Baby A: Month 9 Bumpdate 

Here it is, the very last Bumpdate for Baby A. It’s a little shorter than normal (3 and half weeks) because if all goes to plan I won’t be making it to 39 weeks before we meet our little girl. I’m actually surprised how quickly this last month has gone by, since everyone has told me how it would drag on.

How far along:

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Traveling While Pregnant

Hey guys, today I have a great guest post to share with you. It covers one of the first things I began researching when I found out I was pregnant- traveling.

Important health tips for pregnant travellers

As plenty of hormonal and physical changes happen to a woman while she’s pregnant, stress can easily affect them, so many doctors suggest taking a vacation before their 36th week. Most people call this holiday as ‘babymoon,’ where moms get a vacation like they are in their honeymoon. In fact, a research featured by Daily Mail said that air travelling poses no risk to pregnant women and their unborn babies, thus mom-to-bes shouldn’t worry about travelling so long as they have prepared for it.
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Favorite Pregnancy Resources

Hi friends!

When I first found out I was pregnant I was on the hunt for ALL of the information I could find. After checking out or putting on hold pretty much every pregnancy related book in the library and reading every article/blog post I could find on Pinterest, I had slight information overload. I also realized that even though opinions may vary, a lot of it was repeat information. So now that I have done a lot of my own research I figured I would share my favorite pregnancy resources for all things baby and bump so far. Let me know if you have any others I should check out!

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Day in the Life {Pregnant Teacher Edition} 

Day in the life posts are always my favorite to read on other blogs, but until now I haven’t cared to post my own. As my days at work are numbered it’s starting to hit me that this season of my life is about to be over. In two short months I’m going from working full-time as a teacher to being a full-time mom.

While I’m sure I will be returning to the classroom later on, I’m pretty certain this is the only time in my life that I’m in this particular position- pregnant and teaching in Australia. I wanted to document a typical day so I can remember this unique time. Plus I think it will be fun to look back on and compare teaching in different countries.

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I wake up on my own without an alarm. I actually half woke up when Trav’s alarm went off to go to the gym an hour before, but I went back to sleep once we left. I lay in bed for a while because baby girl is moving around so much, I just want to lay there and feel her for a while.

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My High Tea Baby Shower

I’ve said it over and over, but I have been so blessed in my friendships since we moved to Brisbane. The first two friends I made here were two American girls that had also just moved to Australia (separately). We met during a yoga class at a chain workout clothes store of all places. We instantly became friends and since none of us had started working, we spent our days wandering around Brisbane and exploring our new home.

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Baby A: Month 6 Bumpdate

I feel like I was just writing the Month 5 bump date, time is FLYING by! Which is just fine with me because I can not wait to meet our little girl (who has no name, clothes or nursery, so maybe it’s good I still have 3 months to go).

How far along:

25 weeks and 3 days

Baby Size:

A baseball glove, a prarie dog and a rutabaga are a few of the comparisons. According to the internet she is around 1.5 lbs and 13.5 inches, which seems huge to me!

Gender:

GIRL!

Highlights:
  • Finding a place to live! It feels so good to know where we will be bringing little baby Alkek home to.
  • Ordering a few fun little girly things online. We have been trying to hold off on purchasing anything until after the move, but now May is all about her!
  • Getting to see her little face on the ultrasound last week. I am lucky that we do a scan at every appointment and I get so giddy knowing that I am going to see her. Sidetone: I also made my doctor double check that it is indeed a her, I have heard of too many people being told one thing and then another. But he confirmed only lady parts down there.
  • Moving into our new place (four days ago). Now it is nursery time!
  • Trying out stand up paddle boarding and crossed it off my 30 Before 30 list! It was a great pregnancy friendly workout.
  • Having an impromptu getaway over the ANZAC long weekend. It was so relaxing and beautiful in the granite belt, I can not wait to go back as a family. I will be writing lots more about our trip later this week.

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Maternity Clothes:

I tried to wear my maternity white jeans a couple weeks ago, but I think I still have to grow into them. I was hiking up my pants all day, much to the amusement of my co-workers. One of them offered me his star wars braces (what they call suspenders). So I am sticking to the belly band and leggings (maternity and not). It is FINALLY starting to cool off and so I have a feeling I will be living in leggings the next few months. Most of my tops still fit since I typically only wear loose fitting ones, but some of my workout tanks are getting a little short.

Symptoms:

For the most part I feel pretty normal. I have been getting heartburn that doesn’t seem to be helped much by Zantac or my heartburn tea. I have been pretty exhausted too, but that could also do with how busy we have been lately.

Sleep:

Getting a little better with my body pillow. I am waking up less during the night, but I still don’t feel very rested by the time the alarm goes off.

Cravings:

Chocolate and all things sweet. I was so worried that I would fail my glucose test this month because of my sugar intake, but my doctor informed me that gestational diabetes isn’t caused by your diet and I am safe to keep eating gelato for now. So fingers cross that I pass the test because monitoring my sugar intake right now is the last thing I want to do.

Aversions:

Shrimp still grosses me out.

Workouts:

Cut back to strictly 3 times a week, mostly light weights and the bike or elliptical. I am using my other two mornings to get in extra sleep.

I went to the physio right after the month 5 update for some back pain I was having. Apparently my body is just not adjusting to the extra weight that well and I am getting some pain on my left side. She told me to cut back on my walking and just do exercises where my weight is equal on both sides (no lunges etc).

I was really upset because a. we walk everywhere here and b. I was really enjoying my long morning walks before work a couple times a week. After a couple of days the pain went away and I decided to ignore her advice and take a long walk. Well you guessed it- the pain came back. Now I just know my limits and try and stick to shorter distances. I did insist on hiking bald rock on our trip a couple weeks ago, because I look at this place…

Celebrated 24 weeks of #littlebabyalkek by taking her on a hike up the Southern Hemisphere’s largest granite monolith.

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It wasn’t that long of a hike (about 4 miles round trip) and the soreness the next day was worth it. I will be trying to take it a little easier the rest of the pregnancy though.

Missing Anything:

Not too much, I really like being pregnant! A good nights sleep would be nice though…

Looking Forward To:

More baby kicks and lots of date nights with my baby daddy. Only 14 (give or take) more weekends as a party of two.

Movement:

I feel her all the time! She is an active little thing. I can even see her movement from the outside now, which is so awesome. Whenever she starts moving a lot I just stare at my tummy and wonder what she is doing in there. I have tried to capture it on video for my mom but every time I get my phone out and start recording, she stops moving. She must be stubborn like her dad.

Nursery Progress:

It might not be a nursery just yet but baby girl has a room to call her own as of two days ago. Now to get some furniture and start decorating!

Baby A: Month 5 Bumpdate

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Holy Moly how are we 5 months in already? As quickly as it has been going, 4 more months seems like an eternity! I am ready to meet our little baby girl already. This go around I was better at taking my bump pictures at the same time each week (Sunday evening), the only issue is that by that time I am in my comfy cloths sans make-up so please excuse my rough appearance. Also, it appears that my leggings in Week 20 completely sucked in my belly, but rest assured it was still popping. If you are bored of these updates (or creeped out by 3D ultrasound pics) you might want to go ahead and skip this post. I will be back later this week recapping non-baby related things.

If you stuck around, here is this month’s bumpdate..

How far along:

21 Weeks (and 2 days)

Baby Size:

A baby bok choy, a pomegranite, a baseball cap… just depends who you ask 😉

Gender:

GIRL!

Highlights:
    • Finally getting the go ahead to share my news with my students (and their parents). Some of them were less surprised than others, apparently the parent rumor mill had been suspecting for a while. They are super cute about it all and keep wanting to talk to my belly and give me name ideas. I think I have said it 100 times but I really love my kids this year, they are so sweet and fun.
    • Finding out Baby A is a SHE with my friends and parents! I was so surprised.
    • Seeing all of her little parts at the anatomy scan (even though I thought she was a he the whole time). IMG_4892
    • Starting to shop for little girly things and personalise our registry a little more.
    • Narrowing down our name list- it is seriously so hard!! We just call her by different names every day trying to decide what sticks. But seriously- if you know any cute, unique names that don’t start with an A, I’m all ears!
    • Spending more time with my parents over Easter before they went home.

An extra special Easter Sunday, we are officially half way to meeting our little chick! ? #littlebabyalkek #20weeks

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Maternity Clothes:

Hair tie and belly band tricks are still working for jeans. My mom brought me maternity leggings from home, so I’m trying to bust those out any days the temp drops below 30 celcius (88F). The cool weather in Adelaide was such a cruel tease, I need it to feel like it’s actually fall ASAP. I pretty much live in comfy maxi skirts and tank tops.

Symptoms:
  • Pregnancy brain is for real. I am now no longer in charge of grabbing the keys in the morning after I’ve gotten us locked out of our apartment for the second time this month. This time I had a key… Just not the right one.
  • Back pain!! I now know what everyone is talking about and it’s killing me. These exercises help, but I am going to a Physio this week to hopefully get some more relief.
  • Heartburn- Dr. Google says no alkasektzer though.

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Sleep:

Not going so well. I got a body pillow and it’s helping some.

Cravings:

Sugar. Chocolate. Burgers are still a fave too.

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Aversions:

Shrimp still grosses me out.

Workouts:

Still walking or lifting weights 3-4 times a week. One of the trainers at the gym came up to me and said “sooo you’re pregnant?” he said he had been wanting to ask for the past month but wasn’t positive. He gave me pointers for training while pregnant which was very helpful. Travis is very sweet and takes time out of his workouts a couple times a week to go on walks with me in the mornings.

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Missing Anything:

I missed being able to participate in wine tastings on our trip to South Australia over Easter. They did let me smell though ?.

Looking Forward To:

Moving next month and starting to put a nursery together. Right now all things baby are scattered around our house.

Movement:

I have been on the fence if the little things I had been feeling were baby or just normal tummy behavior. This week though I have concluded it is definitely baby. Whenever I am laying down or sitting still for long periods of time I will start to feel little taps. Trav finally felt one the other night!

Nursery Progress:

My mom made a few purchases at the antique store while she was here and so I’m starting to have a vision of what I want. Now to just find a place to live. I have been a pinning machine (you can see below), and I know I want a girly, shabby chic style nursery, so I am ready to get started!
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