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.

Monday, July 31, 2006

Busy busy busy...I have a 12,000 word dissertation to write as part of my m.litt in philosophy, so far I've managed to get the first 4000 words completed - just 8000 to go...argh! It's hard to concentrate when all I keep thinking about is baby things (and food), and it's especially hard to concentrate when this wee boy is punching my insides - he's definately either a footballer or a boxer!

Authorial Dominance

Out of interest I decided to check my bookcases out (not including husband's books) after reading this post from Surroundings.
The idea is to make a list of authors whom are represented by at least 5 books on my bookshelf, and this is what I came up with:

Primo Levi
Karl Marx
Sylvia Plath
Chaim Potok
Ted Hughes
Derek Prince

hmm doesn't feel much representative of my bookcases, I guess I have a lot of books by a lot of different people instead, and most of my poetry is in collected volumes as opposed to being in 5 separate books.

Friday, July 28, 2006

23 weeks pregnant today (25 from lmp)!

Baby's nostrils begin to open - there is a study out of Belfast that suggests babies at this stage have the capability of scent preferences! The nerves around the mouth and lip area are showing more sensitivity now. His swallowing reflexes are developing and dexterity is improving. Baby can make a fist and would clasp objects placed in his palm.
Sorley has now obtained an approximate length of 13.6 inches (34.6cm) and weighs 1.46 pound.

You can see a 4D video of baby at 23 weeks right down the bottom of this page - it is just amazing to watch.

It's just before 7am and I can't sleep, it's raining outside which for once I'm glad to hear because it means today might be cooler than the last couple of days. I've been like a vampire this last week - hiding in the house from the heat of the day with the curtains shut to keep the house cooler, we're not used to such hot weather in Scotland and being nearly 6 months pregnant doesn't help! Sorley's been kicking away since I got up around an hour ago, he normally likes to save the big kicks until I'm eating my dinner - it's so off putting trying to digest your food whilst your insides are getting battered!

Last night we were at a friend's birthday barbecue, it was great until around 9pm then the midges came out to feast on us, the nasty little blighters bit through my tights leaving a dozen itchy red marks all over my legs.
Today we are taking a trip across the water - taking the dog to the vets to get his yearly jags and hopefully picking up a pregnancy pillow, at the moment I have pillows scattered all over the bed in strange places trying to get comfortable but it's no working, so here's hoping to pick up a preg pillow today.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Well Sorley seems to have settled into a routine - he's quiet all day and then starts kicking around 6pm onwards - I'm hoping this means he likes a lie in! Huge thunderstorm last night, the dog was driving me crazy all night - poor thing was terrified but at 3am it crossed my mind to strangle her with my pillow!
Update on the food front - I have developed the sweetest tooth imaginable, doing our shopping the other night I could easily have put a shelf load of cakes into my trolley not to mention the sweetie aisle!
Several people recommended cocoa butter for stretching belly so I finally got some from the body shop and actually it does feel great, before I was just using my usual moisturiser but the cocoa butter does seem to make the stretching feel less tight and it smells delicious! Something I'm not looking forward to is my belly button popping out, at the moment it's fairly flat but then I have a really small belly button so maybe it won't pop out.
I was reading a pregnancy magazine the other day and was thinking about preparing a birth plan - I asked J if he wanted to cut the umbilical cord, ha ha the look I got - I think I'll be lucky if he doesn't pass out during delivery!

Sunday, July 23, 2006

His name is Sorley
(Gaelic - Somhairle)

Some of you have probably already guessed that we are calling our little boy Sorley.
Sorley is a very traditional Scottish name and is the name of a Celtic hero from the twelfth century. Sorley is a shortened version of the full name Somerled meaning 'summer-wanderer'. Somerled was a military and political leader of the Scottish Isles in the 12th century, he was known as Lord of the Isles and Thane of Argyll (we live in Argyll), and he drove the Vikings out of western Scotland.

Another famous Sorley is the Scottish poet Sorley MacLean who died in1996 and is attributed to having sparked off a Gaelic renaissance in Scottish literature. Seamus Heaney said of one of Sorley's most famous Gaelic poems 'Hallaig' - about the Highland clearences - that it is "a living masterpiece that comes across richly and strangely in English although it can only breathe its deepest cultural and musical breaths in Gaelic". Heaney went on to translate his own version of Hallaig which can be found here.

Named after a warrior and a poet - well he can't say we didn't give him a good start in life!

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Yesterday I was 22 weeks pregnant (24 from lmp), time sure is flying in!

Baby gains about 6 ounces this week. The weight is in muscle, bone mass and organs.
His body begins to fill out with his appearance increasingly becoming more like a newborn.
Taste buds begin to form. If I drink something strange or bitter, baby may be observed showing his distaste. The muscular coordination of his hands has improved as he sucks his thumb.

Baby weighs 1.3 pound (600gm) and is 11.8 inches (30cm) long -- almost the length of a ruler!

Well daddy felt his first kick yesterday, in fact three of them in a row! Babes in wombs are notorious for refusing to kick for daddy but this little boy kicked away all afternoon!
I had a lovely meal with grilled salmon whilst we were in Sweden and since had a craving for it which is quite odd as for a number of years I worked in a smoked salmon factory - a couple of years before and all throughout my undergrad years at uni - needless to say I couldn't stand the stuff and to be having cravings for it now is like some kind of joke!! Anyway for dinner the other night I had a big plate of salmon and a bowl of supernoodles and it was great.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Gothenburg, Sweden

A wee slide show of our holiday, we had our ups and downs - husband got food poisoning on our first night and spent the next day shouting hughie down the toilet. However he recovered and we enjoyed the rest of our holiday. Nice place, very hot though the air was fresh coming in from the Atlantic. Baby's getting good at kicking, one night he kicked me really hard twice just below my belly button - I was nearly doubled over! We are both glad to be home and get back into our normal routine and poor lenny was desperately glad to be rescued from his first holiday to the kennels!

Friday, July 14, 2006

Today I'm 21 weeks pregnant (23 from lmp) and I've really started to feel this little boy kicking away in my belly as opposed to bubbles, it's the weirdest feeling it feels almost like missing a heartbeat.

"If born now, your baby has a 15% chance of survival, his odds going up with each passing day". Breathtakingly this picture is of a 21 week baby born survivor, it nearly makes me cry to look at it.

Proportions of your body are now quite similar to a newborn although thinner since you haven't begun to form body fat. You're able to hear: low-frequency sounds mimicking a male voice penetrate the abdomen and uterine wall better than the higher frequencies of the female voice (better practice that deep voice!). Your eyes are formed and your pancreas, essential in the production of hormones, is developing steadily. The average baby at this stage weighs 1.1 pound and is 11.38 inches long.

Well we're off on our holidays tomorrow, we were supposed to be driving down to Somerset to see my brother, his wife and their two lovely little girls but our car has decided it's not up for a long journey so unfortunately we had to cancel. Deciding that we still needed a holiday I checked out the cheapest flights to anywhere and found flights to Gothengurg, Sweden for £9.99 each way! So that's where we're off to and I'm very excited though a bit peeved that I can't make use of the hotel sauna, perhaps I'll get a Swedish massage!! The city looks lovely, it's on the Atlantic coast with canals running through it so I'm looking forward to a relaxing canal boat trip through the Gothenburg. We have never been to Scandanavia before so we're both very excited, and it's our little boy's first holiday!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006


Well so much for female intuition (and old wives tales!) our little baby's well and truly A BOY - the doc had no doubts at all! For months I was convinced I was having a girl although more recently I began to doubt it with the size of my belly but it was still a surprise when he said "IT'S A BOY". We are over the moon!! The maternity dept. was running half an hour behind schedule which was just cruelty, stuck in a room full of pregnant women all dying for the loo. When I eventually got to the scan room the doc had to tell me to empty my bladder as the baby was squashed up under my boobs so what was the point?!
I'm no good at seeing obscure shapes at the best of times so the scan was mostly a jumble of black and white images for me - got a good look at the spine, you couldn't miss that, and saw some rather long legs and little feet. Here's the side profile of our little boy's head, worringly it looks like he's got a rather large Roman nose!! Though I'm sure that's not really the case!!
Afterwards we went shopping and I bought my first present for our baby, a little blue outfit and hat for when he comes out of hospital and a little sookie blanket that he can have from birth. My mum bought me a nice blue maternity top - seeing how it's a boy! And husband was in such a good mood he let me buy a new throwover and cusions for our couch though it didn't suit our livingroom so now it's a throwover for our bed.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

This is 5 months pregnant me and I really notice a difference, belly has been going through an expanding phase for the last couple of days and my face is getting rounder (!!). Tomorrow is the big scan and we are going to find out whether it is a girly or a boy, I was fairly confident before that it is a girl but with the size of this belly I'm having second thoughts, boys are bigger right?!
We are really excited - just hope they get it right!!
Congratulations to Italy for winning the world cup (though I was supporting France) and congratulations to Sidane for making a rather dull game very interesting - what a head butt!!

Friday, July 07, 2006

Today I'm 5 months pregnant!! (22 weeks from lmp)
Baby weighs close to a pound at this point and can now hear conversations more clearly than before! Studies have found that newborns will suck more vigorously when read to from a book they heard frequently in the womb.
Your eyelids and eyebrows are fully formed, fingernails have grown to the end of your fingers.
"As your abdomen continues to grow at 22 weeks pregnant you may start developing stretch marks" - ah the joys of pregnancy, where's that moisturiser!!
Woke up at 4am starving, tried to ignore it but after 20 mins I just had to get up - had a tin of mandarins, a packet of crisps and a healthy can of coke, hope this doesn't happen too often!

I'm quite choosy about artists that I like, I'm a big Picasso fan and seeing his work in Paris made me appreciate his paintings all the more, whereas I thought I liked Turner but was disappointed in an exhibition of his work in Glasgow last year. However I love the work of Thomas Kinkade - his paintings have a real nostalgia and fairytale element about them as well as being just beautiful. He does stunning country cottage scenes - the top one's called Twilight Cottage with A Quiet Evening below it.

But most of all I love his Christmas pictures, aren't they great?! The one above is Memories of Christmas and below it is Moonlit Sleigh Ride.

Thomas Kinkade is known as "the Painter of Light", he has an almost uncanny ability to recreate the effect of pictorial lighting in a way that makes the image seem to glow from within.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Evolution of Dance

Hee hee this made me laugh and brought back a few memories, thanks to Life of Rubin.

I've just discovered Book Crossing thanks to Raw Light - I had read about it somewhere before and forgot about it.

The practice of leaving a book in a public place to be picked up and read by others, who then do likewise. (added to the Concise Oxford English Dictionary in August 2004)

Anyway I've just registered my first book to part with, wasn't easy - I'm rather attached to my books however I thought it would be fun. All I have to do now is plant it for some unwhitting person to discover!
It works like this - you read a book, register it - giving it a number to put inside its front cover then release it into the wild for a stranger to find and who will hopefully read it, go to the website to record that it has been found, and after reading release it again!

Here's my book about to be let loose, it was a great read so I hope someone else gets enjoyment out of reading it.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

I'm in love with chicken flavoured super noodles - had some for breakfast Mmmm they are the best. I used to love super noodles as a kid, I'm sure it was the only thing I learned to cook before I left home (though not through lack of my mother trying to teach me!!). I went on my honeymoon to Gran Canaria (Canary Islands) - the nearest place to us that is hot in December - and I packed about 20 packets of super noodles to take with us in case of food poisoning.
It was just as well, husband got food poisoning on our first night there - he asked for a rare steak and it came practically in a pool of blood.
We ate our noodles all week and neither of us could stomach them for several years afterwards! Aside from that, Gran Canaria was beautiful - this is the beach at the resort where we stayed, and here are the sand dunes which to our surprise had a nudist colony in the middle of it!!

Sunday, July 02, 2006

This big little lump caused me pains all last night, I'm sure he/she must have been jabbing me in the ribs, thank goodness all has settled down today. Working my way through several bottles of gaviscone, had a lovely lamb bhoona curry the other night - if I'm going to suffer heartburn anyway I may as well make it worthwhile!
Husband is packing to go on a (believe it or not) man-tracking course down in Cornwall - hmmm just one of his very weird hobbies! He's away until Friday leaving me in charge of dog-walking, hope the weather stays good.
Thankyou auntie Betty for the lovely baby clothes - I especially love this white all-in-one suit with the cute ears - here's proud daddy with it, hope he doesn't plan to carry the baby around like that!!
It's getting quite awkward getting dressed in the morning with this bump in the way - I have to do a bandylegged John Wayne impression while getting my trousers on, I'm sure it's a very odd sight.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Yesterday I bought a cd of one of my favorite Christian singer/songwriters - Keith Green. He died tragically in 1982 at the age of 28 in a plane crash along with his 3 year old son Josiah and his 2 year old daughter Bethany, leaving behind his 1 year old daughter Rebekah and his 6 weeks pregnant wife Melody. Yet what an impact his short life has had on so many people - you can read his story here. He was a great singer but not only that his lyrics are beautiful, here's one of my favorite songs: (you can hear a clip of it here)

Oh Lord, you're beautiful,
Your face is all I see,
For when your eyes are on this child,
Your grace abounds to me.

I want to take your word and shine it all around.
But first help me to just, live it Lord.
And when I'm doing well, help me to never seek a crown.
For my reward is giving glory to you.

Oh Lord, please light the fire,
That once burned bright and clean.
Replace the lamp of my first love,
That burns with Holy fear.

I want to take your word and shine it all around.
But first help me to just, live it Lord.
And when I'm doing well, help me to never seek a crown.
For my reward is giving glory to you.

Oh Lord, you're beautiful,
Your face is all I see,
For when your eyes are on this child,
Your grace abounds to me.

Yesterday was 19 week!(21 weeks from lmp)
This week your white blood cells are under production which form your body's defense sytems. Your skin has changed from translucent to become more opaque and your tongue is fully formed, if I were able to peek I might catch you practicing giving me a raspberry! Your wake and sleep periods become more consistent, some research suggests that you set your internal clock to match the outside world's even before birth! My eating and sleeping habits as well as levels of light and noise apparently serve as signals.
You can now hear all my conversations and when I read Emily Dickinson to you, you move about vigorously - I hope that means you like it!

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