33 weeks

As the weeks keep passing along I’m getting more and more ready to meet our sweet baby girl. I’m actually starting to get my hopes up over and over again that this week will finally be the week she comes even though I know I’m only 33 weeks and it’s still way to early but I think I’m just getting over it.

This weeks pregnant systems have been.

• Braxton hicks

• on and off sleep

• sickness and diarrhea on and off.

• engrey levels low.

• everything is starting to feel tight and I’m struggling to breath and gone are the days of sitting on the floor with the kids at work or with my son at home.

• I actually feel like I’m losing weight like my face is getting slimer and I’m not holding that water weight as much as I was last week.

Ob check up:

Every two weeks I see my OB at the hospital and this week was my check up. Baby girl is doing well she’s 70% cooked which apparently is a little on the chubby side but her head is still measuring smaller but blood flow etc is good. Her little head is now in my pelvis area and he said she will probably stay head down now until she’s ready to come and make it into the world.

Don’t ask what I’m looking at because I don’t know.

The weeks seem to be going slower and I’m starting to get more and more tired of pregnancy.. I’m trying so hard to enjoy these last few weeks as I’ll never get them back but man I can’t wait for baby girl to be here.

Can’t wait to see what 34 weeks of pregnancy brings me.

My own fears about breastfeeding baby no.2

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.

http://breastfeeding struggles

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.

This is what Lorenzo had.

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.

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 ❌

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 💞

26 weeks of loving you

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.

Pregnancy symptoms:

• 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

Bump update:

According to my pregnancy app baby girl is the size of

Health update:

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.

The Caesar family ❌

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.

22 weeks bumping along

Well 22 weeks kinda just flew by! I think it being Christmas this week and so many family activities probably helped fast track it along.

Bump update.

Definitely feeling the weight pile on now and not just around the bump, my face is beginning to grow in size and honestly it’s made me a tad emotional this week. Already being a bigger women who has added pregnancy to the mix it just spells out problems for me and that’s what I’m trying to avoid, so now that Christmas is over and I have a few days still off work I’m really trying to stay active as possible and take Lorenzo to the park as much as possible.

Pregnancy symptoms this week are.

• finally feeling baby girl kick and hubby also felt her for the first time this week. It was so nice and honestly such a relief as I was beginning to worry.

• leg cramps seem to be back!? In my sleep I’ll some how pull my muscle in my back leg and wake up in a burning pain as I’ve pulled it too much!? I don’t what I do or how I do it, but it’s been a very common pregnancy symptom this whole pregnancy on and off.

• indigestion is real my friends and it’s been so real this week it’s even made me throw up all at the same time!? You know when it gets really bad because I start heavy breathing as if I’m in labour but it helps so I do it!

• still vomiting…. I can’t believe I’m still getting nauseous!? Definitely didn’t get this with Lorenzo and it’s a pain in my ass because I don’t throw up I just feel sick as a dog for hours sometimes the whole day!? My friend who is two weeks ahead of me and also having a baby girl has stopped the nausea stage so why haven’t I!?

• hormones are wild this week my friends! I’ve been up and down like a yo-yo… I’ve cried, I’ve laughed, I’ve been moody as a crazy lady… Thankfully hubby is very understanding and just kind of leaves me alone when I get moody it’s also safer for him.

Baby is the size of a?

This week the app is telling me baby girl is around the size of a red pepper!

Baby girl is moving and groving.

This week I’ve definitely noticed she is kind of a night owl which Lorenzo was the same in my belly so they are probably the same, she also kicks strong when music is involved which again Lorenzo was the same and he still loves music! So I some how think I’m going to have two children who are the same and probably look the same too.

How is big mumma going.

This week I’ve felt calm and at peace I definitely have enjoyed not working and having the Christmas break off and felt it’s given me more time to be able to do things so I am beginning to really base my decision of when I come back to work after baby girl is born to come back part time.

22 weeks down and only 18 more to go! We can’t wait for baby girl to be here but we are also very much enjoying this pregnancy as I know how fast it flys by and I know this will be our last pregnancy.

I hope everyone has had a great Christmas with loved ones and friends. The Caesar family ❌

First pregnancy compared to my second

My first pregnancy was a bag of emotions it was fun , exciting & new. Buying all these new baby clothes and items and the baby shower, enjoying all the scans and seeing the heartbeat as well as feeling those first kicks I loved every second of it even the bad.

Hubby and I really hit that honeymoon stage all over again I don’t think we had a single fight Durning my first pregnancy we were both just so happy and on cloud nine it was such a new and exciting time for us. Hubby came to all the scans, all the doctors appointments he was so involved and so was I.

Our second pregnancy.

When we first found out I was pregnant I was scared! When I fell pregnant with Lorenzo I stocked but happy, with our second it actually took a few days to hit me. Of course we were happy to find out and ready. But I think the fear of “holy crap we are really doing this again” came around a lot sooner than we thought it would. Hubby and I both started to think about ” what others would say” so we actually kept our pregnancy a secret for the first few weeks until we really adjusted to the new change ourselves. It was funny we both began freaking out straight away about having two children? Can we do this? Are we going to be ok? What happens now!? It was one of those moments when finding out which is so different from Lorenzo our first.

Things I’ve found different the second time around.

The fear has gone, I am enjoying every little moment with our second pregnancy as we know this will be our last. We are happy and content knowing we have one boy and one girl and we really don’t want to mess that up.

With our first we really took in everything that was said and told to us, yes that pregnancy was more a medical one compared to our second but even this time around there’s a few scans we have chosen not to take part in. For example with Lorenzo I had to know if he was going to have down syndrome or not… But with baby girl I told my Ob from the start I didn’t want to have my 13 week scan because if my child ends up with down syndrome it won’t make me love her any less and if she does we will work as a family when she’s here rather stressing about it now.

Second thing that’s changed is with my first pregnancy it was a all I could eat buffet I didn’t care because I was pregnant and was going to enjoy it! Definitely different this time around, I really watch what I eat and I think at work I’m the worse because there is just always food but when I’m at home I’m a health freak.

Third is I’m not stressing, I’m not on Google 24/7 asking if this is normal or if this is ok? I’m still eating sushi as my ob said I can but just not too much all at once which that means yes but once every so often, I’m still going for long walks/ runs as it’s not going to kill me. I’m taking it easy at work but still helping out way more than what I did with Lorenzo. I’m definitely more aware of my body I know when something doesn’t feel right, when I need to take it easy or when I need to rest.

Comparing pregnancies.

With Lorenzo man did I have it easy! I remember I only really got morning sickness for like a week straight at the same time “6pm” every night and it was done and dusted. Boy oh Boy is baby girl so different I’m now 22 weeks pregnant and just last night well “2am last night” throwing up!

Lorenzo definitely took the cake with way more health issues as I was in hospital every trimester which I did document my first pregnancyas well if you would like to have a walk back down memory lane. But if we are comparing just straight pregnancy hormones then I got nothing in compared to this time around! I get morning sickness still, I’ve had days off work because it’s been that bad, I can’t walk past people wearing lots of perfume or I’ll get a headache straight away, I can only eat type of foods that don’t give me heartburn and indigestion.. the list goes on!

So to sum it up Lorenzo was the easiest pregnancy by far compared to baby girl.

Things I’ve done differently.

First massive difference is I’ve changed hospital. My children will be born at two different hospital’s and my reasons are valid don’t worry. When I gave birth to my son both hubby and I just were so disappointed with how the staff acted at the first hospital, we tried to make it all down to “just the time of year.” Which was January and here in Australia it was the 26th of January which is Australia Day. But I look back on it and I said to myself well no Kate.. all hospitals have a wide range of staffing, I’ve had work friends have their babies at the same hospital and they loved it! Which is probably why I tried to tell myself it was just the time of year but i think than they should of been more prepared. I had to sit through one night of midwifes having a fight with each other for everyone to here…. I’m sorry but that’s not normal. So yes for baby number two I looked into my health insurance and saw what they offered and looked around at hospital’s and finally found the right fit for us, hubby and I had eight different OB’s to choose from and we are very happy with the person we ended up picking and so far our time with the hospital has been way more enjoyable.

Second change is we bought new items we learnt what we liked and what we didn’t like about our first pram or our first co-sleeper and have decided to update and refresh for baby number two.

Third change will be that when our baby girl is born we have decided not to tell anyone until we are ready. With Lorenzo we had everyone at the hospital and it was so overwhelming for both hubby and I. So we have decided we want to enjoy at least the first two days alone with our new little girl and son and then invite people up to the hospital no matter how close they maybe to us. We haven’t even fully decided if we would just wait to announce until after we are home from the hospital.. I guess time will tell. But yes things will be much different the second time around.

I find it so amazing how different my pregnancy is the second time around compared to the first. For me we knew it was a girl from the first four weeks just by how different they have been, we knew it wasn’t a boy because it’s so much harder this time around so thankfully we know the gender and it was confirmed! But I would love to here from other parents and how your pregnancies were? Did you have the same outcome?