pregnancy update

Pregnancy Update – 39 Weeks

Hey Guys,

Well, here we are at 39 weeks… Andrew and I are so pumped to welcome this little beach baby into our lives next week sometime, assuming everything goes according to plan, which it very well may NOT, but we’re not too worried about that.  If he’s late, he’s late, and that means we get more pre-baby time with my parents who have just flown all the way from Canada to Australia to meet their first grandchild.

39 weeks pregnant

39 Weeks

Everything with the pregnancy is going super well, apart from the usual little things that I guess are bound to happen somewhere along the way… sausage fingers, chubby cheeks, and swollen feet.  I’m thinking I may never be able to remove my wedding rings again, but that’s okay- I like ’em.

I was gonna show you a pic of the baby’s room, but then changed my mind since there’s not really that much to see… it doubles as Andrew’s office, so half of it is a desk, filing cabinet, etc.  Pretty boring.  We hung up a few flags and lanterns, etc, but I’m guessing once we hit our heads on them one too many times we’ll tear them down and go for something a little simpler.   😉

My official due date is November 20th, and I’m working till the 19th, which is fine with me since I think I might go a little stir crazy if I were just sitting at home for the next week.  On my days off though, I’ve been going hard trying to get heaps done at home… mainly nesting-type stuff.

nesting before baby comes

Nesting- organizing the drawers

For example, yesterday I cleaned out some drawers and got everything in there organized, went through the filing cabinet and got rid of old papers, printed my birth plan, put together my parents’ welcome to Australia folder, bought, washed, and labelled a bunch of new Tupperware, and packed my hospital bag.

Last week I washed and vacuumed the car, dusted and vacuumed the house, cleaned out the fridge, did a bunch of baby clothes laundry, bought a car that fits the baby’s carseat and stroller, baked and froze four extra batches of chocolate chick cookies, and ordered some last-minute baby stuff on Amazon.  Definite nesting in progress.

See that blue kneeling pad in the nesting pic on the right?  I just bought that for kneeling on while bathing the baby, but so far it’s come in knee-saving handy for tons of other kneeling projects.  The midwives have said that it’s good to get into the all-fours position, go swimming, etc, as it gets the baby into the right position for birthing, so kneel and crawl around I will.

computer desktop

Digital Nesting- a clean desktop at last

The biggest nesting project, however, has been what I’d call “digital nesting.”  You know how it is when your computer desktop is all cluttered with files that need to go somewhere, but you don’t really know where, and don’t have time to deal with it?

Well, it was finally time to do something about it since I don’t know when I’ll ever have a chance after the baby is born.  So I’ve spent a number of weeks organizing files, deleting old documents, and then backing up my computer every couple weeks.

The other big digital thing has been unsubscribing from those pesky daily emails you sign up for but never actually have the chance to read, so they just pile up in your inbox and annoy you.  That and deleting “friends” from Facebook who you’re not really friends with anyways, and who end up cluttering up your newsfeed with stuff that doesn’t really interest you.

I know that might sound a bit harsh, but I just want everything to be calm, uncluttered, organized, and uncomplicated when the baby comes so that I can focus 100% on being there for him, rather than my Facebook non-friends.

Fitness-wise, things are going okay.  Pretty much the only thing I’m doing is walking lots, plus being on my feet all day at work, which definitely takes it out of you at this stage of the game.  Still throwing in a few squats, butt kicks, lunges, etc, but I’m getting pretty tired, so just trying to do the best I can and not worry about it too much.

Let’s see… what else is new?  Well, today my grade 9s threw me a surprise baby shower… sneaky kids trying to get out of doing their assignments 🙂  It was so lovely of them, though.  They told me I couldn’t come into the classroom, which was kind of a dead give-away, but a few minutes later they came to collect me and yelled “surprise” when I walked through the door.  They had balloons and streamers all over the place, plus a big fruit platter, games, and presents… not too shabby.  Gonna miss those guys.

pregnancy annoucement poemOkay, one more thing… a bit of a throwback to how I told Andrew I was pregnant many moons ago.

The story is that he knew my period was late so kept on asking if I was pregnant.  I suspected I was, but wanted to surprise him if I was, so I took a pregnancy test while he was away one day, and bingo- I was up the duff.

Our 6-year anniversary was coming up that weekend, and I thought it would be so fun to surprise him with the news, so even though it was killing me not to tell him all week, I kept on concocting reasons for him that I might not be pregnant just to throw him off, and he totally fell for it.

Then, on our anniversary we went out for a nice dinner, and, after ordering, I told him I had a present for him and gave him this little envelope from Starbucks (our fav coffee place around here) with the start of a poem on the outside (first pic on the right).  He began reading it with NO idea what it might even remotely be about.

pregnancy announcement poem 2When he got to the bottom of the poem it said to open the envelope to read the rest of it, which of course filled him in on the big news (second pic on the right).

He was sooo happy and couldn’t believe it at first, which was funny since I’d already had a few days to process it all myself.

From then on we didn’t really tell anyone for a couple of months because we wanted to surprise our families and tell them over Skype on Mother’s Day, which was the end of my first trimester.

Good timing all around, first with our anniversary, and then Mother’s Day.

By the way, I totally can’t take credit for writing the poem… my friend Katie wrote it for her husband when she was pregnant with her first, and I asked her if she could resurrect it so I could borrow it.  So I guess, technically, Katie knew I was pregnant before Andrew did… oops.

Anyways, that’s the tale of telling Andrew.

I’m guessing this will be the last pregnancy update post… hopefully the next post will have a pic of a cute little bundle in it.  Soooo excited for that.

 

ps- I’d love to hear your thoughts on birth photography… did you have it done, are you glad, do you regret NOT having it, etc?  I’m looking into it right now, and the first quote I’ve received starts at $1200, which just isn’t gonna happen, people.  Craziness.

 

Pregnancy Update – 34 Weeks

Hey Guys, I just realized it’s been 7 weeks since the last official Beach Baby pregnancy update, so it’s high time I fill you in on what’s happened between then and now.  First, a pic from last week:

Busy & Fit @ 33 weeks pregnant

33 Weeks

Generally, things are still going super well… the baby is moving around TONS, and responds especially well to Andrew’s voice, guitar, and singing, which of course Andrew is thrilled about 🙂

I’m finally feeling more “pregnant”… the way I thought I’d feel all along: big, round, and bumpy.  The first half of my pregnancy when I wasn’t really showing much, I wondered if everything was alright in there… if there was actually a baby growing inside me, but now I definitely don’t doubt it.

Here are a few more details:

 

The Symptoms:

No matter how well a pregnancy is going, I guess there will always be a few “side effects.”  Recently mine have included getting up about 3 times a night to go to the loo, insomnia, puffy cheeks, and heartburn.

With the heartburn, a very smart friend of mine on Facebook suggested a little trick of drinking the juice of half a fresh-squeezed lemon (mixed with water) 20 minutes before eating breakfast.  I totally doubted her at first, since lemon juice is acidic, just like the lovely acid rising from my stomach to my throat, putting me in pain.  How could one type of acid possibly cancel out another?

I looked at my other options first, which included milk (hate it), health food store remedies (didn’t work), and ant-acids (didn’t want un-natural stuff in my body), and finally decided to give the lemon juice a shot, and to my surprise, it totally worked.  Not 100%, but probably 80-90%.  And I knew it wasn’t just a coincidence, because a couple times I forgot to drink it in the morning, and suffered badly that same night.

So there you have it… the lemon juice trick to solving pregnancy heartburn.

That’s about it for symptoms… thankfully there are no signs of cankles just yet, and my rings still fit.  🙂

 

The Baby Shower

baby shower diaper game

The finished product: suspender-style diapers

A couple weeks ago, our good friends Monica and Graeme put on a super sweet Beach Baby-themed shower for us beside the pool and palm trees of their place.  The love and effort they put into the afternoon was amazing, and we were so thankful for everyone’s generosity.

Of course with every shower comes a few games, and this was no exception.  I think the best one was the “create a diaper” game… Andrew and I were each the “model” for a team, who had to wrap us in toilet paper to create a diaper.  Needless to say, it was a teensy bit awkward repeatedly spreading our legs for our friends to pass a roll of toilet paper between, but at the same time it was a super good laugh…

… and somehow we both ended up with suspender-style diapers 🙂

There was also the “taste the baby food and guess which flavour” game, and another clever one where we had to match baby names with their country of origin, which is a lot harder than it sounds.

At the end of each game, the winner got a prize that they had to hand over to us… so more presents for the baby – yay.

 

The Stroller

Ahhh, the stroller.  Who knew it would be like shopping for a new car?  But I kid you not, there are a LOT of features to consider, none of which I had any CLUE about even a few months ago.

Phil & Teds Vibe stroller

This is the one we ended up getting – the Phil & Teds Vibe stroller

I never used to notice these things, but now, I could pretty much walk down the street and tell you the name-brand and style of any stroller that passes by.

A couple weeks ago I set myself the goal of purchasing a stroller by the end of the school holidays, since after that I’ll be working another six weeks, and then the baby will be born.  This was pretty much my last chance to put some thorough thought and research into it before the clock really started ticking.

Another thing is that I really wanted to buy it second-hand, since these contraptions can run well over $1000 when bought new (once you add in all the attachments, etc that you need/want).  So that threw another wrench into things as I was scouring websites looking for the perfect product, and then driving all over creation examining them at people’s houses, only to not really love any of them.

Then, to make things even a little more crazy, I posted a simple question on Facebook about which stroller to get (already having a pretty good idea in mind, but just wanting to double-check with people in-the-know).  I thought one or two people might reply, but the response was huge and probably left me with more questions than answers.

The overwhelming majority of my friends said to go with the BOB Revolution over the Phil & Teds.  So off I went to the baby store to test-drive some of these lean machines, and the people were right, the BOB is amazing.  It turns on a dime, has incredible suspension for running, and looks pretty sleek.

However, the BOB didn’t have some of the major features I was after (that the Phil & Teds did had), most importantly, the ability to attach a second seat for another child/baby (since we’re thinking of having two kids within not too long of each other), and thereby not having to buy another stroller when #2 comes along.

Also, the BOB is soooo expensive, and although I understand that a stroller is an investment in your lifestyle, it was looking like it was going to cost us about twice as much to do the BOB thing, especially since I could not find a single BOB for sale second-hand.  Weird, I know, but true.

So in the end it was looking more like a Phil & Teds, which is still good for keeping fit, but just not to the extreme running level that the BOB would offer.  So the search continued, and in the end we were able to pick up a second-hand Phil & Teds Vibe stroller that came with pretty much every attachment I was after and more: a second seat, a baby carseat/capsule that clips into the stroller and car, seat liners, a travel bag for taking the stroller on airplanes, a little carry-bed that fits into the stroller, covers for both sun and rain, and a base to make the second seat into a baby bouncy chair.

All of this for less than a third of what the chick paid for it all new, plus it’s only been used for a short while.  I was sooo happy with the purchase, and totally feel like taking the stroller for a bunch of test-drives along the beach, but am thinking that might look a little strange without there actually being a baby inside.  We’ll see… 😉

(ps- fun fact: Here in Australia they call a stroller a “pram,” which in my mind is an old British word for the same thing, so I just kept using the word stroller.  However, a “stroller” here refers to one of those cheapy umbrella strollers that you can get from Kmart for $20, so I’m having to shift my vocabulary a bit here to be understood.)

 

The Fitness Regimen

Pregnancy Fitness Lunges

Poolside Lunges

To be perfectly honest, the fitness side of things is slowing down a bit for me.  It seems the bigger I get, the more tired and less motivated I am.

That being said, I know I can’t quit altogether, so I’m trying to incorporate fitness into my life as much as possible, but not necessarily in the form of long workouts.

I try to sneak it in, so for example, doing squats and butt kicks while I brush my teeth, lifting some weights in between cooking dinner, doing lunges on our balcony while I wait for Andrew (if we’re going out and I’m ready first), and most recently, poolside exercises.

Now that the weather is getting a bit toastier again, the pool is the perfect place to work out, because when I get hot, I can jump in for a quick cool-off.  Plus, doing all the moves on the edge of the pool encourages good form and balance, because if I lose it, I’m in the drink 🙂

The fence behind me (in the picture) is also good for holding onto to do standing wall push-ups and butt kicks.

I wonder what the neighbors must think when they look out their windows… but whatever, in the end I don’t really care that much.

So there you have it… the full update on the pregnancy so far.  Only about six weeks to go now until Andrew and I are parents… so exciting.  Totally can’t wait.

 

Pregnancy Update – 27 weeks

Heaps of people have been asking how the pregnancy is going, so I thought I’d do a quick post on it, seeing as a lot of my friends and family are overseas… always good to keep everyone in the loop.

27 weeks pregnant

The last few weeks

So… here’s the the main news: Everything has been bobbing along just fine.

The only thing that has been not so great is acid reflux, which I think is called “heartburn” in pregnancy.  In actuality, it’s not exactly my heart that’s burning, but higher up- like in my esophagus and throat region, especially when I lie down.

The closest thing I can compare it to is when you have a shot of hard alcohol and you get that warm, burning sensation as it goes down… except this is really unpleasant, and it’s on its way up, not down.

The midwife said to drink some milk for it, but I hate milk, so that’s a no-go.  The naturopath said to try slippery elm bark powder and apple cider vinegar (not mixed together), both of which haven’t helped so far.

At 27 weeks I’m finally showing… actually have been for the past 3 or 4 weeks, so that’s good.

We haven’t bought anything for the baby yet, mainly because we don’t have a lot of space to store stuff… we’ll have to do a major closet clean-out and organize stuff soon.

Let’s see, what else?  Well, I’ve been thinking a lot about baby vaccinations and whether or not they’re all necessary and healthy, so I’ve been committing a LOT of time to researching that.  I know it’s a contentious issue, so I’ve been taking lots of notes and will post my findings here, if that would be helpful to anyone.

I’ve been working out still, but definitely not to the level I was at before the pregnancy… not that I’m slack, but I just can’t.  Running is out, and so is doing most abs exercises (which you’re not supposed to do in your 2nd and 3 trimester anyways).  You can see a bit more about that on the last pregnancy workout video I did.

So, fitness-wise it’s been a lot of power-walking and some weight training for my arms and legs using the free weights I have at home, plus my snazzy new yellow Equalizer.  I definitely feel and sleep a lot better when I work out, just like before, so trying to keep it up as much as possible, but it’s hard when you’re working lots plus feeling tired from being 6 months pregnant.  Still, no excuses, right?  Well, not quite, but that’s what I’ve been telling myself.  😉

I read a really encouraging interview with Jamie Eason, a fitness model and fitness writer, who just gave birth to her first child a couple weeks ago.  She was talking about what she did during her pregnancy, and basically how she kept pretty fit, but didn’t over-do it either.  It made me feel like I’m somewhat on the right track.  If you’re interested, you can read it here.

Two more things…

The first is a bit of a rant, which has to do with people (and by that I mean pretty much EVERYONE) asking “have you thought of any names yet?”  What the heck am I supposed to say to that?  “Yes.”?  (end of conversation, which is lame).  Or “Ya, here’s a list of our top 10.”?  Seriously people, PRIVATE.  As in none-of-your-business.

I know people are probably just excited and don’t know what else to ask about a pregnancy, so I’m not getting all bent out of shape about it, but it just gets me every time someone asks.

So now you’re probably wondering if we have thought of any names?  😉  The answer is yes, we’ve spent lots of time looking online, and almost every name is either a) weird,  b) the name of a bad boy we’ve taught, or c) a good name for a dog.  We’ve got a shortlist of about 5 names that are possibilities, but nothing concrete, and probably won’t be till we get a good look at him after he’s born.

The other thing… and this is minor, is that I’m sorta mourning the loss of my cute iny belly button.  It’s now sticking half-out as my stomach gets bigger… hoping that’ll all fold itself back in after he’s born.

Anyways, there you have it… 27 weeks down, 13 to go.  Kind of scary how fast it’ll go when you think of it like that.  Super excited though.