Oh what a week… and I thought 29 weeks was hard on me, turns out 30 weeks won that fight.
My week started off a little different, I was graced with some light spotting and blood but it only lasted a day and never returned. I was booked in for a scan and went and saw baby girl straight after the bleeding only to find out she was fine and my wall is still closed, they can’t figure out why I had bleeding and baby girl is perfectly healthy and comfortable. On the bright side i did get to see her and I also am booked in next week to see her as well.
This week’s pregnant systems.
• pink blood “lasted a day.”
• on and off sleep
• super tired durning the day and have begun napping on my lunch break. But tossing and turning and broken sleep at night.
• cramping and pains in lower stomach
• leg cramps at night
• very active baby girl moves a lot and I feel her every day.
• after a long day on my feet I notice they get chubby
How I’m feeling.
This week was hard I found myself had way more breakdowns and I’m honesty just ready for her to come out now. I’ve enjoyed this pregnancy but it’s been super hard on my body the second time around and I’m taking it day by day at the moment. I hope she comes early or on time because I definitely don’t think I can make it past 40 weeks.
I’ve made a to-do list of things I need time I within the next coming weeks. For example I really should begin packing my hospital bag which is on my to do list this weekend. Also her room is not even ready yet so I’m adding that to my list.
Can’t wait to see what 31 weeks of pregnancy brings to the table. Hopefully it’s a little better then this week.
Holy heck I’m now officially out the 20’s and hitting the 30 weeks!? Blows my mind.
Wow I don’t even know how to start off with how crazy this week has been and I can feel myself getting more and more over being pregnant as the weeks go by.
This week’s pregnant systems:
Heads up this weeks a little TMI!
• feeling funny in the stomach… honesty don’t know how to word this but for the women out there my week started off with me feeling like when you are due for your period and you keep running to the bathroom to check because your body just feels like it’s leaking or it’s about to start… well yeah I had that feeling which started my week off and lasted a few days to be honest but nothing came of it?
• on the 9th of February I had a night of cramping which happened twice and about 20 minutes apart but again it stopped after the second and never came about again and I went to bed to sleep and was fine the next day.
• my bathroom breaks are becoming more and more and I’m talking lose bowel movements… I seem to poo a lot this week… again TMI I know
• diarrhea Monday 10th but only lasted that day and soon stopped.
• sleeping habits have changed and I’m now waking up at night a lot.of break sleep.. I’ve actually found sleeping on the sofa I get a better night sleep which is so weird.
• heartburn is still very much a thing and reflux
• headaches on and off this week.
• the pregnancy waddle is very much alive and feeling baby girl head down of I walk too much. Gone are the days I could walk the whole food shop with ease!
I can’t believe I’m almost 30 weeks pregnant it’s scary but I’m so ready to meet baby girl.
This week’s pregnancy symptoms are:
• bending down low and feeling pressure down there like I’m dilating
• starting to have trouble sleeping on and off, some nights I sleep very well and others I don’t.
• very tender and sore down in my lower belly area getting harder and harder to do simple task such as walk a whole shopping centre without cramping or having bad pains.
• the peeing all the time stage is back! I will be fast asleep and bam… I need to pee and I’m wide awake at 2am.
• craving sweet things all the time. I’m still loving my ice cream or chocolates here and there.
According to my app:
• baby girl is the size of the head of a lettuce.
• baby girl should weigh now 1.1kg
• baby girl can now blink.
How I’m feeling:
I’m honestly trying so hard to enjoy and take in every possible Moment of this pregnancy as we know this is our last but the harder and bigger I’m becoming the more uncomfortable I am getting and the less joy I’m feeling towards being pregnant anymore.
Any changes at home:
We finally have started her nursery and it’s almost finished but unfortunately now our two year old knows that this is not a room for himself and it’s for the new arrival his baby sister. He’s becoming way more clingy to me and mum has to be never far away which I know I shouldn’t complain as one day when he’s 16 years old and all he wants is to be far away from me and go hang out with his mates I’ll miss these moments but still hard to get anything done or have alone time when your two year old is attached by the hip. Did anyone else experience this?
I can’t wait to see what 29 weeks brings for me as I have so much next week, I have my blood tests and I now see my OB every two weeks so I see him next week which means i get to see baby girl.
Thank you to everyone that still is keeping updated with my pregnancy journey, I’ve enjoyed documenting these pregnancy updates not only for myself to look back and read on but also for you guys.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.