Bump Diary #14 – 32 week update

 How far along are you? 32 weeks and 5 days (this post was scheduled to go out this past Monday!!)

How big is baby? This week Baby weighs as much as a coconut. On average around 41.1cms long and weighing just over 1.5kg and heading into a growth spurt, beginning to plump up with essential fat that is accumulating underneath its skin.
Body and changes:
Weight gain I’m sure I’ve gained heaps of weight again this week feeling a little more uncomfortable with my walk definitely turning into a waddle these days.
Stretch marks Those little faint lines I first started seeing last week are definitely stretch marks. I saw them a lot more prominent in the mirror yesterday morning and when I realised that they were stretch marks I immediately felt surprised as I thought that since I didn’t really get many in my first pregnancy, it would be the same with this second one. Wrong! After a few minutes, I got used to the fact that they’re normal and are only a sign that a human life is growing within me and I have accepted that it’s all part of the journey of motherhood.
Sleep I’ve been finding it really uncomfortable to sleep these days and need pillows around me to help me get into a comfortable position. Mr D has also been having a few nightmares this week for some reason…and he’s been waking up a few times in the middle of the night crying :(
Maternity clothes I bought a black top and some leopard print pants from Target the other day and they’re so comfy even though they’re not specifically maternity wear! I’ve been pairing them with a black blazer to dress them up a little for work :)

The Other Stuff:

Reflux is still hanging around this week. I’ve been getting Mr D to learn how to put his shoes on by himself this week so as to help me out since I can’t bend over that low these days. My tummy has also been feeling a lot heavier this week and it feels like it’s really weighing down into my pelvis and I can feel pressure down there. Baby is moving so much this week especially when we went for a dip in the pool yesterday!

32 weeks pregnant The Urban Ma

Eating lots of cucumber, tomato and cheddar cheese at work lately
Feeling really out of breath again this week and less mobile – I took the elevator to go down two floors today when normally I take the stairs! Tsk, tsk, tsk!
Needing to get as much as rest as possible as I’ve found I feel super tired if I’m at it all day
Wanting to declutter the desktop on my laptop and sort through all the videos and photos on there
Watching music videos while hanging out at our hotel this week up in the Gold Coast
Bookmarking podcasts and videos to listen to and watch
Noticing how friendly people are on the planes to Mr D :)
Enjoying seeing just how much Mr D has loved flying and travelling with us over the past few weeks. It’s so exciting to see how enchanted he is by everything he sees and everyone he meets. This past week he got to spend some quality time with Daddy, his uncle and his cousin. Even though the two toddlers loved annoying each other, they had a great time!

Simple green smoothie The Urban Ma
My first time making a smoothie and I twisted the wrong thing out of the blender! I managed to save enough for one serving!

week 32 collage

Enjoying the simple things like a delivery of non-alcoholic drinks from Maggie Beer, a strawberry and Golden Gaytime flavored cupcakes and picnics in the park across the road with Mr D.

gratefuldaniel #11

Daddy: What are you grateful for today Daniel?

Daniel: Thanks to God for Mummy’s arms and for Mummy and Daddy working so we can go on the plane again. LOL!

Have you been continuing to practice gratitude in the past week? What have you been grateful for?

Bump Diary #13 – 31 week update

Pregnancy update – 31 weeks

  

How far along are you? 31 weeks and 5 days

How big is baby? This week Baby weighs as much as a coconut. On average around 41.1cms long and weighing just over 1.5kg and heading into a growth spurt, beginning to plump up with essential fat that is accumulating underneath its skin.
Body and changes:
Weight gain I’m sure I’ve gained heaps of weight again this week feeling a little more uncomfortable with my walk definitely turning into a waddle these days.
Stretch marks Those little faint lines I first started seeing last week are definitely stretch marks. I saw them a lot more prominent in the mirror yesterday morning and when I realised that they were stretch marks I immediately felt surprised as I thought that since I didn’t really get many in my first pregnancy, it would be the same with this second one. Wrong! After a few minutes, I got used to the fact that they’re normal and are only a sign that a human life is growing within me and I have accepted that it’s all part of the journey of motherhood.
Sleep I’ve been finding it really uncomfortable to sleep these days and need pillows around me to help me get into a comfortable position. Mr D has also been having a few nightmares this week for some reason…and he’s been waking up a few times in the middle of the night crying 😦
Maternity clothes I bought a black top and some leopard print pants from Target the other day and they’re so comfy even though they’re not specifically maternity wear! I’ve been pairing them with a black blazer to dress them up a little for work 🙂

The Other Stuff:

Reflux is still hanging around this week. I’ve been getting Mr D to learn how to put his shoes on by himself this week so as to help me out since I can’t bend over that low these days. My tummy has also been feeling a lot heavier this week and it feels like it’s really weighing down into my pelvis and I can feel pressure down there. Baby is moving so much this week especially when we went for a dip in the pool yesterday!

  

Eating lots of cucumber, tomato and cheddar cheese at work lately
Feeling really out of breath again this week and less mobile – I took the elevator to go down two floors today when normally I take the stairs! Tsk, tsk, tsk!
Needing to get as much as rest as possible as I’ve found I feel super tired if I’m at it all day
Wanting to declutter the desktop on my laptop and sort through all the videos and photos on there
Watching music videos while hanging out at our hotel this week up in the Gold Coast
Bookmarking podcasts and videos to listen to and watch
Noticing how friendly people are on the planes to Mr D 🙂
Enjoying seeing just how much Mr D has loved flying and travelling with us over the past few weeks. It’s so exciting to see how enchanted he is by everything he sees and everyone he meets. This past week he got to spend some quality time with Daddy, his uncle and his cousin. Even though the two toddlers loved annoying each other, they had a great time!

    

     

 

gratefuldaniel #11

Daddy: What are you grateful for today Daniel?

Daniel: Thanks to God for planes and clouds and fast cars at Movieworld. 

Have you been continuing to practice gratitude in the past week? What have you been grateful for?

Bump Diary #12 – 30 week update 

  How far along are you? 30 weeks and 5 days
How big is baby? This week Baby is as big as a cabbage! On average around 39.9cms long and weighing just over 1.3kg with nearly a litre of amniotic fluid surrounding Baby.
Body and changes:
Weight gain Had another midwife appointment tonight after work and my weight isn’t something that we measure – I still feel quite big compared to this stage of my pregnancy with Daniel.
Stretch marks I think I can see some faint red lines underneath my belly button that I’m guessing are stretch marks? My belly has been soooooo super itchy lately 😦
Sleep Been sleeping ok but not straight through the night due to frequent trips to the bathroom and feeling thirsty and having to go downstairs to get some water (remind me to bring a water bottle to bed!)
Maternity clothes Bought this skirt from Uniqlo this week to wear to work and it is so comfy and warm. It’s not a maternity skirt but it has a good stretch to it

The Other Stuff:

Reflux hasn’t gone away since last week uggh. Finding it really hard to get Mr D ready and changed because he’s just so active and keeps running around. Shoes are the hardest to put on him! I also felt really puffed out after giving him a bubble bath the other night…can’t believe how tired I got so I think Daddy will be bathing Mr D from now on.

 
 Eating lots of veggies and also dark chocolate with roasted almonds…YUM!
Feeling like I get puffed out really easily these days
Needing to get started on getting organised with all the baby stuff – we need to buy another car seat and a few other things as well as getting Mr D’s old baby clothes out and washed
Wanting to declutter more of the garage and my closet!
Watching Monster Truck shows on YouTube…Mr D is obsessed with Monster trucks right now (I have no idea where he got that from lol!) It’s so funny there’s this whole other world of monster trucks and even grown men on YouTube who tape themselves playing with their Hot Wheels – they get like 5 million views on their videos!
Bookmarking blogs to read before heading off to Problogger this week 🙂
Noticing just how animated Mr D can be when he talks to us! He’s so articulate already it’s so cute and endearing to hear all the things he has to say
Enjoying some me time with a manicure this week! #itsthesimplethings I also enjoyed meeting Madriel who works at SBS Radio – she interviewed me as part of their Filipino show about Pinoy food and blogging. I’ll post the link up when the interview goes live if you’re interested in listening in 🙂 We also enjoyed some family time this week with a couple of birthday parties and a baptism.

  

gratefuldaniel #10

Daddy: (Daddy didn’t even have to ask Daniel what he was thankful for most of this week! – as soon as he finished with his prayers he launched into listing so many things…it was so funny!)

Daniel: Thanks to God for Mummy’s nose and my bed and thanks to God for the bones in Mummy’s arm (lol!!)

How was your week last week? What did you get up to?

Bump Diary #10 – 29 week update

Happiness is homemade The Urban Ma 29 weeks pregnant

How far along are you? 29 weeks and 5 days

How big is baby? This week Baby is as big as a butternut pumpkin! On average around 38.6cms long and weighing just under 1.2kg. Baby’s muscles and lungs are continuing to mature and Baby’s bones are hardening – that might explaining the stronger movement I’ve been feeling and I can know actually see bumps in my tummy when Baby pushes out! Looks so freaky!

Body and changes:

Weight gain Haven’t weighed myself this week but feeling good despite the fact that I’m getting more and more uncomfortable bending down to put my shoes on and pick things up off the ground.

Stretch marks Continuing my daily routine of belly butter in the mornings and oil in the evenings

Sleep I’ve been a little uncomfortable this week and needing more pillows around me to get into a position where I can fall asleep. Ugghhh

Maternity clothes? Been loving these black work maternity pants I got from my mum! So comfy but still corporate-looking 🙂

The Other Stuff: 
Reflux is back and this past week I’ve been chewing on one Quick-Eze nearly every night to make the acidic feeling in my throat go away! This week too my body has reminded me yet another way that it is a baby making and baby delivering machine – leaking a little colostrum now and then. Lucky I’ve been wearing thick layers of tops and scarves due to the cold weather! I’ve been so forgetful this week! – left my mobile phone at the self serve checkouts at Coles an misplace my purse twice in 2 days! – luckily for me there are still honest peeps in this hood an when the hubby went back to Coles to check if my phone was there, they had kept it behind the counter for me!

   Eating lots more veggies this week after having a dietitian come into work on Wednesday to educate us about general nutrition and healthy habits tips. After having to fill in a quick food diary of what we ate the day before, it highlighted to me that I’m not getting enough veggies.

Feeling like I want to go on another holiday already! I need me some more of that good old Queensland sunshine.

Needing to more organised in the bedrooms and sort through Mr D’s clothes to declutter his wardrobe.

Wanting fresher produce down here like those juicy, sweet, sweet strawberries we had in Brisbane and Noosa.

Missing being able to carry Mr D 😦

Watching those hilarious videos by Mikey Bustos (a Filipino/Canadian Youtuber comedian who does really funny parodies and tutorials about the Pinoy culture – check out some of his videos here and here! LOL!)

Bookmarking where to go for our next holiday (still!) and loads of cute mummy and son pics on Instagram! The one below is from @shalicenoel – I absolutely love her style and all the shoes in her posts!

Noticing how much more tired I am these days. It’s like it’s hit me all of a sudden that I am now in the third trimester with only several more weeks to go!

Enjoying hearing Mr D talk so much and loving how he’s always surprising me! Last night after his bath he found his baby cologne (a gift from my relatives from the Philippines) and he handed it to me and said “Mummy can you put this on me so I smell so good?” LOL! And then when Daddy came to see what was happening, Mr D leaned over and made Daddy smell his neck. So cute! Kids! – where do they get this from?!

   Just a few things we did last clockwise from top left: One of @shalicenoel’s posts from Instagram, my healthy brekkie on Saturday morning was avocado, boiled egg, tomato and asparagus with a squeeze of lemon and salt and pepper – it was so goo and creamy!, a morning walk in the park before starting work as we had been told told to do something for our wellbeing and not start work until 11am! It was so lovely…cold but lovely, looks like a bomb hit our room with all the unpacking needing to be put away from our holiday…ugghh I hate this part!

  Playing Masterchef at home with Daddy. Seasoning the pork belly for our rolls before putting the lid on the pressure cooker! Turned out sooooo soft and yummy.  Mr D enjoying the tea from the newly opened food precinct at Highpoint Shopping Centre after his cool new haircut at Just Cuts.

gratefuldaniel #9

Daddy: Daniel do you want to say thanks for anything today?

Daniel: Thanks to God for the the light, the door, my bed, the moon. Thanks to God for Daddy. Thanks to God for Mummy. Thanks to God for Tita (Aunty) Arielle. Thanks to God for Baby. – Just like last week he kept reeling off a list of things he wanted to say thank you for like he just wanted to cover everything!

What were you grateful for last week? Have you been practicing gratitude lately?

Bump Diary #9 – 28 week update 

 

How far along are you? 28 weeks and 5 days

How big is baby? This week Baby is as big as an eggplant! On average around 37.6cms long and weighing 1005 grams. Baby now has eyelashes and can blink her eyes and see the light that filters through my tummy!

Body and changes:

Weight gain Haven’t weighed myself this week but I feel heavier!

Stretch marks Still the same as last week and rubbing heaps of of moisturizer all over my belly especially as we spent some time in the sun and in the water whilst away 🙂 I can see a little more of the linea nigra this week.

Sleep Sleeping very soundly as I had a full week of activity – we had a 3-day conference and I loved every minute of it, meeting new people, ongoing learning and activities. By the end though of every day I was ready to knock out as soon as I hit the bed! Loved all the hotels we stayed at and I’ve got some great posts coming up in the next few weeks!

Maternity clothes? I used the maternity shorts I bought a few weeks ago all last week and they were super comfy! – highly recommend getting a pair if you’re pregnant during the warmer months 🙂

The Other Stuff: 
Been burping lots lately! A little annoying but nothing major.

28 weeks pregnant The Urban Ma28 weeks pregnant The URban Ma pregnancy update

Eating lots of mandarins and big breakfasts

Feeling relaxed and inspired after a week of both work and pleasure with colleagues and family. Feeling so blessed.

Needing to find a name for Baby! Can’t decide on anything.

Wanting to go back to the warm sun and sea in Noosa. I took Lando for a walk today as the sun was out and shining.

Missing dance classes again after seeing this video on YouTube.

Watching music videos at night on the hotel tv! Can’t believe I’d never seen the “Watch me (Whip/Nae, Nae)” video clip LOL!

Bookmarking where to go for our next holiday.

Noticing how hard my belly gets sometimes!! Like rock hard O_O

Enjoying seeing Mr D’s face light up all week with wonder and excitement at all the new places and things he was experiencing. He was just constantly excited and wanting to run around and check out all his new surroundings.

Noosa Crest resort Noosa Heads Pregnancy update The Urban Ma Noosa Heads main beach

gratefuldaniel #8

Daddy: Daniel do you want to say thanks for anything today?

Daniel: Thanks to God for the window…and the door…and the books…and reading…and my pillows…and the stars…(oh my goodness he just kept going and we didn’t know when he was going to stop!) 🙂 Then for most of the week by the time we got to our night time gratefulness exercise…Mr D had fallen asleep he was so tired from all the things he had been throughout the day LOL!

What were one of your favourite memories from last week?

Bump Diary #8 – 27 week update

Empathy The Urban Ma 27 weeks prengnacy update

How far along are you? 27 weeks and 5 days
How big is baby? This week Baby is as big as a head of cauliflower. On average around 36.6cms long and weighing 875 grams. They say it’s common for Baby to get a case of the hiccups around now heheh!

Body and changes:

Weight gain Ok so I weighed myself the other day and I’m already 76kg!!! – I was 76kg at the end of my pregnancy with Mr D and I’m already that weight for this second pregnancy at only 27 weeks. Eeek! The midwife and the doctors don’t seem to be concerned about it so for now I’ll keep trying to just eat well.

Stretch marks Same as last week and still rubbing Palmer’s Belly Butter in the mornings and Bio Oil in the evenings all over my belly and sides. Still feeling so itchy and trying really hard not to scratch but it’s so hard not to! :/

Sleep On Saturday night the hubby and I got almost no sleep at all because Mr D was coughing all night…poor thing 😦 After a long nap yesterday afternoon he looked a lot more rested and energised.

Maternity clothes? I haven’t bought any specific maternity clothes this past week – just some comfy socks and basics and a cool navy blue scarf with silver pinstripes from Sussan that I’d been eyeing for a while now – got excited that they had a sale of 50% off already reduced prices!

The Other Stuff: 
Started getting a bit leaky in the boob area this week lol! I had a midwife appointment this week and she found that my blood pressure was just a little higher than normal, so she left it for a bit and then tried again on the other arm. On the second time, the midwife found that my blood pressure was lower. Weird. She said to keep an eye out for any swelling and headaches and to call her if I have any concerns.

  

Eating Avocado on toast with a squeeze of lemon.

Feeling excited about our trip to Queensland this week.

Needing more pillows around me when sleeping so that I can get into a comfy position, if that’s even a thing!

Wanting to take Lando for walks so both of us can get some exercise, but no such luck with all the rainfall that’s been present here in Melbourne.

Missing being able to eat sushi and pre-made salads – such quick, easy snacks.

Watching re-runs of Friends and it still cracks me up everytime. Ahhhh Ross LOL!

Bookmarking things to do in Noosa and Brisbane.

Noticing other pregnant women and how different all their bumps are in size and shape.

Enjoying cleaning out our garage and decluttering around the home – hahah it’s the simple things. I’ve also been enjoying singing to Mr D in the car – he loves it! When I stop, he says “SING! Sing Mummy!”.

  Just a few pics from the week with more catch ups with friends, celebrating successes at work, enjoying some of Arielle’s baking (this week it was cream puffs!) and silly Daddy scaring Mr D with some weird looking citrus in the veggie section at Coles – Buddha’s hands! Eeek! 
 

IMG_6290Mr D loved his new shoes I bought him! Ootd post coming up this week!

gratefuldaniel #7

Daddy: Daniel do you want to say thanks for anything today?

Daniel: Thank you for one mummy and one daddy…and one Tita (Aunty) Arielle and one Tito (uncle) JV and one Lola Ganda (grandma pretty)!

Awww he must’ve really enjoyed lots of family time this week!

Have been practicing gratefulness daily? What are you thankful for this week?

Bump Diary #7 – 26 week update

dr seuss on pregnancy

How far along are you? 26 weeks and 5 days
How big is baby? This week baby is as big as a red cabbage. On average around 35.6cms long and weighing 760 grams and is inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid. With the network of nerves in baby’s ears being better developed, I’d better watch my language and words as baby can now hear our conversations heheh!

Body and changes:

Weight gain Feeling big but being more active this week after having some pregnancy Pilates sessions with Michelle Pilates together with following along with my dvd of Lizbeth Garcia that a friend gave to me when I was pregnant with Mr D!

Stretch marks My skin around my middle has been so itchy this past week and I’m really trying not to scratch it lots. I’ve already had to go out and re-purchase my Bio Oil and Palmers Stretch Mark butter and have been using it to relieve the itchiness. Also I think I’m starting to see a faint linea nigra start to appear (that dark vertical line) on my belly. This line is caused by those pregnancy hormones that are also the cause of darkened areolas – oh how sexy pregnancy sounds right now…not!

Sleep Been sleeping quite well this week! I think the freezing, cold weather in Melbourne right now has us all enjoying our warm abodes!

Maternity clothes? I’ve had to cut the top but of some of my opaque stockings so it’s they’re not too tight lol! – a tip I got from one of my fellow dance crew girlfriends who is also currently pregnant, 10 weeks ahead of me. Works fine and I’ve got so many pairs that I thought I’d just do that rather than buy specific maternity stockings. I can just buy new ones next winter 🙂

The Other Stuff: 
Since becoming pregnant I feel that my eyesight has become a little blurry when quickly looking up fro my book or mobile to check the train schedule details on those screens above the platform. I also notice blurriness when I quickly look up from my pc at work to try and focus on someone’s face in the distance – it takes my eyes a few long seconds to adjust. It was never like this before – my eyesight was really quite good. Apparently again, due to changes in hormones, metabolism, fluid retention, and blood circulation, eyesight is just one of our body functions that are affected during pregnancy.

26 weeks pregnancy update The Urban Ma blog
 Eating VitaGrain wholegrain crackers (sea salt and cracked pepper flavour) with slices of cheese on top.

Feeling pumped after pregnancy pilates sessions with my fellow pregnant dance buddies and our instructor Miche from Michelle Pilates.

Needing lots of cuddles with my little man. Because I can’t carry him anymore I feel like I need other ways to be close to him. So lots of cuddles sitting down and hugs are the best!

Wanting to just get rid of everything in the garage!! It’s feeling crowded with stuff and when we first built our home I said I’d never have a messy garage full of “stuff”…and now I do! It’s been so wet and cold lately that we haven’t been able to get anything done in that area of the house. Luckily hard rubbish collection is coming up – I’m taking it as a sign to make sure we get a move on and declutter like crazy!

Missing the warm sunshine

Watching hardly any Masterchef lately – been listening more to podcasts and reading pregnancy, fashion and home decor mags. Who got eliminated this week?!!

Bookmarking styling the bump pics on Instagram (Collab post coming up soon with tips on how to style the bump!)

Noticing people smoking all along the footpath right next to the buildings as I walk to work from the station 😦

Enjoying all the catch ups I’ve been having over the past week – I caught up with some girlfriends at Din Tai Fung in Emporium (blog post coming soon), some workmates over dinner and dessert, and was out and about on the weekend with some mama friends to celebrate the launch of the latest online mag Wonderful Mama and some special birthdays. I also got to see my cousin work the stage at the Miss Philippine Fiesta presentation night as she is one of the candidates this year!

Docklands The Library Melbourne
Off to Docklands library for a birthday party!
Docklands Library kids party function room
Look at the concentration on that face!
Michelle Pilates prenatal pregnancy pilates
Keeping active during our pregnancy – fellow Rewind Dance Crew member and I at 36 weeks and 26 weeks pregnant
The Urban Ma Madison make up
Madison helped doll up Lola on her birthday heheh!


D got to hang out with his cousins all day at their hotel in the city to have some fun during the last week of the school holidays – such pretty views of Melbourne city

Melbourne cinnamon scrolls pop up The Urban Ma blog
My talented cousin baking some super soft cinnamon scrolls! I didn’t realise how long they take to make having to let them sit and rest numerous times throughout the recipe.
The Urban Ma weekend wrap up 26 week pregnancy update
W
eekend wrap up – tried to take a selfie with our cute little guest who stayed over on Saturday night but D photobombed us! My other cousin in her gown for her presentation night and so lovely to meet Carla from Styling the Tribe.

#graceandthanks

More and more this week, D has just been surprising me with all the things he says. He’s no longer a little baby but a grown up toddler who is just chattering away so much! Tonight we got home from my aunty’s house where they have two dogs – one of them looks like Lassie! So pretty! Anyways we got home and Daniel saw Lando and he said “Lando looks sad…He needs two dogs so he’s happy” – He saw that my aunty’s two dogs were playing with each other and he wanted the same for our dog Lando lol!

#gratefuldaniel #7

Daddy: Daniel do you want to say thanks for anything today?
Daniel: No, I don’t want to say thank you for anything.
Daddy: Daniel…you have lots of things to be thankful for!
Daniel: No! Nothing! (see what I mean about him learning to say “no” lots now! Ugghh :/)
Daddy: Ok, well I want to say thank you for Daniel being a good boy, and thank you for mummy and baby and playing lots of cars with you.
Daniel: Oh! – thank you for my new race track and white car Daddy!

🙂

If you missed out on some of my posts last week, see here for the Kwak cinnamon scrolls we finally got to taste!! And here for last week’s #wellbeingwednesday quote. Or even better you can subscribe by leaving your email up there on the right hand side for email updates when I post something new.
Thank so much for all your continued support, comments and questions. Night! xx