Kickin’ away!

I’ve started to feel a few subtle kicks a few weeks ago. At first I thought it was my rumbling tummy – but tummy doesn’t rumble only on the left side, does it?

Now the kicks and movements are a little more definite and more regular than before, and it’s truly an amazing and magical experience! Hubby was the most excited one. There was one night when I felt the strongest kicks while we were lying on bed talking, so I took his hand and put it on my belly and he waited anxiously. It was quite a funny and cute experience for both of us that I couldn’t help myself from giggling (plus, I’m a ticklish person) so it took quite sometime for him to feel the kicks. But at last the kicks came, a few times. Hubby asked if that was it. I said yes, and then he turned to my belly and said in a cute voice, “Hi in there! I love you!”, and kissed my belly. I can sense that the baby feel loved, bcoz the mommy does! 🙂

I also noticed that my little one is the most active in the morning and at night. Especially when I’m lying down. The kicking and moving doesn’t feel like butterflies fluttering, or popcorn popping, or a goldfish swimming around, like what I’ve read. Mine feels like… something (or rather, someone) is poking and probing around. It can get a bit ticklish sometimes.

Anyway, here’s a video of baby movement I found on YouTube. It’s amazing! I wonder if that’s the baby’s head or the leg….




Buncit vs. Pregnant

My little one refused to show its “toot-toot” during the last ultrasound. Its position yg sedang menonggeng makes it hard for the doc to determine its sex. Dia menonggeng, sambil gerak2 kepala, as if saying “No mommy, I’m not gonna let you see it yet!”.

Haih… takpe laa. It’s still quite early.

Anyways, there’s a good news and a bad news.

The good news is, my uterus is now at the same level as my navel (the doc checked it by pressing my abdomen to “feel” it). Which explains why my lower tummy looks kinda buncit! All this while I thought it was just fat bcoz I eat a LOT. And I whined about it like 8 times a day. My sweet hubby keeps on telling me that I’m not fat, I’m just pregnant. I refused to believe that bcoz… okay, I know I’m pregnant. But I have always thought that the baby is still very teeny and at only 4+ months, it’s not supposed to make any difference to my appearance just yet, especially my tummy. Well, I guess I was wrong. That buncit-ness is actually my little one + the placenta + amniotic fluid + uterus + whatever “equipments” that’s got to do with pregnancy. So I’m actually quite relieved.

However, the bad news is… I can’t fit in my size 25 Levi’s jeans anymore. In fact, most of my pants/jeans too. It got stuck at my waist – it just won’t zip. And I personally think that of all the stages in pregnancy, now is the most challenging stage in terms of finding what to wear. You look more buncit and plumper than you’re pregnant. So it’s really hard to find clothes, especially pants/jeans that fits perfectly (please don’t suggest maternity clothes just yet). Currently I’m able to wear size 27 jeans and it fits my butt and thighs nicely, but not my waist. I wish the waist is an inch or two bigger. If I button it up, it’ll be a bit tight and uncomfy. If I go 1 size bigger, which is size 28, it’ll be too loose, even at the waist. Not fab.

But anyway, I managed to overcome that stuck-at-waist problem with the help of this genius invention! It’s Bellybelt Combo Kit for pregnant women who still wanna wear their regular clothes, which I got from Mothercare for RM89.

The kit includes 2 sizes of bellybelt button-up, 2 sizes of bellybelt slide (I wear this mostly with my kain baju kurung) and 3 colored panels to cover the gap. You don’t need the panels if you’re wearing the short bellybelts tho.

It’s cool, isn’t it? I can still wear my old pants/jeans! Woohoo!

As for tops… well, I don’t have much problems with that. I can still wear most of my clothes, except those with buttons at the front. I can only button the first one. I don’t think I need to tell you why ;p



Elemis Oil

I had a freaky dream last night.

I gave birth to a baby boy and it wasn’t painful at all bcoz I was sleeping during the whole baby-coming-out process. In my dream, I thought I was dreaming. I didn’t realize that I’ve given birth until my hubby told me. I peeked under the duvet to check my belly (sure enough, there was no bump) and there wasn’t a single stretch mark, so I was happy…

…until I got changed. I nearly fainted when I saw the cheetah-printed stretch marks in a rainbow shape at the upper back of my body. It looks something like this, except it’s white-ish instead of black:

It was freaking hideous and the ugliest stretch mark I’ve ever seen! I was so shocked that it woke me up from my sleep and I’m glad it was just a dream. I don’t know the ending of my dream – heck, I don’t even want to know! I’ve had a few vivid, weird and freaky dreams ever since I got pregnant, but this is by far the freakiest! *shudders*

Then I realized I didn’t massage my body with oil before going to bed last night, bcoz I was so jaded that I couldn’t even lift an arm (I went for cooking classes since last week. Yesterday was the last day – thank God!), and I couldn’t ask hubby for help bcoz he was asleep. Maybe that’s why I had that dream. I am never ever going to bed without massaging my body with oil ever again!

Well, speaking of massage oil, I am currently using Elemis Japanese Camellia Oil, which was recommended by Victoria Beckham in her fab book, That Extra Half an Inch; but hers was a green bottle, like this. Mine is maroon.

It’s a moisturizing oil that’s rich in plant collagen so it helps to reduce and prevent stretch marks and also improve skin elasticity. Most importantly, it’s suitable for pregnant women. I’m okay with the scent; it reminds me of spas (although my little sis thinks it smells like oil oil).

I’ve been using it for about a week now (especially for my tummy and boobs, since those two are “growing”), and I’m seeing difference. Not in terms of stretch marks tho bcoz so far I have none on those areas, but in terms of moisturizing. Before this, the skin around my tummy is dry and flaky as a result of too much Kwan Loong ointment sbb saya selalu pedih perut, and I’ve been using L’Occitane Supple Skin Oil for nearly a month (I prefer oils to creams or lotions bcoz I find it easier to massage, absorbs faster and non-sticky), but my skin condition was still the same. It’s a “dry oil” so I guess that doesn’t really help in moisturizing (but the scent is nice tho). That’s why I switched to Elemis oil, and now my tummy is not dry and flaky anymore 🙂

Let’s hope it works for stretch marks too.



The BIG News

I have a big news to tell you – and this big news comes with a big bump!

 

Yes people, yours truly is pregnant.
I AM PREGNANT! 🙂

 

Alhamdulillah, I am now entering the second trimester and I have to say that I’m glaaad and relieved that my first trimester is finally over! I did (and still do) get pregnancy sickness starting week 8 until now (I won’t call it morning sickness tho, bcoz I’m at the “healthiest” state when I wake up in the morning) but it’s not severe. I can’t wait for the queasiness to totally ease up, which hopefully would be in about a week or so.

The news shocked the two of us bcoz we weren’t really expecting to have a baby straight away. We were planning to get pregnant like, end of this year, tapi kita hanya merancang, Allah yang menentukan. Alhamdulillah, rezeki datang awal. It’s an unplanned but surely a welcome pregnancy!

Anyway… remember our birthday dinner at KL Tower? Remember I mentioned “our little secret”? Well, this is it! I found out I was pregnant 2 days before our birthday dinner so I planned to break the news to my husband at that time. Perfect timing, ey? The baby would be our birthday present (although I’m not sure who gave to whom actually). I had to keep my mouth shut and God knows how tempting it was! Imagine keeping your pregnancy from your husband?! That was the longest 2 days of my life. But I did a great job because my husband didn’t suspect anything – not even the late period, my sudden increase in appetite, abdominal cramps, nor the sore and sensitive breasts. I guess he just thinks I’m being whiney as usual!

I decided to surprise him so I made him a card, handmade by me and put the pregnancy test kits inside a small box. I also bought a book about pregnancy for dads-to-be, entitled The Expectant Father. Buying the book was another challenge because he was in the bookstore too, but thank God my Speedy 30 is spacious enough that I could make a purchase without a trace!


I just realized it should be “THE father to our baby”. Must be the pregnancy brain.

I waited anxiously until it was time for our desserts – I took out the card and presents, and said “I have a little something for you”. He opened the card first and as he finished reading it, he nearly shouted, “Hah? Betul ker??”. I told him to open the box and when he did, he nearly jumped off his seat. He was grinning and shocked and kept on repeating, “Oh my God, oh my God” sambil pegang perut dia as if he was the one who is pregnant! His expression was priceless. I think that was the sweetest surprise I have ever done to anyone 🙂
And then later he asked me whether it’s a boy or a girl. I was only 6 weeks pregnant at that time laa! Hehe.


Anyway, as of today, I am 13 weeks and 1 day pregnant. My little one is showing positive progress, and the doc said I have one active baby! No wonder I get hungry every 1-2 hours! Dia asik pusing2 masa doc nak ukur panjang dia during the ultrasound scan. Apparently, my little one is about 6.5 cm and that’s just about the size of my palm. How cute!

I still can’t believe I’m pregnant – that I’m going to be a mommy. It’s so surreal!