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Monday, May 30, 2005

Ma mere has landed

So this is the week we have been waiting for….we move into the new house!

Claudette arrived yesterday and has once again been invaluable in helping us prepare for the move. Her energy is amazing. We have been keeping her well fed with trips to little restaurants (cuban and french so far) in between packing sessions. She’s getting to see Sal during the pregnancy as well, so she’ll have lots of memories of our son even before he is born. We are so lucky to have her here to help….and she rewarded by being our first guest in the new home!

She and Sal took a trip to the nursery today and found all kinds of treats for the new garden. We also took a trip over to Michelle’s to hang with her and Carter — funny to think that our little guy will have two cousins just a few minutes away. Damon is back in the Yukon finishing his movie and is due home about the same time Sal is due to give birth. This will be a VERY big month.

Sal had another Dr’s appt this week - all looking good. However, during the ultrasound, the Dr mentioned to Sal that our little man was looking quite “tall”. Sal said “execue me”? And the Dr says “yes, he’s got very long legs”! Sal and I are both having a good laugh at the thought of a lanky Kydd. And just when I was getting used to being the tallest in the family…..

Kate and Linda come out to LA in a few days - looking forward to seeing them and meeting little Maeve.

The house is nearing completion and it looks fantastic. Still lots of work to do on the landscaping, but we are very pleased with the end result.

Speaking of nearing completion…. Sal looks superb! Her belly is growing fast, but she still has plenty of energy. She gets a little pink in the face in the afternoons, but otherwise she’s her same old self (albeit with a little more padding around the belly). She’s been, and continues to be, a great mom-to-be.

Funny - we have been together for almost 3 years now. Seems like yesterday in some ways. My life is so much better — I feel so fortunate to have her as my wife.

Steven

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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Where am I?

Three live streams and one finale later I am but a shadow of my former self. Yes, today The Contender on Yahoo! came to it’s conclusion - an exciting one at that I have to say. I am relieved it is over and that it went well. Although so much is going on I feel like mass hysterics are but a sniffle away.

This is my last week at work and I am so ready. Physically I feel fine still, but I know I’m pushing it. I feel the baby well sense all the stress and chaos and has decided most definitely to stay put for the duration.

I have nothing else to add. I would give a house update, but we’re at that painful crunch time when the amount that needs to be done and the time remaining to do it, are not synching up as well as I’d like, so I’d rather not dwell. Three more days to go and I can focus on baby and me and getting ready for The Next Big Adventure.


Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Time has flown

I can’t believe how time has flown. Next week is my last week at work before going on leave and I so can’t wait. everything we’ve been working on is coming to a head and I’m beat!

It’s the Contender finale next week and Apprentice this week - most of the team - are flying up to NYC for the Apprentice finale - there’s some cool content we’re working on for next season and they can combine those efforts with this season’s finale event. In one sense I’m bummed to be here and not be able to go, but then again, I so can’t see myself jumping on a plane right now - I can’t imagine anything worse. So it’s a good thing, as at least the office is quiet and we can just focus on getting the finales over with and executed well.

On the house side of things it’s final inspection today - well the first final inspection. The week has been so harried with lots of things going awry, so I hope our good karma returns today. There were so many guys at the house yesterday it was insane - and we’re trying to get all the pieces in place ahead of the move in date - still scheduled right now for June 1.

Yesterday I was really stressed about it all, but today is a better day and all is good. I think we’re going to see if Claudette can come out to help with the move - she is such an amazing dynamo her help would be invaluable.

Everyone else, or other pregnant people I should say, seems so organised about their upcoming births. We have so much else going on I feel a bit out of it really. We haven’t got our heads around everything we need to buy and prepare for his arrival. I get anxious about it on one level, but then, well what the heck, we’ll love him and wrap him in a blanket, the pack and play might be a few days late is all.

So - an exhausting week, am defintely ready to take my leave and focus on the baby and the house. It will be a relief! Am amazed that at the check ups, they still say all is well - I keep expecting my blood pressure to have shot through the roof. Steven keeps commenting on how pink I am - oh yes, I am ruddy - that we can definitely say. He has been a joy through this whole process, the man has the patience of a saint, I really can’t imagine how much more difficult this would be without his unstinting love and support. I’m a very lucky woman to have such a husband. Enough gush, where’s the hot water bottle!

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Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Wow - What a week!

So we had our second childbirth class this week and, boy (no pun intended), is it all hitting home - we are going to have a baby! The husbands learned how to give the mothers massages to ease the pain/discomfort during labor. Sal was thrilled to know that part of my job is to give her a massage!

We also had another great visit with the doctors this week. They continue to provide us with fantastic service and I take great comfort that Sal and the little guy are in good hands. They strike the right balance between modern technology and traditional methods — a mixture that fits us quite well. In a time where we could be quite nervous, I have great confidence in our doctors. They will take great care in bringing our little guy into the world — all while looking after the love of my life.

More good news — our friend Suzi presented us with some truly memorable pregnancy photos of Sal which she took a few weeks ago. We find ourselves looking at them over and over — so much anticipation on our faces.

Lastly, the renovation of our new home is almost complete. Just a couple weeks away and then we will have a real home for our small (but growing) family. Sal has been successful in bringing great creativity to the project — lots of great colors and special design touches that will make it a fun and warm environment.

Off to Palm Springs for the weekend for a little romantic get-away before our new lives as parents begin. Life is so good.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Anticipation


Anticipation
Originally uploaded by The Kyddsters.

How very lucky I feel looking at this photo.


Wednesday, May 4, 2005

Seeing the light, or something, at the end of the tunnel

Learnings

Last night we had our first childbirth class. It wasn’t so scary. The biggest thing to learn was the color of the baby when it comes out - it’s like this greyish color - who knew!? Then it “pinks up” as the baby takes his first cry and oxygen gets into the blood. Quite an amazing process.

We learnt about all the stages of labor, about true labor vs false labor. True labor cannot be eased by walking about or drinking a lot of water - the pains are consistent and measured out equally over time getting stronger as they go. Time to call the Dr is roughly when the contractions are 4 minutes apart and are lasting at least a minute - thats the 411 rule. There’s another “1″, but I can’t recall right now. Our teacher’s emphasis was on spending as much time at home as you possibly can - you should go to the hospital when you can’t talk through your contractions they are so strong - this can be up to 12 hours after you start early labor. The idea behind this is to let you get as far along as possible, safely, before needing intervention. As soon as you have that epidural for example you can’t move, literally, so you can’t do any movements to help get the baby into position.

Position is a big deal - you want to avoid a posterior position at all costs - that’s when the baby’s back is against yours - can result in a very painful labor and much greater liklihood of a ceasarean. So there’s quite a bit to it.
Steven is very excited about everything, it’s infectious especially when my energy is waning, he gets me excited again. None of this fazes him at all - he takes it all in his stride.

He asked me how I feel about the various procedures - so I summed up - like to stay at home as long as possible, like to postpone epidural as long as I can stand it, would rather not have episiotomy as long as it’s safe to do so, and would definitely like to avoid caesarean. But I know all these predelictions are subject to the moment and whatever is happening with my body and the baby, so I’m keeping an open mind. As long as we are both healthy, I think thats all we can ask for.

I feel very big right now, strike that, I am very big right now, work is getting tiring - the end of the day takes a long time in coming. Not feeling so comfortable this week either. Normally I thrive on so much going on - the house, work, the baby, but lately I’m a little over it all - less patience with it all. I think once I go on leave that will be a lot easier - I can focus then.

Last night I dreamt I had left the baby on the kitchen counter, I had to run back with my Mum and Steven to check - he was fine, in his crib. Then when I looked in - he was similing and had teeth - at a day old. Already I’m hoping he’s an early achiever - dear God. I remember being vaguely concious as I was dreaming - and hoping for a name - give me a name - send me a sign. But nothing yet. Our quest continues…


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