Wow - lots of fun things have been happening around the English household! You'll have to forgive my posting absense last weekend; my parents were visiting this week, so we were busy getting ready for their arrival (suuuuuuuuuuuuuure our house is always this clean mom & dad - hah).
First things first, I'm happy to report that my glucose tolerance test was completely normal - phew! Now I won't feel guilty when snacking on the leftover halloween candy - om nom nom nom. Seriously though, the test was, shall we say...interesting? After an 8 hour fast (overnight), I arrived at the blood lab bright and early to have the first tube of (fasting) blood drawn. Then I chugged a very sugary orange flavoured drink (think flat c-plus but sweeter) and hung around in the waiting room for two hours until the 2nd and 3rd tube of blood were drawn at the one and two hour mark respectively. Needless to say I was very happy to have a banana and a granola bar in my bag because I was damn hungry after all that fasting!
And it's a good thing I don't have to cut out the sweets altogether because baby girl really seems to like them! She's been moving a lot more over the past couple of weeks. So much so that she's actually keeping me up at night. She's also kicked Patrick in the back when I snuggled up behind him in bed, and she makes my belly vibrate and jiggle with her movements. I've always thought baby movements would seem really freaky - like the movie aliens or something. As it turns out, when it's your own baby moving around in there, it's actually a huge comfort. Brings a smile to my face every time I feel her moving around, letting me know she's alive and kicking :)
Of course as soon as someone else puts their hand on my belly, she stops completely - the little stinker! At least my mom was able see her move my belly while she was here! And we went for a 3d ultrasound while my parents were visiting too, so they got to see her rubbing her face and moving around on the screen. We did a lot of other fun activities while parents were here too....explored the anthropology and maritime museums, picked pumpkins from a patch, ate out at tasty restaurants, walked along the seawall, and attended a surprise baby shower - for me!
What an amazing baby shower it was too! Without my knowledge, vancouver Jayne (not to be confused with toronto Jane - although I think the two of them would get along like two peas in a pod - haha) organized and hosted a gorgeous shower while my parents were visiting! It was awesome to have my mom there, joining in the festivities and putting faces to the names of all the wonderful Vancouver ladies in my life. I was completely overwhelmed by their thoughtfulness and generosity, not to mention the tasty treats and beautiful decor; I swear it was like something straight out of Martha Stewart Living!! Pictures to come (as soon as Jayne sends them to me *ahem*).
I must say, Patrick played his part in the surprise to a tee. He never let on about the event, and made it seem like he and my parents had just come up with an activity for us to do that very morning. He very casually mentioned keeping the activity a surprise "just for the fun of it" so I really didn't suspect a thing! Not even when they blindfolded me to "keep me in suspense for a bit longer" and led me over the lawn, up the front steps and through the door of Jayne's house - haha. Well done love!!
As you can see, baby and I have been pretty darn busy! I guess it's time for the update:
Weight Gain: I'm now up by 19 lbs. The number is slowly creeping upwards, but I'm really not too concerned at this point. I feel like I'm all belly, so that's good!
Feeling: Feeling pretty good these days. My middle back still aches by the end of the day, but I find it's worse if I've been sitting around a lot - so getting out and about with my parents has been great. I also went for a prenatal massage which was amazing! You can bet I made a second appointment as soon as my first session was done!
Maternity Clothes: The cold weather has arrived, and my jackets are no longer zipping up, so I broke down and bought a 20 dollar fleece jacket in a men's large (thank you costco). It's not pretty, but it has plenty of room, and keeps me warm so it will do the job for now!
Cravings: Starting to doubt that I'll ever have a "textbook" pregnancy craving at this point. Only time will tell I suppose.
Milestones: Third trimester - woot woot! Scary and exciting all at the same time. This baby is going to be here in no time.
Movement: Lots of movement in the past couple of weeks. Much stronger, and much more consistent throughout the day too. Except if I'm trying to get someone else to feel it of course.
Weekly Wisdom: Make sure to get up and get moving, even if you feel slow and cumbersome.
Random Name Ideas: We're stll pretty happy with a specific name combo - nothing else has come up yet that beats it....any guesses?
And something a little different for a bump photo this week (plus a few more photos just for fun)
My belly is as round as that diving bell - haha
One Very Lucky Mama!