I’M A MUM?!?!?!

So last blog I was 36 weeks – I had my planned c-section booked in for 39 weeks – Sept 30th11am to be exact.

Before I get to that I waddled my way through those final weeks – they went by FAST, crazy fast!

Everyone kept asking me if I was ready – honestly I wasn’t thinking too much about what happens once bubs was here – I was more of a fake it till you make it and I’ll figure it out once I get to that point! As far as I got was the nursery was ready and a date was locked in!

I trained right up until that date and was feeling really good – overall my pregnancy was super smooth and I’m very grateful my body coped well, my UC even went into remission!!

Monday the 30thcrept up before we knew it and remember thinking I’ll enjoy one last good sleep before the little man is here – 2am I woke up went to the loo as I did 5 times a night because there was a giant baby pushing my bladder, I went back to bed and had this strange feeling like I had wet myself in bed.

I got up in the dark and went to the toilet again – still in the dark I wiped and noticed it didn’t seem like wee I turned the light on and to my surprise there was blood – A LOT of blood. Nervously I called out to Matt, I was worried I know this wasn’t normal and I just wanted to make sure the little man was okay. I called the hospital and they wanted me to come straight in (side note I didn’t get to shower wash my hair and put some make up on as first imagined)

We got to the hospital still in shock and quite nervous they checked the baby and he was okay, the bleeding was my placenta coming away from the wall – so even tho I had a planned c-section the little man was coming that day either way!

This is hiccup bumped me first to the que (yay!) 8am rolled around and I was prepped and ready to meet our little guy!

Its all very sterile and cold in the OR but everyone was SO nice! The spinal block went in easily and before I knew it I couldn’t move my legs and from my boobs down was numb, a very strange feeling – I could feel them touching me but I couldn’t feel pain. Matt was then brought in….

They started the procedure, I was being pulled around everywhere and all I could feel was pressure – taking the baby out went very quickly before we knew it we could hear crying!! I was overwhelmed with emotion and just burst into tears – at 8:52am he was finally here. Nate is finally here.

Nate Logan Prince 3.79kg of pure amazing-ness.

We named him Nate after his late Uncle Nathan who would be so over the moon I’m sure!

The next 48hrs was a complete blurr crying (from me and nate) visitors, figuring out how to breastfeed, how to mum and this new life that we have just walked into.

It was hard.

Day 2 was the hardest. Nate was either on my boob or crying there was no inbetween – I remember thinking to myself I’ll never be able to be away from this child ever – he’ll need me like this 24/7. I was running on minimal sleep, I was completely exhausted; I would feed Nate and cry at the same time thinking this is my new life.

One of the midwives saw how exhausted and concerned I was and explained to me that it wont be like this forever he is just on your boob a lot to bring in your milk. This was true – once my milk came in it was A LOT easier – he ate then was content. So if you’re expecting just know that if your milk doesn’t come in straight away this may happen and it gets easier!

I was able to feel my legs an hour after having Nate and was up walking the next day. I spent 2.5 days in hospital and was so happy to get home! I was out walking on day 4 and continued to walk as much as I could – I have recovered extremely well from my c-section, I believe it was because I remained super active through my pregnancy.

I tell you what having a baby makes you realise how selfish you are and it turns it on its head you now have to be self-less this tiny little human requires your attention 24/7. Its tough and takes some getting use to. Everyone told me to enjoy my sleep while I could and they weren’t kidding!

The first two weeks I don’t even know how I made it through – breastfeeding means you have to get up for every feed and there was a lot of them – I was like a walking zombie but you just get through it, you have no choice!

But we are 8 weeks deep now and we have a good little set up going – we know Nate a lot more and he is getting used to being earth side, I’m no longer breastfeeding (I did for about 4-5weeks) and I feel so much more myself having Nate on bottles – I feel like I can leave the house, I get more sleep, Nate gets more sleep, Matt gets to feed him, I can see how much he is actually drinking it’s just all over been a great transition for our house!

To wrap this blog up I honestly cannot believe the love I have for this little human, words really can’t explain it. I love him more then life itself he just makes my heart explode!

I’ll be posting more updates as well as post natal training routines, things I’d recommend you to buy that have been great for us and even a little schedule that’s working well for our house – man it feels good to type again, my brain was going to mush but I’m feeling a more like myself now and a much more confident mumma!

Stay Strong & Stretch,
Mumma Tel X

Week 36 EARLY LABOR

Well I clearly jinxed myself by saying the last two weeks were smooth!!!

Week 36 was an interesting one.

Closing in on the end now and as I’ve mentioned I feel huge – people keep telling me how great I look but for me I still feel huge!

People telling me I look great I obviously love, I might not always believe them but its still nice to hear when you feel like you’re waddling around – and then there is the other comments… insert extremely over exaggerated eye rolllinggggg*****

Firstly it’s never okay to comment on someones appearance especially in a negative manner so I’m not sure why people feel like because you’re pregnant they are able to say whatever they feel?!?

The first comment was that I’ve put weight on in my face – okay great thanks, pretty direct, probably true but shut the fuck up, hurt a little not a comment I’m use to but was able to laugh it off with Matt.

THE NEVER NEXT DAY…

“You must be close to having the baby because your face looks swollen”

This was from a completely different person – okay, two days in a row two comments about my face – thanks fuck stick your face isn’t quite the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen either but you don’t see me hanging shit on you.

I could of cried.

Luckily I was with Matt who made me see the funny side the rest of the supermarket trip with him asking me to move my giant head out the way so he could see…

Yes during pregnancy you gain weight, duh.

What I’m confused about is why people feel it’s their job to tell you this? BOTH people were being serious, they were older, they weren’t my friends I would consider them as randoms. I would NEVER say this to a random! SAY NOTHING.

Maybe hormones raging but seriously fuck off.

This has been my only negative experience thus far with comments and I know people get it a lot worse, I’m waiting for the next person to say something because I have a come back ready to go then I can blame ‘hormones’ when really you’re just a fuck head who deserves it.

Okay, okay settle petal my huge head and me are over it now lol now the REAL JUICY PART!!!

EARLY LABOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WHAT?!?! Yesssss!!

So Monday I was feeling pretty run down, Sunday I thought I had heyfever as I was sneezing SO much but woke up Monday with more of a cold – so just hang out on the couch an took it easy all day.

I went to work Monday night more so just to get out of the house and I think I would have said it in one of these blogs I just feel better being at work! I didn’t really do a lot but it was nice being there.

Got home ate dinner and was just hanging on the couch afterwards when I started to get this pain – it was more on my right lower side of my bump. I thought maybe it was gas or I just need to stretch because the baby was in a weird position but I just wouldn’t go away. This was at about 10pm.

We went to bed and the pain would stop infact it was getting worse – Matt said lets take you to hospital maybe you’re in labor – I said nah it not contractions because it wasn’t coming and going it was just consistent pain and I’m talking like 8/10 aching couldn’t stand up straight pain. I finally agreed to go to emergency but just to BM I’m not going to Sunshine because I don’t think the babies coming.

We got to BM and Matt blurts out “I think my wife is in labor” I instantly yell at him saying “Don’t tell them that we are being dramatic”

They sat me in a wheel chair and took me down to the maternity ward.

I got hooked up to two machines, one to get bubs and the other to check or contractions.

Okay the pain was starting to come in waves now and my tummy would tighten along with the pain. Shit maybe I am having contractions.

The lovely midwife was so good – being first timers we have NO idea what to expect or what anything feels like hence why we didn’t go to sunshine straight away.

She informed us that I was having contractions every 2 minutes.

WHAT THE HELLLL COULD THIS BABY BE COMING!!!!?!?!?!

The babies monitoring was completely fine.

What felt like forever the Dr finally came in to give me an internal examination and to figure out what to do next.

She said I was 1cm dilated.

Holly shit it is happening.

I didn’t even let Matt put the hospital bags in the car because I really didn’t think it was anything.

The Dr then had to get advice about what to do.
A) I’m pre term at 36 weeks plus a few days (37 is considered full term)
B) I’m high risk anyways because of my UC

  1. C) I’m booked in at sunshine

    The Dr said it would be best to get us to Sunshine ASAP and called an Ambulance, shit this all escalated extremely quickly for someone who didn’t even want to come to hospital!

    Matt got sent home to get the bags and meet us at sunshine – the team at BM gave me some panadeine forte to help with the pain and although I could still feel it the edge was taken off. Contractions were still happening every two minutes in the ambo and babies heart rate was starting to creep up from 150 to now 180 which isn’t great but it could be because of me stressing too.

    We got to sunshine at probably midnight maybe later? Where they took me into the birthing suite and hooked me up to the same machines they had me on at BM – I got a bit of a grilling from the nurse about not coming to sunshine straight away and how she had to send all my paperwork down to BM blah blah blah, sorry lady but I didn’t know what the fuck to do.

    Little Prince’s heart rate came down to 140-150 which was great and all his monitoring was perfectly fine!

    They basically said because I’m pre term that they want this baby to cook a little longer so they’ll do what they can to keep him in…

    Contractions kept happening basically ALL night I didn’t get much sleep. I had Matt and Mum in the room with me keeping an eye on me making sure everything was okay. But nothing really eventuated – nothing got worse and nothing got better and before I knew it I looked over at the clock and it was 5:30am!

    Pain had settled A LOT it was no where near as intense and the contractions where no longer painful I could feel them but it didn’t really hurt – they were now 5 minutes apart sometimes longer…..

    My body was aching and tired and I just wanted to go home I had been fasting just in case they needed to go ahead with the c section so was super thirsty by this point.

    The Dr came in and did an internal to check to see where I was – still 1cm dilated, although annoying it’s also good because he obviously isn’t coming just yet he’ll get to cook for a little longer.

    I was sent home at roughly lunch time the next day and god was I tired!

    What an ordeal!

    Cheeky Little Prince was just giving us a little practice run, the drs said to come straight back if it happens again but other then that just take it easy and he could decide to come tomorrow or it might be weeks!

    Wednesday I actually feel pretty good, I was annoyed in hospital because I wanted to get all these things done for myself before baby arrive eg nails, lashes etc and I hadn’t got any of it done! So Wednesday I went and got it all done – now I’m ready for you little man bring it on!

    My c section date is coming up soon but we’ll see if we can get that far, Little Prince might have other plans, watch this space!

    Stay Strong & Stretch,
    Tel X

Week 34 & 35

TBH these weeks were great, I feel really good, been sleeping great and I’m feeling pretty prepped! (well as prepped as you can be I guess)

I had time to sit down and write a 34 weeker by it self and realised nothing that interesting happened lol and week 35 was much the same.

The belly grows bigger, the waddle gets bigger, the closer we get to the end!

Since changing my training (Tuesday pilates, Wednesday upper, Saturday lower and walking) I’ve had a lot more energy – I also fine when I don’t nap I sleep a lot better that night!

A lot of people say the last trimester will drag but honestly it is going SO fast he’ll be here before we know it!!

I’ve started locking in my final ‘me’ appointments over the next month – something I think is actually really important – when no clothes fit and you feel like a whale its nice to be pampered – so hair, lashes, nails, facials, massages whatever I want I’m locking in Eddie! God knows I wont have time when the little man is here!

OHHH actually one fun thing that happened over these two week was my surprise baby shower – when I first fell pregnant it was a no brainer to have a baby shower, it’s just what you do right?

But as the time got closer the more I realised I really could not be fucked.

The last thing I feel like doing is dressing up, stressing out and organising a party.

So I opted on NO baby shower.

Once bubs is here we’ll organise a bbq when the weather is nicer, I feel like myself and can actually relax with all my friends and family and enjoy myself too – also I think the money I saved literally bought the baby everything he needed!

Anywhoooo I’m getting off track – Mum invited matt and I over for dinner and as we arrived she surprised us with a mini baby shower with just my sibs, mum and us! It was so cute and thoughtful! Complete with balloons, presents and a lolly table – even better we were all in comfy clothes!! Completely surprised me!! Should of known mum wouldn’t take no for an answer lol. That was pretty special! This baby is very lucky to have such a loving family!!!

Not long now little man!!

Stay Strong & Stretch,
Tel x

Week 33

I got over my cold and by Monday was ready to tackle another week – I’ve been training Monday mornings and I thought I’d miss Monday just to see how my body reacts – I wasn’t sure if I was going to hard and it was ruining me all week or if it was just because I was run down and getting sick – either way I decided to skip my Monday session.

I felt good for it and wasn’t sore Tuesday at Pilates (I usually train legs on Monday and waddle into pilates super sore!) so it was nice being fresh!

Besides Pilates I only trained on Saturday – so overall a pretty easy week for me – I felt like a slob but I think the rest is more so what I need – the goal until birth is:
X1 Pilates
X1 Walk
X1-2 Gym sessions (Wednesday and Saturday is what I’m hoping for)

Food wise I’ve eaten way to much crap this week – too much chocolate snuck back in, although I bloody love it, it just makes me feel shit so I’m pulling my head in next week and cutting it down completely – its not even that I’m craving it, it’s just like I want chocolate nek minute I have some – I don’t even think about it. This was me pre pregnancy but I think it effecting me more now because I feel like the size of a house!!

I got through another week of work and as of next week will be handing the reins over slowly more and more – It’s scary – I don’t want to go on leave! Not that I have a choice but the gym is my baby and I’m actually finding it really hard to let go!

We had our final scan and appointments this week – Little Prince is looking great and growing perfectly fine! Date is locked in for the C-section which is so strange knowing the babies birth date but at the same time I’m happy to know when the little man will be making his entrance into the world, it seemed very close to the due date so I hope he co-operates and stays put until it’s time lol….

No other news at the appointments and I think no news is good news! I’ve started getting stuff together for the hospital but haven’t packed anything yet – crazy I’m at this point – with only a month left I’m getting very eager and I’m just ready/wanting him to be here already!!

A – because I’m just so excited but B – because I want my body back – I’m currently getting kicked in the ribs as we speak. Sharing your body is a tough gig! And as the weeks progress it doesn’t get any easier. I’m very grateful to be growing our son I’m also ready to feel a little like my old self!

Just a short one today – the sun is shining and calling me outside for a walk!

Stay Strong & Stretch,
Tel X

Week 31 & 32

Well I officially feel like I’m waddling my way through the rest of this pregnancy!

A lot of people say the final trimester goes slow, I’ve found it so far to be the opposite, the weeks are actually flying by so quick I can’t believe we’ll have our little man here so soon!!

DATE?!?!?!

DRUMMMROOLLLLLLLLL…….

Just kidding we don’t have a date yet we have our final growth scan next week and we SHOULD have a date of when the little guys here, will I tell you all?

Sozfam, keeping it on the DL – gotta leave something to a surprise right!!

Sleep is super hit and miss, some nights I sleep great (besides waking up 4-5 times a night to wee) others I lay there wide awake just thinking (and googling) the most random stuff – my whole body was aching the othernight and I had a dream I was in labor which of course woke me up thinking I was in labor – I googled preterm labor symptoms which lead me down a rabbit hole of forums and over an hour scrolling through my phone at 3am…. To avoid this when I don’t need an alarm I put my phone on Matts side of the bed OR out in the lounge room – I’m way to lazy to get up in the middle of the night to get my phone to check the time or google bizzare things lol.

Workwise is tougher each week but I love it and I’ll keep at it till I can – Monday and Tuesday I find to be fine – I think because over the weekend I rest a lot? Wednesday and Thursday are more of a struggle – energy is a lot lower body is sore and aching from training Monday and Tuesday and I’ve usually slept shit one of those nights too… Luckily I’ve got Jake who is co-coaching with me ATM so I’m able to step back when I need to rest and I know my girls are in good and capable hands.

Rest, easier said then done believe me! But the old body is forcing itself rest when it needs it – my one hour daily nap crept up to 2 hours a few times in the last couple weeks.

I’ve come down with a cold this week – ME THINKING TO MYSELF LITERALLY LAST WEEK: “I haven’t been sick all winter” – days later wakes up swallowing razors and I know that’s the beginning of it – you can’t take a lot being pregnant, I have BioCeuticals Armaforce (the pregnancy one) plus ginger, lemon tea which I add manuka honey too and that’s about all I can do atm… It’s onto day 3 and sort of just lingering now.

This may be a downfall of being pregnant over winter but I tell you I’m so happy I’m pregnant over winter lol – I’m usually feeling FREEZING all of time over these winter months and I’m not, it’s like I have an internal heater even sleeping I’ve been sleeping practically naked – for someone who usually has ALL the layers to sleep this is impressive! I feel for the summer preggie mumma man you ladies must get HOT!

Speaking of hot, I made my GF and new mumma some lactation cookies last week – everything was going perfectly for someone who doesn’t bake or even really cook for that matter I was really impressed with my efforts, I even listened to the recipe when it said to put them in the fridge before in the oven. (why?)

Once I got to oven part they only had to be in for 10 minutes – I didn’t set a timer because 10 MINUTES as if I’d forget that….. Well I sat on the couch jumped on the gram and 20 MINUTES LATER realised I fucking forgot my cookies!!!

When they came out the oven although looking a little darker then the original photo I thought these might be okay, they were soft and still yummy…

After I let them cool they went ROCK HARD – but I thought to myself nah they are still good – I called Matt in to get an honest opinion and he just burst into laughter – I started crying and laughing at the same time – both of us uncontrollably laughing it got to a point I laughed so much wee came out. (this hasn’t happened in ages) which made us both laugh (and cry) more.

So verdict was in they were burnt.

I went to insta to post my sob story and a super smart girl came back and said crumble them up and make granola! What a blood genius idea! So that’s what I did. Serving with yogurt- it’s delish! So all 45 cookies didn’t go to waste in the end! (thank goodness because brewers yeast is not cheap!)

Body & Baby:

I’ve also been getting Braxton Hicks – it’s the sensation of my tummy going really hard – it’s painless and goes pretty quick it just feels weird – my tummy is hard anyways but when this happens is REAL hard!

My legs ache by the end of the day (especially after work) they feel throbbing and swollen but don’t look it (yet) so I might be one of those people that gets puffy!

Bubs gets hiccups daily, sometimes it doesn’t effect me (like right now) but when I’m laying it bed it can get really annoying – he moves A LOT – and I can’t believe how big he must be getting. I feel him push near my top ribs and also into my sides at the same time, poor guy is running out of room!

My belly feels tight and big – no stretch marks (again yet) my daily routine for this actually ISNT bio oil…

After EVERY shower I body brush (something I was doing pre pregnancy too) then later myself in vitamin e cream. If I feel the need to during the day I’ll put bio oil on but really rarely.

Bowels are under control and my UC is behaving – I’ve been under close watch with this because it can cause preterm birth and all sorts of things. I goes through waves of constipation, which cause me to strain which cause piles which then lead to loose bowels and then repeat. I’m upping my fibre slightly to help with the constipation and it seems to be working!

I also know totally understand why couples don’t have a lot of sex while pregnant – besides the lack of energy I just don’t feel ‘sexy’ or like ‘me’ I look very different! And although I know the Matt doesn’t care it’s me – I care. Look we are still getting it done (how bad does that sound) but it’s not the most comfortable thing in the world I’ll tell ya that. It was comfortable up until about week 30 – the bigger I get the harder it’s getting!

ME:

Training strength, some cardio and pilates – haven’t really been out for a walk more so because cbf in this weather and days honestly get away from me but its something we need to do more especially for the doggos!

I find my body isn’t recovering a well as it usually does – in the sense I’m pulling up a lot sorer then usual. I feel okay at the time and never feel like I’m over exerting myself but the next day my muscles are pretty sore!

Diet is the same – main meals are fab – still a sweet tooth. This is my life pre pregnancy. I’m not allowing my self to let my diet completely slip. So many people day eat what you want you’re pregnant. I just know if I eat too much shit I feel like shit so just trying to remember this….

Nesting is real. I’m slowly getting through all my lists I’ve made ‘Clean X’ ‘Clean Y’ etc…

I’m living in activewear and pj’s – non negotiable.

I stalk a lot of preggers people on insta and I see their cute instagram in their cute clothes and hair done and I just think HOW?!? THIS IS NOT REAL LIFE!?! I rotate x2 pairs of leggings that fit each day and I don’t plan on buying any more clothes for the next 5 weeks. Thank god my uniform is activewear! (and again I’m preggers through winter – lots of baggy hoodies aka matts hoodies)

Alright I think that’s enough rambling for today.

Next week is our appointment so there will be more exciting news!

Stay Strong & Stretch,
Tel X

Week 29 & 30

Week 29 was pretty low key – we got a heap of checklist stuff done – I’ve written a list of things that need to be done at home, at work and in the nursery and things I need to buy before LP is here so just making our way through that!

I’m actually feeling pretty organised and cleaning feeeeellllzzzzz gooooooodddd – I guess nesting has begun lol…

The change table came up amazing painted white, and the giant mirror came too which looks so nice in the room – LP’s room is a farmhouse theme with whites, natural woods, creams and black… It’s slowly coming along and we just have to pick up the cot then we can hang shelves and decorate, another pinterest album coming to life!

Training is still going great last two weeks – M- Strength and conditioning T- Pilates W- Walk T- REST F-Pilates Strength & Conditioning S- Strength S- REST… Getting in a lot actually and I always feel good for doing it! I’ll just keep this up and see how the body goes along the way!!

Eating is basic and usually the same daily so nothing exciting to update you on there – I find as LP getting bigger I’m filling up a lot quicker.

We haven’t had any appointments in the last two weeks but I do have one tomorrow which I’ll update you in my Week 31 post – it’s the standard ob and physician and I guess the results from the glucose testing too?? Maybe more info on my C- section?

Had a mini melt down yesterday because of my private health insurance – there is a 12 month waiting period for pregnancy related services which I knew about – 12 months is up in NOV – one month off covering me – this is no biggie we were always going to go to a public hospital (sunshine) because all my specialist dr’s are there so if anything goes wrong they have all my info – BUT – I was hoping that because I had private health I would get a private room…

SIDE STORY TO PRIVATE ROOM: We had our hospital tour on Saturday in which the showed us the rooms and explained for private rooms and non private rooms work – private rooms are in a priority list based on 1) health of mum 2) Private health insurance 3) luck –  of you are not in a private room you are sharing with one other lady… this is fine…. BUT non private room so shared room Matt would have to go home after 8pm… During the tour I wasn’t concerned because I knew we had private health and it should cover the hospital stay…

So I KNEW it didn’t cover a private hospital, private drs, the birth etc BUT I was under the impression that I would still be covered for a private room after the birth – which I’m not – which lead me down the thought of Matt having to go home each night and I just burst into tears – I don’t want the to happen. There is not a lot we can do and just have to see what happens when we get there I guess – I’m SO annoyed at the insurance – I’m paying nearly $600 a quarter as a single to add these extra on that I cant even use – it’s a giant crock – so side note if you want these extra make sure you add it on 12 months prior to having a baby….

I’ve now decreased my cover because there is no bloody point having all this ‘gold’ hospital cover when I wont need it!!!!

On top of that I’m currently on hold to centerlink – its been 30 minutes….

I’ve never used centerlink before and once LP is here I get paid parental leave which I need to set up hence why I’m stuck on hold…

These little bits and pieces aren’t as fun as setting up the nursery I tell ya!

Weight: I’ve cracked the 70kg mark! SO SO weird seeing that on the scale and for a minute I felt guilty about it thinking is that too high?? I’ve still got like a month and a half to go should I be putting on less (Started at 59.5 I believe)? But then I sat back and remembered I’m growing a human the weight will go up I just need to continue being fit, healthy and active – as long as I’m not being a slop I’m happy!! Weight isn’t just stacking on overnight its slowly creeping on I guess as the baby grows…

Okay so centrelink finally answered only to tell me I need to go into a location to prove my identity SMH!!

Alright, time for lunch – chat when I’m 31 weeks babyyyy!!

Stay Strong & Stretch,
Tel X

Week 28

LAST TRIMESTER!!!

WE DID IT!!!!

I remember at the very beginning of the pregnancy this point seemed SO SO far away and now I’m here – and here is sitting at the dr’s for 2 hours doing the glucose testing.

You drink this liquid, which I thought wasn’t as bad as what people made it out to be – it just taste like flat lemonade maybe because I’m a big sweet tooth? Anywhoo you get a blood test – drink the liquid – wait an hour – get another blood test – wait another hour – they then send all your bloods away and tell you if you if you have diabetes.

I’m pretty confident I don’t but who knows, I’m pretty use to being jabbed and probed now so it’s just another day in the office lol

Little Prince is still super active – I just cant wait to meet him – who will he look like? I love that he’ll be a combination of me and the person I love so much, what a cool concept!

I can’t remember if I mentioned but Little Prince has a name – he had a name as soon as we found out he was a boy – it was actually easy! A girl name was the hard one!!

Sleeping and training are still the same as last week- the body is feeling good, my back on the right side starts to ache if I sit too much then I struggle for the rest of the day – working until 8:30pm is getting a little harder but not too bad – there are more and more exercises I can’t do but I’m still moving so I’m happy!!

I am growing and my belly is very much out!! My belly button will pop out any week now I think! Still no stretch marks – I lather myself in vitamin E cream after each shower and also body brush – I don’t really use much bio oil – sometimes before bed…

We also bought a new change table – off marketplace on FB go figure! Then we went down this market place rabbit hole and bought a floor lamp, floor mirror, bench for the gym and rack for the weights lol

The new change table is sturdy wood and I’m really happy with it AND half the price! We just need to sand and paint it (we as in Matt 😉 ) but I think it’ll come up really nice!

We had no dramas returning and getting a refund for the old one either!

I’ve had a few questions about maternity leave and when I’ll stop working – I honestly don’t know, I’m just going to keep turning up until I cant! I have no set date – I’m lucky in the sence I don’t work during the day so I have plenty of time to rest if I need to… I LOVE my job so I’m in NO rush to finish and I want to only have roughly 3 months off and be back in the new year – all depending on what the little man needs!

Okay I’m out for another week – time for my second set of bloods!

See you when I’m 29 weeks!! Whoooo!!!

Stay Strong & Stretch,
Tel X

Week 27

What a good bloody week this was!!

I slept EVERYNIGHT LIKE A BABY!!!

And what a difference it makes, so I’m putting it down to changing pillows and using a nasal spray.

I’m now using x3 pillows: x1 body pillow on the side that I can spoon and the other two are stacked so I’m up a bit higher on the bed.

I’ve been complaining about a blocked nose – the physician at my last appointment recommended a nasal spray – which I used last week and it did nothing but I was using it in the middle of the night when my nose was really blocked and I was already wide awake.

This week I just used it each night before bed instead and it’s working like a charm!

Training is still the same pilates/weights and cardio/walking AND I went ot go back to swimming but genesis wouldn’t let me use the pool casually and I don’t want to use melton waves so I’m in the middle of looking for a new pool – I found one in gissy so I’m hoping to get back to it finally! Annoying the lady wouldn’t let me use it tho – uh!!

Food people keep asking what I’m craving an honestly nothing – no weird cravings that I can think of – I’m still trying to keep healthy and eat a balanced diet my main meals are very routine – vegemite and avo toast, chicken wraps, spud, broc and protein at dinner – snacks are varied depending on how hungry I am and I;m loving hot choccies….

We also had another scan this week!!! I was SOOOOO excited to see our little very active man!!

Everything looked perfect I couldn’t be more happy with how he is growing – we got a couple of pics – they weren’t the best quality and just looked like an alien lol, his tummy and head are in the 95+ percentile – just like his mumma!

I also know I’ll be having a c-section – I meet with the consult next appointment… this decision really came down to me and I’ve opted to go down this path – if they could guarantee natural birth wouldn’t end in an emergency c, tearing and stress on my bowels I’d opt for it but they cant and I just no the extra pressure will not be good on my bowels.

My UC has been pretty good – my digestive system is a little all over the shop between not being able to go, straining to hard and causing hemarriods then bouts of loose stools afterwards. I’ve been experiencing a little bit of a sore tummy (all digestive related not baby related) but I’m just monitoring and taking it all day by day and making sure I remember to take my meds – I can be a little off with this!

After the hospital appointment we went and bought a change table – another big tick for the non set up nursery lol

We started putting it together on Saturday – it was a flat pack that came in 5 different boxes – it was a nightmare and terrible quality so after breaking a few screws and the attachments we tapped out and decided we will take it back next week – I shot them an email saying how crappy the quality was and how I don’t trust putting a baby on it and they were actually really good and said they would give us a refund – annoying part is next week we have to go back to campfield which is like 50 minutes away!

Another week bites the dust and I’m in the final trimester next week!! OMG!!!

Stay Strong and Stretch,
Tel X

Week 26

Okay these weeks are seriously flying. HELP!!!!!

This week challenged me a little bit, thus far my sleeping has been pretty good – I wake up more then usual to go to the toilet but would just fall straight back to sleep but this week the little man was kicking/moving and hiccup-ing in the middle of the night and this kept me awake for hours. Once I was awake that was it I really struggled getting back to sleep.

This basically happened every second night. If it wasn’t the baby moving waking me up it was my bloody blocked nose waking me up because I can’t breathe.

I know right, I’m just getting prepped for when the babies here….

I feel tired but I just can’t sleep, this makes working until 8:30pm tough – I’m getting it done but then when I get home I just plonk myself on the couch and Matt organises dinner (thank goodness for him!)

Combined with the lack of sleep was the dreaded haemorrhoids, over the weekend I was constipated pretty badly – I know pregnancy can do this to you (to have normal bowels for once in my life would be amazing lol) and well I was obviously straining to go to the toilet (I don’t think I had been properly for 2-3 days) but the next day I had a painful sensation coming from my butt- having a bowel disease I’m pretty aware of what it was as it’s something I’ve had to deal with before – by the end of work on Monday night I couldn’t literally sit – I decided to take a mirror and have a look (yeh I recommend against this, I called out to Matt “OMG, It’s the size of a grape!” there are no limits any more my body is doing all sorts of weird things and I just have to sit back and laugh)

It got pretty bad, luckily I still had cream they gave me when I was in hospital that reduced the size and swelling pretty quick and eliminated a lot of the pain.

The whole week was like this – one day sleep deprived with a sore butt the next day I would come good then back to square one again the day after that.

My back has also started aching only when I sit but once it starts to ache it continues  – e.g. sitting on the couch, sitting at the dining table (like right now), driving… only on my right side and its about mid to lower back – nothing to crazy painful just annoying, the more I move the better I feel! I think it may have something to do with sleeping – you can’t lay flat on your back while this far along so I lay on my side and I think I favour one side hence why it is getting super tight and aching!

Still sticking to the usual training combo besides swimming haven’t gotten back there yet but I am upping my walking! So I’m lifting weights, pilates and walking atm… I do plan on swimming again tho!

On Friday we picked up the pram and few bits and pieces we had on layby – I’m LOVING shopping for this baby, although expensive it just gets me SO pumped!! After picking up everything I jumped online and bought a heap more – if you have any recommendations on what I should purchase little life savers that helped you please sent them through!

And that was another week done! OH I only ate chocolate 3 days this week 😉 See small improvements – I’m upping my fruit intake to try and stay regular with my bowels but it is a balancing act as if I have too much fruit it makes me need to go too much! Diet wise I’m a routine person – vegemite and avo toast for breakfast, fruit and a bar for snack, chicken wrap for lunch, yogurt and fruit for snack, potato/broc and steak for dinner then basically rinse and repeat all week!

Can’t wait for next week! We have our 27 week growth scan and will also be chatting about mode of delivery etc… Also have a facial booked for Friday and massage in hepburn springs on Saturday (just enjoying me time while it lasts lol)

Stay Strong & Stretch,
Tel X

Week 25

I was tired this week, like real tired this week….

I put it down to Little Prince growing, he has been moving A LOT, I’m hungry and feel HUGE – it was a challenging week emotion wise.

The combo of the above and the baby just sucking everything from me I just felt flat and fat. I’m now 68kg – 9kg up from start weight – this is fine I know I’m growing a human but just seeing myself look very different when you’re not in a positive mindset can hit you pretty hard – I saw a photo of myself and just thought fucken hell. This combined with a couple comments here and there and it was enough to make me feel pretty shitty.

After a few good nights sleep, an influx of compliments about how good I am looking and a clean up of my diet I was feeling better by the end of the week – I’m back training properly (since baby moon I only really did pilates) I’m now back to pilates, walking and lifting weights – I haven’t gotten back to swimming, I will I just haven’t gotten around to it…

Training makes me feel good – I really don’t know how people stop training while pregnant – I know some people don’t have a choice but those that decided to stop everything it just amazes me – I guess because I know how good I feel when I move – I’ll be the first to admit that energy wise I don’t want to a lot of the time but once I get going I feel so damn good afterwards AND it has a HUGE impact on my mental health.

I’m also reducing the amount of shit I’m consuming – I love sweets, always have, always will but I was going over the top since babymoon – probably even before so in an enough to make myself feel less shit, I cut the shit – well tried – I went from eating chocolate everyday to only 4 times last week – this week I’m hoping to improve on that 😉 baby steps right!

Next week we have our growth scan, this will tell us where the placenta is, how big bubs and determine if I’ll have a c section or not – TBH I want to have a c section so even if the baby isn’t huge that’ll more then likely be the route we’ll take! WHY? Well I’m not one of these people that needs all natural, no drugs kinda births – I want whats best for me and our baby – if that mean c section it is what it is, due to my UC flaring post birth (this is something that will more then likely happen) and due to how common tearing is during birth the two just don’t mix well but we’ll see what the dr’s say next week!

Stay Strong & Stretch,
Tel X