Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Pregnancy Update; 39 weeks & 4 days!

Hey everyone,
So it is October 16th - and STILL no Rexy... 
Yesterday my sister suggested I write a blog on 'waiting' to the pass the time...
So, yes I am still waiting...
Today Trent and I took advantage of it 'just being us' and shouted ourselves a lunch & movie date! Then we did some shopping which involved a fair bit of walking & then did the groceries, I am wanting everything 'stocked up' so I don't have to stress too much about doing groceries once I have her! 
So for some pregnancy news...
I had a doctors appointment yesterday with my new doctor. 
Unfortunately my normal doctor who I think is amazing had to go overseas to New Zealand for a conference, we didn't think this would be an issue for me as he was very confident I would've had Rexy between 37-39 weeks, clearly that is not the case as I am almost 40 weeks and she is not here. (He even stayed on call just for me over the weekend until Monday the 15th, because he thought I would've went early.) We could've went down the road of induction or c-section before he left, but he is more of a fan of "letting a lady's body do what it should naturally" and I agree with him that & I didn't want to intervene unless it's necessary & not just for convenience or comfort... 
So he assigned me a new doctor and to be honest, I miss my old doctor. I think it is just because I have had 9 months (well almost a year, because my original doctor was the one who helped me when I lost my first baby) to build a good relationship with him, now this new doctor I have had only 1 appointment with, so understandably we aren't as comfortable with each other - this sucks & it makes me fairly sad... 
So the new doctor said I was doing fine, my blood pressure was good & she was positioned correctly and it is just a matter of waiting. He did 'check' me, which is something my other doctor hadn't done (mainly because he said it wasn't necessary at the time when he saw me), but anyway... I was checked (which hurt & was uncomfortable - gosh I have to get over this 'privacy' thing haha!) and he said my cervix was still "hard & closed" or "hard & long" or hard and something, I couldn't concentrate, I was a bit stressed at this appointment as I am a tiny bit upset that the doctor I really like won't be the one delivering my baby. Either way my cervix wasn't "looking favourable to deliver in the next 48 hours" - so when he said that I felt a bit sad. 
For the past week I've been having fairly intense (but not regular) braxton hicks & I have just been a bit 'sore' in general and I thought for sure maybe I was getting close to going into labour, I am honestly surprised & a bit upset I haven't had her by now... But it's nothing I can control, so I just have to stay positive & believe "she will come when she is ready"... 
But if by chance she hasn't come by next Monday which is the 21st/October (she is due the 19th/October) I will have another doctors appointment during the day & that night I will most likely be admitted to hospital for an induction. I am still undecided if that is what I want to do, ultimately I wanted to go into labour naturally & just see how I handle everything pain wise... (So that's what I am hoping still happens, we still have a few more days so it still may go my way!!) 
I just feel like if I have to be induced or end up with a c-section I should've just scheduled it with my regular doctor so I would be comfortable with who was doing it. Not that this other doctor isn't good, it's just I barely know him... 
I'm not mad or upset at my doctor for not being available, I understand these things happen & he needed to be at this conference. I am just upset & stressed out about the situation... 
But ultimately as long as she arrives safely & is healthy, I will be happy. At the end of the day, that is all I want - a happy & healthy little Rexy!
So she still has 3 days to arrive (to be on her due date), so I am hoping, praying, crossing my fingers she just decides to be on time... 
Today I am feeling ok, still fairly tired just because sleep is getting more & more difficult. If I am not up peeing every few hours, my lower back & hips just ache from sleeping on them & I wake up in pain. My whole life I have been a tummy sleeper, so it feels so unnatural for me to sleep on my side...
She is still active which is good and I guess she just enjoys her warm & safe little home & doesn't want to come out yet, no matter how many times I tell her she is evicted.
I haven't been trying anything really to bring on labour, besides from trying to remain active by walking & in the groceries I did buy 1/2 a fresh pineapple as I read pineapple can bring on labour and I feel like pineapple & ice cream for dessert - so can't hurt to try! 
So yes, that's the latest 'pregnancy news'.
Anyway, here are some 'bump photos'...
Some of my studio maternity photos that the very talented Nicole from Birthography took of me & Mum when I was 37 weeks & 4 days pregnant (The pink booties are mine from when I was baby, 25 years ago! And the little pink socks were a gift my Dad bought just for Rexy & she will wear them home from hospital!) 
Not a fan of naked belly shots normally, but I really love how pretty this one turned out! Nicole is such a talented photographer! I cannot wait for her to take Rexy's newborn photos!! 
38 weeks & 5 days pregnant, this was the last appointment I had with my regular doctor. The bottom photo is little Rexy's face... (Awww!!)
38 weeks and 5 days pregnant, with my fur babies!! Who are still so important to me. They have all been getting trained for when Rexy arrives (especially the cats, as they are strictly indoor animals!!) 
39 weeks!
39 weeks & 3 days pregnant, before my doctors appointment yesterday!
39 weeks & 4 days pregnant. I thought I would dress up a bit 'nice' today for our date. Maybe the last time I wear my 'maternity jeans'!! :)
So that is my update for now, maybe this will be my last 'pregnancy update'...
If you could all send lots of positive eviction thoughts to Rexy that would be appreciated (or maybe just some prayers?) I just would ultimately love to go into labour naturally without intervention, but if it's needed - it's needed. Time will tell soon enough, but for now I am staying positive that she will come soon! I admit I was fairly emotional & upset about it all yesterday, but today I am feeling a lot better & just trying to be positive. 
Everything will be fine no matter what happens, I still have a good doctor, he just isn't my regular doctor! :) 
Hopefully I will be introducing you all to her soon! (If you want to be informed when she is born follow me on Instagram - @Bella_In_Bindyland or on Twitter @Bella_K

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Monday, 14 October 2013

Made with sew much love for Rexy!

Ok, so it's now October 14th - still no sign of Rexy yet. So I am back again with another blog post to try and distract myself... 
Trent is fast asleep for most of today, but thankfully he is now on 4 days off! So I am hoping she arrives when he is home so he doesn't have to go back to work for a few weeks! :)
Anyway, this blog post is just a short one to show you what I made for our baby during this pregnancy, I would've loved to sew & crochet more things, but honestly with being unwell for most of the pregnancy & just not being that talented at it, I just didn't. But I am still proud of the 2 little things I made her! 
The first thing I made for her was a soft fabric story book. It wasn't too hard, it came with directions & I really enjoyed making this one. It didn't turn out 100% perfect, but I am fairly happy with the result & it was my first thing I have ever sewn on my own without any guidance from my Mum! :) 
This was what I started with. I bought this book panel from Spotlight... (I also used wadding in between the pages to make it softer!)
The finished project. :) Not entirely perfect (some of the pages aren't all the same width) but I think it's super cute & I really like it, so I hope my little Rexy does too! 
This is my sewing machine that I sewed the book on, I don't use this machine enough, I really want to learn to sew better! Maybe that can be a goal for 2014!! 
(My blog post on this machine can be found HERE) 
The second thing I made for Rexy took pretty much my entire pregnancy to complete, I crocheted her a blanket. Oh my gosh, talk about frustrating & time consuming! I really don't think I am a 'crocheter' - like it was easy enough to do once I got the hang of it, but it is just very time consuming and for some reason my arms would ache if I did it for too long... But I finally completed it the other week and I am so glad! It is a little bit tight in the middle section because at that point I was still getting use to the stitches (is that what you call them?) & how tight to pull the wool, but I eventually got the hang of it & the rest of the blanket looks ok. The main thing is it is a super soft & snuggly warm blanket that Rexy can have. I hope she likes it & doesn't judge my lack of crocheting skills to harshly!! Thank you Mum for teaching me how to crochet!! (My Mum is really good at sewing & crocheting, she crocheted Rexy a beautiful white & pink blanket with a flower on it!) 
Me and my first ball of wool, look at the excitement - I clearly didn't realise how frustrating it is to crochet. HAHA!
Many nights were spent like this, especially if Trent was on night shift...
I was so happy when I finally made it onto my 3rd ball of wool!! This one seemed to take the longest to finish though...
From start to finish - my crocheted blanket for my little Rexy. It isn't 100% perfect as the tension in the middle is a bit tight, but hey I finished it & it is very snuggly and soft!! I hope Rexy loves it! :) At least I now know how to crochet a blanket!!
So they are the 2 items I made for my little girl... 
Not totally perfect, but I am happy with them for being first attempts & I hope she loves them! Hopefully I can sew her some more things soon, I really enjoyed sewing the book - the blanket however wasn't my idea of fun, but I am proud I made the effort to complete it!! 
I hope you all enjoy your Monday, I am once again just waiting for our baby Rex to arrive...
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Sunday, 13 October 2013

Baby room reveal!! {Rexy's Room}

Hey everyone!
Ok it's October 13th - no sign of Miss Rexy yet... So I thought I would kill some time and show you all her completed bedroom (this being said as I find pretty pieces I will continue to add to her bedroom forever!) 
But as promised here is Rexy's room... (Sorry I was going to film a room tour, but I seriously do not have the energy or desire to be filming right now!) x
This is the progression of Rexy's room. Originally it was my junk/storage room that was also a craft room & my study... We had to clear out the whole room, rip up the carpet, sand & polish the floor boards and the whole room got a new coat of paint! Trent did all the hard work, I just had the job of sorting everything out & packing it away and then setting her room up!
Trent isn't a fan of painting, but he painted her room so well - it looks lovely! 
All painted & polished and ready for furniture!! 
I think Trent's favourite thing to do was set everything up, he seemed to really enjoy it! :)
Her cradle is in our bedroom, this is where she will sleep to start off with. This cradle is the Boori Country Matilda Rocker.  
Trent did so much work for our little girl. He went above & beyond what normal husbands do, he even hung the curtains for me! :) 
Rexy's room! I love our change table & cot. They were gifts from my parents, we are so grateful that they helped us out with purchasing such big ticket items (as well as a 1000 little things!) 
The change table is the Boori Country Classic Changer. 
Our Cot is the Boori Country Sleigh Cot 3 in 1.  I was undecided on what style of sleigh cot to get, but I thought this one was nice and didn't have to always be up against the wall like the other sleigh cots with the high backs.
I was undecided on a theme for her room. I did want a woodland'ish theme, with squirrels & foxes & deer but every 'woodland' bed set I found had owls in it and I hate, HATE owls. They are just so over done & they are way too common. So I had picked out 2 bedding sets one that was in the woodland theme (it did have a stupid owl on it but also a squirrel) or the Minnie Mouse one, Trent liked the Minnie one best (I let him make the final decision!) He kind of set the trend for her room being a bit 'Minnie Mouse' themed because he bought her a Minnie Mouse pillow pet before we even bought the bedding!  I think the Minnie Mouse choice was the best, the woodland theme would've been beautiful, but finding things to go with the theme turned out to be very hard & was going to be very expensive. Her bedding is from Babies 'R Us. The assorted Minnie toys are from Big W & Woolworths.
This little cradle was my Mum's when she was young, she gave it to me when I was a little girl & now I have given it to Rexy. :) It is jammed pack full of special soft toys from Trent & I and also our friends & family! (The Mickey Mouse toy on the right is Trent's from when he was a little boy!)
I invested in a glider chair & ottoman to be my feeding chair. I love this chair so much, the colour is beautiful & it is so comfortable! (I am still not 100% happy with how I have displayed a few of her items on the shelves, so I am still changing them around a bit... I wish I had more room in this room for a small book shelf for her!) 
This duchess was mine from when I was little. I wanted to repaint it in the 'antique/distressed/white' look but I didn't have enough faith in my painting skills to do it. So I left it how it is... I still think it looks nice. The pink baby T-rex is mine from when I was a little girl, I love it and think it is totally perfect for little Rexy's room!
I love this framed quote my friend Sarah gave me for the baby shower!! (The candle is a baby powder scented candle) 
Rexy's cupboards... (View from my feeding chair)
A sneak peek into her closet... My nappy bag is on the left, I love it!! 
She has lots of pretty little outfits, this is just some of her clothes. The duchess is jammed packed full of clothes that I could fold & store!! These are all her good little dresses, some of the dresses/outfits are actually mine from when I was a baby that Mum has looked after so well for me! 
So that is our baby room, I am so proud of it. We both worked really hard & put a lot of effort into making it nice for her. A lot of our friends who have babies have been lucky because they live in 'modern' houses where the rooms already have nice flooring & wall paint, but this room had to be totally redone, I am so grateful that Trent is so smart and knows how to do all this (and the fact he was willing to do it!) So it saved us from paying someone to do the work for us. I really hope little Rexy loves her room. 
If you want to know where I got anything specific for her room feel free to contact me, I have added some links to the main furniture in case you are interested! 
Thanks for reading!
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Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Dear Rexy...

Hello Rexy,
I am writing this while I patiently (ok, not so patiently) await your arrival. Today is the 9th of October, I am 38 weeks & 4 days pregnant, so you aren't technically due to arrive for another 10 days... But if you wanted to arrive now I would be happy with that. 
I've cleaned our house countless times over the past few days, it's so clean - it may never be this clean ever again once I have you to distract me! Everything is set up for you. Our bags are packed for our little hospital stay, everything is ready & done... I seriously I have nothing else to do except sit and wait for you... So you come whenever you are ready :)
So I thought I would write you a little bit of a letter & just talk to you. 

Let me explain your nickname to you, I assume you will one day ask why you were called Rexy & why in all your baby shower cards people have written the name Rexy... Well, when your Dad & I started dating (January 2009) I somehow very randomly started calling him T-rex, I don't remember exactly why, I assume it is because his name is Trent, so I decided to drop the 'N-T' & add an 'X', therefore making 'T-rex'. Well, eventually he started calling me 'B-rex' & that was it, 'T-rex & B-rex', those nicknames stuck. When we found out I was pregnant with you, you were our 'baby Rex' & you became 'Rexy'. 

I am so happy that I am bringing you into this world soon & that you will be so loved. 
You aren't even here and you are so incredibly loved by not only myself & your Dad but our families & friends. 
Rexy, you have really been blessed, you couldn't ask for a better man to be your Father. Your Dad is an amazing man. He is strong, kind, patient, smart,  protective, he works hard & he loves you, he loves you so very, very much. He doesn't say much & he isn't an overly emotional man, but I can tell how excited he is and when you meet him I know you will know how much he loves you, he will protect you & look after you forever, you are his whole world. (Just letting you know that your Daddy cleaned & organised his whole shed today for you, I guess that is his way of 'nesting' & preparing for you! He also was a big help in decorating your room, he picked out the Minnie Mouse bedding for you.) 
Your Nin & Pop are so, so excited for you to arrive, you are one lucky little girl to have such amazing Grandparents, they already love you so much & so do your Uncles. I am so glad that you will be surrounded by people who love you so dearly. Everyone is so, so excited to meet you!! 

I still can't believe you will be here so soon, I remember praying so hard to God for you. I was worried I would never be a Mum. But you are my little miracle and I cannot wait to meet you. I can't wait to hold you. 
I will admit though I feel a bit selfish because it's just been you & I for 9 months, you are safe inside me, I feel you move everyday and we just have a bond, I can feel it. Soon when you arrive I have to share you with everyone else, I have to let go of you and let other people hold you. I think I may struggle with that a bit, I love you so much & I just want to protect you and keep you just for myself, but I know everyone else who is dying to meet you also loves you like crazy, so it will be ok. But I will miss having you all for myself, having you safe inside me & I will miss you squirming around inside my tummy & responding to my voice & pokes. Gosh, I love you so much. 

I am so excited that I am having a daughter, a 'mini-me'. I can't wait to celebrate all your 'firsts'. I can't wait to spend days with just you & me (and also probably your Nin). I want to spend time teaching you things, playing, making crafts & baking things for your Dad. I can't wait to just do family things, just the 3 of us. I just can't wait to have you in our lives. You really will be the light in our lives. 
I have so many hopes for you, I hope you love life, family, animals, learning & having fun. 
I want you to know that you are so brilliant that you can do whatever you dream of. 
I want you to know I will always protect you, from anything & anyone.
I know eventually when you get older we may not agree on everything, but just because we don't agree doesn't mean I don't love you.
I can't wait to meet you, I hope you always know how loved you are. 

So Rexy, any day now you will make your grand entrance into this world, into our lives & hearts. Nothing will ever be the same again, you are coming into our lives & making it better. You will light up our lives, you are the answer to countless prayers, you are our everything. I cannot put into words how excited I am & how loved you already are, no words seem enough to accurately describe it. 
I cannot wait to hold you for the first time, to look at your Dad and see him fall even more in love with you while he cuddles you for the first time, to hand you to your Nin & Pop and congratulate them on becoming Grandparents for the first time and to see your 2 big strong Uncles holding your tiny little self. All these moments are so close & I cannot wait. 

So baby Rex, whenever you are ready please come out. I can't wait to meet my beautiful little girl, I love you more than anything in this whole world and I haven't even met you yet. 

I love you so much.
Love forever & always,
Mummy. x
Rexy, I will miss our special 9 months of just 'you & I', but I cannot wait to meet you!
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Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Pregnancy update; 36-38 weeks!

Hello all,
I know this is a bit late and normally my pregnancy updates come to you in the form of videos, but honestly I really am not feeling like filming much lately. For me it's much easier to sit down & just write than it is to film, so I apologise if you liked the videos, I can't say when they will be back, but for now they are on hiatus.
But anyway let's catch up! (I will post my last video from 35 weeks at the bottom of this post for those that missed it!)
Symptoms; Honestly not much has changed, I still have most that I started with but some of the main ones are... 
  • Reflux & heartburn are still hanging around, they are the most difficult at bedtime. But like I have mentioned I can deal with it fairly well.
  • Nausea, it comes & goes. It's never full on or last all day, some days I don't even have it. For example; after breakfast this morning I felt really nauseous, so I had to wait about an hour before I brushed my teeth as brushing my teeth often makes me throw up... But after about 2 hours I felt fine... 
  • I am fairly exhausted, that is what I've noticed is getting the worst. My energy levels are shocking, I get tired from just walking.
  • Still into the whole 'nesting' thing. My house is perfectly clean for our little Rex to come home too!
  • Over maybe the past week or so my ankles/feet have started being super painful! Like it hurts to walk on them, this mainly is after a day of shopping or cleaning. So I just try to rest & elevate them as well. 
  • I am sleeping ok, I wish I could nap during the day. During the night I have to change position a lot because it tends to get painful sleeping on one side for too long. So I am constantly waking up to either roll over or pee!
  • My little Rex is still an active little squirrel, I feel her move & squirm around. I will really miss that special time between us both when she moves around & responds to my pokes or if I play her music, but I can't wait to have her in my arms! :) 
  • Luckily I still haven't had any swelling, bladder issues or health problems! 
  • My doctor has told me both Rexy & I are in perfect health, (every blood test comes back great, the Strep B test was fine & my blood pressure is always good!)
Emotionally I am still fairly content. Nothing is stressing me out a lot about the whole 'birth' thing. I know I want to just go in there and see how it all goes, if I want pain relief I will have it, if the doctor says we need to do a c-section, well that is how Rexy will come out... I really am not planning any of it, I don't want to set myself up with expectations and then feel let down by myself.  
Everyone keeps asking me if I am scared, not really. I am fairly ok with the idea of contractions, I know this will hurt, I have been telling myself it is good pain & I am prepared mentally, as much as I can be for it... 
I am a bit nervous about more of the end part of labour, the whole 'burning' sensation that is often talked about. I guess the thought of tearing or being cut in my lady area is a tiny bit scary to me... One guy at our antenatal class put it in a very classy manner, "tearing yourself a vag-anus", that's possibly the only thing that frightens me and even then I know I have no control over it, I have to trust my doctor that he will step in (perform an episiotomy) before it tears too badly, if I tear at all. 
But aside from the "vag-anus" issue, I am ok. I know she has to come out & there are only 2 ways she can do that, so I am prepared for either! 
Other emotional news, I have just have been wanting to be around Trent a lot, I just want to spend time with him & I miss him when he is at work... (Awww...)

Other pregnancy news;
  • Mum and I got some maternity photos done together the other day! I can't wait to see them!
  • Her room is complete - I think. Kind of. I am still adding little bits to it as I find new things, but overall it's mainly done! So stay tuned for a post on that!
  • I see my doctor weekly now.
  • At my last appointment he said her head was 3cm into my pelvis. 
  • She is also facing downwards & her head is in the correct position for a natural birth!!
  • My hospital bag, labour bag & Rexy's bag are all packed and ready to go!
  • The pram & car seat are all set up & ready to be used!
  • We have decided on a name (you can read about the decision process HERE). Her name won't be revealed though until she arrives! 
Labour symptoms; (Ok this is a bit of a new section, but since I am so close I thought I would add it in...)
  • Nesting, as mentioned above my house has never been so clean haha! Best pregnancy/labour symptom ever!!
  • I get some pretty intense Braxton Hicks - well I think they are. My stomach is normally tight, but it hardens even more, I get a stitch/burning like pain under my ribs sometimes and like a shooting pain into my 'lady area'... This is what I am assuming are 'practice contractions'. Even as I type this I think I am describing them wrong, it is a weird feeling to describe... I've been getting mild BH for awhile, over the past few days though they have gotten a lot more intense, maybe Rexy is getting ready to arrive!?
  •  My hips & lower back ache a fair bit, mainly when I wake up in the morning. This has also just recently begun in the past few days.
  • I get like a twinging/lightening/shooting sort of pain into my 'area', from what I've read this can be either practice contractions or head dropping down further. Basically it feels like she is trying to get out - haha! 
  • So pretty much I am getting some pain over the past 2 days, it's nothing excruciating and nothing that I can't tolerate, but there is pain there for sure!
  • I am really hoping she decides to arrive a little early, Thursday the 10th/October would be good for me! Trent goes back to night shift that night, so if he didn't have to go back to work that would be awesome, but if not that is ok. He can be contacted and will come straight home to me if I need him! 
So that is my update, I think I have covered it all. Now for some catch up bump & life update photos (all of these photos are posted on my Instagram & Twitter, make sure you follow those accounts so you see them first! IG - @Bella_in_Bindyland Twitter - @Bella_K
My growing belly! :)
36 weeks & 6 days pregnant at Queens Park admiring the carnival of flowers displays!
37 weeks & 6 days pregnant...

Rexy has recently received some beautiful gifts. The top gift is all the way from America from a very lovely friend of mine, the middle gift is from a family friend & the bottom gift was lovingly all picked out by my Nin (Nan) for her 17th Great Grandchild!
Capsule installed - check!
Pram set up - check!
My house all nicely cleaned & ready for Miss Rexy & in the middle is a sneak peek at a very special room!
A bit more of a sneak peek of Rexy's room!
Me today, 38 weeks & 3 days pregnant on October 8th...
So I feel better now that we are all caught up!
When do you think little Rexy will make her arrival? 
Do you have any suggestions to get things moving? At this stage I am just waiting patiently, but I was told by several people today to start driving down some bumpy roads & Trent wants me to do star jumps! I know she will arrive when she is ready, but I do hope it's a bit sooner than her due date (19th October) I am just so excited to meet our beautiful little girl!!

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Video update from week 35, if you want to watch it on YouTube click HERE... Once again I am apologising in advance for the lack of videos lately & in the near future. Hopefully I will feel like filming again soon, but for now I really need a break. I will continue to blog when I can though :)