Friday, 24 February 2012

Monday, 20 February 2012

Sweet little face

Over the last couple of days I have found myself thinking alot about my little boy (more then usual.) About how very blessed Matt and I are to have him. About the joy he brings into our lives. And about his sweet little smile.

We love you little monkey.

Sunday, 19 February 2012

We have a 6 month old!

My baby is now 6 months old, to which my husband responds, "time for number 2!" Please hunny, I have only just started getting a good amount of sleep. I need to enjoy this for a little while before I go back to sleepless nights.
Plus, I don't need any encouragement to have a second baby. I miss that stage where they are so tiny! My heart says now but my brain says wait. We shall see how long my brain holds out.

Noah has changed dramatically in the past month or two.

His absolute favourite thing to do is jump. Whether its with the help of someone bouncing him on their lap, in his excersaucer or by jolly jumper.

He got his first tooth! That thing has been a long time coming... but thankfully we never suffered through sleepless nights for it. He literally woke up from a nap with it sticking out one morning.
Not sure if you can see it in this video... but I tried to get a shot.

He is successfully eating 'solid' foods. We have realised that he is picky when it comes to non smooth textures. He loves bananas, peaches and sweet potato. But he will not eat carrots or any kind of rice cereal. We need to find more veggies that he will eat. Suggestions?

This past month he has started sleeping through the night continuously. And by through the night, I don't mean 6 or 7 hour stretches. I mean he is in bed for a good 12 hours! We are just trying to work up the courage to stick him in his own room. Mommy is having a little bit of separation anxiety haha.

Noah has also become quite the noise maker. Between the many sound effects that hes discovered he can make with his tongue and the constantly shrieks and babbles, he is a very vocal baby. Yesterday he discovered a fun new one, 'Dada!' He got such a good reaction when he said it that he has continued saying it constantly since. Too cute!

I can hardly believe that he was born over 6 months ago already. I know I say that alot and I will probably be saying it for the rest of my life. But seriously. He is growing up way too fast!

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Valentines Day

I love Valentines Day. I know alot of people believe its a commercial driven holiday and love should be celebrated all year round. But I still believe that its nice to have one day a year where we go out of our way to show those we love how much they mean to us.

Matt and I had a great Valentines Day this year. I made him a tasty breakfast in the morning and sent him off to work with lovingly decorated heart cookies for snack. Upon returning home he had dinner waiting for him along with cards from Noah and I.

Matt brought home a dozen roses and surprised me with a kitchen aid mixer! It was red, so he said it counts as a Valentines day gift. I was beyond surprised! Then we snuggled up on the couch in our home with strawberries, chocolate and sparkling apple juice and watched a good ol chick flick.

It was perfect!

PS - Noah received a Valentine from his Nana. A big balloon that he picked out himself. He pretty much played with it all afternoon yesterday.

Monday, 6 February 2012

Saturated in fats

I never realized how much unknown fat I was consuming until not being able to eat any.

Two weeks before my gallbladder surgery I was put on a very restrictive diet and told that I could eat zero fat. Thus began the reading of the labels of everything I ate. I know some fats are good, but at this point I wasn't allowed any as it could've potentially triggered another attack. I lived on a diet of soups, certain cereals, steamed fish and boiled chicken. Exciting stuff. I longingly dreamed of ice-cream and brownies.

I am now on day 6 of my life without a gallbladder. Food is a source of struggle for me right now. I am now allowed a 'low fat' diet, approx 40g of fat a day. The first few days I was restricted to soups again and then proceeded to add fruit and a few grains (but still all fat free.) Last night I decided to give flavored oatmeal a try and I suffered for it. So I am going back to fat free and giving my body more time to adjust to being one digestive organ short.

Mainly I'm just venting here, but it
hasn't all been bad. I now weigh the same if not less then I did in high school. Not bad for having a baby less then 6 months ago! In time I should be able to go back to eating whatever I want, but it will take a few months. This whole experience has really made me think about what I put into my body on a daily basis. I didn't eat really bad before, but I definitely consumed fat in regular foods without even realizing it.

Friday, 3 February 2012


Wednesday I had my gallbladder removed. I was really nervous about going under general anesthetic but I had a wonderful Dr. who calmed me down and promised me that I would not wake up. After being wheeled into the operating room and chatting with the nurses for about 2 minutes I was put under. The last thing I remember saying is, "this stuff works fast!" I was out before they even put the gas mask on me.

For those who dont know how, my surgery was laproscopic. Its where they make three small incisions throughout the abdomen and one larger incision in the belly button. Then they fill you up with tons of gas to inflate the abdomen.

When I woke up I was in alot of pain, mostly from the gas. It has travelled up into my shoulders and neck as well as filling up my whole chest. They gave me morphine quickly and I only felt pain when I moved. They made me walk to the bathroom and back 3 hours after and I started passing out. They said that was normal and still had me sent home half an hour later. I was surprised how quickly they try to discharge people as I was really not feeling good.

I actually felt okay for the rest of the day, but the following day (yesterday) was the WORSt! I woke up and couldn't move because I was so nauseated, so dizzy and in so much pain. It felt very similar to being in the transition part of labor. Brutal! That took about 3 hours to pass but the pain and nausea never went away. The only thing I could eat was one Popsicle and a little bit of broth.

Today I am feeling pain mostly where my incisions are aswell as where my gallbladder was. Im sure everything in theres bruised and has been jostled around from all the cutting and stitching that has been done. To be honest, I didn't think it would hurt this much. I'm glad I had it done but the recovery is not easy. I was told the pain should start subsiding about a week from now and I am only on day 3. Should be feeling much better by week 3. I'm sure
having the surgery done laproscopically makes it easier, but it's still abdominal surgery and it is still very painful.

Thank you everyone for your prayers. They are greatly appreciated :)