35 Week Pregnancy Update

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.

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^^ 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.

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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!

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How far along? 35 weeks! Almost time to meet this little baby.

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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!

30 Weeks Pregnancy Update

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I can’t believe that today I’m 30 weeks pregnant and 5 days! ¬†EEEK! It feels this pregnancy is just getting away from me! and I haven’t really had a moment to just sit back and enjoy it. ¬† ¬†We’ve been in an insane rush, moving into our new place, waiting for things to arrive and trying to make this place a home before the baby arrives. ¬†One of the first things we wanted to get done was our¬†bedroom, we have the cutest little spot set up for baby A’s arrival and we are so close to being done completely with the room. ¬†Our bedroom is on the top level of the house, so we are setting up the nursery for day time use, because we’re always doing something downstairs.

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^^ Sometimes when you ask your husband to take a photo you will get stuck with gems like this or 10 different photos of you trying to fix your scarf while saying wait.

 

I just can’t believe we are at 30 weeks already! My list of stuff to get done seems to be getting bigger and I’m starting to feel a little overwhelmed! we have to get more cloth diapers, but I just order some biodegradable disposable diapers for the first week of baby A’s big arrival. ¬†I’m preparing myself for a ¬†really cranky baby that can’t believe how bright and hot the real world is, ¬†having some biodegradable disposable diapers seems like bliss!

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How big is baby : about the size of a cabbage.

Pregnancy Symptoms: After all the moving, carrying stuff around, moving a couch around while Carl wasn’t around, Yes, I know I suck at being pregnant, but I just couldn’t wait! ( I was always safe guys! don’t worry) I had a moment of low blood pressure during the week, it was nothing a homemade electrolyte drink and salty popcorn couldn’t fix, but man it knocked me off my feet! ¬†Some days have been so busy that I didn’t have time to eat healthy or I find myself accidently skipping meals, so I’ve tried to make more healthy snacks that’s quick to eat and can be eaten anywhere. ¬†I’ve made some sugar, free gluten free chia seed protein bars, gluten and sugar free date squares and try to keep vegetable sticks close at hand now. ¬†Baby never seems happy at lunch unless a Kale salad is involved, baby loves kale.

Sleep: I’m still sleeping wonderfully at night (Knock on wood) I hope this continues, because I get grumpy when I don’t get my beauty sleep.

Cravings: I’ve been craving watermelon and mangoes like crazy during this pregnancy, but haven’t been able to find them anywhere, ¬†they’ve been out of season. ¬†Hopefully I get to enjoy some soon.

Movement: Baby is always going crazy in there and just kicks me right in the ribs every second. ¬†I’ve actually seen baby’s foot just resting on my rib, like its nothing but a thang. ¬†I like poking at it until I get a hard kick. ¬†Yes, I obviously deserve the kicks.

Moment of the week: Painting the baby’s nursery, painting the horns of a clay deer gold and starting to decorate the bottom nursery. ¬†After a lot of talk about what to do with the nursery, I really wanted to do a black and white nursery, until Carl made a comment that its going to look like our baby is in Norwegian prison, but it will all be okay, because when baby is done serving time, they will be able to be placed back into society without a problem. ¬†I decided maybe a black and white nursery wasn’t for us, instead we’ve settled on a boho woodland themed nursery, it seems so fitting, ¬†we saw a a fox while walking around in Dublin, when little baby was conceived. I can’t wait for our cute little fox.

Exercise:  Still doing 30 -45 minutes of cardio, weight training and stretching everyday during the week and walking for an hour and a half or more on the weekends.

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So far everything is going wonderfully, I feel strong, mentally and physically. ¬†I’m ready for this home birth and can’t wait to meet our little baby.

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.