Yesterday we celebrated Carl’s 30th Birthday! As I was going through the photos of our full day of adventures yesterday, my heart just swelled to 500 times its normal size. Continue reading
Happy St Patrick’s day! I can’t believe its been a year since we were in Dublin for St Patrick’s day. Here is a flash back photo of of one of my favourite St Patrick’s day photos in Ireland. Continue reading
39 Weeks! I can’t believe I can go into labour at any time now! I have to admit knowing the baby can come so soon is hella boring! I mean the wait is just so boring, the not knowing and wondering if this braxton hicks contraction will be the start of labour! We had our midwife appointment yesterday, and everything is still all set for the home-birth. I’ve started moving all the home birth supplies into the room, where we all decided it would be best to labour in and of course have the baby in. I’ve started having all the little food items I want around for snacks for the midwife and Carl, so we wont be too frantic when its go time. I froze some fruit for myself and have coconut water ready just for me!
I’ve really started feeling insanely worried about the education system in this country, I’m not the biggest pregnant lady I’ve ever seen, but I am pregnant…The looks grown ups give you as they rubber neck to just stare at you is insane. A man actually kept telling me shame, on my pregnancy the other day, and I was just so shocked. What’s so horrible about being pregnant? why is it worth telling somebody you don’t know shame the whole time? People look at you like you’re suppose to be locked inside your home for 9 months so they don’t have to see your face. When you go for a walk all of a sudden you’re endangering your unborn child? We need to get educated on pregnancy, breastfeeding and especially home-births. I’ve actually stopped telling people I’m having a home-birth, because of the ridiculous comments I keep getting. Soon I will have my little baby in my arms and will probably deal with a million more comments from people that’s just not welcomed! Having a baby is not just physically tough, its an emotional roller coaster! and a whole lot of strange comments.
39 WEEKS PREGNANCY UPDATE
Sleep : I’m actually still sleeping pretty well. I never got one of those weird pregnancy pillow snakes? because Carl looked at it with shock and asked where is he supposed to sleep? I’ve done pretty amazingly without it and have gotten great sleep, I just prop a pillow in between my legs and I’m good to go or I use Carl as my cuddling snake pillow ( Yes, I don’t know what those pillows are called?) Lately I’ve been getting up more to use the loo, but I fall back to sleep really fast. I figured out pretty early on the key to good sleep in pregnancy is exercise and not eating anywhere close to time you want to go to sleep.
Mood: Impatient, yet peaceful. Baby can come when every baby wants to come.
Movement: This baby likes to move and cat stretch all over my belly, sometimes it feels like the baby is stretching and kicking my heart, but its all good. Carl thinks the baby and I are a comedy troop, baby does something silly and I make a comment back at the baby. My favourite one of late has been telling the baby, he/she is living in a person stop treating it like a crappy apartment!
Body: I haven’t gotten any stretch marks so I’m happy about that one. I don’t know if its a genetics thing or not, but my sister didn’t get any stretchmarks on her stomach, where she applied pregnancy creams, but she did get on her legs and thighs where she didn’t think she needed to apply. So I think religiously applying pregnancy creams and oil during pregnancy is a must!
Exercise: I’m really glad I exercised throughout this pregnancy, I feel like it kept me strong and helped me not get all the nagging pregnancy symptoms that everyone suffers from that and a good eating plan really made for a smooth pregnancy. I really enjoy the what to expect when expecting (be fit) workout routines for pregnant ladies available on youtube. I actually built muscle tone without ever feeling like I was overdoing anything, walking throughout pregnancy made me feel less stressed out and the prenatal yoga I found on youtube was just the best ever in helping me open my body up and help prevent a lot of cramping!
I hope this will be the last update and that soon I will have a cutesy little baby to post about!
The final countdown has begun! baby will be here in about a month and the time for panic has kicked in! I can’t believe how much we still need to get done and that we waited a bit too long with our second batch of cloth diapers. We found this amazing affordable cloth diaper company, that had really amazing packages for around the same price as what we bought our second hand cloth diapers for, but these diapers are brand new, comes in amazing colours and the reviews are just great, unfortunately with all the procrastination we were doing, most of the diapers are sold out! Let this be a lesson kids, never say you will buy something later, sometimes later is a little bit too late! We can’t seem to find another cloth diaper company that’s as affordable so we will have to stock up on more biodegradable diapers before baby A arrives.
I’ve also been in full nesting mode and nothing is surviving the rampage I’m on. I even started buffing Carl’s laptop clean. Yes, things have gotten out of hand.
^^ This baby is so high up.
After doing a lot of research, I’m always up for an experience; I’ve decided on doing a month of confinement when the baby arrives. The whole process makes a lot of sense to me, so I’ve been raiding all our Chinese grocers, stocking up on a lot of confinement herbs, I’m not going to go completely authentic in it, but I’ve made a couple of western adjustments to the diet and rules to suit my needs a little better. I’m really excited to try it out and have the month to bond with baby, while letting my body heal and putting heat back into my body after my home birth.
Speaking about home birth, I’ve finally started getting my home birth supplies! I was waiting until my last midwife appointment for them to tell me if everything is fine and that baby A is still in the head down position. Well I got the heads down, A okay I needed and just started buying all the “wonderful” incontinent supplies I needed! Nothing makes you feel like a grown up like standing in line with a trolley full of linen savers, adult diapers, a plastic fitted sheet, gauze and surgical spirits. The cashier must have been wondering what I’m up to!
How far along? 35 weeks! Almost time to meet this little baby.
Weight? I’ve actually been really consistent with my weight and kept losing weight or staying the same, I only gained some weight with my last appointment.
Cravings? Still craving watermelon, mangoes, pears, grapes and Ice. I’m about to hop on a plane in search of mangoes, I’m getting that desperate.
How I’m feeling? I’m feeling really prepared and ready to meet this baby! This last trimester has been a rough one! I’m constantly hungry and need to snack the whole time just to stay functional. To be honest I’m getting really tired of eating! I feel like I’m getting jaw muscles. I’ve still been eating healthy food, so no gluten, no sugar, clean eating meals that keep me going and doesn’t make me feel pooped. Even Carl loves this diet, he’s looking better than ever, his hair is shiny as can be and he seems to be losing wrinkles! I’m definitely going to continue eating this way when the baby arrives.
Sleep? I’m still sleeping pretty well, I just get up more often to use the loo, but I fall asleep almost instantly after.
Maternity Clothes? I’m wearing my maternity jeans often and a couple of dresses, but I’m mostly just wearing clothes I wore pre pregnancy.
Best Moment? Finishing up the baby mobile, painting the baby dresser and sorting out little things in the baby’s room. Finding out our baby’s got a small head.
Worst Moment? Getting the pregnancy rash on my tummy….Its so unpleasant, combine that with the unattractive veins popping out all over my body, it makes you realise anyone who ever said pregnancy was beautiful was a giant liar. I’ve been trying out mama naturals methods for getting rid of the rash and it seems to be working. I also got an allergic reaction at church that left me with a swollen face, thanks to all the proteas and fynbos flower arrangements all over the show. I’m allergic to South Africa’s national flowers, good job body.
Movement? So much movement! This baby doesn’t seem to like loud noises or people speaking in loud tones ( Shouting) and really lets me have it when I’m around anything baby doesn’t like.
I can’t wait to meet this little person soon!