Our last pregnancy

I’m currently 27 weeks going into my 28th of my second pregnancy. We have been so blessed with our two year old son Lorenzo and even more blessed our second pregnancy is with our sweet baby girl. It’s so rare and so lucky for us to be blessed with one of each and for that I’m so thankful because my hubby already said if this one was a boy there would of been a third!? So I’m even more greatful it’s our sweet baby girl.

Baby E.A.C

This pregnancy has been so different to my pregnancy with my son that I think right from the start I knew it was a girl because of just how different it all was. In the next almost 12 weeks we will be welcoming our baby girl into this world and I’m going to be honest and say I’m so scared and extremely excited for this next chapter for the Caesar family.

Our family will be complete the four of us plus our family dog zues, we definitely think we are set and connent with a family of four so as I’m writing these words I’m getting a little emtional knowing this is definitely the end of my pregnancy journey.

In almost 12 weeks ” I say almost because we are not there yet.” I will push out a baby for the very last time, this is the last time I’ll feel baby kicks from the inside, nausea all hours of the day & night, last time I can freely use the “I’m pregnant card” with hubby and the very last time my body will look the way it does. And I’m a little emtional about this and I’m more emtional for the many women who are still trying to have what I’ve been blessed to have twice now, I know that pain, I know the hardship they are going through I’ve seen it first hand and I’ve been there and I still see it around me on a weekly basis. So yeah I’m emtional knowing I’m at the end of my journey and there are women out there still trying to just get to the beginning of theirs and I will continue to pray for all of these women and their rainbow.

But don’t hate me for what I’m about say… But I’m so relieved “my” journey is almost at the end. I would be lying if I sat here and said I’m enjoying every little bit of this pregnancy because the truth is the second pregnancy is so much more intense… With Lorenzo both hubby and I were on cloud nine the whole time even when we were in and out of hospital I was still over the moon about being pregnant. This time around I’m running after a two year old, trying to balance working full time with fiftheen children a day, trying to love myself and take care of myself as well as my family. I’m run down, tired, in pain and just trying to keep a float some days. I’ve cried a lot this pregnancy to my family saying “how am I meant to do this?” Am I going to mother two children? Will I cope how will I cope, can I still work full-time with two children? Or should I start dealing with the fact I need to go part time.?

But she is worth it all just like Lorenzo was. I’ll miss all these things the good & bad and I know I will even though right now I can’t wait for the bad to end I’ll miss it a few years down the track when she’s starting kindergarten for the first time I’ll look back on being pregnant with her and try and remember it all but I’ll be so thankful for these blogs that I get to re-live this very moment I’m talking about. I still find myself reading Lorenzo’s birth blog and it’s a nice reminder of how hard I worked just to have him here with us and now he’s two.

We know our lives are going to become way more busy and hard but we wouldn’t of had it any other way, we always knew we would have two, we knew we wanted them close in age and we knew we wanted a two year age gap and this is what we got. We survived the newborn stage with Lorenzo we can do it all over again and be a boss! We know what we are doing and we know what we want for our family we are just ticking more goals off our family list.

So I’m going to enjoy these last 12 weeks I’m going to try and enjoy every little bit of this pregnancy and soak it all in for this is our last and I know I’ll miss it in a few years.

The Caesar family ❌

A night routine with my two year old

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.

The Caesar family ❌

How we are preparing our toddler for our new arrival

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?

The Caesar family ❌

Lorenzo is two!

I’ve been doing updates on Lorenzo since I was pregnant with him and I’ve updated on his one year update and now I can’t believe it’s time for his two year update!?

It’s so crazy to think back to the very beginning and how it’s been two years being his mother.

Baby Lorenzo

These past two years have gone by so fast and I’m loving watching him grow up.

His likes:

• he is very much an outside boy.

• water play is his favourite kind of play.

• loves to get messy and I think I’m bathing him sometimes twice a day.

• fire man Sam is his favourite show at the moment which it used to be paw patrol but he’s slowly getting bored of this show.

• loves buses, trains, plains, trucks & police cars.

• likes painting and puzzles

Dislikes:

• veggies – yes I already have a picky eater and if he sees any he won’t touch so I usually have to hide them.

• sharing his toys ” we still are learning.”

• hights

• loud sounds do freak him out and he even calls our vacuum a dinosaur.

Lorenzos favourite food:

• pasta he likes plain pasta

• rice

• fish

• banana

• blueberries

• roast veggies is probably the only kind he will eat.

Milestones:

Social ~

• copies others with actions & words

• shows excitement when around others

• independent

• difent behaviour ” very much”

• interactions with other children.

Verbal:

• can point and let someone know what he wants

• can say up to seven names, objects, body parts.

• follows instructions

• can say words together ( still working on full sentence)

• repeats words

Problem solving:

• enjoys puzzles and can spend more than five minutes doing so.

• can hide a object and remember where he placed it even the next day.

• enjoys building blocks and also knocking them down.

Gross motor:

• kicks a ball

• runs

• climbs

• can walk up and down stairs on his own.

• throws a ball over his head

• can draw

Two years ago I became a mother, being Lorenzo’s mother has been the best two years of my life. Lorenzo has become my best friend and my son, I got so lucky having him in our lives daddy and mummy love you very much our boy.

My favourite part of the day is also bed time and no not because I’m putting him to bed but because of the bond and routine we have made with Lorenzo. Every night putting our son to bed it’s always hubby and I together, we tuck him in and read a book as a family, we both kiss him to bed and say I love you to the end of time and leave him to sleep. Those little moments are my favourite and the moments hell remember forever.

Lorenzo Robert Caesar we love you too the moon and back 💞

Birth plan for second baby and everything in between

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.

25 weeks of love

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.

Bump update:

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.

Can’t wait to update you all again very soon

The Caesar family ❌

24 weeks of nothing but love

Week 24 from the 3rd of January to 9th of January.

First week back at work was bloody hard. Clearly having daily naps are a thing a past of course being back at work so could say I was pretty much just a walking zombie all week long.

Pregnancy symptoms:

• lower stomach pains, I’ve had to really keep an eye on this as some nights it hurts to get out of bed and I can only get out comfortable when laying on my side.

• headaches this week but I honestly think it’s due to first week back at work and i kept forgetting to drink water! So definitely need to be better with this next week.

• cramping in my legs again! This has come and gone my whole pregnancy and it’s just beginning to get annoying now.

• feeling firmer in my Belly and way less room to move around comfortably anymore.

• lower back pains

Bump update:

23 week pregnancy update

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.

Bump update:

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.

Toddler room update

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!

The Caesar family ❌

Maternity look book.

For my second and last pregnancy i really wanted to dress as cute as possible but I am a bigger women I have hips and all so finding cute outfits has been a struggle but here’s my look this pregnancy so far!

My spring pregnancy dress. From ripe maternity
Black tank with a crop top over layered with jeans.
Crop top over layered with a body tight dress
High wasted skirts in bigger sizes paired with my work tops or just plain black or white tops.
A maternity dress from ripe maternity
Cocktail dress from a online boutique just bigger size to fit easier.
Over sized dresses from target again just bigger sizes and easy for just the days I feel like being lazy.
I’ve enjoyed layering this look was a dress from target with a normal fitted top over the top I just tied it up.
Same us a above dress is from ripe maternity with a bigger size top over the top and just tied it at the front.
maternity dresses from target although they don’t have a lot to choose from they still have a few nice dresses.
On my lazy days I just wear ripe maternity pants with my hubbies tops 😂
Ripe maternity top with ripe maternity overalls super comfortable and cute
Over sized jumpsuits from target

These are all my pregnancy looks so far and I’ve really enjoyed trying to dress cute this pregnancy and enjoy our last pregnancy. It is some what hard when you are a bigger lady and to find outfits can sometimes be a challenge! But a shop I’ve loved this pregnancy would definitely be ripe maternity! They are a little pricey but honestly which maternity store isn’t!? So if your an Australian mumma like myself definitely check them out! They have great stuff and I always find myself going there.