Weeks 23-24: Not much happening
I've hit the cruisy stage of pregnancy now where not a lot happens. I am still growing and bubs is moving lots but that's about it. I feel great and I am getting comments on how good I look at the moment so its all good! I just wish this stage of pregnancy would last a bit longer as I know time is going so fast!

I saw the obstetrician in week 24 and its official - I have the most active, wriggly, baby in the world. The ob had to grab my uterus to hold bubba still in order to hear his little heartbeat! He got an 11/12 out of 10 - am I a proud Mum or what! He was also the most active this week - I love watching my tummy. It's like there's a little alien in there and looks very weird when he's rolling and kicking and punching all at the same time. Matt's cousin had a C-section (her bub was breech).

I've bought some more maternity bras and PJs from the shops, plus some maternity pants and belly tubes off E-bay. The pants are the most comfortable I've ever owned and such a bargain. Why would you spend $100 in a maternity shop when you can get the same thing off E-bay for only $20?

I've become obsessed with cloth nappies of late, looking up all types of fitted cloth, pre-folds, soakers, you name it. I definately think cloth is the way to go. Ecoshop has a great list of links for all things cloth. I'm thinking the best option is to get some trial packs from a few different places and then see which brand suits my bubba best when he arrives. That way I can order the ones I know are suitable for him. Until they arrive I'll use the trial nappies, pre-folds and normal terry towelling nappies with a cover. See, obsessed I tell you...
Kira Blogged at 8:22 am on Sunday, February 26, 2006

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Week 22: The pram
I bought the first blue baby clothes for Little Bubba this week. A cute blue wondersuit and a bodysuit that says "When I grow up I want to be a Formula One Racing Car Driver". Much better than the wiggles stuff I'd pointed out huh Matt?! Oh so cute. Little bubba's Aunty Jodie and Uncle Jason gave him a gorgeous grey hooded jumper with zip down the front. It has a blue fleck in it and is soooooo tiny! Bubba grew lots this week and his kicks and movements are developing distinct patterns - I love it. But I don't love the stretching pains that accompany him getting bigger. My ribs are killing me, particularly at night. Plus my boobs have gone up 1 bra size and 2 cup sizes and are still growing. I hate to think how big they'll be when I'm breastfeeding. My tummy is certainly bigger but unless I wear something tight you wouldn't think I was pregnant. I've only put on 2 kilos since Christmas!

We went and bought the pram! It's a Quinny Speedi Sx in Red - beautiful and so easy to manouvre both indoors and out. Here is a picture:



It was reduced from $679 (already down from $800-something) to just $399.95 from Babies Galore. We couldn't go past it. The only problem we've had so far was that it had a punctured tyre when we got it. Matt fixed it though and we've decided to get puncture slime to fill the tyres to prevent them from happening. Can't wait to put bubba in it. We've been wheeling my teddy bears around the house - neighbours must think we're nuts!

Cleaned out the baby's room. It looks a bit empty as Mum still has to bring the cradle down. I'm sure it won't take long to fill the room up. The rest of the house is a mess though with all the stuff that was in that room : ) Bubbas Aunty Sarah and Uncle Dave gave him a gorgeous blue shirt and pair of fleeced jeans with a Giraffe theme. Bubbas Nanny (Matts mum) gave him LOTS of things including trackies, Blue PJs, a green wondersuit, a cute little bear hat, his first pair of shoes (soooooo cute) and 2 pairs of mittens. My bubba is spoiled! My mum and sister have been buying lots too apparently.


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Weeks 20 & 21: It's a BOY
I went to the ultrasound with SIL Jodie and it was great. I got the Sonographer to tape it all so Matt could watch it with me when he got home at the end of the week. She also put the sex inside an envelope I'd given her so Matt & I could still find out together. Little Bubba was given an honorary gold star for being such a good baby during the U/S. Here is a profile photo of my little bubba:



When Matt got back from O/S we sat and watched the video together and then opened the envelope. I had been suspecting it was a boy from early on in the pregnancy, guess my motherly instincts were right! We were both very happy and excited. Even though I wanted either, I was surprised to find I was still a little sad that I wasn't having a girl. I dealt with it though and knowing it was a boy and getting excited about that soon took over. Here's a scan of his little boy bits :)

Kira Blogged at 7:31 pm on Saturday, February 25, 2006

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Weeks 17-19: Moving
More cold weather in Finland and Switzerland meant more trips to the loo. Missed skiing, but there's plenty of time for that. Spent New Years trying to find the hotel in Dubai. Had a great time in Dubai and Oman (Muscat). My belly was definately starting to grow and bubs was MOVING! I felt him kick properly for the first time in Oman, but it wasn't strong enough for Matt to feel. Little Bubba HATES tight pants and tried to push them down or kick them off. Would have to consider a wardrobe change when I got home.

Matt finally felt bubs kick the night before I was due to fly home and he to fly to San Francisco (for work as usual). London was cold again so bubs took up position on my bladder like before, this time kicking it as well when he/she wanted more room. Saying goodbye to Matt at Heathrow was so hard; I struggled not to cry. Once I was through the gates though I felt bubba kicking as if to say "it's OK mum, you've still got me" and I knew everything was alright.

The flight was horrendous with a diversion to Stansted, a delay in Bangkok and I couldn't get off the plane, and having to circle on arrival in Sydney due to low cloud! Ugh. My ankles swelled up so huge when I arrived home that I could barely walk! I also had an appointment with the ob at 4.15pm (I got home at 11am) and I was trying desperately to stay awake. Alas, I fell asleep at around 2pm (I think) and at 4.15pm exactly I srpung wide awake in panic that I had missed the appointment. My heart has never raced so fast. I rang the ob office to check and luckily he was running late and they didn't need me until 5.30pm - PHEW! Damned jet lag.

I had to schedule my 18-20 week ultrasound. I thought it would be no problem but all the appointments were booked. The only one I could get was for a day when Matt was overseas (again). Damn it! I was gutted and with all the pregnancy hormones promptly burst into tears and cried for hours. The next day I realised it wasn't as bad as all that and I came up with a brilliant plan (with a little help from some EB friends).
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Weeks 11-16: Surviving Morning Sickness
Morning Sickness continued unabated during this time. I had to take at least one day a week off work (usually a Thursday for some reason) as some days were just horrific and I didn't want to be vomiting at work.

My tummy had started to grow a bit and I continued my monthly visits to see the Ob. On one occasion Little Bubba was doing push-ups, so cute.

My SIL, Sarah, had a baby boy named Jason on 29/11/05. He was so cute and we went to visit them in the Hospital. Jason looks just like his daddy but I could still see Sarah in him.

My belly button started hurting as my belly begun to expand. A week prior to Christmas, Matt trod on a pin. He had to have it surgically removed but it meant he would have to have stitches in for 10 days. So no diving for him over Christmas. My last vomit was Christmas Day. Absolutely perfect really as we flew out of Sydney on Boxing Day for Japan. I felt fine on the plane despite my earlier concerns to the contrary. When we arrived in Tokyo it was freezing. I had to get off the train from the airport to the city twice to go to the loo as bubba was hugging my bladder for warmth!
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Week 10: Dating Ultrasound
I went to SUFW for a dating ultrasound - 10 weeks pregnant like I thought. Little bubba was waving its arms and squirming the whole time. I decide I could easily have U/S after U/S just so I could keep seeing the baby. Mum and I went & bought the first piece of baby equipment - the car seat. I also had a visit from some of mums relatives whom I hadn't seen in years so that was nice. My future sister in law (FSIL), Kristy, was already 5 months pregnant at this point but certainly didn't look it! I had my first vomit free day at Mum and Dads since Week 6 - YAY. Waiting for Matt to come back was almost over...
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Congratulations! Early morning sickness typically ends on around the 14th week of pregnancy. Now you'll have more time to enjoy pregnancy.
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Week 9: Seeing the Obstetrician
I had my first appointment with the obstetrician in the first week of November. He was running late (which I later find is the norm) but that was OK with me because I was very sick. His office is a beautiful old house in a more expensive part of Sydney. I was comfortable the moment I arrived. I gave him my medical & cycle history and blood test results. He weighed me and did a breast and internal exam before my first ultrasound! The baby was so tiny but oh so cute and I couldn't believe it was inside me. The first baby photo I have:




He suspected I was around 9 weeks but gave me a referral to the Sydney Ultrasound for Women to have a more accurate one done as I have a retroverted uterus. I emailed the above photo to Matt so he could see.
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Weeks 7 & 8: Morning Sickness Peaks
I was told to book into the hospital early as Private Hospitals (particularly in Sydney) get booked up pretty quickly. I was able to get into my preferred hospital without any problems. On the other hand, the obstetrician my GP referred me too was booked up! I literally rang 23 obstetricians before I found one who could take me! He's probably the most expensive in Sydney but very nice and I feel very comfortable with him. Unfortunately the only appointment I could get was on a day went Matt left for an overseas business meeting.

I was starting to discover at this point that your first pregnancy is a strange experience (well, initially anyway). You have no idea what to expect, no matter how much you've read or think you know, as lots of little details seem to be omitted. Morning Sickness, or "All-Day Sickness" is definately downplayed. The constant nausea and throwing up are extremely bad. I try EVERYTHING to ease it and nothing works. I try the following:

Ginger
Dry crackers
Dry anything
Mini-Meals (eating smaller portions all the time)
Milk (don't get me started)
Blackmores Morning Sickness Tablets (don't even make it half way down before they are on their way back up)

The only thing that seemed to help A LITTLE was KFC twisters!! Nearly everything else was a struggle to keep down or just didn't want to.

As a result of the morning sickness, and the fact that a work friend came out and ASKED me if I was pregnant (clearly I wasn't hiding it as well as I thought I was), it was time to start telling people. On 22/10/05 we told our families. Everyone was naturally excited and happy. On 25/10/05 I told everyone at work - nearly all of them (well the women anyway) had suspected. Seeing everyone's reactions was great! I also managed to get my boss to agree that I could start an hour later to accomodate my morning sickness!

By the end of week 8, the nausea and comiting had beome part of the routine; time was dragging very slowly!
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Week 6: What do I do now?
On Monday 10/10/05 I went to see my GP and have the pregnancy confirmed. He didn't bother to repeat the test I'd done but arranged for me to have a blood and urine test done by pathology. My estimated due date was 26th May 2006 based on my LMP. I suspected this was wrong and would probably be revised back by about 2 weeks as I knew when I had ovulated. He told me my "smyptoms are good and indicate a viable pregnancy". I arranged my next appointment with him at which I would get the results of the pathology tests and obtain a referral to an obstetrician.

On 12/10/05 I had my first (of what would turn out to be countless) vomits with morning sickness. The nausea had become almost unbearable and hiding it at work was extremely difficult.
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Week 5: Finding Out I was Pregnant
The weekend after the long weekend in October 2005, we were going on a diving trip to Jervis Bay. Just prior to this I had started to feel nauseous, very HOT, and sore across my chest. I estimated my period was due around 3rd October. So when the nausea started to get worse on the 6th of October, 2 days before our trip, I took a home pregnancy test (Fortel Ultra from Woolies in case you want to know the brand). Well, having been trying for a few months I didn't really expect to see a positive. I was so used to negatives it really didn't cross my mind; I was doing the test more out of habit. I left it for a minute whilst I went about getting ready for work. When I went back into the bathroom I was surprised and elated to see those 2 beautiful pink/purple lines. I called Matt over and said "look it's positive". He didn't beleive it either and simply stated "no way"; but there it was.

So looked like there was to be no more diving for me for another 8 months. This was going to be harder than I thought as I now had to start coming up with excuses for not drinking or diving or any of the other things that a non-pregnant Kira would usually do. We went to Jervis Bay and I didn't drink or dive under the guise of being sick. I pretended I'd picked up a bug from one of the girls at work. I had both Matt P and Dave fooled (with a little help from my Matt). It still hadn't sunk in that I was pregnant even though the morning sickness (as I now knew it to be) started to get worse.
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Weeks 1-4
Weeks 1-4, you basically have started a new cycle and are trying to conceive. You have no idea if it has worked or not. Around the end of week 4 you start to get very period like symptoms: cramping, crankiness and sore boobs. Well those were the symptoms I had only the cramping seemed to be much stronger (implantation??), the crankiness was at a new level (think major bitch) and my boobs were soooooooo sore.

At the end of week 4 was a really hot weekend in October and Matt and I went out on the boat on the harbour as the weather was absolutely beautiful. I packed a great picnic lunch that we could eat on one of the isolated beaches and off we set. Matt was driving the duck a bit erratically and caned it over the wake of anohter boat - and threw me off. I lost my sunglasses and because I'd dragged the lunch basket in with me all our nice food was ruined! Well the (what I thought was pre-menstrual) crankiness kicked in immediately and I let Matt have it for a few hours; I wouldn't let up. In retrospect I think this was the first sign that I was pregnant!
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