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365 ONE: day 248…Belly Business

Day 248: September 12th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Campus” by Vampire Weekend

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Sainsbury’s Shop For Tea”

Anything to Note =

I had another doctor appointment this morning – am supposed to schedule a visit to the local clinic and see an antenatal GP once every week now until the big bang happens!

So, off I went this morning. With my list of things to ask – or rather my mum’s list of things to ask!!

I especially wanted to know whether there had been any update in the “out of five scale” to how far the head was down as that is an indication of how close apparently you are to giving birth. I have been getting a lot of pressure and pains – which are probably contractions or the little monkey pushing down – and so was curious to what she would say.

Sadly though this check-up was with another doctor I had not seen before, as they alternate, and this one today was unfriendly and on auto-pilot!

It was an in-and-out and “Next!” scenario!

Sit down, check my urine sample, check my blood pressure, lie on the bed (without even bothering to put any sheet down!), belly out, measure baby, press for head down, listen to heartbeat, belly in and DONE!

No hello. No goodbye.

Just business. Belly business!

I mean, all of the checks she did came back fine but there was no place for questions or answers or any sort of environment to do so anyway…certainly not like with the other nicer woman!

She may have been having a bad day this doctor, or rushed for something, or who knows…but it left my mum speechless and she is NEVER speechless! She didn’t want to ask anything! I think she was thrown off by her robotic appointment to say anything! And it whisked straight past her!

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So now I don’t have any clue if the head has moved down further than last week, which was a 5 of 5 then, so who knows if birth is imminent or not! I assume she would have said something if so, but I guess we will see if it is!

Anyway, my next appointment is made for next Wednesday and thankfully it’s with the other doctor who I have seen twice already and who is lovely…so until then I guess…unless the little schmonkie decides he wants to make a preview appearance! It sometimes feels like he will!

How about you wait until your daddy (that is sooooooooooo strange to say!!!!!) arrives on Sunday…at least, little one!!! Deal?


365 ONE: day 241…Level 5 of 5

Day 241: September 5th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Let Go” by Paul Van Dyk

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Breast Pad Betty”

Anything to Note =

I saw the ante natal GP doctor this morning for my 37 weeks check up as instructed by the hospital on my last visit (am supposed to go every week now). She reminded me that I am not 37 weeks, I am 37 weeks and 4 days!! And that the little guy could pop out at any minute now! My first reaction….SUPER!!

She then did a feel around and told me that the baby is indeed head down but with room still to move – there is a five level scale apparently and 1 means the head is down down and birth is imminent – I got a 5 of 5, thank god!! So, labour is not coming on today….hopefully! Of course things can change and rapidly but hearing his head was down already freaked me out…but it explains why I have been feeling so much pressure and bulging up near my ribs, on top of my belly…he’s been trying to swivel around and push down…apparently every five seconds as there is a lot of friggin’ movement!! Despite the fact that I have no idea how he even has room in there to do anything!

I have been feeling a lot of cramps and pains and uncomfortable pressure so naturally the topic of labour and delivery and pain medication was next since apparently these must be contractions! Reaction now = GREAT!!

Actually, the doctor made it all sound so easy!! Out in 24 hours if all goes well and smooth. She also said there was nothing to fear with not being able to attend any ante natal classes as I have not been able to get in any classes due to me coming to the UK so late on in my pregnancy. My mum has been worried that we don’t know anything…which we don’t! But was worrying about not being able to go to any official classes and for breastfeeding – which the GP assured us both that it was ok. This hospital is the top maternity hospital and they will help with everything and the start to breastfeeding after birth before I get sent home.

She also said that epidurals were explored and developed and worked on and essentially founded at this hospital so they are experts there! Which is good as I will be needing some of that!!!!!

So I am in excellent care and there is nothing to worry about….good to hear but I’m still a little FREAKED! It all sounds so surreal and too nonchalant – I’ve seen those maternity shows….there’s lots of screaming and pain and schmleh!! I didn’t see any rabbits and flowers and pretty rainbows!

But according to this doctor, if all goes well, then I am in and out, boom! Everything taken care of. Everything taught.

And boom.

I am discharged.

To fend for ourselves….

Us and the little fragile schmonkie!!!

BOOM!

Riiiiiiiiiiiiight.

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365 ONE: day 239…OUR SON!

Day 239: September 3rd, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Let Me Show You” by K Klass

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Crazy Woman Behind”

Anything to Note =

I took my mum to the river today on a walk. She had never been down there and it’s not very far away from home – and of course we seized the moment as it was sunny and hot outside…which it hasn’t been really here at all…of course I will take the cold gladly after the hot hot hot of NYC and Greece I have been through 🙂

But the stereotype of England is rain…and sadly it is more truth than myth. It has been raining a lot and quite poopy, and not a warm summer at all so there hasn’t been a day to go to the river and walk down there and show my mum….so today was the day!

It was nice down there. We went to the pub and had some lemonade and some fries 🙂 And looked at the river view…as well as take in the scenery of a crazy woman at the table behind us! She had two chiuwawa dogs and was just quite the character! I tried to get some of it on my video upload but I wish I had caught her introduction. There were two women originally sitting at the table next to us and she actually came up to them and said she wanted that table!! She said then to them to tell her when they were leaving as she was going to wait! Well these women were pissed off with that, so of course they left and didn’t tell her – so when the woman finally noticed, and it took her a while, she called them Bitches! Loudly! Which of course made me and my mum laugh out loud. And so she turned to us and said “you heard me”! Well who wouldn’t??!! I think she was glad we heard honestly as then she wouldn’t stop going on about how bad those women were! While trying to take control of her dogs…a little crazo!!!!

But we’re all a little crazo really!

My attention quickly averted to a father with his little boy, who kept crying every time he didn’t get what he wanted! Perhaps a future premonition to what it may be like with the little schmonkie!!!! Oy vey!

It is funny how my mind has shifted to noticing little kids more, and I get flashes of what life may be like or could be like, or just notice things that could be perfect for life with (as Stuart said yesterday that was a shocker to hear) OUR SON!!!!

OUR SON!!!!!

Wowza!

But on our walk back, after some exploration of roads, we ended up near a huge park with soooo many kids playing on the cool play swings and slides and even a water pool….it was amazing! I was a jealous big kid 🙂 But then I was also eyeing how we got there to remember for when OUR SON is around to take him!! Weird!!

And I just kept noticing more parks and picnic areas and strollers along the route home. Especially how perfect The Chiswick House will be – which is something like 60 acres of perfect baby greenery.

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It was nice but I overdid it with how much walking – now my back keeps seizing 😦

Back to the baby book so that I have a name for OUR SON!! Can’t seem to get used to that at all!! Am trying to by saying it in capitals over and over though haha!


365 ONE: day 238…Book of Names

Day 238: September 2nd, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “If You Want My Body” from A Night At The Roxbury

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

Anything to Note =

So on the current theme I seem to be having of time running out as its September now, talk of the little schmonkie perhaps coming earlier than the due date, fear and being scared and the feeling of being unprepared….

I thought it appropriate to pick up the next book, that has been sitting next to the bed with a pen in it on page 8 for the last two months….

The book of baby names!

People do continue to ask, as they should now I guess since I am much closer to the date of arrival, what names I have in mind yet, if any….and I keep saying no, as I do not!

And I need to attempt to underline some names, something!

So….have began again from page 8 of the A's and you will be pleased to know that I have reached the beginning of L 🙂

And you will also be pleased to know that I have marked dots next to some names that, when said out loud repeatedly, (as that is the only way I can do it – is read the names out loud to hear them! So I must look like a complete mongoid just saying names out loud to myself!), I do not "hate" as I seem to detest all names! Or have an association to every name! Or just find this quite difficult!

So I gave myself permission or rather forced myself to be more lenient and give some names that I didn't automatically refute a chance!

So we'll see!! I have not gone back to look at any I have marked! I will continue on until I finish and then go back and probably have a heart attack!!

I have also asked Stuart to write down any names he likes and then I guess we can present the lists to each other! Hopefully before the little schmonkie arrives!!

And in that vain…I must go and start the L chapter and keep on trucking!!!

Thank you Vessela for the book!!! 🙂

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365 ONE: day 235…Hospital Prep

Day 235: August 30th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Girls” by Beastie Boys

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Mini Booties”

Anything to Note =

The bump is seriously out there people!!

I am sporting a big ol’ bumpity bump! I will have to post some photos as its ridiculous! Although time is running out…..ahhhhh!!

Deep breath!!

I finished the whole of What To Expect When Expecting book! Which is quite the feat of someone who does not read! It’s a huge book of toooooo much info!!

So one book down, onto the next one ahhhhh! This is soooo not funny for a non-reader, so all of you who know me are surely laughing at me now!! You poops!!

Speaking of time running out though….went shopping for items for the hospital and my hospital bag!! That’s just weird and scary!! And crazy!! My mum is trying to be prepared in case the little schmonkie comes early, as my brother came 3 weeks early – granted he was my mum’s second child, and she was apparently doing a lot of things and over-doing it…but I’m apparently over-doing it and so she wants to make sure it’s packed and we have everything!

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I got overwhelmed and tired so sat down at the back of one of the baby stores, in hiding!! I sat down on one of those pretend back seats of the car on display, next to the baby booster for the car seat that was being shown as part of this setup – I probably was not supposed to be sitting on there! But no one said anything 🙂

I did get some weird looks from mothers pushing their strollers past me though!!!


365 ONE: day 234…Happy Birthday Daddy!

Day 234: August 29th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Honey Pie” by The Beatles

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Photos of Dad”

Anything to Note =

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my wonderful amazing dad!!

It is his birthday and me and my mum are in the UK and he is in Greece….which in the history of my life has never happened before. I have spent every single birthday with my father, and always made an effort to be where ever he is in the world, by his side to celebrate.

But today.

I tried so hard to find him a flight over but I failed.

I searched for days and nothing. Everything was sold out or outrageous in price! And I mean outrageous!!! Like thousands of pounds or euros – I mean even if you had lots of money it’s still not justifiable to spend such an outrageous amount of money to go just within Europe…these prices are equivalent to flying to America from Greece, or even to Australia and beyond!

This must be a combination of fuel prices, cutting back on the number of planes they have out there, that it’s August still, that the Paralympics start tonight, that people booked holidays after the Olympics ended, and pure poop against the less financially able, like us!!

Poop I say, again!!

So it’s just a little sad today as we can’t be together, and I, the travel agent in the family could not make it happen, so I feel guilty 😦

And it’s just sad as it centers around our financial crisis my family is going through and what life used to be about – just jump on a plane and go, anything for family – and now – when every penny needs to be watched or taken into consideration or justified…and I have always hated money and been money conscious but for my parents this downhill has really hurt them. And they are still just so generous and wanting to give us, give me, everything…and since I can’t fly I know my dad wanted to be here for me, with me, to give me that, and…could not.

Ugh.

I need to seriously play the lottery because I owe him the world. I hate money so much but life cannot function without it and I just wish I had it for my parents, not me. I am the eternal bargain hunter 🙂 And they come first in my eyes.

I’m sorry daddy.

Happy Birthday Loon (that is our nickname for each other, between me and my dad, which I know sounds funny and weird haha, but its Loon or Loonie, or Loonaki – Greek variations of that word!!)

I have no idea how and when that came about actually haha!! But it has nothing to do with the literal English translation of a crazy person or a bird haha! Just special nicknames for each other 🙂

Can you tell I am the ultimate daddy’s little girl???!!!!

My dad wants to come over for the birth of the little schmonkie so I will just have to organize a birthday celebration for my dad then…and get him some big presents to make up for him not being here with us today 🙂

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365 ONE: day 233…Falling Apart List

Day 233: August 28th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Mia Nyxta Ston Paradeiso” by Nikos Koyrkoylhs

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded my other blog was = “Tunes in my Head”

Anything to Note =

I tried to speed walk yesterday and again today, but failed.

I did wear my maternity belt though for the first time in a long time while I walked as I keep forgetting. So yeah, one point for me there, but, in terms of trying to speed walk, I get a minus one. I just could not do it.

Seriously.

I tried to speed walk but my tendons were just so painful. They are so tight that there was no way to keep up my pace.

Ugh.

So now I can add that to my joyful pregnant “I’m falling apart” list…

– backache
– wrist pain
– right arm elbow joint pain that I had to modify my push-ups
– I can’t and don’t sleep
– swollen feet
– hands swollen so much that I am afraid to wear both rings now

And that list goes on and on…

…but I can now add…

– painful tendons in my legs 😦

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Also…possibly also something to do with maybe Braxton Hicks contractions?? They say that you have these going on for a while but may not necessarily always feel them…I don’t know. I’ve got something going on that’s either that and/or pressure that causes pain – Weird!

There’s definitely some big shifting going on now “in my belly” (said in Austin Powers style)…soooo tired haha! But yeah, I can feel and see some stuff going on. It’s high up near my ribs and either from a head, hands or foot action. And it stays there for a while as a hard bulge! What is he doing in there???!!!

You little schmonkie you!! Thank you for my falling apart list!!


365 ONE: day 232…Tedious

Day 232: August 27th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Ksexase To” by CReal

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Keep Calm and Drink Tequila”

Anything to Note =

Tedious day.

Seriously tedious day.

Ugh.

I was up early after a restless usual no sleep night – partly I am sure to the fact that my mum and I watched The Thaw horror film late last night about a parasite that crawls into your skin – just thinking about it again gives me the shivers!! I went through bedbugs and so naturally anything about small creatures crawling over you is not the greatest way to make me feel relaxed. How could it to anyone!

Anyway, we had a workman come over early so was up early and had to be out of my room so I literally spent the whole day upstairs at the desk where I can get Internet….doing tedious things….dealing with tedious things! Literally – I was there from 10am sitting at that desk until close to 7pm!

First I spent hours looking for a flight for my dad to come over to London. It’s his birthday in two days so we’ve been searching for a flight over tomorrow for the week so we could be together and there was simply nothing! I mean, I would not give up as I really thought there had to be a way – I searched air miles, all airlines, cheap websites, combinations of planes…the only flights I could find that we’re not sold out were outrageous in price! So now we’re all disappointed. I can hear it in my dad’s voice too. I’ve never spent a birthday away from him. And I know he will be over for when the schmonkie is here and that’s not far away, but it’s just sad.

Then I had to move on to figuring out Stuart’s flight to come over for when Fashion finishes. So more searching and irritation at how expensive things are. I was however able to figure out a way to pay out less by using some of my mum’s air miles. Annoyingly I discovered that my mum’s United air miles had expired and she had lost a lot – enough for two trips to USA and back – and this happened in March when my parents were sick and of course pre-occupied and nobody checked. But there was an option for reinstatement for money so to do so and use air miles brings the price down for Stuart. A little more successful, or we’ll see, but again was not ideal.

Then had to deal with mortgage emails and a lack of understanding and miscommunication with back and forth of emails that were driving me crazy! They kept saying they didn’t have attachments when they did and not understanding what I was talking about, and all of this is from my blackberry as my work email is on there. I was trying to take care of things to keep Stuart from having to deal with it as he was busy at work today, but my blood started to boil….I was already stressed from the day so far and I just couldn’t deal with re-explaining again and again, using different tactics. I had to give up and asked Stuart to just re-send what we had sent over ten days ago on his lunch break.

I knew I needed to get out and away from the desk and soon.

Instead I tried to do as much as I could as I was already at the desk. I have to swap over planners as my current one ends in three days and I have been putting it off! I have to copy by hand all my notes and all that into the new planner – yup, I still believe in hand written planners versus on my blackberry. I fear for everything being wiped! And actually something happened to my blackberry a few weeks ago and all my photos were wiped! Which was horrible!! So I now have less faith in the technological planner than ever! But copying everything is….

Tedious.

Anyway, it got to 7pm and I just couldn’t do anymore. I needed to get up and out and some fresh air…to breathe out the stress of today.

Out for a walk around the park!!

What a day. A tedious one.

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365 ONE: day 231…Boob Belly Shelf

Day 213: August 26th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Precious” by Depeche Mode

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Creepo In The Corner”

Anything to Note =

I had a boozy long lunch yesterday – well not me of course, my friends Clare, Emily and Laura did and did me proud by drinking for me and the little schmonkie 🙂

It was also pouring out, I mean super pouring, so we got stuck, and even though the restaurant we went to was close to me, it was crazy sideways rain outside so we stayed. We all met for lunch and left 6 hours later in the prime of dinner time! I’m sure the wait staff must have loved us haha!

Anyway, the convo naturally would always come around to babies frequently. And with each bottle of wine all the fun questions came out!

As well as the baby naming game!! Which I had to shut down haha!!

I know, I know – I have to deal with that soon – trying to finish this one book first and then will move on back to the baby name book!

Names game then moved to feeling Bubbles game 🙂

I loved how everyone wants to feel the little monkey move – and despite the little one being naughty and usually not bubbling when you want him to, they actually managed to feel him! I think me sitting for 6 hours schmooshed him enough for him to have to shift about! Sorry Tess – I know you waited for ages at my NYC baby shower to feel a kick/bubble and got nothing but that doesn’t mean the little schmonkie doesn’t love you!!!

Anyway, one of the best questions asked yesterday was – do my boobs rest on my belly now?? And I had never really thought about it to be honest or noticed that as something hilarious, as it is, as they do rest there!! Haha!! When I sit down – like right now writing this blog – its like a perfect perch!

I guess I never imagined that the pregnant belly would sit out and from so high up – although that’s the stereotype for carrying a boy – but I also don’t have small boobs. I looked down as I was about to type and yup, they are sitting on their belly shelf haha!!

I could hide things under there! Or lose things!! 🙂

I’ve been watching those Border Patrol shows on TV…so this could be a good smuggling tactic haha!!

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365 ONE: day 230…Education Catch Up In Less Than A Month!

Day 230: August 25th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!!!

Cardio was = Speed Walking from Pouring Rain

Dance of the Day was = “Hold That Sucker Down” by OT Quartet

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Mirror Faces”

Anything to Note =

Today it is 36 weeks!!!

So I’m in my ninth month!! Holy CRAP!!!

I took my monthly photo this morning so will have to post – actually am behind in posting the last few monthly bump photos but thought I would wait until 40 weeks (if the schmonkie doesn’t come before that which I am told is unlikely as first babies usually come late) and then can put them all together to see the whale I gradually became/have become!!

I finally caught up with What To Expect When Expecting! I got through all the months and am in the Labour and Delivery section now…which I am guessing I need to know about haha!

It’s funny as I think I was still on month 4 when I got to London so it’s been a crash course to catch up on in just a couple of weeks! I actually left that book in London so had no chance to read it before. And I know I know, people keep asking why I didn’t just skip to the right month to catch up but I felt guilty! And I stumbled across a number of things that could have been useful back in the appropriate month but hey!!

So….

Two or three more books to go!!

Actually my mum has already read one book and made notes for me!! Yup, and highlighted!! So I need to read that or the notes or both!!

And then…I have to learn it and remember it and put it into practice with the little schmonkie!!

Crazy!!

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Sidenote: I have to adapt my push-ups as yesterday and today my wrist really hurt and my joints on my right elbow hurt like they were being strained…because I am a whale!! So need to go onto my knees and adapt before I injure myself I think.