Thursday, November 29, 2012


How far along? Eight weeks and one day pregnant! But it really feels like I should be much farther along by now. With each subsequent pregnancy it feels like the time goes slower and slower.
Total weight gain: Negative two pounds. I had initially lost four pounds, but have gained two back. My appetite is still generally terribly small, and the number of foods that sound appealing to me is even smaller. 
Maternity clothes? Just started. *sigh* I was hoping to hold out a little longer, but it appears that my body remembers exactly how to look pregnant after having done this three times before! Can't say I'm enjoying wearing the funny pants, but definitely enjoying shopping for them! Second-hand, of course. It was 50% off day at Value Village last week, and I scored two cute pairs of maternity jeans for a grand total of $5.09 after tax. I've also bought a couple of dresses, but they're regular dresses with enough stretch to work on a pregnant body. Is it just me, or do just about all maternity dresses look incredibly unflattering? 
Sleep? My dear, sweet, amazing, saintly husband has taken over with Baby Belle in hopes of teaching her to sleep all night and leave Mommy the heck alone. It's been such a Godsend, because the less I sleep, the less manageable my morning sickness is. Now I'm starting to get some uninterrupted rest at night, and I've been able to squeeze in at least a little nap just about every day, and that really helps.
Best moment this week: Now when Norah draws a family portrait (or any picture featuring me), she draws New Baby in my tummy. 
Movement? Too early, but I don't expect it's far off. With Princess and Baby Belle I could feel definite movement by 13 weeks. Music Man was never an active baby, so I didn't notice anything from him until about 17-18 weeks, and even after that he was a laid-back kid. I really hope this one's a mover, for the sake of the other kids who will get such a kick out of... well, kicks.
Gender? We've decided not to find out this time. *sigh* I want to, but Francis doesn't. Since I got my preference last time, I decided it was only fair to let him win this time. Plus it's a great moment in the operating room to hear my husband be the one to announce the baby's gender.
Cravings? Caaaaarbs. For the first little while, it was sweet potato fries. Couldn't get enough of them! Now, they don't really appeal to me at all, but I'm working my way through a giant batch of potato salad. Plus it's been much harder than I thought it would be to stay mostly Paleo. My sweet tooth gets the better of me every. single. time.
What I miss: Coffee. I'm not one of those never-have-caffeine-while-pregnant women, I just don't think my stomach can handle it right now. 
What I’m looking forward to: Christmas! I know it's still weeks away, but the Christmas buzz in the air is unmistakable. I love the get-togethers with family and friends, crafting, shopping, wrapping and baking. I'm looking forward to having my teacher husband home for two and a half weeks (!!) and having my parents visit for about half of that time.
Weekly wisdom: Take sleep whenever you can get it. Even if it means letting the kids watch a little more TV than they're usually allowed.
Milestones: Finally got in to see my GP last night. He informed me that my favourite OBGYN is really booked up right now, so it'll be a couple of months before I can get in to see her. That just means I'll be seeing my GP for my check-ups for now. He's great, and I really respect him, except... well, he's Movember-ing right now, and it's *really* hard to take him seriously. Totally baby-faced, but with a giant 'stache. It's pretty awesome!


  1. Great post! I always want to hear updates on your baby, because when either of us are pregnant, my homesickness for you gets more severe (in full disclosure to anyone reading this -- Jaclyn is pregnant, not I!).
    How sweet that Norah draws a baby in your tummy! [That reminds me, I want to send you a scanned copy of the family portrait Noah just did yesterday. He actually drew it -- unprompted -- for a birthday present for Mom, so I can't GIVE it to you, but it's really sweet. He specified that Mom was "licking her lips" in his picture. Not sure why!].
    Also I had to smile when you said Simon was pretty 'chill' in the womb. What a portent of things to come with him, my beloved Slugabed Nephew!
    Oh and I laughed out LOUD about your Movember MD. How ridiculous! Thankfully it's December now and maybe he can get his dignity back.

  2. Oh, yes, Movember is over, finally. I think that Movember is an assault on men making grown men look slightly questionable and young men look pre-pubescent. I understand about the carb cravings in pregnancy - all I ever want is toast, toast and more toast. I am remembering to pray for you - lots of chaplets. And, that's all. Post pictures!

  3. Wow, facing pregnancy with a young child/baby there already must be tough- it's great you have such an amazing husband! God bless you both! Mwa, ha ha re Movember!
    Oh and of course that's fine to share the Advent post! x


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