GTT Results & a Big Ol' Flip!

Today was a GREAT day!

First up, I passed my Glucose Test, and my OB is really pleased. Baby is growing perfectly, measures 2 days ahead, estimated weight is 1.1kg already and has a nice strong heartbeat...


I can't even tell you how happy that makes me. She's looking wonderful. And so beautiful. I know I'm biased, but look:

Another perk to being head down - actually getting to see her sweet face.
I know things can change at any second, and she may even flip back to breech or transverse, but right now, I am so over the moon. Bring on the third trimester.. I want to meet this girl.

Baby #2 - Week 27

How far along: Here we are, entering into week 27 now.

How big is baby? Ah, the elusive rutabaga.... wait, what IS that again? :)

Image credit here

Sleep: Have had a few super late nights lately, so desperately craving some good nights... wishful thinking?

Symptoms: Itchy belly, sore ribs, sore back. The usual!

Best moment of this week: Bedtime wiggles from this little lady. She likes to hear me read stories to Georgia at bedtime... and also the Backstreet Boys station on Pandora.

Miss anything: Not yet; but if my GTT results are in tomorrow and go the way I think they will, I'll be missing sugar and carbs for a while!

Movement: Nights are still the best time to feel her move. All still low - so likely still hanging out in breech position.

Food cravings: Not quite sure what I feel like, to be honest. I'm living on cups of tea right now.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing food related... but quite a few things lately.

Gender: Girl!!

How's your mood? I just want October to be here already! We need some good news, and I so so desperately need more newborn snuggles in my life.

Looking forward to: An OB appointment on Tuesday. I really want to see the baby again!

The Bump: Feeling lumpier and bumpier this week.

Baby #2 - Week 26

How far along: 26 weeks now.

How big is baby? As big as a head of lettuce... feels a lot heavier than that. #justsaying

Image credit here

Sleep: Not great, actually. But that's ok... I'm getting used to it & it'll help me be prepared for when baby is here.

Symptoms: The burning rib and back pain continues. My skin has broken out again too, yargh!

Best moment of this week: We picked up a second hand video monitor, and I had a bit more time to spend trying to arrange baby girl's new nursery. Still a long way  to go, but I'm getting there.

Miss anything: Not really.

Movement: Mostly nights though occasionally I get some jabs in the daytime. She moves a lot while I'm doing my Spinning Babies exercises - just not in the right direction!

Food cravings: I still feel like pizza. So weird. Might need to make a homemade one this week.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Inversions and pelvic tilts are not fun, and I need to make sure I am doing them on an empty stomach, that's for sure. Willing to do everything I can to turn this kid!

Gender: Girl!!

How's your mood? I'm frustrated! I know that I sound like a broken record about baby being breech, but seriously.. I would be really gutted to have all my choice taken away from me when it comes to birth. After fighting so hard to get here & the high likelihood that this is our last baby, it's just hard - but then I feel awful for worrying, because our daughter actually getting here is so much more important in the long run. The mama guilt has started early with #2.

Looking forward to: Another week... I am just wanting this little baby to keep growing safely.

The Bump: Still in the weird, same-ish size, stage. I remember this from last time too.

25 weeks + 5 days

A few days ago, I was driving to pick up Georgia from daycare. I was all of five minutes away from her Preschool, when another car rear-ended me on a main road. Talk about the shock of my life. The other driver was at fault; young driver, not looking, didn't even see the cars ahead of him had stopped before he slammed into me.. but the damage was already done.
Thankfully the car is still driveable and doesn't look too bad (thank goodness we upgraded from our tiny compact hatch to an SUV a few months ago!) - and even more importantly, it was only ME in the car - but I went on my way, very shaken and shocked, picked up my daughter, and headed home.
After the shock wore off, I started cramping. They were really uncomfortable cramps, and then started being accompanied by tightenings, which worried me enough to call the hospital and see whether it was worth coming in. My OB is actually away on holidays, so they asked me to come to the birth unit to check on baby - better being safe than sorry.
I spent a few hours in there, monitoring the tightenings and checking on baby - she started off with quite a high heart rate (as did I!) but as time went on, she relaxed and things went back to normal. They gave me some endone for the pain, and did a Kleihauer-Betke (KB) blood test to ensure that no internal bleeding from baby to mama had taken place, as this can be an indication of future pre-term labor beginning. We found out later that this test was negative, which was a big relief.
The final verdict was that the pain was actually resulting from pulled ligaments in my uterus from where the seatbelt had jarred against my lower belly, and that I could go home with painkillers and under instruction to go back in immediately if any contraction-like pains ramped up again. I also had to see the on-call OB in a few days time to just follow up.
Fast forward to today, and I'm feeling a lot better. Still very sore and stiff, but no scary pains. The lady OB did a quick scan (really old machine, no pictures) and the first thing she commented on was her legs by her head - yep, you guessed it, still frank breech and wiggling her tush around like a pork chop. Heart rate was 161bpm and she was moving away, even though I'm still only feeling a fraction of what's going on in there. Placenta still looks attached well and nothing too scary - so I'm just supposed to take it easy and do no heavy lifting (sorry, Georgia) until the ligaments ease up.
So glad it wasn't any worse, and really relieved that baby girl is still carrying on being a fighter in there!

Baby #2 - Week 25

How far along: Into Week 25 - yay!

How big is baby? This week, the baby is as big as a bunch of cauliflower.

Image credit here

Sleep: Uncomfortable. :( I can't sleep on my belly anymore, and I am not a natural side sleeper, so I'm tossing and turning.

Symptoms: I'm having a lot of burning rib pain this week. I've read that it can be because of baby sitting breech and her head putting pressure upwards, and it makes sense.. but man, it really hurts.

Best moment of this week: Baby was healthy at the ultrasound, even if she is still breech.

Miss anything: BELLY SLEEPING. Also, I miss taking a head-down baby for granted.

Movement: Still either on or off. Some days she wiggles around a bit, some days not a great deal.

Food cravings: I'm feeling like a pizza. #random

Anything making you queasy or sick: This constant rib pain, it's the worst.

Gender: Girl!!

How's your mood? Fairly anxious again, but we have a bit going on at the moment. I want the baby to flip. I want to ease this rib/back pain, so I'm researching chiropractors to see if they can help.

Looking forward to: Ticking off another week.

The Bump: Feeling similar to last week, really.

We Bought a Pram!

The one thing that I regretted when it came to baby purchases the first time around, was our choice of pram. We were on a tight budget after the IVF and we couldn't justify the crazy prices of the more expensive options - so we went with a basic pram that was light and easy to fold and store. That was fine... except for a few things we didn't realise at the time.

  • The pram we bought was actually not ideal for newborns, as it didn't recline flat and wasn't supportive enough for wee ones on its own. The pram would have been compatible with an infant seat, only we were planning on getting a regular convertible car seat and so the sales lady didn't bother explaining that to us. Needless to say, as a baby, Georgia HATED the pram, and I ended up hating taking her out in it.
  • It only faced outwards. As I mentioned just now, I had a pretty miserable baby in the pram those first few months, so I was constantly having to stop, walk around & check in on her when she was upset - I really, really needed the option to have her parent face. It got so bad that I ended up purchasing a clunky old cheap pram second hand that DID flip around, just so I could see my poor kid while we were out and about.
  • The basket was useless and hard to get to, and because it was so lightweight, I could hardly hang my nappy bag on the pram without it feeling unstable and not particularly supportive.
Keeping that pram was NOT an option, so we ended up selling it and going back to square one this time around. To be honest, I was dreading shopping for a new pram, because once again we were on a limited budget - and this time, I knew what I wanted, and I knew it wouldn't come particularly cheap. I made a spreadsheet of the prams that were in budget, just out of budget, and impossible to afford, and I researched pros and cons to them all. Even with all that research, I still walked out of the first baby store we went into and cried, because it all felt hopeless. We'd either be paying a small fortune, or we'd be settling for another pram that wouldn't do what I needed it to do.
Luckily, we decided to go into a different store & found another option - the Steelcraft Strider. I knew of this pram, as my brother/SIL had used it with my nephew, but I had assumed it would be totally out of our budget. This store had an ex-display model marked down, which we were considering.. except it had some fairly decent marks on the hood and looked a little battered. I had seen a better price on the pram at a different store, so hubby asked if they would price match on a new one, and they did... with a further 10% bonus! That brought it down to our maximum budget, but it was do-able.
It has a nice sturdy frame that's easy to fold. It steers like a dream; G was pushing it around the store. It comes with a seat that can just lift out and be either forward or parent facing. It's part of a travel system, and can be used with a bassinet or an infant capsule. And it has a beautiful big basket that's easy to access. Tick, tick, tick. We purchased it that day!
I've also been on the hunt for a capsule to fit it, as being baby #2, we decided to use an infant carrier this time around. I can't imagine wrangling a 3.5 year old and carrying a newborn everywhere, so it seemed like the way to go. Fast forward to last week when I bought one for a great price, and we now officially have our pram/car seat sorted for the first little while. This is the pram frame with the infant seat attached - the actual grey toddler seat is still upstairs in the box.
I can't even tell you how nice it feels to have a pram that I'm happy with, and that ticks all the right boxes. The only thing better will be bringing home our little lady and taking her for walks in it! :)

It's no Bugaboo or iCandy or Silver Cross, but it's perfect for what we need it for. Miss G likes it too!

24 weeks + 4 days

Baby girl is still breech - I knew it! Bum down, head up, and looking mighty comfortable in that weird position. (I feel like I can already safely assume that she is going to be stubborn like her sister, this one.)

She's also alternating between hiding her face directly into the placenta itself, or smooshed into the uterine wall, so we had no way of seeing her little face this week. Sheesh, kid. Give your mama something to work with here, won't you?

On the plus side, she's measuring almost average for dates, her heart rate is 165bpm and she is making noticeable movements during scans, even if I'm still feeling her sporadically. My OB was very reassuring today, and said that for 24+ weeks, baby is looking nice and healthy, and we just keep plugging away until she's here.

I'll see him again in a few weeks time, just after I do the 2-hour GTT. (Delightful!) I'm already anticipating to fail, but we'll tackle that hurdle when we get there. Now.... FLIP BABY. Fliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiip.

Hi folks! My hand is all you get today, the rest of me is too busy being difficult. *waves* :)

Baby #2 - Week 24

How far along: We are officially in Week 24!

How big is baby? A delicious rockmelon this week... now I want to eat some rockmelon. #butnotthebaby

Image credit here

Sleep: Georgia has been waking up a lot recently, and complaining that 'something scared her'. We have NO idea what, and she can't tell us - and she goes back to sleep eventually, just needs a cuddle. Needless to say, sleep has been a little broken.

Symptoms: Back aches and belly cramps, which I hope are related to growing pains and nothing more sinister.

Best moment of this week: Our pram is complete - we found the matching infant capsule/car seat to go with it, and it looks so fantastic. I can't wait to see it in action in a few months time, I love it. Also... 24 weeks!

Miss anything: I miss being able to lift Georgia comfortably, I'm struggling a bit at the moment.

Movement: After last week's lack of movement, I had a few days this week of lovely wiggles. Hoping that it continues to improve over the coming weeks.

Food cravings: Not really sure what I feel like this week, actually. I'm not too fussed.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Still just the smell of cooking meat.

Gender: Girl!!

How's your mood? Excited and hopeful.

Looking forward to: The weeks ticking on! We have an OB visit tomorrow (yay!) and I really want to see what position the baby is in now; I'm still guessing breech.

The Bump: Still largely soft, but starting to firm up a wee bit.

23 weeks + 6 days

I'm finally feeling her.. really feeling her! Still not all day long, but night times, oh my. We play music and she loves it - so do I.

For so long we ached for another baby. For so long I was scared that we wouldn't get that chance again. For so long I feared that our pregnancy with Georgia, as beautiful and uneventful as it was, was to be our last, and that we would never get to experience this again.

And here we are years later, and it's happening again. I'll be 24 weeks tomorrow. Pregnant. Another baby wedged firmly in my tummy, full of hope and potential and excitement and change. I can't believe we're here.

The anxiety doesn't get better; I don't think it will ease until this little lady is here in our arms. But I don't want to forget this pregnancy, as scary as it's been... because we have been waiting for it, and it's here now.

Every wiggle, every ache and pain, every time I look down at my belly... I am savouring every minute.

Oli6 Dairy Goat Formula: Sponsored Post

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Have you ever heard of Dairy Goat Formula? If you're anything like me, the answer will be 'no'.

But what I have heard from multiple mum friends and relatives, is that if you have a child with digestive issues, it can be virtually impossible to find the right formula to supplement your baby's nutritional needs.

With another little one on the way, I keenly took the opportunity to research this new product on the market. While I was able to breastfeed my daughter successfully until she turned 12 months old {and what a battle that was!} I know that each baby is different, so seeking out alternates for infant and toddler formula is just one way that I can be prepared.

What IS this product?

Oli6 is proudly Australian made and owned, dedicated to educating people about Goat's Milk Formula.

While breast is best, it's suitable for babies from birth to toddlerhood, so if you're a new Mum - or perhaps a Mum who is interested in weaning onto formula or supplementing their diet, there's a product for every stage.
  • Oli6 Dairy Goat Infant Formula - Stage 1 – From birth to 6 months
  • Oli6 Dairy Goat Follow On Formula - Stage 2 – 6 - 12 months
  • Oli6 Dairy Goat Toddler Formula - Stage 3 – 12 - 36 months 
Where can I get it?

You can sign up and order directly from their website, or alternatively can source a local chemist supplier in your area.

Why should I try it?

There are quite a few benefits that I've found that make this product worth trialling with your little one.
  • We all hear about how breastfeeding is best when possible, but there are many situations where breastfeeding does not work out, where mixed feeding becomes essential or when your breastfeeding journey comes to an end. It can often be a challenge to find the right formula to suit your baby's tummy though, which is why Goat's Milk Formula could be the answer - the natural prebiotic oligosaccharides are structurally closer breast milk than regular cow's milk. Not only that, the protein and fat found in goat's milk are less complex and easier to break down.
  • It naturally contains a variety of vitamins & minerals: Vitamin A for vision and sight (46% more than cow’s milk), Vitamin C for development and growth (37% more than cow’s milk), Magnesium for development and growth (33% more than cow’s milk) & Calcium for teeth and bones (10% more than cow’s milk)
  • It's made and produced here in Australia, and it's great to support locally owned products. This is especially important in the current market, where formula shortages are happening often. And.. they are a sustainable company, committed to reducing their carbon footprint - with all packaging being recyclable. 
  • They are currently running a $10 cashback scheme, so now is as good a time as any to try it out! 
What did I learn?

First up, I assumed that this formula would only be suitable for little ones with allergies or tummy troubles - but it's actually suitable for all infants!

I was also surprised to read about the digestive health advantages within goat's milk, and I can really see how it would be a nice, gentle transition from breastmilk for tiny bellies. Naturally occuring vitamins and minerals and prebiotics are a real bonus. Their slogan is 'The Naturally Smarter Choice' and it really does seem that way.

I'm a huge advocate for animal welfare, and Oli6 is socially committed to the well being of their goats, allowing for free roaming in paddocks - and that makes me happy.
I've definitely broadened my horizons since researching this product, and I'd love to know whether you've tried it/would be interested in trying it too.

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