Reflecting on May

Renovations

May saw us finally making some headway on our renovations! We officially live in a house with doors, skirting and architraves! Honestly I am so happy with how all this turned out considering how long it took us to find the right team of carpenters to get the job done.We do still need to paint said doors and architraves but that is definitely something that is on the back burner at the moment. 

Its all about getting excited about the small things in life and let me tell you I am in love with my front door lock! 

Reading

May was a busy month for us and I only ended up finishing two books. ‘The Well of Ascension’ by Brandon Sanderson and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’ by J.K Rowling. 

The Well of Ascension
by Brandon Sanderson

Mistborn book 2

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter book 2

In all honesty the pace of my reading slowing down is a bit upsetting to see but I do need to take into consideration that a lot has happened in May and give myself a chance to find a new routine that allows for a little bit of time each day to read. 

Family

Hugo James arrived this month and we honestly couldn’t be more in love with him! His birth didn’t quite go to ‘plan’ (I say plan loosely as we didn’t really go in with a plan) He arrived at 7:19pm on May 18th 2021. We spent 6 nights in the hospital before finally bringing Hugo home to meet his new best friend Archie. 

Currently we are all just getting into the routine of life at home. It’s a little Topsy turvy at the moment as Victoria is in another lock down, which is making it difficult, but we will get through. 

Life

So we are now parents! Which is a crazy thing in itself. Currently we are working on how to balance Hugo’s needs with those of Archie as well as what we each need to function day to day. We haven’t been home for too long so I think we are doing pretty well but Its something that is important for me to get the hang of sooner rather than later. 

Currently in terms of hobbies and things I enjoy doing, I am still cooking dinners, which I am really enjoying although they are all very simple meals at the moment. I am also trying to finish my book club book, although lock down may be helping with that as we can’t meet up just yet. I am trying to get a chapter read each day and cutting myself some slack if that all I get done in a day. 

We are currently re watching New Girl which I am absolutely loving! I forget just how much I love that show! 

Overall I think we are at the stage where we are managing life, which is a win but not quite where we are in a great routine. 

32 Week Pregnancy Update

We are on the home stretch with bubs, which feels kind of crazy that we are less than 2 months out from meeting him! It feels like it is truly getting real! I figured at this point I would give a little update on what’s been going on in terms of being pregnant (if you aren’t interested in this baby and pregnancy this is definitely not the post for you)

Bump

We’ve got one! I’m not quite feeling large and in charge but I’m definitely feeling the extra weight that comes with growing a person! He is definitely at the point now where he is moving a lot, which is amazing to feel and I definitely find reassuring especially after a long day where I may not have necessarily felt him moving around too much. 

We have been lucky enough that my husband has been able to feel his movements too which has been great for him and definitely makes it a family experience.

How I’ve been feeling

It all really fluctuates. Some days I’ve got enough energy to get through the day others I’m exhausted by 10am. Even with all that I am feeling pretty good in all and really try to keep a positive mindset on the days I am feeling particularly tired.

I’ve even managed to keep up with exercising. Now I’m not an athlete by any means but I usually end up walking between 5-7 days a week which makes me feels equal parts fantastic and crazy tired, some days if I’m back late at work or I’ve had a particularly crazy day then I’ll usually take that day just to manage things around the house or take a relaxing shower instead of joining my husband walking Archie.

What i’ve been doing

I’ve been really struggling with balance if I’m honest. Balancing what needs to be done with what my body needs, whether that’s trying to get all the housework done at home and stay on top of it throughout the week or not taking time to rest or sleep in if that’s what I really need. This is probably contributing to being so tired however, working in education means that this is my last week before we are on School holidays! Which is why I want to get through this week as present as possible. 

We’ve also been preparing the house and our dog Archie for the arrival of bubs. This means completing what we’ve been calling ‘phase 1’ of our renovations as well as clearing out the house of anything that we don’t really need or just hadn’t gotten around to getting rid of. It’s definitely a time consuming task but much needed! 

We also completed a workshop with our hospital covering everything from labor to the most important things to know once we’ve had bub and bring him home. 

Overall, I’d say it’s been pretty busy! 

Appointments

We are really getting to the tail end of things now where the appointments are more frequent. I’ve had an OB GYN appointment each fortnight at the moment which is a lot to schedule but also the best appointments because I get to see the baby! This week we are doing another measurement to see how his weight is tracking and to see if he is still sitting breech. 

We also have a midwife appointment next week which will be great to ask some questions about the hospital stay and labor. 

reflecting on February

Renovations

February has been a slow month for renovations. We have broken up all the things we want to accomplish with the house into phases – kinda like the MCU but not as cool – We are currently in phase one also known as the Pre Baby phase to kind of put back together the parts of the house that were removed during the beginning of the renovation, namely doors and curtains. 

We have spent the month chasing quotes for the skirting, architraves, door jams, and doors. We are hoping to get the ball rolling in March with finally getting things done, but we will just see how we go.

Reading

I honestly had the most intense reaction when I started A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas. I don’t know what it is about Nesta but man I am not a fan. Even though I love the series and the characters overall I did not enjoy reading from Nesta’s point of view!

baby

We ended February at 27 weeks pregnant. I think i’m feeling pretty good, thankfully. The long days at work are definitely tiring but they are also so rewarding and enjoyable that even though I am exhausted at the end of the day I can’t help but look forward to coming back the next!

I recently got my Glucose Tolerance Test which, for those who don’t know, is the Sugar tolerance test that is done to test for Diabetes and is done during week 26-28 of pregnancy to test for gestational diabetes. It takes 2 hours at the blood draw clinic. The clinicians take your first sample then you drink a very sweet drink, wait an hour, another sample taken, wait an hour and then your last sample. It was actually really nice to be able to go and sit in my car and head back into the clinic for my next draw, I was able to watch some YouTube and play some Animal Crossing. Really just living my best life.

life

Throughout the month I continued my obsession with Stardew Valley on the PC while also diving head first back into Animal Crossing which has been taking up a lot of my time. I’ve been patiently anticipating Taylor Swift’s release of fearless as well as discovering the world of digital bullet journalling. 

The Journey So far

Before I get into anything that may be a little TMI, just a disclaimer, this may be a little TMI, but I think it’s important to be open and honest about my experience with pregnancy. It is such an individual experience that no two people will be in the same boat, but everyone who is or has been pregnant can probably relate to some aspect in your own story. 

I must say that regardless of my experience I intend to stay optimistic and feel positive with how my body is and will handle this crazy experience. That is one thing I have learnt from becoming pregnant. Mindset is everything. You may read this and think that it’s looking at pregnancy with rose colored glasses but let me assure you that I am aware that experiencing these things can be awful and it is not all a walk in the park, but I appreciate that my body is doing an incredible thing and I want to appreciate its ability to do so. 

I also feel as though there is a lot of focus on the negative and not by the people experiencing them but by others inquiring about your well being. I’ve found that a lot of the time people are expecting a negative answer and are a little shocked when you say ‘feeling great! Have some morning sickness but what can you do’. Again this is a personal thing. To my closest family and friends I will say that I’m feeling exhausted and king of crummy but to anyone not in that little circle I want to be as positive as possible! 

Finding out

So we found out pretty early on. We were actively trying to get pregnant so I was able to track my period and see where I was in terms of if it was almost ‘that time of the month’. With that being said, I tried to wait until after the date my period was due before taking a test just to avoid disappointment. I am a highly emotional and sensitive person and definitely feel things quickly and intensely. 

This month however, I did not wait, I was too eager and ended up taking a test at 6:30 in the morning a day before my period was due to begin. I told myself it would be negative to try and ease my reaction a little. I was not expecting that second little line to appear and was in shock when it did. Not as much shock as my husband waking up to me walking into our bedroom saying ‘Um.. I think I’m pregnant’. This obviously prompted a trip to the supermarket to get a couple more tests. It is safe to say that I was cautiously optimistic the rest of the day. 

First Trimester

After finding out I booked in with my GP and began the first trimester blood tests and the search for an OB/GYN. After quickly getting my bloods done we discovered that my Iron and vitamin D were both much lower than Ideal and I began taking supplements to make sure that bub would get everything they need to grow. 

About 6 weeks in the morning sickness hit. When they tell you it’s not just in the morning they are not lying. This wasn’t the most fun experience, I was constantly rushing to the toilet at work and struggled to eat much at all. But I am so grateful I was able to eat something each day and know that i definitely had it easy considering the experience some people have with it. 

If you are someone that is experiencing morning sickness that is making you feel blah I can only recommend listening to your GP. For me that meant for me was eating small meals and snack throughout the day, drinking plenty of water, keeping it as bland as possible – I ate a lot of dry white toast- and avoiding anything that triggered the nausea,

Aside from the morning sickness my experience was limited to headaches, which a suffered from prior to pregnancy crazy levels of fatigue – meaning i Feel asleep at like 6pm every night- and my boobs got HUGE (well for me) 

We then hit 8 weeks and were about to finally get an ultrasound to see our little nugget. It was honestly the most exhilarating day. I definitely over filled my bladder taking the instructions to have a full bladder maybe a little too far. It was a little overwhelming seeing that little jelly bean chilling in there. 

With bubs discovery they also found a little bleed in my uterus. It sounds really scary when your GP sits you down and tells you that you have some extra unwanted blood in your uterus and tells you you need to ‘take it easy’. I genuinely googled the meaning of ‘taking it easy’ . I am not a person who likes to stop. But for the health of my uterus I tried my best. I had my husband lift everything and he did a lot of the housework. I was already going crazy! 

Overall I was blessed to experience a more low key first trimester and am so grateful for it.

Second Trimester

I definitely felt a lot of relief when I hit the second trimester. It was amazing to get to share our news with our family and friends. My first trimester symptoms dissipated slowly and I was still feeling some morning sickness until about 15/16 weeks. I definitely had a lot more pep in my step though with my energy slowly returning in about the same time frame. 

Now we sit at the end of the second trimester a few weeks away from the home stretch. I have had an Iron infusion already this year because apparently this baby is Iron Man and is absorbing any iron that I try to put in my body. I’ve also got a weird thing with eggs where I always get sick then I eat them so I don’t think bub is a fan at all. 

Overall I feel great. I am so grateful for the experience of getting to carry bub and start our family and I am looking forward with a lot of excitement and nerves for what the third trimester brings and meeting our tiny little human.