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Cherry blossoms

Garmisch P A. Riley

Spring is near

Spring is near

On our way to catch up with friends, we stopped and noticed that the cherry blossoms were starting to bloom. We both stood there slightly gawking, trying to capture spring coming just around the corner. It really is about enjoying the little things, the blue sky, the teeny buds and just being out in the fresh air.

I processed this photo using Fat Mum Slim's Little Moments App as I've been testing it out this month and decided it was time to get back into playing photo a day.

Week 37 - Winter Melon

Garmisch P A. Riley

Image courtesy of Cute Fruit

Image courtesy of Cute Fruit

Our little baby’s now the size of a winter melon. Now full term and the hulking little baby can come any time in the next four weeks. Pretty exciting stuff!

This week I dove into a bunch of mama health and mental check ups and feel like I'm back on course. I had a counselling appointment on Monday to check in and had thoughts I've let incubate for the week. I've meditated, pondered and feel a little wiser. 

I went to my UC GP who said I had pleurisy which is not as bad as it sounds but makes it hard to laugh!

I attended a Calmbirth Support Group Session which was more akin to dharma sharing and just what I needed. Then today we did our last workshop which was day two of Bringing Baby Home which was lovely and emphasised just how much of a team we are and will always be. 

I started volunteering, Zumba and prenatal yoga again but my ever growing belly tells me I will have to start slowing down even more. 

In between the check ups, I caught up with friends, baked a cake, took it easy and making the the most of this thing they call nesting (to me it's just normal day to day laundry). 

The baby is stronger than ever and doing head spins and the odd hiccup or shimmy. 

That's all for now!

Week 36 - Honeydew Melon

Garmisch P A. Riley

Image courtesy of Cute Fruit

Image courtesy of Cute Fruit

Our little baby’s now the size of a honeydew melon. 

This week, I finished my studies (Cert IV)! All while I recovered from being sick. And poor Tim was so sick he lost his voice! I think this is a sign for us to get all of our sickness taken care of so we're fully charged by the time the baby comes. 

Our midwives visit on Monday was fruitful and informative. I do love listening to the baby's heart beat  The baby is practically engaged and I now imagine them doing head spins instead of somersaults. I think he/she is getting mighty excited because there had been a lot of strong kicks/pushes/hulkiness, causing my right rib to feel quite tender from the inside. 

We went back to Zumba last night and the teach said I was mobile! It's really hard to sit/stay still these days and swaying is just so comfortable. 

We had a lovely little gathering last weekend and messages of love are being sent left, right and centre. I'm feeling very humbled and blessed. 

Week 31 - Pineapple

Garmisch P A. Riley

Image courtesy of Cute Fruit

Image courtesy of Cute Fruit

Our little baby’s now the size of a pineapple. This week we learnt about stage three of labour and got to poke a fresh placenta (it was cold and squishy), the human body is so fascinating! 

I also have a few more labour positions up my sleeves and even managed to do a couple during a relaxation in my antenatal exercise class. 

Lastly, being unemployed and almost study free gives me plenty of time to find illustrations for our birth plan, research fun stuff, sign up for more free classes, eat continuously and take advantage of impromptu nap times. Being a pregnant mama to be has so many perks :)

Week 30 - Cabbage

Garmisch P A. Riley

Image courtesy of Cute Fruit

Image courtesy of Cute Fruit

Our little baby’s now the size of a cabbage. This week we learnt about active birth, labouring positions and the first two stages of labour. The visual aids and home birth videos were fascinating. 

On another note, I discovered that I can no longer zip up all but one jumper/jacket. So after resisting for 7.5 months I caved and Tim convinced me to go shopping for clothes. Shopping is so not my forte (I'd rather spend money on food) but we came home with a bunch of comfy stretchy clothes (I'm too small for maternity clothes) and an exercise ball. Yay for sales and bright non closeable cardigans ;) I can now stop stretching my current minimalist closet. 

And finally, the baby has decided that all hours of the day and night are good times to dance, jiggle, be a teeny hulk and generally popcorn away.

Week 29 - Butternut Squash

Garmisch P A. Riley

Image courtesy of Cute Fruit

Image courtesy of Cute Fruit

Our little baby’s now the size of a butternut squash. All I do now is graze and nap, I really must be in my third trimester. 

This week we learned about bubs, boobs and poop. I discovered I now walk like my 85 year old grandmother. I scored extra stretches for my antenatal exercise toolkit. And I can start my multiple mini projects in the lead up to Popcorn being born. 

Week 28 - Eggplant

Garmisch P A. Riley

Image courtesy of Cute Fruit

Image courtesy of Cute Fruit

Our little baby’s now the size of an eggplant. 

This week we met our lovely student midwife which means we get to learn even more about my pregnancy and totally geeking it up. Today we got to feel Popcorn's shoulder, bottom and foot, so cool!

The baby is going well, being super active and despite my compact little belly, there is still plenty of room to do somersaults!

My giddyness will hopefully melt my migraine away. But man, I do love feeling our little baby dance and hear their doof doof doof heart beat. Nothing else matters. #proudmama

10 Life Lessons to Excel in Your 30s

Garmisch P A. Riley

Mark Manson's article 10 life lessons to excel in your 30's made me smile and the funny thing is I've been following these not so little lessons since I was 24. My favourite are number 6 and 10.

I always thought I had to explain my decisions, why I left a secure job at 24, chose to volunteer and live overseas instead of settling down, travelled (almost) around the world to read, write, volunteer and Instagram, why I decided to simplify then become a minimalist and why I rejected an extension to a contract job to study full time in a totally different field. At the end of the day, I did and do these things because it feels right for me in the moment.

So now I do and share instead of trying to explain. And as a result I'm finding myself being surrounded by like minded people, I'm happier, have more time to just be and life is pretty awesome. Of course it's not always daises, but I'm glad I'm making my own path and steps. Best decision ever.

Have you read 10 life lessons to excel in your 30's by Mark Manson yet?

Hello Ruby

Garmisch P A. Riley

Only 27 hours to go! You still have time to support Linda Liukas' amazing kickstarter project.

Teaching kids how to program through gorgeous illustrations and adventures? I backed it in the first few days and you should too :)

I can't wait to get my hands on the hardcover book, workbook and poster, the first piece artwork we have for our baby's room!

Hello Ruby is a children’s book that teaches programming fundamentals through stories and kid-friendly activities.
— Linda Liukas

Start backing from as little as $5 and you can learn about Ruby, her friends and of course programming. What are you waiting for?