Archive | September, 2011

Hair-drying Lullaby

30 Sep

The woman told me this story while doing my pedicure. When she was pregnant with her daughter, she worked in a hair salon. She moved around her clients, snip-snipping their hair off, blowing their hair dry, rocking her baby to sleep with her constant movement. Baby never moved while she was on her feet.

Than when the baby was born, one day they couldn’t calm her down. Whatever they did, she remained cranky and kept crying. The woman had to go somewhere, so she went to take a shower. When she was blow-drying her hair, her husband entered the bathroom with their crying baby. All of a sudden, the baby stopped crying.

It took them a few more days to figure this out, but finally they realized: the baby associates the sound of the hairdryer with the comfort of sleeping inside her mother’s womb. She calms down and goes to sleep – whenever the hairdryer is on.

Isn’t that amazing? I read a suggestion that you should either sing or read nursery rhymes to your unborn child – and after the child is born, it will remain their “pacifier”. I feel a bit awkward reading nursery rhymes to my own belly button LOL, but singing? Yeah, I can do that. I just have to figure out which song to make the IT song so as to not get too tired of it…

PCOS, Waxing the Hair, Pregnancy Hormones

28 Sep

Got a newsletter today – talking about hair removal while pregnant. Funny – right after I waxed yesterday 😉 Anyway, I read it and what I found interesting was that they suggested increased hairiness during pregnancy – like upper lip etc.

I have PCOS. I have always had a bit of a mustache going on. But since I got pregnant – they disappeared. There is less hair and it’s blond in colour. I am not blond. No one would notice it or consider it a mustache. Funny. Yeah, no hair on my belly, chin, upper lip… It’s all actually better than it used to be! I love pregnancy 😉

I heard PCOS gives up on you sometimes after pregnancy. I heard the hormones sometimes come to balance after you give birth – and you become a normal woman, with a cycle, with ovulation, with regular periods… Oh how I wish all things will become normal – and I will be able to get pregnant on my own next time around!


PS While most newsletters I receive from pregnancy websites are right what I need, there’s this one website that would send me information about menopause and calcium deficiency in golden age… Clearly, they have never heard of CRM databases there!


27 Sep

I went for a bikini wax today. I think the baby got worried. A couple of minutes into it, he started moving actively. Which actually took my mind away from the pain – and focused on comforting the baby, sending him thought of “everything is fine”.

Belly is getting more and more pronounced. Caught my own reflection in the mirror today and was impressed. There’s no mistaking this belly for being ‘fat’ any longer.

Something strange is happening (TMI!!!) – I am waking up with a feeling of my whole area sort of swollen and uncomfortable to touch. Hmmm. What is that about? I’ll go ask the forum ladies tonight.

Everything else is fine. No, it’s great. I am happy and proud to be pregnant 😉


26 Sep

This weekend we got LOTS of baby stuff from my hubby’s best friend. Their youngest (third) daughter is 2.5 years old now and they’re not planning on having more kids – so they’re giving away lots of stuff.

We got a stroller! I wouldn’t have picked this one, I guess, if I were buying – but for free?! Sign me up! It’s a luxury stroller (was $500 when they bought it 3 years ago), three wheels, fully reclining (and when you raise the back it clicks itself into positions! and it’s excellent for newborns!), reversible… I don’t like that it’s black (bo-ring!) and that it doesn’t have cup trays – neither for me, nor for the baby.

They gave us some toys, a playmat (or what those things are called? the ones like a blanket for tummy time?), a whole bag os I don’t even know what…

They’re giving away a nursing chair, too. That one is really old – she fed all three babies in it (so it’s 10 years old) and it’s faux leather – all worn out. And it’s black, too (bo-ring!). Does anyone know who to change upholstery?..

We have so much stuff now! We already have a playpen, a nursing pillow, some creams and stuff…

My friend told me she will give me for my shower a basket of tried-and-true creams, lotions, etc. – based on her experience with 2 kids. She said she already gave this to 2 of hir friends and they both were so happy! I can see that. I wouldn’t even know where to start – there are so many different things!

My friend works at P&G so she already got us some diapers 😉

I need to get going on the nursery!!!


21 Weeks

25 Sep

Aaaand we’re firmly into the second half of the pregnancy.

We spent like half an hour in bed this morning. No, not what you thought – we watched our son moving around in my belly. Watched and felt his kicks and enjoyed our little family moment. So cool.

The baby is 3/4 of a pound now! And it’s 27 cm head to heel. I was 56 cm when I was born – so the baby is already about half the size it will be when it’s born.

The baby’s feeling with its skin. If I press against my belly, he feels it – or so internet says. Very cool!

My weight gain is still well on track – about 12 pounds so far. At least third of it is my boobs, I am certain 😉

The weather was gorgeous today. We went for a walk. Funny: we moved into this neighbourhood last fall, and we found some really cool places here that we never saw before!

And then I had some friends over from my old job. A nice girls’ afternoon in. Although I am uncomfortably full now – too much food! I think even the baby feels the pressure of all I ate 😉 I had a tiny bit of red wine , too – like half a dozen sips – and I feel uncharacteristically buzzed and sleepy now. Odd.

Overall – great day.


24 Sep

Oh, did I mention I registered first baby hiccups the day before yesterday?

I was in bed, and felt the baby move, but then I realized it’s a different sort of movement. I didn’t feel any typical pokes – they were like whole-body movement. And they were fairly rhythmical.

He was hiccuping! My newsletter warned me a couple of weeks ago that I might feel this anytime now.

Poor thing, I felt bad for him – I couldn’t help or even comfort him, and he went on hiccuping for at least 15 minutes…

Pregnant Nightmares Begin…

23 Sep

Last night, I had my first pregnant nightmare – I was dreaming I went to the bathroom and saw lots of brown discharge. I panicked, went back to bed, and was praying for it to be nothing, trying to convince myself in the second half of trimester things like this shouldn’t happen.

Somewhere in the middle of this dream I woke up but didn’t notice that I was previously asleep. I stayed in bed, panicking and agonizing for at least 5 minutes before I thought: wait a second… I don’t remember going to the bathroom tonight… this is the first time I woke up… this must have been a dream!

Oh my god, I was sooooo relieved to realize this was just a dream and all was well with the baby!

This night, I had a very bizarre dream. First of all, I was dreaming that my baby has arrived. At first it was very tiny and not moving (because he’s 20 weeks only) but then he started moving and crying and then he got to be normal baby size.

He was lying on his tummy – on my tummy – raising himself on his hands and smiling. And… he had almost a full set of lower teeth! I thought: uh-oh, I guess I ate too much calcium supplements while pregnant… how on earth am I going to breastfeed him??? But then I decided that since he only has lower teeth, it should be fine…

And then I was outside and there were two snakes, one normal size and one HUGE. I ran away and my uncle (to whom I haven’t spoken in like 15 years because of a family quarrel) said he’ll catch the big snake (the small one vanished). Finally my uncle managed to bump the snake’s head, but got bitten in the process.

I start calling the ambulance, and then realize I don’t know the address of the house I am in. I pass the phone to my dad, but he’s so slow, he clears his throat, nearsightedly peers at the phone screen… in short, by the time he presses the phone to his ear, no one’s there any longer.

Frustrated, I grab the phone from him and thrust it at my sis – and that’s when I notice the snake started moving again trying to eat a cat. And NO ONE is paying any attention to me or the snake, everyone’s standing around, drinking, eating, chatting – while this huge snake swirled around.

And then I noticed that the snake’s body got really fat – it swallowed the cat!!! The snake attacked me, I caught its head, calling out my classmate’s name (what the hell was HE doing in my dream?? Haven’t seen him for even longer than my uncle!) and he appeared and threw an ax that conveniently was in his hand and killed the snake (miraculously killed the snake and not me, I should say).

And that’s when I noticed the snake managed to bite my hand. At the same time I realize I am pregnant, my baby is once again inside me. And I am terrified – how will the snake’s poison affect the baby? Can a pregnant woman get the anti-poison meds? All the way hoping that since the snake already bit my uncle, maybe it didn’t have any of the poison left…

And then I woke up.


Giving Birth

22 Sep

In my today’s newsletter I got links to videos of births. First, I watched a natural birth, not in a hospital, with no meds. Yikes. No, I get all the benefits and all – but seriously, yikes.


Then I watched a live video in a hospital with an epidural. The video isn’t too graphic, but detailed enough. I am glad I watched the natural birth first, though. For me, this looked much, much better. And I actually cried when I saw the baby’s head emerge. It was such an amazing miracle.


Maternity Fall Shopping

21 Sep

Went bra-shopping today. My-oh-my, I underestimated my growth! I used to be 34B or C – depending on the model and how revealing I wanted it to fit, so I was certain I am 34D now – not so! I was so squished-squashed in 34D! It was too tight around the torso, too – so I went for 36D which, as far as the cup size goes, equals 34DD – yikes! Considering they’re supposed to keep growing for the remaining 4+ months of the pregnancy and then get even bigger once the milk comes… I think I will be like a cow!!! They’re huge and heavy and all covered in blue veins, so bizarre. I decided to buy only one bra – winter is coming, so I am not likely to deal with see-through issues. It’s army-green with white polka-dot, so cute 🙂

I also bought a fall jacket, knee-length. Nothing that I own will close over my belly – and fall isn’t even here yet. The one I bought has double row of buttons, so I will be able to move a butting or two if it gets too tight. It’s nothing fancy, a Suzy Shier coat – relatively cheap – but looks nice and, I hope, will last me until I need to switch over into my winter jacket.

I also finally found where they sell tight that help against varicose veins (which run in my family) – they’re 50 bucks a-pair!!! That is outrageous!!! I am going to do an online search now. I am sure something more affordable should be available there… Fifty bucks for tights…

And now I am home, tired and hungry, boiling perogies for lunch. Mmmmm 😉

Should I Start an”Around the World” Cuisine Marathon?

20 Sep

Read this today:

“The taste of the amniotic fluid differs from day to day depending on what you’ve eaten (spicy enchilada one day, sweet carrots another). And that smorgasbord of tastes won’t be lost on your baby. That’s because your little one has very developed taste buds already. In fact, researchers have noted that babies who were exposed to certain tastes in utero via the amniotic fluid were more eager to eat foods with that same taste after birth. Want your baby to eat his or her broccoli later?  Eat yours now!

I guess if I want my baby to eat Indian and Chinese and fish and whatever – I need to eat all of it now. I guess we should start going out to restaurants from different cuisines. Mmmm, it’s been a while since my last visit to the Ethiopian one – time to go!!!