Wednesday, May 17, 2006

nikita the subaru seal-dog

Yesterday was HOT in Vancouver.  We hit a record temperature of 28 deg. C for that day.  I felt sorry for Nikita who must have been dying with the drastic temperature change, so Brian and I took her to a park at the end of Byrne Road with access to the Fraser River.

Though Nikita is a lab, at 1-year-old, she had yet to do her first doggie paddle (if you don't count the time that she 'fell' into the lake at Cole and Sig's place and Cole had to save her!).  She absolutely LOVES the water, but she would not go any further out then where she could touch the ground!  Well, I don't know if it was the heat or the energy that she had pent up all day, but Brian threw a rock beyond her reach yesterday and she just started to doggie paddle out there (even though, of course, she couldn't find the rock)!  Everytime after that, she would go out!

It was so cool!  Our dog is officially a swimmer and now she can be classified as the infamous subaru seal-dog!

Friday, May 12, 2006

the first of many photos...

We got the very first photo of our baby at the ultrasound yesterday!  As many of you parents already know, seeing your baby's heartbeat for the first time is...indescribable.  We were complete amazed by what we saw and Brian hasn't stopped touching my stomach since!

At 13 weeks and 1 day, it was a little difficult to decide who the baby looks more like (hehehe...).  In fact, right now, we think it looks alot like E.T.!  The ultrasound technician doesn't say that much either - I asked her if he/she is healthy and she said that all she can do is take measurements and listen to the heartbeat.  I guess that was her way of saying that I have to talk to my doctor!

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

something i noticed

when i drink a glass of milk, the baby (and my stomach) grows on the spot.

LeBron's is right!

I'm not sure how many of you mommies have gone through this, but the taste in my mouth leaves me nauseous.  No kidding.  Everytime I eat something, the aftertaste is awful and if I don't eat something else soon it makes me feel sick!

A fellow pregnant person (who shall remain nameless in case she hasn't told you she's pregnant yet!) told me she gets the EXACT same thing!  Who would have thought?!  Anyway, she told me that the only thing that helps is to chew gum!  Now, little is known of the effects of aspartame on pregnant women, so I'm choosing to stay away from it.  Do you know how hard it is to find gum without aspartame?!  Probably has something to do with sugar being bad for your teeth (hehehe...) but I will suffer the consequences to get rid of the horrible taste...

So, I went in search of aspartame-free gum and the only one I found was Bubblicious!  I don't think I've had Bubblicious since I was 12!  I bought Raspberry Zing flavour and Watermelon flavour.  Wow.  I can REALLY tell the difference between sugared gum and sugar-free gum.  Wow.

The one thing about Bubblicious, though, is that LeBron says on the front of a package of Bubblicious that it's 'the ultimate bubble'.  I think LeBron is right!  Bubblicious gum, though sugary and bad for your teeth, DOES give you a mean bubble!  Re-live your youth and try it out sometime...

Tuesday, May 2, 2006

the word is out!

The word is unofficially now I can blog about it!  Most of you already know - Brian and I are expecting our first child!  I am 13 weeks pregnant and it has been a bit of a roller coaster ride for the past...7 of them (complete with roller-coaster-nausea!).  Sorry to those of you that we never got a chance to call or tell in person - I've been a bit of a home-body lately.

Needless to say, we are both thrilled!  We are not yet in "baby" mode - we're still in honeymoon mode (which has now turned into "babymoon"!).  Both of us are still adjusting to me being preggers.  I figure that once we get back from France, we'll switch gears into baby mode - complete with baby shopping and baby reno's!  Woo! Hoo!

In fact, I'm so NOT in baby mode that Renee (Brian's sister) took me to a baby-clothing swap this past weekend (Renee is 29 weeks pregnant with twins!) and Renee had to practically force me to buy something - she actually said, "We're not leaving until you get something!".

Some things I've noticed so far during pregnancy:

1. There is nothing quite like morning sickness nausea.  How is it possible that there is absolutely nothing you can do to stop it?!

2. My boobs are going to be HUGE.

3. I think I used to wear clothes that were too tight and too small for me because it didn't take long for me to outgrow them!

4. The best advice I've been given so far is from my girlfriend Mabel.  She said to me, "Don't read too much about pregnancy and parenthood.  It'll freak you right out.  Follow your intuition and your instinct - they will usually be right."  Thanks, Mabes!