12. April 2009 · Comments Off on New sofa · Categories: Anneli · Tags: ,

We ordered ourselves a sofa back at the start of January, and finally received it just a few weeks ago. It’s a big beautiful leather corner sofa – perfect for the whole family to recline and watch a film. We are watching a lot more TV nowadays 🙂

Anneli thinks it’s pretty good. Luckily she hasn’t learnt to roll off it yet, so she often has naps on a sheepskin in the corner (with a little wall of cushions, just in case she suddenly learns to roll while we’re not watching)

I have added a few new-old photos to Anneli’s gallery (“old” in that they were taken a while ago, “new” in that they haven’t been on the web yet).

02. April 2009 · Comments Off on Smiles! · Categories: Anneli

Anneli has recently started smiling, but the elusive smiles are difficult to catch on camera. I managed to get some fleeting grins on video and catch a screen shot:

31. March 2009 · Comments Off on Anneli page update · Categories: Anneli

I have moved Anneli’s photo gallery, and added an “all about Anneli” page and the story of her birth. You can find all this here

If you bookmarked the old Anneli photo page, please update your bookmarks now!

20. February 2009 · Comments Off on Snow baby · Categories: Anneli · Tags: , , ,

It has been gently snowing here for about 3 days, and we’ve built up a nice wintry look around the neighbourhood. The fjord has a layer of ice and snow on it – not very thick ice (we won’t be taking the car for a spin on it) but a couple of centimetres.

We went out for a walk down to the beach yesterday – photos here.

Anneli pretty much slept through it all:

There are some new photos of our sleepy snowbaby here.

11. February 2009 · 1 comment · Categories: Anneli · Tags: ,

When I wrote my last post on Jan 31st, I had no idea how close Squirt was! At around 9pm the following day (Feb 1st) my waters broke and at 03:49am on Feb 2nd little Anneli was born at Forlossning in Varbergs Sjukhus, Sweden.

She is completely perfect and we’re all feeling very well and very happy (if a little tired). Expect blog posts to be a bit infrequent for a while!

Click here for more photos.

31. January 2009 · Comments Off on Full time · Categories: Anneli · Tags: ,

Well, “full term”, according to the medical establishment. I’m 38 weeks pregnant now and in theory that means that Squirt could make an appearance anytime from now.

I think that the bump is starting to drop down a little lower, which is a good sign. When we asked the midwife if she thought Squirt was a large/small/average baby, she said it was “väldigt lagom”, which basically means “very just-right”.

28. December 2008 · Comments Off on Sleepy hands · Categories: Anneli · Tags: , , ,

New pregnancy symptom: carpal tunnel syndrome. Yes, the plague of computer users has struck me down at last. I’ve been a software engineer for 11 years, and spent 4 years learning to be one, so I’ve basically been in front of a computer for the last 15 years with no wrist problems to speak of – and now pregnancy-related tissue swelling is squeezing up nerves and causing my hands to take random naps.

It is worst at night (very annoying when my hands can sleep but I can’t) but they also start to tingle when I do almost anything that involves gripping anything – holding a knife, lifting a heavy kettle or bottle, knitting (oh no!), and a little when typing. During the day, a quick shake of the hands will usually relieve it, but in the nights I need to flap my hands around and change arm positions till I find a way to wake them up.

We had a quiet Christmas day in the house – we had planned to go up to Gothenburg but I was headachey and tired so we stayed in. We started painting in the second bedroom and then I had an afternoon nap while Linus pottered. On boxing day we hit the big sales and bought a TV and some new LCD monitors to use when working. We also looked at a few million sofas, but haven’t made a final decision on that yet. That evening we went for a delicious turkey dinner at L’s aunt & uncle’s.

Yesterday we ordered ourselves a baby buggy & car seat, and I’m somewhat relieved to have done that now. It’s a Britax travel system, where the car seat can snap into the buggy frame. It also comes with a flat bed and another seat, so apart from needing a bigger car seat at about 1 year you can continue using the system up till about age 4. We’re planning to use the flat bed as the baby’s first bed inside as well.

In the evening we had L’s cousins over for dinner, and they helped out with a whole lot of lifting and carrying and organising and painting. The second bedroom is now painted white (including the random black wall sections added by the teenage goth who lived in it before) and since our bedroom is quite small we will basically use that room as a giant wardrobe. Next chore is to clear out the third (smallest) bedroom so we can put a baby changing table and some storage in there. The baby will initially sleep in our room, but when it moves into a cot that room will be the nursery. However it is currently full of boxes of junk and it needs painting and has some old and dusty carpet that we probably want to replace.

12. October 2008 · Comments Off on it’s a … surprise! · Categories: Anneli · Tags: ,

we went for our 20 week scan this week, and were hoping to find out what we’re having. well, know we know – we’re having a stubborn little brat! he/she was not being very cooperative and the sonographer had to do a lot of poking and jiggling just to get a good view of all the bits she had to check and measure. when it came to trying to find out the sex, there were a pair of little feet planted firmly in the way, blocking any view of the baby bits. the sonographer very kindly offered to have us back for another go, after going for a walk and getting a coffee, to see if that helped. it didn’t, but at least we got a picture:

so, unless we decide at some later date to go for a private scan, this baby will be a february surprise.

16. September 2008 · Comments Off on it moves! · Categories: Anneli · Tags: ,

A few weeks ago, I felt a twitch inside my abdomen, that felt a lot like one of those little convulsions you get in your eyelid sometimes. I decided it was far too early to be baby movement, so I forgot about it.

But now over the last week, the twitching has increased in frequency and intensity, and little Squirt is making his/her presence known. It’s quite a funny sensation – a lot like an eyelid convulsion, and a lot like someone is gently prodding me … from inside. It happens most if I’ve just been faffing around and doing a lot of things, and then I sit down and relax.

There hasn’t been a lot of other baby-related happenings – this stage is quite boring, actually. Squirt and I are both getting bigger, and I think I definitely “look pregnant” now. I have started prenatal yoga, and had my first unusual craving: limes. MMmmmmmm, limes. I bought a lime one day from the supermarket by work … I squeezed a little into the soup I had for lunch, but just ate most of it. Nom nom nom.

02. August 2008 · Comments Off on and here is the news · Categories: Anneli · Tags: ,

Everyone, meet Little Squirt

This was taken at the 12-week scan yesterday. One baby, one head, 2 arms and 2 legs with the correct distribution of hands and feet. We’re very excited, glad to let the cat out of the bag at last and looking forward to meeting Squirt whenever he/she decides to make an appearance (estimated Feb 8th 2009).

I’ve been feeling mostly fine, apart from a few bouts of nausea (but no vomiting), some headaches, and some serious bloating of the tummy which makes me look rather a lot more than 12 weeks pregnant (it really is only 12 weeks, I promise). I get tired pretty easily and I eat, burp, and pee frequently … not much different from usual, really 😉