Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
winnie the pooh and more photos
While the baby sleeps
Friday, August 24, 2007
email from excited Daddy says it all
Good morning, folks. It's been a fantastic, wild, emotional, amazing 24-hours. I'm not sure when exactly the reality of it all hit S, but for me it was about four minutes after our son was born, as I stepped into the recovery area and saw a tiny little -- no, actually, a solid hunk of a little ME staring back at me, a little boy who actually calmed down as I cupped him in my hands. I've seen lots of newborns recently, but none has had my face.
He's a brick. And he's mostly bald, like his mom was. A little brush of blondish-red fuzz all over his head. The doctor had never seen a baby this bald! She said they weren't sure which end they were grabbing as they pulled him out. He's got a Mac head (it's big!) and we think he might have his mother's nose and chin. Truth be told, we're not completely sure about his nose ... Sinead said early in the day, "thank God its a boy with your nose, Jan!" Well, we're not about to settle this debate any time soon.
Here are the stats:
F1 M Gandalf
August 20 10:52 am
8 pounds, 8 ounces, 20 1/2 inches
Pics from the whole first morning. View them in order, with titles and descriptions, to capture the experience:
Updates, as we get to computers:
F1 - "the fair" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fionn_mac_Cumhaill
M - after his grandfather, and the line of B men who share the name
Gandalf - we kinda had to slip this on in there, as he's been "the hobbit" for so long. Two middle names worked for Tolkien, and hell, "Bilbo" wasn't going to cut it, so we went all the way.
Good Samaritan Hospital, San Jose
Room 282 in the Maternity Ward
Love you all,
-S, J, and Hobbit
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Mad Hatter's Tea Party
Thursday, August 16, 2007
sorry cant talk with my mouth full of chocolate...
So another Mummy to be Yummy to be yesterday. Myself and Ciara went to Los Gatos Hotel Spa for a Divine manicure and pedicure. (She had tried to book us for massage but they didnt have any spots together, which is good as I havent got any idea how I would get onto a massage table, plus with the hard rock belly on me I'd end up rocking like a see-saw).
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Again I dont make these up and too funny
Week 39 Pregnancy Tip
Tips to Ease the Discomfort of Delivery
Labor can be sometimes uncomfortable. Here are some ideas to ease the pain when the time comes:
Try laboring while positioned on your hands and knees, to ease pressure on your back
Ask someone to massage your back
Apply heat to your back
Try soaking in a warm tub
Request pain medications or ask for an epidural
Even my sister Fig who by time her 4th one came is super quick labor and needs someone there with a catchers mitt says labor is a bit more than uncomfortable.. So that part is just funny. And love that after all the tips - request pain med or epidural. This and by time some women get this email already in labor. (or like me having braxton hicks all morning and trying to talk the Hobbit into staying in rent free until next week so I finish my to do list!)
How Now Brown Cow...
Wee update, got a strange call on answering machine but I called the number back and turns out it was voice over folks. I got the telecom answering machine gig! Thankfully not till October but about 40-45 hours voice over work with 4 hours at a time recording for a telephone service for a company that wanted a British Isles kind of accent and I had done an audition tape and they picked mine. Yep I'm Irish not British but my accent is what they call educated Dublin accent so not the lucky charms, stage Irish that folks here think I should have being Irish. So I should start practicing my best BBC World Report voice... for Charles Winner press extension 516....
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
hairy right side
So a while ago, I think at start of blogging about the strange things during pregnancy that no body tells you I mentioned that I did have more hair growth - on my head which is great but also just under my right arm pit. My left is still pretty much slow and non-growing. I'm quite happy about that as I'm one of those women who never needed to shave her legs and I have such fine fair hair on legs and arms you cant see it.
Some folks thought I was making it up that only my right arm pit started having more hair but now I have further proof of my one hairier side! Aha!
Yesterday morning before meeting Ciara for lunch and a wee shopping trip round Macys and Target in our mummy to be -yummy time that we are squeezing in, I went to the spa and got my eyebrows waxed and shaped. I only need it maybe once a year as the eyebrows are normally like my underarms - not hairy and very fine. That and I cant do it myself as I cry too much trying to pluck the odd hair. I'll be honest, I stream so many tears plucking one hair you think I was cutting onions for a world record or something.
So Tiffany was plucking away and waxing while I cried and mentioned that she didn't want to thin out my right eye brow but had to as it was so much thicker hair then the left eyebrow. She thought I had tried to pluck left eyebrow but I haven't. AHA! I said - I know why right eyebrow is so much thicker, its the pregnancy, my right side of body is hairier!
Further proof that I'm asymmetrical in hair growth!
I left with my two very pink eyebrows of surprise both now equally fine - thankfully that look of shock and surprise from getting eyebrows waxed went away in a couple of hours before I met Ciara.
Monday, August 13, 2007
Stars and Meteors....
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Riverdance the sequel..
Friday, August 10, 2007
from mouth of babes
So called my sister Fiona Thursday and got Rachel my 6 yr old niece and Godchild who answered the phone. They are just back from holiday in France and Rachel and her sisters had a ball. Then she started asking about Hobbit
Rachel - Do you have a name yet for your baby boy Auntie Sinead?
Me- I don't know if its a baby boy Rachel, we don't know if its a boy or a girl.
Rachel - Well Everyone says its a boy Auntie Sinead, like everyone. They cant see you with a baby girl and I cant either.
Me- Well we'll see when baby comes
Rachel - When is baby coming ?
I pause for a moment - my sister tells her kids events are going to be in so many 'sleeps' as time is a difficult concept so we always say 10 sleeps etc for 10 days time etc and then throw in some extra time just to make sure we're covered for the ever asked - is it here yet?, or is it time yet ?questions that always follows :-)
Me- Well Rachel its 17 sleeps so by the end of August.
Rachel - Boy I better tell Mammy is she wrong - she told us you're getting the new baby at Christmas, wont she be surprised its coming sooner...
I laughed out loud. I had tried to add some extra days on so my nieces wouldn't be plaguing their Mum with is it here yet and Fiona had done one better and added on nearly 4 months instead. Rachel was delighted that she knew something that her Mammy didn't and so I left it at that.
With my to do list to finish I could do with the extra sleeps ...
I can see clearly now the clothes are gone...
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Then I may even get to sit down and watch some TV or read a book. Well I can dream anyway about it... First thing before bedroom clean is a cup of tea..
Have a lovely Thursday folks.
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
the great Irony
Folks are telling me - wait till baby comes cause you wont get more than 2 hrs sleep at a time. I'm looking forward to getting 2 hrs of sleep in a row.....
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
So on the list, cause you know there's a list, is clean up patio (right now full of free-cycle items that I need to list and email out so we can get rid of). Also is get more plants.
Sunday, August 05, 2007
- I bought some lazy Susan's folks so I can organize my spices next week. Seriously.. I know grab up a chair in case you go faint.
- As well bought a grocery cart (Irish folks read shopping trolley) that folds with wheels (all I need is a blue hair rinse) but will be handy for me wheeling laundry out (note to Americans, senior ladies in British Isles fond of dying their hair blue as got older),
- Laptop desk with wheels as figure the trays i have been using wont cut it with me trying to feed Hobbit,
- Vitamin organizer ( I know I feel so old!),
- Under shelf platter holder (as now balances on fridge/freezer threatening to brain some poor Joe who tries to use it,
- Dots for the bath so you don't slip on your arse,
- Over the toilet tank magazine racks (yep I love to read in there),
- Bathtub shelf (always had one of these growing up and was missing them in bath),
- Clothesline for patio that can pull back and retract as its a bit silly with 90% sun that we use the dryer (OK we actually drop off at nice laundry folks but with me at home and baby clothes to wash more frequently we should use the washer on site here)
- Microwave kettle - figure handy for hospital and also for taking with us away
- Grocery cart liners - we use black plastic garbage bags right now and bit silly as waste of money and goes nicely in our wheelie grocery cart.
Also we were at Walgreens earlier where himself came in so I didn't go completely mental shopping where bought some plastic organizers with drawers like the ones dear Frankie organized my makeup in to clear up bathroom area and a larger one for that bathroom to put diapers in (nappies for the overseas folks) and a handheld spray for washing baby in the sink or bathtub.
Next thing you know I'll be clearing out the food pantry and getting that organized... Just call me Martha folks just call me Martha..
Friday, August 03, 2007
Last Day of Work whoo whoo.. well kinda...
So today is my last day of work.. Well kinda. I work mainly at home (last month pretty much 100% at home) and been training Whitney myself and Devs new fantastic sidekick on the wonderful world of work and how to jump over, go under and through the red tape we work with to actually sell a copier... (won't bore you but its pretty amazing that we sell any considering what we have to go through...)
As I'm the more customer orientated and paper person out of me and Dev (as a team the office calls us Denade) its up to me to pass on the torch. So Whit bless her has been coming round at 730am, 830am etc to learn what she can. Now the office calls us Dewade. Actually I came up that one and passed onto our boss who had started desinswite and we thought that was shite and knocked it down.
My boss is a funny boss. Outstanding sales and support for his staff. Has staff there with him over 13 yrs which is a world record for sales people. Hes not into micromanagement at all and very good for an adult to work for. If you need lots of handholding not the boss for you. But for me who I have discovered does really well when a manager lets me do my job well and just keeps them updated so I am my own boss but with the support when needed he's fantastic. Hes pretty challenged (read crap) though at communication sometimes and when you send him an email with say 5 questions bullet pointed his answer is thus
Which of course is maddening when you are trying to understand - well which one was a yes and how could answer to number three be a yes at all? I joke with him that he needs a magic 8 ball to answer questions - be at least a bit more constructive...
So anyhoo, today is my last day and I go on disability leave. My doc is kinda shocked I haven't been on leave already but explained boss let me sit at home and email and call folks but now harder to do. With the belly finally bigger than the boobs the auld laptop doesnt balance as well.... Only 19 more days and get to be a Mammy Please God.. gulp..
So my work partner is in a panic that I am leaving the planet or something (which I'm sure will be case for a couple of weeks after Hobbit is here but for meantime over next two weeks not the case at all). I explained a few times that they can still call me and email me and sure I'll be blogging away and checking email when I can. (had a dream that I wrote blogs and got himself to post while I'm in hospital.. lets see...)
Started sending out notices to customers last night telling them I would be out till January. Getting some nice notes back from customers which is always nice. Its not a sexy job but I like it a lot and my background of customer care works well here. That I get paid well for working smart instead of hard and no one is biting me so works all round really....
OK Soapbox time re maternity leave in USA. America has pretty much crap or nonexistent pregnancy leave (don't forget I'm from Ireland/Europe where not only do they have hospitals just for shock having babies with midwifes standard so surprise surprise c-sections are normal 5% of delivery compared to here in States where its nearly 30-50%...) but also they have nurses who come to your home yes your home for visits till your kids are 3 on a regular basis to check on development and see how Mammy and baby is doing. That and most Mums are paid off at least 6 months and sometimes more.
Here in states - some states have no leave at all and you need to use the two weeks vacation you have and that's it. Luckily I live in California which has 8 weeks for c-sections and 4 weeks before which I am only taking 2 of and then 6 weeks bonding leave you can take afterwards. I am taking more as with the SPD and all rest I should be able to take till mid January which I'm sure will still be very hard to do but I can go back to work part-time then.
So crossing fingers that Hobbit stays in till c-section so Mammy can finish up all the last wee items on her list. And of course I have a list. I have spreadsheets! Himself's co workers at a previous job told him that he needed a good project manager and when we got married Jan said in his speech that he had finally found his project manager. Although there was some teasing that maybe I had that excel spreadsheet ready to go for the wedding before I met him... I didn't but sure I had something like it..
So Happy Friday folks. This is my last work Friday well officially for a while. It will be longest planned break I take from work and I know full well its not a vacation coming but still, nice being an adult and thinking I can sleep in a wee bit come Monday morning (well if I could which being 37 weeks preggers seems to make impossible but if I could I would!)
We're off to stay tonight at a local hotel with a jacuzzi tub so I can have my wee dream of a bath I can fit in without needed butter or a crane to get out off...
Happy Friday and hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
what kind of blogger are you
|You Are a Life Blogger!|
Your blog is the story of your life - a living diary.
If it happens, you blog it. And make it as entertaining as possible.
thanks to http://homeworked.blogspot.com/
a fellow blogger :-)
Thats pretty true as well - I liked the thought of a diary but wasn't disciplined enough to write in one daily. That and my handwriting sucks. I could never read it back. Also this way my friends and family can drop in and see whats Sinead and himself up to. Also gives me an avenue for my wee stories. I have no artistic talent but I am a Seanachai at heart (Irish word for Storyteller). Have been since a wee girl. Now I tell my stories through the blog - hope you enjoy, drag up a chair and stay a while. Strangers are only friends we haven't met as yet...
I swear I dont make these up
from the emails I get for tips for pregnancy - here is my week 37 one...
Week 37 Pregnancy Tip
Keeping Hemorrhoids Quiet
(What are they loud- do they act up after 10pm. You know this has me thinking of Hemorrhoids talking to you saying thinks like eat more fibre, would it kill you to drink more water and show more love to me by buying softer toilet roll...)
Many women experience hemorrhoids during pregnancy, to their great discomfort.
(again what a great sentence - do they imagine that folks like getting them...)
Probably TMI folks but thankfully I may have everything else a preggers women could get with my AMA, SPD and GD but not needing special H cream :-)