Saturday, 29 December 2007
Christmas has already come and gone! We spent a quiet Christmas at home - just Pedro, me, the dogs, and the little baby in my belly - and it was very nice. I cooked all kinds of Puerto Rican holiday food along with some apple pie for dessert. Now we have a New Year's Eve party to go to in only two days and I'm a little worried about finding a fancy dress that I can actually fit into.
My neighbors are down in Cornwall (southern England) and they've left me to take care of their four Bantam chickens while they're gone. Walking out to the chicken coop every morning to take care of their chickens amidst sprawling English farmland is so wonderful that it reminds me of how much I can't wait to show little Isabella the beauty of the outdoors (and so much more).
Saturday, 15 December 2007
Tuesday, 11 December 2007
I mentioned in an earlier post that I would get around to putting up a few pictures from Thanksgiving and the jazz show we went to the following week. Here they are - these were taken by my friend Kat. As you can see in the last photo - the belly button is barely hangin' on, despite Pedro's daily pleading with Isabella to hold onto it!
Friday, 7 December 2007
Cloth diapers these days are nothing like the old terry cloth towels you had to fold and pin. These days they have all-in-one diapers that work just like a disposable, that, once soiled, you dump a flushable liner into the toilet, and put the diaper into a lidded bucket. Once the bucket is full, you just dump the diapers into the washing machine. Since we don't have a clothes dryer, we'll have to remove the liner for it to dry. I've done a test run of the ones I bought and they dried easily overnight, despite it being fall/winter in
When some people first hear that Pedro and I have decided to try cloth diapering, I tend to get some raised eyebrows. I've talked with a few women here in
The Nappy [Diaper] Lady website: http://www.thenappylady.co.uk/
“Pocket” diapers (the kind that is probably best for us since we don't have a dryer): http://www.weecarediapercompany
Green parenting / diapers http://www.grizzlybird.net
Cloth diaper care, step by step: http://www.grizzlybird.net/2006/03/how-to-wash-cloth-diapers-at-home.html#links
Natural baby wipes http://www.naturodoc.com
Saturday, 1 December 2007
We didn't get a chance to get a photo for my 28th week and my official entrance into the third trimester. If I go to full term, I still have another 11 weeks - but technically, the baby is ready to go after 37 weeks!
We went to a jazz concert (Koop) at the Jazz Cafe in London yesterday and the baby got another taste of great music (since hearing the opera Aida in Verona this summer). I'll try to write more and post a couple more pics later in the week.
Sunday, 18 November 2007
Sunday, 11 November 2007
Friday, 2 November 2007
We had our first prenatal class last night at
Tuvimos nuestra primera clase prenatal anoche en el hospital (tres horas!), donde yo voy a dar a la luz. Habian seis otras parejas ahí, y todas las mujeres estaban en varias niveles
La comadrona no recomendó ningun tipo de droga contra el dolor,
Saturday, 27 October 2007
Well, I've got six full months of pregnancy under my belt, so to speak. Things are going really well, I feel good, I have high energy, and I've been trying to do a little bit of pregnancy yoga to ease my constant leg cramps (as well as eating tons of bananas).
One thing that I've been really preoccupied about is the issue of diapers. Pedro and I both agreed that we are willing to try using cloth diapers, so I've been doing lots of research into the easiest ways of going about it. For those of you who have used cloth diapers - what brands, if any, do you recommend?
Ya pasaron seis meses del embarazo. Todo esta bien, me siento bien, tengo mucha energía, y habia tratado de hacer un poquito de yoga para aliviar los dolores de las piernas (y
Friday, 19 October 2007
Esta es la foto del sonograma segundo (de la semana 21 del embarazo), cuando averiguamos que la bébé es una nena. Yo creo que ella parece a Pedro – pero cuando yo lo dijé eso a Pedro, él reaccionó
Esta es una foto de hoy - la empezada de la semana 23 del embarazo. Doña Aida me regaló esta camisa (no es una camisa de maternidad, pero me queda perfectamente bien). He recibido muchos regalos de todo el mundo para la maternidad y la bébé – GRACIAS at todos!!! (Si alguien sabe un shortcut de poner las letras correctas – con acentos, etc – dejame saber por favor! Tengo muchos dificultades con el teclado y el mecanographía.)
This is a photo of me on the first day (today) of my 23rd week of pregnancy. Doña Aida sent me this top from
Tuesday, 16 October 2007
We took a little three day trip to Switzerland over the weekend and took in some beautiful sights of the southern Alps. We did some hiking, some eating, and got in plenty of excellent Swiss chocolate. The pictures here are of us in a place called Gornergrat, near Zermatt (in the south). In the background you see a few glaciers that are part of the mountain range that includes the famous Matterhorn.
We hiked from an area a bit further down from here and walked the trail for a couple of hours. The exercise feels great - it's not having continual access to a bathroom that really stinks.
Tuesday, 9 October 2007
My friend Jessi was here for a visit all the way from Minnesota, and luckily, she was able to be there. Unfortunately, Pedro wasn't! We had to arrive separately because Pedro was working, and on his way, he got stuck in a horrible traffic jam because of an accident in which they closed down the road. So the good news was slightly overshadowed by worrying what happened to him (we only have one cell phone) - we knew there had been an accident on his route. I asked the midwife to wait until Pedro got there before telling me what the sex of the baby was, and we waited until they were closing before the midwife couldn't wait any longer. Had he gotten there before the clinic closed, she was going to let us do the ultrasound again so that Pedro could get a chance to see - poor Pedro!
BUT - he made it out safely but could only get back to his job. Once I found out what happened, I drove there to tell him in person. It's a girl and we're VERY excited!!!!
Sunday, 30 September 2007
Now that I'm at the 20 week mark, the baby is almost as long as a sheet of paper (head to foot) and has been stretching and moving around constantly. Make your predictions on the baby's sex - we go in for the final ultrasound on October 8th!
Ahora que estoy en la semana numero 20, el bebe esta casi tan largo como una hoja de papel (de la cabeza a los pies) y se ha estado estirando y moviendo constantemente. Hagan sus apuestas ahora - vamos al sonograma final en el 8 de Octubre a ver que sera - un varon o una hembra.
Monday, 24 September 2007
No tengo una foto nueva todavia; la voy a poner esta semana. Pero tengo unas noticias - el bebe ha estado moviendose mucho - especialmente esta manana cuando me empujo con todo su cuerpito y yo lo podia sentir (casi cuatro pulgadas) con la mano afuera. Era como una piedra empujandose! Pedro tambien puede sentir los movimientos.
In other news, we are getting rid of the beater BMW for a 2002 Volvo wagon. It's not a mini-van but it's definitely a family vehicle. We'll be able to fit the dogs in the back area, the baby in the back seat, and we'll still be able to sit comfortably in the front. The trip to Scotland with all of us in the car was cramped, to say the least (not to mention when family came to visit in March).
Thursday, 13 September 2007
I had another appointment with the midwife today and everything looks fine. My uterus is now past my belly button. I wore this shirt to my first appointment at 6 weeks and haven't worn it since, so it really surprised me to see how much I've grown when I put it on this morning.
In just three more weeks we find out if it's a boy or a girl. I dreamed that I did an ultrasound on myself and it was a boy :) We'll see!
Tuve una cita con la comadrona hoy y todo se ve muy bien. El utero ya sobrepasa el umbligo. Yo
use esta camisa en la primera cita (6 semanas) y no la use desde entonces hasta hoy. Me dio una sorpresa a ver cuanto ha crecido la barriga cuando me vesti esta manana.
Solamente en tres semanas mas, averiguaremos cual es el sexo del bebe.
London - Lentil likes Thai food!
Saturday, 8 September 2007
Wednesday, 5 September 2007
Saturday, 25 August 2007
Monday, 13 August 2007
My belly doesn't look very different this week - it just seems like the weight is spreading out more. These pants - two sizes bigger than my norm, almost don't fit me anymore though.