31 & 32 Week update

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Pregnancy Brain has begun to take over my life. Day by day I am becoming more forgetful and confused. I am placing things in the strangest places and missing appointments because I am convinced that they were an hour later only to check my calendar and find out that I was wrong. My latest blunder to place on Monday. I spent the entire morning waiting in anticipation to go to a scan at the hospital. (Ok I spent the whole weekend obsessing over it with excitement). I couldn’t wait to get a glimpse of by little bear. I reminded my husband several times at which time he should fetch me for the appointment. I couldn’t think of anything else for the whole morning. Lunch time came and I started to get ready for the appointment. My husband arrived home and soon we were off to the scan. We went to announce our arrival by the reception only to find out that we were an entire month early for the scan. I was majorly disappointed and quite embarrassed to say the least.

Today I went in to the doctor for a general pregnancy check up, all went well. I was so happy that she did a quick scan so I was able to get a glimpse of my little boy. I am looking forward to the longer scan at the hospital next month. During the scan I found out that he is beginning to position himself for birth. He is now lying head down and will stay that way until birth, which is not to far away now. There is only 8 weeks left until his due date. He is getting bigger and heavier by the day, I am beginning to feel his weight when I am standing for long periods of time. He is slowly putting strain on my back. He is also starting to disturb my sleep more and more. Last night when I was just comfortable and ready to fall asleep, he decided that it would be a good idea to stretch his legs out against my ribs. So I got up for a few minutes and walked around to encourage him to move in a different position. I must say that this really helped. I love being pregnant and feeling my little boy inside of be, but slowly it feels as if the space is running out. I can’t wait to meet my little boy and see his face for the first time.

It seems like I am only able to make the updates every two weeks, if you are lucky maybe I will get it right to have an update next week.

Wishing you all a wonderful day. 

29 & 30 Weeks Update

IMG_2907The past two weeks have yet again flown by very quickly. And has definitely been marked by fatigue due to lack of sleep. It has been hard to motivate myself to do anything because all I feel like doing at the moment is sleeping since I am beginning to struggle to sleep at night. A typically night for me at the moment looks like this: I go to bed around 10pm then wake up at between 00:30 and 01:30, this is the first bathroom trip then because I am up I have the need to drink half a glass of milk. This usually helps me to sleep again. After about 30min I am finally back asleep. Then at 03:30/04:00 I wake up again for the bathroom, by this time I am feel like I am starving and will die without food, so I waddle over to the kitchen to find food. (In the middle of the night my belly seems to feel 100 times heavier than in the day). I usually make myself a piece of toast or find a yoghurt out the fridge. And now because I have eaten I am wide awake, so I am normally up for about an 30min-1 hour. Finally I am back asleep and manage to sleep till 06:00 which is when I have to pee and eat yet again. Then depending on how tired I am I will either stay up or go back to sleep for another hour or so. Throughout the day I am tired and take a few short naps. Besides my need to eat and pee throughout the night I also struggle to find a comfortable position to sleep in so I am constantly rearranging my pillow fort.

Besides being sleep deprived at the moment I am really enjoying to feel my little boy grow inside of me. I am able to feel every movement now which is amazing. I love to sit and watch my belly and watch the movements of his little legs and feet which I am now able to see from the outside. I wonder if I will be able to see the actual shape of his hands and feet in a couple weeks.

According to my pregnancy apps my baby bear now at 30 weeks is measuring 39-40cm and weighing somewhere between 1kg-1.7kg. I do think its possible that he is weighing more than that has he was weighing close to 1,5kgs a few weeks ago when they worked out his weight at the hospital. Besides my struggles with sleep I am really enjoying being pregnant. It is so wonderful to feel this little life growing inside of me. Over the past week I have felt all his movements and squirms, which are now actually visible from outside my belly. I love to stare down at my belly and watch the movements of its little legs and feet. I wonder if I will be able to see his little hand of foot shape in a couple weeks.

Over this last weekend a small group of friends through me a baby shower, which was very sweet as it is not something that is typically done here in Switzerland. I had a wonderful time and enjoyed it very much. As one of the activities they drew on my belly, which to my surprise felt a little ticklish.

Hopefully I will manage to make an update next week.

28 Weeks

This past week has been quit busy as far as pregnancy is concerned. I actually had so many things in mind to share in this update, but unfortunately I seemed to have forgotten most of them. I definitely need to be writing my thoughts down more often. Over the past week we had a trip to the hospital where we found out that our little boy now weighs over 1,2kgs; I attended my first birth preparation class; and experienced many of the wonderful joys of being pregnant. I am so excited about the little life growing within me. Several times over the past week like usual I woke up in the night to pee, but had a hard time falling asleep again, as I was enjoying to feel the little movements and squirms of my boy. I was filled with so much excitement about his coming arrival that sleep seemed impossible. Also during this past wee we finally hung up the art work I have down for his room, so it is now close to complete. I look forward to becoming a mother and find myself reading more and more about child care and parenting.

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Pregnancy Quote that I found on google, not sure of original site.

Hospital Trip

Early Friday morning I started to experience painful cramps. Up to this point in my pregnancy I haven’t experienced any cramps. These cramps lasted the entire day. By lunch time I was starting to wonder if the cramps I was experiencing was normal as I wasn’t sure how to tell if what I was feeling was normal or not. So I called into the hospital to ask if it is something I should be concerned about. The lady I spoke to  suggested that I come in so that could run some tests just to be sure that everything was fine. So after lunch my husband collected me and off we went to the hospital. When we arrived I was attached to a machine which monitored our baby’s heart rate and movement. The machine also measured if the pain I was feeling was contractions or not. Luckily the pain I was feeling was not contractions. I loved that we could listen to our little boy’s heart beat for 30min. It was such a beautiful sound. At one point I actually started to giggle a little to myself because my little bear was moving so much in me that I found it funny.

While attached to these monitors I had to drink a lot of water so that they would be able to test my urine afterwards to make sure that there wasn’t any other problem causing the cramping. I was very happy to hear afterwards that my pee came back clear since I have had several urine infections during this pregnancy. Next I was sent for scans. We had a scan done and were glad to see that our little boy is looking healthy, he is so much bigger than the last time we saw him in a scan. I couldn’t believe the growth that has taken place and all the details we were able to see.

So after finding out that everything was fine with our little boy and that I have a healthy pregnancy the doctor prescribed magnesium which is supposed to help my muscles relax. I have been taking it for a few days and have noticed that it is being to help with the cramping. I think that my little boy must be doing a lot of growing at the moment, I am so happy that he is healthy.

Birth Preparation Class

Last night I attended my first birth prep class. I got ready in a bit of a rush and then was stuck in traffic on the way to the hospital. We really didn’t anticipate for there to be traffic. I began to stress as I really don’t like to be late, although I have recently learnt to relax a little about time. When I arrived he class had just started, all the women were already sitting on the floor with a pregnancy pillow wrapped around them to be comfortable. Although it was a bit of an interesting start, it was wonderful to meet a group of ladies who are in the same phase of pregnancy. It was wonderful to hear their stories how they are experiencing their pregnancy so far. The class was in German so this require a lot of concentration on my part. I was very happy that I could understand and follow for most of the class and glad that the other women knew enough english to understand me. I look forward to learning more about birth and what to expect on the day that we will meet our little boy for the first time. There are five more evenings of this course, my husband will attend the last two evenings with. I think I am most excited about those evenings and experiencing it with him.

Looking forward to what this next week of pregnancy will bring.

Weeks 26&27

  I am now in my 27th week of pregnancy. Time as been going so fast. According to my many pregnant apps my baby bear is somewhere between 850g-1kg. I have begun to wonder how big he will be when he is born. I was a small baby, however his father was a larger baby. For some reason I hav a feeling that he will be on the larger side and am preparing myself for a big boy.
Over the past two weeks I have had quite a few slightly painful kick and jabs. I feel like he has moved slightly higher in my belly since I am feeling a little more movement there. He has been extremely active this week, several times I was able to see movements from outside of my belly. He even allowed his daddy to feel him kick for the first time last week, it was definitely a very special moment. I am really enjoying to feel my little man move around inside of me. Last week I went for the sugar testing and was very happy to be given a good result. I must say that it was very difficult for me not to eat breakfast before going. 

  

I have began to think more and more about birth, as there is only 13 weeks left. Time has definitely passed by very quickly. This week I experienced Braxton Hicks contractions for the first time. It took me completely by surprise.  It didn’t last too long, although I did find myself breathing quite strangely. It went away as soon as I changed positions. I must say that I am glad to have some idea of what labour will feel like as it is something that I have been thinking about. I was actually worried that I wouldn’t be able to recognize if I was in labour, which now seems like a rather ridiculous thought.
I am wondering when I should put a hospital bag together, as it is commonly suggested to have it packed early in the event obaby arrives earlier than expected. Which wouldn’t surprise me since I am not completely convinced that the due date is accurate, however at the same time this is not something that worries me too much.

25 Weeks & Nursery Art

25 Weeks Today

Today I am officially 25 weeks Pregnant. My little boy is growing by leaps and bounds at the moment. This week has gone by very quickly and has had a few wonderful pregnancy moments in between some overwhelming emotions (thanks to pregnancy hormones). This week I have been able to feel more consistent movements from my baby and I have noticed that some of them are in reaction to sounds, voices and music. On one evening this week I decided that I was in desperate need to take a long relaxing bath to desires.  I lit some rented candles and put on a Hillsong baby CD that we bought for our little boy. It is an instrumental CD of some worship songs that I enjoy. While sitting in the bath I decided that I would sing along to the one of my favourite songs, in response I felt my little boy moving.I was amazed and filled with so much joy as this was the first time I felt him move in response to my voice. I proceeded to laugh and then tell him about how wonderful God is and all that he is done in my life. I know he can’t yet understand what I am telling him, but I am sure he enjoyed to listen to my voice. Teaching him about God is something that I greatly look forward to. I pray that he to would have a close relationship with God. I  can’t wait to watch him discover God and fall in love with Him.

Nursery Art

After finding about about my little bear I started planning and coming up with ideas for his nursery. The nursery is by no means finished although some of the furniture is set up and I have finally finished the art pieces for the room.

I decided that I wanted to make a set of three paintings that would be displayed beside one another. So after much thought I decided that the middle one should be a scripture verse which is meaningful and that will speak over his life. I chose the scripture from Luke 1:80 which states “and the child grew and became strong in spirit”. This scripture speaks of Jesus growing up, my prayer is that my little boy would love Jesus with all his heart and aspire to be like Jesus, that he too will become strong in the Holy Spirit as he grows up. I then decided that I wanted to make the other two paintings of animals since I don’t want a specific theme for the room and wanted it to be artwork that he would probably enjoy to look at over the next few years. So I decided on painting an elephant and a lion as they are both animals that for me represent strength.

In the future once the nursery is complete I will do a reveal and show you where I have chosen to hang these pieces in the room. So keep an eye open for this.

24 Weeks & Highlights so far

Time has flown by so quickly over the past few months. I cant believe that I have already passed the half way mark of this pregnancy. So far pregnancy has turned out to be an unexpected roller coaster of emotions and so much more. I am so excited to share this journey with you. 

24 Weeks

I am now in my 24th week of pregnancy. I have a very busy little boy inside of me. According to my many pregnancy apps he should be weighing close to 600g and be close to 30cm in length. He is already quite a big boy. Over the past week I have felt my belly stretching and am alway amazed that it can get bigger. Another interesting fact that I discovered over the past week is that my little boy is now able to recognise voices. This brought me to tears as I talked with him, it’s so amazing that he can already recognise my voice and some how know that I am his mommy. I enjoy talking to him and singing some of the nursery rhymes I can remember from when I was a child. I will have to refresh my memory on some of these before his arrival. I look forward being able to see his face as I sing to him.

 
Highlights of this pregnancy so far. 

  1. Finding out that we were pregnant was definitely one of my favorite moments so far. For a week or two I had been thinking that I was pregnant but tests were coming back negative. So I laid the thought aside untill one day I felt so sorry for a chocolate wrapper that I started crying. After realizing how ridiculous this was I started laughing. Then the thought popped into my mind that maybe this meant I was pregnant. But I was too scared to get my hopes up yet again so I tired very hard not to think about it any more till I had taken a test. I had to wait till the next morning to do this, as first morning pee is suppose to be the best. Well I ended up waking up in the middle of the night and couldn’t sleep because I had to know. So I dug a pregnancy test out the cupboard and peed on the magic stick for the hundredth time. I couldn’t take my eyes of the it, watching for what seemed like forever until finally I saw two pink lines. I went crazy with excitement. I couldn’t contain my joy, so I woke my husband up forcing him to look at the test in the middle of the night, with bright lights on. He had no idea what was going on while I was exploding with. excitement. He was confused trying to figure out what I was on awhile he woke up and his eyes adjusted. Needless to say he too was over joyed by the time he woke up a little more and figure out what I was telling him.
  2. Seeing our baby for the first time in a scan. It was such a wonderful moment and made the fact that I have a little baby growing inside of me very real. Every scan after that has also been amazing. I am alway blown away by all the details we are able to see of our little boy and growth that takes place between each scan.
  3. Sharing our little secret with friends and family. Until recently we kept our little one a secret from Facebook and other social media, so that we could have the joy of telling some of our friends and family in person. It was so wonderful to watch their faces light up with joy and share in our excitement.
  4. Feeling blessed. We have been blessed by God beyond measure over the past few months with all the needs we have for our baby. Friends and family have been so wonderful in helping us set everything up and be ready for our little boy.
  5. Feeling my little boy kick for the first time. It is so amazing to know that their is a very busy and active life growing inside of me. Day by day his little kicks get stronger. It almost feels like I am having hiccups in my belly. I am now able to feel some of his kicks with my hand. Daddy is still waiting to feel his first kick, as his movements are still unpredictable at the moment.

So much more has happened over the past few months but for now I will spare you from having to read through the not so pretty stories of vomit and such.

I look forward to sharing some more of my pregnancy experience with you. I am not sure yet how often I will be sharing updates of my pregnancy. At the moment I am thinking every 1 to 2 weeks. So keep your eyes open for updates. 

Announcement & Blog Relaunch.

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 Firstly, I would like to apologise for my silence over the past couple months. I have had my world turned completely upside down and inside out by someone very dear to me.

 I am very excitant and happy to announce that I am pregnant with our first little baby boy. My husband and I are over the moon and can’t wait to meet him. I am now in 23 weeks pregnant and everything has gone well so far. We have past the half way mark and are now starting to count down the weeks. I won’t be sharing to much about the pregnancy now, as I plan to do this in future posts. So if you want to keep up to date with news about our little boy watch this space.

This little man has made sitting in front of the computer over the past couple months almost impossible for me as I constantly had the urge to run to the bathroom to through up, and don’t get me started on the smell of paint. Because this I decided to take an unannounced break from blogging and art in general, until now that is. I am now heading towards the end of my second trimester and feeling so much better than the first few months.

I have made some changes concerning the blog, as you may have noticed I have changed the layout and tried to made it more user friendly. (Although I may still play around with it as I learn more about how the setup works). On the right side you will now find a categories section were you can look for posts that may interest you. My content for the most part will remain the same, as I will still be focusing on my artwork and faith. I will try to post pieces about my art work once or twice a week. But this may not work out as  planned. Having my life changed so much I will also be adding pregnancy journal posts were I will be sharing how I am preparing for the arrival of my little boy and sharing some updates about the remainder of my pregnancy.  Besides my love for all things art, I enjoy taking photos (I do not consider myself skilled) so you may find some photo’s popping up randomly within this blog.

I hope that you will enjoy the changes I have made and viewing the future content. If you would like to get to know me more you are welcome to visit the about the artist page. If my blog sparks an interest in you please feel free to follow my blog via email. This means that you will receive an email each time I post something. Hope that this will be helpful for family and friends who want to stay up to date with what is happening in my world.