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Bump Report – We’ve reached 32 weeks my beautiful petal

Hi Baby,

We’ve reached 32 weeks my beautiful petal!!  You’re coming in hot at around 1.6kg and measure about 40 cm – which would explain why mommy started to waddle .. haha!!  You still have to gain allot of weight, about double what you weigh now. Your tiny toenails and fingernails are now fully formed.  Your eyelashes and eyebrows are complete too … WOW!!  How AMAZING!!!

It sometimes feels like we are in the first trimester again, I’m so tired (all the time), I’m hungry (all the time) and my body really feels weird at times.  Things have started to get uncomfortable and somewhat painful, but I’ll hang in there don’t worry.  Daddy helps allot by massaging mommy’s back too. Only a few more weeks left, now for the final stretch.  I’m sooooo excited to finally meet you my angel.  To see your beautiful face and perfect fingers and toes for the first time.  To snuggle up and kiss you .. I just can’t wait!  We will be meeting with the doctor next week and I’m hoping he will give us a date or even an indication on when the wait will finally be over.

Daddy and I have been so busy getting everything ready for you.  Your room is about 90% complete and it really looks beautiful and perfect for a little princess like you.  Mommy packed all your clothes in your freshly painted cupboard, we just need to give them a quick wash and they too will be ready.  Daddy says you have enough clothes until your 18 .. haha you really have been so spoiled with the cutest outfits and I can’t wait to play dress-up with you. Daddy surprised mommy with the sweetest baby-grow for you, it is going to be the first one you wear. It is white with “x’s” and “o’s” all over, which is great as you will be receiving allot of hugs and kisses.

Feeling you kick and move is probably one of my favourite parts of being pregnant.  I love feeling you get bigger and stronger every day.  And giiiiirl your kicks are getting really strong. Sometimes it surprises me and doesn’t feel great when it’s straight to the ribs.  Who knew a tiny foot’s karate kick can hurt so much? Maybe you’ll end up being a star athlete—I know daddy would love that!

Grow strong my angel – only a few weeks left!!

We love you.

Love,

                Mommy

Some key points this week:

How far along are we: 32 weeks

How big are you: the size of a cabbage or puppy

Gender: Girl

Symptoms:  HEARTBURN!!!!!  Oh my, almost every day.  My back and hips hurt quite a bit.  I get a headache now and then.  Still get a stuffy nose.

Sleep: Even though I’m tired all the time, I still battle to fall asleep at night and I’m awake quite often.

Maternity clothes:  Oh yeah .. nothing really fits anymore.  I like to keep it comfy in tights and a big shirt and slippers and when we go to town I will try and dress up a little with whatever still fits.  I can’t wait for summer, to wear nice maternity dresses.

Stretch marks: No.

Belly Button: Partially in .. haha .. yes – It popped halfway.

Food cravings: Chocolate. Chocolate. Chocolate and CHOCOLATE!!!! Ice cream and more chocolate!

Movement: All the time.

What I’m looking forward to: Meeting with the doctor next week for a check-up.

What I’m nervous about/praying for: That you will continue to grow safely and develop into a strong and healthy baby girl – only a few more weeks left. That this pandemic will end soon and that we will remain safe from it.

What I miss: Laying on my tum-tum, biltong … mmmm .. chillibites, blue cheese and still craving gin now and then.

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Bump Report-I bet you have a beautiful smile

Hi Baby,

Unbelievably we are 27 weeks pregnant!! WOW!! 

I’ve said it a few times but it’s true, this pregnancy is going by so quickly.  Before we know it we will not be daydreaming about you but actually be holding you in our arms. ❤️

️ We just can’t wait my petal.  For this last stretch I really want to try and soak it all in, every kick, every wiggle and every change.  I’m extremely nervous about the delivery as we don’t know what conditions to expect with this pandemic. I pray that things will be better by that time.

Things are starting to get uncomfortable, I can’t really bend over easily anymore and everything feels a little squished inside, my tumtum just blew up (what feels like) overnight – haha, and this is only the beginning of the roly-poly stage.  Body aches and growing pains and my back – oh my back … my back is really sore most days.  Body aches and growing pains.  I really enjoy looooong, warm baths to help soothe the aches and pains and to soak up some magnesium, this has been helping allot.   It’s also my extra bonding time with you and it seems that you enjoy it too, you are so active during my bath time.  I know it’s starting to get a little cramped for you inside because what was once tiny flutters and kicks are now very distinctive movements and my whole tumtum moves when you do, even the bathwater does – This is great because you have started to develop muscle tone from all the kicking, stretching, rolling and punching.

You almost weigh a full 1kg and you are about 37 cm ❤️and according to the pregnancy app, you are the size of a cabbage.  AND .. you are starting to smile .. awwww – I bet you have a beautiful smile ❤️Your eyelids can open too; you can see lights and shadows around you – oh how you have grown little girl.  At this point you look like a fully formed little baby human, only smaller.

Since you can hear, I started playing you classical music – the experts say that it is really good for you and brain development.  It calms and stimulates you.  If it’s good for you, I am definitely going to continue doing it – anything that can benefit you in anyway is worth it.

Giiiiirl you are so spoilt already!!  Both your grannies, great granny and “next door granny” all have been showering you with gifts bought and handmade – your daddy too ❤️

️ I am so grateful for everyone making themselves part of your life already, loving you and the spoils.  Everyone is counting down the time to meet you my angel – we just can’t wait!!

Grow strong my angel – We love you so much.

Love,

       Mommy

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Bump Report – You are perfect my little petal

Hi Baby,

I saw you for the first time since the last time you were just a tiny spec on the screen.

YOU’RE A GIRL 🌸 – I knew it!!

My heart .. to see you .. your tiny feet, your hands, your perfect shape .. I was in awe! You are perfect my little petal .. strong and healthy.  How you’ve grown too – you weigh 430g and your feet are 4cm.  Daddy could not join in this spectacular experience because of the virus but don’t worry, I recorded it.  We both starred in admiration at the recordings and sonar photo’s of you.  I truly believe you are going to be a real “daddy’s little girl” – you should see how daddy’s face lights up when he talks about you and to you ❤️ And I absolutely don’t mind it, I know he will protect you with his life and be a great daddy to you.  I know that you can hear us, and I know you will eventually recognize our voices, but when you hear your daddy, little girl .. you get excited and kick mommy like crazy – I love it ❤️

Now, even more than ever I just cannot wait to meet you .. to hold you, to kiss your soft nose and just stare at you.  I promise to teach you to be kind and humble, I promise to listen to you and support you, encourage and guide.  I promise for a fresh start every day.  Let you be your own person .. I promise you my presence, patience and unconditional love always.  I love you so much.

Grow strong my angel – We love you so much.

Love,

       Mommy

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Bump Report – We are Halfway

Hi Baby,

20 going on 21 weeks … WOW!!  We are halfway 😊 You are getting BIG!!

You are about 25 cm in length and weigh around 300g-350g (we baked some biscuits last week and even the amount of butter I used in the recipe weighs more than you) – You officially look like a tiny human, now for the fattening up and allot more growing.  Oh and your inner ear is fully developed too, so you will start to hear .. which is amazing as daddy and I often talk to you.  You are so active, this makes mommy happy, an active baby is a healthy baby.  I feel you during the day, but you do most of your acrobatics at night.  So, I take it as you keeping me company when insomnia strikes. I can feel you getting stronger and stronger.

I read that once I hit the second trimester, I will feel more energised and more like myself .. Well it has been a huge improvement but not really.  Some symptoms are what you might expect being pregnant. I get tired all the time (and yes, I still battle to shut off and sleep at night), I have a superpower sense of smell and get a stuffy nose often, my stretching tum-tum is itchy sometimes and the heartburn .. Oh honey the heartburn – I have never experienced anything like it.  I never used to get heartburn, only maybe 5 times when we were expecting your brother, but with you .. almost every day.  My back hurts almost every day, my hips and thighs are starting to hurt too.  But hey, there are some amazing things happening too, my hair is growing extremely fast and I have the “glow” but more important is that you are healthy and growing so fast and stronger day by day.  I often stare  and rub my tum-tum in our big mirror and flash daddy with a glimpse of it too (I’m lying, this happens allot).  Its like this tummy is bigger and bigger everyday and it happened so quick.   I still fit in my good jeans but they cant close .. at all .. haha!!

We chose a colour scheme for your room, its natural but oh so beautiful.  Since we don’t know what you are yet, we thought that it would be nice to go for a more natural theme.  We started with slowly setting up everything in your room too.  By the way, so-far it is said that you are a girl – one more week till our next appointments, so hopefully we can confirm your gender soon.  Whether you are a girl or a boy, I can’t wait to meet you my little one ❤

Grow strong my angel – We love you so much.

Love,

       Mommy

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Bump report – Your feet are about 2.5 cm

Hi Baby,

Today mommy is 18 weeks and 6 days pregnant with you – 22 weeks to go.  I can’t believe we hit the 18-week mark already.  It feels like just a little while ago daddy and I were at the doctor to confirm that we are expecting our tiny rainbow baby, YOU! The doctor said that he would like to see us around 20 weeks again, at that time it felt so far away and now, our long awaited for appointment is next week .. I literally can’t wait anymore. 

We hope to find out if you are a little girl or boy when we go for the check-up.  I told daddy that maybe we should insist the doctor not to reveal your gender and keep it as a surprise.  Daddy said:  “No, I want to know” straight away J – He is truly so excited and talks to you often.

I mentioned that you are our rainbow baby – The term rainbow baby may not be familiar to parents who have not experienced a loss before.  But to those of us who have, it is a very deep and even a life changing significance. A rainbow baby is a baby born after a miscarriage, stillborn or neonatal-mor infant death.  It is called a rainbow baby because it is like a rainbow after a storm… something so beautiful after something so dark and so heart-breaking (How beautiful is this?) Now my little angel I, your brother went to heaven way too soon and we lost another one of your brothers or sisters last year too.  I will tell you all about your amazing big brother one day, I promise – but for now, just know you are truly welcomed with so much love my angel – You are our Rainbow!!

Becoming a mommy was such a lifechanging experience for me and I enjoyed being pregnant every time and feeling a little human grow.  And now again, I love feeling you grow but, it’s like it is different this time, yes, I think it’s because I have had this experience before, but it’s like I appreciate every movement you make more in a sense.  I have been feeling you dance around in my tum-tum more and more and daddy has felt you too.  It is such an amazing event every time.  I know that these movement will get more distinct in time, but for now, I really enjoy your 2.5cm little tiny feet kicking.

It’s because of all that has happened in the past that I have been having so much anxiety about everything.  I just want you to be okay, I want you to live a healthy and long life.  I want to hear you say mommy for the first time and experience all your firsts with you, I want to see you grow, I want to see you happy and become an exceptional young human.  I pray that you everything will be okay; I believe that it will.  I know that after we meet with the doctor, I will have even more reassurance again.  Daddy tries his best to fill my thoughts with more positivity and he too says, that everything will be okay.  You will be okay <3

I can’t wait to meet you my sweety.

Grow strong my angel – We love you so much.

Love,

         Mommy

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