Parenting in Progress

I am the proud mother of a beautiful baby boy and the purpose of this blog is to record my experience of motherhood.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006


1) lemons
2) chip-shop chips (with loads of salt and vinegar)
3) snicker bars
4) cheese
5) ice-lollies - orange, lemon
6) toast and boiled eggs (got up at 6 am this morning just to make some)
7) cashew nuts
8) fruit juice
9) chip-shop chips
10) er...chip-shop chips


1) raw meat (can't face that section of the supermarket)
2) mince
3) burgers
4) tuna
5) garlic
6) coffee (and I love coffee)
7) carrots
8) spagetti bolognese
9) sausages
10) steak pie

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

I'm a big Sherlock Holmes fan, and last weekend on ITV3 they showed non-stop Sherlock Holmes - I missed Saturday and Sunday's episodes but they continued right through holiday Monday and it was great! Jeremy Brett is Sherlock Holmes, anyone who has read the stories cannot deny that he is the best Sherlock there's been. Having loved reading Holmes I tried to read some of Conan Doyle's other works but surprisingly coudn't get into them at all. Most people know that Sherlock was based on Dr. Joseph Bell, one of Conan Doyle's medical lecturers at Edinburgh University - it makes it extra nice that Holmes was based on a Scot.
I'm now officially souped out, so it's the salad's turn! I remember a restaurant I went to in Budapest years ago which was named the 'Marquise de Salade'! It was a lovely little underground place, I found a picture of it's interior on the web. I remember having a Russian salad, whatever that is, but it sure tasted good. I never normally eat salad but the discovery of honey and mustard dressing has made it edible, and well it's good for the bump.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Another Sunday school lesson this morning. The theme was about how we can only grow as Christians if we 'the branches' are linked to 'the root' which is Jesus, and if we are linked to the root then our life will show the 'fruits' of being Christ-like. You can imagine what happened to the bunch of grapes I brought in for illustration purposes - yep grapes bouncing off the walls, foreheads and generally being squished all over the floor! It was only a small group of 5 of us today but boy do they know how to carry-on, I'm glad I'm not their school teacher - at least with being their Sunday school teacher we can play games and have fun and when they're vaguely tired out they'll listen to the lesson.
Not to sure what's in a Donner kebab, I daren't google it to find out! Went to the Three-in-One tonight for a portion of chips but took a sudden craving for a Donner kebab instead which I've not eaten for years - tasted great and the dogs enjoyed some, I hope I haven't unsuspectingly turned them into cannibals!

Saturday, May 27, 2006

My husband thinks giant and especially orange Highland cows are great. I can't really see the facination but sometimes we go for a drive just so he can see some! Here's one on a farm not very far from where we live.
I live in a very beautiful part of Scotland which I don't appreciate nearly enough, I love travelling up to Glasgow but nothing beats coming home after a day in the big city. And today I was glad to get home - I'm never usually in the city on a Saturday and it was a nightmare, an army of people flowing down Buchanan street and queues everywhere not to mention people with clipboards leaping in front of you at every corner.
I get tired really easily now - I think I could sleep for a week after today!
This photo looks up the River Clyde as it glides past my town and eventually spills out into the Atlantic.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Wecome to week 14 (week 16 from last period) - you are now able to suck, swallow, blink and even hiccup, and you've learned to breathe. At the moment you're causing me permanent heartburn - especially at night when I'm trying to sleep!

Look at this lovely picture of twins at 14 weeks, I was fairly relieved at my scan to confirm that it is just the one I'm having - my belly was expanding so fast that my husband was becoming convinced we were having twins. One's enough for us, at the moment anyhow!

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Another busy day in the kitchen - made a pot of cream of pepper soup, this time using mixed peppers instead of just green. Making soup's one thing but baking is something my skill levels dramatically lack in, even chocolate cake which everyone is supposed to be able to make I manage to turn into rather chewy chocolate brownies. However, in a magazine in the post this morning was a recipe for 'olive oil and lemon cake' and for once I had all the ingredients in to make it - which never happens to me. Feeling like perhaps my time for baking success had arrived I decided to make it, and well it's the best cake I've ever made! It didn't sink in the middle, stick to the cake tin, neither is it burnt on top. Maybe it didn't rise as much as promised in the magazine picture but it sure looks good to me and it tastes, well, like cake!
Funny how my blog about pregnancy has turned into a blog about cooking - in my case the two are closely related, I wonder if other pregnant women are as obsessed about food as I am!

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Living mostly on toast and home-made soup I thought I'd better extend my eating repertoire to make sure I get a balanced diet. My pregnancy book suggests poached eggs and having never made them before I consulted Delia. I followed her instuctions and soon realised that poached eggs are undercooked and runny, pregnent women are advised not to eat undercooked eggs so I'm confused why they're in my book. Anyway after making 4 poached eggs I managed to knock the plate off the counter and all eggs landed on the floor - not even I could rescue one of them to serve up to my husband as I've done in the past with the occasional dropped burger (just a wife thing,I'm sure all wives do it - I wouldn't dream of serving dropped food up to anyone else). I found an interesting website of tried and failed poached egg recipes, Delia's advise got 3 out of 10 and here's the picture with the comment:

"The egg is now "cooked". It looks bloody revolting. The yolk is too hard, and the lack of white coating is extremely disappointing.

I ended up cooking a healthy bacon and fried egg sandwich for dinner!

Monday, May 22, 2006

I love to visit foreign cities, but of all the one's I've been to - London (yes, London is a foreign city!), Belfast, Paris, Munich, Salzburg, Budapest, Athens, Istanbul - I love Glasgow the best. There is such a buzz in Glasgow, the people are great, the city is lovely. I love the multiculturalism, I especially love to hear ethnic groups speaking in their own language with a Glaswegian accent. I lived in Glasgow as a child and my strongest and earliest memory is as a 3/4 year-old walking around the shops in Glasgow with my mum at Christmas-time. I can still feel the excitment, see and smell the tinsel, lights and colours of Christmas decorations and all the window displays. I even like the obligatory kilt-wearing bagpiping busker but especially like the pan-pipers that play outside of Borders, I love the eclectic fashion, especially out at the student West-end. I maybe biased but there is a lot to love about Glasgow, Athens comes in at a close second because of it's stunning beauty.

It's funny when you notice suddenly that your little pup has become an old dog. I've had my collie-cross since she was born, my mum owned her mother. She's 10 years old and still jumps about like a puppy in our garden, but now when sleeping she snores wheezily like an old dog. I named her Clyde after the river, my mother-in-law christened her Pinkie, Flossy, Queenie and she faithfully answeres to all.
On a slight change of topic - Mmmm Raspberry cheesecake, bacon rolls - food has taken over my mind, I spend the whole day thinking about what I what to eat, what I don't want to eat. I'm off dinners so still making pots of soup and living on toast and ham. Co-op's cheesecake is a very tasty buy but I'm finding this baby rather fussy.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

I teach Sunday school at my local church, we have anywhere between 12-15 kids. I deal mostly with 8-11 year-olds, we have some lovely kids and some, well, less lovely!! One little 4 year-old girl was born deaf in one ear - she has a hearing aid and no problem hearing but when she speaks it's not always easy to work out what she is saying. We sat in a big group to pray for the Sunday school children in China (2 young missionaries to China spoke at church this morning), this little girl is always keen to pray, as for the others it's like getting blood out of a stone. It reminded me of about a year ago when she was only 3 and we all sat down to pray and this little girl babbled away a prayer for certainly over 5 minutes, no one could understand a word she was saying and she was so serious then came this very loud 'amen' at the end - it was very cute and funny.

Baby's hand at week 13 (week 15 from last period)

"You may begin to feel some fluttering movements as baby kicks, flails, twists and turns (but don't panic if you don't yet). She can also grasp, squint, frown, grimace and maybe suck her thumb!
Your baby's legs have grown longer than the arms and the body is now longer than the head.
And you'll be happy to note that he is moving those arms and legs often!
His skin is very thin -- so thin blood vessel are visible. It's covered by a fine, soft layer of hair called lanugo. Lanugo comes from a Latin word meaning "down." This hair is thought to help insulate your little boy.
The three tiny bones in his middle ear have begun to harden. The auditory centers in your baby's brain haven't developed yet, so she might not really understand what you say but her hearing capacity is in the process of developing.
Fingernails and toenails are growing.
Eyebrows are beginning to grow and even the hair his head is sprouting. It will probably change color and texture after birth.
All this and your little one is an amazing 3.98 inches (10.1cm) long and may weigh 2.47 ounces (70gm)."

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Yesterday was week 13 and still feeling good. Had a horrid dream last night that I was eating my way through a plate of whale meat - it was disgusting, I bit into a bit of skin which was like wax and forced myself to keep eating because it was 'good for the baby'. I also had a bizarre dream that I was on that giant airbus that landed in Heathrow the other day, we were flying vertical and I was the only passenger apart from David Beckham of all people.
Here's me and bump with my new green top, did I mention I love green?

Friday, May 19, 2006

Well it's coming to the end of Aoradh - Cowal Worship and Arts Festival, events have been going on around the town all week, I've only managed to get to one concert so far but intend to go to a worship songwriting workshop tomorrow afternoon and a concert at night led by Godfrey Birtill (apparently a famous worship leader).
The most surprising blessing for me this week has been the 24 hour prayer room on the pier, I did a 2 hour stint on Wednesday night and 1 hour last night. The room has been made up all cosy with sofas, armchairs, blow-up beds with plenty of candles, little lights and heaters. On the walls people have posted bits of paper with prayers, bible verses, answers to prayer, poems etc. So peaceful and quiet yet the wind howls all around and the waves crash causing to room to sway gently.

Today I picked up an oversize jacket - plenty of room to grow into, and a couple of tops. Bit of a nightmare trying to buy jackets at this time of year, everywhere seems to stop selling them - but after a good 3 hours traipsing around Glasgow I found a dark pinky-red coloured jacket I like, would have been better in dark green but I'll live. Attended the philosophy post-grad seminar which was on the delightful topic of "a critical assessment of arguments on the wrongness of rape" - not exactly Friday night entertainment but an interesting discussion nontheless.
This is my fifth year at Glasgow Uni and I've loved being here. Next to the library is the Mackintosh House which holds the world's largest collection of works by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The Mackintosh House is a "reconstruction of the principal interiors from Mackintosh's Glasgow home, using fixtures and fitments from the original house" - it's beautiful even if you're not a Mackintosh fan. Here's a picture of the bizarre looking Mackintosh door which opens onto nowhere.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Find your own sleeping pose

I am a paper dolls!
Find your own pose!

The soup craze continues. Today I made cream of brocolli soup, very nice if a little bland. It's a great way to get my greens, I'm not really eating proper dinners at the moment - can't really face anything, so I'm on toast and ham and lots of soup. Ice lollies seem to be a common pregnancy craving, I'm just loving Twisters - they're great. Tomorrow is clothes shopping day - horray, I plan to get a nice summer jacket and a couple of maternity tops!

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Mmmm home-made soup

Feeling much better today, just about eaten my way through a pot of cream of pepper soup which I made this morning. Nothing beats home-made soup, I picked up a booklet of quick, easy-to-make soup recipes from a church next to uni - the women run a soup-kitchen at a cheap rate for the students and the soup is goooood.

Cream of Pepper Soup
2tsp oil
2 oz marg
4 green peppers deseeded and chopped
2 onions chopped
2 potatoes chopped
3/4 pint veg stock
1/2 pint milk

Heat oil, add margerine, add peppers and onions.
Gradually add stock then potatoes.
Boil or simmer for 30 mins.
Season, liquidise and then add milk before serving.


Some pictures of my lovely 2 dogs - the wee one's Clyde and the big yin's Lenny (named after Lenin being a Russian Black Terrier). Our house will be a maze of baby-gates after baby is born to ensure that dogs and baby never meet!

It's 1.00am and I can't sleep. I just can't get comfy long enough to fall asleep, and if I do fall asleep I'm awake soon after - uncomfortable and with an aching belly. I can no longer lie on my back for long periods, or my left side, so it has to be my right side and now I've got a cold left shoulder from being out of the duvet all night, but if I tuck it in it gets too hot. On a less whinging note the nausea has lessened a bit this evening, my diet of soup, toast and cheesy wotsits extended to include a half-battered piazza and a chip roll with a pickle tonight. No weird dreams for a while and a slight inclination to take up poetry writing again, which I've not done for a while. Went to a Christian concert tonight, a couple of musicians from the West coast of Scotland played - they were great - Yvonne Lyon and her husband DL, I already had one of their cd's, 'Horizon Searching'which is wonderful and I bought the latest 'Fearless', she is a great song-writer - the lyrics are really placed in the West coast - perhaps that's why I like them so much.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

And I thought the sickness was over. Apparently not, felt sick most of yesterday - managed some yogurt and toast for dinner and this morning I retched about 15 times while trying to brush my teeth. I think it will be soup for dinner tonight, ginger and carrot soup sounds good. Although I've gone off most food again the thought of an Indian meal is bizarrely very appealing, I think I'll check out some curry recipes on the web. Belly is definately growing, I've got a right wee lump now. My sister-in-law bought baby's first teddy - a cute little lion. I'm going to wait until week 20 scan and find out whether it's a girly or a boy and then I'm going to buy maybe a little hat or shoes for him/her. I have a feeling it's going to be a girl - I don't know why but it just seems that way to me, of course I could be completely wrong!

Friday, May 12, 2006

Well 2nd trimester here I come! Baby is 12 weeks today worked out from my last scan and 14 weeks from my last period. The danger period is over - it's been a long 3 months up till now. I've got a feeling that the rest is going to fly in. Was husband's birthday yesterday, we had a really nice Chinese meal and watched a mad film/documentary about some guy who got eaten by bears in Alaska, it was actually very interesting and the scenery was breath-taking, it reminded me a little of Austria (see picture of the Wilder Kaiser, Austria). This picture shows baby at the end of 1st trimester.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Thankgoodness for vinegar and water. The chemist yesterday didn't have the eardrops in prescribed for my earache, so I bought some white vinegar, added some to water and put a few drops in my ear every few hours - well I don't think it has cured it but the pain is dramatically reduced and I had a good night's sleep last night. The only down side is that I must smell like a chippy!
Well that's the cot sorted, my aunt is giving us her's that was only used by my 11 year old cousin, and she's buying a new mattress for it for us. I'm literally bursting out of my jacket, I really can't wear it anymore. I guess the problem is that I normally always wear fitted clothes so now that I'm just a bit bigger in my chest and belly I bursting out of them all. It will be good when I'm big enough to start wearing maternity clothes, I've noticed that a lot of the high street shops have a maternity section now so I should be able to get some nice things.

Monday, May 08, 2006

I've just had a horrendous night's sleep.There's nothing worse than toothache or earache during the night, I'm suffering from the latter. It came on fairly suddenly yesterday morning, bothered me a bit during the day but last night was hellish. Before I was pregnant I would always fall asleep on my front, now I can only sleep on my back and sides or else I end up with an ache in my lower stomach. Last night I couldn't sleep on my left side because of the earache, I was awake half the night. I've got an appointment at the docs this afternoon thankgoodness, I couldn't face another night of the same.
Had a nice day yesterday, a friend took my husband and I out to dinner as a bit of a celebration. We had Indian Mmmmmm, I had something mild so's to avoid heartburn, it was great - I love Indian food - saffron rice, garlic nan bread...yum.
Today I must force myself to get into my studying, I'm nearing the end of a course in philosophy and have to finish off my essays - I've really enjoyed it. Been wading through books on my bookshelf that I never get round to reading - Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre-Dame which is a great story. The ending is rather depressing though and I can't remember if the old movie follows the book for its ending. For our 5th wedding anniversary we went to Paris, while there we visited V. Hugo's house as we are both fans of Les Miserable. I found it quite creepy - he was also a bit of an artist and did numerous black and white sketches of a creepy looking house on top of a steep hilly cliff - looked like something out of a bad dream. I loved reading Phantom of the Opera, what a book - I've never seen the musical although I quite like the music for it - but the book is a must read.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

I just can't believe how quickly I'm expanding. The books say that by the end of the first 3 months my clothes should start to feel tight - I grew out my normal clothes 2 weeks ago and I'm noticing more expansion after as little as 5 days. I feel like the girl in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, I wonder if I'll keep growing until I burst. I guess I just didn't expect it to happen this quick (neither did the books!).
Apparently all sorts of changes can take place during pregnancy. My eyes are normally a dull green/blue colour making them look kind of grey, this last week they've changed to dark green. With all this good weather I was beginning to feel rather jealous of everyone enjoying their glasses of wine or nice cold beers, I searched the supermarket and found a bottle of non-alcholic wine. Had a glass with my dinner last night and it really made my night. It was rather sweet, white but not too fizzy and had a real kind of winey taste about it. So I enjoyed it with a clear conscience.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Ugh...spewed while brushing my teeth this morning. However today is a good day - I'm going out to lunch with my dad, step-mum and grandparents and will break the happy news. Tomorrow it will be announced at our church - then our secret will be well and truly out, which is exciting but also a little bit sad funnily enough, that my private joy and pleasure will be so public - I guess it will be a little strange at first. People have been waiting a long time for this news - My husband and I married when I was 18 (10 years ago, I can't believe it) and I wanted to do the whole uni thing before I had kids - so that's what I've done, I'm sure people think we can't have kids - they stopped pestering us about it a good 5 years ago, so I think this will be a surprise.
Vivid dreams are a common occurence in pregnancy, I normally dream vividly anyway but last week I dreamed my tv was on fire (it had actually gone on fire a week earlier) and then it exploded - the bang was so loud that I thought in my dream that I had burst my eardrums, I've never had that before.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Today I am exactly 11 weeks pregnant (dated from conception), the last week of the 1st trimester - horray! It can only get better, so they tell me. The 2nd trimester is supposed to be full of energy, well-being and the mysterious maternal glow that apparently surrounds pregnant women, though I can't say I've noticed it myself. Here is a picture of baby at 11 weeks (13 from date of last period) - isn't it amazing? I've borrowed it from this website.
The nausea seems to have settled down a little over the last few days and I feel able to eat more than cheese, in fact I've gone off cheese a bit which has been my staple along with lemon diluting juice and especially 'cloudy' lemonade - the real old-fashioned tangy stuff. Totally gone off carrots and any other kind of juice apart from apple juice, but no weird cravings as yet although in the first month I went off everything, I couldn't bare to go to the supermarket - everything just made me feel sick apart from, funnily enough, the thought of a full Christmas dinner!! Fortunately you can buy readymade frozen Christmas dinners so I had a few of them, and contrary to expectation, they were delicious.
It's nearly 2 weeks since my first scan, which was amazing. It was such a relief to see the little shape in my womb and the little leaping that was a heartbeat. I've never been one to see anything in other people's scan pictures - just a jumble of black and white to me but mine is so very clear which must have been due to my very full bladder at the time that even the doctor commented on it.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Today I am 10 weeks, 6 days pregnant, dated from conception. It's been a rocky ride over the last 3 months. The first month was positively hellish, having suffered a miscarriage last year I was feeling rather pessimistic about the sucess of this pregnancy especially when I started experiencing stabbing stomach pains, I felt all I could do was wait for the dreaded bleeding to start. Thank God it never did and the stomach cramps began to ease after a week, then the sickness and nausea started!! Now, on the edge of week 11, I've finally learned to eat smaller meals more often and believe me it helps. Being pregnant this far for the first time it's all new to me and I'm never quite sure whats 'normal' in the development. Two weeks ago I had to kit myself out with clothes the next size up, I was literally bursting out of my old clothes! It can't be the baby and I haven't put on that much weight, I'm guessing it's mostly to do with water retention, my boobs are already a cup size up as well. I'm barely three months - what on earth will I be like at 6 months??

The purpose of this blog is to record my pregnancy: the ups and the downs, a little treasure chest of memories for the future.This is not my 1st pregnancy, the last one ended in miscarriage at around 2 months, this was last year (Feb 17th 2005) and it devastated both myself and my husband. This time I'm nearly at the 3 month mark and feel confident that all will be well.

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