It’s been a tough month and I’m very behind on my Project 365, for good reason as well. In fact for the last few weeks I just haven’t really taken any photos except of my new bundle of overdue joy. She didn’t want to come out, but we forced her out eventually. She’s happy and healthy and that’s all I could really ask for, coming out at a whopping 4.05kg (huge for someone as little as me).
Me on the other hand am slowly on the mend after nothing going to plan (not that I really had a plan), but it seemed like everything that I didn’t want ended up happening. I had to be induced because she was almost 2 weeks overdue, and after ‘failure to progress’ (horrible term by the way) I ended up with an emergency c-section. To top it all off, about 10 days after, I ended up with a very nasty infection that saw me back in hospital. The first two weeks of my little one’s life on the outside, I spent half of it feeling sorry for myself in hospital, and feeling a bit bitter about how indifferent some of the staff in the hospitals are. Don’t get me wrong, most of my care was absolutely fantastic, but having to endure the emergency department is an entirely different story. Thanks for the endless budget cuts to health you lousy government!
However, I’m back home and bouncing back and hopefully that will be the end of that. The point is that I really haven’t taken any photos for Project 365 over the last few weeks. I don’t even know what the themes are anymore. Hopefully when I’m settled down I’ll get back into it. For now, I’m just going to enjoy a bit of a break in my sleep deprived state and spend a bit of time just staring at my little (or not so little) one, and wondering what to do with myself. Everyone tells you how hard the first few weeks with a newborn are, but no one really tells you how to get through it! Special mention goes to the husband who has been so amazingly calm throughout the whole ordeal, helping me get around when I was in so much pain, and also caring for our daughter when I was in no condition to do so. I am forever grateful for his love and support, and thankful that we have a healthy little one despite all the drama.
Day 24 – April Photo A Day – A Pop Of Colour
Still waiting and time’s up. Tomorrow is the new d-day, also known as induction day. I can tell this one is going to be stubborn because she just doesn’t want to come out. So I’m having one last cup of (caffeine free) tea in my favourite colourful mug before trying for an early night. I don’t know how much sleep I’ll actually get though. I’ve also been knitting the baby blanket I started so long ago, just to have something to keep me occupied so top myself from going crazy. Unfortunately I still haven’t finished it, even with all this extra time. Maybe for the next baby!
Day 23 – April Photo A Day – Entrance
The entrance to our little one’s room, who we’ve named Blah Blah for the moment. We’ve got her name all picked out, but not revealing until she actually gets here to avoid anyone saying horrible things about it. Still waiting waiting waiting.
Day 22 – April Photo A Day – Four Things
Four things I’m looking forward to eating when I’m no longer pregnant and no longer have gestational diabetes. Beautiful soft blue cheese, crappy instant noodles filled with carbs and MSG, carb laden pasta (or more specifically a giant bowl of spaghetti carbonara), and peanut butter Lindt chocolate balls. Just waiting waiting waiting.
Day 21 – April Photo A Day – Close
Now officially a week overdue. I feel like I’m so close to going into labour, but obviously not quite there yet. I’m so big now. This baby just doesn’t want to come out. So close, yet so far. This has been the longest week of my life just waiting and waddling around.
Day 20 – April Photo A Day – Egg
Thankfully even having gestational diabetes, I can still eat eggs. I love eggs. I’m annoyed that I can’t (well shouldn’t) eat them raw, so no runny yolks or poached goodness at the moment, but it’s still good. When I was about 5, I used to eat a boiled egg every morning for breakfast, and then sometimes have egg sandwiches for lunch and some form of egg for dinner. I got hives occasionally and the doctor said I should restrict my egg consumption to 2-3 a week (funnily enough diagnosed without a proper allergy test back then so I’m still not convinced it was correct). I was horrified! I was having that amount each day. I was so upset that I cried, but my parents being good parents restricted me, and in a couple of years I grew out of my apparent egg allergy. Now I eat eggs all the time with no problems.
Day 19 – April Photo A Day – Money
This is all the money in my wallet at the moment. I tend not to carry around much cash and put everything on credit card for the convenience, but some things just need proper money.
Day 18 – April Photo A Day – Good
We got this baby bouncer (with toys) from my brother in law and his girlfriend for Christmas. It will be good when this baby comes so we can finally use it!
Day 17 – April Photo A Day – Something I’ve Learned
Lehninger was my very first (and very expensive) textbook I bought when I started uni, over 10 years ago now. I learned so much from this book, all of which I have forgotten now. At the moment I’m using it as a stand for my laptop to watch TV while I soak in the bath, waiting for this baby to come out.
Day 16 – April Photo A Day – My Vice
Apart from food, my vice is spending way too much time in my laptop surfing the net. Pinterest is a particular favourite of mine at the moment to pass the time, torturing myself by looking at all the food I can’t be bothered making or can eat at the moment.
Day 15 – April Photo A Day – I’m Reading This
So my due date has come and gone. I’m passing the time by eating sensibly, napping on the couch, watching bad TV, playing the Lego Movie game, and reading baby books I borrowed from the library. Most of the books are baby books and eating better. The ‘Slow Death By Rubber Duck’ is just to break up the baby obsession.
The doctors are letting me go for another week with monitoring because my blood sugar levels are good. I hope the little one comes soon.
Day 14 – April Photo A Day – Dirty
So today’s D-day and it’s come and gone without incident. What makes it worse is that two other workmates have had their babies on my awesome due date, both who were due after me. So I had a bit of a cry about still being pregnant and uncomfortable and missing out on the awesome birthday for my daughter. 14/4/14 would have been pretty cool, but it wasn’t to be.
Day 103 – April Photo A Day – More Please!
I found this amazing minty chocolate, but am limiting myself to only a couple of pieces each day as a treat. I can’t wait to eat normal chocolate again. Lucky I actually like dark chocolate, but would prefer the non sugar free kind. Also the caffeine probably isn’t too great for me either at the moment.
Day 12 – April Photo A Day – On My Left
Sitting to the left of my bed is my hospital bag (well suitcase really), packed and ready to go, like it has been for weeks now. I’ve just used my little carry on suitcase with a polka dot ribbon tied around the handle to not get lost in the sea of suitcases when I’m travelling. At the moment though, it’s just sitting there, waiting to be used.
Day 11 – April Photo A Day – 3 Of A Kind
3 sugary lollies I got from a baby shower I went to a few weeks ago, which I can’t eat until after I give birth because of the damned diabetes. So instead they just sit on my coffee table, mocking me. I don’t even like these ones, but I so want to eat one!
Day 10 – April Photo A Day – My Fave Part Of The Day
So I’m getting very impatient and very very tired. I’m so tired at the moment, so my favourite part of the day would be hopping into bed. Close up of my bedsheets at the moment. Not long to go now!
Day 9 – April Photo A Day – Dark
Dark zips on my backpack, filled with baby things, packed and ready to go!
Day 8 – April Photo A Day – Hobby
Clearly photography is an ongoing hobby for me. I used to have a lot of hobbies, but not so much these days.This is the only one that’s stuck around for a while.
Day 7 – April Photo A Day – Where I’d Rather Be
I am still waiting for this baby to come out, and I’d much rather be holding her in my arms instead of carrying her around in me still, with all the heartburn, aches and pains, crushed bladder, swollen feet, gestational diabetes, restless nights, and general tiredness. We’ve got the nursery all set up for you little one, so come on out soon so we can meet you!
Day 6 – April Photo A Day – A Taste Of Spring/Autumn
Being in the southern hemisphere, today’s photo is a touch of Autumn. I always know when autumn is coming when the agapanthus start dying off. They still look quite pretty without the flowers I think.