Archive for September, 2009

6 months

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

So I’m 6 months today. I have to say I’m enjoying this time more than any other so far in pregnancy. Feeling baby kicking away, getting winded walking a few feet too fast, starting to buy baby ‘stuff.’ I’m getting excited now that some of the major hurdles are over…or so I think! I guess I’ll only get bigger and bigger from here! I like that people can actually TELL now that I’m pregnant. Although now people are asking to touch my belly, at first I was appalled! How weird of a question is that! But then I realized, ‘oh yeah, it IS cool to touch a pregnant woman’s belly.’ Hard to get used to though! Now ahead is just trying to pick out names. I basically have to stop running names past people. I’m tired of seeing people’s reactions to names I like. I figure they’re pretty normal names but then…I guess we all have our opinions. I guess the name will stay a secret until the end! (especially since we haven’t a clue what to call him!) I’m willing to take suggestions though…

Painting in our New House

Saturday, September 19th, 2009
We spent most of the day today painting our living room. Shannon’s friend Andrea is out visiting us for a few days, so we got her involved too. The main living/dining room was a cold blue and terrible mint green that made us think of the dentist, so we’ve re-painted it with a grey and warmer orangy brown. The trim and doors were a few different shades of cream and white too, so it’s been nice to re-paint that and make it look all the same colour.
Painting the living room "Grey Mare" - looks blue, though.

Painting the living room Grey Mare

Shannon and Andrea painting the dining room "Cuban Cigar"

Shannon and Andrea painting the dining room

We re-painted a bunch of doors too, with "Heavenly Cream"

We re-painted a bunch of doors too, with Heavenly Cream

The finished product (at least one side of the room...)

The finished product (at least one side of the room...)

Belly button

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009


Had a super weird moment today…I looked down at my belly only to find that ‘pop’ my belly button looked super strange. I know it may look normal to some people, but truly, it has suddenly poked out more than normal. It even feels funny! Jason noticed it right away too. My body is definitely not feeling like my own anymore! Especially when lying in bed and all of a sudden it starts visibly moving from the outside. Crazy! I love that I can feel baby move more and more though.

Makes me think he’s going to be a ballroom dancing, soccer playing, gymnast! Yup, that’s right, HE.
P.s. it was a huge surprise! I thought for sure it was a girl- and I mean FOR SURE. I even bought this little cute pink dress and had a name picked out. When the doctor said it was a boy I was more than flabbergasted how my ‘baby sense’ got so mixed up. So, shhhh no telling my son that the first outfit I bought for him was a dress!

Baby boogie

Friday, September 4th, 2009

For the longest time I was unsure if I was feeling the baby move or not. It felt like little flutters that I was pretty certain was not my bowels or liver or anything else…but I wasn’t quite sure. Well, over the last week or so (week 20/21) I am now CERTAIN that I’m feeling the baby move. This time there are more definite ‘kick-like’ sensations I’ve been feeling. The other day I was busy all day but then sat down to rest and all of a sudden I felt the ‘thud’ in my belly, I was like “was that baby?” but then two seconds later, in the exact same spot, was the same thud feeling. Now I notice it a lot more. I especially notice it when I really have to pee but haven’t made it to the bathroom yet, and baby either thinks a new trampoline has appeared or decides things are getting too crowded in there with my bladder in the way and starts stomping away on it. It’s the weirdest sensation- baby river dance on my bladder! Sometimes too it makes me laugh out loud feeling the baby kick…it feels funny! And then, two nights ago, I was lying in bed and the thuds started coming on a certain side of my belly so I told J to put his hand there…not sure if he could feel it or not…and he could! The baby just kept kicking the same spot or head butting or whatever and jason felt it all! How special! I wonder what baby’s patterns are for sleeping/moving because I feel baby move pretty erratically- mainly when I’ve stopped and am resting or sitting. Interesting. I love feeling the baby move though because it reminds me he/she is still there and flexing his/her little muscles!

Our New House

Friday, September 4th, 2009

On Aug 29th, Shannon and I moved into the first place we’ve ever owned. It’s a townhouse in Walnut Grove, a nice little community at the north end of Langley, BC. We’re really excited to finally be homeowners (other than the big mortgage part), and to be settled in one place for a while. For one thing, we’ve lived in 5 places since we’ve been married, with the longest being almost 1.5 years in a tiny cave-like basement in New Westminster. So, it would be nice to not move for a while! For another thing, we’ve had lots of our stuff in storage for the last 10 months (since before we left for Africa), so unpacking was a bit like Christmas, as we re-discovered things we’d forgotten we had.

Here are a few pictures of the new place:

Nice open living room and dining room, that you enter into from the front door (at left, out of the picture)

Nice open living room and dining room, that you enter into from the front door (at left, out of the picture)

The kitchen is at the back of the main floor, with a skylight on top to let lots of light in

The kitchen is at the back of the main floor, with a skylight on top to let lots of light in

This nook is attached to the kitchen (you can see the counter). Most people probably use it as a dining room, but Shannon had the brilliant idea to make it a rec room. That will also make it more functional when baby comes along, as they can be playing close by while Shannon is in the kitchen. To the right is a sliding glass door out to our small patio.

This nook is attached to the kitchen (you can see the counter). Most people probably use it as a dining room, but Shannon had the brilliant idea to make it a rec room. That will also make it more functional when baby comes along, as they can be playing close by while Shannon is in the kitchen. To the right is a sliding glass door out to our small patio.

All the bedrooms are up on the second floor. Here's the master bedroom, with a large south-facing window (may get a little hot in the summer?).

All the bedrooms are up on the second floor. Here is the master bedroom, with a nice large south facing window (I wonder how hot it will get in the summer?)

Here's the room that will become the baby's room! It's a nice shade of hurt-your-eyes orange right now.

Here is the room that will become the babys room. Its a nice shade of hurt-your-eyes orange right now.

The 3rd bedroom has a wrap-around desk installed into the wall, which will make a great office and place for Shannons scrapbooking and craft work.

The 3rd bedroom has a wrap-around desk installed into the wall, which will make a great office and place for Shannons scrapbooking and craft work.

We actually have 3 bathrooms in this house! A small one on the main floor, an ensuite, and a main 2nd floor bathroom.

We actually have 3 bathrooms in this house! A small one on the main floor, an ensuite, and a main 2nd floor bathroom.

We realized we have quite a bit of "garage stuff", but have never had a garage before. So, this will be nice. And, Shannon was very happy for us to finally get a deep freeze. It's already got lots of frozen berries, frozen pie crusts, etc.

We realized we have quite a bit of garage stuff, but have never had a garage before. So, this will be nice! Shannon was also very happy to finally get a deep freeze, and is busily packing it full of frozen berries, pie crusts, meat, etc