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!

Take my hand, come under cover *

On Canada Day, Jordan and I drove down to my mom’s cottage. Amy and her boy friend came down too. Terrible weather, so no swimming, and we were chased inside by the rain. There was a lot of good food, though! We pretty much sat around and chatted all evening. When it got dark we watched the fireworks going off across the lake and since it had stopped raining finally, we had a campfire! Then Jordan and I slept in the guest cottage, which normally is quite warm, but because of the crappy weather it was chilly and I had the blankets piled on top of me.

The next day we woke up early and had eggs Benedict, bacon, and homefries for breakfast. Oooh it was delicious! My mom is the best cook. 🙂 Then we went out on the sailboat. It wasn’t too bad, it didn’t tip a lot, and there wasn’t much wind. So my first sailboat experience was alright.

Sucked about the weather. Is it too much to ask for, not to have RAIN on my days off? Gah.

Jordan has gone away for the weekend on a little bachelor “party”-type thing. The boys are going camping and canoeing. No idea where; he didn’t tell me that part. Hope they’re having a good time!

Fun in the sun

Yesterday Amy, Jordan, and I went to the Sandbanks beach. It was a little cool with the wind blowing and there were way too many seagulls! Just like the last time I went to the beach–two years ago–a seagull shit on my leg! Grosssssss. >_< And a flock of seagulls swooped down and knocked a sandwich out of Amy's hands. Attack of the seagulls! Anyway, Jordan and I only went into the water once and it was cold. lol I got a bit of a burn, not too bad, except that on my shins it's reallyyyy bad and at work today it was so painful that I could hardly walk or even stand for long periods of time. I kept going into the staff room to ice my legs. Everyone thought that was funny for some reason. lol But I was in pain! I also have a bit of a tan-line of my arm on my stomach from when I fell asleep. haha Tomorrow is Canada Day. I have the next two days off. We're going down to the cottage tomorrow afternoon for a barbeque and maybe swimming, depending on the weather. No fireworks, which isn't a big deal to me anyway. Should be fun. 🙂

Here comes the bride and Other stories

This last week has been incredibly busy! On June 29th, a Wednesday, Kendra & Jay had family and friends over at Jay’s parents’ camping trailer for a barbeque. The day was warm, but it did rain for a while when Kendra was cooking the hamburgers and hot dogs, so everyone had to take refuge under the gazebo on the deck.

The next day, June 30th, Kendra picked me and my sister up around 4:30 p.m and we drove out to the church for the rehearsal. The church was already decorated. The pews were decorated with tulle and blue and yellow bouquets. Along the sides of the aisle were white lights. And on the platform where the bride and groom are to stand they had put up a white arch. It was decorated with tulle, lots of lights, and more blue and yellow flowers. Everything looked very pretty!

Once everyone in the wedding party arrived they figured out how the ceremony would go. Lidija played part of the processional music (“Prelude from the Well-Tempered Clavier” by Bach). And we watched the slideshow that had been prepared.

After the rehearsal a bunch of people drove out to the reception hall to help those who were already there to decorate. Kendra, Jay, Keesje, and I headed over to pick up the wedding cake. They gave us the cake in a huge cardboard box that was much too big for the cake and that could not fit in their car. Kendra had to call for backup; her brother’s wife drove over with their van and loaded the cake in there. By the time we got to the reception hall the icing was starting to melt and a piece of the cake fell apart at the back. At the hall we helped to make a blue and yellow balloon arch to hang over the food tables. Most of the decorating was already underway. The hall looked very festive by the time we finished.

Keesje and I were home by 10:30 p.m. I went to bed around midnight and on July 1st, 2005, woke up at six o’ clock, jumped in the shower, and was ready to be picked up by Kendra at 7:00 a.m. An old friend from high school, Ashley, was ecstatic to do our hair for the wedding. She had already practiced on Kendra and her hair turned out so beautiful! Ashley’s friend did my hair in twists from the front of my head to the crown so that it was pulled back from my face, and the rest was a mass of curls. After our hair was done we still had a half hour to kill before we had to be at the church.

We stopped at Tim Horton’s for juice. Kendra was not in her dress yet but I was wearing the top half of my outfit — a black long-sleeved lacy shirt left open over a blue corset-type camisole. The guy behind the counter hit on us: “I don’t know which one of you is cuter!” he said, and pointing to me added, “But you’ve got the long blonde hair and the frilly things.” He was revolting and creepy and we drank our juice as far as possible from that end of the store.

Finally it was ten o’ clock and we went to the church. I had to run in and tell Jay, the ushers, and Marcel (best man) that they had to go upstairs so Kendra could come in and get into her dress. I slipped into my shoes and skirt and Kendra got herself into her dress with a bit of help from Janice (maid of honour). The wedding was set to begin at eleven, so at a quarter to I went upstairs and was ushered by Kirk (Kendra’s brother) to my seat in the front row on the end. I was photographing the wedding so I had to be close.

The slideshow was playing while guests were being seated and finally Lidija began playing the beautiful processional music; Janice came down the aisle, then Kendra and her father. She looked very pretty and happy. The ceremony was short, vows said, papers signed (during which Natasha played the piano and Lidija sang “God Will Find A Way”), rings exchanged, etc. Lidi played “A Whole New World” for the recessional and then everyone mingled with the bride and groom outside. After mingling the wedding party and some family headed over to a beautiful park for photographs. Got some lovely shots!

Then everyone left to go to the reception. Kendra, Jay, Janice, and I stopped at another park on the way for a few more pictures, then we showed up at the hall. I had to sit at the head table with the wedding party. They made their speeches, everyone ate, they cut the cake, mingled and handed out gifts to the guests, etc. I took lots of pictures. After cake guests started to leave (we only had the hall until 6:30), and everything was cleaned up pretty quickly. Keesje and I were home by quarter after five! Kendra & Jay left for their honeymoon (a hotel for two nights, then a week in Halifax). And that was the wedding! I have 266 photos waiting for them when they get back!

I still had the whole evening of Canada Day free. Chayya called me and asked if I wanted to hang out at her sister Sokhavy’s apartment, so I took a cab over there. We watched part of “Spanglish”, then Khavy’s boyfriend drove us to Lone Star for drinks. Lime margarita, yum! After that we went back to the apartment and tried to finish the movie but I fell asleep because I had been up since six in the morning! We woke up around eleven the next morning; Sokhavy cooked up some scrambled eggs and toast and then us girls went down to the pool. It was sooo warm out but the water was cold! Chayya and I swam for fifteen minutes then lay on our towels until quarter after one. I made sure I was home by three so I could quickly get ready for work and catch the four o’ clock bus with Keesje. Then I worked the 5-9:30 p.m shift.

Woke up at eleven today. Man did I ever need that sleep!