Week 34 (sorry was supposed to post last week)

I cannot believe I have reached week 34 and in a few weeks we get to meet our princess.  As we are getting closer to her due date I have realised the nerves and apprehension I was feeling are slowly disappearing and turning into excitement. I spend a lot of time wondering what she will look like, if she will take the brunette hair from Ryan or the blonde hair from me or as my sister mentioned yesterday maybe she takes a mixture of both and ends up being a ginger. I can’t keep myself from looking at all the little clothes hanging in the cupboard and imagine what she will look like in them. Ok enough of the mushy gushy stuff here are a few updates …

Weight gain/Measurements: I was weighing 64.1kgs at my doctor’s appointment on Tuesday so I have picked up in the region 7kgs which I don’t think is too bad. The ever-growing belly is now measuring 98cm around the widest part.

Symptoms: The usual third trimester symptoms are out in full force. I have been battling with back ache for a few weeks now (good excuse for a good back rub), which is making sitting for 8 hours a day a bit difficult. I started getting cramps in my legs this week so on a few occasions I have had to have Ryan come and rescue me from a position I can’t get out of and finally I am struggling a bit with acid reflux and heartburn. I can’t really complain because I have so far had a very easy pregnancy and really loving it.

Sleep: At the moment I LOVE sleep. Managing to sleep very well in between my 3 hourly bathroom visits. Lets hope this lasts a few more weeks before we have a newborn in the house and don’t get much sleep.

Cravings: still no real cravings – beginning to think this is an excuse for pregnant ladies to eat what they want when they want.

Mood: I am feeling very happy at the moment. No crazy hormonal moments to report.

Baby update: Our munchkin is growing nicely and weighing about 2.4kgs already which is bang on an average baby’s weight at this stage. She is lying with her head down but is pretty curled up at this stage. I am feeling lots of movement and he is giving me some strong kicks in the ribs.

Best Moment since last post:  I had my baby shower 2 weekends ago. We were completely spoilt and I am still totally overwhelmed at how loved our little girl is already. It has been so much fun looking at all the bits and pieces we got.

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Week 30 … 10 weeks to go …

My 30 week bump …

Bump 30 weeks

Time seems to be flying and we are already 2 weeks into the third and final trimester. I have accomplished quite a bit in the last few weeks on the baby front but still feeling very under prepared. The spare room has finally started being turned into the baby room – the painting is done and the cot and compactum have been delivered and are in the room. We bought the pram at the Baby Expo in Sandton in March which is sitting at my mom’s house. So things are definitely getting prepared to meet our little princess but still have lists of stuff to sort out in the next few weeks.

A couple of updates from my side:

Weight gain/Measurements: weight at my doctor’s appointment yesterday was 63.1kgs. Belly is now measuring 95cm around the widest part.

Symptoms: No major symptoms to report. My body seems to be adjusting to its new shape and with it I am getting the odd ache and pain especially in my right bum cheek. The doctor says it is because my pelvis is taking strain with the added weight in the front however it is to be expected. Other than that you can really see I am pregnant now and absolutely LOVING my belly. She is very active and I am feeling a number of movements throughout the day. Our munchkin loves the sound of Ryan’s voice and tends to give a good few movements if Ryan speaks to my bump. I am starting to get more tired and feel quite exhausted most days in the evenings … I don’t manage to get through any TV shows at the moment without falling asleep on the couch.

Sleep: Still managing to sleep well as long as I have a pillow tucked in between my legs.

Cravings: no real cravings at the moment although I am starting to miss eating sushi.

Mood: Feeling pretty relaxed about being pregnant now and getting more excited by the day to meet our little princess.

Baby update: She is growing and gaining weight nicely. She weighed 1.7kgs at yesterday’s appointment (more than doubled since our last doctor’s appointment 4 weeks ago where she was weighing 840g). The doctor seems happy with her progress and all her measurements are correct according to her age.

Best Moment since last post: Definitely our 4D scan – see the picture I have included. I instantly fell in love when I saw her little face and I am completely besotted with her already.

We have started antenatal classes – we have covered both C-sections and natural birth already. Think with everything happening everything is starting to feel very real …

our beautiful princess
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Week 22 … the weeks are beginning to fly.

As the weeks are starting to fly past now (a friend warned me that between 20 and 30 weeks’ time will fly) here is a little update the progress of my pregnancy.

Weight gain/Measurements: weight at the doctor’s appointment yesterday was 59.2 kgs. Belly is measuring 88cm around the widest part.

Symptoms: Tiredness seems to be the trend this week as well as patches of dizzy spells. I am feeling our baby move quite a bit especially after I have eaten supper and am lying on the couch. Ryan even managed to feel a bit of movement the other day which I think makes it start to feel very real for him. I developed a rash on Wednesday night which ended in a tip to the ER at Pretoria East Hospital at 23h00. The doctor said I had an allergic reaction to something – luckily after two injections in my bum it cleared quite quickly.

Sleep: sleep isn’t a problem – I just feel like I am never getting enough sleep. Battling to get out of bed most days and wish I could just sleep a few more hours (although this week long rain we have had probably isn’t helping).

Cravings: Haven’t been craving much over the last week or two. Still seem to be favouring sweet stuff but I am trying to behave myself with this one.

Mood: I seem to be feeling less emotional and less stressed as the weeks go on. Still know at the back of my mind that something can still go wrong but the endless worry that I had at the beginning of my pregnancy is at least gone. I am trying not to stress too much at work and taking the day as it comes.

Best Moment since last post:  There have been a couple of moments I have enjoyed. Firstly Ryan and I went on a tour of the labour and maternity wards at Pretoria East Hospital on the 22nd of February. I was really impressed with their facilities and quite content with having decided that’s where I will give birth. My mom and I went shopping at the Woolies sale that started on Tuesday. We have learnt that we are a bit clueless on what size of cloths to buy this munchkin but after sitting there counting the months and plenty of input from fellow shoppers we came home with a good choice of outfits in my eyes. Can’t wait until she makes her appearance in this world and I can dress her in them. We went to Dr Verwoed for a check-up yesterday (6 March) and all seems to be going great. 

20 weeks down … 20 to go!

20 weeks down … 20 to go!

I have finally hit the halfway mark milestone in my pregnancy. In some instances it has felt like time is at a standstill and in other instances time seems to be flying. I have in the last few days had a few panicky moments when I realise that I most likely do not actually have 20 weeks left of this pregnancy and have got lots to sort out including writing a list of things I need to sort out.

So here is a quick update

Weight gain/Measurements: I have picked up about 2kgs since I fell pregnant – my weight does seem to fluctuate from day to day so will check again when I go to the doctor in 2 weeks. My belly is measuring 85cm around the biggest point (and growing every day)

Symptoms: The tiredness seems to have eased a bit but has been replaced with being constantly hungry. The “unusual” feelings of having a tiny human growing inside me also continue but they are a constant reminder of the miracle that happens during 9 months of pregnancy. My tummy seems to be growing every day and with that an ever growing battle to find clothes in my cupboard that actually fit. I am starting to enjoy having a belly and finding myself wishing a bigger belly every day. Ballet seems to be slowly becoming a battle – my balance seems to be non-existent and certain moves just don’t seem “right” anymore. I am going to try continuing doing ballet as far as I can but doing less and less as the pregnancy continues.

Sleep: I am getting used to sleeping on my side and not finding sleep too much of a problem at the moment – let’s hope it stays that way for a bit.

Cravings: I still can’t get enough of sweet things – I recently discovered Woolies “on the go” brownies which I believe were made especially to satisfy these sweet cravings I have been getting. The only problem is they only come in packs of one and when I have demolished one then I need another one. When the doctor moans at me about my glucose levels next time I visit I will ask him if he has ever tried the brownies and that will answer his question.

Mood: I am in a pretty good mood at the moment – content with how my pregnancy is progressing and not being too much of a “preggyzilla”.

Best Moment since last post: we found out we are expecting a little girl. We have been lucky to already been receiving prezzies and our spare room is slowly starting to fill up with various shades of pink outfits and bits and pieces.

Boy or Girl … testing out the old wife’s tales on our belly bean!

Since tomorrow is the all-important doctor’s appointment where we will hopefully see what the baby’s gender is, I decided to see what some old wife tales have to say.

  • Old Wives Tale No 1: History of Parent’s Kids

You can find out the sex by going off of your parent’s kids and the order. If you are the first born, you will have what your mother had but starting with her second child. If you are the middle child, you will have what she said, but starting with the third child. If you are the last child, you will have what your mother had in the exact order. I think this tale only works when the parent’s had three kids.

I am the middle child and the 3rd child is my sister so based on this it’s a GIRL

  • Old Wives Tale No 2: Chinese Gender predictor

Legend says that the gender chart is more than 700 years old and was discovered in a royal tomb. It predicts your baby’s sex based on your Chinese lunar age at the time you got pregnant and the Chinese lunar month in which you conceived. Supposedly this has a accuracy rate of over 90%

 I did the online prediction and based on this it’s a GIRL

  •  Old Wives Tale No 3: Bread

If you eat the ends of bread, it’s a boy. If you eat the middle of the load, it’s a girl.

I have never likes crusts and never eat my crusts so this is also leaning towards a GIRL

  • Old Wives Tale No 4: Dad’s Weight Gain

If the dad-to-be gains weight while you are pregnant, it’s a girl. If he doesn’t gain weight, you’re having a boy.

Ryan has actually weight since I have been pregnant so with this one it’s a BOY

  • Old Wives Tale no 5: Morning Sickness

If you had a smooth pregnancy with no morning sickness, it’s a boy. If you were sick or felt really nauseous during your pregnancy, count on a girl.

Although I felt a bit of nauseous in the first few weeks I didn’t really have morning sickness so this on is another one for team BOY

  • Old Wives Tale No 6: Craving

They say when pregnant ladies crave salty or sour things they say it is a Boy and when they crave sweet things it is a girl.

Refer to the last post – seems I am craving cake and biscuits so according to this it’s a GIRL

  • Old Wives Tale N0 7: Hair on Legs

If the hair on your legs has been growing at record speeds, you might be having a boy.

Eeeek – my legs are pretty hairy and seems I am growing more hair so I would say based on the it’s a BOY

  • Old Wives Tale No 8: Headaches

If you are having headaches, you might be carrying a boy.

I have experienced very bad headaches so this definitely means based on this it’s a BOY

  • Old Wives Tale No 9: Heart rate

Your baby’s heart rate might be an indicator of its gender. If your little one’s heart rate is under 140 beats per minute, you’re having a little boy. If it’s over, get ready for your little girl!

Since at the last visit it was 169 beats per minute this would mean it’s a GIRL

 So according to these old wives tales it seems 50/50 at the moment which I guess is pretty real because it is either going to be a BOY or a GIRL. Luckily we only have to wait 1 more sleep.

Please leave a comment and let me know what your prediction is …

18 weeks and counting …

Weight gain/Measurement: still haven’t picked up any weight.

Symptoms: I am still extremely tired ALL THE TIME – think this is a secret pregnancy symptom designed to give you a taste of things to come when your baby is born. My belly is starting to grow which is exciting because now I have a constant reminder every time I try zip up my pants that I am pregnant (yes it is easier than you think to forget you are pregnant). With the growing belly has come a few more cramps and “feelings” I am not used to and cannot describe but I think these just get taken with a pinch of salt when you think of how the baby starts out as a tiny pinprick sized single cell and grows so much in 40 weeks.

Sleep: sleep is a tricky one all of a sudden – I have read from 16 weeks you are not supposed to sleep on your tummy, well as a tummy sleeper this is impossible so I keep waking myself up to make sure I am sleeping on my side. I think it is time to add a pregnancy pillow to my ever-growing list of things I need to get. They say (whoever they are) that the pregnancy pillows are one of the best things to buy especially for the last few weeks when you have a really big belly.

Cravings: I got my first real craving last week – for cake! For those of you who know me I bake and decorate cakes as a hobby so it’s usually the last thing I feel like eating. This baby has other ideas about eating healthy because the cravings for cakes, biscuits and sweets keep coming. The old wife’s tale says if you crave sweet things then it is a girls but let’s see what the doctor says tomorrow.

Mood: I will admit I am overly tired and stressed because we moved house on Saturday which is resulting in one very moody and emotional person. I am however relieved the move is over and once the house is sorted I can start thinking about the next exciting chapter in our lives. It’s exciting we are now in our house – the one in which we get to raise our baby.

Best Moment since last post:  Mom and dad got back from Saturday from New York bearing baby gifts – yippppeee. So now we have a stylish little baba in the making with baby gap baby grows and a rocking moose (yes you read that right – rocking horses are so last season)

Tomorrow we are going to the doctor for a check-up and will hopefully find out what gender this belly bean is. So let me know what you think …

our BIG news …

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So I know I haven’t written a post in what seems like AGES but so much has happened …

I AM PREGNANT!!!!!!

Ryan and I decided to wait until 12 weeks to announce it to the world however after telling the parents and siblings we decided to delay the big announcement by a few weeks and let the rest of the world know after the next scan which happened to be at 14 weeks (14 weeks eventually became 15 weeks). I am safely through the 1st trimester and already in the second trimester … time flies when you having fun (and no morning sickness).

So to sum up the experience so far:
Weight gain/Measurement: I have actually lost weight – seems I have lost about 5kg so far. Putting it down to not feeling like eating and feeling bloated all the time

Symptoms: Luckily I have so far managed to beat the dreaded morning sickness (maybe I shouldn’t speak to soon but I have now reached my second trimester so hopefully I will be one of the “lucky ones”). I have been tired since week 5 and am still tried – cannot keep my eyes open past about 19h30 so poor Ryan is dealing with not managing to get through a whole episode of any TV show at the moment without having to re watch it the next night. I am constantly bloated and my digestive system doesn’t know if it’s coming or going. I had really bad tummy cramps in the first few weeks which worried the s*@T out of me but those seemed to have eased up a bit. Seems IBS and pregnancy don’t go hand in hand but I am assured that it will all be worth it in the end (and I don’t doubt that). Another pregnancy symptom which is affecting me is headaches – day after day I am battling with a sore head but one again I remind myself I am extremely lucky to have so far escaped having my head over the toilet.

Sleep: well as mentioned all I want to do is sleep and if I could I would. The only things so far that has changed with my sleep pattern is I get more sleep then I used to however I do have to get up during the night to have a wee (that too is something I better get used to).

Cravings: no strange combinations yet – I actually have food aversions. I have cooked many a plate of food so far where I have taken one bite and the rest has gone in the bin.

Mood: I will admit I am moody – pregnancy hormones are not ones to be messed with. One minute I am happy and the next grumpy … going to owe Ryan plenty of steaks when this is all done. I am quite anxious about everything and still scared something goes wrong but sure as the weeks pass things will get better.

Best Moment so far: definitely the 14 week scan on the 6th of Jan. We got to see the tiny hands and feet – will post pics on a separate post Hope this gives you a better idea of what is going on in Ryan, mine and the belly beans life (or bento box as my sister is calling “it)!