Saturday, March 31, 2007

Us, 2 years ago...
Why the trip down memory lane? Our 2 friends showed us pictures of their trip to Borocay, in the Philippines. (see: if you feel like learning something new today).
They're pregnant too, and she's due in October, so this is their last hurrah, as Michael would like to say. In any case, Michael was a *wee* bit jealous as our traveling days are over for the time being. Plus, he wanted to do some more travelling when we left Taiwan, but I wanted to return to Canada ASAP. Anyway, this picture is a nice reminder that we did do our roaming and adventuring before having Jillian. Of course, I doubt that we would cart our kids to the top of that same summit and stand on the edge the way that we did that day! I still see a lot of travelling in our future, especially if Michael has anything to do with it!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Daddy doesn't taste like milk!
Went to the doctor's office today and Jillian's gaining weight well.
Birthweight Thursday March 1st: 6 pounds, 15 ounces
Last week Tuesday March 20th: 7 pounds, 15 ounces
This week Tuesday March 27th: 8 pounds, 15 ounces
I kid you not; she doesn't like whole numbers! Of course, I could have upped the last one if I went to the doctor's with a 'full' diaper...
Mom's been a huge help this week; today, she bathed Jillian by herself in the bathroom.
Usually, Michael and I need to bring the tub to the coffee table, and he holds her while I bathe her. Mom did it in the baby tub in the bathtub by herself, and Jillian was so relaxed, until it was time to get out! Mom followed up with a massage, some baby exercises, then I fed her till she fell asleep...and she's still asleep in her crib! AMAZING!!!
Speaking of zzz's, time for me to catch some!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

my sweet jillian
why oh why
do you love
to sleep during the day
and not at night
unless i hold you
and type with one hand?

i am forever grateful
that you do not cry
unless you are hungry
(knock on wood)

thank goodness you are so cute
or you would not get away with this!!!

and its 2:26am!!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

My chub-chub...I love her cheeks!

I had a nurse come and visit the apartment today to get some more baby information and to check on Jillian's weight...

She's at 7 pounds, 15 ounces, so she's bypassed her birthweight, which means she's chowing down like she should!

Also, she'll be meeting her Abuela (spanish for Grandmother) for the first time today! I'm so excited!
I think being prego for 9 months is a good idea, as it gives you time to get used to having a baby:

Stage 1: Holy cow! We're having a baby!
Stage 2: It's the size of a chickpea?
Stage 3: My pants don't fit anymore and I just look fat.
Stage 4: It's kicking me!
Stage 5: Get off my bladder NOW!!!
Stage 6: You mean it has to come out of me somehow???
Stage 7: SHOPPING!!! It's so cute! Let's buy it!
Stage 8: Get out already!
Stage 9: OMG...time to go to the hospital.
Stage 10: Oh, the PAIN! AHHH! Where the heck is the Morphine/baseball bat to knock me out???

Thursday, March 15, 2007

(Jillian and her 'bunny' guard)

Jillian is 2 weeks old today!

We've gone through:

-over 100 diapers (yah, it's true!)
-too many wipes to count!
-14 nights of interrupted sleep
-many many phone calls to our family and friends
-1 set of batteries for our camera
-5 lullabies that we sing over and over
-6 story books that Michael reads daily to Jillian
-9 baths
-1 poop incident that we will not discuss

We've also experienced:

-10 cute fingers
-10 adorable toes
-1 full head of hair
-many cute smiles (no, it's not gas!)
-her crazy noises that sounds like an old man grunting
-seeing her get all chubby (I go nuts when I see her tummy, I swear!)

So, yes, I could go on and on about how much we love her!!! We will be putting on some pictures up shortly...I just want to make sure that I don't put duplicate pictures up!

Super news! My friend Shelley is in labour right now! Wish her a good delivery!!!

Monday, March 12, 2007

Woo hoo!

My engagement ring fits again!!! No luck on my wedding band yet; there's no way it can go over my knuckle, but then again, I haven't been able to wear it for a couple of months now. Patience...

If you have time to spare/waste:

A Detroit radio station that I listen to in the mornings; they're a pretty hilarous bunch of people. Their latest giveaway was Justin Timberlake tickets, but the listeners had to work for it... ewww! If you're brave enough, click on the link and look at the pictures!
(Michael is playing a game with Jillian.)

What a great weekend!

Michael finished his placement on Friday, and has been a huge help now that he's here all week. Not only has he been making all our meals, he's also done the grocery shopping, cleaned up, and taken Jillian for a walk on Saturday and Sunday so I can have a break, and for him to have some one-on-one time with her.
Jillian's been eating like a champ and still sleeping lots! She's started growing into a lot of the clothes that we've received, which makes me a little sad, because I don't want her to grow up! I'm so wacky, huh?
Her bellybutton fell off on Saturday. I didn't have the "Sex and the City" reaction where Miranda freaks out. I was happy about that because it was starting to smell funky!
I've managed to catch up on the congratulatory e-mails; of course there's still a ton in my inbox that I haven't gotten around to yet!
Hope everyone enjoys their workweek! Please send out a labour vibe to my friend Shelley; her due date is tomorrow but she hasn't gone into labour yet!!! Hurry up and give Jillian a playmate!!!

Friday, March 09, 2007

Has it really been 8 days since Jillian was born?

I found out that she likes:

And she doesn't like:
-when I change her diaper
-when she gets a bath
-when I wait too long to feed her (anything over a 5 minute wait)

It's amazing how quickly someone becomes the centre of your world. We've got a good routine down this week:

-8am- Michael leaves for his placement. Jillian's usually finished eating at this point, so she (sometimes me too) goes to sleep.
-she wakes up, cries, I change her and feed her
-she goes back to sleep
-she wakes up, cries, I change her and feed her
-she goes back to sleep
-she wakes up, cries, I change her and feed her
-she goes back to sleep
-she wakes up, cries, I change her and feed her
-she goes back to sleep
-4pm- Michael returns and plays with Jillian for a bit
-she wakes up, cries, I change her and feed her
-she goes back to sleep
-she wakes up, cries, I change her and feed her
-she goes back to sleep
-she wakes up, cries, I change her and feed her
-she goes back to sleep
-11pm- Michael goes to sleep
-she wakes up, cries, I change her and feed her
-she goes back to sleep
-she wakes up, cries, I change her and feed her
-she goes back to sleep
-Aaaand that takes us back to 8am!!

Now March break has started!!! I'm excited because Michael's going to be home for the next 9 days, plus the weather promises to be superb this week, so we can go outside instead of being cooped up in the house.

I took Jillian to her first doctor's appointment; I didn't like the doctor very much as he's the kind of doctor that double-books his appointments and in very much in a rush to get things done quickly without getting to know his patients or to explain 'why' he's doing something. I'll try to bring Michael to the next appointment, as I'm a non-confrontational type of person.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Here's my birth story. I tried not to be too gory or graphic. I also apologize in advance for my grammatical's 4am and I've only dozed on and off tonight.


Feb 28th-Go to my OB appointment and told I'm 3cm dialated.

March 1st:

1am- Wake up to go to the bathroom, but there was a new ache that I was experiencing. I also felt a little trickle when I sat up. I waited another 20 minutes to be sure, to make sure that I was having real contractions.

1:20- Wake up Michael. He was a bit out of it when I told him that we had to go to the hospital. He asks if he has time to take a shower and I say yes, as the pain is manageable.

1:40- We leave for the hospital, which is less than 15 minutes away. We hadn't been there before, but it was easy to find the entrance. The contractions were getting steadily stronger at this point, so when Michael drove into the parking lot, I got out immediately and walked to the entrance; I just couldn't sit in the car anymore. I had never registered there before, so we took maybe 10-15 minutes to get all of our personal information.

2am-ish- we went to Prenatal Triage to see if this was the 'real deal'. I was checked and found to be 5cm dialated, but my water hadn't broken yet. They decided to send me to the delivery room after monitoring the baby's heartbeat and my contractions for a while.

(This is where I start to lose track of time...)

The hospital was really crowded in the regular delivery room, so I was in the high-risk delivery room. ( I was told this later). I was hooked up to monitors, but because I was really uncomfortable on my back, I was lying on my side. Turns out that it made it harder to tell how much stronger my contractions were getting. I told the nurses that I didn't want an epidural, because I was nervous about anything getting near my spinal cord!

3:30- I wuss out because the contractions were getting too unbearable and ask for the epidural. I don't remember the exact pain, but I do remember hanging onto the side railings and shaking it back and forth like I wanted to break it off! The nurse came over at that point and walked me through the contractions while Michael applied counter-pressure to my hip bone to relieve the pain.

3:40- I was told that the anesthesiologist will arrive at 4am, and the epidural will kick in at about 4:20am. When I'm guided through the contractions at this point, I'm asked to think about my happy place. I look at the epidural medicine and imagine it relieving my pain!!!

3:50- The nurse advises me that I will feel like I want to have a bowel movement when the baby is ready to come out. She also checks and tells me that I'm 9cm dialated. She starts to move faster now, getting things ready that the doctor will need for the delivery.

3:55-This time, I feel the baby move down and I start shouting, "I have to poo! I have to poo!". The nurse tells me to wait for the doctor to show up, but the contractions don't let up, so I start shrieking, "The baby's coming! The baby's coming!" My body starts to push automatically.

4:00-The doctor, 3 nurses(I think) and the anesthesiologist magically appear out of nowhere. The anesthesiologist immediately apologises for not getting there sooner and I forgave him. I am moved onto my back and start screaming. The nurses tell me to shut up and put my energy into pushing. It would have been funny if I wasn't in so much pain. I decide to listen to them and immediately the contraction-feeling goes away. It felt so nice! At that point I was a good girl and followed their directions. When the baby started to crown, I was asked if I wanted to feel its head. I remember saying/shouting "No", because all I wanted to do was to get-it-out-right-now.
4:07am - After maybe 4-5 more contractions, the baby came out and I found out I had a girl!

Sunday, March 04, 2007

I thought that it was appropriate to change the title now!


March 1st, 2007, 4:07am

6 pounds, 15 ounces

18 inches long

Gorgeous girl! (But of course, I am extremely biased!)

Things are going very well for the 3 of us; Michael and I are absolutely head over heels in love with her.

Here is a link to where I will be posting pictures of her:

I will add to this as time goes on...of course!
Anyway, I will post the birth story shortly(when I'm awake enough!)
Take care, and thanks to everyone for the good wishes!