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As I write this, I’m 37 weeks along with my second child. There have been similarities between the two pregnancies, but also differences. I thought it would be fun to do a little comparison post here, in case anyone is interested, but also for the sake of my second kid who’s barely gotten any “airtime,” unlike big sister who got a gazillion blog posts while she was in the womb. Hah.

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Today we’re going public with the news: I am 14 weeks pregnant with our second child. With such exciting information, you’d think I would be bursting to make the announcement, right? Well, not really. I actually have mixed feelings about letting everyone in on this new development in our family. It’s not because we’ve had any health challenges (thankfully). In fact, my first trimester felt much better this time around. The reason I find it hard to announce my pregnancy? I am acutely aware that my news may surface pain for someone hearing it.
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“Give me one good reason to have a child,” two of my friends recently asked me on separate occasions. Each had been married for about two years and were now thinking about whether or not to start a family. They could come up with many reasons not to have kids: the cost, the declining condition of our planet, the total life upheaval and the loss of personal freedom among others. But they weren’t so sure about reasons for having a child. Continue Reading…

With pregnancy, I expected certain changes to happen to my body. The nausea, the fatigue, the hunger, the weight gain… these were all part and parcel of growing a baby. What I was surprised about was that a year after giving birth, my body was still undergoing changes. Sure, I might look the same to the casual observer but I’m really not inhabiting the same body as I had pre-baby.
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My Dear Firstborn

olive chan —  November 28, 2011 — 3 Comments

My dear firstborn,

From the visit to our doctor today, it seems clear that we are in our final days of sharing this unique and precious physical connection; of you living inside of me.  The doctor said that I am close to being 2 cm dilated and that your head is quite low.  My body also tells me something is changing.  I am getting more frequent cramps and practice contractions and the random tears and hot flashes tell me my hormones are on a roller-coaster ride.  You are definitely readying yourself to make your grand entrance into the world!
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150 Lbs and Waiting

olive chan —  November 24, 2011 — 5 Comments

At my weekly checkup on Monday, I finally tipped the scales at 150 pounds.  So far, I’ve gained 27 pounds since my first doctor’s appointment.  Not too much, not too little.  I think baby’s growth is slowing down though because I find myself less hungry (especially in the middle of the night).
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Free Baby Resources

olive chan —  November 23, 2011 — 8 Comments

In the course of preparing for baby’s arrival, I’ve come across some great resources for new moms and dads that I thought I would share – especially for people who live in the Vancouver area (although I think that most, if not all, of these resources are available Canada-wide).  Most of them were either recommended to me, or I found them myself.  [Note: I am not affiliated with any of these companies, nor am I being compensated for mentioning them here.  I’m simply passing along the good stuff I’ve found.  I must also mention that we are part of the Amazon Affiliates program.  That means if you choose to buy a book through our links, we will receive a bit of commission – so we promise to be honest about our reviews and let you know what we found helpful.]

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Full-term!

olive chan —  November 15, 2011 — Leave a comment

This past Friday, Baby Chan reached the milestone of 37 weeks, which is considered full-term.
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Dare I say this?

olive chan —  November 10, 2011 — 1 Comment

My baby is getting on my nerves.  There, I said it.  Before you become alarmed and wonder if I’m in good enough psychological condition to become a mother, let me also say that I mean it quite literally.  You see, sometimes when I’m standing, baby’s position presses on my nerves and pain and numbness shoot down my legs.  And I feel like I’m going to crumple over unless I hold onto something and try to shift my weight somehow.
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A date of significance

olive chan —  November 2, 2011 — Leave a comment

Five years ago today, a certain young man invited a certain young woman into the adventure of courtship.  Five years ago today, the young woman said yes to that invitation.  Now, 5 years later, they are one month away from the due date of their first baby!  Needless to say, their adventure has only begun.  ;)
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