Before the little one pops out, I would like to share a fun maternity pictorial we did on my 34th week. Fun because the photographer and make up artist are dear friends. Though not so comfy, because in reality, holding a pose with a watermelon sized tummy is painful on the back. :)
Photography by Lito and Shela Flestado
Makeup by: Cristine Joy
I would like to summarize my pregnancy journey here. I have never really talked deeply about it. I drafted a few key words and expounded the experience. Here goes..
- Unexpected. This little bub took us by surprise at a time when we gave up the idea of having a baby after many years of trying while having considered adoption when we leave Dubai one day. More so, that when my husband and I saw the positive pregnancy test, we didn't believe it until the doctor confirmed it is true.
- Easy first trimester. No morning sickness and no weird cravings. Just felt sleepy and fatigued.
- Surprise. We asked the doctor not to reveal the gender, so we still have no idea.
- Quiet. Only the closest family, colleagues, selected few friends and you, blog readers, knew about it. No announcement was made elsewhere until a few weeks ago on my 9th month.
- Blissful second trimester. It is true what they say, second trimester is the best part. I even got to travel to celebrate Christmas with family in France. However, we had a scare when I had bleeding the day after I arrived home in Dubai from the airport. I was rushed to the emergency room and was grateful and relieved everything was okay. It was caused by stress and fatigue of the long flight and long train journey. I think I will limit travels to shorter ones in case I do undergo pregnancy again.
- Challenging Work and Pregnancy Balance. I found the job of my dreams and all the overtime work and project deadlines were a bit of a challenge physically, especially during my last trimester. I did enjoy it though because it took my mind off the wait and grateful that my bosses and colleagues were very supportive and understanding.
- Pregnaholic. I was given this nickname along with another pregnant colleague because we worked like we were not pregnant right till my 38th week. I enjoyed work so much I asked for another week to extend work even though my maternity leave was due.
- Sugar-free (due to gestational diabetes). We have served sweets during my baby shower but all I could do was enjoy the sweets vicariously through the guests as I can't have any. I'm following a strict diet monitoring my blood sugar everyday. So far so good.
- Enjoying every kick. I seize the experience of every kick, nudge and punch to the gut even at 3AM because my due date is right around the corner.
- Weight gain. Something that suddenly went beyond my control during the last few weeks.
- Waiting game: I currently have a bigger belly than what is shown in these pictures and far more stretch marks. :) I'm experimenting with organic red raspberry leaf tea. Let's see if it's true that it makes labor shorter. Yes, I am scared and worried. My hubby tries to reassure me, "Many women survived this throughout many centuries so can you." Hmm..
I guess that sums it all up. I'm off to sip the tea now.
Have a beautiful weekend!
Love & light,