Launching ActiveMama

Posted in Arieanna & Ianiv, baby

Today I “launched” my new mommy blog, ActiveMama.com!

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ActiveMama.com is my new mommy blog, a personal blog distinct from the one I’ve kept to date with my husband here at blogaholics.ca. Ok, barely kept up to date. However, since becoming a mother, and deciding not to return to full-time work, I’ve felt like I’ve been bursting with stories to tell about parenthood and about Aiden, as well as about the products we’ve been using. It didn’t feel like blogaholics was the right “home” for that content.

So, ActiveMama was launched! The name came out of the fact that Aiden is, by some fluke, a “social” baby. It took me a while to realize this fact. He likes to go out every day. To see other babies and people, to try new things and to generally have new experiences. So, we lead an active lifestyle to satisfy his personal needs. It has, by extension, made my life quite an active one too!

I hope you enjoy this new blog and following along with our journey as Aiden grows up!

Our Journey to Sleep Training

Posted in Arieanna & Ianiv, baby

So relaxed"Sleep like a baby"… you mean, "Scream, suck on a boob for half an hour, nod off, wake up in 45 minutes, and repeat", right? Cause that’s how it was for us for 4 months, pretty much. I don’t think you can even bring up the words "sleep training" in a roomful of people without a lot of opinions on the topic. But this is our journey and I wanted to share it.

Yeah, motherhood is great. I love my baby. But I had NO idea that you have to teach a baby how to sleep. I mean, seriously? Sleep? We all love it, so why is it so hard?

Well, first off, the idea of teaching a baby to sleep is a Western thing. All over the world parents sleep with their babies and yeah, some of those babies are hard ones likes ours. But the parents deal with it. There are often extended families to help. That’s just how it is. The concept of cribs, nurseries, "self-soothing"… all Western.

So, why did we have a problem? Well, we don’t live with a houseful of support and a mother simply cannot function off of 1 hour cycles of sleep. At least this mother couldn’t.

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Happy Holidays from the Schweber Family!

Posted in Arieanna & Ianiv, baby, Photography

As we approach the end of 2009, we wanted to share our holiday card with all our family and friends. Some of you will be getting these in the mail (late, sorry!), but we wanted to share the spirit of the holidays with everyone! This year has brought us a wonderful gift – Aiden!

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Though at night we may be tired because of his colic, we are treasuring every moment with our little prince. Every day I get out for a long walk with him and get to watch him as he discovers the world a little more each day. It’s amazing to see everything from the perspective of a parent.

I hope 2009 has brought some measure of joy to each and every one of you!

Here also is our birth announcement card, which was also just completed in time for Christmas. Both cards were created with Little Star Greetings.

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Welcome to Aiden Riley

Posted in Arieanna & Ianiv, baby

In a much-overdue post, we want to take the chance to welcome Aiden Riley Schweber, born on October 24th at 3:45am, 7lb 11oz and 52cm long. That’s one week past his due date, for those of you keeping track.

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See all Aiden photos here

On October 23, just as I was going to bed, my water broke. I wasn’t sure at first, so I kept waiting for labor to start. No luck. By 6am, when I was sure my water had broken but labor hadn’t started, we went to the hospital. They assessed that the baby was ok and asked me to return when they had more nurses. Because my membranes had ruptured prematurely, I had to be induced into labor.

At 1pm, I was put on the oxytocin drip. By 8pm, labor was still pretty manageable… because my body hadn’t started laboring on its own yet. Within 2 hours, all that changed. After being on the maximum drip for 30 minutes, my labor kicked into overdrive. My contractions became painful and back-to-back, almost no down time in between. The drip was stopped but my body kept up the same pace. Being only 3cm dilated at the point, and having such intense contractions, I opted for the epidural. This was not something I wanted to do, but I’m glad I did. Thankfully there were no complications as a result. Just 3 hours later I was ready to push and an hour later our baby was born! Within a half hour he had latched on and was a loud and happy baby. Read the rest of this entry »

40 Weeks Pregnant

Posted in Arieanna & Ianiv, baby

I never thought we’d make it this far in the pregnancy, but we have. We’re now 1 day short of our due date, October 17th, placing us at 40 weeks pregnant. At 36 weeks, the baby had already dropped for about a week and the doctor felt that we’d deliver in early October. Obviously that hasn’t happened. Though my body continues to prepare for labor – more dropping, cramping, false labor – I have yet to go into full labor. There are many things they people put as average markers for labor that we have long since passed – for example, many people say you’ll go into labor 2-3 weeks after baby drops. It’s been more than 5 weeks for us. Being excited about these milestones has not gotten us any further towards delivery ;)

Maternity Photoshoot

At 37 weeks, John Biehler came over and did a maternity shoot with us. The full set is here. It felt great to have the photos done and to enjoy the beautiful aspects of pregnancy. Thanks John!

Of course, it’s not all beautiful at this stage in the game! Aside from the excitement of soon meeting our son, there’s also anxiety, nervousness, frustration and so much more. Waiting these last 2 weeks has been very difficult. We take it one single day at a time and slowly we move forward. We just want to finally be in labor! Who ever thought I’d look forward to pain? But that’s how it is.

So, we still have no idea when baby will make his appearance. My doctor, and many researchers, believes that the baby sends out a chemical signal to trigger labor when he/she is ready. No matter how ready your body is, baby sends that signal. So, for now we wait. Anxiously. ;)

Nearly 37 Weeks Pregnant

Posted in Arieanna & Ianiv, baby

This Saturday we will be 37 weeks pregnant, the magic mark in the pregnancy when we can say we’re full term! Of course, that doesn’t say when we’ll actually have the baby, as a full term baby can come anywhere from 37 to 42 weeks.

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My doctor’s exam this week showed that the baby’s head was “very low” and indications were that I was presenting at around 38 weeks. This means that I will probably deliver at or before I am 40 weeks pregnant, but not after (as is statistically more common for a first pregnancy).

This is definitely exciting news! If anyone has seen me within the last week, you would hear me say, without doubt, “I’m done.” The pregnancy definitely hit a difficult place. Though I was able to breathe better when the baby dropped a couple of weeks ago, I have had a harder and harder time sleeping. Partly due to the “light sleeping” the pregnant women go through to “prepare for baby” (what a load of crap that is, don’t we go through enough??) but mostly due to discomfort. I have severe pain near my pelvis / hip joint, particularly on the left side (the side I have to sleep on) and, due to swelling and this side-sleeping, issues with my arm pain have resurfaced. In the morning, I have a fair amount of nerve pain in my hand which restricts me from even being able to make a fist.

Speaking of swelling, I’m really looking forward to dropping that! It hasn’t been “horrible”, in terms of aesthetics, but I do have lovely white splotches all over my legs and now on my arms and hands too from this excess water. The bonus will come when my weight drops quickly from all this water dissipating after the baby is born! And, of course, I’m looking forward to wearing shoes other than my Birkenstocks (the only shoes that have fit for months).

So, I’m definitely ready for baby to come! That said, there are things I know I’ll soon miss. Despite how ‘aggressive’ the baby has been with his kicking and squirming, I know I’ll miss this special time with him. It’s a very amazing process and connection to be a part of. Yes, pregnancy is difficult. But it’s also absolutely amazing. To feel him kick and move his little bum around, to see him respond when Ianiv talks to him or to feel all his little bouts of hiccups… just so cute.

Here’s a question I get asked a lot… Do I have cravings? Well, not for anything “weird.” Early in the pregnancy, and still a bit now, I’ve enjoyed lemons and limes (and lemonade) more than usual. For me, it helped with nausea (though I only had very mild first trimester issues). Now, I’d say that things I really enjoy are simply “enhanced” and the need for them becomes more urgent. More often than not I’ll crave french fries or ice cream or a muffin. However, I’m easily swayed by something I see on tv or hear about. If someone mentions Thai food I can crave it to the point of distraction, for example. That said, Ianiv has been a lucky husband – he’s rarely had to go out for any special “craving” trips. ;)

Cats and Pregnancy

Posted in baby, Cats

Three days ago we put my 15-year-old Siamese-Persian cat, Nala, on anxiety medication. Yep, anti-depressants for a cat. Why? Because of the pregnancy.

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Since early on in the pregnancy, the first trimester, Nala started to sense something was different, and it began to make her anxious. There’s no conclusive evidence that cats can sense pregnancy, but they can definitely pick up on cues, like your behavior changing. Who knows what she sensed.

We always knew this would be a difficult thing for her. Nala is MY cat. 100% attached to me and only me. About 4 years ago, we got a second cat. Partly we were hoping that would help her separate from me a bit, to know that she can share me. Well, that was an interesting experience. She got very sick for several weeks, requiring medication in order to help her keep down food and water. We worked through the process with behavioral training and by using Feliway. Still, she was very hurt and distant for a long time. It was a year before she sat on my lap again and much longer before she fully trusted me again. Going away for business or vacations helped her to realize she was being silly, actually, and each time she became more pliable and cuddly again.

Back to now. Nala began to exhibit signs of her stress early on, and they only got worse. She was grooming excessively, had litterbox issues, was losing weight, was demanding food constantly (including twice during the night) and overall seemed to be in “panic” mode about everything. If I even went into the baby room she would meow frantically. Read the rest of this entry »



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