Week 24 – Make way for the bump!

This week was really good. Apart from the scares that I mentioned previously and the various growing pains that seem to have begun, I’ve actually enjoyed myself this week. I’ve started to embrace being pregnant. I properly look pregnant now too which I think has a lot to do with that and I’m handling the changes a lot better. We also got some big purchases made this week (more on that below) and I think that made things feel more real.

It’s great we’ve hit the benchmark of week 24 as now baby is considered “viable”, a pretty unemotional description for the point in the pregnancy that should the baby make an early entrance (please no!) he will have a good chance of making it. More than ever, it now feels possible that we might have a baby by the summer!

Weight gain: I didn’t gain weight this week! Hurrah! A massive shout out to each of you who took the time to write to me last week and offer words of encouragement. They really and truly made a difference to how I felt and feel about my changing figure. I also took the advice that many of you gave and that was to stop weighing myself!! This week I put away my scales so that in order to weigh myself I had to make a special effort to do so. Which of course I did today for my weekly weigh in, but I didn’t obsess about it every day like I had been doing.

As for how I’m feeling about my body, I’m feeling better! I have realised that so far I’ve not really put much if any weight on my legs which makes me relieved. I have also started to laugh at my body, but in a good way. Last night I was going about the house in just my knickers before my shower and I did a comedy dance for hubby where I wiggled everything about and he laughed and laughed! He told me that the earth no longer rotates around the sun, but rather rotates around my boobs (i.e. they are so enormous they have their own gravitational pull). That’s love for you!

Symptoms: Oh you’ve heard all this already. Summary: one session of cramping, some tailbone pain (which turned up again at the office today) a lazy baby that got to be monitored at the clinic on Wednesday and more round ligament pain as my belly accommodates its growing size.

Eating: Nothing remarkable this week. Where I live, Easter is a BIG DEAL and there are many delicious seasonal goodies to much through in addition to chocolate so the next week or so should make for an interesting diet. Easter and pregnancy is pretty awesome!

Sleep: I’ve been only getting up to pee only once in the night mainly this week. This is a vast improvement! Yay me! Otherwise, it’s been a pretty average sleep week, neither good or bad.

Movement: As per my previous post, the baby decided he was too chill to move much on Wednesday so we had an unplanned visit to the clinic to be checked out. All is fine and he has been back to his ninja ways ever since. He is in fact ninja-ing away as I write this. He’s a cheeky one, I’m sure of it!

Emotions: I’m fine as long as you feed me and let me sleep. Mess up either or both of those requirements and watch out that I don’t snap at you!

Missing: Nothing much. I’m all good this week.

Purchases: It has been a very expensive week this week!! I put down deposits on our stroller, as well as a cot bed, set of drawers with built in change table, and a moses basket + stand. Oh, and also we bought a new car today! It probably won’t arrive until after the baby arrives but that’s no problem. We have been planning to buy an SUV for about 2 years but put it off until it looked like a baby might actually turn up. Anyone who has been following me a while will appreciate why it’s taken so long to buy this car!

Looking forward to: Decorating the nursery. We have to paint it and get it ready before the cot bed arrives in about 6-8 weeks! We also have our next scan on Monday morning. I’m looking forward to seeing the small dude again.

Best moment of the week: Knowing that the baby was okay after his quiet spell. That was quite a big relief!

Exercise: Good amounts of walking and yoga this week, with motivation higher thanks to the excellent Spring weather. I have noticed that that I’m starting to find some of the yoga poses hard to execute in full . I still do a mean plank, but can’t hold it forever like I used to be able to. I wonder how long I can go before I need to switch to preggo yoga. Also, I find when I walk for a while I get round ligament pain, which I explained to hubby as feeling like a sprained ankle except it’s in my belly. He thought that sounded like not much fun (it’s not).

Bump update: Back by popular demand is my kitty photo-bomber. I took a bonus shot so you could see her up close. Some of you might remember when I introduced her way back in August last year(Hasn’t she grown!!). She’s my little good luck charm and a ray of sunshine!

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Week 23 – The baby is a ninja!

Wow! This baby has really found its limbs the past few days and has been pulling some serious ninja moves. I’m not sure what he was up to yesterday but it felt like he was doing some impressive gymnastics in my belly. I was not feeling 100% after work so I had a short nap in the late afternoon, but it was hard to rest properly because the action was so intense. I just hope he is not fighting to get out!

This week has been a whole lot less exciting than last week’s holiday and my poor sleep has returned, so by Friday I was feeling pretty awful. It turns out that lack of sleep gives you headaches and a feeling like you’re catching a virus. A short nap later and I felt a lot better. I seriously wish I could nap every day in the afternoon. I am hugely jealous of those who can do so!

Weight gain: Oh geez! I just cannot stop gaining weight and it’s terrifying! I’ve gained around 1.5kg in the past 2 weeks (3.3 pounds). I keep looking at my body to work out where this weight is and I can really only see it on my mid-section and a little on the tops of my thighs. I’m worried though that it’s actually secretly hitting me everywhere and I’m just not noticing. I’m really and truly not eating like a pig so this whole scenario is very confusing. I’m now about 7.5kg (16 pounds) up from my pre-pregnancy rate and with around 15 weeks to go (baby comes 10-14 days before its due date for a scheduled c-section) my target weight gain of no more than 15kg (33 pounds) is looking highly unrealistic. Does everyone feel this way about their weight gain or am I the only one freaking out here?

Symptoms: The dizzy spell on Monday seems to have been a one-off as I haven’t had that issue since. I had some weird digestive issues for a few days, but they seem to have sorted themselves out too now which is nice. One thing I have noticed, albeit a while ago, is that I have a lot of face fuzz, i.e. little hairs on the sides of my face. They are not bad enough to consider having them removed, but I would prefer they weren’t there. They certainly weren’t there before the pregnancy, albeit I have always had a few rogue hairs thanks to my lovely PCOS. You become good friends with tweezers when you have PCOS! In any case, I figure the hairs will go after the baby is born so I am not taking any action about them now. I am blaming this on the baby being a boy and flooding me with excess testosterone.

Another weird symptom I observed early on is that I have little fluid-filled spots on the hairline of my forehead and also on the top of my chest. They are a bit like a rash, but not itchy so I’m not that bothered by them. These days my linea nigra is really starting to show and my boobs seem to be growing by the second (see above weight gain) so it’s all happening. Honestly though, I do miss my microboobs. There is so much surrounding us talking about how big boobs are sexy and fantastic, but I am not so sure they are great after all.

Eating: I’m back to my balanced eating regime this week but it’s been hard as I seem to have rediscovered my sweet tooth while on holiday. I haven’t been that mad about chocolate and sweets during the pregnancy, but I think my indulging while on holiday flicked the sugar switch within me. I’m a bit afraid of gestational diabetes though so I am conscious of not over-eating sugary things. There were some delicious-looking cookies in my office yesterday and I didn’t eat ANY of them. And yes, I would like a medal for my self-restraint please.

Sleep: My sleep has sucked this week. Clearly I should go back to London where I slept beautifully. I also think being more active in London helped me to sleep better. I know there are lessons in there about doing more exercise but someone needs to find me some more hours in the day please. Also, please can I have a job where I can take afternoon naps?!

Movement: The small dude is a ninja! He’s so active and strong!

Emotions: They are all over the place these days and I’ve definitely been feeling a bit down the past few days. I am certain the poor sleep has a lot to do with this, but also my work has been getting me down. I probably have to fly to a European destination for work in a few weeks and it’s weighing on me that I don’t know when this will be or where. I am worried that if it’s not for another month (quite possible) that I’ll almost be six months pregnant by then and it’s not so easy (or recommended) to travel the farther along in your pregnancy you are. I really don’t want to go, but I seem to be the key to the meeting – which is nice in a way – so my ego most certainly does want to go, even if my logical brain does not.

The body insecurities are also growing, proportionate to my weight gain and I’ve not really heard anything from any of my family or friends in Australia for a couple of weeks so I’m feeling less than special these days. I know it’s hard for everyone, we are all busy, but sometimes I think it’s strange that my Mum or sister don’t just send me a little message asking how I am or how the baby is going? I’m sure they are interested, but it’s a situation whereby I have to approach them, or call them in order to get any support. It’s not new so I don’t know why I’m upset, but I guess I hoped that those closest to me would take more of a proactive role in communication and being a part of my pregnancy. I mean, my sister is going to be an aunty for the first time. You’d think that would be exciting?! I think a lot of this stems from the baby shower I went to last weekend. Even though the shower was WAY over the top for my preferences, what was nice about it was how much effort the grandma-to-be had put into it and how all the friends and family were genuinely so excited for the mum-to-be.

Missing: Sleep and naps and croissants for breakfast every day!

Purchases: Hubby went on a bit of an Amazon shopping spree this week and so the following items should be coming our way soon. For the record, I am not being paid to promote Amazon (that would be nice!) so if you like these items too, then remember that many retailers also stock them!

Maxi-Cosi Pebble car seat 

Maxi-Cosi back seat protector (to keep your car’s seats clean and undamaged)

The Gro Company Gro-Egg Room Thermometer

Percy the Penguin Gro-Egg Shell

Ewan the Dream Sheep

Tommee Tippee Sangenic Tec Nappy Disposal Starter Kit (Green)

Angelcare Soft Touch Bath Support – Aqua

NUK Genius Silicone Orthodontic Soother 0-6mths (2 pack)

Tommee Tippee Digital Ear Thermometer

Looking forward to: Hitting the 24 weeks and our small dude being considered “viable”. The weather heating up in the next couple of weeks so I can ditch my tights and start going to work in dresses with bare legs!

Best moment: I had a few nice walks around our most local park this week and Spring has sure sprung with many wild flowers including wild poppies!

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Exercise: It was great to go back to yoga this week! I was quite creaky and stiff so it made a big improvement in unwinding me and bringing my stress levels down a few notches. Never underestimate the impact of yoga, and also warrior poses really do work the glutes!

The bump: It’s bigger still and so I’m also giving you a front on shot so you can see how I’m losing my waist shape.

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Baby shopping overload!

We are now into our second full day in London and I think I may have hit baby shopping overload! If you are lucky enough to live in an area where there are many baby shops and options I expect you can probably space out your purchases over time. Where we live there is limited variety and so we are using our time in London to pick up items that are either not available where we live or they are better priced here. This equals the equivalent of a baby shopping spree.  Let me tell you, babies are EXPENSIVE!!

The first splurge came yesterday when we found ourselves in Baby Gap. I know for many of you Baby Gap is considered a kind of a staple, but for us it’s a novelty and they have masses of cute things for babies and children. In the main, we bought baby onesies of all kinds – short sleeve and long sleeve – with so many cute designs on them. I seem to have an attraction to anything that comes with built in animal ears.  The husband seems to like sharks, robots and cartoon characters. It’s really hard to know what clothes to buy for a baby that is going to be born in the middle of the Mediterranean summer where temperatures range from 35-40 degrees celsius (95-104 F). If the baby is in AC then he has to have long sleeves and legs.  If he’s outside (e.g. going for a stroll at nighttime) he’s going to need to have something short sleeved/legged on. So our logic is we are buying everything!

Today we had our consultation with the John Lewis Nursery Advice Service. For those of you UK based, I would highly recommend you go along for one of these free sessions even if you plan to purchase your items from elsewhere. We had a really lovely consultant lady take us through all of the necessary items from strollers, to breast pumps, to cots – everything you could possibly need. As you go through all the things, she takes a little zapper machine that records all of your choices so you can make a baby gift list for friends and family (like a wedding registry, but for baby stuff). For us it was a bit different because the list function is pretty much redundant, but it did help us to clarify some things we were not sure about and we actually changed our minds on the baby seat base after hearing the advantages of some other options.

So after deciding to leave the big things for another day, I picked up a “few small things” – muslin cloths, bath towels, baby bottles, bibs, onesies etc – and promptly dropped £170 in the process. Eeeek! The husband is now not letting me near baby shops ever again (i.e. until tomorrow). As for the big things… this is what I think we will end up going for :

Stroller – Bugaboo Chameleon 3 (classic grey colour)

Car seat – Maxi Cosi Pebble (some kind of black/grey colour)

Car seat base – Maxi Cosi 2WayFix 

You can buy adaptors for the Maxi-Cosi car seat to clip into the Bugaboo frame so on those occasions where we prefer to wheel the car seat about, this is what we will do. These big ticket items will be bought when we’re back as neither of us fancy schlepping them to the airport and by the calculations of the GBP against the EUR currently, it’s actually cheaper to buy the Bugaboo where we are in EUR than it is in London in GBP.  This is a rare occurrence!

We are still totally undecided about the baby cot, but the other question that today threw up is what the baby will sleep in during the day? We need to have something portable so that when he sleeps during the day we can always be in the same room as him. Is that a Moses basket, or do we get a small cot that can live temporarily in our open plan living room/kitchen?  The jury is still out on this decision.

In non-shopping news, we were taking a rest back at the hotel before dinner last night and the small dude started to get quite active with his dancing so I put hubby’s hand on my belly on the off chance that he could feel it.  After about 5 minutes of my husband staring at me like I was deceiving him about the kicking, the small dude did some kind of impressive manoeuvre and his daddy got to feel him for the first time.  It was brilliant!  So at 21 weeks and 2 days, daddy felt baby move!  Super exciting times!