Should I be worried?

I’m one day away from officially being in the third trimester and I think the baby must have got the memo too!! He seems to have upped his ninja kicks and general shuffling about inside so that now it is less of a butterfly fluttering sensation and more of a jabbing one. Sometimes I even have to check that it is in fact the baby kicking/punching and not someone else poking me to get my attention. 

Pregnancy never stops being weird. 

The latest development however came last night when I noticed I had lower back pain / achiness. This is a similar kind of pain to what I would get with period pain and also what I got during embryo implantation. It’s a pain level of about 6/10. Enough to be cranky about it, not enough to be worried. 

I wondered if this was a kind of Braxton Hicks thing but I didn’t notice any belly muscle tightening and it wasn’t like a cramp that came and went repeatedly so I’m not sure. I laid on my left side in bed for a while and applied a heat pack to my back and after about 20 minutes it pretty much disappeared. 

Both hubby and I decided it was probably nothing to be worried about but if it had been a more intense pain and gone on longer I think I would call the doctor. 

Does anyone else have similar experiences? At what point should I worry? 

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Baby on board 1, mamma-to-be 0

Pregnancy got me a good one today! Despite all of my claims to be trying to take it a bit more easy, I had another dizzy-feeling/weak/might puke situation today  These are really not fun!

Today’s situation occurred while having a stroll in town. There was nothing remarkable about anything I was doing. It was approaching the middle of the day and it’s pretty hot here these days so you could legitimately argue I might have overheated but I really didn’t feel that hot. And I’m Australian, dammit! Hot weather coping is in my DNA!

It had been a while since I’d had breakfast and I did feel like some fuel would  be a good idea so we stopped for a freshly squeezed OJ and then a few minutes later and a short walk later we had some brunch with friends.  I ate a kind of yoghurt granola thing which should have been more than enough to restock the energy stores, at least temporarily.

When we went to leave about an hour or so later, I almost instantaneously felt bad.  I had jelly legs.  I felt a bit dizzy in the head and my husband’s regular conversational questions were maddening and annoying.  Something was up.

In between snapping at him for his stupid questions (which were really not stupid) and huffing and puffing like I’d just been on a long run when actually I’d just walked 20 metres, I managed to tell him I felt terrible and I found a seat to sit down on.  Our car was located a distance of what would normally (pre-pregnancy) have been a 5 minute walk away.  It took us something like 15 minutes to walk there with 3 stops for seats for me.

My husband ,who was trying to help me see the funny side, kept telling me that he no longer believes I ran 6 marathons. I almost had to go home and dig up my medals to prove to myself, never mind him, that I actually DID used to be a long distance runner.  This seems like a lifetime ago and almost like it was someone else running these races and I just watched it on telly.

Back in the car with the AC firmly to the ON position we headed home.  I took off all items of clothing that could be even a little bit tight and got into some loose, comfy clothes. I then parked myself on our outdoor sofa with a cold drink and literally did nothing until I felt better.

I did feel better within about an hour but not right, so the rest of the afternoon was spent pretty much horizontally, including a small nap of around 45 minutes.  By late afternoon the colour had returned to my face and I felt more or less okay.  We took a short walk for about 30 minutes and I felt even better after that.

I still have no idea what is causing these dizzy spells beyond the obvious answer – pregnancy. I guess it could be blood pressure, tiredness, the heat, maybe anaemia (I’ll be tested for that this week) or maybe all of the above.  All I can say is the baby inside of me is winning so far!

In other good news, I did make my icey treats that I mentioned in my last post.  I used some ice-cream stick maker things that were bought from IKEA ages ago but I have never bothered to use since. I worked out before starting that I needed about 350ml of liquid for the six sticks/pops.  The breakdown went something like this:

  • 120ml fresh orange juice (this was one orange for me, but it will depend on the type of orange you use)
  • 120ml coconut water
  • A small handful of raspberries (I used frozen ones and I guess I used about 8-10)

I put them all in a blender to mix it all up evenly and then poured them in.  I left them to set overnight, although I guess they probably only needed a couple of hours, and they were pretty awesome!  I really love raspberries and they do give these a bit of a kick.  If you’re not so keen on raspberries then either put something else in or just leave them out and add a bit more of the other ingredients. Hubby tested one too and he was pretty impressed with my efforts! I think we’ll try some different fruity combinations next time! 🙂

The finished product:

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Week 27 – Bumping along

This week has been relatively unremarkable pregnancy-wise. I think it was a good growing week though as I can really see and feel the bump getting bigger and bigger, sometimes it seems by the second! What has characterised this week though is how incredibly busy I have been at work – probably the most busy I’ve been throughout this entire pregnancy. It was the kind of work week where I actually needed to be doing five things simultaneously in order to get them done in the time required, which of course is not possible but is even less possible when you have a pregnant brain that can only barely focus properly on one task at a time. I found myself talking allowed several times a day saying, “What am I doing?” This is not great considering I am a Director at my company so should know what I am actually doing?!

The summary is I have been leaving work quite late and when I have managed to escape I’ve been quite drained. Nothing serious or anything, but there wasn’t much room for anything else in my world this week other than work, eat, sleep. I am so massively grateful that it’s a long weekend here with Monday off as I really feel I need an extended break more than ever.

In fact, hubby and I have had a pretty relaxed day so far with some chores in the morning and I have not long woken up after a two hour afternoon nap. Honestly, I don’t think there’s anything better in this world than an afternoon nap.

The Mediterranean summer has kicked in properly this week with most days hitting the 30 degree mark (high 80s F) and, although next week looks a couple of degrees lower, I think this is how it’s going to be until around October. I do love the long summers here, but that was when I had a body that was not carrying around a human masquerading as an internal heating device. I think I feel the weather is an average of 5 degrees hotter than it really is when pregnant. I am so, so grateful this baby is not coming in August or September as I can’t imaging what kind of hell 40+ degree whether would be when heavily pregnant!

Weight gain: It’s been a big weight gain week for me, which supports my theory about this baby being on a growth spurt. One of the interesting things I’ve found about pregnancy is how the growth pattern of the baby/bump is not linear. It really does spike! So you can go a few days or a week or so and feel like not much growing is happening, then one day you look down and it’s like WHOA where did that come from? I’ve had that kind of week. No matter which way I spin it now, I’ve definitely gained 10kg (22 pounds). The thing that comforts me is that I think I look okay with the extra baby weight. Obviously the truth will be in how it comes off afterwards and what the next few weeks bring, but so far so good.

Symptoms: Until yesterday I would have considered this week a pretty low-symptom week. No leg cramps, no round ligament pain and everything going pretty smoothly. That was until yesterday at work where I had a huge dizzy session where I thought it was quite possible I might puke or pass out or both. I had this feeling right in the middle of a meeting with the other girl who is pregnant at my work (the one who is 1 week behind me and has a much bigger bump). It was probably the best person to do this in front of as actually she quickly switched on the AC in the office and fetched me a Fanta (disgusting of course, but full of sugar). I don’t know exactly what caused my dizzy spell, perhaps it was low blood sugar or overheating or being overtired or all of those things combined. In any case, after a few minutes of resting and a glass of nasty Fanta I was pretty ok. What it of course was is a reminder that I have to take better care of myself and this baby and stop dismissing pregnancy as not affecting me. This I have been guilty of throughout as though I don’t want to be seen as weak or at all impacted by carrying a baby. Amateur psychologists make of that whatever you like.

Eating: I don’t think anything remarkable happened food wise this week. One thing I have suddenly become obsessed with this week is ice lollies/popsicles/icy-poles (delete as appropriate as these are all the same thing but they go by different names in different countries). To be clear, it is not ice-CREAM that I am obsessed by but the juicy-icy ones that are made of fruit juice or something claiming to have some kind of fruit juice base. I think this is because the weather got warmer all of a sudden, but they are my guilty pleasure. I’m planning to make my own ones this weekend with fresh orange juice (that I squeeze myself), raspberries (frozen probably) and coconut water. This is entirely a recipe I’ve dreamed up myself so let’s see how it goes. If it’s any good I’ll make a recipe and post it here.

Sleep: My sleep has been pretty okay as far as my sleep goes this week. I went for a pregnancy massage on Wednesday night and it was a special kind of amazing. I think the fact I was so drained from work made me a great candidate for massage. I enjoyed it so much I drifted off for a time and woke myself up by a kind of snuffle-snore thing which must have been a beautiful sight to witness. However, not only did I feel physically better afterwards, but it had the effect that I could not have cared less about my work for the remainder of that night. And I slept wonderfully. If you’re thinking about going for a maternity massage but you’re on the fence, well go for it and I expect you’ll thank me later!

Movement: Yes, baby is quite acrobatic these days. I often see him doing all kinds of moves making my belly jut out a bit, especially after dinner. He’s most active in the afternoon/evening and after sweet, cold things. He went absolutely crazy during the massage and the lady giving it to me said it’s because more blood is pushed to the uterus so he’s kind of on a blood high. That’s cool.

Emotions: I was too busy at work to be emotional this week I think. I was listening to music on the car on the way to work yesterday morning and Kelly Clarkson’s song Piece by Piece came on. I’d never heard it before and found myself listening deeply to the lyrics. By the time it finished I was in tears and had to have a quiet word to myself before I went into the office.

Missing: Not much really. If pushed, I have to say wine. I had an after work drinks meeting on Tuesday night at a wine bar. I think I might have made sad puppy dog eyes at other people’s glasses of wine. One of the girls who joined the drinks – and who is new to our company – asked me how religiously I’m sticking to the no-alcohol rule. I said it was completely strict – no alcohol at all for me – and she seemed a bit surprised (not in a bad way). I explained that it has taken me a lot of effort to get to be pregnant (and stay that way, although I didn’t offer that up) and so I didn’t see the point in compromising the baby for something that I could do without. She then went on to tell me a story about a former boss of hers who used to go out and have two mohito cocktails a night when pregnant. I generally try and stay out of other people’s business when it comes to pregnancy and baby-rearing but I think my aghast face said it all when she told this story.

Purchases: I didn’t buy anything this week! This is some kind of record for me and really does show you how busy I have been. The new dresses I ordered last week arrived though and I love them. They are both from Seraphine. Seriously, I love that shop! I did get a phone call though that the Bugaboo has arrived! Yay! We could have picked it up today but couldn’t really be bothered (lazy) so I’ll do so next week instead. It’s going to sit in a box for a couple more months anyway so no rush to collect it.

Looking forward to: Actually starting work on the baby room! We have chosen the theme and we have a plan, now we just need to execute it. What will become the baby room is the room I take my bumpie selfie photos in. Until now it has been a guest bedroom and the only room in our 3 bedroom apartment I have had complete freedom to decorate and furnish however I like. It will be sad in a way to lose my special room, but I am very happy it’s because there is a baby on the way.

Anyway, the plan is to take out the guest bed, repaint the room and then get some wallpaper on one wall as a feature. This all has to happen before the first week of June when the baby’s cot bed and drawers/change table arrive. We are still yet to choose a rug for the room and a chair for nursing, although they can come later and it won’t matter.

I am also delighted that next week will be a three day work week for me. Monday is a public holiday and I will be taking Friday as annual leave as I have two appointments on Friday during work hours. Appointment one is a meeting with our architects who are designing our new house and will be showing us the final 3D designs. The house probably won’t be finished for another two years which is why we are putting some effort into the baby room in the apartment (not too much effort though). Appointment two is a breast-feeding seminar at my clinic. I’m not really sure what that’s going to involve but it’s run by a former midwife who I have become friendly with so I am sure it will be both educational and fun.

Best moment of the week: The massage. Easily the massage.

Exercise: It will come as no surprise that my exercise count this week has been much lower than usual. I would normally be cross at myself for this, but I know I’ve been stretched this week and so it is what it is. Next week will be better.

Bump update: Here is the bump looking even more bumpalicious than ever before. I’m starting to wonder how gigantic I’m going to be towards the end!

 

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Kitty photobombing again this week!

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Week 26 (+1 day) – Things that go “Owwwww” in the night (aka me)

Calf cramp.

Oh. My. God.

So. Much. Pain.

I have never been one to suffer from leg cramps but on Thursday night I had two excruciating cramps in my right calf. The first occurred late at night after I had gone to bed and was asleep, but hubby was not yet in bed (he’s a bit of a night owl). I woke up to a sharp pain ripping through my leg! It was so awful that I screamed out loud “Owwwwwww!” which clutching at my leg. It was so painful that it was even beyond swearing!

Despite this, hubby did not exactly come running – so much for chivalry (maybe I do need to swear to get attention after all) – but he did ask what all the noise was about. The cramp went on seemingly forever (about a minute probably), all the while I was trying to deep breathe through the pain. Girls, if labour is anything like this then I am now actually start to warm to the fact I’m stuck with having a c-section.

The cramp did eventually subside and I went back to a restless sleep. Then again in the morning at about 6.45am I had another one, which was almost identical in pain level and duration. This time I was less shocked by it and so managed to be slightly less vocal, just huffing and puffing through the pain.

I know the advice is to stretch the calf when it happens but that was just not feasible. The best I could do was hold my leg like it was about to fall off until the pain subsided.

On Friday evening I made sure I had a banana an hour or so before going to bed because cramps can sometimes eating them can help. I am pleased to report there was no cramps that night although my calf does still feel quite tender to touch several days later.

This week has probably been my worst week of pregnancy so far, and I think that might be attributable to over-doing it over the Easter weekend. For most of the week I have suffered on an off with a slightly dizzy or weak feeling. When walking in the park on Wednesday – a walk that I don’t even know how many times I have done it is so many – I was so overwhelmed by dizziness and jelly legs that I had to have a sit-down. I ended up being in such bad shape that I had to get hubby to come and collect me in his car to take me home. He then banned me for going walking for a few days until I felt better!

Weight gain: I am still steadily gaining around 500gm (about 1 pound) a week but I am pleased it just seems to be going to my bump. I like to think this means it is all just going to magically disappear after the birth. Hahaha, I am so delusional! I’ve had a few nice comments this week from people saying I look cute pregnant, which was cheering. Also, only weighing myself once a week is definitely a good idea for mental health.

Symptoms: Apart from the aforementioned cramp situation, I think I might be having some issues with restless leg syndrome. For a few nights last week and also at work I just felt really edgy like I needed to wiggle my legs. I don’t feel pain as such, just a general unhappiness in my skin. I have, however, found that brushing my skin with a dry body brush relives the feeling which makes me think it’s circulation related. Ugh.

When hubby was at a physio appointment for his knee this week he asked the physio about restless leg syndrome, who told him that it’s caused by a variety of factors such as poor circulation (no doubt made worse by me working in a sedentary desk job – I need to get up and walk around more), swelling (though I don’t seem to have that), weight gain (helloooo!), potassium deficiency (eat more bananas) and tiredness (oh yes). Although all of this information is easily available online, I think he felt better hearing it from a professional and being able to tell me what to do to make it better.

Eating: I am really struggling with the late dinner times here that are culturally normal. It’s customary to have dinner as late as 9:00pm or 10:00pm, which is also partially because hubby comes home late from the gym and other activites which makes it difficult to organise dinner much earlier. By this time I am not only over the idea of having a big dinner because I’m so tired, but also I’m usually cranky which is not nice for anyone. I could just have dinner by myself but then I would literally never see my husband given that we already go to bed at different times. I haven’t worked this out yet.

Sleep: It’s been a terrible sleeping week! I’ve suffered from restless, disturbed sleep, either that or I’ve had a great 4-5 hours at the start of the night and then I’m practically fully awake from that point onwards. This would not be a problem if I could take a nap mid-afternoon, but unfortunately my boss and my clients probably wouldn’t be very pleased about that!

Movement: There have been lots of swishes and swirls and occasional kicks. The movements do change as the small dude grows. I can’t even imagine what it will be like when he runs out of space in there.

Emotions: I think I have felt quite let down this week by hubby. He is usually supportive so maybe it’s just a blip this week but I feel like I’ve been going it alone this week. This has been doubly hard as I’ve had a tough week. I could have done with him stepping up to take up some of the slack this week but it hasn’t worked out like that.

Missing: Some decent sleep so I don’t feel so ratty. I am also starting to feel like my capacity to do everything is compromised which is not sitting well with me.

Purchases: I bought two new maternity dresses online because the weather is shifting to summer now. Yesterday the temperature hit 30 degrees (86F) so I am needing a few dresses to get me through the next couple of months and maybe even for a couple of weeks beyond the birth.

Looking forward to: Maternity leave – even though it’s still more than two months away – so I can have afternoon naps!

Best moment of the week: Yesterday we hit the beach for the first time this year! I got to debut my new maternity swimsuit (one piece – no bump baring for me) and I really enjoyed it. Actually I felt pretty comfortable with my shape as it was very evident that I am pregnant and not just fat. I even took a very brief dip in the water! Baby’s first swim! Here’s my attempt at a shadow silhouette. I don’t know how I managed this, but somehow it looks like I’m carrying an elephant baby.

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Exercise: Lots of walking this week (until the Wednesday night incident). Only one yoga session though as I was not feeling up to anything on Friday night. Let’s hope next week is more successful.

Bump update: I can’t see a massive difference from last week to this week, but I can sure feel it in my body.

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Two kitties here, but three below in the last pic!

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Front view of The Bump

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I finally captured all three kitties at once for you (this was a mission!)

Week 25 (+2 days)– Are you sure you’re not having twins?

It finally happened! My bump has now become big enough that someone thought it would be HILARIOUS to ask if I was sure I was not having twins. Of course I did the polite thing and laughed and said, “Definitely just the one in there thanks!” What I wanted to say was, “I am absolutely, totally sure there is just one in there as I only let the clinic transfer one embryo and it’s pretty much impossible for another one to have snuck in there secretly when I had my eyes turned”. As almost everyone is unaware of our IVF journey, that might have blown my cover somewhat.

Now given this conversation you would have thought my bump is practically unmissable these days. And yet I went to a dinner party with three other couples on Thursday (the connecting factor were the husbands who went to school together) and two of the three couples, including the hosts, had no idea I was pregnant. They offered me wine twice and tried to get me to eat sushi (I really wanted both). At one point when it was getting a bit silly, my husband turned to me and said “Do they not know?” and I replied “Seems that way”, so then we had to literally ANNOUNCE I was pregnant when I’m almost six months along and about 8kg (nearly 18 pounds) up on my regular weight. If nothing else, what did they think caused that weight gain? Too many pre-Easter eggs? I’m a sporty person so an 8kg jump in weight would be something pretty damned serious under non-pregnant conditions!

I am starting to ease into this whole being pregnant business though. I have worn some form-fitting dresses this week and just let the bump be obviously prominent. There are some people I prefer to be more covered up around and I have worked out that this is because I don’t like those people and so by hiding the bump I don’t have to engage in as much personal, pregnancy-related chat. For those I like and feel comfortable around, I’m all for being bumpalicious!

Weight gain: During the second trimester I have been gaining around 500gm (a pound) a week. This is not as low as I’d hoped for, but I keep inspecting my legs and butt and it seems it’s just going to my mid-section so far, which helps me feel slightly less panicked about it. Slightly.

Symptoms: After a week off from heartburn last week, it has come back again this week! I had the worst case of it so far last night and ended up temporarily relieving it with some milk. I find I am a bit slower around my walking route these days, but really only on the uphill parts. I have to slowdown on the uphills as I find I get pretty bad round ligament pains if I don’t do so. My body is sending me a message and I’m trying to listen. Other than that I literally do not have any other symptoms. I count myself lucky about this every single day.

Eating: It’s Easter so there’s been a lot of treats the past few days. Easter is bigger than Christmas in the Mediterranean country where I’m based with hubby (his country) and Easter Sunday involves a massive feast, with meat the star of the show. I ‘m still a bit off meat and behaving semi-vegetarian so seeing an entire lamb being roasted today did put me off a little. One member of the family, who I would probably not be friends with if I wasn’t related to through marriage, was a little sassy to me during lunch when she saw my plate of salad and veggies and said “Are you vegan now?” She said it with such disdain it was actually funny. But can you imagine if I actually was vegetarian or vegan how awful that would have been to hear. It always amazes me how people can be so dammed insensitive.

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I don’t know about you, but seeing the face, eyes and teeth of what I’m meant to be eating kinda puts me off my dinner (that’s lamb by the way, not a dinosaur )

Sleep: Not too bad this week. I’ve really gotten the hang of my maternity pillow and that seems to be helping a lot. I have pushed myself the past few days due to various Easter commitments and so I am hoping to recharge a bit over the next couple of nights. I still find myself waking up on my back but much less often now and hopefully I’ve spent less time on my back. It’s not comfortable anymore so I think that’s why I wake up.

Movement: Oh my goodness yes! This one is a mover! He seems to have changed his movements though and they are possibly more swishy like he’s rolling, but then occasionally I get a nice big punch or kick which keeps me alert. I think he keeps the same hours as my cats though – he gets active in the evenings and the early mornings and chills out in the middle of the day. Maybe the cats have been sending secret messages to the baby when they’ve been cuddling my bump…

Emotions: I was definitely feeling very down on Tuesday and Thursday. Someone who routinely annoys me at work because they are forever nit-picking finally pushed me over the edge on Thursday and I raised my voice (which I rarely do at work) and said “Well given I seem to be doing such a terrible job at this, why don’t you just do it yourself?” That did not go down well at all, but I think I made my point somewhat. About two hours after that exchange I burst into tears (not in front of that person) about the whole thing. There was also a crying episode randomly on Saturday morning that was a bit misplaced. So yeah… errr… totally no crazy emotions. Hahahaha!

Missing:  People not asking me 1700 personal questions and commenting on my evolving body shape every freaking day.

Purchases: I had to buy bras AGAIN!! My boobs are OUT OF CONTROL! I have actually given them a talking to and told them they are not to grow anymore. Hubby said to me today that he no longer recognises my boobs as being mine. Please stop growing, boobs! As I type this, the cat I have in my arms in the picture below is currently sleeping in one of my new bras as I left it lying on the bed. My bra is so enormous that my full sized cat actually fits in it.

Looking forward to: Never buying bras again! Haha! But seriously, I am looking forward to the moment when hubby and I actually agree on a baby name. It’s gotten a bit fraught between us recently on the baby name choice. There are two names that I am okay with, but I don’t even know which one I prefer or if either of those two feel right for the baby. You know, I had no problem naming my cats but a baby is waaaaaay harder! This is also because we have to choose a name that works in both of our mother tongue languages and that is highly restrictive. Ugh. We have loads of girl names which is of course completely useless to us right now.

Best moment of the week: The scan this week with the doctor was pretty cool. It’s lovely to see baby growing so beautifully in there, especially after all we have been through to get to this point. I continue to be ever-grateful for my healthy, growing baby.

Exercise: Almost every day I do some form of exercise for about an hour or so. I’ve only been to one yoga session this week due to the Easter holidays but I should be back on bendy form this week. I am pleased that I’ve been able to maintain a decent regular exercise routine, especially because I sit at a desk all day for work. It’s so important – pregnant or not – to get moving every day when you have such a sedentary job.

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Here’s me taking a little pause in my walk after lunch today. Don’t worry though as I only lay on my back for about 60 seconds to take this photo.  The better photo would have been me trying to get up again afterwards!! Not pretty!

Bump update: Here is the lovely bump looking particularly bumpalicious this week! I have made some efforts to get two of the three kitties in the photos this week. I will try and get all three in a photo one day but it is very difficult!

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Hello bump! 

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Bump from a different angle with bonus cat.  He does not like being picked up so this was the best I could do under the challenging circumstances!

24 weeks, 3 days – the ninja has a (cute) face

Today we went for our 24 week scan and it was really wonderful! Our baby boy is now around 28cm long and weighs around 675gm (1.5 pounds). He was looking really great on the scan and is no longer breach. I actually commented to hubby a few days ago that I thought he had flipped as I had a feeling of pressure on my bladder that I’d not had before. Fun times!

He was really cute today, sucking his thumb or hiding his eyes from the scan with his hands. 



Baby definitely has his daddy’s nose and lips!! 

Otherwise the appointment was pretty stress free and standard. We are now booked in for the next scan and the gestational diabetes test on 11th May. Until then, grow baby, grow! 

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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