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June 13, 2008

Dealing with pregnancy

Filed under: Pregnant wife — Tags: — Duane @ 10:22 pm

I can hear the screams of the women already – “what does HE know about being pregnant! His wife is pregnant, not him. So what is he whinging about?” Yes all of that is true, but I am still the man beside the woman who is pregnant, and not just any old pregnancy, but pregnant with twins. One of my aims of this blog was to write down thoughts and that of how I felt about the pregnancy and the time is near come when Agnes will soon give birth and I haven’t said much (if at all) about what I think. So hear I go! *deep sigh*


March 3, 2008

A slow beginning to the week

Filed under: Home Stuff, Pregnant wife — Duane @ 2:20 pm

It was good to come back home after Moranbah. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind being away from home for week, but there is something about coming home and being able to relax in your own home, with your own things and you know what you can do when you want to. Agnes and I had a nice weekend – Saturday was with other people. First there was yum cha in Ipswich for Mel’s belated birthday, then that night there was an engagement party also at Ipswich. We left early from that as the chairs were too uncomfortable for Agnes.

Yesterday was baby shopping day, and boy did we spend up big at Ikea! Two cots, two mattresses, one change table, curtains as well as shelving units, stationery boxes and the like. The reason we went to Ikea is that Agnes had seen some cots she was interested in and they were back in stock and a change table also that she was interested in. We also wanted to find something to get rid of the shitpile that is paperwork around our desks. We found everything we were looking for – except we went for a different change table. The one that Agnes had looked at online wasn’t as impressive in real life – smaller than we were expecting. Thankfully there was another change table that had a cupboard underneath and was a lot larger on top. The cots were purchased specifically so that when the bubs are older they can use them as a small bed until old enough to migrate to a single bed. And the thing I loved is that it all fitted into the new car no problems at all! No need to call dad and ask to use the ute.

Also yesterday morning was spent mowing the lawns to get them back into a reasonable state. We should have the concreter out later in the week to cement the side, so that we can put the pool fencing back. Then this weekend will be spent pruning the garden and mango tree, something I have never really done before. So dad to the rescue with that. The thing with dad is though when it comes to pruning – take it all the way back and let it grow out again. Main things needing pruning are the lower branches of the mango tree as well as the jasmine on the side of the house.

A slow week at work for me this week as what I was meant to be doing was cancelled, and there was nothing really to fill it at the last minute. But tomorrow I will have a workshop to train which will be good.

February 19, 2008

Things are going well

Filed under: Pregnant wife — Duane @ 8:50 pm

Today Agnes and I went to the sonologist (I think that is what they are called – the people who do the ultrasounds) to see how our bubs are going. And this was an important one as Agnes has been worried as she can’t feel the bubs, and people cannot believe she is 19 weeks with twins, and not showing at all (for more on this, check out her blog which I have linked to on the right). So there has been a bit of anxiety/worry about how all is going. Well the news is excellent.

The doctor was a character and a half, and apparently we aren’t the first to think that. He wanted to know a bit about us before starting the scan, and when he learnt that Agnes and I met online his reaction “Stone the Crows!”. And a bit later there was a similar reaction to another revelation. So that was a bit funny to start off the day. When the scan was started we were both relieved – both bubs were moving around a fair bit. At a checkup Agnes had with her obst a few weeks ago, the doc couldnt get the heartbeat of one of the bubs due to vigorous movement hitting the heartbeat monitor. One was laying up/down, and the other lengthwise. Both are perfectly well according to the doc and doing as well as they should be. This would be the first chance of finding out the gender, and as was to be expected, they didn’t want to cooperate. We have an excellent pic of one’s butt, but they didn’t want to cooperate and show the other side. Ah well, we still like the idea of being surprised, so we shall see what happens.

So what happens next? Agnes has a check up with her obst in a week or so, and the next scan is the day before Anzac Day. I am unsure if I have shared the news about Agnes’ obst – it is doubtful if he will do the delivery. Back on Australia Day he decided to take a mate’s Harley for a spin and had an accident. Now all we had heard from the start is that he was involved in an accident, in ICU and his list of injuries were as follows:
broken pelvis, broken ribs (only 2 not broken), shoulder reconstruction, and extensive grazes.
It was only today that we learnt that it was because of a motorbike. The obst is part of a group that work together, so at the moment his appointments are looked after by three locums, who are all too old to deliver. Agnes has met two so far, and has felt very relaxed in their presence. Haven’t met the doc who is meant to do the delivery as of yet, but there is meant to be no problem with that either.

So that’s it from the pregnancy news front at the moment. We have a playpen without the screws, a double stroller, fabric for blankets, cot sheets, hooded towels to start with and we are slowly looking for other things. Lino in the nursery has been chosen and Agnes has decided on curtain fabric and what to do to jazz it up, as well as wall paint colour, but we have to purchase all that stuff.

January 2, 2008

Monkeys with Money and a Scare

Filed under: Pregnant wife — Tags: , — Duane @ 8:38 pm

Today Agnes had to go back to work, so I spent the day doing a few things around the place and outside just tidying up.

One of my Christmas presents is a desk calendar with a difference – It is called Freakonomics. Each day of the year it provides not a quote, but information. Let’s take today’s freakonomic for example:

“Keith Chen, an economist at Yale, taught capuchin monkeys to use money in order to see how they spent it, and if their behavior related in any way to human spending habits. As it turned out, the monkeys behaved a lot like us: they responded rationally to simple incentives; responded irrationally to risky gambles; failed to save; stole when they could; and used money for food and, on occasion, sex”

I might throw a few more of these in throughout the year, depending upon what the freakonomic is.

In other news, we had a pregnacy scare this afternoon.  (more…)

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