One year of marriage

I can’t believe it’s been a year since Candice and I got married. The past 12 months have gone by so damn quickly I was actually really surprised when I realised that our wedding anniversary was approaching.

Before I proposed to Candice I carried around the engagement ring for close to 18 months. Whenever we went away on holiday that ring came with me, hidden in my luggage. If we were heading out for a picnic, I would stash it in the bottom on my bag.

Just in case the ‘perfect’ moment presented itself. The problem was, I was always too busy enjoying these perfect moments to actually remember to pop the question.

Then came that fateful day in winter when I decided enough was enough. I didn’t want to keep waiting for perfect sunsets, gorgeous picnics or expensive dinners. It was a Saturday and I suggested that Candice spend the afternoon playing video games (one of her favourite pastimes) while I cooked us dinner. To accompany the theme of what I was cooking I grabbed out a box of fortune cookies from the pantry. I then removed the note from inside a fortune cookie and replaced it with my own message of ‘Will you marry me?’. We decided to put on a movie and I took our meals into the lounge where Candice was. Before I could even sit down I heard the crunch of Candice biting into her fortune cookie! Wearing my fanciest hoodie, I quickly got down on one knee and pulled out the ring. She looked really shocked but couldn’t stop smiling and gave me a definite “yes”. I have to admit that I was pretty nervous in that moment when she was reading the fortune. There were serious nervous tears in my eyes. So that’s how we became engaged!

I’ve already told the story of our actual wedding but if you missed it click here.

In the middle of the ceremony, Candice and I locked eyes and starting giggling uncontrollably. I think it kind of helped get rid of a lot of the nerves we were feeling and I love thinking back to that moment.

4D scan photos!

Just a quick post with 4D photos because I said I would!

We really love the top right image – Live long and prosper! Also his cheeky little smile in the bottom left.
Look at that FACE. Heart melt.

It was incredibly cool to see him moving around on the screen and the scan was definitely worth the money. We have loads of photos and also a video of him squirming around trying to eat his hands and feet. She also confirmed (we wanted to be doubly sure) that he is indeed a boy, capturing a very obvious photo of his junk. Not long to go until we get to see that adorable face in the flesh!

Around here

This week poor Candice has been really sick with a flu, though she has been a trooper and just gotten on with work. This might sound odd but I was actually hoping that we would both get a cold/flu during this third trimester. Just so that we have those antibodies to help combat catching a cold during the first few months after the baby arrives. This is the first winter in a very long time that I haven’t gotten sick. It’s really strange as I’ve been surrounded by sickness both at work and now at home but have somehow managed to stay healthy. With my iron levels being so low, I thought I would have decreased immunity so I’m actually pretty surprised. I just hope that I don’t get sick right at the time of my due date or worse, just after the baby is born. I’m scared of that.

On the home front, the nursery is very close to being finished. We are just installing some draws and shelving into the built in closet to store all of the baby clothes. Last week we decided to wash all of his gear and work out how much of each size there is, just to make sure we have enough. We needn’t have worried. Five air dryer hangers later we realise that this kid is all set in the clothes department. Everything is just so tiny and takes up such little room I suppose it gave the illusion that there wasn’t much.

Candice finished designing our baby shower invites and we have been thinking about that a little bit. We have decided on a small shower with family and a few close friends. We really didn’t want people to feel obliged to attend. After all, does anyone truthfully enjoy these types of things? It was a no brainer for us to make it a ‘co-ed’ baby shower and it will be more of a bbq type event. We’re a lot more comfortable with that than cucumber sandwiches and cake. Not saying there won’t be cake of course! I’m voting for a chocolately, chocolate covered, chocolate flavoured cake.

Only 2 weeks left of work before maternity leave starts and a little over 8 weeks until the due date! After months of going back and forth about it we have decided to get one of the 4D scans done. We have always found them quite creepy to look at but curiosity has gotten too much for us and we have booked in to get one done tomorrow. I can’t believe we are actually going to see his tiny face. I’ll post some of the photos on here sometime over the weekend.

Until then here are a few instagrams.

So fiddly and cute!

Our baby shower invite. 

With our love of wooden toys it was awesome to open this mail up and find a bear-driving-a-fish car. A cute gift for our little boy from friends in Melbourne. Love it!

10 things I love about being pregnant

This last week or so has been pretty rough – I’ve been sore, sleep deprived and just generally feeling exhausted. It has been quite a struggle to get through each work day as my motivation is at an all time low. I could feel myself getting swallowed up by my own negativity. Then I had someone remind me that I only have a month left of work and I should just focus on all the good. It sounds so simple and obvious but I think I really needed to be reminded of how lucky I am. No matter how tired or uncomfortable I feel, I’m exactly were I want to be – the final trimester of a healthy pregnancy! So with only 10 weeks to go I thought I would write a list, in no particular order; 10 things I love about being pregnant.

1. Day dreaming – I have always been a bit of a day dreamer and now a good chunk of my day is dedicated to letting my imagination out of it’s box to wonder at just what this tiny little son of ours will be like. What interests will he have? Will he share a love of science and art like his mummy or will he be intrigued with gaming and technology like his mama? Maybe he will be active and outdoorsy. Bookish? An old soul or before his time? Perhaps even a mixture of all of the above. I imagine celebrating his birthdays and achievements. It never fails to put a smile on my face.

2. Movement – Feeling all the baby kicks and rolls has to be, without a doubt, one of the best things about pregnancy. It’s just so reassuring and makes it all feel that much more real.

3. Chocolate – Before I was pregnant, chocolate was neither here nor there. I didn’t really care about it or crave it and didn’t understand the worlds obsession. Let’s just say I do now. Chocolate ice cream, chocolate bars, hot chocolate drinks, chocolate cake, chocolate covered nuts. Anything chocolate these days, I’ll give it a go. I am interested to know if this will continue once I’m no longer pregnant.

4. No hangovers – This may sound awful but not drinking alcohol was one of things about pregnancy that I wasn’t looking forward to. Mainly due to the heavy presence of booze at social events and my awkwardness/shyness when I’m sober. But not having to endure a hangover has been great! It feels like I have saved heaps of money too as going out is so cheap when I’m not drinking. I also like that my head always feels clear and that I never waste a whole day feeling hungover.  Don’t get me wrong, in the years to come you will certainly see me enjoying a beer at a bbq or a glass of wine at dinner. In fact I’m quite looking forward to be able to celebrate a gorgeous day with a cold brew. Just not as much as I used to.

5. People are nice – This is only something that has recently started happening, I suppose due to the fact that I actually look quite pregnant now. Strangers are full of compliments. Work colleagues make excuses for me when ‘baby brain’ takes over. I’ve also become quite clumsy; dropping things constantly and it’s amazing how quickly someone will dive to pick it up for me so that I won’t have to bend. Pregnancy sure brings out the chivalry in other people and I have to admit it feels rather wonderful.

6. Shower routine – I know, I know. Everybody loves showers, not just pregnant women. But honestly, I really love my showers now more than I ever have. My concern for the environment in regards to water wastage has gone out the window over the past 30 weeks. The hotter and longer, the better. It helps with all the aches and pains and tiredness. A tiny little moment of deliciously scented luxury. Then after my shower while the steam is still rising off my skin, I rub Bio Oil or Coco Butter moisturiser all over my growing belly, in the hope of keeping any stretch marks from appearing. So far, so good. I then tie my hair back, moisturise my face, neck and hands and put on fresh clothing. In that moment, the world is good.

7. Anticipation – It’s always exciting when you have something big coming up – a birthday, an overseas holiday, even just a catch up with a friend you haven’t seen in a while. It’s fun counting down the weeks and days to that event. The anticipation of waiting for a baby to grow and finally be born is long and intense! That’s 40 weeks of waiting, wondering, planning and preparing. The excitement just builds and builds.

8. Motivation to finish projects – When Candice and I bought our home, we had quite a long list of projects and renovations. The problem we found, is that it’s very easy to hold off on actually starting and finishing these projects when you don’t have any sort of deadline. I guess the realisation of having a baby on the way, gives you the type of motivation to get things done. Probably because we know that realistically, after the baby is born, we aren’t going to have the convenience of time that we do now. In the last few months, we (meaning mainly Candice and her Dad) have built a huge deck, gutted and rebuilt our walk in wardrobe, built a sheltered area for the dogs in the garage and have finished 99% of the nursery.

9. Renewed appreciation of science and the female body – I’ve been blown away at what the female body can adapt to and handle. That it can nourish a microscopic embryo and grow each cell so perfectly that organs and brain tissue develop. All the body’s nutrients, blood, oxygen and immunity are given primarily to the growing baby first, leaving the female body with what’s left to function on. Hormones rapidly increase and carry out the exact purpose that they intended. Incredible!

10. Candice’s protectiveness – This might even be my favourite thing of all. Since we first saw that positive pregnancy test she has become quite protective in the sweetest ways. If we go grocery shopping, she won’t let me carry any bags inside incase it hurts my back. When I sit down on the couch she will bring me a blanket to keep me warm. When she wakes up to my pathetic whimpering in the middle of the night about my sore back, she will gently massage without being asked. She worries when I drive anywhere and messages to make sure I have arrived safely. All these things and more. At numerous times throughout the night I feel her put her hands around my belly to feel for the baby and she will ask me several times a day if I’ve felt him move recently. I think it’s sweet that she has become so concerned with my safety but even more adorable that she has become just as protective of our growing baby too.

Latest OB appointment

This morning I had an appointment to find out the results of the Glucose Tolerance Test that I mentioned last week. Even though I know I wasn’t in a high risk category, it was still a huge relief to find out that I definitely don’t have gestational diabetes and that this pregnancy is continuing to be a healthy one.

The OB did her standard thing – took my blood pressure, felt around my belly, etc. She said she could feel either a head or a boney little bum just under my rib cage. When it was time for her to do the quick scan, it turned out to be a boney bum she could feel. Our baby’s head is down which is great and she thinks it’s unlikely at this point that he will turn up the other way given as there is very little room left. So looks like no chance of a breech birth, yay! 
My blood test results showed “very, very low” iron levels so from today I will need to start taking another 2 iron tablets a day plus the Elevit multivitamins I’ve been taking throughout the whole pregnancy. Candice and I have a predominately vegetarian diet though neither of us are actual vegetarians – we just don’t particularly care for meat. We never have any actual meat in our house and our day to day meals are usually substituted with lentils, kidney beans and loads of veggies. So we’re going to have to look at our diet and work on that a bit. The OB wants me to get another blood test in 3 weeks to recheck my levels. If my iron is still not where she wants it to be then I will have to head over to the Mater Hospital for an intravenous iron infusion. I’m not too excited by that idea so really hoping that the tablets are diet changes will be enough. She said that we don’t need to worry about the baby – he is getting his share of iron before I do, it’s just that birth and blood loss go hand in hand so she wants to make sure my iron levels and body are ready for that.
Needless to say, I stopped in at the chemist and bought some iron tablets today. I’ve been feeling so run down and exhausted lately which I now realise is probably in part caused by the whole iron deficiency thing.
Here are a few ladyladybaby instagram pics the last week or so 🙂
Make me strong!
Bought this adorable rocking moose from Ikea and it was surprising easy to assemble.
The finished product – CUTE.
A photo of two of my most favourite things, Candice & Luna.