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Category: life

03/13/12 01:53 - ID#56217

hurray for breast pumps

Tobie is old enough we could try introducing a bottle here and there. I was able to express milk so Rory could do one mid night fee at the weekend, allowing me a bit of uninterrupted sleep. I felt so much better!

Tobie took a few tries to get the hang of it but succeeded in the end. We'll just do it on the weekends for now. In another month we might actually get to go on a date longer than an hour and a half.

We took our first trek into London last Friday to visit the office peeps. Here's the two of us outside the building.

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Category: baby

03/08/12 11:24 - ID#56186

1 month

Tobie is a month old already! I think time went quickly because I've been living in a constant zombie state. No one ever really tells you the real story of childbirth and the aftermath. Never mind the physical difficulties, but mentally it's a mind fuck. One day you're carrying a bowling ball in your stomach, the next you are just a feeding machine with what feels like 4 butt holes and a tree trunk rammed up your hoo hoo! Breastfeeding isn't all sweets and roses like people make it sound either. It's hard work for mom and baby to get going. Proud to say I persevered as many women give up easily!

He finally let me have 24 minutes during my wakeful moments to play some nintendo!

Exercising his neck muscles during tummy time

Ready to go for a walk
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Category: baby

02/23/12 01:41 - ID#56112


So last week Tobie's belly button hole got infected. Had to cleanse and treat it with antibiotic for 1 week. It's looking so much better. Had it checked out today and he got a thumbs up. Woohoo!

I on the other hand appear to possibly have developed my own infection in my stitches. Joy. They took a swab today so we'll find out for sure on Monday. All I know is I don't feel great. Boo hiss.
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Category: baby

02/05/12 05:31 - ID#56031

stickybean's arrival

Tobie Joshua Webber
born February 4th
8 lb. 11 oz.

All natural birth (honestly not by choice) but worth every agonizing moment once he was placed on my belly! Nothing can describe the instant unconditional love that overwhelms you.

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Category: baby

01/29/12 05:11 - ID#55998

8 days late...

This is how this whole adventure started in the first place! I suppose it's fitting that it finishes in similar fashion. Still no action. The Dr. attempted to do a sweep on the 25th to naturally trigger labour but that produced zip. I mean it only has about a 50% chance at working in the first place, but he said there was a whole lot of nothing going on and couldn't get a good reach on baby's head. No harm in trying anyway.

42 weeks is still OK for pregnancy, it's just after that you start to get concerned. So Stickybean has 4 more days to come willingly on it's own or we'll unfortunately have to go for induction. This was last on my list of birthing preferences. It can take days, for which I will have to stay in the hospital and be hooked up to monitors. I'm already bored and I have all the comforts of home! Plus induction make labour more intense and painful and increases the odds of interventions. Bit of a stretch from my most preferred method which was to use the pool.

Anyhoo, that's where we're at. You're worth the wait Stickybean, I just hope we can make your entrance into this world as calming as possible under the circumstances!
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Category: baby

01/20/12 09:40 - ID#55940

T-minus 1 day

Could start any minute, could still be 2 weeks away. It's quite an exciting adventure of unknowns!
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Category: baby

01/15/12 02:05 - ID#55922

t-minus 6 days

6 days until Stickybean's due date. Could be any day now or it could still be 2 weeks away. Baby will arrive when it's ready :)

Things have been good. I'm not really uncomfortable like everyone else says they were at the end. I feel mostly the same as I've been for the last 2 months. Maybe I get tired a little faster when walking and climbing stairs, but that's about it. I think a lot of it has to do with your comfort level in just dealing with pain. Yes my hips ache, yes my stretchmarks itch and ache, but I don't dwell on it and just carry on with what I need to do.

I'm grateful I'm able to sleep well most nights. I've got my cozy bed and like 8 million pillows for support which seem to keep my body in a good position for resting. Yah I have to get up and pee 3 to 5 times, but again it's just the way it is. Frankly I just remind myself I'll be getting up more often once it's out of me, so I should enjoy these moments!

I'm not nervous about labour and birthing. I think we've done a good job educating ourselves about all the possibilities and realities of what is to come. No sense getting worked up about the unknown, just go with it. This is where my sense of adventure is coming in really handy :)

I just hope for the best outcome and a healthy baby!

Stay well peeps.
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Category: death

01/06/12 03:00 - ID#55856

good-bye Mamaw

My Mamaw (mother's mother) died Wednesday night. She wasn't doing too well in the last few months suffering from dementia. My mother went down there in November to help care for her and I'm glad she got to spend a few months with her mother before she passed, even under difficult circumstances. It's not the easiest news to digest at 9 months pregnant but I'm doing pretty well to try to stay calm and not stress the baby with my grief.

Mamaw was a riot. She was a strong woman who said what she felt, often without filters. She was 89 and just had her 72nd wedding anniversary with my Papaw on Dec. 26th! She was the oldest of 10 kids in her family, most of whom are still living. She had 9 children (8 who are still with us), 26 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, and 8 great-great grandchildren. Yeah, family gatherings are quite the production!

Selfishly I was hoping she would hang on just a little bit longer to see a photo of great-grandchild #40, but she was suffering and I am glad she is now at peace.

She was widely known for her sickeningly sweet 'sweet tea' and one of those women who wouldn't ask questions if some random kid walked into her kitchen asking for food. Her door was (literally) always open and folks knew they were welcome and that Mamaw would always look after them.

Good-bye Mamaw.
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Category: new year

12/30/11 08:55 - ID#55813

as we say good-bye to 2011

As The New Year Rings In
On the eve of each New Year we often reflect on our lives. As we say good-bye to 2011 and hello to 2012, I wish you joy that never ends and happiness with all your family and friends.

Where were you when 2011 began?
In the 33rd floor Sky Lounge of Nido watching London fireworks.

Who were you with?
Rory, my boss, his wife and a few friends.

Where will you be when 2011 ends?
At home.

Whom will you be with when 2011 ends?

Was 2011 a good year for you?
Overall yes, but a difficult year in terms of loss.

What was your favorite moment of the year?
Announcing to our parents that we were going to have a baby.

What was your least favorite moment of the year?
Finding out my nephew had cancer, my dog Bambi died and that Joshua had died.

Did you reach your New Year goals for 2011?
Most of the them!

Lose weight- I lost 18 pounds before getting pregnant!

Travel to Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Russian Federation, Denmark, Gibraltar, Brunei and Ireland. I’ve also got this thing about SCUBA diving shipwrecks in Bermuda - Made it to Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Russia, and Denmark.

Rewrite a more comprehensive Resident Handbook - did it!

Read more. More specifically, read at least 2 books per month - read more, but didn't reach that specific goal. Pregnancy made me so tired and sick the first 5 months reading wasn't on the menu.

Beat Dead Rising with all endings, all survivors, all quests and full levels. Zombies! - Negative. Couldn't be bothered to play games either.

Buy an awesome bicycle with a basket and bell and take some lovely rides in London. - Nope. Once it came time for nice weather we found out Stickybean was on the way and basically bicycle riding isn't allowed :(

Get to know London better. Start utilizing my secret black book to mark bus routes and hidden treasures we come across in our excursions. - Yep!

Grow more ‘duck feathers’ to let certain things roll off my back a little more quickly. - Yep.

Be the best wifey I can be and never let a day go without telling Rory how much I love him. - Absolutely!

Make my cat famous for her awesome fetch skillz and run a line of crazy T-shirts. OK, this one is a joke, but it would still be fun. - Seriously thinking of this one for next year....

What was your favorite month of 2011?
May; we both stared at the pregnancy test stick in awe.

Did you travel outside of the US in 2011?
Indeed: England, Holland, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Russia, Sweden and Poland.

Did you lose anybody close to you in 2011?
I did. Our dear Joshua and my sweet little Bambi.

What was your favorite movie that you saw in 2011?
Hmmm....I think the King's Speech

What was your favorite song in 2011?
Someone Like You by Adele

What was your most exciting moment of 2011?
Buying our first home together.

What was your proudest moment of 2011?
Being part of the winning team for a prestigious award for Environmental Excellence in the UK.

What was your most embarrassing moment of 2011?
Rocking up to the airport only to find out our tickets were actually for the day PRIOR.

What are your goals for 2012?

• Continue to lose weight- I was doing well before getting pregnant, so once it is safe to do so I'd like to continue with that progress.

• Travel to the US with Stickybean to meet family.

• Read the 5 books waiting in line to be read.

• Buy an awesome bicycle with a basket and bell and take some lovely rides with Stickybean and Rory.

• Get my UK driver's license.

• Buy a car.

• Be the best wifey and mother I can be and never let a day go without telling Rory or Stickybean how much I love them.

• Make my cat famous for her awesome fetch skillz and run a line of crazy T-shirts, even if it's just for us :)

Cheers to a happy new year, celebrate safely and have fun!!!
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Category: christmas

12/17/11 05:56 - ID#55756

8 more sleeps til Christmas

Christmas is coming and THIS goose is getting fat! Only 5 weeks left untilS Stickybean's expected arrival. 8 more days til Christmas :) I'm excited to be able to host our very first Christmas dinner in our very own house!

I finally have my first midwife appointment today with my new branch. Kind of nerving to transfer doctors and such so late in the game. She's coming over today for my check up (35 weeks!!!). Yah, how's that for service....she's coming to MY HOUSE. How convenient is that for a pregnant lady?

Wishing all the peeps a loving and warm holiday!

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