (or even wishing I was) and I can sit/stand/walk for long periods of time without feeling like I’m going to collapse and/or barf. Life is good. My belly also popped this week…but no pictures yet. Have patience. I will post them I promise. When I don’t look like crap.

This is the part I’m having trouble with. I’ve done this three times before and all three times I looked great. Not just by my own standards either. Everyone told me that pregnancy really suited me and that I “glowed”. Well this time I just look like crap. My skin is dry and flaky. So dry and flaky, in fact, that I can’t wear makeup to cover up the ACNE that has broken out across my nose and cheeks! What the heck is up with THAT? I didn’t even have acne as a teenager other than the occasional breakout during certain times of the month. My hair is limp and lifeless and dull…and depressing. I really hope this improves. I don’t want to spend the next 26 weeks looking like a street urchin with a skin condition.

At our last appointment, everything looked great. Nice steady heartbeat and all that. I have to go for bloodwork at the end of the month (yuck) and we should be having an anatomy ultrasound sometime in February. In March we go for our 3D ultrasound and will know if we’re going to get a little miss or a little mister.

Other than that…not much to report!

The Writing on the Wall

13 Jan
For Christmas, Santa brought my boys markers.

I know what you’re thinking, but Santa’s no idiot. He’s been doing this gift gig for a long time and he bought Crayola washable markers. He even went a step farther and bought the ones with the flip-top caps so there’s no more losing the cap and the marker drying out. That Santa is pretty smart for a dude whose sole diet is milk and cookies.

However, my children are pretty crafty too. And one of them is exceptionally artistic. When you have that much talent…well sometimes paper just can’t contain your genius.

Star Wars, anyone?

Yes, this is the wall in the family room. Yes, this is Hayden’s artistic genius. No, I was not impressed with the fact that he drew on my wall, but I have to admit to being oddly impressed at the amazing rendition of Darth Vader that my 5 year old can pump out.

So the moral of the story is: there isn’t one. I just thought this was a pretty badass drawing.

PS: We heard the Bumblebee’s heartbeat, going steady at 148 bpm. Pretty cool.

It’s Hip to be Square

10 Jan

3D goggles from Auntie Dale!

Quote of the Day

5 Jan

Hayden to Silas: “We’ll be best friends forever.”

Buddies for Life

Of course, an hour later, he made Silas cry…but it’s the thought that counts!

I was Tagged?!

4 Jan

Today’s post comes to you courtesy of Tracy over at Witchhazel. She tagged me with this questionnaire thing and lord knows I never could resist one of these things in my email, so here goes. If you read it here, consider yourself tagged!

1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?

Started a blog that I actually stuck to. I’d tried blogging before and really just couldn’t seem to keep to it, but this year I started this blog and so far I’ve really enjoyed having somewhere to share my thoughts and the things going on in my life.

2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I probably didn’t make resolutions since I totally suck at keeping them, but chances are if I made any (silly me) I didn’t keep them. As I put on my post a couple days ago, I made one resolution for 2010, and it’s one I can’t really back out of.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

My niece Melissa gave birth to a beautiful little boy, Wyatt.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Not close to me, but close to my husband. Johnny’s beautiful Aunt Bonnie passed away suddenly in 2009. We loved her dearly and she will be sorely missed.

5. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?

I’m with Tracy here, I’d like to have a good car. Or even a car that runs most of the time.

6. What countries did you visit?

None outside of the one I live in.

7. What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why:

October 17, when I found out I was pregnant.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Moving into an actual house. No more apartments for us!

9. What was your biggest failure?

Screwing up the time that Hayden’s kindergarten started and taking him to school late 2 days in a row.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Other than morning sickness (which is an extremely misleading name for the disorder) and the flu, nothing out of the ordinary.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

A breadmaker. LOVE that breadmaker.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Johnny. He put his nose to the grindstone and found us the perfect new home in a matter of days when he was put to the test.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Hayden’s, to be honest. Already in kindergarten I’ve had to have a conference with the teacher and got notes home from his music teacher because of his behavior. I sat down and cried. I never wanted to be the mom of “that kid” and I just didn’t know what else to do to remedy what was going on. After a long talk with his teacher we seem to have gotten to the root of the problems (he’s tired in the afternoon sessions and it causes him to act out as well as the fact that he’s not as comfortable with the music/gym teachers as he is with his homeroom teacher and he’s afraid to express himself to them) and we have the problem licked!

14. Where did most of your money go?

Rent and moving expenses. Oi.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Our new house and the pregnancy!!!

16. What song will always remind you of 2009?

A Night in Dildo by The Arrogant Worms. For your own good, please go listen to this song. It makes me love Newfoundland even more than I ever thought possible. It inspired Johnny and I to spend the summer of 2011 on a road trip around our beautiful province and visit every place mentioned in the song. I’ve lived in some of them!

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

i. happier or sadder? So much happier I can’t even express it.

ii. thinner or fatter? Fatter. Absolutely fatter.

iii. richer or poorer? Richer. Not rich by any means, but richer.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Exercising.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Whining and procrastinating.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

We spent Christmas in our new home with my parents. It was bittersweet. Nice to spend the time with them, but it was definitely less joyous than if my sisters could have been here.

21. There was no #21. I don’t know why there was no 21.

I blame Dave. >.>

22. Did you fall in love in 2009?

Yes, I fell in love with my husband all over again, and I fall in love with him all over again every single day.

23. How many one-night stands?

I had a one-night stand with a chocolate bar. I puked it up later.

24. What was your favorite TV program?

Criminal Minds, no contest. We’ve watched the most of the first 4 seasons in the past couple of months. A close second favorite was Desperate Housewives. Johnny bought me the first 2 seasons and now we can’t find season 3 in our town…and we refuse to watch the new ones til we watch everything in between!

 25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

No, I hate everyone the exact same amount as last year. 😉

26. What was the best book you read?

Oh now I feel embarrassed. I didn’t really read much this year, other than old favorites and children’s tales. But of what I did re-read it was probably Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

 Celtic Woman. Voices of ANGELS.

28. What did you want and get?

A new house! WHOO!

30. What was your favorite film of this year?

Angels and Demons. It was amazing.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 29 and I don’t think we even celebrated. It was just another day.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

If my sister Linda had been here to share it with me.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?

Athletic gear. Yoga pants, tanks and tees, sneakers. Rarely did I dress up.

34. What kept you sane?

Again, I have to echo Tracy. Blogging. Even when Tracy was the only one who read it, it helped to get these thoughts and feelings out there.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Sean Bean Oh LORDY did I fancy Sean Bean. Of course I can’t forget Johnny Depp.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?

I tend to avoid politics. It all just pisses me off.

37. Whom did you miss?

My sister Linda. I got to spend little to no time with her this year.

38. Who was the best new person you met?

Tracy. I ❤ her.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009:

Worrying solves nothing. What will be, will be, and all we can do is do our best.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:

We’ve got to hold on to what we’ve got
Cause it doesn’t make a difference if we make it or not
We’ve got each other and that’s a lot
For love – We’ll give it a shot

Livin’ on a Prayer – Bon Jovi

6 Years and Counting…

3 Jan

Six years ago today I married my love.

He did have hair at one time!

It was a cold day in January with the threat of a blizzard looming over us, but we didn’t care. It was the happiest day of our lives.

My Daddy and I

Just had to share one picture where you could see SOME of my dress. That dress was the single most expensive thing at our wedding (even more so than our teeny-tiny reception) and it’s the one thing I would never ever change. It was “the” dress. I wore my Mom’s wedding veil and the bracelet that Johnny gave me when we were dating. My “something old” was the veil that my mom had worn 42 years before, my “something new” were my gorgeous shoes that everyone thought I was silly for dishing out the extra cash for, my “something borrowed” was the necklace and earrings from my friend Cindy and “something blue” was…I don’t remember. I think my underwear may have been blue.

So here’s to the best six years of my life and many many more.

Johnny, here’s to you.

Thank you for loving me honey.