Bump Diary #7 – 26 week update

dr seuss on pregnancy

How far along are you? 26 weeks and 5 days
How big is baby? This week baby is as big as a red cabbage. On average around 35.6cms long and weighing 760 grams and is inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid. With the network of nerves in baby’s ears being better developed, I’d better watch my language and words as baby can now hear our conversations heheh!

Body and changes:

Weight gain Feeling big but being more active this week after having some pregnancy Pilates sessions with Michelle Pilates together with following along with my dvd of Lizbeth Garcia that a friend gave to me when I was pregnant with Mr D!

Stretch marks My skin around my middle has been so itchy this past week and I’m really trying not to scratch it lots. I’ve already had to go out and re-purchase my Bio Oil and Palmers Stretch Mark butter and have been using it to relieve the itchiness. Also I think I’m starting to see a faint linea nigra start to appear (that dark vertical line) on my belly. This line is caused by those pregnancy hormones that are also the cause of darkened areolas – oh how sexy pregnancy sounds right now…not!

Sleep Been sleeping quite well this week! I think the freezing, cold weather in Melbourne right now has us all enjoying our warm abodes!

Maternity clothes? I’ve had to cut the top but of some of my opaque stockings so it’s they’re not too tight lol! – a tip I got from one of my fellow dance crew girlfriends who is also currently pregnant, 10 weeks ahead of me. Works fine and I’ve got so many pairs that I thought I’d just do that rather than buy specific maternity stockings. I can just buy new ones next winter 🙂

The Other Stuff: 
Since becoming pregnant I feel that my eyesight has become a little blurry when quickly looking up fro my book or mobile to check the train schedule details on those screens above the platform. I also notice blurriness when I quickly look up from my pc at work to try and focus on someone’s face in the distance – it takes my eyes a few long seconds to adjust. It was never like this before – my eyesight was really quite good. Apparently again, due to changes in hormones, metabolism, fluid retention, and blood circulation, eyesight is just one of our body functions that are affected during pregnancy.

26 weeks pregnancy update The Urban Ma blog
 Eating VitaGrain wholegrain crackers (sea salt and cracked pepper flavour) with slices of cheese on top.

Feeling pumped after pregnancy pilates sessions with my fellow pregnant dance buddies and our instructor Miche from Michelle Pilates.

Needing lots of cuddles with my little man. Because I can’t carry him anymore I feel like I need other ways to be close to him. So lots of cuddles sitting down and hugs are the best!

Wanting to just get rid of everything in the garage!! It’s feeling crowded with stuff and when we first built our home I said I’d never have a messy garage full of “stuff”…and now I do! It’s been so wet and cold lately that we haven’t been able to get anything done in that area of the house. Luckily hard rubbish collection is coming up – I’m taking it as a sign to make sure we get a move on and declutter like crazy!

Missing the warm sunshine

Watching hardly any Masterchef lately – been listening more to podcasts and reading pregnancy, fashion and home decor mags. Who got eliminated this week?!!

Bookmarking styling the bump pics on Instagram (Collab post coming up soon with tips on how to style the bump!)

Noticing people smoking all along the footpath right next to the buildings as I walk to work from the station 🙁

Enjoying all the catch ups I’ve been having over the past week – I caught up with some girlfriends at Din Tai Fung in Emporium (blog post coming soon), some workmates over dinner and dessert, and was out and about on the weekend with some mama friends to celebrate the launch of the latest online mag Wonderful Mama and some special birthdays. I also got to see my cousin work the stage at the Miss Philippine Fiesta presentation night as she is one of the candidates this year!

Docklands The Library Melbourne
Off to Docklands library for a birthday party!
Docklands Library kids party function room
Look at the concentration on that face!
Michelle Pilates prenatal pregnancy pilates
Keeping active during our pregnancy – fellow Rewind Dance Crew member and I at 36 weeks and 26 weeks pregnant
The Urban Ma Madison make up
Madison helped doll up Lola on her birthday heheh!


D got to hang out with his cousins all day at their hotel in the city to have some fun during the last week of the school holidays – such pretty views of Melbourne city

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My talented cousin baking some super soft cinnamon scrolls! I didn’t realise how long they take to make having to let them sit and rest numerous times throughout the recipe.
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eekend wrap up – tried to take a selfie with our cute little guest who stayed over on Saturday night but D photobombed us! My other cousin in her gown for her presentation night and so lovely to meet Carla from Styling the Tribe.

#graceandthanks

More and more this week, D has just been surprising me with all the things he says. He’s no longer a little baby but a grown up toddler who is just chattering away so much! Tonight we got home from my aunty’s house where they have two dogs – one of them looks like Lassie! So pretty! Anyways we got home and Daniel saw Lando and he said “Lando looks sad…He needs two dogs so he’s happy” – He saw that my aunty’s two dogs were playing with each other and he wanted the same for our dog Lando lol!

#gratefuldaniel #7

Daddy: Daniel do you want to say thanks for anything today?
Daniel: No, I don’t want to say thank you for anything.
Daddy: Daniel…you have lots of things to be thankful for!
Daniel: No! Nothing! (see what I mean about him learning to say “no” lots now! Ugghh :/)
Daddy: Ok, well I want to say thank you for Daniel being a good boy, and thank you for mummy and baby and playing lots of cars with you.
Daniel: Oh! – thank you for my new race track and white car Daddy!

🙂

If you missed out on some of my posts last week, see here for the Kwak cinnamon scrolls we finally got to taste!! And here for last week’s #wellbeingwednesday quote. Or even better you can subscribe by leaving your email up there on the right hand side for email updates when I post something new.
Thank so much for all your continued support, comments and questions. Night! xx

Bump Diary #5 – 24 week update

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Bump Diary #5 – 24 week update

How far along are you? 24 weeks and 5 days
How big is baby? This week baby is as long as an ear of corn! On average around 30cms long and weighing 600 grams.
Body and changes:
– Weight gain Feeling even bigger than last week and hardly carrying Mr D now as he is getting too heavy. The other day I was on my feet, doing housework and was lifting Mr D a few times and by the evening I felt a bit sore down in my pelvis.
– Stretch marks Again, same as last week and still rubbing Bio Oil and Palmer’s Cocoa Butter all over my bump in the mornings and evenings. I haven’t noticed any new stretch marks.
Sleep Been getting onto the Quick-Eze this past week as the reflux and heartburn just seems to be burning my throat everytime I go to bed and it’s taking me so long to get to sleep. I need to stop eating such big servings and avoid eating to much chili, garlic and onion!
Maternity clothes?
I haven’t bought anything new but will probably do so in the next week – I just want to be as comfy as possible
The Other Stuff: Sorry in advance for TMI lol! – I never normally have the need to use deodorant but even when I was pregnant with Daniel I remember having to use it and lots of it! The hubby says he doesn’t notice anything and that I always smell nice but maybe he’s just being sweet…either way I’m loving the Dove Go Fresh Cucumber and Green Tea spray (I’ll post a June favourites this week!).

 24 weeks pregnant bumpWinter fun The Urban Ma

Eating: I have managed to resist the urge to grab a Kit Kat this week haha! Been reaching for strawberries and pears 🙂
Feeling a little tired this week and my bump has been feeling heavy and hard.
Needing a trip to the hairdresser desperately! Need a trim and to get my ends coloured.
Wanting to fix up my blog and update everything but every time I seem to sit down to get productive online when Mr D goes to bed, the internet is never working! Hubby says it’s time to reformat my laptop.
Missing: Being able to try on clothes at the stores and fit into everything.
Watching Sweet Home Alabama and also finally made it to the movies for a date night with the family! Mr D sat through the whole Minions movie thoroughly enjoying the experience and the games afterwards! 🙂
Bookmarking: Bump photos on Instagram
Noticing: My thighs double in size :/
Enjoying Papa’s prawn, gnocchi and rocket dish – Sunday dinners at my parent’s house is the best! Also enjoying spending some time visiting fellow Rewind mama friends 🙂 Enjoyed baking these crunchy topped cinnamon muffins (below), love how freshly baked muffins and sweets fill the house with the smell of a warm bakery.

The Urban Ma bakes .24 bump diary update collage

#graceandthanks

D has really been developing such longer sentences and every day he continues to say phrases that I’ve never heard him say before. Every morning though, I feel so bad leaving him as he certainly knows how set me on a guilt trip, “Mummy don’t leave me. Don’t leave me. Only daddy can go to work, you stay with me and Daddy will go to work by himself”. Wow! So thankful I get to watch the hubby and son play and enjoy lots of time together playing cars, but also outside on bike rides and watching the soccer games in the park nearby.

#gratefuldaniel #5

Daddy: Daniel do you want to say thanks for anything today?
Daniel: Thank you for watching Minions and uhhh thank you to lolo for cooking yummy dinner.

I can’t believe how fast a toddler can pick up new words, phrases and feelings.

In case you missed some of my other bump updates you can check them out here! And if you’re new around here, hi!!! and be sure to check out Start Here to help you navigate around ze blog 🙂 Happy reading and please let me know if you have any particular things you’d like me to post about. You can find me here a lot of the time! 🙂 Don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss any posts. Have a great week!

 -xx-

Bump diary #3 – 22 week update

The Urban Ma bump update 22 weeks

How far along are you? 22 weeks and 6 days
How big is baby? Baby is weighing around 430g and, according to Baby Center, measuring around 27cms long
Body and changes:
– Weight gain I’m guessing more than I did last week!? I’ve been feasting on everything and as hard as I try I can’t seem to limit myself to one serving at dinner (the other night we had dinuguan – a Filipino dish of pork and black in colour thanks to the ingredient of pigs blood. I probably ate around 3 servings! And Sunday night papa cooked the most amazing meatloaf ever that I just kept going back for more!). Ugghh! Where is your self control Jacqui?
– Stretch marks Same as last week and still rubbing Bio Oil and Palmer’s Cocoa Butter all over my bump in the mornings and evenings.
Sleep Last week, I don’t know what was going on, but I was waking up more than usual in the middle of the night…either going to the bathroom or just laying awake in bed trying desperately to get back to sleep! Hopefully this week is much better
Maternity clothes? 
I’ve been wearing stretchy skits and tops to work and my actual maternity clothes are just some pairs of jeans from Top Shop and Target, and one pair of work pants also from Target from my previous pregnancy. I will post another bump diary update in the coming weeks with some of my comfy, work wear picks!
The Other Stuff: It is around this time in the pregnancy that expectant mums start to produce colostrum (the important, rich first milk that Baby gets, full of protein and antibodies in the first few days after birth). Apparently by the time Baby is born the glandular tissue in the breasts will have doubled in size! Other changes that may occur include increased vaginal discharge and the need to go to the loo more often – babycenter.com

The Urban Ma 22 weeks pregnant

Eating: Everything and Kit Kats in the afternoons – they’re so cold and crisp when they come out of the vending machine!
Feeling: Like I’ve got a lot more energy than in previous weeks. Mr D and I even went along to the parish working bee last Saturday to help out with some weeding and gardening and I think I got a little bit too stuck into it that I started to feel a little discomfort in my pelvic area. I hadn’t felt it it before so I just had a long rest in the afternoon and it went away almost immediately. Hopefully it’s not a feeling that will come back later and the midwife that we saw today told me that I should just take it easy when it comes to gardening or housework.
Needing: a foot and leg massage and trip to the hairdressers for a trim and colour…my colour has grown out so much and I just want to tidy everything up.
Wanting: to spend every minute of the day with Mr D, and tonight I was so annoyed at the trains being cancelled 2 stops before mine on the way home. I just wanted to get home to our toasty, warm, lounge room, eat leftovers for dinner and hang out with Mr D while watching Masterchef. Thankfully papa was able to pick the hubby and I up from the station so we didn’t have to wait in the dark and the rain for the replacement buses to come.
Missing: Being able to bend over. Such a simple action but now I’m finding it hard to put my own shoes on when they have laces. I am also missing lying down on my stomach and my back.
Watching: Masterchef and movies on Netflix like Just Go With It – makes me want to go to Hawaii!
Bookmarking: Warm, sunny holiday destinations. (OMG Baby is kicking and moving around so much right now! It’s like there’s a gymnastics lesson going on in there!! How exciting!)
Noticing: My hair and nails growing faster
Enjoying: Weekends with the family (see post here) and enjoying listening to the rain pitter-pattering outside right now.

The Urban Ma toys for boysThe Urban Ma 22 week update

#graceandthanks
I am so thankful for my wonderful family and most of all my parents! This past week we shared delicious family meals together and the hubby and I were saved from long journey home when the trains were terminated by the parents. Always there for us when we need them. Always looking out for their kids even though we’re all grown up. Love them so, so much.

Grateful Daniel #3
Daddy: Daniel do you want to say thanks for anything today?
Daniel: Uhhhh yes
Daddy: What do you want to say thanks for?
Daniel: Uhhhh thanks to God for ninong JP’s racing (JP is one of Daniel’s godfathers).
Daddy: Why do you want to say thanks for ninong JP?
Daniel: Uhhhhh because he’s the fastest!

Mr D was so excited after seeing his ninong racing around that he couldn’t settle down for his afternoon nap – he just wanted to keep playing with his cars lol! So happy to see him enjoying the things that our friends have an interest in and hearing him be thankful for it!

To read how Mr D’s thankfulness night time routine started, see the blog post here!
Thanks to all of you for your nice comments on Facebook about it and it’s so heartwarming to know that you love the idea and have incorporated into your bedtime traditions too!

-xx-

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