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Week 38, Day 6
August 12, 2010

If Men Are From Mars… Can We Send Them Back To Mars?



My husband has been great my entire pregnancy. Don’t get me wrong, he has had his share of insensative “doi” husband moments as any man would not being able to fully understand or grasp the concept of what a woman goes through physically and emotionally during 9 months of pregnancy, but over all he’s been amazing.
He’s always there to support me and be there for me when I need him, he tries to comfort me when I’m in pain. When most men shudder at the thought of finding food cravings for their wives, he never complains once and does everything in his power to find me what I want, when I want it. He’s always checking up on me to make sure I’m ok. He has been super with finding and prepping the baby’s nursery with me and understands that I can’t do a lot of things I used to be able to do like the simple chores around the house so he does as much as he can and for everything he’s done for me I’m truly thankful! He really has been great! Who knew a 1 minute conversation could change all of that! Which brings me to the conversation we had last night…

Location, laying in bed…
Me: “can you rub my back?”
The Hubs: slowly starts to rub my lower back ….
Me: Not being satisfied, “actually, it hurts real deep, can you just press into my lower back instead of rubbing it?”
The Hubs: starts to press into my lower spine area with his fists …. and it feels great!
Me: “OMG yeah… that feels good”

Not even 5 seconds in and I feel the pressure releasing… he’s falling asleep!

Me: “can you press up higher?” trying to keep him awake so I can fall asleep first as I’m the one who has problems sleeping, not him.
The Hubs: quickly wakes and presses higher up my back firmly and it feels great.
Me: “Thanks that feels good!”

Not even 3 seconds in now and I feel the pressure releasing… he’s falling asleep again!

Me: Frustrated I say, “I need a prenatal massage, maybe I should get *insert name of my male friend* to do it for me, he’s great at massages”
The Hubs: “SURE”
Me: “Really, you don’t mind if he rubs me?”
The Hubs: “No”
Me: “Really? Even if he rubs my thighs? My hips? Naked?”
The Hubs: “Nope”
Me: curious ….. he’s never said this before. he would always say No, no one can touch you so I ask… “you don’t care if another man touches your pregnant wife?”
The Hubs: “Nope. It’s not like he’ll find you attractive, no one will find you attractive in this state”
Me: … I don’t know if I’m suppose to cry or die!

Which brings me to the point, all his hard work and efforts of being supportive, caring, thoughtful … flushed down the drain with 1 sentence! And then he throws in …. “uh… that’s everyone except me of course….”

Why is it every time I crawl my way into bed I want to punch my husband in the face???

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Week 38
August 6, 2010

9.5 Months

Not the most flattering picture, but this is what my belly looks like at 38 wks. It’s huge! And man is it round! Forget the watermelon, it looks like I swallowed a basketball! I didn’t think I’d get any bigger but for some reason, middle of this week I woke up and felt my stomach was a lot heavier. Not only that but it’s dropped and my bellybutton has pushed out. I have little red bumps on my stomach from scratching it so much, to the point where I make them bleed but no stretch marks, or anything majorly hideous. With 2 more weeks remaining I hope I don’t get any bigger.

Week 37, Day 6
August 5, 2010

Dreaming of Sugary Sweet Leakage

My entire pregnancy, I had a lot of questions, doubts and fears, but there was one particular fear that didn’t bother me until my 3rd trimester and once I started thinking about it, it was a constant subconscious struggle. I would dream about it almost daily and when girlfriends talked about it, I would cringe…

Breastfeeding.

For me, breastfeeding is a bond that a mother and child forms that lasts a lifetime. It’s something that no one else can do except me and allows me time to connect on another level with my child. It’s also a necessity. I know formula has come a long way and is perfectly fine for babies providing all the nutrients they need, but it’s still recommended if you can, to breastfeed your infant. My fear was that I wouldn’t be able to. I would have dreams where the baby arrives and the nurse is trying to teach me how to feed my child but nothing would come out. He would suck and cry and cry and eventually I would just sit there with him crying. In other dreams I would have strangers come and take my child and feed him from the bottle and it would tear my heart.

So imagine my excitement when I notice a sticky white residue on my nipples. At first I was surprised and kind of grossed out at the same time, but then I realize I am leaking colostrum, sometimes called premilk. Colostrum is a thick, yellowish or sometimes clear fluid that contains antibodies that help protect new babies from infections. If you choose to breastfeed, this precious liquid will nourish your baby until your milk comes in which isn’t typically until 24-48 hours after you have delivered. Colostrum has more protein, but less carbohydrate and fat than mature breast milk. It’s easy to digest and has just the right amount of nutrients a baby needs in the first few days after birth. The fact that I’m starting to leak it means that my body is producing and prepping to feed our little one. I was so excited I started to squeeze it out just to make sure I was right, and I was!

Breastfeeding is kind of a weird thing to fear not being able to do, especially when I know so many mothers who choose not to breast feed their babies because of pain, bleeding or just for other personal reasons but this is something I’ve always wanted to do. I’m still planning on pumping my breast milk and bottle feeding breast milk as well so daddy can feed as well, but when it comes to meal time, I can’t wait … it’ll be mommy and baby alone time!

Baking Bug
August 3, 2010

I’ve been bit by the baking bug.
This past weekend, we had a bbq for my brother in laws birthday at the in-laws and my mother in law gave me a basket full of fresh blueberries she had picked the day before in Milton. I already had a box of blueberries at home so I decided to make some blueberry citrus sponge cakes to use up as many berries as I could. My brother came over this morning to help me make the cakes … which turned out oh so yummy!



I think it took him the entire time to whisk the egg whites as it did for me to put all the other ingredients together! Haha. But that’s the hardest part in making this cake so I’m thankful he was here to do it for me since I don’t have an automatic mixer. In return, I bought him lunch.


The crazy part, I still have so many blueberries left over. I’m going blueberry crazy! Good thing I like blueberries and they’re super great for you too. Yum! Recipe is below:

Ingredients
2 cups of sifted cake and pastry flour
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp baking powder
1/4tsp salt
1/2cup vegetable oil
1 tbsp grated orange rind
1/3cup orange juice
2 tsp grated lemon rind
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp vanilla
8 egg whites
3 tbsp icing sugar
2 cups blueberryblueberries

Glaze:
1/4cup granulated sugar
1/4cup orange juice

Preparation:
In large bowl, whisk together cake-and-pastry flour, granulated sugar, baking powder and salt.

In separate bowl, whisk together oil, orange rind and juice, lemon rind and juice, and vanilla; beat into dry ingredients until smooth and thick.

In another bowl, beat egg whites until foamy; beat in icing sugar, 1 tbsp (15 mL) at a time, until stiff glossy peaks form. Fold one-third into batter; fold in remaining whites. Fold in blueberries.

Scrape into greased and flour-dusted 10-inch (3 L) Bundt or tube cake pan. Swirl knife through batter to remove air bubbles.

Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack for 30 minutes.

Glaze: Meanwhile, in small saucepan, bring sugar and juice to boil, stirring; boil for 1 minute. Let cool.
Loosen cake from edges of pan. Invert onto rack; brush with glaze. Let cool.

Goodies for Mommy
July 21, 2010

While packing my hospital bag, I just realized I don’t have anything to wear at the hospital. I’m sure the hospital will give you their wonderfully designed butt showing blue gowns that fall off every which angle, but even when I’m recovering – I don’t have anything comfortable that I can change into and come home in. That’s when I came across these cute Peanut Shell Hospital Gowns.



They’re not only cute, but totally functional as a hospital gown for comfort while delivering and easy to remove and breast feed while recovering. With adjustable sleeves, easy clip breast covers and a loose light weight cotton fit to flatter any new moms post delivery body.

I also love sling carriers, but find them to be so expensive. Not anymore… Lucky Baby Slings on Etsy is having a summer sale and all their wonderfully designed graphic reversable slings are on sale for under $30!



The one thing I love about the Lucky Baby Slings are that they need no adjustments. No rings, ties, knots, pulls nothing. It’s a simple get your size, pull it over your body and away you go! I think I would use a sling like this more during Nate’s infancy than our Ergo carrier. And it’s just so much more convienent too. Through it in the diaper bag and off you go. These 2 are definitely on my must purchase list!