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7/30/2006

30 weeks and other stuff

I am 30 weeks and 2 days pregnant. Can you believe it? I think we might actually be having a real live baby. This is not something I’m prepared for but now that he has reached the stage of viability; my denial is not working so well. We’ve picked a name so Alf is now L. I’ll see if you can guess his name. Answers on a postcard please; to the comments section. Today we bought a crib and changing table/dresser. My parents have sent money for this stroller. My question is, am I nuts to spend this much money on a stroller? I’d love to hear from you on this subject. I do a lot of walking and some light running- very light and very slow. We go to the park to walk the dogs- (now dog) and we don’t stick to the paths. I feel this one will save me buying a jogger as well. If you have experience with this matter, I’d love to hear from you. I’m feeling very big. I’ve put on about 24 lbs. I’m seeing the doc tomorrow so I’ll report in with any additional figures. This last week, the heartburn has kicked in with a vengeance. I don’t feel like eating much- which is very unusual for me. I do graze but this is a bad thing because I don’t make the best choices when I’m grazing. Anyone for ginger lemon snaps? I passed my glucose tolerance test by the skin of my teeth- 133 so I’m trying to steer clear of sweet stuff, but it’s hard when that’s all I want to eat. In other complaints, my pubic bones hurt when I walk. I know this is because of my ligaments stretching but can I just say…… OUCH! Believe me I would not change this for anything. I’m just filling you in on my symptoms. I am also carrying a BIG baby. Every time I see the doctor she says “my, my! He’s a big boy”. YIKES!! She says that big babies run in families and that IVF babies tend to be bigger. It is not known if it is the actual IVF process that makes them bigger or the fact that women who undergo IVF tend to be a little more in the know about the whole pregnancy thing and so tend to know more about pre-natal nutrition and are probably more diligent about taking their vitamins. Just to add fuel to the big baby fire, B’s older sister told me he weighed over 10 lbs when he was born. Have I said YIKES!? For those of you familiar with rugby, I think I am growing a prop (they tend to be big boys -that’s 125 kilos which is 275.575 lbs) and he spends his time practicing the Haka. As for my darling Paddy, my heart is broken. Thank you for all your kind and heartfelt condolences. They mean a lot. I still can’t think about him without crying. I had him for thirteen years- most of my life in America. We had been talking about the fact that he was starting to fail and how much longer he could go on. He was physically a very strong dog so I knew we would have to get him put to sleep. He could have lingered and suffered otherwise. It was hard to decide when to do it because even though his back legs were weak- he still went swimming every day (he jumped in the pool the day before he died) and he still interacted with us and he had no pain. In the end he made the decision for us by getting a very aggressive subcutaneous lymphoma which the vet said would kill him in a month. We took him home for his last few days and then brought him back to the vets to be put to sleep. We were with him at the end and it was over very quickly. We will get his ashes back this week and we will keep them in an urn. I want him to be buried with me. I’ve told my whole family not to tell the priest and to smuggle him in the coffin- just in case there is an issue. You never know with the cath*lic chu*ch. I know he will be waiting for me at the Rainbow Bridge. We still have Angus our Jack Russell. He is very sweet and a big comfort to us, even though he doesn’t miss Paddy in the slightest. He only tolerated him because Paddy was here first. Here he is modeling a hat he knitted for his new baby brother!!

14 Comments:

Blogger PortLairge said...

I have no idea why my post text is so messed up. The draft does not look like this, nor does the preview. I have no idea how to fix it. I hope you can work it out when you are reading!!

7/30/2006 09:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Kate said...

Is L for Lucas? If so, its a wonderful name, but I am partial. ;o)

7/31/2006 01:09:00 AM  
Blogger Feebee said...

I'm going to go for Liam. We also have an "L" name lined up but we're not telling anyone.

So sorry to read about Paddy - he was a beauty.

Delighted to hear all is well with you - only 10 weeks to go!

7/31/2006 06:04:00 AM  
Anonymous mm said...

Hiya, fellow 30-weeker. What a strange place this is, right? Congrats to both of us for making it this far. FYI I'm considering THAT stroller, too, which I cannot believe. At first I liked it bc it was the only one that wasn't hideous. But several normally cheap friends have said that it is the only thing they would splurge on bc it is just so much easier to push, even in a snowstorm. Lemme know if you go for it. Great to hear from you.

7/31/2006 07:39:00 AM  
Blogger Katie (WannaBeMom) said...

Oh damn-- Feebee already took my guess: Liam.

30 weeks!!!! How did that happen?

(And props are okay! I was a prop before I was a hooker! Ha! Forwards have more fun!)

7/31/2006 07:52:00 AM  
Blogger Boliath said...

A good stroller is a wise investment, I see people with the bugaboo and it looks pretty cool has different ways to set it up etc... does it fit in the boot (of the car) easily? I can't see a picture on the site am using firefox so maybe that's it.

A big basket is the key, in my opinion, it's a pita to have bags hanging off the handles, a cup holder for you and the bub when he's older also v. useful. We drive a lot so haven't used the stroller as much as we could have, went cheapo for that reason, now that he's walking I can't remember the last time we used it to be honest.

Cannot believe you are here already - bloody hell!!!

Big babies are the bomb, bit tougher to get out but great once they're here, good feeders, sleepers and just not as fragile as the wee bitty ones, they're gorgeous too of course. If he is a big lad, keep all the receipts for the newborn gear, my lad lasted about a week in the 0-3 months clothes.

squeeee so excited.....

7/31/2006 10:37:00 AM  
Blogger Boliath said...

Oh oh forgot the name...

L...

Lorcan
Lochlainn
Luke
Larry

Lugh?

7/31/2006 10:38:00 AM  
Blogger Kellie said...

Good to "hear" from you :)

It is such a relief to be at the viable stage, isn't it? I'm kind of thinking, wow, there might be a baby at the end of this for us too.

Good luck with the shopping!

8/01/2006 06:26:00 PM  
Blogger Fertility Faux Pas said...

L is for Leo maybe? After all, that DiCaprio fella sure is cute.

Go for the Bugaboo. From what I hear, it is well worth the money.

8/02/2006 10:30:00 AM  
Blogger Just another Jenny said...

Go for it with the stroller. My experienced husband (3 kids - damn him) says that there is nothing worse than a cheap stroller.

8/03/2006 09:17:00 AM  
Blogger Kellieandkids said...

I'm thinking Lucas.

Get the stroller if you can afford it. However, I'm looking at trying to get a good double stroller..my singles are useless now.. so that's a consideration too if you are going to go for #2.

YAY! I'm so glad you are so far along. Far enough to send that doppler back!

8/03/2006 10:58:00 AM  
Blogger Beagle said...

I say go for the bugaboo, L. is worth it and so are you!

8/08/2006 11:31:00 AM  
Blogger Emma in Canada said...

My first thought was Liam, but it is so popular these days (damn that Liam Neeson for overexposing it in North America!) that I'm thinking maybe it's not. Unless, like me, you picked it out when you were 14 and just couldn't change it.

8/15/2006 11:12:00 PM  
Blogger Shana said...

I run a website, Babes in Blogland, that lists ttc, expecting, and parenting bloggers to help us all find one another. I've added your site to the blogroll. If you need me to correct any information or if you would like for me to remove the link, please let me know.

Thank you and congratulations.

9/08/2006 12:14:00 PM  

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