Wednesday, January 30, 2008

It's Official! Inchworm is Named!

John and I have a name for Inchworm! Jump for joy! YES, we are letting everyone know because we are so excited to have decided on the name and would love to share it with our family and friends. So his name is...

Dominic Joel Bermea

We checked out the name a bit before completely settling. This is what John pulled up from Wikipedia:

Translated from Latin it means 'of our lord' or 'belonging to God'. Variations include: Domenic, Dominik, Dominick and the usually feminine Dominique. Several saints have borne this name...

These aren't the reasons we're picking the name, but we thought we'd consider what it is generally known for and of course the "kids wll be kids" factor and find some way to make fun of names. We feel he will be fairly safe with this one. ;)

How we came up with the name. When we were considering the name Donovan I had asked a special little friend of ours, Lillee (9-yrs old) what were some names from boys in her class at school and/or other boys she knew. She gave me a bunch of names and then finally ended randomly and without thought, Dominic. When we told her a couple weeks later that we were thinking of using it, she'd completely forgotten that she'd thought of it. :) She's a cutie. So that's how the name came about. I had wondered if it would be fun to go with a name more with John's heritage (Spanish/Mexican-Canadian-Scottish), but realistically the name just stuck and we really like it. So that's it. :)

Baby Showers and the social baby-agenda:

I have decided on doing an Open House for myself (with help from my mumsi) instead of a babyshower. I don't particularily want an official babyshower simply because I know such a mixed group of people who don't know one another and I always hated going to an awkward shower myself. This is probably because I'm not a huge social bug outside of my regular group. Maybe it's the whole, "showing up on time,having to stay until an appropriate leave-time and not knowing anyone but the prego lady yet not even getting to really visit with them" deal? I'd rather give her gift at a time when I can visit.. ...maybe I'm just being silly, ohwell! It's my belly, it's my perogative right? haha. Anyway, so I had decided a while ago that I did not want an official babyshower, but my mom wasn't going to let me get away with that and then everyone keeps asking if I'm having one.... I guess there is no escape, I must do something. It isn't because I am not appreciative of gifts or thoughtful people, I just don't like being in the center. eek.

Therefore, I liked the idea of holding an open house because I can invite all these people to come within certain hours on a certain day to enjoy h'orderves and treats on their own time. No pressure on showing up on time or staying until another time or playing games they may not want to play and ones where I definitely don't want to be the center of attention on. I will be doing the Open House in March and will post an official date (and of course send out invites) as soon as I nail a date (which should be by this week).

On the other hand, I believe Robyn and I will also be having a double Babyshower (yes, the real type of shower I think) out at our parents house that will be including an invite list of a lot of people we grew up with (ladies from church, etc.). It is something I can't escape I suppose, being pregnant at the same time with my sister. Robyn's prettymuch had a babyshower from day one of being pregnant, haha! They have gotten presents right and left from people they know.

So that's the latest and greatest baby-news.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Running-Y - Our Annual Winter Trip

We're all recouperating from our annual Running-Y Family Winter Trip. We have made going out to the Running-Y Ranch Resort an annual tradition, continuing this year for 3-years in a row. Last year there was no snow for sledding. The year before there was plenty of snow and we also got some x-country skiing in the mix (on the golf course of course). This year it snowed quite a bit, but it had a week of sun before we showed up so it was deep-crunchy-snow. Everyone still got plenty of [very bumpy] sledding in on a nice driving hill and some of us girls went trekking on another area of the golf course. Pat took all these great photos of the boys sledding on this tube from her position in the middle of the hill... turns out at the end of the day, she didn't even have a card in the camera. Ohwell, good practice right? ;)

Normally, we rent out the ice-rink for a crazy family hockey bash, but not enough of the people who really make the game came this year (they all got married and now work and/or are in school or have jobs... uhh... lame. haha). Sometimes it's not so great realizing we're all grown up and have to cater to the real world and schedules and being responsible. :( I miss the days when we were all irresponsible kids spending 3-months of summer doing whatever we wanted and every school break playing to our hearts content.

Anyway, this years turnout was pretty great. We rented three, three bedroom condos and one, one bedroom (for John and I). The roster included: Bermeas - John, myself, Inchworm and our friend Emily. The Fords - Dan, Rochelle, Ben, Daniel. Sutherlands - Robyn, Paul and their Limabean, Jentzsch's - Randy, Pat and Chris. Friends - Yumi, Christian and little Naomi. The entire Swartz clan! Mike, Heather, Morgan, Miranda, Sage, Justin and Sabrina. Thanks Everyone for another great year we really look forward to next year. Anyone is invited, just let us know and we'll add you to the roster.
The morning of the big day for our room started with delicious waffles (made by me from scratch of course. lol) and eggs. Then on to getting dressed for the snow. I had assumed my snowboarding pants would definitely fit because they had a bit of an extender and were originally a bit larger on me. WRONG. I couldn't even get the zipper up. Of course I hadn't tried them out BEFORE the trip. Luckily, John fits into some of my clothes and his pants were more bib-like (best for pregnant people!), so we traded. He was sport'n high fashion in his ultra-cute baby blue pants. haha. I was pretty bummed because I bought these last year for the trip and there was no snow. I was quite excited to be able to use them. So maybe next year then. Although he threw a tantrum at first [j/k] he looks good in them and knows it! hah!

Following all the breakfast goodies and bumpy sledding, everyone went back for some refueling. After lunch my mom, myself, Robyn and my friend Emily decided to go trekking in this (pic above) vast area of the golf course behind all of the condos. There is this cool little creek with cattails that leads down to a man-made lake/pond. The photo above is after we'd walked-crawled-rolled all the way across ALL that snow (you can see the condos on the far side). The snow was at least knee deep if not deeper. It was quite a lot of work, so we laid out to rest...

The Swartz girls showed up after we'd reached one destination, the little bridge. So instead of going back, we continued on our journey to explore the "great lake" and some "crater". Neither of which are a great lake or a crater, but those were our title for the destinations at the time. ;)

....lastly, yes, I got a photo of Robyn and I totally pregnant in the snow. :) We were attempting to enhance our pregnant state with the poise. heheh. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Inchworm: 25 & 26 weeks

Week 25 (last week):Inchworm measured about 13 1/2 inches last week. His weight, —was around a pound and a half and wasn't much more than an average rutabaga, but he's beginning to exchange his long, lean look for a more rounded one. As he gains weight, his wrinkled skin will begin to smooth out and he'll start to look more like a mini newborn. His hair is probably recognizable now in color and texture, although both may change after he's born.

Week 26 (up-to-date):
Inchworm now weighs about a pound and two-thirds and measures approx. 14 inches (an English hothouse cucumber), from head to heel. The nerve pathways in her ears are developing, which means his response to sounds is growing more consistent. His lungs are developing now, too, as he continues to take small breaths of amniotic fluid — good practice for when he's born and takes that first breath of air. Boys growth at this stage - his testicles are beginning to descend into his scrotum — a trip that will take about two to three days. Betcha really wanted to know those details! ;)

My Updates:

Inchworm is turning into a little body more and more as the days fly by! Within the last two weeks he's been nudging his limbs out at me which are noticeably stronger. When I work out (swimming or walking) I feel as if he's balling up as tight as possible in his chosen corner and hanging on for dear life, it gives me a side-ache quickly. Silly boy, he's not going anywhere!

I know I know, these posts aren't so interesting. Everyone is probably sick of seeing them. I haven't posted anything too great in a while...totally missed Christmas and New Year Eve. Well I'll try to get some more entertaining posts up shortly.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Inchworm: 24 weeks Updates: Inchworm is growing steadily, gaining about a quarter of a pound since last week, when he was just over a pound. Since he's almost a foot long - picture an ear of corn (I like popcorn! errr...), that makes a pretty lean figure, but his body is filling out proportionally and he'll soon put on more baby fat.
  • His skin is thin, translucent, and wrinkled.
  • His brain is growing rapidly.
  • His taste buds are developing.
  • His lungs are developing "branches" of the respiratory "tree" and cells that produce surfactant, a substance (that helps the air sacs inflate easily).
My Updates:

Let's see, life has been pretty chaotic lately. I'm back to trying to swing productivity for both jobs (day-job and then MollyBean has gotten pretty busy so it's a tricky balancing act. The holidays being over (which I never even posted about!) helps a ton. It was a lot of fun, but it's nice to start having life back. We go to the Running-Y Ranch & Resort this coming weekend for a lot of family fun! Snowshoeing here we come! No skiing or ice hockey this year.

Inchworm is as busy as ever, finding his new favorite corner each week (making me lopsided) and curling up in a ball there. He started "petting" my upper abdomen last week...with a foot or hand I do not know, but he was rubbing back and forth. It was pretty funny. I had a magazine/book rested on my tummy at one point and he made it jump. He's show'n off his tricks for mommy and daddy I suppose. He likes to "move furniture" or so John might call it, "Start Training" (for Triathlon's of course!) in the late afternoon (between 2pm - 4pm) then pick back up in the evening, but most evening movement is rolling around and I guess "rubbing mommy's belly". haha.

So the much awaited BELLY PHOTO are here!

We don't look so pregnant from behind (yet...?) Robyn grabbed a hunk of my butt at the last second! *lol*, then... trying to grab each other's belly... kinda worked, then we have the "pear" of us... so enjoy the roundness!!

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Inchworm: 23 weeks

Inchworm is more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound (about as much as a large mango). We're into our 5th month now... Updates:
  • His skin is red and wrinkled.
  • Blood vessels in his lungs are developing to prepare him for breathing.
  • He can swallow, but he normally won't pass his first stool (called meconium) until after birth.
  • Loud noises heard often in utero — such as your dog barking or the roar of a vacuum cleaner — probably won't faze him when he hears them outside the womb.
My Updates:

Today's fun event - I blacked out. First time ever. The situation was good though (if ever it could be with something like this).

The scenario: I was stopping by John's work to say hi on my way home from an appointment. As I was walking in I started getting a funny feeling and blamed it on my boots thinking, man, are my boots starting to bother me? I feel really weak or worn out and the day hasn't even started..? dumb boots!

I said "hi" to a couple of his co-workers, then stood there for a minute and really started getting dizzy! All I wanted to do was find John. I'll feel better when I find John, just make it to John...... at this point my vision started to go. I have experienced this feeing plenty of times in the past, usually around my period (sorry guys! TMI I know! haha) and it's due to low-blood sugar or something. So I knew the symptoms, I just needed to find John. For some reason my brain thinks that finding my favorite person in the whole world will make things magically better right?

If you haven't experienced a low-blood sugar crash, I'll explain: Mine at least go like this. First I get really dizzy and queasy feeling, then my vision gets blotchy with something I call "flashy-eyeballs" which looks like a bunch of stadium lights flashing on and off randomly directly in front of your eyes and it wacks out your brain. That's all you can see. In between these flashy-lights you see the real world dimly. Then I start to get really clammy but at the same time, scorching hot and start I start dripping sweat from everywhere. Keeping your eyes open makes the spinning worse... on and on until it passes. Following everything you get really shaky and freezing cold (sweat starts to chill you I guess). Usually sitting down, breathing deep and keeping your eyes shut helps. Not this time I guess...

...So I kept on my flashy-eyed path to John, praying there were no customers in his office. I couldn't even see if he was in his office when I walked up. Luckily, no customers. I sat in a chair across his desk, finally saw a shape I assumed was him and said,"hi, I don't feel so good. hold on a minute." then put my face in my hands because the feeling is so unbearable and sickening... then I guess I leaned my head back against the wall and was gone. I remember sitting there forever thinking, ok go away go away go away. I'm going to die. just go away feeling! haha. Your brain gets all unreasonable and it feels like it will never pass.

When I kind of came back to reality, the first thing I remember was John holding my hand saying,"Molly if you can hear me squeeze my hand." I did luckily! I'm sure he would have called 911 if I hadn't. I didn't believe that I'd passed out, but John said I started making this little choking sound and was unresponsive to pats on my face (well, he said he slapped my face. haha). I do remember thinking, Please don't call 911 that'll be so embarrassing! I'll be fine. I just need a minute. wow this is lasting a long time, I just need a minute though, leave me alone. I'll be fine. Little did I know, our friend/John's manager, Randy and John were on the phone with his wife (who is a mid wife) trying to figure out what to do.

Overall it was quite embarrassing, but I am glad I made it to his office w/out passing out on their cement showroom flooring! I felt terrible for scaring John (and others) like that, but at least I wasn't at the store or driving. And of course it was much better having John there to take care of me rather than some strangers.

So I learned today that at this time in my pregnancy the low-blood sugar (hypoglycemia) kicks in if you have a problem with it previously...and I do. I am already scheduled to do the Glucos test at my next Dr. Appt.

moving on...

I tried to get a belly shot of Robyn and I together at our New Years Eve party, but asked her at midnight and she was in "going home mode" so didn't comply. Sorry guys. I will get some more shots as soon as possible even if they are just me.

So this one looks like it's long enough! Take care and I'll try to catch up on posting....