Friday, September 27, 2013

la petite bump {16 weeks}

How many weeks? 16 weeks.

Baby's size & weight?
 4.5 inches / 3.5 ounces (11.6 cm / 100 grams)

Pink or blue? It's a BOY! Because patience is not one of my strong points, we had a last minute gender peek done on Friday at a 4D place and it didn't take long to guess what we're having - just like his big brother, this little guy is not shy!!! We got a bunch of pictures and a DVD of the entire scan. He did look a bit alien like at times - it was nothing like the 4D scan we had done with Ollie at 29 weeks, but still pretty cool!

Weight gain? 6kg / 13lbs. I still feel like I'm gaining rapidly even though I'm eating healthily. Again - this pregnancy is just so different to my pregnancy with Oliver. I am dying to get back to the gym and just spend a bit of time tuned out on the elliptical, even just for my mental health but morning sickness + exhaustion still hanging around has made late afternoon strolls around the neighborhood the limit of my exercise these days.

Symptoms? I'm still waiting for that second trimester 'glow' to kick in. I have to admit, I overdid it for a few days last week and I've been paying for it ever since - exhaustion is kicking my butt right now. Morning sickness still hasn't completely disappeared unfortunately. I'm not throwing up every day though now so that's a big plus, but I really hope it all goes away sooner rather than later.

Movement? It started with flutters between 14-15 weeks, but by 15 weeks I felt those first definite kicks! As we saw on the ultrasound last week, this little guy is quite the mover & shaker and I'm definitely feeling it.

The best thing? Finding out the gender! I had been really struggling to bond with this baby still - having to call him an it was really getting to me, so it feels SO good to know what we're having. I feel like I can really start to get excited now, not to mention start planning out the nursery.

The most difficult thing? Having to pack away all my pre-pregnancy jeans :-( I know it'll be some time before we meet again, and that makes me sad - I despise maternity clothes!!! I've bought a couple of pairs of new maternity jeans over here and although the belly coverage is more comfortable, I really don't like the style of the (non existent) waistband. The pants I bought in Europe still had belt loops and a faux button - they actually resembled jeans. I'm kicking myself for getting rid of most of my maternity clothes from my pregnancy with Oliver.

Appointments? The 4D ultrasound we had done last week was just for fun - not a medical scan. My next appointment isn't until 19 weeks for the anatomy scan. I'm looking forward to seeing our little mister again and curious to see what the doctors say about his size. The sonographer at the 4D place said he looked 'very well sized for gestation' - she asked how big Ollie was (8lbs5oz) and said she'd guess this little guy will be at least 1lb BIGGER! Not what you want to hear at only 15 weeks pregnant...

Looking forward to? I can't wait for Mitch & Ollie to feel the kicks too! It only took about a week or two when I was pregnant with Oliver for movement to be felt on the outside, this time around I felt movement a few weeks earlier but it's taking longer to be felt on the outside. I'm really curious to see Ollie's reaction!

Bump comparison? 16 weeks pregnant with Oliver on the left vs 16 weeks with this little guy on the right. Definitely much lower this time!

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Wandering Wednesday - Giethoorn, The Netherlands

This new season has been making me crave Europe, in particular - the Netherlands, our second home. Autumn there was pretty special and I'd give just about anything to be back there right now enjoying this season. Seeing as that's not going to happen, I just have to make do with flicking back through photos and reminiscing about our time spent in the country I usually referred to as flatland.

Giethoorn is a small town in the north known as the 'Venice of the North'. We took a day trip to this part of the country (I just love how we lived in a country small enough to drive from one side to the other and back in a day!) when we were touring some of the northern tulip fields in the spring of 2011. I was pregnant with Oliver at that time and after a morning exploring the colourful fields, we stopped off in this picture perfect little canal town.

Although you can see the village by foot, the best way is to hit the waterways. You can rent a canoe style boat, but after seeing the number of near accidents (and the colour of the water - I DID NOT want to fall in!) we opted for the guided tour. 5 euros a person and 30 minutes sitting back and relaxing in a shaded boat was a very good option indeed!

Giethoorn is one of those destinations that might not be full of famous touristy sights, but is just a lovely place to spend an afternoon meandering around. We took our boat ride, enjoyed an ice cream and explored the village shops & galleries at our leisure. To me, it's definitely a spring/summer destination; I wouldn't recommend it in the cooler months - unless of course you are into ice skating, because I'm going to take a guess that the canals freeze over :)

Have you ever been to the Netherlands?

Happy wanderings :)

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

First trimester must haves

Oh, boy. Although I am SO glad to be done with the first trimester, the memories of the constant exhaustion and sickness are still a little fresh in my mind - mostly because they still haven't gone away. Although this isn't my first pregnancy, it's been a totally different experience to when I was pregnant with Oliver. While I'm waiting for that supposed second trimester glow to kick in, I thought I'd put together my first trimester must haves...

1. Acupressure wrist bands: although there are 'morning sickness' specific bands, it all does the same job so I went for the slightly less expensive version, by the same brand.

2. Water bottle: Headaches - one of those lovely side effects of all the hormones going crazy in your body during the first trimester. I'm a big water drinker usually but I found I had to drink an awful lot more water than usual to keep the headaches at bay, especially while we were out & about.

3. Mindless entertainment: we only got Netflix a few months ago but it has been a lifesaver. Although Oliver isn't a huge TV watcher, he has been watching a bit more than usual while I've been feeling unwell and it has been keeping us both sane. Not to mention naptimes - all I've been managing half the time is collapsing on the couch with a mindless show to watch!

4. Nausea relief gum: also by Sea Band, I found this nausea relief ginger gum to be AWESOME. I would chew some in the car on the way to wherever we were going and although the taste is intense (if you don't like ginger, it'll probably gross you out), it helped settle my queasy tummy.

5. Yoga pants: ask any of my friends... I LIVED in yoga pants this first trimester. None of my jeans fit by about 8 weeks and even a lot of my skirts felt uncomfortable on my rapidly bloating waistline. My favourite pants are the Mossimo ones from Target.

6. Cocoa butter: I used Palmers cocoa butter during my first pregnancy, every day from the time I found out I was expecting and didn't get a single stretch mark. Now, I suspect genes play a key role in this BUT it also stopped my belly from feeling dry & itchy. I've been using it this time around as well and I swear by the stuff. Note: I've used both the regular palmers and the stretch mark specific cream. I usually buy whatever is on special because in my opinion, they both seem to do the same job!

7. Prenatal vitamins: I have actually been on prenatal vitamins for a looong time - I took them when I was breastfeeding, and didn't bother to switch to a regular multi vitamin in between weaning & falling pregnant again (as I was hoping for it to be not too long of a gap!). During my first pregnancy in the Netherlands, I had to take a separate folic acid supplement but I love that here it's all included in the one tablet!

8. Pregnancy app: my favourite is the Baby Center 'My Pregnancy Today'. I tried so many for my first pregnancy but this one was by far my favourite - and, it's free!

Mamas, what are your first trimester must haves?

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

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"A picture of my child, once a week, every week, in 2013"

Oliver: Getting to paint on Mummy's tummy = BIG smiles!!!

Linking up with Che and Fidel as part of the 52 Project.

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

It's a...

We couldn't be more thrilled - Oliver is going to have a BABY BROTHER!!!

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Wandering Wednesday - Swayambhunath: Kathmandu, Nepal

Swayambhunath is a temple high up on a hill in Kathmandu, Nepal. It's one of the key sights of this fun Nepali city - we took a taxi to the base of the temple and spent a few hours wandering around this ancient site.

As is always our luck, the temple stupa was undergoing construction so we couldn't see all of it clearly. Although it's a bit of a hike up the stairs to the site - with it's many shrines, prayer wheels and flags, it's probably the most well known site in Kathmandu and something not to be missed.

Although one could never really consider Kathmandu a pretty city from afar - it's one of those places where the beauty lies in random, unsuspecting places -  the temple site does offer a great view over the city.

Swayambhunath is also known as the monkey temple, and rightly so - this place feels like it's run by the critters. They are entertaining to watch, but will also steal food out of your pockets if you're not careful!

My favourite memory from this site would have to be the colourful prayer flags. They were strung anywhere and everywhere; quite a sight to behold.

Kathmandu is a city that I didn't instantly fall in love with. To be honest, our first afternoon there was a little overwhelming; I was experiencing my first case of true culture shock. I wondered what had compelled us to book such a long trip to such a smelly destination and found all the sounds, sights & smells a little too much for my jetlagged senses. Once we found our feet in a fabulous cafe (OR2K you will forever have a place in my heart!) and I had time to gather my thoughts, I found my embracing the cultural differences. I loved what this city has to offer and a trip to Kathmandu certainly wouldn't be complete without visiting Swayambhunath temple.

Have you ever found yourself feeling overwhelmed in a new destination?

Happy wanderings :-)

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