Fruits of the womb // the end and the beginning

This post is well over due, but I wanted to wrap up this little project of mine and get everything ready to be printed out in a mini book as a little memento.

And so my 9-month journey through my second pregnancy has ended with the best of all the fruits! A healthy baby boy, weighing 3.550kg baby and measuring 52cm…a giant compared to his tiny sister.

He was eager to come to the world (labour lasted only 1hr!), just needed a bit of help.

Fruits of the womb // week 39

We made it to week 39 and now I’m seriously hoping this will be the last picture of me looking like I’ve actually eaten a watermelon!
I had a screening appointment on Tuesday and everything seems to be going as it should, so we just have to patiently wait and see. I’m starting to get a bit nervous now knowing that any day could be the day!
As per the babycenter newsletter, the baby should now weighs a bit over 3kg (although the smallest watermelon I could find is actually 5kg!) and is roughly 50cm long from head to heel.

I finally packed my hospital bag!

 
After weeks (months?!) of procrastination, last saturday I finally packed my hospital bag. The first time around, my bag was packed and ready since the beginning of the third trimester. Not sure what happened this time, maybe it’s all part of the “second pregnancy” experience, but somehow I didn’t feel the urge nor had the energy to have everything set before the big day. I know it doesn’t sound right to say it, but making sure my little lady is looked after when we go to the hospital and that she doesn’t feel neglected once we get back with her baby brother is all I have been worried about. This article on the huffington post summarises brilliantly what being pregnant with a second child feels like and now that I only have about a week left, I feel a bit sad of not have given myself the chance to connect with this baby before arrives. 
Anyhow, apart from the logistics (we still don’t know how we’ll get to the hospital since we don’t have a car!), the detailed list from the hospital with what to bring on the big day helped a lot, and so did my first time mum sister in law’s advices and presents!
Here is what we are required to bring.
When Olivia was born, we arrived at the hospital with too many bags…three, if I remember correctly, one for each of us! This time around, I’m bringing very little. Just the essential for the delivery room…
for me
for the baby (still un-named as I type this!)
And a few gadgets for before and after the birth…
Of course, I’m also packing some personal stuff, depending how it goes, I might stay in the hospital for more than one day this time…they ask you to stay at least 48 hours, even if things go smoothly! But we’ll worry about that later. For now, we feel ready…just waiting for this baby boy to decide when the time it’s right.

Fruits of the womb // 7 weeks and a lot of belly changes

So we are really close to meet this baby boy and I cannot believe how fast this past month has gone by! I had plans to relax, to physically and mentally prepare for this baby, to enjoy the last few weeks of being pregnant. Well, none of this has happened. I spent most of my time running around to understand how the Italian health system works for non residents, to catch up with the many tests and doctors appointments required here, fighting against painful Braxton Hicks contractions and, of course, keeping my 2 year old entertained all day.
The past two weeks have probably been the hardest, so now I’m really looking forward to meet this baby and get rid of this ginormous belly. The baby should be now more than 49.5cm long from head to heel and weighing nearly 3kg.

And below is what the past month my belly looked liked.

This is the first photo I took in our new place, and surely one of  my favourite.

A new beginning

We did it! After months of dreaming and planning and questioning if we were doing the right thing, we took the risk and moved to Rome. At 34 weeks pregnant, with a full-time working partner and a toddler out of nursery, it has not been the easiest of moves, but we did it. We have been in our new place for a month now, and still trying to make it feels like home before the baby arrives in two weeks. We had a few hick ups as expected (it only took 3 weeks to get internet connection at home!), but nothing unmanageable to make us think we made a mistake. We are still trying to find a new balance, a new routine, to get to know the neighbourhood, to adjust again to the Italian lifestyle (not just the fancy stuff!) but taking each day as it comes has proved to be the best way to deal with the changes. I would have loved to document it all here, but reality has proved differently. Instagram has been a valuable tool to document some of it, but I’ve missed this place, my weekly posts, my projects. I’ve been thinking about writing this post for such a long time! I will try to get back to my schedule, but considering the other imminent change in my life it will be a very slow process. My priority now is to get ready to welcome this baby into our family, to make sure the change won’t affect Olivia too much, but also to enjoy some alone time with my other half before our lives get shattered again…even if it’s just watching an episode (or two) of House of Cards late in the evening.

Fruits of the Womb // catchup

I have been very lazy and tired over the past two weeks, not to mention busy, and my weekly blog’s calendar has been thrown out the window. As I seem to have re-gained some much needed energy, I’m trying to get back on track with all the small projects I’m working on. The pregnancy is progressing well, and apart for the ups and downs and general discomfort, I think I’m coping like a champ so far!
This baby boy likes to move a lot, but seems to get quiet when I go to sleep at night…I’m seeing this as a sign that he will sleep through from the start? we’ll see! Anyhow, this is how this baby is supposed to be growing (according to babycenter, although I still don’t understand some of these fruit and veg comparisons!) and how my belly has changed over the past  four weeks.
28 weeks and this baby boy is about the size of a large aubergine. He weighs about 1kg, is almost 38cm long from head to heel, and can blink her eyes (which now sport lashes).
 
29 weeks and this baby boy is about the size of a butternut squash; he weighs about 1.1kg and is a tad over 38cm long from head to heel.
 
30 weeks and this baby boy is about the size of a large cabbage. He tips the scales this week at approximately 1.4kg and is 40cm long from head to heel.

31 weeks and this baby boy is about the size of a coconut. He now weighs about 1.5kg and measures more than 40.5cm from head to heel.

PS: Still arguing over the name for this one!!!

When in Rome…

…we do like the Romans! We had an amazing time last week in Rome. It wasn’t a proper holiday as we have been running up and down looking for a flat to rent. But the weather was more than great, our little miss was the best travel companion and the hospitality was outstanding (grazie cugina!). We walked a lot, ate lots of pizza and ice cream, visited too many playgrounds and went to bed too late. Fingers crossed we will get things sorted this week with the flat so we can start planning our move before the baby comes.
Rome hidden treasures
Waking up to this every morning
Italian tradition
Just having fun
This is where you look for a place to rent!
Playgrounds (and yes she insisted on wearing pyjamas bottom!) 

17/52 + 27/40

It’s week 17 and no one can stop these two from moving around, one inside and the other out! We had a busy and tiring week, a bit stressful on the work side, but enjoyable on the family side.

This is you chasing “papus” (as you’ve been calling dad lately) in Richmond Park
Olivia: she has been unstoppable, running around, shouting and singing out loud. She seems to be having a really good time, interacting with other children, being more and more independent whatever she does. I let her jump into muddy puddles on Friday afternoon after nursery, and although she was wet from top to toe, I think she had the best time. Shame I don’t have any pictures of that.
Baby boy: this tiny baby is a very active one. I had my appointment with the midwife this week, and although she couldn’t find the heartbeat straight away, she could clearly see him moving! his head is still high up, basically in the upper right side of my rib cage, and that’s probably why sometimes it gets a bit uncomfortable when he moves. 

Pick of the Month: April // Easter crafts

1. Blue Easter eggs2. Easter bunny rolls / 3. Easter centerpiece / 4. DIY Easter eggs / 5. Easter gift tags / 6. Tattooed Easter eggs / 7. Fingerprint Easter eggs / 8. Easter handprint art / 9. Easter strawberries

This month I have been feeling very crafty, and although I have no plans, or time, to tackle any craft project, I had fun browsing on pinterest to see what other people are doing. Easter is literally around the corner and it is fun, especially if you have kids, to spend some time during the holidays and get creative (read messy!) together. Eggs painting is probably one of my favourite activities, despite not having it done before. But I bet hand printing is going to be very popular with my little miss who likes to get messy and, fortunately, clean up afterwards!

15/52 + 26/40

Let’s just say that it has been a very intense week! And this late post clearly proves it.

Olivia: she keeps surprising me every single day! on Wednesday morning she told me that her dummy was broken and she was going to throw it away. I replied saying that we didn’t have a new one to replace it and that if she was going to get rid of it that would have been the end of it, no more dummy! she went ahead anyway and her dummy ended up straight into the bathroom’s bin. And that really was the end of it! she only asked for it a couple of times, and we simply reminded her what she has done and she was perfectly fine with our answer. I still am in disbelief, if I think about all the worries and attempts trying to get rid of the dummy. She thought me a very valuable lesson, that there is a time for things to happen naturally, without trauma and stress free. Children are ready when they are ready, I just need to trust my little girl a little bit more. On the other end, she’s outgrowing her afternoon nap, and we are truly exhausted!
Baby boy: there’s been a lot of movement with week, clearly visible from the outside, too! I’m just hoping it’s not just a taste of what is going to be like, otherwise we’ll be in trouble. This week this baby boy should be about 36cm long and weight about 750g…I guess all the weight I’m putting on it’s not just because I’m eating without control!