Merry Christmas 2014

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I haven’t had time to upload our actual Christmas Day pictures yet, which shows just how busy we’ve been! Like it each year, it involved a lot of driving to different places and a lot, I repeat *A LOT* of food. Overall, I would say everything went according to plan. No major stress and no blunders. And we even got all our Christmas cards sent in time. Success!

Jules the cat hasn’t been too bored himself either. He got himself into trouble every single day of this past week …

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Among his most memorable moments:
– burned his whiskers by checking out candles from too close (no worries, he’s fine :-p)
– climbed into the Christmas tree, all the way to the top, which ultimately made the whole thing fall over. Twice.
– got into the dryer and then refused to come out for an hour
– sneaked into the washroom and managed to get himself locked up for 3 hours until I finally noticed (oy)
– buried himself into our bed and slept there a whole afternoon

And finally, some important news: we called and made an appointment with the chihuahua breeder! We’ll be going there on Monday to check out the dogs she has available right now. She’s got a few puppies ready for adoption, and one adult. She’s also expecting a new litter to be born in the next few days. So that’s pretty exciting, as we may be lucky and get to see them if they’re born by then. I’m definitely not ruling out the adult male she has though. We’ll see!

♥︎ Lisa

Week 17 – First maternity pants

Oh boy, I really let this blog go over the past few weeks. Sorry about that!

So here I am, at week 17, feeling quite alright overall. Still a tiny bit nauseous every now and then, but definitely much better than during the first trimester. My belly is growing and I feel like my brain needs a little time to catch up with the fact that my body’s not the same now. I still look at myself as my pre-pegnancy skinny self, but truth is, my pants no longer fit. I can still wear some of my favorite sweat pants, and probably will during my whole pregnancy since they’re very stretchy and low waist. However, my decent trousers are impossible to wear at this point and I can’t keep going out in public like a slob in sweats. So it was time for an upgrade.

Not necessarily the type of pants I was looking for, but these maternity jeans are the only thing that fit me somewhat well. Although now that I’ve been wearing them for two days, I have to admit they tend to drop a little as I’m walking and moving around. I keep having to pull them back up a bit. Quite annoying! I guess I’m not big enough yet for the large belly band to do its job.

I have to say though, they are insanely comfortable. Maybe a bit too long, but I seriously can’t be bothered to get these hemmed, so they’ll just have to do like this. I don’t care.

As far as our baby’s concerned: it now measures about 13cm (that’s without the legs apparently …) and weighs 140 grams. The veins that have been showing through the skin are slowly becoming less obvious as fat formation begins. Baby is now able to taste what I eat. Since I’m obsessed with anything containing tomatoes lately, I can already tell you we have a pizza and pasta lover in the making here.

Three more weeks before we find out whether we’re having a boy or a girl. And as silly as it may sound, it makes me super excited about the cards we’ll be sending out to everyone. They’ll either be blue or pink, and will contain a sonogram picture as well as the first name we’ve chosen, plus the expected due month since most people outside our close family can never seem to remember lol I don’t blame them. I don’t think anyone actually ever sends out gender and name reveal cards during pregnancy. But I figured why not! It’s a fun little gesture. And I figured some people will probably not like the name we’ve chosen – I mean, there are bound to be at least a few, right? Can’t please everyone! – so this will give them time to get used to the idea before the baby’s born. If someone feels the need to share their hatred for the name, I’d rather they do it before I meet my baby. Because once the baby’s here and that I’ve fallen in love with it, my reaction to criticism probably won’t be as diplomatic.

We’ve somewhat settled on a boy name, finally. I feel pretty good about it, and it makes me much more confident about both genders. I feel like now that we have a name for both, I won’t be disappointed either way :-) I felt so bad when we only had a girl name picked out. I felt like I would then be disappointed if it turns out to be a boy. But now I’m all good!

Anyway, we got to pick up a ton of free baby stuff at Gert’s brother’s place. It’s really insane how much they gave us. There’s all the furniture to fill an entire nursery, carriers, accessories, bibs, crib linens, etc. I’m forever thankful! This saves us so much money, wow. Jules has already tested the high chair and approves …

The cat knew I was pregnant before I did

Here’s a strange fun fact we’ve been telling our families about. I figured it deserves its own post here. The cat knew I was pregnant. And he knew it before I did. Don’t ask me how, because I have no idea. But about a week or so before I found out, he started acting strange.

He usually lays right next to us on the couch every evening while we watch TV. He sleeps and purrs for hours on end. A week before I found out, he sat right in front of me and started staring at me. I thought it was funny for about 5 minutes, then it started to creep me out. He literally sat there for 15 minutes straight, stared right at me, and then disappeared upstairs. I thought that was odd. He’d never done this before.

Every day after that, he would sit as far away from us as possible and stare at me. At one point he sat across the room and stared for an hour straight. I was starting to feel very uncomfortable! Gert kept calling him so he’d come sit with us, but Jules clearly wanted nothing to do with me, nor with him if I was around.

The staring went on for several weeks lol

Things are back to normal now, but it was so strange for about a month or so. I’m convinced he felt it and needed to get used to it or something. Weird, huh?

♥︎ Lisa