Thursday, May 31, 2012

Busy bee

I have had a busy busy week with a busy busy rest of the week and weekend ahead with my to do list growing by the minute!

I have managed to get my birth plan/wish list typed up - its not as Type A as it sounds but taken from the Calmbirth course we did, it sets out important preferences such as minimal interventions but indicates we are cooperative to any medically indicated requirements necessary.

I have been working on a playlist/s for the labour ... not sure how realistic this is given many friends have said they spent ages preparing one only to want absolute silence but I figure it can't hurt to have one just in case and after reading Jess Marais' interview about her birth, I too quite like the idea of bub being born to the strains of Sting's Fields of Gold. Any one have any must add song recs for me?

As usual, I also have some shopping to do...all items needed to make life easier, prettier or more comfortable in the coming weeks...

Kikki-K must haves that our household cannot do without

 Weekly planner - I keep it on the fridge and its the only way I can keep S up to date with our life. As he knows, if its not on here, it doesn't exist.

Grocery list - again, its the only way to keep S up to date with what we need and ensure our fridge and pantry is actually stocked with practical items.

This Baby Moov love nest from Bubs baby store - designed by a paed to prevent 'flat head' on newborns, its only $25 and could save future expensive paed osteo visits from what I am told by other mummies

I need some new powder but cant decide whether to stick with my current and regular MAC or go back to Estee Lauder's first mineral offering - the plus for the EL is that it really did improve my skin condition however its coverage was average however thats not as big a deal as it usually would be as I will be off work for 3 months so wont be wearing as full a face as usual. Thoughts?

I am also in the market for a heater of some sort and am told I must haul ass to Aldi to check out their range of heaters - Ling over at Pork Chop's Nest highly recommends Aldi on Twitter and I'm a joiner so its only natural I check out their options despite having a slight aversion to our local Aldi (use the blog search feature to read more about my Aldi panic). No idea whether I want fan, electric or oil and unsure of whether its for our room or the lounge room at this point ... hoping seeing them will help answer these questions and more.

In other news, my lovely cousin will be visiting this weekend so I will likely be dragging her on my shopping mission Saturday afternoon ... particularly as I have just discovered I will be working on Saturday morning and have an auction to attend Sunday mid morning grrrr. No rest for the wicked, even at 36-37 weeks pregnant!

On a more restful note, I have a massage booked for Monday that I am looking forward to enormously and will be starting some acupuncture on Tuesday - I have heard very good recs about its power for unblocking energy channels and reducing labour times when started around 36 weeks. On the subject of pampering, I also intend to have my hair coloured and a pedicure within the next 7 days - apparently I won't have time for such frivolity once bub arrives I'm told.

I'm not the only busy one around here... S has a growing jobs list too that includes building our pram (you would think for the price, Bugaboo would have this covered but no), arranging the install of bub's capsule & seat, cleaning out and organising our garage - which has become a black hole of odds and ends from the house, practising our Calmbirth exercises and oh yeah, working :) 

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Etsy must haves for bub

I definitely want to get these prints from Design by Maya on Etsy for bubba's room... 
the designs and colours are perfect for our colour scheme and sentiments on each are just so beautiful:

I also need to decide on announcement cards ... my short list: 

CardsEtcetera ... how do you beat the 'his first breath...' sentiment? 

Inviting Printables ... love how modern yet beautiful this one is.


Monday, May 28, 2012

On the floor

You dont have to wait two weeks between posts this time ... I finally remembered i can blog from my phone - how convenient. So I'm currently multi tasking watching The Voice and blogging.

In happy news today, my patience finally paid off and after 3 years on a waiting list, I have finally secured a permanent site for S and I (and bubba) at the holiday park in Lennox Heads that my family and I holiday at every Summer. I could have settled for other sites over the years but I had a specific location in mind that was near to my parents and sister's site and one finally came up! We grew up camping as a family with friends every year and we really want bubba to experience this same fun.

Moving forwards... so the title is a little misleading as S won't be on the actual floor but he will be in the stands.

I decided to surprise him last week and buy presale tix to the upcoming Pitbull concert in Brisbane. He is a huge fan and the concert sounds pretty great with Taio Cruz & DJ Havana Brown so I'm sure he will enjoy. He doesn't know about the surprise yet as I'm going to wait for the tix to arrive and then decide on the best way to gift them - also undecided as to whether I will go with him or tell him to take a friend ... It may end up being our first proper night out after bub is born if I go.

In other news, we had some successful shopping on Sunday after I dragged S to Mothercare at Logan in aid of restocking my stretch mark cream - I never promised the blog would be all glamour :) Seriously though, their stretch mark cream is divine with the scent so yummy. It also seems to have worked as promised so far with me reaching 36 weeks tomorrow and still no sign of those dreaded lines (touch wood).

I then hit up Harbourtown and bought S and I some new pjs from Peter Alexander - mine look suspiciously like a prison uniform but they are very practical with button down top and cuffed pants ... Perfect for hospital and night feeding. S thankfully let go of his onesie dream after being faced with the reality of one and instead settled for a nice manly pair of red & blue flannels.

I also couldn't resist the Myer Bonds sale and stocked up on a maxi skirt and some tops for me ... Bub of course didn't miss out this weekend with two new pairs of Nike shoes (hey, they were just $24), some summery outfits from the myer sale (S tells me they will be for wearing on mummy days) and of course a big range of Bonds buys thanks to 40% off - assorted onesies, cord pants, stripey leggings, summer onesies etc.

I'll wrap up with my thoughts on The Voice tonight in case you're interested ... Thank goodness Diana and Ben were safe in the beginning! Loved Viktoria and the Nirvana arrangement but no one else has grabbed me yet although I'm only up to Glen and he looks like he might pull off some Neyo. Edited to add that Glen totally pulled it off!!!

Sorry, had to add this too as it was sent to me earlier in the week and has me laughing every time I read it!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Silence is deafening

My silence is deafening according to my bestie M who is quite disgusted I have been so slack with my posting - apparently she is lacking reading material for her commute home each day and wants me to rectify this quick smart.

To be honest, I really just haven't had much to share... I've been busy but haven't really felt there has been anything worth reporting but here goes, an update for M and anyone else who cares to read it.

We are definitely getting down to the business end of things with bubba... as in I am becoming completely sleep deprived and as a result, so is poor S. I cannot settle for any long period of sleep, constantly turning, getting up to go to the bathroom (even if I  haven't had any water prior to bed, I can still get up 3 times in the night WTF), just waking up and staring at the darkness or worst of all, snoring. I get so congested during the night I start snoring like a freight train that not only disturbs S, it wakes me up! That's some pretty bad snoring!

At 35 weeks, I suspect our little man's arrival is going to be sooner than later... while not struggling entirely, it definitely feels like bubba is trying to get out. My swelling has also gone to a whole new level with my ankles non existent and my feet unrecognisable (I am wearing size 8 flats on my usual size 5 feet). Unfortunately my hands haven't escaped either and ache constantly from the swelling. S has turned into a Nazi nurse, ensuring that my feet are up whenever possible (not that it even has any effect now) and that I don't go too long without resting... he doesn't even let me do the groceries on my own anymore in case of heavy items needing lifting. All in all, I'm definitely deteriorating physically but its not worth getting upset over given I'm on the home stretch and lets face it, the end result far outweighs any of the aforementioned temporary discomfort.

On brighter topics, I would really like to share the book I am reading with you. It is of course pregnancy related, or more birth related really. Recommended to me by our Calmbirth practitioner (who is absolutely fabulous - if there are any GC or Brisbane ladies looking into this then Sarah Whyte is your go to!), I started reading A Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin about a week ago and am almost finished. It concentrates on birth as a natural positive experience we are all equipped and capable of enduring. It focuses very much on our abilities to cope with the pain naturally giving excellent scientific and factual information to support. It does however note that medical intervention does have its place and should not be ignored, just that it is unfortunately over used and can at times cause more harm than good. All in all, a very interesting read for anyone pregnant or trying for a baby. I can certainly say that between our Calmbirth classes and reading this book, I (and even S) are feeling very empowered by the impending birth of our son and I can honestly share that I have no fear of it. As S said to me last night, we intend to work as a team to deliver our baby as naturally as possible but are of course open to medical intervention if it is indicated. 

What else can I share? I haven't been shopping much or to be honest, the shopping I'm doing is pretty dull... unless you include what we have been buying for bub. S is determined to ensure his son carries on his shoe fetish and I think bubba now has 11 or maybe 12 pairs of shoes - S is now sneaking them in without announcement I suspect but here are the latest pairs:

He also snuck in a pair for himself conveniently...

In other news, I've finally finalised my maternity leave arrangements - I know, with only 4ish weeks to go, you would have thought this would have been done and dusted but there were a fair few considerations to take into account but taking the time to go back and forth has meant we have reached an agreement that benefits both our little family and the business I work for. I'm now trying to consider ahead and wondering what on earth I will occupy my time with... I know babies have a lot of needs but I have worked fulltime continuously since finishing high school in fairly demanding positions with my longest break/holiday being 4 weeks travelling the US. Luckily my mother only works part time and my sis in law is on maternity leave till December so I will have some options for company when I want to get out and about.

I'll end with some of the latest pics of my little niece - she's so gorgeous, just like a little doll and my sis in law has fallen into motherhood with ease (which gives me a lot of confidence for my impending arrival).

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

What I have been ... doing and becoming

Right, so I've maintained radio silence long enough to actually have some new information to share with you.

Be warned, its a baby/pregnancy heavy post ... which shouldn't surprise you terribly given we are only 7 weeks from bub's due date and surrounded by a lot of other pregnant women.

So to get on with business... S and I attended our first Calmbirth class last Thursday night. We are doing the course over 5 nights and it was with some trepidation that we arrived at our first. Let me tell you, from just one class, S and I are totally on board with the program and cant wait to learn more. We can both already see the practical value in the explanations and skills and I have to admit that I'm feeling pretty confident about the whole birth process... its the breastfeeding that worries me more than labour! The other good news from the class is that the Calmbirth instructor is also a midwife at the hospital we are going to so there is a good chance we may have her assigned to us on the big day.

To back up the Calmbirth, we also enrolled in a one day antenatal class at our hospital which we attended Saturday so as to familiarise ourselves with their layout, where to present to on the big day, to gain some more insight into the medical aspect of labour and also to try and garner a little of the hospital's ethos and recommendations when it comes to pain management, birth plans etc. This class was a goldmine for S who had clearly not paid a lot of attention to my babbling over the past few months and was stunned to learn there are 3 stages to labour and we could actually end up spending quite alot of time at home. He was a bit put out that his mates hadn't bothered to share this key information with him and I had a pretty good laugh out of his shock. The class provided a tour of the facilities which we were happy with and gave us good insight into what we can expect from the midwives assisting with our birth - the best part for us is that this is very much in line with our ideal plan so we are feeling very good about the birth and our intentions.

On a negative note, I now officially have pre-eclampsia but more positively, it appears manageable at this time and is being monitored by weekly visits with our obstetrician and some GP checkups. My BP is high but stable, bub is growing well and on the scale of small medium large, is sitting at just over a medium size. The worst part is the major swelling I am suffering in my feet - I have gone up 2 shoe sizes as a result - and the pain in my hands from swelling. The brightside is, the swelling is limited to my hands and feet only. I have reduced my hours at work now (finishing my day a little earlier) but we are not wasting time worrying about the PE right now as its is a matter of being alert to the onset of other symptoms and we are surrounded by an excellent medical support team to respond if necessary.

Back to more positive things, we had a long weekend in Queensland this weekend and the weather could not have been more perfect so I got to enjoy a garden setting baby shower on Sunday afternoon with my sis and sis in law, a cuddle with new bub Isabella (see previous post) and then a movie with S on Sunday night - The Avengers... not bad, especially considering I haven't seen Thor, Captain America, Iron Man 1 or 2 much to S' disgust.

Monday S and I intended to finalise the set up of bubba's nursery but the day started a little earlier than we planned... I was woken up by a call from my mum to share that my sis in law C was in labour!!!! 3 weeks early!!! I know! I jumped out of bed and drilled mum with questions - turns out C's water broke early Sunday morning but she didnt realise as no contractions started so went about her normal day including going to the baby shower with my sis and I. Later that night the contractions really got underway and she went into hospital around 3am Monday morning. My brother and C were happy having just the 2 of them present for labour so to keep me occupied and from checking my phone every two seconds, S set about getting our nursery underway.

This is it so far:

We finished just in time to get the update from my brother that the beautiful Hayley Emily was born at 3:31pm and mum and bub were both doing great. I BECAME AN AUNTY and here is my precious niece at 12 hours old ...

isn't she the most gorgeous little bub you have ever seen? At 7.5pounds she doesnt seem to have any ill effects from arriving 3 weeks early and we are all laughing that she is just like her daddy and didnt want to risk missing out on anything so came early just in case.

That's about it from me for now although my baby shower is Saturday so I will have some pics to share  from that  along with some exciting news of another pregnancy within my immediate circle - that makes 5 pregnancies for 2012 in my immediate circle and a total of 9 including my extended! That's a lot of babies around.