Hello November

Hello November

How is it already November? This year has gone both super fast and super slow at times, but that’s life with a baby. Hey guys! How is everyone? It’s been the longest while since I’ve blogged, but it popped back in my head and I wanted to check in.

If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen the occasional updates of little miss Naomi. She is now 7 and a half months. She’s super smiley and bubbly, and is figuring out that she can move her body more and more. She can sit up unaided, but will still flop over at a moment’s notice. She leans over to grab stuff and gets mad when things are out of reach. She adores her baths and going swimming.

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I’m back at work 4 days a week. I plan on going fully full time next year, but for now, I like having a 3 day weekend, as I get exhausted. I’m back to looking after many babies during the day, and then I head home and we look after just one baby. It still takes up a decent bit of energy. We all just crash by around 9 o clock. All that aside, I am loving being back at work. I’ve settled back in, the kids all know me well again, and Naomi gets so much love and attention from all the kids and teachers.

November has so far been bringing some really lovely sunny weather. We’ve gone on quite a few trips at work, and it’s been so nice getting to chill in the sun. My birthday is in just under a month, and we have a fun little weekend getaway planned. Then of course, Christmas is pretty close too. We have another getaway planned around new years too. All in all, I’m excited for the coming months!

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It’s been fun opening up wordpress and typing up this update. I have no idea what the future of this blog is, but I don’t think I’ll ever be able to fully walk away. It’s too much fun! Even if I vanish for months at a time lol.

How have the past few months been for everyone? I’m hoping to catch up on the last few posts people have posted, do let me know how you guys are going!

Angela.

Two Months Old

Two Months Old

I was definitely intending to write more than once a month, but honestly, I’m just happy spending my days hanging out and chilling with Naomi. We spend most days either hanging out in the living room as the weather turns yucky, and getting out when we can. In the evenings, we hang out with Rory. In the weekends, we’re a happy little family often going out to the shops and visiting extended family. Things are going great, and I often forget about blogging.

That being said, I still like having this little space to collect memories and experiences. So here comes another update.

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She is still feeding very well. She goes through phases of ‘cluster feeding’, especially in the evenings. They tend to happen when she goes through a growth spurt. So she wants to feed lots to keep up with her body’s demands.

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She is sleeping longer at night, still around 3-5 hours. Then during the day, she’ll nap anywhere between 20 minutes to just over an hour. She’s starting to settle herself to sleep now sometimes which is good. She’ll lie in bed, coo, suck her fingers then eventually fall asleep. Other times she decides she wants to be rocked and will call out or cry for us till we come over.

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She is talking quite a bit now. By talking, I mean cooing. Lots of ‘oohs’, ‘aahs’, and gurgling noises. She gets even chattier when you look directly at her and talk. It’s so cute. She also smiles lots more, a few times she’s returned our own smiles which just melts my heart!

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Her eyesight is definitely stronger now. She will follow us with her eyes as we move around the room. She also loves looking at things. Especially high contrast stuff, like black and white. We currently have put up these two black and white prints just above her nappy change area. She loves staring at them as we change her, which is a welcome distraction.

She’s starting to stay up a little longer in between her day naps. Anywhere from 40 minutes to an hour. We play heaps in this time. Reading books, singing songs, doing tummy time. We have also started venturing outside every few days too. I was really nervous about doing this at first, but now that she’s a little older, it’s nice to go for a walk around the block outside.

Some random tidbits to add at the end of this update.

  • She absolutely loves baths now.
  • She is starting to outgrow her newborn clothes. We’ve bought a few clothes the next size up in preparation. It’s amazing how fast babies grow!
  • I’m getting a lot more confident during our days at home together. I used to struggle quite a bit, and felt overwhelmed a lot of the times. But now, we know each other quite well and I can read her cues. We still have the occasional bad day, but never as bad as it was in those first few weeks.

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I’ve rambled enough now. I had fun writing this post, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to write another one anytime soon. Hopefully I can keep up with these monthly updates.

Hope you’re all doing well!

Angela.

One Month Old

One Month Old

We’ve reached another milestone, Naomi is officially one month old! We are so in love with this little lady, it’s amazing getting to watch her grow!

She’s just been through another growth spurt, so she was feeding and sleeping heaps lately. The cluster feedings definitely exhaust me as I try to keep up with her demands, but it never lasts longer than a few days, before we get back to regular feeds. We’ve definitely got into a rhythm with breastfeeding which is so good. We had lots of issues during the first two weeks, so I’m glad that things have settled.

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Sleep still has it’s ups and downs, but this past week has been really good. She’s having shorter naps throughout the day, and having longer sleeps in the night. She sleeps between 2 and a half to 3 and a half hours at night, waking up in between for some feeds. She goes back down to sleep quite fast in between the feeds, so that I’m able to get back to sleep too. We’re hoping this sticks around for a while!

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Naomi has periods where she’s quite alert, especially during the day. Her big blue eyes are often content searching the room. We read books to her, sing, do tummy time, and just spend time together. When we’re holding her close, her eyes do seem to focus directly on us now. She often turns her head towards me or Rory if she hears us going by, so it’s nice to see that she definitely recognizes us! As she gets older, it’ll be fun to see her as she begins to interact back with us.

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That’s all for this update. Hope you guys are all doing well!

Angela.

Two Weeks Old

Two Weeks Old

Two weeks have now passed since we greeted Naomi into the world. The first week felt like a month, this second week felt like a few weeks. There is no exaggeration about how exhausting being a new parent is. I’m lucky in that I have plenty of support from my husband and family, but even with all that, I am consistently shattered and drained. Life can sometimes blur into a cycle of changing clothes, changing nappies, breastfeeding and rocking to sleep. Naomi is still too young to know the difference between day and night, so the days feel never ending at times. Especially on the nights where she’s extra unsettled. That being said, we absolutely love and adore this little girl, even when we’re shattered.

Here’s some things she does love. She absolutely loves cuddles. She now snuggles up to us as we hold her which is the sweetest thing.

She has put on a decent bit of weight which we’re glad to see. She sometimes has problems when it comes to breastfeeding, she has issues latching. But we’ve been working through it together, and we’re getting better. I do love when we are able to breastfeed well, I really feel like we’re bonding.

After a big nap and feed, she’s often alert for around half an hour. I love hanging out with her in this time. Her eyes are wide and she’s constantly looking around and taking in everything around her. She’s getting better at focusing on us now, I think. Newborns don’t have the best eyesight and they can’t really focus on anything. But there have been moments where she looks directly at us, and I feel like she recognizes us. Or maybe she recognizes our smell.

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She is starting to smile and giggle, but I think it’s just her figuring out her facial muscles. It normally happens when she’s gassy or asleep. It’s the cutest sight though, and I can’t wait for her to begin smiling and laughing for real.

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She doesn’t like having her nappies changed. She gets very mad, and just shouts and kicks and pouts. Same with getting her clothes changed. Which all often happen at the same time. Some kind of bodily fluid will wind up on her clothes so we have to change her. Good times.

She doesn’t know how to feel about baths. The first time she just freaked out and cried the whole time. The second time, she shouted at first, but then stopped and started moving her legs around in the water. Like she was remembering that she used to spend a lot of time in water, and maybe it isn’t so bad.

Finally, we had a newborn photo shoot with Charlie Horse Photography, who also did my maternity shoot. I left out hair and makeup this time round, as it was all about miss Naomi. We have over 30 beautiful photos capturing this moment in time when Naomi was just one week old!

That’s all I have to update for now. This has definitely brought the biggest change in our lives. Rory and I often talk about how different it is when we’re pregnant, talking about how we’ll have a baby, to actually holding and caring for our baby in real life. It hits you hard, and we’re doing our best to roll with it. I love Naomi to bits, but I’m keen to move on past this newborn phase and maybe get a little more sleep.

Angela.

Hello March

Hello March

It is officially March! Baby girl’s due date is March 21, so chances are, we’ll have a baby sometime this month! (Unless she’s really late, but hopefully not).

This past week, not much has really happened. I’ve gone out a few times. Sometimes to go for a walk, other times I  go down to the pools, or we have appointments. Otherwise, I’m still at home most of the time. I’ve been keeping myself entertained, mostly playing games, in between keeping the house tidy. Baby’s room is looking pretty good. It’s still a bit all over the place, but loads better than two weeks ago. We donated a bunch of stuff we didn’t want. We have a changing area, her bassinet, a few shelves. The closet in her room is still filled with random stuff, but we’re trying to sort through it. Things just tend to build up over time.

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After the antenatal classes finished, quite a few of us have stayed in touch on facebook. Out of the six of us, two have now had their little ones which is really exciting! It’s also quite cool being able to talk to them about things like labour, birth and breastfeeding, since they’re all going through it too. It’s a nice support group to have. I’ve also been reading Carly‘s blog quite a bit too. She was one month ahead of me in pregnancy, and she had her little one recently too. I’m just trying to soak up as much info as I can before we’re the ones who will have a newborn in our lives! I’m so excited and just can’t wait to meet her, while at the same time, that whole fear of the unknown is just hovering in the air.

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That’s all I really have to share for this week. I’m officially 37 weeks. So baby girl is full term! We made it, woo! Now it’s just officially the waiting game for when labour starts. I’ve been rereading my books on the whole labour and birth aspect, including talking about it for ages with each midwife appointment. We’re definitely in the endgame now.

Angela.

P.S. Speaking of endgame, I keep thinking about how the final avengers movie is coming out pretty soon, and that I will most likely have a newborn by then. But I still want to see the movie lol.

Bumpdate (28 Weeks)

Hello internet friends. I haven’t been on wordpress since my birthday. I haven’t really had any motivation to blog lately. But since being on holiday, I wanted to write another update on how my pregnancy is going. Especially as I am now officially in my third trimester! Baby is only a few months away now…

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My tummy is getting pretty big now. I can’t stop staring at it honestly. It’s going to get even bigger over the next 10-12 weeks which is crazy, as baby continues to grow to a healthy weight. She’s currently around 1 kg, and birth weight is typically around 3.5 kgs I believe. So she has a lot of growing to do in this last trimester.

Also, as she gets bigger, she has less room, so I am feeling all the movements. Every little or big one. Kicks, rolls, punches, stretches, hiccups, spasms, all of it. I spend most nights just sitting on the couch staring at my stomach jump around. It’s fascinating and also kind of scary to see that much movement coming from inside me. A few of those moves have also been pretty uncomfortable. She does this one stretch, where I feel like she’s pushing her foot against my ribs, and I have to stop and just breathe for a second cause it does not feel right. Doesn’t last too long though. Also not a fan when she moves down and just rests right on top of my bladder.

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Along with all that, there is more general fatigue, and random aches and pains. It does not take long for me to want to sit down and rest. But that also relates to the fact that I run out of breath faster, since lungs are also getting crowded. It’s so weird to think that so many organs are being pushed to one side right now, because baby is the priority (makes sense though).

With entering this last trimester, I’m starting to think more about labor and delivery. It genuinely scares me. I’m not the greatest when it comes to pain, and birth definitely is going to involve some level of pain. I’ve been reading quite a few books about labor, delivery and recovery, so I’m learning more about it. Rory and I will also be going to antenatal classes in January where they’ll talk more about it, so that should help to. For now though, I’m still just trying to focus on getting through my last few weeks at work, and making sure I keep healthy in this last bit of pregnancy.

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With all that being said, I want to reflect on how I’ve been feeling this whole pregnancy. I’ve been very lucky that I’ve had  no major issues. I skipped the morning sickness and most of the nausea which I am very happy about. I have had a few bad nights with heartburn and general aches and pains, but otherwise I’m okay. The first trimester was odd, as I felt so tired and drained all the time, but I looked completely normal. I didn’t look pregnant at all. I didn’t really start showing till around 14-15 weeks. The second trimester was definitely better energy wise. I wasn’t as tired anymore, I started showing, and of course, I began to feel baby. I find it funny that I used to have to focus so hard to see if I could feel baby moving, and now I feel her all day everyday. Entering the third trimester though, I have heard that the fatigue kicks back in with a vengeance. On top of that, you also are huge, and other sorts of fun things to focus on.

I have been very rambly in this update post, but I haven’t really done one in 7 weeks, so I had a lot to say. I will say, I’m starting to get a little over being pregnant. I can only imagine how I feel in 2 months. I will definitely be sick of being pregnancy by then I’m sure. I am definitely not looking forward to the labor/birth/recovery part, as the more I find out about it, the less fun it seems. But you gotta get through that to get to the baby part. But, I can honestly say that I can’t wait to have this baby, and be able to physically see/touch/feel her. To have a little daughter and look after her. When I think about that, I get really giddy and excited, while also anxious and nervous. That seems about right for your first child right? 50/50 on excited and worried.

To end this post, as it’s getting really long. Christmas was really nice for us. We hung out with family, played games, ate lots of food, went out and about. It’s New Years Eve now, tomorrow is 2019 which is pretty cool. I hope to update again sooner rather than later. I hope you guys had a really nice Christmas break too, and got to spend time with loved ones.

See you next year.

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Angela.

 

27

Hello all. I’m back after another long break I wasn’t intending to take. But I wanted to post today, since it’s my 27th birthday! What with my birthday being at the end of the year, I thought this would be a nice time to look back at this past year.

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My selfie I took on my 26th birthday

Being 26 has been pretty awesome. I’d been having a blast blogging, and celebrated my blogiversary!

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I kicked off the year with so much creativity and inspiration for blog ideas. I did lots of DIY projects, tried heaps of recipe from Nerdy Nummies, played with makeup more, and had so much fun just taking photos of everything.

I decided to try out a boudoir shoot, which was a huge step out of my comfort zone for me. It was definitely an incredible experience, and I still love the photos that came out!

I celebrated being married for a year with Rory!

We went to Japan and had the most amazing holiday.

We adopted our little black cat Shadow. We’re so used to her in our lives now.

The biggest joy though, was finding out we were expecting! It was so nice being able to share this news with everyone, we’ve had nothing but love and support. I’ve been lucky to have a fairly straightforward pregnancy. I’m hoping this will carry on through till we get to meet our daughter next March!

I’m excited to see what being 28 will bring in 2019!

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Continuing the birthday selfie trend

As an endnote to this post, I want to say thanks for the understanding in my previous post. I mentioned that I don’t think I would be able to blog as much, and questioned whether I would keep this blog going. I’m still unsure about the future, but my blog plan stays open until next July, so I’ll make a final decision closer to the time. Till then, I will update my blog when I have the energy for it. I’m 25 weeks in, and I’m definitely starting to feel like that last trimester is almost on me. I’m getting bigger and running out of energy even faster than before. I would love to get all that inspiration and creativity for creating content back again, but as you know, my focus is on my offline life for now. Thanks for all the support internet friends 🙂

Angela.

Bumpdate (21 Weeks In)

So I’ve really fallen off the blogging wagon. Honestly, I’ve been thinking about it, and I don’t know if I will keep this blog going in a few months time. Part of me hates the thought of saying goodbye completely to blogging, but with how infrequent I’ve been coming online and how busy life is getting, it may be for the best. For now however, it’s time for another little bumpdate.

The Not-So-Good

I didn’t have the smoothest past two weeks with the bump. I’ve been getting a decent bit of lower back pain, leg cramps, and a few nights of really bad heartburn. I was also talking with my midwife who let me know that my uterus is sitting quite high, and baby is growing at a pretty fast rate. Nothing to be too alarmed about, but it is possibly an indication that I could be at risk for gestational diabetes. Or it could just mean that I am a tiny human being, so my uterus is doing it’s best to make space for my regular sized baby. Either way, we’re getting screening tests done. It has dented my happy little pregnancy bubble a little, but even if it tests back positive, there’s plans and things in place to make sure the rest of the pregnancy goes as smooth as possible.

The Good

However, other than that, things seem to be going great. We had the 20 weeks scan and got to find out that we’re having a little girl! There’s basically no concerns with how baby is going which is always a relief to hear. It was really fun watching her on the monitor, as she was moving a lot.

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Speaking of movements, I’ve been feeling her move a fair bit. She gets the most active when I’m trying to sleep which is a little rude. I’ll be just about to fall asleep, when I’ll feel these constant taps and wooshes all of a sudden. I’ve also started to feel more subtle movements throughout the day. I always like being able to feel them, it’s a nice reminder that she’s really in there. Also, even Rory was able to feel some movements a few nights ago when she was really doing some acrobatic tricks. Good to know she’s getting stronger now. But also, why must she do them when I’m trying to sleep? It’s probably preparation for when she arrives…

The Random

Over the last week, I have been told excitedly by many people at work that I’m showing now. I feel like I’ve been showing for a few weeks, but I’m someone who often wears comfy and loose clothing everywhere, so I was still able to hide it. With summer arriving though, and the bump getting bigger every day, I’m not really able to hide it anymore.

I’ve been loving doing my pregnancy swimming class. I’m now considering just going swimming for a bit a few times after work during the week. It’s so nice to be floating in the water, literally all my aches go away. For the next 24 hours, I always feel so much better, until all those little pains start creeping back in.

Also, I randomly bought some baby clothes while walking through the department store. They were just too cute to pass up. I also found some milestone cards which I always see on Instagram and Pinterest. I really wanted a set too!

So yeah, that’s been this bumpdate. I’m still trying to think of how to get back into blogging. It’s sad to think of leaving completely and closing down the site, since I’ve loved working on it since I made it back in last March. The cost of self hosting isn’t really worth it now though. I’ve been trying to think of maybe trying to move it back to WordPress.com, or else just starting a new blog down the line, but transferring my stats. I don’t know. I still have next July before I have to pay for another year, so we’ll see.

Sorry for the ramble at the end! I will be trying to read up on everyone’s posts over this weekend though as I want to see how you’re all doing. So if you get a lot of me spamming your notifications, I’ll say sorry now lol.

Angela.

Bumpdate (19 Weeks In)

I do feel like this is the only recurring post I remember to write. But to be fair, it is on my mind a lot. Also, thanks to Rossy for the inspiration for the title!

How I’m Doing

I find myself staring a lot more at my tummy. Things are definitely happening. I feel similar to my last update post. Not sleeping too great, and being a little off balance. I am getting hungrier randomly though. In the middle of the night, I suddenly wake up really hungry. So now I keep snacks by the bed.

I’ve gone to a few pregnancy classes, as I don’t tend to motivate myself to do any exercise. The yoga classes have been really nice. I have followed some Youtube videos, but it’s nice to do it with the instructor in the room. I have slept better on the nights following the yoga class. I’ve also tried a pregnancy swimming class, which I loved. Being weightless and floating in water is a nice feeling. Also, the low impact aerobics was a lot of fun. I can jump and move around a lot easier in water than on land. That being said, coming out of the water and back onto land was kind of a disappointment.

How Baby Is Doing

Baby has now grown to the size of a mango. He or she is also starting to get some fat, so they’re getting bigger. I should be able to feel them more and more, and that has me the most excited. The past two weeks, I’ve felt a lot more ‘flutterings’. It’ll be interesting to compare these movements to bigger moves and kicks down the line.

That’s all for this update! I’m really excited for the 20 week ultrasound next week. Hopefully we’ll be able to find out the gender!

Angela.