Second trimester: Weeks 14 – 17

Week 14 (June 17)
After a busy two days in Kingston visiting family and playing with my nephew, I woke up with what I found out to be round ligament pain. When I stood up or walked, it felt like a pulled muscle in my lower belly. I spent most of that day on the couch. After plenty of resting my body, I felt better. Up another pound this week for a total of 5 lbs gained.


Weeks 14-15

Weeks 14-15


Week 15 (June 24)
Nothing new to report for this week in regard to symptoms. I experienced normal aches and pains and continued to eat apples and blueberries every day. Started using Palmers massage cream on my belly. Total of 6.5 lbs gained.

Week 16 (July 1)
Had an appointment with the substitute midwife on July 4th. She took my blood pressure (normal) and weighed me (up 9 lbs total). She had me pee on a stick that checks for proteins and other stuff in your urine. Then I climbed onto the exam table and she palpitated my stomach. The baby was sitting just below my navel, which she said was where it should be at this point. This time she found the heartbeat, which was really cool to listen to! At first the heartbeat was 140 bpm, then it sped up to 150 bpm after the baby moved around a bit. She gave me a requisition and sterile bottle that I need to pee in and bring to the lab at my leisure. The second trimester anatomy scan was booked for July 29th at the large hospital. I will be 20 weeks at the time and Jordan will be home to go with me!

I joined a free Prenatal Nutrition group that meets Wednesdays. We made egg and cheese melts for lunch.


Weeks 16-17

Weeks 16-17


Week 17 (July 8)
I had spent the past weekend in Kingston for Ashe’s second birthday party. On the Saturday, just before I hit 17 weeks, I woke up with a runny nose and very sore throat. I ended up driving home on the Monday, feeling like crap, cutting my visit short. The rest of the week I suffered from a nasty cold. I took Tylenol for my headaches, sucked on Vitamin C Halls for my throat, and went through box upon box of tissues. By the end of the week I had developed a phlegmy cough. I had to skip this weeks Prenatal Nutrition meeting.

Ashe, Disney, and other news

My little nephew will be 2 years old next Saturday. Isn’t that crazy? We are having a “Thomas the Train” birthday party for him down at the cottage. He loves “choo choos” so much right now. I’m really excited to drive down next week for another visit with the little monkey.


Ashe @ 23 months old

Ashe @ 23 months old


With Jordan beginning a new occupation in the military this summer, he will be going away on course in the fall. And doesn’t it just happen to occur during our planned trip to Walt Disney World. I’ve recently cancelled the trip and we will be getting our deposit back. I’m sad that we won’t get to go, but there’s other news to keep us happy.

On December 16, 2013 I will be 40 weeks pregnant. 🙂

A whole lot of playing “catch up”

After two weeks of living in our new house, Jordan was sent away on an exercise in the U.S. until the first week of March and I was left on my own. I don’t know anybody here, which made it kind of lonely. I ended up going back to Kingston for four days, staying at my mom’s house and visiting my family and old co-workers. I was really missing my nephew Ashe, so it was great to get to spend so much time with him. He’s such a happy child!


Playing iPhone games with my buddy!

Playing iPhone games with my buddy!


I’ve noticed that it seems to snow every day here, even if it only lasts a few minutes. The snow is also heavier and sticks to the ground much longer than I’ve seen in Kingston. I hate shoveling. Now that it’s April, the snow is finally melting.

When my darling husband returned, he used up the rest of his leave and ended up with the majority of March off work. We spent a weekend in Kingston staying with friends and I got to visit with Ashe again (in the above photo). Little monkey was 20 months old in that picture, and as of yesterday he’s now 21 months. He’ll be two this July, which is insane!


Ashe @ 20 months old

Ashe @ 20 months old


My mom came up for the second last weekend of March. We painted the master bedroom:


Before

Before

After

After


I am SO excited about moving our furniture into that room. I’ve always wanted a purple room and Jordan said he didn’t care what colour our bedroom was. 🙂 While my mom was here we did lots of cooking and baking. She showed me how to make mushroom risotto. OMG, delicious! I am not a fan of rice, and her risotto was like eating dessert. We also used my Kitchen Aid mixer for the first time (she wants to buy one) and made caramel sticky rolls from scratch and applesauce muffins.

We also spent Easter weekend in Ottawa at his sister and brother-in-law’s. Our niece, Zoë, is just over a year old now. She’s still shy and takes awhile to warm up to us. She’s pretty cute. We didn’t do anything fancy, just hung around the house or went shopping, and had Easter breakfast at their church on Sunday morning, which I think we did last year as well. On the drive home, we detoured through Fort-Coulonge because Jordan wanted to see the red covered bridge:


Standing with the covered bridge in Fort-Coulonge, Quebec.

Standing with the covered bridge in Fort-Coulonge, Quebec.

Snapshot while driving through the covered bridge (iPhone).

Snapshot while driving through the covered bridge (iPhone).


Received a chocolate package from the Attewell’s in Germany:


Chocolate stash from Germany (iPhone).

Chocolate stash from Germany (iPhone).


I’ve begun learning how to use my Canon 60D camera on Manual mode. With the help of this book:


Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson

Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson


It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and I’m now taking the time to teach myself. Doesn’t seem as difficult as I expected, but I’ve still got lots to learn. My camera came with a Canon 18-200mm IS lens and I have been saving up to purchase the Sigma 17-70mm OS lens. One more week and I should be able to buy it. I’m really excited! Not only for a new lens, but for Walt Disney World!

That’s right, we are going to the World where dreams do come true! We are booked into POP Century, a value resort, for 8 nights/9 days in October. We are planning to drive and will also spend a night and full day in Washington, D.C. I’m a little obsessed with Disney World right now. I’ve done so much research and planning already. I even have an itinerary done up in Excel. Okay, I’m crazy. But anyway, I’m going to master Manual mode on my camera and take amazing photos on our vacation, I just know it! 😉

Christmas Day 2012

The site has been down for a bit, or very slow, due to some issues that Surpass has now fixed and I’m finally able to login to my WordPress. I’m happy that they did their best to fix the issue and kept me updated during the whole process without my having to ask.

Since I have very little time to devote to fanlistings like I used to, I have closed them all and now Quicksylver.org and Figuristka.org both redirect to this blog until I figure out what I want to do with them. I may let Figuristka.org expire at the end of January.

Anyway, Christmas 2012 was spent at my mom’s.


Christmas flowers

Christmas flowers

Goodies to snack on!

Goodies to snack on!


My mom planned a sort of “drop-in” event, meaning that between 2-4 pm anyone was welcome to show up and have some Christmas treats. There were all sorts of baked goodies and drinks available. After everyone left, my mom had turkey dinner for Jordan and I, my two sisters and their significant others, and my nephew. The food was amazing! Later, we Skyped my brother in Newfoundland.


Crystal and Ashe

Crystal and Ashe

Pumpkin rolls with cream cheese filling

Pumpkin rolls with cream cheese filling

Ashe @ 17 months old

Ashe @ 17 months old


This was Ashe’s second Christmas and he was spoiled with gifts! He loved gift bags and tissue paper more than the gifts, I think.

Our move date is looming closer! Pack Day is January 30th. I only have a couple weeks left at work. This is crazy! I’ve contacted our phone company, cancelled our current internet provider, and booked another one for the new house. There is still plenty of things left for me to organize or worry about. I hope this move goes smoothly.

I’m currently working on a cute cross-stitch pattern for Michelle’s baby that is due in May. It’s coming along nicely and keeping my mind occupied. Sucks that I won’t be around when the baby is born.

Upper Canada Village

First off, finally got my hair chopped off! It was way too long and getting hard to manage.


New hair cut (October 2012)


Thanksgiving weekend turned out to be great! The in-laws stayed with us Friday night. I made a delicious teriyaki stir-fry for dinner. And then on Saturday we drove up to Morrisburg to spend the day at Upper Canada Village. The weather started out rainy, gray, and cold, but in the afternoon the sun came out. I brought along only one camera, my Canon 60D, and carried around that heavy thing all day. I’m glad I did because the pictures turned out really well.


Pumpkin Inferno

The church

Purple flower

House

Posing in front of the school house


After hours of walking around the grounds, we had a late lunch at the hotel. You need reservations to eat there. They served a turkey dinner for Thanksgiving. The food was amazing and I’m glad we decided to eat there. After lunch, we finished exploring and by the end of the day (I think the place closes around 5:30 pm) we said goodbye to Jordan’s parents and headed back home. We didn’t stay for the nighttime Pumpkin Inferno event but it was cool to see all the pumpkins during the daylight.