Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Pregnancy diaries || Week 22 - Anatomy scan and gender reveal

Week 22

Lots of baby movements and kicks while I am at work. I guess its because I'm sitting and restricting his or her space. When I get home to show Chris, it all goes quiet; must be sleeping.
I am still sleeping well, although my hips get sore from always sleeping on my side. I have tried sleeping with a pillow between my legs but that makes it harder to move around, which leads to worse hip pain. So either way, I can't win. Sleeping reasonably well despite needing to pee three or more times during the night. But then I am able to go straight back to sleep afterwards. I have been feeling increasingly tired and think that I should talk to my midwife about my pre-natal vitamins as I might be lacking in something. Oh, and I am super gassy.

We finally had our anatomy scan this week.... IT'S A GIRL!!! We are so thrilled to know a little more about our baby GIRL! Gosh, that feels good to say. Our ultrasound appointment was meant to take up to 40 minutes but our technician had checked everything in only 20 minutes and was happy with everything that she saw, saying that it "all looks perfect". All organs, fingers and toes doing what they should. She finishing the appointment by revealing the gender to us and was pretty confident that she had it right. We are so pleased that we have a daughter and can now embrace calling our baby "she" and "her" rather than "it".


I threw up for the first time in ages and attributed it to morning sickness, so I took the day off work, slept until lunchtime and then realised that it must be a stomach bug or something that I ate because it was more than just spew. yuck. I have been noticing a bit of pain when I have been sitting or lying for too long but it quickly goes away when I have been walking for a bit. I have also been noticing over the last few weeks that my hair doesn't need washing as much as it used it. I used to wash it every second day and as it is very fine, and by the end of the second day it looked limp and greasy. Not that it is dry now, it actually looks very healthy, it just doesn't get greasy so quickly. Which is a trait that I hope sticks around. Bonus! My feet are not swollen yet but they do occasionally get hot and veiny.

How far along?: 22 weeks
Gender?:IT'S A GIRL!!!
Maternity clothes?: Yes but just maternity jeans and shorts at the moment.
Stretch marks?: No
Belly button in or out?: In
Sleep?: Not bad, but need to pee a lot during the night.
Best Moment of the week?: Finding out our baby is a girl!
Worst Moment of the week?: Feeling sick
Miss anything?: A cold glass of rosé
Movement?: YES! Lots of movement for most of the day.
Cravings?: Dumplings and Hot Cross Buns.
Queasy or sick?: Just the once
Looking forward to?:My bump getting bigger
Mood/emotional state?: Wonderful, for the most part I'm very happy

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Pregnancy diaries || Week 20 & 21 - Baby's first kick

Week 20

I have been feeling so much more movement from our baby this week. It started with me feeling harder and more frequent kicks earlier in the week and then by Friday I felt baby's first proper kick from the outside. It was quite a shock to be fair, I hadn't expected it to be so forceful. Our baby has strong legs! I was so excited, and then later that evening Chris held his hand on my belly while we were watching a movie and he felt it kick too! It was such a special moment and I am thrilled to be able to share more of the process with him. We both had tears in our eyes being able to experience this together. I think this pregnancy and becoming parents has become more real for him now that he can feel the baby rather than just me telling him that it's moving. From Friday onward baby has stepped it up a notch and is moving, wiggling, squirming, kicking all over the show.


I have been craving Chinese dumplings ever since Chinese New Year (16th Feb) so we have started making them at home, and they are delicious!


How far along?: 20 weeks
Gender?: Unknown, but we might get to find out next week! If baby cooperates...Eeeek!
Maternity clothes?: Yes but just maternity jeans and shorts at the moment.
Stretch marks?: No
Belly button in or out?: In
Sleep?: Not bad, but need to pee a lot during the night.
Best Moment of the week?: Chris feeling the baby kick for the first time.
Worst Moment of the week?: None that I can remember
Miss anything?: Not really
Movement?: YES! It has been a dramatic increase this week
Cravings or aversions?: Craving dumplings and orange juice
Queasy or sick?: No.
Looking forward to?: Our anatomy scan next week
Mood/emotional state?: Happy and excited

Week 21

We are meant to be having our gender/anatomy scan this week and I can't wait! I am desperate to know more about this little baby, gender included. Not that it matters either way, but saying he/she feels much better than it/the baby. Chris would prefer a surprise at the birth but isn't worried, either way he will be happy. The deal we came to was that if we can find out the gender at this scan then we will. Which is not a guarantee, as some babies are shy and keep their legs closed, so we might not be able to see anything for sure. If that happens then I am happy to wait until birth and won't go getting additional scans just to satisfy my curiosity. Even though I am going crazy with wonder.

I have been feeling a tonne more movement this week and my work mates are starting to comment on my bump as it is becoming more obvious, even in my loose work blouses it now shows. I have had a mole in the depths of my belly button since childhood, and now it is almost on the surface, so that is a pretty decent indicator of how stretched my naval has become. It shouldn't be too long before my belly button "pops". Chris is constantly commenting on how soft and smooth my skin has become and I haven't really been using any lotion so I guess it's all pregnancy related. Not bad as far as pregnancy symptoms go. I haven't had a single pimple yet either.

We went for a long 30km urban bike ride with our adventure group this weekend. I did a lot better than I was expecting considering that my exercise levels have dropped right off since the morning sickness hit all those weeks ago. Sure, I still go for evening walks, but nothing like I used to. I don't have the energy anymore. It was a wonderful day out with one exception. Near the end of the ride I hit a sharp curb wrong, lost my balance and came off my bike. My mummy instincts kicked in and I completely went into protection mode and sheltered my bump from the fall. This in turn lead to me sacrificing my hands and knees which are heavily skinned now as it happened on concrete. The baby was moving a tonne before and after the incident so I assume all is still well with little one.

We went to the Chinese Lantern festival which was lovely and then to the Incubus concert the next day (baby's second rock concert). So it was a rather busy week for a 21 week preggo.



Wahhh! Our anatomy scan got cancelled on the Monday which was hugely frustrating as they only told us when we arrived at our appointment and so wasted a morning off work etc. So it has been re-scheduled for next Monday now. I am SO gutted.

I am feeling really well otherwise with no insomnia, no swelling, no heart burn, no constipation, and no head or back aches. The only unusual symptom I have noticed is that I do get a bit of bleeding gums when I brush my teeth but they are still healthy, so I guess it's just an increase in my blood pressure/having more blood in my body.


How far along?: 21 weeks
Gender?: Unknown, but we might finally get to find out next week!
Maternity clothes?: Yes but just maternity jeans and shorts at the moment.
Stretch marks?: No
Belly button in or out?: In
Sleep?: Not bad, but need to pee a lot during the night.
Best Moment of the week?: Doing normal things like the Lantern festival and music concerts. I'm glad I am feeling well enough to do the things I enjoy.
Worst Moment of the week?: Falling off my bike and having the ultrasound appointment cancel at the last moment.
Miss anything?: Sushi, it's a very popular lunch option in my office so I constantly want it while at work.
Movement?: YES! Lots of movement for most of the day.
Cravings?: Dumplings! Orange juice and Hot Cross Buns.
Queasy or sick?: No.
Looking forward to?: Our anatomy scan next week... finally!
Mood/emotional state?: All of the emotions. Happy, scared, frustrated and excited.

Monday, 18 June 2018

Pregnancy diaries || Week 18 & 19 - Moving house

Week 18 & 19

We moved into our new two bedroom home on the 13th February so my life has now become unpacking for the foreseeable future. Chris was very courteous and made sure that I didn't overdo myself or lift anything too heavy. The house feels great and finally, FINALLY, I'm not too hot.
As of week 19 I have felt my first few kicks, although they are still light and you can't feel them from the outside yet. Otherwise I have been feeling more flutters and pops from baby moving around.

How far along?: 19 weeks
Gender?: Unknown, we are still trying to decide if we will find out or not.
Maternity clothes?: Yes but just maternity jeans and shorts at the moment
Stretch marks?: No
Belly button in or out?: In
Sleep?: Good but interrupted with needing to go to the bathroom, but I fall back asleep the moment my head hits the pillow
Best Moment of the week?: Moving into our new family home
Worst Moment of the week?: Packing and unpacking
Miss anything?: Fitting into my bras
Movement?: Yes, little kicks, flutters and pops
Cravings or aversions?: Anything cold and refreshing, specifically L&P Fruju Iceblocks, Corn chips and dumplings thanks to Chinese New Year.
Queasy or sick?: No.
Looking forward to?: Settling into our new space.
Mood/emotional state?: Happy and excited

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Pregnancy diaries || Week 16 & 17 - Feeling movement and Getting bigger

Week 16 & 17

The weeks are starting to get away from me at this point so I don't have anything specific written down for week 16 but it was quite similar to 17 anyway, so let's group them together shall we? 

I have started feeling the beginnings of baby movements, which is so exciting and comforting to know that everything is going well between midwife appointments. What I can feel, is a mix of flutters and popping sensations but I only notice them when I am staying still.

I finally caved and went to get fitted for a new bra and holey moley! I have been a 12E for years without changing sizes, but in less than half of my pregnancy I have grown to a 12G!! WTF?! I knew they were bigger but I wasn't expecting that. No wonder my old bras were so uncomfortable. I ended up getting a larger bra without underwires, as this is what was recommended for pregnancy and breast feeding mothers. I will need to get fitted again before the end of pregnancy and upgrade to some nursing bras.

It has been so excruciatingly hot in our one bedroom penthouse apartment lately. I have been dreading going home from work, to the hot sweltering sauna that it has become this summer. I have also become a big fan of iceblocks as they are the only things that tide me over until the sun goes down.

We went to the Foo Fighters concert outside in the rain at Mt Smart Stadium. I was feeling a lot of flutters and popping sensations every now and then in respond to the loud music. I think the vibrations from the music must have got the baby dancing. No obvious kicks yet though.

We are moving house soon so I have been spending my evenings and weekends packing our belongings into boxes. We came back from the UK with only minimal positions, and yet in just over a year we now have enough to fill a house. I'm sure this will only be exaggerated when baby comes along but I'm OK with that.

How far along?: 17 weeks
Gender?: Unknown
Maternity clothes?: Yes and now with a new bra size, life is much more comfortable.
Stretch marks?: No
Belly button in or out?: In
Sleep?: Good but interrupted with needing to go to the bathroom
Best Moment of the week?: Telling more people about being pregnant and going to babies first music concert (Foo Fighters)
Worst Moment of the week?: Being hot and bothered
Miss anything?:Fitting into my bras
Movement?: Yes, and it's the best feeling ever. Little flutters and popping sensations that let me know all is well with our baby
Cravings or aversions?: Craving L&P Fruju Iceblocks and ice cold drinks, not really put off my anything now.
Queasy or sick?: No.
Looking forward to?: Moving into our new home.
Mood/emotional state?: Happy and excited



Saturday, 16 June 2018

Pregnancy diaries || Week 14 & 15 - Getting back to normal

Week 14

Welcome to the second trimester baby!! This is meant to be the best part.
I started telling some of my work colleagues, some of whom had "ah hah!" moments while others had no idea.
I am also noticing that I have to pee so much more frequently this week and always have to wake at least once each night to use the toilet. Morning sickness still occasionally rears it head, but most days are much better this week.


How far along?: 14 weeks
Gender?: Unknown
Maternity clothes?: Yes, and they are amazing.
Stretch marks?: No
Belly button in or out?: In
Sleep?: Good but interrupted
Best Moment of the week?: Telling more people about being pregnant
Worst Moment of the week?: Keeping my pregnancy a secret when I want to tell the world
Miss anything?: Not feeling sick
Movement?: No
Cravings or aversions?: No cravings but can't stand mushrooms. Chocolate has gained its appeal again.
Queasy or sick?: I'm actually mostly okay now. Thank goodness.
Looking forward to?: Telling more people
Mood/emotional state?: Happy and excited 

Week 15 

 Announced to the rest of the office that I was expecting by adding a question to our daily newspaper quiz. "Which Auckland office staff member is expecting a baby in July 2018?" Which was read allowed to the entire office and had everyone guessing before the answer was revealed. No one guessed it was me (who didn't already know) but they were all very excited when it was revealed. Unexpectedly, it turns out there are actually three pregnant women in our office. One due in June, me in July and another in August. The others had just kept the news quiet or to only a few people.

How far along?: 15 weeks
Gender?: Unknown
Maternity clothes?: Yes, and they are amazing.
Stretch marks?: No
Belly button in or out?: In
Sleep?: Good but interrupted with needing to go to the bathroom
Best Moment of the week?: Telling more people about being pregnant and finding out about other expecting work colleagues
Worst Moment of the week?: None that I can remember
Miss anything?:Fitting into my bras
Movement?: No
Cravings or aversions?: Not really craving anything special
Queasy or sick?: No.
Looking forward to?: Getting more maternity clothes soon
Mood/emotional state?: Happy and excited


Friday, 15 June 2018

Pregnancy diaries || Week 12 & 13 - First ultrasound scan

Week 12

Week 12 started on Christmas day and our baby is now the size of an apricot (which are delicious but suck to throw up!)
I'm still getting a bit of morning sickness every few days, but generally having 2-3 good days in between. We told more of our friends who were all very excited for us.

How far along?: 12 weeks
Gender?: Unknown
Maternity clothes?: Nope, but getting closer to needing them
Stretch marks?: No
Belly button in or out?: In
Sleep?: Sleeping all the time, anywhere, anyhow
Best Moment of the week?: Telling more of our close friends and Skyping Chris's family
Worst Moment of the week?: Having a weird relationship with food, as nothing appeals
Miss anything?: Not feeling sick
Movement?: No
Cravings?: No
Queasy or sick?: Yes, but mostly just throwing up in the mornings now.
Looking forward to?: Our first Ultrasound
Mood/emotional state?: Happy and excited

Week 13

We got to see our baby! We had our first ultrasound to check our due date and scanning for Nuchal Translucency (NT) which can help predict if your baby will have down syndrome or not by measuring the width of the spine. We were both surprised at how developed our baby was, it looked like a real baby (funnily enough) as opposed to an alien or a mass of cells which we had kind of pictured previously. Our baby was swallowing amniotic fluid, bouncing, turning and waving at us. It was an experience I will never forget and made my pregnancy feel so much more tangible. There is no denying it, there is definitely a little baby in there. The due date got adjusted from 9th July to the 11th of July after doing the measurements. We also found out that I have an anterior placenta (anchored at the front of my womb) which means that I may not feel the baby until a little later.


Here is a quick recording of the first ultrasound. Absolutely amazing to see!

I went to my cousins baby shower and told my extended family about our baby. Emma (my cousin) was so thrilled when she figured out what I had said. "Our babies will only be 6 months apart" it took her a few moments but then it clicked, haha. "What did you mean when you said?..." We ended up talking and sharing our pregnancy symptoms well into the afternoon.

How far along?: 12-13 weeks (after the due date adjustment)
Gender?: Unknown
Maternity clothes?: I caved and got some under-bump maternity jeans. Ahhh.. finally something comfortable.
Stretch marks?: No
Belly button in or out?: In
Sleep?: Sleeping well but need a lot of it
Best Moment of the week?: Seeing our baby. This is really happening!
Worst Moment of the week?: Keeping my pregnancy a secret when I want to tell the world
Miss anything?: Not feeling sick
Movement?: No
Cravings or aversions?: No cravings but can't stand chocolate or mushrooms
Queasy or sick?: Yes, but mostly just throwing up in the mornings now.
Looking forward to?: Telling more people
Mood/emotional state?: Happy and excited

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Pregnancy diaries || Week 10 & 11 - Meeting my Midwife and telling friends

Week 10

I'm still throwing up, most mornings and some evenings. I had my first midwife appointment where she asked me all the important questions, weighed me and tried to find the heart-beat with the fetal doppler but as the baby is still quite small she wasn't concerned when she couldn't find it. Hopefully next appointment we will hear it.

How far along?: 10 weeks
Gender?: Unknown
Maternity clothes?: Nope
Stretch marks?: No
Belly button in or out?: In
Sleep?: Good
Best Moment of the week?: Meeting my midwife
Worst Moment of the week?: Having a weird relationship with food as nothing appeals
Miss anything?: Not feeling sick
Movement?: No
Cravings or aversions?: No cravings, just careful about what I eat and when
Queasy or sick?: Yes, but mostly just throwing up in the mornings now.
Looking forward to?: Getting a scan of our baby and telling more of our friends at Christmas time.
Mood/emotional state?: Happy and excited

Week 11

I still need to eat every 2 hours or else I feel ill, and my work colleagues are giving me a hard time about eating so often (they probably have guessed already, although no one has asked yet).

Near the end of the week we gathering with friends for our pre-Christmas BBQ. One of my bridesmaids was there and almost instantly guessed our news because my "boobs are HUGE" hahaha. We officially told everyone by taking a group photo and shouting "ERIN'S PREGNANT!" which caused a lot of excitement and confusion. Everyone was really excited and congratulated us.

How far along?: 11 weeks
Gender?: Unknown
Maternity clothes?: Nope
Stretch marks?: No
Belly button in or out?: In
Sleep?: Good
Best Moment of the week?: Telling our close friends
Worst Moment of the week?: Having a weird relationship with food as nothing appeals
Miss anything?: Not feeling sick
Movement?: No
Cravings?: No
Queasy or sick?: Yes, but mostly just throwing up in the mornings now.
Looking forward to?: Christmas day
Mood/emotional state?: Happy and excited