Second trimester: Weeks 24 – 25

Week 24 (July 13)
I turned 33 years old on the 12th. It was an extremely hot day. After church, we drove into Pembroke to return a video card and I looked at computers. I’ve decided my computer is no longer worth upgrading; nothing works properly on it and upgrading doesn’t work anymore. We had a quick A&W dinner at the mall and on our way home stopped at McDonald’s for a hot fudge sundae. I must say, there was not enough fudge on my ice cream! The next day I ordered a new computer from Canada Computers.

As far as pregnancy symptoms, things are normal but I’m not handling the heat very well. I don’t remember it being this bad when I was pregnant two summers ago. I have to sleep with two fans pointed at me, and even then I’m sooooooo hot. On Friday I saw my midwife. My blood pressure was 95/55 and baby’s heart rate was high 150s bpm. I declined the glucose screening test, but peed in a cup to test for UTI. Fundal height measured at 26 cm, which Suki said is alright but she can tell I have a lot of amniotic fluid. I have gained 21.2 lbs total.

That same afternoon we attended Stacey & Ryan’s barbecue. I was commissioned to bring dessert so I made raspberry cream bars and bakery style double chocolate chip cookies. The cookies were a huge hit!


Weeks 24-25

Week 25 (July 20)
Mid-week I went to Prenatal Nutrition and we made chilli. Every time I go I receive a $15 PC gift card, which is pretty awesome! The gift card actually does help with buying extra vegetables since our local grocery store is over-priced. On Thursday, our church worship team set up their instruments at the waterfront and performed for an hour. Jordan played the drums. They did great and the weather was perfect. Baby Boy was pretty active this week! He’s also sitting pretty low, by the look of my belly.

SMA: August is SMA Awareness Month


SMA Awareness 2015

August is Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month. This is the disease that took my daughter’s life, and is taking the lives of innocent babies all over the world, every single day. SMA is like ALS, but in babies. 1 in 6000 babies a year are born with this rare genetic disease. There is NO treatment or cure. 1 in 40 people are carriers of this deadly disease. If two carriers have a baby, they have a 1 in 4 chance of the baby being born with SMA. Currently, SMA is NOT part of the newborn screening process.

Educate yourself by visiting these informative sites:

Getty Owl Foundation
Gwendolyn Strong Foundation

Donate to CureSMA.

Ashe: Four years old

On July 6th, my nephew Ashe turned 4 years old. FOUR! I can hardly believe it. We had a small birthday party for him, on the Sunday, at my mom’s cottage. Close friends and family attended. My sister and I made special cupcakes and “Paw Patrol” decorations. These are some of my favourite photos from the day:


Paw Patrol party

Playing a game

Huge smile from Ashe

Sunglasses collage

Happy birthday!

Birthday balloons

Scooter fun

Holding his adopted puppy

Birthday cupcakes

Cupcakes are delicious!

There were sandwiches, cookies, hot dogs, and other goodies for lunch. My sister had a few fun activities for the kids, like “Pin the Badge on Marshall” and decorating dog bones. There was also a little pool to keep cool in and squirt guns! It was a great party and I’m pretty sure that Ashe had a great time!

Second trimester: Weeks 20 – 23

Week 20 (June 15)
I had ordered a bunch of baby clothes from Carters and they arrived this week. I washed everything up and sorted by size and admired the cuteness. You know what’s really annoying about baby clothes? Even among the same brand, the sizes are so wacky. For example, some of the 3 month and 6 month onesies are the exact same size in length… Figure that one out.

I also spent three days painting the nursery! It was a LOT of work but I knew if I didn’t do it myself, it wouldn’t get done. I picked out a gorgeous colour at Canadian Tire in town called Island Aqua. Jordan helped move all the furniture to the very centre of the room and removed all the nails from the walls. After mudding the holes, I taped all the trim, etc. Then I spent two days with the windows wide open while I painted. Once the furniture was moved back into place, I couldn’t believe the transformation of the room! It looks amazing! We are going with a nautical theme and adding in aqua and navy blue accents. I replaced the pink and turquoise fabric drawers with navy and aqua. I’m still in need of curtains and throw rug. I decided to leave Khloë’s name on the wall where it’s always been. Baby boy will have his name on the wall above his crib. It was a LOT of work and I was completely exhausted by the end of each day but it was worth it.

On Thursday I saw Kilmeny, one of my midwives. She said the ultrasound results looked great and gave me a copy. Baby Boy’s heart rate is still in the high 150s, just like his sister. My blood pressure remained low at 88/56. And my total weight gain is 16 lbs!


Weeks 20-21

Week 21 (June 22)
Not much to report for this week in regard to symptoms, other than I think I’m starting to get some Braxton Hicks contractions. Looking at the photo above, I think my belly is popping out more. I have been selling some items and clothes I no longer need in order to make a little extra cash to buy Baby Boy some clothes. I also found the car seat I want to get; my mother-in-law is going to pay for it so I’m just waiting for it to go on sale.

Week 22 (June 29)
Definitely strong Braxton Hicks contractions! I get them quite often. They don’t hurt but can be uncomfortable; it feels like my bladder is being squeezed. After a trip to Walmart on Monday, I starting having some cramps that caused me to curl up on the sofa. I drank a glass of water and laid there for awhile and they went away. I think it’s just because I did a lot of walking around and then carrying all the groceries inside the house. I spent Tuesday at Amanda’s. We used their Silhouette machine to cut out the shape of an anchor and seahorse on 12×12″ scrapbook paper for me to frame in the baby’s room. They look really good in the nursery!

For Canada Day, it rained most of the day. I made chicken noodle soup in the slow cooker and mint chocolate chip cheesecake squares. We didn’t plan on going to any festivities. Holidays are hard without my girl because all I think about is that the previous year we did “this and this” etc with Khloë on a particular holiday. :(

We spent the weekend in Kingston with my family. The drive was long and uncomfortable. We stopped for BLTs and a toilet break at the half-way point gas station, but then I dreaded getting back in the car knowing there’s still another 1.5 hours to go. On the Saturday my sister Keesje came over to mom’s house and we made strawberry cupcakes for Ashe’s birthday party. I had already made and defrosted vanilla cupcakes. I whipped the frosting and dyed it blue. We also made decorations in the shapes of dog bones and paw prints; the party’s theme was “Paw Patrol”. That afternoon we all drove down to the cottage. Dinner was hamburgers! Sunday, July 5th was Ashe’s fourth birthday party! I will do a separate post with photos, but it was a beautiful, hot day and he was the perfect little host!


Weeks 22-23

Week 23 (July 6)
On Monday, while still in Kingston, I turned 23 weeks. We had a very long day. After saying goodbye to my mom, Jordan and I headed to Gananoque to Leeder Monuments. We finalized the design for Khloë’s headstone and base and paid for it in full. That’s a weight off our shoulders. It should be completely installed by mid-September. Then we went back to Kingston for some shopping; I had a couple gift cards for Toys R Us to spend. We found a couple outfits, socks, and a navy blue crib sheet with white anchors on it. By the time we got home it was 9 pm.

My sister had sent home with us 5 boxes of my nephew’s clothes, sized 12-18 months. I spent a few days of the week washing, sorting, and folding everything. I also turned 33 on Sunday, July 12th. We went to church in the morning and in the afternoon returned a video card to Staples. I’m definitely thinking of ordering a new computer! Mine is 8 years old and not worth upgrading anymore. On the way home we stopped for Wendy’s and then a hot fudge sundae, yum!

By the end of the week, I was 21 lbs up!

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