Baby Bump Update 28 Weeks Pregnant

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Hello Third Trimester!  I can’t believe I’ve made it to the third trimester, I feel like this pregnancy is just flying by and I’m just sitting here trying to enjoy it as much as I can.  I know a lot of woman if not all hate pregnancy, but I’m loving it! Growing a healthy baby is an amazing feeling, sometimes a little bit alien and weird, but mostly just amazing!  Feeling my baby kick inside me and sometimes flip around like a tiny gymnast is a wonderful feeling, the baby has even started kicking for Carl, not on demand, baby still stops kicking as soon as Carl touches my belly, but when Carl starts talking to baby, the kicking continues.

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Symptoms : I’ve been really lucky and I haven’t had any serious symptoms throughout this pregnancy (knock on wood).  Maybe its because I’m feeding my body only good nutrients, not having any sugar and cut down on gluten, but I feel great! My mood has been a little iffy, I sometimes get irrational anger towards Carl and the weird things he does at dinner table.  I’m sleeping pretty great and wake up feeling refreshed, I really hope it stays that way! Baby seems to sleep at night and kick the living daylights out of me during the day.  I also made the decision not to have anything to do with stress, and not seeing any negative people that make me feel bad until this baby is born.  Its been one of the best decisions I’ve made, I’m putting my baby’s health and my health first, and I’ve seen the positive way I feel since deciding this.  I want to continue staying, healthy and strong ;physically and emotionally for my home birth in December! I’ll see you negative Nancy’s in December!

Cravings: I haven’t been craving anything really.  I’m eating healthy meals, often.  I did find the most amazing all natural peanut butter, that’s made with all natural ingredients, including flax seed oil that I haven’t been able to get enough of.  Its just amazing!  I recommend oh mega peanut butter to everyone! Its just amazing!

Exercise:  I’ve been exercising every day for 30 – 40 minutes.  Light Cardio, some weight training and Pilates during the week.  On the weekend Carl and I like to go for a hour and half hike or walk.

Looking forward to:  I’m looking forward to getting the nursery ready!  I can’t wait to get into our new place to get painting and setting up for baby.

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All in all, I’m feeling pretty great about the pregnancy, birth and becoming a Mother.  I’m really excited to hold my baby in my arms and make our earthly adventure even more exciting.

 

I like long walks on the beach / West Coast National Park

The west coast national park is just a quick hour and a half drive away from Cape town central and oh, so amazing.  We  decided to go for a weekend adventure and see what all the talk is about with the spring flowers and we were surely not disappointing.  During flower season the whole park is filled with wild flowers all over,  if your heaven is a flower covered paradise I bet you will think you died and went to heaven, but today’s post is not about the flowers, I wish it were, I just can’t get all those flowers out my head, but its about the amazing beaches in this park.  When people say they like long walks on the beach, they must be talking about west coast national park?  Walking on long stretches of deserted beaches with the gentle waves lapping at your feet will make anyone a romantic.  I felt like I was in a romantic novel walking on the beach while holding Carl’s hand.

Next time I think we will definitely make a weekend trip and stay at the park, there is just so much to do and not enough hours in one day to fully experience this park, especially when you forgot to fill the car up with petrol/gas and you don’t know if you will ever make it out of the park.  Don’t worry we found a gas station.  I took a little piece of the park home with me thanks to the ridiculous amount of beach sand that was leftover in my shoes,  once you get sand in your shoes you will never get all the traces out again.  Now, I carry little pieces of the park with me every time I lace up my trainers.

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^^ leave behind only footprints.

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^^ Carl had a lot of things in his hands, that’s how this semi formal photo happened.

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^^ How can you not be mesmerised by the ocean with a view like that.

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^^ So many footprints, but we didn’t see any people.

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^^ Baby’s first beach trip?

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^^ even the sunlight was magical.

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^^ Seagull….always such posers.

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Healthy nori wrap

^^ Amazing Nori wrap.  Cauliflower rice with kale, fresh veggies and beetroot hummus for an added bit of amazingness.

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^^ We went to a strawberry farm for the biggest, cheapest strawberries of the season! The cutest little farm stall with some angry elderly people ready to elbow anyone they can out of the way.

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^^ Really big strawberries.

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^^ 25 weeks pregnant.  Where did my ribs go?

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^^ This entire farm is filled with a crazy amount of scarecrows.  If a bird landed on these fields I would be shocked.

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^^ Early morning hikes.

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^^ So many scarecrows.

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^^ Beautiful sunset over the ocean after a visit to family.

How was your weekend?  We’ve been walking and hiking all around Sea point and lions head, before we leave for our new place at the end of the month!  We decided to visit a cute little strawberry farm I remember visiting as a child, they seem to have gone completely bonkers with the amount of scarecrows the have up, and I hope they don’t get any bird attacks with all those guys around, but who knows, birds do what they want.

25 weeks pregnant and 2 days today.  WOW!  It feels like I woke up and my ribs somehow disappeared, baby has decided to move into my ribs and kick as hard as possible all the time.    Baby seems to be having a lot of fun in my womb and likes throwing parties and mosh pits on the inside daily.

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^^ Flower season is here!  During August and September the Western Cape is alive with the most beautiful flowers.  Fields of flowers!

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^^ Traffic jam! All because of this little guy, who was surprisingly fast.

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^^Happy to see all the flowers.

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^^ Standing in a field of wild flowers is amazing! Hence, the excited look on my face.

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^^ We decided to try the shipwreck hike….We never made it to the shipwreck..It started feeling horror movie-ish when we saw 3 dead seals, 1 dead penguin and a sand castle embellished with bones….

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^^ When people say they like long walks on the beach, I guess they’ve never been surrounded by so much dead.  Carl still looks good on these sandy white beach.

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^^ Baby skinny jeans, because if you’re not going to shove your baby into the cutest little skinny jeans ever created, what kind of parent are you? Baby skinnies from H&M.

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^^ We got our first set of cloth diapers, I also realised that I might be a nightmare.  My sister asked me what if I have a boy and I responded by telling her color does not define gender and my child will not grow up in a hateful environment, where inappropriate comments create a confusing environment.  She stopped speaking to me after that.

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^^ Walks on the beach.

Flower season has hit Cape town! This might be the most beautiful time to be in Cape town, all the wild flowers are popping out all over and we couldn’t wait to go check out the West coast nature reserve!  It was the most incredible experience ever being surrounded by so many colorful flowers, walking along deserted beaches and worrying that we were going to run out of petrol/gas! We forgot to fill the car up and the reserve was way bigger than we expected.  We started stocking up on baby things, like wet wipes, diaper liners, cloth diapers and all those wonderful things, we are starting to have quite a haul! 

This weekend was really exhausting and I feel like I’m still recovering from it, being out till 7 o clock at night is just crazy to us now! #oldpeopleproblems   How was your weekend?

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^^ Found the best organic shop with the most amazing rye bread ever.

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^^ I love this little guy.

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^^ I can’t seem to find clothes that fit me here.  There workout pants even look baggy and like they want to fall right off.

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^^ After hike salad on rye.

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^^ My favourite green smoothie with a view.

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^^ Veggie sushi dates.  Its really hard to make sushi with an average knife.

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^^ Wise words before our hike.

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^^ Pretty proteas.  We’ve actually discovered that I’m horribly allergic to fynbos and these guys, so basically I’m allergic to the entire Cape town.  yay, for me!

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Rocks stacked up.

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^^ I was on high frog alert on this walk.

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^^ End of hike jump!

How was your weekend? We decided to go all military planning on Cape town, thanks to everything closing at 13:00 on a Saturday here, I find it really inconvenient and strange, but we found the cutest little charity bookshop really close to us that sells books at a ridiculous price.  We went for a walk around our neighbourhood that made me wonder why humans have to make everything so ugly.  On Sunday we decided to try and go for a hike on the cloudiest most stormy day, just to get out of this horrible apartment, sometimes walking in nature can turn a bad weekend into a magical one.

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^^ Yes, a blurry photos, but out of the hundreds of photos Carl takes 80 % of them has a finger in them,  is blurry beyond believe, or just looks odd.  He’s getting better, at taking photos so I’ll give him that.

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^^ Forest walks, it doesn’t get better.

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^^ i was trying to put the camera away, but Carl wanted to take a photo.  Photo pose time.

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^^ A little bit of green popping out.  Can you find a four leaved one?

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^^ Cute little mushroom.

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^^ A waterfall popping out.   Not seen, the man and his dog in the river, why? I don’t know.

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^^ Roots everywhere.  We should really start taking lessons from nature.  Endure no matter what.

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^^ Pretty flowers.

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^^ Leaves everywhere.

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^^ I was ranting about the fact that I can’t find pants that fit me and it was so easy to find good looking pants in Ireland.  This looks like his stop talking about pants face.  Even my workout pants started slipping off on our hike.

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^^ Sandwich break!  German Rye bread with a butterbean spread and lots of salad.  Really Yum!

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^^ Carl approves!

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^^ Lilies popping out everywhere!

How was your weekend? We’ve been house hunting with not much luck here, everyone seems to want 2 months deposit, the rent and the soul of your first born child. Its not like we’re buying! We just want to rent a house, nowhere else we’ve lived has given us so much nonsense.  In Ireland we just paid cash, gave them the deposit and we secured the place like that.  In Joburg we only had to pay the deposit to secure the place, but our Realtor is the most helpful British man around, he told us its harder to rent in Cape town, because of the relax living here, people apparently just forget to pay rent, and completely trash the places.  I’ve never heard of anyone just forgetting to pay rent, it just seems obscene!  We still have faith and hope that we will find the perfect place for us.  Hopefully soon!

 

Hunting for seashells

Happy Thursday guys! I can’t believe tomorrow is Friday already, where did the week go? Time seems to be flying by and I’m just trying to hold on and get all my stuff done.  The days don’t seem long enough anymore, but Spring seems to be right around the corner the sun is coming up earlier and setting later.  Winter has not stopped me from eating delicious frozen treats, all I’ve wanted to eat lately has been ice cream and milkshakes, but being the insane health freak I am I’ve been coming up with way yummier and so much better for you desserts.  I’m excited to share them with you guys, but that’s for another post.

On the weekends when we are stuck for something to do we usually end up walking to the bottom of our insanely steep hill to the beach.  I’ve been wanting to go get some broken seashells, but we always end up forgetting about it, or the fact that we’ve been avoiding going to the promenade, after seeing a naked man posing for photos, kids blowing up condoms like balloons and a dead seal.  To say we’ve been slightly traumatised would be an understatement, but this last time it was pure bliss.  Everyone seemed so happy playing pokemon go, riding bicycles and having picnics.

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^^ Exploring rocks, finding the perfect seashells, we do dating differently from everyone else it seems.

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^^ A whole lot of shells.  I felt so bad walking around on these.  I felt like I was destroying the secondhand housing section.

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^^ Nature is full of beauty and treasures.

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^^ happily looking for shells and stopping for a photo.

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^^ Cloudy days on the promenade.

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^^ Broken shells for a little project at home.

What kind of dates do you go on with your partner?

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^^ Cookies and cream banana nice cream.  Way better for you than normal ice cram and just amazingly yum!

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^^ Anniversary walks around Greyton

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^^ This place has the cutest little streets, houses and flowers all over.

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^^ Super smiley Carl

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^^ The drive to Greyton is absolutely amazing, just look at that colour.

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^^ It doesn’t even look real.

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^^ Even on cloudy days he doesn’t want to keep his eyes open for photos.

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^^ Sunday seashell hunting.

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^^ He found a shell.  I was looking for medium sized shells and he kept giving me really big seashells, that looked like we could live in it.

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^^ pretty yellow flowers for our anniversary.

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^^ Ocean treasures.

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Hello friends! How was your weekend? Can you believe its already August, I can’t believe how fast this year has just flown by.  We celebrated our first wedding anniversary by taking a drive into the countryside of Cape town, we found the sweetest little town to walk around in and feel all giddy, I was really surprised by all the restaurants serving vegan friendly meals, its something you don’t often see in small towns! We are still looking for a perfect print to order, so nothing on the first year wedding anniversary gift front yet, but we will find the perfect print eventually, I hope.

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^^ You know you’ve made it when you’ve got a hot pink house.

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^^ We walked from our apartment to the waterfront, when we finally got there exhausted we forgot to look left and right and almost got taken out by a tiny train.

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^^ African music serenade.

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^^ These seagulls were relentless! They were eyeing a little girl eating fries.  It seemed like they would take out a finger for one of her fries.

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^^Beautiful flowers on a bench.

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^^Table mountain!

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^^ These seagulls sure love to photo bomb.

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^^ The yummiest black bean and red lentil burger with sweet potato fries.  Why go to a restaurant.

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^^ pretty little flowers.

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^^ Such a handsome man.

How was your weekend? After a lot of planning we finally decided to go for a walk on the beach at melkbos strand.  We didn’t expect it to be so windy and sunny all at the same time, and somehow felt like we got frostbite with heatstroke all at the same time.  We decided to make a run back to the car for safety!  On Sunday we walked to the waterfront from our apartment, I really love walking to places I want to go, its the best way to completely experience a place and see little beautiful things as you wander around.  Here is to a wonderful week!

 

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^^ Things on toast….A delicious German bread with tomatoes.  Is it still bruschetta if its on German bread? I’ll call it Gruschetta?

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^^ Woodland critters… Can you spot the squirrel?

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^^ Spot the squirrel…..Hikes and talks around deer park.

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^^ Weird little bridge over the little stream.

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^^ Lions head.  This is suppose to look like a lion sphinx.

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^^ Pierogi dough getting ready to be made into delicious polish treats.

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^^ Two different kinds of pierogies.  Sauerkraut and squash, equally as good.

Its been raining  here for the last couple of days, and I’m loving these cooler days.  Its finally starting to feel a tad like winter, I would call it late fall kind of weather, but this will have to do.  So bring on the hot cocoa and cuddly days, with wonderful hikes that don’t require me to die of heat stroke!