Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A Busy Fall

Two months.

Oh. My. God. Where did that time go? I've already finished one-sixth of my maternity leave! It can't be! But my little girl is still a BABY for heaven's sake!

But then again, she isn't the newborn that she was a number of weeks ago. I take her to the well-baby clinic every Monday to have her weighed, checked, and to ask any questions I might have to the public health nurses. Last week when I took her, I realized she was almost 8 weeks old and there, next to me, was a woman holding a little ball of a baby who was a mere 3 weeks old. Looking at the size of her baby and the size of Petite, I almost wept to realize that she's not that little, tiny thing anymore. Yes, she's still only 10 or 11 lbs, but she's not the tiny ball that she used to be when she was newborn. And how did we get from there to here anyway? It boggles the mind.

As time passes, I cherish every moment. But I do have to look forward as well. I've already organized our flights for Christmas. We'll be heading home to visit my family. I'll get a good six weeks with them but hubby can only go for about one week because of his class schedules. That sorta sucks. He isn't looking forward to being separated from me and Petite for that length of time. I'm not looking forward to being separated from him either. But I'll have other hands to help me out and he'll get a few weeks of decent sleep while he goes to school.

I'm preparing for the flight with Petite by doing some research. I can tell you it's about a 3-hour flight, non-stop on the way down (one stop on the return flight, but no changing planes). I have opted to carry her on my lap and save the fare for the extra seat. I won't be bringing the stroller or her car seat or any other large pieces of child-care equipment as I've got a line on some things I can borrow from good friends while I'm at home. So knowing all that, what are your bits of advice for travelling with an infant? Aisle seat (to get up) or window seat (for a little extra elbow room)? How do you heat bottles on a flight? How do you carry your infant... moby? Sling? In your arms? I can tell you too that I'll have her passport before we go; we did the paperwork earlier this week and we ought to have her passport in two weeks. We already have three other pieces of ID for her so I am good in that department, and just to be sure, hubby is going to write a letter that I can take with me, stating that he is aware that I'm taking our baby girl home to my family for six weeks. What else do I need to think about? Bottles, soothers, blankets, where best to change a baby on an airplane? So much to consider! Your thoughts and ideas are most welcome!

While we're at home, we hope to have Petite christened. I've contacted my church at home with that request but we're not sure if they can squeeze us in during the Christmas and New Year week. I sure hope so. My family is a founding family of our particular church and although I can only attend when I'm home visiting, it's still my home church and I hope they can facilitate the christening that week. That would be wonderful. My mom brought up the christening gown that my sister and I both wore. It's lovely and simple yet very classy and I would love to use it for Petite.

I've got to call today to book a photo sitting for her for our Christmas Cards as well. Otherwise I'll never get them out the door before I get on that plane, will I? Yikes. Christmas. Can you believe it's almost upon us once again? This time last year, hubby and I were preparing for our trip to Florida with his kids, and we had our IVF meds all ready to go because I started injections on that trip, during our time in Disney. Amazing a year has passed already. Just amazing.

Later today, hubby and I have an appointment at the bank. We're opening a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) for our little girl to use when she is ready for university in 18 years. We'll contribute to it (and get tax breaks for doing so) through the years and it will grow, hopefully into enough money to help her get a leg up when it comes time to further her education. It's so important to think of trying to do these sorts of things now, to maximize our contributions and help her later on. Hmm... reminds me, I ought to look into making a will and getting some life insurance.

I'm also trying to figure out when to get my H1N1 vaccine. Canada has already rolled out the vaccines and they're available to those on the priority list in my province as of Monday past. That means that anyone who meets the specific criteria can get the vaccination before it is distributed to the general public. Because hubby and I care for a child who is less than six months old (thus she is unable to be vaccinated), we're "high-risk" and we both qualify for the priority list. Fair enough. But the wait times are insane! People are lining up at 10 a.m. for a 2:30 p.m. clinic! And by 3:30 they're having to close off the line saying that those people would have to wait til towards the end of the clinic's hours (8:30 p.m.) to get their injection! It's crazy! But I know we both need it. Now how to get it and avoid bringing Petite along with me. I don't want to have her waiting like that nor do I want to expose her to all those people in a public place. Not with this stupid flu circulating like wildfire. While I might battle it okay, she's just a babe and I am not willing to expose her to so many potential germs! Ick!

She is growing like a weed though. At last week's well-baby clinic she was 10 lbs 12 oz and all smiles for the nurse. Unfortunately, now that the H1N1 vaccines are being distributed, the well-baby clinics are cancelled for the next six to eight weeks while public nurses go to assist with the innoculations. Thus Petite won't be back at the well-baby clinic; they're only for infants from 0 to 3 months and she'll be past that by that time. Additionally, we'll be flying home in five weeks so we simply won't be here. I do have a doctor's appointment for her this Friday though for her 2-month innoculations. I'm not looking forward to that. Hubby's coming too, cause I'm probably going to break down in tears! I'm such a wuss.

In the meantime, we bought a cute little Halloween sleeper for our baby girl. This is as much of a costume as she'll have this year I expect. We took a jaunt out to Saunders Farm to take photos with her. Here's a couple for your viewing pleasure.

I love how hubby stops to kiss Petite first and then me when he comes home. It's just another little reminder of this special little one in our lives and how we're now part of something that is bigger than just the two of us.

Thinking of...
My thoughts are with Patti over at Just One More, as she celebrates her mother's life and mourns her recent passing.

And I'm celebrating with Decemberbaby (of course you'll get pregnant!) as she has a positive beta. Keeping fingers crossed!

Happy Halloween everyone!

Friday, October 23, 2009

So Many People to Thank

Last weekend, we did something that I thought we'd never get to do. We placed a birth announcement in the local newspaper, and the newspaper at home. The content is as follows with some paraphrasing to conceal identities of family members, and the picture above is the one that accompanied it.

A Daughter!
Gil and hubby are thrilled to announce the long-awaited arrival of their daughter Petite born on August 27, 2009 at the Ottawa General Hospital at 7:43 p.m., weighing 6 lbs. 15 oz. Proud first-time grandparents are D and B of St. John's, Newfoundland. Seventh-time grandparents are N and G of Ottawa, Ontario and hubby's two older children are thrilled to have a baby sister! This has been a long journey and we would like to thank Dr. Barwin, Linda, and the staff of Broadview Medical Clinic; Dr. Tan, Dr. Chan, Lise and the staff at McGill Reproductive Centre; Dr. Black, Nicole and the staff at SoundCare Medical; Dr. Batra and Elaine at the Ottawa General and Anees at CML, for having faith and helping us reach our destination. There are no words to describe our joy, but so many of our friends and family have traveled this road at our side; we couldn't be more grateful for your love and support.

It took me weeks to craft something I was happy with, but I really hope we covered it. Today, I mailed a thank-you card to Dr. Barwin and his staff, along with a copy of the announcement, a personal note, and a photo of our baby girl. If I can get a pic of Dr. Barwin holding her in the coming weeks, it would complete this circle for me; for without him and his staff and their encouragement over the past five and a half years, I doubt we would have kept going. They are directly responsible for our success and I don't know how to thank them. I don't think I ever really can.

And for your viewing pleasure, the following photo is our first professional portrait as a family. I love it and I thought I'd show it to you. I hope you like it too.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Giving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all. (Yes, yes, it's Thanksgiving weekend north of the 49th parallel. So we get to celebrate now.)

Today, I'm busy cooking turkey dinner for us, hubby's two kids, and my friends K&K. I am really looking forward to dinner and that'll be in about an hour or so. Yum.

This year, I'm especially thankful of course. I am thankful for family and friends. For a good job. For my health and my financial situation. For the ability to go home for the holidays in a few months. For a roof over my head and a car in the driveway. For a loving caring husband who is the love of my life. For love beyond imagination. For the support of those around me.

And this year, I am especially grateful for this.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.