Pregnancy Diary Week 34 – Saying Goodbye

Our bub is the size of a rock melon!

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My 34th week of pregnancy has come and gone and I really feel I’m on the home stretch now. This week was a mixed bag. The festivities with friends and family continued as we brought in the New Year and said goodbye to 2014. So much happened in 2014 and a variety at that! From competing at my 4th Winter Olympics to a second baby and new house plans on the way. It couldn’t have more contrast! I guess that keeps life interesting though.34 weeks

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Pregnancy Diary 33 weeks – Christmas Cheer

Our bub weighs as much as a pineapple!

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I love Christmas! Whether in the snow or the sun, it doesn’t matter. I love that the family gets together, I love preparing a delicious feast and I love giving  (and receiving) special gifts. This week was lovely and fairly stress free. We’re settled into our house in Lorne and given Christmas for our family is spent in Lorne anyway, made it super easy for us. We stocked up on food in Melbourne got back to Lorne to started the preps for the family to arrive. Kai was excited to see the mound of presents piling up under the tree. We played some Finnish Christmas DVD’s sent by his Finnish grandparents and got the Christmas carols and candles going creating the perfect Christmas cheer.

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Pregnancy Diary 32 weeks – Settled in

Our bub is as long a stick of celery!

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This week was a great week. It was so nice to be finally settled here in Lorne. Although it’s going to be a while until our new house is built, it’s still nice to call this town home and our base. We spent most of the week tinkering around the house and sorting out our things in a stress free way. We took our time  setting up our space the way we like it and also getting the house ready for the family rush over the holidays. It was also a nice opportunity to catch up on work – which has been neglected over the last few weeks during the move.

32 weeksPregnancy wise, everything is fine. I’ve been reading my Calmbirth booklet and listening to the visualisation tracks during baths, on long walks or in bed which I’m loving and finding to be so helpful in keeping me relaxed and focused on bringing this new life into the world in a natural and calm way. My belly is really expanding now and no doubt it will keep on filling out over the last couple of months! Being 5″2, I don’t have much vertical space for the baby to grow in to, so my belly is really starting to protrude outwards now. Symptoms wise, I feel the occasional tension in my sternum and struggle to breathe properly and have had quite a lot of heartburn this week which has made sleeping a little more uncomfortable as I switch from side to side during the night. All in all though, I’m totally fine. It’s exciting to be on the home stretch and I’m keen to meet the little person brewing inside.

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Pregnancy Diary 31 weeks – Calmbirth

Our bub weighs as much as a coconut!

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As anticipated this week was not as difficult as the last. The stress of moving is over and now it’s all about unpacking, sorting  and organising. You would think for a pregnant woman, my nesting instinct would be loving this process, but to be honest, it’s all a bit overwhelming.  I spent most of the week just sorting out 14 years (and 4 Olympics) of accumulated ski/winter gear. That’s enough to send anyone batty but I’ve managed to arrange everything into labelled plastic tubs…. something I probably should have done right from the beginning. I must say, even though it took me ages, it was a cleansing exercise and I know exactly where everything is now.

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Along with sorting the ski gear, I sorted my wardrobe and also all of the baby gear and linen. It’s incredible how many clothes Kai has accumulated in 3 years. Thankfully a lot of his baby clothes are quite neutral, so there will be lot’s of recycling going on for the bub on the way. The moving process seems never ending. Still to arrange is my office and the mounds of accumulated paper work, folders and files plus the challenge of fitting it all into our temporary living arrangements. As they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day. We will get through it all one step at a time!

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Pregnancy Diary 30 Weeks – On the move

Our bub is the size of a cabbage!

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I was pretty happy to get to the end of this week. The move took up most of the week but I also managed to get some Christmas shopping done and took Kai to see Santa and the Myer Christmas windows. This year it’s the story of Santa and the three bears which Kai loved.

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We finished moving out of our house on Sunday which (as anticipated) was an absolute drainer! Now it’s a matter of sorting out the things we want to take and the things we want to store and relocating to Lorne full time. It’s amazing how much stuff you accumulate over the years and whilst moving is a draining, tedious process, it’s also quite cleansing to get rid of stuff you just don’t need or use anymore as well as finding hidden treasures that have been completely forgotten about. I took a few trips to the Salvation Army this week and was ruthless with my wardrobe, parting with some old favourites, so hopefully someone else can find a better use for them. (more…)

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Pregnancy Diary 29 Weeks – Hot and bothered

Our bub is the size of a butternut pumpkin!

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It hasn’t been my favourite week and it’s been a real mixed bag of good v bad news, hormones going a tad haywire, fatigue and the drag of moving house has taken it’s toll. There were great moments- like my cousin’s wedding on the weekend and seeing my family and friends have a wonderful time together. But in general, I’ve been tired and cranky with a lot to do and not enough time to do it all. Sleeping has started to get more uncomfortable and although I start on my side, throughout the night I find I’ve been waking up on my back and feeling shortness of breath. My body feels like a furnace at the moment and I’m running hot all the time which has also made sleeping uncomfortable. BodyICE has been coming into great use, especially in the hot weather. I’ve been filling the ice bags and just resting them on my head and neck. That and a glass of chilled water has been doing the trick just nicely!

I wish moving house was as simple as moving from A to B but there have been a lot of other things to take into account and I’ve spent most of the week zipping around Melbourne in the heat and traffic doing all sorts of errands leaving me hot and bothered. It will all be over this coming week and I’m looking forward to getting settled into our new town and getting back on track with work/play!

The highlight of my week was having Jeff Hodges in town – my wonderful Sportmind coach. I haven’t seen him since Sochi as he lives in Queensland, so it was great to catch up. Kai is a big fan of the J man too, and we spent most of the night goofing around in a play ground. It’s been strange to not have had much contact with him lately. When I’m in athlete mode, we speak every week and he’s so in tune with what I’m up to and where I’m at. I miss our chats.29 weeks

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