July 31st, 2009


It's the Final Countdown...

All hum along to 80s naff ballad, please!

So, in 14 days, all things being equal, baby nice_cup_of_tea will be here! I had a hospital appointment this week and little one is still quite happily head up and bum down. We have another appointment on Monday, to see whether we can try the turning technique, but if this isn't successful, then my c-section has been planned for Friday, 14th August.

Gulp. This isn't really what I had planned, but at least i have time to get my head around how baby will arrive into this world. On the plus side, it is perfect timing for us, given Alan's month off in August. We will have time as a family at home, before he needs to go back to work.

It feels too soon, I feel as though I want more time with baby safely inside. I know how mad that sounds. But somewhere, having a date makes it all seem too soon and scary. On the other hand, I can barely wait until baby is here. I have 3 more days to work next week, and then work is done.

And how do I know that this is a male? Because (as friend Jane said on facebook chat) the lad is lost, needs directions to get out, but won't ask for help :-) *lol*

Tweeting in the gaps

January to July 2009

3:43 PM Jul 31st am enjoying my day off from work - lunch with friend, shopping and mooching in ZH, drinks with another friend, then sofa time with hubbie!
3:24 PM Jul 31st close to solving a particularly tiresome charging report problem!
7:53 AM Jul 28th enjoying my first day of working 50% - managed to sleep until about 9am - and the worst of the pain is gone :-)
8:09 AM Jul 27th trying to breathe through the discomfort! is baby turning? It feels like it... and I have period type pain....
8:33 PM Jul 26th suffering insomnia - I am so fed up it isn't true. Tired, achey, heartburn, mind full of a gazillion things....
10:32 PM Jul 25th up early (for me on a Sat) to wait for a phone call from Sydney! Trying to get rid of my cold!
6:22 AM Jul 25th just home from work, thank goodness it's Friday! Will be taking myself off to bed soon :-)
1:24 PM Jul 24th back home early, will be spending the afternoon sleeping off my "crash" yesterday!
8:55 AM Jul 23rd recovering from falling a** over t** whilst getting out of the tram - am so clumsy - brusied knees, hands, and pride :-(
7:13 PM Jul 22nd sweltering in the heat and considering calling it a day and going home...
12:17 PM Jul 21st am happy after having a reasonable night's sleep (1 am til 7) and no trips to the loo! feeling almost perky :-)
4:42 AM Jul 21st trying to hard to get enough oxygen into my squashed lungs - will a bath help, I wonder?
6:59 PM Jul 19th just had a marathon brunch at imagine with some new friends - 10.30 til 14.00 have to be a record, surely!
10:40 AM Jul 19th am happy because she finally sorted my ipod / photo sync problem :-)
2:34 PM Jul 18th am knackered after a few hours shopping in town and I am shocked to find how slowly I am now walking!
11:41 AM Jul 18th still awake - this is a new record - 0430 in the wee early hours :-( but at least http://www.helenpalmer.co.uk is up to date!
12:33 AM Jul 18th waiting for baby to turn - bump is very active today - head down please!
1:23 PM Jul 16th Big Mama (aka nice_cup_of_tea) is sweltering and wilting in this heat!
6:48 PM Jul 15th about to jump in a lavendar bath, in the hope of soothing myself ready for a good night's sleep. Last night I was still awake at 4am...
6:33 PM Jul 13th have finally got my photos up to date on flickr and feels much better for it! http://snipurl.com/n3dxp
7:06 PM Jul 12th am a bit restless, a bit bleurgh, a bit worrirf about all the things we haven't done or bought yet...
9:05 AM Jul 12th Finally awake after a reasonable night's sleep!
6:58 AM Jul 12th have just woken up, but want to eat something then go straight back to sleep again!
8:31 AM Jul 9th am finally learning to look after myself and bump. I am not going to work, but am going to sleep and rest today :-)
5:02 AM Jul 9th am wondering where the time went, only 48 days now until my due date :-)
7:41 PM Jul 8th am back from work, am knackered, so am going to bed for a bit....
1:56 PM Jul 8th have just finished doing the finances and paying the bills :-)
8:00 PM Jul 7th have just finished deep cleaning the fridge and should now jump in the bath!
6:46 PM Jul 6th waiting for the midwife to arrive, ready for our first prenatal visit! The list of questions is getting longer...
2:33 PM Jul 6th hoping for thunder and the weather to break in Zurich - me and bump are just too hot and bothered!
4:12 PM Jul 5th Now i know why it's called carrying a baby - hard work in this heat and heavy :-)
1:10 PM Jul 3rd am resting after an acupuncture session and feeling very chilled and relaxed, even given the heat!
3:15 PM Jul 2nd am back from Drs and am now working from home, but will catch some sleep later, since last night was spent wide eyed and awake :-(
10:40 AM Jul 1st Spending the morning at the dr having a glucose stress test - nice!
4:46 AM Jul 1st am hot, heavily pregnant and very botmyed :-(

6:18 PM Jun 30th back from walking in the sunshine at the lake! I love Zurich, particularly in the summer :-)
3:25 PM Jun 28th am waking up after a good night's sleep - for the first time in months! Maybe it was turning the mattress and the clean bedding - who knows?
6:23 AM Jun 28th Feeling overwhelmed by baby stuff, decisions, responsibilties - so am going back to bed for a bit :-)
11:53 AM Jun 27th up early, cos I slept so badly. But kitchen is now clean, recycling done, shopping list written and first lot of washing is on!
5:07 AM Jun 27th am up bright and early to get birthday breakfast ready for lovely hubbie!
3:05 AM Jun 24th am instead now cooking supper - how did that happen?
4:18 PM Jun 23rd am deciding whether to wallow in a bath with the bump or take a nice cup of tea and go to bed.... I am knackered!
2:56 PM Jun 23rd am finally leaving work and achieved my goal of clearing my post holiday inbox!
1:10 PM Jun 18th am battling with my emails - now just have 28 to deal with :-)
9:00 AM Jun 18th finally home after a very good PWG evening - great speaker, lots of networking and time to catch up with friends!
6:41 PM Jun 16th am enjoying the Zurich rainstorm, but still feeling rather large and hot!
6:53 PM Jun 15th have finally finished importing and organaming all my bookmarks in delicious - 65 tags, 3 tag clusters and 654 bookmarks!
6:54 PM Jun 14th sitting in bed, with laptop, nice cup of tea, heating thing on back and taking it easy (whilst I still can)!
8:08 AM Jun 14th am back home again and now checking emails, voice mails, ansaphone messages etc :-(
2:06 PM Jun 13th am clearing the flat, doing the washing, getting rid of books & clothes at charity shops and generally trying to get ready for my holiday!
4:33 PM Jun 3rd am just booking a week's holiday in Malta - finally! We leave on Friday for a week :-)
6:57 PM Jun 2nd am awake - damn the backache, heartburn and insomnia!
9:04 PM Jun 1st am applying for nursery places for my yet unborn child, starting 1 march 2010 - how mad is that!!
3:49 PM Jun 1st am still browsing websites for that baby retail buzz and should really get on with what she should be doing!
8:38 AM Jun 1st m off for another little lie down!

2:47 PM May 31st On the way to Waldshut to buy some furniture! Deutschland here we come :-) piggy bank will be raided!
5:36 AM May 30th am still awake with backache, heartburn and insomnia!
9:56 PM May 29th am back home after a 2 hour stay at the Dr for a glucose stress test - nice! Now going back to bed...
7:52 AM May 29th am admiring the rapid change in weather - from hot and sunny, to grey sky, to yellow sky, to thunder and lightning and now hail!!
11:25 AM May 26th celebrating that I know have my permanent C Vama for Switzerland! Hurrah, I am permanent and official again!
3:40 PM May 25th am rearranging the bedroom and sorting out the wardrobe - we are having such a BIG clear out, it's untrue :-)
5:03 PM May 24th off to Panorama Spa for the day! http://www.panoramaresort.ch/
4:02 AM May 23rd waiting for best mate Sal to arrive - hurrah!
5:28 PM May 22nd am working on some PWG strategy - www.professionalwomensgroup.com
12:36 PM May 21st enjoying my day off - slobbing round the flat in my jimjams
6:16 AM May 21st and I am also supposed to be sorting out our money (squints at balance nervously...)
3:29 PM May 18th am back home and am trying to clear the disaster area that am my desk!
3:16 PM May 18th am just leaving for Dublin - hurrah!
3:28 AM May 15th have finished unpacking from my london trip and have repacked for dublin, leaving early tomorrow morning! Sleep tight all :-)
7:16 PM May 14th am celebrating my birthday, but may delay it until tomorrow!
5:07 PM May 7th enjoying some sister bonding - she keeps bringing me nice cups of tea in bed and I am playing with her new mac laptop - am in love with it!
8:16 AM May 2nd am starting the day with a Lush bath :-)

2:41 AM Apr 27th am about to go to einsiedlen to hang out with eddie and Al :-) Oh, and talk baby talk with Al whilst the boys go and drink whamky!
1:37 PM Apr 25th am deciding what I absolutely have to get down today!
5:17 AM Apr 25th am sitting in bed, updating the pwg website and enjoying the feeling of baby-moran-to-be bubbling away inside!
4:15 PM Apr 23rd am clearing my desk and panicking slightly about my future - baby, finances and all. But hey, the sun is shining! :-)
10:43 AM Apr 19th am back from Poland, have been to Basel to get some preg. photos down and am now off to Annecy, France for the weekend!
10:24 AM Apr 11th am scoffing a Terry's Chocolate Orange - It's not Terry's, it's mine!!!

4:47 PM Mar 30th have just got home and have realised that my work jacket am still on my chair at work - back to work I go :-(
2:47 PM Mar 30th am happy that I have finally finished 2 important PWG tasks - final changes to the March Networker, plus the AGM minutes! Go me :-)
9:53 AM Mar 29th am rejoicing that my gmail inbox is EMPTY for the first time in weeks! AND, I only have one major task left to do! I am winning :-)
8:53 AM Mar 29th am stting in bed with laptop and a nice cup of tea, updating my virtual life!
8:32 AM Mar 29th am having a busy Saturday - recycling, washing, post office, dry cleaners, shopping in town and now sorting out my desk!
3:22 PM Mar 28th repeat after me "I love my job, I love my job", even though the "Kleinigkeiten" (ie little details) sometimes drive me to damtraction!
5:06 PM Mar 23rd Sitting in the sun waiting for the boat to lucerne, after a brisk hour walk from vitznau to weggen.
12:56 PM Mar 22nd Sitting in the mountain sun after visiting the buddhist zendo at felsentor :-)
11:36 AM Mar 22nd Climbing mount rigi on the mountain railway,
9:29 AM Mar 22nd On the ferry from lucerne to vitznau in the hesitant spring sunshine for a day in the mountains!
8:06 AM Mar 22nd booking flights to the UK for April!
11:21 AM Mar 21st Happy that I am now officially a Senior Specialamt Learning and Development at the bank!
12:08 PM Mar 20th How do you deal with stress? I generally escape to the toilets and cry - it's a trying day today :-(
7:15 AM Mar 20th am booking flights to Poland for April - mr.ncot gets to come and visit me when I am working there!
5:18 AM Mar 17th I have a new pair of (say it quietly, "size 46 maternity jeans from H&M"") which fit - the comfort, the joy! My stomach can expand :-)
2:36 PM Mar 16th am clearing my desk, doing the paperwork, writing a to-do-list, clearing my gmail to zero and trying to ignore the incoming cold!
9:14 AM Mar 15th have earache, headache and a sore throat and am feeling very sorry for myself
5:34 AM Mar 14th have survived the dentist, have a shiny, new ceramic filling, but am now seriously out of pocket!
4:45 PM Mar 12th am waiting for mr.ncot to serve up supper, god bless him!
3:47 PM Mar 5th am going to bed for a bit of a snooze and lie down!
3:47 PM Mar 1st have finished the ironing and redone my nails, but am still in my jimjams!
1:05 PM Mar 1st am delighted to make it public that we are 14 weeks pregnant!

6:01 PM Feb 25th am off to the cinema to see "Slumdog Millionaire" - hurrah!
1:15 PM Feb 22nd have now cleared my inbox, desk and am up to date with blogs, photos and the pwg website! My virtual life am back on track.
12:39 PM Feb 22nd have cleared my inbox!
10:36 AM Feb 22nd have just had a bit yummy brunch and compared calendars with mr.ncot in Imagine (http://www.imagine-zh.ch)
7:10 AM Feb 22nd am watching the snow fall again!
4:56 AM Feb 22nd survived the dentist yesterday, but have to go back in 2 weeks time for a very expensive appointment to refill and rebuild tooth :-(
7:42 AM Feb 21st have broken a tooth and have to visit the dentist tomorrow :-(
4:38 PM Feb 19th am now feeling more human again!
1:36 PM Feb 15th have finished my PWG tasks for the time being and am now off for a long soak in the bath! 1
11:51 AM Feb 15th back in bed with headache, backache and a stack of glossy magazines (thanks to arrival of sister - for the magazines not the aches!)
9:25 AM Feb 15th am watching the snow fall and looking forward to my samter arriving!
5:21 AM Feb 14th being annoyed by my husband!
3:42 PM Feb 11th working from home this afternoon!
10:21 AM Feb 11th have been suffering another headache- must be the weather!
2:03 PM Feb 9th have been talking on the phone with sister, brother and best mate, (although not simultaneously) and I feel very loved!
6:04 PM Feb 8th am updating the pwg website - www.professionalwomensgroup...
8:50 AM Feb 8th am drinking rooibush tea
6:20 AM Feb 8th have had a long phone gossip with my lovely irish sister-in-law!
4:45 PM Feb 7th am downloading my favourites from the Ted website - www.ted.com
11:31 AM Feb 7th am drinking hot chocolate!
9:47 AM Feb 7th have done my Sat morning errands and am now back in bed (+ laptop, ipod & books) warm & safe for the day. And mr.ncot is making lunch!
8:56 AM Feb 7th am designing my next batch of cross-stitch baby bunnies!
5:52 AM Feb 7th am battling a headache and considering taking some painkillers
3:42 PM Feb 5th have just had a sex change! on fitbug.co.uk - for some reason I was registered as a mr. but membership have now changed me back to female :-)
12:41 PM Feb 4th have finally solved my pda / laptop syncing problem!
11:27 AM Feb 3rd am back home after doing half a day - I like this 50% lark :-)
10:01 AM Feb 2nd have finally solved my outlook personal folders problem!
7:43 AM Feb 1st am delighted that i finally have wireless internet back up and running again - thanks to the lovely mr.ncot!
7:20 AM Feb 1st have been logging my books read for January - 17! Go me :-)

4:55 PM Jan 31st am returning to health after a bad week
3:15 PM Jan 31st eating peanut butter and jam on toast! yummy yummy :-)
2:56 PM Jan 13th am chatting with a bestest mate who is travelling in Ecuador via gmail chat, but I should really be in bed!
8:00 PM Jan 10th Tea is drunk to forget the din of the world. T'ien Yiheng - eighteenth century Chinese Sage
12:37 PM Jan 7th am updating the pwg website www.professionalwomensgroup.com
3:40 PM Jan 5th have finally cleared my inbox after 2.5 weeks away - we have now achieved inbox zero!
07:40 AM Jan 5th am getting ready to go back to work tomorrow :-(
12:58 PM Jan 4th reading an inspirational book, "creating a world without poverty" by muhammad yunus.
8:17 AM Jan 3rd on the train to Geneva for the weekend, all arranged by mr.ncot!
7:37 AM Jan 3rd am trying to track down long lost friends on the internet :-)
3:44 PM Jan 2nd am decluttering my writing desk!
1:43 PM Jan 2nd am doing about 4 loads of washing - does the fun never stop?
10:46 AM Jan 2nd am writing my New Year's resolutions - http://tinyurl.com/7n7fqz