Sunday, September 30, 2012

Operation Smile!

I love kids (as if you haven't figured it out yet) and I love seeing them given the chances to succeed in life. There are so many kids that do not have proper care for certain ailments, such as cleft lip and palate.
 
Enter...
 

Operation Smile is an international children's medical charity that heals children's smiles. The organization is responsible for providing safe, effective reconstructive surgery for children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate.
 
Children born with a cleft are often unable to speak, eat, socialize or smile. That's where the dedicated medical professionals come in. Since 1982, they have completed over 200, 000 free surgeries for children and young adults born with cleft lips, palates or other facial deformities.
 
Donate To Children with Cleft Lips or Cleft Palates
Arifase before and after surgery

How can we help?

One surgery costs $240. That's may be less than what some people spend shopping for fun in a month! $240 can put a proper smile back on a child's face.

If you don't have $240, that's perfectly fine. You can donate any amount over at Operation Smile's secure site HERE and you can even make that a monthly donation. There are options to host a fundraiser or even donate in a friend's name.

There are so many ways to help this cause. Donating is one...here's another....

.....Are you a college student or know one? Even better!

How sick are you of having to buy your textbooks and spending way too much money? There's a website called Campus Book Rentals and every time you rent a textbook they make a donation to Operation Smile.

I wish I had known about this site when I was in my undergrad or even when completing my Masters!

Take this book for example

http://www.campusbookrentals.com/textbook/Proust-and-the-Squid-The-Story-and-Science-of-the-Reading-Brain/Maryanne-Wolf/Harper-Perennial/9780060933845

I had to buy it for a class and have never looked at it outside of those 3 months. What a waste! If I had rented the book, I could have highlighted in it, not paid any shipping and had it at home for the amount of time I needed it and then returned it (instead of taking up space on my shelf). The best part, a donation would have been made to Operation Smile to help some children get their surgeries.

Do you think you can help create some smiles on deserving children's faces?

Just click on Daniel below to go to Operation Smile's site:

 

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Rollercoaster of emotions

Take a look at this picture....
 
 

Yes, it says -5 days to go. Meaning, I'm now 5 days overdue.
 
I really don't like this at all. I'd rather just get it over with and have him come.
 
I'm literally a rollercoaster of emotions.
 
At some points I'm good with it and happy and it doesn't both me. Most times I'm completely miserable. I want my body back and I want to be "normal" again.
 
I've started wondering what I've done to deserve this. Why don't I get to hold my baby boy sooner rather than later?
 
I'm so done with this.
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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Eviction Day!

We have an induction date set! Baby Boy is scheduled for eviction next Wednesday.
 
 
I head into the hospital on Monday for a biophysical profile where they'll see how the baby is doing and whether or not inductions to occur sooner or is still alright for Wednesday.
 
After that, we'll head into the hospital on Wednesday morning at 7:30. They'll check to see what's going on and decide which method of induction is most appropriate. From there I'll either be sent home to wait until everything gets started or I'll have to stay at the hospital. We're getting out plan together now so we aren't freaking out closer to the day.
 
I'm secretly (or not-so-secretly) praying that this baby still makes an appearance before then.
 
I've heard that the full moon has some effect on labour as well, which would be great because there's a full moon this weekend! Maybe that'll help! I've gotta try almost everything at this point!
 
I'm going to end this post with a really cute story:
 
J and I were playing around and watching TV. Someone rang the doorbell (I don't answer the doorbell during the day unless it's a scheduled thing or I can identity them) and I told J to go back to playing. Well, he drops his toys, proceeds to run to the front door and says "Andrew"? (which if you remember is this baby's name). I just had to laugh and say no.
 
I guess between The Husband and I repeatedly telling him about the baby and that he's coming soon he put two and two together and determined that the baby was going to be at the door.
 
In reality, I wish that was the case. It would be a lot less painful!
 
As I've stated before, if happen to go into labour before my induction date, I'll be on Twitter and Facebook so make sure you follow me on those two medias as well!
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

What does one do on their due date?

Tuesday was my due date.
 
I decided we were going to have a lazy day at home. It hurt to walk to the park and driving just seemed silly. We had gone to the mall on Monday and not working equals little spending money.
 
Halfway through the morning, I got a big craving for sugar cookies. Well, aren't I lucky that the ingredients for sugar cookies are basic supplies we have in the house.
 
I've tried to bake with J once before and it ended up with flour all over. So this time he got to watch.
 
I just found a basic sugar cookie recipe on Allrecipes and made them and then ate them!
 
 
Love my KitchenAid mixer. So much faster than the traditional beaters.
 

Waiting for more cookie batter!
 
Watching the cookies in the oven and making sure they don't burn!
 
Getting to taste his delicious cookies!
 
Let's just say that it wasn't the neatest eating experience ever. In fact, most of his cookie ended up on the ground and in the carpet. Therefore, more nesting overtook me and it was time to vacuum!
 
J wasn't sure what to make of the vacuum actually. Once I detached the power head from the main vacuum, he was a lot happier and started to "help".
 
The only thing that could have made it better would be if Baby Boy #2 had made his arrival!
 
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

40 weeks....

....and still here!

 
I was really hoping I wasn't going to be writing this post in this way and that it would be a picture of Baby Boy #2 however, that doesn't appear to be the case right now (however who knows what can happen tonight)!

I'm still convinced that this baby isn't going to show up until I'm induced. My original due date was October 3rd and it was moved forward after my 12 week u/s because he was measuring ahead. Well, maybe he slowed down and is still only at 39 weeks. You never know.

I have my next (and last) appointment on Thursday. At that point we'll be discussing induction and I'm hoping to go in on Saturday or Monday. It just makes life easier. We can have The Husband's parents come in and help with J, The Husband doesn't have to go to work for a couple of days. Plus, Thanksgiving is the first weekend of October and we have plans that we were hoping we'd be in some sort of routine for. I know it sounds selfish, but I'm honestly done.

I used to be one of those who scoffed at people who would be dying to be induced after a certain period. I still do wonder about those who want to be induced prior to 40 weeks, but at this point, what's the difference between 40 weeks 6 days and 41 weeks?

I've had so many Braxton Hicks contractions that they are driving me insane. I've had two or three actual contractions but they leave pretty quickly and don't return. I had one Monday night and was wide awake waiting for the next one. Didn't come. An entire hour passed.

Emotionally, I'm ready to cry almost all the time. My emotions are all over the place and pretty much anything can set me off. I lose my patience very quickly with J and I'm done by the time The Husband arrives home from work.

I don't think we can be anymore ready for this baby to come...so hurry up please!
 
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Monday, September 24, 2012

Things I Actually Say


Today's Toddle Along Tuesday topic is Things I Actually Say.
 
 
 I took this as things I never thought I would say or really strange things that come out of my mouth in regards to J. However, being pregnant gives you a whole bunch of different things I would not normally say. Lately, there are lots of strange things that I say.

Things said to J :

- J, get your hand out of the toilet
- Did you go poopy?
- You have a poo-poo?
-I got poop on my hand! You got poop on my hand!
- Want some nanas? (bananas)
- Let's go for a drive and see some tractors
- That's a bulldozer, that's a digger and that's an excavator!
- Stop throwing stuff at me!

 
Things said in terms of pregnancy:

- Man, I have a serious gas problem
- I'm stuck in bed
- I just went pee 10 minutes ago!
- Metamucil and Tums are my best friends
- My toes can't touch the ground
- I feel like I've been on a bike for 5 hours

I'm sure there are plenty more that I can't think of right now because Mommy/pregnancy brain have taken over and my mind is just a mess! Also, there's often a ton of strange things I would have said at school on a daily basis, but since I'm on maternity leave I don't have any good one-liners!

What's the strangest thing that you've said lately?

Also, congratulations to Melissa (host of TAT) who just gave birth to her second little one Aurelia.

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The progression of my pregnancy

I've been thinking about what I was like at the end of my pregnancy with J. The Husband says that I was just as miserable at the end of that pregnancy as I am now, but I don't think so. It was Christmas/New Years time so everything was happy, I was on vacation and could sleep whenever I wanted. I was fairly occupied with family dinners, presents, etc. This time, I have a toddler to chase around and my nap time is severely cut back (although I managed to sneak in two 1-hour naps last week with J).
 
 Up to 13 weeks
Honestly, this pregnancy was partially a surprise. Apparently, my family wasn't surprised. They had made fun of me at Christmas about being pregnant again and I stood firm that I wasn't. Really, I wasn't. It was a couple weeks later, that I was though! The first few weeks were really tough. I had just started back at work, was trying to get into a new routine, dealing with a sick toddler who was sent home from daycare often and a sick husband. I hadn't lost much weight after having J so I didn't feel ready to be pregnant again. I had headaches daily and nausea without the physical sickness.
 
14-17 weeks
At this point, we decided that we should get out house ready to sell. We have a 3 bedroom house, but the basement isn't finished and ideally we'd like a guest/craft room. So, we got things packed up, cleaned up, hired out agent and started looking. I still got headaches almost daily and the nausea was hanging around.
 
18-21 weeks
I had started to feel better, the weather was getting warmer and I was finally able to tell my students at school. Some guessed right away, others were surprised but they were all really excited. I also suffered an ear infection at this point which messed with my vertigo and my ability to hear out of my left ear. It only took about 2 months for my hearing to come back completely.
 
22- 25 weeks
The heat nearly kicked my butt at this point. Teaching in a classroom that gets the sun for a good chunk of the day without air conditioning really messes with your body, especially when you're pregnant. The swelling started early, I developed a varicose vein on the back of my knee and I kept rolling my ankles.
 
26-29 weeks
I was almost off work so my days were really good. I think this was the best I felt in this pregnancy. I was still sleeping a decent amount, didn't have any heartburn and was still able to play with J. 
 
30-33 weeks
 Started to get uncomfortable, but nothing horrible. Sleep started to go downhill.
 
34-37 weeks
 This was when some of the weather was ridiculous! I couldn't find a way to cool down at all (even at night!) and was in love with my fan.
 
38-39 weeks
Despite the smiles, I'm miserable! Baby Boy #2 is very heavy, still moves a lot and I no longer believe that second babies usually come early (what a lie)! I hardly sleep at night and spend way too much time in the bathroom.
 
If I knew when he was coming, I'd be much happier because then the end is in sight. At this point, I'm waving the white flag and I'm done!


Alan Goldfarb waves the white flag
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Saturday, September 22, 2012

OMG! I'm in love....

....WITH FALL...
 
 
 
...and PUMPKINS...
 
 
...and LEAVES...
 
 
...and HALLOWEEN...
 
 
...and APPLE PICKING...
 
...and APPLE CIDER!
 
Hot Apple Cider Three Ways
 

This list could go on and on and on. I love fall! It's definitely my favourite season. The sad thing is that winter is just around the corner. So instead of wallowing in the pain that will be winter, I'm going to soak up the fall!
 
What's your favourite season?

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Instagram Overload!

I'm in love with Instagram!
 
I love being able to take a picture and make them look older or fancier in some way. I try to take at least one picture each day (at least one of J) and sometimes they can be pretty funny.
 
Building towers; first chili of the fall;
living in pj pant;, neatest bathroom sign ever
 
Hugging baby brother's new teddy bear; giving the bear a bath;
checking out the "shishes"; computer time with Daddy
 
Clothes in the potty; Neapolitan ice cream;
Baby Boy #2's new hat; lovely morning tea
 
Want to follow me on Instagram? I'll definitely follow back. I love looking at pictures!
My user name is victoriam823.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

First Cheerios Moments!!

Do you remember your baby's first smile? The first time they rolled over? What about the first time they ate solid foods or started walking?
 
General Mills is celebrating the firsts of every child, including the first time they used their chubby little hands to feed themselves Cheerios!
 


Did you know that Cheerios are recommended as a first finger food by 4 out of 5 pediatricians so General Mills is celebrating!

General Mills is inviting all Canadian parents to upload a picture of their little one's first Cheerios moment. Check their Facebook page daily, as new photos will be uploaded by other proud parents and a mosaic will start to form.

 http://www.facebook.com/LifeMadeDelicious

Who knows...your happy, Cheerio-munching little one might even be on a box of Cheerios. In the Spring of 2013, General Mills will be unveiling the completed mosaic on limited-edition family-sized (400g) boxes of Cheerios!

J finishing off his Cheerios!

The first 1,000 participants to submit a photo on Facebook will receive a coupon for a FREE box of Cheerios. For participants after the first 1,000, those who upload a picture will receive a coupon for $1.00 off a box of Cheerios.

Limit of one (1) Free Box of Cheerios coupon per household, and one (1) $1.00 Off Coupon per household per calendar year.

Come upload your picture of your little ones enjoying their first Cheerios moments and celebrate the firsts in your baby's life!
 “Disclosure – I am participating in the First Cheerios Blog Tour by Mom Central Canada on behalf of General Mills. I received compensation as a thank you for participating and for sharing my honest opinion. The opinions on this blog are my own.”
 
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