Bump Diary #17  – 35 weeks

  How far along are you? 35 weeks and 5 days
How big is baby? This week Baby weighs as much as a honeydew melon. On average around 47.4cms long and weighing just over 2.6kg with fully developed kidneys and its liver able to now process some waste products.

Body and changes:

Weight gain As with the other weeks I haven’t weighed myself but found this breakdown of pregnancy weight gain in “What To Expect When You’re Expecting” that I found really interesting. All weights are approximate.

Baby –  3.3kg
Placenta – 750g
Amniotic fluid – 1kg
Uterine enlargement – 1kg
Maternal breast tissue – 1kg
Maternal blood volume – 1.8kg
Fluids in maternal tissue – 1.8kg
Maternal fat stores – 3kg
Total average – 13.5kg overall weight again (I reckon mine is probably double that!)

– Stretch marks Those reddish stretch marks from last week are becoming more prominent and I feel like holding the bottom of my belly up when I’m walking around to relieve some of the weight my tummy is carrying.

Sleep Again this past week has been good in terms of sleep. This first week of parental leave has proved to be very busy with all the cleaning and general household duties with a toddler in tow making me exhausted by the end of the day that it’s very easy to fall asleep, even with a huge belly in the way. My feet and legs have been tired from being up and about all day and I’ve managed to make myself nap twice with Mr D this past week during his afternoon nap.

Maternity clothes I haven’t bought anything new this week as I found some new things in my wardrobe with tags still on them that I hadn’t even worn yet! Thanks to Helen from Recycled Interiors, I’ve been following along with her 30 day challenge to a happy, healthy home and one of the challenges this week was to re-organize the wardrobe. It’s still not as neat as I would like it but bit by bit it’s getting there.

The Other Stuff:
Feeling loads of kicking and fetal movement again this week and I can see Baby’s elbow, bum and feet just pushing out and stretching my tummy. I can also feel Baby pushing up into my ribs and I didn’t really ever feel that with Mr D.


 The Urban Ma Humble Bundle flowersLoving this gorgeous bouquet from my workmates…it has lasted already one whole week without wilting…really brightens up our dining area!
The Urban Ma recipesOne of the meals we had last Monday for a meat free Monday dinner – vegetarian pad thai 🙂

Eating lots of homecooked dinners this week – yay for parental leave + meal planning 🙂 Feels great to have a nice hot meal ready early by the time hubby gets home instead of both of us rushing home from work only then to start cooking straight away as soon as we walk through the door. Now we have more time to play with Mr D and relax on the couch together!

Feeling like there’s still so much to do around the house before Baby arrives…but then again, the housework is never-ending is it?

Needing to pack by hospital bag and organise Mr D’s room.

Wanting to tidy up both our’s and Mr D’s room plus plan Mr D’s birthday party.

Watching Mr D enjoying the sunshine outside during the gorgeous weekend that we just had.

Bookmarking weekday activities for Mr D to get into like boys hip hop classes, swimming lessons or those pre-school storytimes at our local libraries. When I was on parental leave last time I used to take him to toddler time and Mini Maestros etc and I think he enjoyed it! He definitely learnt a few things from going to the various organised classes and activities.
I’ve also been loving looking at kids bedrooms and gender announcement ideas even though most people already know what we’re having!

Noticing how many things we have around the house that we don’t really need or use much. If only I had the energy to have a garage sale.

Enjoying the sunny weekend weather and hanging out with all the cousins. We tried out the new burger joint in Maribyrnong, St Burg’s on Saturday and then went long-driving with the other side of the family to Buxton Trout and Salmon farm where Mr D had a blast!
I’ve also really enjoyed being able to catch up with so many friends this past week and have time to clean some of the house as well but I think I pushed myself a bit too much that today I’m feeling so run down. I had to take a nap in the arvo.

Buxton Trout farm The Urban MaA sneak pic of some pics showing what Mr D got up to this past weekend!

sophie post partumHave you seen Sophie’s 10 day post partum pic after delivery her twin girls via c-section!? Loving the colour theme of her twin girls’ nursery!

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Daddy: What are you grateful for today Daniel?
Daniel: Thanks to God my monster trucks and my monster jam truck tickets (we received some tickets in the mail this week and we both got so excited!). Oh and thank you for playing with Madison (Mr D’s little cousin was over our house for 2 days in a row and he loved it!)

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

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 bunch of celery. On average around 42.4cms long and weighing just over 1.7kg. Baby is gaining weigh fast putting on more than half her birth weight between now and when she’s born.
Body and changes:
Weight gain Heavier and waddling a lot more.
Stretch marks Still the same stretch marks as last week and still rubbing moisturiser on my belly in the mornings and oil in the evenings.
Sleep has been better this week than last and I’m loving that Mr D is also sleeping in til 9am or a little past that on the weekends! Best toddler ever!
Maternity clothes Haven’t bought any new clothes, just one of those black belly bands from Target that you wear around your waist to help extend the wear of your pants that you can no longer zip up! I had one when I was pregnant with Mr D but couldn’t find it. It’s so handy!

The Other Stuff:

Relfux, the pregnancy waddle, baby brain and weight gain are just some of the things I’m continuing to experience this week. My bag is filled with Gaviscon, panty liners, deodorant and snacks…hahah!

32 weeks pregnant The Urban Ma

Eating lots of homemade cinnamon scrolls this week and party food with a few birthdays during the week (we have a big family with over 22 cousins!).
Feeling really out of breath again this week after walking only three flights of stairs…
Needing a nice hot tea or glass of hot water with lemon after dinner to soothe my full tummy and feel more relaxed.
Wanting to plant more veggies in the backyard.
Watching Friends and also had a date night with the hubby where we watched Mission Impossible 🙂
Bookmarking Father’s Day pressies.
Noticing the beautiful pink flowers blooming along the street leading up to the train station. Such a pretty sight each morning 🙂
Enjoying some relaxing time with the hubby after his constant work trips to Sydney. Mr D loves when he comes home with a new book for him to read during bedtime!

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.

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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?

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.