All posts tagged: pregnancy

Brielle’s Birth Story

On Friday September 2nd, twelve days before my due date, I woke up noticing a little blood discharge when I went to pee. I didn’t think much of it and went about my day as I normally did. R had been working from home for the past week to stay with me so we would be ready to drive to the hospital whenever baby decided to pop. In the afternoon I started feeling some cramps here and there, but still did groceries and went for my 30-minute walk which I had started every day since entering 37 weeks. That night I went to bed like any other night, except I was awakened every hour by a piercing sensation in my anus, a feeling like I kept needing to poop. While I pooped a little, the rest of the night was just me going back and forth to sit at the toilet and breathing through what I later realized were in fact contractions! I didn’t wake R because I didn’t want to alarm him and since …

What’s in My Hospital Bag

We’re just 12 days away from baby’s due date. At 38 weeks and 2 days today, she could decide to pop at any time now. Whoa! Things are starting to get very real. The sleepless nights, toilet runs, and worries aside, I’m feeling ecstatic about welcoming baby to this world, and to our growing little family. Spending time in the nursery and putting together baby’s things makes me feel close to baby. Feeling baby’s movements inside of me keeps me entertained and lets me know baby is well. It’s funny that I always used to feel cold and get the chills, but now it’s the opposite. And I have this tiny human inside of me to thank for keeping me warm. Now, onto serious business. I know it may be premature, but I’m not an advocate of anything last-minute—unless it’s something yummy like ice cream or crepes. So to avoid havoc, I’m packing our hospital bag so it’s ready to grab to go with us on the big day. Here’s a list of things (which I’ve …

Pregnancy Post: One-Month Countdown

When we found out we were expecting back in January, the idea that we would be welcoming a child into our family felt a long ways away. I was focused on me, my well-being, and my newly pregnant situation. Now looking back, the first trimester is a distant memory—a blurry few months of nausea, lethargy, and unproductivity, all looped in a cycle of a confused jetlag. And now that it’s less than a month away from baby’s birth, I’m all about baby and everything I can think of that she’ll need. So far I’ve gained 10 kilograms, while baby is measured at 2.8, which according to the doctor is whopper! And that worries me a whole lot. I’ve always known I wanted to go the natural route and have been watching (for the most part) my food intake to avoid baby from gaining too much. Clearly this little one is a big eater. And now hearing and reading about how labor pain is pretty high up there on the pain index, trumping breaking one’s bones …

Remembering the Bump: Celebrating Our First

I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t pregnant. I’d watch in envy women in body-hugging dresses and skirts and be reminded of my own collection that I haven’t been able to touch for months now. And probably won’t for the many months to come. And now that I’m nearing the end of my third trimester, with an ever sprouting bump, I find myself wearing the same few pieces over and over. Just because nothing else fits comfortably anymore. And being a size petite, I won’t lie this freaks me out a little bit. But I pat myself on the back for having gone this far without buying any maternity clothing. People I meet would always comment how “small” I am, surprised to hear that I’m this far into my pregnancy, and how I have a “belly-only pregnancy.” I suppose my belly is still relatively manageable, despite bumping into the fridge door on a daily basis. Every woman experiences pregnancy differently, and I’m grateful for a relatively smooth ride so far. No serious cravings, impulses, …

Pregnancy Post: Monthly Update – July

It shouldn’t come as a surprise but I’m amazed by how kind strangers are to pregnant women. Just last week I was waiting for R to pull up at Ikea and haul our shopping, when a father of three with his wife offered me their seat on the bench after he’d asked his daughters to stand on the side. He offered me the. entire. bench. I thanked him but didn’t take the seat because I knew R would drive by any moment then. And by the looks of me he clearly thought I needed the whole bench – ha! R joked that once baby is born I should strap a pillow around my belly so we’d continue benefitting from special treatment. Speaking of looks, it’s insane how big my bump has grown this third trimester! And it’s even crazier how more and more active baby is getting. While baby’s smooth dance moves are my daily entertainment, they are keeping me up at night (and waking me up from my morning sleep). And in general I’ve …

Pregnancy Post: Monthly Update – June

I can’t believe I’m now in my third trimester! That means no more flying, which means mentally preparing for months of hibernation ahead, which I don’t think I’ll mind that much since I’m more of a homebody anyway. I finally got around to putting on some Mozart for baby! And baby noticeably responds to the music, dancing and bouncing in my disco of a belly. This now has become the highlight of my evening right before going to bed. Just several days ago I started noticing my swelling legs. At first I flipped out but quickly found the remedy by resting my feet on a stack of pillows when sleeping. Beyond the elephant legs, I’ve accepted my ever aching lower back as normal. And it doesn’t help when I’m sitting at the computer most days of the week and neglect to periodically alternate between sitting and standing. R sympathizes and gives me a serious back massage from time to time (unacceptable—he should be doing it every day). I’ve also now created a barricade of two …

Pregnancy Post: Monthly Update – May

This month has seen the most drastic changes in the pregnancy so far. My belly is growing rapidly, along with my appetite. At home we eat healthy, home cooked meals. And while I’ve taken the doctor’s advice to slow down the weight gain, it wasn’t easy to resist the ice cream, scones, fries, and noodles during our travels to Australia. For the first time in my life I avoided going near the scale. We’re a week away from the next doctor’s visit, and hopefully my routine workout is paying off. Woes aside, my highlight this month has got to be feeling baby’s first kicks! At week 21, they were subtle and sporadic. Now, they come at me very eager, day and night. I would even feel baby dashing from my left, then to my right, top then bottom belly. R would feel them too, and would quietly tell baby to move gently in my defense. The first night we arrived in Sydney we watched fireworks from our hotel overlooking Darling Harbour, and R and I …

Pregnancy Post: Monthly Update – April

At eighteen weeks, my belly feels like it’s already all over the place (I know there’s a better way to put it). Although R says if you didn’t know I was pregnant you wouldn’t be able to tell. We’ve finally moved into our brand new apartment! And we are loving it! Apart from having to do our own cleaning and washing, we are thoroughly enjoying every part of the place. There are a few things here and there that still need a little building and fixing, but we are just so thrilled to be living in our first home together. More about our new home later. As far as the pregnancy goes, the nausea has left for good and I am feeling much better than I did in the first trimester. We have gone to four doctor visits so far and everything looks normal. At our last doctor’s visit, we heard the baby’s heartbeat (audible since week 6!), counted ten fingers and ten toes, and watched baby’s movements which made me laugh uncontrollably. At Eighteen Weeks …

Pregnancy Post: A Look Back at My First Trimester

As of Wednesday, I’m fifteen weeks pregnant and feeling much better now that the past few months are behind me. While the first couple of months had me feeling constantly sluggish, tired, and sleepy, I’m now feeling the energy starting to slowly come back. On top of the daily fatigue which had me taking afternoon naps (which I’m never used to, not even as a kid), my first trimester was a compilation of: perpetual urination, difficulty to concentrate, low to zero productivity, nausea (no vomiting), aversion towards strong scents (particularly spices), distaste for egg, veggies, fried foods, and salmon (which I actually loved before), strange dreams, and in between fitting into my usual clothing and not thanks to my big, swollen breasts. It was altogether strange and exciting but besides the nausea and back-and-forth run to the bathroom (especially troublesome in the middle of the night), I don’t have much to complain about. And after hearing about the horrors of my other pregnant friends who can hardly eat and throw up uncontrollably at the faintest …

Pregnancy Post: We Are Expecting!

One of my favorite parts about the blog is sharing my life by way of documenting its pivotal chapters. Which is why I’m excited to share a new series I’ll be doing until the baby is born. Each post will include a list of items on the pregnancy, from my cravings and feelings to my dreams and moods. I can’t say enough how excited I am (as is R) to start our own little family and to one day, look back to this series. The Day We Found Out The day is Wednesday, 13 January 2016. I finally decided it was time to take the test. With the all-too-frequent runs to the loo, nausea, cramping, fatigue, and an unusually heightened craving for mushrooms, I’ve had my suspicions for the past two weeks. But I didn’t want to jump the gun. I had asked R to grab the test at the local drugstore the evening before so I could take it the next morning (I read morning pee is best). It’s funny that in anticipation, I …