Thursday, September 18, 2008

Bump Watch 2008, 35 weeks, 4 days

One... month... left! My due date, Oct. 19, is one month away! Here is my not-so-weekly belly photo, which was taken in a rush this morning so forgive the lack of polish. You'd be surprised how many times I make Brent retake photos until there's one I'm content with. Oh, and this is how I wear my hair when I don't feel like blow drying it.

35 weeks, 4 days

Brent and I continue to prepare for Em Dash's arrival. Saturday the rest of our condo (minus the bedrooms) is getting painted, so I'm going up to visit my mom to avoid the fumes. A few more finishing touches on the nursery and we'll be all set. I've been picking up the last little things we'll need (toiletries, newborn onesies, my first pack of diapers - whee!) before she gets here.

A lot of folks have been asking us about Em Dash's name. It usually goes something like, "Have you guys decided on a name yet?" followed quickly by "Iknowyou'renottelling,soI'mnotexpectingyoutoTELLmethename. I'mjustwondering."

The answer? No, we have not decided on a name. But we are close. We have one solid front runner, with a few runner-ups. And tonight on our way home from dinner, I brought up the front runner. Hilariously, when I said the name, Em Dash kicked me really, really hard (but not painfully). We don't know if that was in agreement or protest, but I had tears in my eyes from laughter.

Lastly, after months of going back and forth with our HR team, I've finalized the timing for my maternity leave today. I'm planning to work as long as I'm comfortable because the more time I take before Em Dash arrives, the less time I'll have with her when she's actually here. So, as of now with my Oct. 19th due date in mind, my leave will start Oct. 15th and end Feb. 23! That's more than four months with our baby girl! And it could be an additional month if I end up having a C-section (which I really, really, really want to avoid).

All this time is a combination of my company's generous maternity leave, as well as 6 weeks of California's Paid Family Leave, something that my Toronto-based HR team was not familiar with. So after educating myself, I had to educate them. Then there was some back and forth as we debated my eligibility and how the Leave worked with what my company already offered. But it's all settled now, and I'm super excited to have the opportunity to have so much time with Em Dash!

"Listen to me... If every woman who wanted a steak was pregnant, they'd sell maternity wear at Sizzler's." - Lucy, 7th Heaven

28 comments:

  1. You look fabulous, dahling. :)

    This is your best bump pic yet.

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  2. Awww I cannot believe it is almost time for Em Dash's arrival! You look absolutely beautiful. :)

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  3. Whee! Four months of time off with the baby is awesome!!!

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  4. She's coming...she's coming!!!

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  5. Hardly just a "bump" anymore :) It's so close! Congrats.

    My cw had to tell our HR (based in MD) what was up because they didn't know about the CA paid leave either.

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  6. Wow! One month!!! So exciting!

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  7. u look great nanette. omg one more month, it is going to fly by so fast. before you know your little one will be here =)

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  8. aw you look adorable. and yay for one month. that's so exciting! :)

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  9. Eeek! You're almost there! (and I'm so lame that I still haven't sent my little gift. Sheesh). Good luck during these last days! You look awesome, btw, and your maternity leave ROCKS!

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  10. you look adorable. I can't wait till she's here! How exciting!

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  11. It's going to go by so fast! How awesome is that maternity leave?! I love how everything is coming together so nicely. :) Now tell Cupcake Diva to get her already! ;)

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  12. Great news about your maternity leave! And you look fabulous.

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  13. I'm glad you get to take that time... I'm so excited for you! :) Let me know if you have any questions about c-sections. I had one with Zoe and will have one with Finn and I'm happy to share with you if you'd like. Take care and enjoy your last month!

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  14. How wonderful to get to take off so much time with your girl. I was able to take off exactly four months when LG was born since I had her in March and then had the summer break. It was a wonderful time, though it was terribly hard to go back. You're going to enjoy yourself so much!

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  15. omg Oct.19th?!?! Hold that baby in till the 20th and we'll be birthday twins!

    :)

    YEY for a little Libra girl!

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  16. Fantastic that your employer is allowing such a generous leave for Em Dash's settling in once she arrives. I'm so excited for you. You are just the perfect picture of glowing happy pregnant.

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  17. I wouldn't be surprised about how many pictures you take- I used to make Rob take them for me but I could tell he was annoyed because I made him try over and over again until I got one I liked. I just started using the timer and taking them of myself- that worked better for everyone!

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  18. My gosh, I saw you like two days ago and you are already so much bigger!!! You look freaking adorable! I hope your mom is spoiling you right now.

    BTW - I LOVE that bracelet you're wearing. You must share with me where you got it. I COVET.

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  19. Very exciting! I didn't realize your due date is the day before Claire's birthday! My due date was the 27th and I'm glad she came out on the 20th! I was R.E.A.D.Y!

    I'm jealous of your PAID maternity leave and 4 months off! Going back at 10 weeks was the hardest thing I've ever done.

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  20. You look beautiful! I'm excited for her to show up...

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  21. I can't believe you only have 1 month left! Yea for 4 months off! That's awesome! You look lovely as always!!

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  22. i can't believe it's so close already!

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  23. I can't believe that people insist when you tell them you don't have a name yet! Clearly if you wanted to volunteer more information you would. It seems like people kind of lose their social skills when dealing with pregnant women. But it's great that you get to stay home for so long with your baby, and good to know about CA's family leave (since by the time I'm looking at maternity leave we plan to be back in CA).

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  24. Wow - your due date is just around the corner! I feel like you JUST posted about being pregnant. :-)

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  25. You look amazing! I can't believe it's almost time!

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  26. Girl - you look great! Only one moth - wow!

    And so much maternity leave... that is incredible!

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  27. i'm glad you got the family leave stuff all worked out. i know that can be a huge headache.

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