Wellbeing Wednesday – Mind over body

    Today I will thank my body rather than criticize it. I saw this quote the other day and with a few more stretch marks popping up on my tummy lately, I’m really needing to remember to thank my body for all the amazing things it is going through right now rather than feel turned off by it’s changing size and appearance.

What are some things you do to overcome negative body thoughts and turn them into body love?

Bump Diary #7 – 26 week update

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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
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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

Bump Diary #4 – 23 week update

23 weeks baby bump

Bump Diary #4 – 23 week update

How far along are you? 23 weeks and 5 days
How big is baby? Apparently the size of a large mango! On average around 28.9cms long and weighing 501 grams.
Body and changes:
– Weight gain I think I’ve doubled in size this past week! So uncomfortable in some of my clothes and had to store more away into boxes. I really need to watch what I’m eating and eat more veggies and fruit rather than chocolate!
– Stretch marks Again, same as last week and still rubbing Bio Oil and Palmer’s Cocoa Butter all over my bump in the mornings and evenings.
Sleep Sleep has been better than last week and I’m using one of those long body pillows that I used last time when I was pregnant with D. Work’s been super busy over the last couple of weeks so it hasn’t taken me long to fall asleep at night.
Maternity clothes?
I’m so tempted to buy some more maternity clothes as it is SO cold in the city these days but I’m trying to make the most of my wardrobe right now and mix and match everything before jumping onto ASOS to check out their maternity options! I can’t believe I didn’t buy anything from there last time.
The Other Stuff: The lower part of my tummy has been super itchy and I’ve tried so hard not to scratch it but have had a couple of moments of weakness :/ Slathering on the oil and cocoa butter definitely helps soothe the itchiness. I’ve also been feeling so full and feeling a bit of heartburn every time I go to bed. I really need to ease up on the quantity of food I’m eating as it gets really uncomfortable.

23 week update pregnancy

Eating: Still loving the Kit Kats but now I’m onto a mission to find those amazingly delectable cinnamon scrolls I’ve seen on my feed a few times from Kwak Scrolls!
Feeling: Feeling really productive both at home and at work. Been trying to de-clutter a lot of unnecessary and unused things around the house like paperwork, clothes, and general household items and dust collectors!
Needing: Still needing a foot and leg massage and trip to the hairdressers for a trim and colour. Also needing some warmth and sun so we’ll be heading up to Noosa next month! I’ve never been there before so let me know if you have and any places you recommend we eat, play or stay at 🙂
Wanting: to decorate and fix up D’s room and our upstairs area but it never seems to get done with unfinished wall hangings and empty photo frames lying on the ground waiting to be displayed on the walls.
Missing: Dancing.
Watching: Tangled – D has been watching it quite a bit lately and when I told D that I loved him, he replied back with “I love you more” which I’d never heard him say before and then he told me, “That’s what Rapunzel says”. He’s picking up things so quickly these days and we really need to watch what we say as he copies everything!
Bookmarking: Interior decor for kids rooms!
Noticing: Lots of tempting sales on at the moment. We went to Highpoint on the weekend and I just wanted to buy everything from boots, to jewelry to tops and skirts!
Enjoying: Brunch and dinners out – recently we dined at Lux Foundry in Brunswick and Yim Yam which we hadn’t been to in ages! Love their toasted coconut rice and pad thai!! So saucy!

23 week collage

#graceandthanks

D has learnt to sing a Filipino nursery rhyme this week and his Tagalog is so good! 🙂 The other night, I heard his sweet little voice in a sing-song manner and saw that he was singing in Daddy’s ear. My cousin had been teaching him and it was only recently that I’d heard him sing so clearly! So thankful for all the people D has around him, caring for him and nurturing his growth in all areas. Bless!

#gratefuldaniel #4

Daddy: Daniel do you want to say thanks for anything today?
Daniel: Thank you for mummy’s arms and thank you for the moon.

Uggh I love hearing his little thank you notes every night! Such a perfect end to the day.

In case you missed some of my other bump updates you can check them out here! And if you’re new around here, hi!!! and be sure to check out Start Here to help you navigate around ze blog 🙂 Happy reading and please let me know if you have any particular things you’d like me to post about. You can find me here a lot of the time! 🙂 Don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss any posts. Have a great week!

 -xx-

Bump Diary #2 – 21 week update

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21 week update – Baby #2

After getting a few questions about what I’m eating, how I’m feeling etc, etc, I thought I’d do a bump update with a little more detail for you! I remember when I was pregnant with D that I was really curious at 18 weeks as to how other mamas’ bumps looked and what they were going through, and it was that time I stumbled across Anna Saccone’s YouTube channel and since then, not only have I been watching her videos every now and then, even D loves watching Emilia and Eduardo as Anna and Jonathan’s family has grown! I always wondered why people might want to know all that information about pregnancy etc but it is such an amazing journey that is so unique for each and every one of us and our families that no wonder everyone is so interested!

So here is my bump #2 and I at 21 weeks 🙂

How far along are you? 21 weeks

How big is baby? Weighs approximately 360g and measure at around 27cm long from crown to heel 

 Body and changes: 
Weight gain I have no idea how much I weigh now and I kinda don’t want to know! -been eating wayyy too many servings of everything lately! In some books I’ve read, they say your weight gets checked at every appointment – I remember when I was pregnant with D, my OB never checked my weight at any of our appointments! I’ll try and have an update for you next time I have an appointment with my midwife.
Stretch marks Can’t really see any new ones right now. I did get a few on my waist on both the left and right side and a faint few below my belly button but they pretty much disappeared after a few months of giving birth. Like last time I’m using Palmer’s Cocoa Butter, Massage Cream for Stretch Marks in the mornings and Bio Oil in the evenings.
Sleep Been sleeping ok lately except for the odd trip to the loo in the middle of the night. D has also been sleeping in with us on weekends so that’s been amazing!
Maternity clothes? Yes this week after constantly being uncomfortable in my choice of work attire I finally stored away my corporate clothing and finally pulled out the stretchy stuff. I was trying to squeeze into my tailored skirts and trousers up until now and I just can’t do it anymore! My poor belly needs to be comfy. I need to be comfy. So I’m totally loving casual Fridays now because it means I get to wear my maternity jeans from TopShop.You’d never guess they were from the maternity section – they look so cool! And are so comfy.

           21 week bump The Urban Ma blog21 week long weekend
Eating fruits (mainly mandarins, pears and freshly squeezed oranges), ice cream nearly every night – vanilla with that chocolate Ice Magic on top (the hubby is a big kid and loves that stuff!). Sometimes I mix the vanilla ice cream with the Coles Peanut Butter flavoured one. I really need to slow down on the ice cream though!
Feeling tired with a blocked nose – the whole household was sick all last week
Needing to use an extra pillow now to rest my leg over so I can sleep on my side, my left side that is
Wanting to be offered a seat on the train
Missing dance classes and rehearsals with Rewind!
Watching lots of Disney movies with my little man (well not lots, mainly Cars and Cars 2. Oh and Tangled!)
Bookmarking pregnancy photos like the ones below as I have some fellow mama friends that are also pregnant and since we’re not doing any dance photoshoots any time soon we thought a bump one would be fun 🙂
Noticing big cars…we have a Corolla and I love its size and everything about it but lately I’ve been looking at all those bigger cars on the road like the Jeeps and Range Rovers etc…hmmmm car shopping coming up maybe? Nah, I love that our car is so easy to drive and park. We’ll see how we go!
Enjoying every little single laugh, conversation, hug and kiss from D. He is just the bestest (is that even a word?) little boy ever! How am I going to manage dividing my attention and energy between 3 people in the family?…

See my Bump Diary #1 post here!

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-xx-

 21 week Pregnancy update The Urban Ma 

 

stretch marks…

A mark for every breath you took,
one for every blink, every sleepy yawn.
One for every time you sucked your thumb
waved hello, closed your eyes,
and slept in the most perfect darkness.
One for every dream you dreamed with me.
…It isn’t very pretty anymore
Some may even think it’s ugly
That’s ok.
It was your home.
It held you until my arms could
and for that
I will always find something beautiful in it. – Cassie Fox

I saw the above passage in an image on my Twitter feed and thought it was very touching. I gained a few stretch marks on my left hip during pregnancy and some underneath my belly button but after meeting baby for the first time last week, those marks remind me of the 39 weeks he lived in me – what an amazing and unforgettable experience. I am in awe of how the human body works. Take care of yours – it is the only place you have to live.

Below: original pic (Unknown Source)

5 days to go



5 days to go.
No Monday-itis to be found today! Sun is shining and the weather is great! My Twitter & Facebook feeds have all heralded nothing but positive updates which is nice to see! (sometimes there’s just so much emo-ness and negative musings on there). Bubs is due on Saturday and until today there haven’t really been any signs of his impending arrival. Today I think I’ve been feeling an onset of BH? – a few pains here and there feeling like a tightening of muscles or period pain…not too sure…but it’s probably the most discomfort I’ve felt these past 9 months (apart from the never-ending reflux at night).
Lunch with mum and sis at Chef Lagenda, a trip to Bunnings to buy some potted colour. one load of washing and tidying up the kitchen is all I’ve managed to get done so far today as I needed to nap to help these pressure pains go away.Thought I’d take some pics of the simple, pretty things around our home today 🙂
I also used PicMonkey to create a quick collage of some of the pics of my baby bump throughout the past 9 months! I hope you like!