365 ONE: Day 269…BABY IS NAMED!!

Day 269: October 3rd, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!

Cardio was = Swaying Baby/Breastfeeding

Dance of the Day was = “Mr Sandman” sections

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Sleeping Baby”

Anything to Note =

Today Stuart registered the baby and we got his birth certificate, meaning…

We had to figure out and settle on his official name, meaning…

It is now official!! We now have a name!

So, as promised, even though I promised it yesterday, I can tell you what the little monkey is called…

So his official name is:


Alexandros as first name – Stuart and I both went through books and online sources and made ourselves a list which we then showed to each other and there were only two crossover names, this one being one of them. It is of course the Greek for Alexander but we chose Alexandros as it can be pronounced with/in English and Greek accent/way, and we like both.

Stuart as middle name – we decided to keep the Greek tradition of having your father’s name as your middle name, and even though it is a Greek tradition, Stuart liked the idea of honoring someone as the middle name as he has that too and a few of his siblings also have that in his family…so we decided to keep it going. There were candidates but we had to have a middle name that did not spell out something bad with his initials…and ASAB is nothing…but putting something like Richard would have spelled out ARAB!!!! So we had to be careful! But we liked the Greek tradition to honor the father as the middle name anyway.

Anastassiou-Burgess as surname – we went back and forth about double barreling his last name, well, I was the one who wanted it and had to fight everyone for why as everyone seemed to be stuck on how long it would be, how the child would be made fun of….but you know what, it’s not about that to me. I wanted to have my name in there to honor my father as I am a true daddy’s girl and wanted to keep that alive. And also, have a bit of me in there since I am not changing my name with marriage…so I wanted to be in there too. I also think that the very last name will be the one that sticks and I wanted that to be Burgess as he is his father’s son, so I don’t mind if Anastassiou gets dropped in a shortened version as long as it is officially there.

I know I know it’s long but this was very hard. I found this extremely hard. But that’s a little insight into what and how and why he is who he is now officially!

We think that we will be shortening his name to something like ALEXAKI (which is little Alex in Greek) when we speak to him as we both like that.

But it can go to Alek or Alekos….or really whatever, but we like those the best.

Anyway, late here again and have to go as the little one will be up again soon and my eyes are closing and am not feeling very well.

365 ONE: day 255…Thought The Little Monkey Was Coming at 4am

Day 255: September 19th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Sweet Little Sixteen” by The Beatles

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “4am Scare”

Anything to Note =

I had a big scare this morning.

At 4am I got up with some pains and went to the bathroom….and got stuck in there until after 7am!

I suddenly got pain and cramps and it would not go away for a couple of hours.

I tried to lie down again and make the pain stop….nope. I tried to deduce if the symptoms I was feeling were real and not symptoms of fake labour so grabbed one of the books but….nope…what I was feeling was exactly what was being described as the first stage of labour. So I almost called the maternity helpline, as I am supposed to call when the pain is regular, but I was just hesitant a bit in case it would pass…

I should have woken my mum up, or Stuart, but I didn’t because….I don’t know really…I got scared and just kept reading to make sure…and I couldn’t move from the bathroom.

But I was convinced.

I even shaved my legs to distract myself between the cramps/contractions/pains as I had been meaning to rid me of the wooly mammoth legs before I went into hospital and just haven’t.

I kept saying – this is it….and just started thinking of how I wasn’t ready….

No name…

No hospital bag fully ready…well, I am sure my mum has but I hadn’t looked at it…

No, I hadn’t finished all the books yet…

No, I haven’t watched all the videos online about labour and delivery…


JUST NOT READY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I mean, the list went on as I sat there, and I thought what can I control right now and so I went for the shaving of my legs! It sounds ridiculous but that was my first step between the pains, then it was going to be a shower, then hospital bag, then wake everyone up, then call, then go to the hospital….

And I thought why now…and then I thought back and last night I really burned my fingers badly taking the garlic bread out of the oven and I felt a reaction in my body, a feeling of holding it in until I could get the oven tray to the top without dropping, and my stomach spasmed…so I was like, that reaction may have set it off…

At that moment, my burned fingers were not killing me anymore in comparison!

I was just convinced this was it…

And then suddenly the pain dulled a bit…and…it’s been a dull pain ever since really…

I had a doctors appointment this morning anyway so told her all about it and she said it could be the beginning or not be still for a little bit…she said the little monkey had dropped down to level 3 out of 5…so now I’m just stuck with dull pain, a lot of pressure, a lot of movement, and fear!


Real FEAR!


365 ONE: day 215….Supermarket Field Trips

Day 215: August 10th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking/Carrying Grocery Shopping

Dance of the Day was = “Turn Up The Radio” by Madonna

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Dad’s Boxes”

Anything to Note =

Leaving for London tomorrow so today was a day of running around. My mum is coming with me tomorrow, even though the house is nowhere near complete, but we’ve worked hard to do a lot so she can come with me tomorrow, and then she will probably have to come back and forth, I don’t know. There is time since my due date is September 22nd, but I’m not sure what her schedule will be. We’ll see.

But my dad has to stay in Greece sadly, for now, so I was assigned the grocery shopping list to get supplies for him and the house for when we are gone.

Which I thought would be easy….I was wrong!!

I went to one supermarket and picked up what had to picked up there. Took me a while, but found everything in the end. Then went to another supermarket for the rest of the list, but annoyingly they didn’t have everything, which I searched and searched for!!! I guess it’s Friday and also August so people are away for the weekend and for holidays, so they just have not stocked up with a lot.


So back to another supermarket. If only I knew that those items would not be available at the second supermarket….but I guess there was no way to know.


Anyway, in the end I got everything but it took way longer and way more effort on my poor cut up swollen feet!

So what better way to reward myself after all the grocery trips….with a SOUVLAKI!!!! My dad brought back souvlakis on his way home as the last one before I leave 🙂 And he also got desserts too!!! Now I can’t breathe I’m so full, but sooooo worth it!!

Perhaps the baby name we should be considering is Souvlaki!! Haha!!

365 ONE: day 124…Unclear Subway Seat Offer to Names Fiasco

Day 124: May 11th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Medly: Rip It Up/Shake, Rattle and Roll/Blue Suede Shoes” by The Beatles

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes…Ache”

Anything to Note =

You know you’re fat when…

….someone offers their seat to you!

Yesterday, on my way home I got on the train and this guy offered me his seat – of course I declined as I can’t sit anyway according to my 365 Challenge – BUT it was unclear to whether that was my first pregnancy offer or not ??????

Which means I am a HEFFA!


….did he offer his seat because he was getting off at the next stop, as he did??


…did he offer his seat because he was being nice as I was the only one standing and without one in the whole car??


…because I am female??


I will have to see if this is a pattern to determine if it was indeed my first pregnancy offer or not – so will let you know!


I have been thinking a bit about how guilty I feel in not dealing with the whole baby names fiasco! So yesterday, I forced myself to make some sort of list, or jot something down, before I went to bed. I was super tired and couldn’t think of one name so picked up my college Middlebury magazine and turned to the update section from all the class members, which has the names in bold, and went through the many pages.

To be honest….I didn’t like ANY of them!!! To be honest…they were very American….too American.

I was trying to make words from names, and molding together some or multiple, and also trying to see if there was a Greek equivalent or a Greek sound to them, or make a Greek sound out of them…

It was a nightmare!

I wrote down something but I don’t even want to look at that list! I even left it at home on purpose today as I don’t even want to look at the book its written down in!

It was a disaster!

Nothing feels right – but does it ever?


I am trying to deal with it – this whatever it is I have syndrome: non-reality/detraction/denial/immaturity/laziness (could go on and on!) I am trying to force myself now I know it’s a BOY! Can’t we just call it Boy or Buddy Boy??!! HAHA!!

Anyway, last night was a first step, right? One step at a time, right? 

Baby steps 🙂

365 ONE: day 123….1, 2, 3…”NAME THAT KID”

Day 123: May 10th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Sweet Harmony” by Smaily

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Google Baby Name Peek”

Anything to Note =

Day 123. How cool that its 1-2-3 🙂 I am a dork and over-tired so bare with me and what gets me!!! Although I thought this would be unique but actually I still get day 234 and 345….BOO!!!!

Soooooo….after I found out I AM HAVING A BOY and told some people in came the…

“I knew it!” and

“I told you” (you did…..? Okaaaaaaay….)

or my favourite – “I was right!” – congrats, you win a….nod to your success….and possibly a baby in the future to babysit haha 🙂

And then of course came some name suggestions – woooooooaaaaaaaahhhhh! I just found out I AM HAVING A BOY so let’s hold the horses for a moment and let it sink in folks! (It’ll happen!!) Then we should start a game show: “Name That Kid”!!!

It was a quite a selection that came flooding in – and I thank you all who did so – once again I got overwhelmed! AHHHHHH!!! But I do need to be thinking about names, I guess, soon…..

It’s just sooo hard! I mean what a responsibility! Right??!! What if the name doesn’t fit the little one?? Or we mold the little one into the name we gave him??!! WOWZA!!

I have exclamation points all over this blog post I see haha! Truth is, I haven’t even begun to think of a name. I am not one of those girls who had dream baby names written in her diary, and in her heart (ahhhhhh cute). Nope, I got nada! And, I think it’s going to be a while before I can even think about the name honestly….unless some wonderful magical name pops into the ether!

May wait until I feel the kicking…

(I know, I know – I always have an excuse to detract from reality!!)