It is officially 4 more weeks till the estimated due date; 05 September 2012. According to my last obstetrician visit, Snowflake’s head is down and everything is going well. Doctor even commented on a smooth pregnancy I have.
Starting from this week, my prenatal exams have increased in frequency to weekly. I finally felt like I can see the light at the end of this tunnel and it’s a relief mentally for me but there’s still the anxiety of the actual birthing day as I am still uncertain and nervous. My biggest worry is the pain at birth and the amount of support I will receive on the day and also the possibility of complication that might occur.
I am also officially huge as everyone that sees me these days seem to greet me by saying “wow you’ve really popped!” I do feel huge, finding it hard to waddle around, I am no longer walking normal and when I am sitting at my desk, I had to lean backwards to feel comfortable and the muscles under my belly seem to be stretching all the time.
I can feel snowflake movement intensify in the last couple of weeks and did not think I’d still be able to feel this intense and often this far into my pregnancy. It’s often very painful for me as the feet is right up at my rib cage and I had to press really hard for Snowflake to move as it hurts too much.
My back is starting to ache more often, overall the whole body aches has gotten worse. I hurt pretty badly when getting up from the bed in the morning although once I am up and waddling it does get better but the getting up part is a huge struggle for me these morning.
I am exactly 32 weeks pregnant today. It is exciting but at the same time nervous and scared; I suppose I really do not know what to expect on the grand opening day. How does contraction feel like? How long will I be in labour? I am sure there is a reason why they named the whole process “labour”. Emotionally I cannot wait to meet this little human being that I love so much already and I am boiling with anticipation to meet him/her.
Physically I am stating to hurt more all over everywhere these days, it is really a bittersweet experience and my bump never fail to surprise me every morning. Sleeping is not getting any easier, I find my hands getting numb sleeping on my sides and not mention the never ending bathroom visits. Did I mention that my ribs get ambush all the time? Isn’t pregnancy wonderful?
Despite all these complaints, I must admit that I love being pregnant and I love my bump very much. I’ve been feeling lots of baby action these days, even some people at work got to feel some big movement. Snowflake seems to have develop a routine itself, thank goodness, it sleep when I sleep and is awake when I am, hopefully it stays that way when is out.
I have 8 weeks to go…almost there.
As a Chinese, I am a big believer of confinement after the birth of a child. I believe that a women need to be well looked after so that she can recuperate and be strong again; after all giving birth to a child is not a straightforward process. A confinement is basically a month of rest and recovery based on traditional Chinese knowledge & wisdom passed down by generations to post-childbirth women. It helps to restore health; beauty & youthfulness after immerse efforts, sweat, tears & loss of blood & “Qi” during labour. Most importantly, confinement period is crucial to help reduce women’s diseases related to limb numbness, water retention, pain, infections related to a polluted environment & incorrect diet.
Elderly people believe that the future health of the laboured women are largely depends on the care taken during her confinement (eg. nutritious foods & supplements), in which not only helps to reduce the occurrence of diseases, but also provide therapeutic effects for chronic illnesses. A lack of care during this period may lead to wound infections, colds & flu, insufficient breast milk or worst, it may cause depression. Therefore, it is crucial for a post-childbirth woman to convalesce during confinement period, so that her organs & tissues can recuperate & be restored to their original state of health.
SY is not much of a big believer of such thing, his sister did not have confinement month after the birth of her two kids and she is doing absolutely fine. SY has lived in Australia for most his life and hence these Chinese belief and culture are not much of an inclination in his upbringing. We had a few debate on this issue and we just cannot seem to see eye to eye on the importance of confinement, I have come to a point where I just don’t care anymore and will just go with the flow. My daddy initially wanted to hire someone from Malaysia to come over for six weeks to look after his precious daughter but the generous offer has been turned down. I am not a big fan of having a stranger in my house; I feel like I need to keep an eye out for the person and I would be restless, secondly I am only concern about the food I will be consuming during the confinement period and also the energy level I will have in looking after my new born. Somehow we have this two major concern underway and I am currently happy (not overly) with the arrangement.
SY’s father has retired and is now experimenting with his culinary skills; he has kindly offered to cook the nutritious food for me after the birth of my child. SY on the other hand has been obtaining some confinement recipe book from Asia so that his father can look into it and maybe try it out first, I am sure he won’t make me the white mice and I believe what will be served is all YONG tested. I am really grateful for his generosity and him actually wanting to cook it himself; I admit I was a bit sceptical in the beginning but soon realised it is how he wants to contribute. SY on the other hand might be getting two weeks paid paternal leave after the birth of our child and has promised to help out; I might not have the energy, I am sure he does as he did not go through labour.
YAY! I am really glad that I only have 20 more weeks to go with my pregnancy. I am not complaining, in fact I love being pregnant, the feeling of knowing a life growing inside you is just marvellous. From the day I found out that I am pregnant, I have been very careful with my pace of walking, what I put in my mouth and what I breathe in. People around me kept throwing me advice, superstitious believe, what is safe to eat, what I am not supposed to do and so on. Well, all advice and comment has been well received and appreciated.
I am lucky as I did not have much morning sickness or any other pregnancy heartache, my only problem was that I sleep a lot; I mean lots, I could sleep all day all night if I am allowed. SY is amazed on how much I can sleep; over the weekend, all I literally did was sleep and sleep. I suppose it’s not a bad symptom compared to all others that I have heard. It did not take me long to stop making plan on the weekend as I know I will be cancelling it last minute due to my pregnancy fatigue. I struggle through the week at work, finding it hard to stay awake, thankfully a few minutes cat naps here and there helps. I felt sick a couple of times due to some funny smell and something I ate that Snowflake did not like, other than that, I have been well.
We recently did our scan and everything is well and normal, fingers crossed that all will be fine and Snowflake will be a healthy bub. The often asked question; “is it a girl or a boy?” Well, we are not finding out; after 9 months I believe we need some excitement and surprise at the end of it. Here is a scan, go figure if it is a boy or a girl!
Wiener our beloved Furkid has definitely won a very special place in our heart. When I go out for dinner, I keep thinking about how she is going at home, would she be hungry if I am late, is she bored or is she upset that I am home late. Just last weekend, SY and I decided to have a night away at the Sunshine Coast just to relax; and my brother looked after Wiener. I actually missed her very much, could not really sleep as I was thinking about her, and the TV programme did not help either; it was showing Marley and Me.
Wiener has been up to some mischief lately, she has been barking excessively until a point where our neighbour made a few comments and we have no choice but to put her on a bark collar; it’s one that sprays a scent if she barks. It actually works, we tried it yesterday and it has definitely reduces it, hopefully this would stop the rage from one of our neighbour (my brother calls him detector Billy).
The second major mischief would be her chewing on anything she can get to now. You just need to take your eye off her for a minute and she will be chewing something; the most recent victim is my Mac book adapter that is going to cost me AUD$90.00. Well, we quickly learn not to take our eyes off her when she is in the house; honestly if you tell her off when she is about to chew, she actually leaves it alone and if she know that she is being watch, she will not even go close and only play with her toys. I personally think that she is doing it to get attention; she is a bit of a attention seeker.
Toilet training is getting better, a huge milestone as compared to our last post. I no longer need to wipe the tiles as she is aiming rightly onto her pee pad. The only issue we have now with toilet training is to stop her from peeing on the carpet upstairs, it is getting better as she often go downstairs to her pee pad when she needs to pee but she often forgets as well, hopefully a few more reminding will ease this problem. I have to make sure I steam clean the carpet before Snowflake arrives.
It has been really lovely to go home to her daily, when you open the door, she will come up for a cuddle and shows that she is excited to see us home. When I am doing stuff in the kitchen, she will sit there and accompany me. If she sees me carrying the laundry basket, she will quickly run down and sit by the laundry door waiting, and whilst I load the washer, she will be around, and when I am hanging out the laundry, she will be there to accompany as well. She knows when to leave you alone and when to ask for attention, when she is tired and wants to sleep, she just keep coming up with the cutest tired eyes and the moment I picked her up, she just snuggles next to me and sleep.
Now that we’ve had Wiener for a while, she is 5 months old now, we’ve all grown to love her so much. It’s kinda hard not to when she is so adorable.
We’ve had a lot of fun with her in the past few months and she is slowly growing and developing her own personality. A little bit of a Princess really, bit fussy and like things her way. Below are some snap shots of her over the past few months, such good memories.
Sorenson and I would like to announce the good news that we will be having another addition in our family!!!
Yes, I am pregnant, I could not believe it with my own eyes when I saw the double lines; was in shock and kept referring back to the instruction. It was an incredible feeling; happy and nervous at the same time.
I took the in stream early pregnancy test (one that you can test 6-10 days prior to your period due) on 28 December 2011, I anxiously waited 3 minutes looking at the result bar and it looked negative but when I looked closely there was a second faint pink line. I google and was read that faint lines are usually positives, it is faint because there isn’t much of the HCG hormones, and it makes perfect sense as my period is not due anyway.
Went to the doctor on the same day but the urine test was negative; he advised that the home test I did at home maybe more sensitive hence would have detected the lowest amount of HCG. However, he did give me a letter to do blood test and ask that I do it 2 weeks after my miss period. At the same time, he also advised of the higher chance of miscarriage during the first 12 weeks. It was a bit scary to hear that from a doctor so I google again and apparently they give such advise to every pregnant women; which I think is fair enough, preparing us for the worst but hope for the best.
Anyhow at the point, being pregnant is all I’ve though about. SY being the practical person obviously isn’t as excited as I am and kept reminding me that is not confirm yet. I think he is really concerned about my emotions if this ends up being negative, but I am pretty sure I am. We agreed to do the blood test mid of January and will see a OB by the end of the month, by that time it should be 8 weeks.
As I am impatient, I kept buying more tests just to make sure that my HCG levels are high, the very next day I did a urine test on the “normal pregnancy test” and this time the second line was faint as well, I was not satisfy so I did another test with the in stream early pregnancy test but this time the second line came up really quickly and it was bright pink, I am so glad and promised myself not to test until I miss my period. Obviously after the miss period, I have done countless tests just for the peace of mine and every time the second line appears quicker with striking pink.
It’s all been a bit quiet on the blog front. Oops. But you will soon understand why.
Well, SY and I have a new addition to our family……That’s right – we finally got a new puppy. Wiener is 8 weeks old and she’s a smooth-hair miniature Dachshund. She is just gorgeous, a little mess maker at the moment, and always playing and lying on Jason’s fluffy house slipper.
We got her a puppy home in a shape of a octagon type like play pen, I seriously did not like the idea of placing her in a cage for long hours; just some panels to keep her away from chewing my furniture is just ideal. It was exciting to have a puppy, she was a bit scared when we first brought her home but she now wonders all part of the house and is attempting to climb the stairs.
We got her a pee pee training pad and she was doing well on one day but not the other, I suppose that is going to be the case for a long time and I just need to suck it up. Let me tell you; there’s LOTS of cleaning involves when you have a puppy at home. I literally have to mop the floor every morning when I wake up and every evening when I get home from work, so, as you can probably imagine, it’s been very hectic around here lately and the blog has been a bit neglected (Yes! blame Wiener).
We’ve been diving almost everyday, 8 dives in total and we would have done more but unfortunately, our ears started giving up on us. Better be safe than sorry so we decided to have a relaxing last couple of days. Dives was fantastic. We saw plenty of life at the reef, and it was reef after reef. Manta ray, eels, a vast variety of corals and fish, sharks, turtles, sting rays , lobster and the list goes on. It was just amazing from the time you jump into the water, crystal clear visibility and nice warm water. We even did a night dive which was very interesting. You don’t get the wide vision but you do get to see different things. The most amazing part was when you turn all the torches off and light up the plankton. What a sight!!!!!
The service was also very good, our caption Sarge was a funny bloke, he looks like Anthony Anderson, see the picture for yourself. The crew was fantastic, they all had rapper names. Lol, snoop dogg, Dr. Dre etc etc. But it was good, they do everything for you, so really, all you have to do is the essentials like checking the air and dive. All the gear transfer, cleaning and storing is all done. They even make coffees and provide fruit platters for you during the service intervals.