Wednesday, August 24, 2011

23 Weeks - Recent Purchases & Hay Fever during Pregnancy

Oh how time flies. I am 23 weeks pregnant already. Only 14 weeks to go and the baby could come anytime after the 37th week... gee that's an almost scary thought. The thought of the big L word... that's right, labour. Mehh, not gonna stress myself out and worry about it now. Will deal with it when the time comes!

Nursery Update:
A few developments this week in terms of baby purchases. We bought a chest of drawers off eBay over the weekend for $71 plus $20 delivery. We also bought a change table with bath and 3 extra drawers for only $41 off eBay - pick up from a lovely couple in Narre Warren just down the road from where we live. That was nice and handy! The change table also fits at the back of our hatchback (with seats down) so we didn't have to worry about a trailer, etc. We now need to re-upholster the change table though, which is really worn and that's why we got a good deal. That job's easy - apparently we can just get a brand new change table top from Baby Bunting or just some nice material from Spotlight, etc. No dramas there.

(Photo by eBay seller - will post final photos of nursery when I'm done!) Chest of Drawers + Change Table $71
 I don't plan to use the Change Table on this chest of drawers - don't like the edges!
(Photo by eBay seller - will post final photos of nursery when I'm done!) Change Table (top mat needs to be replaced + Bath + Extra Drawers $41
The idea is this change table (with wheels) will go where the baby goes the first few months. We expect to have baby sleeping in our bedroom in a bassinet the first 3 months - so this movable change table can come to our bedroom with the bassinet with some of his clothes... while the rest can stay in the chest of drawers in the nursery.

Ohh.. and we've decided NOT to get the Baby Jogger City Select that was on sale for only $599 reduced from $949... we've decided we don't need a 600 dollar pram and will get something else from eBay for about $200 instead. Which also means we don't really need to get anything now.

Health Update:
The weather in Melbourne has been significantly warmer this week. The sun has been out and shining brightly the past 4 days in a row. It feels like spring has decided to come early... and with great weather, comes great allergies.


Yes, I have a problem with hay fever. Always have. This time of the year - spring - my nose gets all runny and blocked, on a bad attack day I would sneeze continuously and my eyes would itch and they feel slightly swollen. Annoying, annoying... I have always coped well (before I was pregnant) with antihistamine e.g. Claratyne or Telfast. Now that I'm pregnant - I'm not allowed ANY of these antihistamine. Even today, I went to the pharmacist and they said I could maybe try Polaramine because their "list" says it is safe for pregnant women - but need to consult a doctor anyway. I consulted Google and read about pregnant women who took Polaramine in the 3rd trimester of their pregnancy and their baby gets born with antihistamine in their system and develops a rash. No rash for MY baby if I can prevent it from happening!!

So basically the conclusion is - Polaramine is only safe during 1st and 2nd trimester. Baby is fine unborn, but not fine if born with antihistamine in their system. That is NO good considering it is most likely my hay fever would be at its worst during my 3rd trimester! So that rules it out... I have this unopened bottle of Polaramine now... anyone wants it??

I've been recommended to try honey and nasal sprays, etc. I will give honey a go - nothing to lose there - but the thing about nasal spray is that I need to use it every night in order for it to work. I can't just use it whenever I get a really bad once off hay fever attack. So that's no good. I don't want to subject myself to regular use of something I may not need every single day!

SO basically all I can do now is pray that God will protect me from really bad hay fever this spring. I can put up with mild allergies - but last year my hay fever was absolutely shocking. All I can do is just hope that somehow this year my immune system is stronger and that I don't get allergies as bad as I did last year. If it does get bad... I guess I'll just have to suck it up and deal with it for the sake of my baby boy.


Friday, August 19, 2011

Baby Nursery Checklist

Well it's almost time for us to get organised and get the baby nursery all ready for the bubba! I suppose this list is mostly to serve as my own personal checklist. I am also listing some smaller items people can get us for when we have a Baby Shower - but that's not until November - so okay this is extreme forward planning but helps me get in the right planning frame of mind...

Speaking of Baby Shower, I really want to throw a "Not a Baby Shower BBQ" instead - so the men can come too and hubby can be fully involved in the excitement and anticipation of our first child. Now all I need is for our backyard to be fixed and decking in place so we can actually host that BBQ. Plan B - perhaps a BBQ somewhere in a park.. although that takes away the more intimate environment of hosting it at home. Ohh we shall see!

So here a list of things I believe is all sorted i.e. given to us, about to be given by family / friends:
  • Bassinet (family hand-me-down)
  • Cot (family hand-me-down)
  • Portable Cot (gift)
  • Baby clothes (from various people - gifted and borrowed)
  • Car seat / capsule (borrowed)
  • Play mat
  • Nappy bag (I am the queen of bags of all sizes so I'm sure one of my many bags can be used for this purpose!)
Here's a list of larger items we plan to purchase:
  • Pram (we have our eye on the Baby Jogger City Select.. it's on sale now only $599 reduced from $929 at www.bambinobrands.com.au) (Update: Decided we don't need a $600 pram... will hold off purchasing pram until we actually need it)
  • Change Table that's also a Bath (Update: Purchased)
  • Chest of Drawers (eBay)  (Update: Purchased)
  • High Chair (not required yet - probably will look at eBay)
Some smaller items we can hold off before purchasing in case people give them to us:
  • Baby Monitor (one of those digital ones with audio and movement sensor - also tells temperature of the room, and has a night light, would be handy! Like this one)
  • Baby Carrier for hubby, Cloth Sling for me (would be weird for Enoch to carry the baby around wrapped in a delicate, elegant piece of cloth don't you think?) 
  • Various accessories for Baby Jogger City Select - e.g. Car Seat Adaptor / Bassinet kit / Rain Canopy, etc. Full list of accessories available here. (Update: No need for these accessories anymore since we've changed our mind with regards to this particular model of pram!)
  • Additional baby clothes, singlets, socks, etc - ever growing baby could always use more clothes I suppose!
  • Toys
Daily Essentials:
  • Nappies
  • Baby Wipes
  • Nappy rash cream
  • Baby powder
  • Breast Pumps (?? I have noooo idea how things would go breast feeding wise, but I still think a pump is a good idea so Enoch can get up in the middle of the night and feed the baby instead!)
  • Baby towels and facewashers
  • Spew rag
  • Baby bottles
  • Dummies
  • Bibs- for much later
  • Miscellaneous solid food eating tools - for much later
Hhmmm... I think that's about it. Am I missing anything???


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Photos: 20-21 Weeks (Trip to KL)

Bubba and I survived the trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia! I was exactly 20 weeks when I left Melbourne, and exactly 21 weeks when I got back. My 8-hour plane flight to Kuala Lumpur was in the ultimate comfort and luxury in Air Asia X Premium Class - Seat 1A! It was a day flight (9.30am MELB to 5.00pm KL) so Premium seats were readily available for me to upgrade to. Unfortunately, I had to stick to Economy on the return flight - it was an overnight flight therefore all Premium seats were booked out in advance. Boo hoo...

Photo of Air Asia X Premium Flat Bed Seats... just taken off Google Images cause I was too embarrassed to take photos of it myself!

So the only "issues" I had to deal with traveling to Malaysia whilst being pregnant were:
  1. Extreme heat and humidity (extreme for me anyway) - walking around the city even for a short distance got me really hot and bothered. I tried to stay away from the heat as much as possible and staying in air-conditioned malls and eating mostly at air-conditioned restaurants but could not avoid completely as it was more convenient to walk the short distance to places rather than to catch a taxi and get stuck in traffic and taking a much longer route by car.
  2. Swollen feet - OH BOY it got swollen!! Why didn't I take a photo, kicking myself now. It was terrible. Hubby laughed at my gigantic feet when I got home. I didn't think it was because of the flight. It was probably mostly due to the walking and the heat combined. My feet looked like it got bitten by an insect. It was bad. Thankfully, it only took two days of being back in Melbourne winter for it to get back to normal.
Some wonderful things I got to enjoy whilst I was in KL:
  1. Hotel Swimming Pool - made full use of the hotel swimming pool every single day while I was in KL! It was the best reward at the end of each day, after walking and shopping I usually returned to the hotel really hot and sweaty and to be able to relax and jump into the pool was an amazing feeling! Felt so light in the water and that was good for my feet and could feel baby loved it too :)
  2. Food, glorious food! All my Asian food cravings were adequately satisfied during my trip. Do check out my food blog at www.kimbaskitchen.com for all my various eating expeditions!!
And here are just some photos from my trip...

Shopping!
With my girlfriends - drinking mocktails!
Hotel swimming pool - restore and rejuvenate!
Mom and sis in the middle of Bukit Bintang area in KL - happening! (and hot)
One with the family - I don't like this pic of me, look super preggo and chubby! Ish.
21 Weeks Pregnant