12 May 2013
Today is Mother's Day, what a great day!! We completed our fancy art project and it turned out just perfect!! I am not going to post a picture cause the grandmothers haven't received their gifts yet. I will post tomorrow. Brinley bought me a beautiful card and she even made a little, sort of like picture in it. Exactly what momma wanted for Mother`s Day. :) I am still not feeling great but so looking forward to brunch with the family....what pregnant woman doesn't love a buffet! SOOOO EXCITED!!
A little something about my momma....she is awesome and wonderful and amazing. She is thoughtful and kind and loves her family dearly. Mom has always had our backs and has always supported our decisions in life. She now is the most amazing and wonderful and awesome grandmother. She loves her grandkids to pieces and they just adore her....you rock grandma!! Ange and I are so blessed to have a mom who we can call our best friend. Love you momma. xo
I wanted to mention one thing, I am thinking about all of my dear friends who have either lost their mom or have been trying for years to conceive without success or have lost a baby. I am sending you love and support today. I know that I do not take Brinley or this new Little Bean for granted. I cherish every moment I have with them....well, Little Bean has no choice cause she is still connected to momma! Poor girl. ;)
So, my phone rang at 1:30am this morning, you know it can't be good. I see that it's my sister. My initial reaction is that one of the kiddies are sick. Nope, Ange on the other end asking if we have Benadryl. She was covered in hives. She was in so much pain. I told her that we don't have any Benadryl because years ago when I took some, I felt like I was on crack and speed. I don't really know what it's like to be on crack and speed but I would say it was comparable. I told her to take a cold shower, take a Reactin and sleep naked! She woke up this morning feeling better. Poor sister, I tell ya, as we get older, our bodies get all messed up and all these new aches and pains appear. I think after brunch today, we will take her to the Cargill plant and have her turned into a sausage. I may be next in line!!
Just a short blog today. I hope everybody has a wonderful day. xo
11 May 2013
According to Erin....
1. Every mother wants to wake up on her own accord. If you must wake her up, do so with a mimosa in hand or at the very least, a hot cup of coffee followed by a minimum 60 seconds of silence.
2. There will be absolutely no fighting or complaining in front of Mom. Maybe this means bribery. Maybe it means sending Mom off to the spa. Nobody wants to hear that crap on their holiday.
3. No cleaning products, safety equipment or fitness gear unless Mom herself has specifically requested it.
4. “Well, she’s not my mother.” is null and void on Mother’s Day. Chances are she puts up with your nonsense, you love her for it and that’s close enough.
5. Please give the kids some role in choosing or making their own gifts for Mom. Hearing “I didn’t know we got Mom an Ipad!!!” is very awkward to say the least.
6. Moms should not have to cook on Mother’s Day (unless she wants to). Take her out or plan a special menu for Mom. There are plenty of pre-planned menus on the web so no excuses!
7. Moms not do dishes on Mother’s Day. Period.
8. Moms do not do Mother’s Day dishes the morning after.
9. Plan on being presentable the entire day. Put on a clean shirt, brush your teeth and comb your hair. Family photos are highly probable.
10. If you can’t be with your Mother this Mother’s Day, call her. Video chats would be better but seriously, a social media shout out is not going to cut it this year.
I think these are perfect rules for a wonderful Mother's Day!
I told James that all I want is a card, that is all I need. I honestly feel like my life is complete. I have James, Brinley and Little Bean, I have an amazing family and wonderful friends. I don't want an IPad or diamonds. I want a healthy and happy family. Actually there are a couple things that would be grand...I want the epidural to not fall out this time and I want labour to last no more then 2 hours and I want to go home within 24 hours. I think those are very reasonable requests. :)
Happy Mother's Day to all of my friends and their momma's. I hope it's filled with love and laughter and great memories.
10 May 2013
I would like to say that today's post will be filled with wit and charm, but I am sick with a cold and had a crap sleep last night. It's days like this that I am glad I only have one child to take of and not two....yet.
I cancelled lunch and an evening date with a friend. I don't like cancelling but I would be lame company for anybody. It's only 8:00am and I am already looking forward to having daddy come home and take care of me, oh, and Brinley. :)
I'm done whining!
Ange and the kiddies stopped by last night for a quick visit. I love seeing my babies. You can be having the worst day ever but as soon as you see those 2 little faces, it makes everything perfect! When Danika was leaving, she said that it's so difficult to leave our house and to say goodbye. Good thing we only live down the street!! Such a sweetie!
It's my dad's birthday today, Mother's Day on Sunday and mom's birthday on Monday. Of course they don't want any gifts, mom always asks for a card and maybe some lotion. I know she doesn't need any of that since she just bought out Victoria Secret!! The Mother's Day craft has been sent to the Koenig house for Bob to do his job....I so can't wait for Brinley and Little Bean to be in school then the teacher can worry about crafts! I just don't know why I torture myself. :)
Random thought.....that jackpot/doorknob/loser from Abercrombie and Fitch is a huge dork! Their clothes aren't made for fat people! He is disgusting and a revolting human being. We wonder why young girls feel that they aren't good enough. When your biggest size fits the anorexic, what is this teaching our children? He should be ashamed of himself and I hope somebody slashes his tires and shaves his head and rips off his toenails and pours salt on the wounds. I will tell Brinley and Little Bean everyday that they are perfect and amazing girls. We will encourage healthy eating and exercise, but never will we criticize their weight or looks. So sad. I think our children have enough to worry about without having jerks like him tell them they are fat and not worthy to wear his line of clothing. Shame on you!!!!
Next thought....my friend's little girl is on the mend and doing well. She will be coming home this weekend from the hospital but will be restricted to very limited activity. She is such a trooper. Thank god for the wonderful medical staff at the South Calgary Hospital and the Children's Hospital. The outcome could have been very different.
A local man, who actually lives 15 minutes away from us has won 15.8 million dollars. He won the lotto!! This gives me hope, we will keep buying tickets...either we will win or go totally broke from buying tickets. James said that I should find my way into this guy's life and get to flirting! I'm not too sure if he likes pregnant chicks! I guess I could test it out. Lucky bum!!
I must go play with a baby now! I hope everybody has a wonderful and productive day. <3
Mom, I have a question!! :)
9 May 2013
If you have been reading my posts, you would be aware that my brother in law battled and overcame cancer. This is my sister's personal page. Please click on the link.
Thank you for all of your love and support. <3
Light the Night Walk 2013
Thank you for all of your love and support. <3
Light the Night Walk 2013
Oh goodness, last night was long and I had such a bizarre dream. I woke up with a cold, or maybe it's allergies. All I know is that I needed more sleep and I don't want to be sick. Stuffy, sore throat and headache. Poo on not being able to take cold medication or allergy pills.
So my dream, it's quick. I dreamt I was in Charlotte's Web! What the heck!! I was actually sitting down with Wilbur and having a full on conversation. Of course in my dream, this was all normal and great, then when I woke up, I thought maybe I should be going to Cocktails and Dreams more often. What a ridiculous dream!! I didn't eat anything bizarre before bed but I didn't fall asleep until almost midnight. It might be a long day!
Last night, I received a call from one of my closest friends. Her daughter was kicked in the head by one of their horses. Dad turned his back for a moment while she was feeding the horse and next thing he knew, he heard a scream and she was trying to get herself out of the bushes. She didn't lose consciousness. He took her inside and mom said that she needed to get to the hospital right away. Now they live at least 45 minutes away from the nearest hospital so dad stepped on it and got her to the South Calgary Hospital. She threw up when she got there but was still conscious and doing fine. The medical team from the Children's Hospital came down south and took her directly to ICU. She was intubated and given a CT scan. Poor little princess has such a major skull fracture plus a fracture under her eye. She doesn't need surgery but they can either fix the dent under her eye or it can be left as is....
The fracture will heal but the indent under her eye will not go away unless they choose surgery. They really aren't too sure what route to take at this point in time. I guess she is in great spirits and doing well but the road to a full recovery will be long. No major activities for months, which I know will be very difficult for her as she is an active and energetic little girl. She also has some nerve damage in one of her hands, so she will require physiotherapy and some rehab. My dear friend is also in the last couple weeks of pregnancy, they are expecting number 4. She forgot to take care of herself, which only makes sense, so she required an IV to replenish fluids, really just to get some fluids in her system. Baby's heartbeat was extremely high, so they needed to get that down and her blood pressure back up.
I shared this story because life can change in an instant. Just an instant. We don't know what lies ahead, we don't know if there will be a tomorrow, we don't know if we will get through today. I think too many times we take life and all of its gifts for granted. We wake up and complain that it's so early, we get mad at the kids for being silly, we get excited thinking about the weekend but we don't live in the moment. We don't appreciate and take in the moment. We are always thinking about the future. It is so important to live in the present and be thankful that we were given another day with the ones we love. Tell those who you love, that you love and appreciate them. Have patience. Enjoy your day. Be thankful.
8 May 2013
Yesterday we had our weekly OB appointment and it went great. The 1.5 hour wait to get in wasn't so awesome but I had grandma there to keep Brinley entertained. She was a perfect, little girl. No crying, no whining, just happy. It wasn't my usual doctor, which was just fine. She was thorough and made sure that she went through all of my records and took some notes for herself. I had gestational diabetes with Brinley as well as high blood pressure so we need to stay on top of all of that fun stuff. My BP was pretty good yesterday, so the meds are doing their job! Little Bean's heartbeat was also perfect. We didn't hear any palpitations or hiccups, just a beautiful, strong heartbeat. It's such a wonderful sound. That was grandma's first time. She told me after that she was worried about hearing a little hiccup and that it could have made her sad, but no need, it was perfect. I have my requisition forms for blood work and one for the awful gestational diabetes test. YAY!!!! I'll get that done soon.
I am now carrying a viable baby. We are officially 6 months and that's without rounding up! The other night while I was laying in bed, the thought crossed my mind that you can terminate a pregnancy up to 23 weeks 6 days. I don't know why I thought about it as we are on this journey and we are doing it! I couldn't imagine a mother and father having to make the decision to terminate at this point, whether by choice or because baby has a severe and terminal medical condition. How traumatizing and upsetting. I feel this little girl kicking and rolling and punching, not that I love the feeling, but I enjoy knowing that she is doing just fine.
I had a dream the other night, I just forgot what I was going to write. Crap...give me a second..............Oh yes, my water broke at 36 weeks, not too bad but kind of early. The contractions hit quick and hard. We didn't have time to go to Calgary so we had to go to the HR Hospital. I got there and we delivered quickly. I told the doctor first that Brinley had shot out like a rocket and gave me a third degree tear, so if he could ease this one out, that would be great. I love the control I have over my dreams sometimes. :)
I delivered and the doctor asked if we were sure that she had Down Syndrome??? Oh my goodness....we informed him that we paid almost 1000 dollars to have the NIPT done as well as an amnio just to make sure. Great, so now she doesn't have Down Syndrome???!???! Wait, that's great news! Wait, we are all prepared, I think, to have a baby with Down Syndrome. I don't want a baby without Down Syndrome! Of course I want a baby without Down Syndrome. Head was spinning. Tears were falling. So confused.
I woke up. When I dream about this little bean, I wake up exhausted. I try not to over-analyze my dreams but I can't help but try to figure out what it all means. I think it's my fears. I have so many fears. I think about how the world is going to accept this little girl. I think about how her cousins are going to be her protectors. I think about how her Auntie and Uncle won't tolerate any crap from anybody. I think about my loud and overbearing self. I think about how James will deal with everything. I think about his laid back personality and how he internalizes his emotions. It's different when this little one is on the inside because I feel that I am totally facing the unknown. I think way too much. I know that when this baby gets here, my fears will subside, hopefully, sort of, a bit. As parents, you just worry so much about your kids. You want them to love life, their family, school and others. It's just one more added worry when your child is born with a special genetic gift. You worry even more. I need to remember, one day at a time. It's such a rollercoaster of feelings and emotions. I usually have these thoughts after a dream or an appointment. Gets me thinking. I need to think like man. ;)
Last thought....I had a bowl of Sugar Crisps the other day. Had to go to the bathroom a little while later, just number 1 and get this, my urine smelled exactly like Sugar Crisps. Honestly, go buy a box!! It was big news in our house! I may need more fresh air. :)
Happy Wednesday to you my friends. <3
7 May 2013
Yesterday my session at Cocktails and Dreams was cancelled so I settled for a virgin slurpee and a walk around the pond. It was hot out...too hot for me!
You need to read today's blog....it's awesome!
Amy Morrison is the Canadian asshat behind Pregnant Chicken. She started the website when she found out that she could have safely consumed caffeinated coffee during both her pregnancies and she was livid. She decided that the truth needed to be told about the myths surrounding pregnancy and the crap that goes along with it.
10. Tell her your birth story. Even if she starts to walk away, just follow her with every gory detail about your birth. The more painful and horrible, the better. And be sure to keep asking her if she’s scared. If she says “no” just ask her if she’s sure or tell her that she should be. Maybe she needs to hear about your episiotomy again.
9. Suggest a name. It’s doubtful that she and her partner have put a lot of thought into choosing a name so it’s important that you weigh in on this decision with a couple of names you thought of on the way into work. If you come up with a funny one be sure to greet her stomach with it, for example scream, “How’s it going in there, Ass-Clown-Charlie Brown?!” Be sure to lean on the surname when you say it.
8. Comment on her size. If she’s looking big be sure to ask if she’s sure there isn’t two in there or if she’s sure she’s due in two months and not at noon. If she looks small be sure to ask her where she’s hiding it or suggest maybe she just swallowed a grape. This one might also make her worry that something’s wrong so it’s a nice double whammy.
7. Jump in with “Just you wait until the baby comes” anytime she looks like she’s enjoying herself or if she’s a little too happy about the baby. Clearly she doesn’t realize how difficult it is to have a baby so it’s up to you to make sure she doesn’t get too excited. Babies are awful.
6. Tell her what she should and shouldn’t be doing. It really is amazing that she made it as far as she has considering how reckless she’s being with her diet and daily routine. Normally you wouldn’t care but seeing as there’s a baby involved, you better get in there and smack that coffee out of her hand; or better yet, just give her dirty looks and shake your head. That will teach her. You don’t want your tax dollars going towards that kid’s tail removal someday.
5. Ask her if her pregnancy was an accident. The less you know the woman the better because it will make her realize that you don’t approve of her reproductive schedule (of course you would never come out and say that because that would just be rude). An even subtler comment would be, “You know how that happens, right?” Everybody in the room will think it’s funny but she knows, and you know, that you’ve just pointed out that she’s had sex. If she becomes offended, just tell her it was a joke and to lighten up then roll your eyes and say “hormones”.
4. Ask her if she knows what she’s having. If she tells you the sex ask her if she’s disappointed that she isn’t having the opposite (on the off chance that she says “yes”, be sure to tell her child that their mother didn’t want them at an age appropriate time). If she says that they aren’t finding out the sex, act surprised and say “Don’t you want to know?!”. Say it in a way that implies that she isn’t interested in her baby.
3. Ask her if she conceived naturally especially if you don’t know the woman very well. Be sure to ask her in front of other strangers if possible. It’s a great question because if she used fertility treatments she has to reveal a very person, private part of her life and if she didn’t she also has to reveal a very person, private part of her life. If she says that it’s none of your business, you can just hold up your hands in defense and say, “Whoa, easy, I was just asking a question. Someone is touchy today.” She can’t win. It’s a delicious catch 22.
2. Toward the end of her pregnancy, be surprised every time you see her. Say things like “Are you STILL pregnant.” and “Haven’t you had that baby yet?” and extra helpful “I guess it just doesn’t want to come out” – which is nice because it points out the delivery she is *clearly* putting off and it’s a little gross too.
1. Touch her belly. The less you know her, the better. Just walk up to her and start molesting her stomach. Make an “MMmmmm” noise while you do it. If that doesn’t get her going, put your face right up to her belly button and talk into it like a microphone. Ask the baby how they’re doing and listen for an answer. If that still doesn’t upset her, comment how her baby doesn’t move much because it didn’t respond to your voice and how she may want to talk to her doctor about that.
Happy Tuesday!!! :))