Friday, December 17, 2010

12.3 Pounds!

We are soon heading into our 25th week of pregnancy and all the things that come along with it....the mood swings, appetites, weight gain, absent mindedness and all that fun stuff.....and that's just me.

Wait! Did I say weight gain? Yes, I seem to have put on a few pounds over the last few weeks. Who would ever have guessed. Those who know me best know I'm not exactly built like a linebacker. Weight gain has been something I've struggled with for a number of years. I had always been told by medical professionals I have a fast metabolism, that and, well, I admit, I don't always eat as intelligently as I know I should. It's not that I'm terribly unhealthy or in danger or anything but a few extra pounds on me are always a nice thing. If anything, its extra insulation to help endure a harsh Fort McMurray winter. I never would have believed it all myself but indeed I have put on a few pounds.

A couple weeks ago as I was getting ready for a hot shower after work (you can put this image out of your mind if you find the visual disturbing) I noticed my stomach protruding just a little more than it usually does. Admittedly this isn't all that much but still. Anyhow, I chalked it up to the meal I had just eaten and paid no more mind to until a few days ago. I had definitely started to feel stronger and felt I had gained a little muscle mass so I decided to check out my weight on the scale.

The first scale was rather old, so when I saw the number staring back at me I didn't get overly excited. It wasn't until I used Lisa's brand new electronic scale that things got interesting. According to her scale (the accuracy of which I have no reason to doubt) I clocked in 12.3 pounds heavier than when I had last weighed myself back in the summer.

I'm still in a state of shock and wonderment and really I want to step back on that scale just to confirm I'm not crazy. I know I've definitely put on some muscle over the past couple months (though I doubt I'll be fielding any calls from NFL agents anytime soon) which is always a good thing. I'm pretty much the oldest guy on my shift so it's nice to know I can keep up with all the testosterone-filled young guns I work with. I'm not done yet as another 20 pound gain would be really nice but it sure does put an extra bit of strut in my walk.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Sunday, December 5, 2010

A Bit Of A Scare....But All Is Well

With the pregnancy entering Week 23, we can now feel slight movements from the baby. It all makes it very real for me and I've found that the idea of a new person soon to be coming into our lives has been occupying a lot of my thoughts lately. While this is considered more of a high risk pregnancy, things have been progressing remarkably smoothly so far. We did, however, have a few moments of angst Friday evening after Lisa slipped and fell outside. I'll admit I tend to be one who defines himself by the line of work he does, but it's amazing how in one small moment, your priorities change VERY quickly.

Without going into all the details and causing undue stress for family back east, I can say that after a couple of tense hours at the hospital everything checked out okay. Lisa was a little shaken and a bit sore with slightly elevated blood pressure but she is doing okay. And the baby is safe and healthy. I admit I'm not the most religious of people but am thankful nonetheless that a few silent prayers have been answered.

Friday, December 3, 2010


Earlier in the week Lisa needed to take the van in to get it some much-needed maintenance. Our biggest issue was the windshield which had a rather large crack across it due to an errant rock. Would I mind cleaning the van out before she took it in? No problem. I grabbed a couple garbage bags (one for keep stuff and one for throw-away stuff) and got down to work. And I did quite a thorough clean up....a little too good as it turned out. In my cleaning enthusiasm, I inadvertently put Lisa's birth certificate, car insurance papers and ownership papers in the throw-away bag.

Now fortunately for me, Lisa did find them the next day after sifting through the garbage bag in the house. In my defence, the van IS much tidier and it was dark and I was nearing the end of a 10-day work shift. Thankfully, she's very forgiving.