After anticipating #bulletchan 's arrival since 3 weeks ago, the waiting game is still on! Seems like the little fella likes his current home too much. I'm currently just 1 day shy of my EDD and I'm pretty sure I will go past that. It's not that I mind carrying this bump for a few more weeks but baby has always been on the bigger side so every passing day = baby growing fatter = decreasing chance of natural labour.
Well, eviction notice has been given as I'm scheduled to be induced on Tue. But we are still hoping I will go into labour naturally before that!
The past few days I've tried to induce him naturally by:
✔ Eating lots of pineapples
✔ Walking ALOT
✔ Doing squats
✔ Eating McSpicy
✔ (sort of) Jumping on a trampoline
But still no signs of labour at all! 😣
Today I'm going to give it a last ditch attempt by climbing the stairs and going to the food fair at Expo with mommy (to walk).
So here I am, approaching 40 weeks and still pregnant and waiting. Some sort of milestone too perhaps? #selfconsole #dayrepregnancy
20 August 2016 – The day I found out I was pregnant. I was on a 3D2N trip to Montigo Resorts with the 6hers and was praying my period would come before that so I could swim and do all the watersports. And although it didn't, I wasn't surprised too since my period hasn't been the most regular all my life. But there was just this little thought in me that time, if I COULD be pregnant (mother's instinct? Haha) so I told myself better to do a test before I join them for jetski and stuff.
And I got this result. Although it wasn't totally unexpected, I was still DAMN SHOCKED it's positive! I didn't know how to react at that time because
1. I wasn't really prepared to be pregnant at that time since I will be moving to my new house in the months to come
2. Yay I'm gonna be a mom?
3. Can this $4 Indo pregnancy test kit be trusted???
I had to google what 'hamil' means to convince myself although I knew it's quite universal what that 2 lines mean.
The first person to know was none other than @jiaejaja who was in the same room as me followed by kim and xian from the next room. Sent this picture to zikai and I remember his first response was 'so boy or girl?' -_-
Then I waited till past midnight to call my mom to tell her the news on her birthday but she didn't give me the big reaction I'd expected haha. And I thought she's been waiting for this for the longest time!
10 September 2016 – First gynae check-up and we saw this little worm inside my tummy! Reality finally sank in when we heard baby's heartbeat for the first time 😊 Prior to this, we've actually already gotten a confirmation from a GP but because I did not have any pregnancy symptoms, I was still perhaps 30% skeptical about this whole thing?
Talking about pregnancy symptoms, I'm one of the lucky few who can safely say I did not experience any morning sickness. It was at most bloatedness but it didn't affect my appetite much. That probably explains why weight gain has been one of the biggest worries throughout this journey.
So other than bloatedness, I also had frequent nosebleeds, swollen ankles, water retention and most recently, carpal tunnel syndrome. 😣 These days, I wake up with pain in the wrists and knuckles and it takes a few hours for the pain to go away (though not fully).
It was also during this period the first Zika cluster was found just a stone's throw away from my MIL's place so I stayed mostly at 娘家 for the next few months!
Oh, how I miss my tummy at this state! Even if I'd ever get back to this size, the skin will be nowhere as smooth thanks to all the stretch marks I have now 😭
24th October 2016 – The day we collected keys to our home! Baby is about 15 weeks at this point and belly is starting to show already 😊
31st October – The day we knew the gender! Bought this elephant onesie (purposely chosen 'cause it's a boy haha #naughtymom) right after the check-up to remember this day. It's now in my hospital bag, ready for bulletchan to wear when he goes home from the hospital!
10 December 2016 – Baby's 22 weeks at this point and I gained a whooping 4kg within a month! Gynae gave a strict diet to follow and I was instructed to stay away from all sweet stuff/pastries and limit my food intake. It was SOOO HARD for me because I was feeling hungry all the time! And December is probably the worst time of the year to be put on a diet
27 January 2017 – We moved! While everyone else is having their reunion dinners, zikai and I were busy moving the last bit of our stuff over to ready ourselves for the first night at our place!
A few days before this I failed my blood sugar test so I was again put on a diet plan till the next visit. Why so suay, need to diet through all the festivities in December and now CNY too 😭😭😭 On top of dieting, I still had to monitor my blood sugar level by pricking my fingers 7 times a day for 2 days (thankfully for 2 days only).
February – This month was probably the most emotional throughout my pregnancy journey as I discovered a lump near my bikini line. Turns out to be hernia, a condition where the increased pressure from baby caused a protrusion through a weakness/tear in the walls of my muscles. Other than the fact that it hurts, it's also something that can only be fixed (even though not guaranteed) through surgery.
Hernia is generally harmless but in the most severe cases, the internal organs might get forced out (can't imagine) and it will become life threatening. I remember feeling super sad for myself, having just gone through a gestational diabetes scare, and now discovering I have this new problem to deal with.
Thankfully, I was only really affected for a few days as I slowly resigned to this fate, and began to 看开, especially knowing it won't cause any harm to my baby.
March – Attended pre-natal classes together. To be honest, I didn't find the sessions useful perhaps because I was already in my 3rd trimester and the first few lessons on diet and massage didn't really apply to me anymore. The only one I truly enjoyed was the hands-on session on how to swaddle and bathe the baby.
Ending this post with one of the clearest ultrasound scans we have of #bulletchan till date! Although this pregnancy hasn't been the most smooth sailing, I'm still glad that baby's well and healthy, albeit a little on the chubby side haha. Now just praying hard for a smooth (NATURAL!) delivery to mark the end of this 40 weeks journey! 💪