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.

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!

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:





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! 😉

Love is your colour, it makes you shine *

I changed the theme a couple days ago. Yes, it’s a little darker, but I like the look of it. I also like the larger text and that I am able to use my own photo for the header image. It’s a picture I took of Hohensalzburg Fortress in Salzburg, Austria back in 2010. One of my favourite shots.

The leaves on the tree in the neighbour’s yard across the street have turned yellow. It looks beautiful, very autumnal. The tree in our yard is still mostly green with a bit of yellow leaves; it doesn’t look nearly as pretty.

Right now there is a delicious-smelling loaf of chocolate chip banana bread in the oven. I’ve got four days off for Thanksgiving weekend. Jordan is home as well. We are expecting his parents this afternoon. Tomorrow we will be spending the day at Upper Canada Village, weather permitting. Hopefully we’ll have a nice weekend. 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving!

Another Easter

Happy Easter! Today is Good Friday and I have the day off work. I will have Sunday off as well. This morning I chopped vegetables and seared some stewing beef and threw them into the slow cooker for tonight’s dinner with my sister and father. Bread is baking in the bread maker. And I made a batch of “spicy dads” cookies. Mmm, the house smells delicious!

Cadbury mini-eggs

I’m looking forward to visiting with my family tonight. I haven’t seen my dad since February, or maybe January? I can’t remember, and that is very sad. He says he is looking forward to hearing my stories about Jamaica and Las Vegas. Same with my sister, who is almost thirty weeks pregnant, which is unbelievable! My youngest sister comes home from college this weekend so hopefully Jordan and I will be able to go over to my mom’s for a visit on Sunday.

Spicy dads

I still haven’t finished writing the post about our trip to Jamaica, but it will eventually get finished. And then I’ll post some photos from our adventures in Las Vegas, Nevada from the beginning of the month! We have been incredibly lucky to be able to go on all these trips and I love sharing our stories and photos. 🙂