Pregnancy in The Life of Clare

getting through pregnancy tips

The last 35 weeks have passed in somewhat of a blur.  Since getting home from Nepal and finding out that I was pregnant, then between morning sickness, work, blogging, home and keeping up appearances, life has been busy.

Add to that, getting ready for a baby, learning about pregnancy and the actual arrival of a baby and what ‘stuff’ we need, the last 7 months have been full to say the least.  I wanted to share some of my pregnancy and preparation adventure with you.

Morning Sickness

J gets up for work at 4:35 am, and luckily (or not) for me, this is about the time I’d start feeling sick.  So before he left for work he’d bring me a piece of buttered toast.  I found that I’d usually feel better as soon as I ate, so it was important to get something in me as early as possible.

I’d also carry snacks in my handbag.  Early on, I only wanted to eat savoury, so I’d carry mixed nuts, water crackers, and sometimes some dried fruit.

Pregnancy Wardrobe

Even now, at 35 weeks, I’m wearing a lot of my pre-pregnancy clothes. I’ve loved being pregnant through summer, but I am very glad that I’m not trying to work through it (I mean leaving the house work, I’m currently wearing my PJ’s and sometimes I’ll work in my bathers).

Maxi dress have been my best friend. This picture was taken on Christmas Day, when my sister and long time family friend wanted to feel Baby Reilly move.  I love this dress and have worn it throughout the whole pregnancy, I’ll also be able to wear it afterwards.  I found a similar one here.

maternity maxi dress

Most of the rest of my maternity wardrobe has come from Asos maternity (I buy the cheap, versatile items) and I’ve absolutely loved Target’s maternity jeans (which I got at the boxing day sales for $19) and their maternity shorts.  I’ve found that I’m an under belly person, so I love that these jeans and shorts have elastic in place of the front pockets rather than a pull up belly band.

Nursery and Baby Paraphernalia

We are so lucky to be surrounded by people with babies, so we’ve actually been given a lot. Anything that we have been given we’ve bought second hand off eBay or opshops (this includes all baby clothes, except those that others have bought us, the bassinet, and our cloth nappies).

I have bought reusable Cheeky Wipes new, and I can’t wait to see what they’re like and how they work.

I was all keen on making the baby’s room look like those Pinterest pictures, but it’s just not that practical and I figure the baby doesn’t care.  Our spare room still has our spare bed, which I’m sure will get some use, if not from me, from visitors and the bassinet will be in our room for a while.

nursery

bassinet

The bassinet will be in our room for a while.  There’s still a few more things to come, we have the car seat and pram on layby which will get picked up soon.  Our baby room is user friendly, but not overly pretty, which I’m ok with.

Next up I need to pack my hospital bag and get the last few things ready before DD.

Do you have any tips/tricks for getting the nursery ready?  What about things to put in hospital bags?  

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  1. I bought my old boss a handheld water spray fan for $5 from Kmart when she went on leave and she texted me later to say that was a recommended item on her hospitals list of things to bring! I also made her a little purse kit for days where baby might dominate a lot of her time 🙂

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    1. I love the idea of the hand held fan, I’m headed into Big W tomorrow to pick up the last few things we need, so I might have a look for one then, I’d love to know more about your purse kit.

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      1. I love this little pouch! I’ve added some of those bits to my hospital bag and they’ll cross over to the nappy bag. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. make sure you have diapers, wipes, clothes for you and the baby, magazines, books, and music to listen to. I am very happy for you and your husband. God Bless you.

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  3. You look very organised; a lot more organised than I was before my first baby. But I was so huge there was no way I could wear anything other than maternity clothes but mind you, the maxi wasn’t in fashion! I would say to buy the minimum at this point as I found that relatives and friends were so generous I didn’t really need to buy a thing apart from equipment like prams and car seats. What an exciting time for you! xx

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    1. We have been given nearly everything. The only things we picked out were the car seat and the pram, and they mostly got paid for too. Everything else has either come from others as gifts, hand me downs, or from the op-shop.

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