17 weeks my pretty. Only 3 weeks till we know what you are. It’s killing me walking past all the baby stores and not being allowed to buy anything (yet). Not saying I’ll be buying a whole lot seeing as Alanah practically lived in sleep suits and body suits for the first 3 months, but I’d like to buy my bean something new and shiny. Oh and I got first kicks this week. I can feel how mini those feet are. So alien but so nice to feel it.

How far along? 17 weeks
Total weight gain: I’ve eaten like a pig this week, I’m nervous to step on the scale.
Maternity clothes? no
Stretch marks? None
Sleep: Lani is still crying in her sleep and wriggling up the bed to hit her head on the bed board, so I’m up a few times a night. Exhausted. Plus sciatic nerve has kicked in.
Best moment this week: Celebrating Alanah’s first birthday and seeing her smile when she saw all her friends arrive. Also hearing mini McFadzean’s heart beat.
Miss Anything? Does being in Australia count?
Movement: yep yep yep, mini feet are kicking.
Food cravings: still sour and now mint too
Anything making you queasy or sick: OMG Alanah’s soiled nappies are absolutely killing me.
Gender: 3 weeks till scan. ARGHHHHHHHH!
Labor Signs: Nope.
Symptoms: I think the morning sickness is still here. Also sciatic nerve is started to pinch when I’m asleep in certain positions. Booooooo!
Belly Button in or out? 17 weeks and I give up. It’s in and then it’s out. Stupid high uterus.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Lack of continuous sleep is making me a total bitch.
Looking forward to: Completing and posting my Indefinitie Leave to Remain. Stupid, expensive British immigration system.

We are almost half way through. I still can’t believe how quickly this pregnancy seems to disappearing. It seemed to take forever with Alanah. As far as mini McFadzean is concerned, many of their bones are starting to harden. Among these first bones to develop is the inner ear. This means that baby might be able to head sounds such as my heart beat and gurgling stomach. CUTE!

How far along? 18 weeks
Total weight gain: I’m eating like a small pig, I don’t want to look
Maternity clothes? None yet.
Stretch marks? Nop. Just Bio-oil queen.
Sleep: Alanah is sleeping a lot better but still up once or twice for a dummy. I’m still rather tired though.
Best moment this week: Not going to lie, it’s been a shit week. I’m struggling to think of a good moment.
Miss Anything? My sister.
Movement: Lots of little wriggles. So nice to feel them .
Food cravings: sour, mint and crushed ice.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Anything that looks squishy, like weet-a-bix or porridge.
Gender: The 21st of February couldn’t come sooner.
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms: I have pregnancy related thrush and it’s killing me. Plus I’m still getting random sessions of morning sickness. EWWW!
Belly Button in or out? In out, out in…
Happy or Moody most of the time: I’m ok.
Looking forward to: Valentines day and Ross’ birthday :D

Another busy week in the lead up to Alanah’s birthday but its works nicely with being only 16 weeks as there is no belly to get in the way of tasks or waddling to slow me down. Still no real baby “bump”; looks more like I’ve had a big dinner. We got our letter in this week to say that we have a 20 weeks scan date… Ooooooo gender reveal. I have a midwife appointment on Friday this week so we’ll hear baby’s heart beat. Lani’s birthday and a baby heart beat, what a beautiful day. Here’s hoping the sun shines for both my babies.

How far along? 16 weeks
Total weight gain: still only a kilo
Maternity clothes? no
Stretch marks? Nop
Sleep: Alanah’s new thing is screaming in her sleep. I’m awake almost every hour at the moment.
Best moment this week: Making 10 metres of bunting and making Lani’s tutu. How sad lol
Miss Anything? Unbroken sleep
Movement: I don’t think so.
Food cravings: Sour. Burnt all my taste buds off already.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Couple of Lani’s nappies have turned my stomach
Gender: 4 weeks till me know. (21st of Feb)
Labor Signs: Nope.
Symptoms: Still the odd stretchy pain and a wee vom every couple of days but it’s gag reflex things. Oh and I got my first bout of heart burn last night. I haven’t missed it.
Belly Button in or out? in.. and a half
Happy or Moody most of the time: I’m actually relatively happy. Lani’s impending birthday is making me smile but it’s also pulling a lot of heart strings.
Looking forward to: Alanah’s party (because who doesn’t like a party), but completely dreading her birthday. Really struggling with the idea of her turning 1.

No idea why half of the answers are in bold. I’m on the iPad as cat has chewed the computer charger for the 7th time. Bare with me

20 weeks.. Weeeeeeeee

How far along? 20 weeks… half way woo
Total weight gain: I think it’s about 5kg at this point.
Maternity clothes? None yet.
Stretch marks? Nop. Just Bio-oil queen.
Sleep: This week has been horrific. We are all soo ill, so Lani has been up coughing and Ross is the worst sick person ever.
Best moment this week: Tink blew kisses to Aunty Mosh
Miss Anything? Breathing through my nose
Movement: Big kicks have been fabulous
Food cravings: Sounds totally gross but… pork scratchings OMG
Anything making you queasy or sick: The thought of getting out of bed makes me sick lol
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms: Morning sickness is still here and my boooooobbbbss are masssssiiiveeeee.
Belly Button in or out? In out, out in…
Happy or Moody most of the time: Stinking bitch with this cold
Looking forward to: Ross’ birthday on Sunday.

13 weeks

And so the second trimester begins. That’s 3 months my mini me has been growing and changing inside me now. I can’t believe how quickly the time has gone and how many changes my body, mind and relationships have had to go through for the impending arrival. As more and more people find out we are expecting, it’s been incredible to see the reactions. Some completely unexpected, others genuinely fake and more often than not the look of complete surprise (shock). It’s quite funny hearing and seeing the reactions of those you thought were going to react one way, but have reacted another. They say “you don’t know someone until you live with them”; it should say “you don’t know someone until you say your pregnant”. However it has been beautiful having some of the most genuine hugs and kisses from those you least expected it. 

Now baby. While we still wont know if it’s a boy or a girl for at least another 6 and a half weeks (can’t freaking wait), I have my inkling. My mumma thinks it’ll be a boy and when I asked her why, she came back with, “because I’m your mother”. Makes sense. My sister and her best friend would like a girl, but I think it’s just so they can buy fluffy pink things. My dad thinks it’s a girl (he clearly doesn’t have enough women to keep him in line). Ross’ mum would like a girl. She says she deserves it. I think Ross would like a boy, someone to show how to ride a motorbike and who’d be quite happy to roll around in the mud without complaining of breaking a nail or “daaaaaad, my hair”. Ten fingers, ten toes and a smile to die for, that’s all I’m asking for. 

Baby McFadzean is about the size of a peach this week and weighs in at a whopping 23 grams. Although they say that this week baby’s body will begin to catch up with the size of its head, I have a funny feeling that mixing Madden and McFadzean genes won’t guarantee this. Also as my uterus becomes too big for my pelvic area everything is moving on up to where there is ‘space’. I tend to disagree. There is only 5ft 2inches of me, there really isn’t a lot of extra space. I can see it now, I’m going to be that massive, crazy pregnant lady that is as tall as she is wide. Sexy!

The bump you see, is in fact a food baby.

How far along? 13 weeks Total weight gain: I’m scared to look Maternity clothes? At the rate I’m eating I’m going to need to soon. Stretch marks? Shea and Cocoa butter :D Sleep: Some Best moment this week: I think I’m getting a small bump.  Miss Anything? Energy.  Movement: Nothing that baby it self is doing, only organs being juggled about.  Food cravings: SOUR! I need anything sour. I’m drinking straight lemon juice, sour candy’s, ANYTHING SOUR! Anything making you queasy or sick: Still meat. I made burgers for dinner this week and I put one on my plate, decorated it and didn’t eat it. Just looked pretty. Gender: 6 and a half weeks to go.  Labor Signs: No Symptoms: The toilet thing is the devil. I fear going to the toilet. It’s like (excuse my language) shitting bricks. I am eating so much fruit and bran flakes, it should be running out of me.  Belly Button in or out? In.  Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy Looking forward to: My growing bump and finding out the gender. 
12 weeks

I’m now 12 weeks. It’s incredible how quickly this all seems to be happening. I feel like I’m living at work at the moment. If I’m not sleeping, food shopping or cleaning, I’m there. It’s certainly not the most demanding of jobs by any means, but it’s still 8 hours a day; either 9-5 or 2:30-10 5 days a week and one of those days is a weekend.
I can feel my body being exhausted of all of its energy preserves just to keep going. It’s currently dividing itself (rather unevenly) between keeping me awake and baby creation. I’m not complaining, I love the idea of a mini me growing inside me, however I’m just exhausted. I find myself constantly looking for an energy hit and of course keep finding myself in the naughty cupboard reaching for something sweet and sugary. Anything to keep me going right now. However I have been told that heading into the second trimester I’ll start to feel some of my energy come back and (fingers crossed) my morning sickness ease up. Here’s hoping my skin also decides what it would like to do. I feel like a spotty teenager.

Baby is about the size of a plum this week and is around 2.1 inches and weighs an estimated 13grams. However having seen those pictures from the scan last week, you’d have sworn the head was about 2.1 inches. I have a feeling that I am creating another Michelin baby, not unlike myself when I was born. Having told a few people that I’m pregnant now, much like my midwife anticipated, everyone has an opinion and a horror story to share. Tearing stories, c-section infections, vagina recovery techniques, you name it, I feel like I’ve heard it all; and I get to stand and smile through all of it. O people! 

No bump yet. 

How far along? 12 weeks Total weight gain: 1.8kg Maternity clothes? I never thought leggings were comfortable till now. Stretch marks? I am queen lotion Sleep: Very restless. Best moment this week: Telling close friends I’m pregnant.  Miss Anything? Being well rested. Feel like I’ve run a marathon in my sleep.  Movement: To small to feel.  Food cravings: None that I can think of. Anything making you queasy or sick: Strong smells are killing me. Gender: unknown still.  Labor Signs: None Symptoms: Crappy skin and exhaustion  Belly Button in or out? in Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy  Looking forward to: feeling that first kick.