We’re Havin’ a BABY!

October 10, 2008, 7:31 pm
Filed under: Contentment, just amazing., milestones, YAY BABIES!

Isaac Aidan Ricci… (the love of my life along with his daddy)

Born on September 16, 2008, 1:35pm. 8lb, 0oz. 20 inches long. Beautiful, amazing, and God’s gift to us.


The first day (39 weeks).

Today I am 39 weeks (and one day, since we’re going with the 8th as my due date).

Today is the first day I am staying at home.  I had my last day at work. I’m not going back. It feels weird. And sad. And weird. And did I mention that this is a very strange feeling?

I have been wanting this for practically my whole life, and today is the first day. Oh my… no pressure or anything though! I guess the REAL job starts when I bring baby home… but today feels significant to me anyway.

How I’m doing: I am soooo tired, and yet I can’t lie in bed too long, because I can’t stay comfortable, and it’s difficult to even roll over.  My whole pelvic area is sore, because there’s so much pressure from the baby… and my belly is so heavy! I am definitely ready to be done being pregnant! I wouldn’t say I’m miserable…. in fact I am trying desperately to enjoy these last days, since everyone tells me I will miss it (being pregnant). But I really just want to meet this baby!!!

It certainly is interesting, being about to pop. I kinda feel like a circus attraction. People don’t really know what to say when my giganticness comes waddling by.  Most people are pretty nice though.  Here’s what most people ask me:

1) How much longer? To which I say… only ____ weeks/days…and yes, we’re very excited!

2) Oh wow… so are you ready? To which I say… umm.. the room is ready… but mentally I have no idea how to be ready… how can you be ready for the complete unknown?

3) How are you feeling? To which I give a vague answer of ok/good/tired (do they REALLY want to know all about my sore pelvic joints, or my gigantic swollen ankles, or the fact that I feel like the biggest wuss ever when I can’t walk further than a block without being totally exhausted?? probably not…)

4) Do you know if it’s a boy or a girl? To which Chris says, yes, it is. And then grins cuz he thinks he’s clever. And then has to explain that no, we don’t know the gender, but we’re figuring that yes it’s one or the other. haha.

I can’t think of a number 5, so this will have to suffice. These are the main ones. And am I allowed to say that I’m getting tired of answering them? No, I probably shouldn’t say that. Those are the grouchy pregnant hormones talking. Honestly though, it’s been nice to know that so many people care and are interested in this little babe inside me.

It’ll be nice when all the attention is on baby though. And that can happen ANYTIME now as far as I’m concerned! (Did you hear that, God?)…


I’m Now Allowed to Have a Baby…
August 22, 2008, 2:15 pm
Filed under: Contentment, doctor stuff, milestones, SO EXCITED!!!, Waiting, YAY BABIES!

Apparently I’m now full-term (Full-term is 37 weeks according to my doctor), so I’m “allowed” to have this baby any day now. It’s such a weird feeling, going to sleep at night wondering if I’ll wake up at 3am with contractions!  I’ve been having lots of Braxton-Hicks contractions, which doesn’t mean anything about when I’ll go into labour… but they sure do make me think about it more!

I don’t really feel anxious to get this baby out though. I’m kind of enjoying these last weeks/days.  I am trying to burn into my mind how the kicks and bumps feel, so that I never forget. This is my first pregnancy, and it’s such a special and amazing time in my life. I don’t want to take any moment for granted. I’m also working for one more week, so hoping to get at least that far.

I had a doctor’s appointment today, which took all of like 6 minutes to determine that everything’s normal, and that baby is welcome to arrive anytime he or she pleases. I am certainly thankful for an easy and complication-free pregnancy. What a blessing!!!

I get to meet my baby soon! YEAH!

37 Weeks… aka full-term in one week (yikes!)

Wowsers! I am 37 weeks pregnant today.  Honestly that felt like FOREVER away when I first found out I was pregnant. And finding out I was pregnant feels like FOREVER ago.  I can’t believe it’s so close!!!

Here’s what the good ol’ interweb has to say about my little monkey as of today (or an average of all little monkeys everywhere): Your baby weighs close to 6.5 pounds / 2.8 kilograms and may be about 20 inches / 50 centimetres long from head to toe. No wonder it’s a huge procedure just rolling over at night! This baby belly is h-e-a-v-y!!!

And here is what the average 37 week fetus (aka unborn baby) looks like:

The babe's development at 37 weeks in utero.

The babe

Isn’t she/he adorable? lol.

By the way, I am so stinkin’ confused about my due date.  You’d think I’d have figured this out a while ago. But I am confused nonetheless. Is it the 8th, the 9th, or the 10th? I don’t know. I think I’m gonna go with the 8th, because I want to have the babe earlier rather than later! I’m hoping I can have the baby early enough that I can see all the PM’s, especially Geoff and Kim & new baby Madelyn, before they all go home on the 13th or so.  But really, I know, it’s all up to baby! (or God, actually!)

I am feeling pretty good… I mean I have the usual complaints related to being 37 weeks pregnant, like it hurts to walk, and I’m humongous, and I pee every hour, and don’t sleep well… not to mention the swollen ankles and water retention…

BUT all that means pretty much nothing when I think about the amazing miracle that I’m going to meet soon!

(And yes, as of now, I still want 5 kids! But I guess I’ll wait until I’ve gone through labour to say it again!)

Oh, and my wonderful mother-in-law is coming over to clean the house (which is amazingly sweet and incredibly helpful)… and my mom is coming over to help me with some other projects and more “getting ready for baby” stuff on Saturday. I’m so glad to be close to family right now!

One last thing… my mom thinks I’m gonna deliver early (she thinks around Sept.1, so we’ll see!!). Yikes!!

(Just as I’m pressing “publish”… baby is having hiccups again…)

Preggo Mama Survives Camping! Woohoo!
July 4, 2008, 2:02 am
Filed under: Contentment, I'm gonna be a Mom?!, YAY BABIES!, yikes!

Yep, I did! We went to Balsam Lake Provincial Park with our best friends, Mat & Naomi, and Jason & Katrina.  We were there for 4 nights, and we tented! I slept on an air mattress, and it was ok, especially since hubby willingly brought along the 4 pillows I now require for sleeping at night.  We sat around the campfire, cooked yummy food on the fire and the campstove, got freaked out by raccoons at night, and basically relaxed (I started to re-read the Harry Potter series – now on book 2).

Chris and I also went canoeing for an hour, and I found a life jacket that fit around my belly. Yay! It was really nice to paddle around on a beautiful day under the great big sky in a gigantic lake, talking about what life is gonna be like in 10 weeks, and what we are planning for the future.  We have lots of big dreams, and are excitedly waiting on God to work it all out.  The thought of becoming parents together is terrifying, exhilarating, and awe-inspiring, all at the same time.

Then on the way home, we stopped to go strawberry picking (Chris did most of the bending while I sat on a bucket to pick a few, took pics, and more or less looked cute).

We also got rained on the first night and morning. Alot. The boys put the tarps up in the rain so we could cook breakfast, and I attacked a loaf of bread and a banana in the meantime to keep from starving poor baby.

I am very proud of myself for going camping at 29-30 weeks pregnant, and surviving.  I was a bit of a wimp here and there, like sitting on my butt while everyone tore down the tents and stuff, but overall I think I did awesome, and I wouldn’t hesitate to do it again!

Yay me!

Such a Long Journey…
June 25, 2008, 1:21 am
Filed under: Contentment, I'm gonna be a Mom?!, Waiting, YAY BABIES!, yikes!

Before I got pregnant, I mostly just dreamed about what it would be like to have a baby to love and raise – to be a mom.

The fact that it takes nine months to grow one went in one ear and out the other.  In our society of instant gratification, we expect that we can get things instantly.  Hence, when hubby and I decided we wanted a baby, I had no idea just how long nine months could feel.

For the record – it feels like forever.  In some senses I can hardly remember what it’s like to have a waist, a non-sore back, or visible ankle bones (I know they’re in there somewhere).

But in another sense, it feels like time has hurtled past like summer vacation when you’re 10. Know what I mean? Maybe not. That’s ok. Chris will probably just chalk this post up to “incoherent baby brain ramblings” anyway.

I mean, seriously, I’m having a baby in 11 weeks?  WHAAAAAAATTT?????

The baby is a real person. I mean, a brand new human being with it’s own DNA, personality, and ideas. Baby is already like 2.5lbs (give or take, depending on which website you check), and around 15 inches long!  I feel kicks and punches all day long, here and there, and am constantly reminded of the little baby that currently is using my abdominal cavity as a personal gym.

It’s quite amazing how I can love someone so much that I haven’t even met yet.

Swollen Feet, Ankles, and Expectations…
June 5, 2008, 3:30 pm
Filed under: Contentment, farewell feet, pregnancy symptoms, YAY BABIES!, yikes!

My feet and ankles have been nicely swollen and puffy these last few weeks… especially when it’s super-hot & humid outside.  Tomorrow is supposed to kick off the summer of humidity with the temp in the mid-30’s and feeling like 41 with the humidex! YIKES! It’ll probably pretty much be like this from now until I give birth.  And thus it begins… Wish me luck & pray I survive 🙂

In addition to my large feet and ankles (not to mention belly), I am trying very hard not to have over-inflated expectations about the whole “rest of my life” thing.  I mean, I have no idea what to expect, so I’m trying to be totally open about it, but I really can’t help dreaming and thinking about how I picture life as a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom).  I have this excited feeling down in the pit of my belly (or is that baby doing a tap-dance?? haha!) that I’m going to love it so much… even as much as I love being married to Chris.  If that’s the case, then I’ll be a VERY happy person indeed.