Starting Early

Mina's shoes

I am starting her early, I bought Mina’s first pair of shoes today. I found them while looking for white long sleeve undershirts for her to wear under her dress to Simon and Christine’s Wedding and couldn’t resist.

Now she just needs to get here…

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Midwife

We had our midwife appointment today. It was nice to see both our regular midwife and our student midwife again.

Everything is progressing well. Mina’s head is getting nice and low (though I could have told you that) and she is getting ready to make her appearance. We booked our home visit for Monday. This  is when we will more thoroughly discuss the birth (what’s going to happen etc.).

With any luck Sandy will be right and we will just skip the home visit and go straight to the home birth.

(Sandy’s predicted due date September 13)

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All in a name

Every name has meaning, a story behind it. “Wilhelmina” means “Volker’s baby” regardless of what the baby names websites say. And here is the story behind it.

Volker Willi Walter Burkard (called Wee Willi—his father was Willi—by his loving wife) loved Volkswagen Beetles. He owned quite a few of them (though only one at a time). The last one he owned he built out of two old cars that he melded together to create one: a 1972 beetle. It took a lot of long hours in the garage to build that car; I was sometimes jealous of the attention it got. I decided, that as it was my rival for his affection, it was definitely female; and as it was his, Wee Willi’s baby, its name should be Wilhelmina. And so it was always known.

As she need some repairs we couldn’t afford, in 1983 Wilhelmina was taken off the road. When we moved to Bloomingdale it was stored in the barn, except for occasional runs down the farm lane. There just never seemed to be the time or money to fix her up. So year after year she stayed in the barn.

When the Snyder family sold their farms Wilhelmina had to move. For a time she stayed in my driveway at Ruskview Road. She was slowly rusting away. It was apparent that I could never afford to have her fixed again, and so, in August 1998, I sold her.

Now Volker has a new baby, a baby granddaughter. And she is named in honour/for love of him.

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Cutting shoes

Cutting Shoes

These shoes used to be referred to as my kitty shoes but when my belly got big they got a name change.

Slowly but surely as my belly expanded my reach across the cutting tables at work decreased, at which point my boss suggested wearing these shoes. We used to joke I needed them in the store to reach the top racks easier but my 4″ heels also worked, and looked better. While working in the studio I ended up wearing them whenever I had to cut something.  The extra 4″ made all the difference, only thing I had to now watch for was the belly trapping fabric underneath it. They have since been referred to as my Cutting Shoes.

Now working on Christine’s wedding dress I am grateful to have them home. (Though I think Mina actually misses work and the bus ride. She was much more active on the days I was there.)

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Midwife

We had a midwife appointment today. Everything is going good. She let us feel where Mina’s head is when she did her exam. It was pretty neat! She is definitely getting low and ready to come out.

My regular/first midwife is back from vacation next week so we will be able to book our first home visit. (We saw our second midwife today. We have 2.) We also received our home birth kit today so we are pretty much as ready to go as we can be.

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Last day already

Today is my last day at work in Toronto. Can’t quite believe it is already here.

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New Gallery

photo: Jae Moreland

photo: Jae Moreland

Check the Photo Shoot with Jae page for images form the August 23, 2009 shoot in Victoria Park with Jae Moreland. (I’m nearly nine months in the photos.)

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New Gallery

Check the UC Baby 3d Ultrasound page for images from the July 4, 2009, ultrasound.

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