Just 4 more days...

...Until my due date!! Will baby come on time or will we have to wait a lil' longer? I'm getting so anxious now, it's like a real guessing game. Every twinge has me looking at the clock, lol. I've packed and repacked his bag and my bag, again and again. This week I did laundry, cooked, baked, cleaned the livingroom, vacuumed, scrubbed the bathroom (even the cupboard under the sink that hasn't been touched in years!) I keep looking for things to clean. They tell me it's nesting, but I think it's just the anticipation of our little one. The Dr. said she will check for dilation and effacement on Wednesday to see what's happening with my body. Other than that, I still feel great, except for the pressure on my hoo-ha! Feels like I've been kicked with a pair of steel toe boots. Oh well, guess I'll just have to wait it out. I'm cooking hot supper again today and gonna occupy myself by making some cards. Come on JR!!! We're waiting to meet you!!!


almost 39 weeks...

So here we are, sitting at almost 39 weeks! Only 8 days left until baby is due to arrive! I had another ante-natal appointment yesterday as well as an ultrasound. Apparently baby is into position, he just has to decide when he wants to come out (UMM, LIKE TODAY WOULD BE GOOD??). The tech. said he's measuring at about 8lb 3ozs now (MY POOR VAJAYJAY!). We are so anxious to meet him, this week I can notice changes in my body, my belly is lower, the pressure is stronger, I have to pee more, and I AM HUNGRIER THAN EVER! Monday night we thought that was going to be the night, I had to pee like 10 times in an hour! Everytime I would like down to watch TV, I would have to get up and go bathroom again. Ugh, I can't sleep long either because I have to pee so much. I wasn't sure after a while if it was pee, or my water had broke. I had a lot of pain in my belly as well. But soon he will be here and I will miss his little kicks and pokes and squirms from inside. The Dr. & midwife suggested eating fresh pineapple and having plenty of "what got me into this situation in the first place" lol. It was so funny, all I did was laugh at my appointment. My bp was 148/77. They said it was good, but I can feel it spiking a lot lately, last night it happened several times, so I guess I'll have to keep an eye on it. I also waddle like a duck more than ever now. I can't walk straight if I tried! There's so much pain and pressure on my pelvis, sometimes it feels like the baby is half out, lol. I told Ken, "I think I can reach down and grab an arm or a leg sometimes", lol. I must say though, through it all I can't complain, I've had a pretty good pregnancy and I've been so fortunate because a lot of women never get this experience. It's amazing how something so small can fill your heart so much. I never knew I could love someone I haven't met yet. JR, you are my life, my world, my hopes, my dreams. I just hope and pray I can be the best Mom to you than ever thought possible. This doesn't always mean giving you what you want, remember, sometimes, Mom knows best. Just know that no matter what, you are loved more than words or material things could ever express. xo


38 weeks

So here we are, 38 wonderful weeks. When's this baby gonna make an appearance? He's settling into my pelvis quite nicely for him I guess, not so nice for me, the pressure is almost unbearable at times. Hopefully he'll make an appearance in the next 2 weeks and no later. My BP has been staying pretty much under control. My appointment was like 5 minutes this week, BP was 130/70, heartbeat was strong, everything else was fine, Dr. just told me to relax and come back next week. It was a nice break from the hour long appointments I have been having. I got a cold a few weeks ago and I guess the baby felt it too and I didn't feel him move as much, so I had to be monitored, but he's doing well, Dr. said last week the baby had dropped and was getting ready to engage into position for birth so he wont be moving quite as much. I'm so anxious so see him and hold him. But then again, so nervous about becoming a parent. It seems my body is preparing for labour, I'm having Braxton Hicks contractions off and on and my back is aching a lot. This week has been the first time I couldn't go downstairs and do laundry, so I can't complain. I'm still cooking and cleaning and doing everything else, lol. But I can tell I'm slowing down, and I find I want to nap more. Sometimes it's only 15 minutes but makes me feel so refreshed. Only thing is, if I lay down too long my hips and thighs ache something fierce! I'm looking forward to sleeping on my belly again! lol. Oh the little things you take for granted! But it will be all worth it to hold our precious bundle of joy! xo -C



Pregnancy Questionnaire

Mother Name: Candace Astra
Age: 27
Birthday: July 17, 1983
Birth Place: St. Anthony, NL
Height: 5'9"
Father Name: Kenneth Nathaniel
Age: 26
Birthday: May 9, 1984
Birth Place: St. Anthony, NL
Height: 6'1"

Is this your first pregnancy?: Yes
How did you find out you were pregnant?: I was craving fish for like a week and then all I wanted was veggies and greasy stuff turned me off. Then one Saturday Ken & I were at work and we were planning on partying on the weekend, we had already joked how I must be preggo because of the cravings. I then started thinking more, what if I was? I didn't want to party and risk something happening. So Ken went to the pharmacy, got the test, I did it at work and saw the very visible pink line. We laughed and cried. I think we were both excited and nervous.
What kind of pregnancy test did you take?: Clear Blue
How many?: Just that one!
What were your first symptoms? food cravings/aversions, tiredness, tender breasts
Who did you tell first? My Momma. Then Ken told his Mom, who told his Dad. We phoned them from work.
Who was with you when you found out? Just Ken!
Was baby planned?: No, but he is more than welcomed! :) I had wanted a baby for a while but we were never "ready" per se.
When was baby conceived?: around the first/second week of January
How far were you when you found out?: 5 weeks

Due date: October 1, 2010
Do you want to know the sex?: I didn't but Ken did but now I'm glad we found out!
Do you know the sex?: It's a boy!
Any names?: after much deiberation, Ken wanted Casey for the longest time, we decided on JR standing for Jackson Ryan.
Any ultrasounds?: We've had about 5 or 6 so far and another one at 39 weeks to make sure baby didn't flip over. But I seriously doubt there's room for that! The first one was at around 12 weeks (not quite sure, he was only the size of a gummy bear!), then another one sometime after that, a 3rd one at 20 weeks, 4th one at 28 weeks 5 days, he was measuring 30 weeks 5 days. 5th one was at 35 weeks, baby was getting ready to decend into the pelvis and no longer breach. Thank God!
Have you heard the heartbeat?: At almost every appointment since about 12 weeks. We also listened at home with a friends monitor.
Who do you think baby will look like? Not sure, hope he's a mix of us both :)
Will baby have any siblings?: depends on how much labour raumatizes me, but I would like to have one more child.
Have you and dad felt baby move? Yup. He's an active little one. I can watch my belly dance.
When did you start to show?: lol, I can still pass for not being preggo, but when I wear maternity clothes you can tell. I started showing about 25 weeks or so?
How long could you wear your regular clothes? I still can, lol.
Are you excited?: Absolutely!!

Did you have morning sickness?: No, thank God. I did have a few bouts of not feeling well, but that was always later in the day and attributed to hunger or fatigue
Do you have any cravings?: Fruit, Veggies, Fish. But since I've been getting towards the end now, junk food. I try not to, but it's horrible!
Do you have any mood swings?: Um, yea :(
Are you a high risk pregnancy?: Yes, my blood pressure was out of whack, but since the Dr. took me off work mid April, it's being kept under control for the most part
Formula or breastfeeding? I am most certaintly going to try breastfeeding!
Have you bought anything for baby yet?: We're pretty much ready. Got a crib, swing, bathtub, bassinet, and exersaucer from my cousin, Auntie bought him a mattress, had a shower and got lots of clothes and money. Car seat was one of the first things we bought. We've done really good from friends and family giving us things.
Who will help with baby after their born? Well I'm taking Maternity leave, Ken is taking the rest of his holidays and he has a pretty good work schedule and we live with my Mother so hopefully I'll have a good support system.
What is your favorite thing about being pregnant? Feeling him move and knowing no two human beings can be closer than a mom with her baby. I love to feel his movements, and learn things that calm him, or startle him, or get him going. I like feeling my belly and figuring out what position he is in. When I'm bummed about something he's good at reminding me he's there...and his little movements make me smile.
What is the worst thing about being pregnant? All the soreness that goes along with it. Backaches and sore pelvic floor!
Whats one thing do you miss doing since being pregnant? hmm, nothing really, I'm too excited about baby to think about things I miss.
Any days you wish you weren't pregnant?: I love being prego. :)
Are you ready for baby? As ready as we're gonna be I guess. We'll just have to wing it from here!
How many kids do you want?: 2 sounds good.
Do you talk to your baby?: Yes, and he responds by rolling or squirming or a swift kick in the ribs!
Do you still feel attractive?: Of course, most of the time anyway, except when I get bloating or heartburn, ugh.
Have you had your baby shower yet?: Yes, Flora had one when she was home, Aug 4th, for my family. Ken's family is further away.
Do you like kids? Love them!
How far along are you now?: 36 weeks and 2 days.


Nursery almost completed?

Yes, I think it is. Depending on when baby decides to show, it could be considered complete, lol. There's a few little things I need to get. Baby's bag is half packed, mine isn't even started. I figured maybe I'll start today. I've been feeling a lot more pressure on my pelvis and less movement from baby. More squirming than kicking now. I guess space is very limited. Another appointment on Wednesday, we'll see what the Dr. has to say. Ken figures by 37-38 weeks I will be in labour, I figure I'm gonna go over. I'm so anxious to meet my little man. I really should be enjoying the last few momoments of quiet and me time, but I can't wait to just smother him in kisses. I'm nervous about labour though. I'm not sure I'll know what to do, I'm such a wuss when it comes to pain, lol.
Kenn has been so good though, he's really supportive and even gave me a pedi and painted my toenails a couple times :) I'm so lucky! xo