Third Prenatal Visit

Today was my third prenatal doctor’s appointment… and it started off with a bang. Literally. Bobby was going to come along and he was going to meet me at my doctor’s office and he got rear ended on his way! He was literally 5 minutes away when the accident happened 😦

Thankfully, he is okay. The two drivers are also okay.. but probably more injured. Basically, Bobby was stopped in traffic and the lady behind him was slowing down (to stop in time)… and the guy behind her didn’t stop at all… and crashed into the lady… who then crashed into Bobby.

I just got to my doctor’s office when Bobby called to tell me what happened and I immediately panicked. He’s okay though but he was going to miss my appointment and not hear Baby L’s heart beat again 😦

I didn’t want to hold my doctor up so I checked in, hoping she was running late so that Bobby could make it to the end of my appointment. As per usual, I had to get a urine sample and the MOA weighed me (I am just under 128 lbs). Well, today was the day my doctor was running on schedule. I told her about Bobby’s accident and she was sympathetic about it… we did my blood test, and she commented that I haven’t gained very much weight (about 5 pounds in total). I’ve only been inhaling everything in site… but I guess I didn’t have much of an appetite the last 10 days or so during the heat wave.

She then wrote me a doctor’s note for my trip… and answered my questions (eg: what to take for nausea or allergies when I am away)… and she talked me off the ledge on how round ligament pains (the sharp pains I’ve been getting down there) are normal… and we made small talk about my upcoming trip… but alas, she had to proceed with the heart beat check part. I was so stressed/sad about Bobby missing this.. again… but my doctor told me to just wait in the waiting room and she would bring me back into the room again when Bobby arrived and we could hear the heart beat again 🙂

I waited about 30 minutes until Bobby arrived. Turns out the hold up was that he was talking to his insurance because he has a company car… which makes things so much more complicated and annoying!! But anyway, he arrived and so we got sent back to the room and Bobby FINALLY got to hear Baby L’s heart beat. He thought it was really cool 😀 😀

I am due to see my doctor in a month’s time… and I am also due for my next (and final) ultrasound. At the next ultrasound, we can FINALLY get the baby’s gender (if the baby cooperates of course). I am still trying to decide if I want to do a 3D ultrasound. This is not covered by our health insurance – I will have to pay out of pocket and I think it is worth it! Bobby think’s it’s only worth it if they actually give us a 3D print out of the baby *eyeroll* 🙂

Today also marks the start of my 17th week of pregnancy. Baby L is now measuring approximately 5 inches long and apparently his/her hair, eyelashes, eye brows, finger/toe nails are growing. His/her reflexes (eg: swallowing and blinking) are also developing… and his/her teeny tiny heart is pumping as much as 20L of blood a day. For reference, an adult heart pumps approximately 7600L of blood per day 🙂

Baby’s First Beer Festival… in utero

Yesterday, we hit up the Brewer’s Row Block Party in Port Moody… and that was my first beer festival not being able to drink beer. To be honest, I am not a huge beer drinker to begin with, but when it is hot, it’s nice to drink a nice, light, fruity beer whilst you pass the time.

The event was short, from noon to 5pm, so we got there early to get awesome seats in the shade. I felt a little bit awkward being at a beer festival… not drinking beer. Being almost 17 weeks, I am still not obviously pregnant. I was excited to see two other pregnant women at the festival as well… and they obviously also were not drinking… however, they were a lot further along and more visibly pregnant (one was due to give birth in two months).

In the end, we had fun. The live music was great! The first act was an extremely talented young man named Olin Brix. He’s so awesome! Very mellow remakes of popular songs. Then there was band called Ghost of Blood Alley. They were great too. More lively.. and loud. At some point, I worried that Baby L was wondering why people were yelling at him/her 😉

Bobby had a blast since he had a designated driver 😛

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Looks last this past weekend marked the end of the heat wave we’ve been having. It will be a lot cooler this week and weekend. I guess it will give me a chance to stay home and clean the apartment… am I nesting?!?! 🙂

Our traveling three ring circus

We planned to spend the day yesterday at the lake again and it’s so funny to me how much stuff we have to bring for two adults. It makes me laugh to think how much more stuff we will need to bring when Baby L comes around! Baby stroller, diaper bag, beach toys… and of course the baby!

Because it’s going to be another hot weekend (27, feels like 30 degrees), we decided to buy a tent so we can have some shade when needed. We ended up getting this one from Canadian Tire and it is awesome! Easy to set up and take down… and it weighs less than 5 pounds! The tent came in really handy 🙂 Side note: the tent was also very popular among the beach goers – we spotted several families with the same model 🙂

Gone are the days when we could go to the beach with beach towels and water bottles. Bobby now insists on bringing our two, very large camping chairs. These chairs are awesome and I am appreciative that Bobby packs these up and carries them (they are not light!)… let’s face it, we are getting old. Sitting on the sand for prolonged periods of time hurts our backs 😛

We also bring a bag of snacks and a cooler with lots of water, fruit (like mangoes*) and lunch. Sasamat Lake has a concession stand.. and to be honest, it would be easier to just buy food there… but the line up is always long.. and who the heck wants to eat a hot and gooey poutine when it feels like it is 30 degrees?! We do make however buy ice cream on site… usually around 2pm when we feel like we are ready to melt 😉

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*Bobby likes to comment about much many mangoes I eat. And every time I come home with more mangoes, he always goes “You bought MORE mangoes?”. Yes, Bobby. I love mangoes, okay?! I’m pretty sure that in 5 months time, I will give birth to a mango on top of a human baby…

16 weeks

Four months! I am FOUR MONTHS! Time is going by so fast! Not that I am complaining! Things have been going so smoothly the past few weeks 🙂

No major changes to report. I had my second genetic blood test screening done this past weekend. Bobby came with me this time. Well, he dropped me off at the lab and waited for me at a coffee shop. I was only at the lab for less than 15 minutes because I made an appointment… and because there was no one there (this weekend is a long weekend). After my appointment, I met Bobby at Starbucks where we happily sipped our iced beverages in the sun… and made plans to take Baby L to the lake on Sunday. After a horrendous winter (snow until March with temperature below freezing for over three months… when it rarely snows/drops below freezing temperature in Vancouver), we were excited that the forecast called for sunshine in 25 degree weather this long weekend! Woo hoo! We decided to hit up Sasamat Lake.

We got to the lake bright and early to claim some decent beach real estate and parking! Luckily too, because when we were sunned out (approx 3pm), the park gates to get in were closed because the place was packed! Apparently it will be just as hot and sunny this weekend… so a repeat trip to the lake might be required!

The highlight of the visit was seeing a family of geese, which included 5 fluffly baby goslings, walk by:

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The babies were soooo adorable… mostly following their mama wherever they went… sometimes straying off course to explore on their own 🙂

Thanks for the day off, Queen Victoria!

Now for some baby updates: At 16 weeks, the fetus is now the size of a pear… and it will double in size over the next three weeks. This would probably explain the pains I occasionally get down there – nothing that ever concerned me. I got these earlier in my pregnancy too when the fetus was due for a growth spurt. I have my next doctor appointment next week. At that point, she will be able to give me an update on both of my genetic screening blood test results and we get to hear the Baby’s heart beat again! If all goes smoothly, I think I will finally tell my director about my pregnancy the first week of June. I haven’t been trying to hide it per se… I was just not really sure when or even how to announce it. I’m a pretty private person at work… and while I do have a slightly bigger belly than normal (easily masked with cardigans/scarves), I haven’t really gained much weight… so it still is not obvious that I am with child. I think an official announcement at 4.5 months is just right 😉

Happy Mother’s Day!

Yesterday, my family and I met up at Joe Forte’s for Mother’s Day brunch. Despite the thundershowers we had the night before, the sun was out so we dined al fresco! Dining on a patio really made me miss having a refreshing alcoholic beverage. Everyone (except my mom) was enjoying their cold, adult drinks… and I there I was… quietly sitting in the corner drinking my tea. Lame 😛

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The food was good, but the company was better!

Since we celebrated Mother’s Day yesterday, today we were free to watch Guardian’s of the Galaxy Vol II!! We tried to watch this last weekend… seriously, we even bought tickets and I was happily seated in my seat enjoying the first ten minutes of the movie when Bobby had a near death experience (spoiler alert: he’s just fine) and we had to leave the theatre. Bobby managed to get through the entire movie okay this time around… and we both really enjoyed the movie. It was funny like the first one and Baby Groot is so cute!

At the risk of being annoyed by mass crowds, I bought movie tickets for the Metrotown Cinema… mainly because I wanted to check out their H&M’s maternity section. I’ve been obsessed with H&M’s maternity pants! They are really comfy and they only cost 45$ with tax 🙂 Unfortunately, I did not do my homework and only realised once on site that the H&M in Metrotown didn’t even have a maternity section… oh well…

PS: I chopped off most of my hair. I was a little annoyed the hair dresser cut too much off. I specifically asked her to keep it below shoulder so I can still tie it up. She cut it so that it is just slightly above shoulder… oh well.. hair grows back anyway. And my hair looks healthier now!

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mother’s out there! Can’t wait to officially celebrate this wonderful holiday next year 🙂

Second Trimester

Dear Baby L,

We’ve officially made it to the second trimester! *High five* 

According to the App I am using to track your growth, you are now practicing breathing on your own with your teeny tiny lungs. Your eyes and ears are also continuing to develop so maybe Papa* and I should start reading/singing to you now 😛

Last week, I bought you your first winter jacket**. Because you will be born in the fall, I want to make sure you have something nice and warm to wear when you get to come home from the hospital 🙂 Please note, you will be a Vancouver born baby… and you will learn quickly that our falls and winters are dark, cold and rainy… and that our springs are bright… but cold and rainy. Don’t worry, Papa and I will buy you all the things you need to keep warm and dry 🙂

There’s still many weeks to go until we actually get to meet you so Mommy better start reading up on her baby books! After all, what better way to spend this weekend (Mother’s Day) than to learn how to be a Mom 😉

Mommy had started to exclusively wear maternity pants so you have lots of space to grow. So you just keep growing… and developing! Take all of the space and time you need 🙂

Love,
Mommy

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*A while ago, I asked Bobby what he wanted the baby to call him, Daddy or Papa. Bobby picked Papa because it’s ‘cuter’. 

**Winter jacket purchased in spring… because it was on clearance 😀

13 weeks

Depending on what chart you prefer to go by, I am either in my last week of my first trimester… or the first week of my second trimester. Since I am a BC Resident, I will follow the timelines outlined by BC’s Ministry of Health which states that I am in the last week of my first trimester.

I cannot believe how far along I am!!! Time went by so fast… my due date is ‘only’ 27 weeks away 😉

As I mentioned previously, other than fatigue, most of my earlier pregnancy symptoms are none existent. A new symptom is hunger – all day, everyday! Baby L is really starting to grow and he/she is ALWAYS HUNGRY! Apparently, a 13 week old fetus measures at approx 3 inches and is about the size of a peach… Boy am I feeling the pain of the baby/uterus growing. The pain isn’t anything concerning… it’s more like little twinges here and there.

To date, I have not had any strange pregnancy cravings, like pickles and ice cream. I do have regular cravings. Yesterday, all of a sudden, I really needed to have a Pizza Hut pizza. Not sure why, it’s not like I saw an ad for it or anything either…. I haven’t eaten at a Pizza Hut in at least 10-15 years because their crust is so doughy… normally, I prefer thin crust pizza… and no tomato sauce (just olive oil). But for whatever reason, that’s what I had to have.

I can still fit in my regular clothes, although I have started to shop for maternity clothes. Wearing skin tight jeans is sort of becoming an issue, especially after eating. I guess I can just switch over to maternity pants… or dresses/skirts… mainly so I am not squishing the baby 🙂