Crosstitchery @ 19 Weeks

Nearly halfway! I can hardly believe it. Time is absolutely flying and it won’t be long until Coco is here in our arms, which is simply an amazing thought.

IMG_1277Here’s a little bump update of Coco & I at 19 weeks – this little bump has popped a bit and I’m loving it! I took this picture just before we headed to the anatomy scan, which is a detailed ultrasound of Coco’s major organs, plus limbs etc. The sonographer checks the lungs, brain, heart, arms, legs, fingers, toes, bladder, kidneys, eyes in major detail to ensure Coco is growing big and strong, and in accordance with the dates that the doctor has advised us of.

I’m very happy to report that Coco is growing beautifully; he or she is moving LOTS (which I absolutely love!), and moved a lot during the anatomy scan – it was quite amazing watching Coco moving on the screen, whilst feeling Coco move inside me. I can hardly wait until Mr A can feel Coco’s movements too, as for the time being, I can really only feel them on the inside.

I’ve been able to feel Coco’s movements a lot more frequently in the last 2 weeks now, and it’s absolutely amazing. It’s all become a little more ‘real’ as my bump has grown, I can feel our bundle of love moving, and Mr A and I can see Coco growing at a great rate.

I started a pregnancy journal at 18 weeks on the advice of a friend, and I’m so glad I did – I feel so close to Coco as I write down my thoughts and feelings. I went back all the way to the start of when we first found out about Coco (4 weeks!) and so many things have happened in that time; it’s nice to record my feelings and what’s happened as no doubt I’ll start to forget small points as time goes on.

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Crosstitchery @ 15 Weeks & First Movements

IMG_1041So here’s a little bump update of our ‘Baby Coco’ at 15 weeks – we’re calling bump Coco as we’re not finding out the gender, and it sounds a lot nicer than calling bump ‘its’ haha! There’s a back story about how we go to Coco, but I won’t go into that.

Coco’s popped a little bit! On the 11th May, 1 day before I took this photo, I felt Coco’s first movements which was pretty amazing.

Mr A & I were sitting on the couch, I was resting my hand on my belly and then all of a sudden it felt like a bubble popped inside of me.

I’m not going to lie, the first few times I felt it I was thinking, “Do I have gas?!” but then I realised this felt entirely different to anything I’ve ever felt before.

The bubble popping sensation happened 4-5 more times over the course of about 5 minutes and then went away. Part of me was thinking, “Naaaah it’s not Coco, I’m only just over 15 weeks – that’s way too early!” but then I had a little look online to see what others felt, and quite a few mentioned the bubble popping sensation. My best friend also confirmed it was more than likely Coco. Part of me was thinking maybe I just convinced myself that it was Coco, because I wanted to feel some movement so badly, but I felt little butterflies again 2 days ago!!

So far all is going really well. I still have fatigue and some days are better than others, but I’m just thankful for this whole experience. Lots of people like to tell me that the fatigue is just how my life will be forever going forward haha!

IMG_1051I’ve been stitching away on my last Harry Potter Sampler cushion as well and have been trying to do some every night. I honestly CAN’T WAIT until this one is done so I can get onto making some things for Baby Coco! We’ve decided on the nursery colours but haven’t started doing anything in there just yet as we need to move some boxes, and paint the walls .. but I have a few ideas in mind and I just want to get started already – impatient much?!

 

 

& Crosstitchery Grows.

IMG_0755There’s a pretty good reason for the lack of anything creative / fitness / life related over the last few weeks …

The Crosstitchery family is growing by ONE! :)

I’m currently 13 weeks along and have experienced no morning sickness but a lot of fatigue in the last few weeks, which is why very little crafting / posting has been occurring.

I’ve just started to get back into settling on the couch in the evenings to do some cross stitching, as I have my last. ever. Harry Potter to stitch! Whilst I love this pattern, I quite honestly cannot stitch it anymore. It takes weeks upon weeks to finish one, and my recent fatigue has made stitching for long periods quite hard.

I’m aiming to keep healthy and active during my pregnancy, especially when it comes to fitness. Whilst I’m putting absolutely no pressure on myself to maintain any kind of ‘lifestyle,’ exercise is such a great mental release for me and from everything I’ve read so far, keeping up exercise whilst pregnant is great in the long term for that final hurdle of labour! :)

I was just over 4 weeks along when I took the first test (and then proceeded to take 2 straight after just to confirm!), and up until that time I had been in the middle of BBG 2.0. I tried to continue with BBG after having our pregnancy confirmed, however our doctor recommended I try not to overheat, or  get my heart rate up too high .. and as any BBG gal knows, this is just not possible with BBG haha!

I did 3 BBG workouts after finding out we are expecting, and for a few weeks was only doing bootcamp twice a week. Thankfully I stumbled across Diary of a Fit Mommy (DoFM) pre-natal workouts which are suitable for expecting or postnatal mothers. I absolutely love these workouts as they’re pregnancy friendly; no high heart rates or overheating for me! The workouts still provide me with the great routine that BBG did, and I just add additional reps or ankle weights if I want to crank it up a notch.

So for the moment, BBG is on pause for me as I focus on staying as healthy as possible for our baby. We are due at the end of October and will be keeping the sex a surprise – so in the meantime, stay tuned for some Crosstitchery creations that are just for me! :) :)