Category Archives: Pregnancy

Goal Setting: September 2012

Being accountable is my primary motivation for keeping to my goals. Thankfully I’ve the lovely Jenn keeping me on track (and enabling me to produce more Filofax inserts for keeping myself organised!)

This month I set my goals as part of the #Filofax 365/30 challenge. My goals include academic, personal, fitness, and work related tasks.

  • Do 1-2 hours of reading for my LitReview each day
  • Set up the nursery for BabyGirlC
  • Walk Charlie (the dog) 3+ times per week
  • Walk myself 4+ times per week (this can be doubled with dog walking)
  • Start attending antenatal fitness classes (each Wednesday)
  • Arrange library displays for my 4 work projects

Like the massive Filofax nerd I’ve become, I had to find a way to track my goals in my Filofax. I decided to do so on a month on two pages calendar (homemade insert from Philofaxy) using coloured dots to track the repetitive tasks.

So far so good! And knowing I need to ‘show’ my progress to Jenn each week keeps me accountable and motivated to complete my goals (and, hopefully, form some new habits).

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It’s gotten to that point in the pregnancy…

That’s right, dear readers, I have embraced the ‘use a hair tie to expand the waistline of my pants’ phase of my pregnancy:

But soon I fear I will need to fork out the money to buy a Belly Belt (about $26 – !!! – from my local BigW). Perhaps it shall be my first purchase with my first paycheque from my new job…

22 Weeks

This week, BabyC is the size of a:
How far along? 22w6d
Due date: 21/11/12
Total weight gain/loss: +6kg
Maternity clothes? yes-ish – I’ve divided my wardrobe into “my belly will keep fitting in this” and “not for very much longer” groupings
Sleep: happens, but not sure I’m getting ‘good’ sleep lately (feeling exhausted a lot of the time)
Best moment this week: Getting the all-clear for BabyC after we had a (really scary) car accident
Movement: Lots and often
Food cravings:protein and fresh salad… and sweets
Symptoms: getting hormonally emotional over the smallest things!
Labor Signs: not yet, too early
Stretch Marks? not yet
Swelling? not yet
Belly Button in or out? still in
Feeling toward Pregnancy: feeling more ‘pregnant’ and less ‘fat/bloated looking’
What I miss: being able to fit into some of my clothes
What I am looking forward to: really looking forward to meeting our little one (but do not want her to come earlier than she is ready!)
Milestones/News: 22 week antenatal appointments with doctor and midwives (and signed up to be ‘followed’ by a student midwife); having a car accident while pregnant (that’s news, right?)

Coping with Pregnancy Hormones as a PostGradMama

A brain dump on my current #postgradpregnancywoes

Contrary to my initial thoughts and feelings: growing a thesis and a baby IS hard. Harder than I thought it would be. Today I hit 21 weeks down and 19 to go with my pregnancy, and my postgrad/mama life balance isn’t getting any easier.

I am tired.
I am teary.
I am irritable.
I am subject to constant mood swings.
I am suffering from ‘baby brain.’
I am having trouble prioritising my life.
I am lacking in academic self-confidence.

And this lack of self-confidence means my academic productivity has slipped. Greatly. I have been avoiding my LitReview like the plague. But considering a) I want it done before Smeagol arrives and b) it won’t do itself, I need to somehow get myself out of this  rut and get my LitReview mojo back on track.

My goal is to read 2-5 articles every day (including weekends) with the average goal being to read 3 articles every day. Part of the reading includes transferring my notes to my LitReview notes document (I take notes as I read in Mendeley, but am starting to arrange them into something somewhat somehow someday structured in Word).

My other daily goal is to take time out to remember ‘Hey, I am pregnant’ and to stop stressing over the little things. The most important things are my well-being, the well-being of my little one and my husband (and my furbabies), and then worrying about academics.

Sometimes I feel like I need a similar wall mural to this infamous one by Homer Simpson:

Other PostGrad/Mamas:-
How do/did you cope with the postgrad/mama balance?

Help?!

20 Weeks & BabyC is a…

This week, BabyC is the size of a: melon (27cm)
How far along? 20w5d
Due date: 21/11/12
Total weight gain/loss: +2kg
Maternity clothes? yes-ish – I’ve divided my wardrobe into “my belly will keep fitting in this” and “not for very much longer” groupings
Sleep: is a bit rubbish – Dan ended up buying me a ‘body pillow’ so I have something to hug my legs around and rest my belly on
Best moment this week: having our 20 week scan – it all seems so real now! – and finding out BabyC is growing well and is healthy (ten fingers, ten toes, no tail)
Movement: definite kicks in my lower tummy (happening right now, probably thanks to the sugary milk drink I just had)
Food cravings:protein and fresh salad and sweets
Symptoms: getting hormonally emotional over the smallest things!
Labor Signs: not yet, too early
Stretch Marks? not yet
Swelling? not yet
Belly Button in or out? still in
Feeling toward Pregnancy: feeling more ‘pregnant’ and less ‘fat/bloated looking’
What I miss: being able to fit into some of my clothes – I keep looking at my stuff and and stuff in shops and having these mini meltdowns 😦
What I am looking forward to: upcoming appointments next week for doctor and midwife, so hopefully get to know more about our little one; continuing with our Calmbirth course; meeting our little one!
Milestones/News: finding out BabyC is a GIRL!!! Attended our first Calmbirth course on Saturday just gone; had my VitD blood test on Friday just gone


2D ultrasound pic of our little GIRL


3D ultrasound pic of our little GIRL
(NB: she kept being uncooperative and looking like Smeagol in 3D,
hence her new nickname!)

19 Weeks

This week, BabyC is the size of a: papaya (25cm)
How far along? 19w2d
Due date: 21/11/12
Total weight gain/loss: +2kg
Maternity clothes? yes-ish – I bought a new pair of leggings last night (from Trade Secret but Living Doll branded) simply for the wider waistband!
Sleep: is good, hasn’t been broken too much recently
Best moment this week:
Movement: flutters occasionally
Food cravings: Wendy’s thickshakes
Symptoms: starting to need to pee allllll the time again – argh!!
Labor Signs: not yet, too early
Stretch Marks? not yet
Swelling? not yet
Belly Button in or out? still in
Feeling toward Pregnancy: feeling more ‘pregnant’ and less ‘fat/bloated looking’
What I miss: Still really wanting a milkshake from Maccas or Wendy’s but can’t because they use soft serve ice cream in their shakes *sob*
What I am looking forward to: showing off my baby bump to friends soon 🙂
Milestones:
News: first obstetrician/GP appointment (since moving to Albury) on Tuesday (19w6d) so hopefully that goes well!

18 Weeks

This week, BabyC is the size of a: papaya (25cm)
How far along? 18w3d
Due date: 21/11/12
Total weight gain/loss: Weighed today and I was 61.9kg (can’t remember start weight but it was 59 or 60?)
Maternity clothes? not yet
Sleep: is overpowering at times – getting up in the morning is a struggle when you do everything from home and have zero daytime commitments!
Best moment this week: I had my first Midwife Care Program visit today at Wodonga hospital. After a week or two of anxiety (having not ‘seen’ anyone since 12 weeks), I heard BabyC’s heartbeat – and kicking against the doppler (so funny)
Movement: flutters occasionally, and definitely heard kicks at my antenatal appointment 🙂
Food cravings: protein and sweets (today it’s traditional Turkish delight – thanks for putting it in my mind, Daniel!)
Symptoms: None really at the moment. I did throw up yesterday about noon for the first time in ages (I want milk, but the baby does not – dilemma!)
Labor Signs: not yet, too early
Stretch Marks? not yet
Swelling? not yet
Belly Button in or out? still in
Feeling toward Pregnancy: feeling more ‘pregnant’ and less ‘fat/bloated looking’
What I miss: Still really wanting a milkshake from Maccas or Wendy’s but can’t because they use soft serve ice cream in their shakes *sob* And there was one day I really could have done with ending  the evening with an alcoholic drink 😛
What I am looking forward to: being obviously pregnant to others
Milestones: hearing the baby kicking the doppler
News: Yep. Still a baby in there 🙂

17 Weeks

This week, Baby is the size of a: mango (15cm)
How far along? 17w1d
Due date: 21/11/12
Total weight gain/loss: no idea
Maternity clothes? not yet
Sleep: is happening, though a little broken – super good sleep last night though
Best moment this week:
Movement: flutters
Food cravings: protein and sweets
Symptoms: lower back pain, apparently because ligaments are moving (it makes bending, getting up, etc. harder than it should be sometimes)
Labor Signs: not yet, too early
Stretch Marks? not yet
Swelling? not yet
Belly Button in or out? still in
Feeling toward Pregnancy: feeling more ‘pregnant’ and less ‘fat/bloated looking’
What I miss: I realllllllllly want a milkshake from Maccas or Wendy’s but can’t because they use soft serve ice cream in their shakes *sob*
What I am looking forward to: being obviously pregnant to others
Milestones:
News: a bunch of baby gear is arriving today, courtesy of a family friend and via the courier service known as ‘Mum and Dad’ 🙂

16 Weeks

This week, Baby is the size of a: avocado (11-12cm)
How far along? 16w1d
Due date: 21/11/12
Total weight gain/loss: no idea
Maternity clothes? not yet
Sleep: about 7 hours a night, broken by Dan rolling around and my brain clicking ‘on’!
Best moment this week:
Movement: starting to have pretty consistent little flutters
Food cravings: protein and sweets
Symptoms: 
Labor Signs: not yet, too early
Stretch Marks? not yet
Swelling? not yet
Belly Button in or out? still in
Feeling toward Pregnancy: excitedly impatient for it to be more obvious
What I miss: not much, my life hasn’t really changed because of being pregnant (so far)
What I am looking forward to: being obviously pregnant to others
Milestones:  moving to a new town with much better facilities for pregnancy and baby
News: made my ‘booking in’ appointment at the hospital (but still need to make one with the midwives)