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My Second Trimester

The second Trimester has been a breeze. I’m sorry to all those who have had a terrible time during pregnancy, I can’t even imagine. But I have been so lucky. I have had so much energy, healthy cravings and so much to do that the time has flown by. Yes after a hectic day on placement all I have wanted to do is go home and sleep but I imagine this is normal for all students being thrust back into full-time work.

I have had a few hard days emotionally due to things that I have seen but hormones have been in check for most of it. It helps that Andrew (your dad) is the most amazing IMG_1374man in the world. He helps with everything. But he always has. Cooking, cleaning, dropping us off and picking us up from the hospital. He has even started coming home with little presents for you. Every time he does my heart melts a little bit. At first, it was your first Broncos jersey. Then the Broncos teddy bear. Are we noticing a theme here?

You have one amazing daddy little one. The only problem we have been having is choosing your name. Mummy and Daddy just can not agree. We have a boys name if you’re a boy but girls names are very tricky. We didn’t realise there are so many people we don’t like. And the ones that we do like are very common. This has been making this a very hard choice for us.

You are growing so fast at the moment. My belly seems to have blown up at 21 weeks. I went from having this tiny little belly to something that most of my clothes won’t fit 21623942_10155260731751622_853549424_nanymore. But it’s ok you’re worth it. Our precious little Mini Mac. Also, you are moving so much now. What used to be a little flutter in my belly, have grown to big movements that Daddy can feel. I think when you start to do big kicks daddy will get more excited. Every time he puts his hands on you (mummies belly) to feel you move, you stop. Be nice to daddy, he does so much for us.

I have loved this trimester, so much. Grandma says that I’m the happiest she has ever seen me. Grandad thinks I’m glowing, and daddy and I can not believe how fast the time is going. We are at 26 weeks this week and as you can see you and mummy are growing so big. It hard to believe that 20 weeks ago you were the size of a single grain of rice. now you’re the size of a packet of Oreos. Our love for you is growing just as fast.

We can not wait to meet you. Entering our Third Trimester is so excited. Only three months left until we get to see your sweet little face and get to cover you in kisses.

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Moving Day

I have spent the last few weeks packing everything up from our first home together. It’s been a lot harder than what I thought. We spent the first 6 years of our relationship living in this sweet little 2 bedroom flat and we have had room mates come and go but it has always remained our home.

We may only be moving 100mt away but this drafty 2 bedroom flat with the horrible hot water system will always be our first home. And I wouldn’t have changed it for the world.

We will be moving into my childhood home (thanks to your amazing grandparents) and when you come home from the hospital your nursery will be what use to be my old room.

One thing I will say is moving when pregnant is really hard. I’m trying to do stuff but your Dad and Granma keep telling me to take it easy and not lift anything too heavy so it’s been a bit of a slow process and I have felt a little bit useless at times. But we go there.

Tonight will be our first night in our first FAMILY HOME. I know it’s still a few months away but I can’t wait to bring you home.

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Good bye Mons Mari, you were a great first home.

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Touched my soul

I have recently read some of the amazing work of Rupi Kaur, ‘Milk and Honey’. I had 2f00d44d8f4c654a817383586044a6b4read so many different reviews on it and I was in a book shop the other day and it was screaming at me. I had seen it before but had so many other things to read. But the other day I saw it and I had to have it. I don’t know why.

This book broke me. I cried more times than I would like to admit and I can’t blame it all on the hormones. It is such a beautiful book. One poem, in particular,  made me think of my childhood. Reminded me of my dad and how he loved not only all his children but how much he dotes on my mother.

Being pregnant myself I feel it resonated even deeper than a simple memory. I read this poem over and over again, and still, it brings a tear to my eye. I recommend every woman should read this book. It is astounding on so many levels.

 

‘When my mother was pregnant

with her second child, I was four

I pointed at her swollen belly confused at how

my mother had gotten so big in such little time

my father scooped me up in his tree trunk arms and

said the closest thing to god on earth

is a woman’s body, it’s where life comes from

and to have a grown man tell me something

so powerful at such a young age

changed me to see the entire universe

rested at my mother’s feet’

– Rupi Kaur-

 

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Hormones are not fun

So my hormones are in full swing now.

I went to get cheeseburger shaker fries from MacDonalds (that’s all I wanted) and I got halfway home before I checked the bag to find the fries with no shaker seasoning. I had to pull the car over to the side of the road cos I couldn’t see through the tears.

I got home and couldn’t even eat the chips they had given me cause I was too upset so they went to the dog.

It’s funny now. But it really wasn’t at the time.

This is not the fun part.

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My first trimester

Hiding this beautiful little blessing has been the hardest thing I have ever had to do. I want to scream it at the top of my lungs for the whole world to hear. But both Andrew and I agreed that we would wait until we were given the all clear from the doctor. We did tell our parents as you can tell from my previous blog, our roommate (we were afraid the morning sickness might give it away) and my dear friend Samantha. To be honest I have been really lucky with this pregnancy so far.

Here are some of the things I experienced through this first Trimester.

Morning Sickness

I consider myself extremely lucky with this one. Yes, I suffered constant nausea, but only had very mild vomiting (ewwww) thank god. I know a few friends that suffered really bad morning sickness. I was also lucky that this only last around 4 weeks. Because I was on placement at the hospital I was a bit nervous it was going to effect my time there but luckily it didn’t. I really was blessed in this aspect.

Cravings & Aversions

This one has been a bit weird. In the first month, it was gingernut biscuits, they also helped with nausea. Other than that the cravings haven’t been too bad but the aversions, wow. Most green vegetables taste like copper, red meat makes my stomach turn and for a while there Macca’s smelt like rotting meat.  What comes next I don’t know but it will be interesting.

Nerves

Being a first-time mama this was bound to happen. But for the first trimester I was terrified of so much: hurting the baby, losing the baby, being an emotional wreck all the time, being sick in public, falling asleep in weird places, could we really afford this baby, etc. Everything I ate I was second guessing. Then I started making lists. Oh god. This helped so much. Yes, I’m one of those. I started creating lists for everything from To-do lists for each trimester (I have attached My first-trimester to-do list at the bottom), what we needed to start stocking up for the baby and the house, and even starting to plan the baby shower. Find something that relaxes you and run with. It really helps.

Support

This one is the most important. You need to make sure you have at least one support person. I was lucky to have a few, but my number one is Andrew. He has been above and beyond amazing. Anything I have needed or craved he has been out the door and home within minutes. Offering back rubs, doing most if not all the cleaning, and still staying on top of all his uni work. I am so blessed to have such an amazing partner and this baby is lucky to have such an amazing dad. He will be so amazing.

This is just my experience and things that have affected me this Trimester. Please remember that this is different for every single mama. No pregnancy is the same as is the birth. I am so lucky to be surrounded by such amazing supportive people. If you need extra support please always remember to ask your doctor. The sooner help is sort after the sooner you can enjoy this beautiful blessing on your life. I have also attached a to-do list to help with a few things that should be looked at during this trimester.

Nesting 1st Trimester

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First Ultrasound

Mini Mac

You will not believe how emotional our day was today. We have anticipated the day where we would get to see you and hear your little heartbeat. We were not disappointed.IMG_0530 You jump around and danced for daddy and I. I couldn’t help but cry when we heard your healthy little heart beating so fast (152 bpm). Daddy held my hand the whole time, he was excited as I was, I could see it on his face.

We can not wait to see you again, and we don’t have to wait as long this time. Our next scan will be only in the next 6 week (19 weeks scan). But before then we hope to feel your little kick and we get to see you growing inside my tummy. We will be able to start telling everyone about your expected arrival now. Daddy made me wait until we knew you were healthy. And now we know.

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