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WELCOME, HUNTER BURGESS!

Hunter HanDe(汉德) Burgess
Born: 25 January 2011, 2:30PM
Weight: 4.22kg / 9.3lbs
Head diameter: 11.7cm / 4.6 inches
Length: 54cm / 21.3 inches


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Posted by on 26 January 2011 (Wed) in Hunter, Pregnancy, Uncategorized

 

OUR BIG BOY

Apparently I’m now known as one of the hospital’s smallest-sized women that gave birth to one of their largest-sized babies. LOL!

 
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Posted by on 25 January 2011 (Tue) in Pregnancy, Uncategorized

 

HOSPITAL

At the hospital. Waters broke at 5:30am this morning, got to the hospital at 7:30am and was found to be in Active Labour at 5cm dilated.

Here we go, wahooooo!!

 
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Posted by on 25 January 2011 (Tue) in Pregnancy, Uncategorized

 

WHERE’S OUR BABY??

Hello world.

I AM STILL PREGNANT.

Today is the 19th of January and technically my “due date”. And whilst I know that 50% of women pop before and 50% after their due date, I was convinced I’d be in the former group…. so only God knows why I’m still preggers!

In an effort to send him an *ahem* eviction notice, I hit the gym 3x a week and do yoga 2x a day. In the past few days, I’ve stopped doing that since Mum and Dad are here, but instead replaced it with whole-day-long shopping sessions which involve walking a whole ton. But still no luck!!! He is snugly burrowed in me and loves to kick and move constantly, but not keen to move out. Gah.

So what do I look like at Due Date? Kinda freakish, that’s what :P Like I’m about to topple over at any moment. Enough to make people actually shriek (not exaggerating here!) when I turn around and they spot my belly! If you’re an attention seeker, I totally recommend wandering around town pregnant.. especially in China. People totally STARE in curiosity and amazement!

But anyway, here I am, sporting my jaw-dropping, unbelievable, 40″ waist circumference!:

At home, comparing bellies ;)

All rugged up

It’s cooooold in Shanghai, eek!

Shoplifting a watermelon

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OK come on out now ‘lil one. IT’S TIME!

Please send me all your happy-labour-dust thoughts :P

 
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Posted by on 19 January 2011 (Wed) in Pregnancy, Uncategorized

 

PREGNANCY WEEK 24 – 37

size of a honeydew

Week 34 (8 – 14 December):
I’m a pee monster! I keep having to run to the bathroom every hour or so, and I wake up once (sometimes twice) every night to pee, thanks to little one’s head bonking on my bladder. He also loves to drag his fists across my bladder, which really makes me RUN to the bathroom!

Had our Prenatal class as well which was very informative. We’ve been reading up lots about labour/birth and also newborn care – so we’re ready. Exciting :)

I’m back to my 3x/week exercise and feeling really fab about that :) So far, the accuracy of people here guessing “It’s a boy!” is 100% – which is quite astounding considering that’s around 10 people or more that have guessed correctly. He’s still ultra-active, and he can hurt me even more than before now since he’s packed on bone density and body fat. It literally feels like he’s struggling to break out of my belly – furious, purposeful strokes and whacks that make me *gasp*.

size of a honeydew

Week 35 (15 – 21 December):
I noticed bleeding one night, and again in the morning, so doc asked us to go immediately to the hospital when we called. Was hooked up to the machine for awhile and was determined to have “very regular, and very frequent Braxton Hicks contractions”. I don’t feel the contractions at all, though I’ve been having them for the past few weeks almost 24/7 (I can tell when I put my hand on my belly and it’s super hard). I’m also already 1cm dilated, effacement (thinness of cervix) is 70%.

Been asked to cut down on exercise for the next 2 weeks until I’m at “full term”. Arghhhh!!!!

size of a honeydew

Week 36 (22 – 28 December):
Getting a lot of downwards pressure on my pelvic bone, as he’s dropped so far down. It’s similar to the sensation that you get a day after an intense horse-riding session. I feel like if I sneeze too hard, he’ll fall out! He packs a real *PUNCH* too, with his movements being really forceful. Methinks we have one pretty hyper lil boy…

During our Doc appointment this week, discovered I am 1.5cm dialated, 80% effaced, -1 station. Everything’s progressing smoothly and my body is behaving itself so far, and doing everything it’s supposed to do. However, it’s still not a guarantee he’ll come out on time.

For the past month or so, I’ve discovered he has very specific habits, likes and dislikes. I find it rather fascinating, learning everything about him as each day passes. He specifically likes me either lying on my side or standing up. If I sit down, he wriggles and kicks hard and refuses to sleep! He also settles and dozes when I talk, because whenever I’m out for dinner and yakking with friends, he goes quiet/sleeps even though I’m sitting down. Cute :)

size of a watermelon

Week 37 (29 December – 4 January):
Full term this week :)
My little treat for myself in my final few weeks is pampering – getting my hair washed at the hairdressers, manicures, pedicures, spa facials and massages. Most of all, hitting the gym again! HALLELUJAH!!!!! After a 2-week hiatus, I was itching. This week, I did 20-30 min yoga sessions, 2x a day, every day. In addition, 30 mins cardio sessions at the gym, 4x a week. I know it seems like a lot for a heavily pregnant full-term woman, but my body insists on it… If I don’t, I get super irritable with all the excess energy in me. I just feel so good after doing exercise, and I know it’s good for me, plus can kickstart labour – so it’s a win-win :P I’m just so giant in the past week that I can’t get comfortable sitting on the couch, and the only thing that makes me feel good/normal is exercise… so I crave it constantly, to the point where I actually fantasize about it and dream about it! Weird!

At this week’s Doc appointment, I am now 1.5cm dilated, 90% effaced, -1 station. He’s measuring big (!!) at 3.5KG already, and during our 4D ultrasound they kept commenting on his “really chubby cheeks”. He’s facing posterior though, so fingers crossed he spins a bit before/during labour. His movements are still super active and frequent, despite running out of room since he’s so big now. Since I’m full term and doc has declared him as very healthy and active, and me as also very healthy and active, we need him to come out asap!! We can’t wait to meet our little boy :)

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Posted by on 5 January 2011 (Wed) in Pregnancy, Uncategorized

 

PREGNANCY REFLECTIONS

Isn’t it startling 2010 is just a tick away from being “last year”?

And memorably, today, I hit Full term. Whilst my due date is 19 Jan, this means our lil boy is OK to come out anytime between today and end of Jan (almost 90% of women will give birth during this period before/after their due date). It’s exciting, to say the least :)

I really love being pregnant. I love everything about it! Sometimes, I feel like it’s better being pregnant than it is being ‘normal’. I find I’m more in-tune and fascinated with my body than before. It feels so nice, stroking my belly and feeling his movements (ok, maybe not so nice when he’s violently kicking!), and eagerly anticipating our own little family. At times, I’m just floored by the fact that I have a mini-us growing inside me. It’s brought Chris and I so much closer that I was surprised. I read somewhere once, that a woman’s respect and love for her husband increases exponentially by the way he behaves as a father. I didn’t understand it then, but I do now. Chris’ support and care of me during the past 9 months has made me see him in a totally new light. He’s very obviously going to be a very good father and I am so so grateful I married him :)

These are just some of the things I learned in the past few months… writing them down here it’ll serve as a lil reminder to myself when I’m pregnant again:

Don’t compare yourself to other pregnant women. This is a lot easier said than done! Every woman is so different, and you’re only setting yourself up for stress and doubt if you compare. Despite having a really un-eventful pregnancy, I actually found myself comparing myself to other women and being a bit disappointed at the start when I wasn’t feeling the “standard” symptoms of nausea, aches, etc. Hard to explain, but it felt to me that I wasn’t really legitimately pregnant, and didn’t make me feel like I was part of the exclusive pregnancy club.

Accept your weight gain. I won’t lie – my 13KG weight gain alarmed the CRAP outta me! But overall, I’m not obese and our baby is very healthy, and it’s actually quite fascinating to see my body change and look so different each month. It’s also quite funny seeing people’s wide-eyed stares when they see me wandering around town by myself when I’m so heavily pregnant :P Without fail I get strangers blurting out a “Why are you moving so quickly, and by yourself? Shouldn’t you be at home in bed?!” I also get a lot of “You’re huge!” comments, but they no longer bug me.

Don’t forget about your husband. Actually, don’t forget anyone around you in general! You may be pregnant, but that doesn’t make you the center of the universe and it doesn’t give you free-reign to rant & bitch about anything and everything like a crazy person. Spare some consideration for the people around you, even when your hormones are driving you batshit insane :P Appreciate what they do for you. Most of all, involve your husband and remember that it is HIS baby too, so he has 50% say! Thank him for everything that he does for you and enjoy your “us time” before your little two-some adds on a third (very noisy) wee one :)

Exercise. I’m a totally changed person! Pre-pregnancy, I wasn’t a fan of any activity, preferring to sit my ass on the couch. But the day I found out I was pregnant, it stirred up this deep and desperate desire to exercise. It’s insatiable. Since Week 7, I’ve been hitting the gym (treadmill at a steep incline, elliptical, cycling, weights machine) 3x a week, 45-60mins each session. Regularly, every single time without fail. I find that I have all this pent-up energy that makes me exercise, and I keep craving it. I’d go daily if I had the time. The exercise makes me feel super-fit, healthy, puts him to sleep, and I truly believe is the reason why I’ve had a really pleasant and laid-back pregnancy the past 9 months. My proof? For the past 1-2 weeks I’ve had to abstain from exercise, and suddenly I feel irritable and itchy and get aches. But happily I can go back to my 3x/week gym routine again this weekend and I CAN’T WAIT!!!

To all the pregnant women out there – I hope you have a safe and happy pregnancy and delivery. Can’t wait to see your little bundle of joy as well!

To all the trying-to-get-pregnant women out there – I hope you do soon and also enjoy your wonderful 9 months, it’s a freakin fun journey! I think there is no greater gift than to become a mother, so can’t wait for you to be one too :)

To all the already mothers – I leave you my favourite mum-related quote, “God could not be everywhere, so he created mothers.”

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Posted by on 29 December 2010 (Wed) in Pregnancy, Uncategorized

 

PREGNANCY: OH HOW I HAVE GROWN

Since we discovered I was pregnant, we’ve been taking monthly belly photos to track our lil boy’s growth in me. It’s seriously phenomenal, looking at these photos chronologically…! Just before I fell pregnant, I remember looking at myself side-on in the bathroom mirror, trying to envision what I would look like pregnant.. and i found it really hard to imagine. Well, now I know ;)

My total weight gain you see here is 13KG (!!!!!) and my waist has expanded from 24″ to 39″ (!!!!!!!!!) – which I’ve learned is actually a LOT. But I can’t help it! My torso was quite narrow pre-pregnancy and the baby has to go somewhere, right? But since my overall weight gain is still in the ‘normal’ range, I just try to live with it.

I find it both fascinating and downright scary when I see the photos below.. my belly looks like a giant zit that needs to be popped, hehe! But it’s satisfying thinking that our boy is growing nice and big and strong in me :) I’m now Full Term, so OK to pop any time now… hoping to next week so we have a New Year’s baby!

At our wedding banquet, a little over a year ago on 08/08/09.
I can’t stop staring at my waist in this photo…..

Month 3

Month 4

Month 5

Month 6

Month 7

Month 8

Month 9

Compare the above to this one below on our Honeymoon last year. Hilariously, at that time,
I was unhappy with the way I look in this photo because I thought my belly “looked so fat”.
Now, it looks positively tiny to me!! How perception can change…

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Posted by on 28 December 2010 (Tue) in Pregnancy, Uncategorized