This week started with me on bed rest and has ended in information overload….
End of 26 weeks start of 27 weeks I began cramping in my lower front belly which wouldn’t be weird if also baby girl wasn’t the most active when cramping that’s she’s ever been. And I’m not talking just mild cramping I’m talking really bad period can’t walk it hurts cramping..
I clearly got a check up straight away and was put on bed rest for two days which definitely made things calm down. Which brings me into 27 weeks I already had a OB appointment booked for the Tuesday and I sat down with my ob and went over everything with him, turns out I got a taste of Braxton Hick contractions which isn’t that un-normal as I’ve had two pregnancy close together (two years) and because of my line of job ( educator) which is a high stressful environment.
After our chat we finally got to the scan and we soon learnt why I also might be in so much pain towards my lower belly, she likes to be head down. So in easy terms her head is pressing down on my lady bits and I’m over it!
The only bad thing about her head being so low down is when we tried to get a nice 3D picture all we could see was her ear… I was upset about this but then I soon learnt from now onwards I will be seeing my OB every two weeks until she is born as I’m close to the end!!!
Pregnancy symptoms this week:
• bad cramping and discomfort
• round ligament pains
• starting to get water weight around my face and looking a little puffy and swollen.
Pretty good week other than the Braxton Hick scare. Which it’s been a nice change.
Well my two year old got sick over the long Australia Day weekend and with that meant his sleep patterns were pretty much thrown out the window as we’re mine. But surprisingly my body has been able to handle it and the only day I felt really tired and exhausted was when my body clock woke me from 1am-3am and I ended up watching tv.
According to my app:
She is the size of a cabbage….
And she’s only meant to 38cm and 0.98kgs well after my scan I can safely say she’s about 1kg already and that’s a big baby.
How I’m feeling:
Definitely beginning to feel run down and just trying to keep going is my main goal, walking has slowed down and I’m walking more and more like a penguin… I take it week by week at the moment.
Can’t wait to see what 28 weeks of pregnancy has in the works for me and finally in the home yard and third trimester!
If you’ve been following my blog since my son’s birth two years ago then you might remember my breast feeding journey with him. If your new to my blog let me give you the short version and try and link my breastfeeding blog for you too go back on and have a read if you like.
But to break it down for you guys. Lorenzo birth was a very interesting… They called my birth a “brow birth.” This is
But because of this his heart rate dropped and he got scared as he got stuck… So when he first was born he was actually taken away from me for heaps of testing this is when they found out his sugar levels were below 2.6 and because my breast milk didn’t come in until day five which was too late he needed to be formula fed straight away to get his sugar levels up and for us to be given the ok to leave the hospital.
And this is where my fears for baby girl come in and my breastfeeding journey with her. We also didn’t find out until Lorenzo was probably about five months old that he was also dairy intorlant so of course when I did try to breast feed he wasn’t having a bar of it because he was getting really bad colic because of this…
Now that Lorenzo is two we just had his check up with his doctor and he’s now been confirmed dairy intorlant and that baby girl will most likely be the same as it runs in the family on his dad’s side. I’m so glad we have been given the heads up it means I get this time to prepare myself unlike last time. And also gives me a time to make a plan.
I would be lying if I said I don’t mind not breastfeeding as I really want to have this experience with at least one of my kids. But I also know that a fed baby is a happy baby no matter how they get their milk supply from. But yes I’m going to try my best to breast feed baby girl.
After doing some research, I’ve found many conflicting stories and people say something different every time.
After lots of reading and based on all the articles I’ve had a read of if I change my diet and not only eat healthier and cut out dairy I will still be able to breastfeed.
But this is where all my questions come into play and maybe I need to look into a breastfeeding consolent.
• do I begin cutting out dairy now that I’m going into my third trimester?
• should I cut out dairy or should I still be adding in these types of fats?
• will I be able to do this?
So many questions!? But this is where I’ll leave the blog on this topic as I have decided to see someone for some support and extra help which I will write a new blog all about.
Welcome to our night routine with our two year old. I haven’t done a update night routine with our toddler for a while and I thought this long weekend we have been blessed with would be the perfect time.
Our night routine starts at around 4:30pm. Lorenzo has had his play outside and now we are having some inside time. This usually is when we allow lorenzo to have tv time. We are not those parents that have set times he can have screen time because he’s a pretty well balanced kid who loves being outside.
Tonight he’s chosen fire man Sam and some toy review on fire man Sam.
5pm – that’s when I begin cooking dinner, tonight was kind of a lazy mum meal as it’s been a long weekend and it’s our “sunday routine” on a Monday due to the public holiday.
Well dinner is on and cooking I usually put on a load of washing with heaps on Lorenzo’s clothes to prepare for the week of daycare and his spare sheets for rest time.
5:30pm- dinner is ready, every night we sit as a family at the dinner table.
5:50pm – dinner is done, dishes are clean and the kitchen is closed for the night.
6pm- bathtime for Lorenzo, when Lorenzo has a bath this is usually when I jump in the shower at the same time and we both get ready for bed.
I think I’ll do a seperate blog about my beauty routine, so stay tuned for that.
6:30pm – this is usually are unwinding time so Lorenzo has free play with his toys or again tv time and we’ll they are busy I’m doing the mum routine and getting everything ready for the morning as I start at 8am so we usually leave the house early.
I begin with packing his daycare bag. He just got a new “hot wheels” backpack for his second birthday. And mum also is happy as it’s a lot bigger in space and more room.
Whats in Lorenzo’s daycare bag.
• fitted sheet for rest time with his blanket.
• Thomas the tank engine bucket hat.
• lots of spare clothes as he loves water play and getting messy.
After his backpack is packed and ready waiting for the morning ahead. My next task is too transfer the washing from our washing machine to our dryer and then tonight we had one more load which is both hubby and our work clothes also getting washed for the week ahead.
6:45pm – now it’s time to get Lorenzos room ready for bed, I go into his room and close his window and blinds and make his bed by placing his sleep toys on his bed. He enjoys sleeping with his chase, Marshall and we have Ollie the owl for him. If you don’t know what Ollie the owl is I have done a blog review on this product Lorenzo has been using this since birth. It’s a owl that has four different sleep sounds with a night light, Ollie the owl is programmed to play when your child cries or begins to toss and turn, he plays for 30 minutes each time and it keeps your child settled and have a good rest at night. Lorenzo sleeps with calming sleep music in his daycare room as it’s played in all rooms so for the moment we have no desire to get rid of Ollie the owl.
I also filled up his water cup with water. We no longer am on rice milk to sleep but we found he still liked the comfort of a Sippy cup in bed at night so it’s just filled with water for when he needs some.
Once the chores are done for me I finally get to enjoy some family time with hubby and Lorenzo.
6:50pm – story book time. Tonight was his dinosaur book that he got for his second birthday, he loves dinosaurs at the moment.
7pm- Lorenzo’s bed time. We clean his room because he likes to throw his books out of his bookself and we tuck him in and both kiss him good night and tuck him in. And we walk out and he goes to sleep on his own.
Once Lorenzo is asleep which some nights he fights it and others he doesn’t im usually already in my PJs as I do my shower routine when he’s in the bath as it’s just easy for us and works. So by 8pm until whenever I chose to go to bed which most nights is around 9:30pm as he does wake at 6am on the dot every morning. This is usually my free time on the couch watching my shows or I’ll already be in bed watching Netflix and fall asleep.
But this pretty much sums up a normal week night routine for the Caesar household. Hope you enjoyed that little insight into our home.
Welcoming a new baby into the family is something you can’t just expect a child to wake up one day and Understand. I’ve been a educator for nine years and I’ve seen many families welcome in new babies into their families and first hand how these children have reacted.
When it comes to my own son I’ve been honest with him right from the start about our pregnancy so he’s been made aware from day one to now. We are 13 weeks away from welcoming his new baby sister and here’s what we have been doing to make him prepared and not surprised by her arrival.
Our first big thing is Lorenzo has been 100% involved in this journey just as much as both hubby & I have. When we told him we showed him where babies come from and yes you may think how would a two year old even understand, it’s not about him understanding it’s more having him build and get used to the idea someone will be joining in his comfort circle. He’s come to a hospital appointment with me and I’ve made him aware of the hospital, I’ve shown and spoken about all my scans. When we knew it was a baby girl we have never not called her baby girl as baby girl and once we knew her name we have also been calling her name when he’s around.
The second thing we have been doing is not hiding watching baby videos and letting him see a new born baby cry, we have been playing old baby videos of himself. There’s one thing knowing what a baby is but also understanding that the real thing isn’t like a doll and you can’t just throw it on the floor when your bored. We have made him aware but having him there when we moved his old crib into her soon to be room and talking not him about how it’s her bed now and that he has his big brother bed for his big brother room.
Our third thing that has changed is we are trying to have some “special” time with Lorenzo before our baby girls arrival. I’ve seen the effects of what new babies bring to the other child and we understand Lorenzo will take a while to adjust as it’s a completely new thing. I know that when our girl is here for the first few weeks my time will be divided big time! And most of that time will be with her and I myself am a little sad about this as I don’t ever want Lorenzo to feel left out or un-loved by me any less, so yes these past few weeks Lorenzo has been getting one on one time a lot with his mummy. Making special memories with him and making sure he know no matter what he is always baby boy and a new baby doesn’t mean I don’t love him any less.
Our fourth thing we did but was kind of our first is we looked for children books all about babies and becoming a big brother, every night we read a story as a family so we made sure some nights a week “not every night” because he would get sick of it. But most nights he reads all about being a big brother and all the things he can help with, then we discuss this as a family for example we have asked if he will help mummy feed his baby sister, or brush her hair etc.
Our fifth change is giving Lorenzo more responsibility, as he will be a big brother we have tried to make him start doing little things for himself as he’s a “big boy” now. After dinner he now throws his bowl or plate into the kitchen sink, he also opens the fridge and gets his own juice out ” we have filled a bottle of water” something easy for him to carry to us and we make him put it back himself. He helps pick up all his own toys when we clean the house and he even helps his daddy feed our family dog zues. We are hoping by giving him more responsibility and freedom will make him feel more like a big boy and less like the baby of the house anymore and also that we will trust him when it comes to helping his baby sister.
Our last change will be when she is born, the day after we will bring our son up to the hospital and just have it be the four of us, giving him that time to bond and Understand for himself this is his new baby sister because I know it will be hard for him to adjust he’s so used to my big old belly and he won’t understand why she’s out now. We also want lorenzo to be there with us the first few days as well all adjust as a family of three to a family of four, I don’t want to send Lorenzo off to daycare well he knows we are at home without him or send him to my parents I want lorenzo there for it all.
This brings me to the end, this is everything we have been doing in the Caesar household to make Lorenzo ready as best as we can for his new baby sister to arrive. If your a second time parent or third & fourth I would love to know how you guys transitioned your child for the new arrival and did it work? Or should I say what worked for your guys and what didn’t work for you guys?
Well this week began as any normal week and ended on a kind of a scary note… And I’m going to leave you all on a cliff hanger because I myself don’t know yet.
• began leaking in my boobs this week, only very small and not every day thank god. But I know this is a great sign because with Lorenzo my milk supply didn’t come in until five days after his birthday..
• acid reflux has gotten worse. I began taking tablets but they make me throw up when I take them, I see my ob next week and definitely will be chatting about this.
• super tired this week, just having lack of any motivation or engery which I think also the heat plays a massive part of that being is Australia and it being summer. But yeah I just don’t feel like do anything which is not ideal
• not so much craving things that are weird but when I do eat this week I’ve just felt like salads which isn’t that weird for me as I have always loved salads.. but yeah I’ve got it bad for salads this week and made myself two in the space of 40 minutes at work on lunch!?
• really itching skin
According to my pregnancy app baby girl is the size of
Wednesday afternoon my big old pregnant belly began to do something funny, I can’t explain it all that well but it began to feel tight and baby girl began to become very active she only did this once and on top of everything I was in the summer heat at work and that also began to effect me. Later that night I began cooking dinner and became very dizzy and had to sit down. Again I was super tired and the heat I think just got the best of me. The next morning I woke to cramping which started on just my left side then turned into both lower sides.
I went to work as normal but soon became worried and went to my doctor straight away. Here’s where it gets a tad confusing. He checked on baby girl and her heartbeat was stable and good and she seemed happy, I also was fine just cramping. Again when he was checking over me I began cramping and at the same time she was very active. He was more worried that she was only active when cramping and that I was cramping but no other signs, I was told it could be early set labour but he was hoping if I was put on bed rest for a few days to rest it would calm it’s self down.
I see my doctor again on Tuesday but of course if anything happens I’ll be heading straight to the hospital. I’ve been given a list of things to look out for and now it’s just a waiting game. I’m sure everything will be fine and baby girl is just kicking up a Strom and causing troubles.
But again I’ll have to keep you all updated and wait until my 27 week update.
Hopefully you’ll all see a 27 week update and everything is fine.
I made a birth plan with my first born son Lorenzo but at the end of the day he came in his own time and I tried my best to stick to the things I wanted but until your in that situation anything can change or happen. So when I say I’m making a birth plan for baby girl please know that I’m not writing this saying this is what I want and this is what I’ll be doing no matter what as this is my second birth I know anything is possible.
With Lorenzo I was 100% sold on a pain free/ drug free birth, and the reality was he was two weeks over due and I had to get induced which was clearly not a drug free birth and yes I made it to 6cm and was begging for the drugs.
This time around:
Again I want to try a drug free birth
” for as long as possible.” But I’m also fully prepared to get to a point where I will again be asking for some type of pain relief. I’ve already been reading up on ways to manage a drug free birth and I want to try some of those things but again I’m not writing this sticking to my word because anything is possible.
Who I want in the birthing room:
First pregnancy I asked my mother who is a retired midwife and of course hubby to be in the room.
This time around I will being having the same, I haven’t asked my mum yet and if she says no then that’s also ok and it will just be me and hubby.
Who will be at the hospital:
With Lorenzo the eximent of having a baby got the best of me and I had everyone come and visit straight away which was so lovely but also very overwhelming for me when I look back on that time, I pretty much had my whole family there from the get go and close family friends and when they left and I was alone it felt weird and was hard to adjust, so hubby and I did speak about what would happen this time around and this is what we have decided.
We will be informing my parents when I go into labour and my older sister is already on Stan by to come house sit as we do have a dog named zues and of course our son, she will be tag teaming this with my little sister as well. Or they will most likely take zues to my parents family home. For the birth of our baby girl and the whole first day we have decided we just want it to be Hayden and I and too enjoy our time with our baby girl as she is the second baby and her whole life she’s going to have someone with her, we want to enjoy her and celebrate her birth and also rest. This is something I really never thought about doing with Lorenzo and I honestly wish I did.
Second day with baby girl will be family and Lorenzo our son meeting baby girl for the first time. We have spoken and we might also invite very close friends up that afternoon but it all depends on how the morning will go with Lorenzo meeting his new baby sister.
Which brings us to day 3. This will be when friends only close friends come and meet her and have a visit.
When we will announce her birth:
We have decided to keep her birth to ourselves and close ones well we are still in hospital. At this point we definitely know we won’t be posting to social media the first day and again Hubby and I really are putting our foot down with only wanting that first day to be us and in that moment as you never get that moment back. We have booked a newborn photoshoot with a friend who has her own business and she is coming up the second day to take family photos in our room of the moment Lorenzo meets his sister and of us four as a family, so we might possibly be waiting for a photo from her and then we will upload to social media.
What will hubby do this time around:
Hubby and I have also spoken as we do have a dog and a two year old hubby will be staying the nights with Lorenzo at home so he is not left out in anyway, and that they get to have that bond. Hubby will be there during the days for a few hours at a time but will most likely be myself and baby girl.
Our first two weeks at home:
Hubby and I spoke and have said our main focus at the end of the day is our family and Lorenzo. I work with kids and have seen the effects some children have when a new baby is added into the family but the parents have sent them to daycare for a full day well the child knows they are both home, honestly it’s heartbreaking to watch and I never want to make my son feel that way, we have decided the first week we will break up Lorenzo’s daycare days for example Lorenzo goes to his grandparents on Mondays which he of course won’t be because we will be both be at home, we decided to keep him home Monday & Tuesday and will send him to daycare on the Wednesday and see how he goes clearly not a full day. If he does well and is fine we will continue to take him but have decided only half days if he doesn’t do well we decided to keep him home that Thursday and send him that Friday. Durning the second week we said he will be going back on normal routine as hubby will be going back to work week 3 so we unfortunately can’t do it as well in week 2 and need to keep in consent.
Split our time with Lorenzo:
My biggest fear out of this whole thing is my son and making sure he still knows he’s loved and that he’s happy. So hubby and I spoke and we will definitely be tag teaming it where after I breast feed “if I get the chance.” I’ll take Lorenzo to the park just him and I and have our time, little things like that and also hubby will do the same with Lorenzo etc. We will figure out parenting two kids along the way.
So as you can see our birth plan isn’t just a blog about how the birth will go it’s more about planning, planning the who’s, how’s and the when’s. We know we might upset a few friends and family but this time around and our last time around we really just want it to be about our little family and what’s best for our happiness and if we have to be a little selfish for our family then we will be We know what one day some of our families and friends will understand.
As I write this it still feels so weird how fast this pregnancy has flown by compared to my first, but also hubby and I were just looking at our baby girls nursery and we feel so bad! Again with Lorenzo everything was ready really early which I guess was out of eximent and this time around it’s looking more like a room full of stuff we just never put away and just dump in her room…. So my Misson over the next few weeks is to finally get my bum into gear and do her room! Please tell me I’m not the only mumma who for the second pregnancy everything just doesn’t get done?
This week’s symptoms:
• acid reflux has been a big struggle for me this week and I definitely need to just look into what tablets to buy and kill this in the bum as it’s making everything 10x harder for this mumma.
• nausea because of really bad acid reflux has been a bitch… If I bend over it all just flows back up and not in a good way or I end up standing there acting like I’m in labour and I find breathing in & out really helps!?
• lower stomach pains which has been a thing for the past three weeks. Honestly I feel like this is just going to be a weekly update as the bigger I’m getting of course things are more tender and tighter in the down stairs area. And I am still working full time and my class room I’m working in is ages from 1-2 year Olds so it’s so much bending over.
This week wasn’t too many symptoms which has been super nice but I feel like they have been big annyoning ones for me.
How I’m feeling:
I’m slowly feeling myself to giving up a little and I don’t mean in the giving up kind of way I kind of mean I’m just “struggling” I’m finding hubby is doing heaps more and I feel so guilty but at the same time so thankful as some nights I’m in that much pain I’m crying or I’m in bed because I can’t sit up. This week was my 26th birthday and honestly I just wasn’t feeling it at all and just wanted to have a nap and wake up when it was over.
Baby girls size:
According to my app baby girl is the size of a eggplant and I’m definitely feeling that this week! Also according to my app she is probably about 23cm long & 0.77kgs with only 15 weeks left to go!
Baby girls movements:
Asking for a friend “aka me!?” How do you stop a two year old from wanting to be held all the time and climb all over the baby bump? Because I already have a brother & sister fight going on and it’s driving this mumma crazy! Because Lorenzo keeps doing this baby girl is kicking up a very strong fight back but also she tends to move down very low in my pelvis area and then the pain starts for me. So yeah I would say she is going to be a little fire cracker just like our son and lord help this mumma!
This week we also have seen a massive change in our toddler and he definitely has become way more aware that baby girl is here and she’s here to stay it’s been so hard as he’s become super attached to me and even at work has been in my class room as he just doesn’t settle very well at the moment, we definitely have made him aware of this pregnancy and talking about him being a big brother and how baby girl will love him and he’ll love her etc but we definitely are looking into this more as I think it’s really starting to hit him hard.
The in between week of just after Christmas and now into new years and trying to remember what day it even is. That’s pretty much how 23 weeks of pregnancy went for me.
I’ve had two weeks off work over the Christmas / new years and it’s been so nice to just have some down time and relax and recharge before I head back to work.
Not much growth compared to the week before but definitely feeling baby girl move around a lot more. The pregnancy app tells me my baby is the size of a grape fruit and that baby girl is now 20cm & 0.54kgs.
Pregnancy symptoms this week:
• no engery levels – daily naps are now very much a thing and I can’t go a day without one or I just end up falling asleep on the couch anyway.
• probably most definitely TMI but supper gassy!
• lower stomach pains just from growing.
• pregnancy brain! I was booked in for a scan and guess which dummy was out to brunch with friends when she forgot she had a scan at the same time.. and now my Ob is on holiday with his family until the end of January so I won’t get to see my baby girl for a few weeks… Definitely pregnancy brain.
Sorry for such a short and sweet 23 weeks pregnancy update this week but being at home for the past two weeks and kind of just taking it easy there hasn’t been a whole lot to report. But I’m back at work next week and I’m sure I’ll have heaps.
Wow the last time I made a blog about my son’s room he was still in a cot!? So it’s definitely overdue for a look into his room, but just to add in here we actually are buying a new bed for him as this one was given to us until we bought one and we just never did but I definitely want to refresh his room and I think he needs a new bed. Anyway let’s get into it!
Well we might as well start with his bed first well we are on that note! Again it was given to us by my mother in law she was super nice and works for us right now but yes Lorenzos new bed is actually on its way!
His bed sheets are the world map on blankets which I thought was super cute! His bed sheets are from target, I love target. He has his little name hanging above his bed which he great grandpa made for him which will be a keep Saker for the rest of his life. And here in Australia it’s summer and very hot so he actually has a roof fan and a foot fan.
Next up is his little concer he has his blackboard that Santa got him for Christmas with his toy box which is from TJ-max and of course it’s full of his toys.
In the other concern he has his little shop set up with his oven and his ready area.
His little book area is probably my favourite, his dinosaur beanbag is from big W and his bookcase is from target. Lorenzo loves dinosaurs so you’ll find them pretty much all over the house and his little night light on top of the book case.
I definitely think I’ll be updating his room very soon as I want to give it a whole new makeover, and stay tuned for that and we are currently working on baby girls nursery so definitely keep a eye out for that one coming soon!