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 🙂

Maternity Clothes… and Plant!

Last weekend, our friends Brad-Ja-Luca came over to drop off this awesome plant as a birthday/congrats on your pregnancy present. I can’t remember what this plant is called, but it’s so pretty! I have to remember to water it (and not over water it) though… I do not have a green thumb whatsoever!

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Now that I am past 12 weeks and nearing the end of my first trimester, I decided to start buying maternity clothes. Why oh why is it difficult to find decent maternity clothes in Vancouver? I don’t mean to sound picky but since these clothes will only be worn for less than a year, I don’t want to spend a fortune on them. Also… why do most maternity tops looks like scrubs? Not that I have anything against scrubs, but I don’t want to look like I work in a hospital or clinic when I am just out and about…

I checked out Top Shop and H&M in Pacific Centre and they both had such a small selection of maternity clothes on site. I ended up getting two dresses from Gap online. They were both on sale – so I got a pretty good deal. Still, the dresses are only okay. The biggest problem is that they are both pretty long on me (and will be pretty long even after further belly growth). Being 5’3″, I am pretty used to this issue… At the end of the day, these dresses are good enough to wear to work eventually… 🙂

I also got some pants and shorts at H&M. The pants are sooooo comfy! I don’t ever want to wear normal pants again! The best part was the pants only cost 40$. Woo hoo! I need to create a clothing line for men – Beer Belly Pants. Everyone with a belly must understand how comfy these pants are 😉

Also got this (non maternity ;)) Kimono from Anthropologie. Every year, Anthro members get 15% off their entire purchase during their birthday month. I LOVE Anthropologie… although they are quite pricey and the two stores we have in the Lower Mainland don’t have as a big of a selection as any of the American stores I have ever been to :(. I used to order things online all the time… Until my last purchase. I bought a dress for 170$ USD and then got taxed some outrageous fee by Customs. The dress ended up costing over 300$ CAD after shipping and taxes and I was not pleased!

Anyway, now off to find some decent maternity tops… wish me luck!

 

Second Prenatal Visit

I had my second prenatal visit today. I am 12 weeks and 3 days today and I have gained a total of 2.6 pounds. There really isn’t much to report from today’s visit. The most exciting thing is I got to hear the baby’s heart beat! According to the resident, Baby L has nice strong heart beat so that’s wonderful to hear 🙂

I feel so terrible because I told Bobby not to come to my appointment. He’s been really busy at work so I figured he could skip this appointment. I thought the doctor would listen to the baby’s heart beat using a stethoscope… little did I know they had a Doppler Machine on site. So Bobby missed out 😦

He will definitely be at my next visit in 4 week’s time though! By then I will have the results of my genetic blood screening (I have to go for round two of the blood work in mid May).. and he can hear the baby’s heart beating then 🙂

Other than that, my blood pressure is good. I have had ZERO bleeding and spotting since my big scare three weeks ago (YAY!!!!)… and to be honest, I’ve been feeling AWESOME! I’m still pretty tired (my coworker and I went for a 20 minute walk today and I was so tired after!!) but my mild nausea is pretty much gone.

Happy to report, both Baby and Mama L are doing great 😀

My birthday/Easter long weekend

My birthday (April 14) coincided with Easter this year so I got 4 days off! Woo hoo! We decided to take the fetus on it’s first ferry ride. Destination: The Sunshine Coast 🙂

Friday
I woke up to my birthday present screwed shut between scraps of wood. Thanks, Bobby! IMG_1650

After I unscrewed my present (a floppy hat for Europe!) Bobby decided to decorate the apartment with balloons

No major plans this morning. I have a couple of friends who also had birthdays this weekend so we were all going out for dinner to celebrate. Friday marked the first day we got to see most of our friends all at the same time… so we finally got to tell them the news about Baby L 🙂 After dinner, Bobby and I went to the late Improv Show. It was so late that I was exhausted by the time it started (11:15pm). We got home just before 1am…

Saturday/Sunday
We spent a couple of days at the Rock Water Secret Cove Resort in Halfmoon Bay… and it was AWESOME. Because it’s still April, it’s still pretty chilly – especially right next to the water! It was about 5 degrees and VERY windy the day we checked in. We stayed in the cuuuutest cabin with an excellent view off of our patio so we tried to make the best of it.

It was cloudy the day we checked in… but sunny the next day! It was still chilly but having the sun out was nice… We woke up around 8am and decided to try to have morning coffee/tea on the patio. (Spoiler alert: it was 5 degrees, but felt like 3 degrees… so I lasted a total of 15 minutes before heading back into the heated cabin)

After breakfast, we decided to lounge, poolside… fully clothed!

We had spa appointments at 1pm. And check out was at 11am…. so after breakfast, we decided to explore the grounds. The hotel in itself is in a pretty remote area. You have to drive 20-30 minutes south or 15 minutes north to get to the next major cities. I’m sure there are hiking trails nearby ish… but I didn’t really feel like hiking. So we just walked around and explored the hotel grounds.

The hotel is actually broken into three categories: super fancy tents, cabins or hotel rooms in the main building. The tents looked really nice! But they are incredibly expensive to stay in (almost 400$ a night when we were there) and you have to walk an extremely long boardwalk (up/down an incline and up and down some stairs depending on where your tent is located) to get to your tent. You cannot park your car anywhere near your tent… so good luck carrying all of your crap over 🙂 The cabins are smaller… and therefore cheaper (we paid 189$ for the night) and you get to park your car right outside your cabin! Well… at least we got to park right outside of our cabin and we stayed in Cabin #7. Having the car right outside made unloading/loading really easy! I have a coworker who stayed in the main building (regular hotel rooms/suites) and she mentioned that those are also really nice. We love this hotel so much that we are planning to visit again in the summer for Bobby’s birthday. By then it will be warm and we will be able to enjoy the outdoor space a lot more!

After our spa appointments (thai yoga massage for Bobby and pedicure for me) we decided to head back… slowly. It was about 2pm and our ferry (which was only a 30-40 minute drive away) didn’t leave until 6:50pm. Because it was a long weekend, the ferries were all full so there was no hope in catching an earlier ferry. So we stopped in Sechelt for some coffee. Sechelt looks beautiful… Most stores were closed though. There was once store called Blue Magnolia Clothing that was open though… and luckily too because they had a really awesome selection of clothing. I got some shorts (from Denmark!!) and a scarf on clearance… all for 56$ with tax! Woo hoo! I need to stock up on shorts for Europe. I will be 19-21 weeks while we are away… so I will be larger and likely unable to fit in my current shorts. The shorts I got have an elastic waist you tie up (no buttons!) so here’s hoping I can still wear them 🙂

Since Sechelt was mainly closed (and not because it was Easter, but because most places are actually closed on Sundays), we headed over to Gibsons. We visited the few shops that were open and then had an early dinner at the famous Molly’s Reach Restaurant.

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After dinner, we headed headed home. The ferry between Horseshoe Bay and Langdale is super quick (40 minutes) so we were home by 8:30pm. I had just enough energy to prep for Bobby’s third annual Easter Egg Hunt (By the way Bobby, when the baby comes, you will have to start sharing the chocolate :))

This year, I bought plastic eggs to hide. I’ve been so paranoid hiding real chocolate because I don’t want to miss finding any.. and then have to deal with finding melted chocolate for the rest of our lives. Although this probably will never be an issue though because I hide the eggs in plain site and Bobby has never had any problems finding them…

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The rule is: Bobby gets to trade in one plastic egg for one Ferrero Egg (these eggs are so delicious!).

Monday
Bobby had no trouble finding the eggs… He found all 6 in less than 5 minutes!

I have the day off today as well (Bobby is back to work). I have to get some blood work done (first genetic screening test) and I have to tidy up a bit… and relax… and maybe catch up on some Real Housewives… 🙂

This past weekend was so relaxing! I cannot wait until our next weekend getaway to Halfmoon Bay! Thank you fetus for not making mommy too sick over the weekend! I hope you got to enjoy all of the yummy food you got to eat this weekend. Mommy really indulged and is feeling fat this morning

The Nursery

Eventually, I am going to get around to de-cluttering the baby’s room. We’ve had this spare room pretty much empty ever since we moved into this apartment three years ago… Technically, the room has had a couple of residents: Kiwi, Marco (Bobby’s brother), then Kiwi again. After Kiwi died, the room became a bit of a dumping ground (see pic below):

The room is a great size. I am definitely not into the neon green walls (the previous apartment owners had two sons… and they let each of their sons paint their bedrooms a BRIGHT colour). Regardless of the baby’s gender, the room will be painted with a softer, more calming, colour.

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Here is a list of things we need to get done before Baby L’s arrival:

Things to Buy/Build:

  • Better closet system. I can never understand why closets are built with so much wasted space. We don’t only need one shelf to store clothes on/hang clothes from!! We had our master bedroom closet redone by California Closets and we LOVE it. Unfortunately, Baby L’s closet budget is not so big.. He/she will be getting a lovely Martha Stewart or Ikea closet system 😛
  • Changing table (I have a few ideas on pinterest)
  • A comfortable chair (for nursing, lulling the baby to sleep, etc)
  • Black out blinds – so we can make night time happen anytime we need

We already have a crib. Years ago, Bobby made our friends a crib as a baby shower gift for their baby. Their baby is no longer a baby anymore. In fact, he is turning 5 this year and will be attending kindergarten in September (where the heck has the time gone?!). They are very kindly passing the crib back over to for us to use for Baby L which is so awesome! We just need to buy a new mattress and sheets for the crib 🙂

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Crib building… on a summer day in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia. Perfectly normal patio activity 🙂

Here are a couple of other ‘before’ nursery pictures.

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The closet will be getting a better clothes storage system (with built in drawers, etc) to make it more functional. Currently next to the closet are a few baby items we bought from Brad and Ja: a travel baby bed, a breast pump and an Ergo baby carrier

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The neon green room’s first resident: Kiwi-Keys Chaos! Technically, her momma Chaos was also a resident.. but Chaos died shortly after we moved into this apartment 😦

Nursery updates will commence this summer, after our sojourn in Europe. Stay tuned! 🙂