28 Weeks and a Wedding

The 28th week has ticked over! In fact, tomorrow I am 29 weeks! Time has started to blur past.

My wedding came and went just over a week ago, the day, like the preparation, whizzed by. It was a whole lot of heat, fatigue, fun and love. I was more focused on, and more excited about, the baby. I also didn’t think I was a wedding person. But it was the most beautiful day. There is nothing in the world like telling the love of your life that you will spend forever loving them in front of your friends and family.

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I have the most precious memories from this day. The first was walking down the aisle toward my love. He looked gorgeous and I just couldn’t believe I was there, getting to marry him.

The photo shoot was exhausting in the heat, but it was also a fun time. We got some beautiful shots. It was really fun to play model for a day!

Unfortunately I was well and truly out of energy by the time we arrived to the reception. After our entrance and the cutting of the cake, we had the speeches. Wow. I was particularly touched by my mother-in-law’s speech. My sister, father and brother-in-law gave great speeches also.

But the one that took my breath away (and nearly made me cry in public, from which I fear I wouldn’t have stopped being the exhausted, pregnant woman that I am) was my husband’s speech. I haven’t the words to describe how much I love him or how much I appreciated his precious words to me. I stole his notes for my memory box!

We have been told how much people enjoyed our wedding, there was a lot of dancing! So, the last hours of the wedding were characterized by some excellent dancing. Not mine, besides being tired, it was really hard to dance in the big, heavy dress! Our first dance didn’t go as practiced, as it was too hard to do the turns with the train. I am already planning an easier, shorter dress for our first anniversary so that we can recreate that dance properly – it was to Celine Dion’s If That’s What it Takes, sung by my brother! That was pretty special.

And then, all of a sudden, it was done. We are married! We are now making our home together, carrying on as usual and preparing for our baby to join us in the next 10-14 weeks!

I am supposed to be working and organizing a whole heap of things, but between the pain (hips, lower back, glutes, neck), the fatigue and the daydreaming of what my baby will be like, I haven’t done as much as I’d like yet.

This is a pregnancy diary from my first pregnancy in 2013/14. For my most recent pregnancy diaries and my pregnancy resources see here.

24 Weeks

Time is disappearing at an alarming rate. I am just three weeks out from the third trimester and from what I have read, I don’t want to get there too quickly!

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My little boy has become more and more active as the weeks go by. My little tenant loves to let me know he is there, especially when I have just lay down or started attempting to meditate after yoga.

As much as it has made me more in awe of this process I am going through, and reinforced why I am doing it, his little movements have also helped him start his bond with his father. My love likes to sit or lie with a hand or his head on my belly when we are relaxing together in the evening. It is the most amazing thing to see his reaction when baby prods at him.

Pregnancy is simultaneously tiring, painful, scary, awe-inspiring and ultimately bringing me around to a fuller sense of the world and my part in it. 

When I see tiny baby clothes I get such a sense of excitement for when I can snuggle with my little boy! When I see other babies, I get a tingling sense of joy for the fact that I will soon have one of these!

I have had some of those excruciating calf cramps that have woken me up in the early hours of the morning, the first one panicked me and I was practically hyperventilating as I tried to remember how to relieve it!

I have been super hungry. Super tired. Struggling to sleep comfortably for more than one or two hours at a time. So I am trying to actively remind myself to take it easy and rest more frequently. This is hard to do when I am getting married in three weeks, but I am trying!

This is a pregnancy diary from my first pregnancy in 2013/14. For my most recent pregnancy diaries and my pregnancy resources see here.

19 Weeks…It’s a Boy!

I fell down.

One Sunday morning, a few weeks ago, I woke up to pain in my left side and lower back. As the day wore on it became intense. In tears, on the phone to my midwife, I was told it was probably a pulled muscle. I took a Codeine and lay on the couch, vaguely watching TV.

After a painful physio visit the next afternoon, it was confirmed, I had pulled muscles in my lower back and left hip, which in turn had tripped my very tight glute muscles.

Since then, I have recovered slowly, but in dealing with the extra pain and resulting fatigue, I have fallen down. I haven’t been coping. Between the pregnancy and those injuries, sleeping is very difficult. I can only walk the dog for around 15-25 minutes at a time and have had to give up my mat Pilates routine.

In addition to this, I have been planning my wedding, for February 2014.

So I am planning a wedding, working, gestating, attempting to be healthy and am desperately, soul-achingly exhausted – and no one seems to get it.

Meanwhile, my baby has been growing furiously! I felt my little flutter ball the other day for the first time and then saw him yesterday in the anatomy scan.

Yes, we have been blessed with a baby boy! Feeling and seeing him makes it feel worth it! It is so amazing. I can’t wait to meet him.

I just wish I could focus all of my limited energy on preparing for him. He is my priority.

This is a pregnancy diary from my first pregnancy in 2013/14. For my most recent pregnancy diaries and my pregnancy resources see here.

12 Weeks & a Beautiful Baby

My tiny baby is gorgeous! I saw baby in my 12 weeks scan today. It was a very moving experience. Baby is healthy and on track for growth. He/she was sleeping when we began with a little hand raised above their head. Once he/she had been prodded a bit we got to see some movement. It was surreal to see baby moving, but not be able to feel it. It was truly a wonderful experience.

Unfortunately, due to the clinic cancelling my scan at the last minute two days ago and having to take the only time available (midday) this week, my partner couldn’t attend. This is very sad because, as a dad it is one of the few times he can really be involved at this stage. But we have a picture:

Now that I am at week 12, I feel like I can finally buy stuff. I have already researched all of the big, essential items and there are big differences in price! In an online store there are cots with mattresses for around $200, in a store the other day the prices seemed to start at $500 for just the cot! So I have to be wise and check the price (and quality)!

We have decided to go with a convertible car seat, rather than an infant capsule, because it will last the baby’s whole career in a car seat and then be useful for any future babies, it is a worthy investment. Also, having the noodle arms that I have, carrying the infant capsules is rather difficult for me!

As we leave the first trimester, and come into the second, I am hoping the fatigue will recede a little and that the hunger will abate to a more manageable level. As it is I can only fit one pair of my pants!

This is a pregnancy diary from my first pregnancy in 2013/14. For my most recent pregnancy diaries and my pregnancy resources see here.

Tiring, Awesome Weekend

Chronic fatigue + pregnancy fatigue = devastating!

We had a very busy weekend. On Friday night my partner and I went to a party and I didn’t sleep until about 2am. On Saturday I took my baby brother out for timezone, lunch and mini-golf. We also had dinner and a movie night with my family.

Sunday was a whopper day. We started with my church (Anglican) and then went about 45 minutes drive away to a gorgeous little town where we are considering buying a house. There is a sizable town center, farmland views, a rugby stadium, a beautiful pond with ducks (near one of the houses), many beautiful reserves and parks, and it is so quiet. Just 45 minutes out of the city, we can get three or four bedrooms with a little bit of land in a nicely presented house.

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For the same price in the city, we can get two bedrooms, attached houses in dire need of a makeover with little land.

We also did evening mass and dinner with my family.

When I finally did get to bed, I got quite upset, because my neck was so sore I couldn’t get to sleep and panadol does nothing for a bad neck ache!

But the weekend was worth it. I got to spend some time with my gorgeous baby brother (14 years old next month, where did the time go? I remember my parents bringing him home as a brand new baby!).

We were also able to tell my family on Saturday night about baby. They were over the moon. Which was so fantastic! It was such a relief to have people in the know and the support and love. I don’t know how I hid it this long.

My beautiful partner has also started to perk up and get more excited about baby and our big life changes. He also dealt beautifully with my fatigue, needing to eat randomly and pain all weekend.