Thursday, March 27, 2014

Pregnancy Woes!

Well, how about that storm Halifax?!?! It was kind of crazy out there huh! I was one of the crazies that had to head into work out past the airport. Let me tell you, driving home just before lunch was awful. I was just happy to make it home safe and sound. 

Roads stunk!
On that note, I have hinted and maybe discussed at a minimum with a few people, that in January, just a few short weeks after finding out I was pregnant, I was laid off from my job. I was devastated. I took it personally and could not help but think about the horrible timing of it all. With my influx of pregnancy hormones, I left my office for the final time, went home and had myself a little cry. I needed it. It felt good. And then I moved on. I took the rest of that week to tackle a few chores that I had on a list of things to do before the end of the month. I clean out everyone's clothes closets, I deep cleaned the fridge and freezer, cleaned out all of my kitchen cupboards, cleaned out the linen closet and under the bathroom sink. Busy work....
Who me? I am not 17 weeks (at the time)
The following week, with a fresh set of eyes and clean house, I set out to find a job. I read articles and forums about whether or not to tell potential employers that I was pregnant. The consensus was I had no obligation to tell them and while they are not "allowed" to discriminate against you for being pregnant, chances are they will. So I opted not to tell anyone. I went to a lot of interviews, took IQ tests (ya- I kid ya not! Answer 50 questions, math language and problem solving, in 12 minutes- WTF). I accepted one job, and by the end of the day I could not get out of there fast enough. What a nightmare. What I learned however, I do not appreciate severe micro managing, ill mannered people (I mean really, what is the sense in being miserable) and not being at liberty to talk. I am a talker ya'll. I am a people person. Do not tell me to sit here, read this and be quiet for a day. Does not bode well with me.... Unless of course, I am curled in front of my fire place with a bottle of wine and a great book.... Wine... Why did I say wine. I do miss wine immensely. I digress.
This face makes my day!
Point to all of that, I did not go back the next day. I very politely emailed the manager and explained that it was certainly not the right fit for me. The job I had interviewed for early in the job search process and actually hoped to get more then the rest, actually called me back not too long after this. They decided to make me an offer and I accepted. So all in all, I was unemployed for 6 weeks. 

Sick little bear this past week...
The perk to it all... I was able to moan and groan and hug my own toilet for the many weeks of "morning" sickness I went through. I truly believe that this baby better pop out a dream baby. After the start to this pregnancy I have had, I need an easy baby. It did help me realize how easy my pregnancy with Kaylee was. For the first 20 weeks of my pregnancy with Kaylee, I only ever felt nauseous when I let myself get hungry. I also never felt like I was about to drop where I was at any given moment and sleep, like I do with this pregnancy.  Holy Moly this kid is putting me through the ringer. Now that the vomiting has subsided,  having a headache for 5 straight weeks has taken over. However, remain positive right? I am trying my darnedest.  

So where does that leave me now.... Well, I still have not told my new employer................ I know right?? I am terrified. I am coming up on my one month mark (tomorrow) and maybe I will tell him then. It is scary. It is a small office and they truly rely on the people they have working in it. Leaving them in peak season of he industry this summer is going to be difficult on them. There is also the fear of, will they find some way to get rid of me before then? So yes, I am procrastinating. Yes I am scared and Yes I know I have to do it..... Eventually.... 

This week, same day... Proud of the bump vs hiding
the bump.... Gotta love flowy shirts.
April 11th we go for our Ultrasound. Hopefully everything looks "normal". I said above the first 20 weeks of my pregnancy with Kaylee were easier then this one. After my 20 week ultrasound with her however, they advised me that her head was small. There are many things that this can equate to. The biggest being downs syndrome. The first time they told me that, they then brought Jordon and I down to a "family grieving room" to wait for a specialist. Seriously.... a grieving room... This began a long process of testing. I had amniotisis... This was a horrific experience. There were about 15 doctors and students in the room to observe. While it was not painful, watching the ultrasound monitor while they stuck a large needle in, carefully trying to avoid my small little baby was frightening. After everything..... You guessed it - it came back normal.Genetic screening- determined nothing. Genetic Counselling- again determined nothing. I had an ultrasound downtown every single week. Each week showing that my baby was in the under "tenth percentile" in her overall size and around the "sixth percentile" for her head size.  Until magically when I was 35 weeks pregnant.... Everything was normal. She was small but all of her proportions were normal. They told me I would likely have a small baby, to expect about 5lbs, however she looks perfectly normal. 15 weeks of HELL.....  The doctors are amazing. The nurses, even more incredible. I just believe that the technology they have allows them to determine even the minor differences. Which can set off alarm bells, as it did with us, that do not need to be set off.

Knowing all of that, I will certainly choose not to put myself through any of that testing, even if there seems to be a "Slight abnormality". My kid turned out to be an almost 8lb baby, healthy, happy and FULL of beans! 

So, April 11th, here is to finding out that all is okay and the possibility of whether or not you are a "he" or a "she". My sneaking suspicion is another girl. Why, I have no idea. After all this pregnancy thus far is polar opposite of my pregnancy with Kaylee. I still think it is a girl. My mother on the other hand is adamant it is a boy. That being said, I, like every expecting mother, wish for only a healthy baby. He. She. It really does not matter as "it" already owns a piece of my heart. 
18 week- pic yesterday... Maybe work
will just notice and I wont have to tell
So, tell me all you fellow Mom's out there.... Is there anything you wish you had done differently during your pregnancy? How about any tips on telling your boss?

Would love some feedback.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a Thrilling Thursday Y'all!!!


Friday, March 21, 2014

Kitchen Reno Rundown......

Happy Friday Y'all!!!

It is Spring (so they say) and I am feeling great. I am certainly looking forward to some warmer weather, cleaning up the front and back yard, and just spending some more time outdoors in the fresh air. I think everyone is looking forward to that. So after yesterday's post, I was thinking.... (No Dad it didn't hurt).... How on earth did I forget to tell you all that one of the things I wanted to (vent for days on)   touch base on was our kitchen renovation. I guess the whole "I'm pregnant!!!!" thing took over and it slipped my mind. Whoops!!!

That being said. How many people have undergone a major renovation lately? I know there are tons of people but my goodness, I feel like screaming from the roof top about it. It is a never ending job. Our "lets just knock out a wall and refinish the cabinets" has turned into a MUCH bigger job than expected.
How it all began....
I have said time and time again, that I may have a slight issue with clean. I like things tidy and well kept. Going into this process, I understood that this would not be as easy as keeping it clean. At least I told myself I understood. We began by ripping down the wall. Of course by we, I mean hubby did the work and I helped with the clean up and threw my two cents in where I saw fit. He is the cleanest handy man around and for that I love him even more. He did and continues to clean up his mess after each piece of this never ending project. That being said, his idea of cleaning up and mine, are slightly different.
What night #1 accomplished...
With the wall gone, it was time for the floor... We had old cracked white ceramic in the kitchen which I despised, and hardwood that had seen better days in the dining room. We ripped it all up to make it a uniform space. Picking out the tile was a night out for hubby and I. We scoured the stores looking for the perfect tile. Finally, last stop, not to mention the store we did not think we would find anything worth while at, I found my tile. I loved it. It was decided! For the next week, the hubby went about ripping up the old stuff, scrapping up the old grout and then laying a new subfloor. This alone proved to be a much bigger job than expected. The dust that comes up from ceramic tile smashing is unreal. I digress. Finally subfloor laid,  Jordon was convinced into hiring a tile guy and not taking on this task himself. My appliances were moved into the living room, floor was laid and we were unable to go into the space for 2 days.
Top left- Appliances in living room. Also see 4 year
old on dining room table which is over coffee table in living
room.... Other 3 photos are simply the mess.....

Now.... I have 2 dogs folks, that use the patio door in this room numerous times a day. A 4 year old that doesn't quit grasp the concept of "No you CANNOT walk on that floor"... "But Mom, it looks fine. Why can't I go on there? I just want a snack!". 2 cats that think their shit don't stink and you cannot tell them where they can and cannot go. This by far was the worst part so far. I hated those two days. My father in law was in town to help and having 4 people, 4 animals in this space seemed almost unbearable.
Nice and tidy half wall tear down.
Night #2- Other side of the wall came down...
Leaves a lot to be desired...
ANYWHO.... Finally everything went back into the kitchen and I was at least able to use it. Cupboard doors all came off next- this brought a whole new definition to "open concept". While I may claim to be clean and tidy.... I am a closet junkie. Behind cupboard doors and closet bi-folds, there is bound to be a mess. A mess I say time and time again I am going to clean out (and usually do about once a year). Needless to say, having the open cupboards on display was NOT okay with me. I spent an entire day (good thing for that layoff after all) going through each and every cupboard, cleaning them out to look appropriate for the people that may see them. Crazy? Probably, but I can't help it. Blame it on my Mom. Ha ha!
Just to show you what my tile was BEFORE
Subfloor goes down.
With help from this ball of cuteness!

Keeping it tidy~!
Checking out the new digs.
Ready for tile!!!!!!!!!!!

Its down and waiting for grout!!!
Looking a little bit more like a kitchen...
"Open Concept"
Hubby took all the cupboards down stairs where he had set up a work station. Him and his father scrubbed 25 years worth of grease and grim (also known as maybe hours of love spent in that kitchen) and then primed them all.  Going further with this process was put on hold as we shamelessly took advantage of our neighbour and good friend Scott who just so happens to be an electrician. He is home for a week a month as he works out west and I can say that he spent a large portion of his week home at our house. I of course did what I do best. I offered to feed him every chance I got to make up for the hard work we were putting him through. He removed our old fixtures and put 8 pot lights across my now expanded kitchen/dining room. as well as moved all the wiring for the wall heater thingys (technical term), moved light switches and put in a new fixture above our sink. It was A LOT of work. A lot more once again than we anticipated. BUT, it looks fabulous. The lighting really brings the room together.
Pot lights are going in!!!
Electrical on the go!
New lights over the sink!
Adding new cabinetry to the space.
So with all of that hole cutting to put lights and switches in, you can imagine there was some drywall work to be done. Well, if I thought that the dust that accumulated from the flooring fiasco was bad, I was really in for it when the drywall work began. Jordon just happened to be discussing the project at work and a friend piped up saying he used to do drywall work. Well, he jumped on that like white on rice as my Dad used to say. Next thing you know, drywall was being done, looking fabulous and I had an extra mouth to feed. I am sure that the job took a little longer than expected so he could continue stopping by to work on it around supper time. Ha ha! My contribution to the kitchen reno has definitely been feeding everyone!
The dreaded drywall!
Last week the new counter was installed. What a difference. I did not realize HOW outdated my forest green countertop (that was in great shape for its age) really was until I saw the new one in. Aside from the fact that it is new, shiny and modern, it is also about 2-1/2 feet longer. Added that space doesn't sound like much, but looking at it, my kitchen looks SOOOOOO much bigger. With the counter, went my new sink and faucet. Sink may honestly be my favorite part right now. It is HUGE. Deep and shiny. Every time I look at it, I see a beautiful plump baby sitting in it. When Kaylee was about 6 months old, she was glued to me. So when I would start cooking, I used to sit her in my sink with a couple toys. She was happy as a clam to be up  at my level, able to see what I was doing and playing. Hence my vision of my new sink. I love it!!!
New counter top is in! Look how much longer it looks!!
This brings us to present day. Jordon is diligently working on my cupboard doors. They look fabulous. Such a change and I couldn't be happier. But it is a slow process. Each coat takes about 24 hours to dry and with limited space he can only do a couple at a time. We are supposed to have the backsplash installed sometime soon. So cupboards, backsplash and paint. I think pray to god that is all that is left to be done.

While I know the end result will be worth it, I am ready for it to be done. As a matter of fact, I was ready for it to be done about 2 days after it began. However, I do give a big shout out to the hubs. He works all day and comes home to work at night. I know its not easy. I know its exhausting and I know it is often frustrating (for him and I both). But... We will get there. Eventually.

Have you taken on any major household renovations? What were your experiences like?

I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Update- Here it is!!!!!

Holy Moly where has time gone! It has been an eventful couple of months since I last made contact with my internet blog world. It has been interesting, sad, exciting, frustrating, and exhausting.

Christmas was great! December was a month of parties! Kids Christmas party, 2 work Christmas parties, friends Christmas parties. Copious amounts of alcohol, laughs, love and not to mention  babysitter dollars. We spent a large majority of this month on the go. Quite the change of pace for the home body momma to be honest. Christmas day brought us the happiest, bright eyed little girl. It was by far our quietest Christmas ever. Just the three of us in our toasty little home in Halifax. There was no driving across Canada or worrying about flights. That being said, it was a little bit sad. I missed our family. I missed being able to cook a turkey with my Mom. Missed being able to let the children  play fight together. I loved being able to say that it was stress free, but stress free also equaled family free. I hope we do not have too many more of those to be honest.

I decided I was going to cook a turkey dinner regardless of the fact that their were only 3 of us. I spent a large part of the day in the kitchen, while Kaylee circled me playing with all of her new toys. Daddy was busy putting things together and playing with her in her brand new playroom Santa brought her! Dinner was a success. I do cook a mean turkey dinner, however there was soooooooo much food leftover it almost felt like a waste. I made turkey pot pies, turkey soup and sandwiches over the following days but my goodness, one turkey can make a lot of food. By the end of the day, we put on a family movie and were all passed out by 8:30pm.

Boxing day, we spent with the little family we do have here in Halifax. My Uncle, his wife and their girls live in the city and my Poppa was down for the holidays for a visit. We shared a beautiful brunch, exchanged gifts, and had our famous "Sunshines" (white wine and orange juice for those who are not familiar). The kids, his now older, 11, 13 and 15, entertained Kaylee while us adults enjoyed having time off work with no where to go. After spending most of the day there, we heading home so I could completely de-Christmas my house. I LOVE Christmas. But my goodness I love to see all that clutter and d├ęcor go back in the boxes. It could have something to do with pulling it all out way too early???? So yes, I am that crazy person you see with their tree at the curb on December 26th. Time to go! See ya later!

Friday the 27th, I was back to the grind. Work was calling. I really wanted to stay home with my two loves, but out the door I went. I knew I would be picking up my little sis late that night and it was enough excitement to get me through the day. I felt beat tired, cranky and excited all at once as I waited outside the airport at 1am for Jackie. It had been almost a year to the day since the last time I had seen her. Way too long to go between visits. She finally came out, after a little confusion about where I was and where she was. We shared a hug and a mutual "lets get in the freakin car! It's bloody cold out here!!!". Heading home we chatted like we hadn't been apart for more than a day. Realistically I suppose we chat via text almost daily, so I know what's going on in her life and vise versa. Upon arriving home, I helped her get settled in and called it quits shortly after 2am to head to bed.

I am sure at this point you are wondering.....WHY AM I TELLING YOU ALL THIS?!?!?!? CHRISTMAS WAS 3 FREAKING MONTHS AGO!!!!!!!!!!

Well, the next morning I woke up a different kind of woman. And I have been hiding my secret since then. I haven't wanted to write on here for fear of spilling the beans in some way or another.... Without further ado... As some have guessed and few have known....

That's right folks. Little miss Kaylee is going to be a big sister. I peed on that stick, it confirmed. I showed my sister first. I am so glad I was able to share that moment with her.

 I told Kaylee next (yep still a secret from hubby at this point) and then headed to the Walmart for some art supplies. We decided making t-shirts for Kaylee and Dad would be a fun way to tell him. I knew we were having a few friends over for drinks that night and I wanted to tell him before that. It didn't quite work out too well. You see hubby had been in man land AKA "The Doghouse" AKA his shed in the backyard, with a couple buddies drinking beer while us ladies were inside hard at work on our craft. When Hubby came in, and saw this-->

laying across our bed with Kaylee bouncing he said "What do you mean?". I started laughing. Kaylee helps out at this point and yells "MOMMY HAS A BABY IN HER BELLY DADDY!!!!!!" and continues bouncing on my bed. We then shared the moment I hope everyone does. We hugged and we kissed and laughed a little. Jordon swore he wouldn't tell anyone yet. After all it was BRAND new to just us. You know where I am going with this right??? 2 hours later when the guys came inside for a snack, they were all smiley at me. I knew right then that Jordon had spilled the beans. LOL. I guess they are two of our closest friends but still. Geez, guy can't keep a secret to save his life. All I can chalk it up to is him being happy and excited (the beer helped).

So that's my news Y'all. I told you Christmas was great- all those parties lead to.... Ha ha.  I have so much more to tell you. Like I said, there has been a vast amount of emotions felt over the last couple months. Ones I want to share and tell you all about. In another post... I am back folks. Secret is out and I am back to blogging. So check back regularly to hear all about- pretending to be hammered with all your friends at a news years party your hosting, being 7 weeks pregnant and loosing your job, looking for a new job, having a polar opposite pregnancy than the first one, finding a new job and settling into the new norm.

Have a fantastic day! Thanks for stopping by!!