Saturday, September 29, 2012

Seven Quick Takes (21)

1. I still can't believe Mary is finally here. I am just so grateful that she's healthy and happy. The first time she looked me in the eyes, I started to cry. She is such a miracle!

2. I've completely had to change my attitude toward what I should accomplish in a day. My only goals for the weekend are to rest, eat and feed Mary. The public health nurse who visited on Friday was slightly concerned about Mary's weight loss so both Mary and I are working hard to rectify that before her doctor's appointment on Monday. I've had tons of emails from friends and family that haven't replied to yet, I have thank-you cards to write and I haven't cleaned the house since last Friday. But I keep telling myself that this is OK. I just need to focus on feeding and caring for Mary. (And if I haven't replied to your email yet, I'm sorry and I will!)

3. Peter has been an amazing support. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world. Even though he went back to work on Tuesday, he's taken care of all the cooking, cleaning and laundry. He also looks after Mary while I nap each day. Peter is such a pro at diapering, soothing and bathing her. I always feel terribly guilty when I have to rely on Peter to do things I feel I should be doing myself. But again, I have to keep telling myself that I need to focus on feeding and caring for Mary. Again, this is easier said than done. Darn that Catholic guilt!

4. So far Mary has met my parents, my sister, my sister-in-law, my cousin Andrew and my friend Caroline. She is coming with us to mass tomorrow so she will make even more friends. I can't wait to show her off. I'm so proud of her!

5. Other than being tired, I'm feeling pretty well. Physically I am doing great, but I get very weepy and anxious at times. I think this is a combination of the hormones and the lack of sleep. Hopefully it will get better soon. I'm really looking forward to my mother-in-law coming in 11 days. She will be such a huge help. And, because I won't have to be so dependent on Peter while she's here, I hope I will feel less guilty.

6. Mary loves to sleep while we're holding her, but she doesn't like to sleep in her crib. We're working together on it. Since she got home on Wednesday, she has eventually managed to fall asleep in her crib each night. It took until 5 a.m. the first night and 3:30 a.m. the last two days, but we're making progress.

7. Here are some photos:

Our beautiful daughter Mary is nice and clean after her bath.

Mary meets Nana, who is one of her namesakes. Both my mother and mother-in-law are named Mary.

Mary meets Grandpa. My mother knit both her hat and sweater.

Peter is a very proud (and handsome) father.

I am so in awe of her.

Mary meets Auntie Laura and Auntie Andrea.

Mary is ready to leave the hospital.

More quick takes here.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Thankful Thursday (20)

Today I am thankful for:

• Mary. She is such a blessing. I still can't believe she's here.
• Peter. I don't even have words to describe how grateful I am for his help over the last few days. He has done everything he can to make my life as easy as possible. He's amazing.
• Mary's health.
• My labour and delivery. I'll write a longer post on that topic later, but they both went extremely well.
• Mary's temperament. So far she's an easy baby and is very calm and very sleepy. She cries when she wants fed or while we're changing her. She hates to have her diaper changed.
• Peter's job.
• Messages from family and friends welcoming Mary to the world.
• Our cats for generally being glorious. They are very leery of Mary, though.
• My parents for bringing us dinner in the hospital. The hospital food was terrible.
• The nurses who helped me learn to breastfeed.
• The delivery doctor who said I was the most polite lady in labour she'd ever met!
• My mother-in-law coming to visit in 13 days.
• My iPad. I can use the eReader and the Internet while I breastfeed.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Introducing . . .

For immediate release:

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. -- Carolynne and Peter are pleased to announce that on Sept. 24 at 3:54 am PT, Mary Elizabeth was welcomed into the world. Weighing in at eight pounds, five ounces and measuring 21 inches, the little one joins cats Mango, Papaya and Lola in the ever expanding household.
Mother and baby are both doing exceptionally well.
"Cutest. Baby. Ever," Carolynne said. "Cuter than 100 cats!"
Both Carolynne and Peter are ecstatic, as are grandparents Mary and Richard and Mary and Terry. New aunts Laura, Andrea and Natalie and uncles Mike and Paul are looking forward to spoiling little Mary.
"I'm so proud of Carolynne and so excited for the new addition to our family," Peter said. "She's already learning all about the Winnipeg Jets."

Sunday, September 23, 2012

40 Weeks

Inanimate comparison: A jackfruit. I have no idea how big a jackfruit is, but I'm going to assume it's pretty huge.

Maternity clothes: I've outgrown almost all of my maternity shirts, but I still fit into three of my non-pregnancy pants. It's strange.

Stretch marks: Still none!

Sleep: Not great. Peter and I have been making bets on what time I'll wake up in the night. Strangely, he usually wins.

Best moment this week: Reaching 40 weeks. Having dinner with Peter every day this week and lunch almost every day. Spending so much time with my sister.

Miss anything: I'm very content right now.

Movement: Still lots.

Cravings: None.

Sickness: None.

Gender: Still a surprise.

Labour signs: I've had some twinges, but I don't even know what a contraction feels like!

Symptoms: None.

Belly button: Stretched and strange.

Wedding rings: Still on.

Happy or moody: Very happy.

Looking forward to: Meeting our baby hopefully sometime this week.

Here is a picture Peter took of me yesterday:

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Menu (5)

Last week's menu was again pretty medium.

I made three new recipes. Considering how time-consuming and labour-intensive the Borscht was, I don't think I will make it again. The Pasta with Lemon, Spinach, Parmesan and Breadcrumbs was also just OK. We both enjoyed the Macaroni and Cheese with Ham so I will make that again.

Both the Ham and Cheese Frittata and the Slow Cooker Beef Stew were delicious as always.

I ended up making the recipes in a different order and I ran out of spinach by Thursday so I made Italian Parmesan Baked Chicken instead of Greek Chicken. I still want to try that recipe though. It looks glorious.

I also made Beet Salad and Coleslaw to go with the chicken and they were both delicious.

We now have 29 frozen meals for when the baby is born.

We finished the week with very few leftovers. We have two zucchinis and one carrot to use up.

So here is what we're going to eat this week, provided I don't go into labour until next weekend:

Vegan stew (my Dad is bringing dinner when he comes to visit this afternoon)

Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches


Garlic bread



Friday, September 21, 2012

Seven Quick Takes (20)

1. Our pre-natal instructor recommended that we make a birth plan so I wrote one this week. So far, it only has three things on it:

• I would like to have as few interventions as possible.
• I would like to be free to move around during labour.
• I would like to breastfeed as soon as possible after the baby is born.

The only other thing that is important to me is that I get to spend early labour at home in my own space with Peter and the cats. But I decided I didn't need to write that in my birth plan because no one will see it until we get to the hospital.

I asked Peter if he wanted to cut the umbilical cord or identify the baby's gender or play any other specific role in the delivery and he said he didn't.

2. I made a sad discovery this week. I looked at the Law Society of British Columbia's website and  the articling requirements are different in B.C. than Ontario. I have to take a 10-week course, which is only offered in Vancouver and Victoria. So now not only will I have to live apart from Peter when I'm finishing my third year of law school, but I'll also have to live in Vancouver for 10 weeks the following year. How sad is that? Fortunately, I know this law degree will be worth it. And we are going to have such a huge party when I am admitted to the bar!

3. Very few things make me happier than having a clean, tidy and organized house. I feel so content and relaxed right now. Our cats, on the other hand, are afraid of the vacuum and the garbage truck. They were also perturbed that I opened the windows to air out the house and they are too big to fit on the windowsills.

4. I had my first book club meeting this week and it was glorious. I didn't love the book — A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier — but I was so happy to meet some potential friends. Next month we are reading Day After Night.

5. Laura and I are hanging out a lot this week. On Monday, she came over for our sisterly reality television night. Then last night we went to see the premiere of Freedom for Birth, which is a documentary about women's rights in childbirth. Tonight is Take Back the Night and tomorrow we are canning fruit and then one of her girlfriends, who is also pregnant, is having a party. I didn't know if I would feel well enough to socialize so all our plans were tentative. But I'm feeling great right now.

6. Here are two good things:

• Earlier this week, I checked my library account and it said I had a book checked out that I had already returned. But then the librarian checked the shelf and it was there. Phew. 
• Costco is recalling ground beef. We bought ground beef at Costco during the affected dates so I called the store and, fortunately, the recalled ground beef wasn't sold on the day we went shopping. I wasn't particularly concerned because we ate some of it last week and it did not make us sick. But still phew!

7. In other Costco news, we ordered a lawnmower and it arrived this week. So now our lawn looks fabulous and I no longer have to hang my head in shame around our neighbours with immaculate lawns. When we lived in Ottawa, our condo association mowed the lawn for us so this is the first time we've needed our own lawnmower.

More quick takes here.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Thankful Thursday (19)

Today I am thankful for:

• Reaching 39 weeks and five days. I'm so happy our baby has stayed put this long.
• Still feeling great at 39 weeks and five days.
• Peter's job.
• Peter being able to come home for lunch three times this week.
• All the peaches and pears my mother bought for us to can on the weekend.
• Our freezer full of delicious home-cooked meals.
• Finding a new church.
• Finding a new book club. I went to my first meeting last night.
• My glorious cats.
• Living so close to my family.
• My maternity leave benefit package being approved.
• My lovely, clean and organized home.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Layoff Tips

Peter and I were so sad to see this news yesterday. And, like I was in May when we went through the same thing ourselves, I was absolutely appalled by how insensitive people can be.

After we were laid off, I was extremely angry. I wasn't angry about the layoffs themselves — even at the time, I could completely understand the business rationale — but I was absolutely furious at the way it was handled internally. (I've never blogged about this subject because Peter wisely advised me not to.)

Another thing that completely enraged me was how insensitive people were to us and now to the poor people at the Free Press.

So here's what not to say to someone who has just been laid off:

1. Why don't you do this completely inappropriate, demeaning or ridiculous job?
Some suggestions included: a costumed fast food mascot, an unpaid personal servant to a family member and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers coach.
I'm not a job snob at all, but making ridiculous suggestions is insulting and not helpful or funny.

2. I completely understand what you are going through because I'm worried about losing my job or my colleagues lost their jobs or I took a voluntary buyout or my job was transferred to a different location.
I really appreciated empathy from people who could actually relate to what we were going through.
But being worried about losing your job, your colleagues losing their jobs, voluntarily taking a buyout or your job being transferred to a different location is just not the same as being laid off. I'm not saying those things don't suck, but they just aren't the same thing.

3. This will end up being the best thing that ever happened to you.
Losing two careers and our entire family income in one day when I was five months pregnant was horrible. And it will always be horrible.
Over the past four months, we have made the absolute best of a bad situation. And the situation was very, very bad.

So here's what to say instead:

1. I'm really sorry. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
2. Is there anything I can do?
3. I called all my friends who work in the media business to tell them to hire you.
4. You are both talented. I have no doubt that you will find new jobs.
5. Cats always land on their feet. (I always appreciate cat jokes!)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Random Things

• Despite predictions from my doctor, prenatal instructor, mother and husband that our baby would be here by now, I'm not in labour yet. But I'm perfectly happy with our baby taking his or her time. I'm in no rush.

• The labour predictions started on Sunday when I wasn't feeling well. But I felt much better yesterday and today.

• I'm particularly glad I didn't go into labour yesterday because Peter's boss sent him to cover a story in Burns Lake, which is 225 kilometres away. He had a very long day at work.

• In more Peter news, he was on the Winnipeg-based radio show Crime and Punishment with Mike McIntyre on Sunday to talk about about his story on the RCMP shooting death. You can listen to the podcast here. It is awesome!

• Last week I misjudged how much cat food the cats had left and they ended up running out of food the day before our grocery shop. We had some expensive canned food leftover from when Lola was sick so I fed them a few bites of that every few hours. I had to feed Mango by herself in the bathroom because she kept trying to steal her sisters' food and ignoring her own. After we went to bed, Lola got hungry again and woke Peter up by sitting on him to express her displeasure.

• We saw Peter's cousin on a Desjardins Insurance commercial on Sunday and we were very excited!

• Our baby now has a properly installed car seat. We went to the firehall a few blocks from our house and a fireman installed it for us for my favourite price: free!

• At my baby shower last week, we each had to write down a funny childhood story and then we had to guess whose story was whose.
Here was my story:
Once my sister and I were pretending we were altar servers.
She wouldn't listen to me so I hit her over the head with her baptismal candle and broke it.

Hilariously, everyone guessed it was my mother's story. She outed me by saying, "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree."

• In related news, here's an actual conversation I had with my mother yesterday:
Mom: One of my students hit me on the arm today!
Carolynne: Oh my goodness! Are you OK?
Mom: Oh yes.
Carolynne: That is so crazy! No one has ever hit me ever! Well . . . except for Laura . . . and that's because I hit her first.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

39 Weeks

Inanimate comparison: A huge watermelon! Yikes!

Maternity clothes: I only have two maternity shirts that still fit in a flattering way . . . or as flattering as possible at 39 weeks!

Stretch marks: Still none. Although I did have this conversation with my doctor last week:
Carolynne: I feel like my belly has grown a lot over the past two weeks.
Doctor: That's very common. Lots of women get to 39 weeks and they don't have stretch marks, but then they get them right at the end.
Carolynne: Sad words.

Sleep: Not good. But I am taking afternoon naps.

Best moment this week: Reading Peter's awesome stories in the newspaper.

Miss anything: Sleeping through the night.

Movement: Still lots.

Cravings: None.

Sickness: I'm feeling a bit under the weather today, but I felt great the rest of the week.

Gender: Still a surprise.

Labour signs: My doctor says I could go into labour any day now.

Symptoms: General uncomfortableness because of the size of my belly.

Belly button: Stretched.

Wedding rings: Still on. My doctor was shocked!

Happy or moody: A little bit of both.

Looking forward to: Meeting our baby!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Menu (4)

Last week's menu was medium.

I made three new recipes. The Bacon and Cabbage Soup and the Grilled Zucchini and Parmesan Sandwiches were both pretty good, but the Buffalo Chicken Pasta was a disappointment. It tasted so much like buffalo sauce, we couldn't taste anything else. Also, I think I cooked the chicken too long.

This was the first week I made every meal on the day I allotted so I was pleased with my planning.

Peter made extra Slow Cooker Chili and I made extra Bacon and Cabbage Soup to freeze for when the baby is born.

This week, we have leftover cabbage, beets, carrots and celery to use up. Thanks to my Dad's garden, we seem to have an endless supply of cabbage, beets and carrots.

So here is what we're going to eat this week:





Greek Salad



Friday, September 14, 2012

Seven Quick Takes (19)

1. Last week, I said Peter had a crazy week at work. This week was even crazier. Hours before a Prince George man was shot dead by police, Peter exchanged emails with him. They were even emailing back and forth during the standoff! Here is Peter's crazy story and here is his boss' editorial about the whole situation. His story was even picked up by the Canadian Press and published in the Globe and Mail.

2. In other Peter news, he makes his debut as the play-by-play man for the Spruce Kings tonight at 7 p.m. local time. You can listen to him here. I am very proud!

3. We had our last pre-natal class last night. Here is a funny conversation between our instructor and one of the other mothers-to-be:

Instructor: Some women throw up during labour. Strangely vomiting can cause you to dilate another centimetre. 
Mom-to-be: So if I just throw up 10 times, I'll be ready to push?

4. I added a food page to my blog to keep track of the recipes we like. Almost all of the recipes come from this glorious website where you input all of the ingredients you have in your fridge and cupboards and it suggests meals you can make.

5. On Monday, a naughty cat destroyed our radio by chewing the antenna. Then on Wednesday, another naughty cat pulled down the shower curtain and destroyed the rod. Our cats aren't usually destructive so either they sense that the baby is coming soon and are acting out or the bad behaviour is just a coincidence.

6. Our vacuum is on its way to Prince George! I had no idea what vacuum to buy so I asked my friends on Facebook. Aside from a certain person's comments about a certain football team that may or may not suck right now, everyone else was extremely helpful. We ended up getting a refurbished Dyson off of eBay. I can't wait until it gets here. I love having a clean house.

7. Unless I'm in labour or in hospital recuperating, my mother and sister and I are having a canning party next weekend. I love canned fruit and I've never canned before so I'm looking forward to learning from the experts. 

More quick takes here.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Thankful Thursday (18)

Today I am thankful for:

• Our healthy baby.
• Still feeling great at 38 weeks.
• All the people who came to my baby shower last weekend.
• My glorious new vacuum. It's on its way to Prince George.
• Excellent career advice from a lawyer here in Prince George. 
• Peter's job.
• All the delicious meals we've been eating and freezing for when the baby comes.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Being Ready

I had a doctor's appointment yesterday and when the doctor examined me she said the baby could come any day now.

Since our baby is due in 10 days,* I shouldn't have been surprised. But I was shocked.

I had just assumed that our baby would be late for two reasons:

• First babies are usually late.

• Peter and I were 10 days late and two days late respectively. (We were also both enormous at almost nine pounds each, but that's another story.)

I realize that those aren't particularly good reasons to assume that our baby would be late, but irrationally I was preparing to give birth at the end of September or beginning of October.

So last night emotional Carolynne and calm and rational Peter had this discussion:

Carolynne: I'm worried our baby is going to be born this week! We're not ready!
Peter: How are we not ready?
Carolynne: Our vacuum isn't here yet! How am I supposed to nest if I don't have a vacuum?
Peter: Ummmm . . .

Peter is right, by the way. Aside from the vacuum — which really doesn't have anything to do with giving birth — we are completely ready. I just can't believe our lives are going to change so much and so quickly. I'm excited but I'm also a little nervous.

* And yes, my due date has been revised again back to Sept. 22.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Bad Day

Yesterday was a bad day.

It began with a horrible sleep. Lately I've been waking up in the middle of the night with a sore back and sore legs and sore arms . . . pretty much sore everything. (Strangely, I still feel fine during the day.) Yesterday's sleep, however, was particularly bad.

Then A Cat Who Shall Not Be Named chewed through our radio antenna. Because the satellite radio only works in the bedroom, Peter set it up to broadcast through our actual radio in the kitchen. (I have no idea how this works. Magic perhaps?) But now, thanks to one jerkface cat, the kitchen radio no longer works. I feel horrible for Peter because listening to satellite radio is his No. 1 hobby other than sports. And sometimes he listens to the satellite radio about sports and then he is extra happy. (The equivalent for me is when I find cat clues in crossword puzzles.)

So then I went to the Government of Canada office to sort out my maternity leave benefits. Because I was laid off while I was pregnant and I also moved provinces, I knew my situation was already complicated. But then there was a discrepancy between date I reported I started working for my professors in May and the date they reported so my file was red flagged. I was so upset I started crying hysterically in the government office. It was horrible.

After that I went to buy diapers for our baby and the store only had one left.

Then I drove down to pick Peter up after work and I was turning left and a jerkface ran a red light and almost hit me. I was terrified!

Thankfully my terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day improved from there. The tacos were delicious, I had a lovely visit with my sister and I caught up on my scrapbooking.

And thankfully, Peter is able to listen to the satellite radio through an iPad app, I found a Prince George-based website that sells diapers, my maternity leave benefits are going to begin eventually and our glorious minivan remains uncrashed.

Today, so far, has been a much better day.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Random Things

• Yesterday, my mother and sister threw me a shower. We had afternoon tea and it was glorious.

Here is a picture of the spread:

And here is a picture of me with my godmother:

• Peter PVRed the Winnipeg Blue Bombers game and watched it after we got home from the shower. I felt very sad the whole time he was watching because my Dad told me earlier that the Bombers lost on the last play of the game because of a poor coaching decision. The only good thing about the game was the glorious headline: Call LaPolice! Bombers robbed!

• Peter and I both had dreams about the same person on Saturday night. It was very peculiar because we haven't seen him in months or talked about him in weeks. 

• When I said goodbye to my parents after the shower yesterday, I realized that the next time I will see them will likely be in the hospital after our baby is born. How surreal!

• My sister and I have a date to watch reality television tonight. We're going to watch Abby and Brittany, Consumed and I'm Having Their Baby. Here is some strange family trivia: Laura and I have the same favourite reality TV show — 'Til Debt Do Us Part — as our 88-year-old grandmother.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

38 Weeks

Inanimate comparison: Pumpkin. This is a very appropriate comparison for this time of year but, as Peter pointed out, pumpkins do greatly vary in size.

Maternity clothes: I'm shocked that I can still fit into my non-pregnancy leggings and yoga pants. But I have outgrown most of my maternity shirts.

Stretch marks: None.

Sleep: Not great but a bit better than last week.

Best moment this week: Having lots of time to relax.

Miss anything: My Ottawa friends.

Movement: Less kicking, more wiggling around.

Cravings: I'm still craving peanut butter.

Sickness: None.

Gender: Still a surprise.

Labour signs: None.

Symptoms: My back gets a little sore by the end of the day.

Belly button: Very stretched and strange looking.

Wedding rings: Still on.

Happy or moody: Happy and relaxed.

Looking forward to: Meeting our baby!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Menu (3)

Last week's menu was mostly a success.

The Italian Parmesan Baked Chicken and the Tuna Pasta Salad were both delicious and surprisingly easy.

The Roasted Beet and Feta Salad likely would have been tasty if I had cooked the beets long enough. I'll know that for next time. Also, I didn't make the Cabbage Colcannon because we had corn on the cob and salad as side dishes instead.

Peter made extra of both the slow cooker recipes — Slow Cooker Spaghetti and Slow Cooker Pea Soup — to freeze for when the baby is born.

We have leftover zucchini and cabbage to use up.

So here is what we're going to eat this week:

Barbecued pork
Barbecued vegetables
Corn on the cob

Slow Cooker Chili


Bacon and Cabbage Soup

Corn on the cob



Friday, September 7, 2012

Seven Quick Takes (18)

1. Peter had an interesting week at work. The court reporter was away so he covered this crazy and disgusting trial and then he landed this exclusive interview that he's been chasing since July. I love seeing his byline on the front page!

2. I finished last week's New York Times Friday crossword and I felt like a genius because Fridays are usually too hard for me. Fortunately, the crossword had one cat clue and three Catholic clues that helped get me started:
• Certain cat: Tom
• Saint ___ of Assisi, co-founder of the Order of Poor Ladies: Clare 
• Missal stand's place: Altar
• Mass event: Rite
The most glorious and clever clue was:
• They're written for two-part harmony: Peace treaties 
But then today I could barely even start the Thursday crossword and I felt like an idiot. 
I need to learn more about Greek mythology, Jewish culture and old movies. I always get stumped by those clues.

3. My Dad stopped by to visit me yesterday afternoon on his way to the airport. He's on a provincial government advisory committee on log exports. Here is the best part: the government pays to fly him down to Vancouver once a month for the meetings so he gets to visit his mother every month for free. What a blessing!

4. Yesterday, my Dad gave us some corn on the cob from his garden. It was extra delicious. Corn on the cob is in my Top 5 favourite foods along with feta cheese, peanut butter, rhubarb and calamari. Yum!

5. We are getting a new vacuum cleaner and I am excited because I've never had a good vacuum cleaner before. My first one broke after a few years and my second one completely sucked (or didn't suck as Peter likes to joke).

6. I've now had a tour of the hospital and three pre-natal classes — including a detail-heavy ladies-only class — but I'm still not worried about labour. I know rationally it's going to be long and painful, but I still feel very confident that I can handle it. I will let you know if my instincts turn out to be right or if I'm just completely delusional!

7. Even though I'm almost 38 weeks pregnant, I still have lots of energy and feel great. I am so lucky to have had such an easy pregnancy.

More quick takes here.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Thankful Thursday (17)

Today I am thankful for:

• Reaching full term.
• Having a few weeks to relax before the baby is born. After the stressful summer, I really needed this time.
• Peter's job.
• Peter coming home for lunch today. What a treat!
• My brother and brother-in-law arriving safely in Ottawa to begin the school year.
• Our excellent pre-natal class. We're learning so much!
• Getting my hair cut today for a fraction of the cost of a regular haircut.
• A Prince George lawyer agreeing to have coffee with me next week so I can get some career advice.
• My sister and mother for throwing me a baby shower this weekend.
• The beautiful fall weather.
• Emails and messages from friends back in Ottawa.
• All the people participating in our baby pool. We have 45 entries already!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Simple Woman's Daybook (2)

Outside my window...the weather is sunny but cold. The radio says it was 6 C this morning in Prince George!

I am thinking...about all my friends starting their last year of law school today.

I am thankful...that Peter and I get to eat dinner together every night. I never thought he would have a job with regular hours and I am so thankful that he does.

In the kitchen...we already have 10 meals frozen for when our baby arrives.

I am of my few maternity shirts that still fits properly.

I am latest scrapbook. I want to be completely caught up before the baby is born and I'm almost there.

I am Vanderhoof on Sunday for my baby shower. I can't wait!

I am wondering...when we'll get to meet our baby. The absolute latest he or she could be born with my revised due date is Oct. 8.

I am reading...A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier for my new book club. It is as sad and alarming as the title suggests.

I am hoping...our baby is born on a Friday night. Peter doesn't get paid holidays for his first 12 months of work so ideally our baby will be born on a weekend.

I am looking forward to...making friends in Prince George. All my friends from university have moved away!

I am to cook lots of random vegetables my father gave me from his garden. Until a few weeks ago, I had never cooked beans, beats or zucchini.

Around the house...everything is ready for the baby's arrival except for the car seat, which we plan to install this week.

I am pondering...what the next few years have in store for us. Hopefully a law degree and no more layoffs!

A favourite quote for today...The thing that's nice about pregnancy is that in the end, you have a baby. — Ann Romney

One of my favourite when Peter has time to come home for lunch. Seeing him in the middle of the day is such a treat.

A few plans for the rest of the week: I have two pre-natal classes and one doctor's appointment and my baby shower. I'm also hoping to get three more stories written for the freelance contract I'm working on. I finished two yesterday.

A peek into my day...

My friend just emailed this to me. I cannot stop laughing.

More daybooks here.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Random Things

• Peter did the play-by-play for the Spruce Kings' pre-season game on Saturday night. Sadly, he wasn't on the radio so I couldn't listen. He has his big debut in less than two weeks. Get excited!

• Here's an actual conversation from this weekend:
Laura: Does my house smell like cats? Be honest.
Carolynne: No. But it does smell like hippies.

• I was going to post something about the Labour Day Classic, but Peter would be happier just forgetting that game ever occurred. Boo hiss to the Riders!

• I made a zucchini loaf using the zucchini from my father's garden and it was delicious.

• When we were at our first pre-natal class last week, the instructor asked us to describe our impressions of pregnancy. I was the only woman who had anything positive to say! On the drive home, Peter said he had thought of the same adjective that I used: exciting.

• Peter created a pool on Facebook for our friends to guess our baby's birthdate, weight, gender and name. He even came up with a complicated scoring algorithm. Peter has been organizing pools since elementary school. Hilariously, his parents received a call at home wondering why their child was soliciting money from his fellow students for gambling purposes.

• My blog poll ended this weekend with 19 votes: eight for girl and 11 for boy.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Menu (2)

Last week I posted our first weekly menu.

Overall, the menu planning was a success, although we ended up having the meals in a different order than I planned because of Peter's schedule and my trip to Vanderhoof on Tuesday.

I made three new recipes: the Penne Spinach Bake, the Ham and Cheese Frittata and the Tomato Zucchini Casserole. The first two were delicious, but the third one was just mediocre.

I also learned that our oven takes longer to cook than recipes predict.

Peter made a huge batch of Chicken with Bacon and Pasta so we have five servings frozen for when the baby is born. He's going to do the same with the two crockpot recipes he's making this week.

We have leftover ham, diced tomatoes, beets and yellow pepper from last week that we will incorporate into our menu this week. Plus, my father gave me a massive cabbage from his garden.

So here is what we're going to eat this week:

Baked potatoes
Roasted Beet and Feta Salad

Slow Cooker Spaghetti

Egg salad sandwiches
Carrots and apples
(We have our hospital tour at 5:15 p.m. followed by our pre-natal class so we'll be eating on the run.)

Italian Parmesan Baked Chicken
Cabbage Colcannon

Tuna Pasta Salad

Slow Cooker Pea Soup

37 Weeks

Inanimate comparison: Winter melon. I don't think I've ever even seen a winter melon!

Maternity clothes: I've outgrown some of my maternity shirts. Thankfully all my pants still fit.

Stretch marks: None.

Sleep: Not great.

Best moment this week: Finally reaching full-term. I'm so excited to meet our baby.

Miss anything: Sleeping through the night.

Movement: Still lots of kicking.

Cravings: Peanut butter. My first craving in weeks!

Sickness: My back is getting quite sore, but other than that I still feel great.

Gender: Still a surprise.

Labour signs: None.

Symptoms: Just the sore back.

Belly button: Kind of in and kind of out.

Wedding rings: Still on.

Happy or moody: Happy and excited.

Looking forward to: Meeting our baby later this month. My mother-in-law visiting.