Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Summer fun

Now that my early pregnancy symptoms are gone and I am feeling myself more or less back to normal, we have started to enjoy our hot Summer. Days are filled with trips to the grandparents, pools, beach,'forest' and playing grounds; as well as cooking sessions, reading, gardening and cleaning ( Greg simply loves helping out when cleaning the house- so far!).

Here are some pics of our recent trip to Buskett-
making his best to lift this huge stone
kicking the ball while playing football

drinking alone from his bottle




here we are smiling - I know am terrible at taking these pics!


playing with the ants




Buskett how it looked




helping rebuilding the boundary wall







Thursday, June 24, 2010

my little man

His smile is being so big lately that it makes me smile even more....his understanding and the way he makes you understand his needs are growing so much its a joy to watch. His vocabulary continues to expand slowly slowly which is also wonderful.

However, the most impressive for me right now is seeing him play rough with his 5 year old cousin as if nothing is different between them. Keeping up, being as rough as him and enjoying himself silly! Today was one of those days and I felt so relaxed seeing them together....if only we lived nearer they could meet up more often!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

The black days are over

The black days as my husband refers to, seem to have passed and pregnancy is following much more normally. My bump is incredibly enough for me already showing a little and most of my clothes can't seem to fit that much. In my last pregnancy, I started having a bump round about mid August so I don't have clothes for now. In fact I need to go get me some maternity clothes and this is quite a big problem since in Malta you get like half a dozen clothes on the racks for maternity and I don't quite like the idea of buying clothes online!

I am still 2 and a half weeks off from my ultrasound to determine exactly how many weeks I am. The most I should be when I got for my ultrasound is 14 weeks but my gyni thinks I am less. I on the other hand believe I would be that much if not slightly more. I am so anxious for this day to arrive that I can't seem to focus on the present moment at times.

My main concern at the moment is the pain in my sitting bones which have me not being able to bend, climb stairs, wash the house, do lots of exersize and so on. From what I gleamed on the net its a pubic disorder where the sitting bones which start moving for when the baby needs to be born move a little bit too much. I will need to confirm more on this at my next appt. however the symptoms are all there and when I am more careful on these issues there is less pain. However for the past 2 days its has been a bit bad more than usual. Unfortunately, the only thing I can suspect is yoga which should be helping me. So I will have to be careful or avoid hip openers (though these are the most suggested for pregnancy!). I emailed a couple of weeks ago one of the yoga pregnancy gurus but unfortunately she doesn't seem to be helpful online since the only response was to attend class and when I explained I don't live in the UK had no further contact with me. It is quite a shame and I will try find some one else who might be able to help and suggest me the best yoga to do for now and considering my problem.

Wish you all a good weekend

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

It's official....

....baby no 2 is on his way and after the initial elation of knowing I will soon have a second child to nurture and love, pregnancy depression made itself visible once more!

I feel bad really that I do not enjoy the pregnancy process like so many other women or like so many women wish to go through. But pregnancy looses my balance somewhat......

Anger and frustration are quite manifest as control over my body disappears into nothing. Self confidence is dropping near zero as my body is starting to slowly round up (even if not quite visible yet). The many other little health issues like heartburn, occassional nausea and lots of headaches are taking a toll on me.Thankfully so far the million of spots that erupted on my face in the last pregnancy haven't manifested and hopefully it will remain so.

And no matter how I try to rationalise it, breathe, relax, feel thankful for my receptive body......I am in a meltdown. So, although I will keep you updated and hopefully with more cheerful days, you will surely not find any belly photos and won't hear of the proud bump.....maybe I can somehow sleep till its time to give birth- sigh-

Can you suggest anything so that I release my anger and frustration and boost my self confidence once more?

Monday, June 7, 2010

sicky sick

My baby is sick and can't seem to get better! It started 2 weeks ago on Wednesday with a blocked nose. By the weekend we progressed to a cough. Now the cough is nearly gone and instead of blocked his nose is leaking a lot but last night and this morning he had fever.....so it looks like a trip to the doc will be unavoidable in the end!

On a positive note, apart for this morning, he's been quite his usual sunny self and the only telltale of his not being well is the food choosiness..

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

My growing toddler

Greg has been blabbing for quite a long while now. For a long time he also had long conversations, serious ones mind on his own while pointing at this and that and nodding away his head!

Nowadays his single conversations take a funny outlook since he would be saying something and starts laughing his head off...I still wonder what he is saying. Sometimes I stay imitating him and he laughs even harder :)

Yet to our satisfaction he also started adding a lot of words to his vocabulary. Here are a few:

mama
da (daddy)
plane
pipi
cat
car
dog
truck
coco
bye (and if he wants you to simply go accompanied by vigorous waving)
nanna
dik/dak (this/that for whatever he wants)
doqq (ring)
Bah (gone)
Bah (for sea)
bird
book
baby
babu (snail)
Bambin (Jesus)
zizi (breast pls I need a fill up)

Apart for his vocabulary, he is now understanding loads and making himself understood. For example he points first to the candle and when you give it to him he comes to you gives it to you and points to the drawer while saying dik to the particular drawer where there are matches = light up that candle missus!
OR at 4 am wakes up as if its nothing points down the stairs and once you go there to the TV - come on man its time to sleep not watch TV!

He also is getting choosy on food and sometimes there is something to eat which once he tastes he simply throws out from his mouth disgusted (to think just a few months ago he used to gulp it down!).

Other toddler stuff - getting pig headed LOL I suppose its part of us humans but he does tend to get quickly angry over trifle things. At times I seem to be winning and other times it seems I can't get head or tails of him. He also loves helping out in his way or rather feeling he is doing something like me and so if I am watering the plants he waters them as well after me with the watering can. If I am washing up dishes I get him a chair and a scrubber and he stays there scrubbing at the sink. He also enjoys standing on the chair while watching me preparing dinner. He also at times tries to imitate me washing teeth and so I give him the toothbrush everyday to get him round to do it eventually daily!

He is a great walker since he mastered the art of walking- he now already runs! I still can't believe it when I see him running and he walks for ages without tiring up! Last time he walked what for us is normally a 20 mins walk with only 5 mins on me. I can only wear him for short periods now like for going quickly to the local grocer. He enjoys the swings- just the swings no slides etc and simply loves having us reading books to him.

Its a joy seeing so many changes in him and yet a headache trying to figure out ways how to teach him that hitting coz u r enjoying yourself is not ok but I know that we will get there a little pace at a time.

So thinking of these things today made me appreciate my son more....we tend so easily to forget or look at our children to enjoy them and understand them!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Summer fun

Now that my early pregnancy symptoms are gone and I am feeling myself more or less back to normal, we have started to enjoy our hot Summer. Days are filled with trips to the grandparents, pools, beach,'forest' and playing grounds; as well as cooking sessions, reading, gardening and cleaning ( Greg simply loves helping out when cleaning the house- so far!).

Here are some pics of our recent trip to Buskett-
making his best to lift this huge stone
kicking the ball while playing football

drinking alone from his bottle




here we are smiling - I know am terrible at taking these pics!


playing with the ants




Buskett how it looked




helping rebuilding the boundary wall







Thursday, June 24, 2010

my little man

His smile is being so big lately that it makes me smile even more....his understanding and the way he makes you understand his needs are growing so much its a joy to watch. His vocabulary continues to expand slowly slowly which is also wonderful.

However, the most impressive for me right now is seeing him play rough with his 5 year old cousin as if nothing is different between them. Keeping up, being as rough as him and enjoying himself silly! Today was one of those days and I felt so relaxed seeing them together....if only we lived nearer they could meet up more often!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

The black days are over

The black days as my husband refers to, seem to have passed and pregnancy is following much more normally. My bump is incredibly enough for me already showing a little and most of my clothes can't seem to fit that much. In my last pregnancy, I started having a bump round about mid August so I don't have clothes for now. In fact I need to go get me some maternity clothes and this is quite a big problem since in Malta you get like half a dozen clothes on the racks for maternity and I don't quite like the idea of buying clothes online!

I am still 2 and a half weeks off from my ultrasound to determine exactly how many weeks I am. The most I should be when I got for my ultrasound is 14 weeks but my gyni thinks I am less. I on the other hand believe I would be that much if not slightly more. I am so anxious for this day to arrive that I can't seem to focus on the present moment at times.

My main concern at the moment is the pain in my sitting bones which have me not being able to bend, climb stairs, wash the house, do lots of exersize and so on. From what I gleamed on the net its a pubic disorder where the sitting bones which start moving for when the baby needs to be born move a little bit too much. I will need to confirm more on this at my next appt. however the symptoms are all there and when I am more careful on these issues there is less pain. However for the past 2 days its has been a bit bad more than usual. Unfortunately, the only thing I can suspect is yoga which should be helping me. So I will have to be careful or avoid hip openers (though these are the most suggested for pregnancy!). I emailed a couple of weeks ago one of the yoga pregnancy gurus but unfortunately she doesn't seem to be helpful online since the only response was to attend class and when I explained I don't live in the UK had no further contact with me. It is quite a shame and I will try find some one else who might be able to help and suggest me the best yoga to do for now and considering my problem.

Wish you all a good weekend

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

It's official....

....baby no 2 is on his way and after the initial elation of knowing I will soon have a second child to nurture and love, pregnancy depression made itself visible once more!

I feel bad really that I do not enjoy the pregnancy process like so many other women or like so many women wish to go through. But pregnancy looses my balance somewhat......

Anger and frustration are quite manifest as control over my body disappears into nothing. Self confidence is dropping near zero as my body is starting to slowly round up (even if not quite visible yet). The many other little health issues like heartburn, occassional nausea and lots of headaches are taking a toll on me.Thankfully so far the million of spots that erupted on my face in the last pregnancy haven't manifested and hopefully it will remain so.

And no matter how I try to rationalise it, breathe, relax, feel thankful for my receptive body......I am in a meltdown. So, although I will keep you updated and hopefully with more cheerful days, you will surely not find any belly photos and won't hear of the proud bump.....maybe I can somehow sleep till its time to give birth- sigh-

Can you suggest anything so that I release my anger and frustration and boost my self confidence once more?

Monday, June 7, 2010

sicky sick

My baby is sick and can't seem to get better! It started 2 weeks ago on Wednesday with a blocked nose. By the weekend we progressed to a cough. Now the cough is nearly gone and instead of blocked his nose is leaking a lot but last night and this morning he had fever.....so it looks like a trip to the doc will be unavoidable in the end!

On a positive note, apart for this morning, he's been quite his usual sunny self and the only telltale of his not being well is the food choosiness..

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

My growing toddler

Greg has been blabbing for quite a long while now. For a long time he also had long conversations, serious ones mind on his own while pointing at this and that and nodding away his head!

Nowadays his single conversations take a funny outlook since he would be saying something and starts laughing his head off...I still wonder what he is saying. Sometimes I stay imitating him and he laughs even harder :)

Yet to our satisfaction he also started adding a lot of words to his vocabulary. Here are a few:

mama
da (daddy)
plane
pipi
cat
car
dog
truck
coco
bye (and if he wants you to simply go accompanied by vigorous waving)
nanna
dik/dak (this/that for whatever he wants)
doqq (ring)
Bah (gone)
Bah (for sea)
bird
book
baby
babu (snail)
Bambin (Jesus)
zizi (breast pls I need a fill up)

Apart for his vocabulary, he is now understanding loads and making himself understood. For example he points first to the candle and when you give it to him he comes to you gives it to you and points to the drawer while saying dik to the particular drawer where there are matches = light up that candle missus!
OR at 4 am wakes up as if its nothing points down the stairs and once you go there to the TV - come on man its time to sleep not watch TV!

He also is getting choosy on food and sometimes there is something to eat which once he tastes he simply throws out from his mouth disgusted (to think just a few months ago he used to gulp it down!).

Other toddler stuff - getting pig headed LOL I suppose its part of us humans but he does tend to get quickly angry over trifle things. At times I seem to be winning and other times it seems I can't get head or tails of him. He also loves helping out in his way or rather feeling he is doing something like me and so if I am watering the plants he waters them as well after me with the watering can. If I am washing up dishes I get him a chair and a scrubber and he stays there scrubbing at the sink. He also enjoys standing on the chair while watching me preparing dinner. He also at times tries to imitate me washing teeth and so I give him the toothbrush everyday to get him round to do it eventually daily!

He is a great walker since he mastered the art of walking- he now already runs! I still can't believe it when I see him running and he walks for ages without tiring up! Last time he walked what for us is normally a 20 mins walk with only 5 mins on me. I can only wear him for short periods now like for going quickly to the local grocer. He enjoys the swings- just the swings no slides etc and simply loves having us reading books to him.

Its a joy seeing so many changes in him and yet a headache trying to figure out ways how to teach him that hitting coz u r enjoying yourself is not ok but I know that we will get there a little pace at a time.

So thinking of these things today made me appreciate my son more....we tend so easily to forget or look at our children to enjoy them and understand them!