Thursday, 14 July 2016

Dreaming of warmer days... {Beach trip March 2016}

We are well into Winter now, the days & nights have turned chilly - a big change from that unseasonably warm Autumn we had.
To bring some sunshine into this cold & dreary days I thought I would share some (long over due) snaps from our family holiday to the Gold Coast that we took back at the beginning of March.
This was our 2nd family holiday to the beach. Almost every morning I was up early walking the beach and photographing the sunrise...

Day 1;
We drove to the coast. We had fish & chips for lunch at Pete's Seafood Market and went to check in at our hotel. We spent the afternoon at the pool & beach.
Day 2;
Was spent doing some tourist'y fun things in Surfers Paradise and in the evening we went to play mini golf.
Day 3;
We headed to Sea World for a fun filled day!

Day 4; 
Was spent at the beach and we even did some stand up paddle boarding!
Day 5;
We spent the day with my sister & brother in law, went shopping at Harbour Town, had dinner with them & then headed home at night time. 

The view from our room.
Mini golf time!
Beautiful blue skies for a lovely day at Sea World.
Watching the seal & dolphin show with her little schleich toys. We bought her these before the holiday as little toys to play with in the car trip.
The dolphin show as normal was very entertaining.
I was hoping to show LuLu the polar bears swimming in the water, but we checked back multiple times during the day and this is where they were... Sitting in the sun enjoying a nice fish!
The touch tank was a big hit!
We loved watching the penguins. 
A day at the beach!
Trent & LuLu stand up paddle boarding.
Saying goodbye to our view.
Some of the sunrises I captured;
I hope you all enjoyed this little look into our family holiday. 
We are hoping to get away again with just the 3 of us before Baby Elf arrives, but that most likely won't be until the weather warms back up again!
Are you enjoying this cold or are you wishing for warmer days?
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Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Pregnancy update; First trimester. {Baby Elf}


Hello everyone and welcome to my first pregnancy update on this site! 
I am currently about 15 1/2 weeks pregnant, which means I have recently finished the first trimester - hallelujah! 
Now I thought I would do pregnancy update blog posts - I don't think I'll be doing videos at this point. I wont say I will never do them, but at this point in time it just isn't right for me.

So let us get into this I need to bring you all up to speed, a lot has happened! 
Lets rewind...
I found out I was pregnant, before I had missed my period... But I did not think at all I was pregnant. Confusing, I know!
Firstly we have been trying for a baby for a fair bit of time, more on that another day though. 
Anyway, I have the 'Maybe Baby' ovulation saliva microscope, the whole of March it told me I was not ovulating, so I just chalked that month up as a loss & was planning to see my OB about fertility advice in the coming weeks - but then when my period was almost due it showed the ovulating result, "ferning"... I thought that was incredibly strange and after some googling done by my sister & I we discovered that it can actually be caused by pregnancy! I didn't want to get my hopes up at all, but my sister was very confident I was. This was around the 13/14th of April. 
The morning I was due for my period (15th of April) I did a test & sure enough - positive! 
I booked in immediately for a doctors appointment that day & requested 2 blood tests over a few days. This is not always necessary, but I needed to check my hCG levels were rising at a good and acceptable rate before getting too excited. (The levels all came back very good) 
I had 1 blood test that Friday & the following on the Monday.
The very next Wednesday (20/April) was my first obstetrician appointment with my new OB. My first OB that I went through with LuLu has since retired unfortunately. 
After that obstetrician appointment I was put on daily doses of megafol, aspirin & progesterone. I had fortnightly check ups until 12 weeks & I also had regular blood tests. 
This was all done to ensure Baby Elf was staying strong & healthy & that my pregnancy was progressing well & normally. 
At our 12 week appointment we had our nuchal scan, which we passed perfectly. Baby Elf is looking like a very strong, healthy and active little baby who should arrive just before Christmas, around the 22nd or 23rd of December. 
As for gender of our baby, one doctor said boy & the other said girl - so we've narrowed it down to those 2 options. So hopefully at our next appointment we will find out!
In the past few weeks I have been incredibly unwell with cold/flu symptoms and also had bronchitis which required a course of antibiotics. I got over one lot of being unwell just to become unwell again. I feel like when I am pregnant my immune system just turns to rubbish! So being actually sick, plus all day morning sickness & exhaustion just wore me down a fair bit. I am much better at the moment, mainly just sinus & my allergies seem to flare up super easy.

Symptoms;
  • If you followed my pregnancy journey with LuLu (Rexy) you may remember I was very unwell with her pretty much the entire time and this pregnancy is shaping up to be the same. The first trimester was rough with all day "morning sickness", I still am unwell with all day nausea & I throw up pretty much every morning at least once, but it is getting slightly better. I have been on anti-nausea medication zofran mainly and occasionally maxalon. Maxalon though makes me very drowsy so I try to avoid having that. 
  • I've also experienced pretty severe exhaustion in the first trimester which for me is incredibly frustrating. I am someone who loves getting a lot done each day & being a very active Mum, but I have had to take some time to look after myself and be a bit easier on myself so I can rest. Often it is just LuLu & I during the day, she knows when I need to rest and sit down and also is incredibly caring if I am being sick. She has such a kind heart for such a young child! But I have been going a bit stir crazy with just sitting around, I like getting stuff done or doing activities! But thankfully now my energy levels are improving! 
  • To go along with the exhaustion I occasionally have a bit of insomnia, where I just lay there in bed at night wide awake. Which drives me insane because I am so incredibly tired. 
  • Another sleep related symptom is I have been having some crazy dreams. 
  • I have had a few minor nose bleeds.
  • I occasionally feel light headed & dizzy, but I think that goes along with me throwing up and feeling weak.
  • And just in the past week or so I have started to have reflux at night time.
  • I've also recently been getting massive headaches which are very close to migraines.  
Cravings;
  • I have not had a ton of cravings. Mainly food aversions. 
  • Cooked vegetables make me feel sick - like peas, corn etc. I can eat salad fine but hot/steamed/boiled veggies just make me want to hurl! I still eat them but it is not pleasant! (I had the same issue while pregnant with LuLu)
  • Similar to LuLu one of the main things that helps with my nausea is hot salty chips, this time from Super Rooster (a local take away store). 
  • I've also been enjoying chicken & gravy rolls and spuds in the park! Not necessarily healthy and these aren't everyday foods, but they are meals I really look forward to eating!  
  • Also very early in my pregnancy I really loved hospital sandwiches (more on that soon)
  • Similar to when I was pregnant with LuLu, I don't feel like big hearty meals - more light & summery foods. Often all I can think about for dinner is BBQ chicken & coleslaw burgers! It is the middle of winter, I should be cooking hot meals and I do for Trent and LuLu but I don't enjoy them at all! 
  • I am also very uninterested in cooking dinner, it actually makes me feel very nauseous at times. 
Emotionally;
I feel ok. We had a bit of a rough time getting this baby and I will go into that in a separate post, so there is an incredible amount joy & excitement about this pregnancy, but there is always that thought of fear - like is everything ok? LuLu is so sweet & very excited, she talks to Baby Elf daily. She will make a beautiful big sister. I still worry about how little Elf is doing because at this point I am still not really feeling any movement, I think once I feel some movement I will be a bit more "at ease". I have found myself a bit emotional at times, I've taken somethings to heart a bit more than I usually do. I've also found myself even more protective with LuLu, like even more than normal! Mumma Bear instincts!

Other pregnancy news;
  • I was actually pregnant at the same time as my sister! I was very early but it still was nice. I was 7 weeks pregnant when I helped her with her labour & was in the delivery room photographing her birth. It was a very special time. And I spent a fair bit of time at the hospital with her and ate a lot of hospital sandwiches! Which was great, because at the time they were one of my main "cravings". 
  • We heard the heart beat for the first time on the 10th of May 2016.
  • LuLu has come to many of the OB appointments with us, she loves seeing Baby Elf on the "TV" when I get a scan. We also try to schedule all my appointments around Trent's roster so he is always there. 
  • We have already set up the baby room. We moved the nursery from beside the playroom to the opposite end of the house. Basically we swapped my study/craft room with the nursery. For LuLu when she used the nursery this set up was ideal, but with a new baby & a toddler playing a toy room it maybe too noisy. It isn't decorated or anything yet, we will wait to find out the gender first. But all the furniture it set up down there.
  • Our Christmas in May celebration was actually the day we told my brothers about Baby Elf. 
Belly shot;
Here is the belly progress... 

I think that's all of it, pregnancy+Mum brain is a nightmare for trying to recall information!
If you have any questions please feel free to ask & I will try my best to answer them in my next pregnancy update!
Also if you are pregnant too, I would love to hear how you are doing!
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Have a lovely week.