Thursday, October 22, 2009

Heading south

We're leaving later today! It's not a big trip, but it's going to be a fun one. We'll be driving and flying. I've never been to any of the places I'm going before. I'm looking forward to it!

Some giveaways for today:

For baby:
For the ladies:
  • Win a $50 gift certificate to Amon Maternity at Ohana Mama. (Canadian winner will have to pay shipping.) Ends November 3rd.
  • Win a handbag of your choice from Handbag Heaven on the Handbag Heaven blog! Ends October 28th.
See you next week!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Travelling and waiting

So, we're going on a trip this weekend, heading down to the States with my brother and sister in law for some shopping and sight-seeing. The dollar's nearly at par, and we're in need of some new clothes. Today, for instance, I'm wearing a t-shirt that had bleach spilled on it. Not in an artsy, funky way - just in a ruined shirt way. Classy. Definitely time for some new clothes.

This is definitely not a regular expedition for us - I think the last time I went to the US exclusively for shopping was in the eighties, as a kid, with my mum and dad! So it will be fun to see if we can get some deals. I have heard that Pennsylvania's the place to go, and someone else recommended Detroit for outlet shopping, but it wasn't me planning this trip and so we're going a little further afield, to hit the Arundel Mills mall. Anyone been there? I hope it's good.

As for me, I'm getting more and more anxious to have some closure on this miscarriage. I know I talk about it a lot (boring right?!) but it's pretty much on my mind all the time. I know that this is going to end that way (it's not just a feeling - the HCG levels aren't rising properly, and there are other clear indicators that this is going to terminate), but my body keeps trying to convince me otherwise. My body is pregnant and keeps reminding me that it is. The more pregnant I feel, the more that hope creeps in - which is bad, because I know I should absolutely not get my hopes up. There is no chance this pregnancy will result in a baby. So the longer this goes on, the more painful it's going to be both emotionally and physically.

Yet, there seems to be very little help for me from the medical professionals at this point. The earliest ultrasound I could get was for next Monday (and results take up to a week). My family doctor is referring me to an OB (as of last Friday) but I haven't heard from them yet (though I've been calling to try to rush things along). Meanwhile, each day that passes is another day wasted, another day of spotting, another day of useless pregnancy nausea and sore boobs. Another day of over the top hormonal emotions. Another day of the slight pains and cramping. Another day of futile growth that will have to go - and the more growth, the more pain when it does go.

So to me, and my husband as he is dealing with it too, this is urgent. And incredibly frustrating.

Anyway. There's my whining for today (I saved up from yesterday ;) )
And here are some giveaways.

For baby:
For the ladies:
  • Win a $50 gift certificate to Amon Maternity at Mommy? I'm Hungry! Canadian winners must pay shipping. Ends October 27th.
  • Win a bamboo tee and stainless steel water bottle from Green Cricket at Country Mouse, City Mouse. Ends October 25th.
  • Win a pair of Hatley Pyjamas at Jolly Mom. Ends November 4th.
  • (or for kids) Win a tee from Andira Rain (three winners!) at Sweeps4Bloggers. Ends October 30th.
For anyone:
  • Win a $50 gift certificate to ecopiggy at Mkokopelli. (Lots of baby stuff, but also other eco-friendly goods) Ends November 2nd.
  • Win a $50 gift certificate to Novica at A Happy Hippy Mom. Ends November 10th.
  • Win a Cuisinart ice cream maker at Tri to Cook! Oh, my. I want one of these. My mum used to make amazing homemade ice cream... I wanna play! Ends October 26th.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Wondering what today is?

I declare today to be No Whining Tuesday. So put on your happy face, don't whine and don't tolerate whining. And if your thoughts should turn to negative things, make a point of thinking of at least two positive things. At least, that's my plan.
Some giveaways out there...

For baby:
  • Win a $25 gift certificate to The Corner Stork at My Wee View (one of my favourite Canadian blogs!). Ends October 27th.
  • Win a Boba baby carrier (the new carrier on the block) at Dirty Diaper Laundry. Ends November 2nd.
  • Win a Knickernappies OS diaper from Cloth Baby Bums at Happily Domestic. Ends November 2nd.
  • Win two PrairieTales pocket diapers and a wetbag at Happily Domestic! Ends November 1st.
  • Two winners get their choice of prizes from WildChildforBabies at Newly Wed, Newly Bred. Ends October 28th.
  • Win a BabyBjorn Original Spirit carrier at The Deal Scoop! Ends October 26th.
For the ladies:
For men:
For anyone:
  • Win a $50 gift certificate to Novica at Latina On A Mission. Hello, Christmas presents! Ends October 31st.
And if you haven't yet entered my current giveaway for the Spice Up Your Life cookbook, head on over and get your comment in. It ends on the 27th.

Skin Free Winner!

The winner of the $30 gift certificate to Skin Free is...

Evil Angel (confirmed)!

Congrats and I hope you enjoy your win!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Good morning...

Today is the LAST day to enter my giveaway for your choice of natural skin care products from Skin Free! I'll draw the winner tomorrow!
So I am okay (well as okay as I can be) with having another miscarriage. I accept this. It's easier being so early. But it hasn't happened yet, I'm waiting for an OB appointment to find out more, the next ultrasound appointment isn't for a week, and meanwhile... I am starting to feel pregnant. No! It's bad enough knowing a baby is once again not in the cards, but to have to be nauseous, have sore breasts, skin breakouts, be thirsty and tired all the time, uber-emotional... for nothing... So unfair. Ugh.

So. Giveaways.

For the ladies:
For baby: