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TESTING 1…2…365: ‎Legs First into Trash Can


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Operation 365 Poem: day 242…Greece to UK

Greece to UK

Piles and bags
Strewn across the floor
Leaving Greece
With things we came with plus more

I don’t know how it all fit
But I’m trying to do it fast
I want to catch the sun
And make every moment last

It’s always a sad feeling
When I depart what I call home
Saying goodbye to family
With a return date unknown

So much has happened this trip
Too much to even digest
I know when I get on that plane
I will have a tight chest

I guess this round
I am only flying to the UK
The big trip isn’t over yet
Until we complete this stay

But my heart belongs here
So when I see it fade from the plane
I fight every emotion that tries to rise
And just dream of when I can be back again


365 ONE: day 261…Induced Date Set If Nothing Happens

Day 261: September 25th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Rich Girl” by Gwen Stefani

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

Anything to Note =

I had my hospital appointment this morning.

I had this scheduled in advance as an appointment for after the 40 weeks and due date had passed in case the little monkey had not come into this world. And being now three days late in I went.

I had a little chat and said that I was feeling a lot of pressure and pains so we naturally talked about first babies being stereotypically late and the concept of induction. They will wait ten days before they induce and so will give me another week for the little monkey to have a chance to come out naturally.

Of course the things you hear about in the movies – you see how educated I am from movies??!! – are true ways to encourage labor, which she mentioned that we have all heard:

Spicy Food

Long Walks

Sex

I would like the little one to emerge naturally, ideally. I wonder what else works… 🙂

This morning they performed an internal “sweep” on me – which I will not go into detail about other than its an internal exam to naturally help start labor and check if I am on that forward route at all…turns out its quite painful despite being compared to period pains…..ummmmm, no! It was worse than that thank you very much!

And to make it worse I had it done TWICE as there were two in the room – the first girl I think was an intern or something as she performed it first and then said she would need help/confirmation/assistance or something…so the OB went in and did it again!!

Trust my luck that I get it done TWICE!!!

“Just relax and breathe” – oh ok, no problem!!!!!! Don’t you just love those words when you are in a compromising position!!! Oh vey 😦

It was painful TWICE and it made me think just how lovely this whole labor shindig is going to be!!!!!!! Great!! Epidural please!! Well, there was never any doubt to that, but hey 🙂

Anyway, turns out I am dilated but only at 1cm so have a big stretch (hahaha my wit amuses me sometimes!!) to go before I am ready to give birth. So I am scheduled for another of these wonderful “sweeps” for this coming Friday and then if nothing still and the little monkey is still being stubborn (a good friend of mine yesterday pointed out like mother like son….thanks!!), then i am booked to go in to be induced for next Tuesday. Which if that happens will mean he will be another October baby!! Ahhhh the month of October is a popular one in my family! My brother, mother, two nephews, sister, brother-in-law, very good friend, and Stuart’s sister all have birthdays in October just to name a few!!

So, we are hoping for September to change it up!!

It made me think though back nine months to how all these people ended up in October…as well as possibly the little monkey….and it comes down to some hanky panky being obviously popular around Christmas/New Years time 🙂

I also then thought back to me and being born in May and nine months prior to my birthday being August…and suddenly a click went off in my head!!!! My parents got married in May the year before I was born, or had their civil registry wedding then, and then they went to Greece to have their church wedding in September in Spetses….and it hit me!!!

I turned to my mum and asked her if she was in Spetses in August already, prior to her wedding, and the answer was….YES!!!!!!!

So yeah…..I was conceived in Spetses!!! Woo Hoo!!!! That is just perfect!! And makes total sense haha!!

Now THAT made my day 🙂

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365 ONE: day 260…No Fun Fair…Just Rain!

Day 260: September 24th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Fiesta Caliente” by Happy Noche feat. Will

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

Anything to Note =

Firstly…the little monkey is still in the belly…so two days late now. He’s still in there fighting to get some elbow, knee, body, well, any kind of room!

I have a hospital appointment tomorrow morning that was scheduled if he didn’t arrive anyway by now, so let’s see…

I am still getting lots of pressure and pains, which makes me want to move around or shift positions or something…but this lovely UK rain just hinders me walking around the block.

I really wanted go out yesterday, although still trying to recover completely from this cold before the baby comes, but it was raining all day. And there is a fun fair on the green near us that me, my dad and Stuart went to on Friday and played some games….and lost! So I wanted to go back yesterday as it was the last day…but no, it was pouring all day 😦

Those stupid fun fair machines are so addictive and annoying! You know these ones…

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The coins are just hanging off the ledge waiting to be pushed off and make me rich!! And then they get you as there are bank notes just hanging there too…that appear to just need a slight nudge by me putting in one coin! Just one coin…or one more…or how about a few more….arghhhh now my pockets are empty!!!

Soooo annoying!! And I know I can’t get those notes but what if…I mean, WHAT IF, I can do it???!!!

I find these way more fun than slot machines …although my dad and I also like the claw machines that can grab a toy – sadly also annoying and hard! But strangely addictive! We’ve won a toy before but at this fun fair we all walked away with nothing!

So, I was hoping to go back and get something after I spent all those coins! I would feel better if we walked away with something! You know, and redeem ourselves!

But, no, the rain wouldn’t let me….so we missed out 😦 Which probably is best in the financial long run I guess!

And again it was raining out today – pouring this morning – but cleared enough to have a quick wander out in the late afternoon. However, with this pressure and pains it feels like the little monkey could come anytime so I have to be careful with how far I go. But tomorrow’s forecast is RAIN….surprise surprise!!


365 ONE: day 259…The Little One will be a LIBRA

Day 259: September 23rd, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking Stairs

Dance of the Day was = “When Love Takes Over (radio edit)” by David Guetta feat. Kelly Rowland

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

Anything to Note =

Horrible out today in merry and sunny (not) ol’ England!

It has been raining ALL day long!!! ALL DAY LONG!!!

Grey.

Windy.

Cloudy.

Rain.

Cold.

Such a pleasant environment, hey!!!

It’s a perfect time to watch movies and do nothing under the covers…but I am not good at doing that when I have so much on my mind…and so much going on inside my belly!!!

The little monkey is still here with us….or rather, he is still crammed and crunched and putting a lot of pressure on me and pains but still from the inside!

However, a good friend of mine said that the little monkey should wait to come out until after the 23rd so that he would be past being on the cusp of two astrological signs…which I know nothing about! I mean, I know literally nothing about signs and what they represent, so would never consider that, but I think though that the little monkey was listening to his Auntie as he has remained from saying hello in this astrological cusp!

Astrological signs really do elude me. I feel quite out of it as everyone around me seems to really know things and take their signs seriously – or even consider someone’s signs when dating – or my favorite is when someone asks what sign you are and I would say “Taurus” and they go “Ohhhhhhhhhh!”

It appears I make sense to them after I have revealed to them what sign I am????!! What the??!! Still so foreign to me!!

I am not going to offend anyone as I know people really believe in it all…I just don’t. I mean, I don’t know enough about it….but I am a little hesitant with it all. Sorry believers!!

Do people who really believe in signs…do they plan their babies around it? Is that a real thing?

Well, as we reach the end of the 23rd of September today this therefore means no cusp now, and the little one will therefore be a Libra….is that a good thing or a bad thing? What does a Libra mean?

I guess I will have to read up 🙂

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365 ONE: day 245….One Week Till Stuart The Burge!

Day 245: September 9th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Eleanor Rigby” by The Beatles

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Baby Room Thus Far”

Anything to Note =

Stuart will be here a week today!!!!

And I can’t wait to see him and be with him….as I haven’t seen him in almost two months! Which is a little crazy – have been so busy that I’m not sure where the time went! But I have felt so far away and miss him so only one more week to go!

Although he has not seen the whale I have become!

Just you wait and see Stuart!!!

I was a whale before but now I have developed into a W.H.A.L.E!!!!! The couple times we have Skyped have not been able to show just how much….so prepare yourself Burgess!

I really can’t wait to see him but there is also an element of being scared that he is coming over in just a week….because that means that we are close to the finale here!!! It means, that things are really close, that giving birth is close, and that freaks me out!!

It’s a double feeling of missing him so much and can’t wait to see him….to….ahhhh he can’t come over because then things will get real!!!

Soooooooo…..going to push that out of my mind for a second!! And show you something hilarious. We have a cable TV service over here in the UK called Sky and so my mum and I watch movies at night and browse through the names to figure out what’s on etc. Well, if you press the info button it tells you a bit about the movie…well late last night we clicked on the info for a movie to see what it was about and this popped up…

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This cracked me up!!

I love the warnings about this movie….the usual of course: sex, violence etc etc….but then at the end…live octopus ingestion!!!! What the????!!!!! I have never seen that before!!!!

Haha!


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 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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