Tuesday, July 31, 2012

32 Weeks!

32 Weeks!
56 Days left (fingers crossed it isn't longer)!

I'm up about 15 lbs from this pre-pregnancy weight, which makes me 45lbs heavier than my pre-pregnancy weight with J (*tear*).

This weight is definitely messing with my body. I'm pretty sure I've developed sciatica by my right hip. It feels as though my leg and hip get stuck and I can barely move at times. It's one of those pains that is so bad that I can't even cry about it and I end up laughing. I'm just worried it's going to get "stuck" on the stairs or trying to get J out of his crib and I'll drop him. I'll admit that I've even been stuck going to the bathroom once or twice (or maybe more than that but who's counting)

I'm slowly working through my baby checklist I posted the other day. I've thought about getting the clothes and blankets/towels up to wash and I'm planning on researching and pinning some freezer recipes. I'm also waiting to hear back from the photographer I'm hoping to book and I have to add order monthly stickers and a big brother shirt for J.

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TAT - Pets

This week's Toddle Along Tuesday is all about your kids and pets. Come link up!
 
We don't have any pets. The Husband has allergies and quite frankly I'm busy enough taking care of J that I couldn't even imagine throwing in an animal (ok, maybe a fish).
 
However, J does get his fill of animals. One of my sisters works for the Humane Society, which has turned both her house and my parents' house into mini-Humane Societies. My mom currently has 1 dog and 4 cats, two with special needs.
 
J loves heading over there to see the "goggy" and "kitties". He's reallly gentle with them which is nice to see. His favourite cat is named Casear, who lovingly head butts people when they pet him. J has taken to head butting him back. Unforunately, we think that Caesar might be on his way out soon so J will have to find a new favourite.
 
We've also taken J to farms and zoos on multiple occasions. He loves seeing all the different animals and is now able to identify the animals as well as make many of the sounds. He also loves singing Old Macdonald had a a farm.
 
J dressed as an otter - does this count as a pet?
 
 I'm pretty sure he'd have a penguin if he could!
 
The only way, we are getting a pet is when our children are married and moved out. Then I'm allowed to get a little dog that doesn't shed too much and doesn't need a ton of exercise. However, that's still many, many year away, and I've already got my hands full!
 
 
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Sunday, July 29, 2012

My Baby Checklist


I remember back to before we had J and all the different lists I looked at in order to get ready to bring him home. This time, there definitely isn't nearly as much I have to do in terms of buying items or getting things organized (which helps because J keeps me pretty busy).

Here is my list:

Buy double stroller
Wash 0-3 months clothes
Wash receiving blankets & towels
Bring out & clean up baby swing
Install infant seat in car
Pack hospital bags
Book newborn photographer
Plan for what to do with J
Set up pack 'n' play in our bedroom
Freezer meals
Stock up on newborn diapers
J spent a lot of time in this. It'll be strange to see another little baby in it!

I'm pretty sure that's it for before Baby Boy #2 arrives. The rest of the time is just keeping the house in order and keeping J busy and happy.
Please let me know if you think I'm missing anything from my list! My mommy/pregnancy brain is messing with me big time!

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Go Canada Go!

I am so excited for the Olympics. I always try to watch as much as I possibly can and when they were in Vancouver I was able to watch most of the coverage. Also, having J a month and a half earlier helped too because I was up late so I didn't miss anything!

Personally, I prefer the Winter Olympics because I relate a little more to those sports than I do the Summer sports but it's still a lot of fun to watch.

I really enjoyed the Opening Ceremonies. I loved seeing Kenneth Branaugh (one of my favourite actors) and Mr. Bean! Got a little lost at the part with the hospital beds (despite the explanations), but overall I loved it. One of my favourite parts is seeing all the athletes come in wearing their outfits. Some are hilarious (i.e. Spain) and others are fantastic. I really like the ones that are more traditional to their country.

Check out the Canadian duds below:

Triathlete Simon Whitfield carries the flag for Team Canada as the Canadians enter the stadium during the opening ceremonies for the 2012 Olympic Games in London on Friday.
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I've spent this morning watching beach volleyball (wearing a bathing suit on TV while jumping around isn't my idea of fun!) and the cycling race, while trying to entertain a toddler who just wants to watch Blues Clues and Bubble Guppies. So far I'm winning!

Some of the events that I'm really looking forward to seeing:

Triathlon
Canoe & Kayak races
Diving
Trampoline
Athletics (running mostly)
and a little bit of swimming

What are you looking forward to watching? Did you watch the opening ceremonies? Loved it or hated it?

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Wilton Cake Decorating Course ~ Part 1

I finally signed up for the Cake Decorating classes at Michaels. It's always something I've wanted to do and just never did. I was always involved in some sort of activities during the week and really liked the nights off once in awhile. However, since I can't do much of anything this summer I decided to jump at the chance. I'm currently taking Part 1 with my Mom and we're having a blast!

Here are some pictures taking during the second class:

Icing dots

My beautifully iced cake

My fish (he's a little scary but it's my first go!)

I'm thinking about taking Part 2. I'd really like to get into cake decorating on the side, more for friends and family. As my body starts slowing down and isn't able to be as into sports as I am now, I want to pursue new things. Like I said, it's been something I've been looking at, but I really need to get a plan together if I want. First I need to finish my courses.

Next week I'll show off my cupcakes and then my final cake that I get to design and decorate!

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

31 weeks!

Alright, I'm officially convinced that somewhere in the universe, time has officially slowed to a crawl. This pregnancy is at the point where it is taking for-ev-er! The next 2 months could take 2 years at this rate! I can't be pregnant for that long. I'll be more miserable than ever!
31 Weeks!
Please ignore the horrible outfit. I'm lazy today!
Apparently, Baby Boy #2 is the size of a squash. He feels more like bowling ball.
I'm starting to get aches and pains everywhere. I somehow wrenched my knee and ankle which is making it very difficult to walk. Also, there is a spot just above my right hip in my back that keeps getting stuck and causes a lot of pain!
Sleeping sucks. I can only sleep on my left side. If I sleep on my back, he's too heavy. If I sleep on my right side my hip/back hurt and I can't get up in the morning. Stomach sleeping...pshaw! I need a mattress with a hole for my stomach. It's my favourite sleeping position and it isn't an option.
Baby Boy #2 loves to dig his elbow or knee or something right around my right hip as well and I'm thinking he hits a nerve or two because it hurts and is really uncomfortable. I have to push him out of there from time to time.
Here is a picture of my bump when I was pregnant with J at 31 weeks. Am I bigger, smaller, similar?? Personally, I think I'm bigger.



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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Wordless Wednesday ~ Vacations

We haven't been on a vacation in awhile so I've been dreaming of places to go (not that we're going soon either). I decided to share pictures from our Alaskan Cruise we went on in 2010. One of my favourite vacations ever (thus far)!





Where is your favourite place to go on vacation?
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Toddle Along Tuesday: Occupations

This week's Toddle Along Tuesday is all about occupations. It can be a real occupation, dream occupation, former occupations, etc.

My regular day job for the past 6 years has been an elementary school teacher. Right now and until September 2013, I get to be a stay-at-home mom.
Honestly, I love both jobs (although teaching pays better money). They are both my dream jobs.
I love teaching. I love watching kids figure things out. I'm the type of teacher that tries to provide hands on activities where the kids experience their own learning as opposed to me standing up there and sounding like Charlie Brown's teacher. I enjoy getting right into the learning with the kids. The only negatives I have about teaching are report cards and having to deal with parents who suck. Thus far, I've taught Grade 3, 5, 6 and Special Education. Ultimately, my dream teaching job would be Kindergarten!



I don't know what it is exactly about Kindergarten that I enjoy more than the other grades, but I did two placements during my student teaching in Kindergarten settings and I adored them. I was fortunate enough to be placed in a Kindergarten class for September, but I'll be on maternity leave. Which leads to Job #2.

I get to be a stay at home mommy until next September! That's one of the perks of living in Canada...1 year paid maternity leave.
I love being at home with J (most days). Yes, the ability to take a nap in the middle of the day is definitely a plus, but there is so much more to it. I like being the one to take him out to see and learn new things. I love spending the one on one time with him and watch him develop. I felt as though I was missing things when he was at daycare.
The one thing about staying at home that I'm not a huge fan of is keeping the house. I'm not a fan of cleaning. I know I have to do it and we all have to do things we hate, but I really could leave cleaning behind. The worst by far is sweeping floors and vaccuming. I hate bringing the vaccum up, dragging it around and having to put it back away. Maybe I'll just have to convince The Husband to get a cleaning lady.
Come link up with us or check out some other occupations! I love learning what other people do on a daily basis!

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

I'm beginning to stress...




...about what happens when I go into labour. I'm trying to figure out who is going to come and watch J. With J it was easy, my water broke overnight, we went to the hospital, were sent home and eventually went back. Since we were in the hospital in the early morning, The Husband was already home so when it was time to head back to the hospital there were no worries. We threw everything in the car and then checked in! No other little monkeys to worry about.
I'm lucky in some sense because my parents are close by and we do have a lot of friends and family to help. However, I want my mom in the hospital room with me and The Husband but she's the only one around in the middle of the day (and is only 15 minutes away).
This time I'm running through ever scenario and it's starting to worry me!
Nervous Girl Biting Her Fingernails

What happens if....
....my water breaks in the middle of the night and I have to be at the hospital ASAP? Who will come over to watch J? Do we wake him up and bring him with us? Do we call every person we know until someone comes to stay with J? Who will stay with him during the day since everyone else has to work?
...I go into labour in the middle of the day and The Husband can't get home for a couple of hours because he takes the train? Then my mom has to take me to the hospital and what about J then?
....I go into labour while out and about with J? Who will come to get us?
I understand this might seem fairly ridiculous but I'm finding myself spending time constantly thinking about what's going to happen. I spent time during my first pregnancy thinking about labour and delivery but it was more of the scary parts of it and what will happen. This time I think about who will take care of J, is he going to hate me for being away from him for a couple of days, how often can he visit me in the hospital?

Any tips or suggestions? I'm open to anything that will take the worry away!

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Friday, July 20, 2012

30 weeks!

30 weeks! 10 to go!

I feel like 30 weeks is a milestone in itself. I was told by a co-worker that after 30 weeks I could go anytime. Now that was with J, and I didn't 'go' until 40 weeks 1 day. It just makes it seem so much more real at 30 weeks than previous weeks.
At this point there isn't much left to update about until the time comes for Baby Boy #2 to arrive.
He still moves a lot. My stomach is getting bigger. I'm eating lots of food and trying to keep a cap on my weight gain so I don't go much higher.
I'm definitely exhausted by the end of the day and I think that has to do more with J than it does being pregnant. I'm amazed at how much energy that kid has! He just never stops moving. I have to spend the morning trying to exhaust him just to try to get a nap out of him in the afternoon. By the time he's down, I'm ready to go down for a nap myself!


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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wordless Wednesday ~ Rainbow Rice


So it's not going to be a totally wordless Wednesday. I found a simple recipe for rainbow rice here and J absolute loves it. He can sit outside for a good chunk of time playing. I chose a container with a lid so that I can close it up at night and I put it on a table cloth so I can easily scoop up the rice that doesn't make it in. I gave him some spoons, cups and eventually some little animals to place into the rice to place with. See below for the recipe:


4 cups of rice
3 Tbsps of Rubbing Alcohol
2 Tbsps of food colouring

Mix all three ingredients (do each colour separately) in a ziploc baggy. After the colour is mixed, pour the rice out onto a cookie sheet (or pizza pan in our case) and leave it to dry outside. It dried really quickly actually (especially with the heat!) and then I poured it into the container for J to play with.
Enjoy!

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Diapering

This week at Growing up Geeky's Toddle Tuesday is diapering. Come link up with us!
Diapering in my house is pretty basic. We use disposables. We use Pampers Cruisers with Sesame Street characters that help distract during diaper changes. J still has a little bum and is still in size 3. We also use Pampers Overnights to help prevent leaks (even though he wakes up most morning wet because he still drinks a ton before bed). It'll be the same with Baby Boy #2. He'll have to live in Pampers. I just can't keep up with the cleaning, washing and drying of cloth diapers.
I do have to note that I was planning on at least trying to cloth diaper and we had some in the closet in the nursery. I just never got around to figuring the whole process out as well as buying more than the 4 or 5 diapers I was given. Plus, I was totally overwhelmed with all the options.
Looking back, I wish I had given it a chance mostly because of the cute little diapers they have available. Alas, J has lived in disposables and so will Baby Boy #2. I try and will continue to try to make up for my lack of environmentalism in other ways.
Cloth Diaper for Natural babies




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Weekend Review

We've been busy! I'm trying to keep J as busy as I possibly can. This past weekend was no exception! Friday, we went to visit some family in the city. We had a lovely picnic and splashed away in the wading pool. We then spent Saturday at my parents hanging out with Grandmom, Grandad, Auntie Laura and cousin Michael. Sunday we went to the beach with some great friends (even though it was supposed to be horrible weather)! Here are some pictures of the last few days.








Hope everyone else had a fantastic weekend!


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Friday, July 13, 2012

Bookworm Challenge Update #2



I have to say I'm doing fairly well on my Bookworm challenge of reading 52 books this year. I'm already up to 32 books read and 4 books ahead of my goal. Granted, they aren't always the most difficult or thought-provoking stories, I'm really enjoying the books that I've read. Here are the next few books in my line-up:

1. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
Shadow Of Night: A Novel

This is the follow-up to A Discovery of Witches. There is lots of magic, witches and vampires, which is what seems to be catching my literary attention these days. To be perfectly honest, I wasn't aware there was going to be a sequel to the first and it turns out it's actually a trilogy. I'm quite excited to read this although it is a little "heavier" than the other books I'm reading.

2. Where We Belong by Emily Giffin

Where We Belong

Emily Giffin has written 5 books (e.g. Something Blue, Something Borrowed) and I've loved them all. Her books are definitely heart warming and an easier read. Perfect for the summer, in the backyard while trying to squeeze reading in during nap time.

 
3. When in Doubt, Add Butter by Beth Harbison

When in Doubt, Add Butter

Beth Harbison wrote Shoe Addicts Anonymous, one of my favourite books. This book, When in Doubt, Add Butter is about a 37-year old private chef whose life takes an "unexpected turn on a road she always thought was straight and narrow". Again, I'm anticipating (from her past books) a nice easy summery read.

4. Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris

Definitely Dead (Sookie Stackhouse, #6)

I'm right in the middle of the Sookie Stackhouse series and I'm flying through them. I really enjoy all of the mythical creatures and the supernatural skills the characters have. I'm definitely planning on finishing the series.

I'm finding the challenge isn't as difficult to complete as I first thought when I signed up. I've had some "good" reading weeks where I'm more focused during my reading and get a lot read and some weeks where I'm so tired I can barely keep my eyes open but I try to make some time to read everyday in order to escape the chaos!

What are you reading this summer?

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