Diaper bags!

June 20, 2010 § Leave a comment

Ok so we’re T-6 days until my tiny peanut’s party!  Next Saturday, my glorious girlfriends are throwing my peanut her baby shower so my fave women and I can celebrate the life in my belly.

One of my closest girlfriends from high school, C, can’t make it.  Boo.  After going to share in the experience that is Sex and the City 2 together the other night, C said she had my shower gift in her car.   Excitedly, I watched her pop her trunk and it came into view.  It was… a Petunia Pickle Bottom (aka PPB) diaper bag.  Sigh.   My bag isn’t really like this (it’s dark brown with gorgeous reddish pink flowers embroidered on it) but the style is the same.  C said she wanted to buy me something I wouldn’t have bought myself.  Double sigh.  I cried all the way home.

Last night, after consuming a stupendous beef stew I made I went to meet another of my besties, E, for ice cream (at Dairy Queen of course).  Before wolfing down our respective blizzards, E surprised me with another early gift- a diaper bag she’d had made especially for me at HotMama Handbags!  It looks just like this and is altogether fabulous!  At first, I have to admit, I was a bit confused as to what I should do.  E couldn’t return hers b/c it was custom but maybe C could return hers and I could get something else?  After a thorough discussion with E, it was decided that both were actually essential.  They were in totally different colour palettes and as such, would go with different outfits.  E went through two identical diaper bags in her first year of being a Mama so it was agreed I would just rotate these two beauties which would make both of them go further.  Now that’s my kind of decision!

My Mom arrived yesterday afternoon in advance of the shower.  She’s volunteered to weed my garden and plant the annuals we bought today in advance of our garden party next Saturday.  How fantastic is that?  I love my Mom.  Like a lot.

Also I feel the need to update the below stroller-related post.  After much thought, we’ve decided against the Bugaboo Chameleon and are, instead, choosing the Phil & Ted’s Vibe.  The double seat really sold us and my very practical husband really appreciated the ease with which it folded (even with the double seat attached) and the turn-on-a-dime maneuverability.   This is our final answer.

All in all, another fantastic week in the life of Rhiana.  Oh and I told my beautiful stepson today that his baby sister’s first party was next weekend.  He said: “Oh!  You got her out already?”  Heh.  Not quite little man, not quite.

Big big love to all those swollen, swaying bellies out there!

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26 weeks and five days!

June 17, 2010 § Leave a comment

Boy time flies when you’re growing a person! I’m 26 weeks and 5 days pregnant today and am pretty sure I “popped” again over the weekend. I’ve deduced this from the wide eyes of my colleagues who happened to see me semi-waddling into work this past Monday morning. I’m looking very… round… these days.

The other thing I am looking these days, according to my dear friends and the odd stranger, is radiant. For the most part, my weight gain (about 15 lbs total, give or take a bowl of ice cream…or two…here and there) has remained moderate and for the most part has been isolated to my belly, hip and thigh area. While normally I wouldn’t be thankful for weight gain, I know that it means my baby girl is getting what she needs and I am super fortunate that A-line skirts, gauchos and black dresses were invented as they make me feel significantly less… round.

Other than round and radiant, I’ve really been enjoying feeling my girl moving around in my belly. She’s very active in the morning while I’m sipping my tea on the couch and have my first snuggle of the day with the Hus and she also really loves to boogie woogie while I’m semi-horizontal and reading just before bed. In the last week or so, she’s taken to shaking a tailfeather while Mama is sleeping at night. My naive hope is that she’s just giving moon dancing a trial run and that she will eventually agree with me that nighttime is for sleeping! Realistically though, she’s probably preparing me for what is to come in just a few short months: sleeplessness! Either way, I feel so incredibly blessed to be carrying this baby and I can hardly wait to see her beautiful face.

Speaking of faces, I think mine is shrinking.  I sort of feel like my belly is sucking my head down through my neck, making it smaller and smaller each day.  Does the baby need my head too?  She’s already got my entire abdomen, my rear end, and as of today, my ankles (which are slowly becoming less separate from my calves).  Now my head??  C’mon peanut, cut Mama a break!

Well I’ve had a doozy of a week (as is indicated by that last paragraph) so I think I’ll leave the post there for today.  Sending my love to all of those beautiful bellies out there.

Rhiana, the bathing beauty…sort of.

June 3, 2010 § 3 Comments

Doc G (my fabulous OB-GYN) has been encouraging me since my very first visit, to “get in the pool.”  Given that getting into the pool requires a bathing suit, I put it off.  At every monthly visit, she’d ask me “Been gettin’ in the pool?”  I’d scrunch up my face and shake my head no.  The hus would give me the look.  I knew I couldn’t keep putting the pool off forever but I sure was going to try. 

This morning, over tea, the hus told me that I really needed to get in the pool.  He reminded me about how good I would feel once I got there and how much it would help me in labour.  His beautiful brown eyes were pleading with me.  I caved.

Today on my lunch hour I embarked on the errand a lot of pregnant ladies loathe: bathing suit shopping.  I went to the Bay because I needed a place with (a.) a lot of selection and (b.) bad service so the suits and I could battle it out uninterrupted.  I took about half dozen black (of course) bottoms in with me and another half dozen patterned tops.  I also threw in a one piece halter suit with a little skirt.  I started with what I thought offered the most promise- the two pieces.  Had it in my mind that they would break up the mass of my mid-section.  They weren’t bad…which was surprising.  Even more surprising?  The little halter one-piece?  Super cute!  Mind you, I only looked long enough (read: 5 seconds, tops) to log the ego damage in the full-length mirror and the fluorescent lights but still!  I looked cute!!

After work I was collected by the hus and driven to my first aquafit class at the Y.  After changing and showering, I headed for the pool and joined my group.  The pool was warm and I was welcomed with big smiles and even a belly pat from a delightful lady who had some of the most beautiful skin I’ve ever seen.  We bobbed around and stretched and plied together.  And, most importantly for me, we laughed and laughed and laughed (particularly when I went the wrong way in an exercise and almost knocked our instructor clear over).  It was absolutely fantastic and I can hardly wait for my next aquafit adventure on Sunday morning.

So kids, the moral of the story is… do what your really smart Doc and hus tell you!  Ok back to So You Think You Can Dance.  Don’t judge me.

I’m feeling big, big, big….

June 3, 2010 § Leave a comment

I’ve always been one of those really lucky women with a solid body image and a natural acceptance of her size and frame.  I’ve very rarely asked if I look fat in anything.  I have confidently worn two-piece bathing suits regardless of the degree to which my body does not look like Pam Anderson’s.  I wear form-fitting clothes and like my curvy parts.  And I have, throughout this pregnancy, felt very beautiful and mobile and comfortable…that is until today.  I’m hoping that it will pass (tomorrow preferably) but today I feel restricted and bloated and well… big.

I have one of these lovely husbands who tells me that I’m beautiful several times a day.  This helps.  Immensely.  Having said that I woke up this morning feeling sort of rotund and so ate a light lunch to compensate and was hungry in an hour so munched most of the afternoon and then, upon arriving home after a long day at the factory, thought a warm shower might just do the trick.  All was going well until I bent over to shave my legs and I could only reach mid-calf.  Mid-calf!  I tried to bend over a bit more but the soccer ball it feels like I swallowed wouldn’t allow it.  I tried to bend to the side and thought I would topple right over so corrected myself immediately.  Finally after trying everything I could standing up, I resorted to sitting down.  But of course before I settled in comfortably I sort of slid down the shower wall and squeaked my way to the ground but not before my hus came rushing in to make sure I hadn’t hurt myself.  Sigh.

Then to make matters worse, I got out of the shower and made the mistake of looking at my naked body in the mirror.  I hadn’t been in long enough to completely fog out the mirror which is unfortunate in this case.  I’ve been collecting a few stretch marks on my hips the last few weeks as I expand and I’ve grown accustomed to seeing them there, almost like those really good friends (of all shapes, sizes and colours) we all (hopefully) have whose presence reminds us that we’re awesome.  Well it seems my friends have invited some friends to my behind because there are definitely a bunch of new squiggles that I hadn’t previously met.  Great.

Anyhoo, I’ve got dinner on the go and am salivating just thinking about the salmon filets, baked potato and corn on the cob we’re going to get to eat in half hour.  Ok, just typing that sentence made me feel better.  Sad but true.  I’m going to take my swollen-ankled, sausage-toed, water-retaining self to the kitchen to put the finishing touches on our meal.  Thanks for listening.

24 weeks 3 days!

June 2, 2010 § 1 Comment

Well, we had another fabulous Doctor’s appointment today.  We’re 24 weeks and 3 days along today and have a fundal height measurement (pubic bone to top of uterus) of 27 cms.  What does that mean?  We have a good-sized baby!  She’s doing just fine in there and her heartbeat was a wonderful 140 beats per minute today.  Sigh.  Amazing how you can love a little bean so much.  Speaking of which, the hus got “something in his eye” today while listening to our little one’s heartbeat.  So cute.

So I think I’ve decided on a stroller after MUCH thought (read: obsessive nights spent online researching and creating tables with various stroller features for easy comparing).  We’re thinking we’ll go with the… da da da da….

The Bugaboo Cameleon

As a friend of mine put it, the Cameleon:

“…is the lightest stroller I have ever used.  Didn’t need to get an umbrella one.  I can steer it with one hand and all the fabric comes off and can be thrown in the wash. You can have the baby face you or away from you, reclined and sitting up straight. And the bassinet attachment is huge, you could have two babies in there. We just bought the wheeled board and [their two year-old daughter] loves riding on it so I can have two of them in it at once.  The only downfall I can see is that it cost more than my first car…”

It’s true- these strollers are pricey and retail for around $1000 CAD.  The bottom line: we can’t afford to pay $1000 for a stroller and are pretty sure we wouldn’t even if we could!  We are looking for a used one on Used Victoria and Used Vancouver and also on Ebay so if anyone sees one, has one they want to sell or knows someone ready to let theirs go, pls let me know!

Ok on another note, I just heard that Tipper and Al Gore are separating after 40 years of marriage.  Honestly, this made me feel so sad.  Admittedly I’ve only been married for just over a year (nor do I have international recognition and a vice-presidency under my belt) and so I can’t relate to much, if any, of their situation but… why aren’t people able to stay married these days?  In a recent article on canada.com, we are told that 38 per cent of Canadian marriages will end in divorce before the couple celebrates their 30th anniversary.   I’m determined to be married to the hus until I die and to do everything in my power to keep our family happy and healthy.  Do all newlyweds start out so optimistic and goal-oriented or do they perhaps not consider the magnitude of the step they have taken until things have gone wrong?  Oh dear.  I hope the Gore’s can pull together and work it out.

From doctor’s appointments to strollers to the Gores!  I told you the ramblings would be random!

Hello world!

May 21, 2010 § 1 Comment

Hi everyone.  I’m Rhiana and I am 23 weeks and 4 days pregnant with my first baby.  I’ve long wanted to join the ranks of the many wonderful blogging mothers and mothers-to-be but was unable to get up the gusto to start.  My pregnancy has been very uneventful so far and I was thinking that the ease and peace I have been experiencing somehow disqualified me from writing.  I’ve since decided… I’m going for it!  I hope you’ll enjoy my ramblings and let me warn you now, my ramblings are very often very random in nature 😉

So speaking of random, you may wonder about my choice of picture for this blog.  Well, I feel as though this image represents how I’ve been feeling since finding out I was pregnant back in January 2010: beautiful, serene and a bit foggy!  I’ve always been a very driven, focused person and this feeling of calm is definitely new for me.  Needless to say, I’m loving it and while it can be exciting to move forward in your mind to when the baby will arrive, I am trying to stay present and not to get too far ahead of myself.  Easier said than done I can tell you!

Being it that I’m just over halfway through my pregnancy, my mind has been going a mile a minute.  I’m quite focused (read: obsessed) with my what-I-need-to-bring-baby-home list and have run it by basically everyone I know that has had a child, is with child or has read a lot about having a child.  It’s not quite finalized but right now it looks like this:

  • 5 sleepers (check)
  • 2 sleep sacks (check)
  • bassinet and bedding
  • infant car seat (check- borrowed)
  • baby sling/Bjorn (check- borrowed)
  • diapers
  • bum wipes
  • baby nail clippers
  • nose aspirator
  • 10 receiving blankets (have 5)
  • 3 bibs (check)
  • cuddly blanket for snuggling/nursing (check)
  • 10 onesies (have 2)
  • baby wash and lotion
  • baby bathtub
  • baby washcloths (check)
  • 5 pairs baby socks

How am I doing all you Mum’s out there?  Of course I also have a number of things I probably don’t need immediately (or at all, really).

Well, I think that is all I have for post 1.  I hope to post daily and hope that my ramblings will be of use/comfort to all you mothers-to-be who may be reading this.  Good luck and happy baby growing!

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