Week 31 – 9 to go

I get suprised some times at people who dont realise im pregnant. Strangers have commented that im big enough to be having triplets but i just commented that im going on leave to a colleague, she said for a holiday? She was shocked when i said it was maternity leave. I mean honestly, i have grown 3 dress sizes!

This was also my first week testing my blood sugar levels. The first few days all came back normal but the stab i just did came back high. Im quite suprised at what makes it high and what doesnt. A big roast lunch, normal, a small pumpkin soup and multi grain slice of bread, high. Im assuming i need protien to keep it level? Its a learning curve for sure.

I have also decided that with all my medical appointments latley there is no sense staying at work for the next two weeks and i may as well leave early (im devistated…not!) So as soon as my manager gets back tomorrow im taking the last week of May off which means from today i only have 3 working days left!!! It will be so much easier to manage everything without work in the mix.

I also realised i have less than 8 weeks until bub is born! Less if my scan on Friday makes me a candadate to be induced which im sure it will. Getting real now! Also realised i havent shared and pics! First is me demonstrating how my bump dropped last week. Second is the nursery, it now has a rug but i took this before i got it. ImageImage

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Week 22-23

Whoops forgot to post last week. My excuse is that i went to sunny (it actually rained the whole time) QLD to visit mum. Over said weekend i seem to have popped. I went from looking fat to looking pregnant. Several people commented that ‘wow you look pregnant’ when i got back and the belly rubs have started. Its odd because i dont mind other pregnant women rubbing my belly but if a non pregnant woman tries it it urks me. Anyway. Popping means that is now harder to bend down to pick things up off the floor, to shave my legs and getting in and out of the car. I actually had to move my seat back yesterday because i realised my belly was touching the steering wheel. Im concerned that by 34 weeks when i go on leave i will be too big to drive and may have to go off work earlier which I only have enough leave for 2weeks.

Symptoms: Heart burn is receding but still around. Gas. Kicking. Soreness around my lower belly when walking. Cant sleep on my back anymore as my hips hurt.

The good life blog

Baby: Can now hear sound and motion. He is about 28cm long. He is kicking me low at the moment which is odd because my last scan showed he was head down.

It was pritty funny going up to see mum. I had been attempting to knit a baby blanket but due to my short attention span had only completed about 1/20th of it. When i showed it to mum she paused then went to get the one she had been struggling with but had almost finished. It was the exact same blanket, even the wool she used was the same! Thank goodness because i was getting no where fast and she is an experienced knitter and said that the pattern was way harder than she had imagined. So now i get my dream blanket for no effort, horray! I decided to turn my non effort into a neck warmer.

Utterly Organised blog

I also finally got a tall boy for the nursery and spent last night stocking it with clothes. This i think is the fun part. Shopping was ok but getting to get it all out and sorted is so much fun because i can picture myself in the room dressing bub. I realised that i hadnt bought as many clothes as i had thought and it all fit nicely into the draws with plenty of extra room. Then my future sister in laws sister also gave me two bags of 0000 hand me downs (her family had kids before her so she had no one to hand down to) and wow. I have only gone through half of one bag and the draws are full! The clothes are fantastic, some look like they were never worn and are all my taste. Sadly as bub will only be 0000 for a few weeks if that he wont have nearly enough time to wear it all so im handing down my hand me downs to my friend who is due the same month as me. Hopefully between us they will get some use.

Unpacking also gives me an idea of what i still need in terms of storage and baby items. I have one toy, but assume i will get more as gifts, and i have way too much stuff to fit in the draws so will need some hanging organisers and maybe one of those cube shelves for toys and shoes. I want to try and be super organised now becuase i know there is little chance of it happening after bub is here. Unfortunatley we are renting so some of the cool ideas i have found wont work because i cant create shelves or screw magnetic strips on the wall.

Also just occured to me that the third trimester is fast approaching. 3-4weeks to go (27weeks)   

Cost so far

I was thinking today that I wonder how much I have spent on baby and how much is left. So here is a breakdown so far. S=Sale

  • Carseat $279 S
  • Rocker/ bassinet $135 S
  • Crib $90 S
  • bottles $26
  • Tupperware $275 (I used to sell it so im obsessed)
  • Onesies x6 $35?
  • Nappies $10
  • New cloth nappies x5 $100 S
  • terry towel nappies $20
  • Leggings x2 $20
  • Maternity clothes $80 (two leggings, a top and a nightie, bra)
  • Doctors $160
  • Ultrasounds x2 and NT blood test $570
  • Cot sheets x2 $60
  • Nappy bag $19 S
  • Face washers $15
  • wet wipes $9

So all up? $1,911 Having said that I saved $455 buying things on sale or second hand. Go me! Most of the things I still have left im hoping to have gifted. I want to know the sex before I get more clothes but that’s something that I think my mum and sister will want to buy so ill count more clothes out. I made my own bibs with leftover fabric and am knitting some booties and beanie’s with wool I already had. Im also planning on making my own cot sheets with sale fabric when I find it. So things I still have to buy:

  • Breast pump $250
  • Cot mattress $100-$200 (its dumb how expensive these are, a bit of foam would work)
  • $20 2mtrs of sale fabric per cot sheet
  • Chest of draws as change table $40 S
  • Change mat $50
  • Rocking chair $50-$200
  • Bath supplies $30
  • Pram $200
  • Sling $70
  • Sun shades $20
  • Door safety catches $40

So about another $1320! Having said this this is our first kid so there is a lot we don’t have. Second kid will have hand me downs so no cost for them 🙂 Also once bub is here there wont be as many costs for a while. I’m planning to breastfeed or express exclusively for 4-6months then make my own baby food to use with breast milk until 1year. I’m fine with using formula though but hopefully I can bare through the boob pain 🙂

Mum said that there isn’t a lot you have to buy for a new bub. I was like hell yeah there is lol its like moving out for the first time. You know the important things but you forget all the little things that you only remember when you need it. Pegs, vegie peeler, spatula, oven trays, laundry powder, herbs. When you have a baby you know the big things, cot, pram, nappies, clothes. But you forget that they are going to need something to eat out of, bottles, and something to express milk so BD can feed it, and something to clean up vomit and something to bathe them with, plus sunshades for the car and safety catches for the house. I think mums that have been out of the game a while forget all those little things that they had to get at the start. Like people are telling me I don’t need a pram. I’m like well I’m not carrying it around the shops, I will need both hands to shop, and my back one day!

Nursery design – problem #1

I have started designing and picking major items. Vrib, pram etc. They are perfect. The only issue is I don’t think my BD will agree. He told his parents he wanted white furniture…that’s soooo boring. I had more of a natural look in mind with a few accents.Newport Cot - Heritage Teak No baby animal prints! And no Disney. I am loving this rocker on the left though. It flattens out to a bassinet and it vibrates and plays music, for $150! I was hesitant to get a bassinet because they can only use them for 6months and they cost like $200. No thanks. But this one is just a normal rocker too so they can use it until they are about 1yr.

Tiny Love Rocker Napper - Blue

 

So any tricks to get your fella on board? I think he will be pretty accommodating but if he has his heart set on something I know that feeling and its hard to be excited by anything else.

Good news is we got rid of the bed in the spare room so once I get my butt into gear and get the other assorted crap out it will be ready to start piling my baby stuff into, which is a good thing because its overflowing the plastic tub I was hiding it in 😛 I’m thinking we don’t need to buy any more clothes at all because my mum is going to town in the second hand shops.

The other thing that came up this week was that some of the girls in my mothers group are having the man friend issue. Its where your mans friends as him stupid questions like. Are you sure your ready? That means your stuck with her you know…

I mean seriously people, what is wrong with you! You have a pregnant girlfriend/ wife, your choice in the matter is officially made. It doesn’t matter if you are ready, its happening you need to deal with that. Also I don’t understand why people think its such a big deal. Like you will never see them again, ah folks its called a baby sitter. I also don’t get why people are sad that they cant go out to a night club until 3am anymore…seriously? You do those things to kill time until something more interesting comes along, who wants to have a hang over, get sleezed on by guys, get beer thrown up your leg and shoved around and be $300 broker in one night, no one! Seriously, clubbing is for single people with nothing better to do.  ok rant over haha

Nursery

Nursery

I like the spindle detail on this

As this pregnancy progresses im starting to seriously look at things for the nursery. And you know what. I hate 90% of it. Its all so tacky and frilly and commercial. I mean when it comes to cribs you have three choices, white, dark chocolate, or plain wood…ew. Really? Three choices? And they all pretty much have the same design, small cage.

Baby

Old fashioned black metal

I have seen some that I actually don’t hate, they have personal items in them. Books, book shelves, desks. Im determined that this room will be functional not ikea.

I like this idea of having a bed and a crib. It makes it look more child friendly.

pretty little ones room

Crib and bed combo

such a cute kid bed

How cool is this

Of course you have to have the room to do this. I have started buying little things but wont buy too much until I get the major furniture sorted out so I know the theme for the room. Im thinking rustic old fashioned farm house. Like the Weasleys from Harry Potter, I bet their nursery wasn’t clean 🙂

very sweet

Rustic

Waiting

Because im trying to get knocked up i see signs that i am everywhere. I know its just because im looking but according to my count im one day late and my nipples are still tender and have been for over a week. I took my last test on Monday and it was negative.  Im debating whether to take another one today or wait a few more days as my calculations are based on an odd mid month period i had after going off the pill. 

I am also concious that I keep planning to do things next year but if i get preggers then those plans are going to have to change. Its like when you are in a relationship and aren’t sure whether or not to plan an overseas trip in 6 months. Will you still be together? But i guess im just going to have to plan and not commit too much money that i cant get back. 

BD also told me that he will be on the highway for three weeks over Christmas so i will have to amuse myself. My thought is cleaning out the spare rooms. ImageThe one im planning to use as a nursery (haven’t run this by him yet) is chocked with his boxes and a large double bed. My plan is to condense it into one or two boxes and move it into the other spare room which has my things in it. My idea for a nursery is a multi age room. No baby animals, no winni the pooh. I want it to be nice for me as well as baby/toddler/small child.  I defonatley will not have toys everywhere. Im one of these optimistic mothers who thinks i can live in a clean house 😛 Basically when ever i go to someone else’s house they can barely sit on the furniture or walk because of all the toys. They don’t need that many! My idea is to get a side unit with baskets in it. Once its full, that’s it!