Bump Diary #22 – The Finale Part One , 40 week update

Time has gotten away from me the past week since Baby’s arrival so this blog post below is one that I was working on last Wednesday when I hit the 40 week mark and was getting a little impatient waiting for any sign that labour was coming. 

How far along are you? 40 weeks (14/10/2015)

How big is baby? In the 40th week of pregnancy Baby is around the size of a small pumpkin. On average around 51cms long and weighing around 3.4kg.

Body and changes:

Weight gain As you can see from the last Bump Diary post I published last Monday, my weight in the final week of pregnancy was 81.2kg, so I had gained roughly around 20kg!

– Stretch marks Again I’ve just been doing the same thing as previous weeks and rubbing oil and belly butter in the mornings and before going to bed. During this second pregnancy I’ve gained a lot more tiger stripes than when I was pregnant with Daniel – they’re like a dark red colour and I’ve been trying really hard not to scratch them even though it’s so itchy!

Bump photo taken at exactly 40 weeks last Wednesday 

Sleep I felt like I didn’t get any sleep at all in the 40th week of pregnancy – constant trips to the bathroom, reflux, watching out for Baby’s movements & kicks and a general feeling of discomfort and impatience really got to me in the final week 🙁 I just wanted Baby to come already and with Mr D coming 5 days early I really thought that this baby would be early too!

Maternity clothes For once I didn’t really feel like shopping for clothes! – during the 40th week of pregnancy I spent lots of time with mum and the grandparents and family shopping at Kmart for homewares and then spent a whole day at Highpoint just waddling from one eatery to another! – first Roti Road, then Dessert Story and then the Coffee Club. It was so nice to just hang out with family.

The Other Stuff:
I’ve been reading What to Expect When You’re Expecting and there are so many different things that can happen during and after labour that I can’t believe how lucky we were with Mr D’s birth that there were no complications.

Feeling restless and just want to meet Baby already!

Needing to plan out Mr D’s birthday celebrations as his birthday is coming up at the end of this month.

Wanting to meet Baby already and wanting to sleep on my tummy and back…can’t wait for those little simple things!

Watching Mr D sleep – we’ve been sleeping in until 8:30am and even past 9am on some days…I love cuddling him and watching him so content.

Bookmarking baby wraps and cute baby clothing and bows.

Noticing that this could be the last week being a family of three…a bit nervous and sad that I might not be able to give Mr D as much as attention when Baby #2 comes along…

Enjoying spending nearly everyday with mum either shopping or eating out while she’s on annual leave.

ducks with lolaSo lucky to have a number of different parks and lakes within walking distance of home
Crossroad KitchenA lunch spread with mum and the kids at Crossroad Kitchen, Cairnlea
40 week collageThis is what we got up to last week: a manicure and pedicure on Baby’s due date, sleep ins with Mr D, conversations and Malaysian food with the grandparents, pool time fun in the backyard with our cousins!

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Daddy: What are you grateful for today Daniel?
Daniel: Thanks to God for my monster trucks and for Mummy and Daddy’s arms.

What is one thing that you’re grateful for this week?

Part Two coming up next is the continuation of last week’s events and Baby’s birth story so stay tuned! 🙂 Don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss out on giveaways and the latest updates! Thanks so much for following along with my pregnancy journey 🙂


Bump Diary #21 – 39 weeks

39 weeks pregnant The Urban Ma blogThis is totally how I feel right now!

How far along are you?
39 weeks and 5 days (C’mon already!!)

How big is baby? This week Baby is as heavy as a mini watermelon. On average around 50.7cms long and weighing around 3.2kg – that’s how much Mr D weighed when he was born and he was 51 cms long.

Body and changes:

Weight gain Ok grand total this week is 81.2kg – 3kg more than I gained in my first pregnancy and I’m really, really feeling it this week.

– Stretch marks My tummy feels so heavy and we just got back from a night time walk and I feel like my stretch marks are way more noticeable now…either that or a few more have crept in the last hour! Still doing the same as previous weeks and rubbing oil and belly butter in the mornings and before I go to bed.  

Tonight’s bump photo straight after our walk, can you see all my stretch marks on the lower half of my tummy? I’ve got way more stretchies now than I did when I was pregnant with Mr D. It’s so amazing how much our bodies can transform in nine months. I look so different here compared to one of the first Bump Diary updates I posted!

Sleep Mostly good except some nights reflux has been so bad that I feel like throwing up…it’s feels so acidic in my throat. Some nights I feel like drinking heaps of water and then end up taking multiple trips to the bathroom and other nights Baby has been moving so much I just end up staying awake watching my belly move sideways making all sorts of shapes! Sometimes I’ve had an uncomfortable feeling down there but then the pain goes away and is not really regular enough for me to think Baby is coming…the waiting game is officially in full swing.

Maternity clothes I haven’t bought any new clothes this week because I’ve been busy shopping for things for our new outdoor living space now that our pergola is up! I have been eyeing so many pretty dresses and heels though as I walk past the clothing stores but I’ll leave that for later!

The Other Stuff:
I can’t recall if I’ve mentioned the BabyCenter – My Pregnancy app in these Bump Diary updates I’ve been doing but it’s been a good companion throughout the first nine months of navigating motherhood before birth. It has daily information on tips and tricks to help you through the stages of pregnancy and this weekend’s update made me laugh because it was so timely (I’ve included a screen shot below)!
I had what I hope will be my last midwife appointment before Baby arrives last Saturday and she mentioned that the below activity and walking may help bring on labor. I spoke to my friend who is also pregnant and due today, and she explained that expressing helps release oxytocin, which may also aid in bringing on labor. Hey I’m willing to try anything so walking and expressing look like the go as they do not require the cooperation of a hesitant other half 🙁 Man I thought it would be easier than this! Grrrrr.
Anyways, I have been trying to walk daily for at least twenty mins but Baby is not budging. It feels like I’ve been pregnant since forever and feeling heavier by the minute. I miss being able to carry Mr D and I really want to help out in the backyard with the garden but I shouldn’t be carrying heavy things….so I’ve been cleaning out the linen cupboard and re-arranging some storage spaces in the house. Totes nesting!
I can totally see my face feeling a little puffed up now as it did in my last week pregnant with Mr D…hmmm maybe I should try that contouring stuff? Hehehe! Also, because it has been really hot lately, I haven’t been able to put on my rings. Today however, has cooled right down to 17 degrees and I was able to wear my wedding ring again 🙂

LOL!! How detailed is this weekend’s Pregnancy app update hahah! 

What things did you/your wife/partner do to deal with the waiting game during the last month of pregnancy?

 Feeling impatient and nervous. I’m feeling nervous about Baby taking so long to come out and I don’t want to be too much overdue as I’ve heard that being induced, or having a “stretch and sweep” is super, super painful. I guess I won’t be able to escape the pain either way!

Needing to some more tradies in to finish off our outdoor area – I need to get an electrician, plumber and paver in – I can’t wait for summer this year! We’ll have a whole new area to play in!

Wanting Baby to come out already…not just because she’s due on Wednesday but also because mum has taken annual leave for her and is going back to work next week!

Watching Mr D make the most of our backyard…as soon as he gets downstairs in the morning he asks if he can go outside. He wants to eat breakfast outside, paint outside, and just be outside 🙂

Bookmarking outdoor decor ideas, birthday party ideas and pretty dresses and heels!

Noticing how affectionate Mr D is…I hope he stays like this for as long as possible! I love his hugs, kisses and sweet little things he says to me.

Enjoying being able to share both gripes and joys with friends who are going through things in life. This week I’ve also enjoyed seeing Mr D countdown his sleeps until the Monster Jam event at AAMI Park which happened last Saturday. He had swimming lessons in the morning and then went off into the city with Daddy for some monster truck fun. The hubby sent me some photos and videos of him yelling out and cheering on the monster trucks…it was soooo cute to see I wish I was able to go with them.

 An unforgettable day for Daddy and Mr D (as seen on my Instagram feed!) – Monster Jam 2015 at AAMI Park. Their first time attending the event.

   The best $27 we’ve spent! – this water table from Kmart has had Mr D occupied each day for hours on end. I’ve been taking Mr D to the pre-school storytimes at the libraries in our area, he loves getting a stamp at the end and coloring in the weekly pictures. Grandma helping Mr D get changed after swimming lessons and pool time with Daddy. He loves playing I Spy in the car these days!

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Daddy: What are you grateful for today Daniel?
Daniel: Thanks to God for my monster trucks and for my friends Ate Alyssa and Aiden (they came for a visit and play this evening!)

Have you got any friends who are currently pregnant? Feel free to share the love and share this post 🙂


Bump Diary #20 – 38 weeks

third trimester

How far along are you? 38 weeks and 5 days (I can’t believe it’ll be 39 weeks on Wednesday!!)

How big is baby? This week Baby is as long as a leek. On average around 49.8cms long and weighing just over 3kg still in a head-down position.

Body and changes:

Weight gain I haven’t weighed myself this week so nothing to report here except I’ve been eating heaps of Weetbix lately and I haven’t had it for ages. This week I had it for breakfast nearly every morning with half a banana sliced up, some blueberries, low fat milk and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

– Stretch marks Same as last week and still using both moisturizer and oil on my belly.

Sleep At the start of this 38th week I was officially feeling to heavy to fall asleep comfortably. Every time I tried to move in bed my tummy felt so heavy like I had eaten the whole China Bar buffet! The past couple of days have been a lot better.

Maternity clothes Bought some big comfy undies from Kmart this week amongst other things (they have so many amazing things there and I may have gone on a little shopping spree with mum buying homewares and stationery…damn #kmarthacks hashtag on Instagram has got me wanting to buy everything!)

The Other Stuff:
Nothing too different this week except just feeling a little more heavy like my belly is a lot lower ie. when I sit down I can’t sit with my knees touching each other! – they’re so far apart in order to make room for my low belly. It has been such a hot start to October that I am so glad I’m not pregnant during the middle of summer. Ahhh mama life! I’m going to miss all the movement inside once this little one decides to meet us – Baby was moving so much on Saturday night that I thought she was going to come out! But nope…we’re still playing the waiting game.

Sorry for the blurry pics! Uggh I though I just cleaned the mirror the other week…why is there still dust on it?!

 Feeling exhausted but at the same time wanting to get out and about before Baby comes as I know I’ll be stuck in the house for a little bit post partum.

Needing to make some adjustments to our budget and book our next holiday already!

Wanting to meet and play with Baby.

Watching some funny stand up comedians and TED talks

Bookmarking outdoor area decor ideas now that our new pergola is up! Bring on summer!! 🙂

Noticing how grown up Mr D is putting on his own shoes and pants etc. He is constantly questioning everything!

Enjoying the backyard and picking fresh veggies and herbs to eat. Also enjoying these few weeks off work with Mr D before baby number two comes – mother and son bonding time. It’s been so nice but now I think he’s getting a little too attached as we couldn’t even leave him with grandma tonight to go on a date without him being upset.

  Caught up with some of the girlfriends and their little bubbas this week and had an amazing smoothie from HealThy Self Co, Mr D went swimming heaps this week and loved it, the talented and hardworking guys from JPT Kitchens hard at work, can’t go past chocolates, strawberries ad churros!

Date night in Yarraville 🙂 

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Daddy: What are you grateful for today Daniel?
Daniel: Thanks to God for my monster trucks and Monster Jam on October 10 (he knows the date of Monster Jam more than his own birthday!). Thanks for Mummy and Daddy and cousins, and Kumar (Wait, what!? How did the name of the pizza store owner make it into our gratitude journal this week? The hubby and I cracked up laughing so hard! I guess Mr D must’ve have been impressed with the pizzas or parma night last week haha!).

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

Bump Diary #18 – 36 weeks update

36 week quote 36 week meme

How far along are you? 36 weeks and 5 days (full term in only two days!!)
How big is baby? This week Baby is the length of a large cos lettuce. On average around 47.4cms long and weighing nearly 2.7kg in a head-down position. C’mon Baby come out any time now!

Body and changes:

Weight gain I have no idea how much I weigh now but am hoping to jump on some scales at the next midwife appointment just for curiosity’s sake.

– Stretch marks No new stretch marks, just the same ones from last week which is more than I had carrying Mr D.

Sleep Another week of good sleep thank goodness! I find that having a pillow against my back and one at my front to throw my right leg over is super comfy. It may not sound like it but it is! Mr D has been sleeping well also which is great. He is still waking up in the middle of the night/morning and coming into our room but it’s all good..I love waking up to his snuggles.

Maternity clothes I bought some pj pants and a top from Cotton On Body and Coles this past week as I tore a hole in the crotch of one of my pj’s trying to fix the bed sheets. I also bought some shape wear singlets and bottoms to wear for after the birth.

The Other Stuff:
We had a scan this week which was so exciting as we got to see baby one last time on the screen before meeting her in real life! Mr D was super serious watching the sonographer check my belly and watching his baby sibling on the screen.

 36 weeks 2015 The Urban MaMy stretchies are starting to show more and more, I feel so huge. Mr D cheekily trying to sneak into the photo.

Hi there babygirl!

 Eating lots of toasted cheese, tomato and avocado sandwiches this week with a squeeze of lemon and a little pepper.  I think I’ve had it for breakfast nearly the whole week! Mr D loves it too, minus the tomato. Also loving mangoes at the moment as mum bought some from the fruit and veg store at Highpoint.

My latest breakfast/snack obsession this past week. 

Feeling grateful being able to catch up with so many friends and beautiful mamas. We’ve been swapping lots of stories and tips and it feels great to have such support and wisdom at my fingertips.

Needing to organize the pantry and fridge with a snack shelf for Mr D so that when Baby comes he can help himself whenever he gets hungry.

Wanting to go shopping, shopping and more shopping! Argghh I need to shop! Maybe after Wednesday lol!! (there’s a shopping night at Highpoint and I have a list of things I need/want to get!).

Watching dance vids on Youtube – I can’t wait to get back into class.

Bookmarking organization tips that will help us when baby #2 comes along like a snack shelf, closet organization and cleaning. It’s the little things like this that I never really thought of but I can tell will make a difference to my mood and energy!

Noticing how fast this pregnancy has gone by…this year in general has just flown by.

Enjoying watching Mr D take part in his first ever swimming lesson. It was just a trial but I think we’ll enrol him for a weekly class as he loved it so much and it would be a great skill for him to have. I didn’t start him earlier as he was already comfortable in the water. It was great to see that in his first lesson they already had to grab a stick under the water and wander away from their parents so I feel like he learnt a lot.

Soaking up the sun in the park with his monster truck, online shopping delivery from Adairs – loving the Rose Garden scent by Mercer & Reid, Mr D’s messy room before I cleaned it up and re-arranged it (the closet was worse!), cheesy baked cauliflower 🙂 

Happy baby The Urban Ma blogMr D has been the cheekiest this week! – here he is sticking stickers all over Daddy’s face and finding it so funny!
Happy Father and son The Urban Ma blog playing in puddles The Urban Ma blogFootprints and puddles on the deck
cousins with lolo The Urban Ma blogPlaytime with lolo and cousin Madison from Her Lust Palette style blog
Crafty daddy The Urban Ma blogAnother craft session with Daddy this time making big ramps for Mr D’s monster trucks to fly off!

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Daddy: What are you grateful for today Daniel?
Daniel: Thanks to God for Mummy, Daddy and my pillows and monster trucks. Uhhhh and thanks to God for my toys. Can we go to Noosa again? (He keeps mentioning Noosa lately!).

This little man wants to go on another holiday already! I’ll have to book something even if its a staycation in the city like we did here, or a nice quick trip like The Be Family took to Tassie – I still haven’t been!! My parents also went and said it would be a great weekend getaway to get some fresh, fleshy oysters so I think it will suit a post partum celebration 🙂

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

 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 #16 – 34 weeks

How far along are you? 34 weeks and 5 days
How big is baby? This week Baby weighs as much as a rock melon. On average around 45cms long and weighing just over 2.1kg and with her lungs almost fully developed.

Body and changes:

– Weight gain Still haven’t weighed myself on the scales but feeling like my tummy has gotten quite a bit rounder this week.

– Stretch marks I can see some new stretch marks on each side of my belly button and am continuing to moisturize and oil it up in the mornings and evenings.

– Sleep This past week has again been quite good in terms of sleep despite the fact that our little one has been sick and coughing throughout the night. Mr D has been waking up in the middle of the night saying random things like all of a sudden blurting out really loud, “Mummy sing to ME!” and “Put it back!”. It’s both funny and scary at the same time as he blurts it out from nowhere. I think because I knew it was my last week of work before leave, I felt more relaxed in the evenings even though it was hectic during the day time.

– Maternity clothes I bought the most comfiest red cashmere blend dress from Uniqlo and teamed it up with some brown lace up boots and a black blazer last Friday. I normally wear lots of black dresses so it was nice to change it up a little with a bright number.

The Other Stuff:
Baby has been moving and kicking heaps lately and is now positioned head down. Hopefully not long to go now until we meet our second bundle of joy! I haven’t yet packed my hospital bag but am aiming to do so this coming week so once that’s done I’ll let you know what I packed. I remember I bought a couple of brand new nighties and pj’s last time round but then made Wes go home anyway to get me some of his old comfy t-shirts…there’s something comforting about soft, worn-in clothes.
I haven’t had the chance to exercise much at all this past week and am hoping that I’ll get some these next few weeks leading up to my due date. 

Eating out a lot this week due to my last week of work before leave starts and a weekend of celebrations including our wedding anniversary and Father’s Day. We had the most perfect dining experience on our Saturday date night, I can’t wait to post about it.

Feeling relieved and relaxed knowing that mat leave was starting today and that I could get busy with de-cluttering and cleaning around the home. Nesting has kicked in! I’m also feeling so, so happy that I’ll be spending my days with my favorite little man!

Needing find an interior decorator to help me pretty-up the home. I just feel like everything is mis-matched and all over the place. It’s probably not so bad and I’m just being picky!

Wanting to get out and walk more. Sunshine please come back so we can get outside!

Watching Mr D play with his toys, draw, read and test our patience and his authority.

Bookmarking pages from “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”. I’ve been reading the pages with information about labour, different situations and pain relief options. I’ve also been looking again at different types of cars and the hubby and I saw a Landrover Discovery parked next to us the other day and now I just want to get to the nearest showroom to check it out.

Noticing big my tummy is now!

Enjoying being surrounded by such inspiring and thoughtful work colleagues. It has been a busy week but not without its feel-good moments. Being showered with such thoughtful words and gifts has left me feeling so grateful and humble. I felt sad to being going on leave but then I remembered all the mid-week coffee dates and lunch dates coming up with my girlfriends and am pumped for that!
I also really enjoyed shopping for Father’s Day and anniversary presents…there are so many cool things out there and the hubby was super excited when he opened up his pressie on Saturday night – a Shrine Daypack. It has so many compartments and is so neat that even I want one!

 One of the cool things I wanted to get the hubby – the Mod laptop 2 by This Is Ground, brown paper packages tied up with string, a gorgeous bouquet from Humble Bundle Melbourne, a delectable collection of chocolates from Haigh’s Chocolates.

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Daddy: What are you grateful for today Daniel?
Daniel: Thanks to God for the doors and windows and roof (he’s been commenting on how strong the wind and rain is recently and I’m thinking he must be relieved that we’re indoors and comfy in bed!)

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

Bump Diary #15 – 33 week update 

  How far along are you? 33 weeks and 5 days
How big is baby? This week Baby weighs as much as a pineapple. On average around 43.7cms long and weighing just over 1.9kg and may already be getting ready for birth by turning upside-down.

Body and changes:

– Weight gain As for most of this pregnancy I haven’t weighed myself this week and am feeling like I’m growing bigger and bigger every second!

– Stretch marks No new ones this week…not that I can see anyway! I still have around 7 weeks to go and am hoping that there won’t be too many new ones popping up.

– Sleep This week I’ve been sleeping really well except for a couple of nights were my throat felt so acidic, I was gassy and also needed to take multiple trips to the loo. The hubby was interstate and I probably slept really well because I was cuddling our little one – I love how he snuggles right up to me and sometimes even holds my face in his little hands just to reassure himself that I’m there 🙂

– Maternity clothes I haven’t been shopping this week – I have really tried to restrain myself! I have just been wearing the same stretchy clothes to work for the past few weeks now and have been lucky to be able to work from home some days so that I don’t have to face the daily morning task of having to choose what to wear to work out of my already limited wardrobe.

The Other Stuff:
I’ve been slowly trying to get Mr D to learn how to dress himself as I am lacking the energy to run around chasing after him to get him dressed to go out. Last week it was his shoes and this week we’ve been tackling his undies and pants. It’s still a little tricky for him but he’s getting there 🙂 I just can’t bend over as much anymore. I miss carrying him and so I’ve been trying to sneak cuddles in anytime I can.
I’ve been so forgetful, misplacing lots of things around the house and having trouble finding them! Ugghhh…
I’ve also starting to feel a little nervous about the birth and so this week I’ve been reading up on labour signs lol! Last time I thought I was just having Braxton Hicks but they were actually contractions, hence the speedy delivery of Mr D over the Westgate Bridge (I promise I will post something about that soon! Still can’t believe I haven’t blogged about it!!).

Hmmm sorry for the blurry photos! I’m taking them with my iPhone6 and I thought they’d be clearer than this!? 🙁

Eating lots of everything. This week we made salmon patties (see below pics of Dadddy and son looking through the ingredients and Mr D just wanting to crack those eggs already!) and after watching the movie Chef again we made cuban sandwiches for the first time complete with the roasted pork shoulder marinated overnight and pickles, melted cheese, ham…ohhhh so good! We’ll have to post up the recipe we tried. Also been devouring:
– chocolates
– green smoothies
– breakfast smoothies

Feeling re-energised and ready to get back into some more exercise. Last week I walked up only 3 flights of stairs at work and by the time I got to the last landing I was totally out of the breath. This week I’ve been walking at least 20 mins every second day and hope to make it everyday when parental leave kicks in 🙂 It helps that the Melbourne weather has slightly become a little more sunny with pretty flowers starting to bloom on the plum trees around our area here.

Needing to re-design my blog.

Wanting to re-organised Mr D’s room and also tidy up our outdoor spaces at the front and back of the house.

Watching a couple of episodes of the The Bachelor this past week and some kids movies with Mr D.

Bookmarking interior kids room designs and all things mummy…saw these cool gift boxes with lots of goodies in them on Instagram and now I can’t remember the name!

Noticing how spring is almost here! Just a day away. Sun is shining (every now and then) and the ponds around our area are filled with signets and ducklings.

Enjoying hearing all of Mr D’s latest expressions. His voice is so animated I just love listening to him talk. It’s so encouraging hearing him read his books – he either memorizes the words on the pages or just makes it up!

Had a lovely Sunday arvo first at Corinthians in Hoppers for coffee (see previous visit to Corinthians here) and then a Malaysian lunch at Tasty Gate in Werribee.My first breakfast smoothie with blueberries, yoghurt, milk, oats, honey and bananas, my super comfy outfit for work, and at 8 months pregnant I need all the ‘comfy’ I can get! Loving my pink and gold-flecked necklace from Marielle at Monday Project, she’s got such beautiful things, a Thai lunch at Pokpok with my workmate.

gratefuldaniel #13
Daddy: What are you grateful for today Daniel?
Daniel: Thank you to God for my pilots book from Daddy and my rocketship book from Myscha! (He’s got such a good memory…he remembers everything!!)

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