Wednesday, January 30, 2008

24 weeks!

Holy crap, only 16 to go! I can't believe it, it seems like only yesterday that I saw those two pink lines...

The baby has been increasing in activity again this week, and getting so much stronger as well! The kicks are amazing to feel and even see now. And while I get more kicks during the day, it seems the activity at night has increased too as I am still waking up plenty. However, I'm not a fan of the fact that s/he's apparently turned around and is busy booting my spine and intestines. That hurts somewhat!

I've also started getting a little bit of heartburn after meals and at night... Quik Eaze will become my friend in weeks to come I have little doubt! I think I need to eat smaller meals, but no matter how often I eat, I am always starving at dinner time and eat freaking heaps! On the upside, I have only gained 6 or 7 kilos so I am obviously using everything that I am putting into me.

I'm also slightly freaked out there's only 4 weeks till I am in my third trimester and the next time I see the midwife there I will be 31 weeks! I'm really not sure where the time has gone, the last week has flown by... how on earth will I have everything ready in time?

I've actually been down in the dumps a lil this week, the hormones are playing around. Don't get me wrong I am vey happy to be pregnant with a healthy baby, and have my beautiful beloved Fungus with me, but at the same time I just feel so blah about the world... I think it's a collection of everything building up, housework, being exhausted from not sleeping properly and work, and a bunch of other random stuff at home, all of which just gets pushed to the back of my brain because I'm too tired to deal with it and then I bottle it up. Blah...

I'll be ok, I know this, I think I just need to get away from everything for a couple of days to relax and recoup... heh any one want to shout me a holiday?

Love Miranda

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Midwife Appointment

I am officially 'too healthy!' It was an uneventful appointment all round to be honest.

The baby co-operated beautifully with the doppler this time (it went into hiding last time, scared me no end) and we heard a wonderful and rythmic little number coming at 146bpm. :)

The uterus is measuring at 24.5cm which is a little over for 23w5d (where I was at the appointment), but I am now 24w exactly so I'm not too worried. I was a little under at 17wks anyway, so it's good everything has caught up!

After chatting with the midwife, I will be finishing work at Easter we have decided, that allows 8wks of me time to get ready and panic as necessary. I will either be resigning from work then or taking maternity leave for a year. I haven't discussed much with the boss yet, but I need to let them know soon so they can start looking at replacements for me.

In baby news, I have a delightfully active little one, and I get plenty of wonderful kicks and wriggles through the day to keep me busy and very distracted. If I could I would just lie quiet all day to feel the baby kick!

Well the laundry won't do itself, and despite the fact that bub is currently wiggling like there's no tomorow so I'd better head off and get some work done!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

23 Weeks!

Being as the ultrasound scanner, and the midwife's counting wheel actually have my weekly changeover as being different days of the week Saturday by the MW Monday by the scan BOTH with an EDD of May 19 (go figure) I will just try and post a weekly update somewhere over the weekend.

So 23 weeks, well the baby is DEFINITELY there, I feel kicks really frequently during the day. I haven't worked out a 'pattern' as such, but if I have a full tummy or bladder you can guarantee it will use whichever one is full as a punching bag!

I have been having really strange vivid dreams lately too, hormones do strange things to my subconcious! The only problem is I can never remember them properly to tell anyone to either have a laugh over or settle a fear... so I either go around all day feeling amused by something I don't remember or generally feel ill at ease and unhappy all day again not knowing why.

Another thing with sleep is the fact that I wake up 5 or 6 times! Occasionally to pee, but more often than not I'm just suddenly awake. I think the bub must give me a good kick when things get too quiet! There is only one remedy I have found and that is to go to bed so late I am exhausted, then I sleep through but have had too few hours to feel properly rested. If I go to bed early enough to get enough sleep I wake up... gah!

Other than that things have been really good this week baby-wise, Fungus has felt quite a few of the kicks bubby can do and the grin on his face is enough to make me smile just thinking about it!

Also I got bitten by the shopping bug the other day... I have bought the car seat and the pram! We weren't intending to, however 25% off sales were too good to resist! The cheaper prices meant we could buy some nicer gear than we planned too. (Of course we were getting proper safe ones etc, but the designs are nicer)

I've also accquired some baby suits and some gorgeous soft blankets for the bub as well... all in pretty greens and yellows. I can't wait a few more weeks for the end of summer markdowns when I can buy lots of stuff in 6month sizes, and then really start getting some tiny things in the winter gear! (I have a few tiny things now, but as most of the stuff in the shops is really lightweight and has short sleeves/legs)

Bub just kicked me, I think it knows when I am hungry as I often get a kick just before lunch/dinner as well... I'm taking the hint!

Miranda xoxox

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Body observations

On the phone trying to explain my current body shape to mum (who has not seen me in a couple of weeks) in relation to pants, and the realisation I will have to go shopping and purchase some new ones soon.

"They're kind of where my hips... oh hell! I have no body parts anymore! Only a torso with a bump in front!"

Farewell hips and waist, it's been wonderful knowing you.

Sunday, January 13, 2008


I'm running this blog as a way of trying to keep Typing Under The Influence relatively baby-free. So when you delve into my own little world of domestic chaos expect to read all things pregnancy related and baby updates when the little one finally makes its way into the world!

Where to begin? You can find out most things you want to know about me in my profile, I'm a 21yo Melbourne based receptionist who is obsessed with music and very much in love with my gorgeous partner Fungus.

Onto the baby stuff... I am currently 22 weeks along with baby number one, who admittedly is entirely unplanned but not in the slightest unwanted. In fact we are completely over the moon and totally obsessed with the concept of meeting this little person on May 21st!

Naturally we both freaked out a bit at first, we were trying NOT to have a baby, but now the idea has sunk in (that didn't take long really) and we have a unit of our own (the biggest of our worries) we are both just settling into the idea of becoming a family.

As for me, the first trimester came and went with everything you read about in the books, mood swings, nausea and exhaustion. Particularly the nausea, there seemed some days where I would keep nothing down. Natural remedies didn't work and I had to see the doctor for medication, and so much for the 13 week mark being the magic number, it took about 16 weeks to truly go and even still there are just some days where morning sickness (my god that is a fallacy... morning my ass!) wins, but fortunately they are few and far between, mostly when I get overly tired or stressed out.

The mood swings were heaps of fun too. Fungus came home one evening early on to find me in tears because I couldn't get the top off my orange juice. (It was one of those stupid 'sports-top' bottles) They are better now, but occasionally I will have a massive tantrum followed by the most immense sobbing fit imaginable. My poor sweetheart! He doesn't know what's hit him when I do that.

We have had 3 scans now, the first was supposed to be for the nuchal translucency (Down Syndrome) check, but the baby was younger than we thought, so we had another at actual 12 weeks, and finally the major structural scan at 20 weeks. Let me tell you it was soooo awesome! Nothing I have ever seen compared to watching that tiny little being wiggle around and watching the heart beating, and then trying to comprehend that this is all going on inside of me!

We didn't find out what we were having but I have definite girl vibes, and most old wives' tales point to this baby being a little girl too. The cravings, when we conceived and a whole lot of other theories, however the way I am carrying indicates a boy. That being said, there is only one way we're going to find out now... so you'll just have to wait along with everyone else!

Bubby has started kicking and rolling that I can feel since about 17 weeks or so. It was just little flutters at first but now the kicks are proper ones, and every now and again if they are hard enough, you can acutally see the bit of my tummy that is being kicked jump! Fungus has felt quite a few of these, and the grin on his face when he can feel it is almost as good as being able to feel the movement. I have never seen him look so happy or excited about anything, the fact that I love him so much probably has something to do with his being so happy being so awesome.

Anyway, that's it for now... don't want to talk your ears off just yet!

Miranda xoxo