Thursday, November 30, 2006

Crafty Day

Today, I slept in again until about 12:30pm, though it felt like it was a lot later than that.

I got more laundry accomplished today. I am feeling very happy about this.

The company I ordered the crib from called me tonight, Sean's crib will be delivered by 1pm tomorrow. I'm pretty sure this includes the installation of the crib, which is what the guy told us when we ordered it. I can't wait to have it in his room, all set up. Once that is done, the nursery will be 100% ready for Sean to come. Today marks the start of my 35th week, so he could technically come any day now! (37-41 weeks is considered full term, 42 weeks post term).

This afternoon I got working on some crafts on my sewing machine. I worked on making some gifts for some swap packages that are going out in the month of December, so I can't post what they are, or what they look like, until those swap packages have been received! I can show you though, the burp cloths that I made. I made 5 of them (since I have already about 5-6, some new some second hand). I think I have enough now. They were VERY easy to make, I just cut out a pattern, and got cracking!

This evening I sat on the couch and watched Ugly Betty and then Grey's Anatomy. During which I kept flipping to the Habs game. I crochet during both shows, instead of knitting. I made 2 more kippot, but this time, in adult size. I'll photograph all of them once I'm done. They are a really quick project!

Tonight I took a self night, Jamie went out to his friends house to watch the Habs get creamed by Carolina (4-2 = Huet what's wrong with you?? You were on a roll!!) and now I'm off to bed with some comfort food and more Sopranos. Maybe I'll read a little too.

Can't wait to finish the nursery tomorrow!

9 months of gestation in 20 seconds - New Version!

Click here (or on the video) to view! It's really funny!
(This is what my husband searches for at work?) LOL

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Canadian Online Yarn Shop

Today I slept in again, I guess I needed to catch up on sleep that I didn't get the past two mornings which I was able to get up early and get a head start on my day.

Last night I had a dream that I gave birth to Sean at 37 weeks. Tomorrow marks the start of my 35th week - so that is kind of soon - wow!!! That i just crazy - let me tell you! I could be a mother in 2 weeks? It's really starting to come close to the end - and I'm ready to have my body back, but I'm also loving being pregnant, and I'm not ready to give that up yet either. (Well, I am ready to give up the soreness and tiredness and the constant trips to the loo - but other than that.... you get what I mean!)

I got a lot accomplished today in regards to chores (laundry mainly) but I managed to clean the bathroom and the bedroom, and I felt good after getitng these things accomplished.

Angela joined me after getting off work early and we hung out for the afternoon before going to a Montreal Knits meeting. At the meeting, Mary & MollyAnn announced that they are opening an online yarn shop - which could be a store front as well in the new year.

Today, they got their first shipment in, which was of Cascade yarn! Tonight, they were offering their yarn, at 10% off (Montreal Knits discount) with NO TAX and DELIVERY of the yarn. So, I ordered this yarn below, for my buttony sweater that I will make sometime after giving birth:

It's 100% Peruvian wool. Mmmm - delicious!

I'm totally HOT for lime green (and ANY green) yarn right now. I can't wait for Mary & MollyAnn to set up their paypal/credit card payment option, so I can purchase this delicious yarn! You should check them out. They deliver in Montreal, and ship elsewhere! Fantastic!

It was really nice to get out of the house tonight. I think I'm going to go crawl into bed with some Sopranos Season 1, so I can finish that up and get onto season 2!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Infant Sized Kippah

Today I got up again as Jamie was leaving for work. I got a lot accomplished today, including some laundry and even some chores around the house - as well as organizing my Xmas swapping packages. I'm swapping with Raesha, Cynthia & Lainie for Xmas this year (it'll be nice as it's the only Xmas gifts I'm exchanging this year). Jamie and I decided that we won't be exchanging gifts, the money could be used elsewhere (property taxes will be due in January and then again in March) - ugh. I also organized my Xmas package for my Secret Pal, and a chanukah care package for a friend in Philly. Really happy that is all organized. I can't wait to get that all in the mail!

Today, my cousin Jennifer helped me master starting the kippah. I was having a HUGE problem getting it started, I was chaining my crochet loops, and then using the actual chain loops and trying to crochet into them, no one ever told me that I had to use the center loop to start my increasing and stitches. OY! But now, I've mastered crochet in the round (knitting in the round - hey, NO problemo!) but now I can do all!

Here is the kappah, infant size of course, for Sean's bris. I am going to make Jamie a matching one, so they can wear it together! I don't know how the kippah will stay on Sean's head, so I'm hoping he has a full head of hair! I made the kippah plain and simple, nothing fancy, I just wanted to keep it classy. It's in a very nice blue:

The pattern is from here. I made the kippah for Sean just about 4 inches total.

I haven't gone to meet her yet, but Piper has arrived at my parents house. Serge, who is Bosco's co-owner, and a friend of my mother's had a late arrival into Montreal (from Bradford, Ontario). I hope to get out to meet her tomorrow, if I get my to-do list done, then I'll go - if not she's not going anywhere, so it'll be the next day!

Bosco is the one with the blue colar, photo curtosey of my sister.

Apparently Piper is a real princess. Oy, I can't wait to meet her! I wonder how my mom is handling two great danes. My grandmother on the other hand, is going to shoot my mother - but that's another story all together! I can't wait to speak to my mom tomorrow to find out how she's dealing!

Upon returning home from the Habs game tonight (what a game by the way!) I took a photo of my belly in Habs gear! This is me, 5th day into my 34th week (still got an inny belly button!)

The habs game was insane. We played the Florida Panthers tonight. We went into overtime with a score of 0-0. No goal in overtime. Then came a shootout. Kovalev scores. Panthers score. Koivu scores. Panthers miss! Ryder misses. Panthers miss - and we win the shootout - winning the game 1-0. Whooot!

I did not end up going to the game early tonight to buy my husband the practice habs jersey that he wants. I did not buy my son a habs sleeper. My husband refused to let me buy that. He does not want any presents. He's being really stubborn. Anyhow, I'm going to see how much the practice jersey is at the Habs store near my parents house, or at the sports shop, and if it's crazy expensive, then I'll think twice, but if it's a responsable price, what's a few extra dollars on my visa? (Maybe I should keep reading NOT BUYING IT: My year without shopping!) LOL.

The pain I have in my groin area - I thought it was from sleeping with the body pillow - but I'm thinking that it may be Sean pressing as he's getting ready for birth. He should be dropping any day now, and I have not yet noticed my belly any lower, but maybe I just don't "see" it... LOL.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Hospitals Suck

In Montreal news, apparently it's supposed to be 13C or 14C degrees on Wendesday and Thursday and I know people with TEE OFF times! Oh, if only I wasnt almost 9 months pregnant, I'd book a golf day on Wednesdy or Thursday for sure!!

Friday I got a call from my OBGYN's nurse that my glucose test came back with my sugar levels through the roof. So, today at my regular check up - I got a paper to go back to the hospital, which I went to right after (hospital is up the street from the doctor, which is a 10 min walk from my house) and since I fasted last night from 10pm on (I was told midnight latest), I re-did the glucose test. This time though, instead of just a blood test, drink a liquid and another blood test an hour later, I had to do a blood test, drink the same liquid (but different dosage from last week), take a blood test an hour later, and then again another hour after that. So... I got out today at 11:50am. (8:30 am doctor's apt, then my first blood test was at 9:45 am, (there was a 45 minute wait at the hospital once I got there to even register for the blood test) and then 10:50 am another blood test, and then again another one at 11:50pm. I got home just after noon, and guess -what? CAME HOME TO NO POWER IN THE HOUSE! That means I couldn't heat anything for lunch (had nothing that I could eat that didn't require heating or toaster oven, or stove, or anything.... and I couldn't get out of the house to go buy food and do groceries (which I needed to do anyhow), because I couldn't get my car out of the garage! Garage door is heavy and electronically operated. It could technically be opened during a power failure, but not by a preggo like me!!!

So... my grandmother ironically called me just two minutes after entering the house, and debating what to do, and offered to take me for lunch. So, we went to lunch. She was with her sister, my great-aunt, and then we went to Walmart, it was a really nice afternoon! Of course I spent wayyyy too much money (including a VERY cute pair of baby cowboy boots - HAD to buy them) and some stuff for the hospital (night gown, bathrobe - I didnt own any before, but now I do!) and yeah, I can't ever walk out of walmart without spending money!

I love these cute little boy's cowboy boots I found for Sean. Tres cute!

This evening after a very private prenatal aqua class, I worked on some designs that I want to print up on iron-on transfers to then iron onto some plain onesies that I have for Sean. Gotta make them fun! I'll reveal what I've design shortly.

No knitting today. I decided to read (Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping by Judith Levine) at the hospital during my 2 hour wait. It's not so bad so far. I wonder if I would be able to go one year without shopping (except for NECESSITIES!)??? Maybe I should try it? HA HA. Ok, maybe start off with ONE month, not ONE year!!

I go back to the OBGYN in 2 weeks, and then after that it's WEEKLY! Down to crunch time!

My Fave Recipe: SP9 Contest

My fave TWO recipes are very simple. One is for an apple cake, and one is for meat sauce. It means a lot to me because they are from my step-mother-in-law, and one can only get their hands on it upon marrying into the family. Both times, for both recipes, the first time is always taught to you. I went over both times to my in-law's and learned how to make them. Unfortunately I can't give out those recipes - family secret!! (Both recipes I can now make without even looking at the ingredients or measurements!)

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Finished Object

Today I was supposed to go to my parents house but we rescheduled because it'll be on Tuesday when my parents get Piper, a second Great Dane. So I'll go on Tuesday, around lunch, to meet Piper. So, today, turned into laundry day, and also, Jamie got done a lot of stuff today, I'm very happy about that. He even fixed my office light, and now I don't have to use lamps in here anymore! (So happy about that) - but.... upon fixing my ceiling light, I can see all the dirt that has been collecting on the floor and stuff. Kinda funny! Oh well, gotta clean tomorrow!

Today, Jamie and I watched the movie Click. We both really enjoyed it. While it's a comedy, it was sad at the end, and we both had a few tears! Honestly! Adam Sandler did a great job, and I really liked him in this movie.

I also caught up on a few more episodes of Sopranos Season 1. I can almost give my father-in-law back his DVD's and start on Season 2... getting there. I've been knitting all day, in my pj's from last night still, and I finished Jamie's birthday scarf! I'm sooo happy with the end results. I present to you, my first completed Cabled item!

The Irish Hiking Scarf

Pattern: Irish Hiking Scarf
Designer: Hello Yarn
Yarn: 1 3/4 skeins of Stella Oberlyn Yarn (50% baby suri, 40% extra fine merino, 10% cashmere) in Color 5930
Source: Mouline
Needles: Size US 8/ 5.0 mm
Scarf Length: 61 inches long
Started: November 18th / Finished: November 26th
Completed for Jamie's birthday.

Tomorrow morning I have an early OBGYN apt, and then I'm off to the hospital to re-do my Glucose test. I hope this time it goes better than last time, and the results are better. Crossing my fingers. I really hope that I don't have gestational diabetes, but I'll learn to deal with it properly if that is the case. I'll know a little more information tomorrow, and then the final details once the results come in.

I'm going to go back to watching TV. I think I'm going to swatch an idea for my mother-in-law's birthday purse. That's my next item with a deadline.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Knitting Stuff I Love

Today I love:

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Watched some Survivor from Thursday night with Jamie and then some Sopranos Season 1, while knitting on the couch, of course. Then, I took a REALLY long hot shower, which felt nice on my belly & back, and then Jamie's sister arrived with our nephew. We hung out for a while, Jamie's sister showered and I watched some TV with my nephew.

Tonight Jamie and I went to the Habs game. We stupidly got creamed by the Philadelphia Flyers (4-2) and I think Huet should have been in nets, but no... it was Abby. It's possible that's why we lost. He let in some dumb goals. The game was fun though, until the end, when this little girl that was sitting next to me, spilled her coke on the floor, and it got all over the bottom of my purse. (The same purse that got coffee spilled on last night at the birthday party). I wouldn't care if this was a cheap purse that has no sentimental value to me, but it wasn't exactly inexpensive, and it was purchased in Le Havre, France while on my honeymoon. Next time, I think I WON'T take a purse to the hockey game. (But then what will I carry my knitting in?) I feel like I can't take my bags in public anymore, I tend to be a magnet for people spilling stuff on my bags! (On the plane to Europe, this kid in the seat in front of me, spilled his orange jus all over my brand new Roots bag that I got for the trip. I'm still debating whether to put it in the washing machine, not sure if it will get ruined or not. (I won't ever make that mistake again - OVERHEAD STORAGE BIN IT IS!) (Not that I will be flying again for a VERY long time..... maybe when my kids will go to College and move out we'll be able to take a vacation again!? LOL) Just kidding. (Actually, I've been to Europe 3 times in a 4 year span each time for the last 8 years (1998, 2002, 2006!), so I'm thinking that maybe in 4 years.... go back to Europe!) I'll keep dreaming though.. in color!

Alright, I'm heading upstairs to resume my spot on the couch to watch some more Season 1 of Sopranos, and knit! I have 15 days left until Jamie's 31st birthday, and I promised him his new scarf asap. I'm DISGUSTED by his last scarf, which I made last January, it's really ugly. Click here to see it. It's basically single crochet in cheapo acrylic yarn. (Ew, acrylic) Ok, I'm a bit of a yarn snob tonight, but really - it was CHEAP yarn. And the whole scarf is curling, and it's just ugly. I can't wait to give him his 40% baby suri, 50% merino, 10% cashmere Peru yarn scarf! Awwww, I'm jealous of it though... it's SOooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo soft on the neck!

Friday, November 24, 2006

Birthday Party Surprise

Today I got woken up first thing in the morning by my Obgyn's nurse. I may have gestational diabetes, which could account for why I've got no energy and I'm always sleeping or sleepy or tired. I'm going to see my doctor first thing Monday morning anyhow, I have a checkup and then I'm off to the hospital for more testing. If it's 100% certain that I have gestational diabetes (which is common in 2-3% of pregnancies (yeah, that's a LOW rate!) then, I'll probably just have to adjust my diet and be followed more closely by the doctor during the rest of my pregnancy as well as during labor. No biggy. But now I've got answers to my excess lack of energy. I can understand being tired in your third trimester, especially near the end - but THIS tired? I didn't think it was possible. I've also lost motivation to do things and in things, and all I want to do is sleep, watch tv and knit or read. I find myself ignoring my list of things to do... which is no good! Especially when it's small things that I could be doing. I'm NOT talking about scrubbing the kitchen floors or anything! I'll know more Monday, all the nurse was able to tell me was that my sugar levels were through the roof! Ouch! I don't want Sean to have problems with sugar regulation problems after he's born, and I don't want him to grow too large in my uterus, either. But for now, people look at me and tell me I don't look like I've got only 48 days to go, they look at me, and say I look small (thanks! because I feel like a beached whale!) I also don't want him to grow too large, he does have to fit out of my "down there" to come out!!

I got up, ate breakfast, surfed the net, read my bloglines, checked my emails and then watched CSI from last night (I had watched Ugly Betty & Grey's Anatomy last night upon going upstairs) and then after CSI I took a nice nap.

Jamie woke me up from my nap to see if I wanted him to bring me home lunch (I did not), and then as I hung up with him, my sister-in-law called me and we spoke for about half an hour. She wanted to know if she could stay with us tomorrow night. At first I said yeah, no problem, thinking it was just her and my nephew. Turns out she's looking for a place also for her new boyfriend and his 2 kids (15 year old girl & 8 year old boy). What I didn't know is that Jamie doesn't feel comfortable with this, and you know what? Thinking about it... neither do I. It would be one thing if there was nothing going on during the weekend, but they're only getting in around 2pm tomorrow, and Jamie and I have to leave around 6pm for the hockey game (we have Habs tickets tomorrow night) and won't get in until about 10-10:30pm. I don't know if I feel comfortable with 3 strangers in my house (yes, they wouldn't be alone, they'd be with my sister-in-law) while I'm not home, and Jamie feels the same way. Anyhow, I'm hoping the her "First Resort" works out, and I don't want to end up being the last resort. I totally don't mind at all my sister-in-law and nephew staying with us - plenty of room for them, but 3 extra people, in my small den? I don't think so. There really isn't enough room. My sister-in-law had it all planned out how she'd have everyone set up in there, but I just don't feel comfortable with the plan. Ugh. I don't want to be stuck in this situation tomorrow where she's expecting to stay here with all of them. I have no energy to deal with this. I'll let Jamie talk to her. I think I'd rather not get involved. And on top of it - I have no food in the house to feed these people, nor money to feed these people. I have enough food for Jamie and I to get by, and I just wasn't planning on doing groceries until sometime mid-week next week. And money is a little tight this month with an extra mortgage payment (we pay every 2 weeks and it just so happens that there are THREE Wednesday in November! Nov. 1st, 15th, & 29th. So when we're used to just TWO payments a month, this month, we're slapped with an extra payment! But, it's a three payment month as well - there are THREE pay days this month, so it works out, but it just seems that life has been a little expensive lately! LOL.... Oh well, I'm not worried, nor is Jamie, and all is good!

Tonight we had a friend's 40th surprise birthday out near the Ontario border, (45 minute drive about) and we had a good time.

The boys played a little foozeball...

The girls played a little bit of darts... (yeah, we sucked!)

Look, I don't even look pregnant here! (above)

Oh, but here I do!

And a nice picture of Jamie and I. I really like this one (No double chin! HEE HEE!)

Before leaving I snuck into the bathroom to take some 34 week shots since I liked the lighting and the deco in the bathroom! Hee hee! (Always looking for new places to do self-portraits!):

34 weeks baby! Only 5 weeks and 6 days to go... that's 48 days!

And I thought this shot was fun!


Thursday, November 23, 2006

Girl's Night Out

Did you know that.... A Russian woman holds the record for having the most children. Between 1725 and 1765, she was pregnant 27 times and had 69 children.

... my friends... that is crazy. I don't think I'll ever have that many kids. And think about it... that means, at least during most of the pregnancies, she had at least 3 kids at one time!

Today, unlike other days, I was out of bed at at 8:30 am. Jamie came around 8:10 to give my his kiss goodbye, as he was leaving to work... and well, I was up and couldn't get back to sleep. I tried for about 20 minutes, but saw that I was restless, so I got out of bed.

Today, I baked 2 apple cakes (one which I took with me tonight to girl's night) and the other, for the house. (Jamie loves it when I make my apple cake!) The apple cakes took a lot longer than usual to prepare since a) I was making 2 instead of 1 and b) the apples were DARN small... not the nice big MacIntosh that I'm used to. They were weeny. So, it required more of them, and I have this really cool doo-dad that you put the apple on it, turn the handle, and it peels the apple for you. However, the only problem with this is - that the apples were a little too small, so it only got half the apple, and I ended up spending more time using my knife to peel the rest that the thingy missed. OY! But, in the end, my apple cakes came out DELICIOUS!

I watched the movie The Break-Up with Jennifer Aniston. I was going to bring it tonight to girl's night, but my friend's TV is actually broken. Which actually turned out better, because we don't get together often, and it was really nice to talk and catch up. I'll get to girl's night in a moment. The Break-Up started out really cute, but then was just okay in the end. My dad taped it off the satelite dish and I snatched it before my mom could watch it or anyone else would borrow it, and then I'd never see it! I think I was a tad disappointed, but nevertheless, I got a lot of knitting done, so I'm happy.

Jamie's birthday Irish Hiking Scarf is coming along great. I've finished the first ball. From the first ball, I was able to get 32 inches of scarf. I'm hoping that 64 inches will be long enough to keep Jamie's neck warm, but I think it will - so all is good. I didn't want to have to spend another 20$ on another ball of yarn. (It's pricey as it is!) I can't wait to finish the scarf. Hopefully by the end of the weekend, I'll be done.

Anyhow, it was really great to see my friends Vera & Cindy (another Cindy, not the same one that I saw on Monday night). I really enjoy their company, and it was good to hear that Vera has quit smoking! Go her! I hope it sticks! Cindy's trying, but there is a lot going on in her life, that I think for now, the smoking is keeping her calm and level! (Odd, to say that, I know). Cindy had to take off to be home for 10pm, as she had a conference call for work with China (time difference), and Vera and I kept chatting a bit. My apple cake was a huge success! Everoyne loved it. Dinner was a little disappointing though. I was under the impression that Cindy was making the lasagna, but she picked up one of those frozen ones from the store, and to be honest, they are garbage. (There are some good frozen ones out there, but she picked up the cheap kind - and I think it upset my stomach). Had I known, I would have made my own with my homemade sauce. Oh well, next time. Vera though, made a salad and some guacamole - that was fantastic. I need to get her guacamole recipe from her. Oh - it was to die for! I could have eaten just that with the tortilla chips for dinner, really!

Vera and I started talking, and she was telling me that her boyfriend, all he does all day and all night, before work, and after work until he goes to bed (and we're talking about late bed times) is play video games online. She says it's as if she's living there alone, and has a roommate, not a boyfriend of like 5 years. (I'm pretty sure she's been with her boyfriend just as long as I've been with Jamie, if not longer!) She can't believe that he is sooooo glued to the video game. Tv shows they used to watch together... and that he wouldn't miss.... he misses now. They don't do much together anymore, except once in a while go see a movie, which is not really quality time because you're focused on the movie and you can't talk. I didn't know what to tell her. I admit, Jamie spends a lot of time playing on his Xbox, but it's not that obsessive. She doesn't even have dinner with him anymore, she's always eating on her own. He'll eat in front of the computer video game. Jamie and I try to eat dinner together every night, even when he has friends over. (He has his one friend, the mooch, who will come here straight from work, sometimes arriving (like today) before Jamie even gets home from work - I find that annoying) and he'll stay downstairs in front of the tv or will use Jamie's computer while we eat dinner. I have no idea if he ever eats dinner himself, but when I make dinner on nights that he's over, I don't offer him any, because why should I feed another mouth like 2-3 times a week? Jamie's friend the mooch is a whole other story (and the guy has gotten a lot better than he used to be) but still... I constantly feel like I'm feeding another person, and I don't have money to do that! Anyhow, that's another story for another day. I am just GLAD that Jamie is not like my friend's boyfriend (who is still legally married but seperated from his wife for years now, just hasn't gotten around to getting a divorce. I didn't realize he was THAT lazy, until tonight, learning about his video games, and how my friend his upset that she never spends time with her boyfriend anymore. I would not be able to deal. Not really too sure what to say to her either?

34 week pictures coming tomorrow. Not in the mood to photograph them today. I'm going to a birthday party tomorrow night, so I'll take some new shots with some different scenery! Photos of the Irish Hiking Scarf won't be until I'm 100% done the scarf... so hopefully by the end of the weekend, as long as I get enough knititng time in! (Need to wind the 2nd ball into a cake!)

Alright, I'm going to go watch some TV on the couch, I found a comfy position! That makes me happy. I really feel huge now, with a watermelon for a waist. The back pain is getting worse and whenever I sit down I always wonder if I am going to be able to get up (since I can't use my abdominal muscles to lift my upper body anymore, it's hard!) The other day I was worried that I wouldn't get off the toilet, so I squatted to pee instead of sitting, for fear that I wouldn't be able to get up and have no one to help me off! Oh, 6 more weeks... I'm ready!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Breastfeeding Dream

So today I decided I wanted to do a meme, but I haven't really been enamored with the meme's I've seen people playing these days so I went and found this: This is the MY LIFE. MY BLOG. meme taken from those American Express ads from's blog. You know the ones that feature someone famous filling out a form? Well, here's the form. Download it. Fill it out (the handwriting is what makes it cool.) Then scan it or take a picture of it.

Click on the image to view it in larger.

Zeus was acting cute again. Gotta love my ripped to shred basement couches. (I cant wait to one day get new ones!) So please ignore their ugliness.

I was NOT happy with my 33 week belly shots from the bathroom at UCbaby last Thursday. So I re-did them. Soon enough I'll have to do my 34 week belly shots (tomorrow!)

I feel like I've got a watermelon in my belly. No longer a basketball, but a watermelon. Didn't my mother once tell me that if I ate the seeds I'd grow a watermelon in my belly? LOL...

Last night or rather probably early this morning, I had a dream about breastfeeding. All I remember is that my son was latching on good, and I was a pro. I knew what to do. At least this was a good dream, and not a bad one! I probably would have been even more freaked out if this had been a bad dream. I actually feel more confident now about breastfeeding because of this dream. I know I can do it - I know Sean will be way happier of a baby being breastfeed, so that's the plan. And I feel good. I swear to god I thought I was going to wake up and my nipples would be leaking. Some women start leaking from their breasts before 33 weeks, and some, not til the end of their pregnancy, others, not until after they give birth, and some, never are able to produce for their babies.... I was a little relieved that I didn't have leaky nipples this morning, but I hope that I will be able to produce when the time comes. I'm not worried though. In my eyes, as silly as this sounds, I have the perfect breasts for breastfeeding. I'm not inverted, and I have big enough ones... lol... hee hee. Okay, enough about my breasts....!

Today, I slept in, even though I had set my alarm. I was planning on going to go, but Aqua class didn't happen this morning. And since my membership expires on Tuesday, I will not be able to attend any of the Wednesday morning ones, which I actually never made it to. I plan on going to Aqua tomorrow night, and then headed over to a friend's house for dinner. The Monday, I'll go to Prenatal Aqua, and then for December, I'll buy the daily pass for the class on Monday night's only. I'll go to the 3 Monday night classes (4th Monday is Xmas, so there is no class) and then we'll see about the second Monday in January (first Monday is New Years' Day, so I'm sure they're closed). January 8th may be pushing it, if I'm due the 11th - but we'll let Sean tell me if I can go or not! And then after my pregnancy, we'll see if I do PostNatal Aqua (same class). But I wouldn't start it for a while anyhow. So I was debating renewing my membership at 30$ a month, and then freezing my account, but I don't think it's worth it - if they'll even freeze my account for a bit. The girl in charge of that called me back this morning but I was still sleeping and didn't answer the phone (I wasn't getting out of bed to answer it). There was no moving me this morning. I was a dead weight until about 2pm!

Putzed around for about an hour upon getting up, and then I went out to do errands.

First, I dropped off my previous tenant's mail. They moved out July 1st, 2006 and I'm still getting mail for them. I really don't care getting mail for them still, since they did technically move about 4 houses down but on the next street, so it's really nothing to deliver their mail. The first time after they moved out, I called them and they picked it up, but the last time and this time, (after collecting mail for a few months), I dropped it off in their mailbox. I have no idea if the mail is that important or not, and I wasn't rushing to bring it over. I figured when there was enough of a pile, I'd drop it by.

Then, I went to the shopping center next to my house and mailed out my last thank you card from Sean's baby shower (I had one left to write from a gift that was received late), and I sent back to "return to sender" to Bell Canada from old tenant, the one that I kicked out in September. She is still getting mail from Hydro and from Bell. I bet you anything, she owes them money. But hey - that's not my friggin' problem. I just keep crossing out the envelope and writing in big black sharpie marker "RETURN TO SENDER" on the envelopes.

I then went into my favorite dollar store next door for some tins to bake my apple cake in tomorrow. I going to a girl's night at my friends house, and I'm making the cake. Cindy's making a lasagna and Vera's making a salad and some guacamole (mmmm, I'm craving guacamole). I'm going to bring along the movie The Break-Up (Jennifer Aniston), I hope no one has seen it!

After getting my tins, I went into the tabagie to check out the latest edition of Knit Simple for Anny's blog profile! There is an article in there and she's mentioned in it. Pretty damn cool! Anyhow, I didn't see anything really in there that I wanted the pattern for (and shouldn't be spending money like that anymore with a baby on the way) so I put it back, and walked out.

On my few steps from the tabagie to the grocery store, I ran into Jamie's Aunt. We talked for a bit, she couldn't believe how big my belly is - and we said we'd make plans for Chanukah to get the family together for dinner. Jamie's cousin Andra is 13 and a half now, and I told Jamie's Aunt that she's perfect babysitting age now! (12 is the legal age). Anyhow, by the time we would start needing a babysitter, and all that, Andra will be a little older than she is now, and a great babysitting candidate, and she lives around the corner practically (okay, a 5 minute car ride). I am sure she wouldn't mind making a few extra dollars!

I picked up apples for my cake (Macintosh), some nice looking bananas and another box of Marocs Clementines. The last box I bought last Thursday, we polished off last night. This new box, while good, isn't as good as the last box, unless I'm mistaken and just had a so-so one and there are better ones in the box... we'll see.

Next I decided to go to Zellers. I had a gift certificate for Sean, that I got at my baby shower, so I bought him a few things. I bought a Huggies gift set (that was on sale and sooo worth the price, because of the lotions and wipes, and ointments and stuff that was in there, and there was also the cutest tigger toy from winnie the pooh in it), and I got him a Spiderman garbage can for his room, and this really cute Lobster pop up laundry basket or toy basket thing. I'll have to photograph it once it's in his room (it's still in my trunk of my car as we speak).

Then I needed stuff for the house, and so I picked up Glad garbage bags, (80 count, because it's sooooo much more economical) and a 2 pack of contact solution (had a 1$ rebate coupon that expires Dec. 31st, 2006 but we're on our last bottle of solution so it was a need), 12 boxes of Zellers brand kleenex (with Jamie's allergies we seem to go through a lot of kleenex lately), toothpaste for Jamie (we each use a different brand), a body pillow for myself, since I know that my mother is NOT going to let me keep hers, I don't think, and it was on sale for 12$ and change, so I bought one. If she does let me keep hers, then I'll return the one I got today, no big deal. I also bought myself some blue ink pens since I have been having a huge trouble lately finding pens in my house, someone keeps eating up my pens! And also I got myself some Bamboo handles for the yarn that I got in Italy, to make a felted bag. It'll be a future project (too much going on right now!)

Here is a fun shot of my 12 new Papermate pens, which I hope no one takes! LOL (Yes, that mug was stolen from Picasso's restaurant at one of our late night stops there, many many years ago).... (Only a Montrealer would know what Picasso's is!)

And here are my new bamboo handles for my to-be Italian felted purse!

I emailed my ex's mother to find out the name of the Mohel (for my son's bris) that her daughter and son used for their boys (there are 3 boys between them) and in that email I asked her about the booth last night at the Mom Show, and if it was worth it (she was selling playmats & baby blankets). I have to share her response... I couldn't believe it...

"NO!NO!NO! Didn't sell one thing. Leona sold 1 frame at $10. The booth, or 1/2 booth that I had cost me $90, plus I bought bags for $15, stickers, labels, business cards, tissue, ribbon, and all the supplies to make the stuff. Needless to say, I am not a happy camper and neither is Leona. I probably spent about $300 or so on fabric! I will have to think hard about doing this again. Maybe I can set up a table on a corner to sell the stuff. I will have baby gifts for years!!!"

(Leona is my ex's wife. She makes picture frames and growth charts and that sort of thing).

Tonight for dinner I marinated Tilapia in teryaki sauce and made some roasted potatos. After dinner, I made gingerbread cookies (they turned out FANTASTICALLY DELICIOUS).

I took a really long hot shower, which felt great on my muscles.

Habs won the hockey game tonight against the Minnesota Wild. We kicked their arse 4-2. GO HABS GO! I am very excited to be going to 3 games in the next 2 weeks. I'm going to the game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night, November 25th, the game against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday, November 28th, and then again for Jamie's birthday to see the game against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night, December 9th. I'll be sure to pack some knitting to bring along with me to games! GO HABS GO!

Alright, I'm going to go eat some gingerbread cookies, and drink some milk and hope to eventually fall asleep. If that doesn't work, I'm thinking about starting Season 1 of the Sopranos and perhaps getting comfy on the couch.... My sleeping is really out of whack right now, which sucks. But there is not much I can do about it at all. I'm just going with what my body is telling me feels right. And tossing and turning in bed, does suck.

I'll admit. I got NO knitting done today. Wasn't in the mood to knit. Maybe tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

The Mom Show

Slept in today. What else is new? I set my alarm for 9:30 am, but wasn't getting out of bed before 11 am. It just wasn't happening. I actually think it was after 11 am that I finally got out of bed. Probably closer to 11:30 am.

I decided to call my ex-boyfriend's mother this morning, since, I did see her tonight at the Mom Show (more about that after), and I've learned that:

- my ex no longer works for his father. His father's shmatah (material in yiddish) business closed in August and my ex now works in educational toys (my hubby's previous field). My ex now works for a company that I've been meaning to go and check out (they sell toys to the public from October - Xmas at discount prices) and it's a company that my hubby knows the owners very well. Small world.
- my ex gave up on golfing (which I hated when we were dating) and now I golf!

- my ex had a baby on January 26th, and he just had his 10 month check-up and he's 26 lbs. My ex's sister, has a 15-month old who at his 15 month check-up was only 23 lbs. (FAT KID MY EX HAS!) Apparently he didn't take to breastfeeding, so he was formula fed (which makes for chubbier kids) and at 2 months old the formula wasn't enough anymore, this kid could eat, so he was feed food as of 2 months old, and apparently eats eats eats! Couldn't eat the food fast enough...

It was really nice talking to her, and she explained me some quilting stuff, but still wants me to go over to her house to check out her stuff. We'll see if I actually do that - we'll see. I'm glad to know that my ex has no problem with me talking to his mother, so that's a good thing. We caught up, and it was really nice. The last I remember (when my ex dumped me) his mother was going through Chemo for Breast Cancer (she had the surgery right before he dumped me) and his father had a heart attack. So it was good to know the family was doing well.

This afternoon I did some laundry, changed the bed sheets, cleaned up a few things that needed organizing, and eventually left the house to pick up my hubby's contact lenses from my Uncle's shop. Then I had to run to pick up Subways, it's what my mother & sister wanted for dinner, and run over to my grandmother's house for a quick bite to eat. Then, we went to the synagogue for the show.

To review the Mom Show, it was basically vendors with really expensive shit. And I say shit. Ugly jewelry, 160$ purses that I'd never wear, that sort of thing. There was a bunch of "baby" products too.... but over priced garbage. Even my ex's mother was selling baby blankets and baby play mats (that I could totally make myself - sewn of course), and the baby blankets were 45$ and the play mats 25$. After walking away from the table, my grandmother said that they looked like shmatah's just thrown together. She called them garbage, and said I could do better! LOL. I thought that was funny.

I saw my ex's sister tonight at the show, she looks fantastic! She was a size 12 before her first pregnancy, and then lost weight after giving birth to the first one. Then, after her 2nd pregnancy, she apparently lost even more weight (Pregnancy agrees with her apparently!) and now she's like a size 4! She did look great. I want to know what the secret is! (And apparently, she's been really lucky with delivering her children (both boys)! With her first one, 1 hour 20 minutes after her water broke, her first was born; her second was only 20 minutes after her water broke. She only goes til 38 weeks because of her diabetes, and was induced. Since she has been diabetic her whole life, her cirulatory system is comprimised so she has small babies. No time for epidurals for either. Then on the other hand, my ex's wife's water broke 3 weeks before her due date. Apparently they think they made a mistake with calculations. She was in labor for about 16 hours and had a hard time. She became diabetic during pregnancy, but it has gone. And the baby she had, was 8 lbs 4 oz at birth. Is that considered to be a big baby (he's big now though!)? What is considered a big baby? Hopefully I will not have a big baby!

At the Mom Show, my grandmother, sister & mother all agreed that my ex downgraded after dumping me..... his wife, whom he's been married to for 3 years now (November 2003), is ugly, fat and looks like she's still 5-6+ months pregnant (and she had the baby 10 months ago). I think that made me feel better! Knowing that she's ugly. I told Jamie tonight that my ex downgraded and that he upgraded. (Jamie knows that I think his ex of 3 1/2 years is a dog. And he agrees with me! HA HA!) And then I showed Jamie my ugly purple stretch marks that I find gross and he told me he loves me with or without stretch marks!

Speaking of the reason behind my stretch marks.... my little monkey likes to be VERY active really late at night. I've been having problems falling asleep lately, even when really tired, due to the fact that he's very active. He moves around a lot, really late at night. I hope he won't be a night owl when he's born, I am hoping to get him on a schedule and that he'll sleep through the night.

In other news, I am trying to figure out sizing for a baby sized kippah for Sean's bris. I want to make it myself, and it doesn't look hard. I'm just debating whether to knit it - or crochet it. I'm not that good with crochet in a circle, only flat. So, I may go with the knitting route. I'll definitely post a picture once done. I want to get started on that right away, and it's going to be a quick project, so I'm sure I'll have pictures of that up in no time. There are patterns on the internet (not very good ones either), so I may invent my own...

I saw this picture and thought it was cute, so I will leave you with that, and go off and watch Nip/Tuck on the FX Network.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Knitting & TV

I couldn't sleep last night. I was up watching Season 3 (finishing it) of Las Vegas, which I apparently saw 20 of the 23 episodes. I don't get it - but whatever! I don't recall seeing half the season, but apparently I had. (Pregnancy brain towards the end?) I don't know? I am now up to date, and there is no episode on this week, but there is a 2 hour special next week! Woot! Next - on my TV junkie list - Sopranos. I was able to watch 6 seasons of Six Feet Under in 2 weeks - I think I can do Sopranos in about that. (Only 5 seasons, since I just recently watched season 6 part 1 on TV). I've already seen seasons 1 & 5, but I'll rewatch to catch up and refresh my memory.

So, I finally was able to fall asleep by 4 am last night, or rather, this morning. So, today, I slept in until about 2pm. I did manage to get some laundry done. I think something is wrong with my washer and/or dryer. First off, my washer, leaves things still drenched, but the water does drain from the washing machine (I once had a problem where the water wasn't draining, and remaining dirty in the washing machine, but that was due to poor pipes in my old apartment). And because the clothes are still drenched of water when the load is done, it's taking forever to dry in the dryer. I often have to run the 80 minute cycle TWICE before a full load is try. That is insane. I am wondering if it's worth it to call the repair guy to look at it, or if I should talk to my hubby about new machines? Ugh.. I dono... Even with smalll loads (like 3-4 towels), they'll be drenched still when the load is done, and then take forever to dry.... I definitely need to call and see what the repair company says. I guess if it's just a 100$ fix, it may be better than a 1000$ new set or however much they cost these days. I don't even know how old the machines are, but I know they were bought when Jamie was with his ex.. so.... they're somewhere circa 1998-2001 would say, but probably closer to 98-99 because they bought them when they moved in together.... closer to the beginning of their relationship, or something. I wonder if approx. timing is okay to know how old these machines are... incase the repair guy asks. I don't even know if information like that is important?

Anyhow, tonight, I made it to pre-natal aqua. I only have a week left on my membership, and then I will probably just buy daily passes just for the prenatal classes on Mondays, and not go to the Thurs night aqua class. My membership runs out next Tuesday, so I have this week and next Monday to enjoy my aqua classes without paying.

After aqua I went out for dinner with two friends (Cindy & Mindy) and that was really nice. It's always good to catch up with them. We're going to try to do dinner again in December just before the holidays, and before I give birth. Because after giving birth, I think it will be a while before I see friends again!

I worked on Jamie's birthday scarf today, and I'm at about 22 inches. I think it needs to be at least 60 inches to be able to wrap around at least once. (Or something like that). So, I will keep knitting. I have not run out of ball number 1 yet, so I'm hoping to make it to more than 30 inches on one ball. I think I can definitely get more than 30 inches out of that one ball, so hopefully I'll get a little longer than 60 inches for the entire scarf. I definitely need Jamie to be able to wrap it around once or twice around his neck!

Still not sure what to do for my mother-in-law's evening purse project, but it won't be felted, and it's in this ribbon type yarn (never worked with it before, and I have two different options, both in black). I am thinking that I may end up inventing my own pattern - but we'll see.

Wow - this turned out to be a long post, and I was trying to figure out what the heck I'd write today, since I didn't do much... but sleep, watch TV and knit! HAHA! What a life, eh??? And I still have things to do before Sean's born, and I want to get them accomplished, I just feel tired and lazy lately.... big time! Maybe I'll get a lot done during my "nesting" time... whenever that comes.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Nothing Day

Today was a real nothing day. I feel like I've done nothing all weekend. I was supposed to babysit on Saturday night for my dad's best friend, but his daughter got pneumonia, and I didn't want to take the chance of getting sick, so I didn't babysit.

I've been watching Season 3 of Las Vegas, and it turns out I've seen a lot more than I think I have, which is odd, because I swear I only saw the beginning of the season before neglecting it, but I'm at Episode 19 and so far, I've seen them all. Only 23 episodes in the season. (I know for sure I missed the season finale, but I wonder how many others I didn't see??)

This afternoon Jamie helped my dad out with some shelf building for my parents newly renovated garage (my parents had their garage painted and the floor in there tiled - I've never heard of tiled garages before, but apparently, it's the "new" thing). I watched a little TV with my mother, and took a little nap on their couch. Knitted a lot on Jamie's birthday scarf.

We went out for dinner, to this steakhouse near my parents place, dinner was good. I always end up eating ribs at this steakhouse, which are fantastic.

Tonight I started researching purse patterns for my step-mother-in-law's birthday present, but I cannot find anything that I like. I think I am going to have to invent my own pattern and come up with something that I think she will like. But, I am going to finish knitting Jamie's birthday scarf first, before I start on my mother-in-law's purse.

We're already 11 of us signed up for my Holiday Stitch Marker Swap. (In no way does it have to be Xmas themed or anything, because who knows what holidays people celebrate - I will make sure that participants know that when I email them the partners)... I'm just calling it the "holiday" stitch marker swap, because it's a fun thing to do for the "holidays".

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Lazy Day

Today was a lazy day. But, I got a lot of knitting done. I've started working on Jamie's birthday present, which is the Irish Hiking Scarf:

I've already knit 10 inches of the scarf, and I expect it to be over 60 inches long, so that Jamie can definitely wrap it around once or twice. I'll basically knit until I've run out of yarn. I have about 400 yards of yarn, (or is it meters, no I think it's yards).... I'll just knit until it all runs out.

Zeus was sleeping all cute today on the pillow on our couch... He's really cute at making himself really comfortable.

Today, Jamie put together the basinette for our bedroom for Sean to sleep in until he's sleeping regular hours at night. The rest of the day has been chill. We watched the habs game tonight (I knitted during) and we won 3-1 against Atlanta. GO HABS!

I've been watching Season 3 of Las Vegas to see where I left off last season, and I thought I had only seen a few episodes from the beginning of the season, but I'm on Episode 13 and so far, I've seen the first 13... the ones I remember very well, I'm just skimming through to catch up and remember what happened... but I wonder how many more of the 23 episodes that I've seen. Weird. Oh well. After I'm done watching Las Vegas Season 3 (and watch the 4 epsiodes that have aired so far this season - which I've downloaded), I plan on catching up on the seasons of Sopranos that I have not seen. I've seen Season 1 and 5 and 6 (Part 1). However, I'll re-start watching Season 1 to refresh my memory, because it's been a long time since I've seen season 1. (I borrowed Season 1 recently from my father-in-law and would like to give it back to him before Sean is born!)

Alright, going to go skim through episode 14, as I've seen it as well! Is there an episode that I haven't seen yet?? LOL. Crazy. Really didn't realize how much I've seen!

Friday, November 17, 2006

What Will I Knit in Labor?

I forgot to download these photos to my computer last night, I took them yesterday, the start of my 33rd week of pregnancy. I don't really like them, so I think I'm going to do a new 33rd week "shoot", these pictures are from the bathroom on the same floor of the building were the UCBABY office is. Shitty lighting = shitty photography.

Love my purple sexy stretch marks, eh? I don't like them one bit... they're very upsetting.

I've been contemplating lately on what to pack in my labor hospital bag to knit during labor. I need something that doesn't require too much concentration, but, that will distract me at the same time from labor. I'm sure I'll find something. Anyone have any labor knitting stories to share?

Lil-Rose-Thorn gave me some advice, stating that maybe I could "threaten my family with my knitting needles" at the hospital, since I am a knitter... when I don't want visitors! Thanks Lil-Rose-Thorn!

Today, I woke up at 1pm. It ws fantastic to sleep in. Got woken up by Jamie who wanted to know if I wanted him to bring me home some lunch, from the most fantastic Souvlaki place in Montreal, Marathons, what a good husband I have.

Mmm, what my lunch delicious.

These cookies are from my tenants.
They were baked so that Jamie could help her with some stupidity:

Basically, she put her cat in her bedroom, so that she could vaccum her place (cat is afraid of the noise of the vaccum cleaner). Anyhow, she had the door handle locked from the inside, the cat got locked in the bedroom! Since she lives upstairs with her mother and daughter, with no men in the house - all the little things, she asks Jamie to fix things for her. LOL. I guess the cookies were to lure us to fix the door problem! LOL. I am sure the cookies were very good, but I'm not a lemon cookie fan, but Jamie said they were delicious!

Last night I finished the left hand Fetching Version 2 (my own interpretation):

And, today, I finished Fetching Version 2 for my right hand:

(It's really hard to photograph the "good hand" (I'm a righty)).

Aren't they beautiful? They're not exactly identical twins (the green and turquoise colorway is mixed up), but I still love them just the same. Now I have just over a ball of Noro left (but from two seperate balls) and am looking for that 1 Noro Skein hat pattern... (I'll google it tomorrow), that someone told me about. I think I'll make a matching hat to my gloves. Or close to it anyhow.

YEY! A finished object!

Oh - and a song that I've had stuck in my head for a few days now (from a commercial), I finally figured out what song it is. It's Mad World, by Tears for Fears, but it was re-done by this guy Gary Jules (Donnie Darko or something). So happy to have it downloaded and maybe now it will get out of my head!!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

My Son, So Real, So Cool

This morning I got up early and Jamie dropped me off at the hospital for my Glucose test. It's usually done at 24 weeks pregnant, but I was on my honeymoon at 24 weeks, and I think my doctor forgot about it. I was worried that I would have to sit there for hours, so I brought knitting along with me. However, for this particular test, they skip you ahead, and you don't have to wait your turn. (The wait was only 30 minutes anyhow). But, because you're pregnant, and you have to fast from the night before, they take you first. First I did a blood test, (I hate needles - but it wasn't so bad) and then you have to drink a liquid drink (pure glucose) and it kinda tasted like Orange Crush. That's how I'd describe it. Then you wait an hour, and exactly an hour later, they draw another vile of blood. I got a lot of work done on my version of Fetching. (Picture below). I hope there are NO MORE blood tests that I have to do during the rest of my pregnancy. I hate hospitals, and I hate needles.

My 3D Ultrasound went A LOT better today. I still think it's a lot of money for what you get, but I definitely loved the experience of seeing my baby boy before he's born. I did get a DVD of the sessions, but have not watched them yet, (waiting for Jamie on that, of course). Jamie didn't come with me today, my mother did, since Jamie couldn't leave work this afternoon, as he had a dentist apt this morning to have a tooth pulled, at 9 am, he had a LOT of work to do this afternoon. Here are my fave pictures from today's session:

This one is Jamie's favorite photograph, due to the fact that it looks like Sean is using his LEFT hand (Jamie's a leftie), and it's in the "smoking" position! I think Sean is just "hushing" us to leave him alone to sleep.. lol... what a cutie!

Sean with his eyes opened! Oh - and my son, yeah, he didn't have his feet blocking his face, BUT, he does have a foot fetish still. He had one foot near his face, and he kept sucking on his toes still, and also his fingers! He was resting his head on his foot! Such a clear picture!

I also thought this one was a cute photograph. Just had to post it! (The thing by his face is my placenta... and he kept turning towards it). I am just glad that we got enough good photographs today, to make it worth while.

For more pictures of Sean in 3d click here.

Today I bought myself some jewelry while getting Jamie's watch battery replaced. while at the store, I fell in love with; They are by Steelx.

So I bought them.
I'm hoping to get one of these pairs of earrings, eventually:

Of course the round ones would match my set perfectly, but I like both!

Stopped by my parents house on my way home, and Bosco was acting all cute, so I took some pictures of him. Gotta love the crossed leg look.

Tonight after my Aqua class I worked on fetching. All I have left to do is the thumb, which I think I'm going to go work on now. I am rather pooped though, Aqua class tonight was a killer! (It's not prenatal, but with the prenatal instructor, so it's fun!) She definitely kicked my ass tonight!

You see the black line in between the turquoise and the green? That's where I need to cut out he black yarn and pick up the stitches and knit the thumb. I've never done this before, so wish me luck!

I know I'm in the "home stretch" when...

I just got back from doing groceries, and bought some cream for Jamie's coffee. The best before date is Jan 16/07; My due date, Jan 11/07.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Fetching Version 2

The Yarn Harlot finally posted about her trip to Montreal. Here's a pic from her site, from her angle, of her travelling sock - but with me in the audience - FRONT ROW!!! The pink arrow - that's me.

My SP9 pal finally got her package number 1 today. I stole this pic from her blog, since I forgot to photograph the loot before mailing it off. One of the mugs I sent her with purple sheep on it, broke en route (dang canada post!), so I will have to replace it!

Yey - so happy she got it. And that breast cancer card in the corner, (pink and white card) that was mailed seperately, with a needle guage in it (needle guage is sitting in the mug in the back) which I guess came in the mail today with the big package, so voila - photographed all together!
I got this email today from Pregnancy Weekly:

Week 32: Baby's First Mall Portrait?

Ultrasound is a tried-and-true prenatal tool (and a window into the wonderful world of your womb), but lately this procedure has taken a giant leap from the confines of a doctor's office to a storefront at the mall. Is it safe to take a peek inside your tummy on the way to Sears? While the FDA has yet to establish rules on these prenatal photography studios, they do warn against having ultrasounds for fun (as opposed to for medical reasons), since such three-dimensional imaging machines use much higher power than the typical ultrasound machines at your doctor's office. And many medical professionals fear that nervous moms-to-be will come away wrongly convinced there's something wrong with their babies, or, worse, that the untrained wand wavers will miss real problems that would be detected by a pro. If you do choose elective sonography, do so wisely (and after you check with your practitioner for the go-ahead). While there's nothing more precious than seeing your baby in three dimensions (except, of course, seeing your baby for real once it's born), limit your visits to one or two, each no more than 15 minutes in length. And bring your wallet! Some studios charge up to $300 for a photo, CD-ROM, and a video of the fetus.

Uhm... I only get this now? A week after my first 3d and the day before the second attempt?? Makes me wonder, but I don't think it's going to harm anything.....

If you're interested, here is an article on Graphing Patterns with Excel.

In other news, right now I'm dealing with a pissed off family who want to be there while I'm giving birth, and I DONT WANT THAT. I dont even want anyone at the hospital, only to visit once I get home. I want my privacy and space. And they just don't get it. I am not trying to be selfish, it's just the way I am. Sometimes, I can be anti-social. But if everything goes well, you're just in the hospital like 36 hrs (non c-section) and I dont plan on staying long if all goes well... and baby is okay. So - they can't wait a few hours?? Maybe I just wont tell them i'm going into labor, and just call them from home afterwards, haha! That would be bitchy, now wouldn't it? Anyhow, am I wrong for wanting my space and privacy? Of course Jamie will be there throughout everything, but I first off, don't need my family members seeing me nude in the birthing room, and afterwards, when the baby is sleeping, I'll be sleeping. When the baby is awake, most likely he'll be feeding, and I want to use that little time I'm in the hospital, to utilize the nurses for learning how to breast feed properly. Also - if I have to have a c-section for whatever reason, I don't want others to see my child before I even do. Do I have the right to be that selfish? Is that selfish? Who knows, maybe it's my hormones talking right now, they've been really bitchy lately. They have made me into a monster, and I'm trying not to be! It's worse than when was PMS-y bitchy! And I'm trying to keep my cool. Maybe it'll pass soon. I hope.

Tonight I went knitting with Montreal Knits. I cast on for Fetching. I decided to add more rows of cabling though, instead of 4x1 ribbing all the way up the arm, so to give it my own unique effect. Here is my progress from tonight, casting on, and knitting:

I am loving Noro. My first time working with it! I have some discontinued Noro Kabuto, which I swatched once, but never made anything with it - (totally forgot I had it), so this is my first time knitting with Noro! I'm addicted. I want more!!

Alright, I've got my diabetes test at the hospital tomorrow, and my 3d ultrasound (take two!), so I'm going to hop into bed and hope I can sleep. Feeling a little wired right now.

Holiday Stitch Marker Swap

Just as I did a bunch of months ago, I'm hosting my 2nd Stitch Marker Swap. The last one was extremely successful with about 15 participants!

Deadline to sign up is: December 1st, 2006.

Deadline to mail stitch markers is: December 15th, 2006 (so they arrive by Xmas!)

You can request as many partners as you would like. You will be required to make 5 stitch markers per person, and you will receive 5 stitch markers back from someone else! Most of the time, stitch markers can go out in regular mail in a small bubble envelope or even in a regular envelope, to keep postage to the minimum!

If you are interested, please email me (at your full mailing address and your request for the amount of partners.

I am hosting this personally, because of the amount of fraud on Swap-bot, I'm not posting it there. Too many people sign up and don't actually send stuff out, so that no one gets screwed over, I'm doing it only with people I know!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Noro & Stella

Today, I have not been feeling well. I woke up when Gaz Met rang my bell to change the meter in my garage. After he left (which was after about 15-20 minutes), I went back to sleep for about 2 hours, waking up near quarter to noon. I was woken by really loud drilling. At first I thought it was my tenants, but it turns out that it was next door (attached duplex) and it was getting on my friggin nerves. Thank goodness that Kadi came out with me this afternoon, because I would not have been able to stay home. I hope that this doesn't occur tomorrow again.
Right now, though, I'm still not feeling well. It is NOT pregnancy related. I think it's due to the expired cream cheese that I ate last night. I didn't realize that it read that it expired Sept 20th (which I was still in Europe at that date) and this cream cheese was only purchased AFTER my return, in October. Why was the grocery store selling expired cream cheese? That, I do not know. But, it's made me sick all day. I kinda wish I could have stayed in bed all day, but whatever. I am happy I left the house to go to two different Yarn shops.

First, Kadi & I went to Effiloche. Ginette apologized for my treck out there yesterday, she realizes she needs to update her website. I bought some Noro Kureyon to make Fetching.

Second stop was at Mouline, where I purchased some Stella Yarn for Jamie's Irish Hiking Scarf.

This yarn, from Peru, is:
50% Baby Suri
40% Extra Fine Merino
10% Cashmere
100 grams (200 meters)
and I bought 2 hanks.

Jamie approves of the color (it's a really nice grey), and instead of 5-6 balls of Zara plus costing me nearly 60$, I got these 2 hanks of Stella (which actually comes from Brossard, Quebec after arriving in Canada from Peru!) for 40$ with tax and my Montreal Knits discount. (19.95$ a hank before 10% discount). Oh, and guess what? Svetlana's birthday is January 12th, and she said that if Sean is born on that date, to come in for a free present (mmmm, yarn!?) LOL. Oh - I'll definitely hold her to that! You better believe it!

Tomorrow, I'll cast on for Fetching AND Jamie's birthday hiking scarf.

I'm still looking for the perfect pattern for my mother-in-law's (step-mother-in-law - not the evil witch) birthday purse that I want to either knit or crochet for her. Anyone, have any ideas for me? It's just a small evening bag that I want to make her, with long straps. (The straps are irrelevant though).

Before leaving to our Hospital Visit tonight, I caught Zeus in my overnight bag from this past weekend. What a funny guy! Anyhow, our hospital visit was alright. I just wanted to know where to go when I went into labor, and we got to see the laboring room, and the post-natal ward. I inquired about breastfeeding after a c-section, because I had heard a rumor that if you have a c-section they won't give you your baby right away to breastfeed, but they will - after you are out of recovery, and they do not feed the baby formula or anything, they consult the mother first. I do plan on doing a birth plan - they encourage it. They have a jacuzzi, and most rooms have showers in it (for during labor), and they will not give epidurals unless the patient wants it. I feel a LOT more confident now about giving birth at the Montreal Jewish General - let me tell you that. And, whomever was the idiot that told me that I can't bring in food into the hospital because it has to be kosher, was wrong. You are allowed to bring your own food into the birthing center, while I was there tonight, some father came in with Tim Horton's - lol - to bring his wife. I feel a lot better.

The braxton-hicks contractions are getting a little bit worse and worse by the week - and maybe even now by the day.... I'm still only in my 32nd week of pregnancy, this Thursday marks the start of week 33... but time is running out, my due date is approaching, and even though I'm ready for this baby (well as soon as the crib comes in the next week or two), then we're good to go any time! (Actually, we're not even using the crib for the first few months - I plan on using the basinette - so I don't even need the crib to be ready for Sean to arrive!)

Anyhow, I'm going to go watch Nip/Tuck, and then head to bed. I'm still not feeling too good, and I want to watch some tv (no knitting tonight, I'm not in the mood - yeah - can you believe it?) and then sleep. My bed and my body pillow are very comforting.