Baby Shower

Our nursery rhyme themed baby shower was held over the weekend. It was so much fun and baby got very spoiled.

My sister and I spent weeks planning this. It was an afternoon tea and we also included a few fun games- baby charades, match the baby with their celebrity parents, and finish the nursery rhyme.

We also had a craft night a few days before to get everything made, such as these thank you cards for our favours:

We then attached them to a clear bag which had either a blue or green macaron in it and two tea bags:

Our next project was to cut out gold shiny stars and hang them in the door way so you entered through the nursery rhyme “Twinkle twinkle little star.”:

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We wanted some fun activities for our guests to enjoy so I went and bought a pack of colourful sharpies and white bibs so the guests could decorate them. I then also cut out and laminated some stencils to use on the bibs:

Another activity for the guests were advice cards for the new parents:

For the table centrepiece I found some cheap picture frames to match our blue and green colour scheme and my sister printed off vintage looking nursery rhymes to go inside. She also found two soft toys to match each nursery rhyme and some colourful flowers:

Next up she had some nursery rhyme cupcakes made which were also presented in the table:

Here is a photo of our table in progress before everything was sorted out properly:

Because this was an afternoon tea my sister and I had spent weeks beforehand searching through second hand shops for mismatched tea pots, tea cups, milk jugs, sugar holders, tea spoons and even sugar tongs. We thought it looked great! “Miss Polly put your kettle on” tea:

The food was delicious and all prepared by both my sisters and my mum. My sister got little blackboards so she could label all the food with nursery rhymes.

“How does your garden grow”:

“Humpty Dumpty”:

“Three blind mice”:

“The dish ran away with the spoon”:

I also put four of these together in our colour scheme for the winners of our baby shower games:

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It was such a great afternoon. The only downside- T was very sick and couldn’t come 😦 but she is feeling much better now.

And a 32 week ( I am 33 weeks today) bump shot to end the post! But please mind the clothes on the bed behind me lol!

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Growth scan

We had our first growth scan for the gestational diabetes the other day.

Little mister is measuring 2.5 weeks ahead in his stomach and his head is measuring 1.5 weeks ahead. The scans will be sent to my doctor who I have an appointment with next week so don’t really know the plan moving forward yet. Although I think I will be put on insulin. At the moment I am diet controlled with one Metformin tablet a day but as my pregnancy progresses my numbers seem to be getting higher and my fasting sugars (the finger prick I do as soon as  I wake up) is never under what it is suppose to be. Fasting numbers are the hardest to control as they are based on your hormones.

But maybe the only positive in having gestational diabetes is the extra growth scans and getting to see our little boy. He has grown so much in the last 10+ weeks that he doesn’t even fit on the screen! Here are some pictures from the scan the other day. The first has to be my favourite, I mean look at those lips! ❤ ❤ ❤

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30 weeks pregnant

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This was the last ultrasound scan we have had. I was 19 weeks pregnant at the time and yes the cutie is sucking his thumb.

I honestly thought I would be better at keeping this blog updated than what I have been!

Today I am 30 weeks pregnant! I can’t believe it! Sometimes I feel like the time has gone fast and other times I feel like it has gone really slow.

So let’s see what has happened…

  • I had really bad everyday morning sickness to about 24 weeks and still now feel nauseous every so often.
  • At 29 weeks I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Although at first I was devastated I realised that there was nothing I could do and I have made all the right changes now. I am actually eating the healthiest I have this whole pregnancy! Although missing out on all those yummy pregnancy cravings is hard, it will all be worth it in the end.
  • Our foster daughter who left our care a few months back has come back into our care permanently! We are so over joyed and feel like everything is perfect.
  • Same sex marriage was legalised in Australia so T and I are being legally married in a small ceremony with just my mum and sisters there next week. We have done the whole big wedding thing so this is more of a formality for us and we wanted to do it before the baby is born.
  • We have everything for the nursery now we just need to set it up!

I go on maternity leave on the 1st of March and am counting down the days! 7 weeks and 1 day left and then I am at home for 12 months!

Our baby shower is on the 28th of January. My sister is organising it and it is going to be nursery rhyme themed with blue and green as the colours. I will definitely post pictures here afterwards.

The baby is super active and moves all day. I can also feel his hiccups. T felt him kick for the first time at 25 weeks. He also responds to sound and kicks up a storm when I put on classical music for him. I want to get my hospital bag packed and ready to go over the next couple of weeks. I don’t have any kind of birth plan except for 4 things I absolutely want-

  1. I want to try and birth naturally for as long as possible. but if i can’t handle it than I am open to pain relief and an epidural. I don’t want to put pressure on myself thinking “I have to do this with no pain relief or I’m not really a strong woman.” That will only stress me out further. I want to go into this as relaxed as I can be because I am already experiencing some fear and anxiety towards labour and birth. I have never experienced it so it is a little scary for me.
  2. I only want to tell my mum, sister’s and T’s mum and sister’s that I am in labour and then that I have had the baby. I don’t want friends interrupting us with messages and phone calls and just showing up at the hospital. T and I will decide when we will share the news afterwards and I will let her know when I am ready for visitors.
  3. The baby is to be placed straight on my chest for skin-to-skin.
  4. T is going to cut the cord but only after the cord has stopped pulsing.

Other than those things I guess I just want to play it by ear and be in the moment (as much as is possible while labouring lol).

Here is my belly at 30 weeks:

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I am carrying quite low so I guess the old wives tale is true- boys carry low and girls high.

He is also head down now so let’s hope he stays that way. I feel his hiccups low and he often kicks my ribs which isn’t fun lol.

Well there isn’t much left to say so until next time,

E xo

Thank you Australia!

61.6% (7, 817, 247 people) of Australians voted YES! on the question ‘Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?’ 

It was a resounding YES! in all states and territories around Australia.

I am so so so happy that the majority of Australians believe in equality for all.

There is still some way to go to make this legal but today we celebrate!

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Pregnancy update: Weeks 17 & 18

Baby is the size of…. 

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Symptoms:

  • I still have morning sickness! Not everyday but throwing up at least once a week and feeling nauseous every couple of days (all day!).
  • A very itchy stomach from the skin stretching.
  • Getting up at least three times a night to go to the bathroom.
  • Sore upper back (have booked in for a pregnancy massage).
  • Restless legs but I am taking magnesium tablets x2 daily to try to stop this.
  • Pimples, pimples, pimples!
  • Uncomfortable when sleeping (might need a pregnancy pillow soon).

 

Baby items bought:

  • A pram.
  • A nursing chair.
  • Some very cute gender neutral outfits.
  • A few pieces of maternity clothes.

 

I can’t believe we are nearly at the half way mark! In 8 days we find out the gender 😀 T is hoping for a boy and I am hoping for a girl but of course we will be happy with either. We have a fun way to announce the gender to our friends and family so I will do a blog post when we do.

I have also been feeling extra emotional and cranky later. Some days I hear myself snapping when I don’t even know why I am? Of course it is the hormones but still!

And some good news this week. Our foster daughter who left our care a few months ago (after 3 years with us) is coming at the end of November to stay for a few nights. To say we are excited is an understatement! We are hoping to build a relationship with her mum so she can come and stay with us often as we can’t imagine our lives without her.

And now for the baby bump!

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Hearing the <3 beat for the first time

16 weeks today!

I was feeling quite good for the last week or so but unfortunately this morning I felt nauseous again and threw up (can’t wait for this morning sickness to end!)

I finally got an appointment with my midwife which we went to today. My blood pressure is perfect and we got to hear the baby’s heart  beat for the first time! I have seen it on the previous scans we have had but it was lovely to be able to hear it. The baby’s heart rate was somewhere between 110-160 bpm which the midwife said was perfect.

She also gave me some magnesium to take on top of my prenatal vitamins as I have been experiencing restless legs that even wake me up during the night and then I end up tossing and turning for hours.

Before we left her office we were sure to schedule in our next midwife appointment at the beginning of November and even more excitedly we got to schedule our next ultrasound for the end of October! This will be the last ultrasound if everything is okay and normal. But the exciting part about this ultrasound is that we will (fingers crossed baby is in the right position) find out the gender!

Over the last week I celebrated my 28th birthday. Unfortunately T was out of town so we didn’t get to celebrate together. However, our 4th wedding anniversary is at the beginning of October so we are going to celebrate this by staying a long weekend at a local hotel. Lots of swimming, watching movies and ordering room service! We decided to splurge (we normally just go out for a nice dinner) as we figured this will be the last one before the baby comes.

I also had a fall last week! My first fall with this pregnancy and my first fall in years. Apparently falling will become quite normal the bigger I get but it was still a bit scary. I fell over at our local petrol (gas) station in front of so many people and not one person checked to see if I was okay. It was raining and the road was very slippery. I fell on my knees and hands- thank god not my belly! I had black oil splattered all over me, grazed palms and a bleeding gravel rash on my right knee. I was okay but felt very sore the following few days.

Until next time 🙂