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February 23, 2013

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Weekend Reading #35 – Birthday Edition!

Gosh, she’s beautiful. ♡

 

Holler for the weekend!! It’s an extra-special one because, yep, you guessed it – it’s my BIRTHDAY! (Well, yesterday but I’m celebrating all weekend long!). It’s a funny thing about birthdays, that no matter how old we get, there is always that tiny spark of excitement about it. And no amount of being blasé and tyring to act cool that it was “just another day” could stop that feeling.

I WAS meant to have a day off yesterday, but had to go into work which was made slightly better because my manager bought me cupcakes and Evs treated me to lunch. Dinner was low-key with the family at the local Thai restaurant and, OMG, more cake.

We’re hosting a low-key BBQ at our place on Sunday afternoon, perfect summer weather (maybe with a touch of summer thunderstorms) and lots of food, friends and laughter.

But, I’m also taking some time out this weekend for myself. I’m feeling exhausted, more mentally than physically to be honest (although sleeping in this heat has been terrible) and am desperate need of a break. So, in the spirit of me-time, here are some links for you too:

 

  • More so than ever, I’m turning into a fan of being ACTIVE, rather than dedicating time to exercise. These days, the ability to just keep moving is enough to satisfy my bones and I enjoy it a lot more. This post from Sarah Wilson explores the idea of the current message of “Exercising making us fat”.

 

  • I haven’t been on a huge chocolate bender for a while, but this sugar-free chocolate is tempting me back onto the wild side.

 

  • One of my favourite blogs I discovered about six months back was Vienda Maria. In fact, I’ve linked more often than not to her posts here because they resonate so much to me as I try and seek a more simple and authentic life. Part of that is figuring out what I want to do with this blog and sorting through my head to find the answers. As part of my birthday gift to myself, last week I bought her newly-launched ebook – “The Build Your Own Business Blog(um, only $8! What can I say – I’m a easy person to shop for! :P ) and am already loving it. Don’t let the word business throw you off, it’s perfect for anyone wanting to grow their blog and perfect for newbies like me that have no clue when it comes to things like SEO haha.

 

  • “Success and likability are positively correlated for men and negatively correlated for women,”Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. I am so guilty of this. Especially in the workplace where I have (now looking back, quite embarrassingly) sacrificed myself for likeability. I’ve let people walk all over me and convince me that things were MY FAULT and I’ve agreed with them, because I wanted them to like me. This article explores the truth about women and likeability.

 

  • While I can’t confess to fully feeling like this, I have many friends who live the life of an expat. Perhaps, it’s the same when I return to India and things feel nothing has changed and yet everything has. This post about finding the answer to Where Do I belong? is a great read.

 

  • Ohhh. I had to agree. I HAD to. Even when 4 out of the 6 shows listed here are some of my favourites – they really need to SHUT IT DOWN (Especially Glee *sob*).

 

  • This girl. Where do I start – besides having a banging blog and life (I mean who would NOT want to live on the beaches of Goa??)- she also has another food blog that makes me drool every time I wander over. These garlic-coriander pull apart rolls are something out of this world. You must try them.

 

Ok, I am off to get the house in some sort of order before people start arriving (I mean I have a DAY, but who can be bothered cleaning in this heat!) and think about the menu.

 

Happy weekend everyone!!

February 10, 2013

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Pregnancy Diaries – Week 30/31

Thank you all so much for your kind words and thoughts on my last update. It has been a trying time and seriously, positive thoughts has been what has been getting me through. That being said, there are some updates to the whole thing which I’ll share in my next update (to make to coincide with reality given I am running behind on these AGAIN!).

I am taking each day pretty slowly now. I know I say this every week, but seriously feel like I have popped and am struggling to find anything work-appropriate to wear. Lucky we have a casual Friday policy which means I can rock up in my leggings (not jeggings :P ) and tunic and not have to worry about a button flying off randomly in the middle of a meeting (true story – ranks as one of the most embarrassing moments at work so far).

I think I’ll do my updates every 2 weeks now, because as much as I would have liked it to, work isn’t really slowing down and I’m exhausted by the time I get home that I have barely enough energy to muster up dinner, try not to face plant in it and then head to bed.

 

First Trimester

Week 12

Week 13

Second Trimester

Week 14

Week 15

Week 17

Week 18

Week 19

Week 20 <—halfway!!

Week 21

Week 22/23

Week 24

Week 25

Week 26.

Week 27

Third Trimester

Week 28/29

 

How far along? 31 weeks, 6 days

How big is baby? The size of a coconut!!

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(The sun was so glarey and in my eyes for these photos but I was like now or never. Could not handle posing again!)

How I’m feeling? Better. I have been practising my Calmbirth breathing techniques a couple of nights a week before bed with Evs and it truly is the most relaxing way to drift off into sleep. In fact, half the time I do fall asleep in the middle of it :D

I’ve also started getting the Braxton-Hicks contractions more and more now, which just feel like period pain cramps to me (and so weird because it’s been a while since I have felt anything remotely reminiscent of that!) which is kinda good and bad, because it takes me by surprise at times and I have to stop what I am doing.

Some faint stretch marks as well – am trying not to itch and the cream does help, but they are still coming through.

Fitness? Walking, swimming and yoga. Slowing down…I struggle a bit when walking the dogs and I think there will

Weight? Am bigger even more. I can feel the weight piling on now and it’s a bit tricky to move around. I am almost desperate need of new clothes.

How I’m changing? I’ve never really felt my age – for some reason I feel like I am still 21, but I have found a new kind of maturity and wisdom in me that I didn’t realise I had. I guess more in the light of recent events, I know I would reacted completely differently a few years ago and my priorities would have insanely different as well. Is this what they call growing up??

All that thinking made me realise that this kid, well, it’s going to look up to ME for answers. It literally knows nothing about this world and I am responsible for teaching him/her about it. The weight of that is pretty big to bear as I feel like I barely know anything!!

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What I miss? Well fitting clothes. I’m almost at the point where I really miss my body and having it to myself – even just for a moment. It’s exhausting. But then I feel the baby kick and I think whoa, ok, perspective.

Symptoms? I can’t sit down for too long otherwise my nether regions are all sore still. It takes me a good few moments to adjust myself and I often hear my lower back crack.

Cravings? Ice-cream. An ice-cream a day keeps this pregnant woman very happy. Cookies and cream, thank you very much and none of this reduced fat shit.

Aversions? Nothing major.

Highlights this week?

Knowing that this baby has so many people in its life already that love it and are thinking of him/her. Endless summer days and sunshine. Playing with the dogs and reminding them that they are going to be big brothers soon. Life in general :)

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February 9, 2013

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Weekend Reading #34

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Happy weekend guys! It’s been a big one for me, and while I’m a little behind in posting my pregnancy updates, hitting the 30’s weeks has suddenly meant that there is a lot less room for baby which in turns means a lot more kicking and general all-round uncomfortableness for me. It’s been a hot week and while I LOVE summer, finding work appropriate clothes that keeps you cool hasn’t been the easiest. I seriously just want to bum at home in little shorts and a t-shirt that barely covers my belly.

I now have a few weeks left of work. I have this internal countdown clock in my head and it makes me jump up and down with glee everytime I realise I am another day closer to my leave. I know the reality of it will all hit me in a few weeks that WHOA, a BABY is going to be here soon, but right now the thought of sleeping in and eating ice-cream to my heart’s content is what is keeping me going.

While I have been trying not to do the midnight shifts, this week it has been unavoidable with reports due and deadlines looming. Gah.

So, for your reading pleasure:

 

  • My dream has always to be a writer. I don’t think I am a particularly good one, but the lure of words has always pulled me in and it’s been the secret desire in my heart that would be there for me. I dabbled with it on and off throughout my life, but have never been able to say the words out loud – I’m a writer. Does this blog count? When do you become a writer? This post from one of my new favourite Aussie bloggers made me smile and gave me inspiration - “If I keep writing words then I’ll become a writer.”

 

 

 

  • Speaking of vegetables, one of the biggest things I have been struggling with is getting enough veggies into my diet since I have been pregnant. Some reason, they haven’t been as appealing to me – I’ll eat them,  but it’s the preparation that has bothered me. This post from Sarah Wilson lists 6 easy and clever ways of getting more veggies into your diet. (And green smoothies have been my saviour – even more awesome now because Evs got me…WAIT FOR IT…a VITAMIX as an early birthday gift!!) (Is it weird that my dream gift was a BLENDER??)

 

  • Um, if you aren’t ready for kids…this might kinda make you change your mind. What is it?? A video of a newborn taking a bath of course. But not just any video – watch it and tell me if it made you clucky :D

 

 

  • And because I always need a dose of chocolate in my life, and chocolate-and-mint is even better, my good friend Hannah has come up with a winning combo in ger recipe Mini Mint Choc Chip Protein Cookies. No Bake AND Vegan. (Try saying THAT 5 times fast). Trust me, you will want to make these.

 

Have a great weekend!! xx

January 27, 2013

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Pregnancy Diaries – Week 28/29

I never knew how much the word I had chosen for this year would test me so soon. COURAGE.

I had chosen it almost flippantly, like courage was something I could just do and bring up with a flick of my wrist and a wriggle of my nose. But courage, true courage, required me to look deep inside myself and pull out strength from inside me that I didn’t even know I had.

So…I’ve been a bit M.I.A over the last few weeks because I mentioned a medical issue. I had my 28 week ultrasound in early Jan and also my gestational diabetes test (where I had to drink this disgustingly sugary sweet drink and have blood taken over a the course of three hours. Yergh.)

All good with the gestational diabetes test – somehow I passed (haha I was getting a little concerned given I was averaging an ice-cream a day :P ), so that wasn’t the worry.

I’m a little hesitant to get into the details here, only because I have been over this in my mind time and time again and I’ve been trying to really not think about it and keep myself positive. A few months back, at the 20 week ultrasound, the doctors found something that they were a little concerned about. A pretty rare congenital condition, it had no rhyme or reason to be there and just one of those things that was detected because technology in the last decade had caught up. There could potentially be hundreds of people living with this completely normally.

The first thing that crossed my mind was that this was my fault. Somehow, my body, flawed from the heart condition I had as a baby had done this to my child. This little innocent baby didn’t deserve this. The immense guilt I felt was overbearing and I couldn’t even look at Evs, feeling like he was blaming me and I had failed him somehow. The doctors reassured me that this had nothing to do with me, which was like the biggest burden lifting from my heart.

So it could be worse. It could be better.

They were cautiously optimistic at that point and didn’t want me in for any extra tests or monitoring, saying that they’d have a look at the 28 week ultrasound. Best case scenario – it would just disappear. But that 8 weeks was the hardest time, not knowing what would happen.

So, a few weeks ago – it was discovered that it hadn’t disappeared, but it hadn’t gotten worse. Small blessings.

What it DOES mean that we have to have a plethora of consultations with cardiologists, paediatricians and paediatric surgeons in the coming weeks to be fully informed. Again, the docs not overly concerned which to me has been the best and hardest thing – trusting them enough to know what they are talking about but trying to stop myself worrying in the meantime.

It’s a game of Wait and See.

In every other way baby is fine and completely healthy. He/she kicks me like a little trooper he/she is and I have felt fine. So, I am counting my blessings and treating this like a “normal” pregnancy even though I have now been classified as “high-risk”. Pfft. I feel FINE.

My plan is positivity. Good thoughts. A week, a day at a time. Whatever will be, will be. Right??

In other news, I am officially in the THIRD trimester.

The time has FLOWN and I now have about 6-7 weeks left of work left before I start my maternity leave.

First Trimester

Week 12

Week 13

Second Trimester

Week 14

Week 15

Week 17

Week 18

Week 19

Week 20 <—halfway!!

Week 21

Week 22/23

Week 24

Week 25

Week 26.

Week 27

 

How far along? 29 weeks, 6 days

How big is baby? The size of a butternut squash

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How I’m feeling? Emotionally a little raw – however I have been using my new breathing techniques learnt at my Calmbirth course (which I will write about!!) to calm myself and practice meditation. I’m bigger and that means I am so slow. I take my time going up the stairs and up hills and I’m reverting a little back to the days of the first trimester where all I wanted to do was nap.

However, is it weird to say that I am looking forward to each week because it means that I am a week closer to meeting this little tyke?? I’m beyond excited and actually looking forward to labour and childbirth because it will mean I will finally see this beautiful baby that I am so so in love with. My heart feels like it’s going to burst with the amount of emotion I feel for this child. MY baby. Our baby.

Fitness? Walking, swimming even as I find my centre of gravity has shifted and I tend to drift off to one side when doing laps. I have slowed down considerably. Meditation and relaxation courtesy of Calmbirth before I go to bed which actually makes me fall asleep haha. I need to get some more prenatal yoga in as well and stretch some of my limbs out.

Weight? Bigger again. I had to weigh myself at the 28 week appointment (and also pee on a stick to determine my blood sugar and protein levels) and I’m about 8 kilos up which was fine to me. Doc is happy with the weight gain and baby is measuring all good :D

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How I’m changing? A fierce kind of love engulfs me from time to time – it’s like an innate sense of wanting to protect this little being inside me. I am much more aware of things around me. Things seem so trivial to me now – I am so much more aware of the things I want out of life and they have surprised me. Simplifying life, sustaining good, strong relationships, letting go…COURAGE to face the future. That’s what I care about.

I’m also a lot more aware of Evs and my relationship. We talk about stuff. Shit gets sorted. I feel a lot closer to him and have seen a side of him that I already knew was there but has been reinforced with the past weeks. He has been my rock – the calmness in my life while I felt like my world was spinning out of control.

I feel this tenderness towards him as he plants butterfly kisses on my belly as we lie in bed and he talks to the baby, chiding him/her for kicking me or as he paints the nursery with such concentration. This man…I picked a good one :)

What I miss? A full night of sleep – I’ve started getting up once or twice in the night to pee. Gah.

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Symptoms? A kind of soreness in my lower regions every time I get up from a chair – it takes me a few moments to readjust myself and often I feel my lower back cracking. I think it’s my pelvis preparing itself for getting this baby out, but it’s not very comfortable. Also those stupid cramps in my leg – I stretch and I get the most crippling pain sometimes. Apparently I might need more magnesium as Evs gets similar cramps after running long distance.

Also SO MUCH MORE kicking. I can kind of predict it a little bit and this baby likes food and the night time. He/she also protests when I’m lying a certain way by kicking me and getting me to roll over (which is an effort in itself!). Demanding little bugger.

Cravings? Ice-cream.

Aversions? Nothing major.

Highlights this week? A few things:

- Painting the nursery!!! It turned out exactly how I imagined it to even though it looks slightly one colour in one light and another in a different light which makes people try and guess the gender.

- My baby shower – my sister organised this for me and I’ll post up some pics soon. SO MUCH FUN.

- Seeing baby on the ultrasound again. Evs has declared that he/she has my nose :D

 

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January 26, 2013

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Weekend Reading #32

“Most good things happen without a plan: friendships, falling in love, finding a job, and so on. If you want to make your new year count, you’ll need to be intentional — not by setting goals, but by making space in your life for what really matters.”

– Jeff Goins

 

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Hola friends! It HAS been a while hasn’t it?? Thank you to those who messaged and emailed – everything is all good and I’ve just been swept up in the waves that are the new year. I started work again last week which was crazy and as much as I was trying to not let it be a repeat of how I felt right before the break, there were some hairy burning-the-midnight-oil moments.

There has also been a few other medical things I have been dealing with which is why I am a little behind on the pregnancy posts – all is fairly well, but, let’s just say not ideal.

Anyway.

How have YOU been??  I’ve been lurking around a little bit and popping in here and there when I can, but I’ve actually missed this space. We have the Australia Day long weekend and I’m taking this time to get back to the simple things and remember what I decided to focus on this year.

That means nursery designing + healthy cooking + family time + books, oh the books! + worksheet focusing + dream planning :)

AND this is the first Weekend Reading post of the year!! Woohoo! And I have a few good things for you guys to settle in and read this weekend:

 

  • I know we’re well into the New Year now, but there is always time and room for a fresh start. Here’s a great post from Sarah at Yes and Yes about 13 ways for a fresh start this year. I’ve already started by getting rid of clothes I know I’ll never wear and *cough* never fit into again.

 

  • If you have never had a Tim Tam, then I am truly sad for you. A quintessential Aussie invention, it has seen me through many, many moments in my life and blown my mind when I discovered the Tim Tam Slam. And, if you’re in an indulgent mood, this Tim Tam Tart will get you going.

 

 

  • The healthiest people were those who didn’t spend money that they hadn’t earned, to buy things that they didn’t need, to impress people that they didn’t like,” says Deepak Chopra. A funny, ten minute TEDMED video on his perspective on health and happiness. (via MindBodyGreen)

 

  • My hormones are all out of whack and I find myself with a slight crush on the most random of people. Especially those on TV. This post on TV’s hottest Dads made me grin and blush embarrassingly at the same time because there may have been moments in my life where I…errr…we’ll leave it there.

 

  • Um, it was slightly worrying that I could relate to ALL of what this woman was saying about pregnancy (including the purchase of the Snoogle!), but I’m not freaking out as much as she is (and kinda loving it). That being said, it’s an refreshingly honest article on how some women just really don’t like being pregnant.

 

  • If you educate girls, you will change the world,” – a wonderful organisation (10x10act) released a preview of their new documentary Girl Rising at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this week. Here’s the trailer to see for yourself.

 

Happy Australia Day all and have a great weekend :)

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