Lil’ Miso – Week 21 to Week 28

Week 21-22
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Okay I admit I’m all over the place all the time. I thought I have documented every week and dush, the notes suddenly vanished.
* I sewed something from scratch for the first time! Busied myself making costumes for E’s and X’s Book Week in school. E was Toothless from How to Train A Dragon and Xan was the Fox from Gruffalo.
* Meantime, Miso got a Cocoonababy! I found a great preloved deal in a very good, almost new condition – at more than half the price.

Week 23-24
* These two weeks came and went so quickly as I busied myself with Ewan’s birthday party. We took it easier this year by booking a party at Bounce where everything else is taken care of. I only had to look into party favours and birthday cake. He had a blast with his closest buddies from school and our neighbourhood.
* Food craving – Sri Lankan food

Week 25

* In a quest to tackle Ewan’s eczema, I did further reading into the GAPS topic and have been gradually trying to introduce a Paleo diet to him and the entire family. How did we fare? Let’s just say it didn’t go down to well for a pregnant lady. Focusing on more meat and vegetables in each meal, anything gluten or carbs is eliminated. I have eaten rice all my life so this new diet is a culture shock for my body. We usually have our dinner at around 5.30pm but by 7pm, I would be scrambling for food. And another snacks at 9pm. We endured it for a week before I got too grumpy and decided to reintroduce carbs into our dinner again LOL
* I have diligently been swimming once a week (while the kids are having their swimming lesson) and going to the Prenatal Fitness class every Monday too. Not sure about my weight gain (because my weighing scale is not working anymore) and seriously don’t care as long as both baby and I are eating healthily, exercising regularly and thriving.
* The Hypnobirthing book by Marie Mongan resumed its position at my bedside. Surprise out of surprises, I could still remember most of the words in the Birth Affirmation even after 3 years plus.
* Managed to get some really amazing deals for newborn clothes at Mothercare. For a pack of 5 onesies or 3 pyjamas, there’s 50% off and on top of that, buy  1 pack free 1 pack. Because I have given away all my baby clothes, I stocked up quite a lot there.

Week 26
* The week when we announced our pregnancy in FB, on April Fool’s Day. Since mid last year, I have opted for more privacy and less activity in FB – simply because I feel this platform is two-faced and often makes relationships very complicated. I have earlier shared about Miso in Instagram 3 months ago, because I feel it’s a more controlled and personalised way of interaction. I like it this way better.
* Huge, huge craving for avocado. I like it with banana, honey, chia seeds and almond milk – blended into a smoothie. This concoction helped me to sleep very well at night too. Maybe that’s why this was the week when my bump seemed to have grown significantly. The weight of the bump is taking a toll on my body, especially the knees. I examined myself in the mirror one day and realised that my bump is as now as big as the size it was when Xan was almost due. As if to comfort me, the Husband disagreed and said it’s smaller. I have no idea how much more my body can stretch.
* Feeling like the symptoms from the same nasty flu I had in December revisiting. I quickly popped six garlic-parsley capsules over three times a day, two times of probiotics and took more healthy fatty foods, as per recommended in the GAPS book. Also sipped on Millenium cactus juice and upped my Vitamin C-ascorbic acid to the level my body is able to tolerate. It did work – the flu went away in 2 days. Yes!
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Some wardrobe essentials like hat, pants, mittens and pyjamas were still lacking so I headed to a lady’s house to get some preloved baby clothes. And we’re done. Next to do is to wash the clothes 2 weeks before EDD.

Week 27
* The kicks are getting very, very regularly. Lil’ Miso moves a lot in the belly. I could feel him/her 75% of the time, either knocking, turning around or kicking. Boy they were all very strong ones. When I’m cooking, doing the dishes, lounging around and lying down. Sometimes during my fitness class too! We’ve got one very active baby in there. He/she is only quiet after my workout, probably soothed from the huge supply of oxygen.
* These days, I try to sleep with my hands off my belly because if I do, Miso will take it as a cue to play our little game of Tap-Pat-Scratch-Poke, even in the middle of the night! One night, he made me laugh at 4am when I accidentally placed my hand on the belly while sleeping and could feel that he ‘woke up’ immediately with a hard kick to swim to the position where my hand was and give me a knock on that spot. Playful one! I had to tell him that it’s sleeping time.
* Lil’ Miso first hiccups were felt!
* The Husband decided to buy me a doula! We both agreed that a good birth sets a good foundation for the months ahead – for both mum and baby. With no family support here, we felt that a doula’s presence during my labour could come very handy especially if it happens at night and we need the Husband to watch the kids. I asked around and shortlisted two doulas based on recommendations.

Week 28
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* It was a busy week in the kitchen, whipping up gluten-free snacks for E.
* I had the opportunity to attend a talk by International Waterbirth Specialist, Barbara Harper and learned so much about birthing. So much so I wanted to become a midwife!
* The kids had International Day in school and along with other Malaysian mums, we ran a stall featuring our local food and souvenirs. It was great fun showcasing our home country.

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