24 weeks (and 1 day) – almost there!

Thinking about how busy we are over the next 3 months scares me so much. It means that we are not far away from having bubba with us. Yes, this is what we have been longing for and desperately desiring but it still scares me. We have so much to do around home before we are ready for bub to be here.

We still have to paint the nursery and our room, pick up the furniture and put it together, order and then apply the wall decal, and pick up the rest of the things we will need for bub (wraps, clothes etc). Then we will have to think about packing bags and organising a baby shower (a BBQ at home so we can swim in the pool – luckily a friend has offered to help out).

Then it will be Christmas! Carla will be only days away from popping at Christmas so we are hoping to have shopping done in November. If we have time!

I’m sure there are other things we need to do but my mind is not particularly working well.

This month (which is already half way through!) is filled with birthdays and a baby expo. We plan to start sanding a dodgy wall in our room in preparation for the paint. Then just need to wait for some friends to have a weekend off as they have offered to help. So lovely of them! We may end up skipping the baby expo this month but head to the one next month – we will see!

In addition to everything we need to do to prep for bub, I am studying. This time it’s 2 units over 13 weeks, so it’s the equivalent of full time study. Plus working full time. While I am enjoying the units, they are very full on and require a lot of attention. Luckily I have a good hour after I finish before I need to pick Carla up from work. That’s when I get the most done. Oh, and in between my actual work duties.

Lately I have been smashing out my university work during the day and at night I have been prepping some things to sew for bub. The first night was picking the patterns to go with the fabric and the next night I actually started sewing something. I will likely finish that off tonight – can’t wait! It’s my first time using this pattern and I already love it.

Which reminds me, we also have to find fabric to recover the cushions on our glider chair for the nursery.

When will the list of things to do ever end?!

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That first kick!

So let’s go back a little, last Wednesday in fact. We were on holidays and Carla had been feeling a lot of kicks. I decided to put my hand on her belly, just in case. 

Now, I tend to do this often so it’s really nothing new and I have never felt anything before. Having an anterior placenta means it could be quite a while before I’d feel anything from the outside. But….

At exactly 23 weeks, I felt our little bubba kick! I even saw Carla’s belly move! It was the most magical thing ever! I had a feeling it may happen while we were on holidays but I didn’t want to get my hopes up.

I feel like I’m walking on Cloud 9 right now. I felt bubba move a few other times as well and it is honestly the most amazing feeling in the world. I pretty much just want to have my hand in Carla’s belly 24 hours a day!

And just a little update, below is Pingu’s hand size and is now just over 30cm long!

22 weeks!

I can’t believe it! We are over half way to meeting our little one. It has seemed like a lifetime and yet, so short.

Carla has a bump now, it’s so firm and I love to touch her belly. I’m sure she gets sick of it, but I love it. It’s amazing to think that our baby is growing in there, getting stronger everyday!

Speaking of getting stronger, bub booted Carla really strongly a couple of times the other day. I’m yet to feel anything but that’s because the placenta is anterior – the darn thing! Hopefully not much longer and I’ll be able to feel something.

We did a gender reveal for family and close friends a couple of weeks ago. We filled a huge (90cm) black balloon with coloured confetti – a lots of it – and then popped it with an IVF needle haha. It was the sharpest needle we had in the home and kind of fitting as well. Everyone was stoked and started asking a million questions about the nursery etc.

We are planning to not reveal to the wider world but will instead announce the sex of Pingu when he/she is born. But for now, I’m happy that some people know as it was hard to keep the secret in conversation.

The day after the gender reveal, we saw a movie with some of Carla’s family and went shopping after. They bought so many clothes and so did we! Some people we know have also said they will be giving us some of their bubbas clothing. We are so lucky!

This weekend we are off to Thailand for a whole entire week.

I.

Can’t.

Wait.

Just to be able to relax and not do anything unless we want to. And we don’t plan to do much. I’ll be doing some writing and reading, which I’m very much looking forward to.

This year has brought so much happiness into my life. I can’t wait to see what the rest of it brings!

Touring a birth unit

Tonight we got to tour the birth unit at the hospital we plan to have bub at. The birthing room was a lot bigger than we thought it would be. Some have huge baths and they all have these showers with 2 heads – one normal and one removable so we can put it wherever gives the most pain relief. 

It’s good to know where we need to go when the time comes. Yes – Carla is only 17 weeks tomorrow but we are very organised people.

Except when it comes to changing my name….

Over 3 months since we had our ceremony and I am yet to change my name. I will be getting the papers signed either this week or next so my name should be changed in 1-2 months. As long as it is before bubba gets here, I don’t mind. 

It is all getting so real now. Just the other day, we got a text saying that our baby laybuy was all in stock whenever we wanted to collect it! We don’t want to pick it up until September so will let them keep it for a while longer. We want to paint the nursery so won’t collect the items until after then. 

I’ll leave you with a gorgeous picture of a scan we had don’t last Friday, just for the hell of it! Bubs was just over 16 weeks and would not stop touching it’s face and head! Super cute!

My mummies love me…

A friend gave us a present for Pingu on the weekend. It was such a gorgeous gesture and it was Pingu’s first present! It’s so lovely to see how loved Pingu is already. 

  

We get to see Pingu again on Friday for the NIPT scan and bloods. Can’t wait!

We should get the results about a week after. Can’t wait to hear how everything is and to find out if Pingu is a boy or a girl. We will be keeping it a secret until birth. We want everyone to be surprised.

I can’t believe it’s already June and in just over 6 months our little Pingu will be in ours arms!

‘Do a little dance…’

We got to see our little Pingu again today! We had a quick scan with our fertility specialist, who was more than happy to cater to our request. We were in the waiting room and he was walking down the hallway to see another patient. He saw us and said (laughing), ‘I thought I got rid of you.’

This time I managed to film the heartbeat. Last time I forgot to switch my phone to video so all we had was 2 photos haha. 

The professor was pointing out our little bubbas head and arms. The heart was a lot bigger this time and very, very easy to see. We listened to the heartbeat and just watched it for a little while as well.

The professor told us that if we kept watching we would probably see Pingu move. It didn’t take long and we saw it!

Pingu bounced and then looked like it was dancing! It was the most amazing thing to see. I swear Carla was nearly crying and so was I!

Here is little Pingu at 8w6d and measuring 9w1d. Pingu is now almost 2.5cm long. Even though the picture is not great quality you can still roughly see the shape of an actually baby

  

Just a little bit chilly!

How chilly was it this morning?! We had ice on every window of the car! I put water on the windscreen but it wasn’t budging. Carla told me to put the heater on in the car. I was so worried it would crack the windscreen but I trusted Carla as she lived in the UK for a while and knows what she is talking about. 

I had to put my window down to get some of the ice off so I could see. Look what I found on my car when I did!