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19 Week Pregnancy Update, Gender Reveal, A Call For Help & Smashing Things To Pieces

It feels like I sat down to write one of these just the other day. At that point, the baby was as big as a lemon, now the baby is supposedly the size of a mango. All this talk about fruit is making me hungry. I need a snack.

In one more week, I would be halfway through my pregnancy… it is going by so fast and I am desperate for it to slow down. Not only because I am not anywhere close to being ready, but also because I want to take my time enjoying it. All I have for this poor child so far is skincare products! There is so much we still need to sort out, plan for, change, make, research… I am trying to not feel too overwhelmed. I am also trying to not leave everything to the last minute, but with the festive season being upon us things have been a little crazy around here.

The only thing I seem to be struggling with at the moment is terrible heartburn, hormones, and round ligament pain. I got so angry yesterday that I threw my hairdryer against the wall. It broke into a million little pieces… I guess I’ll need a new one of those as well. After that, I ugly cried for an hour. Why? Because my husband did not clear the kitchen table before I needed to start cooking before I had to ask. That’s not all, he laughed at how ridiculous I was being and that’s what set me off into a wild rage. I know, probably not something that should be admitted on social media. Sorry if I sound crazy, but that is because I kind of am.

The little lemon has been moving non-stop, I can properly feel him turn and kick now. He is a busy little bugger – just like his baby brother (who literally kicked himself out of my uterus 6 weeks early). Unfortunately, with the round ligament pain, it is sometimes a bit painful/uncomfortable when he moves. Don’t even get me started on the excruciating feeling when I cough or sneeze.

I am not craving anything in particular at the moment, but I do enjoy a big glass of ice cold milk every day. I am completely over the orange juice thing, and I cannot touch raw meat at all. I don’t particularly like the taste of chocolate and cannot stand pork!

I have gotten really big, really quickly (I am even bigger now than in the photo below)… I am not even joking or trying to be funny. I am scared. I am going to end up looking like Octomom. Thank goodness Cherry Melon sent me some amazing maternity clothes. Their pregnancy leggings are by far THE BEST. They are extremely comfortable and I have literally been living in them. I will take some photo’s and share them with you next week, but I am so impressed with the quality and comfort of their clothing.

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Why is this going so fast??? Everyone is asking me for bump pictures 🀣 I've gotten quite big, quite quickly… So here you go. My very first bump pic (swipe for a side-profile). 17 weeks in…. 22 weeks & 3 days to go before I hold my baby boy in my arms. Before I become a mom of three… A family of 5! I am so excited, and I am loving this journey. Also, I found the PERFECT kimono from @cherrymelonmaternity … You don't have to be pregnant to rock this! It's the perfect length and shape, the colour is gorgeous and the quality is impeccable. What do you think? . . . #babybumpselfie #babybump #bumpupdate #17weeks #pregnancy #pregnancylife #pregnant #bumpstyle #maternity #fashion #ootd

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I made the gender announcement on Instagram a while back (this is exactly why you should be following me on there) if you missed it – we are having another BOY! I was really hoping for a girl, but I knew from the beginning it was a boy. A boy also just makes so much more sense, it feels right. We have found a few names that we like, but I cannot seem to decide between them. I think we will know when we see his face, like with the other two. I already love him so much… pregnancy truly is a miracle and a privilege (even when it is downright awful). It never ceases to amaze me what our bodies and our hearts are capable of.

We have our next big scan in about two weeks time, this one serves to check if the baby’s spine is closing up nicely. We are not worried, so far everything looks perfect and I hope that this easy pregnancy would mean an easy birth without complications. Like I have said before, I think I deserve one of those.

Next week I will start planning properly, but I would appreciate your help. Everything has changed so much in the past 4-years and I feel a bit overwhelmed. I want to buy items that are practical… this is our last baby, so it does not necessarily need to last a lifetime. It does, however, need to be safe.

 

I would love your recommendations and opinions on the following:

 

β€’ Does your baby sleep in a cot, camp cot, nest, pod, baby carrier or co-sleeper? Which ones are best and what would you recommend? In terms of how we plan to sleep with the baby, it will be the same as with our other two. A combination of co-sleeping and having him in his own cot in our bedroom for the first few months.

β€’ Recommendations for a good baby monitor, preferably with a screen so you can see the baby.

β€’ The best place to buy nice, big muslin swaddle wraps? I got some off Wish, but who knows when they will arrive. I am obsessed with muslin swaddle wraps and used them for everything with Knox. I bought Knox the Aiden and Anais ones, but they are just so pricey!

β€’ Which baby carrier do you think is the best? We had a Noonoo pie baby wrap with Knox and it was a total lifesaver. It was just a bit complicated and it took forever for me to get the hang of it… what do you recommend? I would want to use it from birth as I feel babywearing is extremely beneficial. Maybe a wrap and a carrier?

β€’ I have settled on using Tommee Tippee bottles after doing loads of research, would it make more sense to get the Tommee Tippee breast pump? Has anyone used the Tommee Tippee electric breast pump and would you recommend it? Any nifty new breastmilk storage solutions I should know about? I know I am being ambitious, but hopefully, breastfeeding works out for me this time around.

Please let me know if you have seen anything cool we should take note of β™₯

 

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Maz Halliday

Maz is self-employed mom to two of the most gorgeous, yet tiring kids you will ever lay eyes upon. She maintains her sanity by blogging at Caffeine and Fairydust and rocking from side-to-side in her bath tub at night (with a glass of bubbly - no one ever said you can't be fabulous while having a nervous breakdown). She aims to broaden people's perspectives - and in the process will either make you laugh or p%#@ you off. Don't be shy... come say hi!

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14 COMMENTS

  • Melanie van Wyk

    I used the Tommee Tippee electric pump and it worked so well. I loved that it came with a microwave steriliser box – one less thing we had to buy. It has 3 suction strength settings and the only thing I felt was that the first two settings seemed a bit ineffective. I used mine on level 3 the whole time. I worked my butt off, but with that little machine when I went back to work after 5 months of maternity leave I had over 50 bags of milk stored.

  • chastin dreyer

    I used the tommee tippee electric it was the most affordable electric pump t the time it worked fine I used it every day for 2 years and it was still in great shape at the end of it. I hated the tommee tippee bottles but those and MAM were the only bottles my youngest would take and they worked fine whatever baby will take mine were fusspots =). We used the baby sense sling it was great while my babies were tiny but they got restless and uncomfortable very early I thingk the stretch wraps are the best for longer use and comfort. I thought a baby monitor was a waste honestly but we did have one it came with a white noise function and lights was really sweet but I was quite an ansy mom so my babies were never far from me. Lastly a cot I splurged on a fancy one with my last after using a camp cot the first and second time and found it to be a complete waste as my youngest co slept and hated the cot in that regard a co sleeper or simple camp cot is what I found to be the best.

    • Maz
      AUTHOR

      I LOVED MAM!!! Worked so well with winds, but they have been discontinued in SA

  • Gaelyn Cokayne

    We had Stevie in a little Moses basket next to the bed for the first 3 weeks (it was on loan while still in SA) and she was in her big wooden cot in our room from 3 weeks to 3.5 months. I don’t see any point in an expensive one as they all end up being so similar! We had a local carpenter make ours.

    We got the angel care monitor with breathing pad after hearing about how dangerous and irresponsible it would be to go without one. We’ve actually never even used the breathing pad, and now only use the monitor when we’re on the other side of the house with tv it music on. (Meg Faure actually recommends switching it off at night so that you can sleep better.) So we don’t use it overnight at all. I’d get the cheapest one with video you can find.

    I used the Medela breast pump, had zero issues with it other than that my body didn’t express very well!

    Muslins – we got gorgeous ones from Mothercare Uk. I’ve also just ordered lovely looking ones from Finding whimsy

    We use an Ubuntu Baba carrier and LOVE it. Tried the noonoopie and got so hot and flustered I ditched it!

    Happy searching and discovering all the lovely new things available!

    • Maz
      AUTHOR

      Totally agree regarding the cot – for me it is about easy, longevity and access.

      In terms of the monitor, I need it for daytime naps – I need to be able to see him while I’m in my office (only a few rooms down, but still. I need alone time.

      Can you remember which Medela?

      OOOH I love Mothercare – already sent my FIL a list for when he comes down in December.

      Regarding Ubuntu – it looks so complicated, was it easy to figure out?

  • Aisha O.

    Hi Maz, I used Tommee Tippee everything and was very happy with it all. The breast pump really helped and was easy. I only wish it had more settings (speed wise) but it was what we could afford at the time. It also works seamlessly with the bottles. We’re still using their bottles now. Good luck!

    • Maz
      AUTHOR

      Can you remember how many settings it had? I am a very impatient person!!! I had the NUK with Knox and I remember getting annoyed that it was too slow

  • Ellen

    You have to get the Muslins from Miilk (i am also Muslin obsessed and they are out of this world!) and i would also recommend the Ubuntu Carrier… totally love mine.❀️ Another great buy is the Nurture One cushion, heavenly sleeping place for baby.
    Enjoy every moment of this miracle.

    • Maz
      AUTHOR

      I have been leaning towards Ubuntu but they are pricey! And they look a little complicated. A friend of mine has one so maybe I should go have a look at hers….
      Miilk has gorgeous muslins! I will definitely place an order there. Will look up regarding the Nurture One cushion – I have never heard of it!

  • Stacy

    Hmmm let’s see, but sure how relevant since my info is also based on 4 years ago! Breastfeeding was a nightmare with my oldest (went on to bottles at 4 weeks) and was a dream with my son (I weaned him just before his 3rd birthday) I’ve decided it really does depend on the child and the circumstances. Both are happy and healthy so I’m good.
    The best breast pump for me was the little medela harmony – it was manual but so easy (and quiet). I tried the Tommy tippie electric but it just didn’t work for me.
    We had a Moses basket next to the bed and co-slept as well. We only got around to actually doing his room up when he was about 3 πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈuntil then it was a dumping ground with a bed. Second child problems 🀣
    Baby wearing was a life saver! We did the stretchy wrap and then moved to a ring sling quite quickly (this is still my fav carrier of all time). We also had an African baby carrier (ABC) which worked well when he was a bit older and I could get him on my back.
    Loved the muslin swaddles, I only ever had the baby city ones so can’t comment on any others.
    That’s all I’ve got for now!

    • Maz
      AUTHOR

      Why didn’t Tommee Tippee work for you? I am sitting on 50/50 – good and bad feedback!
      Did the ring sling not get uncomfortable? Seeing as baby would be on one side? Do you still need to hold them sortof??

  • Plantferns

    Tommie tippe breast pump sucked for me. Lol not the good kind.
    I found the pump didn’t sit well with my nipples.
    I preffered the Avent Isis electric

    I had two carriers. An ABC and a Mei Tai. Meitai was amaaaazing for him when he was little little. And I still use the ABC NOW he turns two in January.
    Insane quality and easy easy easy to use also there is space to adjust as bay weight stays or falls away. They also don’t cost an arm and a leg. You can buy the converter and use from new born.

    As for Co sleeper I’d get a long Co sleeper so that it can be easily converted into a toddler bed as well at a later stage. πŸ™‚

    • Maz
      AUTHOR

      Thank you! Where did you buy your Mei Tai? I would love to check it out!

  • Jenni

    Hi!! In regards to monitors we have and love the angelcare one. It’s got the screen so you can see them. I had the TT electric breast pump with baby 1 and I found it super useful just takes forever!!! And I had loads of milk so I used to fill up the bottles in minutes. But had to do each boob twice so reconsidering for baby 2. I love the baby sense swaddle / muslin blankets. I’ve still got all mine today and will reuse with baby 2. Try look at the moooka breast pump. It’s manual which I think will be better but maybe wait and see what your milk supply is like before buying a pump. Carriers I highly recommend the Ubuntu baba carrier. They are amazing and come with magic baby sleepy dust; it’s a real thing!!!

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