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Saturday, 3 December 2016

Introducing Alba

1 Week Old

Weeks 25-35 of Pregnancy

Monday, 5 September 2016


Ultrasounds are so awesome! What a treat to see the baby in there. How surreal to be growing a little human. Originally I had my 20 week anatomy scan schedule for the middle of August, but being the impatient and anxious person I am, I called and rescheduled it for as early as they would let me - August 2, 2016 (our anniversary!). It went well and baby was measuring right for where I thought she would be (she was measuring for December 21, 2016, we're going with December 24 as her due date). She was healthy and growing perfectly.

A couple weeks later I was starting to get nervous because I hadn't felt her kick yet. That's when I called my nurse and she informed me that I had an anterior placenta. What a relief. That very same day I got a call asking if I was going to make my ultrasound appointment for the next day. What a surprise. I told them I had reschedule but they invited me in anyway to reassure me that baby was good (because I was worried that I couldn't feel her move). She was perfect and growing right on track, measuring perfectly.

I was happy to get another ultrasound because Branden was working for our previous one, and just for the reassurance. Plus, what a treat to see her moving around in there!

19-24 Weeks of Pregnancy!

Whoops! Hah, kind of dropped the ball on updating my blog. I have been decent with updating Instagram weekly though! (usename is claudine.bull). The past 6 weeks have been crazy busy. Some highlights from the past month and a half:

  • My husband and I celebrated our 2nd anniversary. 
  • I have had two more ultrasounds of baby (more on that on my next post) - and she is indeed a girl. 
  • I went from being nervous of never feeling kicks to finding out I have an anterior placenta. I didn't think I did because her heartbeat has been so easy to find from the start. 
  • In the last week or so I've started feeling flutters and in the last couple days actual kicks! So exciting. 
  • I've picked the date I want to start my maternity leave, it's earlier than one would expect, but necessary for my wellbeing. 
  • I think we have her name picked out. I'll do a post on that as well.

In some ways this pregnancy is flying by. Most of the time I am symptom-less. Like 99% of the time, and I am so grateful for that and am thanking the Creator for it. I haven't suffered with any pregnancy symptoms other than headaches in the first 17-ish weeks, some ligament pain and sleepiness. No heartburn, nausea, or whatever other symptoms there are. I am curious to see how the last trimester goes. I keep expecting discomfort. I don't want my experience to be tainted with expectations of how terrible people tell me pregnancy is, but I also don't want to be naive. So far its been truly amazing and wonderful.

I did get a chest infection and visited the ER a week ago because I was having so much difficulty breathing. I posted a bit about it on instagram. I was given some antibiotics, an inhaler, prescribed rest (not going well with work), and some Vitamin C. I am feeling better every day though and I was assured that baby is fine. I also get feedback from her letting me know she's active, so I'm happy for that.

I look more pregnant every day, but sometimes people can't tell, especially depending on what I where. Some days my bump is really small, and sometimes it's a bit bigger. I am feeling the physical limitations of pregnancy every day though. Bending over is much more difficult. I now have to sit on a stool to shower/wash my big dog Goku. I do get out of breath and overwhelmed a bit easier, especially when I'm at work and especially because I am a Type A perfectionist. It's because of this that I will be taking my maternity leave almost as soon as I can.

I daydream all the time about meeting this baby. One thing I always knew about myself was that when I decided to get pregnant and became pregnant, that it would change me and become a huge part of me, and it has. It has dominated a lot of my thoughts and actions. Becoming a mama is so hard in the mental aspect of it. I want to give so much of myself for this baby. I can barely imagine how beautiful but terrifying it is to have her out here, in our world. I also cannot wait!

Friday, 29 July 2016

18 Weeks

July 23, 2016

18 Weeks! Not much went on in week 18 as far as symptoms go. I weighed myself and I am about 13 pounds over my pre-pregnancy weight. My old clothes are starting to REALLY not fit. The jeans I'm wearing are stretchy, the only ones I could squeeze into AND I still couldn't do up the button!

I'm excited to start feeling my little one's movements in the next few weeks!

17 Weeks

July 16, 2016
Week 17 was fairly good to me! I figured that baby must have been going through a crazy growth spurt in week 17 because I had to nap every single day! Long naps too. Having a bump is bizarre and my changing body is bizarre! Not bad, just different. I'm trying to get used to it being much more curvy. The great part is that I never had much for boobs before and am enjoying these bad boys on my chest (lol).

I started embracing the bump a little bit more, so that's nice! Also, I need to do these blog bump updates more quickly because I am almost 19 weeks as I write this and I can hardly remember anything from week 17 :O

Second Ultrasound

We had scheduled a 3D ultrasound for when I was 15 weeks 1 day and I am so glad we did! My mom and sister came with us and it was so amazing to see our tiny baby moving around on that screen. I was so excited for this ultrasound because I was so impatient to find out what we we're having.

The tech said that she's 100% it's a girl! Now, I'm not sure about that 100% guarantee but what a joy it was to find out! I always thought we would only have boys because Branden's dad and paternal mosom (grandpa) have only ever had boys biologically, his uncle has one boy, and his other uncle has 1 girl, but that's out of five children, so I just figured they don't have much of the X chromosome going around. When she told us it was a girl I just could not stop laughing and giggling! What amazing wonderful news. Me and my mom were so happy and laughing up a storm. Meanwhile, I teased Branden because he too thought it was for sure a boy. I even bought boys clothes when I first found out I was pregnant (just a couple winter outfits that were on super sale).

Of course Branden is happy with whatever, but I think he was a little in shock when he first found out because he didn't say much (lol). Now he rubs my belly and says "my girls" to us and it's just the sweetest thing. Watching his mannerisms and how my pregnancy is making him a dad is just too awesome.

Another thing at the ultrasound was that baby was measuring much ahead and by her measurements baby is due on December 24, 2016! Which is much better than January 2, 2016. Now, I still want a New Years baby (come on January 1st baby) but it's so much nicer to move my apps ahead! Based on my lmp my due date is December 25, 2016 so this is much more believable to me than January.

We are so excited to meet you baby girl!

P.S. Because our ultrasound was so early I will not be totally surprised if "she" ends up being a "he" and either way I know we will be so in love with our mini! Not long now until our anatomy scan with our doctor. :D