Bump Update

How Far Along: 20 weeks!


Sleep: getting great sleep when Hennie lets me and soaking in every precious hour of it that I get! She slept in until 9:30 one day last week (not normal), and I wondered for a while why we were having another newborn so soon when we’ve got it so good 🙂 Of course the next day I got cocky and stayed up late and she woke me up at 6:30. 

Movement: B2 is moving and grooving all over this belly! I don’t pay much attention to it during the day as I’m way too busy with B1, but as soon as she’s in bed and I get to sit down for the first time I feel lots of spastic movement. B2 is still small enough that he/she can move all around in there, not just kick, which is fun. Once the space runs out it gets a bit tighter and trickier for the both of us. 

Enjoying: each stage for what it is. With this being my second rodeo I know what’s coming in late pregnancy – inability to roll over in bed, swollen ankles, back pain, heartburn, and a general slooooowing down. This time around I’m finding myself so much more appreciative and less in a rush. Why would I rush the second trimester anyway? It’s the best one! ha. 

Craving: patio season = craving a patio cider in the sunshine! I feel pretty “meh” about most food lately, I’m eating when I need to (lots of smoothies!) but no major cravings or foods that I “gotta have right now”. 

Nesting: starting to research double strollers and think about where to put a minicrib in our bedroom. Working on little projects around our house keeps me feeling productive and happy. Waiting to tackle Hen’s closet until we know what we’re having!

How I’m Feeling: overall, like a million bucks! I take these steep New West hills a bit slower than I used to but I have decent energy, am keeping up with my workouts, getting out of the house with Hen as often as possible, and just enjoying being mobile while I can.

Bump Update

How Far Along: 18 weeks


Sleep: I’m getting decent sleep, or was when we were back at home. In Palm Springs this week not so much! Sharing a house with family has its perks, but “quiet” is not one of them. 

Movement: As is obvious when comparing the pic above with the one from four weeks ago, my belly has really popped out this week! As a result I’m able to feel way more little kicks and bumps and I’m absolutely loving it. For a worrisome mama like me those movements are constant reassurance that Bugaloo 2 is doing okay in there!

Enjoying: A break from the incessant rain, cold, and perpetual sicknesses that this winter has wrought in all our lives! As a hater of cold weather and a true Summer bum, Nov-Feb are my least favourite months by a long shot and I’m deeply happy to be rid of them for another year. The weather in the desert is wonderful and since we fly back home on Daylight Savings Day we hope there’ll be a little more light after this trip!

Craving: A workout! This is the first warm weather vacation I’ve been on in five years and I’m loving it, but I miss moving my body and have been eating too much junk food. Maybe some Desert Bootcamp is in order!

Nesting: I’ve been trying to find little projects at home to improve our space – adding plants to the mix, putting up little shelves here and there. It’s lovely! Still not sure we have room for another baby but we’ll figure something out when the time comes!

How I’m Feeling: Like a million bucks! The second trimester is always good to me. My belly grows a lot but I have good energy and no nausea so I certainly can’t complain!

Bump Update

How Far Along: 14 weeks


Sleep: as good as can be expected with a toddler; we’re feeling super grateful that Hennie sleeps so well (thank you, sleep training!) and just need to work on getting to bed earlier. A constant struggle when the evening is your only time to get stuff done!

Movement: not much movement from this itty bitty baby belly yet, but I expect and hope to feel something soon! That was my favourite part of pregnancy last time so I’m really looking forward to it. 

Enjoying: having a silly, funny, sassy, smart toddler to hang with during the day! She can sure be a handful but now that I have some of that Second Trimester energy back I don’t mind running after this little bugaloo all day long. 

Craving: I don’t think I have a lot of cravings in pregnancy. After the CarbFest of the first trimester I’ve been enjoying fruit smoothies and healthier dinners lately. 

Nesting: lots of home improvements being made lately but I suspect it has more to do with home ownership than pregnancy symptoms! We are in the middle of an ongoing kitchen renovation that is “on a break” for a few weeks in February while we wait for our new cabinets. In the meantime I’ve been painting our bedroom – it was baby blue with lots of big marks and dents when we got possession of our condo but I prefer a nice crisp white. Our room is cleaner, less cluttered, and more of the “sanctuary” space that I always like my bedrooms to be. 

How I’m Feeling: excited about the prospect of having another baby but super content with it’s arrival still being six months away. During my first pregnancy I always wanted to rush things along at top speed so I could become a mom; this time I know the chaos that newborns bring so I’m revelling in the time with my daughter (and the sleep!) we’re enjoying and not wishing the months away. That’s a lie, I wish it was Spring, the dark and dreary winter months have been a tough slog this year 😉

Bump Update: Due Date!

How Far Along: 40 freakin’ weeks!


How I’m Feeling: really good! Too good. Like, am I gonna be pregnant forever or what?

Sleep: same old story – I’m getting 7-8 hours but get up about 4-5 times per night.

Exercise: Daily strolls around the neighbourhood (I stay pretty close to home) and plenty of strolling ’round the kitchen, but that’s it.

Position: baby is locked and loaded in head-down position! Unfortunately she seems to be quite content staying there for the time being. 

Symptoms: nothin’ new! Just over here with my tiny bladder and no patience.

Appreciating: a surprise visit from my mama today – she brought me flowers and took me for lunch because she remembers being due with me in mid-February almost 31 years ago, and how much a surprise flower delivery from my Auntie Cath cheered her impatient spirits. 

Baby Prep: we should probably move that car seat from our front hallway to the car…

Looking Forward To: our first family picture and our one-year wedding anniversary later this month. 

Trimester Overview

Since we’re nearing the end of this little gal’s time in utero I thought I would take a moment to document the journey in terms of the symptoms I experienced. This way if there’s a “next time” (I can hear my mom saying “IF?!” already), I’ll know what to expect from my body without having to read What to Expect.


At 12 weeks: I thought it was SO obvious that I was pregnant, HA. At 25 weeks: wondering how much bigger I’d get over the next 15 weeks. At 38 weeks: happy to be nearing my due date!

The First Trimester

Throughout the first trimester I worked as a server so I clocked some serious on-my-feet mileage despite experiencing a fatigue like I’ve never known before. This could be due in part to a later discovery that I was very low in iron, or perhaps to the fact that I had given up coffee. I had some mild nausea in the mornings but it was usually abated by eating something good and carb-y, so I happily rekindled an old friendship with bagels that I had broken away from years ago. In fact, the whole first trimester was a time of constant and glorious hunger, usually including 1-2 midnight snacks from my bedside table. Despite this, my weight gain was slight and infrequent. From the very beginning of my pregnancy I suffered my fate as a small-bladdered woman, getting up to pee 2-3 times per night on average.  My must-haves during this time were Cheerios (the fastest breakfast I could muster when I woke up ravenous) and healthy takeout that I didn’t have to cook myself or feel guilty about (I think we kept the Lebanese place around the corner in business). I fell asleep reading Sherlock Holmes stories every single night, usually around 7pm. We bought a pregnancy pillow on sale after hearing what a “must buy” item they are, but it turned out to be a “don’t need” item for me and I still haven’t used it.

The Second Trimester

At the beginning of the second trimester I hung up my serving apron for good after 13 years as a waitress and spent some time off work when the in-laws visited Vancouver from England! My energy returned tenfold and I was able to bake and cook a lot again (no more aversions to raw chicken!) and take myself for daily walks around the seawall, usually 1-4 hours long. I reintroduced my morning iced coffee as well, but went for a half-caff brew instead of full strength. I still woke up 1-2 times per night but started sleeping in a little longer because my body wasn’t waking me up from hunger. I “popped” at 18 weeks, suddenly looking pregnant after seeing no belly for over 4 months, and then rapidly put on weight until around week 28. My must-haves during this time were my two pairs of maternity shorts, Ina May’s “Guide to Childbirth”, and multiple crochet projects. The second trimester was definitely the most comfortable and the sunniest and for both of those reasons it was my favourite! I’ll always look back fondly on those long summer walks around the city, day-dreaming of the babe I was to meet.

The Third Trimester

In the third trimester I started working again, this time from home. The baby’s movements ramped up a lot and made evenings in bed my new favourite time because she was most active then. I started doing prenatal exercise videos in my living room a couple times a week to get some low-impact cardio in and kept walking a lot until week 37 when I slowed down to about a half hour per day. My weight gain slowed down a lot compared to the months previous and I felt relatively comfortable (and super lucky about that!) right up until week 37. I started noticing swollen ankles at week 35 and made an effort to put my feet up for an hour or two during the day. Braxton Hicks contractions started sporadically shortly after 30 weeks and ramped up more and more over time – not feeling painful, just tight. My night time bathroom breaks became more frequent at about 4-5 times/night, or roughly every two hours. I was able to wear a lot of my non-maternity shirts and dresses until about 38 weeks pregnant, when I realized I would likely have to wear the same two sweaters from Tom’s side of the closet for the remainder of my pregnancy. I started feeling very occasional pains halfway through week 37 but at almost 40 weeks still haven’t felt too much to hint that the end is near.

What Surprised Me

I think I’m the most surprised that I enjoyed pregnancy as much as I did because I’ve always thought I wouldn’t, though I’m not sure what I was basing that assumption on. While the list of symptoms in the front of my What to Expect When You’re Expecting book was extensive and frightening, I realized quickly that these are only possible symptoms, and thankfully not every pregnant woman experiences all of them. That said, I was quite surprised by how pregnancy can affect so many other parts of your body that you wouldn’t think would be impacted, like your gums (sensitive!), nails (amazing), and skin (even my moles changed!). The effects of hormones are far-reaching! Speaking of hormones, another surprise is that I haven’t felt at all like the hormonal “crazy” pregnant woman stereotype; while I haven’t been immune to the worries and anxieties of approaching parenthood, I haven’t cried or felt overwhelmed… guess I’m saving that for post-partum.


Bump Update

How Far Along: 39 weeks!


How I’m Feeling: excited, nervous, tired, bored, curious, apprehensive, and a little scared  (somehow all at once). I’m told that most first-time mama’s go past their due date but I’m still hoping to be an exception to the norm. 

Sleep: I’m making it work. 

Exercise: no, thank you!

Position: baby was head down and anterior (facing my spine aka the ideal position for birth) at our ultrasound on Tuesday this week. Fingers crossed that she’s there for good now!

Symptoms: occasional pains that hint at something more sinister, but nothing that makes me feel like this baby is coming anytime soon. 

Appreciating: that being pregnant gave me the experience of knowing what it’s like to have a rock hard stomach for the first time in my life 🙂 

Baby Prep: we’ve done all the prepping and packing that we’re gonna do; we’ve got the basics and will wing the rest of it. Parents have been successfully caring for newborns without all the bells and whistles offered at Babies R Us for thousands of years. 

Looking Forward To: not being in labour limbo anymore! 

Bump Update

How Far Along: 38 weeks!


How I’m Feeling: most days pretty tired and useless. Also SO curious to know when the baby will arrive. Patience is not a particular strength of mine, and the fact that her arrival could be mere days away or still four whole weeks is a bit agonizing.

Sleep: certainly not the best sleeps I’ve ever had, and my hips ache when I wake up, but it could be worse (and will probably get worse very soon!).

Position: baby is still head down, but I get the feeling she is posterior (aka “sunny side up”) these days so I’m hoping she turns around before d-day so I don’t have a long back labour.

Symptoms: fat ankles, achey hips, inability to fit into clothes I fit into even a week ago, increasing fatigue, and growing listlessness (and excitement, and apprehension). After rejoicing in having no symptoms in my update last week, I certainly feel like I’ve turned a corner into “real” pregnancy now. But since I made it to 38 weeks without a whole lot of trouble I can hardly complain about that!

Appreciating: bedtime – I’m relieved to go to bed every night knowing that I’m a day closer to being back to normal, or whatever our “new normal” is going to look like! At the same time though, I’m also appreciating the kicks and movements and quiet moments with the baby still safe on the inside. 

Prep: spent the week making soups and stews for the freezer that we’ll be able to heat up easily later, and finally got my hospital bag in order. I also cut the tags off the carseat (ha) but it’s still in the apartment rather than in the car. 

Looking Forward To: at this point all I’m ever doing is looking forward to my daughter’s birthday! I’m eager to know how everything will go, anxious to know how I’ll cope with it all, and very, very excited for that moment when we finally get to meet her face to face.

Bump Update

How Far Along: 37 weeks!


How I’m Feeling: great, actually! No aches, no pains, no twinges. Gonna high five this baby when she comes out (hopefully the trade-off for a great pregnancy isn’t a terrible labour). 

Sleep: sleeping the same as I’ve slept all pregnancy – mostly well, with 3-5 bathroom breaks per night. I fall asleep pretty easily again afterwards though, so it hasn’t made me feel too tired during the day. 

Exercise: I’m not doing any exercise other than my daily walks, and that feels like the right choice for me at this point. 

Position: an ultrasound on Wednesday confirmed what we had already suspected – that the baby is head down and sinking lower all the time. 

Symptoms: lots of movement from the baby, no weight gain for the past month or more, and just feeling big and slightly uncomfortable (as expected!). My back only hurts when I’m sitting in one position for a long time, so I keep moving as much as possible. 

Appreciating: that we’re finally getting super busy at work so I have a lot of projects that will hopefully keep me distracted over the last few weeks and help the time fly by!

Baby Prep: packed the hospital bags for my two babes (BabyProc and Tom), but still have to pack my own. Despite reading blog posts about it and receiving numerous gems of wisdom from family and friends I remain plagued with indecision about what to bring and what to leave behind, so I think my official decision is just to leave it ’til the last minute and pack my bag during early labour. 

Looking Forward To: well obviously we’re always looking forward to meeting this baby, seeing what she  looks like, and putting her in all of her adorable sleepers. But I can’t write that every week, so today I’ll admit that I’m looking forward to doing non-pregnancy stuff, like rolling over in bed with ease, wearing (and shopping for!) non-maternity clothes, and enjoying a nice cider or some rye with my Pops at Christmastime. 

Bump Update

How Far Along: 36 weeks!


How I’m Feeling: My two biggest problems right now are patience, which won’t surprise anyone who knows me, and comfort, which won’t surprise anyone who has ever been 36 weeks pregnant.

Sleep: uuugggghhhh

Exercise: daily walks – mostly long (1hr+), sometimes short (30min).

Movement: still a lot of movement but it’s different movement now – she doesn’t have the room to really wind up for those punches so it’s more of a rolling around kind of action. She responds when we poke her, but probably because she doesn’t know what the heck is going on (…or does she? See previous post…). 

Position: at our last few appointments the midwife thought she was head down with her feet tucked cozily into my rib cage. It still feels that way, but we don’t know which way she’s facing and I would really like her to not be sunny-side up, since both the women I know who have endured back labour had a 36 hour labour (one was my mama!).

Symptoms: my feet and ankles were quite swollen last weekend but my blood pressure is okay so I’ve just been making an effort to put them up for an hour or so mid-day, since I am basically on my feet all the time.

Appreciating: that I’m so close to the end, though another month sometimes seems like an overwhelmingly long time.

Contractions: I thought maybe I had one or two Braxton Hicks the other day, but I don’t really know. I guess nothing noteworthy yet!

Baby Prep: I should probably pack that hospital bag sometime. 

Looking Forward To: taking her home!

Bump Update

How Far Along: 35 weeks!


How I’m Feeling: exciiiiiiiteddddd and energized!

Sleep: Pretty uncomfortable. Rolling over is close to impossible and I wake up to pee every 2-3 hours or so like clockwork. At least I’m consistent! 

Exercise: was able to do a LOT of walking this week – all around Vancouver: downtown, the seawall, even a night at the track with some light jogging! I stopped doing my prenatal living room workouts this week though, my joints are getting way too loose and creaky. 

Movement: she’s running out of room in there and pressing harder and harder against my ribs, bladder, and belly, but she still hasn’t slowed down! Very, very active baby in there. 

Symptoms: I know that a lot of pregnant women are already feeling the beginnings of some labour-related pangs at this stage, so I’m incredibly grateful to just feel heavy and sluggish. I’m carrying a 30lb basketball in front so I definitely have an achey back at times, but otherwise I’m doing great!

Baby Prep: made a list of what to include in our hospital bag this week (though we won’t be packing it yet).

Looking Forward To: seeing who she looks like! And having a normal bladder again…