Bump Diary #14 – 32 week update

 How far along are you? 32 weeks and 5 days (this post was scheduled to go out this past Monday!!)

How big is baby? This week Baby weighs as much as a coconut. On average around 41.1cms long and weighing just over 1.5kg and heading into a growth spurt, beginning to plump up with essential fat that is accumulating underneath its skin.
Body and changes:
Weight gain I’m sure I’ve gained heaps of weight again this week feeling a little more uncomfortable with my walk definitely turning into a waddle these days.
Stretch marks Those little faint lines I first started seeing last week are definitely stretch marks. I saw them a lot more prominent in the mirror yesterday morning and when I realised that they were stretch marks I immediately felt surprised as I thought that since I didn’t really get many in my first pregnancy, it would be the same with this second one. Wrong! After a few minutes, I got used to the fact that they’re normal and are only a sign that a human life is growing within me and I have accepted that it’s all part of the journey of motherhood.
Sleep I’ve been finding it really uncomfortable to sleep these days and need pillows around me to help me get into a comfortable position. Mr D has also been having a few nightmares this week for some reason…and he’s been waking up a few times in the middle of the night crying :(
Maternity clothes I bought a black top and some leopard print pants from Target the other day and they’re so comfy even though they’re not specifically maternity wear! I’ve been pairing them with a black blazer to dress them up a little for work :)

The Other Stuff:

Reflux is still hanging around this week. I’ve been getting Mr D to learn how to put his shoes on by himself this week so as to help me out since I can’t bend over that low these days. My tummy has also been feeling a lot heavier this week and it feels like it’s really weighing down into my pelvis and I can feel pressure down there. Baby is moving so much this week especially when we went for a dip in the pool yesterday!

32 weeks pregnant The Urban Ma

Eating lots of cucumber, tomato and cheddar cheese at work lately
Feeling really out of breath again this week and less mobile – I took the elevator to go down two floors today when normally I take the stairs! Tsk, tsk, tsk!
Needing to get as much as rest as possible as I’ve found I feel super tired if I’m at it all day
Wanting to declutter the desktop on my laptop and sort through all the videos and photos on there
Watching music videos while hanging out at our hotel this week up in the Gold Coast
Bookmarking podcasts and videos to listen to and watch
Noticing how friendly people are on the planes to Mr D :)
Enjoying seeing just how much Mr D has loved flying and travelling with us over the past few weeks. It’s so exciting to see how enchanted he is by everything he sees and everyone he meets. This past week he got to spend some quality time with Daddy, his uncle and his cousin. Even though the two toddlers loved annoying each other, they had a great time!

Simple green smoothie The Urban Ma
My first time making a smoothie and I twisted the wrong thing out of the blender! I managed to save enough for one serving!

week 32 collage

Enjoying the simple things like a delivery of non-alcoholic drinks from Maggie Beer, a strawberry and Golden Gaytime flavored cupcakes and picnics in the park across the road with Mr D.

gratefuldaniel #11

Daddy: What are you grateful for today Daniel?

Daniel: Thanks to God for Mummy’s arms and for Mummy and Daddy working so we can go on the plane again. LOL!

Have you been continuing to practice gratitude in the past week? What have you been grateful for?

You have got to try the kaya bread at this new Malaysian joint – Makan Place

Makan Place Pacific Werribee Urban DinerMakan Place interior design

Makan Place Shop RE10, Pacific Werribee
Cnr Derrimut Rd & Heaths Rd, Werribee

An impromptu visit to see Nanna on the weekend led us from Bunnings to the new part of Werribee Plaza or should I say Pacific Werribee’s Urban Diner area. The $370 million redevelopment sees 15 new restaurants open in June this year and a great new space to hang out and enjoy a meal and some entertainment with friends.

Nanna and Aunty told us to meet them at Makan Place, a Malaysian restaurant with authentic Malaysian cuisine with a long menu filled with Malaysian favourites like nasi lemak and aromatic curries.

We ordered:

– Prawn wonton soup (it also came with prawn crackers)
– French toast with Kaya and Peanut butter (this was a perfect combination of super soft bread with a nice blend of kaya spread and peanut butter – totally ordering this again next time!)
– Fried Kway Teow
– Nasi Lemak – Malaysian, Indian -spiced fragrant rice served with homemade sambal, acar (pickled vegetables), crispy anchovies, peanuts and a half a hard boiled egg
– Fried rice, Nasi Goreng Kampung, Spicy fried rice served with sambal prawns, chicken wing, chicken satay and topped with a fried egg (the sambal had a real spicy kick to it, the chicken satay skewer was cold and dry but I really enjoyed the fried rice and the fried chicken. They’ve got to do something about that chicken satay skewer though…)
– Teh Tarik (hot)
– Milo (cold)
– Mango special

Ambience:
– beautiful and clean decor, lots of different options for table seating and also family friendly with high chairs. Mr D liked the bicycles displayed and the patterns of tiling were quite pretty.

Service:
– there was a long line when we got there but we were seated within 10 minutes and the scrumptious looking photos on the menu were very enticing. The dishes served up to us weren’t exactly like the ones in the photos but were still very filling that we didn’t have enough room to order cendol for dessert! We ordered our meals by using the self serve sheets of paper and even though I had written that I wanted my egg well done, it was still runny in the middle.

The Details:
Make sure you order a creamy drink from the extensive drinks menu if you are going to have anything with sambal in it as it is very spicy but also very tasty. Overall we liked the food and will be back next time to try the desserts and also have some more of that smooth, delicate kaya bread.

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Bump Diary #13 – 31 week update

Pregnancy update – 31 weeks

  

How far along are you? 31 weeks and 5 days

How big is baby? This week Baby weighs as much as a coconut. On average around 41.1cms long and weighing just over 1.5kg and heading into a growth spurt, beginning to plump up with essential fat that is accumulating underneath its skin.
Body and changes:
Weight gain I’m sure I’ve gained heaps of weight again this week feeling a little more uncomfortable with my walk definitely turning into a waddle these days.
Stretch marks Those little faint lines I first started seeing last week are definitely stretch marks. I saw them a lot more prominent in the mirror yesterday morning and when I realised that they were stretch marks I immediately felt surprised as I thought that since I didn’t really get many in my first pregnancy, it would be the same with this second one. Wrong! After a few minutes, I got used to the fact that they’re normal and are only a sign that a human life is growing within me and I have accepted that it’s all part of the journey of motherhood.
Sleep I’ve been finding it really uncomfortable to sleep these days and need pillows around me to help me get into a comfortable position. Mr D has also been having a few nightmares this week for some reason…and he’s been waking up a few times in the middle of the night crying :(
Maternity clothes I bought a black top and some leopard print pants from Target the other day and they’re so comfy even though they’re not specifically maternity wear! I’ve been pairing them with a black blazer to dress them up a little for work :)

The Other Stuff:

Reflux is still hanging around this week. I’ve been getting Mr D to learn how to put his shoes on by himself this week so as to help me out since I can’t bend over that low these days. My tummy has also been feeling a lot heavier this week and it feels like it’s really weighing down into my pelvis and I can feel pressure down there. Baby is moving so much this week especially when we went for a dip in the pool yesterday!

  

Eating lots of cucumber, tomato and cheddar cheese at work lately
Feeling really out of breath again this week and less mobile – I took the elevator to go down two floors today when normally I take the stairs! Tsk, tsk, tsk!
Needing to get as much as rest as possible as I’ve found I feel super tired if I’m at it all day
Wanting to declutter the desktop on my laptop and sort through all the videos and photos on there
Watching music videos while hanging out at our hotel this week up in the Gold Coast
Bookmarking podcasts and videos to listen to and watch
Noticing how friendly people are on the planes to Mr D :)
Enjoying seeing just how much Mr D has loved flying and travelling with us over the past few weeks. It’s so exciting to see how enchanted he is by everything he sees and everyone he meets. This past week he got to spend some quality time with Daddy, his uncle and his cousin. Even though the two toddlers loved annoying each other, they had a great time!

    

     

 

gratefuldaniel #11

Daddy: What are you grateful for today Daniel?

Daniel: Thanks to God for planes and clouds and fast cars at Movieworld. 

Have you been continuing to practice gratitude in the past week? What have you been grateful for?

  Feeling brave? – Tina’s will surely heat things up for you 

   

Tina’s Noodle Kitchen – Level 1 Highpoint Shopping Centre, Maribyrnong

After coming back from interstate travels, we felt like going somewhere familiar to shop and eat so we headed to Highpoint. I knew it was the Electrix Fields opening weekend but we were nicely surprised when heading down the escalators we were welcomed with wide open spaces. 

An urban feel with an array of new Asian eateries, this area of Highpoint felt a lot different to the rest of the centre and we were starving so we had hit the jackpot.

After wandering around checking out fried chicken, dumplings and ramen offerings we obviously had to try the most unfamiliar to us and so we sat down to peruse Tina’s Noodle Kitchen menu – it’s always an adventure with the hubby because he likes to try new things and hopefully our 2 year old grows up to be just as curious!

“The Masters of spicy surprises” Tina’s Noodle Kitchen has things on their menu not for the faint hearted – pork liver, lamb tripes, blood curd, kidneys, duck web and chicken gizzards were just some of the choices we had! There were also a lot of plant based dishes with exotic mushrooms for those who are vegetarian.

With my reflux never-ending these days I had to opt for a non-chilli dish even though I really wanted to try the Beer Duck with Konjac cake…there’s always next time! Daniel and I enjoyed the huge bowl that was presented to us with mountains of rice noodles in chicken stock soup with a variety of fillings and the hubby happily ate his way through his soup with beef and pickles. Hopefully next time we visit we can dig into the more interesting fillings.

My dad loves spicy food so I can’t wait to take him here and in turn try some of the other combinations.

We cooled down afterwards with some dessert bowls at Dessert Story also found on Level 1 which I can’t believe I only tried for the first time a few weeks ago thanks to a friend craving dessert.

This new section is now open 10am til late for you to explore the Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Malaysian cuisines.

        

Work lunch #14 – Lunch date with Mr Nice Guy

 

Mr Nice Guy Healeys Lane, Melbourne

Only a few weeks left until I start parental leave so the hubby and I decided to have a lunch date. After exploring the area with a friend yesterday, I wanted to check out more of Healey’s Lane so we met up there.

There are quite a few eateries to choose from with Korean, Thai and Vietnamese options well represented, although some were closed opening only during dinner time.

We settled on eating Thai at the place with the colorful door – Mr Nice Guy.

We ordered:
Chicken Pad Thai (the hubby said it was nice and saucy! Almost liked it as much as our fav pad Thai dish from Yim Yam in Yarraville)

Khao Kra Pao stir fried minced beef, green beans, brown onions, chilli, basil leaf, garlic and fried egg. The mince was super tasty and the green beans crunchy. Great dish!)

Jasmine tea

Ambience
Busy with the lunch time crowd, this place makes good use of colour and texture with its cheerful decor. We arrived there at 12pm with the place being pretty empty but within 30mins all the tables were full with people also eagerly placing their take away orders

Service
Fast and on point – I asked for them to cook the yolk well done and they served it up just right fully cooked through

We’ll definitely explore more of Healey’s lane in the coming weeks :)

  

Bump Diary #12 – 30 week update 

  How far along are you? 30 weeks and 5 days
How big is baby? This week Baby is as big as a cabbage! On average around 39.9cms long and weighing just over 1.3kg with nearly a litre of amniotic fluid surrounding Baby.
Body and changes:
Weight gain Had another midwife appointment tonight after work and my weight isn’t something that we measure – I still feel quite big compared to this stage of my pregnancy with Daniel.
Stretch marks I think I can see some faint red lines underneath my belly button that I’m guessing are stretch marks? My belly has been soooooo super itchy lately :(
Sleep Been sleeping ok but not straight through the night due to frequent trips to the bathroom and feeling thirsty and having to go downstairs to get some water (remind me to bring a water bottle to bed!)
Maternity clothes Bought this skirt from Uniqlo this week to wear to work and it is so comfy and warm. It’s not a maternity skirt but it has a good stretch to it

The Other Stuff:

Reflux hasn’t gone away since last week uggh. Finding it really hard to get Mr D ready and changed because he’s just so active and keeps running around. Shoes are the hardest to put on him! I also felt really puffed out after giving him a bubble bath the other night…can’t believe how tired I got so I think Daddy will be bathing Mr D from now on.

 
 Eating lots of veggies and also dark chocolate with roasted almonds…YUM!
Feeling like I get puffed out really easily these days
Needing to get started on getting organised with all the baby stuff – we need to buy another car seat and a few other things as well as getting Mr D’s old baby clothes out and washed
Wanting to declutter more of the garage and my closet!
Watching Monster Truck shows on YouTube…Mr D is obsessed with Monster trucks right now (I have no idea where he got that from lol!) It’s so funny there’s this whole other world of monster trucks and even grown men on YouTube who tape themselves playing with their Hot Wheels – they get like 5 million views on their videos!
Bookmarking blogs to read before heading off to Problogger this week :)
Noticing just how animated Mr D can be when he talks to us! He’s so articulate already it’s so cute and endearing to hear all the things he has to say
Enjoying some me time with a manicure this week! #itsthesimplethings I also enjoyed meeting Madriel who works at SBS Radio – she interviewed me as part of their Filipino show about Pinoy food and blogging. I’ll post the link up when the interview goes live if you’re interested in listening in :) We also enjoyed some family time this week with a couple of birthday parties and a baptism.

  

gratefuldaniel #10

Daddy: (Daddy didn’t even have to ask Daniel what he was thankful for most of this week! – as soon as he finished with his prayers he launched into listing so many things…it was so funny!)

Daniel: Thanks to God for Mummy’s nose and my bed and thanks to God for the bones in Mummy’s arm (lol!!)

How was your week last week? What did you get up to?

Bump diary #11 – 4 Ways to Stay Stylish and Comfy with your Baby Bump

 As you know if you’ve been following my Bump Diary updates (see here and here if you missed the recent ones!), I’ve been looking for tips on how to style my bump! Whether it be where to shop for stylish maternity clothes or ideas on how to style my existing pieces, I have a special treat for you with 3 lovely ladies sharing their tips on how to feel stylish but comfy with your bump with! Plus some bonus fitness tips at the end! :)

Chelsea from I Heart Bargains

1) What is a must-have clothing item for pregnant mamas? For me, it was all about a good pair of maternity jeans that I could wear again and again. Click here for the whole range. I also was known to wear mine after the birth because they still allowed comfort during breastfeeding days. If we’re looking purely at corporate then these are brilliant and wear with a blazer (Zara have some great ones).
2) What are some of your favourite online stores for stylish bump wear? Asos is brilliant and has lots of options for growing tummies. I would also check out Cotton On / Supre for stretched tights/leggings/singlets and kimonos. Also see Rock Your Bump for really cute pieces (great skirts & stretch pieces). Check out Country Road / Witchery / French Connection for elasticated waisted patterned pants you can wear to work with a plain white maternity shirt.
You can find Chelsea on her website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.Chelsea IHB Instagram Pregnancy Style The Urban Ma blog
Julie from Toddlers Plus Teens

Thank you to Jacqui  From The urban Ma blog for inviting me to share my style tips for pregnant mamas .Thank goodness maternity wear has progressed over time and there are some beautiful choices out there.Some Important information to remember is , Your body temperature will fluctuate throughout your pregnancy , comfort is important and special occasion maternity wear such as evening wear and wedding outfits are often best to be borrowed unless you will be wearing them more than twice.

1) What is a must-have item of clothing for pregnant mamas?
One great must have piece to add to your wardrobe is a tshirt dress , which can be layered for both casual and work. Add a pair of maternity leggings and a cardigan, jacket or shirt with some accessories and you will have a variety of different outfits that will suit all weather. I wore the dress pictured above throughout my last pregnancy . Available from Target Australia for $30 

2) What are some of your favourite stores for stylish bump wear?
Some great online maternity stores that stock beautiful maternity wear are ASOS, Jeanswest, Mamaway and Crossroads.
You can find Julie on her website, Instagram and Twitter.Julie TPT Pregnancy Style The Urban Ma blog
1) What is a must-have clothing item for pregnant mamas? A great pair of maternity jeans that are modern and flatter your body. Choose a style that you typically wear that will work with the existing pieces in your wardrobe. My picks for maternity jeans are Mavi, Just Jeans and Jeans West.
2) What are some of your favourite online stores for stylish bump wear? – You don’t want to spend a heap of money on maternity clothes, but you still want to maintain your sense of style. For jeans the above sites all offer online. Also Birdsnest have a great range and also offer styling ideas for your maternity wardrobe. Ripe Maternity has an excellent range and is my go-to ‘one stop shop’ when shopping with clients. Asos also have a great range of modern, contemporary maternity wear.
You can find Sally on her website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
Stled by Sally personal stylist The Urban Ma blog Instagram
1) What’s one tip you have for mamas on how to stay fit during pregnancy?
Stay Active! It doesn’t mean you have to go to the gym everyday and take a Body Pump class, just get out and do something active at least 3 times a week, a nice walk around the local parks or purchase a pregnancy fitness DVD and enjoy some time learning something that maybe new, who knows all those back pains may ease up through exercise.

2) Who are some of your favorite fitness bloggers?
My favourite fitness bloggers.. There are so many. I love Alix from @fabufitmum, Sophie Guidolin from @sophie_guidolin, Natalie from @simplynatalielaura and Tahana Lee from @talkhealthytome. I follow so many passionate fitness influences on social media that I would love to name but although they don’t have blogs like the above which you will see me reading on a regular basis.

You can find Nikita on her website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

NJT Reviews The Urban Ma blog pregnancy style
I hope these tips help you as much as they’ve helped me! I’ll make sure to share with you some of my pregnancy ootd’s in future posts and in the meantime for daily style, food and quote inspo you can find me on Instagram.