Schrebski

Posted in Uncategorized on May 30th, 2004 by Jo

Until now I was expressing my motherly instincts towards my naughty and odd cat Schrebski. She is not going to be the only one soon. I found lots of information about, what to do to make your kitty comfortable for the newborns arrival and what to expect. I find some quotes plain hysterical!

  1. Tape record a baby crying and play it on low volume, gradually increasing the volume each day over a period of a few weeks, so your cat can get used to this “noise.”
  2. Tell your cat that this is her new baby, too. Let your cat smell and touch the baby. There are fewer germs in a cat’s mouth than in a human’s! Let your cat kiss the baby if she wants.
  3. Let Dad or someone else carry the baby inside at the first homecoming, so that Mom is free to greet the cat with open arms.
  4. Spend time with the cat while your baby is sleeping. Cuddle him, brush him and play with him as much as possible to reassure him that you still love him.
  5. Your cat is in total crisis because out of nowhere came this strange-looking, strange-sounding, strange-smelling, hairless creature. There’s hardly a change bigger than that
  6. The reason she may be eliminating outside of her litter box is that she needs to feel as if she has a better escape route.
  7. Use interactive play sessions with a fishing-pole-type toy to help distract your cat when she’s getting nervous. When someone is in the room holding the baby, another family member should play with the cat and offer treats. Your cat has to begin to slowly associate positive things with the baby.

Ultrasound Scan

Posted in Uncategorized on May 27th, 2004 by Jo

We saw our little baby today, which is only 9 weeks old, according to its size and it’s a little bigger, then 20 mms. It looks like we really created a new life on our wedding night. It was too small to check everything, but the nurse said it looks just fine. It’s in the right place and the heart is beating real fast. We chose names Lula for a girl, or Henry for a boy. It is so difficult to wait. I am so curious of how our baby will look like and what character it will have. Will it be fair like Warwick, or darker toned like me? It’s so interesting. Obviously the most important thing is for him/her to be healthy!

I dozed off for a few hours and when I woke up I called my bridesmaid in New York. I made arrangements to visit her in August for her baby shower, but the tickets are just so expensive for the summer period, that I decided not to go. She is due in September and is expecting a baby girl. We were talking about getting our two little ones together; the fact that they will be only 4 months apart will make it so much easier for them to get on!

The First Trimester

Posted in Uncategorized on May 26th, 2004 by Jo

I don’t really know why I decided to write about my day. I used to keep a diary as a teenager and my parents are still keeping hold of it. When I read it now it seems so bizarre and the person I used to be so different. My life was certainly more eventful. I remember having lots of “friends” and events, parties constantly to attend to. We were all artists in our own right, fought for animal rights and I could not care less for material restrains.

I spoke to an old friend today, who stressed how she worries about the future and that she changed so much over the years. I told her that she should not worry as it is natural, years ago we did not have to work and pay rent, so we did not understand worries of the every day life. Now as two married women, both approaching 30 and starting a family, we are more eager to have stability and a secure roof over our heads. We are both extremely lucky to have such loving and caring husbands, but reality is not made of rose petals. My dreams of owning a home with a garden are getting stronger now that I am in my early pregnancy.

At the same time I am struggling with constant morning sickness. My main foods are fruits and soy yoghurts. Apparently it will even out soon. I also have a tendency to sleep all the time, which enables me to work.

From a 100% extravert I became within weeks a complete introvert. Self aware, uncomfortable around people, my ideal is to hide at home. If I could only be in a Polish country side, near nature, London seems so dirty and hostile, artificial. I feel a need to paint, sculpt, and sew.

I completely went off cooking, as looking at food makes me sick. Poor Warwick has been cast away and made to eat in the other room as any food related smells drive me insane. He is so sweet and caring.

Tomorrow we are going for a scan.

Tomek’s 1st Communion

Posted in Uncategorized on May 16th, 2004 by Jo

We went to Gdansk for our nephew’s 1st Communion. The journey was very pleasant. The ceremony took place in a seaside church and went on for hours.

Poor Warwick, who does not speak Polish, was dying from boredom. After the ceremony we all went to celebrate in a restaurant and give our presents to the proud 10 year old!It is a pity we see him so rarely, due to us living in a different country.

It was good to be there, even though the trip was exhausting.

Pregnancy

Posted in Uncategorized on May 2nd, 2004 by Jo

It is today, that after a conversation with my mum I took a pregnancy test and discovered, that I am pregnant! I could not believe it, Warwick had to buy two extra pregnancy tests, just to be sure!