Mega Update

Sunday, August 14, 2011

I'm alive!

The cold/flu I picked up has really knocked me around and I am only just beginning to feel like myself again. I finished the antibiotics 2 days ago, so hopefully this is the end of it now! I managed work last week but was exhausted each day when I came home. So glad DH has been here to help with cooking and housework. He has even managed to avoid catching my dreaded lurgy which I am sure he is happy about!!

Yesterday marked 18 weeks. 18 weeks...I cannot believe it! I am almost halfway through this pregnancy!!! Craziness...

So what's new with me and baby?

My belly has most definitely popped. It's now not just noticeable to me, but to those around me. People at work, friends and family have all been commenting. It's even beginning to stick out in my baggier tops. And I am going to confess that I am 100% besotted with this bump. I'm not sure if all pregnant woman feel like this, or if it's because I have wanted this for so long..but I could just stand and look at my reflection for hours. I spend a good part of my day touching and rubbing the bump and in fact it's the first thing I do when I wake up (perhaps to make sure it's still there?!). I am even going to admit (how embarrassing) that I am constantly checking out my reflection (in shop windows, mirrors..) as I am walking along to get another glimpse of the bump.

DH thinks it's quite amusing that I am so obsessed with the bump. He is quite impressed that it has literally expanded overnight. Now that it's more prominent he has been touching my belly a lot more and has even started talking to baby which I thought was really sweet.

Movements are still happening sporadically. I wish I was feeling baby move more regularly, but I know that will come. What I have been feeling is generally flutters and bubbles, but a couple of times I have felt something different which I can only imagine is the baby actually doing flips (or similar type movements). It was the weirdest sensation...kind of like when your stomach drops while on a ride at an amusement park or something. Completely bizarre, but totally cool at the same time!

We have purchased a few more baby items. We found a Kingparrot Bassinet on Gumtree for $90. I was very excited as these have been the only bassinets I liked the look of, but didn't really want to pay full price for one. This one is in great condition and was for sale only 5 minutes from home. We just have to attach the wheels as the woman never ended up using them.

Not sure if I mentioned in an earlier post, but mum and I went to some garage sales and I ended up buying a Fisher Price 'My Little Lamb Swing' in great condition for about a third of what it would have cost brand new from a baby shop. Just need to remove the covers and give them a wash and it will be as good as new!

I picked this shirt up at a garage sale too for 50 cents. Couldn't resist it and thought DH would find it amusing...

Big W was also having a big baby sale this week so DH and I went and put another bunch of stuff on layby including a few cute outfits, socks, wraps, wipes and nappies (going to use disposables for the first 6 weeks or so before I start with the MCNs).

So really all we need to buy now is the cot, change table, a chest of drawers and the glider chair I have been lusting after since I sat on one in the baby shop! My parents are buying us the capsule that attaches to the pram we bought earlier on so that's the car seat sorted for the first 6 months or so. I figure anything we have forgotten can be asked for as gifts when I have a baby shower. Plus I know my mum is itching to buy some more baby things. She has been very restrained so far (especially after the miscarriage) and only went out last week and bought some cute outfits for baby.

DH has started work on the baby's room. He knocked down the wall the other day so next step is plastering up the holes (I think that's tomorrows job) and then painting (which will hopefully happen next time DH is home). We are also hoping to have the room re-carpeted and then it will all be nice and fresh for our little ones arrival.

I am still feeling really tired. I'm not sure who decided that energy comes back in the 2nd trimester but it is not happening for me. Maybe it's just because I have been sick. I guess I'll see if I'm starting to feel more energetic now that I am well again! I guess it also doesn't help that I am still getting up 3-4 times a night to pee.

8 more sleeps until the morph scan. I am really excited to see our little one feels like a lifetime since the last scan in the obs office! I am also excited to confirm that bubs is a he. My mum is soooo excited about being able to come along! DH is sad that he is missing this next scan. I wish it could have been timed for when he was home, but it just couldn't be done. He will also miss the next obs appointment (which is a week after the morph scan) which means missing another chance to check out bubs. I'm so glad that he has been able to come to the scans and appointments so far, but sorry he will miss out on a few.

In non pregnancy related news, we have been dealing with a lot of family stuff in the aftermath of my grandmothers death. I am quite disgusted at how my aunts and uncles (mum's siblings) are behaving about dividing up the estate. It's really sad to hear they are squabbling over possessions and it's really upsetting my mum to be in the middle of it (as one of the executors of the will) when the last thing she wants to do is fight over who gets what. The divide between family members is huge at the moment and I do not think the family will recover. It's very sad as I never expected my family to act like this. I don't think mum did either. Death can bring out the worst in some people...

Not much else is going on here.
DH will fly back to work on Tuesday for another 2 weeks away and I'm sure once he's gone I will have more time to blog regularly!


Just Us & A Miracle Baby too! said...

Yay! A follow bargain hunter like myself! :) I got the same swing off craigslist for less then half the price in great condition! I'm pretty much doing the same for everything except the crib when it comes to nursery furniture. 18 weeks, almost halfway there!

Rachel said...

I am glad to hear you are starting to feel better. Yay for baby bargains! It's be so cool to have the bump now. I will be like you when I get that bump showing (now I just look fat..LOL)! So sorry to hear about your family situation, that can pull a family apart and it is so sad.

Take care of yourself and I hope the energy starts to come back for you :-)

China Doll said...

Totally agree with you about my bump... always check it when I wake up in the morning and have been looking at myself in elevator mirrors and shop windows too!
I'm impressed with how far along you are with your baby shopping.. I've only bought a sling so far and spent hours browsing other stuff online. But then, we don't have a permanent home yet since we've just moved country....!

♥ C said...

Glad you are feeling better now! love the bargins and the shirt is so cute! hehe

Wow 18 weeks you are almost half way!!! thats so fantastic!