Sunday, January 24, 2010


I am going to steal an update layout from Melaina because I really enjoyed reading her updates!

So here is the first of my weekly bump updates

*How far along?: 17 weeks

*Total weight gain: I'm up about 3 kilos - which is about 6 1/2 pounds

*How big is baby?: Baby's now the size of an onion!
Baby's skeleton is hardening, changing from rubbery cartilage to bone, and fat is finally accumulating around it. His umbilical cord is getting thicker and stronger, and those little fingers and toes now feature one-of-a-kind

*Maternity clothes?: Yup! I have some comfy stretchy maternity work trousers now and a maternity stretchy skirt for weekends - just about nothing from my previous wardrobe fits me around the waist anymore!

*Sleep?: Good so far, but I am having some Really weird dreams!

*Best moment this week?: Telling work last week and the first of my work friends noticing without me saying anything! The bump speaks for itself:)

*Movement?: I really do think I have started to feel flutters in the last few days. It feels a bit like when your stomach rumbles when you're hungry - just light movements.... Last night I felt like there was a goldfish swimming around in there - hard to tell - but looking forward to feeling more soon!

*Food cravings?: Lots of fruit, and I'm back to loving tofu again - so that's nice for lunch. I crave Mexican and bagels pretty much all the time! Or anything with noodles - Wagamamas with Sue on Friday was fabulous! Oh and pickles!!

*Labor signs?: too soon for that!

*Belly button in or out?: Innie.

*What I miss: Not much really. I do miss the refreshingness of a glass of wine on a hot day, but really I'm fine with leaving that for 9 months. Sushi would be nice, but I can't say I hugely miss it. I am enjoying eating more fresh fruit though for snacks!

*What I'm looking forward to: Feeling movement regularly and especially from the outside

*Milestone: I finished reading a few books recently

Attack of the fifty-foot hormones, by Emma Tom - Very funny book, and full of interesting information (especially the Australia specific info). I especially like her 'real' lists of things to buy - what you really do or don't need - I photocopied those pages!! (I borrowed that book from the library:)

Feeding the Bump, Nutrition & Recipes for Pregnancy, by Lisa Neal - All pregnancy books cover eating, but this one has a TON of recipes. We have already enjoyed the healthy pesto, and 'rustic beans on toast.' I need to do some serious photo copying before I return this book to the library!

You Having a Baby, by Dr. Oz & Dr. Roizen- Very informative book. Much more medically based than other books I have read, but I did learn quite a bit working my way through this book. Thanks Mom for sending it!

And of course the bible - What to Expect when You're Expecting - I'm working my way through that book:)

Above is Week 12

And now - Week 17


  1. Great job on documenting your pregnancy. Loved the onion visual for baby size and all of the statistics. Also, really enjoyed the side photos. Super job, Murray on taking pictures to help us to share the pregnancy. Love you three.
    Mom and Dad

  2. Hi Monique! Not sure if you would remember international nestie, M&D06 (Melissa), but have kept up with your blogging since you left London. Just wanted to say congratulations to you! You look great and I wish you a happy/healthy pregnancy!

  3. Look at you! You look so cute and happy. Hooray!!

  4. Oh my goodness! Sparky is really growing!! Your photo brought happy tears! Thanks for the cyber update - great to read! Love ya ~Auntie Joni

  5. Congrats Mo! Pregnancy agrees with you- you look STUNNING! I am so happy for you guys! LOVE YOU!
    Oh, and I got your birthday card. You guys are so sweet for always thinking of me, it brightened me day! 'XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO

  6. Hi Melissa - yes of course I remember you:) Thanks
    & thanks for everyone else too!