26 Week Pregnancy Update: When Nesting Turns Into Renovating!
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Well, I mean I know they say your subsequent pregnancies go by faster, but I didn’t know they meant this fast!
I also have to wonder why I always seem to be up a ladder painting when I’m pregnant.
I seem to take nesting to a whole new level – ha! See what I did there?
Enough with the puns, let me update you on how week 26 went (if I can remember).
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When Nesting Turns Into Renovating
It’s the urgency I think.
Y’know, that feeling of needing to have everything done and in its right place before the baby arrives?
Read –> Nesting During Pregnancy
Except I take it to the extreme by wanting all the walls painted, the flooring redone, and new light fittings installed. Crazy, I know.
Is it just me though, or does it feel as though you’ll get nothing productive done for several months after the baby is born and so it must be done now?
Yes? No? Am I crazy?
I think it’s also me wanting to make life easier for myself with three kids. Having adequate storage and things organised keeps things simple and easy.
Thankfully I have a husband that enjoys renovating and is willing to indulge my interior design wants.
Together over the course of a few days, we repainted the ceilings in our kitchen/living/dining/playroom area. We also repainted all the walls in the playroom.
Shane installed new light fittings, framed out the archway between the lounge and playroom, and built our faux shiplap feature wall.
To anyone else this may look like a boring white wall, but to me it’s like I have a bit of Chip and Joanna Gaines in my house. 😍 Shane had the brilliant idea of doing a faux shiplap wall in our tv nook. To say I love it would be a major understatement! ❤❤❤ It’s so exciting to see the living room coming together. Just 2 weeks until the new carpet is installed! 👐🏻👐🏻👐🏻
I painted…a lot.
Together we achieved so much and had a great time doing it!
It’s so much easier renovating without little ones around. You can take your time instead of using nap times etc to get things done. And then you don’t have to constantly be cleaning up after yourself.
We have had one too many experiences involving a toddler and brush with wet paint on it.
I will do a post with all the updates to our living room once the carpets are in and we’re a little more organised.
Things are getting there slowly but it’s all still looking rather dishevelled in the meantime.
So, we spent a lot of our staycation doing reno work on the house.
I know that to a lot of people that doesn’t sound like much fun but we actually really enjoyed it.
We also went out to eat at a great restaurant. The food and service were both amazing!
And then we made sure to fit in a movie night on the last night without the kids.
I’m so glad we were able to take this time for ourselves as a couple and I’m really glad that we didn’t go anywhere and instead stayed home.
It was nice having our own comforts and just being able to relax.
I alluded to this in my video update but I want to elaborate a bit.
I’ve put on weight.
I mean, I haven’t actually weighed myself to check (because who wants to do that?!) but I can feel it in my hips and see it in my face.
Thing is though, I’m hungry.
All. the. time.
It’s like my stomach is a bottomless pit and I could eat forever.
Last night I had to keep switching channels at 10 pm because everyone was eating all the food and I was getting more and more tempted to get in the car and go through the drive-through.
Our restaurant meal was delicious! I had duck for my main course and loved it.
It was the first time that I have eaten every last piece of food from every course. Like, it’s crazy!
So, I’m trying not to focus on the weight issue and just remember that I’m hungry for a reason.
So, nothing much has changed here.
I didn’t think that the renovation work had taken much of a toll on me but comparing how I feel now as opposed to over the weekend, it actually did.
Thankfully, only overnight, but there were a couple of nights where I didn’t sleep well at all because of the pain.
I’m using a heat pack every night and it seems to help a bit, but who knows what really helps and what doesn’t.
So, thankfully my reflux isn’t as bad as it was a few weeks ago and I’m managing alright on just Gavison when necessary.
I did bring the topic up to my midwife though and asked about alternative medication should it get back again.
She informed me that both omeprazole and ranitidine are safe to take during pregnancy. They’re also fine to take along with iron supplements because they’re not antiacids and therefore aren’t contraindicated.
The downside is that she’s not able to prescribe them and that I’d have to go see my GP.
Obviously, that’s a bit of a pain but not her fault at all. Seriously though, while not strictly limited to pregnancy, reflux is absolutely a condition that is often triggered by it.
You would think it would be something midwives could independently treat.
I saw my midwife on Tuesday.
Honestly, I hit the jackpot with her. She is just the best and I’m not one to give out fluffy compliments very readily.
But, seriously, I feel so very safe and well-looked after in her care.
All the usual checks showed everything was fine. As per usual, the baby had great fun kicking the doppler.
And then I spoke to my midwife regarding my thoughts about breastfeeding vs formula.
I wasn’t worried about what she would say, but my gosh she blew me away with her support. She never once offered her opinion and assured me that all she was concerned about was the health of my baby and my happiness.
I feel very comfortable now about going forward with my current plan.
I’m going to plan on breastfeeding in hospital but will also take bottles and formula along in case something happens that changes my mind.
No matter what, I know that I’ll have the professional support that is so vitally important.
It takes a truly good midwife to be able to give totally unbiased support and care to mamas. I’m so glad that I found one!
And that’s it for 26 weeks.
I’m sure I’ll be back here writing another one of these before I know it, especially as we work towards finishing up the final jobs before the carpet is installed.
No more climbing on ladders for me though, thankfully. Gosh, that made me feel like an old woman for a day or two following!
Until next time!
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Hi! I’m Christine. I am a former registered nurse, turned stay-at-home mom, turned work-at-home mom!
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