Tuesday, December 31, 2013

meet Clea

She's here and she's wonderful!
This is Clea Jeanne who arrived one week overdue at 7lbs 8oz. Her name up until 2 days before her birth was Cleo. We loved the name Cleo and it first came into consideration back when we were expecting Owen after the Built To Spill song. Then over the years when BTS became an even more important band to us as a family and the song Cleo (about an unborn baby) firmed up our feelings on the name. But after waiting for her to arrive past due, Nuno and I got talking in depth about the name and found the variation, Clea and it felt right.

See how much hair this newborn has? She could have worn barrettes right after birth! Can you believe I didn't endure heartburn during pregnancy?
We came home in time for my birthday and Christmas making both those days so happy and special for all of us. Now she's been home for just over a week and things are coming along nicely. I struggled for three months to get breastfeeding to work for Owen and I. A huge challenge and commitment that I just didn't think I could bare endure a second time. But to my astonishment Clea and I are sailing right along with nursing. Not to say there hasn't been any challenges, I'm recovering from the first stages of mastitis I had over the weekend.
Owen is a wonderful big brother to his sister. He thinks she's the cutest baby he's ever seen and luckily not showing any of those regressive signs you are told to expect of an older sibling. Our only challenge is trying to keep Owen back from kissing her and tickling her feet when she's sleeping. 

 
Check back soon and I'll hopefully be able to share footage of Owen meeting Clea for the first time.

Monday, December 9, 2013

due in five days

We'll be at 40 weeks this coming Saturday December 14th which is our baby's official due date. Not that I expect to have this baby right on her due date but we'd be more than happy to welcome her on time. I went into labour with Owen at 5am the day after his due date and was so pleased with the timing because he was 'officially due' on Friday the 13th which seemed even just a little unnerving for someone as logical & scientific-minded as myself. The funny thing is, this coming Friday also falls on the 13th, and our baby is due exactly four years and one month after Owen. But the OB has no plans of inducing me early since the baby is doing well and I'm reasonably comfortable. He said if it comes down to it and an induction is necessary we can expect a "Christmas baby". Now, myself, I'm born December 23rd, so I know all about being born before the holidays. I'm thinking I'd like this baby to be more on time than late. But as long as she arrives healthy and happy I don't think we could ask for any greater gift.

We had our official last date night before the baby to Nuno's work Christmas party this past Saturday. Because we were dressed up, Nuno snapped a 39 weeks photo after the party. We somehow never take the time to get photos when we are looking our best, I always regret it after the fact. I'm wearing a black party dress from RW & Co. that I've been wearing ever since the first trimester to weddings and events. It's not a maternity item but loose fitting so it's crazy comfortable and with the sheer draped fabric down the front it's so super-flattering for an expectant mom.
We came home from the office party with a prize of a Keurig Platinum. Not sure if anyone reading this has one of these machines. It wasn't high on my wish list until our Cuisinart Coffee Maker broke 2 weeks ago. Since then we've been using our single cup cone filter. But even after only a couple days I've been really enjoying this machine. I like the option of having the My K-cup reusable filter so I can continue to grind my favourite beans for my morning coffee.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

2 weeks to go

Well, as of yesterday we are 2 weeks from our due date. You'd think I'd have posted "we're close to the finish line" by now, but the end sure has crept up on me. Not to say we're not ready to bring this baby into the world. More like, there are still a million things to do which would be ideally done before she arrives. I'm thinking the most pressing issue is to get my bags packed. We will be delivering in a brand new hospital and after taking a tour I'm really looking forward to the big day. We're also attempting to figure out details of how Owen will continue along to school while dealing with the prospect of Nuno not being able to take much time off. And did I mention I'm working up till the day before my due date? I might have to rethink that one.
Things (as far as comfort) have changed drastically since my 35 week post of desperation. The discomfort I was dealing with subsided after only a few days. I think I needed to learn that this is a time to stay off my feet and put the heels away. I'm feeling great and this baby feels quite huge managing to kick parts of my body I didn't know existed.

Anyhow, one photo to share with you all now at 38 weeks. We're entering the not so flattering/freak show size territory of pregnancy here. But I was pretty excited to get a chance to wear this grey knit sweater dress I bought for a couple bucks at Target 5 years ago. It was always too big, but now that I'm big, it fits! I promise, I'll do one more photo and update one week before my due date if I don't go sooner.
And one last thing, this post marks my 1,000th! It feels like quite a blog landmark pressing 'publish' today. Thanks for reading and sticking with me.