Saturday, June 28, 2008

First shopping trip

Today, Kirsi, Gramma, Aidan and I made our first shopping trip together. We wanted to pick up a couple gifts for our doctor and midwife so it was going to be a short trip anyways, but we wanted to see how we'd do. Aidan did awesome in the Moby wrap (it's a type of baby sling); he was snuggled right in and slept the whole time we were gone. What I love about the Moby wrap is that the cloth covers your shoulders and it wraps widely around your hips and back so the weight is more evenly distributed. I don't get sore at all from it.

Kirsi is normally such an awesome kid when we go shopping. She asks to go to the shopping mall and behaves so well. She walks right beside me and is totally entertained the whole time (as long as I don't make it too long and there are snacks available). Today was a different story. She didn't want to listen to me, she kept pulling on my arm and then had a few fits when she didn't get her way. She had two chances to stop the fits and act like she should but she still wasn't listening so we went home. Our shopping trip was cut a lot shorter than we had thought, but she has to learn that we won't be going out if she acts like that. I think a couple more shortened trips will do the trick, or at least I hope so! :0

Yesterday, we went to the Registro Civil and got Aidan's birth registered and a few copies of his birth certificate made. It took forever to get through the six people that were ahead of us, yet we were there for no more than ten minutes. I have no idea what took so long for everyone else. We also got his "carnet" done - the national identity card that everyone living in Chile has to have. It'll be ready to pick up in 11 days. We hardly had to wait because those guys were able to process things quickly - thank goodness! So, at least that part is done. Next step is getting Aidan's Chilean passport, his Canadian passport and his Canadian citizenship. That'll be fun!!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

First Days at Home

We've been at home for 2 days now and things are going well. We left the hospital on Monday at noon and it was a welcome change, believe me! As helpful and nice as the staff was at the hospital, it was still annoying to be woken up in the middle of the night to get my blood pressure or temperature taken. It would take me at least half an hour to fall asleep again so in the end, I didn't get nearly as much sleep as I thought I would have.

It was great to come home and bring Aidan with us. Simba wasn't too sure about this new little baby but after a few sniffs, he seemed to be OK. It definitely was easier with Aidan than it was with Kirsi! :) One of our friends has organized a "dinner brigade" for us. We have had fresh dinners brought to us every night since we've been home from the hospital and it has been wonderful. A couple friends who left for holidays gave us meals to freeze and pull out when we need them. We did this for my friend who had a baby 5 weeks ago and she loved it so she decided to organize it for us. It really is fantastic because it's one less thing to have to think about this first week. I'd never heard of something like this before but I definitely will keep this idea going; it's not difficult to do but it's such a huge thing for the new parents.

We've gotten everything unpacked, put away in its spot and we're working on getting some routines down now. Aidan is eating well and sleeps lots, just not at the right times! He has night and day mixed up and it's been a couple sleepless nights for Der and me. It's been really hard because not only does Aidan not want to sleep, he wants to eat nonstop for a few hours in the middle of the night. So, I end up exhausted and have no milk left and it makes for a frustrating experience. Plus, there are all the normal things a new mom has to deal with - recovery from delivery, hormone changes and cracked nipples (and let me tell you, those are more painful than you can imagine!!). We're hoping to get him on track really soon so that we can all enjoy the days and nights a little bit better. On a super positive note, Kirsi has slept through the night the past two nights. It's like she knows we need a break!! ;) I've actually crawled in with her to get some much needed sleep when Der takes Aidan!

Everyone is enjoying our new little guy. Grandma has had lots of Aidan time and Kirsi loves to hold Baby Aidan and help us change his diaper. Der just loves holding him and watching him. I had my first spraying pee experience last night. I had forgotten to bring a pee-pee cloth for the diaper change and ended up with a wet baby and pee on my pants. That'll teach ya!

Thank you to everyone who has sent us congratulations. I don't have the time to reply to everyone but we really appreciate all the good wishes and thoughts. :)

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Aidan's Arrival

Der and I are proud new parents of our little boy, Aidan Matteo! He arrived last night, June 20th, at 19:16, weighing in at 3.80 kg (8.3 lbs) and measuring 51.5 cm.

My contractions started early in the morning but I didn't realize that they were contractions until about 2:30. That's when I woke up Der and we started timing them - they were from 30 to 50 seconds long, 6 to 9 minutes apart. My midwife, Rosemarie, had told us that we should go to the hospital when the contractions were a minute long, 5 minutes apart so we figured we still had some time. We kept timing them but they slowed down so we thought it might be a false alarm. So, we had the kids I tutored over for our good-bye party that we had planned and it went really well. By noon, I decided to call Rosemarie, just to let her know what was happening. She told us to come in at 2:00 so that she could check me. [Aidan came in to feed so Der is taking over the writing now] So, we went in and had a quick exam. I was dilated to 4 cm already. Rosemarie said 'you're staying'.

Der went down to admissions and to get the suitcases. I got changed into the hospital gown and was just about to get wheeled to the delivery room when Der came back.

The delivery room was very modern with all of the equipment that one would need. Der said that it even had the 'machine that went ping' (Monty Python reference). Rosemarie stayed with us the whole time. It was very relaxing as we had India Aria and classical music playing to a slideshow of Kirsi's baby pics, which entertained the nurses and anesthesiologist.

Dr. Buhler came to check around 18:45 and since there weren't many contractions he said to wait to let Aidan get in better position. Dr. Buhler came in again at 19:00 and said 'Let's get the baby out.'

At that point, the lights went on, a flood of people were on the scene (Dr. Buhler, Rosemarie, the anesthesiologist, pediatrician, and 3 nurses). The bottom half of Dana's bed was removed, stirrups were up and in place, medical equipment (scalpels and scissors, etc.) was moved into position and Dana was prepped with what looked like BBQ sauce. The machine that went ping heated up and Aidan's clothes were warmed as well.

After 8 or so pushes, Aidn arrived; hairy, purple and beautiful.

I had a little bruising and a stitch or two but did great. I was actually fighting sleep at one point.

We were back in the room after an hour or so and then able to phone Nana and Papa, Auntie Kristin, Grandpa, Uncle Ian and family and Uncle Trav and family and send out some emails.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

38-week ultrasound

This morning, I went to the hospital for my 38-week ultrasound. I'm actually at 37 weeks + 5 days. The doctor that I go to for my "big" ultrasounds is great - he's a very gentle man and he takes the time to explain everything and to go over the report at the end of the ultrasound. He said that everything looks really good with the baby and with me. The baby is measuring on track, at the 75% for Chile, which is likely about 50th in North America!! He weighs just over 3.5 kg as of today so the doctor is estimating that he'll be about 3.75 kg at 40 weeks (for those of you on pounds, it's about 8.3 lbs). Kirsi weighed 3.3 kg at birth (7.3 lbs) so this guy could weigh a pound more than she did. The thing is, the doctor estimated her weighing nearly 4 kg according to the ultrasound and she was quite a bit less. So you never know!

That's good news because I know he won't be too big and that makes my chances of a normal delivery a lot higher. If the baby weighs over 4 kg here, they prefer to do a c-section. I'm not sure of the real reasons - I need to ask my doctor point blank to see what he says.

There is still plenty of amniotic fluid and the placenta looks good too so I may be going full term (or longer) with this baby. With Kirsi at this point in the pregnancy, the fluid was getting low and the placenta was starting to get old and that's why I was induced. This time around, it looks like it'll happen on its own, unless something big changes. We're hoping that the baby comes earlier rather than later because Der is on holidays for 5 weeks, starting this Saturday. So the more time he can be at home once the baby is born, the better!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Father's Day

Derwin's third Father's Day started out with him sleeping in until 8:00. Yes, sleeping in until 8:00. In our house, that's quite an accomplishment! He could have slept longer because he wasn't able to fall asleep until super late on Saturday night. Unfortunately, I woke him up with a glass pan smashing onto the tile floor in the kitchen. What a way to wake up! Kirsi and I had been busy until then. We painted a Father's Day card for him and then made him some raspberry muffins to eat for breakfast.

Kirsi and I left for the airport to pick up my mom at 10:00 so Der had a couple hours at home. He and Simba enjoyed a beautiful morning walk and spent some time outside cleaning up. He had a short afternoon nap and then hung out until everyone else woke up from their naps. Then we went out for supper to celebrate. It was a very low-key day but nice nonetheless.

My mom arrived safe and sound after two good flights. She actually made it through customs really quickly and was waiting 10 minutes for Kirsi and me! She brought lots of goodies for us, as usual; it's like having Christmas any time we get visitors! :) It's great to have her here with us again. Kirsi had to show off for Gramma most of the day yesterday but she's now used to having Gramma around. Now, though, Gramma has to do everything - buckle her in her carseat, take her out, do her hair - and she has to show Gramma everything. It's so cute!

Mom is surprised at how much Kirsi has grown up in the few months since she was last here. Kirsi's speech has come a long way and she's doing so much on her own - getting dressed, putting her shoes on, choosing her clothes, brushing her teeth, getting something to eat, cleaning up.

Tomorrow I go for another ultrasound, this time to see how big the baby is and just to check on everything. I'll let you know how that goes but I'm sure it'll all be good. I'm just hoping that the baby isn't too big yet - I still have a couple more weeks left!!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Interactive Children's Museum

This morning, Kirsi and I went to the MIM, the Interactive Children's Museum, with Asher, Liesl and Julie. http://mim.cl/indLinkex0.htm We had never been there before so I was really looking forward to it. It's quite far from where we live, at least a 30 minute drive, but Julie and I made it there without any problems so we were very happy! It's a really neat museum, though geared for kids older than Kirsi. There was a section that was more toddler-friendly, which was good, but we went through the whole museum and the kids seemed to have fun just looking at all the different activities.

We didn't choose a great day, though, because it was full of school groups. I think there must have been a discount for schools today or something because it was packed with kids in different uniforms! Unfortunately, the kids were not particularly well behaved either so we had to keep close tabs on Kirsi and Asher. It was pretty much a free-for-all for all the kids, while many of the teachers stood together in little groups and visited. As you can imagine, I was cringing most of the time there. It's amazing how used to this kind of behaviour you get though. When I first arrived here, I was shocked and appalled, but now I've come to expect this from kids in public and though it still bothers me, I'm not surprised or as horrified.

Kirsi's favourites activities were the bubbles, playing the giant keyboard but running over it in sock-feet and colouring. We only spent an hour and a half there but it was enough time for her. It gave her an idea of what a museum is like but didn't overwhelm her too much.

Today was my last day of tutoring for a while. As much as I have enjoyed tutoring, it will be nice to have a break from it also. I hope to get back at it in September as it's good to keep in the field and the extra money helps out a lot.

Tonight we had our friends, Lorna and Brian, over for supper. They are leaving in a week for Doha, Qatar so we wanted to have a last visit with them. They're looking forward to a new place and are excited about living and working in Qatar. We're looking forward to hearing about their new adventures once they're there.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Time for a few pictures

So I figured out what I was doing wrong, thanks, of course, to my darling husband! Now, I just have to remember which code to put in from now on!!

Here's a belly pic, taken about 3 weeks ago:

Our little gardener, all dressed for work:

First time in curlers:

Kirsi wearing her pretty bows:

Where has the time gone?

I looked at our blog today and realized that we haven't updated it in a long, long time! I don't know what I've been so busy doing but obviously, it hasn't been writing!! ;)

Der's school year is winding down very quickly. Two weeks from today will be his last day of school for 4 1/2 weeks - yahoo!! I think I can speak for him in that this year has been a much easier one than last year but still super busy nonetheless. He's been helping everyone with end-of-year things and trying to get his own work done so he's been run pretty ragged. He has, however, done a fantastic job of not having to go in to work on the weekends and rarely has to bring work home or stay late. He is so busy during the day just to be able to come home and spend quality time with us.

I've been keeping busy too. I took an Argentinean cooking class a couple weeks ago. It was great to learn a few dishes, even if I won't make them often. Of course, there was a lot of meat prepared and I got some good BBQ tips, as the Argentineans are known for their BBQ. I've been slowly working on scrapbooking and my mosaics project but I'm so far behind. I just don't make the time to do them as much as I should. I'm so tired in the evenings that I don't have the motivation or creative energy to do much. I guess being pregnant will do that to you!

Speaking of pregnancy, we're almost there! The baby is due July 3rd so we're less than a month away. Since last weekend, I've been feeling a lot more discomfort and pressure than ever; even a few Braxton Hicks contractions! So I know the time is drawing near. I've started packing the hospital bag and have washed all the baby's clothes so those things are done and out of the way. Before we know it, our little guy will be here!!

My mom is coming to stay with us for a couple months, which will be great! She stayed with us for three months after Kirsi was born and it was such a help to have her around. Kirsi will love having Gramma around to play with and get some undivided attention from. She gets here on Father's Day, June 15th. Then we found out that Der's parents are PROBABLY going to come and visit us for a few weeks in August/September. That'll be fantastic too! We love seeing Kirsi with her grandparents - she has so much fun!

The weather here has been really bizarre. We have had days of rain, where it doesn't stop raining, then it clears up and the days are gorgeous, like today. It's actually really great because the steady rain clears the air and then we can enjoy a few days outside. It gets cold in the mornings and evenings but generally, the days aren't too cold yet. So far, it doesn't get nearly as cold in our new house as it did in the old one; that's a good thing for winter but I hope it doesn't get too hot in the summer time!

This afternoon, the teachers that Derwin works with are putting on a baby shower for him. What a great idea!! He doesn't know what to expect at all because he's never been to one so it'll be cute to see him as the guest of honour. Kirsi and I will join them as soon as she wakes up from her nap. It should be a fun afternoon! My friend, Monica, put on a baby shower for me this past Sunday and it was fabulous. There were 14 of us there and we had a great afternoon visiting, enjoying delicious food and just spending time with each other. The baby got some wonderful gifts from everyone; people are so generous when it comes to babies. Thank you so much to everyone!!!

I wanted to add some pictures but I can't remember what I have to get rid of for them to show up properly!! So, I'll have to wait until Der gets home so I can ask him. You'll have a wait a while to see recent pictures of my belly and our little Kirsi Bear.

Phuket - Be Nice or Get Out

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