We can finally share more happy news along with a 27-week update…
[dropcap]It’s[/dropcap] been a few weeks since we found out the sex of our baby and now it’s time to share it with you lovely people, though you can probably tell from all the pink that it’s a GIRL!
Kip is beyond excited while I was pleasantly surprised as I was convinced by my mum that it will be a boy. I do love an idea of a boy, but I would’ve wanted to try for a girl so I can play dress up, while Kip likes the calm sweet nature of them – especially as we have two young godsons who are fun but can be little terror’s with a nerf guns in their hands! Another plus is that two of my closest friends here have young girls with one expecting her second one in a few weeks’ time, so our little one already has playdate sorted.
Now that I’m over half way there have been a few things that I’ve learnt so far:
Am I Too Small?
I was getting worried about how my baby was developing as everyone kept commenting on how small I look for six months. I went to the doctors with this concern and she just pointed out that as I’m petite, she doesn’t expect me to grow a giant child and I have nothing to worry about. My advice is not to look at others and just stick to what you believe is best for you.
Can I Still Workout?
I’m sticking with my fitness routine of Barre and swimming. I try and eat healthy and as there’s less room in my belly due to a little someone, I opt for few smaller meals a day.
The Baby Room
We have just started getting a few bits for the nursery, but I’ve been told countless of times not to buy too much as the baby room is mainly for the parents indulgence. So far we only have a cot, changing table and some clothing so there is still plenty to tick off the list, which I’m going to share with you in the next coming weeks.
I’ve been determined to avoid maternity wear which is easier to do in Dubai as there is no need for layers and you can get away with loose dresses. The handy trick I learnt is to use an elastic band to fasten the jeans. Over the next couple of weeks, I’m also going to share my latest maternity outfits so stay tuned!
Now that she’s moving a lot, I’m getting more nervous about what kind of mum I’m going to be and how much I still need to learn. Many mums I spoke to echo this sentiment which is comforting, it’s a step into the unknown so of course you’ll be nervous. The key is to focus your mind on something else and keep busy, otherwise your brain is going to run wild and stress you out. Here’s a nice thought, after day 1 you’re a pro as you would’ve changed, fed and went through all the stages of calming the baby several times so it’s all going be okay – that’s what I hear anyways.
Don’t Forget Your Other Baby
I really do feel that the boys get left out a little. Everyone focuses on the mum-to-be but I honestly would’ve lost my mind a long time ago without Kip. He is so good with kids, incredibly supportive and makes me laugh every day. Get the guy involved as much as possible, enjoy spa treatments, plan a babymoon get him to sing to the belly (weird but adorable) but maybe don’t drag him to the desert in 40oC heat to take pictures of you with some balloons. He did a bloody good job though!
Photography by Kip.