36 Weeks

October 3, 2013 § 6 Comments

36weeks

It’s October!!! It’s now officially my due date month. I’m 36 weeks – or 9 months – pregnant and have just a few weeks to go. Since I’ve had four different due dates (October 18, October 23, October 30, and November 3), who knows when it will happen. We’ve been going by the October 30 due date for months now, but lately my doctor thinks I’m two weeks ahead of that and the last ultrasound I had said October 23. It’s all a guess anyways and luckily, I have had her tell me that, if need be, I won’t be induced until a week after my October 30 due date. I’m still feeling really good though, so I really do not mind carrying this guy around on the inside for another 3 or 4 weeks.

Some things of note:

  • Henry’s been head down for a few weeks now
  • He likes to head butt my cervix, especially if I’m trying to make lunch or on a conference call
  • I got really into eating blueberry buckwheat pancakes for every meal for a while, especially when I couldn’t think of anything else I wanted to eat. Good thing buckwheat has protein and fibre!
  • I’m starting to get stares as I walk down the street. I even had a car full of guys pregnant-cat-call me about an hour ago. Yet it’s still a special occasion when someone offers me a seat on the subway.
  • Weirdest thing: sometimes I hear a tiny click or the sound of a tiny bubble popping when he moves around. Googling resulted in message boards of ladies saying they had the same thing. What does it mean???
  • I now get up to pee on average about three times a night.
  • My body temperature is rising and I’m ready for Fall weather. It’s been like summer here and the only reason I’m wearing a sweater in the photo above is because I thought maybe you guys are tired of seeing me in tank tops.
  • Nick and I are feeling really ready for labour. We took a Childbirth Education class last weekend and we’re taking a baby CPR and safety class on Saturday.
  • Still doing yoga 3 or 4 times a week!
  • Oh yeah, my birthday is next week, but I’ve never cared less about it.

Cross your fingers that there’s at least one more of these pregnancy updates coming your way!

6 Months!

July 15, 2013 § Leave a comment

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On Wednesday, I hit the 6 month mark in my pregnancy! The second trimester is just flying by and will very soon be over.

What’s new in babymaker land:

  • Nick and I went stroller and crib browsing on Saturday. Even though it was overwhelming, we have a much better idea of what we’re looking for in both categories now. (It’s looking like this stroller & something like this crib.)
  • My appreciation for working from home only grows as wearing a bra has become torturous. (Imagine fitting the bottom of a bra around the growing top of that bump, pictured above!)
  • Henry is moving around my belly more and more. Little kicks, pokes, punches, and what feels like somersaults happen regularly.
  • I’ve (temporarily) lost more Ashtanga yoga poses and am not always able to fold forward to touch my head to my knee anymore.
  • I have started taking prenatal yoga, sometimes even with my doula, a few times a week which is very nice. I just have to remember it’s not Ashtanga and no need to go nuts.
  • I’m reading this book in preparation for labour.
  • I’m helping the web company I freelance Social Media for find a replacement while I take maternity leave. If you know anyone, the job description is here.

Have a great Monday evening and stay cool, friends.

2012: A Year In Review

January 3, 2013 § 1 Comment

2012 was “The Year Of Yes” for Nick and I. We wanted to make it the best possible, doing what we wanted when we wanted, within reason, of course. This attitude led to some pretty great moments and incredible experiences. I also fell even more in love with yoga, specifically Ashtanga, and turbocharged my practice into a 4-5 times a week affair which led me into new poses I never expected to be able to do. There were sad moments this year too, especially in February, but overall, 2012 was the best one I’ve had in years.

JANUARY

– On Friday the 13th, Nick & I went to see/experience the incredible Sleep No More.

– That same morning, I danced my heart out before 10am at Creative Mornings with Girl Walk All Day.

– Filed for an LLC and made my business official. No more freelancing for me!

FEBRUARY

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– The beginning of the month, my family faced a tragedy. Jenn’s nearly full-term baby suddenly passed away a week before her due date. We’ll always remember Everett, even though we didn’t get to meet him.

– Nick and I met my parents in Jamaica for a sunny vacation.

MARCH

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– I flew to Canada for a week-long visit, where I stayed with Jenn and her family. This included lots of playing with their new puppy, Biscuit.

– I tried an incredibly challenging Soulcycle class – right after Jake Gyllenhaal worked out in the same room.

– Mad Men season 5 premiered and I fell in love with the show all over again.

APRIL

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– Flew to London for a long weekend. We got to see Nick’s client Frank Turner headline his first arena show and Abbey Road!

– I helped set a record at the World’s Largest Rainbow Parade RecordSetter Event.

– Finally bought a bike worth more than $100. What a difference!

MAY

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– Spent a weekend in Ohio for Alex and Erin’s lovely barn wedding.

– Started a subscription to Lancaster Farm Fresh weekly vegetable share and farm fresh eggs. Best decision of 2012!

– Had a quick trip to Toronto to see Frank Turner and Baroness, along with some friends and family.

JUNE

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– Saw an amazing Radiohead show in Newark.

– My sister Jenn came for a weekend visit!

– The first Long Island beach visit of the year with Kate.

– Gave a sweaty-faced testimonial in a video for my favourite yoga studio.

– Went to the Governor’s Ball Music Festival on Randall’s Island solo, but met up with many ex- & current TAG friends and my good Torontonian bud, Travis Bradley!

JULY

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– Took a weekend road trip to Baltimore with Kate and Bryan. Survived the worst thunderstorm driving conditions on the way there so that we could see fish in their aquarium, go to a baseball game, and eat at a Brazilian steak house.

– Celebrated our second wedding anniversary with Nick by getting massages. So goooood.

– Rewrote my NYC + Brooklyn City Guide, complete with different categories, to appease all the NYC visitors!

AUGUST

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– Went to Massachusetts to visit Nick’s best friend Mike, but we also went WHALE WATCHING! I saw humpback whales for the first time and it was one of the coolest moments of my life.

– Finally upgraded from a Blackberry to an iPhone.

– Collected a ton of paperwork and “proof of relationship” to renew my green card and have the conditional status of my permanent residency removed. Filed it myself and felt very accomplished.

– Flew to Toronto for a 10-day visit that started with a Bachelorette Party Cottage Weekend for Julia! Was so incredibly happy to spend 4 days in a cottage with some of my best friends that I only get to see a few times a year.

SEPTEMBER

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Julia and Jay got married! I was so happy to be able to celebrate with them and stand up for Julia as a bridesmaid. I was also pretty happy to partake in the best dance party in years at their reception.

– Finally succeeded in doing headstand in the middle of the room! I have still never fallen (knock on wood).

OCTOBER

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– Celebrated a great 31st birthday.

– Helped Nick celebrate his birthday and had our first joint birthday dinner ever with some of our best friends.

– Went to Chicago to see Smashing Pumpkins in their hometown!

– New York got hit by Hurricane Sandy. We hunkered down, but were very very lucky to not have any damage.

NOVEMBER

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– My parents came to visit us for the first time since we got married!

– Went to a special Creative Mornings talk by George Lois at the Met.

– Kate and Bryan got married at city hall!!! They were engaged for over 3 years before finally tying the knot at Manhattan’s city hall and now they are pregnant!

DECEMBER

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– Saw Neil Young & Crazy Horse with Patti Smith at Brooklyn’s new venue, Barclay’s Center.

– Nick and I flew to Sweden for a long weekend to see his band Ghost. We were so happy about this opportunity, even though it was a whirlwind trip!

– After a few months of practicing, I was finally successful in doing a real Ashtanga back bend!

– Celebrated Christmas with my family in Oshawa and Fenelon Falls.

– Flew home from Canada on Boxing Day then flew to Paris less than 2 days later! Celebrated New Year’s Eve by adding a love lock to Pont de l’Archevêché. Romantic!

If you finished this post, I applaud you! How was your 2012?

Back Bends

December 12, 2012 § 2 Comments

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As of this morning, I have reached two of my goals for 2012: headstands and back bends. By no means do I consider myself an expert in either one, but both scared the hell out of me to begin with and now I’m actually practicing them! This is a huge feat that I had to tackle not only physically, but mentally. Being upside down was so foreign to me, it took me about 10 months of working on my headstand (with lots of love and a bit of trickery from Alana) before I gained the confidence to get up on my own.

Alana, my cherished teacher, started me on back bends in September. Back bends begin with wheel pose in Ashtanga, but move on to bending backwards from standing up, and hand stands into back bends. I had wheel down, so my next move was bending backwards from standing up, so that my hands would come over my head and touch my mat behind me. At first, I was pretty sure I was going to seriously injure my back. I practiced bending back and breathing in a controlled manner with Alana holding my hips. I experienced the growing pains of my back stretching, becoming stronger, and my posture changing. Some say that this pose causes the practicer to experience very strong emotions, as it’s a heart-opener. I was lucky to get off easy with just a week at the end of October where I was getting angry at myself that my body wasn’t listening to my mind; I couldn’t make myself let go and touch the floor. After that, I mellowed out and set the goal to achieve this by December 31, but that I had plenty of time and wouldn’t force myself just yet.

Last week, I told Alana my biggest fear is just that the ground was so far away. I was worried what would happen to my back when I got down in that position. We came up with the solution to have me drop back so that my hands would land on a pile of blankets behind me, about 2 feet off the floor. I tried it and was finally successfully letting myself go! On Monday, Alana decided to pull away 95% of the blankets while my back was turned to them and I came down, not realizing how far I was bending. When I looked back and saw I basically did my full back bend, I knew I could do it.

This morning, I finally let myself go. I let my hands come all the way over my head and I gloriously touched down to the mat in a full back bend. GLORIOUSLY, YOU GUYS.

Moments like this make it all worthwhile. I am far from an expert and I know achieving this pose just opens more doors for me with more things to learn, but thank god! I am not done yet and can’t wait for the next step.

Watch the video below to see Ashtanga’s back bends in action:

Practicing Yoga in NYC

June 20, 2012 § 8 Comments

Those who know me well know I love yoga. I started about five years ago with free classes at my gym in Toronto and have progressively gotten more serious about my practice since then. Finding a yoga studio that’s right for you is on par with finding the right hairdresser – they’ve got to make you feel comfortable and give you what you want to make you come back. Luckily, I found Sangha Yoga Shala in Williamsburg after trying just two other studios in the city. The owner and one of the studio’s most prominent instructors, Alana Kessler, is just amazing. I’ve never been athletic in my life, but she makes me feel like I can do anything as long as I work at it. As a result, I can do things now that I actually laughed at in disbelief when she demonstrated them to me about 15 months ago.

Last weekend, I was happy to participate in the filming of the studio’s new testimonial video. Check out my moves and sweaty post-yoga face:

{Photo by Armando Zubieta}

A comprehensive guide to yoga poses

May 27, 2011 § 1 Comment

I’ve been doing yoga for three or four  years now and consider myself an intermediate student, I’ve even got comfortable enough and familiar enough with the poses that I no longer try to wear my glasses during the class and do my thing blind as a bat. Lately, Nick and I have been taking an Ashtanga-inspired Vinyasa class where the instructor calls out pose names and walks around the class to watch us and help if needed, she rarely does the pose herself to demonstrate. I have them down for the most part, but every once in a while, I have to pop my glasses back on my face to look around and get a reminder of what a “half virasina”  or a name-much-longer-I-definitely-cannot-spell is. That’s why I love this “Honest Names for Yoga Poses” chart.

My favourites are “The Hand Giraffe” and “The Foot Penis”. If I was a yoga instructor, I might mix it up with some of these names, just to try and get a laugh out of my students.

(Via Someecards)

How do you like your yoga?

January 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

My wrist hurts today. I don’t know if it has to do with the weather, but I do know it has to do with being on computers a lot. I was planning on going to a vinyasa yoga class tonight, but I just tried to do a downward dog and move into a plow pose in the storage room to test my wrist for strength and it failed. It looks like it’ll be the gym for me tonight instead.

In the spirit of yoga, here are a couple interesting articles I’ve come across lately. I personally find myself somewhere between the spiritual, Eastern hippie-ness of yoga and the casual, Western version of it. I do appreciate the history, but most of the time I just want a work out, not to learn how to move my organs around and flatten my bellybutton to my spine.

The New York Times is calling Tara Stiles a “yoga rebel” because she calls yoga as she sees it – she doesn’t use the lingo and believes it should be for everybody, while Irin Carmon contemplates what’s wrong with how we talk about yoga.

How do you like your yoga?

photo from Flickr

Passions

January 9, 2011 § 2 Comments

I’ve been noticing more and more lately that there are a few topics that get me ranting. Things I’m passionate about, that I have a lot to say about, and things I think more people need to know about. These are all positive rants and include the following topics:

CANADA

If I’m in a room with strangers and forced to interact, you can bet it will only take ten minutes or so for me to bring up the fact that I’m Canadian. I don’t even do this on purpose, I just find that it comes up in many conversations. “Oh, actually, I’m not that familiar with state capitals because I’m from Canada”, “Zed, yes, the letter. Oh, right. I mean zee. Sorry, I’m from Canada”, “The coldest weather I’ve ever experienced was minus 50 degrees. Celsius. I don’t know what that is in fahrenheight. I’m Canadian”.

NETI POTS

They look scary, but I’m so glad I made myself learn how to use a neti pot last fall! You can overcome colds much faster by using one, relieve allergies, and when used on a day-to-day basis for no reason in particular, you still feel amazing after you’ve used it. The first time I succeeded in pouring water into one nostril and out the other, I felt a ridiculously huge sense of accomplishment.

YOGA

What? You haven’t tried yoga? Get over your self-confidence issues and do it! No one’s looking at you anyways, they’re all too busy trying not to fall over. This is something anyone at any age, body type, or athletic skill level can do. You’ll feel even better after than that last neti potting.

TORONTO

Different than just talkin’ up Canada. I’d still live in Toronto if it weren’t for my American counterpart. I love the city and think it’s worth a visit to anyone. Last week alone, I convinced two coworkers to plan trips there. I should work for the tourism board!

How to make 2011 great

January 3, 2011 § 3 Comments

It’s becoming a tradition that on New Year’s Eve, Nick and I set our goals for the upcoming year together. Nothing crazy, just some things to set out on the right foot for the upcoming year; things that will make us feel good. I find that “goal” is a more appropriate word for these than “resolution”.

Here are my goals for 2011:

  1. get a full-time job that I enjoy in the social media, marketing, or web field
  2. continue to blog at least every other day
  3. plan a trip with Nick to a new place
  4. read 20 new books
  5. continue to keep in touch with my family through emails, phone calls, and other mediums
  6. see a whale
  7. attend the gym twice a week
  8. attend yoga twice a week
  9. if finding a full-time job takes me a while (damn 10% unemployment rate!), pursue freelance online writing
  10. take more weekend trips

Do you have any goals for 2011?

Tiny crocheted whale from Ravelry

Yoga!

December 4, 2010 § Leave a comment

Hey, did you know I like yoga?

I realize I don’t talk about it here very often (or at all), but it’s one of my passions these days. If I go more than a week without it, I just don’t feel right. I adore the practice and the way it makes me feel afterwards. The only thing that compares to a great yoga class is a great massage, but yoga doesn’t cost $100 a pop and you get to do it to yourself.

I suppose I am more of a do-er than a talker when it comes to yoga, but I just had the chance to visit a new studio in Greenpoint and write a review for Greenpointers, so check out what I had to say about Usha Veda Yoga.

(above image by Natalie Dee)

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