Friday, March 31, 2006

30 weeks and the final vacation post!

Yep. you read it.... 30 weeks! 10 weeks to due date, 6 weeks till we are safe for home birth. A little crazy, eh? You're telling me!!!
Had a good MW appointment this week.... stats are as follows.
Weight gain 3 lbs in 2 weeks - over all about 23 lbs.
Blood Pressure - 106/64 low and perfect!
Pee - no protein, no sugar, excellent!
Blood - slightly iron deficient, but nothing a little extra spinach can't cure.
Heartbeat - about 140 and perfect.
Uterus measuring 29 cm and having lovely regular braxton hicks contractions, warming up for for the big show!
Glucose tolerance test declined.
Goonie moves ALL THE TIME. It's quite possibly the best part about being pregnant. I know I'll miss it when he/she is out here. There is some occasional back pain, but nothing horrible, and rare heartburn. Of course I'm HUNGRY ALL THE TIME. ALL.THE.TIME. I'm pretty sure there will be several more pounds added on before we're all done! Oh, and I'm tired pretty easily. Being out of breath at the top of a flight of stairs is quite humbling, but when your lungs are squished, what can you expect? Otherwise, feeling great!

Now... we wait. (ha, we're good at that!) Ryan has business trips in week 36 and 37, which makes me a little nervous, but I really dont' think this baby is coming that early. We start our birthing classes in a few weeks, and are pretty excited. The class has lots of creative fun stuff, which you all know I love!

Of course, there is SO MUCH TO DO in the mean time. Ryan is finishing up a project on the main floor of the house, then he needs to do the cubbies in the nursery so I can finish painting (I of course have plenty of painting to do up there before that! So... without further ado.. some pix of the growing goon belly!

I honestly thought these overalls (which I wore pre pregnancy) would make it through the whole 40 weeks. Why? I don't know, cause I'm crazy? I just thought they were a bit roomier. Well, at this point, I'll be surprised if they make it through the weekend.

This is a horrible picture, as Ryan made me laugh, but we couldn't redo it cause the battery died on the camera, and you know we're too lazy to charge it and take it again later!

Here's the front view. The tattoo is stretching... but no stretch marks, yet (fingers crossed!). My belly button is still an innie...sort of. It's a big gaping cavern, and it's starting to flatten out, but still fills with water in the tub. Soon will get a close up of the tat so you can see how huge it is now! You can also see the lovely shade of green that is now in our hallway. It's called "cactus Pete"... yeeehaw!

Now.... the final vacation post....
We left Tulum and headed for Coba and Chichenitza - to see some amazing Myan Ruins.

This was an amazing temple, of course I can't remember anything about it at this point. We took tons of pix there, but I won't post them all as we next headed to ....

Isla de Mujeres - the island of women. Also the Myan Goddess of Fertility and Reason. Idon't believe fertility and reason go together at all, but whatever floats your boat Goddess. I tried to get her to reimburse us for the IVF, but it was a no go. She seriously owes us one.

We stayed at this great little studio on the end of the island. Away from all the hustle and bustle, but only a $1 cab ride to the beaches and down town. We could walk to a bakery (mmmmmmm) and a little shop to pick up coffee and breakfast cereal.

This was the beach right across the street from our little place.

We went shelling everyday, and came home with tons of lovely treasures!

We drank fresh coconut milk on the beach, (yum!)

And Ryan took some great photos of a little girl playing a the Tienda (store).

The beach was beautiful,

and we spent a lot of time lying around.

We also went to the turtle (totuga) sanctuary. So many sweet baby turtles (tortugitas)!!

Ryan took some gorgeous sunset photos one night before dinner. Unfortunately this was also the night I blew my barf streak. AT THE DINNER TABLE (into a napkin... then i ran to the toilet). Yeah. that was great fun! The owner of the restaraunt came running because he was afraid it was the food. Fortunatley we convinced him that the food was fine, and that all was well. He said "it must be a girl, because girls are more trouble" ... then he told us if we come back next year, and it's not a girl, he'll buy us dinner. Oh, we'll be back Freddy, we'll be back!

Finally (and sadly) it was time to head home. We packed up and took one a very few pix of us together.

It was an amazing vacation, and we're seriously considering going back next winter with the baby. Once we were home, Ryan started looking for flights the next day. Crazy boy. I told him we should see what kind of baby we have first. I'd highly recommend all of the places we stayed. The Mexican Riviera is beautiful, the people were kind and friendly, and the food was outstanding. Three cheers for vacation!

Monday, March 20, 2006

Vacation stories: Part two....
Tulum... so relaxing!

We headed south of Playa del Carmen to Tulum, a lovely, sleepy little town with a gorgeous quiet beach. You can see that we were about to have some 'less than perfect' weather by the ominous clouds.

However, a wee bit of rain and wind was welcome on my parched and burnt feet.

We got our cabana

and headed down to the beach to lay on the delicious swinging beds.

Ah... Stimpy, theees is the life!

We spent the days lying on the beds

Ryan did some snorkeling (I chose not too since it was pretty windy and choppy in the water, and besides, I'm lazy ;)

While he was snorkelling, Goonie asked me to take a pix from his/her point of view....

We also spent lots of time walking on the beach with delicious beverages in hand.

Ryan developed a new habit, (that I found slightly annoying) Everymorning, at breakfast, he felt the need to take a pix of me if I touched my belly, sweet, no? NO, annoying ;)

here you can see the torture that my feet endured.... They swelled up to gargantuan proportions, no pregnancy is complete with out pitting edema! It was horribly uncomfortable, and completely freakish looking, but were still pretty fun to poke at.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Vacation is the BEST. Seriously..... the B E S T.

I'll tell you all about it in three different posts... One for each of the places we stayed in.

So... first... we flew into Cancun, picked up our rental car and headed for Playa del Carmen. Ah.... We stayed three days at Casa de las Flores.

A lovely little hotel about 5 blocks from the ocean, run by the sweetest Italian woman.

We were pretty pooped from travelling, so we grabbed a bite to eat and relaxed on the big king sized bed that was decorated with crazy towel art.

The next day we hit the beach. Isn't the water delicious!

We slathered ourselves with sunscreen and spent a little time in the sun.... (yeah I look like a white whale!) a lot of time in the shade.... and a ton of time in the water!

I SWEAR I put sunscreen all overmyself. I may be half mexican, and therefore start off a little more brown than most people.. but I'm no fool! However, apparently if you put on sunscreen, then walk through the surf, then prop your pregnant feet up during lunch and don't keep them in the shade....

Seriously... I feel sorry for white people. Sunburns SUCK! i've only been sunburned a few times in my life, and burng your feet is the worst!

Due to this newfound pain, we decided to spend the next day checking out some sights that didn't involve a lot of sun. We went for a drive to and got to meet this little fellow!

is this a little monkey, or is it the goon????

The next day we packed up and headed for Tulum.... but that will have to wait for the next post. Maybe that will come tomorrow... maybe not!

however, Tomorrow is 28 weeks... which means we enter the third trimester! Which means we'll be having a BABY in 12-14 weeks. Um... yeah. CRAZY!

Friday, March 03, 2006

26 weeks! Heartburn and Vacations!

Yep, you read it... we're going on vacation! 9 days in sunny, warm fantastic Mexico. It's a much needed and much anticipated trip. We'll be spending the first three nights in Playa del Carmen (just south of Cancun) then two nights on the beach in Tulum, then three nights on Isla de Mujeres (the island for the Myan Goddess of Fertility - yes.. I think that's pretty funny). NINE days of sun, fun, and relaxation. When we return there will be many photos of the fun, the sun and the relaxation (and the belly in a bikini!).

The newest fun here has been a night (thankfully just one so far) of horrific heartburn, complete with reflux. Um... yeah, I'd rather just barf, thanks. Last night I went to bed with slight heartburn, spent hours trying to get comfortable, and ended up sleeping practically sitting up. I know many women have heartburn through out their pregnancies, and I'm hoping that isn't my fate. Fortunately, my naturopath (and coworker) sent me home today with some enzymes that will hopefully help, and I haven't had any today.

Thankfully, I've been feeling great other than that. I love this part. :) Lots of movement, all day long, sure makes for an exciting life. Most nights as we get ready for bed, I'm still amazed that I have this big belly, and that there is a person growing in there. I'm not sure if Ryan is getting sick of hearing it, but THERE IS SOMEBODY IN THERE!