We just got back from Sydney, Australia a few hours ago. Loved that city, loved the people (super nice!), hated how expensive things are ($35 for a pizza? Ouch!). Got to pet a couple of koalas, a wallaby, a kangaroo… Now how awesome is that? And the New Year’s Eve fireworks were the best I’ve ever seen! (I took a quick video of the finale, which was spectacular, I’ll make sure to post it here!)
I’m excited to start writing about my trips again, it’ll carry me through the next few months when I can’t travel anymore (boo!).
How far along? 31 weeks! In the single digits now, unless baby girl decides to be late…
Total weight gain/loss: To be updated… There’s no way I was weighing myself at 5pm tonight when we got back home from the airport when I’m bloated from an 8 hour plane ride (I’m a “weigh myself first thing in the morning after peeing” kind of girl). I have a feeling the numbers will be scary though.
Exercise: I guess walking a lot around Sydney counts, right? I’m not as fast as I was, but we still walked a lot! Tomorrow, back to aqua aerobics, and hoping I get some good sleep to make it back to the gym or at least the treadmill.
Measurements: Baby girl must have shifted positions as the widest part of the belly shrunk (40.5” vs 41.5” last week), but everything else is bigger. Let’s hope that doesn’t mean she is no longer head down… Waist increased an inch to 35” and my ribcage measures the same thing, meaning I officially lost my waist. Now that is depressing – it’s the one thing I had going for me, I always had a very well defined waist, regardless of how big everything else got. That also means that my chest grew 2” since last week.
Maternity clothes? Still rocking maternity shorts and shirts, luckily everything still fits despite the recent expansions.
Stretch marks? Knock on wood, but none yet.
Sleep: Still sucks.
Best moment this week: Uh, hello?
And yes, my hand was petting the koala (while he totally ignored me and kept munching on his food).
Miss Anything? I miss sleep. Good all night deep sleep.
Movement: Lots and lots. Still not used to seeing the belly move around from the outside. So weird to seeing a body part moving and having no control over it.
Food cravings: Cadbury chocolate. Sadly, very easy to fulfill that craving in Australia…
Anything making you queasy or sick: Heartburn is a bitch.
Have you started to show yet: For sure! Even got my first belly rub from a stranger today (a stewardess as I was entering the plane). It didn’t bother me, I actually like that I *finally* look pregnant as opposed to fat!
Labor Signs: Got loads of contractions on the flight to Sydney, they weren’t painful but they were definitely contractions. I guess they were my first experience with Braxton Hicks? They did freak me out a bit, seeing I was stuck in a plane with 5 hours to go… Plus, the one way to end them (and make sure they’re not real contractions) is to lay down flat and hydrate. Two things that is impossible to do on a plane (specially when you already have to pee every 5 minutes as is). Said that, after an hour of steady contractions it went away and haven’t had it again!
Belly Button in or out? Still an innie!
Wedding rings on or off? Off… It was painful getting my ring off the morning we went to Sydney, so I didn’t take chances and decided to remove and use a silver band instead. On the bright side, it likely means some of my weight gain is water weight.
Happy or Moody most of the time: I was exploring Sydney, eating lots of Cadbury chocolate and amazing lamb burgers with goat cheese and hummus from Grill’d, and even got my last meal in Din Tai Fung (I already miss their xiao long bao… How am I going to survive at least 3 years without it?), of course I was happy!
Looking forward to: My next doctor’s appointment on Tuesday, though I have a feeling I’ll be scared to hear the baby’s weight.