Khloë: 8 weeks old

My oh my, 8 weeks old!


8 weeks old

8 weeks old (January 28)


This post is a little late in the week but I don’t always have time to get on the computer. Not much new in development. Khloë is getting better at holding her head up but still dislikes tummy time. She loves to stare at faces. There are always plenty of grins when we put her on the change table; she knows she’s getting a clean diaper to poop in! She continues to sleep in a bassinet in our bedroom.

Diapers are still size 1 and clothing size 0-3, although some 3-6 month pants fit her. She has SO much clothing!


She's getting big!

She’s getting big!

Aunt Crystal meeting her niece

Aunt Crystal meeting her niece


This weekend my mom, two sisters, and nephew came up for a visit. Crystal met her niece for the first time and fell in love. 🙂 She brought a suitcase full of clothes and other items for her, too. My mom and other sister brought gifts as well. My girl is so spoiled! Also, our church threw a baby shower for Khloë and I on Saturday. Yes, SPOILED!

Khloë: 6 weeks old

I can hardly believe that I have a six week old baby! She is growing and changing so fast. Thanks to a neat idea I found on Pinterest, I’m going to take a photo of Khloë with her Hello Kitty doll each week to show her growth.


6 weeks

6 weeks old (January 14)


Her cheeks have definitely filled out and she’s getting a double chin. She nurses very well and always lets me know when she is ready to eat. I’m so happy that breastfeeding is going well for us. All her newborn clothes were packed away about a week and a half ago and now she’s wearing 0-3 month clothing. Some of that size are still a little large, though.

She is becoming more alert and loves to stare at her sensory toys, sometimes accidentally grabbing at them. She isn’t always a fan of tummy time but she does tolerate it. Jordan and I try to read her a book each day. I think her favourite activity is watching Mama and Daddy’s faces and listening to Daddy sing her songs.


Wrapped in her hand-made bath towel

Wrapped in her hand-made bath towel

Checking out her surroundings

Checking out her surroundings


Our church is having a baby shower for us on February 1st. Originally it had been scheduled for December 7th but had to be rescheduled due to Khloë’s early birth. My mom, two sisters, and nephew will be down that weekend (yay!).

The baby shower!

On October 6th, my mom and good friend Kendra threw me a baby shower. The theme was “Build Baby’s First Library”, meaning that instead of a card each person was to bring their favourite children’s book to add to Baby Girl’s bookshelf. She ended up with quite a pile of books!


Baby Girl's library

Baby Girl’s library


There were some unique games to play, lots of tasty goodies, and an amazing cake made by another friend of mine. Many friends and family members came out to celebrate. I will never forget the love shown to Baby Girl that day! She was given so much stuff that, going home, our Jetta was completely packed inside the car and in the trunk!


Hanging out with my nephew

Hanging out with my nephew

Reading a card

Reading a card

Cake inspired by my fave childhood book "Are You My Mother?"

Cake inspired by my fave childhood book “Are You My Mother?”

Diaper cake made by my mom and sister

Diaper cake made by my mom and sister

My sister Keesje and Ashe

My sister Keesje and Ashe

My mom and I

My mom and I

My sister and I

My sister and I


And here’s a few pictures of some of the gifts:


gift

gift

gift

gift

gift

Those cute baby hats were made by my mom!!!

Third trimester: Weeks 30 – 33

Week 30 (October 7)
Baby shower time! Technically I was 29 weeks for my baby shower on Sunday but for simplicity I will say 30 weeks (since my weeks begin on Mondays). I had a lot of fun and received some pretty amazing gifts from some amazing friends and family! Baby K will definitely not lack in the clothing department, that’s for sure! I will do a separate post about the shower.

This week at Prenatal Nutrition, a public health nurse spoke to us about breastfeeding. We made snack foods and played a questionnaire game. I guess I read too much because I got all the answers correct! I plan to breastfeed Baby K so it’s great to be given these extra resources. The nurse will come every two weeks and speak about a different topic. She’s doing this as a special favour because there aren’t any prenatal classes offered in our little village, and to be honest I don’t want to drive 30-40 minutes to go to one.


Weeks 30-31

Weeks 30-31


Week 31 (October 14)
Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoyed a delicious turkey dinner at a friends’. Unfortunately, Baby Girl takes up so much room that I can only eat small amounts at a time. My eyes definitely wanted more food but I just couldn’t manage more than a little scoop of each dish. I was falling asleep by 8 o’ clock.

Still having a lot of Braxton Hicks and craving celery/carrot sticks.

My appointment last Thursday was cancelled due to a birth and rescheduled for this Thursday with Kilmeny. This weeks’ check-up was pretty quick. She explained discharge procedures at the hospital and what items are provided for baby. Blood pressure good, fetal heart rate at 148 bpm, and fundal height at 30 cm. Baby Girl still has her head down and feet in my ribs!

I’ve gained 28.5 lbs total.

Week 32 (October 21)
She is constantly pushing her little leg up so high that I get a big uncomfortable lump on the top of my belly. She’s an active girl, constantly moving around and getting hiccups.

I’m still eating tons of carrots and celery. And chocolate.

At Prenatal Nutrition this week, the public health nurse showed up to speak about comfort measures during childbirth. Most of the measures I’ve already either read about or watched a video. She did, however, give us each a folder full of great pamphlets and booklets that I’m excited to go through!

I’ll be heading to Kingston at the end of the week to visit hubby, as he’s now on course there. Maternity photoshoot on Saturday!!!


Weeks 32-33

Weeks 32-33


Week 33 (October 28)
After 5 days of suffering, I broke down and called my midwife about the severe pelvic pain I’d been experiencing. It started almost the moment I reached Kingston and unloaded my stuff at mom’s and continued all weekend. Even once I returned home it still bothered me. In the morning, my pelvic area is sore but tolerable. By mid-afternoon, the pain gets considerably worse until I can hardly stand or walk. Stairs are almost impossible. At night, turning from my left side to my right side is agony. It feels like my pelvis is splitting apart. Anyway, Suki said it’s most likely symphysis pubis dysfunction (eek?!) and is quite common. She suggested I see an obstetric physiotherapist. I will be seeing Suki in 2 days and will find out for sure if that’s what I should do.

In other news, Jordan and I had maternity photos done with Cole Creations. I’m really excited to see how they turned out!

A mish-mash of things

One of my very good friends, Kendra, is due to have her first baby soon. Her due date is October 30th. I’m beyond excited and can’t wait to find out whether the baby will be a boy or a girl. The parents have left that to be a surprize! Last Sunday, my sister, nephew, and I attended the baby shower. 🙂

My sister-in-law, Serena, and her husband are also expecting their first child, a girl due the first week of March.

And to continue on the topic of children, another friend of mine has a little boy J.D. who turned one year old at the end of September. While Michelle was pregnant I worked on a baby themed cross-stitch and I finally completed it and framed it in time to give to her for her son’s first birthday:


Cross-stitch for J.D.


I don’t think I posted that my husband returned from his deployment at the end of September. This is his first full week back at work, though. During his time off we bought a new car, a shimmery white 2011 Kia Forte. So far it’s been great to drive!


Our new car


Thanksgiving this year was spent at mom’s house for dinner. No turkey, but we had make-your-own pizza night, which was a huge hit!


Cappuccino swirl cheesecake bars

Ashe's first Thanksgiving (3 months old)

Make-your-own pizza


We decided that this year we wouldn’t use the oil furnace as it cost way too much money the previous winters. All summer Jordan and his friend Reg have been splitting wood. We have a good pile going outside, and the rest is kept at Reg’s place until we need it. So far I have been pretty terrible at getting the fire going in the wood furnace, but today it seems to have worked. The furnace has been going all day and it only took me a half hour of feeding logs and crumpled paper into the stove in the basement. I can’t imagine how this is going to work this winter, especially early in the morning when we need to get ready for work.

My four-year-old Samsung monitor died last night. So sad. I’ve acquired Jordan’s LG monitor, which is bigger. Since he rarely uses his desktop computer, he hooked up the spare Samsung LCD television to his own.