Shock! Horror! Jules writes a post!

Well, don’t all die of shock, but I thought I should probably write a post about a certain baby I’m going to have soon – seeing as the blog is called Daniel and Julia’s Baby Blog.

Daniel has been doing a great job of keeping you up to date on all the renovations that have been going on. I would just like to take this opportunity to thank him from the bottom of my heart for doing so much work on it himself. Yes, builders did all the tricky stuff but he’s done nearly all the painting and he’s done a terrific job. However, on reading his blogs I did notice that he conveniently left out that I have been helping a bit. I rollered a lot of the undercoat and did all the cutting in for one of the colour coats (don’t tell anyone I was up and down the ladder – not really supposed to do that when you’re this pregnant). Anyway, I’m sure he meant to say ‘Missy has been a big help and I couldn’t have done it without her’ but he’s been so busy it just slipped his mind.

And the poor bugger really has been busy. He started TAFE again for this semester a few weeks ago so is studying 4 nights a week – thankfully only Monday night is actually at TAFE and the rest from home. When he was first enrolling it looked like he might be out 4 nights a week to study which both of us thought would be a bit much – what with a new baby on the way, me still working full-time until the end of August, Andrew to look after, not to mention Daniel himself working full-time. Luckily he is able to do 3 of them online so he’s able to come home from work, have dinner, help me with Andrew and then study. This is the routine on Tues, Wed and Thurs, and then he’s usually able to have Friday nights and the weekend off. Unfortunately, with deadlines for painting needing to be finished he’s a bit out of whack this week so is having to put in some hours tonight. I said I was only going to nag him once but when I looked over 15 minutes later and he still wasn’t studying I said something and that was a mistake! Going to keep my mouth shut now.

We are all really tired at the moment too. Andrew’s not been well for a few days and his coughing is waking us all in the middle of the night. Yesterday I got the call from daycare saying he wasn’t well and went to pick him up early and Daniel stayed home with him today. We had the doctor out last night and he confirmed it was probably the flu virus and to keep his fluids up and keep an eye on his temperature. If he gets worse or starts getting fevers to get him checked again. Daniel said Andrew’s been pretty good today – didn’t eat a whole lot during the day but had a big bowl of Daddy’s spag bol tonight, and has been drinking a lot of water or diluted juice. He’s been pretty happy though which makes it easier. It was 27 and sunny today so Daniel took him down to the park at the end of the street this afternoon and he didn’t want to come home – he was having too much fun!

Oh yeah, and I’m pregnant! I’m actually almost 33 weeks which is a bit scary. I just looked at the last pic that Daniel posted of me at 24 weeks and I don’t look that different so can’t be bothered getting him to take another one. Just look at that one and imagine I’m a bit bigger and a lot more tired. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve really been feeling heavy – particularly today, I feel like a whale! I’m at that stage where it’s hard to get comfy anywhere – laying down, sitting up, standing – grrrr! Sleeping has been a bit of an issue and I’ve just tried bringing an extra pillow in bed to put under my tummy when I lay on my side. So far that hasn’t really helped and gets chucked out half-way through the night. And, of course, there’s the 3.30am toilet trip too – not so much fun when it’s bloody cold at night at the moment. But other than that I’m doing great! This baby is extremely active and just loves kicking mumma in the ribs, but obviously that means it’s very healthy. All my check-ups so far have been great and my GP loves taking my blood pressure as it’s always nice and low. I have my next GP appointment in a week and a half and then see a doctor at the hospital 2 weeks later where hopefully he will tell me which day this bub is coming out. I’m not sure whether Daniel may have said in a previous post, but this time I’m having a Caesarian due to complications that happened last time. It is optional, but they said that there is a slightly higher chance of similar things happening to last time if I have a natural birth and that could cause long-term problems for me. Daniel and I are both happy with this decision as the recovery is much more predictable from a Caesar than what I went through last time. Not being able to sit comfortably for over 6 months due to a broken tailbone was extremely difficult – like breast-feeding isn’t hard enough to begin with!

Anyway, think this post might be long enough now as you’ve all probably fallen asleep reading it. It has certainly worn me out writing it so I’m off to bed to read Harry Potter. I might even post again before the baby comes – maybe…

Cheers

Julia

Pregnancy Pic (24 Weeks)

Jules and I realised yesterday that we hadn’t been taking any pregnancy pics of her this time around. So… here you go!

Jules at 24 weeks

If you would like to compare this to how she looked at this stage with Andrew, take a look at this old post.

On a slightly sadder note, Andrew has conjunctivitis again. Poor little bloke! Was running a bit of a fever tonight, too, but hopefully he’ll be feeling better in the morning.

TTFN

//Daniel//

P.S. If the Little Old Lady is reading this, I hope you feel better soon!

P.P.S.  You might notice the ‘Google Ads’ in the right-bar.  My apologies for the advertising, but you can rest easy in the knowledge that every click on those ads goes into our ‘lump’ account.  So… click away!

19wk Scan

On the 1st of May Julia had an appointment with the strangely named ‘Savage Xray’ for her 18-20 week scan. We scored a 3D scan this time which looks a little weird as Lump had it’s hand on it’s head most of the time:

3d scan of 'Lump'

The big question now is ‘did we find out the sex of the baby’? Well, we thought about it but decided in the end to keep it a surprise. We figure that we’re already prepared if Lump ends up being a boy, and if Lump turns out to be a girl then all we really need is to throw a few white body suits in the wash with some red socks and we’re all set. 🙂

The only new piece of information from the scan is that everything looks fine (which was confirmed at Jules’ follow-up appointment at the hospital last week) and that the due date is more like the 25th of September instead of the 21st.

TTFN

//Daniel//

Big Announcement

Okay, by now this probably isn’t such a huge announcement, but I figure better late than never.

That’s right, Jules is pregnant again with our second child. The latest due date is the 21st of September, but of course that is always more of a guideline than anything else.

I must say that I’m a little calmer about the whole fatherhood thing (I’ve had a while to get used to it I guess) but the fact that Jules got pregnant a little earlier than expected has both of us a little nervous. Still, there will be about 2 years between Andrew and his little sister/brother (or is that brother/sister?) which is a pretty good gap.

That brings me onto one of the big questions – are we going to find out the sex of the baby? Well, the jury is still out on that one, but at this stage we’re leaning towards not finding out. People keep telling us it’s good to have a surprise, and given that we’re 90% prepared whatever we end up with we might just leave finding out until “B-day”.

Jules has been travelling fairly well so far. As last time she hasn’t really suffered from morning sickness which is a huge bonus.

The biggest change this time around is having to go through it all with a toddler in-tow. If either of us isn’t feeling 100%, the other one still has Andrew to contend with. Having suffered a bout of gastro a couple of weeks ago, Jules was faced with the fun job of entertaining Andrew by herself all weekend on top of all the ‘usual’ pregnancy-related stuff.

Not sure if Andrew quite understands what’s happening yet, but we have been trying to explain that Mummy has a baby in her tummy. He generally gives her tummy a pat and a kiss, but he tends to do that anyway.

What else? The next major event will be Jules’ scan next week. That’s the one where we are able to find out the sex of the baby if we want. I guess we have between now and then to decide which way we’ll go.

Better go. Sorry for the long break between posts. I’ll have to write some more soon to fill you in on what life’s been like with the little bloke. I might even be able to persuade Jules to post to the new blog (speaking of which, what do you think?)

TTFN

//Daniel//

37 week photo (but she’s really 38 weeks!)

As promised in my last post, here’s a pic of the 37-weeks-pregnant lady:

Isn’t she gorgeous!

She’s actually more like 38 weeks now, but we took this last week.

As mentioned in her post, she’s getting a bit uncomfortable now. It’s also starting to warm up a bit more up here (will probably be a really hot summer this year), so our A/C will be getting a good workout this year.

We’ve been clearing out the nursery a bit more today. Packed away three boxes of books which will go in the shed, and have found homes for most of the new ‘baby shower’ toys.

I got some other exciting news last night, too – our good friends Matt & Kirsten are getting married (possibly next year) and last night Matt asked me if I would be his best man! It was definitely a bit of a surprise, but I’d been secretly hoping that he might ask for a while now. So.. looks like I’ll get a chance to recycle all the comedy gold that I used at Adrian’s wedding. I hope Matt realises what he’s let himself in for.

TTFN

//Daniel//