Monday, April 19, 2010

Leave the light on

We got A TON of stuff done yesterday, and that included setting up the baby's room. I suppose I could also call it the nursery, but that word sounds so Mary Poppins to me, like that's where we banish the children to when we can't be bothered to interact with them anymore. So it's the baby's room.

Anyhow. We bought the crib on Saturday, and Mr. Canuck's parents were kind enough to bring it over to our place yesterday after I finished the last bit of painting. So the first order of business was to get that put together. For this we needed supplies.

Tired, pregnant (though you can't really tell in that picture, oddly enough) and covered in paint stains, but I am still kind enough to bring my husband a beer. Note the pair of scissors under my arm, with the point poking into my belly. I'm such a good mom.

Mr. Canuck made it very clear that putting the crib together is the daddy's job.

Seems to be going well so far! Although this was after we'd put it together once and had to take it apart and put it back together the right way. This was entirely my fault.

Putting in the mattress support. In case anybody is wondering about Mr. Canuck's T-shirt, "Launch Week" was the start of his MBA program in 2006. He assures me that an MBA is required to properly assemble an infant's crib.

This is what the stylish mamas are wearing around the house these days.

A very badly framed shot of the finished product. We've ordered the mattress, but the store was out of stock so we won't actually have it until next weekend. In the meantime, it's filled with blankets and stuffed animals. I've also ordered a pack of Cavorting Hippo greeting cards, which will be framed and hung over the crib (well out of the baby's reach, of course). You MUST click the link and go look at those cards - they are too adorable for words.

The room! There is a rocking chair on the way, which will go in the corner by where Mr. Canuck is standing, underneath the picture of St. Francis. The basket on top of the dresser will be the baby's first bed, most likely in our bedroom so I don't have to be stumbling down the hall in the middle of the night.

Baby's first library! Mr. Canuck would like all of you Canadian readers to know that it includes The Hockey Sweater. I must admit, though, that the appeal of this book remains lost on me. It must be one of those things that you have to be Canadian to properly appreciate.

My mama made this for me as a Christmas present a few years ago. Those are all baby pictures of me, and the caption under the mirror reads, "May you always be held so tenderly." And on the back of the frame, there is a picture of me naked that says, "And be so comfortable in your own skin." I absolutely love this, and I thought it was very appropriate for my daughter's bedroom.

This is a portrait of St. Francis of Assisi that my grandmother stitched years ago. Isn't it beautiful? It's hanging over the spot where the rocking chair will be.

And this is just a print I found at HomeSense and fell in love with. I thought it was very sweet and girly without being totally froufrou, which is exactly the aesthetic I'm going for here. Plus, the purple butterflies go very nicely with the purple walls.

I am very, very pleased with this room, and so is Mr. Canuck. Neither of us can walk past it without going in to admire how pretty it is. Now we just need a baby to put in it!

Friday, April 16, 2010

A thousand points of light

It has recently occurred to me that I do nothing but complain in this blog. That is probably getting tiresome. So here are some things that I genuinely love about this pregnancy:

1. I can actually SEE the baby move now. It looks like my belly is having very localized earthquakes. It's really weird and I absolutely love it.

2. I've definitely reached the point where I really look pregnant, and not just like I've put on some weight.

3. The combination of pregnancy hormones and prenatal vitamins is making my hair look awesome. I've always had extremely thick hair, and now it's reached all-new levels. It's extra shiny these days too.

4. I am having SO MUCH FUN imagining what this baby might look like. I am really, really hoping she looks like Mr. Canuck but with red hair. (My hair is sort of reddish, he has tons of red in his beard, and there are redheads in both our families. I've even drawn up the Punnet squares and determined that she's got about a 25% chance of turning up redheaded.) For those of you who have seen Mr. Canuck, just imagine how beautiful a little girl who looked like him would be. Besides, little girls should look like their daddies. Lord knows I do, and I've always really liked that.

5. Buying baby things! Holy cow, there is SO MUCH adorable stuff out there for baby girls. I've been very restrained, all things considered, but it's hard sometimes.

6. And the best part of all: I have the most wonderful people in my life. My family, the Canuck family, all of our friends, they have all been so helpful and supportive and amazingly generous. I am very touched and incredibly grateful for everything that everyone has done for us and for our baby. I know that there are far too many women out there who go through this with no one supporting them, and I know very well how incredibly lucky I am. Thanks, everybody.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Take a load off, Fanny

It's time for a Video Post! Today's selection is The Band's excellent song "The Weight" - the live version from The Last Waltz, featuring the Staples Singers. Those of you who know us well will not be even a little bit surprised to find this video here. This song gets played a lot at our house. This is of course the very best version of it, and it's almost all because of Mavis Staples. As the saying goes, that woman could sing me the phone book and I would love every second of it.

And, just because it is also awesome and I just couldn't help myself, here is the same song performed by Gillian Welch, David Rawlings, and Old Crow Medicine Show. This performance is from a BBC special that I wish to God was available on DVD, because all the clips available on YouTube are fabulous. Anyhow, enjoy!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

She bangs the drums

People of the Internet, my advice to you is this: When a pregnant woman complains about how rotten she feels, just be sympathetic and/or encouraging. For example, when she tells you that she hasn't slept properly in two weeks, that tying her own shoes has become problematic, or that she has heartburn that goes up to her ears, a good response would be, "Wow, that sounds like it really sucks." Or, "Hang in there, it can't last forever!" A bad response is anything that resembles, "Just you wait, IT WILL ONLY GET WORSE FROM HERE." That is not helpful and will probably make the pregnant woman hate you. As the lovely Dooce put it, "I can guarantee that every time you use that phrase in conversation with a pregnant woman you are earning cosmic points that when added up one day will result in a piano falling on your head."

So yeah, I haven't slept properly in two weeks, I'm having trouble tying my shoes, I have heartburn that goes up to my ears, and this pelvic bone issue is making everything about ten times harder and more painful than it needs to be. And if one more person tells me that it will only get worse from here, I will personally drop that piano on that person's head. I am sure that that's true and all, but that doesn't change the fact that I feel like shit RIGHT NOW.

Okay, now that the bitching is out of the way, here are some pictures!

This is me and my sister-in-law, who is also pregnant. When the photo was taken, I was 27 weeks and she was 15. I swear we did not wear matching colors on purpose.

There it is! Perhaps that mark across my stomach means it's time for me to stop wearing those pants.

And this was just too damn cute to keep to myself.

So there you have it! I'm cranky and I feel like hell, but at least I'm cute.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Makes you think all the world's a sunny day

I really doubt I have any readers left, since it's been so ridiculously long since my last post, but here goes anyway. Hello, void!

I am now 27 weeks pregnant, and pregnancy is still simultaneously excellent and awful. There are many women who really love being pregnant and adore every second of it. I am realizing that I am not one of them. Don't get me wrong, I don't hate it, but I keep thinking longingly of the days when I could comfortably tie my own shoes and wear my cute jeans and not have to keep a huge jar of Tums next to my bed.

And the latest development has upped the discomfort quotient even more. I have got something called symphysis pubis dysfunction, or SPD. Basically what this means is that the ligament that holds the two halves of my pelvis together is loosening up. This is normal, but in my particular case (because I cannot ever do anything normally) it's not going quite right and is causing inflammation. This is exactly as much fun as it sounds. I am in pain most of the time, and if I'm not careful about how I move my legs, it gets worse. But the midwife wrote me a prescription for a sacral belt, which will basically hold my bones together, and also showed me some exercises to strengthen up that whole general area, and she tells me that it will get better. I am choosing to believe her.

The other thing the midwife told me is that because of this, it would be a pretty bad idea for me to have an epidural, even though this condition is likely going to cause me extra pain during labor. (OH BOY. Extra pain! Just what every expectant mother wants to hear.) Without that pain there as a warning, I could potentially do something really stupid like throw my legs apart and (prepare to be grossed out) separate that ligament entirely. This would leave me immobile for months and would be VERY VERY BAD. I am actually looking at this as a good thing, because I am really wanting to get through this with no medication, and now the doula will have extra ammunition for when I am hollering, "I DON'T CARE WHAT I SAID JUST GIVE ME THE DRUGS." And I might be less tempted, knowing the potential consequences. So yeah, silver lining! And I didn't even have to look that hard!

So that's where things stand right now. I'll try to update this thing a bit more regularly now that I'm finished gallivanting around North America. This month is Baby Preparation Month, and the nursery should be all set up within a couple of weeks. There will be pictures!