Having a baby grow inside you does tend to make you think about being a mother more than I ever have. It also makes you fart a lot, you have been warned!
In all seriousness I have always thought about and looked forward to being a Mum and having a family. I personally think that is one of life’s greatest gifts. I remember being 15 and thinking to myself I wanted a huge family, enough to fill a rugby team, a man who made me laugh, and life full of adventure. I’m getting close to the dream!! Hehe
Over the past weeks I have enjoyed being pregnant so much more than those earlier months. I have my energy back, my appetite has increased (hence why my pants aren’t fitting) and I just feel happy and lucky to be here doing life.
I felt the baby move last week which was a very exciting experience. It caught me completely off guard, as I was doing the washing (a rare occurrence) it gave me a little kick. It scared me at first, but I was over joyed that this little human was moving around and felt an immediate connection to it. Since then baby bean has not stopped moving, most days he/she is pretty chilled but come late afternoon or even time to sleep, it’s like a party going on in there!
I have been thinking about being a mother and all the mothers before me. It makes me feel strong knowing so many women around the world give birth every day, and millions of women have given birth before. I feel a strong connection to mothers, like we are all in this together.
So I wanted to make special mention to some women in my life that have influenced my choices, given me strength and continue to love and support me in all I do. Firstly, I’ll start with my Oma Grace, a courageous, strong willed Dutch women who moved to Australia as a nurse during World War II. She found a Dutch man in Sydney with similar values and beliefs and there started the beginning and life of our crazy big Dutch family in Sydney. This woman raised 4 children with no help from anyone. She was on the other side of the world from her mother and family, yet without any complaint brought up her children and grandchildren on her own, what a legend!
My Nan, Barbra Allison an intelligent and cultured farm girl came from rural NSW to Sydney for her University. Whilst studying English literature she began dating her Professor, a man with a heart of gold. Three years later they married in Sydney and so begun her life as a primary school teacher. Soon enough she was starting a family. She raised 5 amazing children whilst managing to still work through it all. Taking her family of 7 over to England to live for a year and offer them an experience they will never forget. What a champion!
Lastly my own mother Alby, a spirited women who knows how to be the life of the party, where forgiveness knows no limits, and love is always in her heart. She managed a work /home life balance so well. She did her degree then a masters with 3 young kids, moved with her family overseas twice and was always so positive about life and all the adventures to be had.
I got so lucky to be able to call her my mum, and I’m so happy she is going to be a grandmum so soon.
And now me, a soon to be mother… My story is only just beginning and I can’t tell you much so far. What I do know is that love and gratitude is something I have in my heart thanks to all the wonderful people who have loved me, and that is something I am going to give in abundance. Xxx
A baby is coming..
How?? What!!!!! Or even when you may ask..
Well, it all started with a birthday weekend away in May 2016 celebrating Ryan and some other friends, on an island of Indonesia called Batam. Now if you know Batam it is not the most magical place, but it seemed to do the trick for us just fine. This was where something incredible happened, something that will now change our sleep patterns, savings accounts, holiday plans, weekly menus, shopping sprees, bra size (just me), weekends, family and hearts forever.
I shall start by saying we are really thrilled about how this little bean is coming into the world next year, especially early enough to be able to attend our wedding and it’s first family holiday in Bali (where else would we go). When we first found out about the little bub (we call it many things) we were in some serious shock, my first reaction was feeling proud of my body for actually being able to do it. Every now and then the occasional slip up has happened and nothing ever eventuated from it, so that doubt was there in my mind. But, woohoo my body can do this, we are very thankful for that fact.
Since finding out at 5 weeks, the following 12 weeks have been a little bit challenging to say the least. I knew morning sickness was a thing, but man I wish I had empathized more with women who had gone through it (Note to self work on empathizing more).
Mornings, lunchtimes, and even the evenings have hit me with morning sickness, headaches, gas, constipation, and the feeling of being constantly hung-over without any good stories to tell about the night before. At week 18 I can honestly say the nausea is starting to decrease, headaches are less frequent, yet the need for constant napping still lingers. Who am I kidding; I did that before being pregnant!
Now the next few months are where all the exciting bits are about to start, not that puking 3 times a day isn’t eventful. The other night I thought I felt something move inside me, although we did have spicy beef noodles for dinner, so you never know where that movement was coming from. We are going to Bali in 3 weeks where we will be finalizing wedding plans, and baby can get a taste of those relaxing Bali vibes that they are going to love. We have to find a new place to live; our 2 bedroom flat just won’t make the cut next year with the bub a helper (a luxury in Singapore with babies) and dotting grandparents and uncles coming to visit.
We have to pack up, move and set up all before March 6th that’s when it’s going to get real!!
So much cheese!!!!
Bread and butter
Cake (with really good icing too)
French fries- the other day I sat in Mcdonalds for the first time in years (not hungover or drunk) just wanting to sit and eat my french fries lol fatty!
My life really does revolve around food! I love learning about produce, reading new recipes, trying to create my own. Here are some of my food, travel and creative journeys, I hope you find them interesting or just delicious!