Week 28 (August 10)
On Thursday I met with Suki. Baby Boy is still doing fine. Fundal height measured at 29 cm and blood pressure was 100/75. While she was feeling my belly she discovered his head is up by my ribs. But there’s still plenty of time for him to turn.
That same afternoon I finally got my hair cut! It was way too long and very damaged; I hadn’t cut it since last July. Now it’s layered just above my shoulders and feels healthier.
I’ve been having pain in my ribs, which feel like spasms. One night they hurt so much it woke me up and it was hard to breathe.
On Sunday our church held the service out of doors. The weather was very hot but there was some shade under two tents. Afterward there was a BBQ with great food and friends.
Week 29 (August 17)
On Wednesday we started our drive to New Brunswick. We stayed in a motel the first night after a 9 hour day. The worst part of the drive was trying to find a comfortable position to sit in and the multiple stops we had to make so that pregnant lady could pee. The next day we stopped at the Target in Bangor, Maine and bought a few items for the baby. We made it to Jordan’s parents’ home by 7:30 pm EST. His mom fed us pineapple chili for dinner. My sister-in-law and family arrived shortly after we did. The weather was sweltering hot and humid.
Jordan’s brother got married on the Saturday. There was no air-conditioning in the chapel. I’m pretty sure it was over 35°C outside and with everyone crammed into the building it felt even warmer inside. I kept drinking water but I felt like I was going to pass out a couple times. Waiting around for the group photos to be taken was brutal. And then no air-conditioning in the reception hall, just some fans going. I had never felt so hot and uncomfortable in my life! Unfortunately I was so miserable that I couldn’t wait to leave and blast the a/c in the car. I think I would have enjoyed that trip more if I wasn’t pregnant.
Week 30 (August 24)
During my midwife appointment this week I saw Kilmeny. Baby Boy’s heartbeat was strong and steady. Fundal height measured at 31 cm and blood pressure was at 100/66. By feel she thought his head was down and feet in my ribs. Two days before the appointment baby was doing some massive movements so that must have been him turning.
We received a letter from Rogers House (palliative care building associated with CHEO) about adding Khloë’s name to a mirrored star for their memorial wall. We agreed to let them engrave her name on a star. There will be a small ceremony on September 27th that I’d like us to attend.
Week 31 (August 31)
Not much went on this week. Baby’s movements were still strong and keeping me up at night. Cleaned up the house in anticipation of Nancy and family’s visit for the weekend, which took a toll on my poor pelvis. I loathe SPD. I’ve gained 32 lbs so far.
We had a good visit with my friend, her husband, and their little guy. Loukas enjoyed playing with some of Khloë’s toys and he was obsessed with the magnets on the fridge. I wouldn’t let him touch the magnets of Khloë but I let him play with the princess ones that my sister made; he loved that! Nancy gave us a gift bag with some baby clothes, too.
Also I booked a newborn photo session with Cole Creations. She did our maternity photos two years ago and was offering a very reduced-price newborn session so I put down the $50 deposit. She will be travelling from Kingston within 7-10 days of Baby’s birth! I’m really excited to do these pictures because it’s one of the things I regret not doing with Khloë.
Baby Girl turned 8 months at the very end of the “week” but I considered her 7 months for the majority of the week. This one was taken at Nan & Papa’s home in New Brunswick with Travel Hello Kitty!
34 weeks (July 29)
Her Nan & Papa brought that onesie back from San Fransisco!
Still in New Brunswick visiting with family. There are so many family members who need to meet our little girl. Khloë saw her Uncle Luke again and met Jordan’s oldest sister and her two kids. Her Great-Nan & Great-Papa gave her so much attention! They pray for her every morning and night. She also met Great-Grammy, Jordan’s godparents, two of Jordan’s friends, my co-worker Lori who was posted to Gagetown, and various aunts and uncles.
We had to use the suction machine on July 30th and 31st to clear out Khloë’s junky-sounding lungs. We aren’t sure if we’re doing it right. I was afraid she was getting sick, but so far that’s not the case. She still wakes every two to three hours at night rather than the four to six she would do at home in her crib. Most of the time I think it’s gas pain and wanting comfort, rather than hunger. Due to SMA, she needs to be fed every four to six hours anyway.
Our lucky little girl was spoiled with two 8 month birthday parties, too.
August is Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month!
My growing girl and her Hello Kitty doll:
26 weeks (June 3)
Each week it’s a little more difficult to get a perfect photo with her doll. Khloë’s neck control hasn’t improved and she is constantly falling over during photo shoots. Poor girl. It helps having Daddy there to act silly for her, which causes her to look up and try to hold her head steady.
Jordan started parental leave this week. He will be off until the end of November. Perfect timing because we will have many trips to CHEO and also to the pediatrician in Ottawa. In between all these appointments, we are planning to take two weeks this summer to go back home to New Brunswick so that Khloë can meet her great-grandparents and other family members.
I’m six months old!
We went to Circle Time for the first time this week. It starts right before the Prenatal Nutrition group. Basically we sit with our babies on a large round mat and sing songs and play with them. Afterward, those of us registered with Prenatal Nutrition stayed and made a ground beef and pasta dish for lunch. Khloë did really well missing her morning nap, but that meant by the time we got home she didn’t want any naps! I find if she misses one nap, then the rest of the day gets messed up for nap time. But that’s okay because we need to get out of the house once in awhile!
Finally, we had a visit from Baby Welcome Wagon. We were given a few coupons for free gifts around town, including vouchers for free flowers, a teddy bear, $5 at Giant Tiger, etc.
In front of our Christmas tree
Christmas was great with my family and our trip out to New Brunswick to visit Jordan’s family for the New Year was just as wonderful and relaxing. We drove the car this year, rather than the truck, hoping to save on gas money. Luckily, we didn’t spot any moose on our drive, but we did see a couple deer in the middle of the road. We arrived in time for a New Year’s Eve dinner at my sister-in-law’s house.
Home-made Vietnamese rolls on New Year's Eve
We stayed the week at Jordan’s parents’ house and ate way too much good food. Each day his mother cooked lunch and dinner, and I’m definitely not used to eating that much food! We visited two of Jordan’s friends (whose wives are expecting, both due in January, but they didn’t have their babies until the week after we left), hung out with family, went on some walks/hikes, and Jordan even went snowboarding. He ended up spraining his right wrist and wore a tension band all week!
Jordan’s sister, Serena, sold her house while we were there and she came with us back to Ontario. Her husband is living and working in Ottawa and now they can buy a house there. They’ll be much closer to us now! His parents should be coming down in the spring to visit and they said they would help us with some renovations around the house. We need to paint some walls and fix the roof over the kitchen!
Jamaica = 18 days!