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22 weeks pregnant.

This week started off in quite an emotionally draining way. While I usually revel in the school holidays (getting to lie in bed for longer and no school runs or lunch boxes to prep), by the second week, I was looking forward to school going back. I needed a routine and I needed time to myself to tick a lot of things off an ever increasing to do list. I’d truly enjoyed the Little Mister’s company but I was starting to get a bit stressed.

Hold up…rash update coming! 😜

I spent the first half of the week having to talk myself down from freaking out about my PUPPP rash (yep – that old chestnut). Exhausting. I felt like I was fighting for my mental health. I was winning but the fight took a lot out of me. I had been stressed to be slightly under-prescribed the ointment I needed and there’s a little story about me not being too happy with the local pharmacy too but we won’t get into that. Little inconveniences like that can really set me back – the anxiety is not far from the surface, when it comes to my condition. When managed well it can almost seem like a non issue, but when there’s a fear of not having enough medication or being able to keep things under control, my nerves can feel shot to shit. Care-givers, please be aware.

One night, I let myself have a good cry and whinge about it for 15 minutes before bed. I was worried I was losing the plot after fighting so hard to not give in to my self pity, but it turned out to be a good stress release. I actually felt better after. I figure I probably need to let myself have a short pity party once a week, just to let it all out. Can’t bottle it up!

Luckily, the second half of the week wasn’t too bad. The steroid ointment was starting to work on the sides of my body (I’ve figured out that there must be about a week’s lead time in applying it twice a day before significant improvements happen) and I had figured out that good sleep comes from wearing very little to bed (a little easier during the school term because the Little Mister is less likely to disturb me in the mornings as I get up before him). Sadly, this rash is aggressive and not curable while this baby is inside me, so it is now trying to attack my legs and feet – not a very attractive look when a girl just wants to wear a shorter skirt/dress. I am getting onto it as fast as I can with treatment and I am hoping that the roughly week long lead in required with the ointment will kick in sooner rather than later.

This week I got myself prepared to clean up my diet and exercise more. I am well aware that in a month or so I have my glucose tolerance test to determine whether I have gestational diabetes for a second time around or not. While I may not be able to sway my results (if it’s in your genes it’s in your genes), I am hoping I can improve my health and therefore my test readings. Even if I am cursed with it for a second time, I want good habits to already be a part of my lifestyle when that diagnosis arrives. Makes the transition to diabetes friendly living easier, both mentally and physically. I want it to be on my terms. The stubborn rebel in me hated being treated like a child and told what to do last time. I want to pretend this was all my idea anyway haha. Never any harm in having healthy habits.

I did some research (I was a bit rusty after being 6 years gestational diabetes free) and I made a plan. I bought all of the foods that would keep me snacking healthily. While I haven’t been a perfect angel (why should I – no diagnosis yet!) I have significantly changed my habits for the better which I am very pleased with myself about. I was giving into a few too many sugary/carb loaded cravings beforehand – oops! The improved diet isn’t actually that different to what I was doing as part of my Kez Gets Physical efforts before I was pregnant so I am not finding it as hard as last time.

I enjoyed a little retail therapy this week. I was worried about finding clothes that were rash, maternity and summer weather friendly all in one. The weather has finally started to heat up around here (well it has its ups and downs but mostly I think spring has arrived). I was thrilled when I headed into Target and found some fantastic, light weight, flowy maxi dresses that fit me! The same design comes in like 4 different gorgeous prints so I bought 3 of them – yay! Big confidence boost to know that I will have something nice to wear every day. I might even go back and buy a second one of each if they haven’t sold out (I predict they will – fast). The great thing is that they are not maternity dresses so I can wear them after I’ve had the baby in the heat of summer too! YES! This successful shopping session got me thinking about maybe putting together a blog post about affordable maternity style hacks for those of us who can’t afford the inflated prices of maternity wear in the popular boutiques, or who do not live near the big name specialty maternity retailers (as much as internet shopping is THE BOMB sometimes it can be good to be able to try something on first or we might need something in a hurry). We’ll see. I won’t make any promises but the idea is brewing away!

The Little Mister informed me that we should name the baby Butterfly when she’s born. Because butterflies are beautiful and nobody else will think to name their baby Butterfly. I don’t know if I’d be sold on that one, but I thought his sentiment was very lovely. Maybe we can nickname the bump Butterfly (if for no other reason than to ditch Mr Unprepared’s very annoying nickname for it which I will not even dignify with a mention here)!

Here I am at 22 weeks…

20 weeks pregnant.

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

16 weeks pregnant.

At 16 weeks, the baby was the size of an avocado. Yum!

This week, I started to feel some little movements! I felt little movements at 16 weeks when I was pregnant with the Little Mister, so it was nice to have it happen so soon again! At first I wasn’t sure, expecting some of it to be indigestion or something. Trust me, I thought I felt a lot of things going on in there while we were trying so hard for a baby (not kicking or anything obviously but tugs and pains that I hoped were a sign of early pregnancy) and I was always wrong. I am not one to jump to conclusions these days!

A couple of times I sneezed (fact: I sneeze with gusto) and right after, I would feel a couple of suspiciously timed little jabs like the baby was all, “WTF WAS THAT, MUM?”

Another time, we were eating lunch out with friends and I hadn’t really had much for breakfast beforehand. The moment I started to munch on my meal, I felt little flippy, movey feelings! Since then, I have had occasional feelings of movement when I’m still and now I’m really impatient for them to become pronounced enough that Mr Unprepared and the Little Mister might be able to feel them. In saying that, it’s probably a good thing there’s a while until then…I remember how I felt last time at that point haha.

I was really excited because I was able to get out and about in my favourite dress. The one with a cool tiger on the chest and a flowy black skirt. The bad ass dress that I was too scared to wear when I wasn’t pregnant in case it made me look pregnant. Hilariously, when I put it on I realised it made me look NOT pregnant and I was all, you mean I could have worn this all along?!

This week I did a big clean out of my wardrobe. I put aside all of the things I am now too round to wear and I tried on literally every other thing so I could see what outfits I could create from my existing non-maternity wardrobe. I was pleasantly surprised by a few things (and unpleasantly surprised by a lot of other things haha). Now I know how everything will look/fit and that makes life a lot easier. Before that, I was doing trial and error last minute before going anywhere and it was getting a bit time consuming and tiresome!

Also of note: my stretch marks from my last pregnancy decided to reinvent themselves. Back from the dead, a little more dangerous looking and ready to cause trouble. Much like Taylor Swift. LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. I’ve been moisturising a bit and praying I will never have a repeat of the rash from hell of 2011.

The Little Mister has suggested some baby names already. So far we have Little Mister Junior, Tim (random) and Pat because he wants the baby to grow up to be a postman. I’m thinking that maybe when we do start to think seriously about names, we might need to create a shortlist first before handing over any input!!

Also, on the topic of the Little Mister – he got his first wobbly tooth this week! Maybe it’s not pregnancy related, but damn it’s awesome and he’s growing up so much and I love him so!