34 weeks

You probably aren’t keeping track, but in case you are, and you’re confused, yes I magically became more pregnant. The OB that finally decided to “claim” me likes to work off of the 12 week scan, which puts my due date as October 10th, not 20th, so after discussing the possible implications of this, and being assured that no one would be pressuring me to have an induction as long as baby was still happy in there, we moved the date.

Baby is the size of a…honeydew melon, and don’t I know it.

Weight: (I decided to add this because my OB actually does weigh me, and I wish I’d had this with Archer). Started at 55kg, up to 65 now. so +10kg

Maternity clothes? stretchy, stupendous, nylon goodness (Black Milk) and one pair of maternity jeans. Maternity clothes are crazy expensive and have such a limited life (plus – frumpy!), so mostly no.

Stretch marks? still no! haven’t even gotten the weird love handle ones I got with Archer yet. There’s still time though.

Sleep: I feel overwhelming joy at the end of each day when I get to sleep. I’m tired, but actually starting to feel a bit better because I’ve started taking iron – so the lack of energy was probably more due to my CRAZY low iron levels.

Best moment this month: I really like my OB. She {seems} supportive and down with my whole minimal intervention thing. It’s also really nice to finally feel like I know what’s going on with my prenatal care and birth and stuff. Still not how I wanted it to go, but I’ve let that go (as much as I can). We’ve also had a lot of fun moving into the house and getting it all decorated – my nesting has manifested in a CRAZY interior decorating/crafting urge – pictures are forthcoming. I’m also on track to finish uni before baby comes – Archer’s had to spend way too much time in front of an iPad in order for it to get done, but he’s not complaining, and my mommy guilt should subside with the final assignment – just in time to be replaced with guilt over having to boob a baby constantly. And finally – we’ve made friends! Having friends makes everything better, and I’m considering myself crazy lucky to have found some really great people who can keep up with my weird.

Worst moment this month: Symptoms – more on that later. But one particularly scary thing happened last week. I’d been doing uni all day and then my vision started to go funny, like there was a big blind spot right in the middle, so I stopped studying, but the vision continued to entirely go on my left side, and then that whole side of my face went all warm and numb (which was definitely the scariest part), then the headache started. After talking to my mum, and the midwives at the hospital, we decided I should go get checked out., J was at work still, with our car, so he sent our neighbour over to take me to the hospital. It was all normal by the time we got there, but they really quickly just checked me for pre-eclampsia, which it wasn’t and pretty much sent us home. I’ve since worked out that it was just a migraine, and have had a few more since then, but none with the numbness. So that was fun. J’s course has also been way more full on than we anticipated – with him staying until about 7 every night, and then studying more when he gets home, but it’s temporary and he’s liking the course and doing well.

Miss Anything? not beer! because I found a non-alcoholic one that’s good enough to satisfy the craving. so nothing really. maybe the ability to bend?

Movement: YES! I was so upset/scared when I found out about the anterior placenta, because I thought I’d never feel him, so every movement is like a little gift – and he is generous! Little ninja moves constantly; gets the hiccups, stretches, kicks, rolls, nudges. I treasure every single one, even the painful ones, and I know I will miss it as soon as he’s out.

Food cravings: pretty much repulsed by anything that isn’t dessert. I eat tiny amounts of normal food so that I can justify basically having dessert for dinner. It’s a bit frustrating since I know it’s bad, but I’m still actually under weight, so I’m not too concerned.

Anything making you queasy or sick: see above

Labor Signs: I think there have been Braxton hicks? still not totally sure most of the time though, but I definitely had a few the other day.

Belly Button in or out? very out

Wedding rings on or off? on, and my engagement ring is being fixed!

Symptoms: migraines, Braxton hicks, leg cramps, tailbone pain (like it feels like it will snap in half – CRAZY painful – but doesn’t last long so it must just be when he’s sitting on it), low iron, dizzy, tired, carpal tunnel in my hands – yeah, finally feeling pregnant haha, still enjoying it though.

Mood: impatient – I want to squish him! stressed – need to finish uni, and we are having an AWFUL time trying to name him. excited – we have so many fun visitors coming between now and baby, plus I’m crazy excited about the baby.

Pregnancy dreams? I know they’re weird, but I can’t remember any of them

Looking forward to: visitors! finishing uni. naming the baby. and finally meeting him, and mostly seeing Archer meet him!

Next appointment: I see the OB every 2 weeks now, so soon. I think it moves to once a week soon as well.

28 weeks

Dearest second child,

One day, you will notice that your brother got weekly updates on his pregnancy, and you haven’t – obviously that’s because we love him more haha. Sorry dude, unfortunately life is way crazier with your big brother around, and a move/lack of internet didn’t do you any favours either (hence the two months since the last ‘bumpdate’). I promise that in the end, the benefits of being the second child will make up for mummy’s less frequent musings; you won’t be the guinea pig in the same way your brother was – I will have a better Idea (hopefully) of what I’m doing when you’re born, you already have a ton of cool clothes and toys, and most importantly, you have a big brother who is already completely in love with you and will watch out for you the rest of your life; so even though you don’t get to know what your pregnancy was like every week, I think you come out ahead kid.

Love, Mummy

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Now, I realise that since last posting about the pregnancy, which was a shameful EIGHT weeks ago, we have found out the gender (BOY!), and a lot of other things have changed!

Baby is the size of a...Papaya

Maternity clothes? not really, I’m getting away with limited ‘maternity’ items, and mostly wearing Black Milk leggings, and sweaters that are still managing to contain the belly – by throwing a longer shirt under them, I think they’ll last the whole time.

Stretch marks? nope, I am curious whether the difference in weather will result in stretch marks this time – it was extremely hot and humid with Archer, now it’s cold and dry – just a hypothesis I’m hoping is proven wrong.

Sleep: 3rd trimester = sleepy. Who am I kidding, I’ve been sleepy the entire time. Archer’s in a big boy bed now, so he gets out and comes into our bed around 5:30 every morning. I go back to sleep while he watches a movie or plays.

Best moment this month: It was so long ago, but our scan was obviously a highlight. I was SO shocked to find out that it’s another boy, but once the surprise wore off (it still sort of is haha, I was SO sure it was a girl) I got so excited to have a boy! Brothers! Another sweet baby boy – my heart couldn’t be any more full. Archer becoming really into his “bee bee” has also been a lot of fun. He cuddles my belly multiple times a day, and asks me if the baby is awake, and loves feeling kicks.

Worst moment this month: transferring down here has been a major pain. Darwin pretty much told me to do it myself, and just washed their hands of me – very different from my experience with Archer. Then everyone I’ve called down here has pretty much said I’m too far along and they can’t fit me in. So I feel like a bit of a pre-natal nomad which is a bit stressful/frustrating. I finally got in to see an obstetric GP this week, and hopefully they can do my glucose and rhogam stuff. Not really stressed about the birth itself – I’ll just show up at the hospital in labor – they can’t turn me away, and that’s a bit like what happened with Archer. It will all be fine – I’ve let it go. Just so unimpressed with the birth options here – also trying to let that go.

Miss Anything? Beer, of course. Also being able to breath. Bit scared that I’m so short of breath and dizzy with 3 whole months of intense growth to come.

Movement: Oh! there’s another highlight! I can FINALLY feel movements! The scan confirmed an anterior placenta, but I’m finally getting movements, and in the last few days they’ve gotten even bigger and more frequent. Big stretchy movements, and I can feel the little parts move under my hand – I have no idea what they are, feet, hands, etc, but I love it.

Food cravings: nothing specific. (besides beer i guess)

Anything making you queasy or sick: the nausea is back a bit, but I think it’s because it goes along with the dizzy, which is frequent. nothing specific making me sick though.

Labor Signs: I have no idea what braxton hicks feel like, sometimes the belly feels really uncomfortable, but then I poke it and it doesn’t seem rock hard, which is how other people describe them, so I don’t know, doesn’t matter.

Belly Button in or out? starting to poke out!

Wedding rings on or off? on, although my diamond is loose again, and I haven’t had time/money to fix it, so I haven’t been able to wear it :( hoping to get it fixed before baby is born.

Symptoms: dizzy, tired, hungry (then no room to eat more than a small amount), short of breath. At least the back pain I had with Archer has held off this time!

Mood: The stress of the last few months is mostly gone now that the move is over. I have anxiety, so there are always things stressing me out, but it’s manageable now (finishing my semester before baby is born is top of the list currently). Mostly I’m feeling realign excited and impatient to meet the baby, or more accurately, for Archer to meet him – I daydream about that brother meeting moment constantly – setting the bar just a bit high haha.

Pregnancy dreams? They’re crazy vivid and bizarre, but never baby related.

Looking forward to: continuing to make/grow friendships here, my OB appointment (sort of), August visitors, and meeting mister, of course!

Next appointment: OB Thursday, then the hospital will finally see me at the end of August (I got scolded for not booking in with them earlier, because I’m too far along, and then they don’t make me an appointment for another 2 months – just makes NO sense)

return to the grid

we finally have internet! since last posting, we have packed up and said goodbye to Darwin, had a few weeks in Brisbane and hotels, and moved into our new house in Wodonga (where it took 2 weeks to get internet hooked up). It’s pretty safe to say that it’s been a chaotic, stressful adventure the last two months…here are some highlights (yes, this post is extremely long, and definitely boring):

We said farewell (with heavy hearts) to our friends in Darwin, and Archer and I flew to Brisbane. While we visited with family, and stocked up on winter clothes, J and Jimmy (his brother) handled the packing up of our house and drove to Brisbane – in 43 hours.

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After another few days visiting people, we left Brisbane at 3:30am with a VERY full car. The drive was so beautiful, and I went a bit nuts trying to capture it in pictures on my phone – which I of course failed to do. We got to our friend’s house in Canberra around 7pm that night. The drive was mostly pleasant, and Archer did SO well – the only time we all got a bit cranky was the 3 hours in Sydney traffic.

IMG_9169 IMG_9179 IMG_9226After a great, freezing, morning with the B’s, we got back on the road for the 3 hour drive to Wodonga. The drive was, again, so beautiful and I found myself feeling very happy about our move. We checked into our hotel and spent the week acclimatising to the cold (stlll working on that) and exploring our new area; it’s beautiful, and has this familiar sort of small town feel. There’s lots to do outside and I think we’ll love it even more in the summer.

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The following weekend was my birthday, so we headed back to Canberra to spend it with our friends – in case you can’t tell, we’re pretty excited to live close to them again! After a couple of days, we headed another 2 hours away to meet up with one of J’s friends from Darwin, F,  (who’d moved back home after discharging).

We met him and his girlfriend in the Kangaroo Valley, which was unbelievably beautiful. I had no idea I was so into scenery until this trip haha. We explored the valley, and then went to the top of the mountain for amazing views all the way to the ocean. Back down the other side of the mountain to F’s farm where Archer got to play with pigs, horses, dogs, chickens, and bunnies! The adventure continued as we drove to the beach – mountain to beach in one day is sort of bizarre, but amazing, and I wold happily live in that area forever – it’s the prettiest place I’ve been in Australia, and has a bit of everything. After driving along the coast and stopping at Kiama, we spent the night, and headed out super early the next morning to make the 5 hour drive back to Wodonga. It was an amazing weekend, with so many fun and beautiful things, but we were pretty exhausted by the end of it.

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 We spent the next week just doing more area exploring, and honestly, a lot of napping. We had our welcome visit, and moved into our house at the end of the week, then spent the weekend unpacking, and J started course on the monday! From then until now, J’s been getting oriented with his course, Archer and I have been making friends and trying to get back to normal, and we’ve battled to get our internet set up. I think we’ll have a great 18 months here!IMG_9423 IMG_9460 IMG_9473 IMG_9475 IMG_9517 IMG_9573

Good enough

while doing a truly epic clean of our house today, I was thinking about that thing people say; “oh no girl will ever be good enough for him”! I get this version because I have a boy, but the female version is something like “oh you better have your shotgun loaded”. These statements are always said with a laugh, and I’m aware that mostly they’re just a joke; they’re one of those things you say when you aren’t sure what else to say, and you know what, I’m sure I’m guilty of saying them. The problem (in my opinion, at this period of time (yes, I’m open to the possibility that my opinion may change haha)) is when this idea that no one will ever be good enough for your child is something that you actually believe and act upon.

I would hope that in the years we have between birth and dating, we would not only teach, but show our children their worth. That they are worth being loved in a real, healthy way. I would hope that J and I will have not only taught our children what real love looks like, but that we show them in the way we treat each other.

Now this brings me to my second issue with this statement; it has a sort of underlying assumption/implication that you, as the parent, are perfect and so no one can compare. I know it will surprise some of you, but I am not perfect. My marriage will not always be a beautiful depiction of true love, and neither will I. You know who else isn’t perfect though, your child! Why should I be expecting my child who isn’t perfect, to find a perfect partner?

Does this make me think that there won’t be some relationships I cringe at, nope. Do I think this will mean they never get their heart broken, unfortunately, no. I think my children will make mistakes, and I think they will have relationships that are less than they deserve (even though I hope not). This doesn’t even mean that I think they will get married and stay that way, maybe it won’t work out that way.

What I do {optimistically} think/hope is that when it comes to serious relationships, they choose someone that loves them in a deep, real way; that supports their dreams; and that makes them the best version of themselves. I do not care what they look like, what gender they are, or what job they have; I only care that they love my child as much as I do; and I think the only way I can help make this happen is to love my child in that same way.

You might not agree, in which case, I would love to hear what you think!

20 weeks – halfway!

Baby is the size of a...mango

Maternity clothes? yes and no. bought amazing maternity jeans. So comfy and flattering, I will probably wear them for years after baby is born haha. shirts are still mostly non-maternity, just getting a bit shorter.

Stretch marks? nope

Sleep: there’s never enough of it, but it’s blissful when I get it. SUPER looking forward to J coming home and getting to sleep in!

Best moment this month: Baby is FINALLY moving. Still not a lot, but enough. It ( I keep wanting to use female pronouns even though we still have a week until we find out if my suspicions are correct) gives one big kick and I love it so much that I wait hours for another one – poking and prodding trying to get more. I can totally feel her it when I push on my belly, which is pretty cool. There are hard bits and then squishy bits, so I can tell exactly where she it is sitting.

Worst moment this month: It’s been a difficult month. Moving + prac + J being gone is just a lot of stress. I’m also really impatient to get this move going – I’m so excited that I just want it to happen; it’s making it difficult to stay focused on prac.

Miss Anything? the answer will always be beer, but we can add wine to that list this month. I would LOVE a glass at the end of a long work day.

Movement: see above. it’s started, just wishing there was more!

Food cravings: nothing specific. (besides beer i guess)

Anything making you queasy or sick: nope

Labor Signs: can’t tell if the occasional uncomfortable belly is braxton hicks or if it’s just the baby laying in an uncomfortable position.

Belly Button in or out? pretty flat at this point

Wedding rings on or off? on, although my diamond is loose again, and I haven’t had time/money to fix it, so I haven’t been able to wear it :( hoping to get it fixed before baby is born.

Symptoms: feeling pretty good! still dizzy sometimes, but no nausea, and my energy is back where it was before being pregnant. My belly feels really heavy (for lack of a better descriptor) this time, and I already sort of waddle sometimes. Baby seems to either lay down really low, so I get bad pain in my tailbone (and waddle), or right up at the top, sideways – very uncomfortable.

Mood: stressed. It’s the final few weeks before all of these stressors come to an end and I’m just holding on for dear life at this point. I’m looking forward to the meltdown/relaxation I’ll be able to have once we get to Brisbane. I’m happy, just impatient. Finally starting to feel a bit more bonded with this baby/pregnancy as well which is really nice; I think I’ve just been too busy and stressed to even really give it much thought until now, and the thoughts I did have time for weren’t terribly pleasant due to a more difficult pregnancy – but rest assured that mommy guilt due to this will haunt me  forever.

Pregnancy dreams? lots of weird, vivid dreams, but only one that I can remember was baby related – I had a baby, but I watched it from far away, like an out of body experience. Then they handed it to the me that was watching and said it was a boy but I was like “nope, can’t be ours then”. Then the baby opened it’s mouth and it was a vampire haha.

Looking forward to: MOVE! the end of this stress. J getting home. Anatomy scan next week (although I’m a bit stressed about it considering what happened at Archer’s)

Next appointment: Anatomy next Wednesday! Then a doc appointment to get our transfer all sent the following Wednesday.

lately…

There hasn’t been any time for anything extra, especially not blogging, but it’s a shame, because I have a lot to say. I keep this blog mostly for myself, as a sort of journal of our life, so I don’t want to miss out on this time. It’s crazy, but that’s exactly why it should be documented…consider yourself warned, this will be long and probably boring…

So we’re 8 weeks in to prac/daycare with 2 weeks to go! Prac started out really great, and I was so enthusiastic about it, but it’s become more of a drain now. It’s not that it’s not great, I think it’s mostly that I have SO much else going on. A lot of it has also been things that I now know that I DON”T want to do; this is great, and exactly what I was hoping prac would do, give me a better idea of the direction I want to head in with this last year of uni and then after graduation; unfortunately, the direction I want to go is sort of opposite to what I’m currently doing. I’m still getting a lot out of my prac, and I’ve worked with some great people, I’m just not wishing it would never end anymore.

Archer is doing so well at school. I love the place so much; he comes home FILTHY every day, and I know that his day is filled with adventure, learning, and love. The only thing I don’t love is that he’s there for about 9 hours everyday. When I sign him out at the end of the day and I have to write a 5pm under the 8am drop off, it hurts my heart; I know that he’s having a great day, but that’s such a long day. That long day also means that I only get to see him for about 3 hours a day; one in the morning, and 2 in the afternoon before bed; I miss him! I’m currently debating whether to put him in daycare one day a week after the move. I think that he’s definitely getting a lot out of school, and even stuff I can’t give him when he’s just at home; I’m woman enough to admit that they do a better job of entertaining him than I do (I mean I don’t think he ever watches a movie or tv there, he does at home more than I like to admit). I also think it would be nice for him to have that space when the baby comes…anyone have any thoughts on this?

We’re at that awkward stage of moving where it’s too soon to really start packing/cleaning, but it’s looming over me and stressing me out. Can’t wait to go into a full cyclonic moving mania. Still waiting to pick a house, so I check DHA every 10 minutes because I don’t want to miss one of the great houses they’ve told me will become available “this week or next”; don’t they know that they’ve now set off my crazy obsessing self?

J has been sent out field for the final time (no field during his 18mth course!!!!!!!!!!!). It’s just 2 weeks, but it feels endless; I value his extra set of hands so much. I also miss having someone to vent all my crazy thoughts and frustrations to; my poor mother has had to fill that void, and I’m pretty sure she’ll be presenting J with some sort of medal when she next sees him. This field trip is exciting though because it’s like a goodbye to artillery. We’re finally off to pursue what J actually wants to do, and I’m so excited for and proud of him!

Baby is still in there. It sometimes moves, not much though, but at least it’s something. I’m already starting to get uncomfortable; really stiff, exhausted, and my belly feels so heavy – this does not bode well since we’re only half way’ my guess is that the toddler is what’s making the difference since I don’t remember this so soon with Archer. Archer tries to feed the baby by holding food towards my belly and then clicking like he does when he’s trying to lure an animal with food – highly amusing.

Ok, that’s it I’ll finally shut up now. Here’s hoping I don’t lose my shizz in the next two weeks as all the stress of the last few months comes to a head. I’m trying to juggle SO many balls, and I just need to hold on for a few more weeks and then I can put most of them down – I can’t wait!

16 weeks

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Baby is the size of an…avocado

Maternity clothes? shorts are all too tight, but I’m making due with rubber band tricks. getting creative with work clothes too, I refuse to buy stuff when I only have 5 more weeks to go. I did buy some winter maternity clothes for when we move

Stretch marks? nope

Sleep: excellent, falling asleep quickly, and mostly staying asleep

Best moment this month: Good month! We got our date to move – mid June, so just waiting to pick a house now. Prac has been good – a bit boring at times, which is frustrating, but when I’m actually doing stuff, it’s great. Archer’s loving school. ‘watching’ mum & st’ad compete in their first Ironman triathlon was also a huge highlight this week.

Worst moment this month: Had to sacrifice some prac hours last week because Archer’s been pretty sick. We’ve been to the doctors twice, and he spent the last 5 days sleeping, cuddling, and coughing. The extra sleep and cuddles have actually been nice, but we hate seeing him so miserable. He’s finally feeling better, but now J and I are beginning to show symptoms – ick!

Miss Anything? beer, my energy, and not feeling dizzy

Movement: it’s actually SUPER frustrating me that I haven’t felt any yet. By this time with Archer, I was starting to feel little movement (felt like popcorn popping). Everyone says you feel your second sooner, so I REALLY expected to have felt this one by now, but nope, nothing. Sometimes i feel like a pressure sort of moves up against one spot of my stomach, like it’s rubbing up against the walls, but I don’t know, I give up – you aren’t your brother, and I accept that.

Food cravings: had a hardcore taco craving the other day, it sort of just went away. Also really loving yoghurt! My appetite is definitely back!

Anything making you queasy or sick: not really

Labor Signs: no

Belly Button in or out? in, but shallower

Wedding rings on or off? on

Symptoms: SO dizzy. I would say 75% of my day is spent light headed. it’s a horrible feeling. It’s improved though, from the 100% of the day in the first trimester. My skin was also SO bad at the start of this month – painful, horrible acne, but that’s finally calmed down as well. All the crappy first tri stuff is starting to back off, and I’m starting to not absolutely hate being pregnant.

Mood: good, but stressed. there’s A LOT to do before we move, and I’m trying to juggle SO many things – prac, Archer, housework, moving, midwife/doctor appointments, scans, etc. Can’t wait to be able to check most of those things off the list in 5 weeks!

Pregnancy dreams? last night I know I had a nightmare, but now I can’t remember what it was, and I know it wasn’t baby related. Still haven’t really dreamt about the baby, since right before I got pregnant; I dreamt of a perfect baby girl with lots of brown hair and blue eyes – we’ll see if it was a premonition in approximately 24 weeks.

Looking forward to: MOVE, baby, MOVE! and prac being done & the move being finished.

Next appointment: gender/morphology scan on June 10th (unless I move it up, like I’m considering since that’s our last week here and it will be NUTS), and then a doc appointment to go over the results on the 12th.

Bonus pictures of sickie Archer in the bath the other morning – the light was really pretty :)

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12 Weeks

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Baby is the size of a…plum

Maternity clothes? my shorts are definitely tighter around the top now, and around the hips too, but still just wearing a bigger size.

Stretch marks? nope

Sleep: Good, except for having to wake up to pee multiple times a night, and not getting to ‘sleep in’ anymore because of work

Best moment this month: work! I’ve had a great first week. Lots of really interesting people, projects and conversations. Archer has also had good first days. He’s upset when I leave, which is hard, but he settles quickly and just asks about us throughout the day. He’d eating really well and having his normal 2 hour nap, so I’m super relieved.

Worst moment this month: I miss my friends, and I do obviously miss being with my guy during the day – it’s just so weird not knowing what he did, or what he looked like having his lunch or nap.

Miss Anything? beer, sweet nectar of the gods

Movement: I wish, I can’t wait! sometimes i think maybe I feel a little nudge.

Food cravings: balsamic vinegar, and specifically greekish salads (tomatoes, cucumber, fetta) with balsamic. also very very thirsty

Anything making you queasy or sick: asian, like sushi and rice paper rolls. just the thought makes my stomach roll

Labor Signs: no

Belly Button in or out? flat. this belly has just popped right out in the last day and a bit, there’s no hiding it now

Wedding rings on or off? on

Symptoms: I live on a knife edge of nausea and hunger; if I don’t eat as soon as baby wants (which is usually before i even feel hungry) I cross into nausea, dizziness, and crankiness.

Mood: good. it’s so great to be working again. I would have gone back to work part time in the last few months if it hadn’t been for prac coming up – didn’t seem logical to get a job just to have to take 3 months off. But I’m loving using that part of my brain, and getting to talk to people with similar passions and interests.

Pregnancy dreams? can’t remember any of them

Looking forward to: all of the exciting things coming up at work, and feeling baby move.

Next appointment: no idea, still waiting for my appointment to book in to the hospital

Easter

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I have very fond memories of Easter growing up; all the family would gather at my grandparent’s beautiful house (in America) and all of us cousins would crowd around card tables set up in the garage and dye our eggs; the smell of vinegar will always signal easter to me. We would hide inside, banished to a room without windows while our eggs (dyed and plastic, goodie-filled) were hidden, then the epic hunt would begin. For me, Easter is about being together as a family, and doing fun things for the kids, pretty much like every other holiday haha.

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Easter seems to just be chocolate here in Australia, which i actually find funny/odd because it’s SO hot still – the chocolate just melts, doesn’t it? Anyway, my grandparents and dad helped me to do Easter my way by sending egg dying supplies and plastic eggs.

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So yesterday we dyed {hardboiled} eggs – super fun. We coloured them with crayons, then left them to have a “sleep” in their colourful baths; “ecks seeping” says Archer. Then after Archer went to bed, I stuffed plastic eggs with stickers, m&m’s, and little plastic dragons (from one of his favourite movies – How to Train Your Dragon (the sequel, of course)).

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This morning, before it could get too hot, I threw them around the yard – he’s 2, no need to actually hide them – and released the kraken upon the yard. Should really apologise to the neighbours for Archer screaming “ecks!” “find ecks” etc at 8am. Archer had a ball, and became an expert at distinguishing the chocolate filled eggs from the much less exciting sticker/dragon eggs.

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Happy Easter everyone :)

8 Weeks

 

Written 10/03/2015

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Baby is the size of a…Raspberry

Maternity clothes? nope

Stretch marks? nope

Sleep: I’m so freaking exhausted, there’s not enough sleep in the world.

Best moment this week: talking to Archer about the “bee bee” is always fun

Miss Anything? energy, appetite

Movement: not yet, can’t wait!

Food cravings: I am SO hungry all the time, but literally nothing sounds good, or something does one second, then sounds revolting the next. I’ve been through a potato phase (dripping in butter) (that still sounds appetising), an orange phase, and currently I’m craving fried rice or tortilla chips with guacamole. Note: totally opposite to my sweets only appetite with Archer, this baby wants salt.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Salami, sushi, chocolate – yuck!

Labor Signs: no

Belly Button in or out? in

Wedding rings on or off? on

Symptoms: I have NO energy (makes parenting, studying, wife-ing pretty difficult), and I’m pretty frustrated that I’m unable to contribute or do what I usually do. I also feel nauseous/hungry, and dizzy almost all day. I also feel disgusting – flabby, my skin is breaking out horribly, yet feels grossly dry and oily at the same time, and my hair looks like I’ve bathed in oil within a day of washing it. My skin feels “dull” for lack of a better word, and no matter the scrubbing, continues to feel that way. All of this leads me to believe that this baby is a girl. Could I be wrong? Of course. Would I care? No, another boy would be as thrilling as a girl; I don’t care either way, I’m just leaning towards girl.

Mood: just frustrated by my lack of energy. I honestly don’t have much time to think about even being pregnant; between having a toddler, prac coming up (daycare, prac), moving, and having assignments, I’m too busy to be pregnant.

Pregnancy dreams? I’ve had a few. The baby is ALWAYS a girl.

Looking forward to: prac being over, the move being over, and being able to relax and enjoy being pregnant.

Next appointment: some time this week – need to get around to making that appointment.