With the start of the school holidays, came my 20th week of pregnancy. I was so relieved to have a little time off from having to get out of bed at the butt crack of dawn (how good is it when your kid can get their own breakfast?!) and doing the school runs which eat up so much of my days. It felt amazing to turn off all of my alarms and just go with the flow. I realised just how much energy the school stuff was taking out of me. The holidays could not have come at a better time!
If you read my last blog post, you would have seen that I struggled a few times with the PUPPP rash this week. I had a couple of full on anxiety moments and I had to fight myself a lot to calm the fuck down. The rash has spread a bit more but I am trying to stay positive. I keep trying to remind myself that even though it can be torturous and can take up a lot of my energy and time, it is still (so far) not as bad as it was when I was pregnant with the Little Mister. Sometimes just staying calm can take some of its power away.
This week it was so great to spend some quality time with my mum – our first real catch up time since we found out we’re having a girl. We took the Little Mister shopping and gathered some intel on what’s in the bigger baby shops since I was last pregnant. Six years is a long time, it turns out. There are heaps more places to shop and products that are useful or cute, than there were last time! This trip really helped me to put together an idea of what colour scheme I like for the nursery and I even picked up a gorgeous cot sheet and play mat for half price! Yay! The Little Mister and I might have also picked out a couple of tiny baby outfits too! It was so lovely to include the big brother to be in the process. I think it made him feel really important.
One of the Little Mister’s jobs was to pick out a special little Jellycat bunny for the baby. He’s had one since he was little and as he’s too old to get a gift from the baby when she’s born (as if a 6 year old will fall for that haha), I figured maybe he could give her a gift (and I’m sure he’ll be spoiled by us with something special of his own when the time comes too). His brief was simply to pick out one that looked good to him but was different from his own so that they wouldn’t get mixed up. He picked a gorgeous mint green one and he cuddled it for the rest of the day, vowing to take care of it until his baby sister is born. We did have to pry it from him when we got home (so we can keep it in good condition and ensure he doesn’t get too attached and not want to give it away) but he knows it’s there and I know he’ll take his job seriously as my due date gets closer!
Another cool thing that has changed since I had the Little Mister is technology! I was able to sit down and create a bit of a Pinterest vision board for the nursery-to-be (aka currently neglected spare room aka the Little Mister’s former nursery) and then I could forward the link for it straight to my mum so she could see what I am thinking about! Very cool. Once the Little Mister is back in school, I will have to get my A into G and really get decorating! It will be so much easier this time around, as there won’t be as much to do – we have a lot of the big stuff like a cot, change table, furniture etc. I am so glad we bought it all in a classic, neutral white.
My mum would be glad to know that I’m trying harder to be a breakfast person these days. This week, I started eating overnight oats and making breakfast cookies (they are nothing but healthy ingredients). I am not perfect at it, but I definitely need something first thing in the morning to keep me from feeling faint or woozy. Growing a baby takes a lot out of me!
For this week’s bump photo, I threw on a tie dye dress I wore a lot when pregnant with the Little Mister. I love the colours but it’s looking a little worn out after all this time haha.
My mirror selfies feel a bit more awkward now. I think I’m getting a bit chubby around my back as I haven’t been keeping up with toning that area since I got pregnant. It’s one of my sensitive/self conscious areas so I try to hide it – just thought I’d tell you about it anyway – I might not feel like showing it off, but I feel like I should keep it real haha. It’s hard to get a good angle – any tips on how to hold your phone while taking a bad mirror selfie?! I feel so unco! How do those “professional” “influencers” and “Insta models” make it look so easy?!
Anyway, that’s it for this week! x