Monday, February 8, 2016

la petite bump @ 27 weeks

Why hi there 27 weeks!!!

Less than a week until I hit the third trimester with baby girl (hooray!) and remembering to do bump updates on the blog or even just weekly pics for my own record has gone out the window... Sorry baby girl. Being pregnant with my third is so different to the first, or even the second time although the bump is looking just as big. I feel like even though I'm having a girl this time, I still carry the same. Big and low. Oliver vs Austin vs Baby Girl at 27 weeks:

Believe me when I say we are counting down the weeks until May... This pregnancy has been hard physically. Part of it is because I have two tiny children at home who require my constant attention (and Mitch traveling the last couple of weeks has been exhausting) but I'm not kidding when I say I feel like my body is falling apart.

I hate being so whiney; I am so very thankful for our littlest blessing but this pregnancy has just been ugh. Where's the glow?!?! I've discovered you can have aches and pains in places I didn't even know was possible, and the symphysis pubis dysfunction pain (SPD) is frustrating and painful. It didn't start until after 30 weeks with Ollie, I barely remember having it with Austin but the pain started kicking in by the half way point this time around. Some days it's not too bad, but others - by the time the boys bedtime rolls around, I can hardly walk. Rolling over in bed is difficult not because of the belly, but because of the pain. I have to sit down to get dressed and put shoes on and getting in and out of the car can really hurt. Being someone who is usually quite active, I'm finding it frustrating. I want baby girl to stay put until full term (although please lets not be like your next biggest brother and never want to come out) but I'm also really looking forward to being done growing tiny humans and just have our littlest love here in our arms.

At the recommendation of my ob, I've started wearing a pregnancy support belt which helps delay the pain a few hours, but doesn't eliminate it completely unfortunately. I last went to the gym at around 18 weeks and I miss working out so bad. There is no way I could do any form of weights right now though and although I *might* be able to go and sit on a bike for an hour, I've just been too tired to get up early in the morning and go and nervous that it will make the SPD pain flare up earlier in the day.

Pregnancy aches and pains aside though - everything is looking great with baby girl. She's not as active as the boys were but I'm feeling her move more and more and Mitch and Ollie have been able to feel some decent kicks. She was measuring over a week and a half ahead at the anatomy scan and given our history of decent sized babies (8lbs 5 oz & 8lbs 9oz) I'm predicting she'll also be a chunker. I am feeling huge given this enormous bump but (even though I closed my eyes when the nurse made me step on the scale) my ob showed me my weight gain chart and said I'm right on track. Which being me, probably means I'll end up gaining 40lbs again no worries, but given how quickly I've lost it in the past, I'm not concerned. I'm pregnant; not fat.

My blood pressure so far has been good, it was an issue for my entire first pregnancy and rose dramatically at the end with Austin but I'm hoping it stays under control this time. I'd really like to avoid another induction. In the next week I need to do the glucose test, get a couple shots and my next check up will be the day before we go to Hawaii. Bring on the babymoon!

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Life lately - the staycation

Playing iPhone catch up from the end of last year - our Christmas through New Years staycation...

Christmas Eve - making green grinch cookies with the boys (and of course, watching the movie together)...

Merry Christmas! This was our 4th Christmas we've spent away from family, but only the second where we've actually spent it at home. Ollie was very keen to have Christmas in our own house this year and we happily obliged... Hopefully the next one will be down under though ;-) (and I made my very first terrine!).

The week Mitch had off between Christmas & New Years we just hung out - took the boys to the park...

Visited the Exploratorium in the city (and had a yummy lunch from the Ferry Building)...

Spent the day at the San Francisco Zoo...

Had many coffee dates/bike rides to Philz...

And then we finished off our little mini break by spending a few days shopping around for a new car! Neither of us were too keen to get rid of our VW, but with baby girl on the way a little more space is necessary, so we came home with a nice dark grey Toyota Highlander... I came dangerously close to a minivan (ugh - what was I thinking?!? It seemed like a good idea til the moment I sat in it and then I knew we are a SUV family for life) but the highlander is a good compromise, roomy enough and a 7 seater, hooray!

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

A fresh start

Did you know it's possible to be only weeks into a new year and already feel burnt out? I didn't, until 2016 hit us like a freight train. I love the coming of the new year - you know, making resolutions and goals and all that (even if they aren't always kept ;-) ) and just the concept of a fresh start. Last year wasn't my favourite for so many reasons, and although realistically - it could've been a lot worse, I was just so ready to say goodbye to 2015 and all the various dramas it entailed.

The upside of a trying year? You learn a lot. An awful lot. I know I came out of 2015 having discovered more about my boundaries / limitations / priorities and although it's still a work in progress, I'm getting there. I'm slowly figuring out the balance of being a good friend without becoming a doormat (fellow people pleasers can surely understand). I'm learning (trying to, so hard) to be content with our current circumstances and trying not to get too ahead of myself when it feels like the things we want just aren't going to happen on my timeline. And with the 6 letter c word also becoming an unfortunate reality in our family, I'm realising that you just never know when circumstances are going to change, life is short and really - you've got to make the most of it, good or bad, every day is a blessing.

So, 2016. I might still be feeling ready to escape and sleep for a month, but you know what - it's a new week and I'm finally excited about this fresh start. It is still the new year and bugger it 2016, you are going to be GOOD. I'm determined. I mean, this year I get to meet my daughter - I honestly don't know what is going to top that.

Bring it on, new year. I'm beyond exhausted but so ready.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

A little pre-Christmas, white Christmas snow trip {Lake Tahoe}

We had grand plans to go spend a few days at the snow between Christmas and New Years this year, but leaving booking accommodation to the last minute (whoops) meant our choices were severely limited. So - a couple of weekends ago, we took a little pre-Christmas, white Christmas snow trip to our favourite Californian destination, Lake Tahoe.

With the drought and all, you never quite know if you're going to get decent snow here but boy did we strike it lucky! There was a big snowstorm the night before we arrived (and another the day we left, bringing our plans to leave forward by half a day so we could get out before the pass was closed) and it left the lake looking like a winter wonderland.

This year we stayed at Incline Village in the north part of the lake - we've never actually stayed on the Nevada side before but the beachfront resort was gorgeous and I'm keen to check it out in the summertime.

Although Austin wasn't such a fan of the snow, we still had a fun weekend... But I have to say, I've had my snow fix for another year now!

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Friday, December 18, 2015

Christmas favourites

Christmas in California is a funny thing for me. It's this weird in between season that's nothing like the Christmas I grew up with (stinking hot in the middle of a humid summer) but it's not freezing and snowy - in the bay area at least - like in all of the stereotypical Christmas movies that I grew up on. It's a strange in between kind of cold and I'm not sure that I really like it.

It doesn't feel like Christmas and it certainly doesn't feel like home, and the older that I get, the more I just want my Christmas. Not to mention the boys - being third culture kids, I often wonder just what things exactly will invoke those warm fuzzy feelings of Christmas for them when they are grown. They don't share the same experience as Mitch and I with an Aussie Christmas, and the older I (and they) get, the more sad that makes me feel. I'm so thankful - I really am - for being able to travel and live internationally, but this mama is ready to take her family down under for good.

I've been reminiscing over past favourites, and for a girl that hails from a small country town in Queensland, Australia I know I've been pretty lucky with some of our Christmas experiences. Although nothing says the silly season to me quite like hot weather, beach days and cold prawns, some of my most memorable holidays have been the years we were living in Europe. Those Europeans really do know how to celebrate with classic decor, cultural traditions, picture perfect markets, snow for days and well - the scenery!

This year is going to be a little more low key with Christmas Day at home and Mitch's time off just spent doing things locally, but we did get in some snow time last weekend at Lake Tahoe (more to come on that!).

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